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  1. Lou Schneider

    how many flushes

    The easiest way to estimate how many flushes you can get in that small tank is to measure the bowl's capacity at various levels. Fill a pint container with water and see what bowl level that represents. Empty the bowl and then add one pint of water, two pints, etc. This will give you an idea of how much "stuff" is in the bowl when you use the toilet, and all of this has to go into the tank. Simple division will tell you how many times you can expect to flush before the tank fills up. The actual flush itself doesn't use much water, maybe a cup or two unless you let it run to wash down the sides of the bowl. A piece of toilet paper will wipe it clean just as well.
  2. My 1999 Ford F350 7.3 Powerstroke single rear wheel pickup averages 18 MPG solo, 12-13 MPG towing my Sunnybrook 27 ft. bumper pull trailer. The solo MPG is the same as my 1986 Bronco II. Those extra gears in the 4WD transfer case have more rolling resistance than you think.
  3. Lou Schneider

    Long units

    They're actually fairly common in some of the western states, but they're either three short (28 ft.) short trailers or one 40 ft. followed by a shorter pup trailer. Also notice they're travelling in a convoy, so they're probably travelling under an oversize load permit that spells out the routing. You'll hear some RVers talk about "triple towing" but this means having two trailers, not three. Usually the second trailer is a car or a small boat or utility trailer and even this isn't legal in all states.
  4. Lou Schneider

    Should I change domicile from OR?

    That doesn't agree with Kirk's direct quote from Arizona's web page:
  5. Be careful using a diversion element in a small water heater. A BTU is defined as the energy needed to raise 1 lb of water 1 degree F, and there are 3.4 BTUs per watt. If you divert 800 watts into the water heater, you'll put 2700 BTUs an hour into the tank. This will raise the temperature of 6 gallons of water 60 degrees per hour. If you start with 60 degree cold water, in an hour it will reach 120 degrees, in two hours a scalding 180 degrees and in 2 1/2 hours it will reach 210 degrees and trip the overtemp/overpressure relief valve.
  6. Lou Schneider

    Mobley power options change

    I had my Mobley update yesterday. Scared me because I forgot the red light meant it was updating. The only problem I see is if you're boondocking on just battery power the Mobley may not see what it thinks is charging voltage, just the lower voltage from the house batteries, and start it's shutdown timer. Apparently the Mobley uses the input voltage to sense if the car's engine is on or off. With the engine on the car's electrical system runs at about 14 volts. With the engine off the battery goes to 12.6 volts as soon as it loses it's surface charge. I have an AC adapter that supplies 12.0 VDC and that's low enough to make the Mobley think the engine is off and shut down after the time set on the timer. Wasn't a problem with the "never shut off" option.
  7. Lou Schneider

    50amp Tesla Service

    In theory, the outlet should be the same as a 50 amp park outlet and you can use a 50 to 30 amp adapter to feed your RV. But there is one very slight possibility to check. The Tesla charger is a 240 volt load, so it sends little or no current back through the neutral wire. Your 30 amp RV is the opposite, all of the current you use (up to 30 amps) will return via the neutral. If the outlet is wired properly, no problem. The neutral can handle up to 50 amps, just like the hot leads. But if the installer went cheap and wasn't caught, he may have installed a smaller gauge neutral wire, since it's not expected to handle any significant amount of power. This is a code violation but has been known to happen. Unfortunately, a voltmeter test won't flag an undersized neutral as it doesn't draw any power from the circuit. The only way to verify the neutral wire is the correct size is to open up the outlet and take a look. I wouldn't expect a home inspector to go beyond verifying the outlet's voltages are correct, unless something else grabs his attention he won't open the outlet to check the wire sizes. Like I said, this is a slight possibility but it's better to be safe than sorry.
  8. Lou Schneider

    A good GPS unit?

    Sully, not Scully. Captain Chesley Sullenberger.
  9. Lou Schneider

    Old Coots Giving Advice

    No, not the Escapees BBS. <g> A group of Utah retirees decided to move their weekly solve all of the world's problems coffee klatch to a local farmer's market, with great success: https://www.sltrib.com/news/nation-world/2018/09/27/retirees-offer-free-life/
  10. Lou Schneider

    Anyone know of a good place to spend the night near Redding CA

    Rolling Hills Casino in Corning is adjacent to I-5 in Corning, 50 miles south of Redding. They have an RV Park for $35 a night, but I'd just boondock in a back corner of their truck parking lot.
  11. Lou Schneider

    50 Amp Service Question

    The Progressive EMS is just a voltage monitor and surge suppressor. If you have a Load Management System that actually sheds or disables loads to keep the amperage draw within the supply limits, it will look at the leg-to-leg voltage, at least enough to verify that it isn't at zero (both legs in phase). If it sees both legs are in phase it will assume you're plugged into a 30 amp outlet via an adapter and manage the loads accordingly.
  12. Lou Schneider

    50 Amp Service Question

    180 degrees out. At the instant L1 is at +120 volts with respect to neutral, Line 2 is at -120 volts with 240 volts leg to leg. That's for a single phase tap. If the park is delivering two legs of a 3 phase Wye to the site, the same holds true (120 volts each leg to neutral) except there will be a 120 degree vector from one leg to the other, not 180 degrees. This means you'll only get 208 volts leg to leg.
  13. Lou Schneider

    Highway 299 or Highway 36 ? ?

    Here's the sign at the Red Bluff end of CA 36 .... take 299.
  14. Why bother dragging a trailer cross country on such a tight schedule? For what you'll pay for the rental plus the extra fuel and wear on the truck you could stay in a nice pre-cooled motel room each night (pre-cooled is important in the south in the summer). Plus you can cruise at the posted speed limit instead of 10 mph or more slower with the trailer. That plus the setup/teardown will save you considerable time each day. RVs are best suited for leisurely travel, not high speed marathons from one point to the next.
  15. Lou Schneider

    Sooner than I thought

    One thing to keep in mind is the maximum towing capacity is figured using a trailer with minimal frontal area like a small utility or single horse trailer, or a flatbed trailer with a box of bricks or iron on it. An RV trailer or 5th wheel is taller and wider with significantly more frontal area, which means it needs more power to carve a hole through the air. If you're towing near or at the stated maximum weight for your truck, this added drag can overtax the engine and drivetrain and make towing a less than pleasurable experience. Ford clearly states the total frontal area for each model in their online tow guides. It ranges from no larger than the vehicle itself for their passenger cars to 60 sq ft. for their largest pickups. That's 7.5 ft. X 8 ft, still smaller than most RV trailers. Toyota doesn't put this information online, but I remember seeing it in the fine print at the rear of their printed towing guide. However, I'm on the road and can't locate it now. In any case, it's something you should look into before you load up your Tundra to the max with a wide and tall trailer.
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