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    Tow Vehicle Advice

    forget mpg. think more in the line of hrs. and torque. how slow do you want to pull up that hill? how many years or miles do you want to get out of the motor? yes maintance costs. but less than replacments. most newer diesel trucks are well insulated. and motors clatter is much less than in years past. so motor noise is lower. even rd noise. diesel fuel is at almost at every fuel station these days. for pulling or rd duty a diesel can not be beat. but new trucks at a dealer is going to cost extra. think tax frendly states to buy in. ( south dakota is only 4% sales tax, texas is 6% sales tax).
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    doing the Q in 2019

    i am planing to do quartsite this jan, any advice as to where to camp? day to arrive before so to get a "better" site. looking to do the "big show". as now i still have to work at a job, so need to plan vac days. I will be boon-docking. i carry extra water (on-board and extra 30 gallon bladder, plus jugs) and have power. (gen and small solar). all in/on a short 5 er. any theft problems? i do lock everything up as best as i can. just never been there. so all new to me. hoping to get a friend or two to tag along. if not then just the three of us. me, my self, and I.
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    doing the Q in 2019

    2gypsies . not a member but if all goes as i plan should show up on the 16th, 17th am worst case. homeward bound by the 24th. (still have to work, my monday for the next 4 months is saturdays). any company reps there? as i still have 8 years to keep working time to start gathering info and where to domicile in 2027. sounds like a long time from now, but will be here soon.
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    doing the Q in 2019

    2gypsies, yes not a current shot. just said one camper for a reference, nothing more. pappy yokum, true just jump through the hoops and you can do "show truck" or a "camper". special rules apply here. chad heiser, yes has gotten off topic. i am willing to coincide to others, as i only know what i know, from doing such. and i only tow doubles when and as needed, but prefer not to pull a second trailer.... even at work. on with the show.
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    doing the Q in 2019

    yes can say that. i have been trying to use google to find the camp spot. but the gps numbers given do not line up with what i belive is the site.using written direction i find. my computer program says N 33'38'57.12" W114'08'42.72 mitchell mine rd sound right? close by but a bit north of that point i see one camper. on another dirt rd.
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    doing the Q in 2019

    sad for me even if i am riding a moto down the rd i am subject to full dot regs. aka: double the ticket price, double the points.( and i get only half as many points as reg folk, before i lose my permit to drive) and i must report said ticket to my employer asap. so there is a perk. but under many other rules that govern my off duty life.
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    doing the Q in 2019

    yes it does.
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    doing the Q in 2019

    not wanting to get into a fight here. but i know what i know. and have towed many miles in the states i listed. never had any trouble. by state. or local, not even tribal police. maybe in the thousands of miles i driven in these states i have not been seen by a ticket cop?
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    doing the Q in 2019

    pulling tripples is only allowed in some states. pulling doubles is legal in all fifety states when the driver has a proper commercial dl with the corect endorsments. i am a commercial class A driver.with proper endosments. all pu trucks in ca are regestered as commercial trucks. first trailer must be a semi trailer, aka: fifth-wheel. not a bumper pull. can not be over 75 feet long. can not excide the tow rating of the truck pulling said trailers. with this said ca is more restrive than most other states in the west. known, nevada legal, oregon legal, washington legal, idaho legal, colorado legal, true i have not driven in arazona or new mexico or texas, oklahoma, montana or the dakotas. but those states are known to be more open to varied trailers (aka: less laws) than ca is. i have lived under fed dot laws and regs most of my life (35 years class A). i can not site them from memory. but do understand there workings. no i would not try to drive down broadway in new york city. in anything let alone pulling a "set". in the decades i have done this ( little trailer up to a car haluer with a cj7 on it). with my rv i have never been pulled over. for any reason. back country roads to major freeways, back wash "burgs" to major traffic laden city's. as a rule and just for cause if i can do without the little tag trailer ( it is the larger trailer sold at lowes hardware stores). i would rather do so.
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    doing the Q in 2019

    not sure sbout walking much. ( broken body) but if i tow my little tag along trailer i do have a moto ( kaw klr650) to ride around . but yes i havd a gen so thats where i park. this rv will not get solar mounted, but next one will. so just a portable thing for now. latter today i will know my work hrs/days for the next four months. but looking like i might be able to do the 16th to the 23ed. ( i work thur am - monday at 4:30am). good-bad-? still have 8 years till i do not have to work anylonger. but till then i will try to do and see what and as i can. for now a small 24 ft 5er. want to buy a bigger and better for retirement. if nothing else my unit can fit in everywhere. and with my class A with doubles i can tow a small tag along trailer 😊.
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    Smoke/Fires in the West

    as of this week october 2018 blue skys abound. the little rain we had a week back, and the wind, has given ca clean air. but the wind has dried out every thing so the fire hazard is VERY high. and is is cold above 3000 ft.
  12. i am not far behind you on this. been trying to understand it all. can be confusing. the ss office is about 60 moles from me. and always has a line out the door.
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    How's the weather in your 'neighborhood' ?

    been acting like a eary fall here. but today was a blistering 98F at 4:pm. dry and smokey air. the state of jefferson..er.. a ... i mean northern ca needs rain very soon.
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    How's the weather in your 'neighborhood' ?

    hot and smokey. mid 90's F but cool nights. and with all the fires here in ca the air is thick with smoke. but was far worse a month back. and a "new" fire up in donner pass.
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    Extended Warranty for RV

    set money aside = win, win. getting suckered into a "extended warenty" = you lose. the dealer gets more cash out of you.
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    Gen use at truck stop

    noise in a truck stop. always noisy there. just do not fire up the construction style generator. and all is golden. in the past reffers were very noisey and parked out back. park in the wrong place and someone will turn of a bad noise maker for you. many a reffer parked up front had this done. drivers needed there sleep.
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    cable sizing

    changing to four 6 volt deep cycle batteries. so get to build new cabling. what is the recomended size for this app? not really up on what size is what, ( i just know a 1/2 in or so od size will out do my needs voltage/amps wise) or good for. aka best for 12 volts. longest run will be less than 10 feet. more like only five feet. and then why not welding cable? yes i know auto cabling has a harder shell. ( durability for abrasion) and welding cable has finer cabling wire.
  18. mark twain once wrote. the coldest winter i had ever had was a summer in san francisco. it once got up to over 100F in the city. and the downtown sent everybody home. as it was too hot ( not for humans) but for the computers. love traffic and smog. go to any big city in ca. there is more to things than just the weather.
  19. i still vote with your pocket book. at a min should have been a felony two counts. defacing public lands/property. ( he was set up to hide his actions). and two-three counts of training his childern to commit a feloney ( not sure of the law here). it should be a felony to deface lands held in public trusts. he got of way to easly in the court. now time for the public at large to remember him and his actions.
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    cable sizing

    i do not know why it is so hard for me to wrap my head around all this. i do get the basics. have not zaped myself with 50K .. yet😜 all the values are geberish to me. but i get if i run 4.0 cable between batteries and converter i am good to go... right. i try to it the right way, maybe a bit over kill. thinking the 4 6 volts. ground to frame. and to inverter/converter. poscable through a marine cut off switch. via a fuse off the batteries. then on to feed into the coach. along the way will hook up in a wire to feed from solar. yes need to buy the correct electronics for this. trying to learn as best as i can. i know as long as the magic smoke stays in things. i am good to go. 😃
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    cable sizing

    so even with 4/0 gauge at 5 feet. i can not get a full 12 volts?? did i work that computer program right? as i type this my power requriments are not know to me. it is a small rv, reffer, heater, other? and a cpap. any other over night? and this is after bed time. before would be lights, water pump, other but cpap would be off at that time. will try and do a proper audit for needs. but with 4 - 6 volt deep cycle i have more than needed. ( i hope). yes gen during the day. no hook ups, boon docking. in a area with no noise restrictions. but try to keep the gen to a min at night. just because.
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    Generator noise reduction

    as to exhust noise. add a stack to it. a 4in pvc say about 12-15 feet up. ( can use slip fit peces to gain length) about a foot or two above the higest poit of your rv. supported?? but it is open at the bottom to allow cold air in. add a fitting to your gen, steel tubing ( electral comdut). a 1/2 larger dia than the exhaust on the gen. curved part into the "stack" not touching (would melt the plastic). tubing goes up the center of the pvc a good foot and stops. use brackets to attach the two parts. ( steel exhaust, plastic stack). convection keeps the hot exhaust going up and out. benafits of no exhaust in camp. and a bit less noise. but any box you build around the gen is going to make it run hotter. so you will need a oil cooler to help fight heat. or burn out the motor.
  23. save water? no showers. drink your p. not. really. do very short "dry" showers. need hot water only, recycle the cold in the line, bucket or pipe back to the fresh tank. have many water jugs, bottles for drinking water, use the tank only for cleaning up. guys, do number 1 outside. ladys can too, just takes more effort. a add on supply tank, ( mounted where???). dry wipes? frends camper? group rent of a motel room? paper plates, reuse the pasta water. (the starch thickens up food things). no need to do a " burning man" crazy dirty camp. look and do a work around your needs and you can save a lot of water. i can go two days without a shower. but for me that is the extream. but never forgo drinking X amount of water each day. save water, but do not hurt yourself.
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    Is a R Pod 176T to Small to Start with?

    bad choice of word for me. sorry to have irked you. i have bad stiff joints. bad back, even had my head reattached. but always need a bit of elbow room.
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    Is a R Pod 176T to Small to Start with?

    and here i am looking at -40ft-- units. length pending model. but thinking 35-38 fifth wheels best. but that is my needs. i have livind in a 25 ft fifth. for me not fun having to slide out of bed. but then i loke "elbow" room. others love small cramped quaters.
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