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Old 02-26-2012, 01:23 PM   #85
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"What was this thread about anyway?"

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Old 02-26-2012, 01:32 PM   #86
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I wish I had the time and interest to maintain vehicles like Rednax and Bob Cross. I may kidnap both of them and chain to the shop. I do have a DIY gene, but it gets diverted to other projects (like spending too much time on the Forum).

What was this thread about anyway?

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I think they are both very intensely on top of this stuff---it makes my eyes cross to read these posts, guys!

More than my little brain can absorb.


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Old 02-26-2012, 02:05 PM   #87
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I think they are both very intensely on top of this stuff---it makes my eyes cross to read these posts, guys!

More than my little brain can absorb.


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Maggie....you need to concentrate..


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Old 02-26-2012, 04:07 PM   #88
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I thought the 4Runner was trying to tell me something. A sound that was a little off, almost imperceptible, but I don't know what it could be.
If it was the echo of the Big Bang, you could make a lot of money, Gene. And you'd be famous! Or maybe just notorious, which in these degenerate days seems to pass for the same thing.
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Old 02-26-2012, 04:39 PM   #89
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That's probably you making that awful sound.


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Old 02-26-2012, 07:17 PM   #90
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I have been poked more the once here on the forums for advocating the RCM method. Errantly translated as the Robert Cross Method....which it is defiantly
NOT. .

BTW a system learned while working in Flight Equipment during my time in the Corps.

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VMGR-152 . . . I don't hear from our USMC Herky Bird driver too often now that he's in & out of Bagram AFB for some months yet to come, but (love this link) RCM is dead-on as he was overseeing this kind of paperwork his first year at Futenma. RCM is harder to do for an individual with an individual vehicle. Thanks for that link. Edit my writing were I smart enough to not re-invent the wheel (terminology::familiarity)

There's a lot more detail to fuel economy for TT's. Rolling efficiency, for starters. Aerodynamic aids (removable boat-tail or inflatable nose-cone), etc. I haven't seen anyone do coast-down testing yet, but it makes sense.

Same for the TV. Most of the savings are in solo miles savings "banked" for towing use, but one could go to some trouble for the days in transit by preheating fluids, trip-planning for daylight optimization, perfected hitch rigging (plus VPP hitch), etc.

An annual fuel budget (gallons, not dollars) is step one. Where does the rig fit in?

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Or maybe just notorious, which in these degenerate days seems to pass for the same thing.
I think I have the notorious thing down.

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I used to be much more proactive with maintenance. I changed alternator bearings, water pumps, etc. on a schedule. I think it's the ultimate form of vehicle maintenance with appropriate schedules.

I'm more like Gene now. My approach is to do the required maintenance, sometimes above such as extra changes of trans and differential fluids. A big part of my scheme is to have all senses alert. Crawl under vehicle, check for any leaks or inappropriate looseness. Listen for noises, check for vibration. Smell for leaks. My goal isn't avoiding an unscheduled repair, its to avoid being on the side of the road. It is my opinion with today's drivetrains, a sudden, unexpected failure of motive power is more likely to be electical/electronic than anything else. Especially if you address noises, vibrations, leaks, smells, loose clearances proactively.

I do it with the trailer too, I pop it up on my bottle jacks now an then and get a feel for the wheel bearings.
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One very proactive these day's...timing belts/chains on ANY OHC interference engine.$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

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Back to-- cost to move your AirStream--Hess Oil just shut down (a couple of weeks ago) a large refinery on St. Croix Island, look out east coast fuel buyers. Being retired and on a "fixed income" I will still make my trip from Calif. to North Carolina, we will just end up staying there longer (three to four months vs. two to three months) I will still use our AirStream, just have to make a few adjustments in other activities.

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I have read a couple of refineries are shutting down in the east. There's not a lot of profit in refining crude and there don't seem to be buyers for them. The big money is in finding oil and gas and selling it to refineries. No doubt people will blame regulations, but do they want to live next to an unregulated refinery?

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......or the really big money being made by gambling on what the price will be tomorrow.

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On Friday AM, I fueled up at $4.19.9 in Pacific Beach. In Yuma it was $3.59.9 and when we got back to Durango it was $3.23.9. On 2/1/12, I got a 160 gallon delivery at the house priced at $3.11.9. I'm not sold on the fact that speculators are driving prices. However, I will buy into the theory that the eco-freaks are making mischief that has caused spot shortages and unreasonable costs in meeting regulations. Deep down, I know that the high gas prices are really caused by GWB....Obama told us so in 2008!
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You can blame these gas prices on the government all you want, but you are missing the mark. I hope the eco-freaks (such as me) keep on making mischief because that has little to do with it either and gives us a decent and healthy country to live in.

No point in trying to defend this position because you won't buy into anyway. But you ought to turn off political media and research economies, markets, and the future of world oil production.

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