Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Ford Dealer

7:15 am:
We have just finished unhitching Scampy at the Rokstad Ford parking lot. Señor Tránsito has an appointment for service at 9:30am.

The Scampy Team at RokStad Ford




Scampy Team's Solar
It's been awhile since we Blogged to you about our Solar Electric System.

Our Yingli 250 watt solar panel is mounted on Tránsito's roof. The output from the panel runs thru a pipe that we installed in the roof down to a Renogy Rover 40-Amp MPPT Charge Controller that is mounted to a shelf inside Tránsito.

The output from the Renogy controller charges one of two batteries. When Scampy is hitched up to Tránsito, the output charges a 12-volt deep cycle 95-amp hour battery located in Tránsito's cargo area. This 95-amp hour battery powers Scampy thru a cable using the yellow connector you see in the pic below.

When Scampy is unhitched from Tránsito. Renogy's output charges a 12-volt deep cycle 35-amp hour mounted on Scampy's tongue.

Before Tránsito drives away, the Renogy output cable is disconnected by unplugging the yellow connector. In this configuration, the tongue mounted battery powers Scampy.

Yellow connector and 12-volt 35 amp-hour deep cycle battery.


11:43 am:
Tránsito Needs a Lot of Work
The front axle boot is torn and needs replacement. The ABS controller needs replacement. Several other things too. I don't have the paperwork yet. But when I get it, I'll edit this 11:43 am post to be accurate.

It's going to cost about $2K. The parts are being ordered from Sacramento California and will not arrive until Friday. This means that the work will be done Monday and maybe Tuesday as well.

Scampy has been given the OK to camp here at Rokstad Ford. Scampy is using electric power from a nearby outlet. We are able to drive Tránsito to get supplies and go to a Fitness club.


12:33 pm:
WiFi is sooooo slow!
My Personal Hotspot from T-Mobile is so slow that it almost is unusable!!

The WiFi at the Ford dealer is just about the same speed. I've speed tested both WiFi. Here are the results:

T-Mobile: 
.04 Mbps Download
.17 Mbps Upload

Ford dealer:
.36 Mbps Download
.10 Mbps Upload

The only thing to do that I've come up with is to drive over to Starbucks here in the City of Ponderay Idaho and use their WiFi.



2:03 pm:
In Ford's Showroom
Taking my MacAir into the Ford dealer's showroom, I did a data speed test. Wow! The speed is fast! No problem messing around on the internet while in the showroom!

A sales guy and I began talking. He came up with an idea that would trade Tránsito in on a Ford F150 King Ranch. 

The cargo area of the King Ranch has 2-extension drawers and 1-extension slide. Everything in Tránsito's storage area would fit nicely in the King Ranch.

I do not know the $$ figures of this deal yet. Also, I have not made the decision to do this deal.





Nite Camp Location Map
Elevation: 2,124 feet



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27 comments:

  1. I forgot George, where did you end up locating the propane tank(s)?
    Bill

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    1. Hi Bill,

      There are now 2-tanks on Scampy's tongue. Both inside a plastic propane tank cover.

      George

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  2. So the tanks and battery are both in there? Wow! Looks hardly big enough!
    Bill

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    1. Hi Bill,

      Take a look at the pic above, showing the battery on Scampy's tongue and the forward part of the propane cover just behind the battery.

      There was not enough space for the original 95 AH battery that came with Scampy. That's why I replaced the original battery with a 35 AH battery.

      The small battery only serves to power Scampy when unhitched from Tránsito.

      George

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    2. Now I see it. I thought the cover for the tank was actually Scampy!
      Bill

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  3. If you end up getting a truck camper in the future, you won't be able to carry it with the F-150. So that is something to consider.

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    1. First off Anonymous, I only posted your comment because your words indicated to me that you had read my Blog.

      I liked your comment.

      However, out of respect for me, please get yourself a Google name. I believe that I've asked you for that several times.

      Thank you,
      George

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  4. That King Ranch would solve a lot of your current problems with Transito. Is it 4WD or just 2? You would really benefit from 4WD.

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    1. Hi Don,

      It's a 4WD.

      The BIG thing about making the changeover is that it would cost me almost $33,000!!

      So far, I have not convinced myself to go for this deal.

      George

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  5. Wow- that might be a good idea if the $$$ works out- you will put $2000 into the Transit and still have to worry about getting stuck and not going everywhere you want to go-

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    1. Hi RandB,

      The $$$ is the part of this deal that is holding me back.

      Almost $33,000!!

      George

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  6. F150 big mistake you mentioned something about getting a slide in camper F1 50 is only a half ton that put you right back into the old Honda fit class to light to carry
    It appears that you're happy with the trailer that you have why not just update, The tow vehicle. that's where your problems is.
    Something like a Toyota Tacoma or a 4Runner or a Nissan Pathfinder
    Your biggest decision would be whether you need 2 or 4x4
    If you went with a F250 with 11 foot slide in camper you got a remember the biggest issue is not,, weather you can get there.
    But the fact that you're almost 10 1/2 feet tall and you're extremely top-heavy
    But don't take my word for it,, but go out of your way to find somebody that your camped near and pick there brain
    At the same time factor in your difficulties that you have



    F250 is a three-quarter ton
    F350 is a 1 ton

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  7. I know from the past experience you probably won't listen to me but I'm going to state it anyways
    After rereading the beginning of your post if you're not mechanically inclined put the brakes on ford, get a line for line estimate with prices
    Find then independent repair shop and have tham give you a second opinion
    The front axle is called a CV (Constant velocity joint ) they run about $100 apiece if you're just going to replace the rubber boot not a good idea there are about $20 pr side Make them show you the cut on either side if it's only one side replace that one side not the other.

    Your ABS controller
    If the brake shoes are worn The emergency brake is on the fluid is low or there's dust on the magnet ( sensor pickup )will turn the ABS light on
    Among a host of other things,

    https://www.doityourself.com/stry/abs-brake-repair-what-to-do-if-the-abs-light-stays-on

    The mechanic that is going to do the work for a ford or ANY automotive dealership gets a percentage of the repairs that he can make To that vehicle so he has an incentive to make the bill higher


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    1. Hi Ed,

      Why do you write:
      "I know from the past experience you probably won't listen to me but I'm going to state it anyways?"

      I have taken your comment/advice many times. And I've complimented you on the quality of your advice several times.

      I thank you for your, "second opinion " advice!

      Tomorrow morning I am going to get a second opinion.

      Thank you,
      George

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  8. George, was that the price for the King Ranch with the quad cab, super cab, or basic two-door cab? Also, did it have the Ecoboost engine under the hood? The Ecoboost came out, if I remember correctly, in 2010, and I wish we had purchased the Ford Ecoboost instead of the Ford Powerstroke Diesel. Love Ford trucks; they are a solid vehicle; Ford Ecoboost engine gets pretty good gas mileage for the size truck and with substantial power, a lot better than my diesel on gas mileage.

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    1. Hi Dee,

      Thank you for your comment.

      I do not know the answers to your questions.

      Dee, at this point, my thinking is to forget the King Ranch and stick with Señor Tránsito.

      George

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    2. Dee The King Ranch the Amarillo Eddie Bauer and the Harley Davison are you dressed up for what fords calls their splendor package it's purely cosmetic they're the same vehicle coming off the assembly line it's just they look prettier
      There's only a few muscle trucks companies but there after production companies
      You didn't state what year your vehicle was the eco-boost came out in 2009 all it is is a turbocharged (gas) L Mazda motor2.7 or 3.5L
      Where for a standard motor is a 4.0v6 4.6v8 engine
      And all of the above still suck when it comes to gas mileage
      The original power stroke Ford engines were the workhorse of the Ford Diesel engine. It was designed by international
      International stopped making motors for Ford and Ford produce the 6.0 which was junk
      Today's 6.4Motor has corrected most all of the past mistakes

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    3. Mister Ed, I think you love my Ford diesel more than I do. I bought my Ford quad Powerstroke Diesel brand new in 2010. Never had a Diesel-anything before. No mechanical problems whatsoever, and I tow a 6,300 lb. RV. However, routine maintenance (which I religiously keep up) is expensive for a Diesel, and fuel now is running about $4.00 a gallon. I'm getting about 13 miles to the gallon while towing and (not towing) about 16 miles to the gallon on the open road with a 6.2 liter Diesel engine. Yes, Ford started making their own diesels, but I got one before the changeover. Getting to the point, the dealership in 2010 allowed me to keep and drive one of their Ford Ecoboost trucks; it was phenomenal in ride, gas mileage, and power for its size. So why did I not buy it? It's because I have some basic principles when I purchase a vehicle, one is never buy a vehicle which is in its first two years of production "never be the first pig to the trough," let someone else be the manufacturer's guinea pig for working out bugs in the vehicle. But I came real close to breaking my rule on that Ecoboost!!

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    4. Ed, P.S. There is one "bell and whistle" on a truck that I will never do without again. That is manufacturer installed telescoping side mirrrors. Ford makes the best when towing an RV. Also, when you are parking in a very tight space, you just push a button to bring those mirrors in and fold them into the body of the truck, so easy.

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  9. Hi George... just so many options and decisions. I do not want to add too much to your options but maybe include a thought about Twaylor back in storage when considering a new tow vehicle. Also, F150 and Silverado 1500HD (Heavy duty) can both pull quite a bit. These trucks last years. My 2005 Silverado just turned about 100,000 miles.
    May I suggest just fixing Transito and taking a deep breadth and just finishing your trip, and then taking time to review your needs and possibly buying a used truck, even a 10-12 year old used truck like mine. Your normal routine, even on a trip like you are on now, is hardly adding any miles to your tow vehicle. Btw, mine is a 4x4 crew cab. Lots of room and a medium sized box in back. Mileage very low, around 12 mpg at most. I use a Chase credit card from Pentagon Federal Credit Union and get 5% off fuel, billed net to my account. No need to get rushed into spending $33k. My truck is likely worth about $12k (or so I wish).

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    1. Hi Ernie,

      I pretty much have decided to stay with Scampy and Tránsito.

      Thank you for the suggestion to get buy a tow vehicle big enough to be able to handle Twayler. I am a terrible driver! I will never put myself in the position of towing Twayler. I pay for towing service in order to move Twayler around.

      Twayler will become my home when someday I am finished with RVing in Scampy.

      So, I am taking your advice:
      "May I suggest just fixing Transito and taking a deep breadth and just finishing your trip....."

      Thank you!
      George

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  10. Good advice to get a second opinion. Thank you Mister Ed.
    Good luck George!

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    1. Hi Joan,

      Mister Ed has given me very good advice several times. Which I followed and for which I thanked him.

      I don't understand why today Ed copped an attitude when he wrote in his comment:
      "I know from the past experience you probably won't listen to me but I'm going to state it anyways?"

      Ed advised for me to go to another mechanic and get a second opinion. Tomorrow morning that is what I shall do!

      George

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  11. Please let me apologize,, I shouldn't have sounded so snippy
    Sometimes I do try an present you with good advice
    But where you said A salesman was trying to sell you and overpriced F150 ( and you haven't even put the price there yet )
    I kind of saw The philosophy of a car salesman in your mist
    A good auto salesman could sell a repossessed casket to a dead person with a clear conscience

    https://www.daveramsey.com/blog/6-tactics-used-car-salesman

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    1. Hi Ed,

      Your apology is accepted.

      You have helped so many times. Remember you telling me about the threaded inserts in Tránsito's roof that I used to secure the solar panel rack? 😎

      George

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    2. Mister Ed is so funny! "... salesman could sell a repossessed casket to a dead person with a clear conscience." LOL! Ed, we don't talk politics on here, but that easily could be Trump!! LOL!

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  12. SUCH A GREAT LINE, MISTER ED!!!
    So good to have him on George's blog!

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