After all the cold weather we had last week, it sure was nice to see temperatures warming back up into the upper 60s yesterday. We are supposed to see mid to upper 70s starting today. Warm is nice.
I started out yesterday going through my e-mail, and I really have to say that there are some people running around in RVs who should probably rethink their choices. Or at least do some research before they jump into this lifestyle head over heels.
One was from a woman who is looking for a 38 to 40 foot Class A diesel pusher motorhome, but because she is very into conservation, she wants something that will get good fuel mileage. In her mind, that should be somewhere around 28+ miles per gallon. Several RV salesmen have told her that they don’t make such an animal, and she was writing to me to ask why not. I replied, explaining to her that it takes a lot of power to move a vehicle that big with the terrible aerodynamics of a Class A motorhome, and it requires a lot of fuel to provide that power. She wrote back to tell me that was not an explanation, only an excuse. Well, I’m a writer, not an engineer, and that’s the best I can do.
I also heard from somebody who has an older small Class C motorhome on a Chevrolet chassis with a V-8 engine. He said they tow a Toyota SUV behind them, and when they are back home in the Midwest they seem to have enough power to get where they’re going without a problem. But they left Illinois in October, went west through Montana, Idaho, and Washington, and then south to California, over to Nevada, and now they are in Arizona. He said the motorhome really bogged down going up the steep grades and has overheated on them several times. He wanted to know if I had an idea what the problem might be.
Well, yeah. Just like Dorothy wasn’t in Kansas anymore, you’re not in the relatively flat Midwest anymore. You can expect a lot less power because your engine is working a lot harder to haul the RV and your tow vehicle up those mountains. Again, I’m not an engineer, but I don’t really think it takes an engineer to understand that.
The third email that left me scratching my head was from someone complaining that they are in the Florida Keys and can’t find any place to stay because there are still a lot people there working on rebuilding from last year’s hurricane. She further added that quite a few businesses have not reopened yet, and wondered why things couldn’t have been fixed in the off-season so snowbirds can enjoy it during the winter. Well, I’m not a meteorologist or a construction engineer, so I’m not even going to try to explain this one. I just don’t think you would understand.
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