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Old 06-09-2023, 09:57 AM   #1
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Ford and GM both announce they are switching to the Tesla charging plug and standard.

I won’t put any links as there are so many and it’s easy to find but it will make the marginal charging and towing experience of non teslas better…or at least for ford and GM drivers. .

This coupled with the 420 mile range of the GM 2024 electric half tons and the expected 430 mile range of the generation 2 Ford Lightning along with the 450 mile expected range of the Tesla longer range Cybertruck should make towing viability of small to medium size travel trailers more viable for many in North America.

We have been touring for almost two weeks in BC with our Tesla and little trailer combo. We have seen more EV RV combos in the last two weeks than we did all last camping season. Mostly teslas with trailers but a lot of Ford lightnings with smaller trailers as well. A few Rivians but not many.

Interesting times.
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Old 06-09-2023, 10:46 AM   #2
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That news is, well, electrifying.
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Old 06-09-2023, 11:14 AM   #3
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If you have been charging the Tesla at the campgrounds, has there been any issue or extra charge?
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Old 06-09-2023, 11:21 AM   #4
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We charge often at campgrounds. We generally ask and there have been no issues. We haven’t been charged yet but that’s probably because we just rent 30 amp sites. I know some campgrounds have user pay fees for charging on 50 amp sites and others actually have pay as you go charging equipment on site. KOA does this.

But for us on 30 amp sites we generally either plug in the trailer or the car but not at the same time so it’s really no extra cost for the campground operator.

Funny. In the campground we are in right now there is a line of Teslas and other EVs in the staff parking lot. The owner and his wife both drive Teslas. 1 out of 5 vehicles sold here is electric and that will apparently be 1 out of 4 by years end. Teslas are more common than corollas here. .

Here is a pic of us charging on a 30 amp site.

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Old 06-09-2023, 11:46 AM   #5
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I really noticed the proliferation of electric vehicles and charging infrastructure in BC during my recent trip from Calgary to Chilliwack to pick up my E19.

Charging stations were a common sight along my route through the BC interior (predominantly Hwy's 1 and 3).....even in the smaller towns. It was a bit of an eyeopener, since I rarely notice them outside of the major urban centers here in Alberta. Even then, they don't seem to be very plentiful.

Teslas are not uncommon in Calgary, but I suspect most are not utilized for long distance travel and use home-based chargers. I have yet to spot a F150 Lightning or Rivian in the wild.
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Old 06-09-2023, 03:13 PM   #6
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Let's say you hitch an E19 to a Ford F150 Lightning. That's a mighty long rig to be pulling up to a Tesla charging station with.
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Let's say you hitch an E19 to a Ford F150 Lightning. That's a mighty long rig to be pulling up to a Tesla charging station with.
Yah it can be a problem sometimes but we rarely have to disconnect with our 18 footer. FLO and BC hydro are getting pretty good with making them trailer accessible and even tesla has a trailer friendly stall about half the time. This is one example but they do it different in different areas. This is the Kamloops visitor centre. This supercharger had 8 stalls but they separated one by about 10 metres so one could just do a parallel park kinda thing. There is usually a way. But yes occasionally we have had to disconnect.


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