Author Topic: My Deer Hunting Vehicles through the Years  (Read 4542 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline ghurd

  • Global Moderator
  • Sr. Member
  • ******
  • Posts: 442
  • Karma: +22/-0
    • GHurd Solar
My Deer Hunting Vehicles through the Years
« on: July 29, 2012, 07:36:25 AM »
Things change.

I pretty much always had a Toyota Tacoma since back before they had a name.
My Dad did too.

ila_rendered

And they are big enough.

ila_rendered

Things started coming together for me and my wife.  The 15 years of plans and efforts were working out.
Time to upgrade to a 3 car family.  Vacation vehicle, and it was nice for deer hunting too.
wife wanted a Toyota 4-Runner.
A hitch rack was a great idea.
(that's my Dad)

ila_rendered

Dad decided to downgrade to better MPG after 35 years of trucks.
Toyota Corrolla has fold down rear seating and is acceptable for deer hunting, with the optional tarp.

ila_rendered

(edit- Thought this was 2 in the Corrolla, but it is inside the 4-Runner)

ila_rendered

Having taken care of that purple Tacoma (did not drive it in the snow and salt for 3~4 years),
naturally it was one with the crap metal in the frame,
and the frame rusted out a few months AFTER the extended warrenty expired instead of 3~4 years BEFORE it expired.

At this point things are not going so well for me.
(notice 'me' instead of 'us'.  Last I heard, things are going just dandy for her.)
The logical choice for me at this time is the best city MPG possible.

This years hunting vehicle?  '09 Prius... and fold down rear seating, with the optional tarp.
Got lucky on the timing as far as price is concerned.  The new Prius C release seriously effected the resale value of used newer full size Prius'.

ila_rendered

Plans modified!
Didn't notice until I had the thing for about 3 days....
It has a Reese hitch!
(who at Reese said "We need to make a receiver hitch for that new Prius thing, just in case somebody wants to do something crazy.")

That means it'll get a hitch rack.
Tuesday after Thanksgiving, trying to remove a frozen 150lb animal or 2 from the trunk of a smaller car, without damaging the car or leather interior, is NOT exactly my idea of a good time.
Probably be the only one like it when it has 2~3 deer on the back?

ila_rendered

wife left her 1-1/4" windmill mount... sorry... "bike rack".
Meaning if free time and ambition coincide ever again, maybe I'll manage to test a few more turbines that have been waiting too long for their trip to the causeway.
Insert Prius where Camry is;


G-

Offline bj

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 646
  • Karma: +18/-0
  • Lamont, Alberta, Canada
Re: My Deer Hunting Vehicles through the Years
« Reply #1 on: July 29, 2012, 09:09:33 PM »
   good read Ghurd.  Sorry about the me part.  Been there.
"Even a blind squirrel will find an acorn once in a while"
bj

Offline ghurd

  • Global Moderator
  • Sr. Member
  • ******
  • Posts: 442
  • Karma: +22/-0
    • GHurd Solar
Re: My Deer Hunting Vehicles through the Years
« Reply #2 on: August 18, 2012, 02:53:13 PM »
OK.
Enough is enough.

Stupid people: "How far does it go before it needs plugged in again, and how far will it go after that?"
Smart people (me): 'Hybred'.
Stupid people: "Yea, but how many miles...."
(Edited for length and content before posting)
Smart people (me): 'You are an idiot.'

OK.
You want a plug on it?  Will that make you happy?  I got a plug.

Just an FYI-  Don't mess with the master of picking up crap nobody else wants... and saves ALL the parts... especially if he is bored.  And I am bored today.  (same concept goes toward telemarketers)

I swear to God, finished the electrical taping it to the hitch, went in for 1.5 seconds to grab the camera off the top of the TV by the front door, and the 1st people down the sidewalk were talking about the plug... "So that's how they plug them in!"

Another FYI- I did restrain myself at the time.

It's the 1st one I pulled out of the pail.  Guessing it is off a microwave by the extreme amount of stress related distortion at the plug.
'puters usually have white or black power wires, and clothes irons usually only have 2 prongs.
G-


Offline bj

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 646
  • Karma: +18/-0
  • Lamont, Alberta, Canada
Re: My Deer Hunting Vehicles through the Years
« Reply #3 on: August 18, 2012, 10:10:16 PM »
  Up here, in the winter, the person parked next to you in the parking lot would try to plug their
block heater into it.
  Maybe a little "danger, high voltage" sign?
"Even a blind squirrel will find an acorn once in a while"
bj

Offline ksouers

  • Full Member
  • ***
  • Posts: 126
  • Karma: +6/-0
  • Missouri, USA
Re: My Deer Hunting Vehicles through the Years
« Reply #4 on: August 19, 2012, 05:07:55 PM »
Hmm, just for giggles...

Carry an extension cord. Park next to another Prius. Plug in the extension cord to your car and run it over to the other.
Tell people you are syphoning fuel :)


Kevin
As far from the city as I can get but still keep my job.

Offline ghurd

  • Global Moderator
  • Sr. Member
  • ******
  • Posts: 442
  • Karma: +22/-0
    • GHurd Solar
Re: My Deer Hunting Vehicles through the Years
« Reply #5 on: August 19, 2012, 09:13:27 PM »

Tell people you are syphoning fuel :)


I like the way you think.

Problem is, around here, never see a Prius, let alone 2 in the same parking lot at the same time.
G-

Offline ghurd

  • Global Moderator
  • Sr. Member
  • ******
  • Posts: 442
  • Karma: +22/-0
    • GHurd Solar
Re: My Deer Hunting Vehicles through the Years
« Reply #6 on: August 19, 2012, 09:39:31 PM »
Maybe a little "danger, high voltage" sign?

I was going to make a little hitch mounted board for my bumper sticker of the day:
"The is no plug"
"Powered by unicorn blood"
"The closer you get, the slower I drive"
"My other car is a car"
"Driver has no money.  If he had money, he would not be doing this crappy job."
"See the pizza sign on the roof? It means I don't know where I am turning. So get off my butt, you moron."
"No.  I do NOT get that $2.29 they charge you, even if they make it sound like I do"
"Why should you tip me? Because I am alone in my car, with your food, and all us drivers know who you are."

Offline MadScientist267

  • Impossible Condition Curator
  • Senior Moderator
  • Hero Member
  • *******
  • Posts: 1198
  • Karma: +22/-4
  • Rules? What rules?
Re: My Deer Hunting Vehicles through the Years
« Reply #7 on: August 21, 2012, 06:11:13 PM »
There once was a driver named Ghurd,
With a little grey Prius that's absurd.
It was real good on gas,
But people rode on his ass,
And now he just flips them the bird.

 ;D

Steve
Wanted: Schrödinger's cat, dead and alive.

Offline Wolvenar

  • Senior Moderator
  • Hero Member
  • *******
  • Posts: 1396
  • Karma: +31/-0
  • Mr. Murphys pawn
    • Click here if you dont want to see your internet slowed by big ISPs
Re: My Deer Hunting Vehicles through the Years
« Reply #8 on: August 22, 2012, 02:33:39 AM »
There once was a driver named Ghurd,
With a little grey Prius that's absurd.
It was real good on gas,
But people rode on his ass,
And now he just flips them the bird.

 ;D

Steve

 I almost fell off the chair laughing!!!
Trying to make power from alternative energy any which way I can.
Just to abuse what I make. (and run this site)

Offline ghurd

  • Global Moderator
  • Sr. Member
  • ******
  • Posts: 442
  • Karma: +22/-0
    • GHurd Solar
Re: My Deer Hunting Vehicles through the Years
« Reply #9 on: August 22, 2012, 07:18:49 AM »
Coffee came out my nose!
G-

Offline MadScientist267

  • Impossible Condition Curator
  • Senior Moderator
  • Hero Member
  • *******
  • Posts: 1198
  • Karma: +22/-4
  • Rules? What rules?
Re: My Deer Hunting Vehicles through the Years
« Reply #10 on: August 22, 2012, 10:19:03 AM »
Glad I could be of assistance...  8)

Steve
Wanted: Schrödinger's cat, dead and alive.

Offline ghurd

  • Global Moderator
  • Sr. Member
  • ******
  • Posts: 442
  • Karma: +22/-0
    • GHurd Solar
Re: My Deer Hunting Vehicles through the Years (68.9MPG!)
« Reply #11 on: April 13, 2013, 02:26:59 PM »
Quick update-
Man, I love this car.
MPG really drops when it is cold weather, and when the motor is not warm.
If I am not worried about making people irate, and when the motor is warm, it can be more impressive.

Cheap phone pic, 68.9 MPG so far on this tank of gas.  It won't stay that high, but still, WOW!
G-

ila_rendered

Offline bj

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Posts: 646
  • Karma: +18/-0
  • Lamont, Alberta, Canada
Re: My Deer Hunting Vehicles through the Years
« Reply #12 on: April 13, 2013, 06:22:45 PM »
  I've never owned anything that could even think of that mileage.  And yes, I'm a bit jealous.
"Even a blind squirrel will find an acorn once in a while"
bj

Offline ghurd

  • Global Moderator
  • Sr. Member
  • ******
  • Posts: 442
  • Karma: +22/-0
    • GHurd Solar
Re: My Deer Hunting Vehicles through the Years
« Reply #13 on: April 13, 2013, 10:40:56 PM »
Sorry bj.  I should have saved you 'metric' guys some time.
In Canukian that is 29.3 km/L.

In UK-ian, that is 18.2 M/L?
I don't get why UK is metric, uses miles on roads, and liters on gas?
Maybe I misunderstand what I have been told.

When it was wicked cold (for here) the MPG went down to about 40 MPG a few times, because very often I don't drive laong/far enough to get the motor and passenger compartment up to the temperatures required by the computer.

And I think (pretty sure) the battery has some type of temp regulation, which is related to what it take in vs what it puts out.

It seems to be FAR more efficient when the battery is warm.  It takes a while to get the windshield de-iced, interior temp warm, and the battery warm, when they both start at -17F (0F) or 0C (32F).
In the winter, the gas motor runs to make heat even at a red light, or going down a steep hill, or slowing down for a stop sign.
In the summer, it does not.

I can actually SEE and WATCH Peukert's Law happen.  That is so cool!
I can coast down a long hill at infineite MPG with the regen braking charging the battery efficiently, and maybe just touch the breaks enough to regen a bit faster.
Or I can go way too fast down the hill, slam my brakes, and get to the red light, and sit for 20 seconds longer.
Or I can lightly ride my brakes (battery charger) down the hill, make it to the red light while the light turns green and the traffic is already moving, so I do not need to make the car's speed increase much more, and an increase in speed is an increase in power
(That falls into the "not worried about making people irate" catagory.  It is not MY fault that THEY don't know the light around the bend will be red with stopped cars when WE both get there, no matter how fast WE get there!  {Occupational hazzard for me at this time} though it still PO's them because people want to wear out their brakes, use more gas, and sit at a red light longer?).

Anyway.  I love this car...  Everything from the leather, to touch screen "everything", to steering wheel stereo controls, to 3 glove compartments, to the fold-down back seats, to the 12V power plug locations, to the cup holders, to rear view camera, to everything else.
I just love this car... so far.
G-