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RE: Why do I need a DC to DC charger?

Curiosity leads to google. And there I found this; A DC-DC charger is effectively a smart-charger for your 12V system. It isolates the house battery system from the alternator, so that the vehicle's computer management system sees it as something like a set of lights.
BB_TX 09/18/20 08:00am Truck Campers
RE: 5G cell phones, need to purchase?

Agree with above. 4G range is measured in miles. 5G range is measured in feet. The costs of installing 5G cell towers to get good coverage is going to limit it to cities for the time being. Go out of town and it will be 4G, probably for a long while.
BB_TX 09/17/20 05:53pm Technology Corner
RE: Bed rail clearance

I would change nothing. Mine is right about 6" and never has come close, even over some pretty uneven surfaces.
BB_TX 09/17/20 07:44am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Shearing the sheep

Prices are driven by demand. And demand is very high right now.
BB_TX 09/16/20 05:36pm General RVing Issues
RE: 30’ 5th wheel

You know the 303RLS Grand Design Reflection is almost 32 1/2', right?
BB_TX 09/15/20 08:14am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Border closings

With the way so many people of the US seem determined to ignore the covid recommendations and warnings, no surprise they do not want us crossing the border. I wouldn't either.
BB_TX 09/15/20 08:04am Snowbirds
RE: Escaping heat next summer?

Long ways for a Texan, but I would also suggest the Canadian rockies from Banff to Jasper. I love the US rockies, but the Canadian ones are a step up.
BB_TX 09/13/20 02:14pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Domestic electric water heaters

Suburban and Atwood have both proven to be very good and highly reliable water heaters. Yes, there are instances of some issues. But a small percentage I think. My 13 yr old Suburban still works fine. I don’t see need to complicate the issue with something that may have its own problems in addition to a custom installation.
BB_TX 09/12/20 08:37pm Tech Issues
RE: RV Water heater

If it's electric and propane run it on electric. Agree. No noise on electric. If the weather is cold we run the WH on both electric and propane at the same time to improve recovery rate. And the electric keeps the water hot enough that the propane never comes on unless we are using enough hot water at the time to require propane to help reheat the water. So no noise at night.
BB_TX 09/12/20 12:27pm Travel Trailers
RE: Well water

There are filters, and then there are better filters. The basic ones simply filter out sediment. Better ones filter far more. Some people buy the much better home type filters although it sometimes takes a little more imagination to install them. Well water info
BB_TX 09/12/20 08:48am Travel Trailers
RE: Fifth Wheel Shopping Help

With a truck max payload of 3,244 I would look for a 5er with a dry pin weight no more than 2,500, preferably less. By the time you load it for travel even with no water, add the hitch in the truck, put other “stuff” in the bed, and people in the cab your will be at or above that number. Get a light weight hitch to save weigh. And balance your 500 lbs of stuff in the trailer front and back.
BB_TX 09/11/20 08:33pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: What discount to expect on special-ordered truck?

Something else to try. Many dealer web sites have a “value my trade” icon. Click on it and let them give you an estimated trade in value. They will likely give a good number to draw you in. Print it out and take it with you. When I bought my last truck I did that. They were already quoting $14,000 off MSRP so the question was how much they would give for my trade. They gave me a number much lower than what they did on line. I showed him the printout from their own web site of the value they quoted and they started making excuses for the lower number. Headed for the door and they bumped up the offer but still low. Headed for door again and they bumped up the number again. Headed for door again and they offered me within a few dollars of on line number. Debated whether to walk again, but it was close enough not to. Let them feel like they won a little.
BB_TX 09/10/20 06:24pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: What discount to expect on special-ordered truck?

Any time $10,000 off msrp. Certain times of year $15,000 off msrp.Good Luck with that (unless your ordering a $80,000 truck). I got my 2012 F350 FX4 CC LB, MSRP $62,000, for $14,000 off MSRP at the end of July 2012; end of model year and just as new 2013 trucks were arriving. Dealer was advertising $14,000 off MSRP off ANY superduty, even lower priced ones. I am sure there were both rebates and manufacturer/dealer incentives involved to clear the 2012’s.
BB_TX 09/10/20 03:38pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Decals cracking

Once they start cracking and peeling they are done for. There are sources for replacements if you want to replace the old ones.
BB_TX 09/09/20 07:46pm General RVing Issues
RE: What discount to expect on special-ordered truck?

Always off invoice and never from MSRP. You can find MSRP and invoice pricing on web sites such as nada.com, edmunds.com. kbb.com, etc. Go on one of these and build the truck you want, print that out, with the MSRP and invoice pricing shown, and show that to your dealer. The dealer can sell for the invoice price and still make some profit as there is a thing called dealer holdback that is money the manufacturer gives to the dealer. Some dealers will order one for you for the invoice price. Some for a few hundred over. And check to see if the manufacturer is offering any rebates. That should come off the negotiated price above. Shop around. Different dealers will make different offers. And the best times to buy are the last day of a month, the last day of a quarter, and best of all, the last day of the year. Dealer is trying to make monthly, quarterly, and yearly sales quotas for extra compensation from the manufacturer.
BB_TX 09/09/20 06:19pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Nikola and GM team up to make 900 HP Electric Supertruck.

Yeah, I read that Nikola's stock took a big jump right after the announcement. So it could all just be a ploy for stock manipulation. Yeah, up 48% in one day...... It is very beneficial for someone to create hype like this all over the media and forums like these. Almost makes you wonder if people are doing it on purpose sometimes. .......... The market is driven by speculators. Those seeking to make a profit, quick or long term, are fast to buy on any promising news and that drives the price up. And they are just as quick to bail on any hint of bad news and that drives the price down. And automated computer buy/sell programs compound the problem. ............. We are not saying anything bad about electric vehicles here so no need to get defensive. We are just saying it is click-bait or stock "buy-bait" due to the broad and general hype created by the marketing departments of these companies. ..... I was certainly not getting defensive. I have no real interest one way or the other. But this topic typically brings out the "EV will never replace my ICE" naysayers. Surprisingly, it has not really happened this time.
BB_TX 09/09/20 08:56am Tow Vehicles
RE: Lowering rear of truck

Do they still put the 4" spacers under the springs on the F350 4x4? I had my dealer replace the 4" spacers on my previous F350 FX4 with the 2" spacers, the same ones the 4x2 trucks use. Leveled out the truck and no affect on any thing else. Service manager liked the result better as it straightened out the drive line somewhat. There was actually a service bulletin put out by Ford years ago about doing this if you were towing a 5er as the rear may be too high. Dealer did mine under warranty. But I don't think they do that any longer. I considered it with my current 2012 F350 but haven't done it.
BB_TX 09/09/20 08:49am Tow Vehicles
RE: Nikola and GM team up to make 900 HP Electric Supertruck.

Yeah, I read that Nikola's stock took a big jump right after the announcement. So it could all just be a ploy for stock manipulation. Yeah, up 48% in one day...... It is very beneficial for someone to create hype like this all over the media and forums like these. Almost makes you wonder if people are doing it on purpose sometimes. .......... The market is driven by speculators. Those seeking to make a profit, quick or long term, are fast to buy on any promising news and that drives the price up. And they are just as quick to bail on any hint of bad news and that drives the price down. And automated computer buy/sell programs compound the problem.
BB_TX 09/08/20 12:16pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Nikola and GM team up to make 900 HP Electric Supertruck.

LIke it or not, it is coming. Keeps improving and sooner or later there will be a major breakthru. There will be huge profits for who gets there first. New battery technology in the works. https://www.nbcnews.com/business/business-news/general-motors-takes-11-percent-stake-2-billion-equity-electric-n1239491
BB_TX 09/08/20 09:04am Tow Vehicles
RE: COE

Why would that be important? I thought it would be fun to go camp one night at each COE cgs somewhere in Arkansas, Kansas or Kentucky? I think Kentucky has a lot of COE? We are retired and been traveling for 14 years. We usually stay gone 2-3 weeks at a time, mostly at USFS cgs. We are free from work and schedules. Open the COE map I linked to above. Click on a state and it shows the COE parks on that state map. Click on an icon and get details of that park.
BB_TX 09/06/20 03:24pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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