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RE: Looking for 5 star RV Park

This is about as North as you can get: About 20 min. from the Canadian border, in Voyagers National Park. But your last post clarified a bit - you want longer term, and low cost. At $95-$175 a night, you'll need both arms and legs....
Flapper 06/29/22 06:06pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Low Battery Voltage

CCA is not a very valid test for our use of a battery. That is a rating for how big a burst of power a battery can put out in a very short time (like for turning over an engine). Slightly more meaningful, but not much, is how many times the battery can pass the test without recharging. I've seen many that can pass the test once, but have no lifespan at all for longer term lower draws. Other than putting a know load on it, and periodically monitoring the voltage over time, there isn't any quick way to test for it's ability to deliver rated amp hour capacity. If you have the meter, and time, you may want to swap with a vehicle battery and see how that does over time. But periodically monitor, so you don't over discharge your test battery and ruin that too....
Flapper 06/29/22 05:56pm Travel Trailers
RE: AGM Deep Cycle batteries

Per the other question - just like flooded batteries, fully charged AGM's won't freeze until they get to -74F. I have two Grp 31 AGM's in my boat, that is stored "indoors" but at outdoor temps all winter here in Minn. (Oct to May). This will be year 12 for them. Yeah, I'm pushing my luck, but they have been amazing. Came out of storage this spring still at 95% fully charged. I always just fully charge, disconnect all cables at one terminal, and forget about them till spring.
Flapper 05/14/22 09:34pm Tech Issues
RE: Tow Vehicle Advice Needed for Novice

In general, from most restrictive to least, the order is: Hitch rating - can it support the expected tongue weight, with or without weight distribution. Easy to spec the right one, if your vehicle does not have one yet, from a decent hitch shop. Existing hitches may be the first limit you hit. Payload capacity - From the door sticker. How much can the vehicle carry. Everything added since it rolled off the assembly line counts - floor mats, running boards, other dealer options, tools, dogs, old french fries, all passengers, sometimes the driver, your new hitch, tongue weight of the trailer. This is the one that usually causes the most problem. No way to increase, except to get a different vehicle. Towing - what the vehicle can pull. Usually the least restrictive limit. ALL vehicles can tow a lot more than they can proportionally carry. If you are shopping based on close to the max tow rating, you will be WAY over the payload capacity. Since you have the trailer, best is to get total weight, ready for camping, at a truck stop, and also find the current tongue weight. Then start estimating all the other stuff that will go in the tow vehicle. If it accommodates it all, you will have no issues at all with what it can pull. If you do not actually have the trailer, find out what its GVWR is (the max it is designed to weigh). Assume 15% of that number will be tongue weight, for your payload calculation. That will be a "fat" number, that leaves with a fair amount of fudge room if you misestimated other things.
Flapper 03/10/22 11:23am Travel Trailers
RE: Fuel consumption too high?

For my truck, with a 32' fifth, I got 10.5mpg average over 14,000 miles. Now same truck, 34' tow behind trailer (same weight), I get 8mpg after 10,000 miles. I blame it on much poorer aerodynamics with the tow behind.
Flapper 12/28/21 10:19pm Travel Trailers
RE: Interesting dog names

Long ago had a Belgian Terv, that we named (based on my faulty reading of a German-English dictionary) - "Pelze Einbrucher" or "Furry homewrecker". "Pelze" for short. But he never was....
Flapper 10/20/21 12:01pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Had our catalytic converter stolen

I thought it was interesting that one of the most targeted vehicles for Cat theft is the Toyota Prius. As an ultra low-emissions vehicle, the Prius has a catalytic converter that contains more of the rhodium, palladium and platinum that render pollutants harmless. A replacement can cost as much as $3000. Ours was cut off our Prius in our driveway overnight. $3500 quoted by the Toyota dealer...AND a 3 month wait for the parts. Insurance paid, and we sold to a "guy" that was willing to have his mechanic buddies lash something together. Local cops busted a gang of 3 with a storage locker with over 100 inside. Not mine, however.
Flapper 10/11/21 03:45pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Towing with a 2022 Ford 150 3.5 EcoBoost

Just for a data point or two: 2012 F-150 Eco, with HDPP. 2160 payload. With the old Jayco fifth wheel (~8,500 lbs), I got 10.5 mpg over 15,000 miles. With the current Grand Design 2670MK tow behind (same weight), I get 8.5 mpg over 12,000 miles. The fifth was much higher above the truck. With the trailer I'm guessing I'm getting a lot of swirl as the air comes over the cab, hits the cover over the bed, and then goes up the front of the trailer - hence lots more drag, despite the lower height. Maybe a topper would help, but I have no need for one other than that, so I live with it. Out west mountain towing with the fifth was great - I could pass any lumbering truck I wanted to. No issues with really long 6-7% downhills for engine braking. Haven't challenged the trailer out west, but in the Appalachians, there have been no issues. BTW, with the 3.73 gearing, empty, I get 17.5 city, and 20-21 highway. Your new one will be better. (When we had the fifth totaled due to a roof tear/delamination, we found all newer fifths had gained weight, putting me over payload. Hence the TT. Jealous - the 2560# would've gotten me back into a fifth)
Flapper 09/07/21 09:44pm Tow Vehicles
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