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RE: Battery Replacement?

Bang for buck, LA 6v GC Cosco.....8-10 yrs AGM...way overpriced Trojan....always been a joke,......way over priced My first set of Trojans lasted 4 years. When those went bad I bought Sams Club 6v GC batteries at half the price in 2007 and they are still being used today. It took me a while to learn proper maintenance so I figure the Sam's Club were better maintained. Everyone has different electrical requirements so it is hard to compare battery brands or types based on longevity, but I don't full time but mainly dry camp with minimal battery requirements, so for me I would by the Sams Club batteries again and hope for another 13 years of life.
Gjac 08/10/20 09:29am Tech Issues
RE: Back fire and power loss

I would start by removing the doghouse cover and starting the engine at night, do you see any arcing from the wires to the engine block? The next thing I would do is check to see if that vintage engine has a plastic timing gear, then check the timing. Base timing is 4*BTDC it will run better between 9-12* BTDC. Let us no what you find and you will get get better help rather than a bunch of possible solutions.
Gjac 08/09/20 09:12pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 1996 itasca suncruiser 32' w/ ford 460

That vintage Class A should be less than half of your budget. Maintenance is more important than make or model of an older MH. Check maintenance records, for all fluid changes etc. Exhaust manifold leaks were common in both 460's and 454 engines, headers fixed that issue reducing engine heat and adding about 80 more HP. If you don't mind fixing things it could be a good MH or a money pit if you have to take it to a shop every time something goes wrong.
Gjac 08/06/20 08:36am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tow Bar Age

I have the Demco Excalibur rated for 10,500 lbs made out of steel, it is heavy. It is 15 years old and towed about 100,000 miles. I bought the steel one because it was rated higher than the Al one. I removed the shafts to clean them and all the parts are original, just cleaned and lubed every 3 years or so. My tow car only weighs about 2500 lbs so it is over designed for the vehicle and has plenty of safety margin. I will use it until the parts wear out. Every company wants you to by new, Al is lighter and easier to remove but steel is a lot stronger. I choose the heavier weight for a higher safety margin.
Gjac 08/05/20 08:15pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Best house battery?

pianotuna wrote: What I would love to know is, after those 1500 deep cycles, is there still 80% of the capacity left? (I'm using that number as it is where electric vehicle batteries are considered "done in".) This is a good question. I have a nickel hydride battery in my hybrid Rav 4. It operates best between 20%- 80% SOC (it never fully charges except on long down hills , much different than Li or SiO2 or wet cell. These are cheaper than Li and last 15 years in a car that is a DD, don’t know what they would last in a MH used 3 months a year.
Gjac 08/02/20 07:28pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Best house battery?

I guess I don't understand these silicone dioxide batteries enough to form an opinion, but I see them listed on Amazon from $1100-$1300 for 2 6v 260 AHs or 12v 270 AHs. One can buy 2 6v Sam's Club GC batteries for under $200. Will these batteries last 5 times longer? To break even in cost per AH that would be 50 years.
Gjac 08/02/20 07:55am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Best house battery?

I don’t think the average rver can go wrong with he Sams Club 6v GC batteries. Mine are now 13 years old and still working fine. I dry camp 95% of the time but don’t watch tv or internet usage (minimal electrical reqs). If you don’t mine proper maintenance and adding water they will serve you well at a much lower cost. If you don’t want to be bothered with maintenance the AGM might be a better choice.
Gjac 08/01/20 02:11pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: 2013 KZ Sportsman converter problems

I would start by checking the out put of your converter. Are you seeing at least 13.6 v when plugged in? If you are then your converter is working and the problem is either in your battery or the wiring. You said with a new battery every thing works but the lights go dim in a few days, a good battery should last a week or more without the converter assuming you are not leaving the lights on, only turning them on to check your battery. Check the voltage reading at the battery and post back what your reading is, that will help diagnose the problem.
Gjac 07/25/20 10:22am Travel Trailers
RE: Celebrating 50 years while beating the heat...

Congrats on 50, we're at 54, I was intently reading your story when halfway through the first part, I realized you weren't talking about the White Mountains in NH. Still a great story, we'll be waiting to hear about the 75th. :W :B I thought the same thing. Until I relaized post was by Desert Captain. Mr and Mrs Desert Captain, Congratulation on 50 years and many more. Going to the White Mtns in NH next week it will be 52 years for us in Dec. Congratulations, not many make it that long.
Gjac 07/25/20 09:26am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Battery Disconnect Confusion

I would try to figure out what is drawing the battery down and fix that. ie: If you have a dome lamp switch on the dash that controls a dome lamp that has its own remote switch, make sure the dash switch is not left in the on position. How can I do this? To check this remove the negative cable from your battery, set your multimeter to 10 amps and measure the amp reading between the negative cable and negative post. A reading of greater than 1 amp is too much parasitic draw and will drain your battery. Mine will read about .4 amps and will take weeks to draw down to 80% SOC. ECM as Bud stated and some other things will contribute to this draw. If the MH will not be used for several months just disconnect the neg cable and the parasitic draw is eliminated. You should never have to recharge your chassis battery for two weeks of camping but if you do when you run your genset to charge your house batteries put your key in the on position and your chassis battery will charge at the same time your house batteries are being charged. Once you measure what your parasitic draw is post it here and you will get help to find what is drawing your battery down.
Gjac 07/25/20 09:21am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Koni vs Bilstein

When I returned from Alaska I needed a lot of front end work and wanted the Bilstein shocks installed. He said he did a lot of MHs with the Bilstein's and fewer with Koni's in the past and customers preferred the softer ride of the Monroe's. So I went with their recommendation. It was a great improvement in ride quality but it was hard to tell how much was do to shocks and how much do to new front coil springs.
Gjac 07/25/20 08:41am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Banks Exhaust

Looks like I'm getting the Banks Stinger Pack. Just adding system from the "cat" back. Still will provide some performance improvement. If you go with the banks system I would go with the complete system not just the cat back. The headers will give you the most performance improvement. If you want just to replace the damaged exhaust system I would think the shop in Ashland(if they do exhaust systems) would replace the cat back much cheaper than the banks system with parts from Summit Racing for example.
Gjac 07/25/20 08:23am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Generator vapor locking

I have heard of people putting a fan in that area to remove the heat and some would just open the door when stationary.
Gjac 07/20/20 07:19am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Azdel or equivalent

They have basically no structural strength, at least in the vervion I used, but there should be others which may work for you. These are used for sheathing, so I need shear strength to prevent the walls from racking front to back. I'm not sure what your application is but in general most any resin that is fiber reinforced will be good enough for a side wall of a MH. Azdel is just a thermoplastic material(polypropylene) and most Azdel products are FRP . Epoxy reinforced with a woven fiberglass will be stronger. Woven FG will be better in shear and stronger in general(tension,compression,bending etc) than random fibers like Filon. Azdel, Lamilux, FRP epoxy or polyester will all work for sidewall. It will be next to impossible to get mechanical properties like shear strength from their web sites so you will have to call and talk to their technical dept if shear strength is important to your application..
Gjac 07/13/20 10:35am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Vibration issue

Felt in the steering wheel first then the seat. Did it start all of a sudden or did the vibration get worse over time? What is your camper make model and year?
Gjac 07/12/20 07:37am Beginning RVing
RE: Vibration issue

Three questions did this start all of a sudden? do you feel the vibration in the seat or the steering wheel?
Gjac 07/11/20 06:17pm Beginning RVing
RE: Locked out of RV

Is it a Trimark latch? If so it is either the latch itself that broke, it is made from a cast Zinc alloy that is very weak, or the plastic cam that operates the latch broke. I have had both issues. After buying the second door assy I was not going to buy a 3rd one. I was able to slide the drivers side window open using the palm of my hand, there is no handle on the outside windows. I climbed through the window which was a chore. Once inside you can remove the screws holding the two parts of the door assy together and the door will open. I fixed mine by adding a thin steel plate to join the broken door latch pieces together. That was about 4 years ago and it is still working well. The replacement latch is about $100 someone on hear posted that Trimark now sells a replacement latch made from steel for about $200, if you don't want to modify it yourself.
Gjac 07/10/20 09:11pm Tech Issues
RE: Nicest?? CG in or near Bar Harbor

I would stay in Arcadia NP itself either Blackwoods or Seawall CG's.Seawall is easier to get into without a reservation mid week.Not really sure the OP's 41ft 5er + F350 would fit in either of those, we barely fit with our 29" Class C w/toad & dolly. Plus those CG's are closed That is too bad, was hoping to get up there this season. Like most NP's they have fewer sites for larger RV's, I had no problem with my Class A with tow car in either CG. Web site says "Backwoods will open no sooner than Aug 1st", but Seawall is closed for the season. Looks like most of the hiking trails are open as well as the park loop road,but some areas will remain closed.
Gjac 07/10/20 10:42am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: FORD 460 Overheating Mystery

How are you making out with your overheating? Did you mechanic find the cause?
Gjac 07/09/20 09:18am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Are campgrounds more crowded or is it just me?

I camped several times in the NFS CG's in NH, one week after memorial day w/e once June 15th and once the week before July 4th usually these CG's would have no vacancy on the w/e's but there were always sites available.
Gjac 07/09/20 07:23am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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