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RE: Lithium for dummies: need advice in simple terms

^ Yeah, so much for real world advice and NOT diving into the weeds.... I think the simple answer is move the batteries inside the camper somewhere. Storage and discharge below freezing aren't so much the issue as trying to charge a cold battery. Presuming you arent letting the camper cold soak down well below freezing and at the same time expect to be charging the batteries, that's a good compromise since you're not really going down into extreme cold temps. Remember it's the battery "core" temp that matters. I use a LFP on my snowbike. It is certainly in the "cold" all day. Older original battery needed much more "warm up" before it would discharge at a fast enough rate. Couple bumps of the starter to load the battery momentarily and then off to the races. If you are to the point where insulated boxes with pad heaters are needed, just scratch LFP as being practical. If you can do the above suggestion to keep them warmer without extra effort, then IMO it will work fine.
Grit dog 12/08/22 10:31am Tech Issues
RE: Locked Out...Sorta

Hope you are headed back to the dealer! It would be complete BS if they did not take care of that any any other little details. I could take it back for about $80 in fuel and 4-5 hours of my time. Or, I can fix it myself for about $20 in parts (OK, $30 including a six pack) and 2-3 hours of my time. Truth! Now, the real question, why on earth would the 2 doors be keyed differently? (I understand latches and deadbolts are generally/always different...also dumb) That would be like keying each door on your house different or each car door if they still had manual key locks.
Grit dog 12/08/22 10:21am General RVing Issues
RE: Locked Out...Sorta

Sheesh. I thought Airstreams were suppose to be quality. Lotta dinero for a giant convection oven with wheels!
Grit dog 12/07/22 08:02pm General RVing Issues
RE: Insert pins

How does a thread like this get past like 3 posts? Rubber bands tape and zip ties? Lol Y’all don’t generally use locking hitch pins? Very trusting I suppose?
Grit dog 12/07/22 01:35pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Suggestions for using "wasted" solar power?

I’d say you’re trying too hard to find a solution to nothing. The libby EVers on this forum would tell you how you could sell it back to the utility company. Just don’t ask them to run the numbers as to whether it’s feasible….lol.
Grit dog 12/07/22 01:30pm Tech Issues
RE: Ordering F-350 7.3 CCLB SRW - how big of camper can I get?

Taking a significant financial hit on vehicle in any recent years back to the last recession shouldn’t be blamed on upsizing a camper since the vehicles for each are very similar in value.
Grit dog 12/06/22 01:16pm Truck Campers
RE: Ordering F-350 7.3 CCLB SRW - how big of camper can I get?

All the 9’ ish “short bed” capable campers I’ve seen have CoG right about over the axle of a short bed. Move the camper forward a foot and a half ish in a longbed truck will relieve what was virtually 100% load on the rear axle by a fair amount. Nothing earth shattering but several hundred lbs will shift to the front axle.
Grit dog 12/06/22 12:16pm Truck Campers
RE: Ordering F-350 7.3 CCLB SRW - how big of camper can I get?

Two different posts with two fairly different opinions! The base weight of the Lance 950s is under 2900lbs so the person selling this unit is I believe being honest about the actual weight at 3150. I have no interest in exceeding the sticker payload (I'm a lawyer lol) but I don't feel that we will travel with 1000lbs of gear? It doesn't make sense in my head... mkirsch is right from a real world practical standpoint. The Jim is right also, when it comes to exceeding mfgs recommendations. Which btw is 2900lbs and change for a new F350 CCLB 4x4 with the gasser engine. (Or about 1000lbs less than the payload rating) Worth noting that the only meaningful material differences between a srw and a dually (in general) is usually greater rear spring rate and higher rear tire/wheel weight capacity. There isn't an axle under a HD srw pickup from the last 20+ years that isn't actually rated for around 10klbs. Your biggest real world limitation will be rim weight rating of around 3600lbs/ea for OE type rims and tires which will be int he 3600-3800lb cap for OE type tires. Springs/airbags/sway bars are easy additions. And I won't publicly recommend it, but have been carrying in excess of OE rim weight capacities (few hundred lbs/ea) for alot of years and alot of different trucks. They're not the achilles heel in the equation. Also, the "add 1000lbs" to dry weight is an accurate rule of thumb. Some people carry rocks, some go light, most add about 1000lbs to a TC ready to camp. LP and batteries add to dry weight - around 200lbs for 2 batteries and 2 bottles. Water - fresh water 40-50gal in a big TC - 300-400lbs Gray and black - add another couple hundred if you somehow have those full as well as freshwater. But could consider gray and black replacing fw weight although boondocking, I can easily be filling the black tank, gray goes in the woods when needed and have extra fresh water. So 500lbs MINIMUM just for gas water and propane. I took I'd guesstimate at least 200lbs of "stuff" out of our TC. Dishes, tools, camping gear, extra bedding etc. Now you're at 700lbs minimum over dry weight. Add a weeks worth of groceries, beer, cases of water and kid drinks, easily 100lbs or more. Add 3 or 4 people's personal gear, clothing etc, another 100lbs. That's 900lbs before you start hanging bbqs and bicycles off the back, gear that's in the truck, 50lb bed mat, couple arm loads of campfire wood stuffed somewhere, little genny and a gas can... 1000lbs is pretty accurate unless you intentionally travel real light. That said, if you're not good with going over mfgs recommendations, a med size or larger TC on a srw truck is a non starter. If you're ok with what the rest of the world does every day, I wouldn't hesitate to haul a 3000lb dry, 4000lb + loaded TC on aany new 1 ton srw. Hauled 4000lbs worth of TC on our 2007 Dodge diesel Mega cab for alot of years and alot of miles, including the Alcan and all over AK. Guy that bought it with 190k miles bought the camper too and 2 years later he's still liking it and it hasn't broke in half or snapped a spring yet! Short story is, a new 1 ton srw is a perfect truck for your intended use and you can use it with confidence. Dually will be more stable though if you're easily frightened or don't like using the suggested speeds on the yellow "curve" signs.
Grit dog 12/05/22 02:06pm Truck Campers
RE: Ordering F-350 7.3 CCLB SRW - how big of camper can I get?

There is also a Lance 830 used in my area - the tent could be a good option in warm weather, but I don't like security aspects of it. Also the single propane tank seems terrible - otherwise an interesting option and definitely good for a single rear wheel. Security from bears? 1 propane tank is enough unless you camp in colder weather where the heat is needed. Which would also be horrible with a canvas pop out.
Grit dog 12/05/22 01:43pm Truck Campers
RE: Tesla delivers there first semi

The route was between Freemont and San Diego via the grapevine as per the published data. It used 94 percent of the battery to go 500 miles. Truck was loaded to just under 82000 pounds as per presentation. https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/52542070541_2f7f7c6cd8_c.jpg Was this independently checked by a 3rd party? How big was the battery? Was the battery size independently checked by a 3rd party? Were any of the weights independently checked by a 3rd party? There are several commercial truck scales that are mandatory to go over on this route. Do you know if they showed the actual weight ticket with the time and date printed on the ticket? If not, why not? Was ANYTHING checked by a 3rd independent party? If not, non of this means anything. I agree that I would like to see an independent assessment. Let's give one to TFL. I would like to see this trip in reverse. Let's make sure it can go 500 miles in two directions. Let's see this vehicle in operation in Ohio, Indiana, or anyplace that is currently near freezing. And I hope the taxpayers appreciate this. I read that they are paying $15.4 Million for Pepsi to have this. And I hope you approve of the $40,000 per every semi coming from the Federal Government. That would be like giving 4 people $10k towards their student loans. While I agree w you wholeheartedly, at least it’s not the worst or most wasteful thing our govt subsidizes! Doesn’t even make the top 10.
Grit dog 12/05/22 11:14am Tow Vehicles
RE: Insert pins

Not an issue OP.
Grit dog 12/05/22 11:10am Tow Vehicles
RE: Andersen WD hitch thoughts?

I had one, and for my 34', 8000lb 850# tongue trailer, it didn't work. BUT - the trailer was way too light on the tongue, so prone to sway easily. Not enough TW on the friction cup to counteract the sway. Also a very long tail wagging the dog. I had no issue setting the WD to recover all the front rise of my truck. Loved the ease of setup and use. With a shorter, lighter trailer that has proper tongue weight it may work well. At a guess, the OP's trailer might be at the very top of the range for it. Too bad there is no "try it for 30 days". Rather than accumulate slightly used hitches in my garage, I just bit the bullet and got the very expensive, very heavy ProPride. Which definitively fixed the sway issue. Sold it to a fellow with a trailer same length and a bit lighter than mine, at a steep discount. He got rid of it soon after, also. What you said is largely contradictory. Not enough tongue weight but trying to recover front end rise? Not at all. 1. The hitch depends on TW pressing the ball of the hitch down into a silicon friction cup, that then dampens sway. Not enough TW, not enough friction, and if prone to it, sway could start. 2. ALL hitches make the front end of the tow vehicle rise, due to the weight on the back end. The WD system (whatever kind) acts as a reverse lever to bring the front end of the vehicle back down. Some have bars that can be hard to set. This has chains that are easy to tighten, and for me, were robust enough to bring the front of the vehicle back to its original height. So, 850# on the hitch was way more than enough to get the front of the vehicle to rise, but not enough to generate the needed friction to dampen sway. Can't say what my now proper 950# TW would have on it all.... Ok, I can see having an extra large tail wagging the lightweight dog exaggerating sway issues. So makes sense in your case where the Anderson design may not have been enough to counteract a poor towing trailer design. But what are you calling “sway”. The little wiggles while towing at high speed or a bit of exaggerated push when passing a semi? Or actual sway that increases with speed and becomes hard to control or uncontrollable at certain speeds?
Grit dog 12/05/22 11:08am Towing
RE: Andersen WD hitch thoughts?

Seems as if tongue weight could be enough to squat the rear of the tow vehicle but still not be enough (% of trailer) to let the trailer tow well. :h And that’s what springs are made to do, is squat. And if the OP is correct in his trailer weights he doesn’t need to transfer tongue weight. Typical “need a wdh” when one quite likely is not only unnecessary but may be causing problems that wouldn’t be present if the truck just carried the hitch weight on the hitch.
Grit dog 12/05/22 10:58am Towing
RE: How to stay warm in cold weather.

There’s definitely some misleading info wrt humidity here. But great discovery that the furnace and supplemental electric heat can heat a camper in the winter.
Grit dog 12/05/22 10:33am General RVing Issues
RE: Ordering F-350 7.3 CCLB SRW - how big of camper can I get?

Well the Jims are out in force with skepticism and pessimism (except jimh406, he’s just presenting the typical get a dually speech and is not wrong) There are some half truths in the info you’ve gotten in the previous few posts. There is the 2023 Ford towing and camper guide actually posted here yesterday that says 2900lbs for a slide in camper (same cya and half truths as some of the responses here). Bottom line any camper with a 3klb dry weight giver take is about max you’d want on a srw, IMO. Or in layman’s terms, in general if you stay in the 8.5’ -10’ range campers not the 11-12’ and keep to 1 slide out or less, those are the campers in range for that truck. Good luck and hope you’re able to find a nice truck.
Grit dog 12/05/22 10:30am Truck Campers
RE: Major Ecoboost repair, long delays

Btw, trusting the dealer and their story is also part of the problem. Unless dealers pre pay for their parts from the mother ship. Which makes zero sense. Although idk a lot about franchises so icbw.
Grit dog 12/04/22 09:04am Tow Vehicles
RE: Major Ecoboost repair, long delays

And a month later after “finding” an engine they don’t have it fixed or just no update? (Since someone else resuscitated this old thread) It’s unfortunate that your dealer sat on it for 6 months and even more unfortunate the first mechanic according you screwed up more than he fixed. But not holding the first guy accountable and then not being proactive for the next 6 months is largely the fault of the vehicle owner. Supply chain “issues” are no secret and they weren’t 6 months ago either. Whether actual or just an excuse. Anytime you just sit back and “hope” something goes right the chances of that happening are diminished. I understand how it’s more complicated when one doesn’t understand vehicles but half a year to fix a car is just not taking control of the issue.
Grit dog 12/04/22 09:02am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla delivers there first semi

the EV semi tractor trailer truck rig weighs 81,000lbs. What will this do to our nation's highways and roads??? If anyone cares. Also according to financial news RIVIAN is doing very poorly financially and may be on last legs????? What are you smokin? Are you insinuating the tractor is 81k or they are capable of 81k gross? If the latter, thanks captain obvious. If the former, clean off your readers and stop spewing bs.
Grit dog 12/04/22 08:18am Tow Vehicles
RE: Andersen WD hitch thoughts?

I had one, and for my 34', 8000lb 850# tongue trailer, it didn't work. BUT - the trailer was way too light on the tongue, so prone to sway easily. Not enough TW on the friction cup to counteract the sway. Also a very long tail wagging the dog. I had no issue setting the WD to recover all the front rise of my truck. Loved the ease of setup and use. With a shorter, lighter trailer that has proper tongue weight it may work well. At a guess, the OP's trailer might be at the very top of the range for it. Too bad there is no "try it for 30 days". Rather than accumulate slightly used hitches in my garage, I just bit the bullet and got the very expensive, very heavy ProPride. Which definitively fixed the sway issue. Sold it to a fellow with a trailer same length and a bit lighter than mine, at a steep discount. He got rid of it soon after, also. What you said is largely contradictory. Not enough tongue weight but trying to recover front end rise?
Grit dog 12/03/22 02:07pm Towing
RE: Interesting video on the Cybertruck design & designer

@Huntindog and Fish, let’s not bring common sense and reality into people’s fantasy. It ruins the mood. And gets some of our esteemed members here all riled up. Which is certainly not good for their health, especially around the holidays! Lol
Grit dog 12/03/22 09:16am Tow Vehicles
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