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RE: Truck tech

It’s not a silly post for someone that’s never had a TC and decided to order all the towing bells and whistles offered to find out half of them won’t work once the TC is loaded,,, JJ You might want to reconsider placing an order. In addition to a substantial delay it is highly likely that you will pay a lot more. When we bought, there was a $1500 Ram incentive. The truck we looked at had a high level of trim/accessories. I told the sales manager I was not interest because there were $4k in accessories I did not want. He reduced the price $4k and we immediately bought the truck. As I said many of those accessories are really nice including memory adjustments, heated/cooled leather seats, and the electronics. Even if you order a custom built truck, you will find that you cannot pick and choose each individual accessory. They come in trim packages. Mostly you will just be ordering specific colors.
JimK-NY 10/30/21 07:47am Truck Campers
RE: Opinions on lightweight portable inverter/generators

.... Looking at 2,000 to 2,500 watts. Mainly for coffee maker, nebulizer and recharging phones and computers. .... The first step should be to do an energy audit and reduce consumption if feasible. There are plenty of great coffee maker options that work with water heated by your propane stove. Get rid of the electric coffee maker and the need to run a generator just to make coffee. Power consumption for the rest of the items you mentioned should be minimal and can be done directly at 12 volts or with a very small inverter and little consumption of power. That is certainly true for charging cellphones. There are plenty of nebulizers that operate on built in batteries which can also be easily recharged with little power consumption. We have 12v chargers for out Dell laptops and power consumption is low. You should not need a 2K or larger generator unless you also want to run a a/c unit or microwave. If you do need a larger generator, then I also recommend a Honda.
JimK-NY 10/30/21 07:38am Tech Issues
RE: Truck tech

This seems like a silly post. Clearly a tailgate camera, an automatic rearview mirror and rear sensors are not going to be of any use. Nor would a skylight. My truck came with all sorts of other accessories, many of which are really nice. I like the voice activated electronics including audio, nav and climate control. I thought the heated/cooled seat and heated steering wheel would be of little use. I was wrong. I really like them. My wife and I like the auto seat/mirror adjustments and we can easily push a single button to make the adjustments when we change drivers. Even things like the rain activated wipers are minor conveniences.
JimK-NY 10/29/21 07:26am Truck Campers
RE: Potential Pop-Up TC.....Thoughts on a Hallmark Guanella?

The price seems very high, but is it what you want? I would not buy a camper without a toilet, shower, etc. I would not buy one that had to be setup in order to be used or taken down to be moved.
JimK-NY 10/25/21 01:40pm Truck Campers
RE: Atwood water heater problem

I still have the manual that came with my 2004 Atwood water heater. The manual includes a warning to avoid changing the circuit board except as a last resort. Cleaning connectors and cleaning the ignitor and adjusting the gap might help temporarily when the ignitor starts to fail. When the heater fails to light or lights and shuts off, it is time for a new ignitor. It is cheap, quick and easy to replace and is very likely to solve the issue.
JimK-NY 10/24/21 06:37am Tech Issues
RE: Full Time RV living as a S Corp/1099 employee

This has little to nothing to do with RV living. You need appropriate financial and legal advice which you are not likely to get here.
JimK-NY 10/22/21 08:59pm Beginning RVing
RE: Question about gray water...?

The biggest step that can be taken to deal with gray water, is to conserve water in the first place. Big rigs can use a lot of water and that makes dumping gray water an issue, especially if there is a convenient source of water but no dumps. I do a lot of remote camping and have learned to conserve water. When water and dumps are not available, I get by on about 3 gallons of water a day. That includes a shower, drinking, and washing dishes. Each takes about 1 gallon per day. My gray tank is 15 gallons and I generate about 2 gallons per day. If I have ready access to water, I might back off and use a bit more but I am so used to getting by with little, I still only "waste" another gallon or so a day usually on a longer shower. I take a couple of other steps in dealing with gray water. First I have a fine mesh screen on the sink drain to minimize food particles in the gray water. Second, I frequently add a small amount of bleach to the waste tank. With 2-3 gallons of relatively clean gray water a day. Keeping up with emptying the tank is pretty easy. I usually empty the tank before it is half full. My kitchen trash container is a 5 gallon bucket which used to hold kitty litter. It is easy to make a couple of trips with 3-4 gallons in the bucket. Finding a place to dump those relatively small amounts if rarely an issue. Many campgrounds have an area designated for tent campers to dump their waste. If not, absolute worst case, I might need to dump in the bushes somewhere. I try to avoid doing that anywhere near where people actually walk or camp. I suppose dumping in a toilet or outhouse is an option but I usually try to avoid adding the waste volume. Another option is to ask the campground host where you should dump "dishwater".
JimK-NY 10/21/21 07:00am General RVing Issues
RE: Wheel Bearings - re-grease?

Are you also thinking about re-greasing the hubs of your truck?
JimK-NY 10/20/21 05:02am Tech Issues
RE: Replacement Water Pump

An RV water pump can last for decades. If you want to be prepared for any failure are you also going to carry a spare solar controller, battery charger, extra generator, propane pigtails and regulator, kitchen faucet, toilet parts, and slide motor? The last failure I had that required immediate attention was a broken door lock. I don't carry much in the way of spare parts. When something breaks, it can usually be replaced by a trip to an RV supply store or waiting a couple of days for general delivery from an online purchase.
JimK-NY 10/09/21 06:20am Tech Issues
RE: 3500w power inverter

I am totally puzzled. What are you going to do with a large sign wave inverter powered by only a 200 AH battery bank? I lived full time for a while and have spent at least 1000 nights in my RV. I have gotten by with a 175 watt, non-sign wave inverter that is only rarely used because I could not find a 12v alternative for charging my camera battery. It would take a huge battery bank and solar system to try to use batteries for running an A/C unit. Even a microwave is more than I would want to power unless it is just for a short use in reheating coffee or the like.
JimK-NY 10/05/21 06:37am Tech Issues
RE: Looking for ideas on how to Roll up/store 50 amp cord

I have not measured but my power cord is roughly 20-25' long. Even so it is stiff and hard to deal with. It is very rare for me to need the full length or anything longer. When needed, I also have a 25' extension cord. I have another extension cord that is 100' long but only 12 gauge. It will still handle lighting, battery charging and use of one appliance at a time. I have used it only a couple of times when visiting relatives and access to power required a long extension.
JimK-NY 10/05/21 06:00am General RVing Issues
RE: Quality of new Arctic Fox TC

VERY good point. Especially on point considering the prices these units are going for. I am waiting for someone to develop a clear spray sealer that you can use annually around all your clearance lights, etc. Would be so much easier than replacing caulking. You have hit on a one of my pet peeves. There are 3/4" diameter holes behind my clearance lights so wires and wire nuts could be pushed through. There was no attempt to seal the holes. Instead the entire fixture needs to have caulk around it. Nonsense. There should be a 1/8" hole with two wires that connect to a sealed fixture.
JimK-NY 10/04/21 09:30pm Truck Campers
RE: Quality of new Arctic Fox TC

Delam problems I've seen are all because people didn't keep them from leaking....... Do you have to spend a great deal of time and effort making sure your car does not leak? Why is it that we accept this strange notion for RVs? They should be built so they do not leak and so they do not need constant inspections trying to avoid small, hidden leaks that create havoc.
JimK-NY 10/04/21 12:30pm Truck Campers
RE: Garbage Cans

I know nothing about any Lance campers, but I have a 5gallon rectangular bucket for trash. It fits in a corner of the camper out of the way. A 5 gallon container might seem large but it works well with a standard kitchen trash bag and I find lots of times when a large container is handy. I often use it to empty my gray water tank and tote the water to where ever tent campers are supposed to dump their kitchen and wash water.
JimK-NY 10/03/21 04:14pm Truck Campers
RE: Flying J frustrations - Alternatives?

If you are not happy with Flying J, I have no idea what you expect to gain from complaining. There are plenty of other truck stops and in fact most gas stations, especially those on major Interstates, which will handle fueling a big rig.
JimK-NY 10/03/21 05:43am General RVing Issues
RE: Adding more Solar and DC-DC charger

Assuming you are still in the NYC area, 400 watts of solar should indeed give you a max of about 15 amps and a total of about 125 AH/day in full bright sun with no obstructions blocking your panels at any time. A couple of months from now those outputs are going to drop in half and you will be lucky it hit a max of about 60 AH/day. If your current output is insufficient, you are not going to be able to add enough solar capacity to handle short, cloudy winter days. I do not have the solution or even full understanding for your situation but I do have a couple of suggestions. First look at an energy audit and look at steps to conserve power. Reduce use of electrical appliances, convert to the most efficient LED lighting, avoid using an inverter and any 120 v devices. Saving on consumption is likely to work better than trying to add panels. Next I would look at the fastest way of charging. I don't know anything about Li batteries so I cannot offer specific help. Lastly look at the wire gauges especially for the solar to battery circuits. Typically there is a lot of waste due to use of marginal wiring.
JimK-NY 10/03/21 05:38am Truck Campers
RE: RV Dealers think new campers are junk

I did my homework. I got a well built TC with no defects. Over the years, now 16 years, parts have worn out but even that has been minimal: water pump, one vent cover, HW ignitor.
JimK-NY 09/28/21 06:22pm Truck Campers
RE: Spouse left behind after death at a Campsite, what to do?

Just goes to show you never know. I thought this thread was about a spouse who died and was left at the campground.
JimK-NY 09/22/21 07:35pm General RVing Issues
RE: Dry Camping Shower Valve Replacement

I would not want to tackle changing the main valve and an additional flow restrictor seems the best solution. Certainly it is simple and beats having a plumber do the work. You might want to look at replacing the shower head but the Oxygenics is not the way I would go. Look at the specs. It is designed to operate with a flow of at least 1 gallon/minute. When water conservation is needed I do an entire shower with 1 gallon. Good luck trying to get by with less than 3-5 gallons for a shower with the Oxygenics.
JimK-NY 09/19/21 05:31am Tech Issues
RE: Sediment in Freshwater System - Need Help!

If you can't get rid of this after flushing the tank a few times, then consider adding a few gallons of vinegar to the tank. That should dissolve any rust particles allowing you to flush out all of the sediment.
JimK-NY 09/19/21 05:23am General RVing Issues
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