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RE: Battery Question..

Just disconnect the batteries between your monthly uses of the trailer. They will be fine in between. They'd be fine for 2 or 3 months in between uses.
KD4UPL 02/26/21 06:15pm Tech Issues
RE: Wonder if truck makers will start making 10001 # 1/2 tons.

It's amazing how someone can think their way of life needs to imposed on everyone else even though they don't understand other people's way of life. Yes, the whole world must comply with our way of life, no matter if our grandkids have no clean air or water Do you have any idea what it takes to make a battery? Lithium, Cobalt, Nickel, and Magnesium are all MINED; largely in third world countries. The mines for these rare metals are huge; they burn vast amounts of DIESEL fuel to power the mining machines and trucks. There is lots of ground water contamination. There is lots of child labor being used. Further, unlike lead acid batteries, lithium batteries are not very recyclable; they are mostly just a throw-away battery. Current recycling "technology" for lithium batteries includes basically burning them to smelt the precious metals back out. Further, all these electric cars being recharged from a grid that is still 63% fueled by fossil fuels. Anyone who thinks electric cars are "saving the planet" or keeping the air and water clean isn't looking at the whole picture.
KD4UPL 02/24/21 07:25pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Blue Ridge Parkway - Early April

Just 3 weeks ago part of the parkway was closed right at Afton Mountain in VA where it ends and transitions to Skyline Drive. I don't know if it's open yet there or not. In my opinion April is plenty early for driving thru the high mountains. Snow is quite likely. The last time we camped up there we took 4 days to go from Afton, VA to Galax, VA. I wouldn't want to do it any faster.
KD4UPL 02/23/21 03:24pm Roads and Routes
RE: Wonder if truck makers will start making 10001 # 1/2 tons.

I assume these laws are written by young urbanites who never venture far from pavement. It's amazing how someone can think their way of life needs to imposed on everyone else even though they don't understand other people's way of life. I know plenty of people who drive their trucks to their off grid hunting camp, ride around in the mountains all week, etc. Where exactly are they going to recharge? Logging companies, farmers, ranchers, excavators, etc. all regularly operate motor vehicles, particularly 1500 trucks, in very remote areas with no electrical infrastructure for long periods of time. This will likely drive 1500 truck buyers to 2500 and larger trucks making them even more expensive for us working stiffs who need them to make a living, not just cruise around town looking cool.
KD4UPL 02/23/21 03:19pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Palomino SS 1251 Pop-Up on 1/2 Ton Pickup

I had a Palamino 8' pop up TC on a 1996 Dodge 1500 ext. cab 4wd. With just the camper loaded up and the tailgate and spare tire removed I was about 600 pounds over the truck's GVWR. I tried to never put much gear inside at all knowing that I was already so heavy. I was a young single man at the time so I didn't need much gear. Also, it was generally just me in the cab. So, by adding E load range tires, Rancho shocks, and air bags I was able to make it work. This camper was pretty bare bones; it had no air conditioner, no water heater, no bathroom, only 1 propane tank, and no sewer tanks. That camper shows an UVW of 1,795. Adding 20 pounds of propane, 15 gallons of water, and a battery will put you at almost 2,000 pounds. I would say loaded with food, clothes, dishes, etc you will be pushing 2,500 pounds. Weigh your truck's rear axle with you and the wife in the cab, a full fuel tank, and no tailgate. Subtract that weight from the truck's RAWR on the door sticker and see if you have 2,500 pounds left.
KD4UPL 02/21/21 07:45am Truck Campers
RE: Inverter Install?

If you plugged your shore power cord directly into your inverter then yes, all the outlets in your RV should have power. You would want to turn off your built in converter (battery charger) when doing this. You would also want to make sure your refrigerator and water heater are set to gas and not electric. It sound like you've done this and don't have power. That's just basic troubleshooting. Check for power at the inverter, check for power at the dog bone adapter, check for power in the RV breaker panel, etc. You do have a volt meter I hope. If not this is a useless exercise.
KD4UPL 02/19/21 04:38pm Tech Issues
RE: Spark Plug Confusion ??

I would trust NAPA but not he other stores. However, I'd go by the GM manual before I listened to anyone in a store. The gap should be listed under the hood or somewhere in the vehicle or the manual. I wouldn't just assume the gap was right out of the box.
KD4UPL 02/19/21 04:34pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 1991 Ford IDI engines/trucks for towing

I suspect those trucks were used to tow your suggested load and more back in their day. That's about right for a farmer hauling a load of hay or cattle. It will be slow and loud but it will do it.
KD4UPL 02/17/21 07:36pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Genset carb upkeep:  drain it and/or exercise it? Both?

The point of running a generator under load every month, according to Onan anyway, is to produce heat in the windings and help dry out moisture. It has nothing to do with a carburetor getting gummed up because Onan recommends the procedure for propane powered generators. I have no idea if Honda recommends this same procedure for the same reasons. I have no idea if, as Matt suggests, this procedure isn't necessary anymore. I know it was in the manual for my 2003 Onan RV generator.
KD4UPL 02/17/21 07:33pm Tech Issues
RE: New Palomino hard side 'solar ready'??

I had a Fleetwood TC that had a connection on the roof for a solar panel. I could not ever figure out where the other end of the wires were. I pulled lights and speakers down, took paneling off, etc trying to follow the wires around but I could never find where they went. I ended up just cutting them where they were accessible and running my own wires to where I wanted my charge controller mounted. Unfortunately "solar ready" is more marketing than reality. I think retailers have figured out that a lot of people will buy just about anything if they put "solar" on it some where.
KD4UPL 02/14/21 07:24am Truck Campers
RE: Battery charging question.

It's difficult to find a portable battery charger that puts out more than about 20 amps. Unless your going to drag around one of those big rig type engine start/battery chargers that's on wheels. I would think putting in a quality RV style converter capable of 40 to 60 amps would be a far better solution. 2 6v Golf cart batteries are by far the best option of the 3 you listed.
KD4UPL 02/14/21 07:20am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Towing with F150 Poweboost

As new as the Powerboost is it's apparent that very few people here have heard of it, let alone towed with one. I would suspect that the extra weight of the batteries and the electric motor is only going to hurt you MPG wise when towing. Hybrid is great for around town stop and go driving. When towing it's likely just in purely gas engine mode. I must assume you have some kind of display that tells you when you are in electric/hybrid/gas mode. Have you watched it while towing? How often is it in each mode during a typical trip?
KD4UPL 02/12/21 07:32pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Solar installation

What's with the little 100 watt and 200 watt panels? Get a 300 - 330 watt panel. Do you have a local electrical supply house? Some of the big name electrical suppliers are carrying solar panels now. Or, seek out a local residential solar installer who may have a pallet or two of panels in his warehouse.
KD4UPL 02/12/21 05:51pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Anyone towing 5ver with lifted truck?

One thing some people do is move the trailer axles below the leaf springs to gain extra height on the trailer. Obviously this requires a trailer with leaf springs instead of torsion axles. It also requires a trailer that has the axles over the leafs form the factory. Even doing this you will only gain 3 or 4 inches. If it's already a tall trailer this may put you past the legal height limit of 13' 6". You could possible swap the regular truck bed for a FW hauler bed that wouldn't have the high sides. The advantage of this is you would gain additional storage in all the compartments on the bed. The downside is it probably won't lower the hitch much so you will still have a height problem, just not a bed side problem. Do you know the details of the new springs (assuming the lift involves new springs)? I know one poster already assumed that it would be stiff; I wouldn't make that assumption. A good quality lift often actually has softer spring rates to improve ride and axle articulation as most lifted trucks aren't used for hauling heavy loads. If this is the case with your you may actually have less rear spring capacity then you did with the factory springs. All in all I doubt it's worth the trouble to tow a FW with a truck lifted that much.
KD4UPL 02/11/21 04:54pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: CDL Required to Drive Class A?

You don't need a CDL for an RV unless you're being paid to drive it. Your state may or may not require a non-commercial state license. Don't worry about any information that is not from YOUR STATE. What ever is required for an RV in a different state is not relevant to you.
KD4UPL 02/08/21 05:32pm General RVing Issues
RE: Mega Cam Ram 3500 and towing fifth wheel

For a FW that heavy you want a dually. Even if the "numbers" technically work for a 3500 SRW you still will want a dually for that load. The added stability and improved handling will be well worth it. I'm not knocking the mega cab, just get the dually version. However, I would want a long bed for FW towing. I wouldn't want to have to deal with the extra complexity of a slider hitch and I would surely need the room for tools, firewood, generator, bikes, etc.
KD4UPL 02/07/21 06:22am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Crossover SUV trailers

You will most assuredly add more than 500 pounds to the UVW. Two 20 pound LP tanks full of gas will add 40 pounds. A battery (required by law for the brakes) will be around 50 pounds. A standard RV water heater holds 6 gallons of water for another 50 pounds. You will want to carry some water in your fresh water tank even if you don't fill it. Figure maybe 5 gallons minimum in there for another 40 pounds. That's 180 pounds before you add any of your gear.
KD4UPL 02/06/21 01:37pm Tow Vehicles
RE: WD hitch?

If it's not adjusted with the loaded trailer hitched up then it's not adjusted.
KD4UPL 02/05/21 04:01pm Tow Vehicles
RE: GPS / CB Choices

He said he wants to talk with truck drivers and other motorists. I've never seen any truck drivers use GMRS.
KD4UPL 01/31/21 11:40am Technology Corner
RE: How dependable are newer trucks with higher mileage?

I would actually trust a 15 or 20 year old truck to last longer than the newer ones, particularly if talking about a diesel engine. But, even the newer trucks should easily go 300,000 miles. I bought my 2005 Chevy Duramax new and it now has 279,000 trouble free miles on it. The engine has never been apart, original turbo, injectors, etc. The transmission has never been apart either. I've had to replace the alternator, thermostats, and some injector lines; nothing major. My 2009 2500 Suburban I bought with 99,000 miles on it. I've only put about 22,000 on it but it hasn't given me any major problems: a broken shift cable and a broken exhaust manifold bolt. Repairing both cost less than $500.
KD4UPL 01/31/21 10:14am Tow Vehicles
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