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RE: Both blinkers flash for right and left

Do your other lights come on? Do they all blink? I'd bet you simply have a bad ground connection.
KD4UPL 09/18/22 07:02pm Tech Issues
RE: inverter not charging the battery

You couldn't run the slides until you turned the battery on? Of course not. You should have had the battery on anyway. Slides take a lot of power and usually need the battery to help out. Further, the battery probably won't charge with the disconnect off.
KD4UPL 09/12/22 07:30pm Travel Trailers
RE: AGM batteries & solar battery tender

Charge them up and unhook them. They'll be fine. If you really want a maintainer that will work to but you will still need to unhook them or the LP detector, stereo, etc. Will still drain the battery with a litle panel. You could put in a real solar panel and have use of it for camping.
KD4UPL 09/11/22 01:32pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: New Superduty gas engine for 2023.

Seems a little ridiculous. 6.8 vs 7.3? Ford should just put one gas motor in, the 7.3 Godzilla, which, so far has proven to be a great engine. That way, they could use economy of scale to keep costs in line. Are you talking about the old Ford plagued 7.3 Power Stroke. Thanks to my research I saved myself from buying one many years ago and instead went with a real winner. Cheers to the good guys. No, he's talking about the 7.3L Ford gas V8 that was introduced just a couple years ago.
KD4UPL 09/11/22 09:44am Truck Campers
RE: Battery charging question.

Charging one of a series pair will never charge the other at all.
KD4UPL 09/10/22 02:37pm Tech Issues
RE: WDH needed?

Have you read the manual? I'd start there. I personally din't think it sounds like you need one but it may tow nicer with it.
KD4UPL 09/02/22 06:31pm Towing
RE: Motor vehicle laws. Complicated jurisdiction question.

Some things are reciprical. Some aren't. Nobody cares about a Florida inspection except Florida. Something like double towing is different. Double towing is not legal in VA, it doesn't matter if it's legal in your home state or not, you can't do it here. We'd have to know exactly what you were ticketed for, where. And exactly what the laws are. I'd just call a lawyer if I were you.
KD4UPL 09/02/22 06:29pm General RVing Issues
RE: Purchasing a Jackery or something similar....need help....

Save your money on any of those "solar generators". Buy some more solar panels and a good inverter for the RV. It will be money well spent, far more convenient than toting something else around, and likely less expensive.
KD4UPL 08/31/22 06:18pm Tech Issues
RE: Little Joe Rd in Northern Idaho

In case you care, I suspect that Little Joe road is named after the electric locomotives that the Milwaukee railroad used to run thru that area back in the 1960s and 1970s. They were originally built to be shipped to the Soviet Union but never went because of political reasons. The railroad crews knew their history and named them Little Joes after Joseph Stalin.
KD4UPL 08/31/22 06:16pm Roads and Routes
RE: no noise generators

I build off grid solar systems for a living. I have a few customers who have tried these types of things. They must not have been satisfactory or they wouldn't have called me to put in a full scale permanently installed system for their cabin. Your right, it won't run an air conditioner for more than an hour or so. I would focus on improving the system build into your RV. Get a larger battery bank, some solar panels, charge controller, inverter, etc. It will cost less than the portable unit, be more convenient, and probably be more effective if designed and installed right.
KD4UPL 08/21/22 01:45pm Tech Issues
RE: tire pressure

It should be listed on the door sticker. With no other information inflate to the maximum on the sidewall. To really set it right you need to weight the RV fully loaded and get axle weights. Then, look up your tires on the manufacturer's load inflation table and inflate to the pressure for that weight.
KD4UPL 08/20/22 01:26pm Beginning RVing
RE: "Godzilla" Ford V 8

I would guess it's de-rated because of the heavier duty application. Also, cooling may be an issue with the tighter confines of a van engine compartment versus a truck engine compartment.
KD4UPL 08/17/22 07:10pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: F150 3.31 gears vs 3.55 gears

I'd always get the lower gear (3.55) for towing. My 2500 Suburban has 3.73 and I wish it had 4.10. I've found if I put it in 5th gear instead of 6th it just tows a lot better, both up hill and down hill.
KD4UPL 08/15/22 04:29pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Powering AC unit built into travel trailer with solar?

Where are you going to find a mini-split that only draws 4 amps? I installed the smallest one I could find (12,000 BTU) in my cabin and it draws about 6.5 amps at 120 volts. Even if you're unit draws 4 amps that's basically 500 watts. Overnight would be about 12 hours so you need 6,000 watt hours of storage. Using something like a Simpliphi PHI-3.8 you would still need 2 of them to just barely have enough. That's around $6,000 for the batteries. An inverter will cost you another $1,000 to $2,000. Then you need cables, lugs, etc. I'd say figure $8,000 minimum for just the inverter and batteries. If you can get 1,000 watts of solar panels on the roof that would be quite helpful. That's about another $1,000 for the panels, brackets, and wire. A charge controller will be another $500 to $1000. I, like most people, would love to have this in an RV but the space it takes up, the weight it adds, and the money it costs are all prohibitive for most people. You can find a few Rvers on Youtube and where ever that have installed systems like this.
KD4UPL 08/13/22 01:29pm Travel Trailers
RE: Battery disconnect - switch or fuse?

The 10 amp fuse you pulled is likely for the break away brakes. Put it back. A negative disconnect will probably also disable the break away brakes so you can't pull the trailer on a road with it turned off. I'd just use a circuit breaker in the positive main wire.
KD4UPL 06/12/22 06:34pm Tech Issues
RE: Batteries charging with motor running

That sounds like the one. With the engine running you should have the same voltage to ground on each side. If it's different it's not connecting the batteries.
KD4UPL 06/08/22 07:45pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Charging 6v golf cart batteries?

It's incredibly rare, nearly unheard of. That a camper doesn't have a built in charger. Most items in the camper run from 12 volt battery power. The shore power is converted to 12 volts by the converter/charger. If you relly only on 2 amps it isn't anywhere near enough. Your batteries will die.
KD4UPL 06/06/22 06:09pm Tech Issues
RE: TV & 30 ft TT to Mini Van and 17 ft TT

Your not going to get 15 MPG towing a 19' TT.
KD4UPL 06/06/22 06:04pm General RVing Issues
RE: Twisted Truck? UPDATE-Fixed!

By putting only one wheel up on a ramp you have twisted the frame. Once you put the wheel back down on the ground it will straighten back out. I always leveled mine by using blocks under the truck wheels to get it as level as possible first. Then I used the camper jacks to tweak it and take some of the weight off the truck so it didn't bounce so much. I had electric jacks, don't know about hydraulic. Maybe you can't use them like that.
KD4UPL 05/21/22 09:32am Truck Campers
RE: Hyundi Santa Cruz

Sure it's believable. It would probably tow a 5,000 pound boat just fine. It would probably tow a 5,000 pound load cinder blocks on a flatbed just fine. There are many different types of trailers and a hard sided travel trailer is probably, by far, the most difficult to tow. The high percentage of tongue weight, inability to move the tongue weight, large frontal area, poor aerodynamics, and large side sail area make a travel trailer a difficult tow. Just because a tow vehicle says it will tow 5,000 pounds doesn't mean just any old trailer at all. The same vehicle that might handle a 5,000 pound boat just fine might be a struggling handful with a 4,000 pound RV. Further, some people have very different expectations. I expect my tow vehicle to be able to maintain interstate speeds up a mountain while towing. Some people are just as happy to be doing 45 with their 4 ways on up the mountain. Some people have never tow within 100 miles of a mountain. I also expect my vehicles to last for 200,000 or more miles. Some people think a vehicle is worn out at 100,000. That vehicle probably would pull a 4,000 pound RV but I doubt you'll like the experience, particular up a mountain, and I bet it won't live very long.
KD4UPL 05/20/22 11:28am Tow Vehicles
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