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RE: Fridge

I can't imagine you have two Rv type absorption refrigerators; I've never seen an RV that did. Is one of them a small "dorm" refrigerator in the outdoor kitchen? Those are typically electric only and much simpler and cheaper than a 2 way or 3 way absorption refrigerator typically installed inside. Which refrigerator is not working?
KD4UPL 12/26/20 11:45am Travel Trailers
RE: Questions About People's Knowledge Of Various Issues

Some people go camping, they set up in the forest or at a campground for a week and "enjoy nature" or hike or whatever. If this is what you like to do a trailer may work fine and be less expensive. My family travels via RV, we visit museums, historic sites, relatives, etc. while traveling around the country. We rarely spend more than 1 or 2 nights in the same place. For us a motorhome makes more sense. It allows for snacks, bathroom breaks, naps, etc. to all take place while in motion. (Except for the driver of course.) Thus, since selling my TC a few years ago, I'm looking for a MH. I'm looking for a class C for a few reasons: I want a driver's door, I want the overhead bunk as we have 3 children and don't want to be converting the dinette to a bed every night, and I do my own vehicle maintenance and a C strikes me as being easier to work on. I'm a Chevy guy and have had excellent service out of them. I've had a truck with the 8.1 and Allison and it was great. In fact, all of my GM trucks, gas or diesel, have given me fantastic service. However, if I had to have a Ford engine it would be the V10; no, they weren't perfect but they were pretty solid with a nice flat torque curve.
KD4UPL 12/26/20 11:43am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Reg cab long bed vs extended cab long bed?

I carried my 4000 pound 11' Fleetwood on an '07 Chevy 3500 SRW reg cab for a couple years. I had no problems but it really wasn't enough truck; I was right at the limit of my rear tire capacity. I carried about 4,300 on the front axle and 6,800 on the rear axle. As mentioned the radio antenna hit the bottom of the cab-over part. I wrapped the end of the antenna with white electrical tape so it didn't mark up the fiberglass and just let it touch. It's kind of hard to see a stop light if you're the first vehicle in line but that's not really that big a deal. Also, Chevy narrowed their tailgate opening with the 2007.5 body change. I had to load my camper hard against the passenger side wheel well to get it to fit thru the tailgate opening. After 3 years I put this same camper on a 2005 Chevy crew cab dually. It has way less bounce and sway on that truck. I attribute that to the dual rear wheels more than the longer wheelbase. It just didn't feel as top heavy or "tippy" on the dually.
KD4UPL 12/24/20 05:39am Truck Campers
RE: 22 to 24 foot garage?

So you're looking for a toy hauler that is mostly a huge garage? I don't think it exists in a production RV. I've never seen one anyway. You might look for "race car" trailers. These are what auto racers take to the track to hold their car and their tools. Many of the fancier ones have a small living quarters in the front. Otherwise, you can have something custom built. Featherlite is one company that will do it; they make most of the NASCAR haulers. There's a great dealer not far from you in Harrisonburg, VA: Huffman Trailer Sales. They could probably order just about anything you could want.
KD4UPL 12/23/20 05:03pm Toy Haulers
RE: Battery bank in 35' 5th wheel

Any size generator or solar array will eventually charge them. Your question is probably more like how long will it take. If you run a 250 AH bank down 50% that's 125 AH. If you have a 30 amp charger it will take five or more hours to charge and use around 600 watts from your generator. Or, you could get a 60 amp charger and do it in about 3 hours while using 1200 watts from your generator. (Battery chargers are not 100% efficient, nothing is.) The 12 volt output on generators is worthless and shouldn't be used. It is generally unregulated and very low amperage. If you read the fine print it's probably something like 8 amps or so where your RV's built in converter (charger) is probably 30 to 50 amps.
KD4UPL 12/23/20 05:00pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: RV lighting

What's the problem with the lights? Too bright? Wrong color? You can get 12v dimmers so that might solve the too bright problem. You could get replacement bulbs in a different color. If you don't know light bulb color is expressed in degrees Kelvin. 2,700K is a more orange light very similar to an old fashioned incandescent. 3,000K is still pretty "normal". 4,000K is more blue like you might find in a office building or a store. Anything up around 5,000K or 6,000K is considered a daylight bulb but most people think they look really weird inside. I've heard the term "alien spaceship" used to describe them.
KD4UPL 12/22/20 06:53pm Travel Trailers
RE: Moving LiFePo4, Rewire or run Long Extensions?

Yep, a furnace eats up a ton of power. The old saying is "one battery, one night." I really don't understand why they can't put a more efficient heating appliance in an RV. Not only is the standard gas furnace an electricity hog it also seems like it's wastes a lot of heat. Ever felt the air coming out the furnace vent? It's sometimes hotter than the air coming out the ducts inside. Seems like a terrible design that hasn't changed since the 1950s. I'd probably just run large wires from your current battery compartment to the new location but #4 isn't nearly large enough for a 2,000 watt inverter. You would want something like 2/0 for that load; it's likely to be around 200 amps when making 2,000 watts. If you decide to put the batteries back in the exterior compartment then it's really easy to put them back. I know space is tight on a TC, you could put them back outside all summer and they would probably do quite well. Really, I'd probably just try to get a second battery in the same compartment and keep in mind that you will need run the generator every winter morning.
KD4UPL 12/19/20 12:00pm Truck Campers
RE: Alarm

Is your battery any good? If not a low voltage condition may cause your LP leak detector or your carbon monoxide detector to go into a weird alarm condition.
KD4UPL 12/17/20 02:45pm Travel Trailers
RE: RV without a WD hitch

You wouldn't necessarily even need a WDH with that combination. A 3500 will usually ride a lot better with a thousand or 2 pounds of tongue weight. I would have no problem towing it like it is at least until I discovered how it towed. If it turns out it would benefit from a WDH then go ahead and get one; otherwise, don't worry about it.
KD4UPL 12/07/20 06:41pm Travel Trailers
RE: Air Shocks

You want air bags, not air shocks. The shock mounts on a truck aren't designed to support weight. I've had Airlift bags on 3 different trucks. They worked well and didn't develop any leaks in the bags. I had problems with the plumbing leaking but that's not really the bags' fault.
KD4UPL 12/07/20 06:38pm Towing
RE: Tow vehicle charging RV batteries

The problem is mostly that it's a long way from the alternator to the batteries and the vehicle manufacturers use wire that is too small for this circuit. It's often something like #14 or so. It really needs to be more like #6 or larger to get good current flow. People who really want to set things up well for this will run a heavy charge line from the battery tot he rear of the tow vehicle with something like #2 welding cable. Then, you use connectors meant for a lift gate trailer or perhaps some Anderson Powerpole style connectors rated for 100A. Of course this require the matching connector and more #2 cable on the trailer to the batteries. The other problem is that in the ever present race to improve vehicle MPG many modern vehicles actually lower the alternator's output voltage when the vehicle is just "cruising down the road". Usually turning on the headlights or putting the transmission into tow/haul mode will raise the charge voltage back up.
KD4UPL 12/04/20 04:43pm Travel Trailers
RE: When is weight distribution needed?

No, you don't need a WDH if you have everything set up right. If you don't have everything set up right I would fix that rather then buying and dealing with a WDH. By set up right I mean that all your parts: hitch, ball mount, ball, rear axle, tires, etc. need to be rated for the weight. It sounds like you're good there but I can't read the labels from here. You also need to have the trailer loaded for enough tongue weight to prevent sway. That's on you also. If you put too much weight in the garage and it unloads the tongue you will have terrible sway WDH or not. In general, WDHs were invented to allow marginal tow vehicle to tow larger trailers. You do not have a marginal tow vehicle for the weight. You may want sway control which is not the same thing as a WDH. I regularly pull a flatbed trailer with excavation equipment on it weighing up to 16,000 pounds with my 2005 Chevy dually. I don't use any WDH or sway control, I just drop it on the ball and go. But, I do try to position whatever equipment I'm hauling so I have sufficient tongue weight to prevent sway.
KD4UPL 12/02/20 06:48pm Tow Vehicles
RE: the ultimate truck camper truck.

So I lost track. Is that more or less weight than the Tundra pulling the space shuttle?
KD4UPL 12/02/20 06:40pm Truck Campers
RE: Solar panel

Solar panels are not all imported from China although China does make a lot of them. My favorite brands non-Chinese brands are REC, Mission. Solar panels are mostly a commodity and looked at on a watts per dollar basis. The best price on is typically a 60 cell panel which will be about 40" wide and 66" long. These will put out 30 - 35 volts and are what some people refer to as a "24 volt" panel. These are used by the thousands on homes and businesses and thus usually lower cost on a dollar per watt basis than smaller "12v panels". Yes, you will need an MPPT charge controller. In the residential solar business is pretty much unheard of to install any charge controller that is not MPPT. I think most of the PWM controllers are likely bought by RVers. Nothing wrong with that, it's just that PWM is far from the "standard" used in the overall industry. Put as many and as large of panels on your RV that you can fit. Solar panels are relatively inexpensive compared to batteries, inverters, and charge controllers. Careful shopping should get you solar panels at around 50 cents a watt. If you pay more than $1 a watt it's an incredible rip off.
KD4UPL 11/27/20 06:46pm Tech Issues
RE: 2012 F-150 tow rating

..There are many different kinds of trailers: flat bed, dump, horse, cargo, boat, equipment, cattle, and RV. They all have their differences. A hard sided RV trailer is by far the most challenging. They have a huge frontal area, a high percentage of tongue weight, a large side "sail" area to catch wind, and very limited ability to adjust the weight balance. The same truck that might pull an 8,000 pound boat very well might be a struggling hand full with a 6,000 pound RV.lo So, yes, your truck can pull 11,500 pounds. If that's a flatbed load of bricks or a dump trailer load of gravel you're probably fine. If you're talking about a hard sided RV I wouldn't even want to tow 9,000 pounds with a 1500 series truck.You apprently aren't familiar with the SAE J2807 standard, which is how truck ratings are established, or you would never had made such a ridiculous statement. None of my statements are ridiculous. Their are multiple types of trailers, they do have different physical characteristics and quirks, they do tow differently. Wind resistance and tongue weight are absolutely factors that must be considered in how suitable a tow vehicle is. Are you suggesting that a trailer that vastly overloads the rear axle, tires, and hitch is just fine as long as it weighs no more than the "tow rating" of the vehicle?
KD4UPL 11/25/20 05:53pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2012 F-150 tow rating

The truck's tow rating is correct but it's not that simple. You have to use your head and figure out the other ratings like payload and axle weights. There are many different kinds of trailers: flat bed, dump, horse, cargo, boat, equipment, cattle, and RV. They all have their differences. A hard sided RV trailer is by far the most challenging. They have a huge frontal area, a high percentage of tongue weight, a large side "sail" area to catch wind, and very limited ability to adjust the weight balance. The same truck that might pull an 8,000 pound boat very well might be a struggling hand full with a 6,000 pound RV. So, yes, your truck can pull 11,500 pounds. If that's a flatbed load of bricks or a dump trailer load of gravel you're probably fine. If you're talking about a hard sided RV I wouldn't even want to tow 9,000 pounds with a 1500 series truck.
KD4UPL 11/22/20 04:52pm Tow Vehicles
RE: What's a good battery level monitor?

The Trimetric TM-2030-RV is a nice, simple battery meter that has been around for decades. It's not fancy but it does the job. If you ever plan to expand your system to include an inverter charger you could get a Magnum inverter and use their matching ME-BMK. The Victron unit listed looks nice but I have no experience with that one.
KD4UPL 11/17/20 05:53pm Tech Issues
RE: Generator Timer Click, click how to change

Considering no body know what generator we're talking about it's hard to make a good recommendation. However, it is almost assuredly not 120v. Most Onan and other quality generators use a 12v meter. Many portable types wrap the spark plug wire as bgum mentions.
KD4UPL 11/15/20 07:29am Tech Issues
RE: 1997 Fleetwood Caribou 12 ft

That camper belongs on a dually only. My 2003 Fleetwood 11X was nearly 12' long. It weighed a bit over 4,000 pounds loaded for a trip. I had my family of five with me in the Chevy dually truck. We tipped the scales at about 13,000 pounds. Unless you pack incredibly light and take no passengers I wouldn't even entertain putting that on a F250.
KD4UPL 11/15/20 07:27am Truck Campers
RE: Generator use during travel

I agree, just run the furnace. I know someone who tried to run a portable generator in motion on the rear of a bus. It wouldn't. It ran fine stationary, not moving. It could have been the oil sloshing away from the low oil sensor. It could have been the vacuum at the back of the bus deprived it of air. Who knows.
KD4UPL 11/15/20 07:23am Travel Trailers
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