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RE: Ductless AC instead of roof mounted AC

Be careful messing around with the fittings while the unit is running, R410a systems can have operating pressures above 450psi.
S Davis 08/19/19 06:54pm General RVing Issues
RE: The ticking time bomb under the hood

I am just hoping my 2013 lasts until December, 113,000 on the clock.
S Davis 08/18/19 04:46pm Truck Campers
RE: Duramax Turbo

I would recommend a Edge insight, they are more money but they give you a set of gauges that can monitor just about every thing. I have one screen set for desired fuel pressure and actual fuel pressure. The other screen is turbo boost and turbo vain position. It will also monitor the soot level in the DPF filter and even let you initiate a regen cycle manually.
S Davis 08/15/19 10:04am Tow Vehicles
RE: Duramax Turbo

Maybe someone could explain how it's somehow beneficial to use the exhaust brake function to help keep the variable vanes from sticking when they move just the same every time you mash the throttle. See my post above, the vains have more travel with the turbo brake on.
S Davis 08/14/19 05:03pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Duramax Turbo

It is a good idea to use the turbo brake on a regular basis, it will help keep the adjustment range clear of build up. That is a good tip. On my 2013 in heavy stop and go without the turbo brake I see vain movement from 55% to 98%, with it on I see between 5% and 98%. This is in Seattle traffic where you are going 70 one second and 0 the next.
S Davis 08/12/19 06:58pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Duramax Turbo

It is a good idea to use the turbo brake on a regular basis, it will help keep the adjustment range clear of build up.
S Davis 08/12/19 12:00pm Tow Vehicles
RE: The verdict is in! DRW vs SRW....real world

Congrats on the new truck, I am jealous of you guys that have the room to park a DRW truck. My parking at my house is so tight I wouldn't be able to get it into my parking spot, and I don't want to park on the street as a neighbor just had their three week old car totaled when some crack head came around the corner and plowed into it. Now if they had a crew cab short bed DRW available that would just fit.
S Davis 07/25/19 05:49pm Truck Campers
RE: atwood water heater trying to ignite while burning

Check the ground connections, that is how most of the gas burning appliances verify there is a flame present, they run a small currant through the flame. If it does not detect a flame it will continue to spark trying to light the flame. After a certain time period it will go into lockout and you need to reset the control.
S Davis 07/21/19 03:45pm Tech Issues
RE: Tariffs trip up the all-American RV industry

"Unless they are strictly on a cash basis, in the example being hashed about, they would need to increase the price more than the $2.50 the wholesale price increased. The reasons would be the cost to carry the inventory will increase resulting in either increased interest costs or increased opportunity costs (if they pay cash for inventory, they lose the ability to invest that money). Also, in today's world, 90% of all transactions are card based. Card transactions are subject to fees that are a percentage of the amount of the transaction. Now the total of all those costs probably only amount to $.10 or so on an additional $2.50, but dimes add up when you are selling in quantity. Bottom line, to maintain exactly the same amount of profit, if the wholesale price rises, the retail price must rise slightly more than that wholesale increase" Not to mention as a contractor how do you guys think insurance companies calculate premiums, it is based on liability exposure. They use gross receipts as a way to gauge your liability, so you can't just pass along the amount of the tax to your customers. And as said it will affect a lot more, inventory that is taxed will cost more and increase a businesses tax burden. Not as simple as most make this issue out to be.
S Davis 07/18/19 12:49pm General RVing Issues
RE: Battery box size

Seal the battery box and vent it to the outside to avoid problems. They will be AGM and I am sealing and venting the boxes.
S Davis 07/15/19 03:22pm Tech Issues
RE: Battery box size

I think I will go 1/2" clearance and insulate the bottom, the boxes will site on the floor of the pickup and be cold in the winter. I am wondering if I should look at venting them with a fan in the summer, I can see the truck getting into the low 100s in the summer.
S Davis 07/14/19 05:45pm Tech Issues
Battery box size

I am slowly moving forward on installing the batteries and Outback inverter in the back seat area of my crew cab pickup, how much extra space should I provide in the battery boxes? The lifeline manual says 1/4' min, is there any reason to go bigger? Should I leave room for insulation or heat mats?
S Davis 07/14/19 03:47pm Tech Issues
RE: Which 19.5" tire to choose

I run the Toyo M608 on the vision wheels, it looks like I will get over 60,000 miles out of them. They have been good here in the PNW, I am a contractor and work on remote job sites so they see a lot of gravel, mud, rain, snow and ice. If you get them do not run higher pressure than you need in the front tires, they will be less squirmy on grooved pavement.
S Davis 07/12/19 06:02pm Truck Campers
RE: A poll: What does 2 blinks of the left signal mean to you?

Been there and thought I knew what it meant while behind a logging truck between Reno and Tahoe, want to guess how it worked out when I went to pass? I was half way along side him when he turned left in front of me, just about killed my mother and myself. Only thing that saved our lives was I was able to punch it and just get past him enough that I caught his drivers side wheel into the rear quarter panel, ever seen what the lug nuts on a big rig do to a steel quarter panel. The next thing I know is I am looking out my drivers side window straight down the road going about 60 mph, I still to this day don't know how I recovered and didn't flip the jeep wagoneer we were in.
S Davis 07/09/19 03:08pm General RVing Issues
RE: charging batteries with truck

I got to thinking about using those same cables to charge my batteries using the truck. I would not be using it for hours to run everything but just a little while to top off the batteries in the trailer. Modern vehicle (after about 2000) charging system work TOTALLY DIFFERENT than the past. They drop the voltage down to about 13.2V within a few minutes of starting. That is much TOO LOW to charge such a large battery bank ! This is not true at lest on my 2013 Chevy 2500HD, my voltage after starting goes to 14.7 volts for a few minutes and then settles at 14.4. I can drive for hours and it never goes below 14.4 volts.
S Davis 07/05/19 11:08am Tech Issues
RE: Escape 5.0TA fifth wheel

Marv, Thanks for the info, one of the things I was worried about was insulation. I had seen a video of their construction and saw what looked like bubble foil reflectix insulation, I had hoped that was in addition to other insulation but it looks like it is used on the whole trailer. R-1 insulation is a deal breaker for me, i would bet they have high condensation problems.
S Davis 07/04/19 12:16pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Escape 5.0TA fifth wheel

Anyone have one or know someone that does? I have been planning on a truck camper because I could not find a small enough fifth wheel. But this looks like it would still get into most of the older parks with smaller sites. https://escapetrailer.com/trailers/the-5-0-escape/ Don't know of anyone that has one, but I actually =saw= one this past week at Campland in San Diego. First one I've ever actually seen. Didn't have time to stop and gab, or I certainly would have. :B Lyle I have not seen one either, I am about 90 minutes and a border crossing south of where they make them. I might have to make a trip up to check them out.
S Davis 07/02/19 06:53pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Escape 5.0TA fifth wheel

There is a member on this forum who used to be a frequent poster that had the 2.0TA. As I recall, he liked the trailer a lot. I've seen them on the road, they're small. Should be able to get it into just about anywhere. I've owned a travel trailer with the fiberglass clamshell construction like the Escape. It doesn't take much heat to warm one up. They are tight I plan on a lot of winter camping and moisture is a big issue, I am planning on installing a small ERV air exchanger to help with moisture and venting with losing the least amount of heat.
S Davis 07/02/19 06:49pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Escape 5.0TA fifth wheel

Coincidentally I just started looking for short 5th wheels also because I could not find a TC that had room or storage without having to buy a dully truck. I saw this on the web but not in person. It looks like it can be towed with a 1/2 ton truck which is another good feature. The only down side it did not have a slide. Let us know what you learned from the MFG. I originally started looking at 28'-30' fifth wheels but after hauling a 30' gooseneck trailer and seeing how limited the maneuverability was I decided I could not get into the places I wanted to go. This could be a viable option, the other thing I need to ask is they use two 3500lb axles but it only has a 5500lb GVWR, why not 7000?
S Davis 07/02/19 06:41pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Escape 5.0TA fifth wheel

I am going to contact them, they look like they are willing to work with you on customizing the camper as it is built. I am going to install Radiant Floor Heating in what ever I get, if I can get the tubing installed while being built it will make things easier.
S Davis 07/02/19 12:16pm Fifth-Wheels
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