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RE: 6 volt batteries in series

In series voltages are combined, amperage remains constant, with parallel wiring voltage is constant and amperage is combined. Never seen 6 volt batteries with only 100 amps, our pair of golfcart batteries provide over 230 amps which for most accounts gives us plenty of 12 volt reserves, being that solar and occasional genny use keeps them replenished. Started with a pair of 12 volt batteries, observed better throughput and lifespan after switching to 6 volt GC2 batteries. It is a moot point if you don't do much RVing off the power grid.
Sandia Man 03/25/20 10:17am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Xchocks question

We use a pair of them but have the BAL version manufactured prior to the X-chocks, 13 years and still going strong. Our TT is 33' and they really take out most of the movement when walking around inside our rig, we also incorporate the regular plastic chocks when camping on uneven terrain.
Sandia Man 03/11/20 12:31pm Travel Trailers
RE: Generator at High Altitude

Somewhere in our Champion inverter genny manual it states that over 4K' a high elevation jet should be used, we live near 6K' and it ran just fine out of the box. Called Champion and they sent out a high elevation jet which I installed, could not tell the difference to tell the truth. You should be okay with the stock jet particularly if camping at elevation is not too frequent.
Sandia Man 03/02/20 12:11pm Tech Issues
RE: 1st TT arriving tomm, what is your check list for setup?

You could a call a mobile RV tech in your area and have them explain how to use your TT would be one way. Maybe somebody from work or church, the majority of our neighbors have or had RVs as well for another source of info. Congrats on your new TT, for the most part getting to know your RV is not all that difficult.
Sandia Man 03/02/20 12:02pm Travel Trailers
RE: Overnight stops (truck stops, etc) with shore power?

There has been a few times when driving late we would overnight at truck stops and Walmarts along the way, our inverters sure came in handy those nights, when it was hot we ran the Onan to cool down. I haven't noticed any trucks stops offering shore power, but we don't truck stops often enough, somebody should believe it's a good idea for those of us trying to make time and stay close to the highway. Luckily, we have enough casinos where my DW loves to overnight, at least I might get a beer and some breakfast in the morning. We do spend extended time off the grid enjoying all our rig has to offer.
Sandia Man 02/29/20 08:36pm Beginning RVing
RE: We pulled the trigger

It will sure be difficult not being able to get out there camping with your new rig. Being an RVing veteran I'm sure your maiden voyage will go smoothly, hope you get out there soon.
Sandia Man 02/29/20 08:01pm Travel Trailers
RE: dealer advertising

Not for us as we pay no attention to the monthly payment advertised by online dealer sites. For us it is floorplan and out the door price, we always bring our own financing anyway and let them know right from the start. Good luck, hope you find a great deal, we are also in the market for a new rig.
Sandia Man 02/14/20 01:18pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Best weight distribution hitch?

With enough truck to properly haul your TT around, particularly at highway speeds, any of the WD hitches with integrated sway control should suffice. Those with less than ideal towing combos, whether it is due to not enough truck or poorly designed trailers, usually resort to Hensley or Propride hitches to achieve a sense of towing comfort while underway. On the other hand, just because you have more than enough truck does not indicate you can forego a WD/SC hitch altogether, seen too many 350/3500 trucks crawling along the highway and still see their 30' TTs excessively swaying although they are towing well below posted speed limit. Properly set-up, TTs can be towed without noticeable sway, even when passing semi-trucks.
Sandia Man 02/07/20 11:59am Tech Issues
RE: Full Hook-ups or no?

We do all the types of RVing imaginable, but certainly prefer boondocking and drycamping for the extra space. We always search an area we plan to visit for our preferred method, alas there are times a crowded and cramped private park is the only feasible choice, still preferable to a hotel. Being 100% self contained allows us to use our rig and all it's amenities without shore power, with over 100 gallons of freshwater onboard our only constriction is our black/gray tanks that require dumping after a week or so. By then we are ready to move on anyway to our next adventure. We are pretty lucky to live in the mountain west/four corners region where a few minutes off any highway or byway leads to boondocking paradise. State and COE parks are pretty roomy and have found a few private parks with very large sites, some an acre each. Whether to enjoy nature or attend a concert or other public function in a large city, we love utilizing our RV.
Sandia Man 01/14/20 10:11am General RVing Issues
RE: Batteries

If they were in good shape performing as intended beforehand, charging them back up with a smart charger would be my first move. You could have them load tested but it should be obvious if their performance is lackluster by comparison prior to this event occurring. Whether you choose to replace them now or later is your call, there are plenty of Samsclubs and Costcos on the way to Florida. Have a great time in the Sunshine state.
Sandia Man 12/20/19 08:45am Toy Haulers
RE: Typical problem we all see in RV parks.

Of course this is common to all RV parks being that these large rigs require powerful engines to get them to their destinations. Some of these tow vehicles require longer warm up times, our 3/4 ton Chevy gasser is pretty much just start and go. We always use some form of white noise when sleeping whether at home or in our rig. When overnighting at Walmarts and truck stops we awake in the morning and notice many commercial trucks and Class A rigs have come and gone without disturbing our slumber.
Sandia Man 12/20/19 08:00am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Dish Channels

A couple of weeks ago I noticed a few channels missing with a message stating they were removed by networks. They have all returned to our Dish channel line up since, I have had sat tv for decades and these issues are common to both Dish and Directv. Not much anyone subscriber can do other than cut the cord or jump over to the other competing satellite service. Calling and complaining falls on deaf ears for the most part, in due time they usually come terms and channels return to line up.
Sandia Man 10/21/19 07:59am Technology Corner
RE: "A-B" Battery Switch

Theoretically, at least, it is more advantageous to wire them in parallel according to Peukert’s law. In the RVing world having batteries or battery banks wired independently can mitigate the hassle of waking up to no 12 volts due to dead battery, we have not experienced this issue an always paired up our batteries whether 12 volt or 6 volt. No need to go to a pair of 6 volt golf cart batteries if you are seldom off the power grid, wired in parallel your 12 volt jars should give you a couple of days camping with moderate use.
Sandia Man 10/19/19 09:08am General RVing Issues
RE: Exercising generator and A/C after winterizing question?

We use a portable electric space heater for exercising our Onan since it is primarily performed during the camping off season. Both of our gennies are actively utilized during the RVing season since we do more boondocking and dry camping than anything else. No issues on prolonged use of space heaters thus far, sometimes we have 2 of them cranking although both are rarely set to high at the same time.
Sandia Man 10/10/19 09:42am Beginning RVing
RE: 2019 Keystone Outback 341RD

Although you are close or at your limits for towing such a sizable TT, I think you should be fine for the most part as long as you do not mind letting the gasser roar when traversing through the mountains. We have a similar setup but have a Chevy Silverado crewcab with 6 liter and 410s, we tow a long TT toyhauler when loaded with toys and water exceeds 10K# easily. We already live at nearly 6K elevation and do most of RVing above 7.5K, for well over a decade it has done the job on mountain passes, and tows great at lower elevations and predominately flat roads. Have many awesome times in your beautiful new TT, definitely great for those bad weather days we all experience when RVing. Just a great floorplan, spacious and well thought out.
Sandia Man 09/11/19 10:19am Travel Trailers
RE: Winterize or Not

Below freezing temps are what I use to determine when to winterize, check monthly averages if you are winterizing in a new area. Looking at Syracuse weather it would be pretty early to winterize for us, all the way through October and midway into November average low temps do not breach freezing according to Accuweather. No doubt winterizing in NC will come later than NY. I would keep close watch on local NC weather starting near the middle of December, with weather being somewhat freakish last few years monthly averages may not reflect earlier than anticipated weather patterns. We empty our tanks within a few weeks of actual winterization anyway, keeps us from getting caught off guard from a freak winter storm.
Sandia Man 09/09/19 04:21pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Sink covers on or off

We do not have a set in stone method for our sink covers while traveling down the road. Sometimes they are both in, one in one stored at times, or none in occasionally. No matter the configuration they do stay put even when traversing backroads for the perfect boondocking site.
Sandia Man 08/25/19 04:34pm General RVing Issues
RE: Electric tongue jack. Good brand name?

Another vote for Barker, purchased our unit nearly a dozen years ago and it still is going strong. Did get the most powerful unit they had at the time, easily lifts our tongue heavy TT toyhauler and truck rear, which is chock full of firewood and other camping related items. Did have to replace the raise lower power switch after 6 years, called their wonderful customer service and they sent it out the next day for free.
Sandia Man 08/23/19 01:29pm Tech Issues
RE: Towing 5th wheel near the trucks limits

Definitely at the limits and more than likely over payload with a GVWR of 8115#. Most 5ers have a pin weight ranging from 20% to 25% easily eclipsing your payload capacity, even if your 5er weighs in at let say 6500# because no one tows around at factory stated UVW, at least 1300# of payload is gone. That being said your truck has a nice transmission and decent gearing for towing, I know I have seen other half tons towing more, you may feel it is doable as towing comfort level varies for every one. Good luck, hopefully it works out in your favor.
Sandia Man 08/09/19 01:58pm Towing
RE: Looking at Grand Design Reflection 287RLTS and gmc 2500

Should be a decent towing combination, definitely need to have a high quality WDH with integrated sway control such as an Equalizer or similar variation from Reese or Husky. It would have to be a pretty small 5er if you were to go that route since pin weight is over 20% of rig weight consuming most if not all your 2200# payload capacity loaded for travel. Grand Design Reflection TTs are higher scale and have fifth wheel floor plans just on a single flat deck anyway, less storage and a longer towing profile are some negatives. Have a great time in your new TT!!!
Sandia Man 08/09/19 08:59am Travel Trailers
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