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RE: First RV

Good on you. Divine intervention settles the “too much camper for your TV” discussion. ;);)
SoonerWing03 06/20/19 05:04am Beginning RVing
RE: Yellowstone glacier NP with no reservations

My family decided to make the same trip about a week ago but we are going at the end of July.... this year. Keep checking the reservation website multiple times a day and (depending on the size of your rig) call the Yellowstone reservation line once a day to have them check for you. I have been able to piecemeal a trip together doing that. We aren’t staying in one spot for very long but that’s not a big deal to me. If I were going for a walk up site I would be there by 7 am. You can check current campground fill times as well as fill times for the same days and months of previous years. Go a couple hours earlier than that average and you should be alright. Good luck and have a great trip.
SoonerWing03 06/17/19 05:30am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Best battery charger options

Probably going with the 3KW generator so that I have the ability to run the AC if need be. Not sure if 2 of the 2KW in parallel will get the job done. Would probably prefer to do that if possible for versatility.
SoonerWing03 06/13/19 08:57am Tech Issues
RE: Best battery charger options

Flooded GC2's. As long as I can run a few lights and the AC if needed then I think we will be good. I say I think because this will be our first real boondocking trip. Maybe just going with a generator for this trip is my best bet and then I can see how much we wish we could use X, Y, and Z and for how long. I don't really want to be sitting in the camper much anyhow. Generally speaking, is there an all around good "smart" charger that I could use both when boondocking with an inverter generator and at home when connected to shore power between trips? I really like the idea of boondocking as it opens so many other camping possibilities that I think that we would greatly enjoy. I love tent camping because you can really get in there with nature but I don't love waking up in a tent when it's 25 degrees outside or going to bed in a tent when it's 90 degrees. So if I can find that happy median then that would be ideal for me. My wife is pretty nervous about the whole idea of boondocking so I really want this "test run" to go as smoothly as possible. If my batteries croak on this trip it will not look good for future boondocking trips.
SoonerWing03 06/13/19 08:40am Tech Issues
Best battery charger options

I’m running (2) 6v 215AH gc2’s wired in series for a 12 volt system. I am trying to figure out the best/quickest way to charge them with a generator. We will have limited times where we can use the generator to charge the batteries due to campground restrictions and the fact that I would rather us be out seeing things than sitting around camp waiting for batteries to charge. However, we will be traveling a fair amount between campsites so the TV should help with charging some as well. Every couple of days we should be hooked up to power as well but I would like to be able to do a trip like this without being dependent on campsite provided electricity. I know that we aren’t going to be able to run much just on battery power and I honestly don’t know how much they are going to want to run stuff... but I am about to find out. Lol. Anyhow, my question is: What battery chargers should I consider for this application? This is probably a dumb question but what is the difference between using a battery charger and switching out my WFCO converter in favor of a PD4655L MBA Wildcat? Does the Wildcat have a built in battery chargers?
SoonerWing03 06/13/19 05:23am Tech Issues
RE: Figuring this power stuff has my head spinning

I want to thank you all for your comments. It will take me several readings and additional research for me to process what you are telling me but I am extremely grateful that you all have taken the time out of your day to even respond and help me. I can’t thank you all enough for being such a valuable and positive resource for people like myself trying to make sense of all of this.
SoonerWing03 06/07/19 08:35pm Tech Issues
RE: Figuring this power stuff has my head spinning

Big question: What do you plan to run when off the grid and how long? Odds are the charging unit (converter) isn't a big issue worth addressing right now. Do you plan to run air/con off grid? If yes, that means the generator will be running and charging isn't a major consideration. This is typically the turning point between operating off battery power vs running the generator. If you are just running a few lights and maybe the TV off battery, you batteries should get you at least a couple days and then an hour or two running the generator (which powers the battery charger) should keep you going. For this trip I doubt we will need the AC but if I am going to purchase a generator I might as well get one big enough to run the AC in the event that we want to go off the grid in lower elevations. Going off grid just opens up sooooo many more opportunities and is really at the essence of what I want our family camping experiences to be. However my wife is more of a "glamper" so I will have to meet her in the middle. We like our coffee in the morning and the kids will want to be able to charge their phones at night. We would probably watch 1 maybe 2 tv's for an hour or two in the evening and may play a movie on 1 of them requiring a DVD player. If the phones have much of a signal at al, they will opt for playing around on them rather than the TV once the sun goes down. 1 or 2 lights max would be all we need and they are already LED's.
SoonerWing03 06/07/19 07:56am Tech Issues
RE: Figuring this power stuff has my head spinning

I think you meant to say “inverter generator” rather than inverter. Two different things. :):) You are correct, that is what I meant. Being in OK and hopefully camping some locally in June - September, running the AC is almost a must.
SoonerWing03 06/07/19 06:13am Tech Issues
Figuring this power stuff has my head spinning

***disclaimer*** reading most of these power related threads is like reading something where 50% of it is in a language I don’t speak/read/understand. I am planning a 10 - 12 day family summer vacation to the Yellowstone Grand Teton area and it looks like we might need to do a fair amount of boondocking.... which is fine by me but we have yet to do. We will do some practice runs around home first but my question is more about which or what size power converter I should upgrade to. My rig currently has the WFCO WF-8955PEC which I understand is not a great converter. I just removed a single Marine style 12V battery in favor of two 6V G2 Golf Cart batteries. My understanding is that is an upgrade but a good example of how good of a grasp on this is that I was shocked when I got to Sams to purchase said 6V batteries and to my surprise they were roughly the same size as the 12V :h I was expecting them to be roughly half the size because well 6 is half of 12.... so that is what you are dealing with here. I am looking to pick up an inverter for the camper (2017 MPG 2400BH) trip and wondering if a 3500 watt (like a Predator or Champion) watt would be sufficient or could I even get by with a 2000? Additionally, what converter should I consider?
SoonerWing03 06/07/19 05:39am Tech Issues
RE: First RV

That’s a whole lot of camper for a 1/2 ton. However, I think they market everything as 1/2 ton towable anymore. Congrats on your purchase but most importantly have fun and be safe.
SoonerWing03 06/06/19 04:49am Beginning RVing
RE: First RV

2100 payload -515 people -250 random -100 hitch =1235 1235/.15=8233 lbs loaded weight (I would plan around the gvwr of the trailer not the bs dry weight plus a random number) no way you are within payload ratings for trailers over 8k DRY when they are fully loaded (with your very conservative numbers) you will be way over. Your numbers equal 200 pounds under the dry weight of the TT and 200 pounds over the dry hitch weight. Are you saying that the manufacturer numbers are incorrect or skewed? He's back calculating the maximum trailer weight based on the payload and a 15% hitch weight...so you would be 200lb over the payload limit dry. Add in another 300lb loaded (15% of 2000lb) and you are getting way over the limits. Payload limits often limit the max trailer weight a 1/2 ton can handle even if the pulling limits (ie: trailer weight rating) are good. But why 15% hitch weight?is this because the optimum hitch weight should be between 10-15%? So calculate it at 15% to be on the safe side? Dry weight calculations from the manufacturer is 12% hitch weight. I’ve looked at a few other TT around the same weight but they have significant lower hitch weight and vice versa, lower TT weight with higher hitch weight. For example heartland mallard 335 has a weight of 8840 but a hitch weight of 780. I’m assuming this is how the weight of the TT is distributed, which would mean that depending on how you load cargo in the TT would directly effect the hitch weight. Dry weight is a nearly worthless number IMHO.
SoonerWing03 05/31/19 09:08am Beginning RVing
RE: First RV

No, frankly im saying you don't have enough truck. not even close. I ran your numbers through to figure out what payload your truck can comfortably handle. ONLY payload considered here since with a half ton its usually the limiting factor. As I suspected you don't have enough. PS if 100 lbs of hitch throws a wrench in things then IMO not nearly enough margin. remember dry weight is not the weight of the trailer before you load it. dry weight is without things that are in it when you get it. IE propane tanks, batteries, appliances, Do what you want, I wouldn't dream of pulling anything close to that big and heavy with that truck. good luck. There no need to get bent out of shape, I’m trying to understand what you were saying not insult your intelligence. So let me try to explain myself a little better... You took the max payload minus occupants, gear and hitch weight, which equaled 1235 or the max hitch weight with the truck loaded as previously stated. 1235/15%=8233. So your saying that a hitch weight of 1235 equals a trailer weight of 8233 and the TT fully loaded cannot exceed 8233 lbs. Am I correct so far? So let’s say that I’m understanding you correctly Manufacturer specs dry weight (I understand this is different than how you will be towing). Weight 8425 hitch 1045 But your saying a trailer weight of 8233 equals hitch weight of 1235, 3% higher ratio than manufacturer. Why do you say that a lower weight trailer equals a higher hitch weight? What I have found, and what I think that you will find too, is that some people do it strictly by the numbers while others are willing to take a bit of a risk. What you have to figure out is what YOU are comfortable with. Having towed a 28' TT with a Tahoe a couple of times I just upgraded to an F-250 diesel and strongly considered an F-350 for the extra payload. When doing my research I realized that there is VERY little difference between an F-250 and an F-350 which made me more comfortable with possibly upgrading a few things on the F-250 and going beyond it's published payload. With that said, I don't believe that I would be comfortable with what you are suggesting... but that's me. One thing that you might also consider is that the bigger the trailer the more limited you will be with where you can camp as well. We are a family of 5 and I am trying to keep my camper as small as possible so that I can get into some more remote places.
SoonerWing03 05/30/19 02:16pm Beginning RVing
RE: One night running the heater and blower

Went with 2 group 24 batteries for the short term and just strapped them down good. Set the thermostat to 60 and the heater never once kicked on.... go figure. Lol.
SoonerWing03 05/24/19 08:32pm Beginning RVing
RE: One night running the heater and blower

Went with 2 group 24 batteries for the short term and just strapped them down good. Set the thermostat to 60 and the heater never once kicked on.... go figure. Lol.
SoonerWing03 05/24/19 08:32pm Beginning RVing
RE: One night running the heater and blower

Went with 2 group 24 batteries for the short term and just strapped them down good. Set the thermostat to 60 and the heater never once kicked on.... go figure. Lol.
SoonerWing03 05/24/19 08:32pm Beginning RVing
RE: One night running the heater and blower

Well I picked up 2 Golf Cart batteries this morning but I am having a heck of a time finding boxes for them that I can pick up today.
SoonerWing03 05/23/19 10:08am Beginning RVing
Golf Cart Battery Boxes (Housing)

Where in the world can you purchase them same day? I am having a heck of a time finding them. Any suggestions would be much appreciated.
SoonerWing03 05/23/19 10:06am Beginning RVing
RE: One night running the heater and blower

My current battery is an Interstate HD24-DP and I keep it charging when not in use.
SoonerWing03 05/22/19 07:54pm Beginning RVing
RE: One night running the heater and blower

I cannot find it in the specifications, but if it is a single battery, then it is a bad bet. With any single battery and a 30K heater by anybody, it will want about 10 amps when the fan is running. That will kill any normal battery before morning. So, if you run that heater more than about 6 hours from a fully charged battery, it may go down. If you come back tomorrow with more about your house bank and what the heater is, I can give you a more accurate answer. You may not like it any better, but it will be closer. Matt I know I only have 1 battery but I am not sure what it is. I bought the trailer used but my best guess is that it is the batter that came on the trailer from the manufacturer. Let's assume I was to get a new battery (or two) for this purpose. Would it be best to get two Group 24 batteries and run them in tandem? Would this ensure that I can make it through the night.
SoonerWing03 05/22/19 11:29am Beginning RVing
RE: Sticker price vs MSRP on trucks

Yesterday I purchased a 2019 F-250 Platinum (Black) for 68,500 out the door... which I believe is a pretty good deal. What I did was shop around using the internet and found the lowest internet price I could find within 500 miles. Using that price I then negotiated with a couple of sales guys at different dealerships within 100 - 200 miles to get the lowest price possible. I then took that price, which I had in an email, to local dealers giving them a chance to match or beat it so that I didn't have to drive far and luckily one did just that. My sales guy told me that nowadays dealerships make most of their money on used vehicles and the service department. However, being a sales guy myself, I don't trust one of them if their mouth is moving. I'm not 100% sure that I got a smoking deal but I worked my butt off to get what I did so I am telling myself that I pretty much stole the truck from 'em.:B
SoonerWing03 05/22/19 11:21am Tow Vehicles
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