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RE: Leaving breakers in the camper on while away?

I can tell you why not to use the breakers. although it will take a long time, the more you use a breaker switch the easier they will trip in time. Steve The RV will be shot, as a whole, long before the breakers. Unless they trip constantly they will take decades under normal use to wear out. yup, I think I said that in the post. but I have bought a couple used trailers with warn out breakers so now that has me wondering haha Steve
StirCrazy 07/04/20 10:27am Travel Trailers
RE: I need new Tires

I am of the opinion that to many people change out perfectly good tires because of a name. I am not sure if we are just getting lazy and dont want to include tires as part of out trailer pretrip or what. ST stires or maybe any tire, but the show I was listining to said even the chinese tires have a life expextency of 6 to 9 years. I was looking at the tires on my 5th two weeks ago gtting ready for a trip and I noticed some weird wear on that one and then I noticed the teltale sidewall dimples of a tire starting to seperate. so I checked all the rest, no cracks in between the tread or anywhere else so I just changed the one. now this tire was on the trailer when I bought it new in 2016 so probably 5 years old and just one of the defects. my last trailer I went 10 years on the tires before I changed them out with no issues. the trailer before I went 8 years then traded it in. they were all "china bombs" so even with the "off shore tires" if you include the tires in your daily checks, looking for cracks on the sidewall , inbetween the treads and keep the cold psi proper, you can probably get the max life out of them with out any other dammage. would I like to buy sailun tires you bed, but they are pricy up here but not crazy. but I think the reason I would be buying them is for reduced rolling resistance and better tread life. Steve
StirCrazy 07/04/20 10:06am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Leaving breakers in the camper on while away?

I can tell you why not to use the breakers. although it will take a long time, the more you use a breaker switch the easier they will trip in time. Steve
StirCrazy 06/29/20 06:28pm Travel Trailers
RE: The better 5th wheeler?

some are built better than others. the best way is to just go out there and look. check out the cabnet construction , the finnishing and every detail. we went with a cougar because we found there were some better build qualites in the interior, but every unit will have some issues. the second best thing to do is take your time to find the floorplan that works for you. there are hundreds to chose from, check out things like can you pull over in a rest stop and have a nap with out putting out slides, can you access the fridge or washroom, with out putting out slides, is an outdoor kitchen on the wish list... there are so many option and features, just take your time and enjoy the looking. Steve
StirCrazy 06/29/20 06:24pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 271 Ah upgrade

any info on the cells or how you built them?
StirCrazy 06/28/20 06:28pm Truck Campers
RE: Howdy. New Owner With Questions Not Found in the Manuals.

I have 470 ah of batteries ( 4, 6V 235AH ) with a 2000 watt inverter. We can use the microwave and coffee pot as long as it isnt to crazy. I also have 480 watts of solar and when the 5th wheel isnt being used it is pluged in and I have had no issues with the solar power and chager both feeding for the last 4 years. Steve
StirCrazy 06/28/20 06:23pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Poll: How many 1T TC haulers have no modifications?

I use my unmodified 2014 F350 SRW to haul my 1991 10' slumber queen. have no complaints so far. Steve
StirCrazy 06/27/20 05:35am Truck Campers
RE: How to price a used fifth wheel.

I wuld ask him to make an offer if you were just going to scrap it anyways , hmmm and haw about it for a second and then reluctantly agree. he feels like he got a good deal, you got more than you were going to get scrapping it and everyone is happy. Steve
StirCrazy 06/27/20 05:28am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Hooks on my counters

from the placing of them, to me it looks like they used bungy cords to hold the oven door, the stove cover and sink covers in place while on rought roads. Steve
StirCrazy 06/22/20 07:38pm Truck Campers
RE: Oil changes en-route with camper on truck?

Howdy! Just had mine done at Walmart. Shell Rotella T6, filter and lube $80.00. In and out in about 30 minutes. “Happy Trails” Chiefneon man I envy your prices down there, thats a 264.00 bill up here. Steve
StirCrazy 06/17/20 07:55am Truck Campers
RE: 2002 Lance 811 Rebuild - Update 07.03.2020

A word on adhesives...Lance tells me they use StaBond StaSeal 5000 to fasten the luan to the framing. Nobody carries this stuff. I called StaBond in LA and I was told minimum order was $200 and I needed a special pneumatic gun to apply it. Lance was willing to sell it to me for $20 per 20 oz. bag....yes, per bag. It comes in a plastic wrapper like tollhouse cookie dough and their suggestion was that I cut the bag and smear it on with a putty knife. After some research on strength tests, shear resistence, etc, I decided on good ol' LN HD from the home center: https://images.homedepot-static.com/productImages/021a300c-67f8-4096-a780-fd903426597a/svn/liquid-nails-general-purpose-construction-adhesive-lnp-903-64_1000.jpg width=440. I wonder if liquid nails you guys get down there is different than the liquid nails we get up here. I would never concider using ours for anything more than tacking on baseboards. I would have gone for something like construction adhesive like LePage PL for what your doing. Steve
StirCrazy 06/16/20 07:34am Truck Campers
RE: Storing with blank tanks 1/4 full???

I have gone over winter with the tank 1/4 full. just add a bit more water when you go to leave so it will swish around and dilute a bit more on the drive and then dump it when you can. I try not to do this, but it happens once and a while Steve
StirCrazy 06/13/20 05:44pm General RVing Issues
RE: Tie-down systems performance/safety vs cost

I ended up going with the torklift because when I am not hauling the ccamper I dont want to see anytyhing, and I wanted it mounted to the frame. not the box and bumper which are inhearently weeker spots. because I spaent so much on thoes I ended up using theres for tiedowns https://www.torklift.com/rv/basic-springload they give you the spring loaded feature at a fraction of the cost of fast guns. I will probably look for one used fast gun at a later point for making fueling a little quicker. Steve
StirCrazy 06/13/20 05:40pm Truck Campers
RE: F250 3.73 to 4.30 axle ratio

Yes it will help, but will it help $3000 worth? . 3000ish or more is just the strt, lower fuel milage for the rest of the trucks life on empty or towing. accellerated enging wear from higher RPM. Best way to do it is big torque low rpm in my opinion, if you could aford it adding a turbo set up would be the most efficent way to go but has issues in its own. or if its time to buy a new truck soon anyways put up with it and get a diesel. (sorry didnt see that it is a 2017, so i guess thats not an option unless your leasing and its time for a trade in. some times dealerships will give you a good buy back on a relitively new truck, might be somthing to check into. the 6.2L is not realy a tow monster motor to start with. Steve Obviously you have never done this swap and know what it can do! It will not get worse mileage towing, in fact it will go up approx .5 mpg towing. In town non towing driving it will go down, but marginally. But non towing city/hwy will go up. Solo hey you may lose .5 mpg. It’s not going to wear out the engine any faster. If it does the only difference is hours or converted maybe a couple thousand miles during the engines life. So if the engine were to last 200k miles with 3.73’s it may only last 198k with 4.30’s. Love how people comment on things they know nothing about! Actualy I have severl times over the years. if you drive normal with fule economy in mind when towing and drive a bit slower on the highway taller gears will give you a tiny bit more milage but how many people can make that change and stick to it... the place they will save money is starting from a stop, it will be eaiser to get it running and on bigger hills on highways where you would have had to shift down before, but overall on flat lands every time I did a gear swap I lost overall milage. as for shorter enging life it can be minor or significant depending how you use it and how well you maintain it. but generaly if the same person takes care of the vehicle the same befoor and after you will lose a bit of life, its just a factor of more reveloutions over the same distance. newer motors are better and like you said could only be a couple k miles, but if your not one to keep up on maintance and you do a lot of highway driving it could be a very significat differance. Steve
StirCrazy 06/12/20 11:58am Tow Vehicles
RE: F250 3.73 to 4.30 axle ratio

Yes it will help, but will it help $3000 worth? . 3000ish or more is just the strt, lower fuel milage for the rest of the trucks life on empty or towing. accellerated enging wear from higher RPM. Best way to do it is big torque low rpm in my opinion, if you could aford it adding a turbo set up would be the most efficent way to go but has issues in its own. or if its time to buy a new truck soon anyways put up with it and get a diesel. (sorry didnt see that it is a 2017, so i guess thats not an option unless your leasing and its time for a trade in. some times dealerships will give you a good buy back on a relitively new truck, might be somthing to check into. the 6.2L is not realy a tow monster motor to start with. Steve
StirCrazy 06/11/20 05:51am Tow Vehicles
RE: PSI of LT tire after upgrading from P rated tire

are you using a generic table for your tire PSI/Load , do your self a favor and email the manufacture and ask for the load chart for that tire. I did this for mine, the values are close but they also can give you little tips that are specific for that tire. for mine they recommended not to run the tire under 50psi as at 45PSI they get inconsistent wear. Steve I am just using generic tables at this point. I did email Nokian a couple of days ago but haven't heard anything back yet. Hopefully I will and this will provide some extra information. ya the numbers will be pretty close, but if I went for the unloaded weight on my tires, i would be running them at about 35 PSI. but the company said not to run them under 45 so I picked 50 for my unloaded rear PSI to give a bit of room. when I am loaded with the 5th wheel I run 75 PSI, got 80000Km out of the last set doing this so must be good. for loaded I set the tires at 5PSI above the PSI for my actual weight on the chart for the rear. Steve
StirCrazy 06/08/20 08:05am Tow Vehicles
RE: Generic questions about 5-ers

one thing I havent seen mentiond is storage. My parents have turned into snowbirds and sold there 5th and bought a 42 foot diesel pusher and a small honda to tow behind it. we were talking and I asked which one she liked better. she said both. she said for going to one place and setting up home the motorhome is better. they have a small car for driving around arazona for 4 to 6 months of the year, but she misses the storage of the 5th wheel. the motorhome has lots of storage also but a large amount of it is only accessable from outside where the 5th wheel has way more interior storage. but she realy liked being able to go to the washroom or grab a pop out of the fridge wheile traveling with out having to get out in the motorhome. now days with the auto leveling system on 5th wheels there is really no advantage to setiing up camp with a motorhome. still have to unhook your towed to get in a site, actualy I can set up twice as fast as my parents with my 5th wheel. Steve As long as you have to unhitch from the fiver the motorhome will have an advantage. The toad has its own power it is easier to hitch and unhitch vs. a fiver. No climbing involved. You must have a truck to move the fiver you do not have to have a toad! if you can unhook a towed as fast as I can unhook my 5th and hit the auto level button, your amazing. two pins to unhook from the car, disconect your power and braking system then move it, then you can back in. With the motor home you still have to get out and place your leveling jack pads down (which are set farther under the motorhome than on a 5th wheel. I watch my dad either crawl under or use a steel rod to push them into place) then get back in, unless you alwasy park on concrete pads i guess. for me, it is pull up and back in, hit the button to ground the front jacks as I throw down the jack pads, pull my bar and drive 6 feet forward and hit the button on the remote for auto level as soon as I have. I will agree that with a trailer with equalizer hitch and manual jacks the motor home would be way faster, but with the aparance on auto leveling systems becoming more common the gap is closed if not eliminated. Steve
StirCrazy 06/06/20 04:27pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Correctly installing a 12v power meter after coach master

i use this one, so far I love it 1/6th the cost of the Victron and only doesnt show actual remaining amp hours, just percentage. https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B07FGFFHC6/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Steve I like! I just ordered one. Where did you install yours? I posted a couple pictures in this post mods for the battery side I bought a short cable (about a foot long and went from the negitive termanal to that, then everything else hooks up to the other side of the shunt so all draws are measured. mine is in a truck camper so I was limited for battery space so I had to move it out of the way a bit. it comes with a 6 foot cable but I ordered the 16 foot cable as well as 6 foot would have still been in the bathroom ;) Steve
StirCrazy 06/05/20 05:36pm Tech Issues
RE: Generic questions about 5-ers

one thing I havent seen mentiond is storage. My parents have turned into snowbirds and sold there 5th and bought a 42 foot diesel pusher and a small honda to tow behind it. we were talking and I asked which one she liked better. she said both. she said for going to one place and setting up home the motorhome is better. they have a small car for driving around arazona for 4 to 6 months of the year, but she misses the storage of the 5th wheel. the motorhome has lots of storage also but a large amount of it is only accessable from outside where the 5th wheel has way more interior storage. but she realy liked being able to go to the washroom or grab a pop out of the fridge wheile traveling with out having to get out in the motorhome. now days with the auto leveling system on 5th wheels there is realy no advantage to setiing up camp with a motorhome. still have to unhook your towed to get in a site, actualy I can set up twice as fast as my parents with my 5th wheel. Steve
StirCrazy 06/05/20 05:26pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Correctly installing a 12v power meter after coach master

i use this one, so far I love it 1/6th the cost of the Victron and only doesnt show actual remaining amp hours, just percentage. https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B07FGFFHC6/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 Steve
StirCrazy 06/04/20 05:50pm Tech Issues
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