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RE: Thought on suspension equalizers

Yup. All the above. I used MorRyde SRE3000 and hefty shackles with wet bolts too. Also, not to put more dirt over the grave, but consider getting new springs for a couple reasons....your existing ones are prolly Chinese(your new ones will be too) and could be on the minimum rating(mine were 1750's, replaced with 2500's). In reality springs are about a $150.00 investment and you'll have them all removed while installing the new system. One of my springs broke just before I was planning to do the upgrade.
Vintage465 09/11/20 06:33am Travel Trailers
RE: Teaching Your Spouse How to Pull a Trailer

My thought is to leave "backing" out the curriculum. If i needed my wife to pull a rig, it'd be going down a pretty dang straight road like Hwy 80 or Hwy 40. And for the most part in my case it'd only be if I was too tired to drive and we needed to make up time to be somewhere at some specific time. Easier with a Diesel tow vehicle too as there is no thought of shifting down or braking going up or down hills
Vintage465 09/07/20 10:51am Towing
RE: hitch lock??

I got a "Master Lock" brand hitch lock for a 2 to 2-5/16" coupler. Came with the pin lock for the ball latch too. I think it would cause would-be-stinkers to go to another not so easy to get rig. Got it from E-Trailer. Bout $85.00
Vintage465 09/07/20 06:33am Travel Trailers
RE: Solar

For mounting the panels, I'd be using "Well-Nuts". They are rubber with a brass set of threads molded into them. They work like a "Re-usable" molly bolt. Certainly will the panels down firm.
Vintage465 09/03/20 07:42am Tech Issues
RE: Boondocker recommendations?

When you mainly boondock, a lot of features in current units don't make sense. Islands in kitchen is one feature that I shake my head at. We've been in windy situations that we feel better with all the slides in while we wait out the storm. Had we had an island in the kitchen, either the stove, fridge or sink would not be accessible. Outside kitchens are another crazy idea as are residential fridges and no ovens. For crying out loud, how do you boondock without an oven for those biscuits and rolls, then after they're baked, using the residual oven heat to warm your space?! Our unit is completely self contained, with solar power and heated basement (ducted to). We don't have thermal windows, but our unit can maintain a 30 degree difference from the outside to in. In addition, it is rated for full time use. Roger! Gotta have an oven! I don’t remember baking rolls, but a pan of lasagna sure is good after fishing or hunting all day. As far as insulated windows go, the biggest load on my batteries is the fan for the heater. I could keep my previous three-season trailer warm, but want to minimize power requirements. I have not done any heat loss calculations, but thermal pane windows are not expensive and I take that conservative route. Oven? Yes! We added dual pane windows to ours after purchase. Biggest and best thing about dual pane windows is mitigating the moisture build up on the windows. Good for summer and winter. I love winter camping and like to be able to regularly keep in the teens. We are Buddy heater keeping warm in the evening. Furnace over night. Stove(making coffee)and Buddy Heater in the morning. The solar your rig comes with will need to be revamped to really keep up with the needs of the furnace on a frosty night. My 450w with 4-6v golf cart batteries keeps up with my winter needs easily but it is nothing like ORV designed the factory prewire. I have a generator but have not needed it.
Vintage465 09/01/20 07:49am Travel Trailers
RE: Boondocker recommendations?

Curious why you aren't looking at another Arctic Fox? Looks like their gray capacity is 44 and 35 for black, is that not competitive with the other manufactures? FWIW, we are considering upgrading our 5th wheel. I've looked at Arctic Fox and Grand Designs. The AF quality sure appears better to me. We looked at a Grand Designs FW, model 29RS. It has a pretty nice layout, and the center island in the kitchen would be nice. It is just a bit longer and taller than our current TT. There is one stored very close to our AF, so we could almost compare them side by side. Lots of nice big windows, but they are not thermal pane windows unless I made a special order. The GD had features that we laughed at, like an exterior TV and a little bitty exterior ‘fridge that requires shore power. The TV in our new ORV will probably be relocated to the basement of our house before our first trip. That is where the TV from our AF has been for the last ten years. Sorry, Punched the wrong quote button and don't know how to delete this!
Vintage465 09/01/20 07:29am Travel Trailers
RE: Solar - Permanent mount or portable?

As I work through the process of upgrading batteries, either a 4-jar bank of Lithium 100Ah 12V, one 300Ah + a 100 Ah, or two 200 Ah, I'm also researching the addition of more solar panels to the roof of my Class A. My boondocking plans in the years to come require a more serious look at power needs and requirements. Currently, I have 3 - 160W solar panels - 26.1 amps total output, fixed to the roof, a 30A PWM Controller, and have room for up to 4-5 more, depending on configuration. Of course, will need a new Controller if I do so. For the solar wattage I'm considering, some sites have suggested an 80A MPPT Controller. I initially thought a 60A would do the trick, but I was basing that on the total amp output of all panels. I also have a 120W, 5.6A portable. I'm thinking I might be better off using portable panels. As a practical matter, at 100-120W per portable panel, I'd need at least 3, probably 4 to reach my goal. It might make sense to have some of my charging capacity in panels I can move around when shade impedes. I understand some can be hooked together, but then, there's the inconvenience of having to store, set up, and take down 4 folding portable panels. Perhaps just two? I understand each person will have different needs and requirements, but is this a balance some strike, where solar is concerned? Or are there 'druthers out there who swear by one way or the other? As an aside, I have a Trav'ler II mounted to my roof, but have considered picking up a portable sat dish - again, when I find myself in the trees... I have nearly the exact set up you do except mine is 3-150's. Fixed on the roof, no adjusting. 30a controller. When I first got it the controller was up over the bed in a cabinet. It sorta kept up with my needs. Since then I revamped my set up and put new combiner box. Gather all the panels in the combiner box using 10ga duplex wire from the panels to the box. Then #4 welding cable from the box to the new controller location real close to the batteries. I think if you want the convenience of having fixed panels on the roof, no tilting or anything like that you need to build the system stout w/o compromise on the wire size and get the controller as close you your batteries as possible. That, in my opinion is the cost of "screwed down not tilt-able" solar panels convenience. My 450w and PWM-30a controller charge my 4-6v batteries very well. I do a lot of winter camping and we use our super in-efficient furnace in the trailer at night and use a Buddy heater in the morning and evening. Don't have an inverter. Don't watch TV. So for us it's the lights, pump, and furnace. I'm careful how I park regarding shade. I'm at the point that I really no longer have concern if my batteries charge. It all just works and I want for nothing power wise. But some of that is because our only high draw is the furnace.
Vintage465 08/29/20 06:39am Tech Issues
RE: New trailer heating options

I learned, the hard way, to set the furnace on 50 degrees at night, use a lot of quilts, and turn it up in the AM then get back in bed for 1/2 hour. I boondocked in Yellowstone for 2 weeks in September 2011. The temps at night were in the high 20's. I had two group 27 batteries. With the thermostat set at 65, I could go almost half the night. With the thermostat set on 50, I could do 2 nights. I am a real believer in the Buddy Heaters. Or a catalytic. they can take a lot of load off the 12v system. Even if you don't feel comfy running during sleepy time, they're real good in the A.M. when you get up and to warm up the coach prior to meemies(sleep).
Vintage465 08/21/20 09:05am Travel Trailers
RE: New trailer heating options

There is a ton of options to keep warm in the winter. There is also a lot of fact and fiction confusion along with opinions that make up most of the discussions like this. 1. Fact. Factory installed furnaces do use a lot of energy off your 12v system. 2. Fact. If you have one 12v group 24/27 battery with no way to replenish it, you'll be cold pretty quick running your furnace. 3. Fact. A generator properly sized can keep that from happening. 4. Fact. I hate generators. 5. Opinion strongly supported by fact....I use my furnace to keep warm in mid teens to mid twenty's with nothing but solar to recharge my 4-6v golf cart batteries. So it can be done with solar. 6. Opinion. Either a Mr. Heater Buddy, Big Buddy or a Catalytic heater is a safe way to keep your coach warm during the day or at night. There are concerns with ventilation and carbon monoxide poisoning that some education and proper use needs to be followed. Keep a vent open to prevent oxygen depletion if using a Buddy or something like that. If a catalytic or Buddy type heater is to be used there is not a concern with carbon monoxide if it is working correctly. But you still always need a vent open for oxygen. Proper combustion from a correct working gas heater of this type will emit carbon dioxide and water. Many people are spooked by this(as is my bride), so it is best to go with you're comfortable with. 7. Opinion. Generally speaking you don't have to have the temp all the way up to seventy when you turn in for the night. Heat the coach up nice and toasty, turn the 'stat down to 55-60 degrees to keep tanks and lines from freezing and pile some blankets on the bed. You'll preserve your battery power that way. 8. Opinion. I use a Buddy heater during cold days and in the evening while we're in the coach to keep in warm til bed time, then off goes the Buddy and we set the 'stat to 50-60 degrees til first A.M. when we rise. Then I turn on the Buddy again. 8. I keep a generator if everything goes south with my plan, but it hasn't yet and I hope in 20 years my generator is still brand new.
Vintage465 08/20/20 01:45pm Travel Trailers
RE: Dutch oven recipes

I'm still working on getting biscuits and cobbler right!
Vintage465 08/17/20 01:09pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Trailer length and sway

When the topic of trailer sway comes up, you see many opinions on the obvious (load it right/use sway control/use WDH set up/increase tongue weight/WB of tow vehicle/single axle or dual axle...you name it)........most often overlooked and hardly ever mentioned is good tow vehicle tires and good trailer tires, stiffer the side walls the better........P rated tires aren't meant for towing/load bearing, they're meant to give a quiet, cushy, comfy ride with soft shock absorbing sidewalls, not what you want at all.....LT rated truck tires like BFG All Terrain KO2's or Goodyear Duratracs (many other good LT tires out there as well) for the truck and Goodyear Endurance radials for the trailer........ and never look back! Gosh! You are so right about the tires. Can't believe I left that out. Stout tires are indeed the foundation of everything. You can have all the other stuff right and crummy tires will negate most everything. Great Catch!
Vintage465 08/17/20 07:24am Travel Trailers
RE: movable solar panels/built in system?

Anyone have their charging/control system built in, like it would be from the factory, but instead of having your panels roof mounted with cables running through the camper and through holes in the roof, you have the cables loose and have the panels free to move around your site to chase the sun? Cables acting like a long ext. cord. Perhaps the cables hooked up to a pig tail in one of the exterior storage cabinets or ?. And I don't mean one of those all-in-one systems like Jackery(sp?) Thanks! Regarding Holes in the roof......Based on your user name, assuming you're a welder, I will assume you are also a craftsmen. With the high quality materials that are available now days and the likely-hood that you are better craftsman than the people who built the trailer...with the smallest amount of research, you can do a better job than they ever did at the factory. I recommend steering away from factory installed set ups and factory pre-wired solar(ready for solar). In my opinion, waste of money. I totally re-did my factory installed solar that worked OK at best, now works amazing.....in my opinion.
Vintage465 08/16/20 03:28pm Tech Issues
RE: Why remove dinette booth and replace with table and chairs

I could go for the two chairs and little stand between them just for the nicety of a regular chair to sit in. Wifey won't even consider it. So I won't consider it.
Vintage465 08/16/20 02:07pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: movable solar panels/built in system?

You're gonna get a lot of conflicting info with this cause the "type of solar" you use is like the argument regarding Diesels Vs. Gassers. I have 450W solar "mounted-hard" on the roof(non tilt-able". I really beefed up the the wiring and placement of the controller and I never need to use a generator. I winter camp in temps down to the teens and 20's. I use my furnace at night and the 4-6v's I have are generally fully charged by noon. Meaning....there are different ways to build solar and most any way you build it can work if it is built with some thinking and planning.
Vintage465 08/16/20 01:25pm Tech Issues
RE: New to Outdoor Dutch Oven Cooking

Do whatever you want. I resent people telling newbies they need charts and have to count charcoal. totally optional. Seems like you said you've been doing this with wood for years...That's why you're good and comfy with. Some of us don't have that kind of time and or experience and prefer to have a guide to get started. I think if you actually "resent" people suggesting a chart to go by........ maybe this isn't a thread you should be commenting in.....
Vintage465 08/15/20 09:15am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: What is your best Potato Salad recipe

My dad made the good old fashioned potato salad with onions, celery, pickles some dry mustard, hard boiled eggs and mayo type. Really good stuff. I was pretty sure it was the best ever...til my wife dropped this on me! 2 lbs. red potatoes 1 Tbsp. PLUS 2 tsp. Kosher salt, divided 1-1/4 cups Hellmann’s® or Best Foods® Real Mayonnaise 2 Tbsp. white wine vinegar 1 to 2 jalapeno peppers, chopped 2 tsp. salt 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper 6 green onions (green and pale green part), thinly sliced 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro Instructions: Cover potatoes with water in 4-quart saucepot. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon salt. Reduce heat to low and simmer 10 minutes or until potatoes are tender; drain and cool slightly. Slice into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Combine Hellmann’s® or Best Foods® Real Mayonnaise, vinegar, jalapeno peppers, salt and black pepper in large bowl. Stir in remaining ingredients and toss gently. Season, if desired, with additional salt and pepper. Serve chilled or at room temperature. In my old age I've found that I'm far less biased regarding potato salad and can pretty much enjoy most all potato salads...........Like tacos...they're all different and good in there own way..........But this is my favorite potato salad now.
Vintage465 08/15/20 09:06am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Trailer length and sway

With properly set up W.D. that includes sway control....either integrated or friction, you won't have any sway issues. It does take some time to get the right "recipe" for a good set up. Tongue weight and bars to match that. Proper tilt of the head. Ball height and weight/load distribution in the coach. Main thing is don't throw the towel in just because it wasn't right the first go-round. I pulled a pretty "lardy" meaning heavy, 25ft. Nomad all over the U.S. with a 1999 GMC 4X4 Suburban 1/2 ton. Never once had a sway or control issue. The current breed of 1/2 ton-ers are way better than my 1999 Burban for sure.
Vintage465 08/15/20 08:40am Travel Trailers
RE: New to Outdoor Dutch Oven Cooking

Thanks for the chart Vintage 465! Very helpful Much appreciated. Yeah, if I was just starting out, I'd go get a couple rounds crack and cook biscuits. They're about $5.00 a round and a 12" D/O will just about swallow one round of crack and cook biscuits. That way you're not really out a lot if you toast em too much.............. At $5.00 a tube for biscuits, you're either getting ripped off or purchasing ultra-gourmet, all-natural, free-range, organic biscuits. Basic store-brand ones run about $.50 around these parts. One useful "secret" to keep in mind for dutch oven (and other) cooking is that very often oven temperatures are not at all critical for the success of a dish. If it's a little cooler, it'll just take a little longer to cook; and if it's a little warmer, it'll merely be done sooner. Keep an eye on things and adjust the heat according to what you see and you should have no great trouble. It does, of course, help to cook things, at least at the start, that you know are not too sensitive in that regard. For that matter, charcoal briquets behave a bit differently than coals from a campfire, and it's about impossible to count the latter accurately, but both work fine. OK......So the crack and bake Pillbury are $2.00 a roll. I never buy them.....but my cousin uses the heck out of them. I bake from scratch. But I think it's an easy way to learn the oven.............
Vintage465 08/08/20 09:19pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Duramax tuner

I've read some good stuff about the Durmax tuners. But normally when I think of a well thought out performance package from anywhere, I seem to come back to Banks. They really seem to look at and research all aspects of performance and reliability so you end up with a pickup that has better all around performance but won't smoke your tranny or cause you grief when you need to get it smogged........
Vintage465 08/08/20 01:30pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New to Outdoor Dutch Oven Cooking

Thanks for the chart Vintage 465! Very helpful Much appreciated. Yeah, if I was just starting out, I'd go get a couple rounds crack and cook biscuits. They're about $5.00 a round and a 12" D/O will just about swallow one round of crack and cook biscuits. That way you're not really out a lot if you toast em too much..............
Vintage465 08/08/20 01:20pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
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