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RE: Ultimate payload monster?

GVWR isn't just about dead weight. Consider suspension, brakes, stopping distant, stability when turning/swerving, weather, road conditions etc. Maybe other factors like mfg libiality etc. GVWR is all about licensing and keeping it in a certain weight class. And that is ALL it is. Watch your tires weight ratings.
dieseltruckdriver 07/29/21 07:00pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Jacking up 5th wheel?

Add me to the list. I carry a bottle jack, but I always use the 4 point leveling. We camp in some places that lift the tires, so I don't see any difference.
dieseltruckdriver 07/27/21 07:05pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: HELP..Broken Spring , Sioux Falls SD

I broke a spring on our last fifth wheel, and limped it in to an rv repair shop by ratchet strapping the axle in place so it couldn't move. When I got to the shop, they said I should have also put a piece of board between the axle and the frame for a little cushion. Then we went to the local farm store so I could buy a leaf spring, they are pretty universal. There is a Fleet Farm and a Runnings in Sioux Falls that should have what you need. Just need to take a few measurements, length, width and number of springs in the pack.
dieseltruckdriver 07/17/21 08:16am General RVing Issues
RE: Dometic portable fridge/freezer

We just bought one of these based on a review from Haylett RVs Youtube review. We bought it to haul some meat across the state, and right now we are testing it as a beer cooler. After 1 week, we like it.
dieseltruckdriver 06/28/21 06:10pm Tech Issues
RE: Using a roku while camping

I have used a Roku, as that is what I prefer at home, but in the 5er we use a Chromecast. It seems to work faster when not leaving it powered up and connected constantly. At least that is my experience.
dieseltruckdriver 06/27/21 03:37pm Technology Corner
RE: Electric bikes !!

We love our Lectric XPs so much that we haven't ridden our motorcycles yet this year. I have always liked bicycling, and never stopped riding since I was a kid. I don't race or do long distance stuff, I just like to ride, and get the exercise. Now when we ride, I don't have to wait for her, she can keep up. We bought them because we could fold them and carry them in the bed of the pickup, but DW didn't like how close the hitch got when hooking up, so we added a receiver hitch to the back of our 5er.
dieseltruckdriver 06/27/21 08:49am General RVing Issues
RE: Watts needed

I have read where folks suggest any where from 1 to 2 watts of solar per ah of battery. My question, is this based on battery rating (ie 215 AH) or is it based on useable amp hours(105)? All replys are greatly appreciated. Do 1.5 watts of solar per AH of battery and you should be fine. (300 watts of solar for 215 AH of battery) I currently have 210 AH of battery, and 420 watts of solar, and I plan on adding another 200 watts of solar this fall. My DW said she wants to live like normal when we are boondocking, that means we run the inverter to watch tv etc. Our use averages about 50 AH per night, and we get fully charged daily, as long as there is sun. Not as good if it's cloudy.
dieseltruckdriver 06/23/21 06:24pm Tech Issues
RE: fuel additives

Having a 7.3, my engine was designed when there was more sulfur in the fuel so yes, I use additives. The 7.3s really seem to like the Power Service Diesel Kleen silver bottle when it is warm out. The two I have had both ran much quieter with it.
dieseltruckdriver 06/23/21 06:05pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Can tires be off ground on auto leveling system?

If you're going to put blocks under the tires to prevent them from being off the ground, WHY did you buy an Auto Leveling System if you won't let it do it's job. I've had tires just touching to off the ground by 4 or 5 inches. Hasn't broke our unit yet.My thoughts and experience as well. I don't worry about it at all. But then, I do not have a Lippert frame! ;) Just kidding around, not trying to start a war!
dieseltruckdriver 06/22/21 06:14pm Tech Issues
RE: Check in/out timing...

We don't stay at campgrounds often, but this last weekend we were at one, and we had a site reserved at a different one starting today in the South Dakota state campgrounds system. ( After not being able to get boondocking sites last year, the DW said never again.) We were going to be at the new campground at 12:30, and checkout is 3:59, check in is 4:00 pm. I was totally prepared to sit for a few hours, but lucky for us the site was empty when we arrived. Before anyone starts whining, if the site is empty in South Dakota, you can have it, if you have a reservation. If it is still occupied, they "own" it until 3:59 pm. at 4:00 pm, it is whoever has rented it. Yes there are people who arrive early as we did, and try to pressure people to leave so they don't get inconvenienced, but you can tell them to pound sand. I know of one campground host who will also pressure people to leave if they have friends waiting for a site. They always get poor reviews from me. They are the type of host that don't want to be bothered, and do not clean up anything in the sites when the previous people leave. I had no intention to even say anything to the people of the site we were going to today if they were still there. I just assumed that they would be out fishing, since that is what most people do at this particular campground, but lucky for me they weren't. It was a good Monday! :)
dieseltruckdriver 06/21/21 09:12pm General RVing Issues
RE: Armchair Quarterbacks Unite! Stupid Stuff We've all Done...

I have seen that one before, and he was definitely driving too fast. When I first started driving semis, a guy gave me some advice that I use to this day. "Figure out what speed you feel safe at , then slow down 5 mph and you will never get in trouble." It has kept me trouble free, even pulling doubles in the mountains for over 30 years.
dieseltruckdriver 06/13/21 05:13pm Truck Campers
RE: Solar & Inverter starting point advice

As far as where to place the inverter, it will depend on your rig. I placed my current one behind my fuse/breaker box since 12 volts was easily accessible there. When I change to the larger inverter, I will mount it next to the batteries so I will have a very short run for 12 volts. My 5er came with a generator prep so I can tie 120 volts in to that. That powers an outlet that my 30 amp cord will plug in to, so no further switching will be required. I am still debating reusing the relays to turn off the converter, or just using a light switch to shut it off.
dieseltruckdriver 06/05/21 08:00am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Solar & Inverter starting point advice

Thanks all! So if I was to get a 500w inverter, where would that be installed in a travel trailer? Is it installed behind the breaker/fuse panel? Per recommendations,I will search google and youtube for inverter installation. I'd be fine adding it just to our primary TV location as that is also where we recharge laptops and phones in our camper, but just trying to wrap my head around the wiring and mounting location of the inverter itself. Thanks again! If you can route the wiring, you could use one of these.That would give you a dedicated outlet. To make things easier, I added a couple relays to switch between shore power and inverter power at that outlet. That way we don't have to unplug from one outlet and plug in to the other when we want to watch tv.
dieseltruckdriver 06/05/21 07:38am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Solar & Inverter starting point advice

I have 400 watts of solar, two 12 volt AGM batteries, a Victron BMV 702 battery monitor, Victron 375 watt inverter and LOVE IT! Last night it paid for itself in full. Just like last summer. No worrying about the generator noise, hauling gas, and we can watch as much tv or run the furnace as much as we want. The inverter only powers one outlet, and that is for the tv and a power strip to recharge laptops etc. It also has a remote switch so I can turn it off when it isn't needed. I am going to add a couple hundred more watts of solar, but mainly for early spring or cloudy days. Honestly 400 watts is all we need, I just want more. Coffee is always done with the percolator. That makes the best coffee ever!
dieseltruckdriver 06/04/21 05:44pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Water Pump Replacement...Looking for hi flow unit

Just a thought, check to make sure you don't have a build up of crud in your shower head. We have a 3 year old 5er, and this spring the kitchen sink faucet put out next to no water compared to when we bought it new. we took it apart, soaked it in vinegar and it works like new. It might not be your pump.
dieseltruckdriver 06/03/21 08:37pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: RV 12V Smart WiFi Thermostat

I have a three year old model Honeywell that uses two AA batteries and is programmable. If you want to monitor your pets, maybe a webcam you use when you want to instead of a thermostat that will use battery power 24X7.
dieseltruckdriver 06/03/21 08:32pm Tech Issues
RE: Home base TV Antenna

I know we should probably take this to a new post, but still, wa8yxm is correct. I actually just checked my 5er tv since I am in it, and it does indeed give the channel number. In case anyone is still reading this and wondering what Gdetrailer means, I have "channel 6-1" on currently, but the actual physical channel is 29, so it is UHF even though looking at the displayed channel it would seem to be a VHF channel.
dieseltruckdriver 05/26/21 01:15pm Technology Corner
RE: Home base TV Antenna

No reason to replace the antenna but you might want to check what channels they actually broadcast on (Ask your television it knows, it's in the menus but do to different brands I can't tell you the path as well. I have 3 TV's here adn they are all different) But look for manual add of channel. Tune to a channel then go to that menu options) numbers less than 13 keep your antenna Numbers highers only you can go to a smaller UHF only with higher gain. Where I am there are still VHF carriers :R "Digital" OTA AKA ATSC does not work like that. ATSC uses what is called "virtual channel numbers" which can be "assigned" to any of the currently allowed TV broadcast band within the band plan. SEE HERE "virtual channel A virtual channel is the designation, usually a number, that is recognized by the user as the single entity that will provide access to an analog TV program or a set of one or more digital elementary streams. It is called “virtual” because its identification (name and number) may be defined independently from its physical location. Examples of virtual channels are: digital radio (audio only), a typical analog TV channel, a typical digital TV channel (composed of one audio and one video stream), multi-visual digital channels (composed of several video streams and one or more audio tracks), or a data broadcast channel (composed of one or more data streams). In the case of an analog TV channel, the virtual channel designation will link to a specific physical transmission channel. In the case of a digital TV channel, the virtual channel designation will link both to the physical transmission channel and to the particular video and audio streams within that physical transmission channel." ATSC Channel 2-13 can be anywhere, it can be broadcast on UHF frequencies and the tuner will find it and as long as the broadcaster has done their job correctly the tuner will know that it is channel 2-13. Because many TV markets have "branded" their identification by their original analog TV channel number they were assigned to, it was decided in order to allow the broadcasters to continue that time honored tradition to use a virtual channel number assignment system. This also made the analog to digital changeover to be as seamless as possible without the need to go off the air for days or even months while all their analog equipment was being removed and new digital equipment installed. OP has a wiring issue, first of all, with an outdoor antenna with a preamp should be able to drive at least one TV without the movement of a person inside the building affecting reception. OP states they have three TVs, that also means they have a splitter which just plain kills the fragile ATSC signal. If the OP has an antenna mounted preamp and inserted the splitter in the wrong place that also will kill the signal.. Antenna mounted preamps require a voltage to be inserted into the coax that leads to the antenna preamp. Placing a splitter in between the power injector and the antenna preamp is a no no and will kill all signal from the antenna. Splitters must be inserted on the TV side of the power injector. Passive splitters represent a huge loss of signal strength, a two way splitter is 3.5 DB of loss to both sets, a 3way splitter will have one port with 3.5DB loss and two ports of 7 DB loss. A four way passive splitter will have 4 ports with 7 DB loss.. With ATSC, any and every inserted loss can easily kill enough signal to make other RFI in the building easily "swamp out" the little bit of signal that may be on the center of the coax. LED lights, RV power converter, computers, cell phones, cell phone chargers and much more can generate a considerable amount of RFI.. Something else which is why I mentioned the OP needs to list makes and models of the preamp and antenna.. If they are using a indoor only preamp, I have never had much luck with those on outdoor antennas.. They are just amplifying the RFI noise inside the building.. One needs to use a two piece antenna preamp which uses a antenna mounted preamp and a indoor power injector.. As they say, "garbage in, much louder garbage out", have to put the preamp where it has the best chance of not amplifying the RFI inside the building. WA8YXMs advice was actually spot on. Notice he said "check what channels they actually broadcast on". Fellow ham here. ;) After four paragraphs of Gdetrailer explaining why WA8YXM was correct, I also agree that it seems to be a wiring issue, and I think it was explained very well. I would guess a splitter in the wrong spot also. Edited to add, very nice visual explanation!
dieseltruckdriver 05/26/21 09:33am Technology Corner
RE: Schwintek slide

Three trouble free years here also. Just make sure you hold the button for 5 or 6 seconds after the slide stops moving. Also make sure that it isn't on a large slide. My BIL has a Schwintek slide on a large slide and we had to fight it to get it in one time, but I don't think he has had any problems since.
dieseltruckdriver 05/22/21 11:36am Tech Issues
RE: Rv Park with Pine trees

There is also the Black Hills in South Dakota, but it will probably be tough getting a reservation now.
dieseltruckdriver 05/20/21 08:39am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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