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RE: Portable Wind Turbine as a power supplement?

Running a wind turbine while towing will cost you more energy from your truck than it will produce. It will be at best the same as running a generator. Simple laws of physics.
jkwilson 09/18/20 12:54pm Tech Issues
RE: Storing a Trailer Aid

Put it on craigslist? Then buy a low profile jack which will fit in more places and be more universal than that ramp.. Not to mention your tow vehicle SHOULD have a jack anyway, it's not like you are going to be able to use that ramp to change your Tow Vehicles tires.. Just another unitasker device solution in search of a use to find a home for.. ONE Multitasking solution like a jack often beats a single tasking device.. Yeah, like my truck jack is going to lift a 5th wheel. No where near enough lifting height.
jkwilson 09/17/20 08:52pm General RVing Issues
Storing a Trailer Aid

I own four tandem axle trailers and I want to have my Trailer Aid with me whenever I’m towing one of them. Right now, it usually rides in the back floorboard of my truck, which is in the way. If I take it out for space, I’m likely to forget it just when I need it. I’d like to come up with a place to keep it that is out of the sun, out of the way and always with me. Under the hood was my first idea, but doesn’t look feasible. Next idea is frame rails or under the bed somewhere. With a 5th wheel, bed space is scarce and I use my truck for hauling, so I hate to give up bed space for a tool box. Anybody got any thoughts?
jkwilson 09/17/20 02:42pm General RVing Issues
RE: group 65 vs group 31 battery for mtr hm maxx brand

Those group 31s are commercial starting batteries. They are readily available for a reasonable price at virtually any auto parts place. Their cranking power will put a group 65 to shame.
jkwilson 09/16/20 03:49pm Tech Issues
RE: 15.2 v during solar equalization charge - what do you do?

if you have a deicent fuse set up it will be filtered dc current so you realy dont need to worry about it. Steve A fuse performs no filtering. It’s just a wire, and even if it did that would have no effect on the voltage.
jkwilson 09/13/20 10:16pm Tech Issues
RE: Fan lid direction and covers

Look at it closely before moving anything. On my old pop up, the hinge side of the vent cover came loose and the vent still worked, but opened with the cover tilted the wrong way.
jkwilson 09/08/20 07:41am Tech Issues
RE: New 5th Wheel Driver

Your truck is designed to tow heavy trailers. No need to change anything. If the weight of the trailer on the truck drops the back too much, you can add air bags to level it.
jkwilson 09/06/20 12:43pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: question about trailer brakes.

The heavier the trailer, the harder it is to lock up the brakes. I can lock up my aluminum stock trailer empty, but can’t with a few cows in it.
jkwilson 09/05/20 09:06am Tech Issues
RE: TST 507 cap o rings

I’ve heard #30 O-rings work. Can’t vouch for it, but got some at HD and they seem reasonable.
jkwilson 09/02/20 04:07pm Tech Issues
RE: The sad part of pet ownership

Here she is on a shopping trip after one of her vet visits. https://i.imgur.com/c5lLYt0l.jpg
jkwilson 08/31/20 06:43pm RV Pet Stop
The sad part of pet ownership

We are probably done traveling for a while, and the longer the better in this case. Our 12 year-old female Sheltie has tumors in her bladder. No fixing it, but we are trying a couple of medicines which may make it easier for her to void for a while. She can’t urinate in a normal position and is incontinent at times or urgently needs to go, so she ends up with wet legs all of the time and we need to bathe her daily. Just more than we want to deal with on the road. At home, she’s free to roam the farm and she can sit in her shady spots and go when she needs to. Easier on her and on us. She’ll miss the trips and hiking as much as we will.
jkwilson 08/31/20 02:11pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Is there a correct battery voltage chart?

I was watching 'lil Will Prowse and he said never take your battery below 12.2 volts..By the chart I had downloaded,that would be about 65% which doesn't sound right as 50% has always been the gold standard to to exceed for battery longevity.. So I wonder what chart he goes by or if it is off his solar charger or one of his other gadgets.. I still have not heard from my battery company but they are located in Florida and alot is going on there now... The idea to never take a battery below a certain level is a misunderstanding of battery system design guidelines utilized by system designers. The guideline is that for the best trade off of battery life/economy/weight/size/charging time, you should size your battery/bank such that the average depth of discharge is no lower than 50% This is widely misinterpreted to mean you should never discharge a battery below 50%. This is complete nonsense. It is spread widely by battery dealers, who are on average as misinformed about batteries as anyone could be. If you look at a graph of battery cycle life vs. average depth of discharge, you’ll see that below about 20% DOD, the chart is linear all the way down. That means there is no magical tipping point at 50% or 65% or any other number after the 20% level. The deeper you discharge it, on average, the shorter the life, but 55% is only worse than 50% in the same way 50% is worse than 45%. If there was a point where sudden significant loss of capacity or life occurred, there would be a knee or change in slope at that point. The only time you should worry about battery discharge levels is when you have limited charging availability or when you are buying new batteries. When buying batteries you should size them so your average DOD between charges is 50% or less.
jkwilson 08/28/20 07:56pm Tech Issues
RE: Evansville to Indianapolis airport (I-69) question

Jogging over to 67 via 39 is the preferred route. You hit Ameriplex Parkway before Indy and can cut across to the airport. I traveled regularly for work and have driven the route many, many times.
jkwilson 08/26/20 07:48pm Roads and Routes
RE: Is there a correct battery voltage chart?

Different manufacturers and different technologies have different voltages at varying states of charge. That is why the charts vary. The voltages also vary with temperature, and as noted, if you have recently drawn power from the battery the reading you get won’t be accurate. Really not worth worrying too much about it.
jkwilson 08/26/20 07:46pm Tech Issues
RE: Massachusetts in October

Wonderful place, but most campgrounds shut down the Saturday after Columbus Day. Just when the weather gets great for hiking.
jkwilson 08/15/20 09:31pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Motor Carrier Road Atlas

Those of you that use one as a trip planning tool, how often do you get a new copy? I see the 2021 issue is out, so my 2017 version is looking old. I hate to spend a case of beer unnecessarily, but a single routing screw up caused by out of date maps would cover that cost pretty quickly.
jkwilson 08/12/20 01:19am Roads and Routes
RE: What ONE feature do you really like/want in your next RV ?

A nice stout, frame mounted covered rear rack to carry bikes and generators.
jkwilson 08/11/20 04:07pm General RVing Issues
RE: electrician question: voltage drop at outlet to TT

Another thing to be aware of is an AC unit typically draws about 60 amps during the momentary starup. When using small gauge wire like #12 and runs like 30', you can have significant voltage drop that is hard on the motor windings and eventually lead to premature AC unit failure. The 60 amps is also in addition to anything else operating like say the converter/charger at perhaps 4-5 amps. I would use a #10 shore power cord with 30 to 15 amp adapter, or a #10 extension cord in addition to the shore power cord. As mentioned, you also need to consider the length of the branch circuit from the house's panel to the 20 amp receptacle which can greatly increase voltage drop. Always have a permanent voltmeter mounted inside an RV and keep an eye on it. If it gets down to 104-105 volts, shut the AC unit off as it will cause damage. Best thing is an EMS which automatically shuts you down on low voltage. Also, always ensure the blades on your cords are kept clean and shiny and never plug in the RV with power on. I don’t think any RV AC pulls anything close to 60A on startup. More like about 19A. People run them with generators, and if it pulled 60A on startup, the generator would have to be in the 7000W range to handle it. Generators can’t produce extra power momentarily like household wiring can for brief times, so the generator won’t start a motor that needs more than about 10% more than its rated power.
jkwilson 08/09/20 07:56am Tech Issues
RE: Onan Indiana generator stalling

What makes it run again? Time, or will it start right back up? Two simplest checks are fuel filter and vent on fuel system.
jkwilson 08/05/20 06:00am Tech Issues
RE: Why remove dinette booth and replace with table and chairs

Since the chairs are crammed into the same space, moving the chairs around...doesn't really happen or at best is awkward. The storage is the biggest issue (we never used it for sleeping anyway). We are actually planning to switch the current rig back to dinnet seats. The chairs aren’t crammed into the same space unless you have walls on both sides. I can turn two of my chairs 180 degrees without moving them back, and can push the table away from them and gain a lot of space.
jkwilson 08/04/20 06:24pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
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