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RE: DIY battery cable supplier

and if your going to use cable larger than about 10ga (small wire number) look into a good hydraulic crimper, avaiable on ebay at reasonable prices. especially once you get to cable sizes from 4ga down to #0000. crimp, cover with adhesive lined heat shrink. All of mine I used welding cable I cut to length, again cable cutters avaiable on amazon or ebay. Since welding cable is usually only available in black, I use red or black heat shrink as appropriate.
ktmrfs 03/08/20 11:07am Tech Issues
RE: EZ Snap window shades?

Awesome, thanks for the feedback! How long have you had them, how are they holding up to the UV light? Is the material still looking like new? Any issues with the adhesive snaps, any of them getting loose or anything? I'm planning on using them and attaching them to the window frame, as I have aluminum siding that has ridges. I've had mine for 3 years now. Still looks new. as for the adhesive snaps, I have some mounted directly on the window glass and most mounted to the fiberglass siding. In all cases I used the supplied adhesive promoter. Basically 3M VHB adhesive promoter. It makes an incredible difference in how the adhesive last and how strong the bond is. With it, getting VHB off is difficult to say the least. Without it, I've had no trouble removing VHB adhesive strips.
ktmrfs 02/29/20 04:04pm General RVing Issues
RE: EZ Snap window shades?

I have them and installed them on our trailer. They were pretty easy to put on. For storage I roll them up together and put them under the bed. They do help a great deal to limit heat gain from the sun. They do block some light but not all that much. I used the adhesive based snaps. I labeled each of them so it's easy to see where they go.
ktmrfs 02/28/20 05:19pm General RVing Issues
RE: Slide out awnings yay or nay?

I wouldn't be without them. We generally are parked under trees, and they keep leaves, twigs, and small branches off the top of the slide. They block direct sun so the slide interior stays cooler. They keep the rainwater outside where it belongs, if you have to bring the slides in while it's raining. I have read that some trailers have slideouts with no flange to trap stuff. That would lessen the benefits quite a bit. same here. but if we typically parked in areas without trees and it didn't rain, then the advantage is almost gone. pine needles especially area a real PITA w/o a slide topper.
ktmrfs 02/28/20 05:15pm General RVing Issues
RE: block heater

can we just stay on topic, all i want to do is check my cord or my heater its self to see which is bad. and i dont have a fancy plug with a element on it. just a simple 3 prong male plug ON the first page, 2003Silverado gave you the answer. Plug it in and look for a spark as you do so. Are you not getting a spark? If you are, it's working. But if no spark , doesn't mean it isn't working!!!!! for the 2003 that works. For later models, not a good indications. Somewhere between 204.5 and 2015 GM added a thermostat in the block heater circuit so it won't turn on above a certain temp, somewhere around freezing. So the plug in and check for a spark above that temps is going to head you in the wrong direction!!!! From what i can tell my 2013 may not have a t stat built in. mine has just the normal 3 prong plug, from pictures i see the stat is built into the plug correct? I'd check your diesel suppliment owners manual. It should have the straight scoop on the thermostat and if it has one or not.
ktmrfs 02/28/20 12:35pm Tow Vehicles
RE: axle rating vs GVWR

carefull, it may have a 3500lb axle but still could have a lower axle weight rating driven by the tire capacity. Rating will be the lower of either the axle or tire capacity. Doubt it as that would be a lawsuit waiting to happen. not as long as trailer sticker shows the correct allowed weight. If the axle is 3500lbs rating and the tires are 2800lbs and the sticker says 2800 it's legit and correct. Look at most trucks and it's often the case that the rear axle rating is higher than the tire rating and the sticker allowed weight is lower than the axle is capable of.
ktmrfs 02/28/20 10:46am Travel Trailers
RE: block heater

can we just stay on topic, all i want to do is check my cord or my heater its self to see which is bad. and i dont have a fancy plug with a element on it. just a simple 3 prong male plug ON the first page, 2003Silverado gave you the answer. Plug it in and look for a spark as you do so. Are you not getting a spark? If you are, it's working. But if no spark , doesn't mean it isn't working!!!!! for the 2003 that works. For later models, not a good indications. Somewhere between 204.5 and 2015 GM added a thermostat in the block heater circuit so it won't turn on above a certain temp, somewhere around freezing. So the plug in and check for a spark above that temps is going to head you in the wrong direction!!!!
ktmrfs 02/28/20 10:39am Tow Vehicles
RE: axle rating vs GVWR

You are mixing up different numbers. I checked Lances website: Ratings: GVWR = 3700 GAWR = Not Listed on their website but probably 3500lb as they won't make a custom axle for a travel trailer. You get the GVWR when you add the hitch weight. Empty Weights as it comes from the dealer: Unloaded Axle Weight = 2530 Unloaded Hitch Weight = 245 Unloaded Total Weight = 2775 (2530+245) So you have 925lb of cargo capacity before hitting the GVWR Of course this is all per the design calculations, so it might be off by a bit in real life. carefull, it may have a 3500lb axle but still could have a lower axle weight rating driven by the tire capacity. Rating will be the lower of either the axle or tire capacity.
ktmrfs 02/27/20 10:31am Travel Trailers
RE: block heater

Check for continuity between the prongs of the cord. not a good indicator. Not sure on what the starting year is but the block heater after a certain year has a thermostat in the line so it won't turn on above a certain temperature, somewhere around freezing. So checking for continuity may show an open when it is in reality just fine. I know this is the case on the 2015, and the 2004.5 has no thermostat.
ktmrfs 02/27/20 10:26am Tow Vehicles
RE: LT tires on your TT? Let the fight begin

I've seen posts where the OP says he lost a complete tread on one of his trailers tires and his TPS told him nothing....just the usual people passing and honking and waving. Just last summer (98-100 outside temps) I lost a complete tread on a 10 year old 16" E tire with approx 28k miles on my 10k car hauler. I had a job about 77 miles out and was coming home when the carcass finally blew 3 miles from the barn. I didn't know anything was wrong. I tried pulling the ramps out. There the complete tread was wedged in tight. I'm close to 80 and boy was it hot on that black oil and chip county road. A nice young man stopped and between both of us got the ramp out. The next day Discount Tires fixed me up with 4 new ones. The others showed inside separation issues. TPMS systems are nice but not a 100 percent fix for all situations. Now if I was hauling on the road again running 70k miles a year then I would use a TPMS on truck and trailer. yup, a TPMS will help and likely save you from a catastrophy if you pick up a nail or something that gives a slow enough leak to give you time to react. It won't save you from something that causes a rapid air loss. But then the times it has "saved" me is exactly the first case, twice I picked up a nail and it gave me enough warning to avoid a blowout. Both with pressure warning and also an increase in temperature.
ktmrfs 02/24/20 11:37am Travel Trailers
RE: Home based cell booster

We are going to be on the coast of Oregon pretty soon this year and cell phone coverage is terrible there, at least for us on Verizon. Would a cell booster be of any benefit there for us? Thanks, Curly The answer is maybe. A booster won't do anything if there is no signal to boost. When travelling and requiring a signal I think the best approach is duplicity. Have a VZ and an ATT account for example. Get the open signal app. It can tell you what towers, carriers and strength are in a particular area. I’m going to go out on a limb and guess you don’t have a Weboost. Many many times I have had none to one bar, poor to no data rate. Plug in the Weboost and get 5-20 MBS. Two carriers help. Sometime you are throttled due to tower traffic by company eg Verizon will be slow but ATT is fast. The sat signal and dB apps don’t tell the complete story. Speed test does. yes. The signal strength needed by a booster to get a useable signal is much much lower than a cell phone will operate on, and often a signal level that a phone won't even operate on. The key is that the booster needs to have enough power to get a useable signal to the cell site antenna. If it can, then you usually can get a useable signal for the phone. If the signal is better than about -150db a cell booster will usually get you a useable signal. By constrast a signal level below about -120db is the threshold for a useable signal with a phone. So you can be in a place where your phone says no service and get a very useable signal with a booster. One in the vicinity of -80db which is around the "5 bars" level. As to the OP's question about the oregon coast. Yes ATT or verizon has many spots with no or marginal reception. However we travel up and down the coast quite often and with my Weboost system I have had a strong useable signal with Verizon and ATT anyplace we have stayed at along the coast. By contrast there are many high use common campgrounds that without a booster you won't get reliable service with ATT or verizon.
ktmrfs 02/24/20 11:20am Tech Issues
RE: Home based cell booster

We are going to be on the coast of Oregon pretty soon this year and cell phone coverage is terrible there, at least for us on Verizon. Would a cell booster be of any benefit there for us? Thanks, Curly oregon coast is hit and miss for good coverage w/o a booster for verizon and ATT. In some places it's good for one or the other, some places for neither, some places good for both. However I have found with the weboost RV booster every place we have been on the coast we get excellent coverage with Verizon. In marginal or bad areas, there has been a tower close enough that a booster can get a good enough signal for voice and data. Some places you would expect good coverage (Ft.Stevens) have very marginal coverage. Others that seem out of the way have very good reception. We've camped up and down the coast from WA to CA on many occasions. With the booster never been w/o decent signal.
ktmrfs 02/23/20 09:47am Tech Issues
RE: Home based cell booster

I use the Weboost RV and have it mounted to the top of my 20 foot flag pole which is mounted to the back bumper of the camper. So I didn't have to drill holes in my camper I ran the cable from the antennae to the cable TV connector then hooked the indoor section the output of the cable TV connector on the inside. Works great. I do similar with my Weboost RV. For a pole I use a fiberglass RV washing pole with the antenna mounted to it. I use a flat 75 ohm 12" cable to go through the rear window. Works great.
ktmrfs 02/21/20 09:41pm Tech Issues
RE: Home based cell booster

The feedback issue would explain the flat panel antenna provided. Will look at the requirement for distance. However none of that really explains Weboost other RV system that is 65db and 100db. Allows you to switch between 65 while mobile and 100 while parked. No change in type of antenna (Omni) nor distance between antennas. the 65db vs 100db is based on FCC regulatios. 65db is the max gain allowed in mobile applications while 100db gain is allowed for stationary applications.
ktmrfs 02/21/20 09:24am Tech Issues
RE: Home based cell booster

as long as you are stationary, your legal for the higher output power. It isn't home or not, it stationary or moving. That's why the weboost high power RV system uses a external temporary mount antenna. Let's them meet the requirement it won't be used when moving. Now, in any case you do need to have adequate separation between internal and external antenna to avoid feedback and oscillations. Now, also make sure you have the correct impedance antenna. most mobile car systems use a 50 ohm antenna. While many home and RV systems use 75 ohm antenna. The 75 ohm advantage is much lower loss in the cable for reasonablyt priced and flexible cable.
ktmrfs 02/20/20 07:26pm Tech Issues
RE: LT tires on your TT? Let the fight begin

Last summer my tires were running about 110-degrees on a 90-degree day. Get a TPMS and you will know exactly. You will know exactly what the temperature of the sensor is, the tire temperature may be quite different. correct. but what a TPMS will provide is comparison of all the tires. If one starts running much hotter than the others, well, then worth a stop to see why.
ktmrfs 02/20/20 09:11am Travel Trailers
RE: Replacing a WFCO 9855, Options?

Do not replace with a WFCO. The stated 3 stage charging frequently does not work. Progressive Dynamics, IOTA, Power Max are all good. For camping plugged in I recommend 35 amp PowerMax If you are off-grid a lot using a generator etc something different might be better. x2
ktmrfs 02/19/20 07:42pm Tech Issues
RE: LT tires on your TT? Let the fight begin

More fuel for the fire: 1) People who replaced their ST tires with LT tires increased the effective load carrying capacity .... because: 2) The load carrying capacity of ST tires is calculated differently than LT tires. The result is that ST tires are rated to carry about 20% more load, but at a lower speed.This people tryied increasing the size and load ranges with STs before throwing in the towel and stepping up to LTs What a waste of money on all those STs I owned Maybe it's because our experience is that the ST's are fine. Like I mentioned in an earlier post, between myself and a few friends I've traveled with we have put over 300K miles on ST tires with NO blowouts and a total of two nail punctures we caught with the TPMS before the tire went down. That's about the same rate of nail punctures I've had on my tow vehicles. So I see now reason to go out and get a set of 16" rims for LT tires since there are NO 15" LT tires that have an adequate load capacity for my trailer while the LRE ST tires have a reasonable extra load margin.
ktmrfs 02/19/20 05:02pm Travel Trailers
RE: LT tires on your TT? Let the fight begin

More fuel for the fire: 1) People who replaced their ST tires with LT tires increased the effective load carrying capacity .... because: 2) The load carrying capacity of ST tires is calculated differently than LT tires. The result is that ST tires are rated to carry about 20% more load, but at a lower speed. the endurance ST is rated for load capacity the same as other sized ST's yet it carries a speed rating similar to an LT tire, IIRC it is speed rated to 87mph (maybe 81) at rated load, much higher than the typical ST speed rating of 65. Not as high as many LT's but definitely higher than I'd ever need for a trailer tire!
ktmrfs 02/19/20 11:38am Travel Trailers
RE: Any problems with Goodyear Endurance tires?

I've had endurance on my TT for two years, maybe 3K miles and they are doing fine. NO issues. But as a comparison my trailers have close to 50K miles on them with a combo of towmax and Maxxis tires and in the 50K miles no blowouts or tire failures either. I did have two nail punctures but the TPMS caught those long before the tire went flat. Got a low pressure warning, close look at the tire and yup, a nail in the tread.
ktmrfs 02/18/20 07:37pm Travel Trailers
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