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RE: Carhauler to RV

An advantage of building your own out of an enclosed car hauler or an enclosed utility trailer is that you can build it the way you want it. You can use better materials and better building methods than the cheesy cheap materials and construction methods used on most small trailers. You also don't have to worry about shaking and bouncing it apart when going down rough roads to camp in isolated areas. If your truck is adequate you can get it there in one piece. I plan on living in mine for the rest of my life once it's built and don't want something that I'm constantly doing maintenance on because it's falling apart. I've got a 28 ft travel trailer and can live in it, but I won't be able to take it where I want to and I don't want to worry about it falling apart on me pulling it down bumpy roads trying to go where I can't get to. Yeah, it's going to cost me more to build than to buy something ready made, but it will be better and I did mention I'll be living in it the rest of my life. One thing to look at if your going to travel off paved roads is ground clearance. Many Many cargo/utility/car haulers have pretty low ground clearance and often come with Torsion axles. That means raising them for ground clearance is a whole new axle set. you can specify the "lift" on torsion axles if you order a trailer to get the clearance you want. if it has a "conventional" spring setup likely may need to flip the axle, much easier to do. When I looked "utility" "cargo" "car hauler" have basically the same GVWR for comparable sizes. My 7x14 cargo has 7,000lb GVWR, once you get to 16 or 18 ft you can easily get a 10,000 GVWR and it goes up from their. My 7x14 empty weight was 3,000lbs giving me 4,000 for cargo and stuff I added.
ktmrfs 01/23/22 12:22pm Travel Trailers
RE: Carhauler to RV

I have had some thoughts about this. 8 foot inside height cargo trailer will be less than 10 ft outside. IMHO, not much of a issue. OTOH, a cargo trailer does not have ground clearance for tanks under floor. But mount tanks on top of factory floor, put a floor above them. Forethought on location off tanks, pull-outs at doorways, and you have storage in a location great for hauling heavy things. And removeable floor sections would be great to access thing that you only need to see rarely, like batteries. If you have a water heater, I don't think a hand or foot pump would work. Swing rear doors, rear kitchen. Mount stove, sink and or counter to door with some way to slide up/down. Up, use inside. Nice weather, open door slide down, stand on ground. Dump waste water on the ground? Really? Give approval to that on RV site? Really? What is a better way to reduce the number of places to spend a night. I have 40 gallons of grey tank under the floor of my Pace cargo trailer I converted. there IS room. I put the fresh tank (20 gallon) at the front behind the counter. I agree on the ramp door. Mine has one because I use it as a toy hauler and use it to haul my motorcycles. Even then swing out doors are an option. I did 6ft 6 inside, tall enough to have overhead lights and still not bump my head. Mine is 7ft wide. 14 long. If I ever do another it would be 8 x 16. Mostly for more bike room and storage room. propane stove, propane forced air heat, water pump, but just a small dorm electric fridge running of an small inverter. And for toilet there are nice cassette toilets or a 5 gallon porta potty. No need for a black tank. No oven, but a 2 burner propane cooktop and a small microwave. One bed is a fold down, and took the folding rear seat from my old van as a combo fold down bed or couch for use with pop in the floor dinette. Fold up against the wall to store the motorycles. But all this take time and tools to do well. I did all the cabinets myself using cardboard templates, curved roof line makes store bought cabinets not very useful. since I use it as a toyhauler, I had the floor rhino lined, and have a roll out indoor/outdoor carpet pad. Easy to clean.
ktmrfs 01/22/22 09:53pm Travel Trailers
RE: Carhauler to RV

I bought a 14 ft cargo trailer spec'd like I wanted to convert to a mini toyhauler. Didn't want a full size toyhauler, but wanted something big enough to haul 3 bikes, , shower, etc. and small enough to use for day trips etc. and room to sleep for two. Mine has sleeping for two, dinette, hauls 3 bikes, fridge, stove, microwave, water heater, 20 gallon fresh tank, 40 gallon grey tank, shower, AC, toilet forced air heat, plenty of storage for food etc. outside awning. A single 5 gallon propane tank, two GC2 batteries on the tongue. Was fun to build, has been in use since 2004. When I built mine it really wasn't any cheaper than buying a small trailer, shell trailer wasn't real expensive, but stuff like furnace, AC, stove, toilet etc. etc. adds up pretty quick even if you find used stuff. I knew that would be the case from the start, but it was a solution to what I needed. As mentioned, cargo trailers are NOT lightweight. My 14ft is rated at 7,000 GVW, and is typically around 6,000 with two bikes in it. My 30ft TT with dual slides is 8500 loaded up. Unless you go real spendy, cargo trailer frames and wall framing is all steel, roof framing is steel, roof if galvanized sheet metal, outside walls thin aluminum. Makes them pretty heavy to start with. And the walls are usually only 1/2" or 3/4" thick so minimal insulation. For years in addition to use as a toyhauler for motorcycles, we used it as our travel trailer as well. Overall, if you want a fun project for a custom trailer and have the tools, skills and time, go for it. If you want it because it's the only solution to what you want for layout, go fo it. if you think it's an inexpensive way to get a trailer........ Your barking up the wrong tree. If you think it is a way to have a lightweight trailer.......... your barking up the wrong tree.
ktmrfs 01/21/22 09:19am Travel Trailers
RE: Why consider 12v fridge for boondocking?

But my question is. Why do people think it's the hot ticket for boon docking? I can see if you're regularly driving and covering ground. For the 15+ years I have been reading the net about RVs there is rarely a week that somebody doesn't post something about their absorption fridge not working as well as expected. For many, the "hot ticket" seems to be go with a 120V compressor fridge. If a RV stores electricity it is a safe bet it is not storing 120 volt AC, but 12 V DC is likely. When you consider that every time you convert some of the electrons escape, IMHO it makes more sense to use in the same form it is stored. YMMV Well, the only thing I'm really looking for is which one uses the least amount of energy while boon docking. Also,for 10 years I worked in my Dad's RV shop and did my share of repairing absorption fridges. And for 40 years I've had absorptions fridges in my 4 different coaches. In those 4 coaches I had to replace the cooling unit in one of them and nothing else. So, I'm not concerned with the reliability of absorptions refer's. Though I am aware that the newer absorption fridges have better likely hood of failing due to the electronics on board them now-a-days....... When 99% of RV fridges are absorption, it's not surprising if a similar number of issues are with absorption fridges. Trust me, having spent time in the boating world where 12v is the standard, they have their own issues. If your looking for the least amount of energy used, a household fridge will win hands down. If you look at the volume or weight needed to store the energy (battery bank or propane tanks) absorption fridge wins hands down. Energy density of propane on a BTU/lb or BTU/ volume beats batteries by orders of magnitude.
ktmrfs 01/20/22 08:38pm Travel Trailers
RE: The world of tow vehicles would be a better place if

If you want to play games with the numbers for licensing purposes, play games with the numbers. Ford already does that with their 10,000lb GVW F350 SRW. Now GM is doing the same game with their 3500 srw trucks with 18 different gvwrs. Some like a 11025....11050...11100....but starts at 10000 gvwr on up to 12450 gvwr. RV website police will have fun with all the different payloads for the same exact 3500 srw truck. I have no issues with some 3/4 tons trucks having more usable in the bed payloads than some/same spec'd one ton srw trucks. Just more gvwr/gawr options we have to choose from as we all have different size truck needs. DRW vs SRW .....sure need a dead horse picture clicky. Or GM 2500HD with a 11,500 ish GVWR with the diesel, very close to the 3500HD SRW rating. They just moved the 2500HD up a class to get away from the somewhat arbitrary 10,000lb limt based on classification
ktmrfs 01/18/22 03:33pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Why consider 12v fridge for boondocking?

Your camping in a RV, right? Your RV NEEDs a 12V battery for basic functions like powering the control board in your propane fridge, right? Your battery charge does not last a month, right? You must recharge the battery periodically anyways, right? Since you obviously must recharge the RV battery, you must have solar, gen and or a huge battery bank to last more than a long weekend, right? So, where is the "advantage" of a propane fridge if you already have a battery, must have a gen and or solar and recharge the battery daily or every couple of days? advantage of a propane fridge is I can go 4-6 days before i need to recharge even with no solar or generator. No way could I go for that long with a 12V compressor fridge. If the sun is out much at all I can keep the batteries fully charged easily. With a compressor fridge, nope, I'd still be bringing out the generator even with full sun every few days. Propane advantage over batteries is propane energy content/gallon or energy content/lb is orders of magnitude higher than a battery. Now I will agree that a compressor fridge cools down faster and is less temperature sensitive than a propane fridge. So if you camp with power handy it makes sense. With LED lighting & propane fridge in nice weather battery draw is pretty low. Even in cold weather we still can go several days in cloudy weather before needing to dig out the generator. So if we had a compressor fridge when we boondock for 2 weeks I'd need to bring along more gas for the generator. As it is I seldom even use all the gas in the generator, still have lots of propane left. For us have no desire to have a compressor fridge for the type of "off grid" camping we do. If most/all our camping was at places with available 120V, then a compressor fridge would likely be high on the list.
ktmrfs 01/15/22 10:14am Travel Trailers
RE: The world of tow vehicles would be a better place if

How exactly does fewer options make the world a better place? If you want a dually, buy a dually. If you want a SRW 1 ton, buy one. If you want a 3/4 ton, buy one. This isn't 30yrs ago when you would have to go to each individual dealer and ask for the specs on various options when it came time to purchase. It's easy to get them on the internet. Fewer options makes the world a better place by simplifying the buying decision. So many times they recommend here "Don't get a 3/4 ton, get a 1 ton SRW, it's the same thing and for a few hundred dollars more you get more payload blah blah blah..." Except in my experience 1 ton SRWs are far and few between. In normal years dealers tend to have one or two DRWs, several 3/4 tons, and a whole gaggle of 1/2 tons. Nary a 1 ton SRW to be found, leaving most people trying to follow that advice feeling confused and betrayed. It also eliminates about 50% of the arguments from this website. "Only difference between 3/4 and 1 ton SRW is a leaf in the springs" "No it's noooooot!" "Is toooooooo!" Wouldn't the world be a better place with less conflict? at least on the diesels, GM 3/4 and 1 ton srw have basically the same GVWR. Around 2019-2020 the move the 3/4 ton up a class and moved the GVWR up to around 11,500 very close to the 1 ton SRW.
ktmrfs 01/15/22 10:01am Tow Vehicles
RE: The world of tow vehicles would be a better place if

GM a few years ago moved the 2500 up a class and basically have the same GVWR SRW in the 2500 as a 3500 SRW, 11,500ish GVWR. But they do offer a 2500 with a 10,000GVWR.
ktmrfs 01/13/22 10:58am Tow Vehicles
RE: GM outsold Ford??

Read something yesterday and not sure of others saw/read it as well, but it said that GM outsold Ford in truck sales for 2021. If true, that would dethrone Ford as the #1 seller of trucks 45+ years running. Truth or rumor? The sales title has always been a bit of a gimmick. I suspect GM & Ford are in it together as I've never seen them challenge the numbers. If you look at the specific model, F150 usually wins. If you combine sierra & silverado (which are effectively the exact same truck except for the name badges), GM usually wins. In the end, it really doesn't matter. Both sell enough that finding parts and getting repairs will not be an issue (same applies to Dodge and Toyota). who win's depends on what is said. Which BRAND sold the most, Ford is perenial winner. Which COMPANY sold the most, General Motors most often outsells Ford Motor Company with Chevy and GMC combined sales. Which model sells the most, Ford F150 is a decades long winner. Which is the lowest selling brand? I'll bet GMC is near the bottom, below RAM/Dodge, maybe even toyota, but above Nissan and honda. (just my guess since I don't have any data) To me it is all irrelevant. I buy what I like the best for what I want to do. All three mfg make really nice trucks today. Glad I have so much to choose from.
ktmrfs 01/13/22 10:53am Tow Vehicles
RE: Mystery Battery Draw While Parked UPDATE

we had a 2004 Silverado. couple of other things to check 1) make sure ALL the interior lights are off. It's amazingly easy to accidentally turn on one of the front or rear overhead lights and not realize it. 2) IIRC not all the 12V outlets turn off with ignition so make sure you don't have anything plugged into the outlets 3) Double check that the visor lights are off. Again, another easy one to accidentally leave on. Once the Silverado goes into full sleep mode, current draw should be in the few 10's of milliamp range IIRC. But on initial shutoff it can be 1/2 to 1 A. Lastly, on the diesel, the battery power to the trailer plugs is ALWAYS on, even with ignition off. I don't know if that is the case on the gas or not, and it may depend if you have the one battery or two battery option on the gas engine. So if you have anything hooked to the trailer plug, I'd disconnect and see if the problem goes away.
ktmrfs 01/11/22 03:53pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Mystery Battery Draw While Parked UPDATE

there is one VERY important detail about car battery draw with ignition off. THE VEHICLE GOES THROUGH A SHUTDOWN PROCEDURE ONCE IGNITION IS TURNED OFF. THAT PROCEDURE TAKES TIME AND IS SPECIFIC ON WHAT IS GOING ON. Trying to measure battery draw before shutdown has actually occurred is IMHO a way to go down a rabbit hole. So. First, it usually takes 20 minutes or so before it is in full shutdown so checking draw before that is pretty much useless. Next, for the shutdown to start it usually requires that key is out of ignition, ALL doors, HOOD, trunk, Windows are closed........ get the picture on the next issue.... how to I measure current w/o access to the battery.....
ktmrfs 01/10/22 12:00pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Aftermarket heated steering wheel?

If the vehicle had an option for heated steering wheel, check to see if it can be added by a dealer. For many vehicles items like heated steering wheel that were available as an option or std on certain models often can be added by a dealer later.
ktmrfs 01/01/22 12:55pm Tech Issues
RE: Is all DEF the same?

When my wife heard about the DEF shortage she ordered 4 jugs from Walmart . Got it the next day , free delivery . I sure wish some one would tell her that there is a shortage of Snicker bars and Krispy Kreme donuts ! since DEF has a shelf life, unlike TP, I hope you've got lots of travel plans made or you'll end up dumping some. At room temp shelf life is 1-2 years, depending on who's info you trust.
ktmrfs 12/24/21 09:40am Tow Vehicles
RE: Is all DEF the same?

yes, DEF is highly regulated in the formula. Every mfg must follow the same formulation.
ktmrfs 12/23/21 10:28am Tow Vehicles
RE: Are the HP wars over?

Torque is what counts when hauling a load. LOL, I wish you would tell that to my 440ft/lbs of torque 6.5 when I'm doing 25 MPH up a hill and a 5.3 gas rig with 383ft/lbs comes blowing past me like I'm standing still pulling the same or bigger trailer. :R How I like to put it: ultimately, HP gets a load up a hill (as per Newton). Torque is simply a way of making hp, via rpm. But if an engine ONLY has torque (2000 lb-ft @ 150rpm), it's getting nowhere fast. Another law of physics: you can always CREATE torque with gearing, but you cannot create more power. area under the torque curve in the rpm range used with the gearing you have is what counts. highest peak HP does not always equal best performance. and actually 1 million lb-ft @50 rpm and direct drive to the prop gets the big ships with the Sultzer diesel moving pretty well.
ktmrfs 12/22/21 05:32pm Tow Vehicles
RE: BEV as a toad behind diesel pusher

when we were looking at hybrids NONE that we looked at (both mild hybrids and plug ins) allowed 4 down towing. ALL made it very clear that the car MUST be flatbed towed. Now we didn't look at all but we did look at many.
ktmrfs 12/21/21 07:47pm General RVing Issues
RE: Centermatics or Balance Beads ???

I've been using stick on weights for 20+ years, probably a total of over 500K miles on many vehicles. I've never had a stick on weight come off. It's the only weight I will let a shop put on a wheel. Trust issues, lol. Probably the only guy requesting hammer on weights on his nice wheels. I've actually had hammer on weights come off, rare but it did happen twice on different vehicles, different shops putting the weights on. But never have had a tape on weight come off.
ktmrfs 12/20/21 10:32am General RVing Issues
RE: Centermatics or Balance Beads ???

I've been using stick on weights for 20+ years, probably a total of over 500K miles on many vehicles. I've never had a stick on weight come off. It's the only weight I will let a shop put on a wheel.
ktmrfs 12/19/21 07:36pm General RVing Issues
RE: New GMC 2500 Wont Engage Trailer Brakes

Most manual lever actuation will bypass the logic circuit (controller) and send power to the trailer brake wire, but am assuming they are all the same in logic. My P3 also bypasses the logic circuit and sends power to the trailer brake wire Question: are the OEM integrated brake controllers manual lever variable or just on/off in function ? Also, my P3 (stolen and have to purchase another soon) leads the TV brakes. Even in a panic jab at the TV brake pedal. Once power has been sent to the trailer wire by the P3, the accelerometer in the P3 takes over to proportion the power sent to the trailer wire. Of course factored by the preset, but if the accelerometer senses building G forces, it will meter out up to full power to the brake wire. Can and have stopped the whole setup without ever pushing the TV brake pedal far enough to developer MC PSI (not freeway, but it could and take longer with just trailer brakes…which will have the P3’s accelerator send ever more power once it senses whatever G forces vs preset). Try that with any highly integrated brake controller that uses MC PSI as the determining sense. If one of these integrated trailer brake controls also has a brake pedal light switch sense, then it might likewise be able to stop the whole setup without ever developing MC PSI, but to date, have not read of that Nothing wrong with OEM integrated brake controllers. Just not for me and if I do purchase another TV and it has a highly integrated brake controller…I’ll continue to go with a P3 I had a P3 on my 2004 silverado. IMHO the GM IBC on our 2015 Denali is light years ahead and orders of magnitude better than the P3. smoother, quicker acting, better modulation As I mentioned in an earlier post I had to do a panic stop from 60mph ABS on full, truck and trailer stayed absolutely straight and trailer braking compared to the P3 was way better.
ktmrfs 12/11/21 09:37pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New GMC 2500 Wont Engage Trailer Brakes

If it works with the manual slide, then the brakes work and the controller. The issue seems to be the foot actuation dealing with applying the brakes on your truck. I wonder if that is controlled by a computer or by some actual physical connection. They might have to replace one of those items. Since the manual slide works, that means the integrated controller knows a trailer with brakes is connected and it can power the brakes. On my 2015, the integrated controller works so well that I don't feel the typical feedback one gets from a aftermarket controller as the trailer brakes get applied. Feedback is very subtle till you do a very hard stop. And I did have one occasion where I had to do a 60mph panic stop when a merging car decided to stop in the traffic lane! Control was amazing, ABS on the truck was full on and the trailer stayed straight as an arrow. As you stop if your in tow haul mode does the dash indicator for the trailer brakes show the trailer brake force and does it vary as you change braking force? If so I suspect it is working.
ktmrfs 12/11/21 02:31pm Tow Vehicles
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