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RE: Costco batteries

Purchased two GC2 batteries from Costco back in Feb 2019. Been working great. Just put a 65a load on them for 80 min. as a test a couple of days ago. Voltage was 12.25v at the end of the test. Took about 3 hours to charge them to 90-95% with a 45a converter. No complaints.
otrfun 07/03/20 06:47pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Albuquerque Balloon Festival Questions

We were notified a week ago that the Oct 2020 Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque was cancelled due to Covid-19. Any existing Oct 2020 campground reservations will automatically "roll-over" to the Oct 2021 Balloon Fiesta. If you want to cancel this roll-over with no penalty you must do so by July 24, 2020.
otrfun 07/01/20 07:05pm Roads and Routes
RE: Poll: How many 1T TC haulers have no modifications?

mbloof, in the context of your question, isn't knowing the weight/size of the truck camper also important? I think it goes without saying, the heavier the truck camper the more likely someone will modify their 1-ton truck to haul it. The lighter the truck camper the less likely someone will modify their 1-ton truck to haul it. There's a massive difference between hauling a 1,500 lb. popup truck camper and a 5,000 lb. double slide truck camper.Actually the size and model of camper is meaningless. As consumer trucks are a engineering compromise of use cases and while we would like to think that camper hauling is a 'large' use case, it is actually one of the smaller ones. It is my theory that just about everybody makes modifications to their truck to carry a camper. (not including the required tie downs and optional extra 7-pin connector) Given the world wide nature of this forum and the dismal responses of folks that don't modify their trucks, I'll claim that it is rare that a truck owner does NOT modify their truck for truck camper hauling duty. - Mark0.Wow, you kinda lost me. Maybe you were trying to confirm the obvious? Regardless, hope you find the info you're looking for :)
otrfun 06/28/20 12:59pm Truck Campers
RE: Poll: How many 1T TC haulers have no modifications?

mbloof, in the context of your question, isn't knowing the weight/size of the truck camper also important? I think it goes without saying, the heavier the truck camper the more likely someone will modify their 1-ton truck to haul it. The lighter the truck camper the less likely someone will modify their 1-ton truck to haul it. There's a massive difference between hauling a 1,500 lb. popup truck camper and a 5,000 lb. double slide truck camper.
otrfun 06/28/20 10:43am Truck Campers
RE: Dish TV Pay-As-You-Go RV Plan

Slightly off-topic, but does relate to access to TV while on the road. AT&T includes unlimited access to 30-40 channels of DirecTV via the WatchTV app (with no charge for data) with some of their cell plans. It's easy to "cast" from the WatchTV app to a home TV using a home wi-fi system. However, anyone know if there's a way to cast from AT&T's iPhone WatchTV app to a TV (with Firestick, Chromecast, etc.) using wi-fi with *no* internet connection (and without using the iPhone personal hotspot)?
otrfun 06/26/20 08:17am General RVing Issues
RE: Dish TV Pay-As-You-Go RV Plan

OP here. Thanks for everybody's replies! Looks like things don't bode well for those that only want to use Dish TV in their RV for a few days, or a week or two, at a time (ref standalone, pay-as-you-go accounts, not based on a home account). rhagfo did mention the option of "cancelling" vs. pausing service (when you use less than 30 days of service) and carrying over the remaining credit when the account is activated again. It Dish does do this, their CS reps certainly don't know anything about how to do it.
otrfun 06/25/20 03:37pm General RVing Issues
Dish TV Pay-As-You-Go RV Plan

For those who do *not* currently have an active Dish account of any kind (home or otherwise), how does this plan operate? I'm getting conflicting information from Dish TV about how this program operates. Some tell me I can use it for 3 days and only pay for 3 days. Others are telling me I can only purchase service in 30 day increments ($58 a month; Flex pkg with HD and local channels). If we turn it off prior to 30 days there's no credit or roll-over of unused service time. Your experience? Thx!
otrfun 06/24/20 01:55pm General RVing Issues
RE: What's with Bio diesel?

. . . I guess my question is, is there such a thing as a bio diesel engine, or is it a regular diesel engine than can run on Bio if you wanted to? . . . Any car that can use gas with 10% ethanol can safely use ethanol-free gas. However, not always true in reverse. Same thing with diesel. Any truck rated for 5-20% bio-diesel can safely use regular diesel, but not necessarily true in reverse. Hope this makes sense.
otrfun 06/12/20 07:26am Tow Vehicles
RE: Mexico Announces Billions Of Tons Lithium Find

This is good news for Mexico, us and the world. Thanks for reporting, Mex.Might be. The deposits are located in an area with a lot of organized crime, corruption and violence. Lithium mining is very water intensive---water is in very short supply in many parts of Mexico. Lastly, China, who owns/controls most of the world's lithium supply network, is all over this with plans to build a lithium battery plant nearby.
otrfun 06/11/20 03:59pm Tech Issues
RE: Truck Camper Liability Insurance

The liability insurance on the tow vehicle should cover any claims against a TT or camper as long as the TT/camper was being towed/hauled by the tow vehicle at the time of the accident. However, once the TT or camper is removed/detached from the tow vehicle (at home or in a campground) the liability insurance for the tow vehicle will no longer provide coverage. At that point, one would hope their homeowners or umbrella insurance would provide coverage; however, that's not a given. Have to read your policy's fine print. Ideally, you'd want to purchase liability insurance for your TT or camper that provides standalone, 24/7 coverage. Unfortunately, 24/7 coverage is very hard to find (most only provide "vacation" liability coverage---only active when you're using the TT/camper). You can get 24/7 liability coverage if you claim you're living in the TT/camper full-time.
otrfun 06/10/20 11:28am Truck Campers
RE: Replacing Norcold Fridge: get 2 way or 3 way?

What is the 12 volt draw? . . . Typically 20a - 24a for the 12vdc flue heater element. On our 3-way fridge, the 12vdc flue heater element heats the flue just as hot as propane (approx. 190 C).
otrfun 06/08/20 07:59pm General RVing Issues
RE: Truck GVWR wrong weight listed on registration

Lots of great info guys. Much appreciated. I think I'll just pay the extra $20 and call it done. If nothing else, for my personal peace of mind...Some states charge hundreds of dollars to do the same thing you're doing for $20 in SC. Consider yourself lucky--lol!
otrfun 06/04/20 12:15pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Advice - tires again

If you're doing a lot of heavy towing/hauling may want to consider a set of 295/70/18's (vs. 275/70/18). The 295's will net you an extra 800-850 lbs. of tire capacity per axle (vs. the 275's). We installed a set of 295/70/18 Michelin Defender LTX M/S's on our '16 Ram 3500 SRW 4x4. No clearance issues, but our speedo does read about 2 mph slower. Have 15k on them hauling an almost 4k in-bed camper---very pleased with how they ride and wear.I used to always run larger tires - but I always had manual transmissions and could adjust my driving for the difference in effective gearing. But with an auto tranny (Aisin) I don't want to mess with how the computer controls the shift points.Speedo is only 2 mph slower with the 295 (vs. 275's). That's only a very minimal change in gearing. Regardless, we always run in 5th when towing/hauling heavy, so we're more than good in terms of overall gearing. For us, the safety factor we gain by using tires with additional 800-850 lbs. of tire load capacity per axle easily trumps any concerns about a slight change in overall gearing.
otrfun 06/04/20 11:57am Tow Vehicles
RE: Advice - tires again

If you're doing a lot of heavy towing/hauling may want to consider a set of 295/70/18's (vs. 275/70/18). The 295's will net you an extra 800-850 lbs. of tire capacity per axle (vs. the 275's). We installed a set of 295/70/18 Michelin Defender LTX M/S's on our '16 Ram 3500 SRW 4x4. No clearance issues, but our speedo does read about 2 mph slower. Have 15k on them hauling an almost 4k in-bed camper---very pleased with how they ride and wear.
otrfun 06/03/20 10:32am Tow Vehicles
RE: Brophy Tie Downs?

For what they are, the Brophys are a decent product. They're definitely tempting at $173 for a set of 4. Key thing to keep in mind: the Brophys mount to (and are only as strong as) the thin sheet metal in the truck's bed. Might be an acceptable option for a very light in-bed camper. Torklift frame tie-downs are fabricated with 1/4" and thicker steel plates. Most importantly, they're mounted and secured directly to the frame of the truck. Another plus, you can remove the extensions (in seconds) so there's very little visible when the camper is off the truck. Downside, they cost $700-$800 for a set of 4.
otrfun 06/03/20 10:05am Truck Campers
RE: Burbman Crosses over to the Dark Side....

Congrats on the Cummins, Burbman! Looks like new in the pic. As for your comment about the reduced payload and tow capacity with the Aisin, both the 68RFE and Aisin equipped LB SRW trucks have the same 12,300 lb. GVWR. The extra weight of the Aisin (~150 lbs. heavier than the 68RFE) has to deducted from the same GVWR leaving less remaining for payload and tow capacity.
otrfun 05/29/20 09:09am Tow Vehicles
RE: Bed Mat

Northern Lite recommends a 3/8" thick mat for their campers. However, late model Ford HD's require an additional 1-2" of foam/plywood/horsemat to obtain the necessary truck cab/cabover clearance with a NL.
otrfun 05/29/20 08:52am Truck Campers
RE: Keys to reopen June 1

The Florida Keys (Key West) is one of our favorite places to go. Everything in the Florida Keys revolves around tourism. This shutdown has devastated just about every facet of life down there. They had no choice but to open up US Hwy 1 at some point. Guess June 1st is good a time as any. Unfortunately, everyone who drives down to the Florida Keys has to travel through hard-hit Miami-Dade County (16,694 cases/629 deaths--highest in FL). It's inevitable that cases will spike big-time in the Keys once US Hwy 1 opens up. It's damned if they do, damned if they don't.
otrfun 05/23/20 04:28pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Airbag fill ports?

We haul a truck camper with a large patio so it's hard to access anything on the rear. Drilled a small hole (for the airbag fill ports) in the plastic wheel well liners on each side on our Ram.
otrfun 05/23/20 07:30am Tow Vehicles
RE: NorCold Fridge - How Sensitive to Being Unlevel?

We burned up a fridge at an off-level campsite a few years ago. Said to heck with eating up precious vacation time calculating degrees off-level at every rest stop and campsite. We bit the bullet and installed an ARP unit (aka Fridge Defender at arprv.com). Just install a temperature sensor on the flue and wire the ARP unit between the 12v power source and the fridge and you're done. If the temps get too high the ARP simply shuts off DC power to the fridge. The ARP also displays flue temps. In very little time you'll get a very good idea just how off level you can get before the flue temps start increasing above 375 F. (190 C)---standard operating temp for our fridge. After using the ARP on 3 different fridges, we've discovered not all fridges are created equal. With our 2nd fridge, simply pulling off the side of the road (with a slight lean to the right) would set our flue temps soaring. With our current fridge, we can go insanely off-level before temps start to climb. Nowadays we go anywhere we want and never give our fridge a 2nd thought.
otrfun 05/19/20 08:02pm Truck Campers
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