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Any Xantrex Freedom XC 2000 Inverter/Charger Users?

Anyone using the Xantrex Freedom XC 2000 pure sine wave inverter/charger? On paper seems to fill a lot of boxes for only $668 (Amazon). 2x continuous (4000w) surge capability for at least 2 seconds. 80a charger output can be manually derated in 5a increments (automatically derates if overall a/c load becomes excessive). 30a transfer switch (surge rating; 24a continuous). Bluetooth capable with optional remote. User adjustable 3-stage charging parameters (up to 18vdc) along with preset charging profiles for all types of batteries including Lithium/LifePo4. Only weighs 16 lbs. Couldn't find any parasitic/no-load current specs. Since it doesn't appear to be a low-frequency inverter, hopefully it's less than 1a (12w). Any XC 2000 owners/users with comments about its realworld performance?
otrfun 03/02/21 07:50am Tech Issues
RE: Wonder if truck makers will start making 10001 # 1/2 tons.

There are many details that remain to be worked out---but, the writing certainly appears on the wall: day-to-day commuters looking to purchase a new vehicle in 15 years or so will probably have their choices limited solely to EV's. With that being said, got to wonder how manufacturers (and lawmakers) will address the production of *new*, recreational vehicles and TV's (specifically those with a GVWR >10k) in 15 years?EV’s are changing so fast right now. I very much doubt there will be a market for gasser cars or light duty trucks in 2035. Who’s going to want to buy a clunky, gutless, noisy, stinky, high maintenance, inconvenient, expensive to fuel gasser that you have to fuel at a gas station. Not everybody has the same driving needs, but we are pretty average and for our needs there isn’t anything a gasser can do that our EV can’t do better. What’s it going to be like after 15 more years of development. I’m sure there will still be a market for some applications of gas and diesel vehicles, but it’s going to be a different landscape. Any kid growing up in an EV household will never, not ever choose a gasser over electric. There would have to be a ton of improvements in gas vehicles before somebody went backwards, and I don’t see companies like ford or GM throwing lots of money at it when the writing is on the wall. All JMHO.I wonder what will happen to the resale value of Class 2/3/4 diesel trucks when the Big 3 announce they will no longer spend R&D funds on future FF development. No more torque wars :( No doubt this will probably be announced sometime in the next 10 years or so. Will the resale value of these Class 2/3/4 diesel trucks 1) go up because they will be prized for their range and power, or 2) will their resale value drop because battery technology will provide the same range and power? Or, will large RV's be a thing of the past? Will the RV industry be forced to copy the European model?
otrfun 03/01/21 10:02am Tow Vehicles
RE: Wonder if truck makers will start making 10001 # 1/2 tons.

There are many details that remain to be worked out---but, the writing certainly appears on the wall: day-to-day commuters looking to purchase a new vehicle in 15 years or so will probably have their choices limited solely to EV's. With that being said, got to wonder how manufacturers (and lawmakers) will address the production of *new*, recreational vehicles and TV's (specifically those with a GVWR >10k) in 15 years?
otrfun 02/28/21 06:56pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2022 Ford Super Duty interior?

The Ram interior to me is by far the nicest. I’m going with a gasser in a Big Horn/XLT trim. I really want the Ford 7.3, but the Ram 6.4 would be ok. But Ram seems to have better pricing.The Cummins is the primary reason we went Ram. Without it, the Ram is a hard sell for us. If we were going gas, we'd go all-in with the Ford 7.3.
otrfun 02/27/21 10:30am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2022 Ford Super Duty interior?

. . . It might sound silly but the thing that I would miss most going from Ford to Ram is the towing mirrors. I can’t believe Ram doesn’t copy Ford’s mirrors.Agree, the Ram mirrors could use some improvement. I hate having to do a total readjustment everytime I move the mirror housings. Also not fond of the way the mirrors look in the vertical (moose/towing) position.
otrfun 02/27/21 10:20am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2022 Ford Super Duty interior?

I've been wondering the same thing. Supposedly they are cutting off new orders on 3/15 for 2021's. I've read rumors of an update for 2022, and 2023. I wish they would update the interio for 2022, that is the part of the truck that needs help. I like the Ram and Chevy interiors better, but really want the new 7.3 and 10spd. I'd think that if it was gonna be 2022 we would have seen some pics somewhere by now, but I'm hoping they go ahead and update. I'm probably gonna buy a new truck in the next year, my 2002 is about ready for retirement.I would assume the next-gen Super Duty's will eventually get the F150 interiors, just like they did in 2017. Ref your comment about interiors, most trade journals seem to favor the Ram interior. Ford feels the need to "picture frame" or exaggerate every part of the dash (especially with the new '21 F150)---forming IMO an overly modular, blocky appearance. Ram has a much more smooth, seamless transition from one part of the dash to another. We're also going to be in the market for a new 1-ton truck about a year from now. We're hoping Ram starts using the 1500's new crew cab and a 10-speed behind the Cummins by MY 2023. If not, we'll probably be looking hard at the next gen F350's instead.
otrfun 02/26/21 03:38pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2022 Ford Super Duty interior?

The Ford Super Duty's were last updated in 2017, 2 years after the F150's major update in 2015. Based on that MO, I'd say the next SD update would be due in 2023.
otrfun 02/26/21 07:16am Tow Vehicles
RE: Cold Ambient Temps = Higher Alternator Voltage?

OP here. Charging voltage is now back to normal (also no more voltage "cycling") after ambient temps rose above 50 during the last few days. I guess that confirms our Ram does have a temperature compensated charging system. Although I understand the need for higher charge voltage when temps get very low, I don't quite understand the need for the grid heater "cycling" I experienced when temps got down to zero or so. Why does the grid heater need to cycle while the engine is running? Why not remain on for a certain period like it does when it preheats before starting the engine?
otrfun 02/24/21 07:12am Tech Issues
RE: Ford 6.2 gas vs 7.3 gas highway gas milage

8 to 10 weeks is what we were originally told as “normal”. But apparently orders are up this year, possibly due to stimulus checks making their way to contractors and then being converted into new trucks - one theory anyway. From banter on the ford truck forums it does sound like some orders are being built sooner than others, maybe due to different cab/chassis configurations and trim levels.Let's hope it's sooner rather than later. 6 months is a crazy long time to wait.
otrfun 02/23/21 05:14pm Truck Campers
RE: Ford 6.2 gas vs 7.3 gas highway gas milage

I don’t have a tracking number yet but dealer said to expect as long as 24 weeks, so we are thinking might not be until August 1st.Have a friend that's looking at special ordering a 2021 7.3 F350 CC SB. His mid-west dealer is telling him 8-10 weeks for delivery. They said Ford is putting "sold" orders ahead of routine orders from dealers.
otrfun 02/23/21 07:02am Truck Campers
RE: Ford 6.2 gas vs 7.3 gas highway gas milage

Pulled the trigger and ordered a F350 with the 7.3, now just a long wait due to backlog of orders!What's the estimated delivery date?
otrfun 02/21/21 06:35pm Truck Campers
RE: 2020 F-250

If the Ford's puck system is like the Ram, you can purchase the pucks individually from the dealer. The Ram's pucks mount/bolt on top of the frame rails, right underneath the bed (requires making cut-outs in the bed, too). I also seem to remember a few folks mentioning they had to unbolt and lift up the bed slightly to get the pucks in.
otrfun 02/21/21 07:06am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 sales

"Also, by offering the Aisin (which has the same 6-speeds as the 68RFE" Technically true but the fact is the AISIN has lower starting gears and easily get's my 35k rolling on steep grades.Yes, I know. However, the "average Joe" only sees and/or appreciates the "6-speeds" and doesn't get into the technical stuff like the Aisin's lower starting gears. If it ain't on the window sticker, most of the time it's a moot point. That was my point in saying they both "have the same 6-speeds"---'cause that's all the average Joe is concerned about. If Ram offered the average consumer the choice between an Aisin 6-speed or an off-the-shelf, proven 10-speed tranny for the same price (highly unlikely due to the Aisin's high cost), IMO the 10-speed would still easily outsell the Aisin by a very wide margin. Only a technically savvy person with a particular interest in MTBF under severe conditions might possibly go with the Aisin 6-speed in this scenario.
otrfun 02/20/21 05:12pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 sales

Put me in the camp that RAM absolutely needs to change to an 8 or 10 speed. It will drive better. It will be better for marketing. And it would allow them to simplify to one transmission for both 2500 and 3500 trucks, and get them competitive power levels for those that buy a 2500. An upgraded transmission would probably be enough to put me in the market to upgrade.Good point. Not sure what Ram gains by offering two different drivetrains. The base level 6-speed 68RFE/Cummins SO offers less torque/HP/gears than Ford & Chevy, but is priced roughly the same. The 6-speed Aisin/Cummins HO option has an overall MSRP that's *higher* than Ford & Chevy, even though it's overall performance/capability is arguably less (less HP; equivalent torque to Ford; but no 10-speed tranny). Also, by offering the Aisin (which has the same 6-speeds as the 68RFE), Ram is inferring the 68RFE (which makes up the vast majority of Ram's sales) is lacking in some way. Not a good marketing strategy IMO. I think Ram would be much better served offering one drivetrain (like Ford & Chevy) that's competitive across the board. It would certainly reduce production costs and simplify marketing.
otrfun 02/20/21 10:36am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 sales

GM HD trucks outsold Ford HD trucks by a huge margin in Q4 2020. GM (Chevy/GMC) HD trucks 69,500 Ford HD trucks 47,610 Ram HD trucks 35,477 I find it interesting that Ford has been steadily losing marketshare to Ram for a number of years. However, if Ram doesn't get an 8-10 sp tranny bolted to their Cummins soon (not to mention a 100% cab update), I can very easily see this trend reversing.The CUMMINS does not need more gears.To a point I agree. I've been very happy with the 6-sp in our Cummins. However, my comment is more about "sales and marketing" than raw performance. There's a big reason why the Big 3 are in a torque war with their diesels. High torque numbers sell more trucks. Same applies to the number of transmission gears. The average Joe has been led to believe more transmission gears equates to better fuel economy and a smoother, more efficient driving experience---doesn't matter whether it's true or not. Ram will eventually discover it's cheaper to bolt an 10 speed tranny to their Cummins and let the number "10" speak for itself, then spend millions and millions of marketing dollars trying to convince everyone their 6-speed tranny is as good as Ford & Chevy's 10-speed. Marketing sometimes has nothing to do performance. Sometimes it's all about perception.
otrfun 02/20/21 07:59am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 sales

GM HD trucks outsold Ford HD trucks by a huge margin in Q4 2020. GM (Chevy/GMC) HD trucks 69,500 Ford HD trucks 47,610 Ram HD trucks 35,477 I find it interesting that Ford has been steadily losing marketshare to Ram for a number of years. However, if Ram doesn't get an 8-10 sp tranny bolted to their Cummins soon (not to mention a 100% cab update), I can very easily see this trend reversing.
otrfun 02/19/21 04:35pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing Capacity Question

The OP's biggest problem is verifying all his/her ratings/weights. A lot of assumptions being made (payload, tonque weight, dry weight, loaded weight, receiver hitch rating, RAWR, etc.). I may have missed it, but I don't believe the OP has one capacity, rating or weight that's actually been verified (verified = TV VIN related data and/or Cat Scale ticket). Even the dry weight of 5,900 lbs. quoted for the camper is suspect. I've seen these dry weight stickers be off as much as 1,000 lbs. Many dry weight quotes (especially brochures) are with *zero* options, no propane tanks, no batteries, etc. With lighter TV's like the Durango, tongue weight is critical. Realworld, loaded tongue weight can easily be 50-75% more than the dry tongue weight rating specified on the typical manufacturer's brochure. Prior to a visit to a Cat Scale, everyone's rig is riding on a long laundry list of assumptions. I can't tell you how many times I've seen someone's jaw drop (mine included) after taking their rig to the scales the first time. The best approach is to be extremely conservative. In the RV world, if you look anything remotely "close" on paper, you're probably over---possibly way over. With all this being said, I commend the OP for starting this thread---and asking all the right questions. Hopefully this thread will prevent the OP from making some of the same mistakes that some of us here have made in the past.My listed payload is 1200 lbs (although that appears conservative as my calculations would have it closer to 1500 lbs). The hitch weight of the camper we are now looking at is 450 lbs and myself and family would add another 500 lbs. So that would give me 250 lbs for the increase in hitch weight with a loaded camper. Still seems tight but better than the first option we were looking at.You can accurately (and easily) determine the realworld payload of your Durango on your own. Visit a scale with your Durango empty (with driver on-board) and a full tank of fuel. Subtract that scale weight from the GVWR posted on the door jam of your Durango. The difference is the realworld payload you have available to use. This number trumps *any* number you may get from a brochure, the door jam payload sticker, and/or any VIN related data from the manufacturer. Reason being, dealer/owner installed accessories or modifications change the orginal manufacturer's payload rating. For instance, our neighbor's truck originally had a door jam payload rating of 4,150 lbs. Through the years he's installed in-bed 5r/gooseneck rails, air bags, sway-bar, step-bars, aftermarket front bumper, etc. His payload is now 3,675 lbs. (GVWR minus empty weight). The weight of those mods add-up.
otrfun 02/17/21 10:53am Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing Capacity Question

The OP's biggest problem is verifying all his/her ratings/weights. A lot of assumptions being made (payload, tonque weight, dry weight, loaded weight, receiver hitch rating, RAWR, etc.). I may have missed it, but I don't believe the OP has one capacity, rating or weight that's actually been verified (verified = TV VIN related data and/or Cat Scale ticket). Even the dry weight of 5,900 lbs. quoted for the camper is suspect. I've seen these dry weight stickers be off as much as 1,000 lbs. Many dry weight quotes (especially brochures) are with *zero* options, no propane tanks, no batteries, etc. With lighter TV's like the Durango, tongue weight is critical. Realworld, loaded tongue weight can easily be 50-75% more than the dry tongue weight rating specified on the typical manufacturer's brochure. Prior to a visit to a Cat Scale, everyone's rig is riding on a long laundry list of assumptions. I can't tell you how many times I've seen someone's jaw drop (mine included) after taking their rig to the scales the first time. The best approach is to be extremely conservative. In the RV world, if you look anything remotely "close" on paper, you're probably over---possibly way over. With all this being said, I commend the OP for starting this thread---and asking all the right questions. Hopefully this thread will prevent the OP from making some of the same mistakes that some of us here have made in the past.
otrfun 02/17/21 09:33am Tow Vehicles
RE: FOB keys and theft

. . . I was shocked to discover this when I dropped my vehicle off for service work at the dealership, I forgot to put the key through the little depository slot. I stopped in the next morning to bring them the key it was rather surprised that my vehicle was already in the shop and on the hoist being worked on. The service advisor said it merely took them an extra 30 seconds to use their computer to bypass the key system entirely. As the old saying goes, locks only stop on his people, they barely slow down a thief.If the dealers have this technology, no doubt this same technology is readily available on the black market. Glad our new 2020 Camry has a real metal key along with the FOB chip. Two layers of security. Dealer would have no choice, but to call us. The metal key for our Camry looks like it was fabricated with a CNC machine--very different from a standard key. No doubt it can be copied by some locksmiths. However, the fact several locksmiths in our area couldn't copy it says something.real key with a chip and keyless go rely on the same system to start the car, a very low power rolling code RFID. a real key adds one more layer of protection, but the keyless go fob's really have TWO separate systems. First one allows the car to be locked, unlocked, sometimes remote started etc. with a reasonably powerful RF signal. But intercepting and controlling that alone will NOT repeat NOT allow one to drive car away. That relies on the SECOND system in the FOB or key a very low power rolling code system and a remote RFID chip. In most cases even if the fob is hanging out the car window the car won't start. Same if the fob is in your jacket in the backseat. Dealers may have a way to over ride the lack of RFID with the dealer diagnostics, but those systems are expensive and controlled. Once rolling codes were added to garage door openers, the drive by open the garage door issue basically disappeared. All that said, Personally I'm not a real fan of keyless go. 3 cars and a truck, 1 with keyless go, others with just regular keys with RFID chips. The keyless go FOB is noticeably larger than the onther remotes, and doesn't add any functions that the other remotes offer. I'd rather drive down the road with the key in the ignition than sitting in my pocket. Security wise Keyless go IMHO has a slight downside in security, lacking the need for a real key, but that is minor with the RFID rolling code security. As for a duplicate key for your Camry. Did the locksmith say he couldn't cut a key or he couldn't PROGRAM a key? Local locksmiths here and even some ACE hardware stores have no problem cutting a key to match but can't PROGRAM the key. As long as you have a vehicle with a RFID key, I'd advise going to the dealer and getting a couple of spare keys.Good to know the keyless FOBs have rolling codes as a 2nd layer of security. Ref your question about duplicate keys, I contacted two of the more popular locksmiths in town ref getting a 3rd, backup key/FOB made for our '20 Camry. Neither could copy our 2020 Camry key nor program a new FOB. The key is different from a standard tumbler key. It's basically a flat, rectangular block of steel with each flat side (not the edge) CNC'd with a unique jagged pattern. We ended up purchasing a precut valet-type key/FOB (looks like standard key---no function buttons) from Toyota for use as an emergency key in event of a lock-out or loss while we're away from home. Couldn't get my copy of Techstream to work with the new Camry, so I had to have the new key/FOB programmed at the dealer. When we owned our 2012 Tundra, I was able to purchase a blank key, have it cut by a locksmith, then program it myself using Techstream.
otrfun 02/16/21 04:10pm Tech Issues
RE: FOB keys and theft

. . . I was shocked to discover this when I dropped my vehicle off for service work at the dealership, I forgot to put the key through the little depository slot. I stopped in the next morning to bring them the key it was rather surprised that my vehicle was already in the shop and on the hoist being worked on. The service advisor said it merely took them an extra 30 seconds to use their computer to bypass the key system entirely. As the old saying goes, locks only stop on his people, they barely slow down a thief.If the dealers have this technology, no doubt this same technology is readily available on the black market. Glad our new 2020 Camry has a real metal key along with the FOB chip. Two layers of security. Dealer would have no choice, but to call us. The metal key for our Camry looks like it was fabricated with a CNC machine--very different from a standard key. No doubt it can be copied by some locksmiths. However, the fact several locksmiths in our area couldn't copy it says something.
otrfun 02/16/21 01:15pm Tech Issues
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