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RE: To buy a generator or not...

I would suggest a Westinghouse inverter 2500 watts. It is fairly quiet and is definitely dependable. It is 2500 watts surge and 2200 watts running. It is about $550 and weights about 45 pounds. It should start and run your AC. Look at the others they do not provide 2200 running watts or 2500 surge watts. Not a lot of reviews on this unit, but all have been very positive ! This is the ONLY small portable generator that fits my "sweet spot", 20A continuous. I don't know why other manufacturers haven't move into this spot.
theoldwizard1 07/26/21 04:33pm Truck Campers
RE: To buy a generator or not...

The HF Predator Inverter generators are really quite good ! The only thing is make sure it is big enough to run your A/C. Altitude MAY be a issue ! A MicroAir Easy Start is a good investment. Also buy a spare "name brand" spark plug.
theoldwizard1 07/26/21 01:28pm Truck Campers
RE: Electric only TT

12v compressor fridges are becoming the primary fridge on new RVs. Glad to hear that ! Even with two 6V golf cart batteries there is not enough power to run the 'fridge and do any cooking.
theoldwizard1 07/25/21 05:40pm Travel Trailers
RE: Electric only TT

I would assume electric only is just to hop from pedestal to pedestal. Boondocking would be a challenge ! If I had a compressor refrigerator, I woul want at least 250Ah @12VDC of usable battery. That would require 4 6V golf cart batteries. You would also need some serious solar and/or a generator.
theoldwizard1 07/25/21 05:38pm Travel Trailers
RE: Electric only TT

All good until you dry camp in cold weather and need a furnace. But some people never do that, so for them it's fine. That would be me ! I actually like sleeping in cold weather, even below freezing. A good sleeping bag, some sweats and a knit hat and I am set. Got to have a hot cup of Joe in the morning !
theoldwizard1 07/25/21 05:28pm Travel Trailers
RE: Sit rep on “new” camper after first trip.

"sit rep" is military shorthand for "situation report". Basically, how did thing go on your last "mission". What went right, what went wrong, how could things be done better.
theoldwizard1 07/25/21 05:24pm Toy Haulers
RE: New group of Newbies

I don't want to be a "Negative Nancy", but it scares me how many common sense question come up. Or maybe I should say how many issues come up looking for a quick/simple fix to a complex problem ("My generator won't start !") If a person is not somewhat "handy", maybe they should NOT get into RVing ! Or they had better have a big bank roll ! Last, the quality of equipment rolling out of the factories is shocking ! IMHO, a 2 year "bumper-to-bumper" warranty, including all appliances, should be standard. 5 years optional.
theoldwizard1 07/25/21 05:18pm General RVing Issues
RE: Providing my own WiFi

Stand alone MiFi hotspot 4G does not work any better than my old Samsung phone when connecting to it. It's mostly about the plan you get. TRUE ! Most cell phone plans can really gouge you once you hit a limit. Nomad has no limit and can go month-to-month billing. Antennas work if the device is designed to use one and the antenna is designed for the correct frequency. The big win for an external antenna is the ability to mount it higher above the ground.
theoldwizard1 07/25/21 05:05pm Technology Corner
RE: Providing my own WiFi

theoldwizard1, What you suggest would work--but it may be pricier than just using the phones. TRUE ! I just think that a separate device is easier to use for multiple people/devices. Plus you don't have to worry about running out of battery on your phone. Like most things, research IS REQUIRED !
theoldwizard1 07/25/21 05:01pm Technology Corner
RE: 8 / 40 volts to 12 volts

If you want a 12V battery CHARGER from a higher DC voltage source, spend the money and buy something to do the job !
theoldwizard1 07/25/21 04:55pm Tech Issues
RE: 2013 Ecoboost overheating

Rent a cooling system pressure tester from an auto parts store. With 5he engine COLD, pump up the tester. Your system should hold pressure for at least 30 minutes. Overnight is even better. Early 3.5L engines would leak coolant into the oil pan. Too much would ruin the engine.
theoldwizard1 07/25/21 04:50pm Towing
RE: Newby questions

Lot's of question ! I will try to answer a few. Most (all) Class C motorhomes are built on an E-Series chassis. This is very different than any F-Series chassis. The biggest difference is in the cab. There are significant differences in the chassis. Depending on when the chassis was manufactured will depend on what engine and transmission you will. I think the only choice is a 7.3L gasoline engine with 10 speed transmission. Huge difference between a 32' Class C and a 32' TT. You need to look for yourshelf.
theoldwizard1 07/25/21 04:44pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Providing my own WiFi

Which is better, a phone based hot spot or a separate hot spot. I don't know what the current devices are called. We would like one device or program to provide WiFi for both phones. I think the "proper" term is "cell to WiFi adapter". IMHO a dedicated device will be easier to use for multiple devices. Also, I would buy a device that has connections for external antennas. 2 for cell and 2 for WiFi. I would also set it up on separate account, and maybe a separate MVNO, preferably one that is a month-to-month so you can cancel when you want. Nomad Internet is one example.
theoldwizard1 07/25/21 12:00pm Technology Corner
Electric only TT

Lil' Snoozy was the only TT I have seen in the past 5 years that came as electric only. A couple of 6V golf cart batteries and an inverter that could run a small microwave to make coffee (French press) should be all you need. Of course lithium would be better. Induction "hot plate" for use with a generator or one of those small butane hot plates and you could make bacon and eggs ! The bonus would be a compressor refrigerator !
theoldwizard1 07/24/21 06:17pm Travel Trailers
RE: Fuel for Gassers

I always ran premium when towing through the Smokies. No knocking !
theoldwizard1 07/24/21 03:05pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: New 5er, fresh water

Get a large funnel and a short length (3') length of garden hose or a piece of 5/8" or 3/4" vinyl hose. Put a male hose end on one end. Put the other end of the hose on the funnel. This is now a 2cperson operation, but you can full from an external jug.
theoldwizard1 07/22/21 09:46am General RVing Issues
RE: Brake Wire

Most trailer wire harnesses use #10 wire which is rated at 30 amps. That is for "continuou use" typical household wire. For a short time usage DC circuit less than 50' #10 can easily carry 50A.
theoldwizard1 07/21/21 03:48pm Tech Issues
RE: Brake Wire

Just a gut feel, but I would think 12AWG. Also, spend the extra and buy marine pre-tinned wire. It will NOT corrode !
theoldwizard1 07/20/21 04:29pm Tech Issues
RE: 6.8 3-valve towing FW

The 5.4L 3V has a TERRIBLE durability reputation ! While it does make good power, not many live a long life. Issues with phasers, timing chains, tensioners are well known and expensive to repair. Also, cam and cam bearing issues send many to the scrap yard.
theoldwizard1 07/20/21 03:05am Tow Vehicles
RE: trying to get stuck tire off

50 years ago I worked 8n a tire store. Occasionally we used a full sized delete (12lb) and got one of our biggest guys to take full "baseball bat" swing at the tire. As long as you are hitting the tire and not the rim you are okay.
theoldwizard1 07/17/21 07:32pm Class C Motorhomes
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