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RE: Pop-up -> TT ?

OP, water is the enemy. Keep the water off the roof, it'll last a lot longer. If you have the room, get a Carolina Carport and store it under cover. Keeping sun, water, leaves, branches, etc off the roof will keep your trailer looking newer longer and reduce your maintenance needs. Keep the seams sealed up and rubber roofs are expected to last 20+ years. Maintenance is everything. Let it go for 4-5yrs expect it to be trashed. Keep up on it every year and even lower end units should last 20yrs. I would like hear from anyone who has a "rubber" roof that he stored it uncovered, not re-coated, for more than 10 years ! If you don't have covered storage, wash the roof with mild soap at least twice a year and apply some kind of UV protection.
theoldwizard1 05/17/21 07:18am Travel Trailers
RE: Pop-up -> TT ?

Don't expect that longevity out of most of what is on the market today. Rubber roofs need to be complete replaced, not just recoated, after about 10 years (unless you store it out of the sun).
theoldwizard1 05/16/21 12:58pm Travel Trailers
RE: New Serpentine Belt?

If it gives you peace of mind, carry spare. I have NEVER lost a serpentine belt in over 40 years of driving.
theoldwizard1 05/16/21 12:53pm Tech Issues
RE: Space heater recommendations?

The most comfortable and quiet heater are the "oil filled" style (they look a bit like an old fashioned radiator). They are not cheap and they are a bit bulky. Also they do not provide quick heat.
theoldwizard1 05/14/21 11:16am Truck Campers
RE: 6 v GC batteries versus 12 v lithium deep cycle batteries

Ignoring price (very hard to ignore), Lithium Iron Phosphate (LiFePO) batteries are far superior to any lead acid battery for 2 reasons : • You can discharge them down to almost 0% SOC with no damage (more usable energy for the same rating) • They will last many more charge/discharge cycles.
theoldwizard1 05/14/21 11:13am Tech Issues
RE: Dealing with diabetes

I'm on some of the long acting synthetic insulin. They keep my A1C in good control. Co-pays is kind of pricey.
theoldwizard1 05/13/21 05:25am RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues

Forget it. If you could figure it out, it will cost WAYY TOO MUCH $$$$ !
theoldwizard1 05/11/21 06:12pm Technology Corner
RE: DOA Hard Drive

I wouldn't run RAID-5 with such a large array, at least not unless you have good backups or don't care if you lose the data. RAID is NEVER a substitute for backup ! Admittedly, my RAID array only gets backuped up once a week.
theoldwizard1 05/11/21 06:23am Technology Corner
RE: Running Inverter Generator Safely From Pickup

Most trailers have the bedroom in the front. These generators are quiet, but not silent. I wouldn't want it that close to where I sleep.
theoldwizard1 05/11/21 06:16am General RVing Issues
RE: Lithium battery charging in FW of truck

Also Renogy recommendations for power to there dc to dc chargers are rather large for a long run Reading the installation instructions for the Renogy 60A DC-DC charger they recommend 4 AWG and a 90A fuse for lengths up to 30'. This seems like over kill me ! Many trucks wired with 7 pin trailer harness use a 50A fuse a 10 AWG wire for B+ in the factory wire harness. I would be comfortable leaving that as is for a 40A DC-DC charger.
theoldwizard1 05/08/21 04:36pm Tech Issues
RE: Lithium battery charging in FW of truck

Also people are installing dc to dc chargers because of voltage drop in wire and smart alternators not supplying sufficiently. So how is all this happening,or is it. Please be gentle as I am no electric genus. A DC-DC charger is the BEST solution for charging ANY auxillary battery ! A good DC-DC charger will properly charge the battery through all of the stages of charging, regardless of the voltage coming in (minimum about 10V) and prevent excessive draw drove the vehicle charging system.
theoldwizard1 05/08/21 04:20pm Tech Issues
RE: Do cellphone boosters work for RV camping with poor signal?

One of the reasons people buy a "hot spot"/external WiFi receiver internet router is because it can be mounted on some kind of an elevated surface. If you can get it higher your 1 bar might become 2 !
theoldwizard1 05/08/21 06:44am Technology Corner
RE: Towing a 2 wheel drive automatic transmission

The problem with towing "4 down" is somethings inside the transmission will spin. The spinning cause heat. The pump is not pumping so the fluid does not go through the cooler. Some transmissions can handle the heat,some can not.
theoldwizard1 05/07/21 09:35pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Traveling around Lake Michigan

The northern route is probably longer but much less traffic and more scenic. If you have the time, a trip to Mackinaw Island is worth it. Lots to see in the UP !
theoldwizard1 05/03/21 06:51pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: F150 w EcoBoost 2.7

Before I run out and trade for a 250 Diesel, any suggestions? And if I move to the 250, what can I expect in improvement, if any? IMHO, stay away from the diesel, unless you drive over 50K per year. First, the upcharge for a diesel engine is quite large. Second, the price of diesel fuel (in my area) is actually higher regular. Third, the cost of oil changes and filters will shock you ! I can't comment on the fuel economy, but 2.7 MPG is pretty bad for a <7000 lb trailer. My choice would be a F250 with 7.3L gas.
theoldwizard1 05/02/21 07:59am Tow Vehicles
RE: If it works for EV commercial trucks will it work for EVRVs

Most motor homes do not acquire a lot of mileage per year. When used, they may be on the road 8 - 12 hours per day (2 drivers). We are a LONG WAY from battery technology being capable of storing that much energy in a reasonable size housing and at a reasonable cost ! It might work for Pesico, where the distance between stops is not overly long and the amount of "idle" time is high.
theoldwizard1 04/28/21 06:11am General RVing Issues
RE: advisability to turn off battery periodically

I have always been of the opinion that when a battery is in storage, it should not be charged more than 3-4 hours per day for maximum life. A cheap mechanical lamp timer and a "battery tender" will do the job !
theoldwizard1 04/28/21 06:07am Tech Issues
RE: Tires, lol

Lightweight 4600+ lbs capacity.
theoldwizard1 04/28/21 06:04am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Small (non-teardrop) Off-road travel trailer

Good luck ! I think you are searching for a unicorn !! First, very few travel trailers are TRULY built for "off road". They require extra bracing in the walls and the connection to the floor and roof. Is it possible ? Yes, but it would be expensive.
theoldwizard1 04/27/21 05:44am Travel Trailers
RE: 3/4 ton diesel vs. gas

Comparable, no, but more than good enough as long as you accept a little higher engine speeds. Concur ! You need feedback from Ford SuperDuty owners with the 7.3L gasser !
theoldwizard1 04/27/21 05:38am Tow Vehicles
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