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RE: 2- 6 volts batteries

If your air compressor has alligator clips you attach pos to pos of one batt and neg to neg of other battery. You made a 12v battery bank by putting twin 6v into series. This could work or might not depending on which posts you connect to. Basic setup: - The ground (negative) cable from the rig will attach to battery 1 Negative post. - Battery 1 positive will connect to Battery 2 negative. - Battery 2 positive will connect to the positive cable to the rig. You connect posts that have the cables coming from the rig. If in doubt, put a multimeter on the posts to find which combination has 12 volts.
valhalla360 10/20/20 05:11am Tech Issues
RE: Dielectric grease for 30 amp plug and receptacle?

Start turning off the breaker before plugging in and avoid outlets that already have burn marks. What usually happens is people plug in hot, this causes arcing as the metal comes into contact and starts to leave burn marks on the prongs. These burn marks act as weak insulators which increases the heat and the next time you plug in, the arcing is worse...eventually it reaches the point where you've burnt up the plug. By turning off the breaker, there is no arcing at the plug. If you do see burn marks use very fine sandpaper to clean off the burn marks, so they don't compound the issue. Also, keep an eye on the voltage and don't do a continuous draw of more than around 24amps. A lot of people try to use all 30amps and that will overheat things. Reality is the 30amp outlet is only rated for 24amp continuous draw.
valhalla360 10/19/20 11:27am Tech Issues
RE: What are the top 5 advantages of a TC?

1. If you are pulling a trailer anyway, other RV options provide better living quarters. 2. If you are pulling a big trailer, getting into parking spots isn't an advantage. 3. Standard to have kitchen/bed/bathroom/bed with most RVs. 4. Unless you get over 25, length is rarely an issue for any type of RV finding a site in a campground. 5. Still not going to be fun driving on icy roads in a snowstorm (doubly so if you are pulling a big trailer behind it. The real advantage is to get onto rough roads and back country where a MH or trailer would have problems. If you want to drag along a bunch of toys, there are other options that are equal or better depending on the specific toys.
valhalla360 10/19/20 11:19am Truck Campers
RE: Pigtail not fitting....

Search images on the web to find the correct plugs. It sounds like these are not a match. Once you find the correct match, go spend $10-15 for the correct plug and wire it up. You can find the wiring diagrams online and it's pretty simple. A bungy cord and a prayer are not a good solution.
valhalla360 10/18/20 05:26pm Towing
RE: Considering building camper from scratch...

If you are a skilled woodworker and you just want a project, it's certainly doable. Keep in mind weight at every step. It's really easy to build a SMALL 5000lb truck camper...much harder to get it down around 2000lb and still be strong. Using the appliances and guts from your current truck camper (assuming they are in good shape, is a great idea as the box is fairly simple and cheap to construct. It's all the fiddly bits that quickly add up to lots of $$$$$.
valhalla360 10/18/20 05:24pm Truck Campers
RE: RV dump station Fee - pay if only getting fresh water ?

It's up to the owner but I would expect if you pull up and use the facilities, you will pay for the use....dumping or filling. Realistically, the cost to the owner is in the facilities. The incremental cost of a gallon of water or gallon of sewage is likely a fraction of a penny after the facilities are paid for. It's also reasonable that they make at least a modest profit for providing a service. How about leave a good taste behind, so those who follow are welcome and at least offer to pay? If the owner says don't bother, you are golden and you left a positive impression.
valhalla360 10/18/20 05:14pm Beginning RVing
RE: Winter camping in Alberta

I full timed 2 Calgary winters in my 3 season TT, So don't let anyone tell you it cannot be done. I was weeks on end with the temperature dropping to minus 33C or so. ...... Of course the OP has a rental unit for a week and is unlikely to be allowed to do modifications, nor will he likely have time. Really, he can expect to leave the water system winterized or risk significant damage which the rental company will likely come after him for. Unless you can find a place with open bath houses, it will be a miserable smelly week of camping...but it can be done.
valhalla360 10/18/20 05:08pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Toy Hauler Toy Selection If only they sold in the USA, 50mph top speed and 56mile range. Would qualify as a motorcycle for most US states. Small enough even for a smaller toy hauler and only about 1000lb weight.
valhalla360 10/18/20 06:54am Toy Haulers
RE: Fresh Water Pump

Typical RV water pumps are diaphragm pumps. They are self priming. Another issue is once your onboard water tank is empty, they just attempt to push air. Find out where the water creeping across the floor is coming from. Nothing you did should have caused that but it can destroy your RV quick.
valhalla360 10/17/20 05:48pm General RVing Issues
RE: Champion #100263 - 3400 Dual Fuel elect Start?

Helped friends pick one out this summer. Works nice but as mentioned, propane supply is an issue. For the friends, it's not an issue as they are in a permanent site and are getting a big tank brought out to the site. If you are out boondocking, it becomes really limiting and a hassle getting 30lb tanks refilled.
valhalla360 10/17/20 05:45pm Tech Issues
RE: camping sites for a 42' fifth wheel?

Yes, you can get by but you won't be able to stay at many campgrounds you might wish to.
valhalla360 10/17/20 05:42pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: no Can/US border opening for a long time

Flying you leave point A and get to point B. If you are infected, then the spread is limited to point B, and once symptoms begin hopefully you stay quarantined until you recover. Driving, it is A to B to C to D, etc., leaving a trail of virus behind. Like the spread after Sturgis - - people going all over the country. And if you get ill along the way, chances are you will keep going to get to where you can isolate and care for yourself. If you are traveling to see the local airport, sure. If you are actually traveling for realistic purposes, not so much.
valhalla360 10/17/20 02:39pm Snowbirds
RE: Are other drivers killing your RV experience?

Yester-years drivers our age today thought the same thing about us back then. Bingo, if you start talking about the new way of things vs how great it was in the old days, it usually just means you are old. Next you'll be complaining about these young kids who don't walk uphill both ways barefoot in the snow to school.
valhalla360 10/17/20 07:22am General RVing Issues
RE: Dualie vs SRW benefits?

Tow rating rarely limits the size of 5th wheel you can pull. Payload does. The engine and transmission is essentially the same, so how much pull isn't much different (dually may have a deeper rear diff ratio to give a small boost). Payload in a dually is significantly heavier, so less likely to hit the max payload before hitting the max tow rating. Long vs Short bed...long bed is definitely preferable. Short bed, you either need an expensive specialty hitch or you constantly have to be careful to avoid hitting the truck cab. So what is the trailer you are planning to pull (with GVWR numbers)? If the SRW is capable, I would take that over a dually.
valhalla360 10/17/20 07:14am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Easy way to tell what outlets are on my inverter?

Is the fridge 120v AC or 12v DC?
valhalla360 10/17/20 07:07am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Tuned Towing Comparison on Duramax, Cummins, Power Stroke

Once you have enough power to tow 20k up a 10% grade at's more about compensating for a tiny something than any useful purpose.
valhalla360 10/16/20 04:50pm Tow Vehicles
RE: no Can/US border opening for a long time

As far as flying is concerned, I suspect they will be rapid testing by year end. IF they can do a 15 min test in the departure lounge it would make flying much safer. That along with an N95 mask (which I have), I may, just may, get on a plane. They can administer a 15 min test just as easily at a land border and masks are pointless if you are in a private car.
valhalla360 10/16/20 08:42am Snowbirds
RE: Tax Right off

So if you are in a 10% tax bracket if you write off $100 in interest you cut $10 off your taxes. Only if you exceed the $24k standard deduction and itemize. If not, you get nothing.
valhalla360 10/16/20 08:39am Truck Campers
RE: Decided on a truck after MANY months.

When I first saw your post about "7.3 with 10spd auto" I thought wow, this guy bought a pre-2004 7.3L PowerStroke that's been modified with a newer transmission. :S I keep forgetting about the Godzilla 7.3L gas engine. If you're not driving that much and just need the towing capacity this will do everything you need. KJ Proof that Ford's marketing department has been successful in associating the new engine with the much loved 7.3 Diesel. That said, looks like the OP made a good choice and no reason to believe it won't serve him well for many years.
valhalla360 10/16/20 08:38am Tow Vehicles
RE: no Can/US border opening for a long time

I understand Canada's policy, but I don't understand the USA's -- why does the USA allow Canadians to fly to the USA, but not drive across the border? Simple, they have lots of time to vet a person for temperature etc, while they are still in Canada at an airport. They can also better track where they are in order to enforce quarantine. Crossing by land makes quarantine very difficult to follow. More likely a tit for a tat reaction to subtly put pressure on Canada to back down. They can't really complain about us stopping their citizens crossing if they are stopping ours. At best they take your temp at the airport and ask you if you have symptoms...they can do the same thing at a land crossing. There are generally no quarantines actually being enforced anyway and it's not hard to move about the country once you are in by land or air, so not hard to leave the more strict states.
valhalla360 10/16/20 07:33am Snowbirds
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