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RE: Jeep Grand Cherokee 3.6L V6 2014

The payload is likely the killer. I did a quick check online and it looks like you only have 1100lb payload. At 6200lb, you should have around 700-900lb hitch weight. Assuming 2 of you at 150lb plus 100lb for the hitch, that puts you at 1100-1300lb before putting anything else in the truck and that presumes you don't have any after market add-ons (like running boards). 290hp should actually be fine. You may need to drop down a gear and let the RPM go up to make that 290hp but if you look at tow vehicles from the 1970-1980's, it was common for big V8 engines to have 200-250hp. Ignore the unloaded weight and go for the GVWR of the trailer for a good starting point. Given the payload limits, I'd be looking at 4500-5000 GVWR as the upper end of trailers to consider.
valhalla360 08/11/20 01:37pm Forum Posting Help and Support
RE: truck for towing.

Valhalla360 5.3l vortec V8, Its a STOCK 07 1500 classic. loading is the same for longer trips as it would be for shorter. Stock 1500 can have a variety of capacities. Find the rating plate by the door frame
valhalla360 08/11/20 11:23am Travel Trailers
RE: truck for towing.

What are the specs on the old truck (engine, payload, GVRW, Axle ratings, tow rating, etc...) and how do you plan to load it (will that be different with longer trips)? To little info to say if the truck can handle the new rig and loading. 168k miles is nothing to worry about if the ratings are up to snuff for the loading and it's otherwise in good condition.
valhalla360 08/11/20 09:29am Travel Trailers
RE: Drop in voltage with increase in heat

For shore power, voltage sag mid day and resultant increase in amperage drawn, that's pretty normal. If it's dropping below 110v, an autoformer is a great option unless it's extreme. What's a bit concerning is the voltage is dropping while on the generator. Ours doesn't change noticeably when on the generator and hangs at around 118v. (this is once it's running, obviously, there is a surge for a second when it starts).
valhalla360 08/11/20 05:53am Tech Issues
RE: Diesel vs Gas

If you are comparing apples to apples, it's one thing. The issue is it's rarely apples to apples. The big diesel pushers compared to front engine gas MH's are usually wildly different beasts.
valhalla360 08/10/20 11:22am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Gray tank capacity

Let's say between brushing teeth and washing hands, you used 5 gal. That leaves a little over 5.5 gal for 5 showers will use up the rest. If you are intense about it, you could probably reduce the usage to 3-4gal per shower but at some point, it's no fun being dirty. Putting a removable blade valve (you can buy them for about $25 and there is no installation needed) on the main outlet and then opening the valves so it equalizes between the 2 gray and 1 black tank will likely buy you at least a couple more days.
valhalla360 08/10/20 11:17am Beginning RVing
RE: tire changing jack

6 ton bottle jack. I won't use those trailer aids as they put all the weight of one side on one axle. A bottle jack only lifts the flat tire an inch or so and the other tire stays on the ground so that side of the trailer is supported by both axles. I have 5200 lb axles. TT has 7850 lbs on the axles. 1/2 of 7850 is 3925. 1/2 of 5200 is 2600 lbs. I'd be supporting 3925 lbs with 2600 lbs of axle using a trailer aid. You do realize, your axles likely see 10,000lb or more when they hit a pothole at 60mph. Jacking is for practical purposes a static loading situation. The ratings are based on dynamic loading. That said, we have a 3 ton floor jack and if it's squishy ground, the leveling planks can be put down to support it.
valhalla360 08/08/20 05:37pm Travel Trailers
RE: Back to the '70s!!!!

Michigan has done it forever with a higher vehicle pass price for out of state residents. Two lines of thought on this: - State residents own the parks, so they should get a better price. - These are big tourist draws and support nearby businesses so you shouldn't discourage tourists. As someone suggested, for a typical weekender, it's unlikely to have a big impact one way or the other.
valhalla360 08/08/20 05:50am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: 5th Wheel with no dually truck

If you get a new truck, you can probably find a 1 ton SRW that is within ratings but you are pushing the upper bounds where I would want to move up to a dually.
valhalla360 08/07/20 12:40pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: awning fabric - install upside down possible?

Replaced a slide out cover a few years back and it didn't matter which side was up. Of course, both sides were white.
valhalla360 08/07/20 12:38pm Tech Issues
RE: Towing with a 2018 BMW please!

Much of the running out of payload before hitting tow capacity has to do with the vehicle class the X5 is in. Class one has a max GVWR of 6,000 lbs and since the the X5 is about 5,200 lbs, this leaves little left for the manufacturers rating. Overseas, the X5 has a higher payload because the Euro and UK vehicles classes have higher GVWR limits than the US. I've seen a lot of mid-size SUVs practically dragging the rear bumper down the road pulling trailers. Nothing to do with the legal limits. They simply aren't sprung to handle heavy hitch loads well. At least with the 1/2ton pickups, the rear suspensions are pretty simple to beef up if you want to push the limits but most of the SUVs don't have the simple leaf springs in the back anymore.
valhalla360 08/07/20 10:59am Tow Vehicles
RE: Planning solar system for 1995 Fleetwood Southwind

First thing is to decide what you are trying to accomplish with solar. If you are thinking of running the air/con or other heavy long duration loads the same as if you were plugged into shore power, that's a tall order for solar. Solar works well if you want to camp without moving for multiple days and only use a few small loads (lights, water pump, maybe an hour or two of TV, etc...). With a proper inverter, you can get away with a microwave for a few minutes to heat something up. Once you start trying to do more, a solar system starts to become impractical if not technically impossible.
valhalla360 08/07/20 10:55am Class A Motorhomes
RE: RV extended warrantee

The tires started showing wear after a bout with a freeway construction zone in Utah. Warranties typically cover defective parts or workmanship. If there was a specific incident where you hit something, that would be covered under your auto insurance.
valhalla360 08/07/20 05:32am General RVing Issues
RE: New to RV'ing and need help.

Call up a local dealer, they likely have delivery guys who bring in there stock. Unfortunately, it's likely to be a pretty penny to have it hauled home.
valhalla360 08/07/20 04:46am Beginning RVing
RE: Where to put generator in 21' travel trailer

I just a generator mounted above the LP tank on the front.. using a fabricated platform. Looked good. This makes far more sense.
valhalla360 08/07/20 04:44am Tech Issues
RE: full time solar, maybe?

A generator of 2900w will run somewhere around 80-90lb...let's call it 120 with a couple 5 gal jugs of gas. 2 additional deep cycle batteries can weigh that reality, you need a lot more than 4 batteries to take advantage of even 2000w of solar. On an RV, you probably have to go lithium at significant additional cost to keep the weight under control. Speaking of weight, how much cargo capacity do you have left...that's a lot of stuff being added. As someone else mentioned, on the side, you will be over width. Biggest difference is generator is on demand power. You start it up any time, you have the power. Solar puts out power for a short period mid-day. Morning and evening, power output is a small percentage of the rating. Night, shady site or overcast, you don't get much of anything. This isn't to suggest solar is bad but you have to understand it's limits and make sure it can really do what you are thinking it can do.
valhalla360 08/07/20 04:42am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Weight Calculations

LOL..those dimensions won't do any good simply because A 38' triaxle has no center point as in a teeter totter. From the farthest fore and aft spring hangers can be 8-9' apart. I've made my point to the OP .... I'm done. Give me the numbers and I'll run the calculations. Assuming even spacing, the center of the 3 axles is the center point of the axle group. So far no point has been made.
valhalla360 08/07/20 04:28am Travel Trailers
RE: Portable solar installation has me stumped

What are you trying to accomplish with the solar system? If you are already connected to the grid and it's providing the power you need, there really is no purpose to adding solar in most cases. Perhaps trying to lower the bill for power? To connect the KK to the larger trailer, I string the power cord across the campsite and with an adapter I plug into an exterior outlet near the front door. It’s a tripping hazard. I want her to be self sufficient. So I guess it’s more a case of want versus need. I want it. Assuming you are moving around, most parks include power, so savings will be non-existent. If you are stationary at one park, dig a little trench and bury it to eliminate the tripping issue. Or connect to the 20amp outlet on the pedestal and with a long cord, run it around the outside of the site out of the way. Again other than having a neat new technology, I'm not seeing what the goal is. RV solar is typically used where the unit will be unable get shore power. It's kind of like buying a jacked up jeep with giant tires but only using it for commuting on paved roads in good weather... So I'm still back to why?
valhalla360 08/07/20 04:26am Travel Trailers
RE: Towing with a 2018 BMW please!

What are you planning to tow? A smaller trailer for weekending, it's certainly viable but full time people tend to load up. Good chance you run out of payload before you hit the "tow capacity".
valhalla360 08/06/20 11:02am Tow Vehicles
RE: Leaving ceiling fan on while traveling

If you have the vent covers, it's a smart idea. That will protect the vent from damage and keep rain out. Without the vent cover, the vent lids are flimsy and won't keep the rain out. You could test it but likely you won't need to run the fan as the suction from running at speed will vent plenty well. Note: I'm referring to the vent covers that go over the top of the standard vent as opposed to the vent lids that are part of the standard vent.
valhalla360 08/06/20 10:14am General RVing Issues
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