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RE: Thomas Payne TV Trays

Our Grand Design came with these. You might try a dealer for grand Design and see if you can order them.
work2much 07/04/20 08:55am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Reddog1 "Wayne"

Sad to hear. RIP Reddog1
work2much 07/02/20 05:37pm Truck Campers
RE: 271 Ah upgrade

On your victron battery protect be advised that victron no longer recommends these on any reverse current applications such as a inverter charger where the current will pass to the battery from a charger instead of from the battery to a load.
work2much 06/30/20 10:45am Truck Campers
RE: The better 5th wheeler?

One that stands out is Arctic Fox, by Northwood MFG, in Oregon. And it's a 4 season 5'vr, comes with a larger water heater than most 5'vrs They make their own trailer, which comes standard with shock absorbers. We have owned 2 A.F.-bought new. The last one-model 29 5T we probably put 50,000 miles on it-from So. Calif. we took it to the Yukon Terr.-to Florida and many points in between. https://northwoodmfg.com/ Does AF make a 5th wheel toy hauler now? I hadn't seen that. They have the desert fox toy haulers but those are tow behind trailers.
work2much 06/30/20 07:32am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 271 Ah upgrade

I wouldn't say that a BMS is essential. A BMS is a fancy name for an on/off switch that monitors cells voltages and temperature. As long as you don't exceed correct voltage ranges or store them where it freezes a standard non balancing BMS doesn't add anything to the pack. Using a quality charging source(s) and using a LVDC you can safely run LiFePO4 cells without one. I did a write up on our LiFePO4 system in our TC HERE Recently I have relocated this bank into a 5th wheel and changed the cell configuration from (2) 12v 300 Ah batteries into a single [email protected] 300 Ah battery and went with a 24v magnum 4000 watt inverter. I did add a cheap [email protected] Daly BMS this time as a safety net since they are readily available now and not expensive in lieu of the low voltage disconnect I was using before. https://i.imgur.com/9WQjmBKl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/Pxe6peMl.jpg "border=0" https://i.imgur.com/m3zZPvb.pngClick For Full-Size Image.https://i.imgur.com/qHcGhrVl.jpg "border=0" https://i.imgur.com/m3zZPvb.pngClick For Full-Size Image.
work2much 06/30/20 07:16am Truck Campers
RE: Poll: How many 1T TC haulers have no modifications?

Aside from a sway bar and Rancho shocks our Ram is stock. https://i.imgur.com/OwAaeBFl.jpg "border=0" https://i.imgur.com/m3zZPvb.pngClick For Full-Size Image.
work2much 06/29/20 09:15pm Truck Campers
RE: Apartment for rent?

Y'all sleep tight now!
work2much 06/28/20 03:06pm Truck Campers
RE: Generator wattage

Are you trying to run the fridge on electric? That could be 300-400 watts. The converter charger can be a large draw. If it is drawing 40 amps that's 500 watts. A 1000 watt generator probably can comfortably deliver in the 800 watt range for constant duty. A 2000 watt generator would be a better size for the loads you mention.
work2much 06/23/20 09:05pm Truck Campers
RE: Support trailer water tanks

Did you mean to publish this in the Truck Camper forum?
work2much 06/22/20 10:37am Truck Campers
RE: The more I learn, the more I realize what I don't know

Were just bought our first 5th Wheel. Previous RV's were truck campers. We went with a Grand Design 2930. You can access the fridge, the bathroom and the bed with all 3 slides in. That wasn't a big selling point for us but it is handy running in to use the bathroom or grab something from the fridge. We choose this brand after spending considerable time on several brands owners group forums. FWIW people seemed happier with the after sales service the company gives them. We purchased ours new at 30% of MSRP + T&L Some of your other points: Backing up. I am no expert having only towed ski boats in the past but haven't found backing up to be an issue. Ours is 34'-4" pin to back wall. Take the trailer to an empty parking lot and spend some time with some cones. There are some good videos on YouTube with some tricks. If possible have a spotter and work together learning to communicate. Typically when I see couple struggle to back their trailer in it is due to poor communication. Generators are often an option. It was on ours but we chose to go without. The built in propane generators are usually expensive, noisy and heavy. Many people opt to go with a quieter inverter generator and tote it along in the bed of the truck. We went with a large solar generator but that's not for everyone due to cost. We also have a small 2000 watt inverter generator that can supplement the solar if/when needed. Hooking up. I found this to be much easier than loading our truck camper. I just look over my shoulder out the back window to line up the kingpin. Super easy. You will need to get out and adjust the height of the kingpin once you are close. Again many good YouTube videos on this subject. Fueling. We have ordered a combo tool box transfer tank. Our plan is to buy fuel where it is the cheapest and hopefully we can coordinate that when the trailer is disconnected. Fueling on the road with the trailer is usually pretty easy. We will be able to go over 1000 miles between fills. Use an app on the phone to find truck stops where lanes are wide and approach and departure lanes are straight.
work2much 06/19/20 07:50am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Advantage of residential refrig?

Residential fridges are a little more delicate. They were not designed to be vibrated, banged etc. On the other hand they are cheaper to replace, more efficient, tend to hold more and cool faster. We went with a std. rv fridge after some debate. It is run through our inverter and battery reducing propane use but also can be cooled with propane on occasion if our battery bank state of charge dictates.
work2much 06/10/20 02:58pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 2020 Pinnacle 36SSWS - Fresh drinking water system

We looked at the Pinnacle in our search for a new 5th wheel. I liked the idea of a drinking water tap but didn't like the 5 gallon bucket in the basement idea. A decent under the counter filtration system would have been an awesome factory feature option and what we will install in our new coach. Having to partially unpack the basement, find a filling station and lug a jug to it doesn't seem like the best option.
work2much 06/07/20 07:10am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Looking into a Truck Camper

Delam is only an obvious indication of a greater issue. Nobody wants water intrusion into their camper. Nobody wants mold in their camper. That's what it needs to be maintained with yearly inspections and resealing of the roof and wall joints. Azdel does not change the fact that maintenance is required it just makes neglect less obvious. If you are seeing delam that is typically a sign of poor care for critical maintenance.. I wouldn't buy a used camper that hasn't been maintained. On the other hand a camper that has been well cared for and stored out of the elements can be a great buy even if it has luan laminated walls.
work2much 05/19/20 09:53am Truck Campers
RE: Looking into a Truck Camper

Also the Bigfoot 3000 model which is the only model I am aware of that had a slide was a conventional wood framed camper and susceptible to delamination just like any other std truck camper that isn't maintained properly. I have never seen a Bigfoot of Northern Lite clamshell fiberglass camper with a slide. I feel pretty certain that doesn't exist. Bigfoot hinted about a slide a year or two ago in an interview but nothing tangible since.
work2much 05/18/20 03:39pm Truck Campers
RE: Looking into a Truck Camper

I will look at the 830. Keep the suggestions coming. The DW really likes the 1072/1172 but the wrong outside material. I believe Lance uses Azdel for their wall construction. They are supposed to be impervious to delamination. https://www.azdelonboard.com Ok, this is interesting. Is this saying that azdel sided Lance campers (or any other manufacturer) do not suffer from delam? If so, I would be open to this Yes, that is their claim. Azdel is not a brand new product, been around for a few years and I haven't seen anything to refute their claims. The product is wood free thus no rotting of substructure which is the primary cause of delamination. The link includes more info.
work2much 05/18/20 12:53pm Truck Campers
RE: Looking into a Truck Camper

I will look at the 830. Keep the suggestions coming. The DW really likes the 1072/1172 but the wrong outside material. I believe Lance uses Azdel for their wall construction. They are supposed to be impervious to delamination. https://www.azdelonboard.com
work2much 05/18/20 10:35am Truck Campers
RE: Looking into a Truck Camper

By aluminum you mean aluminum siding I assume so there should be some older Lances and other TC's out there that could sleep 2 adults and 3 kids. Keep in mind that these older wood framed aluminum sided campers may never delam but wood rot of the framing structure is very common.
work2much 05/18/20 10:09am Truck Campers
RE: Need help shedding 3/4 ton - Lithium Battery project

I have been running lithium batteries for about 2-1/2 years. I built my own using CALB cells which are about half the price of battle born. They rate them for usable amp hours. (like battle born ) so yes a 100ah battery will give you a usable 100ah. Here is a thread on my lithium battery build. I am in the process of relocating these cells into a new 5th wheel trailer. I am adding a BMS to the bank now as they are readily available and fairly inexpensive. Drop-ins like battle born and Lion are a good way to go if you want the simplicity of a direct replacement. You will get better performance with lithium specific chargers but std chargers won't damage them as the BMS will protect the battery for over/under voltages and frozen cells. https://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/29476636.cfm
work2much 05/12/20 10:39pm Truck Campers
RE: Truck camper battery, or lack thereof

Is it possible that it was designed to leech off the truck battery at all times? Thanks. That's how our first TC was. No battery compartment and the light only worked when the camper was attached to the truck. There was no other 12v devices aside from the single light and it had a propane lantern inside so you really didn't need electric at all for light, cooking and the small propane ice box.
work2much 05/04/20 09:06am Truck Campers
RE: Grand Design Reflection Entry Door Locks

This is a screen shot from a 2020 grand design reflection. It looks like a pretty run of the mill RV lockset. https://i.imgur.com/Zqp25Yyl.png "border=0" https://i.imgur.com/m3zZPvb.pngClick For Full-Size Image.
work2much 05/01/20 03:34pm Fifth-Wheels
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