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RE: F-250 vs F-350

If your mainly concerned with the ride quality a GM truck will probabky ride the best. There IFS handles and rides very well. I recently had a Ford owner in my GMC dually. He said "I wish my truck rode this smooth."
KD4UPL 09/27/23 04:52pm Tow Vehicles
RE: DEF fluid

It's cheaper to buy it from a pump at a fuel facility. I get mine from the pump at Quarles for around $4 something a gallon.
KD4UPL 09/16/23 06:03pm Tech Issues
RE: Hard sided campers under 1500lbs with 6' int ht spreadsheet.

There is no 90% rule. Dry weight likely won't include a battery or propane. Many vehicles post the tow rating assuming an empty vehicle. When you start loading people and gear it reduces the tow rating. Check tbe fine print in your manual.
KD4UPL 09/09/23 06:42am Travel Trailers
RE: Interlock kit

Breaker panels have two buss bars. They aren't connected. The are normally for L1 and L2 used with a 240v/120v 50 amp service. You seem to have 2 120 volt inputs: shore and inverter. You need a transfer switch.
KD4UPL 08/24/23 06:40pm Tech Issues
RE: add another MPPT

Magnum also makes a 100 amp controller, the PT-100. They will communicate when used in multipole. Usually just adding multiple controllers will work but they work better if networked. As for getting 200 amps into a battery, it needs to be capable of accepting that much current. As it charges it will take less and less charge.
KD4UPL 08/24/23 06:35pm Tech Issues
RE: Onan Generator

I always used a 1,500 watt heater on my 2.5 kW Onan. If you have a 4.5 kW a single electric heater is probably fine. If you have a 5.5 kW or larger I'd use 2 electric heaters. You really should have an electric heater anyway. They're only about $25 and can save a lot of propane if you camp much in cold weather. I always run the electric heater on the camp grounds power that I'm paying for anyway instead of using up my propane.
KD4UPL 07/15/23 06:51pm Tech Issues
RE: Solar panel

Okay, a 2.5' square panel can do some actual good. The little 12" square ones and smaller are basically worthless. Yours is good enough to keep a small change on a a small system but don't expect it to run large items. You should have a charge controller somewhere, hopefully with a display. If there is no charge controller then it's possible the panel isn't even hooked up. If it is hooked up with no controller it could potentially overcharge your battery. If there's no display on a controller to show watts, amps, or volts then you need a way to read battery voltage. A portable volt meter will work or you can buy a panel mount voltmeter and install it. If you have greater than about 12.7 volts your are charging the battery. A good charge would be up above 14 volts. However, voltage is a poor way to tell what is happening. It's possible for a load to be using more power than the solar panel is producing. You could easily have low and dropping battery voltage even thought the panel is producing really well. Getting a good battery gauge with a shunt will show you amps in and out of the battery but again, a load could make it show negative even though the panel is contributing. This is why a controller, showing actual watts or amps produced is so valuable. If your controller doesn't have a display you may be able to purchase an optional display for it. Post back if you can find the controller and what model it is.
KD4UPL 07/15/23 06:14pm Truck Campers
RE: Going longer

Longer trailers generally tow better and are easier to back-up. The added length means its harder to get one jack-knifed and they are easier to see in the mirrors.
KD4UPL 07/15/23 03:44pm Travel Trailers
RE: Solar panel

Going to need a lot more information than that. What's it's job?
KD4UPL 07/15/23 03:42pm Truck Campers
RE: Is this normal?

All I ever hear are horror stories about any of these so called roadside assistance plans. I've never had one, never will. I would rather call a local tow company or repair service myself if I ever needed one. That eliminates all the problems with going thru multiple people and agencies. I would guess that these big companies like AAA have contracts with tow operators for set amounts, thus not a very high profit potential for the tow company. The tow company probably give them rather low priority. I'd rather explain my situation to the tow company directly, then we can together decide on a cost vs. importance scale for my situation. As for changing a tire, what you need is a cordless impact wrench. I carry a Milwaukee M18 1/2" drive wrench that will bust loose any lug nuts. I change my own tires. The last time I had to I think it took all of about 20 minutes and I was on my way again. There's no way I'd sit around with my family on the side of the road waiting on some company I'd never heard of to maybe show up.
KD4UPL 07/15/23 03:20pm Good Sam Roadside Assistance
RE: Victron MPPT 150/100 output current

It can not limit input voltage, that's established by the panels, the sun, and the temperature. If you have you're strings configured for too high a voltage you will damage the controller. None of that matters to yohr breaker problem. I'd guess either a bad breaker or a high current spike so quick it's not being measured.
KD4UPL 07/11/23 07:55pm Tech Issues
RE: Did California change its towing laws?

It's illegal in VA too but I still see it sometimes.
KD4UPL 06/28/23 12:19pm Towing
RE: Duh! Only in Canada, eh.

So what's the problem? An empty 53' is about 10,000 pounds, maybe 12,000 with his adapter rig. He had brakes. There's very little tongue weight so not overloading the truck. I don't think the hitch is illegal, lots of farm and construction things use that. Was he just overlength? I don't know Canadian laws.
KD4UPL 06/28/23 05:26am Tow Vehicles
RE: Generator won't start camper air conditioner

Your generator is likeky rated at sea level. Higher elevation reduces power output.
KD4UPL 06/26/23 10:24am Tech Issues
RE: Truck camper and towing

That's weird, my 48" super truss is good for 6,000 pounds without WDH. I'll sell it. WDH and surge grakes do not work well together. How does an 9' camper hang over 4'? Is this a truck with a 5' bed?
KD4UPL 06/25/23 03:12pm Truck Campers
RE: Truck camper and towing

Torque lift super truss is the best there is, probably overkill fir such a short overhang. I used one that was 48"with my 11' truck camper. Before that I used a Reese 48" extension. It worked fine but had much more plan than the tork lift set uo. A boat won't have 10 - 15% tongue weight. 5 - 8 will be more realistic. You will likely be over GVWR but as long as you don't exceed axle or tire weights you'll be fine.
KD4UPL 06/24/23 06:15pm Truck Campers
RE: Solar panel and battery noise

Flooded batteries will bubble when being charged. A little bubbling is fine. Too much may indicate they are being over charged. There us no reason to turn off loads while charging. You need to make sure your charge controller's settings are cirrect for your batteries. If you only ever charged them with a sub-standard converter that sat at 13.X volts then they never really got fully charged and wouldn't have bubbled. I suspect all is pribably fine. Just keep an eye in water levels. Refill with distilled water only.
KD4UPL 06/24/23 06:09pm Travel Trailers
RE: towing advise please

Have you actually weighed your truck? You're likely over the GVWR, RAWR, or tire weight rating; posibly more than one of those. A 2500 would be adequate. A 3500 would be great. I don't see the need for a dually.
KD4UPL 06/23/23 07:05pm Towing
RE: Towing an EMPTY tow dolly behind a Fifth Wheel east coast.

I would say it's a trailer and therefore not legal up the east coast. I'm in VA and have looked into double towing a lot. The DMV doesn't really know, you need to talk to Commercial Motor Vehicle Officers. I have specifically asked several in VA and they all said absolytely not in VA.
KD4UPL 06/21/23 07:54pm Towing
RE: House batterys

If you added that much water the plates were probably exposed to air and thus the batteries are scrap. Water needs to be checked regularly. AGM batteries eliminate the maintenamce but cost more.
KD4UPL 06/06/23 07:30pm Class A Motorhomes
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