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RE: Two 6 volt vs two 12 volt run time

Unfortunately this is another not true deep cycle 12v battery. It is a marine/deep cycle battery, which is a hybrid. If I get a pair of 12v deep cycle batteries, I want them to be the same type battery construction as 6v golf cart batteries and I want them to be in the same general price range for the about the same # of amp hours. Sams club group 31 AGM deep cycle made in USA by East Penn / Deka for $179 Shows the specs also. https://www.samsclub.com/sams/duracell-agm-deep-cycle-marine-and-rv-battery-group-size-31dtmagm/prod3590232.ip
Atlee 08/20/17 06:24pm General RVing Issues
RE: 85 octane regular gas mid west states?

Isn't that basically what I said? The owner's manual for my 2014 F150 Ecoboost engine says to use 87 octane or above at all time, including in the mountain areas that may have as low as 85 octane. My owner's manual also says 87 octane is good for my Ecoboost, but further says that premium 92+ octane is probably best for the engine, when pulling a trailer, and especially when in the mountains. It actually says: 3.5L V6 EcoBoost Engine Regular unleaded gasoline with a pump (R+M)/2 octane rating of 87 is recommended. Some stations offer fuels posted as Regular with an octane rating below 87, particularly in high altitude areas. Fuels with octane levels below 87 are not recommended. Premium fuel will provide improved performance and is recommended for severe duty usage such as trailer tow.
Atlee 08/20/17 06:13pm General RVing Issues
RE: 85 octane regular gas mid west states?

Again except for the Eco-boost engine. Ford says not to use E85 fuel in the Eco-boost. You will not find the reduction of "regular" grade from 87 to 85 octane until you get to higher altitudes, approaching Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. What you will find in the Midwest, particularly the Corn Belt, is wide availability of E-85 at reduced prices. If you are concerned about anti-knock properties and your vehicle is flex-fuel, you can get higher octane properties (typically low 100s) by going to E-85, at some cost in fuel consumption.
Atlee 08/20/17 06:09pm General RVing Issues
RE: FOUR Corners Monument

Do you have Google Earth on your computer? If so, before you leave home, it's always good to use Google Earth and find any place you have questions about parking, and take a look from space. I've done this numerous times in order to determine whether there was parking available for my truck and travel travel trailer. But to answer your question, yes there is plenty of room to park your motor home while visiting 4 Corners. I just looked. Lots of open space. And the satellite image available now shows 3 RV's there. One is a small Class B type, a larger Class A, and a pickup and travel trailer. Hello Folks, We will be passing by the Four Corners Monument and would like to stop and visit. We will be driving a 45' motor home and towing our car. My question is Can we pull in and park at the Four Corners Monument? I have not been able to reach them by phone to ask this question. If any of you have been there and know the answer please let us know. Thank you so much in advance! Leslie Offer
Atlee 08/20/17 07:36am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Ford 26 gallon tank

+1 Isn't that the truth. If a truck has a 26 gallon fuel tank and that is an issue why buy that model.. chevman ' Because it fits in my garage and crew cab doesn't. I hear you on the garage but the 26 gallon tank is a deal breaker for towing. The truck maybe in pristine garage kept condition but if it can only has a 200 mile range on a tank it is still makes it a poor tow vehicle. Not that bad since we only do about 350 miles per day and not in hurry to get anywhere. Travel 200 miles in the morning - stop for lunch for hour or so and refuel - travel 150 miles in the afternoon and find a place to spend the night. I don't know how old you are but I found as I age my bladder is about 200 miles range on it also.
Atlee 08/20/17 07:13am Tow Vehicles
RE: Two 6 volt vs two 12 volt run time

What is the price tag on one of those batteries? I've never seen them. Are they in a specialty store just located in your area? Unfortunately, I keep coming back to GC batteries from Sam's Club. Sam's Clubs are found everywhere, 6v Golf Cart batteries plentiful, and the cost of them is relatively low. Where did you get the true deep cycle Grp 31 12V AGM? How many amps did it have? And how much did it cost? I'd prefer a true deep cycle 12V battery, not to be mistaken for a deep cycle marine battery, over a par of 6V golf cart batteries. I'm not the one you asked the question of, but here's the Group 31 12V AGM deep cycle battery that we have a couple of - in a balanced parallel hookup configuration - in our RV ... for a total of 230 amp hours: http://www.fullriverbattery.com/product/batteries/DC115-12 They weigh about 72 lbs. each, and have a 7 year warranty. I purchased these at a local battery supplier, who took my still working 8 year old Group 29 12V AGM deep cycle batteries as a core charge.
Atlee 08/20/17 06:47am General RVing Issues
RE: Two 6 volt vs two 12 volt run time

Where did you get the true deep cycle Grp 31 12V AGM? How many amps did it have? And how much did it cost? I'd prefer a true deep cycle 12V battery, not to be mistaken for a deep cycle marine battery, over a par of 6V golf cart batteries. But I have seen any that are cost effective for me yet. I found that available space and maintenance mattered also. I had limited space for batteries unless I modified the space. By going with one group 31 deep cycle AGM battery, I got just about the same Ah as a pair of 6v wet cell, but it fit without modification and I don't have to deal with checking levels, etc. It has been more than enough power for what I need. The truth is, which is best is dependent upon your particulars. Like most things in life, one size does NOT fit all. Going with one over the other doesn't make a person smart or dumb, right or wrong. Going with the one that works best for your situation makes you right and smart.
Atlee 08/19/17 08:51pm General RVing Issues
RE: Two 6 volt vs two 12 volt run time

The problem is a 12 volt deep cycle marine battery is not a true deep cycle battery. Deep cycle marine's are hybrids. A little bit of starter battery, and a little bit of deep cycle battery. 12 volt deep cycle marine batteries in group 27 and group 31 are very widely available in all areas of the country in the farm, marine, many automotive stores, lots of tire stores, big box stores like Walmart's and Sam's Clubs etc we have been in and seen with our own eyes. Prices do vary a lot around the country as about everything is a lot higher priced west of the Rockies.
Atlee 08/19/17 08:44pm General RVing Issues
RE: 85 octane regular gas mid west states?

The owner's manual for my 2014 F150 Ecoboost engine says to use 87 octane or above at all time, including in the mountain areas that may have as low as 85 octane. My owner's manual also says 87 octane is good for my Ecoboost, but further says that premium 92+ octane is probably best for the engine, when pulling a trailer, and especially when in the mountains.
Atlee 08/19/17 08:34pm General RVing Issues
RE: Tow haul question

Tow/haul or not, the single biggest factor that affects my fuel mileage is the speedometer. I notice little if any change in mileage when in Tow/Haul. However, I easily notice a difference if I'm driving at 65 mph and 55 mph. Yes, Tow/Haul reduces my fuel mileage on rolling hills. I normally run it though when towing.
Atlee 08/19/17 07:23am Tow Vehicles
RE: Two 6 volt vs two 12 volt run time

Unfortunately it's very hard to find affordable true 12v deep cycle batteries. True deep cycle 6v batteries are a dime a dozen so cost relatively little. As I understand it, more golf carts today are using single 12V deep cycle batteries. In due course, the 12V battery will become as numerous as the 6v's are today. Then it will not make as much sense to go to 6v batteries. As things stand today, I will change over to a pair of 6v batteries, just because they can be found everywhere and they are relatively inexpensive. I'd rather have a single 12V battery, but that is not in the cards, currently. Two 6V batteries in series.......12V with SAME amp hour Two 12V batteries in parallel----12V with double amp hour So depends on WHICH 6V/12V and their amp hour ratings Such a simple and clear response in a sea of fog. :) If your 6v batteries are 210Ah, then two will give you 12v @ 210Ah total. If your 12v batteries are 55Ah, then two will give you 12v @ 110Ah total. Many people (and manufacturers\dealers) will install cheap basic 12v batteries. Even with 2, you are not getting a lot of amp hours out of them. So upgrading to 2 6v batteries will often give you more bang for your buck. However, if your 12v batteries are of better quality, that significant benefit can become minimal.
Atlee 08/19/17 07:16am General RVing Issues
RE: Scary: footplate slipped out of position!

I got one of these for my new trailers. It's by Andersen and is called a jack block. It is working great for my current trailer. Wish I had had one before. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Andersen-3608-Trailer-Jack-Block-Trailer-Jack-Stabilizer-Stackable-/401291104913
Atlee 08/19/17 06:54am Travel Trailers
RE: FOUR Corners Monument

It's the same reason for stopping at Wall Drug. Just to go there. Obviously, neither is a scene of natural beauty, and neither is a place of cultural knowledge, yet each is somewhere to say you've been. It is a tourist trap! Nothing but a very small monument with markings on the ground and the small post. Many vendors give it a carnival feel with sideshow like barkers. There are many awe inspiring things to see and contemplate in the area including Mesa Verde, Hovenweep, Ute Mountain Tribal Park, Canyons of the Ancients, Anasazi Heritage Center, and the Trail of the Ancients Scenic Byway. Why waste your time with tourist trap?
Atlee 08/19/17 04:01am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Swear my last question not. TT weight

Way too much trailer, or way too little truck. I have a F150 with the Ford Heavy Duty Payload Package. My cargo capacity, as shown on the yellow sticker on the driver's side door, is 2,286#, and I wouldn't think about towing that trailer. I'd at least be at the 3/4 ton level, and depending on the price differential between a 3/4 ton and 1 ton, I'd get the 1 ton. Ok I'm looking at Jayco jay flight 32' fully load its 9000lbs. My truck can tow up to 8500lbs. I know I'll never fully load it. Would you buy it or stay clear of it?
Atlee 08/18/17 10:26am Travel Trailers
RE: What Do You do?

With my previous trailer, I usually had 2/3 to full fresh water, but it was only a 40 gallon tank. With my new trailer, I will only carry between 1/3 and 2/3 fresh water, since the fresh water tank holds 84 gallons.
Atlee 08/17/17 04:43am Travel Trailers
RE: Tow haul question

I have an Eco-Boost powered F150, so no diesel obviously. However, I always use Tow/Haul when pulling, or carrying a heavy load in the bed of the pickup.
Atlee 08/16/17 06:23am Tow Vehicles
RE: Scary: footplate slipped out of position!

How did it move with the wheel chocks in place? I almost had a major disaster. It certainly put me into panic mode! I've been using a 10" stack of stabilizer pads under the tongue jack landing gear, ever since I got this camper. It takes forever for the foot plate to reach the ground. Someone told me to use the stack to shorten the distance that the motor has to drop it. I have had no problems. This time, everything went as usual. I brought the jack down with the foot plate in the center of the stack, unhitched, and pulled the truck forward. Then I was ready to level the camper from front to back. I went inside to check my level, came back to the tongue jack, started to lower the front end and noticed that the landing gear had slid, and close to half of the foot plate was hanging off the edge of the damned stack of pads! I knew I had to get the trailer back on the hitch STAT! But, when I pushed the button to raise the receiver high enough to go on the hitch ball, the foot plate slid some more! I got in the truck and backed it up, but I was so panicked I had to pull forward and try again about three times. I finally made myself calm down and do it right. I got it on the hitch, took that **** stack away, and brought the tongue jack foot plate down on a small board I keep for leveling. Disaster averted. I really don't know what would have happened if it totally fell off the support stack, but it couldn't be good!
Atlee 08/16/17 06:04am Travel Trailers
RE: F-150 Ecoboost towing

Then I'm glad I got my 2014 F150. Best thing about it is the HD payload package. 2286# of cargo capacity is nice. But you do have to get a long truck, mine is 163" wheel base, when you get the HDPP. At least that was the case in 2014. All in all I liked the 2014 much better, it was more comfortable, so much so I bought a 2012 FX4 seat to swap the bottom cushion out with in the 16, and even though they made the cabin wider, they made the console wider along with the doors being wider, so the drivers and passenger seats are the same size. So, if looking at F150's 13-14 would be the ideal tow vehicle, not the 15+.
Atlee 08/15/17 09:32pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Things I noticed on my trip out west.

I saw nothing disrespectful in your original post. You are still a working guy (and I think you for continuing to contribute to my Social Security. :)) I was once in your position also. Didn't have an RV but drove out to Colorado from Virginia with the family to visit my sister in law. Had to take the interstates, including I-70 across Kansas and eastern Colorado. You are right. There is nothing to see. Actually, for a guy from Virginia, the plains were interesting to see, for a while. But fairly soon, it became mind numbing. In the future, however, after you either get fabulously wealthy, or you can retire, you will be able to get off the superslabs, and onto the backroads. Then a lot more of America opens up. That said, western Kansas and eastern Colorado still have a lot of distance between interesting things to see, even on the back roads. Ok. Looks like I upset some people. Sorry, but Nebraska and Iowa along with eastern Colorado have nothing in the entire Rocky Mountain Region! Being from IL I can tell you I was just watching the 1/10 miles on the dashboard click by. This is not intended to be a slam against these states just things I noticed. Yes if I were taking secondary roads I may have run across something to see, but my time line for travel doesn't allow that yet. Sorry folks. I meant no disrespect!
Atlee 08/15/17 03:11am General RVing Issues
RE: Aluminum or wood frame?

I went in the opposite direction recently. Went from an aluminum framed, azdel/fiberglass sided trailer w/ slide to a wood framed, aluminum sided trailer w/o slide . I did it with eyes wide open. But every thing I've read/seen indicates if I'm pro-active with preventive maintenance, this new trailer should last a long time. At the end of the 2 year factory warranty, I should have an indication if I made a mistake or not.
Atlee 08/15/17 02:42am Travel Trailers
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