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RE: Electrical surge protector - Whole house type?

I am far more interested in having correct voltage, polarity and ground. Actual surge damage is relatively uncommon. Voltage, polarity and ground are not a concern at my home as it is a dedicated connection direct to the utility transformer.
smkettner 09/24/16 02:39pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: First timer- rewiring, terminal blocks to connect 2+14 AWG

#2 is probably overkill for 35 amps. Are you even getting 14.4 volts out of the converter? Usually that is the issue with WFCO but some of the older ones seemed to work better. Otherwise I would just max out the existing connectors and stick with the fuses and distribution that you have. If you are not getting 14.4 volts I recommend replacing the converter with IOTA or Progressive Dynamics.
smkettner 09/24/16 12:11am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Disc Brakes

http://www.performancetrailerbraking.com/disc-brakes 28 minute install video
smkettner 09/23/16 05:06pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Changing a tire on tt what do you use?

Just make sure your jack is going to fit under the axle when the tire is flat. And have a board in case the soil is soft.
smkettner 09/23/16 05:02pm General RVing Issues
RE: Does Furnace Run on DC Power??

Why are full size RV furnaces such power hogs? Our popup furnace will keep our camper (24' when open) at 50 degrees overnight when the outside is 30 for 4 to 5 nights (off in the day) on one G29 deep cycle! And we have ZERO insulation with those canvas walls. Just how hot you guys trying to keep it in there? And why? Get some blankets. Or maybe popups just have magic furnaces...The ducting is bad and it draws 2x the battery power(or more). I assume your PUP furnace vents direct to the living area. I ended up adding two additional vents to get some heat into the trailer.
smkettner 09/23/16 04:50pm General RVing Issues
RE: solution to lug nut covers?

Get some solid lugnuts http://cdn6.bigcommerce.com/s-ohy7i05/products/105/images/318/ChromeLugnuts.2__79590.1416846003.331.416.jpg?c=2 width=400 http://recstuff.com/parts-accesories/trailer-parts/1-2-20-chrome-trailer-lug-nut-lifetime-warranty-wont-rust/
smkettner 09/23/16 04:44pm Towing
RE: Best small electric heaters

What percentage of the furnace BTU actually gets into the RV? Or how do you compare a 35,000 BTU (input) furnace to a 5100 BTU electric?
smkettner 09/23/16 12:53pm General RVing Issues
RE: Winterizing: blow-out vs antifreeze for longer term storage?

You will need to remove the pink anyway.... why not sooner than later? As long as you are not putting water in this would seem to be the best method. Actually blow out the water first, pump anti-freeze, then blow out again. Probably save the anti-freeze as it will not get much dilution. This from a person that has never winterized :R
smkettner 09/23/16 12:49pm Travel Trailers
RE: Battery question

The way I think the battery is fully charged is from leaving it plugged in for 3 days then checking the battery gauge that came with the camper. I'm learning this may not be accurate. I don't have a voltmeter but would like to get one. I'm not familiar with electrical systems/batteries or how they work so I'd have to figure that out. I appreciate your help, I'm working on it.Fair enough. Yes after 3 days the battery should be charged. I suspect the battery might be a small group 24 and is likely in poor shape even if near new. Going below 11.5 volts is very hard on a battery. The more time it spends severely discharged the more the batter sulfates and permanently loses capacity. So even if fully charged the battery may only hold 50% or less of the original energy. Very important to keep the battery fully charged when not in use. When the detector is beeping the battery is way more discharged than it should ever be. Probably 10 volts or less. Best at this point to take the battery to a store and have it tested. Really need to review and change the usage and storage habits. Yes if you will be camping off-grid you need to become a battery expert. To really know where the power is going you may need to get a DC clamp-on ammeter. Your trailer should 'idle' at less than 1 amp and even with a single small battery should last 48 hours.
smkettner 09/23/16 11:22am Travel Trailers
RE: bumper holes

Well that makes sense. thanks guys. Are there any other attachments that would go in those slots? bull bar?Bull bar or winch mount bumper probably connects to the frame using the tow hook mounts. https://www.warn.com/truck/assets/img/Chevy-1500_002_web.jpg width=400
smkettner 09/23/16 09:58am Tow Vehicles
RE: Fiat-Chrysler Used Defeat Devices In Its Diesel Vehicles

The auto manufacturers are up against a wall on emissions and fuel economy. The eventual answer will be more electric vehicles. JMHO
smkettner 09/23/16 09:53am Tow Vehicles
RE: Does Furnace Run on DC Power??

Need 12v power and propane. It will work in your driveway also for a test. Unplug and give it a go.
smkettner 09/23/16 09:25am General RVing Issues
RE: Age of tires on your tow vehicle/ When to replace?

I acquired a '65 Coronet about 1985 and two tires wire original. Still drove the tread off ;)
smkettner 09/22/16 10:10pm Beginning RVing
RE: Shureflo pumps overheating,.....but not really.

Lots of temperature options for a $10 switch. Shop around maybe less. Snap switch
smkettner 09/22/16 05:13pm Tech Issues
RE: Newbie's Question

Keep the battery switch on except in storage. Even the smallest battery in the trailer will run the slide in and out at least a dozen times on its own assuming it starts with a full charge. If the truck is running and connected you could run the slide in-out all day long. My slide only pulls 12 amps. Some pull more but you are fine.
smkettner 09/22/16 03:41pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Why can't I get what I want with manual transmission

Get off the internet and go kick some tires.
smkettner 09/22/16 02:11pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Amps are amps...right?

amps, volts, watts, resistance are all interrelated based on Ohm's Law. To say a fuse opens based on just one factor is just assuming the others are fixed within design specification.
smkettner 09/22/16 02:09pm Tech Issues
RE: TV gearing.

Power is just the mathematical definition of multiplying torque and speed. Power is determined by the engine that makes the power not by the gearing. Having said that.... lower gears will allow the engine to run at higher RPM and generally make more power at any given speed. All this constantly changes while driving as it is all dynamic. The perception of drivability does seem to improve with lower gears and more torque. This is why diesels are so loved. Some day we will go to the next level up and have electric motors.
smkettner 09/22/16 02:05pm Travel Trailers
RE: Changing a tire on tt what do you use?

Torin 2-stage bottle jack to lift the end of the axle. Old Craftsman torque wrench to R&R the lugs. MV-50 12v compressor to top off the pressure in the spare. Leather work gloves and the door mat.
smkettner 09/22/16 12:30pm General RVing Issues
RE: Cooling problems

Have you verified the freeze sensor is up in or on the evaporator coil? These are often poorly installed and they fall away and will not sense the freeze up properly. Access by removing interior trim. But as said above this sensor should just cycle the compressor.
smkettner 09/22/16 12:25pm Tech Issues
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