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RE: I think I did something BAD...

I just signed papers on a 2015 Shasta Flyte 3150K... The dealer said I could tow it with my truck ( 2009 Silverado Exted Cab towing capacity 6700 lbs GCWR 12000lbs ) Of'course he was going off the specs on the Brocure, which I just realized is last years model.. This years Model is dry weight of 6214 lbs, GVWR/PNBV 7648 lb. Did I just buy something too big for my truck? I have the towing package on my truck but can't find any specs on the 5.3L V8 with the towing package in my truck's book...Yes I would have recommended to keep the trailer GVWR (7648) under the tow rating (6700). Just the same I would probably get a superior sway control hitch some 4.10 gears and head on down the road. Can't really recommend it though :(
smkettner 04/27/15 10:36pm Travel Trailers
RE: Expansion tank needed for water heater?

I recommend an expansion tank for all closed systems. I had a pesky leak that took almost three years to find while looking off and on. Dealer could not find it. Leak was a bad fitting that just leaked when the heater went full cold to full hot without using water along with the spike in pressure.
smkettner 04/27/15 09:54pm Tech Issues
RE: Disconnecting sewer hoses

Sometimes I think the fittings could use some lube but not sure what to recommend for plastic.
smkettner 04/27/15 09:40pm Tech Issues
RE: Charging lithium batteries with solar

This controller will do 5 amps and adjustable voltage
smkettner 04/27/15 10:02am Tech Issues
RE: Battery Isolator For TT. Yes or No?

You have an isolator. Just pull the 7-pin connector.
smkettner 04/26/15 09:08pm Tech Issues
RE: Yellowstone

You need to CALL and make reservations. Click and reserve is 40' maximum combined length. The phone reservation will get you in a larger space on request. I recommend staying in the park. Fishing bridge with hookups seemed a little too urban to me.
smkettner 04/26/15 09:06pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Do you drain your hot water tank?

I drain same as my home water heater... never.
smkettner 04/26/15 08:57pm General RVing Issues
RE: 6 volt or 12 volt batteries??

3 fill caps = 6 volt 6 fill caps = 12 volt
smkettner 04/26/15 08:06pm Tech Issues
RE: X Chocks

Mostly use the Rotos but if there is any significant incline the wedges come out.
smkettner 04/26/15 07:18pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Towing in the Rocky Mountains

Keep the trailer GVWR withing the tow rating. Be sure to derate the rating properly for gearing, engine, wheel options etc. You may need to accept going a bit slower and running 4,000 rpm when climbing.
smkettner 04/26/15 04:40pm Towing
RE: Charging lithium batteries with solar

Use an inverter and the oem charger.
smkettner 04/26/15 04:35pm Tech Issues
RE: 30 amp to 50 amp conversion?

That hard part of the 30 to 50 conversion is pulling the 6/3 romex from the entry to the breaker panel. The rest is just tediously swapping the connections to the new panel. If pulling the romex is easy access then the upgrade is a slam dunk. Could also use a load shed device. http://www.bestconverter.com/Automatic-Load-Shed-_c_96.html You could string a couple of these on a single circuit to give priority to Coffee then Microwave and lastly Water Heater or your choice to keep the air running. Or put something on a separate power inlet to grab power from the separate 20a GFI on the pedestal.
smkettner 04/26/15 04:11pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Trojan T-105 charging specs

so I do have a WFCO 8955-PEC in the trailer, although I primarily rely on solar to charge, particularly between trips. I cringe at asking, why 'good luck'?Good luck getting 14.4 out of an 8955 WFCO. Easier to just replace with a Progressive Dynamics with Wizard or IOTA with IQ controller. The solar may well save you on this. But again verify that your solar holds 14.4/14.8 volts a couple hours. Some controllers hit a set point and immediately drop to float. An automatic equalization every 120 days in the 15.0 to 15.5 range will also help.
smkettner 04/26/15 04:04pm Tech Issues
RE: 6x12 cell Panels? ~37V Vmp?

If you could match Imp and run in series I think it would work well unless Voc puts you over the controller max. Or Google shop 72 cell solar panels
smkettner 04/26/15 09:23am Tech Issues
RE: Trojan T-105 charging specs

Typical three stage converter is 14.4 and 13.6 charging and will work fine. Plenty of RVs have reported excellent 10+ year life with Trojan without perfectly matching the 14.8 absorption voltage. Do verify what voltage actually gets on your battery. Good luck if you have a WFCO. Properly working multistage converters do not kill these batteries... poor maintenance by the owner is what kills them.
smkettner 04/26/15 09:19am Tech Issues
RE: AGM Battery Suggestions - Good, Better, Best?

Traveler7, I am sure that battery will serve you well. Verify your converter comes reasonably close to the charge specs. 4D Lifeline is 210 amp/hrs so only 5% more for the price.
smkettner 04/25/15 07:20pm General RVing Issues
RE: battery monitor

The item linked will work great to monitor battery voltage. In most cases this will be all you need.
smkettner 04/25/15 05:57pm Tech Issues
RE: Charging a powerwheels battery with my solar setup?

SLA is a bit of a general term. If you have the charging specs and follow them.... go for it. GELL does need amps/volts limited or the gelled electrolyte can separate from the plates from gassing.
smkettner 04/25/15 05:52pm Tech Issues
RE: Solar plan

I just logged in at solar blvd and it keeps saying 10 panels at 448 pounds with a shipping charge of over $400. If I want them overnight it's $3,600. I will email them. So does it mean I could use a MS mppt 45 Tristar or mppt 60? So my only risk if running series is I'm more susceptible to shadows or shade?The trouble is these big panels need to go truck freight not UPS/FedEx so not very cost effective unless shipping 10+ panels. Is there a city/state that we can recommend a supplier? I like SolarBLVD because it is an easy drive for me to Norco CA. Three panels in series the 45 should be fine. I go the 60 for 675 watts and it is probably bigger than needed. Worst case the 45 would limit amps to 45 for a short period. The controller will limit amps and protect itself so you can overdrive it a bit. The 60 may have a few more features so no regrets to upgrade. If you go four panels you will need to go 2 series 2 parallel to stay under the controller 150 maximum voltage rating. ALL solar panels drop power quickly with shade issues. These panels have bypass diodes to allow current to go around shaded portions. IIRC most are split into three sections with the diodes so you lose 33%, 66% or 100% of the panel depending on conditions. I have camped plenty in the shade and the battery still gets charged. Much debate on this and I think it is mostly a wash with certain shade conditions better for parallel and others better for series.
smkettner 04/25/15 05:48pm Tech Issues
RE: Solar plan

Call for accurate shipping but I recommend finding a supplier to pick up in person. Three panels is easier in series to stay under the max controller voltage. MC4 was plug and play for me. No crimps, No combiner box. Just a straight pull down to the controller.
smkettner 04/25/15 02:53pm Tech Issues
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