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RE: Best GPS?

Two things to consider on smartphone/iPhone apps. 1. If you lost cell phone signal you do not have real time data. 2. When using map apps, unless you have a unlimited data plan, you are being charged for data usage. I have been told you can download the route, but I prefer a Garmin 760LMT 1) You don't have real time data with a dedicated GPS either in that case...or when you are in cell range. 2) If you are worried about data, you can download the area ahead of time and it uses negligible data.
valhalla360 02/15/18 10:20am General RVing Issues
RE: Charging batteries with the engine

One of the many advantages of a large gasser vs the Mercedes {or other diesel} is the ability to let the gasser idle for extended periods of time. {Don't even think about trying this with a diesel}. This bit of wisdom is at best overstated and in many cases flat out wrong. It's not good for either gas or diesel to only be run at idle, so if you are boon-docking for months on end and the only use is an hour a day of idling, it causes problems. Basically the engine doesn't get hot enough to burn the fuel cleanly and carbon deposits can coat the cylinder and score the piston. As long as you periodically get the engine up to full operating temperature, those carbon deposits get burnt off before they are enough to do any damage. So if you drive out for a long weekend, run the engine to charge for a couple hours on saturday and then drive back at the end of the weekend, no issues as the engine will reach operating temps during the drive. Even a stray week won't have any measurable impact. (look at truck stops where historically they would just idle the engines all night long and get 500-1000k miles out of an engine because the next morning the engine gets up to temp and addresses the issue). Still not the best option if you have a generator or other source to charge with but this is rarely a consideration. The problems with idling is with engines that have DEF and DPF exhaust systems. Those that idle long times have problems with the DPF plugging up. Again, if you are doing it for weeks on end, it can be a problem. You can also run into issue with condensation rusting out the exhaust. But as long as you get it up to temp periodically, that largely sorts itself out.
valhalla360 02/15/18 03:58am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Best GPS?

We have an old nuvi but when it dies, it's the cell phone that will take over. Just doesn't make sense to carry and update a uni-tasker when the cell will work just as well and automatically updates the maps.
valhalla360 02/15/18 03:54am General RVing Issues
RE: Charging batteries with the engine

One of the many advantages of a large gasser vs the Mercedes {or other diesel} is the ability to let the gasser idle for extended periods of time. {Don't even think about trying this with a diesel}. This bit of wisdom is at best overstated and in many cases flat out wrong. It's not good for either gas or diesel to only be run at idle, so if you are boon-docking for months on end and the only use is an hour a day of idling, it causes problems. Basically the engine doesn't get hot enough to burn the fuel cleanly and carbon deposits can coat the cylinder and score the piston. As long as you periodically get the engine up to full operating temperature, those carbon deposits get burnt off before they are enough to do any damage. So if you drive out for a long weekend, run the engine to charge for a couple hours on saturday and then drive back at the end of the weekend, no issues as the engine will reach operating temps during the drive. Even a stray week won't have any measurable impact. (look at truck stops where historically they would just idle the engines all night long and get 500-1000k miles out of an engine because the next morning the engine gets up to temp and addresses the issue). Still not the best option if you have a generator or other source to charge with but this is rarely a consideration.
valhalla360 02/15/18 12:00am Class C Motorhomes
RE: 5th wheel or MH ? help

Well I guess that's one way to look at it but not the intended way, my point that seemed to have gone over your head is IF im buying a truck to pull a 5th with, everything ive read says 1/2 ton truck is minimal for pulling...so IF im buying a truck anyway and there is always a chance of getting a bigger trailer why not just get the 3/4 ton to start with, in pulling its always better to error on the safe side and I never hear anyone saying " jeez this pulls too easy and gets too much fuel mileage, I should have bought a smaller truck" :) Kapish ? If you are thinking of getting a large 5th wheel eventually, bump right up to the 1 ton dually diesel (seriously) but that wasn't what you asked. If you get a 3/4ton, you will still have limitations on what you can pull assuming common production 5th wheels. We've got our F250 pretty much maxed out pulling a 34' rig now. If we wanted to bump up any more, I would want to upgrade the truck.
valhalla360 02/13/18 11:38pm Beginning RVing
RE: Silly Question But

Proof that dogs are smarter than humans?
valhalla360 02/13/18 11:34pm General RVing Issues
RE: Charging batteries with the engine

Depends, if it has a high output alternator. If you have just a standard alternator most likely running the charger off the generator will be faster. If you have a big 300amp continuous output alternator (most automotive alternators put out the rated amount for a short period to replace the motor starting draw then drop way back), it can probably do it faster. Of course if you are driving anyway, take the free charging.
valhalla360 02/13/18 11:24pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Down sides to being a TT Camper?

Usually, they account for the truck when giving you a site. If they only have a site for a 20' trailer and you show up with a 40' monster, they are probably not going to give you the site (plus it's often difficult to get the trailer into such a tiny site anyway). Of course, if your logic is to get a MH with a TOAD, for a simlar size overall, you have the same issue of where to put the car.
valhalla360 02/13/18 04:34am Travel Trailers
RE: 5th wheel or MH ? help

Id rather have overkill than underkill :) Question, Ive always liked Ford, are they the truck of choice with most for pulling 5th wheels ?? And it looks like all the F250's have diesels, don't they use the V10 anymore ?? Isnt the diesel noisy going down the road ?? That constant roar... Then by all means go out and get a class 8 semi-tractor and get lots of overkill. ;) Our last truck was a diesel F250 (1992 vintage) and wasn't particularly noisy. Our current truck is a V10 F250. Also not particularly noisy, with the exception of climbing a grade. Gas engines need lots of RPM to put out max HP and that can be a bit noisy. We aren't constantly climbing grades so not really an issue. Both work fine but we are pulling a bigger trailer than a little 25'. It won't hurt to bump up to a 3/4 ton but for a 25' trailer, you don't need it. Ford/GM/Dodge...them's fighting words.
valhalla360 02/12/18 10:56pm Beginning RVing
RE: Parallel 12volt, more capacity then AH rating? 2.7 x's more!

Hi, Better tell Rolls/Surrette that their batteries which do list CCA are not truly deep cycle. The real issue is cost and availability of TRUE deep discharge 12V batteries. "Dual purpose"/"marine" batteries are a compromise. Any battery that advertises Cold Cranking Amps (CCA) or Marine Cranking Amps (MCA) is NOT a true deep discharge battery. These will have a short life when used in an RV. All batteries have CCA and MCA ratings. They just are not typically advertised for true deep cycle batteries. These ratings are typically associated with starting an engine where you need lots of amps but only for a few seconds. It's common in boating applications where you are staring a little 20-30hp sailboat engine to use the deep cycle house battery bank to also start the engine as the MCA rating needed is very low compared to a pickup with a 300hp diesel. It does not harm to use them this way but if you tried to replace your pickup batteries with true deep cycle, you might need 4-6 times the batteries to get enough CCA. This would be very inefficient if you don't need a lot of amp-hr (plus where are you going to install 6 batteries).
valhalla360 02/12/18 10:37pm Tech Issues
RE: Parallel 12volt, more capacity then AH rating? 2.7 x's more!

The video is simply a demonstration of Peukert's law. As the rate of discharge increases, the battery's available capacity decreases. Yep, 6v or 12v shouldn't matter as long as they hold the same number of watt-hours at the same rated discharge and are both deep cycle designs (not labeled but actual design). 12 versus 6 matters if both are sped’d at the same discharge rate because a pair of 12’s will be drawing down at half the rate in the same system. The parallel 12’s will get the 10 percent bonus capacity that the series 6’s won’t. That never seems to come up in the “just add the amp hours” 12 versus 6 comparison threads. Note, I said "watt-hr" not "amp-hr" for just this reason.
valhalla360 02/12/18 10:18pm Tech Issues
RE: rating RVs

They are big complicated objects that have more in common with a house than a car except they are expected to cruise down the road at 60mph. While there are legitimate issues, most are just unrealistic expectations. High end units don't seem to solve the issue. If anything they make it worse because the systems are more complicated and there is more customization.
valhalla360 02/12/18 10:13pm Beginning RVing
RE: Silly Question But

My 6yr old likes to help, so I gave him an empty fuel jug and told him to fill it up at the water spigot and put it in the fuel tank. Will this cause any problems?
valhalla360 02/12/18 10:07pm General RVing Issues
RE: Rate increase due to claim

Makes sense, those who make claims are higher risks. Of course, insurance on the trailer is so cheap, even doubled it's not a big issue.
valhalla360 02/12/18 10:03pm Good Sam Insurance
RE: Snow load.

I don't worry about it until it's 3-4 ft deep. Shoveling it almost always does more damage than the snow. Bill In addition to the hassle, this is the bigger risk. If there really is a lot of weight, you need a shovel and you better be careful not to dig a hole in the rubber roof. The theoretical max is around 64lb/cubic foot. That would be solid ice with no air pockets. I've also picked up loosely packed but crusted over chunks easily 1 cubic foot that weight less than 5lbs. If it gets to 3-4ft, you might be concerned but 10" is nothing.
valhalla360 02/12/18 07:07am Travel Trailers
RE: If your RV is older, keep moving, stranger!

If your rig is actually in good shape, they usually forget to ask but it gives them the option to say no if it's in rough shape. You see it as turning away business but reality is when a park loads up with old worn out rigs, it scares off the newer more expensive rigs who are more willing to pay those high prices. Once they are stuck with the older cheaper rigs, it usually comes with a lower willingness to pay $1000/month, so in the long run they lose far more letting you in. If you don't like the price of admission, there are lots of other parks available.
valhalla360 02/12/18 07:03am General RVing Issues
RE: Parallel 12volt, more capacity then AH rating? 2.7 x's more!

The video is simply a demonstration of Peukert's law. As the rate of discharge increases, the battery's available capacity decreases. Yep, 6v or 12v shouldn't matter as long as they hold the same number of watt-hours at the same rated discharge and are both deep cycle designs (not labeled but actual design).
valhalla360 02/12/18 04:50am Tech Issues
RE: 5th wheel or MH ? help

so a 25 ft trailer, would that be a 5th or travel ?? And would a 3/4 ton Ford diesel be best to tow or gas or ??? A 3/4 ton diesel would tow very nicely but is probably overkill for either. A basic gas V8 1/2 ton will likely be enough. Check the ratings as they can vary quite a bit but the more capable 1/2 ton trucks could handle a 25' from either. If you get up around 28-30', you probably want to consider a 3/4ton if you go 5th wheel. The key consideration is typically the pin weight for a 5th wheel. A gas engine is still very reasonable in this size range. This will typically have much more living space compared to a 29' MH where the cockpit eats up 4-5' of living space.
valhalla360 02/12/18 01:37am Beginning RVing
RE: What to buy for a first time RV?

Sounds like they are padding the profit margin. If you aren't a DIY kind of guy call up a mobile RV tech and get a bid. Slide toppers: Just checked and small ones run around $200 big ones maybe $400, so $600 each is high even with some installation cost. Vent covers are about $25 and take 15-20min to install. As mentioned by someone else, the surge guard is way overpriced.
valhalla360 02/12/18 01:30am Beginning RVing
RE: 5th wheel or MH ? help

I figured that it was easier to unhook a toad from a motor home that it was to unhook a 5er from a truck. . It's about a wash to hook up. With a 5th wheel, you just back the pickup onto the pin and it snaps in place. Lock it and pull the landing gear and you are done. With a TOAD, not greatly different. Pull up to the back of the MH, go around attach the links, lock in place and you still have to pull up the MH stabilizers. A TT is a little more as you have the torsion bars and sway control and you have to be more precise backing up to the trailer but even that is only maybe 2-3 minutes more effort once you get the hang of it. Where a MH starts to be advantageous for moving frequently is if you get into the sub 25' units with no slides, no toad and you don't set up much at the campsite. There you can unplug and be on your way a little quicker but are you really under that much time pressure to save 10 minutes?
valhalla360 02/12/18 01:20am Beginning RVing
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