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RE: Fulltiming With Dementia

If your spouse is ready to take on responsibility and follow you making sure everything gets handled with the RV along with watching over you full time (and assuming your doctor doesn't take issue)...go for it. A lot of it will be up to your spouse as she will have a lot of responsibility but it's not like it will be better in the future. As long as you aren't putting others at risk, go down kicking and screaming having the best time you can as long as your spouse is willing. As others have said, have an exit strategy if it becomes too much.
valhalla360 07/11/16 12:00pm Full-time RVing
RE: 2 or 4 6V batteries.

If I understand you, you currently have two batteries, (I do not remember if you listed the amp hours?), and use your generator several times to dry camp for 3 - 6 days at a time? By simply adding 2 additional batteries, I do not think you will double the time between charges, and as pointed out re charge time would go up. 4 six volt batteries would extend the time between charging, I would also invest in solar panels to charge those batteries during the day. That option would give you the most power and greatly reduce the time you would need to fire up your generator. Definitely on the pricey side, but since you do dry camp a lot IMHO that would give you what you are looking for. Good luck. That's exactly my scenario. I need to charge everyday. Batteries start out at around 12.8v and by the end of the day are around 11.8 to 11.6. I have a 1000w Samlex invertor with a remote digital readout in the 5er that I monitor the batteries with. We usually run the gen everyday for 2-3 hrs around dinner time. Wife likes the hairdryer, so we kill two with one gen run. My concern initially was how long I could use the 4-6V before I would have to run the gen for way longer than 2-3 hrs. I suppose I don't need to run the gen for 2-3, but that's what I do. I don't want to get my self in a situation where I need to run the gen 1/2 the day to recharge 4-6V. Sounds like either way I go it's just good practice to recharge daily, regardless of the charging method. If that's the case then I may as well just use 2-6V since I'll be running the gen anyway. If you are down to 11.6v in the morning, that corresponds to taking them down to around 20%. You generally shouldn't go below 50% (~12.05v) or you will damage the batteries. So 4 batteries are probably a minimum but won't get you to the point of multiple days use. If the wife is running the hair dryer for 15-20minutes, expect to run the generator daily no matter how many batteries you choose to get. One problem with running a generator to recharge is when the batteries reach 80-90% of full, the batteries accept a charge at a much slower rate. This means after an hour, you may be at 90% but it may take 2-3hrs to get that last 10%. Particularly if your usage is primarily at night, solar can be a great way to fill that last 10% as it will trickle charge that last 10% with no noise or work from you.
valhalla360 07/11/16 04:40am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Long day towing

Saying that, I have noticed most that have posted here that have run very old tires or Chinese tires without issue all have relatively light trailers. I can assure everyone that it is a completely different ball game with a larger, heavier trailer and the China bomb issue is very real. I had a Carlisle tire fail on me last year while bringing our new to us fifth wheel home last year. I was lucky that I felt a vibration and managed to get stopped before any damage occurred. The tire had a HUGE separation on the edge of the tread. I now run Sailun S637 Load Range G tires which are the only Chinese tire that I would recommend at this point in time because they are constructed to a higher standard than the standard Chinese ST tire. The OP has a 28' trailer, so that theory isn't supported in this case.
valhalla360 07/11/16 04:28am General RVing Issues
RE: Need help with towing capacity

The motor has plenty of power. But upgrade to at least a 1ton single rear wheel if not a dually for that size trailer. Why run at the limits when for a negligible cost difference, you can get a truck that won't be pushed to the limits.
valhalla360 07/10/16 03:47pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Diesel heating in a fifth wheel

Save yourself a lot of hassle and just have the local propane place come out and set a pig by the RV. We've been down to -5F and the furnace kept up but we had to swap out the 30# tanks every day. With a pig, that issue goes away.
valhalla360 07/09/16 09:24am Full-time RVing
RE: Long day towing

My bet is you ran over something. 4yrs isn't extreme and the china bomb theory is mostly myth. The tow vehicle blowout doesn't support the theory. Never had problem with the standard tires, my Dad never did, nor to any of the other campers we travel with.
valhalla360 07/09/16 09:20am General RVing Issues
RE: charging battery in use

I would recommend that you buy a good inverter to take care of your 12v systems and charge your battery. If interested I can recommend a good one. If you haven't changed out your incandescent bulbs to LED, you should do that to save power. Unless the OP is boondocking (which it doesn't sound like from his post), this would be a waste of money and effort. Even a small converter/charger will easily keep up with 12V loads if plugged in. To the OP, check the cables coming off the battery. You should be able to follow them back to the converter. Even if the previous owner did a lot of customization, it would be very odd to totally eliminate charging capability but retain the 12v devices.
valhalla360 07/09/16 09:15am Travel Trailers
RE: 2 or 4 6V batteries.

I really suggest estimating your amp-hr usage before suggesting a number of batteries. If you currently get 3-6 days out of 2 batteries and don't plan to increase usage, not much point in getting more batteries. Assuming you already have the generator and you get 3-6days out of 2 batteries, you will go a very long time burning maybe a gallon per week to use the generator. There is a little bit of a hassle getting fuel and remembering to charge but cost wise, the extra batteries will never pay for themselves. As suggested, for the cost of the extra batteries, you can probably get a small portable solar setup that will handle basic loads (lights, water pump, maybe a little TV) allowing you to easily go a week or more (maybe indefinitely).
valhalla360 07/08/16 06:06am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Home built toy hauler

If you have some special need not served by a production model or just like to take on projects...go for it. The idea that mass produced units are junk is mostly a misunderstanding of design requirements. Our rig is 20yrs old and while it does require some maintenance, nothing crazy. Otherwise, it's perfectly functional and no reason we couldn't keep her going pretty much forever. Most of the maintenance items by the way are in the mechanical systems (fridge, air/con, plumbing, etc...). You will have all those same systems on a home built rig and they will have similar maintenance requirements. If you think you can make a one off unit cheaper, better and with decent resale value, you are fooling yourself. Most of the tiny houses I've seen are really meant to sit in one spot being massively overweight and not really designed for much highway use. Agreed that most older units are probably better than the new ones. I visit a few model specific forums and read constantly about issues people are having with the newer units. I've been to a few factories and I've seen how they throw them together and I find it hard to think that someone with some decent mech skills couldn't build one to handle travel on the roads. To begin with the platform of a gooseneck trailer designed to haul heavy loads is way better than any 5th wheel frame that Lippert builds! Can't imagine anybody arguing with that comment! Lol. When you walk up to a 5th wheel frame and put you hand on it, and can push it sideways and make it continue to sway side to side after you've let got of it....You won't do that with a gooseneck trailer. Anyway it was just an idea I was throwing out there. This is a classic case of not understanding design requirements. Frames rarely fail and when they do it's almost always abuse or mishap. You can push on my trailer frame all day long and it's not going to push sideways. If you were at the manufacturer and did it before anything else was added, it probably did move a bit. What you seem to be missing is a flatbed and an enclosed trailer have different design considerations. The flatbed frame with a gooseneck connection must be stronger because it will fail if it isn't. Because of the way they are constructed and how a 5th wheel hitch applies load, it doesn't need to be as heavily built. A good example of this is if you've ever framed a house. When you put up the first wall, it's all floppy and wobbly but once you add the other walls, it gets much more stable, then you add the exterior sheathing and it drastically stronger. Add the roof and that wall is probably 100 times stronger than when you first raised it. But if you are just going to have an isolated freestanding wall, you don't have any choice but to overbuild it. You can certainly put together an overbuilt heavy trailer. You'll need a bigger truck to pull it and you'll need to burn more fuel and in the end the parts that need regular maintenance will be pretty much the same but you can certainly do it.
valhalla360 07/07/16 10:33am Toy Haulers
RE: 1995 F350 powerstroke

We had a 1992 7.3 and it only put out 180hp new. Always started quick and ran strong but 180hp will only go so fast. I know by 95 they added a turbo but I'm pretty sure we are still only talking about 220-240hp. Nothing close to the new monster diesels. Torque isn't your issue. Torque determines if the wheels will turn. HP determines how fast they will turn. Google the power curves and find the peak RPM where you reach peak HP and try to pick a gear that lets you stay near that RPM.
valhalla360 07/07/16 07:59am Tech Issues
RE: Nervous First Time RV Buyer Looking For Tips & Advice

What kind of issues should we be on the lookout for? The camper will be brand new. New doesn't mean in perfect working order. It's not at all uncommon for new rigs to have issues and it's a lot easier to sort them out locally. Also, I'm guessing you are trying to make due with an existing truck of unknown condition if you are trying to get away with a standard V6. It may run fine when lightly loaded but load it up to the max and run for hours and issues may show up. If the issues were obvious, we would just suggest fixing them before leaving. That's where the shake down trip comes in handy. It's possible you do the trip with zero issues but the odds are not in your favor.
valhalla360 07/05/16 12:04pm Beginning RVing
RE: Nervous First Time RV Buyer Looking For Tips & Advice

Unless you are dead set on the big trip, change to something local for a trial run. Far easier to deal with issues if you are within 100miles from home and worst case you can leave the trailer on a camp site and come back the next weekend to sort out issues. Even if you do it in 2 runs each way, that's a pair of 8hr days to make 1500 miles roundtrip. Otherwise, you won't notice much difference with a couple feet of extra length.
valhalla360 07/05/16 08:04am Beginning RVing
RE: Audience at the dump station

I'm confused. Why was it an issue to dump at the dump station? Of course, we saw a re-enactment of the RV (movie) scene this past weekend. Trust me, no one is staying to watch as they might be asked to help. We found out later...nice couple had bought their first MH, he had the little lady hold the hose in the hole, then he opened the valve. Apparently, she didn't realize the strength of a writhing python and it flipped out of her hands. Lucky for us, one of the staff was going by at the same time, so he got to go over and explain to the poor lady, to shove the hose down the hole rather than hold it at the opening. Suffice it to say she was not the proverbial happy camper and we suspect she took a shower clothes and all because she needed it.
valhalla360 07/05/16 07:54am Truck Campers
RE: Home built toy hauler

If you have some special need not served by a production model or just like to take on projects...go for it. The idea that mass produced units are junk is mostly a misunderstanding of design requirements. Our rig is 20yrs old and while it does require some maintenance, nothing crazy. Otherwise, it's perfectly functional and no reason we couldn't keep her going pretty much forever. Most of the maintenance items by the way are in the mechanical systems (fridge, air/con, plumbing, etc...). You will have all those same systems on a home built rig and they will have similar maintenance requirements. If you think you can make a one off unit cheaper, better and with decent resale value, you are fooling yourself. Most of the tiny houses I've seen are really meant to sit in one spot being massively overweight and not really designed for much highway use.
valhalla360 07/05/16 07:41am Toy Haulers
RE: new traffic law in tn

Signs?? Who reads signs? I see no indication that signs do anything at all. Orange barrels?? What the heck do they mean? Road workers present? Just speed on by....I didn't see anyone. People are plain oblivious or just don't care. From what I see here in east tn. it won't make any difference..... but one can hope.I will give people a heads up for interstates in Kansas. Construction zones are enforced worker's present or not, fines are doubled. We have had highway workers killed and they are very serious about enforcement as they should be. If the zones are properly set up including reasonable speed limits, I agree. Unfortunately far too many times, speeds are randomly set thinking the sign will change the speed of traffic (it doesn't). Then people wonder why drivers don't respect the signs. Signs really are only to help those unfamiliar with the road. I'll give you 10-1 odds, you can't remember seeing every sign on the way to work last Monday (I don't mean can you recall ever seeing the sign but can you specifically recall seeing each sign that day). To expect otherwise is fooling yourself.
valhalla360 07/03/16 02:18pm General RVing Issues
RE: Standard road widths?

Major freeways and arterials are typically 12' lanes. Secondary are frequently 11' lanes and local often 10' lanes. It's pretty rare to see less than 9' lanes. Of course even interstate freeways are allowed to use 10' during construction with 2' shy distance to obstructions. No hard and fast rules. You could use the measure function on google earth but probably more effort than it's worth.
valhalla360 07/03/16 01:52pm General RVing Issues
RE: new traffic law in tn

Most states have some variation on this law for years. The issue is enforcement. Unless it's really obvious, most cops aren't going to mess around with the more subtle stuff. Far easier to point to the speed readout from the radar or say they entered an intersection on red when they get to court. The solution is really more about education than enforcement.
valhalla360 07/03/16 04:47am General RVing Issues
RE: Looking for a very specific kind of park

Whitehall Michigan is a touch on the smaller size but has a nice park in town. Forget the name of the park but I'm sure if you google it will come up.
valhalla360 07/01/16 07:27am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Inverter/Battery/load combination

What size wires are connecting the battery to the inverter? 18" is good but they still have to be fairly thick. It's probably drawing on the order of 90amps-12v. I would test at a site. Disconnect the shore power and see if the fridge kicks on if you turn the thermostat down. 10 degrees loss in an hour could imply it wasn't running at all and just functioning as a built in cooler. 8.5amps would be about 1000watts but typically getting a compressor to kick over takes 2-3 times the amps, so 2000watts would be marginal to get it started.
valhalla360 07/01/16 07:04am Tech Issues
RE: Finally a Fulltimer what should we expect?,

The biggest thing is SLOW DOWN. Lots of people start out putting on 10's of thousands of miles the first year or two and then get burnt out. You have no place to be. If it takes you a month to get from Ohio to Florida, that's OK. When in travel mode we shoot for 100-150 miles a day and 2-3 days travel per week. Then we will intersperse that with a month or two stopped when we find a nice place. Makes for nice relaxed travel days that don't start until around 10am (after rush hour) and end by 1pm (before rush hour). Side note: Monthly stays are typically drastically cheaper than nightly stays (plus you aren't burning fuel), so it's a great way to keep costs under control.
valhalla360 07/01/16 06:55am Travel Trailers
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