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RE: Wal Mart's Super Tech DEF?

Has anyone used the Wal Mart brand Super Tech DEF? If so, opinions? Haven't used WAlly brand but I did use another cheap brand. I got repeated check engine lights for insufficient catalyst on a run to Minnesota and back. After that I drained the DEF tank and refilled with Peak Blue DEF. I haven't had a CEL since then. It could be coincidence, but the few $$ savings isn't worth it to me now. KJYou either got old DEF, or DEF that was replaced with water. It had NOTHING to do with the brand. ALL DEF is EXACTLY the same.
Huntindog 03/23/17 03:17am Tow Vehicles
RE: Service "Package" for TT Spring Inspection

Some important points: Wheel bearing adjustment is CRITICAL.... Anyone that says to "take the wheels off of the little bearing disc thing".... Hasn't got a clue. If you do not know how to adjust bearings, don't mess with it. And "50.00 for a couple of tubes of dicor" tells me that person has never bought any. I have never paid more than 10.00 a tube. As for should you take the 500.00 offer? No. They probably won't do any better job than you can, even not knowing anything. I agree with the mobile tech suggestion. I have seen much more good work out of them (on other peoples TTs) than I have seen of Dealers work. Mobile techs are generally one man businesses. The person that collects the money is the one doing the work.... Totally different than a dealership business model.
Huntindog 03/22/17 02:43am Travel Trailers
RE: Running two 2000 watt generators in eco mode with AC on

Reading some of the above comments, I'm wondering if some aren't confusing "running in Eco mode" with "running at low RPM's"? Aren't a couple of EU2000i generators supplying 1400-1500 watts to a 13.5K A/C (whenever it's compressor is cycled ON) still going to be about half way into each of their RPM ranges? If so, then you're beyond that great 53dB true idling low speed sound that the EU2000i's are famous for.Correct, but...... If it is hot enough to need the AC, you will be inside. You cannot hear the generators over the sound of the AC.... Not sure just what the decibal reading is, but the AC makes the most noise. At any rate the Honda's will idle down substantially
Huntindog 03/20/17 02:28am Tech Issues
RE: generator

Thanks very much for the information provided. So, I imagine it is neither practical or smart to try and put an on board generator in anything but a motor home.It is pretty common for toyhaulers to have them. So if you can live with a a TH, then a built in generator may be feasible.
Huntindog 03/19/17 04:13am Travel Trailers
RE: generator

Can't believe that nobody has been able to comment on my previous message. Have I posted it in the wrong forum? It seems as though most folks are discussing portable generators. Have a couple of questions: Are there Travel Trailers or 5th Wheels that can come with ONBOARD generators similar to what are in Motorhomes? Do many of the dealers now offer that option with new units? Are most TT's wired and plumbed for a generator even though they might not have one? Is there an Inverter or a series of them that will run an RV AC? This may be an implausible question. However, I have never claimed to be a technician. I'm quite sure that most RV owners, in Florida or Arizona, don't want an RV that does not have AC capability off the grid. The only TTs I am aware of that have a generator option is Arctic Fox/Nash. Those are propane generators. I installed a 4.0 Onan Microquiet and a 26 gallon fuel tank in my last TT. It worked great. I never lacked for power, and could run the AC while under tow. But.... It was a BIG project, and unless one has advanced DIY skills, it would cost far too much to pay to have it done. I elected not to do that to my present TT. The advent of portable inverter generators make it so easy to have electricity at an economical rate, that the onboard generators have lost their appeal for me. For some reason, inverter technology hasn't made the jump to the built in units.
Huntindog 03/18/17 01:39pm Travel Trailers
RE: Brand New - TT Weight question

Get out of this deal. If the dealer is worth his salt, he won't hold you to it, under the circumstances. Don't make any more impulse buys on TTs. If you see a prospect, post it here first. Get some opinions before signing on the dotted line. Realize that this is a PUBLIC forum. Anyone can post here. So put your BS filter on full alert. There is often a tendency to give more credence to opinions that agree with what you want to hear.... That can get you in trouble. You will hear opinions on this at both extremes. Throw those out of consideration, for the best answers.
Huntindog 03/17/17 06:49am Travel Trailers
RE: Generator questions

The 2000 watt and 1000 watt will charge the batteries in exactly the same amount of time, using the convertor... So long as the convertors power draw is less than 1000 watts (very likely). The EU1000i, as an example, is continuous rated at 900 watts, not 1000 watts. Secondly, even if a converter was rated at a maximum draw of 900 watts it still wouldn't be able to draw full power due to it's rather poor PF rating, often .7 or even less, the end result being VA that's well beyond the capability of the EU1000i to produce. The result - longer charge time.Oh jeez. I think you are getting way beyond what the OP needs to know in an effort to be "right". Yes, all generators have advertised, and continuos power ratings... The EU 2000 IIRC is 1600 watts.. Any other generator will be similar. And yes, different convertors do have different PF requirements. But nobody knows just what the OP has, so that is just throwing mud at the wall, and hoping some will stick. And IF his convertor does draw more than what the 1000 can supply, yes it will take a very long time to charge as it will most likely go into overload, and not produce ANY electricity. So yes, you are technically correct. So having made a strong case against the 1000, I guess that means that you now are going to recommend that the OP get the 2000?:B
Huntindog 03/17/17 04:23am Travel Trailers
RE: Generator questions

For maximum flexability, the 2000 is the way to go. Not much more weight, and only about 300.00 more. A year from now you will thank me for this, as the 300.00 will be long forgotten. Yeah, a 1K will take longer to recharge a set of batteries to the same SOC as a 2K but at the end of the day my back will thank me for choosing a 1K. :W????? The 2000 watt and 1000 watt will charge the batteries in exactly the same amount of time, using the convertor... So long as the convertors power draw is less than 1000 watts (very likely). The OP is new to this. I think he may very well find that a 2K gen. is so much more usable, that the 300.00 and 20# difference is moot. I am getting up in years, and my two EU 2000s haven't been a problem for me or my wife to handle... Its only 50#. Heck that is what a bag of dog food weighs.
Huntindog 03/16/17 07:49pm Travel Trailers
RE: Generator questions

You can find the specs here. Max out put is about 8 amps, so running it an hour will put about 8 amp-hours (at most) back in your battery. If you are conservative, you won't use much electricity at all. Water pump, a few electronics, LED lights, and your consumption is very low. Charge your phones, etc in your tow vehicle while out sight-seeing. You should be able to go a long time on 2 batteries, with a little boost from this generator occasionally. Now it won't work if you are trying to run a microwave, coffeemaker, hair dryer, etc off an inverter. Those things suck batteries down fast. Ummm. First he will be plugging the shore cord into the generator, and charging the batteries with his TTs convertor... Don't know what that is, but most can put out 45+ amps into discharged batteries.(lots of variables, but definantly more than 8 amps.) Second, he likely doesn't have an inverter. So unless he steps up tp a EU2000, he won't be running a microwave, coffee maker, hair dryer etc. OP, yes get a generator. For maximum flexability, the 2000 is the way to go. Not much more weight, and only about 300.00 more. A year from now you will thank me for this, as the 300.00 will be long forgotten.
Huntindog 03/16/17 01:39pm Travel Trailers
RE: Odd Brake Shoe Failure. Any Ideas?

I would not call that a failure. It is pretty common for those cracks to appear. They have probably been there since shortly after they were installed.... And if you get new ones, they will likely do the same.
Huntindog 03/15/17 04:33pm Tech Issues
RE: Dexter EZ Lube

If that cavity is totally full of grease, what happens when the brakes heat up the drum/hub and the grease expands. Where does the grease go? EZ-lube "issues" are over-hyped and full of assumptions. Unless the axle seal is bad, you will NOT blow the seal. It's impossible, it takes significant pressure to blow a good axle seal and the EZ-lube system does not build ANY pressure. Zero. And if you pump the hub full of grease and do not remove any, leaving no air space (like a bearing buddy, right???) where does the grease go when it warms up? Sounds like a smoking gun right? Wrong. An overfilled hub will not blow the axle seal before air or grease escapes from the rubber grommet? That grommet is not even half as good as the axle seal. It will bleed air and grease well before a good axle seal ever will. And I mentioned bearing buddies, which retain ZERO air gap within the hub and hold the grease under slight spring pressure. Where are all the blown seals from temperature increase? Edit - grammar errors.I have installed bearing buddies on my boat trailers. (which is what they were designed for) They have a feature to account for expanding grease. The zerk screws into a piston which moves in and out of the hub as the grease expands and contracts... This is a MUST for the system, as it protects the seals from leaking when the grease expands, and more importantly, when it contracts... Without it, plunging hot hubs into cold water would result in a suction and water entering the hub. Now that you are educated on bearing buddies... Perhaps you may realize that there is more you can learn about EZ lubes as well.
Huntindog 03/15/17 02:49am Fifth-Wheels
RE: generator

LOL... I already showed you some facts. As usual, your blindness to the yellow won't let you acknowledge them 1 dbas. not opinion, but fact. 2 fuel tank. not opinion, but fact. 3 resale. easily checked out on ebay, etc. Used Hondas go for good money and sell quickly. I have done this myself, and have personal experience. When I put a very used EU2000 up for sale last year. I asked 350.00.and people were racing to give me the money.... Word of mouth sold it, no need to advertising needed. I then added a little over 500.00 to it and got a brand new one. You will NEVER get anyone to pay decent money for a champion that was as well used as that Honda. Probably have to give it away. 4 Which leads me to another point that is common in these internet discussions. The proponents of what ever in is they like quote the very best price available for their choice, but not for the competitions... Shame, shame. You guys need to shop a little harder, deals on Hondas are out there, just as they are for champions. 5 We had a champion in camp for several years, it was bought in a pinch away from home. It served us well for quite awhile, and we still have it. It doesn't get much use anymore, as a Honda replaced it... So having a choice readily available to us.... We use the Honda. It simply is in a different class. Kind of like comparing a chevy to a Mercedes.... They both have 4 tires and a steering wheel. but the mercedes is in a different class.
Huntindog 03/14/17 02:58am Travel Trailers
RE: generator

Well the dba rates are up in the air but in any event we are talking about a few dba. $1300.00 will buy a lot of ear plugs.It's probably about 10 dba which is a LOT more than a few... Every 3 dba increase is a doubling of sound. At any rate, quality costs $$. But it is easily a bargain in the long run. A used Honda will sell quickly for good money... Not so much for the others.
Huntindog 03/13/17 05:02pm Travel Trailers
RE: generator

Here is some more good info that hasn't been discussed: The Champion only holds 1.6 gallons of fuel, for a run time of UP TO 8 hours @ 25 percent load. The run time when using it to power an AC will be very short.... Too short I think for most peoples liking. The Honda gives a range of 7.2 to 20 hours depending on how much power it is producing.I'll just fill mine up twice as often and use the $1300.00 for something with more value to me than a bigger gas tank. For myself, I try to keep things in perspective, value for the dollar. You may have different values. I have no problem with that. The difference is more than the run time. Don't forget about your earplugs.:B
Huntindog 03/13/17 01:38pm Travel Trailers
RE: generator

^ "What more do you need?" Your link where it says Champion is rated at 58dBa at 1/4 load. Scroll down to the Q&A where it says: http://i.imgur.com/Eeku5hel.jpg Thank you for the update. That's good info to know.That makes the Honda considerably quieter.
Huntindog 03/13/17 04:16am Travel Trailers
RE: generator

Here is some more good info that hasn't been discussed: The Champion only holds 1.6 gallons of fuel, for a run time of UP TO 8 hours @25% load. The run time when using it to power an AC will be very short.... Too short I think for most peoples liking. The Honda gives a range of 7.2 to 20 hours depending on how much power it is producing.
Huntindog 03/13/17 04:09am Travel Trailers
RE: old truck with transmission problem

Check out the gear vendor unit as well.
Huntindog 03/09/17 03:16am Tow Vehicles
RE: Replace stock tires on Lance 1575

205/75R14 is 26.1" diameter 215/75R14 is 26.6" diameter How much clearance do you have? The difference is minuscule. What is the perceived benefit to going larger?It is just about always a good idea, so long as they will fit.
Huntindog 03/09/17 01:58am Travel Trailers
RE: Alternate Method of Replacing Awning Fabric?

The poly cord usually wraps under the each cap preventing the fabric from moving left and right during the life of the fabric. You won't be able to pull the fabric out of the tube unless you remove the caps.Not on the ones I have done. If it did, I would just cut the cords off at the cap. If you open the awning only one foot from the coach and work on a ladder releasing spring tension, you only have 1/2 the tension you have when the awning is fully extended. This is much safer. Get all the tension released, cut the fabric and lower the whole roller tube and fabric to the ground using two people. When you install the awning with the arms fully extended, add about 8 turns to each spring. Retract the awning to the almost closed position (you may need to push it closed with your hands). Then add the remaining turns (about 8 depending on length). Center the fabric at the top rail so the arms stow properly and add the top two screws holding the fabric in place. When installing the new fabric, it is important to wrap the poly cord under each spring cap so it will not more left and right during operation.Not needed. Just zap a couple of screws thru the fabric into the roller, and upper rail. That is how my TTs came from the factory It works fine. That is how Carefree does it, not Dometic. You are comparing apples and oranges. DougNope. All I have ever owned are Dometics. Sorry, Dometic NEVER installed screws on the Roller tube. NEVER. The screws on the Awning RAIL are installed by the installer, not Dometic. DougNever is a really strong word. I do believe I know what a screw is. I have a LOT of experience with them. And yes I did remove screws from the tube of two different Dometic awnings, on TTs I purchased new. Perhaps Dometic did not do it, and the manufacturer did... I don't know. But they were there.
Huntindog 03/07/17 12:52pm Tech Issues
RE: Alternate Method of Replacing Awning Fabric?

The poly cord usually wraps under the each cap preventing the fabric from moving left and right during the life of the fabric. You won't be able to pull the fabric out of the tube unless you remove the caps.Not on the ones I have done. If it did, I would just cut the cords off at the cap. If you open the awning only one foot from the coach and work on a ladder releasing spring tension, you only have 1/2 the tension you have when the awning is fully extended. This is much safer. Get all the tension released, cut the fabric and lower the whole roller tube and fabric to the ground using two people. When you install the awning with the arms fully extended, add about 8 turns to each spring. Retract the awning to the almost closed position (you may need to push it closed with your hands). Then add the remaining turns (about 8 depending on length). Center the fabric at the top rail so the arms stow properly and add the top two screws holding the fabric in place. When installing the new fabric, it is important to wrap the poly cord under each spring cap so it will not more left and right during operation.Not needed. Just zap a couple of screws thru the fabric into the roller, and upper rail. That is how my TTs came from the factory It works fine. That is how Carefree does it, not Dometic. You are comparing apples and oranges. DougNope. All I have ever owned are Dometics.
Huntindog 03/07/17 02:02am Tech Issues
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