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RE: Why should I switch to golf cart 6v batteries

Hi Huntindog, You have been misinformed. They started using paste at least by 1927. Batteries-Deep-Cycle http://www.cleanenergybrands.com/shoppingcart/product_images/uploaded_images/deep_cycle_batterie_section_through.jpg width=450 Nope. A true deep cycle has solid plates. If you are talking about AGMs, then you are right... But that is not what this thread is about.Congratulations. It appears from your link that you are correct.... But it really isn't important to the point I was trying to make. (which your link confirms) There is MORE lead in a deep cycle battery, and the plates are more stout. Which gives it MORE discharge cycles than a hybrid which uses thinner plates and more of them for the increased CCAs.
Huntindog 08/20/14 07:02pm Tech Issues
RE: Why should I switch to golf cart 6v batteries

Nope. A true deep cycle has solid plates. If you are talking about AGMs, then you are right... But that is not what this thread is about.
Huntindog 08/20/14 05:15pm Tech Issues
RE: Why should I switch to golf cart 6v batteries

Then it would help to define... Where is the dividing line between hybrid batteries and true cyclable batteries? All labels must have qualifiers for definition and I am asking for the definition of a "Deep Cycle" battery. Number of cycles to 80% DOD to reach an ending capacity of 80% of original C20 capacity. More cycles is deeper. HTH; JohnThose specs are not normally on the label. Gotta do some digging to find them. A real simple way is to go by weight. Hybrid batteries normally use lead plates the consistency of a sponge. This allows for better cranking , as there is more surface area for the lead to contact the acid. It also is why they don't last as long. The acid eats the plates faster. A true deep cycle has solid plates. This has the opposite effect, and makes it heavier.
Huntindog 08/20/14 01:43pm Tech Issues
RE: Black tank question

Depends on individual usage. I had a TT that drained bathroom sink into the black. I replumbed it so it went into the grey. The Black filling up is pretty much my limit of a stay when boondocking.I would say that you would have to check this out on an individual basis. sometimes it is the bathroom sink that does this. good to get some more water into black tank and less into grey as that is the one that usually gets filled quickly. bumpy
Huntindog 08/20/14 01:35pm Travel Trailers
RE: Why should I switch to golf cart 6v batteries

For me, the main difference between typical 6v golf cart and typical 12v deep cycle batteries has been how long they last. 12v: 1-3 years. 6v: 7-10 (or more) years. My current Trojans are in their 11th year.That's because they really are not 12 volt deep cycle. They just have a sticker that says so. Usually a hybrid in deep cycle clothes. True deep cycle 12 volt batteries can be had... But they are rare, heavy and EXPENSIVE. We use then in our floor scrubbing machines at work. I have never seen any of them needing replaced. I have seen the machines wear out with the original batteries in them.
Huntindog 08/19/14 05:01pm Tech Issues
RE: So confused with tow capacities

We are currently looking into a GMC 1500 Sierra or Chevy 1500. We want the max trailing package but the websites are so confusing. The trailer we are looking to pull weighs 8100lbs dry. It is impossible to find a truck here with the 3.73 axel ratio. We would have to get the 3.42, even when I try to build and price directly from the website I can't get the 3.73 ratio to be an option. Do you think the 3.42 ratio is sufficient to pull it. They have a 9,600lb max trailering capacity.A 8100 TT is likely a pretty big one. YThat means that it will likely be loaded with a LOT more stuff.... All those cabinents and storage that look so impressive on the dealers lot,,,, well they are useless if they are empty. You can be over 10K real easy. In short.. No can do. Need a bigger truck.
Huntindog 08/18/14 06:12pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Why should I switch to golf cart 6v batteries

Quote: But most 12 volt batteries used for RV house service are not true deep cycle batteries but are hybrid marine/rv batteries. --------------------------------------------------------- I don't know where that comes from, but I think most would disagree. There are many brands of "RV Trolling motor deep cycle batteries" designed for deep cycle only use, including the DC-6 at WalMart. And most Motor Homes that are equipped w/ 12v batteries, are indeed 12v "deep Cycle" batteries. Of course that's not saying there is not better more expensive deep cycle batteries. There is always good,,better,,,and best in both 6 and 12v.Wal mart and deep cycle don't belong in the same sentence. Putting a deep cycle sticker on a hybrid battery doesn't make it a deep cycle.
Huntindog 08/18/14 06:05pm Tech Issues
RE: Big freshwater tank for boondocking?

My first TT had a small FW tank. I added another one. The next two TTs, I took a different route. I have 14 6 gallon jugs that I can use to refill the TT with. It's a really flexible system as I can bring as many or as few as I want, depending on how long we are staying and how hard it is to get more water. I wouldn't put a high priority on a large FW tank when choosing a TT.. It is a nice to have feature, but can be worked around easily enough.
Huntindog 08/18/14 03:49pm Travel Trailers
RE: Bias Ply to Radial's - a few (critical?) observations

Tire balance.... not so much. Mounting a balanced tire/wheel assy on a trailers hub that is not balanced doesn't do much. Doesn't do much in terms of what? IMO it can only improve things or wont be noticed. It sure wont make ANY condition worse! Actually it could make it worse if a lug plate wasn't used to do the balancing. Most trailer rims are lug centric, not hub centric. This means that the center hole is not perfectly centered. Using a hub in the center hole to balance the tire will garauntee tat it is out of balance.. Quite possible worse than it was before. Tire shops if they even have lug plates hate to use them. It takes longer. Several times I have asked for lug plates to be used, and watched them NOT do it... One time they admitted they didn't have the right one. When I told them I wanted my money back,,, they got one from another location real quick. So if you believe in balancing, make sure it is really balanced!:B More importantly, consider what is furthest from center and has the highest mass. The answer to both is the wheel and tire. Sure, the drum and hub *might* not be balanced (I'm not convinced they are not) but being smaller, lighter, and much closer to center, I'm not concerned. Nor would this leave to believe I should not balance trailer tires at this point.
Huntindog 08/17/14 03:03pm Travel Trailers
RE: replacement mattress

See if you have a mattress manufacturer in your area. I just got a 13" thick innerspring pillowtop made for 211.00 here in Phoenix. It only took 3 days, and the do not remove tag has my name on it.
Huntindog 08/17/14 01:51pm Travel Trailers
RE: boondocking

Use portable lights instead of house lights. The water pump will kill the battery for sure, so use it sparingly. Your tow vehicle will charge the battery when plugged in. So hook it up and run car for an hour a day. Depending on your TT charger that could put 30 amps back in the battery. Use the campground showers or use baby wipes. When you get some extra cash add a second battery. As for a future generator stay away from the cheap loud ones and wait until you can buy a Yamaha or Honda inverter series gen. They run for a long time, use little fuel and as importantly they are quiet. So you and your neighbors will get along better.Plugging into the car will NOT run the TT charger (convertor). You need 110 AC for this (shorepower) It will charge a little off of the altenator.. But is so slow as to make it pretty much useless. I tried this when I first started out and measured 1.6 amps going to the battery. About as inefficient as it gets for a V8 powered generator. :B I wouldn't worry about the water pump draw. Sure it draws a lot of amps, but it can only do it until the water runs out. At 2.8 gallons a minute, a 28 gallon tank is empty in 10 min. 42 gallons in 15. Water consumption is more of a problem than the 12 volt power the pump uses.
Huntindog 08/15/14 07:27pm Travel Trailers
RE: Half ton TV advice

The OP states a limit of 5800# available for TT weight. As nice and capable as this TT is.... It is higher than his limit. The op's limit is wrong IMO, and this is why he asked here in post #1... And once we get his axle weights from the scales it will show exactly what he has for payload... Not that he is neccesarily getting the Nash I show, It was only a suggestion. Because the tanks on those units are all at the rear or on/near the axles. This is why I suggest a rear bath. Also most of the Nash tongue weights are around 10%. I suggest because of floor plan and weight. And to demonstrate that he probably has enough truck I pull a similar camper with a chevy s10 with 2700 lbs axles GVWR 4900. Fully loaded I am 200lbs away from that 4900 @ 4700 lbs. Thats myself, grill and three crates in the bed of truck.( I ride alone) fully filled fridge and pantry , two cases poland spring water in closet, 6 aluminum chairs under dinestte, ( these are all on or at the rear of axles) full propane, and 4 totes of clothes under the bed. All tanks empty. Additionally if you want to go by axles, as I do, my rear axle is 2200 with WD. 2700-2200 leaves me 500lbs to work with. As far as I know the DOT would allow me to go over my GVWR as long as I do not go over my axle rating... Would or could I live in my camper full time??? Absolutly.. Just wish it was 4 season and had that one slide...LOL.. http://www.rvweb.com/rvimgs/coachmen/fp/1088608814624/2004_spirit_of_america_249qb_249qb_floorplan.jpg height=300 width=300I don't think he is all that wrong. He seems to have a pretty good grasp of towing weights. First off, he is figuring on 15% TW. A wise decision. I never recommend trying to cut this one close. TW can change quite a bit as water and supplies get used and end up in different locations. Since TTs have many different layouts, and everyones usage is different.. It is impossible to say just what the TW will be. Using a conservative figure as a starting point can save a severe headache later on. This is more even more important for a fulltimer who may have to travel sometimes with full holding tanks. Dump stations are sometimes unavailable at the worst possible times. Next the OP lists a specific payload number of 1440.. As if he got it off the TV placard. It sounds about right for a 1/2 ton. You are right that once he weighs it, the number will likely change.. But it will most certainly go down some, not up.
Huntindog 08/15/14 07:11pm Travel Trailers
RE: boondocking

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Huntindog 08/15/14 06:09pm Travel Trailers
RE: DEF Warning in F350

They could still be meeting the EPA standards without DEF today. If they were willing to live with those issues. This is not true. They couldn't even meet EPA a few years back. To even get their heavy EGR engines on the road they had to use credits. When those credits ran out EPA said meet the new standard or quit selling dirty engines; your choice. :E They decided to meet the new standard and all was well with the world again. :) Well........that was until Ram marketing had to back track on all the shirt talking they did about DEF. :BI have heard that a few times. I never verified it though. I do know that Dodge was claiming to meet the standards, without using DEF... If they were in fact using credits, I am sure that they could get some more if they wanted to.
Huntindog 08/15/14 02:14pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Half ton TV advice

That Nash has a dry weight of 5061# That only leaves a little over 700# for the "stuff" 400 of which will be taken up by water in he 50 gallon tank. The nash is a 7000 ilb trailer.. 7000-5061 = 1939.... 1939 - 400 lbs water = 1539... That a lot of stuff...;) And lets say 100 ilbs goes to the rear wheels from the WD... Lets say 1400 left...The TT is NOT the limiting factor. The OP states a limit of 5800# available for TT weight. As nice and capable as this TT is.... It is higher than his limit. Unless he is willing to accept that he can only carry 700+ in the TT including water.
Huntindog 08/15/14 12:35pm Travel Trailers
RE: Half ton TV advice

If its only you and the wife I would look at the nash 4 season with off road chassis. This is the floor plan I have. Having opposing couch and dinette is the best set up with rear bath. tongue probably around 650lbs but with WD will bring it down some.. This IMO is one of the the best options for what you want to do.. nash 24m............. Otherwise get a class A and sell the truck. Pull a jeep or something behind the class A..WD DOES NOT bring down TW. It is still there, and still the limiting factor on payload. That Nash has a dry weight of 5061# That only leaves a little over 700# for the "stuff" 400 of which will be taken up by water in he 50 gallon tank. There are some things that even a minimalist cannot do with out. Water being one of them. I wouldn't attempt full timing in a rig that wasn't capable of carrying a full tank of water... I know many part timers do it, but a full timer has no home base to return to, if the water supply situation doesn't work out as planed.
Huntindog 08/15/14 04:28am Travel Trailers
RE: DEF Warning in F350

Cummins was late in implementing it... They actually had many MORE problems with their no DEF system, which is why they finally switched. They really haven't been out long enough, to really say if they will have more or less problems than the others Cummins was not late in implementing... Ram "pick-up" trucks met emission standards for 2010, although the Ram commercial trucks started using DEF in 2010 MY as mandated by emission standards set by the Feds. They did not "finally switch" because of their "no DEF system" (think maybe you meant "none" in their "pick-up" line) they switched all their Cummins powered trucks to DEF to meet the new emission standards.Not quite. The EGR problems became too much of a headache. That and they were trailing badly in the performance area.. Simply not competitive. Going to DEF, fixed the problems for them. They could still be meeting the EPA standards without DEF today. If they were willing to live with those issues.
Huntindog 08/15/14 02:58am Tow Vehicles
RE: I guess 80 mph is the new 65 mph

Here is a observation of mine.. This forum seems to have a lot of folks with marginal equipment for towing. Not to demean anyones choices and/circumstances, but think about how many posts we have from those with barely adequate TVs.. Those that never carry any water in order to make weight. Those who can't see getting a properly sized TV for the job, when they will only tow a few times a year.. So a nice daily driver is more important.. Or someone that won't consider a tire that can be safely operated at speeds above 65MPH.. I would suggest that some of these people are unsafe at speeds lower than 50-60 MPH... But then again maybe a lot of them are the ones dissing the higher speed drivers because their setups are so marginal, that they cannot imagine anyone having a better one... How often we hear from someone that finally got a dually... And now understands.. Often one doesn't know what one doesn't know. Food for thought. Well said!! Don't know why if you tow at safe speeds (and are not towing a heavy fifth wheel) why one needs to consider an LT tire. There are a few quality ST tires out there that will hold up driven under the proper parameters.Proper parameters... Ok here ya go. 65 MPH is the MAX for an ST tire... Period. Every time you exceed 65, you are damaging the tire. This damage is cumulative. In other words, a failure won't happen immeadiatly. But it will at some point as the damage is hidden and adds up over time. So you cannot exceed 65 when passing.. Period. You cannot exceed 65 when going downhill.. Period. You cannot exceed 65 when merging on the freeway.. Period. Your TT transport driver cannot exceed 65 while delivering it to the dealer.. Period You cannot exceed 65.... Ever.. Period. If you are OK with those parameters... Go for it. But those are YOUR parameters not mine. I expect more out of my equipment. I paid the money for it, and it is legal, so MY parameters are higher than yours... And I'm OK with that. :B
Huntindog 08/14/14 12:09am Travel Trailers
RE: Bye Bye Lippert Electric Stabilizer Jacks !

I did a little investigation into the side to side motion problem with the Lippert electric stabilizing jacks. For the self adjusting part to adjust to uneven ground, the jack carriage has to slide back and forth. After the jacks are down and under pressure, movement in the trailer causes the trailer to rock back and forth on the carriage. Stopping this movement should solve the problem. I believe a set of JT Strongarms or similar might do the trick. I think I will order a set of the BAL brand ones to put on the rear jacks and see how it works. See the video attached. The jacks are under pressure, and my daughter is aggressively stepping on and off the rear steps. It is the trailer that is moving, not the screw jack assemblies. Lippert jack movement
Huntindog 08/13/14 07:34pm Travel Trailers
RE: I guess 80 mph is the new 65 mph

Here is a observation of mine.. This forum seems to have a lot of folks with marginal equipment for towing. Not to demean anyones choices and/circumstances, but think about how many posts we have from those with barely adequate TVs.. Those that never carry any water in order to make weight. Those who can't see getting a properly sized TV for the job, when they will only tow a few times a year.. So a nice daily driver is more important.. Or someone that won't consider a tire that can be safely operated at speeds above 65MPH.. I would suggest that some of these people are unsafe at speeds lower than 50-60 MPH... But then again maybe a lot of them are the ones dissing the higher speed drivers because their setups are so marginal, that they cannot imagine anyone having a better one... How often we hear from someone that finally got a dually... And now understands.. Often one doesn't know what one doesn't know. Food for thought.
Huntindog 08/13/14 06:23pm Travel Trailers
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