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RE: looking for tt with self contained generator

What I consider a major drawback is the the only genset TTs run of of the propane supply. THs generally use gasoline.
Huntindog 02/21/18 05:15pm Travel Trailers
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

Selling something far below the cost of producing it is NOT a good problem to have. Just about ANY company could do the same with any product and enjoy strong demand. If the product is good enough, then it SHOULD sell for enough to turn a profit. The way Tesla is going, Elon might as well fill the trunks of the cars with hundred dollar bills as they leave the factory. If he were charging the TRUE cost of the car.... I bet the demand would go away. But so long as Elon can continue to work his spell on investors by painting a optimistic future of ever changing and expanding dreams, he can continue to lose money.On the contrary I believe all cars produced by Tesla cover the variable cost quite easily. The volume needs to increase to cover the fixed and development costs. In addition the development costs of new products, ongoing expansion of the supercharger network, dealer network etc. Takes time for a capital intensive business to reach critical mass. If you just divide the posted net loss divided by cars produced you are a bit naive about how cost accounting works.Not at all naive. This is known as accounting gimmicks. Shifting losing costs away from the losing products to make it seem like it is doing great. My industry does it all the time. The difference is that for this to work out, the business has to have some winners to support the losers. So far Tesla does not. It has been quite a few years now. Not sure how much longer the shell game can go on. I am shocked it has lasted this long... I definantly am not buying any of his stock.
Huntindog 02/19/18 03:21am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

Elon doesn’t care. He just wants the world to shift to electric transportation. Agree He can lose a few hundred million. That’s fine, he can afford it. THATS a good problem to have.First off, Elon could only dream of losses of a few hundred million. His losses are in the BILLIONS. Second off, it is not his money he is losing. Some of it comes from the taxpayers, of which I assume both you and I are... I don't want my taxes supporting Elon.. A Rich man who should not be on my dime. But most his money comes from star struck investors... They at least will deserve what they get. Virtually none of the losses are paid for with Elons own money. No matter how this experiment/dream ends.... Elon will remain a rich man. Elon’s genius is he makes GOOD electric cars. He makes you WANT one of his cars. Every other electric car is a dorky pile of junk that you only buy because you want to go electric, you sure don’t buy them because they’re your favorite car. Tesla’s cars are actually better than the gas competition in a lot of ways and people WANT to drive one. They aren’t making a sacrifice to go electric, they’re stepping UP to a Tesla. One ride in a P100 D will shatter your world. A big comfortable docile everyday luxury car, that will embarrasss a new Corvette without even making any noise. I want one. They just cost too much And this is precisely my point. He cannot produce these "great" cars at a cost the allows him to sell them for a profit. Even with govt. help. The business world history pages are littered with those that sold a product at a loss... For a while.
Huntindog 02/19/18 03:14am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

A lot of model three reservists have just thrown in the towel and bought a model S. there is almost no inventory of model S’s anywhere. Good problems to have I suppose. Selling something far below the cost of producing it is NOT a good problem to have. Just about ANY company could do the same with any product and enjoy strong demand. If the product is good enough, then it SHOULD sell for enough to turn a profit. The way Tesla is going, Elon might as well fill the trunks of the cars with hundred dollar bills as they leave the factory. If he were charging the TRUE cost of the car.... I bet the demand would go away. But so long as Elon can continue to work his spell on investors by painting a optimistic future of ever changing and expanding dreams, he can continue to lose money.
Huntindog 02/17/18 05:39pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Goal Zero Yeti Generators?

I think it is misnamed. It doesn't generate anything.
Huntindog 02/16/18 06:33am Tow Vehicles
RE: Dexter e-z lube axles

Well after reading all the post I pick up my phone and made an appointment to have them remove the drums and repack the bearing. Thank You all for your responses. JeffBe sure they actually do it that way. Often the shop will just use the zerk, and charge for the repack. I suggest watching them.
Huntindog 02/16/18 02:55am Tech Issues
RE: Two 6 volt batteries or two 12 volt batteries ??

I have a 600 watt whole house inverter with two 6s. This system has been in use for about 7 years. My TT has 3 TVs. we use everything excepting the high amp loads as we wish and the batteries hold up fine. Run a 500 watt load @ 75% SOC and tell us what your voltage drop is.. If its negligible Ill go six volt...I have never measured the load. I can tell you that if I forget to turn off my heated mattress pad, the the inverter will start to squeal in a few hours. Other wise the batteries will last all day. A few facts: I run my generator all night, when the electricity demand is the greatest. After DW makes her coffee in the morning, we switch to battery power, unless the microwave is needed. But, We have 4 dog collars charging, a laptop, two phones, 2 DeWalt 14V battery chargers and an electric razor at all times. At least 1 of the 3 TVs, and the satelite dish in use most of the day. Water pump usage as needed. In short, we do not skimp. We live pretty much like we do at home. I hope this helps. Thanks for that... I know your batts are a bit older like mine. It would be nice to know ones voltage drop with a load @ 100% soc and @ 75% SOC with 6 volters. I just equalized mine again at some 15.8 volts... Got it down to .5 amps in.. I had one cell was a tad lower then the rest... All are equal now..I have never messed around with any specific battery care. I keep the water/acid level up, and let the converter handle it. Plug and play. Converter is a powermax boondocker.
Huntindog 02/14/18 05:02am Travel Trailers
RE: Two 6 volt batteries or two 12 volt batteries ??

I have a 600 watt whole house inverter with two 6s. This system has been in use for about 7 years. My TT has 3 TVs. we use everything excepting the high amp loads as we wish and the batteries hold up fine. Run a 500 watt load @ 75% SOC and tell us what your voltage drop is.. If its negligible Ill go six volt...I have never measured the load. I can tell you that if I forget to turn off my heated mattress pad, the the inverter will start to squeal in a few hours. Other wise the batteries will last all day. A few facts: I run my generator all night, when the electricity demand is the greatest. After DW makes her coffee in the morning, we switch to battery power, unless the microwave is needed. But, We have 4 dog collars charging, a laptop, two phones, 2 DeWalt 14V battery chargers and an electric razor at all times. At least 1 of the 3 TVs, and the satelite dish in use most of the day. Water pump usage as needed. In short, we do not skimp. We live pretty much like we do at home. I hope this helps. I'm glad you never have camped near me. If you do, your likely to find the genny not working after about 10pm. Grow up. I have made it known constantly that I boondock in remote locations. If I can see another camper, it is too close. And the reason I hate camping around others is illustrated by your post. The constant griping about what others are doing. "His lights are too bright, his dog barks, his generator is too loud, his kids are too noisy, he woke me up too early, he woke me up late. his diesel is smelly, etc.etc. And as for your bravado... Easily done on a keyboard. Not so easy in person.
Huntindog 02/14/18 04:25am Travel Trailers
RE: 6 volt batterys

After being stranded twice in 14 years, I won't ever take that risk again.How old were your batteries?OK, since you haven't answered, I'll assume old. Having 1 catastrophic battery failure is extremely rare. Having 2 is almost astronomical odds against. That's what I'm talking about when people fear a 6v battery failure. Now, if you run them for 6 years, don't water them properly or abuse them at all, then yes, they are going to fail. But that's not catastrophic, that's operator error. Hey there. I missed your original question. The first one was almost brand new. One of the connections must have been a little loose and my young (at the time) daughter had overheard me explaining to my wife about the newly installed Xantrex inverter, so she fired up the toaster using the inverter instead of asking me to start the generator. The strong draw from the toaster and what I presume to have been a loose connection caused so much heat at the battery that it overheated the lug and melted it right out of the T-105. It looked like something out of The Terminator. The lug was still connected to the cable, but the whole business was just dangling beside the battery. Luckily I was able to borrow a battery from someone camped nearby. Years later, the same thing happened: melted one of the posts clear off the battery. After that, I stopped buying Trojan and upgraded to four instead of two. Fluke? Sure. It happened twice though, and my other lonely 6v T-105 didn't do me any good without a partner. The batteries were well maintained though and even if the connection was loose that first time, I always checked to make sure they were tight after that. It's possible that it was user-error, but I doubt it.There was nothing wrong with your batteries. You had the wrong tool for the job. Large inverter draws on a pair of sixes is not a good match.
Huntindog 02/13/18 04:14pm Toy Haulers
RE: Two 6 volt batteries or two 12 volt batteries ??

I have a 600 watt whole house inverter with two 6s. This system has been in use for about 7 years. My TT has 3 TVs. we use everything excepting the high amp loads as we wish and the batteries hold up fine. Run a 500 watt load @ 75% SOC and tell us what your voltage drop is.. If its negligible Ill go six volt...I have never measured the load. I can tell you that if I forget to turn off my heated mattress pad, the the inverter will start to squeal in a few hours. Other wise the batteries will last all day. A few facts: I run my generator all night, when the electricity demand is the greatest. After DW makes her coffee in the morning, we switch to battery power, unless the microwave is needed. But, We have 4 dog collars charging, a laptop, two phones, 2 DeWalt 14V battery chargers and an electric razor at all times. At least 1 of the 3 TVs, and the satelite dish in use most of the day. Water pump usage as needed. In short, we do not skimp. We live pretty much like we do at home. I hope this helps.
Huntindog 02/13/18 01:00pm Travel Trailers
RE: Two 6 volt batteries or two 12 volt batteries ??

A catastrophic battery failure, one that will basically stop one from having 12 volt power is usually caused by a shorted cell. Sometimes called a dead cell. This commonly occurs when the sediment from the lead plates that is constantly being attacked by the acid accumulates enough under the plates to touch them. When it does, the battery dies really fast. It makes no difference whether it is a 6 volt or a 12, the result is the same. What is different about them is that the 6 volts have a lot more room under the plates for the sediment to collect before touching the plates. So much room that the owner usually replaces the battery due to reduced capacity long before a cell shorts out. During the 60s,70s, 80s, and 90s cell shorting in 12 volt batteries was very common. I had many batteries replaced in my autos during that time frame. Lately that seems to have declined. Most people that prefer two 12s for RV use will state that fear of catastrophic faliure leaving them without power as the reason they prefer two 12s. They likely remember how many batteries they have had fail in their cars over the years. So common sense tells them that a backup is a good thing. What they fail to understand is the fundamental difference I just explained. If sixes leave you stranded, you have likely been ignoring the warning signs for a long time. Regardless, choosing two 12s and doing nothing else will not give one the redundancy they are seeking. When two 12s are wired together and a cell shorts in either one of them, both 12s will go dead very quickly. The result is most always two dead 12 volts. If one wants redundancy, then the 12s need to be isolated from each other. There are different ways to do this from manually connecting and disconnecting them all the way to automatic switching systems. It all depends on how one wants to do it and how much they want to spend. You may notice that I have not said which is better yet sixes or twelves. The answer is it depends. For higher powered inverter use, 12s win. I have a 600 watt whole house inverter with two 6s. This system has been in use for about 7 years. My TT has 3 TVs. we use everything excepting the high amp loads as we wish and the batteries hold up fine. So for low powered or no inverter usage, I think the sixes get the nod. Certainly other personal factors may come into play, but the redundancy issue alone is moot. In fact under common applications where one does not isolate the 12s, they will fare worse than the sixes. I pretty much agree. A few more points on catastrophic battery failure 6 or 12 volt....... If one 6 volt dies, it’s dead and you are out of business until you replace it and better yet BOTH. If one of two 12 volt dies it may drag the good one down, but you can remove the dead one and recharge the good battery and you are still in the game. Best in either case 6 or 12 is AGM if sediment killing the battery is a worry. I wish my TT was big enough to accommodate 2-4 six volt AGM and a switch to 2-3 AGM 12 volt batteries...... 6 volt CG2 for normal use and flip the switch to 12 volt if I need to run my inverter.There is nothing magical about a typical 12 volt battery that will allow one to survive a shorted cell from the other. In fact what happens is that the "good battery" suffers a DEEP discharge when this happens. Most everyone knows that this is very bad and the "good" 12 volt stands little chance of surviving such an event. Sixes on the other hand suffer the same fate when one has a short cell, BUT the "good" six is more likely to survive a shorted cell from it's twin. Sixes can be routinely discharged much deeper than 12s, and though a 100% discharge is not good for either type, there have been numerous reports of them surviving such a discharge. Regardless, a pair of sixes has half as many cells to potentially short, as a pair of 12s. And the sixes cells have much more room for sediment to collect under the plates. So the odds are much greater that a pair of sixes will never suffer a shorted cell.
Huntindog 02/13/18 02:07am Travel Trailers
RE: Two 6 volt batteries or two 12 volt batteries ??

A catastrophic battery failure, one that will basically stop one from having 12 volt power is usually caused by a shorted cell. Sometimes called a dead cell. This commonly occurs when the sediment from the lead plates that is constantly being attacked by the acid accumulates enough under the plates to touch them. When it does, the battery dies really fast. It makes no difference whether it is a 6 volt or a 12, the result is the same. What is different about them is that the 6 volts have a lot more room under the plates for the sediment to collect before touching the plates. So much room that the owner usually replaces the battery due to reduced capacity long before a cell shorts out. During the 60s,70s, 80s, and 90s cell shorting in 12 volt batteries was very common. I had many batteries replaced in my autos during that time frame. Lately that seems to have declined. Most people that prefer two 12s for RV use will state that fear of catastrophic faliure leaving them without power as the reason they prefer two 12s. They likely remember how many batteries they have had fail in their cars over the years. So common sense tells them that a backup is a good thing. What they fail to understand is the fundamental difference I just explained. If sixes leave you stranded, you have likely been ignoring the warning signs for a long time. Regardless, choosing two 12s and doing nothing else will not give one the redundancy they are seeking. When two 12s are wired together and a cell shorts in either one of them, both 12s will go dead very quickly. The result is most always two dead 12 volts. If one wants redundancy, then the 12s need to be isolated from each other. There are different ways to do this from manually connecting and disconnecting them all the way to automatic switching systems. It all depends on how one wants to do it and how much they want to spend. You may notice that I have not said which is better yet sixes or twelves. The answer is it depends. For higher powered inverter use, 12s win. I have a 600 watt whole house inverter with two 6s. This system has been in use for about 7 years. My TT has 3 TVs. we use everything excepting the high amp loads as we wish and the batteries hold up fine. So for low powered or no inverter usage, I think the sixes get the nod. Certainly other personal factors may come into play, but the redundancy issue alone is moot. In fact under common applications where one does not isolate the 12s, they will fare worse than the sixes.
Huntindog 02/12/18 06:04pm Travel Trailers
RE: Using the front Bumper to park a TT vs the Rear Bumper?

You can see both sides of the TT in the mirrors when backing. You won't see anything with the TT blocking your view. I have a 2' receiver (normally for my bike rack) on the front as well as the one on the back of my truck. The front works easier with a double wide Seadoo trailer or small boat, but I think Charles has a point when it comes to backing a travel trailer. You can't see the right side if you can't use a mirror.I get to watch a lot of truck drivers back into our dock at work. It has a reputation a s a difficult dock. There is not much room, and there is a trailer permanently docked in the next bay. That parked trailer is on the blind side. Drivers that know how to dock have no trouble as they understand that if the left side of their trailer lines up with the left side of the dock, that they cannot hit the parked trailer. Those that have a hard time always complain about not being able to see the parked trailer. The point I am making is that it is not necessary to see both sides. Certainly if it is your usual parking place at home. If the side you can see is where it needs to be, then the blind side will be were it needs to be as well.
Huntindog 02/12/18 05:27pm Tech Issues
RE: New Equal-i-zer Hitch

I will not make an "armchair" recommendation. You need to determine if there are limitations of your TT frame. With many of todays TTs having lighter frames.... Going to heavy a bar could cause a problem. One of my TTs actually listed what size bars were permissable for each frame size. So.... First step.... Contact your TT manufacturer. Second step. determine your ACTUAL TW. Do these things first, and you will have your answer.
Huntindog 02/12/18 03:08am Travel Trailers
RE: Using the front Bumper to park a TT vs the Rear Bumper?

I guess I have too much experience to ever need to have a front ball. That is double work IMO. MarvinDon't be so quick to pat yourself on the back. With a front mounted hitch, you can park things in difficult places wayyyy easier and faster. In fact I'd wager that you can do some things that are pretty much impossible with a rear hitch. Take a look at how dealers jockey trailers around. They use some sort of front mounted hitch. These guys move trailers all day, every day for a living. They KNOW what they are doing.
Huntindog 02/12/18 01:47am Tech Issues
RE: Using the front Bumper to park a TT vs the Rear Bumper?

I have done this many times... It works great. As for the visability... In my case I knew where my obstacles were, and knew that so long as I kept the side I could see in certain places, then the other side would clear. The first time just go slow, stop get out and look a lot. Once you get it down, it is a snap. as for the weight rating of the hitch... It needs to be strong, but being over is not a big deal at the slow speed and short distance you will be going.
Huntindog 02/11/18 03:26pm Tech Issues
RE: Keystone Cougar HC design flaw with rear cabinets.

I had a similar thing happen on day one with my present TT. The bunkhouse door swings in to the bunk house... It cannot be seen from where the slide control switches are. I did not close the door. The damage was minor, and at that time the door was not really needed for our use, so I simply removed it. A few years later and things changed, and I really wanted a door. So I came up with a solution. I installed a magnetic switch in the door jamb/hinge side of the door. Almost impossible to see even when looking for it. Ran the low amperage wires over to where the switches were, and installed a 30 amp relay. Now the slide will not activate when the door is open. The actual install was pretty easy. The planning took a little brain power. With some thought, I bet this fix can be adapted to just about any door in any RV. I know I will do this in my future ones, The cost was less than 5.00 ordering the parts from China off of Ebay.
Huntindog 02/09/18 03:24am Travel Trailers
RE: Equalizer WD problems due to new tow vehicle

2" high is a lot. The Equalizer I have has quite a bit of drop. One of the most I have seen. If you cannot get enough drop, you may be able to raise the TT to compensate. A combination of an axle flip, larger tires, and or lift blocks may be used. I have used all three methods or combinations as necessary to lift all of my TTs.
Huntindog 02/08/18 08:43pm Travel Trailers
RE: Equalizer WD problems due to new tow vehicle

https://www.etrailer.com/Accessories-and-Parts/Reese/RP54977.html You may be best off with a reducer to get you the length.. Then stay 2".. https://www.etrailer.com/Hitch-Adapters/Brophy/HR26.html?feed=npn&gclid=Cj0KCQiAh_DTBRCTARIsABlT9MavQ3qKBNx-Fz-SPcQDhq2zlsOBNJXWBc6vjzEZKsxrhR2SZ6xDj4MaAmQBEALw_wcBCAUTION!!! You CANNOT use a WD hitch with a reducer that also gives you length!! They are not nearly strong enough. The OP is on the right track. A longer drawbar with more drop is what he needs. I have an EQUALIZER 18" long one made of chromolly steel. It is a 2" but is rated the same as the 2.5" ones. I recommend staying with 2" and using the reducer. Since there is no strength advantage in the 2.5"one. If you go with the 2.5 and your TT ever needs to be towed by another "backup" TV in a pinch, the 2" one has a better chance of fitting in the receiver of the Backup.
Huntindog 02/08/18 12:34pm Travel Trailers
RE: Any here know injection pumps?

So im buying a 15 duramax with 119k on the clock and im concerned about the injection pump being a cp4...im not sure but the sticker on the door says 11/4 so im asumming this is the build date or there another way to find it ? if im right it does not come with the bosch updated ones that come in the 15.5 models now I know there are alot here that do not believe in tuners but I am going to tune it are there any here with ones with or without any issues with their pumps that are over 100K in miles?If you are going to tune it...You may as well install a CP3 pump as well. With that many miles, the ball joints are probably suspect... Some aftermarket ones can be had real reasonable. Be a nice truck once you get all your mods done.:B
Huntindog 02/06/18 01:35am Tow Vehicles
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