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RE: 2015 F150 Off Road Snowy 4x4 Review

The only difference between reaching down and pulling the lever back a notch on our F 150 and turning the switch on the dash of the Expeditions is that the Expys will switch between 2 and 4 wheel drive automatically. They all will go into 4x4 on the fly and need to be stopped to go in to 4x4 low. I will say that the anti slip on the 07 Expy is pretty impressive. Slick just doesn't affect it like the others. Combine that with a set of Wranglers and you can't tell the difference between dry and ice. It just goes when you hit the gas.
JiminDenver 02/23/15 02:10pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2015 F150 Off Road Snowy 4x4 Review

I always see commercials and videos for 4x4's and think but I could drive a Buick through that, this one is no different. Powdery and not so deep is fun to play in, it's the 18-30 inch storms with heavy wet snow that weed out the wanna be's.
JiminDenver 02/23/15 09:57am Tow Vehicles
RE: Did your parents own a Ford?

Aside from me, my whole family as far back as I know of has worked for GM. I was suppose to but didn't want to be a shop rat. All of them owned GM products over the years except when the folks got the trailer. Dad said Chevy's had coil springs and he didn't like the squishy feel, Ford trucks had leaf springs so that's what he bought until Chevy figured it out. I have owned all three, mostly Fords though. The three we have now at 8, 11 and 12 years old are as dependable as any vehicle we have ever owned. The 04 F 150 has had nothing but oil changes and tires so far, I keep thinking it'll need a new battery but it keeps starting.
JiminDenver 02/23/15 09:29am Tow Vehicles
RE: sorry but what I have is contagous

We have treated the symptoms with a RV show, a day trip looking for boondocking spots and have been out to check on the rig on a regular basis. Unfortunately while all these sound like a good remedy, in the end they only tend to be a poor substitute and tend to inflame the illness once it returns.
JiminDenver 02/18/15 08:24am Around the Campfire
RE: Coffee machines

We have a small Rival 12 cup thatdoesn't take up too much space. ($6 at Walmart) No fancy stuff, just a on/ off button. Run low on power and we can heat the water on the stove and pour it over the grounds manually.
JiminDenver 02/15/15 08:31am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Not the problem I was expecting to have

We tow with Expeditions but our trailer is smaller and lighter. (25 ft and 4200 lb dry) They slow down going up the steepest climbs in the Rockies but on the flat I have forgotten the trailer is back there, kept up with traffic only to look down and see we are doing 75 MPH and above. Now while the Navigator has the oomph under the hood, it also has a tongue weight limit that will keep you to 7000 lb loaded. It's not the hitch, it's the independent rear suspension that is the limiting factor here.
JiminDenver 02/14/15 08:08am Travel Trailers
RE: 2000 Watt Invertor Issues, Need Help

Another thing is a 1000w microwave pulls considerably more than a 1000w. My 900w unit pulls 1375w.
JiminDenver 02/13/15 11:15am Tech Issues
RE: Solar Kit

The only issues we have is not having enough room for the batteries needed to store what our solar can put out. So we use it like a small generator and do it all anyways. lol
JiminDenver 02/12/15 07:53pm Tech Issues
RE: Opinions about Propane fire pits

We have the $99 one from Lowes and it's great. We drop into the stone fire pit and from even a few feet you can't tell it's not wood. The heat isn't like a real fire but once the stones get glowing red hot it radiates more.
JiminDenver 02/10/15 02:32pm General RVing Issues
RE: snow? oh really?

I agree. you need a new sno-blower, a new 4x4 or even a new set of tires and you will never see snow again. lol
JiminDenver 02/08/15 07:57am General RVing Issues
RE: How much solar for cloudy weather

Im interested too. Any balanced system including solar has a back up means of charging for those not so sunny times.
JiminDenver 02/06/15 04:03pm Travel Trailers
RE: Preventing Portable Solar Kit from growing legs

Wow that kits pricy AND you are saving over $400 meaning at full price they only want $10 a watt. A 200w folding kit from Eco-worthy or Windynation is only $300.
JiminDenver 02/05/15 07:42am Tech Issues
RE: Powerhouse generators

Thanks. Big, heavy and loud. Looks like a poor choice for camping. not clear if its inverter style either. They mention nothing in the spec sheet about it being an inverter type. It does say max rpm is 3600. So I'd say it's a heavier, louder and more expensive version of my Champion 3500/4000 that runs fine at 10,000 ft even if it has a carb.
JiminDenver 02/05/15 07:36am Tech Issues
RE: generator

Personally I would get the quietest solution WHILE running the air conditioner. That would be the big expensive 3000w or bigger units. A pair of the smaller units running together are as loud as my open frame Champion 3500/4000 with remote start while running the Air. I would never consider running it in a camp ground. Now if you boondock like us and only use it for the air anyways, it's a nice unit. $425 and I can sit on the couch, push a button and turn on the air.
JiminDenver 02/04/15 04:04pm General RVing Issues
RE: Looking for a 40 amp MPPT solar charge controller

Partial shading would indicate parallel wiring would be best. On the newer Tracer. It looks more promising that their last series which someone here had used and found it functional. The biggest complaint seemed to be the remote wasn't all that accurate. That's better than when I started and Tracer MPPT controllers were all fakes.
JiminDenver 02/04/15 07:50am Tech Issues
RE: HELP on buying the tow vehicle.

We tow our 4200 lb dry/ 7000 lb max trailer with our two older Expeditions. I'd love the new Expy for the few hills in the Rockies that slow us down but it wouldn't be worth the 62 grand they wanted for the one I saw at the RV show. I'd never consider replacing them for towing on flat land, I barely know the trailer is back there now. I prefer the ride of the slower 03 and use it and the difference between it and the new Expy is night and day. I think the new one would be a great truck unless you thought you would upgrade to over 5500 lb dry weight.
JiminDenver 02/02/15 11:02am Tow Vehicles
RE: 30A or 40A controller?

Personally I would start out with an inexpensive 30a PWM controller with the features to support your batteries. That way if you never need to upgrade you haven't spent hundreds on a fancy controller you will never need. Should you decide to upgrade in the future you would only be out the $30-50 a useable PWM controller cost. MPPT isn't going to net you as much as a third panel would for the price difference.
JiminDenver 02/01/15 01:09pm Tech Issues
RE: What could make LED bulbs burn out?

4 years ago we bought ebay panels and the worse that has happened is the tape coming off. Now we do charge the batteries with solar in the day time and if we needed the generator it wouldn't be at night when the lights are on. So they don't see higher voltages. That said I have had them running at 17v here at home and someone else tested them and didn't see a issue until 20v was reached. I even tested two in series on a 24v bank, they got hot but didn't blow.
JiminDenver 02/01/15 09:40am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Solar Kit

Which kit?
JiminDenver 01/30/15 11:21pm Tech Issues
RE: Need help choosing a solar controller

I'm proof that you can "stack" three Eco-Worthy's.
JiminDenver 01/30/15 06:56pm Tech Issues
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