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RE: Advice requested on new steps for 5th wheel.

My OFF-ROAD POPUP Trailer uses 15-inch tires which really brings it up off the ground. The bottom step is really too far and you have to watch what you are doing or might fall... I solved this with one of these Adjustable steps from AMAZON. With the folding legs you can use it on the ground or extended up three inches I think it is. This step also has a very heavy duty grated top which really helps out for us from bringing in leaves and things when camped off the power grid. You can really stomp your feet on this model. http://i.imgur.com/HeZpKb.jpg height=300 This model folds-up great and sits in the door way of our OFF-ROAD POPUP when in transport. http://www.pplmotorhomes.com/parts/rv-steps/platformStepP102.jpg height=300 Roy Ken
RoyB 01/31/15 12:06pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Power Converter WF-8955AN with Plastic

The only thing that crosses my mind is what gauge wire was the extension cord from the RV30A to 15A adapter to the house/garage 120VAC 15/20AMP receptacle. They should be 10 gauge (10-3) HD extension cords. You could get away with a 12-gauge size extension cord but no way any smaller gauge cords can be used especially if they are 50-foot long. The RED-ORANGE type cords from WALMART are probably 16 gauge size wire. Once the smaller gauge cords get hot they start arcing over at the terminals and eventually melts the connectors. To be sure the connections between the house and trailer are good one should check them by hand after a few minutes of using them to see if the connections are starting to get warm to hot. I have two cables run across the yard all the time for my two RV trailers and I feel the connections everytime I am around them. I use two 50-foot contractor grade 10-gauge (10-3) Extension Cords. My RV30A-15A Adapter is from WALMART. If you was using the smaller gauge cables that is most likely why they failed. I also do not allow my RV30A-15A Adapter to lay on the wet ground. I use a snap lid plastic box somewhat weather tight around this connection between the Shore Power cable and the Extension Cord coming from the House/Garage connection. Just my thoughts Roy Ken
RoyB 01/30/15 04:36pm Tech Issues
RE: Propane tanks cover

My propane tank cover has a plyboard hard top and the sides is some kind of material which has a sewn in stretch rope to keep it tight. It just slips over the two tanks. Being directly behind my truck bed it probably doesn't get alot of wind... Have a lot of highway roads miles on it since 2009 and all is holding in place. Roy Ken
RoyB 01/30/15 03:47pm Beginning RVing
RE: A Different Kind Of TV Antenna

Don't forget you have 12VDC on the COAX that was feeding your WINEGARD antenna providing power for its internal pre-amp. This is applied when you push the the button on the WINEGARD Antenna Wall Plate. Hope all is compatible with your RG antenna cable setup You new antenna looks like the ones that HEARTLAND CATALOG sells... Everyone I ever saw was cheap construction... I find it hard to replace the good ole BATWING Antenna with UHF dipoles mounted on it... Looks like this one on Google images http://i21.photobucket.com/albums/b298/professor95/wingmanon.jpg height=300 Roy Ken
RoyB 01/30/15 02:53pm Technology Corner
RE: Eliminate password,how to?

We used to just add a CR key in the blank password entry form
RoyB 01/30/15 02:10pm Technology Corner
RE: Aluminum Body Panel Conductivity.

Wonder what problems will come up using the aluminum frame on the new F150 for battery negative cable frame ground connections. Roy Ken
RoyB 01/30/15 01:12pm Tow Vehicles
RE: King Control OA-8000 Replacement antenna

X2 what Chris Bryant says. I didn't see much improvement with the KING Antenna. I eventually went back to the BATWING with UHF DIPOLES added like shown in this google photo... https://encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcSQoD9jsO5OEYntrP8aHMxnUpo07TwIUgG_d1ydrgdBCeN06FhD height=300 Roy Ken
RoyB 01/30/15 12:32pm Tech Issues
RE: King Control OA-8000 Replacement antenna

Installation was easy for me - takes a couple of minutes... Pull the two bolts at the bottom of the BATWING antenna. Be sure to use the same orientation as shown here- otherwise the Jack antenna will not be level when raised up. http://cdn1.bigcommerce.com/server700/90ebe/products/132/images/291/OA8000__35352.1348781489.1280.1280.jpg height=400 When done it looked like this google image. The front of the JACK antenna will be to the left of this photo. http://i46.tinypic.com/33l2giw.jpg height=300 My KING ANTENNA worked just fine with the same COAX CABLES and the Antenna Wall Panel 12VDC Power Source. Just push in the panel button to send 12VDC control voltage up to the KING antenna. I did not use the King provided DC POWER Insertion adapter. http://www.satellitetvqueensland.com.au/wp-content/uploads/wpsc/product_images/winegard%2012v%20wall%20plate.jpg height=300 Roy Ken
RoyB 01/30/15 12:25pm Tech Issues
RE: trying to post photo

http://i.imgur.com/ioCQKhnl.jpg "border=0" DOWNTHEROAD's link works pretty good... Roy Ken
RoyB 01/30/15 10:20am Forum Technical Support
RE: Boondocking Tips

Pretty much what we do camping off the power grid. I am not full time but do stay out for weeks at a time in some instances.. The only places where we differ is we haven't gone the solar panels yet which make us use our 2KW Generator every day. Gasoline is of course a problem trying to conserve it. I only run my 2KW Honda generator just three hours a day usually in the morning during breakfast. This is when we brew up our coffee for the day... I will reduce my generator use down to around an hour a day when I get solar panels going on my small foot print OFF-ROAD trailer roof. I did notice you are using a VENTLESS PROPANE HEATER which I have never done. I have read all the safety specs on those units but have never really trusted them... It only has to go bad for you once haha... We survive rather well for a coupe of weeks stretch off the grid and do all things we usually do at the Electric Sites... Thanks for the nice well written report... Roy and Carolyn
RoyB 01/30/15 09:57am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: USB ports

RoyB 01/30/15 08:53am Technology Corner
RE: Air for tires

I carry one of these Q Industries MV50 Portable 12VDC 150PSI Tankless Air Compressors (AMAZON) works just fine. I can air-up my trailer and truck tires and also use it for blowing out my water lines in the trailer when the temps drop below freezing... http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51hYwPsge1L.jpg height=300 Would not think of ever camping off the power grid without an 12VDC air compressor. Learned that big time back in OFF TRAIL JEEP days... Roy ken
RoyB 01/30/15 07:35am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: battery

Getting the right battery sure does add to the human stress factor. Your older trailer probably still has the single mode CONVERTER installed in it which only produces a constant 13.6VDC Charging voltage. Changing this to a more modern SMART MODE charger would really help your battery long life. I always watch out for any battery that lists cranking amps as this really is an indication they are hybrid type batteries and not so much a good DEEP CYCLE battery that you really want to have on the trailer for best results. I got my trailer in 2008 and dded three more Interstate batteries to get a larger battery bank to support my camping off the power grid better. Right away I lost one of the Interstate GP24 batteries which came up with a shorted cell. When I checked the battery for the first time after the one battery went bad I noticed all the batteries were low on fluids and I could see signs of them being boiled over. It turns out my single mode ELIXIR converter producing a constant 13.6VDC is right on the edge of boiling out the fluids over time. I replaced the ELIXIR 30AMP Converter for a WFCO 8900 Series Power Distribution Center which had a WF8945 Converter module in the bottom compartment. Then I found out the WF8900 series converter did not like to go into SMART MODE charging voltages so I had to purchase a PD9260C Converter to replace it. I need the 60AMP anyway to manage four batteries. When that PD9260C arrived from AMAZON I just couldn't throw away the brand new WF8945 Converter which was only a month old so I ended up leaving it in place and just added the PD9260C Converter in a stand alone position closer to the battery bank. I decided i would use the WF8945 as a back up unit. I just flip the circuit breaker for which converter I want to use. Bottom line is my three remaining GP24 Interstate 12V Batteries has been running great now since 2009 and giving me great performance. The smart mode converter actually takes great care of the batteries automatic for you. I still check the fluids out of bait at least once a month now but they are always full. My three Interstate are just now falling off on performance since being installed since 2008 and I will probably start looking for replacement batteries this season. I am seriously thinking about getting four each Trojan 12VDC T-1275 150AH Deep Cycle batteries. Having two needs for batteries one being running my Emergency Comms from my truck when on Weather Alerts and the other being camping off the power grid. I will have two T-1275s mounted on the trailer frame and two more added to the bed of the bed of the truck. This way I can support both off-the-grid battery functions. When camping I can combine the two battery banks giving me a hugh 600AH battery capacity... I will be hoping to get a good 7 - 8 years out of these batteries... Watching the performance of the batteries is a big deal with me since we camp off the power grid most of the time. Will do all the things we can do with our batteries when camping and when the drop down to around the 50% charge state then will re-charge back to 90% charge state using my 2KW Honda Generator to provide 120VAC to the trailer to allow my PD9260C Converter. Doing it this way only requires around three hours generator run time to re-charge the battery bank. This is my current battery setup for my small footprint OFF-ROAD POPUP trailer http://i.imgur.com/4UQXH.png height=400 Just passing along what we do with our batteries... Roy Ken
RoyB 01/29/15 07:01am Tech Issues
RE: Cell phone access while traveling

I too use the Verizon MIFI pack that looks like the JETPACK. I use the WILSON SLEEK Cradle to sit the Verizon MIFI unit into it which uses an outside antenna. This really helped out my MIFI unit big time. http://cdn.skatter.com/blob/files/2009/10/verizon-wireless-mifi-2200.jpg height=150 http://www.geek.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/06/WilsonSleek3.jpg height=150 You could sit your JETPACK into this WILSON SLEEK as well and the outside antenna will help your setup even more. http://www.wilsonelectronics.com/uploads/images/ProductReviews/EVDO-Sleek4GV/EVDO-06.jpeg height=200 Roy Ken
RoyB 01/28/15 11:22am Full-time RVing
RE: Cold (Fridid) Weather Start Diesel?????

I can remember as a kid where my Dad was a road commissioner and always had a large diesel truck and a road grader sitting at home. He would start a bon-fire under the oil pan on many cold days to get them started. X2 on carrying a small generator with you when you are way back off the trails. Has saved my day too many times to count. My 2KW Honda sits secured in the tail gate corner of my truck bed... http://i.imgur.com/YZMuX.jpg height=300 Roy Ken
RoyB 01/28/15 11:09am Tow Vehicles
RE: Question for the electricians out there.

This is a typical RV 50A -30A pedestal wiring from google search... http://i210.photobucket.com/albums/bb122/EdConley/Plugs/rv-service1.jpg height=400 You should follow these 50a and 30A test procedures to the letter before plugging in the RV shore Power Cabling... RV 50A SERVICE http://rvtravel.com/uploads/1/50_Amp_240V_metered.JPG height=300 RV30A/20A SERVICE (Note the 30A and 20A SERVICE is wired the same except one leg has a 30AMP breaker and the other leg has a 20AMP breaker. http://www.noshockzone.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/20-30_Amp_120V-metered.jpg height=300 All of these pictorials are from google search... I am just passing along for you to view for being acquainted with what may be required... I would think it would be best to use a BONDED licensed electrician that will get your required permits and inspections. BONDED means he will have insurance for loss of appliances due to miswiring. Using your electrician friends and family members will cost you big time if their results causes loss of appliances... It could cost thousands of dollars replacing big ticket items... just saying Roy Ken
RoyB 01/28/15 09:27am Tech Issues
RE: Inverter draw

The only test I did with running a 1500WATT PSW INVERTER from a rental car powering up some high dollar TET EQUIPMENT working on testing a DOD Antenna system. Powered up all of the test equipment which was around 1400WATTS total draw. Lasted about 11 minutes before loosing standard car battery and alternator from rental car. Rental car had to be hauled away. We claimed to Hertz it just quit working... RULE NUMBER ONE for me camping is to NEVER EVER use anything associated with the start battery or motor system of the truck electrical setup. This is the only way to get home. I would Beef up the converter system on the RV to include HD wiring and additional batteries for the required 12VDC load. Then I will run down my battery setup to around 12.0VDC which is around 50% charge state and then quit using high current loading. Then I will connect the trailer shore power cable to my 2KW Generator when allowed to run it at the camp ground using an RV30A-15A Adapter. This will allow my on-board smart mode converter to re-charge my updated battery bank to its 90% charge state in around three hours run time. This is what we have been doing since 2009 when camping off the power grid with our 255AH capacity Battery Bank. This supports the normal 1-2AMPS parasitic drain 24/7 and using around 20-22AMPS DC current between 6PM to 11PM running the home entertainment and Ham Radio items each evening from our battery bank. We have to re-charge our battery everyday doing this. This is almost the same routine when camping at electric sites for us with the exception of NO Air Conditioning or high wattage Microwave being used when camping off the power grid. Roy Ken
RoyB 01/28/15 03:56am Tech Issues
RE: Solar30 PWM Questions

The DC Charging voltages listed below are for the T105 6V Trojan Batteries connected in this configuration: http://www.trojanbattery.com/images/con_03.gif height=200 BOOST Mode 14.8VDC FLOAT Mode 13.2VDC Equalize 15.5VDC Per Trojan Battery Spec Sheet. TROJAN 6V T-105 Maintenance Sheet Roy Ken
RoyB 01/27/15 05:34pm Tech Issues
RE: Cargo load

I had this 2014 PDF handy for a 2014 Ford F150 Towing Specs... Might be of some help... 2014 FORD F150 TOWING SPECs GOOGLE may have a pdf for the 2015 F150 ford if that is what you have... Roy Ken
RoyB 01/27/15 03:35pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: test

I always set my sig stuff to 50-60 size on here... My sig line is already too big haha... http://forums.trailerlife.com/SharedContent/cfb/memberphotos/17748786/signature/Map1-15.gif height=50 Roy Ken
RoyB 01/27/15 02:53pm Snowbirds
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