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RE: put my 19.5s on today

From a 19.5 tire thread to a trip report... So where does it end? Jim
bigfootford 09/16/14 09:29pm Truck Campers
RE: Progressive Dynamics 9260 possible issue

Ok, after running the trailer on my Kill A Watt for 2 days, here are the draws I see: Wattage fluctuates between 16.5 and 17.9W .29 A .47 PF 34.7 V/A at. $.11/KW, it's costing me about 16.38/yr to maintain the batteries. Not a huge expense, but it might be worth using the battery minder during the winter to cut down on electrical usage. When I put a larger appliance on, the PF goes up to .99 (fridge, etc). Thanks for all the advice in this thread, I sincerely appreciate it! So our Progressive Dynamics are quite close at idle/float. Watts vary between 15-20 Amps varried a bit... .19 - .26 If your battery minder does not go into boost mode every day or so I would not use it for storage. Jim
bigfootford 09/15/14 10:05am Tech Issues
RE: “NOOB” questions about how TC electronics work?

... Since my fridge is in fact a true 3 way, I think just to save propane I will travel in DC mode, letting the truck alternator run the fridge (through the batteries) then switch to LP or Shore when I get to where I'm going.Certainly an option. Please post when you fail to switch to LP, and discover your truck battery is dead. Wayne OH NO! I def. don't want to do that! I "think" I have an isolator though that would keep the camper from draining the truck batteries right? But still allow the truck to charge them. Isn't that what an isolator does? Check your PM's. Jim
bigfootford 09/15/14 08:21am Truck Campers
RE: Older Bigfoot Taillight question

Led running lights have come a long ways. Normally your trucks Alternator is going to put out max 14vdc.. Our converters run between 14.4 and 14.8 depending on the make... That does stress some of the cheaper interior leds.. I always recommend regulated leds for the interior and a good non for the exterior. Lot's of evaluations of led's over in TECH if in doubt. Jim
bigfootford 09/14/14 07:15pm Truck Campers
RE: Older Bigfoot Taillight question

Our new Bigfoot is a 2003 25C9.6. We have the two piece square tail lights with the outer being the running light/brake/turn. The inner has a red outer and clear square center for backup. On braking only the outer light comes on, thI would think e inner only seems to light up on backup and the red outer ring never comes on. that both should light up. Question is how should they work? Could someone with a Bigfoot of about this vintage and taillight arrangement go see how theirs operates for me. Thanks Our Bigfoot is a 2000 25c9.6 like yours... Lights work exactly the same as yours... The backup light glows red along with the white/clear lens. The combo color lenses are not partitioned to do what you think it should.. The outer solid red glows for parking and bright for brakes... 2 elements in one bulb. The backup light are single element. Jim
bigfootford 09/14/14 12:21pm Truck Campers
RE: put my 19.5s on today

We recently finished 8,000+ miles from Sacramento, up the Dalton Hwy to Prudhoe bay and on the way home we came back via "Top Of The World" highway.... We towed a trailer for the Son's bike equipment and spare tires for the trailer and truck... The tires and truck took a pounding... Those 19.5's are very comforting! https://lkpzpq.dm2303.livefilestore.com/y2mBXHpyMhQeN6H8kQnaSDr8JrkO-Xh1vsyEoUnyY1ste8cMS1rzDgK5YLlblLCG8ICFNdiDKr9iTKC7-JLvYHIfbBrhGe-HK8rAPp3UAfg8DoDeyYD5mf683Pp7Q__wU-H/100_1754.JPG?psid=1 height=640 width=640 Jim
bigfootford 09/12/14 05:58pm Truck Campers
RE: Progressive Dynamics 9260 possible issue

To verify that my KWmeter is working I did a standalone test with a 60 watt bulb. .48 amps 57.9 watts 119.8vac So the math for a bulb is .48X119.8 is 57.5 watts... Thats close enough to say the meter is working pretty good. Interesting that the PD plays a bit with the readings of the KWmeter. Jim
bigfootford 09/12/14 12:53pm Tech Issues
RE: Progressive Dynamics 9260 possible issue

Thanks again for all of the great information - it sounds like this has sparked a great conversation. I'll put my kill a watt on mine this weekend and report back on the consumption (which I probably should have done first). Bigfoot - doesn't a 20 watt continuous pull sound high for a converter that shouldn't be working or charging? There is always a trickle charge at 13.2 sleep mode... from the PD. I see about .05 dc amps going into the batteries... Jim
bigfootford 09/12/14 12:49pm Tech Issues
RE: Progressive Dynamics 9260 possible issue

I'm trying to understand your measurement: 0.3amps/20 W. Are both measurements from the Kill-A-Watt? 0.3A * 120V = 36W; not 20W. Is the difference in wattage due to the power factor? Is the power factor 20W/36W = 0.55 (at no load)? What does the electric company charge you; 20W or 36W rate? Only thing running is my CO and LP sensors... .3 amps/20watts...=480watts a day. So every 2 days or so a Kw is used. I took the national average for KWH charge which is about $.122 and rounded it to .12. My average is about .13. The PF reading on my Kwmeter reads in the .56- .58 range. Reconnected the meter and let things set a bit.. Watts vary between 15-20 Voltage varries a bit 117-120... Amps varried a bit... .19 - .26 The source of AC is from the main to our pool pumps, then 10 ga for 40 ft and a 20ft 12 ga extension. So this is not a perfect source of AC... Jim
bigfootford 09/12/14 12:19pm Tech Issues
RE: Progressive Dynamics 9260 possible issue

Just checked my 8 year old 9260, my batteries are fully charged. Used a Killowatt meter. Only thing running is my CO and LP sensors... .3 amps/20watts...=480watts a day. So every 2 days or so a Kw is used. So if my average KWH cost is $.12 then my monthly cost would be around $1.80... That I will not worry about. Have to consider the 15 min of boost every 20hrs too into that equation also. In float mode, 13.2vdc there still will be some current flow into the batteries so I consider these readings within tolerance..
bigfootford 09/12/14 10:19am Tech Issues
RE: put my 19.5s on today

Another Vision/19.5 TC'er here too. Have about 30K on them now... I have Michelin 19.5 xds M&S's the only bad is they do sing. Great traction and stability. Have not noticed the grooved road wander thing. Jim
bigfootford 09/12/14 09:44am Truck Campers
RE: Ethanol in small engines

I am not taking up for ethanol and I fully believe that mpg goes down when using it, after all ethanol has much less energy content than gasoline. Just Google it for links. What I question is if it actually causes damage. This thread is full of reports about tests or experiences but I don't see many links to an actual published report. About the only one is a Honda link and they say that 10% is OK. Can anyone give a link to the reports from Mercury or any other or do we just take the poster's word for it. This is a wonderful forum but it would be so much more so if posters provided documentation or at least said that it was only their opinion. Just a simple search can show you a major reason that e10 can be a problem. Storage is one... Quote from a study "OSU"..... Select the ethanol fuel small engines. It's a pdf. http://www.agmachinery.okstate.edu/engines/fuel Therefore, E10 blends are generally considered non- corrosive and should not accelerate wear for newer engines (1995 and later). Examinations of manufacturer’s statements indicate that ethanol blends up to 10 percent (E10) are ac- cep table (5). Older engines may run a slight risk of degrada- tion of rubber, cork gaskets, and exposed magnesium and aluminum surfaces in the fuel system when using alcohol blends or highly aromatic modern fuels. Older engines may have other susceptibilities as well. Don't you guys like a study like this and the bottom line says, " Older engines may run a slight risk of degrada- tion of rubber, cork gaskets, and exposed magnesium and aluminum surfaces in the fuel system when using alcohol blends or highly aromatic modern fuels. Older engines may have other susceptibilities as well." It's like from the EPA down, not one will state the true facts. I remember the day when the EPA and all the the Kings Horses said, " MTBE will not reduce the performance of your engine". HAWWWWWWW! They did the same with E10.... So hell, do you think those folks will offer any facts that will upset their apple cart? Global Warming included. Jim Seems to be a bad link???? Never have had a problem with posting a url but this one needs to be copied and then pasted in your address bar. Or just do a search for agmachinery.okstate.edu/engine/fuel. http://www.agmachinery.okstate.edu Will correct my orig post. Thanks, Jim
bigfootford 09/12/14 09:06am Tech Issues
RE: Ethanol in small engines

I am not taking up for ethanol and I fully believe that mpg goes down when using it, after all ethanol has much less energy content than gasoline. Just Google it for links. What I question is if it actually causes damage. This thread is full of reports about tests or experiences but I don't see many links to an actual published report. About the only one is a Honda link and they say that 10% is OK. Can anyone give a link to the reports from Mercury or any other or do we just take the poster's word for it. This is a wonderful forum but it would be so much more so if posters provided documentation or at least said that it was only their opinion. Just a simple search can show you a major reason that e10 can be a problem. Storage is one... Quote from a study "OSU"..... Select the ethanol fuel small engines. It's a pdf. You have to either type the url into your address bar or copy and paste this address: www.agmachinery.okstate.edu/engines/fuel This one will not work for some reason: http://www.agmachinery.okstate.edu/engines/fuel Therefore, E10 blends are generally considered non- corrosive and should not accelerate wear for newer engines (1995 and later). Examinations of manufacturer’s statements indicate that ethanol blends up to 10 percent (E10) are ac- cep table (5). Older engines may run a slight risk of degrada- tion of rubber, cork gaskets, and exposed magnesium and aluminum surfaces in the fuel system when using alcohol blends or highly aromatic modern fuels. Older engines may have other susceptibilities as well. Don't you guys like a study like this and the bottom line says, " Older engines may run a slight risk of degrada- tion of rubber, cork gaskets, and exposed magnesium and aluminum surfaces in the fuel system when using alcohol blends or highly aromatic modern fuels. Older engines may have other susceptibilities as well." It's like from the EPA down, not one will state the true facts. I remember the day when the EPA and all the the Kings Horses said, " MTBE will not reduce the performance of your engine". HAWWWWWWW! They did the same with E10.... So hell, do you think those folks will offer any facts that will upset their apple cart? Global Warming included. Jim
bigfootford 09/10/14 05:03pm Tech Issues
RE: Broken Frame

Here are the frame pictures that Raften (Jim) took of the break. http://i.imgur.com/umMNDIXl.jpg http://i.imgur.com/0yMdP91l.jpg http://i.imgur.com/6h7NTyPl.jpg http://i.imgur.com/AYNmSmql.jpg http://i.imgur.com/nCGCRSGl.jpg Jim
bigfootford 09/08/14 02:45pm Truck Campers
RE: Ethanol in small engines

Do this test. Put an ounce or so of E10 gas in a small glass jar or cup... Let it evaporate... There will be a sticky syrup residue in the bottom.... That is the problem with E10... Also you will find that the E10 will accumulate water in the bottom of a tank.. JimThat varnish like "syrup" you describe will also be there if you do the experiment with ethanol-free gasoline. Judging by the anecdotal reports of gasoline problems, I see most of them generated from the West Coast or Western regions of the US. It may be that the gasoline is blended differently or that the ethanol is not as good as other regions. At one time, I transported and pumped ethanol into refineries for blending gasoline. Most of that ethanol was from ADM, located in IL. The refineries didn't add anymore than 10% to the gas blend because of cost. I believe it's also an EPA mandate about the percentage. For those that are having fuel problems, I'd suggest to make sure your gas is stored in a cool spot, if possible, and add fuel stabilizer into your transport cans as soon as you can. The breakdown of gasoline and E-10 is caused by oxidation (mixing with the atmosphere). Fuel stabilizer slows that process. If the user is continually cleaning carbs and fuel lines, there is another problem besides the blend of the fuel. That could be a dirty transport can, a contaminated fuel system, or even a bad tank at the filling station. Another consideration is how the fuel system is built. Some mfg's (Kawasaki being most notable), allow for a lot of venting into the carb. Those, I've had problems with, no matter what stabilizer or how the gas is handled. FWIW, I had one customer that brought his snow blower to me a number of times, complaining about poor starting. I made a house call to him the last time and found that he was using gas out of a can that had three year old gas in it. He was advised to get rid of the old gas but was clueless as how to do that so kept using the same can. Some folks you just can't help. Ummmm I have about 15 old vw carbs from the 60-70's sitting in my shop. None of which have been exposed to MTBE nor Ethanol.... There is no solidified puddle of******in them... A varnish coating on the inside of the float bowl is all I see. Many lawn mower, car's etc carbs have pretty big jets and thus not susceptible to jet's plugging... These little fuel sipping honda's are a different story. I have taken enough of them apart to see the results of Ethanol.... Jim
bigfootford 09/06/14 10:18am Tech Issues
RE: Ethanol in small engines

Do this test. Put an ounce or so of E10 gas in a small glass jar or cup... Let it evaporate... There will be a sticky syrup residue in the bottom.... That is the problem with E10... Also you will find that the E10 will accumulate water in the bottom of a tank.. Jim
bigfootford 09/05/14 10:05am Tech Issues
RE: Attention all Wolf Creek 850 Owners

... And bean counters with tunnel vision who think it is great that they are saving a few $ per unit......I used to work for a company that was great til bean counters replaced all the people who actually knew what was going on.In my opinion, the older the company, the greater the probability this is true. It is not unique to RVs. Wayne Bob, many of those companies do what I call, " LOOSING THE RECIPE"... Many examples of this.... Just look at the auto mfg recalls! Most are related to lack of engineering experience..... Bean counters and upper non-experienced in the trades management look at folks with experience as not needed... Engineers out of school are cheap and they know what to do... "O" rings on the shuttle, a primary example... no need for further discussion. Jim
bigfootford 08/31/14 11:54pm Truck Campers
RE: Attention all Wolf Creek 850 Owners

Never had my camper move forward after it has settled against my front bed stop. Shift to the rear? NEVER. I do not accelerate nor brake hard going backwards to know if this will happen. Shift left and right at the front. At the most 1/4 inch. Shift at the rear.... At the most 1/4 inch.. Driven in 40+mi wind, no shift. Stationary in 60-70 mi gusts from head on, sides or rear, no shift. How do I know? My camper sits on 3/4 plywood. The plywood sits tight in the bed, does not shift. The screws that attach the bottom camper inspection, water tank black and gray, plate have worn into the plywood. so I can see that there is no movement. Have I bounced to the point of airborne going down the road and being tossed hard to one side or the other YES... Just finished an 8000 mi trip to Alaska/ Prudhoe bay. Towing a trailer and camper on the truck... We hit a couple of Frost heaves that were not visible or I missed them (unmarked).... And the road to Prudhoe bay rough in spots... and the list goes on... Back rock/dirt roads.... My camper has never shifted... My Happijac tiedowns are always a bit loose... I have never bent my back stock ford bumper which the rear Hjac's are attached.. The flexing of the frame/bed like Reddog1 describes I have witnessed on potholed/big rocks when driving SLOW... I can see the camper actually rocking a bit, independent of the truck bed. I do not become alarmed, my tiedowns are angled in the front, not pulling straight down... I sure as heck do not want my camper TWISTING with the frame... Hell it might pull out my camper tie down anchors. Almost 200,000 mi in 14 years... Jim
bigfootford 08/29/14 01:21pm Truck Campers
RE: Attention all Wolf Creek 850 Owners

I was hesitant in making my post. I accept I am not an engineer, and do not claim to be. I have had so many TCs since 1967, I have lost count. I have a strong professional background in building construction, weld fabrication, and have worked in moving buildings and fabricated the equipment used for that purpose. I have rebuilt every TC I have owned and repaired several tie down points that were ripped out (previous owners) or damaged in someway. My point is, I do not believe tying a TC to a truck is is as difficult as most make it out to be. How do you convince someone of something if they first have to view credentials? What engineering school teaches Camper tie downs? I will also add, what engineering school teaches TC building? joeshmoe, I tend to believe Nolan did improperly adjust his turnbuckles. I do not base this on his having owned four other TC's and a good many years experience using the same system. In no way is my intent to discredit Nolan or takeaway his experience. However, with that said, does that mean my having owned several TCs for over 45 years make me all knowing? I think not. What I am comfortable with is that I have never had the tie down problem, but have repaired several that have. At a glance, I think Nolan's TC tie down points could have very well been inferior in strength compared to his previous TCs. mkuzmuk, in my opinion, it is very important that the TC owner really understand the expectations of tie downs. What should they be expected to accomplish. I challenge anyone to show the manual on tie downs. I am a bit hesitant to say, commonsense goes a long way. The problem is, what common sense? I believe careful thought should be given to the following: 1 The role of tie downs is not to hold the TC on the truck. It is to prevent the minute vibrations from allowing the TC to slide forward or backward in the truck bed. Most of the tie downs are spring loaded, which provides some movement. Ridged tie downs put more stress on the TC in general and the tie down points in particular. 2 Have you ever considered how much it would take to blow a 4000 pound TC out of a truck bed? Keep in mind, the wind it gets is from the front, about 8 feet wide and 3 feet high. 3 If you are of the belief the tie downs literally hold the TC on the truck, do you believe you could turn the truck upside down, and the TC would stay attached? I am of the belief, you cannot pre-adjust your tie downs, and use that adjustment every time you load and unload your TC. If you have very tight side to side guides, it could work. Most TCs can load off center as much as 2-inches. I am of the belief, the tie downs create less damage if they are too lose than too tight. Too loose, the TC moves a little. Too tight, puts unnecessary stress on the tie down points. I could offer more, but probably posted too much already. I apologize if I have offended anyone, that is not my intent. Wayne I agree 100%. I am also very saddened by what has happened to all of you that are dealing or have dealt with this issue.... Jim
bigfootford 08/28/14 11:32pm Truck Campers
RE: 24 Inch Hitch Extender Under The TC

Instead of using an extension, I have seen RVers extend the trailer tongue, to the needed length. Recently I was looking at a posted blog where a couple took their TC round trip from Michigan to Alaska, pulling an enclosed cargo trailer with a motorcycle in the trailer. He had the trailer tongue extended and said it all work fine for the trip. . Did the same as you for our recent trip to Alaska. 8000+ miles. I can totally jack knife this trailer 90 deg and not touch the camper. We added 1.5 ft. Basically duplicated the tongue on a Uhaul 5x8 single axle trailer except for the bend upward. 3/8" 2x3 tubing. http://www.uhaul.com/reservations/images/Equipment/Trailers/Enclosed5x8Large.png Jim
bigfootford 08/28/14 09:10am Truck Campers
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