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RE: Rickson wheel/tire advice

The LS I use is setup and does large truck tires etc. Jim We are local to each other. Can you tell me which one you used? Madison and 80... They do big truck mobile also. Jim
bigfootford 03/18/15 04:43pm Truck Campers
RE: Rickson wheel/tire advice

The LS I use is setup and does large truck tires etc. Jim
bigfootford 03/18/15 09:50am Truck Campers
RE: Rickson wheel/tire advice

Speaking of warranties, I'll hyjack my own thread here for just a moment; I bought a memory foam mattress from Costco 7 years ago. For the past year, the foam has been slowly failing to spring back, causing a 'divot' where I lay. I finally decided to replace the mattress and began my on-line research. I discovered that my mattress that I bought 7 years ago has a 10 year warranty. I called Costco and they confirmed that I bought my mattress from them 7 years ago and that it's still within warranty. They told me to bring it in and they would give me a full refund. Today I did just that and got my refund and bought a new mattress from them at the same time. I've also bought my truck batteries from them some time ago. They had 100 month warranty on them. That's over 8 years! I've replaced both batteries at a little over 3 years twice now. All they required was I bring in the old batteries, they give me a full refund and I purchase the new batteries. It's hard to beat a Costco warranty for a product. Service is a consideration as pointed out and that's where an outfit like Les Schwab shines. However, if I've been able to save $100's of dollars buying tires someplace else, and have to pay Les Schwab for a service that I might never need to begin with, I'd still think I would be money ahead. Agreed, Costco does provide great warranty service. I will never purchase another tire from Costco though. A few years back I purchased 4 new 16's for my Truck..... Mounted and balanced and away I went... In about 5 mi and above 45 mi per hr the steering wheel started shaking.... I returned to Costco... Told the tech there that the truck was shaking and the steering wheel was almost so bad I could not control the truck.... They removed the front wheels and I stood and watched..There was so many weights on one wheel I nearly puked.. The wheel was wobbling on the balancer... Tech/mgr comes over and tells me the rim is bent.... WTF! I told them that was impossible.... They got hot under the collar.... Another mgr came in about that time and got involved.... He looked at the issue and said that the techs were using the wrong hub for my rims. on the balancer.. I was so dismayed, I asked them to put my old tires back on, refund me my $ and I would go elsewhere... That is after another occurrence of trouble with them mounting another set of tires on another vehicle and stripping the lug nut threads/nuts on 2 out of 4 wheels... Torque settings on this vehicle was 45ft lbs. I even told them to be careful... Caught that because when I get home after getting new tires I always re-torque...my lug nuts. If I can not get a slight turn on the nut I loosen slightly and tighten. You know the rest of that story don't you... They replaces 3 or 4 of the studs and nuts..... I did give them the benefit of the doubt on the truck.... Now I will not deal with Costco's tire center ever again. Just so you know. I bought my Vision rims and tires from LS. Jim
bigfootford 03/18/15 12:34am Truck Campers
RE: Rickson wheel/tire advice

Les Schwab all the way for me.... Check out the warranty.... Even if you are out of Schwab area they will honor the needed service. If traveling and need something done with one of your 19.5's Costco will not or might not help you. Jim
bigfootford 03/17/15 10:16pm Truck Campers
RE: Rickson wheel/tire advice

My Michelin xds2 245's sing a bit.... Acceptible to me/us. Mud and snow was the goal there. Have about 45,000 on them now and looks like another 30,000 for sure... About 6,600 rear axle weight loaded for bear, camper/50 gal water 2 propane tanks etc.. Do feel the difference in tire height v/s gear ratios with the 460 engine.... 2 inches total.... From my 16's to these 19's. It's not much and does not change the odometer speed and mileage. Think my rear end overall equavalent ratio went from 4:10 to about 4:6..... Online calc is avail if you are curious. From what you said your diesel will love it. Think it was about 4 mph. These tires took a pounding on our Summer Alaska trip, 10,000 mi and we went all the way to Prudhoe Bay... Jim
bigfootford 03/16/15 11:24pm Truck Campers
RE: Joining the Solar crew

Later you may decide for better controller that has temperature compensation. I see the voltage of my system reach as high as 14.9 when the batteries are cold... Think about 45deg on the battery post and the voltage is peaked. Makes a lot of difference. I have helped several folks install those panels and we opted to use MPPT because of the 18.x Vmp.... PWM will do good too. Congratulations on your install! Jim
bigfootford 03/16/15 09:14am Truck Campers
RE: Rickson wheel/tire advice

So far I haven't heard back from the guy on craigslist. He's in Reno and his ad doesn't have a phone #. I've run into this before; People run a craigslist ad, their e-mail filters send craigslist e-mails to their junk folder and they sit and wonder why no one ever contacts them for the item. In this case, the guy has been trying to sell these rims since November, starting at $1000 and now down to $700 in March. I imagine he's dumbfounded as to why not one single contact. I don't know how else to reach him though... Thanks for the offer Wayne. No need to test drive, but much appreciated. I have a 2" lift on my Dodge truck front when I installed the 35" BFG terrain tires for clearance, so I suppose any of those sizes will fit inside my fender/wheel well areas. I'm a little surprised that the 245 size is the tire of choice and not one of the larger sizes. ***EDIT*** Found his phone #. I'll call him tomorrow. If the number does not work put an ad on Craigslist wanting Ricksons and ask the fella to contact you via Craigslist. Hope you get them. I have them on my old f250... I have the Vision 19.5's and Michelin XDS2's.... A great combo. Jim
bigfootford 03/16/15 08:58am Truck Campers
RE: Trip Report: Death Valley TC Safari, 2015-03, parts I & II

EXcellent! A 10+ Jim
bigfootford 03/13/15 09:40am Truck Campers
RE: Solar Panels for battery charging

Here is a link to part of my install: http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/24783458/gotomsg/24786385.cfm#24786385 Jim
bigfootford 03/04/15 08:59am Truck Campers
RE: Solar Panels for battery charging

Make you a template to match the panels you think that you want. That way you can put it up on your roof and move it around to make sure it will fit and will not be shadowed by your AC etc. Think sun angle! I would recommend this 100 watt panel from Renogy.... http://www.renogy-store.com/Renogy-100W-12V-Mono-Solar-Panel-p/rng-100d.htm Firstly It's dimensions are great for campers.... 47X21 long and narrow... Second is the voltage it runs at! 18.9Vmp is perfect for a good Mppt controller. Mppt will take advantage of that extra voltage... I have a few folks I have worked with via email etc to install similar panels with this spec. They work great! This is my install, long and narrow. My panels Vmp is 22.2vdc https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-C1_dGiNyhKA/TVG_DODuUQI/AAAAAAAACgA/8Eh0WNuFSsE/w657-h493-no/101_3815.JPG width=800 https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-Rf-xiVOrEwc/TVG_N5VupjI/AAAAAAAABSk/bYCofARWNSg/w434-h578-no/101_3809.JPG width=800 Jim
bigfootford 03/04/15 08:56am Truck Campers
RE: New Solar System

A long time poster on this TC Forum has frequently made a good suggestion when deciding size and position of a Solar Panel, bigfootford. This is to cut a piece of cardboard (or similar) the size of the solar panel you are considering/purchased. Then set it in the location/s on the roof of your Truck Camper. Determing the position of your Solar Panel in the roof landscape of your TC is important. b Like this: My panels were long and narrow.... 23"X56". 100watts each. https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-D_cz4lchVVg/TUhfMWd92CI/AAAAAAAABPw/cOuZQfmJ7vs/w645-h484-no/100_3533.JPG height=640 width=480 Link to some of my pictures: http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/24783458/srt/pa/pging/1/page/2.cfm Jim
bigfootford 02/19/15 12:13pm Truck Campers
Lithium based batteries cycle v/s life

Some of you will find this study very interesting.... http://batteryuniversity.com/learn/article/how_to_prolong_lithium_based_batteries Jim
bigfootford 02/17/15 07:27am Tech Issues
RE: Time for new batteries for my AF811

This is a great write up by MathewB..... How to wire up heavy duty for truck to camper charging... http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/23601503.cfm Jim
bigfootford 02/13/15 12:29am Truck Campers
RE: 26" LCD TV with DVD Player Power Draw?

Some really detailed explanations here, all will work, but the simple answer is look at the label (required by UL) on the back and you'll find your answer. I know UL does not write laws and bla, bla, bla. "K.I.S.S." Now that is not a good answer! Some folks do not understand the conversion of watts to amps or amps to watts. Couple that with an inverter and it's inefficiency factor along with the conversion to DC.... How do you K.I.S.S. that? Jim
bigfootford 02/09/15 09:30am Tech Issues
RE: 26" LCD TV with DVD Player Power Draw?

21 in led TV and standalone DVD/VCR... running through an inverter. 3.5 amps draw to watch TV DVD in standby. (off but plugged in. 4.5 amps draw DVD/VCR playing, TV on. Did have a lcd TV with the same DVD combo. It added about .3 amps to the draw. Jim
bigfootford 02/09/15 09:13am Tech Issues
RE: Amp draw reading

If your radio is 12vdc there will be parasitic drain from it too. I put an external switch for it. Any inverter that is on but not providing any 120vdc to something will have parasitic draw. One of mine 700watt will pull about .4 My absolute min parasitic draw fridge on but not cooling is around .3amps.. Jim
bigfootford 02/08/15 09:28am Tech Issues
RE: Time for new batteries for my AF811

THe thing about the "Universal" brand batteries is dealer network. I've never heard of them before. I'm not a big fan of the style terminals on them (tabs, with holes in them) UPG has been around for a few years... For AGM's >< 6 years. Connections issues are true with lifelines etc.... Bestconverter has been around for over 12 years... I think they stand by their products and will still be around to take care of any warranty and Issues you may have ... I beat the S**** out of a new one years ago and it still is working from what I have been told. That is another story. Jim
bigfootford 02/07/15 09:34pm Truck Campers
RE: Time for new batteries for my AF811

Might just look at this, no tax and free shipping from Bestconverter.. Several folks are using them and are happy. http://www.bestconverter.com/Universal-AGM-Batteries_c_127.html
bigfootford 02/06/15 10:48pm Truck Campers
RE: Time for new batteries for my AF811

BTW, Bestconverter has great prices, no tax, no shipping! http://www.bestconverter.com/Universal-AGM-Batteries_c_127.html Jim
bigfootford 02/04/15 10:01am Truck Campers
RE: Time for new batteries for my AF811

Various AGM battery mfg's have different spec's for charging... I searched hard to see if I could find the charge spec's for the Intimidator/Deca AGM's and could not find it.... Example of the Universal Power Group battery... They say max current for a group 27 is .3C or 30 amps max... 14.4 vdc. http://upgi.com/Themes/leanandgreen/images/UPG/ProductDownloads/45826.pdf Lifeline is totally different, you can check it out if you are thinking about Lifelines. They are more expensive. I have had lifeline for 5+ years. Still has factory spec capacity, which I watch almost every camper trip.... Per my Trimetric I have a total AH on them of 4500+. How I check it is each morning I see what the AH tot al for the evening or days and compare with the resting voltage of the battery. Just wanted you to be aware. Jim
bigfootford 02/04/15 09:59am Truck Campers
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