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RE: Cracked Suburban water tank

OK, No It's a 10 gallon tank, is there any reason I can't put in a 10 gallon Atwoond They don't have anodes, right? I like the idea of being able to put in a drain valve, removing the anode to drain the tank is a PITA. Not sure why removing the anode rod is a PITA. I remove ours after each camping trip with a dedicated ratchet wrench and socket that I keep in the cargo compartment. Draining the water heater that way allows a lot of the sediment to flush out. Dick
dclark1946 05/20/15 07:27am Tech Issues
RE: battery operated leaf blower

Been using B&D 18V products for years including the blower. While it is no match for the high power blowers it works for my applications. Started rebuilding the battery packs with 2.4AH Sanyo fast charge cells since the B&D batteries would only last a couple of years. Dick
dclark1946 05/18/15 09:41pm Tech Issues
RE: Cap or Tonneau or Neither?

If I ever had to haul something taller than would fit, I would just rent a utility trailer. Dick that sort of defeats the reason to buy a pickup in the first place. might as well have an SUV if you have to rent a trailer every time you wanted to move something serious. bumpy I bought my truck to haul my travel trailer and my outdoor camping gear mostly and any long stuff that would not fit in my other vehicles. I have never needed to put anything in my bed that would not fit with the cap since 2001. I did haul a partially assembled swing set with fort and slide but that would not have fit in the bed anyway. It took the biggest flatbed trailer U Haul had to carry that.
dclark1946 05/18/15 08:05pm Tow Vehicles
RE: ON a NEW WFCO 8955, at what voltage should

2 years ago I purchased a WFO8945 replacement converter from Randy at Best Converter.Did a complete wire upgrade from battery to converter with 4ga. welding cable. Converter would not go into boost mode.Called Randy and he asked me to call WFCO(he gave me a name and number) and explain to him what was going on and then call him back and tell him what the rep. said.Randy said he was getting a ton of returns because of this situation.Long story short the rep. at WFCO said and I quote "You're NEVER gonna see it"-boost mode.He went on to tell me a story about a test they did at the factory with something like 25-100 watt light bulbs and the converter would not go into boost mode. The whole conversation was almost comical because no matter what I said or asked they guy just kept saying "you're never gonna see it" I bought a Progressive Dynamics 4645 w/charge wizard and never looked back.The only knock I have with the PD is that it emits a lot of RFI and my stereo reception took a nosedive compared to the WFCO, but at least it works as it should. I think I will keep my reliable and quiet WFCO converter with gentle (13.6V) daily generator charging and supplement converter battery charging once during a 2 week dry camping session with my Vector smart charger that will charge at a higher rate. That has worked for our camping style for 7 years. Dick
dclark1946 05/17/15 06:04am Tech Issues
RE: Cap or Tonneau or Neither?

The first pick up I bought was preowned and came with an ARE fiberglass cap painted to match the truck's paint color. I am now on my third PU and I have had the same type installed on both new ones I purchased. I rarely need to haul anything tall except a lawn mower and then I use a bungy cord to hold the cap from trying to open to the fully open position. The things I like about the ARE cap is that it has a very robust locking mechanism, you can have lights installed on the underside which is great when you are getting stuff out of the bed at night and it keeps your stuff dry when it is raining (as is often the case when we camp)and you need to have access to the bed. If I ever had to haul something taller than would fit, I would just rent a utility trailer. Dick
dclark1946 05/16/15 06:09am Tow Vehicles
RE: stab jack lube

Regular WD 40 a couple times a year. No issues with dirt attraction. Dick
dclark1946 05/14/15 05:36am Travel Trailers
RE: Never run out of propane again!

The newer 20# tanks are now available with a true float type guage. I have replaced my trailer tanks with them and will do the same for our grill. I would think that there is no reason the 30# tanks could not be equipped the same way. Dick
dclark1946 04/28/15 05:16am Tech Issues
RE: The New Generation Of 12-Volt DC Relays

They do have some not-so-great specs: On resistance: as high as 25 mohm Off leakage current: 2 mA Given time, the leakage current can run down the battery. The on resistance of a mechanical relay may be 10x better. Can you still get latching relays that have all the low contact resistance advantages and only draw power when changing state? Dick
dclark1946 04/19/15 06:34am Tech Issues
RE: Battery SOC Low - Voltage Normal

Your meter showing state-of-charge could be off-it's-rocker. Use a hydrometer to see where the batteries are really at charge wise. Meters are as reliable as using a Fortune Teller. A hydrometer dip will indicate if any of your cells need equalization. I agree with MEX if you are saying that your voltage is holding up under load. Not sure how these battery monitoring systems determine SOC but you need to verify SOC independent of you monitoring system if voltage is holding up normally. Dick
dclark1946 04/15/15 05:08am Tech Issues
RE: House batteries not up to ah rating

85 must be a 100 hour rate. Real world closer to 75 AFAIK. Per Interstate's spec the 5A load capability is 17 Hr for this battery. That is 85 AH at greater than the 20hour load. FYI for what it is worth, a Trojan SCS 150 GR24 is rated at 100 AH @ the 20 hr rate. Dick
dclark1946 04/01/15 05:28am Tech Issues
RE: Would you run these tires?

Yes, st tires are designed to be able to sit idled for longer than lt tires. One of the drawbacks to using a lt tire on a trailer. I have LT tires that are 5 years old that sit on concrete in the TX heat that don't look anything like that. I will be using the trailer this week with those tires and I am generally paranoid about trailer tires having three ST tires come apart on me. I will replace our 5 year old LTs (with another set of LTs) before we do any 1000 mile driving on 100 degree interstates this summer. Dick
dclark1946 03/30/15 06:20am Travel Trailers
RE: Sway Bars - Need One or Two?

Under what conditions are you experiencing sway? Making steering corrections, being passed by a tractor trailer or just going straight down the highway. The term trailer sway is sometimes used rather loosely on this forum? Knowing the conditions you are encountering sway can help provide a better answer. Dick
dclark1946 03/24/15 05:43am Travel Trailers
RE: Microsoft to End Internet Explorer(IE)?

According to what I read today about the release of Windows 10 you will get both IE and Spartan with the new OS. IE is being included for certain business applications built around IE. Personally I have no issues with IE running on our Windows 7 machines. I use Chrome on the two XP PCs we own that are still functioning quite well. Dick
dclark1946 03/23/15 04:25pm Technology Corner
RE: TT Electric battery maintenance

If your trailer is parked outside and gets a decent amount of sun you can also use a solar panel with a controller. I use a 55W panel with a small controller and it does a good job of maintaing our trailer's battery. Of course if you want to use AC power that will not help. Dick
dclark1946 03/22/15 06:16am Travel Trailers
RE: Tires

Nobody has a monopoly on shoddy workmanship, China,Japan,Mexico,Canada and the U.S. manufacturers have all produced junk from time to time. These days if third world nations only produced junk, 3/4th of the items in our homes would not work. Like it or not, we are in a global market, that includes TT tires. I think the general data available (and certainly my experiences) show that there is a much higher probabliity of poor quality products coming from China compared to other sources. I am not saying that all products from China are poor quality. I have some excellent LED flashlights made there. (I have also had poor performance from imported wireless weather stations and now use a high quality domestic brand with significantly better performance and reliability.) I can provide you other product examples if you would like. I have however, had three instances of ST tires suffering tread separation causing trailer damage and have had no instances since switching to domestic LT tires in 2007. Prior to that on a smaller trailer, I actually ran MIchelin passenger tires inflated a couple of pounds higher than max listed on the sidewall instead of the load range C ST tires since I could not find 14 inch LT tires. I used these tires for several years for thousands of miles most during high summer temps with no issues. I trusted the load range B tires from a reputable manaufacturer more than what was available at that time from import ST tires. According to one poster on this forum, Carlisle has finally taken steps to address the ST reliability issue by adding a nylon cap. This simple modification increases the maximum speed to greater than 65 MPH which is an indication of increased margin. I am guessing that this change was prompted by all the tire failures many have experienced. Many posters on this forum have also indicated that they have had great success with Maxxis ST tires which are also inport tires. This indicates that at least one offshore company does take consistent tire quality seriously. We don't have to use products from those other companies that don't maintain consistent quality. Dick
dclark1946 03/21/15 07:05am Travel Trailers
RE: Tires

Hunting dog, Your analysis is good except that the LT is tested longer and tougher because it is expected to do more. LTs are for light trucks, they are expected to withstand the rigors of acceleration, braking, steering torque, off road use, and a host of other things that a TT tire will never have to endure. An ST tire is also designed to withstand braking but its principle design feature is the resistance to the heavy sidewall strain of a TT and other trailer types. LT are not tested for this because it is not expected in their use. To test an ST to LT standards is the same as mounting LT tires on an Indy racing car and expecting top performance. You are asking it to do something it was not designed for. Likewise an Indy racing slick tire probably would not make a very good light truck tire. The tire industry looked at the requirements needed for trailer applications a designed the ST to do the job. If the tire industry thought an LT was a good choice for trailers they would be selling them instead. The cost is about the same and they already make dozens of LT models for about any light truck application. It is the same with ā€œPā€ tires on half ton pick-ups. Tens of millions are sold and replaced every year. It is true that type P tires are not as durable as an LT, they cannot handle the load of an LT but type P tires work fine for their intended applications. If switching to LTs makes a person sleep better because they survive and bank of tests, then but all means that is what that person should have. Personally I prefer a tire specifically designed for the application. NICE! What he said!!! Also note, what been posted about standardized testing is IN OTHER WORDS...are MINIMUM TESTING REQUIREMENTS. Thing is each manufacture has their very own requirements and procedures, most of which test well beyond the minimum "standards". Which means it makes absolutely NO DIFFERENCE WHERE THE TIRE IS MADE. What matters is the standards each tire company demands of its manufacture or manufacturing facilities. Where ever they may be. It most certainly does make a difference where a tire is manufactured if there is not tight control on the manufacturing process at the factory. Just because a sample of tires meets test standards does not insure that all tires produced at that factory meet the standards over time. That is the issue we are dealing with. In addition several posters have indicated that their trailer came from the factory with LT tires so I submit that there is no reason an LT tire will not perform better than a poorly made ST tire. Dick
dclark1946 03/20/15 08:19pm Travel Trailers
RE: Will fully charged Group 29 battery run furnace all night ?

Depending on conditions,if your TV has 12v to the trailer than that is a fail safe keep me warm thru the night setup.I have 2 batteries in my TV and I always stay hooked up at night. Good way to run down all three batteries. x-3 I have to agree, disconnect the TV so the battery is not discharged. OP stated he has a generator and hopefully also carries a battery charger so he will not be be stranded. Maybe a slight inconvenience. I left our TT hooked up to our Tahoe over night when we had a badly sulfated battery that would not hold much of a charge so I could run the furnace in the morning. That worked out fine but if it had drained the TV battery I had both a jump start and a generator and battery charger. I replaced the TT battery the next day. Dick
dclark1946 03/20/15 08:00pm Travel Trailers
RE: Who makes a good RV cover?

We are on our third trailer with the current trailer being a '07 model. We have ordered ADCO covers from CW for each one. The first one had a Sunbrella roof and some other light weight fabric on the sides with a latex like coating on the back side. In a couple of years the Texas sun had caused the back side coating to flake off. ADCO redid the sides in Sunbrella and we had no more issues with it. The last two trailers have been all Sunbrella and have held up well. Dick
dclark1946 03/15/15 04:41pm Travel Trailers
RE: Tires

Please do a search using the function at the top of the page. There are dozens of threads on this subject. General consesus ifnthe tirenis made in China they are junk. Wrong. According to the "consensus" of this forum, EVERY "ST" or Special Trailer" tire is "junk" and that EVERYONE should go to LT load range "E"s even for popups.. The "consensus" of this forum highly ignores that OVERLOADING AND UNDERINFLATION of trailer tires are more likely to cause problems with blowouts.. I have towed with what this forum would consider as THE MOST WORST BRAND (Carlisle) ST tires for the better part of 15 years without a blowout.. Just in the last couple of years my local tire shop didn't have the Carlisle and I ended up with some other china import.. My "secret" is that even though my TT has 7,200 lbs capacity, I DON'T LOAD 7,200 lbs in it! I have a flat bed trailer which has 10,000 lb capacity.. I DON'T LOAD IT TO 10,000 lbs either! My second "secret" is that I INFLATE THE TIRES ON THE TRAILERS TO THE MAX SIDEWALL PRESSURE NO MATTER WHETHER EMPTY OR FULL LOAD. OP, GO AND TOW. Flats and blowouts do happen and often are way outside your control.. Road debris like wood, steel, nails, screws and bolts often are not easily avoided and can cause damage to your tire that may be hidden.. Large deep potholes, jumping or scraping curbs can also cause hidden damage.. Keep a spare, make sure you have a jack, some blocking and a wheel wrench that will work for your trailer and don't worry about what type of tire is "best".. They ALL can and do fail.. What many are overlooking in this discussion is the variation in quality of the off shore trailer tires. Some hold up and others come apart even with careful monitoring tire pressure, holding speed at or below 65 and not overloading. It was just a few years ago that a Chinese tire company was found guilty of leaving out a critical step in passenger tires leading to many tread separation failures. During the peak of the Carlisle ST tire debacle the Casita factory finally switched to Goodyear because there were so many failures. Most who have switched to LT tires of the same load range have had no more catastrophic failures driving the same way with the same trailers. Dick
dclark1946 03/14/15 08:17pm Travel Trailers
RE: Down to a decision, give your vote on electric tongue jacks

Well thanks for the tip. When I pull this model up other places it doesnt look identical. Not sure why that would be unless it was a knock off of some type. Not sure how they could sell it as Barker, but now I'm leary. I think the other one will win. Call Barker and they can help you determine if the jack was made by Barker. Dick
dclark1946 03/14/15 07:47pm Travel Trailers
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