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RE: Why hasn't anyone released a HD truck with a Turbo V8?

The 5.0L with Ecoboost will provide a significant increase in torque and HP compared to the 6.2L. I would love to have one in an F250 to replace my V10. It will be interesting to see if Ford will put a V8 Ecoboost in the SD series. It would be good low cost competition for the diesel for those who do not need the high torque of the modern diesels.
dclark1946 09/21/16 06:31pm Tow Vehicles
RE: How to tell bat wing type

Lucky you with a real RV TV antenna. You might need to add the Wingman accessory if it does not already have it to maximize UHF reception. You can replace most of the key components if any are damaged or worn out.
dclark1946 09/15/16 08:31pm Technology Corner
RE: Battery question

How do you determine the battery is fully charged? Hydrometer is best method but only used for diagnostics. You don't want to take it camping. Resting disconnected 48 hours should hold 12.65+ volts at full charge. Do you have a voltmeter? If not get one. Even better is a DC clamp-on ammeter to know where the power is going. Regular meter has an ammeter too for light loads and not as convenient. If you incorporate your test with voltage or amperage readings it will help. More to read here: The 12 Volt Side of Life Absolute best advice in this response. You need to verify battery voltage before and during charge and charge current at intervals during the charge. You should see the current start off between 12 to 18A maybe more depending on state of battery discharge and taper off to 1-2 A indicating nearly full charge. If the battery seems to charge in an hour or two after being significantly discharged that indicates the battery may be sulfated and has lost most of its capacity. After charging, disconnect the power cord and measure the current drawn from the battery with all accessories off. The current should be less than 0.5A. If it is more you need to determine what is pulling the extra current. Finally, disconnect the positive connection to the battery and check the battery voltage. It should stay at 12.6 to 12.7V for 24 hours after you stopped charging. If not the battery probably needs replacing. Sears sells a nice combo clamp on DC Ammeter/ multimeter that will be all you need to help you figure out what the problem is. If you are doing any dry camping you absolutely need to have the capability to make these measurements to minimize the possibility of "no DC power" conditions.
dclark1946 09/14/16 08:52pm Travel Trailers
RE: 2017 Ford F-150 Raptor 450 hp & 510 lb-ft of torque

I believe that engine is a 5.0L Ecoboost not 3.5L. I want that engine in my F250.
dclark1946 09/14/16 07:03pm Tow Vehicles
RE: replacing decals on all 4 sides of trailer

We had problems with our 2007 KZ Spree decals cracking several years ago. Based on what I had read on this forum, I took head on photos of all 4 sides and found a graphic sign shop that would make new matching decals. We got to pick the material so we picked the highest quality. The sign company removed and installed the new graphics.
dclark1946 09/14/16 06:48pm Tech Issues
RE: Blinking check engine light

Gde trailer thanks for all your help. Just an update then I'm going to that ford enthusiast page. I got truck in to shop and they scanned, only saw the po300, checked plugs and found to be in good shape. Found nearly plugged fuel filter so replaced. Lol accelerates again. All was well for couple weeks and when passing a car today the light blinked a few times and didn't stay on. I'm gonna check for code with my neat new blue tooth scanner. Thanks again all. What APP are you using with your ELM 327 type OBD2 adapter? I have had good luck with the Torque APP for Android. The APP has explanations for the codes as well as links for troubleshooting the specific code if you have Internet connection. I can also monitor and graph much of the available realtime parametric data such as trim,O2 sensor voltage etc.
dclark1946 09/13/16 06:06am Tech Issues
RE: Charging the battery with generator issue

You really should share your expertise with WFCO tech support so that you can correct them. The WFCO in one of my trailers will not pass convert 12v from my Honda 3000, UNLESS THE GROUND & NEUTRAL ARE BONDED. The same with a neighbor. Remove the bond plug = fail. Reinstall the bond and it works. Tech support advised contrary to your remark so contact them and advise that your advice supersedes. I have nothing else in between the trailer plug and the generator, so please advise why it fails.I'll agree with Mr. Wizard here. If there's no "surge protector" type of device in the RV blocking the AC to the converter, then I'd suspect something like a bad minus connection from the converter output, causing the AC bond to carry the converter's DC output, or alternatively an open neutral at the converter, causing the ground wire to carry the neutral side of the AC power. Easiest way to find the sure answer is to check for AC power at the converter's plug, or run an extension cord to connect the converter directly to the generator. Not sure what is going on with your trailer but we are on our 4th trailer that I have powered the converter with an EU generator by plugging the trailer ac power cord into the generator using a standard plug to 30 A RV adapater. I have two EU 2000s and two EU 1000s and all of them have been used during various dry camping trips to power the trailer and charge the battery. The last two trailers came with WFCO converters.
dclark1946 09/13/16 05:45am Tech Issues
RE: Charging the battery with generator issue

We need more information to help. Do you have any idea how discharged the battery was before you charged it for 2 hours? If it was significantly discharged 2 hours would not have been enough to recharge the battery. You can always use the battery monitor panel in your RV to verify that the battery is being charged. Unless the battery is really discharged all the leds should be lit. Of course this does not mean the battery is charged. To help monitor battery health and converter charging you need a DMM and clamp on Ammeter to prevent unpleasant surprises such as a dead battery in the morning.
dclark1946 09/11/16 09:24pm Tech Issues
RE: Looking For Online Thermal Loss Calculator Tool

If you don't find what you need I have my hand calculations for heat gain in the summer and loss in the winter that I could e-mail you. Once you have the area for your attic, walls and windows it is pretty straight forward. I also have a detailed work sheet that the power company used to provide. I did this back in the first energy crisis around 1976 as a fun engineering project. Based on the calculations, we added more insulation in the attic, installed storm windows and added 2 in. duct insulation over the original 1 in.
dclark1946 09/07/16 09:08pm Tech Issues
RE: Will a small digital meter work for battery voltage?

You don't need a 3 digit for your (and my) purpose. The only good the 3rd digit does it tell you when the 2nd digit is about to change. And accuracy (w/ in 1/10th) is not that important, as long as it is consistent, and most all voltmeters are. Knowing the SOC is easily learned by consistent loads. Like I know what the voltmeter reads when I get up in the morning, and I know what it reads when I go to bed at nite, having the same loads both times. If the fridge happens to be running, that does not change the voltage enuff to change anything. If you must check voltage at other times when heavier loads....like tv, sat DVD etc, then you must put the more loads into the voltage picture. I know my system so well, I have no use for a "monitoring system" I agree with this practical response. I would even add that the battery lights are very useful if you take the time to check the battery voltage with a good digital meter a couple of times for one and possibly two lights off as a rough calibration. For example, I expect that my indicator will have one light off in the morning with basic fridge and water heater loads after a night of running a Maxaire fan. If I go check at the battery test points it will read 12.4V using a Sears DMM. I run the generator every morning so there is no use to check the voltage every morning when a simple push of the monitor button tells me everything is normal. I have never seen less than one light off (except when I had a bad battery) because I charge daily and our daily loads typically do not vary that much. I do check battery charge current both initially after starting the generator and after we are through with breakfast to see if the current has tapered off enough to shut off the generator.
dclark1946 09/06/16 04:54am Tech Issues
RE: Tire Blow Out & TPMS

The statement that "it's not if but when a tire will blow" is true if you're running Chinese made trailer tires. As we've discussed repeatedly, Chinese tires have extremely poor quality. On my last 5th wheel and on my current toy hauler I run Michelin LT truck tires and not once have I worried about a tire issue. I also don't have to baby the tires the way we do ST tires. Have you noticed that it's the trailer tires blowing and not the tow vehicle's tires? X2 Switched to LT tires in 07 and have had no more trailer tire issues after 3 blowouts between our first two trailers. If you have to use ST tires try Maxis or the new Carlisle. Our Doran Pressure Pro is very quick to alert us on pressure loss. Of course in the case of a blowout with a sudden loss there will be a second or so delay in the alert on the Doran system.
dclark1946 09/01/16 08:27pm Technology Corner
RE: high pointe micro

When our High Point MW quit on our trailer I looked at generic replacements but it seemed to me that RV MWs vent to the front and home ones vent to the back. We purchased a replacement unit with a different brand name but identical venting to match with the top front vent in our RV from a RV supply I found on the Internet. The cost was just a little more than a generic one from Walmart or Target.
dclark1946 08/28/16 06:28pm Tech Issues
RE: Converter Running all the time

It is really time to invest in (and learn to use) a digital multimeter or even better to spend some more and get a combined clamp-on DC Ammeter/ digital multimeter like the one Sears sells. By making a few quick measurements (which we can guide you on) you should be able to quickly isolate the issue or issues.
dclark1946 08/28/16 11:42am Tech Issues
RE: Those Square 5-Gallon Collapsible Water Jugs

I think in your initial post you mentioned collapsible water jugs. We use the Coleman 5 gal. cube version to transport water to our trailer from a central water supply while dry camping in the Smokies. We pump this water into our fresh water tank using a bilge pump after dumping the water into an empty ice chest. These containers can be set on a side with the cap/valve at the bottom so you can dispense water as you wish. We used to use a Reliant 2.5 gal version in our tent camping days that has a mounting hole on one corner that you could use a hungry cord to attach it to a tree. It has the same type cap/valve spigot so you could dispense water easily. The Coleman 5 gal. containers have two handles. One for the top for carrying and one on the side for pouring or putting it into position to use the valve/spigot.
dclark1946 08/26/16 06:59am Tech Issues
RE: Fiberglass campers

Our first TT was a 1999 17 ft. Casita that we kept for 5 years. While it was OK I don't think it was any better than our 2007 KZ Spree that we just traded in for a new KZ Spree. The Casita was small and the insulation was marginal and we had some issues with rivets in the bathroom popping loose. We also had a problem with the front finish which Casita finally admitted that they had a top shell mold problem at the time ours was built. I am sure they have made improvements since then but after two tire blowouts on back to back days I decided no more single axle trailers for us plus wanted a real bathroom and a bed that was open on both sides.
dclark1946 08/22/16 10:57am Travel Trailers
RE: Norcold class action settlement

Class Action Lawsuit Lawyer........ http://www.directirrigationtechnology.com/crimeinternational/wheelbarrowofmoney.jpg Class Action Claimant......... http://abovethelaw.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/lawyer-with-empty-pockets-300x200.jpg If the plaintiff loses the case I believe the lawyers don't get any payment for their work. At any rate, the lawyers do provide a needed service since a lot of defective products are put out by manufacturers that only care about bottom line profit.
dclark1946 08/20/16 06:02pm Tech Issues
RE: What a bad start to camping

Did you see the damaged trailer? Another customer may have wanted it bad enough that they sold it to them.
dclark1946 07/28/16 01:51pm Travel Trailers
RE: $30 mini batwing at Fry's electronics: update with pictures

Our new TT came with a fixed TV/FM antenna that looks very similar to that. The brand name was Continu.us but I suspect the brand name is whatever you want it to be.
dclark1946 07/24/16 07:07pm Technology Corner
RE: Generator question - let carb run dry or keep it wet?

I can tell you what works for me with my 4 Honda EU generators for many years. I use Stabil marine (blue stuff) with mid octane ethanol laced gas and do not leave any treated gas in the tank for more than a month. When I am through with the generator I siphon all the gas I can from the tank and drain the carb. Then I keep cranking it until it will no longer even try to start. Prior to this procedure I left Stabil treated gas in an EU 1000 for a year and it would not run without the choke on until I had the carb cleaned. I treat my lawn mower a little differently since it is used more frequently. I use the same blue Stabil but at the end of the mowing season (which for me is in December since I am mulching leaves) I fill the tank and it sits unused until March. I have never had any problem starting my mower. I get rid of the gas purchased in the fall and stored over winter by putting it in one of my vehicle's gas tank and buy fresh mid octane gas to continue the spring mowing.
dclark1946 07/15/16 06:35am Tech Issues
RE: Does anyone know what type-Brand Antenna this is?

Your antenna looks like the one that came on our new KZ Spree. It is sold by a company called Continu.us. They do have a web site and technical support. I have talked to their tech support and found them helpful. They sell primarily through distributors directly to RV manufacturers. I have also talked with the distributor that KZ buys this antenna from and found that he did not understand the technical difference between the two models which may be why KZ is selling trailers with no AM radio capability. It is also possible (based on another response to your post) that this style antenna is sold under several brand names from a single supplier in China. I will probably eventually replace ours with a Winegard Sensar TV only antenna since I am adding a conventional AM/FM mast antenna for the radio.
dclark1946 07/11/16 05:26am Technology Corner
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