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RE: Why do my truck batteries die?

And as far as I know the truck system is isolated from the TC system and does not charge the TC batteries. There is a wire from the 7 pin connector that goes to the battery on the truck. That power is used by tailers and TCs' to charge the battery in the camper. Ford is the only one that I know that has an isolator that disconnects the power to the 7 pin connector when the engine is off. Some campers have an isolator built in - which can fail. Test it. Mine does not. When I got my Dodge, I installed a relay inside the camper. (I bought the truck new and I did not want to get the "you modified the wiring on the truck - your entire warranty is void") As I have my running lights set to come on anytime I start the truck, I connected the lead going to the running lights on the camper to the coil of the relay. Then cut the power lead from the umbilical and connected that to the Normally Open contacts on the relay. Start the truck - lights go on - relay closes - I have power going to the camper to charge the batteries while going down the road. Turn off the truck - lights go off - no draining the truck battery. This happens with the TC just sitting there unused, no lights, no battery draw of any kind. The propane detector draws power. I discovered the AM/FM radio in my camper was drawing 1/2 amp WHEN TURNED OFF. There are lots of parasitic devices that are turned on all the time in your TC. The TC batteries and solar panel should be more than enough to run the fridge with power to spare for that length of time. I would check how much power that solar panel is putting out - and how much power the fridge (and other things) are drawing. What size solar panel? What is the condition of the batteries in the camper? Disconnect the camper from the truck, get out the ammeter and start testing! -On Edit- I see you said you have a NovaCool. Those are a 12volt compressor fridge. Not bashing that fridge, (as I want one myself), but you need probably at least 200W of solar and large enough batteries to run that.
portscanner 06/16/16 07:09am Truck Campers
RE: Will solar panel keep batteries charged while running fridge

Mine works fine that way w/ a 50 watt panel I did pull the fuse going to the radio as it pulls 400mA even when turned off.
portscanner 06/04/16 07:40pm Truck Campers
RE: Using golf carts around RV parks

I used to have a golf cart and a toy hauler. We used to do sporting clays shooting once or twice a month - so our golf cart had a gun rack. Made for interesting conversations when we (rarely) camped at "normal" campgrounds. (most of the time we camped right at the gun clubs). Took it to Disney one time. Saved a bit of hoofing around. If you think you will use it, go for it. Only word of advise - if you plan on getting a gas powered golf cart (or any gas powered toys) make sure you get a toy hauler with a separate garage. You do not want to spend the night in a trailer that has a gas tank INSIDE the same area where you are sleeping - if you want to wake up in the morning. You dont need a separate garage for an electric golf cart. You may also want to peruse the Toy Hauler section of the forums.
portscanner 05/31/16 05:52pm General RVing Issues
RE: Almost sold the TC!

I understand your pain. With the narrow tailgate (the tailgate is several inches shorter than the front of the bed) and a bumped out part on the right side of the TC, we have to put the TC as far right as possible - and it is still about 1 1/2 left of center. But DW and I figured out how we can load it as a team. She drives - she lines up the truck the best she can, then approaches the TC. Right before she backs under I confirm we are PERFECTLY square and the truck is in the correct position. Back up 3" - check the distance between bed rail and right side of TC. Repeat. Maybe wave my hand to tell DW to turn the steering wheel 1 degree. Back up 3" - check. Back up 3" check. Adjust steering by 1 degree....lather, rinse, repeat until done. Total time - (including putting on tie downs, super truss, umbilical, etc) 20 minutes.
portscanner 05/31/16 11:05am Truck Campers
RE: So what did you do to your Truck Camper today?

Fixed the tv antenna/cable wiring. Looks like they used the cheapest wire and the cheapest ends possible. They had no idea how to properly terminate the ends. Looks like they pushed the ends AT the wire, wrapped tape around it, called it finished. I replaced several spans of wire with the "good stuff" and properly terminated then ends. (Working in the CATV business ensured I had the proper tools and supplies)
portscanner 05/29/16 12:14pm Truck Campers
RE: Newbie question about plugging in at the house

Use everything BUT AC -or- Use only AC If you use everything including the AC, you will spend a large amount of time resetting the breaker in the house. Best bet is get a 30 amp outlet installed by an electrician.
portscanner 05/28/16 08:09pm Truck Campers
RE: Lights on?

Anyone suggest putting a flasher into the 7 pin umbilical so that your marker lights are on - but only half the time?
portscanner 05/23/16 04:46pm General RVing Issues
RE: Norcold refrigerator another story

RV MFGs.........they FAIL Installation 101 Norcold, Dometic and Atwood ALL have 'Instructions/Installation' documents that provide REQUIRED clearances, off sets, fan/air flow KITS, baffling info etc etc etc MAJORITY of 'My RV Fridge doesn't cool' issues are direct result of RV MFG improper installation........BUT RV Fridge gets BLAMED. IF interested ....one only need to Goggle their Specific Brand/Model Installation Manual/Service Manual to see what the required clearances/installation instructions are and IF your RV MFG came close. X2 I have had to install a baffle and a fan in two of mine (a TT and my current TC) On both I went from "melty ice cream" to "I cant turn it down far enough to avoid the rock hard ice cream"
portscanner 05/23/16 04:42pm General RVing Issues
RE: Refrigerator

TI think most units are AC/DC. OK I get that. There is also a propane/AC/DC unit available. Not true. Most units are AC/propane. DC operation is an expensive option that isn't all that useful because of the high current draw. the AC/DC/Propane fridges in DC mode pull a tremendous amount of power. If you want to run a fridge on DC, you would be better investing in a DC Compressor fridge. Advantages of the DC Compressor Fridge: - no propane - uses less DC than the AC/DC/Propane models in DC mode. Disadvantage -you still need plenty of solar and batteries. Unless you have some issues with using propane on the fridge or you are doing lots of boondocking (i.e. 70%+ of the time you are using your rv you dont have hookups when you camp), the AC/Propane models are just fine.
portscanner 05/19/16 05:35pm General RVing Issues
RE: Please talk me out of destroying my wet bath

Cannot be any worse than drilling 15 holes in the roof of your perfectly good truck... Just do it, nothing structural about it and I am going to be doing the same in my Lance 861. Same scenario, bunch of space above the propane enclosure. Why in the wide, wide world of sports are you installing clearance lamps on your truck for????? And for the op..... Go for the big hatch, but make sure you seal it up real good. And - make sure you measure twice and cut once (as opposed to measure once and cut yourself - which is something I do)
portscanner 05/19/16 05:13pm Truck Campers
RE: Spring Loaded Anchor Turnbuckles: Use them alone?

you want the spring loaded on all corners. Your truck bed flexes. With the springs (and a proper bed mat) your TC will not move but the flexing will not be forced onto the TC. I have spring loaded turnbuckles on all four corners of my TC and it has never moved.
portscanner 05/17/16 06:50pm Truck Campers
RE: Need Suspension Advice, 2016 Ram Dually

stable loads, better shocks, then hit the road
portscanner 05/17/16 04:29pm Truck Campers
You may want to wait on LED's - incandescents might be back!

A report from MIT shows how they may be able to make incandescent bulbs MORE EFFICIENT than LEDS! " ...efficiency of conventional incandescent lights is between 2 and 3 percent, that of fluorescents (including CFLs) is between 7 and 15 percent, and that of most commercial LEDs between 5 and 20 percent, the new two-stage incandescents could reach efficiencies as high as 40 percent, the team says."
portscanner 04/27/16 07:08pm General RVing Issues
RE: Large rodent attack leaves me stranded.

Rodents of unusual size?
portscanner 04/26/16 04:37pm General RVing Issues
RE: Busted with a bad battery out in the boonies

I dont know why, but I have always worried about the truck batteries quitting at the worst possible time. That is why I started this thread. I dont have a generator at this time (the built in generator took a dump). The jumper cable idea I think is the best (for my situation). That and replacing the batteries the day after their expiration date. There was no warning sign. Last time it was started (a week ago) it fired right up. And after it was started, we drove several hours. So it was parked with a good charge on the batteries. On a side note, I have considered setting up a way to charge the truck batteries from the solar on the TC. I have an isolator on the TC to prevent it from drawing down the tuck batteries, but I could set up a bypass (switch, jumper, whatever) to feed power back to the tuck. My only concern was the different kind of batteries in the truck vs the camper and not getting either to charge properly.
portscanner 04/26/16 04:02am Truck Campers
RE: Busted with a bad battery out in the boonies

And now...for the rest of the story. Then I woke up. The wolves howling was the dog laying across me and baying while it slept. But seriously..I did get up this morning to a dead battery in the truck (while it was still in the driveway). No, nothing was left turned on, however I found out that the factory batteries are only 36 month batteries. And I have had the truck for 5 years and 4 months. Could I swap the camper batteries for the truck batteries? I think it is possible (if I dont injure myself in the process). More important - how do you tell if a battery is going to take a dump shortly? I though about a battery hydrometer but the current batteries I have are marked on the top with "Dont remove vents under penalty of death" or something like that. So how do you test them? Is there an appropriate tool? Or should you immediately replace them the day after the rated period is up?
portscanner 04/25/16 07:53pm Truck Campers
Busted with a bad battery out in the boonies

Well, it took us 4 hours after leaving the main road (if that is what you want to call it) to get to the lake. A beautiful place! Gonna have some great fishing in the morning! Looking forward to a few days of peace and quiet - as my phone quit working several hours ago because we got out of range! Got up in the morning and had a wonderful day fishing. Fried up a mess of them for dinner. Then I went to get something out of the cab of the truck, but the fob thingy wont open the doors. Oh well. Stupid thing doesnt work half the time anyway. Whip out the keys and do it the old fashioned way. Hmmmmm....seems kinda dark in here....wait! WHERE ARE THE INTERIOR LIGHTS!??!?!? (insert ominous music here) THE TRUCK BATTERY IS DEAD! Why oh why did I not just go ahead and replace the batteries?!?! I knew they were past their prime!! I go and tell her majesty what happened. Needless to say that did not go over well. I get told how she has to get back in time for her job and she was planning on having lunch with her mother and if we dont get back....blah blah blah blah... I get my bag and drop a couple of bottles of water into it along with my compass and a map. All I have to do is follow the trail out that we drove in on to the road and walk until I get a cell signal. I leave the truck to escape from her majesty's eyes that are about to burn a hole straight through me. It is a nice evening for a hike anyway. Plenty of moon light and a nice breeze. Beautiful country out here! An hour later, not to far from me, I hear wolves howling.......
portscanner 04/25/16 07:22pm Truck Campers
RE: Abbreviation help

Here is pretty good listing. I for one don't do the acromyns all that much. Too open for different meanings... There seemed to be a hugh effort back in the beginning to save space when discussing things so these short words were invented down the road... Here is a pretty good listing... acronyms Roy Ken Thanks all. I printed this list for future reference (FFR). My Granddaughter (11) replied to me in a text IDK (I don't know). I called her and asked what it meant as I didn't know. She is now required to text her Grandpa in complete sentences with correct punctuation. My mother texted me the other day "What Does IDK, LY & TTYL Mean?" I replied: "I dont know, Love you and Talk To You Later" She replied: "Fine, I will ask your sister"
portscanner 04/23/16 06:50pm General RVing Issues
Do I need airbags or will stableloads do?

portscanner 04/21/16 04:59am Truck Campers
RE: Keys! Really People?

Some serious 'Ghostbusters" fanz in the room I see. Are you the keymaster? In reference to the OP - that is CRAZY
portscanner 04/20/16 10:39am General RVing Issues
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