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RE: Need Expert Suspension Advice

First money to spend would be at the scale after you are fully loaded with all provisions.
smkettner 07/25/14 11:53pm Tow Vehicles
RE: HD DVR dedicated inverter

For $150 you can have a very quiet GoPower 150w 24 volt sine wave inverter. Fan is thermostatically controlled. http://www.boatandrvaccessories.com/go-power-gp-sw150-24-150-watt-24-volt-pure-sine-inverter.html
smkettner 07/25/14 11:48pm Tech Issues
RE: Solar Panels - worth it?

You need to get into the 100+ watt zone to be worth it. Not much room on a B so you are not going to be running on solar only.
smkettner 07/25/14 09:42pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Lithium Ion vs Lead Acid

Have been following LFP and solar on Solar Forums and no one suggests going to 100% DOD. Even there folks have LiCo and LFP confused.The battery management system (BMS) should prevent overcharging and over discharge. The BMS should keep you in the middle 80% to prevent damage. That 80% window is the "full" rating. Similar to the 80% propane tank fill becomes the 100% usable capacity.
smkettner 07/25/14 08:58pm Tech Issues
RE: Keep The Top Of Flooded Batteries Bone Dry

Do U mean the plastic top of the housing or are U saying to let the top of the plates be dry???Plates need to be submerged at all times. Top of the battery case needs to be dry. More an issue for exposed equipment such as the tongue of a travel trailer.
smkettner 07/25/14 07:03pm Tech Issues
RE: Lithium Ion vs Lead Acid

Keep in mind you only need half the capacity as Li can be discharged 100% of rating.
smkettner 07/25/14 06:41pm Tech Issues
RE: Converter/Charger Voltage vs. Battery Voltage

If you expect fast charging then 1.2 volt drop is on the high side. Yes the wire is too thin, too long, or there are some poor connections. Or some of all these. Could be even worse than you think as the converter is voltage limited in your test.
smkettner 07/25/14 06:12pm Tech Issues
RE: question about Hughs autoformer

+1 for just getting the 30 amp as that is most often where you would find the low voltage issues. Consider a PowerMaster unit over Hughes. I have a 30 amp Frank's BTW.
smkettner 07/25/14 06:08pm Tech Issues
RE: Gray tank capacity - two seperate tanks

I would not pump but rather just connect a passive line to roughly equalize the tank levels. Something like a FLO TAP Saddle on the drain pipes: http://www.plumbingsupply.com/hot-wet-taps-for-pvc-pipe.html
smkettner 07/25/14 02:56pm Tech Issues
RE: Battery Tips

Change out the WFCO now if you expect to be charging from the generator. Assumes it has been tested and failed to boost charge (14.4v) a 50% low battery. 200+ watts of solar will also be a good fit for both battery maintenance and off grid battery power. B&D is a great portable but I would skip it in favor of the 9200 & solar.
smkettner 07/25/14 09:48am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Fortunately, I did not have a pair of 6v batteries

Did you determine the cause of the corrosion issue or just clean it up?
smkettner 07/25/14 09:44am Tech Issues
RE: Rear bumper bike rack - need advice

Four bikes? I do not recommend it. Take it to a shop and have a receiver put on.
smkettner 07/25/14 08:59am Travel Trailers
RE: Hooked up to 220v on accident

this may be another amateur question, but will the DC side work if the battery is dead or disconnected? Does it have to have a complete circuit or can it function off of power from the AC side alone? Dead but good battery is fine. RV will run fine and charge the battery in due time. RV will run fine with no battery when all systems are good. The converter will supply a steady ~13.6 volts DC to run all the DC components.
smkettner 07/25/14 08:55am Tech Issues
RE: Tries to stay away from

Today, an owner commented on a Goodyear Marathon with 2 tires fail the same day. They're just not the trailer tire they once was. And RV tires do serious, serious damage to the bodies when they fail.How old? As I said before the newest China build should prove far better. Also easier to beat up on a top seller vs the low volume brands.
smkettner 07/25/14 12:13am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Hooked up to 220v on accident

The little LED next to the fuse is to indicate the fuse is blown. No light is good or just no power. Check the larger main fuses while in there (no LED) You do need 12v power to the thermostat and a/c control box for the air to work. Meter will verify power and find the issue as needed.
smkettner 07/24/14 09:16pm Tech Issues
RE: Torque converter does not unlock

If parked and I move the selector to 2 the engine will stall. sequence P-R-N-D-2-1 When slowing in D to a stop it will nearly stall before it gets to low gear. Usually it would lock in 2-3-4 once it was done shifting to smooth things out. Now the shift is very abrupt/harsh with the TC locked. Especially the downshifts. Fluid was changed 5k ago with the same Mobil 1 synthetic. Driven over 3,000 miles with no engine light the past three weeks pulling the trailer from CA to SD and back. Too hot today upon return to check all connectors etc. Thanks for the tips. Anything to add is appreciated :) 2001 5.4 F150 4wd
smkettner 07/24/14 09:10pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Using a small Inverter

I have read some issues with charging Apple products with MSW. Charging most other stuff should be fine.
smkettner 07/23/14 11:20pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
Torque converter does not unlock

My torque converter seems to be always locked in 2-3-4 and just releases in low gear. Also seems to short shift at part throttle compared to before. Makes driving a bit awkward. Anything easy to check? 185,000 miles on the 4R70W transmission and still has a firm shift in all gears. I assume if I take it in I would be sold a new trans and TC that I don't think I need yet.
smkettner 07/23/14 11:16pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Can Change 3.55 Gears to 3.73?

Changed my 3.55 to 4.10 and it made a huge improvement. Previously it was always in the wrong gear and would downshift too easy. 4.30 would have been better, 4.56 probably a bit much. I also added Eaton TruTrac at the same time, both axles. Yes about $1,000 per axle and an extra $500 for the differential upgrade. No regrets. don't bother with 3.73 if spending money.
smkettner 07/23/14 11:10pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Winch Bumper Recommendations?

Consider a MileMarker hydraulic winch once you choose the bumper.
smkettner 07/23/14 11:02pm Truck Campers
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