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RE: Modification to landing legs to raise them without bending

Can you just lock into one of the holes with the awning hook?
smkettner 09/17/14 09:36pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: V10 coolant change

Rinse with 20 to 30 gallons distilled water, drain all you can, add 15 or 16 qts coolant, top off with distilled water. Did I mention to only use distilled water? This is also a good time to replace radiator and heater hoses if anything is still original.
smkettner 09/17/14 07:56pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: I-15 North Of Las Vegas closed

Commercial Vehicle Information for Re-opening of I-15 Update: Effective 7pm Wednesday September 17th there will be no commercial vehicle restrictions on I-15 except over-dimensional loads as noted below: Over-dimensional loads: Over-width loads are prohibited on I-15 between MM 64 and MM 112 both northbound and southbound. Other over-dimensional loads are allowed at all times with the proper permits. For permitting information, please call (800) 552-2127 or (775) 888-7410. Before 7:00 pm Wednesday, September 17 commercial vehicle restrictions are still in place. Commercial vehicles may only travel northbound 1-15 between the hours of 7:00 pm and 6:00 am. Only over-width vehicles are restricted southbound. https://www.nevadadot.com/Traveler_Info/Commercial_Vehicle_Information.aspx So in 15 minutes you are good to go!
smkettner 09/17/14 07:45pm Roads and Routes
RE: Seeking advice on 12v upgrade- Ch. 2: Bulk charger

9280 will serve just fine. Run the 9245 as optional. Or get a second matching converter and have one at each bank to avoid charging balance issues. Or if you have the batteries at each spot paralleled and the two banks in series then the balance issue goes away.
smkettner 09/17/14 07:41pm Tech Issues
RE: How to reduce generator noise?

No, the generator use I'm talking about is mealtime use in, say, a Provincial Park, where there are no hookups. I feel like we're disrupting the entire campground whenever we run it, so we don't use it as much as we'd like to.We do all that with solar, additional batteries and an inverter. Ok it costs a bit more and might be a bit complex for some to self install but is dead silent. Otherwise I would just run the generator. Most don't mind for an hour during dinner as long as the exhaust is not pointed at them.
smkettner 09/17/14 07:14pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Thinking of buying a Non-bunkhouse TT for Family of 4

My trailer has two bunks, not really a bunkhouse. I would not have it any other way. This not mine but something like this: http://www.keystonerv.com/media/603848/282bhssr.jpg width=640
smkettner 09/17/14 01:34pm Travel Trailers
RE: Goodyear Wrangler SRA Tires

Get top line GY with Kevlar or just pass.
smkettner 09/17/14 01:07pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Generator help please

You want 120 volt only. 30 amp RV plug is very convenient. I use solar to keep the battery up and GoPower inverter to run 120v items.
smkettner 09/17/14 11:42am General RVing Issues
RE: I think Mr. Murphy is following me

Murphy must be in that area this year. My alternator stopped working on the way to Rushmore in July. Four places in Gillette WY that I called would not get me in that day for easy money (including the Ford dealer). O'Rielly had the alternator and $15 tool set and I was on my way with just two hour delay. Also in SD my transmission starts acting up but still drivable. Made it back to So Cal to rebuild the valve body. Further my 8 year old inverter gave out in that area. Did without until returning home. I think I would have enjoyed your snow but not the tire issues. It all works out but still a bit on edge to get things resolved in the moment.
smkettner 09/17/14 11:39am Tow Vehicles
RE: Dometic AC turning on & off

Could it be switching fan speeds automatically? My Dometic with single LCD thermostat does this and seems to pause a bit when shifting fan speed.
smkettner 09/17/14 11:15am Tech Issues
RE: Battery Cable length/resistance?

No. Series circuit does not need equal length. Even very unequal length has no effect as there is nothing to balance. Just balance the battery with equal length parallel connections and pull power from opposite sides and you are good to go.
smkettner 09/17/14 10:56am Tech Issues
RE: Quick Q: Charging house battery question on a 2004 Winnie

Virtually every motorhome is designed to have the alternator charge and maintain the house battery while in transit. You should see the voltage on the house battery rise at least half a volt when the engine is running. If not then something needs fixed, cleaned, replaced or adjusted.
smkettner 09/17/14 10:24am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Building a Heavy Duty Charging Circuit for Camper--how big?

#8 is fine, I would go up to 50 amp fuse. Use a bidirectional relay to control power. When voltage on either side indicates charging the relay closes. This will send solar power up to keep the start battery charged and when the alternator is running send power back to the TC house battery. Try cleaning the fridge burner. Also add some screening or home furnace filter media to reduce the wind effect.
smkettner 09/17/14 10:05am Truck Campers
RE: How to reduce generator noise?

Certain conditions ensure generator running such as hot weather and air conditioning. But if you're running it frequently in cooler conditions you may want to approach this from a standpoint of minimizing generator operation through a few 12 volt mods and accessories. Briefly: knowledge of 12 volt operation, use of propane appliances, battery maintenance and capacity, LED lighting, and solar.+1, are you running the air conditioner all day or something else?
smkettner 09/17/14 09:59am Class C Motorhomes
RE: AC Causing Power Inturruption

You need to figure out what is clicking and why. Is there a transfer switch, generator, power protection EMS, or inverter involved? Monitoring voltage during the next event is a good start. Looking for 108 to 128. Probably not the converter... what is battery voltage during the event? Looking for about 13.6 steady.
smkettner 09/17/14 09:56am Tech Issues
RE: Inverter Chatters

Inverter chatters or the fridge chatters? I would not worry about the inverter.
smkettner 09/16/14 09:17pm Tech Issues
RE: The ultimate custom Class A conversion!

Looks like it may come alive in some B list horror movie. :E
smkettner 09/16/14 09:07pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Switch

Transfer switch failure is almost a weekly thing here. Open the cover and get a peek inside.
smkettner 09/16/14 09:05pm Tech Issues
RE: Windynation solar kit install and performance.

Yes that zip cord would be great for portable.
smkettner 09/16/14 08:57pm Tech Issues
RE: Windynation solar kit install and performance.

That stiff wire is good for up on the roof to resist flopping around in the wind. Also the insulation is pretty much UV proof. I had no trouble snaking it through my entire trailer to the front compartment. I would get a second like cable to wire the other side. Best IMO to have a continuous pull from panel to controller.
smkettner 09/16/14 08:09pm Tech Issues
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