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RE: Slide out and inclement weather?

Have had more trouble with snow/ice build up. Rain is not an issue. The small amount of water will dry just fine.
smkettner 11/23/15 09:45pm Travel Trailers
RE: Water tank filling.

Is this a new issue or the first time? Always been this way? All I can suggest is to make a longer fill tube attachment.
smkettner 11/23/15 07:48pm Tech Issues
RE: need recomendation for 200 watt solar kit and batteries

https://www.solarblvd.com/index.php?cPath=1_272 Personally I think you are better to choose and mix your own components. I am not much good a low cost stuff as it always seems to fail me.
smkettner 11/23/15 07:45pm Tech Issues
RE: help decide on upgrades/mods for long term part time

What am I missing? 500+ watts of solar :B
smkettner 11/22/15 10:15pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: help decide on upgrades/mods for long term part time

Old TT ran virtually everything of DC. New one needs AC for TV, Stove vent fan which is part of microwave etc. With the bigger rig will I find myself forced into spots with at least elec, or will I still find a lot of options for off grid stuff? For those running inverters are you running whole house or dedicated circuits, and are you happy with the choice you made, or do you wish you went the other way?I installed 2000w for the microwave circuit and one added outlet. Seemed to use a lot of power at idle if left on. And we started collecting gadgets so I added 300w inverter to the two convenience outlets strings. Works perfect for us to have low power 24/7 and full power as needed. Whole house would not work well with my low tech crew. Your needs are probably different.
smkettner 11/22/15 10:13pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Propane Tank problem

Could at least part with a beat-up rental and still collect on the propane, sheesh.
smkettner 11/22/15 07:59pm Tech Issues
RE: Blow out or Use the pink stuff my personal review

I don't winterize but it would seem you did it in reverse order. I would first go pink and then blow it out.
smkettner 11/22/15 06:47pm Truck Campers
RE: plug failures

At this point I assume the blades contacted at a small point rather than uniformly along the wide surface. Probably not well aligned. Need to open and inspect.
smkettner 11/22/15 05:54pm Tech Issues
RE: Propane Tank problem

I would ask to talk to the actual person you dropped the tank off with. Go in person only, no phone calls. Be nice. Otherwise I would post on yelp if there is no resolution. Then begrudgingly buy a replacement and move on.
smkettner 11/22/15 12:29pm Tech Issues
RE: Will laser heat sensor find inadequate battery cables?

For starters measure voltage into the controller, voltage out of the controller, and battery terminal voltage. Measure on the actual terminal studs. Post the results. Also post the wattage, wire sizes and controller model.
smkettner 11/22/15 12:26pm Tech Issues
RE: plug failures

Not much to say except to disassemble and inspect.
smkettner 11/22/15 10:50am Tech Issues
RE: plug failures

Hi, Why would a 30 amp plug connected to a 15 amp shore power show evidence of heating to the point of showing brown marks? The burns are on the "wide" blade. If I was pushing 30 amps from a 30 amp shore power I could understand some heat stress. It appears to be worse on the female plug. Voltage under the greatest load was 106, and more often was about 112. The plugs in question are: http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41tavH%2B3wUL._SX355_.jpg width=250 and http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/31nY1fu%2Bz3L.jpg width=250Are you saying you bought these two items and plugged them into each other and they have burn marks from 15 amps? Was power off when you plugged in?
smkettner 11/22/15 09:42am Tech Issues
RE: Will laser heat sensor find inadequate battery cables?

Just curious if I can use one of those heat gun devices to detect inadequately sized battery cables and connection points in my solar system?.For a solar install? Probably a voltmeter and review of the calculations on wire size would be better.
smkettner 11/22/15 09:39am Tech Issues
RE: battery compartment acid

Remove the wood. Rinse for a real 20 minutes with water. Then use a warm baking soda mix. If it is real persistent use a spray battery terminal cleaner, then a protectant.
smkettner 11/21/15 11:52pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: combiner box for solar

400+ watts is getting in the zone where 24v panels in series with MPPT controller start to make sense. $468 gets 520 watts of panels (2) $350 for 30a Morningstar controller.
smkettner 11/21/15 11:36pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Please help me figure out your capacity

So are you saying the total weight doesn't matter? Just the pin weight? I don't know why this is so confusing to me... Frequently with a 5th wheel you will run out of payload before you run out of trailer tow rating. Generally if the pin weight + passengers + hitch and gear is good on payload you should be fine. The confusing part is that there are several limits and depending on the set up the first limit you hit IS the limit. The three to check with separate estimates: GCWR, the total weight of truck, trailer and ALL contents combined. Truck GVWR, the maximum total weight of the truck including pin and ALL things in the truck. (payload rating) GRAWR, Gross Rear Axle weight rating. This rating will be on the truck door sticker and is the total weight on the rear axle. This is why it seems confusing. Reach any of these limits and you are over. Best is to hitch it all up, load it down and drive to a scale. Have yet to figure out how to do that with a truck and trailer you do not own. So you must estimate. Think of it like saying you can personally carry 80 pounds. You assume this is a backpack but then find out you need to carry it in your arms. Then you say you can carry 60 pounds. Then you pick the item up and 50 pounds is on one arm and 10 pounds on the other and you just can't do it. The guy asking says you need to make up your mind what you can really carry. Many have found the Ford 6.0 to be problematic and expensive to fix compared to other brands. Good luck.
smkettner 11/21/15 11:12pm Towing
RE: Rec/Con fuse shutting off

It is just a branch circuit including a string of outlets and the converter just as it says. Do you have a space heater, coffee pot or other high power item plugged in? Also check your battery for low water or excessive heat as that can indicate a battery or converter issue.
smkettner 11/21/15 10:11pm Tech Issues
RE: Toileting and the overnight stay

Nonsense, all of it. Use the RV facilities day and night. Take a quick shower in the morning if you like. RV likes to be used, it is not a museum.
smkettner 11/21/15 08:56pm Beginning RVing
RE: Idea for simplified water tank heating -- need your advice

Should work fine. Could let the water heater cycle a few times to prepare for a very cold night. No shortage of propane right? Could just get a hose adapter for a faucet and run the water direct to the normal fill point. $6 or less for proof of concept. http://www.homedepot.com/s/faucet+to+hose+adapter?NCNI-5
smkettner 11/21/15 08:50pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Cooking Stove stopped in cold weather

The ice on the exterior is just condensation. The tank will drop in temperature due to the expansion of propane. Probably just low in the tanks. Propane will stop turning to gas at about -40. Yes a block heater or battery blanket can be used to warm the lower end of the tank but the propane is still liquid inside.
smkettner 11/21/15 07:13pm Travel Trailers
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