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RE: Cody to Yellowstone

Is this a trick question? Is there something specific you want to see or avoid? Otherwise just head west.
smkettner 07/29/15 11:01pm Roads and Routes
RE: Solar Phone Charger Questions

Going to depend if the phone will even charge at 100mA rate. Also the charging circuit might be looking for the standard 5v USB voltage to get started. Hard to find 10 hours of usable sunlight as output ramps up in the morning and tapers off in the evening. Otherwise your basic calculations are correct.
smkettner 07/29/15 09:03pm Tech Issues
RE: Honda generators

What was wrong with the answers you got 4 days ago in TT?Maybe he can't find the thread ;)
smkettner 07/29/15 08:39pm Tech Issues
RE: 30a cord extension, how much is to much?

100' of #10 wire should be fine. Or did you just grab a thin cord made for holiday lights?
smkettner 07/29/15 08:12pm General RVing Issues
RE: Performance upgrade options for V10

The benefit will be when it does not need to downshift or just to 3rd instead of second. Maybe not on it's own. Not knowing exactly what the inputs to the electronic transmission control ARE....it's hard to say what would happen and when. The downside probably would be worse gas mileage......and it's bad enough already.There are plenty of gasser trucks towing heavy that seem to think better gearing can actually increase mileage vs. the OEM gear lugging the motor. Or if mileage drops it does seem to be minor. IMO the ratio is often chosen for mileage over drivability. Drivability should increase more than economy is lost and this addresses the original complaint.
smkettner 07/29/15 03:11pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Engine Temp how hot is too hot?

No, mine moves fine and steady when it moves. Kinda like this only for coolant: http://www.intellidog.com/dieselmann/b_smoke13.htm
smkettner 07/28/15 11:11pm Towing
RE: Engine Temp how hot is too hot?

Skip the gauge as you already have one. No worry until the needle actually moves. My Ford does the same. In 14 years I have seen the needle move just a nudge 3 times. Plenty o' time to adjust speed if needed. I just held the hammer down. BTW 50/50 coolant and 15 psi is good to 265F.
smkettner 07/28/15 10:21pm Towing
RE: Achieving full charge with solar system

Twist the dial and walk away.I guess that is my issue. Can't always be right there to twist the knob.
smkettner 07/28/15 08:07pm Tech Issues
RE: Achieving full charge with solar system

Are you charging at 14.8 volts? I assume so, default output of the charger How many hours in absorption? Can’t tell, no display. If you get down to 2 or 3 amps they are as full as they are going to get. I have used the Xantrex and a cheesey Canadian Tire automatic charger, both showing “full”. The MPPT external meter shows up to 90% and then falls back to 60 – 70% within an hour of disconnecting the charger. I also have a 500amp shunt and digital meter, shows same voltages. Are you verifying 100% with a quality hydrometer? Going to get a hydrometer after work! Pick up a voltmeter to go with the hydrometer. Too many %%% numbers, not enough voltage readings.
smkettner 07/28/15 03:48pm Tech Issues
RE: Achieving full charge with solar system

"Smart" anything is like allowing the government to think for you. I've got plans to place the "smart" out of circuit from 90% SOC upwards and hammer the batteries direct from the panels -time limited by utilizing a spring wound timer-Is there a difference between spring wound and electronic timers?
smkettner 07/28/15 03:09pm Tech Issues
RE: Performance upgrade options for V10

If it seems to downshift too easy consider new differential gears. What RPM are you turning in OD? What speed? If I recall, 2100 rpm at 65 in OD. Going up hill downshift hits 3500 rpm to 3rd, if it really lags, hits around 4200 rpm when it kicks down to 2nd.Peak torque is close to 4000 with peak horsepower close to 5000 rpm. If you want to get up the hills the engine needs to rev up to make that power. I could see going 10% to 20% lower gear ratio. This would put you closer to 2300/2500 cruising in OD. The other gears it will also run higher if it downshifts. The benefit will be when it does not need to downshift or just to 3rd instead of second.
smkettner 07/28/15 02:58pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Jacking up TT to remove wheels - Leaf spring tandem axles

The frame is literally 18 inches off the ground, neither jacks nor jack stands are this tall.You may need larger jack stands. These adjust from 19" to 30" harborfreight.com/12-ton-steel-jack-stands
smkettner 07/28/15 02:24pm Tech Issues
RE: Achieving full charge with solar system

Are you charging at 14.8 volts? How many hours in absorption? If you get down to 2 or 3 amps they are as full as they are going to get. Are you verifying 100% with a quality hydrometer?
smkettner 07/28/15 12:07pm Tech Issues
RE: I have a noob question please.

Tow capacity 7200, Trailer GVWR 7425 seems adequate to me even if near the max. Might go over some on the truck payload but the Hensley is never overkill. Get it all connected and drive across a scale for some real numbers before you panic. http://www.keystonerv.com/media/606248/23rkswe.jpg width=640 http://www.keystonerv.com/previous-years?brand=Hideout&year=2015
smkettner 07/28/15 11:55am Travel Trailers
RE: Burnt Circuit box

Dang I hope there is enough slack in the wires to cut them all back enough to make this right.
smkettner 07/28/15 10:27am Tech Issues
RE: What is service life of a new 5th wheel suspension?

How long and how many miles should the bushings on the equalizer last on a new 5th wheel? Is 4 months 6000 miles acceptable?Yes you can go that far. If they are worn out in that time you need to replace with better bushings. Either Lippert Never-Fail or Dexter greasable bronze bushings should serve you better.
smkettner 07/28/15 10:09am Tech Issues
RE: No Generator

If you are getting a residential fridge and plan to camp off-grid... I highly recommend 500+ watts of solar mounted on the roof. You may still need a small generator but I doubt you want it to drone on for extended periods every day. If you also want to run the A/C it might be better to look for a place to plug in.
smkettner 07/28/15 09:48am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Help...1st time RV'r - plugin's not working

Four batteries, 2000 watt sine wave inverter, transfer switch, 250+ watts solar. Yes it will cost a bit more than a Honda 2000 but the silent power is worth it.
smkettner 07/28/15 08:34am Tech Issues
RE: Jacking up TT to remove wheels - Leaf spring tandem axles

I jack under the front axel U-Bolt and put on the spare. Then jack under the rear axle U-Bolt and remove the second tire. Leave it on the jack and get two tires mounted. Repeat on the other side and you are done.
smkettner 07/28/15 08:31am Tech Issues
RE: Help...1st time RV'r - plugin's not working

Just need a 12v/USB adapter to charge a phone.
smkettner 07/27/15 08:19pm Tech Issues
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