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RE: 2001 Ford F-150 safe towing capacity

My trailer is 7880 GVWR. Tows fine but slows significantly on 7%+ grades, especially at higher elevations. Lots of hunting between 2nd & 3rd with 3.55 so I changed to 4.10 ratio.
smkettner 07/27/14 02:51pm Towing
RE: Solar System Advice/Feedback for new Truck Camper

Solar BLVD kits
smkettner 07/27/14 02:10pm Tech Issues
RE: Power Protection Device, Do you?

There are some losses in the autoformer. Last I read about one amp or 120 watts is lost to heat.
smkettner 07/27/14 01:52pm Tech Issues
RE: Tow vehicle

Just be sure to get the 8,200 GVWR option. Open the drivers door and check the sticker before you sign anything.
smkettner 07/27/14 10:55am Tow Vehicles
RE: When do I change the oil?

I go 10,000. No monitor. 185,000 and counting. Mobil 1. Burns no more oil now than when new.
smkettner 07/27/14 10:51am Tow Vehicles
RE: Solar System Advice/Feedback for new Truck Camper

What is a quality 300 watt inverter? Morningstar and GoPower are top IMO. I have the GP and have only read good things about Morningstar. Installing 300w should allow easy installation using existing power connections.
smkettner 07/27/14 10:17am Tech Issues
RE: Fantastic fan

Replaced my trailer bathroom vent recently and wish I had done this years ago. OEM fan was worthless. If anyone will have trouble reaching the switch, get the model with a remote.
smkettner 07/26/14 11:53pm Truck Campers
RE: Generator

I could not stand running a generator all day/night just to hang out in the RV. If it is that hot I am looking for hookups or plan to sweat it out.
smkettner 07/26/14 09:45pm Travel Trailers
RE: Melting Road Closes Attractions in Yellowstone NP

I just returned from Yellowstone and I think that drive was reopened as we drove back through after a few days at Rushmore. Or I could be mistaken. Plenty of Bison still in the park... they have certainly not all left. Some bison even hanging out at the thermal features.
smkettner 07/26/14 09:41pm Roads and Routes
RE: Sometimes camping just isn't fun as it should be

Moving would also include the explanation to the management.
smkettner 07/26/14 09:31pm General RVing Issues
RE: Solar System Advice/Feedback for new Truck Camper

Labor looks good but component prices are high. But I assume the high price includes wire, fuses, boxes, sealant, connectors, mount brackets and general provisions. Do you need an inverter/charger? Do you need 1000 watt inverter? I am thinking 300 watt inverter only. If you charge with a generator... what converter do you have? Also verify where the panels will be mounted to avoid shade issues from vents, antenna and air conditioner. At least express your concern to them. Honestly self install is not that difficult but is a bit tedious. panels => controller => fuse => battery Battery => fuse => inverter => transfer switch => single circuit Two separate systems actually. Just connected at the battery. Forum Members Solar Installations With Pic
smkettner 07/26/14 09:26pm Tech Issues
RE: AGM vs Flooded Lead Acid Batteries

Maybe just get a watering system? Otherwise it sounds like you would do fine with AGM. How big is the inverter?
smkettner 07/26/14 08:14pm Tech Issues
RE: Sometimes camping just isn't fun as it should be

We should have moved.This
smkettner 07/26/14 07:24pm General RVing Issues
RE: Towing in the mountains with a gasser????

Peak horsepower is at 5600 RPM and peak torque is at 3600 RPM for that engine. Running at 4500 RPM should not be problem. http://www.caranddriver.com/reviews/2014-toyota-tundra-57l-4x4-test-review+1 to follow the specs to make power. If 4500 seems high then go slower and stay at 4000. Once you dip much below the 3600 peak torque you will be soon looking to downshift again. I tend to try and minimize full throttle shifts by holding the gear to the top and going a bit slower at times when the climb flattens out for a bit.
smkettner 07/26/14 04:13pm Towing
RE: Solar Advice

About 220 watts for 220 amp/hrs is a good place to start depending on use. Next is to figure out what fits where on the roof. You need space to prevent shadows from vents, antenna, air conditioner etc. Then consider MPPT (high voltage) or PWM (nominal 12 volt). MPPT controller allows simpler series install and often lower cost 24v panels but the controller is a premium. PWM you can oversize the controller and add panels in parallel as needed. Here are some to look at: Forum Members Solar Installations With Pics If this is a DIY be sure to post the the primary equipment to verify all is compatible. Some prices on panels and controllers can be found here. Pick up in Norco and save the shipping. www.solarblvd.com
smkettner 07/26/14 03:57pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: HD DVR dedicated inverter

Yeah. Many businesses choose to ignore email when it's not a sale. I thought this business was better than that. I think it is more about negotiating an adjustment or settlement in private.
smkettner 07/26/14 03:49pm Tech Issues
RE: AGM vs Flooded Lead Acid Batteries

Are you over filling the wet cells? Should be 1/8" to 1/4" below the split ring that extends down into the cell. Just touching is absolute max. Flooded batteries do use more water toward end of life. Is your float voltage too high? Should be 13.2v most warm days. Even a bit lower in very hot weather (95+). Are you using anything to protect against terminal corrosion? Is the compartment well ventilated? Is the battery in a direct vented box?
smkettner 07/26/14 10:29am Tech Issues
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
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