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RE: cant flip axes

You will need to install a lift to extend the lengths of the hangers. I have seen plenty of threads with rectangular steel tube welded to the bottom of the frame to increase height. Usually with cross bracing. Fifth Wheel and Travel Trailers forum should have more info.
smkettner 08/28/15 05:18pm Tech Issues
RE: Is my F150 powerful enough?

You will need max payload and max towing options on that F150. Open the truck door and check if you have 8,200 GVWR. Yes you will need a sway control weight distribution hitch. Forest River Salem 300BH
smkettner 08/28/15 04:28pm Travel Trailers
RE: Solar and generator, can they run together?

Controller is the isolator. No harm will come from starting the generator. No harm either from running the main engine to run on down the road. No worries night or day. Worst case the charging system may trick the solar controller to drop into float. Still no harm done.
smkettner 08/28/15 03:16pm Tech Issues
RE: How to determine rating of a new converter panel?

The actual rating is probably part of the panel model number. Post it here for interpretation. BTW when my 55 amp WFCO failed I replaced with a 35 amp. Works just fine. I went with 35 because there was no 25. Although converter mostly stays off now with solar keeping the battery charged. If you want to recharge from a small 1000 watt generator I recommend 40 amps or less.
smkettner 08/28/15 12:32pm Tech Issues
RE: How to determine rating of a new converter panel?

Is bigger better? We don't dry camp and don't discharge the battery much. No. 45 amps is plenty unless the RV is especially large or has some high draw 12v equipment like tank heaters.
smkettner 08/28/15 11:34am Tech Issues
RE: Avoiding San Francisco

This goes contrary to your request... However I have found 101N over the GG bridge to be fairly easy if just driven slowly. And no toll going North. :) Nice place on the coast to catch your breath before you cross: http://www.sanfranciscorvresort.com/
smkettner 08/28/15 10:02am Roads and Routes
RE: Bogart Solar Controller...Comments?

Bogart will automatically adjust absorption time based on charge level. This is the largest hurdle in solar or any other charging for that matter. Bogart controller/monitor should serve you very well.
smkettner 08/27/15 07:04pm Tech Issues
RE: Replacing WFCO 65amp converter

How many batteries? Do you expect a fast charge to minimize generator time? Any special high draw 12v load to need more than 40 amps or even 60? (such as tank heaters) I don't really recommend PowerMax as it does not hold absorption voltage and leaves you slow charging at 70%+.
smkettner 08/27/15 06:53pm Tech Issues
RE: Towing with steep grades

Go slow. Use the brakes moderately firm to drop 15 to 25 mph at a time. Then let it coast back up to speed. Do not ride the brakes to maintain a steady speed. Brake before the curve.
smkettner 08/27/15 03:23pm Towing
RE: Winter RVing in a Class C

Since low power use may help... here is a hot water circulating system that I installed. Pump runs about one amp to keep the pipes happy from the propane heated water. Save water too with instant warm/hot at the faucet. > Recirculate hot water-completed-pictures added
smkettner 08/27/15 11:52am Tech Issues
RE: Generator output and rv

What works okay with a basic 3500/4000 watt generator?Generally everything will run just fine.
smkettner 08/27/15 09:26am Tech Issues
RE: Bogart Solar Controller...Comments?

The Bogart 2030 controller combined with the battery monitor should serve you very well. Although I do not have direct experience with Bogart.
smkettner 08/27/15 09:13am Tech Issues
RE: Sine Wave Inverter Cooling

For fridge use I doubt the fan will even come on.
smkettner 08/26/15 07:37pm Tech Issues
RE: I followed your suggestion and bought the whole thing

Now we are getting somewhere. For float service set the supply at 13.30 volt in normal conditions and let it sit. For fast charge set to 14.8 volts and give the timer a twist from 30 to 180 minutes depending on level of discharge. (about 10% to 50% discharged respectively) I am not an expert on Megawatt so now everyone can jump on me with corrections. :B Not sure how the meter fits in.
smkettner 08/26/15 04:38pm Tech Issues
RE: I followed your suggestion and bought the whole thing

That is the trouble. We don't know the starting point or the expected destination. All we know is that the OP is in Dallas with a Megawatt of some rating, a meter of some sort and some jumper cable.
smkettner 08/26/15 02:05pm Tech Issues
RE: Tank (Black Grey) Heaters

Do you have access to see the heat pads?
smkettner 08/25/15 09:47pm Tech Issues
RE: Need shocks for '05 2500 Dodge

Have the Bills. Next set will be KYB Monomax.
smkettner 08/25/15 09:19pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Goodyear Wrangler all-terrain adventure LT tires?

I like my GY Silent Armor. Ran good for a little over 70,000 miles. Now on second set. OEM was Wrangler AT/S that were also great and lasted just under 90,000 miles. I plan to go GY All Terrain when the time comes.
smkettner 08/25/15 09:13pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Where to mount MPPT controller?

Compartment described is probably fine if you can mount the controller in compliance with the ventilation space requirements shown in the manual.
smkettner 08/25/15 09:08pm Tech Issues
RE: I followed your suggestion and bought the whole thing

I am not sure what we are helping with. Was there a battery charging issue?
smkettner 08/25/15 08:35pm Tech Issues
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