Will you only ever be running the TV, DVD, Sat' tuner, & computer??
If so then you can use a fairly small (~300W) inverter.
It depends on what you plan on running. Like others have mentioned, I'm also running a Prosine, a 2.0 2kw meant to go inline with the TC's shore power pigtail and power the entire TC. I can even light the roof air with it (not that I would do it for long).
I can run coffee maker, dish, tv, microwave... all at once. But I also have a couple more batteries.
Just keep in mind, anything you run @110v will draw roughly 10x the amperage @12v, so your 300w inverter can draw 30amps @12v. That can kill two deep cycle batteries pretty quick.
NOTHING is as quiet as a Honda, period...... If you're one of those people who has to have the generator running **ALL** **THE** **TIME**, you better invest in the Honda.
I go out of my way NOT to run a genny, to the point I've sunk more than most into batteries, charging and inverter.
That being said,
Just for a kinda-sorta similar comparison, I get about 10.5-11 with my EC1160 on an F350, running 4.10 gears. 10 or under with the trailer in my sig pic added on.
I have considered in the past getting a Gear Vendor over drive. But the cost vs. Return On Investment in fuel savings didn't pencil out well.
Depending on how heavy your rig is, I went 6" deep. I just poured a foundation for a large carport for my camper last year. My rig is a little heavier than most. I would really investigate the cost change of going 6". You never know what rig you'll have in 10 years.
Each post footing is one full cubic yard--
I put a Roadmaster on the back of my '99 F350 2WD and a Hellwig on the front because Roadmaster did not make a front bar.
I wonder if that's just a 2wd/4wd thing, because other than that, we have the same truck and I have a Roadmaster in the front.
I got a 2-step plastic step stool from Wallymart, then glued carpet on the steps. In my case, it can't stay there as the side slide-out pushes completely in the way of the bunk, the slide would crush it. So I just toss it up on the bunk.
Similar to this--
the roadmaster is bigger than the hellwig and bolts right in to the F350
Problem you'll have with your question, which is in essence, "which is better", is that there likely will not be someone who has had both on the same truck that can give you an objective opinion.
I have the same basic truck as you, with 9000xl shocks. Difference being I have springs instead of bags. Here's my observations--
* Installed shocks first-- Loaded, I had to set rear to 10, front to 4 for stability and help with sway control.
* Went a couple months, then installed rear Roadmaster. Immediately noticed I could turn the shocks down to 5, ride was smoother and sway was significantly improved.
* ~3 months later, installed front Roadmaster. Yet another very noticeable step in sway control, on par with swapping out rear factory bar with Roadmaster.
* ~1 month later installed Torklift StableLoads. Empty ride quality suffered, sway control improved yet again, albeit slightly - not as much as adding the actual sway bars.
With all the mods complete, the truck handles my heavy double-slide TC excellent.
**Compared to bone stock, I would say the truck now handles loaded virtually the same as it did when it was bone-stock and empty.
Your friend should be looking at a $5,000 travel trailer.
Thanx for all the suggestions so far! Unfortunately, a TT is not an option. He tows a small trailer with quads or small single-axle boat trailer, hence the need for the TC.
As the OP - I was hoping also for suggestions of specific names/models to do searches on, whether they are in business or out of business. The one I recently saw was a SummerWind, they went under in '04.
I know he's looking for a needle in a haystack with this price range, but we're also in no big rush either.
A friend of mine came to me looking for advice on used TC's with a slide. He's looking for something around a 9-foot, but on an admittedly tight budget for finding one with a slide, around $5k-ish. Dry bath would be nice, but he understands at that size it may also have to be a wet bath.
Craigslist has next to no search filters--you type in "Camper" and you get everything, class-a's, toyhaulers, etc.
So -- in/around a $5k budget, what older brands can be had? I know that price range puts him outside of Lance and AF, but are there some lesser-known brands from oh, say 10-ish years ago I could do searches on? Just saw a SummerWind 8.5' with slide and wet bath on CL for $4k, but it was sold when we called on it.
So, I'm in the initial thoughts/planning stages for doing the Al-Can next year. I get 5 weeks vaca per year, and this year, I'm going to have 2 weeks carry over, so next year I'll have 7 weeks on the books.
I'm thinking of budgeting a month to do the Al-Can. So first, is that enough from Seattle?
Some other questions--
My truck is in great shape, but what do you plan for besides flats?
Besides the normal road-trip stuff like extra fluids, belts, air compressor, etc...
Where would I want to stop for sight seeing?
Where to stay for overnighters?
Time of year next year to go/not go? BTW, I hate mosquitoes(who doesn't)...
I apologize if this has been posted before, I just saw this. It's not 'shopped (We have to resize pics for the forum, I have the higher-res original and looked it over pretty close). You can see obviously the frame is bent, rear bumper of camper damaged from hitting trailer tongue.
Anyone seen this before and have the back-story on it? All I have is the pic, no details. Since I haul a very heavy camper with a trailer, I'm quite concerned.
I also can't tell if this is a F350 or 450.
You will be taxing the 600AH plus battery capacity
840AH actually... 6x140.
Might be some heat build-up in the small enclosed compartments I see there...
Should have mentioned that, sorry. Already thought of that. The inverter is fan-cooled in the rear, and I knocked two holes in the rear of that compartment, one directly behind the fan for exhaust and another for intake, that vent directly into the camper basement. Side bonus - free heated basement.
First, hats off to Eagle Cap, they make working on this TC so easy. Everything's so accessible and easy to get to.
So the Prosine2.0 is an all-in-one Inverter/Charger/transfer switch. Just like when you fire up your built-in TC generator, a transfer switch kick, so does this.
Installing involves undoing the 30a shore power pigtail from the TC and connecting it directly the inverter. Then you run a 10/2 jumper from the inverter back to where the shore power cord was connected to the TC. Eagle Cap made this very easy because there is a junction box inside the rear main storage where you can do all this wiring.
Here is the inverter installed next to 2 of the 6 140Ah batteries(I had to remove the access cover to get all this back in there)--
Control panel inside--
This thing is awesome -
first, it runs my electric blanket! Electric blankets don't like modified-sinewave inverters - they won't run. The use a PWM circuit to run the actual blanket, and that doesn't work with modified sinewave.
Next - a 3-stage 100 amp charger built in, that is load sensing, meaning, if you're only plugged into a 15amp shore power outlet, it adjust the charge vs. TC power use to not blow the shore power breaker. EG--nothing running in the TC, it charges as fast as it can. But you hit the microwave, it senses the 120v load and turns down the charger to not blow the shore power breaker.
Last - it can actually fire my 13K BTU roof air! I have enough battery power to run a small city, plus, a 100amp 4ga charge circuit from the truck. It was drawing 87amps@12v running my roof air, so I could easily go 6-7 hours if I needed to(that's less than 15amps per battery), then just start the truck. but how often will I need to do this here near Seattle? Not much...
Most everything I've read about covers are negative. Don't last long, induces moisture, etc.
I'll add to that. I had an Aqua-Shed. It did exactly as the name implied -- it was a shed for water. I would go out when it was raining, and more water was coming down my downspouts on the camper than over and off the cover.
I called Aquashed and complained. I figured they forgot to spray it with Rainx or something. They said "Oh, it's supposed to breath".... I replied "like a fish?". They hung up on me. It was not a good call.
I'm near Seattle, and that was the biggest waste of money I ever spent on my TC.
If you're in Arizona and want to keep the sun off, get an Aquashed.
call me old fashioned, but i still prefer springs over air bags to handle the weight. go to your spring shop and have them inspected. if they are reputable, they won't try to sell you something you don't need. good luck.
I'm not a fan of bags. The number of times you'll hear people say thier bags leak or popped will outweigh those who say thier springs failed. My uncle has bags on his Dodge. Had to air them back up every day during a 2-day each way road trip.