WHAZ-UP!! get it... :)
I told ya he'd be back..... :B
Nice to have ya back Whaz...
Not sure he is back. Post that popped this back up was made by Admin.
Yes, but if you click on the edit history, edit'd by Whaz today.
They have been as low as $99 recently.
So I did some poking around on the ole interweb and, low and behold, yes, I found them for $99 Free shipping, plus an extra 3% off if you sign up for thier mailing list. Since I'm looking at 4, that's another whopping $12...
Hey, every little bit helps.
Link to $96, free shipping
Saw this on Amazon.. Killer deal on a flexible, frameless solar panel. Literally peel and stick. Controller not included, you need a good MPPT controller to drop the voltage and up the amperage. At 24 volts they would only output ~ 5amps, but an MPPT will convert that to ~10amps@12v (in ideal conditions).
The catch - look at the dimensions. But I'm considering getting them because I can easily stick them to the roof of my car trailer in my sig.
Amazon Solar Clearance
Generator must be full when you hook up and start using it, at least 2/3 if I remember correctly
Yes, it needs to be full.
I've done a LOT of tinkering with the Honda EU gens. Making your own extended run set up is SUPER easy. So is your own Parallel Kit.
Most people don't know this, but because the bottom of the built-in tank is lower than the carb, there is a very small fuel pump on them. Because of this, it's very easy to set up an extended run tank because the fuel pump will create a suction aka, siphon, and as long as you have a sealed cap and hose on the honda gen going to another tank, you're set, it will siphon.
ANYTHING will work for the second tank - just a sealed lid with a hose going to any normal tank with a vent/air inlet. The fuel pump can create enough suction for about 1 to 2ish feet of siphon lift.
Here's a link on a simple "How to make your own extended run tank"
I loved Whaz's posts. I remember a couple years ago posting a thread, something to the effect of 'show your best TC related Photoshop pics" or something like that.
I thought I was pretty good at PS, but then somebody said "be careful, as you will awaken the great Whazoo". He really is on another level than me when it comes to PS.
But.. And all, please don't take this wrong. Having been a Moderator myself for a time, I can tell you a Mod's job is extremely tough. As with all things dealing with the public, yer dam'd if ya do, and dam'd if ya don't.
When I saw Whaz's pics, I was like, "wow, those are awesome pics, and I know he took a lot of time to put that together for us---But they're outside the size guidelines." As a Mod, they have to do what Admin and the rules say. And Admin has to answer to a higher power also. Being a member, and a former Mod, I see both sides of this. Sorry to see him go. But nobody leaves here for good... He'll be back.
** GO HAWKS!! **
K, So, I had to run down to Portland yesterday from Tacoma. A RV surplus store got a truckload of brand new motorized power awnings for $550, so for that price, I just had to have one for my car trailer.
As I'm rolling down the highway(in the POURING down rain), with car trailer in tow, I was putting the coals to it. Speed limit south of Olympia to Portland is 70, and I was 80. I wanted to make time so I could get back without killing my whole day. Diesel here is $2.49, so cost vs. time didn't matter to me all that much.
Even without my TC, my car trailer is still what is in essence a huge parachute. As I'm cruising down the hwy@ 80, I'm @ 15lbs boost, 900pyro (my probe is pre-turbo, 1350 is redline in this case). Round trip, I got 10mpg.
Now, I don't run 80 with the TC. Ever. Even on a 70mph hwy I seldom go over 65, usually 60. But with TC and trailer, @ 60 is about the same, 15lbs boost, 900 pyro.
Empty @70 I'm 5lbs boost 600 pyro.
I'm looking to do some more mods to the before summer, just curious what boost and pyro temps others are running, and what mods you have that got you there.
And if Wayne/Admin will allow it, I'll say where I got the awning in case anyone else wants one. I am not affiliated in any way with them, it's just a killer deal I felt was worth passing on. They have sizes from 10' to 18', motorized, completely turnkey for $550---$590 if you are not replacing an existing awning ($40 for the roof awning track).
15555 SE McGloughlin
Oak Grove, OR
They have a ton of adds on the Portland Craigslist, just google them.
Maybe it's just me but after spending our entire lifetime paying out the nose for trucks that even yet continue to rise to unbelievable heights in price that actually had a job and went to work and helped us earn a living, blowing such a chunk of change that would buy a house isn't very palatable....to us. We're just regular working folks who have always been sole proprietors, raised a big family and just can't imagine having the amount of disposable income it takes to buy some if the set ups we see on this forum! I'm sure there are more folks on here that have the money to spend than those of us who don't but that doesn't mean we enjoy our old, used, cheapies any less. It all comes down to what one can afford, wants to afford, need to feel good, and you are comfortable with. For us it's real comforting having cash to travel with more places and a unit that didn't cost three lifetimes to buy. We all have our level of comfort. Personally I think it's obscene the prices placed on both trucks and campers, especially truck campers by the manufacturers and retailers. Guess as long as people will pay those prices they'll just keep getting more ridiculous.
Well, since you spoke your mind, I'll speak mine. Why aren't you over blasting the Diesel Pusher guys? Their rigs can run into the millions. Their CHEAPEST ones cost MORE than a top-of-the-line TC and truck put together. I don't have the money for one of those, but I'm not going to go over and blast them because they do.
The OP didn't ask for this type of a response, this comes off as trolling to me. You don't have a signature telling us what rig you have--or don't. I don't see the purpose of blasting someone, or for that matter all of us here, for buying what is one of the least expensive forms of RV's there is on this forum.
Sure, like any class of RVs there are high end models that cost a lot, but a Travel Trailer needs a truck, a Tent Trailer needs a truck, so does a 5th Wheel, or a Toyhauler.
Blasting the OP, or for that matter, the rest of us as to why you won't buy one is both irrelevant to this conversation, and condescending.
I didn't see Butch's post, he pulled it before I saw it, but I have a funny feeling it was pretty similar to this. And unless Wayne or Admin removes it, it stays.
Was just on a TC dealer sight looking at the Chalet TS116 and it has a msrp of almost 63k :o!!
I just did a search on the 'ole interweb and see new 2015's in the high 40's, and also quickly found a 2013 truck/camper combo in the 70's.
I know you want new, but if you're looking at swallowing $120k for truck and camper new, I myself would certainly entertain looking at 1-ish year old if was saving almost half.
Also worth noting - I have a Eagle Cap double slide, floor plan on their triple slide is pretty much identical to the Chalet you're looking at.
Was interested about your F550 rear suspension.
I have a 02 with about 35,000 miles, would like to move to a bigger TC but stay with my 02.Any advice?
I ordered mine like that, as far as what I'd recommend, I'd try the Torklift StableLoads first, and if you're not getting the lift you need from those, just add a few more overload leafs.
I'm sure we'll have other folks chime in about air bags, but I'm not a fan of them. Fittings leak, bags pop, you need to keep some kind of compressor with you or on-board, etc.
It depends a lot on how long you plan on using each one vs. camping time. I have a 2kw Prosine, I run 6 140Ah AGM's.
I went on a 5-day dry camping trip a while back and decided to see how long I could go without any kind of care as far as conserving batteries. Ran the coffee maker every day, tv, laptop, satellite, icemaker, etc, and on day 4 the inverter was squealing about low voltage.
My inverter also has a 3-stage 100amp charger, so ran the Honda for a couple hours and was good to go for the remaining day and a half.
I want better lighting too but worried LEO's would ticket me for it.
Well, with projector lights, the low-beam you're actually getting yourself better light, and at the same time reducing eye-ball level glare. The projector lens focuses a more controlled beam.
The hi-beams on the other hand... well, ya, don't flash an on-coming cop with them.
So I've been spending some time and money freshening the truck up. It's an '01 (built Dec '00), I've had it since new, and it's almost worn out at 75k miles.
Recently I put all new glass in it - even though it's been garaged since new, the side glass was spotted and had fine up/down scratches, rock chips in the windshield, etc. Replaced everything but the back window.
Next, took it down to the body shop and had all the door dings and scratches taken out and polished.
Next, new spray-in bedliner. It never had one before, and it covered up a lot of wear and tear in the bed.
Now, time to replace the tie-downs. Why? They were 15 years old and painted twice already. Plus, these new ones look kinda cool and they're SUPER light. I was shocked how sturdy they looked but still felt like 5 lbs.
Then came the front end - I wanted better control of the light, so I got these projector lenses. Then put 6000k HID's in the low-beam, and matching 15w 6000k LEDs in the fog and high beams. And for the extra kick when needed, a 24" light bar in a custom mount behind the custom painted grill.
Why mix HID's and LED's? If you have to hit your hi-beams in a hurry, HIDs have to warm up, and are really ineffective when it comes to reminding that special someone that just cut you off that you're a fully loaded 20k-lb rig.
Next for the to-do list to freshen it up, new carpet, and then I REALLY want to get one of those new Torklift 30k SuperHitch Magnum. Saving pennies as we speak...
Like a lot of us that have TC'd for years, I got a flat while loaded. Having the TC on only made it a little more of a PITA, not a major PITA.
Honestly, the advice I would give has nothing to do with the spare itself. Just remember to use the camper jacks+spare tire jack to lift the truck. Don't put all the weight on that flimsy little factory tire jack.
"Have" or "Had"? I've had 5 TC's over the years. I've also had a TC and a second RV at the same time, a TT for a while, then a TH. But i can say I've only once had two TC's at the same time, and that really was just a transition, bought one and had to wait for the other to sell.
I've never actually utilized 2 TC's at once.
Sorry to hear about the loss of your family member. Girlfriends have come and gone, but my little furball Chewy has been my co-pilot for 10 years now, he's as happy and active as the day I got him, hope he stays with me for several more years.