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RE: QUESTION New Fords And Chassis Battery Disconnect

I got an email from someone I don't know but he said he knows a friend of mine. He has a 2014 V10 one-ton pickup truck in Guadalajara and "Jim" said he believes the battery is going bad. Up jumps the monster. The rumor that if the chassis battery is disconnected the computer will go to open loop upon restarting and then not be re-settable until a trip to a Ford dealer allows them to re-boot the computer. He said the mechanics told him they have never heard of such a thing and want to replace the battery. He telephoned the biggest Ford dealer in Zapopan and their response was "huh?" Knowing how hard headed mechanics are they would not follow instructions to jumper another battery to keep the system alive when the battery cables are removed. But I do not know the validity of the claim about having a non-field-fixable fault code appear if power is lost. Care to pass on a tip to me. I will relay it to Jim. First Ford doesn't put a V10 in anything under a F450 starting in 2011 and the only reason anyone would a bypass battery would be a to keep the radio presets and maybe some special tuning in the computer. The factory tuning in the computer could care less it well go back to stock and will relearn any load adjustments. Denny
Denny & Jami 12/14/14 06:26am Tech Issues
RE: Air bags and tire ware

Without photos it's hard to tell but I'm wondering if you have broken belts in the two tires. Jack the tires off the ground and give them a spin and see if they are out of round and make sure the tread is running true. If that's not the problem and before you throw a lot of money at take the truck into a shop and have a good 4 wheel alignment done. If that all checks out replace the tires because they will never get any better along with the rear shocks, I would do all for. Denny
Denny & Jami 12/13/14 06:14am Tech Issues
RE: Sandy Claws stopped by today....

This is the actuator I'm planning on using http://www.direclink.com/actulink.html with this set of Kodak disks, I have Nev R Lube axles so I will end up with new bearings http://www.etrailer.com/Trailer-Brakes/Kodiak/K2HR89XLD.html Denny
Denny & Jami 12/11/14 09:07am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Sandy Claws stopped by today....

Ours will be a late Xmas gift to our trailer in the spring :B Denny
Denny & Jami 12/10/14 06:26am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Tailgater Problem

This is a common situation with all the 'golfball' sat antennas that get their power thru the cable from your inside receiver box. I have a Winegard Pathway X2 and it's the same situation. Nothing is really 'wrong'. You just need one cable going directly from the sat antenna to the receiver box. You can try reworking your current interior cables to try and get rid of any splitters, but many just run a new cable. Tim My real question was how do you run one cable from the sat antenna to the receiver without going through an open door or window? If you have a good connector that goes through the trailer and cable that goes straight to the receiver it will work without any problems. The only time in the last 3 years I went through the Window was to diagnose my bad connector were it entered the trailer. Denny
Denny & Jami 12/03/14 05:11am Tech Issues
RE: AGM battery

Hi Coach, An Optima has 55 amp-hours. Reserve capacity 140 minutes. The newer Optima D31M Blue Top is rated at 75 AH and 155 reserve, the old ones I have are 55 AH. If I have to replace mine I will use the 75 AH. Denny
Denny & Jami 12/02/14 02:37pm Tech Issues
RE: AGM battery

Anybody have experience with AGM battery in your RV? In particular the Optima yellow or blue top. Or I guess any other type of AGM battery. Any reason not to use them? Thanks, Dave We installed two Optima Blue tops in march of 03 in our trailed and they are still in the trailer doing a great job. Be sure and use the Blue Tops if you go with Optima. Denny
Denny & Jami 12/02/14 06:09am Tech Issues
RE: Tailgater Problem

The only time I had a problem like that it was the coupler that came in the back of the trailer. I replaced it with a new one and its work with problems. Denny
Denny & Jami 11/30/14 07:24pm Tech Issues
RE: Tracfone data usage - smartphone vs. dumbphone?

Interesting I have 2000 minutes on my existing phone. I will have to order it from Trac Phone because my number is in Nebtaska (our homebase) and we will be in Florida. Denny
Denny & Jami 11/25/14 07:16pm Technology Corner
RE: Tracfone data usage - smartphone vs. dumbphone?

I transferred from a dumb phone to a smart phone. All of my minutes transferred, plus I got the same amount of MB of data and texts. When you buy more minutes for Tracfone smart phone, you get triple minutes, triple texts and triple data (eg, buy 60 minutes, get 180 minutes, 180 texts, 180 MB of data). This is the way it worked for me also when I upgraded to the ZTE Valet phone. It also uses the Verizon network. Minutes, data, and text are now counted separately. I'm thinking of changing my Trac Phone to a smart phone, so my minutes will transfer but I will have to buy text and data. The phone will text and some limited data but it just uses my minutes but data is 1X. So I take it that will no longer work. Denny
Denny & Jami 11/25/14 04:48pm Technology Corner
RE: Laptop or Chrome Book?

One thing you have to look at when looking at a Chromebook and hard drive size, remember you will no longer have a massive operating system taking up large amounts of space. Instead there is a small operating system and you can add what you want by way of adding apps, more apps are coming all the time. We have a Acer C720P with a Intel processor, full touch screen and keyboard and 32gb solid state hard drive. If you run out of HD space just move it to the cloud. Denny
Denny & Jami 11/25/14 07:19am Technology Corner
RE: Laptop or Chrome Book?

Wifes desktop died, want to replace with laptop. Should I go with a chrome book? Sounds good but I guess everything is out in the cloud, not on a hard drive, right? Everything is not out in the cloud, we have all files stored on the solid state hard drive in the Chrome Book. We went with a Chrome Book because we just didn't need all the MS programs anymore, 99% of our use is on the internet. We were already using Chrome for a browser so we just had to enter our password and everything was there. The only work around was out old printer. There are also Office type apps that will read and modify MS documents. It's also fast because you don't have a the MS bloated system hogging all the hard drive space with stuff you don't need. All we use anymore is a Galaxy 7" tablet and our Chrome Book and Drop Box to transfer files between the two. Denny
Denny & Jami 11/25/14 06:21am Technology Corner
RE: Ford 6.2L Engine

I do love the sound of my super duty with the 6.2. Kind of sounds like the muscle cars of past ;) Denny
Denny & Jami 11/20/14 07:00am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford 6.2L Engine

I'm running a 6.2 with 4.30 gears pulling a trailer rated at 15600, that's also what the truck is rated to pull. I have no problems towing it and it never has to run at red line unless I want it to. Most interstate or flat two lanes it just runs along just under or at 2K rpm with the cruise set. Remember one thing lower gears does more than raise the rpm it changes the torque multiplication so matter what gear you are in you will have more HP and torque at the point were the rubber meets the road. You can have a 1000 HP but if the final gearing is wrong you have defeated all the power the motor can generate, the new 6 speed with 2 OD gears makes up for the lower gears when at hwy speeds. Denny
Denny & Jami 11/20/14 05:06am Tow Vehicles
RE: Wheel Bearings

I just had my 5er, 2009 Silverback, 35ft, at the repair shop. I had the never lube bearings replaced with new ones. A little over 25,000 miles on the old ones. When my trailer guy pressed out one of them, it fell apart in his hands. He also said that the grease smelled bad. I have never trusted them at all. We had discussed replacing them after a 6500 mile trip this past summer. Got back home from that trip and waited until after our Thanksgiving before bringing the 5er to him. We did go camping for 10 days during that time. Another 500 miles or so. I guess we got very lucky. So I guess the moral of the story is, have your never lube bearings checked before too many miles are put on them. Stay safe. I replaced mine after 7 years and 70 K miles because one was starting to run warm. You do know that the only way to press them out is by using the inner race because of the way the retaining lip is machined in the back of the hub, so you can destroy the bearing getting it out. If they were installed by using the outer race to push them in I wouldn't worry about them, just check for heat when you stop every once in a while. I use my hand on the lug nuts to check the temp. Denny
Denny & Jami 11/19/14 12:22pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Water heater pressure release valve

When I changed ours on our Suburban water heater I found it made the job easier if I removed the heat vent shield, there's 4 screws holding it on. I when to Home Depot and bought a replacement, no drip after replacing it. Denny
Denny & Jami 11/16/14 05:22am Fifth-Wheels
RE: AGM Battery Questions

Your right my 03 Optima D31M batteries have 55AH the new D31M have 75AH DennyWhat is the weight on the old versus the new? If they're even remotely the same weight, the new is a MUCH lower quality battery. I don't know about the weight but it's taller than the ones I have with about the same base foot print. How good they are I won't find out until one of mine dies. Denny
Denny & Jami 11/11/14 08:27pm Tech Issues
RE: AGM Battery Questions

"Old Timers" who report success with many years of good service have to remember this is not 2005, or whatever. The quality of batteries has degraded. The Optima battery of 2000 is not the Optima battery of 2014. Keep this in mind for ALL batteries, flooded or VRB. Grrrr.... Your right my 03 Optima D31M batteries have 55AH the new D31M have 75AH Denny
Denny & Jami 11/11/14 11:38am Tech Issues
RE: Setting up Dish Tailgater and Receiver

All you have to do is set your Tailgater outside with a clear view of the southwestern sky, hook it to your receiver that is for the Tailgater turn it on tell it what state you are in and it will do the rest excluding any new software it will need. Then call Dish and authorize the receiver Denny
Denny & Jami 11/11/14 11:28am Technology Corner
RE: AGM Battery Questions

I installed 2 Optima Blue Tops 11.5 years ago and they show no signs giving up never had to clean anything except for some dust off the top. I've never measured my draw but when dry camping they they seem to last about the same amount of time. Take them for granted anymore and never look at them. Denny
Denny & Jami 11/11/14 06:41am Tech Issues
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