I know this may seem like a silly but I have a question about the three sets of cables in our battery compartment. We have an Arctic Fox 1150 and in the battery compartment are three sets of cables, large, medium and small. The large, I have connected to the battery but what are the medium and small supposed to be used for?
Thanks, everyone for your thoughts (and compliments, that was nice). It sounds like I should just stay with stock and not mess with it. The truck has performed remarkably on all our trips and I've never felt I needed extra power, so why try to improve on something that is already working great. Again, thank you
Three years ago I purchased my 2004, one ton Chevy Silverado with a Duramax engine to carry our 2012, 1150 Arctic Fox camper. I't been a great truck and has served us very well, carrying our camper on all the trips we've taken. When I purchased the truck, it came with a Banks, 6-Gun system, which the person I bought it from told me it would help improve performance. He didn't elaborate much more than that, just told me that "1" was stock and I should to expeariment with it.
I read up on it a little and saw where people had cautioned of doing damaged to the transmission. So, being I was satisfied with the trucks performance, I didn't see a reason to expeariment and maybe do some harm.
But we're taking a month long trip to Arizona in a couple of weeks, and I'm hoping to maybe get some advise from this forum about a taking advantage of what, if any, the Banks system could offer me. I am not one to "hot dog it" with my truck and when on the freeway, I keep my speed between 60 and 62. Thanks in advance for your thoughts.
I found an app on the apple App Store called "journi" and have been trying it out for a few days. For those wanting something convenient and available on their phone, it actually has some interesting possibilities.
In my case, I started with air bags but I was still not happy with the ride. I installed the Sableloads and it was a night and day experience. So much of an improvement, that I only left enough air in the bads to keep them from getting pinched. The Stableloads cost so much less that I would recommend your parents try them first and if not satisfied, then try airbags.
Thanks everyone for sharing your ideas and pictures. I especially liked bigfootford's application, but we need to raise the ladder to access the previous generator cavity for storage. I just ordered a locking system from lowprolockdown.com and hope it is what I'm looking for. Once I have it in place, I'll send some pics. Again, thanks
This past summer, my 3 year old Onan 2500 quit working and the generator repair shop said it cost about $1200 to get it back in working order. Since I never liked how noisy it was, especially in quiet, backwoods settings, I decided to purchase a Honda 2000 from Camping World for $1000. I'll admit, I do miss the convenience of pushing a button from the comfort of the camper but other than that, the Honda has done a fabulous job and I really appreciate how quiet it is.
After removing the Onan, I installed a floor in the generator cavity and decided I would now use It for storing the Honda and additional gas. This idea works but I never realized how awkward it would be for getting the Honda in and out of the generator cavity. This now has me thinking if there is a way to secure and transport the Honda on the rear bumper. My thought is, if it can be locked and secured on the bumper, it wouldn't even have to be removed to operate it when needed.
So my question is, if this application has been done or if there are any other ideas for transporting your portable generator, could some of you please share how you accomplished this? And picture would be great!
Thank you for your help
We have an AC1150 (with sub wings), and after 3-1/2 years of truck camping, I just consider them a part of the camping experience. I love the floor space but loading is a pain. As for me, loading the TC has always been and will probably always will be the scariest and worst part of the experience. But if I always treat this duty with respect, caution and avoid thinking, "this is a piece of cake", it will only remain a brief downside to an incredible lifestyle.
Thanks everyone. I've never posted a picture before and thought I'd play with the RV.net picture poster to see how it works. It's actually pretty simple and I'm feeling pretty proud of myself right now, thank you.
I think you will be very pleased with the Stableloads. I also have air bags but since the addition of the Stableloads, I only keep enough air in the bags to keep them from getting damaged. With Stableloads being so inexpensive and simple to install, I would try them first and if you are still not satisfied, then try the air bags.
I want to thank everyone for their input in my resent generator/battery/inverter questions. So, I think I will probably pick up a couple of group 31 AGM batteries and a 2000 watt pure sine inverter (probably the Xantrex prowatt sw2000). I've already ordered the Honda eu2000 generator.
Much of the primitive camping we do now is in the UP or Northern Michigan and I'm sure we will enjoy a quieter generator experience with the Honda. I'm sure the battery/inverter will be an additional benefit but I am hoping it will also be a benefit when we are on the the road traveling to a more distant destination and wanting to spend the quick overnights at a Walmart, rest stop or truck stop. Will the battery/inverter be all we need for our morning appliance usage or will we still need to use a generator? Obviously, with the Onan 2500, it was a simple push of a button (and waking up the neighborhood) to get the coffee brewing, and hair dryer, drying. Anyways, that is all history.
For our morning coffee, we use a Keurig coffee maker which requires turning it on to heat up the water and then make two thermos's of coffee. Probably less than five minutes. Then my DW will require about 10-15 minutes to use her hair dryer and curling iron. And lastly, using the microwave for heating up some oatmeal.
I hope this isn't a dump question but I have never been able to get a good grasp of RV electrical systems and if it is questionable whether this will work, then there is probably not a need to invest in this battery/inverter system at this time. I'm just hoping it will work.
Thanks for you help and patience.
If you are looking for an inverter I recomend Xantrex PROWatt SW2000.
Thanks, Scottz for this recommendation. I found it for sale at a place called Hodges Marine for $338. From what I've seen, this is a good price for a 2000 watt pure sine wave inverter. I think I'll probably order it. Thanks again.
It would be better to run a small 2,000 watt Honda generator for such high wattage appliances, then run the TV or other low wattage things with the inverter. But whatever you want. . .
The Honda is about $995 at a place like this. Mayberrys.com Ask about delivery costs, as that can get expensive. I think this place is free shipping, but don't have current information.
Fred, I appreciate your recommendation on the Honda EU2000 and I laugh only because I ordered one just yesterday from Camping World. They are running a special until August 18th of, $999 plus free shipping. I thought that was a pretty good deal. But I should also clarify when I would be wanting to run these appliances without the generator. I would only be wanting to do this when camping overnight at places like Walmart, rest areas or truck stops and not pull out the generator so not to look too much like we are camping. Once we arrived at our destination, I would be pulling out the generator. My current Onan 2500 is very noisy and with the mechanical problems I've had with it, I just want to remove it from the camper and then carry the Honda in the generator cavity. My plan is to remove it, get it serviced and then sell it. It only has 16 hours on it but just don't like it. I also barowed a friends Honda 2000 and it was able to run the AC we have in the camper.
A question I should probably ask, is it then even necessary for me to have AGM batteries if only needing them to run appliances on these quick, overnight stays? I'm thinking I would still require a good inverter.
As for the solar panels, many of the places we dry camp are so wooded, I'm not too sure if solar would work very well for us.
I'm looking at purchasing a couple of group 31, AGM, deep cycle batteries and a new inverter for our AF 1150. We enjoy dry camping but always rely on a generator for making our morning coffee and for my wife to blow dry and curl her hair. So, what direction should I take as far as the correct batteries and inverter? My local CarQuest dealer has 31 group AGM, deep cell batteries for $248.99 each. They said the manufacturer for the batteriy is East Penn. Thanks for your help!
I wonder if it makes sense to pull it out, fix it, and sell it to recoup some of your cost for the Honda? Seems like people are asking $1000-2000 for working ones. Don't know what they actually get, but a low-hour one that works should be worth around 60% of the new cost.g
That is precisely my plan. Once I repair whatever is the problem and with only 14 hours on the Owen, I'm thinking I should get back more than what I pay for the Honda. At least that is what I hope.