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RE: TT prep question

Lead-free (white) RV water hose and a good pressure regulator. A filter is optional. Screwdriver with a #2 square bit.
mbopp 10/23/16 10:55am Beginning RVing
RE: Tow Advice F150 1/2 ton

Short story - not enough truck. It's not about the tow rating, it's about payload and especially rear axle rating. And this is compounded by the fact this is a S-crew - how many people and how much gear are you hauling? What's the yellow payload sticker on the driver's door frame say for your rating?
mbopp 10/23/16 10:52am Travel Trailers
RE: Solar Output in Shade?

OK, now that I've digested all this...... Background - I have 2 G29 12V flooded batteries. Charging is via an IOTA 55A deck-mounted converter w/ charge control when on generator. It's mounted in the front pass-through and run to the batteries with 4ga welding cable. Much as I'd like to put 250 watts of solar on the roof I don't believe it'll work in the sites we like given the output drop-off in shade. Too bad - I have enough real estate on the front of the TT roof for a panel and could run the cable down through roof, into the front bedroom closet and then into the pass-through. So - To get an unobstructed south-facing location I'd need app 100' of cable on a portable solar panel. Given the distance involved I'm thinking of going with a 24V system with a MPPT controller mounted next to the IOTA in the pass-through. I'd have to cable-lock the panel to a tree as I'm afraid of it growing legs if we're gone for the day. The problem is finding one or 2 24V panels small enough to be reasonably portable. DS works for a solar installer and they buy 24V 260W panels by the truckload but they're a bit large to be "portable."
mbopp 10/19/16 08:01am Tech Issues
RE: Topper while pulling TT help MPG?

I also carry a canoe, and maybe it helps the mileage by .2MPG or so. But towing speed, and wind speed and direction are bigger factors.
mbopp 10/18/16 11:23am Beginning RVing
RE: torque wrench

I'm still using my ancient Craftsman beam torque wrench. And they're called "torque sticks" that go on an air gun. Basically they're torsion springs. They're color coded for torque rating and lug nut size, available individually or in sets.
mbopp 10/16/16 12:42pm General RVing Issues
Solar Output in Shade?

I'm still toying with adding solar to alleviate running the genny every day. But since out favorite no-hookup sites are shaded, what % of rated output can I expect from a 24V panel and MPPT controller? Can I get 50 watts out of a 200W panel?
mbopp 10/14/16 09:13am Tech Issues
RE: Which company(s) still build quality TT?

Every manufacturer has their good days and bad days. What matters more is the selling dealer and their service.
mbopp 10/14/16 09:04am Travel Trailers
RE: My new trailer is not junk

DW & I agree the best trailer we had was our '05 Starcraft hybrid. The Thor Heartland wasn't bad either. New GD? That's another story.
mbopp 10/13/16 05:41pm Travel Trailers
RE: Small electrical problelm

Yes, I had to install a relay and IIRR a fuse under the hood to enable the charge line in my F150. The parts were in a plastic bag in the glove box.
mbopp 10/13/16 01:38pm Tech Issues
RE: Which used pick up would work

You can unlock the transfer case in my F150 4X4 and tow it 4-down.
mbopp 10/12/16 08:08pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Jack Options

I got 2 scissors jacks at a flea market ($5) to use for supplimental stability. I just put a piece of 1" board under the spring U-bolts and use the scissors jack to lift the axle.
mbopp 10/11/16 12:05pm General RVing Issues
RE: Winterizing

Did you drain the black & gray tanks?
mbopp 10/11/16 11:57am Travel Trailers
RE: Big 3 Petition EPA for CAFE Relief

Just for grins I was looking at new F150's. The vast majority had the new 2.7 EB engine. 3.5EB's and 5.0's were scarce.
mbopp 10/10/16 10:46pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Want to purchase a new Keystone RV

Bunkhouse. 1/2-ton. How many people and how much gear are you hauling? I'll bet you'll be over the GVW and rear axle rating on the 1500.
mbopp 10/10/16 11:35am Travel Trailers
RE: filling fresh water with city water hook up

Hmmmmmm interesting! On ours, the only way to fill the FW tank is by using the city water inlet. There's no gravity fill hole. There's a lever that is rotated from tank fill to city water usage. Makes it a pain to winterize. And no I can't get to the pump to add a winterization kit without taking a cabinet apart or taking the docking station out. On our Grand Design we have the lever to fill the FW tank from the city inlet. And in 2017 models GD added a gravity fill port. We do have a winterizing valve and hose but I have to remove a side panel on the docking station to access it.
mbopp 10/10/16 08:29am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Grand Design sells to Winnebago

Lots of talk on the Grand Design forum about this.
mbopp 10/10/16 08:24am General RVing Issues
RE: Lightweight trailer research/shopping

Our last TT had Lippert power stabilizers,a feature I did NOT want on another TT. I find a cordless drill makes short work of setting the manual stabs and they're more stable.
mbopp 10/07/16 01:36pm Travel Trailers
RE: Is this the right tow vehicle?

Another vote for a 3/4-ton truck, especially since you're looking at a crew cab, and how many passengers?
mbopp 10/07/16 08:01am Tow Vehicles
RE: Advice for a newbie

The only way you'll know if you're within the trucks weight limits is to load it up like you're going camping and get it weighed.
mbopp 10/06/16 06:40pm Travel Trailers
RE: Ohio to Boston

Another vote for Sweetwater. And the General Store. Check out the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History in Brewster also - small, but interesting. And you can take the hiking trails to the ocean.
mbopp 10/05/16 05:42pm Roads and Routes
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