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RE: New to the site

Mostly it's DW (D--- Wife) and myself camping now. When we had our hybrid DW bought 2 plastic 3-drawer shelves and set them on the back bunk. Perhaps you can do that with an unused bunk?
mbopp 10/22/14 05:26am Travel Trailers
RE: Wire converter to which side of battery switch?

Do the Iota's do this? Yes. My IOTA status LED flashes and there is a parasitic draw when the AC power is removed. I pull one of the cables off the batteries if I won't be hooked up to AC power for a few days.
mbopp 10/17/14 07:14pm Tech Issues
RE: Wire converter to which side of battery switch?

If you have the old converter still hooked up inside the rig, and the deck mount up by the batts, then you can have the switch on the battery to old converter pos wire where it is now, and no switch for the new converter at all. That would let you run the rig on the old converter while the new converter charges the batteries with no load on them slowing down the recharge. This is how I have mine wired. The OEM WFCO runs through the switch and the IOTA deck mount is hard wired. The IOTA has a 3' wire run to the batteries. There was a spare breaker slot in the WFCO AC side so I put the WFCO on its own breaker. And the IOTA runs through a switched outlet in the front pass-through. I can run either the WFCO or IOTA converter, both, or none.
mbopp 10/17/14 09:04am Tech Issues
RE: Flojet to Theford

That's a much cheaper alternative for sure. According to the manual, it says "Do not use the pump for other fluids, especially not fuels, cleaning fluids, or other chemical products." Have you had any issue with pumping the gray water since it has cleaning fluids? Thanks. No problems to date. "Cleaning fluids" probably means paint thinner, acetone, alcohol, or other strong solvents. My guess is that the soap residue lubricates the pump.
mbopp 10/17/14 05:42am Travel Trailers
RE: Flojet to Theford

I've used one of these to pump gray water. Use one of these and some recycled garden hose to get the gray water to your tank. It's not as fast as a Flojet but it's cheaper. I have a surplus 30-gallon barrel strapped in the truck bed to transport the gray water. Way cheaper than a tote. It was set up with a garden hose connector and 3/4" ball valve but is getting re-worked for an 1-1/2" RV waste valve & hose.
mbopp 10/16/14 06:52pm Travel Trailers
RE: Dry Camping: Many Power Solutions. What about Waste/Water?

For those that use a macerator to pump from the TT to the TV truck bed, what kind/size of auxiliary waste tank do you use? When you dump the auxiliary waste tank at the dump station using your TV, do you gravity feed or use the macerator again? I have a surplus ($10) 30-gallon plastic barrel. It's strapped down on a cut-down, inverted pallet (free) for transport. It's gravity dump at the dump station. I was using an old piece of garden hose but to speed things up the barrel is getting re-worked to a 1-1/2" RV-style dump valve and 1-1/2" hose.
mbopp 10/16/14 02:37pm Tech Issues

TV tow capacity is a minor part of the equation. Payload is the more important factor in a TV especially a 1/2-ton. How many people? How much "stuff" are you carrying? And add the weight of the hitch. It all adds up quick.
mbopp 10/16/14 05:31am Travel Trailers
RE: Charging RV batteries with TV

I don't believe a vehicle alternator has a high enough voltage to constitute "bulk" charging. If I had to charge off a TV I'd be tempted to get a 2KW inverter and wire it straight to the truck battery and use either the TT converter or separate smart battery charger.
mbopp 10/14/14 03:14pm Tech Issues
RE: 12 Years ago I did... What do I do now? - Sewer

Another Rhino user here. They make a much heavier gauge hose than the cheapies. If we stay a few days I don't use anything in the tank. For a week I'll add some blue stuff. Or do a search on the "Geo Method." I bought a Watts regulator after the cheap one restricted the water flow too much. You can do a lot of reading on LED's. I bought mine from 2011_led on Ebay.
mbopp 10/13/14 04:31pm Travel Trailers
RE: Ohio E-ZPass &towing

I am from Ohio and have a EZ-Pass. It has worked all across the eastern half of the U.S. on toll roads except Florida. I use the same transponder towing our fifth wheel or solo with the truck. Careful - On occasion NY will audit the toll both cameras. If they find you went through a toll booth with a trailer and paid a single-unit toll they'll run you plate and mail you a violation along with a fine.
mbopp 10/12/14 06:43pm Roads and Routes
RE: Dry Camping: Many Power Solutions. What about Waste/Water?

We don't boondock but we do stay at cg's w/o hookups that have water spigots scattered along the access road. For fresh water I have a 6-gallon plastic jug to fill the tank by lifting and pouring. I also have a 15-gallon plastic barrel in the truck bed. I fill them both and the barrel gravity feeds into the FW tank fill neck via a fresh water hose. For gray water - I have a sewer cap that has a garden hose nipple on it. First pass was a couple of 5-gallon pails with pour spout lids that I would fill by gravity and haul to the dump station. Second pass was a surplus 30-gallon plastic drum mounted in the truck bed. It gets filled w/ gray water via a HF 12V marine pump and recycled garden hose. It gets emptied at the dump station by a short piece of hose. 3rd pass (in process) will have a macerator pump to empty the black and gray tank into the 30-gallon drum. The drum is getting fitted with a 1-1/2" RV-style dump valve and a 1-1/2" cam-lock quick disconnect on the dump hose.
mbopp 10/12/14 06:37pm Tech Issues
RE: Black tank question

The new TT has a hose connection for a rinser and I also back-flush the tank through the 3" outlet. But the most effective method I've found for keeping the black tank sensors clean is a flush wand down the toilet throat.
mbopp 10/12/14 11:24am Travel Trailers
RE: A tale of woe.

So you never had a signed sales agreement, just an email????
mbopp 10/10/14 08:01pm General RVing Issues
RE: Bumper sticker !

Saw one that said "I really don't care about your stick figure family."
mbopp 10/09/14 04:56pm Around the Campfire
RE: Ohio E-ZPass &towing

I'd call Ohio E-Z Pass and ask them directly. I'm in NY and have 2 transponders (white and blue) for whether I'm towing or not. But on the Mass Pike I was told I could use the white transponder since they count the axles and figure the toll that way.
mbopp 10/07/14 08:02am Roads and Routes
RE: Truck options?

Check the payload rating with 18 vs 20 wheels, you may find the 20" has a lower tow rating along with a harsher ride.
mbopp 10/06/14 06:55pm Travel Trailers
RE: BK Nortches Top Seed For Chase!

They may as well hand Kyle Larson the Rookie of the year trophy now. No other rookie is even close............. Yup, the best driver who didn't make the Chase. He's done more for the 42 team than JPM ever did. But when he blew the tire and went into the wall it took him out of the running.
mbopp 10/05/14 08:34pm Around the Campfire
RE: What do you tow with?

mbopp, how do you define a "small" trailer? My definition of "small" is an overall length (ball to bumper) of 30' or less. Our 21FBS is 26-1/2' overall. From our pop-up days we have favorite campgrounds that will only accommodate trailers under 30'. My opinion only - if you go longer than 30' in a non-lightweight trailer you're into a large SUV / heavy payload 1/2-ton, or a 3/4-ton pickup for towing.
mbopp 10/05/14 11:38am Travel Trailers
RE: What do you tow with?

I'll echo the posts about the F150 EcoBoost. We had an Envoy but it was marginal towing our hybrid and it wouldn't do for even a small hardside. The EB has a lot of low end torque, 4X4, and a 36-gallon fuel tank. DW wasn't nuts about a PU but it's my daily driver, not hers. And she's come around to its utility both for towing and hauling other stuff. Our TT weighs 4850# (actual) unloaded so I'm probably in the 5800# range loaded. Even though the F150 has the standard payload rating it handles the TT just fine. IMHO if you're not full timing and are towing a small trailer I'm not sold on a Diesel. DB's 35'+ toy hauler - yes, his Dodge Diesel is a good match.
mbopp 10/05/14 07:46am Travel Trailers
RE: Chainsaw purchase advice, please

I used to frequent a chainsaw forum. Dolmar didn't have a bad rep even though it's not a popular brand. The 2 major brands are Stihl and Husqvarna. Me? I have a Shindaiwa 488. I ditched the factory chain and am running Carlton chipper chain on it.
mbopp 10/02/14 06:20am Around the Campfire
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