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RE: Bypass water heater?

You could literally set your bypass as if you were winterizing. That would take it out of the circuit while allowing everything else to work.
kaydeejay 05/21/15 08:24pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Another tow capacity question - very confusing!

If you want to tow 9000# PLUS anything over 150# in the truck I suggest you get your final drive changed to 4.10. Your MAXIMUM tow rating is only valid with a 150# driver in the truck, more than that comes off the tow rating. That axle change would give you a total 10,000# rating, which is probably close to where you will be by the time you figure in passengers and other stuff in the truck. Otherwise you will be pushing your transmission hard. Hopefully your truck already has a heavy duty trans cooler.
kaydeejay 05/21/15 03:27pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Rare find. Used HD F150.

According to the window sticker that truck has a GVWR of 8200#. I think that makes it a HD. But it's a Canadian truck....."This vehicle not intended for sale or registration in the US". Hmmm, wonder what they have done to make it 50 State legal.:h I don't think much other than importing it. I believe part of it is warranty purposes. The used truck I purchased was originally from Canada with that language. I purchased it from a Ford dealer as a certified pre-owned and warranty.Well, other than the fact it is not certified to meet US Safety and Emission regulations (Canada IS different!) and it has a primary scale kilometer speedo and (maybe) odometer it shouldn't be an issue!!!
kaydeejay 05/21/15 07:41am Towing
RE: Rare find. Used HD F150.

According to the window sticker that truck has a GVWR of 8200#. I think that makes it a HD. But it's a Canadian truck....."This vehicle not intended for sale or registration in the US". Hmmm, wonder what they have done to make it 50 State legal.:h
kaydeejay 05/20/15 07:56pm Towing
RE: Insurance

All-State just jacked my insurance up $200. When I asked why, all I got was "That's just the way it is". Switched to Farm Bureau - saved $600/year with home and Auto.
kaydeejay 05/20/15 07:41pm General RVing Issues
RE: Looking at a 2008 Chevy Silverado 2500 HD - advice?

Diesels are very expensive to maintain and sell the farm when they break. Injectors alone are a fortune. Also look at cost of fuel vs gas. You can buy a very nice new gas truck for $30000. You would have a 3 year warranty and a new truck. Take it from someone who have owned both.Yes, an oil change on a diesel is more expensive than a gas, but at double the mileage! Other than the cost of a fuel filter every 15,000 miles what other "maintenance" costs are higher than a gasser? And the fuel discussion is very much in favor of diesel right now - they are the same price around here and I get 12-13mpg towing vs the 6-8 that many gassers report.
kaydeejay 05/20/15 07:24pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Plugging 30A 5th wheel into 50A service

Just remember that you will have a 50 breaker feeding #10 30amp rated cable, so if you have a problem ahead of the trailers 30 main breaker, you could have an electrical fire risk. ChrisI've got a little usb box that charges my phone plugged into a 20 amp outet in the kitchen. The cable to my phone is 22 guage. Should I be worried?Even worse, that 20 amp circuit is probably terminated with a bunch of 15 amp sockets. If that socket doesn't have a horizontal slot on the neutral side, it is probably only rated at 15 amps.Not to mention the table lamps with 18 or 20g wire pulling maybe 1 amp out of those 15amp outlets. What if that skinny wire develops a fault? Same difference AFAIC! To the OP, get the 50A to 30A dog-bone, use it and don't worry.
kaydeejay 05/20/15 07:12pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Plugging 30A 5th wheel into 50A service

Just remember that you will have a 50 breaker feeding #10 30amp rated cable, so if you have a problem ahead of the trailers 30 main breaker, you could have an electrical fire risk. ChrisChances of a failure in the cord itself that causes more than 30A but less than 50A to flow is so low it is almost zero. In the unlikely event a short occurs, then the 50A breaker will take care of it. IMHO that "risk" is more than offset by the reduced potential of an overheated 30A outlet on the pedestal caused by dirty or weak contacts. I use a 50A to 30A dog-bone whenever a 50A outlet is available. It's usually in MUCH better shape than the 30A ones.
kaydeejay 05/20/15 06:20am Fifth-Wheels
RE: For someone looking for the latest

And only $85,000 :E
kaydeejay 05/20/15 06:10am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: chevy 2002 1500HD Silverado

Your asking in the fifth wheel forum, so I assume your asking about a fifth wheel? Simple answer is none! Load your truck up like your going onna trip and go to the scales. Subtract your loaded ready to camp scaled weight from the GVwR number you find on the drivers door post. Your real world available cargo carrying capacity could be anywhere from 100 to 800 pounds.Easy Don, he has 2500# of payload. More than most 1/2 tons and only 300# less than my 2500HD diesel. A small fiver IS possible as long as he follows the rest of your suggestions.
kaydeejay 05/20/15 06:03am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Fridge died! Are Arcticold units OK?

Decision made - Arcticold unit is on order.
kaydeejay 05/19/15 05:38pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Fridge died! Are Arcticold units OK?

My current one has been the traveler, but I have been meticulous about leveling it when parked. Not sure what else I could do. This last one is 16 years old. I suspect it may have been on borrowed time I have owned it since 2007, I have no idea how it was treated for the first 8 years. OK..........16 yrs is pretty good service even with 8 yrs of unknown operation Current one......the traveler. What model year is it? When traveling is fridge ON? (mine is---always) Only reason I ask is if on while in transit no problem because the bouncing/rolling/swaying etc keeps coolant in motion BUT roadside stops for potty breaks, lunch, sight seeing can be issue if off-level......doesn't take extended off level operation to start causing damage which accumulates Good luck with your cooling unit swap. Don't have any info on that company or it's unitsCurrent unit is in a 1999 Sunnybrook. I think it's the original. Yes, I do travel with the fridge on EXCEPT when stopping for breaks etc. If the unit is off level I turn the fridge off. Think I'll just accept that a 16 year old fridge gave up and move on. Not sure what I would/could change about the way I use them that would decrease the chance of future failure.
kaydeejay 05/19/15 06:03am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Installing inverter in 50 amp system

First of all - welcome! Your 3000w inverter could pull over 300 amps at 12V DC. You are not going to do that with a single 12V battery! Also, IIRC I don't think there is a 240 volt split phase inverter available, which is what you will need to power a 50amp rig unless you have no 240volt appliances. In which case you could connect both halves of your supply to the inverter providing 110V to each leg, but 0 volts across the two legs. Your energy management system may not like that! You need to rethink your ACTUAL power requirements. I'm suggesting it is impractical to power your entire system from an inverter without a HUGE battery bank behind it. You need to be more selective in what you run and perhaps have a dedicated circuit and outlets that run off the inverter.
kaydeejay 05/18/15 09:39pm Tech Issues
RE: Fresh water flows out of City connection

Suddenly, when I run my water pump for using on-board water, the water spews out of the city connection. What's that all about? Didn't happen yesterday when I used it. I have a Shurflo 4008-101-E65 rated at 55 psi. It replaced a 40 psi pump. Is there some sort of back-flow preventer that's not preventing backflow through the system?Exactly what it is. If you are lucky you may be able to reseat the sprung seal from outside, otherwise the inlet needs replacing. Not a huge or expensive job - just a PITA!
kaydeejay 05/18/15 09:32pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Fridge died! Are Arcticold units OK?

Failure mode is the same as one in a previous trailer. Diagnosis then was a blockage in the cooling unit.2 trailers.....both fridges cooling units blockage :H You might want to review/revise your way of operating fridges. Off level operation even for 20 minutes can cause overheating of coolant which then crystallizes. The crystals then plate out on tubing like a plague--------permanently. This damage is accumulativeMy first trailer was a 1984 Prowler that was permananently parked in a Campground in Ontario. It was dead level and never moved. I then owned a Class A followed by a Citation fifth-wheel and had no problems. My current one has been the traveler, but I have been meticulous about leveling it when parked. Not sure what else I could do. This last one is 16 years old. I suspect it may have been on borrowed time :B I have owned it since 2007, I have no idea how it was treated for the first 8 years. It was working perfectly when I shut it down to Winterize last Fall. It failed to start up when I turned it on last week. I had even leveled it for Winter storage!
kaydeejay 05/18/15 08:59pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Where is my 120v to 12v DC Inverter?

Did you find it ???Looks like we will never know!
kaydeejay 05/18/15 05:58pm Tech Issues
RE: Fridge died! Are Arcticold units OK?

Freezer can get down and food section not...........blockage can occur in between the 2 different evap sections. SO always determine if fridge is working by checking food section tempsFreezer is cool, not cold. Probably not even as cold as the fridge should be. The fridge section is room temperature - no cooling whatsoever. Decided to go ahead and have now ordered the Arcticool replacement cooling unit.
kaydeejay 05/18/15 05:52pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Fridge died! Are Arcticold units OK?

You could check posts over a year old.Never used that feature before so I tried it - zero results on this one! But thanks - I learned something today!
kaydeejay 05/18/15 01:09pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Fridge died! Are Arcticold units OK?

How long did the fridge operate before it was deemed broken? If the freezer section is working, wouldn't that mean that the cooling unit is functioning? Edit: reread the original post and I see that the freezer section is not functioning. Sorry about the bad info above, I'll need to reread post before I comment. Residential 120V replacement may be a cheaper cost than replacing the cooling unit.Residential won't work for me - I run the fridge on gas extensively. And as I plan to sell the fiver soon I figure it will be better to have a functional RV fridge at that point. So whether I keep it or not I'll go ahead with a new cooling unit.
kaydeejay 05/18/15 01:02pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Fridge died! Are Arcticold units OK?

Did you try it on Gas vs. elect? The whole thing may not be broken.. if you can live with it working on gas.Gas or electric - no difference. Plenty of heat in the heater/burner area. Failure mode is the same as one in a previous trailer. Diagnosis then was a blockage in the cooling unit. I took the fridge out and rolled it over a few times and actually got it to work - for a whole 2 weeks.
kaydeejay 05/18/15 01:00pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
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