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RE: A spare wheel might be harder to source than you think!

@2manytoyz, most of the problem is it appears you don’t know what wheel it is and what fits. If a 16” doesn’t fit then it’s a 17” rim which is standard on all the dually trucks for the last 15 years or so. I promise whatever you have if it came off the Ford line is not rare. Start by figuring out what size the wheel is. I know EXACTLY what wheel it is. I posted a picture of the Ford P/N. It's a 16x6 wheel, but the other numbers in that long P/N indicate offset, etc. The issue is there are a few different Ford wheels this size, but they are NOT interchangeable. This is why I recommend people go LOOK at their wheels, read the P/N, and see if it is commonly available, or if they need to consider getting a spare. This wheel has a slightly different profile, that clears the oversized brake calipers on the new E-450 CUTAWAY chassis. This is not the same wheel used on the standard E-450 chassis. Not only do I know the exact wheel I need, I have one. Maybe the only one available at the moment.
2manytoyz 12/27/22 06:18pm General RVing Issues
RE: A spare wheel might be harder to source than you think!

Any competent tire service can dismount / remount a tire on the side of the road. All you need to carry is the tire itself, no rim. And if a blowout damages the rim? "I" can't remount a spare tire on the side of the road, but I sure can swap a mounted tire. I choose to have the option of getting myself back on the road. I don't share this information to convince anyone they should do the same! Some will find this information useful...
2manytoyz 12/27/22 06:08pm General RVing Issues
A spare wheel might be harder to source than you think!

Most new motorhomes don't come with a spare tire. My first Class A motorhome did, a 1999 Bounder, and it was tucked up under the chassis. The disadvantage to not carrying a spare is a flat tire can ruin a vacation. My last Class A, a 2015 Forest River Georgetown 3218TS, used a common size tire, but the wheel (8" wide) had been discontinued. Many RVs use a 7" wide wheel, which didn't fit. It took a week to special order a spare. We recently traded in our Class A, for a new 2023 Thor Quantum KW29 Class C. It's on a very common Ford E-450 chassis. However, it's a cutaway (RV) chassis, which uses larger brake calipers. Standard E-450 wheels DO NOT FIT as they hit the calipers. I contacted many companies, and searched the internet for 3 days. I finally found a used one of eBay. It was their last one. Spare tires are often easier to source as you can change brands. Wheels are another story. http://2manytoyz.com/RV/Thor-KW29/IMG_6527.jpg width=800 http://2manytoyz.com/RV/Thor-KW29/IMG_6834.jpg height=600 http://2manytoyz.com/RV/Thor-KW29/IMG_6841.jpg width=800 I have a Road Master spare tire carrier that mounts in the RVs hitch, and provides another hitch point. This was used on my previous Class A, and I transferred it to the new Class C. I highly recommend that you check the P/N on your wheel, and checking the availability, especially if you're not going to carry a spare. You might source one in a day, a week, or if you have a wheel like mine, someone just bought the only available one (ME!). Ford can eventually get you one, but those are over $1K, and with the difficulty getting parts, you might be stuck somewhere for far longer than you intended. For more information on the spare tire carrier, pics and details here: http://2manytoyz.com/spare-tire-carrier.html
2manytoyz 12/26/22 04:05pm General RVing Issues
RE: 12 volt fridges and boondocking?

http://2manytoyz.com/RV/Thor-KW29/Manuals/Norcold-Fridge.jpg width=800 I've had several different types of RV fridges. My current one is the 10 cubic ft Norcold 12V compressor type. The downside to 12V compressor fridges is they consume more power per day than an absorption type fridge running on propane. The upside is they cool better, and much faster. The Norcold has a night mode, which draws less power. They expect the fridge to be used less in the middle of the night, so they run the compressor less. The temperature of the RV, and how often the fridge door is opened, will play a big part in how often the compressor runs. Looks like the 8 cu ft fridge draws ~5A/HR. Just a wild guess, a 50% duty cycle of 5A/HR, is 2.5A/HR x 24 hours = 60 Amps x 12V = 720 Watt Hours per day. 600W of solar, with a derating factor of 25% = 450W of actual production. During peak sunlight, you'll replenish all the energy used by your fridge in 1.6 hours. Short of measuring your actual usage, and actual collection, hard to give accurate numbers. If power consumption becomes a big deal, consider using a portable Engel refrigerator. It only has one moving part, and is incredibly efficient. I added an external thermostat to mine, details here: http://2manytoyz.com/engel-thermostat.html
2manytoyz 12/23/22 07:58pm Tech Issues
RE: Shore power question

I've been doing this since 2004, with multiple RVs. We are in FL, and I leave the A/C on, set to about 78F. This keeps the temps lower inside, and removes the humidity. Both will destroy the interior of an RV. Furthermore, most RVs come with a smart charger, with multiple stages of charging. Letting the charger do its job is the best thing you can do for your batteries. Sulfation occurs when a battery is deprived of a full charge, it builds up and remains on battery plates. And a trickle charger allows the battery fluid to stratify, also causing damage if used for long periods. Batteries either need mechanical movement (i.e. in a vehicle), or periodic fast (bulk) charging to mix the fluid. I have a solar setup at home, and I've learned a lot over the years on how to extend the life of my batteries.
2manytoyz 12/19/22 10:59am General RVing Issues
New Jeep Gladiator TOAD

http://2manytoyz.com/RV/TOAD/IMG_6096.jpg I recently modified my new 2023 Jeep Gladiator Rubicon so it can be towed behind our RV (which is changing soon). The wiring was more complex than the two previous Jeeps I wired as TOADS. Part of it was due to the CANbus system, and LED tail lights with lots of wires. The RoadMaster EvenBrake system needs a 12V input when the brakes are applied to determine the brake press was successful. The new vehicle no longer uses a basic switch on the brake pedal. It's now a potentiometer so the vehicle can determine how much pedal is being applied. Not a simple mechanical system. I purchased a brake controller harness, and plugged that into the hidden plug in the dash. I have the tow package, so the wiring was there already. The plug provided a +12V signal when the pedal was pressed, along with a constant +12V, and a ground. This was used for the wireless module. I ran a dedicated cable from the battery, to the braking system with the compressor inside. It tows flawlessly. Tracks well, with only one slight quirk. Once we arrive, and disconnect the Jeep, the factory TPMS in the Jeep becomes unavailable, and gives an error. Once the Jeep is driven over 15 MPH, each wheel sensor broadcasts, and the system starts registering the pressures. Within a minute or two, all is well. This vehicle has a push button start. The first step to waking up the computer, is to step on the brake. My theory is each time the pedal is pressed by the aux braking system, part of the Jeep's computer system is activated, but not all of it, causing a fault. Each tail light wire uses a diode, so it isn't backfeeding the wiring. It's not a big deal, and I've talked with another Gladiator owner, using a different wiring kit (Blue Ox vs. my RoadMaster), and noticed the same thing.
2manytoyz 12/01/22 06:15pm Dinghy Towing
RE: AC on or off?

I ALWAYS leave my A/C on. Did this for my 1999 Bounder Class A, a 2006 Rockwood travel trailer, and now our current Class A. I set the temp 78-79F, close the blinds, but turn off the residential fridge. Heat and humidity here in FL will destroy the inside of an RV. Other than the added cost of the electric bill, very little downside.
2manytoyz 06/14/22 05:36pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: onan fuel pump

I bought an Airtex E11015 pump for our Onan 5500W generator 4 years ago. No issues with it so far. Got it on Amazon for $34 at the time. It's currently unavailable, but you can search other sources for this part number. It is a direct OEM replacement. Link to original source: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0076D5OI2/ For those unsure if this is a DIY type of job, I uploaded a video of this project here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nyHNPczC2YQ Good luck.
2manytoyz 05/25/22 07:27pm Class A Motorhomes
RVing With A Ninja Foodi XL

I've been RVing a long time. I have an entire collection of propane and charcoal cooking options. The newest one for me is the Ninja Foodi XL grill. An advantage it has over the others is I can grill indoors when it's raining sideways. We live in FL, and often stay in the state. Rain is just part of life here. This model Ninja Grills, Air Crisps, Bakes, Roasts, Broils, and Dehydrates. It comes with a thermometer probe, cooking food perfectly. http://2manytoyz.com/Cooking/Ninja-Foodi/IMG_0837.jpg When we travel, it fits nicely under the dining bench seat. I've used it outdoors on a stand, but often use it indoors. The food is amazing! Far better than going to a restaurant. More pics and cooking times/temps/recipes here: http://2manytoyz.com/Ninja-Foodi-XL.html
2manytoyz 02/26/22 03:02pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Used Tow Bar Values

I purchased a used Roadmaster Falcon 2 tow bar for our Jeep. Got if for $357 on eBay. This worked fine, but I eventually bought the complete service kit for it from Etrailer. https://www.etrailer.com/Accessories-and-Parts/Roadmaster/RM-910003-60.html The video showing the process is here: https://www.etrailer.com/tv-review-roadmaster-service-kit-for-falcon-2-towbar-rm910003-65.aspx I also purchased a used Roadmaster EvenBrake 9400 from eBay. Paid $497. Worked well for a year or two, then a seal started leaking, causing the compressor to cycle quickly. The replacement seal was under $10, and took less than an hour to take the unit apart, fix the issue, and clean up the inside. Details here: http://2manytoyz.com/RoadMaster-EvenBrake-Repair.html Both items work perfectly, but did take some effort on my part. I used to work in the aerospace field as a tech, so this type of work is very easy for me. You can take a look at the links above, and decide if you're willing to potentially do this type of work, or look into having it done. But even buying it new, eventually this type of equipment needs servicing.
2manytoyz 02/26/22 02:28pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Roadside Assistance

I've had AAA, and State Farm. Now we have Progressive, and they were excellent when our motorhome got stuck next to our house. Response time was about 45 minutes to send a large tow truck to drag it out. There was no fee, no increase in the policy price the next year. Details and a short video is located here: http://2manytoyz.com/stuck-motorhome.html
2manytoyz 02/26/22 02:13pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Jeep toad ?

The 2005 and 2006 Jeep Wranglers do not have a "chipped" key. They DO have an "Off, Steering Not Locked" ignition switch position, which the '07 and later Wranglers do not have. We have a 2006 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. It DOES have a chipped key. My wife lost her key, and it was a pain to buy a new chipped key, which the dealer did not stock. Then had to take it to a locksmith (1/2 the price of the dealership) to program the Jeep's computer to accept the new key. Took him about 1/2 hour, and I watched the process. FWIW, my 2004 Jeep Wrangler Sahara I previously owned, also had a chipped key. We do have an unchipped key as well, which is used to unlock the steering wheel when we tow the Jeep. Here's the details on the chipped key I purchased from eBay: "OEM FACTORY NEW MASTER KEY BLANK IS A DIRECT FIT FOR THE FOLLOWING -2001-2006 JEEP WRANGLER- -2001-2004 JEEP GRAND CHEROKEE- -2002-2004 JEEP LIBERTY- -2001 JEEP CHEROKEE- GENUINE MOPAR PART # 05018699AA" https://www.ebay.com/itm/322237720645
2manytoyz 02/26/22 01:38pm Dinghy Towing
RE: onan 5500

Per the Onan representative, generators die from lack of use, rather than overuse. Keep up with the PM, it will likely outlast the rest of your RV.
2manytoyz 02/26/22 01:15pm Tech Issues
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