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Battery Maintenance

I'm refreshing my somewhat limited knowledge of battery maintenance and found this article to be quite helpful. My Renogy solar charger is supposed to automatically do an equalizing charge every month. I think I'd rather do that on an annual basis with my Xantrex charger.
4x4ord 04/01/20 08:37am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Bigfoot Hydrolic Jacks - Electrical Connection HELP!

I find RV's often use black and white wiring for 12 volt .... black is positive and white is negative.
4x4ord 03/29/20 04:55pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: It's time for a replacement truck

ZERO CP4 warranty claims yet. The 14's seem to have more issues than 15 and up. How do you know there have been ZERO warranty claims? Have you heard of any? If there had been I guarantee you the haters would have brought it up. From what I understand Ford has almost ZERO warranty claims as well.:B
4x4ord 03/29/20 03:57pm Tow Vehicles
RE: It's time for a replacement truck

If I were you I would spend the little bit of extra cash to have diesel even if it's not the most economical thing to do. In my opinion the Duramax has been pretty much flawless since 2006. If I was going to buy a Cummins it would be a 2014-2018.
4x4ord 03/29/20 08:01am Tow Vehicles
RE: Sierra 2500 fifth wheel hitch - factory prep vs aftermarket

You can install the puck system in a used truck. You can buy the Reese underbody puck system from etrailer for $415.
4x4ord 03/28/20 06:42am Tow Vehicles
RE: Inverter location

Thanks for the input everyone. The slide controller is in that compartment, so I'm not too worried about corrosion. Front compartment it is, should be able to keep the cables to less than 3'. I bought a pair of 1 gauge 25' booster cables for $35. If you did the same you could shorten the cables by a few feet and have 20' foot set of booster cables and 5 feet of inverter cable for $35.
4x4ord 03/26/20 10:45pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Ground Control 3.0

I had that happen on a manual crank jack many years ago. I was able to replace just the "nut". And the replacement part worked for many years after. You might be able to have a machine shop make you a new part from steel.
4x4ord 03/25/20 06:08am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Sandpaper 5th wheel

Would something like this work? You will want something rated for about 30 amps.
4x4ord 03/25/20 05:39am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Can a modified sine wave inverter damage rlectronics

and buy a cheap 2500 watt pure sine wave inverter to power the trailer.Why do you advise cheap? I'm just meaning I can purchase a stand alone pure sine wave inverter for much less than the cost of replacing my Xantrex inverter/charger.
4x4ord 03/24/20 01:23pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Can a modified sine wave inverter damage rlectronics

I had a MSW Freedom 10 in to two boats and two trailers and never had a problem. Picked up a West Marine 1500 (AKA Freedom 15, which Heart Interface never marketed under their own label) and ran that for like 15 years on the last boat and never had a issue with anything running on it also. The Freedom units have great 4 stage battery chargers built in. They are worth it just for the charger. That might be a good idea to keep the Xantrex for the battery charger and buy a cheap 2500 watt pure sine wave inverter to power the trailer.
4x4ord 03/24/20 06:55am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Can a modified sine wave inverter damage rlectronics

What I'm wondering is does plugging in to MSW fry things? Or do some things just refuse to work on msw? Specifically do I risk damaging a lap top or cordless tool battery packs?
4x4ord 03/23/20 08:03am Fifth-Wheels
Can a modified sine wave inverter damage rlectronics

We have a Xantrex Freedom 458 inverter charger in our 5ver. A number of years ago one of the girls had an expensive brand new hair straightener that she plugged in while running off inverter power. The straightener failed to work .... it was the first time using it so we were able to get a refund. In the back of my mind I've always wondered whether the inverter could have fried it? Are there things that shouldn't be plugged into a modified sine wave inverter?
4x4ord 03/23/20 06:14am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5th wheel hitch lift

Lift one side up, drag it over to the trailer and set it on the deck, then go lift the other side up and push.
4x4ord 03/22/20 09:56pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5th wheel hitch lift

The few weeks ago I unloaded my drill press off the back of my truck and carried it into the shop. A couple days later my back was bothering me so I looked up the specs and found it weighs 227 lbs. It doesn't seem like very many years ago that 227 lbs would have been something I could quite easily handle ..... I'm only 57 but I guess it's time for me get a little smarter too. I should probably hang a pulley from my garage ceiling and use the winch on my quad to unload my hitch.
4x4ord 03/22/20 05:26pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Installing an automatic transfer switch

I have a XantRex Freedom 458. If I wire as I explained in my first post I'm quite sure it would work just fine. The Xantrex input would be powered up from shore power through the parallel connection at the transfer switch. The inverter ac output would come into the transfer switch Power Cord input. Shore power, being connected to "Generator in" at the transfer switch should open the "Power Cord" circuit. There may be something I'm overlooking but I'm confident enough to give it a try unless someone can explain why it won't work.
4x4ord 03/22/20 12:28pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5th wheel hitch lift

Not quite sure why my "NEXT" B&W will be lighter??? My current RVK3600 25k/6,500# pin weighs in at 229#. Base is 154# and head is 75#. Hehe...I was just getting at the fact that you might want the same 153# hitch that Ford Truck Guy has after purchasing your next truck.:)
4x4ord 03/22/20 10:11am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5th wheel hitch lift

You must have one of them B&W “HeavyWeight” hitches. You're next B&W hitch will likely be quite a bit lighter.
4x4ord 03/22/20 06:26am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Installing an automatic transfer switch

No don't jump it over to both. Cord to Cord, Gen to Gen. Control(output) to the inverter charger input. Inverter/charger output to the main panel or circuit you want powered. Seems easy as long as all is 30 amps or all is 50 amps. A bit more complex if it is 30/50 mixed. My inverter charger is only 30 amps so I don't want to run shore power through the inverter charger's internal transfer switch.
4x4ord 03/22/20 12:00am Fifth-Wheels
Installing an automatic transfer switch

I'm installing a transfer switch in my 5ver. The transfer switch has three sets of labelled terminals: Control; Power Cord; Generator. It would be simple enough to just follow the labels but I want to hook the power cord to the transfer switch's Generator terminals as well as to "power in" on my inverter charger; hook my "inverter out" to the transfer switch's Power Cord terminals. Then Control will obviously go to the RV's breaker panel. I guess it would work to follow the labels, but if I wire it as I am suggesting there would be no draw on my batteries to operate the transfer switch while running off inverter power. Is there any reason to wire it according to the labels?
4x4ord 03/21/20 07:52pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Looking for advice on purchasing a 3/4 or 1 ton pickup

About the only difference between a HD 3/4 ton and a SRW 1 ton is $200 and the 1 ton can haul twice as much. It never makes sense to buy a 3/4 ton. Your choice should be between a 1/2 ton and 1 ton SRW. Have you got an exit plan? What a load of c$ap. The difference is mostly (or entirely) the decal on the fender. That allows the 1 ton to haul twice as much? That said, given what has transpired the past few weeks being a senile old man doesn't sound half bad. I think we are saying the same thing. The two trucks are identical other than badging, payload sticker and rear suspension. So I'm saying why buy a 3/4 ton?
4x4ord 03/21/20 11:56am Tow Vehicles
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