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RE: charging batteries with truck

It can certainly be done. Use good jumper cables right off your truck battery to the trailer batteries. The however in this case is your truck engine is producing a substantial amount of power just to run it's engine. A 2K generator will produce much less power and it's easier of fuel to run. The battery pack will take a charge at the same rate from both. One engine uses a lot more fuel than the other.
Artum Snowbird 07/04/19 08:16am Tech Issues
RE: 12v not working

Very simple electrical checks. Not connected, put meter on battery. Write it down. Connected put meter on battery. What is it? Connected put meter on negative and positive output of the converter. What is it? Your results with those checks will determine your problem most likely.
Artum Snowbird 07/03/19 11:01pm Tech Issues
RE: Shower Faucet leak?

I believe it's there to drain the wand when the taps are shut off or to let air in if the wand is left lower than the tap connection. This tiny hole, if it does it's job, might protect the wand hose from bursting if water is left in the hose through winter.
Artum Snowbird 06/30/19 04:38pm Tech Issues
RE: towing capcity and payload capacity.

The chart says 15 - 16 K depending on regular or 4 by 4 for fifth wheels. From years of reading this forum, likely your pin weight will determine the weight of the rig rather than the towing capacity. Nobody ever said you have too much truck.
Artum Snowbird 06/30/19 01:25pm Tow Vehicles
RE: What’s better in 12v batteries?

Get the one with the longest warranty. Some truck batteries come with a 7 or 8 year warranty. Get that one.
Artum Snowbird 06/30/19 11:56am Tech Issues
RE: I hate dinettes

At one point in the truck camper business, Snowbird Campers from BC came up with their reclining rotating chairs that included a table that went shorter so both chairs could face inward to the TV. It took the place of a lot of storage space, but was a great addition to the lives of two that lived in a TC.
Artum Snowbird 06/29/19 10:28pm General RVing Issues
RE: Purchasing a truck camper dilemma

For the money that all this might cost, you could also consider one of these. They are light, short, and a big better perhaps than a camper. You can keep your present truck too. It's easy to hook up, but gives you the freedom to drop and explore easily. Have a look. Escape fifth wheel
Artum Snowbird 06/29/19 10:23am Truck Campers
RE: Getting 5th wheel front cap clean without access to a hose

If you want to clean bugs and road grime very fast get some Spray Nine. Spray it on your soft wash brush or directly on your front cap, then just wash lightly with the soft wash brush and rinse with the water ideas suggested almost immediately. Bugs, grime, water marks are gone almost instantly.
Artum Snowbird 06/28/19 05:47pm General RVing Issues
RE: Ready to Upgrade! Need input! - 2018 FR3 32DS MA 1900 Miles

I don't think I would like the giant TV above the dining room table. I like to sit at the table and enjoy the views outside. I also don't think I would like the acute lack of drawers for cutlery and kitchen tools, and the small counter space to prepare food. There should be a small barrier between the table and counter. You know it's going to spill there somehow. I like the fact it's the shortest model in that wheelbase size. That makes a real ride difference I believe. Great Ford engine too. Be wary that it is a specialty floor plan and will appeal to a small market compared to more conventional rigs. In short years those kids will be working jobs and forming their own lives without you. You might consider taking a tent for the times when the friends want to come rather than cramming them all inside your new rig.
Artum Snowbird 06/28/19 04:51pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: STRANDED - no power to slide controls or jacks

An amazing and worthwhile thing to do is to open your 12 volt panel. Take the cover off it so you can actually see the wires and the screw terminals to the wires, and most importantly the wires connected to the negative bus bar. Use a good screwdriver to tighten all the screws. The ones to your problem will likely hold larger wires. If you can identify which wires might go to the slide out motors, remember you also need to identify which return wire comes back to the negative. A great many problems come from loose wires, and your history with periodic problems often indicates an electrical loose connection. Try to identify the main feed wires from the converter. Tighten everything you can.
Artum Snowbird 06/24/19 09:58am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Dinette Bed

I had a friend that build a canvas cot bed over the dinette seats. They had a boy/girl and the smaller one was over the table bed in a cot. Every camper is different, so that is just a worthwhile point if you can design something.
Artum Snowbird 06/24/19 09:41am General RVing Issues
RE: Replacement AC fan motor very weak.

An excellent thing to do is to run a new cable from a good power source to where the A/C connections actually are on the roof. If your A/C runs normally at that point, you have proven it to be the electrical supply. Now you try running only the original positive, and the new cable negative. If that runs normally, then you know you have a weak negative return wire somewhere. If not, then try the new positive and the original negative. It that runs normally, then you know you have a weak positive feed. Knowing that you have a good source of power and a decent return is very often the solution when things seem to run poorly. Eventually, loose connections fail completely. Often then, expensive parts are replaced, and in doing so connections are tightened and lo and behold, it works.
Artum Snowbird 06/21/19 05:53pm Tech Issues
RE: Recommendations for 30 -32 ft 5th wheel

This is likely you best buy if it suits your family. They are superb fifth wheels, I owned one for several years. Triple E Topaz enjoy That model is the FS306RL and is here... be sure to look at the fifth wheel section. FS306RL
Artum Snowbird 06/21/19 11:58am Fifth-Wheels
RE: I need help picking a location..

Caught between the girls wanting to ride away out of sight on their bikes, and the need to keep your son really close. That's a tough one indeed. Open sites are better perhaps.. not sure what options you have, but having the girls in eyesight almost all the time is better than them going out of the site to explore on their own.
Artum Snowbird 06/19/19 08:03pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: A crappy experience

Not sure about your Itasca, but on mine there was a 3 or 4 inch long by 3 inch diameter connector, looked like rubber, between the tank and the pipe. When I purchased it used the owner said he never used the toilet or the shower. The first night out in paved parking lot parking we left a long streak, followed by another in the morning. This plumbing fitting caused a lot of concern and grief until I actually identified the part as a common plumbing fitting used to connect three inch plastic lines together. Once I did that, any plumbing supply store can provide them, and I replaced both on the rig. Total cost was $8 each. About a 20 minute job, a bit messy. Totally not sure if that is your problem or not, but it's worth checking. Flush everything out where you can and when you can before you begin. My connectors were so rotten, they were literally falling apart and would have split open totally at any time.
Artum Snowbird 06/19/19 05:01pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: How much weight is too much?

At this point, you are looking at dangerous ground. Generally they give you the maximum towing capacity with one operator in the vehicle, so that the weight of your truck loaded, and the maximum weight of the trailer will not exceed the Gross Combined Vehicle Weight. Now the catch, how much weight are you actually carrying in the truck, and yes that includes the passengers, the weight of the hitch, the stuff in the pick up box too. Then are you implying that you will only load a trailer to 400 pounds of goods? Then the trailer weight is often the bare bones trailer, and doesn't include some things that are optional extras for the build like the A/C, extra battery, TV and others. So you see, adding 1000 in the truck takes away from what's out back. It will pull fine, but will it stop? Will it respond correctly in an emergency?
Artum Snowbird 06/15/19 08:47pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Electric Jacks

Had Happijacs for years and the only one I replaced was when it hit the ground and bent the tube. I kept the motor and replaced the tube. Once you follow the instructions to take them apart and lube them, and do all four, they will likely last many many years.
Artum Snowbird 06/15/19 11:44am Truck Campers
RE: Sub 20' Class C - Ford 5.4L 5 Spd or 6.8L 6 Spd

I agree, the V10 is such an awesome engine. You will really be happy with it's power.
Artum Snowbird 06/15/19 11:29am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Greetings and weight question

Honest Don, if it was that easy that would be nice. You are going to have to weigh your truck with everything you put in it, kids, pets, tools, fully loaded with fuel, then see how much real axle weight you are at, and that will determine how much more you can put onto the real axle. There truly is good reasons why 3/4 ton trucks are great towing machines for trailers, but the pin weight of a big fifth wheel can eat up that axle capacity fast. First step, get it weighed on a good scale. Really see what you have left. Your real axle capacity is not the available left from your GVW, it's your tire carrying capacity. Look at the max weight on the rear tires. Fifth wheels carry 100 percent of their pin weight on the back tires. Campers do not. Trailers with equalizers do not either. Edit again... if your tires are stock, they are rated at 2337 pounds each for 245/70 r 17. Double that to find your real axle capacity.
Artum Snowbird 06/14/19 08:31pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Batteries not charging {Resolved}

What you should do is put your meter on the output of the converter right on the screw terminals. Should show 13.6. If you then put the meter onto your battery terminals and it is less than that while you are connected to power, it's very likely that either the positive or the negative feed to the battery has a loose connection. I was plugged in for three days and my batteries went dead. I found the loose connection on the negative main wire feed to the batteries on the terminal strip at the converter. A quick check is to locate those two heavy wires, and wiggle them while someone looks at your lights. If they suddenly go bright, you have found the bad connection.
Artum Snowbird 06/14/19 01:32pm Class A Motorhomes
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