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RE: Change to Lithium-ion?

I think the WFCO bashing has gone too far. They have an undeserved bad reputation because they are rarely installed correctly, and a very deserved bad reputation from a horrible reliability history that can be traced to poor physical layout of the components. When sized correctly for the battery bank and connected to the batteries with wires that aren't pathetically undersized, the WFCO loaded sensing technique for SOC is more accurate than the no-load voltage sensing of the competitors, and the current-based fan operation anticipates the cooling need instead of reacting to it. The WFCO converters I've had supply their full rated output with marginal AC input, while the PD converters I've had taper their output if the waveform and voltage aren't right at the upper end of the specs. If they'd fix the reliability issue and emphasize correct installation I think the WFCO converters would be the pick of the litter among the mainstream power converters. Are you smoking crack? Pick of the litter my dupa. Pick of the litter is something they can only dream of even getting anywhere near close too. Absolute cheap junk which is why they are used.
BillyBob Jim 06/26/19 08:12pm Tech Issues
RE: Why a discrepancy between sticker payload & actual weight?

Washington State highway scales are calibrated, certified, and documented on a regular basis due to the nature of their use in interstate commerce and commercial vehicle enforcement. What good is an overweight ticket if the apparatus used to determine the weight was undocumented...… They're calibrated around here also, including the ones at the local scrap yard. What's funny is no matter what scale I use to weigh my empty beer cans prior to driving them down there, they always weigh 10%-15% less on the scrap yards scale........Strange.
BillyBob Jim 06/26/19 12:07pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 1/2 Ton Towable 5th Wheel

In fact, going to forget towing anything. I guess some RV dealer somewhere lost a sale. Another satisfied customer of the RVnet weight enforcement division.
BillyBob Jim 06/26/19 11:24am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Change to Lithium-ion?

The above is like seeking confidence in a Lucas Ltd collision avoidance control module. There are two ways to lose confidence in WFCO products The innocent way is to simply experience improper controls for maintaining battery lifespan and controller lifespan. The really scary way is to not only withstand the deficiencies above but to then take one or apart and gasp at the utter ignorance of proper engineering practices (even THEORY) that are lacking in WFCO um, er, "products". WFCO is the "Lucas Ltd" equivalent. You remember Lucas, don't you? Unwitting innovator of the intermittent windshield wiper? The accidental discoveror of the three-position-electrical-switch (SMOKE-SMOULDER-IGNITE) I could never get past the name. WFCO - World Friendship Company. Who in the hell are they friends with? Certainly not a friend of your battery LOL. Sounds more like a religion or a cult. I sold everything then signed all my assets over to and joined World Friendship, now off to sing Kumbaya.
BillyBob Jim 06/26/19 11:22am Tech Issues
RE: Change to Lithium-ion?

Lithium ion or lithium iron phosphate? Ask WFCO, the purveyors of everyone's favorite garbage converters that never go into bulk charge mode, and if they do it's probably going to boil off your batteries. They now bring you this which they call a Lithium Ion solution. At least thats what they say on their home page ad. https://i.imgur.com/U05tZ4Cl.jpg Then if you click on it, it magically becomes a Lithium Iron Phosphate solution. https://i.imgur.com/ri47YAwl.jpg
BillyBob Jim 06/26/19 10:43am Tech Issues
RE: Looking for advice

wow...that went south quickly....Shame we just cant discuss the topic. And then it took a turn to the Twilight Zone. Lawsuits and felonies, faults, injuries, investigators. Skeery Stuff. Call it skeery stuff, all you want. If I or my spouse was injured in an accident because someone was negligent or because they didn’t want to drive the proper vehicle for the load because it was inconvenient for them, I would have them prosecuted and then sue them. Whatever floats your boat. These types of comments have been going around RV boards since RV boards have been in existence. People get prosecuted and sued all the time for all kinds of things. Despite the comments I have yet to see one real world example where someone was prosecuted because they were over on some weight when towing an RV trailer, and if you can somehow provide one it would have to be an example of gross negligence, Re; having to do with a total idiot. Not some guy who hooks his boat up to his truck with a truck camper. Back to the original post. I have a 2019 Ram 2500 CTD and looking at a Cirrus 720 and 820. I will pretty close to max payload and I want to tow my 20 foot bass boat. I have purchased air bags as well. Has anyone else setup a truck camper and bass boat? How was the experience. Bigger truck is not an option. The OP is talking about towing a bass boat. I had a 20' fiberglass Ranger 205VS, which weighed @ 2K lbs, and the hitch weight may have been 150 lbs on a rainy day when the carpet was wet. You could pick it up by the coupler and spin it around in the driveway easily if you were not a wuss. Some of you people are off your rocker with the weight BS. I've had enough entertainment. You folks go right ahead and obsess over this weight police foolishness and the legalities of same to your hearts content.
BillyBob Jim 06/26/19 06:15am Truck Campers
RE: Looking for advice

wow...that went south quickly....Shame we just cant discuss the topic. And then it took a turn to the Twilight Zone. Lawsuits and felonies, faults, injuries, investigators. Skeery Stuff.
BillyBob Jim 06/26/19 04:44am Truck Campers
RE: FCA Proposes a Merger with Renault

GM and a few others decided to build a factory in Thailand for truck production after TAFTA was signed. If it weren't signed and Australia had higher tariffs on their utes, then that would have forced these companies to build their trucks in Australia with Not one factory, factories and the Factoriy for GM existed before the TAFTA was signed. No Midsize Pickups were ever built in Australia. Higher Tariffs would have done little for imports of Pickups from Thailand, not affected either way. Thailand became the Detriot of Asia as a result economies of scale worked in their favour They became the Detroit of Asia because of free trade and less expensive labor/regulations made it more cost effective to build there in order to maximize profits. If Australia would have put heavy tariffs on their ute's like the US does with their trucks, then it would force these trucks makers to move their factories to Australia instead of in Thailand. It would also mean that Australia would not have to offer many tax subsidies to get them to stay. Great example of this is the US Colorado and Ranger. These two trucks were already being built overseas when they were re-introduced to the US market in a mid-size truck market dominated by Toyota. Ford and GM could have easily just ramped up the factories in Thailand or Brazil to meet US sales keeping these jobs overseas. However, due to the 25% tariff, GM and Ford built or refurbished factories in the US because it was more cost effective for them to build them here instead of overseas. I would grantee you that if Australia slapped a 25% tariff on their trucks, the truck makes will move their factories there without having to give away much(if any) tax subsidies. I would even estimate that the price of these trucks would not increase more than 3-5% either. I wonder if the Colorado's built overseas have better frames that do not bend at the point of a large cutout in the frame rails? ROFLMAO.............Because some idiot launched one while pulling an overloaded trailer in the Nevada desert, then had his friend make a Facebook post showing his level of stupidity in an effort to get GM to pay for his Einstein moment?
BillyBob Jim 06/26/19 04:06am Tow Vehicles
RE: 1/2 Ton Towable 5th Wheel

These fear mongering posts disgust me. They're actually quite entertaining.
BillyBob Jim 06/26/19 03:08am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 1/2 Ton Towable 5th Wheel

There was an accident here involving a 1/2 ton truck (New RAM 1500) towing a Grand Design Reflection 150... the kind advertised as being "half ton towable". It was going around an onramp on a highway and tipped over. Now, I don't know the details, if they were going too fast, etc., but I would think an accident like that could have been avoided if the truck was at least a 3/4 ton... ETA: here is a link to the photos on the Fire Department's Twitter page: https://twitter.com/BrightonFire/status/1139644924213649408 Exactly! I see my fair share of the smaller "1/2 ton towable" 5th wheels come into the State Park we host at, being pulled by 1/2 tons. Those folks don't seem to have a problem. Then again they probably do not visit RV boards where the fear mongering runs rampant.
BillyBob Jim 06/25/19 09:41am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 1/2 Ton Towable 5th Wheel

To: Twodownzero: I don't have the wrong truck! I don't have an RV yet. I am investigating and learning, that is why I ask questions. These are the kind of responses that tick me off. No need to get ticked off. You have to realize that once one is inducted into the Weight Police its just like being made in the Mafia. Once you're in, you're in for the duration. :B
BillyBob Jim 06/25/19 09:13am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 1/2 Ton Towable 5th Wheel

“1/2 ton towable” is just an advertising gimmick. There are the rare cases with a stripped down regular cab max payload truck that might have the payload to get away with it but usually that line gets people into trouble. 2k of payload is on the high end of most half ton trucks. Once you add a hitch (~200lbs) and a couple of light passengers (say 300lbs) you have 1500lbs left for pin weight. There aren’t many fivers that have even unloaded pin weights less than that. Even if you ignored the payload rating you’d still be hard pressed to stay within the axle and tire ratings. Don’t get fooled. Half ton trucks aren’t built to tow fivers. RV board nonsense. OP, look at Rockwood / Flagstaff, Grand Design Reflection 150 series, Winnebagos Micro Mini series, etc. Sure you're not going to be pulling a 40 foot 5er with a 3K pin weight with a 1500, but there are plenty of 5th wheels made that a 1500 truck can more than handle. Don't buy into the RV forum gibberish.
BillyBob Jim 06/25/19 08:26am Fifth-Wheels
RE: What can I do with/expect from a generator?

Saw a used Honda 3000ec available for $750. That's a great price for a Honda 3000i. Problem is, the OP didn't say it was an EU3000i or even an EU3000iS so we really don't know what genset the OP is talking about. AFAIK there's no such thing as a Honda "3000ec" ... who knows, maybe it's an open frame genset. It's also hard to believe anyone would be selling an EU3000i or EU3000iS for just $750. An EC3000 is a contractor style conventional generator, not an inverter. The EC was not made for sale in the US. It will charge the OP's batteries fine as long as he can put up with the racket. Personally I would get a real long cord to deal with that, about 4000' should do nicely LOL.
BillyBob Jim 06/25/19 07:31am Beginning RVing
RE: Mosquitos

Mix a large bottle of blue mouthwash,epsom salt, and stale beer in a pump up sprayer and spray liberally area the campsite. Works for flys also How long have you been a member of RVnet? You should know that you can not spray that concoction around a campsite, it will cause grave environmental harm and may kick off the apocalypse. You should know that based on what a little dishwater will do according to these boards when dumped in the woods. In the least you'll end up in jail. It's illegal.
BillyBob Jim 06/25/19 05:18am General RVing Issues
RE: China Bomb got me, now to repair

Search the net for "Darco Wrap" or "Mobile Flex".
BillyBob Jim 06/24/19 02:49pm Travel Trailers
RE: NADA Pricing versus Actual

I found that the NADA price is what the dealers will give you for the unit, and they in turn clean spruce it up and then sell for double or triple what the NADA price is, so do not go by that look instead at what the dealer is asking for a unit similar to the one you are selling or buying. navegator How do dealers get banks to lend buyers double or triple what NADA lists a unit at?
BillyBob Jim 06/24/19 02:48pm General RVing Issues
RE: Paying for public campgrounds

Some of you all worry way too much about the small stuff.
BillyBob Jim 06/24/19 04:17am RV Lifestyle
RE: GM Colorado bent frame towing 2,100 lbs

From the pic it appears that this is a Zr2 because of the shocks. I don’t think he’s telling the entire story. He may have disconnected the trailer where he wanted to camp and did some trail riding with the truck which included a few jumps to test out that ZR2. It needs to be an insurance claim not a GM claim with bashing from the owner. Gotta be careful with that! A ZR2 is an off-road pkg. if the truck can’t handle what GM designed it to do they are liable. Where does some of this stuff come from on here? Liable for what? Z71 is also an off road package. You get upgraded shocks, aggressive tires, skid plates and an emblem. It doesnt make them liable if you go out and run the Baja 500 LOL. Ford made a Nascar addition T-bird back in the 90's, they were not liable if someone tried to run Talladega. This bonehead most likely went out in the desert and trashed his truck, probably with a group of buds and showing off, good for him. I hope his insurance also tells him to kiss off.
BillyBob Jim 06/23/19 05:59pm Tow Vehicles
RE: GM Colorado bent frame towing 2,100 lbs

The most disturbing thing to me is GM's excuses for not covering it. The tires and lack of trailer brakes were totally irrelevant. The tongue weight was a little high for the weight of the trailer but well withing range but well within range of what would be expected at maximum tow capacity. The most disturbing thing to me, well not disturbing but hilarious actually, is this entire thread. All over some idiots Facebook post, where no one has any idea what the facts are. Just like the countless accident reconstruction posts. But it is fun to speculate. I would bet the inspector or rep from GM did not speculate, and probably provided the Facebook Knucklehead a copy. Funny how the guy did not post that up, but took the liberty to verbally state what the GM person said. Way more to this one than what was put up in his one sided drivel.
BillyBob Jim 06/23/19 12:22pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Wow! Dealer Comments!

Everyone knows who it is anyway. ?? Pretty big country with lots of dealers. I have no idea who is being talked about. Pretty big country but only 1 dealer that could even make the claim to be "nationwide". Add to that the OPs profile which says "Sunny Southwest" along with his statement their were 2 branches in his state.
BillyBob Jim 06/23/19 12:10pm Fifth-Wheels
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