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RE: Replacing 12-volt batteries with 6-volt

Had two 6 volt on the TT for 10 years still going strong. Now have 4 6v on the fiver. If you want you batteries to last, never discharge them more than 50%. Buy a Trimteric or similar battery meter. I ue Trojans they are built for abuse and are trouble free. Yes they cost$$ but lets see $450/10+ years is $45/year. Thats when I sold it. Its my understanding from the owner that they are still going storng.
Crabbypatty 11/04/19 03:23am Tech Issues
RE: Using a tow vehicle as a windbreak while boondocking

We do the same thing camping on the beach or SP. Just went through some mighty gusts.
Crabbypatty 10/17/19 03:49am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: 5th wheel with largest tanks

We just bought a fifth wheel and it has a puny 44 gallons fresh water tank. Yes its made for FHU, but we dry camp a lot. 30 days this year. 44 gallons good for 4 days me and the wife its not enough. So in the spring I will either add or swap tank out for more. Funny they aren't built for dry camping yet the grey and blank tanks are huge. I guess they figure that I can pee more than I can drink....go figure....
Crabbypatty 10/10/19 04:21am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Generator pros and cons

Depends are what your doing and where you want to camp. The inexpensive Chinese knock off inverter gens are more noisy than the Honda or Yamaha. Who knows how long they will last. You get what you pay for. My Honda 3000i is now 15 years old so yes they are expensive, but very quiet and built to last. We also have the 2000i that I bought used off of Craigslist for $600. Since we added solar and a second set of batteries, we used used 3 times this year while dry camping 30 days (no hookups). If I had to do it again, I would have bought solar, batteries and inverter first, then a small gen like the 2000. Yes I can run everything and its quiet.
Crabbypatty 10/10/19 04:16am Tech Issues
RE: Winter Cover

I always cover my rv's in the off season. One more trip for us here in the northeast and I put it to bed for the winter. Covers are ment to breathe otherwise you get mildew. I has ADCO's for two rvs but for what ever reason the last one after 3 years was showing wear and tear. Straps are need as its windy here. Never had any issues with water though. Ill order an ADCO before the end of the weekend. Yes putting in the 30 ft TT was fun, its gonna be way more fun 13 feet in the air on a 37 foot fifth wheel.....
Crabbypatty 10/05/19 11:33am Fifth-Wheels
Winter Cover

We now are proud owners of a fiver and would like to know what covers folks are using. Prior we owned a 30 ft Sunnybrook and the ADCO cover only seems get 3 years out of it before it tears. AMCO Pro Shield or Or Ultra Shield. Any Other suggestions? I live in the north east and the fiver will be outside shivering all winter, so it needs to be covered. Happy Trails JOhn
Crabbypatty 10/03/19 02:40pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: RV Router

I use the Hawkings Smart Repeater, which is also a router, with a 4 watt amplifier I picked on Amazon connected outside to a 15 db gain Hawkings omni directional antenna. I also have a 12 db yagi but thats harder to aim. Works well. We are WEP so you need my pass word. Separately I have rv extreme cellular repeater with the new wilson trucker antenna and it has an inside antenna as well. One or both will work depending on what signals are out there. We dry camp on the ocean and bays and I need a signal for work. Sometimes nothing works. This year wifi signals were to low to be meaningful and we were using the rv system.I placed both outside antennas on a painters pole ad can extend up 24 feet.
Crabbypatty 10/03/19 04:27am Technology Corner
RE: lobsters in Maine

I 95 north Main Exit 2. Warrens Lobster House under the bridge. You will not be disappointed. Its a stop and eat place on the river. Just the best. https://www.lobsterhouse.com/
Crabbypatty 09/26/19 04:32am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Will fifth wheel front hit truck back window?

Reading all the stories and wanting to make life easy, I installed the Pullrite 2700 automatic slider for my short bed. I do not ant to think about turning backing up and having an issue. The Truck cost alot, the fiver cost alot so for the difference of few hundred bucks to connect the two, wasn't the place to hold back. My first season and having been out 6 times it was a goo choice for me.
Crabbypatty 09/20/19 04:12am Fifth-Wheels
RE: coating rubber roof what have you used

Dicor Cool Coat. Roof was Tan, sun was strong made the camper hot. Primer 2 coats of cool coat made a 15 degree difference.
Crabbypatty 09/20/19 04:08am Class A Motorhomes
RE: what gas engine? 2020 F350: 6.2 Gas or 7.3 L Gas?

We have 2015 F 250 CC Short Bed with 6.2L and 6 speed. We two a 12,000lb fifth wheel. I don't think you need the larger engine for your current application. Happy Trails
Crabbypatty 09/19/19 04:17am Truck Campers
RE: RV GPS Units / GPS Apps that ACTUALLY WORK???

I downloaded Rv Life to my I phone. I went through the trial period and forgot to cancel it. So I own it for a year. I also downloaded Truck Map for free. Just took a trip and had both apps working at the same time. You put in your specs and it did route me around with an "RV" route. The Truck map app verified everything the Rv Life map did. We just returned from 6 days on the road out of state and it works and it calls out the directions. When you miss a turn it "recalculates" I feel comfortable with this instead of buying the garmin unit. Having one verify the other makes me feel comfortable. Rv Life app is $50/year and I had trouble with the install. Their support got me going. Now driving a 37 ft fiver 13'2" tall.
Crabbypatty 09/13/19 03:38pm General RVing Issues
RE: WiFi, and Cell Phone boosters and Internet antennas

Some of us aren't retired and need to work remotely. This allows us to RV...We dry camp a lot on remote beaches as well as fhu cg's I use a Wilson rv extreme cell phone repeater. We have Verizon unlimited service. As a back up I have a Hawkings smart repeater with a 15 db 5 foot antenna. No matter what you have, your signals degra,de through obstacles and nothing goes through dirt. Buildings, trees other large than you rvs can also block the signal. If you park at the bottom of the hill, the signal can be way overhead if your on the wrong side. I mounted my antennas on a 24' painters pole, so I can extend and get the best I can for the site. Sometimes everything works, sometimes not. I try to select my sites based on coverage and there are cell phone tower locators and wifi locators apps. Download them and try to select the best site for your needs when you travel. I hope that helps you
Crabbypatty 09/13/19 03:24pm Technology Corner
RE: RV route, Albany NY to Acadia National park

I would take choice 2 and go through the scenic mountains. On the causeway to Mt Desert Island is Trents Lobster Pound. We had the sweetest 2 pounders anywhere... I second KOA Ocean we had a waterfront site and they have the mountain explorer bus picks you up takes you around the island for free. No need to drive on the Island if you don't want to. I also second the lobstah dinners at KOA Ocean for when you just want to be lazy and stay home. Acadia is beautiful and my daughter was just there catching the sunrise. Also bike trails in Acadia. Lots of fun. Happy Trails
Crabbypatty 09/07/19 04:23am Roads and Routes
RE: DIY inverter transfer switch questions

I opted to do it manually. I have the Xantrax 2000 PSW. I plug into it with an extension cord and plug that into shore power. Flip off the on board converter circuit breaker switch and viola the fiver is powered up. Takes like a minute to do.
Crabbypatty 09/05/19 06:31pm Tech Issues
RE: Goodyear Endurance long term review.

Soo. Whats missing is. Are the tires sitting out in the sun uncovered? Are they always at pressure? DO you use it with highway miles or local? Are you over weight?? I have had every good luck with Good Years. I abused them by airing down to 20# and driving over sand dunes. Baking them in the hot sun. Airing back up to 65 # then driving home. Ive taken them from Maine to Florida on I 95 etc. I find posts like this misleading as the poster doesn't explain their care and use. At the end of the season my tires are covered and during the season washed and armoralled... I just think alot of this is user errors..
Crabbypatty 09/05/19 06:25pm General RVing Issues
RE: Looking to upgrade to a fifth wheel.

Keep in mind that fifth wheels have evolved, from being super heavy to now lighter series. The most popular trucks sold are the 1500's, f 150 and the manufacturers are building light fivers for them. I thought that I needed a diesel until we stayed at a favorite cg. The owner had a 2500 gas chevy told me to look at the light series fivers. We tow with a f250 4x4 short bed quad cab. 6.2l 6 speed gasser 3.73 rears. Our 37 ft Heritage Glen, dry weight just under 10k wet weight just a hair over 12k. Pin weight around 1700 lbs. Tows and drives like a dream we aren't suffering.
Crabbypatty 09/05/19 04:14am Fifth-Wheels
Fifth Wheel Height

I measured 13 feet from top of Maxx Airs. Forget the spec nothing beats a ruler.
Crabbypatty 08/22/19 04:14am Fifth-Wheels
RE: News of RV sales down leading indicator to a recession.

Thats funny as I responded to an ad from CW to sell my camper which I bought from them. Someone from CW in eastern mass originally engaged me, then the manager sent me an email and said no, they were full. I called CW in Kingston and just played phone tag. Very inconsistent. Marcus needs to spend time on his home front before he buys into anymore businesses....
Crabbypatty 08/22/19 04:08am General RVing Issues
RE: Xantrex guru please

I would email Xantrax or where you bought it from and read the manual. I didnt use there meter just the remote switch. I installed the trimetric 2030rv meter which is very accurate. I don't use alarms just check it from time to time. Hopefully you are pulling on a good set of batteries.
Crabbypatty 07/24/19 04:25am Tech Issues
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