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RE: Shore works ATS in and out on Gen power

What make and model ATS also.
Dale.Traveling 08/17/19 06:29pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: How much is too much? Electrical question.

I have a 2019 Forest River Georgetown. I’d like to have a cup of tea in the morning, and watch TV in the evening. How about plugging in a small heater during the night. Can I do that without adding anything new to my Motorhome? I don’t have solar panels, or extra batteries, so what can and can’t I use while boondocking in a parking lot over night, without putting on the generator? Thank you. Your only viable option is using the installed propane heater. Anything else will require additional hardware (inverter, batteries, portable propane heater, kerosene heater,,,). Maybe a 12VDC car blanket.
Dale.Traveling 08/17/19 06:26pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: What can a 2000 Damon Escaper 3980 tow?

Thanks. Yes, I suspect it is around 5000lbs. We are pulling a horse trailer with a couple horses, so would need the 10,000lb hitch. No you need a bigger coach. Bolting a bigger hitch on the rig doesn't increase your tow capacity. Could I install a class 2 hitch to my late model CRV and now tow 3500 lbs even though Honda limits the capacity to 1500 lbs? See the problem?
Dale.Traveling 08/11/19 06:27pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Interesting article: Tesla Semi Electric Motorhome.

Ummm. The article is about an interim measure to provide power for EV’s. Not semis that don’t exist yet. Ummm, I guess you didn't read your own link with the initial posting and how the writer states "Tesla Semi would make a great platform for a motorhome". But then this whole thread is about a RV that doesn't exist yet. When Tesla does finally roll out the Frankenstein owners are going to be in for a painful surprise when they start looking for a recharge. And do you really think an over the road driver is going to be happy about a RVs using the megastations at the interstate Flying J? And the a interim measure is a green failure. Using the numbers listed in the article for the fuel the generator burned, 108.6 liters, and the distance the recharge provided, 1911 km, the fuel usage was equal to 5.65 l/100km or 41 MPG, about what a diesel car with pollution control systems will achieved. As the article stated "about the same fuel efficiency as a diesel BMW 3 series". So how is a diesel generator with no pollution controls used to recharge an EV "greener than you think" as the article headline states?
Dale.Traveling 08/08/19 11:41pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Interesting article: Tesla Semi Electric Motorhome.

But but there are no tailpipe emissions lol https://i.imgur.com/axLnjTjl.jpg Even better is the statement from the article - "But is it green? It’s better than putting diesel in a car, says Edwards, because the constant running rate of the gennie uses the fuel more efficiently than idling and accelerating in a car." You know how many stop signs, red lights and traffic jams there are on the Eyre Highway crossing South and Western Australia, which is where this articles starts? ZERO, and if you do stop you best be well clear of the road otherwise the next road train will run you and your EV over. Regarding the Tesla RV concept, if they use the semi as a model with even half the 1-megawatt battery pack the semi is likely to have you are in for some long recharge times even if you can achieve a 1C constant rate. Pull in with 1/4 charge remaining and you might as well take a nap since the 50kW diesel charging station is going could take 7+ hours if the generator can give you all 50kW of its capacity and you don't use any power during the charge time. If you somehow make it to a superstation with a 150kW recharge rate your wait is better at around 2 1/2 hour as long as no one is using the other side of supercharge to power up their EV with will drop the rate to 75kW. Make camp at a current US 12kW (50 amp site) RV campsite? 31+ hours. More if you start siphoning off power for habitability. A 30 amp site, you might be there a week. BTW peak power rates for Western Australia average 36.41 cents (USD) per kWh so fully charge your 1/4 full 500kW Tesla RV battery will be $136.53. That is before whoever you are getting power from adds in any surcharges that will probably consume the $63.72 savings over filling up a 3/4 empty 70-gallon gas tank in 5 or so minutes based on the current gasoline cost for Western Australia.
Dale.Traveling 08/07/19 12:36pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Replacing built in CO/LP detector

Although mine has past the expiration date I check it's operation every year and since it is still functioning I leave it in place. I've also installed an additional battery operated detector so I have two detectors running at all times. Why discard the functioning unit? Lou 05 Travel Supreme Envoy The gas sensors (the front end of the alarm) in CO and LP alarms have a limited life span. After several years of service the manufacture can not guaranty the sensitivity or function of the gas sensor which is why they recommend replacement. The test button on an alarm tests most of the circuitry but not the gas sensor. Without lab testing the end user has no ability to determine if the sensor can still detect CO at levels that are not harmful to you or LP that is below the explosive concentration level beyond the expiration date. Alarms cost less than a tank of fuel and take maybe five minutes to replace. Four screws and two 12VDC wire nuts and the old is out and new is in. These are one of the few items that "if it ain't broke don't fix it" might not be best maintenance practice. A bit like tires aging out rather than wearing out.
Dale.Traveling 08/02/19 01:36pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: New Ford Engine

House and chassis model years sometimes do not match with a chassis being a year older than the house plus builders might want to burn thru V10 inventory before they start using the newer stuff (first in, first out). So,,, maybe about this time next year or a little earlier. You might see a builder beat everyone to the punch and push a completely new model out the door on the new V8 chassis while they still have V10 chassis inventory in house.
Dale.Traveling 07/21/19 06:18pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Remember the EM 50?

I could really use a few of the extra options the EM 50 has. Particularly for drivers that can't figure out what a turn signal is, how to merge or the lost art of keeping to the right.
Dale.Traveling 06/19/19 04:24am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tread design?

Same tires all around. All position or steer tires.
Dale.Traveling 06/18/19 05:48pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Six volt battery question.

If the charger is multistage (varies the voltage) I would leave the batteries connected. If not I would disconnect until the night prior to departure. An old charge could boil the batteries dry over time. Some light reading to help - The 12 Volt Side of Life (Part 1)
Dale.Traveling 06/17/19 05:47pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Fuel economy and additives

,,, Questions: 1. Do fuel additives work and which ones do and don't. Fillups are around 50 gallons on a 75 gal tank. 2. Is going to 100% gas (no ethanol) cost effective?. 3. My Class A is 2008 (11 years old) with 53,000 miles. Is it time for a tune up and what gets tuned up? Spark plugs, injectors, wires? I am not a mechanic and am only guessing. What works and what doesn't? ,,, 1. For the purposes of increase fuel economy fuel additives do not work. If one did every gas RV owner would be buying it in by the pallet load. 2. Cost effective? No. 100% gasoline fuel does have a higher percentage of BTUs and may increase mileage slightly but it is unlikely you will see enough of an increase to make up for the higher cost of the fuel. 3. The plugs are good for 100,000 miles. Coil packs (replaced the plug wires) area replace on failure item. You could try an injector or "top end" cleaning service but if the coach is performing adequately at speed then do nothing. What works to help with mileage?. Pretty much nothing you can buy. Best practices will help the most. Stay on top of routine maintenance and inspections. Keep your load and associated coach weight as low as possible. Watch your speed and go easy on acceleration from a stop. Consider a Scan Gauge which you can use to monitor instant and average fuel usage to help lighten your right foot. When you see an instantaneous usage of 1.2 MPG it has a way of getting you to back off the throttle.
Dale.Traveling 06/13/19 01:45pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Refrigerator Change in a Class A Gasser

My coach is in my signature. I replaced a Norcold N611RT, the cousin of your Dometic 2862, three years and 16,000 miles with a Magic Chef HMDR1000BE 10 cuft residential. I was pressed for time after the Norcold died and needed to get something in place prior to a two week summer vacation trip in a few days. Don't know if the Magic Chef was the best option but it fit after removing a small overhead cabinet that I never used and was available from Home Depot for $300 and change. Plus it fit thru the coach and the four extra cuft makes a big difference with meal planning and food shopping. If it ever dies I could easily have it out of the coach and a replacement installed in about 45 minutes. https://i.imgur.com/4ZEhsqcl.jpg
Dale.Traveling 06/09/19 04:36pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Both AC's quit.

If you find the "why", that "why" is probably hanging out with the "Meaning of Life". Caps blow. Had the start cap on the much newer homestead heat pump failed last year with no warning on the first 90 degree Friday evening a few months after the warranty expired. Replacementing caps are easy to do. Additional info - Installing Hard Start Capacitor
Dale.Traveling 06/09/19 03:41pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Motor Home Specialist in Alvarado, TX

Because the reply was grossly mispelled:B Doug I'm 57 and half the time I need to look at my ID to remeber what my name is let alon speel it correctly.
Dale.Traveling 05/28/19 08:45pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: CHF 2018 Thor, F53, Rear do I need Z brackets

There are two possible Z brackets you might have read about. First set are already there on the rear are already there but will need to be spun 180 degrees. A before image - https://i.imgur.com/Q2BbFTul.jpg Second are as shown in the MountainAir05's second link. These are to return the setup to the original geometry and are optional. There are multiple ways to achieve the same result. Those that choose the option usually do both front and rear. Regarding torque specs, I can't recall but 60 lbs and blue loctite sticks in my mind.
Dale.Traveling 05/08/19 04:36am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Williamsburg/Langley

As far as campgrounds there are several in the Williamsburg are that might have what you are looking for. Been a while since I last stayed on Newport News City Park. It was getting a bit tired and in need of some updating then. Not sure if anything has occurred. The Army campground on Fort Monroe was turned over to a commercial operator and you might be able to get a reservation. Lots of stuff to do as others have listed. Lot of history in the area and take a day and head to Richmond if the opportunity presents. The Colonies RV & Travel Park Williamsburg RV & Camping Resort American Heritage RV Park Campground There are a few more closer to Richmond but your drive to Langley is getting longer. Another option if your nephew can work it and sponsor you is the Air Force Fam Camp which is about eight miles from the base. You'll need reservations. Have your son check the place first. As I understand it was come up a bit but not long ago the place was pretty run down. Bethel Recreation Area - Park and FamCamp
Dale.Traveling 05/07/19 10:27am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: RV Battery

The Ford Owners Manual on page 112 list the part number (BXT-65-750) for the battery. Specifically it is a Group 65 750 CCA battery. For the house two deep-cycle Group 24 batteries were the original equipmentment per the sales brochure. Group 24 batteries are a bit on the low side regarding amp hour capacity. I would measure to see if two GC2 6VDC batteries will fit in the space provided.
Dale.Traveling 05/05/19 07:21am Class A Motorhomes
RE: New Tires, should the lug nuts have a re-tighening check?

Wouldn't hurt but difficult to do on a motorhome with 22.5" wheels considering the torque requirement is several hundred pounds.
Dale.Traveling 05/01/19 04:35am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Need a bit of 'educating'...

Tow haul changes the transmission shift patterns slightly to help when the coach is heavily loaded or when ever you want to use it towing or not. It does not restrict a gear such as OD on/off. When in Tow/Haul and accelerating moderately hard, such as a freeway on ramp, the transmission will hold a gear a bit longer before upshifting to get every bit of power available to get you up to speed as quickly as possible. Floor the accelerator and you'll probably get the same effect. The cost is a bit more engine noise with the higher RPM, more fuel consumed and maybe a slightly higher shock when the shift does occur. Slowing down is when you'll really feel the change. The transmission will get a bit aggressive dropping into ever lower gears as you slow down naturally or when using the brake. The torque converter will also stay in lock up much longer also. The goal is to help slow the coach down with less use of the brakes. Somewhat like using the shifter to force the transmission into a lower gear sooner. When to use is up to you. Always? Never? Only when towing? Only on hills? There really isn't a right or a wrong answer. There are a couple of short paragraphs in the owner's manual that describes the feature also.
Dale.Traveling 04/30/19 04:30am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Yes, another 'wandering' rant...er ... post...

A couple questions: what is the length of your motorhome and chassis and what are your tire pressures? 32', rear 85, front 90 Sunstar rigs are all built on a 18,000 GVWR chassis with a front axle rated at 7000 lbs and a rear at 12,000 lbs. No idea why the GVWR is derated by 1000 lbs. The tires size will be 245/70R 19.5. Front axle pressures are way too high for the axle and can cause straight line handling problems. At that pressure you have a load capacity in the tires of 7780 pounds. Dropping to 80 PSI cold, the low limit of Goodyears chart, which still gives you a tire load capacity of 7280 pounds, 280 beyond the axle limit. Same for the rear. 85 psi = 14060 capacity with a 12,000 pound axle. Drop to 80 psi cold also which will give you 13,666 pounds. Lot a wiggle room with tire capacity if weights getaway from you. I suspect you'll find the coach will be a lot easier to drive. Goodyear Inflation Tables (PDF)
Dale.Traveling 04/23/19 12:19pm Class A Motorhomes
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