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RE: "A-B" Battery Switch

I do have switches that allow either/or/both. Mostly I use both. That's the deal- but the question is if you really ever NEEDED to use single batteries.
K3WE 10/20/19 04:47am General RVing Issues
RE: "A-B" Battery Switch

I'm thinking it might be worth it to simply hook them both up "full time". Any other thoughts or great stories from folks on this subject? Since there are parasitic loads on the batteries, how do you intend to disconnect? Using the nifty isolate/off switch on the new camper or the nifty wing nuts on a terminal. Please note the quote marks on "full time"
K3WE 10/20/19 04:40am General RVing Issues
"A-B" Battery Switch

A very specific objective here: A little discussion from folks who have asked themselves the same question. First, the context, we have had two batteries for ~20 years and dry camp from time to time. I wired in an marine battery selector switch. The bottom line is that we almost never used it, and I'm trying to decide if it's really worthwhile to replace it on our new camper. I know someone will suggest we forget about switching and get two 6V batteries. We may do that someday- but given that- through a turn of events, wound up with two new 12V batteries. I'm thinking it might be worth it to simply hook them both up "full time". Any other thoughts or great stories from folks on this subject?
K3WE 10/19/19 08:34am General RVing Issues
RE: Gas water heater not turning on

Late to the party here, but you are giving it a minute to heat up the thermocouple? If you "let go" of the light setting two quick, the gas shuts down.
K3WE 10/16/19 03:50pm Beginning RVing
RE: Slides- Important stuff AND what they don't tell you.

Good, informative replies. Thanks!
K3WE 10/16/19 02:56pm Beginning RVing
RE: Boycott “No Campfires”

"Aliens teleport all the world's porcelain toilets to their deathstar, leaving nothing but exposed sewer pipes in the stalls." Oh Great! Now I have something else to worry about. Thanks for ruining my day. :SBoycott the Aliens!!! They are taking away our rights to poop in porcelain toilets! I'm going to find as many toilet forums as I can and spread the word! Join me!!Sounds like a lot of paper work. I guess if I ever go to a campground where I THOUGHT I could have a fire and told I can't, I will be bummed. In the meantime, I can think of all sorts of reasons to ban this or that in the way of fires THAT DEPEND ON THE SITUATION IN THE CAMPGROUND. Are we really out in a good moist woods, with plenty of space, or is the place tight, or dry, or any other number of things. If it's a concern, I guess the OP should call ahead. As far as an organized boycott...no thanks, too many variables for knee-jerk-public-opinion-flame wars. But, perhaps we do need to boycott those porcelain stealing aliens, in the meantime, I am relaxed knowing that my RV has the basic plastic special.
K3WE 10/11/19 03:08pm General RVing Issues
Slides- Important stuff AND what they don't tell you.

After 20+ years of RVing and the DW NOT appreciating me passing her in the narrow "hallway", we will soon own a camper with a slide out. So a question that goes in the NEWBIE forum :-) First war stories- We just almost struck out on finding one that was "fully usable" with the slide in...Just in the past year, OK floor plans were changed to things were the slideout really blocks tings! Second- what happens when the slide is only out a little bit- It appears we might want to bump it out just a foot or so for the lunch break? Third- what else are the watchouts? I'll have to learn a new way to "watch for" the power pedestal to know that I will miss it when the slide goes out. Are there ramifications for water proofing, or gaps underneath with it partially out. I think I know that you need to be sure you don't trap a bunch of leaves & other stuff in when you close it up. Thanks.
K3WE 10/11/19 02:36pm Beginning RVing
RE: General thoughts on Hybrids

SLIGHTLY off topic as I'm asking more about T(oad)Vs rather than T(ow)Vs.Most important is how you going to pull the toad and that it is rated four-down if that is what you expect. I think you will get more from a plug-in hybrid and my perception is Toyota has a superior system right now. To be honest, we are TT folks and NOT looking for a true TOAD as much as our "normal car"...but knew the motorheads here would provide a few bits of insight. I actually UNDERSTAND things just fine- but was after what I like to call "the intangibles"... I learned that battery life (as in YEARS of life) is not much of an issue. Aside from that- they are still more expensive (how much will vary), still provide markedly improved MPG in "city driving", and may have improved mechanical life due to the electrical stuff TENDING to be simpler than traditional transmissions and drive trains. (Not that the car, as a whole, is may be more complicated). Thanks all, good discussion.
K3WE 10/02/19 10:10am Tow Vehicles
RE: General thoughts on Hybrids

The reason I ask is the DW was car shopping and was told that "hybrids only cost $800 more than equivalents with engines". And hinted that this was the future for smaller cars and that this would have service and resale benefits. Who gave your DW this information, the sales people? Did they tell her that hybrids have gas engines? Bad writing-I meant "equivalents with ONLY a combustion engine."
K3WE 10/02/19 12:04am Tow Vehicles
General thoughts on Hybrids

SLIGHTLY off topic as I'm asking more about T(oad)Vs rather than T(ow)Vs. BUT, this is the motorhead sub-forum - engines and drive trains and MPGs and all that fun stuff. What do "we" think about hybrids these days? The reason I ask is the DW was car shopping and was told that "hybrids only cost $800 more than equivalents with engines". And hinted that this was the future for smaller cars and that this would have service and resale benefits. The gas mileage is certainly tempting- and MAYBE electric motors and generators can be more reliable that gears and drive trains. But, I was thinking after 4 years, you better be ready for a SERIOUS battery replacement bill? Always look forward to discussions. (that's the objective)
K3WE 10/01/19 04:27pm Tow Vehicles
RE: RV toilet paper

We used some ‘premium’ stuff one trip and had TP clumps that didn’t flush out well. No clog, but there might be something to going with lighter TP, and or the jar test. On the other hand, after reading tons of these threads, I don’t know if anyone ever reported genuine problems.
K3WE 08/17/19 08:08am Beginning RVing
Upgrading to 35 lb tanks- super quick.

For most new trailers equipped with 25 lb LP tanks on the toungue, can you basically swap them out for 35 lb tanks, or do you need to lengthen the hose and/or lengthen the threaded rod that holds them? Doesn't seem like rocket surgery to adapt, but curious if you need to adapt anything at all. Thanks. (Note: I am sure there are exeptions)
K3WE 08/11/19 09:50am General RVing Issues
RE: 30 amp plug question

Warning- since a "30A plug versus 110V wire" seems new to you, Amps and Volts are two different things. Here's the catch- a typical dryer is a 30 amp, 240 volt plug. They look a little bit alike, and people have been able to force camper plugs into drier outlets. The 30 Amps at the drier does no harm...the 240 volts however...not good.
K3WE 08/09/19 02:20pm Travel Trailers
RE: Another bad RV wreck, driver dead. Montreal.

***I wonder if he tried*** I think it's valid to analyze what someone might have done. I too would have hoped to turn, lay it on it's side or run into something better than the gate or downshift. Too bad there wasn't a way to land in the water- the location of the boat was sadly both "wrong" although yeah, other people could have easily been killed if it were different. Conversely, there's also a real possibility that many of us would wind up in the same situation. The options at 0 MPH on the keyboard are simpler to sort through and clearer.
K3WE 06/27/19 09:59am General RVing Issues
RE: What can I do with/expect from a generator?

Edit: Also, arguably you probably don't want to heat water with a generator when boon-docking. Probably better to use LP. If the generator is already running, AND you have capacity, why wouldn't you use electric to heat water? You saw the words 'arguably' and 'probably' in my post, right? It's rather inefficient to burn gas to make electricity to heat water versus burning gas to heat water directly. Gas engines are pretty inefficient. That being said, you CAN do it as you say, and maybe filling the gasoline tank is easier than filling the LP tank, so efficiency doesn't matter, but not using electricity to heat water can help you get by with a smaller generator... Lots of trade offs to tip the scale one way or another, but it is less efficient.
K3WE 06/27/19 07:36am Beginning RVing
RE: Summer is here!

Wow a boat load of views but not one reply/comment. Don't be shy! The tent-camping forum here is pretty dead. This place is more about RV's. Arguably it shouldn't be- there's a significant segment of us that have done (or still do) both.
K3WE 06/25/19 02:14pm Tent Camping
RE: Why 4.1 axle?

After having fairly similar vehicles with 3.42, then 4.10, then 3.57: I noticed relatively little performance differences in them. I do not deny that there is a slight mathematical and mechanical advantage and RPM difference, but the message here is that the final drive tends towards hair splitting and fine tuning. It DOES depend- I was towing near the vehicle's maximum capacities- and we spent a lot of time downshifted with the gas engine at 3000 RPM- I actually MISSED the 3.42 to make that 3000 RPM a little slower...Your experience may vary. Indeed, new multi-speed transmissions make the choice of the final drive much less critical and even more in the hair-splitting / fine-tuning realm.
K3WE 06/25/19 11:50am Tow Vehicles
RE: What can I do with/expect from a generator?

I don't know that it matters a whole lot for WINTERTIME use...Yeah don't run too many heat appliances at the same time (Microwave, coffee maker, hair drier)...but nice 'small' quiet 2000 watt generators should run those things and charge batteries. To run an air conditioner- THEN you have some requirements. Edit: Also, arguably you probably don't want to heat water with a generator when boon-docking. Probably better to use LP.
K3WE 06/25/19 07:13am Beginning RVing
RE: Tire plugs

I've had about a 50% failure rate on plugs. 10K miles later a slow leak. Don't get me wrong- if time is tight, or a plug is the ONLY thing available, it's a valid repair. If I have a CHOICE- it's patch.
K3WE 06/25/19 07:03am General RVing Issues
RE: Medical marijuana

Why is this thread in Travel Trailers?
K3WE 06/10/19 05:18am Travel Trailers
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