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RE: Generator stalls

Likely fuel related. How full is the tank? The generator will only draw the tank down to about 1/4 so make sure it's above that. The engine doesn't draw much fuel at idle and lightly loaded; a clogged filter would only show itself when a load is put on the generator. Or, you could have an air leak somewhere in the fuel system including a loose filter. Have you tried tightening it? The flashing light is giving you a fault code. Have you looked it up in the manual?
KD4UPL 04/10/21 01:13pm Tech Issues
RE: Best shock for a light weight pop up truck camper

I always put the jacks down when I was camped in the TC so it was nice and solid. The best shocks for a heavy load hauling pick-up are probably Bilstein or KYB Monomax. I've had both and I liked the KYB a little better. But, neither is really going to stop the slight movement when you're parked.
KD4UPL 04/08/21 07:16pm Truck Campers
RE: GM announces their Electric Silverado half ton.

I wish they would give a realistic range when being used as a truck. I'm guessing 400 miles is empty, no trailer, no tool boxes or ladder racks to mess up the aerodynamics, not in four wheel drive off road, and no heat, AC, lights, wipers, defroster, etc. being used. What's the range when loaded with 1,500 pounds of tools and supplies while towing a skid loader on a trailer at night in a snow storm. That's how I seem to end up using my trucks. Do they do that with gas half tons? Look, I wasn't insulting the truck or the technology. All I'm saying is since this is something new that people aren't nearly as familiar with a much better metric of describing range would be VERY useful. I think most people have been around gas powered vehicle long enough they know what to expect. Not so with electric. For instance, today I drove 100 miles to a rural construction site, worked all day, hooked up to a 6,500 pound trailer, and drove 100 miles back home. I have absolutely no idea if an electric truck could have done this or not because they don't publish any kind of data like that.
KD4UPL 04/07/21 07:25pm Tow Vehicles
RE: GM announces their Electric Silverado half ton.

I wish they would give a realistic range when being used as a truck. I'm guessing 400 miles is empty, no trailer, no tool boxes or ladder racks to mess up the aerodynamics, not in four wheel drive off road, and no heat, AC, lights, wipers, defroster, etc. being used. What's the range when loaded with 1,500 pounds of tools and supplies while towing a skid loader on a trailer at night in a snow storm. That's how I seem to end up using my trucks.
KD4UPL 04/06/21 08:10pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 6v Battery replacement

Batteries are like everything else right now; it's ridiculously hard to find anything to buy. I buy hundreds of Deka batteries for off grid solar system. My local Deak dealers has been having great difficulty sourcing batteries for me including 6v GC. If he happens to call the warehouse right when they get a pallet in it's fine. If it's just after the pallet sells out there's quite a wait. I've had to take some "other" brand batteries just to finish some jobs. It's the same with trucks, bicycles, circuit breakers, PVC conduit, etc. Factories just can't keep up with the demand, particularly given all fires, freezes, tornadoes, covid, etc. I'd absolutely go back with Deka if you can find them. Concord and Trojan would also be excellent choices.
KD4UPL 04/04/21 08:07pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: satellite radio and gps antenna

I had my sat antenna mounted on the front corner of the hood. Even then it would still loose signal sometimes when driving north.
KD4UPL 03/31/21 05:59pm Truck Campers
RE: Looking for SUV recommendation

There are a lot of small SUVs rated for about 5,000 pounds towing. I would stay away from most of them. They are unibody which means no actual frame. Some may not allow the use of a weight distributing hitch which you will need. They are not really meant for regular towing, their rating is largely just a marketing tool. I would look at a Tahoe or Suburban from GM or an Expedition from Ford. A Durango might be good too but I've never like Chrysler automatic transmissions.
KD4UPL 03/31/21 05:57pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Anyone making a reliable new truck now?

Not all Chevy engines "drop cylinders". The 6.0 never did in any form that I'm aware of; neither did the 8.1. big block. The new 6.6L gas doesn't have that "feature" either. I'm not sure about the 6.2L in the 1500's. Mainly, it's just the 5.3L in the 1500 trucks. If you're looking for a truck to carry a camper you don't want a 1500 anyway so a Chevy should be just fine for you.
KD4UPL 03/23/21 07:32pm Truck Campers
RE: Considering 2012-2015 Suburban, have a few questions

I have a 2009 2500 Suburban. It gets around 14 mpg running "empty" which is just a driver and some tools in the back. When I pull my boat I have my family of 5 in side and the boat and trailer weigh about 6,500 pounds total. I get about 10 MPG with the boat. This is generally all highway and interstate driving. I use cruise control the vast majority of the time and set it to the speed limit when not towing. When I am towing I set it to 65 even though the speed limit is 70. My Suburban has 3.73 gears in it. I really wish it had 4:10. Not that it tows bad now but in rolling terrain like we have in VA and WV it seems like I'm always either downshifting to go up a hill or downshifting going down a hill to keep it at the cruise control speed. I've found that if i lock out 6th gear it maintains speed both up and down hills a lot better.
KD4UPL 03/22/21 06:05pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Value of used RV

Start with NADA and then jack it up a lot. Prices are crazy right now.
KD4UPL 03/21/21 07:18pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Old Vs New Rig

How many quads? What's the weight of the trailer fully loaded? It's just a guess but I wouldn't think that MH is rated to tow much more than 5,000 pounds.
KD4UPL 03/20/21 02:13pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 1982 Triple E 454 Chevy engine is it worth it?

If you intend to save money I think you're on the wrong track. You'll need registration, insurance, tags, inspection, gasoline, propane, etc. If you stay in campgrounds you have to pay for that too. If you stay in "free" areas then you have to find a place to get water and dispose of sewer. No mater how you slice it living in an RV takes money. That price seems pretty high considering the following RV's I found on RV trader. https://www.rvtrader.com/listing/2005-Dolphin-WORKHORSE-5015554485 https://www.rvtrader.com/listing/1993-National-DOLPHIN-32D-5015180322 https://www.rvtrader.com/listing/1990-Mallard-Sprint-30--5015358878
KD4UPL 03/20/21 02:12pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Need advice on my first camper truck

Any 3500 truck will have an engine plenty powerful enough to haul around a truck camper. I don't see any need for diesel based on the little info you shared. Unless you plan on installing a huge battery bank and inverter with custom high current wiring to the truck's electrical system I think any stock alternator on a 3500 series truck will be fine. If you notice that Ford trucks with the 6.0 and 6.4 diesel are less expensive than other models you should know it's for good reason. Those engines are highly problematic and expensive to maintain and repair. I'd look for a GM with the 6.0 or 8.1 gas. With the 6.0 gas a 6 speed automatic will be far better than the older trucks with 4 speed automatics.
KD4UPL 03/14/21 07:54pm Truck Campers
RE: Help with hooking up

I agree, you need an electric tongue jack which will greatly help with the hitching process. Once the ball mount is in the truck's hitch there's really no reason to ever remove it. The bars will need to be removed anytime you drive the truck without the trailer but they usually aren't that heavy. As a rule campgrounds do not do anything like that for you, for a fee or otherwise. I suppose you could usually find someone at most any campground that would be willing to help as a favor but that's makes you quite dependent on random strangers. Did you have anyone "professionally" adjust your WDH for you? If not it sounds like you will need too. A trailer shop should be able to do that, then just leave the hitch head in the truck. Use the electric jack to raise and lower the tongue for easy bar installation/removal.
KD4UPL 03/14/21 07:49pm General RVing Issues
RE: Takata airbag recall

I also received the recall letter about my 2009 Suburban. I was at the Chevy dealer for another reason and decided to ask the service guy about it. He said that since Takata went bankrupt it's hard getting replacements and GM has only authorized to do the oldest effected vehicles first which was 2007. He said even if I had a 2007 they probably couldn't get a replacement for a while and since I had a 2009 there was no reason to even think about getting one right now. Despite a recall or bankruptcy it's very difficult buying much of anything right now. From trucks to electrical supplies, appliances to motorcycles everything is in high demand and short supply. I'm an electrical contractor and I buy materials daily. I used to know which supplier had the best prices on which items and would purchase accordingly. Now it's all about which supplier actually has an item in stock and you pay the price because you need it for the job. Even then, my wait times for most materials are drastically longer then they were before, if I can even get something at all.
KD4UPL 03/14/21 08:04am Tow Vehicles
RE: Heavy tongue weight - change from PP 3P?

Your not "over" tongue weight. 15% is just an average or rule of thumb or whatever so that the trailer tows well. Within reason more tongue weight is better then less. I wouldn't try to reduce it if your truck can handle it and an F250 should be just fine with 1,220 pounds on the hitch. 20% probably wouldn't be bad with that set up. Most people who are worried about having to much tongue weight really need to buy a bigger vehicle but are trying to just get by with the minimum they can.
KD4UPL 03/11/21 04:36pm Towing
RE: Build my hitch - trying to reduce sway

Have you got LT tires on the truck or P tires? I would absolutely get rid of the P tires if that's what you have. You're weights sound reasonable for that truck. What's the problem you're trying to fix?
KD4UPL 03/10/21 05:50pm Towing
RE: Bed level of new trucks

As for trucks, I agree, they keep jacking them up to appeal to young people who think it's cool I guess. For someone like me who uses a truck for work the higher bed and sides make it harder to load things in and out and harder to reach my tool bins and see into them. I don't know if I will ever change. Guess I'm still juvenile. Maybe turning 49 (for the first time) this year, I'll grow up a little! https://i.imgur.com/HBxhgahl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/yFE7O6Fl.jpg That square body is really nice and I'd bet it's got a lift. I have no problem with lifted trucks. They look nice. If you want to lift a truck have at it. My problem is with them coming higher and higher from the factory. Those of us who don't want to have to work out of a tall truck all day every day don't have a choice when they come that way.
KD4UPL 03/03/21 07:13pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Bed level of new trucks

Trailers sit higher than they used to because of slides. Older non-slide trailers had wheel wells that protruded into the interior space. These were usually hidden under the dinette or a couch or something. Trailers with slides have to have the floor higher than the tires so the slide will go out; thus the higher trailers. As for trucks, I agree, they keep jacking them up to appeal to young people who think it's cool I guess. For someone like me who uses a truck for work the higher bed and sides make it harder to load things in and out and harder to reach my tool bins and see into them. I don't know if it will ever change.
KD4UPL 03/02/21 07:23pm Tow Vehicles
RE: no lights

Your trailer may not use all 7 wires, sometimes a trailer doesn't use the back-up lights but that's usually a flatbed type trailer. Blue is electric brakes; on the trailer there is a breakaway switch that activates the trailer brakes if the tow vehicle becomes disconnected. This switch usually has black wires. One would hook to the blue on the trailer, the other would hook to the +12v lead on the trailer. etrailer.com has some great wiring diagrams and color code lists.
KD4UPL 03/02/21 07:20pm Fifth-Wheels
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