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RE: Changing a tire yourself

It's never occurred to me to do anything else but change my own flat tires. I've changed them on boat trailers, flatbed trailers, trucks, cars, etc. I make sure all of my vehicle have a jack and a lug wrench at minimum. I carry a Milwaukee M18 impact wrench in my dually pick-up since those lugs are really tight. There's no way I'd wait for hours to have someone come do a task I can do myself in 20 or 30 minutes.
KD4UPL 10/22/21 07:25pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: RuggedFlex solar panels -- a significant new product??

It's about 5 times more expensive than traditional panels. It's about 3% to 5% less efficient than traditional panels. The warranty is only 5 or 10 years instead of 25 years like most traditional solar panels. Those are some big drawbacks in my opinion. Less weight, yeah, that's good, especially mounted up high. I don't think I'll be buying any.
KD4UPL 10/22/21 07:21pm Tech Issues
RE: Towing 6,500 pounds with a class C

Tom, Have you ever weighed the RV, with and without the trailer? I'd be real curious how your weights compare to the ratings.
KD4UPL 10/13/21 04:07am Class C Motorhomes
Towing 6,500 pounds with a class C

I have a family of 5. I want a Class C that can tow my boat which, fully loaded on the trailer, is about 6,500 pounds. We would go to lakes around VA and WV so mountains will be involved. What I'd really like is one of the Super C motor homes built on the Chevy Kodiak chassis but they are rare and the newest ones are 2009. I see some Class C motor homes with 14,500 pound GVWR and a 22,000 GCWR leaving 7,500 pounds of tow capacity. I'm looking for anyone who tows this much with one of these rigs. How does it handle? Are you up against (or over) the GVWR even without the trailer? My suspicion is that loading a 14,500 GVWR Class C for a two week trip with a family of 5 is going to probably put it at or over GVWR anyway. I'm guessing that hooking 6,500 pounds on the hitch will be pushing the limits of the rig to the maximum. By the way, I don't want a Class A. They just aren't set up for families with no overhead bunk. Also, it would drive me crazy not having a drivers' door when hitching, unhitching, launching, retrieving the boat, and getting fuel. My crew cab dually with truck camper worked great for towing but with a family of 5 it was just too small. I wish they made TCs with bunk beds.
KD4UPL 10/10/21 07:51pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Looking into getting first TT

The best SUV for those trailers is a 2500 series Suburban. They stopped making them in 2013. However, in 2007 thru 2013 the hitch was limited to 1,000 pounds of tongue weight which really isn't enough to be able to take advantage of their 9,xxx pound tow rating. If you go with a 2001 thru 2006 2500 Suburban with the 8.1L big block they were rated to tow up to 12,xxx pounds and didn't have the same limitation on tongue weight. So, that would be just about your only choice. The other option is a Ford Excursion made from 2000 to 2005. If you go this route look for one with the V10 gas engine. The 6.0 diesel is a nightmare. A very few had the 7.3 diesel which was a good engine but quite old in design, and loud. Despite that, since they were far more reliable then the 6.0 diesel they command high prices. If you don't like any of these choices you can go the van route. Which isn't bad, I'd get a Chevy with the 6.0 gas or even a Duramax.
KD4UPL 09/22/21 05:48am Travel Trailers
RE: weight question

It used to be that GM subtracted 150 pounds for every seating position from the payload to arrive "maximum" trailer payload.
KD4UPL 09/20/21 07:13pm Tow Vehicles
RE: SUV for pulling hybrid

Your only real options are the Chevy Suburban (preferably a 2500 series if you don't mind buying a 2013 or older vehicle) or a Ford Expedition. You could go way back and get a Ford Excursion but they are getting more rare all the time and some have the extremely problematic 6.0 diesel. A Chevy Tahoe might look like an option but with the third row seats in use there is basically no cargo space. Also, the longer the wheelbase of the tow vehicle the more stable it is so a Suburban is better. Out family of 5 travels quite nicely in our 2500 Suburban. I pull a 6,500 pound boat with it. Our 3 kids all sit in the middle row. I've had 3 bikes, coolers, grill, tools boxes, 5 camp chairs, and all our other luggage behind the middle seat one time.
KD4UPL 09/19/21 05:17am Hybrid Travel Trailers
RE: Navigation options

It won't. The cell phone needs the internet to load the map tiles. For navigating with no cell service you need a GPS device with the maps built into it's memory. I spend probably 2 days a week in the mountains of VA and WV with no cell service. I have a Garmin GPS that mounts to the windshield with a suction cup. I think it cost about $300. I move it between our 3 vehicles depending on what I'm driving. I've even taken it on my boat to find an address by water. I just can't justify the huge cost of a built in navigation system, particularly when it only works for one vehicle.
KD4UPL 09/19/21 05:11am Technology Corner
RE: Group 24 Flooded to Group 31 AGM

By the way. You don't wire the batteries in series. If you do that you will burn out everything 12v in the RV because you will be supplying it with 24v. If the "dealer" is going to wire them in series for $250 run fast and find a new dealer.
KD4UPL 09/17/21 08:20pm Tech Issues
RE: New Truck question(s)

5th gear is also an overdrive in that transmission. So you are technically towing in overdrive, just not the highest one. You're current engine is rated 420 Hp and 460 lb/ft. The 6.6L is rated 401 HP and 464 lb/ft. So, you're not gaining anything but the power peaks are at a lower RPM which is nice.
KD4UPL 09/17/21 08:18pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Hooking up second AC with 50 amp service

You want to balance the legs as much as possible. I'd put the ACs on opposite legs. I'd put the electric water heater and the microwave on opposite legs.
KD4UPL 09/17/21 08:14pm Tech Issues
RE: Battery Question

I agree that it's hard to justify the cost but here are some reasons. Flooded may only last you 3 to 5 years, Lithium is sometimes warrantied for 10 years and may last longer. Lithium is lighter weight which is important in a TC. Lithium can pack more power into the same space, not everyone has lots of room for lots of batteries. Many people use a lot more power than what you have. I'm guessing your just one person using a TC. If we were talking about a family of 5 in a 35' RV where you can't get your kids to ever turn the lights off it's a different story. CPAP machines seem to be quite common. Some people can't go a few hours without internet and a flat screen satellite TV picture. Many larger RVs now have electric only refrigerators and yours is propane.
KD4UPL 09/17/21 08:13pm Truck Campers
RE: Solar Panel question??????

It will be difficult if not impossible to find a single solar panel that can charge a 36 volt battery bank. Fully charged that bank will need about 44 volts. You could use two 60 cell solar panels in series, these are about 40" by 66" in size. Or, you could use 3 "12 volt" panels in series, these are usually more like 24" by 54" in size. You will need a charge controller that will handle 36 volts. These are rare but he Outback FM60 and FM80 can both be programmed for that voltage. I'm not aware of any other models but there may be some. 60 cell panels can be found for around $150 each. An FM60 is about $400.
KD4UPL 09/12/21 07:08pm Tech Issues
RE: who's towing with gas and 342 vs 373

I don't think you can get anything but the 3.73. I too am curious how these gas engines do towing heavy. My 2005 Duramax is at 292,000 miles and I'm thinking of replacing it in a year or so. I don't usually tow more than about 14,000 with the truck loaded to about 10,000 with my tools. I'm undecided if I really want one of these new, complicated, temperamental, expensive diesels. I can't find much real world info on people using the gas trucks for work and towing on a regular basis.
KD4UPL 09/11/21 07:52pm Towing
RE: Does the Color of an HD Pickup Make a Difference?

Of course it matters, it has to be red. I think you're going to loose far more money than you can imagine if you buy a truck now and sell it in a year. Prices now are extraordinarily high.
KD4UPL 08/29/21 04:44pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Samsung smart tv

Connect the TV to something else and see if anything changes. Antenna, computer, DVD player, something.
KD4UPL 08/29/21 10:27am Technology Corner
RE: 220 volt capable PSW inverter

I just looked at your location, looks like your in VA or NC so not that far from me. My well is 305 feet with the pump at 180. I have a 3/4 HP pump. I'd be willing to bet yours is a 3/4, maybe a 1 hp at the largest. Put a meter on it and measure it's running and starting current. A 3/4 HP will be 8 amps running, 24 starting. 1 hp should be 10 amps running, 29 amps starting. You would need several 12v batteries hooked in parallel to get enough amps to run the pump anyway. It cost no more (actually less because of smaller cables) to wire 4 batteries in series to 48 volts instead of in parallel to 12 volts. You really don't need a 240v output inverter to run your well. You can use a transformer to step 120v up to 240v. This will greatly expand your choices for large inverters.
KD4UPL 08/28/21 06:13pm General RVing Issues
RE: New Reflection 150 260RD - Running fridge while on the road

I always ran it. All manuals for RVs I've owned state that you are supposed to run it on LP while driving. That is interesting that they have decided to tell you the opposite now. Lawyers.
KD4UPL 08/28/21 06:04pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 220 volt capable PSW inverter

I wouldn't buy that thing. It looks like junk. Anyone who even designs a 6,000 watt inverter with a 12 volt input obviously doesn't know what they are doing. You really should have a 48 volt battery banks for any draw that large; otherwise your battery cables are huge and the multiple parallel batteries become a wiring nightmare. A 1 HP submersible pump will draw about 2,400 watts running and around 7,000 watts on start up. How deep is your well? Around here (VA) most wells are a 3/4 HP with a 1 HP if they are really deep. 1.5 HP is reserved for extremely deep wells and agriculture installations. My preference for a good 240v Sinewave inverter would be Magnum. Next choice would be a Conext.
KD4UPL 08/28/21 02:29pm General RVing Issues
RE: Cab/chassis vs standard DRW

You're expecting this to be way too simple. Even very similar pick-ups will have different payloads due to having more or less options on the truck. Your C&C has a longer frame, possible a heavier frame, dual fuel tanks, a larger rear axle (I think, maybe not on a gasser), and they used to have a rear anti-sway bar that the pick-ups didn't get. There are certain options that are absolutely not available on a C&C truck like satellite radio for instance. Your truck probably didn't come with a spare tire or a winch to hold it but a dually comes with both. So, bottom line is, there are a lot of differences and you can't just assume anything.
KD4UPL 08/26/21 06:51pm Tow Vehicles
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