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RE: Can’t get dealer info I need on battery charging

Do you own a digital volt meter? You're going to need one. Hook up the batteries, plug in the shore cord and measure the voltage on the battery terminals. It should be around 14v if it's charging.
KD4UPL 08/20/19 07:44pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Harbor Freight 100 Watt Solar Kit

Get a look at the "manual" that comes with the kit. Some panels and controllers are made to be "chained" with a single controller and some are not. Note: Since there are some losses involved, a 100 watt panel likely will produce only about .7 amps at 12 volts. Barely enough to float a fully charged large battery. Two together will get you about 1.5 amps IN FULL SUN, which still really isn't much. You're math is way off. Likely by a decimal place. A 100 watt panel likely has a Imp of around 5 or 6 amps. OP, what's this kit cost? HF is know for selling over priced junk. Large solar panels sell for around 50 cents a watt. Smaller ones like you're looking at are usually about $1 a watt. If this panel is much over $100 it's too much. What kind of controller? I'll guess a small PWM model with no adjustable set points and not monitoring or display. You can buy one of those for $40 ish from a good manufacturer like Morningstar. If the panel is rated Imp 6 amps and the controller is rated for at least 20 amps it should handle 2 panels. Anything less than 20 amps and you may be wasting power or burning out the controller on a clear cold day when panels put out more current.
KD4UPL 08/20/19 07:35pm Tech Issues
RE: Is a neutral ground bond plug safe

No, it does not cause any risk. When running an RV from a generator nothing is really grounded anywhere unless you drive a rod and nobody does that. If anything, it's a safety measure so that a short to ground in the RV will actually trip the breaker on the gen. With no bond plug it wouldn't trip the gen breaker. So, you're safer with the bond plug.
KD4UPL 08/07/19 03:43pm Tech Issues
RE: 'What can you fill a barrel with to make it weigh less/'

The tire rating is stamped right on the side of the tire. The tire manufacturer publishes a load inflation table. It will tell you how many PSI the tire needs to carry a certain weight. Get your axle weights using a truck scale, consult the chart, inflate accordingly. How will reinforcing the springs add load carrying capacity? How could it not. Whenever a mechanical part is strengthened it gains better ability to do it's job. Swapping heavier duty springs, axles, tires, wheels, etc. onto a truck will in fact increase the ability of the truck to carry weight. It's just a machine and conforms to the laws of physics. No, it won't change the sticker on the door. Lets say I have a 3500 truck with an 11,000 pound GVWR. My driver's door gets dented and I go to the junk yard and get a door from a 1500 truck to replace it. Now the door sticker's GVWR number is 7,500. I'm I know restricted to a GVWR of 7,500 with my 3500 truck because of what the sticker says?
KD4UPL 07/26/19 06:55pm Truck Campers
RE: Maximum length for 1500

Whatever tow capacity your truck has drops pound for pound when you start loading passengers and gear into the truck. Also, dry weight is meaningless, add at least 1,000 pounds to that to get the ready to tow weight. Will it tow it? Probably. Will you enjoy the experience and want to tow it again? I sincerely doubt it.
KD4UPL 07/26/19 06:47pm Travel Trailers
RE: Xantrex guru please

Unless you have an external shunt and a battery monitoring device the bar graph on the display is largely voltage based. I don't know what all parameters Xantrex is reading to come up with the battery level but voltage is a huge component. That means, it's not terribly accurate. If you really want a battery gauge Xantrex does make one that works with their XW and SW products. I think it would likely work with your inverter as well but you'd have to check with them. Otherwise, Trimetric makes a good meter and their are others. If it doesn't have a shunt, it's not really a battery gauge.
KD4UPL 07/24/19 02:35pm Tech Issues
RE: towing with dually and WDH

Load the trailer so you have about 15% to 20% tongue weight and forget the WDH. It won't sway either with that much tongue weight and your dually will ride better.
KD4UPL 07/23/19 04:50pm Towing
RE: New-to-me truck and camper

I would think the TC is well matched to the capacity of the truck. I'd put some miles on it with local trips so you don't get too far from home. See how it drives and handles and go from there. I hope you did a lot of research on the 6.0 Ford diesel. They are temperamental high maintenance engines at best, expensive pieces of junk at worst. A company I used to be involved with had me driving two of those things, the problems are many.
KD4UPL 07/23/19 04:48pm Truck Campers
RE: Looking for a tow vehicle for boat

I tow a 6,500 pound boat and trailer with my 2009 2500 Suburban. It has the 6.0 and 6 speed with 3.73 gears. It does a good job but there's no way I'd want 11,500 pounds behind me. The new style that started in mid year 2007 is only rated to 9,600 pounds 2wd and 9,300 pounds 4wd. You would need to stay with a 2001 to early 2007 to get the 12,000 pound rating which is also the only time the 8.1L was available. They aren't that hard to find. When I was looking I found plenty of them within about 300 miles of me. I decided I'd rather have the 6 speed auto with the automatic downshifting since my trailer was well withing the rating. I once towed about 13,000 behind a 2015 Chevy 3500 truck with a 6.0 gas engine. It did the job but going up Afton mountain I had the pedal on the floor and doing about 35 MPH. Duraburb if you can afford one, they are around, particularly on ebay. 8.1L if you can't afford one. Or, you might consider a 3500 van with an 8.1L (good luck finding one). Or a Duramax equipped van, they aren't too hard to find and aren't super expensive either compared to a Suburban.
KD4UPL 07/22/19 08:23pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Garage Size

So your saying the 8' dimension is across the width of the MH? That puts the garage door in the side then? If that's the case I'm sure the garage is no more than 8'. The maximum width for a MH is 8' 6". Part of this would be taken up by the thickness of the sidewalls. So, I would think that 8' is the maximum width you could possible have.
KD4UPL 07/21/19 06:58am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Newbie with general tow questions

I called a different Toyota dealership and the parts guy told me I DO have the tow package according to my VIN. It's called "tow ready" if you don't pay extra for the hitch, which I did not. He says I have enhanced features on the radiator and alternator and I have a fan and an oil cooler. With the max at 5,000 lbs with the tow package, can I reasonably buy a 3,000 lb pup up, or should I stay in the 2,000 weight range? Now that's a dealer with a much better explanation. That being the case I wouldn't be afraid to tow 5,000 pounds with it. But you may run out of payload rating for the tongue weight and your gear before you could tow 5,000. A 3,000 pound pop-up with 500 pounds of stuff in it plus 500 pounds of people and gear in the vehicle should be fine weight wise.
KD4UPL 07/20/19 01:25pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Newbie with general tow questions

Clearly the dealer is wrong. If your vehicle didn't come with a hitch then there's no way it has the tow package. If simply adding the hitch and wiring made it have the tow package then what would be the difference between one rated at 2,000 and one rated at 5,000. If putting the hitch on automatically rates it at 5,000 then how would you ever be able to tow anything with a vehicle rated at 2,000 since it wouldn't have a hitch? I would do some research on what the tow package included for your vehicle and then investigate to see if your's has those things. I suspect it doesn't. Tow package can include a larger radiator, different axle gears, larger transmission cooler, etc.
KD4UPL 07/20/19 08:57am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2009 Burb

If you want a Suburban for towing I would probably try to find a 2500 Suburban. They have significantly higher towing and payload. It seems that many people don't even know they exist because GM never really advertised them. If they would have they may have sold more and thus kept them in production. I purchased a 2009 2500 Suburban to haul my family and tow my boat; it weighs about 6,500 pounds. A 2500 will have a 6.0L engine which is an extremely durable and reliable engine. The 6 speed automatic in the 2500s automatically downshifts when slowing down and also downshifts to help maintain cruise control speed when going downhill. Mine was supposedly a former Border Patrol unit. I can tell it used to have a lot of two-way radios and light bars installed. Mechanically it's been fine. It tows my boat with ease.
KD4UPL 07/19/19 06:29pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2009 Burb

If you want a Suburban for towing I would probably try to find a 2500 Suburban. They have significantly higher towing and payload. It seems that many people don't even know they exist because GM never really advertised them. If they would have they may have sold more and thus kept them in production. I purchased a 2009 2500 Suburban to haul my family and tow my boat; it weighs about 6,500 pounds. A 2500 will have a 6.0L engine which is an extremely durable and reliable engine. The 6 speed automatic in the 2500s automatically downshifts when slowing down and also downshifts to help maintain cruise control speed when going downhill. Mine was supposedly a former Border Patrol unit. I can tell it used to have a lot of two-way radios and light bars installed. Mechanically it's been fine. It tows my boat with ease.
KD4UPL 07/19/19 06:29pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Need Help Selecting a Generator

Cummins Onan Quiet Diesel is what I would go with. They can throttle back and run at minimum RPM necessary to power the load. This is just like what the little portable gas powered inverter generators do.
KD4UPL 07/19/19 05:08pm Tech Issues
RE: Longest lasting batteries

I agree, if you got 7 1/2 years out of what you have that's exactly what I'd put back in there. There's really only 3 or 4 battery manufacturers in the whole country: East Penn, Excide, Johnson Controls, and maybe one other. Every battery you see at an auto parts store, walmart, etc. comes from one of the big makers.
KD4UPL 07/18/19 06:54pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Longest lasting batteries

I agree, if you got 7 1/2 years out of what you have that's exactly what I'd put back in there. There's really only 3 or 4 battery manufacturers in the whole country: East Penn, Excide, Johnson Controls, and maybe one other. Every battery you see at an auto parts store, walmart, etc. comes from one of the big makers.
KD4UPL 07/18/19 06:54pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: High mile gas engine trucks

100,000 is nothing. I bought my 2009 2500 Suburban with 99,000 on it specifically for towing. It was and still is the lowest mileage (of 4)vehicle I own. It currently has about 107,000 on it. In June we pulled the boat to Gatlinburg, TN for a week. I was curious what our overall weight was so I weighed it at a truck stop. Suburban, boat, family, and gear was 13,740 pounds.
KD4UPL 07/18/19 04:30pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 5 liter SUVs and truck capability.

The 5.3L was never available in a GMT400. I've never towed with a 5.4 but I've never heard anyone claim they made much power. Any owner I've ever talked to claims it can't get out of it's own way.
KD4UPL 07/18/19 04:02pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Dmax Suburban for sale - $60k

Before I bought my '09 2500 Suburban I looked at a few Duramax swapped vehicles that were in the upper $20,000 to $30,000 range. It was tempting but I just couldn't justify the extra cost. My stock 6.0 '09 pulls my 6,500 pound boat over the mountains just fine. I can't imagine spending $60,000 on any vehicle, certainly not a used one.
KD4UPL 07/17/19 06:54pm Tow Vehicles
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