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RE: Do you think I can use 2 of 6V LED in the row with 12V.

Well.... first night with hook up and the 14.5V my converter supply did overheat the lights. The silver plastic melted on one side and about 55% of LED burned out. The rest still work, but the light output seem low. So when I liked the light output, the reliability sucks. I think for winter season I will convert 2nd light panel I have into 3-row system, what should give it good reliability. Will see how much dimmer LED will be. Watch and learn.
Kayteg1 06/19/19 08:17pm Technology Corner
RE: Dually tire pressure?

Michelin inflation tables As I said, manufacturer give inflation tables as you can see on Michelin sample I pasted above. In my case the tables start at 35 psi, what give the tire ca 1800 lb load capacity. My empty dually has about 1/2 of that, but don't think I would drive it with 18 psi in rear. Even Michelin is not highlighting it, the 35 psi is min they allow.
Kayteg1 06/19/19 08:04pm Truck Campers
RE: Truck camper mileage

5000lb camper, CC set at 60 mph gives me 12-13 on highway cruising with my Ford diesel dually. But any high wind can cut it by 10% easy.
Kayteg1 06/19/19 07:05pm Truck Campers
RE: Dually tire pressure?

Reputable manufacturers will post chart for your tires what pressure should be applied at certain load. Rule of thumb is apply the same % of max press that you have % of max load. I just drove via Oregon scales (the only state I know about that allows you to use the scale on closed station) and turned out I have too low pressure (65) in front, while too much (70) on the rear. I've never seen more than 10% raise in my tire pressure. I think higher raise indicate lot of moisture inside the tire.
Kayteg1 06/18/19 10:44pm Truck Campers
RE: lower front hitch on 2000 f250 clearence ?

I remember that MY of Fords had front hitches mounted on front hooks mounts, so they have been pretty high. On my new truck, the front hitch goes under the frame and now having front generator I have to observe steep driveways for scratching. When I think any weld shop can weld T-bar to any carrier, by lowering it you will have the scratching issue. Versahaul has wide ramps due to bike holding ties. I would think about making tall T bar and secure bike to it at high point, what would eliminate need for low holding bar. You are in situation where you have to sacrifice clearance for driver visibility, so it is one of those no-win situations. When I had light Trail bike, I'd rather hang it on high bars, but don't think that would work with 230lb scooter. Good luck with the project.
Kayteg1 06/16/19 11:40am Truck Campers
RE: Has anyone replaced a hot water tank with an instant hot?

We talks a lot about RVs being cheaply build, but I admire quality of the appliances that are supplied for them. Have 2 TC, both 18 years old and everything works just fine. WH are with aluminium tanks and beside 1 circuit board I had to replace couple years ago, I have no complains. The old refrigerators are good as well. Just did another test a week ago restarting Dometic for vacations. Started fridge late afternoon on 120V mode and after 80F night, in the morning empty freezer had -10F. Not bad I say. The tankless Webasto heaters are on the market for at least 30 years. Why don't they become popular in all diesel vehicles?
Kayteg1 06/16/19 10:39am Truck Campers
RE: Has anyone replaced a hot water tank with an instant hot?

I installed the "Hot Rod" electric conversion in my 6 gallon tank. I like it. When the RV is plugged in, my water is hot without firing the LP! Most of the on demand heaters have a large electric or gas pull to heat the water on demand. Brian I did that when we sold the house and have been living in TC for time being. Not only "hot rods" operates on electricity supply by campground, but heating element is placed lower than propane burner and thermostat can be set higher. So I've been enjoying 10- minutes showers in those days. Recovery was long, but fortunate DW takes shower at different time. There are lot of myths about tankless WH. Working in construction and being landlord - I had my share of dealing with them. For rental units tankless is only that I install. You can buy small one for $60, but that is battery-operated, or $100 buys you bigger one that plugs into 120V. When they are very practical for landlord, it is the tenants who deal with inconvenience of temperature surge and need for opening high flow for the heater to ignite. Would I install 1 in my own house? I am not sure as often I need hot water to drizzle and tankless will not work with it. Also water circulation pumps don't always work with tankless. For big house probably the best combo is tankless with small tank heater for temperature stability and high output. Coming to RV, even I realize that I carry 6 gallons of dead weight in my WH, I am too cheap to spend money for replacement. And again, fact that campgrounds pay for my water heating is good part.
Kayteg1 06/15/19 06:19pm Truck Campers
RE: Cross-Country Trip TC Ticker

I am in Idaho right now and we come back from hike around 2 campgrounds, with total of 100 spaces. Number of TC counted - 1. Did not notice license plate, but he seems to be local. I think it takes personal luck to count many TC on your trip. Per my experience on West Coast - they are rare breed. I was trying to sell my Lance in San Francisco area for 1/2 of NADA and not even tire/jacks kicker.
Kayteg1 06/15/19 05:55pm Truck Campers
RE: Electric Jacks

I have 2 TC with Atwood jacks and both systems are 18 yo. Can't say how PO used them, but they had to be abused since all front brackets were bent when I got them. I use the jacks tens of times when I am on my vacations and don't know (knock on the wood) what is jack problem. Even when I don't unload, I still lift the camper on jacks for stability. My Fleetwood camper was scaled at 5500lb at some time.
Kayteg1 06/15/19 05:47pm Truck Campers
RE: Do you unload when you camp? Really?

Never saw the attraction in unloading. 21 years of TCing, and we've removed the camper once during a trip. That time was to drive the loop around Monument valley without shaking up the beer too much. .... That only shows how totally different approach we can have on the same issue. When I unload camper almost everywhere, to leave dogs with AC on - Monument Valley campground did not offer any utilities, so we drove dirt roads with camper on. Dogs were happy. :p
Kayteg1 06/15/19 05:39pm Truck Campers
RE: What am I missing on GVWR??

Thanks for explanation Joerg. Sounds to me no matter what you use- it is still stinky business. I am surprised you need to empty your black so often on new camper. I just double check and my 2002 Lance has 16 gallons=60l black tank. That can last and I did own ClasC with 5 gallons tank. Still, even that was 18 years ago, German rest areas have "skier-type restroom" and my DW keep talking how the system start flushing before she left. I can only assume -dumping even after each trip beats that experience.
Kayteg1 06/13/19 12:50pm Truck Campers
RE: Do you unload when you camp? Really?

We unload the camper even with 2 days stay due the dogs. This way we can leave them in camper with AC, while we can go anywhere with no limits. Have you considered power failure? We can leave our dogs in the camper in hot weather in the sun with a window open and the solar panel powering the Fantastik Vent, and all stays cool. In the unlikely event of a DC or fan failure, they at least have an open window. I wouldn't want to trust our dogs' lives to the power company, and I work for one. Yes, I have and I have WI-FI thermometer that I can read on my android. But in real life -hurricanes were bigger problem than power failure. Fantastic Vent is useless in 105-125F weather.
Kayteg1 06/13/19 11:11am Truck Campers
RE: What am I missing on GVWR??

Takes rv forum to convert GVWR topic into stinky business. I love my black water tank on TC, who gives me easy a week or 2 when I am alone between dumping and I like to use lot of water to avoid skid marks. Using Sewer Solution it is clean dump as well. But next year I plan to spend days on boat, cruising Lake Powell and I will have to get one of those cassette toilets. So since we are already after breakfast, what is the difference to composting toilet?
Kayteg1 06/13/19 11:07am Truck Campers
RE: VIN for cabover camper

Ask the agent what VIN has his tent?
Kayteg1 06/12/19 10:42pm Truck Campers
RE: VIN for cabover camper

The reason why TC don't have real VIN is becouse they are not vehicles. What manufacturers list is more serial number. So how you agent wants to register as a vehicle something that is not?
Kayteg1 06/12/19 07:16pm Truck Campers
RE: SUP / surfboard / gear rack ideas

Start with measuring how wide is your camper. Some of them are 8' wide and when jacks and mirrors don't count, the cargo might make it requiring "Oversize load" signs. If camper is 7-6" you might have legal space for a board. For my 16' canoe I made rack on the roof. When camper had factory railings on the rear, I put long piece across tor canoe support and than I add bracket right behind front skylight. That required drilling 2 holes and I put lag bolts with the heads on ceiling side. My canoe goes over AC, while with flat boards you might try something else. https://i.imgur.com/URqjMyll.jpg "border=0" https://i.imgur.com/m3zZPvb.pngClick For Full-Size Image.
Kayteg1 06/12/19 04:43pm Truck Campers
RE: RVTrader No Response

Lack of response becomes today's standards. I have the same with craigslist and ebay sellers. When ebay is nagging the sellers for response, CL sellers can have 3 emails/texting to no response. Eventually 3rd phone call they will answer "ah,.. my CL listing, I forgot all about it"
Kayteg1 06/12/19 01:02pm Truck Campers
RE: Cargo Trailer Shopping

KT, you're just an irritant at times. No doubt I have a complete lack of reality...never done a **** thing and know nothing about anything. I just pale in your spotlight of wisdom. Seriously, why does anyone even offer any thoughts about anything since you have every subject under the sun covered. Would you happen to have arguments for the dispute, that I could answer to?
Kayteg1 06/12/19 12:28pm Truck Campers
RE: Cargo Trailer Shopping

I don’t think all trailers are the same. There are a few brands that are pretty good though. So, instead of just buying “any” trailer, buy one that has a track record even if you buy a used one. Per my experience any brand can have excelent models and OPss... Being mechanically-inclined I am strong believer in personal inspections. For example, some of the pictures show trailers having siding with screws/rivets as much as 3-4 feet apart. That can't be good. In cargo trailers sheeting is load-bearing and need to be properly fastened to do so. Than there are small things you can't even imagine. On my V-nose the nose had shiny diamond plate. The plate mirrored the traffic and I could not stand it, so replaced it with black plastic.
Kayteg1 06/12/19 12:20pm Truck Campers
RE: Cargo Trailer Shopping

A $3k trailer is just that...it will pull and keep stuff covered, but I wouldn't be putting a bunch of heavy point load items in there. Shows lack of reality here. All trailers will have the same axles, who are manufactured in only couple locations in US. All of them will have the same door latches, hinges, vents and door locks. All trailers will have strong frame as steel is cheap and no manufacturer will take chances with structural undersized. What cheaper trailer will have are thinner outside sheeting, less inside ties and probably some poorly torqued screws. I drove my 5000 lb convertible inside $3000 trailer just fine. Enough said. My impression is that trailers are build by the same labor TC are. Whatever farm-boy is available in the area - he's got the job.
Kayteg1 06/12/19 10:37am Truck Campers
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