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RE: How is this for a power system? Solar vs battery balance?

some new info - I did not know that these new models existed from Trojan. https://www.solarpowerworldonline.com/2018/10/trojan-battery-company-releasing-trillium-battery-line/ just a bit more than Battleborn, about $1,000 Trojan vs about $900 for the (i think) similar one from Battleborn.... Trojan may well be worth the extra $. J.
LosAngeles 02/17/19 12:03pm Truck Campers
How is this for a power system? Solar vs battery balance?

How is this for a power system? Solar vs battery balance? Hi all Have owned a couple RVs, and now designing (with Hallmark) a 9.5’ Everest pop up truck camper. How is this for the balance of 200 watts of solar and 200 amp hours of (probably Lithium) batteries? I’m aware that the Lithium are very expensive, but they can be run down to 90% depleted without any damage….. plus they last many times longer than wet cells, so in the really long run, probably (hopefully) no more expensive. The Battleborn batteries (likely get these) have a built in battery management system that makes sure the battery can be used (or discharged) at temperatures as low as -4°F. However, the battery will not accept a charge below 25°F. The BMS also makes sure they dont over charge or under charge. Planned system: Propane for stove…. and Truma Combi. (hot water and air.) (of course 12v needed to run the Truma Combi too) 7.2 CU side by side. 2 way compressor. Novacool RFS7501 fridge. Maxx fan. Interior LED lights. Solar System: 2 X 100 Watt Soft Panels on roof. Xantrex 817-2080 Freedom XC 2000, 2000 Watt Pure Sine Wave 12 Volt Inverter/Charger Victron BMV 712 Battery Monitor w/ Bluetooth Lifepo4 Ready 2 (two) x Battleborn 100 amp hour (each) Lithium Other occasional loads: Small microwave. Blender. computer maybe. We camp 4 seasons…. sometimes below freezing. Sometimes higher altitudes. Sometimes in cloudy Pacific NorthWest. So the ability to discharge the Lithuim 90% with smaller bulk and weight has advantages. We mostly boondock. We prefer the quiet. Occasionally we stay someplace for 2 nights, but often drive around a bit, to explore, each day (so the F350 would also help charge up the batteries) Thanks for any and all thoughts. J.
LosAngeles 02/17/19 12:05am Truck Campers
anyone Xantrex Freedom XC 2000_12 Volt Inverter_Charger?

Hi all Is anyone using the Xantrex 817-2080 Freedom XC 2000, 2000 Watt Pure Sine Wave 12 Volt Inverter - Charger? How is it, generally? Likes? Dislikes? It would be going into a new Hallmark Pop up truck camper. I know that under heavy loads that the fans can turn on... but under normal (light) loads (fridge running, solar panels in the sun) are the fans on? and does it have any hum (acoustically) under light or heavy loads? and are the fans 1 speed (on - off) or do they have different levels? do the fans ramp up and down, or just switch on? I don't like fan noise, or acoustic hum.... thus the questions. thanks. J.
LosAngeles 02/15/19 11:18pm Tech Issues
RE: FastGuns / Hallmark - how to provide extra camper security?

......OP started in the first post by not explaining what security he was looking for and still hasn’t. .... Hi Grit Dog I'm the original poster... and my exact words were: "...the little (optional) locks on the FastGuns seem only to help discourage anyone from stealing the (valuable) FastGuns.... what about some extra security to make sure to provide extra security for the far more valuable Hallmark? " in the first post. Not sure how that isn't 100% clear? J a.k.a. "Los Angeles"
LosAngeles 02/13/19 11:26pm Truck Campers
RE: what gas engine? 2020 F350: 6.2 Gas or 7.3 L Gas?

When you are applying taxable ratings to physical truck ratings- you are ignoring laws of physics. When you are applying gross truck payload to TC carrying capacity - you are ignoring laws of physics as with TC you can't use front axle carrying capacity. ... unless you put front platform and move some stuff from TC on it. OK you win. I'm just 100% wrong, and you are totally right. silly me. :-/
LosAngeles 02/12/19 07:02pm Truck Campers
RE: what gas engine? 2020 F350: 6.2 Gas or 7.3 L Gas?

Last time I checked the F350 diesel was about 900 lbs heavier than the gasser, if i recall correctly, so that reduced the max payload by that amount. Does not work for us - as that *does* relate to carrying a pop up truck camper. Less max payload. also we'll get the long bed, biggest cab F350 gasser, so 176" wheelbase. I'm no expert but that strikes me as plenty long, for safe driving. Our 9.5' truck camper will overhang only 18" over the end of the bed. I think that should be more than fine. . You still seem to ignore law of physics. No matter the engine weigh difference, your limiting factor with TC is going to be rear axle rating. Heavier engine on front can only help in handling, but will have no effect how much of TC you can safely load. I'm not ignoring anything but there are many variables. I suggest you go to Ford.com and alternate between a gasser and diesel... and watch how the MAX PAYLOAD varies a lot. That is all I am commenting on. Max Payload is a real issue to watch... with a heavier, loaded Truck Tailer.
LosAngeles 02/12/19 06:52pm Truck Campers
RE: what gas engine? 2020 F350: 6.2 Gas or 7.3 L Gas?

You are repeating common misconceptions here. It is taxable payload that gaser has couple hundreds lb higher due to lighter engine, but that has nothing to do with carrying TC. With long TC, who is having COG behind rear axle you can carry heavier camper on diesel, as with gas engine you will not have enough front load for safe driving. Than gasoline v/s diesel engine is old wisdom. "Pay me now, or pay me more later". It is a choice. Last time I checked the F350 diesel was about 900 lbs heavier than the gasser, if i recall correctly, so that reduced the max payload by that amount. Does not work for us - as that *does* relate to carrying a pop up truck camper. Less max payload. also we'll get the long bed, biggest cab F350 gasser, so 176" wheelbase. I'm no expert but that strikes me as plenty long, for safe driving. Our 9.5' truck camper will overhang only 18" over the end of the bed. I think that should be more than fine. There are many variables between gasser and engine.... i myself am not looking at it with old wisdom.... just trying to learn and see the big picture, as it relates to *our* needs and wants. :-) it is so great to have these choices. :-) just my 1.5c. ;-) I have an open mind... i'm ready to be corrected where I am wrong. :-) J.
LosAngeles 02/12/19 11:13am Truck Campers
RE: what gas engine? 2020 F350: 6.2 Gas or 7.3 L Gas?

i just read that the F350 will *all* come with the new 10 speed transmission... i can't even get the older 6 speed. Oh well... that decision is made for me. ;-) J
LosAngeles 02/12/19 10:20am Truck Campers
RE: what gas engine? 2020 F350: 6.2 Gas or 7.3 L Gas?

Don't buy new models from first year of production. New design engine and new design transmission. What could go wrong? ;) Funny you say you don't want to worry about range, yet you are buying gasoline motor :) update - the F350 (longest one made - the one we will get ) - the gasser comes with a 48 gallon tank. at 12 MPG that is over 550 miles. (and about 300 lbs of gas) range will be just fine. :-)
LosAngeles 02/11/19 11:36am Truck Campers
RE: FastGuns / Hallmark - how to provide extra camper security?

What stevenal said ^. And fwiw, maybe reconsider removing the camper jacks. Not sure why one would do that anyway, save for doing some 4 wheeling where they could get damaged. The pros of having jacks on the camper outweigh the cons by like 100:1. Flat tires, truck needs repairs, using camper as home base and having a “normal” vehicle to drive around, etc. we will pretty much never need to use the truck as a regular vehicle..... we generally would not take the camper off the truck when camping i would think that i could jack up the truck with the camper on it to change a flat tire - ? and.... yes, repairs could well need it to be removed.... yes we will do some off roading so perhaps we could tuck the jacks inside the large cab? on the floor. to have in case of emergency..... but out of the way.... :-)
LosAngeles 02/11/19 10:09am Truck Campers
FastGuns / Hallmark - how to provide extra camper security?

Hi all we hope to buy a new 9.5' Hallmark Everest plus a 2020 Ford F350 I am told that due to the aluminum frame of the current SuperDuty Fords... we have to get the TorkLift FastGuns. but the little (optional) locks on the FastGuns seem only to help discourage anyone from stealing the (valuable) FastGuns.... what about some extra security to make sure to provide extra security for the far more valuable Hallmark? Yes we'd likely leave the camper jacks at home... no need to haul them around.... so there is that... does anyone use additional tie downs - - perhaps the ones hidden by the pickup side walls - so inaccessible from outside the Hallmark? or - ? thanks. J
LosAngeles 02/11/19 12:42am Truck Campers
RE: what gas engine? 2020 F350: 6.2 Gas or 7.3 L Gas?

Sadly, first year American anything tends to be a rolling test-mule intended to finalize the ‘rush to market’ R&D process...This is why warranty claims (except for recalls and emissions) are at SOLE discretion of the manufacturer, and why ‘punt to arbitration’ Lemon Laws were written by manufactures. JM seasoned experience ($$)... My very experienced and honest mechanic has always encouraged me to NEVER buy the first year of a new model or engine, for exactly the reasons you list above. Thanks for the reminder. :-) I have posted my question on quite a few forums, and the overwhelming majority of people all said basically the same thing.... buy the tried and true 6.2 (gas) if I am going to buy a gasser. (we are) and the tried and true 6 speed transmission.... especially if it is a purchase and we plan on keeping it a long time (we do) Also many people have mentioned that the 6.2 L gasser will have plenty of grunt for our needs. Good to know. We will not do tons of miles annually (not full timing) so fuel economy isn't a huge factor, either way. thanks everyone for the great thoughts. :-) J
LosAngeles 02/10/19 10:35pm Truck Campers
RE: what gas engine? 2020 F350: 6.2 Gas or 7.3 L Gas?

As already mentioned, the 6.2 is a proven motor so probably the better choice. Ford engineers have a history of not getting everything right for the first couple of years with their engines, spark plug spitting V10s come to mind. I am curious - what happened with the v10 spark plugs? in the first years of its production.
LosAngeles 02/09/19 08:56am Truck Campers
RE: what gas engine? 2020 F350: 6.2 Gas or 7.3 L Gas?

I'd give a new motor design a couple of years to shake out the bugs. Samo-samo with a new tranny. sad, but true. ;-) thanks. :-)
LosAngeles 02/09/19 08:54am Truck Campers
RE: what gas engine? 2020 F350: 6.2 Gas or 7.3 L Gas?

I agree you don't need nor want a diesel for your application. While the larger engine would probably have better resale years from now I'm very hesitant to buy anything the first year it becomes available. The power output of the 6.2 is more than enough for hauling around a pop-up TC. 385 HP is about 100 more than big blocks of a few decades ago. 430 pound-feet is almost as much as an 80's or 90's diesel. I think it would be enough. thanks for the great info - glad to know the 6.2L gasser will have enough grunt. and.. Yes indeed.... without a really specific need, i guess I would be foolish to buy the 1st year of any engine.... I should indeed buy the existing 6.2L, and as much as I would prefer the new transmission, perhaps I should get that as well. :-/
LosAngeles 02/09/19 08:54am Truck Campers
RE: what gas engine? 2020 F350: 6.2 Gas or 7.3 L Gas?

Don't buy new models from first year of production. New design engine and new design transmission. What could go wrong? ;) Funny you say you don't want to worry about range, yet you are buying gasoline motor :) dont want to worry about range in the middle of nowhere in NM (for example) where there is nothing other than gas for sale.
LosAngeles 02/09/19 08:51am Truck Campers
what gas engine? 2020 F350: 6.2 Gas or 7.3 L Gas?

what gas engine? 2020 F350: 6.2 Gas or 7.3 L Gas? Hi all Any guesses as to the increase in price from the 6.2 L gasser to the 7.3 L gasser? If it was you (and you didn’t want diesel) what engine would you buy? the 6.2 L gasser or the 7.3 L gasser? Our plan is to custom order a gasser 2020 F350 with just the options we want, and none that we don’t…. and put a 9.5’ Hallmark pop on it full time. No, we will almost never tow anything. We hate towing. Diesel doesn’t make sense for us, as it adds a ton to the cost, plus weights a *lot* more than the gas engine, so it effectively reduces our max payload. We also like to go far, far off the beaten path, and those places often don’t have diesel to sell. We dont want to worry about range ever. I am told that our Hallmark, “wet” could be about 3,000 lbs, or maybe a little less (approximately) so I’ll have the F350 built with a lot of carrying capacity. So the question comes down to: do we get the tried and true 6.2-liter gas V8, probably around 385 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque (current specs) or do we spend the extra $ to get the new 7.3-liter pushrod V8. One unknown variable… the new 10 speed transmission sounds nice… that would be nice to have. I wonder if the 6.2L gasser would even be available with the new 10 speed transmission….. Hmmm… Thanks…. here is a copy paste of some info, from the internet: and I quote: …”The base (Super Duty) option is a carryover 6.2-liter gasoline V8, which will likely have output ratings similar to the current model's 385 horsepower and 430 pound-feet of torque. Next up is an all-new 7.3-liter pushrod V8, claimed to be the most powerful gas engine in Super Duty history. Finally, there's a new, third-generation 6.7-liter Power Stroke turbodiesel V8. It has a new turbo, new internals and a new 36,000-psi fueling system to deliver power; the outgoing engine was rated for 450 hp and 935 lb-ft. Those engines now mate to a new 10-speed automatic transmission, which weighs just 3.5 pounds more than and fits into the same physical space as the outgoing six-speed. (The base 6.2-liter engine will still be offered with the six-speed on low-cost trims.) Ford promises improved efficiency from the new transmission. In addition to the expected Tow/Haul, the 10-speed adds extra driving modes: Slippery, Deep Sand and Snow, and Eco, the last of which feels like a token effort in a heavy-duty pickup truck.” ~~~~~~~
LosAngeles 02/09/19 01:03am Truck Campers
RE: Truma Combi water/heaters

I am also very interested in the Truma Combo. The PLUS version that will work on 120v as well as propane. any other users? i would get it in a new Hallmark pop up camper.
LosAngeles 02/06/19 09:31pm General RVing Issues
RE: Where I can get Ford coaxial cable for my camper?

Cool info! Thanks. j.
LosAngeles 12/27/18 08:10pm Truck Campers
RE: 2019 Ford F450 options for camper use

I am bummed that blind spot monitoring may we’ll see the wings of a Hallmark pop up. And not work properly. Hallmark we would get is 83” wide. Thoughts ? Thanks. J.
LosAngeles 12/27/18 08:08pm Truck Campers
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