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RE: washer/dryer

I have two rigs with washer and dryer. I found them fairly useless unless I had full hookups. The water and waste tankage were a severe limitation. Doing a modest amount of laundry DOUBLED our water consumption. I do a lot of boondocking. That makes the frugal consumption of water and power is necessary. So, laundry in the RV is not very practical for me. Just my $0.02 :)
PNW_Steve 01/08/20 05:30pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Question regarding residential refrigerators

I haven't had an RV refrigerator in years. My 5er has a 10.8cu.ft. residential fridge. I power it with a 300 watt solar setup feeding two GC-2's in series and a 1500 watt pure sine wave inverter. I have a Honda inverter generator for backup. The solar is not always enough to keep up. We have developed a routine of starting the generator to run the coffee maker, toaster and hair dryer as well as getting a headache start on bulk charge on the batteries. About 45-60 minutes each morning. That keeps me happy (coffee), my wife happy (hair dryer) and the refrigerator happy:) My new rig has enough solar to run everything as long as we have good sun. The generator is for cloudy weather. I LOVE the space we get with the residential refrigerator. I will never go back. Another bonus. I my refrigerator dies I can find one in stock at most any Home Depot or Best Buy for $300-$400.
PNW_Steve 01/07/20 10:27am General RVing Issues
RE: El Paso Wally docking

Well, we have a couple "wild & crazy guys" we travel with. You know--Smith & Wesson, and they bring their friend, Rugar. We don't want trouble at all, just traveling through. Thanks for the tip about Anthony. :) Apparently we run in different social circles. I spend my time hanging out with Colonel Colt :) I have to laugh at this. I joined IRV2 a couple of weeks ago. A comment like this got me banned.
PNW_Steve 01/07/20 10:14am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: LifePO4 video

I must be stuck in the '90s :) I still find that FLA is the most cost effective chemistry when you look at cost Vs capacity and longevity. The various Li varieties are very interesting to the geek in me. I have seen some hobbyists coble together some slick BMS setups. I just don't have the time or interest in going down that road. If you are severely limited on space or weight capacity then the higher energy density starts to become attractive. I am fortunate there. My 24v - 430a/h FLA battery bank fits nicely and cost just a bit over $800 including shipping. I live in a pretty remote are so shipping can be a killer.
PNW_Steve 01/06/20 10:35am Tech Issues
RE: Best/easiest internet setup for working remote/full time

I purchased an AT&T hot-spot and got setup on one of the iPad unlimited plan. When it works, it works great. Unfortunately coverage is hit and miss in places that we visit frequently. It is $35 a month for unlimited data that is supposed to be unthrottled. I have had it for about eight months and have flogged it pretty good while binge watching Netflix. No sign of throttling yet. I recently switched my phones from AT&T to Verizon's Visible service. I have tethered it to a Wi-Fi router and have been very happy with it with one BIG exception. I fly in & out of Pasco Airport (PSC) and find that I really need my phone there. Unfortunately Verizon has no service there. That shocked me. The Visible service costs $25-$40 a month. One phone is $40. If you have others join your "party" it goes down $5 for each person. We have two and room for two more. We are paying $35 each with all taxes and fees included. When we fill the two remaining spots we will all be paying $25 each. Unlike "family" plans that we have tried before, each phone is billed separately. So, if Johnny joins my group and does not pay his bill, I am not liable and my service is unaffected.
PNW_Steve 01/06/20 10:21am Technology Corner
RE: Central America trip

That's a trip that I dream about. I met a couple who has done it and documented it along with many more adventures. Www.bumfuzzle.com
PNW_Steve 01/06/20 12:23am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Generator RF Noise

I just installed a Cobra handheld CB with a firestick antenna behind the left driver's window. I've notice a very large amount of RF noise when running the generator. Anyone experience this and can tell me how can I eliminate the RF Noise? I would look at common mode chokes on the generator output. http://www.dellroy.com/W4EF's-Ham-Radio-Page/Portable_Operation/EU2000i_Filter.htm
PNW_Steve 01/05/20 03:03pm Tech Issues
RE: Adhesive for Aluminum roof to plywood?

Another option : My Jayco has a one piece galvanized steel roof. It's almost 30 years old and no leaks.
PNW_Steve 01/04/20 04:49pm Travel Trailers
RE: Looking for a DYI forum or site for travel traliers

Have you considered converting a bus into an RV? They make a very reasonable platform to build on. Many of them come equipped with wheelchair lifts. I am in the process of converting my second bus to a RV. My current project is a Bluebird rear engine. I have seen a number of conversions that retained wheelchair lift. Good running, well maintained buses can be had quite reasonably. Take a look at http://www.skoolie.net and http://https://www.busconversionmagazine.com/ I purchased my current bus for $3450. Similar buses typically range in price from $4,000-$10,000. Mine had a bit of body damage that I had to deal with. It is a bit shy of 40' and is equipped with the Cummins 8.3 and Allison MD-3060. These buses are typically very well maintained. I have seen examples of similar buses with over 300k miles and are still in service. Mine came with 170k miles. It runs and drives great.
PNW_Steve 01/04/20 04:31pm Travel Trailers
RE: Rivets.. suitable for the awning

Stainless closed end rivets of the appropriate diameter and grip range should work fine. I do recommend using rivets with a grip range that covers your material thickness plus a rivet backer. The rivet backer is basically a washer that will spread the load out
PNW_Steve 01/01/20 07:41pm Tech Issues
RE: 2004.5 Dodge 3500 towing capacity questions?

To speak to someone other comments: The trip will be between St. Johns Arizona and a remote site out in the sticks. The trailer carries about 1500 gallons of water. I don't know if I mentioned it before but this is a gooseneck trailer with two 10k axles. Thanks again Everyone for the input. I think your loaded weight will be closer to 20K with that much water but I would still do it without any worries. The water weighs 12k lbs and the trailer another 2k lbs. Where does the other 6k come from?
PNW_Steve 01/01/20 07:25pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2004.5 Dodge 3500 towing capacity questions?

As far as posting pics.... I thought that I had uploaded pics to my profile here but don't see them now. I am reluctant to post new ones until I get a chance to wash the truck :) I have been parking under a tree that has covered my truck with **** and driving dirt roads daily... :)
PNW_Steve 01/01/20 04:16pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2004.5 Dodge 3500 towing capacity questions?

Power isn't going to be an issue with an Edge and the NV5600. Not sure where you're located Steve but I have basically the same truck with a 70 HP towing tune. I pulled the hill on Simmonds Road in Kenmore Wa. with my buddy's 15K# boat in tow. His 454 Suburban could only do 25 up this hill and he was afraid he was going to blow it up so he asked me pull it for him. I Started from a dead stop at the bottom of the hill and let off at 65.. A few weeks later he bought a new Dodge. ;) Funny :) I recently bought a gas Chevy 2500 with the 6.0 to pull my little trailer. I hate it. I took one trip from Dayton to Granite Falls and back. Upon arriving at home I promptly put a for sale sign on it. To speak to someone other comments: The trip will be between St. Johns Arizona and a remote site out in the sticks. The trailer carries about 1500 gallons of water. I don't know if I mentioned it before but this is a gooseneck trailer with two 10k axles. Thanks again Everyone for the input.
PNW_Steve 01/01/20 04:11pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2004.5 Dodge 3500 towing capacity questions?

Well that’s quite the combo! You use 1st gear taking off empty I presume with those 40” semi truck tires? Obviously 15k is a bit over the OE rating, but you’re nowhere close to OE. 15k behind a very similar truck (our 07 with a canned tune and clutch) pulls just fine. I’ve towed that much or more a few times when my company half ton just wouldn’t cut it, lol. That truck with a tuner and a stout clutch (or even an OE clutch) will pull 15k with relative ease on normal size tires. The brodozer tires combined with the tall gears (for that tire size) will hurt that ability considerably. With that clutch and rappin it out in each gear, I surmise it’s doable. But it will be much easier on you and the truck with some normal 32-34” tall tires. It is short trips, but if you have to start out on or pull any significant grades, I’d 100% ditch the semi wheels for a cheap set of 8 lug OE type wheels and tires. (If you haven’t done a permanent 10 lug conversion). If relatively flat terrain, I’d try it but be ready to use 4 lo for maneuvering the trailer to stay off the clutch. The “rest” of the truck will be fine if your brakes and driveshaft are in good shape and the trailer has good brakes. Yes, they are semi tires and if I have considered switching out gears for 4.33 gears. The most annoying thing with that tire/gear combo comes when backing trailers. The project involves a water tank trailer (gooseneck) 15 miles emptying then 15 miles bach full. On the loaded leg I have modest grade. Nothing severe. Thank you everyone for all of the replies. I appreciate your time and knowledge.
PNW_Steve 01/01/20 04:01pm Tow Vehicles
2004.5 Dodge 3500 towing capacity questions?

Hello All, I have a 2004.5 Dodge 3500 with CTD, Nv5600,4x3, 3.73 gears and 295/75R22.5 14-ply tires. Almost forgot: South Bend double disc clutch. With the upgrades to the engine, clutch and tires I am a little bit lost as to how much I can safely tow. I have a project coming up that will require me to pull a 15k pound trailer on a 30 mile round trip several times. My understanding is that the first limiting factor, on these trucks is the rear tires. With the tire upgrade I have no clue as to how to figure out what my safe maximum tow weight is. Any thoughts? Thank you. S.
PNW_Steve 12/31/19 11:20am Tow Vehicles
RE: double towing

US states and Canadian provinces honor "reciprocity" when it comes to drivers licensing. If I am legal to drive my 40', 27,000lb, air brake equipped RV in Washington with my current license other states will honor it even though the particular state may have different requirements such as endorsements for over 26k lbs or air brakes. I have had folks tell me that the same applies to equipment regulations such as overall length and pulling doubles or triples. I don't buy it. I have had two LEO's tell me that in their state enforces their own length regulations regardless of what your home state allows. I was almost 65' when towing my pickup. I ran all over the country and got two warnings and no tickets.
PNW_Steve 12/29/19 10:44pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: residential refrig.

I installed two GC-2 batteries in series, 300 watts of solar and a 1000 watt pure sine wave inverter to support my refrigerator. I have a 10.8cu.ft. residential refrigerator. Larger refrigerators are available that don't use much more power are readily available. The 10.8 fit the space that previously contained the absorption refrigerator with minimal cabinet mods.
PNW_Steve 12/29/19 03:36pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Visible Party Pay

Another thought on the Visible service as a hot-spot you can only connect one device at a time to the hot-spot. I tinkered with it a bit and have the phone tethered to a reasonably priced router. I get much better Wi-Fi range and the ability to connect more than one device at the same time.
PNW_Steve 12/25/19 09:27pm Technology Corner
RE: Visible Party Pay

Available party openings can usually be found at the link below. The other members of your party get their own billing and can only see you first name, area code, and the last four digits of your phone number. https://www.reddit.com/r/VisiblePartyPay/ Thanks for the link. I have two slots to fill and we will be at $25 a month.
PNW_Steve 12/25/19 09:22pm Technology Corner
RE: Washing clothes while underway

It sounds like the power issues have been addressed. What about water? Grey tank capacity? I have had two rigs with washer / dryer. I wouldn't buy a third. If you spend a lot of time in RV parks with full hookups laundry is not a big deal. I found that doing laundry in the RV doubled our water consumption.
PNW_Steve 12/25/19 02:31pm Class A Motorhomes
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