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RE: dealer advertising

Not for us as we pay no attention to the monthly payment advertised by online dealer sites. For us it is floorplan and out the door price, we always bring our own financing anyway and let them know right from the start. Good luck, hope you find a great deal, we are also in the market for a new rig.
Sandia Man 02/14/20 01:18pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Best weight distribution hitch?

With enough truck to properly haul your TT around, particularly at highway speeds, any of the WD hitches with integrated sway control should suffice. Those with less than ideal towing combos, whether it is due to not enough truck or poorly designed trailers, usually resort to Hensley or Propride hitches to achieve a sense of towing comfort while underway. On the other hand, just because you have more than enough truck does not indicate you can forego a WD/SC hitch altogether, seen too many 350/3500 trucks crawling along the highway and still see their 30' TTs excessively swaying although they are towing well below posted speed limit. Properly set-up, TTs can be towed without noticeable sway, even when passing semi-trucks.
Sandia Man 02/07/20 11:59am Tech Issues
RE: Full Hook-ups or no?

We do all the types of RVing imaginable, but certainly prefer boondocking and drycamping for the extra space. We always search an area we plan to visit for our preferred method, alas there are times a crowded and cramped private park is the only feasible choice, still preferable to a hotel. Being 100% self contained allows us to use our rig and all it's amenities without shore power, with over 100 gallons of freshwater onboard our only constriction is our black/gray tanks that require dumping after a week or so. By then we are ready to move on anyway to our next adventure. We are pretty lucky to live in the mountain west/four corners region where a few minutes off any highway or byway leads to boondocking paradise. State and COE parks are pretty roomy and have found a few private parks with very large sites, some an acre each. Whether to enjoy nature or attend a concert or other public function in a large city, we love utilizing our RV.
Sandia Man 01/14/20 10:11am General RVing Issues
RE: Batteries

If they were in good shape performing as intended beforehand, charging them back up with a smart charger would be my first move. You could have them load tested but it should be obvious if their performance is lackluster by comparison prior to this event occurring. Whether you choose to replace them now or later is your call, there are plenty of Samsclubs and Costcos on the way to Florida. Have a great time in the Sunshine state.
Sandia Man 12/20/19 08:45am Toy Haulers
RE: Typical problem we all see in RV parks.

Of course this is common to all RV parks being that these large rigs require powerful engines to get them to their destinations. Some of these tow vehicles require longer warm up times, our 3/4 ton Chevy gasser is pretty much just start and go. We always use some form of white noise when sleeping whether at home or in our rig. When overnighting at Walmarts and truck stops we awake in the morning and notice many commercial trucks and Class A rigs have come and gone without disturbing our slumber.
Sandia Man 12/20/19 08:00am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Dish Channels

A couple of weeks ago I noticed a few channels missing with a message stating they were removed by networks. They have all returned to our Dish channel line up since, I have had sat tv for decades and these issues are common to both Dish and Directv. Not much anyone subscriber can do other than cut the cord or jump over to the other competing satellite service. Calling and complaining falls on deaf ears for the most part, in due time they usually come terms and channels return to line up.
Sandia Man 10/21/19 07:59am Technology Corner
RE: "A-B" Battery Switch

Theoretically, at least, it is more advantageous to wire them in parallel according to Peukert’s law. In the RVing world having batteries or battery banks wired independently can mitigate the hassle of waking up to no 12 volts due to dead battery, we have not experienced this issue an always paired up our batteries whether 12 volt or 6 volt. No need to go to a pair of 6 volt golf cart batteries if you are seldom off the power grid, wired in parallel your 12 volt jars should give you a couple of days camping with moderate use.
Sandia Man 10/19/19 09:08am General RVing Issues
RE: Exercising generator and A/C after winterizing question?

We use a portable electric space heater for exercising our Onan since it is primarily performed during the camping off season. Both of our gennies are actively utilized during the RVing season since we do more boondocking and dry camping than anything else. No issues on prolonged use of space heaters thus far, sometimes we have 2 of them cranking although both are rarely set to high at the same time.
Sandia Man 10/10/19 09:42am Beginning RVing
RE: 2019 Keystone Outback 341RD

Although you are close or at your limits for towing such a sizable TT, I think you should be fine for the most part as long as you do not mind letting the gasser roar when traversing through the mountains. We have a similar setup but have a Chevy Silverado crewcab with 6 liter and 410s, we tow a long TT toyhauler when loaded with toys and water exceeds 10K# easily. We already live at nearly 6K elevation and do most of RVing above 7.5K, for well over a decade it has done the job on mountain passes, and tows great at lower elevations and predominately flat roads. Have many awesome times in your beautiful new TT, definitely great for those bad weather days we all experience when RVing. Just a great floorplan, spacious and well thought out.
Sandia Man 09/11/19 10:19am Travel Trailers
RE: Winterize or Not

Below freezing temps are what I use to determine when to winterize, check monthly averages if you are winterizing in a new area. Looking at Syracuse weather it would be pretty early to winterize for us, all the way through October and midway into November average low temps do not breach freezing according to Accuweather. No doubt winterizing in NC will come later than NY. I would keep close watch on local NC weather starting near the middle of December, with weather being somewhat freakish last few years monthly averages may not reflect earlier than anticipated weather patterns. We empty our tanks within a few weeks of actual winterization anyway, keeps us from getting caught off guard from a freak winter storm.
Sandia Man 09/09/19 04:21pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Sink covers on or off

We do not have a set in stone method for our sink covers while traveling down the road. Sometimes they are both in, one in one stored at times, or none in occasionally. No matter the configuration they do stay put even when traversing backroads for the perfect boondocking site.
Sandia Man 08/25/19 04:34pm General RVing Issues
RE: Electric tongue jack. Good brand name?

Another vote for Barker, purchased our unit nearly a dozen years ago and it still is going strong. Did get the most powerful unit they had at the time, easily lifts our tongue heavy TT toyhauler and truck rear, which is chock full of firewood and other camping related items. Did have to replace the raise lower power switch after 6 years, called their wonderful customer service and they sent it out the next day for free.
Sandia Man 08/23/19 01:29pm Tech Issues
RE: Towing 5th wheel near the trucks limits

Definitely at the limits and more than likely over payload with a GVWR of 8115#. Most 5ers have a pin weight ranging from 20% to 25% easily eclipsing your payload capacity, even if your 5er weighs in at let say 6500# because no one tows around at factory stated UVW, at least 1300# of payload is gone. That being said your truck has a nice transmission and decent gearing for towing, I know I have seen other half tons towing more, you may feel it is doable as towing comfort level varies for every one. Good luck, hopefully it works out in your favor.
Sandia Man 08/09/19 01:58pm Towing
RE: Looking at Grand Design Reflection 287RLTS and gmc 2500

Should be a decent towing combination, definitely need to have a high quality WDH with integrated sway control such as an Equalizer or similar variation from Reese or Husky. It would have to be a pretty small 5er if you were to go that route since pin weight is over 20% of rig weight consuming most if not all your 2200# payload capacity loaded for travel. Grand Design Reflection TTs are higher scale and have fifth wheel floor plans just on a single flat deck anyway, less storage and a longer towing profile are some negatives. Have a great time in your new TT!!!
Sandia Man 08/09/19 08:59am Travel Trailers
RE: Portable Solar Smoking

Although that may occur to some solar controllers, the one that came with our Renogy solar suitcase does not have this issue. There is no way you can connect the portable solar panel to your battery without prior exposure to the sun, our unit comes in a padded black case and the second you unzip it both panels are fully exposed. Just start with a new controller, water proof would be better as I lost one to a passing flash storm common here in the Mountain West. Since you inherited it double check wiring before connecting new controller in case it has been fiddled with. I find our portable panel can really keep up with what we already have on the roof being that we can reposition it a few times a day maximizing periods of peak output.
Sandia Man 08/09/19 08:33am Tech Issues
RE: Battery Storage Scenario

As long as they are fully charged they will be fine whether in your shop, garage, or on your rig. Our RV is parked in our side yard always connected to shore power, we keep it simple and just leave our batteries in place all year long, harsh winters and blazing summers have little effect on our fully charged batteries.
Sandia Man 08/08/19 09:34am Tech Issues
RE: 2013 GMC 1500 longevity?

My experience is that it should have plenty of life left, of course if you are just looking for a reason to purchase a new truck you could consider it over the hill so to speak and go shopping. Every GMC, Chevy, or Cadillac we have ever owned has easily delivered great service beyond 150K miles. Just a few weeks ago our older full size Chevy Express conversion van with the same engine as your truck and 164K miles, transported 6 adults and loads of luggage through Phoenix and Vegas, 110 degree temps, heavy traffic, and she purred on like she just rolled off the assembly line. Typical of all our GMs. Same thing goes for our Silverado HD tow vehicle, it is a bit older than your truck with about the same mileage as it is a dedicated tow rig, I sometimes think of going new, but what for as it easily handles our 10K# TT. Plus it has been paid off for nearly a decade, no need for new unless I go to larger RV.
Sandia Man 08/08/19 09:21am Tow Vehicles
RE: Battery Draining...

One thing for sure, your battery has seen better days and needs replacing. We all got the crappy batteries from our dealers when purchasing new, first trip out I noticed the new dealer battery having difficulty holding up with demand. Whether you have an underlying issue or this is expected operation, a dual battery set up will pay dividends by letting you use all the latest technology on your new RV for longer periods, particularly if you choose golfcart batteries. Use a voltmeter to determine proper function of your electrical system, ensure the converter is indeed applying the proper charging voltage to your battery, hopefully you will notice that it changes as it goes through various charging stages.
Sandia Man 08/07/19 09:19am Tech Issues
RE: Convection vs Standard oven

We enjoy our convection ovens both at home and on the road while RVing. No issues while boondocking, just gives me a reason to exercise our onboard Onan or give our portable Champion inverter a nice workout, all the while enabling our Iota IQ4 to give our battery bank a nice boost. Never an issue fitting a whole pizza, a couple of whole chickens, or a family size roast whether pork or beef, and the results are so much better once you figure out the many functions. Convection micro in our rig also cooks faster utilizing both microwave and convection features for outstanding results. When our current rig only came with a convection microwave we were somewhat dismayed as well. When we actually took the time to read the owners manual the results were better across the board, there is a minor learning curve involved, definitely worth the time in our opinion.
Sandia Man 08/02/19 05:49pm Technology Corner
RE: GC battery sale

Samsclub is where we get our batteries for our cars and RV. Our current set of GC2 batteries were purchased 4 years ago during their seasonal one day sales, paid $130 for a pair of Duracell branded golf cart batteries. Our first set of GC2 batteries from Samsclub purchased 12 years ago were branded Interstate, they still had life in them after 8 years when we traded them in for our current set of Duracells, which provide an additional 25 amphours.
Sandia Man 08/02/19 11:05am General RVing Issues
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