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RE: Generator for Rving, any recommendation please?

That clicky is the same generator we've been using going on 5 years and just over 500 hours thus far. After 8 years with our Onan and over 1K hours we wanted something that had the same one button starting/stopping capabilities and that could power our rig's AC unit. This Champion inverter has been problem free, works well at high elevations, less noisy and wonderfully fuel efficient by comparison. That link is a great price for all that genny offers, we use regular ethanol laced gas but add a bit of Seafoam to 5 gallon gas can.
Sandia Man 05/18/20 03:40pm Beginning RVing
RE: Anybody ever buy a truck with a salvage title?

Never purchased a salvage diesel truck, but we have purchased two cars that had salvage titles. Of course did research on why they were salvage vehicles and let my mechanic give them a once over. USAA had zero problems insuring them and they both turned out to provide great service to my kids as their first cars which they used while going to college. Both are still functioning and have over 100K miles, they do not have high resell value, they were passed on to other extended family members.
Sandia Man 05/12/20 10:03am Tow Vehicles
RE: Generator for travel trailer

No doubt Honda and to some extent Yamaha, although not nearly as popular, are higher quality units with pricing that reinforces that conviction. All my Honda equipment has stood the test of time, have no experience using their gennies. First thing to really consider is the highest wattage item you plan to run, obviously the AC unit and microwave are the power hungry items in RVs across the board. Most 2K watt gennies can run microwaves along with everything else except your AC unit. Our RV has an onboard Onan that powers our rig as if connected to shore power, convenient one button starting/stopping, most of the time it is way more power than we need. Great unit but it doesn't have smart technology like an inverter genny, certainly not as quiet or fuel efficient. Since we do lots of RVing off the power grid, under harsh weather conditions, we do put hundreds of hours on our genny yearly. With our solar panels, on fair weather days our genny gets to relax. With cloudy days we run our genny an hour or two to let our Iota quickly replenish battery bank. After 8 years our Onan had over 1500 hours, was looking to give it a break and hoping to get something with smart technology. Needed at least 3K watts to occasionally run our AC unit, and the convenience of one button starting. That was 5 years ago, our Champion 3100 inverter genny with 600 hours has proven very reliable.
Sandia Man 05/12/20 09:50am Beginning RVing
RE: Keystone denying claim (of course)

It would be nice if the manufacturer would stand behind their products although being a 2018 rig you are probably out of warranty anyway. Post a pic and maybe someone can describe how they were able to fix or at least make it less noticeable, try to work with Keystone directly as dealers usually don't try as hard when it comes to repairs covered by the manufacturer.
Sandia Man 04/20/20 03:10pm Travel Trailers
RE: Do you drink.......

As long as it is filled with clorinated city water from our home I have no issues drinking from FW tank on our rig. Have had issues with poor water quality on too many occasions when RVing to trust drinking from unknown water supply sources, even though our rig came with a water filter. It is the main reason we fill our dual FW tanks when dry camping and boondocking, yeah it's a lot of added weight but we don't want to put crappy water in our tanks, been there done that with our previous rig. For us RVing is our prime time living, why eat and drink items of inferior quality.
Sandia Man 04/20/20 02:59pm Truck Campers
RE: Tow Vehicle for 10k bumper pull

I agree any of the current or newer 3/4 ton trucks should do the job nicely, particularly since it sounds like you won't be towing often. We have towed our TT TH that weighs over 10K# when loaded with toys and water for over a dozen years with our Chevy 3/4 ton gasser here in the mountain west, we live and mostly camp above 6K' elevation where a gasser loses 3% power per 1K' elevation. Even so, we don't have any issues letting it roar into it's power band (above 4K RPM) when climbing, has nearly 100K miles and no issues with tranny thus far. Of course it sure gets thirsty, just filled it up @ $1.12 a gallon which made be giggle when I remember many moons ago we paid up to $3.80 a gallon toting our kids to all the national and state parks in the four corner states.
Sandia Man 04/20/20 02:33pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Residential Refrig

Since there are several variables involved in determining how long an inverter can power an AC load, without pertinent info it's likely you will need to replenish your battery bank if staying more than a day, sooner if you only have a couple of batteries. We do most of our RVing off the power grid utilizing solar and occasionally our genny/Iota IQ4 smart converter to quickly restore consumed amphours to our 12 volt reserves.
Sandia Man 04/15/20 12:01pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: cold temps/water lines

Looking at your rig in your signature I would imagine it has decent cold camping capabilities and would just drain all tanks including WH, set furnace to keep interior temps comfortable. Our rig has a fully exposed underbelly and would still just drain all fluids from rig under scenario you stated. That is us, of course do what you deem necessary to have peace of mind.
Sandia Man 04/09/20 12:53pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Question about having camper setup in near freezing temps.

I never really worried about water lines freezing up with temps just below freezing as long as daytime temps were in the 40s or higher. My rig does not have a sealed under belly and of course low drain points are fully exposed as is most of our water lines. Would have to dip to around 20 degrees for our water lines to freeze up when daytime temps are notably above freezing. Coldest temps overnight occur for only a couple of hours around dawn, we have never experienced any issues with frozen water lines or running water heater under temps you described. Our family is in the same boat as my DW and 3 DDs are also nurses, they are obligated to work daily. They dutifully wear masks and goggles throughout their entire shift, I find it difficult to just wear a mask to go shopping.
Sandia Man 04/09/20 12:36pm Beginning RVing
RE: 6 volt batteries in series

In series voltages are combined, amperage remains constant, with parallel wiring voltage is constant and amperage is combined. Never seen 6 volt batteries with only 100 amps, our pair of golfcart batteries provide over 230 amps which for most accounts gives us plenty of 12 volt reserves, being that solar and occasional genny use keeps them replenished. Started with a pair of 12 volt batteries, observed better throughput and lifespan after switching to 6 volt GC2 batteries. It is a moot point if you don't do much RVing off the power grid.
Sandia Man 03/25/20 10:17am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Xchocks question

We use a pair of them but have the BAL version manufactured prior to the X-chocks, 13 years and still going strong. Our TT is 33' and they really take out most of the movement when walking around inside our rig, we also incorporate the regular plastic chocks when camping on uneven terrain.
Sandia Man 03/11/20 12:31pm Travel Trailers
RE: Generator at High Altitude

Somewhere in our Champion inverter genny manual it states that over 4K' a high elevation jet should be used, we live near 6K' and it ran just fine out of the box. Called Champion and they sent out a high elevation jet which I installed, could not tell the difference to tell the truth. You should be okay with the stock jet particularly if camping at elevation is not too frequent.
Sandia Man 03/02/20 12:11pm Tech Issues
RE: 1st TT arriving tomm, what is your check list for setup?

You could a call a mobile RV tech in your area and have them explain how to use your TT would be one way. Maybe somebody from work or church, the majority of our neighbors have or had RVs as well for another source of info. Congrats on your new TT, for the most part getting to know your RV is not all that difficult.
Sandia Man 03/02/20 12:02pm Travel Trailers
RE: Overnight stops (truck stops, etc) with shore power?

There has been a few times when driving late we would overnight at truck stops and Walmarts along the way, our inverters sure came in handy those nights, when it was hot we ran the Onan to cool down. I haven't noticed any trucks stops offering shore power, but we don't truck stops often enough, somebody should believe it's a good idea for those of us trying to make time and stay close to the highway. Luckily, we have enough casinos where my DW loves to overnight, at least I might get a beer and some breakfast in the morning. We do spend extended time off the grid enjoying all our rig has to offer.
Sandia Man 02/29/20 08:36pm Beginning RVing
RE: We pulled the trigger

It will sure be difficult not being able to get out there camping with your new rig. Being an RVing veteran I'm sure your maiden voyage will go smoothly, hope you get out there soon.
Sandia Man 02/29/20 08:01pm Travel Trailers
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
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