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RE: Fog lights on w/ High Beams, New GM trucks

My point being that folks driving fast enough to need high beams and have fog's on at the same time might be distracted subconsciously by stuff lit up to close to do anything about at those speeds...and try to do something that might cause an accident Thought PSA, but that got lost to most here... I use it in deer or moose country, especialy on secondary roads. when i just have high beams on there ditch area is not light up as good as it is with low beams, but having the driving lights on this is fixed which gives you a chance to see the little buggers before they jump out of the trees right infront of you. Steve
StirCrazy 03/06/21 07:12pm Tow Vehicles
RE: LiFePO4 - SOK or Renogy.

3 tons, SiO2 vs LiFePo4 are a wash as far as price per cycle--unless planning to "roll your own" then Li would win. I think even buying premade LFP they would edage out Sio2 on price per cycle. your looking at 2500-4000 cycles at 100% depth of discharge (depending on manufacture) with the LFP and only 1200 at 100% for SiO2. especialy with the initial cost per 100AH battery about the same now. but who is going to use there batteries like that anyways? i know when i upgrade ill still base my bank on 50% use max and have the rest for emergencys. Steve
StirCrazy 03/06/21 07:05pm Tech Issues
RE: Changed the rear springs

" If not, then I'll have to install a pair of airbags." IMHO bags should have been the first choice. bags are a bandaid, springs are probably the best choice but also the most expensive. having had bags before I would buy timberans before I waisted money on bags again. Steve Not really. Two whimpy full length springs to hold things together and then the air bags do all the work. 9,750# on the rear tires. Nice ride loaded or not. YES this ia Factory Rear Air Ride but the same applies with standard springs. https://i.imgur.com/wFOGDgMl.jpg I bought airbags and put them on my old truck, worst money I ever spent. Timberins is what replaced them and was a much better ride. Air bags or any other unit you can use wont raise your GVW so there only purpose is to make you level when loaded properly. but I guess what ever your happy with your happy with. Steve
StirCrazy 03/06/21 06:53pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper, Alberta

We are planning a trip to the Canadian Rockies this summer. How many nights do we need to book in Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper to comfortably see the highlights of the Rockies? I'm thinking 3 nights in each area would give us 2 full days to explore. Would that be sufficient? We are travelling in a 32ft travel trailer, so I'm trying to book Canada Parks with electric. Any tips for what else to see in Alberta would be appreciated. We're driving from Ontario. I dont know if I would actualy book a campground in lake Louise. just stay and extra day in Banff and take the bus from the campsite to lake louise. a day there is enough to see the resort, rent a canoe and paddle around in the lake and take pictures. banff three or four days, you'll want one just to be a tourist in town, one to do things like the gondola and sulpher mountian hot springs, one for a trip to Lake Louise, plus another for any other atractions in the area. of course if you are into hiking and such then the sky is the limit, you could spend a month there with different adventures every day. Jasper I find a little more quante as in not as much to do in town, so one day being a tourist in town, and another for the other tourist traps. but like banff you can do a lot more depending how adventurous you are. the trip inbetween jasper and banff you could plan for a whole day, even camping at one of the places inbetween and streaching that 3 hour drive into two days. some of the most beautifull sceanery of the whole area and many little side stops to see this and that. so if you were thinking three nights in each I would do 3 nights in jasper and 4 or 5 nights in Banff. Steve Steve one thing I forgot to mention parking at Lake Louise in the last few years has got horendous. last time I was there it took 3 hours to get a parking spot. I guess if you are in there campground you could catch the shuttle, but there campground isnt normal as it has bear fences around it and it is closed in. by staying in banff you catch the city buss right to lake louise. you can chech out the scheduals here SteveAnd for me the Lake Louise, Morraine Lake, Takakkaw Falls, Emerald Lake areas deserve more than a one day bus ride out of Banff. Stop for a view of the Spiral Tunnel, hopefully a train will be going through. Also I prefer the Jasper Sky Tram to the Banff Gondola as it is open up top with good trails and views. Great we see it differently or the lineups would be real long. I was only taking about lake Louise, the other ones parking isn't a nightmare and they can easily drive from banff to either and explore. just add more nights, I just cant stand the lake louise cmpground, its like camping in a storage lot with the fencing and such. having worked for the railroad, trains done realy interest me anymore but to each his own. the trams are both good for different reasone, but the problem i have is how expensive they are now. not to long ago it was 10 bucks for an adult to go to the top of the banff one (nice restuarant up top, but expensive) now it is upwards of 60-100 bucks depnding on time and date. Steve
StirCrazy 03/05/21 08:01pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Boarder Crossing

Interesting reading the borders are “closed” with so many Canadian snow birds here in central Fl. There's a surprising number of Canadians who (illegally) leave their RV in the US and just fly or drive back and forth. My sister and my BIL did exactly that for many years, until a sharp customs officer asked them where they were going to be staying and they answered that they had a Canadian RV permanently parked in the US. Ooooops. They were told in no uncertain terms that it had to leave in the spring when they did. nothing illegal about it, so not sure why a customs officer would say that. its no different than owning a house or renting a permanant holliday spot in the US. is it the smartest thing to do givent the pandemic maybe not but there are no laws being broken. the only one would maybe be them being in the US more than the max number of days which they track easier when you fly, but that doesnt mean you have to move your rv. Steve
StirCrazy 03/05/21 07:55pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Fog lights on w/ High Beams, New GM trucks

Works just like on the last couple gen trucks. New 2020 Silverado Will see how much it helps. Last Chebby, 2016 model, it was night and day difference (pun intended, lol). Well not quite, but the OE fog/driving lights did a nice job of keeping the foreground lit when high beams were on. Google it if interested. Hardest part is getting the diode wire into the back of the plug receptacle without kinking the wire. Small pair of needle nose pliers and making a "Z" in each diode lead helps. They make "kits" which consist of 2 scotch locks, and a diode with some shrink tubing over it for $20. I like the cheap method, $1.99 for a 3 pack, A. because I'm cheap and B. No wiring modifications, no cut insulation. Completely removable and untraceable should there ever be an electrical issue (not caused by this). Highly reccomended simple little mod. And Karens, please don't bother with the "its against some rule" bs. if you would have bought the ford, you would just need to get free software conect to the computer and turn that option on. I have that, as well as changed how long my blinkers flash and several other features actavted. weird you cant just do that for the GMC also. Steve
StirCrazy 03/05/21 07:50pm Tow Vehicles
RE: LiFePO4 - SOK or Renogy.

Steve, though I have nary a doubt about what SiO2 technology is said to be, I’d say it’s only befitting (when the right time comes) that, good ol’ pal Pianotuna should owe us a full, ‘no holds barred’ uncensored report on the suitability of his soon to be acquired his SiO2’s...I have to be upfront here and admit that both he and BFL have put me through a lot - lol!! :) in fact my dog won’t even speak to me!! 3 tons I have no doubt that SiO2 is a upgrade from a Lead acid or AGM battery, and is a compromise between them and LFP that will allow you to go in extream tempatures. I dont realy think its nessasary as no one is going to be dissapointed with a upgrade. but I still want to see pics of the bank installed and know what other upgrades he has to do. Steve
StirCrazy 03/05/21 07:46pm Tech Issues
RE: Changed the rear springs

" If not, then I'll have to install a pair of airbags." IMHO bags should have been the first choice. bags are a bandaid, springs are probably the best choice but also the most expensive. having had bags before I would buy timberans before I waisted money on bags again. Steve
StirCrazy 03/05/21 06:56pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: LiFePO4 - SOK or Renogy.

Steve, I was attempting a joke. lord man put a smiliy face after it then LOL... I sat and looked at that for about 10 min trying to figur out what you were getting at haha. Steve
StirCrazy 03/04/21 06:30pm Tech Issues
RE: Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper, Alberta

We are planning a trip to the Canadian Rockies this summer. How many nights do we need to book in Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper to comfortably see the highlights of the Rockies? I'm thinking 3 nights in each area would give us 2 full days to explore. Would that be sufficient? We are travelling in a 32ft travel trailer, so I'm trying to book Canada Parks with electric. Any tips for what else to see in Alberta would be appreciated. We're driving from Ontario. I dont know if I would actualy book a campground in lake Louise. just stay and extra day in Banff and take the bus from the campsite to lake louise. a day there is enough to see the resort, rent a canoe and paddle around in the lake and take pictures. banff three or four days, you'll want one just to be a tourist in town, one to do things like the gondola and sulpher mountian hot springs, one for a trip to Lake Louise, plus another for any other atractions in the area. of course if you are into hiking and such then the sky is the limit, you could spend a month there with different adventures every day. Jasper I find a little more quante as in not as much to do in town, so one day being a tourist in town, and another for the other tourist traps. but like banff you can do a lot more depending how adventurous you are. the trip inbetween jasper and banff you could plan for a whole day, even camping at one of the places inbetween and streaching that 3 hour drive into two days. some of the most beautifull sceanery of the whole area and many little side stops to see this and that. so if you were thinking three nights in each I would do 3 nights in jasper and 4 or 5 nights in Banff. Steve Steve one thing I forgot to mention parking at Lake Louise in the last few years has got horendous. last time I was there it took 3 hours to get a parking spot. I guess if you are in there campground you could catch the shuttle, but there campground isnt normal as it has bear fences around it and it is closed in. by staying in banff you catch the city buss right to lake louise. you can chech out the scheduals here Steve
StirCrazy 03/03/21 06:33pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: DOT Endurance Test for ST Tires NOT same for LT Tires

one thing people fforget is ST tires were designed to handle the torsional stresses that are put on a trailer when you are cranking it sideways into a parking spot. LT may very well be great for going down the road but they dont handle the twisting stresses as good as ST tires. Steve It may very well be true that an ST tire handles torsional load much better than an old 2ply or 4ply passenger car tire that existed when ST tires first started appearing and may be better than a P rated tire today. But saying a LT tire is not capable of handling the same torsional load as an ST is IMHO stretching it. LT tires are not some new magical thing, I have been running them for 40 years. yes they are better than P tires because they are designed to handle more weight, but the simple thing is that LT tires are desgined with traction and ride quality in mind, so generaly for the same size a ST tire will carry more, and get better fuel milage and handle the sidewall stuning streasses better as they have a more robust sidewall since there not worried about ride quality. but if you insiste on driving real fast with your big trailer I guess you need LT tires. Steve
StirCrazy 03/03/21 06:27pm Towing
RE: DOT Endurance Test for ST Tires NOT same for LT Tires

one thing people fforget is ST tires were designed to handle the torsional stresses that are put on a trailer when you are cranking it sideways into a parking spot. LT may very well be great for going down the road but they dont handle the twisting stresses as good as ST tires. Steve I guess steering 10 tons while applying considerable torque and horsepower on a sharp mountain curve has little effect on a tire? actualy not even close. have you ever watched your tires while jack knifing the rv into a spot, they are almost folded out oposit from each other. a curve on the highway you are barley turning the wheel so the stresses are totaly different. Steve
StirCrazy 03/03/21 06:21pm Towing
RE: LiFePO4 - SOK or Renogy.

Please Steve, Don't lumber folks in SK with a company from Albert. (that's the home of extreme right wing). They seem to have very little in stock. I think they want an order and deposit before they bring the batteries to Canada. what are you talking about? Steve
StirCrazy 03/03/21 06:16pm Tech Issues
RE: How often do your remove the camper from the truck?

i only have it on when I am using it. when I am done I take it off, unless i am heading out again soon and dont need the truck for anything else. Steve
StirCrazy 03/03/21 06:06pm Truck Campers
RE: Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper, Alberta

We are planning a trip to the Canadian Rockies this summer. How many nights do we need to book in Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper to comfortably see the highlights of the Rockies? I'm thinking 3 nights in each area would give us 2 full days to explore. Would that be sufficient? We are travelling in a 32ft travel trailer, so I'm trying to book Canada Parks with electric. Any tips for what else to see in Alberta would be appreciated. We're driving from Ontario. I dont know if I would actualy book a campground in lake Louise. just stay and extra day in Banff and take the bus from the campsite to lake louise. a day there is enough to see the resort, rent a canoe and paddle around in the lake and take pictures. banff three or four days, you'll want one just to be a tourist in town, one to do things like the gondola and sulpher mountian hot springs, one for a trip to Lake Louise, plus another for any other atractions in the area. of course if you are into hiking and such then the sky is the limit, you could spend a month there with different adventures every day. Jasper I find a little more quante as in not as much to do in town, so one day being a tourist in town, and another for the other tourist traps. but like banff you can do a lot more depending how adventurous you are. the trip inbetween jasper and banff you could plan for a whole day, even camping at one of the places inbetween and streaching that 3 hour drive into two days. some of the most beautifull sceanery of the whole area and many little side stops to see this and that. so if you were thinking three nights in each I would do 3 nights in jasper and 4 or 5 nights in Banff. Steve Steve
StirCrazy 03/02/21 11:23pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: RV Ferry cost to Vancouver Island?

We have fifth wheel trailer. Total length 52 feet (if that’s relevant) What is the cost of the ferry crossing to the island. lots I am 56 feet long with two people in the cap it was aproximatly 740.00 return. you are 4 feet smaller so thay would be about 50.00 bucks cheeper. basicly it is 6.50 per foot plus the cost of the peole and fuel sirtax if they have one at the time. Steve Wow, yeah, I just randomly plugged in Gangcouver to the Island, forget which ports, 56' long, 2 passengers, random day and got $330 (cdn), 1 way! that must be a reduced rate, if you get the calculator out and do 56 x 6.50 it comes to 364 and thats just the vehicle. passengers and driver 12 years and older are 17.20 each so thats another 34.40 so 398.40 each way. there are deals in the summer except for last summer where they do the length over 20 feet at 3.25 if you take spicific sailings. but I dont know how the fair calculator comes up that low. might be a covid thing to try get more people traveling in BC Steve
StirCrazy 03/02/21 11:14pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: DOT Endurance Test for ST Tires NOT same for LT Tires

one thing people fforget is ST tires were designed to handle the torsional stresses that are put on a trailer when you are cranking it sideways into a parking spot. LT may very well be great for going down the road but they dont handle the twisting stresses as good as ST tires. Steve
StirCrazy 03/02/21 11:04pm Towing
RE: New type of lead acid battery: with silicone wafers

I went to the webpage, very stark with actual infomation, and in most of there upmost basice comparasons they fit inbetween normal AGM batteries and LI (they don't say what kind of Li though) would have been nice to see some actualy numbers but the only numbers they put out was for a very low capacity 6V battery. would be interesting to see some actual info but maybe its just to new. there should be several new types of batterys in the near future as everyone is racing to come up with the newest and greatest batter you power all the electric cars we will all be buying. Steve
StirCrazy 03/02/21 10:56pm Tech Issues
RE: For BFL13 et al... FLA vs AGM vs Li vs heated Li

Itinerant1 It's a home brew hybrid Pb/Li system with several different charging parameters and charging sources. A hobby that turned into an obsession. To date have not removed the Li cells from the RV but have once or twice manually balanced the cells with external loads. We have several custom modified converters along with DC-DC chargers (just returned a Victron Orion-TR Smart 30amp IMO a POS due to it's lack of functionality, no way to adjust the output current) along with solar. Always something to keep busy never dull moment so if I may ask, why did you decide not to put a BMS on your LFP cells. they can be had rather cheel and have active balancing. the one I was refering to is a very high end one that has temparature compensated charging nd all the other bells and whistles including bluetooth. Steve
StirCrazy 03/02/21 10:49pm Tech Issues
RE: For BFL13 et al... FLA vs AGM vs Li vs heated Li

Hi Steve, On the same search I found this: https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=........169.pdf&usg=AOvVaw2oM6Shas53tE_nwfu5c5NT "Through experimental analysis of batteries, we draw the conclusion that LiFePO4 battery has a long cycle life, good safety attributes, a high theoretical capacity, low environmental impact and other characteristics; however, it also has many shortcomings, such as need to prevent over-charge, over-discharge, and over-temperature. Otherwise, utilizable capacity of the battery will decrease rapidly, and cycle life will reduce quickly." Translation: LiFePo4 are unforgiving of any abuse and may bite you in the behind. One needs a magnificent battery management system. It is not in my skill set to design such a beast. who needs to build a BMS. you pay 140 cdn and you have a very good one. if you can wire a battery bank togeather you can build a LFP battery. all your doing is conecting four 3.2V cells togeather with bussbars and you hook the 6 or 7 wires from the BMS to thoes cells. Steve
StirCrazy 03/02/21 10:42pm Tech Issues
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