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RE: Gen octane recommend

Adding ethanol, will cause a more lean condition, and can cause more heat, under load. Any decent quality brand generator has bee tested on E10. Don;t store any generator with ANY FUEL IN THE CARBURETOR for more than about a week ! If your generator does NOT have a fuel shutoff valve, you can add one for $10-$15.I have to disagree. I also should have mentioned that Seafoam is added to every drop that goes into it. It is a good stabilizer, and cleaner. For the amount I use my generators anymore, the cost of premium is insignificant. I never drain the carb, but I do run them monthly. I also have an issue with running them dry versus draining the carb. If you add a shutoff there is still gas in the carb that can and will varnish over time, it just isn't enough gas to run the engine anymore. Actually, yesterday my DW asked when the last time we used either of the Hondas for camping was, and it was over 10 months ago. They both start just fine. I am loving the solar! Edit: I do not disagree with your comment about the generators being tested with E10. I should have made that more clear. :)
dieseltruckdriver 02/27/21 11:24am Toy Haulers
RE: Level Mate Pro

I setup mine by physically leveling the TT with the slide out, pulling the slide in, and then setting the level in the Level Mate. The TT will be off level when the Level Mate thinks it's level, but OK after the slide is pulled out.I don't have one, but this is definitely how I would set it up also.
dieseltruckdriver 02/27/21 11:10am Travel Trailers
RE: LiFePO4 - SOK or Renogy.

Almot LiFePo4 are pretty much useless to me. The only decider is price. I believe the major factor in LiFePo4 is the battery management system. They jump through all sorts of different hoops. Nailing down what they actually do may be difficult research. I'd want to know what the cut off is for temperatures both low and high, and whether they limit the discharge rate. Some do 100 amps demand, others are 150 amps per 100 amp-hours of storage. I also don't appreciate LiFePo4 living longest at 50% state of charge when in storage. It would mean turning off the solar--then going over and turning it back on a week before a trip. It almost makes solar redundant, kinda, sorta? We have recently started using ReLion batteries at work. We switched from lead acid to LiFePO for weight savings. We haven't been using them long enough to have any helpful input, but this company does offer a low temperature version. Pianotuna, I have some of the same misgivings about them as you do, but I really like the weight savings. I have also wondered about the solar in the winter storage issues.
dieseltruckdriver 02/27/21 11:08am Tech Issues
RE: Gen octane recommend

I only use 91 ethanol free in both of mine, and have never had a problem.
dieseltruckdriver 02/26/21 04:19pm Toy Haulers
RE: Running a generator to exercise it when there's shore power?

I'd rather exercise my genny monthly and know it's going to work than find out I have a problem when I really need it. All this doom and gloom about problems it causes by those of us that exercise them monthly is gibberish. It doesn't take a ton of common sense to know that running any mechanical engine frequently is far better than not running it for long periods of time and there is far more evidence behind that than the few who claim running it too frequently causes more problems than it solves. Luckily there are very few people who fall into this category who offer such advice. That is not to say that a genny can't be stored for long periods if certain things are done, like draining it etc. But I'd much rather have a genny that's periodically exercised than one that sits dormant. That's usually the advice that engineers will offer and they don't all have a hidden agenda. Truth. Agreed.
dieseltruckdriver 02/24/21 05:58pm General RVing Issues
RE: Reservation blues - UPDATED

In MN State Parks all spots are reserveable 120 days out for up to 2 weeks at a time. Same day reservations are also accepted. So if I want a certain spot I reserve it 120 days before hand. The system is purdy easy to navigate. Iowa and SD State Parks are 90 days out but have some first come first serve spots. Some of the county parks are I frequent are all first come first serve spots with a 7 day maximum. But, some people, at my favorite park, break that rule and stay there longer. Sometimes much longer. I hate to be a rat but, if the park is crowded this summer I might start turning people in for that. Just FYI, there are not many first come first serve sites at SD state parks. There are a handful of campgrounds that are, but not many. At every campground I have been to, if a campground is on the reservation system, the whole campground is reserve only. County and city parks are a different story.
dieseltruckdriver 02/21/21 04:40pm General RVing Issues
RE: Artic Fox 27-5L is on order

If you have been in the floorplan, you know what you are getting and will like it. Congratulations! I wouldn't expect to hit the road without going over it with a fine tooth comb. They are built better than most, but they are far from perfect. Northwoods typically uses better products and appliances, but they are still RV appliances. Also make sure to check for things mounted straight, stripped screws, and the drawer slides not connected well. Those were the issues I had and ours has never been to the dealer since we bought it. I do not understand dropping it off to have simple things fixed. Fixing the little things helps you learn your rig. But those would be things to catch in the PDI, that we didn't think of.
dieseltruckdriver 02/21/21 12:10pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Will a 100 watt solar panel be enough

I have to agree with adding a second 100 watt panel. I thought I could make it on 100 watts of solar, but it just wasn't enough. With 200 watts in the summer with high sun and little furnace use, it was easily enough. I now have 420 watts and only have to run the generator if it is very cold and the furnace usage is very high. We can watch as much tv and use everything that we want, except the microwave and air conditioner. I am going to add at least two more 100 watt panels to make up for the very cloudy days. The lack of battery capacity works against your setup, so more solar helps even more. Another "side effect" of having more solar, is more shade on your roof in the summer sun, keeping things a little cooler inside.
dieseltruckdriver 02/20/21 10:30pm Tech Issues
RE: Why is 5th wheel standard vs Gooseneck?

It is due to the frame stresses. Look at how heavily built your goose neck trailers are up front. It would cost too much to build an RV that heavy.
dieseltruckdriver 02/19/21 12:16pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Chevy vs Arctic Fox. Can It Tow It...Safely?

Hi, I keep hearing from friends and gather from reading forums that my pickup, which was bought for work, isn't up to the task for towing for three main reasons: It isn't a FordIt isn't a dieselIt isn't DRW Here's what it is though. A 2020 Silverado 3500HD 4X4,LB. The fifth wheel towing weight limit on the door sticker is 16,200lbs. The 5er I'm leaning toward is the AF 27-5L with an advertised GVWR of 13,600lbs. My long term plan is to not take this all over the country, but to go from my home in eastern Oregon to Arizona during the winter and come back in the spring. Will it work? Why or why not? It will work fine, just don't be in a hurry. I am towing one with an F-250. But then again, it IS a Ford! ;)
dieseltruckdriver 02/19/21 10:11am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Opinions on af fox mountain 235rls and af grande ronde 27-5l

We are on our second 27-5L. The first was a 2000 that we had bought used, this one a 2018 that we bought new. I can not comment on the Fox Mountain, but everyone comments about how open and spacious our floorplan is for a short 5er. We like to boondock/drycamp whenever possible and the tank sizes, the amount of 12 volt and USB outlets sold us on our current 27-5L when we were looking at everything else.
dieseltruckdriver 02/19/21 10:07am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Genset carb upkeep:  drain it and/or exercise it? Both?

If your Honda is the same age as mine, and it sounds like it is, if you take the side cover off, there is a screw on the bottom of the carb that will drain the carb completely. The new fuel shut offs are nearly worthless in my opinion. Running an engine until it quits does not empty the carb of gas, it just gets the gas level low enough to no longer run, then the remaining gas can sit there and varnish things up. Either drain the carb using the built in drain, or run it monthly to get fresh gas in the carb. I guess I don't see a need to do both. I run mine monthly, and always use Seafoam in premium gas, and that is all that my Hondas ever see. While I am kind of a fan (not a huge fan, but that is a different post) of ethanol, it isn't used in any of my small engines.
dieseltruckdriver 02/18/21 08:16pm Tech Issues
RE: Drilling holes in trailer roof to install solar: worth it?

I made aluminum angle brackets for my panels. First, put down a strip of Eternabond under the bracket. Next glop some Dicor down, then screw the bracket to the roof, and put a little more Dicor over the screws. It can't leak doing that. I would also never trust taping a panel to a rubber roof. I also enjoy not having to mess around with anything, and the batteries just get charged.
dieseltruckdriver 02/18/21 06:04pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Electrical question

I use several of these at work. A couple of them have been in use for a few years, and no failures yet. Use a couple cheap relays, one NO and one NC to achieve what you are trying to do. Or make it easier and just use a cheap PLC. :)
dieseltruckdriver 02/17/21 05:18pm Tech Issues
RE: Battery charging question.

Questions that haven't been asked, how are you at regular maintenance? Are your batteries easy to get to so you can regularly check the water level? My last fifth wheel had batteries that had to be lifted out to check the water level, so I bought two AGMs that I now have in this 5er. Of course this 5er has slide out trays for the batteries, but now I know I don't have to worry about checking their water level. We try to boondock most of the time, and with our 420 watts of solar and an inverter, we very very seldom use our Hondas any more. I have to remember to do the monthly check on them most of the time, due to lack of use. Just one more thing sir, (hehehe) we also put a Honeywell programmable thermostat in our 5er. It is the same one we have at home, and we have it go to 60 at night and then warm up before we get out of bed. That also helps with battery usage.
dieseltruckdriver 02/15/21 10:14am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: best way to test house batteries ?

Another option is to find a shop with one of these. Sometimes auto parts stores will have one. I use one at work, and almost never touch a hydrometer when I need to PM batteries. A hydrometer is MUCH cheaper though.
dieseltruckdriver 02/12/21 06:27pm Class A Motorhomes

Spray the soapy water on the hoses also. I would bet that is where the leak is.
dieseltruckdriver 02/12/21 06:20pm Tech Issues
RE: What Did I Do to Break My Generators???

It would not surprise me in the least if you got some oil into the carburetors; in fact, it seems rather inevitable given there was oil in the combustion chamber and then you rotated the engine backwards. The piston would force the oil (or anything there) out the intake valve.Yep. Also, replace the plug, you can't clean way up into the inside.
dieseltruckdriver 02/12/21 06:18pm Tech Issues
RE: Adding An extra circuit

Nicely done.
dieseltruckdriver 02/11/21 07:39pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Custer State Park

We went last year and I wills ay I was disappointed with the park. The campground was great and the hosts were very nice as well. I will say that the area while pretty and had animals paled in comparison to Yellowstone and it was pretty crowded as well. You do understand you are comparing one of our state parks to a national park, correct? That really isn't a fair comparison, but I will say that between Custer/Wind Cave NP or Yellowstone NP, I will take Custer/Wind Cave. As far as campgrounds go, the ones at Custer except for Game Lodge, are not some of the best in our state park system in my opinion. This state does an excellent job with the parks and campgrounds.
dieseltruckdriver 02/11/21 07:35pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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