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RE: solar question

The payoff can also be considered not having to rent space in an RV park for power. Priceless. I agree with that.
jimh425 07/29/21 07:52pm Truck Campers
RE: solar question

After being liberated by solar (meaning exploiting FREE Energy!!) It’s not quite free if you had to pay to buy the system. ;) But I agree it could be liberating if you are out in the wide open spaces with open skies and have a use for all of that power. It’s probably years before a payoff for most people. Well, it’s years or decades for most solar systems.
jimh425 07/29/21 05:39pm Truck Campers
RE: solar question

I’ve never needed solar. I don’t think generators are interchangeable with solar for most people. Generators produce a lot of power quickly, solar can’t do that. I’ve thought about it to keep the batteries topped off in storage although I could simply hook up a Battery Tender for that. What I did instead is reduce the amount of power that I use by going LED for all bulbs. I don’t spend a lot of time in one place and regularly drive with the TC on. I find that usually that means my batteries stay topped off. I have camped a few places that are heavy with trees and solar won’t do hardly anything in those cases. There is a lot of information out there on how to determine how much power you expect to use as well as adding batteries that can be drawn down more safely which is in affect adding capacity.
jimh425 07/29/21 05:09pm Truck Campers
RE: With regard to carrying a TC, what does these #'s tell me?

That would be best along with people etc that you’ll have with you.
jimh425 07/28/21 08:19pm Truck Campers
RE: With regard to carrying a TC, what does these #'s tell me?

Nothing by themselves. You need to go to a scale and find out how much the truck weighs and how much is on each axle already.
jimh425 07/28/21 08:00pm Truck Campers
RE: Toilet Tissue...

I disagree with use “any” toilet paper although it doesn’t have to say RV. Use a toilet paper rated for septic systems. Many are … just read the label.
jimh425 07/28/21 12:55pm Truck Campers
RE: To buy a generator or not...

Why are we discussing CG generator allowed hours? It doesn’t matter if he has a generator if he can’t run it.
jimh425 07/28/21 11:03am Truck Campers
RE: To buy a generator or not...

I agree that it will take a special person to want a used builtin generator. If it runs fine, I’d put selling it on the back burner and sell only if someone really wants it. My Onan has been good with two exceptions. I had an electrical gremlin in the starting circuit one time in 15 years. It came out of nowhere and went away out of nowhere. I regularly start it and run full synthetic in it. I got bad propane once with lots of additive/water. It ran awful on that. Once I drained off the additive, it worked fine again. I don’t think that’s an Onan issue. It was a propane supplier issue.
jimh425 07/28/21 11:01am Truck Campers
RE: To buy a generator or not...

I don't think it's appropriate in any campground to run a generator all night, with the possible exception of Nascar. I agree but would add unless everyone is running generators at some other outdoor event.
jimh425 07/28/21 09:59am Truck Campers
RE: To buy a generator or not...

At this time, the two week weather forecast has weather looking decent enough that we might not need to worry about the heat for 5 of the 7 days. You seem to be completely underestimating the fire danger and smoke… at least you haven’t mentioned it. That’s a much larger concern than the heat. You and your kids are going to have to be able to breathe no matter how hot/cool it is.
jimh425 07/28/21 09:55am Truck Campers
RE: 2021 Northern Lite 10-2 Le wet bath

I don’t have a Northern Lite. What I do is unhook the fast guns and put the jacks down until they touch. It doesn’t take much to keep it from moving. You could leave the tiedowns connected, but safter to take them loose. Either way could work.
jimh425 07/27/21 06:59pm Truck Campers
RE: Black tank treatments.

I think it’s a question on what odors you want to smell. If you want to smell the raw poop, go for it. We don’t.
jimh425 07/27/21 03:20pm Truck Campers
RE: To buy a generator or not...

Everyone uses their TC differently, but many of us never need a generator for more than a few minutes at a time. That’s where the builtin shines. I already have a propane stove, fridge, furnace, and hot water heater, so it makes sense to use a propane generator for those few minutes to run a microwave, top off the battery etc. With few exceptions, I can’t think of any time that I would be running a generator for hours. Most campgrounds don’t allow it, and besides, I’m out doing things when it is hot. If I’m forced to go out when it is really hot, I’m going to pay the few bucks extra for hookups. For the cases when I’m not at a typical campground, I just find a cooler spot. Again, no sense in camping in the sun when you don’t have to. Finally, if I’m not moving around and don’t need mobility, I’d probably go with a much larger unit like a Class A, fifth wheel, etc.
jimh425 07/26/21 07:30pm Truck Campers
RE: Black tank treatments.

We just use Thetford Aqua-Kem. I’ve tried other stuff, but we like the smell of the blue stuff more than smells created by the other brands.
jimh425 07/26/21 02:19pm Truck Campers
RE: To buy a generator or not...

I was curious, so I looked at inciweb. I think I would cancel that trip. There were fires all around there including in Shasta and the Dixie fire south of there that is 200K acres and only 22% contained. https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/ The smoke is already there and will probably only be worse in 2 weeks. https://www.redding.com/story/news/2021/07/23/shasta-county-california-air-quality-wildfire-smoke/8072202002/
jimh425 07/26/21 02:05pm Truck Campers
RE: To buy a generator or not...

Most campgrounds have quiet time when you can’t run the generator, you should find out what those are for your campground. You may find that you can only use it during the middle of the day when you are off doing other things. If you want a quiet generator buy a Honda, but even that won’t matter if you can’t run it due to park rules. If you will be parked in the open, you should invest in some mesh sunscreens to keep the sun off the TC as much as possible. Open windows with roof fans actually do a pretty good job and keeping the TC from getting very hot. Do replace your conventional bulbs with LEDs that give off less heat. Cook outside when possible. I find a grill works for us in hot weather. Finally, plan on what to do if you are blocked by a wild fire.
jimh425 07/26/21 01:36pm Truck Campers
RE: Truck Leaning 1" - Super Springs

Again, they shouldn’t affect the unloaded ride. From the GeneralSprings website. https://www.generalspringkc.com/blog/supersprings-and-towing-what-you-need-to-know/ “The SuperSprings unit attaches to the existing leaf springs in such a way that they will not engage unless the leaf spring reaches its load capacity. When the leaf springs stretch to their limit, the SuperSprings activate to accommodate the additional load to balance out the backend and deliver smooth handling performance.”
jimh425 07/26/21 01:26pm Truck Campers
RE: Truck Leaning 1" - Super Springs

I don’t know how much each adjustment hole changes the force, but my guess is a few hundred lbs. I think I’d try the next higher setting on the side that is low. There are 4 shackle settings from low to max according to their website.
jimh425 07/26/21 12:28pm Truck Campers
RE: Truck Leaning 1" - Super Springs

I don’t think SuperSprings are supposed to impact unloaded ride. You might try giving them a call/email.
jimh425 07/26/21 11:54am Truck Campers
RE: Truck Leaning 1" - Super Springs

I would just add some tension to the one side if you can.
jimh425 07/26/21 11:36am Truck Campers
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