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RE: F150 HD Payload and Max Trailer - How to spot them?

Some upsides to the HDPP is a better mpg's and from what I've read a little better ride. If you get the tow mirrors then it's almost exactly the same width from mirror to mirror as an F250/350. Towing with an HDPP 3.5 should be quieter. The 3.5 EB won't be turning 4,000-4800 rpms when pulling steeper grades. Sorry to have to disagree with you but my real world experience with my HDPP is that it rides like a truck (LT tires and heavy duty springs and shocks). Part of the problem is that the TPMS is set for 55# front and 60# rear. No way to get a decent ride at those pressures. I rarely get over 15 MPG empty and typically 8 to 9 towing 8,000#. I live 9 miles outside of a little town so most driving is on rural roads with very little in town. Six years of ownership confirms all these facts.
joshuajim 11/15/19 07:57am Tow Vehicles
RE: F150 HD Payload and Max Trailer - How to spot them?

All HD Payload packages are long bed and have 7 lug axles(versus 6 for the standard F150) in that model year. Because of this the HD's had a special wheel that the regular trucks did not have so they should be easy to spot a mile a way. The 2015 and up HD F150's have a 6 lug axle. It is only the 2011-2014 that had a 7 lug. NOPE. My ‘13 HDPP has a 6’-3” bed and 8200# GVWR. Payload is 2592# Is it a crew cab? If so, then you have the longest bed in that cab configuration just like I did with my 2012 F150HD. It may be the longest bed in a crew, but it NOT a long bed. That’s 8’.
joshuajim 11/13/19 08:06pm Tow Vehicles
RE: F150 HD Payload and Max Trailer - How to spot them?

All HD Payload packages are long bed and have 7 lug axles(versus 6 for the standard F150) in that model year. Because of this the HD's had a special wheel that the regular trucks did not have so they should be easy to spot a mile a way. The 2015 and up HD F150's have a 6 lug axle. It is only the 2011-2014 that had a 7 lug. NOPE. My ‘13 HDPP has a 6’-3” bed and 8200# GVWR. Payload is 2592#
joshuajim 11/13/19 05:25pm Tow Vehicles
RE: RULER reading???

What you want to use is a tapered reamer not a drill to increase a hole by that little of amount. No more costly than a large drill bit and much more accurate. https://i.imgur.com/3potWtfl.jpg
joshuajim 10/12/19 07:35am Tech Issues
RE: I think I'm looking at new batteries.

Final report - I put the batteries back in and turned off the disconnect. After 3 days they are still at 12.7. All is well.
joshuajim 10/01/19 10:45am Tech Issues
RE: I think I'm looking at new batteries.

No do them separately and use a hydrometer, to verify the weak sister cells. Ideally, each 2-volt cell would be available. That ended when the over-the-top tartop batteries disappeared. The equalization Must be current controlled. 5 amps per 100 amps amp hour capacity or 5%. MEX, you have mentioned using the 100w bulb to control amperage many times, but how are you actually measuring the amperage.
joshuajim 09/30/19 07:34am Tech Issues
RE: The mini splits are coming,

A more practical way would be for the current manufacturers to make an inverter unit similar to a typical rooftop. Yes it would cost more but way more efficient.
joshuajim 09/28/19 06:34pm Tech Issues
RE: I think I'm looking at new batteries.

9855 sounds like WFCO not the far better PD. Let them sit disconnected and see if voltage holds up 12.65+ for a few days. I would continue to use them until they develop other issues. Memory is the second thing to go! I looked it up and it’s a PD9260C.
joshuajim 09/27/19 08:13am Tech Issues
RE: I think I'm looking at new batteries.

OP here. Checked the batteries after setting overnight without any drain. 6.42 & 6.43 (12.85) with Fluke meter. Checked SOC with refractometer and all cells were slightly over 1.3. Guess there is nothing to worry about. 1.3 seems high and this is the first time I used a new refractometer. I calibrated it with distilled water at the same temp as the battery. Gonna throw them back in and see how it goes.
joshuajim 09/27/19 08:09am Tech Issues
RE: I think I'm looking at new batteries.

I always had different voltages with 6s in series. If the total was 12.6v, that might be 6.2 plus 6.4. You get more like 6.0 plus 6.6? I would give the pair a deep cycle to say 50% SOC and then a recharge and see what the SGs are after that. Maybe now a difference will appear, or maybe the voltages will even up some. Hard to tell now with all the SGs looking good if anything is wrong. They might just need a bit of exercise. Battery specs recommend doing that every so often if they are on a float for a long time. I'll give the deep discharge a try. I am concerned with the significant difference in bubbling between the 2 when on desulfation. They have been on "float" for a couple of months. Not much camping in the Mojave in summer.
joshuajim 09/26/19 06:38pm Tech Issues
I think I'm looking at new batteries.

I have a pair of interstate Costco 6v that are about 3 years old. We don't boondocks anymore and the trailer is at the ranch and hooked up constantly. PD9855 (?) does the charging. I did a SOC and all 6 cells are 1.275 or slightly higher. I checked the voltage on the positive (connection) battery and it is about a half a volt higher than the negative (connection) battery. When I put the Meanwell on the positive battery bubbles like crazy and the negative battery barely bubbles. I reversed the battery and the negative battery still does not bubble much. I cleaned all the connections and the interconnect cable reads 0 ohms. I'm pretty sure it means new batteries.
joshuajim 09/26/19 05:14pm Tech Issues
RE: Replacement Seals/O-rings for Portable Propane Cylinders?

My valves have both external and internal threads. One of these with it’s own O ring might solve your problem. Amazon
joshuajim 09/23/19 09:29am Tech Issues
RE: 6 Volt RV batteries

"Aren’t these foreign made?" :)I suppose they are made in Canada like the labeling states ??
joshuajim 09/15/19 09:31am Tech Issues
RE: Found a new way to test brake wiring and magnets

I've done the same myself but I never got to 12A. The bath fan and some other parasite loads were still on. But close enough for me.
joshuajim 08/31/19 12:39pm Tech Issues
Found a new way to test brake wiring and magnets

A rat chewed off one of my brake wires. I repaired it and wondered if any other places were chewed. After pondering it for a while, I turned off the converter, unplugged the breakaway switch and hallelujah the Tri Metric indicated 12 amps of draw. Now this will not test the plug or guarantee that some other wire had some teeth marks, but it is a quick and easy way to check.
joshuajim 08/31/19 08:27am Tech Issues
RE: Ozone to clean fresh water tanks

I was wondering if anyone else use O3 to clean their fresh water tanks/lines. After numerous complaints from the DW about our water smelling like chlorine or bleach, I now use a venturi when filling my tank which injects ozone from a small ozone generator. No more smell, and the O3 removes more nasties than chlorine. We seldom drink from our tank, but we do brush our teeth, clean dishes, and obviously use it for showering. Are you aware that ozone has a half life of about 30 minutes?
joshuajim 08/24/19 10:17am Tech Issues
RE: Help with floor ducted furnace, lack of air flow

My Wildwood had poor flow. Fortunately, FR used rectangular metal ducts for the runs. I pulled the registers which were spaced every 4 to 5 feet and with a mirror and flashlight I was able to look down the line. I found 2 problems. First, where the plenum under the heater attached to the duct, they did not fully cut our the opening where the duct attached resulting in about a 40% blockage. Then further down the line the pedestal base for the table as directly over the duct and crushed it down to about 50%. GREAT design! After remedying both those heater now works good.
joshuajim 08/17/19 03:14pm Tech Issues
RE: Tire pressure gauge

No need to reprogram the tire location. My wife’s Genesis reports the location, not the individual tire. I.e. if you take a low tire off the left rear and move it to the left front it will then report the low tire in its new location without reprogramming. Pretty smart, huh? Pretty dumb, it doesn't actually read tire pressure, it reads wheel speed from the anti-lock brake system. You know this for a fact HUH? If so, why does each tire have a TPMS sensor? Get your fact straight before publishing. Don’t guess what other cars use.
joshuajim 08/13/19 07:49am Tech Issues
RE: Tire pressure gauge

No need to reprogram the tire location. My wife’s Genesis reports the location, not the individual tire. I.e. if you take a low tire off the left rear and move it to the left front it will then report the low tire in its new location without reprogramming. Pretty smart, huh?
joshuajim 08/11/19 07:25am Tech Issues
Tire pressure gauge

My wife car has been displaying a low pressure light for the left front tire recently. I checked the pressure with my Michelin digital gauge and it indicated 31#. Recommended is 33#. Thought, hmmm, sensor is going bad. Just to be sure I got a pencil type gauge and checked it and it read 3# higher. Got a dial type gauge and it read 5# higher. I guess it's time to replace the Michelin gauge I've been using for 10 years or so. Can anybody recommend a good gauge, not the cheap **** they sell at Walmart or auto parts stores. I'm willing to spend $20 to $25 to get a good gauge. Incidentally, it still doesn't solve the warning light as 2 of the 3 gauges read higher than spec.
joshuajim 08/10/19 06:53pm Tech Issues
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