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Battery Disconnect... What does it disconnect??

Have had my trailer for 2 years and have a habit of always turning off the Batt disconnect if it's going to be parked for more than a week or two. Recently I started working on a few lighting upgrades to LED, adding LED strips etc and noticed all the lights still worked with the disconnect off. Checked a few other things... Slides worked, TV worked.... So what exactly does the disconnect actually disconnect? It is in my front compartment and it is definitely wired into something but no idea what. Fully understand there's no way for any of you to give a factual answer without testing, but just curious if there was an RV standard. Now I am plugged in to 110 at home right now so does the AC/DC converter skip the battery even for 12V items? If I was unplugged would most items (12v items) not longer work? Thanks!
kfp673 11/19/20 05:27am General RVing Issues
RE: Battery questions for boondocking

Thanks again all. Quick question on charging 6V batteries. If I go with 2 and wire them in series, does the charger built into the trailer still charge both as it would a 12V battery when plugged into shore power? Also, when using a standard charger (not the built in camper charger) how do you properly charge them together? Do you put your charger clamps on the same terminal as the RV would, 1 batteries + and the other batteries - with the jumper from + to - still attached? Thanks!
kfp673 11/18/20 08:47pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: FL questions

Thanks again everyone! This is all great info! Traveling & towing roughly 20 hours with 3 kids can be a challenge as many of you know so it's important to do our best to be in the right spot where everyone will have fun. I'll continue researching all of these suggested areas.
kfp673 11/18/20 06:07am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: FL questions

We saw several manatees last year and last week one was spotted near the glass bottom boat maintenance area. They are strays and have to come all the way up the Oklawaha River to get there and are few and far between. The Crystal River on the west coast is another prime place where you can be guaranteed to see them. Especially around the Three Sisters Springs area Guy Thanks for all of your replies Guy. Curious though.. There are advertisements all over the web for the Silver Spring area i.e. "Monkeys and Manatees" etc etc. Are you saying they are there but there are other places with a higher population?
kfp673 11/17/20 09:23pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: FL questions

LOL! Am I the only “Karen” (Kevin) worried about alligators if you go kayaking! Keep in mind this is coming from a Midwestern person of 50 years. Otherwise it sounds like a great trip! Ha! Ironically, I really hope to see gators if we are kayaking. We are from PA so we don't get to see them often and would be awesome to have crystal clear water and see Manatees and Gators on the same trip. Of course when you speak to anyone south of SC they laugh. To them it's like seeing white tailed deer up here it seems ;-)
kfp673 11/17/20 02:52pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
FL questions

Hello All, We are considering booking a last minute trip to FL in December. With 3 kids < 12 most of our trips to FL in the past have been Disney related but this would just be a warm weather get away. That said, it would be nice to be within a few hours drive of the parks in case we decide to take a 1 day trip. However, what we are really looking for is a suggestion of areas to camp where we could kayak on the spring feed rivers where the manatee's go. I have seen some beautiful pictures but am unsure of the specific areas. I checked Manatee Springs state park and that (and all other state parks) are sold out most of the winter. I can find sites at private parks but looking for suggested areas. Ideally we would be able to kayak from our campground, but with booking this late we can't be too picky, so even if we were within a 30-45 minute drive. To recap, FL camping with hookups, within a few hours of Orlando, and within 30-45 minutes of good kayaking with manatees. Any thoughts? Thanks in advance!
kfp673 11/16/20 06:31am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Portable Smoker Ideas??

Great info all. Thanks. I'll look into these options!
kfp673 11/13/20 09:00pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
Portable Smoker Ideas??

Wondering if anyone has an electric or propane smoker they bring camping? Ideally it would be small enough to easily bring with us on trips but not to small to be used at home as well. I think I'd prefer electric but propane would work as well. Lot's of mixed reviews searching the internet so looking for recommendations of something I can put on my list to Santa. Thanks!
kfp673 11/13/20 02:59pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
Ideas for Keystone water connection upgrade?

Hello all. We have a 2018 Keystone Outback. On the side we have a docking station of sorts which has the fresh hookup / fresh tank fill, black tank flush connection, and cable tv hookup. It is recessed into the wall of the camper with a lockable plastic door. I love that all of these things are together and I like it being recessed, but what I dont like is everything being plastic. Specifically the fresh water hookup / fill. I don't have pictures handy, but there is a sort of plastic neck of sorts that sticks out and has the female hose adaptor. I hate how it bends and feels cheap and I can imagine it breaking some day. I thought about searching for a metal replacement, but that "neck" is threaded into another plastic pipe just inside the trailer that runs into the diverter that can be switched for either fresh fill or city water. Any ideas on ways to upgrade this to make it a bit more robust? Anyone have a similar system on your RV and upgrade this? The way it stresses, I am convinced it's going to break some day and cause a serious water mess. Thanks for your thoughts and help!
kfp673 11/12/20 07:57pm Tech Issues
RE: Tranny overheated

Well May I say it is time you dig into your owners manual, and understand the Information Center. I can see digital engine coolant, transmission fluid, and engine oil temperatures, along oil pressure is one screen below the digital speedometer. This menu is accessed simply by pressing the down arrow on the left spoke of the steering wheel. Of these things you list trans fluid temp is the one I don't currently have showing. I have my trailer break gauge showing instead but I will add it for sure. That said, the overheat did not happen until long after that limp mode kicked in so not sure what it would have done for me, but I guess it's nice to see if it is creeping up in temp.
kfp673 11/12/20 03:04pm Towing
RE: Tranny overheated

Called this morning and asked the service guy to confirm with the tech that the pan does need to be dropped and fluids would be replaced which he did confirm. So they replaced the solenoid pack and also found another part had failed I think he referred to as the trans "brain". Left the receipt out in the truck and forget exactly what it is called, but they replaced that as well. So because it did require the pan drop the fluid replacement was covered which I believe was 7qts. So not a full flush but a typical fluid change which I was happy to hear. Picked it up a few hours ago and it seems to be back to normal. I'll keep an eye on it. Thanks all for the feedback over the past few days!
kfp673 11/11/20 04:29pm Towing
RE: Tranny overheated

The pan needs to be dropped to change the solenoids, basically the entire valvebody. So about 5 qts of fluid will be changed out. And yes I've seen those solenoids fail before. On my vehicles that towed or hauled I changed the trans fluid every 25k miles. Overkill, maybe, but a trans fluid change is cheaper than a trans. Although the new 8 speed fluid is pricey!!!!! The 6 sped still uses ATF+4 Good info thanks! I just researched and am seeing videos saying this same thing so I guess the service advisor is wrong. Hopefully they change the filter while in there but I guess I should not assume they will. Thanks again!
kfp673 11/11/20 05:33am Towing
RE: Tranny overheated

I was not planning on having them change the fluid since it’s only 26k miles, but now you have me thinking. Going to call back in the morning to discuss. And yes it was overheat. I have the larger dash display and it actually says those words “Your Transmission is too hot”. That was on just for a few minutes until I pulled over and it went off. THe regular engine light did go on and stayed on as well but the truck did say the tranny was too hot. I was kind of hoping they had to drop the pan and the service would be included, but they are telling me these solenoids are mounted to the side of the transmission and the pan and tranny do not really need to be touched. Again, I’ll call in the morning to discuss the fluid change. Thanks again all!
kfp673 11/10/20 04:34pm Towing
RE: Tranny overheated

Apparently the code the truck provided was a bad solenoid. They come as a pack according to the dealer so they are replacing them all. The overheat likely came from being in 4th gear and starting from a stop so hopefully no major damage was done to the clutch or anything else. I pick it up tomorrow so fingers crossed that fixes the issue. Thanks again all!
kfp673 11/10/20 01:53pm Towing
RE: Tranny overheated

Kfp673, what is the trim level of your 2018 Ram. On Big Horn on up you should be able to display the engine, trans, oil temps and oil pressure easily. Big Horn. Going out in a minute to drop it off at the dealer. I'll play more with the dash menus then. I'm sure the truck gods will make everything work perfectly and there will be no problem found ;-)
kfp673 11/09/20 04:31pm Towing
RE: Tranny overheated

Hello All. Thanks for the replies. Answers a few questions / comments, no I did not check the trans temp as I don’t know how. Was just trying to get the family home and could not find it quickly on the dash. It did read “Transmission is too hot” when the light popped up though. Addressing another question, it has about 26k miles and about 2 1/2 years old so should be under full warranty. Dropping it off later today. I have not even restarted it since I’ve been home so no idea as of now how it will behave. Weather was about 75 degrees (Crazy for November in PA) and it was a typically interstate PA hill. No idea the grade but I am not talking about straight up. Probably 2- 3 mile pull where it did downshift for a while as it always does. Was traveling between 65-70 MPH and with the 4:10 I have no problem pulling them and maintaining speed typically. It was as if it had shifted to 3rd for the hill, then when I got to the top it shifted to 4th and the dash showed as if I had manually selected 4th. I held the + button like you would to go back to D. It showed D and then immediately shifts back to 4th as if manually selected. As noted, an engine restart “resets” it until it happens again. The last 2 miles I learned if I set it to 3rd so it never makes 4th I was OK to get home. This was ok because at this point all of my roads were 45mph or less. Anyway, was just curious if anyone has seen this
kfp673 11/09/20 11:08am Towing
Tranny overheated

Hello All, 2018 Ram 2500 6.4L Hemi with 4.10. Heading back from camping today, tow/haul mode on, after a long hill my truck suddenly left "D" and locked itself in 4th gear. I was on the highway doing about 65 so it was not that big of a deal, but I could not make it go back to D, upshift, downshift, nothing. Kept driving 2 miles until the next exit which happened to be mine. Seemed fine until I came to a light in town. It never left 4th. Needless to say it was not pretty trying to start from stop with 10k Lbs trailer in 4th gear. Got it going just to clear the intersection and pulled over where I could. Just as I pulled over a light said "Transmission is too hot". I let it idle for about 5 minutes hoping the trans cooler would cool it. After that 5 minutes the light went off but I was still stuck in 4th. Turned the truck off and re-started and all seemed fine for about 4 miles and then the same thing. I was about 10 miles from home thankfully so I limped home, shutting down and restarting at each light. Almost home the engine light went on. I am in warranty so I'll take it in this week but curious if anyone has seen this issue. Truck pulls the trailer great and never had an issue. It does scream sometimes pulling long hills but never felt like it was struggling. Also strange that when I re-start it shifts fine until it locks in 4th again after 5-10 min. Any thoughts? Thanks!
kfp673 11/08/20 01:58pm Towing
RE: I'm hooked!

Quick add on to this thread... Last week prior to our 3 night camping trip I bought a small 10" Ryobi 18V electric chainsaw. Most of the public state forrest land in PA you are not allowed to run a gas saw. Since I already had Ryobi 18V tools I figured I'd give it a shot. Worked out great! With less than an hour of work (kids dragging me logs and me cutting and stacking) we had more than enough wood for our 3 day trip including the 3rd night in the upper 30's. Really eats the battery so I need bigger than the 2 1.5AH batteries I have, but never the less it was a great investment. Hopefully it holds up!
kfp673 10/29/20 03:01pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Battery questions for boondocking

Yes I meant inverter generator. I use 2x 2000 w Champions with a parallel kit and a 50amp plug. Works great and is relatively quiet, but even still we dont like to run it for more than a few hours per day, and do not want to run it over night. When traveling long distances and stopping at walmart just to sleep I dont mind running them at all, but when we are in the woods we prefer the natural quiet. Thanks for the suggestions! Unless you are running the air/con, you should be able to operate a single 2000w generator to cover the battery charger. You likely won't get to 100% charge with 1-2hr of charging but you should be mostly full. The last 10% the batteries absorb very low amperage, so it takes a long time to hit 100%. But as long as it's just a weekend here and there, no issues. Just make sure to plug it in and fully charge the battery bank when you get home. Lead acid batteries like to be stored at 100% charge but if it's just over a long weekend where they top out at 80-90%, it's not an issue. Yes for sure. I think cold/cool weather for sure. I just do it out of habit. Also, I feel like running 2 in eco mode actually runs a little quieter. Sounds crazy but items like coffee maker will make 2 ramp up RPM and makes 1 scream. Radio, lights, water pump, etc. cause a single to go up and down where 2 run pretty consistent. Last weekend we camped 3 nights and I averaged running the gen 2-3 hours per day. the last night it dropped into the 30's and that's when my battery died over night. I think going 2 6V's and still brining 1 or 2 Gen's with me is the ticket.
kfp673 10/29/20 02:54pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Battery questions for boondocking

Sounds like Costco 6V batteries are the most popular. We are Costco regulars but my local store does not stock these, however they can order them. Costcos website does have mixed reviews on those batteries however but I suspect most is taking care of them. Not exactly sure what that means but that seems to be the reviews. Thanks again all. I think 2 6V batteries are in my future!
kfp673 10/28/20 05:11pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
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