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RE: Residential fridge

I just went out and checked and as I suspected the inverter is on. So I’m going to assume that it’s the truck that isn’t setup to charge the 5er. I’ll have my son-in-law to look at it again and if he can’t figure it out then I’ll take it to the dealership. Make sure your battery disconnect is ON! I learned the hard way that if it's not on, my batteries wouldn't charge. Also, a single alternator will not charge up 2 batteries unless you drive all d@mn day long. Had my old FW plugged in for 5 days at my house and found that my batteries were well down before leaving for a 3 hour drive for our annual family boondocker, because the disconnect was OFF. Got to our site and batteries were still in the yellow so ended up having to run my truck for about an hour each day, on top of 45w of solar, just to stay in the yellow. My current KZ is the same way. No an alternator will not charge two dead batteries but it will keep two charged batteries charged all day. Lyle Not in my experience... Lyle
laknox 10/18/21 03:07pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Generators for 5er

Again, why doesn't Onan build an inverter genset? Lyle They do. Must be pretty new, as I've never seen one advertised on any RV I've looked at. Got some examples? Seriously, I'm curious. Lyle
laknox 10/18/21 10:41am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Generators for 5er

Prior to our toy hauler we had a regular 5er and a Yamaha 3000 in the bed of the truck. We ran generator in the bed of the truck, but would unhook from camper when doing this. It worked well, but required having portable gas cans. Toy hauler has 5500 Onan. We have 60 gallons of onboard fuel which is great. No unhooking, no cords, no gas cans. No overload worries. It does drink more fuel. You might search for a diesel generator you could mount in truck bed and feed off the truck. For the life of me, I can not figure out why Onan hasn't started making inverter gensets OR why Honda dropped their on-board gensets years ago OR why Champion, or any other company, hasn't started building on-board inverter gensets. :h Lyle There really 2 different markets. A built in Onan is a $7000.00 option. vs. any portable which are 1/3-1/2 the price with none of the conveniences of a built in. I'd be willing to bet that a goodly portion of that price is simply the "Onan" badge. It'd likely be the same, or more if it were Honda. Again, why doesn't Onan build an inverter genset? Lyle
laknox 10/18/21 10:37am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 2 cycle oil Dodge 5.9 diesel

I wish I could still get the 99% biodiesel an outfit here was making about 15 years ago. Had 1% petro-diesel for some obscure tax reason. Truck ran more quietly, fixed a problematic fuel gauge sending unit, got better mileage (+1-2 mpg around town, on average) and it smelled like french fries when driving. :-) Lyle
laknox 10/18/21 10:31am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Furnace Not working....

Don't forget that sail switches are known to go bad, too! Lyle
laknox 10/18/21 10:25am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Residential fridge

I just went out and checked and as I suspected the inverter is on. So I’m going to assume that it’s the truck that isn’t setup to charge the 5er. I’ll have my son-in-law to look at it again and if he can’t figure it out then I’ll take it to the dealership. Make sure your battery disconnect is ON! I learned the hard way that if it's not on, my batteries wouldn't charge. Also, a single alternator will not charge up 2 batteries unless you drive all d@mn day long. Had my old FW plugged in for 5 days at my house and found that my batteries were well down before leaving for a 3 hour drive for our annual family boondocker, because the disconnect was OFF. Got to our site and batteries were still in the yellow so ended up having to run my truck for about an hour each day, on top of 45w of solar, just to stay in the yellow. My current KZ is the same way. Lyle
laknox 10/18/21 10:19am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Residential fridge

That is the downer to residential fridges! If you stay put for long periods, and only move occasionally then they are great! Now, if your on the move a lot, your going to have to become an “expert” on batteries, and inverters. Starting with the alternators, yes plural. In your truck. Did your rig come with an inverter? What size is it, does it power more than the fridge? Perhaps, you need to upgrade it, or add one if not present? What is the amp rating on your house batteries? Typically, the factory ships their rigs without batteries, which are provided by the dealer at the time of sale. Again, they typically install the smallest, cheapest batteries they can get away with providing! Some people install a couple of 6 volt golf cart batteries, to ensure they are providing enough amps to run things! That would then require, looking at your charging systems, both in the trailer, and in your truck, keeping the batteries charged! Yep a residential fridge can become an expensive option, if you outfit your truck and rig to support it! Good luck! Actually, 2 12v "marine" batteries will usually provide a few more amp hours of storage than the typical 6v golf cart batteries but will require more frequent charging to avoid damage. In my experience, it's usually 225-230 Ah for 2 12v batteries (voltage stays at 12v but Ah doubles when connected in parallel), but the typical 6v golf cart batteries are around 210 Ah and stay at that level when connected in series for 12v power. The =real= advantage to deep cycle 6v golf cart batteries is that they can be drawn down a lot further than so-called "deep cycle" 12v batteries without damage, and can do so many, many times. Lyle
laknox 10/18/21 10:10am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 2 cycle oil Dodge 5.9 diesel

Does anyone add 2 cycle oil to their diesel fuel? Pro’s and con’s. Thanks I'd much rather run something that's more tailored for that, like Lucas Upper Cylinder Lube. Lyle
laknox 10/15/21 09:20am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Generators for 5er

Prior to our toy hauler we had a regular 5er and a Yamaha 3000 in the bed of the truck. We ran generator in the bed of the truck, but would unhook from camper when doing this. It worked well, but required having portable gas cans. Toy hauler has 5500 Onan. We have 60 gallons of onboard fuel which is great. No unhooking, no cords, no gas cans. No overload worries. It does drink more fuel. You might search for a diesel generator you could mount in truck bed and feed off the truck. For the life of me, I can not figure out why Onan hasn't started making inverter gensets OR why Honda dropped their on-board gensets years ago OR why Champion, or any other company, hasn't started building on-board inverter gensets. :h Lyle
laknox 10/15/21 09:18am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Andersen Ultimate Hitch - my observations

Round trip from mid-Georgia to Greenville SC for a nice long weekend. About a month ago, I decided to switch from my Superglide auto slider to the Andersen Ultimate hitch. Not that I didn't like the superglide, I do, but I wanted the lighter hitch so it would be easier to remove from the bed between trips. Im not getting any younger, and I am using my truck a lot more as a truck, now that I have 7 acres of land to tend to. So, install was a snap. Nothing really to adjust. I bought the gooseneck version, with the Andersen shaft, no slip pad and chains. Installed, torqued everything down, and all good. Driving experience was not so great. Rough roads were REALLY rough with the hitch. I had recently driven over the same roads with my Superglide and it was not anywhere near as rough. Concrete interstate with any sort of roughness was really bad. Like a bucking bronco a couple of times. I don't think there's anything "adjustment" wise, because it's all install and torque down.. no adjustments to be made. I have a RVing friend who has the same setup. We were camping together this weekend. He has a dually, I have a SRW. He says he does not get the bucking and rough riding I experienced. On way back, overall not as bad, and the road close to home on southbound side is not as bad as the northbound side was heading out. Unless there's some way to smooth this thing out, I suspect I will go back to the Superglide. Seems like the extra 200lbs the Superglide weighs really made the ride much smoother. Wondering if others notice the same thing? Anything I can do maybe to the truck, or the pinbox to smooth things out? I like the hitch overall, like the weight savings, and like the ease of removal.I don't have air-ride on the truck, and have what I consider a standard pin box. Nothing fancy, not a Trail Air or nothing like that. I won't buy a dually just to get a smoother ride. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated. Lets just try to NOT make this an AUH bash session. Mike I will tell you that some states, like AZ, do consider the AUH a gooseneck hitch and will require safety chains. Not that you're likely to get checked, but if anything happens, you're SOL; especially liability-wise. Also, because AZ considers this a "ball hitch", it is technically illegal to tow doubles behind one. Lyle
laknox 10/14/21 09:16am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Lithium Batteries

No, cousin currently =has= a Leaf battery (plus 1 module to make the voltage work out right), but would replace it with the LFP modules if he were building =now=. Check out their build; just Google Beginning From This Morning. Web site and YT, both. Lots of videos. Pretty cool! Lyle
laknox 10/08/21 10:55am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Tires again

I ended up with Endurance as I couldn't get Carlisles in time for a trip. I will tell you that they have a =lot= less tread than most other STs that I've seen. Surprised heck out of me, for sure. I sure hope I don't have to tow in heavy rain as the siping is =shallow=. Lyle
laknox 10/08/21 10:51am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Lithium Batteries

Need a new battery. I was thinking of a 12V Lithium battery. Not very familiar with them, will my AC/DC inverter 50amp with charging work or will I need a special charger for this type of battery? Any help would be greatly appericated If you're up to building your own, the Chinese LFP modules are working out very well, according to my cousin who used a Nissan Leaf battery to power their bus conversion. They said that, if they were to do it again, they'd use these modules instead of the Leaf's. The ones their friends used for their off-grid homestead are 280Ah =each=, and they installed 32 modules, for 29 kwh. From what my cousin has told me, for an RV, with only a few modules, you probably wouldn't even need to add a BMS (battery monitor system); not that you =can't=, just not really necessary. Lyle This is incorrect unless you never have a hard freeze, LiFePO4 batteries will be permanently damaged by charging at low temp (usual 32F/0C but some go slightly colder) so you need a BMS with low temp charging cutoff. I'll check with my cousin on this. He never mentioned any =low= temp issues. Lyle
laknox 10/07/21 09:08am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Lithium Batteries

They said that, if they were to do it again, they'd use these modules instead of the Leaf's. The ones their friends used for their off-grid homestead are 280Ah =each=, and they installed 32 modules, for 29 kwh. Lyle not the best idea for your rv, the majarority of thermal runnaway issues have been using the chemistry that they are. there is a reason tesla is starting to switch over to LiFePo4. cheeper to manufactuer plus there not subject to thermal runnaway nearly as bad. I know if two RV's that have burnt down from using tesla packs, and you still need a BMS if you want to treat it as a install and forget battery. Steve Um, that's what the LFP modules are; lithium iron phosphate, LiFePO4. Lyle
laknox 10/07/21 09:07am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Tires again

Just a heads-up about the Sailun: they are now made in Vietnam, and there have been several instances of complete tread separation. This was on tires made earlier this year in Vietnam. Dunno if it's a continuing problem. I loved the Sailun tires on my Fuzion, six years old and still going strong when I sold the trailer. Now I'm having second thoughts, but won't need tires for another year or so, hopefully anyway. There may be more news by then. Hadn't heard this. Will keep my ears/eyes open for more info. FWIW, we have Provider G's on our 30' GN triple axle trailer. They're working well, so far. Lyle
laknox 10/07/21 09:03am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Tires again

Today, while driving on a freeway, we blew out aST235/80R16 with a G load rating. This tire was mounted on a 16,000 lb 5er. The tire brand was Samson and yes, that tire is mfg. in China. We will be purchasing 4 new tires in the next day or two. Can you recommend a better tire than the one that blew? We don't mind paying for quality, in fact we would much rather pay for quality than experience again what happened today. Sailun. Former truck tire re-branded as ST tires for import tax purposes, or so many people have told me. Lyle
laknox 10/07/21 09:00am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Fresh water tank

FW tank drain I'll say that the others have probably nailed it with cr@ppy gauges and/or leaky check valve in the pump. Interesting how Keystone totally cheaped out on these and simply put a cap on the end of the Pex instead of a factory-installed valve. My '04 Komfort used a 1.25" drain line with a blade valve and my current KZ has a standard Pex line with a 1/4 turn valve on the end, like the low point drains. Wish my KZ had the 1.25" drain line, that's for sure. Lyle
laknox 10/07/21 08:56am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Lithium Batteries

Need a new battery. I was thinking of a 12V Lithium battery. Not very familiar with them, will my AC/DC inverter 50amp with charging work or will I need a special charger for this type of battery? Any help would be greatly appericated If you're up to building your own, the Chinese LFP modules are working out very well, according to my cousin who used a Nissan Leaf battery to power their bus conversion. They said that, if they were to do it again, they'd use these modules instead of the Leaf's. The ones their friends used for their off-grid homestead are 280Ah =each=, and they installed 32 modules, for 29 kwh. From what my cousin has told me, for an RV, with only a few modules, you probably wouldn't even need to add a BMS (battery monitor system); not that you =can't=, just not really necessary. Lyle
laknox 10/06/21 10:43am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Ready for a new awning...

While I like the convenience of a power awning, I hate the fact that I can't leave it out in =breezy= conditions. Given that we like to boondock, when you lose the majority of your shade, it makes a huge difference in the interior temp at the end of the day. Biggest issue with adding a manual awning is that there's very likely nowhere to anchor it to. I'd pay double what a current power awning costs if it were the equal of a manual awning. Lyle
laknox 10/06/21 09:14am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Fresh water tank

Insects like to crawl up lines and build nests that cause blockages. Mud daubers are especially bad about it around here. Also, the people building these things don't much like to clean tanks out after installing them and also have a nasty habit of dropping fitting cutouts back into the tank instead of pulling them out. How many of us have read about this when a black/grey tank won't drain? Lyle
laknox 10/04/21 09:52am Fifth-Wheels
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