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RE: Probably going to be hanging out in the TT forum more.....

Lift kits and towing aren't a great match. But it will definitely add to trade-in value for a stock model.
lane hog 11/26/20 11:02pm Travel Trailers
RE: Battery questions for boondocking

Two 6V's will get you more amp hours and last longer, but the point about one failing and taking out the entire system is a good one. Our 130W of solar with two 12V's has worked for us over the last 15 years, but I only need 3-4 days at a time without shore power, and at least one of the generators are always with us just in case. We don't do as much winter camping as we used to, so if we need heat for a couple days, it's either propane and a lot of battery draw, or we run the generator and electric space heaters. BTW, as for sunk costs and the generators... Last night our house lost power in freezing temps, and those sunk cost generators gave us a lifeline for the six hours that it took the power company to fix things. One powered up the coach with space heaters, and the other was hooked up to our sump pumps and selfishly, the DVR to record my football games. I was in the process of splicing into the furnace wiring (house breaker off) just in case the power wasn't coming back until morning.
lane hog 11/23/20 08:55pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Generator use during travel

The furnace should do. Another option would be to run the generator from the bed of the truck, and snake an extension cord into the coach for a space heater or even to the back of the coach to the shore power. Haven't done it yet, but I will be running some 10/3 (orange) Romex with the appropriate twist lock connector from the tongue to the rear of my coach so that I can run the generator on overnight stops. It's $50 in wire plus the connector.
lane hog 11/15/20 11:49am Travel Trailers
RE: New trailer

We own a Transcend, and I've found it to be fairly good workmanship so far. Zero defects so far aside from some sealant needed on the roof after a year, which is normal. The fridge in the slideout is problematic across all of their product lines, so be sure to check the baffle inside the rear of that compartment and make sure it stays in place and rises all the way past the cooling fins. Since there's no roof vent, airflow across the cooling fins has to be induced with a cooling fan.
lane hog 11/14/20 05:00pm Travel Trailers
RE: Thor or Forest River - Warranty and reputation

Any company that has more than 10 separate brands/product lines is a recipe for inconsistency. Forest River has 45 different brands not to mention how many floorplans each brand has. Thor has at least that... 21 nameplates and each has its own brands (e.g. Jayco itself has eight different lines) What's sad is that Forest River used to be quality 20 years ago. Not so much anymore. Thor has picked up some marquis brands (Jayco and Airstream) but the quality of those has dropped accordingly. Best bet for an Airstream is to find something made pre-1990... I'm sticking with Winnebago for the time being, including Grand Design. If you can find something made by a niche player who is still not part of Thor or FR, you may find better quality.
lane hog 11/14/20 04:53pm Travel Trailers
RE: settle an arguement

Your F-350 SRW is a fine vehicle, and you'll be able to go higher in weight than 10K. Yes, the fifth wheel is far easier to drive and hitch/unhitch than a bumper pull TT. Chances are good you'll find most manufacturers offer pretty much the same floorplan in both a TT and FW. That was our experience looking at Jaycos and Grand Designs, aside from the one floorplan we chose.
lane hog 11/12/20 09:02pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Propane Tanks Direction

It's a matter of how the tank was on the ground before the tech connected them. Half the time they'll be facing backward, half the time they'll be facing forward.... And no, I don't think there's a requirement to have a cover on tongue mounted tanks. It's for cosmetic purposes and serves zero safety protection aside from stopping the tanks from prematurely rusting out.
lane hog 11/12/20 08:54pm Travel Trailers
RE: 120 days and counting

That's great, Tuna, especially compared to lithiums. But it's still going to be a $1200 investment when you include panels, the inverter and your controller. To be clear, I've long advocated solar as a great way to reduce our generator or shore power use. It allowed us to do a lot of dry camping that we otherwise wouldn't have experienced. I've had it on my RV's for 15 years, and encourage others to do it within reason. Our original $500 investment from 15 years ago is on its third RV, and still does what I expect it to -- charge our batteries and power the 12V system. The biggest benefit I've gotten from it is having our batteries fully charged 365 days a year. But I also have no expectation that it will replace our generators. Nobody should ever be in a position where they rely on a single source of power. It's too easy for a $4000+ solar system to be brought down by the failure of a single component like your inverter or charger, and that can really destroy a camping trip. I've lost a charge controller before, and know from experience it's not something you're going to find at the Walmart in Cody, WY or at a truck stop... I got lucky that once I realized it had died, I was able to get a replacement delivered ~48 hours before we left. If we'd have lost the controller on our trip, having the generator would have provided a failover option.
lane hog 11/12/20 02:15am Travel Trailers
RE: 120 days and counting

Yeah, this is an age old battle. In my opinion, it comes down to some people have a 360 day need for solar but the vast majority have a 30 day need. In my case, it's under 30 days for high usage, and my generators are a sunk cost. I can't justify paying $500+ for a SiO2 or $1000+ for a LiXXXX battery plus another $500 for additional panels, controller and inverter. For full-timers who like to be off-grid, it's a great solution. For the weekend warrior and two-week road trippers, it's a nice to have but probably not entirely cost justified.
lane hog 11/11/20 08:29pm Travel Trailers
RE: 120 days and counting

Loved reading thru this. I take the same approach of having what I consider adequate solar and it works great for most of our dry camping. I might need high amperage for 15 minutes a day to run a coffee maker or microwave, or a space heater before bed for an hour. The cost of my generator, and the gas/oil needed to run for that minimal amount of time will never come close to approaching the cost of a higher grade solar setup, lithium batteries, inverters, etc..
lane hog 11/11/20 12:58am Travel Trailers
RE: Recommendation needed for first camper trailer

Yep. We started with a pop-up that we could tow easily with our Jeep. Perfect. Until it wasn't. Moved up to a hybrid that was within the limits of our Jeep, but was unstable as hell. Regretted it after our first trip. Traded the Jeep for a Durango. Perfect for the hybrid, but the hybrid ultimately still wasn't perfect for us. Traded the Durango and got a 3/4 ton. Never had to worry again about what we towed. We then traded the hybrid for a 29' bunkhouse, and a year or so later traded the bunkhouse for a fifth wheel. Loved both. Couple years down the road, traded the truck and fifth wheel for a motorhome. Really liked the motorhome especially while the kids were teens. 13 years later, motorhome gets totalled, and we're back to a truck and trailer because we're almost empty nesters, and I know we'll probably want another truck in a year or two. Moral of the story.... get the right truck up-front and leave your options open because very few people find the right trailer on their first shot. We're on our sixth, and probably still not done.
lane hog 11/06/20 05:46pm Travel Trailers
RE: Xfinity Dropping included Norton 360

I've been in IT for over 20 years, and Norton and Avast are like extended warranties on campers... they play on fear more than need. The only thing I use right now is the built-in protections on Windows. I don't download "free" software, or do any internet gaming and nothing on my network is open from outside. Be smart about where you click, and you'll be fine.
lane hog 11/06/20 01:53am Technology Corner
RE: Recommendation needed for first camper trailer

You could go with the smaller trailer, but for those of us who've been there or have seen this movie a few times, there's a 90% chance you'll regret it and want to move up to a bigger trailer in a year or so. I know it's not my money, but consider trading out the ZR2 for a used 3/4 ton or a half-ton already set up for towing. Can't imagine either would be in short supply up in Idaho.
lane hog 11/06/20 12:55am Travel Trailers
RE: Thoughts on the Cost of RVing

For 2020, I budgeted $0.35 per mile on gas, assuming $2.50/gal and 7.5 mpg. Yeah, it's probably on the high side but gas prices fluctuate by state, and whatever is left over will pay for the pre-trip oil change. $50 a night for campgrounds isn't unreasonable, but you can bring that down considerably by finding state parks, COE/NFS/NPS campgrounds, and a few nights in a Cracker Barrel, Walmart or casino parking lot. We do a lot of distance running, so that's our preferred option unless my wife absolutely needs air conditioning... A couple weeks back we debated flying vs. taking the trailer with us to visit family about 800 miles away. I work for an airline, so airfare isn't a consideration for us. $99 per night for a hotel, $30 a day for a rental car plus eating out two meals a day came out to be more than what we paid in gas and camping fees at a nearby NPS campground. Plus we were in our own bed with a closet instead of trying to stuff a rollerboard bag with clothes for the week. Since the food we pack, the trailer and truck are already sunk costs, there's not much point trying to justify those when looking at the cost of taking the RV with us. We pay that out regardless. The equation usually works out to be food/hotel/car > gas/campground every time. In this case, running gas at $5/gall was only $140 more than flying and getting a hotel, and it gave us a lot more flexibility in deciding when we came and went.
lane hog 11/05/20 03:39am Travel Trailers
RE: Ford has released their 2021 towing guide

What has my attention is this: Pro Power Onboard Available class-exclusive feature expands F-150’s capability by bringing generator levels of exportable power to work sites and campsites. Provides 2.0kW, 2.4kW or 7.2kW of output depending on configuration. Accessible via in-cabin outlets and up to 4 cargo bed-mounted 120-volt/20-amp outlets with a 240-volt/30-amp outlet on models equipped the available 7.2kW system. That 2.4kW would power up my trailer nicely on an overnight Cracker Barrel stay...
lane hog 11/05/20 03:27am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tire Valve Stem Cracking

Find a different dealer next time. I brought brass stems into Discount Tire and they installed them for me without question. For a cap mounted TPS, I'd never consider using rubber stems. That little cap becomes a lot more weight when it's spinning at 800+ RPM's...
lane hog 11/05/20 03:18am Tech Issues
RE: Slide-Out Adjustment

Good luck. Something else to check, make sure you're balls-on level. Being a little off can affect the slide's alignment as well.
lane hog 11/05/20 03:14am Tech Issues

Ah, Street Atlas... how I miss that and don't. I get the small screen vs. large screen, but now that I'm back to a truck & trailer, I don't have room for a laptop while moving like I did with the motorhome and the area in front of the doghouse... Prior to getting our Android Auto enabled Ford, I was running Google Maps on either an Android tablet or iPad, both which had GPS capability. This past summer, I downloaded our entire itinerary from Chicago to Yellowstone with some buffer knowing that there'd be no cell service inside the park. Worked fine. But yeah, not much planning capability.
lane hog 11/05/20 03:10am Roads and Routes

I stick with Google Maps and use the offline maps option. It works well via Android Auto in the head unit of our Ford, and it's one less device to have to worry about keeping current. That said, I cross-check it's suggestions on a RV route to make sure it doesn't route us onto county roads, which in many states can be gravel. Ask me how I found that out... So far, we've done OK since ditching our Garmin. I'd also recommend keeping a printed Trucker's Atlas just in case so you have the low clearance bridges marked. Anywhere a truck can go, you should be able to go...
lane hog 11/03/20 02:34am Roads and Routes
RE: Internet for campsite and while en route (travel trailer)

I've found that putting my phone/hotspot **outside** the RV works better for keeping a signal. If you're too far out in the boonies, you'll need one of the $300+ boosters.
lane hog 11/03/20 02:17am Technology Corner
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