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RE: Truck tow setting

I was having breaking problems What is it that's breaking that requires getting work done to the truck? joelc, you are habitually misspelling BRAKE, hence the good-natured ribbing.
mkirsch 07/22/16 01:10pm Towing
RE: Camper Battery Under Truck Hood

Just FYI, 12.3V is 30 percent, which is more than you generally want to discharge a lead acid battery.
mkirsch 07/22/16 01:07pm Truck Campers
RE: Bahn Camper works

It looks like they've only got that one model right now, and only the prototype of that model to display and photograph.
mkirsch 07/22/16 01:05pm Truck Campers
RE: I can't believe what I saw!

Prior to the introduction of the Jimmy SUV, GMC trucks were often referred to as "Jimmy's." That's where the name for the SUV came from! I bet $100 that the driver of that rig was perfectly happy with how it was performing, and had no idea anything was wrong. Seems like every time I'm on the Thruway on a summer weekend, I come across a 1500 pickup towing a big 5ver. Never get any pictures because I'm always driving.
mkirsch 07/22/16 09:40am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford Eco-Boost Towing

You likely won't notice much difference if the new trailer has roughly the same frontal area as the old one. Only 400-600lbs of stuff, though? You travel light! Bet if you weighed it all up you'd be surprised at how low your estimate is.
mkirsch 07/22/16 09:21am Towing
RE: Truck tow setting

As far as the setting on your brake controller goes, there should be a calibration procedure in the owner's manual to get you in the ballpark, then you can fine tune the settings to fit your own personal tastes and expectations. There is no one right number setting on the brake controller. If the brake controller is maxxed out, though, and you still don't feel you have enough braking action from the trailer, you have a problem that needs to be addressed. NEVER trust that someone has "checked" your brakes, because 99 times out of 100 that means a visual inspection. They looked at your tires, and maybe glanced underneath the trailer to see if anything was falling off.
mkirsch 07/22/16 09:18am Towing
RE: Electric Trolling Motor Battery Charging

Per the OP: Our main boat engine's electrical system does not have the capacity to charge the trolling motor battery. Take a look at RC Airplane chargers like I recommended above. There are a lot of them out there these days that can do lead acid batteries.
mkirsch 07/22/16 07:37am Truck Campers
RE: Bahn Camper works

$56,000+, though! You can buy a Host Mammoth for that kind of cake. I really want to see companies like this succeed, but I've also seen this business model fail time and again. A niche product in a niche market at an ultra-premium price never works. Very few people will pay a huge price premium for a spartan camper even if it is "bulletproof" "maintenance-free" and lightweight. They would rather buy a cheap Palomino.
mkirsch 07/22/16 07:27am Truck Campers
RE: 1/2 Ton Bumper Tow

GoHorns, just because it's something that you don't want to hear, doesn't mean it's condescending. Would you rather people tell you to go ahead and tow anything you want, it's a truck and it can tow anything? Then you go out and drop tens of thousands of hard-earned money on a trailer only to find out you HATE towing it. But wait, that guy said he does the same thing and it was "Just Fine(tm)"!!! Who do you blame? The correct answer is "yourself" but that doesn't stop most people from placing the blame on anyone but. It never hurts to be informed.
mkirsch 07/21/16 07:40am Tow Vehicles
RE: Brain challenge

Yeah, but does it say "Elite" on the truck like he claims?
mkirsch 07/21/16 07:28am Tow Vehicles
RE: toy hauler that looks like a utility trailer

Thanks for the recommendations but, A. The current Work and Play models are 11'+ tall. Even without AC they won't fit in the door of my barn. There's no way to raise the door, as the walls are only 10' high, and the town says I'm maxxed out on buildings on my property. B. Not camping in a smelly horse trailer. No matter how much you pressure wash and bleach, that stank does not come out.
mkirsch 07/21/16 07:20am Toy Haulers
toy hauler that looks like a utility trailer

Seems all the rage in toy haulers these days are the ones that look like big flashy travel trailers. I figure if I were ever to move away from this truck camper, it would have to be to a toy hauler because my primary reason for camping includes a 7x14 enclosed trailer full of gear. It would be nice to have the truck bed empty during the summer. Unfortunately I'm still working with a 9' wide x 9-1/2' high door in the barn, and those flashy travel trailer units start at 11-1/2' tall. The brand name used to be Work and Play, but it looks like they got absorbed by Forest River and turned into flashy travel trailer units.
mkirsch 07/20/16 01:11pm Toy Haulers
RE: New Truck = Bigger Receiver = Unexpected Problem

There's a major difference between hauling a backhoe across town at 30MPH and hauling a travel trailer across the state at 65MPH, but trying to explain it here is a colossal waste of time.
mkirsch 07/20/16 08:43am Towing
RE: trailor sway

If you have the WD hitch set up properly, it is not too tight. That is, the truck's front fender height is somewhere between 50-100 percent restored to unloaded height. Regardless, the WD hitch adjustment will not cause sway. Also, putting on a "sway control" device is NOT the solution! The most likely cause, as others have said, is not enough weight in the front of the trailer. Do you have bikes, or anything else, hanging off the back of the trailer? If so, take them off! They are causing your problem. Where are your water tanks? If any of them are behind the axles, they should be empty when you travel. You do NOT want to haul this trailer to the scales without taking some measures to cure the sway first.
mkirsch 07/20/16 08:17am Towing
RE: FW trailer level when towing

Yes, you need to raise the trailer. Even 2-3" off level is putting excessive weight on the back axle, which can cause problems down the road with excessive tire wear turning into blowouts.
mkirsch 07/20/16 08:11am Towing
RE: V-Nose Towing Theory

I agree that the REAR is where you can make the most gains as far as aerodynamic drag. If I were building this trailer, I would definitely go V-nose for the extra space. I would also look into adding the rear fairings similar to what you're seeing on some 18-wheelers these days, or some other aerodynamic aid. Take a look at a product called "AIRTAB." I don't know if they work but they sure do talk a good game.
mkirsch 07/20/16 08:02am Towing
RE: Electric Trolling Motor Battery Charging

Look to the world of radio-controlled airplanes for the solution! Something like this, for example: http://www.hobbyking.com/hobbyking/store/__64345__Turnigy_Accucel_6_80W_10A_Balancer_Charger_LiHV_Capable.html It is 12V powered and capable of charging a 12V lead acid battery at up to 10Amps. It is much more efficient than the inverter method.
mkirsch 07/20/16 07:51am Truck Campers
RE: add a room for a truck camper

Another recommendation for a 10x10 popup canopy with screen and/or solid walls from me. I've watched others struggle with their "add a rooms" at camping events for years. Seems like they spend hours setting them up and hours tearing them back down. A popup canopy is up and functional in mere seconds, and it only takes a couple more minutes to clip on the sides.
mkirsch 07/20/16 07:42am Truck Campers
RE: New Truck = Bigger Receiver = Unexpected Problem

Now I'm wondering if I need to hook up the bars anyway, with very little tension. I looked over the install instructions for this hitch again, and it says: Rating when used as a weight distributing hitch with spring bars: tongue weight 1000 max gross trailer weight 10,000 Rating when used as a weight carrying hitch without spring bars: tongue weight 500 (I'm over that) max gross trailer weight 5,000 (I'm over that too) Hoped I could get away without hooking up the bars, but maybe I can't. Yes, you need to hook up the bars, and adjust them properly.
mkirsch 07/19/16 08:57am Towing
RE: Truck camper battery

"AC ripple" is if you are plugged in to "shore power." Shore power is the outlet on the pedestal at the campground, or your garage at home. If you are running off battery (i.e. boondocking), this is not your problem. Like others have said, it is most likely the obvious: Low battery. First thing to check, is your fridge running off DC or propane? If DC, switch it to propane. I sincerely doubt that the fridge is running off DC, because a single battery would be flat dead within a few hours. Just to be clear, modern fridges will use SOME DC even on propane mode, in order to power the control board which monitors the propane system. They use very little DC, though, so it should not be running down your battery over a weekend. Another possibility is a poor electrical connection to the fridge. It's an old camper so the wire could be frayed or corroded. A bad connection would be more sensitive to the condition of the battery. For example, a slightly discharged battery would look like an almost dead battery to the fridge. I also agree with the others that the 65W solar system is inadequate to keep the batteries charged while camping. It was likely installed to simply MAINTAIN the batteries during storage. One final thought: Monitor the battery's condition per the chart above. When the fridge starts blinking, check the battery voltage.
mkirsch 07/19/16 08:15am Truck Campers
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