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RE: Replace OEM fuel tank?

I had the Titan 55 gallon midship replacement on my 2019 Ram 3500 DRW, and used the Torklift frame ties with no issues. The 2018 is supposed to be slightly different, but I'm not sure exactly how.
n0arp 01/16/22 07:56pm Truck Campers
RE: What kind of quality lifepo4 do you get for $300 review

It's not like thermostatically controlled tank heater pads, space heaters, enclosures, or indoor spaces are impossible to come by. People make a huge deal about low temps and Lithium, but if they actually cared enough, they could easily mitigate the temperature issues. I think people just like to complain or want everything served up to them without having to apply any effort, or blindly listen to other people yelling about it and regurgitate it without any critical thought. It's a moot issue. End of story.
n0arp 01/16/22 01:18pm Tech Issues
RE: Musk Starlink now has a new problem

Starlink is segmented into geographical service areas, referred to as cells. Each cell has a user limit, as well as other criteria that we aren’t privy to. You have to go into their portal and change your service location, which may be rejected if the cell that contains that service location is full, closed, etc… If you aren’t in or very close to the cell set in their portal, you won’t be able to connect. So does one set this up over the wobbly wide web? If so that implies one needs to do it before arriving? Yeah, we plan ahead and will usually set it via our cell phones on the way in. Or at the site, if it has usable cell signal. Sometimes we'll plan a few weeks ahead, and grab a slot somewhere we expect will be busy. We're heading to Quartzsite in a couple weeks, and have already configured SL for that cell to ensure we get a slot. As described, this appears that Starlink beam down it's signal through earth-bound relays where you are actually connected. In that case, it defeats the purpose because my intent is to have signals anywhere I go on the concept that I'm actually connected directly to Starlink satellites. My personal hotspot and booster may be better but still watching when Starllink would have enough satellites and bandwidth to enable direct connection for which I heard Musk saying that this is the intent. During the initial launch, the signal path was from your edge equipment, to a satellite, to a ground station. They are now enabling signal paths between satellites, so you can be farther from a ground station and your signal path will be from your edge equipment, to a satellite, to any number of other satellites, to a ground station. In the end, it sounds like they will drop the requirements to tie your service to a specific cell, to enable "true" mobile usage. For now, the signal paths available in your particular area of the sky denote availability, as well as their capacity planning. More satellites, and more satellites with the satellite to satellite connectivity enabled, will reduce the constraints -- but it's all still in beta and being phased in somewhat slowly. We've used StarLink multiple times where cell service was nonexistant, even though we have a robust setup for 4G/LTE that usually allows us to find signal where others can't. Again, StarLink is just another tool to have in addition to your 4G/LTE providers. Not a replacement at this time.
n0arp 01/16/22 12:56pm Tech Issues
RE: Musk Starlink now has a new problem

Can you explain what a "open cells" and why it only works at 40% of the campsites just a bit broader? Trying to understand. :) Starlink is segmented into geographical service areas, referred to as cells. Each cell has a user limit, as well as other criteria that we aren’t privy to. You have to go into their portal and change your service location, which may be rejected if the cell that contains that service location is full, closed, etc… If you aren’t in or very close to the cell set in their portal, you won’t be able to connect.
n0arp 01/15/22 08:46pm Tech Issues
RE: Auxiliary fuel tank in front of the slide in camper

I know someone with an 8.5ft camper on an 8ft bed just like that, without issues. YMMV. If diesel, I'd have no issue adding an aux tank like that. For my old 3500, I had to give up my in-bed tank to fit my AF1140, and I put in a midship 55gal replacement. That's another option to look at.
n0arp 01/12/22 08:08am Truck Campers
RE: What kind of quality lifepo4 do you get for $300 review

In our fifth wheel, our bank lives in a sectioned off portion of our passthrough bay, with a small furnace vent tapped into it. Additionally, we have a 200W electric heater that is powered by a thermostatic outlet that turns on at 35F, and off at 45F. This ends up using very little energy - especially since our furnace is usually on low in cold temps. Victron's DVCC now allows you to set a a minimum charge temp, which we utilize as a failsafe. For the truck camper, the bank sits in an interior cabinet, that is as temperature controlled as the rest of the living area. We monitor temps in there, but even in single digit outside temps have never seen it below around 50F. We could always add a heater like mentioned above, if necessary. The batteries themselves are always a few degrees warmer than ambient since they're actively being discharged (or charged, for that matter). Having a low temp cutoff is critical if they're sitting on the tongue of your trailer, but otherwise, easy enough to work around. Low temp charging is mentioned often in argument against LiFePO4 on these forums, but I've long dismissed it as people trying to justify why they haven't upgraded or that their lead acid banks are somehow better. More or less the same way I see most posts in gas vs diesel threads.
n0arp 01/11/22 01:31pm Tech Issues
RE: macerator pumps

I have a FloJet, an Amazon knock-off of it (SeaFlo, I think?), and a SaniCon Turbo. Compared to the SaniCon, the other units are both junk. Those units, however, perform identically and give me the same amount of issues, mostly related to thermal issues - they have much shorter duty cycles and you have to keep an eye on how long they're running and how warm they're getting, or they'll shut themselves off. Once they do that enough times, the thermal switches fail. Their plastic casings are chintzy and tend to crack over time, especially if connected/disconnected often in cold weather. I have, on occasion, used these with 2x50ft (100ft total) 5/8" hoses to reach septic cleanouts. They're slow but it's doable AND exacerbates the thermal issues mentioned. The SaniCon should be much faster and more reliable at that distance, but I've never tried it, as I use a 21' 1-1/2" layflat discharge hose and camlock fittings with that. TL;DR go SaniCon. We use macerator pumps to move all our black/greywater into a custom 165 gallon septic bladder I had made (Husky Portable Containment) and then transport that to the dump station, to avoid having to move entire rigs when setup in the middle of nowhere.
n0arp 01/10/22 04:05pm Tech Issues
RE: Making A Warmer Truck Camper Bed

We found a memory foam mattress provides much better insulation than innerspring. Any garden variety queen fits in our AF1140. We stayed in single digit temps several times last year and never felt that our bed itself was cold. The floor, on the other hand, can get a bit chilly but rugs help to manage that - anti-fatigue mats are great to walk on and provide decent insulation. Like Bedlam, I found that the single pane glass in our entry door is the worst offender and we keep it covered with a thick vinyl snap-on cover that came with the camper, which seems to help. We've never had major condensation issues and check under the bed every sheet change for mold and moisture, but never found any. We're in our fifth wheel now, and recently started using the Eight Sleep Pod Pro mattress cover. We might take it with us when we swap back into the TC. We track all energy usage as we're mostly off-grid, and it uses (AC, not DC) 0.5-2kWh per night depending on ambient conditions and settings. Our overall monthly average so far in January has been 0.998kWh/24hr. For December, slightly more at 1.054kW/24h. Since we're just heating the bed, we need no supplemental heat except to keep things from freezing, so have the propane furnace thermostat on one of the lowest settings. I realize most RV owners (TC especially) don't have large enough systems for this to be a viable option, but I've found it to be one of the most efficient uses of our energy - both for heating, and cooling - where it uses about the same figures as posted above.
n0arp 01/10/22 03:38pm Truck Campers
RE: Musk Starlink now has a new problem

How do you know if you are in an open cell? do you just fire it up and test? Tesla doesn't care that the dish is roaming? You go into the web portal and attempt to set a new service location. It will accept it if it's an open cell, or deny it if not.
n0arp 01/07/22 09:46am Tech Issues
RE: Musk Starlink now has a new problem

Quote - “ we can only use it at approximately 40% of our campsites” “ We’re paying $100/mo whether we us it or not” As long as YOU are ok with paying that much for that little service….. Yep, not an issue. We can only use AT&T part of the time, or Verizon part of the time... and pay for those as well. Don't really see how that is any different. We've spent weeks to months in areas that we couldn't get decent signal with one or the other. Between all three, and good equipment, we have pretty good Internet anywhere we go. Since I require Internet to keep paychecks coming in... I don't mind spending a fair bit of money on it.
n0arp 01/05/22 11:33am Tech Issues
RE: Musk Starlink now has a new problem

We have Starlink and travel extensively with it. When we can get into an open cell, it's been great - we haven't had any issues dealing with obstructions, even up in the mountains with lots of trees around. Photo from outside of Estes Park, CO, with the dish outlined by a red star. https://imgur.com/h7xkq7K.jpg width=640 The biggest issue is just finding open cells - we can only use it at approximately 40% of our campsites. When it works, we can expect 150+Mbps down, 30+Mbps up, and low latency without any bandwidth caps. I've used it as much as 2TB/mo. We've had it in rain, snow, and heavy thunderstorms and I don't recall any outages. We're paying almost $100/mo whether we can use it or not, but it's just another tool in the arsenal of AT&T, Verizon, etc we carry to make a living (working remotely) out here. Based on my experience with it, the Verge's issues probably had more to do with their specific cell than obstructions. It is beta, afterall.
n0arp 01/04/22 04:22pm Tech Issues
RE: zero G water hose

We have several and they're all we'll use anymore.
n0arp 11/03/21 08:14am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Generators for 5er

I went back and edited my post with that info.
n0arp 10/18/21 10:46am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Generators for 5er

Again, why doesn't Onan build an inverter genset? Lyle They do. The only one so far for "RV Use" though is the QG2800i (and 2500i version for LP). Released Jan/21. Larger ones should be coming soon.
n0arp 10/18/21 10:38am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Generators for 5er

I changed a 5500LP over to gas. They have diagrams for everything and I just pulled up the diagrams for both the LP and gas models, and ordered everything that was different. It ended up being just the carb and some regulator, I believe, but that was a few years ago. I used a 12V fuel pump off Amazon and an 18gal marine fuel tank. I swapped it back over to LP at some point because I decided I'd rather have the space the gas tank was taking up for batteries.
n0arp 10/15/21 09:36am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 2013 Arctic Fox 990S

I switch tanks at the switch-over valve when one tank runs out. That way I know exactly how much propane I have. Then I just have the empty tank refilled at a convenient time and place. Easy peasy and it doesn't cost a thing. ;) It's annoying to have the heat cut out in the middle of the night in 0F weather. Been there a few times, Mopeka sensors keep that from sneaking up on you. But if you don't camp in cold weather, then there are few downsides to just letting the tanks run out and running them like you do.
n0arp 10/07/21 01:32pm Truck Campers
RE: 2013 Arctic Fox 990S

Thread from last year on this topic: https://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/30026378.cfm We use the Mopeka sensors in both our rigs and recommend them.
n0arp 10/07/21 09:29am Truck Campers
RE: What did you do to your truck today?

Currently, I have the 225's with 4.44 gearing. My Toyo's are 245's which will make cruising RPM a little less. 65 mph is 2000 rpm in stock trim. I have 4.89s and didn't care for the 225s with them. With the 245s, you'll effectively be around 4.28, which should be really nice.
n0arp 10/05/21 04:04pm Truck Campers
RE: What did you do to your truck today?

I have a tower of Toyo M655's sitting in the garage waiting to be mounted. We are spending some time on the Oregon Coastal Dunes and will try to get this done between trips. 7 by 82 lbs is much easier to move around on a furniture dolly than rolling one at a time. Are you running the OE 225/70R19.5s? What gearing do you have?
n0arp 10/05/21 03:06pm Truck Campers
RE: New Ram 5500 Build

I tossed this Kenwood TM-D710G in box, in a catchall toolbox, a few years ago and over time the cardboard box broke down and the radio came loose. It’s spent the last year or longer being crushed, scratched, spilled on, etc, but cleaned up pretty nicely (with disassembly/reassembly) and passes a bench test. I’ll be mounting it in the cab of the Ram for VHF/UHF and APRS soon. These ruggedized Kenwood radios are great. I never mounted any ham gear in my Ram 3500, but had this as well as several other radios in my Chevy 2500. I'll probably just stick to this and the Midland MXT275 I already have in the 5500. https://imgur.com/7YuAf22.jpg width=640 Unfortunately the antenna and mount I'm going to use aren't available shipped to a Prime locker, and I'm not going to spend $10/pkg at the local The UPS Store to receive packages, so this install will have to wait a while until I can figure out how to get the parts. Note: n0arp is my callsign
n0arp 09/29/21 03:11pm Truck Campers
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