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RE: DRW back to SRW

This is the OP. Appreciate if we could stop handing out troll house cookies and get back on topic. Anyone running one of the new SRW 1 tons with 4000#+ payload? Would love some input based on real world experience. Thx, bill'16 Ram 3500 SRW Cummins (4k payload) hauling a '19 Northern Lite 8-11. I'm near the 7K RAWR with the camper loaded (almost 4k). When we first purchased the camper, we drove home (1400 mi.) with just Timbrens. Handled fine. There was a slight amount of single-motion sway with each high wind gust--totally expected. Just to maximize safety and handling, we elected to replace the OEM tires with Michelin 295/70/18's (4080 lbs.) to get an additional 800 lbs. of tire capacity on each axle. We replaced the Timbrens with Air Lift 5k air bags (camper was heavier on one-side). Also installed a Roadmaster sway-bar and lower stabil-loads. Can't say any one mod all-by-itself made any dramatic improvement, but as a whole it has made the truck even more fun to drive with the camper on-board. Very little steering correction necessary---even in 25-30 mph side-winds (and gusts over 50 mph). No complaints---fun to drive.
otrfun 12/31/19 08:38pm Truck Campers
RE: Rear end ratios

I've read where some truck campers specify the ratio of gearing in the differential of their trucks used for truck camping. Would anyone out there be so kind so as to explain to me what the advantages/disadvantages are to these different configurations? Thanks in advance!IMO, it's a win-win to get the lowest (highest numerical) rear end ratio possible with any HD truck--unless you have no plans to tow or haul. It results in less driveline stress and more times than not, a higher tow capacity---basically a more capable truck. Any concerns about reduced fuel economy with a lower rear end ratio (on a HD truck) are unfounded IMO. We've driven our 68RFE Ram Cummins in 5th gear (with a 3.42 rear end) for years and never experienced any noticeable drop in fuel economy (vs. 6th gear). To put this in perspective, our 68RFE/3.42 equipped truck in 5th gear has a ~12% lower overall gear ratio than the same truck in 6th gear with a 4.10 rearend. Should mention that the 3.42 was the only rear end ratio available for our '16 Ram 3500 SRW. Would have gladly gone with a 4.10, if it had been available. I believe the new '19-'20 Ram Cummins SRW's now come standard with a 3.73.
otrfun 12/24/19 12:10pm Truck Campers
RE: WFCO 8875 converter

WFCO's are notorious for never going into bulk (14.4v) charging mode---even with very discharged batteries. This doubles, triples your charge times. Last two TT's had WFCO's. First thing I did was swap 'em out for Progressive Dynamic converters.
otrfun 12/22/19 09:32am Tech Issues
RE: Flying J and Pilot moving toward B20 diesel?

When we had our 5th wheel we typically got fuel at FlyingJ/Loves/TA truck stops due to the lack of maneuverability at smaller stations. Unfortunately (like the OP mentioned), it seems most truck stops these days sell B20. Now that we have an in-bed camper we can now fuel up anywhere. We use Gasbuddy and try to stick with major retailers like Shell. Rarely use B20 anymore. It's my understanding that suppliers can mix as much as 5% bio without any reference to bio on the pump.
otrfun 12/22/19 09:27am Tech Issues
RE: Brake fluid change?

Glad to see selective reading, bold quotes, and taking comments out of context, gives you so much joy and pleasure—lol!Sure does! And gain...glad you agree with me!So, so, sorry, to bust your bubble, Babock. Your reality of bliss, joy, and pleasure (and your perception that I agree with you) is solely based on your very selective and limited reading comprehension--lol! I wish you only the best with your alternate reality! Enjoy!
otrfun 12/20/19 01:45pm Tech Issues
RE: Zero emissions trucks, California?

CA's drive for zero emissions, although laudable on some level, probably plays a part in why large, 26' Uhaul trucks going to CA cost $100 . . . whereas those leaving . . . cost $1500.
otrfun 12/20/19 06:40am Around the Campfire
RE: Brake fluid change?

Most would agree a total brake bleed/flush is the most effective maintenance approach. However, to say anything short of a total brake bleed/flush is "ridiculous", well, that sounds like someone who may have the luxury of excess time and/or money on their hands. For the rest of us, I think common sense says maintenance doesn't have to be all or nothing to be effective.Yes..a total brake fluid bleed/flush is the most effective maintenance approach. Glad you agree with me!Glad to see selective reading, bold quotes, and taking comments out of context, gives you so much joy and pleasure—lol!
otrfun 12/20/19 04:17am Tech Issues
RE: Anyone have a wiring diagram for a Northern Lite camper?

I am doing some upgrading to my 12 Volt electrical in my Northern Lite camper. Right now it is upgrading batteries, replacing existing charger with a smart charger, and adding a battery monitor. Does anyone have wiring diagram for a Northern Lite camper? My model is a 9-6 QSE, but I assume that most of the models are probably wired similar. Any information would help and be a place to start. Thanks in advance for your help with this.Called NL about a wiring diagram or schematic for our 2019 8-11. No joy. We did some rewiring of our 2019 8-11's battery and converter when we installed a PI EMS, transfer switch, and inverter. What specifically did you have questions about?
otrfun 12/15/19 07:36pm Truck Campers
RE: What Portable Propane Gas Grill Do You Use?

We're really happy with our Char Broil Grill2go x200 infra-red grill. Good ratings on Amazon. It's on the smaller side (23.7"W x 15.7"D x 13.6"H; 20 lbs.). No sharp edges on the exterior which is nice for handling and storage. Easy to clean. Could be stored on end, in a closet, inside a med/lg gym bag, to save space.
otrfun 12/10/19 09:47am Truck Campers
RE: Why aren't Truck Campers popular in W. Pa.?

. . . -The hot water heater seems to run fine. It has no thermostat. The manual covers many models and mentions that it will max out at 180*. That seems high to me as I know the polystyrene insulation enveloping it can melt at 160*. Should I be watching this? I haven't let it max out yet . . . . . . My lance has no thermostat on the hot water heater. I have never worried about it in ten years . . .They might not have a typical thermostat like the one on the wall for your propane heater, but they do have a preset thermostat attached to the hot water tank itself. Most RV HW heater thermostats shut things down around 140 degrees. If the thermostat malfunctions (doesn't shut off the propane/electric), the pressure relief valve will/should activate.
otrfun 12/10/19 08:18am Truck Campers
RE: Brake fluid change?

. . . there is always a middle ground . . . Life and travel all have some elements of risk and some of us are more conservative than others but there is always a middle ground.^^Agree.
otrfun 12/09/19 11:35am Tech Issues
RE: Brake fluid change?

I change my brake fluid in all my vehicles every 2 or3 years. On my Lexus, I did it every 2 since the master cylinder/ABS unit was over $1000 And it was known that changing fluid increases its life. It's cheap and easy. Just draining the master cylinder and putting new fluid in it is kinda ridiculous. It's not the fluid that is going to be causing corrosion in your system.If the brake fluid (along with the water, moisture, and contaminants that are emulsified within the brake fluid) doesn't cause the corrosion, then what does cause the corrosion? How do you remove it? What's the point of changing the brake fluid in the first place? Most would agree a total brake bleed/flush is the most effective maintenance approach. However, to say anything short of a total brake bleed/flush is "ridiculous", well, that sounds like someone who may have the luxury of excess time and/or money on their hands. For the rest of us, I think common sense says maintenance doesn't have to be all or nothing to be effective.
otrfun 12/09/19 09:32am Tech Issues
RE: Buying 2019 RAM 3500 DRW - discount expectations?

Question was raised about the MaxCare warranty. We don't usually keep vehicles beyond the factory warranty period, but is the MaxCare policy something we should get anyway? Can it be purchased later? What's the most one should spend for it?Ram's bumper-to-bumper warranty is 3/36. Drivetrain 5/100. Maximum Care (MC) protection (with various deductibles) goes up to 8/125 for the Cummins (unlimited for gas). If you're going to sell it during the 3/36 period not much point in getting it unless you think it'll help you sell it. We purchased the older 8/120 ($100 ded.) MC for our '16 Cummins for $2200. Probably a bit higher now. BTW, MC does not cover the CAT (~$800) or the DPF (~$2000) after the diesel emissions warranty expires at 5/50. MC can be purchased from any Ram dealer. Shop around for the best price. Have to purchase before the 3/36 runs out. However, between 1/12 and 3/36 I believe you have to have the truck inspected.
otrfun 12/08/19 07:50pm Tow Vehicles
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otrfun 12/08/19 05:48pm Truck Campers
RE: Renogy 100ah LifePo4 Lithium - Max Surge Current

is there a reason a battle born is simply not purchased?At the time, I was leaning towards the 100ah Renogy because it was on sale for $640 ($800 now). The 100ah Battle Born (BB) was/is $950. At the moment I'm favoring the 100ah LifeBlue (LB) Low-Temp lithium for $1088. The LB Low-Temp offers an internal bluetooth battery monitor (iOS or Android app) which negates the need for a $150-$200 battery monitor. Plus, the LB Low-Temp also has an internal battery heater to enable safe charging at below freezing temps. The BB does not offer a bluetooth battery monitor option or any below freezing charging capability.
otrfun 12/06/19 07:46pm Tech Issues
RE: Northern Lite Camper Power Use Calculator

Great info! Thanks for sharing. Maybe I missed it. Curious whether you've had a chance to check your maximum charge current (and voltage) from your converter (with no solar; I and V measured at the batteries) with your batteries discharged (i.e., 50% wet-cell or ~20% lithium). If NL used the same 10 gauge wire (for the converter to battery run) as they did on our NL, you may find the results somewhat disappointing. BTW, the 4 Happijacs (with the new direct drive motors) draw approx. 25a when lifting our 8-11 (camper loaded, no water; maybe 3,200 lbs??). Both the 8-11 and 9-6 weigh approx. 2,600 - 2,700 lbs. at the factory, empty/unloaded.
otrfun 12/06/19 09:00am Truck Campers
RE: Renogy 100ah LifePo4 Lithium - Max Surge Current

LFP batteries are good, maybe you're expecting more than what 1 100ah battery can perform. What exactly are you using over 100a on a 100ah battery?We're trying to power some portable test equipment. Only have weight/space available for one group 31 sized LifePo4 battery. FWIW, the same scenario could be applicable to someone with, say, a truck camper (with very limited battery space) who wanted to run a very small microwave. In any case, just spoke to a LifeBlue distributor who does solar installs. I asked him about the LifeBlue LifePo4 100ah battery's performance when discharged/loaded slightly above its rated continuous capacity. He seemed intriqued with the question, so he's offered to test a fully-charged Lifeblue 100ah (with a 100a continuous rating) at 110-120a sometime this week. It'll be interesting to hear the results. Edit: Wow, the distributor just emailed me his test results! Apparently the LifeBlue LifePo4 100ah battery's BMS shuts down the battery with a 110a load after 30 seconds. He did the test several times. It would appear the Renogy and LifeBlue BMS's, both, operate similarly. Disappointing. On to plan B.
otrfun 12/02/19 02:18pm Tech Issues
RE: Renogy 100ah LifePo4 Lithium - Max Surge Current

I'm using 100ah 48v pack and it surges just fine. It's hard to imagine subjecting a single 12v battery to 100a draw. It also has to be a known fact those other batteries actually *will* do that.Assuming the Battle Born and LifeBlue 100ah batteries can perform to their own specs, I'd say yes, they will. Both are rated at 100a continuous. The BB can surge to 200a for 30 sec. The LB, 300a for 3 sec. So, the question remains, how long can they produce, say, 110a before the BMS shuts the battery down (due to excessive heat or discharge). How long at 120a? How long at 130a? etc. For those with space/weight/cost concerns, and high current needs, this would be nice data to have.
otrfun 12/02/19 12:22pm Tech Issues
Renogy 100ah LifePo4 Lithium - Max Surge Current

Renogy tech support is telling me the BMS on their standard (not Smart) 100ah LifePo4 battery will shut down the battery if the current exceeds 100a, period---that it has no surge capability like the Battle Born and Lifeblue lithium batteries. The BB and LB batteries can surge up to 200a - 300a for very short periods. Anyone using (or has used) the Renogy 100ah LifePo4 that can offer some realworld feedback on its surge capability? Thanks!
otrfun 12/02/19 10:00am Tech Issues
RE: dumping tanks

. . . we use our camper at home, almost 100% of the time, we use our Blue Tote to dump our tanks and then tote that to our septic tank and dump into the septic tank. The distance from where the camper parks and where the septic tank is located is just too far. And to consider adding a new dump line for the camper would involve quite a distance, plus going under 2 asphalt drive way sections . . .If you can drive reasonably close to your septic tank (within ~50 ft.), it might be less hassle just leaving the tote in the bed of your truck and using a macerator (and garden hose) to fill/empty your tote. No need to manually move or lift the tote this way.
otrfun 11/29/19 12:32pm Truck Campers
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