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RE: 6 volt batteries and an inverter

I have 4 GC2s . . . and a 2000 watt MSW inverter and the microwave is iffy. I don't even try the hair dryer at 13 amps (AC) continuous.Something's wrong. A couple of voltage/current checks should quickly narrow the problem down to bad/discharged batteries, a bad connection, use of too small of cables from batteries to inverter, and/or a defective inverter. FWIW, I've seen 4 GC2's power an HE Coleman-Mach 13.5k BTU a/c using a low frequency 2000w PSW Aims inverter. The inverter was connected to the batteries using 2 ft. long 4/0 cables.
otrfun 11/13/19 04:17pm Truck Campers
RE: 6 volt batteries and an inverter

If your 2000w inverter's low voltage shutdown spec is 11.0v or less AND you use inverter to battery cables that have less than a 2% voltage drop at your maximum anticipated load, this should significantly reduce your chance of having a problem powering your inverter with 2 GC2 batteries if they're discharged as low as 12.2v (50%). We power our 2000w Xantrex PSW inverter with 2 GC2 batteries. FWIW, we can power a small 1,500w space heater on high (~140 amps) with 2 GC2 batteries already discharged to 12.2v. Inverter input voltage under this load is approx. 11.2 to 11.1v--just barely above the Xantrex's 11.0v low voltage shutdown voltage. Yes, the low voltage alarm activates, but the inverter does not shutdown. We use 4/0 cable for the 13 ft. battery to inverter cable run which limits our voltage drop at 140a to .15v (~1.4%). I might add we can power our 1,100w microwave for up to 40 min. with our 2 GC2 batteries before they drop to 12.2v.
otrfun 11/13/19 01:41pm Truck Campers
RE: Microwaves on inverters.

Got any room under the dinette seating? we had 4 AGM batts under the seating in our TC for 5 years. The 4 batts in a square did not take up that much room. DaveUnfortunately, no. Thanks though!
otrfun 11/13/19 09:29am Tech Issues
RE: Water line burst

You've been very lucky. Many of the RV parks we visit have extremely high water pressure. We never hook-up without a water regulator. I'd suggest always using a water regulator. You should consider shopping for a better showerhead. There are a number of aftermarket showerheads that work well with low water pressure.
otrfun 11/12/19 08:02pm Tech Issues
RE: Microwaves on inverters.

Takes about 110a (12v) to power our microwave with 2 GC2 batteries using a Xantrex 2000w PSW inverter. We can power the microwave for almost 40 minutes before the batteries are down to 12.2v. Our inverter to battery cable run is almost 13 ft. so we used 4/0 cable. Even at 110 amps we only have a .15v (1.2%) drop. FWIW, the Xantrex low-voltage alarm activates when the load voltage drops below approx. 11.3v. We've had it down to almost 11.0v (with a 110a load) without it shutting down. Output voltage was down to 109vac at that point. The Xantrex has a very low no-load draw--approx. 700ma. Pretty pleased with the overall performance of everything. Would love to use 4 GC2's, but no room for 'em in our truck camper.
otrfun 11/12/19 07:42pm Tech Issues
RE: Upgrade truck suspension

OP, have you tried removing the upper Stableloads to see if it reduces the "hobby horse" effect? I'd try this before purchasing new shocks for a new truck. Most folks seem to have good luck with the uppers, but some folks (including a friend of ours) did not. If the upper Stableloads are the culprit, you may want to try installing the Torklift lower Stableloads instead.
otrfun 11/08/19 08:32pm Truck Campers
RE: So This Popped Up in the "Recommended" Videos

Check out her website, drstraight.com. She's a pharmacist. It would appear she's doing quite well for herself selling her own formulated supplements.
otrfun 11/06/19 07:44pm Truck Campers
RE: When will the 2020 Ford Super Duty show up?

Based on all the interest in the new 7.3, I'd say Ford's marketing team has done their job quite well. If you have plans to own one of the first 2020 7.3's, prepare to pony-up MSRP (or more) for the honor.
otrfun 11/05/19 06:20pm Truck Campers
RE: Brake fluid change?

We siphon (with a vacuum brake bleeder) all the brake fluid out of the reservoir every year or two on all our vehicles, then refill it with new synthetic brake fluid. Takes about 12-16 oz. to refill the cars and 32 oz. for our Ram 3500. Literally takes all of 2-3 minutes to do. Can't say there's some dramatic improvement in braking, but it's nice to see the fluid clear with so little effort and cost. Still do the occasional brake bleed. When we do, the brake fluid is significantly clearer vs. how it normally looks when we don't do the siphon and fill.This does NOT make any sense. What about the fluid in your Lines and calipers that is OLD? If you do anything it would be to flush and bleed the complete system. Not the occasional bleed. DougYou missed the point. What I'm doing is the very same thing as a drain and fill on most automatic transmissions. In a drain and fill you only remove, say, 50% of the tranny fluid. Removing 50% of the old fluid (or 50% of the old brake fluid) is still a significant improvement over doing absolutely nothing. Also, keep in mind this brake fluid siphon/drain and fill only takes 2-3 minutes. We typically do it once a year. It's above and beyond what the manufacturer requires, so it's a good thing and no harm done. Lastly, we still do a complete brake bleed. When we do the total brake bleed it's hard not to notice the fluid is much clearer than if we hadn't done the brake fluid drain/siphon and fill. Bottom line, we've found a brake fluid reservoir siphon/drain and fill well worth 2-3 minutes of our time. As always, YMMV.
otrfun 11/05/19 08:00am Tech Issues
RE: True Truck Payload

I weighted my truck on a CAT Scale and subtracted it from the truck's GVW rating. It came out that my cargo capacity was 2920 lbs. My camper weighed 2921 lbs. I was over loaded. :E And as a result all four tires blew out, both front and rear axles busted and my brakes couldn't stop the truck when everything gave out and I crashed and totaled my truck and camper. :BSpecta, so sorry for your loss--lol! So . . . I pose this question. Why do we have so many lengthy debates about how to calculate an "alternate" payload on a truck when the manufacturer's rated payload is clearly displayed on the door jam of most every truck? It's because many hard-side campers push a lot these trucks to, and over, the manufacturer's rated payload (especially SRW's). As a result, folks start to rationalize how they can "increase" their payload by picking and choosing an alternate way to calculate a higher payload for their truck. Can you really blame folks for doing this. It costs a lot of money to purchase a truck with a higher manufacturer's rated payload sticker on the door jam--lol! Simply put, if it was easy to stay within the manufacturer's rated payload when carrying a camper there would be zero no need for all these daily/weekly debates on payload.
otrfun 10/28/19 06:05am Truck Campers
RE: True Truck Payload

OP, once you get all this payload stuff worked out to your satisfaction, you're going to go through the same thing trying to determine the true empty/loaded weight of any future camper. Many recommend adding 1,000 lbs. to the "empty" weight of your camper to arrive at an approx. loaded weight. That's reasonable. However, good luck finding out the true empty weight prior to purchase. I've witnessed a few campers visit a CAT scale over the last year or two. Got to say I was mortified with some of the numbers. Not at all what I expected based on the manufacturer's empty weight claims---even those manufacturers that supposedly weigh their campers individually off the assembly line are suspect. A lot of smoking mirrors out there. Good luck.
otrfun 10/27/19 08:48pm Truck Campers
RE: Brake fluid change?

We siphon (with a vacuum brake bleeder) all the brake fluid out of the reservoir every year or two on all our vehicles, then refill it with new synthetic brake fluid. Takes about 12-16 oz. to refill the cars and 32 oz. for our Ram 3500. Literally takes all of 2-3 minutes to do. Can't say there's some dramatic improvement in braking, but it's nice to see the fluid clear with so little effort and cost. Still do the occasional brake bleed. When we do, the brake fluid is significantly clearer vs. how it normally looks when we don't do the siphon and fill.
otrfun 10/25/19 04:42pm Tech Issues
RE: Building RV park near McKinney TX, what would you want most?

It appears a lot of folks are concerned with the bathrooms. We rarely use them. Perfectly happy with the ones in our rig. Our concerns: I believe it rains a good bit in McKinney. Good drainage after rainstorms is something to consider. It's a bit of turn-off to arrive with mud everywhere. Gravel/paved access and gravel/paved pads certainly help keep mud to a minimum when everything is wet and damp. Not fun when it gets on your shoes, in your rig, or forces you to go mudding with your motorhome/TV--lol! I'd also carefully consider the placement of water/elect/sewer hook-ups. Everybody has their preference, but placing all 3 somewhere in the middle/rear half of the pad (left side, of course) is probably the best compromise for most rigs.
otrfun 10/24/19 05:07pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: 2020 Albuquerque Balloon Festival RV Reservations

Glad you got a reservation. I assume it was one with at least power. They are the ones in demand. People don't like to rough it a little. As suggested, the dry sites are easy without reservations as long as one drives in on Monday or after.I'm guessing things have changed since you last attended. Little to no reservations (of any kind: power/water, dry, tent, etc.) were left, for either weekend, a couple of hours after reservations were opened today at 9am MST. After just two hours they had 1,100 people on the waiting list for various dates and sites. There may be some sporadic reservations left during the week, but they're going fast. Bottom line, unless you're on the current waiting list I'd say you have zero chance of getting a site of any kind anytime in 2020--much less as a walk/drive-up in Oct 2020.
otrfun 10/23/19 08:43pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: 2020 Albuquerque Balloon Festival RV Reservations

Where are you trying to get accommodations? . . . DO NOT attempt to stay anywhere but onsite at the Fiesta Park campsites . . . As the link in my post noted, nearly all the RV reservations for the Oct 2020 Balloon Fiesta grounds itself were booked within 2 hours (1000+ on a waiting list). The sad reality is, the vast majority of RV'rs who want to attend the Balloon Festival will not be able to stay at the Balloon Fiesta RV campgrounds. Luckily we were online at the precise moment the reservations were made available and were able to book the exact days we wanted.
otrfun 10/23/19 08:24am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Recommendations for quiet portable generator

It wasn't intended to be an argument but a simple fact of life. My wife and I cannot lift that much weight safely. I do not have the means to construct any of the devices you so proudly boast of nor the inclination to do so. We are perfectly happy with the choices we have made.If you can't lift 65 lb, than you are disabled person . . . Just this morning I unloaded 250 lb marble slab from my van and carried it on my patio . . . Certainly get the impression empathy (and tact) is not your strong suit. The reality is, everyone, including you, Kayteg1, will be unable to lift 65 lbs. at some point in their life.
otrfun 10/23/19 07:33am Truck Campers
2020 Albuquerque Balloon Festival RV Reservations

When I originally posted this, they were still accepting reservations. Two hours later they started the wait-list. Wow, that was fast! 03-11 Oct 2020 https://www.balloonfiesta.com/RV-Information
otrfun 10/22/19 10:13am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Push to privatize National Park Service campgrounds

Maybe I missed it, but has anybody specifically addressed the core problem: NPS's deferred maintenance backlog of 12 billion dollars? Either voters force Congress to fund the NPS backlog, or voter complacency forces the NPS to offload the backlog into the private sector. If Congress acts, we all (indirectly) pay our fair share to fund the NPS. With privatization, only those who use the park system will pay---inevitably resulting in much higher entrance and service fees. Bottom line, does America care enough about their National Parks to share the burden--fund the $12,000,000,000 backlog? If not, then privatization it is---just like NASA did with parts of it space program.
otrfun 10/21/19 09:55am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Camping near Moab, Utah

If you plan on doing any of the more challenging hikes to the arches, spring/fall is the best time. Gets very hot in Moab during the summer. We stayed at the Canyonlands RV Park in Moab about 3 months ago. About 6 mi. south of Arches National Park. Decent place, just south of downtown Moab. FWIW, about half the park was occupied by rental RV units. Not sure if this is a Canyonlands thing or a general occurrence at RV parks in Moab.
otrfun 10/21/19 08:21am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Recommendations for quiet portable generator

. . . We’re talking generators folks . . .Yes, we are. Behind price, I'd venture to say sound level comes in a close second or third in terms of importance for the average RV generator buyer.
otrfun 10/17/19 10:17am Truck Campers
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