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RE: How long can you go on a 50 amp extension cord?

If you only see 220 at the outlet with no load in a single family home it is time to call the power company. Power company only has to worry about the connection up to the meter and they automatically get a 5% deduction and are still in spec. Plus if it's hot out and the whole community is running air/con full blast, they will shrug at your complaint that it's down to 110v entering the house. They aren't going to rebuild the power grid for an issue that happens 2-3 times per year. Depending on load and internal voltage drop from the power meter to the outlet, you can easily lose a few more volts before considering voltage drop on the 100ft extension cord. To the OP: You may have perfectly fine voltage and it might not be an issue. My point is to check and keep an eye on the voltage. Don't wait for the smell of a burnt out air/con unit to clue you in that you have a voltage issue.
valhalla360 10/01/20 01:31pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: How long can you go on a 50 amp extension cord?

100' with 50A #6 power cord 40A load will have roughly a 3-4 Volt drop from source to RV 120VAC....116/117VAC You are assuming the house has good strong voltage and it won't sag under heavy load (and you are thinking 120v when a 50amp is 240v) If the outlet is 50am, it should be 240V but don't be surprised to see 220v at the outlet. At 220v, 20amp per leg jumps to around 22amps per leg (assuming the air/con units are on separate legs). So each leg sees 22amp @ 110v at the outlet and with voltage drop around 108v at the RV. That's marginal for me where I start considering if should deploy the voltage booster or break out the generator. If for some reason both air/con units are on the same leg, the amps doubles on that leg and voltage drop results in around 106v. This ignores bad connections or issues with the wiring in the house, so you could easily lose another 2-3 volts in real life. It's only 240VAC if you measure voltage across BOTH Hot Legs Each Leg is 120VAC rated for 50 amps Each leg feeds 1/2 of RV Main AC Panel Buss 40A on one leg will drop 120VAC down to roughly 116/117 VAC Each leg can handle that amp load w/o issue 240VAC only comes into play IF the RV has a 240VAC appliance which very few have such appliances Read thru my entire post...I clarified how the legs work. I was just clarifying that your post omitted the first part where 50amp is 240v but you get 2 legs at 120v. But that wasn't the point. The point is 120v is a nominal rating and it's not uncommon for the power at the outlet to be below the nominal rating. Power entering the house can be 5% below the nominal rating (about 114v) then from the breaker box to the outlet, you often have voltage loss due to wiring runs and connections. So it's not uncommon to find 110v (sometimes lower) at the outlets. Add on a 100ft extension cord and you can see very marginal voltage under load.
valhalla360 10/01/20 01:27pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Question/help with pin box

I think you found an honest salesman. If he was just after money, the minute you suggested it, he would have added it to the bill and told the service shop to install it. They are expensive and I'm sure there is a nice profit margin on them. We've only had the standard pin box and never experienced chucking. So it would have been a waste to throw a bunch of money at a non-problem. The swap is just a few bolts, so not a big deal to replace later.
valhalla360 10/01/20 05:22am Towing
RE: How long can you go on a 50 amp extension cord?

100' with 50A #6 power cord 40A load will have roughly a 3-4 Volt drop from source to RV 120VAC....116/117VAC You are assuming the house has good strong voltage and it won't sag under heavy load (and you are thinking 120v when a 50amp is 240v) If the outlet is 50am, it should be 240V but don't be surprised to see 220v at the outlet. At 220v, 20amp per leg jumps to around 22amps per leg (assuming the air/con units are on separate legs). So each leg sees 22amp @ 110v at the outlet and with voltage drop around 108v at the RV. That's marginal for me where I start considering if should deploy the voltage booster or break out the generator. If for some reason both air/con units are on the same leg, the amps doubles on that leg and voltage drop results in around 106v. This ignores bad connections or issues with the wiring in the house, so you could easily lose another 2-3 volts in real life.
valhalla360 10/01/20 05:15am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Fuelly mileage of the big three diesels

The data is there. If you don't like that it isn't easily broken down for you then feel free to make your own means to gather this data from thousands of truck owners recording millions of miles. If not, then don't complain about what is available. Yes, that must be the excuse for the disparity. All Ford F250 owners must use their trucks differently than Ram and GM owners...... And F250 V10 owners must being towing all the time to get this kind of fuel mileage. Misleading data outputs...are misleading regardless of it makes you happy. For similarly outfitted trucks, it's silly to expect a big difference. Yes, some manufacturers have links to particular industries that have different uses for the trucks, so there can be different usage patterns by brand.
valhalla360 10/01/20 05:00am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2021 Ford F-150 hybrid

Here's what the big three missed: They should have built this hybrid like a Chevy Volt/Honda Clarity. But, instead of a gasoline engine, a 2.0 liter diesel generator. See, Clarity's and Volts's are electric vehicles with gasoline generators. The big three could have easily configured a 400hp electric set-up like the Volt/Clarity. The motor in that set-up would last 2-3 times longer than a standard vehicle, not having to do much more than generate electricity. Imagine your truck having 400hp without having to get up to speed or wait for the turbo's to kick in. That's 400hp ALL the time, whenever you need it. No slowing down on 6% grades. Regenerative charging on the way down that same hill. Biased? Yep. I own a couple of hybrids. I know just how wonderful they are. Getting 80mpg from my plug-in Prius is like sipping a fine wine. Engine lifespan is rarely an issue with ICE vehicles. It's the body, suspension and interior that fail, so 2-3 times the engine life provides no real benefit. Also, electric motor HP output is also affected by RPM. You don't have 400hp off the line. They are better at low RPM but HP does ramp up as RPM increases. What is constant (typically) is the max torque is available from zero to max RPM. For the same vehicle/trailer combinations, you can climb a big grade at the same speed with the same total HP. There may be some efficiency advantages and if it's a gas engine, you may be turning higher RPM...but the wheels don't know where the HP is coming from
valhalla360 10/01/20 04:55am Tow Vehicles
RE: Fuelly mileage of the big three diesels

They actually have notes for this in each persons bio of when they tow. However, as I said in my initial statement, as the amount of vehicles reporting in and miles increases, the towing mileage starts to become irrelevant in the total data except for the 350/3500 trucks. Without someone breaking down those notes and providing subcategory averages, they are irrelevant to the averages. But even with larger sample sizes, there can be differences in usage patterns across brands, so even then, it may not be meaningful.
valhalla360 09/30/20 04:37pm Tow Vehicles
RE: One night stays and black/grey tanks

I'm not concerned about the black nasty stuff, more the travel weight and if the tank can handle the weight bumping along the road...I have read some stories of dropping the black tank... Dump every 2nd or 3rd night. If a few gallons causes the tank to fall off, you needed to replace it anyway.
valhalla360 09/30/20 04:34pm Beginning RVing
RE: Narrowing in on Trailer Selection (need help)

Problem is that 4500lb number is the empty weight. GVWR is around 7000lb, so expect a hitch weight of around 1000lb. What's your trucks tow rating? What's the trucks payload rating? What's the trucks hitch rating? You will be well over 5000lb, probably more like 6000lb and when you add the hitch weight plus passengers and gear in the truck, good chance you are over the truck's payload.
valhalla360 09/30/20 04:27pm Travel Trailers
RE: Fuelly mileage of the big three diesels

It sure would be nice if Fuelly hadan option for towing vs solo driving, since the ratio of those driving types can skew data wildly. Without that, how do we know the Ford is any more efficient, rather than more it being a result of more people buying them as family daily drivers? I suspect the lower Ram 3500 numbers are also simply because they are so popular for hot-shotting, especially with the 14k GVWR, where Ford-driving hot-shotters will just opt for the F450 instead. Anyways... sure would be nice if there was a standardized fuel efficiency or CO2 test for light-medium vehicles, under both empty and full GCWR scenarios.... Exactly, this is well within the margin of error based on different usage patterns, so how you use it and your driving habits are likely to have a bigger impact than the differences shown.
valhalla360 09/30/20 09:42am Tow Vehicles
RE: Smart TV

Any of the internet sources will work not connected to the rooftop antenna (hulu, netflicks, etc...) If you want to watch the local channels (in particular local news), you need to connect to the antenna or find if they let you watch online. As far as regular TV shows, you need to find the service (hulu, netflicks, etc...) that carries the shows you want to watch. Since it's rare for an RV not to have a built in antenna, why not just connect and watch what you like off the air and supplement with wifi shows that aren't easy to catch off the air.
valhalla360 09/30/20 05:08am Technology Corner
RE: 2021 Ford F-150 hybrid

Isn't the battery/electric motor more of a temporary boost for like climbing a hill or passing another vehicle? That's what the discussion is about. Traditional Hybrids did just that. The battery would give a boost when there was a high power demand such as accelerating from a stop light of climbing a hill. Then when power demand drops, the engine recharges the battery for the next surge. This allows the engine to spend more of it's time at it's most efficient power output improving efficiency. This truck appears to be a traditional Hybrid. With 1.5kWH of batteries, it can provide about a 25hp boost for about 5 minutes before being fully depleted. That's fine for accelerating from a stop light or passing someone but for any significant hill climb, it will run out of juice long before you get to the top. With a Plug-In-Hybrid, they put a larger battery bank in but still significantly smaller than a pure battery EV. In normal daily use, you charge at night in your garage. Let's say 20kWH battery bank. When commuting to work (not towing or loaded heavy), you may only average about 60hp output to maintain speed. If you run the math that might give you a 20 mile range under electric alone...then the engine kicks in if you need to go further. The vast majority of miles are short range commuting trips, so if you are 10 miles from work, you will only rarely have the gas engine kick on. (As it nears empty, it can switch to more of a traditional operation using the battery for short boosts to compensate for a smaller gas engine). As mentioned, a 1.5kWH battery bank might weigh 30lb, so a 20kWH bank would weigh about 400lb, for most users, this wouldn't be a big issue. The downside is PIHs usually use an undersized engine as it's assumed to be relatively rare to operate in gas mode only. I think Ford is caught in a marketing dilemma. Big HP and towing numbers sell but honestly, who's really buying a 1/2 ton truck to tow 14,000lb. A 5000lb tow rating truck that is able to get 95% of it's miles under electric power, would be far more useful to most buyers but now you have to convince the buyers, they don't need huge HP/Towing numbers.
valhalla360 09/30/20 05:00am Tow Vehicles
RE: Hire company to drive Motorhome home

Check with nearby RV dealers. You might be able to connect with one of their delivery guys who is licensed and insured. You will probably have to pay for his return flight. Also, will you be riding along? That can mess with a commercial drivers license if they aren't rated for passengers.
valhalla360 09/29/20 04:08pm General RVing Issues
RE: 2020 vs 2021 Model

Different dealers may expect different margins. Did you try a lower offer to see if they would bite?
valhalla360 09/29/20 03:31am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Are DMVs operating in your area?

Basically...yes, you have to ignore the rules or park it for a few months. I figure, I can point to the system and what are they going to do fine me because the DMV is closed. But hey, the state lotto never missed a beat all thru this.
valhalla360 09/27/20 10:30am Truck Campers
RE: Near tragic event!!

I don't believe I was running at speed when the wheel came off. I may have been in a tight turn in an intersection or turning onto a different road. The plastic dressing around the wheel well was totally undamaged. Had the tire came off at highway speed I think it would have damaged it in some way. Decades ago, my Dad lost a wheel going down I-75...how did he notice...it went rolling by on a downhill. Luckly no one hurt. No damage to the skirting. We figure when it came off, it was rolling at the same speed as the trailer. As long as it got clear before it took a bounce, make sense that there would be no damage. If you were on an uphill, you likely would have pulled away from it. TPMS are good but I also check the tires in the mirrors every few minutes (especially after a hard bump). I will admit, I don't put a torque wrench on them every travel day but I do a walk around and check the pressure and at stops, I feel the hubs for heat. I'm with some of the others wondering how you didn't notice until you went inside? Backing into a site, I watch the tires to plot my turning line...then of course when I go to chock the wheels, I think I would notice.
valhalla360 09/27/20 05:35am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Auto tire deflate/inflate

Very few trucks ever go off road. Of those, most are not serious enough to mess around with tire pressure (yes, I understand the benefits but for light duty off road they just don't) Most do back up on a regular basis. Manufacturers are well aware and offer options that people will use.
valhalla360 09/27/20 05:20am Tow Vehicles
RE: Solution to Trash Left Behind!

Just wondering why OP didn’t mention the suggestion of the article. Any way, if it was at a reserved camp space, I guess mailing would work but cost money. So, seems pretty dumb of Thailand but maybe they have high enough taxes to pay for it. This was a publicity stunt. It makes no sense to pay someone to collect the trash and then pay to mail it to them...where all they will do is shrug and then throw it in the trash. We love Thailand but litter control isn't their strong point...not even close.
valhalla360 09/26/20 04:33am Truck Campers
RE: 50 Amp service question

Sounds like there is more to the story. OP doesn't know what 50amp service is but knows the air/cons are on one leg? Plus as mentioned, 43 amps is way more than 2 air/con units should be pulling.
valhalla360 09/26/20 04:25am General RVing Issues
RE: Accident with tow vehicle right before big camping trip?

Assuming, it's totaled and you are in good financial shape, I would pop out and buy another truck. You are going to need one anyway. If you aren't in good financial shape, I might hold off on the trip. Now if it's minor damage, the question becomes is the truck safely drivable with little or no work. If it's just some sheet metal pushed up against the tire and you can pull it back and secure it, I would call the insurance and run it by them that you plan to head out and will work with them to get it fixed when you return. "Trips of a lifetime" are a lot easier to come by with a little planning than you might think.
valhalla360 09/25/20 02:34pm Travel Trailers
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