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RE: comfortable ride in an one ton dually??

How much pressure are you running in the tires? Many people who don't know any better just inflate all tires to the maximum pressure listed on the sidewall. This often leads to an overinflated tire for the load it's carrying which results in a harsh ride and increased tread wear in the center of the tire. Weight your axles, consult a tire load inflation chart, and inflate the tires accordingly. It could make a significant difference. Are you running good tires like Michelin or other name brand or are you running cheap generic tires? Riding in a new dually likely felt terrible because it was empty, I would assume, on a test drive. It also could have had overinflated tires as well. My 2005 Chevy dually rides quite well in my opinion but it is always loaded to at least 9,000 pounds and frequently closer to 11,000 pounds.
KD4UPL 10/24/20 08:31pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Tire Pressure

If you run more pressure than the load calls for it can wear the tires out in the center faster than the edges. I had that problem on my 2500 Suburban. The tires are rated for 80 psi. The door placard calls for the rear tires to be 71 psi. I was running them at 65 psi because I know I'm not near max axle weight. The rear tires were wearing out in the center so I lowered it to 55psi. According to the load inflation table that's all I need to carry the weight I've got on the rear tires so that makes it the proper pressure. Running 80 psi would be an incredibly harsh ride and wear the tires out worse. You need to weight your axles, consult the chart, and inflate accordingly. Any other method is a guess and likely wrong.
KD4UPL 10/23/20 05:58pm Towing
RE: Ford F150 battery drain when towing Travel Trailer

Are you perhaps running your RV's absorption refrigerator on the DC setting?
KD4UPL 10/20/20 08:12pm Tech Issues
RE: What are the top 5 advantages of a TC?

In VA anyway: no tags, no inspections, no personal property tax. Most class C MH's can't tow anywhere near what a truck with TC can and good luck finding one with a diesel and 4wd. With the right truck, belted seating positions for 6 passengers.
KD4UPL 10/19/20 07:47pm Truck Campers
RE: Truck Camper on Chev vs Trimetric Monitor

I like the Chevy method. I liked that .y solar kept my truck battery topped up. You can relocate your truck negative wire to make the meters read right.
KD4UPL 10/19/20 07:41pm Tech Issues
RE: 6 volt batteries, discharge limits

The deeper you discharge the shorter the life. The shallower you discharge the longer the life. It's a curve as that above posted Trojan chart demonstrates. I would look up the discharge/life curve for your batteries and pick your compromise point.
KD4UPL 10/16/20 01:25pm Travel Trailers
RE: Installing a second battery

If your battery is a year or less adding a similar one in parallel shouldn't cause any problems. If it were, say, 3 years old it would not play as well with the new one. Ideally parallel batteries should be the same type (AGM or flooded) and size. Brand shouldn't be that big of a deal, particularly since all batteries are made by about 4 companies anyway. In the future, when you need to replace all your batteries I would look at using 6 volt golf cart batteries in series.
KD4UPL 10/16/20 12:34pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Fridge/Freezer door opening while driving

I also carried a TC on a dually o. Some rather rough roads. My fridge door had a latch that held really well. Is your latch perhaps broken?
KD4UPL 10/12/20 06:29pm Tech Issues

There are many types of trailers: flat bed, horse, boat, dump, cargo, travel trailer, etc. By far the most difficult to tow is a hard sided travel trailer. They have a huge frontal area, they are not very aerodynamic, they have a very high percentage of tongue weight and there is very limited ability to move weight around to adjust the tongue weight. The same tow vehicle that might do very well pulling a 5,000 pound boat might really be a struggling handful with a 4,000 pound RV. The point is, just because it has a 5,000 pound tow rating doesn't mean it's a good vehicle to tow a 5,000 pound RV with. Personally, I wouldn't pick any of those vehicles. I would be looking at something like a Chevy Tahoe or the Ford or Toyota equivalents.
KD4UPL 10/12/20 03:39pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Dashboard stereo replacement

If Crutchfield doesn't know then nobody will. I've been dealing with them almost exclusively for consumer electronics since 1991. They are excellent.
KD4UPL 10/07/20 06:04pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Propane generator..

I install solar, battery, and generator systems for a living. "Solar Generators" are kind of a gimmick. They do technically generate some power and can be used for running a refrigerator or some lights but they are not even in the same league as a gasoline, propane, natural gas, or diesel generator. A home solar system with battery back-up can be made as large as necessary and can run everything you mentioned but it's going to cost you around $20,000 at a bare minimum, likely twice that. The good news is that it qualifies for a 26% federal income tax credit and it can reduce or eliminate your electric bill if sized right. For your use I would go with natural gas if you have it and propane if you don't. The typical home-sized propane generator requires a minimum 500 gallon propane tank. This is larger than what can be mounted up against the house per fire codes so it must be either buried or sit out in the yard. Diesel is great but much more expensive and unnecessary for most residential use. I personally have a 20 kW Kohler with a John Deere diesel engine. I got it on Ebay for $3,400. If you don't mind used their are always older commercial generators for sale on ebay and craigslist. They are often in service at a commercial facility for 20 years or so with very little run time and rigorous maintenance. After so many years they are simply replaced with a newer one to maintain reliability for the facility. I highly recommend Kohler generators. I have heard too many horror stories about Generac to count.
KD4UPL 10/06/20 06:36pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Fifth wheel towing

That's a definite maybe. E tires and air bags may or may not be needed. If the pin weight of the FW doesn't overload your rear axle then it should work. An 8,000 pound FW is pretty small if that's the GVWR. Pin weight is likely only about 1,600 pounds. Add 100 pounds for your hitch and whatever else you put in the cab and the bed and see how that compares to your payload capacity on the door sticker.
KD4UPL 10/04/20 03:33pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Connecting truck to TCamper

The 3 wires should be 12v +, 12v -, and running lights. I would just make up a cord with a 4 pin on one end for the camper and a 7 pin on the other end for the truck. However, if you really want your truck to do a good job of charging your TC battery you will likely need to rewire the TC with larger wires and keep everything as short as possible. A nicer way would be to put a short "pigtail" on the camper with a 7 pin plug and then install a 7 pin in the front of the truck bed like would be done for a FW or GN trailer.
KD4UPL 10/04/20 12:49pm Truck Campers
RE: solar panel wiring to 12v batts

You are probably hooking something up reverse polarity; I'd guess the battery wires. Most solar charge controllers recommend never having the solar panels connected without a battery connected. Some actually say doing that will damage the controller. Do the lights go out immediately or does it take a couple minutes? Some charge controllers turn off their LEDs and displays after a set period of time to save power. Have you read the manual?
KD4UPL 10/04/20 07:12am Tech Issues
RE: AV gas for the generator

What's the point of paying for / running AV gas? If you want ethanol free then just buy ethanol free. It's readily available just about anywhere. I only put ethanol free in my boat and my small engines. lists over 15,000 stations selling ethanol free in the U.S. and Canada.
KD4UPL 10/04/20 07:07am Tech Issues
RE: Nothern Lite on a flatbed?

Duncan, It is a 2005 Chevy dually. If you click on my profile page you can see it. Not the best for details I know.
KD4UPL 10/02/20 08:05pm Truck Campers
RE: Nothern Lite on a flatbed?

I did that exact thing on an aluminum flatbed made by TG Mountaineer. I had boxes under the bed in front and behind the rear wheels. I had longer boxes on top of the flatbed between the camper tie down points. I had flip-up rings in the flatbed deck at each corner that I attached the happi jack turnbuckles too. My truck was a dually so the bed was 8' wide which did require dually swing-out brackets on the front jacks. This still only left me with about 3/4" of clearance between the jacks. My fresh water supply hose connection was on the underside of the camper wing facing down. The toolbox blocked it. I made up a 90 degree fitting with some parts from the plumbing department of Lowes. My flatbed was semi custom built. I really wasn't happy with the overall quality of the bed but they were one of very few vendors willing to customize it for me. I think the bed and boxes cost me about $6,000 in 2011.
KD4UPL 10/02/20 04:43pm Truck Campers
RE: Crappyjacks

I would suspect a bent jack, possible a dent or crease in the housing that is causing extra friction. Or, it could be a lack of lubrication. Does that jack run slower than the others? Is it making any sort of noise?
KD4UPL 10/02/20 04:38pm Truck Campers
RE: Stored diesel question

Diesel doesn't go bad for years. I have fuel in my generator that is well over 3 years old.
KD4UPL 09/30/20 07:20pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Fine Tuning the load

On my flatbed with top mounted tool boxes I only had 3/4" each side if I was centered. Mine never really moved around. I had it sitting on a horse stall mat. If you just have it sitting on the metal flatbed I can see it sliding all over the place. You can move the camper side to side by running the jacks down lower on the side you want it to move toward.
KD4UPL 09/26/20 07:28pm Truck Campers
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