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RE: Towing a 4500lb TT with an SUV

What mileage are you getting? When towing, usually a big V8 with a lot of power, though it get horrible mpg's regularly, it will get good mpg compared to a smaller eco motor that has to work too hard when towing... Do math, you will drive the vehicle more as a non-tow for regular life than you will for towing, ??? So, the over-all scheme is that the non-towing mpg will matter more than towing probably. It is less safe to have that Pilot towing at the top of it's rated range, than using a big truck or suv to tow at the low end of its range, but... If the Pilot is towing it, though slow on hills and white knuckle at speed, then it may be cheaper to rag this vehicle out to the end of its life than to sell it and buy another vehicle. Any of the mid-sized trucks will tow this just fine (Tocoma, Frontier, Jeep, Colorado...) and their suv versions should be the same. Diesels will get better mpg almost always, but diesel is now $1 more per gallon plus DEF for newer diesels, so that gain is lost in cost.
ajriding 06/29/20 08:25am Travel Trailers
RE: Is camping Fun Anymore

Campers are built with outside radio speakers, and some with outside TVs. I think all new RVs come with an AC-DC rock cassette tape (thats a band). The one who arrives to the CG first owns it and is allowed to blast his music, and if you camp next to him it's your fault apparently... how dare you.
ajriding 06/28/20 07:02am General RVing Issues
RE: Help finding this DC Outlet

Thanks for asking the RV shop. I have a friend in CA that is near those new-old-stock places, I will see if he can stop by. In GA we have few RV resorces for salvage.
ajriding 06/27/20 08:31am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Solar and VSR relays

I see that your needs are different. I notice most people close and lock the truck when camping, but everyone is different... The solar charge controller will sense exactly what the battery needs, and do this several times per second, in order to deliver the perfect amount of voltage to the battery to optimize charging. It will work with a bank of different batteries, but the controller is now sensing what the bank needs, not what the individual battery needs, so having different controllers would mean that each battery gets its own attention and specific charge rate, not just a general charge. This is a minute detail for the traveler who just does a few trips, but for a full-timer or part-timer would be much more significant. I am personally weary of using any power from the starting battery to power the coach, even if it disconnects at 13 volts. A starting battery cannot cycle (charge and depleated a little over and over) as many times as a marine battery, and a marine not as many as a deep cycle, so keeping the starting battery only for starting the motor will extend its life. Again, it will work, and for infrequent camping trips will not really matter so much. I understand using your trucks accessories as part of the camping experience, even the radio... On my first motorhome (could work for a trailer or TC also) I actually pulled DC power from the coach battery for a few things: the radio and the captains drivers seat ran off the coach battery. The radio did because I could use the door speakers and hear them in the camper just fine and wanted to save the starting battery (phantom power still came off the vehicle). The captain's chair because it was just easier to pull the power from the coach battery, which was behind the chair area, than pulling off the vehicle (the alternator always charged coach batteries when driving, so it was really the same as pulling from the vehicle here). Good luck on your adventures.
ajriding 06/27/20 08:21am Beginning RVing
RE: Solar and VSR relays

This is a strange set-up. No, there is no problem for the starter to be attached to both batteries if both are good. If the coach battery (leisure) is low, then that could possibly pull enough amps out of the starting battery to not start the motor (just depends on a few factors). Curious, why do you need to put solar on the starting battery? Is it stored for long periods of time? If not stored, then the starting batt really does not need solar. If stored, then it is better for the batteries to each have its own charge controller. You are charging a starting battery and a marine battery, two different types, from one source. The chargers are smart, but there will be confusion from mixing batts. A 20 watt solar panel is plenty to keep starting battery topped off for storage, and a $19 controller will do the job. The relay is to disconnect the batteries when the alternator is not charging, this keeps one from draining the other battery, so you can start motor even when the coach batt has been run dead. Usually the relay has a switch connected to the ignition so when the starter is turning the relay disconnects the two batteries from each other. You notice your radio turns off when you crank the motor, the same will happen on the relay, it will turn off (disconnect the two batteries). I would discourage charging both batteries from one solar source. I would install a switch to manually turn on/off your relay from the vehicle alternator to the coach battery. With solar you might not need the alternator very often. The alternator is not as good of a charger than the smart solar controller, though the alternator does has the sheer power in amps to do the job quick, so if batts are dead, do a couple hrs charge to get them near full, then let the solar take over for the final few percentages (I dont know how you would know when to do this though). With more info I might can have more advice if this is of interest
ajriding 06/26/20 08:17am Beginning RVing
RE: dry docking and charging

While the gen is putting a 12DC charge on the battery whatever DC charge gauge you are reading will read full, this is because the generator is putting full voltage on the battery and the gauge sees this as a full battery, remove the generator and your battery will go back to only a partially charged voltage and this will show on the gauge, but sometime there is a "surface charge" that will sit on the battery, some kind of electrical mystery, but that surface charge will go away after just a very short time of using lights, within minutes. The generator probably only provdes very minimal DC power (amps), so will take a very very long time/ multiple tanks of gas to recharge two low batteries. Better to plug a good battery charger into the AC plug of the generator and charge the batteries off the charger. Solar is really the way to go. You batteries will last a year or two longer, maybe 3 or 4 years longer since you are hard on them running them down like you described. 100 watts will suffice and 200 watts is plenty. They key here is the charge controller (takes current from the solar panels and controls what goes to the battery). MPPT is what you want not the $20 ebay one, but at least $50 range will do. 20-30 amp model is enough for what you describe. You batteries will be topped off nearly all the time.
ajriding 06/26/20 08:02am Travel Trailers
RE: When I'm driving do I run my fridge on propane or electric?

propane
ajriding 06/26/20 07:55am Travel Trailers
RE: Help finding this DC Outlet

I guess I should have explained that I know how to do an internet search and have done that and have seen 1,000's I have not found the one pictured. Thanks for typing in DC OUTLETS in any search engine and sharing the results, but this does not turn up the desired results. I have also searched a few auto parts store sites, a few RV parts sites and ebay... I figure even if it is discontinued that there is still some stock out there. If someone happens to know of a place to get this, or very similar (bob's link is close) let me know, thanks
ajriding 06/26/20 07:51am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Fridge won't fit

Well, there is still hope. You can get a rebuilt cooling unit (the coil metal thing on the back side), and this will fit out the door. The fridge box is fine and can be used forever as long as it is intact. The bad news is that replacing a cooling unit is no fun when it is on the driveway, but it is possible to do it inside of the camper if you can turn the fridge the right direction to get access.
ajriding 06/25/20 03:02pm Truck Campers
RE: Electric Bikes???

Literally, walk into any quality bike shop and ask these questions... Not Dick's, not Walmark, not other big box, not some cheezy online game, a real bike shop. They can help and might have bikes you can see in person and ride. Beware, the virus hoax has sold a lot of bikes, and I have heard many shops are out of bikes, the manufacturers are running out of bikes, and high-end bikes, incl e-bikes, are out. Depends, depends, depends... They build what they think they will sell for the year and a few more or a few less, and this year was a big sales year. Go into a shop. Pointless asking on an RV forum, you will get someone who bought the cheapest hunk-of-junk e-bike and got ripped off yet thinks it is the greatest thing.
ajriding 06/25/20 02:59pm General RVing Issues
RE: Electric Bikes???

Pedal assist is different than motorized. You will mostly find only pedal assist bikes now, and some trails are open to them while most are closed to motorized bikes. If you are in 70's and riding the wrong trail I bet you are treated different than if 20 and riding with a motor...
ajriding 06/25/20 10:05am General RVing Issues
RE: Help finding this DC Outlet

I have seen thousands of other styles. I am looking for this exact one. There have to be more still out there...
ajriding 06/25/20 10:03am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Electric Bikes???

You are on the wrong forum to be asking about MTB's but i know a thing or two... You get what you pay for. Specialized are very good e-bikes, you really can't go wring there. Treks are good as well as all the Name brand bikes you see at real bike shops. My friends have the $6,000-8,000 priced models and love them. The similarities in all quality bikes are the motors. There are only a few who supply the motors, and the bike frame is specific to the manufacturer (Specialized or Trek), but the rest of the parts are 99% going to be from Shimano or Sram for drivetrain/brakes, and whoever for wheels, and Sram or Fox for suspension. I assume by Trail Riding you mean dirt walking paths, or do you mean real mtb trails? If real trails, then look into getting a fatter tire (3.6 to 4 inches wide) vs the regular 2.6 that will come on most e-bikes. Bigger tire is less chance of flatting that 47lb bike, and more traction and comfort. If you want to go the budget route then you can still get rear wheels that have the electric motor in them, and these will retro fit into any bike, or just buy the complete bike with that rear wheel. For security, be careful, they can get stolen. Do not use braided cables to lock them. Use a manly heavy industrial chain and quality disc lock, or better to get a bike lock, like the NY lock, that has a guarantee to not get stolen even in NYC. More likely whatever it is locked to will be cut than the lock. Keep them inside and out of sight. ABus or Kryptonite are quality brands found a a real bike shop or online.
ajriding 06/25/20 08:56am General RVing Issues
RE: Happijac

Did you try one leg motor at a time to reduce amperage draw on the batteries? They use a lot of power, and when batt is low will not work. I always plug in when I can when lifting the jacks, so it does not pull from the battery,well, mine are wired directly to the battery I think, not the panel, but the charger is providing power to the same wires...
ajriding 06/25/20 08:49am Truck Campers
RE: Fridge won't fit

Been there done that... Window method
ajriding 06/25/20 08:45am Truck Campers
RE: Generator wattage

1,000w gen is nice and small and enough to top off batteries. Keep the fridge running on the propane, fridges are not propane hogs, but are electric hogs. The gen will run everything except the fridge and roof AC. You can just flip the circuit breaker to keep fridge fro automatically coming on, or if a shared circuit, then maybe yo can unplug it at the back through the access door. If fridge is a manual selection for power source then just keep it on the GAS setting, easy enough.
ajriding 06/25/20 08:39am Truck Campers
RE: Cribbing a trailer

another word for blocking up the trailer but it should be done right. hire a crew from a mobil home dealer they know how to do it. don,t want a northern wind to blow it off. HAHA, hire a crew? We're not moving mountains.... It is just a trailer being jacked up and some bricks shoved under... hire a crew? lol. I'm not sure why you NEED to crib, but storing it on "blocks" keeps the weight off of the suspension springs and tires. This reduces "sag" in the springs which comes from years of the weight ever-so slowly bending the steel springs downward. Torsion axles will still be affected even though they are sprung by rubber and not steel. Modern trailer tires should be able to be stored and not get a flat spot, but it is best to unload them (suspend them in the air) as well. You can support the camper at the corners, but the camper sits on the axle(s) and the tongue jack, so those points are the areas you can support the camper without altering the load bearing points. Supporting it at the corners will cause the frame to slightly bow down where it is not supported, at the axles in the middle, and this is just a little flex that will move through the walls and roof - not a big deal, but you might hear a little creaking. Trailers flex and bend going down the road, so no worries, but why do this??? I had a tandem axle trailer, and when I would wheel it up on just the front axle I could detect that the frame was bowing down at the rear just from removing the rear axle support point, which was only a short distance from the front axle. The door would not latch as it did before because of this, and the door was in front of the axles so the whole frame bowed. This was a HILO, which most of you do not have, and the HILO did not have the wall structure to resist frame bending, but does illustrate the stresses the wall would need take to keep the frame align.
ajriding 06/25/20 08:29am Tech Issues
Help finding this DC Outlet

I love these DC outlets, but cannot find them anywhere anymore. https://photouploads.com/images/E88D.jpg width=250 It mounts flat so no holes or things sticking in or out.. Anyone know a source for this?
ajriding 06/25/20 08:15am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: 4 season TT

The last post finally said it... The roof AC will cool the camper, insulated or bad insulated. How well insulated it is will determine how long or how often the Ac unit will run or come on. I had a black class-c and it stayed a meat locker in 115 deg desert in the sun. Big windows will be big heat losses, but you can cover them when you are out or keep the shades lowered a little to reduce air from constantly circulating over a hot window. The roof is a big source of heating too. Some roof coatings claim to keep the roof cooler, idk if true. If you are at CG then AC compressor running all the time not an issue, note the fan will run 100% of the time, but if on a generator then the cycling will burn more gas.
ajriding 06/24/20 07:11pm Travel Trailers
RE: Transporting RV batteries in your TV

additional info: Wet-cell batteries can off-gas when being charged and that gas is not what you want in your vehicle, but if not being charged then they are nearly harmless in that respect.
ajriding 06/24/20 07:04pm Travel Trailers
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