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RE: Portable Wind Turbine as a power supplement?

Running a wind turbine while towing will cost you more energy from your truck than it will produce. It will be at best the same as running a generator. Simple laws of physics. I guess OP has something like this in mind Not very practical to put on RV imo I actually worked on two systems mentioned in that article, though on one I only worked on a shipboard version so no RAT. Even a RAT consumes more power from the vehicle than it produces.
jkwilson 09/20/20 04:26pm Tech Issues
RE: Best route

Used to work for the Navy and often did trips that included various locations like Mayport, Norfolk, Quantico, DC, Philly, Mechanicsburgh, PA and Newport. Was forced to drive trying to meet a schedule so it often required hitting the worst places at the worst times. The trick I learned about DC is to just miss rush hour. It’s a snap between 10:30pm and 6am. I had a hotel I used a lot just north of Towson and one just south of Fredericksburg. I’d stretch south of Richmond if I could. I’d just time it so I could hit DC at night, check in to a hotel and get a late check out (easy when you are gold/premier) and roll on when I woke up. You could probably do the same thing if you had an overnight stop identified.
jkwilson 09/19/20 06:03pm Roads and Routes
RE: Storing a Trailer Aid

One Irv2 member had his trailer aid stored in two different TTs over a 8-9 year period till he had a ruined tire out on the hiway. All those miles and years...and the trailer aid wouldn't raise the flat tire enough to get the spare on. Always make a dry run at home before hitting the road. It could save some grief down the road. Everybody should change a tire at home on a nice day. In the dark and rain, with traffic wizzing by is not the best time to go to school. I'm a fan of pulling the flat up on block/ramp, then jack to get ramp out. To often, pull the flat off, then discover need up a little more. That jacking, with no wheel in place gives snot a long way to fall. Last trailer flat; Stop, see on left. Back to jackknife so flat was center of shoulder, TV still on. Get blocks and triangles out, DW place reflectors while I get flat on block. She gets jack and compressor out while I get spare off rack. She makes sure spare is full, while I break nuts loose. While I jack up and change she makes room in truck bed for the flat. Next place she could get out of traffic, we stopped again, I break nuts loose 1 at time and retorque, clean hands. She is on the net to find a tire shop. Without doubt! Along the road is no place to find some of your equipment doesn’t work. When I first got my boat, I found that the center caps on the wheels took a thin wall half inch socket to remove. Imagine discovering that along the highway. Even a tow truck couldn’t have changed my tires. I do the same with wheel bearings. I service the bearings at home using only equipment I carry in the truck. That includes grease, rags, gloves, tools and spare parts. Learning is for home when you are in the shade, listening to some tunes and have time and patience. Not having a spare cotter pin is trivial at home, but it can be a minor disaster elsewhere. My Trailer Aid will not lift my 5th wheel on its own. A little creativity can make it work though.
jkwilson 09/19/20 11:49am General RVing Issues
RE: Portable Wind Turbine as a power supplement?

Running a wind turbine while towing will cost you more energy from your truck than it will produce. It will be at best the same as running a generator. Simple laws of physics.
jkwilson 09/18/20 12:54pm Tech Issues
RE: Storing a Trailer Aid

Put it on craigslist? Then buy a low profile jack which will fit in more places and be more universal than that ramp.. Not to mention your tow vehicle SHOULD have a jack anyway, it's not like you are going to be able to use that ramp to change your Tow Vehicles tires.. Just another unitasker device solution in search of a use to find a home for.. ONE Multitasking solution like a jack often beats a single tasking device.. Yeah, like my truck jack is going to lift a 5th wheel. No where near enough lifting height.
jkwilson 09/17/20 08:52pm General RVing Issues
Storing a Trailer Aid

I own four tandem axle trailers and I want to have my Trailer Aid with me whenever I’m towing one of them. Right now, it usually rides in the back floorboard of my truck, which is in the way. If I take it out for space, I’m likely to forget it just when I need it. I’d like to come up with a place to keep it that is out of the sun, out of the way and always with me. Under the hood was my first idea, but doesn’t look feasible. Next idea is frame rails or under the bed somewhere. With a 5th wheel, bed space is scarce and I use my truck for hauling, so I hate to give up bed space for a tool box. Anybody got any thoughts?
jkwilson 09/17/20 02:42pm General RVing Issues
RE: group 65 vs group 31 battery for mtr hm maxx brand

Those group 31s are commercial starting batteries. They are readily available for a reasonable price at virtually any auto parts place. Their cranking power will put a group 65 to shame.
jkwilson 09/16/20 03:49pm Tech Issues
RE: 15.2 v during solar equalization charge - what do you do?

if you have a deicent fuse set up it will be filtered dc current so you realy dont need to worry about it. Steve A fuse performs no filtering. It’s just a wire, and even if it did that would have no effect on the voltage.
jkwilson 09/13/20 10:16pm Tech Issues
RE: Fan lid direction and covers

Look at it closely before moving anything. On my old pop up, the hinge side of the vent cover came loose and the vent still worked, but opened with the cover tilted the wrong way.
jkwilson 09/08/20 07:41am Tech Issues
RE: New 5th Wheel Driver

Your truck is designed to tow heavy trailers. No need to change anything. If the weight of the trailer on the truck drops the back too much, you can add air bags to level it.
jkwilson 09/06/20 12:43pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: question about trailer brakes.

The heavier the trailer, the harder it is to lock up the brakes. I can lock up my aluminum stock trailer empty, but can’t with a few cows in it.
jkwilson 09/05/20 09:06am Tech Issues
RE: TST 507 cap o rings

I’ve heard #30 O-rings work. Can’t vouch for it, but got some at HD and they seem reasonable.
jkwilson 09/02/20 04:07pm Tech Issues
RE: The sad part of pet ownership

Here she is on a shopping trip after one of her vet visits.
jkwilson 08/31/20 06:43pm RV Pet Stop
The sad part of pet ownership

We are probably done traveling for a while, and the longer the better in this case. Our 12 year-old female Sheltie has tumors in her bladder. No fixing it, but we are trying a couple of medicines which may make it easier for her to void for a while. She can’t urinate in a normal position and is incontinent at times or urgently needs to go, so she ends up with wet legs all of the time and we need to bathe her daily. Just more than we want to deal with on the road. At home, she’s free to roam the farm and she can sit in her shady spots and go when she needs to. Easier on her and on us. She’ll miss the trips and hiking as much as we will.
jkwilson 08/31/20 02:11pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Is there a correct battery voltage chart?

I was watching 'lil Will Prowse and he said never take your battery below 12.2 volts..By the chart I had downloaded,that would be about 65% which doesn't sound right as 50% has always been the gold standard to to exceed for battery longevity.. So I wonder what chart he goes by or if it is off his solar charger or one of his other gadgets.. I still have not heard from my battery company but they are located in Florida and alot is going on there now... The idea to never take a battery below a certain level is a misunderstanding of battery system design guidelines utilized by system designers. The guideline is that for the best trade off of battery life/economy/weight/size/charging time, you should size your battery/bank such that the average depth of discharge is no lower than 50% This is widely misinterpreted to mean you should never discharge a battery below 50%. This is complete nonsense. It is spread widely by battery dealers, who are on average as misinformed about batteries as anyone could be. If you look at a graph of battery cycle life vs. average depth of discharge, you’ll see that below about 20% DOD, the chart is linear all the way down. That means there is no magical tipping point at 50% or 65% or any other number after the 20% level. The deeper you discharge it, on average, the shorter the life, but 55% is only worse than 50% in the same way 50% is worse than 45%. If there was a point where sudden significant loss of capacity or life occurred, there would be a knee or change in slope at that point. The only time you should worry about battery discharge levels is when you have limited charging availability or when you are buying new batteries. When buying batteries you should size them so your average DOD between charges is 50% or less.
jkwilson 08/28/20 07:56pm Tech Issues
RE: Evansville to Indianapolis airport (I-69) question

Jogging over to 67 via 39 is the preferred route. You hit Ameriplex Parkway before Indy and can cut across to the airport. I traveled regularly for work and have driven the route many, many times.
jkwilson 08/26/20 07:48pm Roads and Routes
RE: Is there a correct battery voltage chart?

Different manufacturers and different technologies have different voltages at varying states of charge. That is why the charts vary. The voltages also vary with temperature, and as noted, if you have recently drawn power from the battery the reading you get won’t be accurate. Really not worth worrying too much about it.
jkwilson 08/26/20 07:46pm Tech Issues
RE: Massachusetts in October

Wonderful place, but most campgrounds shut down the Saturday after Columbus Day. Just when the weather gets great for hiking.
jkwilson 08/15/20 09:31pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Motor Carrier Road Atlas

Those of you that use one as a trip planning tool, how often do you get a new copy? I see the 2021 issue is out, so my 2017 version is looking old. I hate to spend a case of beer unnecessarily, but a single routing screw up caused by out of date maps would cover that cost pretty quickly.
jkwilson 08/12/20 01:19am Roads and Routes
RE: What ONE feature do you really like/want in your next RV ?

A nice stout, frame mounted covered rear rack to carry bikes and generators.
jkwilson 08/11/20 04:07pm General RVing Issues
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