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Jack Mayer

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    Principal in RVH Lifestyles, an HDT design, build, consult company specializing in all aspects of Heavy Duty Trucks. RVHLifestyles.com

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  1. Jack Mayer

    High End Trailers

    Putting a lot of money into an 11 year old (almost 12 year old) rig is probably not a wise choice. But on the other hand, you would have a functional rig for less than starting over new. NO rig is going to be problem free over time, and at least you know this one. It is a tough choice, but ANY coach you own is going to require repairs along the way. They are not an "investment" but a depreciating asset, for sure. I'm not sure what I would do in this instance since I don't have all the data. I'd likely fix it myself and see what happens. Doing the glass work is not really that difficult, as long as you have the desire.
  2. Jack Mayer

    Mini spits vs thousands in ac

    Glenn, the issue is one of reliability when running in motion. The parts suffer a LOT of vibration. We are Idle Free dealers and they use a similar compressor in their units. They learned long ago that the incidence of compressor failures is way too high if you run it while you are moving. They have electronics in their units to lock the AC out if the truck is moving. I don't know if you will suffer that or not....I have no direct personal experience with running them in motion.
  3. Jack Mayer

    Solar Panel Height Above Roof

    Interesting discussion. Good design of the ENTIRE system is what you should strive for. "The whole is greater than the sum of the parts" comes to mind here. Don't look at the cost of one component - like panels - in isolation. Only in the context of your total design and how that relates to your design goals. and the compromises required in ANY installation on an RV. You can find cheap panels everywhere these days. .But with limited roof space on RVs, you really need to look at it in output per meter (or sq. ft. if you wish). Then do the balancing act. That is one factor. The other is features of the panel itself....does it have a rain drain on it so it is self-cleaning? Does it have the proper voltage characteristics for YOUR system? Take a systems approach and you will likely do well with your install. Also - you can't have too much power....don't skimp on the panels unless you have a VERY small space available. And consider how you camp...for many people having a fixed system on their roof complemented by several portable panels is something to seriously consider.
  4. Actually, I may have posted some incomplete info. We order our mail for Friday shipment. We usually get it on Tuesday, but sometimes Wednesday. So they have a "free" weekend to get it to us.
  5. People have driven 451's on since they existed. They just don't have as much power as the 453 so you have to stay in motion for the most part.It is harder on the trans. But many people have done it and do it to this day.
  6. The 451 model "can" be driven on, but it is much harder on them. The 453 easily handles the demands of driving on.
  7. Priority mail. 2-3 days, consistently for 19 years.
  8. Dave, you will have no problem driving up the 48" deck height. We do it all the time. Also, HERE is the pulley we use on the arms. Pully for winch 3434T79 McMaster carr.
  9. Jack Mayer

    Remedial Question - Air Governor

    Yup, that is what we do on any truck we acquire.....and a bunch more....
  10. Jack Mayer

    And so it begins...HDT home, ECR 2019, destination full time.

    Nope, both were built by RV Haulers Canada.
  11. Jack Mayer

    My Build

    On the soldering.....vibration environments are not ideal for soldered joints. It may work just fine, or it may fail over time. It somewhat depends on the quality of the job. If you are going to solder I recommend Fusion connectors, since you have a far better chance of getting it correct. But really, it is better to do a quality crimp with a hydraulic crimper. You can get a decent one at Harbor Freight for around $50 or less on sale. Or, if used properly, the hammer crimper works fine. Using adhesive heat shrink is CRITICAL. Don't do it any other way or you may regret it down the road....
  12. Jack Mayer

    My Build

    Let me add to what Chad said. You may get away with the solder-only. But for others, Never solder these joints. It is simply not an effective and long term way to go. Statistically, you WILL have issues with it in marine and RV environments. You need to crimp these joints properly, and properly seal with heat shrink with silicone embedded in it.
  13. Jack Mayer

    Older batteries in a 2013 truck

    Thanks.....we are doing well. Hope you can get back by here some time. You are welcome any time.
  14. Jack Mayer

    Older batteries in a 2013 truck

    Yeah, well, that works but is not the desired way to do it..... I suppose that if you want shore power you can simply unplug the outside connection and then plug into shore power. A more desirable outcome would be to put in a transfer switch or use an inverter/charger that has an inbuilt transfer switch. The output of the inverter would then go into the grey cab power box where the shore power originally went. The shore power would be the feed into the input side of the inverter/charger.
  15. Jack Mayer

    Smart car width for deck planning

    We use about 151" from back of cab to pin location. That leaves 18" for drom (16" drom and 2" to BOC). That is more than enough, and accounts for different types of pinboxes and caps.