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  1. HELP! Travel Trailers...which one

    I was talking to a couple that were looking at bigger but the went with molded fiberglass. They thought quality was more important than the size of the trailer.

    I've been thinking how much the factor of the overhang played a part. Added to the overhang the force is introduced much higher up than say a bumper pull with a similar overhang.
  3. HELP! Travel Trailers...which one

    The only advice I can give regarding dealer is "generally speaking" I've found small dealers outside the major urban areas to be better. If you are not hands-on then there are allot of advantages to a new trailer with an extended warranty. If you are hands-on there are allot of advantages to quality built used. My $0.02......I don't think there is much quality in new $20,000-$30,000 trailers. Have you looked at the molded fiberglass trailers like Bigfoot, Escape Trailers and others http://www.fiberglassrv.com/forums/ On last word......before buying the people here would be happy to help you figure out how much your tow vehicle can pull.
  4. Wood Deck - distance to stack

    Try a search for "generator wall thimble" and look for images. You'll find lots of dimension. There are more than a few ways to do it depending on air circulation, heat shielding and insulation. I've used Roxul/Rocwool in the thimbles I've made. It is a very good insulation and unlike fiberglass it allows water to pass through. Wrapping the the exhaust or intumescent paint will allow the wood to be the closest. Asbestos is not longer used......look for "glass felt insulation". If you use inumescent paint use a dark color (black) as it attracts dirt and is very hard to clean
  5. Help me think through raising my 5th wheel

    Hi Things that come to mind.... What do you have for clearance between the trailer and the top of the rails on the 2008 pick up now? When I look at the specs for a 2008 F350 it lists the open tailgate to the ground at +/-35" . The 2017 F350 4x4 show as 37"-38" If you've flipped the axles and then used the bottom hanger bolt this will increase the torsion on the hangers/frame. The hangers many need to be boxed in and the frame strengthened. Options I can think of: - Raise the pin box or a maybe a flatter pin box - Larger wheels/tires on the trailer. - Custom springs with more curve. - Riser Blocks between the springs and axles. - Longer (stronger) spring hangers - Flatdeck or RV hauler body - Lower the truck......a Google search will tell if "lowering shackles" are made for the truck you are looking at. FYI...F450 has a better turning radius than the F350......but the F450 has slightly less GVWR
  6. Ramp Question

    VHB (very high bond) tape may stick to the HDPE. Shorter strips of HDPE is better as it needs room to expand and contract Can a strip of (black) HDPE be bolted to the side of the steel deck and another block to the end of the ramp that would slide across the deck? Gluing is HDPE is possible but it needs to be flame treated. Finding a glue that will bond alum to HDPE maybe an issue.
  7. Refrigerator failure

    Welcome to the forum. Good to have you here. Not cooling in the fridge is a common issue. Check this video out https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3K0fQxqiuc
  8. RV heating concept

    People on Truck Conversion and 4x4 forums have done this.
  9. RV heating concept

    A residential (96% efficient) condensing 80,000BTU boiler that would heat both the trailer and the HW would use less power and propane than a common RV (76% efficient) propane furnace. I would have installed one in our trailer but the issues I ran into were: -time it would take to install the PEX (3/8" easiest to bend) tubing under the floor. - did not have enough wall space to keep the max temperature of the rads below 130F. - using fan forced air rads (at 180F) drove up the 12V power consumption
  10. Jack Blocks

    I made 8" 12" and 16". What heights are you looking for?
  11. Restoration work begins ...

    For info on the slide seal this talk to these people http://uni-grip.com/ Once you know what you want order the seals from these people. http://www.cleanseal.com/adhesives.html Don't know the type of brakes you have but for upscale disc Dexter make calipers with 4 pistons/caliper Tuson makes an ABS system http://www.direclink.com/ I've done a re&re on ceilings by cutting door (1/8" ply) skin, gluing 3/8" foam to it and wrapping it with vinyl. It is important to wrap the vinyl around the edges with the same tension . I've finished the structural parts of my re&re now I'm into the electrical....today I was running the wires so that the outside lighting is on 3 way switching. For solar the first part of this webinar is interesting. At 6:56 it looks at solar to DC (battery charging) as well as solar directly to AC which is worth looking at if there is enough residential power use (fridge / boiler / mini split AC) during the day.
  12. Jack Blocks

    Apologies for missing this....... De-burring the holes (didn't want the little ones to get cut) took hours. Holes were added to reduce weight of the 1/4" alum. plate. If I made more I'd make them with 1/10 the number of holes which would add 3-4 lbs. Anderson makes these buckets .....my $0.02 is they need to sit on plywood. https://andersenhitches.com/Products/3608m2--trailer-jack-block-2pak.aspx
  13. Restoration work begins ...

    If there's room something to consider is a residential condensing (95% efficient) boiler for both heat (under floor or rads) and hot water. http://wholehousecombi.com/ https://www.bosch-climate.us/files/75H995235a_01.17_GreenstarNSC_Brch-Web_US_1.pdf
  14. The manufacture's output rating is based on a test (1kw / square meter) number. Panels may receive both direct and reflected (snow, water, glass) sunlight.
  15. Slideout Leak

    Use clear caulking like Proflex. That way if you can see dirt behind it you'll know it is leaking
  16. I've never used one but I've I read a few positive (never a neg) posts from people that have the monitor and 1 or 2 of the controllers.
  17. Batteries & Dry Camping

    I've used Magnum before in standalone (no shore power) applications. It is a very good product. I've never never had a reason to call Magnum if that means anything. I went with Victron in the trailer because I like the idea of having all the parts (battery bank, solar controller, inverter and monitoring) from one supplier. I haven't pulled the trigger on the Lithium batteries though as the next series of 12V lithium will have a temperature sensing that limits the output from the solar and charger at temps below 32F. For amount of power you'll consume my guess the generators will run for 5-6 hours a day which isn't going to win any points with the neighbors. PCL (premature capacity loss ) in lead acid has several causes. I'll mention 2. One is under charging which happens with limited (generator time) charging. Bulk charging with the generators and solar for abortion is something to consider. Another is incorrect charge voltage especially with AGM. A programmable battery charger (not a power supply or by another name, a converter) with temperature compensation is another consideration. Lithium is getting more popular and less expensive. Consider designing the system to upgraded later. The 2x 2000w generators can produce 120A at 12VDC. This means a 400Ah lithium bank can be charge from 25% capacity to 85% in 2 hours. To put the same 240Ah into lead acid batteries would take a min of 10 hours.... if they don't overheat first. This is the panel I made yesterday that has the Victon GX display. Above the GX display is the remote for a ProNautic 50 programmable battery charger.
  18. Batteries & Dry Camping

    FYI https://www.amazon.com/Victron-Energy-Multiplus-Inverter-Charger/dp/B01AD2MJSK
  19. Taking FLA to 50% SOC is tried and tested Taking Lion to 20% SOC is under debate
  20. The numbers are something like this..... Charge efficiency (input) of FLA is 100% at 60% SOC and drops to 50% at 80% SOC Charge efficiency (input) of Lion remains at 97% from 60% to 98% SOC....best not to go above 98% on Lion...better yet is 90%
  21. Back Up Drive

    A NAS storage system is the ideal solution but an external hard drive is easier.
  22. Modifying a Plumbing System

    Use the crimp rings not the SS clamps. I changed our trailer over to Upunor. I had all the stuff from when I plumbed our house. Been wondering what to do with the PEX fittings I took out of the trailer. If you like I can sent you the fittings if you give me an address to send them to.
  23. Tesla Battery

    That was a great post to read. We are planning to take the kids on a Northern dry camping trip.
  24. Which inverter? Magnum vs. Victron

    For a 50am service Victron uses a inverter on each 50 amp leg This may be of interest. Before choosing the voltage take look at solar for a 48V bank..a MPPT controller needs 80V min input to charge a 48V bank. The panels that made the best use of the space on my trailer are 70Voc. Running 2 of these in series meant a jump up to a 200V $$ controller. I started to look at micro inverters for the panels and pass though inverters....similar to battery (Tesla) back up.
  25. Which inverter? Magnum vs. Victron

    My buddy was looking for 4 LED lights for his truck. He got such a deal on Aliexpress that he was able to buy 6 for the cost of 1 Rigid (also made in China) LED. A year later 2 were working, brackets were rusted, powder coat was peeling. Then he bought 4 Bright Source LED (made in China) from a local supplier who flies to China to check quality at 1/2 the cost of Rigid. Once these warm (have to let LED warm up to test Lumen output) up the light output is a less than Rigid because the control board is not as good but 2 years later all are still running and look good. There's a moral to the story but I can't think of one.