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Chad Heiser

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  1. Battle Born has had a self heating battery option for a while. I believe a few other manufacturers also offer the option.
  2. Micro Air has a nice replacement digital thermostat that should meet your requirements. I didn’t look to see if it is specifically compatible with your unit, but if I were in the market for a new RV thermostat, that is the first place I would look.
  3. I have it in every vehicle I own, including my RZR. It is great to not have to scan for local channels when traveling to a new area. I don’t experience the compression issues that others have mentioned. All the stuff I listen to is crystal clear and sounds great. I haven’t listened to regular radio in years. On edit, I should say I haven’t listened to regular radio in a vehicle I own in years. I did listen to regular radio in my former employer’s vehicles or in other people’s vehicles as a passenger. If I have access to my XM, I will always choose it over terrestrial radio.
  4. I second Dutch’s sentiment. While driving, I rarely check the TPMS display. I will check it before starting out and after arriving at a location. I will occasionally glance at it while in motion to get an idea where whatever set of tires happens to be on the display is at temperature and pressure wise. I am familiar enough with my rig and it’s tires that I can spot something out of the ordinary range before it alarms this way. Mostly though, I let the system do it’s job and notify me when there is something amiss by alarming. I have the TST system which is designed for the commercial trucking industry and it is very reliable and accurate. I often double tow and it monitors my truck and both trailers without issue. On the smallish displays that come with all the TPMS systems I have seen, I don’t think it would be possible to read the necessary tire data for the number of tires I monitor (usually 10 and sometimes 12) if they were all on the display at the same time. Just my $0.02.
  5. This is not exactly correct. As someone who lives in CA and watches the commercials the state is playing to conserve energy in the early evening hours (when everyone gets home from work), it has nothing to do with the fires. It is all about the heat and people turning their air conditioners on to cool their houses (along with all the other electrical appliances that get started up when people get home) and the inability of the grid to handle the power needs at times. In addition and separate from this issue, the state enacts Public Safety Power Shutoffs during Red Flag warning times (high heat and high wind conditions). The power company de-energizes grids in the Red Flag warning areas to prevent potential downed power lines from starting fires. The PSPS events typically last from 2 to 5 days (no power at all for that time). The power company can't just turn the switch back on when the Red Flag warning is done either. They have to go out and inspect all the lines before power is restored. They are interesting times in CA right now with fires, drought, heat and electrical grid issues. Add in other issues the state is having and it is no wonder people are leaving in record numbers. We will eventually leave the state, but it will be several years before that happens. Even with all the issues, it is hard to beat CA for weather and sheer scenic beauty.
  6. A caveat to UVW. Do not use the UVW given by the manufacturer. You need to take the RV to a scale and weigh it to get an actual UVW for the vehicle before you put anything in it (like during a test drive before you buy). Often the UVW number given by the manufacturer is an estimate or average number based on a base model RV. Options added to the RV during production can eat into that number and lower the overall carrying capacity of the RV. A few higher end manufacturers will actually weigh each RV after it is complete to give an exact UVW, but this is rare.
  7. According to the box, it is Shaw Floors Style No V031600605. From a google search on that it looks like that may be superseded by a new number 042VF EASY STYLE.
  8. I'll get you the information when I get home from work, some time after 11:00 PM (at least for another few weeks anyway 👍). Retirement is almost here!!
  9. Which floor do you have. We have a 2017 DRV and I have a box of spare tyles with the code/manufacturer number. If we have the same flooring I can pass you the information. It is all Shaw flooring (I believe - at least my style is). On edit, if you click the link in my signature for DRV mods, you can see a picture of the flooring we had installed.
  10. I just connect my router to the Mobley WiFi signal and then connect all my other devices to the router. My devices connect to the router through either Ethernet cables or through the WiFi network the router rebroadcasts. With this method, there is one device connected to the Mobley (the router) and then everything else is connected to the router either wirelessly or wired.
  11. I’m not sure exactly what you are asking, but I go from my cellular hotspot (Mobley) that has no physical connection ports to a router by connecting the router to the Mobley via WiFi. The router then has Ethernet ports built into it that I use to connect several devices to via Ethernet cables. It is pretty simple to do with the correct router. I use a Linksys wireless capable router. I have an older version of this. There are other companies that make them as well.
  12. I don't remember and I can't find it in the literature. I have put a longer bolt in one in the past, but I just took the original to the hardware store with me to size the new one properly. I don't remember what size it was though.
  13. I have installed multiple smart shunts in various rigs. I have never had any connection issues with them. I can easily connect in a 30-40 foot radius to every one I have ever installed. I am always connecting with an iPhone though. It does make a difference where they are installed. If they are surrounded by metal, they will have a difficult time broadcasting their Bluetooth signal.
  14. I just installed a second AC in a friend’s 5er. Before I put it on the roof, I took the shroud off and checked things out. I spun the fan by hand and it was making a loud rubbing noise. It turned out the fan motor mount got tweaked a little during shipping and the fan was rubbing on the styrofoam housing. I was able to re-tweak the motor mount to get the fan moved back into the correct position and stop the rubbing. It is possible your fan is rubbing on something. This can be a quick DIY fix if that is what the issue is.
  15. Grand Design has trailers in the weight range and floor plan they are looking for. I have done several installations on Grand Designs recently and have a friend who bought one as well. My impressions on the ones I worked on and my friend's impressions from his are all positive so far.
  16. You can keep your current domicile address and have a separate mailing address. That is no problem. You, however, need to notify everyone you receive mail from about the change of mailing address. Simply putting a forwarding address at your current mailing address is just a temporary measure to make sure you get all your correspondence while you are in the process of notifying everyone of the change. In other words, you need to contact all of your bank, monthly billing companies, etc. and notify them of the change. Most all of these companies have a way to do this on line. Ideally when you notify them, opt for receiving all your correspondence (bills) electronically. This way you get an email letting you know about your bill, statement, etc. rather than a paper one through snail mail. If there is something the business needs to send through regular mail, they still can, but most things can be done electronically.
  17. I regularly make a trim piece or board to cover an old, larger hole in order to install a Victron battery monitor or display. I just did it a couple of days ago. It is pretty simple to do with some basic supplies from a hardware store. Here is a picture of the one I just did. It is for a touch 50 display, but I could have easily made a smaller round hole for a BMV 712. You could also just buy a Victron Smart Shunt. It has no display. You just use your smart phone or tablet with the Victron Connect app to get all the monitoring data. If you are interested in the Smart Shunt or a BMV, let me know and I can provide a discount code off forum.
  18. Regarding your question about a private instructor, if you are in anyway apprehensive about driving a large vehicle I would highly recommend getting some professional instruction. There are many things you can learn from a professional that will greatly ease the transition into driving a large vehicle. I can recommend Glyn Carson. He is a full time RVer with a background as a professional/commercial driver and instructor. He is also an Escapee. He puts on classes at RV rallies and also does one on one instruction. His email is: twolanedrivingtips@hotmail.com. Send him an email and see what he can do or recommend for you.
  19. We have a Truma tankless system in our current RV. I am extremely happy with it and won't go bank to a regular RV tank water heater again. Our Truma system works flawlessly with no issues related to temperature fluctuations when showering. No issues with turning the water off at the shower head when trying to conserve water either. The best thing is we can take multiple showers, run the dishwasher and the clothes washer all back to back or simultaneously without running out of hot water.
  20. Every TV lift in an RV I have ever seen has been 12 volt powered. This means the circuit will be a fuse in the 12 volt power panel, not a circuit breaker in the 120 volt power panel. Check the fuses, then check the wiring at the switch and the motor for the lift.
  21. With a short wheelbase HDT and the hitch behind the rear axle you will be much more maneuverable than with your 250. I had the same worries as you. I bought a Kenworth T2000 singled short. It is only about 18 inches longer than my crew cab dually was. However, with the 5th wheel hitch at the back of the frame, my overall length with the same 5th wheel increased by almost 8 feet. The increased wheel cut of the HDT and having the pivot point behind the rear axle increased my maneuverability though. Our first trip out with the new set up was to a tight campground and a tight spot in that campground. It had narrow roads which limited truck maneuverability. We had been in the spot with the dually and 5th wheel previously so I was familiar with it and a bit worried. It used to take multiple ins and outs to get the trailer into the spot with the dually. When we arrived with the HDT and 5th wheel, I lined things up and started to back in. I was able to get the trailer in on the first try pretty easily. I was amazed how much difference the increased wheel cut and having the pivot point further back made even with 8 feet more length. Since that time, I bought an even longer 5th wheel and can still get into that sight with no issues. I have fit my rig into sites that others couldn’t get shorter trailers (with pick ups) into. A long wheelbase HDT will be less maneuverable, but probably at least as good as a pick up. It becomes a trade off of what you want to carry vs. how long(or short) your truck can be.
  22. Thanks Rick. You guys were missed. I have updated the website with the pictures I have received so far. I know Suite Travels and JonesN2Travel will be coming out with videos on the rally. Once they publish those videos, I will update those links. Here is the page on the HDTWCR website for the 2021 Rally.
  23. I just got home this evening after a great trip. I will be updating th WCR website with pictures from the rally when I get some time in the next day or so.
  24. Glad you are back up and running. I hope you enjoy your trip. Try to stay cool. It was good to see you at your stop in at the rally. The beer was very good by the way. Thank you.
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