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MNRon

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  1. 1 - I learned the lesson about wrenches around batteries at a young age when I welded a socket to a battery post accidentally in my teens. I’m VERY careful around high currents, even with low voltages, since. 2 - Some electronics require the negative cable to be connected *prior* to positive cable. I’ve seen the technical reason for this when involved in semiconductor manufacturing in the 1980’s. As a result I recommend others to be careful if in the practice of opening ground first…you may fry your $2k inverter or some other sensitive circuitry. 3 - A shut off switch wired in on the positive cable is always a good idea
  2. We have a Pullrite Superglide, it automatically moves the trailer back from the cab while turning. It’s automatic. I highly recommend it.
  3. We’ve been traveling since early May and unfortunately just missed the opportunity to sign up for the Escapade while we “thought about it” in April. It turns out we are in the area around the Escapade time and I just thought I’d ask if anyone knows if there are any last minute openings. Is there any chance we can get in on the fun? Thanks Ron
  4. 1. If the fuse is pulled, nothing happens...even if you hit the button I took advantage of this and put a hidden switch inline with the fuse as a security measure so no one could nefariously mess with leveling. 2. No safety pins. 3. Leveling jacks will raise wheels off of ground. This happens sometimes during normal leveling. If you have standard leaf springs this might be concerning as it could invert the equilizer. We had MORryde IS installed so not a concern. In fact, for two days while cutting off previous suspension, MORryde tech used leveling system to support coach - I would NOT crawl under there without backup support, but he did. I have changed tires and greased bearings etc using leveling system, but always put jack or blocking in place before I get under.
  5. You can get some pretty good electric pianos with weighted keys etc that mimic a piano well except have the benefits of less weight and size, no tuning, and ability to play with headphones should you desire. The Yamaha we had also had a few other voices (electric piano, organ, and a couple piano versions) for fun. Can’t imagine any benefits from carrying a real upright unless you just need lots of ballast.
  6. Not sure your make, but I know that Vilano 5ers have heat pumps typically on just the front AC and therefore only listed on “front.” It still will provide some heat to the back via the racetrack ducting. The forced air heat supplies heat to the whole coach. Additionally the fireplace can be used to heat the rear. Nit sure if yours is the same, but that’s how VanLeighs work
  7. Lifeline AGM batteries are top-of-the-line AGMs. If you have technical questions, they also have wonderful customer service. Best prices I found on these a couple years ago, including free shipping, was from batteryguys.com
  8. $750 Bought Feb2019 for $1400. In excellent condition, just upgraded 5er. MS2812 will provide 2800W from 12V batteries to power coach, and has multistage charger that provides up to 125A. Automatic transfer switch will pass 60A when connected to shore power (60A one leg, or 30A each of two legs). 2800W 12VDC Pure Sine Inverter Charger MS Series | Magnum Dimensions (magnum-dimensions.com) Located in Crossville, TN
  9. Second the suggestion to look at Costco or Sams for two 6v batteries. Those are best capacity/price for decent batteries.
  10. A couple years ago we had also narrowed our search to Montana, Solitude, and VanLeigh Vilano...the solid wood cabinetry made the VL much more attractive than the other two. After a year and a half, and ~15k miles we’re very happy with our decision. Unfortunately all new rigs have bugs, but VanLeigh should be on your short list.
  11. Mark, You’re getting good advice on payload. Pin weighs spec’d are empty and without options. A good example is my situation: 35ft Vilano (nice 5er) has 2600lb “pin weight spec” and about 12,500 overall weight. After adding a few options, and stuff we carry to travel our 35ft 5er weights about 15,500lbs and has a true pin weight of 3500lb. With a 3/4T I suspect you’ll need to look at 5ers in the 9,000-10,000 range empty and no more than 12,000lb fully loaded...even that might be iffy if you want to stay within weights... Good luck, Ron
  12. I have a half-inch socket with weld marks on it from when I was a teenager (40+yrs ago) and crossed terminals when removing a battery from a car. That *shocking* experience has stayed with me and is front and center in my mind whenever working with high amperage DC current. This 5 second real-life experience is much more immediate to me than my 4yr EE degree :)
  13. I also have the Mopeka sensors. They work great when they work, but are a little finicky. Putting a dab of dielectric grease on the sensor before attaching it to the tank helps.
  14. We lived in MN (Lino Lakes) until 2016. Headed south in January a few times (once when it was -17 at home). Never had an issue traveling with light snow (other than cold ) but I wouldn’t travel if you were getting a foot! Better yet, we moved to an RV community in TN 3yrs ago. Now I don’t have to worry about winterizing, the RV or the House !!
  15. Have had both. Love our residential fridge. I recognize it needs more battery capacity, and plan accordingly. Would recommend anyone with a residential fridge to have 2 batts if just using between campgrounds, 4 if you want to do an overnight Walmart stop along the way. We have equivalent of 6, along with a 2k generator to top batts off if needed. Drycamped this summer a couple times a week each by just running generator about 3hrs each day to replenish from fridge, microwave, TV, etc etc day.
  16. With a residential fridge I believe you should have 2 batteries if you only go campground to campground, always plugging in. That will give you at least 12hrs without bringing your batteries below 12v which will start to harm them. If you want to be able to do a Walmart stopover, you need 4. That’s minimum I would recommend for anyone with a residential fridge. FYI - I have the equivalent of 6 (3 4D AGMs) along with an additional 2800W inverter, allows me to run everything by AC for a couple days. Nice to have that margin if you have the room, weight capacity, and $.
  17. We were just there 2works ago, stayed at Columbia Falls RV Park. Was OK but not cheap, 20min outside of Glacier. West side KOA would be better and closer, but much more expensive. Noticed several other parks on west side but didn’t investigate. Use RVParky or some other app to research, but suspect on short notice you’re going to have hard time getting anything for more than a few days. Good luck. PS - if you’re not planning it yet, I’d heartily recommend continuing your trip up to Banff and Canadian Rockies...Glacier was great (take Red Bus Tour) and Canadian Rockies even greater!
  18. I agree those numbers aren’t very believable. Did you have the truck in gear and foot on the brake? That will affect numbers. Weights should be measured with truck in neutral, and I can’t imagine a valid scenario that would result in front L/R discrepancy
  19. I was looking hard at MaximumSignal a couple years ago, and probably would have purchased one if it didn’t take so long to get it rolled out. Since then I’ve delayed and not gotten near pulling the trigger until now. When I search I don’t find much support for Maximum Signal other than the manufacturer and a couple supporters on the Escapees thread, and most seem to put weBoost Drive 4G-X RV at the top of the list. Any recommendations or support for something you’ve used? We use State Parks a lot and have varied results with connectivity Thanks
  20. Might just require adjustment. I’d call you coach manufacturer and see what they might suggest.
  21. We’ve been looking at VanLeighs for the last year, along with GD Solitudes and Montana Legacy units. Took plant tours over the winter and made decision to order a Vilano two weeks ago. Cabinetry is the biggest differentiation in our mind, the VL stands far above the othe two here. There are other plus and minus on each but obviously we came down decidedly in favor of VL. There are many option, advertised and not advertised, that can fix low CC etc. There is a VL FB page that is very active if you want to follow up more with owners. We’ve met Leigh Tiffin a couple of times (at Tampa Show, and factory tour), he and the entire company seem VERY responsive. We can’t wait to get our new 5er!
  22. Another vote for Sailuns. 2+yrs and ~15k miles and am very happy with them on our 14000lb 5er
  23. We winterized successfully for years in MN by blowing out lines. One spring I , had a leak in cupboards where an elbow had cracked, can't say it was definitively an issue with winterization...but switched to pink stuff and I've never heard of a failure with pink stuff. Additionally I no longer had a nagging concern about trace oil from compressor getting into water system. As MNtom stated though, I no longer worry about winterizing (moved Tom TN with an RV garage
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