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Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles, Hitches & Toads Yesterday, 02:43 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 660
Posted By tomkatb
If you look into the history of all this stuff...

If you look into the history of all this stuff you will be amused. I remember when the f150 was advertised with a #4000 payload. In small print it said, depends on options. You had to know power...
Forum: Canada 12-02-2020, 06:49 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,049
Posted By tomkatb
Got a call from a friend of 65 years. He was...

Got a call from a friend of 65 years.

He was marrying his Canadian girlfriend on Saturday. Because he could not go there. She could fly here but had to do the 14 day lockup thing there.

As...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles, Hitches & Toads 12-02-2020, 04:41 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 660
Posted By tomkatb
Another step. Check the maximum load rating...

Another step.

Check the maximum load rating on the tires.

Check the cat scale slip. Should have the weights on both the front and rear axles.

Might explain the difference. Car tires vs...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles, Hitches & Toads 12-02-2020, 10:53 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,312
Posted By tomkatb
Be careful with payload issues. Fancy trucks...

Be careful with payload issues.

Fancy trucks have lower payloads. In the past and today, I thought the Ford
Literature the most difficult to understand. Another word is deceptive. Ram is...
Forum: Dynamax 12-01-2020, 10:00 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,247
Posted By tomkatb
Missed that about agm batteries. ...

Missed that about agm batteries.

Unfortunately, as a result of the no maintenance feature they tend to be more fragile. When abused they do have a vent to release gasses. Shortens life. As I...
Forum: Tent Campers and Pop Ups 12-01-2020, 05:36 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 714
Posted By tomkatb
Most important is what type of half ton do you...

Most important is what type of half ton do you have? There are dozens!

A grocery getter or a work truck. Or something in between.

You get that by reading the Payload sticker on the door...
Forum: Dynamax 12-01-2020, 05:25 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,247
Posted By tomkatb
Testing the batteries is sort of easy. A...

Testing the batteries is sort of easy.

A fully charged battery tested with a quality voltmeter is above 12.6 volts.

If your meter says more than 13 volts you are reading surface charge or the...
Forum: Dynamax 11-30-2020, 01:53 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,247
Posted By tomkatb
I put one in several years ago. This is the...

I put one in several years ago. This is the current model.

It is strictly a wifi voltmeter that records.

The Vitron has amp draw, which I do not need. I know what stuff draws. I do not need...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles, Hitches & Toads 11-30-2020, 12:42 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,012
Posted By tomkatb
Yes. Tv.

Yes. Tv.
Forum: No Boundaries (NoBo) 11-30-2020, 11:22 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 760
Posted By tomkatb
Solar panels typically mounted on the roof...

Solar panels typically mounted on the roof produce 25 amps per day per 100 watts.

So the panel on its best day will give you 75 amps. I would want more. Double. For a rainy day. Be cautious...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles, Hitches & Toads 11-30-2020, 11:11 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,012
Posted By tomkatb
Yep. Got to learn the math. The #4000...

Yep. Got to learn the math.

The #4000 number is for a trailer empty and not legal. Needs a #75 battery to tow! You will want two heavier ones! Or no heater. Who needs a heater in the...
Forum: Towing, Tow Vehicles, Hitches & Toads 11-30-2020, 10:33 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,012
Posted By tomkatb
That trailer will push the boundaries of the tv...

That trailer will push the boundaries of the tv to the max.

Loaded it could weigh over #6000. Hitch weight will be near #700.

Check the stickers on the car. Payload will likely be the...
Forum: Dynamax 11-30-2020, 10:12 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,247
Posted By tomkatb
I have read the post several times. Color me...

I have read the post several times. Color me confused. I would have more than 20 questions.

You are flying while blind.

Modern rv’s have multiple electrical systems. Many ways to charge. ...
Forum: Tent Campers and Pop Ups 11-29-2020, 06:01 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 714
Posted By tomkatb
Looks like you would be pushing both the truck...

Looks like you would be pushing both the truck payload and trailer payload.

Most of the weight from the ATV will be on the hitch.

I have a structural background. not an owner. We have a fifth...
Forum: Modifications and Updates 11-29-2020, 09:16 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,945
Posted By tomkatb
We have the fancy oxygenetics shower head. $40....

We have the fancy oxygenetics shower head. $40. 2 minute installation.

It will double your shower time. That was for me, not her.

The on demand water heaters work. However, lots of...
Forum: Modifications and Updates 11-28-2020, 08:25 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,945
Posted By tomkatb
I assume you know the Suburban water heater you...

I assume you know the Suburban water heater you can turn on both the gas and electric to heat water. It recovers very quickly.

Add to that one of the restricted flow shower heads. About all you...
Forum: Welcome Mat 11-26-2020, 07:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 129
Posted By tomkatb
Take the time to get educated about electricity! ...

Take the time to get educated about electricity! Very important. You have time to get ready.

UPS made a path to my door when we bought our first rv.

My son has that truck. It is a tough...
Forum: Plumbing and Water Systems & Fixtures 11-26-2020, 06:51 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 5,274
Posted By tomkatb
According to the ratings, DOE. The size of a...

According to the ratings, DOE.

The size of a 6 gallon tank must be at least 5.4 gallons. Can be under 10%.

The heater should be able to raise the temp of the water 67 degrees above the...
Forum: General Community Discussions 11-24-2020, 10:20 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,179
Posted By tomkatb
Three panels plus 2 lithium batteries and a new...

Three panels plus 2 lithium batteries and a new converter. That would likely do it as long as the sun shines!
Forum: General Community Discussions 11-24-2020, 08:34 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,179
Posted By tomkatb
When plugged into shore power you likely have 40...

When plugged into shore power you likely have 40 amps or more going into the battery per hour. The solar panel is sort of irrelevant.

A 190 watt panel on its best day produces 40-50 amps per day...
Forum: Electrical, Charging Systems & Solar 11-24-2020, 07:47 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,604
Posted By tomkatb
Got to learn the math with these fancy rv's. ...

Got to learn the math with these fancy rv's. Batteries are the weak link.

Not easy to change that.

When driving the TV does little to charge your batteries. But, the parasitic loads and...
Forum: General Travel Trailer & Fifth Wheel Discussion 11-24-2020, 05:08 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,438
Posted By tomkatb
Inevitable that you will load and unload the rv...

Inevitable that you will load and unload the rv in the rain. Go buy a good rain jacket. We went to REI.

Open the shade. However you also do not want to roll it up wet either.

Otherwise,...
Forum: Plumbing and Water Systems & Fixtures 11-23-2020, 06:04 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,140
Posted By tomkatb
Our black show full at about 50% I think. ...

Our black show full at about 50% I think.

We assume when the black begins to belch it is nearly full. Then we empty the grays also..

Who knows! After 7 days with two adults and two loads of...
Forum: Dynamax 11-22-2020, 09:23 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 739
Posted By tomkatb
Killing a set of batteries in two years is the...

Killing a set of batteries in two years is the problem.

A set of golf cart batteries typically last 6-10 years. AGM less but, 4-6 likely.

Thus you have an issue somewhere. Not enough...
Forum: Electrical, Charging Systems & Solar 11-19-2020, 11:42 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,604
Posted By tomkatb
Best bang for the buck is gc2 batteries. ...

Best bang for the buck is gc2 batteries. Designed for this purpose. Most “marine” type batteries are similar to car batteries. They have less expected life if maintained then true deep cycle...
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