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RE: Trouble with my Honda 2000 genset

Is this an EU2000? I’ve never seen one shut off for an overload, even with something wrong with the generator. Are you sure it’s not the low oil light?
jkwilson 10/25/20 09:17pm Tech Issues
RE: Unusual tank sensor issues.

Factory sensors never work. Quit worrying about them.
jkwilson 10/22/20 05:48pm Tech Issues
RE: Help figuring out DOT tire code

Thanks Old Biscuit, but there are no numbers next to the DOT code, just letters. Did you look on the opposite side? This is your answer OP. They only have to stamp it on one side.
jkwilson 10/20/20 05:51am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Out side marker lights.

Exactly which lights are lit? Tail lights, or the marker lights at the top?
jkwilson 10/17/20 06:46am Tech Issues
RE: Fifth wheel trailer suspension

Has anyone done or have info on these items I have 1996 skyline 24’ fifth wheel tandem axel 1 converting to an independent suspension 2. Installed a anti roll bar to trailer suspension similar to sway bars on vehicles for mor more stable tow If a 24’ 5th wheel is unstable while towing with a standard suspension, something is wrong with the trailer or truck suspension.
jkwilson 10/16/20 06:23am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Propane generator..

A generator uses a lot of propane. If you have or plan to get a big tank, it may be a good choice. Trying to run on grill or RV bottles will be disappointing. An electric water heater is an energy hog. It will use close to 5000W alone. If you get a 7000W generator, you’ll use three 20lb grill bottles every day running at 3500W.
jkwilson 10/06/20 07:12am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Water tank filling mod

Photo posting info Photo Posting
jkwilson 10/04/20 12:37pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Fall color trip to north country

Most of those places are at or near peak colors right now. Parts of Northern Minnesota are past. Mid-October may be too late.
jkwilson 10/02/20 08:38am Roads and Routes
RE: I-70

The road is under almost constant repair because of the incredible amount of truck traffic combined with numerous freeze and thaw cycles a year. We drive it several times a year, and often it is 20-1 commercial trucks to passenger vehicles.
jkwilson 10/01/20 07:37am Roads and Routes
RE: Portable Wind Turbine as a power supplement?

Running a wind turbine while towing will cost you more energy from your truck than it will produce. It will be at best the same as running a generator. Simple laws of physics. I guess OP has something like this in mind https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ram_air_turbine Not very practical to put on RV imo I actually worked on two systems mentioned in that article, though on one I only worked on a shipboard version so no RAT. Even a RAT consumes more power from the vehicle than it produces.
jkwilson 09/20/20 04:26pm Tech Issues
RE: Best route

Used to work for the Navy and often did trips that included various locations like Mayport, Norfolk, Quantico, DC, Philly, Mechanicsburgh, PA and Newport. Was forced to drive trying to meet a schedule so it often required hitting the worst places at the worst times. The trick I learned about DC is to just miss rush hour. It’s a snap between 10:30pm and 6am. I had a hotel I used a lot just north of Towson and one just south of Fredericksburg. I’d stretch south of Richmond if I could. I’d just time it so I could hit DC at night, check in to a hotel and get a late check out (easy when you are gold/premier) and roll on when I woke up. You could probably do the same thing if you had an overnight stop identified.
jkwilson 09/19/20 06:03pm Roads and Routes
RE: Storing a Trailer Aid

One Irv2 member had his trailer aid stored in two different TTs over a 8-9 year period till he had a ruined tire out on the hiway. All those miles and years...and the trailer aid wouldn't raise the flat tire enough to get the spare on. Always make a dry run at home before hitting the road. It could save some grief down the road. Everybody should change a tire at home on a nice day. In the dark and rain, with traffic wizzing by is not the best time to go to school. I'm a fan of pulling the flat up on block/ramp, then jack to get ramp out. To often, pull the flat off, then discover need up a little more. That jacking, with no wheel in place gives snot a long way to fall. Last trailer flat; Stop, see on left. Back to jackknife so flat was center of shoulder, TV still on. Get blocks and triangles out, DW place reflectors while I get flat on block. She gets jack and compressor out while I get spare off rack. She makes sure spare is full, while I break nuts loose. While I jack up and change she makes room in truck bed for the flat. Next place she could get out of traffic, we stopped again, I break nuts loose 1 at time and retorque, clean hands. She is on the net to find a tire shop. Without doubt! Along the road is no place to find some of your equipment doesn’t work. When I first got my boat, I found that the center caps on the wheels took a thin wall half inch socket to remove. Imagine discovering that along the highway. Even a tow truck couldn’t have changed my tires. I do the same with wheel bearings. I service the bearings at home using only equipment I carry in the truck. That includes grease, rags, gloves, tools and spare parts. Learning is for home when you are in the shade, listening to some tunes and have time and patience. Not having a spare cotter pin is trivial at home, but it can be a minor disaster elsewhere. My Trailer Aid will not lift my 5th wheel on its own. A little creativity can make it work though.
jkwilson 09/19/20 11:49am General RVing Issues
RE: Portable Wind Turbine as a power supplement?

Running a wind turbine while towing will cost you more energy from your truck than it will produce. It will be at best the same as running a generator. Simple laws of physics.
jkwilson 09/18/20 12:54pm Tech Issues
RE: Storing a Trailer Aid

Put it on craigslist? Then buy a low profile jack which will fit in more places and be more universal than that ramp.. Not to mention your tow vehicle SHOULD have a jack anyway, it's not like you are going to be able to use that ramp to change your Tow Vehicles tires.. Just another unitasker device solution in search of a use to find a home for.. ONE Multitasking solution like a jack often beats a single tasking device.. Yeah, like my truck jack is going to lift a 5th wheel. No where near enough lifting height.
jkwilson 09/17/20 08:52pm General RVing Issues
Storing a Trailer Aid

I own four tandem axle trailers and I want to have my Trailer Aid with me whenever I’m towing one of them. Right now, it usually rides in the back floorboard of my truck, which is in the way. If I take it out for space, I’m likely to forget it just when I need it. I’d like to come up with a place to keep it that is out of the sun, out of the way and always with me. Under the hood was my first idea, but doesn’t look feasible. Next idea is frame rails or under the bed somewhere. With a 5th wheel, bed space is scarce and I use my truck for hauling, so I hate to give up bed space for a tool box. Anybody got any thoughts?
jkwilson 09/17/20 02:42pm General RVing Issues
RE: group 65 vs group 31 battery for mtr hm maxx brand

Those group 31s are commercial starting batteries. They are readily available for a reasonable price at virtually any auto parts place. Their cranking power will put a group 65 to shame.
jkwilson 09/16/20 03:49pm Tech Issues
RE: 15.2 v during solar equalization charge - what do you do?

if you have a deicent fuse set up it will be filtered dc current so you realy dont need to worry about it. Steve A fuse performs no filtering. It’s just a wire, and even if it did that would have no effect on the voltage.
jkwilson 09/13/20 10:16pm Tech Issues
RE: Fan lid direction and covers

Look at it closely before moving anything. On my old pop up, the hinge side of the vent cover came loose and the vent still worked, but opened with the cover tilted the wrong way.
jkwilson 09/08/20 07:41am Tech Issues
RE: New 5th Wheel Driver

Your truck is designed to tow heavy trailers. No need to change anything. If the weight of the trailer on the truck drops the back too much, you can add air bags to level it.
jkwilson 09/06/20 12:43pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: question about trailer brakes.

The heavier the trailer, the harder it is to lock up the brakes. I can lock up my aluminum stock trailer empty, but can’t with a few cows in it.
jkwilson 09/05/20 09:06am Tech Issues
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