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RE: Cell phone signal Booster ?

toss looking at bars. go to the system display or app that will show the actual signal level intdb. If the db level is in the -80db, and poor reception, system is bandwidth limited likely from to many users. -100db is entering marginal reception, -120 near the fringe. we use a weboost if signal level is better than -120db it will usually get us in the -80 range. then it becomes an issue of how many users. Even in places where the phones won't get any signal we often will get a -100 db signal, enough for phone calls. But boosters won't solve all problems, and there ARE places where there is NO cell service even with the strongest allowed booster signal.
ktmrfs 10/14/20 09:57pm Technology Corner
RE: Best bang for the buck Golf Cart battery

My opinion backed by some experience. If your use is occasional, maybe 4wks out/year Sams, Costco, interstate, etc. will give lots of bang for the buck and be reasonably price. Age will overcome cycles with lower use. If you plan on LOTS of dry camping and LOTS of charge discharge cycles (75+/year) then the bucks for Tojans may pay off with longer life. BTW Trojan (and I suspect most other GC2 FLA batteries) are rated for near 500 charge discharge cycles to 25% SOC (75% DOD) I've done near that and still had good batteries. If you hold discharge to 50% DOD then cycle life is near 1000 cycles. Not many campers will be using batteries that heavily. The KEY is to make sure they get FULLY charged up when you return. And fully means a while at 14.2+ V, NOT 13.6V
ktmrfs 10/12/20 02:03pm Tech Issues
RE: How to tow travel trailer with 2 adults, 3 kids, and 2 dogs

We do the same on a regular basis minus one dog. We have a crew cab Ram with a fiberglass cap. Our Lab rides in her crate in the back. If it's really hot then we will bring her to the back floor, but otherwise she does not seem to mind riding in the back at all! Other than that, Van, Large SUV, or Motorhome I think are your only options This is great thank you! We looked at the GMC 2500HD today and the backseat is huge! I think we are going to do the same as you have suggested. yes, 3 adults can be in the back of our denali CC for 600+ miles in comfort. there own climate control, lots of room. Center seat is ok, not great but still comfortable. Plenty of legroom, plenty of shoulder room and headroom. Kinda like a caddy or lincoln of the old days.
ktmrfs 10/11/20 09:03pm Travel Trailers
RE: Any full timers use a roomba style vac?

we aren't full timers, but I have an extra charger for our home romba in the trailer and when we go out, I have "grab the romba" on the "to do list" works great in the trailer, along with the Dyson stick vac that we have in the house. Both are great additions to the trailer. Nice thing about the romba is when we go for a walk, hike etc. turn on the romba and when we get back, trailer floor is clean. Does the romba clean better than another vac? don't know, but it does a great job and I don't need to do the vacuming, we turn on the romba in the trailer or house when we are going somewhere.
ktmrfs 10/11/20 08:59pm General RVing Issues
RE: How to tow travel trailer with 2 adults, 3 kids, and 2 dogs

crew cab pickup will do for the humans, we've gone on long trips with 3 adults and 2 kids in our denali pickup. But accomidating the dogs at the same time? bed cap and the dogs in the back? Our pickup has a sliding rear window, so with a cap you'd be able to see and hear the dogs.
ktmrfs 10/10/20 09:29am Travel Trailers
RE: ? Which Dehumidifier?

+1 on the EvaDrys. Note that they make different sized units. I suggest checking out their website and seeing what fits your needs. Used properly, they work great, but realize that most RVs are sieves when it comes to humid air infiltration. EvaDrys also have the benefit of not using any compressor which pumps a lot of heat into the air. And yes, they use a hose drain (note that it is an uncommon size so get a factory hose if you get one). In our area if you can't pull 3-5 gallons of water out of the air in the first 24 hrs and 2 gallons/day after that it doesn't do much good. and the evadrys I've seen won't come anywhere near that. Only compressor driven units can pull that much water out.
ktmrfs 10/07/20 09:51pm General RVing Issues
RE: Max amp draw

What is a max amp draw for a pair of Trojan T105s? I am trying to figure out wire sizing. more than likely the max current you will stuff in them to charge will be greater than the max current you pull. But you need to consider both cases. And both will depend on what you have. 50A charging is not unreasonable with a good charger, 6V jars don't like more than about 30-50A longer term draw. Disadvantage of GC is higher internal resistance which affects battery voltage on larger draw.
ktmrfs 10/07/20 09:46pm Tech Issues
RE: ? Which Dehumidifier?

haeir (sp?) makes almost all the portable dehumidifiers, they are just sold under a variety of brand names. Go to home depot, lowes etc. and check out what they have for the smaller units. All the smaller unitis I've seen, including the one we have has a tank but also the capability of hooking up a drain hose. Even the smallest ones (a few gallon capacity) will do fine for an RV.
ktmrfs 10/05/20 09:23am General RVing Issues
RE: Camping and Traveling in the west in Winter

In NW states, federal campgrounds start closing in late sept, you will find few if any open. Same with many RV parks, and county campgrounds. In Oregon the majority of state parks campgrounds have at least some of the sites open year round. A few are closed in the winter. But given your route, you won't be in Oregon. Washington has at least some of the statepark campgrounds open in the winter. I think there are some RV parks open year round in the Spokane/western Idaho area in the winter. There are few if any between missoula and spokane open in the winter. Going north from yellowstone there may be RV spots open in Bozeman and/or Missoula. More than likely in the larger (for the area) cities are a combo RVparks/mobile home parks, sometimes of pretty questionable reputation. Open year round because 1/2 or more of the "park" is permanent mobile homes.
ktmrfs 09/29/20 07:14pm General RVing Issues
RE: Why Didn't I Think of This Before?

I just mounted a cheap water pump in the pass through, output tapped into the fresh water inlet, input going to a hose and SSdip tube. stick the dip tube into a 7 gallon blue water jug,turn on the pump, wait a few minutes, jug empty. repeat as needed.
ktmrfs 09/27/20 09:39pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: What axle do I have?

5 lug 3500 6 lug 5200-6000 8 lug 7000-8000 Ballpark way to know. 4400# axles are 6-bolt I've never ever seen a 4400 LB axle on an RV because it has the same 10" hubs/brakes as a 3500 axle. 12" drums on a 6,000 axle. there are a LARGE number of trailer with the 4400lb axles. yes, they have 10" drums, 6 lugs and most of them have a 5200lb tube, the spindle is also unique to the 4400lb.
ktmrfs 09/26/20 09:16am General RVing Issues
RE: Accident with tow vehicle right before big camping trip?

my insurance company in case of accident provides a "like kind" vehicle if that's what I want. So, if it was my 3/4 diesel crew cab, that's what they would provide.
ktmrfs 09/25/20 08:27pm Travel Trailers
RE: Servicing Wheel Bearings

not knowing what the axle will be used for may be part of the repack recomendation. Boat trailers that get in the water one story. Travel trailer that gets used often, another story where you can probably go a long time between repack. Then there is the person that takes the trailer out once/year for 2 weeks and then it sits out for 50 weeks. probably not good for bearings either. I repack a new trailer axle at one year then let it go at least 5 years. My neighbor has put close to 200K miles on his cargo trailer and 150K on the previous cargo trailer and never had a failure and never did a repack either. They get 30K ish miles/year. Our son's work cargo trailer probably has 75K on it, about 10 years old, never been repacked, no issues.
ktmrfs 09/25/20 08:21pm Tech Issues
RE: Does RV antifreeze go bad?

I am not at home base now, but I use it in my washer which is in my shed when the temps drop. I don't know if it has a expiration date on it. Mine is going on 2 years old and I know that it was good at 1 yr when used last year. Good question. Just thought of something. Take a cup put some in it and see if it freezes in your frezzer?? If it does it goes bad. be careful. Many of the RV antifreezes will turn to a slush. It won't freeze solid and expand but it will become slushy. So if it does that in the freezer, it doesn't mean it is bad. That's just the way it is.
ktmrfs 09/25/20 05:45pm General RVing Issues
RE: Accident with tow vehicle right before big camping trip?

good question. Something I've thought about but not put much effort into. I suspect the eventual plan will depend a great deal on your insurance company, your financial situation, and where you are located relative to rental agencies that might something suitable and rentable for towing. Now I suppose you could change plans and rent a motorhome for the trip.
ktmrfs 09/25/20 02:05pm Travel Trailers
RE: Does RV antifreeze go bad?

Seeing as how vehicle manufacturers recommend changing coolant between 100,000 and 160,000 miles which might correlate to 10 years of severe duty, I don't think I would worry much about some virgin coolant in a jug. well, rv antifreeze is entirely different than vehicle antifreeze, RV is either propalene glycol or ethanol, vehicle antifreeze is ethalene glycol, very poisanous, along with other additives, and it is a sealed system. But a sealed or even open rv antifreeze jug that has been kept capped should be good for decades IMHO.
ktmrfs 09/25/20 02:01pm General RVing Issues
RE: Winter cover for TT

A tarp will get mildew underneath. It will scuff the surface of your RV if it moves, and if long exposure the tarp will start to deteriorate with weather and wind. A RV cover is much higher quality than a typical tarp. And probably not that much more expensive when you start looking at how many tarps or the cost of a large tarp that can cover most RV's. exactly. a plastic tarp is a BAD idea, will trap moisture, scuff the surface. In our community RV lot it seems like every year someone (tries to) cover their trailer with a tarp. Even with moderate wind and moderate sun, by the end of the year it's shredded and the next year that trailer is either uncovered or a trailer cover over it. And then someone else tries the same experiment, same result. What I can say is that the trailers that are covered with a trailer cover are in much better shape than those that are not. No yellow plastic, minimal or no black streaks, no chalky faded sides, no cracked peeling decals. Now, we seldom have winds over 25mph and even those are rare, and lots of rain but not a great deal of sun or snow.
ktmrfs 09/25/20 01:57pm General RVing Issues
RE: Dry Camping - Heat with Propane, or electrically w/Inverter?

my issue with the unvented heaters (buddy etc.) is that for every gallon of propane burned you release 3+ quarts of water into the trailer air. If you are camping in an area with low humidity, may be fine. If you are camping in an area with higher humidity, the result can be fogged windows and condensation even with a vent/window open. Same with the propane cooktop or propane oven., This is NOT an issue with the propane water heater or propane furnace since they vent combustion air outside.
ktmrfs 09/25/20 01:52pm Tech Issues
RE: Does RV antifreeze go bad?

mfg often are required by gov't regulations to state a shelf life on a product. Now in some cases, there is a real shelf life, an example is DEF which depending on temperature has a shelf life of a few months to a few years. In other cases rather than go through the testing to determine shelf life on long lived products,they create one. The two compounds used for RV antifreeze are propalene glycol which has an very long shelf life under normal conditions or ethanol. Now ethanol has a shelf life of decades, even centuries. If the antifreeze was sealed, I'd use it.
ktmrfs 09/24/20 08:45pm General RVing Issues
RE: Does RV antifreeze go bad?

mfg often are required by gov't regulations to state a shelf life on a product. Now in some cases, there is a real shelf life, an example is DEF which depending on temperature has a shelf life of a few months to a few years. In other cases rather than go through the testing to determine shelf life on long lived products,they create one. The two compounds used for RV antifreeze are propalene glycol which has an very long shelf life under normal conditions or ethanol. Now ethanol has a shelf life of decades, even centuries. If the antifreeze was sealed, I'd use it.
ktmrfs 09/24/20 08:45pm General RVing Issues
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