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RE: Tire Opinions

For towing, the primary consideration would be load rating. I would want at least what max RAWR covers in an LT tire (ie: if the rear axle is rated at 6000lb on the door sticker, I want at least a 3000lb rated tire). Best MPG is typically going to be a highway design but if you do some offroad work, you probably want to trade off for a slightly more aggressive tread (but nothing crazy). But unless you get into extreme off road tires, I wouldn't expect much impact on MPG regardless of choice. You certainly shouldn't be seeing 2-3MPG difference based on tires unless something is wrong. I know people swear by brands but never had an issue with off brand tires of the proper rating. Always got good life and no issues. Only failure in the last 15yrs of towing was when a leaf spring on the trailer failed and the broken end swung over and cut into the sidewall of the trailer tire.
valhalla360 10/26/20 08:58am Tow Vehicles
RE: questions.... I have them.. :D

I have yet to see a gravity fill where you don't need a funnel to fill from a jug. So I wind up balancing a flexible funnel while trying to pour a 5 gal jug into it. Seems much easier to have a spare 12v pump as was mentioned...build a little rig so you can screw the output to the fill valve and stick the suction end in the water jug. Get ahold of a short piece of PVC pipe and a 90 degree bend. A 6-8inch piece that sticks into the inlet hole connected to the 90 degree bend and a 2 inch piece sticking up from the 90 degree (we just dry fit and it's worked without leaking or falling apart). Now a funnel sits upright and the water is directed into the inlet with ease.
valhalla360 10/26/20 08:39am Tech Issues
RE: questions.... I have them.. :D

1) the fresh water tank fill on my motorhome is the kind where you have to hook up a hose and have pressure on it, to fill, just like the "city water". I would prefer to have a gravity fill so water can be added from a jug, or from a hose, using this adapter that I already have. I also really dislike messing around with screwing the hose on. Question 1: How big a deal would it be to change out that opening and is it something a person with a few skills could do herself? I'm also planning to winterize by blowing out the lines, rather than pink stuff (except the traps, of course.) I may go back and forth a few times a year doing this, so it seems less hassle than removing all the stuff in the storage space, taking off a panel, using the pump, and then reversing the process before very long. I have a small compressor and hose. Question 2: Is this the fitting I need? Question 3: Are there any particular pitfalls to winterizing using compressed air? I've been googling around and reading here. 1) Depends on how deeply buried the tank is. If you can get easy access to the inlet on the tank, it's a pretty easy thing to change out. If they have buried it and it's major surgery to get access, it can be a major project. 3) I find using antifreeze simpler. Air works if you do it right but it's easy to miss some water. If the hot water tank drain plug is removed and you have pink stuff flowing from every outlet (both hot and cold), there is really no question. If you are worried that it's hard to get at the pump to connect, add a longer hose once so it's easy to get to. Usually only takes a couple gallons to do most RVs and if it's easy access to the antifreeze hose, maybe 15 minutes to winterize. (PS: don't forget to drain the fresh water tank, there is usually a line coming out the bottom).
valhalla360 10/26/20 08:33am Tech Issues
RE: PSI rating variables

1) Order the correct tires now and hopefully get them in and on prior to having to move the trailer. 2) Air them up evenly and plan to travel slowly if you are forced in an emergency to move before the new tires come in. I would stop every 10-20 miles early on to check the tire temps.
valhalla360 10/26/20 08:25am Toy Haulers
RE: filling fresh water tank

We usually travel with 20-30% full. Generally there is no need to carry 500lb of water. If you are worried about taste, take a good filter and check before filling. Unlike the black and gray tanks, the fresh water sensors typically work fine. Unless you are pushing the length of time you can go on a tank, I don't like using the vent line to let me know it's full. The vent is often smaller than the inlet, so if the inlet is under good pressure, it can pressurize the tank. These tanks are not designed for that. If you are going to use that, I would throttle back on the water valve as you get near full.
valhalla360 10/26/20 08:19am Travel Trailers
RE: 12V or 6V

Bob213 is the only one that mentioned weight. Six 6 volt batteries will weigh 375 lbs or so. Something to consider. Mounting them safely also deserves some thought. I'm pretty sure that was a typo. It makes no sense to compare Six 6v batteries to two 12v batteries. It's a massively different battery bank size.
valhalla360 10/26/20 08:07am Fifth-Wheels
RE: A three cylinder Bronco.....a THREE cylinder Bronco???

My point was the same number of cylinders -- three. Period. That's all. And, I DO have a clue, after having been in the automobile business for 30 years. I know that 3 = 3, regardless of anything else. So based on your expert experience, the Cumins 5.9 diesel is a weak engine because a lot of 1980's minivans had weak V6 engines. 6 = 6 regardless of anything else by your logic. No need to put words in my mouth. I was SIMPLY stating that the number of cylinders was identical. Why the issue? The 3-cylinder in the Bronco Sport is a 3-cylinder. What's so hard to understand about that?? Where did I say anything about weakness? (other than hp and torque ratings of the Bronco Sport 3-cylinder). However, I never compared those ratings to 3-cylinder engines of the past. If all you want to do is argue for sport, PM me and we can take it from there. I didn't put words into your mouth. I expanded on your logic to show the fallacy in complaining that it's only 3 cylinders. Why is it a big deal that it's 3 cylinders?
valhalla360 10/26/20 07:59am Dinghy Towing
RE: Hulu, or something similar?

Verizon does not differentiate between phone data use and hotspot data use. Unless I'm reading the plans wrong, they do. You can get 'unlimited' data but no hotspot. If you want hotspot they will allot you so many gigs, then throttle you. This is true. After the hotspot allotment, it does throttle but as long as you are using standard def, it still works OK.
valhalla360 10/26/20 07:56am Technology Corner
RE: new roof

Is that a firm price or a worst case estimate. It's not uncommon that they go with the worst case estimate. If they tell you $7k and in the end it's $4k, you walk away happy that they got it done cheaper. If they tell you $4k (their real best estimate) and once they open it up, it's worse, either they eat the cost difference or you get ticked off that it suddenly went up to $7k. Getting a 2nd opinion is a good idea. Without seeing the damage myself, hard to say if they are taking advantage of you or not.
valhalla360 10/26/20 05:29am Travel Trailers
RE: 12V or 6V

Either way I recommend 4 batteries minimum if running a 2000 watt inverter anywhere close to capacity. Agreed, maybe even more if you plan to do more than a couple minutes with the microwave. 2000w translates to around 170amps @ 12v. A pair of 6v can provide the amperage as can a 12v starting battery. The problem is if you have 220 amp-hr @ 12v (supplied by 6v or 12v bank), you will be lucky to get 25-30min before you hit 50% charge pulling that kind of amperage (keep in mind Mr. Peurket will ding you hard with those kinds of draws) Now if you start talking about exotic battery types, it's a totally different discussion from what the OP is asking about.
valhalla360 10/26/20 05:18am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 12V or 6V

If one 6v battery fails you have NO DC for RV If one 12V battery fails you still have 12V DC for RV If a cell fails, a cell fails and you have no DC. 2 6v vs 1 12v and you have the same number of cells. Of course, deep cycle battery cell failure is less likely as they have thicker stronger plates.
valhalla360 10/26/20 05:10am Fifth-Wheels
RE: A three cylinder Bronco.....a THREE cylinder Bronco???

My point was the same number of cylinders -- three. Period. That's all. And, I DO have a clue, after having been in the automobile business for 30 years. I know that 3 = 3, regardless of anything else. So based on your expert experience, the Cumins 5.9 diesel is a weak engine because a lot of 1980's minivans had weak V6 engines. 6 = 6 regardless of anything else by your logic.
valhalla360 10/26/20 05:06am Dinghy Towing
RE: 1/2 ton truck towing question

Manufactured warranty rating is not a legal amount you have to stick to driving down the road. You registered GVW is. My C2500 I get 8000 lbs, NOT the door sticker if 8600. I'm 600 lbs over wieght per Every LEO/CVEO in Washington state, probably every other jurisdiction I dirive in and out of including Canada. If I buy the next higher rating in 2000 lb increments, I am legal to that amount, as would you. Ice been pulled over, wieghed, pulled into wieght scales OVER my door sticker, under paid for rating, and have yet to get an over wieght ticket. The only place a manufactured rating will mean anything is in a civil case trial. Even at that, if may not. I'm not worried about what my door sticker says, as last I checked, manufactured do not make up laws police ticket you on. This is no different than insurance not paying out, they, will, then cancel you. Warranty repairs on other hand, if beyond their terms, they don't have to pay out. Marty You were the one implying a shop will change the manufacturers rating by adding a note on the sticker.
valhalla360 10/25/20 02:37pm Towing
RE: 1/2 ton truck towing question

Some of these comments are interesting... If you can add an extra leaf spring to a 3/4 ton to give it the capability of a 1 ton, why can't you do the same to a 1/2 ton? The difference is for many years (some of the newer models it's no longer true), the ONLY difference was the rear springs (and maybe wheels/tires). The brakes, frame, axles, motors, transmissions, etc...were identical to the SRW 1 ton trucks. So if you checked the springs, wheels & tires were upgraded...you had a truck that was identical to the SRW 1 ton. 1/2 ton trucks have different frames, axles, brakes, transmissions, etc... so unless you go thru all those things and upgrade them, you haven't built a 3/4 or 1 ton out of a 1/2 ton.
valhalla360 10/25/20 02:37pm Towing
RE: Incline and dips - determining clearance

"It's the RATE OF CHANGE IN SLOPE over a short distance that matters." That makes sense. Hard to pin a number on that perhaps.....one that can be measuresd and used. I guess experienced haulers just go by past experience. That's why I initially said, you would almost have to do a survey but if you could get a buddy with a similar rig to slowly pull in, you could check it out ahead of time.
valhalla360 10/25/20 02:27pm Towing
RE: A three cylinder Bronco.....a THREE cylinder Bronco???

Quote: "It is the Ford ecoboost line (ie: turbo version), so not exactly the same as the old geo metro." It IS exactly the same when it comes to number of cylinders. That was my point. A 30yr old 3 cylinder naturally aspirated design vs a modern turbo charged 3 cylinder....If you think that is the same, you haven't got a clue. Also, 197hp and 213ft-lb of torque which the turbo can generate at 1200rpm...that should be plenty for most users. Then again, most buyers will never show it anything worse than a dirt road.
valhalla360 10/25/20 02:02pm Dinghy Towing
RE: 12V or 6V

6 - 6volt batteries is a lot more than 2 - 12volt batteries (depending on specific models likely more than 3 times as much). Of course, it will cost and weigh a lot more also. Assuming you meant 2 - 6volt vs 2 - 12volt, I would lean toward the 6volt option. 6volt golf cart batteries are true deep cycle batteries. Most dual purpose 12volt batteries really are built as starting batteries and get a different label. If you draw them down deep, they won't hold up as well as a true deep cycle battery. The amperage draw from the 5er will be low enough that either can handle the draw. The 6volt option will likely hold more amp-hours and hold up to being drawn down better in the long term.
valhalla360 10/25/20 01:53pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: A three cylinder Bronco.....a THREE cylinder Bronco???

It is the Ford ecoboost line (ie: turbo version), so not exactly the same as the old geo metro. It is funny to watch all the old guys with rose colored glasses going on about the old bronco. My brother had one and it wasn't long before he had a few tow straps for it. Not because it got stuck in rough conditions...but because they held the body together.
valhalla360 10/25/20 06:30am Dinghy Towing
RE: Hulu, or something similar?

our coach has Direct TV satellite antenna, but we haven't tried it yet.I'd stick with that. Data costs are not coming down to any reasonable level for my tastes, so I'm keeping my DTV as long as they are in business. And you can get DTV in a lot more places than you can phone service, and Rv park wifi generally sucks. We gave up on Direct TV. Given the price, it was cheaper to get a couple of unlimited cell phone plans (already need one anyway). We don't bother with high def most of the time. Supplemented with a bit of wifi when a campground has decent coverage, it works well. Some of it depends on what you are watching. - Evening news, we just use over the air. - Typical sitcom, we go with standard def. No need to see the blackheads on the character's noses. - Really it's movies with a lot of special effects and imagery where we will bump to high def. We do watch a lot of youtube and it's nice because the system will automatically adjust the definition if you are on a slow connection.
valhalla360 10/25/20 06:23am Technology Corner
RE: Incline and dips - determining clearance

I don’t know much about 5ers so this may sound stupid but here we go. Could you make something that would hold your tailgate part way open and part way closed while your crossing the dip? Doesn't really help. The back corners of the bed are not part of the gate. Now if you replaced the bed with a flatbed deck, that would solve the issue.
valhalla360 10/25/20 06:16am Towing
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