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Forum: Going Green 10-10-2019, 11:24 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,886
Posted By Natebert
Their Lynx shunt is connected via their ve.can...

Their Lynx shunt is connected via their ve.can protocol and sends this data combined with their Ve.Bus BMS from their SmartLithium batteries.
Forum: Going Green 10-08-2019, 08:35 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,886
Posted By Natebert
Just a friendly heads up, this has been available...

Just a friendly heads up, this has been available for years with the use of their CCGX monitor panel and Ve.Direct cabling.
Forum: Going Green 10-06-2019, 07:45 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,972
Posted By Natebert
We used the Lynx busbar system from Victron for...

We used the Lynx busbar system from Victron for parallel connections, where we wired 2 batteries and 2 inverters and 2 mppt solar controllers all in parallel with it.
Each connection can be fused...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 10-06-2019, 07:38 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 742
Posted By Natebert
We made our own auto-gen timer start/stop...

We made our own auto-gen timer start/stop circuit, however, there are a few out there that are pre-made available for purchase.

One of the ones I was looking at prior to building our own was by a...
Forum: Going Green 10-03-2019, 11:38 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,886
Posted By Natebert
Interesting you mention this. We've been running...

Interesting you mention this. We've been running full Victron gear (inverters, controllers, even batteries) and never once needed to contact tech support for anything. We don't use a phone to...
Forum: Going Green 10-02-2019, 09:57 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,886
Posted By Natebert
We are using Grape Solar 180w from HomeDepot. ...

We are using Grape Solar 180w from HomeDepot.

But you can easily calculate your panels max using the specs that come with your panel.

These are the specs that come with your panel.
...
Forum: Going Green 10-02-2019, 04:29 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,886
Posted By Natebert
Did some quick math here as I feel like you may...

Did some quick math here as I feel like you may be shorting yourself a little in the solar controller department.
The quick math says:
10x190w = 1900w total potential
1900w/12v= 158a total...
Forum: Going Green 09-23-2019, 06:19 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,360
Posted By Natebert
Victron MPPT controllers will de-rate the output...

Victron MPPT controllers will de-rate the output amps, but Victron advises to NEVER exceed input voltage.
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 09-11-2019, 04:13 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,011
Posted By Natebert
This is the only 24k rated pin box that fit our...

This is the only 24k rated pin box that fit our trailer.

https://i.imgur.com/BbyEf8U.jpg
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 09-11-2019, 04:07 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,678
Posted By Natebert
New axles, cross members, longer U-bolts, spring...

New axles, cross members, longer U-bolts, spring spacers, heavier duty springs, new shackles, and upgraded equalizers (disc brakes not shown) = ~ 2.5" lift for us.

https://i.imgur.com/dHiIkks.jpg...
Forum: Going Green 09-11-2019, 02:16 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,360
Posted By Natebert
This is a good question and after my observations...

This is a good question and after my observations since installing them, my answer would be no.

There are 6 panels in series.
Normal Vmpp voltage is at 19.67v.
Max Open Circuit Voltage per panel...
Forum: Boondocking 09-07-2019, 10:21 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 6,626
Posted By Natebert
Using the wiring diagram on the Victron website,...

Using the wiring diagram on the Victron website, these are the Crouzet timers and relay used to start the generator using the signal from the Victron CCGX.

https://i.imgur.com/89my6U0.jpg

These...
Forum: Boondocking 09-06-2019, 11:36 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 6,626
Posted By Natebert
We built our own using this basic recipe -...

We built our own using this basic recipe - https://www.victronenergy.com/live/auto-generator-start-stop:start

The key was the Cruzmet MUR3 timers.
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 08-30-2019, 11:02 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,288
Posted By Natebert
Yah, pretty much all Victron equipment that...

Yah, pretty much all Victron equipment that consists of:


2 x Quattro 12|5000|220-100/100 120v split phase.
2 x 300Ah Smart Lithium 12.8v LiFePo4 Batteries
Ve.Bus BMS
Lynx Ve.Can Shunt...
Forum: Boondocking 08-29-2019, 08:51 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 6,626
Posted By Natebert
It's been a while since I've posted so I thought...

It's been a while since I've posted so I thought that I'd give a brief update.


We added a couple more solar panels this spring, bringing our total to 12.
...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 08-29-2019, 06:04 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,288
Posted By Natebert
We placed all of our equipment (including the...

We placed all of our equipment (including the LiFePo4 bats) in the pass through. It's heated and cooled

https://i2.wp.com/granitepath.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/img_20180512_143746.jpg
Forum: Going Green 08-29-2019, 01:37 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,360
Posted By Natebert
We're running 12x180w panels. ...

We're running 12x180w panels.

https://i2.wp.com/granitepath.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/60443739_2443215845691256_7291864010494836736_o.jpg


We've broken them down into two strings of 6...
Forum: Going Green 07-29-2019, 04:07 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,993
Posted By Natebert
This is a difficult question to answer without...

This is a difficult question to answer without knowing all of your existing costs and operating parameters.

We are full-timers, and have full time Information Technology jobs that allows us to...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 04-30-2019, 08:26 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,518
Posted By Natebert
To me, the most active GD 'forums' I have found...

To me, the most active GD 'forums' I have found have been on the site that rhymes with 'pace took'. Over 30k+ members in the main GD group there. It has members employed from Grand Design which...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 04-10-2019, 12:58 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 6,096
Posted By Natebert
Might want to consider upgrading trailer brakes...

Might want to consider upgrading trailer brakes to disc too!
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 03-21-2019, 09:29 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 5,450
Posted By Natebert
These are the same thoughts I'd have too. We...

These are the same thoughts I'd have too.
We used to 'camp' in a 30' TT but knew that for full timing living we'd want WAY more space and opted for a 42' Momentum and couldn't be happier with our...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 03-18-2019, 06:15 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 5,450
Posted By Natebert
A lot of national parks were built when a 28-30'...

A lot of national parks were built when a 28-30' bumper pull was about the largest trailer available. Convert that into a 5th wheel and you are near 30-34''.

It's tough to live full time in...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 03-17-2019, 06:35 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 9,001
Posted By Natebert
We've been pretty happy full timing for the past...

We've been pretty happy full timing for the past 2 years in our Grand Designs Momentum 376th.
Lots of storage, full floor plan living space.
Grand Designs Momentum trailers are purpose built for...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 02-19-2019, 01:22 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 5,560
Posted By Natebert
A diesel dually truck equipped with a nice brush...

A diesel dually truck equipped with a nice brush guard bumper.

A 100g fuel tank (in bed aux fuel)

A 300lb hitch

Chainsaw, chains, firewood, step ladder, cooler

Bodies
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 02-13-2019, 12:19 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,939
Posted By Natebert
I love my B&W Companion. Very quiet with no slop...

I love my B&W Companion. Very quiet with no slop with the king pin and silent pivoting. It is heavy though.
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 02-10-2019, 11:52 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 6,926
Posted By Natebert
You might want to double check the literature,...

You might want to double check the literature, 120 gallon or 120 pound -
There is a significant difference. A 4" tall, 100# propane tank holds roughly 25g.

Also, you might want to check on...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 02-08-2019, 07:30 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 6,926
Posted By Natebert
Hey Kate, Connectivity: Do some reading...

Hey Kate,


Connectivity: Do some reading on using a MiMo antenna vs a boosted signal. You may find that you'll end up pitching the WeBoost into the drawer of other totally useless electronics...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 02-07-2019, 11:33 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,939
Posted By Natebert
We have a 2017 RAM 3500 Dually Laramie and added...

We have a 2017 RAM 3500 Dually Laramie and added AirRide 7500XL bags. We tow a 41' 5th wheel that is 20k gvwr, with approx 4600lb pin weight.


We have a 100g fuel tank in the bed, plus a B&W...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 02-04-2019, 02:12 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 630
Posted By Natebert
How heavy of a trailer? My father...

How heavy of a trailer?



My father uses an Anderson Ultimate (alum.) with a 14k trailer and he's bent 3 of them over the past few years years with normal (non-accident) use. Their customer...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 02-04-2019, 01:02 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 6,926
Posted By Natebert
We too are two fulltime IT workers who live in a...

We too are two fulltime IT workers who live in a Big 5er fulltime. We purchased a Grand Design Momentum 376th and removed one of the couches in the slide to make a dedicated office space.
We've...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 02-01-2019, 11:57 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,573
Posted By Natebert
Does this answer the question? The tag line...

Does this answer the question?

The tag line reads - "Full Time Living With You For The Long Haul"



https://www.granddesignrv.com/why-gdrv/full-time-living
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 01-31-2019, 11:00 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,573
Posted By Natebert
We have been full-timing in our GD Momentum 376th...

We have been full-timing in our GD Momentum 376th for ~ 18 months now. This is our 4 trailer. The initial quality seems to surpass the other brands we've had (Fleetwood and Outdoor RV). As with...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 01-31-2019, 10:56 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,573
Posted By Natebert
You might want to check on this as I'm not sure...

You might want to check on this as I'm not sure that is the case anymore as the GD dealership in Boise, ID clearly advertises the opposite of this that. They DO warranty models for fultiming.
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 01-21-2019, 04:24 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,974
Posted By Natebert
We like our FL because of the commanding view of...

We like our FL because of the commanding view of being elevated an extra couple of steps!
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 01-08-2019, 11:35 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,487
Posted By Natebert
Our only experience with GS was also not a...

Our only experience with GS was also not a positive one. I have not renewed since.
Forum: Technology: Internet, TV, Satellite, Cell Phones, etc. 01-04-2019, 10:56 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,826
Posted By Natebert
I might suggest looking at Cradlepoint dual modem...

I might suggest looking at Cradlepoint dual modem routers like the IRB1700 or the AER2200 series. You can run up to 4 SIMs across 2 modems, (*plus wifi*). All that the WiFiRanger can do and more. ...
Forum: Boondocking 10-30-2018, 10:26 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 6,626
Posted By Natebert
Great question. Answered via PM.

Great question. Answered via PM.
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 10-06-2018, 06:13 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 9,509
Posted By Natebert
It's my experience that most coastal states...

It's my experience that most coastal states (eastern and western) do not allow double towing, when most of the interior states do. That is if you fall within your tow vehicles GVWR and the overall...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 09-23-2018, 09:38 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,360
Posted By Natebert
I've seen 3 different Andersen hitch failures on...

I've seen 3 different Andersen hitch failures on my father's rig, who like you, enjoys the light weight 'Ultimate' hitch (made from aluminum). He can easily remove it from the bed of his truck if...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 09-23-2018, 09:21 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 9,056
Posted By Natebert
The condensation on the windows them selves isn't...

The condensation on the windows them selves isn't such a big deal, except that it can be so bad that in the Pacific North West the water will drain off of the window fast enough to fill the window...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 09-21-2018, 04:30 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,449
Posted By Natebert
Those 3 brands that you picked would also be in...

Those 3 brands that you picked would also be in my top 3.

I believe a fellow RVer once said that you are looking for the nicest house in the roughest neighborhood.
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 09-21-2018, 04:12 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,360
Posted By Natebert
Been using a B&W Companion + MorRyde pin box and...

Been using a B&W Companion + MorRyde pin box and have been very happy with it. My truck has airbags on the suspension, and I've felt no need for it on the hitch.
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 09-21-2018, 04:05 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,690
Posted By Natebert
We 'upgraded' from the LCI RotoFlex (a rubber...

We 'upgraded' from the LCI RotoFlex (a rubber pad) to a MorRyde Rubber Pin box (another rubber pad) and noticed an improvement.

The LCI rubber pad would walk between the 2 plates and you could...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 09-21-2018, 03:59 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 9,056
Posted By Natebert
Same. They help with sound (great for...

Same.


They help with sound (great for noisy campgrounds/RV parks), condensation, and temperature. Weather we are in the summer, or winter.

We too would never own another rv without.
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 09-21-2018, 03:37 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 9,448
Posted By Natebert
We are full timers for the past ~15 months. We...

We are full timers for the past ~15 months. We pretty much run at MAX cargo capacity on both truck and trailer, we'd bring more if we could, but we don't want to be outside of the engineered...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 09-20-2018, 10:45 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,498
Posted By Natebert
It entirely depends on trailer pin weight, and...

It entirely depends on trailer pin weight, and other equipment in the truck.

For example.
A 100g in-bed fuel tank (pump, tank, and fuel) could easily weight 800lbs or more, plus you may have a...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 09-17-2018, 12:37 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,498
Posted By Natebert
I put AirLift 7500XLs, with dual compressors and...

I put AirLift 7500XLs, with dual compressors and their SmartAir II auto leveling system on my rig and noticed a nice improvement in ride quality/softness. The truck (when connected to my trailer)...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 09-05-2018, 06:23 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 12,889
Posted By Natebert
Trying to not start anything here, but having...

Trying to not start anything here, but having worked on vehicles in both a private and professional capacity. This might be something else to consider when making a decision, and I think its a topic...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 09-05-2018, 06:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 776
Posted By Natebert
JATT - Just Another Tire Thread

Guys,
Please don't bail out on me here. I've read countless tire discussions and debates about what is best for this and that, but never found anything that answers my question below.

I have a 1...
Forum: Boondocking 08-28-2018, 12:50 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 6,626
Posted By Natebert
I would generally tend agree, but some of these...

I would generally tend agree, but some of these missing features are not new inventions and would easily be assumed to have been included due to their basic and related functions.

Like a MAC...
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