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Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 07-27-2021, 07:24 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 789
Posted By Jerry Burks
We rolled it up and strapped it with bungees to...

We rolled it up and strapped it with bungees to the rear bumper of our old motorhome.
Our new 5th wheel does not have a bumper and for a while I considered strapping the carpet to the rear ladder....
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 07-25-2021, 07:48 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 486
Posted By Jerry Burks
I bought a 4-camera wireless system and used only...

I bought a 4-camera wireless system and used only 3 of them so far (2 back and one to watch the hitch). I am considering installing the 4th camera on top of the front A/C in case of height concerns....
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 07-25-2021, 04:17 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 5,182
Posted By Jerry Burks
We bought our 310RL in February at Bish's in...

We bought our 310RL in February at Bish's in Cheyenne, WY. The MSRP is not on the sales documents but IIRC it was around 83k back then. We tried 2 other dealers but this was the best we could get.
...
Forum: Going Green 07-24-2021, 08:11 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 4,116
Posted By Jerry Burks
I used to have two DC24 FLA batteries in my 5th...

I used to have two DC24 FLA batteries in my 5th wheel, total capacity 130 Ah. That was barely sufficient to run the furnace fan through a cool night. And what capacity was left did not run the...
Forum: Outdoors RV Owner's Forum 07-23-2021, 08:11 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 266
Posted By Jerry Burks
Why disconnect the solar? If you do that any...

Why disconnect the solar? If you do that any parasitic loads will slowly discharge the battery.

I would rather disconnect directly at the battery. I did that using a rotary battery disconnect...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 07-22-2021, 06:22 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,822
Posted By Jerry Burks
I did read about some 2020 models that had too...

I did read about some 2020 models that had too high numbers on the sticker that were reduced later. But mine is a 2021 model and the sticker number is lower than the web site spec. As it happens,...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 07-21-2021, 09:20 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 1,822
Posted By Jerry Burks
I have the '21 F350 Lariat SRW Diesel, crew cab...

I have the '21 F350 Lariat SRW Diesel, crew cab 4x4 and found this weird thing (was discussed in another thread)

Ford web site said rear GAWR is indeed 7230 lbs (screen clip in first pic) which is...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 07-17-2021, 09:26 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 846
Posted By Jerry Burks
IIRC it is a regular "RV King" i.e. 72"x80" ...

IIRC it is a regular "RV King" i.e. 72"x80"

We did not replace the Serta mattress. It feels quite hard when new but (in spite of some back problems) I sleep well on it without additional back pain.
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 07-16-2021, 12:24 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 464
Posted By Jerry Burks
If you look up the Ford web site it does show...

If you look up the Ford web site it does show much higher rear GAWR spec of 7230lbs. But I suppose the individual truck sticker is more the valid number than some marketing specs (a.k.a. bloody...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 07-16-2021, 12:02 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 464
Posted By Jerry Burks
Well, that may be strange, especially that so...

Well, that may be strange, especially that so much of that truck is aluminum. But it is what it is...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 07-14-2021, 12:06 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 464
Posted By Jerry Burks
According to the door sticker CC (incl....

According to the door sticker CC (incl. passengers) is 3634 lbs. However, if I take the GVWR of 11.500 lbs and subtract the measured curb weight (with full tank) of 4160 lbs (front) and 3381 lbs...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 07-14-2021, 10:05 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 464
Posted By Jerry Burks
Keep in mind if the 250 or the 350 are short beds...

Keep in mind if the 250 or the 350 are short beds the trailer nose may collide in tight angles. We have the same 310RL on an F350 (OEM pucks) and I bought the Pullrite Superslide for that reason. I...
Forum: Navigation, Routes & Roads 07-12-2021, 07:06 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 152
Posted By Jerry Burks
Thanks All for the replies. Need to think about...

Thanks All for the replies. Need to think about that.
When I mentioned "scenic" I was not expecting something like Grand Canyon but rather unusual scenery and local life. For that matter we enjoyed...
Forum: Navigation, Routes & Roads 07-12-2021, 10:30 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 152
Posted By Jerry Burks
Galveston to Lafayette

I am planning a trip from Galveston, TX to Lafayette, LA and looking for a scenic route (avoid the I10). Traveling with a 35' 5th wheel end of September. I know there is a risk of severe weather that...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 07-10-2021, 09:32 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 5,182
Posted By Jerry Burks
And another improvement... I found the cheapo...

And another improvement...
I found the cheapo steel strap very hard to fasten and remove. Eventually the tiny rivets of the latch broke and I had to find another solution. Strange enough there does...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 07-10-2021, 04:40 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 5,182
Posted By Jerry Burks
Finally got around to the dinette pics, see...

Finally got around to the dinette pics, see below. the bench height is about 2-3" lower than the chairs so I had the option of raising the benches on spacers or lowering the table brackets on the...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 07-07-2021, 09:29 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 393
Posted By Jerry Burks
F350 Recall

I got a recall for our rather new F350 (Feb '21) regarding the windshield. Apparently the windshield is not well glued and can come off in an accident.

Made an appointment with my local Ford...
Forum: Going Green 07-05-2021, 07:08 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,298
Posted By Jerry Burks
So I got that thing to work... Not exactly...

So I got that thing to work...
Not exactly pretty but as good as my eyes (need new glasses I guess) and my shaky hands allow. That tiny comparator chip almost killed me. I ruined 4 of them before I...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 07-03-2021, 07:04 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,557
Posted By Jerry Burks
:eek: Wow, would have been out of budget. I...

:eek: Wow, would have been out of budget. I guess we did reasonably well...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 07-03-2021, 04:45 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,557
Posted By Jerry Burks
We bought or new Alliance 310RL in February '21...

We bought or new Alliance 310RL in February '21 for $64,500 plus tax. MSRP was around $85k IIRC. Yes it has 3 AC units, auto-leveler and nice appliances (18cuft fridge and 4-flame stove, solid...
Forum: Going Green 07-01-2021, 07:58 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,298
Posted By Jerry Burks
Same here, I did not find anything for this...

Same here, I did not find anything for this purpose. Oh well, got to do it myself. I bought a 250A relay and a few other components and will hack it together next week. It should turn off charging at...
Forum: Going Green 06-28-2021, 05:14 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 364
Posted By Jerry Burks
Keep in mind the 200Ah and 300Ah Chins with...

Keep in mind the 200Ah and 300Ah Chins with heater have only a BMS that can handle 100 Amps out. Not enough for a 2kW inverter.
The ones without heater can source 200 Amps out so the unheated 300...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 06-25-2021, 09:20 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 5,182
Posted By Jerry Burks
I have the trailer in storage now but will take...

I have the trailer in storage now but will take pics next time I am there.

The reason for the modification was that (while the chairs look somewhat more elegant) I was tired of strapping them to...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 06-24-2021, 01:54 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 5,182
Posted By Jerry Burks
Here some more. It is a simple lever on either...

Here some more. It is a simple lever on either side of the stairs, cut from 3/4" aluminum plate. I used a mill but I guess it could be done with a bandsaw and drill press. If the aluminum plate is...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 06-23-2021, 04:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 296
Posted By Jerry Burks
I think you need to get a real power meter to...

I think you need to get a real power meter to assess the input power. If the charger or other 120V loads have an inductive or capacitive component, the current may be out of phase with the voltage...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 06-22-2021, 06:37 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 5,182
Posted By Jerry Burks
Update on my old improvement list post in this...

Update on my old improvement list post in this thread: everything done including the dinette (from RecPro). Final job was the Solid Step leg latches. These ball detent pins drove me nuts...
Forum: Going Green 06-18-2021, 05:32 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,298
Posted By Jerry Burks
Thanks also for the additional info. That...

Thanks also for the additional info.
That constant charge voltage held at 14.5V made me nervous and I am now just going to turn off the battery disconnect switch when on shore power (except if I...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 06-12-2021, 08:20 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 5,182
Posted By Jerry Burks
Another observation regrading the nice no-step...

Another observation regrading the nice no-step slides...
Make sure you sweep up all small pebbles and gravel pieces that come in in your shoe soles. If they get in under the slides they may make a...
Forum: Going Green 06-11-2021, 06:50 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,298
Posted By Jerry Burks
Thanks for the very extensive discussion! ...

Thanks for the very extensive discussion!



In the meantime I have installed the new LiFePo4 battery, set the Progressive converter to the Lithium settings and got it all to work. Also, I set...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 06-10-2021, 06:16 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 5,182
Posted By Jerry Burks
Well, not exactly. My Alliance 310RL came with...

Well, not exactly. My Alliance 310RL came with the Norcold fridge and inverter installed, but I guess the inverter was there because it had already the pre-installed solar package (unbeknownst by the...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 06-08-2021, 10:14 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 5,182
Posted By Jerry Burks
I noticed the USB charger outlets of my Alliance...

I noticed the USB charger outlets of my Alliance have rather small recessed receptacles. It worked with genuine Apple cables which have a slim plug but several aftermarket cables with a thicker plug...
Forum: Going Green 06-04-2021, 05:19 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,298
Posted By Jerry Burks
So I ordered that 300Ah CHINS battery 6 days ago...

So I ordered that 300Ah CHINS battery 6 days ago and was told it should arrive sometime mid to end of the month. And what...it showed up today at my door.

Had not really planned for it but I will...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 06-04-2021, 08:40 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 672
Posted By Jerry Burks
That is nice and I considered doing that as well....

That is nice and I considered doing that as well. Unfortunately, on my 5th wheel there is the middle leveler ram where the stairs would fold in. So I guess I have to live with that solid step thing.
Forum: Going Green 06-02-2021, 11:13 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,298
Posted By Jerry Burks
Thanks, this makes a lot of sense. Since the...

Thanks, this makes a lot of sense. Since the Renogy controller does not have a separate "full charge voltage" number I will set the "Boost" voltage to 14.6V and turn the "Float" voltage off. If I set...
Forum: Going Green 06-02-2021, 07:31 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,298
Posted By Jerry Burks
O.K. confirmed...Progressive tech support is...

O.K. confirmed...Progressive tech support is saying the converter charge voltage is constant 14.6V. Their product does not have any features for boost or float in Lithium mode. And the battery seller...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 06-01-2021, 10:05 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 5,182
Posted By Jerry Burks
I need to check that out as well. Did you get the...

I need to check that out as well. Did you get the warranty card from the dealer or from Lionshead?

Regarding the earlier question about the locks: I replaced the entrance door lock with the...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 06-01-2021, 07:39 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 5,182
Posted By Jerry Burks
Hm, where did you get the 5 year warranty info...

Hm, where did you get the 5 year warranty info from? When I checked with Alliance they sent me a sheet from Lionshead that asked to register with Customer Care Club Registration...
Forum: Going Green 06-01-2021, 12:03 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,298
Posted By Jerry Burks
This is a 300Ah CHINS battery with following...

This is a 300Ah CHINS battery with following charge specs. If the Progressive charger really stops at 14.6V I guess I should be O.K. The cells are supposed to be regular prismatic automotive cells.
Forum: Going Green 06-01-2021, 08:40 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,298
Posted By Jerry Burks
LiFePo4 settings on Progressive Dynamics Converter

My camper has a Progresssive Dynamics PD4500 converter/charger and a Renogy Rover 40A solar controller. Right now I am switching from an FLA battery to a LiFePo4 battery.

The battery seller gave...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 05-31-2021, 08:56 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 345
Posted By Jerry Burks
Our refrigerator 18cuft Norcold stays cold enough...

Our refrigerator 18cuft Norcold stays cold enough by itself for 4-5 of hours while traveling. Frozen stays frozen and beer is still cold. For real long trips we leave the propane on.
I tried with...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 05-31-2021, 12:03 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,516
Posted By Jerry Burks
See post #27 and #28

See post #27 and #28
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 05-31-2021, 10:33 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,516
Posted By Jerry Burks
One more picture: Hinge close-up. They are...

One more picture: Hinge close-up. They are attached to the bed rail top with rivnuts and machine screws. If I had to do it again I would see to attach it to the bed rail inside with an angle profile...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 05-31-2021, 10:27 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,516
Posted By Jerry Burks
Here are the pictures...

1. Truck bed tonneau unfolded. The notch in the 5th wheel gate allows reaching the rear rail clamps so I don't need to open the gate to fold the tonneau. If a stock tailgate is used it must be opened...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 05-30-2021, 08:48 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,516
Posted By Jerry Burks
I got this one:...

I got this one: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B077BXNMK5. It is a pretty sturdy box. Not exactly cheap but there are much more expensive boxes. I found the real cheap ones are just flimsy. I...
Forum: Going Green 05-30-2021, 06:03 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 624
Posted By Jerry Burks
I would not bet that you will get the identical...

I would not bet that you will get the identical panels when you re-order from the same "manufacturer" (i.e. Private Label re-seller).
I got my RV with a pre-installed 190W Go-Power kit. For...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 05-30-2021, 05:12 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 15,301
Posted By Jerry Burks
O.K., here some good service experiences....

O.K., here some good service experiences. Admittedly 2 of the 3 from dealers where we bought the RV.
1. We bought a "new" 2018 Jayco Alante MH from Richardson's in Riverside/CA that had been sitting...
Forum: Going Green 05-30-2021, 08:40 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 495
Posted By Jerry Burks
Where were you? Determines length of daylight and...

Where were you? Determines length of daylight and angle of sun.
At 9000 feet in the Rocky Mountains, on a sunny day in May, no shade.

Did you raise and point the panels towards the sun?
Panels...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 05-30-2021, 08:09 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,198
Posted By Jerry Burks
I am sometimes wondering if the folks who hang...

I am sometimes wondering if the folks who hang the signs have a rule to post the number exactly or to give it a few inches of margin? I guess it would have to be the minimum across the full lane...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 05-29-2021, 12:24 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 757
Posted By Jerry Burks
Thanks All, I will try that.

Thanks All, I will try that.
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 05-28-2021, 09:12 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,516
Posted By Jerry Burks
I installed a TonneauPro soft folding cover...

I installed a TonneauPro soft folding cover (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003Z9UV8Y) on my short bed F350. Quite reasonable price and does not flutter. When folded it allows using the Pullrite...
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