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  1. With electric current travelling at pretty close to the speed of light (186,000 miles per second) and the wavelength of 60 Hz current being 5,000 miles I figure it would have to be pretty far in order to make a difference in phase.
  2. Yup! What they said: Pump s l o w e r at the truck pumps. Also you might try adjusting the position of the nozzle a bit. On our rig that is pretty fussy.
  3. Often, in fact usually, in our coach we have the same problem. I have checked everywhere and cannot find any incorrect or poor wiring or connections. Someone told me that some GFI circuits don't "Play Well" together. At home, and at a nieces place, to use a GFI protected outlet we have to kill two breakers in the coach, plug in the shore power then turn the coach breakers back on. I discovered this when trying to trouble shoot a suspected faulty circuit in the rig: I turned off all breakers in the coach then plugged in the shore power. Shore power GFI didn't trip. I then turned on all other breakers one by one waiting for one to trip the GFI at the post. Nothing triped it, all circuits in the coach worked, including the GFIs in the rig. (head and galley) I then unplugged the rig and pluged it in again: Breaker tripped. Seveal rounds of this found 2 15A breakers that had to be off when plugging in to the GFI outlet. The breakers could then be turned on without tripping the GFI. When I later related this to an electrician brother-in-law his first comment was GFI breakers in the coach were causing it. He said it frequently happens. I would strongly suggest that you FIRST have all the circuits in the coach checked by an electrician. If they find no fault then the only course is to do what we do.
  4. We towed a 4 door Wrangler for three years behing our Itasca Horizon (similar to the Journey). We do not need a drop receiver To be really sure have the tdealer fire up the coach and allow the air suspension to fill then go back and measure while the coach is on a flat solid surface. That will give you the answer.
  5. Lot's of good advice. A few driving tips from a professional big rig driving instructor are well worth doing. We all develope bad habits and transfering them to a big rig. . . . Best to start out on roads you know well so you are not concentrating on road signs etc but on the feel of the rig. Even just driving around the block at home a few times will help. On the highway the best way to keep centered in the lane is to look well down the highway, not at the white lines beside you. (However don't forget to keep checking mirrors, camera and the edeges of the road ahead for the unexpected. My wife drive ours some of the time. She would rather not drive in Mexico but she has done it. See you on the road somewhere.
  6. The last 27,000 miles or so we have averaged 8.7 pmg towing a 4 door Jeep Wrangler. Traveling back and forth between Vancouver Island and southern Mexico. 2002 Itasca Horizon with 5.9 Cummins and 6 speen Allison. We NEVER get up to 70 MPH ("Well Hardly Ever" as the Lord of the Admiralty said). Seriously, usually cruise at just over 60 to 65 MPH. We will speed up if traffic is heavy and all lanes trying to go faster. We shift into 6th at about 58 mph on level roads.
  7. Make sure the friend or spouse, and you, are not using a phone or radio while behind the wheel. Illegal in most states and provinces and very dangerous in all. "Distracted Driving"--cell phone etc, in many areas, has now passed DWI as the primary cause of accidents and deaths on the road.
  8. Not signaling your intention to turn or change lane until the moment you are ready to do so is poor driving practice. It should be on long enough for it to register with other drivers. For example, when approaching an intersection or other exit your signal lights should be on well before your brake lights. Failing to use signal lights properly are demert points on driving tests and could be a fail. IF your camera view changes so much that you cannot see what you are pulling in front of, it needs to be adjusted. I wait to pull back in once the vehicle I have passed has just gone out of sight past the rear of the Jeep. Even that is not giving a lot of room. More is always better if traffic allows.
  9. We too are towing a 2014 Wrangler. I think the reason for disconnecting the battery is so that with the key in the ON position, to unlock the steering wheel, the battery won't be drained. HOWEVER as far as I know Jeep Wranglers have not had a steering wheel lock for several years! I think their manual needs updating. I have seen this same info on other forums as well such as RV.NET When we bought it a few months ago we asked at the dealer and they were not able to find any information about it, even using the VIN to search for info on their own site. They did check the vehicle and found that even without the key the steering wheel would turn, ie, there is no steering wheel lock. We do not disconnect the battery. We have not towed it much, only when taking the motorhome into the mechanic for work a couple of times, Maybe 50 miles or so. However, part of that was on VERY sharp curves and the Wrangler front wheel did track around the curves. I really hope we can get Jeep to truly answer this question
  10. 4 8Ds! That is some serious Amp Hours! I'm not sure of the exact capacity of 8Ds but I know that my 4 group 24s total 320 AH. The rule of thumb for solar to battery AH is (as far as I recall) in the range of 50 to 150 watts of solar per 100 AH of battery. We have 420 watts of solar, nicely in that range for our batteries, but while full timing in Mexico over the winter, with unshaded sun for 5 hours per day, we still need to switch on the Xantrex inverter/charger on occasion to ensure a full charge. We are running our 2 Maxx Air fans about 12 hours per day as well as lights, water pump etc as well as the control boards for the fridge, AC, etc.
  11. [. . . . . And yes, they do spell license differently in Canada, Queens (the monarch not the borough) English I guess! Note that license (with an s) is the verb. Licence (with the c) is the noun. ie If you have a driver's licence you are licensed to drive. picky picky picky! But who cares? lol
  12. If you are looking for the solid colour ones you are probably out of luck. We have been trying for a couple of years. As far as I know the ones with the coloured outline are still available and can be ordered through most RV stores. We ordered one last year thinking it would be the solid colour version but it was the new style that arrived. If you find the solid colour map we need Canada! Already have US and Mexico.
  13. We're not interested in a caravan but would be very interested in a Rally in Alaska or even an informal get together while up there. Or any where along our way for that matter. We have no definite plans yet other than leave Vancouver Island mid June by ferry to Prince Rupert, then the Cassiar Highway to the Yukon and on to Alaska. From Alaska we will cross Canada to the East Coast, travel through eastern USA and then back to our usual routine, around November 1st crossing into Mexico for the winter. In the spring we will continue our "circumnavigation" of North America, returning home up the Pacific Coast.
  14. 2 gallons of fuel, 20 miles less in a year. Out of the 10,000 miles we will be driving this year we won't even notice it. Or dry camp somewhere free for one night -- BLM or Wal-Mart and you'll be at least $20 ahead.
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