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 on: April 24, 2016, 06:11:13 am 
Started by Dave - Last post by 2 Frazzled
We ONLY turn our inverter on if we have no other power source and need 110 power. The converter automatically charges our battery when plugged into shore power. We don't touch the inverter switch. As stated above, the truck charges the battery when we have it running and we can always charge with the generator - again, without turning on the inverter switch. The magic inside the Phoenix handles all that charging stuff without our help... thankfully!

My understanding is the INVERTER takes battery power and transfers it to 110 power, so always going from battery to outlets with nothing to do with power going INTO batteries.

Ron's Trip Lite works differently.

 32 
 on: April 23, 2016, 08:33:38 pm 
Started by BarbRN - Last post by BarbRN
Sorry Ron. Not quite ready to give up on it yet. Getting ready to go overseas. Busy times. Keep you posted when we do.

 33 
 on: April 23, 2016, 08:25:36 pm 
Started by JoeyD - Last post by ragoodsp
JoeyD........the Trailhawk is not as easy as the Liberty or Wrangler to prepare to tow but it is not all that   bad just a couple extra steps.  I have a Grand Cherokee as well as the Cherokee but I get the Cherokee unlike yougents.  Odomater does not chock up miles while towing, ingnition is off.

 34 
 on: April 23, 2016, 07:08:01 pm 
Started by JoeyD - Last post by JoeyD
Do any of you Trailhawk owners own a 4-cylinder or do you all have the 6-cylinder.  I bought the 4-cylinder hoping I would be OK with it.  Also, again to the Trailhawk owners... Is it easier than it reads to put this thing in 4-wheel neutral. OK, while I'm on a roll (no pun intended) as with my old Wrangler, can I assume the Trailhawk rolls without running up miles on the odometer.  Thanks again.

 35 
 on: April 23, 2016, 05:57:34 pm 
Started by JoeyD - Last post by Doneworking
Tom, sounds like you and I share the same story:  Grand Cherokee for us and a Trailhawk for our wives.  Both of ours are red!  They look like big and little brothers setting in our garage.  We also have the same braking system.  I think it works great and is worth the money. 

Paul

 36 
 on: April 23, 2016, 05:06:32 pm 
Started by JoeyD - Last post by ragoodsp
JoeyD....I tow a Trailhawk behind my 3100 and it tows much better than by Liberty did.  I use a Roadmaster 2" riser adapter to bring the Trailhawk within 3" of dead level.  You realy want the entire hook up to be level.  Many pulling Trailhawks have had significant issues with violent front end shimmying when going over rough roads.  Jeep has a new kit that keeps power going to the power steering unit so that there is constant pressure on the front end.  The kit cost $125 not sure if they will send it out free or not?  Best of luck with rig and car.  Ron G.

 37 
 on: April 23, 2016, 02:02:04 pm 
Started by BarbRN - Last post by ron.dittmer
Barb, Did you get a chance to open the unit?

 38 
 on: April 23, 2016, 01:24:28 pm 
Started by Dave - Last post by ron.dittmer
I agree with Tom.

My wife and I practice certain rules regarding the inverter.  We turn it on to charge the batteries when on shore power and when we want low wattage 110v power.  Otherwise it is always turned off because being on doing nothing consumes more battery power than you realize.  Especially our older Tripp-Lite model.  I assume the later (current-day) Xantrax has an appetite of it's own.  Regardless of the inverter, it's okay to leave it on all the time as long as you plug-in at least every-other night.  Because of the places we travel to, we never have the privilege of shore power.  So we follow that practice.

When we are camped for multiple days (motor home not driven) without shore power, we charge the batteries via the generator.  Idling the Ford V10 would do it too, but much less efficiently.  It's works good if the chassis a/c or heater is desperately needed as well.  To keep the generator run times shorter, I use a different battery charger for faster charging.  I plug into the outside outlet and hook it up to the batteries directly.  It's no big deal.  I got into much better detail about all this HERE.

 39 
 on: April 23, 2016, 01:06:42 pm 
Started by JoeyD - Last post by ron.dittmer
Joey,

One benefit to adding a riser is that it will increase the distance between the two vehicles, beneficial when cutting tight turns.

I experimented first without the riser, later with the riser.  In a parking lot, I cut the motor home as sharp as it would go and did a donut to see whether there would be any concern of the two vehicles making contact.  Without the riser, it was "scary" close.  With the riser, it was comfortable.

One more consideration is the motor home when loaded up on a trip.  Having a tank full of fuel & fresh water, gear, food, etc. all combined will influence the height of the rear hitch.  You won't need to actually load the motor home, but rather consider it will drop 1-1.5" when determining the offset hitch adapter.  So if it's a little high on the motor home side, you should be good.  If it's a little low on the motor home side, it will be lower yet when on a trip.  So I advise to error on the "high" side, assuming your rig is empty when measuring.

Before towing our Liberty, we towed a little Toyota MR2 Spyder.  By shear luck, the bar happened to be level.  We never had any "bucking" action, so it had me wondering what the heck was gong on with the Liberty.  Without the riser, the Spyder was closer to the motor home, but because of it's curved front bumper style, there was a lot of clearance between vehicles to do donuts.  That Spyder was a very friendly tow vehicle.  It was great on paved surfaces but not so much going through dry river beds...hence the Liberty 4x4.

 40 
 on: April 23, 2016, 12:45:03 pm 
Started by JoeyD - Last post by JoeyD
You folks are amazing... Not only do I have the best RV but also the best friends. Doneworking, your the reason I bought the Trailhawk. Ron, thanks for "taking one for the team" so we all can learn. I'm going to pull the RV onto a level surface tomorrow, hook it up again and see where I'm at.  I'll post another picture when I do.  I'm afraid that if it's "close" the 4 incher may be too high on the other end.  I also noticed that because the base plate is spread quite a bit, it looks like the Trailhauk is closer and tighter to the RV... I don't know if that will becpme an isue. 

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