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RE: Think I found the right trailer but could use some advise.

More than enough truck for that Imagine trailer.
BillyW 01/19/17 04:06pm Travel Trailers
RE: time for a new (or new-ish) truck

Way too many improvements to all the models since '07. I don't know about the longevity of the Ford 5.0, but it's been around quite a while now with no major complaints that I'm aware of. I think the Ram with the 8 speed transmission is probably a better deal though.
BillyW 01/19/17 12:30pm Tow Vehicles
RE: I bought a 2017...but its actually a 2016

You're not the first to complain about Grand Design. I disagree with you though. If they are ready to roll out an updated package, why should they wait until the next model year. And they do have a disclaimer listed on the webpage and in their documentation about that. The R30 and R40 insulation stuff is bogus anyhow. They are insulated just like before, but now also have the bubble foil stuff added. I really like the undermounted stainless sinks. The counters improved mid year also.
BillyW 01/19/17 10:32am General RVing Issues
RE: Protection of solar panels

I don't worry about the panels at all. I do worry about the rest of the roof sometimes. I just clear off what I can with a push broom usually. We are expected to be on the high side of 32F for the first time in 6 or 7 weeks in the next day or so. I'm going to turn on the heat and run an electric heater to melt it all off while I've got the chance.
BillyW 01/18/17 01:24pm General RVing Issues
RE: Which Screw Gun for Jacks?

I have a couple of 18V Dewalts. One is 20+ years old and they both work perfectly for the job.It seems 18v is the magic number (generally speaking). I loved using my DeWalt 14.4v over any other I've tried. Great features. However, it just didn't have the poop for this particular job long term. My Ryobi is not as refined, but has held up very well. And it's awesome having so many different tools that use the same batteries.
BillyW 01/14/17 04:36pm Tech Issues
RE: Bedroom door or curtain?

Well, I just learned the hard way that if another RV.NET user doesn't allow private messages, everything you just typed gets erased. Jammit Dim!
BillyW 01/14/17 04:19pm Travel Trailers
RE: Bedroom door or curtain?

Curtain works just fine for us. With the air conditioner running you can't hear yourself think anyway.Yours is one of the models I'm checking out. What do you think of it? Is the A/C really that loud? One of the things I liked about that model is the fairly heavy insulation, thinking it would help with blocking outside noise.
BillyW 01/14/17 04:12pm Travel Trailers
RE: Which Screw Gun for Jacks?

Just throwin a little wood on the fire. We used a 14.4v DeWalt for a couple years. It died due to lack of smoke. The 18v Ryobi we replaced it with has been bullet proof, as have all our other 18v Ryobi products that use the same batteries.
BillyW 01/14/17 12:15am Tech Issues
Bedroom door or curtain?

As I'm searching for our next travel trailer, I notice that bedroom doors are kind of rare in the smaller, lighter models. Since my bride and I have different sleep cycles, I'm interested in finding a way to keep my puttering quiet while she sleeps. What is your experience with these units that have curtains? I wonder if I could add heavier ones that might help?
BillyW 01/09/17 11:13am Travel Trailers
RE: Ford F150 diesel

I hope they include an exhaust brake.x2. Maybe Ram would then consider it too.
BillyW 01/08/17 11:55am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2018 Ford F-150 First Impressions

Hmmm... That grill kind of looks like its bowtie competition to me.
BillyW 01/08/17 10:11am Tow Vehicles
RE: travel trailers

I would get the Equal-I-zer rated for 1000/10,000 lbs.
BillyW 01/07/17 03:32pm Travel Trailers
RE: Help me understand the flaws with these "features"

This model has both of those features. If the fridge works well and is reasonably quiet, it's a non-issue. The 42" TV sinks into the counter behind a fireplace, thus no real storage lost in my opinion. And for a half ton towable, this particular trailer manages to stay under 30' and has lots of storage AND counter space. Grand Design Imagine 2650RK
BillyW 01/07/17 02:04pm General RVing Issues
Help me understand the flaws with these "features"

There are a couple other threads floating around where people are complaining about certain features. These features are available/common in the particular brand I'm looking at right now. I can understand the frustration that might go with having a fridge installed in the slide resulting in constantly running fans. But this seems like it could be easily remedied in a variety of ways. The other feature I thought was pretty clever was the TV that rises out of the counter top. It appears to me that adequate counter space is usually even more rare than adequate storage space. The pop-up TV seems like a great way to solve some of that. I want a TV and my wife wants counter space, but usually not at the same time. Unless it's prone to breaking, what's the beef with this feature?
BillyW 01/07/17 11:51am General RVing Issues
RE: Thinking about buying a 5.7 Dodge half ton truck.

I tow a 6000+ lb trailer with my 2015 Ram 1500 Quadcab (5.7L, 8 speed, 3.92 gears). It is an absolute pleasure. Night and day difference from my old '97 F150. Towing in the northwest is a liberal mix of flats, hills, and mountains. It handles all of it with complete control. The integrated brake controller is the smoothest I've ever used. In the past, my trailer brakes always tended to be a little jerky, not anymore. I have power to spare, and am even easily able to pass a line of vehicles while climbing a mountainside with power to spare. The vehicle is very quiet during normal driving, but sounds nice and throaty when you get on it. There is no annoying drone while towing. Truly an absolute pleasure. My available payload is around 1400, though I don't remember exactly. With the GAWR of 3900 lbs, I have a huge cushion if I choose to exceed my GVWR a little. Even the OEM P rated tires, when aired up to max, perform excellently. The only possible drawback in my view, is the soft suspension. I recently upgraded the rear springs with progressives, which still feel the same unloaded but stiffen up quickly as a load is applied. In case you couldn't tell, I am very pleased with my Ram.
BillyW 01/06/17 09:08am Tow Vehicles
RE: The worst of the used trucks

I didn't notice anything about the infamous 6.0 Powerstroke...
BillyW 01/05/17 04:01pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Using Automotive Antifreeze in Black Grey Water Drains

How/where do you legally/morally discharge the toxic automotive antifreeze? HTH; John I take it to my local county recycling center. As do I. Same with old motor oil. After you remove it from your black/grey tank?
BillyW 01/05/17 10:01am Tech Issues
RE: Fifth Wheel external propane heater

I am a fan of the Buddy heaters. I have three of them. Unlike the Wave heater (which I would readily use too), they have a low oxygen auto-shutoff. They work very well and are safe, though I don't sleep with one on, and always follow the directions providing some ventilation. And of course, keep a working CO detector in the RV.
BillyW 01/05/17 09:49am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Long Term Nissan Titan XD Diesel Update

The GVWR on those stickers is not a very valid or reliable value. When I was shopping for my Ram 1500 Quadcab, I compared it to the Crewcabs, which weighed about 180 lbs more. Even though all the components were the same, the GAWR was the same, somehow the GVWR was 200 lbs higher.
BillyW 01/02/17 10:27am Tow Vehicles
RE: Any recommendations for tank heaters?

It's been over 10 years since I did mine. I did UltraHeat on the fresh tank and some other brand on the other tanks. The UltraHeat was a rubber material with superior sticking glue compared to the other one that was foil like and seemed much more fragile.
BillyW 12/15/16 09:27am Tech Issues
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