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RE: The real pressing question about new pickups

In the cold climes, it's nice to have room around the tire to install/remove chains. It' much easier to clean out all the built up ice and mud before parking in the garage. And as mentioned it provides room for plenty of suspension travel. Oh and it does look cool with big meats added! ;)
BillyW 08/26/14 07:51am Tow Vehicles
RE: Trailer Life helps perpetuate the 1/2 ton towable myth

For warranty purposes. And guidelines. :) I routinely go over my GVWR & GCWR, but try to stay under my GAWR. Stiffening the springs and improving the tires resulted in a very stable towing platform. The engine is the weak spot in my case.
BillyW 08/25/14 08:22am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Newer tow vehicles and rear view cameras on trailers/5ers

Thats just what we need...a federal mandate for backup cameras. Right. More government intervention into our daily lives and personal activities. Like we don't have enough already. Goes along the lines of the TPMS. Like I need the government to mandate that the OEM manufactures install this thing on MY vehicle in case I can't figure out how and when to check my tire pressure, as the operator of a motor vehicle. Thanks. What on earth does a backup up camera have to do with your "personal activities"? I'm pretty sure I don't want to know. NOW back to the actual subject. So.. has anybody successfully tied a trailer rear view camera into their newer tow vehicle rear view system?
BillyW 08/23/14 10:55pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Newer tow vehicles and rear view cameras on trailers/5ers

I would like to see rear cameras on every vehicle built. There is no reason that I know that they could not be mandatory. No reason except for raising the consumer cost for folks that don't care to have one. Personally, I'd rather have people looking around when backing instead of staring at the monitor in their dash. It doesn't tell you anything about what the front fenders are swinging in to. I've seen too many drivers let the monitor replace their mirrors and look at nothing else when backing.I like what you're saying but have you noticed how some of these newer cars are absolutely FULL of blind spots. Our Fusion is a joy to drive, but a terror to back up. Absolutely no way to see what's going on behind or even off to the sides. We creep backward very slowly relying on the convex side mirrors. Rear view cameras are in the same class as air bags and seat belts. Get used to them. Now if I could just tie into that system with a trailer backup camera...
BillyW 08/23/14 09:45pm Tow Vehicles
RE: rear view camera

You may be able to find better prices, but here's where I went for mine years ago. It was hardwired and still works flawlessly. Looks like lots of wireless options now. Tim provided great customer service and even gave me the wiring breakdown so I could combine a different model camera into the system.
BillyW 08/23/14 01:02pm Tech Issues
RE: About long-term storage of Honda eu2000i

All my small engines from ATVs down to weed trimmers get stabil in every tank. They have all performed perfectly for years. I retired my 20 year old lawnmower this year, but it still runs and starts just fine. My 8 year old ATVs start easily and run fine after a long dormant winter. My generator goes unused for many months at a time and has always started and run well after 10 years. I forgot that I even owned a chainsaw and after discovering it on a shelf under heavy dust, it started right up and runs great too. Zero effort except for stabil in the fuel. Actually I think the 2 stroke fuel has a stabilizer added to it with the oil. The one thing I have learned is really important is shutting off the fuel petcock if one is present. Of course that won't matter if you run it dry. OK, done rambling. :)
BillyW 08/23/14 12:42pm Tech Issues
RE: Newer tow vehicles and rear view cameras on trailers/5ers

I added one to my old '97 F150 years ago and also to my trailer. What I was really trying to get at is that if I buy a new truck, it WILL have a backup camera. Why isn't there an easy way to tie my trailer rear view camera into that? Will this be required in that fed mandate?
BillyW 08/23/14 12:23pm Tow Vehicles
Newer tow vehicles and rear view cameras on trailers/5ers

I have yet to see any integration of a rear view camera on a trailer with the OEM dash display of these newer trucks. This seems like such natural extension of the built in equipment. Am I missing something?
BillyW 08/22/14 10:20pm Tow Vehicles
RE: WFCO Converter Longevity

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BillyW 08/21/14 02:18pm Tech Issues
RE: WFCO Converter Longevity

I primarily use solar to charge and maintain my batteries now. Over the last couple years I've noticed that my WFCO is very slow to get going, as in it takes 10 to 15 minutes before it even starts charging after I energize it. Once it's going, it's fine (aside from the boost mode challenge).
BillyW 08/21/14 11:46am Tech Issues
RE: UPDATE! Ordered a 2015 Eco-Diesel today! :)

Gsxr1300, tires and registration are the only legalalities to be concerned with. Payload means nothing legally. Being over payload limit puts you over your gvwr that's on your registration.Must be a local thing. That's what I was thinking. Doesn't exist here in Oregon. Pay the same for registration for a Prius or 3500. you pay the same but it probably shows the GVWR on the registration that it the max your vehicle can weigh fully loaded per the manufacturer.There is no mention of GVWR on my registration. Of course, I live in Idaho, which is pretty minimalist about a lot of stuff.
BillyW 08/20/14 02:14pm Tow Vehicles
RE: UPDATE! Ordered a 2015 Eco-Diesel today! :)

Gsxr1300, tires and registration are the only legalalities to be concerned with. Payload means nothing legally. Being over payload limit puts you over your gvwr that's on your registration.Must be a local thing.
BillyW 08/20/14 07:54am Tow Vehicles
RE: Why should I switch to golf cart 6v batteries

For me, the main difference between typical 6v golf cart and typical 12v deep cycle batteries has been how long they last. 12v: 1-3 years. 6v: 7-10 (or more) years. My current Trojans are in their 11th year.
BillyW 08/19/14 09:02am Tech Issues
RE: A/C Issues, Not starting on generator

I can't speak to what your issue is either, but I know my Coleman MachIII didn't come with a hard start cap. I added an SPP6E with EXCELLENT results. Very high on my list of upgrades.
BillyW 08/17/14 12:24pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 1500 towing a 5th Wheel

Hi Water Bug... I again totally agree that my 2006 Mega Cab had an 8 bolt pattern and that it was built on a 2500 chassis. But... You need to take your 2500 axle argument up with Dodge, as both I and the RV dealer did go directly to the manufacturer who assured us that the axle rating was used to designate the vehicle as a 1500 series and not a 2500 series. You can get the Mega Cab in a 2500 series, which I suspect would have the larger capacity axles.(this I did not research and do not know as being factually) PS: There is a similar argument to be made with the Ford F250 Super Duty single rear wheel and its big brother the F350 single rear wheel in that they have very similar components but the manufacturer rating are different.Pretty sure the actual axle is the same component. Often it seems the suspension (and tires) are included as part of the package when talking about axles. As already noted it has softer springs. Choose to interpret that as you see fit. If it were mine, I would realize that I could upgrade the springs/tires and effectively have a 2500.
BillyW 08/17/14 12:14pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 3.5 Ecoboost vs. 3.0 EcoDiesel MPG Tow comparison

It's simple. When towing my travel trailer, my F150 will coast to a crawl on most mild declines, probably up to about 3% or 4%. I still have to give it gas to go down hill. The key is "when towing my travel trailer".
BillyW 08/12/14 05:35pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Generator In The Rain?

Agreed it's nice if you don't have to worry too much about the generator itself, but I still get a little nervous about the exposed plugs and cords. Maybe I'm over reacting, but I usually put table over mine.
BillyW 08/11/14 09:07am Tech Issues
RE: Who has a Supco Hard Start on their A/C unit?

So.... It appears there is consensus that a hard start kit, or OEM equivalent, improves the performance and reliability of our RV air conditioner compressors. And as a direct result, our generators and shore power connections would also benefit from the reduced load requirements. This thread is almost worthy of "sticky" status!
BillyW 08/09/14 10:47pm Tech Issues
RE: Wasps in the motor home mirrors

They have invaded a mirror on my pickup this year. I've sprayed it a couple times. I'm less worried about the potential but doubtful electrical issues.
BillyW 08/08/14 10:54pm General RVing Issues
RE: Apache Camping, Everett, Washington

RV sales are not like car sales. They do not have to take your warranty work. That's probably something you should have known going in and you would be a lot less shocked. Generally speaking though, if you talk to the manufacturer, they will probably find you a local repair facility to work with. If this is true, clearly my ignorance. Still does not make it a good business practice. You're right. It's a terrible business practice, and it's great that you're sharing it here. I bought my RV from an out of town dealer at a 30% savings and still got great warranty service from my local dealer. Due to my experience with their service department, I would love to give them my business, but their unit prices are prohibitively high.
BillyW 08/08/14 12:57pm Travel Trailers
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