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RE: Tow vehicle and everyday driveability question

I'd add E rated tires and maybe some air bags to help the current trucks stability. May help a lot. TOTALLY agree. At the very least, some LT tires. You may find all your sway suddenly disappears.
BillyW 04/15/14 08:42am Travel Trailers
RE: charge wire to trailer ?

Even if it did work. Eventually could be a very looong time. If that's the goal, a good ol' battery charger plugged into the outside 120VAC outlet on your trailer would do it a lot better and faster. I don't think I would leave that wire permanently hot either.
BillyW 04/12/14 12:22pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Speedo/odo recalibration thoughts

If the Edge fixed your speedo, there's nothing more to it. You're done. The edge adjusts the speed on the attitude monitor, not the dash. I am falling wayyy too far behind!
BillyW 04/11/14 01:36pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Speedo/odo recalibration thoughts

If the Edge fixed your speedo, there's nothing more to it. You're done.
BillyW 04/11/14 08:08am Tow Vehicles
RE: Thought this was a site on towing

MARK V, if you can remove your koolaid goggles for a moment, consider that the same faulty parts could have been installed in your GM tow vehicle. We could be reading about you and your family in the news right now. GM deserves heavy criticism and extreme scrutiny. It's fine to dig your brand, but don't be blind to what's happening.
BillyW 04/10/14 07:35pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ecoboost is a Towing Beast

11,300 tow capacity with a V-6 1/2 ton??? I don't care what the mfgrs say, it's a marketing thing and that's it... You wouldn't catch me putting my family in a 1/2 ton at that weight, they come with P tires for crying out loud.I bet you're wrong. I'm sure the model rated to tow 11,300 lbs has LT tires.
BillyW 04/10/14 08:47am Tow Vehicles
RE: battery

Plug your trailer into the house, use a typical battery tester between the orange wire and the metal frame. It should light up. If not, try the same on the other wire. Whichever one lights the battery tester is the +.
BillyW 04/09/14 09:50am Travel Trailers
RE: 2014 Ram Ecodiesel

RAM has some very heavy options that are typically loaded on those 1500s that make it back to here with the ridiculous payloads. The Rambox is over 200 lbs by itself. I may take the Laramie trim level, but I would forgo the Rambox, 4 corner air, etc.
BillyW 04/08/14 08:17am Tow Vehicles
RE: fire extinguishers: how many and where?

Besides the one by the exit door, I have one near my side of the bed. X2. Plus one in the truck cab. X3, including the one in the cab of the truck. I gotta disagree with the expert that says the cheapos don't work. A truck engine fire happened right next to me last fall. That cheapo fire extinguisher put it all out including the dripping rubber and melted fuel line. I promptly bought four more to place strategically.
BillyW 04/06/14 06:52pm General RVing Issues
RE: Nice safety feature from the new Ford tailgates

This has got to be one of the most retarded "tests" i've ever seen. Who in their right mind will be taking a dually off roading through terrain that would put one wheel in the air. I used to do it to my F150 fairly regularly. If I could have afforded a 35 series, it would have gotten the same treatment. Some of the best camping spots are hard to get to.
BillyW 04/06/14 01:55pm Tow Vehicles
RE: High Efficiency 13.5k BTU a/c = Smaller Generator?

I found this on Amazon. Not sure if it'll do what's needed or not, but there are links to other potential products too. I followed SMKettner's lead on that Agstat delay timer. It helps a lot!
BillyW 04/05/14 07:26pm Tech Issues
RE: disconnect solar panel when running portable generator

The output of my solar charge controller is wired directly to the output of my converter. Been that way for years.
BillyW 04/05/14 02:02pm Tech Issues
RE: High Efficiency 13.5k BTU a/c = Smaller Generator?

Do they use a hard start cap? That significantly reduced the initial amperage load on my Coleman MachIII.
BillyW 04/05/14 10:40am Tech Issues
RE: March sales are in

Interesting points: Businessweek Basically, Ram needs to give their trucks away to sell them. I just saw in the local paper that Ram is offering AGAIN a no charge cummins + other incentives in the HD trucks! Maybe Fiat/Chrysler can offer the larger discounts because their manufacturing costs are much lower being in Mexico? I myself prefer to contribute to the north american economy as much as possible. Where is this free Cummins incentive? I may just have to jump on that!
BillyW 04/04/14 01:41pm Tow Vehicles
RE: RAM 1500 Remove rear split bench seat?

Agree! Glad he can be more comfy now.
BillyW 04/03/14 02:28pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Dry camping, battery idea?

I have 150 watts of shade tolerant solar connected to two 6 volt batteries through an MPPT controller. We camp amongst tall evergreens almost exclusively. My batteries are topped off by sunset virtually everyday. And that was even when I had kids that didn't shut off lights and ran the water pump more than needed. We always have plenty of power to watch a couple movies at night, charge our various portable toys, etc.
BillyW 04/03/14 09:06am Travel Trailers
RE: Warning -- fiberglass

At least my rotten wood framed trailer will make it. It just won't have any insulation. Not that it does now.
BillyW 04/02/14 11:23am General RVing Issues
RE: Warning -- fiberglass

Thanks a good one thanks for sharing. I have another: Our local radio station posted an article on their website. It seems their online folks were so popular that a station from Orlando, FL bought them, will keep a few folks in the local office station for interviews, weather, etc. but the rest of the crew would be moving to Orlando to broadcast nation-wide. It got some folks...in the fine print at the bottom of the page, that not everyone read, told the truth..."April Fools". Of course I didn't bite, I knew it wasn't true but it was an interesting way to start the day!Unfortunately that April Fools Prank is happening around here. Except the locals don't move, they just get fired. It's a challenge to find a radio station with local DJs at all. My favorite morning show is history, and now I get to enjoy one from thousands of miles away that is totally unrelated to our locale. Joke's on me, I guess.
BillyW 04/02/14 08:10am General RVing Issues
RE: Rear axle ratios and impact on towing

Semantics... Change % to MPH and see what happens.
BillyW 03/30/14 08:49pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Assume diesel and gasser have same torque, compare...

So, are you really only trying to make the decision based on towing up a hill? There are tons of other considerations. If you check out all the reports on the RAM 1500 diesel towing, you will have noticed it has had no problem towing more weight than your trailer up hills, and gets great mileage doing it. Literally double the mileage according to one review. If you stay within the guidelines of the owners manual, I don't think you can go wrong. Frankly I wish I was in your shoes right now. I'd buy the diesel GC in a heartbeat. Since it would be my commute vehicle and my tow vehicle, it would pay for itself in couple years at the most, and the rest would be gravy. (That's MY case)
BillyW 03/29/14 03:54pm Tow Vehicles
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