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RE: Tank insulation

It's easier to glue foam board to the tanks, then spray foam the corners and gaps. Might not be a bad idea to install tank heaters first.
BillyW 12/03/16 12:58pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Hi everyone! looking for help picking a new camper

Can you share those negative reviews about the Imagine 2150RB? I'm looking at one and would love to be enlightened. I'm not seeing anything like what you report.
BillyW 12/01/16 02:33pm Travel Trailers
RE: Is the Ram 1500 finally catching up with the competition?

I have to wonder; why would anyone equate the number of lug bolts or nuts to payload? All military Jeeps had 5 hole wheels, and were rated at 1/4 ton. The Dodge M37 series 3/4 ton trucks had 5 hole Budd wheels, and were rated at 1500 lbs. payload cross country and 2000 lbs on hard surfaced roads. Early Chevrolet cars had 6 hole wheels, as did Chevy half ton pickups. I just don't see any definitive relationship between number of lugs and payload!Definitely not definitive. However, Ford and GM half tons have 6 lug wheels with corresponding higher GAWR. My Nissan Frontier had 6 lug rims.As do plenty of other lesser trucks. :) Let's take this a step further. F150s used to have 5 lugs AND lower GAWR. If there is no improvement in the Ram's GAWR, why bother? Once again, I'll point out it's simply speculation.
BillyW 11/29/16 03:28pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Eternabond on a four year old Kodiak Travel Trailer

I installed Eternabond on every seam and all the through holes on my roof. It is still applied like the day I did it and no leaks after three years. X2. I used the real stuff, Eternabond. No leaks from that point forward.x3. And I went right over the old caulk with no trimming or levelling (as long as you have adequate coverage on either side). I used 4" on all locations. Mine has held up for 12 years now.
BillyW 11/29/16 01:26pm Travel Trailers
RE: Is the Ram 1500 finally catching up with the competition?

I have to wonder; why would anyone equate the number of lug bolts or nuts to payload? All military Jeeps had 5 hole wheels, and were rated at 1/4 ton. The Dodge M37 series 3/4 ton trucks had 5 hole Budd wheels, and were rated at 1500 lbs. payload cross country and 2000 lbs on hard surfaced roads. Early Chevrolet cars had 6 hole wheels, as did Chevy half ton pickups. I just don't see any definitive relationship between number of lugs and payload!Definitely not definitive. However, Ford and GM half tons have 6 lug wheels with corresponding higher GAWR.
BillyW 11/29/16 01:17pm Tow Vehicles
Is the Ram 1500 finally catching up with the competition?

This pickuptrucks.com article shows a Megacab mule. The thing that caught my eye was the 6 lug wheels. Maybe they're finally trying to compete in the payload category.
BillyW 11/28/16 11:05am Tow Vehicles
RE: Hand wash only, air dry...

Everyone saying sorry for damage to his truck should see this for what it is. OP is not the owner. He owns a Ram. Now take it for what it is. Just saying! Good call as I would say your calling out the trolls. BTW... My Super Duty manual says to "Remove any external accessories including the antenna before entering a car wash".This deserves a big fat LOL! :B
BillyW 11/28/16 08:53am Tow Vehicles
RE: How much did I mess up?

Now that it's done and all the water is out of the system, drain the fresh water tank AND the water lines. No need for the pink stuff to be there anymore.
BillyW 11/23/16 11:33am Travel Trailers
RE: help with a floor plan

To squeeze those options into a shorter floorplan, you will probably need to look closely at the ones with the passthrough bathroom between the bedroom and the rest of the trailer.
BillyW 11/22/16 08:38am Travel Trailers
RE: Pinkish-orange algae in water lines

I have a white "potable water" hose that I use for filling the RV. The hose stays at the sticks and bricks home and hangs on the wall near the faucet. It has a lot of that pink orange coloring. Bleach didn't seem to change anything.
BillyW 11/20/16 09:45am General RVing Issues
RE: Snow tires - 2 or 4

It's very common for the rear of a vehicle to skid out when cornering (regardless of front or rear drive), resulting in less or loss of control. A rear drive pickup that is already light in the rear is especially prone to this phenomenon. Obviously front steering control is important, but it's been proven out that you need to keep the rear planted when trying to maneuver in icy conditions. And in slippery, icy conditions, it could be argued that the front has no more braking ability than the rear. In fact I know that by using 4 wheel drive and feathering the gas, I can often "pull" the vehicle out of a slide when braking is useless.
BillyW 11/17/16 06:54pm Tow Vehicles
RE: F150 Again

Skiles, by the way, mine is also a 2014 and does have the trans cooler, tow/haul and integrated brake controller. I wish I had 3.73 gears, but the transmission can take care of that IMO. If you tow through hilly areas, I would get a 3.73 installed and then have the dealer re-calibrate the speedo (software change).Well if you're honestly thinking about dropping 1 or 2 grand into changing your gear ratio, you really ought to go with something numerically larger than 3.73. It's only marginally better than 3.55. Not worth doing. And as already pointed out, 3.55 should be just fine for your needs.
BillyW 11/17/16 01:18pm Towing
RE: Best alternative to RV antifreeze.

You can also put heat pads at the valves and outlets.
BillyW 11/17/16 09:08am Tech Issues
RE: Great maping software

Looks interesting!
BillyW 11/17/16 08:52am General RVing Issues
RE: Snow tires - 2 or 4

The tire shops recommend that if you're doing just 2, put them on the back, regardless of drive axle.
BillyW 11/16/16 01:33pm Tow Vehicles
RE: US car in top 5 reliability in a long time, it wasn't Ram

CR praised a Toyota...then outed that they didn't actually test it...they finally admitted that their 'praising report' was based on their own historical data on Toyota vs any others... Oh well, another filter for me on the value 'to me' on advice based on CR... What issue was this "praising report" for Toyota? Do you have a month and year? Maybe I missed it. You can keep buying things based on your own "preferences", its your money after all. Just be specific about your gripes without confusing Consumer Reports with Consumer Guide and maybe your arguments would hold more weight.It was Consumer Reports. I read it too. But I won't be able to help on the specific issue or model either. It's been a few years. Maybe this is what I was remembering.
BillyW 11/16/16 01:31pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing Advice

Your tire rating is critical and is on the sidewall. If you're going to push the limit you might look at upgrading to higher rated LT tires and even bags/timbrens. No they don't raise the rv.net rating but in the real world they will help carry the load better.With the exceptionally low payload that the OP has shared, I'll venture a guess that the truck might already have the weighty OEM air suspension. The LT tires are probably not a bad idea, but the OEM tires do exceed the meager 3900 lb axle rating easily. With a good weight distributing hitch, I wouldn't hesitate going with a 600 lb trailer tongue weight.
BillyW 11/15/16 02:31pm Towing
RE: DC tv power plug?

Cut the end off whatever power brick it came with. Use a multimeter to determine polarity, and then wire it to your new 12v source. 2.1 and 2.5 are the common sizes, but to mess with consumers, they sometimes change the inside conductor post diameter as well.This is essentially what I did. I cut the cord between the brick and the connector, and added my own male/female connector(s). Now I can run it from either the brick or directly from 12v.
BillyW 11/15/16 02:19pm Technology Corner
RE: Door insulation ideas?

My door leaked air and cold like crazy. But once I added the clear plastic panels to my screen door (making it more like a storm door I guess), I can barely tell that area is any cooler. It's now at least as well insulated as the windows. :B LOL! Honestly, it made a huge difference. I'm still considering some kind of quilted curtain held in place with velcro. I may do the same for my corner bed that's up against 2 walls.
BillyW 11/14/16 10:05pm General RVing Issues
RE: Leaf spring add-on

I tried Timbrens on my coil sprung Ram 1500 and hated them. Terrible ride. In the past, I added a leaf spring that literally just bolted on to my '97 F150. It went from mushy to stiff and gained an inch or two in height, and worked great for the next 12 years that I had the truck. Sag was history.
BillyW 11/14/16 08:53am General RVing Issues
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