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RE: WV to Gatlinburg, TN

Interstate 64 to Interstate 75 and on to Knoxville is the way we always go to Pigeon Forge pulling our 31' 5th wheel. There are no issues with this route! Jellico Mountain is exactly like the previous post says, it's just a long grade that is not bad in either direction.
Likes to tow 09/08/14 05:45pm Roads and Routes
RE: Ram takes the lead.

We would all be better served if they stopped the torque/towing capacity race and concentrate on easily maintained dependable engines that a common middle class man could afford. $60 and $70k MSRP is a complete turn off for me!! I now use my 05 Ram Cummins for towing and heaving hauling only because it cost too much to replace. Profane prices for new diesels and trucks in general have caused me to rethink my daily driver requirements. At what price point is it no longer worth it? I think we are there now.
Likes to tow 08/26/14 06:32pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Trans cooling

I agree with all posts on the torque converter being unlocked in stop and go traffic causing a "fluid coupling" rather than a direct mechanical lock up. You need to watch your tachometer to see how the extra rpm is reduced as the torque converter locks. Read the owners manual, my 05 states to put the tow haul button on and pull the shift lever into D2 when going up steep long grades. This forces the torque converter to remain locked as long as the speed is above 30 mph. My aftermarket personally installed temperature guage in the output line from the transmission shows me instaniously what the temperature is doing. When the torque converter locks the temps come down immediately. In stop and go traffic there is no way to lock the torque converter so temps will rise. After 230 for prolonged periods I begin to worry and look for a pull off. Putting the transmission in Park stops the fluid movement through the output lines and cooler, thus temps will not come down. Leave it in Neutral and run the engine at fast idle as long as you can, this cools the fluid more quickly.
Likes to tow 07/26/14 01:54pm Tow Vehicles
RE: new class c that bounces way too much

Too many people buy motorhomes without a lengthy test drive!! I recently drove someone's Class A a few miles to help them get set up in a campground. Boy was I disappointed in the ride and handling of this 35' Fleetwood Bounder!! I can't imagine paying this much for a new RV only to be shocked by the way it drove. We currently are on our 2nd 5th Wheel with a fantasy of moving into a motorhome next time. This 20 mile drive in the Class A killed any thoughts of us changing!!
Likes to tow 07/22/14 04:31am Tech Issues
RE: Reese R16 Noise

Like I said, I still had the old (1990's) hitch and I just changed them out. I don't really get the shims thing. I'm thinking that it would be easier to get 4 big flat washers and try that. I was just looking at a stainless one that I had in my garage that measures 1 3/8 inches in diameter with a hole that fits the pin. The thickness of the washer is just about the difference between the old legs and the newer ones pin tabs. "Was it just the leg assy". I did notice that the newer legs were bent by machine that caused 'dimples' in the metal. My old legs were flat and smooth where the bends were. Washers will be too thick, at least it was on my hitch. It is surprising how thin the shim needs to be to work. The galvanized sheet metal was the perfect thickness, wish I knew the guage for you.
Likes to tow 07/08/14 05:06am Fifth-Wheels
New found appreciation for 5th wheels

Like everyone else, I get to thinking about a new RV from time to time. We've had two 5th wheels and 4 truck campers through the years. I will admit to thinking about a new Class A motor home. However I just had an experience with driving one and believe me there is no way I would trade now!! Some relatives recently came in to put up in our yard until their campsite at the local state park became available. This park is 15 miles from our home and the access roads are very narrow, curvey and somewhat bumpy. This had never been an issue with our 5th wheel and Ram Cummins tow vehicle. They were new to RVing and my wife thought we should volunteer to drive them to the park and help with set up. I agreed to drive. However it was an unpleasant experience. This 34 foot Class A was a rough ridding, top heavy feeling monster that seemed 12 feet wide!! It rolled around on it's suspension like some of the truck campers we had, a feeling of a top heavy load!! Now I have new respect and love for my 5th wheel. Our truck feels so solid and all the weaving and wallowing of the load is not transmitted to the truck. We get to where we are going, unhook and now can run around without renting a car. How good can it get.
Likes to tow 07/07/14 05:55am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Reese R16 Noise

I made shims out of galvanized sheet metal, the kind used in duct work for heating and A/C installations. I cut four pieces 3 inches square, cut a rectangular hole in the middle and put them under each mounting leg, the mounting pin is much tighter but still goes in without much persuasion. Then I cut 4 pieces 4 inches long by two inches wide, turned one end up about 3/4 of an inch at a 90 degree angle and tap them in between the slide roll and slide rail. My hitch is a slider. After doing this I don't hear any noise.....none!!!! If I need to pull the slide rail/roll shims out to use the slider they come out with a little help from a large screw driver. However I have never had to use my slider so this has not been an issue. Cheap fix for an annoying problem!!!
Likes to tow 07/07/14 05:40am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Interstates in Wyoming

Many drivers in West Virginia enacted this speed limit change a few years ago. Of course nobody told the State Police nor did they change the signs, they still say 65 or 70. Everyone just travels at their own pace and make their own judgement as to proper safe speed they should travel. Construction zones are exempt from any speedlimit also. This is why the state tourism slogan is "Wild Wonderful West Virginia"
Likes to tow 07/03/14 01:26pm Roads and Routes
RE: GM standard bed vs Dodge standard bed pick-up

I have a Dodge Ram short bed and have never used my slider. Not once!
Likes to tow 06/30/14 05:31am Tow Vehicles
RE: Question on West Virginia Turnpike!

Pulling a 31' 5th wheel is $2.50 per toll booth and there are 3 of them.
Likes to tow 06/19/14 04:42am Roads and Routes
RE: steep grades

Transmission heat will be your main concern. There are a lot of posts on this and other forums about it. You need to understand how the torque converter works and when it locks in. On my Dodge Cummins if I am in tow haul mode with the shift selector in 2 and keep it above 28 mph the torque converter stays locked and I can pull any grade for any length of time without building heat in the transmission. As soon as the torque converter unlocks the heat starts to build fast. Extended periods of temps above 250 will deteoriate the transmission fluid. Learn how your transmission works and how to keep the heat down.
Likes to tow 06/04/14 07:53pm Roads and Routes
RE: Any tricks, strange noise under hood/ which pulley?

4 foot section of garden hose is the best method of all
Likes to tow 05/31/14 08:38pm Tech Issues
RE: My Ecoboost most recent mpg's

Looks good. Now if they'd only add a couple cylinders and release it as a 4.7L V-8 in the 250/350 trucks I'd have to try one. A 5.0L Ecoboost would be really sweet in a F-250 This will never happen!! It would kill Ford's diesel sales. They like selling that $7k option.
Likes to tow 05/20/14 04:53am Tow Vehicles
RE: Selling fifth wheel

Do prices not vary depending on State/Province? Your best bet would be to check local dealers and ads to see what the "going rate" is on units similar to yours in model, size and condition. Blue book value is just an estimate based on somebody's guess. The actual value is what someone is willing to pay for it. Now is the best time to sell, late Summer or Fall is a little harder. In purchasing campers and boats I have always been willing to pay a little extra if the unit in question was exactly what we wanted.
Likes to tow 05/20/14 04:45am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Laser Thermometer

Consider Harbor Freight. Many are pleased with these products. Fluke makes a good unit, but you will pay more for it. Since nearly everything we purchase now comes from China I find it useless to look for the old name brands of merchandise. Marketing experts use name recognition to trick us into buying cheap copies of things made in China. For the most part, and there are some exceptions, I find Harbor Freight merchandise good enough for average use. My laser thermometer works fine purchased there two years ago!
Likes to tow 05/18/14 05:53am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Are My Michelin Tires Dry-Rotting?

I bought my truck used and it had 22k on the odometer. It was two years old. One day I noticed this same type of cracking on my Michelins and googled it. There was a recall for this situation!! I then contacted my local dealer NTB and was told to bring it in for inspection. After looking at my tires and then calling the distributor they told me they would be replaced but with a slight cost to me. I think it was slightly over $100 for a four tire replacement or about $25 per tire. I let them do it and so far I have not had any problems with cracking on this set of Michelins. This was almost 5 years ago and 40K miles.
Likes to tow 05/03/14 10:35am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Ohio River Rt.52 or Rt.23?

Rt 23 on the Kentucky side would give you more views of the Ohio River although they are mostly limited. I can think of one place or two where elevation gives you a decent view for a while. If you cross the Greenup Dam Bridge there is a parking area on the Ohio Side which has an observation deck and nice views of the dam and locks. I would then stay on that side and follow Rt 52 on into Portmouth. There is a nice view of the river near the railroad bridge in New Boston Ohio.
Likes to tow 04/09/14 07:08pm Roads and Routes
RE: Nice safety feature from the new Ford tailgates

And I thought people bought the Ram because of the Cummins........
Likes to tow 04/06/14 06:34am Tow Vehicles
RE: Fifth wheel hitch theft

Theft is becoming a problem in many areas due to the drug culture we live in today. I would suggest locks on a hitch costing this much. Pulling pins and taking it in two sections like my Reese would be easy. I also highly recommmend using a lock on the release handle. We saw two pinheads pull a release lever on a hitch at a fuel station once and then walk away to watch the results when the driver returned from paying for his fuel. They were able to pull the latch handle because an 18 wheeler had blocked their view. I quickly alerted the driver of the danger and tragedy was averted. The pinheads wearing their trousers halfway down their butts could hardly run with the crotch of their pants at knee level. What is wrong with today's youth!
Likes to tow 04/06/14 06:21am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Windows 8

I laugh at all the Windows 8 naysayers. I am an IT guy for a living and run 8.1 myself and recently switched my non techie wife over and have no issues. I use windows 7 on my work laptop and have a Linux machine here at home too. I think the biggest issue is just the change in desktop. 8.1 allows a point half way between 7 and 8. Get used to a few tiles or setup your desktop icons and shortcuts on the taskbar and you won't hardly notice the difference. I know the other issue is most don't have the IT support but unfortunately you miss out on using a modern system that is more the standard or of the future. XP is being worked out and changes will have to be made as costly or pain staking as it may be even if MS has to do some back pedalling to please customers. Here is where you have a significant advantage over everyone else. You deal with technology every waking hour of your life........I don't. The people who design and promote all the new toys have no idea how hard it is for someone who has other intersts in life and does not sit in front of a keyboard all day to use the new "improvements" to software.
Likes to tow 03/19/14 06:32am Technology Corner
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