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RE: 6.4L Hemi mpg

My 05 Ram Cummins is always showing 1 to 2 mpg better than a hand calculation but my wife's 2013 Ford Edge shows 1 to 2 mpg worse than what we actually get doing a hand calcualation. Lie o meters are just that. I think it depends on how much starting and stopping of the engine that you do.
Likes to tow 07/07/15 08:17am Tow Vehicles
RE: Will a dirty magnet cause intermittent brakes?

Intermittent loss of brakes can be caused by the wiring on your axle!! Most common routing of the wires going from one side to the other is through the axle. Check and see if they drilled a small diameter hole in the axle to run the wires to the other side. After continuous bouncing, the insulation on the wiring will wear off even inside the axle tube where you can't see it. Eventually a bare wire will allow the brake voltage to "ground out" and no current is applied to the brakes!! When I heard of this common problem a few years ago I removed the wire inside the axle tube and tie wrapped it to the back side of the tube then reconnected the wires with solder. Agree with grease being on the brake shoes but in my experience this just causes a constant poor brake actuation. Sudden or intermittent loss of brakes is a poor connection or a chafed wire somewhere!!
Likes to tow 06/21/15 05:42am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Slop in the hitch

I have the Reese with a slider and have noticed the same thing. I did not notice any banging before I added the slider option. In other words, the initial Reese jaws and mechanism was quiet. After buying a new 5th wheel I decided to also purchase the slider bracket rails just in case. So far I have never had to use it. Wish I had not spent the money to convert my hitch to a slider because this is when I noticed the banging when stopping or starting. However I have solved this problem by experimenting with different thickness shims I have made from sheet metal. I put them on the 4 legs of the hitch and make them as thick as possible to still enable the 4 pins to go in tightly. Experiment with different thickness shims to find what one you need then make some spares to carry. They will eventually wear out and become thin which will make the banging return.
Likes to tow 05/03/15 05:57am Fifth-Wheels
RE: China bombs

China is going through the same cycle as Japan. Initially everything from Japan was junk. Now it seems to be the best. With China we'll just have to suffer through this transition phase and hope it's not too long. A well respected educated friend told me that China is committed to selling you something only once and at the very possible lowest price. They doubt your business will return and they don't care. They go to great lengths to copy a normally quality product in the cheapest way and sometimes will play around with the brand name. If you aren't careful you will think this "brand" is good but on close inspection you see it is spelled slightly different. This is why many American companies go to China for production. Cheap junk comes in as a result. They have an abundent cheap labor force with no EPA restrictions.
Likes to tow 04/06/15 04:04am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Propane fill question

When we brought our "new to us" two year old 5th wheel home from the dealer I noticed the smell propane very strong. Upon inspection of the two 30lb cylinders I noticed one was venting propane uncontrollably. I had the valve shut off. The dealer had topped both tanks before we left as part of the deal. Now what should I do? After a moment or two of panic, I disconnected the tank and carried it 100yds into an open hay field behind my house and just let it set there. Eventually it stopped venting and I brought it back near the house. I called the dealer on Monday morning and he said the OPD valve must have been defective allowing the tank to be overfilled !!!! He instructed me to return the tank in exchange for a new one. Now here is the problem I have with this. If the OPD valve can be "defective" who's to say this cannot happen to anyone anywhere? I don't trust the OPD to make the determination of how much it will hold. I fill my tanks to less than full always. Have the tanks weighed and determine how many gallons will take it to 3/4 full.
Likes to tow 04/03/15 05:37pm Tech Issues
RE: Eastern KY to Williamsburg VA - MOUNTAINS?

Just a comment about riding and using the brakes down long grades. I have driven this route many times and I use this method without any issues. There is one major point on 64 that will cause problems if you are not prepared for it. Going into the New River area it is 6% for a few miles. Some improper techniques in driving heavy rigs have caused accidents. Don't be afraid of this area, just use common sense. Riding your brakes for long distances will heat them to the point of complete failure. At the top as you start down just slow down, shift into second gear if you wish and then continue. Don't downshift if you are running 70 mph! Keep your speed low as you start down, say 55 or so. As your speed increases to 60 get on the brakes rather hard for a second or two, bleed off about 10 mph quickly, then let it coast back up to about 60. As it coasts back up to 60 the brakes are cooling. Brake again rather sharply to bleed off about 10 mph and let off. Using this method will not heat your brakes up like riding them. You could pick slower speeds too. Don't worry about those behind you as most drivers will just pass and realize you are braking for saftey. I have on occasion tried to keep my speed below 50. When you bleed off 10 mph it takes a while for speed to build again, especially if you downshift to a lower gear.
Likes to tow 03/24/15 05:57am Roads and Routes
RE: Question on North Carolina travel

This is a good route. Was on it last Sept on my way to Outer Banks.
Likes to tow 02/18/15 06:27am Roads and Routes
RE: Aluminum body on F150

I'm skeptical of new things. Engineers and marketing experts sometimes make mistakes. I suppose the Ford 6.0 diesel being such a problem makes me this way. It chased me away from Ford trucks when I required diesel power. It's obvious that by taking weight off you can go with smaller engines. The CAFE and EPA regulations require the automotive industry to make drastic design changes in their line. Aluminum makes this possible. However I overheard a conversation yesterday that makes me wonder about this latest gamble by Ford. A guy was telling his friend that the present CEO of Ford is a previous CEO from ALCOA Aluminum and this accounts for the push to aluminum. Also I heard in the conversation about all the expense and proceedures that reputable body shops must go through to be endorsed by insurance companies. Has anyone purchased insurance yet on these new trucks?? Some of the guys I talk to are already looking at the 2014 models so they can get the "last of the good ones." When these trucks have been around about 5 years and have a track record that I can verify then and only then will I laydown the cash. You know how they say once something is on the internet, it's there forever. :S I think someday you may feel a little foolish over all the silly, untrue info you posted in this one. Well my friend I do not believe I posted untrue information. All I said was I was skeptical of new engineering/marketing introduced by the auto industry. The 6.0 had a dismal run and was replaced after a short history. Not untrue, just a fact. My statement of overhearing a conversation was just that, two old boys being uncertain why Ford was doing a major overhaul of the most successful vehicle in America for many years so it must be from the top CEO. Yes, rumor but it caused you to research it and I did not waste my time doing it. You did it for me. It is a well documented fact that repair costs will be higher due to new equipment and seperate areas set aside to repair aluminum bodies correctly. A family friend who owns one of the older body shops in my area told me in June 2014 that he was spending tens of thousands of dollars to upgrade his shop because of the move to aluminum. So I disagree that I "may feel a little foolish over all the silly, untrue info you posted in this one" because other than repeating what I had overheard I have presented documented facts and caused lively conversation. No offense intended!
Likes to tow 02/07/15 06:46pm Tow Vehicles
Aluminum body on F150

I'm skeptical of new things. Engineers and marketing experts sometimes make mistakes. I suppose the Ford 6.0 diesel being such a problem makes me this way. It chased me away from Ford trucks when I required diesel power. It's obvious that by taking weight off you can go with smaller engines. The CAFE and EPA regulations require the automotive industry to make drastic design changes in their line. Aluminum makes this possible. However I overheard a conversation yesterday that makes me wonder about this latest gamble by Ford. A guy was telling his friend that the present CEO of Ford is a previous CEO from ALCOA Aluminum and this accounts for the push to aluminum. Also I heard in the conversation about all the expense and proceedures that reputable body shops must go through to be endorsed by insurance companies. Has anyone purchased insurance yet on these new trucks?? Some of the guys I talk to are already looking at the 2014 models so they can get the "last of the good ones." When these trucks have been around about 5 years and have a track record that I can verify then and only then will I laydown the cash.
Likes to tow 02/07/15 06:28am Tow Vehicles
RE: HITCHING AND UNHITCHING STEEP DRIVEWAY

I personally like the wheel chaulks that fit between the tires and tighten down against each tire. There can be no movement with this type of tire chaulk and it also helps with movement of people inside the camper. go to this website http://norcoind.com/bal/products/consumer/chocks/chocks.shtml
Likes to tow 02/06/15 05:59am Fifth-Wheels
RE: HITCHING AND UNHITCHING STEEP DRIVEWAY

Thanks likes to tow. Question do the landing gear, if that's what their called come down far? Like a couple feet? Mine will let out a long way, never actually had a problem anywhere I have parked. If it's an issue just take some 2x8's and make yourself some small square pads to sit the landing gear on.
Likes to tow 02/06/15 05:32am Fifth-Wheels
RE: HITCHING AND UNHITCHING STEEP DRIVEWAY

If there is only a two foot difference in elevation you will not even notice it. You will like towing a 5th wheel. However if the street is that narrow in front of your driveway you must be aware that 5th wheels react much slower to steering wheel corrections as you back up. Go to a shopping mall somewhere and practice. It just takes some getting used to. I have learned that it requires me to pull forward a few times a foot or two to get the truck positioned better. I used to be very proud that I could back a pull camper or boat into my driveway without pulling forward corrections, just back it in to the applause of my retired truck driver neighbor. Then when I brought the 5th wheel home that first time it took a few tries and some wheel marks in the grass to get it in, thankfully my neighbor was not home that day. Now after 5 years I can put it back with little problem but I still have to pull up slightly a time or two for corrections.
Likes to tow 02/05/15 05:52am Fifth-Wheels
RE: OK, all you truck wonks...

Small diesels are available in small trucks and cars in other countries. The main reason we don't have it here is the EPA restrictions. EPA controls this country and so many aspects of our personal life. This government agency probably has more power than the IRS.
Likes to tow 01/31/15 06:47pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Long grades in the Appalachian's

I've done this highway many times pulling my 31' 5th wheel with an 05 Dodge Cummins with no exhaust brake. I just start at the top by reducing to about 50 to 55 mph and then as speed starts to go beyond that I brake rather hard to bleed off about 10 mph then get off the brakes until speed picks back up to about 50. By "braking hard" then "coasting to cool" I have traveled many roads without incident. There have been many recorded incidents by 18 wheelers on this road but I personally believe it is because many commercial drivers today are not experienced or even trained properly and should not even have a CDL. Many trucking companies just want "meat in the seat" and allow incompetent people to drive. A couple of years ago we witnessed a trucker obviously from Mexico who stopped at a rest stop. He went around and opened the passenger door to help his very pregnut wife and 4 little ones out of the cab. A guy this young with his family in tow has no business with a CDL. But like too many things in today's world, laws are in the books but not enforced.
Likes to tow 12/28/14 04:48am Roads and Routes
RE: Mountain Driving in West Virginia

A good place to stop for a rest is Tamarack near Beckly exit. They even allow overnights in a safe well guarded area. It's on the hill overlooking the truck stop and has great big rig parking on the lower level just below the main building with orange roof tops. Great shopping on crafts from West Virginia artisans and great food prepared by the Greenbrier folks.
Likes to tow 12/15/14 05:50pm Roads and Routes
RE: Water in Diesel Fuel from Flying J Pilot Knoxville, Tn

I have a really deep distrust in anyone servicing anything I own! My entire working life (40 years) was in service, I know the games and tricks some of them play. If I go to a garage I always stay within sight of my vehicle and watch every move they make. They made some really big money on you and that amount of water in fuel is just hard to believe. You may have been snookered !! Older folks who look like they have more money to spend because of the big rigs we travel in can be taken advantage of really easy. There was a segment a few years ago which aired on 20/20 TV. Somewhere in the mid west a couple of guys running a garage were trolling the Interstate for motorhomes. When they saw an older couple tooling along they pulled up beside them and frantically flagged them to the side of the road. They would then say that smoke was coming from the rear differential and it was obviously overheating. They would then crawl under there and make like hot oil was everywhere. A tow truck would be called and the rig was towed to their garage where they would immediately remove the differential. Then they "would make fake calls to distributors" and just so happens they had one in stock..... but it was a couple of thousand dollars EXCHANGE for the old one. They would leave to pick it up, somewhere stop and clean up the old one and box it as new, and return to the garage to get the "gratefull old couple on their way." Repair bill was thousands of dollars but the trip was not ruined because of these two mechanics who just happened along at the right time. These guys were eventually prosecuted. You run 25 miles with two gallon of water in the tank is just hard to believe!!
Likes to tow 12/12/14 06:18am Tech Issues
RE: Was Ready to Buy Truck Camper

Another issue we experienced while having truck campers was many campgrounds will let you set up somewhere if you arrive late and they are full. I remember many times being told there were no available spots and then when I told them I had a truck camper they said "oh, in that case just pull over here next to the building and plug in with the coke machine."
Likes to tow 11/04/14 06:13pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Was Ready to Buy Truck Camper

Right now I have a 9 1/2 ft. pickup camper and a 28ft. 5er. We use both of them during the year depending on where we are going and how long we will be there. We have had 4 different PU campers and two fifth wheels. Did not trade in the pick up camper on the first 5er as they would not give me anything for it and I am glad I kept it. My first 5er was 32 ft. and we traded that in for the 28 ft. as we like to go to state and national parks and the 28 ft. is easier. I can switch between units in less than 45 minutes. Small world as they say. We had 4 truck campers also, two Skamper soft side models and two hard side. The last one was a Starcraft 10' that we bought new and only used 4 seasons. Had it from Maine to Montana with no issues. Traded it for a 25' 5th wheel and got half of the price we paid for it. Big mistake!! We traded the 25' 5th wheel 5 years later for a 31' that we currently own. I'm having a hard time getting my wife to look at truck campers again. You know how women look at the world through "available closet space" mindset! One camper will not do everything and there are many advantages to having two different sizes. This is why I have two different size boats!
Likes to tow 11/04/14 05:18am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Was Ready to Buy Truck Camper

I owned 4 truck campers before moving to 5th wheels. Wish I had kept the last one and just bought the 5th wheel out straight without trading in the truck camper. Truck campers offer complete comfort with no stess driving anywhere you go!! Your only restriction is being vigilant of height restrictions. You can go anywhere or park anywhere that you can drive a pick up. Buying fuel, parking at tourist stops, driving in small towns with sharp 90 degree turns at intersections, going up narrow two lane roads both paved and unpaved is a breeze. All of these situations can cause you problems when pulling a large trailer. We like our 5th wheel and the comfort it affords us, but boy do I miss the utility of truck camping. It would also be nice if I could take the boat with me now instead of making two 90 mile trips, one with the camper and one for the boat. For the long trips where we sit down for a week or so, the 5th wheel is nice. For simply running new roads and routes where you are uncertain about your destination or route, nothing is better than a truck camper! On the down side, when you trade in a truck camper they give you very little for it "because truck campers are unpopular and hard to resell."
Likes to tow 11/03/14 04:36am Fifth-Wheels
RE: First time 5er needs advice

A good point was mentioned about buying used so depreciation does not kill you as you upgrade and experiment with other units. I've had good luck with this through the years by buying used, doing good maintenance and storage under roof. Got almost all my money back out when sell time comes.
Likes to tow 10/20/14 01:25pm Fifth-Wheels
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