I replaced mine last year but after reading multiple forums it seemed the factory yellow progressive stops (aka jounce bumpers) were the favorites among users. I'm not sure if the 3500 uses the same jounce as the 2500 but the GM PN is 15835667. They can be found for about $20 each if you shop around.
I went with these as well. I like them.
The people who violate the law really don't care if they get a hefty ticket, so what, they just move on don't appear in court, don't have the money to pay anyway, the rangers most times just try to get compliance of some sort.
I have always looked at forest service and BLM access as something for my tax dollars. At a campground I don't have a lot of problem with paying the fee. Now we cannot stop at a vacant site in a campground for lunch, if its "managed" you have to pay. In most respects its "their" land not our lands.
The City of Golden has a campground right downtown Golden, which is a good place to be. There is lots of action in Golden, especially on the weekends.
Its an easy trip to about anywhere in the area. If you want to walk around downtown at night Golden is the good safe place to do it. There is a light rail line about a mile east to get to get around the metro area if you want to use it--I would definitely recommend using it at least once. For the mountains Golden has good access north, south and west. The first Saturday of the summer months there is a car show from downtown Golden to about a mile east, its informal and there are all kinds of cars there.
Have a good trip.
This (river site) is a lousy site for a pay to play fed fee site. Its just too small. I know that there is nothing free from the government, but maybe just maybe we can keep the convenience of this site without additional expense.
I appreciate what allegro34 is trying to do. Thanks.
Can you give me some coordinates for this site.
I like a place where we can slip into for the night then move one.
Also, I find that when campground is formalized it gets closed the second week in September and opens the last week in May. We like to camp the entire year and closed formalized CG do not facilitate that.
In the summer we use maybe 10 amps a day. In the winter our usage easily doubles with the furnace. The LED lights use very little power and have made a big difference in reducing our power consumption. We have two 6 volt golf cart batteries and 180 watts of solar. We have never been on the edge of not having enough power, even when back east in the winter with very cloudy days.
The 8.1 is very different from prior BBC. The block is different, the pistons are much different and the heads are not interchangeable. We have had two with a diesel in between, they each have their pluses and minuses.
The 8.1 is a very good, well designed engine from the factory, as good a towing engine as ever produced. It takes a lot of money to really improve its performance. There is a company called Ralar that has speed equipment for the 8.1, bring big money, and frankly all the speed parts in the world will not improve mileage on this engine, spend the money on a diesel.
Mileage, At 65 mph we get just about 8 mpg pulling a 8,000# car hauler with the camper loaded to about 4,000#. With just the camper at 65 mph, we will get somewhere around 11-12 mpg. Slow down is what I have found works the best, if you can keep it at 55 you will see 12 mpg+ maybe even with the Jeep. If you remember the 454, we had several of them, I saw down to 4-5 mpg in the "old" days with a strong 454, which was not nearly as good as the 8.1 performance wise.
Maybe time for some BG44K, to keep the valves and injectors clean. I use it at least once a year, more like twice, it really works. Use synthetic oil, there are a lot of big parts in this engine and the synthetic oil helps. Check the plugs, you can try AC Delco 41-932 plugs which are (for the most part) no longer available, you may find them on ebay. There may be a newer plug that is slightly warmer that may help. A 180 degree thermostat may help. There really is not a lot you can do, it does not need a more open exhaust, it has plenty of exhaust capacity and the heads flow great. Get a tune at a good tune shop, their are plenty in Denver, I and many of my friends have used Lou's cars. Lou has not worked on the 8.1.
I have a 45 gallon Transfer Flow replacement tank that really helps. I generally have a 350-400 mile safe range, depending on load, with about 50+ reserve. With a 26 gallon tank we were always stopping for fuel, our range is now about double. Transfer flow no longer makes the gas version of their replacement tank. You may be able to find one on the salvage market.
With a gas engine your are paying for gas. With a diesel you are paying for the engine and the potential repairs, and more maintenance then a gas motor.
I have come to the conclusion that for us gas is better, it does not have the power, it does not have the fuel economy, but it does have a different type of economy and its very quiet and smooth. Either way it takes $$$$ to go down the road. Make your choice and pay your money!
We have come to the conclusion that it is usually best to just winterize with RV anti-freeze. If its a week between trips, we may run an electric heater in conjunction with the camper furnace because of the basement tanks or the camper may go in a heated garage, again the vast majority of time we winterize.
It takes maybe 1/2 hour to winterize and its done, the camper is safe and it doesn't require an electric heater.
Its a good site, however it has gotten more and more difficult to post.
I posted a couple in June, they did not like them so, okay no big deal. When I did not re-post they emailed me asking me to do so. Once is enough.
I would skip the jacks, you can level with plywood boards for the purpose.
As far as moving the camper support, which it is more than a "dolly" in the sense that you are not using the "dolly" to move the camper, but just to support the camper off of the truck, put some 8" to 10" balloon tire casters, on the side of the support and tip the dolly over onto the casters to move it around.
Ours is steel, welded together. If I made it again, it would be a combination of welded ends with the sides being bolted together, just to make it easier to store when the camper is off the dolly. I may make this modification this winter.
If you want a kayak and want it to fold, go with a Klepper or Folbot. Both are very proven designs. Will last many years and can take more than a little abuse. Both are available used, in good condition.
The motors are identical to the ones on the jacks. I bought a spare motor, however I am not sure that I will ever use it. A spare jack may be more useful.
We have not had a motor fail. In our case the weld between fitting at the end of the screw which is like the one on the top of the outside jack broke at end of the screw. This fitting was welded onto the screw. A person dear to my heart, had a habit of bumping the motor one more time after it had reached the stop, and did so one time too many when going up and the weld broke. I removed the parts, took them to my professional welder (I weld but still use a pro for a lot of things.) and he did a good job of tig welding the fitting to the screw. Cost $20.
I think that the assembly is pretty stout and will last a long time if it is not abused repeatedly. We have about 100# on the roof, no A/C, two solar panels and a Thule box.
With the fitting broken loose from the screw, it was quite easy to raise and lower the roof. If the motor is connected, its much more difficult to raise and lower the roof. You are right in that a jack motor could be swapped for the broken lift motor and be done with the difficult part of the job and use a crank for the one jack until repaird.
With the tools I carry I could do the job on the road. I carry a small tool bag with the usual hand tools and most of time an electric drill. Electric tools would make the job much, much easier.
No worries, lets go camping.
I use the on the op referenced, its been a great grill. Its small/compact.
Its maybe not as great as some of the grills referenced herein but its (and the referenced grills are) not as good as our grill at home either, but on the road it works. The grill also will heat up a good size pancake griddle and we place a dutch oven/frying pan on it as well. A good multipurpose heating tool.
We like and prefer charcoal and usually there is a camp charcoal grill available. If we are deep in the woods, we will make a fire.
My experience for the last 5 years with this grill has been good.