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RE: true hemi gas mileage ?

2014 2500 5.7. I get 18 to 21 flat ground empty doing 60 hwy. towing 10,500 5th wheel, 8 to 10 flat ground, 60 hwy. Last trailer with this truck was 8500 and I got around 2mpg better towing and 20-22 flat ground empty at 60 mpg flat ground. Speed is important for optimum mileage.
Road Phantom 03/09/18 10:09pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 5.7 ram 2500 owners, have you done this?

rob, a cabin for six months would be expensive. I already have the trailer.
Road Phantom 03/09/18 05:47pm Tow Vehicles
5.7 ram 2500 owners, have you done this?

I have a 2014 Ram 2500 with a 5.7 hemi and 3.73 rear end. I pull a 10,500 lb fully loaded 5th wheel, which is 900 lbs under max for this truck. I pull it locally on mostly flat ground and live in it so its parked in El Paso for most of the year. I would like to haul it up the mountain, around 4-6 percent grade. The entire trip from our home base in El Paso is under two hours. The last 4 miles is an 8 percent grade. I would like to hear from 2500 owners with a 5.7 combo that could tell me first hand how well the truck did on similar trips. I could get a hauler to do this, but I don't know whether or not they have the proper Insurance. Another problem is that long trip haulers don't want to touch small jobs. That leaves the local yokels, RV shop owners and truck owners that do this part time. If you can get one to find the time and have the proper insurance. So, I'd rather do it myself if I can. The sight is seasonal and only has to be done once a year. your thoughts? thanks and please don't tell me I need to replace my near new truck for a $50,000 diesel for that extra 4 miles. That ain't happening. :R
Road Phantom 03/09/18 02:27pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Type of lube on fifth wheel pin

lube ring, clean and dry
Road Phantom 03/07/18 12:29am Fifth-Wheels
Where to winter and have everything cheaply.

Seasonal rates in Florida campgrounds have become expensive as well as in Arizona. Anyone compromising with a stay in El Paso,Tx? I didn't care for buggy Florida or the high crime there. South Tex is reasonably priced, but the hummudity was getting to me and my wife, so we went North to El Paso. The dry weather has been great for us. The mountains are a short drive away and the shopping has everything we need, including good restaurants. An added bonus is the low crime rate and friendly people. Winters are around ten degrees cooler than Mesa, but doable with electric heaters. The days are warm and sunny.
Road Phantom 02/28/18 12:09pm Snowbirds
RE: Truck stop fueling

Flying J and Love's have RV friendly bays away from the OTR trucks.
Road Phantom 02/27/18 03:42pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Ezpass

Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Virginia and West Virginia. Not accepted west of Ohio. Fortunately, the western states have very few toll roads. None of the Interstates out west have them that I know of. Gas is cheaper out west until you get to California. Prices there can be quite high. Save your overnight CG expenses by staying at Flying J and Love Truck stops, Cracklebarrel Restaurants and Walmarts. I don't use rest areas that are close to cities. Some out in western suburbia can be very quiet and safe. I also use County, State, and National Park CG. Stay safe.
Road Phantom 02/16/18 11:57am Fifth-Wheels
RE: What's a good deal? Big Country 3155

I've been in the game since 1985. The rule of thumb is 25% off list. That looks like a good price.
Road Phantom 02/09/18 07:34am Fifth-Wheels
RE: What's a good deal? Big Country 3155

I've been in the game since 1985. The rule of thumb is 25% off list. That looks like a good price.
Road Phantom 02/09/18 07:28am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Buying Online

These days, on-line sales are a viable alternative to restrictive choices from local dealerships. I bought two trucks that way, one, 800 miles away and was not disappointed. Dealer reputation is on the line so I don't believe any established dealer is going to jeopardize that. Exchange as many pictures of your RV as you can, including tires, roof, and any flaws, chips, dents and excessive rust so your value won't be altered when you arrive at the dealership for something you hadn't mentioned Lots of luck.
Road Phantom 02/03/18 09:27am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Jacking and tire replacement

You don't have to bring the tires in right away. They will still give you credit when you bring them in.
Road Phantom 02/03/18 09:15am Fifth-Wheels
RE: RVT.com, Anybody Use Them to sell RV?

Bare in mind that when you post on RVT or similar pay for sites you compete with dealers that may guarantee the product for at least a month. So, you have to price yours accordingly. I would go with dealers that sell for a commission. There, your trailer would have good exposure for walk ins, provided the dealership or used RV lot has that exposure and located in the right place to sell.
Road Phantom 02/03/18 09:11am Fifth-Wheels
RE: RGV weather

We're in Port Isabel on the water and it went down to the low 30's last night. Too bad we can't go any further south. The electric went out last night, so I ran an extension to one of the house boxes meant for the boats behind us. That got us through until morning. Here on the water we always get a breeze which is great in the summer, but in winter it makes things worse when the temps get this low. Add in the humidity and its a damp cold that aggravates my arthritis. We're heading to El Paso for a few months and then Florida to see friends. Next year we are considering AZ.
Road Phantom 01/18/18 07:43pm Snowbirds
RE: Short wheel well

Have you checked your loaded weight on a scale? Could be you're overloaded and the trailer is bearing down on the springs.
Road Phantom 01/18/18 07:32pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Needing some advice on a situation with our 5er

Is that Brooklyn, as in, NYC Brooklyn? We lived in Park Slope and Bayridge. I started camping with 5th wheels since 1985 with a Holiday Rambler. Since then I've had six 5th wheels of different makes over the years. The RV industry in not a quality controlled one like the auto industry with its robotics and checks and balances. Some of these manufacturers only care about pumping them out the door with little regard for the finished product. That being said, over the years I have had some that were better than others. The good; 1997 Designer by Jayco, 2002 Artic Fox, 2006 Holiday Rambler and my latest a 2011 Keystone cougar. None of the others I've had were ever as bad as the one you mention. I will say I looked at a Forest Hill 5th wheel on a lot once. It was brand new and the inside roof panels were hanging down. Lots of luck and do pursue that lemon law.
Road Phantom 01/07/18 08:04am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Lightweight FW

cougar 1/2 ton towed with 2500 hemi east coast to west coast three times. lived in it full time three winters total of 23 months, no major issues. solid construction. maintained seals and running gear, batteries, etc. keeping my 2014 another three years and upgrading to new model of the same keystone product.
Road Phantom 01/03/18 11:30am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Snowbirds' impact on the local economy.

Surprisingly, a lot of Mexicans come across the US border to shop in the crowded malls in South Texas because they can't get the same quality products in their own country. Our appliances and building materials are top grade and there's even a Mercedez dealership that seems to be doing well. As far as Snow Birds bringing money into the valley, locals like to say they change their T-shirts as often as they change a dollar bill. The valley does quite well with their own home grown Texans whether they come from the Valley or come down from Austin, Dallas and the like to spend money fishing out of Padre Island or to just hang out on the beach.
Road Phantom 12/15/17 12:14pm Snowbirds

Hi, we're seniors looking to spend the summer months in Flagstaff. We don't need amenities like pools and the like and are fine with the basics. Our priorities are safety, low rates and pet friendly. Thanks for any help you can give us.
Road Phantom 12/05/17 12:16pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: RVT.com, Anybody Use Them to sell RV?

An option is to leave the trailer with an RV dealer that takes in RV's for consignment, usually for 10% of the sale price.
Road Phantom 11/29/17 11:32am Fifth-Wheels
RE: anyone own a Retro 5th wheel?

It seems to me that this Retro is designed for 1/2 ton Pickups. Monday, the factory rep will be available and can answer my question.
Road Phantom 11/26/17 12:08pm Fifth-Wheels
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