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RE: Winches..110 or 12V ???

Hydraulic if you can afford it :).The PTO drive gear, controller and wiring, driveshaft, hydraulic pump, mounting and hoses to connect to the winch are pretty expensive to set up. Hydraulic winches aren't cheap either. For something that may only be used a handful of times, if at all, in the life of the truck, an electric winch would be far more cost effective. Now if it was for a vocational tow truck, then yes, by all means, get a PTO powered hydraulic winch system, it'll last a lifetime and pay for itself quickly!Who said anything about a PTO? I agree that would be really expensive. I would go with a Mile Marker winch or equivalent that is hydraulically powered off of the power steering pump. I think I heard that all of the military HumVees have this set up. That's way better than adding extra batteries and huge 12v cables. As long as the engine is running you can winch and don't have to worry about battery drain.If they have them that can run off the power steering pump, then hot dam, go with the hydraulic! I didn't know such a thing existed!
SoCalDesertRider 06/27/16 09:32pm Truck Campers
RE: F-150 Non Ecoboost 3.5 towing?

I didn't know there were mountains in Florida. Glad the new truck is working out for you and thanks for the report!
SoCalDesertRider 06/27/16 09:16pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2019 Cummins in Ram: 2 significant & simultaneous milestones

Ford designed the 6.7 and 6R140 (or whatever the last 3 numbers are now) in 2010, for the 2011 model year, for the F250-550 light/light-medium truck line. They also happen to put it into the F650/750 truck line, but I wouldn't say they designed it specifically for that line. It's what they had available in-house. If they would have truly been designing an engine for the heavier trucks, they would have made a larger displacement, slower revving inline-6 (like the old Ford/Holland 7.8 and Cummins 8.3 they used in the F-, B-, C- and L-Series trucks).
SoCalDesertRider 06/27/16 08:38pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2017 F350

I'm no fan of air bags. If one fails though, it's not the end of the world. Empty the air from the other one and continue on down the road until you can replace the broken one.
SoCalDesertRider 06/27/16 07:48pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Wheel alignment

Take it to a heavy truck (18 wheeler) chassis shop. They have the heavy duty alignment rack to properly align your motorhome.
SoCalDesertRider 06/27/16 07:42pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Class C weight issue

Definitely don't keep on overloading the tires. You may have to up one tire size, which will increase the load rating of the tires. For example, going from 215/85-16E's to 235/85-16E's increases the cumulative (all 4 together) rear tire load capacity by about 1000 lbs.
SoCalDesertRider 06/27/16 07:38pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Winches..110 or 12V ???

Hydraulic if you can afford it :).The PTO drive gear, controller and wiring, driveshaft, hydraulic pump, mounting and hoses to connect to the winch are pretty expensive to set up. Hydraulic winches aren't cheap either. For something that may only be used a handful of times, if at all, in the life of the truck, an electric winch would be far more cost effective. Now if it was for a vocational tow truck, then yes, by all means, get a PTO powered hydraulic winch system, it'll last a lifetime and pay for itself quickly!
SoCalDesertRider 06/27/16 07:19pm Truck Campers
RE: Best Truck for New Camper?

Get the DUALLY, in whatever brand you like. :)
SoCalDesertRider 06/27/16 07:08pm Truck Campers
RE: Suggestions for Fiver Hitch

B&W Turnoverball gooseneck + Companion 5th wheel :) Cost is about $400-450 for the Turnoverball and about $800 for the Companion.
SoCalDesertRider 06/27/16 07:02pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2019 Cummins in Ram: 2 significant & simultaneous milestones

My guess is that Ford's medium duty sales will fall off as engine support cost and down time are two things commercial users watch carefully. In-house mechanics will complain about complexity of the engine.It wouldn't surprise me if they drop the F650/750 line, like they dropped the L-Series, Ranger/B-series and E-Series truck lines. Their share of the medium/medium-heavy truck market was very tiny with the L-Series, as it is with the F650/750. International and Freightliner pretty much own the medium truck market. Funny thing is, Freightliner got into that market by buying the L-Series line from Ford and renaming it Sterling. Ford's share of the mini truck market was huge with the Ranger, as was their share of the van market with the E-Series. Dropping those 2 lines was plain stupidity, much to the chagrin of GM and Toyota.
SoCalDesertRider 06/27/16 06:43pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Hi Yo Silver! Our very own on TCAdventure Magazine

That was interesting reading :)
SoCalDesertRider 06/27/16 02:09pm Truck Campers
RE: Welding Precautions

Interesting about the Allison control cable. I did several feet of welding on my truck when I was building it, without disconnecting the Allison tranny from the system. So far, no problems in the past year. All of the welding was DC, electrode negative (self shield flux cored wire). I'll have to read my Allison manual again to see if there is a notation about disconnecting when welding. I didn't see one before.
SoCalDesertRider 06/27/16 01:46pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Welding Precautions

In AC TIG (welding aluminum), continuous HF is needed to keep the arc going, because of the +/- sine wave nature of AC current, as well as HF start. For DC-only TIG machines (welding steel and stainless), most now days are available with 'lift' or 'touch' start, instead of HF start, in the 'base' model machines, and add HF start in the 'deluxe' models, for a couple hundred dollars more. There are still some DC Stick/TIG machines made with scratch start only, the cheapest ones. I call these stick machines, that can be used to TIG, in a pinch. These typically don't have a gas valve or remote amptrol connection on the machine.
SoCalDesertRider 06/27/16 01:34pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Boy this listing IS FISHY

It was flagged for removal.
SoCalDesertRider 06/27/16 01:17pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 2017 F350

When the truck is squatted down below level in the rear with the load, you get wallowy steering, poor braking and headlights blinding oncoming traffic. If a truck is loaded under it's GVWR and RGAWR, the truck should not be squatting below level in the rear, if it's suspension has been properly spec'd by the manufacturer to carry it's full rated capacity. Therein lies the problem. They don't spec the springs to carry the full load properly (level). Hopefully you're right and Ford's new 450 pickup springs won't be sagging anymore. Knowing Ford, I'm not holding my breath.
SoCalDesertRider 06/27/16 12:35pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Pros/cons of class B and P/U slide in?

On the fuel mileage issue, with these heavy vehicles, be it a class B, C or pickup & camper, having a diesel engine is a big plus for both fuel mileage and power, versus a gas engine. Our '05 E350 cargo van with the diesel got great mileage (15-25mpg, depending on speed and load/towing). It also had plenty of power, more than needed most of the time. With a gas engine big enough to have the power, you don't get the mileage. With a gas engine small enough to get the mileage, you don't get the power. With the diesel, you get both. Unfortunately, both Ford and GM quit offering diesels in their vans a long time ago (I think 2009 was last year for diesel E-series). So if you are buying a new or newer used class B conversion van or class C van-chassis RV based on the common E-series or G-series vans, you're stuck with a gas engine. This is where a pickup & camper has a great advantage. You can get any of the big 3 brands of 3/4-ton and up trucks with the diesel.
SoCalDesertRider 06/27/16 12:27pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: early 90's C on a Ford e350 7.5l V8

Most folks never bother to change the rear axle oil, transfer case and front axle oil (if 4wd), or engine coolant, and let the tranny oil go way too long between changes. Those are things I usually do soon after buying a used vehicle, so I know I'm starting fresh with everything and I have a reference point as to when to change them in the future. I do engine oil/filters and brakes/hub bearings as needed, since most folks do keep up with those somewhat.
SoCalDesertRider 06/27/16 12:12pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Welding Precautions

-Disconnect the batteries (obvious, if you're having the battery trays welded) -Disconnect the 110vac power from home/shop. -Unplug any computers you have in RV. Unless you're having something aluminum welded and using AC TIG HF, you generally don't have to worry about frying something electronic. AC high frequency is what fries sensitive electronics. Steel will be welded using DC low voltage, which is a low risk process (unless you're trying to stick weld it with an AC buzz box).
SoCalDesertRider 06/27/16 09:48am Class A Motorhomes
RE: 2017 F350

It would be nice if Ford would put the heavier F450 cab/chassis rear springs on the F450 pickups. Then nobody would need to do anything to the rear of a new 450 pickup. Ford always puts too soft rear springs on their pickups, regardless of class or year. The cab/chassis trucks get the real beef.With the 17's redesigned springpack, you won't need to do anything to keep it level.Are they using the same springs as the 450 cab/chassis now, or at least the same spring rate per pack?
SoCalDesertRider 06/27/16 09:27am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2017 F350

It would be nice if Ford would put the heavier F450 cab/chassis rear springs on the F450 pickups. Then nobody would need to do anything to the rear of a new 450 pickup. Ford always puts too soft rear springs on their pickups, regardless of class or year. The cab/chassis trucks get the real beef.That explains the low 9,100# RAWR. Even in the 450 they want them to ride like a car.You hit the nail on the head right there.
SoCalDesertRider 06/27/16 09:24am Tow Vehicles
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