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RE: Electric power jack-any suggestions?

www.discounthitches.com sells the Curt Mfg towing products, which includes tongue jacks of all styles and sizes. I've found the Curt products to be of good quality and reasonable price. Curt products are all American made, mostly in Texas, so far as I know.
SoCalDesertRider 08/29/16 05:52am Travel Trailers
RE: Fifth Wheel Hitch Decision

When I asked my initial question to B&W, I also inquired about the possibility of a higher rated hitch in the future. Basically was told they have no plans to do so. Just have to wonder why.B&W is like that. They will fight the idea of adding new product for a long long time, despite customer demand for it, but will eventually succumb and end up making a great product to fill that market need. They did the same thing with the slider hitch. They fought the idea for several years, refused to come out with a sliding fifth wheel hitch for short bed trucks, but finally ended up coming out with a very good sliding fifth wheel hitch. So far, they have fought the idea of coming out with an air ride fifth wheel hitch. My guess is, eventually, they will have an air ride hitch in their product line. Likely the same with a 25k rated hitch to fit all 3 trucks brands' of fifth wheel prep packages, they'll make one, eventually. They're just a very conservatively run company and very slow to grow their product line.
SoCalDesertRider 08/29/16 05:43am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Spray In Bed Liners?

My '92 truck has had Rhino Liner in it since it was new. The Rhino holds up very well. My truck has always been a worker, never a garage queen.Same here, just a little faded.Mine faded from black to dark gray several years ago and has remained the same dark gray ever since. It's a truck, the bed is hardly ever empty. I don't care that it's not black anymore.
SoCalDesertRider 08/29/16 05:31am Fifth-Wheels
RE: NHTSA& EPA want to limit speedof vehicles over 26,000 lbs

On the news they said fatal crashes caused by driving ing under the influence was up from last year and teenage drivers in fatal crashes was up from last year. Will slowing down trucks and busses help that?No, nor is it intended to.X 2 FMCSA/USDOT has recently instituted a comprehensive drug and alcohol testing and driver background check program that all motor carriers are required to implement across their fleets of trucks/drivers. How well it will work is unknown as of yet.
SoCalDesertRider 08/29/16 05:23am Class A Motorhomes
RE: CB Radio antenna mounting

Back in the days when motorhomes had 'west coast' trucker style mirrors, mounted with stainless or chrome steel tube, the CB antenna(s) mounted to the mirror brackets. Sadly, with the advent of fancy all plastic 'aero' mirrors, that is no longer possible... If your motorhome has a roof rack or a ladder, you can use a mirror style mount bolted to the rack or ladder. It will make for a very long coax cable, but so be it. Should work about as well as an old style mirror mounted antenna, as far as ground plane is concerned. If you're not towing anything, or have an extra receiver box hitch available on the bumper, you could make an L-shaped pole that slides into the receiver hitch tube and extends up to roof level. Either a 4 sq ft piece of thick sheet metal, or 3 or 4 horizontal radials about 2 ft long each will act as a ground plane on top of the pole, with the antenna mounted above. An interesting but effective home made antenna that will do the trick for short ranges.
SoCalDesertRider 08/29/16 05:15am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Limiting large vehicles to 68 MPH

/snip/ Wouldn't you know it. I did a search for 68 mpg before starting this thread and nothing came up. /snip/ I doubt you'd find much searching for rigs that got 68 miles per GALLON...:W:W....:B:B:B.....DennisI caught that too. LOL :B
SoCalDesertRider 08/29/16 04:56am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Limiting large vehicles to 68 MPH

Why not just make the national speed limit for trucks and RVs a maximum of 75 mph. They not only want to lower the speed limit, they want a governor installed. Essentially that is exactly what they are proposing just at a lower level commensurate with the tire rating. However, I don't believe the NHSB has the authority to set a national speed limit for all trucks and RV's. Commercial vehicles OK but private ones not so much and besides, RV tires do not necessarily have the 75 mph max speed ratings. I also suspect that any actual ruing that comes our will set a max but individual states could set it lower. Any ruling is still left to the states for enforcement.IIRC, their "authority" for the double nickle was by withholding federal funds for roads if they did not comply. non-believers came around quickly. bumpyWitholding federal highway funds was the same 'authority' the federal government used to coerce states into making 21 the drinking age in each state in the early 80's.
SoCalDesertRider 08/29/16 04:55am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Gel Cell Battery

I've had Optima gel cell batteries for years. They take a long time to fully charge and like to be charged at a low current rate. Whenever I have a dead one, I charge it for 24 hours or more at trickle rate and that fully charges it, without overheating it during charging.
SoCalDesertRider 08/28/16 11:37pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: NHTSA& EPA want to limit speedof vehicles over 26,000 lbs

When you own a company that operates commercial vehicles, it is the FMCSA that gives your company it's USDOT number. I had to go to the FMCSA website to register for my DOT number.
SoCalDesertRider 08/28/16 11:31pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Suburban: What are my limits?

You need to know the axle ratio. If you have 3.42, that is not a towing ratio. If you have 3.73, that is a beginning towing ratio. If you have 4.10, that is a towing ratio.
SoCalDesertRider 08/28/16 11:27pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Difference between 4.30 & 3.55 gears

Most of the factory stock tire sizes for American 3/4-ton and 1-ton pickups are within about 2 inches diameter of each other, regardless of the factory wheel size. 225/70-19.5's are ~32" diameter 245/70-19.5's are ~33" diameter 215/85-16's are ~30.5" diameter 235/85-16's are ~31.5" diameter 245/75-16's are ~30.5" diameter 265/75-16's are ~31.5" diameter 285/75-16's are ~33" diameter 225/80-17's are ~31" diameter 235/80-17's are ~31.5" diameter 245/70-17's are ~30.5" diameter 265/70-17's are ~31.5" diameter 265/65-18's are ~31.5" diameter 275/65-18's are ~32" diameter 285/65-18's are ~32.5" diameter I don't know offhand the tire sizes for 20" wheels, or I would post those too.
SoCalDesertRider 08/28/16 11:22pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Is there a good performance muffler that's quiet?

The problem isn't the Flowmaster muffler. The problem is where you have it exiting, out the side before the rear wheel. It will be much quieter and have very little change in exhaust flow, if you change it to exit out the rear by the bumper, instead of where it is now. Leave the Flowmaster, but cut the pipe before the bend that routes it out the side and have a new pipe made to go back over the axle and exit out the rear corner of the truck.
SoCalDesertRider 08/28/16 10:58pm Tow Vehicles
RE: SRW vs DRW driving in sand.

I've never witnessed or experienced there being a defficiency with mud tread tires in sand. They seem to work just as well or better than all terrain type treads. In fact, practically all dirtbike and atv/utv tires have much greater resemblance to mud tread tires than any other tread type. There hardly exists a dirt bike or atv tire that has any resemblance at all to an all terrain tread tire. And if you think of sand paddle tires, with their giant, wide spaced tread blocks going across the whole width of the tire, they have more in common with large blocky wide spaced mud treads, than closely spaced all terrain treads. I've spent plenty of time driving and riding in dune sand and sand washes, with lots of various different vehicles, and with others about with many more different vehicles. I've not seen anything that would suggest that mud tread tires are bad in sand. I don't buy it that an all terrain beats a mud tread in sand.
SoCalDesertRider 08/28/16 10:52pm Toy Haulers
RE: Adventure camper fiberglass nosecap

Sounds like somebody painted it with water-base paint!
SoCalDesertRider 08/28/16 10:36pm Truck Campers
RE: Now what? My latest TV is too tall....

It could be converted into a bumper pull trailer...
SoCalDesertRider 08/28/16 10:29pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: NHTSA& EPA want to limit speedof vehicles over 26,000 lbs

In commercial regulation, 26,000 GVW becomes 26,000 GCW when there is a trailer involved. If the regulation is extended to cover all vehicles, commercial or not, over 26,000 GVW, it would also apply to trucks towing trailers where the GCW is over 26,000. Which would make sense, why should a motorhome over 26,000 fall under the regulation, but not a pickup pulling a fifth wheel where the combination weighs over 26,000....
SoCalDesertRider 08/28/16 10:13pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 5th Wheel Hitch or Gooseneck Hitch?

B&W Turnoverball gooseneck hitch with B&W Companion fifth wheel hitch accessory unit is the answer to your problem. B&W also makes the Companion fifth wheel unit to fit the newer Ford/GM/Dodge factory gooseneck hitches.
SoCalDesertRider 08/28/16 08:03pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Fulcrum point

With my old 10.5' camper, there was no problem at all using the over cab bed area when the camper was off the truck. With my old 8.5' camper, there also was no problem using the over cab bed area when the camper was off the truck. With my dad's old 8' camper, there also was no problem using the over cab bed area when the camper was off the truck. All of the above campers had rear full baths with holding tanks in the rear. With my current 8' camper, I found out when I went up there, that there is a problem with using the over cab bed when the camper is off the truck. I felt it starting to tip and come off the rear jacks. This camper does not have a bath and only one small holding tank, for the kitchen sink, which is up front. The only heavy thing it has in the rear is the furnace, which isn't that heavy. So, I don't use the over cab bed area in this camper when it is off the truck.
SoCalDesertRider 08/28/16 07:56pm Truck Campers
RE: HELP! Low tunnel question

That's a cool idea with the cameras! ^^^
SoCalDesertRider 08/28/16 07:42pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tag axle pros / cons

With a heavy 12 or 15 liter diesel engine hanging off the rear, I would definitely want a tag axle.
SoCalDesertRider 08/28/16 07:28pm Class A Motorhomes
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