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RE: New TV

seeing this post really gets my Camping blood flowing. Looking forward to get my new truck and towing with it in May.
alexleblanc 03/28/17 08:48am Tow Vehicles
RE: Bicycle rack recommendations

I asked on delivery and was told the Monrana square bumper would support a bike rack. Forest River told me "no" for the Wildcat and a sticker on the bumper stated the warranty was void if anything was attached to it. I compared both bumpers and concluded the Montana's was better built. I installed a bolt-on receiver and a Thule bike rack. Two bikes with no issues. Will the dealer pay you for the bikes if the bumper fails? I don't understand with a 5er why more don't use a pinbox mount. So it is a bit more work to get the bikes to the rack, but they naturally bounce less, are in your view, and don't add to the length of the rig. Most likely does not have an 8ft bed, I know I couldn't mount it on my pin box for that reason, not enough room.
alexleblanc 03/27/17 04:10pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Bicycle rack recommendations

I went down this road last summer, installed a very rugged hitch setup. Mounted a Swagman rack on the back of our unit and both it and the bikes sustained damage on the first trip out. Mind you its a somewhat rough road, but still lesson learned. Bikes racks take a beating on the back of an RV. So, you were driving through Pennsylvania were you? Honestly, I can't see how roads could get much worse... And this is from a native Vermonter. I just got back from a trip down south 4800 miles and Pennsylvania roads were so bad I had to pull over to see if my tires were still on the rims. in that picture, i was in NY state but yes i pulled through PA on that trip and the roads were pretty rough!
alexleblanc 03/27/17 12:58pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Bicycle rack recommendations

I went down this road last summer, installed a very rugged hitch setup. Mounted a Swagman rack on the back of our unit and both it and the bikes sustained damage on the first trip out. Mind you its a somewhat rough road, but still lesson learned. Bikes racks take a beating on the back of an RV. I now run a Thule roof rack on my truck with 100% success. Nothing moves or rattles or causes me grief. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v391/tuned20v/IMG_0107_zpsslb9xwvm.jpg
alexleblanc 03/27/17 12:09pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Do we have any Durango Owners here?

I have one. What are you wondering?
alexleblanc 03/24/17 02:44pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: New F250 and BW hitch

The times when I had it come close to hitting was leaving gas stations in the northeast and also pulling out of a few shopping centre entrances, never really in actual campgrounds.
alexleblanc 03/23/17 06:04pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: The Big Three's New Diesels put on a Dyno

All quite close, seems like there's a lot of drivetrain loss on the Chevy comoared to the two others though.
alexleblanc 03/23/17 05:57am Tow Vehicles
RE: Michelin defender

I'm currently running BFG Commercial T/A 2 tires on mine and I'm extremely pleased with how the trailer tracks and how cool they stay on extended highway runs.
alexleblanc 03/23/17 05:45am Fifth-Wheels
RE: New F250 and BW hitch

I think you may want more than 6" of bed rail clearance, I myself am at 8" currently and I've seen when I only had an inch or so left pulling out of some sites and even parking lots.
alexleblanc 03/23/17 05:40am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Ram 6.4L Hemi vs Chevy 6.0L vs Ford 6.2L (gassers)

I don't know blt2ski, Dad's 1973 C30 454 auto towed our fiver from NW Ohio to S.Cal without any issues what so ever. That thing was fast for a big ole crew cab pickup. As for Alex yep had Ford sent a truck with the 4.30 gears they would have been very close to the Ram. But they would Not and I repeat NOT been the MPG champs. That seems to be Ford's number one thing, being the MPG King. When they get their little 3.0 diesel on line in the f-150 then they will recapture the crown in the half ton market. Don Yup, 4.30 gears would have netted about 1-1.5 less mpg than it got, but it would have been right in line capacity and mpg wise with the others. Like I said before, in the end they are all matched quite well when equipped similarly.
alexleblanc 03/22/17 06:07am Tow Vehicles
RE: Which Michelin Tire? Defender LTX M/S or LTX Winter

Tire debates can go on for days, all I know is for on road use, those Defenders are always the highest rated on every site I see and everyone I talk to who runs them seem to be happy. I will say that I've been impressed with the last few sets of Toyo tires ive run, might be worth looking at their new Toyo Open Country HT tires, they are well rated.
alexleblanc 03/21/17 06:04am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram 6.4L Hemi vs Chevy 6.0L vs Ford 6.2L (gassers)

Wow. Ford spanked em all. LMAO OK until you get to the towing and weight section, you know the work part. What it showed is they ALL are just about the same until again you get to the working part of the testing. Then Ram and Chevy both spank the Ferd. Carry on Don Not really the case when they are all equipped with the highest gear ratio, put the 4.30 gears in the Ford and the ratings come up to pretty much the same as the others. More a case of how each test truck was optioned, in real life when optioned properly, the big three are very similar ratings wise. What's more surprising is the fact that the Nissan is there, it is in no was close to being on the same playing field as the others, it belongs in a test with the F150 HD and the GM with their heavier payload model. More of a 5/8 ton class really.
alexleblanc 03/21/17 05:56am Tow Vehicles
RE: The Grandaddy of Fifth Wheels?

I absolutely love the look of it, this thing should be I a museum.
alexleblanc 03/06/17 06:56am Fifth-Wheels
RE: yokohama tires

mine being much lighter I went with LT215/85R16E BFG Commercial T/A and have been very happy with how the trailer tows with them and how cool they stay during long sustained 65-70mph highway runs. With a heavier 5er like most here I would follow suit and do either R250's or XPS Rib's too.
alexleblanc 03/06/17 06:53am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Considering new truck

I use my truck quite often during the week and would not want to live with a DRW truck, in your case where it will be solely used as a TV I would strongly consider one. That being said, be realistic about the size of 5er you want as many can be towed comfortably with a SRW 1ton and don't require a DRW.
alexleblanc 03/04/17 07:45am Tow Vehicles
RE: How Much Truck For This Trailer?

I towed a similar weight trailer with my max tow F150 EB back in 2013, after two trips I made the move to a F250. Do yourself a favour and go get a 3/4-1T SRW truck right out of the gate, then one handed relaxed towing is in your future.
alexleblanc 03/04/17 04:09am Tow Vehicles
RE: '16 Ram 2500 CTD first tow. Some thing is wrond

My 2013 F250 works similar losing about 3-4mph but it had the 3.31 rear gears, from what I read it's less of an issue with the 3.55's. It's not a preoblem with your truck, it's more of a situation where you are running at a slightly less than optimal RPM for the power curve. I've driven plenty of vehicles over the years and it seems with lower gears of today it's more of an issue on cruise. The worst offender I found was the previous generation Suburbans with the 5.3 and I believe 3.08 rear gears ( I could be wrong on the ratio) they were a dog on cruise and would drop nearly 8-10mph in the hills. We always end up with one as a rental on our family winter vacation it seems, 6 years and counting! In my case when I run about 60-62 on cruise I lose about 3-4mph, if I run about 65-68 I lose 1-2, at slower speeds I simply would put my foot down to cause it to downshift right before the hill.
alexleblanc 03/04/17 04:00am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ike Gauntlet 2017 3500s DRW 22,800# load

Guys, were talking about a 15 second split on a 10 minute time, it just goes to show how exceptionally closely matched all three trucks are. I do personally think that the particular F350 they used was going through a regen or something.
alexleblanc 03/04/17 03:41am Tow Vehicles
RE: ordered a new truck

Just got off the phone with my father, he went in today and got pretty much the same deal on an F350 king ranch SRW truck, he traded his 2010 Tundra crew max on it. Monkey see, monkey do lol! Same thing happened when I bought the Mustang, he went in a week later and ordered one, Mom says I'm a bad influence. :B
alexleblanc 03/01/17 03:54pm Tow Vehicles
RE: ordered a new truck

Congratulations on the new truck! What made you decide to upgrade? It was simply time, mine was paid for and the trade in was very good. I was ready for an upgrade.
alexleblanc 03/01/17 03:05am Tow Vehicles
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