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RE: Disconnecting Battery - wow! big spark

How would removing the ground cable first negate any sparks? It has to do with current flow. You will almost never get arcing when disconnecting the ground first even if there is a dead short. Steve That doesn't make any sense to me. Arcing is a result of difference in voltage potential and load. If there is an electrical load in the trailer and you pull a battery cable, you will get the same amount of arcing from the pos or neg post. If no electrical devices are on, then no arc (regardless of which is pulled first). The only reason to pull the neg cable first would be so that the tool(s) used on the clamp/post would not ground the battery if they were to contact the trailer frame. If you were to contact the frame from the positive side AFTER the neg cable is removed, the circuit is open and no arc, making this the safer practice.
boogie_4wheel 05/13/14 03:37pm Fifth-Wheels

I wonder about its capacity but, in that it is solid steel I would think that it would handle my 4,800 lb max Airstream with a 550 lb hitch weight. Oh yeah, that is adequate for your trailer weight. Easily adequate.
boogie_4wheel 05/12/14 03:54pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing in Overdrive??

On the 48RE 2003-2004.5: The shifter stalk button locks the transmission out of overdrive. When pressed, the trans will lock the torque convertor in 3rd (1:1). 2005: The button is a tow/haul button. It does not lock the trans out of overdrive. It does allow torque convertor lock up in 3rd, and lower speed lock up in 4th. Does transmission downshifting while slowing down. Manually selecting 2nd gear will lock the torque convertor above 25mph. 2006+: Press button once to engage T/H (acts same as 2005 model). Press button a second time to lock out OD. Well, since I've got the 05 (and I have not and will not get the computer flash to make my button a lock out only button), I tow in overdrive nearly all the time. My truck climbs all hills at 65 with my sig trailer (~7k with street bike). On heavier trailers I will 'double-tap' to force a downshift to 3rd and let it pull the big hills in 3rd at around 60. So OP, you can safely run in overdrive. The only issue you may have is low boost/higher EGTs with the slower spinning engine.
boogie_4wheel 05/11/14 10:51am Tow Vehicles
RE: hitch help

I had the 4-way Equilizer (E4). I used it on my sig trailer (~6k before toys) pulled by a '97 GMC 1/2 ton. The combo handled VERY well. I ended up with a bigger truck, needed to buy a larger-drop shank for the unit to work, so I ended up giving the E4 to my father in law who uses it on a 3/4-ton Dodge and 26' trailer. He loves it.
boogie_4wheel 05/09/14 12:16pm Towing
RE: Refrigerator does not switch to electric

Remove the access panel on the back of the fridge (on the outside of the rig) to verify power at the outlet/plug for the fridge.
boogie_4wheel 05/06/14 08:32am Tech Issues
RE: worlds dumbest question

it is just a standard brass pressure reducer and it is not adjustable. I had one of those. It failed and choked water flow down to almost nothing.
boogie_4wheel 05/05/14 10:32am General RVing Issues
RE: Can't fix Honda eu2000i - please help!

THE PROBLEM: I can start the engine after 15-20 pulls but only with choke closed. It runs choked but very unstable, surging and usually dying after a few minutes. As soon as I open the choke it stops immediately. What am I missing? Sounds like it is running lean. Needle set too low? Bring it up a notch, or space it with a #4 washer (assuming a #4 will fit). Or, turn the fuel mixture screw out as you slowly open the choke to see if you can wean it off the choke.
boogie_4wheel 04/17/14 09:28am Tech Issues
RE: Is Top of the World Hwy paved

Ok everyone, I'm sorry. I was thinking of "Going To The Sun" in Glacier. My apologies.
boogie_4wheel 04/17/14 07:16am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Is Top of the World Hwy paved

It is paved from end to end. I remember there being a small rock wall on the low side that may stop a majority of vehicles from accessing unpaved ground.
boogie_4wheel 04/16/14 02:36pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Dodge cummins models and reliability

Someone told me recently that the latest 5.9 have had major problems. This someone had to rebuild his engine at 80k. A pooched injector can wipe out the engine quickly. The general practice over on the CumminsForum is to add a 2-micron filter inline before the injection pump. I love my '05. I wish I had more than 4 gears though; just something to think about.
boogie_4wheel 04/15/14 04:34pm Tow Vehicles
RE: ? Pickup Truck Ques -- Rail Capacity ?

I've never seen an actual rating. If the weight is distributed along the bed rail, you could get hundreds of pounds on them. A long bed camper shell can weigh up to 200lbs. Then you could have a roof rack on that holding up to 500lbs (rated). Think about all the******people with ladder racks carry up there. With something to distribute the weight along the rails I wouldn't hesitate to put 1k on them.
boogie_4wheel 04/15/14 04:29pm General RVing Issues
RE: Auxiliary fuel tank

This will do what you want and it's designed for it. Lifetime warranty Switchable Fuel tank valve This one in the link is the exact one I've used on two aux tank installs. Sold one truck but still have the other, and it is still in service after over 4yrs. Just plug the unused fuel port on the selector. Gravity fill alone is very slow. We added a small universal inline fuel pump to help push/pull fuel into the main tank. Wired the pump to the same command wire used on the selector valve.
boogie_4wheel 04/08/14 06:46am Tow Vehicles
RE: Help with Weight of Truck Camper

Empty, my truck has right close to 3k on the rear axle. I'd imagine yours to be very similar (slightly less). Assuming 3195lb rated tires, a 2500lb wet camper is very doable. I hauled right at 2500lbs worth of rock in the back of mine, and grossed 9900 in my 9k GVWR truck. Rear suspension was a little soggy but handled fine otherwise. With the air bags, I think you are set for that weight of camper.
boogie_4wheel 03/26/14 03:43pm Truck Campers
RE: Do you level under only one axle?

It depends on the suspension type. If springs with an equalizer; either method is alright, especially on small adjustments. With torque flex axles it is best to place blocks under both. ^^^ THIS! Since my trailer is a leaf spring with equalizer in the middle, I can place a board under one axle to gain half the height of the board height for fine tuning. On overnight stays I just get the trailer close to level. When I'm going to be parked for awhile, I try to get it perfect, and a 2x6 under just one tire might be just right.
boogie_4wheel 03/24/14 08:37am Travel Trailers
RE: Diesel Engine Modifications

+1 on the 3rd Gen Cummins being a lie-o-meter. Mine reads ~4mpg higher than my actual economy (thanks to the Edge programmer I'm using). Without the Edge, it still lies. My (2001 5.9) overhead computer is always 1 or 1 1/2 miles off from doing the math long hand, usually to the plus side. The 2nd Gen Cummins is a whole lot closer. My dad's is usually within .5mpg.
boogie_4wheel 03/18/14 07:15am Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing without a battery

Make sure to tape over the positive battery lead(s) so that it/they do not contact the trailer frame or other wiring.
boogie_4wheel 03/10/14 07:57am Towing
RE: Jumping off the Diesel Bandwagon - UPDATED

I'm jealous! I've been toying with the idea of ditching my 5.9 for a new 6.4. Bigger crew cab for the growing kids, cheaper fuel, air ride rear (need I give a good reason why?)... Ok, off the the RAM website to build me another truck online.
boogie_4wheel 03/05/14 10:14am Tow Vehicles
RE: c1500 advice on towing

Gonna be close. I had a '97 K1500, 5.7/60E/3.73, on stock 265/70R17 pulling my sig trailer. Trailer was/is ~6k (give or take a couple hundred pounds). I think my trailer has a large frontal area (it is tall inside, ~7' inside at the front), so it grabs a lot of wind. Adding an aux trans cooler IS A MUST! Your truck may or may not have the factory aux cooler (passenger side of grille). I added a B&M unit that was piped inline and mounted to the driver's side, and read transmission temperature from the pressure test port (remove plug on driver's side of transmission, located above shifter linkage). The truck will not have a chance of OD unless headed down hill. Lock 3rd. Pay attention to when the torque converter locks in 3rd and try to keep it there. As you start up a hill and apply more throttle the TC will unlock and generate more heat. If you plan on swapping the R&P, go with the 4.10! Peak torque was near 2500-2600rpm, which you wont achieve in 3rd unless your going faster than you should be. The 3.73 were still tall for if I was going to pull the trailer very much. Summer time with a head wind and all I did was stare at my transmission temperature. I never took the trailer far with that truck, ended up selling and purchasing something a little more up to the task. Don't get me wrong, the power was there but the wink link is the transmission/axle gearing. If that truck would have been a 5spd manual I might still have it. My trailer left me with a sour taste toward that truck and pulling a trailer. It just wasn't the right combination, I simply had too much trailer, and bought my trailer knowing that it was going to be close... The 6k weight on a flat bed would have been different since it wouldn't grab near as much wind. I'm sure this muddied the water a little. Don't have high expectations of the truck, and don't expect the trans to live much longer if you do not monitor its temperature. Oh, and of course the sales person says your half ton can pull the trailer. What they are failing to realize is the difference between towing capacities of today's half ton truck versus what they were 15 years ago!
boogie_4wheel 03/05/14 08:29am Tow Vehicles
RE: Goldwing in the garage

I have a VTX1800T (800lbs). I ride in and out. When unloading I have the bike in gear (engine off for me) and drag the clutch and drag the front brake. As already stated, front brake only will slip the front tire... I don't have the bike running to keep clutch wear to a minimum.
boogie_4wheel 02/27/14 10:32am Toy Haulers
RE: Anyone have a RZR XP 4 1000 EPS?

Just go and buy it!!! If it doesn't fit, let the air out of that front tire lol.
boogie_4wheel 02/24/14 12:49pm Toy Haulers
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