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RE: How many pounds is 6 tons?

Came across a semi a few years ago, stuck in the middle of nowhere on Cottonwood canyon Rd (Southern Utah, near Kodachrome). Driver from Canada headed to I don't remember where, had made it about 25mi down a 40mi dirt road before he got to a tight uphill turn. As he backed down to swing wider, the trailer tires went up the high-side of the hill and lifted his passenger side drive wheels off the ground. Luckily we were able to get up on the hill side in my truck and get around him and continue on (where we later broke a rear brake line). I don't know what goes through these peoples' heads. 'Most' of us would have taken an alternate route when the pavement ended, but no, this guy keeps rollin right on along. Here is where he got stuck. The north part of the route is where the pavement ends. Map
boogie_4wheel 12/28/15 12:31pm General RVing Issues
RE: Disabled Tow Vehicle, Alternatives?

There are many places that rent out 3/4T+ trucks, and I am not aware of them not allowing towing. http://www.barcorentatruck.com/ Go rent the Home Depot truck, or it seems like any GM truck/SUV vehicle I ever got from Enterprise had a receiver on it, hint hint. Move your trailer. Once upon a few years ago I almost picked up a GM half ton and was going to use it to move my trailer ~300mi :B
boogie_4wheel 12/22/15 12:21pm Towing
RE: Wet Bowl or Dry Bowl?

Drain the bowl. The gas will evaporate over time anyways, so if you leave it full at shutdown, a majority of it will be gone come next month.
boogie_4wheel 12/22/15 12:18pm Tech Issues
RE: Best towing vehicles for best MPGs

Big truck and little trailer. Pulled my friend's 8' popup with my sig truck and had 2 dirt bikes in the back. Got 17mpg running 70 and passed everything we caught up to. With my sig trailer I get around 12 at 60-65.
boogie_4wheel 12/22/15 07:25am Travel Trailers
RE: Best route from St. George, UT to Bryce Canyon

Having been through Zions numerous times in cars/motorcycles, I would never pull a 31' trailer along Rte-9 through Zions National Park during peak season. Being March, the traffic/tourists/congestion will be down, and it is do-able. If you want to enjoy it, ditch the trailer and just take the truck through the park. Easiest route is to go North on I-15 to Hwy-20 and over to Panguitch and back South to Bryce. An alternate would be to go along 389 to Fredonia then North through Kanab/ect to Bryce. Hwy 20 will be the fastest/easiest for you. 389/89 will take longer but slightly more scenic. Taking the 14 over Cedar Mountain (East out of Cedar City) is a huge climb followed by decent, but still better than pulling through Zions. Taking the 9 through Zions will be the most scenic but the slowest route. It is the fastest route if you are on a motorcycle/small car though :B
boogie_4wheel 12/21/15 11:38am Roads and Routes
RE: SPOT, DeLorme, or ?

SPOT 100% rebate through the end of December. SPOT Gen3 owner here. Used it in the Utah Swell area earlier this year (not SOS, but to check in while on trip). http://findmespot.com/FREE/lander.php?refer=FrontpageBanner
boogie_4wheel 12/10/15 02:01pm Technology Corner
RE: What is your SRW truck payload?

'05 Dodge 2500, quad/long, 4wd... see sig. 9k GVWR, 3195lb 17" tire rating. 7400lbs empty with just me and full fuel (no hitches, bed cover, tools, ect). This was weighed at a local gravel yard when I went to get some rock, so it could be a little high or a little low. I do not have the camper package. If you stick to GVWR, you've got a whopping 1500lbs. I've loaded up 2500lb worth of gravel, and was at 9900lb GVW, with 5460lb on the rear axle. Rear was a little squishy and if I was to make a habit of it, the rear suspension would need some help (bags, timbrens, stock upper overloads, ect). I would have no reservations about running 2500-3000 in the bed of my truck (we were TC shopping earlier this year to replace the TH). If it were a 3500, it would have come with the factory overloads, and a higher GVWR, but all other items are the same as the 2500 for this era (axle, brakes). Just front and rear springs varied depending on what boxes were checked during build.
boogie_4wheel 12/07/15 07:50am Truck Campers
RE: Pick Up towing a Van

I'd add a bunch of weight in the bed of the F150, sand/concrete bags, something to increase the rear axle weight. I pulled a Jeep CJ with a 1 ton SRW truck and could feel it back there, you have the weights reversed. Key in the UNLOCK position so that the front tires can steer in the turns. If not it will push the rear of the truck.
boogie_4wheel 12/04/15 08:17am Dinghy Towing
RE: Residential frig below freezing in very cold weather?

If inside temp drops below fridge set point, then inside fridge will be same. Electricity near by? Place a space heater in front of the fridge to help it to keep from freezing.
boogie_4wheel 12/03/15 06:35pm Tech Issues
RE: Water pump pressure switch Q.

It might take a minute or so to re-pressurize before the pump shuts itself off IF the system doesn't have a leak or if another faucet isn't open. A literal minute? Mine loads up and shuts off in 2-4 seconds. Same with the horse trailer LQ.
boogie_4wheel 12/03/15 04:40pm Tech Issues
RE: Question on UltraHeat tank heater systems

The heat pads cannot be used on a double wall. As Dave said, the tanks are supposed to be partially full to help absorb the amount of heat that they give off. I have twin 40g holding tanks and bought the 120VAC pads. They did a great job on my exposed tanks in -20*F (trailer was skirted with OSB). If you were to travel, then the combo AC/DC pads could be a benefit, but heating elements work via electrical current and would have the ability to pull the battery(s) down quickly. They would be powered separately, you would turn on/plug in the AC plug or flip on the DC switch; they will not automatically switch over.
boogie_4wheel 11/24/15 09:02am Tech Issues
RE: Letting my truck sit for 6 months over winter

My Dodge sometimes sits for a couple months without being touched. Full diesel, no additives necessary unless you are worried about gelling. I connect a battery maintainer under the hood and shut it (keeps the snow of the maintainer). No worries about the tires, or oil or other fluids.
boogie_4wheel 11/24/15 07:36am Tow Vehicles
RE: How to Winterize w/ air compressor

Purchase (or go to Home Depot and get the parts to make your own) adapter for city water connection to your air compressor hose. Adjust compressor regulator to ~45psi. Drain and bypass water heater. If no bypass, then drain and install plug/anode. Hook up compressor to adapter on trailer. Work your way through the trailer, starting at your guess of the farthest away shower/faucet/sink/toilet/sprayer and run till no more water comes out. Open low point drains and blow till no water. Remove compressor, open all faucets. Remove water heater drain/anode (if you didn't have a bypass) to drain newly acquired volume of water.
boogie_4wheel 11/18/15 02:57pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions

The door handle lock is working as designed. It will not unlock when opened from the inside of the trailer. It is just like some door knobs at your home; some require you to unlock them before you can open them from the inside, and some allow you to open them from the inside and then they lock you out.
boogie_4wheel 11/18/15 07:27am Travel Trailers
RE: TT cover question

I was using a tarp for the last few years. I did get some minor marking on the sides of the trailer from rope knots rubbing, but nothing major. Did have a bad wind storm earlier this year and it caused the tarp to slap a side window hard enough to crack it... The packing tape is starting to peel, I need to replace that window. In 5 years of ownership, I honestly don't think the tarp/cover has gained me much other than making the vent covers last longer. I spent 26mo living in the trailer, so it didn't get covered then, and it didn't get covered if there was ever a chance that we were going to go camping, so it was only covered for 3 winters, and uncovered for the rest of the time. My graphics still look great. I just cover the tires now, and hose it off before we head out.
boogie_4wheel 11/17/15 10:39am Travel Trailers
RE: Basic XL Super Duty Question

Had a '95 crew with the 40-20-40 and they were adjustable. Looked at buying a '97 regular cab that was a 40-20-40, but there isn't much room to recline. Oh wait, we're talking about the SD, so they started in what, '98? They had them since '98.
boogie_4wheel 11/17/15 07:19am Tow Vehicles
RE: Question for all 6.5 diesel Gurus

It's winter time... Did it act the same last year during colder weather? The lack of smoothness is most likely 1 or more cylinders not firing on the first few rotations while the other 7/6/5 are. You can use a multimeter to check the resistance of each glow plug (remove the splash guard on the passenger side, I think you need to remove the driver's side as well, can't remember). Disconnect the wiring to the glow plug then test. Look for one that has a high/open compared to the others. You can also cycle the key more than once to time the plugs a second time for additional heat. Had a PSD that about half the plugs were shot (gotta pull valve covers and it's a bigger job than on the 6.5L or the LBZ). It was a rockin, shakin, smoke puffing ride for the first few seconds.
boogie_4wheel 11/16/15 03:21pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Vent Lids

When I had to replace mine, the difference was in the hinge style.
boogie_4wheel 11/16/15 02:26pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Breakaway switch and brake lights

The wheel brakes and brake lights are separate circuits. Actually the brakes lights are divided into left and right side... The breakaway switch will not activate any lights, only supply the brake magnets with the trailer battery voltage.
boogie_4wheel 11/15/15 07:56pm Tech Issues
RE: Auxiliary Fuel Tank Shut Off

Did 2 aux tanks like that. The small line and an in line filter keeps the flow rate slow. Added an in line pump to boost the flow rate so that it would transfer in a reasonable amount of time. +1 on the 1/4 turn ball at the aux tank outlet. Nice if you have a leak or need to pull the tank for any reason.
boogie_4wheel 11/14/15 01:16pm Tow Vehicles
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