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RE: New stereo?

Hello MitchF150, What I want to know is how much are you going to charge me to come and build and stall the stereo system for me?????:):):):) Great Job!!!!!
djgarcia 11/17/14 12:11am Travel Trailers
RE: Fantastic Fan question

I made a down payment on a TT today and will pick it up next week. I'm having them add a Fantastic Fan with a Maxxair Fan Mate 850 cover in the bath. The fan has a rain sensor. Does it make sense to get the fan with rain sensor when it will be covered with the Maxxair cover? Or should I save a few dollars and get one with the sensor? Agree with other posts! rain sensor is just another one of those electrical gadgets that will a pain and possibly costly to fix or repair:)
djgarcia 11/14/14 09:28pm Travel Trailers
RE: 18 mpg Dodge while towing?

"18 miles per gallon" Are we talking about "size of fish stories" or "MPG" stories :):):):)
djgarcia 11/13/14 11:17pm Towing
RE: 3 1/2 season Travel Trailer

We want to buy a new 3 1/2 season TT for my wife and I and the occasional 2 guests. We also will be traveling 4 to 5 months rather than parking up. We have enough truck to pull most trailers. We live in Florida so will not consider an Artic Fox due to lack of dealers within any reasonable distance. At this time a Jayco Eagle is high on our shopping list because of its climate and suspension systems which come as standard. Any other brands we should consider? I've looked around a few but it seems that most trailers these days tend towards the light weight end of the market. I used to own a Sunline and then a Mountaineer so have traveled in TT's extensively but not for a few years since moving to a MH. Take a look at the Heartland 5th wheel trailers.
djgarcia 11/13/14 05:56am Travel Trailers
RE: Any gain from WD on a dodge 3500

I had an 03 Ram Diesel and would not think of towing without a WD hitch and a sway control. Even just a friction sway device. If you think the 03 tows great, my 14 Ram diesel just hits it out of the park for towing and I will still use a WD hitch. I plan for that second that I need all the control I can get. Then pray that second never happens. X2, it only takes the one "second" to make a believer out of you:)
djgarcia 11/13/14 05:43am Towing
RE: Any gain from WD on a dodge 3500

My mistake, the TT was 32' long No biggie, we all have senior moments. I have never seen a 42 foot TT and was interested in what it was. Airstream uses three axles on some of their longer coaches but none extending to 42 feet that I am aware of. I resemble that "senior moment" comment:):):):):)
djgarcia 11/12/14 07:50pm Towing
RE: Any gain from WD on a dodge 3500

I was towing a 42 ft. TT not a 5th wheel, my lapse of memory Wow, a 42 foot TT. How long was your total truck and trailer on the highway? Does it have triple axles? Can you post a picture of it. That is one very loooooong TT. My mistake, the TT was 32' long:)
djgarcia 11/12/14 03:58pm Towing
RE: Any gain from WD on a dodge 3500

I didn't realize how important the WD system was until a guy in a car had a blow out while passing my truck and 34 ft. 5th wheel.--- ---I was using a Reese Dual cam hitch and it saved me big time. Personally, I would never drive a trailer or 5th. wheel without a WD system for safety reasons.How were you using a WDH with a 5th wheel??? Ron I wasn't, I had a TT at this incident.
djgarcia 11/12/14 03:50pm Towing
RE: Any gain from WD on a dodge 3500

I would also not drive a diesel truck without an "exhaust Brake". Saves your truck brakes and makes going down steep mountains safer I am with you on the exhaust brake for diesels but lost on the fifth wheel WD hitch you mentioned in your original response to my comments. I also wonder if you have ever towed (your travel trailer) without WD and taken the time to understand the differences. Thousands tow without WD daily with no issues. Trailers are delivered from the factory to dealers without WD/sway with no issues. Most with one ton diesel pickups. Most construction trailers are towed without WD as well. WD does not only add some redistributed weight back to the front tow vehicle axle. What many don't understand is that with WD the trailer axles also are loaded at about 20-25 percent of the redistributed weight adding more weight on the trailer tires that is usually not especially beneficial for trailer tires. WD has it's place when the tow vehicle's front end will get very light, too light to be safe, but it is not needed in all applications and with the heavy diesel engine rarely is it needed. Sway, of course, is a different issue and can be very important. Pickup trucks 250/2500 or heavier are built with a front/rear weight bias that allows for loads in the bed. Your truck likely is more than 60 percent front/40 or less rear weight empty. So adding the tongue weight of 1000-1200 pounds evens out some of that bias. Why add more weight back to the already factory supplied heavy front when the truck is designed to add weight to the back? I was towing a 42 ft. TT not a 5th wheel, my lapse of memory:)
djgarcia 11/12/14 11:18am Towing
RE: Any gain from WD on a dodge 3500

I didn't realize how important the WD system was until a guy in a car had a blow out while passing my truck and 34 ft. 5th wheel.--- ---I was using a Reese Dual cam hitch and it saved me big time. Personally, I would never drive a trailer or 5th. wheel without a WD system for safety reasons.How were you using a WDH with a 5th wheel??? Ron 0PPS! I was towing a 32' TT Holiday Rambler at the time. I currently have a 5th wheel. Thanks for the correction:
djgarcia 11/12/14 07:10am Towing
RE: Any gain from WD on a dodge 3500

With my Ram 3500 and about 1100 pounds on the trailer tongue I absolutely do not need weight distribution. What are you trying to distribute? You have more than enough weight up front with the Cummins, plenty of payload in back to handle the tongue weight, and will be under both axle and tire ratings. Sway, perhaps! The one thing you probably need to do is upgrade the stock receiver if you choose to run without WD. I have towed with both WD and without WD and found no difference. The Cummins is so heavy that it actually enhances the truck's handling to have some weight in back. I didn't realize how important the WD system was until a guy in a car had a blow out while passing my truck and 34 ft. 5th wheel. He slammed into the side of my Dodge 3500 at the rear panel going about 60 mph while we were traveling on interstate I-10. The impact pushed my truck and TT all the way from the right lane over to the edge of the left lane with my tires ridding on the outer edge. I really felt like I was not going to be able to control the truck and trailer and was going to flip the trailer. I turned the steering wheel hard to the right and then hard to the left. I was amazed that both the truck and trailer made a big S shaped route with no sense of being out of control. I was able to pull my truck and 32' trailer back over to the right lane and park so I could check for any damage. Damage was only to the outside of the truck, $2000. I was using a Reese Dual cam hitch and it saved me big time. Personally, I would never drive a trailer without a WD system for safety reasons. I would also not drive a diesel truck without an "exhaust Brake". Saves your truck brakes and makes going down steep mountains safer:):)
djgarcia 11/11/14 10:13pm Towing
RE: Message on 2nd TV?

I have the X2 Winegard with HD Dish receiver n my 5th wheel. I have 2 TV's with one receiver so I sent the HDMI output to my bedroom TV and component video to the living room TV. Both TV's are HD flat screens but I get a strange message on my TV's when both are on sometimes and its some kind of HD regulations that I don't know how to get rid of on the 2nd TV unless I unplug the HDMI cable. its just on HD channels but it doesn't happen all the time. Does anyone know what this is and how to get rid of it? Just call the Dish tech service and they will walk you through the problem. 1-800-309-0370
djgarcia 11/07/14 08:33pm Technology Corner
RE: 2008 Chevy Fuel Tank Question

As it turned out, there was 5 gallons even still in the main tank. (We also have a 30 gal Transfer Flow fuel tank that took another 28 gallons.) We don't like getting this low on fuel but we were coming out of Tucson and when we hit Vidal things looked good fuel wise. However when we hit the mountains just south of Barstow the fuel went fast and the totalizer burped and went from 11 gals to 7 in just a few miles. We stopped in Barstow looking for Diesel but had problems with paying 4.69 to $4.79 a gallon. We stopped, and restarted and the totalizer and fuel gauge went up to 11 and 1/8th respectively. ??? This brought up the question of exactly how much was actually in the tank(s) and how much of that we could actually use. I'm still not sure but running out is NOT what I want to do. The incentive to gamble for us was the $1.20 a gallon difference between Barstow and the next refuel point, Edwards AFB. BII&Carole, Interesting, the areas you are talking about are exactly the areas I travel. We start in north calif. and go to the Phoenix area every winter for 4 months. Your Barstow experience was exactly what I was referring to--- high prices and not that many diesel fuel stations. :( I also had the experience of finding that the Diesel station i would usually stop to refuel up had gone out of business when I went to fuel up the next year. With my 60 gal. tank, I can drive from the Sacramento area to Phoenix on 1 tank of diesel, although I never go below 1/4 of a tank:).
djgarcia 11/05/14 08:48pm Towing
RE: 2008 Chevy Fuel Tank Question

Chevy fuel tank- Aside from the issue of running a diesel tank empty:(. I suggest you look at installing an auxiliary replacement diesel fuel tank. Look at "Transfer Flow" in Chico ca. I replaced my 36 gal. tank on my Dodge truck 5 days after I bought it. They installed a 60 gal. tank which fit right in the same location as the original tank. Aprrox. $1100. Advantages, it allows me the option of looking for cheaper fuel prices, not have to worry about finding a Diesel fuel stop when you are out in the boonies with fewer fuel stations. I still stop at every Rest Stop as I don't choose to drive marathons, even though I could. All things being equal, I can drive approx. 1200 miles before I need to fuel up:):):)
djgarcia 11/05/14 05:53pm Towing
RE: needing help!

@djgarcia - yes... the only way I could remotely justify an Airstream would be a used one.. and even then they're expensive. Are they worth it? IDK but they sure hold their value... Meantime, I need to be able to eat something while I'm on weekend jaunts and a new Airstream would mean I'd be only eating Air (no pun)... Off to look at TrailManors :) You also might want to look at the Casita or Scamp trailers if you haven't already.
djgarcia 10/30/14 09:24pm Travel Trailers
RE: needing help!

Thanks everyone! Keep the ideas coming! So far I like the Lance 1985 and Kodiak 200QB best and although I've always loved the idea of owning an Airstream, these two trailers seem like a much better value for money. I need to verify what weight limit/tongue weights I'm restricted to on the FJ for safety as well as looking at all the others. I found the Oliver - thank you.. it's a bit more basic than I'd like.. looked at ALL the Dutchmen offerings in trailers and many more today. The last time I checked, a new Airstream was over $50K:(:(:(
djgarcia 10/30/14 08:05pm Travel Trailers
RE: needing help!

I'm going to be in the market for a small (20' or under) TT. I have an FJ cruiser that will tow up to 5,000lbs. Would prefer not to be too close to that limit. I'd like something "nice" quality new or used and easy to deal with... it's just going to be me and the dogs for long weekends or short weeks. Three season. I live in Colorado and plan to mostly do shortish trips around CO but might occasionally go further. I've got used Airstreams and new or used Kodiaks on my list. What else should I be looking at (and what to avoid). Thanks! Take a look at the Lance trailers. Many choices, models in the size you are looking for. The prices are good as well, in the mid 20K range.
djgarcia 10/30/14 11:11am Travel Trailers
RE: DirectTv or Dish Network ?

Ok, I'm in a completely uncharted territory here. It appears that one must purchase up front all the needed hardware for RV use & pay only for programming. Correct? Also, Why would a person choose one over the other? What are the factors that contribute to choosing, aside from equipment cost (if that's the case) & programming options for each. :h When I first signed up for Dish, Dish provided the equiptment free. If you want a second Dish receiver for your RV rig so you don't have unplug or move the home receiver back and forth. the cost for the second receiver is $5.00 per month.
djgarcia 10/27/14 08:08pm Technology Corner
RE: DirectTv or Dish Network ?

Roku-Netflix has nothing to do with this but I agree that Dish has great technical support (as does DirecTV). Roku and Netflix require an internet connection and someway of getting that data without breaking the bank. For most of us that means it can't be done. A tiny few still have a grandfathered unlimited data plan but there are so few available that it's not even a reasonable discussion. Beside the customers cost for what ever internet service they buy, Roku cost me $8.00 per month:)
djgarcia 10/27/14 08:04pm Technology Corner
RE: DirectTv or Dish Network ?

Dish offers part time service and DirecTV does not. Dish HD programming can be received if you are using a dome style antenna (roof or portable) and DirecTV cannot. Dish used to offer free HD with a 2 year contract and DirecTV costs $10/month. DirecTV's satellites are closer together and if you don't care about HD only requires you locate 1 single satellite while Dish still requires 3. DirecTV has better coverage coast to coast and into Canada. DirecTV has the DNS Networks available and Dish does not. It's really a coin toss but sometimes your hardware and requirements will make the choice for you. X1 and phone technical support for Dish has been great. If the problem can't be solved over the phone, I normally have a tech support technician at my site the next day. I would not have Dish or Direct services without Roko-netflick. The quality, quanity of movie selections is outstanding compared to either Dish or Direct.
djgarcia 10/26/14 06:43pm Technology Corner
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