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RE: Perforated Leather on Ram - good thing?

They don't offer black leather in the Longhorns do they? I just can't do the Tan or Saddle. To me it looks dirty all the time. X2. Cowboy themed trucks don't appeal to me personally.... Nothing wrong with them... Just not appealing.., LTZ Chevy.... Now we are talking ;) We thought that way too. But, it is very understated. It is not very "Cowboy" themed. Not bad at all. We gladly accept any "Cowboy" theming, for the top quality of the leather. It is head and shoulders above the Laramie.
mpierce 02/03/15 08:47pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Perforated Leather on Ram - good thing?

Issue is you can't get a 6 seat longhorn. Other then the the color and the embroidery what's the difference? A lot! First thing my wife said when we compared a Laramie to a Longhorn. The Laramie is much more vinyl like, while the Longhorn is heavier, much better quality of "leather" . Much better in the Longhorn. You are right about the 6 person seating though. NA in Longhorn.
mpierce 02/03/15 05:33am Tow Vehicles
RE: Air Brake Calipers....YIKES !!! (UPDATE)

Finditparts says "ESD225CALIPER-ASM - THIS PART NO LONGER ABLE TO BE SOLD IN USA.! - See more at: http://www.finditparts.com/products/2227069/bendix-k022919#sthash.e3sqHtuF.dpuf" $4100 list, sell at $2900, but no longer available in US!
mpierce 02/02/15 10:17pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Perforated Leather on Ram - good thing?

I have the Longhorn, the leather is wonderful! The heating works great, even at -20F, warm in moments. Cools good too. Longhorn leather is a big step up from Laramie.
mpierce 02/02/15 10:08pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Fuel surcharges still in place

Fuel charges for FedEx, UPS and LTL trucking companies adjust up or down on a regular basis. These fuel charges are based on the Energy Information Administration (EIA) National Average Diesel Fuel Index published by the Energy Information Administration of the U.S. Department of Energy. These charges do go down as diesel fuel goes down, but they never go way. Yes. They are on rolling average prices. So, it takes a while to go down. Also takes a while to go thru stock on hand. Also, we all know MOST of fuel surcharges are from trucks burning diesel. Diesel has not dropped nearly as far, or as fast, as gasoline has.
mpierce 02/02/15 04:44pm General RVing Issues
RE: Filiter Minder Pegs in Red

In all the years of trucking I have never found those filter minders to be very accurate. I have pulled filters that the minder showed in the green and they were dirtier than I would run. I used to run trucks in very dusty conditions and would check the filters weekly which is way overkill for a motorhome. These filters on the motorhomes that are a sealed unit can not be checked that easily so I plan on changing mine to a cartridge type. I don't care about the extra expense of changing a filter too soon. This! I farm, and run a small trucking company. I have NEVER had a filter minder go into the red! I have had farm tractors get their air filter so plugged, under very dusty conditions, that it would smoke like a chimney, and barely move. I have also have one break off. Guess what? Now, it is sucking dirty air back up that tube, unfiltered! 1. They are cheap. Just put a new one on, and see what happens. Cheap. Then, take it out, and accelerate up to highway speed, at FULL throttle. What does it do? 2. Did you reset the old one? Push the little button.
mpierce 01/31/15 08:07am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Necessity of a spare?

I have 12R22.5 tires, no spare. My son and I tried to take off a front wheel so we could change an air bag. We farm, and have a pretty good assortment of tools. We used a 1" drive socket set, with a 3' handle. We then put a 2' extension on that handle. We both were on that 5' handle, and could not break a single nut loose! So, we gave up, and changed the bag with the wheel on! There is NO WAY we could change a wheel on the side of the road. A rear would be harder, because of how far the studs are recessed. There is a space on the roof of the DP for a tire mount. I am thinking that when I change tires, I will put an unmounted tire up there with a front end loader. As it is a 12R22.5, it is NOT a common tire. So, if needed, a road side tire truck could get the tire down, and mount it on the wheel with the problem.
mpierce 01/31/15 07:56am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Towing enclosed trailer

Many states have a 65' max length and while many get away with being way over, it will not be a good day when the DOT makes you unhook the trailer and hopefully the DW can pull it with your car. Photo of Fire UP's solution. http://i479.photobucket.com/albums/rr159/FIRE-UP1/P1010346_zpsd50105e7.jpg width=700 Many states the 65' total length is a wheel base number not over all length. I have a 38' dp and a32' trailer with a 5' tongue total length is 75'. All the semis that have a 53' trailer and a sleeping area on the semi rig with a sleeping area are 78-80' long I have measured them and did talk dot about that. If you look, you will see that RV's have a different overall length allowed than commercial vehicles. Just because it is allowed commercially, does not mean it is allowed for private vehicles.
mpierce 01/31/15 07:45am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Questions on new 15 Ram 3500 dual wheel

FYI, to anyone purchasing new Ram trucks, (at least 3500's), you'll get a lone owners manual. Tell your Salesperson you want ALL the owners manuals for your truck and if they do it right, they'll make a call to Chrysler while you're "doing the deal" and tell Chrysler to send you all the booklets...and they will...Last 3 I've owned, my Salesperson called Chrysler while I was there and told them customer wanted ALL the owners manual's, (3 extra booklets), and they'll mail them to you free of charge.....I had mine in about 3 day's....just some extra information that might come in handy on the day one purchases one of the new Ram's.:) Mine came with just the one (lone) manual plus a CD. What info is included in these extra manuals????? Mind you, no great detail is needed, but a synopsis would be wonderful. thanks! You can call Customer Service at RAM yourself, and get the manuals. Have VIN ready. Only one set can ever be ordered, at least free. I got mine about a week after calling.
mpierce 01/30/15 06:06am Tow Vehicles
RE: How to Dolly Tow Unlockable Sterring Wheel Car

Either dolly OR car steers. NOT Both.
mpierce 01/24/15 07:01am Dinghy Towing
RE: L1 OP Code on Norcold Fridge--Help (Norcold Recall Issue)

I have had the code and light. Reset with a magnet moved over the box by the red light. It is to prevent fires from overheating. Have seen NO sign of overheating. Believe most are a false alarm.
mpierce 01/19/15 05:53am Tech Issues
RE: Looking at older coaches

You can get a mid 90's Blue Bird Wanderlodge in the 60k range. Solid wood cabinets. Steel Construction. Price was over 500k when new. Very Well Built. Excellent forum for help. In that price range your looking at a non slide and a 6V or 8V92 not a series 60. Non slide , yes. 8v92, mine goes really well, nice engine. However, the series 60 starting by 1995 are in the 60-70k range.
mpierce 01/19/15 05:44am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Cost of beef

Current prices for some meat cuts in the NYC region: From The Butcher Shop Full Size .14-16 lb. avg. . Boneless NY Strip Steak - $4.99 lb SAVE $3 lb. Half-Size • 7-8 lb. avg. • BonelessBeef New York Strip Steaks - $5.99 LB SAVE $2 lb. Already Cut Into SteaksBeef New York Strip Steaks - $7.99 lb. SAVE $5 lb. Stew's Naked • No Antibiotics • No Added HormonesBoneless Beef Sirloin Steaks - $5.99 lb. SAVE $4 lb. Stew's Naked • No Antibiotics • No Added HormonesShoulder Lamb Chops - $3.99 lb. SAVE $2 lb. Stew's Amish CountryBoneless Chicken Breast - $1.99 lb. SAVE $1.50 lb. The whole beef strip has my attention but I'll call them first to see if the tenderloin is included in the cut. Even if it isn't it'll still be a bargain for my sight. For the amount of beef we eat in a year a full strip should last all 12 months. What USDA Grade are these cuts? Choice? Select? There is a pretty fair discount for Select, over the better Choice. If those are Choice cuts, those are pretty darn good prices. Make sure any grade you look at, is an official USDA grade, NOT what some retailer says it is. It will be stamped on each package. If it does not say USDA -------, then it is NOT a USDA grade.
mpierce 01/18/15 07:07am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Best used DP value for 100K?

100k will get you a late model Wanderlodge, Blue Bird. Top of the line build. Check out: http://www.buybyebluebird.com as just one source. Call Randy, the owner, with what you are looking for. No affiliation, yada, yada.
mpierce 01/18/15 06:58am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Looking at older coaches

You can get a mid 90's Blue Bird Wanderlodge in the 60k range. Solid wood cabinets. Steel Construction. Price was over 500k when new. Very Well Built. Excellent forum for help.
mpierce 01/18/15 06:55am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Quartzsite snowbirds not here..Update They have arrived.

Just arrived yesterday. We are at a Bluebird Wanderlodge get together at South. More of us arriving daily, have 131 registered to boondocks here together.
mpierce 01/14/15 07:09am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Cost of beef

A farmer here in ND told me in the grocery store the other day when I was complaining about the cost of Beef that She gets more than $3/lb on the HOOF. Ditto the comment that there is no such thing as "Cheap Cuts of Beef" anymore. Oxtail (actually Beef tails) more than $7/lb! My Prime Rib for Christmas was $11/lb. When I lived in Asia it was common to get local beef for $5/KILO (2.2lbs)But the beef isnt nearly as good as ours. Unless she is selling finished cattle direct to consumer, that is NOT true. I raise cattle in ND too. Just sold calves, in the $2 range, but that is for feeders. The finished cattle were under $2/lb. Figure though, that only about 60% of live wt. is left after changing to carcasses. Then, more loss in bone, fat, and cutting into cuts of beef. Well I was just quoting what I was told by a lady in a store..not meant to be taken as gospel. I just went to Cattleprices.com and it tends to support your contention on price. But even at 2$/lb it is little wonder that with all the transport, processing and packaging and handling it comes out at todays prices. Whatever happened to Ground Beef at .59/lb and gasoline for .49 9/10 per gallon??? (dont worry I know the answer I am just being sentimental) (Please dont post replies with econ101 lessons):) LOL! I am pretty sure they went to the same place my 175# 22 year old body went! A long time ago! Sure do miss them all! I am sure the lady in the store said that. If I was selling fattened beef to a consumer, I would need more than the commercial market, because I cannot feed small numbers at the same low cost as a lot with thousands of head in it. In fact, if you can develop a relationship with a grower, it is a great way to get known beef. We raise, and fatten, a few head ourselves every year. We do sell most of ours as feeder cattle every year, but fatten a few for friends and ourselves. I have gotten so that I seldom buy a steak in a restaurant, because the beef we put on the table at home is so much tastier. But, it costs even more!
mpierce 01/14/15 06:57am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Tongue of 1972 Shasta very difficult to get off ball.

Most, if not a lll, are adjustable. Look up under the coupler. There is probably a nut on a threaded rod. Loosen it just a touch, and try again. Keep trying, until it is free. DO NOT over loosen, as it can be loosened to the point it will not latch! Check when done, by locking on the ball, and raising the rear of the TV, to be sure it does not come off.
mpierce 01/11/15 05:23am General RVing Issues
RE: Motorcycle and jeep towing.

I am sure to stay anywhere the weight limit on the rear axles, you need a tag axle. Even then, might not be enough capacity. I have the same problem, only I need to put a sidecar rig on. I am thinking of one like this: http://www.bestpricetrailers.com/trailers/525106PRE.aspx#.VLJp6V5zVBV
mpierce 01/11/15 05:18am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tire air chuck for duel tires

I have run Cross fires on semi trucks over 2 million miles personally. LOVE THEM. Pressures are exactly the same. I have seen a chart about the tire wear when pressure is only a couple pounds different in a set of duals. They have a check valve in them, so that if one tire has a leak, it will seal, and not allow air to drop over 10# in the other tire. I got better tire life, and tire wear with them, both on my semi, and on the trailers. Also made it very easy to check pressure. Just take a glance at the face of them, and if in the yellow, good to go! Turn black if under pressure, red if over.
mpierce 01/09/15 07:14am Class A Motorhomes
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