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RE: Should I switch to diesel?

Fuel prices are chaotic and will stay so for quite a while. There is an effort to drive them up even further. Many of refineries are setting themselves up to better handle diesel and more diesel pumps are becoming available. 3/4 ton gasser would do a good job for you. 3/4 tons are pretty good, depending on model, to pull a 10K trailer. Gasser or diesel, 3/4 tons are beefy. Great brakes, better tranmissions, 4WD sometimes. The mechanic says they are real trucks and have long lives too. If you are going to stay under 10K for your trailers, a gasser can probably do well for you. The more time you are going to stay around 10K or more diesel is a better way to go. If you are planning to take on the mountains out west the turbocharged diesels are really great. The diesels to avoid were the transition years on emission systems. That varied from manufacturer to manufacturer. If you buy outside of that range reliability was much better. Some of Dodge's problems were that the owners did not drive the trucks hard enough and long enough. I would also agree if you are driving light, not far, or not high a gasser is probably the best way to go. The cost differential is moderate and you may not miss the performance.
ng2951 05/13/14 03:20pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Lake Conroe Area Camping

OnAlaska on the eastern shore of the lake. They were expanding the place the last time we were there. There is a resturaunt on the east bank posts the the sunset time and the food is OK.
ng2951 04/23/14 08:09am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: What do you carry for protection?

A dacshund with bad breath and an attitude to match...
ng2951 04/10/14 03:44pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 12-volt refrigerator question

I am not sure just how long the power line is from the alternator to trailer. Those long lines have a lot of drop, and even when running shore power those fridges can have problems. If you can run on gas, I would. That was not possible on our old Trailmanor we had. We would have to hookup to shore power or the genset to refresh our batts at the end of the day. Part of the reason why our TM had that problem was because the battery was located in the rear of the trailer. That made those lines even longer. If your Chalet has the batts on the tongue that may be enough. The additional problem you have is the small size of your alternator. 60 amps just isn't that big. Also the 7-way plug can develop corrosion on it, especially the power connection.
ng2951 04/10/14 03:39pm General RVing Issues
RE: Also just bought our first RV!

My wife and I just picked up a 2004 Starcraft 10RT, and we're really excited... Vinyl Bottle CoverTire CoverGeneratorOutside showerClothes Bar to hang from ceilingBattery Volt and Amp meterExtra battery boxSwitch to flip to second battery Generator options just depend on how much power you need. If you are not going to power an air conditioner everything is pretty open to you. A 1KW genset is probably good for anything short of a hair dryer, toaster, or microwave. If you want to run those you will need a 2KW. There are a variety of inverter type gensets available, which are genrally quieter than the contractor type gensets. The prices are much more reasonable now too.
ng2951 04/03/14 08:19am Folding Trailers
RE: 2500 HD 6.0 Gas vs a Diesel

The dealer is about the last place I would go for an oil change. Dmaxs take about 10 quarts of Rotella T plus the oil filter. GM engine computer tells you when to change the oil based on how hard the engine is being operated. The fuel filter gets changed about every other oil change, plus the transmission filter. It has the Allison transmission and you just do not get much better than an Allison. Maintenance may cost you more, but the engine is significantly stronger. Acceleration 0-60 under load is much better than gas as is the higher altitude performance. I am not sure on 2011 engines, GM in its infinite wisdom, did not include a fuel pump on their 2500 series Dmax trucks. They have a hand prime plunger pump on top of the fuel filter (everyone else uses a $30 electric fuel pump). When the plunger rings get old the engine may stall when you start. The plunger assy runs $900, however, there is a $20 kit, and in an hour you can change those rings with a socket wrench, T-20 screwdriver using a YouTube video for guidance. If you are going to pull a heavy load, I would look at diesels. When I was pulling 4,500# trailer with a V6 gas engine (Tacoma) at 6,000 ft up grades 50 MPH was max speed. Pulling 10,000# load up grades at 6,0000 ft with the diesel ate fuel, but I could maintain highway speed w/o issue.
ng2951 04/03/14 08:07am Travel Trailers
RE: Orlando Camping in the summertime

Fort Wilderness is great for a variety of reasons. The grounds are especially well suited for children and they have movies ampitheater, and you can ride the Disney boats and Monorail for free.
ng2951 04/03/14 07:42am Class A Motorhomes
RE: First time travel trailer buyer

Looking at the roof it is hard to believe there haven't been any leaks. In a nearly 44 year old trailer, I would expect almost any exterior penatration would have leaked about once at some time. If the leaks were bad, your Mark I nose will generally detect the mildew smell. On the refer, usually after a couple of hours the screws on the evaporator might start developing frost. Of course I live where humidity in the 100% range is pretty much a daily occurance. The other thing to consider is whether the trailer uses aluminum wiring. That would not be a show stopper but your maintenance and inspection will be different. You have a hot water tank and heater. I would inspect both carefully. On the refer, you really need and all day run to be certain. However, because the refrigerant in ammonia based, I would think if it is cooling at all, unless you detect the odor of ammonia it is probably OK. YMMV, but to really be certain I would let it run overnight just to be certain.
ng2951 04/03/14 07:37am Travel Trailers
RE: What did you do to your Toy Hauler today???

Sold it and the truck. They will be missed but not wasted like they were in storage...That is the hardest thing when you can't keep them at the home QTH. We call ours our lifeboat. Power goes out, fire up the genset, a/c or heat and we are quite comfortable for quite awhile.
ng2951 04/03/14 07:18am Toy Haulers
RE: Deisel vs. Gasoline

If you buy a diesel that is just a year or two old, you can save considerable money. Its not that hard to find newly minted diesels with around 30K-50K on the odometer. Personally, with what you are planning to haul I cannot imagine using a gasser. Also remember the government keeps talking about upping the ethanol content of gasoline, and that will further derate HP of the gasser (if they do).
ng2951 03/31/14 10:36am Fifth-Wheels
RE: where to buy a toy hauler

Chances are wherever the cheapest is, you will burn in fuel getting it home. If you want to save a bundle on TH try finding one about year old and the cost savings will be huge.
ng2951 03/31/14 10:26am Toy Haulers
RE: satellite tv - best for tailgating?

I just use a compass and the satellite app. If you are trying for HD that may be a little more complicated. I am not so worried about a manual dish being stolen, but the automatics are a tempting target.
ng2951 03/10/14 09:16am Technology Corner
RE: take a generator or not

Take the genny especially if you have an electric heater. The 2000 will power the 1500 watt heater and generally gas is easier to refill than propane. If you end up be stuck somewhere for a few days, being able to save your propane may be a real plus. You also won't need to keep the ice and snow off your solar arrays.
ng2951 01/17/14 07:31am Roads and Routes
RE: Wyoming and South Dakota

June will better and if you are from humid climate bring nasal saline. Deadwood, Black Hills, Lake Sylvan, Badlands, Mt Rushmore.
ng2951 01/14/14 08:31am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Oxygenics shower head

Love mine, but I don't believe the advertising on the box. When I sold the last trailer, the shower head came with me...
ng2951 01/14/14 07:55am General RVing Issues
RE: satelite

On my last trip to Florida the camper next to me had an HD dish on tripod. I am guessing he did not have any problems. I know that since I got a good compass, I have been able to align the dish (SD) in just a couple of minutes even without leveling the dish.
ng2951 01/14/14 07:49am Fifth-Wheels
RE: GSRA Renewal

I had a problem when I had a flat on my toyhauler and the agent said they did not service toyhaulers. You can imagine how I felt. I asked to speak to a manager, which did take over 25 minutes, and the first thing the manager said was, "YOU ARE COVERED, SORRY ABOUT THE MISTAKE, NEW AGENT." They got there in about 45 minutes after the call, only cost us 2 hours in our trip (the service tech needed a taller jack, but we backed up the good tire on some blocks and completed the work). The main reason I have Good Sams is because they can handle the toyhauler and truck. AAA would not guarentee they would handle 3/4 diesel. Other than the 25 minute phone wait for a manager I do not have a huge issue with them. As it stands right now, I would renew.
ng2951 01/07/14 01:34pm Good Sam Roadside Assistance
RE: Electric Awning Retract Problems

Thanks. I had used Remoil. Any lube suggestions?
ng2951 01/07/14 01:23pm General RVing Issues
Electric Awning Retract Problems

Hello, When we were trying to come back home from Florida our electric awning on Puma toyhauler would not retract. It would extend, but not retract. After we left it alone for a couple hours, the awning retracted albeit bucking or vibrating as it did. According to some forums these awnings have stall limits on the electric motors. By letting them sit, some forums say, they cool off and then work again. Other forums say that if the awnings do not roll up square this might contribute to the problem. Anybody have any tips or suggestions on how to test or diagnose what the problem might be???
ng2951 01/06/14 12:58pm General RVing Issues
RE: Need Generator Advice

If your trailer is a 30 amp unit a pair of Honda Inverter 2000s should do. However if its a 50 amp you are going to need at least a 3000 or better. The Hondas are hard starters since they have a fuel pump. Unlike other gensets that are gravity fed, the fuel pump needs to be primed before the Honda fires off. I usually find this takes about 6 good pulls before it fires off. Yamaha makes a 2400watt unit that can be paralleled. The downside is that is heavier but can be handled if you have a good back. The problem with all gravity fed units is they are difficult to adapt to add extended run fuel tanks. Hondas, with their fuel pumps are able to suck fuel from a boat tank. Adding a boat tank will cost you over a $100 unless you fabricate all the parts yourself but they are handy. If all you want to run in the microwave and some fans, any of the 2000 watt inverter styles will do. That is one of the reasons why the 2000 watt gensets are popular. Use 2 2Ks when you need ac, and one when you do not. That also means if one flakes out you can run fans and such in the RV while the other is being mended. Additionally, the 2Ks are reasonably portable and one person can move them. It also means you can use both generators two different tasks when needed. I was able to drag one with me to use a pole saw to clear a path for the RVs. One of the other gensets to look at are the Boilys. They are very popular and cheaper than Hondas and Yamahas. The 3000 watt series have remote start which means if you do wire in your 3000 you can remote start your genset allowing you to cool down the trailer before pulling in for a lunch stop.
ng2951 01/06/14 08:49am General RVing Issues
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