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RE: Your Rig

Our new fiver...took delivery Saturday. Maiden voyage Halloween weekend!! http://i991.photobucket.com/albums/af34/mach8274/New%20camper/20151024_174123.jpg Beautiful!!! Congrats and happy camping!!
nremtp143 10/27/15 07:20pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Sandpiper thoughts/opinions/rants?

I have the '12 365SAQ in my Sig. We've loves every minute of owning it except for the debate over the 7k axles that FR resolved. If anything happened to this camper and our son is still with us, I would buy another in a heartbeat! The new ones have 7k axles and a redesigned master bath. This unit has the best floorplan on the market for those of us with kids in my opinion. One thing I would suggest is to change the tires out to either Goodyear G615s or the Sailun S637s and enjoy!
nremtp143 08/23/15 11:03am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 6.7 Fuel Mileage

I have the '13 6.7 DRW 4x4 in my sig. Two weeks ago I returned from a 900 mile round trip to Myrtle Beach towing my 15,500 pound 5er and averaged 9.85 mpg with the 3.73 rear gears. Most in my group say that the '15 and '16s are getting a about 1.5 mpg worse than the '11-'14s did, but love the exhaust brake so much that they don't care. Of course, most of them do not have enough miles on them to have really broken the engine in yet. I am TOTALLY happy with my 6.7. I would only like the better exhaust brake, but I don't travel in the mountains around here that much.
nremtp143 08/11/15 02:01am Tow Vehicles
RE: Has anyone attached kayaks to the rear ladder?

I put on a front hitch, Thule cross bars on truck and a Rhino-Rack T-Loader front carrier and carry mine like this. http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc390/golfmedik/2013%20Dually/20150412_092719_zpsowqpl2f5.jpg width=640 Moderator edit to re-size picture to forum recommended limit of 640px maximum width.
nremtp143 08/09/15 04:12pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Looking at Excursions...

I've owned an '01 7.3L Excursion since I ordered it in "01. Now with 218k miles on her, she is as strong as ever. As has been mentioned, the tranny is the weak link, but they can be built with multi-disc converters and improved valve bodies along with a larger cooler and you are good to go. One other of the most popular mods is to change the springs out to an F25- set of springs. NO, they don't have the same springs originally as the truck. For around $800 you can have all new springs and u-bolts thaat you can put in yourself in the driveway provided a good jack and a good set of jack stands. If these trucks had come this way from the factory, they would have sold millions more as they make a HUGE difference in the truck. All '01 Xs need a Hellwig rear swaybar. About $175 and a coupkle of hours of your time and standard hand tools. These mods make this truck a true pleasure to own and drive. A very reliable truck. As I call it, the most capable SUV on the planet.
nremtp143 08/07/15 06:02pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Pin box bike rack, how many bikes can you fit

I made my own mount and did a write up on here. I believe it may be in the mod section, but bought a 3 bike, fold down rack from discountramps.com like this my 3 bike rack I probably could get 4, but I enjoy the fact that I've never even came close to the cab of the truck.
nremtp143 08/07/15 05:50pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Alanta, Ga

As a life long resident of GA, the above posts are correct. Go straight through. Don't even think about 285 as it is nothing but a racetrack and death trap. I would only use it during rush hours as the downtown gets bogged badly. Have a safe trip!
nremtp143 08/07/15 05:45pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Bunkhouse model 5th Wheels

The Sandpiper or Sierra 365SAQB has what you are looking for as well. The largest open floor in the bunkroom around.
nremtp143 08/04/15 07:23pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Attention 7.3l owners!

As far as the tranny is concerned, you've already put on the 6.0 cooler, now you need a multi-disc converter, Sonnax valve body and a deeper pan to help on those really long uphill pulls. These 4R100 trannies can be built to haul some serious weight nowadays and stay cool doing it. Around here a complete rebuild to tow runs between $2202 and $3400 depending on what all you want done. A friend of mine spent 19 years building and re-building them at Ford dealers all around here and now has his own shop and in covered up with people wanting the 4R100s built to pull.
nremtp143 07/28/15 07:15pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2013+ f350 drw vs f450 for 18k towing

If it's only about weight for you, go with the F-350. I'm curious as to why turning radius of the F-450 is SIGNIFICANTLY smaller than that of an F350 dually. Just curious...I wouldn't have thought that. ON EDIT: just read above post, which wasn't being posted while I was posing the question..so, guess I got my answer:) To answer your question, the F350 4x4s front wheels turn out to a 38* angle. The F450s front wheels(and the WIDE TRACK F350s) turn out to a full 45*. That is why the F450s are easier to turn, back, jack and chase campers. The only word of caution with an F450 4x4, if you ever turn the steering wheel to the locked, or almost locked position in 4WD, the front knuckles will bind and break. And that gets expensive quickly. The F350s will buck and lunge, but the F450s can actually break front end components. I've seen it done twice, while jacking 5ers in the mud, by the same idiot.
nremtp143 07/28/15 07:03pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 5th Wheel Flag Pole Mount

Since I already have a pin box mount I made for my bike rack, which is a 2" receiver, You've just given me a great idea to copy. Grat way to show our colors! Thank you!
nremtp143 07/28/15 06:34pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Got my Sailuns installed (Great Price)

My partner at work had been looking for a set for her Montana and I recommended and found the Sailuns through NTB about 2 months ago. I have G14s on mine, but carry two Sailuns as spares. We just got back from an 850 mile round trip excursion to Myrtle Beach. She said she was very happy with the tires and how much difference the tires like that make on the interstates. When my date code is out on my 614s, Sailuns will take their place.
nremtp143 07/19/15 06:20am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Bike rack on front of truck

http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc390/golfmedik/Camper/20140719_142654_zpsglztpqna.jpg I too carry mine on the pin box. Up and out of the way and can be watched while driving. http://i1209.photobucket.com/albums/cc390/golfmedik/Camper/IMG_20120603_113235_zpsl2tjeidn.jpg
nremtp143 07/03/15 08:23pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Adding air bags to tow vehicle questions.

I ended up getting the Air Lift Loadlifter 5000 air bags. I was lazy and had the dealer install them. I ran them at 40 lbs. loaded and 5 lbs. unloaded. The ride has improved dramatically. I couldn't believe the difference they make. I drove over a section of rough road. I still get a little chucking but it's greatly reduced. If I go over one or two bumps in the road I can hardly feel the trailer at all. It's only when I go over a series of bumps I start to feel a little push - pull. The truck isn't as firm loaded, improving the overall ride and handling. The overload springs are no longer engaged. My truck sits about 2" higher loaded at 40 lbs. and the same unloaded at 5 lbs. I lowered my hitch one position. I haven't driven far with them yet but I'm impressed with the improvement so far. It looks like my 5th wheel is about 1" nose high now so I may try a little less air pressure. I wonder why I waited so long. Thanks everyone. I hope they serve you well.
nremtp143 06/24/15 06:58pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: AirLift vs Firestone air bags

I personally don't think there is a dime's worth of difference between the two. I'd go with whatever is on sale.
nremtp143 06/23/15 03:04am Tow Vehicles
RE: Sailun: S637 opinions please

I have G614s on my camper now, but the 2 spares I carry are Sailun 637s due to the price of the 614s now. I will more than likely go with the 637s next time around. My work partner has the 637s on her camper now after I recommended them. They love them. About 6k miles and no worries. I asked two different dealers in our area why the new 637s have the "Trailer Service" on them now, and both replied that it was put on them to avoid a heavier import tax for LT tires. I have no idea, but these dealers are about 30 miles apart and not connected as far as I cal tell. Who knows! But I do like the tires!
nremtp143 06/23/15 03:02am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Adding air bags to tow vehicle questions.

Gramps: I hope you don't mind if I hijack a bit. I've got a similar setup. 2000 F250 SRW, 5r 8K dry 1800# pin Used to tow a TT. I've got the same issues as you. I just installed air bags, getting ready for my first trip. I've only pulled from dealer to home, 50 miles with no air bags. Hitting helper springs, and porpoise at times. Hoping to eliminate these issues with bags. I have a compressor package but haven't installed it yet. I'll let you know my results in a couple weeks. Thanks. Before our present truck and trailer I had a 2011 F250 with standard springs & a 2011 5th wheel. The 5th wheel weighed the same as yours. On a trip through Michigan the truck and trailer started porpoising so bad I thought I was going to loose control. I was a little nose high, standard pin box and most likely a little light on the pin. I'm now level, have a Mor/ryde pin box and try to make sure I have lots of pin weight. I saw a tremendous improvement. No more porpoisng and much less chucking. I still get a push pull effect on rough roads but not up and down so much now. I'm anxious to hear your opinion. So far mostly positive feedback on air bags. Grampscamper, I use airbags on a dually to help with the ride and squat. I am carrying more weight than you, but bags really are an improvement over just springs under the back. I have an onboard compressor so I can change the pressures in the bags as the roadway dictates. Won't tow heavily again without them. As far as porpoising, when you weighed it, how much was on the pin? I was going to suggest you put F350 springs under it, but you already have basically the same ones. Have you thought about the tires and tire pressures as a possible cause of the pushing?? I love the bags, have had them on 2 of my last 3 duallies, and they do make the ride a lot better with the 5er hooked up.
nremtp143 06/16/15 03:51pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Sailun Tires

I have the GY G614s on my rig, but only had the cheap bombs as spares, so yesterday I bought 2 Sailun G637s and mounted them on my spare rims. They are the same size as the GYs and will not cause any problem with the being the same exact diameter of the GYs. In asking why the are now stamped with the ST logo, both people I spoke to in different companies said it was to get by the tariff on the LTs. Same tire, no change except for the stamping. I've been impressed with these tires since first seeing them, now I own a couple and when the 614s are due for replacement, will probably own more of them. MY Sailun's are not the same diameter as the Goodyears. They are about 11/2 larger. Has the diameter changed? I am also concerned if they are now and ST tire. ST and LT tires are built to a different standard and must comply with different ratings. Good point and I need to make a correction. They are much closer in diameter than the much smaller bombs I took off of the spares. Thanks for pointing that out. I stood them side by side and they are a slightly larger diameter. Sorry for misleading, but much better tires than what I currently had.
nremtp143 06/03/15 09:54am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Carrying kayaks on top of truck while towing 5er

For most trucks you can buy a hitch that bolts on to the frame. Hitches are pretty inexpensive and the bolt-on is a DIY, although it's a bit awkward. I found that offering post-installation beers is a great incentive to getting the required extra pair of hands from a friend. Exactly! The hitches run under $200 for most applications. I just had to cut a small hole in my front valance for mine. Not a big deal, but an extra set of hands does come in handy.
nremtp143 06/03/15 09:49am Tow Vehicles
RE: Carrying kayaks on top of truck while towing 5er

Thanks for the close up pic Geodude! Will try to duplicate that as that is an awesome setup.
nremtp143 06/02/15 11:30am Tow Vehicles
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