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RE: Buying a used Diesel Truck

I have a 06 Dodge with over 200K on a stock truck. I have had no major issues although I do know the trans is nearing the end of its stock life. I know a guy that loves the Ford 6.0 (partially for the money he makes on them). He told me that for about $6K you can "fix" the issues and make it a long life bulletproof truck. In South Dakota you can pick up a really nice Ford 6.0 for around $10K. A Dodge of the same year will cost double or triple depending on condition and mileage. If you are willing to travel (as I see you are in Florida) you can get a steal.
phenrichs 04/04/14 08:35am Tow Vehicles
RE: How often to repack wheel bearings on TT

My dealer told us with the EZ axles put one squirt of grease per year and you should be good enough. Well, I will be doing them by hand this year anyway.
phenrichs 04/03/14 12:59pm Travel Trailers
RE: Question for Ram Diesel owners.

I have 200K on mine. All stock, no modifications, and original. I changed the trans fluid and filter last spring when I replaced the solenoids. Found a 2 inch piece of a snap ring in the bottom of the trans pan. Took out the piece and put her back together and filled her up. Still going strong. Trans makes noise and I know it is getting close to a rebuild. Will drive it till rebuild is required. It will then get built with parts that are upgrades only for longevity. I have had only one other issue and that was an injector. Aside from that she is beautiful and my goal is 500K or more. I have no intentions of modifying this truck. Engine mods are where the trans goes south fast. The trans is built to just barely handle the stock engine output.
phenrichs 03/31/14 11:00am Tow Vehicles
RE: LED Light Strip - 3528 or 5050 LED's?

Ok, what about bugs? My wife saw one of these at the RV show last month and wants them now. We almost never use our "porch" light because even with the amber cover it attracts too many bugs near the door. I like the lights under the awning but I wonder if a different color would attract fewer bugs.
phenrichs 03/31/14 10:54am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Mt Rushmore CG's

The south dakota tourism site is a good place for free info. They will send you a free package of all sorts of good info. TravelSD.com
phenrichs 03/31/14 10:45am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Mt Rushmore CG's

Consider all that you plan to do in the area when choosing a CG. You will be driving from your CG to all the various attractions. The Rushmore area is a good idea as it is sort of central. Easy driving to anywhere. Locals are great for directions. We stayed at Spokane Creek just outside of Keystone. Great folks great CG. Honestly it is hard to go wrong. They are all pretty nice.
phenrichs 03/31/14 10:44am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Leaving rig unattended with propane reefer on?

We do every trip. TT in storage so I go over the night before and turn on fridge so it is cold. Next day I bring it home and we load up and go.
phenrichs 03/25/14 09:00am General RVing Issues
RE: Did I make a mistake in Financing? How long do you finance?

We financed for 12. We bought basically for our kids. Meaning we intentionally bought a bunkhouse so the kids would have a more enjoyable time camping. Our youngest daughter was only 2 at the time of purchase so we knew that it would be a keeper for that duration. We know that eventually we will get rid of it for something better for just the two of us. If we get to a point where we can make bigger payment we will but that doesn't mean we would get rid of it sooner.
phenrichs 03/25/14 08:57am Travel Trailers
RE: lost

I did that once. I went in and told them exactly what I wanted in options. They found me one 4 hours away that only had a different color. I accepted and they went and got it. Otherwise it would have been a 9 month wait.
phenrichs 03/20/14 12:59pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Steering stableizer / 2006 Ram 2500

Just took mine in to be checked for the recall. Service guy walked up to it and told me, Yep you'll be on the list. I asked what and he told me that the front end will be almost all new when I get it back. They are just waiting for all the parts. I am nervous because mine is tight and straight. I told him it better be that way when I get it back too.
phenrichs 03/17/14 01:10am Tow Vehicles
RE: Cool new stuff

No these trays were on the outside. The slider frame was mounted to the 5er frame underneath. All you would have to do is drill a hole in the top of the box and run wires up to your power station. Too simple. I really wish I would have taken a photo of it. You can see it in the gallery of their page. http://www.forestriverinc.com/FifthWheels/SandpiperSelect/default.aspx?page=gallery#
phenrichs 03/16/14 09:06pm General RVing Issues
RE: Cost of food while camping ... does it have to be high?

Well for us camping costs a bit more because we out, outside. We love to cook over fire so we do a lot more steak, chicken, and large cuts of meat like pork shoulders and things like that over the open fire. Those things tend to cost more. We do eat that stuff at home occasionally but the gas grill or cooking inside just doesn't do some of my recipes justice.
phenrichs 03/16/14 07:12pm Travel Trailers
Cool new stuff

Went to a local RV show yesterday. Ok not really. It was only one dealer having a show but it was cool to see some of the new features. Sandpiper 5ers have these really cool heavy plastic trays mounted underneath that slide out for storage. Would make an awesome auxiliary battery box. You could easy get I am betting 8 or 10 batteries in one of them. And there is one for each side. Imagine the dry camping trip with that setup. Some interesting floor plans for some of the TTs too. I was surprised at how small they are doing the toyhauler thing with some of these too.
phenrichs 03/16/14 07:05pm General RVing Issues
RE: Travel Trailer Insurance

Insurance laws vary by state. Here in SD any trailer is covered under the vehicle while being towed. I have a policy on my TT for replacement in case of loss.
phenrichs 03/05/14 04:11pm Travel Trailers
RE: Campers with young kids, need a new baby monitor

One nice thing is that the receivers run on battery or AC power so you can plug them in and not worry about batteries going dead.
phenrichs 02/28/14 08:13am Family Camping
RE: Campers with young kids, need a new baby monitor

We had one almost identical to this one. It had belt clips on the back too. This thing was great. We dedicated it to the camper just for that purpose. The SD state parks sites are HUGE and we could easily go sit with friends at the next site. They are very sensitive and can pick up the slightest peep based on your settings. Not cheap but well worth it. Pretty sure we bought ours at wally world. Amazon Clicky.
phenrichs 02/28/14 08:13am Family Camping
RE: Getting excited for new home for us and maybe our TT

Actually need to update my profile. We are moving to Watertown. City ordinance is SF is bogus. No way I could park it there. Watertown is not so strict.
phenrichs 02/26/14 03:18pm Travel Trailers
RE: Less Young People Camping?

I won't go into the financials but as far as the camping part goes.... I believe the younger generation doesn't camp because they are mostly sissies. They have been pampered with all the gadgets and goodies of modern society and have no inherent outdoor skills. They won't sleep in a tent or on the ground and most of them couldn't cook on a fire I would bet. They want the fancy RVs that we have worked so hard to earn. Well I would bet most of us started in a tent.
phenrichs 02/26/14 08:56am General RVing Issues
Getting excited for new home for us and maybe our TT

We have our stick house pretty much sold. We are getting our realtor lined up and have been looking at a few places. Looks like we might have a new home for us and maybe even room to keep our TT at home. I would LOVE for that. Getting so excited.
phenrichs 02/26/14 08:19am Travel Trailers
RE: Longest lasting vehicles on the road

I don't know if I buy the numbers. Ford Expedition seems really high to me. We have one with only 75K on it and I honestly don't see this thing making 200K
phenrichs 02/24/14 09:28am Tow Vehicles
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