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RE: Chinese to buy Travel Trailer company

China has long range goals and has the patience to use any method to achieve world domination...no matter how long it takes....take the time to study their methods....suggest you read the book...."CHINA...the gathering threat". 30 odd years ago we thought the same about the Japanese...........that cart sort of crashed on the way to market didn't it. China as we know it today will not make the long haul.
shum02 11/26/14 11:21am Travel Trailers
RE: Auxiliary Gas Tank for Tow Vehicle

Planning to purchase a new Ford F 350 with the diesel engine, crew cab and short bed. It only comes with a 26 gallon fuel tank. I would like to purchase an auxiliary fuel tank. Do any of you who have experience with these kinds of matters have any recommendations for me? Thank you in advance for your assistance. Careful! I've heard that Ford is not too keen on aux tanks on the new trucks. check with your dealer!
shum02 11/25/14 01:57pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford cruise control

.... Unfortunately not available on Super Duty's yet Yes, that is pretty much what we are talking about... Not everyone. Most seem to be blanketing the statement across the entire product line. Adjusting a CC to work while towing or being loaded to GVWR takes a bit of work and then throw a hill/mountain at the equation. Not totally sure but I have a feeling the engineers at Ford are probably aware of the problem and have been working on it. To bad they don't understand that people want results today, now............ Mine works great unloaded or towing on the flats but I totally agree it is VERY aggressive when under load. Usually kick it off myself because my right foot does a better job of fuel economy in the hills than the computer can anyway.
shum02 11/25/14 12:29pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Ford cruise control

I really don't understand all the bitc+++g. If you are unhappy with the noise levels, add some insulation to the dog house. If you are unhappy because it kicks down too easy, learn to shut it off on hills and just use the gas pedal at a moderate setting a so it kicks down at a slower speed. I've learned to put my foot on the throttle to over ride the CC when going down hill to pick up some speed. I will also kick it out of O/D a little early when climbing a hill to ease the shift and maintain the desired speed. In any event, the CC on my old F53, pulling a 5000 lb toad, works as good as I can expect. Its not that we are bitc+++g just pointing out that CC have not gotten better over the years as the rest of the chassis, same as with our Nissin truck, every time it gets to a hill the CC shuts off, they can develop a smart CC that knows its in the hills and slows down the speed and just down shift 1 gear and not 2 gears, when I am on a long hill and maintaining 45 mph I can do it in 4th gear but if I put the CC on it wants to go to 3rd gear. I think todays CC is the same as 30 years ago, nothing has changed in this department. So true with the Ford - our SUV (car also) shifts down one gear at a time - the change barely discernible. We can travel up and down Oregon's mountains w/o having to adjust the CC. BTW - the car also senses the speed of the vehicle in front and adjusts speed accordingly. Very relaxing - a far cry from the Ford where even the slightest grade too often results in a dramatic change in engine RPM's. Far past time for Ford to bring its CC up to today's level. You REALLY should pay attention to what is NEW and not what WAS. Ford's new vehicles do have "adaptive cruise control". Spend a little of your free time researching first. Ford adaptive cruise control Unfortunately not available on Super Duty's yet
shum02 11/25/14 05:00am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Life expectancy of pickup campers...

You can't afford an RV until you can afford the carport/shop/or covered storage for it. If that was the case your RV would cost as much as your garage and RV combined before storage because most of us can't afford to do an out building to house the RV, don't have the room for an out building, don't have a storage yard near us with enclosed storage or can't afford enclosed storage rental on top of the RV. As a result most of us would not have one and your unit cost would be through the roof due to low volumes. Absolutely silly comment.
shum02 11/22/14 06:42pm Truck Campers
RE: Gummed Up Honda EU 2000 Gen

but I do only use 91+ octane (for other reasons). I have troubles understanding why some have so many problems with gumming up. Maybe different fuel blends for different geographic regions? In my neck of the woods most high octane fuels tend to be non-ethanol. Ethanol-free gas stations
shum02 11/22/14 12:26pm Tech Issues
RE: Gummed Up Honda EU 2000 Gen

Run my little Honda 1kw Inverter and big Champion 3kw for a good 40 minutes EVERY month with a decent load on the machine, usually a small electric heater or the block heater on the truck. Also try to source out ethanol free fuel and still add some stabil to it as well. You ain't running it long enough or hard enough, that is the problem.
shum02 11/21/14 07:37pm Tech Issues
RE: How many miles for a used diesel truck?

I bought an 03' Ram 2500 LBQC with the 5.9 Cummins, 6 spd manual and 4x4. Basic work truck. This was back in 2011 and in had 95K on the clock. Payed ~17K. It now has 160K and in that time I've had to fix Engine oil leak (crank case cover) ~$3K New shocks New U-joint New front end / ball joints New throttle position sensor New handbrake ($1300!!!??) New clutch It also has an AC leak (have to remove dash so it's a VERY expensive fix) The dash is also cracked. And there is rust under the doors and some rust here and there. Overall it's a brute of a truck that just eats up the Rocky Mountains towing my small TT (5600 loaded) with a bed full of dirt bikes. I really hope I'm done with any major repairs. If I get another 100K out of it without any major repairs I'll be happy. Right now I think it's had a lot go wrong considering it's supposed to be the "best" truck from that era. Suspension/steering items are "wear items" - they are suppose to and do wear out, just like brakes, tires and clutches. Nothing really unusual in your list..........
shum02 11/21/14 11:31am Tow Vehicles
RE: Question About Ford 6.0 Diesel

Hey, quit throwing the truth at the folks with their heads in the sand! :) The vast majority of us have our heads well out of it............ While it may be true that this engine accounted for a great deal of warranty expense I can't for the life of me see why what was probably Ford's most expensive/complex production engine at the time being used/abused in the most extreme environment's on the planet wouldn't have some of the largest cost associated with it. I didn't really expect Ford's 4.6L Triton in the Lincoln's and F150's to be leading the pack............did you? The lawsuit is settled and nothing broke on my truck in six years 135000 warranty..........is that good luck or bad luck........Oh well we'll see what the next 270000kms has in store for me - more tires and brake work I'm sure......
shum02 11/21/14 09:34am Tow Vehicles
RE: Safe electric heaters you can run all night

I have never known my little space heaters to jump up & start dangerously dancing around while I sleep. They behave themselves by day. Why not at night? If plugs & wires are not hot, all should be fine. If it makes you feel safer run the heater at the low heat setting. x2 Might have upwards of 3 of them running on low all through the night. Use the little box ceramic heaters and do make sure they are cleaned out on a regular basis - use compressed air. No dogs or rug rats in the camper but do make sure they are up on tables/counters at bed time so no one knocks them over on the way to the bathroom.
shum02 11/20/14 01:58pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Question About Ford 6.0 Diesel

I run 10,000 miles on Dino Oil and Blackstone reports I could easily go 12,500 and still be protected. You can do that with any vehicle but you should have it analysed. I change mine at 4 months or 10000kms/6200 miles - which ever comes 1st, but that's how I like it done.
shum02 11/20/14 01:28pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Question About Ford 6.0 Diesel

The thought of having to change oil in a diesel at 5,000 miles with full synthetic just does not sit well with me. I am not saying the 6.0 can't be a strong engine, just the maintenance is too costly for a diesel. Well I have an option of taking my truck to Cummins NW. I also have the option buying OEM parts from them also, which are usually less expensive that parts house or dealer. Ummmm, where does it say the 6.0L requires synthetic??? Dino 15W-40 resides in mine per the manual during the warm months then I switch over to 10W-30 semi synth for the cold weather as per the manual - you can use full syth if you want and extend out the drain interval if you have it tested. Think that just about goes the same for a Duramax or Cummins, right? I ALSO have the option of heading over to IH to buy OEM parts for the 7.3L/6.0L/6.4L as well. Fact is I rarely ever buy from the stealership unless I can't get it anywhere else. Fact is as most do I buy my parts online. Seriously, put a little effort into your research, you sound like a "fan boy" on one of the truck forums.
shum02 11/20/14 09:57am Tow Vehicles
RE: Question About Ford 6.0 Diesel

Are you saying that Ford had techs that didn't know what they were doing? Who's fault is that? That does not bode well for FMC. So..........GM and Ram tech's are infallible? I think you'd find a lot of people who have come across tech's from all manufactures who are completely incompetent regardless of training. But I think you already know this. FMC is doing quite well but thanks for your concern. You also do know the 6.0L has been out of production since 2007 right? I'll keep mine, bet it hits 500000kms before I even think of getting rid of it. It pulls as much as a new 6.7L, just not as fast ;)
shum02 11/20/14 04:29am Tow Vehicles
RE: Question About Ford 6.0 Diesel

"IF" there is a 10% failure rate for these trucks (and remember, I'm not saying there is) Your right it's not 10% or actually even close to that. It is a percentage of less than 1%. That money you quote in so far as I'm aware also include several very LARGE lawsuits. $1000 repair on a diesel pickup? Yup, doesn't take much on any of these trucks to rack up a grand of cash in repairs when you figure in labour. Ford wanted almost $400 to R&R my alternator??? Really?? Yup, not kidding. Did it myself in an hour with a rebuilt alt for just over $100. Don't know anyone with a Duramax or Cummins that has not had the truck in the shop for something while they have owned in and some have even been stranded on the road. Yup, happens.
shum02 11/19/14 06:53pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Question About Ford 6.0 Diesel

I guess you have to decide what side you may end up on. Including motors built for IH over 1 million of these motors where built and the VAST majority will be just fine with regular maintenance. Don't forget the cab needs to be removed to do many engine repairs. I have yet to have encountered this. You have some real bad issues if they need to pull the cab. BTW the shops do it because it cuts down on their labour time and a good mech can have the cab ready to be pulled in about an hour. It is also designed to have this done if required/needed/wanted - Ford made it that way because this engine along with the 7.3L/6.4L and new 6.7L is wedged into that engine bay. I turn my own wrenches and I don't find the truck that bad to work on but I haven't got sausage fingers so that probably helps. Truck has never been to a shop as long as I have owned it.
shum02 11/19/14 10:02am Tow Vehicles
RE: Question About Ford 6.0 Diesel

It is pristine, but now I read that they are absolute junk, and I am uncertain if I should keep it, and try to use it as a tow vehicle for my 34' Challenger Fifth Wheel. I would appreciate any input from those who have owned one... Thank... Richard 170000 miles on my truck and absolutely love the thing. I've had to repair/fix normal wear items but have not had the truck puking parts as per a LOT of the banter about this motor, nor has she been parked at the side of the road with the apparent thousands of other 6.0L trucks that apparently break down every day? Never seen any and I travel the busiest highways in North America every day. All the diesel trucks take a great of maintenance and work to keep working the way they are suppose to. You do NOT just put fuel and oil in these things and drive them till they stop. Regular maintenance is incredibly important. Educate yourself on the engine and if you are not handy with a set of wrenches find a good diesel mechanic to help you out. This goes for all diesels including the Cummins and Duramax.
shum02 11/19/14 06:05am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford cruise control

Ford can and should do better - other manufacturers certainly do. They did on the new systems. Ford/IH built the gasser V10 and 6.0L PSD to rev and they do. They are NOT low RPM motors like the I6 Cummins. When it needs to accelerate or maintain speed on an incline with a load behind it it will downshift sometime maybe 2 gears to maintain that speed. Keeping it under 55mph/90kph with the T/H button on will normally keep her out of OD lessening the downshifting of the tranny but this does use more fuel. A set of 4:88's like in the F450 will also lessen the downshifting :)
shum02 11/19/14 04:35am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Ford cruise control

Two different systems working together to maintain speed on both hills and level ground. It absolutely WILL maintain the speed you set but it may scare the******out of you!!
shum02 11/18/14 04:28pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Ford cruise control

read up on the 5 star tune, it fixes alot of the issues you are refering to. But your better off not doing the cruise control thing in hilly conditions. X2 on the hilly conditions. Mine works when it wants to. It is hit and miss, works when it wants to. there are a lot of long straightaways in the west, I really wish that it would work all of the time. I will have to check out the 5 star tune. JMO The problem here is we got guys talking motorhomes and others pickups. Doesn't matter because the engine management systems doesn't know or care what it's in. Ford's CC is to say the least "aggressive" on hills with a load. Or course it can not get ready for a hill because it can not see one. Make sense?? Best advise when you have a load or are just plain heavy is to turn it off. Only use mine on the flats when towing and I'm only around 17500lbs combined weight.
shum02 11/18/14 12:36pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: cold weather camping

All winter long here in Ontario. Down to -25C. Love it! No crowds, no bugs :) We have three Provincial and one Conservation park open within a decent drive of us. Keeps us sane!
shum02 11/17/14 04:05am General RVing Issues
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