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RE: Ideas for a week in Colorado

Are you planning on staying in the NorthWest part of the state? What are your interests? We really like the Steamboat Springs area. Fishing, hiking, horseback riding, ATVs, etc. Quite a bit to do in and around Glenwood Springs. Southwest part of the state Durango/Ouray, etc. Collegiate Peaks.
Bionic Man 05/23/16 08:10am Roads and Routes
RE: After a hard pull on tow vehicle

I guess according to several of the posters, EVERY truck I have ever owned had something wrong with it as my temps have always increased when pulling a load through the mountains. My expectation is that the temp would increase. And in the scenario you mention, I could see it going to the very high end. I had the same thing happen to me back when I had my 01 CTD. I was pulling a 10000# 5er, pulling it on Hwy 50 between Montrose and Gunnison, got caught in construction and couldn't keep speed up, the temp gauge reached the top of normal before I could gain some speed/RPMs and get it to cool down. The truck was brand new, so it was not a radiator/cooling problem. Just a matter of circumstances. To answer the cooling down period, there are times where we stop at the top of a pass (there is almost always a place to stop pull over) and check my load/use the bathroom/walk the dogs. When I do this, I always make sure I let the truck idle for 3-5 minutes. And, a side note, it is good to see ib post. Hope you are doing well.
Bionic Man 05/20/16 07:47am Tow Vehicles
RE: Changing Axles

My in laws had new axles put on their Cougar 5er. They also had bent axles, and felt that they were undersized for what they wanted. It isn't the cheapest option, but I do think if you already have a bent axle, it is the best. Manufactures are notorious for putting undersized component on RVs.
Bionic Man 05/14/16 07:28am Travel Trailers
RE: I need first hand experience from you all...please

In my opinion trailer tires are all similar unless you're using LT truck tires. Installing the next load size if possible i.e. D to E and a TPMS is the way to go. I agree with this, except for the TPMS comment - I've had more than one tread separation where I never lost tire pressure. In regard to your specific question, I have a 16' Lund with the TowMax and a 23' Malibu (boats) with the Carlisle. I expect both to be replaced at 5 years old. I think one of the biggest weaknesses of tires on trailers is that so often they are very near their max load rating, then people drive near or above their speed rating in high summer temps. That is a troubling combination.
Bionic Man 05/11/16 08:11pm Travel Trailers
RE: I am at my wits end on trying to give meds

In addition to what you have mentioned, we have successfully used baby food and cheese whiz.
Bionic Man 05/10/16 07:19pm RV Pet Stop
RE: my first disappointment

I run with my fog lights on while towing during daylight that way all lights are working other than headlights. Same here. You can turn your fogs on without the low beams? You can turn them on with only your running lights on.
Bionic Man 05/10/16 07:14pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Retired my 6.4

And I love my RAM but some of these comments are rediculous. A truck with a 27' TT is faster than a souped up Honda off the line? You don't really believe that, do you? This is not an exaggerated comment. This really happened on US 25 Georgetown RD at the light with Citation Blvd. north of Lexington, KY and we were heading outbound. My wife is a witness. I'm betting that the Honda probably had the visual bling added and the loud muffler installed but didn't have any true performance equipment installed. He was pushing it for all it was worth and the Ram just plain out-accelerated him. Bill J., Lexington, KY Last I saw, the RAM's unloaded 0-60 times were somewhere north of 8 seconds. I am sure adding a large TT is going to add several seconds to that, maybe even doubling it. Do a search on acceleration times of virtually any car made in the last 10 years, and I don't think you will find one that is slower than 12 seconds to 60. It is entirely possible the guy stalled the car, or didn't know he was racing. But if he was trying, I am certain he would have more than held his own..... To the OP, sorry for taking this off track with some juvenile comments. Congrats on the new truck. Just hope you have reasonable expectations for it.
Bionic Man 05/09/16 07:47pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Retired my 6.4

I have a question - what did you do to the Ford TV to "retire it"? I got what I considered a fair trade from the Dodge dealer. Yes, I did tell him the issue of puking coolant. I took another $4000 hit on the trade in. I didn't want some young couple buying it for a first time rv tow vehicle only to find out it has issues. The dealer was very impressed with the condition of the truck. H said they were going to sell it to a whole-saler. What happens from there ???? That's what happens to most trade ins. Released to an auto auction, "wholesalers" will usually buy for another dealer. Sometimes small mom and pop dealers, sometimes for the bigger ones. Nice that you disclosed the issues but that message will almost certainly not be passed on to the next owners. And I love my RAM but some of these comments are rediculous. A truck with a 27' TT is faster than a souped up Honda off the line? You don't really believe that, do you?
Bionic Man 05/09/16 03:20pm Tow Vehicles
RE: How do they stay in business?

I don't think it is just Camping World. I have always been a HUGE fan of Cabelas for pricing, service, and speed of shipping. Like CW, they are now losing on all 3 fronts. I can buy something on-line, and get very quick shipping with great communication. Or I can order from a traditional brick and mortar, pay more, and take two or three times as long to receive it. I honestly think some of these stores are going to have to change their business practices to regain their competitive edge.
Bionic Man 05/08/16 01:48pm Camping World Accessories
RE: 2008 Dodge 2500/3500 owners

Not saying there is anything wrong with an 08, but if it were me I would also look either at an 06-07 5.9 (although might be a higher price) or go with a 2010+. The 4th generation cab is a big improvement.
Bionic Man 05/07/16 11:37pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Choosing between these 3 vans, opinions aporeciated!

I'd say it is a close call between 1 and 3.
Bionic Man 05/07/16 04:35pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Navajo Lake State Park - Colorado & New Mexico ???????

Nice lake. It holds some very large Northern Pike. I've heard more than one person refer to it as a "mini Lake Powell", but I don't see much in common.
Bionic Man 05/07/16 02:33pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Retired my 6.4

Congrats on the new ride. I hope it treats you better than the other brand did.
Bionic Man 05/07/16 02:30pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Titling/registration nightmare. Advice?

Eh, most states give you x number of days between purchasing a vehicle and registering it. Not sure why it would be any different for you. Go buy it, drive it home w a signed title, bill of sale and your insurance card for it. You'll only get stopped if a cop is following you and you'll only get in trouble if you're doing something wrong. Register it when you get home. I agree with these types of posts. Get the title signed over to you, get a bill of sale, and have your insurance in order, and make the trip. I bought a Suburban in Oregon last year. Drove it home to Colorado as suggested above, and registered it when I get home. It wasn't a big deal at all.
Bionic Man 05/06/16 04:16pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Calling Duramax owners 1st trip with camper bad fuel mileage

The brake dragging is an interesting idea, but I think if that happened you would end up smoking your wheel bearings and your tire. At least that is what happened when I had a single brake that was dragging - ended up overheating and blowing out the tire.
Bionic Man 05/05/16 07:41pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Calling Duramax owners 1st trip with camper bad fuel mileage

Will be interesting to see the outcome of this. IMO, your MPG should be better at the speed you are towing (which doesn't seem that high to me).
Bionic Man 05/05/16 02:48pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Dog cooling vest

We use one of these for our dogs on our boat. https://www.rei.com/product/855790/ruffwear-swamp-cooler-cooling-dog-vest?cm_mmc=cse_PLA_GOOG-_-8557900002&CAWELAID=120217890000815446&lsft=cm_mmc:cse_PLA_GOOG Bought on Amazon for cheaper. Our dark color dog used to be miserable, but he now does well. Haven't yet tried it on a walk. Here's link: https://www.rei.com/product/855790/ruffwear-swamp-cooler-cooling-dog-vest? This cooler dog vest is based on the same thing we did years ago when showing dogs in the south only more expensive. :W We took a bathroom towel the size of the dog and cut out a vest to fit, including a strap for underneath with sewed on velcro catch. We put the entire towel vest completely submerged and soaked in a small cooler with water and ice cubes. We'd bring that little cooler ring side. A must have if you had a black dog! When the dog started getting overheated standing waiting to go in the ring, we would pull out the wet iced towel vest and put it on them. Drops their body temperature back to normal to keep them from heat stroking and the whole swamp cooling theory of air over the wet towel 'kept' them cool. OP: Shitzu's are one of several breed's of dog that really should NOT be walked on hot days. ""...Breathing difficulties may also occur because of an abnormally small windpipe (or trachea), another characteristic common to brachycephalic breeds. Some of the more common brachycephalic breeds are the pug, bulldog, boxer, chihuahua, and shih tzu...."" http://www.petmd.com/dog/conditions/respiratory/c_multi_brachycephalic_airway_syndrome Thanks for adding the link. I will say that there is another difference between this and a towel. This vest also seems to have some reflective properties. More important with a dark colored dog.
Bionic Man 05/05/16 01:58pm RV Pet Stop
RE: RV Garage Design Help

Whatever you build, you will likely wish you went bigger. Mine is 52' x 24' x 16' sidewalls. I have a single door that is 20' x 14'. If I were building again, I would go 28' wide, as I could have done that without significant changes to my back yard. If you want more than one vehicle in there, it is much easier to be side by side than tandem. Whatever is in the back is what you will want out. Remember to do a lot of power, a lot of light, a lot of outlets (both inside and outside). Windows and sky lights are your friends. Attic fans or ceiling fans are a good idea as well. Without heat, my building gets very cold in the winter. And even in Denver, it holds the heat in very well in the summer (read gets real hot).
Bionic Man 05/04/16 01:36pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Second Gen 3.5 EcoBoost and 10 Speed Transmission

Are they ever going to put it in the SuperDuty?
Bionic Man 05/04/16 12:02pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Suggest a Utah itinerary!

I would add Glen Canyon National Rec Area (aka Lake Powell) to the itinerary. Stay at Bullfrog and rent a boat for a few days. You (and the dogs) will love it. http://i1136.photobucket.com/albums/n494/rmbretz/32FACF80-9646-4A48-846A-339ADCDD3D66_zps28lsa5sy.jpg
Bionic Man 05/04/16 08:41am Roads and Routes
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