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RE: Pickup trucks headlights evaluated

So what's the criteria for poor headlight performance that everyone is using? I can't really say I've ever had a "bad" set of headlights... My 2003 Chevy was probably the best but everyone kept flashing me all the time even though I was on low beams. The lights were aimed as low as they could be. Range on my signature truck is lacking but that's mostly because of the 3-4" of rake due to the heavy rear suspension. It's awesome loaded. My 2015 Chevy's lights are better but not spectacularly better like some are alluding... So, what's the criteria? Have you ever had a GOOD set of headlights? My benchmark is my Porsche Cayman. Everything else I have ever driven pales in comparison.
Bionic Man 10/26/16 02:34pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Free photo hosting so I can sell RV ?

Try shutterfly.
Bionic Man 10/25/16 08:03pm Technology Corner
RE: Pickup trucks headlights evaluated

Agree about the problems with the RAM headlights. I am not a fan of them either. For as much as these trucks cost, I would think a good Xenon or similar upgrade would be available.
Bionic Man 10/25/16 04:06pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2011 Tahoe questions

The biggest downfall of that vintage seems to be problems with the active fuel management (cylinder deactivation) which can lead to BIG problems with the engine. Not sure how to check that out, but with the 5.3 you should look into it. As far as pricing, I would concur that seems high. I bought a 2011 Yukon Denali XL earlier this year. 55,000 miles, and I didn't pay a lot more than you are posting.
Bionic Man 10/25/16 03:58pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing a boat

Your 2016 Crusader may have a pigtail at the trailer rear for that purpose as some of the newer trailers have. I wired into my trailers running lights at the rear for my boat trailer lights. Now if your boat trailer has brakes you need a controller in the truck that can handle 3-4-5 axles which ever the case (rv trailer + boat trailer). Very few boat trailers run electric brakes (although they do have some advantages). The vast majority are surge brakes. No need to do anything different here. And if you have a newer truck, most will run an additional 1 or 2 electric brake axles anyway.
Bionic Man 10/24/16 09:02am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Towing a boat

I've considered this for my 5er as well, adding a strengthened bumper/receiver to pull my boat, but how are the lights tied in to accommodate another trailer? Do they have to run a separate wiring harness for the boat trailer or are the wires accessible? You wire it the same way you would any other "tow vehicle". I pulled the lights from the 5ers tail lights.
Bionic Man 10/24/16 09:00am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Towing a boat

If you haven't figured it out already, this is one of the hornets nests on RV.net. Lots of fear mongering, and even more mis-information. Double towing is legal in almost every state in the middle of the country. Less so when you get to the coasts. Probably worth checking your insurance, but I have never heard of one that does not allow it. As has been said, you are probably better off finding a independent hitch shop / welder / custom fabricator. If I remember correctly, it cost me about $300 to have the hitch and wiring done on my current trailer. Last year I had it re-enforced with the intention of towing a larger boat (which I have since ruled out). I still tow my 16' Lund with a 60 HP Merc. It weighs closer to 2500 pounds all in. But it does not change the towing dynamics. Here is a photo with my Lund. http://i1136.photobucket.com/albums/n494/rmbretz/Toys/IMG_0414_zps6gbhiszv.jpg And one with my bigger boat (since sold). http://i1136.photobucket.com/albums/n494/rmbretz/Toys/IMG_2896_zpsxuvs8yfm.jpg
Bionic Man 10/23/16 06:45pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Ram Mega Cab

The added security of the truck being in the garage is something else to be considered. Also it is not so obvious when we are not home! Same goes for the FW; one would be foolish to think that indoor storage is not better than it sitting outside all winter! X2. It seems silly to make any other argument. I am expanding my garage so I can get my 4th car in it. I hate scraping the windows when it is cold out, and over time, you can't really say that a vehicle that sits outside year round is in the same condition as something garaged.
Bionic Man 10/22/16 10:56pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram Mega Cab

The bed on a MegaCab is the standard "short" bed RAM makes. You may or may not need a slider, depending on the front of your 5er. Most of the newer 5ers have the front tapered to allow towing with a shot bed without slider.
Bionic Man 10/20/16 09:34pm Tow Vehicles
RE: How far have you traveled to buy/pickup your rig?

I bought our first 5er 300 miles away. Much better price than buying local. That said, the trailer was a POS, and I did have trouble getting warranty work done locally. The local dealer took forever to get anything fixed on it. I sold it after two years of non-stop trouble, but still came out ahead because I sold it for more than I bought it for, so it did work out. The next (and current) trailer was bought local. Not sure if it was just because I was working with a different dealer, or because I bought the unit from them, or a combination of the two, but that purchase and ownership experience was much better.
Bionic Man 10/20/16 08:16am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Fiat and Cummins in court

I am not ignorant and know enough about the capless system to give me piece of mind. I actually like it. Both in my F150 and in my Ram. I also like the capless system, even though I don't have it on my truck.
Bionic Man 10/14/16 09:20am Tow Vehicles
RE: GM 6.2 Liter

Every review I have read/seen shows the 6.2 getting at least equal, and usually better MPG than the 5.3. And there is no comparison when it comes to power. I believe the 6.2 is the best engine put into a 1500 series vehicle today. And I am a MOPAR guy.
Bionic Man 10/12/16 03:30pm Tow Vehicles
RE: GM 6.2 Liter

Not the same as you are asking about, but I do have the 6.2 in my Yukon Denali. I run premium in it, and am very impressed with the engine. More power, and better MPG than the 5.3. What's not to like?
Bionic Man 10/11/16 09:30pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Big 3 Petition EPA for CAFE Relief

With the current and (likely) future administration, I don't see much potential in any relief on this.
Bionic Man 10/10/16 10:01pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2016 dodge 2500 diesel

Your truck has a grid heater. And it may have the cord as well. Do you need it? I have never used it on my 2012. And I never used it on my 2003. Even in -20* temps in Fairplay during elk season.
Bionic Man 10/10/16 10:00pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Comfortable Hauling Time or Miles

You are going to get a lot of different answers here. So much depends on your own individual circumstances. I don't know this, but if I were guessing, I would say that most of the people who are answering with (what I would consider) shorter distances are retired, and not on a schedule. If that was the case, I would likely agree with them. For me, as I am working and vacation is a prized commodity, my trips are all about the destination, and not the journey. I can pretty easily swing 12 + hour travel days which cover a lot of miles through the mid-west where there isn't a lot of traffic, and speed limits are higher. But others might not be comfortable with that same schedule.
Bionic Man 10/10/16 11:52am Travel Trailers
RV Camping Inside Yellowstone

Planning a Yellowstone trip for 2017. We are going to stay in the Teton's the first part of the week, then go into Yellowstone for the 2nd. I would like to stay in the park, and avoid Fishing Bridge because I don't need FHU, and I would like a little space between us and our neighbors. We will arrive on June 6. Our 5er is about 30', pulled by a CCLB DRW truck that is around 21'. I was thinking of trying to get a reservation at Bridge Bay as it seems centrally located, but they list the maximum combined RV length of 40', which I am over. is it reasonable to think I might be able to fit everything in this sight, or do I need to look for another campground? I am open to suggestions on other campgrounds inside the park.
Bionic Man 10/09/16 04:53pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Manual Slide Retraction

Long story, but I tried to manually retract my slide when I had trouble with it, and I broke the rod that goes from the slide motor out to the access point for the crank. (All of the is under the sealed underbelly of the trailer). The coach is now 15 years old, so I doubt the manufacture will be much help. Do you think this would be a universal repair (i.e. something I can buy off the shelf), or am I going to have to find someone to custom fab a replacement? Either way, does anyone have a suggestion on where to search for the part?
Bionic Man 10/09/16 10:49am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 2015 SRW Ram 3500 Cummins (First year review)

It is hard to believe, but my experience is that towed weight doesn't make much of a difference in MPG. Since we got a new boat, I no longer tow it tandem behind my 5er, instead we now take two vehicles. Traveling the same speed on the interstates (65 - 70), there has been little to no change in my trucks MPG. And my old boat weighed 5000 pounds.
Bionic Man 10/07/16 07:44am Tow Vehicles
RE: What is your longest term of ownership???

Our 1st 5er was a Dutchman. We kept it for two miserable years. What a POS. Bought our current trailer new in September of 2002. I don't plan on upgrading although we are considering doing some updating inside.
Bionic Man 10/06/16 04:11pm Fifth-Wheels
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