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RE: Propane Leak?

New regulator seems to have solved the problem.
Bionic Man 06/26/16 10:34pm Tech Issues
RE: Truck and trailer near max load, still need more gear...

You are well under your axle and tire ratings. Those are the ones I would be concerned with....
Bionic Man 06/24/16 10:19am General RVing Issues
RE: Ram MegaCab

It seems that most of the new trailers are designed to be towed by a short bed without a slider. I would narrow my trailer choices first, then decide on a hitch.
Bionic Man 06/23/16 06:38am Toy Haulers
RE: Help!- Trying to rent a car at airport to pick upRV

The airport rental cars are going to be less willing to work with you than a local. As suggested, try Enterprise. Or maybe Uber.
Bionic Man 06/21/16 07:11pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Propane Leak?

Thanks for the advice. Will try a new regulator this weekend.
Bionic Man 06/21/16 09:57am Tech Issues
Propane Leak?

On my 5er, I have the below set up that automatically switches from one 30# tank to the other when the supply tank is empty. Has worked fine since I bought the trailer, up until this year. Now, if I turn the tank on the right side on, I get a propane smell in the propane compartment. I have tried 3 different propane tanks. I have taken off the supply hose, put teflon tape on it, and tighten back up, still have the smell. Hoses look good. No bubbles with a soap and water mix. Any ideas of what the issue could be? http://i1136.photobucket.com/albums/n494/rmbretz/340EE4DD-8FE1-4A80-A898-F1332C529F69_zpszgdhwkm5.jpg
Bionic Man 06/20/16 11:50am Tech Issues
RE: 265/75/R16 to 245/75/R16

Will also need to get your speedo recalibrated. It will read fast - probably around 5 MPH at 65/70.
Bionic Man 06/20/16 11:40am Tow Vehicles
RE: Insurance coverage

Agent said she has added the TC specifically to both policies. I will confirm for sure though! Same with my agent. Took year, make, model, dollar amount, everything. Said I was good to go. A year later when I called they said it wasn't covered under homeowners at all and covered to $7500 on the auto policy. Initial two reps said it was covered under homeowners off the truck and insured to $37,500 on the truck. Needless to say, we switched. I've been very happy with progressive. Should always read the policy language regarding stuff like this. Insurance premiums are based upon many variables, but a major one is what it is going to cost to replace the covered item in a total loss. Years ago when I was in the auto insurance business, many auto policies had "additional items" coverage to a max of $5000. Add a zero for the cost of many of the new campers. Would hate to need to replace the camper only to learn you don't have coverage.
Bionic Man 06/20/16 11:02am Truck Campers
RE: Upgraded from my 2500 Burb

Congrats, I would think you should find the Denali as a good replacement for what you are towing. I too really liked the GMT800 SUV's, but you can't beat the improvements and additional safety features with the newer trucks. As mentioned, that 6.2L has 60+ HP and two extra gears while only being down 33 #-ft of torque. I am thinking the extra gears and HP will offset the slight decrease in torque. The 6.0L in my Express was happy towing in 5th gear all day long towing a 7200# TT. I am guessing you will also appreciate the increased fuel economy too. When we got our XL this past November I would have liked to have gotten a Denali, but I decided I really wanted the selectible transfer case more than the 6.2L. The 8.1 would get 7 - 8 MPG towing the boat at 70. Towing to the lake, the Yukon got 10.59 hand calculated, which was the same as the computer showed. I have not filled up since we got home, but the ride back was a slow and steady climb, gaining around 1500' elevation, and the computer shows 9.6. The prior owner never reset the trip computer, and over the last 25,000 miles it showed a history of 15 MPG. The 8.1 never got more than 13. I think it will be a good replacement. I will say that the 2500 did feel more stable. With wind gusts behind the Yukon I could feel a little wiggle in the trailer. Never felt that with the 2500. Sure is a lot more comfortable going down the road, but it should be with the difference in cost.
Bionic Man 06/20/16 10:57am Tow Vehicles
RE: Upgraded from my 2500 Burb

IMHO you will regret getting rid of the 8.1 even tho the new one smells nice. I made it to 60K miles on my `Burb' and it remains to be seen for how many miles the transmission will last. When towing your 6-speed transmission really only has 5 speeds. We shall see. You are right, the Yukon spent most of our tow (probably around 350 miles round trip) in 5th. It shifted from 5 - 4 probably a similar amount of times that the 2500 shifted from 4 -3. And, using cruise control (waiting for the tow experts to say I shouldn't), the 2500 would shift into 3rd, and I had to speed up a little and let off the gas to get it to go back to 4th. I am of the opinion that transmissions are made to shift, so I doubt that will hurt reliability. I did buy a 3/36 extended warranty, so I am good for a while.
Bionic Man 06/20/16 10:53am Tow Vehicles
RE: Upgraded from my 2500 Burb

I'm drooling over your garage! X2 - Bad A$$ congrats. Thanks. If only it were 4' wider, life would be sooooo much easier....... :)
Bionic Man 06/20/16 10:50am Tow Vehicles
Upgraded from my 2500 Burb

Two years ago we bought a bigger boat. After one tandem pull, we decided that it was too big to pull behind the 5er, so I bought a 2003 2500 Burb with the 8.1. The idea was to use it to pull the boat, and something to drive when the weather was bad. Well, Mrs Bionic Man decided that she really likes the size and function of the Burb, and wanted to get a newer one for her to use as a DD. While I would have been happy with the Burb for a long time to come, it is her turn for a newer car. So, after about a month search, I found a 2011 Yukon Denali XL in our price range with the lower miles I was looking for. We will be taking it out this afternoon on the way to the lake. It will be interesting to see how it compares to the 8.1. The 6.2 has less torque, but quite a bit more HP and 2 more gears. So, pretty soon the Burb will be making someone else a very nice to vehicle. The Burb. http://i1136.photobucket.com/albums/n494/rmbretz/D947ED5A-D760-4744-8D1B-634FF539DD14_zpsk3ppts3g.jpg And the new ride. I should be able to get some better photos this weekend. http://i1136.photobucket.com/albums/n494/rmbretz/172F6CC5-C02F-4A24-B146-739EBD92C4AA_zps7ihp7p5t.jpg
Bionic Man 06/17/16 12:16pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Just bought a Dodge Ram 2500 Diesel 6.7 and I'm confused

If your like me you will find that while in tow/haul the transmission will downshift to aggressively at times you dont need or want it to. I almost never used tow/haul when going downhill unless it was tight switchbaks. I've got a 14k trailer, almost never use tow/haul either, largely due to the aggressive downshifting when you touch the brakes. It literally downshifts through every gear. I am not unhappy with the way my truck shifts, but I agree about the tow/haul issue. It is programmed to automatically begin downshifting to the lowest gear possible if you let off the accelerator. Sometimes I just want to be able to coast, and I feel as this prevents me from doing so. With tow/haul, plus the exhaust brake, my truck/trailer will end up going slower than I want to - even down the steep Colorado passes. Because of this, I usually do not use the tow/haul mode. You need to learn how to use the system. If you want to coast then all you have to do is basically touch the gas pedal and the EB will not come on. If you want the assistance of the EB to control speed then let off of the gas pedal. If you want more exhaust braking then lay your foot on the brake pedal with enough force to just turn the brake lights on. The truck will downshift to the next gear. Take your foot off of the brake pedal and it will hold that gear until you either put your foot back on the brake pedal or the gas pedal. It's really simple once you learn and see how it works. IMO ( out of all the big three) Ram has the best user friendly programming when it comes to using the EB on their trucks. Their is just no way that the truck can read your mind so there has to be user input involved to get the most out of it. You just have to learn how to communicate with the truck so it will know what you want it to do. Towing 14,000# you should really try and learn to use the features of the TH button. Your transmission will thank you. Thanks for the feedback, but your answer is incorrect, at least in regard to my 2012. With T/H engaged, and EB on, the truck automatically begins to downshift to the lowest gear possible. For me, leaving T/H off and using the gear selector to chose the gear I want is a better option.
Bionic Man 06/15/16 08:16am Tow Vehicles
RE: Semi truck drivers..lack of concern ??

How can you get a CDL without knowing how to back a rig??? How can you get a class A without knowing how a 5th wheel works, or how to drive a manual transmission??? Truck driving schools taking advantage of high unemployment and the high demand for semi-drivers, that is how!!! By the way, FMCSA (the FED in charge of truckers), has recently caught on, so now those CDL's come with a restriction from driving manual/5th wheel without testing on equipment that has it. Still wonderig if the OP cares to comment on the posted speed limit??? Just because the OP got nervous, does NOT mean the trucker did anything wrong. Was the truck driving near speed limit? Did the truck stay in THEIR lane. Just because it made you uncomfortable, doesn't mean that driver was doing something unsafe, or something that they were not totally comfortable doing. You may think it is scary going 3 wide up the curvy hills on the PA turnpike into the Allegheny Mountains....I've done it so many times with a tractor-trailer on either side of me that I barely raise an eyebrow unless there is lane encroachment. I'll share the highway with anyone...I refuse to share MY lane. You state the side railing was "only a foot or two away". Assuming you where in the center of the lane--you where also a foot or two from the white line that seperates the two lanes. Even if that truck came onto the white line, it was still a foot or two away. Sorry, sounds as if that railing scared you, you were "hugging the zipper"...which put YOU closer to him. X2 OP never got nervous, and I guess you do not understand aero dynamics when a vehicle (box) overtakes another box at a slower speed there is wave of air similar to a boat wake at the bow. When this wave hits another box it pushes the box to the right and then if there is a trailer there is another dynamic. The cab is pushed outward from the trailer and when the truck passes there is a suction that pulls it back in. This can cause severe wiggle and if there is not enough lane to correct a hazard could be present, especially if an unexperienced woman is driving. Maybe you dont understand the principles of drafting and never noticed. I also know that some drivers are oblivious to the effects of drafting and road aero dynamics. Those drivers scare me because they assume a lot they dont know about. Does an "inexperienced woman" react differently than an inexperienced man? I have pulled RVs for many years. I have never experienced a situation with an "air wake" so severe that I was worried about being pushed out of my lane. What was the delta of speed between you and the truck? What was the speed limit?
Bionic Man 06/15/16 08:10am Travel Trailers
RE: Just bought a Dodge Ram 2500 Diesel 6.7 and I'm confused

If your like me you will find that while in tow/haul the transmission will downshift to aggressively at times you dont need or want it to. I almost never used tow/haul when going downhill unless it was tight switchbaks. I've got a 14k trailer, almost never use tow/haul either, largely due to the aggressive downshifting when you touch the brakes. It literally downshifts through every gear. I am not unhappy with the way my truck shifts, but I agree about the tow/haul issue. It is programmed to automatically begin downshifting to the lowest gear possible if you let off the accelerator. Sometimes I just want to be able to coast, and I feel as this prevents me from doing so. With tow/haul, plus the exhaust brake, my truck/trailer will end up going slower than I want to - even down the steep Colorado passes. Because of this, I usually do not use the tow/haul mode.
Bionic Man 06/14/16 09:47pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Adding Back - Up lights

I had a set of fog lights wired up when I first bought my RV. They are wired so they are off, on, or on with reverse. Really helps when backing up at night.
Bionic Man 06/14/16 09:33pm Travel Trailers
RE: Lake Grandby - Stillwater Campground

Stillwater is a nice campground. I prefer the campground on the Arapahoe arm of Granby, but the last time I was there many of the spots were tricky to get in with all the trees. I regard to the drive, if you go west on Friday or east on Sunday, expect a lot of traffic.
Bionic Man 06/14/16 02:37pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Semi truck drivers..lack of concern ??

The two worst times I have been cut off when towing my RV were both from semis. I feel you have the same odds with them of being a good or bad driver as you do with the regular public. Quick question though. What is the speed limit of the road you are traveling? I have never felt my RV be pushed so much by a passing truck that I felt like I was struggling to keep it in my lane.
Bionic Man 06/14/16 02:34pm Travel Trailers
RE: Pros/Cons Chevy vs. Ford 1 Ton Diesel 4x4

The Duramax is not owned by Isuzu. GM bought it out years ago.
Bionic Man 06/09/16 08:52pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Picking up new truck tom0rrow

I am not familiar with the Curt, but I don't know how you can possibly say that a Reese is "harder to hitch" than a B & W. Long story, but I borrowed a truck with a B & W hitch to move my trailer in April. There was no difference in ease of hitching vs my Reese Elite. And I honestly felt that the B&W was unnecessarily big - much bulkier than my Reese (comparing a 20k B&W vs my 18k Reese). After reading all the dribble on here regarding how superior the B&W is, I was honestly disappointed in the B&W. f I was buying a hitch today, I would chose a Reese Elite over the B&W, but that is a personal preference - it is likely you would not go wrong with purchasing either. I know you LOVE your B&W, but it pretty apparent that you are less than objective in matters related to hitches (as well as other things).
Bionic Man 06/09/16 08:47pm Tow Vehicles
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