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RE: New truck for me??

As stated, it will be difficult to find a diesel in that price range. I would look for something with the 8.1. I just sold an 03 2500 Burb with that engine, and it was a work horse (and drank fuel accordingly).
Bionic Man 07/28/16 09:36pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Broke down days from home, what would you do?

During the summer, it would not surprise me if a repair facility would be booked multiple weeks out before they could even diagnose the trouble, let alone begin repairs. A few years back, I lost a wheel/tire off my fifthweel. It was in a remote area, and I had to be towed about 75 miles. Maybe they took advantage of the situation, but the towing bill was over $500. Because of that, I really don't think towing the rig any distance would be an acceptable option. I guess in your situation, I would see if I could find a more responsive repair shop that had a slightly shorter work time. And I would drive the car and dog home, and fly back when the repairs were completed. Did you have any type of Emergency Road Service, like Good Sams or CoachNet? I assume that you did not which is why you had to pay $500 for the towing. I have AAA. I don't know about Good Sam or CoachNet, but AAA has a limit to the amount they will pay for a tow. I would be surprised if any roadside assistance had unlimited towing. Going off topic here, but in my case AAA paid their portion ($100?), and the mechanic who recently serviced my trailer paid the remainder.
Bionic Man 07/27/16 08:50am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Broke down days from home, what would you do?

During the summer, it would not surprise me if a repair facility would be booked multiple weeks out before they could even diagnose the trouble, let alone begin repairs. A few years back, I lost a wheel/tire off my fifthweel. It was in a remote area, and I had to be towed about 75 miles. Maybe they took advantage of the situation, but the towing bill was over $500. Because of that, I really don't think towing the rig any distance would be an acceptable option. I guess in your situation, I would see if I could find a more responsive repair shop that had a slightly shorter work time. And I would drive the car and dog home, and fly back when the repairs were completed.
Bionic Man 07/27/16 07:42am Class A Motorhomes
RE: What Was She Thinking?

I guess I am on the other side here. You state you were driving in a 30 MPH zone, you were not speeding, you knew there was a cross walk, you see someone before they enter it, and you still can't stop in time? If, instead of a cross walk, you were approaching a 4-way intersection, and your direction did not have right of way (Yield sign), would you have yielded to another motor vehicle coming that did have right of way? Crosswalks are installed for the safety of pedestrians. We have several on a street near our house that has a 45 MPH speed limit and I have never felt that I couldn't stop. I will agree that situational awareness is important for the pedestrian, and they should be aware that there are unsafe drivers who do not yield as required by law.
Bionic Man 07/27/16 07:33am General RVing Issues
RE: Rocky Mtn area campgrounds.

I love Colorado, but if I were you, I would skip the Colorado portion, and spend more time in Yellowstone/Tetons. There is plenty to do there.
Bionic Man 07/26/16 05:52pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: 2017 PSD numbers are in FLT Offical ?

Reality is, 400/800 is plenty of power to tow anything that can fit on 3/4 and 1 ton platforms. We are limited by the axles, tires, etc. Marketing is the reason they keep upping the numbers (they are primarily selling to men lol). I wish they would keep the power and torque the same but work on mileage and a better driving product. For example, amateur tuners are getting better mileage and have the truck driver better than engineers at huge car companies by a simple ECM tune. There is very little "need" for even the 400/800 level of power. It is a matter of want. And usually in a capitalist market, the manufactures try to fulfill the want of the consumer. So, I would venture to say, that there is a considerable want for more power. Just look at the chest pumping in any thread that has to do with HP/TQ, or towing times up "Ike". This thread is a good example. And I would say that there has been significant improvement in MPG in the newest trucks. I don't think that DEF is the absolute best solution, but since its introduction, both power and MPG has gone up. Reported MPG of today's trucks is every bit as good if not better than the pre-emissions trucks, with twice the power. Seems like a win-win to me.
Bionic Man 07/20/16 10:54am Tow Vehicles
RE: Pulling A Train

Out at our local little ski lake it is not uncommon to see a 40' TH FW pull up, let the back door down and roll out a ski / wake board boat. Most of the boat trailers appear to be narrowed and the boats seem to sit a little taller on the trailers. The boat trailers have a heavier front wheel and most use a winch to put them in and out of the FW but I did see one that had a little battery operated trailer mover. It is definitely a tight squeeze but allows them to bring their boat and FW. I would be interested to see that. I don't think I know of a ski/wake boat that would fit in a 5er - the ones I am aware of are all too long/wide/tall.
Bionic Man 07/20/16 08:03am Beginning RVing
RE: anyone have the 5.7 HEMI in a SUV?

I had a Hemi in a 2005 Grand Cherokee. Kept it for 3 or 4 years, used to tow my boat. No problems with it. If I remember correctly, a tune up was around $400, which included spark plug change. That is recommended every 30,000 miles (which seems too often, but I guess the engineers know what it needs). My brother has a 2005 or 2006 Durango with 280,000 miles on it. He plans to keep it to 350,000 plus.
Bionic Man 07/19/16 09:41pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Pulling A Train

I wouldn't put faith in any on line resource of towing laws. I have yet to see one that is accurate. I have never heard 1st hand experience of someone being pulled over and ticketed for over length. Can it happen? Sure. But I would look at it as a calculated risk. My old truck/5er/boat was 73' long. Colorado law is 70'. I towed through many states that were 60' or 65'. I never measured with my new truck, but I probably gained 3' with the true crew cab plus long bed, plus the new pin box I installed.
Bionic Man 07/19/16 09:29pm Beginning RVing
RE: 2017 PSD numbers are in FLT Offical ?

The sound you just heard was the air being let out of the sails of all the Ford fans who were sure it would come in at 500/1000. "My cousin's, neighbor's, ex-room-mate's, boyfriend assured me it would likely be 500/1000".
Bionic Man 07/18/16 09:55pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2017 Powerstorke numbers

440/925 is nothing to sneeze at, but it isn't the 500/1000 that people were speculating.
Bionic Man 07/18/16 10:31am Tow Vehicles
RE: When to replace old class C tires?

Pretty sure that the going recommendation from the manufactures is 7 years. I know that Discount Tire will hassle you (might not be willing to rotate/repair/mount balance) at 5 years. My sister had 3 tread separations this year on tires that were 3 years old. Seems ridiculous to change that soon, but after you spend time changing tires on the side of an interstate with semis rolling by at 80 MPH right next to you, you might change your mind.
Bionic Man 07/17/16 10:30pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: 3.0 VM EcoDiesel Oil Requirement has Changed

Why would this increase the maintenance cost???
Bionic Man 07/17/16 10:26pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2003 2500 Suburban 8.1

Just a little more feedback. I had an 03 2500 with the 8.1 for a little over a year before upgrading. Just sold it last week, for $1500 more than I paid for it. Even considering the few upgrades that I did, I was still $$$ ahead. Hope it works the same for your buddy.
Bionic Man 07/17/16 08:16pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Pulling A Train

My in laws pull a pontoon behind their 5er (it is a little one at 16'). I am not sure that the side of a pontoon on a trailer is significantly less aerodynamic than a sterndrive. And what you give up in aerodynamics, you will gain in lower weight.
Bionic Man 07/17/16 04:43pm Beginning RVing
RE: Pulling A Train

The first question is a harder one. The lighter weight the boat, the better for towing. I don't notice my 2500 pound 16' Lund. My 6500 pound 23' Malibu was way too much. My 21' sterndrive was 5000 pounds, and what I towed all over the country. If I still had that boat, I would still tow tandem. I don't think I would be towing anything heavier with any frequency or distance. If you are towing anything over 3500 pounds, I think you should be prepared to spend some $$$ on the frame and hitch of the 5er. I spent $2k at the end of last year to have a heavier hitch put on and my frame reinforced because the original hitch cracked. I would also spend more $$ upfront and get a air ride 5er hitch. Towing something with much tongue weight will really create a bucking in the truck. I changed out my pin box for a air ride style, and it helps, but there is still bucking. 5-7 year old truck, I would get a diesel. I am very partial to RAM, but any of the Duramax trucks would be ok. It sounds like Ford got it right with the 6.7 Powerstroke as well (would be my distant 3rd choice, but there are plenty of opinions here). Diesel trucks are holding a crazy amount of value right now. I'd make sure I compared new to something in that age range, as you might be surprised at how close they are in price.
Bionic Man 07/17/16 01:54pm Beginning RVing
RE: 2 cycle engine question...

For a quick and dirty fix, you could try taking off the fuel line and spraying carb cleaner directly into the carburetor. Let it sit a few minutes, and then hook the line back up, and use fresh fuel. For my small engines, I buy pure gas, treat it was Stabil, and only use it for the season. New fuel for the next season.
Bionic Man 07/17/16 10:13am Tech Issues
RE: Insurance questions

it depends on the insurance company, they each have slightly different guidelines from their Underwriters. But many will offer an "agreed cash value" policy instead of the default "actual cash value (book value)". The catch is, they don't have to agree with your version of the "agreed value". sometimes that takes an independent appraisal or documentation & receipts for the modifications. sometimes it requires a compromise, you meet them in the middle at a value you can live with, even if its less than what you think the real value is. It helps to go through an independent agent with experience insuring modified vehicles. Nothing to add, because I would say this is spot on. If your current insurance agent can't get you a policy that works for you, find one that will. I switched from a captive agent to a Independent many years ago. Saved thousands of dollars doing so. Last year I had everything re-quoted through Allstate, State Farm, Farmers, and AmFam, and the Independent was still the least expensive with the best coverage.
Bionic Man 07/17/16 09:34am Tow Vehicles
RE: Pulling A Train

Yes, I am saying that backing up tandem trailers can be done. I have done it myself (don't like to). I have a buddy that is very adept at doing so. The best I saw was a guy that actually launched his boat without unhooking. I don't think I would try that myself, but with practice, it can be done.
Bionic Man 07/17/16 06:54am Beginning RVing
RE: Pulling A Train

You will have absolutely Zero control of second trailer. Also, you will not be able to reverse, so you have to be very cautious of all situations you put yourself in turning around, etc. False.
Bionic Man 07/16/16 05:19pm Beginning RVing
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