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RE: Australian Dealer entering US Market

NC hauler. Jim I have wondered about this story. We bought a 2018 chev Equinox. In the later months from the date our car was made a bad part was supplied for 2018 equinox's and could break so the recall was ordered for the fix. The question is were the parts not made using the spec requirements as you know about? chevman Larry, if it was a part supplied by a distributor other than Ford, they receive the failed part and run field test and studies on it to find out if it was a suppliers failure or a failure in installation. We had gotten raw brake caliper bodies from a foundry, where we machine them in their first step to becoming a caliper.. In one instance, after Machining was done they’re sent to assembly to be finished.. test are run on them during the manufacturing process.. we kept failing 200 bar leak, but couldn’t figure out why.. took them to our Quality test lab and found porosity in the housings... stopped production, all housings had to be contained. This particular foundry almost went out of business due to their quality control processes not catching the issue. Our quality process caught the issue before caliper left the plant. Ford will look at the part/ component and figure, bottom line, if it was their fault or the distributors fault and the warranty repair will be handled through Ford. You may never know if it was Ford or the distributor.. unless there is a recall.. then you’ll be told. Hoped that helped buddy. ON EDIT: Didn’t answer all your question .Specs are set by the auto manufacturer for ANY supplied part, before production, if distributor thinks they’ll be an issue, it’ll get hashed out with design engineers on BOTH sides. So at the point the part gets to the manufacturer from the distributor.. if it fails, the manufacturing process of the part has failed, either due to manufacturing tooling or material used. Could be a pile of things Larry depending on the process going into the manufacturing of the component. Jim
NC Hauler 10/14/17 08:37pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Australian Dealer entering US Market

Why do you think Thor and Forest River are so successful? It's the same reason Walmart is successful, they become the lowest cost provider. Why did you buy a Thor or Forest River? There are better built RV'S but they cost more money and you chose. Recreation vehicles Thor manufactures these units. Not all of them are “ cheap” by any stretch of the imagination. Airstream Bison Coach Breckenridge CrossRoads RV Cruiser RV Dutchmen RV DRV Entegra Heartland RV Jayco, Inc Keystone RV KZ RV Livin Lite RV Redwood RV Jim
NC Hauler 10/14/17 02:15pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Australian Dealer entering US Market

Why do you think Thor and Forest River are so successful? It's the same reason Walmart is successful, they become the lowest cost provider. Why did you buy a Thor or Forest River? There are better built RV'S but they cost more money and you chose. Yes I chose......so what? Show me a better built RV that's a hybrid (expandable) and I'll buy it next week. The current, and two prior, have been hybrids and most likely the next will also. If we wanted to camp in tin cans and totally enclosed boxes we would be doing so, they are not our cup of tea. Our current Rockwood Hybrid carries a higher pricetag than most any other hybrid made by anyone, as well as most stick and tin conventional TTs up to 30'. That pricetag however gets you little in the build quality dept. Our “tin can” is our home Retired at 66 end of last July. Sold everything and my wife and I have a place in WV and TX... Didn’t want a hybrid like you didn’t want a Tin can”. Different strokes for different folks. Nice that we’re not all alike. Jim
NC Hauler 10/14/17 02:09pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Australian Dealer entering US Market

Thor Industries financial for 2017 When you are on track to make 1 Billion dollars in gross profit, record sales and no excess inventory, why the heck would you make your product better? They haven’t even made it “good “ yet.. hard to get to “ better” when you are hard pressed to hit “good”. Again, people love to RV and these manufacturers of RVs also know THEY’RE the only game in town... only recourse we have is complaining. They have a grip on us that only a boycott of their product and loss of sales would get their attention.. too late? Tell the truth about the products.. don’t boast and Bragg on a product that will nickel dime you to death, leave you broke down on the highway or you can’t use it because some repairs are needed. I would bet that If you purchased a brand new car or truck, drove off the lot and there was one little thing after the other going wrong with it, you’d be all over the manufacturer, the dealer, the service Dept.. AS IT SHOULD BE!! The majority of us thinks it’s ok to spend years of fixing this and that on our RVs, we say it’s “typical”... we’ve accepted mediocrity instead of quality.. kind of sad if you think about it.
NC Hauler 10/14/17 09:39am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Australian Dealer entering US Market

"I really don’t think they care because they’re the only game in town..." BINGO! When we had distributors that failed us, or they’re quality was lacking, not only did we start looking for replacements, but actually helped other manufacturers make the parts we needed with R&D and joint effort by both companies. Made a lot of manufacturers happy and more productive knowing they had contracts and some job security. Seems RV Manufacturers should put the heat on frame manufacturers along with auto leveling systems and produce a QUALITY PRODUCT FOR A CHANGE.
NC Hauler 10/14/17 09:24am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Australian Dealer entering US Market

Some of you people in this thread should band together and start your own RV manufacturing company. Sounds like you have it all figured out. Best of luck.:h IMO the only thing that is going to change anything will be an economic downturn that results in kicking the poop out of Forest River, Thor, and more so Lippert Components. Until that happens wish in one hand and sheet in the other. Grand Designs main fault is they use more Lippert and their partners such as Furrion's garbage than anyone else. I've seen their customer service albeit second hand and it does seem to be awesome, much better than The big two which I do have first hand experience with. Good luck to this Aussie company but they'll only be competing in a niche market at those prices. It's not going to affect the big two in any way shape or form. Before I retired I spent almost 44 years in manufacturing. As an Engineer, a Maintainence Supervisor, Machining Supervisor And a Production Supervisor for Ingersoll Rand, Hercules and last 23 years plus with Continental Automotive... three World Class Manufacturers. Specially trained in 5S, Lean Manufacturing and about every facet of Qualityy and manufacturing process that I can think of. I understand that First is safety of workers, next is quality control processes build into the manufacturing process, INCLUDING Quality control and Engineering process checks of ones distributors. Continental Automotive was ISO TS 16949 compliant every year I worked for them. The number has changed some over the years, but the accomplishment of this certification speaks VOLUMES of ones quality , reliability and it’s reputation as a WORLD CLASS manufacturer. A lot of old engineers in here as well as people who worked in manufacturing could give these RV Manufacturers a lesson or two in QUALITY and the training of the workers. I really don’t think they care because they’re the only game in town...and you’re right Furrion has GOT TO BE the CHEAPEST PIECE OF TRASH A MANUFACTURER COULD PUT IN AN RV( cutting corners and quality as usual), Lippert gets away with murder because they have NO competition. Same for some manufacturers buying Chinese tires by the boatload to cut corners, without a care for our safety. Most have an”OUT OF SIGHT “ warranty... once you drive it out of sight....
NC Hauler 10/14/17 09:07am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Should have used Fuel additive

Still won’t use an additive.
NC Hauler 10/13/17 09:22pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Should have used Fuel additive

Like another post, I’ve owned diesel pickups since ‘02’ and never used a fuel additive. Jim
NC Hauler 10/13/17 02:47pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Educate me why GM 1 ton towing capacity is so much less

im not going too far into this, I had VERY bad tranny luck with a 95 dodge ctd, actually had sworn them off but decided to look. No, I did not try one with the aisin and 4:10 as nobody in new England area had a drw on the lot with it and I wasn't ordering a truck. Now if I had time when I purchased I might ordered one, but I have no regrets buying my ford. Thank you. Jim
NC Hauler 10/13/17 02:41pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Educate me why GM 1 ton towing capacity is so much less

not sure about the 17+ super duty but I know in 16 the only way to get the heated steering wheel was with the platinum. also the lariat had a different type of leather, not bad as my 2011 lariat wore nicely, but my 16 has more of a saddle type leather. When I bought my truck I drove all 3 brands, and almost bought a ram, most likely I would have but the transmission drove me off. I am sure if it had the aisin I would have. I really recommend trying them all, I don't think you can go wrong with anyone of them.. Did you test drive one with the Aisin and 4.10? If so, why did the medium duty tranny scare you off? Jim
NC Hauler 10/13/17 01:12pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Towing my new 38RSSA

This is the single biggest reason I started to look at the Ford's Well I thought I was going to purchase a new Dodge 350 dually but, after having a hassle trying to going through Dave Smith and other north-west dealers I started looking else were. Now if the Dodge Dealers would of just give me a little more "Customer Service" I just might be driving a Dodge today. Had a hell of a time getting a price from the Idaho people and they seemed to take their sweet time to get back to me if ever. Some Dodge dealers did not give me a quote after a month or more from Oregon, Idaho, Calorific,Washington and more. I had to contact service managers and higher ups to get a reply in a timely fashion; how about just a phone call. I am talk after a week and half to month to get a simple quote after giving them my specializations. Maybe Dodge is a much better truck, but I spend a lot of time if too much time researching and after months on the computer,writing, phone calls and visiting dealers. I finally made a choice and it was time to move on with my life. I am sure you all were getting sick of me posting so many request for advice!!!!!! NorthSide Ford in Portland, Oregon "Pete" got back to me the next day after I walked in Pete's office. Send me a quote and followed up with phone call the very next day. Pete beat several other dealer prices in the area with no hassle at all. Yes, I did walk out of my home town Ford Dealer after getting the run around about the price when it was time to put the money down. Ask for Pete at NorthSide Ford in Portland, Oregon. Again, it’s not a Dodge 350. It’s a Ram 3500, and as I’ve stated in here over the years. I have given Ford a chance , but they didn’t want my business I guess . I owned Chevy pick ups ftom 1975 til 2010. For about 12 yrs, I’ve looked at and test driven Ford F-350 Dually to compare to Chevy and Dodge/Ram, but with Ford, and only Ford, never could work a deal. Got my best pricing from Chevy and Ram.. have never had an issue with service depts with either Chevy or Dodge/Ram. In fact, though I did the online shopping, I got my best deals locally for Chevy or the Ram.. About the only thing I didn’t like about the Ford was the Dually fenders.. other than that a great truck, but they didn’t want my business. I have no issues with my AC like Ron spoke of. I put mine in automatic and it’s good. Jim
NC Hauler 10/12/17 06:47am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Towing my new 38RSSA

It’s actually a Ram 3500, not a Dodge 350. I ordered my truck early 2016. I also test drove a 2016 Ford King Ranch, F350 Dually. I thought that both the Ram and the Ford were both put together well. I didn’t feel much difference at all, Ford was faster. I got a better deal on my Ram 3500 Longhorn CC, LB, 4X4 with Cummins, Aisin tranny, rear air assist and 4.10. The Chevy 3500 was quieter than both and seemed faster than both, but couldn’t touch the Ram or Ford in the interior scheme of the trucks, just my opinion and not worth much. Jim
NC Hauler 10/11/17 07:22am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Which Hitch?

GMs usually work better than others, not using a slider, due to their cab to rear axle distance is greater. Stick with a lighter hitch, due to lack of payload of a 1/2 ton. You'd likely never use the slider if you had one. Just be aware, until you know your backing/twisting limits. Jerry Don’t know about that. I had an 03’ Chevy 2500 short bed D/A with a Reese 16K slider hitch in it and while backing up I opted to NOT use the slider that one time and put a dent in my cab On the back of the cab on the drivers side just above the window. On a short bed truck, my philosophy on a slider hitch is it’s better to have one and never need it as opposed to not having one , and needing it. I learned my lesson the hard way.. after that I’ve owned long beds. The Alderson can be set up to give one more distance from 5er cap to back of TV. ... or buy a slider. Better safe than sorry. Jim
NC Hauler 10/10/17 04:20pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Australian Dealer entering US Market

The word , “Quality” is hard to use in the same sentence with RV Manufacturers. I was an Engineer and spent almost 44 years in manufacturing, dealing with, instituting and training in manufacturing and quality processes. I don’t see it in RV manufacturing. As stated, if they have faith in what they manufacture, why don’t they offer better, longer warranties? “Excellent Service” should reflect on the end product, not getting something fixed during the PDI, or shortly there after. Quality processes and quality checks DURING AND AFTER the manufacturing process is SADLY lacking! We accept these bad manufacturing processes and say, “all well, all RV’s have their issues”!?! THAT SHOULDNT BE A PART OF THE CONVERSATION!! These stinking manufacturers need to produce a better product, and the more they charge, the better the quality SHOULD be., ( but I don’t see it). I really don’t think the manufacturers care... build, ship them out, fix them while under warranty, then the consumer is on the hook after that! Jim
NC Hauler 10/10/17 03:54pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Towing my new 38RSSA

NC, your wife must not like pretty rocks like mine does! I am at 27K with my RV empty! With our 36SB3 we were 28-29K. Vett Racer I would take truck in to dealer and have it flashed if you think it is dropping a gear before it should. I hold 6th on hills towing 33-35K combined but it does down shifts as needed. I will drop a gear before it needs if I see I am coming to a grade that will require the gear drop it just makes it seamless as the computer can't know what's coming. You guys would have both been just as happy with 3.42's with your loads towing in 5th. Guess it depends on what you’re use to Ron.. All my Chevys had 3.73s and my Rams have had 4.10’s. I look at GCWR as a real number, and OCD about weights, Remember, I was an Engineer and on this and other forums been called the hated ““weight police”. Maybe I’d been happy with 3.42s, but I like the way the 4.10’s get me started going up the mountains and maintains the speed. I’m very happy with 4.10, and again purchased with a job in mind. I agree that the gentleman should get his truck flashed and/or looked at.. NEVER had an issue on “ hills”. Jim
NC Hauler 10/10/17 03:33pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Towing my new 38RSSA

I have the Aisin and 4:10 pulling 27K gross and you will need every bit of it, I'd hate to pull much more weight than I am now with it as it will not hold sixth gear in the small hills, does get up to speed very well and will pull any grade as long as it downshifts to the desired gear. Also have the air ride rear and like it. I think I have the same set up, as far as truck goes. 2016 Ram 3500 CC, LB, 4X4 with Aisin, 4.10 and rear air assist, and my experience hadn’t been like yours. My 5er is a 36 RSSB3 And has a GVW of 19K. My Cat scale GCWR is 26,250#. Only750# lighter than yours. I’ve towed in the mountains of WV, TN, VA and NC, some Interstate at 7% grades and secondary mountainous curvey secondary roads with 9-10% grades. I’ve not had an issue pulling 7% grades on the interstate, nor have I experienced the truck dropping out of 6th on “hills”. When I pull a steep grade, I’ll manually put the truck in 5th or even 4th if need be. I will say something I never thought I’d say.. When towing on “flat land”, heading to TX, in TX, I don’t even know it’s back there. Yeah, I know, I used to be critical about people saying that, but having now towed on flat land, I’ve experienced it. We’re fulltiming so we’re loaded up, but under all our weights. I’d tow heavier, but have no reason to. With wife and two boxers, this unit is perfect for us.
NC Hauler 10/10/17 07:35am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Towing my new 38RSSA

4.10 gears and factory air susp. Towing that heavy, the gears will allow the engine to not work as hard to get things moving. Yes you may not get as good of hiway mpg's, but I'd sacrifice the hiway mpg's with the amount of weight you have/will be towing. Ford has used air susp for many years in their Lincoln Town Cars w/o a problem. Semis have air susp as std equp nowadays. I wish other OEM's would offer it as an option on their pick-ups. While I don't agree w/ pick-ups towing 30-40K (IMO that's MD truck territory), you have to remember that all that weight has to be stopped. Yes, brakes are on both truck & trailer, just an awlful lot of weight to be stopped by an electric brake system (just my $.02 here). My DRV has a GVW of 19K, easily handled by my truck. My 5er has IS and disc brakes... not electric brakes. These 1 ton Duallys, no matter the manufacturer aren't the same truck they were from 2012 back. From 2013 and up, they are FAR more capable to tow heavier. I don’t need a MDT or a HDH to tow my 5er with. Plenty of braking power, not only from the vehicle and 5ers braking system, but also from the exhaust brake and the tranny in tow/haul. Jim
NC Hauler 10/05/17 05:41pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Towing my new 38RSSA

The OEM rear suspension air assist keeps my load level at all times, automatically adjust and in almost a year and a half, no air leaks. Truck automatically lowers a little over 1” to help with hitching. GVWR is same with or without it at 14K. My pin weight is 4250# , 4.10 gives you a GCWR of 39,100#. Thanks NC. I'm curious about your pin weight. Do you have a generator, washer/dryer? Sounds like you really like the air suspension. I do have a washer and a dryer and have the Oman 5.5K propane generator. Also have Direct TV auto satellite on the roof.. My weight last check was 18,250#. Jim
NC Hauler 10/05/17 05:26pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: tire pressure

My 2016 Ram calls for 80 psi in fronts and 65 psi in the rears. That’s what I run when towing. 5er States 125 psi for the tires . That’s what I run in them.
NC Hauler 10/04/17 08:54am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Towing my new 38RSSA

Thanks for your replies. Sounds like the 4.10 is the way to go. I was going to order with 3.73 but we do go to Colorado a good bit, so the 4.10 would be better. BTW, I know that's its Aisin and not Austin - I hate automatic spell correction. The 3.73 is quite capable and may give you a tad more mpg. Wouldn’t over rule it until you get a few more replies.
NC Hauler 10/04/17 08:45am Fifth-Wheels
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