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RE: Towing with Overdrive Off

Where did the OP say diesel. If the engine is a 5.4 or 351, that changes everything. Need to know engine. In the original post, he said he burn more diesel. I made the assumption that he was smart enough not to run diesel in a gas engine. Even with a base gas V8, a 16' trailer isn't going tax the drivetrain much.
valhalla360 03/31/15 07:27am Travel Trailers
RE: Towing with Overdrive Off

Diesel 3/4ton pulling a 16' trailer...relax put her in overdrive and you will be fine. If you get into the mountains and the tranny starts hunting, then drop out of overdrive but it will probably have to be pretty steep hills before that happens. That's nothing for your truck.
valhalla360 03/31/15 12:16am Travel Trailers
RE: Pre-fill water in blackwater tank?

Just use a lot of water when flushing. Never have pre-filled and no problems. Once in a while, we do leave the tank maybe a 1/4 full and tow to the next campground before dumping. An hour or two of sloshing around helps break up any solids.
valhalla360 03/31/15 12:07am Beginning RVing
RE: Best MPG

Probably not a motorized RV by your definition, but I met a lady with a teardrop trailer pulled by a Toyota Echo, who was averaging 35 MPG. (For the non-believer, my Echo gets 43 highway if I can get non-alcohol gas.) Matt B Put me in the non-believer class...or maybe that was combined average towing and not towing (yes, I understand what tear drops are and they are better but not that much better)
valhalla360 03/31/15 12:03am Beginning RVing
RE: 20 lb propane tanks

If we are talking 1 fill per year, it's not earth shattering to pay a small premium for convenience. If you are going thru 10-15 per year, the cost savings starts to matter.
valhalla360 03/30/15 11:59pm General RVing Issues
RE: Best MPG

I saw a small crossover SUV with a platform tent on the roof. I talked to them and they claimed to still get close to 30mpg. They didn't look nearly as comfortable though.
valhalla360 03/30/15 08:39am Beginning RVing
RE: Fifth Wheel Under 25 foot

In that size range, travel trailers make more sense. About the only advantage is the 5th wheel pulls a little nicer but the travel trailers are small enough that it's not a big issue. Plus with the reduced storage space, having the truck bed free to carry other stuff is a big advantage. This doesn't mean you don't have valid reasons for wanting one but that is likely why manufacturers aren't bothering with them.
valhalla360 03/30/15 06:42am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 20 lb propane tanks

Depends greatly on how you use the RV. Winter camping or boondocking with the fridge on propane and the big tanks are well worth it for the longer time between fill ups. If you mostly camp in the summer and just do a little cooking, you should easily be able to get a full summer out of a pair of the small tanks plus in today's world, it is easier to get refills as most have gone to exchange systems. My guess for why though is likely cost as the BBQ tanks are mass produced at a much higher number.
valhalla360 03/30/15 06:38am General RVing Issues
RE: backing up to the hitch

My hitch is a automatic Pullrite for shortbed trucks To help me backup to the 5er hitch: 1) I put alignment marks on the hitch to center it 2) I put a white mark on the center of the hitch that is visible from the truck 3) Put a white mark on the center of the pin box 4) on the back window of the truck I put two red marks 1/2 inch apart dead center 5) align all white marks inside the red marks; your good to go Right on! the only thing would add: When backing up and the 5th. wheel hitch is about 5 inches from sliding up onto the bed hitch stop, get out and from a side view, make sure the 5th wheel trailer hitch is approx. 3 inches LOWER than the bed hitch/plate, just low enough so the trailer hitch has to slide up onto the truck hitch by pushing the truck hitch down. Just keep backing up real slow until you hear the "clunk" sound. Stop and check that the hitch lock mechanism is secure. Then put a block in front of the rear trailer tire. Make sure the front jacks are extended down about an inch from the ground. Now do the "bump" test buy driving very slowly about 4 inches in order to make sure your truck and 5th. wheel hitch is secure/locked:) Lower, yes 3" Lower, that's a bit much. You just need enough to ensure the pin box pushes down a bit, so you don't accidentally high hitch (ie: the pin sits on top of the jaws). You don't really want to try to lift the legs off the ground by backing into it. I shoot for around 1" low. The truck springs absorb that while the legs stay on the ground. While 3" may be a bit low as long as you hit the ramp on the hitch head no harm no foul! I would rather hit a tax low than a tad high. No issue lifting the 5er a couple inches! I have to disagree. The lower you go, the steeper the angle of the hitch head and the more it's pushing back rather than up. That can generate a lot of force before the pin slides into position. Enough force that if the wheels aren't well blocked, the trailer may roll back then fall off the hitch. Sure, you can say you block the wheels real well...until the one time they aren't. An inch low is pretty easy and if you don't feel the truck sag a little, it's a good clue to visually verify that the pin is properly seated (which is a good idea regardless).
valhalla360 03/30/15 06:31am Fifth-Wheels
RE: backing up to the hitch

My hitch is a automatic Pullrite for shortbed trucks To help me backup to the 5er hitch: 1) I put alignment marks on the hitch to center it 2) I put a white mark on the center of the hitch that is visible from the truck 3) Put a white mark on the center of the pin box 4) on the back window of the truck I put two red marks 1/2 inch apart dead center 5) align all white marks inside the red marks; your good to go Right on! the only thing would add: When backing up and the 5th. wheel hitch is about 5 inches from sliding up onto the bed hitch stop, get out and from a side view, make sure the 5th wheel trailer hitch is approx. 3 inches LOWER than the bed hitch/plate, just low enough so the trailer hitch has to slide up onto the truck hitch by pushing the truck hitch down. Just keep backing up real slow until you hear the "clunk" sound. Stop and check that the hitch lock mechanism is secure. Then put a block in front of the rear trailer tire. Make sure the front jacks are extended down about an inch from the ground. Now do the "bump" test buy driving very slowly about 4 inches in order to make sure your truck and 5th. wheel hitch is secure/locked:) Lower, yes 3" Lower, that's a bit much. You just need enough to ensure the pin box pushes down a bit, so you don't accidentally high hitch (ie: the pin sits on top of the jaws). You don't really want to try to lift the legs off the ground by backing into it. I shoot for around 1" low. The truck springs absorb that while the legs stay on the ground.
valhalla360 03/29/15 01:08am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Worlds Fist Camper ?

Ya think the horse vs. mule pusher argument was raging back then? Real men use oxen. They don't go very fast but the pulling power is unbelievable.
valhalla360 03/28/15 01:26am General RVing Issues
RE: How long do you keep your truck?

That's were we look to purchase. 100k and 10yrs still has 100k and 10yrs left but instead of $60k, they are $6k.
valhalla360 03/26/15 01:03am Tow Vehicles
RE: RAM EcoDiesel a Flop for Towing

If you want to tow heavy, move up to the 3/4 or 1 ton and get the big diesel. This was never marketed as a heavy duty towing option. It did fine for what it was designed for.
valhalla360 03/25/15 03:41pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Do you use your kitchen.

And I also think DW finds it a fun novelty thing to bake stuff during camping trips....sort of "Can you believe I can now bake a real cake in a campground?" :)' Hard to beat fresh hot cinnamon buns on a cool morning and so easy to make with the refrigerated dough.
valhalla360 03/25/15 01:13am Travel Trailers
RE: Expired Propane Tanks

I swapped my old 30# tanks for 20# at a Rhino exchange, no problem. The old tanks were becoming too heavy for me. Actually, if you don't use a lot of propane (say you get a full years use out of a single tank), this is a good option.
valhalla360 03/25/15 01:09am General RVing Issues
RE: Do you use your kitchen.

All the time. When it's cold out, putting something in the oven takes the chill off. If it's hot out we do more outside cooking. We've even made a thanksgiving turkey a couple times (small one)
valhalla360 03/24/15 04:44pm Travel Trailers
RE: Expired Propane Tanks

Assuming they appear to be in good shape otherwise: Listen to a guys once every few years say they are out of date but will fill them one last time (most won't even look) Now if they are rusted out or otherwise appear damaged, just buy a new one.
valhalla360 03/24/15 10:57am General RVing Issues
RE: charging 4 Six Volts

Generally pretty easy but a few clarificaitons: - You can hook up multiple chargers and generally should be not harm. But if they are set to different charge voltages, once the battery voltage reaches the level of the lower charger, the second charger won't add anything. - You can't just add more amps and expect the battery bank to accept them. If we start at say 50%, initially, you can add a lot of amps and the batteries will take them (but there are still limits). Once you get up around 80%, the batteries lose the ability to accept as much charge and the closer you get to 100% the less charge they can take. If you are plugged into shorepower, taking them up to 100% is best but if you are dry camping plan on about 30% of the rated capacity (50%-80%) as the most efficent use. Do try to get them up to 100% periodically and try not to let them go below 50% as that damages the batteries.
valhalla360 03/24/15 05:13am Tech Issues
RE: Logging trailer miles

Unless you are towing a lot, just plug in your recent trips into Google Earth (or similar mapping program). It will spit out the mileage close enough for maintenance tracking purposes (and most other uses)
valhalla360 03/23/15 12:33am Tech Issues
RE: Can't believe folks connecting up sewer without gloves

How hard is it that people are getting stuff on them? Is the hose too short and they use their hands to bridge the last few inches? Unless you have a hose give way or some other oddity (where gloves won't help anyway), you don't get anything on your hands. If you are worried about possible migration of germs to the outside of the hose, first most die off fairly quickly so the week or more the hose has sat, they've mostly died off. And they can transfer to the inside of the gloves very easily (even with careful removal). Worst case, just wash your hands. I'm glad I grew up on a farm and never got germaphobia.
valhalla360 03/22/15 01:04am Fifth-Wheels
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