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RE: Ram 1500 towing

I'm towing with a 2010 Ram 1500 Crew Cab TRX-4 (off-road package). Purchased it "used" in March of 2014, with 36,000 miles. Engine is the 5.7L Hemi, 3.92 rear axle ratio, a 5-speed automatic transmission with the tow/haul function, and 17" tires (yes, tire size can affect towing and handling). Sales staff "assured" me it was rated to tow 10,250#, but Dodge/Ram websites rate it a bit lower. Our TT is a White Hawk Ultra Lite 27DSRB by Jayco, 31' long, with a dry weight listed at 6,080#. Never have put it on the scales, but I'm guessing we're well over 8,000#. Had to replace the truck's transmission, torque converter and tranny cooler in July of this year, after the transmission overheated and shut down while backing the camper up our driveway. Dodge mechanics found metal shavings in the transmission fluid. My personal opinion is that, while Ram trucks have a reputation for transmission/drive train failures, this damage was probably done prior to my taking ownership, based on clues found by the technicians doing the inspection and work. This replacement drive train has performed well for the rest of the summer and fall. The transmission specialists advised me to always use the tow/haul switch while towing, and not to be shy on the gas pedal, pushing the tachometer into the 3,000 and 4,000 rpm ranges to maintain speed and power torque on the hills. Towing at lower rpms and speeds does not allow the transmission fluid to circulate through the auxiliary cooler enough to adequately protect the system, leading to overheating, shut-down, and/or permanent damage.
wilcamp 11/05/15 11:50am Travel Trailers
RE: How Many Forum Posters To Change A Light Bulb?

...bunch of dim wits...:S
wilcamp 10/09/15 01:44pm Around the Campfire
RE: Newburgh, NY to Hershey, PA

We just spent the Labor Day weekend at Hersheypark Camping Resort. Made reservations about one month before, don't know what they might have available for your trip. Nice shuttle is free from the CG to the Amusement Park. Water park features closed after Labor Day, but the other rides might be worth your visit, if that's your cup of tea.
wilcamp 09/09/15 09:00pm Roads and Routes
RE: A Good Weekend

We had a good time at Hersheypark Camping Resort. Made reservations a few weeks ahead, checked in late Thursday afternoon. Son and DIL arrived just a couple hours later. Any empty sites were filled by Friday evening. We spent two exhausting, but enjoyable days in Hershey Park. We checked out Sunday because our DIL was scheduled to be "on call" with her hospital OR job on Monday. Some loud music and noisy, screaming kids, but again, we were exhausted. We had a great time as a family, helped a less-experienced neighbor back in and set up, and perhaps learned to tolerate the "different" life/camping practices of others.
wilcamp 09/08/15 01:26pm General RVing Issues
RE: asateague island camping ?'s

I suggest a drive just a little south to Chincoteague Island in VA. We've stayed several times at Tom's Cove CG on Chincoteague, with a short 7 mile drive across the channel bridge to Assateague National Seashore every day for the beach experience. Tom's Cove has plenty of sites for the vacation crowds, many with FHU.
wilcamp 08/30/15 04:28pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Need campground for one night enroute to PA

Rifrafters CG, in Fayetteville, WV. Less than 2 miles south from the New River Gorge Bridge and Visitor Center. www.rifrafters.com
wilcamp 08/05/15 02:23pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: What is a Tinker?

another... Johnny Appleseed's real name was John Chapman. In ancient England, a "chapman" was a peddler, traveling from town to town, selling pots and pans. Fast forward to the Disney cartoons with Johnny Appleseed's character shown wearing;) an upturned sauce pan as his hat. . . ;)
wilcamp 06/29/15 08:18pm General RVing Issues
RE: Backing up made easy

In watching the Ford demonstration video, the truck-mounted rear-view camera allows for a view along the sides of the boat trailer and launch ramp. I can't imagine being able to see what's going on with a full-sized TT. I have an after-market camera on my TV. It's a great help when hitching up, but of no use when backing the camper. The only things visible are the hitch, power-jack, and propane tanks. I have sometimes wondered about a camera system mounted on the back of my camper. Might be worth it?
wilcamp 05/25/15 02:54pm Towing
RE: I call it Camper Eve

Surely my 2nd favorite holiday... Be careful what you post....Hallmark will have a card for it next year....:B:B:B....Dennis Now if we can just get it declared as a Federal Holiday, complete with Monday(s) off...:@
wilcamp 04/20/15 09:50am General RVing Issues
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