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RE: What kind of RPM's do you get? What about MPG?

I have a 1996 F250 diesel with an automatic and 3.55 differential. At 60mph in overdrive on the flats, I'm at 1500 rpm and can usually depend on 14mpg towing a 27 foot Jayco travel trailer. Things change a bit when geared down in the big hills and on mountain grades.
Airstreamer67 02/15/20 03:05pm Towing
RE: Ford 7.3 vs GM 6.6 fuel economy TFL video

Since the year 1996, this is the fuel efficiency I found that I depend on in still wind conditions on flat roads with my 1996 F250 7.3L diesel automatic with a 3.55 differential and a topper on the back and a loaded-for-camping gross weight of about 9,000 pounds: 23mpg solo at 55mph 21mpg solo at 70mph 14mpg towing 27-foot, 6000-pound Jayco Jayfeather at 60mph, 1500RPM 16mpg towing 27-foot, 5000-pound Airstream International at 60mph, 1500RPM
Airstreamer67 01/26/20 02:08pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tire pressure gauge

My 2015 Mazda3 also uses the anti-lock brake system to read the tire rotations instead of the actual tire pressure to let the driver know there is a problem with a tire. It works on the principle that an under-inflated tire will start revolving faster than the others due to the lessened circumference. It works well. The other day I found an unexpected bonus to this tire-problem approach. I got a tire warning on the road and pulled over to check things out. I found that all tires all had the proper tire pressure. So why the alarm? Well, after looking closer at the tires, I found the problem: one of the tires had a bulge in the middle of the tread because of a belt separation. The reason the alarm let me know is that with the bulge, that tire's effective circumference was enlarged, thus causing it to rotate more slowly compared with the others. The system alarmed because of this discrepancy. Brilliant!
Airstreamer67 08/12/19 11:40am Tech Issues
RE: need a trailer that is low to the ground

My 27-foot 2006 Jayco JayFeather rides low and is easy to get in-and-out of. Even so, I've never scraped anything, and the waste discharge pipe is just ahead of the axles, so I've never had problems hitting anything.
Airstreamer67 08/12/19 09:37am Travel Trailers
RE: not your normal tire thread

Maybe Maxxis quality has deteriorated, but my 2006 Jayco came with Maxxis ST's, and I used them for eight years before they showed signs of belt slipping or something. The only problems I had with them was the occasional flat from nail penetration.
Airstreamer67 08/01/19 02:04pm General RVing Issues
RE: Tire plugs

I'm an old Boy Scout, and I can say that installing a sidewall patch with 65 plugs, eight zip ties and a rock certainly fulfills the "Be Prepared" anthem.
Airstreamer67 07/10/19 02:01pm General RVing Issues
RE: Reliability of new 2015 6.7 powerstroke or Cummins Diesel

I'm holding onto my '96 F250 diesel. It's as reliable today as it was back in 1996 when I drove it off the dealer's lot. It cost me about $25K, which included the Camper Package option so I could use it as an RV. It's been a reliable and faithful friend through the years, and it will be running long after I'm no longer able to drive. In fact, one of my grandsons asked me for it when I'm done, and so that's where it will wind up some day.
Airstreamer67 07/10/19 01:14pm Truck Campers
RE: Tire plugs

I've been using plugs for 40 years without any failures. The last tire I plugged was on my Mazda a few weeks ago. I got a low-pressure warning on I-10 and pulled off into a parking lot. I found the leak, pulled out the nail, put in the plug, used my 12v compressor to refill the tire, and resumed my trip. I was glad I had the plug, because my "spare" is a tiny donut that is good only for very limited miles and speed. My plug repair is for unlimited mileage and speed.
Airstreamer67 06/24/19 08:20am General RVing Issues
RE: 2018 F350 CB Antenna Front Bumper Mount

I use a CB radio mostly on long highway trips so I can trade road reports with the truckers on Channel 19. I've saved a lot of time and avoided a lot of aggravation through the years hearing about wrecks or other traffic stoppages up ahead that I was able to avoid via information from the truckers. Since I tow a travel trailer with an F250 truck, I can put the magnet-mount Wilson 1000 antenna on top of the cab, which is the best possible position for best overall performance. However, when I use a CB off-road in my Jeep Wrangler that has a fiberglass or canvas top or no top at all, I plant a magnet-mount Wilson 1000 antenna on the hood. That position allows good signal distribution as it is relatively centered over the metal engine mass and body, although admittedly it is not quite as good as it would on the roof. As far as being bothered by the thin antenna in my field of view when driving the Jeep, no problems. Your mind quickly ignores that little bitty wire as you concentrate on driving the vehicle. Otherwise, what do those guys do who drive the old trucks that had split front windows and a big center bar? I've had great results with the 11 meter CB band. Today, it is a shadow of what it was 20 years ago, being mostly a specialized tool for truckers but also useful for off-roaders and those who like to talk to other enthusiasts a few states or even countries away when atmospheric conditions are favorable. Admittedly, it is not the ubiquitous toy it once was in popular culture, yielding that job to the cell phone, smart phone, Sirius radio, and other modern devices so popular today.
Airstreamer67 06/23/19 06:23pm Truck Campers
RE: Hitch extension

"...It is important to note that the use of any hitch extension will reduce the capacity of your truck's hitch by 50 percent." Wow. Not even a length mentioned in this absolute statement.
Airstreamer67 04/18/19 07:03am Travel Trailers
RE: Dealer never put TITLE in my name, am I stuck??

I would get a bulldog attorney and lay the problem directly on the guy who took my money and made a promise to me. He either owes you a clear title or your money back. I'd spend money on the attorney before a mechanic.
Airstreamer67 04/18/19 06:41am Class A Motorhomes
RE: CB Radios??

As noted, the CB has been very useful to me avoiding traffic hold-ups due to accidents, etc. But even if I can't avoid the problem and I'm stuck in a long traffic jam waiting for the problem to be cleared, the CB chatter from other stuck truck drivers on Channel 19 is interesting to listen to, and it allows me to pass the time with much less aggravation. A good example occurred a year or two ago when I found myself in one of those unavoidable traffic problems that turned the Interstate into a parking lot for a while. I was several miles behind the source of the problem, but it was very helpful listening to truckers on the CB who were up at the front of the line at the source of the problem. I sequentially learned from the guys in front a few miles ahead that: there was a car and truck overturned in the northbound lane police are on scene there are injuries looks like the truck is a haz-mat carrier with its cargo spread all about ambulance is now on scene a med-e-vac helicopter is arriving the medics are busy the med-e-vac and ambulance have departed with passengers it will be awhile because of the haz-mat cleanup needed and accident investigation state police have established a crossover lane in the medium to allow northbound to make a u-turn into southbound lanes northbound traffic is now moving slowly to and through the u-turn after you make the u-turn and are in the south-bound lanes, you'll see the Opelousas exit to US 190 a few miles down; make a right at the exit and another right on US 190, go a mile or two to the red light and take another right and stay on LA 182 and in a few miles it will intersect with I-49 northbound on the other side of the wreckage. Besides this helpful information, there was a lot of truckers' banner going on, joking about the world in general and the situation in particular. One trucker broke into the banner, asked if anybody had any toilet paper; he said he needed it really bad. He was told to use pages from his Trucker's Atlas. I don't know if they were kidding. The guy making the request didn't say how it all came out for him. Just another day in the life of a CBer riding on Channel 19 somewhere out there in the wild.
Airstreamer67 04/10/19 08:55am General RVing Issues
RE: southwire surge guard or Progressive industries

I have been using the same 30 amp and 50 amp SurgeGuards for many years. Both have proven to be reliable and effective. I also have a Hughes autoformer for when I run into low-voltage situations that I intend to operate in for a while. It, too, has worked reliably and effectively over the many years I've been using it.
Airstreamer67 04/05/19 08:52am Tech Issues
RE: CB Radios??

I still use one on the road. It has saved me a lot of time due to road stoppages that I was able to avoid by taking alternate routes. Many truckers still use Channel 19 for such information.
Airstreamer67 04/01/19 11:42am General RVing Issues
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