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Mooch-Docking Power Management

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BubbaChris 07/01/19 01:40pm General RVing Issues
RE: rv extension cord

We mooch-dock at a friend's house about every other year. They are kind enough to let us tap the 15A circuit by their front door. But it is way too far for our RV cable to reach, so I'm adding 12 gauge extension cords to bridge the gap. I still put my Southwire surge guard in line between the RV cord and the 15A extension cords we use. We've had the voltage drop enough to trip the surge guard (not even trying to run the AC). A 25' RV cord sounds like a good length to help you reach but not risk going too far. Best regards, Chris
BubbaChris 06/27/19 10:01am Fifth-Wheels
RE: We don't need no stinkin 4X4 honey !

All I have to do is look at "Winder Towing Inc" on Facebook or their YouTube channel "Matt's Towing & Recovery" to remind myself why I have the 4WD option. These are local guys working some of the areas I visit. I love shift-on-the-fly and will reach for 4-Auto (really AWD) just about anytime I'm off pavement. And I do the same for 4-Hi the moment things aren't smooth and level. 4-Lo has been rarely engaged as it usually means I'll be getting so far off-level that traction isn't my only concern. Our TT is our home close to adventures. So the TV has to be the adventure-mobile. None of our bush pinstripes have been permanent yet, but that day will likely come. Our adventures may keep me away from gong DRW on the next truck. Prior to getting my Expy, we were exploring in my wife's GX470 and climbed the Hurricane Cliffs via the Honeymoon trail. I'm sure we were the rare visitor not in a side-by-side or Jeep with lockers. It turned out well, but I was starting to regret the idea that the way forward seemed less dangerous than finding a place to turn around. Best regards, Chris
BubbaChris 06/20/19 01:53pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram 2500 - which towing features are best/good/unnecessary?

Hi All! I thought I would update everyone on the wonders of a holiday weekend. ;) We have looked at a *lllooottt* of trucks over the past 6 weeks.. CarGurus, CarMax, Facebook Marketplace... you name it. The outcome was almost always the same: 1) Used / Dealership or Private Party; lower cost, but no idea what they've put it through, etc. I'll be pulling my family with this thing cross-country... and the recent sting on our last Used / Dealership purchase is still too fresh for comfort. 2) Used / CarMax: More confidence in the vehicle quality, usually newer and less mileage, but also pretty steep price premium 3) New 2018 Remaining Stock: Fantastic confidence, full warranty, but additional price premium over the CarMax option. Long story short, we bought this weekend! .... ended up with a *NEW* 2018 Ram 3500 SRW that had been sitting on the dealer lot for seven months. Had such a discount on it that it was only a few thousand more than a three-year old Ram 2500 from a nearby CarMax with 20K on it. We spent more than we originally planned, but God is good and we're extremely happy and excited. It's loaded, too. Laramie, leather, 5th prep, air suspension, ... all the "tow" things. Wahoo!! cheers, ..dane Congratulations! I think you'll love it. If I had the green light to buy right now I'd be weighing that same 2018 configuration against a 2017 with only 15K and a CPO warranty. In my case there's still a $12K premium for the 2018 truck (but it's 600 miles closer to home). Best regards, Chris
BubbaChris 05/29/19 04:59am Tow Vehicles
RE: Diesel vs gas......................

I bought my first 2018 duramax, always pulled our 13k 5er with a 6.0 gasser, no real issues other then it was always at about 3k rpm now with the duramax its always around 1800-2000rpm. I am Very dissapointed in the mpg tho, the gasser would always get 7mpg and the duramax only gets 9 mpg, I was expecting far more then a 2 mpg gain for the additional $10k I spent If it makes you feel any better a 2 MPG gain over 7 MPG is a 28.5% improvement. OTOH, do not do the math to figure out how many towing miles until you've made up the cost premium. Best regards, Chris
BubbaChris 05/27/19 11:25am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram 2500 - which towing features are best/good/unnecessary?

I'm also looking to replace an Expedition EL. I am early in my actual shopping, but I have done enough research to know it will be a 3500 with Cummins for us (if RAM wins the contest). The fiver we currently like the most has a 15K GVWR so I can't skimp. I was originally thinking of a 3/4 ton gasser, but the lighter fivers all have too little headroom for me in the bedroom (and in some bathrooms). Playing off the comment immediately above about the 2018 units. With Ram making major changes for 2019 they dumped a bunch of 2018 units onto the dealers with roughly $10K in incentives off sticker. Lots of brand new Tradesman models available with bench seats if you can get around your other objections. One options I'm following right now to get an honest feel for pricing is to use the Costco Auto Program. A funny wrinkle for me is the nearest participating RAM dealer is 120 miles away. So I won't just be popping over for a test drive. If that works out it will be easier than the 2017 unit I wish I could buy, but that one is 650 miles away for me. My wife knows the local guy who owns RAM, Chevy, and other dealerships and asked him a generic question about 1-ton trucks. He really suggested driving a few and using that to determine what will feel right. All modern trucks are capable and each has high points over the others. PS - "deleted" refers to people who remove the pollution control devices from their diesel trucks. They feel the early technology creates performance and/or reliability problems. I'm in favor of being a good citizen and will keep mine intact/legal. If you want to research the various generations of diesel engine technology used by the big three, drivingline.com has a useful series of articles (use "history" as a search term). I believe there are links to them from elsewhere here on this forum. Best regards, Chris Chris if you are thinking about a RAM 3500 SRW, be sure to pick a 5th wheel that has a dry pin weight of 2500 pounds or less. We tow a 16K GVWR(fully loaded, we full timed with it for a year and a half) with a 3500 SRW RAM and meet our trucks numbers. If you start with a trailer with 3000 of dry pin weight, you will run into the 7K rear axles rating. Our Bighorn 3575el has a dry pin weight of 2435. In my sig line you can click "Our rig" for a picture. We made two round trips to Arizona with this combination and had lots of wind and mountains. Chris Thanks so much for this input. Our favorite fiver right now is the GD Solitude S-Class with a dry hitch weight of 2,150. But you've encouraged me to double-check what I'd have weight wise overall. The 15K I mentioned is GVWR, not a lighter marketing number (I've learned from my TT). So I had been assuming I'd max at 3000 of pin weight if I was loaded at max capacity and 20% on the pin. Best regards, Chris
BubbaChris 05/22/19 08:00am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram 2500 - which towing features are best/good/unnecessary?

I'm also looking to replace an Expedition EL. I am early in my actual shopping, but I have done enough research to know it will be a 3500 with Cummins for us (if RAM wins the contest). The fiver we currently like the most has a 15K GVWR so I can't skimp. I was originally thinking of a 3/4 ton gasser, but the lighter fivers all have too little headroom for me in the bedroom (and in some bathrooms). Playing off the comment immediately above about the 2018 units. With Ram making major changes for 2019 they dumped a bunch of 2018 units onto the dealers with roughly $10K in incentives off sticker. Lots of brand new Tradesman models available with bench seats if you can get around your other objections. One options I'm following right now to get an honest feel for pricing is to use the Costco Auto Program. A funny wrinkle for me is the nearest participating RAM dealer is 120 miles away. So I won't just be popping over for a test drive. If that works out it will be easier than the 2017 unit I wish I could buy, but that one is 650 miles away for me. My wife knows the local guy who owns RAM, Chevy, and other dealerships and asked him a generic question about 1-ton trucks. He really suggested driving a few and using that to determine what will feel right. All modern trucks are capable and each has high points over the others. PS - "deleted" refers to people who remove the pollution control devices from their diesel trucks. They feel the early technology creates performance and/or reliability problems. I'm in favor of being a good citizen and will keep mine intact/legal. If you want to research the various generations of diesel engine technology used by the big three, drivingline.com has a useful series of articles (use "history" as a search term). I believe there are links to them from elsewhere here on this forum. Best regards, Chris
BubbaChris 05/21/19 08:38am Tow Vehicles
RE: 7.3L VS. 6.7L PSD

I'd take a current 3/4 ton gasser from Ford, GM, or Ram over the 7.3 knowing it would be my DD. Doubt I could get my DW into the 7.3 more than once. I spent the early '80s driving a 70 Barracuda that cost me 3X purchase price in maintenance costs. The next two times I got into a performance car were a '94 Integra GS-R and then a '98 Lexus GS400. Evolved technology wins every time in my book. I'm noticing a lot of used 6.7's around here for sale as they get close to the 100K mile mark. Then again my radar is up as I hope to be upgrading from my Expy this time next year. Best regards, Chris
BubbaChris 03/06/19 12:51pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Nearly new GMC p/up

My local RAM dealer has literally dozens of '18 model year 2500's and 3500's he's advertising at about $12K off sticker. Only one is a gasser, and I believe that's a tradesman. The new HD lineup announced by RAM has them dumping the 18's onto the channel. Best regards, Chris
BubbaChris 03/06/19 12:11pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Finding the right trailer for a couple

I'm in the same boat. I'm leaning to the 25' range. I think the bunk areas if there, could come in handy for extra storage. DW doesn't want to go small, but I want something small enough to use boondocking. We've completed 5 seasons with our Heartland North Trail 22FBS (which is a 25' box in spite of the naming). We were lucky to find it used and at a price slightly less than the cost of brand new 20' units. One of the largest kitchens we've seen in a TT and very comfortable rear bath with a window we appreciate. We do some boondocking with it, and lots of dry camping. We average over 50-nights a year. Best regards, Chris
BubbaChris 02/13/19 07:20pm Travel Trailers
RE: F-650 VS International CV

I don't know the weight specs but there is a 2004 Chevy Kodiak 4500 locally with 125K on the odo. Beautiful looking from the photos, looks like he liked to to big powerboats and had some detailing painted onto the deep blue paint job. I've only found it on FB marketplace so far, so will see if there's an easier to share link available (oh, he's asking $38K) Found it on Craigslist Best regards, Chris
BubbaChris 02/13/19 12:13pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Should I even consider a new TV with repaired lot damage?

If you're looking at 3/4 and 1 ton trucks, be sure to check stock and compare what your local Ram dealer is selling. Because of the new models they announced, the leftover 2018's have about $12K off sticker around here. That would make your Chevy dealer extra willing to make sure you're getting a good deal. Best regards, Chris
BubbaChris 02/11/19 07:53pm Tow Vehicles
RE: St. George UT

I live in St George and will stay in Snow Canyon (15 miles from home) when I get the chance. I also love Sand Hollow, but it is often booked by the Jeep crowd - Westside is the nice campground there. Quail Lake SP is pretty, no hook-ups and many sites are unlevel. For commercial - Temple View is in town and very popular with the snowbird set. Over in Hurricane I like Willowind. The KOA is within site/sound of Interstate 15. I would not risk Cedar City until April, as they're at 5,000' and could still be getting snow. Best regards, Chris
BubbaChris 02/07/19 12:55pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: mirrors for 2017 ford expedition

Thanks for all the responses to my query about trailer mirrors for my new 2017 Expedition. Mirrors for other fords, F-150, 250 etc. do not fit. Not being able to find any replacement mirrors I ended up purchasing clamp-ons, Dometic DM-2912 Milenco Grand Aero 3 for $100 on Amazon. There is just enough room to clamp on to the upper lip of the standard Expedition mirrors. ( I do not have the optional mirrors with turn signals, but I don't think that matters because the signal is on the bottom of the mirrors and the basic shell I believe is the same.) They are easy to attach and remove, seem secure and will fold in with the standard mirrors. They vibrate a little but are much better than my old cheap strap-ons. Shame on Ford for not providing a better alternative but until they do I will go with these. Safe travels! I've been using the Grand Aero 3 for 5 seasons on my 2013 Expedition. Not super clear (because they are light and vibrate), and the screw holding the mirror on loosens over time. But otherwise I've been very happy with my purchase. I spotted a more custom fit slip-over type at a local RV place, but I haven't priced them or researched them. Best regards, Chris
BubbaChris 02/07/19 12:28pm Travel Trailers
RE: Ford 7.3L GASSER!!

$4200 option over the 6.2? That's half the cost of a 6.7 option. Yeah, but likely less than the labor cost of having the cab lifted off the engine for major 6.7 service.
BubbaChris 02/06/19 01:44pm Tow Vehicles
RE: It's "good-bye" to my 2006 Tundra and hello Ram 2500 Diesel

Great looking new truck!
BubbaChris 02/03/19 12:25pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Powerstroke History Lesson

ShinerBlock - Thanks for posting these history threads. I'm at least a year out from my next truck purchase, but this helps me form a base of understanding to work with. Seeing that Ford cab suspended made me fully understand how cramped that packaging is. Best regards, Chris
BubbaChris 01/30/19 05:20pm Tow Vehicles
RE: What’s Your Favorite Truck?

My favorite - The 1967 Chevy C10 with shell. Straight six, three on the tree, and a manual choke. It had been my grandad's truck and I got it after he passed. For a while it was more reliable than the 1983 Rabbit GTi I had at the time. Least favorite - 1983 F-250 5.0L gasser my father owned. The carb/smog combo made it prone to stalling mid-intersection. My ex-brother-in-law was furious I sold it when it was time for dad to change trucks in 2007. I didn't feel it was safe for any family members, and I knew my BIL was lax in vehicle maintenance. Highly appreciated - Dad's 2007 Toyota Tacoma base truck plus auto trans and air conditioning. Could not believe the value of that truck at roughly $15.5K out the door (while dressed up 4x4 CC Tacos went for $42K). My BIL got even with me as they got that truck when my father passed, and then kept it for less than a year. I'm still very impressed with my Expedition coming up on 5 years of ownership. Quiet and comfortable, just a little short of oomph for towing in tough situations. Determined to keep it for at least one more season. Best regards, Chris
BubbaChris 01/30/19 05:02pm Tow Vehicles
RE: How well does the RAM 2500 6.4 Hemi tow?

So good to have a thread where the OP comes back and details his decision. Congrats on the truck and thanks for the payload comparison numbers! Wishing you the best of luck on finding a trailer floorplan that makes you happy. Best regards, Chris
BubbaChris 01/30/19 04:45pm Tow Vehicles
RE: How well does the RAM 2500 6.4 Hemi tow?

One thing I haven't seen mentioned in this thread, if both trucks are 3/4 ton you'll lose a fair bit of payload in the CTD version because of the heavier engine (and supporting parts). Compare payload stickers between 2500 and 3500 versions of the CTD if you go the diesel route. Best regards, Chris Only on paper or in your mind. Real world, payload capabilities are very close. Please don't confuse beer brewer. He's already in a conundrum of epic proportions about the truck he might buy. I think we've been through most of the scenarios already. Do you have Yellow Stickers to show comparable Mfg ratings between gas and diesel 2500's? I've seen high-end one tons with less than 3K of payload. My local Ford dealer got a 3/4 ton gasser in recently and I had him email me the yellow sticker (which was in the 3,300 lb range). Yes, I've read lots of threads stating the negligible actual parts differences between 3/4 and 1-ton trucks (e.g. real world capabilities). But I observed a bunch of "diesel tows better" posts on this thread and felt like pointing out the downside of staying with a 2500 and going diesel. Kindest regards, Chris
BubbaChris 01/28/19 10:03am Tow Vehicles
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