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RE: When is a purchase a purchase?

Once the paperwork is signed and the bank funds the note, he owns the unit. His punchlist has gone from PDI to warranty work. Ideally, the buyer wouldn't have signed until the PDSI stuff was fixed. But in today's market, the dealer probably put the squeeze on him and said sign now or I'll sell it to somebody else. If the dealer is truly waiting on parts from the mfr to fix the unit, then it really doesn't matter whether it's warranty or PDI, the dealer has top wait for the parts.
BurbMan 01/13/22 04:18pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Camping on Sand

Have you confirmed (in writing) with your insurance that they would cover you if you parked in the tidal area and lost the rig? This is a Suffolk County Park, they charge a nightly use fee, issue a permit to camp here and it's patrolled by State Park Police. This pic happens to be in early April, it's not like this in the summer....The county operates many campgrounds in the same fashion and if it represented undue risk to property or occupants they would not permit camping activity at this location. I could be at a park 1000 miles inland and have a tree fall on my camper...no trees here at the beach. Risk is not greater, just different, that's why we have insurance. I'm insured with USAA for 45 years, they have always been a stand up company (although now their RV insurance is through progressive.)
BurbMan 01/11/22 08:51pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5er Noob Looking for a Hitch

With the B&W much of the weight placed on the hitch is carried on the bed floor. You can buy the factory pucks from Ram and have installed or install yourself. There is a structural crossmember already in place with a factory hole, all you do on the install is extend that hole through the bed floor. From what I've seen, DIY install on the factory pucks is a lot more involved than the underbed hitch system.
BurbMan 01/11/22 07:50am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Camping on Sand

When we lived on Long Island our regular camping spot was the beach at Montauk. Used to pull the 34' TT out into the soft sand with the Suburban. The trick is to air down the tires on the truck AND trailer to 15 psi, 12 if the sand is really soft. Use 4WD LO range and go slow, You can start/stop with ease. Avoid what looks like hard-packed sand down by the waterline, if you hit a soft spot it will be like quicksand and 10x harder to get out of vs. getting stuck in dry sand. Way2roll, we have been woken up a few times to water under the trailer when storms at sea combined with a full moon to create a tidal surge making an unusually strong high tide. Gotta have insurance, because if you have to evacuate, you ain't taking the trailer with you... All that said, there is nothing like camping on the beach! The memories are truly lasting, since you never ever quite get all of the sand out of the camper... https://hosting.photobucket.com/albums/y134/Burbman/The%20Beach/ece3.jpg width=640
BurbMan 01/11/22 05:37am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5er Noob Looking for a Hitch

Lantley, good idea, I didn't think to check Hensley. The air ride is interesting, does it really improve the ride? Regarding removal, maybe not plywood, but drywall...you pile a few sheets of drywall on top of a hitch and it won't look like much when you get it home. Also, DW is into restoring furniture...she's excited to have a truck vs. the old Suburban because she can bring home bigger stuff now... :R I'm thinking an engine hoist make hitch removal easy, right? https://shop.harborfreight.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/6/1/61858_W3.jpg width=440
BurbMan 01/11/22 05:22am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5er Noob Looking for a Hitch

What's the difference between the pucks and an undermount hitch like the one I posted? https://www.etrailer.com/Merchant2/graphics/00000001/pics/B/W/BWCompInstalled_2.jpg width=640 https://www.etrailer.com/Merchant2/graphics/00000001/pics/B/W/BWCompanionChart_2_500.jpg width=640
BurbMan 01/10/22 03:12pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5er Noob Looking for a Hitch

Thanks guys, any thoughts about this BV&W 20k Underbed hitch? I like the idea of being able to remove the hitch if I need the bed for other stuff. They include this disclaimer: Note: This fifth-wheel trailer hitch is not compatible with Sidewinder or Revolution king pins. Do not use any device that changes the pivot point of your trailer's king pin with this hitch.. Is this something I should worry about? Trailer we are looking at is a 2007.
BurbMan 01/10/22 12:50pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Towing capacity

I love these threads! Two pages of posts over 10 days telling the OP he will overweight and flirting with danger, meanwhile the OP never said what kind of truck he/she owns and nobody has asked!
BurbMan 01/10/22 11:53am Towing
5er Noob Looking for a Hitch

Sold the truck camper and now looking at buying a 5er to tow with the truck in signature. We towed a TT with a Hensley hitch for 20+ years, I don't have any experience at all with 5ers or 5er hitches. Truck has a spray in bedliner, no 7-pin plug in the bed at all. One unit has caught our eye, the specs state that it's 9765 "shipping weight", 2360 NCC, and 1725 hitch weight. So if shipping weight is the dry weight, adding the NCC should give you a GVWR or around 12,125, and if 20% is on the hitch that would be 2425 pin weight. What hitches should I be looking at? Suggestions on where to get one installed or is it DIY-able? What else don't I know?
BurbMan 01/10/22 11:44am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Bittersweet

I had a guy on FB today want to trade me straight across for a 1998 Allegro 28' Class A (no slides) on a Chevy chassis with 454, 55k miles. DW put the kaibosh on it so we are back to looking at trailers.....
BurbMan 01/04/22 08:46pm Truck Campers

File this in the "you never know what life will toss at you" bin... You may recall that I spent the summer of 2020 rebuilding a 2002 Lance with extensive water damage (link to the project is in my sig). The camper really came out great, and it was my first project that DW really helped me with. She was elbow-to-elbow with me getting it done! We were both excited to get on the road and travel with our new TC. Well, we used it exactly twice last year...DW has developed bad arthritis in her knees, and even with the Motrin and Voltaren it pains her a lot to get up into the bunk area. Heck, she even has trouble just getting in/out of the Ram. So, sad to say the TC is for sale and we're looking to get back into a TT where everything is one level. I'd like a 5er but not sure about the steps going to the bedroom, we'll see. I'll still be hanging around the forum, but just wanted to say thanks to all here on the TC pages who helped me learn the ropes with this TC. Stay safe on the road and best wishes for a happy healthy new year! Don
BurbMan 01/04/22 12:45pm Truck Campers
RE: Upgrade from 2500 to 3500 Question

My 2015 Ram 6.7 Cummins diesel crew cab long box SRW has a net payload of 4300. To get to the 6k you need a dually. Truck weighs about 8000 lbs empty with a GVWR of 12,300. It's a moot point now, that truck will be sold by tomorrow anyway.... :( Diesel engine weighs ~900 pounds more than Hemi, so not unrealistic that this truck could be approaching 6,000#. Facts are important! Cummins 6.7 Crate engine wet weighs 1,070# and a 354 Hemi weighs 720# so the difference is 350# no where a 900# difference. The Hemi version also has a lower GVWR than the diesel version, so going by the book there is no gain in payload due to the lighter engine. My opinion is that Ram increased GVWR on diesel models so it wouldn't penalize payload rating.
BurbMan 11/03/21 12:28pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Upgrade from 2500 to 3500 Question

My 2015 Ram 6.7 Cummins diesel crew cab long box SRW has a net payload of 4300. To get to the 6k you need a dually. Truck weighs about 8000 lbs empty with a GVWR of 12,300. It's a moot point now, that truck will be sold by tomorrow anyway.... :(
BurbMan 11/02/21 08:36pm Fifth-Wheels
Don't overpay for a basic WD hitch

Well, it was only a matter of time, I see that Harbor Freight is now offering a 10k weight distributing hitch Certainly nothing fancy about it but neither is the price....looks like it would do the job if you didn't need sway control. Anybody try one of these yet?
BurbMan 09/01/21 07:14am Towing
RE: New vehicle - MSRP?

USAA also has a car buying program like Costco's or Sam's club and you can usually do pretty good with a "no-haggle" price. Right now the chip shortage has brought manufacturing to a crawl, and dealers are selling new vehicles ABOVE sticker price IF you can find one. I have seen many cases personally where dealers are selling 2-3 year old models with 10-20k miles on them for more than they stickered for when new. Also know that "sticker prices" on RVs are not federally regulated like vehicles, and because their more fiction than fact, 30% discounts are common. In cars and trucks, normally you will pay below sticker depending on demand for a given make/model. If a new model comes out and starts selling like hotcakes, don't expect much from dealer in terms of price concessions. What you get discounts and rebates/incentive on are the older models that are near the end of their cycle and sitting around on dealer lots.
BurbMan 07/28/21 10:35am Tow Vehicles
RE: weight dist chain replacement

Take one off and take it to the home center, get the same size, it's probably 5/16". Pro tip: Get galvanized chains, they will stay looking nicer longer.
BurbMan 07/28/21 10:24am Towing
RE: RV Hot Skin (Exterior electrification)

This has nothing to do with the ground wire or using an extension cord. The outlet that you are plugged into is miswired, where the not/neutral wires are reversed on the outlet. EVEN IF EVERYTHING IS GROUNDED PROPERLY, PLUGGING INTO A MISWIRED OUTLET WILL STILL SHOCK YOU WHEN YOU TOUCH THE RV. Best practice is to use a tester as shown above before you plug in anywhere. If the tester doesn't go green, don't plug in.
BurbMan 07/21/21 05:51pm General RVing Issues
RE: New ram 3500. Are my weights ok for this truck.

Sounds like its set up right the way it is
BurbMan 07/20/21 08:37pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2022 F350 order options for TC

I think you're on the money with the options choices, the only thing I would change is substituting a Ram 3500 for the F-350 :B :B :B I would stick with the 4x4, granted we don't use ours much either but when you need it, you need it. I got the CC/LB and it is one long truck. If it was a dually it would really be a beast. I agree with you that for hauling a camper, the XC/LB combo is better than the CC/SB for the reasons you mentioned. I would also spring for the 5er prep, having the 7-pin in the bed means you can plug the camper in there and have the one on the hitch available for whatever you're towing. I'm surprised the that they will even order it for you, the chip shortage has pinched production so much that dealers can't even get lot inventory. Somebody posted over in tow vehicles the other day that their local dealer wants $5k over sticker on anything new, no negotiation.
BurbMan 07/15/21 05:57am Truck Campers
RE: [SOLVED] Work truck with service bed to tow a fifth wheel?

Those service bodies are nowhere near as resistant to rust as a conventional body. They're usually rotten inside, hinges seized. Since the OP is in Florida, I don't think he'll see the same rust issues on used trucks that you see in upstate NY where they salt the roads in the summer too.... By "solved" I think the OP is agreeing with the multiple suggestions to simply replace the service body with a flat bed and sell the service body.
BurbMan 07/14/21 07:00am Tow Vehicles
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