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RE: black water holding tank valve opens but won't drain

My strategy is to use the park's restroom for the big jobs and only deal with it once! Wish I could convince the wife. I do use a packet of laundry detergent with five gallons of water on my way to the RV park. I then drain as soon as I get there. It is amazing how much stuff comes out even after previously using the black tank rinse. I would be leery of using a whole bottle of dish detergent. I'd be afraid of brown suds discharging out of my roof vent. On to a more appealing thread!
Durb 09/12/19 10:22am Fifth-Wheels
RE: F450 maneuverability question

If you want maneuverability, get a sliding hitch so that the kingpin is way behind the axle centerline while backing. Then pick out the truck you want based on other criteria.
Durb 09/10/19 09:51am Tow Vehicles
RE: Looking to upgrade to a fifth wheel.

My truck is 2004.5 2WD dually with 8ft. bed and 3.73 rear end. My truck weighs 8,000 pounds with my wife and I plus a heavy hitch and a tri-fold bed cover. My gross combined is 21k#. I tow a 10k# to 10.5k# fifth wheel and the truck does very nicely. The engine could use some more grunt but for the most part is sufficient. The chassis does very well with no movement from the trailer. I could see going another ton on the trailer with no problems. I do have to monitor the transmission and switch between tow-haul and OD while towing. I added a PacBrake and would not tow six tons without it. Our engine runs hot and I monitor my exhaust gas temperatures. I find the engine will continue to pull when the EGTs are in the uncomfortable zone. I'm in a campground now, averaged 11.9 MPG on the way here, 65 MPH. Show some moderation with you trailer selection and you will like your truck's performance. I consider my pin weight to be on the light end and I am at 20%.
Durb 09/04/19 09:49pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: What;s Wrong With My RAM Truck????

Change your ignition switch cartridge. My 2004.5 had similar problems with erratic blower operation and that fixed it. Rather than using relays, Dodge routed the fan wiring and current through the ignition switch which overheats and ruins the contacts. The switch is less than $40 on Amazon and it takes less than an hour to install without special tools, very easy. There are some good videos on YouTube showing you how. Before you throw a bunch of money at it, take 10 minutes and get on YouTube. Search - 2004 ram 1500 ignition switch - by Frugal Country Guy. He shows how to replace the switch in order to cure erratic AC operation. I had to replace my switch at around 75k miles.
Durb 08/28/19 01:31pm Tow Vehicles
RE: What;s Wrong With My RAM Truck????

Change your ignition switch cartridge. My 2004.5 had similar problems with erratic blower operation and that fixed it. Rather than using relays, Dodge routed the fan wiring and current through the ignition switch which overheats and ruins the contacts. The switch is less than $40 on Amazon and it takes less than an hour to install without special tools, very easy. There are some good videos on YouTube showing you how.
Durb 08/28/19 08:35am Tow Vehicles
RE: Crayon smell

The DPF could be on regen and developing more than the 1,200 degrees it created when new. Could be burning paint or bed-liner. Maybe a leak has caused fluid to migrate to the DPF.
Durb 08/27/19 08:36pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Hitch choice

Well, considering my dealer is installing a B&W Patriot onto my truck tomorrow, this thread has thoroughly depressed me. :( Not to worry. Every fifth wheel towing dynamics seems to be different. I got unlucky and purchased a trailer with poor dynamics. Thousands of people out there towing with solid hitches like B&W, Andersen, Curt, and Reese; they have no problems with the comfort of their ride. The Patriot is a quality hitch and it does its job of solidly fastening your fifth wheel to the frame of your truck very well. In my case, I put the Patriot on Craigslist and sold it in a day for just a $50 hit. I wasn't happy about spending 3 grand for a Trailer Saver, but in hindsight, it was one of my best purchases.
Durb 08/27/19 10:48am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Hitch choice

"I justified the cost of my TS3 after just 30 minutes towing with a B&W Patriot which was a nightmare." PLEASE tell what was creating a "nightmare" for you with the Patriot? For various reasons, my trailer chucks severely. The Patriot very efficiently transferred all the chucking forces to our seat-backs. Wife told me to fix it or sell the trailer after our first 30 minutes. Did the Bilstiens and air bag thing - nothing. The TS3 fixed it, pure and simple. Not the Patriot's fault, It's just a solid piece of steel that is akin to bolting your pin box to the frame of your truck. I hope the OP's trailer is a smooth runner and he is happy with a solid hitch.
Durb 08/25/19 08:11pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: "Downgrading" trucks

Make sure you look at all your transaction costs such as registration fees and sales tax. Where I live, the sales tax alone on the new rig might be enough to scuttle the plan. A $50k truck would be over four thousand dollars in sales tax.
Durb 08/23/19 06:00pm Tow Vehicles
2020 GM puck specs change

It looks like if you want to upgrade to a new 2020 GM Heavy Duty, you won't be able to take your trusty puck mounted hitch with you. B&W has different part numbers for the 2020 trucks.
Durb 08/21/19 09:04pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Rails vs pucks vs gooseneck mount

Let's see: - You like your current hitch which mounts on rails. - Rails in the bed of your truck don't bother you. - Rails are the least expensive option. I'd go with rails.
Durb 08/19/19 09:24am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Hitch choice

I justified the cost of my TS3 after just 30 minutes towing with a B&W Patriot which was a nightmare. I'm in the camp of recommending an air hitch to any newbie, especially those with new trucks and trailers.
Durb 08/16/19 03:50pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Good hitch for SB Ram/Momentum combo

I'd have =real= issues towing 4" behind the axle, even if you have a 3500. At GVW, you could easily have 4k on the axle, and now you want to move that load 4" further back. As much as I'm a B&W fan, I'd opt for an autosliding hitch. You =can= install an puck system aftermarket. Not sure if any of the autosliders have capability to use a GN base. I just don't know since it's never interested me and I've never researched it. Lyle My understanding is that the weight is still on the gooseball location over the axle. The pivot point/ball is moved back 4". Therefore, the weight has not moved on the truck, but the pivot point is further back. I am not an engineer but it makes sens to me? The point contacting the truck has not changed. https://oi245.photobucket.com/albums/gg47/kingdaddyusa/BW%20offset%20ball.jpg?t=1561005330 Visualize the adapter has a 40" offset instead of 4". Pretty plain that the offset affects the truck's geometry even though it is hooked to the truck in the same place. The adapter moves all the pin weight 4" aft of the axle.
Durb 08/16/19 03:42pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Good hitch for SB Ram/Momentum combo

Nice looking trailer. I've seen a Montana high Country with a similar nose design bust out a window on a standard bed RAM. He got into a situation with a tight back-up angle combined with a driveway dip. The high portion of the nose cap that juts out leaned forward, then took out his window and dented his cab. Driver admitted he was flustered at the time and lost his focus. I worry that a Goosebox with a low joint will cause the trailer to lean forward even more in a rough terrain situation. I would go with an auto slider. Peace of mind.
Durb 08/16/19 09:20am Fifth-Wheels
RE: What do I need

Google Blue Ox Super Ride. Easy to pivot rearward for cab clearance plus has a cushioned ride. Consider an air hitch if you are worried about consistent bedrail clearance problems. My air hitch can be pumped up to allow an extra 2 inches of clearance. It even has an onboard air option where you can raise the hitch from the cab of your truck. If this is your first fifth wheel, I wouldn't discount a soft joint hitch. The ride with a solid hitch on a fifth wheel can be particularly punishing compared to a travel trailer. Because of the high pin design compared to a travel trailer, chucking forces will be introduced. Plus, your hitch weight will be twice as much. My guess is the people who state a B&W hitch is the best hitch ever built have never towed with a Trailer Saver hitch. I've towed with both and there is no comparison. I would also look at the Reese Goosebox as it gets good reviews. They make an offset gooseneck ball for extra clearance. The nature of the design may add to your driveway clearance problems. Good luck. You are going to enjoy that fifth wheel.
Durb 08/10/19 10:52am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Is the EV transformation of the market over hyped ?

Can't believe I stuck this one out for 12 pages. Fact is BEVs will continue to gain market share. Not because of meeting market needs or fulfilling the wants of their customers. Nope, BEVs will prosper because of government mandates and regulations. Already some European cities have outlawed internal combustion engines. Volkswagen looks to be all electric by 2026. As always, incrementalism will take over, and our trucks and RV lifestyles will just be nostalgia for future generations. People that believe the world is going to end in 12 years will have no restraints in passing laws outlawing fossil fuels.
Durb 08/08/19 07:31pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Titan Cummins Diesel option axed for 2020

The 5 liter Cummins is used in the Tiffin Breeze Class A Motorhome.
Durb 08/07/19 08:52am Tow Vehicles
RE: Short Beds w/out Sliding Hitch

I appreciate everyone's opinion. Not a fan of long beds, plus I'm splurging enough as it is with ordering my 2020 HD. If your 2020HD is a Chevy or GMC, their bed is longer than most short beds. Plus, I saw a youTube video which showed a frame cutaway. The gooseneck ball mount was 2"-3" behind the centerline of the rear axle to allow for even more clearance. Apparently, they have taken 5er towing into consideration.
Durb 08/06/19 09:34pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Electric Ford F150 towing demonstration.

Hi Durb, Extremely well. Some one did a multi thousand mile trip with a Tesla, towing a small teardrop trailer several years ago. How well will it tow a travel trailer? This is a tow vehicle forum after all. California's emission rules are onerous on their citizens. That is why they are paying a dollar more per gallon for their fuel. Don't want them creeping into my state. Not sure how they tow as I have never driven a model X towing a trailer but we do see them towing little RV’s like the little Airstream, the a liner type trailers etc fairly regularly here in B.C. not surprisingly mostly with California plates. I wasn't criticizing the towing prowess of a 400 horsepower Tesla. I was responding to a post extolling the virtues of a gasoline Hyundai Elantra that got 49 MPG; tow rating 750-1150 pounds.
Durb 07/27/19 10:10am Tow Vehicles
RE: Reference post: Love my combo for towing

Geeez do you guys never give it a rest? If you like your diesel keep it, if you like your gas keep it. If you don't like it change. If you want high end trim buy it, if not, don't buy it. If you need someone to pat you on the back and justify your decision go see a therapist. If you don't know which end is up there are about 5,000 post at the top of this page to make it clear as mud. None of us are changing our mind, gas or diesel, we're buying what we want for our own reasons. Enough Already, Give it a Rest - Forever! I am glad to see you don't want other members posting regarding their preference for gas or diesel, for forever. Yet, here you are reading all the posts and posting yourself in the same thread! I suggest you sit back and relax, after all, it is Friday.
Durb 07/26/19 04:12pm Tow Vehicles
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