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RE: Lug Nut Torque

When I was checking on my 8 lug rims with 1/2-20 studs, Dexter warned torque was not to exceed 120 ft-lbs. I keep mine at 105 ft-lbs with aluminum rims. Important, after having your tires changed at a tire shop to go home loosen the lugs one at a time, and re-torque properly. Discount Tire uses torque wrenches and when I'd have them put new tires on, I always checked with them on the setting. 105-110 every time. I'd check at home and they all clicked right at 105-110...every time. :B Lyle I just had Discount tire install Endurance tires on my trailer. I watched him use a torque wrench on the lug nuts, he had very poor technique. Proper way to load a torque wrench is to pull on the grip. Most people that push on the grip, or hammer the torque wrench are severely over-applying torque to the fastener. One major tire company reported to me that they tested their people, some were applying torque at 200 ft-lbs over the setting! The torque wrenches Discount uses are box-beam wrenches with very small break angles. Very difficult to stop at the click when pushing on the handle. How did you check that your lug nuts were accurate? Re- clicking with a torque wrench means they are at least that tight, not an accurate method of testing actual applied torque. There are extremely expensive torque testing wrenches available (made in Japan), but I doubt many have one of those. If you go with the assumption the lug nuts are overtightened at a tire shop, then loosening them one at a time and re-torquing will work, and not create cross-talk.
Durb 04/19/19 02:47pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Lug Nut Torque

When I was checking on my 8 lug rims with 1/2-20 studs, Dexter warned torque was not to exceed 120 ft-lbs. I keep mine at 105 ft-lbs with aluminum rims. Important, after having your tires changed at a tire shop to go home loosen the lugs one at a time, and re-torque properly.
Durb 04/19/19 09:18am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Exhaust Brake Buying...

I like the Pacbrake PRXB because it is the one I have. Haven't driven another brand. Some niggles: The air holding tank bleeds down when parked so the compressor is working at the same time as the grid heater. Not a problem in my mild climate, could be hard on the batteries if really cold. With the Pacbrake on, the torque converter stays locked to lower RPMs and sometimes causes the engine to lug. Downshifts are more abrupt; I mitigate this by using tow haul and throttle position, never happens now. Sometimes, but very seldom, the brake won't actuate. I turn off then on and slight accelerator and it starts working. Pleasant sound lets you know it is working. Deactivates at 24 MPH. I owned the truck without the Pacbrake. I wouldn't tow in the mountains without it. It activates when cold and at idle to help warm the engine.
Durb 04/09/19 05:34pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 6.7 Cummins vs 6.6 Duramax

Without getting too much into the weeds, where this will soon go, there are some basic differences between the layouts. Both V8 and I6 have primary and secondary balance and make fine engines. A couple of the differences are: Cummins - Inline six has 7 main bearings and long stroke crank. Better torque characteristics but slower spin up. Cast iron head and much work can be done while still in the truck. Heavy. Duramax - V8 has 5 main bearings and a shorter stroke crank, quicker to spin. Aluminum heads and more difficult to work on due to V configuration. Both are good formats, It's the bolt-on stuff that makes the difference in terms of reliability. If you are buying used, there were good and bad years with both.
Durb 03/30/19 08:44am Tow Vehicles
RE: Oregon, washington, Idaho then back to CA ideas

Hope you are budgeting a lot of time for your trip. There is a lot of beautiful country up here and it is widely spaced. I like Silver Falls State park for a day. It isn't too far off of I5 out of Salem.
Durb 03/30/19 08:24am Roads and Routes
RE: Vintage RAM.... what to do?

I guess I am lucky to live in a cloud state, rather than a sun state. I have no plastic issues with my 04, and I can tear off 12 hours in the driver's seat, no problem. I also would have no problem hooking up my 10k fifth wheel and drive diagonal across the country for a visit. I purposely avoid the opportunity to drive a new truck, makes me continue to appreciate what I have. Don't know about your state, but up here, the sales tax alone on a truck upgrade would pay for your transmission rebuild. Paying sales tax will not add to your driving enjoyment. The depreciation alone on a new truck will pay for the rest of your upgrades. No doubt the new trucks are more capable. Simplicity has its merits. Changed my oil and fuel filter earlier this week. Less than sixty bucks for everything. Your dash may be cracking, but you don't have a CEL staring at you all the time. I'm sticking with my truck, it does the job.
Durb 03/23/19 11:21am Tow Vehicles
RE: Pin Weight

I heard a number once that 60% of the weight you put in the basement will go to the pin as a general rule. If you have a rear kitchen or toy hauler, that might tend to lighten the pin. Location of the water heater and tanks also factor in. I have a Dually so I don't worry about it. If you are on the ragged edge regarding your weights, then it is best to have it weighed.
Durb 03/19/19 02:22pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Zipper Replacement Adco Cover

Abnormal winds this year took care of my Adco cover. It is now in three pieces awaiting the garbage man. Plenty of good zippers on it if you want. PM me if you are interested. Garbage day is Wednesday.
Durb 03/18/19 10:46pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Airbag assist rear suspension??

I installed Firestones on my 04 with manual inflate/deflate, took less than an hour. They do what they were designed to do. Auto inflate would be a nice convenience. Keeping the bags at minimum air is an inconvenience. I installed mine with separate air chucks, I'm considering teeing the lines together to balance the pressure and provide a single fill point. Leaning and unbalanced loads are not issues for me.
Durb 03/14/19 09:30am Fifth-Wheels
RE: So what is your take on diesel fuel prices after 2020?

The thread is titled diesel prices after 2020. I believe the election will have more bearing on fuel prices than sulphur content. One party wants to eliminate fossil fuel production altogether, the other wants to expand it. Supply will dictate the price.
Durb 03/09/19 10:17am Tow Vehicles
RE: Extended Warranty Question

Wow. Based on your accumulated miles, that cost is equivalent to paying over a dollar per mile for a warranty. That's like paying fifteen bucks a gallon for diesel, with the downside of not being able to drive anywhere with it. At 74k, that engine is starting to hit its stride. I would consider a severe maintenance schedule, using the finest fluids and filters including a quality fuel lubricant. I would take the gamble and forget the warranty. It's like betting that you might get hosed versus knowing you are getting hosed.
Durb 03/08/19 09:57am Tow Vehicles
RE: Backing a 5th wheel up a Steep Driveway

Consider an air hitch, mine has around 4 inches of vertical adjustment from full inflate to total deflate. You can then use air to raise and lower the rear of the trailer as needed. 4 inches of drop on the pin is going to be pretty close to 4 inches of rise of the rear. Best part, you get to enjoy the hitch the rest of the time when towing.
Durb 03/07/19 01:59pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Bio-diesel / Is it a good or bad thing for the engine ?

My state (Washington), and probably Oregon also, mandates a minimum of 2% biodiesel. They can add up to 5% of bio and still call it #2 diesel. No getting away from it.
Durb 02/27/19 08:45am Tow Vehicles
RE: Lowering my dually?

My fifth wheel has only 54" of overhang with a non-adjustable pin box. I took off the 1 ton overload springs and bump stops and installed air bags which are at the minimum 6 psi when towing. I needed two inches of squat to bring my trailer to level. The truck has some rake when empty and actually sits level when towing. I have been towing set up like this for four years with no adverse effects. About 2,300# in the bed. 2WD though. 04.5 Ram 3500 dually, also quad cab in silver. You could put extra weight in your bed such as a large aux tank with fuel,
Durb 02/24/19 12:01pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Diesel Oil.....

I use Delo 400 in my 5.9, buy it on special at Costco. However, I change my oil at smaller intervals than most as the process is simple and relatively inexpensive. I may be wrong, but in my mind, clean dino oil may be better for my engine than dirty synthetic oil. If I had a bypass filter, I would run synthetic with longer intervals. Since my truck has low miles, I can't say anything quantitatively about longevity.
Durb 02/23/19 09:16am Tow Vehicles
RE: Proper 5th Wheel Hitch Position

No matter what some will shout, the big problems caused by unequal axle loading are, at best, Urban Legend, and more likely what some leaders call "Fake News". It is called a problem, but nobody has EVER published any kind of proof that it was the actual cause of a problem. Nobody! If you truly understand how an equalized suspension system works it should be obvious that the first several hundred pounds of "unequal" load will cause the system to transfer weight to the other axle. That is why it is called "equalizing". Only after the suspension of the heavier loaded axle has reached the limit of travel does the weight not partially transfer. Don't misunderstand. Equal loading is the preferred condition and is what I try to achieve with my trailer. You are not, however, causeing some kind of disaster if you are a couple of hundred pounds off. Allen Good points regarding equalized suspensions. Keep in mind that many fifth wheels do not have equalized suspension. MORryde IS equipped trailers do not have equalized axles nor do those with Dexter Torflex axles, like mine. There are more and more travel trailers being produced with torsion style axles. I can attest to the fact that my towing dynamics are far different from nose high to level. As stated, level is always best.
Durb 02/22/19 10:00am Fifth-Wheels
RE: No Overnight Parking at Interstate Rest Areas

seeing as if you pick up something, they step in front of you and hold out a can for putting money into. to me that is a want, not a ask. i say just post prices.Your experiences are much different than mine. Besides, asking prices means getting a license, charging sales tax, etc. And it's usually for a good cause. I am the poster that has worked the rest stop kiosk. We offer coffee, tea, hot chocolate and cookies for free. There is a donation can and it is marked that all donations go to charity. Most drop in something, some don't, some leave something and don't take any coffee. I find working the kiosk to be uplifting as virtually everyone that drops by is friendly, even those that use the rest stops as their permanent overnighters. We don't step in front of anyone, all we do is say "thank you" and engage in light conversation.
Durb 02/20/19 07:41am General RVing Issues
RE: 2006 Diesel Exhaust Brake

PacBrake needs air pressure to activate. If you already have on-board air for bags, you could possibly save some money on a compressor and holding tank. Don't buy an early Banks unit used for the 48RE transmission unless you do a lot of research. They had two versions based on transmission electronics and a throttle position sensor. Their on-line information didn't delineate at all. My Pacbrake was around $2k installed and worth every penny. PacBrake does run promotions which I took advantage of, $250 as I recall.
Durb 02/17/19 11:39am Tow Vehicles
RE: Cummins 5.9 Filters

I want the best filter for sure. Thanks What about servicing the transmission, since I just bought it? Get someone to do a complete fluid "EXCHANGE" and adjust the inner and outer bands. Or do it your self as it's not hard to do at all. You have to drop the transmission pan to access one of the adjustments for the bands, not the most pleasant of jobs. You will also need a quality low range torque wrench. Best to do this job when changing the transmission filter which is also available from Amazon. I bought my Ram with 62k miles, it shifted kind of clunky. I dropped the pan, changed the filter and adjusted the bands. I also replaced the pan with one with a drain plug. I filled with Castrol ATF+4 (Amazon) and drove for thirty minutes, drained off 7 quarts and refilled. 100% improved shifting performance. I now splash and fill 7 quarts of ATF every other oil change. really simple. Can't say why, but many on the forum discourage using one of the transmission flushing machines.
Durb 02/14/19 11:29am Tow Vehicles
RE: No Overnight Parking at Interstate Rest Areas

I've worked the "Free Coffee" kiosk in the morning at a rest stop. There is a whole community of people who live in their cars and rotate rest stops to use as their homes. They know who each other are and watch out for each other. One woman told me that most of them have jobs but can't put together enough to get back into a place to live. Really sad.
Durb 02/14/19 11:10am General RVing Issues
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