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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
RE: New Trailer traveler - light weight, single

Thoughts? The decor scares me - but it could also show pride of ownership......what do you veterans think? https://www.rvtrader.com/listing/2007-Cikira-Rv-Classic-Cruiser-16LB-5006272270 It shows areas of exterior skin delamination which generally means a leak and possibly other damage. The good news is you can save money on a trailer lock. I like your plan, if it were me, and I was going to travel extensively, I would want tandem axles for towing comfort. Maybe bump your size range up a little. I hope you are a small guy, navigating that bathroom would be a challenge for me. Good luck.
Durb 02/12/19 10:10am Travel Trailers
RE: This ever happen to you?

I used to cover Oregon and Washington for my job, a lot of driving. I have seen it all. My response is to be overly courteous and shine on any untoward driving situations. Helped with my blood pressure and made my day run smoother. When my trailer is attached, I am in vacation mode. Being cut short by a trucker's lane change would cause me to slow down some, that's all. Out of mind in five seconds.
Durb 02/11/19 09:18am Roads and Routes
RE: Cummins 5.9 Filters

For oil, I use Fleetguard LF16035. For fuel, I use Baldwin PF7977. My research showed the Baldwin is a 5 micron filter as opposed to OEM 7 micron. This filter works fine with the in-tank lift pump. If you want to sweeten up that engine, try Optilube XPD fuel treatment. You will like it after a couple of tanks. Enjoy that truck. Both filters and Optilube are available through Amazon.
Durb 02/09/19 08:26pm Tow Vehicles
RE: What about those houses with RV Garages

Spent a Spring Break in Lake Havasu City, there are a lot of houses down there of just that style. Probably, to protect their RVs from the sun.
Durb 02/07/19 10:25am General RVing Issues
RE: Upstairs Living Room

Friends like theirs. The only complaint they have is the front slides are short and they bump their heads.
Durb 02/07/19 10:13am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Great older fifth wheels

We still enjoy going to the RV shows. We never see anything we would prefer over our current trailer. Some of the monster rigs are nice inside but they wouldn't gel with how we like to travel. All the bugs are worked out of our eleven year old trailer, now it's just hitting its stride.
Durb 02/06/19 07:13pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Hwy84 near Pendleton, Oregon

If you can take an extra 45 minutes after coming off the grade, check out Boardman RV and Marine park. Huge sites with full hook-ups separated by gobs of nicely mowed grass. Many sites right on the Columbia River.
Durb 02/05/19 10:34pm Roads and Routes
RE: 2005 1 ton Ram diesel

I have essentially the same truck (2004.5) with a PacBrake installed. I live where it is mountainous and wouldn't tow without it. Holding gears means nothing, there is no compression braking with your engine when stock. You will rely strictly on your truck and trailer brakes. In my opinion, adding the brake will allow for safer towing and make the truck easier to sell on the back end. There will be a slight increase in fuel economy due to lockup in third and less TC slippage due to higher fluid pressures the PacBrake programs for. Prior to the fifth wheel, I towed a 25 ft. TT and never once felt the brake was overkill. My truck has less miles than yours, I currently see no scenario where I would consider trading it.
Durb 02/03/19 09:04pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Oregon/Washington - May or September?

We stayed at Beverly Beach SP in May, the RV sites were hammered, glad we had reservations that we made early. The tent sites that would accept a really small trailer, Class B or tents were available. If you have a big rig, I would suggest using the reservation system and doing it early if you want to stay in the nicer state parks. September will afford you better weather.
Durb 02/03/19 10:50am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Oregon Hwy 22

My preference is taking 18 all the way to 101, I think it is faster. I took 22 to 130 to get to Pacific City once, pretty road, but slow, some one lane bridges. Had to listen to the family complain most of the way.
Durb 02/03/19 10:42am Roads and Routes
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