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RE: Alternative stove

Love some of the claims here.... Now a 1lb Propane bottle will cook every meal for most of the summer.....roflmao.
Grit dog 01/26/20 01:42pm General RVing Issues
RE: RAM 2500 V10 model year 2000

Yup. And they have some power, especially with the 5 speed. The NV4500 is a highly regarded and pretty bulletproof trans. Better than the automatic option at that time without a doubt.
Grit dog 01/26/20 01:38pm Truck Campers
RE: No! I’m not top heavy.

^ Ahhh, the ole too much wheel well space ticket.....lol.
Grit dog 01/26/20 08:04am Towing
RE: RV for Central America Trip

If you've traveled into rural areas and can handle yourself, I'd worry less- we heard all kinds of tales and warnings about going to Alaska but it was much milder, and the rig did much better, than I feared. Knock on wood... I don’t like doing the negativity thing like some of the grandfarts on here, and think it’s an awesome adventure in the making. But to compare the dangers of going to Alaska (people) vs Mexico and Central America is like assuming every bear in AK has a gun and is trying to steal your money not your picnic basket. Vehicle wise, I still think you’re looking at far too new of a rig for a trip into the unknown. There are just too many 10-20 year old RVs with super low miles and in good shape for 1/2 of what even a 5 year old would cost. And then beating it up potentially won’t hurt your wallet as much. But when you mention “learn the mechanics” and 6 months in the same sentence, that means you’re not already mechanically saavy and 6 months is not much time to learn how to repair a vehcile or RV. So buy in good condition
Grit dog 01/26/20 07:32am Class C Motorhomes
RE: New to Towing what is safe to tow with 2012 Tahoe

You're good, go for it.
Grit dog 01/24/20 09:11am Tow Vehicles
RE: Would I ever be happy towing with a half ton truck

I'm guessing most people will never pull their camper up a 30% grade. Shiners post about doing away with the old 1/2-3/4-1ton ratings is spot on. Nothing fits those molds anymore. The axle and weight ratings are really where it's at to figure out what meets your needs. ^ Probably not, but that's Marty's thing. How steep a hill can he dead start a load on is one of his primary criteria for determining a truck's ability. I don't think 1/2 or 3/4 ton is even perceived as a rating. Anyone who doesn't know that it's a general term used to describe the class of truck and has absolutely nothing to do with how much it can haul in the bed won't benefit from a name change anyway. Who cares. It's like believing that if it isn't Kleenex brand, you an't blow your nose with it. This thread was about the OP's perception of the ability of himself and his truck towing his trailer. Although it's strayed pretty far from that by now.
Grit dog 01/24/20 09:09am Tow Vehicles
RE: Used truck camper

Maybe it’s the way you worded your response but to be clear, 3500 doesn’t automatically mean dually and it is a super important detail when it comes to truck campers. Are there many used units to choose from out there? Chances are you’ll hear good and bad about all 3 models. Personally I’d choose whichever one is in the best shape if your choices are limited. We tow with a 950 model camper but the trailer tongue has diamond plate which works for a step when connected. Also the door is offset to one side some which allows for a small step ladder (Little Jumbo) to sit nicely along side. I wouldn’t rule out a rear door automatically. To be clear, my truck is a dually. I know about tire capacity and tow weight. I know I will be towards the upper end of the capacity of the truck. I've hauled enough hay and cattle to understand that. The pontoon boat is going to be an 18 ft. As far as availability, there are enough out there to choose from if you are patient. I appreciate your input. bgm1956, welcome to the forum! Please don't mind the antagonism and negativity. It seems to be a thing with some of the readership of this forum, but there's alot of good info to be had here as well. And to confirm, as you are already aware, you have enough truck for pretty much any commercially made TC out there. I can only speak from experience on Arctic Fox campers. Have had 2 of them now, from the same era you're considering. Had an 05 (first year aluminum frame, thought that was an important quality at the time) that we bought in 2013 and now an 03 (wood frame). My observations are as such. I have yet to realize any advantages of the aluminum framed unit. The older one appears just as solid and not any heavier. Age wise, I believe it's about 95% how well the camper was treated and how heavy of use it's seen and 5% age of the camper when determining reliability (at least for the AF campers). Both of ours have been virtually issue free. However both of them were only and are only used recreationally and don't have 2000 nights of use or similar. Have had no issues with any of the major components in either one and have had the 03 since 2014. It does however get stored indoors when not in use and was stored under a carport for many years prior to us buying it. The "features" of a newer AF appear to be virtually the same as the older ones. I don't see a marked improvement or newer equipment in the newer ones. Stove, fridge, water system, heater, etc are all the same or similar. Advantages I like about the AF campers: -Large capacity tanks and propane. - Full wall slide = more room - So far appear to be of very good quality - Good use of space for storage space - Full features (real oven, big fridge, etc) - Ducted heat helps keep tanks from freezing Disadvantages: - Definitively on the heavy end , but it's not like I'm haulin it on MY back, the truck is, so not a concern for me. - The wet bath in ours is too small (but it's a bathroom, which is better than no bathroom, so...) Good luck shopping for them. The biggest things I'd look for in an older camper is one that is lightly used and has not been out in the weather constantly.
Grit dog 01/24/20 08:59am Truck Campers
RE: timbrens

The differences between them and airbags are that they do nothing until contacting the axle and they are more abrupt and support more weight than airbags at low pressure which yours likely are. Have only used them as half tons to effectively double or more what the truck could carry without bottoming out, and ultimate comfort was not my goal, but found them to be quite durable and simple. I guess effective, but not as luxurious as airbags is a good description.
Grit dog 01/22/20 11:03pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla camp mode

That's great. With my generator humming I may even be able to get the battery charged up enough to drive back home when we're done camping. Hauling fuel and a generator along to charge my electric truck seems to somewhat defeat the purpose, though. No, silly. Can you imagine a Tesla rolling down the highway with a Honda 2k and a jerry can of unleaded strapped to a hitch rack off the back bumper? No self respecting leaf lickin, tree huggin, courderoy wearing, liberal environmentalist would be caught dead like that. The camp mode is for when you’re camped out at the charging station napping before the next 150mi leg of your journey to your next campsite, I mean charging station. Not like you can plug these things into trees ya know!
Grit dog 01/22/20 05:15pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Cruise testing, I would be uncomfortable

^ That's funny!
Grit dog 01/22/20 07:48am Tow Vehicles
RE: Need Help with Utility Trailer Decision

If you go with a wood deck, I would request 5/4" PT deck boards. They will last longer that even PT 3/4" plywood. Make sure the floor can be replaced without having to dismantle the sides. Every wood floor utility trailer I've ever seen or used has 2x lumber for the flooring, so no issues there. (or thicker if a heavier trailer) Enclosed trailers typically get plywood or some variant of.
Grit dog 01/22/20 07:43am General RVing Issues
RE: Why aren't Truck Campers popular in W. Pa.?

I have a Northern Lite 10-2 on a GMC 3500. When I weighed it ready to camp, the stock rear wheels and tires were right at the limit. I had to go to 19.5's to feel safe. It handles well now, no more sway. Most truck sway is in the sidewalls of the tires. No way would I use a 3/4 ton to carry most of the campers out there. In fact, I don't know why they even make 3/4 ton trucks. Either get a real truck or a little grocery-getter 1/2 ton. Sorry, but I'm rather highly opinionated. I guess that's an understatement. Only my opinion, didn't mean to offend anyone. Do you realize that most 3/4T and 1T srw trucks are essentially the same truck?
Grit dog 01/22/20 07:33am Truck Campers
RE: 4 season camping

IMHO there is no such thing as a 4-season camper, ie. one that can be used in the dead of winter. It's not a house. One option might be to buy a 3-season camper and rent a cabin for the really cold times and locations. Dick, the weather is different here in the winter than in IL. Way warmer in the areas that the OP is talking about. All the coastal areas are rarely below freezing in the winter. Weather hovers in the 40s most of the time. And the Cascades at the ski areas are only just enough colder typically to turn the rain into snow. In all my winter mountain outings in the Cascades in the last 8 years, we ski and snowmobile, I can think of 2 "cold" days, like zero or single digits in the morning and far more days where the snow turned to rain or vice versa during the day. RVing at the ski hills or snowparks is fairly common and popular out here due to the generally mild temperatures.
Grit dog 01/22/20 07:26am Travel Trailers
RE: Would I ever be happy towing with a half ton truck

^Sway = a little wiggle probably. Everyone's definition and sensitivity to the sensation of a trailer is differnet. That and not all half tons are made the same. Unlike the progressive rate coils on the 2500's, the linear rate coils on the Ram 1500 are soft compared to the suspension setups of the other two. I have a friend that tows his 6k trailer with hos Ram 1500 Ecodiesel. He could not stand the squat and sway with the stock coils and installed after market progressive rate coils from TufTruck. Unloaded ride got a little harsher, but loaded ride was way more stable and almost zero squat with his trailer hooked up even without the WDH hooked up. The good thing for him is since he mainly only tows the trailer twice a year down to the cost in spring and buck up in the fall, he can very easily swap out the coils back to stockers when he is not towing. It literally only takes him about 10 minutes to swap. Ya, theres probably alot to be said for beefing up the rear suspension on the Ram 1500s. I like Rams and I wouldn't buy a newer 1500 if I was going to work the truck unless I planned on giving the suspension some help. That said, the gentleman also said that he can live with it, meaning he likely understands sway and SWAY! But then again, I consider it a decent tow if the trailer isn't trying to pass the truck! For the OP, he either needs to gain more confidence in his rig, set it up better, understand how it reacts, or just over truck himself into a rock solid towing situation for peace of mind. Nothing wrong with that. I understand the luxury and virtues of having more truck than needed, but also understand that it's not always in the cards or necessary either.
Grit dog 01/21/20 06:47pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Anyone with the Ford 6.2 Carrying TC

It will do fine. Not sure the new trans is offered with the old engine though?
Grit dog 01/21/20 06:32pm Truck Campers
RE: Camping in Minnesota

Mosquitoes are always around near water in MN. By late August that are not so bad. By mid spetember they are not that much of a problem. In rural states like SD and WY keep your gas tank more than half full and you will be fine. ^What he said. Skeeters usually tail off quite a bit by mid Sept unless it's remained extremely warm. In many years of driving Western States, I feel its never been more than about 100mi to a gas station. However, the easiest peace of mind ever is an extra can of gas if it's of concern to you. Good luck in your travels!
Grit dog 01/21/20 06:25pm Travel Trailers
RE: Camping in Minnesota

Gas stations are few and far apart in SD, NE and MN. I suggest you stay home back in Indiana to be safe. Man, don't be a dink to her.
Grit dog 01/21/20 06:19pm Travel Trailers
RE: Low clearance - cut this off?

From that perspective it doesn't look "that" low, but it also doesn't look like you're using the wd bars, or the front end has a leveling kit? Trailer has leaf springs? If so, make it easy, flip the hitch, which will raise it slightly and remove the low hanging encumbrance. And if the trailer sits a tad nose high, it won't really hurt anything. That's what I'd try fist before going through the trouble of sawing off a solid 2x2 bar.
Grit dog 01/21/20 12:14pm Towing
RE: No! I’m not top heavy.

^ Oh yeah, it's 14' or darn close to it. Those really don't seem like a great solution to me, but they must be for some, I don't even like worrying about my 12' tall camper much less something that's over height. Heck there's a couple freeway overpasses in the Seattle area that would give that Razor a haircut! (I've replaced the girders on them for the highway department. They get hit semi regularly)
Grit dog 01/21/20 10:57am Towing
RE: Low clearance - cut this off?

Pictures can be deceiving, but your sig pic looks like that truck is sagging more than expected with a HD 4x4. Especially if the wd bars are doing anything. If that's not the case and the truck isn't sagging then it won't hurt anything trimming the bar. I am taking the RIG out next month and will get a profile photo then, and a photo up close of the hitch. Right now the trailer is tucked away and I won't pull it out for a photo session. Thanks to you (and all the others) for the input so far. How much was the back of the truck sagging when you did have it hooked up?
Grit dog 01/21/20 10:53am Towing
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