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RE: Fuel Availability

There's a lot of misunderstandings about how fuel deliveries are paid for. For starters, some of the locations are "company owned" or "salary operated". At those stores, the oil company owns the location and the station doesn't pay for the load. Some companies work on true consignment where the branded company delivers the load and then the dealer pays as they go (on terms, of course). These are rare, but Amoco used to be the main major company to do this. I don't know if they still do. In these cases, Amoco owns the oil until it's sold. Amoco can call the dealer at any time and change the cost, and then the dealer needs to change their price. In most cases, the dealers receive the load and then gets invoiced for it and they pay according to their terms. In no case does the dealer hand the driver a sack of doubloons to pay for the load of fuel. In my best Brandon voice…cmon man! Don’t go inserting fact and substance into a perfectly good sky is falling paranoia thread! Lol Cheers!
Grit dog 05/25/22 10:48am General RVing Issues
RE: New truck! Got it!

Seems like the 1500's are getting so capable that going to a 2500 doesn't get you much. Lol. I see what you did there! Tryin to razzle up the rvnet weight cops I see…. But yeah, not even close to a HD chassis. Although the new 1500s are pretty stout for what they are.
Grit dog 05/25/22 07:09am Tow Vehicles
RE: Travel Trailer Towing Recommendations

Curious, what percentage of the time do people need to use 4wd in the winter to get around on the roads? How well would someone from WA know the winter road conditions (ability of WI Dot to plow) in WI or any where in the Great Lakes region? I drove a 3/4 ton company van back in the 90’s, through upstate NYS winters and never had a problem. I’ve used a lot of outhouses and wiped with leaves or my t shirt pocket before too. But I’d prefer a nice flush toilet and some Charmin. Same difference…
Grit dog 05/25/22 07:04am Tow Vehicles
RE: Newbie Ques for hitch selection

Also, any comments of this is a good rig or I’m making any rookie mistakes with this setup. Thanks in advance for taking the time. While not ideal, I'd still drag a little trailer like that with your rig, provided there are no fatal flaws in the towing ability, like @ktmfrs pointed out.
Grit dog 05/24/22 01:47pm Travel Trailers
RE: WDH

I'll just leave this here for all the 500/5000 folks... Note this is from a 2019 GM truck owners manual, so ymmv... Vehicle Series Hitch Type Maximum Tongue Weight 1500 Weight-Carrying or Weight-Distributing 567 kg (1,250 lb) 2500/3500 Standard Box Weight-Carrying or Weight-Distributing 680 kg (1,500 lb) 2500/ 3500 Long Box Weight-Carrying or Weight-Distributing 907 kg (2,000 lb) PS, the hitches on a 2500 and 3500 from the factory are the same, 1500tw vs 2000tw is likely due to GVWR restrictions as this is for gassers which didn't get the GM 2500 "bump" in gvwr. Or the cliffs notes. 500lbs tw is NOWHERE near needing a wdh to save the hitch. Not even on a newer half ton. PPS, 5000lbs is the bumper ball limit.
Grit dog 05/24/22 12:15pm Towing
RE: Can You Swap Brake Controller Temporarily

I’ve got a 2013 Ram 1500 Big Horn with a tekonsha primus iq brake controller for out trailer that’s probably about 8,000 loaded. I was supposed to bring the trailer to a campground for my Dad to use but we just had a baby and I can’t get away long enough for a trip like that. We have a family friend who is going on this trip too and he’s got a newer 1500 but no brake controller. Is it an easy thing to just remove my brake controller from my truck, install it temporarily in his and then put it back in my truck once the trip is over? We had the rv dealer install the unit years ago so I’m not sure if it’s as simple as just unplugging it from mine and plugging it into his truck and then tidy up the slack wires. If the pigtail on your 2013 is the same as the one in the newer Ram, 99% chance it's plug n play. May still have to mount it in the truck so it can be tuned for level. Other options, good enough friend to swap trucks with? Wireless brake controllers are stupid easy, but will cost someone a couple hundo?
Grit dog 05/24/22 12:06pm Towing
RE: Can You Swap Brake Controller Temporarily

You had a professional install your brake controller initially. That was a good idea then...and it is a good idea now. Yet people who aren't "professionals" do it all the time with no issue...
Grit dog 05/24/22 12:02pm Towing
RE: Travel Trailer Towing Recommendations

This has been a challenge for a very long time, and hasn't got any better over the years. How does one safely bring a large family (too large for a pickup) and tow an RV trailer? Why would it get any better? It's such an uncommon requirement that the manufacturers see no market for a vehicle that meets those needs. Exactly. For that reason and stricter federal fuel efficiency requirements, is why you don't see 3/4 ton SUVs. All good points and a good discussion. Looking back, 3/4 ton suvs were around before crew cab trucks even existed and still popular when crew cabs became more mainstream. Although 4 door SUVs were never "that" popular, as ONLY GM made them for years (and still does, just not for civilian use unfortunately). Ford and Dodge never made a 4 door 1/2 ton suv until the Expedition came along. Dodge just now released the new Waggoneer, but not a 3/4 ton. Jeep made the Grand Waggoneer for a while, 1/2 ton only. And Ford made a 3/4 ton Excursion for like 6 or 7 years and stopped. Proof that they were never a "huge" slice of the market and still aren't. And crew cab trucks have sliced that market even thinner. Although I think now, 1 mfg could capitalize on a HD suv as what's left out there are now very rare and old and mostly high miles or beat up. Existing stock has been done used up... But I'm no automotive financial analyst...
Grit dog 05/24/22 11:59am Tow Vehicles
RE: Twisted Truck? UPDATE-Fixed!

I must be hard of understanding. If I stack up 3 2X 12s all a foot long, I would think the tire would push top off instead of climbing. OTOH, put a 10 inch on top a 12 inch on top of a 14 inch, likely will walk up with no trouble. Even with my 13 inch trailer tires. Sorry if I was unclear, yes, stair stepped. I jsut jamb all the boards against the tire and that stair steps them enough to climb up. And like morsnow said, I have used 4wd or 4lo to ease up them (mainly because my old truck was a manual trans with a on/off clutch, not much slipping to be had to ease into something). 4wd aldo helps to pull the wheel up without kicking the boards out vs pushing a non driven tire onto the boards. I generally used 2x6s or occasionally pull onto a 4x4 like bedlam.
Grit dog 05/24/22 11:51am Truck Campers
RE: Lowering / raising with manual jacks

Never had manual jacks, but the ability to lift or lower one end or one side (2 jacks at a time) is invaluable in keeping it stable (and quicker, lol). If you can employ a wife/helper etc and have 2 drills or hand cranks or whatever, it would be preferable IMO. Strange you could get it to pick a front leg, but good, I mean great, as it's pretty well balanced for loading (most TC's will 3 leg and pick a rear leg no problem, but most wont float a front leg due to center of gravity) Idk where to find jacks, but good luck in your search and happy camping with your new camper!
Grit dog 05/24/22 11:45am Truck Campers
RE: New member looking for 1st TT!

JIMNLIN Sorry, total girl here. Thought I'd said, 1500. Also, our trips will mostly be long weekends. Occasional week I suppose. Sadly we have a while to go before retirement, by then I suspect we'll be looking at larger vehicle and tt. ?? Jack n Dianne? Great tune! You didn't, but by default, you did since Ram didn't offer a 8 speed in HD trucks in 2014. Good news, tell your husband the ZF 8HP70 trans in that truck is one of the best current transmissions out there. First offered as an option in 2013 (and pretty new to ZF at the time), is STILL the same trans that Chrysler runs in ALL of their rear wheel drive applications 8 years later with virtually no changes, including HD Hemi 2500/3500 trucks, SRTs, Hellcats and Demons. (The 700-900hp applications are 1 step up in internal components than your trans, which is run in the 400-500hp applications) Also widely used in Europe in med duty applications. Only weak link of that truck is the factory coil suspension. Comfy but soft. Throw some bags or Timbrens etc on it if not already done for other hauling purposes. I'd be thinking 7-8klb max trailer weight and 30' or less. And more comfortable towing 7k or less. You have tons of options. PS, I second the notion of buying a used TT, but someone has to buy the new ones, so might as well be YOU! Good luck in your search!
Grit dog 05/24/22 11:39am Travel Trailers
RE: Newbie Ques for hitch selection

Vehicle weight sounds a little porky, unless you're figuring it loaded with passengers and stuff. Which would figure into your available payload. Idk about the exact recommendation for that vehicle (based on the info posted above), but in general, little mid size suvs will want/need a wdh for any significant tongue weight. Not as tolerant of weight as say a full size truck or something designed more with towing and tongue weight in mind. You're tracking correctly.
Grit dog 05/24/22 11:29am Travel Trailers
RE: Replacement catalytic converter

We feel your pain! Ours was stolen 2 weeks ago while it sat in our driveway. We do live out in the country so guess it was easy pickins! We have been very lucky, Insurance paid for the repairs, local muffler shop was able to get a replacement and is now scheduled to go in the shop on Monday! Hope you succeed in getting yours repaired. Dang, got methy people out in the country too... At least easier to get fixed than in Cali, but this is getting out of hand, everywhere it seems. Not a week goes by on virtually every construction project we have going that something doesn't get stolen or vandalized. Highlights from 1 job in the last month. 3 cordless tools and $1000 worth of batteries for them, out of our staging yard, fenced, occupied during the day, out of an unlocked storage container. Forklift or manlift start battery almost every weekend. Either stolen or break in attempt into locked battery box. Brand new demo saw, set down on sidewalk within 100' of where crew working. Car pulls into lane closure, grab n go, $1200 drove away in a $1200 meth-mobile! All the job trucks now get taken home by employees at night. We've resorted to just making them take home trucks for someone as less of a chance being vandalized at someone's residence vs sitting on the job, where it is a certainty every weekend. Security system only lets you know who's going to steal it the next time, doesn't prevent theft cause not like the cops show up. Security guard, also useless on a 2 mile long job. Other contractor tried it for a while at great cost, but not too hard to watch the rent a cop drive the other direction at night and know you have a half hour or more before he comes back by. I'll refrain from the political comments...lol
Grit dog 05/24/22 11:21am Class C Motorhomes
RE: I am the truck killer!

ZR2 conjures up images of 20 year old S10 blazers! Gonna make you feel old. Try 30 years. The ZR2 was 1994-1996 according to Wikipedia. Dang, you're right! Thanks buddy...lol
Grit dog 05/24/22 09:13am Tow Vehicles
RE: Idle/Drive Ratio

"Man we need to go have a beer sometime!" ^^ I would enjoy going for a beer with these Ram guys! Would be fun to do some bikin too, on or off road! I'm a bit far away though. Jerry I'm down! But street bikes scare me. I'll probably never own one, because every fast one I've been on, I've tried to see how fast it would go. I like my chances against dirt, stumps, rocks and snow better! On that note, if I ever get time to ride, I'm wanting to get a dualsport. For now, all the motorsports are snow machines, but I could put the wheels back on the 450.
Grit dog 05/24/22 09:06am Tow Vehicles
RE: Travel Trailer Towing Recommendations

I gotta say...didn't read all 9 pages! Jerry You should. It's entertaining!
Grit dog 05/24/22 08:53am Tow Vehicles
RE: Travel Trailer Towing Recommendations

Curious, what percentage of the time do people need to use 4wd in the winter to get around on the roads? How well would someone from WA know the winter road conditions (ability of WI Dot to plow) in WI or any where in the Great Lakes region? There ya go making assumptions...lol. If it helps you sleep at night not wondering how someone who lives in WA (where it also snows, lol) would know what snow conditions in WI are like, I am not "from" WA, I am "from" the upper midwest and I've "lived" in the western mountains or nearby from AZ to AK since coming from the midwest, save for a year back in N WI. And while most of y'all are arguing the finer points of a wdh for your camper, all winter, I try to find the biggest snow strom and drive into it, with a 28' trailer in tow, so I can go try not to get too stuck on the side of a mountain somewhere with something with 1 wheel drive (but it's a big wheel with big treads, lol). And snow is snow, except it's different based on moisture content and temperature. I'd actually take my chances in an average WI winter with no 4wd than in Western WA....because the snow is slippery-er here. "Need" 4wd? Idk, sometimes it's needed sometimes it's a luxury, sometimes its of no use (hence most 4wd vehicles have this little lever or switch to turn it off). I could live without alot of luxuries. We all could, but if you have the means?
Grit dog 05/24/22 08:52am Tow Vehicles
RE: WDH

As I am so used to having a WDH hooked up, it would seem strange not to have one. Marv This^ is the only issue with not running one. That empty feeling that RVers apparently get in the pit of their stomach when they don't see the wdh security blanket in place.... No, you don't need a wdh. If the trailer tows like carp, you may want sway control (another security blanket that is likely not needed in many/most setups as well). If it helps ease your mind, I've yet to use a wdh on any of the 100s of different trailers I've pulled over the last 30+ years. Including our current RV which is rolling down the road at 33' long, something over 10klbs (never weighed it) and hitched up, requires 30-40psi in the bags to level the truck back up. Tows yust fine. However the correct answer is the 3/4" sag in your suspension means nothing. That's supposed to happen when you put a little weight in/on the back of the truck. Don't ask us. Take it for a drive and see if you're happy, not happy or freaked out about how it tows.
Grit dog 05/24/22 08:37am Towing
RE: SiO2 Charging Profile

Whoever replied at 1521, it's not showing on mine yet. Apparently that means you are in Admin's bad books! :) Wudn't me!
Grit dog 05/24/22 08:20am Tech Issues
RE: Twisted Truck? UPDATE-Fixed!

I don't see any post like that. No, you're right, OPs update of his first post did not add the explanation of the adding 2 more ramps. Only mentioned further down in the thread, but of no consequence really. I'd only "park" on a slope like that if necessary, not by design.
Grit dog 05/24/22 08:15am Truck Campers
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