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RE: Accident with tow vehicle right before big camping trip?

Dave, good info on insurance and thanks for posting that. BUT...it's less about what your insurance policy will cover based on assignment of fault and more about what rental companies will rent you a vehicle that you can tow with. Just because the ins co gives you the $$$ to rent a tow vehicle doesn't mean the rental company has to allow you to tow with it. Amen. I can't imagine finding a decent tow vehicle at a rental lot. And lots of luck finding a rental truck with a fifth wheel hitch. 5ver hitch is tough, but you can rent 1 ton crew cabs from pretty much any equipment rental outfit. Not getting a 2019 Duramax with your favorite 5ver hitch is akin to not getting a 2019 Lamborghini if that's what got wrecked. Specialty vehicles. However if you have a puck system 5ver hitch, bet you could find a truck to rent and put it in. Bottom line, noone is guaranteed a life with no difficulty or setbacks, and this is not one to pine over.
Grit dog 10/20/20 07:08pm Travel Trailers
RE: Accident with tow vehicle right before big camping trip?

they t-boned us as they fled the scene. My wife's head went through the window and she needed a zillion or so stitches in her forehead. There's no way to put a price tag on that, but the price would have been zero if we didn't have the uninsured coverage. Ask your agent about your uninsured coverage and see what he/she has to say about it. A good agent will talk you out of buying unnecessary coverage. Also think about asking your agent about any hypothetical mods on your vehicles (lifts, special tires, sound equipment, fifth wheel hitch, etc.). Dave, thank you for the very informative explanations. I am supposing they will help many who read this. My first question was sort of rhetorical, as we typically decline under/un-insured motorist coverage for the reasons you explained. Essentially, I'm betting the value of my deductible that I won't get in a no fault accident with an un-insured party. And as well, the other "losses" you mentioned, rental car costs, personal property in excess of the stated limits, etc. It was good to hear it from an "un-biased" 3rd party, as we all know our insurance companies are "for profit" businesses! Regarding your example that I quoted. Absolutley correct, save for if one has health insurance, if there is no other "insurance" to subrogate to, then health insurance covers it (again, betting the amount of your Emergency visit, ambulance coverage, deductible, co pay, etc). I learned a long time ago how insurance companies sometimes determine "fault" and it is not always objective. Case of a bad car accident. Myself/passenger vs another car w 2 people. Other car totally at fault IMO, unless you consider turning left in front of someone going straight through a green light partial fault. In the end, I was deemed like 10% at fault. I believe the total cost of the accident exceeded the other party's limits, no other explanation considering the other driver got 2 moving violations. It affected my parents insurance rates though, ultimately. I also don't trust subrogation or fault determination and folks look at me weird when I say, if I'm in an accident that I am certain I'm not at fault, I don't divulge my insurance info. Now, I'm sure it can be found....internet...somehow. But back in the day, it worked. No proof of insurance, my company did not get a call (wasn't my fault anyway, but not taking the chance of partial fault). No proof of insurance ticket is easy to get dismissed IF you actually have insurance! Thanks again for the intel.
Grit dog 10/20/20 07:02pm Travel Trailers
RE: 12 Volt/120 Volt Portable Air Compressor

$99 for a 120V pancake compressor that puts out close to 3cfm at 80psi vs $200+ for a Viair 400 that puts out less than 1.5cfm at 80psi. And you can run air tools off the pancake 120V. + $400 for a decent cordless 1/2"impact wrench for changing tires, etc vs $100-150 for a good air powered impact. All in what you want out of your system. The ultimate in small packaging and convenience for doble the $ or more. Or much better capability and versatility for less than half the cost at the expense of storing something the size of a baby weber bbq.
Grit dog 10/19/20 02:30pm General RVing Issues
RE: 12 Volt/120 Volt Portable Air Compressor

You have a class C with generator and storage room. If you want something that is going to air up tires, multiple tires and not break the bank, the best bang for buck and duty cycle is a 120V pancake compressor or similar. Not sure how it lately "always shuts down in thermal mode". I cannot see needing to adjust pressure or air up tires on the same motorhome more than very occasionally. But for whatever reason if you're using alot of air, either spend $300 on a good Viair 12V that will work forever, but be slow, or get something that will put out some decent cfm at higher pressures. Personally I can't handle spending more than about 2 minutes per tire airing up from say 40psi to 80psi. But I'm not retired and looking for a way to kill a couple hours rotating the air in my tires...
Grit dog 10/19/20 02:22pm General RVing Issues
RE: Another month in border closures.

The border closures is now Nov 21st Nov 21st. Of what year? Totally staying out of the politics of this, this virus is really tough on OLD people and those that are really unhealthy. For the vast majority, it’s a minor issue like other viruses. My wife is a middle aged person with one of the most compromised systems one could have and by trade she’s a registered nurse and she can read through the BS and hype and is not afraid to “leave the house .” But the typical uneducated “fear” by the majority (one never knew what the average intelligence level of people really was until this pandemic) will perpetuate this fear for much longer......I fear.
Grit dog 10/19/20 09:23am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: GM and Gearing

I am not a diesel person. And I had a TT that some would never tow with a gas motor. I like not having to worry if my truck will make it to the destination. Don't need to be stuck on the side of the road. I'll take a gasser and a few less MPG's knowing I'll make it without issues. And yes, BTW, I'm a diesel tech. The only time I'll have a diesel is when we buy a DP. Then you’re either a paranoid or covering up for your lack of budget with statements like the above. Btw you don’t seem old enough to be this dramatic like the old farts here on geezernet......;)
Grit dog 10/19/20 08:54am Tow Vehicles
RE: GM and Gearing

Or you could bolt 150hp to your current truck. Pump gas supercharger. Blow away all the new gassers for less $ than a new truck!
Grit dog 10/19/20 01:53am Tow Vehicles
RE: GM and Gearing

Well, I guess I asked for it! my head is on my shoulders and not where some may think. No I am not Gear Savvy, so that is why I asked the question(s). I appreciated the knowledge and the input, I can afford the extra few dollars for gas, I am not a diesel person and so there ya have it. Thanks again for the input. I will do some further research before I buy the next truck. I am looking forward to it. Have a great rest of your day!!! Thanks again. Now that understanding final drive ratios is under your belt, in that what you need to know is that pulling the weight you’re pulling with a gas pickup, the deeper the gears the better. Also the more hp and more trans gears the better. Understand, if you don’t want the cost or complication of a diesel. Whether real or perceived, there are differences. 2 things. 1. You appear to be “ok” pulling what you’re pulling with your current truck, which I’m quite familiar with it’s performance. And it’ll get your trailer up a hill, as you know. 2. You also appear to have the means to get whatever vehicle you wish to, and whether or not you think so, if you experienced a better towing experience, I’ll bet you’d like it. That’s where the diesel recommendation comes in. However if you don’t want one, it’s your $. Like you said, you can spend extra $ on gasoline, so sure as heck don’t skimp on the gasser you get. GM is suckin hind teat right now. And the new 6.6 doesn’t match up to the competition... yet, with only a 6 speed imo. At a min, I’d be looking at a 6.4 Ram. 4.10s and the 8HP trans is proven and a great performer. But the best gasser numbers are coming out of the new 7.3 Ford. 10 speeds and I believe you can get 4.30 gears. Very noticeable improvement over your current rig. Good luck in your search!
Grit dog 10/19/20 01:27am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford 6L diesel in the news again

^LOL. Was hanging out with the guy and he talked about how “well” it towed and how most of the time he could keep er at only 4000rpms, lol. Only had to kick down to 5k on the hills! Changed his tune a little on the fuel... Someone asked him bout fuel he said “did great. Got 11mpg! Only used 5 tanks of gas”. (It was a little over 500 miles. He actually got about 5mpg....) This same guy asked me what the Dodge diesel got for mileage when we were running to Canada a bunch last year. Told him 17 ish. 18 on a good day. He was like “thought those got better mileage. I get 20 in the tundra. (On 38s then).”
Grit dog 10/18/20 10:58am Tow Vehicles
RE: The price of new trucks is beyond comprehension!

Home is home and we all have our preferences and I do not diss anyone's choices...like vehicles, clothes, food, drink, GF's n wives, etc Just be happy with your choices and if not so...then change it... I'll not purchase new again at 72 and find better uses for the premium of new Then the potential of all these used with too many bells and whistles (for me) are all potential failure points Unless you don’t have the means, you’re saving the $ for your kids’ inheritance or you’re just a curmedgeon, there is no “harm” in them “new fangled” features. I like a good running GMT 400 truck like yours and would drive one all day long.... I’m not a gotta have the latest and greatest, although 2 of the 6 rigs in the driveway are under 5 years old. But to act like many of the new features are not useful or comfortable or are some huge liability, is wrong, and someone with your keen automotive knowledge knows that. So if the real reason is you’re just not “into” new vehicles it’s fine. But just say that.
Grit dog 10/18/20 10:54am Tow Vehicles
RE: Colors of trucks!

I was visiting someone at a hospital and decided to have a look out the window. It happened that the view was of the parking lot six stories down. Out of the entire lot, 99% of the vehicles were either white/silver or extremely dark midnight blue, green, or black. It was very easy to spot my YELLOW Fiero as it was the only other color in the lot. Fiero? Lol It was also the only Fiero in the lot as well....
Grit dog 10/18/20 10:48am Tow Vehicles
RE: RV dump station Fee - pay if only getting fresh water ?

Typically it is ? Typically it is a silly question. The answer is whatever the answer is for where you’re dumping. I know you’re new but , planning a trip based on dump fees or soemthin?
Grit dog 10/18/20 10:40am Beginning RVing
RE: Help why is my battery terminal corroded and sparking?

Typ shrinker lack of response or return to thread.
Grit dog 10/18/20 10:37am Beginning RVing
RE: Accident with tow vehicle right before big camping trip?

^Great explanation. Question since you’re knowledgeable. RE uninsured or under insured for property. Let’s say you have full coverage on vehicle. Accident that is other party’s fault and they don’t have insurance. Or under insured. Will your collision policy not cover your vehicle in that event? I don’t believe collision coverage is predicated on fault. Is it ? Or another way...what good is uninsured coverage if you already have collision? TIA
Grit dog 10/18/20 10:34am Travel Trailers
RE: Grease gun/ grease recommendations

Grease guns? Depends how much you use them or what level of convienence you want. Manual , air powered or cordless electric. From cheap to expensive
Grit dog 10/18/20 10:20am Travel Trailers
RE: Grease gun/ grease recommendations

Both camps here. There is merit to “doing it wrong” and blowing out the seals. There is merit to disassembly and inspection. And there is nothing wrong with adding some grease thru an easy lube or bearing buddy IF you know what you’re doing and understand. Grease? I’m not generally a “this oil, grease , lube is the best” fanboy but I typically use Lucas red n tacky for basically all applications. Bearings, u joints, front end parts etc. Seems to last the longest. But anecdotal evidence only, I only grease our old commercial mowers once a year. They get used weekly for a couple hours from Apr to Oct. Just homeowner use keeping up 5 acres. If those blade and spindle bearings survive then it’s good grease.
Grit dog 10/18/20 10:19am Travel Trailers
RE: Gas station air/water station water safe?

If you eat gas station Sushi you will have no problems drinking from their water hose. ;) 100% greater chance getting the chits from the Yesterday’s sushi than the water.
Grit dog 10/17/20 01:22pm Beginning RVing
RE: Are other drivers killing your RV experience?

There is a little known phenomenon - when people get behind a wheel they become a$$H0!#$ The funny part of driving across the country, is that guy towing a big trailer doing 75-80 and getting about 4 mpg that has to stop every 200 miles for more gas, while I get 650 miles towing my rig at 60-64 mph and keep seeing him pass me all day. I never seem to pass him, but always see him in rear mirror then he flys by me WOT over and over and over. I think 7 times is the record in one day.I doubt you get triple the fuel mileage than a similar rig by driving 20 MPH slower. There is no way you can go 650 miles on a tank of gas while that similar rig can only make it 200. If you are traveling 650 miles in a day, it is going to take you almost 11 hours driving time at 60 MPH to get where you are going while the guy doing 80 is going to be there in just over 8. He will have time to eat a steak diner and while watching an entire football game from the comfort of his destination while you are still out on the highway dodging those terrible drivers. Maybe he isn't so crazy after all. @wapiticountry. #Goldielocks, lol!
Grit dog 10/17/20 12:16pm General RVing Issues
RE: Are other drivers killing your RV experience?

What find amusing, in city & towns people pass you like there hair is on fire, next red light you pull up beside them , or on the interstate people pass you do 20 over the speed limit, about one hour later they pass you again, I have had the same car or truck pass me 2 or 3 times in a day of driving! That’s me! I passed the same turtles twice driving down to Boise. So basically I got “there” a little quicker but stopped for fuel and to pick up another player and stopped for a sit down dinner. So what’s your point?
Grit dog 10/17/20 12:12pm General RVing Issues
RE: Are other drivers killing your RV experience?

I actually feel sorry for folks who let simple things like driving somewhere become a stressor or non starter in their life. However it lends credibility to the fact that no one has the “right” to drive a big RV and some should know their limits with respect to what they can handle. Reminds me of the guy a couple days ago. Middle of BFE Oregon on the Interstate. Traffic was somewhat heavy but still running at speed limit or more. Ole boy was a rolling road block and a major hazard running his truck n 5ver at about 50 mph down the freeway. Do I really care? Nope. Did it ruin my day? Nope. Did an OTR cab maggot pull out in front of me just to take 30 seconds to pass the RV guy about 2 mph faster? Yup. Both were road hazards.
Grit dog 10/17/20 08:19am General RVing Issues
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