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RE: Unplanned Maintenance

Even though the OPs issue was a bad fuel filter, like others mentioned, bad fuel probably takes out more generators. Given most all on board gas gennys run off the vehicle fuel tank and running non ethanol gas in a big gas hog is anything but economical, it would be beneficial to put a valve on the gas line if there isn’t one, and run it dry it out of service for a while. For portable engines, the easy button if inconvenient to run it dry is use a fuel stabilizer, non ethanol or aviation fuel. With av gas being the best solution for long term storage.
Grit dog 08/14/20 12:25am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Yellowstone and 30ft Motorhomes

So you’re going to tow a SUV with a 25’ but not with a 30’? I’ve driven all over Yellowstone and didn’t see anywhere that 30 wouldn’t fit. Depending on crowds. The roads and parking areas all accomodate RVs that size that I can think of. But bigger = less options to park. But 25’ keeps you out of car parking spots anyway.
Grit dog 08/13/20 11:11am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Carelessness strikes again

I’d say don’t worry about it, I’ve done the same, but that would be too incriminating....
Grit dog 08/12/20 07:56pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Picked up my son his first tow vehicle

Nicely done! And IMO one of the best vehicle models out there, still. Should have a lot more good miles in it. Most I did on a GMT 400 was about 225k miles. I sold it at about 180? And saw it a couple years later with a gooseneck horse trailer hooked to it. Guy said it was still on original engine and trans. 5 speed 1990 Z71. My moms 97 Z71 had about 175k on it when she passed and still ran great. Very few repairs needed and nothing major. And a few others we drove the poop out of. You made a great choice! Now all the rust belters will be drooling on their keyboards!
Grit dog 08/12/20 07:47pm Tow Vehicles
RE: truck/trailer sway

Sway like trailer would just take off on it's own with no/minimal input that would make it sway? Like have to use the trailer brakes to pull it back in line? IMO, that heavy of tongue weight and light in the @ss end since you aren't hauling heavy toys in it, "should" add to the stability. Sorry to hear this, but before spending big bucks on a new hitch, maybe analyze what kind of "sway" you were getting and what your past experience and expectations are for comparison to the current experience toeing this trailer.
Grit dog 08/12/20 12:42pm Towing
RE: truck for towing.

Have you considered a 3500 van? No van. if im going to a van i might as well buy Cousin Eddie's RV.... hahahhaha 10-4 on that! Ain't noone "wants" a 1 ton 2wd shortbus for a daily driver, much less in Wisconsin!
Grit dog 08/12/20 12:35pm Travel Trailers
RE: Engine repair / upgrade after road trip

^ That’s a well sorted 7.3! Ain’t it fun laughing all the way up a hill, hauling heavy, passing Priuses like roadkill? And the only time you back out if it is when there’s just a little too much fuel coming in for the turbo to handle....
Grit dog 08/12/20 10:20am Truck Campers
RE: New Heavy Chevy!

^ Yeah they're pretty straight and clean for sure! Not common on an old fixer upper. Original as well, not beer can re-pops. Pretty sure I've answered my own question. Having straightened a few newer, much lighter bumpers, I dont think these will move without extraordinary effort which could honestly bend the mounts or even front frame horns.
Grit dog 08/12/20 09:00am Tow Vehicles
RE: Engine repair / upgrade after road trip

No big mods on the old Dodge other than a Bullydog tuner with a hot tune that throws a lot of fuel. And 60hp injectors. It should be putting down about what the new trucks are. Around 450/1000. Been tuned since day 1 and runs like a top at 175k miles and counting.
Grit dog 08/12/20 01:12am Truck Campers
RE: Engine repair / upgrade after road trip

Nicely done! Some of the rvnet girls might chastise you for “chipping” your truck though, lol! Bottom line, it’ll feel like you just turboed a NA engine! But if you have a stock 4r100, you’re probably not done spending money.... That trans will not hold much over stock power. If you have a 6 speed, rock on! Worst case you’re in for a new clutch at some point. Can’t wait to hear how she runs!
Grit dog 08/12/20 01:02am Truck Campers
RE: Jeep Grand Cherokee 3.6L V6 2014

Speaking of the Gladiator. How can Stellantis (Chrysler), master kick butt, in your face, fast cars and class leading trucks saddle a vehicle with nearly a $60k msrp loaded, with only the anemic V6? And then advertise them as capable towing vehicles? Although it would be the perfect candidate for a small lightweight Turbo six, aka eco boost type motor or a diesel (in the works for 2021 models I believe).
Grit dog 08/12/20 12:51am Tow Vehicles
RE: Jeep Grand Cherokee 3.6L V6 2014

I’ve driven the newer V6 JGC. 8 speed is typical spot on ZF8hp trans. And it’s peppy, but IMO that’s too much trailer for anything but low altitude flatland towing.
Grit dog 08/12/20 12:48am Tow Vehicles
RE: New Heavy Chevy!

Cleaned up a few things. Have some leftover 90s Dodge paint, light driftwood. It also makes a very nice argent color. Headlight buckets had been painted blue then black and looked tacky. Sanded and re-finished them. And got an OE front air dam. https://i.imgur.com/qVQGOm8l.jpg
Grit dog 08/12/20 12:32am Tow Vehicles
RE: New Heavy Chevy!

Well, it’s actually a GMC. Sierra Classic. There was a couple clues that I thought someone maybe just repurposed GMC parts, but removed the tailgate trim panel and GMC...... Then my wife said the insurance came back as a GMC and I looked closer at the rpo codes and it has the Sierra classic pkg. https://i.imgur.com/hGxyPFsl.jpg
Grit dog 08/12/20 12:24am Tow Vehicles
RE: Front Window Yes or No?

Good point Mellow...I would opt for a good wireless security camera system all the way around...Rather than that leaky, sweaty hole in the wall... Had one only once and never again...have you rubbed up on a dew covered window with your pillow in the morning? Paranoid of what?
Grit dog 08/11/20 06:51pm Truck Campers
RE: truck for towing.

Valhalla360 5.3l vortec V8, Its a STOCK 07 1500 classic. loading is the same for longer trips as it would be for shorter. Have had and driven "most" models of light duty tucks in the last 30 years. Those are nice trucks, but IMO out matched for a bigger TT approaching 7klbs. Safe? Yes. Performance? Pahtetic might be a bit strong, but not by much (compared to most all newer trucks). Newer 6 speed half tons, aka 5 year old ish Gm 5.3s, 6.2s, 8 speed Hemi Rams and F150 5.0s and Eco boosts will all pull the doors off that 07 and have better brakes. Rear suspensions haven't changed much. Step up to 8-10 speeds and the newest versions of the big 3 1/2 tons and even more power. Need a 3/4 ton or bigger?? Absolutely not, by a long shot, however if you would prefer one, you will not be disappointed in the performance of the chassis (suspension and brakes). But you wont' really gain much, if anything, in straight line performance. Same thing applies now as it always has. For a mid size trailer like you're considering, a primary DD truck and occasional towing, 1/2 ton will still serve you better. Don't mind the fuel mileage loss and bigger, rougher truck and/or tow more than occasionally? HD pickup is the better choice. Cost difference apples to apples features and gasser HD to gasser 1/2 ton is almost negligible, IMO.
Grit dog 08/11/20 06:50pm Travel Trailers
RE: truck for towing.

What are the specs on the old truck (engine, payload, GVRW, Axle ratings, tow rating, etc...) and how do you plan to load it (will that be different with longer trips)? To little info to say if the truck can handle the new rig and loading. 168k miles is nothing to worry about if the ratings are up to snuff for the loading and it's otherwise in good condition. I'd say 168k miles on a 4L60e and counting is worth considering worrying about if one doesn't want to sink another few grand into an already older high mile truck. At least based on the dozens of half ton chevys we run daily. (or any other brand for that fact)
Grit dog 08/11/20 06:41pm Travel Trailers
RE: Replace flat tire with Torflex suspension

I always prefer to jack under a section of the frame rail, near the flat tire, that is well reinforced. If you jack does not have enough lift, build up UNDERNEATH the jack with blocks of wood placed perpendicular to the jack base. Worst case you may need 2 or 3 layers. Remember, scissors jack start to get unstable once the are past about 50% of their maximum lift. Not cheap, but this has a built in jack stand so no chance of hydraulic failure injuring someone. Powerbuilt Unijack - 6000 lb. Capacity Why would you jack up the frame and have to lift it twice? as high? That makes no sense and I'd like to see how that is accomplished with any bottle jack including the combo contraption you posted. Barely enough travel in a typical bottle jack to get a tire all the way up lifting under the axle, much less taking the load off the suspension as well. OP, I currently have 2 different tandem axle trailers with torsion sprung axles. I jack them up from the axles every time and have with virtually every other trailer and vehicle if it's possible to do. Put the jack directly under the axle as close to the outboard end of the axle as you can. Just like you were thinking. You are right on the ramps though and ramping the good wheel up to lift the flat one works even better on a torsion axle than it does on a leaf spring axle, as the 2 axles aren't connected by the pivot on leaf spring axles, so one doesn't have to ramp up as high to get the flat off the ground.
Grit dog 08/11/20 06:36pm Travel Trailers
RE: F450 vs Ram 3500 DRW tow vehicle

You can have a normal bed put on a Ram 4500 or 5500. You "can" do anything, but this is not a bolt on application, but rather an expensive custom build to do this.
Grit dog 08/11/20 09:30am Tow Vehicles
RE: Gray tank capacity

Even 3 gal is a lot for a thorough navy shower. Those of you concerned with this, do a little test. Keep water about mid flow, not fully open faucet, but enough to get some pressure out of the shower head. Time how long it takes to fill a gallon jug. Bet you can shower fine on 1 gallon If you’re bald and 2 gal of washing long hair. Not luxurious, but clean at least. We have a 25gal gray tank, and just me in the camper. Not conserving water. Long-ish showers and 1 set of dishes a day letting faucet run while rinsing etc. I’m good for 5 days. Family of 4 taking navy showers and conserving water, 5 days as well, but not usually 4 showers a day, in the lake all day. Regarding the “opinion” about dumping gray water.... whether it’s a crowded campground full of RVs or a NF campground. No one has ever “known” when I dump gray water. First if it’s out in the open, wait til late at night. Or if wooded, run hose into woods and be smart where it drains. Problem is too many cousin eddys who aren’t smart enough to graduate from Velcro shoes! He!! I cleaned and rinsed gray and black tank in my front yard last week. Been a couple years and the gray was a little smelly. And the black dumps have just been quick dumps. I would challenge anyone to find it the next day. Besides the neighbors dog ***** in our front yard anyway and I’m sure mine do in his when they’re out. The whole place doesn’t smell. It’s poo and shampoo. Not nuclear waste.
Grit dog 08/10/20 11:41am Beginning RVing
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