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RE: Chevrolet exits all ICE production by 2035

A lot of debate about electric going on here. I can imagine at the turn of century 120 years ago there were a lot of people sitting on their saddle or in thier buggy scoffing at these early gas powered machines. Not near as many buggies these days. Dan
Hammerboy 03/05/21 06:36pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Chevy Shake

There's a lot of stuff online about the Chevy shake, just Google it. Anyway I brought my current truck to the dealer 3 times for vibration/shaking issues soon after I purchased it at around 3k miles. They ended up replacing the tires and doing a road force balance on it and that cured the problem. Dan
Hammerboy 03/05/21 06:19pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Wonder if truck makers will start making 10001 # 1/2 tons.

There are many details that remain to be worked out---but, the writing certainly appears on the wall: day-to-day commuters looking to purchase a new vehicle in 15 years or so will probably have their choices limited solely to EV's. With that being said, got to wonder how manufacturers (and lawmakers) will address the production of *new*, recreational vehicles and TV's (specifically those with a GVWR >10k) in 15 years? EV’s are changing so fast right now. I very much doubt there will be a market for gasser cars or light duty trucks in 2035. Who’s going to want to buy a clunky, gutless, noisy, stinky, high maintenance, inconvenient, expensive to fuel gasser that you have to fuel at a gas station. Not everybody has the same driving needs, but we are pretty average and for our needs there isn’t anything a gasser can do that our EV can’t do better. What’s it going to be like after 15 more years of development. I’m sure there will still be a market for some applications of gas and diesel vehicles, but it’s going to be a different landscape. Any kid growing up in an EV household will never, not ever choose a gasser over electric. There would have to be a ton of improvements in gas vehicles before somebody went backwards, and I don’t see companies like ford or GM throwing lots of money at it when the writing is on the wall. All JMHO. I agree 100% with electric in the future. Who today wants a flip phone or a tube TV. Dan
Hammerboy 03/01/21 08:55am Tow Vehicles
RE: Article on Rivian Electric half ton. Charging network.

Reisender, Thanks for posting. I begin to wonder if gasoline stations may be hard to find in say ten years. Probably like phone booths in 25-30 years Dan
Hammerboy 02/27/21 01:49pm Tow Vehicles
RE: South Lake Michigan

I would guess you haven't visited our beaches in late May or June. You will find lots of swimmers. Maybe your thinking of Lake Superior Used to keep our boat on Lake Muskegon. Unless you are doing the polar bear plunge, not many swimming on the big lake that early. Heck of lot of people don't even launch their boats until the end of May. I remember as a kid at summer camp in June we would get a patch if we did the "Polar Bear plunge" in Lake Michigan every morning at 7am for the week. The counselors would walk around outside the cabins with their bullhorns yelling "Rise and shine it's Polar bear time!" I remember it being very cold. June the lake can be warm depending on if we have a hot spring but it is a little early on average for me anyway to jump in. Some days it can feel real warm and the next day the wind turns the water over and then it drops 20 degrees. Dan
Hammerboy 02/24/21 03:30pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Why is 5th wheel standard vs Gooseneck?

Not everyone has all the cameras, but I can see my fifthwheel hitch in my rear view mirror, but not the floor of the bed. I agree, fifth wheel hitches are by nature are easier to hitch. Don't have to over raise the fifth like a gooseneck or be concerned about to far forward or backward, chains etc. Plus my fifth wheel hitch breaks down into easily manageable pieces if I need to quickly take it out. If I were to do any sort of gooseneck type it would be a Reese Goosebox. Goose neck extensions and the Andersen types have no appeal to me. Dan
Hammerboy 02/21/21 07:56am Fifth-Wheels
RE: South Lake Michigan

Driving up from Nashville to South Michigan to check off the last state in the Union to visit. Heading west afterwards back to the Pacific Northwest. 1) best place on Lake Michigan (Michigan side, preferably close to Indiana/Michigan border) for a brief visit and photo op (teens request) 2) ideas for overnight? 32' Class C motorhome in early May, so probably need electric hook-ups? Was thinking Indiana Dunes State Park after we stop in Michigan Planning for a long drive from Nashville, so will leave early. If your going to Michigan why not make it worth while? Northern Michigan is the best part of the state in my opinion. Very worth while. Dan
Hammerboy 02/20/21 05:58am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Why is 5th wheel standard vs Gooseneck?

It is due to the frame stresses. Look at how heavily built your goose neck trailers are up front. It would cost too much to build an RV that heavy. Most of the RV's on the market have frames made by Lippert. Lippert endorses the use of the Reese Goose Box with their frames so apparently the frames don't need to be any heavier or cost anymore than they already do. I'm with Adamis, they should at least make it a factory option so you don't have to toss the factory boat anchor when you make the swap. New Horizons makes the Gen Y available on their units. Aside from ease of hitching there is a lot to like with a gooseneck over a std. hitch. Lippert 5th wheel frame failures and these were using standard 5th wheel hitch....Lippert/JUNK ---words are interchangeable! Lippert approves Reese Goose Box cause THEY own it https://www.forestriverforums.com/PhotoPost/data/500/medium/b.jpg height=300 width=400 https://www.forestriverforums.com/attachments/photobucket/img_166829_0_c10e7297e4055b2a6cb2615ed69fee6f.jpg height=400 width=400 https://www.forestriverforums.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=9598&stc=1&thumb=1&d=1395785371 height=300 width=300 https://www.forestriverforums.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=22858&d=1357863983 height=300 width=400 Could Post all day long but you should do a little bit of research. To be fair Lippert builds them to what the rv manufacturer designed. Lippert could build the most stout frame imaginable if the rv manufacturer designed the frame that way. Dan
Hammerboy 02/20/21 05:52am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Cordless blowers

I have 2 of them, both Dewalt. One is a smaller unit, the other the big "bazooka" as I call it. They refer to them as jobsite blowers. My small one here: My "bazooka" here: I use the small one for blowing off the top of the slide before pulling it in, and to clear the under the awning area of leaves and debris. It works awesome! You can buy these as tool only, and if you already have a brand of cordless tools, get one of the same brand. I bought Dewalt because I already have a fleet of their tools and I can use the same batteries. My big bazooka works really well to clear powder snow. A very fast and easy way to clear sidewalks. I use my small one on campfires too, like Valhalla said. Works great!! I use the same small Dewalt as well for camping as I have a plethora of Dewalt cordless already and it is an awsome little blower. Its good for air mattresses and other items that need inflating and deflating with the supplied attachments as well. And yes its awesome with campfires. Dan
Hammerboy 02/18/21 02:17pm General RVing Issues
RE: It might begin very soon

Scarry is right!! Imagine how full of integrated circuits, complex mechanical components, and communications equipment (for Internet and/or satellite connectivity) ... those trucks will be full of. All of tlhat can, and will, fail here and there over time. I hope that transportation regulations require those trucks to be clearly marked - including distinctive night lighting - so that the rest of us can stay well away from them on the highways. P.S. Maybe I spent too many years working in the integrated circuits industry and too many hours watching those cable reality shows about big rig accident disasters in Alaska - most which have nothing to do with human error - but can be blamed on 80,000 lbs. of freight inter-acting with the laws of physics. Someday in the near future we will think it's scary when a human is behind the wheel. "What if the driver falls asleep?" "What if the driver is not paying attention or has a medical problem" Dan
Hammerboy 02/10/21 05:29am Tow Vehicles
RE: Newer 5ers, Slider Hitch Required For Short Beds?

Gonna go with the Superglide auto slider I hope you did your homework on the Superglide, and the limitations on hitching ,unhitching . Had a friend grow tired of it after couple years ,and got rid of it ,that and the weight to deal with. Hopefully you are aware of all this, they are not cheap . I had the Superglide on a previous truck and fifth about 15 years or so ago and had it for about 4-5 years before I parted ways with it. Quality built hitch but I grew tired of the limitations of hitching and unhitching as well. I think it was like 7 degrees or so in either direction or you would have to disconnect the head from the rest of the hitch and the same for hooking back up if you cannot get a relatively straight shot. Not to mention I was always cleaning and lubing the slide tubes. My current rig I have a 18K BW Patriot non slider with my shortbed which I like much much better. This past spring I idled my slider base and purchased a fixed base off Marketplace as I never used the slider function in any sort of turn. The only downside of course is the potential to kiss the cab but in the 5 years with our current rig I cant say I've ever been close, just have to be aware. The 18K Patriot I have now is also much lighter which means I can easily remove it by myself in (head pops off by simply grabbing the handles) without help or the aid of a winch. When I had my slider I used a cheap Harbor Freight electric winch to lift it out. Cannot say enough good about B&W, well designed and build quality, built here in America and a great company that stands behind their products. Dan
Hammerboy 01/27/21 06:22am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Opinions on Grand Design Fifth Wheels

I think another option to consider is Alliance Rv. They are a new company that builds comparable to the Solitudes and Montana's. I think they have great customer service as well. That would be one of my top things to look for is service after the sale. Dan
Hammerboy 01/13/21 08:05am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Gen Y vs. Reese Goose Box

Watch using a goose neck box on Lippert frames. They will void warranty if you look at them sideways. And a ball hitch will require safety chains. Ken You will have to confirm but I believe at least the Reese is Lippert approved. Dan
Hammerboy 01/02/21 06:46am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 2019 Duramax Regen

I had my 2019 updated and can't say it has effected it negatively at all. It seems like about every tank of fuel it goes into regen mode. The regens on my 2019 seems shorter than my old 2013 Chevy I had. Dan
Hammerboy 11/22/20 11:25am Tow Vehicles
RE: 5th wheel hitch removal

I left the bedrails in my old truck when I traded it in. Not worth the hassle of removing plus it looks better than holes in the bed. Dan
Hammerboy 11/03/20 05:07pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Fuelly mileage of the big three diesels

The initial cost difference for a diesel engine is huge. Add in the cost of DEF and those 4-5 GALLON oil changes and oil filter that cost TRIPLE a standard oil filter and that is a LOT of $$$. Unless you drive 50K+/year AND tow/haul heavy loads, anyone shopping for a new truck should consider a Ford Super Duty with the 7.3L gas and 10 speed transmission. So what are the numbers? Calculate initial cost, total fuel costs, DEF costs, maintenance, taxes, registration, interest rates, and resale trade in after 100k miles. I did, and came out ahead with my Ram 2500 Cummins over the 6.4L 2500 using both 87 octane and the higher 89 octane that was recommended. The total cost on the 5.7L was lower though. https://i.postimg.cc/YSssMDLB/5-7-vs-6-4-vs-6-7-3.png height=600 width=550 So what are your numbers? I don't know about you, but I would gladly pay for a more powerful engine upgrade if it only cost less than $1,500 over the course of 5 years/100k. Many pay more than that on engine upgrades in half tons.Incomplete at best. You don't have insurance, repairs, depreciation, cost of money, ... just to name a few. You don't even take into account the $10,000.00+ cost of the engine to start with. That may be but it does show what I've always known and that is diesel fuel and DEF cost the same or less than its gasser counterpart. The anti diesel folks always squawk about how much diesel fuel is but never figure in the lower mileage of gas. I also think he is being generous with the oil changes, I pay $101 for an oil change and tire rotation at our local GM dealer. Dan
Hammerboy 10/01/20 05:55am Tow Vehicles
RE: Looking for opinions on Open Range Quality

I have a very well made Open Range 5th wheel. It was something like the 491st unit the new company made back in 2009. My take on buying a quality camper nowadays is choose an upstart company. Buy a unit late in their first year or in their second year. Because once they make a name for themselves one of the big three corporations will buy them out and start cutting corners to maximize their profit. This is exactly what happened with Open Range. Take a look at the new Alliance RV's. They are currently working hard on quality and customer service. I give it 3 years and they will be entertaining buyout offers. Get one while they are still building their reputation. Sounds a lot like Grand Design, They sold out after a few years and it sounds like their quality is also going down from where they once were. Dan
Hammerboy 09/25/20 11:12am Fifth-Wheels
RE: What discount to expect on special-ordered truck?

Any time $10,000 off msrp. Certain times of year $15,000 off msrp. I got about 13k off msrp my 2019 Silverado last fall when the 2020's where hitting the lot. As another poster said check the net for existing trucks. I traveled to another state 2 hrs away to find mine and it was practically the exact truck I was looking for. Dan
Hammerboy 09/10/20 03:05pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Weight of air vs. Nitrogen

Reminds me of a funny story I heard once from a factory maintenance foreman I knew. He told a young apprentice once to get dolly because they needed to bring a small portable air tank to a location and the tank had 150 pounds of air inside. Apprentice fell for it and got the dolly.:S Dan
Hammerboy 08/28/20 12:29pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Granddesign 31MB

Funny, All the YouTube Grand Design cult members can't say enough good about them. At least they get the gold service. Dan
Hammerboy 08/26/20 05:40pm Fifth-Wheels
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