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RE: Mountain Towing

Also, be wary of jumping to a 3/4 ton diesel. Payload on some of them is barely 2000 lbs (the same as my half ton). And while I do think a 3/4 ton diesel will tow better than my half ton, if both within limits, I'd not want to move to a 3/4 ton and be disappointed in the payload. Gas 3/4 ton typically have 500 or so more payload than a diesel comparably equipped. New trucks, like the 2020 GMC HD, have thrown this out the window. While that may be generally true it's not always the case. Some diesels have a higher GVWR than their gas counterparts. Mine for example has #500 more than my buddies newer '14 (same generation). The '20 GM's I believe have even more to where the gas and diesel are almost the same payload (don't quote me on this ;-) Also I will run out of GVWR long before my axle ratings run out wear as the 1/2 gasser may be the opposite and run out of axle rating before reaching its GVWR especially with a fifth wheel adding all the weight to the rear axle only. Dan
Hammerboy 09/17/19 10:33am Towing
RE: 2020 GMC HD in the Wild

Spent the day at the local Chevy dealer repairing the parking lot, stared at the new HD's all day. I decided that I like the looks of them. Since April when they started showing up in the parking deck, I have said that they look much better in person, and the different trims in different colors look better. I see that many have started to make similar comments. My favorite so far is a LTZ in Silver. I agree on the silver and that they look better in person. I've been looking at the LT trim level with the 20" black accented aluminum wheels and silver paint and that combo looks sharp in my opinion. On a side note, GMC finally has their truck builder website completed and for whatever reason any color other than white is an upgrade$$ including silver whereas the Chevy has 7 standard colors. I may end up with the Chevy as it seems the GMC's seem to be 3-4k more for a equally equipped vehicle. Dan
Hammerboy 09/17/19 08:16am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 GMC HD in the Wild

Well, that surely justifies the $70K+ pricetag! Who says it was a $70 truck? Maybe it was a $45k truck, everybody complains about the high price of trucks but that's only for those who think they need all the bells and whistles. And there are a lot more bells and whistles in the current trucks than there were just a few years ago If one complains about the price then simply buy used or a base model for about half the cost. You don't need a loaded truck. DanI am in Phoenix AZ... It gets to 115 or higher in the summer. And a LOT hotter inside a parked car. Air conditioned seats are not available on base models.... Need I say more? And they weren't available at any trim level not all that long ago along with a plethora of new gadgets and other tech they have been adding the last few years. Got to pay to play Dan
Hammerboy 09/16/19 07:08pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Chevy, Ford... going into electric trucks.

UPS tried the electric local delivery truck scenario and quickly found out that 'being green' wasn't the way to go.Is that why UPS is buying 1,000 EV vans, converting 1500 trucks in NY, and 125 Tesla Semi on order? https://electrek.co/2018/06/15/ups-fleet-1000-electric-vans-workhorse/ UPS tried diesels in my area but quickly abandoned that and the drivers I asked about it were very happy to go back to gas. So, no more diesel trucks for you either? Yea, a modern diesel and delivery truck that makes constant stops like UPS aren't going to work very well. I love my modern era diesel and it works great for me but I could saved them some money and told them that it wouldn't work in their case. Dan
Hammerboy 09/13/19 03:43pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 GMC HD in the Wild

Well, that surely justifies the $70K+ pricetag! Who says it was a $70 truck? Maybe it was a $45k truck, everybody complains about the high price of trucks but that's only for those who think they need all the bells and whistles. And there are a lot more bells and whistles in the current trucks than there were just a few years ago If one complains about the price then simply buy used or a base model for about half the cost. You don't need a loaded truck. Dan
Hammerboy 09/12/19 10:57am Tow Vehicles
RE: Anyone use "Get Upside"?

You can always get one of those key fobs for at the En Vogue Grocery store. That way you can pay $50 more for the exact same groceries than at the other store (the one without the gas pumps, fobs, and Cafe), then rejoice when you get $10 of the $50 back in the form of some halfarsed discount when you scan the fob at the pump. If interested I can have my wife contact you and show you the ropes. She is a pro at it. That's funny and I know what you mean. We have a local grocery store chain that does that where they are higher on grocery's but lure you in on the gas rewards. My in laws are all over it. Dan
Hammerboy 09/10/19 12:36pm General RVing Issues
RE: Terrible Trucks

I never buy new. You can save almost half by buying 3-5 years old. You do have to look harder for a well taken care of vehicle but it can be done. You can also score really good deals on new ones and well. When I purchased my last one I got it for over 20% off msrp so I drove off the lot for virtually the same as 1-2 year old used trucks that I seen on local lots. Sometimes it pays to buy new plus I like to know the history of the truck too. Plus I get a full warranty. Dan
Hammerboy 09/09/19 08:38pm Beginning RVing
RE: RVing YouTube videos???

I like to watch Nomadic Fanatic, Enjoy the journey, Embracing Detours, Eat see Rv, Getaway couple, Changing lanes, You Me Rv, Rv Odd Couple, Love your Rv to name a few. There is no shortage of You Tube channels our there. Dan
Hammerboy 09/08/19 06:11am General RVing Issues
RE: Good hitch for SB Ram/Momentum combo

I'm with Roy on this one. I never took any physics class, just use my logic (or lack of ;-) with that 4" offset the weight I believe is where the gooseneck mount is and not where the ball is. Now in the case of say an Anderson ultimate where its distributed to essentially four corners then yes the weight is 4 inches back but not in the case offset gooseneck. The only thing that would be different is your torquing or twisting the gooseneck mount but not moving the weight back. Edit: Didn't think this one all the way through. The twisting force that the offset is providing is in effect lifting wieght off the front and placing it rearward. My bad, I'm a little slow lol Dan
Hammerboy 09/07/19 07:27pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: New Ram 3500 SRW (Edited with Pictures)

Congrats, nice truck! :) Dan
Hammerboy 09/02/19 04:20pm Tow Vehicles
RE: NEW TRUCK!!!

I hope to get a new truck next year, I don't think i'll post it here as ill get ridiculed. Only way you will know is when I change my signature;) Dan
Hammerboy 09/02/19 02:03pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Hitch choice

I have the B&W Patriot Slider and been very happy with it, almost as smooth as silk except for the bad concrete highways. Solid hitch Dan But aint it kinna heavy? Kind of, 221# total. Head pops off very easy and that lightens it by 52#. I usually leave it in for the season so I deal with it twice a year, no biggie. I have in the past used a chain hoist also to make easy work of it. Dan
Hammerboy 08/29/19 02:08pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Tail gates

Remember when the GM commercials used to give Ford cr@p about their "man step" when Ford first came out with the pull out step? Funny part about the GM gate is you'll need to pull your hitch before you can use the step function or else you'll ding that shiny new tailgate. Dan
Hammerboy 08/29/19 11:00am Tow Vehicles
RE: wet bolt on suspension

When I installed mine I tested each one for taking grease before installing them. Even then with them installed in the horizontal or correct position some still wouldn't take grease. As others hear mentioned take the wieght off and it should work. Dan
Hammerboy 08/29/19 10:54am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Hitch choice

I have the B&W Patriot Slider and been very happy with it, almost as smooth as silk except for the bad concrete highways. Solid hitch Dan
Hammerboy 08/28/19 07:01pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Lower Michigan west coast druthers

We will be spending the night or so at Indiana Dunes SP and have some time to kill before our appointment in Elkhart, IN. My question is: Looking for another spot for a night along the Michigan western coast and figure that we can comfortable drive up to Ludington if needed and still make our appointment on time. Which campground/state park is the better for campsite, beach, sights, etc., etc? All the state parks I have researched appear about the same. (Warren Dunes, Van Buren, Holland, Grand Haven, Hoffmaster, Muskegon, Silver Lake, Mears, and Ludington. Not big on private parks, but for a night and a day, could live with it if the amenities/sights were worth it. 24' with 30amp only, don't need water or sewer. If your only talking for one day you might as well take the closest one. They are all within biking or walking distance to the beach. Ludington is my personal favorite as there is so much to do in the park itself without leaving. Others like Holland or Grand Haven are much smaller and offer parking lot campsites but right near the beach. I'm not sure you can go wrong on the state parks on Michigan's west coast for a night. Do plan ahead as state parks along Lake Michigan are very popular, often you need to plan 6 months ahead on the more popular ones like Ludington for example. Dan
Hammerboy 08/28/19 06:57pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: NEW TRUCK!!!

So..... anyway, congrats on the truck can't wait to see it. Dan
Hammerboy 08/28/19 02:21pm Tow Vehicles
RE: what defines a 3/4 ton?

GMs new > 10klb 2500 rating is a bad thing kids. Well it’s good for the weight watchers on the Internet but bad in the real world. For the millions that use trucks as tools, keeping 3/4 tons at 10klbs allows everyone to have a HD pickup for commercial use without the layer of regulations that come with trucks over 10k gvw by the state and federal DOTs. The cops around here don’t go out of their way, but they do ticket people sometimes or at least mention they could when someone gets pulled over in a 1 ton and trailer and no drivers files or DOT numbers. I think you can order them with a 10k gvwr sticker. I'm assuming same truck just different sticker for this reason? Dan
Hammerboy 08/24/19 05:15pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Nissan Pathfinder (2017-2019)

We had a 2014 Pathfinder which is the new style with the unibody and CVT and it was a wonderful vehical, never had any issues. Not sure I would want it as a tow vehicle though. Would have kept it but the wife wanted something smaller so we ended up with the Nissan Rogue. Dan
Hammerboy 08/24/19 11:31am Tow Vehicles
RE: NEW TRUCK!!!

Ummmm. Must be like buying a fancy luxury car; Mercedes, BMW. I won't ask you personally and don't want to know, but I'm wondering how many young folks buy and finance these things for a hundred years. Some of these young folks are still living with mom and pop. I know some people always figure a car payment. What I mean by that is when they pay off the vehicle they continue the discipline of making payments to the "vehicle" savings account. Then someday when they decide to trade they have money in the bank as well as the trade in and therefore hopefully a much smaller loan if any. That's what I'm doing anyway, my truck is long payed for so now I just dump money in the account. Still lots of money but kind of spreads it out that way I guess and makes budgeting more consistent. Dan
Hammerboy 08/22/19 05:34pm Tow Vehicles
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