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Unfair Reservation System?

Looking ahead to the 2020 season, one of the parks we stay at every year has a new way for reserving sites that I never encountered before. Aune Osborn (awesome park for ship watching) which is a city owned park in Sault Ste. Marie Michigan which for this upcoming season has it set up so if you are staying a month or more you get the first couple of days once the reservation window opens up. Then after those two days are up the people with 2 weeks or more get the next two days, and then finally it's open to everyone else which includes us as we usually stay for only a few days. Problem is its going to be impossible to reserve the river front sites that we always have had as we get last chance after the longer term people. I guess it probably makes sense for filling sites but the fact it is no longer a level field really stinks. We will see what happens, if we can't get the river front sites we will most likely move on to somewhere else. :( Aune Osborn schedule Dan
Hammerboy 11/16/19 11:29am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: best 5th wheel hitch for std. bed 2500HD Chevy

Why can't we call it what it is? "Standard Cab" ??? It's either a SB or a LB. Rant over! Anything B&W, pick your hitch you can't go wrong. I think the manufacturers at least GM calls them standard beds and long beds. I have the B&W Patriot slider (rail mount) and it's a very well built hitch. I may look into getting a non sliding Patriot 18k hitch in the future though. The only time I ever use the maneuvering position is when I back it down a steep hill into my barn. I never came close to needing to use the slider when camping. Modern fifth wheels with the rounded caps makes it much more maneuverable, but not saying it's not possible to hit your cab though. Dan
Hammerboy 11/14/19 05:16am Tech Issues
RE: F150 HD Payload and Max Trailer - How to spot them?

All HD Payload packages are long bed and have 7 lug axles(versus 6 for the standard F150) in that model year. Because of this the HD's had a special wheel that the regular trucks did not have so they should be easy to spot a mile a way. The 2015 and up HD F150's have a 6 lug axle. It is only the 2011-2014 that had a 7 lug. To muddy it up a bit more, I had a '97 (I think) F 250 with the new 5.4 Triton which was actually a heavy F 150 that had 7 bolt wheels. As I said it was a F 250 but not of the Super Duty variety, kind of an odd duck, I think they only made it for one year. Dan
Hammerboy 11/13/19 08:47pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 4 sec 0-60 in an EcoBoost F150

and it will pull any size 5W you want to hook to it, ask Ford. Or your local rv salesman. Dan
Hammerboy 11/13/19 08:39pm Tow Vehicles
RE: I think they’re doing it wrong

It looks like it would at least soften the hard bumps :B. Given his hitch I'm curious what he did to his bedliner. Dan
Hammerboy 11/13/19 08:24pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Demco Autoslide or B&W Companion Slider

I've had both types so I'll tell you my 2 cents. I currently have a B&W Patriot manual slider and had the Pullrite auto slider on a past rig. While both are well built I'll still take my manual B&W over the Pullrite again. The manual slide is VERY easy even if you have to get out of the truck. The Pullrite was a PITA when hooking at an angle, something like over 7 degrees from center in either direction I would have to separate the head from the hitch and then hook it up again the same way. And believe it or not there are times I want it slid back when I am not in a turning situation such as when I am backing down my hill to my barn so I don't come in contact with my tailgate and overhang. Again, I may be in the minority but I'll take my manual over the auto. Dan
Hammerboy 11/09/19 09:27pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Gm 2500HD GAS VS DIESEL

Glad you stated all the so called facts... but not one size fits all, for u I’m glad. For others it doesn’t work that way. It is what it is... diesels are not the cure all but neither is gas. Again, I don’t buy into all the facts.... different markets, lots of variables and tons of so called experts everywhere. The only advantage a gasser has over a diesel is cheaper initial cost. ALL other performance factors will favor diesel. I challenge you to point out a performance parameter that a gasser does better than a diesel. U forgot to add in the extra expense of overall ownership of a diesel. Why do you think that major companies across the country such as UPS and FEDEX are going to gas jobs... I I think that's simply because diesel doesn't do well with all the stop and go driving that they do all day. Why do you think gas isn't taking over semi trucking? Dan
Hammerboy 10/28/19 06:59am Tow Vehicles
RE: Questions about pulling a fifth-wheel with a half ton TV

Pull that with the 1/2 ton and find a buddy has a 3/4 of 1 ton and tow it. You won't want to go back to the 1/2 ton city truck. Pull that with a 3/4 or 1 ton, and find a buddy with a F650, or MTD, you will never go back to the 3/4 ton city truck. Except that 1/2 tons and 3/4-1 tons srw are similar size when it comes to driving and parking. The big boys are a different story and I would have no interest in driving those around unhitched in a parking lot. Dan
Hammerboy 10/27/19 06:48pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Gm 2500HD GAS VS DIESEL

Folks can justify a purchase decision however they see fit. When resell is worth more on the "back end" that's only because you paid more on the "front end". You only recoup a percentage of that front end premium if you're lucky. Heck yes a gasser is going to be worth less on the back end because it was worth less on the front end. A diesel is not gaining anything at all, its not appreciating. People tend to believe forum bull if that's what makes them happy Having and having had more than a few diesel trucks expecting some type of windfall at resell or trade had nothing to do with the decision to buy them. I don't think anyone said diesel is gaining value. All that we are saying is when someone tries to calculate the costs of owning diesel they forget you will get a large majority of the cost back. Probably 70-80% or even more of the initial money spent on the diesel option. Spend 10k for the diesel you get 7-8k back on resale for example. Dan
Hammerboy 10/27/19 10:59am Tow Vehicles
RE: Gm 2500HD GAS VS DIESEL

Like another poster said you dont need to pay it off, besides calculate in the resale that will be much higher. Also do you figure payoff buying higher trim levels or options vs bare bones? Money saved there that could buy the diesel option. Dan
Hammerboy 10/26/19 11:37am Tow Vehicles
RE: 5th wheel hitches

While I agree a 3500 would have been better, the 2020's have considerably more payload than the outgoing model. But with the gooseneck now moved behind the axle on the 2020 generation he may run out of his rear axle rating real quickly. Dan
Hammerboy 10/23/19 05:31am Towing
RE: What happened to all the posts

The site crashed 5 times trying to answer your question Yea, it's bad here. Constant error messages. Dan
Hammerboy 10/21/19 05:44pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: What happened to all the posts

I just learn to ignore the bashers and grow thicker skin, it's easy to hide behind the keyboards typing snarky comments and i'll admit I threw a few out there as well. And who cares if a question has been asked a million times, every time asked we may learn a little more and if it bothers you that it's been asked again simply ignore the post. Dan
Hammerboy 10/21/19 05:41pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Goose box vs Andersen

Fifth wheel hitches are not built for the additional stress on the hitch framework added by use of a Goosebox. It is inadvisable and I wonder if some fifth wheel manufacturers might void a warranty if they were aware it was towed with a Goosebox. Compare the structure of the goose neck of a farm truck with the hitch structure of a fifth wheel. The Gooseneck trailer was designed for that type of hitch. Fifth wheels are not. I was once shopping for a specific model of used fifth wheel, found one, and saw it had a Goosebox, so I passed on it. If the hitch structure were damaged by use of the Goosebox, in most cases the damage might not be visible, thus you would have to dismantle the fifth wheel hitch to find out. Use at your own risk. I wouldn't consider it if it voided the frame warranty. Lippert does approve the use of them. Goosebox is not a goose extension. Dan
Hammerboy 10/20/19 02:35pm Towing
Goose box vs Andersen

Hello all, As you may know I recently purchased a new 2019 Chevy 2500 but it did not have the puck package so my options are many at this point. One that I am interested in is a ball mount hitch assuming I install a B&W turnover. I know many here love the Andersen but to be honest I'm not so sure I want to shift the weight 4" or so inches further back and remove weight from the front axle and add it to the back. From what I gather that can essentially add 400# to the rear vs being ahead of the rear axle. With my conventional B&W hitch I have now that I used in my last truck I never had clearance issues. So that brings up the Reese Goosebox. What is also appealing is that my truck bed is completely empty when unhitched, and as light as the Anderson is there won't be any need to unbolt it from the bed and store. The other plus is it has an airbag and shocks to cushion the ride. I could also use the 4" offset ball to if needed for clearance. So I guess my question to those with the Andersen is why did you choose this route over the Goosebox? For those who have the Goosebox would you do it again? The only negative I can think of with the Goosebox is seeing it while hitching, but I would think this could be over come with a mirror or a cheap bluetooth GoPro style camera. Dan
Hammerboy 10/20/19 09:49am Towing
RE: Picked up a new 2019 LTZ 2500 Duramax this weekend

Congrats and that new truck.... I would take a '19 over a '20 year model any day just on the looks alone. And good choice on that garden tractor. BTW... This truck looks exactly like my dads truck. Ha ha, I would be disowned from my wife's family if I bought any thing else but a Deere. It's a 2005 Gx345. I'm already pushing it for not driving a Ford pickup (they are super brand loyal) and that would push me out of the family for sure lol. Dan Last year we sold our last Case International cotton picker and purchased our second John Deere cotton picker with a baler. Man these are some machines. Paint that cotton picker red and it will run better. ;) Nothing Runs Like a Deere. Best equipment ever.:B Deere is the best equipment ever is right, at least the ones they don't sell at the big box stores. I paid probably close to twice the price buying this used than what I could have picked up a big box version of a Deere. This one will probably outlive them yet too.:B Dan
Hammerboy 10/17/19 09:53am Tow Vehicles
RE: Picked up a new 2019 LTZ 2500 Duramax this weekend

Congrats and that new truck.... I would take a '19 over a '20 year model any day just on the looks alone. And good choice on that garden tractor. BTW... This truck looks exactly like my dads truck. Ha ha, I would be disowned from my wife's family if I bought any thing else but a Deere. It's a 2005 Gx345. I'm already pushing it for not driving a Ford pickup (they are super brand loyal) and that would push me out of the family for sure lol. Dan Last year we sold our last Case International cotton picker and purchased our second John Deere cotton picker with a baler. Man these are some machines. Paint that cotton picker red and it will run better. ;) Nothing Runs Like a Deere. Best equipment ever.:B Deere is the best equipment ever is right, at least the ones they don't sell at the big box stores. I paid probably close to twice the price buying this used than what I could have picked up a big box version of a Deere. This one will probably outlive them yet too.:B Dan
Hammerboy 10/17/19 09:53am Tow Vehicles
RE: Picked up a new 2019 LTZ 2500 Duramax this weekend

Congrats and that new truck.... I would take a '19 over a '20 year model any day just on the looks alone. And good choice on that garden tractor. BTW... This truck looks exactly like my dads truck. Ha ha, I would be disowned from my wife's family if I bought any thing else but a Deere. It's a 2005 Gx345. I'm already pushing it for not driving a Ford pickup (they are super brand loyal) and that would push me out of the family for sure lol. Dan
Hammerboy 10/15/19 05:16am Tow Vehicles
RE: Picked up a new 2019 LTZ 2500 Duramax this weekend

Very nice, congrats! Did you trade in your 2013? Yes I did, while it did have some minor flaws I got what I had hoped to get after we negotiated over a couple days Dan
Hammerboy 10/14/19 06:00pm Tow Vehicles
Picked up a new 2019 LTZ 2500 Duramax this weekend

Had my eyes open for the last 4 months first thinking 2019, then 2020 and back the 2019. Yes it's outdated, doesn't have all the cool towing gadgets of the 2020's but I really like this truck and am very content with it. Good time to buy trucks, I figured if I can pick up a new truck for what I see similarly equipped used ones for sale for the same or lower price I think I did ok. This one has everything I wanted but a bedliner and puck system. Fortunately I have all winter to think of what to do for a hitch. The rails I had with my Patriot slider never really bothered me so maybe I'll do that again. Then again maybe I'll see what it takes to install a factory puck on it or even a BW turnover ball and go with a Anderson, Companion, or even convert to a Reese Goosebox. Like I said I have all winter ahead of me lol. So anyway here she is. Dan https://i.imgur.com/1xuqSLxl.jpg
Hammerboy 10/14/19 05:45pm Tow Vehicles
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