RV.Net Open Roads Forum: Search

RV Blog


RV Sales




RV Parks


RV Club


RV Buyers Guide


Roadside Assistance


Extended Service Plan


RV Travel Assistance


RV Credit Card


RV Loans

Open Roads Forum Already a member? Login here.   If not, Register Today!  |  Help

Newest  |  Active  |  Popular  |  RVing FAQ Forum Rules  |  Forum Posting Help and Support  |  Contact  

Open Roads Forum  >  Search the Forums

 > Your search for posts made by 'Hammerboy' found 49 matches.

Sort by:    Search within results:
Page of 3  
Prev  |  Next
  Subject Author Date Posted Forum
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
RE: advice on 5th wheel hitch option

I've been using my Pullrite Superglide for 10 years. If you can read and follow directions, hitching and unhitching will not be a problem. In those 10 years I have unpinned the head and lifted it off the hitch to unhook one time. I have been in that same site over a dozen times since and haven't had to do that. Its always going to be a problem if you are not within 15 degrees . If someone enjoys unpinning the head to get unhitched ,well then go for it. So what does it cost to pull forward 15 feet and adjust the truck straight? A lot less than a broken window. You don't always have that option to pull ahead especially when people have their vehicles parked directly across from you. I had a Superglide for about 5 years and had to disconnect the head on more than one occasion. The other thing I didn't like is always keeping the slide bars clean and lubed, and having to have an adapter plate installed. If your paranoid about crunching your cab this hitch is for you. I am not. I wouldn't even feel comfortable torquing my fifths wheels tires and wheels that much before I would even come close to contacting my cab. Dan
Hammerboy 08/26/20 03:24pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: advice on 5th wheel hitch option

I also had the Superglide on our old fifthwheel and truck. While it was a quality built hitch it was finicky as some have said and more than once I had to disconnect the head in order to unhitch. Now days I use a rail mount 18k B&W Patriot slider hitch. Don't ever use the slider as our current fifth has the cut corners like the vast majority of modern fifth wheels do. I am actually looking to replace my slider base with a non slider. Much prefer my B&W Dan
Hammerboy 08/23/20 11:27am Fifth-Wheels
Keeping door under awning dry

Many Rvs these days have a slide out immediately to the left of the door into the unit, mine included where the awning ends about the edge of the door. Has anyone come up with a good solution to "extend" a dry spot by the door when it is raining? Thanks Dan
Hammerboy 08/10/20 05:36am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Best Wheel Chocks

Nope, those can, and will, pop out. Definitely don't use those to chock your wheels. I certainly wouldn't trust them. If tires are far apart I agree. If close as in pic above they won't budge. Yep, the wide spaced ones look sketchy but we have the ones pictured and they don't move. Dan
Hammerboy 08/04/20 04:38pm General RVing Issues
RE: RV Sales Push

However, like DKS said above, once the honeymoon period is over (usually after the second or third trip out!), then they'll either sit in the backyard slowly rotting hardly being used or they'll be hitting the market for sale within the next couple or so years, as other forms of travel get back on track. That of course is assuming it does! That is true, lot of buying on a whim out there. I though for one love camping just as much as I did when we bought our first camper 24 years ago, of course we both grew up camping. Fortunately our fifth doesn't sit around idle. Dan
Hammerboy 08/04/20 11:00am General RVing Issues
RE: Need input into newer GM D/A dually trucks

The Duramax used thru 2016 was the LML. In 2017 they started with a new Duramax called the L5P. The L5P uses a Denso fuel system instead of a Bosch system. The old Bosch CP4 injection pump had a bad reputation for failures on both Chevy and Ford diesels. When the pump went out it generally took the rest of the fuel system with it. I would much prefer a 2017 or newer with the Denso pump. The L5P also gained 80 hp and 250 lb ft. This is one of the reasons I traded in my 2012 Duramax last fall with about 109K on it. While it was a good truck I knew it had the CP4 in it and it was a potential ticking time bomb. The other reason is I didn't want the first year of a redesign of the 2020's not to mention the look especially the Chevy's are controversial, plus deals were to be had on the 2019's last fall. I agree with the 2017-2019 model years is where I would shop. Dan
Hammerboy 08/02/20 11:02am Tow Vehicles
RE: Cracker Barrel

Has anyone else noticed that most of the people that don't like CB are from the north? Maybe yall just don't like SOUTHERN cooking. I know when I was trucking I hated the food up north. Cracker Barrel is SOUTHERN cooking. Northerners typically prefer blander, less seasoned food (I know, because I grew up in Michigan with that kind of fare). Accept CB for what it is. If you don't like it, don't eat there -- simple as that. I'm from Michigan also and I love Cracker Barrel breakfast. I often get breakfast (mamas pancake breakfast is my favorite) for supper when I'm there.:B For the cost I think they have the best breakfast of any chain I've been too. I know the one by me is usually always busy. Dan
Hammerboy 07/28/20 05:44pm General RVing Issues
RE: Fords new 7.3 Godzilla

I built a 3/4T 7.3 4wd on the Ferd site and it would let me chose 3.55 or 4.30 gearing but not 3.73 unless I went to the 6.2L. It also would not let me upgrade the alt without going to the 6.2L eng. The 6.2 is not available with the 10 speed like the 7.3. Also the 7.3 can be upgraded with dual batteries and alt. I didn't try to build a 6.2 and no, I could not upgrade the alt. I did build a 350 and I could then get the 3.73 Diff but the only alt upgrade is the big 397 amp unit which requires dual batterys (no thanks). If you only want the 240A you have to go to the 6.2 or 325A unit requires PSD. I might go for the 4.3 diff if I could find out what kind of RPM it's doing in 10th gear @ 60 mph. Of course, I'm no tready to give up my Cummins in the very near future but some day I'd like to get a new truck that's dependable and diesels aint. I'm not sure where you get that diesels aren't dependable; I'm not in the least bit worried about mine.... :h I'm not the least bit worried either, I'm on my 3rd diesel (2004,2012,2019)and my second modern emissions equipped one as well. They have all treated me well. The only person I personally know that ever had major issues with one was a pre emmissions 2004 Duramax. Define dependable, even the so called bullet proof gassers will break down. With 25-30% better mileage towing or not towing, mountains of torque etc., it's worth the perceived idea of them not being reliable. Dan
Hammerboy 07/24/20 11:52am Tow Vehicles
RE: Walt Disney/Universal since Covid re-opening

We have two weeks reserved in February and we are in a wait and see mode. Dan
Hammerboy 07/22/20 02:44pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Required signing waiver of responsibilty

I located the following information for the OP. It comes from the website https://www.murphyprachthauser.com/blog/camping-in-wisconsin-the-complete-guide New Rules in Wisconsin You Should Know Effective April 1, 2016, campground owners can only be held liable for injuries where the owner intentionally causes injury or acts in a willful or wanton disregard for the safety of others, which are essentially criminal standards. An owner can also be held liable for failing to warn about a dangerous inconspicuous condition the owner knows about. However, a campground owner cannot be held liable for failing to make its property safe, and has no obligation to inspect or police the grounds for dangers that may exist. The bottom line from all of this is that private campground owners no longer have an incentive to inspect and make changes to their property, because they rarely will be held liable. The safer thing to do is use the public campgrounds, which are not motivated by profit and will not cut corners to make more money. Do you have questions? Let us know in the comments! I was just going to post something along these lines. I have never had to sign a waiver to camp at a private park. Sounds like they are covering their behind for hazards they may or may not know of. Easy fix for that uneven sidewalk they haven't fixed. I probably would still go as you probably won't find anything else at this point but I would pass on this place after this trip. Dan
Hammerboy 06/30/20 06:04pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Is camping Fun Anymore

I remember as a kid camping in the state parks the rangers would keep a tight leash on quiet hours. They would walk the loops in the evening keeping things in check. We had them stop by our site before on more than one occasion mainly because we had one cousin with a loud voice and a louder laugh. Dan
Hammerboy 06/30/20 05:56pm General RVing Issues
RE: Hey Michigan people, title and registration question

Yes, was there last week registering a new utility trailer. Everything is by appointment only. Dan
Hammerboy 06/29/20 09:29pm General RVing Issues
Sort by:    Search within results:
Page of 3  
Prev  |  Next

New posts No new posts
Closed, new posts Closed, no new posts
Moved, new posts Moved, no new posts

Adjust text size:

© 2021 CWI, Inc. © 2021 Good Sam Enterprises, LLC. All Rights Reserved.