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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 DanWell, I wasn't complaining about the price at all. In fact I believe it is a pretty good value. I was just pointing out that even though it is true that AC seats did not prviously exist..... That whether one NEEDS them are not can be based on the weather one deals with.... Yes I have gotten along without them for many years... But for just as many years I have wanted them. Those that have never experienced severe heat.... Cannot imagine it.
Huntindog 09/17/19 02:33am 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?
Huntindog 09/16/19 06:31pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Would appreciate the groups thoughts on tandem axle issue

If you are gonna have the dealer fix it.. You will most likely miss your trip. If it was me, I would buy an axle and install it. They are not all that expensive. Be done in an afternoon, and then go camping. I actually did similar once. We were heading out of town to New Mexico for a dog trial. 80 miles out, the TT spun a bearing. welded itself to the spindle. I got the tire off, strapped the axle to the frame to keep it from dragging, and headed home on 3 wheels. Bought a new axle, installed it, and headed off to New Mexico for the trial. Cost was less than 200.00 Yeah, I know, it's under warranty, and it should be on them.... How bad do you want to go on this trip?
Huntindog 09/14/19 07:08pm Travel Trailers
RE: How do you really judge TV adequacy anymore?

There is no evidence to indicate an F150 can't tow all day every day within its tow ratings without incurring any more adverse effects than a F350 would at the comparable duty point. This is the comment that everybody is calling BS on. Throw a 10k lb trailer behind an F150 and the same behind and F350 and there's no question which truck will wear better over time.Maybe it wasn't clear, "Comparable duty point" was intended to mean an F150 operating at 100% of its tow rating (or whatever parameter you want to compare) compared to a F350 operating at 100% of its tow rating ( or whatever rating you're comparing). 100% vs. 100% I think the point you are missing is “Duty Point” the one ton would need to be towing at near their max tow rating. Likely in the 20,000# range. Wait just a minute.... Did this not start out as a thread touting 1/2 ton capabilities that were equal or better than some of their HD counterparts? And once that argument fell flat, now the argument is changing. I see how it is. Go back and reread the first post.
Huntindog 09/12/19 06:54pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Dodge RAM flywheel

If it is vibrating, it is not doing the trans or motor any good. Fix it now, for less or later for more.
Huntindog 09/12/19 05:14pm Tow Vehicles
RE: The 2019-2020 Ram 1500 Score IIHS Top Safety+ Pick

Awesome. Once again those with money are treated better than the rest.
Huntindog 09/12/19 05:05pm Tow Vehicles
RE: How do you really judge TV adequacy anymore?

Take a look under any 1/2 ton... Then do the same with a 3/-1 ton. Everything is larger underneath a HD truck. When it comes to towing serious weight.... Size matters.
Huntindog 09/12/19 05:01pm Tow Vehicles
RE: How do you really judge TV adequacy anymore?

Read the SAE J2807 standard and maybe you will find your answer. That is after all the basis for the ratings.Note that the standard is purely a performance standard. It does NOT rate durability, or how comfortable the tow is at all.
Huntindog 09/12/19 12:34pm Tow Vehicles
RE: How do you really judge TV adequacy anymore?

..If anyone believes a 1500 truck is just as capable because it has the same or more payload as a 2500 truck, or based any other number like tow ratings, or has some super duper package, they're living in Fantasyland.Or maybe you're living in fantasyland. A F150/1500 truck is just as capable of towing within its tow rating as a F350/3500 is of towing within its ratings. I believe all models are now tested and rated per J2807 standard. I knew better than to get involved in this foolishness. You all have fun hashing it out, I'm going down to the bar and see if I can get an early bird special on happy hour.There is nothing more that needs to be hashed out. The trucks are tested and rated per the standard. Enjoy your beer.So according to your logic.... The bigger trucks are no longer needed.... Why do they still make them and sell them then? I have never heard of a Hotshotter using a 150/1500..... It would be more cost effective for them, and allow them to make more money.... What do they know, that you don't?
Huntindog 09/11/19 05:05pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 Chevy payload

The 2020s duallys GVWR increased from 13000 to 14000. The truck itself is likely a little heavier, so you won't see the full 1000 as an increase in payload. probably 500-700#. Historically the SRW was pretty much limited by the tires and springs, as the actual axle was the same. For 2020 though, the dually gets a bigger rear axle than the SRW. So I suppose the actual axle rating will likely be higher. IOW, for those not stuck on the payload number, it can likely haul more. The 14K GVWR is probably conservative in this case. So you take all of that, and look at some actual trucks payloads, and guesstimate from there. That will be your best ballpark figure. You mentioned the 2019s.... If you are wondering if the payload will be higher in the 20s vs the 19s... That answer would be yes. And the 20s on paper should be even stronger than their ratings will show, because of the bigger rearend. GM was not using the same rear axle previously. The axle tubes on the DRW trucks were twice as thick in DRW models. The gears and shafts might have been similar, but that doesn't tell the whole story. The difference between 1/4" wall and 1/2" axle tubes is not trivial. OP: you will probably have about 6k pounds of payload. It may be a little more or less depending on options.I had not heard that anywhere before about the tube wall thickness. The duallys DO have a 12" ring gear vs., an 11.5" for the srw. There have been other exceptions from time to time as well. I know that Dodge at one time had a Dana 80 behind the Cummins, vs a 60 or 70 (IDRC for sure) for the gas motors.
Huntindog 09/11/19 10:03am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 Chevy payload

The 2020s duallys GVWR increased from 13000 to 14000. The truck itself is likely a little heavier, so you won't see the full 1000 as an increase in payload. probably 500-700#. Historically the SRW was pretty much limited by the tires and springs, as the actual axle was the same. For 2020 though, the dually gets a bigger rear axle than the SRW. So I suppose the actual axle rating will likely be higher. IOW, for those not stuck on the payload number, it can likely haul more. The 14K GVWR is probably conservative in this case. So you take all of that, and look at some actual trucks payloads, and guesstimate from there. That will be your best ballpark figure. You mentioned the 2019s.... If you are wondering if the payload will be higher in the 20s vs the 19s... That answer would be yes. And the 20s on paper should be even stronger than their ratings will show, because of the bigger rearend.
Huntindog 09/11/19 07:22am Tow Vehicles
RE: How do you really judge TV adequacy anymore?

A couple of points. Yes the 80% rule is a made up rule.... BUT, it is a good one for it's intended purpose. For the person that is new to trailering, or can't, or doesn't want to be bothered with all of the specifics.... Following this simple 80% rule will generally keep them out of trouble. That is a good thing. 2500/250 badging. I do not see this going away. Many HOAs will not allow people to have 1 ton trucks. So a 3/4 ton with 1 ton capabilities will fill this need. I have a friend that ended up in a HOA. His F350 then became a problem. Changing the badges from F350 to F250 solved it.
Huntindog 09/11/19 03:42am Tow Vehicles
RE: Is this delamination? Something else?

If the front is the only place, it is one of the easier delams to fix. ( some would say that this particular damage is not classic delamination) If you buy it cheap enough, it could be a good deal. Use this as a bargaining point... And get some quotes using the pics on fixing it before plunking down the cash
Huntindog 09/10/19 12:55pm Travel Trailers
RE: Roll over

So to answer some questions, he has broken ribs, but that was from the airbags hitting him. He girlfriend has broken wrists..I guess a good endorsement for Dodge Ram 1500's... As for what happened, he did have anti sway, but yes, it was a LARGE trailer. I suspected he was overweight, but I can't confirm. So he was on the highway, and the trailer started swaying and he couldn't recover, and it flipped. That is all the information I got from his brother.That is all the info I need. He had the wrong brand of oil in the motor.:B
Huntindog 09/09/19 07:37pm Travel Trailers
RE: Ram 2019 3500 diesel

You are also bias and believe that everything you own is the best thing since Betty White so there is that. I can link multiple threads from the Cummins forum, Turbo Diesel Register, and other forums of owners saying the same thing I did along with multiple truck review sites stating so in their back to back comparison reviews. Neither of the Ram transmission offerings are that great in regards to speed of shifting and shift strategy compared to the Allison. The 68RFE is better than the Aisin in this department along with smoothness, but Aisin can handle more weight, has a PTO, and is more durable than the 68RFE. It is what it is, and it ain't what it ain't. But GM no longer uses the Allison tranny, just the Allison name on an inhouse tranny.Did you have a coke today with lunch? If so, how was it? Did you know that coke doesn't produce coke anymore? They license independant bottlers to produce it to their specs. Many many products are like that in todays world. And for the most part, the consumer is totally unaware of it. So long as the products perform as they should.... Consumers do not care who actually makes it. Now in this case... The people who want this to be an issuse.... Would never buy a GM anyway.
Huntindog 09/09/19 04:31pm Tow Vehicles
RE: replacing brakes on 1 of 4 wheels?

No wiring problems - my problem was caused by grease leak. I've already taken that hub apart a few weeks ago when I swapped the tire. No question the shoes and drum were coated with grease. That's when I cleaned everything up hoping I could salvage the shoes. I took the trailer out for a 20 mile drive yesterday to be sure it worked and.....well, it didn't. That tire still slides. But I can manually apply the brake slowly and the trailer will slow the truck down, but if I come down hard on the brakes that one blasted wheel still slides. And yes, I checked the adjustment on all 4 during my drive yesterday. The left front is grabbing, and the other 3 are working as they should. I have to admit that you created enough question in my mind that I went and found our trip logs and added it up actual mileage. Setting my declining memory aside, these new axles and current shoes really have 3,400 miles on them, not the 1,800 miles I put in the original post. 3,400 miles is a long way from being worn out, but even I have to admit it is significant. As bad as I hate to, I'll go ahead and replace both sides on the forward axle. And for those of you old enough to remember the ORIGINAL Saturday Night Live: In the immortal words of Rosanna-Rosanna Dana: "Never mind". FWIW Depending on your usage 3400 miles might not be much at all. I have never even come close to wearing out shoes... In fact it is rare for them to need adjusting. And this is with towing a LOT of miles. The secret is highway miles. Little to no brake usage for hundreds of miles. YMMV
Huntindog 09/08/19 06:30pm Travel Trailers
RE: replacing brakes on 1 of 4 wheels?

Grease gets into the pores of the shoes and makes them grabby, it does the same thing to the magnet. It also gets into the pores of the drum. You can "turn" the drum to get down to uncontaiminated metal, but the magnet surface would also need to be resurfaced... Drums are pretty cheap, so turning them will probably not be cost effective. You can try it without replacing the drum at the risk of having to do the job over. I had a 96 dodge manual trans. The engine had a leaking rear main seal. After the repair, the clutch was still grabby. Took it back and they replaced the clutch disc. It was still grabby. After some discussion with Dodges warranty dept. they replaced the clutch disc(again) the pressure plate, and the flywheel. That fixed it. As far as only doing one wheel. With such low miles and using factory parts.... It will likely be fine. Give it a try. If it doesn't perform properly, you can always do the other one then
Huntindog 09/08/19 04:08pm Travel Trailers
RE: Tires need help

Our Trailer tires almost always time out before they wear out. Has anyone ever used any type of tire dressing or rubber preserving product to help prevent cracking and sun damage?Rubber is a natural material that starts breaking down from the day a tire is made. Nothing will stop the process. he best you can do is to slow it down ..... A little. I do not think that any of the treatments are cost effective,, Same goes for fabric tire covers. IOW, the money spent on them over the life of the tire will not result in a savings over just buying new tires a little earlier. The fabric covers available can help, but they themselves breakdown, and they are not cheap. Thr best thing I have found is to make plydood covers. THey work as well as the fabroc covers, and will last many times longer. Mine were cheap (free) to make as I repurposed the plywood from an older project tht was no longer needed. At best, you will gain one season out of the tires by covering them. The very best thing to do.....Camp more.:B
Huntindog 09/08/19 01:17am Travel Trailers
RE: Multiple Tire Blowouts

Hate to tell you this Calvin, but your established way ain’t workin. If it was there wouldn’t be all these threads complaining about ST tire problems. Keith Well that's quite true. The published way establishes minimum standards which can always be improved with a little help from vehicle manufacturers and their options or recommendations for added protection with replacement tires. Complaints are, in a large part, from disgruntled consumers and highly antidotal in nature. The motto, "the right tool for the job" can be shifted to the "right tire for the application". Problem is, most -new- RV trailer owners have a problem when they have to make that decision. This coming from a guy who had SEVEN oem tire failures. ( That should make anyone a disgruntled consumer) CALandLINs seven failures And from what you have also posted (staying with STs, and just increasing the LR) are still having troubles, though at a slower rate. Yea, keep right on drinking the kool aid and putting up with failures... At least you can take comfort in the fact that you are doing what you are supposed to do.
Huntindog 09/07/19 12:24pm Travel Trailers
RE: Goosebox vs. fifthwheel

Only negative to the chains is having to reach into the bed to hook them. Think crawl in the bed to attach and un-attach them. If that is the only downside, I can live with that. I have a folding stepstool that has been standard equipment on our camper for years. It just found another reason to come along.
Huntindog 09/06/19 01:32am Tow Vehicles
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