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RE: Leaking fresh water tank

Sorry for not getting back sooner but I wanted to make a trip and make sure my repair was sound. My spin weld guy flaked out on me so I contacted a RV dealer near by that was recommended and he welded it for me. $200! I wanted a new tank but I guess they repair them all the time as some had advised me here.Little pricey but what isn't these days? Thank you for the help!
LITEPHIL 09/19/22 07:24am Travel Trailers
RE: 2022 Silverado 3.0 update

The feedback on this motor has really pretty good. They spent enough time on getting it out, it should be pretty dialed in. Did you find the amount of DEF you used to be excessive? Its the only point I have heard from those that I know who own one. It just dropped to 3 bars (just under 1/2 tank) at 2900 miles and I put 2.5 gallons and that filled it up. Simple non issue
LITEPHIL 07/31/22 12:48pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2022 Silverado 3.0 update

Good report. It's shame that diesels are probably on the way out and Chevy's latest release of the Colorado no longer includes a diesel option. GM is dropping the current 3.0, but replacing it with a new version for 2023. New Duramax Yes and it sounds like some good changes are coming, but I still believe diesels are being targeted by the EPA and worry they will be the first victom of the EV/EPA push. 1780 lbs with a 12,900 tow rating. That's why I waited 3 years to buy mine. The new ones may have issues and I would still would have waited at least two years to buy one to be sure they were ok. Remember the LBZ back in 2007? It's now one of the most desirable Duramax engines. I didn't want to wait and I am totally satisfied with what sits in the driveway! Just curious what your payload # is? 1780 lbs with a 12,900 tow rating.
LITEPHIL 07/31/22 12:43pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2022 Silverado 3.0 update

Good report. It's shame that diesels are probably on the way out and Chevy's latest release of the Colorado no longer includes a diesel option. GM is dropping the current 3.0, but replacing it with a new version for 2023. New Duramax Yes and it sounds like some good changes are coming, but I still believe diesels are being targeted by the EPA and worry they will be the first victom of the EV/EPA push. That's why I waited 3 years to buy mine. The new ones may have issues and I would still would have waited at least two years to buy one to be sure they were ok. Remember the LBZ back in 2007? It's now one of the most desirable Duramax engines. I didn't want to wait and I am totally satisfied with what sits in the driveway!
LITEPHIL 07/31/22 12:07pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2022 Silverado 3.0 update

Thank you all. A couple things I forgot to mention. This was a little annoying but I can probably figure something out but, backing up a little hill to hitch up, the brake hold wouldn't release smoothly, so it was slightly frustrating since it would release abruptly. Probably a matter of hitting a switch and another thing worth mentioning was, those guys at TFL trucks said they couldn't get the engine brake to work but it works flawlessly and really holds the speed on the down hills. Not super impressed with those boys.
LITEPHIL 07/31/22 11:21am Tow Vehicles
2022 Silverado 3.0 update

Got to say I just love this truck. I've towed up to the mountains now three times and it just works incredibly well with 7,500 trailer and wood, generator and everything else in the bed. The towing mileage on my mountain trips average just about 14 mpg. I suspect it will be better on a flat tow drive. The last climb on the AZ-260 goes from around 5,600 ft to 7,600 feet in 3.5 miles and on the steepest part, it will increase speed noticeably if I put my foot into it. Very satisfied with the power and mileage. A couple of things I wanted to mention that caught me a bit off guard were #1 the tow mirrors,they have incredible lights that will light up the whole sides of the trailer like you would not believe. I didn't even realize these were there. Really cool option. The other thing is the way the truck with the NHT tow package handles compared to my Z71 I traded in. The Z71 was very soft and I personaly would not recommend the Z71 package for towing. The 5.3 8 speed pulled pretty good but nothing like the 3.0 10 speed with a 3.73 gear. Also if I set the cruise to 70 when not towing, it gets 31-32 mpg. I suspect if it had the standard 3.23 rear gear it would get better. Great little truck!
LITEPHIL 07/31/22 09:25am Tow Vehicles
RE: Leaking fresh water tank

Sorry to not get back about this sooner. I have a guy that has a place that will spin weld it for $150 if I take the tank out. I have another trip to the mountains next week, so I will pull the tank when I get back. Thank you all
LITEPHIL 07/29/22 08:15am Travel Trailers
RE: New Travel Trailer

Lots of variables there. A strong 1/2 ton would have no problem with 7,000 lbs. I tow 7,500 with my half ton but it has the NHT tow option with the 3.0 Duramx but 7,000 lbs is pretty light for a 29 ft trailer. I would suspect it has at least one slide and fully loaded at 7,000 lbs seems light. Is that the trailer GVW ?
LITEPHIL 07/10/22 07:03am Travel Trailers
RE: Leaking fresh water tank

Taking off for the mountains for the week, so I investigate more when I get back but thank you
LITEPHIL 07/10/22 06:53am Travel Trailers
RE: Leaking fresh water tank

I believe it's a standard size and hangs from the frame of the trailer. I want to get an exact replacement. Guess I should have made that clear that I want to replace it since it looks to have been repaired before. Don't want a custom tank just a replacement tank. My 2007 Forest River toy hauler had an identical set up and I remember the drain hung pretty low on that trailer. My question is, has anyone replaced their underbelly tank and if so, where did you find it? If it's $1,000 I'll repair it but if it's $250-300 I'll buy a new one. Thanks!
LITEPHIL 07/09/22 10:31am Travel Trailers
Leaking fresh water tank

Has anyone replaced their under trailer frame mounted 40 gallon fresh water tank? I bought my 08 25 ft Salem used and first time I used it I noticed a drip near the drain plug but it stopped and didn't leak on my second trip. Now I filled it up and it's got a pretty good drip going, so I will have to fix it when I get back. But looking closely at the leak, it looks like it has been repaired and is leaking above the drain plug and not the plug its self. I suspect it had a low hanging drain valve that got ripped off and then was repaired and now there is just a plug there. I can tell the tank had been out before since there's a unpainted weld. Anyhow, has any one replaced their under belly tank ? and if so, where did you find one. It looks like a pretty straight forward job, with a small amount of welding on the cross support. Thanks!
LITEPHIL 07/09/22 09:22am Travel Trailers
RE: Disadvantages of flipping trailer axles?

I've done 7 flips over the years for myself and a few friends and none of us noticed any difference in handling.We did notice that we weren't dragging the trailer or plumbing over the rough stuff. Since 99% of the towing is on the highway with little lateral forces,the positive out weights the negative in my opinion. If the bushing were worn or if there are other suspension problems then maybe it could have an effect but a suspension in good shape with the flip done properly really shouldn't be an issue. My current trailer doesn't have a flip and it doesn't need one but some trailers are so low that where I camp in the mountains, you could have problems. Just have to figure out if you need it or not.
LITEPHIL 06/18/22 11:24am Travel Trailers
RE: Disadvantages of flipping trailer axles?

Flipping axles adds cosiderably more side load torque to the spring pack, shackles hangers and frame. An added welded in X member like 2"x .188 square tube between the rear axle spring hangers would be my advice. Please explain how
LITEPHIL 06/17/22 07:00pm Travel Trailers
RE: Magic Chef mcd990arb

Before you toss the old microwave, open it up and check it out. My 25 year old MW died and I was having a tough time finding a new one that would fit in the opening. I opened it up, and after replacing a fuse and a capacitor it's back to working like new. Cost about $15-$20 It's going in the big can. Never been too impressed with the Magic Chef Micros.
LITEPHIL 06/09/22 04:12pm Tech Issues
RE: Magic Chef mcd990arb

https://i.imgur.com/ZZjcUhGl.jpg Hope it lasts!
LITEPHIL 06/09/22 03:37pm Tech Issues
RE: Magic Chef mcd990arb

I may have jumped the gun here. I took the Magic Chef out and it's a free standing unit and seems the front fascia has four straps that keeps the unit in place. I decided to buy a Hamilton Beach unit for $69.00 and relocate the straps on the inner fascia trim to hold it in place. A little larger gaps top and bottom but I think it will work well. Thank you all for your help here and I guess I should have investigated a little deeper prior to posting but very good information.
LITEPHIL 06/09/22 02:27pm Tech Issues
Magic Chef mcd990arb

My microwave oven died. Any suggestions for a direct replacement for a Magic Chef mcd990arb unit? It's in my 2008 Salem travel trail. Thanks!
LITEPHIL 06/09/22 10:05am Tech Issues
RE: Chevy 3.0 first tow.

GM needs to ditch the internal rubber belt that's on the rear side of the engine. Since they took some internet heat on this design, maybe on the next gen they will go with a traditional chain. Why? I have never heard of one failure. 150,000 miles is way down the road and they're saying after 200,000 miles it still looks perfect. Doubt I'll have this truck more then 10 years and even so, a couple grand isn't a big deal after 10 or 15 years for a maintenance item. Think of these hybrids and what kind of expenses they will incur in ten years. None issue
LITEPHIL 06/04/22 11:27am Tow Vehicles
RE: Chevy 3.0 first tow.

That’s good mileage for that size trailer, but everything gets good mileage driving that slow. I get 7-8mpg towing the toyhauler with the brodozer and 7-8 towing a 6klb boat with a new V8 half ton….at 75-80mph. Drop that to 55-60mph and I’m looking at 11-12 mpg pulling a camper that is double the weight, way taller and with a truck that is the epitome of poor setup for fuel mileage. 7.5’ tall, and under-geared on 37s with a 90hp tune. It’s all relative, but love folks who like to feel good about their fuel mileage! This was a mountain pull with 6 and 7 percent grades. I have been driving the route for 20 years with a 350, two 5.3s, three 6.0s,an 8.1,06 Durmax, and a 06 and 07 Cummins with different trailers and none got better then 10 mpg on the same trip. 50-60 mph is not that slow on steep mountain passes with heavy winds.
LITEPHIL 06/04/22 11:20am Tow Vehicles
RE: Chevy 3.0 first tow.

Thank you all. Yes, I would very much recommend the 3.0 Duramax in a heart beat! It has exceeded my expectations and is a fast little bugger too!
LITEPHIL 05/29/22 07:00am Tow Vehicles
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