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RE: What do you do?

Hmm....I gave up drinking 3+ months ago. I guess I'll just take a nap.
Lightning55 01/17/21 04:04pm General RVing Issues
RE: Throttle enhancement

I've never thought my Duramax needed any improvement as it's already pretty quick off the line. I feel the same about our 2016 Ram CTD, a little turbo lag is normal with a diesel. I really don't want to abuse my transmission with a full 385 HP and 900 ft. lb. of torque off the line. I get it, maybe it's not for everyone but if you plug in one of these throttle enhancing devices I guarantee you'll be surprised! I set mine for just City driving and it really woke up my Duramax.
Lightning55 01/03/21 11:59am Tow Vehicles
Throttle enhancement

I have a 2016 GMC 2500HD Duramax and always felt a lag in the throttle and after some research I found that this is common complaint with owners of late model trucks and cars...gas or diesel. The manufacturers do this intentionally to improve MPG ratings but it creates sluggish acceleration. There are a lot of aftermarket companies that make throttle pedal devices that enhances the response so I decided to give it a try. I picked the Pedal Commander and installed it last week in about 5 minutes. This thing made a HUGE difference in the performance of my truck. It's amazing. Simple plug in device at the throttle pedal and has 4 different settings with 8 sensitivity levels for each setting. This is not a tuner and has no effect on emissions, ECM settings, and doesn't boost HP but it feels like 50+HP more! This is not an advertisement and I don't work for any aftermarket company but it was the best $250 I've spent on this truck! I haven't towed with it yet but I'm anxious to try it. If you're unhappy with the flat spot or lag in acceleration on your late model car or truck, give one of these devices a try. You'll be amazed at the difference.
Lightning55 01/02/21 01:23pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New 5th

A different version of the VW fifth wheel video. . Clicky Wow, that's way cool! I want one.
Lightning55 01/02/21 12:46pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Reminiscing...harrowing Experiences in the Military

I own a 1911 45 automatic and I don't see how that could ever happen. It requires a trigger pull to drop the hammer and fire the weapon. Maybe a nervous finger on the trigger and no control from rapid recoil could create multiple and quick firing but a standard 45 automatic is not mechanically capable of going "full automatic".
Lightning55 01/02/21 09:34am Around the Campfire
RE: Towing with a 2018 BMW X5...help please!

The BMW X5 is a great driving Sports utility, but I don't think is was designed as a good trailer towing vehicle. The suspension (front and rear) and brakes has it's limitations and will probably handle a small light weight trailer, but nothing very big. Like others have said, you need to do some homework and check it's towing and weight limitations.
Lightning55 12/28/20 10:10am Tow Vehicles
RE: Scary Incidents in Life, Part 1

My son tells a story about when he was deer hunting several years ago. He was on a sloping hill side and was overlooking a small gulch. Looking through the rifle scope, he was scanning the landscape across the gulch which might have been less than 100 yds away. It was covered with small shrubs and as he scanned the scope, there sat a large mountain lion staring at him. It seemed to be in a frozen glare and was clearly focused on my son. Just watching this lion stare at him sent chills down his back and then slowly the lion slipped down under the dense shrubs, glaring at him the whole time. The first thing that came over my son was fear that he could no longer see him or know where he was. Slowly and quietly, he retreated back up the hill to his ATV, looking back every few steps to see if he could see the mountain lion. He said even though he was armed, he was definitely scared that the lion might have been stalking him. He says he'll never forget that day.
Lightning55 12/28/20 09:53am Around the Campfire
RE: Installing a safe?

I would anchor it in a hidden place but with easy access to open it. As far a weapon goes, I keep mine in a bed side drawer at night and either locked up during the day or on me.
Lightning55 12/28/20 09:25am General RVing Issues
RE: Looking for mid bunkroom 5th wheel

Thanks, the Big Horn 39MB is a great layout but I'm afraid it's too much for my truck. I think I'd need a 1 ton dually for that rig. I think the Reflection 31MB is probably the best choice for us.
Lightning55 12/26/20 04:24pm Fifth-Wheels
Looking for mid bunkroom 5th wheel

We are in the market for a new 5th wheel with a mid bunk room and rear living area. We like the Grand Design Reflection 31MB but would like to see other brands for comparison. I tow with a 2016 GMC 2500HD Duramax so I have limitations. Anyone have ideas on others we should consider?
Lightning55 12/25/20 02:22pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: New travels trailers are getting scarce

I feel very fortunate that back in April, I was able to locate the 5th wheel that I wanted and could get it at 30% off MSRP. I had to go 4 hours away from my home to get it but it was worth it. Especially since I've read a lot about inventory being low all over the Country. I was very fortunate indeed! 30% off msrp days are gone. The best I can get is about 18% off on a Grand Design Reflection. The dealers a definitely in the drivers seat and if you don't want it, no problem they'll just wait for another buyer.
Lightning55 12/12/20 09:18am General RVing Issues
RE: RV Entry Stairs - Replacement ???

We installed the Step Above and my wife likes it a lot. Large upper step and solid, no bounce is a big improvement. Folding it up into the entry is a bit of a pain and it always puts dirt into the trailer when lifted up, but that's the only complaint we have. Only once did I ever have to move the trailer over in storage because I was too close to the next trailer to fold in down.
Lightning55 12/09/20 08:55am General RVing Issues
Reflection 31MB owners?

Anyone out there own the Grand Design Reflection 31MB? It's a mid bunkroom model with rear living. We are considering this FW and wondered if anyone has ownership input or thoughts on this rig. For a mid bunkroom FW, it's fairly small when compared to other MB trailers but still has a nice roomy feel. Appreciate any opinions.
Lightning55 11/26/20 09:35am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Traveling with ebikes

I have 2 foldable Lectric XP bikes and put them on the rack on the back of the trailer. I also use the packing blankets from Harbor Freight, just wrap them up and secure them with bungy cords. I use the blankets as much for concealment as for protection. I also use large cable tie downs with padlocks for added security.
Lightning55 11/26/20 09:23am General RVing Issues
RE: Very Frustrated

Sounds like a bad starter. There's an old fashion, low tech way to check it: When it won't turn over, get someone to hold the ignition in the start position while you smack the side of the starter with a hammer. If it starts when you smack it, you've got a bad starter. I've used this method many times through the years.
Lightning55 11/22/20 09:27am Tech Issues
Oven ignitor

I can't be the first guy to ask this question: Does anyone make a oven ignitor kit that can be added on? Every time my wife wants to use the oven she has to get down on her hands and knees to light the burner. She loves her trailer but hates the oven. I would be her hero if I could install an ignitor.
Lightning55 11/19/20 12:47pm Tech Issues
RE: Winter Travel on 101

101 down northern CA is an easy road to travel with a 5th wheel. A lot nicer drive than I5.
Lightning55 10/01/20 08:38am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Pinbox moves?

He measured the half inch movement about the half way point of the pinbox just under the front edge of the trailer cap. It's probably more movement at the tip of the pinbox. He said the weight of the pinbox is probably less than 2000 lbs. We attempted to remove some of the body paneling around the pinbox to see but stopped because we were certain that we'd create some damage to the thin aluminum panels trying to remove them. I think he's going to call the dealer next.
Lightning55 09/28/20 08:24am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Pinbox moves?

Wow....150 views but only TWO opinions??
Lightning55 09/27/20 07:00pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Near tragic event!!

You'll probably never know the cause for sure, but I think most likely fatigued wheel studs from over tightening was the bottom line cause. I'd be worried about all the other wheels having stretched studs.
Lightning55 09/27/20 11:19am Fifth-Wheels
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