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RE: F350 LT275/70r18 tires

FishOnOne - thanks for your comment. I was also surprised that it came with Continentals not Michelin’s. I have lots of good experience with Michelin’s but not any with Continental’s, but the tire guy I talked with had high praise for the Continentals.
MNRon 03/15/22 07:09pm Tow Vehicles
F350 LT275/70r18 tires

Received my 2022 F350 yesterday (yea!) but was surprised with 6800lb rear axle capacity. Digging further I believe this was because I accepted the standard LT275/65r18 tires which have load rating of 3415lb each (my fault). I’m considering replacing them with LT275/70r18s that have load rating of 3640lb each. Has anyone received an F350 with LT275/70r18s, and is your rear axle capacity 7200lbs like I suspect? Additionally, any comments on the value of replacing these? The tire guy I talked thought it was a waste of money. Given my load is in this range I’m thinking even the 200lb improvement per tire might be worthwhile margin. Not looking for generic ‘weight police’ comments, but appreciate any counsel. Thanks
MNRon 03/15/22 06:55pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Delivery on new F350

Good news. My F350 was delivered today with everything exactly as I had specified it, which included nearly everything but the kitchen sink. The only two significant options I didn’t specify were Adaptable Cruise, and Adaptable Steering. I did get bed liner, puck system, trailer camera/tpms, moonroof, upfitters, adaptive wipers, LEDs, etc, etc. Enjoying my new toy!! Good luck to everyone else waiting
MNRon 03/14/22 05:59pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Delivery on new F350

OP here. Guess I just needed to complain a little :) I got a call this morning from the dealership and am picking up my 2022 F350 this afternoon; a week over 4 months from when we ordered it.
MNRon 03/14/22 08:41am Tow Vehicles
Delivery on new F350

Not sure if anyone can help, but I need to rant. Ordered a new F350 at the beginning of November, told at the time it could be anywhere from 2-6 months, but should set expectation at 3-4 months. OK. Took off for winter thinking it should be in about the time we return at end of February. Got notice before Christmas that it was scheduled to build at the end of January, everything seemed to be on track. Then notice it started to build, and then on 15 Feb we recieved notice it was built and just waiting on shipping, expected delivery between 25Feb and 3Mar. All good to that point. Now it’s coming up on mid-March and the Ford site still says “Built - waiting to arrange shipping which typically takes a couple days and may be up to a week”. It’s been saying that for coming up on 4 weeks!! Called the dealership last week to inquire and they said “no idea when it will come, they’ll call me whenever it arrives”. If it’s really just waiting on shipping it’s kind of frustrating as I believe it’s built in KY and I’m sitting here in TN just waiting…
MNRon 03/09/22 12:55pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Generators for 5er

Time2roll - 1200AHr Li bank, NICE (and $$$). Li have lower internal resistance than my lifeline’s (which are lower than typical lead acids), but at 140A for a single AC it’s still a struggle (and LOTS of amps) to run an AC very long. My point is that high amperage loads are better served with 120v, it’s a lot easier on all the circuitry…and the wallet…
MNRon 03/07/22 09:25pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Generators for 5er

Running high load 120v devices off of 12v batteries is not as easy as buying a large inverter. I have a Magnum3012RV and 630AHr of Lifeline AGMs. I *can* run an AC off of batteries, but it draws 140A from my batteries (besides startup). Drawing large currents like that heat up interconnects, and even the internal resistance of the Lifeline’s have a 0.5v drop at that current. Solar will replace capacity in the batteries, but at 12v you’re still drawing LARGE currents to run an AC; more than most would recommend for longer than short durations. Lots easier to run AC off of a 120v source, be it shore or genny.
MNRon 03/07/22 08:16pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Extensive Traveling with a 5th Wheel

Sounds like you're ~10yrs behind us. We had a Jayco 285BHS when I retired. Took a winter trip from MN to TX and after a month+ living in it we started to think we might want something different. Looked at a older used HitchHiker 5th wheel and haven't looked back. Not familiar with your layout, but 5th wheel layout was much improved over TT for us. More importantly, a 5er pulls **SO** much better than a TT; along with being easier to hitch etc. Tank capacities were a significant upgrade too. Even with the HH I still leveled with boards etc for a few years and didn't think it was a big deal. Then we got a new VanLeigh Vilano with autolevelers, WOW does that make it easy. We added SnapPads and now it's 15min to hook-up and leave a campground, or to set up when we arrive. I'd definitely recommend looking into 5ers, used if you can find what you want if $ matters (besides having the bugs shaken out). Also agree with you on wanting to stay <35ft, we mostly camp at state parks etc and are comfortable finding places we fit. Longer may fit in the spot, but can be difficult to manuever through narrow roads and trees to get to the spot. Artic Fox makes a good 5er I'd recommend you give a good look at, would have purchased one if they had a floorplan we liked. Also would have bought another HitchHiker if they still made them, a VERY GOOD 5er. With that said, we're very happy with our Vilano. Good luck in your search and decision.
MNRon 02/27/22 09:05am Fifth-Wheels
RE: towing with gm 6.6 gas

Some older data that doesn’t directly apply, but I pulled a 9k TT with a 2002 8.1gasser for several years. It never bypassed a gas station, I got ~7mpg towing. Pulled fine on flats, and OK on small hills; got stuck slowing down on a pass for a trucker and could never climb back above ~15mph while the engine screamed all the way up the mountain out west. Replaced it with a Duramax in 2013 and you can’t wipe the smile off my face as I pull our 16k 5er now with ease across the Rockies or wherever I want to go. Get 10-11mpg and even pass gas’s stations now. Haven’t seen any comments on the exhaust brake on diesel’s, that’s worth the price of admission by itself in my opinion.
MNRon 02/15/22 08:05am Towing
RE: Axle-less trailer suspension: pros and cons?

MORryde IS
MNRon 02/03/22 06:49pm Tech Issues
RE: Air Compressor

SGTJOE - look up Makita compressors in Amazon. They offer a 1/2hp, 1hp, and 1.5hp that are all very quiet. Max psi of 135. Airflow at 90psi is probably what to look for to compare airing up a tire. I chose the 1/2hp because I cared more about size and cost that the time it would take to top off a tire, since they’re quiet it doesn’t bother me to wait a little longer. I had a louder one that I got rid of because I was embarrassed to run it in a campground (besides hurting my ears), and I have a large tank model to fill tires with at home.
MNRon 01/20/22 03:39pm Tech Issues
RE: Air Compressor

I bought a Makita a year ago, it’s VERY quiet which makes it a joy to use. I pulled it out a week ago and smiled when it came on knowing that the conversation going on at the next campsite didn’t even notice it
MNRon 01/20/22 08:38am Tech Issues
RE: GM outsold Ford??

I’ve owned all 3 majors over the years and consider them all to build good trucks. I’m not brand loyal, but have tended towards more GMs. I had my GMC 2002 3/4T for 11yrs and ~180k miles when I replaced it with a 2013 Chevy 3500; that now has 175k on the odometer and I’ve ordered an F350 that I’m looking forward to getting in a month or so. Interestingly, last week I took a look around the campground we were at. Ignoring grocery-getters, the distribution of 3/4 & 1Ts were as expected: 7 Fords, 8 GMs, and 6 Rams. All good trucks, and about the same distribution I seem to see running down the road.
MNRon 01/13/22 05:58pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Hitch maintenance

Had hitch installed in 2014, never even thought about it until this post…7-8yrs, ~60k miles pulling 14k first half, 16k second half…not planning on thinking about it again
MNRon 01/09/22 12:28pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Camping on Sand

OK. Thanks all. You’ve brought me to my senses. Long ago I accepted the maxim that I wouldn’t drive my truck out on the lake no matter how thick the ice was, the risk/reward just wasn’t worth it. Period. No need to think about it each year. Similarly I’ll just accept that I’m not pulling my 5er on the beach, risk/reward (including salt) just doesn’t make sense. No need to overthink, I’ll just accept that. Reaffirms why DW is sometimes called SWMBO…
MNRon 01/09/22 07:47am Fifth-Wheels
Camping on Sand

We’re at Mustang Island SP (Corpus Christi) in the conventional campground. Just walked along the beach and looked at the primitive beach campsites. I’m intrigued, looking out over the waves and listening to the breakers sounds inviting. DW is less enamored, especially after just watching a class c being pulled out because he’d buried it up to the axles. How many of you camp on the beach along south TX (S Padre Is has similar camping I believe). How risky is it with a 16k 5er, and an SRW 4wd truck? Am I just being too cautious, or too risky to think about it? Also, any tips or tricks? As always, thanks for your insights.
MNRon 01/08/22 01:25pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Sailun tires

It's unfortunate manufacturers don't publish reliability and longevity data on their tires (for obvious reasons). As ChuckSteed said, running any RV tires 9 years isn't the brightest move anyone can make. Yet, I'm confident that there are some, OF ANY MAKE, that will make 9yrs or more. The issue is that percentages of surviving tires, again on ANY make, will go down with time. Five years seems to be the consensus break-point where it's time to replace RV tires. Because we don't have data, I'll hypothesize that at 5yrs the survivability of good RV tires is somewhere between 98% and 99.8% depending on brand, and how you run them. At those numbers most of us will never have issues over our RVing lifetime. If you buy cheap china-pop's, overload them, and run them at 80mph that number is probably more like 5-10% but there probably are a few that might survive. With good tires, and care, I fully expect that most can get well over 5yrs BUT the odds of catastrophic failures go up with time and most wisely don't try to squeeze the extra couple/few years out of their tires. If tire manufacturers would give us better statistical information we could all make better decisions, and maybe get a few more years out of tires but that isn't in the tire manufacturers best financial interest. If you want to run your RV tires to 9yrs, good luck, but please don't drive next to, or in front of me, on the road...
MNRon 12/11/21 08:22am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Should I upgrade to a Magnum 3012RV inverter/charger

Groover - given you have soft starts and an onboard 6kW generator, I doubt you would experience the AC generator-inverter pass through power I faced; I’m pretty sure that either the Magnum or Victron will fill your need. If you desire the easy swap out from your current 2012 to a 3012 I wouldn’t be afraid of it, and you will certainly like the boost capability if you camp with 30A hookups very much. Not to recommend against the Magnum, but just to complicate your decision making :) Victron has a really cool GUI that I like for power management visibility, but they’re pretty proud of it (costs quite a bit more than Magnums ARC controller) - as pianotuna says, the Victron and Magnum will both have similar performance.
MNRon 12/10/21 06:32pm Tech Issues
RE: Should I upgrade to a Magnum 3012RV inverter/charger

Groover - You might be referring to a thread or two I had earlier this year regarding a Magnum 3012 hybrid inverter and AC. To summarize what I've learned: 1 - Magnum 3012 hybrid is GREAT for augmenting power when you're on 30A shore 2 - Magnum 3012 hybrid is a good, solid inverter 3 - Magnum 3012 will support heavy loads well, but extended drawing hundreds of amps WILL heat things up and shouldn't be done. A few minutes for a microwave, hair dryer, etc isn't an issue. The Magnum will easily start my AC (without soft-starts) but you pull hundreds of Amps and cabling etc heat up if you do that very long 4 - The issue I experienced with the Magnum and AC's was not when running from the inverter, or shore power, but the Magnum power-qualifing circuitry will not reliably pass through portable generator power because of the generator's inability to keep voltage up cleanly at AC start. By playing around with various settings etc I was able to fairly reliably power one 15k AC from a Westinghouse i4500 at about 5000 elevation when it was 100+ outside without a softstart. With that said, I've ordered a micro-air so that it's not so fussy in the future. 5 - Regarding the AC issue with pass-through power from a generator: Magnum's "best" advice on this is to use a generator at least twice the inverter capability (ie - 6.5k genny with a 3012 - NOT HELPFUL). My understanding is that the Victron unit has a 'lock out' setting you can use when just passing power through so that it's qualification circuitry doesn't get in the way, I don't have first hand knowledge on this though. Depending on your usage, upgrading the Magnum may, or may not, be a good idea. I upgraded from a Magnum 2800 and am glad I did for the hybrid capability. I would NOT plan on running an AC from 12v power due to the high current load. The generator interaction issue has been frustrating, if I had to do it over I'd look hard at the Victron but am not sorry with the setup I have.
MNRon 12/09/21 12:50pm Tech Issues
RE: A different take on the popular ‘Carbon Dioxide Narrative’

I'm surprised that this thread hasn't been shut down yet. It's purely political and was started as such. Many that are commenting don't understand science (methodical progress of understanding using reason, observation, experimentation, mathematics, etc and KNOWLEDGE to approach TRUTH...not just trying to justify your desired belief). Believing in conspiracy theories and not believing in science just because you lack understanding is like a 3yr old that insists that 2+2=5; just because you and your buddies say it loudly doesn't make it so. Open minded pursuit of knowledge is humbling...and educational... Most RVers recognize the wonder of nature we get to experience in North America, and I should think WANT TO preserve that for others that follow. It's sad that our generation seems to be becoming the "selfish generation" instead of following in the footsteps of the 'greatest generation.' And that it's become acceptable for those that don't know what they are talking about to proudly proclaim "2+2=5" loudly in the public square. If you don't believe the sea levels are rising, that temperatures are increasing, that fossil fuels pollute, etc maybe you'd do better posting in political echo chambers instead of polluting this RV site. End of my rant, back to RVing...
MNRon 12/09/21 12:23pm Tech Issues
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