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RE: Notifications not coming through

Using IOS 16.1.1 - no issues with notifications.
Thermoguy 11/23/22 05:49pm Technology Corner
RE: Truck starts on its own

Talked to my service writer, he said there is no way to disable auto start on a 2019, said that feature was started 2022. Said probably a wifi signal close to my house I don't think a remote start will work if the vehicle is unlocked. I think you mentioned its parked in the garage. So, if you leave it unlocked, it should not remote start?...
Thermoguy 11/23/22 05:47pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing with lifted truck; need assistance

A lot of good info by other members so I won’t repeat it. If you don’t want to remove the lift I would focus on the tires. If you have a large soft sidewall tire like a C or D rated you can improve your setup. I would go back to stock size (275 or 285 /70/17) on the factory wheel or equivalent. You can also get some better tires with a stiff sidewall and way more capacity than many big tires used on lifted trucks. The right tire will make a HUGE difference in stability. Good luck. I was at a tire dealer the other day getting my snow tires put on my daily driver. There was a guy there with a lifted truck getting new tires. The guy brought out a good meaty off road tire for him, load range F.... they were much bigger than the tires on my 2500, LT-E tires... if I recall, 22" but didn't get the rest of the measurements. Just remember the load range F. I don't think those tires would have been the weak spot.
Thermoguy 11/22/22 01:36pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Towing with lifted truck; need assistance

Thanks for all your help! I’m glad I’m doing the research to make sure I’m making my family and other drivers safe. I didn’t know what kind of hitch so I’m glad to hear I need a weight distribution hitch - any particular ones that are best? I’m totally fine with doing a smaller travel trailer. Would you all recommend 10,000 gvwr max for the weight of the trailer? Unfortunately just bought this truck and didn’t even think about towing when purchased so it’s definitely a lesson I’ve learned. I’m not looking to trade in for a dually or pay to lower the lift/smaller tires at the moment, therefore I understand a smaller trailer is what I’ll have to settle for. Just need to know what gvwr weight for the trailer I should not go over I'm not sure what everyone is talking about, I see lifted trucks pulling trailers all the time. Your payload is the key ingredient in understanding what you can tow, however, with the modifications to your truck you have reduced that limit. I'm sure a 5th wheel is out but I do see lifted trucks with 5th wheels, not sure about the 6" lift. Make sure you are looking at trailers with a tongue weight well below your maximum rating. The 10,000lbs is meaningless, because you run out of payload on tongue weight before you reach the max tow weight. You might not be able to find a toy hauler that meets that weight restriction. I know you wouldn't with a 5th wheel, but not sure about a small bumper pull. When you get it, makes sure you have the right hitch, then go easy until you get use to the handling of the truck trailer combo. Happy Camping.
Thermoguy 11/20/22 12:54pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Li-S Battery

Hope this works. Li-S Batteries. Richard Here is a company in WA making Li-Silicon batteries: Group 14
Thermoguy 11/20/22 10:40am Tech Issues
RE: Li-S Battery

Hope this works. Li-S Batteries. Richard here is the solution already ready. I am just hoping eventualy you will be able to get a smaller one but if you have the money or want to finance it for 99 bucks a month, they ship out within the next 4 to 5 months. Solid state $20K - to $70K per unit - where do I sign up? Preorder only.... so not ready yet.. OK. I'm surprised this is still Lithium. There are other materials that are not here yet, but also not Lithium that sound more promising. And shouldn't be $70K...
Thermoguy 11/20/22 10:33am Tech Issues
RE: Alternative to bumper sewer hose carrier

Camping world has a tube that goes under the trailer. I have one on mine, it is round with a cap, fits 2 sewer hoses connected together. I'm sure you can find it on their website.
Thermoguy 11/19/22 10:16am Travel Trailers
RE: TT keeps popping shore breaker

Why do you have the trailer plugged in to power? To keep the fridge on so it doesn't get mold? Winterize, open the door to the fridge and freezer, drain any water, etc. then you won't need the extension cord. You are using a temporary extension cord for a mostly permanent power source, that's a good way to start a fire. I have a 30AMP pedestal right next to my trailer and I still winterize and leave it unplugged for the winter, no fire hazard, no issue of burning up my batteries due to a bad charger, and no warm place for the mice to nest. Good Luck with your power problem, sorry I couldn't be of help.
Thermoguy 11/06/22 01:02pm Travel Trailers
RE: Lo height profile 5er TH

There are lots of low profile toy haulers made by the same brands that make horse trailers. Featherlight, Sundowner, Cimarron, Pegasus, and others, but expect to pay more than a standard trailer or toy hauler. The downside is the bedroom height is lost and they are really more suited for the toys (or horses) than the living quarters.
Thermoguy 11/05/22 10:04am Toy Haulers
RE: Major Ecoboost repair, long delays

After reading this, replacing the batteries in an EV F150 after 200-300K miles doesn't seem like that big of deal. Best of luck to you in this situation.
Thermoguy 11/03/22 06:08pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New to traveling

So after some research on best years for 3/4 ton trucks I've found a 19 chevy 2500hd duramax and a 2016 f250 6.7 ps. Both are roughly the same price and milage. They are both in the sweet spots of good years. Any suggestions. Ty Just got back from a 600 mile round trip towing a 7-8000 lb trailer over the mountain passes in WA state. My 2015 Duramax didn't skip a beat or even slow down going over the passes, was able to keep speed limit all the time, even using cruise control. If you can find a 2019 Duramax in your price range, as long as it doesn't have 300K miles, I would jump on it. I don't have a Ford, but went to dinner with a friend who's Ford is a year older than mine, with twice the miles as mine. It's fine, but needs work. Night and day difference between the 2 trucks in my opinion as far as mechanical. He has a muffler issue, a door doesn't close correctly, It runs fine but the miles have been harder on his than on my Chev. Last year he had to buy new tires while on a trip with a trailer due to something he called the death wobble. Just my experience. I would be OK with a Ford or GM. Have friends with Ram that love their trucks.
Thermoguy 10/30/22 10:57am Travel Trailers
RE: Lo-Profile

Sundowner, Featherlite, Cimarron all make gooseneck trailers that are low profile. Most have some type of toy hauler but many can be custom ordered to the clients needs. I'm sure there are others if you search.
Thermoguy 10/30/22 10:28am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Cover for camper while in storage? Yes/no?

I have used the same Adco cover for 6 years now. Keep thinking I will need to replace it, but then I put it on again and it's OK. No rubbing from the cover, no mildew, etc. I wash and wax before winter storage, put the cover on and in the spring I am ready to go, the trailer looks like I just washed and waxed it. I would never go a winter without putting the cover on. It is a big job to put it on, so typically I put it on in the fall and off in the spring. I do it by myself and I have a 32' 5th wheel.
Thermoguy 10/16/22 10:39am Travel Trailers
RE: TIRES,,,,,need 4

Goodyear has 10% off right now.
Thermoguy 10/05/22 01:37pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Time for new tires already?

We got over 60K miles with OEM Goodyear tires on our Chev 2500. Most towing 5th wheel or gooseneck trailers. Such a great tire, I put the same tire on when we needed new tires.
Thermoguy 10/01/22 02:06pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 5th wheel & Half-ton TV Thoughts

Anyone that says a 1/2 ton can not pull a 5th wheel is incorrect. People are doing it as has been stated on this site many times. The only issue is that the 5th wheel must be within the payload limitations of the truck. That is the issue. They make 5th wheel hitches for 1/2 ton trucks, I looked them up. I was and still am considering a 1/2 ton truck down the road - for a trailer with a 1200 lb pin weight fully loaded. I have looked at various 1/2 ton trucks a couple years back, some were OK for that payload, some were not. If its within the payload - not at the max, then it would be OK. They do make small 5th wheel trailers. We can discuss things like the short wheel base on the 5.5 bed, that would be an issue I would stay away from. We can discuss the thin materials that make a 5th wheel light enough to be 1/2 ton towable, that I would agree with. But if it's within the ratings, its not the end of the world. It does limit the owner to not being able to upgrade, probably has small tanks, etc. But, it can be done.
Thermoguy 09/30/22 01:54pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: tire time

I'm running a Goodyear Wrangler LT tire - 235/85 16. Have the same tire on 2 trailers, very happy with them. No issues with weight for me as I'm under 9K on the tires. LT tires are tested, ST tires are not. Asked lots of questions at tire dealers before making this decision. If your weight is low enough, a good LT tire is a great choice.
Thermoguy 09/25/22 10:07am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Recommendations? Good value inexpensive travel trailers.

Quality doesn't vary significantly across the price ranges. The higher ranges are usually about image and bling...and fancy bling tends to mean more stuff to break. - If you buy new, expect to have bugs to work out initially. - If you buy used, someone might have worked the bugs out or might have let it rot (and that rot can happen quick with abuse). Without experience, good luck telling the difference. - Then there is ongoing maintenance. Every time you travel it's like taking a house thru a combined hurricane and an hours long 7.0 earthquake simultaneously. If you don't keep up on maintenance, expect things to fail. If you are expecting automotive type quality control, where you just drive it for 100-200k miles without issue, I suggest picking a different hobby. PS: Go on youtube and search for RV repairs...put in the high end brands like airstream...you will still find plenty of expensive repairs. This is a good answer to the OP's question IMO. I don't have a lot of experience only owning 1 RV in my life, but reading, it seems it's hard to have different quality when everyone is using the same parts. When I was shopping, weight seemed to equate to quality, the nicer something was put together, used thicker interior walls, nicer hardware, it was heavier. But, that's just my opinion. I also think Airstream has a reputation for higher quality, less issues, but that is not from experience. I have a friend with one, and he loves it. Not sure about your weight restrictions. Have you thought of something like a Sprinter class B series van? that would use a lot of the car like materials such as roof, siding, etc, but then have RV materials inside. Small but seems nice. People that have them like them.
Thermoguy 09/18/22 12:59pm Travel Trailers
RE: Upgrade to 5th wheel

I calculate it this way: 6340-2840=3500lbs. This is your rear axle limit 3500-200=3300lbs. Subtract 200lbs for the hitch 12000 X 0.25=3000. Guesstimated pin weight if the 12,000lb trailer is loaded to the max 3300-3000=300. You have 300lb margin on your rear axle. I thought the pin weight was taken at 20% of gross weight not 25%. 12000 x .20= 2400 3300-2400=900 My 5ver has similar specs to this one. My 2500 has a rear rating of 6200. Weighing my unit fully loaded for camp, it was at 5142, over 1000 lbs of capacity left over. I think you will be fine as long as you bring what you need and not a lot of junk. I keep a lot of camp stuff in the trailer and have yet to have any weight issues. As far as the hitch, I have a short bed, no slider hitch, my trailer is a little older so it does not have rounded corners. I did pop my window the first year I had the trailer backing at home. I learned a lesson, I just don't back as sharp. It hasn't kept me from camping where I want to. It's not an issue going forward, only backing. Just be careful and watch the corners when you back. Do not go with a gooseneck adapter. Some are OK, but best to follow the lessons learned on this site. I have a friend that has a bent frame due to a gooseneck adapter. I have a companion hitch since I have both a gooseneck and 5th wheel trailer. Good Luck with your decisions.
Thermoguy 09/18/22 10:25am Towing
RE: Recommendations? Good value inexpensive travel trailers.

If inexpensive is a $40k trailer, thats fine. I'm just not wanting to spend more than necessary. I'm not sure I understand your question. You want a inexpensive, under $40K trailer with good build quality? If you can't find what your looking for new, look for used. A used trailer will have all the kinks worked out. Older trailers typically had higher build quality than the units that were rushed to put together over the last couple years. A good deal is what you decide a good deal is, not the market. Right now prices are all over the board. People who purchased during COVID want to get their money back even though they purchased at super inflated prices. My unit is worth more now than when I bought it according to NADA. When I bought it, used, I thought I got a good deal. I might not consider paying that same price 6 years later a good deal, but someone else might. If you really want a good deal, start shopping now, wait for the economy to tank, then pick up something someone has to sell quick just to get out of the payments they can't afford.
Thermoguy 09/18/22 10:06am Travel Trailers
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