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RE: What to look for - construction / materials / options

Found this on youtube this morning. Maybe not the brands you are looking at but shows some of the poor quality decisions manufactures make when designing and building an RV. Things to stay away from or things that are good and will last a long time. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gamZIUnWNp4
Thermoguy 09/30/23 10:16am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Tow truck ideas / advice

Budget? Do you want something that will work or something that is overkill like a 1 ton? Truck or SUV or you don't have a preference?
Thermoguy 09/28/23 06:19pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Truck / 5th Wheel Combo - Do the numbers add up?

I have a 2015 Chev 2500 with similar numbers to your F250 Mine is a Diesel, but the 7.3 is a very capable motor. My trailer is 32' and weighs a little more per the weights I have on the tags and from scales. I have no problems with that combo. I would prefer a 1 ton just so I can upgrade down the road. You might drive both, I don't think there is much a a difference in how they drive, just what your payload capabilities are. But, aside from that, your comfortably in F250 territory.
Thermoguy 09/27/23 01:06pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Alaskan Marine Highway Experience?

I have no experience with your question, but we did take an Alaskan Cruise. I said if I ever do this again, it will not be on a cruise ship but on the Alaska Marine Highway. My suggestion would be to find a spot to leave your RV, then take your tag on the ferry. Many of these ships have staterooms you can rent. If you wanted to stay longer in a place, get a hotel. With the marine highway, you can cruise overnight from port to port and sleep on the ship.
Thermoguy 09/17/23 01:22pm Roads and Routes
RE: DEF fluid

Or buy the Walmart Brand for $9 to $12 for 2 1/2 Gal. Been using it since 2005 in three different trucks and no issues. 2005? Mmmmkay I'm guessing he means 2015...
Thermoguy 09/17/23 01:12pm Tech Issues
RE: DEF fluid

Some stores offer a premium DEF - Platinum I think... You don't need that. Just buy the regular Blue DEF. Last time I had to look around for the cheaper stuff.
Thermoguy 09/17/23 01:12pm Tech Issues
RE: Boondocking near Yellowstone and Grand Teton

I don't think you can camp outside a campground in Yellowstone. Not sure about Grand Teton. Did you look at their websites? They should have camping rules. I know Yellowstone has campgrounds that only allow solid sided trailers, no tents. Did you look for reservations at the campsites within Yellowstone? I'm sure you want to leave your trailer somewhere so you can stop at the sites, it can be hard to get parking if you have a trailer or something that doesn't fit in a conventional parking spot.
Thermoguy 09/16/23 01:46pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: 2024 F150 Reveal

Ford is the best selling truck when you look at all trucks combined. Meaning, the F150, 250, 350, 450, 550 - then compare that to Chev 2500, 3500, etc - then compare that to GMC 2500, 3500 etc - then compare that to Ram 2500, 3500 etc.
Thermoguy 09/16/23 01:41pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Replace television

I think you only need to make sure if fits in the space you need. I have a 43" Samsung 4K TV that has been great. It sits in a cabinet (older trailer) and I don't secure it in any way, the legs on the TV hold it just fine.
Thermoguy 09/16/23 01:30pm Tech Issues
RE: Fifth wheel chucking (practical help needed)

Reading through these suggestions there is not much about the hitch as it relates to the rear axel of the truck. Where is yours, do you have the ability to move the hitch forward or back, up or down? I have a B&W Companion which has lots of adjustments. When we first got our 5th wheel, the chucking was awful. Our first real camp trip was to Yellowstone, so every night after evaluating the ride, I would adjust the hitch as it relates to the truck bed, forward, up, back, down, etc. Finally found the location where it rides the best and haven't adjusted it since. I do think it rides better with a tank full fresh water, probably takes some weight off the hitch. I have never weighed the trailer separately, only with the truck attached, so can't help you there. But, if you can, try adjusting the hitch in the bed before spending money on shocks, fixes, that might not work.
Thermoguy 09/16/23 01:14pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: electric RV appliances

You don't BBQ every day when you full time RV. :) If it was my job to cook at home, I would BBQ every day there as well...
Thermoguy 09/11/23 02:00pm General RVing Issues
RE: wiggle room on price

We looked at a trailer back in June. Sticker price was $80K or so. However, when asked, they were easy to tell me the sale price was $65. We didn't bite, but gave them our info. I have had 3 emails from them since, each time the price is $3K less. Not sure if they are selling or not selling trailers. But with the high interest rates and inflation of prices over Covid. Prices are or were as high as ever, dealers seem to be willing to deal just to sell a unit. Do some internet research to see what "sale" prices other dealers have on that unit. Offer them a similar price if you are comfortable with that and go from there. Or, try the 35% and see what they say. Most likely they will come back with a counter offer. But, I think the days of paying MSRP are gone for now.
Thermoguy 09/11/23 01:45pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: electric RV appliances

When camping, we almost never cook inside the camper. Always on a BBQ. It's camping, not living in an apartment I guess that is also why we don't like a typical RV park or RV campground but prefer boondocking. I will push back very hard to buy a propane fridge on my next rig. If I had an onboard gen, I might feel different. But will always need propane. By the way, use propane for heat, hot water, and stove at home.
Thermoguy 09/10/23 01:36pm General RVing Issues
RE: Silverado 1500 Diesel - First impressions

Thanks for the review - I thought I was going to get a new company car a few years ago but they bought the lease instead. Was looking at both Ford and GM 1/2 ton diesel mostly for gas mileage. I average 19 in the explorer. My employment is changing and I will have to buy a vehicle sometime next year. Still thinking a 1/2 ton but not sure about diesel - what is your payload? That is my only issue, if I go this route, does it help me tow a trailer or should I stay with something else.
Thermoguy 09/08/23 01:40pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Parts shortages

I looked at the GM link - less than a week of delay and does not affect HD trucks.
Thermoguy 08/27/23 09:55am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tire Recommendation for Tow Vehicle

I'm on my second set of the Wrangler AT/S tires and they are great, over 70K on the first set. What is the replacement? If you buy from Goodyear.com they tend to give you a better price. I get 20% off by belonging to USEF. I run Goodyear on all vehicles and trailers but 1 car has Michelin. Have been completely happy with the way they drive and the mileage I get out of them.
Thermoguy 08/24/23 02:14pm Towing
RE: "Laminated Aluminum Floor" Definition?

I have a horse trailer with an aluminum floor - its great. No worries about water, corrosion, breakdown or anything. Would be good if they did that on a 5th wheel.
Thermoguy 08/23/23 11:14am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Older Norcold fridge issue

I have the same issue with a 2006 Dometic. Finally leaked all the ammonia. Been researching and looking on sales forums. Seems having a local shop rebuild with the Amish replacement is the best bet, and most cost effective. You can buy a used fridge for about the same as having someone rebuild one. If I can find a decent used one I might go that route, but hate to pay $1500 then have it die in 6 months or even 2 years. Not going the DC route, almost the same cost, but then you have to upgrade batteries, solar, etc. I boondock too much and just want a fridge to run without killing my batteries, or even needing to run the gen every day. There is not a cost advantage of DC over a compressor fridge from what I can see. Hope you find a good repair shop.
Thermoguy 08/09/23 02:31pm Tech Issues
RE: Chevy Silverado EV

I asked my boss if my next company vehicle can be one of these... would do everything but tow my trailer - need more payload. But, he laughed and said the owner would never buy anything that isn't a V8...
Thermoguy 07/01/23 12:50pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Did California change its towing laws?

Having just driven through parts of CA watching and following RV's and Semi's, no one is going 55. The commercial drivers are the fastest, some as fast as 70 in a 55... I was not towing so I saw lots of towing vehicles as I passed them.
Thermoguy 07/01/23 12:45pm Towing
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