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RE: whether you like him or not Marcus is standing for the flag

"Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel." Samuel Johnson 1775
aguablanco 05/23/19 10:25am General RVing Issues
RE: Attack of the Blob!

Not knowing exactly what is in that tank I would take no chances and replace it ASAP. I would also do my best to replace the suction line as well. As was said earlier, " Life is too short." Could be shorter or less comfortable if you don't do this right. RichH
aguablanco 04/06/19 07:47am Travel Trailers
First Tow Trip Report

Finally got to tow the 6000# trailer ~1000 last week and I am ecstatic! I owned a 2012 Silverado 1500 5.3 2WD prior to the EcoDiesel and while it pulled okay the mileage was never above 10.1 mpg and most of the time in the low 9's. I also cringed every time I went up a grade as the engine needed over 3000 rpm to maintain ~40 mph on anything over a 3%-4% grade. Not wanting a 2500 for a daily driver my friend suggested that I investigate the EcoD and I have to say it was the best truck buying tip I have ever received. Left Phoenix, AZ around 12:15 PM after the wife got off work last Monday. Had about 3/4 tank of fuel and decided to see if I could make it the 150 miles to Quartzsite and refuel there. Made with 1/4 tank to spare and filled up to continue to Indio, CA for an overnighter. Even after being stuck in a traffic jam for 2.5 hours between Blythe and a bit past Desert Center. I averaged 16.6 mpg. Fortunately the winds were light and the route fairly flat which I am sure helped a great deal. Tuesday morning took off for Mojave, CA and had to climb Cajon Pass, 5%-6%, grade which tops out around 4600'. The EcoD never stuttered and climbed that hill at 55 mph and ~2250 rpm with absolutely no problem. Trans never got above 178* while oil and coolant stayed around 224*. Finally reached Mojave and was amazed to discover that I had averaged 15.4 mpg from Phoenix. BTW, I bought 9 gallons of diesel there with the intention of getting back to Quartzsite, and cheaper diesel, without buying more in California. Spent the week at Bequinox which is the Burning Man Los Angeles regional event. Headed home Sunday morning and knew I would get good mileage coming down Cajon Pass and wasn't disappointed. Averaged 17.3 back to Indio. Made it to Quartzsite with less that a quarter tank so I didn't have to buy any more fuel in California. This truck just blows me away. It hauls the trailer like it isn't even there and never strains on the grades. The truck is also very stable when towing. I have the Curt 10,000# WDH with 1000# bars and I use the cheapo Harbor Freight friction anti-sway bars. We were never pushed around by trucks or wind on the trip. The driving was so much more relaxed and comfortable than my Silverado it was hard to believe. I should add that I did install the Air-Lift 1000# air bags on this truck for stability and run them at 34 psi. My biggest take away is the mileage. Considering that diesel has been about 10% more than gas, and I am getting around 60% better mileage, with less stress, this has been the best vehicle purchase I have ever made. Can't wait for the burn in Colorado and the chance to see how the rig handles Raton Pass in June.
aguablanco 03/28/19 01:23pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Carbon fiber TT

I can find everything but the price. RichH
aguablanco 03/13/19 03:04pm General RVing Issues
RE: drain pipe to protect awning

I use two pices of plasic gutter from HD Living in AZ I have considered this. Do you ahve any pictures? RichH
aguablanco 02/18/19 07:13am Travel Trailers
RE: History of the Grand Canyon

100th anniversary of the Canyon and 150th anniversary of Powell this year. Doing my 8th river trip there in April. Ives seems the fool today. Someone needs to shepherd this treasure and I trust government more than corporations.
aguablanco 02/13/19 06:45pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: F-150 Diesel

I will never buy the first generation of anything. When doing so the buyers become the test dummy working out all of the bugs that engineering missed. Better to have a unit 1 or 2 generations old that has all of the bugs worked out. RichH
aguablanco 02/12/19 10:49am Tow Vehicles
RE: Running your propane Refrigerators while traveling?

We're all going to die! Well, sooner or later anyway. And, most likely, not as a result of driving with the propane on. Of all the discussions we have on this forum, this one is the most tedious to me. It is very simple, don't run propane in transit, and possibly lose a fridge of food. Run the fridge and have cold beverages when you arrive at your destination. I choose to take the "chance" and keep the fridge cold. At least I am less likely to get a food borne illness. RichH
aguablanco 01/01/19 09:27am Travel Trailers
RE: Replace Dometic Tstat

Doug, Thsnks for the info, I really appreciate it. RichH
aguablanco 11/28/18 09:37pm Tech Issues
Replace Dometic Tstat

I currently have a Dometic Digital tstat and want to replace it with a Honeywell digital. The dometic only has 3 wires and I am now confused. Anyone have any info that might help? Thanks, RichH
aguablanco 11/27/18 08:44pm Tech Issues
RE: Dodge EcoDiesel

Well, here's the update.I did purchase the Ecodiesel. As I said earlier I tow 5-6k per year and I didn't want a 3/4 ton, or bigger, for a daily driver. While I wasn't towing today I got 23 mpg going up to 7000' from 1400'. Over on the Ram1500diesel forum they all extol the virtues of this set up. I really appreciate conversation that has taken place her. My thanks to everyone that contributed. I won't be towing for a couple of months but when I do I will start a thread to share my observations. Again, thanks for the info, it really helped. RichH
aguablanco 10/23/18 10:44pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Diesel warranty?

I would think that a little research on your part would find answers to your question. Why don't you visit each manufacturer of the product with a diesel engine you have interest in (I assume it is a pick up truck)? I am quite sure the manufacturer's website touts their warranty! He is doing research. If you didn't want to help why reply? RichH
aguablanco 10/18/18 08:54pm Truck Campers
Dodge EcoDiesel

I currently tow a 24', 6000# wet, trailer with a 2012 Silverado 1500 with the 5.3 engine. While it does OK, I am considering moving to a diesel, specifically the Dodge EcoDiesel. My concern is whether or not that is enough engine. I really like the specs on the Eco but I want to be sure I will get enough extra power by trading up. If anyone has some first, or second, hand info on this engine I would greatly appreciate you passing it on. Of course my second choices are Chevy or Dodge 3/4 ton diesels. I have no intention of buying a bigger trailer so that is not a future concern. Thanks in advance. RichH
aguablanco 10/16/18 09:31pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Stricter animal cruelty law passed

How can anyone enforce a person not owning another animal? Is there some sort of national database these offenders go in to that town clerks tap into when you register your dog? Sounds completely unenforceable to me. The same way virtually all laws are enforced, upon discovery of illegal activity. I hope you are not advocating not passing laws because it would be difficult to enforce. Post above mentions Probation Officers as witnesses. We could include neighbors and relatives as well. I would certainly report an incident if I had the knowledge. How about an animal abuser registry, much like sex offenders must use? RichH
aguablanco 10/15/18 12:24pm RV Pet Stop
RE: 2010 Ford 6.4L Diesel

See Spot run! Having never owned a diesel before my knowledge is very limited. Thanks to everyone for all of the info. May try looking at Chevy's. RichH
aguablanco 09/11/18 11:24am Tow Vehicles
2010 Ford 6.4L Diesel

Looking at the above vehicle for my new TV. It has 53K miles and has been meticulously maintained in and out. This is a 2 wheel drive extended cab, exactly what I am looking for. I would like to hear opinions on this truck before I go to the trouble and expense of doing the fluid analysis. Is this a truck I can run to 250K miles or should I keep looking? Good news is that the ask is under $23K, so great for my budget. Thanks in advance! RichH
aguablanco 09/09/18 12:09pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Camco Screen door handle installation

We do use it as a towel/dish drying mat rack as well. It beats trying to find the $3 handle with 2 screws, which is good since that is its purpose. RichH
aguablanco 07/22/18 05:50pm Travel Trailers
RE: Travel Trailer Theft

I would think a cheap junker would be worth more. If you get someone to fork over $20k on a 30y old airstream, they are likely going to want a title. Expensive stolen cars get shipped overseas all the time. Ship a stolen Airstream down to, say, Panama, dummy up some Panamanian paperwork and sell it to an American working in the Canal Zone. With the dummied up Panamanian paperwork, he could probably bring it back up the Pan American Highway and register it here. But we're both just speculating about this stuff. It really is paranoia if they aren't out to get you. Or your trailer. This scenario may be speculative, wait, it is beyond speculative. Who would perpetrate the scenario described? RichH
aguablanco 07/13/18 11:24am General RVing Issues
RE: Travel Trailer Theft

Far more cars and truck are stolen every year. This topic comes up constantly and I have no idea where all the reports of thefts are coming from. If somebody wants it bad enough, no matter what it is, they can find a way to get it. Put a hitch lock on it, buy good insurance, and go have fun. RichH
aguablanco 07/12/18 08:13am General RVing Issues
RE: Need a new awning

I bought mine from RVAwningsMart.com 3 years ago. Very pleased with the price and especially the quality of the fabric. Still looks like new. RichH
aguablanco 07/11/18 09:56am Travel Trailers
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