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RE: Loading/unloading on uneven ground

I don’t understand the problem? You have 4 jacks, lower each-independently-until they touch the ground. You have now negated any delta in topography. Raised all 4 jacks simultaneously from this point. Why is this so hard? You are overthinking. I prefer NOT to use a ‘spotter” or any “help” for that matter. I much prefer to load/unload alone so I can focus. Good luck, go slow, it ‘ain’t hard. Bill
billtex 06/03/19 07:55pm Truck Campers
RE: Loading/unloading on uneven ground

You have four jacks on your camper. Place some plywood or metal plates under the feet. Load/unload as needed. Don’t over think it. I have unloaded camper on some crazy uneven ground-no worries-just go slow.
billtex 05/30/19 08:20pm Truck Campers
RE: TPMS ?

Thanks to all who responded. I am greatly relived. I expected some increase-5%-10%? I did not expect to see psi climb to mid 90's. Appears to be the norm. TPMS; Just what I need-another gauge to worry about! Data overload.
billtex 05/28/19 11:17am Truck Campers
TPMS ?

Just started running a TPMS and I am a bit surprised at the increase in rear tire psi while underway. I would like to hear what others with similar SRW rigs are seeing. SRW, running 296-75-16 rated at 3950# (Scale weights of rig are under this). Rear tires set at 80pi cold. Did a quick 600 mi round trip this weekend, while underway psi climbed up to 97 psi. That is a good 20% increase from cold psi. As I have never run TPMS before, I don’t know if this is “normal” for SRW hauling heavy TC. I expected to see some increase in psi as tires heated up, was not expecting 20%. Front tires increased only ~ 10%, but on our rig the TC is weight neutral on front axle. Thx, Bill
billtex 05/27/19 07:56pm Truck Campers
RE: Bye Bye DuraMax

Thanks to All who contributed. Time to go. I don't feed trolls.
billtex 04/26/19 02:06pm Truck Campers
RE: Bye Bye DuraMax

Bill wants diesel as far as I can read, but is not sure about spending money now or spending more later. Bill also is comparing taxable payload, so there is lot we can explain to him. Again, unless you bring comparable numbers, it is all whining. You need to read before you post
billtex 04/26/19 01:31pm Truck Campers
RE: Bye Bye DuraMax

Here in New England, when you are left with a pile of rust after about 10 years, neither gas nor diesel is worth much. I would give the diesel a nod of course, but I can tell you trade in on my truck this past week at the dealer was < $20k. Then again, I don't buy a vehicle because it might have good resale. I buy it for the job it needs to do. It's a tool, not an investment. The truck has been well maintained, this is not from abuse, it's just a fact of life up here if you drive in the winter. For those of you that mentioned injectors, etc. I would agree the recurring maintenance on the LBZ really has not been much more than a gas truck. Oil (full syn) is changed via DIC at ~ 10k miles, fuel filter very 20k miles. I have never had ANY engine problems. Ever. No injectors, water pumps, nothing. This is why it is a shame to have the chassis rot out from under me. Love the powertrain, but the chassis is giving up on me. I don't expect a gas truck to last any longer in New England, that's kind of the point, after 10 years in the salt you need to replace a vehicle. The cost of ownership of gas will be less and the truck will haul what I need it to. If I lived where a vehicle may last 20 + years, or I was driving 50k + miles/year (I don't) then I would not hesitate to get another diesel. I have nothing against diesel, I like it! Just doesn't make $ sense in my case.
billtex 04/26/19 09:19am Truck Campers
RE: Bye Bye DuraMax

Didn't read the whole thread ..... but be aware you are loosing the Allison transmission as well. It's a VERY tough tranny. The reason I bought my Duramax was as much about the tranny as the engine. Agreed, i am not getting new truck because I WANT to. The corrosion has taken a toll on chassis. The DuraMa/Alli has been the best Powertrain I have ever owned. The Allison is just amazing in tow/haul mode, practically drives itself. Having said that the 6 speed that comes with the 6.0 gasser is well proven also so I am not concerned about that. It is just difficult -for me-to justify the $10k upcharge for a diesel at this time in my life. Will i miss the power and the Alli transmission? Yes. Will the gasser get the job done with lower cost of ownership? Yes. Diesel have gotten more expensive and complex. You can’t deny that. Unless you NEED diesel, it is very hard to justify. For hauling a TC you don’t need a diesel. Even with my boat or cargo trailer behind us I am not that heavy. Note; when i purchased this truck, it was ~ $1800 upcharge vs the 8.1l w/Alli and the LBZ does not require def, etc. It was an easy decision in 2006! I'm not suggesting you need a diesel. A gas may suit you just fine. But making the decision solely on the upcharge is misleading. At the end of the day including,resale value those numbers are not as far apart as they seem. How much would your 2006 LBZ be worth if it were a 6.0 gasser? What would your hauling experience had been like with the 6.0 vs. the LBZ? You need to keep the comparison real. 13 years with the same truck hauling 2 different truck campers- running x-country twice , and pulling our AirStream on numerous trips around the northeast is pretty real experience. Yes, the diesel kicks arse (and I will miss that!), but I could do the same with a gasser (for a lot less $$$). After 13 years, I can tell you neither truck has much value in New England...
billtex 04/26/19 07:30am Truck Campers
RE: tires overloaded?

Running close to max on the tires is risky. It leaves you almost no room for emergencies such as a pot hole, something falls off the vehicle in front of you, even an emergency evasive maneuver could cause a tire to roll off the rim if it's at it's rated or close to. Leave yourself some margin between rated and actual loads on your tires. 10% maybe. Again, LT tires are rated for continuous use at full load. A safety margin is built into the load ratings. If you want some extra "margin" of safety, why pick 10%? Why not get a significant margin, say 50%? Also where did you come up with the warning on tires rolling off the rims? That is not how tires typically fail nor is there any reason to believe a tire with a higher load rating would somehow do better. In fact the opposite might be true. When I had 19.5 wheels and tires, there was a minimum of I believe 60 psi to be sure the tires stayed on the rims. No one can argue with a recommendation to increase a safety margin, but there is no basis in fact. This is like recommending oil changes at twice the manufacturer's specs. There is nothing harmful, just no facts to justify the recommendation. I had a tire "roll off the rim" (break the bead). I was at max for those tires. Tires that are loaded at/near max will be placing significant stress on the sidewall which certainly could cause this type of failure. Moved to heavier Load Index and it never happened again. I can assure you, a tire failure when loaded with a TC is not fun.
billtex 04/26/19 07:23am Truck Campers
RE: Bye Bye DuraMax

Didn't read the whole thread ..... but be aware you are loosing the Allison transmission as well. It's a VERY tough tranny. The reason I bought my Duramax was as much about the tranny as the engine. Agreed, i am not getting new truck because I WANT to. The corrosion has taken a toll on chassis. The DuraMa/Alli has been the best Powertrain I have ever owned. The Allison is just amazing in tow/haul mode, practically drives itself. Having said that the 6 speed that comes with the 6.0 gasser is well proven also so I am not concerned about that. It is just difficult -for me-to justify the $10k upcharge for a diesel at this time in my life. Will i miss the power and the Alli transmission? Yes. Will the gasser get the job done with lower cost of ownership? Yes. Diesel have gotten more expensive and complex. You can’t deny that. Unless you NEED diesel, it is very hard to justify. For hauling a TC you don’t need a diesel. Even with my boat or cargo trailer behind us I am not that heavy. Note; when i purchased this truck, it was ~ $1800 upcharge vs the 8.1l w/Alli and the LBZ does not require def, etc. It was an easy decision in 2006!
billtex 04/26/19 04:34am Truck Campers
RE: tires overloaded?

Aruba, you don’t really say in your OP, but what are you running for tires/wheel? Looks like they are rated at 2535# each? You can do way better than that without going to 19.5’s I am running 295-75-16 LI 129 rated at 3950# ea on stock steel wheels. Please provide some more details on what you have now and we can make a better recommendation.
billtex 04/25/19 04:36am Truck Campers
RE: Bye Bye DuraMax

But, maybe I’ve just seen too many people on the side of the road broken down on passes from having minimal level vehicles. I love my DuraMax, but I don’t think i would say a modern gas powered HD truck is a “minimal level” vehicle for hauling a truck camper.
billtex 04/25/19 04:32am Truck Campers
RE: Bye Bye DuraMax

We changed to gas when the ULSD fuel came out and got REAL expensive. I may not be able to climb a hill as fast as a diesel, but I never regreted the change and will stay gas. Seeing more and more going back to gas. Diesel more $ all around. Unless you are rel heavy, its hard to justify.
billtex 04/24/19 07:59pm Truck Campers
RE: Bye Bye DuraMax

Frank/John, great to hear from you Guys. Appreciate your input and will make decision soon. Gas is looking better for my use (and wallet). Thx, Bill
billtex 04/24/19 05:38am Truck Campers
RE: Bye Bye DuraMax

Not the Duramax, but I did switch to from a Dodge Cummins to a Ram 6.4 Gasser. Never tow heavy though I did tow the boat behind the TC a couple of times a year. Average about 20k miles/year. I meticulously track fuel usage and compare that to what I would have gotten with my diesel. Due to the diesel premium, I've actually been saving money on fuel up until this year where gas is creeping up closer to diesel. I don't really miss the power though I do miss the exhaust brake at time though not often. I'm still pulling Saluda grade at 60mph @ 3,000 rpm so plenty of power. We are now looking to upgrade to a DRW for a heavier camper and I'll probably go with the 6.4 gas though will switch from my current 3.73 rear end to 4.10s. Not sure what a new GM is costing, but you should be able to get a new Ram dually near bottom trim (big horn) for under $45k. Great feedback and similar to my use, though currently I am only doing 10k mi/year. Funny about the price of gas vs diesel; one year after I bought my first diesel the diesel price increased to be more expensive than gas and never turned back! I have also read where there is a new (pending) federal tax on diesel that may drive up the cost even further. The GM 6.0 has a 4.10 rear end also. I don't really want a stripper, looking at mid to high end packages. This is a vehicle we spend lots of time in travelling so we do like some amenities. I know it not apples 2 apples as the Ford and Ram are the latest offerings and GM's new truck is not released yet...but I am finding GM dealers willing to negotiate on these trucks. In my area Ford and Ram are holding the line on these new models.
billtex 04/22/19 11:36am Truck Campers
RE: Bye Bye DuraMax

Time to replace our 06 LBZ... The 06 only has 123k miles on it...Wow! I have over 200K on mine but I don't drive over salted roads. 4WD and probably a turbo would be my concerns. Just pulling a light trailer without a turbo above 6,000 feet on Interstate at not being able to get the truck above 50 really convinced me. Yes, winter is a furkin killer. The powertrain is still awesome. Love the Duramax/Alli...but here in New England the corrosion will eventually get you and I am pretty good with cleaning the truck, wash underneath, have even had the underneath oiled 2x. Sooner or later the corrosion battle becomes too much. Really sux for us!
billtex 04/22/19 09:33am Truck Campers
RE: Bye Bye DuraMax

I bought a Chevy 2500 with the 6.0 to replace my RAM 3500 diesel/6speed. After driving it for a few months I will say that it is a nice rig but I am have reservations about letting the RAM go. I am considering selling the Chevy instead. I get better fuel economy with the diesel in notably better. It tows better as well. What TC are you carrying?
billtex 04/22/19 09:29am Truck Campers
RE: Bye Bye DuraMax

I don’t have the 6.0. I have a Ford 6.2. Tow a 9000 lb fifth wheel. Would’ve love d a diesel but so much money and drama. Towed about 5000 miles and don’t regret the choice. I’m sure the 6.0 gas will serve you well. Were you running a diesel previously?
billtex 04/22/19 06:40am Truck Campers
RE: Bye Bye DuraMax

Man, nothing against 6.0 GM owners, but if I don't need the suspension, I'd almost rather pull a big trailer with my 5.3 1/2 ton. The 6.0s are tough as nails but about 10 years behind the times in power, maybe 20 since the 8.1 got tossed, but if I'm going to drop $40-50k on a new truck, I'd prioritize power and efficiency. On one hand if I had a low mile rusted out LBZ, and the time to do it, I'd consider searching for another 06-07 Dmax with a blown engine or trans and transplant. But you may still get decent $ for your truck if it's clean and great shape and the rust is just in the sheet metal. Either way, going for a new truck, you said it yourself. Yesterday's best in class is today's bargain. You could get a low mile few year old Dmax for the price of a new gasser, maybe a bit less and have your cake and eat it too. Agree, the 6.0 is a dated-but proven-powerplant. Ideally I would have waited until the new models came out, but it does not look like I will have that option. I prefer to buy new vehicles, and keep them for a bit...13 yrs with current truck.
billtex 04/22/19 04:36am Truck Campers
RE: Bye Bye DuraMax

I have the chevy 6.0 in my signature and usually have my TC and boat in tow. Plenty of power for what I do. It is not the same as my mighty 2011 Duramax, but does a fine job and I do not regret the switch. Its just simpler. JMHOThx Dave, good feedback.
billtex 04/22/19 04:33am Truck Campers
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