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RE: Sumo Springs to replace air bags

They usually leak at fittings, but the problem is rarely the fittings. They almost alway leak because the installer used side-cutters to cut the tubing, when a sharp straight-blade is required, so that the tube doesn't crush when it's being cut. I suspect slightly trimming the tubing at the fittings will resolve the leaks. That said... I really like my Sumos. But I retained my airbags. The Sumos on the rear of the E350/450 replace the factory bump stop, so you can retain outboard airbags even with the Sumos installed. I have the black ones, but if I didn't also have airbags, I'd need the stiffer ones.
carringb 05/26/22 05:43am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Can Tow providers mount new tire to wheel ?

Thinking of carrying the spare primarily for long trip to Alaska.... I think your biggest problem will be being able to call anybody in the first place. Even the majority of eastern Oregon, or even the Coast Range, doesn't have cell service. The abandonment of 1x and 3G spectrums will make coverage far worse too, since newer cellular spectrums have less range. FWIW - you can probably pick up a new take-off wheel and tires for cheap from QuadVan in Portland, since most 4x4 conversion end up with aftermarket wheels.
carringb 05/13/22 05:30am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Drivetrain slipping?

Misfire? What's the mileage on the spark-plugs?
carringb 02/18/22 05:26am Tow Vehicles
RE: E-450 Stuck on Defrost Mode

How do you know the defective parts are under the dash? Did you confirm you have have vacuum before the firewall?
carringb 02/04/22 11:20pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Chevy Express 3500 with 6.0

GCWR is 16,000 pounds. Weigh your van and deduct your empty weight and cargo and doggos accordingly. The OEM shocks are complete garbage and towing a heavy trailer is unwieldy on some roads (anything with large umps or dips or frost heaves) but that's also a very easy upgrade. Any aftermarket monotube shock will be an good upgrade.
carringb 02/01/22 05:24am Tow Vehicles
RE: Why consider 12v fridge for boondocking?

Compressor fridges have become almost standard on camper vans, because they rarely stay stationary for many days at a time. Even a short drive will restore much of the battery bank if you have something like a Transit with dual 250-amp alternators or a Sprinter with an aftermarket 2nd alternator. Trailers tend to be more little stationary when boondocking, because when you leave for the day, you only drive the TV. That's how I use mine. It just becomes "home-base". So absorption fridges still make the most sense, unless the trailer has enough solar and is only parked in sunny locations.
carringb 01/15/22 10:47am Travel Trailers
RE: strong winds- tornados

Yup. Leave it hooked up for sure. I had one night in Eastern Oregon with sustained winds of 60 MPH and gusts up to 90. I don't think the trailer would have stayed stationary if it weren't hooked up. I did not sleep much that night.
carringb 01/01/22 09:12am Travel Trailers
RE: Antifreeze in transmission 2010 Duramax??

How much contamination did you find? I found strawberry milkshake in my coolant bottle one time. Trans fluid looks ok but since I replaced the radiator just went ahead and did the trans fluid at the same time (I just use the cooler-hose into a bucket method anyways), and it's been fine ever since. I think that happened a bit before 300,000 miles and I have 502,000 miles on it now, and the transmission still hasn't been touched other than a couple more fluid services.
carringb 12/14/21 05:36am Tow Vehicles
RE: Which years of Outdoors RV's had corrugated siding?

They offered the Black Trail with corrugate siding through 2014 I think. Corrugated aluminum is not lower maintenance. No way would I ever consider getting another trailer with it. Our Jayco had it. My ORV doesn't (my Weekend Warrior was also fiberglass). The aluminum siding is prone to dents, holes, and tears when dragging it off-road. Caulking doesn't last neat as long because there's so much more body movement. The body isn't near as stiff. The Jayco had to have its curbside wall rebuilt because the framing failed. Composite structures are just stronger and more durable. The stuff I've put my ORV through is pretty impressive. I don't think ORV has cut any corners design-wise recently, but they've likely has more issues like everybody as they try to crank out as many as possible with a reduced labor-force.
carringb 11/30/21 05:18am Travel Trailers
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