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RE: Generators: Cummins 4500 vs Westinghouse vs. ?????

Thanks for the replies. I plan to use two in parallel if running both AC units. I know that the single unit would be a challenge to start both (might be doable, but I would not want to chance it). I am mostly wondering about the brand. Good point on the Champion company. I am not sure if they have a unit in this power range that is as quiet as the Cummins or Westinghouse. I have heard that they are the same generator with different colors and stickers, but they actually do have slightly different specs. I think the dimensions and weight are slightly different. I have watched video reviews that claim a difference in performance, but I am not convinced. Matt I know the expense is more, but what you are wanting to do , I think I would go onboard Onan. Hauling and moving around two 3000 generators is no easy task.
cummins2014 11/29/21 08:07am General RVing Issues
RE: Puck system & hitch questions

Why would you cancel the 5er package on a new truck? I believe it comes with in-bed 7pin and some other things. I also ordered an F350 within the last month and can’t imagine not getting the 5er package. Actually found/bought a F250 with 6.75 bed that came into the dealership the previous night but it does not have the puck system. I'm trying to decide on a hitch but I do NOT want rails permanently mounted in the bed. The dealer quoted the Patriot but I did not realize it required the rails when I wrote the check. It appears that I will need a rail adapter that can be easily removed. Still searching!! Its not a bad way to go if you have the puck system, the adapter. But direct fit to the pucks is the more simple way , it eliminates the additional cost of the adapter ,and removal when not needed. At the time I bought my present truck with the fifth prep ,there were not a lot of choices on hitches that fit the pucks, plus I wanted to stay with my existing manual sliding hitch, so I went the adapter . Although I can remove the adapter I very seldom do. I have since went to the steel Andersen that also fits on the adapter .
cummins2014 11/29/21 07:56am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Jake Braking A 5er Down Long Steep Incline

Cummins12v98, I believe this how the Ram engine brake works: Full mode, just letting off the accelerator will activate the engine brake. Auto mode, you must tap the brake pedal to activate the engine brake. I prefer the Auto mode to prevent it slowing down all the time, so I am able to coast. My trailer weighs near 12k lbs. JK Of course depending on the hill , that’s exactly why I use cruise and it maintains the speed I set it , just let it do it’s thing . I’ve come off some very long grades doing that , with everything under control and maintaining a constant speed . None of this speeding up tapping brakes , only to repeat again , and again .
cummins2014 11/23/21 05:22pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: RVs over 10 years old are valueless

I've only been asked once. the girl asked the age of our MH, saying it looks new. I replied "it was once". She never hesitated filling out the registration form. Basically the same for me years ago with a travel trailer , it was in California . Only time I was ever asked how old my trailer was ,and I told them. We had no reservation there , I was sitting out in front of the office seeing if they had a site for the night, she looked at the trailer ,and she said well that looks new , and I was okay . She proceeded to tell why the 10 year rule ,was because of some of the junk some wanted to pull into their RV park .
cummins2014 11/23/21 08:56am General RVing Issues
RE: Additional fuel carrying capacity on pickup

I know floor plans very but all this about pee breaks make me wonder. This is an RV forum, right? What percentage AREN'T dragging a bathroom? Some of us are dragging a DW, who has other motives besides a bathroom (shopping). :-) Lyle Amen there !! :B
cummins2014 11/23/21 08:43am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Additional fuel carrying capacity on pickup

“Stress of looking for fuel”. Now that’s down right funny, what no cell phone??? You have not driven the northern regions of British Columbia, northern Alberta, large areas of Alaska & Newfoundland where cell service does not exist have you? NOPE and if I were to do so and were a responsible person for the best outcome of my journey I sure would map out the fuel locations before departing. OH I use my Satellite U connect to see fuel stations, just mentioned a cell phone as most have them. Kinda like planning for the next RV Park. I love this saying. "PIZZ poor planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on mine" In The North it is still a little wild. We have done the trip four times since 2008. Each time it is noticeably more civilised. The Alaska hwy is fully paved. Still, fuel capacity is important. Fuel stations every 100 miles or so are common. Availability at those stations may not be so dependable. Always good to have 100 miles reserve in the the tanks at every fillup. In the lower 48 it is rare to see a sign "Next fuel 100 miles". It is easy to get around on the stock tank giving 250 plus towing miles. Having two tanks is handy. I use both, even where fuel is readily available. When one is down to 1/4 I switch at next stop or CG. No hard & fast rule but fill up at next time & place convenient, maybe without the trailer behind & maybe at a smaller station where fuel might be a little less. You can play the price game better when you don't really NEED to get fuel. Oh, & BTW, you are communicating with somebody who has been carrying a spare new trailer axle in his basement for the past 5 years, somebody who carries a spare water pump at all times, somebody who has a supply of spring wet bolts onboard, somebody who at heart is still a cruising boater who believes in having spares & being prepared as best as possible. Well said. . I have been traveling the mountain west with a fifth wheel now for nearly 20 years with two different trucks with 30 gal. tanks, actually I think the previous ford was 29. Getting 10 miles per gal I limited myself to no more then 200 miles between fill ups, which has always worked pretty well, and most times when down to 1/2 tank I will fill up . Thats about 150 miles, and i'ts time for a stop at that point , if not sooner . As said this has worked pretty well . If I were to venture off the known routes we take pretty much year after year, I would plan accordingly . We had a trip planned in the spring of 2020 to Alaska , of course Covid changed that. Our plan was to haul an extra 12 gallons, giving me a range of nearly 400 miles. From what I know from others that have done the trip ,that should work. If ,and when we make that trip , I will take another look at it. Only time I ever got a bit concerned is when we left El Paso ,Tx. to San Antonio , going thru the hill country . It got a bit iffy running on 30 gallons before I could fill up , pushed it further then I liked .
cummins2014 11/23/21 08:41am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Damaged 5er hitch by backing too hard

I've been hitching up for many years with no problem until this summer. The hitch head is supposed to be a little higher than the kingpin. But this time, it must have been several inches higher. As I slowly backed into the kingpin the truck was stopped by the pin box, which did not rise up to engage. I pressed the gas pedal a little with no result. Now the big mistake: I pressed the gas pedal a little bit more. This time, the 2021 F350 (with 1,000 foot-pounds of torque) lurched back and made a very hard impact with the trailer. The upshot was that both my front jacks and my (brand new) hitch head were damaged. The jacks would operate, but only slowly (the motor was really struggling). The hitch release arm could be pulled out only by rigging up a hydraulic jack. Total cost: more than $1,000. Don't do what I did. If your pin box does not lift up to engage easily as you are slowly backing then get out and raise the pin box. I have always been concerned with putting too much pressure on the hitch, and front landing gear when backing in . Usually I would back to just where to the two meet ,and then adjust accordingly , putting very little pressure on that hitch if any. I think the idea of pushing down on the hitch forcing the truck down a bit was to prevent high hitching . I never cared for that idea. I can certainly see if I had high hitched . Now with the Andersen ,no worries with damaging a hitch or landing gear .
cummins2014 11/23/21 07:59am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Jake Braking A 5er Down Long Steep Incline

With the TV in our signature, we never tow using cruise control, preferring to manually be in control when driving (if that makes sense), but always have Tow Mode on. Going down hills when tapping the brake, the trailer brakes are automatically engaged as well. We only use the manual trailer brake control for extra assurance or a little help as needed, which is rarely. Remember in the Mountain West Directory, in the introduction, the author states, "You can go down a mountain a thousand times too slowly, but only once too fast." I've found with my 2014 Ram cruise on ,and usually set 5 mph lower then I want to descend a mountain grade, It will gain that 5 mph then maintain the desired speed . I have yet to go down a grade here in the mountain west that it didn't maintain the set MPH that I wanted without any further input from me. The problem for me with just letting off the pedal ,and letting it slow going down a grade is that it slows too much, then back on the pedal , repeating this several times . Now hearing this explanation for auto I may give that a try , like one said he had the feature ,but didn't know how it worked . This was from a ford owner ,so a Ram truck may be different .
cummins2014 11/23/21 07:53am Fifth-Wheels
RE: New Tires Lighten my Wallet

Gotta love all these Tire names!!! What is the parent Companies name? Ya , you wonder how Goodyear came up with Endurance :B :R You don’t get it. Goodyear, Michelin, Toyo, Cooper and the like put their name loud n proud on their tires unlike these off brand tires. Ron , you missed the point , I was just ribbing you on the meaning of Endurance :)
cummins2014 11/20/21 07:27pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: New Tires Lighten my Wallet

Gotta love all these Tire names!!! What is the parent Companies name? Ya , you wonder how Goodyear came up with Endurance :B :R
cummins2014 11/20/21 06:56pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Are OTR truckers restricted from speeding?

I do care as when I explain how I want a project done and it gets done wrong when someone says they understand and in reality they don’t it gets very expensive. If I try to tell someone not to push short PCs of wood thru the table saw between the fence and blade and they loose a finger because they don’t understand that is not okay!!! Don’t tell me “I” should learn other languages!!! The way you put the first part, yes that is a concern. One that most of the country is somehow able to overcome all day every day. But you didn’t get out much. Lucky you worked in the PNW. Your philosophy wouldn’t work in the majority of the US. It would be a 100% non starter. Now, and 30 years ago. True. If I didn’t get my way I would have gone back to pounding nails. Yup , you’d been pounding nails , you apparently have led a sheltered life.
cummins2014 11/19/21 06:09pm General RVing Issues
RE: Are OTR truckers restricted from speeding?

Man, this topic went sideways.:B:) Hey , I’m still talking about highways . :B
cummins2014 11/18/21 07:23pm General RVing Issues
RE: Are OTR truckers restricted from speeding?

I do care as when I explain how I want a project done and it gets done wrong when someone says they understand and in reality they don’t it gets very expensive. If I try to tell someone not to push short PCs of wood thru the table saw between the fence and blade and they loose a finger because they don’t understand that is not okay!!! Don’t tell me “I” should learn other languages!!! It wasn’t a matter of learning to speak their language , they learned ours over time . I could show a man how to do something easier then trying to explain how to do it , and with some interpretation we did well . You’ve drove past a lot of product over the years , right out of Centerville, Ut . We were one of the largest producers of highway safety in the western US. I tell you what ,I had more issues with our born and raised young men , then I did with these non English speaking men . They wanted to work .Whether you noticed it or not who’s building our homes , landscaping, road construction etc etc , it’s those non English speaking guys. It’s sad that ours don’t want to work these jobs .
cummins2014 11/18/21 05:44pm General RVing Issues
RE: Are OTR truckers restricted from speeding?

I have seen the trucking industry take a 180 degree turn over the past 35 + years... The old hands are not driving anymore, its a new age of driver, and not one I agree with... With all the regulations, there has been a huge uptick of old drivers retiring and new, non English speaking drivers coming in.. I don't have a problem with them, its the fact that most cannot read English either which is a problem in many ways. I would bet that we take 12 or 15 trucks a day in just 1 or our warehouses, and I bet 2 or 3 of them cannot hardly back into the 14' wide bay door. Then once unloaded, we have to go through all the paperwork and determine what is ours as they have NO CLUE... I have met a few, non English speaking drivers that were awesome, they are now working for us, and speaking English ( kind of ) Being a Construction Superintendent I required everyone to be able to communicate in the language of English on my job sites. It was all about being able to instantly communicate in an emergency situation. Never had an issue with this policy. I was a fabrication manger in a steel company , and if I had that policy , you wouldn’t see any bridge railing or guardrail ,or safety end treatments on a good portion of the highways and freeways here in the western states . I have been retired going on 12 years, and even then about the only guys I could hire to stick around were not English speaking. I may add also the majority of those men were the best I had . Loyal , and hard working , and glad to have a job . I had one that spoke good English , and was one of my foreman’s , it worked out great .
cummins2014 11/18/21 10:56am General RVing Issues
RE: Ram 2500/Cummins

Thanks. Pin weight is 3300 lbs, max rated for the PU is 4,000; so should be fine. Unfortunately many tow these toy haulers with those weights with 3/4 ton pickups ,but that's beyond their safe capability , you are looking at dually numbers here .
cummins2014 11/18/21 08:10am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Bed cover for F350 with fifth wheel hitch

We have a Truxedo soft rollup on our F350 Crew Cab SRW diesel. No extra tank. Cover is 13 years old and still works great. Greg Same cover I have , and the same I had on my previous Ford Superduty . Also the same my son has on his Ram trucks .
cummins2014 11/16/21 07:19pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: New Tires Lighten my Wallet

"now 1/3 the price of G614, that are now going for near $500 per tire" I have heard of rounding up but that is a bit much as they sell everyday on AMAZON for $425. :B Not off by much on the 1/3 , Sailun S637's go for $140-150 ea, lets go with the 150 x 3 = 450, close enough don't you think .
cummins2014 11/16/21 10:40am Fifth-Wheels
RE: New Tires Lighten my Wallet

There's a word for people who equate quality with cost: "suckers", and there's one born every minute. :) Yup, just price a Goodyear G614.
cummins2014 11/16/21 09:04am Fifth-Wheels
RE: New Tires Lighten my Wallet

I'll keep my G614s! I have never understood people who will pay upwards of $100,000 for an RV but balk at paying $1500 (what I paid 3 years ago) for the best tires out there. I see the same thing in my Goldwing friends, $25k for a bike but won't pay $8 for an oil filter. SMH YEP!!! There is some validity in that, but then take Sailun , at now 1/3 the price of G614, that are now going for near $500 per tire :E . If I wanted to be robbed by Goodyear ,it should at least be at gunpoint :) As far as the Goodyear G614 being the best tire out there ,not hardly ,they were at one time about the only game in town for a G rated RV tire ,and had a HORRIBLE track record , granted they have improved ,but they still have not had the track record of the Sailuns made in China, that has been well documented .
cummins2014 11/16/21 09:03am Fifth-Wheels
RE: New Tires Lighten my Wallet

Oh please tell us why “ENDURANCE will never be on my list” What weight is on your two axles? Big reason is I won't run an E rated tire on my fifth wheel , only G rated . That right there leaves out the Endurance . I know what you are getting at on my axle weights ,no doubt the weight ratings of the one highest E rated Endurance falls within my weight rating . My fifth wheel came new with G rated ST235/80/16's @ 4080 @ 110 psi. Thats also what is printed on the weight placard on the left front side of the fifth wheel . I have since went with the Sailuns ST235/85/16 G rated @ 4400 @ 110 psi., biggest reason, not so much for the weight rating as added height . Not much ,but every bit helps with these taller trucks ,and getting a bit more level . I run the Sailuns @ 100 psi , according to inflation chart from Sailun that gives me the 4080 lbs on weight rating . As said in a previous post ,those new Hankook H31's look very promising in a G rated RV tire in both the 235/80/16 @ 4080 @ 110 psi ,and the 235/85/16 @ 4400 @ 110 psi. Could be the tire of the future considering what is going on with the Sailuns ,and their issues , which is disappointing . They have been for several years second to none in quality ,and reliability .
cummins2014 11/16/21 08:53am Fifth-Wheels
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