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RE: Worth the switch to 4.30s?

I think I need to refine my question / premise that I am operating under. I intend to tow in 3rd, exclusively. Is the reason that people use higher numerical gear like 4:30 and 4:56 ratios so that they can remain in OD longer without dropping to 3rd as much, or for increased power in the 1:1 ratio (3rd in my trans.)? I don't intend to make use of OD at all. I just want to know from those who have experience if I can expect my Excursion to hold 3rd reliably or if the 3:73 ratio is going to make it want to grab 2nd. If that's the case, I will put in 4:30s and be done. I don't care about OD. Changing the axle ratio effectively changes all ratios in the trans. Each gear is that much more efficient at transferring power. It's not about towing in O/D, but more about the effiecent use of power! You may have a hard time with a good headwind with 3.73's. My trailer is 11.5ft tall so it's pushing a bigger sail through the air than a 10.5ft tall trailer. Either way, I would never want to tow my setup with 3.73's! Again. Yes it will do it but it will struggle. I know this for a fact because I towed with 3.73's and 4.30's. When I had 3.73's I had to run at 72 in 3rd to get the RPM's in the powerband. If I ran it at 65 it was to low in the powerband and it wasn't producing the power it needed. The 4.30's put the engine in the proper RPM's, this allowed me to run it at 65 or 70 if I want to. Yes 300 rpm will make a huge difference! Why do you not want to use O/D?
dodge guy 07/23/16 08:41pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Cost comparison - motorhome vs. travel trailer

If your looking new and need a TV and TT then it will be a wash! A new TT will come in around $25k a new TV will be around $50k. A nice has MH will come in around $70-90k! Yes you will need to tow a car behind you, but you can probably tow your current vehicle either 4 down or on a dolly. I would go MH over a TT. Looking back I wish I would have!
dodge guy 07/23/16 08:29pm Beginning RVing
RE: What a bad start to camping

$30k?!!! Sounds like you were going to pay MSRP or pretty close to it! Just about all RV's sell for 30% off MSRP!
dodge guy 07/23/16 08:22pm Travel Trailers
RE: Worth the switch to 4.30s?

You will not be able to use O/D at all with the 3.73's! 4.30's will raise the RPM's to where the engine performs better. With the 4.30's you will be able to use O/D and the RPM's will be in the desirable range. 3.73's are good for moving around a heavy X. 4.30's are good for moving around a sizable load! You can try it with 3.73's but you will tire of hearing 3200rpm for hundreds of thousands of miles! Get the 4.30's and enjoy 2200 rpm and increased towing performance and mileage!!!
dodge guy 07/23/16 03:00pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Worth the switch to 4.30s?

Coming from someone who has a V-10 X originally with 3.73`s I can tell you the 3.73`s will not be enough for a 9klb trailer! my trailer is 9200lbs loaded. I towed one season with 3.73`s and switched to 4.30`s for the next season. You will notice how much better it tows. you will be much happier when you get to an incline and the X pulls right up. you will get about .5 mpg better towing. It will also stop hunting for gears because he engine and trans will not be working as hard. When I had 3.73's with my trailer I couldn't hold O/D at 65 because the RPM's were to low in O/D. And too high in 3rd. With the 3.73's it would stay in O/D with no issues. It's all about how efficient the powertrain is, and with 3.73's and a heavy trailer it will not be efficient with higher gears. The lower gears (numerically higher) will always tow better! Add in a 5star tuner and it will pull with the diesel guys all day long! I would even say 4.56`s wouldn't be out of the question even with stock size tires! Yes it is well worth it!
dodge guy 07/23/16 11:32am Tow Vehicles
RE: Trailer Assist done right! :-)

VW cheating? say it isn't so!!!
dodge guy 07/23/16 11:28am Towing
RE: Recommendations in Black Hills?

What movie was made in the Black Hills?North by Northwest. Dances with Wolves was filmed in the black hills area. Also the end of National Treasure, Book of Secrets.
dodge guy 07/22/16 01:53pm Travel Trailers
RE: FCA under investigation

It's 9:25 somewhere! :E
dodge guy 07/22/16 10:10am Tow Vehicles
RE: Produce inspection California

It is amazing, someone who does not know when to capitalize or how to spell has to bash California. We have our problems, but, we have more people living in this state from other states... Got the idea. Like Mom used to say, "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all".It has to be general lack of education. They also probably have no clue the produce that's grown, and they eat coming from the Central Valley while they're suffering in 10 degree weather. It's amazing to be how narrow minded some on this board are. California regulations and SOME laws are ridiclous, but that doesn't mean the entire population lines up behind it. On the other hand, some people like to whine even when they have no clue. That's what we're saying! The fruit we have on board that was bought in the Midwest and are now vacationing with in California where it was shipped from!
dodge guy 07/22/16 10:07am General RVing Issues
RE: Oil for V6 Sprinter Engine

The reason I made the post is that I just purchased the RV and drove it from Gainsville, FL to Jefferson, GA and I don't think it has the correct oil in it.nb I called the dealer that I bought it from and he had no idea what oil was used nor could he find out. He just said the oil had been changed recently and was good for 10K miles. I looked at the window sticker and all it read was the change oil mileage and the change date. IT WAS ON A WIX STICKER, so I was immediately alarmed. I only drove 360 or so miles so I'm changing the oil asnd filter before and trips. It will be the 0W30 Mobil 1 ESP Formula M with the HU 821 Mann filter. Thanks for your help. Marvin Isnt there an owners manual in the vehicle?? That would be my first source of info for any vehicle,,,instead of strangers on the internet The owners manual will just tell you to use "Mercedes Benz approved oil" not very helpful. they then go on to give you a chart with different temps and various different grades of oil to use in those temps, some of which overlap each other. The owners manual states EXACTLY what spec oil to use, in my case it has to meet MB spec 229.51. Mobil ESP Formula M (as well as some others) meets this spec. It's not that uncommon for the uninformed to put the wrong oil in Sprinters. Yes, but what grade of oil?
dodge guy 07/22/16 10:04am General RVing Issues
RE: First TT

Yes always level with the tires for side-side and the tongue Jack for front-back. The electric stabilizers are just for what they are called, To stabilize the trailer. Just how you set them up is the perfect amount of pressure. You can actually damage a trailer frame by trying to level with the jacks. I carry a lot of boards (scrap from when I built my deck), 2X4's, 4X4's and deck boards.ive used all of them at least once! If the ground is fairly level I chick the insides of both tires. Place one chick on each side, pull or back the trailer to put pressure against it then chock the opposite tire. Doing it this way will result in less movement of the trailer on the tires.
dodge guy 07/22/16 09:57am Travel Trailers
RE: Pad in your yard

Smooth stone compacted with something to keep it from coming out. Then park the trailer on that. Very cheap!
dodge guy 07/22/16 07:29am Travel Trailers
RE: I can't believe what I saw!

Not sure how a Jimmy can physically connect to a 5th wheel. :h My thoughts exactly a GMC Jimmy is the same as the Chevy Blazer like the Ford's Bronco. So neither can I see them hauling a 5th. Sure they can, you just have to have some engineering background! http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l127/chuck_050382/Funny%20Stuff/image001.jpg width=600 http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l127/chuck_050382/Funny%20Stuff/image002.jpg width=600 http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l127/chuck_050382/Funny%20Stuff/image003.jpg width=600
dodge guy 07/22/16 05:51am Tow Vehicles
RE: I can't believe what I saw!

What is even crazier than that is the guy that passed me to prove his diesel could go faster than my V-10! He was behind me on an on ramp and as soon as I set the cruise around 67 he continued on at about 75+mph. ridiculous!
dodge guy 07/22/16 05:47am Tow Vehicles
RE: State Park destruction in Michigan's UP

Storms cant be avoided! however a couple of those downed trees could have been. look at them and you can see the rot where they broke! the people in the RV`s were very lucky they walked away! I`ve told park employees about dangerous trees and all I get is "well until it falls there is nothing we can do" I was at a site where I noticed I could see through a large tree right over our trailer, I went back and told them to give me another site. they did, I just hope when that tree came down in a storm there was no tent or RV there!
dodge guy 07/22/16 05:42am General RVing Issues
RE: Produce inspection California

Well, now I don't know if we were lucky, ignorant, or blind,(or a combination of all) cause last year, we came from Oregon to the northern Redwoods down to Lodi, & on to Yosemite, then to Sequoia/Kings Canyon, and on to Az. and never got stopped for inspection or even saw one. :h Hwy 101 and hwy 199 both have them just inside the state line. They may have been closed while you went by.That is not only possible, but probable as we came down 199 from Grants Pass, and out I-40 through Needles, no one came out & chased us down, so they must have been closed. :) Well if it were so important to stop the transport of a couple apples and oranges it would open all the time! So are these like border crossings at the US borders?
dodge guy 07/21/16 02:10pm General RVing Issues
RE: Recommendations in Black Hills?

Stay down near HillCity and head west through Custer. Hill City is more centrally located and close to all attractions. Deadwood is nice, but is a bit more adult oriented with the bars and such. We really like Horsethief Campground located off of Needles Hwy.
dodge guy 07/21/16 02:06pm Travel Trailers
RE: Towing 35+ footer

Going with what the OP is asking I would rather be slightly over GVWR towing a fifth wheel, than at or just under and towing a TT! A 5'er is inherently more stable, So much so it would be the safer tow even slightly over the GVWR.
dodge guy 07/21/16 10:23am Travel Trailers
RE: Produce inspection California

So, let me understand this! They have a booth setup along every road at the California border inspecting every vehicle that goes through?!!! How is there never a back up going into Cali?
dodge guy 07/21/16 09:05am General RVing Issues
RE: Oil for V6 Sprinter Engine

The reason I made the post is that I just purchased the RV and drove it from Gainsville, FL to Jefferson, GA and I don't think it has the correct oil in it.nb I called the dealer that I bought it from and he had no idea what oil was used nor could he find out. He just said the oil had been changed recently and was good for 10K miles. I looked at the window sticker and all it read was the change oil mileage and the change date. IT WAS ON A WIX STICKER, so I was immediately alarmed. I only drove 360 or so miles so I'm changing the oil asnd filter before and trips. It will be the 0W30 Mobil 1 ESP Formula M with the HU 821 Mann filter. Thanks for your help. Marvin Isnt there an owners manual in the vehicle?? That would be my first source of info for any vehicle,,,instead of strangers on the internet The owners manual will just tell you to use "Mercedes Benz approved oil" not very helpful. they then go on to give you a chart with different temps and various different grades of oil to use in those temps, some of which overlap each other.
dodge guy 07/21/16 05:42am General RVing Issues
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