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RE: Why 4.1 axle?

For starters, if you're planning on buying new, they only offer the 3.73 on the Duramax equipped trucks, and the 4.10 is the only option for the trucks with the 6.0. I'm not sure when this started, but I know it's true of the 2500HD for years '17, '18 and '19. Otherwise, if you're looking at used, read on... GM had the 3.73 in the Duramax from day one (2001). It was never offered with a different ratio in the 3/4 or 1 ton. Loved mine until the second time the injectors gave me trouble.
gmckenzie 06/20/19 11:26am Tow Vehicles
RE: Engine torque

As far as the V10 goes. You got a dud. The V10 is a great engine. You can pound on those things 24/7 and they won't blow up. Like I said, you got a dud.The history on this engine was that the F250 was leased by one of the major oil companies in Alberta - Sunoco IIRC. It was run out of Calgary up to the oil fields in the north. The odometer didn't show a lot of miles but I *think* it had a lot of hours on it because they keep them idling in the winter all the time instead of using block heaters. Records showed it was serviced regularly but maybe the oilfield workers were driving the sn*t out of the truck as well. That's all we know on the history. We did get a good price when we bought it so can't complain to a point. I avoid Oil patch trucks like the plague. Even had used truck salesmen warn me off buying them. Yeah, not a lot of miles but not a lot of care or concern from the drivers either.
gmckenzie 06/07/19 02:20pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Rear-Living TTs: Likes, dislikes, features, models...

Interest thread. I've got a rear kitchen right now but have been kicking tires on a rear living. Found a model I like (not in person, just on the web) in a Cougar 33 SAB. Has a big closet across the front (we can't hang a **** coat in our trailer) as well as 2 7cu ft fridges (yeah, more beer). Big rear living space with big windows. But I'd need a bigger truck and an endorsement on my license to pull it :)
gmckenzie 06/07/19 10:49am Travel Trailers
RE: 6 volt battery question

When hooking up 6V batteries, make sure you understand they connect differently than 12v. With 2 12V, you connect + to + and - to -. Then + and - to the trailer. With 2 6v, you connect - from one battery to + on the other battery. Then you hook the + and - from the trailer to the unused posts.
gmckenzie 06/07/19 10:28am Travel Trailers
RE: Hope to Cache Creek

So how is the road (12) from Lytton through to Hat Creek Ranch? If it's the one I'm thinking of, I wouldn't tow my trailer that way. #1 will be way better. But it's been years since I went that way.
gmckenzie 05/29/19 01:59pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Hope to Cache Creek

As long as there are no rock slides or other issues on the #1, I'd take it. But that road can have issues. The Coq is where the early seasons of Highway through Hell were all about (but that's winter) I used to live in Merritt and I've driven the Coke (all 3 sections) dozens of times, summer and winter, that show is so over dramatized it's not funny. They cherry pick the bad days, no question.
gmckenzie 05/28/19 07:59am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: realistic power usage

Hi all. This weekend is the first trip with our new to us camper. Last was used primarily as a tent on wheels when we had no hydro. To clarify for those who do not speak "Canadian", "hydro" means AC power ! The vast majority of the population of Canada get their power from Niagara Falls, hence "hydro". Most of the folks in Western Canada still use the term, but they are NOT getting their power from Niagara Falls ! I'd like to clarify a bit. Canada is a big country. The term hydro meaning electricity started in Ontario when the Hydro Electric Commission of Ontario first started providing electricity to the province . Most was from hydro-electric plants with the ones at Niagara being the largest. Today 60% of the electricity for Ontario is from Nuclear generating stations. We have no coal or oil fired plants left. Niagara still matters but it is not the major generator by any means. The rest of the country uses varying means. Quebec - water powered. The prairies still on oil and coal. And so on. BC gets the bulk of it's power from Hydro, but not Niagra Falls :)
gmckenzie 05/23/19 04:06pm Travel Trailers
RE: Hope to Cache Creek

As long as there are no rock slides or other issues on the #1, I'd take it. But that road can have issues. The Coq is where the early seasons of Highway through Hell were all about (but that's winter)
gmckenzie 05/23/19 03:20pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Late-model 1/2 Ton and 30+ feet - Real world experiences...

Trailer is 34'4" from tongue to bumper and 8200 lbs loaded (I've scaled it). I used to pull with a 2001 3/4 ton Duramax and now pull with a 2015 GMC Sierra max trailering package. Truck pulls fine for the most part. Some hills I miss the diesel. I have a 4 pt hitch and Sumo springs (like Timbrens) to help with the sag. Had some porpoising between Jasper and Banff, but the road sucks. Other wise it tows just fine. Went this route as my non-trailering use is pretty light. ~3km commute and around 10,000 kms a year was not healthy for the diesel and after doing the injectors once (real PITA to do on the early Duramax) I decided I wanted gas again, but not the 6.0L GM has. Looking at the GM 2020 3/4 tons when they come out as we may be going bigger on the trailer one year. But will stick with gas.
gmckenzie 05/15/19 03:51pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Legal or safety issues carrying diesel fuel containers in RV

I would make sure to carry them in a well vented compartment. While not as bad as gas, the diesel fumes could build up and be explosive. There was a news piece recently on people in the Vancouver area crossing the border to get gas, and putting gas cans in their trunks. One got rear ended and blew up. https://globalnews.ca/news/5241062/peace-arch-border-fiery-crash-gas-cans-safety/
gmckenzie 05/07/19 12:38pm General RVing Issues
RE: New guy needing confirmation on tongue weight

If you haven't bought the hitch yet, you might consider an upgrade to something like the Equal-i-zer 4 point hitch. It or the Husky Centerline are better options for not a lot more money. Still go for 1400 lbs setup though.
gmckenzie 05/07/19 08:40am Towing
RE: Ford F150's Drag Racing while Towing a Camper

I think that would be an awesome new sport. RV drag racing. Make the track go up a 7% grade. lol Used to be a track in a town north of me that would have a annual oval race pulling trailers around the track. Never did get to see it and the track has since closed (I think). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VnnOnZNoMwI
gmckenzie 05/06/19 01:59pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford F150's Drag Racing while Towing a Camper

As any old hot rodder will tell you, the key to durability in a souped up engine is to also make sure the rest of your drive train is beefed up to handle the extra ponies...and while your at it...improve the cooling, brakes, suspension. You boost the power...you boost the breakage potential. Think Will Rogers said that. ;) Mind you, breaking u-joints is a lot cheaper than breaking the tranny or diff/axle.
gmckenzie 05/06/19 12:51pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Installed Vortex II fan today

I just did the Vortex update, I went with a single speed and got a reversible PWM off of ebay. Our trailer has tall ceilings and my wife couldn't reach the fan switch so I ran the wiring down the wall in some wiremold and mounted the switches on the wall. Now I have an infinitely adjustable reversible fan. Is is louder than a fantastic fan, yes, but it mounts from the inside and it was less expensive. I need to do the PWM thing. We keep a broom in the bathroom (just because it's a good place to store it) so if I need to turn the fan on while siting, I reach up with the broom handle.
gmckenzie 05/06/19 12:30pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Towing questions

My apologies, the camper is a keystone cougar. Unladen weight is 7,000 lbs. It says my max is 8500 lbs that I can tow according to the chart. I really hope I didn't miscalculate what the truck can actually haul. What model Cougar? Most with a dry weight of 7K are more than 8.5K loaded. And dry weight is irrelevant. I think you don't have enough truck for the trailer. For comparison, I have a 2015 GMC Sierra with their full on trailer package. Brochure says I can pull 10,900 and I'm at the payload limit with a trailer weighing 8,200 (actual scale weight). But I'm not sure engine oil temp would be the first to overheat. I'd think the tranny and coolant would heat up first, so that's odd.
gmckenzie 05/06/19 11:59am Travel Trailers
RE: starting to look at trucks

Look at the yellow sticker on the driver door jam that states that trucks payload. Get the most payload you can find. This. If you want to pull 7K+, you want a payload near 2K.
gmckenzie 05/03/19 12:06pm Travel Trailers
RE: Power Watchdog Smart Surge Protector with Auto Shutoff

Thanks everyone, after careful consideration I'm going with the Progressive EMS. Hard wired or portable, that's another story...... Hard for it to walk away if it's hard wired. Also, for me, it prevents me from being lazy and not plugging it in. I can just see me getting in late, in the dark and poor weather and not bothering to pull the portable one out cuz I'm in a rush. Hard wired, I don't have that option.
gmckenzie 04/26/19 01:11pm Travel Trailers
RE: Surge protector...

Yup, don't waste time and $$ on that! Spend the extra $$ and get a Progressive Industries EMS that will automatically protect against various electrical issues and is excellent quality. We have the hardwired version - always there, always protecting us (and it has a number of times). The joule rating of 1050 isn't all that great and they don't tell you what the peak surge current rating is. A PI EMS (the most recommended "EMS") is rated 44,000 amps and 1800 joules. It's not UL listed either so what's inside is unknown quality. If it's anything like Chinabomb tire quality, it could explode at any time, lol... :B ^^this. Not UL (or CSA) rated would be a killer for me. I've got a Progressive one. It's gone off more than once for low power and probably saved me a big expense.
gmckenzie 04/17/19 03:57pm Travel Trailers
RE: Opinions on this travel trailer

Saw the video already. I think it's an interesting setup. Not sure I want it, but I found it interesting.
gmckenzie 04/17/19 03:51pm Travel Trailers
RE: Low point drain line caps nightmare

I went and bought plastic valves from the plumbing section at lowes and screwed them onto the 3/4" fittings where the caps go. No more need for caps. Just turn the valves. I did the same with mine as well as the fresh water tank drain. Much easier to deal with.
gmckenzie 04/08/19 04:31pm Travel Trailers
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