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RE: Bye Bye DuraMax

I had a Chevrolet 2500 with 6.0 3.73 4x4 shortbed crew cab. A couple of times I got just over 15, but normal was in the 14s empty and usually between 9-11 towing. I was able to tow a 4000 lb boat at 60-65 even up minor hills. I’m curious though, why Chevrolet, why 6.0, and did you know that Ford is coming out with a 7.3?
jimh425 04/21/19 06:24pm Truck Campers
RE: Flat tire on SW Truck while carrying a TC?

I've never had a flat.
jimh425 04/21/19 02:18pm Truck Campers
RE: Leveling with air bags correctly

Someone posted the other day that a good starting point is 5 lbs for 500 lbs. That’s about what I do. I run extended bump stops to keep the overloads engaged and still keep the truck mostly level. Either way, I think the main mistake people make with air bags is too much air.
jimh425 04/19/19 08:04pm Truck Campers
RE: New AF865 on a 2000 Dodge 2500, tie-down question

Grit dog, from what I understand, the AFs are heavier than almost any other TC of the same length. I expect it’s freshwater holding tank is bigger. From reading here, vintage TCs only hold about 20 gallons of water which leaves 30 to account for as well. Nope, I haven’t weighed one and don’t have one. Yeah, I said may because of that. Maybe only a few hundred lbs heavier ... maybe lighter. I guess he’ll find out how much after he weighs it.
jimh425 04/19/19 05:42pm Truck Campers
RE: New AF865 on a 2000 Dodge 2500, tie-down question

The frame mounted tiedowns are more for the truck camper than for the ride. No matter which system you use, tighter tiedowns equal more potential damage. You would only stop the rocking completely by that extra tightening. You may find the AF865 is a thousand lbs heavier or more if you keep the water tank full. That takes your rig from marginal to way over. I’d rethink if you really want that extra weight or consider a different truck or you might be due for another tire/wheel upgrade to 19.5s to have enough tire/wheel capacity.
jimh425 04/19/19 11:17am Truck Campers
RE: Help....advice on purchasing truck camper

dezldog1, it sounds like you also want to pull a trailer. Just to get it out of the way, I’m not the weight police. Trailer tongue weight impacts your payload. The weight listed is usually dry weight and sometimes dry weight without options. Also doesn’t include what supplies you carry with you. You can certainly haul really heavy TCs with trailers and be overloaded. Likewise, you can have blowouts of rear tires. The easiest choice for stability is always going to be buy a DRW. But, many of us were able to get by or are getting by with SRWs. I went 8 1/2 years with a pretty heavy double slided camper with a SRW with 19.5 4500 lb capacity tires. However, I also carried minimum water never pulled anything but a very small light trailer and tried to leave most stuff at home. With my DRW which happens to be a F450, we don’t have to worry about that any more. We bring what we want, and have a much more capable truck. DW likes it much better even heaviliy loaded, and she drives it a lot. Summary is use your current truck and barely get by or change to a DRW and leave those problems behind. It’s your choice, but realize what you are trading off. Keep in mind that anything you add like tiedown mounts will have to be added to your truck, so if you are thinking about going DRW, do it before you add the tiedown mounts. One more note about towing with a longer than bed length TC. You’ll probably need an upgraded hitch and hitch extension. That’s something you want to do “once”.
jimh425 04/19/19 09:38am Truck Campers
RE: 2019 Chevy LTZ Duramax CC Dually payload?

https://www.chevrolet.com/content/dam/chevrolet/na/us/english/index/vehicles/2019/trucks/silverado-hd/mov/02-pdfs/2019%20Silverado-By-The-Numbers.pdf For 3500 DRW, it starts at these numbers. Actual numbers may vary due to how it’s configured. Best thing to do is go read some door stickers for the models you want. Gasoline 6112 lbs Diesel 5281lbs
jimh425 04/18/19 10:35pm Truck Campers
RE: Why diesel trucks?

No, I’m not the one making excuses. :) I’d be willing to bet that almost everyone who has a TC is an outdoor person. At least, more exist where the outdoor activities are more prevalent like the Northwest, for instance. I like Vegas, but taking a camper there wouldn’t be my first choice. I’d much prefer and flight to the airport, shuttle to the strip, and walk the rest of the time with a few exceptions for longer trips from one end of the strip to the other. But, feel free to go look for trip reports here that were only city trips then compare the number that aren’t. :D
jimh425 04/18/19 01:11pm Truck Campers
RE: Saga of Cell Phone Accident...

Automatic jail sounds great, but that almost never exists for traffic accidents. I’ve been driving multiple cars when they were totalled by being run over by other drivers. Even the guy who was drinking didn’t get a ticket. Sure, I missed a lot of accidents, but those two times the other driver didn’t even give me a chance. One rode right up my tailpipe with cars on either side of me and no exit for me. The other time, tboned me just behind the drivers door. Both drivers said where did you come from. Oh, neither had a cellphone.
jimh425 04/18/19 01:05pm Truck Campers
RE: Saga of Cell Phone Accident...

I just hope that no one of you experts guiding your 5000+ lb missles never hurt anyone. Don’t worry. My F450 is closer to 10,000 lbs empty at around 9200 lbs empty and sometimes over 14,000 lbs loaded without a trailer or around 18 or 19,000 lbs with a trailer. I always ride by myself and don’t have navigation or any vehicle controls of any type. I don’t even use blinkers or lights because I might be distracted ... not really. Seriously though, I only get a text or two a day and a phone call or two per day counting spams and wrong numbers, so don’t worry about me. :D
jimh425 04/17/19 10:53pm Truck Campers
RE: Saga of Cell Phone Accident...

In my 2017 F350 text to voice function doesn't work at speeds above 7 (?) mph. Just like navigation entry doesn't allow for keying the address while in motion. Voice recognition would if it could recognize whole address without error. Man, you are reckless. Joking ... really.
jimh425 04/17/19 05:41pm Truck Campers
RE: Saga of Cell Phone Accident...

Seems like the conversation moved to home phones. I don’t know any people who drive much at home, so I think we’re safe from them. :D
jimh425 04/17/19 11:18am Truck Campers
RE: Why diesel trucks?

That's probably becouse in your area diesel is still used for house heating. Most people in my area use propane or wood. I don’t know anyone who uses diesel fuel, but if they did, they’d probably use red diesel which is untaxed. I can’t think of any reason to take a truck camper to Vegas, but I know lots of people who take RVs to National Parks/Forests in Montana/Wyoming from other states for outdoor opportunities like fishing, hiking, camping, and hunting.
jimh425 04/17/19 11:16am Truck Campers
RE: Why diesel trucks?

Lowest prices in my area according to gas buddy. As you can see, diesel is still running more. Diesel $3.08 Regular $2.78 Mid grade $2.99 Premium $3.02
jimh425 04/17/19 08:34am Truck Campers
RE: Saga of Cell Phone Accident...

I guess I missed the post that said we should allow distracted driving. The real point being made is distracted driving is more complicated than outlawing handheld cellphone use.
jimh425 04/15/19 11:16pm Truck Campers
RE: Saga of Cell Phone Accident...

In 2014 it was reported that 26 percent of crashes involved a driver on a cell phone. In 2016, 9 percent of crashes involved a "Distracted -Affected" driver (which includes cell phone users which were 14 percent of those 9 percent). Who reported it? I’m not finding it at https://www.iihs.org/iihs/topics/t/general-statistics/fatalityfacts/overview-of-fatality-facts#Trends If you look at the overall fatality stat, the numbers don’t seem to show any kind of trend except for number of depths per crash which is probably more related to safer cars.
jimh425 04/15/19 11:31am Truck Campers
RE: Low Flow Water Pump for Truck Camper

Pumps are pretty easy to change, so if you think you might like it, I say go ahead and put a low flow one in. You could always switch back. I wouldn’t personally restrict the existing pump to lower the flow. I’d be worried about durability.
jimh425 04/15/19 07:26am Truck Campers
RE: Saga of Cell Phone Accident...

Only 5 pages for me ... that’s a user option. ;) Apparently, some people have 4 hour distracting phone calls and that’s worse than having a person in the seat beside you for 4 hours. Who knew! I wonder when they are going to pass no smoking while driving laws. :)
jimh425 04/15/19 07:25am Truck Campers
RE: Saga of Cell Phone Accident...

It’s easy to place the blame on cell phones as the only type of distraction when it is something that can be seen. Reality is there are lots of types of distractions. Just google if you want to know more, or simply blame the cell phone if it makes you feel better. Here’s an example. No, it doesn’t mean that cell phones can’t be part of the problem. http://www.jchdonline.org/index.php/all-topics/45-programs-and-services/administration/231-what-type-of-distractions-are-there What type of distractions are there? There are three main types of driving distraction: Visual — taking your eyes off the road. Examples include looking at accidents or reading maps. Manual — taking your hands off the wheel. Examples include eating and changing the radio station. Cognitive — taking your mind off what you are doing. Examples include passengers and talking on a cell phone. Many distractions include all three types on distractions. Examples include texting and grooming.
jimh425 04/14/19 10:11pm Truck Campers
RE: Saga of Cell Phone Accident...

Kayteg1, it seems your European perspective is wrong. Maybe it’s a Eastern Eurpoean perspective ... you guys are never wrong. :D Any way, it seems most countries have laws against cell phone use while driving. If the drivers were so enlightened, they wouldn’t need them ... would they? Read more below. https://www.cnn.com/2017/03/24/health/distracted-driving-laws-global-countries/index.html A couple of interesting points ... they seem to agree with me. ;) Sweden, which has fewer motor vehicle crash deaths than other high-income countries, including the United States, does not ban the use of cell phones while driving. Instead, it puts its energy behind efforts to raise awareness of the risks of distracted driving, according to a report (PDF) by the World Health Organization. Other countries, such as Portugal, have extended bans on the use of mobile phones while driving to include hands-free devices.
jimh425 04/13/19 09:30pm Truck Campers
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