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RE: Trip report: The Tioga Area of Yosemite

Thanks for the nice pictures and trip report.
jmtandem 07/07/20 08:37pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Roadside Assistance Companies

I went with Coach Net and have not looked back.
jmtandem 06/30/20 08:22pm General RVing Issues
RE: reliabilty

and first did some research on quality and found that it is not just GD with issues but most of the 5vrs. In the RV world the letters 'RV' sometimes unfortunately stand for 'ruined vacation'. You will be fine with a fifth wheel if you work through any new issues before you take off on the big trip. No RV is 100 percent drop dead reliable not even Airstreams. So you pay your money and take you chances but if you work diligently to get the initial quirks out of the unit you should be good to go. Buying a 15 year old pusher because you had one once and it was dependable is really a huge gamble as it is now older and depends a lot on how the maintenance was handled. A new fifth wheel will be under warranty if that is any part of the decision process.
jmtandem 06/28/20 06:04pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Need a new hitch

Is a load leveling & WD hitch really necessary on a 22' 4000# trailer? It worked well on my Jayco TT. With a 2500 Ram you probably don't need weight distribution. You might want sway mitigation or sway control. If money is no option look at Hensley or ProPride. The Tacoma will be a completely different story.
jmtandem 06/18/20 09:27pm Travel Trailers
RE: Why Not a Palomino TC??

OP here. I ended up with the Palomin, for better or worse.... Congrats. I hope you enjoy truck camping. It offers a lot of versatility maneuverability and the option of bring along a trailer with those often important toys like boats or motorcycles, even horses.
jmtandem 06/18/20 09:17pm Truck Campers
RE: Why Not a Palomino TC??

If you are not sure you are a truck camper person try renting one for a few nights. There is nothing wrong with the Palomino at the price they are sold. It is not a high end expensive or luxurious camper but it also is not priced like one. I have had three truck campers since 1985 some very well make like the Alaskan pop up that is high end sailboat quality inside as well as a 3000 pound plus 11 foot hard side. It all depends on what you want and what you want to spend as all three were well used by our family and none really gave any troubles. Some cost substantially more than others. All did the job just fine. Should you purchase a truck camper and decide you don't care for it, just remember the depreciation on a new RV is considerable.
jmtandem 06/16/20 08:33pm Truck Campers
RE: Generic questions about 5-ers

looking to educate myself. Since you asked, I will start with the fact that a fifth wheel has no steering wheel in the living area; that you need no toad; that the truck can be used for errands, sightseeing, and should the fifth be in the shop the truck is still useful or if the truck is in the shop the coach is still fully liveable. As far as some of your questions go the quality is like any other RV, some are very high quality and some less so. A Ford diesel 250's fuel mileage will depend on lots of variables not the least how you drive and how much weight the fifth weighs. As far as tipping over, that is likely not a serious issue depending on how you drive safely. A couple downsides to a fifth is that you cannot get up and make a sandwich, use the bathroom, etc, while somebody else driving.
jmtandem 06/04/20 08:01am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Starting a Full-time adventure and need guidance

Starting a full-time adventure for who-knows how long. Need some guidance from you full timers. Not, IMPO but real guidance. How to handle drivers licenses, tags, other things we might be responsible for that we are overlooking. Appreciate your thoughts Go to the Escapees web pages, much of the information you are looking for is there.
jmtandem 05/21/20 07:50am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Turning the Page

Life goes on, I acquired a 2002 Lance truck camper I am looking to do the same, from the current 30 foot TT to a nice truck camper. I already have the truck, now I need the camper.
jmtandem 04/24/20 08:12am Travel Trailers
RE: Need Information about Pacific Coast Highway Trip

I have done the PCH on a bicycle, motorcycle, car and RV. The best month is September as it is dry (relatively), high pressure sets up over the area and visibility is fantastic, temperature highs are moderate and lows mild, and very little fog. And kids are typically back in school. Also, since you asked I would go north to south to keep the ocean on your right and easier to use pullouts. There is lots and lots to see so the very few days you are allocating to the trip will only barely scratch the surface kind of thing.
jmtandem 04/20/20 07:29pm General RVing Issues
RE: 2011 Ram HD 3500 DRW Cummins 68RFE 523k miles!

Engine, turbocharger, and transmission have 523K on them without any major repairs? Impressive. I wonder if the injectors are stock as well although he said the engine has not been cracked so I am assuming so. Even more impressive are the original rear brakes especially when being used a hot shot truck. Many Ram/Cummins have amassed more than one million miles without the engine taken apart. It is a great engine. The rest of the truck often requires typical high mileage repairs and replacement parts.
jmtandem 03/22/20 06:34pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Trip report: Southern Sequoia Nat Park

Thanks for the trip report.
jmtandem 03/09/20 07:52pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Kings Canyon to Yosemite to Carson City

If your travels are in the summer take highway 120 across Tioga pass out of Yosemite and that will put you on the east side of the Sierras then US 395 north to the Nevada state capital. In winter you can use California state route 88, US 50 or even IR 80 depending on the weather. State route 88 crosses the Sierras at 8500 feet so most winter storms will be problematic for the duration of the storm. Highway 49 north of Yosemite is very windy and lots of climbing and descending. A great motorcycle road.
jmtandem 01/11/20 08:15am Roads and Routes
RE: Toyhauler weight vs truck capacity

Estimate about twenty percent of a fifth wheel's weight on the pin plus the weight of the fifth wheel hitch. So if the hitch is 100 pounds or so and the pin is 3200 pounds you are well over payload on your truck. A fifth wheel at 16,000 pounds is definitely in one ton territory and a dually will give you even more stability and payload. As to your question about the difference between GVWR and axle ratings, GVWR is always lower than combined axle and tire ratings.
jmtandem 12/31/19 08:24am Toy Haulers
RE: Host Mammoth Triple Dog Dare Challenge Report

Thanks for the Host overnight report. I appreciate it and think Host makes an excellent product.
jmtandem 12/19/19 08:38am Truck Campers
RE: Anza Borrego to the Sequoia’s for Thanksgiving Break

Thanks for the trip report, very interesting!
jmtandem 12/06/19 08:06am Truck Campers
RE: TR: The Road to winning a National Championship

Congratulations and excellent trip report!
jmtandem 12/01/19 08:56am Truck Campers
RE: Toyo tires?

I have had very good luck with Toyo tires. Way better longevity than Michelins.
jmtandem 10/09/19 08:00pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Nevada 447

Don't drive it at night. Black cow on the black highway during a black night kind of thing. Drive off the top of your tank. Otherwise it is just another ribbon of asphalt.
jmtandem 10/04/19 07:08pm Roads and Routes
RE: Advice on truck and camper purchase

I owned an Alaskan pop up camper. Not cheap in quality or price but it was the only camper of the three I owned that I felt could go off road, handled well on the truck on pavement at highway speeds, and since they are actually a hard side pop up did not have to mess with fabric getting wet in the rain, etc. And it held it's value very well. If you like the ambiance of the inside of a sailboat, the Alaskan has that feel. Lastly, the 6.4 Hemi in the Ram is quite an engine. You will not be disappointed in it. Just remember gas mileage is not a strong suit in any of the big three gas engines.
jmtandem 09/06/19 08:50pm Truck Campers
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