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RE: Old school setup

I love the air deflector! Awesome!
ls1mike 08/01/15 11:24am Travel Trailers
RE: Towing up the mountains

I tow all over with my 3/4 ton gasser. Some pretty good grades here in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. I just let it sign at 4000 RPM. The 6.0 doesn't make peak HP and torque until 4400 rpm. For the limited amount of time you are that high in the RPMS you are not hurting anything. That is what they were designed to do. It is rare I have to put the 6.0's pedal on the floor, but combined I am at about 14,000lbs. I can't even begin to count the times I ran my old 89 TBI BBC with the pedal on the floor 4000 rpms to get over the Continental Divide, up Vantage Wa, 4th of July pass and Look out Pass. I put almost 200,000 miles on that thing.
ls1mike 07/30/15 09:22pm Travel Trailers
RE: What's the fascination with trailer bearings?

I checked mine this year, they were fine. What I do have is an infrared temp gun. When I stop I shot all four tires and they are usually with in a degree or two of each other and I have not seen them over 106 degress.
ls1mike 07/30/15 07:47am Travel Trailers
RE: Weighed in again today 3/4 ton Chevy and 32 foot Passport

Oh trailer is rated at 6280 dry. With a gross of 7500.
ls1mike 07/27/15 05:37pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Weighed in again today 3/4 ton Chevy and 32 foot Passport

Thanks for the feedback. I've looked into smaller fifth wheels also but I really don't want to give up the bed for carrying all the stuff that one needs to bring along when camping with four women. I love having the bed. You really need the space with 4 women! Good Luck!
ls1mike 07/27/15 03:38pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Weighed in again today 3/4 ton Chevy and 32 foot Passport

I'm curious about how you find the length. I've got a short bed which will help, but I've been shopping trailers and my wife really likes the quad bunk models that tend to run 30'+ in length, which is a little longer than I was thinking about getting originally. I'm not worried about it going down the highway, but more about getting it in and out of tight camping spots or down forest service roads. Really I have not had a problem yet. I find it easier to maneuver than my old 5th wheel, and I get it just about everywhere we want to go. I do check before I head out to see where the bigger gas stations are but that is about it. With the Diesel fills up are not as big of a concern. I have had the 32 foot Passport 26 miles down the Forest service roads in the Gifford Pinchot wilderness of Washington. No problems. http://s22.postimg.org/5agsmfndd/164303_1676256599588_6431873_n.jpg This was my old setup. To be honest with the long wheel base and good hitch it tows just as nice, well to me at least.
ls1mike 07/27/15 03:25pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Weighed in again today 3/4 ton Chevy and 32 foot Passport

LOL! I have had this set up 4 years. I never really have to go above 4000 RPM (Max HP/Torque is 4400 RPM). Towed up Highway 30 today in Oregon. No issues. 65ish all the way home on I-5. My only issue is the MPG and it really isn't an issue. I would not camp if I were worried about MPG. Really I don't need a diesel for a 7500lbs trailer. Maybe when I retire, but this is a dedicated tow vehicle. I will say with E-2 hitch and long wheel base truck. It is rare occurrence to get any type of sway or porposing. Truck towed a small 5th wheel before this. Has never missed a beat. It is paid for and does exactly what I ask it to do, take the Family and I camping.
ls1mike 07/27/15 03:17pm Tow Vehicles
Weighed in again today 3/4 ton Chevy and 32 foot Passport

2002 Silverado 2500HD 6.0 4L80E 2012 Passport 3220 BHWE http://s1.postimg.org/968tzlqe7/20150727_102651.jpg I got one good photo, the others were blurry. :( Trailer axles on the scale. Loaded for 5 days of camping full water tank and propane. Grey and black water empty. http://s1.postimg.org/4taah6hnj/20150727_083808.jpg In the truck I had 4 bikes, 20ish pieces of wood. The wife, 2 kids and me. Truck on the Scale was 7560 with trailer. Front axle was 3250 Rear axle was 4440 Truck normally weighs 6100lbs with me and a full tank of gas.
ls1mike 07/27/15 02:24pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Why do people have such large trailers?

Because I spent 11 years going to sea on Submarines. I want to be comfortable now.
ls1mike 07/01/15 06:17pm Travel Trailers
RE: Towing with a Van

I saw like 4 or 5 this weekend. They make and excellent tow vehicle.
ls1mike 05/26/15 05:37pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Father/ Daughter truck project update/ oak flatbed pics

Looks great!!
ls1mike 05/26/15 05:36pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Long term reliability of GM 8.1 Liter

We had at least 100K on our 2003. But my question is will my current 6.0L make it that far? Yes, I have a break down of sales figures(somewhere). 64 percent of GM's HD sales are 6.0 trucks. There are many out there with or close to over 200,000 miles on them. Lots of them in fleet service. The two guys I camp with have 6.0 trucks with heavy towing. One has 170,000 on his truck the other has 185,000. Having said that the 8.1 is a beast when I bought my truck I was looking for a good used truck, but I got such a sweet deal on the 6.0 I have I could not say no. As far longevity based off what I see on the GM board you can't go wrong. Plus I the truck platform you get the Allison. What is not like.
ls1mike 05/15/15 07:37am Tow Vehicles
RE: I am at lost. Another bad luck with my TV

Don't get discouraged. Really common in the earlier Mod motors...4.6, 5.4 to do that. It can be tricky to fix, I had a Mustang before my Camaros and Firebirds. Mine did it and I fixed it. Just take your time and relax. Remember with those miles stuff will break. If you plan on doing the other plugs heat the engine up and pull them out then. The possibility exist that they will pull the threads on the other ones. Just do a search on the net plenty of info about it out there! Yeah. I agree its common. I just don't want it to happen when I am 500 miles away. The way you are going about it is correct, however, not knowing how good you are with tools, my recommendation is to bite the bullet and take it somewhere, unless you just get this one going and get another truck.
ls1mike 05/13/15 07:44pm Tow Vehicles
RE: I am at lost. Another bad luck with my TV

Don't get discouraged. Really common in the earlier Mod motors...4.6, 5.4 to do that. It can be tricky to fix, I had a Mustang before my Camaros and Firebirds. Mine did it and I fixed it. Just take your time and relax. Remember with those miles stuff will break. If you plan on doing the other plugs heat the engine up and pull them out then. The possibility exist that they will pull the threads on the other ones. Just do a search on the net plenty of info about it out there!
ls1mike 05/13/15 04:45pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Gas tow vehicle for fifthwheel

There is this...How good it is, I can't say but it is something to read. 3/4 ton gasser shootout. I have been in the Ford and GM. I don't think you can go wrong with either. I know you didn't mention the Ram, but it is very nice too!
ls1mike 05/05/15 05:22pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Yes you can drive 55 and 60.

I also really ever tow between 55 and 62. I just got a set of new tires for the trailer that are ST and speed rated N which is 87 MPH. I will try 65 on the major highways this year because that is where the truck seems really happy and will hold overdrive between 62 and 65. I see no reason to go any faster.
ls1mike 05/04/15 03:17pm Travel Trailers
RE: How do you feel about people walking through your campsite?

It doesn't really bother me. I go camping to chill out and relax, not get worked up about minor stuff like someone walking through "my" campsite. I usually give them a "how's it goin'?" Yup...time on earth is short, why get worked up over small stuff This, plus I may start offering a beer. We are all out there doing the same thing. It should be a good time. You walk through...Eh, I just get another drink. I don't do it, but that is me. Having spent lots of time on Submarines personal space is not a big thing to me. As long as you are not 6 inches from me...I am over it...quick.
ls1mike 05/02/15 11:19pm Travel Trailers
RE: Keystone Passports...Good-Bad or ???

Whenever I read these questions I always wonder if the OP means this RV just in general or compared to other RVs. In general, it's a cheaply manufactured product made with an abundance of particle board, low end cabinets, the lowest cost faucets and fixtures available and basically subpar materials throughout. All that being said, it's pretty much the same as every other main stream TT being made and for what you pay, IMO, it's a great value. With all of these lower end units it's a bit of a roll of the dice. Every manufacturer turns out problem free units and..... well, others :) After owning numerous similar units I personally think the best thing is to really look at the one unit you are interested in rather than a brand or manufacturer as a whole. Find a good dealer that is close by for service/repair and do a REALLY thorough PDI or inspection if buying used. I have a very similar TT only made by Forest River. It provides numerous wonderful times for the family and I but I'm never surprised if one of the cabinet doors falls off in my hand :) :) I love this response! So true. If you can't smile when you're holding that cabinet door, then TT's are probably not for you. Truth. I love my Passport. I came from a 1988 24 foot Fleetwood Southwind to a 1995 Fleetwood Prowler 5th wheel to the current Passport. The Southwind and Prowler were put together better than ANYTHING we looked at. I wasn't sure what to do...I finally said...Give me the biggest one with the least amount of weight for a gasser 3/4 ton...So now I have the Passport...Season four and it has been great. Separate space for the kids and if stuff breaks...I fix it, have a few adult beverages and move on!
ls1mike 05/02/15 10:20pm Travel Trailers
RE: How do you feel about people walking through your campsite?

Eh, It is annoying, but I don't let it bother me. I am not out there to get upset.
ls1mike 05/02/15 06:33pm Travel Trailers
RE: 1000 miles on 2015 Silverado 6.2/8 speed

Awesome truck! Enjoy!
ls1mike 05/01/15 05:39pm Tow Vehicles
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