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RE: The state of full time RVing in 2020 - RVs and TVs.

2019 F350. 25,000 miles. Plastic is terrible. Needed a new transmission seal. Runs really hot when towing. Doesn't know if he'll keep it past 36,000 miles. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFIDkZ3OenI
me2 10/20/20 04:14pm Full-time RVing
RE: The state of full time RVing in 2020 - RVs and TVs.

6th or 7th time to the service facility. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i7MYlom10Go
me2 09/17/20 10:37am Full-time RVing
RE: The state of full time RVing in 2020 - RVs and TVs.

Another breakdown. This time it's the slideout. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z0n7B3k2ViU
me2 09/04/20 02:20pm Full-time RVing
RE: The state of full time RVing in 2020 - RVs and TVs.

It's amazing how even the newer, high end coaches break down. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0LmppxID3hI Would have been $2600 tow if not covered under warranty.
me2 09/03/20 02:26pm Full-time RVing
RE: The state of full time RVing in 2020 - RVs and TVs.

You are the exception, certainly not the norm. I haven't been buying the wrong anything. I've done OK with my trucks and trailers, though my last Superduty is falling apart. I wrote this to give newbies a heads up. This guy is a great example of what happens when you rely on others to work on your RV. He'll do little stuff, but when it comes to anything major, he runs to Freightliner and pays the price. He spent over $20K the first 2 years of owning his used coach. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i1AH8jD4zR4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QM8XDmjNDpQ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7j98e3bd01Q https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2IymWQEBns
me2 09/03/20 11:25am Full-time RVing
RE: The state of full time RVing in 2020 - RVs and TVs.

2020 Superduty down due to DEF issues. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WsI90rteaCE
me2 09/01/20 11:32pm Full-time RVing
RE: The state of full time RVing in 2020 - RVs and TVs.

The 2020 6.7s have a plastic charge air pipe. Stock 6.7, pulling a 5er up a pass, charge air pipe blows up. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=65XyClI-xmE You can't make this stuff up. Big, heavy duty diesel engine... plastic charge pipe. Just like all the radiator failures on the 2008-2009s.
me2 09/01/20 10:55am Full-time RVing
RE: The state of full time RVing in 2020 - RVs and TVs.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZL-rnPo7s8 a) This guy knows nothing about diesel trucks and relies on the dealer. Recipe for disaster. b) He purchases warranty because he thinks someone will take care of his truck. When something breaks warranty is denied. How predictable. c) Dealer blames the issue on "a tune". They also blame lack of oil changes, wrong oil, water in the fuel, bad fuel. Customer has no power to argue. c) When the 6.4L was released (after the 6.0L lemon) everyone said it was "bulletproof". 10 years later they are complete lemons. You can't even get 6.4L engines anymore. The 2008-2010 Superduties with the 6.4L were throw away trucks. At 10 years they are worthless unless you are going to swap a Cummins in them. Resale value is zero because everyone knows the 6.4L is terrible. The 6.0L trucks before the 6.4L trucks were throw aways. Unless you bulletproofed the engine yourself and even then they are questionable. The early 6.7s (2011) dropped valves. They also blew turbos. There have been issues with the high pressure fuel pumps on them. https://topclassactions.com/lawsuit-settlements/consumer-products/auto-news/864367-ford-class-action-says-trucks-prone-catastrophic-engine-failure/ FYI, Cummins started using the CP4 on their 6.7L. There are threads in the TV forum about problems with it on Cummins engines. If you think the 6.7L is a great engine, read these threads: https://www.google.com/search?q=Ford+blown+6.7+engine https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=6.7+failure https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HN8L4ZTGtOs Before you buy a 2020 diesel truck, listen to this podcast at the 26 minute mark. An engine rebuilder that works with cores from blown engines makes a comment about modern diesel engines versus 7.3, 5.9, etc. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gNlNKTOXU4Q Everyone thought the 6.4L was a great engine when it was 5 years old too. Now the the issues with the 6.7L are starting to surface. Ford has had made numerous changes to the 6.7L. Notice the door fell off the bathroom in the trailer.
me2 09/01/20 01:09am Full-time RVing
RE: Dually or HDT + toyhauler vs tag axle Class A and F150 toad

Hey me2 let me dig out my scale ticket and I will post. I carry a set of chains and two sand ramps. Never air down. It would take forever and don"t know if tires would pop off rim. Been looking at a 15K winch for front bumper. Thanks, Banshee. I was thinking of a winch too, but didn't want to mention it because people would think I was crazy. Have you thought about a "recovery rope" ? Those super springy ropes that use the tow vehicles kinetic energy to yank out the stuck vehicle ? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZhpocu2wt8 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xoJXpygqGVE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ulkNNTNrLF4 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMqH3SBdRDw
me2 08/31/20 02:34am Toy Haulers
RE: Okay How many RV'ers here use CB-Radio's?

My dad swore by them in the 80s. Its not the 80s anymore. The cell phone has replaced it. I didnt think anyone used them anymore. So who do you call to ask about the condition of a pass in a snowstorm ? The truckers coming the other way just climbed up it, they know. Who do you call to tell the driver of the truck you are following that you'd like to pass ?
me2 08/30/20 07:00pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Okay How many RV'ers here use CB-Radio's?

I had been looking at the Baofeng UV-5R. I have UV-5Rs and use them on GMRS and FRS. They work great. Nobody has arrested me. About 50% of truckers still run CBs. The air is usually dead quiet. Around cities it can be noisy. When there is bad weather or traffic issues or I have a roadside issue, I want to communicate with the people on the road I'm on. And the best device for that is a CB radio. Extremely handy, even if you only use it once a year. FRS/GMRS radios, especially the UV-5R variety are very handy around campsites, especially with kids or when there is no cell service. I usually pack a couple when we go into the back country. If the group needs to split or someone gets hurt you can keep track of each other. 90% of the time they stay in the pack.
me2 08/30/20 06:15pm RV Lifestyle
RE: The state of full time RVing in 2020 - RVs and TVs.

If I was going full timing today, I'd buy an older (2007) large diesel pusher motorhome and renovate it. Or buy a good 5er, update in the interior and pull it with an HDT. Or do a bus conversion. I would not full time with a Class C or a gas powered Class A. Nor use a new diesel pickup to pull a large 5er. If you doubt me about using a diesel pickup, ask the people who own one how long they kept their last one. Very few will say beyond 150K miles. When you are full timing, those miles add up quickly. At 150K, most pickup trucks are worth 1/2 of what they were purchased for. You can buy a good used HDT for what a diesel pickup truck will depreciate in 100-150K. And at that point the HDT will still be a good truck. Just my $0.02 from watching things from afar.
me2 08/30/20 06:01pm Full-time RVing
RE: The state of full time RVing in 2020 - RVs and TVs.

A 2006 Dodge RAM is a good dependable tow vehicle for a medium sized 5er compared to the newer trucks. The newer trucks (2007 and newer with DPFs) have terrible track records. BTW, the EPA is severely cracking down on deleted emissions. Whereas in the past people deleted emissions equipment on vehicles to make them more reliable, that might not be possible in the near future. In fact, some people with deleted trucks may be forced to return them to stock.
me2 08/30/20 05:49pm Full-time RVing
The state of full time RVing in 2020 - RVs and TVs.

I've been RVing since the early 90s. I've owned large 5th wheels for the past 22 years. With COVID there has been an explosion of people going "full time". Many of which have never really been RVers before. Unfortunately there is a common theme to these stories that involves disappointment with the RV and the TV that pulls it. What is supposed to be a journey of fun and exploration turns into a trial by fire of trying to fix what breaks and keeping everything running. People need to realize something - RVs are not built for full time living. They are built for weekend use. Most everything used in an RV is light duty - taps, sinks, fridges, water heaters, tires, wheels, springs, brakes - the list goes on and on. Would you put any of these components in your house ? Nope. They why would you expect them to last when used full timing ? Tow vehicles have gotten much better over the years. You can now get diesel pickup trucks with 450HP and over 1000 ftlbs of torque. But as great as they are, they are very expensive, they wear out extremely fast and they cost a fortune to fix. They are also riddled with issues, even when new. Case in point, the CP4 issue on the latest RAM HD trucks. Unfortunately, many of the gas motorhome chassis have not gotten a lot better. The engines are still gas, the track on the front axle is still too narrow, the gas tanks are too small, the transmissions are over loaded. This list goes on. Likewise the suspension and undercarriage on most trailers is pure junk. The springs and axles are too small, the brakes are terrible, the tires are too small and blow out. These components were designed for 500 miles a year, not 10,000 miles for 5 years straight. So what do you do ? As far as the interior part of the RV, plan to replace every component with a residential equivalent. Chairs, couch, mattresses, taps, shower head, water heater, fridge, cook top, etc. Isn't that like rebuilding the RV ? Why yes it is. In fact, you might want to consider buying a used RV and doing a reno on it. Another issue with common RVs is the exterior fading. The decals put on RVs stay nice for a maximum of 5 years in the sun. And the fiberglass exterior fades quickly too. The solution to this is to paint the exterior of the RV. As far as the trailer suspension goes, go look at the brakes and suspension that are under a high end horse or cattle trailer. It will probably be a heavy duty torsion axle with disk brakes. With heavy duty hubs. Made to be pulled across the country and back while hauling heavy loads. If you want piece of mind, replace your trailer suspension with similar equipment. Tow vehicles are another conundrum. If you are pulling a smaller trailer, like 10K or less, a diesel truck still works. Just be prepared that nobody wants to buy it once it is out of warranty. And they depreciate very quickly. Once you get above 15K you really need to consider using an HDT. A good used HDT will set you back $40K, which is half of the price of a new pickup. You'll probably need to do some work on it and it won't be trouble free going forward. But the issues will be small and affordable and you won't be looking to trade it off in 5 years. Or 10. In fact, it is highly unlikely you'll ever wear it out. As far as motorhomes go, Sprinters are terrible for rust and engine issues. Most Class C chassis will be wore out at 100K miles and the resale value will reflect that. You'll also have engine and transmission problems and maybe brake problems. The small Class A diesel pushers (Cummins 5.9/6/7, Cat 3126) are OK. They'll give decent service but they are under powered. The larger diesel pushers with the Spartan chassis will stand up. There is almost a heavy duty truck built into them. They are engineered with the right suspension, brakes, engine and transmission for the job. They will give great service and last. The other solution is a Super C based on a HD truck chassis. That too is the right combination, although rigs with the Cummins 6.7 are still under powered and there have been some Super Cs with soft rear suspension. But the beauty of a Super Class C is that you can take it to the nearest HD truck shop and they are comfortable working on it. Can't say that for a regular Class C, which it seems nobody wants to work on. The other issue is that some people have never had to work on vehicles or residential stuff and hope to rely on dealers and repair shops while they are on the road. That almost never turns out well, for a variety of reasons. The solution here is to tackle jobs yourself and become self reliant. I hope this helps people.
me2 08/30/20 05:34pm Full-time RVing
RE: 2019+ RAM HD with failed CP4-2 IP to get CP3's

BTW, you can still get the 2018 Cummins in the 2020. I think this is awesome and my dealer is equipping his trucks w the 2018 motor until he’s comfortable that the new Cummins has the bugs worked out. Also I’m confident that Cummins will work this problem out in the best interests of the customer. Unlike Ford...
me2 08/30/20 02:34pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 F350 with 6.7 diesel

What mileage does a 2017-2019 F350 SRW with stock gearing get towing a 36 foot 5er that weighs 15K at 65 MPH on flat roads, no wind ?
me2 08/30/20 02:30pm Tow Vehicles
RE: F450 vs Ram 3500 DRW tow vehicle

Tests have been conducted on Agricultural tractors by Nebraska Tractor Tests and have shown that when 1/2 of rated HP is needed a tractor will burn nearly 30% less fuel running the engine at 80% rated engine rpm vs running at full rated rpm. Interesting. Do you have a link for this ?
me2 08/30/20 02:15pm Tow Vehicles
RE: F450 vs Ram 3500 DRW tow vehicle

CVRA and ACTM stickers will probably be mandatory on the F450, as will stopping at scales in California. Does the OP live in California ? If he doesn't, why would he need a CVRA if his home state doesn't require it ? "Excluded Vehicles—The following vehicles are excluded from the CVRA: Pickup trucks continue to be registered by the unladen weight and assessed a weight fee regardless of the vehicle’s GVW. The unladen weight of a pickup cannot exceed 8,000 pounds and its GVW rating must be less than 11,500 pounds." https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/handbook/vehicle-industry-registration-procedures-manual-2/commercial-vehicles/commercial-vehicle-registration-act-of-cvra/ "If you’re headed down the highway with your RV in tow, you may see a weigh station and wonder if you are required to stop. The short answer to this is no, you do not have to stop at a weigh station." https://www.gillettesinterstaterv.com/rv-weights-and-weigh-stations/
me2 08/30/20 02:06pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Dually or HDT + toyhauler vs tag axle Class A and F150 toad

Prevosts have diff locks. CrazyBanshee: how much do each of your axles weigh ? How much do you have on your drive axle as a percentage of the total ? What size are your front tires and how often are they sinking out of sight ? What do you plan to do if you get stuck ? Do you ever air down your tires ? Thanks for the replies.
me2 08/30/20 01:34pm Toy Haulers
RE: Dually or HDT + toyhauler vs tag axle Class A and F150 toad

Neither of your options sounds good for rough logging roads and beaches. I agree with you. But which would work better for occasional use like that ? An HDT would be stuck everywhere. If the dually got stuck, you'd be done. And even in 4x4 mode the dually has less than half the GCW weight on the drivers. The bus conversion has the most weight on the drivers, esp if you lift the tag. And if it got stuck I have the F150 with a snatch rope to try to get it out. Or get help. A bus should be able to make it anywhere a logging truck can, traction wise ? Could I get a bus into King of Hammers ?
me2 08/22/20 10:10am Toy Haulers
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