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RE: New Ram is awsome!

Many years ago, an older gentleman told me that there are two things many men lie about.....fuel mileage and their sex life. I think the engineer/ computer programmer that developed the software for the Ram “Lie- O -Meter”.....was one of these men! :B memtb
memtb 07/11/20 07:47am Tow Vehicles
RE: New Ram is awsome!

I always buy big 2500 series trucks pulling significant weight with fuel mileage being top priority........oh, is there a reset button on the lie-0-meter ? Yes! But, it’s a very persistent liver! ;) memtb
memtb 07/10/20 07:49pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New Ram is awsome!

BurbMan....first, Congratulations on choosing one of the finest tow vehicles for the RVer. But, and there’s always the “but”...... many Ram owners refer to the computer as the “Lie-O-Meter”! We keep a log of all fuel mileage (computer vs pen and paper), all maintenance, etc. If the computer is “ever” (very seldom) within 2mpg of the pen/paper number.....it’s an anomaly! And, in 140K + miles, has shown greater fuel mileage than pen/paper computed less than a dozen times. Many times off by 5 mpg or greater! In spite of that.....a great truck and tow vehicle! Congratulations......and to remain joyous, “never”, “never”, compute your mileage with pen and paper! :B memtb
memtb 07/10/20 05:41pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Materials are Coming in

Keep track of how many times you adjust the panels. That gets to be a pain quickly. Any opportunity to just add another panel and skip adjusting? As we probably won’t be doing extended fall/winter stays in the class c....the extra materials (perforated angle), may be a waste.....though, they have to be mounted with something. Adding more panels is a little impractical, because of roof space availability! Angle adjustment is pretty easy, taking little time....unless the roof is covered with snow. We have adjustable panels on our 5th wheel. For extended stays, they are pretty effective, and worth the effort. Where we fall/winter camp, the panels most be elevated to ourabout 22 degrees for maximum benefit! memtb
memtb 07/09/20 07:00pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Materials are Coming in

“Irons in the fire” for me are not worrying about recharging my batteries most days, not getting out and starting the generator etc. Yep! Trying to maintain 40 acres, large lawn, garden, 2 rv’s, boat, and lots of equipment.... makes me question why I have an RV! :D memtb
memtb 07/09/20 06:27pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Materials are Coming in

Does the inverter/transfer switch also have a charger ? Keep us posted ! No! There was a model available, but I figured that I’d merely charge the batters via the panels/charge controller! This may take a while.....low priority, and “lots of irons in the fire”! :) memtb
memtb 07/09/20 02:02pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Without getting political....

NASCAR finally pushed me away in February, and just when I was considering trying the NFL again....I’m done with them! Part of an “ever growing” list of things that we will not participating in! memtb
memtb 07/09/20 07:32am Around the Campfire
Materials are Coming in

.....For our solar panel project on our class c. We will be installing 4 - 100 watt, adjustable angle panels, a mppt controller, a 2000 watt inverter with built-in 30 amp transfer switch, and add an additional 2 (total of 4) group 27 batteries. We’ve had the panels for almost 2 years....many issues prevented us from completing the job! Maybe soon, we’ll be looking at a different project! ;) memtb
memtb 07/09/20 07:23am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Is a stabilizer jack for fifth wheel hitch worth the money?

I think that several factors may lead to an answer. How sensitive are you to some RV movement? Are you using conventional “stabilizers” or have hydraulic leveling....which “should” offer a little more stability. How heavy is the RV, and how “stiff” is the frame of your RV? We have a heavy RV ,20K pounds when loaded) with a rigid frame.....you could Square Dance inside, with little shake or movement! A lighter, less rigid framed RV, would likely exhibit much more movement! It’s strictly a personal preference thing! For us, in 30 years of 5th wheel use.....we’ve never seen it as an issue! memtb
memtb 07/09/20 07:11am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Replace OEM tires with 2 years life left?

Personally.......I’d replace with a tire of good reputation. Many tires that fail, shown “zero” outward signs of impending failure.....belt “slippage” is not always readily apparent with a visual inspection! Many years ago, I observed a some old tires the had increased it’s circumference by over 6”, without a tape measure.....you would not have known. It took me a while to determine why the tires( multi-axle trailer) we’re contacting each other. I initially thought that I had a suspension failure. Nope......just tires getting much larger! memtb
memtb 07/08/20 08:03am Fifth-Wheels
RE: How much squat can I expect?

Njmurvin, With your light RV pin weight, probably only a couple of inches! With a very heavy trailer pin/hitch weight you “may” get close to your needed “squat”. But, you “would not” be loved by others if you do any night driving.....your headlights would be well up into the tress. After our first trip with our Ram 3500 soft suspension towing a very high pin weight RV, resulted in night driving on low beams to replicate the unloaded truck high beams. When passing an opposing vehicle, I had to go to “high beams” to put my lights above the approaching vehicle. For our next trip.....we had air bags! These newer trucks are ridiculously high, and make maintaining a level truck and 5th wheel RV while maintaining adequate box top rail/RV clearance, a very difficult proposition! memtb
memtb 07/08/20 07:38am Fifth-Wheels
RE: How many miles a day can we go?

“IF” you are in good health, and can swap off driving every few hours, and “need” (restricted time) to cover a lot of ground quickly ......500 miles is “very” doable. However, 500 miles east of the Mississippi River is far different than 500 miles west of the Mississippi River......cities and traffic can make 500 feel like 1500miles. We’re crowding 70 years of age, and a few years ago made it from Northern Wyoming to South Louisiana, towing a 40 ft. 5th wheel..... in 2 days travel. Much harder than it was 20 years ago.....but, doable. Not recommended....but doable. Would I attempt the same trip down the east coast......probably not! memtb
memtb 07/08/20 07:24am Class C Motorhomes
RE: New Trailer Quality Control

Except for a “very” few of the RVs being manufactured.......there is “NO” quality control in today’s RVs! I personally know several people that have bought new rvs in the last couple of years.....they are a sad testimony to the RVs manufactured today JMO. For the money they spent on a new unit, they could have purchased a “FAR” superior used RV. But, it wouldn’t be “new” .....which seems to mean a great deal to many people. Plus, you can’t just go to an RV lot and purchase.....you may have to put in a little effort and miles to purchase a well-maintained used unit! memtb
memtb 07/06/20 07:56am General RVing Issues
RE: Very strange occurance

agesilaus, An old friend of mine often said, “If you’re not standing on the edge....you’re taking up too much room”! :B memtb
memtb 07/05/20 08:06pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Very strange occurance

Sounds like a pretty nice place, though perhaps.....not for the “timid soul”! It could possibly be the definition of good boondocking! Remote, pretty scenery, solitude ( mostly), cool summer days/nights, and good fishing! Many would be envious! memtb
memtb 07/05/20 06:11pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Florida to Wyoming travel concerns

My primary concern would be the same that kept us home in March. The uncertainly of government ( local to federal) reaction to the Covid threat .....both real and imagined! Our fear was to be quarantined or similar .....and not be able to return home! For us staying home was mostly a pleasure, but......we did miss the travel! memtb
memtb 07/05/20 05:58pm Roads and Routes
RE: No Minor League Baseball this year...

Redcatcher70, There are or at least have been several big baseball tournaments throughout the southeast for “travel ball/tournament “ youth baseball. Our grandsons have played in big tournaments in Atlanta, Ga., Hoover, Al., and Poplarville, Ms., so far this summer. An internet search may show upcoming tournaments, perhaps near you! These are some very elite teams, and offer some real good baseball. I just wish that we were down there to catch a few games! memtb
memtb 07/01/20 08:51am Around the Campfire
RE: Yellowstone in October

September and October are great times to visit the area.....though snows and cool temperatures could provide some issues. If you “do not” have to have full hook-ups ( boondocking)..... there are numerous National Forest campgrounds outside of the East Gate of Yellowstone that remain open late into the fall. Though, you may have to share the campgrounds with a few hunters. We’re not hunting that area this year......so we won’t be neighbors! :B memtb
memtb 07/01/20 08:38am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Conversation with Goodyear about Marathon tires

Our recent to us 5er has 1 Endurance and 3 Marathons mounted. I am well aware of the issues with Marathons and they will be replaced shortly. 2 of them are early 2016 and the other is late 2015 manufacture. I don't know if they were intended to be an "upgrade" at some point. The unit is a 2014 so not original. It's a FR product, I can't imagine that they used them as OEM but maybe. I went out yesterday to get the DOTs and went on GY's website to see about any possible assistance. Their own website stated that the DOT numbers were not recognized as Goodyear products. I thought that was funny, so I called. No luck on the assistance, imagine that. I never stated that I had bought them nor was it asked. Another weird thing was that in several places max pressure is listed as 65 psi when the tires themselves clearly state 80 psi. I wonder how many blowouts that caused when someone let it get any lower than that. It’s not surprising that Goodyear denied any knowledge of producing the Marathon tires! :B memtb
memtb 07/01/20 08:28am Towing
RE: First 5th wheel advise

If you have enough tow vehicle, do not discount a Teton Homes 5 th wheel. Teton closed it’s doors in 2007/2008 along with several other high quality, high dollar RV manufacturers! They offered several models in a lighter weight units, though most Tetons were pretty heavy ....ours goes right at 20K, loaded and ready to go! There are still a few out there, offered for sale, at a fraction of what they sold for when new! Obviously, as with any used unit, be very cautious and observant when checking for roof, sidewall, or slide leakage causing sidewall ( they used wood frames) or flooring damage. We’re on our 4th Teton since 1993, and while there are a few (darn few) high quality construction, 4-season units around.....the Tetons are among the “best of the best”! memtb
memtb 07/01/20 08:13am Fifth-Wheels
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