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RE: Ford F350 7.3 Gas Pulling 15k

I know the diesel guys love their diesels but that is one hell of a gasser. 4.30 gears, 10 speeds from what looks like an amazing tranny and all that HP and torque. The speed management going downhill was very impressive (I know the hills weren't huge). Nice looking setup. Thanks Fish!
mtofell1 04/06/20 12:29am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2019 Ram 6.4 drivers

There aren't a lot of 8spds out yet with a lot of towing miles which is probably why OP isn't getting a lot of direct responses. From what I've read people are VERY happy with the combo, especially compared to the 6spd tranny. It really has upped the range that I'd consider using a gasser. 14K? That's definitely getting up there. I recognize a lot of names on this thread that I'm sure know this but just to clarify for people that don't know - the 6spd tranny is a well known disaster. A total waste of a good engine. The gear ratios are borrowed from the diesel truck tranny and are just not good with gas. Someone mentioned stuck going 35mph - this is the crux of the problem. The 1-2 gap is a mile and the truck can't hold 2nd. Other problems are with shifting behavior - skipping 3rd, slamming into gears, holding gears to long, etc, etc. From what I've read, all of this is better with the new 8spd. My $.02 for OP - I'd go up to 14K if I didn't plan to tow full time and/or in the hills a lot. I suppose you could also go 8spd and re-gear to a 4.56 or 4.88. Re-gearing with the old 6spd was a hot topic to try to help with the tranny problems. I'd have to think the new 8spd with higher numerical gears would be a beast. After all, 14K trailer and 8K truck (assuming some things in the truck) = 22K. That's nothing compared to what some of the gas engines are moving around in the class A coaches. Of course, the largest F53 chassis that the class A units are running on have gearing up over 5:1 (I'm thinking 5.13?).
mtofell1 04/03/20 01:02pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Anyone canceling trips due to Corona virus?

No plans to cancel any RV trips.... I wouldn't go on a cruise right now. Mainly because I don't want to be stuck in quarantine on a ship anchored off the coast. I'm flying in a few weeks and am not too worried. The virus definitely has my attention but I put little faith in the government's ability to help much or the news media to accurately report things. Keep in mind this is just another in the long list of things that were supposed to kill us all. I suppose eventually one of these things may do the job but I'm going to live my life until it happens.
mtofell1 03/08/20 10:51pm RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: Ram 6.4L 8 speed vs Ford 7.3 to carry truck camper

Either should do fine. These new gassers and trannys with DRW are a great setup for a truck camper. I currently own the Ram 6.4 Hemi but with the 6spd. I have to imagine the 8spd will be amazing. I am really not brand loyal at all. I like the affordability of the Ram compared to the Ford. All these new trucks scare me with reliability. I'd probably go for the Ram and use some of the money I saved to buy a nice factory backed warranty. I'm currently about 5K ahead with my warranty.
mtofell1 02/22/20 02:41pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Windsheld Wipers

The Rain-X wipers coat the windshield nicely when they are new and you get nice beads of water but it wears off pretty quickly and they are just normal wipers.... still good but the early stages are the best for sure.
mtofell1 02/18/20 07:56pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Windsheld Wipers

I ran Costco Michelin wipers for years because I am generally a fan of Michelin tires and rarely get anything bad at Costco. It seemed like I was having to replace them fairly often and they really weren't that great.... but since that is all I was running I really didn't realize just how bad they were. I got some Rain-X for all 3 vehicles and was absolutely blown away at how much better they are. I've also heard great things about Bosch but haven't tried them. And don't just take my word for it - 50 reviews on Costco site for a whopping 2.5 out of 5 stars. https://www.costco.com/Michelin-Guardian-Hybrid-Wiper-Blade.product.100454346.html
mtofell1 02/17/20 05:28pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New truck almost ready to be born

So, at what point is a truck a truck? Is it the minute the order is placed or when it is delivered to the dealer? Oh, nevermind - this will get way too political :) Congratulations - it should be worth the wait!
mtofell1 02/15/20 10:04pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Landing Gear

If those come into contact with anything when fully retracted you've got bigger problems.... as in the rear axle of your truck and half the bed will be missing :) :)
mtofell1 02/03/20 09:15am Fifth-Wheels
RE: F350, 10k GVWR differences

I like the different emblem idea. Just put 250 emblems on it. Oregon has some funny things with the 10K GVWR as well with respect to tire chains vs. traction tires. During all but the worst storms in the mountains - Over 10K you need to chain up. 10K and under and traction tires/devices are acceptable.
mtofell1 02/01/20 01:09pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Light Fifth Wheel Series M-297RLS

Our dealer used to carry Open Range - dropped them due to quality and warranty issues. Rob Every dealer that has ever discontinued a brand says that. It's like telling all your friends you were the one to break-up when your girlfriend dumps you. Fwiw, every RV manufacturer has warranty and quality issues.
mtofell1 01/25/20 03:07pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Auto slider or manual

In general traffic I doubt you would ever need a slider with todays cut corner cap fifth wheels. Maybe when backing in a tight site but I try my best not to cut super sharp anyway because of the twisting and scrubbing it does to the fifth wheel tires. But every fifth/truck combo is different, as for me I have plenty of room. I do however have a manual B&W slider and the only reason I have one is because I have a steep hill I have to back down to get to the barn and this provides a steeper angle without hitting the tailgate when backing down. Hope that made sense. Had a Pullrite auto slider for about 5 years on a previous fifth wheel years ago and to be honest I didn't really care for it. I had too many times where I had to separate the head from the rest of the unit just to unhitch plus I was always cleaning and greasing the slide bars. Plus in my situation it wouldn't work for my needs. Dan This is my exact situation as well. My driveway is steep and I need to slide back to keep the underside of the 5th overhang from clipping the tailgate. Also, I generally don't care for things that are "automatic" as it seems they are always "automatically" doing something I don't want them to do and can't stop it. Besides, manually sliding the hitch back is not exactly technical or physically demanding.
mtofell1 01/18/20 07:51pm Towing
RE: 5th wheel tires

Bottom line that RV does NOT come close to needing "G" tires. Agreed - It may not even be an option if OP has 15" wheels. Mine (similar weight) came with 15" and the highest rated I could find are E. Not that I wanted higher than E - I was just curious. A good quality E rated tire is plenty for an 11K 5th wheel.
mtofell1 01/18/20 10:16am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5th wheel tires

My 5th is similar weight and my research came up with Carlisle or GY Endurance. Weight wise check your rims and if they are good for 80psi you should be good with E rated at about 2800# each. Mine stock came with D rated 2580 each stock which is cutting it a bit close IMO. The E rated also have a higher speed rating which was nice. Not that I really go over 65 but it's nice to know I'm not right up against the rating.
mtofell1 01/18/20 07:51am Fifth-Wheels
RE: RV Insurance

I hate how insuance companies all seem to operate the same. Once you are a policyholder, they increase your rate every year at a pace higher than insurance rate inflation. After about 3-4 years you will save money by getting quotes again and switching companies. 3-4 years later, repeat. AARP/Hartford had the best rates last time we switched and included RV towing at no additonal charge. So true - I was with Farmer's for years and one day looked at my bill for 4 vehicles (some company, some personal) and just couldn't believe it. I called Progressive and Geico and they were both less than half for the same coverage.
mtofell1 01/15/20 08:55am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Low cargo carrying capacity rant

I totally agree with OP. It's not about debating whether or not my wife packs a few too many pots and pans. The fact that it's even a discussion is ridiculous when buying a 50K trailer. I'd like a margin of safety (beyond what is probably already baked in). My 5th has a GVWR of 12,000# with 5000# axles - 2580# to each tire. That assumes EXACTLY 20% to the pin and some really even distribution of remaining weight. Dry weight is supposed to be 9000# but that must have been before they put furniture and appliances in. I never weighed it empty but with a pretty basic amount of stuff it's 10,500#. Once there's some water and food it's more like 11,500#. It's just cutting it way too close.
mtofell1 01/11/20 07:24pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Advice on selling my 5th wheel

I've sold my RVs for the most money on Craigslist or RV Trader/RVT but it does take some work. If you're willing and able it will save you a ton of money over trade-in or consignment. Cliff notes of what I've done: Write a fairly long ad explaining the trailer and a bit about you - why you are selling, what you enjoyed about the trailer, etc. So many people just put a 10 word ad and it doesn't grab people. Get GOOD pictures... not blurry cell phone photos. Get a wide-angled lens and some high quality pictures. 99% of the time your buyers are going to find your trailer online and the pictures are your first (and possibly only) impression. Screen people - from the first point of contact, Google phone #s and email addresses, listen to parts of their story and be sure things add up. Ask for a copy of a driver's license and offer your to them - this weeds a lot of dirtbags out quickly. Be realistic with pricing. At 3-4 years I've sold (quickly) my trailers at 1/2 of MSRP. At 2 years you should be able to do somewhat better but likely not much.
mtofell1 12/30/19 09:50pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Towing 4Runner

(Note: I know the owners manual says no) So, you're looking for an internet engineer to tell you the ones at Toyota are wrong? You may be able to modify the vehicle to make it okay but otherwise I'm not really sure what you are asking.
mtofell1 12/25/19 07:47pm Dinghy Towing
RE: So many closed topics!

I'm a total message board junkie. I've spent ridiculous amounts of time on boards ranging from vehicles/RVs to house building to guns to flashlights to air travel to vacation destinations. By far, RV.net is the most heavily moderated. Many of the boards I frequent have zero moderation and the trolls and fights aren't any worse than they are here. I think this board is kind of the, "helicopter parenting" method of message boards. I guess I don't see what the harm is in letting a bunch people argue it out in cyberspace but whatever. I'm sure it's only matter of time before this thread is C L O S E D.
mtofell1 12/14/19 07:09pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Opening and closing slides in winter

Really depends on temps and water/ice. If you have 10 percent humidity and haven't had any rain since you parked the temp really shouldn't matter. If there was water along the edge of your seals when the temp dropped below freezing, you might want to wait until you get a warm up. These are pretty much my thoughts. You just have to watch for frozen liquid sealing the slide to the trailer. Obviously, to be safe, anything below freezing could be a problem but if there is no moisture you are probably okay.
mtofell1 12/08/19 09:09pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Locked radio on my 2001 Suburban

I'm confused by your OP - is the radio not with the original vehicle? If it is, often times the codes are just printed somewhere in the vehicle. I guess the idea is the thief won't take the time or know where to look when he's stealing the stereo. On my Honda Odyssey the code is on the side of the glove box and can be seen when it's open.
mtofell1 12/07/19 11:50pm Tow Vehicles
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