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RE: I need new Tires

15" rims are pretty limited. I got 4.5 years from my stock Karrier D rated. At replacement time I went up to E rated which took me from 2540#/ea to 2830#/ea. Not a huge increase but definitely worthwhile. Goodyear Endurance get great reviews but they are expensive. I went with the best rated "China Bombs" I could find which are Carlisle. Roughly 100/ea installed at America's Tire (I price matched from Walmart to get that price at America's Tire).
mtofell1 07/01/20 08:26pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Anyone pulling over 12K with new Ford 7.3 Gasser?

Yeah, 12K is well within the 6.4 Hemi capabilities, especially with the 4.10 gears. For that load I'd be looking pretty hard at going gas (Ford, Ram or Chevy/GMC). The new tranny offerings in HD gassers has really helped narrow the gas v. diesel debate. Or, more accurately, has raised the load considered to be comfortably towable with a gasser. 10 years ago it seems 10K was most people's limit. It seems to be creeping up almost to 15K with some of these new engine/tranny combos.
mtofell1 06/25/20 09:08pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Mattress

We purchesed a regular queen and found similar issue with slide. Easy fix is turn mattress sideways before closing slide. Works perfect. Wow.... you and I have a very different definition of "easy". Spinning the mattress 90 degrees every time I use the slide? No thanks. I can barely lift the corners to put the sheets on in the tight space. I'm on the taller side and have replaced every "RV mattress" in every trailer I've owned. A couple have had to be lifted a bit with the slides but I don't think a mattress is any match for the gears and other hardware holding the slide. I guess if a mattress causes the slide to break I've got bigger problems.
mtofell1 06/23/20 10:03pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Backing that trailer into a tight campsite..

Everyone has their own method based on spouse or helper willingness/presence/ability, past experience, equipment and situation. There's no right or wrong but I have also spent time stressing about this exact thing (usually more so about my home parking since it's super tight). Anyway, I go it alone. My wife is just not good at helping and at least half of the time she's not there so it's kind of a moot point. I second the poster that uses the, "move the bottom of the steering wheel the way you want the trailer to go" routine. That works awesome and takes all the guess work out while you're trying to concentrate on other things. While backing, I have no problem getting out and looking 2, 3, 4 times or however many I need to in order to get it done. No matter how long it takes you or how many times you have to start over, trust me, everyone watching has had the same thing happen. It's not a race and there are no awards (just a penalty if you hit something :)).
mtofell1 06/22/20 11:23pm Travel Trailers
RE: Used Diesel Truck Miles: How many is too many

Mtofell12016, your 2016 Keystone Hideout 308BHDS only has a GVWR of 10,645 lbs. not near the near 14,000 lbs. that the OP's 5er could weigh. Not mentioned is comfort of the tow, 14,000# is near the top end of the tow range for the 6.4 hemi, and it will be reving pretty good. 308BHDS GVWR is 11,700# but I definitely understand your point. I totally get that the diesel does the job better but was really commenting since OP's original statement was that his current truck, "tows if fine". The whole range things is definitely a consideration as well that I wasn't thinking of. I'm usually ready to pee after 250 miles :) Also, I'm still just a weekend warrior so I'm rarely traveling far enough for it to matter much.
mtofell1 06/21/20 09:33pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Used Diesel Truck Miles: How many is too many

If the ONLY reason you're switching trucks is for better MPGs you'll need to drive around the world 7X before it would make sense financially. I get it that a diesel would tow better but you can buy a lot of gas for the amount you'll pay to change trucks. I have the same truck and same 3.73 gears and am looking at re-gearing to 4.56 which should help a lot.
mtofell1 06/21/20 05:13pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Duramax won't prime.

Not sure if it's the same as my 06 but are you sure it's a priming problem and not some other fuel delivery thing (or, I suppose "prime" could just mean getting fuel)? You could check by releasing the bleeder screw and pumping like you're priming a new filter - if fuel squirts out right away you know you have fuel that far. If the truck ran fine for 100 miles after the filter change I doubt that's the problem. 100 miles in 2 months you could have bad fuel. Lots of possibilities.
mtofell1 06/12/20 09:14pm Tow Vehicles
RE: F250 3.73 to 4.30 axle ratio

Lots of guys on the Ram forum I frequent have done it and are happy. However, most recommend going with a much bigger jump than you are thinking of. 3.73 is a common ratio with the Hemi gassers and I was thinking for going to at least 4.56. If sticking with stock tires that is probably good. Guys running larger tires are doing 4.88 or 5.13. There are some good rpm calculators out there so you can see what you'd be running with the new setup. Cost-wise the average I see is around 2K for both axles. It's varies a lot by area. Just be sure to get a good shop that specializes in differentials. It's not a project for a shade tree mechanic or weekend warrior.
mtofell1 06/10/20 09:42am Tow Vehicles
RE: fifth wheel backing trouble

I'd hate to have to switch to a slider hitch just to make backing easier in that one spot. "that one spot" just happens to be the spot you use every time you take your trailer out. I have a slider absolutely because of my parking situation at home. For me it's only partially due to tight turning angle. It also helps with keeping the underside of the 5th off my rear bed corners.
mtofell1 05/31/20 07:47pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Rig for two couples?

Maybe we could get some more jokes about two couples struggling to get along in the same RV.... I don't think everyone quite gets the point yet. OP asked a legitimate question and 95% of the responses are just the same (lame) joke being churned over and over and over and over again. Come on people.... get some good material or give it a rest..... or, even better, help OP with the question he asked.
mtofell1 05/22/20 08:36pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Rig for two couples?

I'd go for something with a large rear kids area where you could just take out the bunks or couch and put another bed in. I have such a beast although it's likely too small but is a good example. The extra 1/2 bath up in the main bedroom would be particularly helpful in their situation. https://lakeshore-rv.com/hideout/308bhds The back area just has a cushion bed/couch on the floor which could easily be taken out and a more traditional bed put in its place - the top bunk above the couch just swings up out of the way. I've often joked with my wife that when the kids are grown I'm going to take the bed out and put a recliner in their room and make it my man cave on wheels.
mtofell1 05/21/20 11:54am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Airbags?

Love the Firestone 5000s - I've had them on 2 trucks and never felt a need to control them from inside. If they were a primary suspension system I could see it but just being a supplement I've never felt the need to change on the fly.... or really ever for that matter (other than filling them each time I hookup which takes about 2 minutes). I just figure what's about right with some trial and error with each trailer or load and I'm set. I usually run them around 40 with my 11,000# 5th wheel. I don't totally need them but it just helps lessen bouncing over uneven roads.
mtofell1 05/19/20 12:00am Tow Vehicles
RE: Awning tie downs

I anchor mine down at each end but agree with some others that it's not just a set it and forget it. When it gets too windy I close it up. fwiw, I also agree that I'd love to have my old manual awning back. Waaaaay easier to set the tilt where I want it (shield the sun, get rain to fall off the end I want, etc.) plus no electrical parts to break.
mtofell1 05/14/20 06:15pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Anybody ever buy a truck with a salvage title?

The Car Fax says this one had front end damage Carfax is a fine tool to learn some stuff about a vehicle but there are all kinds of REALLY bad things that can happen to a vehicle that will not show up. Basically, it has to go through a public database (usually DMV) to show up. One car accidents, flooding and all kinds of other things won't show up. Most insurance companies don't report to DMV or Carfax, etc.
mtofell1 05/13/20 07:22pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Used diesel, anyway to tell if it's been chipped?

. . . I'm looking 1-ton 3500 SRW long bed crew cabs. Seems like the long bed is hard to find, and a lot of them have diesels. My $40k budget seems to put me in 2015-2017 territory. I really don't want/need a diesel to haul around a TC . . . If you're willing to drive/fly, $40k can easily get you a new 2019 Ram 3500 SRW gasser somewhere. Lot to be said for a new truck with a full bumper-to-bumper warranty and no abuse. Ram has employee pricing this month (roughly 10% off MSRP, plus any dealer discounts). Better hurry though, those 2019's are going fast. We paid $42k (MSRP $54k) for our new 2016 Ram 3500 SRW Cummins in 2016. Could get the 2019 version of our truck for about $46k today. Good luck! X2 - I'd opt for a new gasser versus used diesel anyday (assuming it fit my needs). The newer gassers are very impressive and have definitely narrowed the diesel v gas gap. As for chipping, I agree to just look at what has been done to the truck. No many guys do lift kits, big tires, exhaust mods without a chip. Conversely, not many guys run a completely stock truck and only chip it.
mtofell1 05/12/20 08:22pm Tow Vehicles
RE: should i raise tires off the ground for long storage

for a couple of years at least That's quite a while. I'd elevate them or maybe spin them around every year so a different part is making contact. Also, how old are the tires? It might be time to consider changing them when you do eventually move. Aside from the tires, if I were leaving my RV stationary for that long I'd throw it up on the blocks just for my comfort while using it.
mtofell1 05/11/20 07:14pm Tech Issues
RE: Anybody ever buy a truck with a salvage title?

I agree with the others.... get it checked out and talk to you insurance agent. Also, for some reference, my business partner drove his 2 year old truck into a tree at about 35mph and completely trashed the entire front of the truck. I thought for sure it was totaled but the body shop (a close friend of mine that I can trust) told me it wasn't even close. They repaired it at nearly 20K cost! Point being there may be more to the story with the truck you're looking at. With how much these trucks cost and how high the resale value is, it takes A LOT to total one out that is only 3 years old.
mtofell1 05/11/20 02:34pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 1/2 ton sticker shock

I keep waiting to be the cranky old guy that can say, "$XX,000?" - that's more than I paid for my first house! We're almost there!!
mtofell1 05/07/20 01:47pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tires & DOT

My neighbor took delivery of the tires so was not correct on the DOT code. Here's the scoop. Two are made in China with dates 10-19 and 11-19. Two were made in Vietnam with dates 09-19 and 10-17. I already have return authorization for them and will drop them off tomorrow at my local Walmart. I'm not installing a tire that is 2.5 years old. There are two places an hour from me that are authorized Sailun dealers. One has prices comparable to Walmart but an awful reputation and I don't do business of any sort with nasty people. The other is a heavy truck equipment place and their prices are much higher. I will not buy tires of any brand again until the DOT code can be verified. I had the same experience with Walmart. Dates spanning about 2 years. Kind of gave me the idea Walmart buys up things others don't want. Can't really figure how they could wind up with such a variance. This is even more strange - tires from two countries. As for the mounting thing - I removed my wheels and just took them in rather than hauling my trailer to the tire store and trying to thread it through the tight parking lot.
mtofell1 05/04/20 07:00pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Opinion: best value HD truck under 20k?

I'd go gasser since for 20K you'd be looking at something north of 150K miles in diesel (maybe even 200K). Ironically, I just looked up the KBB value of my 2014 6.4 Hemi, 4X4, CC, 95K miles - trade-in is still 27K!! You might have to go back to 2010-2012 or up in miles a lot to get to 20K. I can't believe how high values are on trucks. If I had 20K I'd probably go for a Chevy/GMC 6.0 - easy to work on, trusted drive train and tranny.
mtofell1 04/30/20 01:23am Tow Vehicles
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