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RE: NorCold Fridge - How Sensitive to Being Unlevel?

We burned up a fridge at an off-level campsite a few years ago. Said to heck with eating up precious vacation time calculating degrees off-level at every rest stop and campsite. We bit the bullet and installed an ARP unit (aka Fridge Defender at arprv.com). Just install a temperature sensor on the flue and wire the ARP unit between the 12v power source and the fridge and you're done. If the temps get too high the ARP simply shuts off DC power to the fridge. The ARP also displays flue temps. In very little time you'll get a very good idea just how off level you can get before the flue temps start increasing above 375 F. (190 C)---standard operating temp for our fridge. After using the ARP on 3 different fridges, we've discovered not all fridges are created equal. With our 2nd fridge, simply pulling off the side of the road (with a slight lean to the right) would set our flue temps soaring. With our current fridge, we can go insanely off-level before temps start to climb. Nowadays we go anywhere we want and never give our fridge a 2nd thought.
otrfun 05/19/20 08:02pm Truck Campers
RE: Got a new TV

What does "DWD" mean?I believe he meant DRW or dually.
otrfun 05/16/20 09:42am Tow Vehicles
RE: Owning a Cummins Diesel?

Thanks guys, the 3500 SRW crew cab long beds are like hen's teeth, seems like most of the 3500's are duallies. One with the 6.4 Hemi is ever harder to find even with a nationwide search. So, a clean 2015 with the diesel (68RFE) and 81k miles popped up closeby and I'm seriously considering it. Caught me somewhat flat-footed because I hadn't done any research on a diesel, I've never owned one, and now I have a zillion questions LOL. I found a great truck in NC that had the Aisin, but at $45k for a 2015 was a budget buster for me.I believe your budget is $40k, right? You're just $5k away from a brand new diesel truck. There are a few brand new 2019 Ram 3500 SRW 4x4 Cummins CC LB's in the NE area with employee pricing around $48k. Add in a minimal $3k dealer discount (probably get more) and you should be able to bag one for $45k or less. That extra $5k will get you that new truck smell, ~zero miles, and a full 3/36 bumper-to-bumper warranty. I might add this particular trim level will net you almost 4,580 lbs. of payload (4,000 lbs. of that is available on the rear axle). Comes in very handy hauling a heavy in-bed camper. Good luck!
otrfun 05/14/20 08:35am Tow Vehicles
RE: Owning a Cummins Diesel?

Seriously considering pulling the trigger on a 2015 Ram 3500 SRW diesel, only because finding the 6.4 in a 3500 (that I can afford) is dang near impossible. Any known issues with the 2015's? In my limited reading it seems like folks have fewest issues with the Cummins. Is DEF easy to find now or do y'all still carry extra? I've never owned a diesel and know very little about them... any comments or advice you want to offer would be appreciated.In 2013, the Ram 3500 got a revised frame and went DEF. The Ram 2500 got the same changes in 2014. DEF is extremely easy to find. However, you want to make sure any DEF you purchase is fresh (check the date code) and factory sealed. Flush/removal of contaminated DEF from your truck is not cheap. DEF can go bad in 2-3 months in very high heat. FWIW, I'd suggest running the VIN at a Ram dealership to see if the truck has had any warranty issues that may be of concern. We have 54k on a 2016 Ram 3500 SRW Cummins we purchased new. We've towed 12k 5th wheels, 10k TT's, and currently haul a 4k in-bed camper. Been coast-to-coast a half of dozen times with no issues. Tows/hauls like a freight train. BTW, we have the 68RFE tranny. Zero complaints.
otrfun 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!
otrfun 05/12/20 11:36am Tow Vehicles
RE: Battery wiring ???'s

With the crazy wiring I've seen on a number of TT's, I wouldn't assume anything. I'd verify whether a given battery lead is pos or neg by verifying the correct polarity (with an ohmmeter) to at least 2, 12vdc devices before I hooked up anything. Wrong polarity on a TT can wreck a perfectly good day.
otrfun 05/11/20 05:06pm Tech Issues
RE: If you have a Diesel HD truck - Code reader

This was one of the FAQ's for the Autel 619 on Amazon: Q: Will it read 98 dodge 2500 ram with Cummins diesel? A: NO, the Cummins, Duramax, and Powerstroke all use ATA code sets Not OBDII, the plug in looks the same but is not the same software, It WILL read the ABS and SRS codes on your Dodge though True? False?
otrfun 05/08/20 07:54pm Tow Vehicles
RE: RV cover

Got ahold of Adco and sent pictures of problem areas of my cover and they are sending me a new one, all I have to do is pay for shipping.FWIW, I've had 2 or 3 Classic Accessories covers replaced under warranty. A couple of pics and the ID number off the cover is all they needed. Shipped to me for free each time.
otrfun 05/08/20 12:55pm General RVing Issues
RE: This could be a problem

CampingWorld Holdings Inc. (NYSE): Around $16.xx from mid-Jan - mid Feb. Hit a low of $3.xx in mid Mar. Is now hovering around $10.xx. Quote from the Motley Fool: " . . . At this point, it is still unclear what impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on Camping World's business. Some investors have wondered whether demand for its products could actually move higher as summer draws closer since camping could be a good social-distancing-friendly vacation activity compared to trips that require air travel or hotel stays."
otrfun 05/07/20 02:30pm General RVing Issues
RE: STOLEN - 2016 rPod176T

Jerks. I understand TTs are rarely recovered, and you may not want it back. Sorry.Once again I'm reminded I've meant to put a giant ID mark of some kind on our 5er roof so that maybe a rented chopper can find it quickly if needed. Once they are turned into something on private land you'll likely not find it otherwise. No offense to law enforcement but that report will likely just sit in a file somewhere. They have bigger fish to fry. I hope it works out for you.Very unfortunate. Hopefully the OP had it insured. Agree, unless it has some distinguishing mark that makes it stand out from every other rPod on the road, there's little chance of recovery.
otrfun 05/07/20 12:07pm General RVing Issues
RE: Another sad sign of the times.

I'm waiting for that Japanese giant killer hornet. I heard it's just two states away. it's in southern VA.. bumpy Whew, I can now relax, lol,.It's also in Washington state. Their trying very hard to stop it. A hoard of them will invade a honeybee hive and decapitate thousands and take their bodies back to feed on. As if the poor honeybee's don't have enough problems already. These 2 inch long Asian murder hornets(their description not mine) are two inches long and killed 43 people somewhere last year.This guy (Coyote Peterson) purposely let a Japanese Hornet sting his forearm. ****, looks like this sucker has one nasty sting!
otrfun 05/07/20 11:27am General RVing Issues
RE: 19.5's for Ram SRW

Appreciate everybody's input! So, Rickson's gone out of business, eh?! Guess that explains why their phones don't work--lol! Bedlam, thanks for the American Forces link. Very nice! They're pricey, but if they offer the right offset it's a possibility. I guess if all else fails, may have to go with the Visions.
otrfun 05/06/20 05:25pm Truck Campers
19.5's for Ram SRW

Been looking at the 5k rated 19.5 x 7.5 Rickson steel wheels. Like the fact they offer them with the OEM Ram factory offset. Are there other manufactures we should consider? Might consider an aluminum wheel, but we can't seem to find any 19.5's with an OEM Ram factory offset.
otrfun 05/06/20 01:39pm Truck Campers
RE: Do you drink.......

. . . The first look into the tank would have made anyone cringe. Sure, there was some slime, but also plastic shavings and stuff left over from installation, tons of organic debris that basically looked like a layer of mud on the bottom. Since the openings to the pump or drain are not at the lowest point since they come out 1/2" above the bottom, one can never truly get out all the nasty gunk . . . We saw the bottom of our first "empty" FW tank a few years ago. Hard to get that mental snapshot of slime/gunk out of our minds. Sanitizing a FW tank "may" kill off the bad stuff in the slime---not sure. Regardless, we're not willing to take a chance. We always drink bottled water when we're on the road.
otrfun 04/20/20 02:16pm Truck Campers
RE: Arizona RV licensing

Thanks for all the discussion around the topic. I just found it odd that on a 4 year trailer that I have owned since new, they wanted to charge as if I bought the unit new. I will rack this as one of my move stories and move along. JayNot sure if you read my previous post. I believe you mentioned AZ wanted $850 to register your 4 year old toy hauler (based on these numbers I'm guess-estimating the original MSRP on your toy hauler was approx. $75k-$85k). If you had registered this same toy hauler in AZ 4 years ago when it was new, AZ would have likely charged you roughly $1700 in registrations fees. Registration fees in AZ depreciate approx. 16% a year.
otrfun 04/20/20 01:06pm General RVing Issues
RE: How much off MSRP now?

No doubt prices will be all over the map, just like they were in normal times. If you find a dealer that's not well prepared for all the uncertainty right now, odds are you might get 35-40% off. A dealer that's better prepared, might hold out longer with only 25-30% off. A couple calls to the sales managers in your buying area would probably answer your question in short order.
otrfun 04/18/20 09:51am General RVing Issues
RE: RV cover

Unless you purchase a custom-fit cover that uses some expensive, exotic material, IMO there's not a lot of difference in longevity from one brand of cover to another. The weather in your area (UV, wind, rain, etc.) and how well it is installed (and fits) will determine how long a cover will last. The high UV's you find in many desert SW locales will turn most any cover to dust in 12-18 months. Wind will destroy a brand new cover in one day if the cover is not installed properly. When we covered our 33 ft. TT, it tooks us about 4 hours to prep the TT before we ever installed the cover. We applied painter's tape at every wear point (including the edge of the rubber roof). Pool noodles custom cut for every sharp corner. Added extra tie-downs to secure any loose cover material. It's a lot of work. If you don't take the time to do the prep work (especially in very windy areas) the cover will self-destruct, not to mention damage the exterior of your TT.
otrfun 04/18/20 09:26am General RVing Issues
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otrfun 04/18/20 09:04am General RVing Issues
RE: Arizona RV licensing

Hello All, I hope all are well. I moved to Arizona in the last 8 months. I want to plate my Fuzion toy hauler. I was quoted $850+ for 1 year. I fell off my chair. The person on the phone stated that they go off new MSRP for the trailer. I said 1. It is 4 years old. 2. I have owned it since new. I have no issues paying on the used price. It is the pay off original MSRP I have issue. If so, Arizona has a good racket going. RV prices fall like a rock. Curious what others have encountered. This is one thing I did not figure on with this move. JayIf the AZ DMV quoted you $850 to register a 4 year old Fuzion toy hauler (fees drop approx. 16% a year), my guess your Fuzion toy hauler originally had an MSRP of roughly $85k. If you had registered it new in AZ, 4 years ago, the registration fees would have been approx. $1,700.
otrfun 04/18/20 08:36am General RVing Issues
RE: Arizona RV licensing

I've registered a number of new/used vehicles and RV's in AZ. They base their registration fees off the "base" MSRP, before options are added. The AZ DMV does not use the data from your window sticker or any invoices you may have from the dealership to determine the base MSRP---they use their own internal, manufacturer supplied database. Our '16 Ram Cummins had an MSRP of $54K (with $15k in options), but we only paid registration fees on the base MSRP of $39k (fees were ~$750 in 2016; currently ~$375). FWIW, someone who purchases the same year, make and model truck we purchased with the Hemi engine option (instead of the Cummins option) with an MSRP of approx. $44k, will pay the same registration fees as we did for our $54k truck. Reason being, both trucks have the same "base" MSRP (before options are added).
otrfun 04/18/20 08:05am General RVing Issues
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