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RE: diesel prices along I40

We use Gas Buddy all the time for Diesel. Never had a problem. I've never joined anything there. If you are using Gas Buddy on your cell phone / I-phone, do you have your phone settings to prevent internet applications from using your phone's GPS? Maybe that's what's going on? I don't know what the problem is. I do have cookies blocked though. Murphy Gas(Wal-Mart) also has a fuel app that will show their locations/prices as well and allow you to accumulate points. I think it's 1 gal/point and for every 100 points equals .10 cents off per gallon max 20 gallons at a time. Might help a little bit. Anyway, you have to make sure that location services are turned on for the app to work and the GasBuddy app has option where you can look for only a certain type of fuel.
patperry2766 08/24/19 05:28am Class A Motorhomes
RE: "Downgrading" trucks

Paid for or not.....if not used frequently SELL IT Get max $$$ now and use to purchase the 1500 Right tool for the right job at the right time! I am leaning in that direction for sure. I'm asking myself if I don't NEED an HD truck why keep it when it still has high value? But as others have said, a paid off HD truck with known history has it's advantages. I do have a beater car that I drive to keep miles off the truck, but that's also one more set of wheels to maintain, register, and insure. Over time that all adds up quite a bit. If I go to a 1500 I can sell the beater and be down to a single vehicle. To give a bit of context I bought the Ram HD for a song. Seriously, the deal I got was about $9,000 under book value 4 years ago. In fact, current book value on the truck is still $1,500 ABOVE what I paid for it :B :E Currently the truck has 141,000 miles. I've been shopping online a lot and basically I could sell the HD, buy a 2015 or 2016 Ram Ecodiesel with about 50,000 miles, and walk away with $5,000 cash in hand. Are the lower miles and cash in hand worth it?!?!? I thought about offering the 5th wheel and truck as a package deal but I don't know how many buyers are out there looking for that kind of deal. I know the truck will sell easily on it's own so maybe the right thing is to sell the 5th first, then test the waters to see if I can get my top dollar out of the truck. If that happens then I walk away happy and if not, well I just keep it. We will be empty nesters in 6 years and I'll have at least 8 more years after that before I retire so I'm trying to think long term here. The big takeaway is that I'm not in a financial pinch. I don't HAVE to move it, but it just doesn't make sense for valuable assets to set unused. Ram Ecodiesel settlement The year model EcoDiesel you referenced has an emissions recall. There have been some reports that the vehicle has a loss of power and MPG after the computer reflash. FYI
patperry2766 08/22/19 05:02pm Tow Vehicles
RE: "Downgrading" trucks

Test the waters. Go to a dealership and see what it's worth as a trade. Right now, at least in Texas the 1/2T Rams have some really good rebates and dealer discounts trying to clear the lots for the 2020's that will soon be hitting so it is a REALLY good time to buy. Had been a Ford person for years, switched to a 3/4T Ram. Had to have my truck in service so I had a `19 Ram to drive for a couple of days. It was mid-trim level and it was nice. Ram has stepped up their game and is way, way better than the Ford I had. only problem with the Rams is payload is on the low side so keep than in mind.
patperry2766 08/22/19 11:52am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram 2500 Diesel

Does "properly registered" with my state (Texas) mean that I registered the trailer as being over 10K? In Texas this is automatic because all titles must show the weight or you must bring them a certified weight ticket. Or is it simply illegal to tow over 10k with a 2500 truck? If so, I have seen about 1 million illegal trailers! The GVWR(Gross Vehicle Weight Rating) is the weight of the truck, passengers, fuel and pin weight/hitch weight and anything else you carry in the truck, not to exceed 10K lbs. Ram for instance says that your truck can tow up to around 16-17K, provided that the pin/hitch weight stays withing the GVRW of the truck. The GCWR (Gross Combined Weight Rating) is the combined weight of the truck AND the trailer and everything you bring with you not to exceed 24,300 lbs. They are two separate ratings, but aren't mutually exclusive of each other because the weight has to go somewhere. The more in the bed of the truck, the less trailer you can tow per the GVWR of the truck and how the manufacturer rates them. I think the manufactures de-rate their trucks to under 10K lower registration fees for the end user and to possibly keep a recreational user out of the realm of commercial regulations in some states. Now, as pointed out from a conversation that I had with another member here, just because the truck is de-rated doesn't make is less capable. From what I have seen with no evidence to the contrary provided, I do believe the only difference between the 2500 & SRW 3500 is the rear suspension, which has been "smoothed" out to handle the day to day driving of it being primarily a people mover. I personally feel and am comfortable with adding another 500-750 over manufacturers ratings, and if I have to add airbags to deal with the added weight, then I'm fine with that. The F-150 that I had before had a carlike ride, for which it was designed for. You have to start adding the max trailer tow package and such to get the maximum capabilities of the truck. Just like adding airbags if necessary to get the max capabilities out of the 3/4T truck. I would be more concerned with the length of the trailer over going over the payload capacity a bit. I think that once you get to a certain length, then you need a DRW truck just for the added stability.
patperry2766 08/19/19 06:25pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram 2500 Diesel

Ram 2500 vs Ram 3500 Per this article, the only difference between a 3/4T and a 1T is the coil springs vs leaf springs. Everything else is the same. I have the same truck as you. While I haven't got a new trailer yet, I feel like I'd be comfortable being 500-750 lbs over for as seldom as I get to go. If I need airbags or whatever, then so be it.
patperry2766 08/18/19 10:58pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram 2500 6.4 Hemi Towing a Fifth Wheel

I've got a 2018 CTD Ram 2500 4x4. Was on a dealerships website playing around to see what they thought my trade was worth. 8K hit with less than 5K miles on it, and only have had it less than 4 months. Your depreciation will probably be around 12K or more. There are still a few `18 new models available for sell and they have good rebates & dealer incentives, so that will significantly impact the value of your trade. What you have will work for the distances you travel.
patperry2766 08/15/19 02:33pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Help a Newbie, question about gas vs. diesel

Having switched from a gas 2WD F-150 to a diesel 4x4 CTD, there are pro's & con's either way. Mine is a 2018 model and there were some good rebates and dealer incentives that got me probably pretty close to what could have gotten a new 1/2T for, or maybe a little under that price. As far as diesel and 4x4, seems like that's pretty much they only way you can get them nowdays. Didn't really need that much of a truck but I figured I was gonna be getting a new camper in the next few years and I knew the `18's were the last of the CP3 before Ram started putting the 4.2's on the `19 models. Anyway, I'm getting about 16.8 MPG on my daily drive at 2.49/gal(mostly highway speeds 70ish) where I was getting close to 18 @ 2.09 on the gas 1/2 T I had been driving. Not sure where the MPGs fall on a 3/4T or 1T 6.4 Hemi 2WD which would have easily worked for my needs. Obviously, there is a night & day difference in towing, which is to be expected. Probably when I get a new trailer then that's when the CTD will really stand out and I really hope that I can get more than 125k miles out of the CTD as opposed to the 5.0L Ford that needed a new engine. As far as diesel prices on the highway, they're usually .25-30 higher than in town because they know that a trucker isn't gonna go off the beaten path to find fuel any cheaper...kinda a captive audience so to say, where as the gas prices are usually very competitive with each other. Ford has a new 7.3L gas engine coming out and the numbers look pretty decent. If it's gonna be a daily driver with as occasional trip, the gas will work fine, even in the mountains. If your gonna be towing a lot, then the diesel might be they way to go.
patperry2766 08/14/19 11:38pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Largest TT out there

Spacecraft Mfg If you can't find something you like, I'm pretty sure these guys can build anything you want. Not cheap though
patperry2766 08/12/19 10:49pm Travel Trailers
RE: Southern destination w kids week of New years? Where to go?

Destin Florida
patperry2766 08/11/19 11:32pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: New to Travel Trailers. What to look for?

Toy hauler This was posted in another forum about FT camping in a modified toy hauler. The problem I see is that most of the bunks in the bunkhouse design are 24-30ish inches wide. That's not a lot of room to roll over without rolling out of the bed. While the kids are small like yours, it might not be that big of a problem now...but they grow fast. The benefit of the toy hauler is that the garage area can be dedicated to the kids and all the stuff they bring and since they're all relatively small, you possibly might be able to get all three to sleep on the happijac bed at least for a couple of years if they're not restless sleepers.
patperry2766 08/11/19 10:47pm Travel Trailers
RE: Rocky Mountains camping

I used to live in Colorado and went to RMNP once. Too crowded. There are so many great places in the state to wander around in. such as? Been to Durango area before I had RV then to Ridgway SP and Mueller SP with the camper. Always looking for good recommendations. Thanks
patperry2766 08/11/19 08:31am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Why not forget holding tanks and just use portable tanks?

Camco Get the largest you can handle and if you've got the room, you might consider 2 of them. Spend the $$ on this one with the bigger wheels because it makes hauling to the dump station easier. It also has an adapter that fits on the front that hooks over the ball of the trailer and you can tow it. If you do go this route, be aware of the height of the dump valve vs the inlet height of the tote. The only drawback to this particular model is that it is tall. On my trailer, the dump valves are lower than the inlet valve so if the campsite is level, it can be hard to get poop to flow uphill sometimes. cassette toilet
patperry2766 08/09/19 01:00pm General RVing Issues
RE: Duramax class action suit

Article Per this article, the CP4 flows 20% less fuel than the CP3, plus at a higher PSI to make the big HP gains. So, if you've already got a marginal fuel pump design that has less fuel lubricity based on the fuel itself and a 20% volume reduction asking it to produce even higher PSI...it's a recipe for disaster that is unfolding.
patperry2766 08/08/19 01:29pm Tow Vehicles
RE: I need a large 5th wheel but am I looking too large?

patperry2766 08/07/19 07:42pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Glacier National Park

Went last year in July. Had a reserved spot at a private campground with the intention of getting into the national parks. Found one the 1st day I was looking. Per the ranger, be there early and look for signs of people packing up. I was there at 6:30 cruising and I had a spot within about 15 minutes. We were at Two Medicines which is on the east side and kinda off the beaten path, but it was great. Since you're going in Sept, doubt you'd have a problem at all, if you could get there mid-week it would probably be even less of a issue.
patperry2766 08/04/19 09:08am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: campground in Gulfport mississippi

x3 for Buccaneer. Was there 2 years ago. Has been remodeled/renovated since the last hurricane that came thru the area a few years back.
patperry2766 07/31/19 10:47pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: If you had a month...?

Olympic/Mt Ranier Natl Park to either Jasper/Banff NP. Down thru Glacier to Yellowstone/Jackson WY
patperry2766 07/30/19 12:48pm General RVing Issues
RE: "How did we do" ...everybody wants a survey

Hospitals Medicare will withhold a certain percentage of their reimbursement to a facility based on poor customer satisfaction surveys I know that the car business can loose out on money from corporate, future inventory and salesman's all the way to GM jobs because of poor CSI scores.
patperry2766 07/28/19 07:26am Around the Campfire
RE: Recommendations needed for a nearby anniversary trip please.

In Taos, there is an active Indian pueblo community. Was there a few years ago. No electricity or running water. Everything is lit with gas lamps. Costs a few dollars "donation" to get in and there are several vendors. While I didn't take any pics of people, they did ask that we ask the person first, because there are still some old timers there that think having your picture taken will steal your soul. Had a pretty stinking good green chili burger in Taos. It's a little eclectic artist community during the summer and good skiing in the winter. Similar to Marfa, but just a bit bigger and more commercialized because of skiing. Red River would be good for an outing as well.
patperry2766 07/23/19 11:37pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Recommendations needed for a nearby anniversary trip please.

Davis Mtns in far west Texas. After you get up off the floor laughing thinking west Texas in summer...few things to know. With the elevation change and the arid desert mountains, it's generally 10-15 deg cooler than anywhere else in the state. #2. Fort Davis. Cool old area to expore #3 Balmorreha State Park. natural spring fed swimming pool. Great place to cool off during a hot day #4 McDonald Observatory. Several nights during the month they have several star watching parties where they bring out several bigger size telescopes and let you look thru them. Well, after looking at Google Maps to see where Grove OK is....you're kinda stuck trying to find a cool place to go that doesn't involve a lot of driving. It's 750 miles to the smoky mountains, 750 to Colorado/NM area, 750 miles to Gulf Shores AL...pick your poison
patperry2766 07/22/19 08:56pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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