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RE: 2006 Bounder 37U Carfax

CarFax can be fixed with documentation.
rhagfo 03/17/19 11:15pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Need help figuring out why my rig is overweight

Maybe I missed it somewhere in a previous post, but if you don’t have ‘toys’ why would you add 60 gallons of fuel? That’s nearly 500 pounds. Sure there’s a genset, but at ~1/2 gal. / hour that’s 120 hours of run time. Beyond that I can’t imagine how long you’d be boondocking that you’d need 157 gallons, 1,200 pounds, of water. Just because a tank holds X number of gallons doesn’t mean it needs to be filled. X2
rhagfo 03/17/19 06:19am Tech Issues

HI LOOKING for loaded pin wt, 16250 GVWR,3130 IS DRY,TRYING to see if i can get by with a srw with a payload of 3800,thxs What do you really think? 3,800-3,130=670# that is for passenger and all the stuff you carry in the vehicle, I am assuming that your payload includes a full fuel tank. The dry pin is 23% of GVWR, that will remain or increase based on what you place in the basement. So at max GVWR pin would be 3,737#. Your payload is only 2,792# so assuming you travel light so half is 1,400# at 23% is 321# of additional pin weight, so now at 349# for hitch and passengers. Do yourself a big favor, and just buy a DRW!
rhagfo 03/16/19 10:08pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: GM Certified Pre Owned 2016

Sounds reasonable, contacting the original owner won’t do you much good, may not want to be bothered. Maybe went back to a 1500. Run a car fax, dealer could or you could for about $40.
rhagfo 03/16/19 06:26pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Downshift or exhaust brake?

The following is my theory: Since the restriction is after the exhaust side of the turbo, the turbo vanes themselves sit in a pocket of lower flow, high pressure exhaust. That won’t spin the turbo much. With a traditional engine brake, the full amount of exhaust flows through at high speeds, but is time shifted from the exhaust stroke to just before TDC to provide the maximum resistance under compression. That is what I am saying. I have the Exhaust HP gauge and the boost gauge both selected on the EVIC screen. Pretty much one or the other, for sure never both up high at the same time. Chris Well, I have always understood that you need fuel and load to create boost! You can rev your diesel in neutral all you want and you won’t get boost. Put a load on it and put your foot into it you will get boost. When using an exhaust brake you may have load, but you don’t have fuel.
rhagfo 03/16/19 02:27pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Downshift or exhaust brake?

Pic towing 33k combined for several miles of 14% uphill grade. Note ambient temp, that trans temp is the highest i have seen towing. Truck is developing Boost but zero exhaust pressure as Chris noted. https://i.imgur.com/T01plEFl.jpg Ron, guess I need to play with settings more, see lots of options!
rhagfo 03/16/19 09:52am Tow Vehicles
RE: Airbag assist rear suspension??

I have Firestone air bags with two skinny leaf springs each side. My rear axle weight is only 9,750# Are they Firestone or Ram air bags?? The one option I wish the 2016 had! https://i.imgur.com/gjlGHcYl.jpg That is the one option I wish our 2016 had. I am sure it makes the empty ride smooth.
rhagfo 03/16/19 09:22am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 2020 Ford F350 - XLT or Lariat / options guidance?

Not sure about Ford, but many of “options” are standard even on low trim levels. I believe that you need to do a delete of things like power windows and power door locks. One of the things I like about our Ram is the remote start, and simply having the key fob in my pocket to lock or unlock the doors.
rhagfo 03/16/19 09:18am Truck Campers
RE: Downshift or exhaust brake?

Btw, the light duty trucks have an exhaust brake, not an engine brake. Two totally different things. I know that, but PacBrake does sell an engine brake for Cummins 6.7's. PacBrake Loadleash Engine Brake
rhagfo 03/16/19 05:37am Tow Vehicles
RE: Downshift or exhaust brake?

However, as has been stated, a modern diesel (or even one like mine with an add-on) with an exhaust brake will provide significantly better engine braking than a gas engine, mostly by virtue of a much higher compression ratio. That's not true with a Cummins. They really don't have an exhaust brake Like a Caterpillar. Well are you referencing an exhaust brake or engine brake? Newer exhaust brakes are handled with variable turbos, not a true butterfly valve like a PacBrake. Engine brakes typically alter the valve train operation.
rhagfo 03/15/19 08:49pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 14 inch vs 17 inch Laptop

Larger screen easier to read!
rhagfo 03/14/19 06:53pm Technology Corner
RE: Pull Through or Back in sites? Which do you prefer.

Well I prefer back-in, even when it requires backing down a road to get to the Host site. Our site is at the red arrow, it is about 100' down a somewhat narrow road, then treed on both sides. We are the 4th large site down this road. https://i.imgur.com/veXEbuM.jpg width=640 https://i.imgur.com/zzeT0no.jpg width=640
rhagfo 03/14/19 06:36pm Travel Trailers
RE: Airbag assist rear suspension??

I have Firestone air bags with two skinny leaf springs each side. My rear axle weight is only 9,750# Are they Firestone or Ram air bags?? The one option I wish the 2016 had!
rhagfo 03/14/19 06:10pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Airbag assist rear suspension??

I’m gonna be getting our Fifth wheel, and I wanted to add an airbag suspension to my 2007 Dodge ram 2500 Cummins. Are there any kiits after market that you guys would recommend. I’m not looking to go cheap on this. I’m not overloaded I just need to raise the rear end up about an 1.5 to 2 inches. I don’t want to add an additional early spring because the every day drive would be like riding in a dump truck. If anyone has any recommendations please Provide them. Thank you so much and God bless. David What year and model of 5er? The need for air bags is some what dependent on the pin weight of the 5er. While you don't have the 5er yet, make and model will give an idea of dry pin and then wet can be approximated from that weight.
rhagfo 03/14/19 05:59pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Airbag assist rear suspension??

Is you truck leveled? I never found a need for bags on our 2001 Ram 2500 when carrying/towing our 12,500# 5er with a 2,700# pin.
rhagfo 03/14/19 08:59am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Not the typical Gas vs Diesel, ½ ton vs HD question

TLDR: 11,000-12,000lb bumper pull toy hauler. Need recommendations for a new truck to replace the ½ ton I currently have. Want the details? Read on. My situation is a little unique and I’ve been around for a while. I know how to use the search feature. October 2017, got rid of our 2006 diesel pusher. We bought it used and enjoyed it for a few years but it was too much for us. We missed a truck & trailer setup. December 2017, bought a 2018 Forest River WILDWOOD X-LITE T263BHX and a 2018 GMC Sierra 1500 with 6.2l and Max Trailer Tow package. This setup was perfect! Awesome daily driver and towed great. January 2018, went camping in the desert (our usual haunt) with my BIL who had just purchased a bumper-pull TH and a Can Am X3 side-by-side. We were hooked! Ugh, why didn’t this happen before we bought the truck and trailer? A few months ago we traded in the Forest River on a Grand Designs Momentum 25g and a Yamaha XYZ1000r. With 100 gallons of water and a 1600lb buggy we are probably pretty close to the GVWR of 11,500#’s. The GMC tows the trailer really well. There’s no shortage of power except on steep grades, and then if I rev it out it’ll stay at 60MPH. With the integrated brake controller set at about 5 – 5.5 (out of 10) it stops pretty well, too. The problems however are two fold. 1. I know I’m beyond the safety limits of the TV’s towing/load/axle capacity. 2. On the Interstate last month I was passing a big rig and my trailer went into a fishtail. Boy, was that scary. But, I knew to grab the trailer brakes and press the Go pedal. It straightened right out. Still, I didn’t like it. DW and I know we are going to end up with a 5th wheel garage model TH in a few years and we’d hoped the 1500 would get us through with our current trailer. But, that fishtail incident was a wake up call to take the hit and trade in the 1500 for a 3/4 or 1 ton sooner rather than later. I know a diesel is going to tow much better than a gasser. But, what I really want to know is if the engine choice will affect the non-power related towing characteristics of a ¾ or 1 ton crew cab standard bed truck compared to my short bed ½ ton GMC? Towing stability is more important to me than power. Also, I live close to work and my truck is my daily driver. We tow about once a month roughly 100 or so miles each way. In the Summer we tow into the mountains a few times and do one big trip into AZ, Nevada or Utah. What are your experiences? Sell me on a truck that will best suit my needs for the next few years. Thanks, Chris Well if you are looking at a 5er TH, skip ANY 3/4 ton, go straight to a one ton, and if you are looking at stability, consider a DRW. If you are currently 11,500# on a receiver hitch TH, you might be thinking down the road with enough TV to cover a TH 5er, which can easily run 17,000# GVWR or more, I don't care if GM has a a 6.6 gas engine, you won't have a good time with 17,000#.
rhagfo 03/13/19 08:05pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Anti-freeze ratio

Sorry for confusion guys! We would like to continue to be able to use the fresh water and drainage systems when the temps are freezing at night and OK during the day. We NEVER drink the water from the tanks and the water would only be used for dishes, showers and toilet. So, how much antifreeze do I need to add to 35 gallons (the non-toxic RV type) to achieve this? Well the RV anti-freeze, doesn't really stop the freezing, it will freeze to a slush, and NOT expand so fitting are not damaged. You would likely be better off just using bottled water.
rhagfo 03/13/19 07:51am Tech Issues
RE: full time 5th wheel insurancd

We went with Foremost, when going full time your 5er needs to be insured like you old homeowners policy.
rhagfo 03/13/19 05:54am Full-time RVing
RE: Forest river plant explosion

Interesting, Forest River has opened an facility near McMinnville, OR within the last year. We see R-Pods and some larger units in the storage lot next to it. When passing on any week day employee lot is full of cars.
rhagfo 03/13/19 05:41am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Is there really a 1/2 ton towable fifth wheel?

I've seen substantial size 5th wheels towed by half tons. They were clearly way beyond their payload rating, but they hid that fact with air bags to keep the truck level. If I see such a rig on the highway, I try to avoid being anywhere near them! Not all long 5er are heavy. It's the pin weight that is the problem. I suspect there's a 24 foot 5er out there that might be somewhat safe with a 1/2 ton, but personally, I do not tow anything of substantial weight or regularly with any semi floating (rear) axle. Nor do I, But that said there are many F150 Max/Max that have more available payload than some diesel 3/4 tons. Not saying that the 3/4 ton is not far more capable, just the way the class numbers work out. We see many 1/2 tons carrying/pulling 5ers, most sit level and most while they look big on the outside are not that heavy. I will also state that a 1/2 tom pulling a 30'+ 5er as long as they have enough tire on them, is far safe and far more stable than that same 1/2 ton towing a 30'+ TT, far less tail wagging the dog. I worry more about those that feel they can carry/pull a 16,000#+ 5er with a 3/4 ton truck, paying no attention to tire capacity.
rhagfo 03/13/19 05:26am Fifth-Wheels
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