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RE: 1st night camping in our yard, 2023.01.24

As for the water meter, I'm just curious as to how much water we are using. I want see how much we're using, so I'll know for any boondocking. Like how many gallons for 3 days and 2 showers... You can use as much or as little water as you like. When I am in the desert SW away from amenities, I get by with 3 gallons of water a day. That is cooking, drinking, and a daily shower. When my wife is along the daily is about 5 gallons a day. Instead of a gallon of water for a shower, she needs to rinse out long hair and uses another half gallon for that. If you try to continue to live as you do at home, the consumption can easily be 30 gallons a day. Regarding all the misc items, I leave my RV stocked with misc at all times. That includes items such as cleaning supplies, basic cooking staples, bedding, spare bedding, towels, toothbrushes/paste, laundry soap, etc, etc. My permanent RV stuff includes basic 3 seasons clothing, raingear, flip flops, swimsuit, hats, extra boots, charging cables, bug repellent, sunscreen, basic tools, extension cord, etc, etc. I supplement based on the season and specific trip that is planned but I always have the basics. If you do not keep the basics in the RV, for each trip you will need a huge checklist, lots of time to plan and load and lots to carry to the RV. Regardless of experience, you will always forget some essentials and most of those will be inconvenient or difficult to replace. This is how we kept our 5th wheel stocked before we went full time. It makes getting ready a snap. We did a weekend once with about 1.5 hours between me leaving work and putting hitch in truck, airing up tires, getting necessary food out of house refer, and pulling out of storage lot headed for a relaxing weekend.
rhagfo 02/02/23 06:57am Beginning RVing
RE: Diesel to Gas Power Observation

It is not suprising. Gas is cheaper right now. I have been driving diesels since 2000. The price of diesel vs gas has swung back and forth many times since then. Twice there was a pipeline problem and gas just wasn't availible. There are two constants. Gas propenents will always crow about how smart they were when gas is cheaper, and fall silent when it is not.... And diesel ALWAYs gets about 30% better MPGs When was gas not available? I've had a drivers license since the 1980's, never had an issue where there wasn't gas available. Also, it's been at least a couple decades since diesel was cheaper than gas per gallon. The last year or so, it's been more than enough to cover any MPG improvements. Well we had gas rationing in the 70’s, that was not fun. As to gas and diesel prices, here in the PNW we have seen diesel lower than gas within the last 18 months.
rhagfo 02/01/23 06:47am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2024 GMC and 2023 Super Duty

My daughter ordered a new Bronco coming up two years ago and we still haven't got a production date. Maybe if you order a new Super Duty today you'll have your 350k miles on the '12 by the time the new one shows up.:) Well once at the end of the current model year production run, was the order canceled, or was the model year of the order updated??
rhagfo 01/22/23 07:44am Tow Vehicles
RE: Daytime Running Lights.

Reach down and turn on the headlights when you want DRL. Beats worming under the dash to find a fuse. Best answer yet, just make it a habit to turn on lights during startup.
rhagfo 01/12/23 07:03am Class C Motorhomes
RE: RV Queen to Regular Queen Mod Challenge: Floor Heater Vent

Couple suggestions, you could handle the additional length at the foot of the bed without extending the platform frame to the floor. A piece of plywood cantilevering the extra 5" would be fine unless you're trying to stand on the very end of the bed. Or extend the whole platform however you wish but build a block out into it around the heater vent. Well when we got our new to us 5th wheel it had a standard queen mattress, that hung over the end of support about 5". We also had under bed storage. I simply added 5" to the panel at the top of the bed moved every thing 5" towards the foot of the bed. Now the panel at the foot of the bed about 3.5' now hangs over 5" and gives plenty of support when sitting on the foot of the bed.
rhagfo 01/11/23 06:00am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: How does 50 amp work?

A link and pic as sometimes the visual helps. RV 50amp More reading https://cdn-dgncm.nitrocdn.com/WiDGsaTnQaBwfLVbQRwEkoKjprkagGhC/assets/static/optimized/rev-4a40f6c/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/How-to-wire-a-50-amp-RV-plug_4.jpeg One thing the pic provides is how your RV handles L1 & L2, at the RV distribution panel. You can, therefore, audit what is wired to each leg, such as ACs, inverters/chargers, and 110 plugs, in case you wish to use high load items, such as space heaters. Well you can access a 30 amp 240 volt circuit in an RV with a 50 amp service with a breaker like in the link. It would replace the 50 amp main. This allows us too have the cheap heat electric add-on heating to our gas furnace. 50/30 amp Quadplex breaker
rhagfo 01/03/23 06:30am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Broken Frame on a RAM 3500

In spite of the owner's claims, it seems very likely that the truck was grossly overloaded. Most Ram 3500 diesel crew cab pickups are going to have a CCC roughly in the 4000# range. The camper itself has a dry weight of 4500#. Loaded and carrying a motorcycle it is likely to be well over 6000#. There is another warning here for all of us. The CCC is based on that weight in the bed of the truck. Hanging a lot of weight well behind the rear axle is beyond what the truck was designed for. Where do people get these numbers??? CCC of 4,000# is average for long bed SRW 350/3500, DRW will be over 5,000# based on trim, we are talking diesel engines.
rhagfo 12/30/22 07:04am Truck Campers
RE: Overloaded or wrong truck?

Ram doesn’t make a DRW short bed in a crew cab. And the minimum payload in a DRW in 2020 was over 6800 pounds. I’d like to hear more about what happened leading up to the failure. Do you mean maximum? To get 6,800# payload would need to gas tradesman. My 2016 3500 DRW Laramie has a payload 5,411#.
rhagfo 12/15/22 06:03am Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing in the snow

OP still hasn’t posted back if they went, or how it went. Longest tow in snow for myself was two horse trailer from Butte, MT to just east of Spokane, WA back in about 1998. Done with an F250 4x4, no issues even coming down Lookout pass.
rhagfo 12/02/22 06:36am Towing
RE: Truck starts on its own

Found a thread with this quoted from a 2020 model manuel: "AFTER-RUN SYSTEM (HD Model) HD models are equipped with an engine cooling feature that may be required to run after a heavy towing event. The After-Run System will keep the engine running, or may restart the engine, for 10–15 minutes to ensure the engine and related components are properly cooled. See Driving and Operating in your Duramax Diesel Manual." And Intended Vehicle Use: After a Heavy Towing Event If equipped, when the vehicle is turned off after towing heavy loads, the system may automatically restart the engine. A chime will sound and DIC messages will display. The engine will automatically turn off after 10–15 minutes of run time or if enough cooling has occurred. If the DIC messages display after the vehicle has been stopped and placed in P (Park) with the engine still running, remain in the vehicle with the engine running until these messages no longer display. It may take up to 15 minutes of idling. Do not park the vehicle in an enclosed area if the messages display. If the system determines that the engine should be restarted and the ignition is turned off, the engine will turn off and then automatically restart. If the engine is restarted, DIC messages display and chimes will sound. The vehicle cannot be shifted out of P (Park) unless the feature is overridden. Never leave occupants in the vehicle, and always take the keys and lock the doors if you must leave the vehicle idling. Some local laws prohibit a vehicle from idling unattended. Always remain with the vehicle until it automatically turns off. This could take up to 15 minutes. If the system determines that the vehicle was not allowed to restart, or if a condition such as an open hood has been detected, then DIC messages display and a chime will sound. To help with system performance, either restart the engine, or if the engine is not running and the hood can be safely opened after one minute, open the hood to allow cooling. If the system has automatically restarted the engine, the vehicle cannot move until cooling has completed and the engine automatically turns off. Overriding this feature will allow normal vehicle operation. To override, start the vehicle as you would normally. Then either drive the vehicle as normal or turn off the ignition if you must exit the vehicle. Opening the hood will prevent the restart or will turn the engine off when this feature is active. Interesting, on older diesels there were add on devices to do this.
rhagfo 11/30/22 07:28pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Truck starts on its own

As to opening the hood, parked in the garage I would simply not close the drivers door all the way. I don’t know about the newer models but our 2014 GMC will remote start just fine with the doors open. Are you sure?? One needs to lock doors first, sensors would sense door open. Now I need to test!
rhagfo 11/30/22 07:26pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Truck starts on its own

And benefit of the doubt that busdriver would not be trying to fix this issue if it was due to him butt dialing his truck with the key fob in his pocket. Sheesh… The bed it of doubt would be easier if he would come back and state where the the key fobs were at at the time of the accidental remote start. So many have made comments to the thought “No Way” can the buttons be bumped in the pocket to activate a remote start. Having it happen to me twice in the four years, it isn’t as impossible as many may think. As to opening the hood, parked in the garage I would simply not close the drivers door all the way.
rhagfo 11/30/22 06:48am Tow Vehicles
RE: Truck starts on its own

Last night was watching tv heard my truck start . Went into my garage truck was running all lights on dashboard was flashing, Has anyone else had this to happen? The key was off 2019 Duramax. 2500 HD 80 thousand miles Going back to your original post. It might have been asked but never answered. Do the dash lights all flash if you use your remote and start the truck? If yes the dash lights all flash I would suspect you accidentally started it with the keys in your pocket. If no the dash lights do not all flash then I would go back to the dealer with it as something is not right. Actually Busdriver hasn’t answered the question as to where the key fob were when the truck started on its own. The signals from the key fobs are coded so likely accidentally tapped the fob in the pocket. Someone mentioned leaving to hood open, I had a failure to remotely start the other day I had put some stuff in the back seat, and had not gotten the door fully closed. I do know that if not all doors are fully closed when driving, not only do I get the little icon on the instrument panel, also the interior lights stay on. Not sure if they would time out if truck not running.
rhagfo 11/29/22 12:01am Tow Vehicles
RE: Montana LLC to save on sales tax

LOL, Oregon has very low registration fees compared to Washington state. Even after tax payer revolts. It was not uncommon for people to get an Oregon mailing address to register their cars and MH. The Washington State Patrol, would sit on freeway on ramps to Portland. If an early morning car with an Oregon plate, passed they would stop and check for residence address. If it was a Washington address, then the owner for some big fines.
rhagfo 11/25/22 05:52pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Truck starts on its own

Last night was watching tv heard my truck start . Went into my garage truck was running all lights on dashboard was flashing, Has anyone else had this to happen? The key was off 2019 Duramax. 2500 HD 80 thousand miles Busdriver, how about a little more detail. Where were your trucks key fobs? If in a pocket or purse, we’re the being move, if yours in a pocket was there other stuff in that pocket. Did you have kids or person your lap? Personally I believe through some activity you were doing, you managed to create the correct key sequence.
rhagfo 11/25/22 06:37am Tow Vehicles
RE: Problem with a 6 year old Dometic frig

If the cooling unit has failed, you might consider a 12 volt compressor replacement cooling unit. We just did this change and could not be happier. Consistent refer and freezer temps, hard ice cream in the freezer and quick cool down. We got ours from JC Refrigeration
rhagfo 11/24/22 05:12pm Tech Issues
RE: Truck starts on its own

Talked to my service writer, he said there is no way to disable auto start on a 2019, said that feature was started 2022. Said probably a wifi signal close to my house I don't think a remote start will work if the vehicle is unlocked. I think you mentioned its parked in the garage. So, if you leave it unlocked, it should not remote start?... Best solution is to remove the key fob from your pocket once in the house. I just this afternoon triggered a remote start of our Ram while carrying a tool bag next to the pocket with the fob in it. I asked before as to what is the sequence on your GM fob to trigger a remote start. On our Ram it is lock doors then press the start button twice. That is what carrying the tool bag next to my pocket with the fob in it. Our 2014 GMC is lock, then hold start for 3-4 seconds. Seems less likely to happen in a pocket. Not as hard as you think, have you ever set of the alarm with the key fob in your pocket?
rhagfo 11/23/22 08:25pm Tow Vehicles
RE: The GEO Method and Space Heaters - Thoughts?

Well dad was a firefighter so he hated electric space heaters as do I. That said we heat electrically, I installed RV Comfort Systems “Cheap Heat” an electric heating element unit that adds on to our furnace. We can heat with gas or electricity with a flip of a switch. If you have a 30 amp service you can get 1,800 watts of heat on a dictated 20 amp circuit. If you have a 50’Mp service you can get 5,000 watts of heat on a 30 amp 240 volt circuit. All is UL listed. RV Comfort Systems
rhagfo 11/23/22 08:14pm Travel Trailers
RE: Truck starts on its own

Talked to my service writer, he said there is no way to disable auto start on a 2019, said that feature was started 2022. Said probably a wifi signal close to my house I don't think a remote start will work if the vehicle is unlocked. I think you mentioned its parked in the garage. So, if you leave it unlocked, it should not remote start?... Best solution is to remove the key fob from your pocket once in the house. I just this afternoon triggered a remote start of our Ram while carrying a tool bag next to the pocket with the fob in it. I asked before as to what is the sequence on your GM fob to trigger a remote start. On our Ram it is lock doors then press the start button twice. That is what carrying the tool bag next to my pocket with the fob in it.
rhagfo 11/23/22 07:08pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Truck starts on its own

Well OP (Busdriver) hasn’t posted back since first post, so time to quit guessing until they do.
rhagfo 11/22/22 04:45pm Tow Vehicles
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