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RE: Build my TV

"Heck, I actually looked for a Ram with a Japanese Transmission (Aisin)." The AISIN is Made in USA. The MOPAR filter I just got from Geno’s says made in Japan.. It is a great transmission so what does it matter.
rhagfo 01/22/21 03:13pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Build my TV

I was going to edit my previous post but I will just do a new post. We use to tow our 32’ 5er with a 2001 Ram 2500 CTD 5 speed and 3.55’s. It did the job could pull most hills at speed, worked getting moving from a stop. Engine was chipped and bigger injectors maybe 300 HP torque maybe 600#. The 2016 has 385 HP and 900# torque and 3.73’s, in comparison Yes, I do need to check the mirrors to make sure the 5er is still back there. The 5er is a little fat at 13,000+.
rhagfo 01/22/21 11:52am Tow Vehicles
RE: Build my TV

Buy whatever brand is comfortable to sit in for long trips. Just make sure you get a diesel dually with a 4:10. Really don’t need 4.10’s with a diesel towing 16k to18k as 3.73 give me 25,214# towing capacity. Better to have the capability and not need it than to need it even once or twice and wish you had it. Doesn't really cost anymore when your talking $70-80,000 for a truck. Well if I were to get the OP’s 5er at a GVWR of 16,800# I would be towing a load at 67% of the TV towing capacity. I think towing a 2/3 of capacity is a pretty good cushion.
rhagfo 01/22/21 11:41am Tow Vehicles
RE: Build my TV

Buy whatever brand is comfortable to sit in for long trips. Just make sure you get a diesel dually with a 4:10. Really don’t need 4.10’s with a diesel towing 16k to18k as 3.73 give me 25,214# towing capacity.
rhagfo 01/21/21 08:20pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford super duty 3.31 rear end. Will it be a big mistake. ?

I've been towing with the 3.31 rear end since 2012 - coupled with the six speed tranny it's perfect - flat land or mountains makes no difference. ______________________________ Mike & Joanna Myrtle Beach SC/Port Charlotte FL "Any-timers" since Dec 2010 2010 Heartland Sundance 2900MK 2012 Ford F250 Lariat King Ranch CC 6.7L Diesel Heartland Owners Club #1452 Escapees #99187 Well not quite apples to apples, your Heartland 2900 weighs in dry at 9,170#, and has a payload of 4,760#, unless you full time likely only use 2,000# of that so towing about 11,170#. That is a big difference to the OP's likely 16,000# 5er. I would go with at least 3.55's or 3.73's.
rhagfo 01/21/21 05:49pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Opinion on Resort fees

What's your take on a RV park that charges over $100/night, has only a pool for an amenity (nothing else other than an empty clubhouse and a couple corn hole games) , has no activities or entertainment and now wants to add a resort fee on top of the rate ? Based on your location, can I assume that the park in in the Keys??
rhagfo 01/21/21 05:35pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Federal Mask mandate

Common sense would say that in building, or in close proximity to others in the outdoors. In the wide open outdoors I don't see the need.
rhagfo 01/21/21 05:32pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Build my TV

RAM HD's are "Assembled" in Mexico with mostly US Made components. Ford's Diesel is Made In Mexico. Guess you need to look into GM's total content. RAM HD's are "Made in Mexico" Unless FCA's own label on a Mexican made truck is incorrect. https://i.imgur.com/OMvEj4jl.jpg In addition I believe that FCA has or will merge with the French brand Peugeot. No not incorrect, has been that way for a while, as Cummins12V98, they are assembled in Mexico, other company's import foreign made diesel engines in their Made in America trucks. Heck, I actually looked for a Ram with a Japanese Transmission (Aisin). I will add when I finally felt that the shocks on out 2001 Ram didn't do a good enough job of dampening rebound when towing I replaced them at 255,314 miles and they were still charged, see picture below, note build date: https://i.imgur.com/FgKKfB4.jpg width=640 https://i.imgur.com/1Aco1tj.jpg width=640
rhagfo 01/21/21 04:31pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Build my TV

Upgrading from a 27'TT to a 41' 5er. Obviously now also need to trade in my TV for something more capable. Relying on the collective wisdom of this group for guidance. I do not have any strong brand loyalty beyond american made -- concerned about driving experience, ride comfort, towing capacity for the quoted trailer, and reliability. Make your proposals. Pretty well set on a diesel, but convince me if I am wrong. Trailer is 40' UVW 14344 lbs Should have added more detail. GVWR = 16,800# Hitch weight 2686# Very interested in the comments on DRW v SRW Well I will add my thoughts, first of all what you are missing is the 5er payload which is 2,456# which for a 40' 5er is low. Next the 2,686# DRY pin is only 18.7% of the dry weight, most 5er run about 22% wet pins. That would put you at 3,696#. So those are somewhat real world pin weight. Most SRW 3500's top out at between 4,000# and 4,200# payload, leaving you around 500# for everything else you add to the TV after it leaves the factory. Making thing very tight weight wise. Newer SRW 350/3500's max out at 12,400# GVWR and as mentioned for a diesel 4X4 Crew Cab about 4,000# to 4,200# of payload. Now a 350/3500 DRW Diesel 4X4 all now have 14,000# GVWR and payloads in the range of 5,400# +/-. Many on this forum will say you can get by with a SRW, but for a far more comfortable towing experience DRW is the way to go. We full time and our only vehicle is a 2016 Ram Laramie 3500 DRW 4X4 with 3.73. Ram listed Payload by VIN is 5,410.58# and towing capacity is 25,21.58# I worry a lot about the .42# that the Yellow sticker rounded up to 5,411# :). Just an FYI the 14,000# GVWR less the Payload 5,411# meant the truck weighed 8,589# with a full tank of fuel and a 150# driver when it left the factory. The last time I scaled it ready to tow, with DW, me, hitch, dog, on board air, and in bed tool box with stuff, we scaled 10,000#! Yep we lost 1,411# of payload before we hooked up the 5er. So I would suggest the 350/3500 DRW of your preference, with the trim level you like, Diesel and 3.73's or 4.10 gears. We tow with the 5er right at about 13,000#, and compared to the 2001 Ram 2500 5 speed and 3.55's we use to tow with, I need to check the mirrors to be sure it is still back there. Good luck with your hunt.
rhagfo 01/21/21 04:14pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Crummy headlights - Can't see, need upgrade

Hi Bob, I added twin light bars. They will not operate on the high beam setting. My low beams with the bars are far superior to the high beams now. You are likely blinding on coming drivers.
rhagfo 01/20/21 10:49am Tech Issues
RE: FLEXIBLE FRESH WATER HOSE

Can't get any better than this one. Can't kink, ultra light, more flexible than you can imagine....stores in a compact wad if you dont wind it up in a loop....and I swear it is self draining. Don't be cheap and turn away from this one. ... just look at its ratings.... Apex Zero G hose I will quote this first of many if you want a great hose at a reasonable cost zero-g. They are great hoses.
rhagfo 01/20/21 06:55am Tech Issues
RE: best propane hoses

Have hoses made at a local propane dealer to avoid the cheap imported stuff. X2 I do this most of the time! I had an older 5er with the two 30# tanks on a slide out tray with a looped supply line to accommodate the tray movement. Old hose was stiff and kinked, took to local propane distributor and the shop made a replacement at a very reasonable cost.
rhagfo 01/20/21 06:52am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Crummy headlights - Can't see, need upgrade

It is really sad that most headlights today are not great, but keep in mind that the brighter your head lights get the more they blind oncoming drivers. Many after market LED replacement bulbs will blind oncoming drivers because they are not focused. When I was young I had a 68 Mustang California Special, it came with a pair of Lucas Flamethrower fog lights in the grill. I moved these below the bumper so in fog the light was low and worked better. I then installed a pair of Lucas Flamethrower driving lights in the grill these would light the road up for a 1/4 mile the width of the highway. The beam was focused down the road and shine upwards.
rhagfo 01/20/21 06:45am Tech Issues
RE: Full time with DirectTV

Question from a n00b. Does everyone have TV (Dish, DirecTv) separately from their internet service? If yes, why? When ATT bought DirecTv service went downhill overnight and we dumped them after more than 15 years. We switched to Roku (not recommended) and finally YouTubeTV which is internet based and has more channels with a lower cost than either DTV or Dish, and has all of your local stations as well. $.02 Being mobile (considering this is an RV forum) watching TV via internet when no internet service is available is highly frustrating! Since most all mobile internet plans have pretty stiff limitations on their unlimited plans, even if you have service you will likely run out of service long before the month is over if that's your main source of TV programming. We are currently in PA spending the night with ZERO OTA channels available. We are very happy with our DTV service and we will be able to use our "unlimited" data to make this post. So you full time with Direct TV, do you own or lease your equipment? Do you have the option of canceling your service for a period of time without cost, if you are in a location where you can’t get service due to trees or hills.
rhagfo 01/20/21 06:29am Full-time RVing
RE: Towing capacity vs max cargo weight rating

There's one tire size (other than 19.5s) that can get us close to the DRW axle capacity: https://www.tirerack.com/tires/tires.jsp?tireMake=Continental&tireModel=VanContact+A%2FS&partnum=865R6VCAS&vehicleSearch=false&fromCompare1=yes 4300 lbs / tire, or 8600 lbs GAWR. Factor in the SRW bed is a bit lighter, and we have one less set of tires / wheels, that probably puts us within 500 lbs of a dually. My RAWR is 9,750# but my stock 4 rear tires have a lot more capacity if I want to carry more weight. 65# in my tires is all I need out of 80 to carry the RAWR. Wider stance gets much more stability. X2 to the stability. I would also add I would not want to loose a rear tire on a SRW loaded to 8,000# on the axle. I can’t believe the lengths people will go to to avoid driving a DRW! Our only vehicle is a DRW, Crew Cab, long bed, and both me and DW drive it where ever we want.
rhagfo 01/19/21 05:48pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Full time with DirectTV

AFAIK All recent (many years) DTV equipment is leased. If you "buy" you're just paying them to deliver it and it's still owned by DTV per their contract. Also AFAIK DTV does not install in RV's and if they do I would not allow them as they have little understanding of they type of installation. Maybe they will refer you to an independent company but best in my opinion to hire a known compentent company to do the install. So lost on this post! Dish, buy a dish that is compatible with the Dish service. Then buy a receiver also compatible with dish. Call dish and set up an RV account, you pay by the month ahead of time and if you get somewhere you can't get a signal do to trees or hills, call and CANCEL your service. You own your equipment, no return, when back in an area where you can get signal call and restart your service.
rhagfo 01/18/21 04:19pm Full-time RVing
RE: Towing capacity vs max cargo weight rating

No, your truck did not leave the factory full of fuel. Your selling dealer may fill fuel (mine does). With so many pages of opinions, some facts, can be misleading. Throw in a forum of armchair legal advisors, makes it more difficult than it needs to be. Your truck's GCVWR, allows for towing a 15K GN/FW, that is a fact! Your RAWR, which includes tires/wheels, axle, and suspension, dictates the load you can carry. I and others, said way early in this thread, that after getting separate axle weights, when no trailer connected, will tell you how much more you can add to the rear axle, in your case, the gooseneck trailer hitch wt. You have a very capable truck! Again...getting a new gas truck, is your choice, but while it may show a larger number on that payload sticker, your RAWR will be similar, and is what matters. Jerry Well MFL you are also giving a forum legal opinion. To a fact the 15,000# towing rating is what the truck is rated to pull, it may not be able to carry the pin weight associated with that weight. Any F2500 I have read about on this and other forums that even get near max axle rating needed air bags to level due to Ford putting soft rear springs on them. You also make this statement "Your RAWR, which includes tires/wheels, axle, and suspension, dictates the load you can carry." you have forgotten frame. In 2021 Ford and GM have started upping the GVWR of 250/2500's to as high as 11,500# at which point they are now a Class 3 truck and should be labeled as 350/3500! Yes, legal opinions, are just that, and is why the manufacturer supplies axle rating. I think Spoon already explained to you, that the frame is very capable of handling anything the axle/tires can handle. You don't seem to be familiar with Ford trucks, especially the F250, such as the one I own. I ordered mine with F350 suspension, heavy duty service option. My truck does not need anything added to carry 6,200 on R/A , with very little squat. Many F250s have the added camper pkg, which is 350 suspension with sway bar. Your views have changed a lot since getting your DRW 3500, which is a great choice for you. Everyone does not choose to have more truck than they need. Would a class 3 truck be a better choice for OP? Yes, if he decides to get a new truck. The truck he already owns, will work great, if he stays within R/A, and max tire rating. Jerry Well I was a Ford exclusive owner for 45 years, that changed when I wanted a diesel, I wasn’t going to buy a 6.0, and I felt the Cummins was a better engine and worth the gamble on the Dodge wrapper. I have not been disappointed. Well from 1994 to 2002 Dodge/Ram didn’t offer a SRW 3500 the 2500 with camper package and optional 265/85-16E tires gave it plenty of capacity NONE of which I was reflected in the VIN sticker front axle 5,200#, rear axle 6,084# and GVWR 8,800#. The camper package included the same rear springs as the 3500 DRW, tires rated at 3,415# ea. The standard tires were 245/75-16E rated at 3,042# ea. I towed our 5er within about 200# of rating and never had a need for bags, GVW was 10,500# so 1,700# over GVWR. I just wasn’t comfortable being in legal limbo. As to the current TV if I would have bought a 3500 SRW I likely would have been right at GVWR of 12,300#. We and our stuff carried in the truck weighs 1,400# and a 2,700# pin is 4,200# a payload I don’t think F350 SRW diesel, crew cab, long before 2021 could cover as the max GVWR was 11,500#. Why didn’t Ford step up their GVWR on the SRW 3500’s to 12,300# or 12,400# before 2021 Kyle it be the frame?? So I really don’t have more TV than I need.
rhagfo 01/17/21 02:35pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing capacity vs max cargo weight rating

No, your truck did not leave the factory full of fuel. Your selling dealer may fill fuel (mine does). With so many pages of opinions, some facts, can be misleading. Throw in a forum of armchair legal advisors, makes it more difficult than it needs to be. Your truck's GCVWR, allows for towing a 15K GN/FW, that is a fact! Your RAWR, which includes tires/wheels, axle, and suspension, dictates the load you can carry. I and others, said way early in this thread, that after getting separate axle weights, when no trailer connected, will tell you how much more you can add to the rear axle, in your case, the gooseneck trailer hitch wt. You have a very capable truck! Again...getting a new gas truck, is your choice, but while it may show a larger number on that payload sticker, your RAWR will be similar, and is what matters. Jerry Well MFL you are also giving a forum legal opinion. To a fact the 15,000# towing rating is what the truck is rated to pull, it may not be able to carry the pin weight associated with that weight. Any F2500 I have read about on this and other forums that even get near max axle rating needed air bags to level due to Ford putting soft rear springs on them. You also make this statement "Your RAWR, which includes tires/wheels, axle, and suspension, dictates the load you can carry." you have forgotten frame. In 2021 Ford and GM have started upping the GVWR of 250/2500's to as high as 11,500# at which point they are now a Class 3 truck and should be labeled as 350/3500!
rhagfo 01/17/21 06:46am Tow Vehicles
RE: Trailer too long for truck?

YEP, a 1500 can tow it but can it "HANDLE" it in unforeseen conditions. How is it less safe to pull a (the OP) 9-10klb trailer with a 6000lb+ truck rated to tow 11k, than pulling almost 30k with a 8000lb + truck rated to tow almost 30k? Seems like you are both at roughly the same % of max capacity... Two major differences. #1 Cummins12v98 is towing a 5th wheel which is 100% more stable than a TT in cross winds and not affected by semi's bow waves. #2 He also has four tires under the hitch, six total.
rhagfo 01/17/21 06:17am Tow Vehicles
RE: Removable 5th wheel hitch?

What year is the Ram 3500? Post 2013 you can get the parts to install the factory 5er hitch prep.
rhagfo 01/16/21 08:30pm Fifth-Wheels
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