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RE: 5th Wheel Pin Box Mounted Bike Rack

Just remember WHERE your 5th wheel hitch is located in the bed. DO YOU HAVE ENOUGH CLEARANCE WHEN SHARP TURNING TO CLEAR THE BACK OF THE TRUCK CAB AND WINDOW WHEN YOU INSTALL EXTRA EQUIPMENT? Doug Really an non issue, bikes are far narrower than front of 5er. Have posted before and one guy reported back that he had a four bike rack on a short bed!
rhagfo 07/10/20 10:45am Tech Issues
RE: SRW vs DRW

When to consider a Dual RW is when the trailer is an ultra wide 101". Usually trailers that wide are also over the 16K GVWR and for stability purposes a Dually is a better choice. The trailers are wider than the SRW trucks. Tomorrow I pick up a brand new 3660SUITE that will be towed with my 2012 F350 SB. According to the manufacturer, the UVW and pin weights, plus what we normally carried in our last trailer puts the trailer ~12628 pounds. @ 18% pin that gives me ~300 available payload. The empty pin weight is ~15.5%. Even if it jumps to 20% pin weight I am still OK, within ratings. Here's the only thing I am a bit leery on, it is 42.5' long. I don't foresee issues, but would be more comfortable with a LB truck. The extra 18" of WB just gives it a bit more stability. I don't see it as Dually territory though. Wider, Heavier, and over 42' and then I would consider Dually. Wow, talk about a lightweight! Just wondering how they build a 42.5' 5er with a dry weight of 10,828# and a GVWR of 13,655#. I would not want to be fooled by the dry pin percentage of 15.3% if you get to 20% you now have a 2,731#. Good luck getting the balance right.
rhagfo 07/10/20 07:10am Tow Vehicles
RE: 5th Wheel Pin Box Mounted Bike Rack

I for one have done this and like it very much. I laid out the receiver myself and had it wielded up. ours is a two bike Swagman, with a 1-1/4" bent tube support. States on it not for RV use. I assume because of the bouncing bike racks get at the back of trailers. You want to be sure that the rack will clear the bed rails. Our bikes are aluminum framed so light enough I can lift from ground. That said it is very easy to put them in truck bed and load from there. https://i.imgur.com/XK7R3DO.jpg width=640 https://i.imgur.com/2Mtwjzs.jpg width=640 https://i.imgur.com/BUlygfO.jpg width=640
rhagfo 07/09/20 11:52pm Tech Issues
RE: SRW vs DRW

My toy hauler has a hitch weight of 3,500 pounds and I need the 5,000 pound payload of a dually to carry everything else in the truck. X2 We have a listed payload of 5,411# we have 4,000# of that available for pin so hitch, passengers, hitch, and stuff are up 1,411# of available payload, keep that in mind when looking at those payload stickers, it is all for pin weight. Our DRW is our only vehicle, there are a few drive through I will not challenge, but if I was still working it would be parked in the same spot I use to park the 2001 Ram 2500 Quad cab LB.
rhagfo 07/09/20 05:56pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Is a stabilizer jack for fifth wheel hitch worth the money?

"What benefits does the stabilizer jack provide?" None. "Is it worth the expense and weight to lug around?" No. If you feel you have too much motion, invest in something like the JT Strongarm stabilizers. Exactly right! Jerry X3 Love our Strongarms!
rhagfo 07/07/20 06:47pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Bucking while towing

Check your pin weight should be at least 20% of total 5er, better if 22%.
rhagfo 07/06/20 04:47pm Towing
RE: Thoughts on this Truck

So the ad says one owner on car Gurus, but the Carfax says it has had 4 owners. The first 2 were commercial in Quebec and tallied up all the mileage. The 3rd owner was a consumer in Quebec - or some kind of auction dealer, and then a dealer here in VA - I assume traded at auction from Canada to Va. Is that something to be concerned about? Read an article about this not long ago, because of the very favorable exchange rate, wholesale buyers in the US buy vehciles in Canada and export them to the US. Even with the costs of exporting and converting the odometer and speedometer to miles from kilometers, it is profitable. That is not a vehicle I would buy. I prefer to purchase a factory certified (not some hokey dealer certification) with the extended factory warranty the certified vehicle provides. There are two limitations I see, First is the four previous owners, that is a lot for a 5 year old truck with 60k moles. Second is the 11,300# GVWR a bit limiting for 5er. The mileage is almost solely from the first owner. Subsequent owners appear to be auction houses. I may be making a poor assumption that any F350 older than 2015 with a Fifth wheel hookup puts it at 18k. Am I incorrect? maybe I am looking at the wrong truck. 18,000# is what it can pull, not what it can carry, GVWR at 11,300# and rear axle at 6,290# and 17” tires at 3,195# ea. are the limits. I didn’t see the payload sticker but likely about 3,200# if I put my 32’ 13,600# 5er with 2,800# pin on that I would have 400# left for passengers and stuff.
rhagfo 07/06/20 04:37pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Thoughts on this Truck

So the ad says one owner on car Gurus, but the Carfax says it has had 4 owners. The first 2 were commercial in Quebec and tallied up all the mileage. The 3rd owner was a consumer in Quebec - or some kind of auction dealer, and then a dealer here in VA - I assume traded at auction from Canada to Va. Is that something to be concerned about? Read an article about this not long ago, because of the very favorable exchange rate, wholesale buyers in the US buy vehciles in Canada and export them to the US. Even with the costs of exporting and converting the odometer and speedometer to miles from kilometers, it is profitable. That is not a vehicle I would buy. I prefer to purchase a factory certified (not some hokey dealer certification) with the extended factory warranty the certified vehicle provides. There are two limitations I see, First is the four previous owners, that is a lot for a 5 year old truck with 60k moles. Second is the 11,300# GVWR a bit limiting for 5er.
rhagfo 07/06/20 04:16pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Thoughts on slider awnings

One thing many missed is reduced cooling needs, keeping direct sun off a slide roof greatly reduces heat gain.
rhagfo 07/04/20 03:20pm Beginning RVing
RE: Painfully slow internet

I’ve given up on campground wifi. I bought a Weboost RV cell amp and antenna. $500 and worth every penny. Between Verizon iPhones and an ATT based wifi puck we easily stream Hulu and Netflix. I have been in areas with no bars and get streaming speeds with the Weboost. This is what you need to do, you can’t complain about FREE! Spend some money and get decent wifi speed. We also use WeBoost and an AT&T hot spot, don’t waist your phone for WiFi not as good as a $100 hot spot.
rhagfo 07/03/20 06:05pm General RVing Issues
RE: Problem with Cat scale weights

Sounds like you had the front trailer axle in contact with the second scale plate.
rhagfo 06/30/20 01:23pm Towing
RE: Mach 15 a/c not cooling well

My trailer is 37' overall, and cools suitably well with a single Coleman 15k. One big upgrade I did however was slide toppers. Without these, I could feel heat radiating through the slide ceiling in hot weather. If your A/C unit is not cycling, it's probably working as intended, and your trailer simply has a higher heat-load than mine. If it is cycling the compressor, you might have an issue. Also, don't forget to check voltage in the trailer during peak A/C use. If voltage is low, your compressor will be pulling excess amps. X2 to slide toppers! Makes a Big difference in heat transfer through the slide roof.
rhagfo 06/30/20 12:55pm Travel Trailers
RE: Weighing Fifth Wheel at CAT Scale with Weigh My Truck App

Did I read that right, that your 2018 Dodge 3500 DRW weight is almost 10,500 lbs ? I'm not sure, but I'm thinking my 2017 F-350 is 8500 +/-. Why so much ? Interweb says that thing should be 7000lb ish Must need to deduct Pin. Have you weighed your DRW ready to go camping? Our 2016 Ram Laramie 3500 DRW has a curb weigh of 8,589# and a payload of 5,411#, but scales at 10,000# ready to tow with me DW, beagle, full fuel and DEF and in bed tool box. Look at your yellow payload sticker, then subtract the listed payload from the GVWR, that is what your truck weighed off the assembly line. Now start adding people and stuff and it only gets heavier.
rhagfo 06/30/20 11:43am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 2008 Silverado door locks

Not Sure if I would program to unlock in park. Our Ram is set to unlock when you open a door, crazy car hijackers.
rhagfo 06/30/20 11:07am Tech Issues
RE: Battery replacements in 2013 Chevy Silverado 2500 Diesel

Wow, both of my Rams have easy to replace batteries. I replaced the set in the 2001 right on the dealers lot. I had an old bike inter tube that I cut to length and slipped over free hot terminal. Replaced one at a time, had mice get to the battery covers in the 2016, had to pull the terminals to replace the covers
rhagfo 06/29/20 08:50pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Best place to buy Dometic Brisk Air 2 top unit

Try PPL: PPL Motor Homes I've bought parts and appliances from them for years and never had a problem. X2 Order several items from them competitive pricing and great service.
rhagfo 06/29/20 12:32pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: First tow with new 2019 Ram 3500 and ...disappointed.

Does the Dodge have an anti trailer sway option. Ford has one and if it detects the trailer swaying it applies the trailer brakes. And dont ask me how it works I have no clue While it is a nice feature not necessary with a 5er.
rhagfo 06/29/20 10:03am Towing
RE: I need new Tires

good year endurance have worked good for me. So far good reviews on the Endurance, we have LT's on our 2005 Copper Canyon, what it came with from the factory. 235/85-16E at 3,042# ea. 12,168# on a GVWR of 12,300#, axle weight is right at 10,000# so tires have capacity. You would likely need to upgrade to 16" rims to go LT's
rhagfo 06/29/20 07:22am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 2020 F250XL 6.2 V8

When I bought my truck used back in 2013 I had two choices. 1. A low mileage 2 year old gas pick, or 2, a 5 year old diesel with 150,000 miles on it. Glad I picked the newer gas PU or I'd be driving a 14 year old truck with 350,000 miles on it. Mine has the 6.0L with 3.73 gears and I have zero complaints. My camper only weighs 4000 lbs. With my ATV and trailer total is closer to 12k for everything. I'm not against higher RPM's or even the noise from a gasser. I'm more pro diesel because I want a relaxing tow with less input from me, the driver. A gasser requires more input, that means pressing a little harder on the accelerator, letting the truck find the right gear, maintaining the right gear, down shifting as required, holding the gear as required. More effort to descend a steep grade. A gasser requires more input. Now some may consider that extra input part of the fun and I get that. Sort of like why some enjoy driving a manual transmission. Personally relaxing and enjoying the ride with little driver input is my idea of idea of a smooth trip. The diesel takes all the work (driver input) out of the equation. Some may consider me a lazy driver because I want the truck to drive itself with out input from me, to some degree you are correct. That's why I paid more for a diesel performance. Specta, not bad logic gas gives you more payload for your drop-in camper, but as you state 12,000# total, well out 5er weighs more than that, so an apples to oranges. Lantley, couldn't agree with you more! Seems our 5er at last weigh is pushing 13,600#, towing with the CTD is so relaxing and quiet. You are not lazy, you just want to arrive relaxed. Heck I thought I arrived relaxed with the 2001 Ram 2500 CTD with 5 speed manual. I never minded shifting even in stop and go traffic. That said driving the 2016 Ram 3500 DRW CTD, Aisin is way more relaxing. If towing over 12,000# diesel is the best choice, even with the advent of the Ford 7.3 gas, I got tired of feeding our old 460's.
rhagfo 06/28/20 08:36pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Installed new kitchen faucet.. success

We need pictures!
rhagfo 06/28/20 03:47pm General RVing Issues
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