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RE: Roof coatings.

Is it coming out your pocket or insurance, even if my own pocket I would full replacement on a 4 year old unit.
rhagfo 03/28/20 08:29pm Tech Issues
RE: It's time for a replacement truck

Tough call while a 6.4 Ram 3500 might work, I have read post here that the jump from 1st to 2nd is pretty big. We chose to replace our 2001 Ram 2500 5.9 CTD with a 2016 Ram 3500 DRW 6.7Aisin, it is our only vehicle as we full time works for us.
rhagfo 03/28/20 08:25pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Colorado State Parks closure

They close the parks, to cut the virus traveling to places not infected yet!
rhagfo 03/28/20 05:17pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Sierra 2500 fifth wheel hitch - factory prep vs aftermarket

Do you guys really remove your hitches that often that it even matters? I never remove my hitch. I generally camp from March through November. There are only 3 months in the dead of winter I don't camp. I just leave hitch in truck the entire time. Rails or pucks are not a big issue. A clean unobstructed bed is overrated. We full time and seldom remove the hitch, only if near my DD and need to haul materials. Our 2016 Ram had the puck system when we bought it used. I chose to get the Reese adapter frame for our existing Reese 16K twin jaw hitch. Once I got the frame’s latches adjusted for zero play and installed the hitch I noticed the hitch fit tighter to the frame than it had to the rails in our old TV. Previously at times when stopping or starting this little bit of play would result in a noticeable clunk from the hitch, when the hitch moved in the rails. Now the fit is much tighter and don’t get that any longer.
rhagfo 03/28/20 10:31am Tow Vehicles
RE: Sierra 2500 fifth wheel hitch - factory prep vs aftermarket

I don't think the factory prep kit is any stronger than a set of custom rails. With either setup you're attaching the hitch directly to the truck frame. My truck didn't come with factory prep so I installed rails, and they don't bug me. In fact they make handy tiedown points. I'd do whichever costs less but that's just my approach. My 2015 3500 RAM had everything I wanted but the pucks, so I installed them along with the 7 pin outlet in the bed wall. 4.5 hours working by myself. To the op, if the truck is of a year that had the puck option, get them and install them or have someone install them for you. No after market system attaches to the frame rails as sturdy as the factory setups. Biggest issue is drilling the BIG holes in the bed floor. For RAM I had to order a hole saw size that is not available at the box stores. X2! I agree our 2016 Ram 3500 DRW cam with the pucks. Got good look at them while installing VIAIR compressor and while changing chassis fuel filter directly attached to the frame and very stout!
rhagfo 03/28/20 07:51am Tow Vehicles
RE: trailer lift kit

I think you should be much more concerned that the manufacturer's claims of "1/2 ton tow-able" are nonsense and that you likely lack sufficient payload to pull any 5th wheel that big with your truck, especially if it has a 4 door cab, 4wd, and you plan on having passengers in the cab with. He’s not towing it with a half ton, just looking at “ half ton towable” models. OP has a Ram 2500 which is plenty of truck. I looked up the published weights on their website, and my common sense determined that to be a lie. OMG! OMG! that 5er is too much for your TV! I think the OP will be just fine. the OPs TV is a 2017 Ram, 2500, 6.4 Hemi, 4X4 he likely has near 3,000# of payload. Reflection 29RS Specs UVW1 8,816 lbs Hitch Weight 1,538 lbs GVWR 11,495 lbs Length 30' 11" Height 12' 3" Even at full GVWR and a 22% pin weight it would only be 2,530#, that is only if the OP can stuff 2,679# of stuff in its 31' length. I for one tow our 32' 5er at 12,500# with a 2001 Ram 2500 CTD, with a 8,800# GVWR. I ran 1,700# over GVWR, but under both axle and tire ratings, never an issue. I did get a new TV for a future 5er, that is a 2016 Ram 3500 DRW CTD, and will say with the same 5er in tow I need to check the mirrors to see if it is still back there.
rhagfo 03/27/20 08:21pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Is it normal to cut the roof supports?

You just have to love how these companies stand behind their products. If I was you I would pull that inner skylight down and see what's up in the attic. Maybe you'll get a surprise and the repair is easy and fast. X2! I would think one could fabricate a header between the two adjacent trusses out of 1/2" plywood. Attach to the two adjacent trusses with screws, then once lifted to correct height attach the cut truss. https://i.imgur.com/VHfTeg2l.jpg
rhagfo 03/22/20 11:45pm Tech Issues
RE: closures

Well the government knows best. Power hungry politicians close down all the RV parks so that people thousands of miles from home have no place to stay. Well the issue isn’t those full timers currently on the, it is those that see being out of work, time to go camping! When you have tent campers sharing restroom facilities there is a greater risk of spread. Full timers with self contained units are less risk. Just saw several reports of here in the PNW people clocking to the beaches, crowds close contact, not what we need to be doing. Oregon is now closing all parks Monday 3/23 at 1:00 pm! We will be closed until at least May 8th.
rhagfo 03/22/20 04:33pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: You can buy S637 tires here, but install: HAHAHAHA

Well as stated before no issues with getting trailer tires mounted at Discount Tire. Both our house 5er and DD four horse slant with living quarters! https://i.imgur.com/JMo4jj9.jpg width=640 https://i.imgur.com/Vo5s8Xx.jpg width=640 https://i.imgur.com/l3JQdMN.jpg width=640
rhagfo 03/21/20 11:40pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Florida Keys closed to visitors

We have reservations for a hotel in KW beginning May 3. Wonder how that's going to go.. I would call and check, I miss the keys, haven’t been for about four years. We've never been there but the more I check it out on line, the more exceited we get. Especially looking forward to a trip to the Dry Tortugas (RSVP'd), which I'm sure is closed right now. :( Dry Tortugas was awesome! I did a 3 night tent camping trip there in October. It feels almost like your own private deserted island after the day trip boat leaves. DW and I did a day trip to Ft. Jefferson and the Dry Tortuga's, it was awesome. MODERATOR'S EDIT: Per the site Admin's request, I am closing all COVID-19 threads and directing future comments to one thread in Around the Campfire: 2019–20 CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC POSTINGS
rhagfo 03/21/20 11:32pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Reservations cancelled

Politicians eel that they can make a big point of doing something by closing campgrounds, and not offend too many in their own voting area. Big news, little use. Currently they are a place of cross contamination, restrooms and close contact between people. We don’t want to be like Italy.
rhagfo 03/21/20 10:58pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Pennsylvania State Park Closure

Received in an email from PA State Parks/Reserve America.. Important Park Updates: Pennsylvania State Parks Facilities will be closed for 14 days effective Tuesday, March 17 to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. As part of Pennsylvania’s COVID-19 mitigation efforts, all buildings at the parks, including park offices and restrooms, will be closed, and all events and public educational programs will be canceled. All overnight and day use rental facilities will also be closed. The public will still be able to access trails, lakes, rivers, forests, roads, and parking areas for passive and dispersed recreation, such as hiking. While these park facilities are closed, state park rangers and park managers will continue to work to ensure security and that public safety is protected. As an additional service, reservations with an arrival date in April 2020 may, if they chose, transfer or cancel their reservation with no penalty. We encourage guest to cancel online if they made their reservation online. We will go in and do a second adjustment to refund the cancellation and transaction fees within three to five business days. If you booked through the call center, please call 888-PA-PARKS, Monday through Saturday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. All transfers must go through the call center. They may want to rethink keeping day use areas open. In Oregon and Washington people have flooded to day use areas and beaches. Ignoring the social distancing!
rhagfo 03/21/20 08:44pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Florida Keys closed to visitors

We have reservations for a hotel in KW beginning May 3. Wonder how that's going to go.. I would call and check, I miss the keys, haven’t been for about four years.
rhagfo 03/21/20 11:18am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Florida Keys closed to visitors

Link Looks like the Keys are closed to overnight visitors for the next two weeks or so. Long live the Conch Republic!
rhagfo 03/21/20 11:07am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Keys closed

I assume you mean the Florida Keys. You mean there is a road block at Homestead and no traffic or persons are allowed further south? You mean that everyone there is forced to leave? You know, a little more information, just a little effort on your part, would be helpful. Otherwise your post is useless. Actually the road block would be in South Florida City to block Hwy 1. Long live the Conch Republic!!!
rhagfo 03/21/20 08:52am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Oregon State Parks to close April 3rd thru May 8th

Just got word from our park Ranger that Oregon State Parks will be closed April 3 rd thru May 8th. Can you please edit your original post and/or the topic title? The dates in the title and the post don't match. Fixed and fixed it in the quote also. Tough call for OPRD as many parks are near capacity during the spring break period.
rhagfo 03/19/20 01:38pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Oregon State Parks to close April 3rd thru May 8th

Just got word from our park Ranger that Oregon State Parks will be closed April 3rd thru May 8th.
rhagfo 03/19/20 11:29am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: You can buy S637 tires here, but install: HAHAHAHA

It's simple guys, I just bought a 2020 fifth wheel. First thing I did was look at the tires, in light of the many tire and bearing failures my family has had in the last ten years of camping, even with a brand new camper. The instant I looked at the tires, I knew immediately that I would not trust those tires for anything but local trips. The tires on our new 2020 Coachman 360IBL are Ridgway Sport St tires, 235/85R16 load range F. 7K Dexter Axles. GCWR 14,000lbs. Load Range F tires at 95PSI are good for 3,960lbs per tire. Plenty for this fifth wheel. Yet, I knew they would not survive, just by appearance. I quickly ordered the Sailun S637 tires. The tires arrived. These highly recommended Sailun S637 tires are incredibly stout. The Ridgways are, in comparison, extremely flimsy, as expected. Anyhow, in relation to this post, I have been bringing the wheels in one at a time to Discount Tire, to remove the ridgways and install the S637. When I brought the third one in, the young man at the counter asked me: "are these the big tires?". I said, well they are 235/85/R16. He the said Oh Yeah, you brought a couple in already. Those were um, interesting to mount. I asked him what they aired them up to. I had requested 95PSI. He said their inflators only go to 90PSI with accuracy. I had to inflate them at home to where I wanted them. So, lesson learned, standard automotive tire shops may have problems with the Sailun S637 load range G tires with max pressure of 110PSi. I have never felt so confident in a trailer tire. Now I need to get USA Timkin bearings in the hubs, and do it myself, to feel confident. I have had failed bearings 3 times, resulting in RV damage. Twice on a 1 year old trailer. Once, on an older trailer. Yes, I was using an infrared temp gun on each hub and tire at every gas stop. On the last fifth wheel, I had invested in a TST pressure monitor. Never alarmed for temperature or pressure, as the bearing failed, and the tire and rim left us with a very loud and alarming "Bang" on I90 middle of nowhere, SD. On our new 5th wheel, I have had the new Sailun tires balanced, and purchased Centramatic Balancing Rings for it. With my luck, I need all the help I can get. On the positive side, the kids and I have gotten extremely efficient at changing tires on the side of interstates. We are like an Indy pit crew. That was a lot of wasted effort, discount will mount and balance trailer tires. They have done three trailers for me two horse trailers and our 5er.
rhagfo 03/17/20 10:30pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Idler and Tensioner Pulleys Ram 6.7

Cummins tensioner is made by Dayco. Looked at the part on Geno's Garage. Cummins Idler pulley does not look like the Gates. My question is why in the HE!! at 80k would you replace either one??? I still have the OE units on my 98 12V my Son owns at 420k. X2! Our 2001 had 315K miles on it and the water pump went out, replacing the pump was a snap, the belt not so much a lot of tension to overcome to get the belt back on!
rhagfo 03/14/20 10:46am Tow Vehicles
RE: Is there a free VIN decoder that will show specs/options?

Is there a free VIN decoder that will show specs/options? For what, a tow vehicle or travel trailer? X2! What are you trying to decode.
rhagfo 03/07/20 06:17am Travel Trailers
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