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RE: Arctic Fox 1150 & Airbags

Highly recommend Torklift Stableloads before airbags. You may find the airbags are not necessary. I have found airbags can unload the suspension. The airbags can carry some of the weight instead of vehicle suspension. The Stableloads engage the vehicle suspension right away. There are two versions. With your 3500 you may have access to either. With Torklift product in the past I've seen various vendors have a sale. It seemed to vary month to month. You may find stuff cheaper by doing a quick search. One time I bought something from Texas, it was drop shipped locally to me.
wcjeep 03/28/15 07:57am Truck Campers
RE: Upcoming mid-size SUV's for towing

If you are going to wait for the Honda Pilot, also consider waiting for the later Ford Edge with Sync 3. It mostly ditches Microsoft for BlackBerry. The BlackBerry based infotainment system was near flawless in our previous Chrysler products. There are some YouTube videos that demo the Sync 3. Current Ford Sync 2 is not user friendly.
wcjeep 03/27/15 12:17pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Upcoming mid-size SUV's for towing

Our recent Lemon Law was a 2014 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk. Our 9spd shifted ok, not great. Software updates helped. Right after we returned it Chrysler came up with a new new update. For some people the software update bricked the transmission. I agree it doesn't make sense. The Jeep Cherokee transmission fail rate is unacceptable. One of the Acura (Honda) cars with the same ZF tranny is now part of a possible class action lawsuit. The 2015 Jeep Cherokee added cylinder deactivation. For some reason this caused the vehicle to accelerate while the driver is coasting/decelerating. Again, I don't know why. I watched the YouTube reveal for the new 2016 Honda Pilot. At the time it was mentioned the 9spd would be included on some trim levels. We are looking for my wife. She's driving my commuter while I drive the tow rig. If the CX9 was recently updated that car would be near the top of our list. However, the current CX9 is long in the tooth. I also will not buy a CVT transmission. This mostly excludes Honda and Subaru.
wcjeep 03/26/15 02:00pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford or Ram?

I saved at least $12k in late 2005 on my Dodge Ram. Does the Ford come with an exhaust brake?
wcjeep 03/25/15 05:56pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Soft vs. hard side TC

I don't own one. The Alaskan Popup would solve your problems. My wife wanted a full hard side. Alaskan Popup
wcjeep 03/24/15 09:20pm Truck Campers
RE: Expired Propane Tanks

Be sure to check for DOT approved tanks. "Propane Cylinder Swapping You should be careful if you decide to swap or exchange twenty pound cylinders. You may get cylinders that are not Department of Transportation (DOT) approved. In a truck camper, it is very important that you always use DOT approved cylinders. They may be three times the cost, but DOT approved tanks have a thicker skin are designed to be crushed without exploding." Truck Camper Magazine
wcjeep 03/24/15 06:54pm General RVing Issues
RE: Propane Leak Detector

For such a small price why risk it? Tried telling this to a friend who bought an older RV with original carbon monoxide detector. Thought he could get another year out of it. He was very lucky he woke up. Hospital connected him to oxygen for 12hrs before they released him. Just replace all safety sensors and be done with it. Put a reminder in your Google calendar for five years for the next swap out.
wcjeep 03/24/15 06:49pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Upcoming mid-size SUV's for towing

The new Edge can be rated upto 3500lbs towing. Specs for Toyota Highlander Hybrid are 3500lb towing. Toyota Highlander regular gasser V6 can top out at 5000lb. The tow capacity usually includes all onboard fuel, people and stuff. I'm not a fan of turbo gas engine towing. I'm really not of a fan of gas engine direct injection. Last I heard there is still no Ford authorized induction cleaning authorized. Given your listed choices I'd go with the normal Gas V6 Toyota Highlander. It's also listed as an IIHS Top + Safety pic. Ask around if the Ford Ecoboost is delivering fuel mileage as promised? The few people I know with Ecoboost are not getting anywhere near the promised mileage. The fun factor appears to be high, gas mileage low. Edit: Remembered the new Pilot. It has an optional 9 Speed transmission. Unknown what configurations arrive with it. If it's the same as the Jeep and Acura 9speed transmission, RUN!!!!!!!!!!!! YOU DO NOT want this transmission. Ford Edge towing
wcjeep 03/24/15 06:35pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 411 number

"OK Google" voice command on my phone finds most of what I need.
wcjeep 03/24/15 05:56pm General RVing Issues
RE: Tow vehicle for under $30K

CarMax has an optional warranty on used vehicles if that's an option for you. Avoid the Ford 6.0l diesel. CarMax article from Jalopnik
wcjeep 03/24/15 05:55pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Infrared Thermometer

I have found the sun side of the vehicle to be about 10deg warmer.
wcjeep 03/22/15 10:45am Travel Trailers
RE: Can you inspect front unit bearings?

Besides spinning the wheel, lift it off the ground and try to rock it side to side and top to bottom. If you fee a perceptible click then it's suspect. It's also helpful to have someone on the other side of the wheel your checking watch for movement. The trouble is many if not most techs imagine movement when none is present. It pays to check it yourself. What Scott G said. I have bought OEM Unit Bearings from Rockauto a lot cheaper than the dealer. Apply lots of antiseize on all metal to metal surface during install. If a shop is doing the work, insist they apply anti seize. There is a short cut for unit bearing removal using the power steering.
wcjeep 03/21/15 08:46pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Cell Phone Data Compression SW

Google Chrome on Android has software compression built in as an option. Not sure if the Apple version does the same. There were ways to keep your Unlimited Verizon Data. You could fire up a Pay as you go phone for travelling. Use the secondary device for extra data activities while travelling. This would save your primary data.
wcjeep 03/21/15 12:35pm Technology Corner
RE: M+S or Winter tires required in western U.S.?

A friend was towing in California during the winter time. There was no snow on the ground. However, he wanted to visit one of the National Parks. Snow chains were required to be available. He had to double back 30miles to buy snow chains despite no snow on the ground.
wcjeep 03/21/15 12:21pm Truck Campers
RE: 19.5 tires/wheels on a Chev 3500

I'm going to be spending a lot of time on logging roads in the Cascades, gravel roads along rivers in Montana and Idaho, and dirt roads in E WA, so I'm leaning towards 'traction' tires all around....still headscratching, though.... For that use Traction tires make sense. Also recommend a Highlift jack for emergency winching. Be sure to learn how to use it before you need it. All of my rigs now have cell phone boosters for communication. They are not magic. They will greatly extend your coverage. While they work great on AT&T and TMobile, they work best on Verizon and Sprint. Verizon/Sprint/US Cellular use Cdma tech for the 1x and 3g. Cdma travels better in the mountains. Data is slower on Cdma. If you are AT&T or TMobile, recommend getting a Pay as go Verizon phone and toss it in the glove compartment. Leave it off and charged. It can still make 911 calls.
wcjeep 03/19/15 11:03am Truck Campers
RE: 19.5 tires/wheels on a Chev 3500

I have had no problem with wandering. I have a solid front axle with an aftermarket steering brace. I think your truck is ifs. This should resist wandering better than my truck. I have a Torklift SuperHitch for towing extension for my Jeep/trailer. I have to run my spare tire at Zero psi. My truck and Jeep each have on board Air. I also had to slightly modify the under bed bracket for the spare tire. I have seen older Chevy Trucks with Vision wheels. The few I've talked too were very happy. I probably won't decide which tire is next for me until late April. I do run the factory rims during the winter. This allows good snow tire traction. My truck is back to daily driver status. We just lemon law'd the wife's vehicle. When empty, I run the 19.5's at about 60psi. Full pressure: Front 85psi Rear 110 psi Also look into Torklift Stable loads in stead of air bags.
wcjeep 03/19/15 09:50am Truck Campers
RE: 19.5 tires/wheels on a Chev 3500

When I went to 19.5's in 2008 Rickson had a 6week wait for production. I called Les Schwab. They had Vision rims within two days. I'm running 245's on my 2006 Dodge. Zero rub or interference issues, however, completely different vehicle than yours. Some Les Schwabs will say they are not a commercial certified store. Which is baloney. The 19.5's are balanced on the exact same machine. I bought mine from the 4th Ave location in Seattle near 4th & Michigan st. Also check Craigslist. I searched there first. Bought mine new. The next day used 19.5's became available. Some Dodge and Chevy components are shared or were. Not sure if Dodge 19.5's can bolt on to Chevy. The inner hub hole used to be different. Also, one is hub centric while the other is lug centric. Again, do your homework when purchasing used. It's been my experience 19.5's are designed to haul heavy weight at all times. Do not expect the same empty ride as whatever your truck came with from the factory. My 245's are "G" rated. It is also possible to get "H" rated in the same size. I'm currently running Toyo M608Z. However, they are at end of life. Will be buying new tires shortly. I'll get something with a better highway tread. I also tow a Jeep. Mud Terrains on my tow rig is not really necessary. Our Arctic Fox 811 is great in high temps or cold temps. If they still have an analog gauge for the propane heater swap it out for a $25 Walmart/Home Depot unit.
wcjeep 03/18/15 05:28pm Truck Campers
RE: Towing a 2015 Honda CR-V "four down"

What about the Rav4 or Mazda CX5? I think both still use a 6spd transmission.
wcjeep 03/18/15 05:14pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Leaking Dana 80 rear axle

I place the vent tube as high as possible. Then place an old school fuel filter with the arrow pointed toward atmosphere. This allows air to pass both ways but not contaminants.
wcjeep 03/18/15 05:10pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 12 volt questions, how much is good?

Each cell in a normal lead acid car battery is 2.1V DC. Multiply by six cells gives an average sitting voltage of 12.6v DC for the average lead acid battery. Charging systems are usually above 13V DC. Typically one may expect the charging voltage to be 13.2V DC to 14.7V DC. I've also read manuals to say the max should be 14.4V DC. There are many slight variations. The numbers stated above are only a ballpark figure.
wcjeep 03/18/15 05:01pm Tech Issues
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