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RE: Dave Smith Motors has been sold

I always hear their commercials on SiriusXM. What is so special about them? Me being a Ford/VW/Volvo man it doesn't seem like they sell anything I would go to Idaho to get. On my 2006 Dodge Megacab Cummins I saved $15k vs local dealer. Some people use the Dave Smith price to negotiate with local dealers. Per the article, the private equity group plans to own at least one of every manufacturer dealership and take the Dave Smith model nationwide. In theory you could take the private equity group Ford pricing to negotiate with your favorite local dealer.
wcjeep 04/28/15 07:58am Tow Vehicles
Dave Smith Motors has been sold

Nope. Not April Fools. Dave Smith Motors has been sold. It appears volume pricing is staying. I bought my 2006 Megacab new there. Dave Smith Sold
wcjeep 04/27/15 10:48pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Cell phone signal

OP is on a job location of some sort. I have used my boosters to assist with medical problems miles beyond normal cell range. I've used them to assist others with family emergencies, chase down car parts and arrange transportation. One time we found two well trained/fed hunting dogs. With my cell booster we were able to locate the owners while we were miles from cell phone range.
wcjeep 04/27/15 09:34pm General RVing Issues
RE: Camper shifting in pickup box.

Always travel with full fresh, empty black, grey. Also, try a spring loaded tiedown. Don't overtighten with your current setup.
wcjeep 04/27/15 06:53pm Truck Campers
RE: Tailgate or no tailgat?

Put it in the garage. Save the weight. Tail gates aren't really designed to support a lot of weight compared to the bed itself. The TC should be designed to support itself beyond the end of the bed as it's most common to not have the gate in. If you have a TC that fits inside the bed area and you can close the tailgate, I'd leave it on and close it in transit then use it as a deck when parked/camped. X2 The Camper will move while driving down the road. The tailgate is not designed for this.
wcjeep 04/27/15 06:52pm Truck Campers
RE: Cell phone signal

Your time for buying Wilson products is running short. They changed their name to WeBoost. Still good products with a price increase. The Wilson Sleek can boost one device at a time. With Verizon I average 18db gain. Since you can text it sounds like your current signal is about 105db. Best case scenario the Sleek would get you near 87db. When discussing 3G, anything below 91db is great. I also have two multi device Wilson boosters. They work great in a vehicle. They do have their drawbacks in an RV. The specific unit I have has an indoor antenna with a range of 5ft. The closer the device, the better it works. 6" and under distance between devices I have seen 35db gain. The unit I have is good to four devices. They also sell other units that have an indoor antenna capable of lighting up an entire room. Both units I've mentioned ship with 4" rubber antenna. The rubber antenna has very little gain. It also does very little to harm signal. Wilson sells bigger, better antennas. However, you will have to be very specific with your exact needs. The bigger antennas might hurt 1x, 3g or 4g signal. They may help Verizon 4g, but, hurt AT&T 3g. All antennas have a trade off. Antenna placement is not supposed to matter too much. It does. I've found middle of my truck and Jeep hood provides the best signal. Not sure about your RV. The 4" rubber antenna can boost off a can of chili for its ground reference. Some metals are better than others. I carry an emergency sheet of roof flashing (small). The higher you can get the antenna is better. Outside the vehicle/RV is also preferred. If you have any specific model questions Wilson (now WeBoost) has great customer service. As mentioned in previous comment. Some phones have stronger signal than others. I've found most Motorolas and new Samsung devices have great signal strength. There are exceptions. Not all cell towers are created equal. Some tower power outputs are turned down. Some towers provide great signal with very low speed. I've seen other towers with low signal output and very fast internet speed. Some towers do not respond well to VPN's. 50db - Perfect signal 87db - Still decent 92db - Expect 3g speed to decrease 96db - Losing data connection, calls/text ok 101db- Call quality severely diminished, text probably ok 105db - Reaching the upper limit of text 110db - Might receive a text, usually can't send one 120db - No signal. Wilson Sleek Wilson Mobile Pro 4g
wcjeep 04/27/15 06:42pm General RVing Issues
RE: Truck Bounce

Run with full fresh, empty grey/black. This will help tremendously. If necessary lower the airbag pressure and install Torklift Stableloads.
wcjeep 04/26/15 08:51pm Truck Campers
RE: AF 811 mods & upgrades, solar, satellite, etc.

With my 2008 AF811 I bought all of my LED's from LED Trailer Lights. The lights are a few years old now. None have burned out. The power draw is a big difference from stock. I looked at more sound proofing from the Onan. I didn't feel comfortable placing insulation too close the generator. I also has an open bottom. Wasn't sure how much of a difference it would make. I also upgraded the thermostat to electronic for more precise control. I also added additional 12v outlets for charging. Then placed dual USB chargers in the two extra 12v outlets to maximize charging activities. I also swapped out the stock Kenwood stereo for one with front USB. Then loaded MP3's on a nanoUSB. It barely sticks out. The NanoUSB won't snag on anything.
wcjeep 04/23/15 05:50pm Truck Campers
RE: Newbie Qs about Trucks, Campers and Wives

A 1500 series truck with small engine would not be my first choice for a truck camper. A 3yr old truck should knock off alot of initial depreciation. You can never have enough truck with a truck camper. Diesel is not required. It's nice, but, not required. I also like S&S Campers in addition to the Lance you mentioned. While I like my Arctic Fox 811, it's not light. Check out Truck Camper Magazine. They have done numerous write ups over time of Full Timing in a Truck Camper. Be sure the wife is happy. Don't be afraid to upgrade the mattress to something she likes. If buying used, be sure to swap all safety sensors. They are only good for upto 7yrs. I also prefer onboard generator and AC. Makes boondocking easier in hot weather.
wcjeep 04/23/15 05:33pm Truck Campers
RE: Wife says I can get new(er) Tow Vehicle !

When I was looking for 3yr old used, it was cheaper to buy new when considering the finance rate. Be sure to shop around and check Edmunds, Trueprice, Costco. Drive all three to see what fits best. Avoid the Ford 6l diesel.
wcjeep 04/13/15 05:41pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Converting to LED lights to the outside of your rig

On my Truck Camper I used all new light/assembly. Did have to scrape off some old sealant. Wasn't difficult. My manufacturer did not completely seal the front clearance lights on purpose. This was to let water out. I completely sealed them. No intention of removing or replacing the LED replacements.
wcjeep 04/13/15 05:32pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Jeep tow vehicle

I would avoid the older 87 - 95 Jeep Wrangler YJ. The transfer case does not have a true neutral. The 97 - 06 Wrangler TJ has a decent Jeep ride and prices are OK. Also avoid the 2014+ Jeep Cherokee. I'm not talking about the Grand.
wcjeep 04/10/15 09:01pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 2008 Dodge Ram 2500 Air Bag Installation

Check out Torklift Stableloads before buying airbags. My Dodge is a little older than your rig. I'm running Pacbrake airbags. Easy install and plenty strong. The Torklift Stableloads did not exist at the time.
wcjeep 04/10/15 08:56pm Forum Technical Support
RE: shakey towing of jeep cherokee

The OP mentioned he has a Jeep Cherokee Latitude. Does it have Active Drive II (ADII)? This is required for flat towing. Last I heard the ADII was not as common in the Latitude trim level. It was more common with the Limited and standard on the Trailhawk. Be sure it's upto date on all computer software. There is a possibility one of the computer flashes can kill the transmission.
wcjeep 04/09/15 05:45pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Pink stuff vs Air pressure - The Verdict

For everyone using air, are you using an air pressure filter? The inside of many metal tanks is ok for running power tools. Not something I'd want in the lines. I use pink and an oil filled radiator. I also use a remote thermometer for monitoring camper temp from the house.
wcjeep 04/09/15 05:38pm General RVing Issues
RE: creating a truck bed access door in a AF1150

The insulated basement area with your bigger tanks are in the way. On my older camper I carried spare water and shoes in the hidden areas.
wcjeep 04/09/15 05:31pm Truck Campers
RE: moisture in gas tank

First, turn off Caps Lock. If you have that much water it may be time to consider a professional cleaning. Keep the tank full after cleaning. Avoid E85.
wcjeep 04/09/15 05:14pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Flying from NC to Pacific NW for RV trip - Need advise

If you are at Yellowstone, Crazy Horse Memorial and Mount Rushmore are not much further. At Mt St Helens, the Ape caves are worth visiting if you have the time. They are old lava tubes. I've only done the easy lower tube. Take LED Minors lights and flashlights for everyone. The Olympics have the Sol Duc Hot Springs. Also check out the Elwa Dam Removal. For a day off consider the Great Wolf Lodge. Great Wolf Lodge is alot cheaper if booked well in advance. They have done Groupon in the past. They also email coupon dates occasionally.
wcjeep 04/08/15 06:11pm Roads and Routes
RE: Running 19.5" wheels; what about the spare?

After I bought my 08 Sterling 4500, I realized it did not have a spare or a place to mount one under the truck as it has the 55 gallon fuel tank in the rear. I've been trying to find a basic, used 19.5 wheel, just to have, maybe even mount on the front, and have had no luck. Any suggestions? I usually check Craigslist for my area and the next major metro area near me. When all else fails, buy it brand new. The used item you have been looking for will show up the next day on Craigslist/Offerup.
wcjeep 04/05/15 06:37pm Truck Campers
RE: Running 19.5" wheels; what about the spare?

I carry a 19.5" spare. I found it necessary to carry the spare at zero psi because of my Torklift SuperHitch. I normally have two different sources of onboard air. My aluminum 19.5's do use different lug nuts than stock.
wcjeep 04/04/15 10:22pm Truck Campers
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