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RE: 5.9 Cummins Diesel Towing capacity

That truck with a 3.55 rear axle has a gross combined weight rating of 20,000#, with a 4.10 axle 21,000#. The empty truck weighs 6,700# if 2WD, 7,000# if 4WD. Toss in a couple of passengers and a hitch, maybe 700#. This leaves you with an "in spec" trailer weight of 12,300# to 13,600#. The truck may do it but I think it would be poor advice to tell you to go for it. You will see a bunch of anecdotal advice telling you otherwise and contrary to the manufacturer's numbers.
Durb 06/18/20 03:40pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Rear View Camera

I installed this one from Amazon during the off season for my 31 ft. trailer. It works great sitting underneath the carport. Looking forward to the first tow next week. It is wireless and was an easy install. The field of view looks sufficient to cover some blind spots. Maybe I'll check back in a week. AMTIFO FHD 1080P Digital Wireless Backup Camera,Hitch Camera with 7'' DVR Monitor Support Split/Quard Screen for Pickups,Trucks,Trailers,RV,5th Wheels High-Speed Observation System I promised a follow up, here it is. I built an adapter so the monitor mounts to my rear view mirror. The resolution of the monitor is very good however the brightness could be better especially when wearing sunglasses. I had a full signal all the time and there was no pixelation or frame freezing with the unit (up to 70 mph). Everything seemed reduced in size, a magnification feature would have been helpful. I could tell a vehicle was behind me and they would be in the camera view well into the point where my mirrors picked it up. I towed in the rain; the camera lens did not clear well and was pretty much useless. Once the rain stopped, the lens quickly cleared. Our site was a pull through so I did not use the camera for backing.
Durb 06/16/20 08:55am Truck Campers
RE: Cameo f35sb3 Tv antenna booster

Don't have a Cameo, but do have a Carriage trailer. Our antenna is a Winegard and the booster is inside and at the bottom of the pantry cabinet. It looks like a 12 volt receptacle and a coax connector on a wall plate. It has a small push button switch and a green indicator light. By the way, from the factory, the antennae was wired in such a way that it would never work.
Durb 06/16/20 08:29am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Best Wheel Chocks

All you’re trying to do is to keep the unit from moving. A rock, brick, piece of wood, broken branch, plastic chock, rubber chock will do that job. You can pay big bucks for the best but it won’t work any better than the list above. RotoChoks do work better; they stay off the ground and don't get muddy. I packed up this morning after 4 days of intermittent hard rain. Chocks were dry when I removed them, the ground was wet. As mentioned, they also stabilize the trailer. Mine have been worth every dollar I paid for them. At some point, resale will be nice. I imagine I could spit out or drive over most of the things mentioned. My RotoChoks will skid all four tires on asphalt.
Durb 06/15/20 03:45pm General RVing Issues
RE: Best Wheel Chocks

I had the same scenario. I screwed 1" thick ABS plastic strips onto my old RotoChoks to increase the length of the blocks. They have worked perfectly now going on their sixth season. PM me if you want pictures.
Durb 06/15/20 01:13pm General RVing Issues
RE: I almost cheated on my truck yesterday.

I couldn't disappoint my 04 RAM, it has never disappointed me, 100% faithful. At 100k miles, in top condition, and averaging 6k per year, I will probably give out before the truck does.
Durb 06/08/20 10:24am Tow Vehicles
RE: Rear View Camera

I installed this one from Amazon during the off season for my 31 ft. trailer. It works great sitting underneath the carport. Looking forward to the first tow next week. It is wireless and was an easy install. The field of view looks sufficient to cover some blind spots. Maybe I'll check back in a week. AMTIFO FHD 1080P Digital Wireless Backup Camera,Hitch Camera with 7'' DVR Monitor Support Split/Quard Screen for Pickups,Trucks,Trailers,RV,5th Wheels High-Speed Observation System
Durb 06/07/20 08:53am Truck Campers
RE: how much is too little to spend on a Used Pop Up?

I traded a couple hundred dollars worth of tools for an old off brand tent trailer. It was a piece of work; no windows in the canvas, zip up door, no insulation under the metal roof, fold out 4' beds. The wife and I plus our two boys camped in the thing well over a hundred nights and had great times and memories. Towed it all over the western states. You can have fun in just about anything. Welcome to the forum.
Durb 06/05/20 08:17pm Folding Trailers
RE: Generic questions about 5-ers

A consideration not mentioned. There will be some stair climbing in a fifth wheel as opposed to a flat floor in a motor home. This is a deal killer for some.
Durb 06/04/20 07:18pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Need help fast regarding new 5th wheel hitch

I agree. The Patriot is a good hitch if you already have the rails.
Durb 06/04/20 01:24pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Most expensive camp chair!

My monogrammed Yeti Mug was a Christmas present and I love it; unfortunately it is too wide to fit many cup holders. I wonder if it fits the chair's cup holder. Yeti is marketing genius. Their products are always displayed front and center and are seldom discounted. I would pay a lot for a supremely comfortable camp chair; probably not $300. The Yeti looks to be well made but I can't see it being super comfortable. I will give it a test drive when I see one displayed somewhere.
Durb 06/04/20 09:39am General RVing Issues
RE: In bed diesel tanks

I have a 41 gallon tank from Aluminum Tank Industries. I'm pleased with the quality and the price was good. It is gravity feed but I also installed an electric valve and indicator light. The gravity feed filler neck valve works fine; I just didn't trust it completely from the outset. I reset my trip meter and use the MPG readout to calculate my fuel usage per fill up. I would prefer to have an in-cab gauge for the auxiliary, but I went on the cheap. I agree with what FJ12 posted. Less stress and peace of mind. I also buy less expensive fuel; I calculate tank payback to be about three years. I average 11.2 MPG towing which easily gives me 750 miles of range; more than I can do in a day. Most round trips I take, I can do on a single fill up, then hit Costco when I get home.
Durb 06/03/20 09:27pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Member status--how does this change?

I'm a senior member but don't recall giving them my age. It's 200.....meaning posts. I may be a senior....but there is still some frivolity here.
Durb 06/01/20 09:55pm Forum Posting Help and Support
RE: Member status--how does this change?

I'm a senior member but don't recall giving them my age. Maybe they can tell I'm a senior due to my grammar. Doesn't matter, I never received an extra discount because of it.
Durb 06/01/20 08:33pm Forum Posting Help and Support
RE: Lightest slider hitch?

Consider the Blue Ox Super Ride hitch. It does not slide, instead it hinges fore and aft when needed. If your desire for lightness is based on easy install/removal, the Super Ride breaks down into three pieces. It also has a unique wrap-around jaw and an imbedded lube plate. Unlike the B&W and Andersen hitches touted, the Super Ride also offers a cushioned ride with pocketed air springs.
Durb 05/31/20 12:54pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: fifth wheel backing trouble

PopUp brand 10" pin box extension.
Durb 05/29/20 09:04pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: F-250 Needs New Shoes

I have a friend with the sailun Terramax tires from Les Schwab except the ATs. Her only comment was they drove fine and were inexpensive. I'll give them a look when I'm in the market next year. Their trailer tires have a good reputation. I recall a post from a man that had 40k on his and he was pleased.
Durb 05/27/20 11:30pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Family of 4, looking for smaller trailer

At 6'-3", you will hate sleeping in a short RV queen size bed. Try to find one with a full 80" long bed. We took our granddaughters with us for years in our 25' trailer (22' box) with no slides with excellent results. The girls slept on the dinette bed. This worked good until the oldest was 10, then not enough room. An upgrade was necessary. Kids your age will fondly remember the camping adventures no matter where they sleep. Ensure the wife is comfortable.
Durb 05/17/20 10:51am Travel Trailers
RE: Stainless steel screws

Stainless into aluminum is certainly better than zinc on aluminum. Realize that zinc plating is micro-thin and will corrode away in less than a year. Stainless into aluminum are both solids so have mass. Electrolysis also needs an electrolyte (water); keep the contact point dry and you won't have a problem. I've replaced all the screws holding the moldings onto my trailer with stainless (over 600). Never a problem.
Durb 05/16/20 08:19pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Opinion: best value HD truck under 20k?

Value is determined by what it costs you now compared to what you could sell it for later which would be net cost of ownership. 03-07 Ram with the 5.9 Cummins, they just don't like to depreciate. And, in my experience, are reliable and easy to maintain. Stay away from lifted, oversized tires, and tuned rigs.
Durb 04/30/20 09:13am Tow Vehicles
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