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RE: long term non-use/storage

FWIW, in 30 years of professional and shade tree engine mechanics, it “seems” Ethanol gas is good for a few months un treated, maybe a year treated. Non E gas 6 mo plus untreated year plus treated. AV or race gas 2 years, no treatment. EFI engines will handle questionable fuel better (not from a performance or detonation standpoint ) because it’s harder to gun up a sealed higher pressure system. For carb engines they’re more susceptible. Having a bunch of seasonal use engines around the household. I’ve started running AV gas in the small 2 cycle stuff and things that may sit indefinitely like the backup generator. No need to treat/winterize then. I can turn the chain saw off in February and fire it back up a year later, 2 pulls, no gummed up carb. For example. The that with untreated 87 pump gas and There’s a great chance that you’ll be pulling the carb apart.
Grit dog 07/10/20 10:04am General RVing Issues
RE: long term non-use/storage

UPDATE: I got the starter battery replaced and started it. The engine just purrs. I let it idle for 15-20 minutes. That’s great to hear! I read your health situation. Hope that goes well and you’re back on your feet soon! Don’t mind some of the folks here. Pretty self righteous, some of them. I’d add, if you can drive it yet this year, run the old gas out of it. Shouldn’t take too many little trips to burn up the gas. BTW you could insure it for a month or so if that’s concerning to you. I wouldn’t let the old gas sit another year. If can’t run the gas out, I’d figure out how to siphon or pump it out. And use it in non critical equipment or give it to a neighbor or something. I would NOT fill the tank. Yes it’s recccomended by many, but unless you use it before it goes bad (lots to consider with this definition of bad and how it’s used), a full tank of bad gas is can be more problem than it’s worth. I let every seasonal vehicle/toy sit very low on good treated fuel. No condensation issues. And if there was, a full tank of gas with ethanol and maybe a bottle of Heet, worst case will eat up the water. If you must or plan to let it sit more than a year, IMO, run it as empty as possible. Add 5 gal or so of. AV gas. Run a little av gas thru the fuel system and park it. AV gas will store ok for up to 2 years. Then dilute/fill with regular gas when ready to run it again. Take care
Grit dog 07/10/20 09:55am General RVing Issues
RE: battery power

Ya, check the batteries. Sounds like they’re not re-charging.
Grit dog 07/10/20 09:23am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Nissan Titan Cummins 5.0L

They will likely be a good value for those that want a robust half ton diesel. And they have a good transmission. Their downfall, imo is gvw and fuel mileage. They get about the same mileage as a HD diesel pickup and don’t have the heavy running gear of a HD. Now with each of the big 3 having a capable baby diesel and a big diesel, the luster of a med size diesel is not there, imo.
Grit dog 07/10/20 12:34am Tow Vehicles
RE: GM HD Trucks Many with AWD instead of 4WD

What trim package? I can find one at the plant tomorrow and look It's a Crew Cab LT Duramax. PM sent with the info NICE Truck! GMC or Family Truckster model (Natl Lampoons vacation...)?
Grit dog 07/08/20 02:55pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Thoughts on this Truck

The '16 looks to have been modded if you look at the engine bay and the "Y" pipe on top (at least that's my take. Plus IMO, it looks as well that the interior has been used a fair amount judging by the creases in LR seat area.. The '15, IMO looks to be in great shape overall and int looks to be cleaner. One thing I noticed on both tho is the single tip exhaust instead of Ford's dual tip. Hmmmmm........ The silver '16 is deleted and a small lift. The blue '15 is also deleted, small lift or level and cheap @zz janky tires. Also it was not kept clean, interior used to be dirty as ___, it was heavily detailed. The rest of them look to have at least a leveling kit, although if you got the one with the brodozer wheels, you could sell em for about $2500...still lifted though. So far, the best truck you've found is the one you won't consider. Unless that black one has a bad vehicle history, it's nicer than every one of the new ones you posted except the brodozer.
Grit dog 07/08/20 02:44pm Tow Vehicles
RE: GM HD Trucks Many with AWD instead of 4WD

I build these trucks.... it is either 2 h 4l/4h. Or those 3 plus the auto.... depending on trim pkg Let's not ruin the fantasy or reason to complain with real facts....lol. I questioned this 2 pages ago as Ida bet a weeks pay that ALL the HD 4x4 trucks of any of the big 3 still have 2 speed transfer cases. However, the peanut gallery just kept clamoring on about how they like AWD or hate it because it aint like pappys old Willys...
Grit dog 07/08/20 02:26pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Do ice cubes in the black tank really work?

Poof!!
Grit dog 07/08/20 09:41am General RVing Issues
RE: Tow weight

"When’s a pickup a good choice? When it’s subject to IRS rules, and not otherwise. It’s a heavily-compromised vehicle. Least-capable when it matters, as it is MORE likely than the trailer to initiate a loss-of-control incident. ." Okay buddy. I want to live in your world just for a day to see what it's like. There's some theoretical validity to your scenario of solid axle vs IFS, however I'm not certain you're right and virtually EVERY vehicle mfg is wrong. Light to heavy duty.
Grit dog 07/08/20 09:36am Travel Trailers
RE: hauling trailer to Alaska

Great advice, just beginning planning hopefully for May-June 2021. Just reading your post is getting me excited. We are looking at a used 18 footer, unfortunately it is a single axle, but the price is right and the layout is good for us. My husband drives and I do all the planning so I really appreciate the advice. If you think of anything else let me know. Would you mind sharing your itinerary from Illinois to B.C. And where did you cross? Thanks again Driving to and sight seeing in AK is about the best application I can think of for a smallish single axle TT. And the best application for those ones that look cool with the lift kits and mud tires. I can't stand getting into these threads because I WANT TO GO BACK! He!!, I'm excited for you! Generator, yes, spare tires, yes, fishing gear, bring ALL of it! Plan campgrounds for the crowded areas, like Homer, Denali, etc. The rest you an pretty much wing it and park wherever. Not literally and it's nice to hit some NF campgrounds, but it's not intimidating once you realize you're in Alaska and there ARE roads and people speak engrish and you can buy gas and don't have to shoot a caribou for dinner and a seal for lamp oil!
Grit dog 07/07/20 08:27pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Help with Long Term planning for Alaska

What's wrong with your current truck? I mean if it's time for a new truck it's time, but I'd actually prefer an older truck to wail on for 8000 miles of bumpy roads. It literally is no different than driving around rural NC or wherever you live, except the bears are bigger, the deer are moose and there are less people and more mosquitos.
Grit dog 07/07/20 08:22pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Paid Caravans to Alaska Worth it?

I can see a caravan for traveling through Alaska, some roads get pretty rough, and having buddies along in case of a breakdown is a plus, but $10,000? That seems pretty steep. Buddies? I mean, yeah I'll help someone if they breakdown, but having a pack of people who are afraid of the dark and me being the only guy with air tools, I'm not spending my $10k to fix people's RVs fr a month!
Grit dog 07/07/20 08:19pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: How many miles a day can we go?

Thanks very much, everyone! I really appreciate the fast feedback. Seems the consensus is we're pushing the limit a bit too far as: 1) we have kids 2) NOT in our 20s as one poster replied 3) First timers, meant to take it easy! Going to save our trip for when we can actually enjoy the trip and keep the mileage much lower per day. Aww c'mon randster. Not going to be a better summer than this one. Next year everyone will be back to work, kids will be busier. 1) You said kids, not babies, besides, you have a Xbox/refrigerator/chip cabinet on wheels. Kids won't care. 2) Don't puss out and act old because you're in your 30s or 40s. He!!, if you're in your 40s, can one of the kids take a turn at the wheel? You could roll 800 miles a day! 3) First timers driving a bus? Yeah me too, only driven one once. Way easier than my truck with TC. No reason it shouldn't feel like just drivin a truck down the highway. Point er straight, line up the hood ornament with the fog line if you can't conceptualize staying in your lane. It's got an auto transmission, stereo, AC and cruise control......and a fridge microwave, potty (and the previously mentioned potato chip cabinet). It can't get any easier unless you just hire someone to drive for you. Throw a 12 pack of redbulls in the luxurious fridge (and a 5th of Titos if you want the trip to be more fun than it already will be) and hit the open road!!
Grit dog 07/07/20 08:15pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: trailer bearings leak - castle nut stuck (why?)

R18, bud, just got a min to skim through your video. There is nothing wrong other than you literally never put much force on it the way you were using those channel locks sideways and you never really hit it with the screw driver and trim hammer. If you haven't gotten it off by now. It's just a little boogered up thread on the spindle or nut making it a bit difficult. Yes I use an impact and socket, but first, assuming those are the most imposing tools you have, turn the biggest set of channel locks 90 deg form how you were tryin. Adjust them so you can get a good clamp on them and it'll probably spin. Or get a bigger hammer and hit that screwdriver like you mean it. (If you miss it don't hurt for too long, lol) OR get a big crescent wrench as suggested or the right size socket. Bet you a 12 pack either will spin it off of there fairly easily.
Grit dog 07/07/20 07:51pm Travel Trailers
RE: trailer bearings leak - castle nut stuck (why?)

Put your impact gun on it and move along with your day. Guess if He had an impact wrench and a 2" whatever socket, he wouldn't have posted here.....
Grit dog 07/07/20 07:45pm Travel Trailers
RE: Tow weight

Yeah, but if so many experienced people on this forum are stating that my little engine will have problems, it’s prob better to just go for a different truck/engine. I’m assuming that most V8’s and the turbo diesel v6’s should be able to pull what I’m looking for which would be a 30 foot 7000 lb trailer. I was looking at a 2018 Sierra with the 5.3L and then potentially looking at the RAMS. For the record I didn't say your little engine will have problems, I said you may not like how fast it pulls hills. You will not hurt it running it hard a couple days a year. It's a truck not a Faberge egg. If you upsize the truck, you are definitely getting more power, but you're not getting much in the way of chassis improvements. I predicted the over analyzing this. Once you get the trailer, literally the only person or object that will care that it's the V6 model is YOU and even then you'll only care going UP hill. Summer is half over, get to campin! Have fun! Your truck might actually thank you for having a little faith in it! Remember, just because you don't work your truck doesn't mean there aren't a million of them out there every day pulling trailers and plenty of base model trucks doing it because those are the cheaper work trucks that companies who use trucks buy!
Grit dog 07/07/20 07:36pm Travel Trailers
RE: Tow weight

Very true and i would not max out the trailer with cargo. I would take a separate vehicle to help with cargo as we only want it for a seasonal type campground to go to each year. So I would def keep the numbers low. Now you're literally only going to tow it to a seasonal campground, so once there, once home? No side trips, summer trips, etc that you mentioned earlier before you "get" a seasonal campsite? In that case I would 100% NOT consider getting a bigger/badder/worse fuel mileage truck for 2 days a year with a trailer. (I'm assuming your seasonal campsite won't be in Colorado or Nova Scotia or something like that. I'm picturing a couple hundred mile radius of home? Buy the trailer, hook it up, tow it there, second vehicle, or not, who cares, it's once a year deal. If you tow it there and don't like how it drives, you can go rent a 3/4 ton for a day to pull it home for like $150.
Grit dog 07/07/20 07:29pm Travel Trailers
RE: How many miles a day can we go?

How fast does the RV go and what are the speed limits? East coast, how will the traffic be (probably fine, it's still good here due to the work at home Rona fear)? Most importantly, how old are you? Avg age here on this forum, umm probably born when Truman was president, and still drive like they're in an Edsel on Route 66, IE, most of the answers will seem shockingly low unless you yourself also are eligible for AARP. I would assume 500mi a day minimum with 1 driver and those pesky 65-70 mph east coast speed limtis. 2 capable drivers, 700+ shouldn't be an issue as long as noone has an overly active bladder (problem solved, you have an on board potty) or has narcolepsy. This still allowing for a decent night's sleep.
Grit dog 07/07/20 07:21pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: GM HD Trucks Many with AWD instead of 4WD

Where snow and mud isn't an issue, you can have a 4X2 truck as your tow vehicle, but here in the Northeast, 4X4 trucks are the norm. Now GM is offering AWD instead of 4WD in many of their HD trucks. You're saying the HD's now have single speed t- cases too? I haven't seen, heard, nor read that yet. All the new 2020 GM HD's I've seen have been 2 speed. The 1500s have had single speed T case since last year. Agree, not sure how I feel about that, however, aside from the convenience of creeping up or down very rough terrain very slowly, I can probably count on 1 hand how many times I've used 4low on any truck in the last 20 years. And I use 4wd more than alot of people and in many different scenarios. Agree, though I'm not happy to see it leave some of the half ton models.
Grit dog 07/07/20 05:31pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Paid Caravans to Alaska Worth it?

Edited, no I would not find the value in that.
Grit dog 07/07/20 02:32pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
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