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RE: Bending plywood for roof

For that thickness of plywood, I would kerf the back side with a circular saw about 1 ply deep. It will take several kerfs about 2"-4" apart. Fasten the flat end down and SLOWLY apply pressure to bend it. This the way to do it so you get a uniform curve and plywood that doesn't want to flatten back out. Use glue and screws.
RobWNY 07/10/20 11:30am Tech Issues
RE: Fifth Wheels with Long bed truck cover

I have a 2017 Ram 3500 with the short box and have a 4 panel BakFlip MX4 tonneau cover. I keep it on when towing our fifth wheel. No issue at all with the first panel in place and the others folded up on top of it and buckled in place.
RobWNY 07/10/20 06:46am Fifth-Wheels
RE: New Ram is awsome!

Very nice truck. Congrats! The computers are never very accurate. Did you happen to write down the mileage and gallons used and check your MPG that way too? The computers aren't perfect but ballpark it okay. Hand calculated also isn't perfect but ballparks it okay. The assumption that the tank gets equally filled each time is inaccurate, imo. Nice truck, OP. They get good mileage for 8000 lb bricks, although the fuel economy drops pretty quick over about 65 or when you mix in much city driving. True. I use the method of when the nozzle shuts off at full, I don't add any more. that gets me as close to the same filling level as I can get each time I'm checking mileage by hand calculation.
RobWNY 07/09/20 03:26pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New Ram is awsome!

Very nice truck. Congrats! The computers are never very accurate. Did you happen to write down the mileage and gallons used and check your MPG that way too?
RobWNY 07/09/20 11:36am Tow Vehicles
RE: Awning cover

Did you screw eye hooks into the edge of your roof and not use any sealant to prevent water getting under your roof membrane?
RobWNY 07/08/20 07:16pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: mattress pad recommendations

we just always replace the cheap rv mattress. I'd suggest you look in that direction. +1 You'll be happier in the long run. We got a Hybrid (6" of memory foam on top of 6" coil spring. Not much more money than a quality pad and very comfortable.
RobWNY 07/08/20 02:37pm General RVing Issues
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
RobWNY 07/08/20 02:17pm 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 Maybe you built the one I'm considering. It's got the LT trim package
RobWNY 07/08/20 02:08pm Tow Vehicles
RE: GM HD Trucks Many with AWD instead of 4WD

The truck I'm considering is a Chevy 2500 HD with the 11,350 GVWR and upgraded RAWR and other towing capabilities. It's "in transit" from Michigan to Buffalo. What that means exactly, I don't know and neither does the new truck sales manager. He has requested updates every 5 days from GM. It's been "in transit" over a week now. In all fairness, it's probably on a truck carrier going who knows where and could even be in Canada somewhere. (shortest route from Flint, MI to Buffalo, NY is through Canada). On the Chevy website it says it's 4WD, on the dealers website it says AWD and on the window sticker from the dealers website it says 4WD. The sales manager says its a 4WD model as well. Who knows at this point. It might get here and I'll find out it's a 4 cylinder Chevy Sonic.
RobWNY 07/08/20 01:34pm Tow Vehicles
RE: People sure are getting petty with their park reviews

When I read reviews where the scale is ratings from 1-5, I pay closest attention to the 2's and 4's. Lots of 2's? Probably not staying there. Many more 4's? I'm likely booking it. Mostly 3's? I might really like the place, I might hate it. 1's are people that are miserable no matter what or they some sort of beef with management in many instances. 5's are either campground personnel or a hired service flooding the web page or campers that always see the glass as being half full. Even when they hit their thumb with a hammer I am so fortunate that I didn't get hit by a car today so I could experience this thumb pain.
RobWNY 07/08/20 12:01pm General RVing Issues
RE: Help with a site North of Tampa

Try Paradise Oaks RV Resort in Bushnell. Beautiful place and quiet with large sites. It's 55 minutes to the Cancer center
RobWNY 07/08/20 11:52am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: GM HD Trucks Many with AWD instead of 4WD

This thread is an interesting read, and I was waiting to hear of an actual owner of a new GM heavy duty, with the AWD. I read something about 3 drive shafts, with the 3rd one splitting the power to wheels needed. Myself, I'd want to know everything about it before going that route. This is not saying I am against buying the AWD for Rob's intended use. I also don't believe that GM would design a HD truck with AWD, that would not be excepted by most, as a GOOD thing. My wife's Escape Limited has AWD, and it works well for her use. Still not the same use as a HD truck. While we all know Ford is best...I trust GM knows what they are doing. :) Jerry I really do like the Ford trucks. I only have one issue with them. They are a couple of inches taller than the Ram and GM trucks (unless they have changed the height on them) so it wouldn't fit in my garage. I only have an 81" clearance. I can't seem to get past the idea of having a 24'X40' garage that I can't park a truck in without the huge expense of putting in a taller door.
RobWNY 07/08/20 10:08am Tow Vehicles
RE: GM HD Trucks Many with AWD instead of 4WD

AWD and traction control probably would have worked well in that situation. Traditional 4x4, even with a limited slip or locking rear diff, is at best a THREE wheel drive system, and that one front wheel that's spinning doesn't bring anything to the party except some slung mud. If you've got open diffs front and rear then you're down to a TWO wheel drive system, and the wheels that get power are always the ones with the LEAST traction. AWD doesn't let you get to that point. If you're stuck, you're truly stuck because all four wheels have no traction. You're not stuck because the two wheels that might be able to get a little bite are just sitting there while the other two spin. AWD will cover 99.99999% of cases, except maybe rock crawling or mud bogging. If you're doing those with a brand new production vehicle, I'd call your sanity into question. I'm not doing those activities in any vehicle which is strange in a way because in my teens and twenties, I loved riding dirt bikes. Why those things never appealed to me I have no idea.
RobWNY 07/08/20 10:02am Tow Vehicles
RE: GM HD Trucks Many with AWD instead of 4WD

I personally am not a fan of AWD. Yes the system will detect well slippage, then send power to the other wheels, but the way I understand it is the system is engaged all the time thus creating more wear and tear. My tire gurus told me once of this system and their thoughts, so here is what they said. While the system works most of the time as intended, say now you have 20K miles on the tires and one goes flat or shot altogether. When you go to replace it, now you can either replace just the bad one or get 4 new ones cuz the cars transferase cannot compensate for the mismatched tread depths. In that sense, makes sense as to their theory and that's why I've shed away from AWD cars (easier to replace 2 tires VS 4. Now however, Subaru has nothing but AWD cars and most mfr's sell AWD's and it seems finding just a FWD car is getting harder and harder to come by. I would rather be in control of which 4WD method I want and think a non AWD truck would have less wear and tear. In the days of old when Ford, GM and Dodge/Ram had what they called full time 4WD, power went to both axles all the time and 9/10 times only 1 wheel on each axle got power (usually opposites) and unless you had a locking rear (GM had the best), you really only had a 2 wheel drive truck and the wheels w/ least amount of traction would spin the most. Correct me if I'm wrong, but that's how I remembered them. If you had a truck w/ lock out hubs no power to front axle at all. As the case w/ all 4x4's tho (even today), unless you have a locking rear axle of some sort, really only end up w/ 1 wheel on each pulling . I would prefer a 4WD model but others have made good points too. The problem I'm finding is there are 10 AWD HD trucks available for every 1 4WD HD truck. Unless you go into the high end trim levels where the MSRP is more than what I bought my house for back in the day to find a truck with 4WD they're mostly AWD.
RobWNY 07/08/20 09:27am Tow Vehicles
RE: GM HD Trucks Many with AWD instead of 4WD

I'm warming up to the idea of an AWD drive truck. You all are making some good points! Do you need low range to "crawl"? If not get the AWD. Personally 4WD w low range and a locking rear diff is a better combo for my use in steep, rocky terrain. I actually did need 4 low once...IN MY OWN YARD! I backed the RV in, got stuck in the mud, was just barely able to get unhooked but there I sat and spun. I got out in 4 low but I was a minute or two away from calling a tow truck to pull me out of my own yard. How embarrassing that would have been!
RobWNY 07/08/20 09:24am Tow Vehicles
RE: GM HD Trucks Many with AWD instead of 4WD

I didn't know that there was only one kind of snow. Depends on moisture and temperature. Lake effect is wet and heavy, a shovel full may weight 30 pounds. Lake Effect will stop any vehicle dead in its tracks. Perfect for making snow men. Slicker than snake **** Cold temperature snow, may feel like nothing in your shovel. You can blast through a foot of the stuff in a dramatic cloud. Is not real slippery. will not pack for even a snowball. Western NY is in no way the beginning of the Midwest. It is solidly and proudly EastCoast Mid Atlantic. I think the "tip of the midwest" comment was meant to be a joke. I totally agree about the snow differences. We get much more heavy wet snowmen making snow than the fluffy stuff. All that moisture gets pulled out of lake Erie and sometimes even Lake Michigan, Lake Huron and Lake Superior, if the winds are coming from the right direction and we get dumped on.
RobWNY 07/08/20 09:22am Tow Vehicles
RE: GM HD Trucks Many with AWD instead of 4WD

I'm warming up to the idea of an AWD drive truck. You all are making some good points!
RobWNY 07/08/20 06:10am Tow Vehicles
RE: GM HD Trucks Many with AWD instead of 4WD

I've never been in the midwest during the winter so I don't know but I'm in the snowbelt off Lake Erie. It's not uncommon to wake up to a fresh 2 feet of snow (Think Buffalo NY area, Blizzard of 1977 as examples) I've also had to pull my RV out of pretty muddy conditions at State parks after it rained for several days. You're right though. 99.9% of the time it's no problem. It's that .1% that worries me. So basically no different (the western tip of NY is part of the midwest). Only time we've ever had any issues was once while purposely playing with the 4x4 on a prior truck. LOL I've never thought of where I live as being the tip of the midwest but I like it! :)
RobWNY 07/08/20 06:09am Tow Vehicles
RE: How many miles a day can we go?

8 hours on the road also means no stops for restroom breaks or fueling. Traveling at a speed of 60-65mph is more like 50-55mph when factoring in stops for fuel, food and restrooms. That brings each travel day to 10 hours. Doable but I wouldn't advise it unless you're in your 20's.
RobWNY 07/07/20 06:27pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: GM HD Trucks Many with AWD instead of 4WD

If your scared, get front and rear lockers. Lol I'm too old to get scared over anything. I do however laugh hysterically quite often.
RobWNY 07/07/20 05:21pm Tow Vehicles
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