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RE: Why diesels are most efficient around 1,800 rpm

Miles per gallon depends on more than engine efficience. Wind resistance is a big factor at higher speeds.
RoyF 10/20/20 02:57pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New NPS campground planning doc. Comments called for.

OK, I measured the turning radius for my F350 long-bed crew-cab. In the document, the turning radius of a curve was shown as the inside radius, so I looked at the inside track of the front tires with steering at full lock. The radius was 24 feet. The track of the rear tires followed a tighter curve, 4.5 feet inside the track of the front tires. That means it is possible for my truck to follow a curve having a radius of 24 feet provided there is an additional 4.5 feet of pavement on the inside at mid-curve for the rear tires. The trailer tires will track further inside, but I don't have any numbers. So it seems that a curve of radius 50 feet is actually not so tight. For that curve, my truck's rear tires will track closer to the front tires -- maybe about 1 foot inside? I still would like to know how much additional pavement is needed inside the front tire's track to handle the trailer tires. That is something we have to guess at every time we make a tight turn at a street intersection and try to miss the curb with our trailer tires.
RoyF 10/19/20 10:19am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: New NPS campground planning doc. Comments called for.

Thank you for calling this to our attention. The 10-foot truck-length refers (I think) to how far the truck extends beyond the trailer. For my crew-cab long bed, that length is 17 feet. (I just checked.) The question is: what is the turning radius? The document uses 50 feet for the turning radius of a fifth-wheel/truck with (combined) length of 50 feet. That figure applies to curves on access roads. I have never measured my turning radius, but I am going to do so.
RoyF 10/18/20 10:26am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Dualie vs SRW benefits?

I tow a 12,000 lb. (loaded and wet) fiver with single rear-axle long bed F350 and am well-pleased with the towing characteristics. I am not bothered by trucks passing. The GCWR is 3,700 lbs, but that is adequate for this trailer. A SRW can go through bank drive-throughs and drive-through car washes. I don't think that is true of DWR trucks. With a longer and heaver trailer I would no doubt need a DRW.
RoyF 10/16/20 07:20pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: On the road breakdown stories..

Several years ago, I installed an in-bed auxillary diesel tank. (I won't say the brand except that it was a gravity-flow type tank and NOT a Transfer Flow, which is what I have now and which has never given a problem). Driving along towing the fifth-wheel somewhere in Mississippi the engine just quit. I called for a tow. Mechanic could find nothing wrong with the the truck. Same thing happened twice more before I got home. It happened again on the next trip. I removed the auxillary tank and drained it. There on bottom was a marble or ball bearing. It seems that the ball would roll around during travel and, once in a while, settle over the fuel opening in the bottom of the tank to create a blockage. Towing the truck would cause the ball to roll away. PS: Auxillary tank was replaced with a Transfer Flow, which (apparently) did not have any loose marbles.
RoyF 10/16/20 01:37pm General RVing Issues
RE: Tire Inflation - What RU Using

I use a Husky air compressor from Home Depot. It goes up to 110 psi. But since I purchased new trailer tires from Discount Tires, that store has been letting me have free air from their compressor, which works a lot faster than my Husky compressor.
RoyF 10/16/20 09:11am Tech Issues
RE: Installing a second battery

If you have a 12-volt battery then you want the second battery to be in parallel because your systems require 12 volts only. Charge both batteries to the same voltage before connecting them in parallel. (If there were much difference in voltage then you would get a large current when they were first connected in parallel -- I don't know what might actually happen).
RoyF 10/16/20 09:01am Fifth-Wheels
RE: RV Sites in Tulsa OK south or Broken Arrow

The south part of Tulsa is upscale, so no RV parks. Mingo RV park in north Tulsa usually has a place or two for travelers. (Like many urban RV parks, it is mostly occupied by permanent residents.) We have stayed there a few times. The location is Mingo & I-244. Tulsa's road system is pretty fast -- it wouldn't take long to drive to south Tulsa. Keystone State Park to the west is about twenty minutes from downtown and would be a nice place to stay.
RoyF 10/15/20 02:44pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: California DL towing an Exactly 10,000 lb GVWR trailer

The online DMV handbook contains the following disclaimer: "The state makes no claims, promises, or guarantees about the absolute accuracy, completeness, or adequacy of the contents of this website and expressly disclaims liability for errors and omissions in the contents of this website." So the vehicle code should hold up in court. This is an amusing exercise for lawyers. It seems to be OK to overload a trailer if the weight rating is less than 10,000 lbs.
RoyF 10/13/20 08:56am Beginning RVing
Can worn kingpins be refurbished?

My kingpin is showing a lot of wear after 13 years of long trips. I believe that big truck semi-trailer kingpins can be refurbished, but what about RV fifth-wheels? Do you really have to replace the entire kingpin assembly, which can cost upwards of a $thousand?
RoyF 10/01/20 07:19pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Arkansas SP $40 Dog Fee - REALLY ??

We have camped at three Arkansas State parks this year with a dog and have never been asked to pay an extra fee. During those stays, we talked to many other campers also with dogs. The idea of such a fee would certainly have come up, but it never did. I would telephone the state park office directly to make the reservation, as I did. I was never asked whether I had a dog. On further checking, it seems that the fee is for staying in lodge and cabin rooms, not for camping.
RoyF 09/30/20 07:22pm General RVing Issues
RE: 35-foot fiver in Grand Canyon Mather?

Thank you Thom02099, I did not know about that website.
RoyF 09/22/20 10:54am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: 35-foot fiver in Grand Canyon Mather?

Two hands: I've camped in Trailer Village, but I would rather be in Mather if it is still possible.
RoyF 09/21/20 06:41pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
35-foot fiver in Grand Canyon Mather?

Some ten years ago, I camped at Grand Canyon Mather with a 35-foot (including hitch) fifth-wheel. I showed up with no reservation, the Mather check-in person assigned me to a pull-through, and I had no problem. I realize that today you have to have a reservation. But the on-line information is not very helpful, and I imagine that if I call for reservations then I will be talking to someone who is just looking at a computer screen. The sites all have limits of "30 feet or less". Question: Have any of you recently been able to get into Mather with a 35-footer? Have any of your reserved a pull-through that you could not get into with a 35-footer?
RoyF 09/21/20 03:18pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Fridge Assistance and Troubleshooting

If it's a 2020 on warrenty then I would contact Norcold about a replacement.
RoyF 09/18/20 06:33am Tech Issues
What discount to expect on special-ordered truck?

I am hoping to trade my 2008 F350 diesel for a new truck in 2021. My wife's hip problem makes it very difficult for her to climb up into a four-wheel drive. All the trucks on local dealer's lots are four-wheel drive. Getting a two-wheel drive truck means placing a special order. I want to be able to talk (more or less) intelligently about price with a dealer. Does anyone have a idea about what kind of discount off the sticker price I might expect? (I know to start by asking or more than I expect.) Buying a new $70,000+ truck is not something that I do every day.
RoyF 09/09/20 03:15pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: More room in the Refrigerator for the important stuff.

As long as we are on the subject of lettuce, wrap a length of paper towels around the head. The lettuce will stay moist for days without getting soggy the way it does when wrapped in plastic.
RoyF 09/07/20 07:05pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Cruise control not engaging

This happened on my Chrysler automobile, but it might apply to a motorhome. The "check engine" light came on for short time then went out. After that, the cruise control would not engage. Local mechanic found a brake sensor in the anti-skid system that was bad. Replacing the sensor fixed both the cruise control and the anti-skid system.
RoyF 09/02/20 01:57pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Absorption refrigerator cool down time

I've never tried to check it by the hour. I turn mine on the day before loading and it is always down to mid-thirties by the next morning. Meanwhile, the food to be loaded is being precooled in the frig at home. Mine is a 8-cu.-ft. Norcold, in its 13-th season of use.
RoyF 08/31/20 10:26am Truck Campers
RE: TT Tire Recommendation

I put on one Sailun on the fifth-wheel in 2015 (to replace a LT blowout). Finally retired it (tread getting thin) last year. Starting using Carlisle ST (load range F) tires in 2016. I have had no problem of any kind with either of those brands. I am now using four new Carlisles. (We average about 8,000 miles per year towing.) I previously used LT tires and had three blowouts with them, so I am not in the "ST tires are no good" camp.
RoyF 08/20/20 03:24pm Travel Trailers
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