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RE: Cleaning top of slideout

Toppers will mold when retracted wet and not extended soon after to dry. So do the awnings and even when you close them up dried they still wick in moisture. Mine get rolled up dry every time and next time I open them after it rains they are wet and I get dripped on. Rob I have never seen mold on either my awning nor my slide toppers ,and they get rolled up wet ,and left that way. Could be the dry climate here in Utah, but no mold. Mine are 12 years old now. Its funny the subject of cleaning off the toppers , Slide outs I can see , but a few leaves or needles remaining on top of the slide outs, can't see where they are going to hurt anything if left, bigger twigs or broken branches sure. Same with the slide toppers , I have NEVER cleaned them off. Bigger stuff like a branch is going to fall off, the small stuff also unless wet, and a few leaves or needles rolled up is not going to be a problem, at least for me it hasn't , but have never noticed anything staying up there, when the wife brings in the slides. Also as far as the wind ,I got one on the long living room slide that flaps a bit in the wind, and I have been in some pretty good wind storms ,other then annoying flapping it hasn't been a problem.
cummins2014 12/12/19 05:14pm Tech Issues
RE: The Big Boys have Just Arrived

I can’t remember the last time I had new truck fever. I have a 2001 Powerstroke with a 6 speed standard, I bet this new motor will tow circles around mine. Maybe in about 5 years I’ll have enough of my pennies saved up to to buy one. I am more excited to see that 7.3 go up the Ike than I am about Christmas. I've got the same truck except it's a 2000 so has a bit less power. You're right, just about anything new will pull way faster. I'm not sure my truck will run up the Ike at 60 mph by itself let alone towing anything. But it's reliable as a Swiss watch and paid for! My old 99 Superduty 7.3 would run as fast as I wanted up any grade if wanted ,not so much towing the fifth wheel, big reason I got rid of it. If it had I would still have it.
cummins2014 12/12/19 04:58pm Tow Vehicles
RE: MOTOR OIL ?

My RAM is ASSEMBLED in Mexico. Not thrilled about that. I have owned two other US Made RAM’s. Fact is the vast majority of the truck is US Made. Fact is there are less US good paying jobs now that the filter is made in Mexico. That matters to me. Other choice is Ford with a Mexican made diesel. GM not interested. Well it sounds like less Mexico in the Ford :B More jobs here. When you getting that new Superduty :@
cummins2014 12/12/19 04:46pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 5er hitch options RAM MegaCab w/6'4" bed - Solitude 310GK

A word of caution, do some measurements of your pin box before jumping to an Andersen. I talked to a gentleman with a newer short bed Ram and a busted out rear window. He was pulling a Montana High Country with rounded front corners. With the Andersen adapter facing rearwards his pin box was damaging his tailgate. He turned the adapter around and happily towed for many thousands of miles before he took out his rear window and dented his cab. He did say he lost focus when the incident occurred. I wouldn't run the hitch with the adapter forward with your truck. Although thats a possibility ,that gentlemen would of NEVER been able to run an Auto slider, he would of hit every time he turned a corner, that had to be one screwy pin box.Although I have seen where some have had to clip the corners on the pin box, with just a manual slider , its rare, but Its a possibility. Why would the gentlemen not clip the corners. ??? It sounds like it was not making a lot of contact. I am not sure what you mean, not run the adapter forward, that means putting the fifth wheel closer to the cab to me, I run mine putting the fifth wheel further from the cab, so to me thats the adapter in the rear position . If I have the terminology wrong ,you know I mean . OP has the same truck as mine, megacab short bed. If he runs it the same as I do ,and the corners are rounded on the fifth wheel , and he has what I would call a normal pin box or the MorRyde pin box, and hopefully he will, there should not be a problem .
cummins2014 12/12/19 04:42pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: MOTOR OIL ?

Quite FUNNY! I simply gave two BETTER oil filters as an option to the FleetGuard Stratapore not one person said thanks for the info. I also mentioned where they were made and that the FleetGuard changed from being US Made to now being Made in Mexico. But several go out of their way to say they have no issue with it Made in Mexico. Incredible! Maybe I should start talking about how great AMZ/OIL is, that should put a few in a tailspin. :B I am aware of the two you mentioned for awhile now. Anyway thanks for bringing them up. I have used either the Mopar brand or Fleetguard since new. I will probably change to Donaldson since I am extending my old change intervals ,and going to synthetic now instead of plain old T4. NO!!!, not Amsoil :R Either T6 or one of the other top brands of Synthetic, whatever comes off the shelf.
cummins2014 12/12/19 02:33pm Tow Vehicles
RE: MOTOR OIL ?

Quite FUNNY! I simply gave two BETTER oil filters as an option to the FleetGuard Stratapore not one person said thanks for the info. I also mentioned where they were made and that the FleetGuard changed from being US Made to now being Made in Mexico. But several go out of their way to say they have no issue with it Made in Mexico. Incredible! Maybe I should start talking about how great AMZ/OIL is, that should put a few in a tailspin. :B My truck was made in Mexico, why would I have a problem with using a filter that was made there. Exactly !!!!
cummins2014 12/12/19 02:21pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 5er hitch options RAM MegaCab w/6'4" bed - Solitude 310GK

OK... I think I’ve got a good understanding of it all now. What appeals to me is the adapter rails and the Anderson steel hitch. Not a bad way to go. I sent you a pm on some more info on it
cummins2014 12/12/19 01:20pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5er hitch options RAM MegaCab w/6'4" bed - Solitude 310GK

Question about the Anderson - all the tongue weight & lateral forces are on the Anderson ball vs. other hitches, where the weight and lateral forces are shared by the large large plate and lower hook(s) . Is there any concern with such a small item as the ball handling all the weight and lateral forces of the 5th wheel? (Obviously, Gooseneck ball hitches have been extensively used and engineers have likely given the green light to just the ball mount, so the ball is likely more than adequate for the job?) I like the light weight of the Anderson, but I guess to use RAM factory pucks, two rails must also be employed. Are the Anderson rails fully compatible with the RAM factorypucks? And, can the Anderson rails be used with the Anderson hitch that can mount either 180º direction (giving an 8" difference between each direction chosen)? Is there any question that the Anderson is not more than capable of safely doing the job? What about the Anderson aluminum hitch vs. their steel - does it make good sense to go with the steel over the aluminum? I'm thinking that the steel one is likely quite light enough for a one-man installation? IMO ,the steel rail mount Andersen is the way to go . As said in a previous post ,I don't like the one point attachment ,don't care what brand, just not as solid as a four point attachment. There are three different adapters you can buy to fit the Ram puck system, they ALL do the same thing. They attach at four points ,and enable you to attach ANY standard rail hitch to the adapter. That is the only way you will be able to use the steel rail mount Andersen , unless you install bed rails, and that would not make any sense when you have the factory puck system already in place. The adapter brands that I know of, is Reese ,the one I have for my Megacab Ram. The other two are Demco, and Pullrite . Does it make sense to go with the Steel Andersen ,absolutely , without a doubt. Not sure what you are referring to as far as the Andersen rails, not aware they sell any rails. You need one of the three adapters mentioned to attach to the pucks , ,and the steel mount Andersen ,and you will be set . Yes there is an eight inch difference in which way you mount the Andersen adapter to the kingpin, and I0 inch difference in which position you mount the hitch, giving you four different combinations of positioning the hitch. And no there is no question that the Andersen steel mount can not get the job done safely. Plus light enough for one man removal, easily.
cummins2014 12/12/19 09:32am Fifth-Wheels
RE: MOTOR OIL ?

If you want an even better filter for your RAM look into the AMZ/OIL - Donaldson Blue. Same filter Made in USA. The FleetGuard Stratapore unfortunately is now made in Mexico. I would never change from the Fleetgard Stratapore fliter just because it was made in Mexico. It is too good a filter IMO. Great fleet experience. I have no problem with it made in Mexico . I would hope it’s made to the same specs.
cummins2014 12/11/19 06:04pm Tow Vehicles
RE: MOTOR OIL ?

Time to research engine oil filters again. Wonder what the best/better filters spec is for particulate size they filter down to IIRC, WIX (Napa Gold) and PureOne were good to >25 microns. Anyone have that data? We were using WIX at work and had 2 of them leak; 1 very badly that almost took out the engine on the truck. We went back to Motorcraft and haven't had an issue since. I only use OEM on my vehicles (Fleetguard on the Ram, AC Delco on the Yukon, and Honda on the MDX.) I think the peace of mind is worth it for the little bit extra. If you want an even better filter for your RAM look into the AMZ/OIL - Donaldson Blue. Same filter Made in USA. The FleetGuard Stratapore unfortunately is now made in Mexico. What!!!!, same place as your truck, the horrors :R
cummins2014 12/11/19 10:20am Tow Vehicles
RE: 5er hitch options RAM MegaCab w/6'4" bed - Solitude 310GK

Before you decide, check out the Blue Ox Super Ride hitch. It will mount with your gooseneck ball. It disassembles into pieces for easy removal/installation. It has rubber shock absorption for a smoother ride. It will articulate (not slide) rearwards for when you need clearance. It also has an interesting jaw design plus an embedded lube plate. Gets good reviews and checks all the boxes. Minimal amount of fanboys though. Thats certainly a different style hitch, different than anything else on the market, the new crowd may just go for it. Make take over the B&W sales :B
cummins2014 12/11/19 10:00am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5er hitch options RAM MegaCab w/6'4" bed - Solitude 310GK

While there was a need/market for the single point attaching hitches years ago, the modern truck puck system, is the best option to date, for FW towing. Yes, they do have a ball also, but best for goose neck/stock trailer use. If the newer FW hitch manufacturers are going to keep up, they need to build their hitches to fit the pucks directly. Jerry I agree, and maybe some remember . Andersen was going to go to the direct fit. I talked to them, don't remember the dates, but it never happened . Don't know the reason. IMO it would be a big seller, and most importantly quiet some people down.
cummins2014 12/11/19 09:49am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5er hitch options RAM MegaCab w/6'4" bed - Solitude 310GK

SO, with the Anderson rail mount, you can set the mount to some determined (but adjustable) distance back from the truck rear window, which pretty much ensures that the front cap won't hit the rear window in tight turns? Is it light weight enough that someone who isn't "superman" can remove it from the truck, and re-install without requiring help? Yes, easily removed with one person , pull four pins and lift out. The rail mount can be installed in two different positions , as well as the adapter , so basIcally four different adjustments . I run the adapter and hitch in the positions that allow the fifth wheel furthest from the cab. As far as hitting the cab on my Megacab , have never come close , I have no idea what degree I can back , but I haven’t been in a position that was a problem .
cummins2014 12/10/19 06:15pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5er hitch options RAM MegaCab w/6'4" bed - Solitude 310GK

Another vote for the Pullrite Auto Slider OE Puck mount. Pricey, but worth it in my opinion. I love mine, and don't ever have to wonder if it will or will not hit the cab of the truck. Only thing I wish is that the capture plate mounted to the hitch, like the Demco and not to the Kingpin. But that's not a big deal really. It's a heavy hitch... 300lbs, but worth it in my opinion. Mike Great way to go. Although I have a friend that got a bit tired of messing with it, they are a bit fussy about that angle you are at getting then hooked up ,and unhooked. They don't don't come undone he said at too much of an angle. He went to the Andersen rail mount seems to be a bit more happy with that.
cummins2014 12/10/19 02:30pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5er hitch options RAM MegaCab w/6'4" bed - Solitude 310GK

So In a NUT SHELL - - - SOME are passionate about their B & W SOME are passionate about their Anderson SOME are passionate about their Superglide - ( ME ! ! ) It does NOT make any of them better than the other, it's all personal Preference..That is if used correctly. In a NUT SHELL . Not sure I am passionate about a hitch. :) What I am passionate about is stating the facts ,and not just throwing stuff out there . Personal preference the Reese 18k manual slider that I also tow with. Got the Andersen for just a Montana trip in the summer to remove easily. Those sliders are heavy, the Andersen eliminates messing with having to take apart or get help taking that Reese out. Rest of my trips I prefer the Reese.
cummins2014 12/10/19 02:26pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5er hitch options RAM MegaCab w/6'4" bed - Solitude 310GK

SO, if I'm reading this right, the rail-mount Anderson would be a good choice, only if the 5th wheel front cap is rounded enough to not impact the truck rear window? Is the rail-mount a manual slider? But, if the front cap is rounded enough to prevent impact in tight turns, a slider wouldn't be needed anyway, right? No the rail mount is not a slider . I have looked at your fifth wheel online , and the corners are round like many are. The rail mount Andersen is designed along with the adapter , to be run in different positions for a short bed or long bed . You will not be hitting your window if its ran like mine is with my Megacab. But you can if you work at it ,and not pay attention ,you can do the same thing with a long bed . If worried get an auto slide hitch, pretty sure I posted what you can do there also, a lot more money ,but still a good choice . To answer your question many tow without a slider, but you can't think because those corners are rounded off ,you can't hit, you can. I have towed many miles with that Andersen, as many have also. Its your choice. There are three bedrail adapters , I call them picture frames that can be bought to attach the Andersen or another rail mount hitch too. The adapter mounts to your OE puck system on that Ram . There are many out there manual sliders ,auto sliders ,the Andersen . The list goes on .
cummins2014 12/10/19 01:27pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5er hitch options RAM MegaCab w/6'4" bed - Solitude 310GK

Why in the HE11 should one have to put a stall Matt under the hitch to keep it from damaging the bed??? I know two people that sell the Andersen, they BOTH have bed damage from the ANDERSEN ULTIMATE. One went to a Matt he other just deals with it. ANDERSEN could cure this by providing shims. Instead they tell customers to buy a thick Matt for the bed. Sad!. You know one from the diesel forum, not personally, and he did not set it up right in the first place, again lets get ALL the facts out. He was warned about the possibility, and he ignored it, and then went to some preventative measures. Fact Ron ,Facts . You ask why, same reason B&W had to go to shims to prevent bed damage ,again the facts. I agree 100% Andersen should provide shims, but it still doesn't change the fact that bed deflection CAN be prevented. The one thing it would do for sure is quiet down these kind of threads , It could also be quieted down if just the facts were put out there instead of just a blanket statement like you did above. There is no reason not too. Then let someone decide. Ron come on, just put all the facts out there instead of just discrediting something that you have read about or seen. I don't like the gooseneck attachment hitch that Andersen has, don't like the one point attachment at all, B&W or Andersen . IMO four point attachment is the only way to go, the rail mount Andersen is an excellent hitch. But regardless many of those Andersen gooseneck attached hitches are out there, and many are happy with them .
cummins2014 12/10/19 01:08pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5er hitch options RAM MegaCab w/6'4" bed - Solitude 310GK

Sounds to me like the Anderson is far from the best choices out there? For your use, no not the best choice. Also, Andersen does not make a direct fit to the puck system. The best Andersen hitch uses the rail mount system, with 4-point attachment. Jerry I agree, but the facts still need to be said ,instead of just bashing the hitch. The rail mount IMO is the better of the two. With his Megacab the rail mount Andersen is the best choice going that route, thats what I tow with, and not an issue with clearance, chucking ,and all the other nonsense some would like you believe. Most likely with his choice of fifth wheel the front corners are probably more rounded then my older fifth wheel, although the corners are rounded. They are building more that way because of the high number of people preferring short bed 1 ton crew cab trucks for towing fifth wheels. Getting more popular as time goes on. The OP is going with a short bed. Yes the rail mount Andersen would be an EXCELLENT choice.
cummins2014 12/10/19 12:50pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Tire covers while storing 5th wheel for winter

YEP "lucky guy" to have you constantly quoting me! Thanks so much. Your welcome. :)
cummins2014 12/10/19 10:26am General RVing Issues
RE: 5er hitch options RAM MegaCab w/6'4" bed - Solitude 310GK

Or Andersen Ultimate Not a good choice, he has a Dually and will be towing a heavier RV. This grantees bed deflection. It does not guarantee bed deflection if setup right. All facts need to be said. There are torquing procedures , rubber mat ,shims etc that prevent any bed deflection. Please add these to your post ,instead of just these one line blanket statements . Can the Andersen cause bed deflection ,yes, can it it be prevented ,yes .
cummins2014 12/10/19 10:20am Fifth-Wheels
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