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RE: 2024 GMC and 2023 Super Duty

Hard to believe that trucks have doubled in price since I bought my 2014 . Trucks have not doubled since 2014, or even 2004 for that matter. LOL. Have you shopped trucks lately? Prices may have not doubled since 2014 (not far off, but they have more than doubled since 2004. My 2003 RAM 3500 Laramie (top trip at the time) was $35000. A comparable 2023 is around $90,000, with top trim levels above $100k. Yes saying double was a bit of an exaggeration , but the increase has been pretty significant in the past few years. I gave 57k for a loaded 2014 3500 Laramie . That same truck today is going for pretty close to 90k , so a 33k increase in 9 years or just over $3500 increase per year . Comparing the increase of what I paid for a 99 Superduty 7.3 XLT bought new in July of 98 for 33k to 57k for the 2014 that’s 24k increase in 16 years or $1500 increase per year . Ya, but you went from a '98 Ford to 2014 Ram....:) You have a point . :B
cummins2014 01/28/23 08:11am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2024 GMC and 2023 Super Duty

Hard to believe that trucks have doubled in price since I bought my 2014 . Trucks have not doubled since 2014, or even 2004 for that matter. LOL. Have you shopped trucks lately? Prices may have not doubled since 2014 (not far off, but they have more than doubled since 2004. My 2003 RAM 3500 Laramie (top trip at the time) was $35000. A comparable 2023 is around $90,000, with top trim levels above $100k. Yes saying double was a bit of an exaggeration , but the increase has been pretty significant in the past few years. I gave 57k for a loaded 2014 3500 Laramie . That same truck today is going for pretty close to 90k , so a 33k increase in 9 years or just over $3500 increase per year . Comparing the increase of what I paid for a 99 Superduty 7.3 XLT bought new in July of 98 for 33k to 57k for the 2014 that’s 24k increase in 16 years or $1500 increase per year .
cummins2014 01/27/23 12:54pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2024 GMC and 2023 Super Duty

Looks like a loaded Denali DRW 2 wheel drive tops out over $100k. I can officially claim "old guy" status...we paid less than that for our first house. 2000sft ranch on 1.5 acres about 15 miles from a midsize city in the midwest. Everything in good condition (aka: not a fixer upper). Next truck will probably be one of those horrible 6 speed trucks when the current 5 speed gives out but hopefully that's another 4-5yrs. Same here on the " Old Guy " I paid $39,700 for my first home newly built ,and if I would have bought shortly after I got married it would of been $21,500 :) Both 1800 sq ft . Hard to believe that trucks have doubled in price since I bought my 2014 .
cummins2014 01/25/23 08:58am Tow Vehicles
RE: Fifth Wheel toppers

^^ Why?The normal reasons given are "they flap", "they collect water", "they get dirty". The reasons for are "they help keep the trailer cool by keeping the sun off the slide tops", "they keep the snow and ice off the top of the slides" after you've brought in the slides with ice and snow on top, you'll see the value, "they keep pine cones, acorns, branches, etc from becoming squashed into the slide seals", "no longer any need to carry that leaf blower, broom, ladder, and other gear to clean the leaves and such off the top of the slide before bringing in the slide". Properly installed they will not flap except in very strong winds. To me, a non-issue. Some people like 'em, some people don't. I agree ,I wish I had them on my present fifth wheel, had them on my previous fifth wheel ordered the fifth wheel with them . Never an issue with them in nearly 12 years .
cummins2014 01/24/23 11:23am General RVing Issues
RE: Towing 5th with an Andersen Hitch in Short Bed Truck

To answer the OP's initial question and not off topic like this has gone...the short bed will work with the Anderson hitch. It does require situational awareness as does any hitch. Take it too far and there can be damage. The Anderson pulls fine. Just be aware that any placement of the pin further back of the rear axle will affect the ride somewhat. So that offset ball pushing the pin further back will work but you might get more "chunking" or sag. And that will be with conventional or Anderson hitches. The only difference you can see between the Anderson and conventional setup to the trailer will be a conventional will have a larger contact area with the pin box. I dont see how this stresses the frame more. It could break the pin off of a badly welded pinbox but maybe there is something I am missing or its just CYA of the manufacture. The new Morryde pinboxes are much beefier than the standard pinbox that used to come on the pre 2019 models. Thanks to the input in this thread, I don't expect to try to / need to use an offset gooseneck ball. It sounds like you have experience with the Andersen hitch, so I have a question, if I might, for you, or anyone else with experience with the Andersen. The ball on top of the Andersen hitch in my truck appears to sit pretty much right over the rear axle. The Andersen coupler, as you know, is going to offset the kingpin a few inches to the front or rear from the Andersen ball. I understand that pinbox positioning and the front cap of fifth wheel campers vary. My question is, would you suggest I use the Andersen coupler to offset the kingpin to the front or rear of the Andersen ball? This would be a starting position and I would then tow and observe carefully, and if needed, switch the direction of the Andersen coupler. I would start with having the Andersen adapter putting the fifth wheel further from the cab of the truck . That’s the position I had it in with my first fifth wheel with the MorRyde pin box , no clearance problems with the tailgate , my present fifth , same truck I reversed the Anderson adapter putting the fifth wheel closer to the cab . I had concerns with the pin box making contact with the tailgate , this fifth wheel has the Lippert pin box . Either position I have had no problems with cab clearance , same truck as yours .
cummins2014 01/17/23 02:51pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Towing 5th with an Andersen Hitch in Short Bed Truck

" Have had a turbo actuator go out on my 6.7 Cummins , many have not , many have . It’s well documented it’s a pretty common problem with 6.7 Cummins" I have to ask, Turbo Charger or "ACTUATOR" ??? “ TURBO ACTUATOR “
cummins2014 01/16/23 08:47pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Towing 5th with an Andersen Hitch in Short Bed Truck

One man's opinion. I for one have never had an issue with Lippert. It’s far from one man’s opinion, it’s a fact . Do a search if you have any doubts about the product. I’ve never had an issue with Lippert either . Have had a turbo actuator go out on my 6.7 Cummins , many have not , many have . It’s well documented it’s a pretty common problem with 6.7 Cummins. There’s actually a recall on the 2015’s . My point just because you haven’t , doesn’t change the fact others have , or it’s a common issue .
cummins2014 01/16/23 11:15am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Towing 5th with an Andersen Hitch in Short Bed Truck

The bashing of a company has gone far enough. It you have no more input to the OP's question then I will close this one. I cannot let the continued bashing of one company go on. Barney Granted , there could be a more nice way to put it , but the fact still remains . So I will leave it at that .
cummins2014 01/16/23 10:49am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Towing 5th with an Andersen Hitch in Short Bed Truck

The little guy has choices. Such as buy from a different company or don't do things that void the warranty. You have a point , but when it comes to Lippert that’s a tough one to avoid . Plus the fact of just another way to cheat a consumer , building their junk . I totally agree if it was anywhere near ethical on the reason to void warranty in the first place . I disagree with your moral high ground on this one . Pretty hard to avoid warranty on poor workmanship, and to the point you are missing is the point here if that pin box breaks it’s not the hitches fault , Andersen or conventional. It’s well documented on lippert pin box failures from poor workmanship, they are just trying to find ways to deny warranties instead of improving quality.
cummins2014 01/15/23 11:45am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Towing 5th with an Andersen Hitch in Short Bed Truck

just take it off before you bring it in.....IF you need warranty...how will they know? That would be a little difficult if that's the only hitch you have , or I guess get someone else with a conventional to tow it in . Publicly posting how to defraud a Company, HMMMMMM That would be awful for a company that will find any excuse not to honor the warranty, and puts out a bad product as you well know . How many threads have we read about LIppert and their failed pin boxes with no fault of the consumer .Plus the fact the Andersen is no more in fault than a conventional hitch . Now I could sure see if someone was do that with a gooseneck on a fifth wheel ,buts that not what we are talking about . IMO is the consumer that's on the end of a defraud here.
cummins2014 01/15/23 08:22am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Towing 5th with an Andersen Hitch in Short Bed Truck

just take it off before you bring it in.....IF you need warranty...how will they know? That would be a little difficult if that's the only hitch you have , or I guess get someone else with a conventional to tow it in .
cummins2014 01/14/23 08:23am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Towing 5th with an Andersen Hitch in Short Bed Truck

F.Y.I. using an Andersen hitch with any Montana (or Keystone 5th wheel) will VOID your frame warranty. There is a letter from Keystone to that effect and while some will argue they can't do that, it isn't a battle most want to fight. That 3 year frame warranty is a valuable asset and given the occurrence of wall separation from the frame 9usually due to bad welds), is something to be protected. And the shame of it is that if that Lippert frame is going to break it's going break with any hitch , not just the Andersen . The Andersen has no more strain on that frame then a conventional hitch , granted a gooseneck hitch like on a horse trailer is a whole different way to hitch , that's not how the Andersen works .
cummins2014 01/11/23 01:20pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Towing 5th with an Andersen Hitch in Short Bed Truck

Absolutely nothing to do with the hitch , and everything to do due with the fact it being a short bed ,and the circumstances . That would of happened with a conventional hitch , or a slider. About the only thing that would of saved him would have been a automatic sliding hitch ,or him being aware enough to slide back a sliding hitch if he had one . What he did was reverse the adapter on his pin box for the Andersen hitch ,I did the same with my present fifth wheel , it looked like I was going to make contact with my tailgate ,so like him I reversed the adapter . Unlike my prior Montana fifth wheel a Montana it did have the MorRyde pin box ,and had no problem with the adapter putting the pin box further back towards the tailgate . Present fifth wheel has the lippert pin box. It comes right back to situational awareness when towing with a short bed ,and nothing to do with an Andersen hitch .
cummins2014 01/11/23 01:15pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Towing 5th with an Andersen Hitch in Short Bed Truck

I have the same truck with the Andersen hitch , I use the adapter putting the fifth wheel closer to the cab ,no clearance problems . I had concerns with the pin box hitting the tailgate so the reason for the adapter in that position . Prior fifth wheel had the adapter the other way around putting it further from the cab ,no issues with that either . All depends on the pin box . Can't answer about the gooseneck connection ,I have the steel Andersen . It's mounted to the rail adapter attached to the puck system , its puts the ball slightly rear of axle center , so as far as the ball being back that's not a issue with towing . I have towed with the Andersen now for several years ,wouldn't tow with anything else .My son also tows with the Andersen , the aluminum like yours , short bed Superduty ,no issues .
cummins2014 01/11/23 08:41am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Battery

If you are looking for a single marine/rv type 12v, I'd suggest a group 27, or 31, if it fits. My dealer recommends the interstate brand, and mine is still in use, since Aug 2012. IMO, the secret to longevity is to not discharge these battery types to near 50% often. Mine is connected to shore power, or gen, most times, other than when towing. Jerry I had two Kirkland size 27's in my previous fifth wheel that were over 10 years old when I sold that fifth wheel . I agree, mine were never allowed to be very discharged ,they ran whatever including the furnace many nights without shore power , but were charged right back up every morning by a generator . The fifth wheel when not being used or towed was plugged in 24/7, water level check frequently . IMO any quality 27 or 31 will work, Interstate is probably as good as any , I believe Costco sells the Interstate . On a further note ,I have to Everstarts from Walmart in my 2014 Ram 3500 that replaced the OE's that have performed well. If I was in the market for just one RV battery I wouldn't hesitated to try one of the Everstart Deep cycle or AGM for my fifth wheel. My present fifth wheel I run two quality 6 volt , which IMO is the way to go ,but apparently the OP does not have room for two batteries .
cummins2014 01/04/23 09:48am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Pet Peeves in RV Parks

"......most likely like some on here you will be annoyed , yes get over it." Unfortunately, that is the attitude of many people with noisy dogs. No ,not my attitude its just a fact ,they will let out a bark or two at times before being told to stop . I agree dogs left alone in an Rv to bark is annoying . I am not one of those owners , but I will repeat to make a point ,get over it if you hear a bark or two at times .
cummins2014 01/02/23 11:51am General RVing Issues
RE: Shore power question

My RV's have been plugged in 24/7/365 since 2005 with no ill effects. The only time it is unplugged is when it's going down the road! Same here !!!!
cummins2014 12/20/22 08:11am General RVing Issues
RE: Tires for Towing 20k 5ver and Snow at altitude

The BFG's are a great tire but they don't wear for $hit, at least in heavier applications. That was the first tire I put on after getting rid of the stock Firestones on my Ram. I think the Falken Wildpeaks perform at least was well on slick surfaces as the KO2 but they also wear a lot better. I'd give the Falken's a serious look. When my current ones wear out I'll buy another set. Falken's will be my next tire on my Ram if the Cooper AT3 XLT's do not perform as well as I think they will. Heard goos things about the Falken Wildpeaks . The only reason I went with Coopers they were a bit cheaper ,and had a rebate . The last set I had were the Toyo AT2's ,and they were disappointing . I anticipate these Coopers doing better , time will tell .They are for sure right out of the gate a better handling ,and riding tire than the Toyo's . I am ranking those Toyo's as terrible as the couple sets off Michelin I have had .
cummins2014 12/13/22 08:21am Tow Vehicles
RE: Removing Sap

Goo Gone ,I use for pine sap on my awning.
cummins2014 12/11/22 07:54am General RVing Issues
RE: Ford recall issues

And my F150 has outstanding recalls with no parts. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UTiMUOTQO48 To date my 2014 Ram has has 12 recalls , as I believe you well know . Some of those waited on parts , it's the nature of the beast . Our Ford Escape just got a recall done , and the same no parts for several months ,just the letter stating the issues .
cummins2014 11/26/22 09:02am Tow Vehicles
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