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RE: Totaled vehicles...sometimes surprising.

The problem is once it's totaled you have no idea what got it to point. A clean title is kind of like a credit rating for a car. Once that's gone you are really rolling the dice. I do agree there can be some value, though. A buddy of mine has been in the autobody industry for years and buys cars with salvage titles all the time. One he can see everything that is wrong and has been fixed. Secondly, if it's still wrecked he can fix it.
mtofell1 08/09/20 02:05pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram 2500 6.4 Hemi Towing a Fifth Wheel

A tune won't help improper trans gearing. Yeah, the lovely 66rfe has two issues... poor gearing and poor programming. I agree there's nothing that can be done about the gearing (other than buying a new truck with the 8spd :)) but the programming could probably be made a lot better.
mtofell1 08/09/20 01:56pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram 2500 6.4 Hemi Towing a Fifth Wheel

I found it worked better to shift myself and drop it into 4th before we started to climb. Sometimes it would drop down into 3rd. This is the key to getting the most out of the poor programming and design of the 66rfe tranny. It has a REALLY annoying habit of waiting far too long to downshift and then slamming down two gears. For me with 3.73 gears and a 12,000# 5th wheel I'm in 4th a lot and is slams down into 2nd. I just shift it manually and it makes for a much smoother experience. This is where custom tuning comes into play. And not for more HP or TQ, but for the much improved shift strategy! Not to mention doing away with how the Manuf pulls the throttle back when it’s needed the most! Yeah, if any tranny needs a tune it's this one but, unfortunately, it would void my lifetime warranty. At the rate I'm going I need to keep that intact - I've had two rebuilds + a 3rd valve body and I just crossed 100K. Not exactly the old, "Maytag Man" sitting around the repair shop.
mtofell1 08/08/20 10:05pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tow vehicle in the shop

Whatever you do DO NOT depend on GM's roadside assistance. Our 2009 GMC Sierra broke down while we were on vacation with our trailer. The truck was 2 months old with less than 3000 miles on it, Onstar was aware that we were towing a trailer when they sent the tow truck out to get the truck. Wow..... holding a grudge for 11 years? If that is the last time you had a problem I'd say you are doing pretty well. It's also a pretty safe bet that whatever system was in place in 2009 has been replaced for better or worse.
mtofell1 08/08/20 10:02pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5th Wheel with no dually truck

15K loaded 5th wheel is well within all numbers for any of the new SRW 350/3500s. I probably wouldn't go too far above that without going up to a DRW.
mtofell1 08/08/20 07:52pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Ram 2500 6.4 Hemi Towing a Fifth Wheel

I found it worked better to shift myself and drop it into 4th before we started to climb. Sometimes it would drop down into 3rd. This is the key to getting the most out of the poor programming and design of the 66rfe tranny. It has a REALLY annoying habit of waiting far too long to downshift and then slamming down two gears. For me with 3.73 gears and a 12,000# 5th wheel I'm in 4th a lot and is slams down into 2nd. I just shift it manually and it makes for a much smoother experience.
mtofell1 08/08/20 07:27pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Where to put generator in 21' travel trailer

I leave my generator safely in the back of my truck until I arrive at which point I cable lock it to the bumper. No need to tempt the meth heads while I'm Walmart, etc. As for your question, if you can get to the frame and have a good welder do it you should be find. Beware it would probably void your frame warranty if you have one. Also, be careful about dragging the newly installed platform. As you move back away from the wheels it's A LOT easier to drag things.
mtofell1 08/06/20 08:27pm Tech Issues
RE: Big truck dealer in Idaho?

A couple years ago my friend named Dave Smith bought a truck from Dave Smith. I always thought he should have got something for that.... even just a hat.... something. :)
mtofell1 08/02/20 01:22pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Pulling more than 50 amps ?

Stating an amperage without specifying the voltage is really only describing part of the story. More than 50A @ 120V? Sure. More than 50A @ 240V? Sure... for a few seconds until the breaker pops. Honestly, RV power is listed in kind of a messed up way and it rarely gets clarified. A 30A hookup is 120V. A 50A hookup is 240V. So, if you just want a linear scale for comparison sake, a 30A hookup is 30, a 50A hookup is 100.
mtofell1 07/30/20 09:57pm Tech Issues
RE: Air bags

I don't think newer bags will give you an improved ride. I have no direct experience so maybe I'm wrong but am just thinking of the physics of it. Air is air and if the bag is holding, what else in there? As for running with old bags I've heard of a some folks traveling with a spare bag or two in case of one breaking while on the road. I think it's a lot easier to find someone to replace a bag than it is to get the bag to your location and have it installed.
mtofell1 07/27/20 10:23pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: GFCI Issue looking for a solution

Check your electric water heater for a burned out element...this causes a short to ground and causes GFI's to trip...just a maybe., if you happened to turn on the water heater with no water in it. RV water heaters (or residential for that matter) aren't on GFI circuits.
mtofell1 07/22/20 10:17pm Tech Issues
RE: Best Place to Sell Tow Vehicle

Craigslist seems to be the necessary evil in my experience (other than the worse evil of trading in, that is). I find a descriptive well written ad it key to selling anything on Craigslist. I know as a shopper I'm pretty put off when all someone takes time to do is write two sentences. With RVs and trucks I've had great luck by writing accurate, descriptive ads that let people get to know the vehicle and your care/use of it. Dealing with scammers? Well, that's kind of part of life anywhere these days. Google is your friend. Start entering phone numbers and email addresses of everyone you deal with. This can quickly let you know if their story adds up. I've also told people I expect to see a copy of their driver's license upon first contact and I'm happy to share mine. Of course, people don't have to share that if they don't want to it's a HUGE red flag if they refuse for some reason.
mtofell1 07/22/20 08:08pm Tow Vehicles
RE: GFCI Issue looking for a solution

Very doubtful a bad GFCI. Agreed... most common failure is they just don't reset when testing or after tripping.
mtofell1 07/21/20 09:12am Tech Issues
RE: Reality check - 2006 Chevy 2500

The 6084# is likely due to the pizza cutter stock tires. The axle itself is likely rated much higher. Check part numbers and it may be the same rear axle on the 3500 SRW for that year. I'm not advocating exceeding this rating but if you can determine the axle rating is higher and you get some higher rated tires I'd have no problem running right up to the axle limit. Aside from your question, hang onto that 06 Duramax as long as you can. I ran that exact truck for a glorious 5+ years and still kick myself at times for selling it. That's one of the best diesels ever made.
mtofell1 07/20/20 07:40pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Ram 2500 Short Bed question

and too much slide you could contact the tailgate, moving pinbox back. Yes! Can and will tear up your gate. Learned this the first day I brought my 5th wheel home and my Ram. Never happened with my old Chevy and 5th wheel. I just came up with a couple small lengths of chains with carabiners to hold the gate open +/- 6" when the hitch is slid back. Problem solved. Also, another vote for the B/W hitch. Great product but watchout.... the slider is heavy!
mtofell1 07/19/20 10:20am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Big truck dealer in Idaho?

Dennis Dillon is a great place to comparison shop and there have been many posters that have had a positive experience. Dave Smith was it for year but I heard they sold and things changed. Dillon always has the lowest prices I can find and if/when I buy a new truck I'd probably order from Dillon since they offer same discounts on orders as on their lot.
mtofell1 07/18/20 05:14pm Tow Vehicles
RE: For those of you towing with a one ton crew cab 6.5' box

Thanks Rob. I'm am coming out of anesthesia and notices some mistakes in the original post. Wow, you may just be the most dedicated RVer here. Most of us would be happy to lie around in a pain killer haze and you're thinking RVs. I tow 36' with a 6.5' bed and wouldn't have a problem going longer. It's more about the weight as others have said. I suppose if I got up to one of the REALLY big ones in the 42'+ range the longer wheelbase would be a good idea. But at that point you get into DRW land and I believe those are all longbeds (someone correct me if I'm wrong).
mtofell1 07/16/20 03:48pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Noob question

New 5ths will generally work with the new taller trucks but older trailers can have some definite challenges. 6" is thought to be the bare minimum. I think I ended up with about 7.5" with my 2014 Ram 2500 and 2016 Keystone Hideout. I've been on some pretty crazy dirt roads and have been close a few times but never hit.
mtofell1 07/16/20 10:14am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Diesel Towing MPG With Ultralight Trailer

It gets 7-9 mpg towing an untralight 4500lb trailer I'm sensing a litte, "cooking the books" here. I get 9 with a less efficient gas engine pulling an 11,000# 5th wheel out west in the hills. Your Ecoboost has to do better than 7-9 with a 4500# trailer. It sounds like the diesel will make more sense for range between fuel stops but the money saved on fuel alone will never pencil out in any reasonable amount of time.
mtofell1 07/11/20 09:47pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Replace OEM tires with 2 years life left?

First hand stories provide a powerful incentive...thanks. I'm pretty well convinced they need to be changed out. (In fact I was before posting) Now trying to determine between all the options. LT, Endurance, Maxxis, Sailun, 80 or 110 psi wheels, etc. Well, here's a 2nd hand story - my buddy last year rolling home from our annual trip with his 6-year old tires had a blowout and got stuck beside the interstate for a few hours. Also, tore up the underside of a wheel well pretty good but thankfully didn't do any other damage. My trailer is 2 years newer and that did it for me. I swapped out my stock tires over the winter that had 11/15 date codes - went up a load range too so I feel good about the change. I went with Carlisle which are made in China but do have a good reputation. America's Tire I was out the door for $400 - 15" E rated, 2830#/ea.
mtofell1 07/09/20 10:56pm Fifth-Wheels
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