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RE: Help Ram 2500 6.4 gas vs diesel

The tranny in your Hemi has terrible gear spacing for heavy loads. I know because I have the same truck with an 11,000# 5th wheel and it's not a great experience. The Hemi is a beast but the tranny REALLY holds it back. New 8spd with Hemi is reported to be a real game changer.
mtofell1 05/02/21 09:49pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Crushed F-150

I think its a simple explanation here ,he forgot to lock his B&W hitch, and dropped it on the bed. This all could of been prevented with a steel Andersen hitch . :B Funny... I was thinking it was an Andersen that collapsed. I guess we'll never know :) :) (okay, I know we do know since it's explained at the end of thread... just trash talking)
mtofell1 04/04/21 09:51pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Wheel bearing advice

My opinion...bearing service is either done way too often, or just completely ignored, until there is a failure. I do the bearings very soon after purchase, when new, and right away if trailer is purchased used. Once I have inspected the bearings, and packed them well, with quality grease, they are good for 4-5 years, in my use. The seals should be replaced any time they are removed obviously. This is my exact methodology - do them good when the trailer is new or new to me so I know it's done well and they can go a while. I don't put on a ton of miles so I have no problem going 4 or 5 years but do check temps while traveling. I've heard it's much more miles dependent than time so if I were lucky enough to be putting on 10-15K/year I'd probably repack/inspect every year or two.
mtofell1 03/31/21 08:41am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Bedroom door

Doors, like everything in these RVs, are cheap and break easily. I always drive with mine closed just so it's not slamming around. When you say, "popped off the hinges," do you mean the screws failed or the hinge pins came out? As for not closing right, I could actually level my 5th wheel better by watching the bedroom door than the level. If I'm not totally level it won't stay open.
mtofell1 03/28/21 07:54pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Extended warranty - best options?

Car Shield reviews. So, pretty good then, right?? :) :) OP, go factory or nothing. People bash warranties of all kinds and the points are all correct - the companies make money from selling them so, as a whole, consumers lose. But, keep in mind we also all lose on our homeowner's insurance, auto insurance, health insurance and every other type of insurance we buy. I have a factory backed plan from Ram on my truck and it's allowed me to keep my truck much longer than I otherwise would have. I've also received roughly 3X the amount in repairs than I paid so I'm happy. The key is you must not overpay for the plan and don't sell the vehicle and lose out on coverage that you paid for.
mtofell1 03/25/21 08:42pm Tow Vehicles
RE: life in a fifth wheel with only one leg

Stock/cheap stairs are pretty bad even for people without mobility challenges. There are lots of options on newer units or ones that could likely be retrofit. To me, the biggest problem are the basic stairs with the floating bottom. The newer ones that sit on the ground are MUCH more stable. I have to think the steps into the trailer are the biggest problem. The ones up to the bedroom (or whatever is in the front) are much more stable and less in number typically.
mtofell1 03/24/21 05:40pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Tire life

I just replaced mine at 5 years after watching a buddy have two blowouts on his 6 year old rubber. I suppose if they were Michelins maybe I'd go longer but the offshore **** they put on new trailers is just that. I rest a lot easier with a step up in load range, higher speed rating and new rubber. Well worth the $400 IMO.
mtofell1 03/18/21 12:03am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Honda 2000i Runs but no Power

Since it is out of warranty I would pull it apart. You will not find anything by kicking it. Otherwise dealer time. LOL.... yeah, I can take anything apart :) Not sure what I'll do after that.
mtofell1 03/13/21 05:23pm Tech Issues
RE: Honda 2000i Runs but no Power

Sorry for the delay.... Having a load attached or not has no impact on the problem - the light just doesn't come on and it has no power sometimes. The unit has had a pretty easy life. I really only use it once a year during my annual dry camping trip. I usually fire it up a couple times between trips just to be sure it's still running and always run stabilizer through it. We just had a terrible ice storm and lost power for 6 days. My in-laws are far worse off than me with no power (totally electric house - I have gas hot water, stove and fireplace) so I loaned the generator to them and they had no problem turning it on/off dozens of times and running it for hours on end. When I get it back I'll play with it some more. Kind of disappointing at only 5 years to be having this trouble.
mtofell1 03/01/21 08:11pm Tech Issues
RE: Honda 2000i Runs but no Power

As mentioned in OP, green light is not always on - if it is I have power and all is well, if it's off I have no power Definitely not overloading it. I'm very aware of the capability and don't plug in too much. While testing/troubleshooting I was using a lamp or just an outlet tester The reset breaker seems to have no purpose.... it's just lazy and loose. I'd be suspect that it needed to be reset but I don't touch it and go from no power to power with cycling the generator off/on. If something with the breaker was the issue I can't imagine it would produce power, then not, then produce power, etc. Thanks for the replies about the Honda generator.
mtofell1 02/21/21 01:15am Tech Issues
Honda 2000i Runs but no Power

+/5 years old and this problems seems to be happening with more frequency. The unit starts and runs just fine but the green "power output" light is off and there is no power output. So, I turn it off and restart it and it produces power. Great.... but why is it doing this and I fear sometime it's just going to stop altogether. Several times I've had to stop/start 3-4X to get it to produce power. I'll likely just take it into a Honda dealer but in the meantime am curious what it going on.
mtofell1 02/19/21 08:28pm Tech Issues
RE: Opinion on Truck Reliability

If budget is an issue you're sure spending a lot of money for a diesel that you don't need to pull around an 8K travel trailer. Of course, all trucks are complicated these days but I think a diesel has more that can go wrong than a gasser. While you don't need a diesel you REALLY don't need a 3500 for that travel trailer. I understand all the arguments but, for whatever reason, SRW 3500 trucks are pretty hard to find. Also, with Ram the coil spring rear suspension is a noticeable improvement daily driving to the jarring leaf springs in the 3500. This difference is less noticeable with Ford/Chevy where both are leaf springs. If you're thinking of upgrading your trailer get the diesel and consider a 3500. For the trailer you have now a 2500 gasser is a great truck. The money you save going gas should get you into something newer... maybe even new.
mtofell1 02/05/21 10:17pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram 1500 at Load Maximum Woes

Curious how folks know the OP is not over/under his TV’s ratings... Because dirt bikes aren't made of foam :)
mtofell1 02/05/21 11:06am Tow Vehicles
RE: T-Mobile Coverage

I've had Tmobile for the last 10+ years and within the last few years things have gotten far better than they used to be. I was regularly the butt of jokes from ATT/Verizon friends in the past but it's pretty much even now. Every carrier seems to have dead spots but I have no more than anyone else. For the money I'm very pleased with Tmobile.
mtofell1 01/14/21 10:30pm Technology Corner
RE: Norton Security

I don't understand how third party "security" software is still releveant. For the last 10+ years myself and everyone I know has been using the free/included offerings from MS/Windows (Defender or whatever they are calling it currently). It updates regularly with Windows updates and I haven't had a virus or other problems in longer than I can remember.
mtofell1 01/14/21 10:26pm Technology Corner
RE: Problem with B&W Companion unhooking from hitch

OP, my B/W has done this off and on since new. At first it was a bit annoying but I have got used to it. I just bungee the handle all the way open, rock forward/back VERY gently and pull out.
mtofell1 12/26/20 02:03pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Flojet macerator: is it reliable? Maintenance issues?

I absolutely love my Flojet macerator and it's been trouble free in the 3 years I've used it. The one thing I do make sure to do is each time I use it I reach down inside of it with a needle-nose pliers and remove hair and debris from around the blade. Like anything mechancial there always could be a problem so I do carry a backup "stinky slinky" but feel it's unlikely I'll ever need it. If a failure is a huge concern I think you can get a replacement motor to carry as a spare for roughly 1/2 what the full unit costs.
mtofell1 12/25/20 11:24pm Tech Issues
RE: Insurance on a 2021 Fifth Wheel

I go through Progressive and am very happy with price and coverage options. They have optional coverage for all types of things if you want - rodents, water intrusion, etc. and all of the usual things also.
mtofell1 12/21/20 02:55pm Fifth-Wheels

I have Firestone 5000 bags with a B/W Companion on a 6.5' bed 2500 2014 Ram with no problem. The hitch went in first and then I had the bags installed. They guy that installed them didn't say anything about any problems. I can't recall ever really looking at how close they are but I could snap some pictures if you need them.
mtofell1 11/10/20 01:52pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: I take back all the good stuff I've said about Les Schwabs!

I just went through this EXACT thing with Schwab and am in the EXACT same boat as you.... I'm done. I've always paid a bit more for tires there and was find because of the service and all the locations. Especially for my wife's car it gave me some peace of mind. But this BS with their brakes just soured me. I took a Kia delivery vehicle in for my company and they wanted $700 for rear brakes. Took it to the DEALER and they did all 4 for $525. Sorry Schwab..... I'm out.
mtofell1 11/10/20 09:19am Tow Vehicles
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