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RE: Tires & DOT

My neighbor took delivery of the tires so was not correct on the DOT code. Here's the scoop. Two are made in China with dates 10-19 and 11-19. Two were made in Vietnam with dates 09-19 and 10-17. I already have return authorization for them and will drop them off tomorrow at my local Walmart. I'm not installing a tire that is 2.5 years old. There are two places an hour from me that are authorized Sailun dealers. One has prices comparable to Walmart but an awful reputation and I don't do business of any sort with nasty people. The other is a heavy truck equipment place and their prices are much higher. I will not buy tires of any brand again until the DOT code can be verified. I had the same experience with Walmart. Dates spanning about 2 years. Kind of gave me the idea Walmart buys up things others don't want. Can't really figure how they could wind up with such a variance. This is even more strange - tires from two countries. As for the mounting thing - I removed my wheels and just took them in rather than hauling my trailer to the tire store and trying to thread it through the tight parking lot.
mtofell1 05/04/20 07:00pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Opinion: best value HD truck under 20k?

I'd go gasser since for 20K you'd be looking at something north of 150K miles in diesel (maybe even 200K). Ironically, I just looked up the KBB value of my 2014 6.4 Hemi, 4X4, CC, 95K miles - trade-in is still 27K!! You might have to go back to 2010-2012 or up in miles a lot to get to 20K. I can't believe how high values are on trucks. If I had 20K I'd probably go for a Chevy/GMC 6.0 - easy to work on, trusted drive train and tranny.
mtofell1 04/30/20 01:23am Tow Vehicles
RE: 6 volt battery post melted

PS I have no idea why it shows as a new member, maybe because I do not post often (too busy camping :) ) Really, we're all just jealous of someone that can camp for 13 years and only have a handful of problems/questions :)
mtofell1 04/29/20 01:02am Tech Issues
RE: Scraped my Bumper!

Even with the hitch adjustment beware you still may scrape coming out of parking lots or other places. I had this problem (luckily it was just my bumper that scraped - ripped the spare tire and one of jacks off). I put heavily duty rollers on mine and they've worked great. I'm not sure if you a place to mount them but if so I'd recommend it.
mtofell1 04/26/20 04:28pm Fifth-Wheels
Firearms in Calf.

Did a search and didn't find what I was looking for but did see some gun talk in a few threads so I'm assuming it is okay to talk about here? If not, mods please feel free to delete. In researching handgun vehicle/RV carry laws in Calf. I readily find the rules about transport in locked container (NOT the glove box, etc.). I also see about using a gun for self defense in CA when life is threatened, etc. My question is, all the vehicle carry laws say for, "transport only". So, my question is, am I ever justified USING my gun as an out of state resident passing through? Basically, should I roll with my gun nearby (in a locked container) or should I just bury and store it until I am out of the state?
mtofell1 04/25/20 02:42am Roads and Routes
RE: Slider hitch - How to Question

I have a B/W and have been through this exact situation numerous times. All I can say is it's sometimes pretty rough. Depending on how quickly/firmly the trailer brakes grab, I find myself applying quite a bit of throttle and when the hitch starts to slide I panic and hit the truck brakes just before it latches which screws up the whole thing. So, I start over and it usually goes somewhat better the second time. I find there is kind of a sweet spot of getting it to release and change positions just right. I often find the handle doesn't fully snap back into the locked position and I have to either force it a bit or just "redo" the slide attempt. I don't know if my hitch has some problem (doubtful) or if it just takes a bit of luck/skill to get it just right. Definitely NEVER put down the landing gear as others have advised. Oh yeah, and I lube the hell out of the slide on the hitch with lithium grease and it makes everything move much easier (and quieter). I think the folks designing this hitch are living in some fantasy land where metal parts don't bind with one another. I do clean it an re-lube to keep from getting excess but I think they are crazy to say don't ever lube it. Something that has happened to me on more than one occasion that I can warn you about is that the jaws don't release when unhooking. It's happened to me 4-5X out of probably 100X unhooking so it's not a huge deal but does kind of piss me off considering how much this whole thing cost. Anyway, the first thing to try is to just take the pressure off the hitch jaws by rolling the truck back with the wheels chocked or trailer brake engaged. If that doesn't do it, chock the trailer wheels from moving forward and back, landing gear down, use a bungee cord to hold the release handle open and pull the truck forward - the jaws will release but it sometimes takes a bit. Again this kind of pisses me off considering how much this thing cost but that's life. Once I've learned these "quirks" I've been fine. Lastly, I totally agree with Thomas above - I slide mine back a lot even when I don't need the clearance just to help with the reaction and pivot - I have a SUPER tight parking situation at my house and the change in pivot helps.
mtofell1 04/22/20 12:35am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Tow Vehicle for 10k bumper pull

I agree a modern 2500 would be adequate (but sit tight, I'm sure the DRW crowd will be here shortly). As for which one, of course it's a constant debate. I own a 6.4 Hemi and you are correct that the tranny sucks. Aside from shifting poorly and having terrible gear spacing mine has blown up twice before 100K miles. This being said, when I shopped I found I got more for my $$ with Ram. I think any of the trucks will do the job and it really just comes down to which one you like best. I'd have no problem with any of them. Since it sounds like you won't be towing often a gasser is probably sufficient (I should have mentioned earlier that the DRW diesel crowd will be here shortly).
mtofell1 04/20/20 02:05pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tire recommendations for 5th wheel

I dont get caught up in all the capacity numbers like some of the propeller heads in here. Huh? So..... you don't believe in gravity? OP, manufacturers often cut it really close with tire ratings and trailer weight GVWR. For example my trailer GVWR is 12K and my D rated tires were rated at 2580# each. So, 20% pin weight leaves 10K between 4 tires. See what I mean about close? I replaced and went to E rated @ 2830# each to give me a bit more breathing room. The 80psi is the most my rims were rated for (stock D rated were 65psi) so that was as much as I could go up in rating. As for brand, you've probably read that Chinese tires are frowned upon. My stock brand were Karrier and I didn't have any trouble in 4 years. I replaced them due to age and the horror stories I hear about. I went with "China Bombs" again but the ones with the best ratings I could find - Carlisle Radial Trail HD - reasonable price of about $100/ea at Discount Tire. Haven't used them yet but I feel better with the increased capacity, potentially better brand and being new.
mtofell1 04/12/20 06:02pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: How to order a 3500 to maximize payload?

Basic truck with no options. As for what you need for the camper, an outlet and tie downs?? I think since you're removing the bed those things would be easier to deal with later. You might consider airbags or Timbrens if the camper puts you up near the limits of the truck but that would also be dealt with later. As far as maximizing payload, the tires and axle are the limiting factors and there aren't any "packages" that can change that. An options "diet" is really all you can do. There should be a chart somewhere that will give you a pretty close idea as to what to expect.
mtofell1 04/12/20 01:33pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Extended warranty. What are your thoughts

Good advice so far about shopping around and going only with a factory backed service contract. As everyone says, the warranty companies and dealers are in business to make money. Keep in mind A LOT of that money is from people overpaying so you can do a lot of damage control just by purchasing right. They also make a lot of money by people selling the vehicle before the coverage runs out. I bought one on my 2014 Ram and it's paid off big time. I've had exhaust manifold bolts (2K?) and a tranny rebuild (4-5K?) done. Mine is a a lifetime which means it's good until the repair exceeds the value of the truck. I paid $2200 for it. Mainy, for me, if I didn't have the warranty there's no way I'd still have the truck. It's a company vehicle and I have to be able to manage my costs. I can't have a sudden 5K expense. When I look at how much it costs to do a trade-in and buy a new truck it's a no-brainer. Having the warranty/service contract has allowed me to save a lot by not having to buy/sell. Nonetheless, there will always be the bashers telling me I'm crazy and am throwing money away which is fine. To each their own. I had forgotten about that lifetime warranty until I read your post. I'm interested in more details on your Ram including engine, transmission, mileage, etc. and what the repairs were. Lifetime warranty was offered up until about 1-2 years ago. Diesels were excluded but you could still get 125K/7years or something close - that's also the max now after they stopped the Lifetime. There are different tiers but most have what's called the "Maxcare" which is generally an extension of the bumper to bumper factory warranty - Although it's a "service contract" so there are some differences. I've had no trouble getting things covered but have done absolutely zero mods of any kind. I had heard of the annual check-up that Fish mentions and I think that was probably a thing at one time but is not anymore. I've asked a few times and service advisers don't know what I'm talking about. I also don't find any mention in my contract. I have all service and repairs done at the dealership so it keeps things super simple. I'm totally in the minority in that I've kept my truck for 6+ years and have done no mods to void the warranty (service contract). As for problems, my tranny failed at 37K miles and was covered under original powertrain warranty. I knew it wasn't right after the repair and argued a bit with the dealer but couldn't get anywhere. Knowing I had the extended warranty I just ran with it and sure enough, it went out again at 93K. Got it back and it was okay for about 2 weeks and 500 miles and blew again. Repaired.... again, and has been fine for about 6 months. I suppose it feels good but it's hard to say. Honestly, there is no way in hell I'd own this truck without being covered by a warranty of some type. The other repair I mention is the exhaust manifold bolts. I was in for an oil change and complained of a noise and they said the bolts on both manifolds needed to be done. Honestly, if I'd been paying out of pocket I'd never have let them do the repair because I barely heard anything.... AND the noise I heard is still there after their repair. I know it's easy for everyone to brand bash but from reading these forums for years you'll find horror stories with every brand. I really can't imagine owning any truck these days without a warranty of some type. Everyone on these forums is far too hung up on anecdotal evidence. Basically, they let their experience or that of a single family member/friend dictate an opinion of the brand as a whole. Just to answer all your questions after all my ramblings.... truck is a 2014 Ram 6.4 Hemi 4X4 currently at 96K. Hoping to keep it for a while longer. She's paid off and still moves the RV reasonably well. Although, the new trucks sure do look nice!
mtofell1 04/11/20 11:12pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Car trailer questions

I think the "penalty" will be pretty minimal... almost non-existent on flat ground. Hills would drop it a bit. Wind and speed on any day would probably be larger factors.
mtofell1 04/11/20 04:35pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Extended warranty. What are your thoughts

Good advice so far about shopping around and going only with a factory backed service contract. As everyone says, the warranty companies and dealers are in business to make money. Keep in mind A LOT of that money is from people overpaying so you can do a lot of damage control just by purchasing right. They also make a lot of money by people selling the vehicle before the coverage runs out. I bought one on my 2014 Ram and it's paid off big time. I've had exhaust manifold bolts (2K?) and a tranny rebuild (4-5K?) done. Mine is a a lifetime which means it's good until the repair exceeds the value of the truck. I paid $2200 for it. Mainy, for me, if I didn't have the warranty there's no way I'd still have the truck. It's a company vehicle and I have to be able to manage my costs. I can't have a sudden 5K expense. When I look at how much it costs to do a trade-in and buy a new truck it's a no-brainer. Having the warranty/service contract has allowed me to save a lot by not having to buy/sell. Nonetheless, there will always be the bashers telling me I'm crazy and am throwing money away which is fine. To each their own.
mtofell1 04/10/20 02:38pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford F350 7.3 Gas Pulling 15k

I know the diesel guys love their diesels but that is one hell of a gasser. 4.30 gears, 10 speeds from what looks like an amazing tranny and all that HP and torque. The speed management going downhill was very impressive (I know the hills weren't huge). Nice looking setup. Thanks Fish!
mtofell1 04/06/20 12:29am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2019 Ram 6.4 drivers

There aren't a lot of 8spds out yet with a lot of towing miles which is probably why OP isn't getting a lot of direct responses. From what I've read people are VERY happy with the combo, especially compared to the 6spd tranny. It really has upped the range that I'd consider using a gasser. 14K? That's definitely getting up there. I recognize a lot of names on this thread that I'm sure know this but just to clarify for people that don't know - the 6spd tranny is a well known disaster. A total waste of a good engine. The gear ratios are borrowed from the diesel truck tranny and are just not good with gas. Someone mentioned stuck going 35mph - this is the crux of the problem. The 1-2 gap is a mile and the truck can't hold 2nd. Other problems are with shifting behavior - skipping 3rd, slamming into gears, holding gears to long, etc, etc. From what I've read, all of this is better with the new 8spd. My $.02 for OP - I'd go up to 14K if I didn't plan to tow full time and/or in the hills a lot. I suppose you could also go 8spd and re-gear to a 4.56 or 4.88. Re-gearing with the old 6spd was a hot topic to try to help with the tranny problems. I'd have to think the new 8spd with higher numerical gears would be a beast. After all, 14K trailer and 8K truck (assuming some things in the truck) = 22K. That's nothing compared to what some of the gas engines are moving around in the class A coaches. Of course, the largest F53 chassis that the class A units are running on have gearing up over 5:1 (I'm thinking 5.13?).
mtofell1 04/03/20 01:02pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Anyone canceling trips due to Corona virus?

No plans to cancel any RV trips.... I wouldn't go on a cruise right now. Mainly because I don't want to be stuck in quarantine on a ship anchored off the coast. I'm flying in a few weeks and am not too worried. The virus definitely has my attention but I put little faith in the government's ability to help much or the news media to accurately report things. Keep in mind this is just another in the long list of things that were supposed to kill us all. I suppose eventually one of these things may do the job but I'm going to live my life until it happens.
mtofell1 03/08/20 10:51pm RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: Ram 6.4L 8 speed vs Ford 7.3 to carry truck camper

Either should do fine. These new gassers and trannys with DRW are a great setup for a truck camper. I currently own the Ram 6.4 Hemi but with the 6spd. I have to imagine the 8spd will be amazing. I am really not brand loyal at all. I like the affordability of the Ram compared to the Ford. All these new trucks scare me with reliability. I'd probably go for the Ram and use some of the money I saved to buy a nice factory backed warranty. I'm currently about 5K ahead with my warranty.
mtofell1 02/22/20 02:41pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Windsheld Wipers

The Rain-X wipers coat the windshield nicely when they are new and you get nice beads of water but it wears off pretty quickly and they are just normal wipers.... still good but the early stages are the best for sure.
mtofell1 02/18/20 07:56pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Windsheld Wipers

I ran Costco Michelin wipers for years because I am generally a fan of Michelin tires and rarely get anything bad at Costco. It seemed like I was having to replace them fairly often and they really weren't that great.... but since that is all I was running I really didn't realize just how bad they were. I got some Rain-X for all 3 vehicles and was absolutely blown away at how much better they are. I've also heard great things about Bosch but haven't tried them. And don't just take my word for it - 50 reviews on Costco site for a whopping 2.5 out of 5 stars. https://www.costco.com/Michelin-Guardian-Hybrid-Wiper-Blade.product.100454346.html
mtofell1 02/17/20 05:28pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New truck almost ready to be born

So, at what point is a truck a truck? Is it the minute the order is placed or when it is delivered to the dealer? Oh, nevermind - this will get way too political :) Congratulations - it should be worth the wait!
mtofell1 02/15/20 10:04pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Landing Gear

If those come into contact with anything when fully retracted you've got bigger problems.... as in the rear axle of your truck and half the bed will be missing :) :)
mtofell1 02/03/20 09:15am Fifth-Wheels
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