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RE: generator bumper mount tray carriers

Also, be careful hanging things off the back as it can drag and even get ripped off the trailer when leaving parking lots. I also tend to agree with the others about the limitations of the bumpers. I know it's a tempting storage location ut I'd never hang more than a spare tire on mine.
mtofell1 08/26/19 09:03am Travel Trailers
RE: Looking aft used trucks - "?' flood damage

For how much these used trucks cost and for whatever reason you perceive saving some huge amount of money buying used, spend a few of those $$ and get a professional set of eyes on it. A bunch of guys on the internet can pretend to give you solid advice but there is no substitute for a professional set of eyes. Just like you do things in your job that no one else could with some internet advice, vehicle inspection pros can spot things in seconds that can slip buy even the best internet inspection cowboy.
mtofell1 08/25/19 06:07pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 6.4l 8 speed towing review

It's getting great reviews on the Ram forums. The 8spd tranny sounds like a whole new world compared to the 6spd. Guys are talking about hauling up to 15,000# trailers with no problems. Aside from the terrible 6spd my Ram 2500 is a great truck. The 6.4 Hemi is a beast of an engine that, up to this point, has been somewhat wasted in the HD trucks. The 8spd sounds like a total game changer. I'm curious what you think is terrible about the 6 speed? I read that often, yet I have no complaints. I have an 18 2500 6.4 4:10 that's a bit over a year old. My travel trailer tows at around 10k lbs and is 37' and I have no complaints about it's towing. Sure it down shifts more than the 2012 diesel I had in the past but overall does a nice job. What is it that you and so many others don't like? Just curious really. I have many years before my next truck so I will have a 6 speed for quite a while, but again just trying to understand the hate for what to me works just fine. Thanks! The gear ratios were borrowed from the 68rfe which is the tranny paired with the Cummins diesel. So, the ratios were developed/intended for use with a diesel engine that makes its power at lower RPMs. In particular, the 1-2 gap is a country mile. While towing out west here in the hills there is a dead spot around 35-45mph where the tranny can't hold 2nd so it just slams back and forth between 1st and 2nd. When I can get above 45-50 or so even on fairly steep grades the power of the engine can be realized and it's a beast. It's just a problem with the large gap. My other, albeit smaller, complaint is with the downshifting behavior around 4-3-2. Rather than downshift 4-3-2, it just slams from 4 down to 2. This can be eliminated by just manually shifting which I always do when towing. During daily driving the tranny is also ridiculously slow to downshift. Slow to the point where my RPMs drop to nearly 1000 and the truck feels as though it's going to die. I've had it looked at by the dealer and they say nothing it wrong. Many other on Ram forums report and complain about all these same issues. If you're towing 10K and don't have these complaints I'm going to guess you're not pulling any major hills?
mtofell1 08/19/19 08:08pm Tow Vehicles
RE: dodge 2500 with coil over air bags

That new 2500 system looks like the Kelderman replacement rear suspension that has been a available for a few years. I had always planned on going that route if/when I get a new truck. I researched it a couple years ago and people with the systems really seemed to like them. Anything the manufacturers can do to help these trucks ride better when unloaded has got to help them sell trucks. We all see the constant complaints of ride quality in HD trucks (some people even insist something must be broken :))
mtofell1 08/12/19 11:09am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tool chest in MHbasement

I know its apples and oranges but I recently redid my entire house garage (cabinets, tool boxes, storage, etc. etc.). At first I was overwhelmed and struggled but really got a handle on things by spending A LOT of time at the various stores just looking at the toolboxes and storage options. There really are a lot of great affordable boxes and containers. Only you know what tools you have and how often you use them so it's tough for a bunch of strangers to design your space. To some people a set of tools consists of two screwdrivers, a set of pliers and a roll of duct tape. Other RVers are retired race car mechanics and carry enough tools to rebuild an engine.
mtofell1 08/06/19 11:10pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: I need a large 5th wheel but am I looking too large?

How much and how often are you planning on moving around? If not much, you might consider "destination trailers" or "park model" trailers. These are kind of between an RV and a manufactured home. They are mobile but not the kind of thing you'd want to haul around every weekend.
mtofell1 08/06/19 07:42pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: proper hook up procedure?

:h I have had a fifth wheel parked in the pole barn for storage for over 18 years now on a level cement floor without chocks. Why would I be chocking that thing up? So when you drive into the trailer with your tractor you only have to fix the RV, not the back wall of the barn that the RV rolls through. Also, a properly built slab to park vehicles on has a 1/4" per foot slope to drain water that falls off after driving in the rain so many slabs aren't totally flat. Why do you wear a seatbelt? Why do you have smoke detectors? We do all kinds of things daily that turn out to be totally unnecessary.
mtofell1 08/06/19 11:45am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Short Beds w/out Sliding Hitch

I have a short bed GMC with a patriot slider. The dealer who installed it set as far back as it would go. The pin box will hit the tailgate when the hitch is slid back: I have since adjusted the hitch forward 3 inches, it will just clear the tailgate on level ground. I will have to lower the tailgate to use the slider. Gary I have a set of chains and hardware to hold my gate open approximately 6" while the hitch is slid back. My Ram looked like it was going to clear.... someday maybe I'll replace the damaged tailgate :). I don't know that I could turn with the gate all the way open without it hitting the 5th wheel.
mtofell1 08/05/19 11:23pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: proper hook up procedure?

Doesn't it depend on the type of hitch you have as to whether or not you use chocks? I watched a video yesterday that Dutchmansport posted of the pros and cons of the various hitch arrangements. It looked like the truck with the Anderson hitch just backed up under the 5th wheel hitch then the 5th wheel was lowered onto the ball. Do you still need chocks for this type of hitch? The type of hitch is irrelevant prior to hooking up. A trailer not hooked to a vehicle should NEVER sit without chocks.
mtofell1 08/05/19 11:19pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: proper hook up procedure?

Always use wheel chocks! I've heard too many folks with veed truck beds say "but the ground looked level". The company I worked for, if you didn't chock, take the next day off in the street with no pay. Years ago I remember walking by a loading bay behind a store and there were HUGE signs saying, "drivers responsible for chalking their own wheels," and it stuck with me. Basically, don't trust anyone else to do this absolutely critical step in hooking/unhooking. Also, fwiw, those yellow plastic cheapies from Walmart work fine until you run over/crush them. Once the vertical supports have been crushed the whole thing will collapse easily. I have used those plastic ones but have also just used chunks of firewood a lot over the years. Replacements are cheap and easy to find :)
mtofell1 08/05/19 10:29am Fifth-Wheels
RE: proper hook up procedure?

Definitely use wheel chocks. The trailer brakes are nowhere near adequate for hooking up. Also, best practice is to have the 5th king pin a bit lower and have the hitch "lift" the trailer as it latches. This takes weight off the legs and helps prevent what you are talking about. 5th hitches have a bit of a ramp, presumably for this exact reason.
mtofell1 08/04/19 06:51pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Short Beds w/out Sliding Hitch

Generally turning while on flat ground isn't a problem, what creates the problem is when you're backing into a spot that isn't level with the road, so when the TV twist one way, while the RV twist the other is when you run the greatest risk of contact. ^^This Many a truck owner with a busted window and dented cab did the safety check in the parking lot thing. What you cannot account for is one of the tires being lifted by uneven ground and the cap of the trailer tilting into the back of the truck. I'm not throwing shade at the whole idea of going without a slider... just pointing out the limitations of a test. Basically, even if you think you're in the clear you still must pay attention.
mtofell1 08/03/19 10:40pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5th wheel lifting bracket

I always wondered if you lift your hitch that way what effect does it have on the jaws with that weight hanging from them. When a fifth wheel is on the hitch there is no weight on the jaws because the head is taking the weight. I was just wondering. Just to make myself feel better I counterweight mine with a jack stand when it's hanging from the pin. I let it hang for years without a problem but figured it couldn't hurt to take some weight off it.
mtofell1 08/03/19 06:46pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Short Beds w/out Sliding Hitch

A lot also depends on the 5th wheel. The smaller or mid-profile 5th wheels are generally no problem with the newer trucks. Full-size ones could have problems although as time moves on the manufacturers are making the caps with short bed trucks in mind. I have a mid-profile with a SB truck and have never needed to slide back during some pretty hairy camping. But I do need to slide back every time I come/go to my steep driveway to keep my 5th from hitting the back corners of my truck. My main complaint with the slider is the weight.... both against payload and moving the thing in/out of the truck.
mtofell1 08/03/19 06:06pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Ford 7.3L gas power numbers

Here's a good article with a nice quote from the end if you don't want to read the whole thing. When asked about the power, a Ford spokesperson responded, “The focus for the 7.3-liter was total capability as delivered in vehicle. We have class-leading peak torque, but we valued capability from 1,500 rpm on up over obtaining an even larger advertised peak torque. All versions of the 7.3-liter are capable of delivering over 400 ft-lbs from 1,500 rpm on up. We believe this large amount of torque from low engine speeds is exactly what a heavily loaded vehicle needs for good drivability.”
mtofell1 08/02/19 11:11pm Tow Vehicles
RE: A new trend in RV fridges?

This thread is hilarious... it's like a political argument at Thanksgiving. Does anyone realize what works for them may not work for someone else? Both sides have great points and both types of fridges have a very justifiable use. Just because you like to "hug a pole at an RV park" doesn't mean you're doing anything wrong. And just because you like to camp off grid doesn't mean you are a bad person. Get a grip people... it's an RV and people use them differently.
mtofell1 07/31/19 10:41pm Tech Issues
RE: AM Radio is dead

A bit off topic but may be of help to some - many AM stations also broadcast on the #2 or #3 setting of an FM station. If you are ever on a FM station and see a "2" or "3" somewhere on the display try to navigate to it. I found this on my truck and now get my local AM crackling sports talk radio in glorious HD FM!! I thought I heard somewhere that AM radio was going the way of the dinosaur in a few years anyway but maybe it's a regional thing?
mtofell1 07/28/19 01:51am Tech Issues
RE: Tire Rotation Not Needed?

I think for traction/safety purposes the most tread on the front has always been the idea but for wear (on a RWD) the most tread should be on the rear to balance them out with the fronts. I tend to agree with the service writer. I love how everyone just skips right past that fact that the service writer might have a point and that he's just a lazy bum :)
mtofell1 07/27/19 01:55pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Insurance?

Progressive here, too. I actually just switched all my cars (personal and business, total of 5) and saved a ton. My HD truck was by far the most drastic. It was literally cut in half for the same coverage. I had no idea the variation could be so drastic. Apparently, I had tuned out all the commercials years ago :). I had previously been with Farmers. 5th wheel through Progressive was about 1/3 less than Farmers. They also have a lot of options for coverage on RVs - water intrusion, rodent damage, etc.
mtofell1 07/27/19 01:50pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Can a 5th wheel be backed into a loading dock?

Every trailer is different but mine is pretty low in the back (and the nose is a few inches high). My biggest challenge would be keeping the rear bumper and jacks from dragging. From the pictures and what I can envision using online slope calculators it looks like most trailers would be okay. A 3 degree slope is pretty minor (some may be thinking of 3%).
mtofell1 07/26/19 02:13pm Fifth-Wheels
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