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RE: Tool box in a long bed?

Gotta have a low profile box. Correct, there are a lot of tool boxes that sit below the rails, then you can also put on a bed cover.
rhagfo 05/19/20 09:26am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Awning tie downs

Unless your ratchet strap is in the middle of the awning, and I have no idea how you would do that, you can't bend the tube. Now if you decide to go crazy ratcheting it tight with a strap attached to each end of the tube, you could literally pull the support arms off the trailer or bend the arms. Or do like I did.... I ratchet strap from the ends of the tube back to the trailer frame on the front end and the trailer wheel on the back of the awning. My mistake was I did this before putting out the living/dining room slide. When the slide got put out it bent the arm on the awning. Well not an electric awning, but 21’ manual awning and three ratchet straps one at each end and one in the middle. The one in the middle is attached using two of the straps in the link. All straps just snug, awning out almost 24/7/365 as we are full time park host. If wind gets too bad I will take it in, but not too often. Link
rhagfo 05/14/20 04:12pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Owning a Cummins Diesel?

My 2015 has been mostly great. I say mostly for two reasons. One, the water pump failed on me while towing the camper home from a vacation and left us stranded a few days. The replacement was also a bad unit, and it took several months before the dealership was able to replace it with a good version under the recall. Two, it's just had too many recalls. All minor stuff but a half dozen or so recalls is excessive. Those caveats aside, I love the truck. It's fun to drive, tows like a boss, is reasonably efficient and it just does whatever I ask without complaint. I've got about 65k miles on it so far. The water pump on a Cummins is an easy replacement, even if it was a warranty issue I would have asked for a NAPA or Gates pump to get back on the road. The pump is a little harder to get to on the 2016, but changed the one in our 2001 Ram CTD in a parking lot in about 20 minutes and at least half the time was getting the belt back on. We broke down in nowhere, Oregon. It was late Saturday before we got everything towed into town and no auto parts store nor the dealership had a pump in stock. It was a multiple day ordeal over something as silly as a water pump. I've got a Gates pump and spare serpentine belt under my back seat should something similar ever occur again. Ram reimbursed me for what I paid the local mechanic for parts and labor, but it took them few weeks. Well now that you have a spare pump, you could likely put a million miles on that truck and never need it!
rhagfo 05/14/20 02:24pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Owning a Cummins Diesel?

My 2015 has been mostly great. I say mostly for two reasons. One, the water pump failed on me while towing the camper home from a vacation and left us stranded a few days. The replacement was also a bad unit, and it took several months before the dealership was able to replace it with a good version under the recall. Two, it's just had too many recalls. All minor stuff but a half dozen or so recalls is excessive. Those caveats aside, I love the truck. It's fun to drive, tows like a boss, is reasonably efficient and it just does whatever I ask without complaint. I've got about 65k miles on it so far. The water pump on a Cummins is an easy replacement, even if it was a warranty issue I would have asked for a NAPA or Gates pump to get back on the road. The pump is a little harder to get to on the 2016, but changed the one in our 2001 Ram CTD in a parking lot in about 20 minutes and at least half the time was getting the belt back on.
rhagfo 05/14/20 12:17pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Gas, Diesel, Gears and Towing

Rationalizing just enough truck and gas engines is a losing battle.It's not hard to rationalize at all, once you figure out how much it costs. Very true. People who are fortunate enough to be in a financial situation to buy anything they want, whenever they want, don't have any concept of what the word "Budget" means. Quick story.....We spent this past winter in Florida at a fairly nice resort. Lots of people there with more money than they knew what to do with. When my wife and I were invited to go with a group of these people on a week long cruise, they just looked at us with this odd look on their face when we said we couldn't afford to go. Like it didn't compute that there are people in the world that have to keep an eye on their money. But, I guess if they have never had to think about money, or it's been a long time since they've had to, they wouldn't really understand. My wife and I had a good chuckle over that. Don't panic yet,that 6.4 is capable, you are only talking about 12,500#. If you are less than happy with its performance, change to the 4.10's and see how that works. Know the budget thing towed the Copper Canyon for about 7 years with a 2001 Ram 2500 CTD with 3.55's. over GVWR, over GCWR. I had a small chip and it did ok. The 3.55's and 5 speed manual it wasn't the quickest off the line, but did fine in the hills. Now I am at about half of max 5er weight, next couple years we will look at a newer larger 5er.
rhagfo 05/13/20 06:57am Towing
RE: Do you use glass plates ?

We full time and have Corelle for most of out dishes, we also have some glass wine glasses.
rhagfo 05/13/20 06:38am General RVing Issues
RE: Gas, Diesel, Gears and Towing

The biggest issue I have heard of with the 6.4 Hemi and 68RFE trans is there is a rather large gear jump between 1st and 2nd.
rhagfo 05/12/20 09:46pm Towing
RE: Gas, Diesel, Gears and Towing

It's a Ram 3500 with the 6.4 Hemi. Even though it's not a diesel, I won't ever be at 13,995# GVWR with the RV, I won't be putting 2,500# of stuff in it and I don't travel with water, so the weight will likely be in the area of 12,000#-12,500# max. That takes me right up close to the GCWR truck spec and more than 1,000# below my payload max of 3,900#. Not ideal but will get the job done for now. It's just 2-3 hour trips for weekend camping for now. No huge hills or mountains to climb where I'll be going. I've learned a lot and appreciate all the input. Of course these are all moot points because I won't be camping anytime soon. Maybe I'll get one or two weekends in when things open up this summer. So one last question, is you TV Truck A or Truck B from your original post? The 6.4 with six speed and 3.73's will do OK with a 12,500# 5er in tow, with 4.10's you will be more than OK. I have Truck A. The least capable of the three I mentioned. You can make it truck B with a simple gear change, which will raise your GCWR, ease of towing. I will say towing our 12,500# 5er with the 2016 Ram 6.7 CTD and 3.73’s I hardly feel the 5er back there even in hills.
rhagfo 05/12/20 12:13pm Towing
RE: Gas, Diesel, Gears and Towing

It's a Ram 3500 with the 6.4 Hemi. Even though it's not a diesel, I won't ever be at 13,995# GVWR with the RV, I won't be putting 2,500# of stuff in it and I don't travel with water, so the weight will likely be in the area of 12,000#-12,500# max. That takes me right up close to the GCWR truck spec and more than 1,000# below my payload max of 3,900#. Not ideal but will get the job done for now. It's just 2-3 hour trips for weekend camping for now. No huge hills or mountains to climb where I'll be going. I've learned a lot and appreciate all the input. Of course these are all moot points because I won't be camping anytime soon. Maybe I'll get one or two weekends in when things open up this summer. So one last question, is you TV Truck A or Truck B from your original post? The 6.4 with six speed and 3.73's will do OK with a 12,500# 5er in tow, with 4.10's you will be more than OK.
rhagfo 05/12/20 07:45am Towing
RE: Gas, Diesel, Gears and Towing

So you have a 2017 TV with 16,000 miles what make and size? Figured you are towing a GD Refection 311BH. 14,000# GVWR 5er, bunkhouse suggest family. I hope your TV is a 350/3500 and a diesel.
rhagfo 05/11/20 09:55pm Towing
RE: Hooked it up

Well as Ron pointed out it is an$1,400 option on Ram I don’t think Ford would just give it away. Did you miss the fact that I was talking about the type of air bags Ford owners all seem to have to add to handle the sag when pin weight is added? Chris, I know it was a bit tongue in cheek, but even the ones it seem all Ford owners need to add cost about $300 for the complete kit, maybe a $500 option. :B
rhagfo 05/10/20 06:20pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Hooked it up

blofgren - No, didn't have the time today... Cummins12V98- Ron, I have then at 45 and will tweet them when I pull it.. bgum - Thank You Ron3rd - Thanks, Can't wait to take it for a road trip.. Ford should make air bags a factory options, as just about everyone installs them. I do not know about GM's but the newer RAM do not need them. Option: Firestone airbags check here ( ) $200 or Option: Delete Firestone airbags check here ( ) -$200 A lot more to it than that. My option was around $1,400 and WELL worth it for automatically maintaining ride height even with 6k pin. Ron, that was my thought also $200 wouldn’t even cover retail cost of the bags. That is the one option I wish our 2016 had, still a better ride than the 2001 2500. Price goes down when one is buying hundreds of thousands of them. Well as Ron pointed out it is an$1,400 option on Ram I don’t think Ford would just give it away.
rhagfo 05/10/20 04:09pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Hooked it up

blofgren - No, didn't have the time today... Cummins12V98- Ron, I have then at 45 and will tweet them when I pull it.. bgum - Thank You Ron3rd - Thanks, Can't wait to take it for a road trip.. Ford should make air bags a factory options, as just about everyone installs them. I do not know about GM's but the newer RAM do not need them. Option: Firestone airbags check here ( ) $200 or Option: Delete Firestone airbags check here ( ) -$200 A lot more to it than that. My option was around $1,400 and WELL worth it for automatically maintaining ride height even with 6k pin. Ron, that was my thought also $200 wouldn’t even cover retail cost of the bags. That is the one option I wish our 2016 had, still a better ride than the 2001 2500.
rhagfo 05/10/20 01:58pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Gas, Diesel, Gears and Towing

That's a question that none of us can answer. How the manufacturers arrive at ratings seem to be a closely guarded secret. you get in an accident, a smart attorney could sue you for being over the stated GCWR I don't understand how torque and HP plays a roll in an accident. Now you're really opening a can of worms. There are many discussions on here about whether the GCWR and or towing rating are legal ratings that can be admitted in a court case. Ultimately nobody on here can answer that. Well it's possible that someone on here can answer these questions, to date they have been mute on the subject. This may not be an actual legal issue, BUT the fact in every owners manual states DO NOT EXCEED any of the weight limits, there is they can have a case. I will leave at that.
rhagfo 05/10/20 07:15am Towing
RE: TIres, looking for long wearing, all weather load range E

Another vote for Michelin! LTX M/S2
rhagfo 05/07/20 11:53pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Getting ready to head North.

Tuesday I washed and waxed the trailer with my credit card. I’ll have to try that. I usually use a sponge or towel :W. Safe travels. We did a trip from FL to MA April 1st and it was interesting. Dave Seems like it would take a long time, credit cards are small! They also don’t hold much wax.
rhagfo 05/07/20 05:40pm Snowbirds
RE: The latest on Oregon State Parks

As of today Oregon has started to open some State Parks for day use. You will he asked to keep your distance and there will be reduced parking. Mostly parks and boat launches In the valley and eastern Oregon, no parks on the coast or gorge at this time.
rhagfo 05/06/20 10:04am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: The latest on Oregon State Parks

Yep another example of common sense. The virus can only get you between the door and the table, once seated you are perfectly safe so remove your mask and have a great time. ;) Let's just make restaurant's a thing of the past along with churches, retail stores you can enter, offices, all of it. Everyone can just stay home cowering in fear, working from home. We can all wear hepa rated burlap sacks or surplus Russian gas masks 24/7. The government can supply your every desire. 3 meals on wheels delivered to your door daily by big brother. Everything else can be curbside pickup, or ordered online and delivered. We are retired and have steady income, we have been using our stimulus money to eat out more, to see if we can help local small restaurants survive. I can’t wait to be able to go back into a restaurant and enjoy the same food piping hot on a real plate! While the takeout is still tasty cool food is not as tasty as hot! The biggest concern with opening parks back up is people traveling from infected areas to those areas with low infection counts.
rhagfo 05/06/20 09:57am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Tires & DOT

…...anyway, back to DOT codes on tires....I will update once they arrive. As the OP I can also UPDATE. My GY 614's arrived from Amazon...great price, free shipping. However, three of the four were a year old and one was 10 months old. I returned them, again no charge for shipping and did receive a full refund in about 10 days. Neither Simple Tire or Tire Rack would guarantee any kind of a reasonable DOT Date of Manufacture. Kind of a "you get what you get" attitude. Anyway, on the recommendation from one of the posters above, I called my local Discount Tire (who I use regularly for our family vehicles) and they are willing to get me the freshest tires in their warehouse with a guarantee of no more than 6 months old. The are a bit more expensive. Tomorrow I will be ordering from Discount Tire. I will never understand the hassle many will go through to get trailer tires, the get them mounted. Three trailers all shod at local Discount Tire, good dot dates. If not in stock have them order, once tires are at store take the trailer in and have them do all the work. Can’t believe those that will try to figure out to jack up the trailer then take one, two, or maybe all four to the tire store to have them mounted then drag them back and reinstall. Never seen a Discount Tire store I couldn’t get a 40’ trailer in.
rhagfo 05/03/20 08:36pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: DISH TV - Locals

Our Flex Pack (50 channels) plus locals is $54.99/month.Not bad. I'd probably need more, like Smithsonian, TCM..etc. I'll have to snoop around some more because I haven't yet found exactly which channels are in which package. I believe we have America’s top 250 and pay about $110 a month, as stated before we full time now. Service has been great, only get washed out once in a while.
rhagfo 05/03/20 04:11pm Technology Corner
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