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RE: US Border agent gave my passport to.....??

I am sorry, your passport should never leave your sight!!
rhagfo 09/25/19 12:06am General RVing Issues
RE: Propane tank recertification

Those proclaiming for tank exchange, most (all?) exchanges only fill the tank with 16 lbs of propane. 20% less than filling your own tank But than few minutes exchange beats 1/2 hr wait for cylinders fill. My last fill at Costco gave me good price, but was pretty big hassle. Could not park close to propane pump, so having 2 cylinders had to find a cart and roll it to the center. Than had to push the bell and wait for attendant. Took several minutes and he filled 2 cylinders, giving me a receipt to pay inside warehouse. Long waiting lines, even I combined it with grocery pickup, but when i come back with paid receipt, turn out that the paper the attendant gave me had 2 bills on single slip of paper, so had to go back to cashier and pay for the 2nd. . I have custom cylinders, so exchange for me is not possible, but than having gauge on them, very often leave the 2nd at home. Not much need to carry spare when it last for 5 or more weeks and the gained storage is good for charcoal and snorkeling gear. Well I have never needed to wait 1/2 hour to get tanks filled, most of the time about 5-10 minutes. To the issue of re-certifying camper horizontal tanks, for visual easy peasy. Replacement is not cheap nor easy to find. Here is one on Amazon
rhagfo 09/24/19 11:24pm Truck Campers
RE: Diesel truck issues - thinking of going to gas

PA must have a blue state diesel levy since the price difference here in FL is about $.35 to $.40/gal. $2.45 vs $2.75 right now. There is something to this here in the PNW the price is about the same for gas and diesel. About $3.10 per gallon for both, not sure what the story up the coast in north Lincoln City as a couple stations have diesel at $2.69 a gallon it is normal #2 diesel not bio.
rhagfo 09/24/19 02:54pm Tow Vehicles
RE: RV dump station map

I don't know about the accuracy of it, there are several around here that are not on the map. I guess it's better than nothing. X2 Many on the central Oregon Coast missing. clicky
rhagfo 09/24/19 07:14am General RVing Issues
RE: The best mid-size truck for 2019? Honda!

Yeah, no. Thanks. We’ll keep our Ford Ranger. It has been averaging over 24mpg, and have experienced none of what the author of that article talks about with problems. Plus, it’s a real truck, and is the most comfortable vehicle we have ever owned, including a 911 turbo Porsche, and a 500 series Mercedes convertible Just wondering what the yellow sticker payload on your Ranger is?
rhagfo 09/23/19 09:30pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 Ford F350 - XLT or Lariat / options guidance?

So we bought an 2016 Laramie used it has some very nice features. Remote start with keyless entry, fob in pocket. Rain sensing wipers, leave on and they come on when it starts to mist. Seat memory is nice, as is easy exit where the drivers seat slides back to make exit easy. Heated/cool seats Ford has messaging seats.
rhagfo 09/23/19 08:40pm Truck Campers
RE: 2020 Ford F350 - XLT or Lariat / options guidance?

Hi all - a related question: If a city has a maximum curb weight (as defined in the city’s MOTOR VEHICLE REGULATIONS IN RESIDENTIAL DISTRICTS) of 8,000 lbs wet How will I stand with a current Ford F350, biggest longest version, with an approx 2,500 lb (wet) Pop Up camper - always on board. Daily driver. In other words - how would my rig relate to an 8,000 curb weight, the limit for residential vehicles in tat city? Also in other words - would the (always mounted, daily driver) pop up camper’s weight count towards my curb weight? (in the eyes of the city) the exact wording in bylaw is : Any motor vehicle having a curb weight of eight thousand (8,000) pounds or greater. For the purposes of this Section, "curb weight" is defined as the weight of a motor vehicle with standard equipment, fuel, oil, and coolant; thanks! :-) What other state/city other California consider a pickup over 10,000# automatically “Commercial”! I think it is high time in these RVers get politically active and see about changing some of these stupid laws.
rhagfo 09/23/19 08:26pm Truck Campers
RE: Wheel Bearing Grease

If you've been using it for years with good success, why question your choice? "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." X2! PS: Next time set a timer on your smart phone, I do and set timer between 4 to 5 minutes depending on water pressure.
rhagfo 09/22/19 09:21pm Tech Issues
RE: height adjustment

as mentioned in other post 2011 outback, 2013 chevy 1 ton dually. ive only had issues on this trip. i am only looking for a couple inches. and yes trailer sits very level as is. not really wanting to get into axle flipping and all that What is your 5er to rail clearance currently? Is the pin box cushioned or fixed? We have right at 6” clearance with level setup, we have one host site that exit is fairly sharp turn up hill, it gets close but doesn’t touch. What are you driving over or where that you are making contact.
rhagfo 09/21/19 04:44pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Route from Astoria, OR to Wenatchee, WA

Thank you, all. Paulj, your suggestions are most welcome. We'll do 12. By the way, we've driven the Gorge a few times and love it, but don't mind missing it this time in favor of a quicker drive. Also, the other recommendation of 2 is also appreciated. We've driven that beautiful route from the east to the west, but want to stay away from drive up and around Seattle. Thanks again! Well ScottG lives in Bothel a little north and east of Seattle, so the 405 to Hwy2 makes sense to him. Hwy 12 is a beautiful drive and you miss the mess north of Olympia.
rhagfo 09/19/19 11:55pm Roads and Routes
RE: Propane tank recertification

1 more observation. When you take your cylinders to gas station who also sells propane as side business - they never take a look at certifications. Done it 4 times in last year. Never. Except when they do. My tanks have been checked every place I've ever taken them including gas stations selling propane. Expired date, they ask me to move along as they do not cert. Which is how I discovered my local RV parts/repair shop sells propane cheaper than anyone else and certs for $5. X2 They are getting more diligent, mine are checked almost every time.
rhagfo 09/18/19 05:14pm Truck Campers
RE: Off-Roading Tractor Trailer

Following erratically driven semi so closely? You deserve new underwear. Up until he slid too far to the left he was traveling pretty stright, yes he was on the fog line, but not weaving. I agree following a bit too close for me.
rhagfo 09/18/19 06:45am Truck Campers
RE: Black Tank flush with valve closed

Yes, but it is also common for said people to get distracted. This results in a very messy flood in your rv. Yes, and I also do it to help flush out solids, set a timer on my smart phone for no more than 5 minutes.
rhagfo 09/17/19 01:21pm Tech Issues
RE: Assateague Island

We spend much of the winter months on the Oregon Coast very close to the ocean. Yes, it can be cool in the winter, but you have a trailer for shelter.
rhagfo 09/16/19 08:56pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: 2017 Ram 68RFE Question

Thanks for the info. It will stay at stock power, don't really need anymore than what it has for our trailer. That is a lot of miles on a 2017 rig. Was it used commercially? X2 Even if bought the end of 2016 that is three years, and 25k a year. When we bought our 2001 used in fall of 2010 it had 234k on it it was an early 2001 so just shy of 11 years just over 20k a year.
rhagfo 09/16/19 08:46pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New Truck and 5th wheel

Empty pin was 2900, fully loaded, pin 3750. Had almost 2k worth of "stuff" in 5er. I believe I have said it a couple times in this thread alone. 3K or so dry pin weight does not work with a SRW truck. Go back and look at what OP said the trailer's dry pin weight is. Simple fact is a lot of people do not want a dually, period! So a wise choice of trailer chosen can get the job done. We found a Cedar Model and several Big Horns that had pin weight around 2400 in floor plans we liked. I had to rule out all but the smallest Cardinal and Montana's in 2016 when we were buying a new larger trailer. We would have liked to stay with another Cardinal, how the small one was very cheaply made. The one we looked at had drawers falling apart and bathroom slider screwed up, on a brand new trailer. We went with the Big Horn for floor plan with kitchen island, tow theater seats that look straight across at TV, rear cap and Sailun tires OEM along with other things. Chris Chris, while your statement about DRW may be true there are times where one wants, and what one needs just don't work out. I recall the back and forth when you bought the 2015 Ram as to Long Bed va Short Bed. Well when we went for a newer TV it was a LB DRW, not looking back. I will also say our DD also has a DRW CC lb to tow here 4 horse GN. Neither her, DW, or I have too many issues fitting in places we want to go.
rhagfo 09/16/19 12:57pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5.9 Cummins Diesel Towing capacity

My owners manual tells me the max pin weight is 1200 and the 5vr (2007 Arctic Fox 27 ft) has pin weight of 1500lbs. On top of that the trailer is max of 12000 and the truck is rated at 9600lbs approximate. I could change out the rear end to make it max out at 13000lbs. I have a chip and an extra cooler on the tranny which I had rebuilt. But coming up on steep and slow 2 lane roads i top out the temp on the tranny. Engine is fine but the tranny isn't. NOt sure about getting a new truck or lightly used ot stepping down to a bumper pull' Truck is 2001 Dodge dually 5.9l Suggestions? So if you want to pull that with your Ram it will need a lower gear ratio. I see that with a 4.10 gear the 3500 is rated at 12,900# towing. If you care you will likely be over the ridiculously low 10,500# or 11,000# GVWR of the Ram. don't state if reg cab or Quad cab, 4X4 or 4X2? These are the towing charts from the manual of our old 2001 Ram. width=640 width=640 The best you can do is get a quality rebuild on the trans, with good additional coolers, and go with 4.10 gears and you should be ok. You might also put a small chip on the engine for a few more HP and lb. ft. We towed a 12,500 5er with our 2001 Ram 2500, small chip and Bosch RV275 injectors, 5 speed manual and 3.55 gears. I would also add a PacBrake exhaust brake for extra stopping power. width=640
rhagfo 09/16/19 12:40pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New Truck and 5th wheel

I found and spread sheet online and if I put the # in right for the Ram I should have about 1400lb. available for payload the truck won't have anything in it for weight. The ram has a payload of 4330 lb. There is no Ram 3500 srw that can carry 4330 lbs in the bed as payload without blowing its 7000 RAWR number. That the fallacy of using newer truck high gvwr based payloads to assume a in the bed payload such as pin weight and other gear/stuff the rear axle will carry. These size trucks rear axle can weigh in the 3200-3400 lb range. Now add 4330 lb of payload in the bed = around 7700 lbs for a 700 lb overload. Time for 19.5" tires and wheels and air bags/etc with that payload. OP keep in mind that 4330 payload number is a gvwr based payload which comes from the trucks front and rear axles. About the most the 3500 srw can carry in the bed will be around 3500-3800 lbs depending on cab selections....wheel base selections. Your starting with a 14k dry weight trailer. Now add 1200-1500 lbs of "stuff" and your looking at maybe a 15.5k lb trailer....maybe more depending on how much necessary junk :B you want to carry. Your gonna' be close to max if you load lite. I would agree, I find it interesting how hard people will push the capacity of 350/3500 SRW to avoid getting a DRW. You do start running into tire and axle capacity issues with a SRW.
rhagfo 09/16/19 06:43am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Hooking up Fifth Wheel

The only issue I would see is if you have a tight rail to 5er clearance, the rear of the bed could get close to or touch the bottom of the 5er.
rhagfo 09/16/19 06:29am Fifth-Wheels
RE: New Truck and 5th wheel

Me_Again, managed to get a 5er with loaded pin of 2,840# or 18% of the 5ers GVWR. In many cases that will result in a fair amount of chucking. He is also 40# over GVWR, no big deal. If he ran near 22% like many need to have a smooth ride, his pin would be 3,340#, now he would be 540# over GVWR. Seeing how most of that goes on the rear axle, he would also over his rear axle rating. Yes it can be done with a 5er that will have a pin less than 20% loaded. Our 32' 12,500# scaled 5er has a pin of 2,700# which is just under 22%, with the 1,361# of passengers, pets and STUFF we carry, we would likely be over GVWR with a 350/3500 SRW. DRW too BIG??? We daily drive ours, not too many places I don't take it, learn to back into parking spaces in lots. Note truck was 8900 ready to tow. I could have removed 400-500 of stuff. Chris Chris, I don't think you would leave the golf clubs at home!
rhagfo 09/15/19 10:14pm Fifth-Wheels
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