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RE: "Death Wobble"

Any solid axle 4x4 can death wobble. If it didn't do it when new, something is worn out or out of adjustment. So many people struggle with this instead of just replacing the parts and moving on. 180k miles on a OEM steering stabilizer? On my FX4 the factory Rancho was shot way before that. Replaced it and all the related front end gear and have never had an issue with mine with over a quarter million miles. As a note even the good aftermark parts don't last more than 100k miles with these truck even if hiway driven. When one part goes just replace everything, you're going to do it eventually anyway.
shum02 01/10/20 10:05am Tow Vehicles
RE: Nice find TV

With only 45k miles and probably pulling most of it's life it would not even have any injector stiction or over heating issues with the EGR/Oil cooler yet. Engine is almost "new". Pretty sure it's not worth $50k US dollars though.
shum02 12/19/19 10:50am Fifth-Wheels
RE: How much water to ad to black tank when starting out.?

I put two gallons in my 25 gallon black tank after dumping but most of the first couple of gallons dishwater gets poured into it too. We use plastic totes in the kitchen sinks for washing and do the exact same thing. Nice warm soapy dishwater, works like a charm!
shum02 12/15/19 07:19am Beginning RVing
RE: How much water to ad to black tank when starting out.?

I usually say about 10% of the capacity of the tank. Has worked great for me, never had a problem. Dish or laundry detergent are the only two chem's that I add to my tanks, again, not a problem.
shum02 12/13/19 11:50am Beginning RVing
RE: No Warranty on your RV? Don't buy new?

Most RV parts are generic and I would have thought they'd be the same for boats? Besides most RV warranties these days are only about a year. My KZ had two but by the time I may have needed it it was long expired.
shum02 12/11/19 01:49pm Beginning RVing
RE: Buying a used diesel

^ Are we talking ex oil patch trucks with 10,000 hours or privately owned vehicles? Where are these advertised? Been looking but seems prices on kiiji are not that great. Although my company claims they can buy new trucks for less $ cdn than we can here in $usd. No conversion. Essentially they're about 30% cheaper. I haven't seen it looking at advertised "deals" on new trucks after doing the conversion. 30% might be a bit of an exaggeration. Advertised price at dealers in Canada seems especially misleasing to me. I purchased my 2017 in the fall of '17 before the 18s were out for $20,000 under msrp. Often new trucks are advertised at msrp. Many top of the line slightly used trucks are purchased in Alberta by wholesalers who import them into the US and resell them. Your company cannot buy new trucks in Alberta and import them into the US. I think it's something like 6 months and 20,000 miles before the vehicles are considered used. Ram does not offer warranty on used trucks that cross the line. GM has a short no warranty period after a vehicle crosses and Ford warranty moves with the truck. If you're a US citizen you can import one vehicle into the US per year so long as it is you driving it across. There is a process that needs to be followed but it's not difficult. Unless you have a business number and can say that you used the vehicle for business before driving it across the border you are subject to a 5% tax. Due to these guys buying up all these trucks I have been unable to find a decent 6.7L 2015+ SD here in Ontario. What used to be pages and pages of used trucks on Auto Trader and Kijiji is down to a trickle. You'd think they where not selling anything new here in Ontario for the last five years. What is left are priced like they are almost brand new. Just makes me keep the '06 on the road a little longer than I thought. BTW IH produced almost 1 million 6.0L PSD's/VT365's during the production run from 2003-2008 and the Billion+ dollars in warranty also includes lawsuits - some very large. Just FYI.
shum02 11/28/19 09:58am Tow Vehicles
RE: Buying a used diesel

A few points to ponder. - 6.0 and 6.4 Ford diesels are junk, and are priced accordingly used. A low price does not always equate to a good value. There are options for "bulletproofing" these engines but I don't know what they cost or how effective those preventative fixes are. I know itès weird but I have almost 300k miles on my 6.0L, stock head bolts too. Weird. All things in Ièd avoid the 6.4L as well even though it is a very close cousin to the 6.0L. PITA with 1st gen new emission gear. Compared to it my 6.0L has almost none. With ANY used diesel that is out of warranty be prepared to either work on it yourself or have some room on a CC because NONE of them are cheap to have work done on, especially at a dealer.
shum02 11/27/19 07:52am Tow Vehicles
RE: Do you need a special license to drive an RV?

Some states require a special endorsement. Some require it if you are over xxxxx pounds... And the number of pounds varies from state to state. YOUR HOME STATE (That is the one that issues your license) makes the decidsions. EXAMPLE. at Less than 26,000 pounds from Michigan I need only an "Operators" (Standard Driver's license) IN Texas over 26000 pounds I'd need an endorsement. Under 26000 I do not know. Actually I do not know if it's 26000 pounds either. In Ontario, with a regular license, Class G, you are allowed to drive any car, van or small truck or combination of vehicle and towed vehicle up to 11,000 kilograms, 24,310 lbs., provided the vehicle towed is not over 4,600 kilograms. A pickup truck towing a house trailer exceeds 4,600 kilograms, but the total combined weight of the truck and trailer does not exceed 11,000 kilograms is deemed a Class G. If you drive a MH exceeding 11,000 kilograms, 24,310 lbs, or your registered gross weight or any combination including your trailer or toad is over 11,000 kgs provided the towed vehicle is not over 4,600 kilograms, you need a Class D license. License regulations and classes are similar in many other provinces and states. YMMV with this as well. I would stick to the 11k kilo GCVWR with G lic though just for safety sake.
shum02 11/26/19 01:07pm Beginning RVing
RE: in need of macerating toilet options advice.

I've never seen a waste tank or FW tank with a "deep end" in it. Everyone I've seen is very uniform in size except when they start to get full which is of course normal with tanks that are flexible and hung under the rig. My kids where never shy with using water to flush, they usually used to much. A quick google and I'm shown that there are. Still believe that with enough fluids to start it's not a problem. Mine could be like this but since the belly is closed up I can't visually tell.
shum02 11/15/19 07:46am Travel Trailers
RE: in need of macerating toilet options advice.

Start with a good amount of water/fluid in the tank say 10-15% of capacity. I have never had an issue with the "pyramid of poo" in my rig and it has only happened to people I know because they refused to start with enough liquid in the tank. Nice soapy dish water helps as well.
shum02 11/13/19 05:10am Travel Trailers
RE: How many of you winter camp? Suggestions for winter camping?

Dehumidifier is a must imo. That's the only real way to cut down the condensation other than cranking up the heat. Also, keep the slides in at night. We always crack the vent in the bathroom. Been winter camping for over 10 years and never had inside condensation issues unless you try to keep the rig sealed up tight. It NEEDS to vent.
shum02 10/28/19 12:13pm Travel Trailers
RE: How cold can you go?

I moved from CO to AZ and don't worry about cold weather any more. Those of us who camp in the cold don't worry about it, we embrace and look forward to it :) No bugs and best of people!
shum02 10/28/19 09:37am Travel Trailers
RE: How cold can you go?

And one more thought -- we are not hijacking the thread here. This is all relevant to "how cold can you go," the OP's topic. How does one cope with winter weather? One finds winter things to do. Provincial parks here in Ontario have snow shoeing, cross country skiing, ice skating, sledding, fat tire mtb access and access to snowmobile trails. Lots to do!
shum02 10/25/19 05:11am Travel Trailers
RE: New Brakes Requires

Our 12 yr old KZ Spree has never had new brakes, when we bought used 2 yrs ago, it still had the original tires as it had very rarely been towed anywhere! We have since towed it well over 20,000 km mostly on the east coast which i would describe as hilly but not mountainous. Braking performance is fair even with the brake controller on full. So we decided to replace the braking system with 4 new brake assemblies at our dealers suggest. Etrailer has 2 brands, there own private lable and dexter originals. etrailer brakes are $100/ pair and dexters are $25 more per pair. canadian dealer prices are double that! my tendency is toward the dexter originals, but anybody know the difference? we also want to install a powered aframe jack. suggestions as to weight capacity? right now we have the original handcrank 2000# capacity and its time for a new something, effort required is getting higher and higher(or im just getting old!). tongue weight is around 1000 lbs plus we lift the truck to install our weight bars. so im considering a 3000 lb jack Just did my KZ this summer at about the same age. Replaced mine with completes from Princess Auto and id it myself. They are Rockwell units but side by side with the OEM units there was zero difference. The electric unit and shoes come fully assembled and only need to be wired in to the OEM or in my case I replaced the 16/18ga wire KZ had built the unit with(seriously!) with 12ga primary and ground, new runs from the 7 wire at the front junction box(another KZ disaster). Drums where also Rockwell along with what ever bearing and races where provided. Did all 4 wheels myself for about $500 in parts and my own sweat equity. Seriously not that hard and then adjusted the drums after assembly. As for tongue jack also picked up a nice heavy unit at Princess Auto about 5 years ago that lifts a 900lb tongue weight and the rear of a loaded F350 with no problems at all. They are always on sale.
shum02 10/21/19 08:26am Travel Trailers
RE: How cold can you go?

Algonquin a few years ago it hit -32C/-25F in February. Froze the hot water line in a 3 season camper set up for winter camping. Not everyone's idea of fun but it is actually ours :)
shum02 10/16/19 06:05pm Travel Trailers
RE: Long distance tank disposal

Flojet should easily do 150' on level ground. I do over 50' uphill with no issue at all.
shum02 09/26/19 07:31am Tech Issues
RE: Stopped to help fellow camper

Good on you! Karma does pay back pretty good sometimes ;) I had a incident with a bearing a few months back that a good samaritan helped me out with by going home to get a grinder for me. There are still great people in the world that ask for nothing a give a lot.
shum02 09/18/19 12:35pm Folding Trailers
RE: Radiator performance? Life expectancy?

Replaced the rad in the SD last year with just over 400k kms on her. Started to leak past the seals on the bottom of the core between the header and the bottom tank. Not to bad I think. I replaced the egr and oil cooler at the same time along with a new t-stat and overflow bottle. A solid weekend of my own labour and parts so not too bad. Can tow my 8000lb camper and barely push 200F for oil and coolant and around 170F for trans fluid, t-stat keeps her right around 190F empty. Worth the trouble.
shum02 09/10/19 01:02pm Tech Issues
RE: For those that have had a blowout when towing

I've had two blow outs and never heard a thing from either, passing motorists alerted me to them. I check pressure before heading out and check tires at every stop. More than likely age is what killed them. Trailer handled fine, no indication of running on one! Now carry two spares.
shum02 09/05/19 01:14pm General RVing Issues
RE: Tongue jack collapsed, TT nose crashed down - ouch!

Truck is getting old, starting to break. 392,000K on it. That's not old! 450K+ kms on my daily driven F350 :)
shum02 08/28/19 02:00pm Tech Issues
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