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RE: The importance of a TPMS Tire Pressure Monitoring System

I have experienced a few tire failures and in every case it was a problem with the tire bead failing and the result was a sudden blowout. A TPMS is worthless in such situations. The feds mandated the TPMS starting with 2007 vehicles and the intent was to improve fuel economy as it was believed that most people were driving with tire pressures that were more thn 10% low and so they are burning more fuel. Nothing to do with safety but that is a widely held and false belief that is pervasive.
wintersun 06/24/21 05:44pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: 19.5" Tire Comparisons

19.5 tires are overkill on a DRW truck. With my SRW truck I replace the factory tires rated at 3095 lbs with Nitto tires rated at 3750 lbs and so had support for up to 7500 lbs or 4000 lbs of payload with the truck. with the addition of Supersprings my Chevy 2500 was dead level with 4,000 lbs in the bed. Only if I was going with a camper that had a dry weight of more than 4,000 lbs would I have to decide between DRW or going to 19.5 tires and rims. The 19.5 rims and tires would have cost me more than $3,000 and so not a decision to make for grins.
wintersun 06/24/21 05:40pm Truck Campers
RE: RV Fresh Water System Sanitized Using Vinegar & Water Heater

The problem with bleach is that people use too much. Per FEMA to sanitize a 5 gallon tank of water it only takes 1 teaspoon of household bleach (which is alread diluted by 92%). That is only 1 ounce of bleach for a 20 gallon freshwater tank and a fraction of what most actually use. With bacteria growing in a hot water tank I would double the concentration and use 2 teaspoons of bleach in 5 gallons of water. I carry a small 8 ounce bottle of bleach and and add it at the 1 oz per 20 gallons of freshwater to the camper.
wintersun 06/24/21 05:35pm Truck Campers
RE: New Silverado 4500 w/ TC

GM is supplying these to manufacturers including Coachmen for their Class C motorhomes. Great to have a 20,000 lb GCWR.
wintersun 06/24/21 05:30pm Truck Campers
RE: 2005 Lance 845

Your dealer provided remarkably good advice. You are also fortunate in having a 2016 year truck as that was the first year that Ford provided a much stronger truck frame. Also check the tires on your truck. With my 2500 truck the factory tires had a load rating of 3095 lbs or 6190 for the two at the rear axle. The truck itself weighed 3200 lbs at the rear axle when empty. The weight of the truck and the camper was going to be more than 6200 lbs. I replaced the factory tires with Nitto tires rated for 3750 lbs (similar tires fron Toyo and Goodrich) each and increase the load capacity at the rear to 7500 lbs which was more than enough. The local CAT scale costs about $15 to have the truck weighed with and without the camper and then you know exactly how much weight is being carried. I discovered that 80% of the camper load was being supported by the rear wheels of the truck. The Supersprings double leaf set (4 leaves in total) cost me $450 and provided the support needed for the heavy camper. They took me an hour to install and greatly improved the handling of the truck. In a turn more than 50% of the weight of the camper is being supported by the wheels on one side and so adding more support adds to the stability. Another change I made was to replace the factory shocks with Rancho XL adjustable shocks. I found that having the front shocks at 5 and rear shocks at 10 provided the best ride with minimal porpoising. With the camper off the truck I would only change the rear shock setting taking them to 5 or 6. Thirty seconds and no tools needed to change the setting on the shocks.
wintersun 06/24/21 05:26pm Truck Campers
RE: Torklift camper tie down width question

Also with the Fastguns it is easy to adjust them so there is only 3/8" difference in the threaded section that is exposed when fully tightened. It is very easy to apply too much force to the camper mounts and do serious damage to the camper that will be very expensive to repair.
wintersun 06/24/21 05:14pm Truck Campers
RE: Insurance!

The camper when off the truck is usually covered by homeowner's insurance. On the truck it should be covered by the auto insurance. I have had no problems with State Farm for insuring the camper with our homeowners and our auto insurance policies. Not unusual for companies to offer low rates and then cover themselves by reducing the coverage or increasing the deductible or other aspect.
wintersun 06/24/21 05:07pm Truck Campers
RE: 24 ft or less B+ with over head bed.

Check out the "Class C" motorhomes from Coachmen in both traditional C types with bunks over the cab and also B+ versions. They use the Ford E-350 chassis for some models and the Chevy 4500 for others so you have a choice of both as well as differing floor plans. What I particularly like is their use of compressor fridges and propane cooktops and ovens. The 4500 RVs also have a 4000W generator and very large fuel tanks.
wintersun 06/24/21 05:02pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Looking for new tow vehicle

A late model 1500 class pickup will outperform in all respects a 20 year old 2500 class pickup. More engine power, more transmission speeds, better engine and transmission cooling, better brakes, and often stronger frames. Pre-2016 Ford 2500/3500 trucks were notorious for the frame breaking in half right behind the cab. With Chevy the only real difference between the 2500 and the 3500 trucks is that with the latter there is the option for DRW and there are fewer cab and bed options. Not so with the Ford and Ram trucks. A key problem is that the 1500 trucks and SUVs ship from the factory with tall gears so as to get better EPA fuel economy ratings and so are ill equipped for towing a heavy trailer. To get a low gear ratio for all but the Toyota Tundra trucks one needs to special order the truck from the factory. And with Chevy it is even worse as their is no provision for a larger fuel tank and it is not legal to replace the factory gas tank with a larger one (OK for diesel trucks). Stopping distances with a 7,000 lb trailer load is very different with an SUV as compared to a 1500 pickup or a 2500 pickup and when one has to quickly slow the vehicle and trailer when some yahoo pulls out in front of you. I sold my 2500 Tahoe after realizing that even with a 3500 lb trailer load I was 100% dependent on the trailer brakes operating perfectly. What is also ignored and seldom tested for is how long (time and distance) does it take to go from 25 mph up to 65 mph to be able to safely merge with freeway traffic with a heavy trailer in tow. This is no fun even with lots of horsepower available but decidedly dangerous if it takes 30 seconds to get up to 65 mph.
wintersun 06/24/21 04:56pm Travel Trailers
RE: Ram 2500 CTD and GM 2500 Dmax up the Ike.

Not a good test at all by these fellows. Far better are the ones done by mrtrailer.com where all aspects are evaluated. A key reason for paying for a diesel engine is the availability of the exhaust brake and how effective and easy this key feature is depends on the manufacturer. Good example of a good testing evaluation is this one from 2011 https://mrtrailer.com/puchurtlocker2.htm There are also differences under the skin that the approach of these guys ignores completely. For example the frame of the 2500/3500 Chevy trucks was made much stronger for their 2011 and later trucks but Ram did not do this until 2013 for their 3500 trucks and not until 2014 for their 2500 trucks. Ford did not increase the strength of their heavy duty truck frames until 2016. Engine reliability also varies from make to make and from year to year and who wants the "best" truck in a test when later they find that it is requiring frequent or very expensive repairs to keep it on the road. Also towing features are changing greatly year to year including special modes for backing up a trailer, trailier TPMS, and multiple cameras and crash avoidance with coverage of the lanes on the sides of the trailer in addition to that of the truck. Ford appears to be ahead as of 2020 but no telling what will be available in the 2022 models from the big three pickup manufacturers. Factory trailer brake controllers vary from one make to the next and some are great and others are not purchased as their owners prefer third party ones.
wintersun 06/24/21 04:38pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Watts needed

So much has changed with regard to electric only refrigerators and electric convection ovens and induction cooktop burners and large screen televisions and other "necessities" that there can be no rule of thumb other than more solar and more battery bank capacity is a worthwhile investment. I went from one extreme with a camper with a 3-way fridge and propane oven and cooktop and 200W of solar on the roof to a new motorhome with a DC only fridge and induction cooktop and convection oven and AC heat pump with only 200W of solar on the roof and 125Ah of usable lead acid batteries and so the need to frequently run the generator (my previous camper was without any kind of generator). With the electric only fridge and cooktop and oven and microwave the use of lithium phosphate batteries become essential if one want to operate off the grid and without running the generator for a couple hours each day. To that end I added 290W of solar panels to the roof and replaced the lead acid batteries to lithium-phosphate ones. Cost of these two upgrades was $4,000 but for us it was price to be paid for the configuration of our 2021 Navion. But the Navion was one of very few new motorhomes available for immediate purchase in 2020.
wintersun 06/24/21 03:29pm Tech Issues
RE: Bike rack

Check the websites for the e-bike racks as these racks will handle 120 lbs with ease. The Hollywood, Thule, Yakima, Swagman, and 1up manufacturers will specify if the racks need a 1-1/4 or 2 inch hitch receiver or can be mounted on a bumper. Easiest to mount the rack on the tow vehicle and not off the rear of the trailer. There are dual hitch receiver adapters so the tow vehicle can be attached to the trailer and also have a place to mount a bike rack that requires a hitch mount.
wintersun 06/24/21 02:14pm Travel Trailers
RE: Looking for new tow vehicle

For the most comfortable ride the best class 1500 pickups are the ones from Ram which have coil springs on all four wheels. Advantage of a crew cab pickup is havingt the rear bed for cargo. Add a fiberglass cap and you can use the space for gear, like firewood or a dog, that you do not want inside the cab or the trailer. Also adding a roof rack makes it relatively easy to transport kayaks. Order the truck with the larger fuel tank and the electronic locking rear differential and the 3.92 rear axle ratio and the truck can tow up to 12,000 lbs safely. Add the Trailer-Tow Group to get the trailer brake controller, trailer TPMS, and trailer reverse steering control.
wintersun 06/24/21 01:58pm Travel Trailers
RE: F250 or F350 to Haul a 5th Wheel???

80% of the people towing 5th wheel travel trailers on the highway are doing so with a SRW truck. The dual rear wheel is needed to support the load when the weight of the 5th wheel mount on the bed of the truck is more than 4,000 lbs. One advantage in the past with Ram and Chevy is that their 2500 and 3500 trucks used the same frame and brakes and drivetrain whereas Ford has had significant differences between its F-250 and F-350 trucks. Ford also makes two versions of the F-450 with one configured for heavy hauling and the other for heavy towing. Don't overlook available fuel tanks and mounting for a 5th wheel trailer with a reinforced frame under the bed. Some cab configurations may not be available for one of the class trucks. With a trailer load of more than 12,000 lbs a diesel engine is important for the extra torque it provides. With a 13,000 lb trailer load my Chevy 2500 with its diesel engine was able to safely merge with traffic when getting on the freeway and safely able to pass semi's going up grades and on open roads. The exhaust brake of the diesel trucks is also extremely helpful when going down steep grades with a heavy trailer. Something else that is often overlooked but important is that a diesel pickup may get 11 mpg with a heavy trailer in tow but the gas engine powered one may get only 8 mpg. That makes a very big difference in how far one can travel on a full tank of fuel before having to make a stop to refuel.
wintersun 06/23/21 06:18pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: expedition or tahoe for 33' TT

When I owned a Tahoe I chose it over the Expedition to get the rear leaf springs. The Expedition had rear coil springs which makes mods to improve load capacity or leveling much more difficult. What is important is the final gear ratio and usually it is much too tall so as to improve EPA fuel economy numbers during testing. If one had 3.73 gears and the other had 3.21 gears I would go with the former. Weight is only one factor when towing and Ford spells this out quite nicely in their towing guide. The frontal area of a travel has a huge impact on the total load on the engine and drive train for the tow vehicle. I would go with a 1500 or 2500 class pickup with a crew cab over an SUV any day if planning to do serious towing.
wintersun 06/23/21 06:09pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Looks like electric trucks and RVs may be delayed...

Electric Class 4 trucks are where viable solutions exist as an EV is much less expensive to operate than a truck with an internal combustion engine. For RV's there are no real advantages and they are not going to be usable for dry camping. Ford is going to be releasing an electric F-150 pickup truck but their target market is tradespeople who will have the truck at the shop each night recharging and where the truck becomes a portable generator for their power tools.
wintersun 06/23/21 06:02pm Around the Campfire
RE: new camper needs help!

When my wife and I were short of funds we used two tents (one for use by my wife and I and one for our boy and two sheepdogs. Add in a Coleman cookstove and an insulated cooler and a stainless coffee percolator and we were good to go and we used this setup for 10 years. Buying a small Burro type trailer and learning how to hook it up and tow it safely and adding all the stuff inside is not all that much easier than pitching a tent and firing up a cookstove and pulling out a couple of lanterns. Go to the nearest state or national park campground and take a look at what people are using and talk to them about how much they spent to get started. A separate benefit of tent camping is that you can use any one of the campsites in any campground which is not true with trailers and motorhomes.
wintersun 06/23/21 05:58pm Beginning RVing
RE: fuel additives

Diesel engine fuel is prone to algae growth which then clogs the fuel system and this is a very expensive repair. When the engine is going to sit for a month or more I put in diesel fuel stabilizer which is dirt cheap insurance at less than $5 per tank of fuel. The additive also keeps the injectors cleaner and more effective which helps wit power and fuel economy.
wintersun 06/23/21 05:49pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Watts needed

With two flooded lead acid 125Ah batteries being charged by two 100W solar panels the draw from the fridge and freezer would take the batteries down to 50% SOc after two days and no actual use of the fridge. With a 3-way fridge the juice to power the fridge electronics is very small and with our prior camper going for weeks with only two 100W panels was not a problem and we did not take a generator. When I replaced the lead batteries with lithium phosphate ones of equal capacity I found that the solar was better able to keep up with demand as the controller could provide a higher level of charge and the batteries charge much faster and so make better use of available light. I want as much battery capacity as will fit in the RV and as much in the way of solar production on the roof as I can find space for on the roof. Panels are cheap at roughly $115 for each 100 Watts of panel output. By far the most expensive aspect of adding solar is doing the wiring runs inside the RV.
wintersun 06/23/21 05:45pm Tech Issues
RE: Lights on a bicycle carrier

With my 1up 2-bike rack I needed to add a 4" x 36" x 1/8" piece of aluminum to have the turn and brake lights visible to following cars. The Curt light kit is pre-wired and fast to install although the lights are not the brightest. https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/R3LKCESL6E9M5P/ref=cm_cr_othr_d_rvw_ttl?ie=UTF8&ASIN=1592339336
wintersun 06/14/21 06:52pm General RVing Issues
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