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RE: The time has come to replace the cooling unit in my fridge.

If you don’t boondock much, you might consider a 12voltcompressor unit. We got ours from JC Refrigeration. Link 12 volt compressor cooling unit
rhagfo 03/27/23 07:32pm Tech Issues
RE: Help making a decision on truck purchase.

I am thinking of buying a new truck to pull our winnebago micro Minnie 5th wheel. We currently have a 2006 gmc 2500 . I’d like to go with a smaller truck for gas mileage and was thinking of a Toyota Tundra or GMC 1500 4x4. While the trailer is fairly light and we’ve been told a 1500 can pull this trailer, I’d like to hear other opinions. Is there anyone who has any experience towing smaller 5th wheels with these trucks? . Gross Vehicle Weight is 7000 on the trailer. I chuckle at these "Getting a 150/1500 so I have a smaller truck! We Park Host and drive many different Park trucks from Nissan Frontiers to F550 dump trucks. Just the other day drove a newer F150 CC LB that felt every bit as big as our Ram 3500 CC LB DRW! Do yourself a favor get at least a 2500/250, if not a 3500/350 SRW there isn't that much size differences.
rhagfo 03/27/23 06:49am Tow Vehicles
RE: Bike Rack for Trailer hitch?

For any still following this, I'm thinking about this one: This is what you should be looking at, tongue mount bike rack
rhagfo 03/25/23 06:12am Travel Trailers
RE: Typical cost per mile to transport 5th Wheel

You could check with the dealer you are buying the trailer from. They may have a good reference.
rhagfo 03/20/23 07:31am Towing
RE: F-250 vs F-350 srw

Spoon, I have no issues knowing a TV towing an RV has a greater than 99% chance of ever getting pulled over for wieght, stopping issues etc. As a commercial user og DOT class 2-6 driver owner of this size rig towing etc, for 40 yrs, I'm not worried about wieght issues generally speaking As I noted, at least here in Wa St, its a non-moving violation. I'm more worried about getting inspections for brake issues, stopping break away battery at less than 11.5v, debris falling out or off of the truck trailer etc. These being moving violation issues. those hurt me more in the long run. I've been pulled over at 150% ov my door sticker gvw, about 1000 lbs over my paid for registration. ALL i got was an up the registration by 2000 to next highr load class. $18 or there about cost per ton here. EVERY LDT I've owned here has had to have a paid for registration higher that the door sticker gvw based on how we have to buy tonnage. ie tare times 1.5 to next highest ton. My 1500 is 5200 x 1.5 = 7800 to 8000. My 7200 door sticker means squat! Marty Well I am sure that is what this guy thought!! Overweight No Problem
rhagfo 03/16/23 07:07am Tow Vehicles
RE: Battery question, opinions needed

So you full time host, is for Oregon or other states. I will tell you that there are many times, as host we deal without power. Sometimes and hour or two sometimes several days. If I were you I would keep the dump the single battery and keep the the four pack. I am assuming the four pack consists of 6 volt cells.
rhagfo 03/15/23 09:04pm Tech Issues
RE: F-250 vs F-350 srw

Well what is the GVWR of the F250, Ford and pushed their 250/2500 past the established 10,000# around 2020 or so.your loaded weights add up to 11,540#. If your GVWR is less than that, along with exceeding the rear axle rating, could lane you in legal limbo if involved in a crash. I towed about 13,000# with a 2001 Ram 2500 CTD with a 8,800# GVWR and a 6,084# rear axle rating. While I was within axles, I was 1,700# over the GVWR. While it towed great that nearly ton over GVWR got to me, and got the 2016 3500 DRW. The only change to the TV was Bilstein shocks.
rhagfo 03/14/23 09:10pm Tow Vehicles
RE: I Bought Too Much Truck

I have a 2022 GMC crew cab dually for a work truck. It is a cab & chassis with a service body so the bed is 8' wide and 9' long. I park it in regular parking spots at Lowes, restaurants, gas stations, offices, etc. every day. I take it thru restaurant and bank drive thrus every week. There's room to open the doors just fine. I do typically back into parking spots around the outside edge of a parking lot if it's small just because the truck is so long. The rear overhang can go over the curb and above what is usually a grass area around the edge of the lot. If it's a big parking lot, like at Lowes, I don't want to walk from the edge so I just take up a normal spot. It sounds like you just need to get used to the larger truck. It's not really any larger than any other truck out there, not in width or height anyway. You will really appreciate the long bed for it's better ride, more storage, and larger fuel tank. Thanks for the tip. I'm impressed if you can park a dually in a single spot. Mine is only single rear wheels. Maybe some parking lots have wider spots, too. I'll try to use some of your tips. DallasSteve, you are making way too big a deal of the size of your new truck! We full Time and drive a 2016 Ram 3500 Crew cab DRW Long Bed. I park where I want to within reason, there are a few drive thrus that I avoid, but can park in most standard parking spots, and parking garages. You need to learn to back into parking spaces, way easire than diving into. No the DRW is not a smart car, but it isn't a class 8 truck either.
rhagfo 03/11/23 11:29pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2002 3/4 Ton Heavy Duty Diesel Chevy 2500

Check the payload sticker on the door jamb. You have access to the actual truck unlike the guy buying new. Payload is typically the limiting number with 5ers due to pin weight counting against Payload. I would be shocked if you have enough Payload to tow a 16k trailer. A travel trailer is probably better suited since the hitch weight tends to be much lower. Or you can listen to the guys who know more the manufacturer. Yes, and you could post a picture of the payload sticker. There was no "Payload Sticker" in 2002, didn't really start until 2006. It will have a VIN sticker with GVWR and GAWRs. Payload stickers are only valid as the truck leaves the factory, anything added by dealer or owner will reduce that number. The only way to know for sure is to take the truck to the scales ready to tow.
rhagfo 03/11/23 06:17am Towing
RE: It looks like my truck camper days are over.

Wow, get healed soon, hopefully you had decent insurance.
rhagfo 03/06/23 08:28am Truck Campers
RE: Driver’s license for DPs

I saw that but the only info I’ve found involved 2-4weeks of school. I’m thinking you guys aren’t doing that so what am I missing. Tax is a good example. Well you need to check with your state DMV about licensing requirements. We live in Oregon and there is no special requirements.
rhagfo 03/06/23 07:00am Class A Motorhomes

So whats better a $70 serge protector or a $300 one If the ped gets hit by lighting no protector is gonna protect it right??? Well when you consider the chances of the pedestal being hit by lighting, to the chances of low voltage or missed wired pedestal our PI 50 amp hardwired EMS, the $70 is poorly spent! The PI hardwired unit has a remote display which displays current amp being drawn and current voltage. Even at $400 cheap insurance! I just looked on the interweb and saw prices from $267 to $427, on Amazon I saw it for $333.
rhagfo 03/06/23 06:55am Tech Issues
RE: right front tire wear

Well none asked how many miles on your truck before pointing at worn parts! If less than 50,000 miles front end still likely good, I would have alignment checked especially toe in.
rhagfo 03/05/23 07:15am Truck Campers
RE: DRW vs SRW safety, tire blowout

There is always friction between road and tire. One of the reason cars cannot stop on ice is there is no friction between tire and ice. Sure the brake pads stop the wheel but on ice the wheel does not stop the vehicle. Eliminate the ice and the vehicle is able to stop. Forgetting for the moment that it is the friction between pads+rotor that ought to be slowing/stopping rather then the tires themselves here's what I had exception with: "My dually also has more braking power, it certainly stops my trailer much faster the my SRW trucks. Again this is determined from the drivers seat not from the text book." I'm simply pointing out that for 1T trucks the SRW and DRW have the same pads and rotors IE: SAME BREAKS. Any implied or imagined extra stopping "power" is NOT from the breaks. - Mark0. Calipers and master cylinder. Well not sure who BROKE your Brakes, but my DRW has Brakes, not Breaks. :) Got to love the English language!!
rhagfo 03/01/23 07:28am Truck Campers

My recommendation for 30 amp is the Progressive Industries EMS-HW30C and for 50 amp is the Progressive Industries EMS-HW50C, but I prefer built in. They are also available in plug in varieties that you plug into the pedestal then plug your RV into them. I have been using mine since 2007.,h_685,al_c,q_85,usm_0.66_1.00_0.01,enc_auto/439d5a_1c6839e4198b422a8da2e2476dc9a0fb~mv2_d_2500_2070_s_2.jpg width=320,h_685,al_c,q_85,usm_0.66_1.00_0.01,enc_auto/439d5a_af0cc20209a64da989035a6b9bdffe64~mv2_d_2500_2070_s_2.jpg width=320 A BIG X2!
rhagfo 03/01/23 06:43am Tech Issues
RE: RVs swept into river in CA

No one was injured which is good news. Sounds like they were trying to get them all moved so it wasn't a surprise to anyone at the scene. Just have to wonder if as stated permanent resident, the MH wouldn't start? The new caster spoke of no time to pack up, heck start, drop power, water, and sewer and move!
rhagfo 02/27/23 07:42am General RVing Issues
RE: Propane hose pigtail replacement

I have taken old one to propane distributor with service department and had them made. Didn’t cost any more and the hose seems to stay flexible much longer.
rhagfo 02/24/23 02:30pm General RVing Issues
RE: Furnace on while moving

Been running the furnace at 60 when traveling in cold temperatures on propane for several years. I don't believe that RVs have huge drafts through them when towing.
rhagfo 02/22/23 09:38pm Truck Campers
RE: New HD truck bed rails too tall for 5th wheel

After looking at the photos I can see why they are the same height. The amount of distance from the rear tire to the fender on the 2001 is huge, compared to my 2001 2WD dually. My fenders barely gave me enough room to reach in to pull the handle for the turnover ball release. Those are easily 8-10 inches more than mine. Yes, the 2001 had the Camper Package, which looks to have the same spring pack as the 3500 DRW. It also has 16" wheels and 265/75 tires.
rhagfo 02/22/23 03:41pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New HD truck bed rails too tall for 5th wheel

Obviously the truck beds are higher now, than as mentioned, a 2000 model. In the years that trucks moved from 16" wheels, to 17", then 18/20" wheels, with tall tires, some things had to change. Taller tires, required suspension spacers to allow fit, and room for squat when loaded. Add heavier, or extra springs, to allow for increasing RAWR. DRW trucks stayed with smaller tires/wheels, so often times lower bed height than SRW. Some trucks have factory air suspension to keep bed level, and may allow for lower bed height. The OP can raise the trailer, find a truck with similar height, or just tow more nose high. IMO, towing a small FW, up to 3"s nose high, would be acceptable, but not my personal choice. Jerry There might be some truth to the SRW and DRW difference in height. When we bought our 2016 Ram 3500 4X4,Laramie, DRW,CTD the last day of 2018, we traded our car and kept our 2001 Ram 2500, 4X4, CTD to sell as felt it would sell quicker. So I had the opportunity to compare size a bit, and I was a bit surprised! Width=640 width=640 width=640
rhagfo 02/22/23 02:10pm Tow Vehicles
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