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RE: DEF Math

They have it at Costco? Thanks for the heads up on that! Lantley how do you know if you're out of DEF without a gauge?
BurbMan 11/25/20 10:36am Tow Vehicles
DEF Math

The owner's manual says my truck has a 5.5 gal DEF tank. I waited until I was down to 1/4 on the gauge, just above the red zone, and added a 2.5 gal box of Blue DEF from Advance Auto. Now the gauge reads FULL to the top. So the gauge must be set to give you a long warning zone to keep you out of limp mode. This is only my 2nd time adding DEF so just getting used to all of this. Also interesting is that the DEF I got said "Blue DEF" but the Peak brand is gone, and so is the manufacture date. No date or code of any kind on the box or the container so no way to know how old it is. With tax it was $15 for 2.5 gals, so $6/gal. Probably last time I'm buying it at Advance.
BurbMan 11/25/20 07:59am Tow Vehicles
RE: 1/2 ton towing

Go big or go home! LOL! Seriously that is one beautiful trailer! As noted, that's a lot trailer for a 1500 truck, but the weight is only the beginning. If you're average campers, you'll add 1200-1500 lbs of stuff in a trailer that size, so you'll be up to 10,000 lbs easily. 10% is the absolute minimum you want for hitch weight to have a stable tow, and that's about what they are quoting for hitch weight here (844/8496=9.9%). Note that mfrs are starting to get smart about making their trailers "half ton towable" by using axle placement to manage hitch weight. If you look at the floorplan, you have lots of storage in the bunk and kitchen areas, which are behind the axle. The danger that creates is that every pound loaded rear of the trailer axles decreases hitch weight, so you could actually wind up with less than 10% hitch weight after the trailer is loaded. Why this matters is that this trailer is 37' long!!! That's a BIG sail area to catch the wind and without enough hitch weight you won't be able to go more than 35 mph. ....but if it’s super windy I wouldn’t tow that day. Nice thought, but we don't control the weather. Say it's checkout day at the campground, you have to leave by noon because someone else has that site booked don't have the option of just waiting until the wind dies down. The coil spring suspension on the 1500 doesn't do a good job resisting sway and roll on big trailers like this. Most think of going to a 2500 to get the 6.4 or Cummins, but it's really about bigger brakes and stiffer suspension...the 5.7 is a strong motor and with 3.90 gears power isn't going to be your biggest issue. Even with a heavier truck, I would strongly encourage you to consider one of the two hitches on the market that uses the 4-bar linkage, either the Hensley Arrow or ProPride. These hitch designs use geometry to eliminate sway and enable smooth sway-free towing for very long trailers, even if you are borderline on the hitch weight. Also consider how you plan to travel...if you are going an hour away to stay week at the lake a few times a season, you'll be OK with your truck. If you plan to actually travel with the trailer, towing will not become an exhausting experience. Note that most if not all state parks will be inaccessible with a trailer that long. You will limited to campgrounds that advertise "big rig friendly". Our trailer was 35' so we lived with that for many years. As nice of a trailer as this is, I would encourage you to start smaller.
BurbMan 11/24/20 08:03am Travel Trailers
RE: Tow Vehicle Rear End Sag

It doesn't matter if the rear end sags. It might...the trailer AND the truck are supposed to be level, and the OP hasn't given us enough info to determine what they mean by "sag". Most trucks are designed with a forward rake, so that when unloaded the rear sits higher than the front, and when loaded the truck sits level. If that is what the OP is calling "sag" then it's fine and normal. However, if when loaded the rear of the truck sits lower than the front, that is NOT OK and means that the headlights will be scanning the trees for birds when driving at night. The weight distributing (WD) hitch should be adjusted so that both the truck and trailer lit level, unless the trailer is beyond the ratings of either the hitch or the truck.
BurbMan 11/23/20 06:14am Travel Trailers
RE: I Hope This Doesn't Get Taken Down Right Away

I was 3 yrs old, and still remember seeing the TV news
BurbMan 11/22/20 04:45pm Around the Campfire
RE: Ram 2500 DEF fluid

My DEF gauge sat at F all summer, then we took 1000 mile road trip to PA with the camper and I used 1/2 tank of DEF. This is my first diesel truck and one thing I found out is that DEF has an expiration date, and stale DEF can clog up expensive parts. I took the camper out one more time and DEF is at 3/8...but camper is winterized and it might stay at 3/8 till next year, so I'm not in a hurry to go out and buy more just yet.
BurbMan 11/19/20 03:07pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Propane tank locks for my TT

Maybe lock the tanks while the RV is in offsite storage, but I would unlock before taking the rig on the road.
BurbMan 11/18/20 02:11pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: New mall crawler!

Very nice! Best wishes for many happy miles!
BurbMan 11/18/20 12:55pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Propane tank locks for my TT

Not a good idea....if there was ever a fire, those tanks need to be removed from there quickly to avoid an explosion. I would not want them locked to the trailer in any way shape or form.
BurbMan 11/18/20 12:52pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Propane furnace issue

Again what makes you think that the furnace shutdown is gas related? It could be a moisture problem but there are other possible causes also.
BurbMan 11/18/20 12:47pm Travel Trailers
RE: Lance campers R-value.

Our 2002 811 wall construction is 1/8" interior ply, 3/4" of unfaced spun fiberglas between 1x framing with 1/8" luann laminated to filon on the exterior. We replaced the fiberglas with styrofoam and doubt that it did anything, we went thru a 20-lb tank of propane over 2 weekends.
BurbMan 11/18/20 06:15am Truck Campers
RE: 2 Years Without Changing Oil?

Yes but condensation forms as temps drop in the overnights...why vehicle mfrs also specify a time interval and a mileage interval "whichever comes first". Also assuming vehicle gets started more than 1x per month, the engine doesn't get enough heat cycles to burn off contaminants. Unless you're talking about a lawnmower you're accelerating engine wear unnecessarily
BurbMan 11/17/20 08:11pm Tech Issues
RE: GM 6.2L 420hp and 10-speed

The magnetic suspension adjusts (supposedly) 1,000 times a second and it's like driving a luxury car, with or without the trailer. I had that suspension on the Suburban and you're right, it's the best! Only issue is that the shocks cost $150 each when they need to be replaced at 100k miles.
BurbMan 11/17/20 06:25pm Travel Trailers
RE: Interesting project

Erwin Hymer Group was famous for their RoadTrek Class B vans on a Benz platform, not so much for their TTs. Interesting story, embezzlement from management took them under.
BurbMan 11/17/20 05:44am Travel Trailers
RE: will a flat tire cause my fifth wheel to lean

Is this a trick question? I don't know, is it? Or does it just look like a trick question to trick you?
BurbMan 11/17/20 05:39am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Check this if you've bought a used RV recently

Yeah, those LP alarms have a lifespan and need to be replaced at some point. Easy to change, two screws to take it out and two wires to connect it. Sometimes cleaning aerosols will contaminate the sensors and cause them to randomly go off and then they're ready for the trash heap. I will say check, check, and check again that you don't have a gas leak before you assume the sensor is bad!
BurbMan 11/17/20 05:35am General RVing Issues
RE: Honest RV Dealers - Are there any?

Shorten the list, stay away from Camping World and right there you're ahead of the game.
BurbMan 11/16/20 03:53pm General RVing Issues
RE: Escape Hatch Condensation

Quit breathing. Did my wife tell you to post this?
BurbMan 11/16/20 03:50pm Truck Campers
RE: I now hav e AC power in my driveway...

It's great isn't it? Nice set up! Next on the list is a dry well for gray water then I'll pay you $50/nite!
BurbMan 11/16/20 03:50pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Fifth Wheel Purchase

Wing_zealot finished the equation, I would look at TTs in the 5500-lb dry weight range, which should put you right about your 25' target size. Valhalla, OP says in the first post the truck has 3.90 gears, so the Hemi should pull that weight just fine. Running a little over weight isn't the end of the world, but load the truck too heavy and long highway drives can get real tedious real fast.
BurbMan 11/16/20 12:41pm Fifth-Wheels
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