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RE: 2020 Cummins IKE pull

With the Ford the brake lights only come while the wheel brakes are applied. The Ram is probably the same. In my owners manual it states that the brake lights come on when the exhaust brake is active letting other drivers know that you are slowing down. Rob This must be new for 2019? Does it say anything about actually applying the truck or trailer brakes when EB is active? It only says that it will show the brake lights from what I read. I don't have the adaptive cruise control or the towing technology group on mine. From the brochure it does say that the adaptive cruise control will stop the truck so it will apply brakes. Makes sense to me that it would apply brakes with the towing technology groups bells and whistles but will need to look that up. Adaptive cruise control applying truck brakes and no trailer brakes would be dangerous in my estimation so the truck braking with trailer brakes makes total sense to me. Rob
CaLBaR 02/22/20 03:45pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 Cummins IKE pull

With the Ford the brake lights only come while the wheel brakes are applied. The Ram is probably the same. In my owners manual it states that the brake lights come on when the exhaust brake is active letting other drivers know that you are slowing down. Rob
CaLBaR 02/22/20 05:34am Tow Vehicles
RE: Grand Design Reflection

I had a number of small things on my 2018 Reflection 297RSTS that were taken care of by the dealer. Recently had rust on the furnace access hatch. Called GD customer service and they sent me a new one no questions asked even though out of warranty. Had similar experience with Rockwood about 10 years ago. We are happy with our Reflection RV and would buy another GD product. Rob
CaLBaR 02/20/20 10:50am Travel Trailers
RE: GD Solitude 380FL-R or Keystone Alpine 3711KP

Grand Design - Outstanding customer support - even after the warranty period. But you should tour both as they have similar floor plans, but different features which may/may not be important to you - extra toilet in the solitude for example. I am thrilled with my Grand Design product. My dealer had Alpine fivers on the lot which we toured - my preference was GD. Good luck! Is the Grand Design service still what it once was? Or since they were purchased has it become just another ho-hum manufacturer. B.O. I had a problem with the outside steel furnace access panel rusting and only noticed it after I was 3 months out of warranty. Called GD customer service and 1 week later had a brand new access door arrive at home. So far I would say they still have very good service.
CaLBaR 02/05/20 05:44pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: New Trailer Tires - And THANKS

Thanks for the reply! You actually felt the tire was credible last year. I have saved some of your comments from the past for the nay sayers! :B First, structural tire failures in the winter months are almost non-existent. The last month where you might see a few is October. They start up again in May. So, yes, I made that prediction in October of 2019 after the season was over. Nothing magical. Just the facts. Just for my own curiosity what does your data show on the new Carlisle Radial Trial HD? I had these on the previous trailer for about a year without any issues and have not notice any failures mentioned on the forums so just wondering if these tires are better now too. Rob
CaLBaR 02/02/20 06:39am Towing
RE: Would I ever be happy towing with a half ton truck

I pulled my 9500 lb Reflection with a 2009 Tundra and was quite happy with the performance and handling. Towed for a year and 6000 miles and no issues. Would have been happy with another Tundra or another 1/2 ton but I keep vehicles for 10 years and can see a 40' 5th wheel in that time frame so upgraded to a 3500 SRW. If you are not happy with the current Sierra Denali with the 6.2 then you won't be happy with another one either. Skip the 2500 and just go 3500 SRW and that gives you more payload and options if you upgrade later on. Rob
CaLBaR 01/18/20 02:41pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Attention Grand Design Owners...

Thank you all. I just bought a 2019 F 150 XLT 3.5 ecoboost, super crew with max tow and HDPP. GVWR is 7850 with available cargo of 2507. GCWR of 16,100. Just me and the wife with the occasional grandkids coming along. Basing everthing off max weight (GD 8500# GVWR and F150 7850 GVWR) I should be find pulling with weight to spare. GCWR is ~16,300# Planning on 13% TW which including wd is 1205#. That leaves 1300# for me, wife and cargo. Am I missing anything? I guess I need to update my signature. :S Sounds like a good combo to me. I towed my 297RSTS with Tundra for 6000 miles without any issues. Towed very well. Next trailer will likely be a 5th wheel so that is the only reason I upgraded to a 3500 RAM.
CaLBaR 01/11/20 08:24pm Travel Trailers
RE: Attention Grand Design Owners...

Hello all, Not new here but in hibernation for a while... We are about to pull the trigger on a Grand Design 2670MK. Looking for feedback from Grand Design owners in general, and owners of the 2670MK regarding design, drawbacks, etc. Thanks in advance! We have a Reflection 297RSTS and are very happy with it so far. Had things that needed to be fixed but dealer took care of them. Recently notice that the outside furnace door was rusting, happens in Canada with the salt on the roads. Called GD and even out of warranty for 3 months and a week later had a new one delivered. All in all would buy another Grand Design trailer.
CaLBaR 01/11/20 06:59am Travel Trailers
RE: Grand Design owners forum

Not sure where you get your information, but the original Grand Design owners forum was not sold to RV Life Network, which is actually a company called Social Knowledge LLC. It was sold to another person. Grand Design still participated for a time until they were acquired. The entire fiasco was initiated by Grand Design shortly after the acquisition by Winnebago, by Winnebago Attorneys. I have been a member there since the beginning,joined shortly after buying one of the first GD products to roll off the line. RV Life Network was never mentioned throughout the dispute. It was nothing more than corporate legal departments doing what they do. A lot of things have changed at Grand Design, none of them for the better.I get it from the source - RV Life Network is owned by Social Knowledge LLC which is owned by the guy who bought the forum (Andy)from the original guy (Chris). I'd give you the URL, but you're smart and can most likely find it yourself. Your entitled to your opinion - Me? I'm getting a lot out of both forums - maybe because I don't have some kind of axe to grind. Just like 2012Coleman I am getting a lot of use out of both forums and the knowledge in them. Doesn't matter to me who owns it as long as the forum has a lot of good people and lots of good information and help.
CaLBaR 12/16/19 06:20pm General RVing Issues
RE: Ceramic Heater Safety

Don't worry about the dog. Once his tail bursts into flames once you can rest assured he'll not go near that heater again. I hope you are happy! Your post has condemned me to hell as I snorted diet Mountain Dew laughing from thinking about a dachshund running around the camper with its tail on fire. LOL. We had a cat that had an unbreakable habit of jumping on the kitchen counter. One day he jumped and landed with his rear paw square on the burner of the flat ceramic cooktop. The burner was just shut off. He never jumped on the counter again after he hobbled around for a month with a huge bandage on his foot. It took about 5 years before he would jump up on anything, including a bay window, the bed, anything. On topic, I have not seen many electric heaters that do not have a tip over switch other than utility types, such as what they call milkroom heaters. They are wiener dogs for sure. :B
CaLBaR 12/13/19 03:10pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Air conditioner noise reduction

Rob, This is what I ordered from Amazon in 2018 based on this statement I found on irv2. Although it doesn’t specifically say, it did include a metal plate and some adhesive sound deadening. “ While we were at the THOR diesel Club rally in Goshen, the Dometic rep told us that if we switched out the air return cover to the basic one (no grill opening for the blast of air) it would be much quieter. Just did it and it is much better. Costs about $50 from Amazon. use search term Dometic 3105007.045.”. Here is the link to the actual one I ordered. Gary Thanks Gary. Much appreciated. Rob
CaLBaR 12/12/19 10:26am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Cleaning top of slideout

Toppers will mold when retracted wet and not extended soon after to dry. So do the awnings and even when you close them up dried they still wick in moisture. Mine get rolled up dry every time and next time I open them after it rains they are wet and I get dripped on. Rob
CaLBaR 12/12/19 10:24am Tech Issues
RE: Air conditioner noise reduction

We have a ducked Dometic heat pump and installed the Dometic version of this sound reducer. I believe it was less than $50. It too does away with the rapid cooling vent and adds some sound deadening to the input area. Easy install and made a noticeable difference in overall noise level. Gary Gary can you please post a web link to this or some other information so that we can have a look and possibly order one as well. Thanks, Rob
CaLBaR 12/11/19 10:37am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Upgraded F150 tires to E

Probably nothing to most of you... but i put new tires on the F150 and went with Michelin Defender LTX, which comes in both D & E, I chose the E. I don't recall what tire the truck had, somebody had suggested it was B range... but IDK. I'm only towing a 5k trailer, but what a difference this tire upgrade made. Used to be if a semi blew past me at 10 over my speed, or a full size truck at 20 over my speed (65mph), I'd feel a little wiggle. NOTHING, NADA, now! There's also less bounce with and without the load leveling bars. Without a trailer, the tires are slightly noisier, and slightly rougher ride. We're doing a big trip soon, and while the old tires with 50k miles on them still had lots of wear left, I didn't want to tow the trailer a long distance and possibly in snow with those tires. Glad you are happy with the LRE tires. When I went from P rated tires to LRE tires on my Tundra years ago I was expecting a big improvement towing. I couldn't tell the difference. Even when I went to the bigger trailer and I towed with P rated winter tires vs the LRE tires I didin't notice a difference either. Glad you are happy and notice an improvement, I just never did.
CaLBaR 11/25/19 01:43pm Towing
RE: 27 footer vs 32 footer, towing/handling difference?

Been towing a Crossroads 222RB for a few years, it is 27 feet long, 5K UVW. Looking at 32 foot TT's, wondering if there's much difference in towing/handling/managing the extra 5 feet and 1500 pounds? Tow vehicle not an issue, just looking for experience of moving up in length/weight, and if there's any additional hassles... :) Little bit more care at the gas station and in the campground but nothing that you will not get used to very quickly.
CaLBaR 11/12/19 04:00pm Travel Trailers
RE: 1/2 ton or 3/4 ton

I wonder how many times we are going to hear "You can never have too much truck" or "I never heard someone complain that they had too much truck"....or, "You won't even know it's back there." Just bought a RAM 3500 SRW with the 6.7 Cummins and I still know the trailer is back there and it is 9500 lbs loaded. Anyone who says they can't feel the trailer back there even if they have way more truck that they need isn't paying enough attention. To the OP sorry to hijack the thread. You will be fine with a properly setup 1/2 ton. I did it for 11 years with a trailer same weight as yours.
CaLBaR 10/22/19 03:23pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Dometic - Up or Down

Moving the thermistor can affect the overall fridge temps by 4*F-6*F on the Models that have 'AUTO TEMP CONTROLS' (NO temp adjustment settings) UP on the Fin....COLDER DOWN on the Fin..WARMER 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height=200 width=500 Models WITH Temp Setting controls (1-5 & 1-9) should have the thermistor left in the OEM position (mid FIN on fin specified by RV MFG.----far right/far left/10th fin etc) Fridge Thermostat is factory calibrated to control temp based on feed back from thermistor on specific position on fin Propane will START the cooling process quicker then Electric due to the initial heat transfer by the hot flame Electric and propane are sized to produce roughly the SAME heat required to boil the ammonia into a sufficient quanity of vapor for the cooling process Thanks for this. I didn't realize that with the Temp control settings that the thermistor was not attached to the fins. Our fridge was running warmer than normal with milk starting to get weird after a few days. Was worried that it might be on it's way out. Once I read your post looked inside and notice that the thermistor had slipped all the way to the bottom of the fins. Moved it back to the mark on the fridge and all is nice and cold again.
CaLBaR 09/27/19 07:01am Tech Issues
RE: Wierd Marks Appearing On Tires

I think it might be a replacement indicator. With all of the sipping not sure but look like a winter or true 4 season tire. Winter tires and true 4 season tires with the mountain snowflake have a second set of wear indicators to show when there is not enough tread left to be safe in winter conditions. If you have the severe winter mountain snowflake on these tires I am pretty sure that is what this vertical line is.
CaLBaR 09/22/19 06:29am Tow Vehicles
RE: Grand Design after sale warranty treatment

We bought an Imagine 2600RB last september, 13 months ago, thrilled with the trailer. Life got in the way, we were only able to use it twice in the following year, this last trip I thought I had a bent axle, as the trailer didn't sit level or look right, a quick stop at the dealer we bought it from determined no bent axle, so we continued on, total mileage around 3000 kilometers, (2000 miles)and after much measuring, found a spring flattening out, which led to the spring beside it flattening as well. Apparently, an issue with Dexter axles and springs, and not uncommon. An email to Grand Design resulted in a request from them to contact Dexter, which I did, and the results were less than satisfactory, them asking me to fill out the warranty form as the spring was only warranted for a year, and I was a month over, and....they wanted me to ship the spring so they could examine it before issuing a replacement. I live in a small town in British Columbia, got any idea what that would cost me? Yeah, right, like thats gonna happen. So, another email to Grand Design, talked to the same VERY nice woman, VERY helpful, who tells me what she thinks of Dexters policy, and tells me four new springs and hardware will be sent to the dealer nearest me, and I could install them, I run a hot rod shop, so she would trust me to install them as per their specifications. Just like that, no hassle, no problems, she says, send her pics of the damage and Grand Design would ensure I was taken care of. As a result, they've earned a customer for life, and my son has completed a deal on the same unit as a result of their actions. No, I don't work for them. Its a genuine relief to deal with companies that stand behind their products. That is great news. Glad to hear Grand Design stood behind their product. One of the reasons I bought one about a year ago. I had trouble with the cable TV not working and traced it to the antenna amplifier. Went to the local dealer and they could not help me. Wanted to charge me a service fee. A 5 minute call, not even any waiting on hold, and Grand Design is sending me a new one. No hassles or anything. Very nice to deal with.
CaLBaR 09/21/19 05:59pm Travel Trailers
RE: Check Your Battery(s)

Checked mine the other day too. Still covering the plates but added nearly 1/2 liter of water to both of mine.
CaLBaR 09/21/19 07:38am Travel Trailers
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