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RE: Wanderlust

Tires are new. I’ll check the other. Checking the tires involves getting them properly inflated for the load they are actually carrying. Load the coach as you normally would for any trip and go to the CAT Scale. Take the results to the tire manufacturers load inflation table. Use these numbers to properly inflate each tire. DO NOT merely inflate to the max psi shown on the sidewalls and IGNORE the inflation stickers on the inside of the drivers side door. When the front tires are overinflated you reduce the contact patch and the steering becomes "loosey goosey" not to mention very stiff and rough. The rear duals will take a different number. Any decent Class C should have two finger steering including when large trucks roar by or on windy days. I have a 2012, 24' Nexus Phantom on the E-350 chassis with the V-10 andh a GVWR of 11,500#. I run at or near that max on every trip and my fronts are typically aired up to 60 psi with the rears at 65. I can literally take my hands off of the wheel {yes, I keep my fingers poised to retake control} and the coach will track like it is on rails. I often tow a 6 X 10' {8' tall} cargo trailer loaded up to 2,600 and the steering is just as smooth with it as without it. The other excellent advice offered above is to get a proper alignment and you will likely need to increase the caster especially on the passenger side. As noted do not start throwing money searching for a solution for which there is no kn own problem {the government does this a lot... but I digress}. I bought our coach used with just 6,205 miles on it and unless the original owners had it realigned which I doubt, the only alignment that I know it has had was the last stop on the production line at the Nexus factory nearly 9 years ago. We have put 60,000+ trouble free miles on the coach over the last 7+ years and yes we have hit every pothole from San Diego to Maine. I run nothing but Michelin's finest LT tires and other than one blowout on a 5.5 year old tire {my bad - replace your tires at 5 years folks} they have performed well. Before every trip I stop by Discount tire and have them inflated for the load they will carry {as this can vary} and inspected, they check tread depth and look for any visible issues. The service if free but please folks, tip these guys a couple of bucks. At 33,000 miles I replaced the original shocks with heavy duty Bilstein's and the improvement was huge. When I started towing the heavier trailer I added AirLift 5K# air bags to deal with the extra tongue weight and level the trailer. Both of these improvements have worked very well. As always... Opinions and YMMV. :C
Desert Captain 09/25/20 08:07am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Moving on up... to the mountains!

Op here with an update: We closed our 18 day escrow right on time yesterday morning without any issues. Now the Herculean task of moving all of our "stuff" from Tucson to Payson is staring us in the face but everything is lining up nicely. I anticipate 3 runs up to Payson next week with my truck fully loaded and towing our cargo trailer. The movers will arrive on the 29th for all of our furniture and the dozens of boxes we have managed to pack but there is a lot of stuff I need to get up there first {mainly tools and toys etc.}. The ride up is a little over 3 hours and the return run {empty}, goes a little quicker so it is doable with an overnight/early morning return. Our goal is to be fully "in" by October first. The old house is on the MLS under "Coming Soon" and I will release it for sale on 10/1. There has been a lot interest already as the sign is up complete with flyers and homes have been selling in just a few days. My goal of walking away with more than we just spent still seems attainable. Film at eleven! :B
Desert Captain 09/19/20 08:17am General RVing Issues
RE: A V-10, a Scan Gauge and lots of good karma...

As someone once noted "Mission accomplished ". While it probably helped that the return trip was run with the trailer and coach mostly empty and significantly lighter than we went up, the return run went fine with no engine {or any other} issues whatsoever. I drove the 500 miles {+/-} from Angel Fire to Payson to complete the preclosing walkthrough. We got an RV site for the night in Payson and the 18 day escrow closed right on time. Running light and with the engine again performing flawlessly I kept my foot in it down I-25 to I-40 all the way to Holbrook before turning south down through Heber to Payson. Ran most of the way at 68 - 70 and still saw 8+ mpg. The only problem that occurred was the water feed line to our Domestic toilet developed a serious leak so we had to shut down the water pump and mop up the mess. I'll probably just replace it as it is 5+ years old but getting moved up to our new home is going to take priority for now. Can't tell you how good it feels to "Get er done" and still have had time to help our friends out. The new adventure begins. :C
Desert Captain 09/19/20 07:34am General RVing Issues
RE: Carrying a Motorcycle with my 2000 Shasta Sprite?

I have to agree with Bordercollie… the solution is a small trailer. I am on my third MC trailer over the last 7 years and can assure they work/tow very well giving you far more options. 400 - 500 additional pounds on the rear end is a disaster waiting to happen… and it will. Look at the Kendon line of folding trailers as they store vertically taking very little room in your garage. Used they can be had for around $1,200. My current and all time favorite is a nice 6 X 10' {8' tall} cargo trailer but they go for around $4K new and about half of that used. I have over 20,000 miles on the cargo trailer hauling my Indian Springfield, Polaris Rzr SXS, furniture, landscaping etc., they are really multi purpose. :C
Desert Captain 09/16/20 06:15am Class C Motorhomes
RE: A V-10, a Scan Gauge and lots of good karma...

I think you transposed a number, not aware of a 1071 code.. Should be a P0171 which is Bank1 Lean code. Not fatal by any means, just means that the system has reached the max fuel trim on that bank based off of the O2 sensor data, in this case best to clear the code ONCE then see if it comes back after MANY complete drive cycles (drive cycles a from cold start to fully warmed and driven for a short period then shut off and allowed to fully cool off). If it comes back THEN start searching for the reason. Continued operation with Lean condition code will eventually poisoning and damaging the cats, O2 sensors. Dump the Scan gauge for real diagnostics, they often cannot go deep enough for good diagnosis. Get a real standalone scanner, they are dirt cheap now days and they can give you much more data access than a scan gauge can ever do and not to mention no need to search the Internet for what the code means most standalone readers have that info built in (I have a $70 one from HF which tells me what the code means and what the most possible items may cause that code). In this case, upstream O2 sensor is detecting a lean condition on bank 1, IF it was really from High altitude, I suspect you would have also had code for Bank 2 lean condition at the same time. Now, you could simply have a lazy Bank 1 O2 sensor (they do go bad) OR you may have a vacuum leak near bank 2 intake manifold.. Or you could have a CRACKED OR LEAKING Bank 1 exhaust manifold or manifold gasket(extremely common on all of the "Modular" blocks) which believe it or not can leak enough to affect the Oxy level detected by the O2 sensor.. IF you have a exhaust manifold leak, this one can cause serious over fueling and running extremely Rich on that bank (computer turns up the fuel trim to compensate for the lean condition), this one you will smell excessively rich fuel smell on the exhaust and also will quickly poison your cats.. Or it could have been nothing more than a glitch.. Only time will tell. It seems that no matter how positive a post is someone immediately has to go all doom and gloom… sigh, such is the nature of these forums. Permit me a couple of observations: Yes, I transposed a couple of numbers and failed to put the "P" in, my bad, Mea Culpa, but you obviously knew exactly what I was talking about. The P0171 code covers a lot of issues beyond a bank running lean. I chose not to list the dozen or so other problems it could be indicative of trouble. Again, Mea Culpa. I did in fact clear the code once and while incorrectly attributing the code not reappearing to adding quality fuel the fact remains that it did not reoccur. Had the same code come back I would have followed a different course. Your advice to "dump the scan Gauge" is absurd. It has performed flawlessly for 10 years. I merely reprogrammed it for the 6.8 L V-10 from the original settings from my 5.4L V-8 seven years ago when I bought the Class C. In addition to scanning codes, yesterday being the first time I ever needed that function, it displays my trans fluid and coolant temps precisely along with the capability of nearly 2 dozen other displays, I like real time and average mpg's which quickly taught me to be a much more efficient driver and paid for the SC in about 6 months} with the data coming directly from the ECM. You enumerated a number of issues I "could" have had but given that I had NONE of the symptoms of these issues {such as rough idle, lack of power, running too hot etc.}, and in fact the V-10 was, while under the heaviest, most challenging driving conditions of its life performed better than ever kept me cognizant of the fact that I just might just be searching for a solution for which there was no known problem {the government does this a lot… but I digress}. For the record I like Harbor Freight, I buy a lot of their stuff but never their electronics. A "real Scanner" can not even come close to the multitude of functions that a Scan Gauge performs so well. As far as having to look up the code on the internet that involved merely typing in the {correct and complete} number, no searching whatsoever and out popped a very detailed, lengthy article/explanation of all of the possible factors in play along with step by step instructions how to deal with each and the proper sequencing to do so. I can assure you that the scanning tools this large, very reputable shop used did not come from Harbor Freight. The technician had his diagnosis confirmed by the manager of the shop and after running every possible scenario agreed that I had no problem. I had been candid with them to this point explaining that I was between the proverbial rock and a hard place as I had to get back to Arizona by Friday. I told them that what ever it took, regardless of the cost, time and safety were the priorities. I walked in expecting to drop $500 - $1,000 and would have had no problem whatsoever had that been the case. Knowing that, why on earth would this shop give me the diagnosis they did unless it was that fleeting commodity… the truth? I greatly appreciate your sharing your vast store of knowledge as I'm sure many others here will as well and I do agree only time will ultimately tell the end of this tale. Currently being 730 miles from home I guess I will find out on Friday morning when we set out for our return to Payson {485 miles} and ultimately back home to Tucson. I hope you will wish me luck in that endeavor. :C
Desert Captain 09/15/20 07:49pm General RVing Issues
A V-10, a Scan Gauge and lots of good karma...

When my best friends sold their house in San Diego they needed to get a load of their stuff up to Angel Fire New Mexico, yep the same best friend that put in a custom RV site when he built his area, home up here 5 years ago. I having my 6 X 10' {8' tall} cargo trailer I drove from Tucson to San Diego towing with my Honda Ridgeline on Thursday, loaded their stuff and them and drove them back to our home in Tucson. They stayed with us for 9 days busting their humps helping us empty out our house in preparation for our move to the new home in Payson {we will close escrow on Friday}. Last Sunday we all loaded up our 24' nexus Class C towing the trailer and set out for Angel Fire with a stop in Payson to show them our new place. We were maxed out with weight as the trailer was easily 2,600# and carrying 4 adults with lots of baggage. We made it to Payson {160 miles} when for the first time in 55 years of driving my I got a check engine light. We read the code with my Scan Gauge, and then took the 1071 code to the internet and the news was not good. A detailed article documented about a dozen possible causes and none of them were good but… That V-10 had never been worked harder or run better in the 7+ years and 59,000 miles I have owned the coach. We spent 70% of the trip at 6,000' + to well over 9,000'+ 6 times. I got a very consistent 8+ mpg and it had never run smoother. Having very few options on a Sunday in Payson I suspected that perhaps I had gotten a bad batch of fuel before leaving Tucson so being down a little more than half a tank of regular I added 24 gallons of Chevron Top Tier Premium and headed out for Angel Fire. I added another 12 gallons, cleared the code and hoped for the best and amazingly enough the V-10 continued to run flawlessly with no loss of power, running smooth as silk. We overnighted at the Hoyer CG in Greer at 8,400' and rolled out at 7 on Monday morning. There is a lot of lonely road between Greer and Soccorro where we picked up I-25 and most of that ride was well over 7,000. I dropped Pual and Sherry off at the Albuquerque airport where he had left his truck and my bride and I headed on to AF with them passing us about about an hour up the road. After 9+ hours I pulled into his drive way nosed the the rig right up to his garage. As I put the coach in park on came another check engine light… my comments at that moment cannot be printed {just as well} and I started to laugh not even believing the timing. Still the coach had run like a Swiss clock all the way, great smooth power, decent mileage, nice and cool and we had just come 730 miles of serious mountain driving fully loaded. The new code was 1074 which is closely related to the problem noted on the 1071 but specifically said one bank was running lean and then enumerating a number of possible causes. Now I had three days of fun up here in AF planned but needed to drive back to Payson on Friday to take possession of our new home followed by a quick trip home to start loading for our next Payson delivery run. Paul knew of great mechanic in Taos {and hour down the mountain from AF} and I called S Point Tire and auto at 8 when they opened this morning. They said to bring it in and at 9 I explained the history and they immediately pulled it in and disconnected my SC and attached their diagnostic reader. The tech spent about ten minutes checking everything while I held my breath then turned his findings over the boss who confirmed the results. With more than a little apprehension I asked what they found noticing that he had disconnected his device and was wrapping up the cables… Enjoy your trip home Mr. Ford there is absolutely nothing wrong with you motor. The heavy hauling at such high altitudes was the culprit as the ECM is set for around 7,000' and that is what triggered the two codes. You said it yourself he added, it had never worked harder or run better. I will have it serviced when I get home just for good measure, probably changing out the fuel filter and have the throttle body cleaned, MAF checked etc. but they both pronounced me good to go. I asked what I owed them for the 30 minutes they had spent and he told me not one dime, have a great, safe trip home. "Happy Camper" does not begin to describe what I was feeling. No matter what it would have cost I was prepared to have it done. Lessons learned: Get a V-10, add a Scan Gauge and good karma is your friend. :B
Desert Captain 09/15/20 11:23am General RVing Issues
RE: Moving on up... to the mountains!

DC ... nice digs. Congrats! Now ... if only the garage or man cave were slightly taller so your "baby" could fit inside. ;) P.S. My "baby" has to sit outside too ... but some nearby trees help to keep the UV rays from ruining it too much. After 7 years in the southern Arizona sun I figure parked deep in the trees at 5,000' will be a huge improvement. The Rzr and Indian will get their own garage with lots of room left over as well as my truck and brides Toyota. Bought a nice large workbench and a rolling tool storage chest from Harbor Freight last week end... Unfortunately they are both "some assembly required". :S
Desert Captain 09/08/20 07:43am General RVing Issues
RE: Water at furnace creek in Death Valley np

I haven't been there in decades but assuming you mean a few common water spigots scattered around the cg then use a Water bandit You attach that to your hose, jam it up over the spigot and hold it there and turn on the water. Assuming you have enough hose to reach. Seriously??? No, this is not a good idea. The Water bandit aka Water thief {the names say it all} should never be used in any CG that tells prohibits doing so. Many of the CG's operate their wells from solar. just one or two rigs taking on a large fill will shut the well down for everyone else. Some CG's will ask you to leave {and no they do not give refunds} for this flagrant violation of the rules. Their park, their rules. I took this pic at the Windy hill CG at Roosevelt lake in the Tonto national Forrest: :S
Desert Captain 09/07/20 07:41am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Moving on up... to the mountains!

My buddy lives in Payson. It is a very nice town. They have a large dog park. We stayed at Houston Mesa in Payson and Canyon Point which is about an hour east of Payson on 260.If you haven't stayed there the sites are nicely spaced,some with electric others with no hookups. You're camping under tall pine trees. Canyon point is one of our favorite CG's...but getting a reservation can be a challenge. They do hold a lot of non electric sites as first come first served and at 7,700' it is delightful in the warmer months but they are only open mid May through Labor day or the first snowfall. The Mogollon Rim has a number of great CG's as well but again they are subject to the relatively short season as dictated by the weather. What we love about Payson is that it is large enough to have anything we need {Home Depot, Tractor Supply etc. and a VA clinic} and nothing we don't. I am scrambling to deal with the mountain of paperwork the two real estate sales generate... but having worked in the Title Insurance Industry for nearly 20 years I understand the process and speak the language. :C
Desert Captain 09/01/20 03:57pm General RVing Issues
RE: Tow/haul mode

Not using Tow Haul when appropriate is a great way to slowly but surely cook your transmission. If you are wise enough to have a Scan Gauge or other display of your transmission fluid temperatures you will quickly confirm the damage that is being done. Once in a while I forget to engage TH but the trans fluid display of my Scan Gauge quickly shows me the error of my ways. When I engage TH the trans temps quickly drop 12 - 15 degrees. Most motorhome over about 27' have enough weight to warrant the use of TH 100 percent of the time. Any motorhome that is towing or loaded heavy also should always be in TH. If you are on a flat road with no headwind or a slight downhill grade turning TH off will work but why would you want to? :h Sorry folks but the computer is smarter and more capable of getting maximum efficiency out of your coach than you are... get over it. :B On long and steep downhill grades just select a safe speed, engage both cruise control and TH and sit back and enjoy the ride. It will hold you at that speed and for most of the descent you will not burn a drop of fuel, now that is efficiency. Most of the time in so doing I never even have to touch my brakes much less hit them hard or worst case scenario ride them to the bottom but you see this behavior all of the time {those pesky brake lights give you folks away}. :S :C
Desert Captain 08/31/20 07:46am Towing
RE: Moving on up... to the mountains!

50+ days straight of 110*+ heat over there.....Great you're getting out now. I have no clue how you guys survive there. Oh...and what "Global Warming"? LOL. They actually got up to 93 yesterday in Payson but it was 110 almost all the way home through Mesa, Florence and back to SaddleBrooke. Researching the annual weather in Payson they average 23" of snow spread over 7 events a winter and then it melts quickly. Most of the year is Chamber of Commerce perfect. Can't wait! :B
Desert Captain 08/29/20 12:00pm General RVing Issues
Moving on up... to the mountains!

We have enjoyed living in the high Sonoran desert just north of Tucson fo the last 15 years. The camping in Arizona is nothing short of awesome and we often spend our summers in the mountains beating the heat. This year has set records almost daily for high temps and little to no rainfall {the Monsoon has been a no show... Grrr}. We live in a nice senior community but have to keep our Class C, cargo trailer and Rzr SXS at a nearby commercial storage facility. I always longed to find some property where I could house my toys on site and enjoy a higher elevation in a smaller community. Yesterday I made that happen: After researching at least 100 properties and finding virtually all of them already subject to pending offers {the real estate market for mountain property has gone off the chart since the Covid crisis} I found this gem and managed to out bid another offer and still get a smoking great deal and we will close escrow in 3 weeks. Our new home is in Payson, a small town of 15,000 people located almost exactly at the geographic center of Arizona {76 miles north of Phoenix/Mesa} at 5,000'. The property is .57 of an acre and the smallish {1,407 square foot 3 bedroom 2 bath} house comes with two garages, a two car attached and a free standing 18' X 30" unit in back that is amply screams "Man Cave!" The Coach and trailer are too tall for interior storage but with two separate driveways I have plenty of room to park them both with the Rzr, my truck and motorcycle residing in the new Man Cave and my brides car in the attached garage. Payson sits at the base of the Mogollon Rim and is about halfway between Phoenix and Flagstaff. The property is nicely treed with huge pines some over 70' as well as, Oak, Juniper, Spruce and Manzanitas. A seasonal stream flows through the front yard and yet we are just a mile or so from what passes for "Downtown" Payson. Here is a shot of my future Man Cave: The back right hand corner of the Gazebo will be the new site of our Jacuzzi with the BBQ and bar to follow: We are both so excited and can't believe our good fortune in being able to make this happen. Lots of work to be done to complete our relocation but looking forward to the challenges given the rewards that are sure to follow. Woo Hoo! :B
Desert Captain 08/29/20 09:13am General RVing Issues
RE: 32 Foot Class A vs 32 Foot Class C

Don't know if this needs mentioning... But ever see the results of a crash? At least a Class C will have the cab area much more stable as it is the front end of a real vehicle. A Class A will fall apart completely (well, unless it is a bus conversion). In the spirit of full disclosure... We have owned our 24' C for 7 trouble free years and 64K+ miles with no regrets. Safety is a huge reason to go with a C vs a comparable {in size and amenities} Class A. I have yet to see an A with air bags and there is nothing between you and a front end collision other than that huge windshield which can quickly turn into a Cuisinart. :E Roll one on its passenger side and you will have to kick out a window, assuming you are able, just to get out, hopefully there is no fire involved. :S The shade and comfort afforded by the cabover often becomes a huge factor especially on high mileage days. The biggest downside to the larger {30'+} Class C's is the abysmal payload numbers. Ironically the larger the C the less you can haul. IMHO: The ride and handling of a properly loaded, inflated and aligned C is just fine and no worse than a comparably sized A. No question that a properly set up C is easier to drive than an A. Most C's will sleep more bodies but will have less space for all of their gear and A's haul more but usually sleep fewer. Maintaining a C is far cheaper, easier and gives you many more options as to where they can be serviced. As noted above every rig is a compromise and the wise buyer figures out their intended maximum use and then buys the rig that poses the least objectionable degree of compromise for that use. As always.... Opinions and YMMV
Desert Captain 08/26/20 11:27am Beginning RVing
RE: Advice on a Class C

With that towing, sleeping, slides, and generator requirement, you're into a Super C diesel, or a diesel pusher. Not many typical gas engine class C motorhomes can meet those numbers. X2 Another consideration is while you "might" be able to sleep that many in a standard Class {regardless of the size} where are you going to put their stuff? You won 't have much payload to begin with and loading as the OP proposes will quickly eat that up. Get a Super C or find a Plan B. As always... Opinions and YMMV. :C
Desert Captain 08/23/20 06:32pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Got the bugs off...

OP here with an update... After a couple more trips followed by the Bug slide method outlined earlier in this post I am happy to report that it just keeps getting easier. Now just a blast from the hose and couple of light passes with the long handled brush and car wash soap gets about 95 percent of the bugs off. I still use the 6' step ladder and a little Bug Slide lightly buffed with a micro fiber cloth but each time it leaves an even better, virtually non stick surface/shine. I recently started using one of the new high tech polymer sealant polishes I found on the internet "Torque Mirror Shine" {Google it - available on Amazon} on my 2019 Honda Ridgeline and my 2017 Indian Springfield with awesome results. The key is get the vehicle extremely clean right down to the clear coat before applying the polish. This is best accomplished using a clay bar treatment {I like the Mothers Clay Bar kit consisting of their liquid detailer which acts as a lubricant for the clay bar - comes with 2 bars}. After having such good luck with the Honda and the bike I did the front of the Class C : Keep in mind this is a 2012 coach, not too shabby for 9 years old... :B The polish is about the color and consistency of milk and just wipes on easily. Just lightly wipe it on and then buff it out with a dry micro fiber cloth and voila! It is supposed to last 6 months with just a couple of coats applied. I did the Honda from start {washing, clay barring and 2 coats of the polish} to finish in under 2 hours. :C
Desert Captain 08/23/20 11:21am Class C Motorhomes
Mt Graham {Arizona}...

With another week of triple digit temps under way my bride and I elected to get the hell out of the Old Pueblo and up into the mountains. One of the closest to our home north of Tucson is also one of the highest, Mt Graham. At 10,717' is a classic "Sky Island". It sits southwest of Safford about 3 hours from home. There is only one road on the mountain and about half a dozen campgrounds. Coming north towards Safford on 191 from I-10 you turn left onto highway 366 and start climbing... The road ends at Riggs Lake {campground} after 29 miles of the twistiest 2 lane mountain road you have ever seen. Vehicles 40' or larger are specially prohibited and after the second warning sign early on there is a truck turnaround. The speed limit is 25 and for a number of very good reasons. The pavement ends about 18 miles in at which point you are now well above 9,500'. We elected not to continue after a mile or so of deteriorating dirt road and headed back down to the Arcadia campground at 7,700'. With just 22 sites, vault toilets but no fresh water it is tucked into the east face of the mountain and is definitely more for the tent camping crowd. We found a great site that was fine for our 24' Class C but only a couple of the sites were large enough. Any rig larger than ours would be hard pressed to squeeze into any of the other sites. Most of our time there it was just us and the camp hosts who do a marvelous job. We just spent 3 days and two nights at $10 a night with our Geezer cards. There are no stores or services available on the mountain so If you go make sure to bring everything you will need as while the drive up is spectacular beyond words it is a treacherous road that will demand 110 percent of your focus. It would be about 50 miles round trip to drive down into Safford and back up to camp. Temps were in the mid 80's with a nice breeze and we even got a little bit of rain last night. If nearby and you want to get away from the heat of the flatlands Mt Graham offers some options. In cooler weather a stay at Roper Lake SP {at the foot of the mountain just off of 191} would be the perfect launching point for a day trip up the mountain, just leave the rig and take your toad or TV. Breathtaking just does not do this ride justice. :C
Desert Captain 08/21/20 07:52pm General RVing Issues
RE: Ford E 450 Class C with 5.4 V8

My last truck, a 2006 F-150 Scab had the 5.4 V-8 and it was an awesome motor. I towed a 22' TT that weighed in at 5,600# all over the west/southwest for 5 years without any issues. For the last 7 years I have been running my 2012 Nexus 24' class C {E-350 GVWR of 11,500# on a 2011 Ford chassis}. My understanding is that the 6.8L V-10 is the exact same motor as the 5.4 just with two additional cylinders {same bore, stroke etc.}. Both motors are basically bulletproof but a tad thirsty. I would not want a 5.4 on any class C larger than 19 - 20' and the would not plan on doing any towing or loading heavy. The V-10 handles my C, usually with the 10' cargo trailer at between 2,200 - 2,600 additional pounds depending on what I am hauling, like a champ. Have yet to find a 6 percent grade of any length that I cannot crest the top at the speed limit {+/- 5 mph}. If you won't be towing, loading or hauling heavy the E-350 with its 4:10 rear end will give you a smoother ride and better mileage than any E-450. We now have over 64,000 miles on the V-10 Nexus and it just keeps running better and better every trip. :C
Desert Captain 08/18/20 11:14am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Dodge RAM payload

"Decided on a Dodge RAM Limited today until I noticed the payload was only 1358#s. My Armada has more payload than that. " LMAO! My 2019 Honda Ridgeline "Mid Sized" truck has 1,477 of payload, 18" wheels and AWD with a nice Crew Cab configuration and the largest bed in class {which has an 8.3 cubic foot trunk beneath the rear of the bed}. My max tow rating is 5,000# and though it probably would without any issues... I wouldn't. Oh, by the way it gets 23 around town and rides like an Accord. :B
Desert Captain 08/16/20 07:59am Travel Trailers
RE: Tire pressure gauges

Where are you guys finding tire shops that have calibrated gauges? Every place I have ever been to Chain, independent, clean, filthy, trustworthy, or disreputable, use what ever gauge the tech has in his pocket,or the big stick gauge on the compressor hose. Y,all are either really gullible or, live in much more exclusive zip code than I. Kind of have to agree with this, but some shops are better than others! How do they torque the lug nuts? Well with an impact of course! Do they have a torque wrench in the shop? Oh ya, there is one around here somewhere! Jerry I will not do business with any tire outfit that does not use a Torque wrench on every wheel... every time. Most shops do but if when asked they say no, out the door I go. :C
Desert Captain 08/16/20 07:48am General RVing Issues
RE: Quartzsite 2021-Big Tent- Who's going and taking the CHANCE?

After eight consecutive years of having waaaay too much fun at the big Quartzsite Show in January we will not be returning this year. I wasn't stupid enough to go to Sturgis so why should I go back to the Q? My bride {of 50+ years} has underlying health issues that would render a bout of Covid-19 into a probably death sentence. If I got it I would likely pass it on to her before I even knew I had been exposed. :E This will never be over until folks start taking it seriously. :S
Desert Captain 08/15/20 03:27pm Rallies, Shows and Gatherings
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