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RE: gelcoat sun damaged after 1.5 years. yay winnebago :-(

It'll probably buff and polish out. Hard to beleive an awning cleaner or something that is designed to clean vinyl/fabric damaged the gel, even if it was a bit oxidized. RE oxidation? It's a semi constant effort to keep gelcoat from oxidizing. It has it's advantages over urethane paint, but you have to keep up with it, if it's exposed constantly to UV light. Example, bought a 3 year old boat. Had been slipped for 2 summers only and the transom, where exposed (black gel coat), was very oxidized already. And the quality of it was assuredly better then what goes into an average RV.
Grit dog 07/15/19 01:06pm General RVing Issues
RE: Travel Trailer vs. Motorhome (my situation)

Either way, sounds like a great time to be had! Honestly, your intended use, to me, appears to smack dab in the middle of the flip a coin to see which is more preferable. You'll get a bit more use able living space for similar size/$ comparison out of a TT. Little easier, park the moho, grab the Jeep and go with the moho combo. Cost? $40k GD 312 $50k +/- (gas/vs diesel, work truck vs upscale, actually $40k-70k) $80-90k new gasser 35-36' class A $25-35k new Wrangler (could be $20-40k depending what you get) If you're comparing $200k coaches, then the truck n trailer seems like a huge bargain. If you're comparing gas powered A's then the gap is narrowed significantly. Just pulling a TT, you don't need the biggest truck. Short bed ext or crew cab single wheel is pretty city friendly, but for long term, a TT the size you're looking at is better suited for a HD pickup not a half ton. Once out of the city it's not a hindrance at all unless you're hitting the trails in which case the Yeep (espanol for Jeep, lol) will be better. So back to the beginning, flip a coin. One thing I've considered, is if you take alot of "side trips" where maybe you're not parked in a campground already, it looks weird to drop a TT and leave it for the day in a random parking lot. It doesn't look weird to leave the moho sitting there.
Grit dog 07/15/19 12:54pm Beginning RVing
RE: Gas TV for a year long trip

RDS and JME are 2 mfgs I know that make DOT certified tanks that are specifically called out for hauling gasoline. Use an explosion proof pump.
Grit dog 07/15/19 11:22am Tow Vehicles
RE: New Tow Vehicle

I guess opinion do vary. I have a Dodge 3500 with 5.9, 6speed and 3.73 gears. IMHO: it's overgeared. I don't spend much time running 6th gear and reverse is too tall. I find myself slipping the clutch more than I like when backing up with a trailer on. I have thought about putting a set of 4.11's in it. My bus has 5.29's behind an Allison 6 speed auto. That would suit me perfectly except it had 6th gear locked out at the factory. I am working on getting 6th unlocked. Then it will be sweet. Just my $0.02 :) Vehicles vary too, and you're comparing apples to oranges. You also drive too slow if you don't see 6th gear much in your 3rd Gen! Agree reverse is too tall in the 5600 and G56 though.
Grit dog 07/15/19 09:02am Tow Vehicles
RE: 4WD or 2WD

^So yeah in the figurative sense, myred is not in the great white north. But to his credit, I'd take my chances with a 2 wheeler IN the great white north over the coastal mountains. At least it gets COLD in the GWN. The warm, wet, greasy, icy, Cascade Concrete, SLOP that is Pacific coastal snow around here is MUCH worse to drive in than the nice cold light fluffy snow that falls where it actually gets cold. Heck, grew up in the midwest, plowing snow, riding snomachines, lived in the Rockies and AK and never even considered buying tire chains until moving here. Now, they're a necessity for some places we ride snomachines, that if the same terrain, but in the Rockies would be no problem. (But I'm not jaycocreek, or I'd be able to do it with a 2wd dually!) LOL
Grit dog 07/15/19 08:59am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tow Vehicle Tire Pressure

I always run the recmmended pressures listed on my door pillar, loaded or empty, in my case, 65 psi in the front, 80 in the back. I never exceed those presssure ratings. The engineers who designed and the people who built my pickup know way more about what is correct than I do. This actually makes no sense. The engineers that designed your tires also rate their load carrying capability vs pressure from about 35 psi up to the max. Not going to hurt anything running considerably more pressure than needed, except maybe your teeth and kidneys, lol.
Grit dog 07/15/19 01:05am Travel Trailers
RE: Tow Vehicle Tire Pressure

To the OP, yes you can and likely want to air up, some, when loaded or towing and air down for empty driving. No, you don't have to account for temperature....or altitude, in general. You have no need for 80psi on a 1/2 ton, unless you overload it by about 2000lbs. However load range E tires are a safe, versatile long lasting choice for tires on a 1/2 ton. If your truck shakes with high pressure and not with low pressure, it most likely ain't the tires, it's the hard tires exaggerating another issue. (Bad shocks, bad ball joints, etc)
Grit dog 07/15/19 01:02am Travel Trailers
RE: Gas TV for a year long trip

I really appreciate all the advice guys. It's good to hear from people who have more experience on these things than I do. And I am looking at used trucks, my budget is 45k but I would like to come in under that. Ive seen 6.2s with around 50k miles going for 32k-36k. More if it's a 2015+. The diesels are starting at 40k and going higher. On the diesel I was looking at trucks with under 100k miles. As far as elevation I'm sure we'll spend time in Colorado for a few weeks, but I doubt it will be for months. I like the price of the gasser, but like the capabilities and range of the diesel. I know, you got to pay to play. For $45k you can buy a new Ram Tradesman CTD. Not sure I would want to drive all around the US in a Tradesman, I like power seats and more information display, and comfortable seats. Lol, you went from a soon to be classic truck to a new one a couple months ago and now a new "Tradesman" wouldn't be up to your discerning standards? Some folks just make a guy laugh.
Grit dog 07/14/19 09:25am Tow Vehicles
RE: Gas TV for a year long trip

^What does seeing the maint performed make a difference between gas and diesel? Aside from fuel filters, it's the same and an engine with no oil changes is going to eventually result in the same demise. Fuel filters don't count. If they plug up, it doesn't run, doesn't necessarily cause damage. Maint is maint regardless of a person's understanding of the vehicle.
Grit dog 07/14/19 09:23am Tow Vehicles
RE: New Tow Vehicle

Ha, no it will be fine. What's the tow rating on that? Like 17-18klbs?
Grit dog 07/14/19 09:05am Tow Vehicles
RE: Help finding Roadside assistance & benefit plan for me

Do you have no friends or relatives you could call on to drive the 5ver home if the situation arises? What's the wife drive if you're in a hospital 500 miles from home if the truck just headed north with your trailer? And where would she stay? I think there are more unanswered questions that roadside assistance can't be of assistance with. You can google different RA companies and their plans. Pick what works for you.
Grit dog 07/14/19 08:55am General RVing Issues
RE: Do you unload when you camp? Really?

Unloading is just nuts. The camper allows you to take you toilet, kitchen, bed, etc with you. Why leave that stuff behind? Just nuts I tell ya....lol
Grit dog 07/14/19 08:31am Truck Campers
RE: Might be buying a Dually....

Good to hear emcvay. Jaycocreek, maybe give it a rest, eh? We get it. You're the best driver this side of the Mississippi and could take a 2wd through snowmageddon blindfolded. You should think about offering driving lessons. Good supplemental income...lol
Grit dog 07/14/19 08:30am Truck Campers
RE: Does my full-time TC plan seem reasonable?

Did y’all miss the part where the OP said he’d be traveling between 6mo and however long? For moving around all the time a TC is an advantage if the size is ok for him. Yes TT wold be better, parked at the lot since the house project is 3-5 years??? (That’s a long time to build a house. If you don’t have the money, don’t start. And if you do, don’t fck around and get it built.) So which is better overall? Flip a coin.
Grit dog 07/13/19 01:37pm Truck Campers
RE: Should I get a 2020 GM 3500 DRW or a 4500?

Pow! Nother thread down in flames compliments of the GOMC (grumpy old men's club)!
Grit dog 07/13/19 10:33am Tow Vehicles
RE: Finally did it. New to me 2017 3500HD gasser

Nice upgrade! I want to eventually do the same with my 07 duramax with 47k on it. Be a sad day but I’ll adapt like you. ?? Just let me know when you want to sell it!!
Grit dog 07/13/19 10:29am Tow Vehicles
RE: Finally did it. New to me 2017 3500HD gasser

Congrats Mike! Nice rig!
Grit dog 07/13/19 10:28am Tow Vehicles
RE: Gas TV for a year long trip

And yeah for piece of mind, if not under warranty, I'd think hard about deleting. Would be tough to part with the money unles there was an issue though.
Grit dog 07/13/19 10:26am Tow Vehicles
RE: Gas TV for a year long trip

You're comparing purchase price vs mileage and capability. And you already know the answer and the answer is a compromise either way. Personally, I'd go diesel for that duty, but I can afford it. Had some neighbors in AK who settled in next door after doing the same gig, year on the road with a camper. Except their combo was a F150 Eco boost and a large TT. They did just fine and so will the gasser. If you want the 6.2, it's bulletproof. I'd make sure you end up with the 6r140 vs the 100? Trans. At some point, Ford started putting a lighter trans behind the gassers, I think just in the F250 models. Simple, powerful enough, but not great compared to the diesel, 6.2 is the safe, easy, relaible, simple choice. On the flip side, you'll be sucking down petrol to the tune of about 7mpg pulling the 5ver all over. Had 2 of them company trucks and they'd pass most things except a gas station. I'd consider a gas slip tank for long journeys if I owned one for personal use. Diesel, yes there's the possibility of emissions issues. But not a great risk, especially towing. That's what keeps them healthy. Only thing I'd doo is put a CP4 bypass kit and think hard about a '15 or newer model vs the older 6.7s for a host of other non critical, but advantageous reasons. And your 7 mpg will turn into 10+ with the diesel. Empty, the mileage will go from 13-14 on the gasser to 17-18 on the diesel.
Grit dog 07/13/19 10:25am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2017+ Powerstroke 6.7 Fuel Filter

Guy ham fisted the fuel filter change. Now he's a hero. Eggzactly! Every vehicle has its engineering oversights, minor inconvienences or in some cases outright fails. Not being brand specific I'll list a few of the highlights I've seen or experienced over the years. Ford TTB axles. Ford lack of small block engine parts interchangeability (Windors, Clevelands and Modifieds) Ford 2017 diesel fuel filter (apparently, but in the very minor sense) Ford blowout and or snap off spark plugs. (Definitely in the outright fail category) 6.0 and 6.4....nuff said. Oh wait, not being brand specific....lol. Ram engine mounted lift pumps and VP injection pumps. Ram4 speed auto behind a diesel even in 2007! Schitty Ram hydro boost pumps. Circa 03-07 Dmf clutch Ford and GM poor CP4 design. Maybe Ram now, will see. Duramax fuel bleeder screw Allison NSBU switch Instrument clusters, all trucks for a few years. Early Bosch common rail injectors. 6.5 diesel It's fun to poke fun, but look in the mirror once in a while kids!
Grit dog 07/13/19 10:06am Tow Vehicles
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