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RE: Torque Wrench for WD Hitch nylock nuts

You guys are over thinking this. Just buy the appropriate length breaker bar so your body weight will generate the torque needed. If you weigh 180 pounds. A 2 foot breaker bar will apply 360 foot pounds.
carringb 10/24/20 07:21pm Towing
RE: spartan says they don't carry it looking for radiator

MAC's radiator will rebuild your radiator, and they probably have the dimensions on hand to built a new one if you prefer.
carringb 10/24/20 11:12am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Newmar Gas and Diesel Opinions

Ideally this Canyon Star Newmar would be built on a Freightliner chassis. Of course this is not possible, but in my ideal world that would be the case. FYI is it available on the Freightliner diesel chassis for 2021, using the 340 HP Cummins 6.7L. Interesting timing on offering a front-end diesel, when gas is cheap and the new Ford 7.3L is quite a bit more capable, and the 6.7L only comes with a 5-speed auto. I'd love to see a head-to-head between those two platforms! https://www.newmarcorp.com/diesel-motor-coaches/canyon-star/coach-specs/
carringb 10/24/20 11:08am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Winterize of Not

Yup. I use my trailer all year round, so rather than winterizing, I just leave the furnace at 55 and leave the water heater on. I usually leave the water heater on propane, and it rarely fires back up, since it holds heat really well. This allows me to run a space heater for primary heat (I'm only plugged into 15 amp at home), then the furnace only kicks on when it's really cold. If I have the cover on, the space heater alone is enough to keep the trailer from freezing, and I have a nightlight I place in burner compartment of the water heater.
carringb 10/23/20 08:22am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Pigtail not fitting....

I've run into this with a couple trailers. Looking into my socket, I could see where the blades were contacting the edges of the blade-receptacles in the pigtail. Just a very slight nudge to the blades using a screwdriver was all it took to line things up. Note: One time I really tried smashing it in there, and it bent over one of the blades. That one took a bent pick to straighten it.
carringb 10/20/20 09:17am Towing
RE: Thor Axis 24.1

As I noted in my OP it looked difficult to access the engine because the dog house was so small. I wanted to go back and see what the access was like with the dog house removed. It only had about 4 screws to remove cover. The salesmen called me back and said the techs at the dealership would not allow the cover to come off. I thought that strange and of course only reinforced my belief of the difficulty of changing spark plugs or adding water to the battery. Was my request unreasonable? Well, if you decide to proceed, maybe make your offer contingent on a maintenance contract that includes spark plugs, spark plug wires, and batteries for the first 5 years?
carringb 10/20/20 09:13am Class A Motorhomes
RE: favorite tow vehicle for small trailer??

X2 on going with a turbo. But also I do not recommend a CVT (Subaru Ascent). Taking a Subaru actually off-road has caused near-instant belt-failure for some owners (or at a minimum, limp-mode as it tries to stave off belt failure). I imagine a decent steep grade will result in a similar occurrence towing a trailer. Also note that Subaru does not rate their cars to the SAE J2807. Toyota does rate the Highlander to that standard. I also can't find any evidence that Honda rates the Passport to that standard. Might I suggest an Explorer? The 2.3L EcoBoost is rated for 5,300 pounds with the Class 3 towing package, and is calculated with SAE J2807 method. Plus the RWD-based platform will be better for towing anyways. And it's rated for 27 MPG highway, 23 combined.
carringb 10/19/20 11:44am Tow Vehicles
RE: Brake Fluid Still Milky

Yup. Keep flushing. There's probably a bunch trapped in the accumulators in the ABS pump, but you need a diagnostics terminal to cycle the pump when bleeding. For a DIY, just drive a while then flush again.
carringb 10/17/20 02:46pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Thor Axis 24.1

If I understand you post completely I think what you are saying is when both use the chassis certified method the real difference in HP is 125 HP. That is a significant difference, especially if it gets the same or better MPG. Do you know if they went with taller gears in the rear end to increase the mpg? The Axis/Vegas 24.1 and 24.3 are built on the E350 for 2021, which comes with 4.10 rear end gears. The larger models are still built on the E450, which comes with 4.56 gears. So yes, the shorter ones should use less fuel, but also have a lower tow rating (18,500 combined vs 22,000 combined).
carringb 10/15/20 09:14pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Thor Axis 24.1

From what I see most of these smaller C's get about 10 mpgs with the V-10's don't know if 45 more HP in the newer eng will do better but should be much better performance on hills. The Thor/Axis have the lowest coeffecient of drag of any motorhome. That's what allows them to use a Class 3 (E350) chassis, which has a stricter carbon-emissions limit than the Class 4 chassis. Ford and Thor went through a lot to optimize that sloped front windshield. Also, the extra power of the new 7.3L is more than the 45 hp on paper might suggest, because the V10 was only chassis certified, and the new engine is dyo certified. For claims both methods are tuned the same, and only the test method differs. The same motor in the F-series is rated at 430 hp using the chassis method. The simplest way to describe the test methods is chassis dyno certified = best load case (no EGR, fan off, A/C off, minimal alternator load etc) and the dyno certified is worst case (will EGR, engine fan maximum engagements, max load of all front-end accessories). But.... as others have mentioned... Thor's QA program leaves a lot to be desired. Do a very thorough inspection before you buy. You might find some build-quality differences between the same units on the same lot.
carringb 10/15/20 08:25am Class A Motorhomes
RE: NEW TOW VEHICLE ?

Will this be a daily driver too? If yes, I wouldn't recommend the Durango for that. I'd consider it if it'll be a dedicated TV, but only the V8. The V6 can do it, but not well. It seems like it can never find a good gear when it's loaded heavy. The Pathfinder is NOT a good TV for 5,000 pounds. It's low on torque, and has a CVT. CVT's are prone to early failure when low-speed torque is needed, because of the heat generated by the belt. And when the belt breaks, you have to just replace the transmission. The plates that makes up the "push" design" of the belt scatter all over, and trash everything else in there. The Explorer is nice, and great for towing with the EcoBoost. My sister has a 2016. Bought with 15k and has 75k now. It's been back to the dealer a few times, but only for improper repairs from a rollover accident that didn't show on it's history. No issues other than those (broken roof-rack trim-clips, leaky windshield, butt-connectors on the rear-seatbelt-airbag system. The one common issue to watch out is cooked PTU fluid. Changing it should be part of your new-vehicle inspection, and then change it regularly after towing. It gets too hot because of it's proximity to the exhaust, and you can't run synthetic because that would reduce the ability for the clutches to hold.
carringb 10/12/20 07:00am Tow Vehicles
RE: Jack Knife Sofa Fold flat on wall?

Yup. My WW sofa did the same, and even had buckles on the window valence to hold it up. I added 2 more jackknife sofas to the garage, and they likewise folded up flat, but I just secured them with a ratchet strap in the up position. If your sofa has folding legs, you should be able to do the same. If yours was build on a wood platform, if might need some minor mods to make it work like this.
carringb 10/08/20 11:26am Toy Haulers
RE: Blown engine

"Blown" can mean a lot of different things to different people. I'm glad you got the rig away from the dealer. In my experience, some dealers automatically defer to worst-case, because it avoids any problems from bad diagnostics. My local Ford dealer "diagnosed" my last van as needing a new motor because of some intermittent black exhaust, when it really turned out to be a broken wire going to the oxygen sensor.
carringb 10/08/20 11:25am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Equalizer Shackles Hitting Frame

The shackles are stronger than the spring-hanger, and that part of the spring hanger doesn't add any strength. The new shackles are just meatier. My vote is just leave it. It's already made clearance for itself. Also, once the rubber "springs" is the dexter-equalizer get some miles, they'll settle out a little, and you'll gain a tiny bit of eye-to-eye distance.
carringb 10/07/20 06:53pm Towing
RE: Spendy used tow vehicle

It's built on an F250. The parts are available EVERYWHERE! Including the 7.3L Navistar built Powerstroke. Couldn't ask for a better used truck/SUV than an Excursion. From the B-pillar back, it's unique aside from the rear axle. Frame is different, fuel system is different, body is different. Even the back doors are 6" longer than the crew-cab pickup doors. That's part of what's driving up used prices. Good excursion bodies are being up-cycled into "new" excursions using the 2016 Superduty platform. http://www.customautosbytim.com
carringb 10/06/20 01:19pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Spendy used tow vehicle

Simple supply and demand combined with rarity. They didn't sell a ton of Excursions to start with, and the pool of 7.3L PSDs is even more limited, especially good specimens at this point. Will they get that asking price? I doubt it. But I'm sure it won't sell for cheap. E350 camper vans with the 7.3L are going for double that sometimes....
carringb 10/06/20 11:20am Tow Vehicles
RE: dometic furnace problem

Try closing the valve on your propane tank and bleeding off the pressure, then open the valve very slowly. It sounds like you might of trip the excessive flow protection valve. I've had this happen. If you trailer has no propane pressure when you hook up a tank, then you open the tank quickly, it'll do this. Stove will make flame, though it's weaker. Big appliances won't work. OP - Are you getting airflow? Does the air warm up at all? I've seen some trailers where the intake was blocked, causing the high temp circuit to trip because there wasn't really air moving through the furnace.
carringb 10/06/20 07:23am Travel Trailers
RE: Suggestions for sagging roof

You might be able to get by for a few more years if you remove the A/C, cover the hole with thin plywood, and glue down a new section of roof membrane. But the rot is already present, and will continue to spread through the structure until it's not even towable anymore.
carringb 10/04/20 08:53am Travel Trailers
RE: Reflectix on window, long-term?

I used to use reflectix to keep the trailer cool when boon-docking in the high dessert. I came back to the trailer one time, and the sealant on the bedroom, which didn't get any shade that day, was melting. Luckily I only lost some trim, and as soon as I removed the reflectix, the sealant started to set back up before the glass fell out. So... I still use it all winter, but I'm selective in the summer. I won't use in anymore in very hot weather if the window will be in direct sun all day. White vinyl on the outside would probably lower the temps enough so it won't be a problem. A window would be small enough to cover with sign-vinyl, which is much cheaper than automotive-vinyl, and you might be able to pick up some remnants for very cheap at a sign shop.
carringb 10/04/20 08:49am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Looking for a quality Toy hauler but discouraged.

That said, toy haulers get a premium that I really don't understand. There really isn't a construction reason for them being so much higher price. The floors are build completely different, plus bigger tanks, heavier frame, ramp door etc. And the biggest difference seems to be the generator and on board fuel station. If you skip those two options, the prices aren't much more than a similar-sized premium travel trailer.
carringb 10/03/20 08:59am Toy Haulers
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