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RE: The cost of a Diesel Truck

OK, what is the replacement Diesel?????? Funny you should ask, I updated my signature about a month ago and it still hasn't showed up..... 2021 Chevrolet LTZ 3500 Nice !!!
cummins2014 06/29/22 09:38am Tow Vehicles
RE: Want a new truck?

I'll give the dealers some slack on the over MSRP pricing, I don't like it, but I bet their number of cars sold is half what it normally is, so I can see getting what you can for them. Also if they sell for MSRP, there are alot of guys that would buy it for that, and flip it for $10k over MSRP the next day. I'm seeing this all over the Super Duty pages. Guys that ordered multiple trucks, and are selling them as soon as they get them for a profit. Bingo. Hit the nail on the head. A dealer in Florida pulled this on my son ,or they seemed to . He found the truck he wanted there, made the deal over the phone . Sent them a down payment , only for them to call the next day ,and said they had made a mistake ,and someone had already bought that truck. This was early spring of 2021 . Truck was a 2021 , they offered to order a 2022 for him for the same price , which he did, didn't get the truck until last fall . Either they did make a mistake ,or someone came along ,and offered them more. Either way it worked out for him ,getting a newer truck same price . Just took a bit longer .
cummins2014 06/28/22 09:33am Tow Vehicles
RE: Want a new truck?

You guys are too funny! Behemoth trucks? Bigger than 10-15 years ago? Lol. Nobody seems to be bitting Grit ,that's twice you attempted to get a rise out of someone. :B Not quite a bite, but I'll jump in. For as long as I can remember...and that goes back to the late '60's, Fords have "sat higher" than a comparable Chevy. In my driveway, I have a 2009 MY Chevy 2500, CC, 6.XX' bed, 4WD....my math says that is 13-14 years ago depending on how one counts model years. I also have a 2019 F250, CC, 6.XX' bed, 4WD, etc...a 3 year old vehicle. Other than the F250 "sitting higher" (and the older truck showing it's use-it-for-everything 150k more miles history), these trucks are the same general size and appearance. They fit in the same spots on my driveway, at my work, and at my wife's work. Compare either of these to my buddy's restored '65 "Full size" Ford and the 2009 Chevy or the 2019 F250 are both obviously larger..but surprisingly not significantly larger than my other buddy's '6X (not sure of the year) restored International Harvester CC pickup. I think the "behemoth trucks" of today are likely the pavement queen 150's and 1500's with all sorts of upsized components that, in all likelihood, will never see a bog, field, or rocky hill. Yes , owned a couple of those Ford High Boys as we called them .
cummins2014 06/27/22 02:32pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Want a new truck?

You guys are too funny! Behemoth trucks? Bigger than 10-15 years ago? Lol. Nobody seems to be bitting Grit ,that's twice you attempted to get a rise out of someone. :B Well, it’s pretty hot outside in most places today. Even here on the coast. Fishin is usually pretty slow in this weather, but maybe someone will bite! It’s been great weather here in SW Montana, and the bites been great ??
cummins2014 06/27/22 02:30pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Want a new truck?

You guys are too funny! Behemoth trucks? Bigger than 10-15 years ago? Lol. Nobody seems to be bitting Grit ,that's twice you attempted to get a rise out of someone. :B
cummins2014 06/27/22 10:03am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tight turn across narrow culvert?

No desire to extend the culvert, but willing to chance damage to truck or RV using a temporary bridge? Nothing here helps the OP , they didn’t ask for criticism. Extending the drive seems the best solution.
cummins2014 06/27/22 09:11am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Black tank flush overfill

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cummins2014 06/23/22 07:59pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Black tank flush overfill

OK, one thing that can happen when you do this, it can BREAK the 3 inch down tube from the black tank. The Pressure involved when you do this is tremendous. 45 psi or more has filled the black tank and now the tank has expanded(swollen) and popped either the 3 inch down tube loose or the 1.5 inch vent tube loose. We know this because instead of water coming out the roof vent and overflowing on the roof it came out the bottom from the top of the tank. Because the tank broke open at the tank which is a good thing instead of out the roof vent. NOW, if you do NOT fix the problem on top the tank, you will have black tank odor migrating into the lower bottom cavity because it is NOT sealed now. The RVIA standard for both Gray and Black is to hold water when overfilled. With Black we fill until the water is just below the toilet ball valve and on Gray with water coming into the shower or tub. Also, unless you access and clean out the top of the tank and the underbelly and insulation, you will now have a musty smell all the time. Both inside and out. Doug IMO that’s not the best way to tell if the black tank is full , for us is an air bubble forms when flushing , and that’s full enough for me . As far as letting it start filling the shower floor that may work for you , but the one time it happened to my wife while showering , she wasn’t that thrilled to be standing in the waste water . We know pretty much our usage on the gray tanks , and every three days or so I just pull the handles for a few seconds , and save enough when I do the black tank to flush the pipes a bit better , then I just empty all three, and start over . Did you NOT read what I posted? I was posting how a Service shop TESTS the Tanks on a PDI, NOT HOW to tell when tanks are full. Doug Yes , and your wording could of said what you just replied or been more clear . Go back , and edit that would help . Thanks .
cummins2014 06/22/22 03:09pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Black tank flush overfill

OK, one thing that can happen when you do this, it can BREAK the 3 inch down tube from the black tank. The Pressure involved when you do this is tremendous. 45 psi or more has filled the black tank and now the tank has expanded(swollen) and popped either the 3 inch down tube loose or the 1.5 inch vent tube loose. We know this because instead of water coming out the roof vent and overflowing on the roof it came out the bottom from the top of the tank. Because the tank broke open at the tank which is a good thing instead of out the roof vent. NOW, if you do NOT fix the problem on top the tank, you will have black tank odor migrating into the lower bottom cavity because it is NOT sealed now. The RVIA standard for both Gray and Black is to hold water when overfilled. With Black we fill until the water is just below the toilet ball valve and on Gray with water coming into the shower or tub. Also, unless you access and clean out the top of the tank and the underbelly and insulation, you will now have a musty smell all the time. Both inside and out. Doug IMO that’s not the best way to tell if the black tank is full , for us is an air bubble forms when flushing , and that’s full enough for me . As far as letting it start filling the shower floor that may work for you , but the one time it happened to my wife while showering , she wasn’t that thrilled to be standing in the waste water . We know pretty much our usage on the gray tanks , and every three days or so I just pull the handles for a few seconds , and save enough when I do the black tank to flush the pipes a bit better , then I just empty all three, and start over .
cummins2014 06/22/22 12:39pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Water Tank Fill

Extending the overflow up will not change much. I would check the overflow does not extend down inside the tank. If it does, and you fill until it comes out the overflow it will run out down to the end of tube, no matter how high it must go. If that is the issue, and can't fix inside tank. Tee into the top of overflow line, extend up a few inches, then daylight. This will break the syphon, keep tank full. Thanks.No idea how it’s plumbed up in there , without pulling the belly off . I have a feeling on my sons it’s what you say , runs a lot of water out of there when it’s full , will have to address it. It reads full at first , but after it quits out of the overflow, as said it’s 2/3. With a 56 gal. tank , he’s losing approximately close to 20 gals .
cummins2014 06/04/22 05:12pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Water Tank Fill

I don't know from experience, but what jdc1 suggests makes sense to me. I would not plug overflow lines, I'm sure you know, that's not best option. I often fill my tank full, and need every bit of it, but mine is the simple gravity fill tank. Jerry Yes ,a shutoff valve is asking for trouble on this system ,it fills thru a connection to the outside water supply, that water pressure will need to go somewhere when the tanks gets filled. I can only imagine bad things happening . I like this method of filling ,just switch that Andersen valve to tank fill ,and away it goes . I have been cautioned that switching that Andersen valve under pressure can blow an o-ring, so I take the pressure of , which reguires shutting off the water supply, and just opening a water valve or outside shower ,and relief the pressure then switch the valve ,and turn the water back on to add water to the tank . Not a big deal .
cummins2014 06/03/22 12:41pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Water Tank Fill

Extend the overflow hose a few inches above the fresh water tank. That's how it should have been from the factory. Thanks .Hard to tell at this point, they are running parallel , coming out thru a hole in the top of the frame just below the floor . So I am assuming they have to be elbowed out of the top of the water tank a couple inches , and run to the outside of the frame to drain the overflow . Unless they are plumbed into the side of the water tank at the top of the tank . Only way for me to know would be to pull the underbelly ,and take a look . For me this not a great issue , but my son would like to be able to haul a full tank when boon docking ,considering his tank is only 56 gallons .
cummins2014 06/03/22 12:29pm Fifth-Wheels
Water Tank Fill

I seldom need a full tank of potable water, usually 10-15 gallons to use if needed while traveling . The one time I wanted a full tank , unlike my older fifth wheels that had the fill port on the side of the trailer ,stuck a hose in it ,and filled it ,when it was full it overflowed out of the port . This fifth wheel has the tank fill valve setting on the water hookup , dry camping ,city water etc. The problem is when filling it ,the only way to know its full besides watching the gauge is that it starts running out the overflow lines , I have two one on each side . It's seems to run an excessive amount of water out those lines, was told if I wanted a truly full tank of water ,plug those lines when it starts to run out of them, Well that's a bit awkward under there. Another option I guess would be to install some shutoff valves , that's a bit dangerous if they were to be forgotten if kept shut when filling up the next time . My son just experienced the same thing ,his drained back to 2/3 full on his new fifth wheel. Not sure what the solution is ,but I would have to guess there is some procedure to get a full tank of water without losing a large amount of water out the overflow. Any thoughts of what we are doing wrong, or is that just the nature of the beast . I wait until I see it start to run out the overflow, and shut the water off immediately , but it still drains a lot of water out of there.
cummins2014 06/03/22 10:43am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Disc Brakes - Saved me $$$$

I don’t think you can convince a lot of folks of the difference between disc , and drum . I’m sure a believer in disc now that I have it . I never dreamed there was such a difference, but there is . Same here will not have a fifth wheel without disc brakes .
cummins2014 06/02/22 04:21pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: New Outside Stairs

That is the same steps I had on my previous fifth wheel , and had no problem with them. I have the torxlift now ,and do not like them , my wife likes them even less. I never seem to get them as level as I would like , although they have the two adjustments where they are attached , and the legs are adjustable. If I adjust them to lower setting ,then they give you a longer step coming out then we like . If I put them in the upper setting the first step is okay ,but then I can't get the steps level with the adjustment feet at the bottom . All the steps have a slight slant to them. They are not bad enough to change out ,but if had the opportunity to go back to your style ,the previous ones I had I would . IMO with the height of my trailer , its in-between needing one more step . It has four steps, which is not enough , but five would be too many. I would never recommend the torxlift to anyone , they are just not that great, unless the height ,and adjustment were just perfect . I would take yours or 12V's any day again. If I was to go full-time those torxlift would go ,and be changed out to the old style that are suspended . We just seem to put up with them with the amount of time we use the trailer .
cummins2014 06/01/22 08:12am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Discoverer AT3 XLT

IF you are a member or have a friend who is I would buy the batteries at Costco. In San Diego Costco beats Autozone by at least $50 per battery. Costcos are mighty rare in Florida. One in Tampa about 2 hours away from here. Thanks for all the replies. I went ahead and bought the Coopers at Discount tire. With their tire guarantee and taxes is was $1500+ for four, geez.... I'm impressed with the tires, very deep treads. Half an inch IIRC. I just could not find much info on the Falkens and they are even more expensive locally. I too went with the Cooper AT3 XLT's , bought them in mid March, for 4 they were $1238.81 minus a $70 rebate ,so they were $1168.81 . If we are talking the same size on our Ram trucks 275/70/18 The way I look at it now ,I have never bought the road hazard or guarantees on any set of tire I have ever bought , that's over 50 years . replaced one tire on my dime ,$150. At this point I am money ahead . Time will tell .:B As far as these Coopers ,time will tell on them, but so far the first thing I noticed about them is they handle the truck better than my previous Toyo AT2's , and I payed the same for those Toyo's 5 years ago , that I paid for the Coopers in March.
cummins2014 05/22/22 11:52am Tow Vehicles
RE: '22 Powerstroke seems a little thirstier than the '21 was.

IME, the 2nd trailer makes very little difference in MPG. Only a couple trips towing double , haven't seen anything change as far as mileage .
cummins2014 04/26/22 07:34am Tow Vehicles
RE: '22 Powerstroke seems a little thirstier than the '21 was.

The 2nd trailer takes a ton of stress when you double tow. I think it is because the connection point is so far back behind the first trailer axles. I've double towed since about 2000. In that time, I have broken the hitch on the back of my trailer, broken the weld on the tower that holds my boat winch, and broken the weld that holds the pin on my brake away tongue. In 2014 I had the rear of my 5er reinforced, along with the hitch. A welder reinforced the frame of the trailer all the way forward of the axles, and put on a very heavy duty hitch. I'm done towing my big boat, but still tow a 17' Ranger. Anyway, keep a close eye on all potential failure points. They are under considerable stress. Glad it ended well for you. Good advice! My great friend is a Machinist and metal fabricator. He has lots of experience in rebuilding trailers etc. I will get it to his shop and we will beef the HE!! out of it. I will call Kendon tomorrow and see what they say. It is a two bike cruiser rated model. Thats pretty scary , that shouldn't be coming apart like that . . I have built a few ,and they don't come apart . If you were around here , when I got done with your trailer it would stay together for sure . I too tow double , and I can only see the shadow ,keep thinking I want a camera back there ,but haven't got one yet . I rebuilt this small 10' trailer that I tow double ,no worries about it coming apart ,but it would be nice to see the load on it, what it is doing .
cummins2014 04/26/22 07:33am Tow Vehicles
RE: Landing Gear stoped working

I'm looking for some HitchHiker friends I HAVE A problem with the landing legs they stopped working. It may be the fuse but were is the fuse box for the legs. It's a 2009 HitchHiker L S . Should be on the hot lead or red wire going to the landing gear motor , more than likely 30 amp inline fuse .
cummins2014 04/14/22 07:47am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Not a good week for Ford

my ram just got a recall,so... He!! , my 2014 Ram has had about 12 recalls , averaged about 1.5 per year . They don't bother me one bit! Bottom line they make things right. If they paid more attention to 'making them right' in the design studios and on the assembly line, there would be far fewer recalls to "make things right" after the retail buyer takes possession of the vehicle. But, I guess if you've got time on your hands and enjoy hanging out at the dealership, recalls can be fun! ;) I never found them fun . Making an appointment ,getting it there ,leaving it ,coming back to get it . I agree it would be nice for them to get it right the first time , but I am afraid that's never going to happen . Just glad they fix them on recalls as been said . There are few issues that are pretty repetitive , and IMO should be on a recall.
cummins2014 04/06/22 11:20am Tow Vehicles
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