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RE: Camping and Traveling in the west in Winter

Many RV parks close after October 15th (at the latest). A few (very few) are open year-round. Most USFS campgrounds and State Parks close shortly after Labor Day. Be prepared to dry camp in rest areas or parking lots. Facilities for filling fresh water tanks and dumping waste tanks may be few and far between. Keep in mind that chains may be required on mountain passes, especially on towing vehicles, and chains may be required on the towed unit as well. If you do not have tire chains, you may have to park and wait until chain requirements are lifted. Some stores that sell tire chains will buy them back if they are not used. Winter travel in an RV over I-90 can be done, IF you are prepared for lack of facilities and winter weather. Good luck I-90 ,same as I-80 thru Wyoming well traveled in the winter. Its amazing its a mess one day, and great the next. They do a pretty good job of keeping them clear, got to watch the weather . Traveled a lot on those highways. My big concern would be any freezing with that campers water system, that may be a challenge. Although I camped one night going thru Cheyenne last winter, but it was only down to 12 degrees :) Ran the furnace all night, some lights on in the basement of the fifth wheel, and all was well.
cummins2014 09/29/20 08:59am General RVing Issues
RE: Germs while traveling

I think they are kind of silly looking. BUT, I am brought back to a day sitting in line at the ATM. Woman ahead of me pulls up puts her card in.then starts rooting around knuckle deep in her nose. pulls it out inspects and the dives back in for another go. I went to another machine and payed their fee. What if you were a few cars back ,and didn't see this, you will never escape what goes on before you get there . That one was just one you got to see, you missed the other thousands . :)And yet, here you are, still alive and kicking. Much ado about nothing. I would agree to a point, but there is nothing wrong with avoiding some things, never been crazy about grabbing public bathroom doors , but have, but here I am at 73.
cummins2014 09/29/20 08:44am General RVing Issues
RE: Germs while traveling

I think they are kind of silly looking. BUT, I am brought back to a day sitting in line at the ATM. Woman ahead of me pulls up puts her card in.then starts rooting around knuckle deep in her nose. pulls it out inspects and the dives back in for another go. I went to another machine and payed their fee. What if you were a few cars back ,and didn't see this, you will never escape what goes on before you get there . That one was just one you got to see, you missed the other thousands . :)
cummins2014 09/29/20 08:27am General RVing Issues
RE: 75 Speed Limit - How Fast

55 which is the limit in California. Yea I know which sucks and I do between 60 and 62 and one of the reason I dont vacation in CA Now thats confusing is it 65-68 or 60-62. Or is it 60-62 in Ca. when you do vacation ,and 65-68 when you vacation in Utah :B Running empty in Utah with that 80 mph, you can't keep up going just 80 ,they roll out there between Salt lake , and St George. when towing its seems like you are standing still when they pass . :)
cummins2014 09/29/20 08:21am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Germs while traveling

O M G What !!!!!! You don’t have one.
cummins2014 09/27/20 06:35pm General RVing Issues
RE: Near tragic event!!

Just a FWIW, but some lug wrenches are not designed to be used to loosen nuts and bolts, even though they are ratchets. Especially the cheapo wrenches. Be sure to check that your particular torque wrench can be used in a counterclockwise direction. Not all of them can. Plus they actually have to be recalibrated at some point to insure accuracy . We were required to recalibrate , don’t remember now if it was every six months or year . Not sure how important it has to be for wheel torquing , or how far out of calibration they can get . I’ve never personally had my torque wrenches checked for calibration.
cummins2014 09/27/20 05:47pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: New tires for my 16K fifth wheel

Yes I am serious. I don't go down the road on the cell phone. Just wondering if something has changed. chevman Yup ,still made in China ,and still the best G & H rated trailer tire on the market hands down. Yes the type of country that builds many quality products , as does many other foreign countries . As well as junk ,as does many other countries . I too do not go down the road on my cell phone , but yes I caught the meaning.
cummins2014 09/26/20 09:02am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Near tragic event!!

It's amazing what goes on back there on the trailer without any thumps, bumps, or vibration. I lost a wheel on a loaded car trailer once. I was slowing down for a highway traffic light and the wheel passed me! My first thought was OMG, somebody lost a wheel until I looked at my trailer and realized it was me. The wheel went through a red light, right between 2 cars, did a lane change and passed a car before changing lanes again and running off into the ditch without hitting anything! Amazing and I was very lucky. I felt absolutely nothing and the trailer felt normal. I've had 3 very severely shredded trailer tires, again without feeling a thing. One of them totaled my TT with steel belt damage and I didn't notice until I saw smoke in my mirror. And it was a single axle 69 Prowler. Should have felt something with a single axle, but nope! I was towing with a dually. Didn't feel a thing. So yeah, I can easily see how you never noticed the missing wheel. TPMS is king! We should all have it. Best advice right there , TPMS system. We see some blowing it off as not necessary . Have one incident like that ,and it will make a believer out of you. Have always checked torque , air pressure etc, but until I had a tire go flat ,and run it until it was ruined , and saw it smoking in my mirror did it make a believer out of me . Had I had a TPMS, most likely I would have been able to pull over safely somewhere ,and taken care of it. Unfortunately I had to pull over where I really didn't want to on a busy highway, and managed to get down off the road, but was not a very good spot. I have TPMS now !!!!
cummins2014 09/26/20 08:57am Fifth-Wheels
RE: New tires for my 16K fifth wheel

sailuns still made in china? chevman I’m assuming you are serious, yes they are . FYI our I phones are also made in China .
cummins2014 09/25/20 04:11pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: New tires for my 16K fifth wheel

Four Sailuns ordered. I will have my mechanic put them on next week. Thanks for the recommendations. Wise decision , you will be happy with their performance .
cummins2014 09/25/20 12:48pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 2002 Ford E350 V10 Transmission Fluid

Ford is recommending a transmission flush, is this just a money making scheme for their maintenance shops and is just changing the fluid and filter enough? You could look at it a couple ways. 1. Yes. 2. No. For yes, they want top dollar for things and to have a spiffy joint and all. But it doesn't hurt to have it done say every other 30k interval if you tow a lot. As for no, oil is cheap insurance and flushing it will remove all crud and all. I know Ford says to go quite a ways out on tranny service, but I'm stuck in my old fashion ways and will have it done every 30k regardless. Pretty sure we are talking the 4R100 here. Should be a youtube video out there how to change them, I did several times on my 99 Superduty. not flushing , but still replacing all the fluid .
cummins2014 09/25/20 09:46am Tow Vehicles
RE: New tires for my 16K fifth wheel

I use to have GY 614 back in 2005.They was a disaster tire for 3-4 years.That make me go to Michelin rib (not to good for heavy trailers)and then Sailun.Well that the tire to use now a lot cheaper and a lot better. The key words "A LOT BETTER ", makes sense . Goodyears were a disaster , big reason many do not trust them. They have improved ,but not to the point of the dependability of the Sailun ,and price . No need to settle for second best ,when the Sailun is available . Yes the 6.7 Powerstroke is a much better motor then their 6.0 or 6.4 :)
cummins2014 09/25/20 09:36am Fifth-Wheels
RE: New tires for my 16K fifth wheel

Replace them.... lot's of failures start around the 5/6 year mark. A friend I camp with each year tried to push it and had 2 blowouts within a couple weeks on 6 year old tires. Got me to go replace my 4.5 year old ones. It's just not worth the potential problems. Rolling around on new rubber feels great. 4.5 seems a bit soon, but 5-6 has worked for me. Especially the Sailuns . I think 7 was mentioned ,thats taking a big chance .
cummins2014 09/25/20 08:35am Fifth-Wheels
RE: New tires for my 16K fifth wheel

After perfect service why would you search for something else? Well for starters nothings perfect , but there is better , and better weight ratings . Sailun is that tire .
cummins2014 09/24/20 08:59pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 2016 RAM CTD Diff Oil Change Question RE Gasket

"But you won’t be able to have a look at the ring and pinion and clean the magnet. Not good IMHO." Even when I was running a MagHytec that has drain and fill plugs I always removed the cover for inspection. When you changed your engine oil did you remove the oil pan to have a look around? LOL!!! That was my point , the average guy with some mechanical skills can change the differential fluid without a problem , but not a clue what he’s looking at .
cummins2014 09/24/20 06:54pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New tires for my 16K fifth wheel

Some have voiced their opinion on Sailuns . All I can add is if you want the best G or H rated tire on the market , that would be Saliun S637’s .It’s been proven for several years now , and the best thing about them is they are nearly half the price of the Goodyear’s . Or just settle for second best , and spend nearly twice as much .
cummins2014 09/24/20 06:31pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Multiple blowouts in short time

Its simple here for many, some want the best ,some settle for second best . Regardless of where its made I want the best, safety, durability ,cost all come into play. Thats why Sailun has become a very popular tire . This China thing has become redundant ,we all know the quality ,and thats what many chose. If we based things on where they are made ,we wouldn't own much , including our I phones ,computers , and "OUR " trucks Its also time to put this where its made to bed, we all know ,and we all chose.
cummins2014 09/24/20 10:28am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 2016 RAM CTD Diff Oil Change Question RE Gasket

The cover is 14 bolts. It is a metal and rubber, reusable seal, so unless it is damaged in some way, it should be just fine. Carefully wipe it off and examine both sides of it. New ones are expensive, about $45 or so. There are no drain plugs and you should pull the cover and examine the insides. Do NOT use any sealer on this seal, just wipe it off and possibly wipe a fresh film of gear oil on it. GM uses the same basic rear end on many models but they use a throwaway gasket. Charles And just exactly what is the average guy looking at when he examines the insides ? I have done my own maintenance on vehicles my entire adult life, that I could ,changing spark plugs ,points back in the day ,fluids, a lot of things that some pay to have done. I suppose if there is some chipped gears or something that is obviously worn, I wouldn't have a clue what I am supposed to be looking at in a differential . I changed the fluids front ,and rear in the last couple years on my truck as well as friends ,and my sons. They all look pretty much the same to me, but I wouldn't know . Lets put it this way there is no indication of a problem with my differentials , would I like a drain plug, and magnet combination on mine to change the fluid, absolutely .
cummins2014 09/24/20 08:58am Tow Vehicles
RE: Multiple blowouts in short time

Say it ain’t so Ethyl, a Sailun blowout??? Must have been road hazard. :B Busted my bubble too. LOL I don't know what is was. I didn't recall running over anything. On US 550 between Cuba and Bernalillo NM. Who knows how the previous owner treated them. Cant decide what to replace them with this winter. We have a full dance card next year. I too had a Sailun failure ,that was NOT a blowout, but a tire starting to come apart from being run without air . No tire holds up in those conditions. To the credit of Sailun in my case the tire held together nicely, no damage to the wheel or fifth wheel. Have I changed my mind on Sailun ,not at all, why should I , when I read the horror stories of Goodyear tires tearing up fifth wheels, and the experience with Sailuns, no It will be Sailuns from now on. Bought my second set of Sailuns about four months ago, to replace the Westlakes that were on the new fifth wheel we bought. There is no better G or H rated fifth wheel tire on the market then the Sailuns, hands down the better tire then any other brand. Its been proven for several years now. Track record is just second to none . Full dance card or not ,you were unfortunate same as I ,tires can have a failure , but I want the best chance at not having a failure. I would not even consider a different brand ,especially in a G or H rated tire .
cummins2014 09/24/20 08:22am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Water-less RV washing

Thanks! Stuff looks pretty highly rated. Ordering some. Its good stuff ,use it on my truck, and car also .
cummins2014 09/20/20 09:30am Fifth-Wheels
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