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RE: Ford 7.3 gas burner mpg hauling TC

I've never been able to fuel up as cheaply as I did this summer. What I found funny is that over the Labor Day weekend there was a piece on the national news wherein some "expert" told the nation that gas prices would be dropping as soon as the Labor Day weekend was over and folks weren't driving so much Since then our gas prices have risen 30 cents a gallon.
deserteagle56 09/17/20 11:03am Truck Campers
RE: Effect of weight on braking for trucks.

What I notice about 80mph speed limits is pretty much no one is speeding. Where's the revenue opportunity in that? I don't know where you are driving to see no one is speeding. 80 mph is the speed limit here in Nevada on the freeways - and every week our local paper has a list of the Californians the Nevada Highway Patrol nabbed for doing 100+. One was over 120! But you are correct - it seems that I, and most other drivers I see, find 80-85 as fast as we need to go. There's always a few that just have to push it........
deserteagle56 09/12/20 02:54pm Truck Campers
RE: Gas mileage last trip.

The new ten speeds are a game changer for gassers If they had put a 6 or a 10 speed in the old 460,it would have been a game changer..My last two 460's have averaged over 10 mpg loaded and that's with the old E4OD tranny both loaded to about 10,500...I had one 454 that got 8 mpg no matter what I did and my last logging truck got 4 mpg..laffin Never had that good mileage with my 460 engines. The last two (F250 and F350) were both manual trannies/4.10 gears and I still have the fuel/mileage logs I kept for them. 11-12mpg empty and 8-9 mpg loaded.
deserteagle56 09/10/20 10:03am Truck Campers
RE: 2002 Lance 1025 on new Ford F-250 with camper package?

No reason for an F250 if you are ordering a new truck. An F350 is not much more in price but adds a lot more capability - yet unloaded, there's no appreciable difference in ride or driveability.
deserteagle56 09/03/20 01:40pm Truck Campers
RE: Has any one installed a Banks Brake on a manual Cummins?

PacBrake on mine. Love it!
deserteagle56 08/17/20 10:24am Truck Campers
RE: Wilderness camping and gun safety

I don't feel unsafe in the wilderness in a camper. But, I am generally armed when out and about. Humans worry me more than animals. ^ This is me also. I feel much safer out in the wilderness than I do in any city. I have also packed a wheelgun everywhere for the past 50 years (except Canada). In all those years I've never needed to shoot any animal that was threatening me. But there were a couple times when just having my .357 on my hip was enough to settle down some aggressive (and probably drunk) rowdies.
deserteagle56 07/15/20 09:41am Truck Campers
RE: Dometic RM2607 Refrigerator problem

Thank you for the replies. I put ice in the bottom drawers of the reefer and a bag of ice on the top rack, turned the reefer onto propane and started driving. When I got to my destination 4 hours later the thermometer in the reefer was at 40 degrees and it is still at 40 degrees this afternoon with the temperature hovering right at 100 degrees. It just surprised me that the reefer wouldn't cool as well on 120 volts as it did on propane. Wonder why? (and yes, the thermistor on the fins is up as far as it can go)
deserteagle56 07/12/20 04:19pm Truck Campers
Dometic RM2607 Refrigerator problem

I have a Dometic RM2607 reefer in my 1996 Bigfoot. First use this year - camper is plugged in to 120 volts. The freezer compartment is ice cold - has frost in it. The refrigerator portion is staying at 80 degrees despite running for 4 hours now! Any ideas?
deserteagle56 07/11/20 02:17pm Truck Campers
RE: Poll: How many 1T TC haulers have no modifications?

Bigfoot 2500 on a Dodge/Cummins DRW. No mods to drivetrains/suspension - none needed.
deserteagle56 06/29/20 10:06pm Truck Campers
RE: vibration

Sounds more like tire tread separation to me. Had that happen on a couple different BFG All-Terrains.
deserteagle56 05/12/20 12:48pm Truck Campers

I can tell you; having TPM-especially in a SRW -is a game changer. The new truck will have an OE system. Stay safe, Bill Couldn't agree more. I drive a lot of rocky dirt roads and it is wonderful to get that alarm and be able to pull over and stop before the tire is destroyed. For my 2007 rig that doesn't have OEM TPMS I bought an aftermarket setup that constantly displays the pressure AND temperature of each tire. Wish I'd had something like this years ago - would have saved me a lot of money for replacement tires.
deserteagle56 04/14/20 11:35am Truck Campers
RE: this 20 ton bottle jack? this air compressor?

When your tire goes flat, good luck with getting that bottle jack under the axle. Every one I've tried has been too tall - and if I managed to dig a hole deep enough to get the jack under the axle, then there was not enough lift with the jack to get the good tire on the truck.
deserteagle56 04/04/20 09:55am Truck Campers
RE: Desert Southwest suggestions

Be sure to factor in altitude when choosing locations. Speaking of the Grand Canyon, I would suggest the North Rim. Check for weather conditions and snow. Excellent post and excellent advice, Ranger Tim! Only caveat I have to add is that the North Rim of the Grand Canyon is only open 15 May to 15 October as the elevation is well over 8000 feet and depending on the year, can be snowbound in April. Same with Bryce.
deserteagle56 01/25/20 01:09pm Truck Campers
RE: Desert Southwest suggestions

In my prejudiced opinion Utah is the most beautiful state in the Union and you are leaving out most of it! I don't live there but I've been spending vacations there for the past 40 years and I still haven't seen half of what there is to see. Valley of the Gods is right at the base of the Moki Dugway mentioned above. Drive up the Dugway and follow the road north till you hit Utah 95. A mile or so west and you'll be at Natural Bridges National Monument. From there continue north up 95 towards Hanksville - the drive around the edge of Lake Powell at Hite Crossing will have you stopping and reaching for your camera. At Hanksville turn west on Utah 24 and drive through Capitol Reef National Park - stunning! At Torrey turn south on Utah 12 -acknowledged by most as one of the most scenic drives in the world. In just a few miles you'll be going from red rock canyons to tall pine forests and then down again to the town of Boulder and then Escalante. West of Escalante, stop and see Bryce Canyon National Park. Continuing west, you can hit Zion National Park or Cedar Breaks. So much to see! I wish it were easier to attach photos on this site....
deserteagle56 01/21/20 11:36am Truck Campers
RE: DRW back to SRW

I used to haul my slide-in campers on SRW rigs. Then I had a blowout on a rear tire with the camper on the back. All that weight way up high canted way over; I thought I was going to roll it before I got stopped. SRW works just fine for most things. But when you've got a load sitting in the bed that's nearly 13' high the extra stability of the dually, whether it be in high winds or dealing with a blowout, is worth it.
deserteagle56 12/30/19 11:58am Truck Campers
RE: Rear end ratios

When it comes to Superduty sizing, Ford, Dodge and Cheby all are pretty on the same level comparing options and pricing. To me its personal preference. Not sure if one is really any "better" than the other. To me it is dealer availability. If you live in Nevada (7th largest state) you have 3 locations with GM dealers. Reno area. Or 300 miles east in Elko. Or 450 miles southeast in Las Vegas. This was a GM corporate decision some years ago. The small town dealerships weren't doing enough volume for GM so they shut them down. I used to have a Chevy and a GMC dealer nearby in Winnemucca. GM shut both of them down. Fallon had a Chevy and GM dealer. GM shut both of them down. So why would anyone in rural Nevada buy a GM product? Why should I drive 170 miles to the nearest GM dealer when there is a Ford/Dodge dealership in every little town?
deserteagle56 12/25/19 09:34am Truck Campers
RE: Essential tools to carry; pole saw.

At what point does it end. Your rig will not fit where you feel you have a right to go. So you cut a tree. If you are on your property, I have no issue. On my property? No! Public property? If you can use a power saw to move trees, what is my limit on smoothing the trail? A shovel? A pick? Blasting? Obviously someone who has never been on public lands in the West. 87% of Nevada is owned by the Federal government and managed by either the Forest Service or BLM. There are thousand of miles of dirt roads running across those public lands...with one big problem - for the past 30+ years no money has ever been budgeted for maintaining those roads. So, if a road is washed out by a storm and you want to drive that road, it is up to you to make it passable. I carry a pick and a shovel for just that purpose. Some of those roads pass through groves of aspens, a very prolific tree. In just one year they can make a road impassable with the new branches they send over the roadway. Storms knock some of the trees over across the roadway. The Federal agency responsible is not about to send out a crew to prune trees or remove fallen ones. Pretty much everyone I know packs a chainsaw and if they come across a problem they take care of it.
deserteagle56 12/23/19 12:17pm Truck Campers
RE: Rear end ratios

" But good luck finding, let's say a new one ton vehicle, with more than 3.73 gearing." I may be wrong but I am almost sure the new GM one tons with the Duramax and 10 speed Allison has a 3:42 rear gear as the only option. ^^^ Depends on whether you are buying gas or diesel. Because diesel engines have all that low-end torque they don't need to have low-geared diffs. Gas engines need rpms to develop torque so they are the ones you can still buy with 4.10 or 4.30 ratios. I have a gas rig with V-10 gas engine that came with 3.73 gears and as someone above said, every time it came to a grade it downshifted and the tach soared to 3000 - 3500 rpm. I regeared it to 4.56 gears - made all the difference in the world as far as needing to downshift. My diesel also came with 3.73 gears, but even though it is packing the camper and pulling the jeep, there is so much torque at 1600 rpm that it does not need to downshift at all. Just motors on over the hill effortlessly.
deserteagle56 12/22/19 11:09am Truck Campers
RE: F150 vs. stupidity

^^^^ Again, the truck in this photo with the bent frame is a Chevy Colorado, not a Ford Ranger.
deserteagle56 12/20/19 06:55pm Truck Campers
RE: F150 vs. stupidity

Dang,The newer Fords must have an issue huh..All three on this page are Fords with broken beds and they weren't Nope. That last one is a Chevy Colorado. Not sure what that "Ranger" is all about. I was reading about the Colorado breaking like that on the Expedition Forums - guy was wheeling in Nevada when that happened.
deserteagle56 12/19/19 07:14pm Truck Campers
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