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RE: Saw my first 2020 GMC HD camping this weekend

Gotta have some bling, only so many cup holders you can put in..
hawkeye-08 07/09/19 05:49pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Uncle Frank gave me a 2006 32 ft Thor Wanderer

There is a Thor forum, perhaps someone there has what you need? http://www.thorforums.com
hawkeye-08 07/09/19 05:31pm Travel Trailers
RE: Front Cap Fading

Our 2013 has the fading, had it in 2013, factory no help. I am in the process of using the 3M compounds to polish, it looks good now, still needs final polishing and waxing. I expect it will need to be done twice a year to keep it nice... I will eventually get it painted and be done with it.
hawkeye-08 07/05/19 10:02am General RVing Issues
RE: Purchased TT (undisclosed salvage title came in the mail)

Don't expect anything from dealer, figure out the law regarding salvage titles in your state, then approach dealer to see if they will compensate you for the trailer having a salvage title. Keep your expectations low, stay calm. Worse case, you have a trailer that you can enjoy. Best case, dealer gives you some money back for not disclosing the salvage title. Don't get wrapped up this, or you will never enjoy the trailer. If they did a good job repairing and the trailer is solid, you have a good trailer.
hawkeye-08 07/01/19 09:23am Travel Trailers
RE: GM Yukon XL Denali Transmission Temps

Tru-cool 40K. Google or amazon it. I plan on getting this one for my 2011 GMC Sierra 2500HD (thermal bypass model).
hawkeye-08 06/17/19 04:40pm Tow Vehicles
RE: GM Yukon XL Denali Transmission Temps

We had a 2008 GMC Yukon XL Denali, it did get warm towing the 7k travel trailer. Once the transmission gets up to engine temp, they both climb together. We posted on this forum back then and one of the members had emailed factory and gotten a response. My own research agrees. We traded to 2011 GMC 2500HD and heavier trailer, but if we were keeping the Denali, I was going to put after market trans cooler on. This is the response they got. I was also concerned at one pointhowever and contacted GM with the question. There answer was: Good Morning! Thank you for giving me the time to do some research on your concern with the transmission temperature. I have consulted one of our dealers and am happy to inform you that I have the information you’ve requested. The normal operating temperature is between 160°F to 200°F (71°C to 93°C). For towing, the normal operating temperature is between 235°F (113°C) to 260°F (127°C).
hawkeye-08 06/17/19 04:04pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Why 4.1 axle?

Your reasoning sounds good, but with the 6 speed transmissions, 3,73 gears will result in less towing capacity and worse fuel economy. With the 4.10 gears, you start out easier and your transmission shifts through the gears as needed. You loose some top end, but likely don't ever drive that fast anyway. There are some spreadsheets folks have done showing the gears, rpms, etc. My brother asked what I had on my truck and what I would order differently, I would order 4.10 gears (did not think about it with 6pd trans enough) and I forget to get the 5th wheel prep (we tow bumper pull now, but wanted to ready for 5th wheel if we changed later). He bought a new truck just like mine, except 4.10 gears and he loves it towing their ~10k lb trailer. Note: we both have gas trucks, diesel I would get the 3.73
hawkeye-08 06/13/19 11:41am Tow Vehicles
RE: How does everyone transport their kayak

I have a bed cover that leaves the stake pockets open, then I put on Trac Rac with Kayak brackets (two kayaks are flat, the middle one on J brackets).
hawkeye-08 06/13/19 11:30am Travel Trailers
RE: Battery Destroyers Rejoice

I too long for the days when things were made well, both designed well and built well. I don't socialize much since I have lost my patience with stupid people, people that are not able to think for themselves, people that can't handle an honest discussion.
hawkeye-08 06/10/19 12:31pm Tech Issues
RE: Very low cost backup-camera using WiFi cameras?

Another member has a wifi setup.. https://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/29904823.cfm
hawkeye-08 06/10/19 12:09pm Technology Corner
RE: My WiFi backup/security camera & trailer network project

Nice! I have some similar ideas (certainly have the old routers part covered), Been thinking on the cameras. Be sure and give an update after a few trips and let us know how it is working.
hawkeye-08 06/10/19 12:06pm Technology Corner
RE: Fridge failing - on the road ***Updated to include fix***

Glad you got it fixed. I bookmarked the Norcold guy website.
hawkeye-08 06/10/19 11:42am Travel Trailers
RE: Propane tanks

My Dad laughed at me when I told him I keep one tank turned off, that I manually switch over when one runs out, even though I have an automatic changeover gizmo. He doesn't laugh now as he had a propane leak, had it on auto and when the furnace died in middle of the night, both his tanks were empty. Ruined his trip (his wife was not happy). Please note, we don't camp often enough or cold enough to run out of propane most years, so handling the switch over manually is not a big deal.
hawkeye-08 06/10/19 11:24am Travel Trailers
RE: Rear-Living TTs: Likes, dislikes, features, models...

***We had a Terry 26' with no slide and rear bedroom, loved the front kitchen but it was bit more than our Yukon XL could handle comfortably.*** HA! We currently have a Terry 27 ft half bunkhouse with no slide... Towed it with a 1/2 ton Suburban for several years, now have a 2500 Suburban. I did not join the weight police, but the truth of both sides became clear. The 1/2-ton did OK, but it really was maxed out. The 3/4-ton doesn't PULL it any better, but the big leaf springs and big tires, and big brakes...it handles better and doesn't have the maxed out feel. Don't get me wrong- the camper makes the 3/4 ton work hard, and you must drive smartly and safely, but the 3/4 ton "handles it" with "improved comfort"...more about the suspension! I acknowledge a bigger motor and different rear end, but the actual pulling is not that much different. Yep, it was the soft suspension and p metric tires that made it not the most comfortable, but if I went to LT tires, then my wife's daily driver would not be as nice.. glad we got the truck, she has a Tahoe now for her daily driver.
hawkeye-08 06/07/19 02:02pm Travel Trailers
RE: Dealer Service Rant

While in college, I worked at Sears automotive center, covered the service writer desk at night during the week and on Sundays. People are very trusting of their mechanics normally... it was pretty easy to sell work that was needed. Shop manager started his own shop the same time I graduated, he had a booming business in short order, 7 mechanics went with him, he wanted me to join him, but I wanted to try my college degree out.. Every business has idiots, some more than others. it is always a nice surprise when the idiot is helping someone else..
hawkeye-08 06/06/19 06:06pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Rear-Living TTs: Likes, dislikes, features, models...

We had a Terry 26' with no slide and rear bedroom, loved the front kitchen but it was bit more than our Yukon XL could handle comfortably. It had the power and braking, just too soft of suspension. My wife decided to trade her Yukon XL Denali in on GMC Sierra 2500HD so I had a better towing experience. It was much better, we thought it was pretty good, but the truck is so much better. Then with the truck, we decided we could get a bigger trailer. We really liked the rear bedroom, front kitchen, but found an Arctic Fox 27T that we really liked. It was an older unit, we wanted something newer so kept shopping, always coming back to the 27T. Fast forward to 2014 when we found a used 2013 that fit our budget. Rear living (two chairs in back with large picture window, couch and table on slideout. We really like it. One thing we wish we could bring the slide in without moving the chairs (we have to move them out of the way of the slide into doorway). It is not bad, but the Arctic Fox 33U was a bit longer in the back so the chairs stay put with the slide in. It also has a slideout in bedroom for the wardrobe. Our 27T has limited storage and we are learning that we don't need everything every trip.. My advice, when you find one you like, see if you can use the bathroom with the slide in, see if you have to move things around to put slide in. We've had 9 people in ours (weather made us go in), playing games, talking, was crowded but not too bad. I think we will get the lexan panels for the screen door (so AC can run and we can see out better on curb side when we are in trailer).
hawkeye-08 06/06/19 05:39pm Travel Trailers
RE: 2015 GMC Sierra Denali-catastrophic fuel pump failure

First, sorry to the OP for your troubles, hope it works out for you. We thought about a duramax back in 2010 when we ordered my truck, but our usage just did not make sense, so gas motor for us. Then I start reading about issues with the CP4 pumps and cost of repairs. WOW.
hawkeye-08 06/04/19 03:17pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Sway issues

Often "P metric" tires are the culprit. They are for nice soft ride, but leave a bit to be desired when towing.
hawkeye-08 05/31/19 11:59am Travel Trailers
RE: New mattress recommendations for not petite people?

We replaced the mattress in our last trailer with memory foam from Walmart, but current trailer we watched Craigslist and found a sleep number queen nearly brand new for $300. We have sleep number king at home and have had for over 20 years. It took awhile to find one, but had patience.
hawkeye-08 05/30/19 03:04pm General RVing Issues
RE: Mind teaser, tech issue..

Had some flaky things happen on my 2011 GMC Sierra, found a mouse nest under cover on engine.. cleaned it out, found the insulation eaten on several wires, and one wire was mostly gone. I taped the wires with missing insulation, repaired the wire with piece missing. I then connected my OBD tool and reset the code it had set. All good, that was a couple years ago now.
hawkeye-08 05/30/19 02:21pm Tow Vehicles
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