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RE: 2023 Chevy Colorado and GMC Canyon

The so-called "compact" trucks have been "barely smaller than full size and offer no real advantage unless you like riding shoulder-to-shoulder with your best buddy" for a long long time now.
mkirsch 11/22/22 01:53pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Truck starts on its own

Do "all the lights on the dash" normally flash when the remote start is used? Not on my 2015 Chevy Silverado. Dash doesn't even light up. Lights flashing on the dash to me is an indication of something not-normal going on. I would NOT push the truck outside, as that might be the desired result here. If it's hackers driving around the neighborhood looking to see what vehicles start, you might find it missing one morning.
mkirsch 11/21/22 09:03am Tow Vehicles
RE: Hardside TC for 3900 pound payload shortbed

What are some of the choices in Truck Campers to go on a Ram 3500 shortbed? Hardside, wet bath, no slide, less than 10 years old. Payload sticker reads 3900 pounds. Cummins HO motor. Will also be towing 3500 pound single axle boat trailer. Long term Boondocking not important. Telling you to look for a specific brand and model is generally futile. We don't know what's commonly available in your area. We don't know how far you're willing to travel or what your budget is. My recommendation is to do some ground-pounding. Do any of your local RV dealers handle TCs? Check their inventory regularly. Watch Craigslist and Facebook marketplace. Check with some of the bigger well-known dealers like Truck Camper Warehouse. You will quickly become familiar with the brands and models yourself, and get a better idea of what will work for you, and what won't.
mkirsch 11/21/22 08:44am Truck Campers
RE: Aluminum vs Steel flatbed

Aluminum is not immune to corrosion either. It can be worse than steel. Aluminum + steel + salt + moisture = battery = galvanic corrosion.
mkirsch 11/18/22 09:36am Truck Campers
RE: Electric Jack Issue/ Battery Storage

Trying to overcome a dead battery, especially multiple dead batteries, can sometimes yield odd results. It drives me nuts watching these "revival" videos on youtube where the host takes one of those wimpy little jump packs, clamps it on to a stone dead battery, and then spending the next 30 minutes scratching their heads as to why the car won't turn over. Occasionally you can get away with that, but most times you really need to take the dead batteries out of the equation so they're not pulling the entire system down. It is entirely possible that your truck's charging system was working fine, but it is not designed to jump start a dead battery. The charge line is 10ga at best. Jumping the battery worked because jumper cables are much heavier and could pass a lot more current.
mkirsch 11/18/22 09:33am Truck Campers
RE: Dealers lots are filling up

They NEVER bought brand new cars. Yeah, "be fiscally responsible, buy used cars." They don't manufacture USED cars. They only manufacture NEW cars. Put another way, someone has to buy the NEW cars in order for there to be any USED cars out there to be "fiscally responsible" with. Unless you buy some clapped-out chitbox, the cost of used these days doesn't pencil out. You pay almost-new price for a 3 year old used truck with 45,000 miles on it, except with no discount off "list," less on trade-in, no dealer incentives (which Town Chrysler Dodge Jeep in Buffalo are offering on their RAM pickups, BTW), and worse financing terms. Heck my bank won't loan money on a vehicle >5 years old!
mkirsch 11/16/22 07:15am Tow Vehicles
RE: Dealers lots are filling up

Our means have not kept pace with the price of goods and services, even if you don't consider recent events. Work harder, get a better job, right? You need to be pulling in a 6-figure income to have the buying power of the average family in the 1950's. There are only so many middle management jobs out there. You're not wrong about the cost of goods and services, but a young person doesn't need to be middle management or even have a college degree to make six figures, at least in my area. In my job I talk with lots of folks in the construction trades, mostly sprinkler fitters and fire alarm technicians, who are screaming for qualified apprentices. Once they make journeyman that six figures is a reality. Where they run into problems is finding people who are actually willing to show up every day, work hard, be eager to learn and get cold, dirty and uncomfortable once in a while. When they make journeyman, sure. Correct me if I'm wrong but in most trades, getting to journeyman is a SEVEN YEAR MINIMUM commitment. During that time you work for minimum wage, or even for free, as an apprentice, sweeping floors and doing very little related to the trade, all while being treated like dirt. Then you'll turn around and grouse about how young people need to be coddled and hand-held, right? It's not either-or. There is a middle ground between abusive and coddling. Don't give me "That's how I came up through," because times have changed. Obviously the old way doesn't work anymore because you're short on skilled workers.
mkirsch 11/16/22 06:59am Tow Vehicles
RE: Bracket to relocate jack

If the bolts are just ripped out of the wood, and the wood is not actually broken, get yourself some hardwood dowel that's larger than the ripped out hole. Drill the holes out to the size of the dowel. Glue the dowel in with plain old wood glue. Then you can re-drill the holes and reinstall the original bracket in its original location.
mkirsch 11/16/22 06:43am Truck Campers
RE: Dealers lots are filling up

:)There are a few advantages to being old. Seriously, what happened to 36 months and buying within our means? Our means have not kept pace with the price of goods and services, even if you don't consider recent events. Work harder, get a better job, right? You need to be pulling in a 6-figure income to have the buying power of the average family in the 1950's. There are only so many middle management jobs out there.
mkirsch 11/15/22 10:17am Tow Vehicles
RE: Dealers lots are filling up

Yup, this whole "collusion" is a tenuous, temporary cease-fire at best. Sooner or later someone will blink, then everyone will blink, and it will be back to the way it was, or worse/better (depending on which side of the argument you're on).
mkirsch 11/14/22 01:38pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Truck wants $$$

The ideal solution would be to replace the wiring harness with new, or you will just be chasing after little "gremlins" until you run out of Unfortunately a new wiring harness for this truck probably does not exist. We've thought about replacing the wiring harness more than a few times. The dealership (s) have never said we couldn't get a new WH. They've just said since they can't recreate the issues...they didn't want to replace a WH and then find out that wasn't the problem. Given the other comments about wiring... it would seem prudent TO replace an old WH. When you renovate an old house...or even a vintage vehicle... you do have to do some restoration and replacements. Dealerships love to get your hopes up and then dash them with "parts no longer available." Your truck is 19 years old. They're only legally obligated to keep parts in stock for 10 years.
mkirsch 11/10/22 12:42pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Four Wheel Campers

I was looking on the four wheel campers site and they have gotten pretty expensive. They always have been expensive for what they are. That's why they're not more popular. For the same money or less you can get a fully appointed camper. Actually they are very popular and the reason that you don't see more is they have limited production unlike the vast majority of RV builders that added "capacity" to deliver units, but failed at delivering any kind of quality or workmanship. Nor will they have to lay off workers when the overall RV business slows. If the campers were popular they would add production capacity to keep up with demand, set up a dealer network, etc.. They are leaving vast amounts of money on the table if they are intentionally refusing to keep up with demand to artificially inflate the perception of their product. Fact of the matter is people gravitate to cheaper. They are going to lose out to a camper that sells cheaper with more features, every time. That's why they are a niche product in a niche market, and always will be.
mkirsch 11/10/22 12:32pm Truck Campers
RE: Guide for Narrowing Bigfoot Cabovers?

You're looking at a major long shot after 10 years, and frankly I don't think there's any magic to it. It's not like there is a hidden jackscrew that you can twist that narrows up the base of the camper. You just have to peel back the skin and go for it. If it's cheap enough and you have the place, time, and ambition to do the work, go for it.
mkirsch 11/10/22 12:28pm Truck Campers
RE: Truck wants $$$

The ideal solution would be to replace the wiring harness with new, or you will just be chasing after little "gremlins" until you run out of Unfortunately a new wiring harness for this truck probably does not exist.
mkirsch 11/10/22 07:57am Tow Vehicles
RE: The end of an era.

Uh, this was just a joke thread, not meant to get the whole thing going again. LOL Just a light hearted search for a chuckle. :) Yeah, but you know exactly what's going to happen. Gee, let's open a new thread pointing out that an old controversial thread has been closed... Management loves that...
mkirsch 11/09/22 07:13am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2018 Wolf Creek 850 wiring diagram

I've identified all the wires (1 was from the solar charge controller and the other is for external panels if you have them) but one last thing that is a mystery.... The largest red power cable from the battery does not appear to come up under the sink and I cannot find where it terminates. I can see it go from the battery box under the floor towards the front but then it's lost. The same for the largest negative cable. Not sure what other compartments I can open up to find it! Heads toward the front? I would suspect that they come out at the umbilical that goes to the truck.
mkirsch 11/09/22 07:07am Truck Campers
RE: Help needed. moving a 5th wheel with badly cracked frame

I kinda figured the tires rubbed and blew out on the road...
mkirsch 11/08/22 11:50am Towing
RE: Four Wheel Campers

I was looking on the four wheel campers site and they have gotten pretty expensive. They always have been expensive for what they are. That's why they're not more popular. For the same money or less you can get a fully appointed camper.
mkirsch 11/08/22 11:30am Truck Campers
RE: Help needed. moving a 5th wheel with badly cracked frame

If it can be moved enough to get it off the road, it can be moved enough to get it on a lowboy. Over height/permit issues are the towing company's problem, and it's most certainly not their first rodeo. Most likely there is an exemption for "emergency" tows. Let them worry about it. Portland Heavy Towing is the first result in google. I would start there. They may be able to block and chain the axle and frame well enough to get the trailer where it needs to go without loading it. It's been a couple of days. Certainly this trailer is not still sitting on the side of the road?
mkirsch 11/07/22 01:41pm Towing
RE: New B & W WD trailer hitch

I must be missing something. I don't see anything about that hitch that would make me want to change from standard torsion bars. I have been hooking up torsion bars for 50 years and haven't had much trouble out of them. Not having to handle the trunnion bars or fight with snap-up brackets are a couple of big advantages. But they're probably not expecting you to scrap your existing hitch for this one. What they're looking for are new buyers who come in with preconceived notions about conventional hitches.
mkirsch 11/07/22 01:30pm Towing
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