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RE: Scenic Routes/Places to See in WY, ID, MT, SD & E. CO

OP here. We just got back from our 10-day trip through SD, WY, and CO with our truck camper. Had a great time! In light of the fact we only had about a week to plan this trip, everything went very smooth. Thanks to everybody for their input--really helped!
otrfun 09/10/20 11:48am Roads and Routes
RE: Scenic Routes/Places to See in WY, ID, MT, SD & E. CO

Many thanks to everyone for all the great tips and suggestions! Just had this 2-week vacation window open up a couple of days ago, so very little time to plan. We did manage to make reservations for 2-3 days at Yellowstone yesterday. Agree, Busskipper, there's no way we can do 4 1/2 states justice in 2-weeks. We'll take our time and enjoy each stop. If we only make it to 1 or 2, that's fine. mockturtle/BarabooBob, see you both gave a thumbs up on Hwy 14A in WY. Any idea how this drive compares to the Million Dollar Hwy in CO in terms of grade and overall safety (guardrails or lack thereof)? We enjoyed the MDH, but if 14A is worse in this respect we'll probably pass--lol! Lastly, looks like we'll be traveling late Aug - early Sep. Any chance of snow/ice going through any of these passes? Any chance we'll see any change of colors? Thanks again!
otrfun 08/20/20 01:13pm Roads and Routes
RE: Scenic Routes/Places to See in WY, ID, MT, SD & E. CO

Tyler0215, Islandman, thanks for your input! Much appreciated. JAC1982, we look at I25 as the east/west division point for CO. We've given some thought to visiting Pikes Peak. That's about as far west (into CO) as we want to go on this trip.
otrfun 08/18/20 01:11pm Roads and Routes
RE: Hwy 84 in New Mexico from I-40 to I-25

Drove on US HWY 84 a few years ago. Don't remember road conditions being particularly bad. During the winter, be sure and check weather conditions beforehand (pretty high elevation in that area).
otrfun 08/18/20 10:14am Roads and Routes
Scenic Routes/Places to See in WY, ID, MT, SD & E. CO

Giving some thought to heading NW from Kansas for 10-14 days with our truck camper. Have tentative plans to visit Mt. Rushmore and possibly a 2-3 day stay at Yellowstone (reservations permitting; have noticed occasional cancellation openings). Other than that our plans are open. Can anyone recommend any of their favorite scenic routes and/or places to visit in WY, ID, MT, SD, and eastern CO? Visited western CO last year. Thanks!
otrfun 08/18/20 09:51am Roads and Routes
RE: Camping Suggestions for Florida Keys

Most of the above comments (ref high cost and limited availability) are based on a typical winter tourist season in the Florida Keys. However, with the pandemic surging in south Florida, it's definitely not going to be a typical winter tourist season in the Keys (the Oct Fantasy Fest has already been cancelled). The military campgrounds in Key West (with several hundred RV spaces) anticipate being closed for the remainder of the year.
otrfun 08/18/20 08:40am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: F450 vs Ram 3500 DRW tow vehicle

Both trucks will serve you well. Odds are you'll be able to get the Ram for significantly less money (especially if you're willing to travel out-of-state). We purchased our new Ram HD for many, many thousands less than a new Ford HD (both had the same MSRP; shopped nationwide). Took the money we saved and purchased a Ram OEM factory 8-year/120k bumper-to-bumper warranty and enough diesel fuel for 15,000 miles of heavy towing.
otrfun 08/10/20 07:44pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Hard Start kits: Supco SPP6 vs. Dometic #3310727.015

OP here. Learned a lot about inrush current/LRA in the last 6 years. Discovered start capacitors (with or without a PTCR) can potentially lower an RV a/c compressor's LRA about 3-5%. A Micro Air Easy Start (not available back in 2014) can lower a typical 55-70a RV a/c compressor's LRA as much as 50-60%---*huge* performance advantage vs. a standard start capacitor! Discovered paralleling two Honda EU2x00i's does double the continuous current output, but only increases the inrush current output about 10%. A whole lot cheaper (and a whole lot more effective) to purchase a $250-$300 Micro Air Easy Start vs. a $1000 2nd Honda to help reliably start an RV a/c.
otrfun 08/09/20 09:01am Tech Issues
RE: RV extended warrantee

Real important to read the fine print on these extended warranties. Most would be surprised by the number of exclusions they can use to refuse coverage on any number of items. Don't fall for the sugar-coated ("it covers everything") description of overage provided by an RV salesman. Very few (if any) extended warranties cover roofs, structural issues, frames, etc.
otrfun 08/07/20 07:42pm General RVing Issues
RE: Lance 830 with Ram 3500 Mega Cab

The manufacturer's COG is only accurate the day the camper left the factory. The COG is constantly changing. Adding/removing batteries, propane, gear, mods, water, etc. will move your COG forwards and backwards. How much weight you lose/gain on the front axle tells you more or less where your *current* COG is. That being said, the *factory* COG on our camper (almost 4k loaded) is about 4-6" behind the rear axle. Truck is a '16 Ram 3500 CC SB (same 6'4" bed as a SRW MegaCab). Zero handling issues.
otrfun 08/07/20 06:46pm Truck Campers
RE: 2019+ RAM HD with failed CP4-2 IP to get CP3's

It's possible a Ram endorsed CP4 to CP3 conversion is fake news, but what about the failures themselves? Have seen several reports of CP4 failures on Cumminsforum. One involved a 2020 Ram with 1,500 miles. BTW, there is some mention of a factory endorsed CP4/CP3 conversion in this thread. More fake news? I don't know.
otrfun 08/06/20 08:35am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2019+ RAM HD with failed CP4-2 IP to get CP3's

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otrfun 08/06/20 08:33am Tow Vehicles
RE: Payload Rating vs Tongue Weight

Thanks everyone for answering. I guess I still don't have a clear answer to may real question. Is there some reason that manufactures very often specify a tongue weight capacity of 10% the max towing capacity regardless of GVWR, GAWRFR, or GAWRR? I was even looking a a hitch component manufacturer the other day and on their website and they said to determine the tongue weight by calculating 10% GTWR. This conflicts with a 10-15% ideal weight on the hitch, and is basically forces the towing capacity to be lower than specified. In addition in the forums I keep seeing allowed tongue weight determined by taking GAWRR and subtracting the rear axle weight from a CAT scale. When people ask questions about tongue weight the answer seems to often neglect any reference to the tongue weight capacity specified by the manufacturer.Ideal/specific tongue weight will vary by application; however, generally speaking tongue weight should be 10-15% of the total weight of the trailer (bumper-pull). If your vehicle has a 5,000 tow capacity rating and 500 lb. tongue weight rating, you may find yourself unable to safely tow some 5,000 lb. trailers *if* they end up requiring 15% tongue weight (750 lbs.) to handle well. Every towing situation is unique. If your manufacturer recommends no more than 500 lbs. of tongue weight, then there are probably mechanical limitations (frame, suspension, driveline, receiver, etc.) that trump any axle capacity you may have based on the RAWR (rear axle weight rating). For instance, a Ram 3500 dually may have 6,000 lbs. of rear axle capacity (RAWR minus empty rear axle weight); however, the Ram OEM CAT V receiver is only rated for 1,700 lbs. so the maximum tongue weight this truck can support is 1,700 lbs.
otrfun 08/04/20 08:12am Tow Vehicles
RE: Backup Camera Replacement - AWESOME Help

This backup camera (~$110) has some great reviews on Amazon (78% 5-star, 2% 1-star). It's wireless and uses a license plate mounted camera. If your backup lights (a good power source for the camera) are close to the license plate that could make it a very easy install.
otrfun 07/30/20 05:46pm Tech Issues
RE: Timbrens vs Stableloads

We used Timbrens on our '16 Ram 3500 SRW (SRW has no upper overloads) for a short while. They work well to reduce sag, as long as you take the time to optimize the spacing between the Timbren and axle housing. Too much space reduces their effectiveness, too little space harshens the unloaded ride. Unfortunately, our camper is heavier on one side, so we replaced the Timbrens with airbags. We found airbags good for sag (plus each side is independently adjustable); however, once they're inflated above 25-30 psi they tend to get "mushy" with reduced side-to-side stability with a 3-4k in-bed camper on-board. Decided to try a set of lower Torklift stable-loads (stainless steel versions). They helped with sag, plus they increased stability because they mount more outboard then the airbags. We've found airbags (at 15-20 psi) and lower stable-loads are a great combination--providing reduced sag and improved overall stability.
otrfun 07/26/20 10:09am Truck Campers
RE: Walt Disney/Universal since Covid re-opening

Tough call by Disney to open-up in the midst of Florida's outbreak. Disney's focus is primarily kids. Got to wonder how many kids have the discipline to not touch their face during an entire day of boarding rides and entering/departing various venues? No doubt Disney disinfects as much as possible during the course of a day, but it's still a calculated risk for the kids, and their family.
otrfun 07/24/20 07:24am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Replacing PD 9145A

Turns out my 9145 didn't go bad as I thought - but I was reading about the charge wizard. I don't think mine has one assuming it would be wired or plugged in somewhere? If so, I see nothing external to the device itself. Is this something worth buying separate if I do end up keeping the 9145 converter? Seems it was an option with this device, yes?Older PD4145's don't have a Charge Wizard connector. Newer PD4145's (last 2-3 years??) have a brown, Charge Wizard connector located near the large toroidal coil.
otrfun 07/24/20 06:55am Tech Issues
RE: Easystart functionality built into RV AC units?

. . . I guess my question is, why are RV AC manufactures not including easystart/software capabilities directly into the unit? Or, are there actually units out there that does this and I can’t find them? It would seem like this would be a no brainier especially with the RV power limitation?If you're referring to a Micro-Air Easy Start (MAES), RV a/c manufacturers probably don't make them standard equipment because they cost $250-$300 each. As much as they would like to manufacture (and install) a MAES themselves (in-house), they cannot because the MAES is a patented device. However, some RV TT/camper manufacturers do offer it as an option. A MAES's primary purpose in life is to make an RV a/c unit easier to start with a smaller generator (by reducing the a/c's LRA). A MAES serves no useful purpose if you're powering your RV a/c with a properly functioning, dedicated, commercially powered =>15a circuit (i.e., shore power) or a larger generator. FYI: the MAES only functions when the compressor starts, for less than second. After that it ceases to function until the compressor starts again. The MAES has *no* effect on (and will not reduce) the continuous current draw of an RV a/c.
otrfun 07/20/20 05:05pm Tech Issues
RE: dodge 3500 frame

OP's truck is a 2009 Ram 3500. Ram made major changes to the 3500 frame in 2013 (2500 got similar changes in 2014). Have to wonder if the frame rail area around the rear seat (location of OP's problem) were strengthened/modified in 2013.
otrfun 07/20/20 09:12am Tow Vehicles
RE: For those of you towing with a one ton crew cab 6.5' box

What are the maxlengths you are towing? We are making the jump from a 37' bumper to bumper TT to a 5th wheel. We towed the TT with a Ford Excursion and traveled all throughout the midwest and CO, AZ, and other western states with no problems . . . thanks in advance for your replies.5th wheels are inherently more stable towing than a TT because all the pin/tongue weight is placed directly over the rear axle. As long as you're within your truck's payload/tow capacity ratings, I believe you're going to find towing most any 5th wheel with any late model HD diesel truck is going to be a step-up in stability vs. towing the 37' bumper-pull TT with the Excursion.
otrfun 07/18/20 10:45am Tow Vehicles
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