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RE: 5th wheel tires

We run LT’s on our 12,500# 5er no issues.
rhagfo 01/17/20 02:58pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: New truck batteries

Not due for batteries on the 2016 yet, but when the 2001 needed batteries I chose to get from the local Ram dealer OEM as many were reporting getting 7+ years out of them. I will see when the current OEM's start to fail. I replaced the batteries 9/29/2012 at 253,050 miles, I sold it 6/30/2019 at 315,000 miles. During the last six months the truck would set for a month between starts, fired up every time.
rhagfo 01/16/20 07:09am Tow Vehicles
RE: Verizon 5g as hotspot if anyone has it yet

And when it does roll out it will be limited to major cities. The 5G broadcast range is pathetic, a matter of feet not miles. I doubt it's anything RVers will need to concern themselves with until the do a major upgrade of the tech. True. From Verizon; The shorter wavelength means 5G can carry a lot of data much faster than 4G, but it also means a much shorter range. 4G wavelengths have a range of about 10 miles. 5G wavelengths have a range of about 1,000 feet, not even 2% of 4G's range. So roaming the country with 5G will be almost impossible unless they can somehow improve the range. Or built towers every 1,000 feet. This is why 4g will be around for a Long time. Just like the wireless devices used in business, time was 900 MHz one antenna covered 20,000 sq ft + with new data speeds for those devices need an antenna for about every 500 saw ft and everything in the building will interfere with the signal.
rhagfo 01/14/20 06:09pm Technology Corner
RE: Low cargo carrying capacity rant

Yep, our 32’ Copper Canyon has 2,106# of payload with a full fresh water tank, and full propane! Those are already deducted.
rhagfo 01/11/20 02:27pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Great new electrical connectors

They use the same style of jab in connector terminals on some switches and receptacles. Less then desireable connection. Rated for different gauges of wire but may not work well with small and large wire.I believe these are rated by code to allow to be covered in a wall without a J-box. In essence rated same as continuous wire by code. Sorry I don’t even need to look, code requires access to all wiring splices. You can NOT bury in walls!
rhagfo 01/11/20 07:39am Tech Issues
RE: Proposed new gun law for interstate travel

One can only hope something like this will pass someday. Kind of crazy that you can be all good and proper and become a felon by crossing a state line. Actually if all states followed the Constitution this would be a moot point. Speaking of that party that more than likely would never approve this seems to be constantly shouting "But the Constitution" but when it comes to measures like this, NOPE NOT GOING TO HAPPEN, we don't care what the Constitution says. State laws, what about local laws! What is allowed in one County or City, will get you arrested in another. Those that think taking guns from law abiding citizens, will solve the problem just are not thinking straight. Just like a "Gun Free Zone" It should read "Criminals Come here to shoot this place up, No Resistance"
rhagfo 01/10/20 06:54am General RVing Issues
RE: just saw my 1st 2020 F-350's

I gotta say, ALL of the big 3 have come a long way in the past 10 years.. I stopped on the way home tonight to look at the 2020 Lariat, 6.7, 4x4, Long Bed sitting at the local dealer .. curb weight - 7490# GVW - 12,400 listed payload on sticker - 4514 RAWR - 8300.. I may be wrong on that, but am pretty sure I saw that listed.. just for example, those numbers are a decent jump just from a 2015... payload is 1200# higher...GVW is 1,000# higher... curb weight is 1000# lighter...RAWR is about 1000 or 1200 higher... They are ALL making it easier to justify a SRW with those numbers... Pretty sure you are wrong on the GRAWR, 8,300# would require a tire rated at 4,150# each, 7,300# likely. Russ, I may very well be completely wrong on that number...The tires were rated at 3750 ea, I am sure of that . ..thats 7500 I was impressed by the other numbers, gonna check out the Rams next... I will say that my SRW has been nothing but rock solid, BUT I am only out on weekends in the summer and 1 trip at 2 weeks... IF and WHEN I start going more, it would be a DRW for sure, without thinking about it.. I am Just wasting time now, Christmas is over and I have no to do list on the Redwood, so I will waste my time looking at things I cant buy ! ! ! Just about all the weight of towing a 5th wheel goes on the TV Rear Axle. So 7300-4514 means the rear end would have to weigh in at 2786 to use that payload number. Probably not going to happen. All these high trailer towing numbers are hard to meet in the real world of towing. Well about 1/3 to 1/2 of the weight of the cab passengers and stuff, will go to the front axle, but even at that we are getting to the point where one can be within GVWR, but exceed rear axle and possibly tire rating. With our 2001 Ram 2500, I was 1,700# over GVWR, but still within both axle ratings.
rhagfo 01/10/20 06:40am Tow Vehicles
RE: just saw my 1st 2020 F-350's

I gotta say, ALL of the big 3 have come a long way in the past 10 years.. I stopped on the way home tonight to look at the 2020 Lariat, 6.7, 4x4, Long Bed sitting at the local dealer .. curb weight - 7490# GVW - 12,400 listed payload on sticker - 4514 RAWR - 8300.. I may be wrong on that, but am pretty sure I saw that listed.. just for example, those numbers are a decent jump just from a 2015... payload is 1200# higher...GVW is 1,000# higher... curb weight is 1000# lighter...RAWR is about 1000 or 1200 higher... They are ALL making it easier to justify a SRW with those numbers... Pretty sure you are wrong on the GRAWR, 8,300# would require a tire rated at 4,150# each, 7,300# likely. The payload is pretty impressive at 4,514, just would not want to be towing a 16,000# 5er on a SRW.
rhagfo 01/09/20 06:37pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 6 gal electric hot water heater upgrade

I’ve not seen a residential water heater without an anode. The 6 gallon in my shop needs the top removed to access it. Before installing a new water heater, remove the often over tightened anode and reinstall with Teflon tape and do not over tighten, this is so future service will be easy. Water conditions will determine how often an anode needs replaced. I replaced the one in my DD house, after a few tries with a 24' breaker bar, I just got out my impact wrench!
rhagfo 01/09/20 06:32pm Travel Trailers
RE: Keystone Montana for fulltiming??

I am a dietitian and my husband is a nurse. We are traveling, doing contract that are usually 3 months at a time. Right now we stay in air b&b’s usually but it’s so hard packing up and moving that often and it gets very expensive. Our poor pets get so stressed when we keep uprooting them. So, this is why we are going to get the 5th wheel. We have borrowed the in-laws trailer before and got a little idea of what it’s like. Because we have been on the road for about 6 months now we have already down sized considerably and just rent a uhaul when we move. My husband drives an F250 so we know what we can pull. We are a little worried that the Montana may be a little heavy. So the F250 can pull 15,900 lbs. Well at full GVWR of that 5er you really need a F350 DRW, while you might fit just under specs in a SRW you might not like the towing experience.
rhagfo 01/09/20 06:28pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 6 gal electric hot water heater upgrade

I would do it in a heart beat. We have a 40 foot two year old trailer with a Suburban gas/electric water heater, and as soon as it quits I'll replace it with a 6 gallon residential all electric one like I have at home. I figured I would maintain this in accordance with the book, and the first year I pulled out the anode to check it and it was still good. When I put it back in no matter how tight I snugged it, it leaked. I finally gave up and put a cheater bar on it and figure I would just leave it until it wears out and then replace it with something that is not junk. My electric one at home is 30 years old and has no anode. I have another one in a guest house that is 20 years old with no anode. On my last two trailer they were gas/electric with no anode and each of those were just drained once a year and I never had a problem like with this present piece of junk Guy Wow! You really hate gas hot water! I love having gas range and hot water, yes use electric for heat as we get it as part of the campsite. That said I love gas hot water, for the extremely fast recovery, even with two ladies taking showers before me I always had plenty of hot water, even with a 6 gallon tank.
rhagfo 01/09/20 06:04pm Travel Trailers
RE: 6 gal electric hot water heater upgrade

If you choose to go only electric, don't come back to this forum complaining about lack of Hot Water.
rhagfo 01/08/20 06:03am Travel Trailers
RE: Illinois state park alcohol rules

The park we'll be at is Illinois Beach State Park Looks like allowed in campground prohibited on the beach.
rhagfo 01/05/20 08:14pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Illinois state park alcohol rules

This is a case of don't ask a question that you really don't want to heat the answer to. Lots of states, & private CGs, have similar rules. They are there to provide a legal stick to beat rowdy abusers of alcohol with. Generally no CG is going to throw you out for possessing, even consuming alcohol at your site. There may be a few overzealous rangers here & there who are sticklers for every little rule. Like anything else drink responsibly. Keep it low key. Don't get obnoxious & disturb your neighbours & all will be well. Looking at the Illinois law it depends on the park and certain areas within those parks. This is likely due to too many wild drunken parties!
rhagfo 01/05/20 08:12pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: RV repossession question

I rented out to own my 5th wheel for someone to live in. They have defaulted on the rent. How do I repossess while they are still living in it? You list your location as Washington, I assume the state. Time to get a good property lawyer. It is likely going to cost a bit, you do have the fact they are in default on the agreement which will help. Things to consider, just how much skin do you have left in the game? Is it almost paid for, do you still have a loan out on it?
rhagfo 01/05/20 05:44am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Well didn't know it was Tumbleweed Season

Yes, they migrate through Hanford! They come down from the hills to get a drink of radioactive water! Is that why they were so big??
rhagfo 01/01/20 03:10pm Roads and Routes
Well didn't know it was Tumbleweed Season

Tumbleweeds close Hwy
rhagfo 01/01/20 01:55pm Roads and Routes
RE: Very Bad RV Wreck in Oregon

Not that it makes much difference of the results but a couple of questions arise about the where of the crash. "It took the Ilwaco Fire Department over an hour"... From Ilwaco it is at least a 30 minute drive to anyplace in Oregon and that includes a 5 mile drive across the Astoria–Megler Bridge. Some of the comments in the comments section seem to come from the towing company that is located in Ocean Park, WA. Oregon State Police isn't likely to have them on the call list unless it was an extreme emergency. And the poster that said "Most roads in Oregon have no guard rails;" must be a transplant. I am an Oregon native for 67 years and driven a vast majority of the roads in the state and have seen many miles of guardrails. I don't doubt you've seen many miles of guardrails, but the standard is no guard rails on the majority of roads throughout the State. I to am a lifelong Oregonian with now 4 years touring the us and sure, there are no guardrail roads in places in Oregon .. I’ve found the rest of the country no different. Where are you getting this sales tax / roads info from ? All roads .. everywhere are “built “up with gravel shoulders. Besides this crash was mislabeled and is a Washington crash. What about Washington state guardrails? On built up roads! I think they have a high sales tax but roads are generally from the fuel tax. Old time Oregonians are a little touchy when transplants start talking sales tax to fix problems lol I been here 26 years, and I find that native Oregonian's lack perspective. I've lived in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Florida, Texas, California(sorry) and Oregon. I did NOT advocate for any sales tax, nor do I believe guardrails should be everywhere, but in many places, they have them where their most needed(mountain passes and such), but not Oregon. You ever go from Eugene to Sisters or the other mountain passes? No guardrails. Pennsylvania has guard rails all over the place. What does happen is occasionally when someone gets killed going over a mountainside, they make some noise about guardrails but it goes no where(nor do I think it should) Don Well been an Oregonian for 23 years, before that a Washingtonian. Both states have guard rails where needed, and not where not needed. The job of the driver is to stay between the lines. I drive Hwy 47 in Oregon, there are places where the fog line is the edge of the flat surface, the ditch starts on the other side. If they tried to place guard rails there the post would be exposed for 8', likely little stopping power. I really feel for the couple in the accident, but they either both should have been in the cab, DW acting as a second set of eyes, and to keep the driver awake. OR the both should have been in the bed in the back, parked in some park, or parking lot.
rhagfo 01/01/20 01:51pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Black Ice Detectors

Constant downpour and 32*F does not make for black ice Surface temp below 32*F and a light rain makes for black ice formation (thin layer of ice where road surface shows thru) *Bridges, low areas are prime for 'black ice' Be attentive...look for pathes of road that looks NEW or DARKER then surrounding road area Tech Devices are available ....... Black Ice Devices...goggle Old-Biscuit pretty much hit the nail on the head. If it is pouring rain, that rain will warm the surface temperature of the road surface, if at or jest below 32 degrees you may have sleet or freezing rain. Freezing rain can put inches of ice on the road. If you are not getting any ice build up on vehicle surfaces you should be fine. The greatest black ice danger is after several days of subfreezing temperatures then either a heavy fog or light rain will create a skating rink!!!
rhagfo 01/01/20 05:53am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Thinking of replacing ASME propane tank

Have you checked with a propane dealer?
rhagfo 01/01/20 05:39am General RVing Issues
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