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RE: Ram 2500/Cummins

Yup got the truck - beautiful and love it. Reading here from you guys just thinking it won’t do the job. $70 grand is a hard hit if it won’t do the job!. Speaking with the dealer they tell me the pin weight of a 13,000 lb 5th wheel should be around 1800 lbs; but the specs on the trailer say 3300. You have a PM.
richclover 11/19/21 07:42am Fifth-Wheels
RE: When do Snow Birds head south??

Southbound, I-15 through UT for the last two days. Many Canadian license plates on a variety of vehicles. Nice to see!
richclover 11/10/21 06:46am Snowbirds
RE: Furnace flames cycles off before temp is reached

The furnace has a safety feature that turns off the flame when it reaches an unsafe temp. The fan continues to run in order to lower the temp. Then the flame can come back on if the room temp has not reached the set temp. Your furnace is doing what it supposed to do. However I would make sure that there are no blocked heater ducts as low air flow can cause problems. That’s exactly how mine works.
richclover 11/07/21 07:35am General RVing Issues
RE: When do Snow Birds head south??

This Thursday during a good weather window. Spot reserved November through April.
richclover 11/01/21 07:25am Snowbirds
RE: Nice Story fellow RVer

All good stuff! I’ve been helped more than once and do my share when needed. A lady had hooked up her bumper pull camper at the storage lot. I was there, checking on my 5’er, and followed her out the gate. About 3 blocks later, as she turned onto a main, 4-lane street, her hitch slid out of the receiver. She dragged the trailer by the safety chains into the center (5th), lane. I stopped in front of her truck and offered help. First we chocked her camper. She was pulling the jack out of her truck when 2 oil company service trucks pulled up. 2 guys much younger than me, jumped to the task as a city police officer parked his truck, lights on, to provide a safer work place. All done in 10 minutes. A very embarrassed lady was thankful and promised not to forget her hitch pin again.
richclover 10/22/21 07:21am General RVing Issues
RE: Camping in sub freezing weather

Howdy Rich, Glad that you had a good outing! Were any animals harmed during your outing? :B memtb Wife and I went for the camp, don’t need the groceries. Others, however, were successful in saving a few from suffering through another winter.
richclover 10/19/21 06:18am Beginning RVing
RE: Camping in sub freezing weather

Agreed, Todd. Wife and I just returned from the yearly October camp (which happens to coincide with elk hunting season). Another “test” on the relatively new 5’er. Nice and warm, nothing froze. Temperatures at night in the mid-teens F. Burned through lotsa propane, thermostat set at 55 night and 60 at wake up. A really fun camp with good friends. Yes, Fun!
richclover 10/18/21 06:01pm Beginning RVing
RE: Best UTV for trails This trail model is 50” wide, same as an ATV. We have a few forest service trails in our area that are width restricted. Mine is a Maverick Sport Max (4 seater), and is 60” wide. I’ve been happy with it.
richclover 10/10/21 07:14am Toy Haulers
RE: Biden to restore 3 national monuments cut by Trump I found this article on KSL news, Salt Lake City. Sorry I haven’t yet figured out how to make it just a click.
richclover 10/09/21 07:14am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: surge guard

I’ve got the Watchdog 50A hardwired. Has worked great. Once it warned of a dead leg at a pedestal. The other time it shut down power due to over voltage (129V). Reset it and it showed voltage at 127. This was in the middle of the night when power consumption was low, so voltage spiked. It’s blue tooth so it showed up on my phone within a second of turning off. Mine is a portable model. Already paid for itself. Last June in a small park. Very hot afternoon arrival and only one spot available. Every air conditioner in the park was running. Shortly after hooking up our Watchdog shut off the 50-amp power. The code showed low voltage. Park manager’s meter showed 108 volts. IIRC, the Watchdog shuts down at 107. I was offered a refund for the minimal 50-amp charge and survived on one A/C unit plugged into 30-amps with adapter. We all know that running A/C units on low voltage isn’t good.
richclover 09/14/21 06:50am Class A Motorhomes
RE: black tank wont drain

Tank Flush You can buy an adapter like this and hook up a hose. It water goes into the tank you are OK. If the water just flushes back out the valve is broken and stuck closed. Get the model with the gate valve.
richclover 08/23/21 06:54am Tech Issues
RE: Need advise from the Ram Owners

"Never tow my camper with gas … again, ever." Pepsid complete does wonders with that. No, I don’t need the Pepsid. Diesel fuel works just fine ;)
richclover 08/13/21 04:48pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Need advise from the Ram Owners

I’ve had zero problems with mine. About 800 miles on a 2.5 gl jug of def. Towing. Never tow my camper with gas … again, ever.
richclover 08/12/21 05:48pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Need advise from the Ram Owners

“…There are some downsides to the gas, or upsides to the new 1000+ ft-lb diesels: 1. You can accelerate up almost any hill pulling heavy loads. 2. You have an exhaust brake.…” I’ve done a lot of towing with gas engines. My flatbed, with CanAm loaded, rides nicely behind the Hemi. The 5’er needs more. Cummins for me.
richclover 08/06/21 05:20pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Need advise from the Ram Owners

I’m going to buy a Ram 3500 SRW in November and my dilemma is gas or diesel. I have owned a 02 Cummins for 17 years and it was ole reliable. I only drove it 90,000 in those 17 years and really don’t drive crazy miles. We usually take the DW ‘s car on trips as we are seasonal campers at the moment. Anyway I’m retiring and will be traveling the winter months from November to April in the South. Maybe a trip West in summer time. I’m concerned that a new diesel with the all the new emissions and DEF regen won’t cut it as the other 7 months it will be a grocery getter. We are going to be purchasing a FW early next year with a pin weight of 2100 lbs and a GVW of 11,000. Any input would greatly be appreciated. Cummins.
richclover 08/06/21 07:18am Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing My Boat Behind My Fiver'

The forum really is slow when you have this few of comments on what is always a hot topic that causes many to get their panties in a bunch. I've towed a boat tandem behind my 5er since about 1999. I have not towed through the states that you mention, but I'll share my experiences and you can take them for what they are worth. Probably goes without saying, but towing tandem isn't for everyone. You really need to think ahead (stopping for fuel can be challenging), backing up is very difficult, and it is very hard on your equipment. I had a hitch custom fabricated to the back of my 5er, and then had it re-enforced later. I am sure I have towed tandem for over 50,000 miles. During that time I had the shackles holding the axles of my first 5er fail, I had the first hitch on the back of my 2nd 5er crack, and the weld on my fold away tongue on my boat crack. Maybe some of that would have happened without towing tandem, maybe not. Moral of the story, keep a close eye on all your components. Towing tandem also degrades the ride within your truck. When you add the boat tongue weight to the back of the trailer you lose some pin weight (which never really was a problem), but you also create a fulcrum, and every bump you hit is magnified. Truck hits a bump, it bounces, then the 5er hits and it bounces, which bounces the truck, then the boat hits which bounces the 5er which bounces the truck. A good bump will go through the train a couple of times. I can pretty comfortably tow the 5er solo 12 hours a day, but add the second trailer, and at the end of a 12 hour day I am really wiped out. I have not towed through any states that prohibit the practice, but I have been over length in most states. What my personal experience is (at least regarding that) is that LEO do not enforce that regulation. The boat that I towed the most was a 21' sterndrive that I kept for about 10 years. It was about 5500 pounds going down the road, and is the most that I personally will tow. To me, the limitation isn't what the truck is capable of towing, it is the limitation of the strength of the frame on the 5er. I sold that boat back in 2014, replaced with a 23' inboard that weighs 7000 pounds, which I towed tandem once, and won't do again. When we go camping at the lake with that boat now, we take two vehicles. I do have a 17' Ranger fishing boat that weighs somewhere around 3000 pounds that I still tow tandem (which really is a LOT easier and much less noticeable). To me, at least with a 5000 pound or less boat, towing tandem is still worth the trade offs of either not taking the boat, or taking a 2nd car. But, like I said, it isn't for everyone. And to those that will tell you that you are at risk in an accident, and your insurance will deny a claim, I simply say read your policy. Insurance is regulated, and if there is a peril that is not covered it needs to be listed as an exclusion. I have never seen a policy exclusion of either towing a trailer tandem, or something that would deny a claim for an accident while breaking a law. Quite simply, insurance covers accidents, and it doesn't matter if you are towing tandem in a state that doesn't allow it, or towing over the weight rating of your truck, or speeding, or drunk (or all the above), an accident will be covered up to your limits of liability. Trailer brakes on that 5000# boat rig?
richclover 07/22/21 09:01pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Can tires be off ground on auto leveling system?

when we pulled into our campground yesterday, the auto-leveling system was off a bit. I had to raise one side a bit and then noticed that two of the tires on one side were between 1/4 and 1/2 inch off the ground. I don't feel comfortable with this, but since this is the third time out with our 5th wheel, I wanted to know if this is acceptable, or if I need to make some adjustments. Mine does the same when leveling parked diagonally in my driveway. Left tires are both lifted an inch or two off the ground. Several days at a time and no problems noted. I’ve seen class A coaches with front wheels off the ground when leveled on some of the spots at our winter runaway park for extended periods.
richclover 06/22/21 07:08am Tech Issues
RE: Bonehead Blunder, I'm an idiot!

Something I learned from flying, always use a checklist and ALWAYS do activities in the same order. If something gets out of order, START OVER and do it again. Even that's not perfect. Friend was a 747 check pilot and watched an experienced crew got things out of order, and they missed a major check item, landing gear down and locked. He told them to run the checklist again, and sat there in amazement when they "mouthed" the words and missed it again. They went back for recurrent training. I've tried to maintain the same walk around discipline, what am I supposed to be checking here, and actually touch the item to confirm it's correct. I've never done complete mental walk around when stopped for a short period of time, but given the example above that someone took the clip off, maybe I should change that up. Right, the checklists were mandatory. Using the instrument panel, or camper/hitch, as the checklist works, too. Five items to check when hooking up my 5’er. Then an unhurried walk around, twice, looking for extended jacks, open windows, unlatched doors, slides and awning fully retracted, lights and rear camera working. When the inevitable campground neighbor comes by to chat (distraction), the process starts from the beginning. I do the same checks during every stop along the way. Happy Trails and Safe Travels!
richclover 06/22/21 07:00am Towing
RE: Bonehead Blunder, I'm an idiot!

I have done some stupid things in my time, made some serious mistakes, but this one is really a major screw up on my part. Went to grab the TT from storage, the gate broke, I couldn't get in, called the owner, they came in and got the gate open. said they would wait and make sure I could get out. Now I am in a hurry to hitch up and get out of there. Grabbed the TT and away I go. Got home, usual pre-trip loading etc and the next morning we are off for a few days at a lake. Cool! :C 230K, 143 miles of highway later we get to our destination. I got out, walked by by hitch and saw this: My heart nearly stopped dead, I literally broke out in a panic sweat when I realized that I DID NOT put the pin in the hitch. How could I have done such an idiotic thing? Where was my head? I have a process, a method I follow for this and I failed, big time. Unbelievable that I drove that far, towing about 7500 - 8000 pounds and the thing didn't fall out of the receiver. I am astounded beyond words at my stupidity and the fact it stayed there all the way. Wow, just wow. I know we all do some dumb things, but this takes the cake for me. Yes, you were lucky! You’re not the only one who’s done the same thing. There was a lady hooking up her camper at my storage lot last summer. She was done and pulled out shortly before I left. A half-mile later I found her rig blocking one lane of a 4-lane city street. Trailer hitch on the ground and trailer held by safety chains from rolling backwards downhill. Another driver and I got the trailer chocked and the hitch jacked up so she could reconnect. A city police officer happened by, parked his truck behind us with lights on, and helped with the “rescue”. The lady reached into the pickup, retrieved the hitch pin and placed it properly. She just got in a hurry and forgot.
richclover 06/21/21 05:15pm Towing
RE: Good rest area arounf Buffalo Wyoming

Hey everyone. Part of our upcoming trip will be to drive from Sturgis to Cody Wyoming. Is there a good rest area around Buffalo,Wyoming? It will be s long drive and i know we will need to rest,eat and fill up with diesel.Thanks! There’s a Cenex on 16, across from the Holiday Inn Express. $ 3.19/gl, cheapest in Buffalo according to GasBuddy. Review says there’s room for larger RV’s. GasBuddy is my friend, given the increases in fuel prices. Wife and I just got home from a 3000-mi road trip to N WI. Diesel prices from $2.95 to $3.70. We had a fuel stop planned on I-90, Murdo, SD. Until I checked GasBuddy. 20 miles further east to Vivian and I saved $17.00. Happy Trails and Safe Travels!
richclover 06/16/21 06:37am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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