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RE: The cost of a Diesel Truck

OK, what is the replacement Diesel?????? Funny you should ask, I updated my signature about a month ago and it still hasn't showed up..... 2021 Chevrolet LTZ 3500
schlep1967 06/29/22 09:11am Tow Vehicles
RE: The cost of a Diesel Truck

It sounds like you sold your old truck too cheap unless it had a kajillion miles on it or was rusted out. I think I could get that for my 2004.5 which is about what I paid 9 years ago. The cost of diesel in Pennsylvania right now is around $6.25 a gallon slowing down those that are interested. The KBB price on it was $25,200 at the top end of private sale. I did alright.
schlep1967 06/29/22 09:10am Tow Vehicles
The cost of a Diesel Truck

I often see discussions on here about gas versus diesel. Most will agree that diesels pull better and generally last longer. Then the discussion of cost comes in and everything gets messy. I just wanted to share my recent experience with a diesel truck. I bought a 2007.5 Dodge Ram 2500 in November of 2008. I paid $41,038 for it new. I drove the truck for 13.5 years and sold it last night for $25,500. My cost per year was $1,150. Yes there were 12 quart oil changes along the way that cost me around $85 each time. My typical mileage running around locally was around 16 and towing was around 11. My point is, the towing advantage of a diesel really doesn't cost you all that much if you keep the truck clean and well serviced so you can recoup a good bit when it comes time to sell. Oh yea, the replacement diesel cost me twice as much as the 2007.5 did. I'll let you know how I do on resale in about 15 years.
schlep1967 06/29/22 07:30am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tight turn across narrow culvert?

All you need is a 6 foot log, some chain and a load of stone. Attach chain to log. Drag log into ditch. Cover log with load of stone and compact. Drive in. Shovel stone back out onto driveway. You can always use more stone on your driveway.. Drag log back out of ditch. Saw log up, split it and use it for campfire. Follow me for more great advice!
schlep1967 06/29/22 05:55am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Is It Worth It?

I just bought a new diesel. My thoughts are this, if you drive your truck twice as many miles when not towing as you do when towing, gas might be a better option. If your truck sits in the garage unless you are using it to tow a trailer, I'd go with the diesel. We are a two person two vehicle family. I work from home. If we go anywhere in the evening we are taking the car. The diesel truck I am selling now is a 2008 with 99,000 miles on it. I bought the truck to pull the camper and that is its main use.
schlep1967 06/23/22 12:13pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Low tree branches in my development ..Update

Start with the Township. The worst they can do is say no. Then ask the neighbors if you can trim the trees and be prepared to take the mess with you. Leave the area clean and tidy and they will not have a problem with you doing it again next year.
schlep1967 06/16/22 05:48am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Curiosity of RV Park parking?

Older parks and newer/LONGER campers. The state park closest to me you are not allowed to have anything parked on the grass. Many of the sites are not long enough to put the truck straight in front of the trailer. So parking sideways just barely getting the four tires on the blacktop is the best option. The other option is parking the truck in overflow parking 1/2 a mile away.
schlep1967 06/14/22 09:34am Fifth-Wheels
RE: E vs. D rated trailer tires

You will need to do some math. Look at the sidewall of your current tires for max weight capacity. It will look something like 2500 @ 60 max inflation. Take the Max number times the number of tires. In the example above 2500 x 4 = 10,000 lbs. If your trailer GVWR is less than the total amount you don't need a higher rated tire. If you do go to a higher rated tire you most likely would not need to run them at maximum pressure. There are tire pressure charts out there from most reputable tire manufacturers so you can match the pressure to the weight of the trailer. This would reduce some of the bounce.
schlep1967 06/14/22 07:11am Tech Issues
RE: 2021 Chevrolet 3500 SRW LTZ Bed Rail Height

My TPMS for the trailer allowed my 2022 3500 LTZ to save me from any damage yesterday. I had a tire start to run hot, and then start losing air. The notification captured my wife's attention (if only I could do that) and was stopped on the side of the road while still 20lbs of air. If your truck came with the sensors, I encourage you to have them installed. I got the truck used and there are no sensors with it. It has the capability to use them. Do I get them from GM or can I use an aftermarket sensor?
schlep1967 06/14/22 04:59am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2022 campgrounds

We have been going to Knoeble's Grove in PA the second week of June for the last 12 years. The only way you could get in was if somebody didn't renew for the next year before they left. This past weekend I could see five open sites on Saturday just from my site. They closed the amusement park one year for COVID. The campground was still open. It was pretty empty that year. And it seems the folks that found somewhere else to go that year, have not returned. That said, there are no seasonal sites and you still see the same campers in some of the spots every year. I've had the same neighbors for at least 8 years.
schlep1967 06/13/22 10:24am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: 2021 Chevrolet 3500 SRW LTZ Bed Rail Height

Worked well. We had to come home down the east side of the river so we had a few more hills to climb. No problems at all.
schlep1967 06/13/22 09:25am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2021 Chevrolet 3500 SRW LTZ Bed Rail Height

Final outcome. The hitch came in early on the 8th and I was able to get it set up for use this past weekend. The frame of the fifth-wheel sits 5/8 of an inch higher than it did with the 2008 Dodge. I did raise the pin box up one set of holes thus lowering the trailer height. We went to Knoeble's Grove this past weekend which is the only campground I have had clearance issues getting into when hooked to the Dodge. No problems getting in or out.
schlep1967 06/13/22 07:13am Tow Vehicles
RE: Plumbing Confusion

As said above, with the pump on, open the pressure release valve. You should get a lot of water coming out. Leave it open for a few seconds to ensure the flow continues. If you do not have good flow there, I would assume part of the broken valve may be in the section between the new valve and the tank blocking water flow. Easy to check by unscrewing fittings and looking. After draining the tank of course. If you have good flow out the pressure release valve I would unscrew the plumbing from the hot out and check out the check valve. As for the mixing of hot/cold water, you may have another issue going on. Check your shower to make sure the valves are closed (valves may be open with the button on the shower head turned off). Both the inside shower and the outside "shower". If these valves are left open it allows the mixing of hot and cold.
schlep1967 06/09/22 07:00am Tech Issues
RE: 2021 Chevrolet 3500 SRW LTZ Bed Rail Height

Just to let everybody know where this stands. The Chevy 3500 top of bed rails is about 2 inches higher than my old dodge 2500. I have an Pullrite in the old truck and the fifthwheel hitch plate is 14 inches above the floor of the bed. I had to lower the pinbox to get bed rail clearance over the dodge. The chevy bed is about 1 inch deeper than the Dodge. The new Pullrite for the Chevy's hitch plate is 18 inches above the floor of the bed. I will be able to raise the pinbox back up and still have 6 inches of clearance over the bed rails. And that lowers the nose of the trailer 2.5 inches. From what I can put together from all of those numbers it looks like the nose of the trailer will go up about 1.5 inches from where it is now. The new hitch should be here on the 13th. Once I get it all hooked and sitting on a level spot I'll know for sure.
schlep1967 06/06/22 11:04am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2021 Chevrolet 3500 SRW LTZ Bed Rail Height

I'm looking at one with 20 inch wheels on it. Does anybody have one they can measure the height from ground to the top of the bed rail? I need to make sure my old fifth-wheel will work with it. Find one? I called that local dealer back and they had 1 come in but it was sold before it was unloaded I found a used 2021 with 7,000 miles on it. And it has all the equipment on it that it should. Unlike the 2022's that come in with several things not available. Paying a couple thousand over the shown new price when you build one online, but that is todays market. A complete truck in hand is better than an incomplete truck you might get in December. VERY TRUE ! Glad you found 1, Hope it works out for you... I am also on Blue Oval Forums and there are a few that ordered high trim levels only to get notified that they will be built without certain luxury items they wanted.. They went and found an ordered lot truck with pretty much everything needed, but perhaps a different color....There were/are a lot of dealers that used family members names on retail orders to get a few lot truck in, my dealer included.... My next project will be selling my 2007.5 Dodge diesel with 99,000 miles on it. Everything I'm seeing is telling me it should go for around $28,000.
schlep1967 06/01/22 09:29am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2021 Chevrolet 3500 SRW LTZ Bed Rail Height

Thanks for the measurements. That's about 2 inches higher than my Dodge and I am already slightly nose high. I'm going to have to make it work until the wife can make up her mind on a new 5th wheel.
schlep1967 06/01/22 05:03am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2021 Chevrolet 3500 SRW LTZ Bed Rail Height

I'm looking at one with 20 inch wheels on it. Does anybody have one they can measure the height from ground to the top of the bed rail? I need to make sure my old fifth-wheel will work with it. Find one? I called that local dealer back and they had 1 come in but it was sold before it was unloaded I found a used 2021 with 7,000 miles on it. And it has all the equipment on it that it should. Unlike the 2022's that come in with several things not available. Paying a couple thousand over the shown new price when you build one online, but that is todays market. A complete truck in hand is better than an incomplete truck you might get in December.
schlep1967 06/01/22 05:01am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tow capacity, Electric brake box inside truck,tranny cooler?

I'd take that 13K with a grain of salt. I believe there is some sort of lawsuit against Ford right now for over stating the payloads of their trucks. Seems the test trucks were configured in a way they would never sell them. Missing a bunch of parts to allow for higher payload numbers.
schlep1967 05/31/22 12:39pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Plumbing Confusion

You do not want Combine as an option on that valve. First, turn off the water heater and your water pump or city supply. Then remove the plug or anode rod and drain the water from the tank. Set the valve where you think no water should be going into the tank. Turn on the water and go see if water is coming out of the water heater. If no water coming from the tank turn on a hot water spigot inside. If you get water out of it, the valve is where you need it for winterizing. Mark it and turn off the water. Now you have two options left for operating position. Pick one of those 2. Turn the water back on. Are you getting water out of the tank drain? If no, go to position 3. Are you getting water from the tank drain now? If you only get water in one of the two positions, that is your normal operating setting. If you get water from the tank drain in both of the positions, you will have to fill the water heater, heat it back up and see which one gives you hot water and which on might give you warm water.
schlep1967 05/31/22 11:50am Tech Issues
2021 Chevrolet 3500 SRW LTZ Bed Rail Height

I'm looking at one with 20 inch wheels on it. Does anybody have one they can measure the height from ground to the top of the bed rail? I need to make sure my old fifth-wheel will work with it.
schlep1967 05/31/22 11:24am Tow Vehicles
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