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RE: Truck starts on its own

Found a thread with this quoted from a 2020 model manuel: "AFTER-RUN SYSTEM (HD Model) HD models are equipped with an engine cooling feature that may be required to run after a heavy towing event. The After-Run System will keep the engine running, or may restart the engine, for 10–15 minutes to ensure the engine and related components are properly cooled. See Driving and Operating in your Duramax Diesel Manual." And Intended Vehicle Use: After a Heavy Towing Event If equipped, when the vehicle is turned off after towing heavy loads, the system may automatically restart the engine. A chime will sound and DIC messages will display. The engine will automatically turn off after 10–15 minutes of run time or if enough cooling has occurred. If the DIC messages display after the vehicle has been stopped and placed in P (Park) with the engine still running, remain in the vehicle with the engine running until these messages no longer display. It may take up to 15 minutes of idling. Do not park the vehicle in an enclosed area if the messages display. If the system determines that the engine should be restarted and the ignition is turned off, the engine will turn off and then automatically restart. If the engine is restarted, DIC messages display and chimes will sound. The vehicle cannot be shifted out of P (Park) unless the feature is overridden. Never leave occupants in the vehicle, and always take the keys and lock the doors if you must leave the vehicle idling. Some local laws prohibit a vehicle from idling unattended. Always remain with the vehicle until it automatically turns off. This could take up to 15 minutes. If the system determines that the vehicle was not allowed to restart, or if a condition such as an open hood has been detected, then DIC messages display and a chime will sound. To help with system performance, either restart the engine, or if the engine is not running and the hood can be safely opened after one minute, open the hood to allow cooling. If the system has automatically restarted the engine, the vehicle cannot move until cooling has completed and the engine automatically turns off. Overriding this feature will allow normal vehicle operation. To override, start the vehicle as you would normally. Then either drive the vehicle as normal or turn off the ignition if you must exit the vehicle. Opening the hood will prevent the restart or will turn the engine off when this feature is active.
toedtoes 11/30/22 07:17am Tow Vehicles
RE: Help with Roadside Assistance

This is an emergency roadside assistance plan. They cover "emergency" situations only. AAA, Coachnet, etc, would deny your claim also. This isn't about Good Sam being lousy or cheating people. It's about understanding what you paid for. You did not have need of emergency roadside assistance. You had a planned towing need. That means you pay for it. The only way they would have paid is if you had waited until you were ready to have it towed, then called Good Sam and requested a tow to your shop. Good Sam would have arranged with a contracted tow company and towed your vehicle. It may have taken 20 minutes. It may have taken 10 hours. But they would have covered the tow.
toedtoes 11/29/22 02:39pm Good Sam Roadside Assistance
RE: RV park "STANDARDS"

KOA actually does have definitions and requirements for Journey/Holiday/Resort and if you call to complain about a resort not having amenities claimed the campground has to respond to corporate with an explanation and a timeline for the issue to be resolved. Campgrounds that get lots of complaints can get kicked out of the KOA system, I've seen it happen. Jellystone is similar, though they're a bit more skewed towards the campground owner in that I've read many reports of it taking quite a few years for a campground to have the Jellystone name removed. KOA is different. It is a "company of campgrounds" not a directory. Not sure what you mean by a company of campgrounds. KOA is mainly a franchise operation that brands privately owned properties, along with a couple dozen corporate owned cg's. I have had less than pleasing experiences at some of these franchise locations and have notified corporate. As the post above indicates, they do contact and have leverage over the franchise holders to make corrections. Good Sam-- I'm with the others that see GS and Camping World as having evolved into a substandard operation under Lemonis' "leadership" I mean just that. KOA is a franchise. All parks in the franchise carry their name. The KOA company has a vested interest in each park holding to a standard - because they have an ownership in the park. If a park doesn't hold up to their standard, they kick them out of KOA. Good Sam is just a directory. It just lists a bunch of parks so folks can find them in one convenient place. They have no ownership, no vested interest, etc, in the individual parks. It doesn't matter if you like Lemonis or not. KOA is a completely different thing than Good Sam RV Park listings. Comparing them is like comparing McDonalds to the local morning show's "10 best hamburger joints" list. The former, you know you're getting McDonald's - the food will be pretty much the same, the atmosphere pretty much the same. With the latter, you could get anything - and the joint may be on that list because they paid a fee not because they are actually any good.
toedtoes 11/29/22 07:01am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: RV park "STANDARDS"

KOA actually does have definitions and requirements for Journey/Holiday/Resort and if you call to complain about a resort not having amenities claimed the campground has to respond to corporate with an explanation and a timeline for the issue to be resolved. Campgrounds that get lots of complaints can get kicked out of the KOA system, I've seen it happen. Jellystone is similar, though they're a bit more skewed towards the campground owner in that I've read many reports of it taking quite a few years for a campground to have the Jellystone name removed. KOA is different. It is a "company of campgrounds" not a directory.
toedtoes 11/28/22 11:04pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: RV park "STANDARDS"

Lemonis does nothing to assure quality at any of his businesses as far as I can see. Crappy products, bad service, overpriced, no oversight. Just my opinion. As long as people pay their bills, he won’t fix it. Lemonis has nothing to do with the quality of RV Parks. The Good Sam RV Park directory is nothing but a directory. While in the beginning it was advertising as a way to "guarantee" a good park, it has not done that in years. It is like using AAA guidebooks to find a hotel - it gives ratings, but those ratings have no substance behind them. No one from Good Sam (or AAA) is going around evaluating the facilities in the directory. When choosing an RV Park, look at reviews, check out satelite views and don't assume anything based on what it calls itself. An RV resort is no different than an RV park - either one can have great ammenities and sites and service; either one can have absolutely nothing.
toedtoes 11/28/22 06:29pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Truck starts on its own

Do an internet search. Duromax trucks appear to have this issue and it's not due to accidental hitting of the remote, etc. I would absolutely go back to the dealer and get a better answer than "probably a wifi signal nearby".
toedtoes 11/28/22 03:14pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Newbie - 36ft vs 41ft fifth wheel

The OP has bought their RV. 39ft. They're happy.
toedtoes 11/27/22 05:33pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Newbie - 36ft vs 41ft fifth wheel

Two issues with a longer 5er.... One is weight....... does the truck have sufficient payload to handle 20% of the trailers GVWR as pin weight and the truck is within the trucks GCWR' Two is site lengthh ...the longer length will be limited in site availability. Ken The OP was looking at RVs 36 feet and greater. At those lengths, the limited campsite availability will be pretty much the same regardless of the actual lengths. Now if the OP had been deciding between 28ft and 36ft, then campsite availability would have been a factor.
toedtoes 11/26/22 08:45pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Truck starts on its own

Talked to my service writer, he said there is no way to disable auto start on a 2019, said that feature was started 2022. Said probably a wifi signal close to my house If that's true then I'd put in a battery disconnect switch. No battery, no start.
toedtoes 11/23/22 12:34pm Tow Vehicles
RE: The GEO Method and Space Heaters - Thoughts?

Furnaces also use a lot of battery power to run the fan. Not everyone uses a generator or has solar to recharge batteries when dry camping. So, for them, bundling up allows them to dry camp for more than 2 nights.
toedtoes 11/19/22 01:02pm Travel Trailers
RE: Truck starts on its own

A quick search shows this happening with Duramax. I would call the dealer and get it checked out.
toedtoes 11/19/22 08:41am Tow Vehicles
RE: DIY 50 amp to 20 amp pigtail

Or where can he buy one?Amazon link and picture above. Per pianotuna the item which I posted the link and which Charlsesin GA linked the picture above is not appropriate for the task. I was specifically asking them for specifics.
toedtoes 11/17/22 04:50pm Tech Issues
RE: DIY 50 amp to 20 amp pigtail

The OP has stated twice that he is not electrically inclined, so these comments are more confusing than anything. His questions are: What exactly is a break out box? How will it solve his need to plug a 15/20a engine block heater into a 50a RV outlet? And how does he make one? Or where can he buy one?
toedtoes 11/17/22 01:43pm Tech Issues
RE: The GEO Method and Space Heaters - Thoughts?

ktmrfs - sorry I wasn't suggesting it is ONLY a danger when you are sleeping. Just that it IS a danger when you are sleeping.
toedtoes 11/17/22 10:42am Travel Trailers
RE: The GEO Method and Space Heaters - Thoughts?

Yes, generally they are safe to run while sleeping. Propane heaters, etc, are unsafe because they can create carbon monozide which can kill you while you sleep. All portable heaters have a level of risk of starting a fire by tipping over or something flammable getting too close. It's a personal comfort level that will get strong opinions both ways, but in the end it's your own "feeling" about the risk that decides. For me, it's part of why I like a remote controlled space heater. I can turn it on, get in bed, read for an hour or so as the heater warms things up, then turn it off when I'm ready to sleep. When I wake up, I turn it on and warm things up while I stay toasty in bed. When the RV is warm, I get up. But again, I have dogs and worry about a heater getting knocked over in small space. If I didn't have the dogs, I'd be more inclined to leave it on all night.
toedtoes 11/17/22 08:19am Travel Trailers
RE: The GEO Method and Space Heaters - Thoughts?

For heat, if you have electrical hookups, a space heater with remote control works great. The remote allows you to adjust the temp without having to get out of bed - really nice. If no electrical hookups, I use a Mr Heater and turn it on before I go to bed to warm up the RV. Then I turn it off during the night. I turn it back on in the morning to warm things up again. As I have dogs, I never liked putting it on the floor, etc. Instead I set it in the stainless sink - that keeps it away from flammable items. Good quality bedding helps a lot too. And don't forget warm slippers - heat rises and the floor of an RV can cold.
toedtoes 11/16/22 07:01pm Travel Trailers
RE: DIY 50 amp to 20 amp pigtail

Both answers are what the OP wanted. The OP stated they need a TEMPORARY solution for right now because the weather is not conducive for wiring work. They plan on a permanent solution later on.
toedtoes 11/16/22 06:44pm Tech Issues
RE: Headlights Went Out

Not sure if this could be your problem, but one evening my headlights just went out - both at the same time. It actually ended up being a computer board that had gone bad. This was on my 2002 Durango.
toedtoes 11/15/22 11:49pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: DIY 50 amp to 20 amp pigtail

CharlesinGA, Nice find! Yep! Great find! Wish I had found it! :B ;)
toedtoes 11/14/22 01:44pm Tech Issues
RE: Odd Experience While Camping - Lesson Learned

Honestly, women deal with guys like this all the time Not the homely ones! You'd think, but the homely ones deal with it as often or more. I suspect the men think that because they are homely, they should be grateful for the attention.
toedtoes 11/13/22 11:26am Family Camping
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