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RE: Colorado State Parks closure

Most Colorado State Parks are associated with a a lake that allows recreational boating. At least for now, the boat ramps are staying open. I don't think that it makes any sense to close to camping for many of the reasons already stated. But, as a boat owner, I'm glad they are not closing completely. As far as the bathroom, some of the individual park Facebook sites state that they are still open as well. Makes even less sense.......
Bionic Man 03/29/20 05:35am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: It's time for a replacement truck

Used only, thanks. My pockets aren’t deep enough to buy new and I’m at the stage where I don’t want to assume any debt. I don’t mind high mileage if it’s been well maintained and that’s something that I’ll deal with on each vehicle. It's pretty rare to find a 5.7 Hemi in a 3500. Depending on your budget, I think I would look for a 2010 + if you are looking RAM. 2013 + has the addition of DEF which improves MPG. The Troller will certainly be along soon to disparage all things RAM. In case you don't know, take what says with a grain of salt. My 2012 has treated me well.
Bionic Man 03/28/20 02:56pm Tow Vehicles
RE: It's time for a replacement truck

Are you looking new or used? If new, the 6.4 with the 8 speed would be a good match. I'd skip both the 5.7 Hemi or the 6.0 from Chevy.
Bionic Man 03/28/20 02:17pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Spearfish, SD

We use North Sterling State Park most weekends in June, and some in July/August, depending on the water situation. Mid September the park will not be busy at all. Colorado State Parks are reservation only now, but in September (assuming not Labor Day weekend) you can just show up and call for the sites when you get there. All that said, I would ask why you'd add this as a stop? Without a boat, there really isn't much to do. There are a couple of trails (not many) and an archery range. Depending on our water year, there could be very little water in the res. If you want to see Colorado, go further West into the mountains. Mid September in the mountains is my favorite time of year.
Bionic Man 03/27/20 10:15am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: coronavirus...put it into perspective

None of those can be mitigated by any action. COVID19 can. I suppose other people have pointed out how foolish that comment is, but I will point it out, too. Almost every one of those major causes of death can be mitigated by some action, like diet and exercise in several of them. At least we don't shut down society until people eat right and exercise regularly. People die. New ones take their place. Nobody gets out alive. Which of those diseases can be mitigated by two to four weeks of inactivity?
Bionic Man 03/23/20 09:54am General RVing Issues
RE: coronavirus...put it into perspective

Keep you head in the sand if you want. But I'd bet you won't be able to forever. My 56 year old sister has symptoms consistent with COVID19. She isn't sick enough to go in and be tested, and is self quarantining at home. Hopefully she doesn't get worse. I spoke with a hunting buddy of mine in North Dakota. 3 of the 4 in their household have tested positive for COVID19. His daughter (positive) is special needs and was already on a ventilator. I'm very worried about her prognosis. Some have talked about only quarantining those displaying symptoms. The problem with that is the incubation period is somewhere between 5 - 14 days where the individual is asympotamtic. That is why it is believed that each infected individual will infect 2-3 others. The problem is real, and will likely have a direct impact on everyone in the US.
Bionic Man 03/22/20 07:17pm General RVing Issues
RE: coronavirus...put it into perspective

The media is surely sensationalizing this pandemic. But it is the government (both parties) that are advising shelter at home policies. I'm not a fan of the media, and feel they definitely have an agenda. But there is more to todays issues than that.What is it you mean by shelter at home? If you mean people showing symptoms should stay home; If you mean everyone should maintain a safe distance/contact, I think everyone would agree with those things. If you mean all businesses should shut down and remain closed for weeks / months and everyone remain inside - that's an example of the media sowing sensationalism, chaos and hysteria. Which is precisely why everyone is buying months worth of toilet paper. And just like someone said a day or two ago; when its all over and done instead of admitting to their hysteria peddling, the Media is going to say - wow, we dodged a bullet. Not sure what they are doing in your area, but in Colorado the (admittedly Liberal) government has said "essential services" should work. Grocery stores. Banks. Medical services and the like. They have shut down dine in restaurants, gyms, tattoo parlors, and the like. This isn't the media making the decisions.
Bionic Man 03/22/20 10:30am General RVing Issues
RE: coronavirus...put it into perspective

The media is surely sensationalizing this pandemic. But it is the government (both parties) that are advising shelter at home policies. I'm not a fan of the media, and feel they definitely have an agenda. But there is more to todays issues than that.
Bionic Man 03/22/20 09:56am General RVing Issues
RE: Bad Time To Sell RV?

My boat sold today. And I've had a couple more people that wanted to come out and look. Maybe it is a price point thing, but I think there still is a market out there for recreational equipment.
Bionic Man 03/22/20 09:53am General RVing Issues
RE: coronavirus...put it into perspective

Worth the read.
Bionic Man 03/21/20 09:43pm General RVing Issues
RE: coronavirus...put it into perspective

None of those can be mitigated by any action. COVID19 can. None of those are as contagious. This will not be the end of the world, but it is irresponsible to downplay it as well.
Bionic Man 03/21/20 02:11pm General RVing Issues
RE: Bad Time To Sell RV?

I have mixed emotions on this. Economy is certainly down, but camping is something you can do in isolation. Certainly more people would be interested in that than a beach or amusement park trip right now. It is my understanding the State Parks are having high visitation. I'm selling a boat right now. I haven't had a LOT of interest in it, but I am reasonably sure that it will sell tomorrow.
Bionic Man 03/20/20 10:43am General RVing Issues
RE: Wuhan virus clinical trials

And just announced: President Trump Announces HUGE News: Malaria Drug Showing Encouraging Results Against Wuhan Virus Be sure to follow the fresh air treatment link at the bottom of the article. That is certainly an argument for keeping campgrounds and parks open. Your link doesn't work.
Bionic Man 03/19/20 12:10pm RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: Towing 4.6k w/ Nissan Titan vs Dodge Durango

If you are a "by the numbers" guy, you will need to look at the payload capacity of both vehicles. Personally, I would use the Durango (are RTs still Hemi?). First hand experience, they make a good tow vehicle for the weight class you are discussing.
Bionic Man 03/17/20 06:43am Towing

Chrysler products have always treated me well. My 2012 3500 has had a few problems - fuel pump and power steering pump. But otherwise troublefree. I am also in the camp that your current truck is a lemon. And I’d also say you need to put the dealer into the equation - a bad dealer/service center can make for a bad truck.
Bionic Man 03/16/20 03:25pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram 3500 MPG test

I think it's pretty tough to argue that any one of these new diesels is more dependable than the others and this thread is actually supposed to be about how Ram/Cummins is not even in the same league as Ford when it comes to efficiency. If Cummins isn't concerned about keeping up, Ram might have to try to negotiate a deal with Ford to supply them with engines. That is if you go off of test like these to rate a vehicles efficiency. There are too many variables when doing tests on different days and even different times of day. A tail wind on one day could make a huge difference on a headwind another day. Case in point, when they tested this same exact truck configuration last year on the same loop towing a 29k fifth wheel horse trailer, they got 8.7 mpg. If you go off of real world data like Fuelly where people post millions of real world mileage(which matters more than this test), the new Powerstroke 10-speed seems to have merely just caught up with the Cummins. Before 2020, the Powerstroke F250 averaged 14.5 mph while the 2500 Cummins averaged 15.4 mpg. The few 2020 F250 postings(3 members so far) are showing a 15.3 mpg average, but that is too little of a a group still to tell just like the new Cummins 2500. The F350/3500 is harder tot tell because you don't know the mix of DRW and SRW and they are used to tow more than F250/2500s which makes it harder to get a good average. I would be surprised if the Ford got 30% better MPG than the RAM, but I also don’t think fuelly is as accurate for comparison with these two trucks. A 2500 RAM has the lower output engine due to the transmission doesn’t it? Does the HP engine with the Aisin get the same MPG as standard engine with the 68RFE?
Bionic Man 03/14/20 10:30am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram 3500 MPG test

From what I read RAM sells more Class 3 pickups than GM or Ford. Ford even includes f450’s in that market. I’d like to see a source on that because I don’t think it’s true. I also don’t think RAM sells more HD trucks than 1500’s. That 1500 marker is huge.
Bionic Man 03/12/20 07:26pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram 3500 MPG test

I'm talking about the "new" 2020 Powerstroke. Ford has a history of having a few "glitches" with new diesel releases..... ;) I lived it first hand with my 2003. To be fair, I think this applies to all of them not just Fords. The Cummins 6.7L had turbo, head gasket, and EGR issues when it first came out. The LB7 Duramax had injector failures due to bad design. GM had to issue a recall and extend the warranty of the new units. The LB7 Duramax had head gasket issues and overheating issues due to the small intake manifold. The LBZ had sticking turbos, but was pretty reliable other than that. The LMM had piston issues if you turned up the power in them. The LML is awesome other than its fuel system. All three had issues with new engines or new iterations of engines so I don't think it is fair to singe out Ford. Well Cummins/RAM didn’t have billion dollars issues that caused a falling out of the partnership. And I’ve never read about billions of dollars of warranty issues with the Duramax. Issues, certainly. But there is a matter of degrees.....
Bionic Man 03/12/20 12:54pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Goodyear Endurance Tires on Sale

All Endurance are ST tires.
Bionic Man 03/10/20 09:31pm Travel Trailers
RE: Ram 3500 MPG test

It doesn’t matter if one brand fills differently from another brand. What’s important is the fill method is consistent from the initial fill to the second fill to calculate fuel mileage and I will say the method used in this test is good. Also I’ll second what John Deere farmer has stated that the new Power Strokes are making better fuel economy and people are noticing it. It's not the best test with diesel because it foams so much. If the tank is lower the first time, it'll foam more than when they fill with this method. Watch the half ton diesel test. One of them he actually says "wow that was a long second pull". Meaning they aren't consistent. I have had this happen in my diesel trucks and cars on more than one occasion. It happens a lot on my current car because it has a smaller filler neck. If I don't have the nozzle in just right, it will foam up really quickly. I can tell when it happens because I input my mileage in an app. I generally get about 45 mpg in my car since I only use it to do the same 80 mile loop everyday. If my app shows that my mileage is considerably less than 45 mpg, then I know it is not correct. One time it clicked way too soon so I waited for ten seconds to fill it up some more as usual. It clicked really quickly the second time as well. So before I put the nozzle back on the pump, I inputted the numbers in my app and it showed 41 mpg which I knew was wrong. I adjusted the nozzle and was about to get almost another two gallons more fuel in there bringing my mpg up to 45. Some nozzles are finicky like that and different pressures in different temps seem to effect some more than others. It has happened a handful of times in my truck, but not nearly as many times as my car. I can’t tell if your coming or going. Maybe you got your 45 mpg mixed with your 41 mpg. Anyways being this sample test of 1 is not statistically significant it is very believable based on what I’m hearing. I don't think that is possible with my aCar(Fuelly) app. I just put in the mileage before I get out to pump fuel and then input the amount I pumped in and it instantly tells me the mpg. If it is well below 45 mpg then I know it is not full. It is harder to tell in my truck since I use it for towing and do not drive the same roads everyday like my car. However, back when I did use my truck to go back and fourth to work, I was quickly able to tell if it wasn't full if it was way off my normal mpg and had to adjust the nozzle to add more fuel. I still don't understand your math.
Bionic Man 03/10/20 06:29pm Tow Vehicles
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