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RE: New Ram 3500 SRW (Edited with Pictures)

Congrats on the new truck. I hope it serves you well. Look forward to a first tow report. I will report back on the first tow when we get back from Myrtle Beach at the end of September. Looking forward to see how it tows.
CaLBaR 09/04/19 07:32pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New Ram 3500 SRW (Edited with Pictures)

Congrats, Enjoy and smart thinking on looking/planning down the road. Thanks. Read enough posts here and on other forums to try to cover myself, hopefully. Unless DW comes up with a massive 16,000+ lb 5ver that needs a dually I hope to be covered.
CaLBaR 09/04/19 10:12am Tow Vehicles
RE: New Ram 3500 SRW (Edited with Pictures)

It is a nice looking truck..... did you pay cash:B:B Thanks...nope, no cash.:D Reasonable finance rate though at 3.99%.
CaLBaR 09/02/19 06:33pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New Trailer and Truck

I currently pull a TT (<10k) with a 08 Ford Superduty (SRW). We are looking at switching to a new trailer (5ver) and likely a new truck. We are considering a Grand Design (Solitude 344gk). It maxes at around 16k lbs. We really love the new 2020 GMCs. I also intend to put a fuel tank in the bed (1000 lbs) and a heavy hitch (Hensley). My dilemma is SRW vs DRW. I really prefer a SRW (size, parking, etc.), but don't want to make a mistake and have to replace the truck in 2 years. I live in NM, so altitude and mountains are a real effect, but we want to use it to travel the country as I retire. Any real world advice/experience would be appreciated. Thanks in advance. Dry weight on that trailer is 12600 lbs from the factory. Based on my Grand design trailer add about 400 lbs to that for 13,000 lbs. Add 1500 lbs of stuff you are at 14,500. At 22% pin weight would be 3190 lbs. Add 1000 lbs fuel and 300 lbs hitch total payload is nearly 4500 lbs. My SRW Ram 3500 has a payload of 3830. Seen as high as 4150 when shopping. I think you are gong to need a DRW truck.
CaLBaR 09/02/19 11:23am Towing
RE: New Ram 3500 SRW (Edited with Pictures)

Post the numbers when you pick it up? GAWRs, GVWR, and payload. Congrats! Will do. I know payload is 3830 lbs and GVWR is 11,800 lbs. Will confirm the rest once I pick it up. Don’t forget post about new TV is worthless without pictures! Pictures added. Never posted pictures before. Just figured it out and way too easy.
CaLBaR 09/02/19 10:50am Tow Vehicles
RE: New Ram 3500 SRW (Edited with Pictures)

Post the numbers when you pick it up? GAWRs, GVWR, and payload. Congrats! Will do. I know payload is 3830 lbs and GVWR is 11,800 lbs. Will confirm the rest once I pick it up.
CaLBaR 09/02/19 08:31am Tow Vehicles
RE: New Ram 3500 SRW (Edited with Pictures)

concerning Myrtle, I would suggest checking the weather and or keeping an eye on it. Don't know what the hurricane is gonna do to Myrtle right now. :h Yes been watching Dorian to see what it does and plan to call Lakewood Camping Resort and checking the website a few days before I drive down.
CaLBaR 09/02/19 08:30am Tow Vehicles
New Ram 3500 SRW (Edited with Pictures)

We just signed the paperwork on a new Ram 3500 SRW Big Horn. Splurged on the Cummins and Aisin transmission. Don't really need it for the current trailer but since we hang on to our vehicles for 10 years or more figured we cover possible 5th wheel. Looking forward to the first tow in 11 days to Myrtle Beach. Now I just need to get 800 km (500 miles) on it once we pick it up on Wednesday. https://i.imgur.com/CEERlNXl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/aA2TLG8l.jpg https://i.imgur.com/uAvFfu9l.jpg
CaLBaR 09/02/19 06:11am Tow Vehicles
RE: Real towing advise please

Long story short, I had a 2017 Tacoma, bought an RV (Travel trailer), "they" said oh yeah, it will pull it, just don't go over 80% of towing weight (about 7000lb). Done, but we were kinda close to the 80% weight. LOADS of sway and scarey moments...Bought a 2018 Tundra (SR5 w/ Tow weight of 10K). No more sway and everything is fine. Now I want to upgrade RV. 80% of tow weight is 7900lbs, RV is 7200lbs (by my calculations).. I feel I will be back at the SWAY and SCAREY area again...Thoughts? If you are setup correctly you should not have any trouble towing that trailer with a Tundra. My trailer is 9400 lbs loaded and it tows just fine. Good WDH hitch with sway control like the Reese Straightline and you will be all set to camp. Rob
CaLBaR 08/14/19 05:54pm Towing
RE: Slide out awnings

I installed mine myself. Love them. CaLBaR - You can install them on the slide with the awning. I did it. Several threads discussing this on the GrandDesign RV forum. Mike Thanks Mike. I am a member on the GD forum as well. I guess I should be more clear that my awning goes over the top of the slide out and is not attached to the side. Not enough room when the awning goes out or under the awning to put one on or so it seems. Maybe you have pictures if yours is like mine. Rob Aha... No, mine's not like yours. I could see that being a problem. Interesting setup. Not sure I've seen that before. Mike Yes pretty much like everything about our trailer but they really should have put 2 awnings on it with one on the slideout like what you have. Other models have that just not sure why they did this one this way. Rob
CaLBaR 08/11/19 05:10am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Maintaining air gap in new Atwood water heater

I am familiar with the procedure of how to get an air gap in a RV water heater to prevent pressure valve leak, but this new Atwood water heater just will not maintain the air gap. Do you think it is A bad relief valve? Thanks for your feed back. I have never tried to get an air gap and never had an issue with a leaking pressure relief valve either. I would think if your pressure relief valve is leaking under normal use than it is defective. Rob
CaLBaR 08/10/19 12:14pm General RVing Issues
RE: Slide out awnings

I installed mine myself. Love them. CaLBaR - You can install them on the slide with the awning. I did it. Several threads discussing this on the GrandDesign RV forum. Mike Thanks Mike. I am a member on the GD forum as well. I guess I should be more clear that my awning goes over the top of the slide out and is not attached to the side. Not enough room when the awning goes out or under the awning to put one on or so it seems. Maybe you have pictures if yours is like mine. Rob
CaLBaR 08/10/19 12:12pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Slide out awnings

Recently put one on my new trailer. Loved the one on the last one and love this one. I wish I could put on on the second slide but the awing would interfere. For all the reasons mentioned above I will always have them.
CaLBaR 08/10/19 05:23am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Grand Design purchase

One thing I really like about Jayco, is that you can "build and price" an RV there and the only thing that =should= change is delivery charges. Even then, shipping wouldn't be hard to at least estimate that based on zip code. Big problem a number of years ago was that you'd see virtually identical rigs at dealers that were within just a couple hundred miles of each other with "MSRPs" that were thousands apart and the excuse was always "delivery charges were more". Riiiiiight, it cost $3k more to deliver to you, 200 miles away from this other dealer. Sometimes I thought that the dealers just pulled those numbers from their nether regions. I've not seen that as much now, but Jayco is about the only mfr that has the "build and price" feature on their site. It gives the customer common ground, no matter which dealer they choose. I will say, that when I was shopping, and asked for the invoice and options price sheet, most dealers were accommodating and, when differing options were factored in (or out), MSRPs were relatively consistent. I did find a couple that were out of line and I let them know that I'd caught them out and just said "goodbye". :B Lyle Grand Design also has a build and price section on their website. I agree it is not to often that you see that though.
CaLBaR 07/30/19 04:51pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Weight distribution systems, which one is best?

I have been using Reese Straightline WDH for 12 years and it works great and isn't $2K either. With my current trailer I have 1500 lb bars and no issues at all. Once it is dialed in takes all of 2 minutes tops to connect or disconnect and off we go.
CaLBaR 07/19/19 04:54pm Towing
RE: High mile gas engine trucks

I am at 140,000 on my Tundra and still towing with it.
CaLBaR 07/18/19 05:03pm Tow Vehicles
RE: WiFi extender - Alfa Camp Pro 2 OR ANOTHER

Going to follow this one. Had very poor WIFI this weekend and DW was going crazy without her Facebook. Not my thing but we all know Happy Wife Happy Life.
CaLBaR 07/03/19 10:24am Tech Issues
RE: Damaged RV on roads on way home from Florida, anyone else?.

UPDATE......So after waiting for almost 3 months for the insurance company to get their act together. And having the wall removed on the inside of the fiver and us agreeing to pay for it, they agreed to pay for the repairs. We agreed to pay for the wall to be removed so that THEY could show US where the so called manufacturers defect was that caused the damage. NO defect in the wall was found. So all said and done, in the end it was our having to prove it was not a defect as they claimed it was (at our expense and time) but road conditions that caused the damage. Thank you for your input and insight into our situation. It doesn't always work out the way it did for us, but in the end it is worth not letting the insurance walk away and not making them show you what they based their decision on. It was going to cost us to do the repairs even if we were denied so paying for the wall to be removed was something we were going to do anyway. And yes, they agreed to pay for the removal of the wall in the end as well. Glad to here that it is going to work out for you and that the insurance is finally going to pay for it. Rob
CaLBaR 07/03/19 10:21am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Damaged RV on roads on way home from Florida, anyone else?.

CaLBaR, we live in Chatham and the RV shop is in Windsor, name of the place is Leisure trailers. It's the only shop in the area that could do the welding for the broken welds UNDERNEATH the RV, which we already had done at our cost. They also can repair the damage to the side of the RV where the crack is. Thanks. From your signature I thought you lived in Kitchener. Good luck on getting your trailer fixed either by the insurance or the manufacturer. Rob
CaLBaR 06/23/19 05:19am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Damaged RV on roads on way home from Florida, anyone else?.

Just an update on our fiver. The 5er has been sitting on the lot of a repair shop waiting for the insurance company to get their hands off their butts to send someone out to show us where the manufacturers defect is. After many phone calls they agreed to have the wall removed inside at OUR expense unless they agree to the repairs. Well the wall is open and there is NO damage to the structure of the rv. As a matter of fact,the wall studs are metal and are the biggest ones we have seen in an RV. The studs are about 6 inches wide and there is no damage or broken welds in the area of the large crack. So now its yet another waiting game to see what excuses they come up with to get out of paying our claim, which is over $10,000. Which repair shop do you have the 5ver at. We are in Waterloo and drive to Florida a couple of times a year. Know that some of the roads are really bad and sometimes surprised but grateful never had damage like that. Rob
CaLBaR 06/21/19 07:26pm Fifth-Wheels
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