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RE: Mega Cam Ram 3500 and towing fifth wheel

Not sure why you are measuring to the GN ball, but your Ford will have several more inches of clearance, than the Ram, measuring from back of cab, to axle center. A FW, weighing 14,500 empty, will be 16K+ when loaded. That is getting to the limit of a SRW. Yes, the springs are different between the 25/35. Some hitches work better than others, when using a truck with a 6.4/6.75 ft bed truck. Lots of options, so do your research, or ask more questions here. Jerry I think the OP is using this measurement to indicate that he will have enough clearance with the RAM when compared to the Ford. This will be accurate especially if he is going to use something like a Reese Goosebox. Gooseball location relative to the cab should also be a good indication of the distance to the rear axle. Rob
CaLBaR 02/07/21 06:15am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Trailer too long for truck?

I`m waiting for the 4500/5500 guys to show up and say how dangerous it is to tow anything with the puny 3500 dually! LOL a properly equipped 1500 at ???? % of max capacity is just as safe as a 2500/3500 at the same ???? % of max capacity. That sounds right at first but 2500-3500 pickups are much more conservatively under-rated. and the softer sidewall tires on 1/2 tons make a.big difference too. I think the bottom line is the 1/2 ton will get that trailer where it’s going, but not comfortably or confidently. I don’t understand why anyone who can afford a late model 1500 and a big new trailer doesn’t just get a heavier truck. That 1500 has enough resale value to go buy a similar year 2500 or 3500. You’re gonna add cash if you want a diesel, but hey you’re gas already. There’s a lot of things that a lot of people who don’t look outside their own bubble don’t understand..... But I’ll give you one example to consider. And this example is probably the most prominent one. Guy owns a half ton for commuting every day, hoe depot trips and because he’s a man and doesn’t drive a car or suv. Guy also takes his family RVing a couple/few times a year. Doesn’t make sense for guy to get a HD or to maybe trade or sell a vehicle he’s piling the miles on and settle for a “equal” high miler. Or guy doesn’t want to give up the gas mileage of the 1/2 ton for 95% of his miles for the belt and suspenders for the other 5%. But I’m also not convinced that will register as valid reasoning. But I tried. And this not even getting into towing distances, geographical location, etc. everyone likes to assume worst case scenario. Pulling the IKE with 40mph x winds. When again, for many, most, this will never be the case. Or anything near that. Totally agree with this statement and did it for a number of years as well. I don't see any issue with what the OP is asking about and did it as well for 12 years and would again if my situation required it. That trailer is not too much for the truck in question for weight or length.
CaLBaR 01/19/21 06:43am Tow Vehicles
RE: Converting to 12v fridge Canada question

I went straight 12V vs 120V and an inverter. Why run the inverter if you don't have to. Yes you can run the 120V fridge on 120V elec hookup while camping. You can run the 12V fridge on 120V as well using the TT's converter. Anyone considering changing to a 120VAC refrigerator with a pure sine wave inverter, should consider getting an inverter/charger/automatic transfer switch. It will make your life much easier ! Remove your old converter. Hook the DC distribution (fuse) panel directly to your battery bank. Connect the inverter/charger/transfer switch to the battery bank. All "shore power" (the external power cord) goes directly to the inverter/charger/transfer switch which then feeds all AC outlet in your RV. You're done ! No switches to change when changing power !! "Top on the line" models have a separate input for your generator and an auto-start output. This is what I did when I added the inverter to run the small bar fridge in the outdoor kitchen while travelling. Can keep our food cold outside now and no need to go into the trailer at stops. Works great. Don't even need to think about it since it works automatically.
CaLBaR 01/17/21 06:11am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Gen Y vs. Reese Goose Box

Looks great!!! If/when we get a 5ver this is what I want to use to tow it with as well.
CaLBaR 01/08/21 06:03am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Gen Y vs. Reese Goose Box

Watch using a goose neck box on Lippert frames. They will void warranty if you look at them sideways. And a ball hitch will require safety chains. Ken The Reese goosebox is the only one that I am aware of that is approved to use on a Lippert frame.
CaLBaR 01/02/21 07:18am Fifth-Wheels
Confirmed 2021 RAM Cummins no CP4.2

Just wanted to share this with everyone as FCA has confirmed that there is no CP4.2 in the 2021 Cummins in the article below. Great news now just wondering if they will retrofit my 2019 Cummins to the new pump if/when the CP4.2 grenades. Rob
CaLBaR 12/23/20 06:04am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2021 Ram 3500 H.O.

Makes me wonder if FCA will back date the 2019 to 2020 Cummins to use the CP3 if you have a CP4 fail under warranty now that they seem to have gone to the CP3 for 2021. I sure hope so because if my CP4 grenades I sure don't want another CP4 in my truck to grenade once the warranty is done.
CaLBaR 12/22/20 08:24am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2021 Ram 3500 H.O.

"I have not pre-filled the filter on the couple of times I changed the oil but could use this plug to pre-fill and get it into place without a mess too." Next time PLEASE attempt to unscrew the cap once the filter is dropped thru the hole. Then try to lift the filter into place and screw it on without spilling. I am saying put one quart into the filter. Report back. The from the top method is free, simple and not a drop will be spilled. You may be correct but I am thinking if I can get the full filter out with the plug without spilling then I should be able to get the new one back in without spilling. I will need to give it a try and see if I make a mess.
CaLBaR 12/19/20 04:56pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2021 Ram 3500 H.O.

That is about the only advantage the Powerstroke has over the Cummins from a service/repair perspective. Now that I've changed the oil in my truck a few times, I'm actually pretty quick at changing the oil filter from the top with no mess. I'll take that over removing the cab to do just about everything else (the cab was off my 6.0L PSD twice). ;) Yeah, for something that I only have to do once a year or every 15k(versus 10k), it is not a big deal. I just use some plastic shrink wrap to cover the filter as I take it out from the fender well to keep it from spilling. Works like a charm. I have a screw on plug from amazon that helps the oil filter through the fender well easy. After the 1st time I find changing the oil on my Ram a breeze. I use this as well and makes changing the oil easy peasy. I have not pre-filled the filter on the couple of times I changed the oil but could use this plug to pre-fill and get it into place without a mess too.
CaLBaR 12/19/20 09:28am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ultra Sound wireless LP tank sensor , Bluetooth to phone app

The sensor is thick enough that the tank has to be elevated slightly to prevent crushing it. They provide feet to do this but I am not impressed with them and made my own. The redesigned the case and made it thinner so those ussless spacer feet that never stay on the tank aren't required now. Still need the spacer feet or the Halo ring to allow the bluetooth signal to get out. Metal tank on metal holder does not allow the signal to get out. I have used them for one season and they work very good and very happy with them. One sensor did give me some trouble but position and dielectric grease seems to have fixed it. Will see next season.
CaLBaR 12/19/20 09:24am Tech Issues
RE: Straight-line weight distribution system

I have been using the Reese Straightline for 13 years now and as others have said, once it is setup it is a very good system for towing. I was even surprised when I went from a Tundra to my RAM 3500 on the same trailer. All I had to do was to adjust the ball height and everything else stayed the same with no other adjustment needed.
CaLBaR 11/26/20 01:29pm Towing
RE: Have You Installed Your Own Slide Topper?

I am thinking of ordering and installing a slide topper on my RV. My side measures flange to flange at 7'6" (or 93"). When I go on Solera's site I see the closest topper sizes at 8' (or 96") or 8'6" (or 102"). Would either of these sizes work or would I have to do a special order? Thanks I have installed 2 of the Solera toppers to my Reflection. Lippert has a table that should be used to determine the length of the topper needed. You measure flange to flange length and then pick the correct P/N from the table that you find here and it all works out perfectly. Rob
CaLBaR 11/24/20 08:41am General RVing Issues
RE: CDN Snowbirds getting their RV's across....

DW and I had this talk yesterday when we read about the Burlington helicopter. No way we are going south until things settle and the border opens again. Could afford the $2K but sure don't want to be anywhere but home if we get sick.
CaLBaR 11/12/20 06:35am General RVing Issues
RE: New tow vehicle-releveling WDH

We just sold our TV and will be replacing it before next spring. But it got me to thinking-the next time we hook up our trailer and pull it out of the shed, we’ll have a different truck up front. I’ve never towed our trailer with a different truck and our wdh was set up at the dealer initially. Any tips to getting it level? I highly doubt it will sit the same out of the box. When we went from a Tundra to a RAM 3500 the only thing I had to change was the height of the ball as the RAM is higher. The height change required a new shank with a bigger drop too. Rob
CaLBaR 11/12/20 06:28am Travel Trailers
RE: Slide toppers

I have a question for those of you who might have slide toppers. On our main slide we only have 2.5 inches between the slide out flange and the arm of the awning when deploying the awning. Am I going to be able to get a slide topper to work on this slide out? I really want to add the slide toppers as I don't enjoy climbing on the roof to sweep the slides off. Thanks in advance. I mounted a slide topper on my Grand Design Reflection 297RSTS and have maybe 3" of room between them. Just had to offset the topper.
CaLBaR 10/26/20 05:43am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Pretty Sure Dual Cam Shouldn't Look Like This!

After a 2nd look, still can't imagine the culprit other than bottoming out in reverse or possibly an extremely sharp turn where the trunnion was close to being ejected and apon straightening back up.....the top section of trunnion caught the cam bracket. Inspect the tip of trunnion for gouge marks. Oh, 6 links does seem to be the sweet spot with these hitches.\ After listening to what you guys have said & looking at everything I'm thinking the cam slipping out of the trunnion bar makes the most sense. I had to replace my bars this summer & the tip that drops down behind the detent for the cam is very short compared to my old bars. In hindsight I wish I would have kept them just to compare. I have to make a very sharp turn into my driveway & with the longer tip it was not an issue. With the shorter tip the cam probably slipped out the back of the bar & then the bar caught on it when I straightened out. I absolutely love the dual cam but if this is how the damage happened then I either need to disconnect when making sharp turns (not going to happen) or get a different hitch. I was leaning towards Blue Ox but after reading a lot of posts & a lot of reviews I'm now thinking Equalizer. Thank you all. On a side note I have emailed Reese twice & have not received even as much as an acknowledgement of receipt, not impressed. Don't email them, give them a call and talk to technical assistance. I called first thing in the morning when I had questions and talked to a tech right away and he was extremely helpful. I never email for customer service. Always get the best support and response talking person to person. Here's all the info you need for technical support. Technical Service 800-632-3290 Monday - Friday 8:00am - 6:00pm
CaLBaR 10/17/20 05:26am Travel Trailers
RE: Pretty Sure Dual Cam Shouldn't Look Like This!

Not a clue. Hitched up the same as usual & had no events along the way. I'm at a loss & I'm wondering what to go with as a replacement set up. I would call Reese and talk to them about it. Their hitches and dual cam setups have a lifetime warranty. I am sure that they can help you through tech support. No way that this should have happened under normal conditions.
CaLBaR 10/13/20 06:17am Travel Trailers
RE: Goodyear Endurance Tires VS Carlisle Trail HD Tires

carlisle has rep for being the cheap tire on the market also a rep for blow outs. they make lawn mower tires ,and still trying to get that right. Yes they did, at the same time that Goodyear made the piece of **** Marathon that had major blowouts too. Need to get with the times. The Carlisle HD has not had any issues reported that I have seen. I used them on my last trailer and a good tire. Rob
CaLBaR 10/07/20 05:43am Travel Trailers
RE: 75 Speed Limit - How Fast

German drivers are more considerate than North American drivers. The also follow the rules better when driving the Autobahn to avoid the mass collisions.Actually consideration has little to do with it. They know the laws and value their license because they cost a lot to get, both in time and money. None of this walk in the door, and if you can find the counter with minimal help, you get a license. They actually have to prove they both want and have earned a license. The licensing procedure is quite severe. Thanks for that information. Guess it is not so much a right there as it seems to be in North America.
CaLBaR 09/08/20 07:59am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Water pump check valve.

I have been looking for repair kit for a Lippert FlowMax pump but can't seem to find one. Mine seems to leak back too and will not hold pressure consistently. Looks like it is another Lippert throw-away item, replace it with a real pump that can be repaired. Unfortunately that seems to be it with this one. I know you can get diaphragm kits for Shurflo. This is disappointing from Lippert again. Guess will buy a Shurflo and not have this issue.
CaLBaR 09/07/20 02:39pm Tech Issues
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