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RE: Air Bag Pressure

Hello, Appreciate all the answers. I have about 300# to 400# RAWR reserve, so this is just a matter of the best ride. With the bags at 5 PSI, the ride is poor. 30 PSI is better and I now seem to like 38 PSI. The truck is fairly level at 38 PSI. I think the best level is from 30 to 45 PSI for the air bags and the best ride. One of the YouTube popular shows for Rv's uses 45 PSI on an F-350 with a toy hauler. Best, Crespro
Crespro 02/14/21 06:12pm Fifth-Wheels
Air Bag Pressure

Hi, For those of you with air bags on the rear axle and a fifth wheel, how much pressure do you use? I started with 30 PSI and now increased to 38 PSI. About 2,750# of pin weight. Crespro
Crespro 02/12/21 10:36pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Going back to gasser based on needs (need advice)

Hi. Good discussion. My truck is rated 18.9K/26K with the 4.30 and 14.8K/21.8K with the 3.55.
Crespro 12/18/20 05:00pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Going back to gasser based on needs (need advice)

Hi. Not the same change, but I went from a 40DP with a Cummins 400ISL to the 7.3, ten speed and 4.30. Tow a 13.6K fifth wheel with about 21K on a 26K GCWR. TFL Truck towed 16K up the IKE with this combination, so it can go anywhere you need to. You will have substantial downshifts on the hills, but the same transmission is rated for 43K in the F-350 diesel, so I think it will be fine. I do not track mileage carefully, but guess I am at 14 empty and 7 towing. The gasser is much better for me -- about 75% of miles are not towing. I am getting used to the long bed, but the SRW is much better for parking in town.
Crespro 12/17/20 03:06pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford F-250 7.3 Gas Engine Axle Ratios

I have the 7.3 with the 4.30. I am very happy with that combination. Because I tow a fifth wheel, I have the long bed with the 48 gallon gas tank. It is a good combination. I bought the 4x2 for two reasons. DW likes the ride with the IFS -- very important. Plus, with the 4x2 and the 7.3, we have about 1,200# more available payload than the f-250 with the diesel. While the 6.7 diesel is a great engine, the 7.3 with the 4.30 is a better option for us. About 2,000 rpm at 65 mph. You would not want to be lower in rpm because you are then lower on the HP and torque charts.
Crespro 12/13/20 09:13pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Curiosity caught the Cheshire cat

Went past a Ford dealer couple weeks ago and noticed he had 2 SD dallies on the lot. Stopped by the following week to take a gander at them. 1 was a 450 Lariat and the other a 350 XLT. 79 and 70K respectively. Anyways, didn't spend a whole lotta time there, but on the 350 (very well equipped), it was a '21, 4.10 gears and had the 10 speed tranny. So it got me to thinking and perhaps a little drooling too, but what is the RPM difference between a 4.10 6 speed and 4.10 10 speed at 60-70 mph? On my '17 350 w/ the 4.10 6 spd, I'm at 2100 at 70 mph. With my 7.3L, ten speed and 4.30, I run just under 2,000 rpm at 65 mph. I think the 4.30 and 7.3 is an excellent combination.
Crespro 12/11/20 04:36pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Long Road trip

We had three motorhomes before our fifth wheel. When I had business on the east coast, the motorhomes with toad were great. We did all lower 48 states in about six weeks each summer. Now, we take a long weekend trip in CA each month, so a fifth wheel works well. The 35 foot fifth wheel has a modestly better living space than the 40DP. We will take a ten day trip next summer and I will have a better picture, but I tend to think we prefer the fifth wheel for our present use. Crespro
Crespro 11/27/20 10:44pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Solar Tax Credit

Hello, This is an interesting concept. Let me quote the IRC and an IRS Notice. It appears that a full-timer who uses a class A, fifth wheel or TT as principal residence does qualify. There may be an argument that the first bold limitation is descriptive and the second bold sentence permits the credit for an RV. You should share this with your CPA who will make the decision. Crespro ======================== I.R.C. § 25D(d)(2) Qualified Solar Electric Property Expenditure — The term “qualified solar electric property expenditure” means an expenditure for property which uses solar energy to generate electricity for use in a dwelling unit located in the United States and used as a residence by the taxpayer. Q&A on Tax Credits for Sections 25C and 25D Notice 2013-70 SECTION 1. PURPOSE This notice provides guidance with respect to the credits for nonbusiness energy property under § 25C of the Internal Revenue Code (Code) and residential energy efficient property under § 25D of the Code. This notice incorporates the changes made to § 25C by section 710 of the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010, Pub. L. No. 111-312, 124 Stat. 3296 (2010) (the 2010 Act) and to § 25C and § 25D by sections 104 and 401 of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, Pub. L. No. 112-240, 126 Stat. 2313 (2013) (the 2012 Act). SECTION 3. QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS RELATED TO BOTH § 25C (NONBUSINESS ENERGY PROPERTY) AND § 25D (RESIDENTIAL ENERGY EFFICIENT PROPERTY) Q-6: Are the credits available for improvements made to a second home (for example, a vacation home or an investment property)? A-6: Improvements made to a second home are not eligible for the credit under § 25C. Section 25C(c) and (d) require qualified energy efficiency improvements and residential energy property to be installed in or on a dwelling unit owned and used by the taxpayer as the taxpayer’s principal residence (within the meaning of § 121). With respect to the credit under § 25D, fuel cell property credits are not available for second homes. Section 25D(d)(3) requires fuel cell property to be installed on or in connection with a dwelling unit that is used as the taxpayer’s principal residence (within the meaning of § 121). However, a taxpayer may claim a § 25D credit for other qualifying properties described in § 25D that are not fuel cell properties (solar electric property, solar water heating property, small wind energy property, and geothermal heat pump property) installed in or on a dwelling unit used as a second home or a vacation home by the taxpayer. But a taxpayer may not claim the § 25D credit for expenditures for improvements made to an investment property, such as rental property, that is not also used as a residence by the taxpayer. (2) Dwelling unit. For purposes of this paragraph (e), the term dwelling unit has the same meaning as in section 280A(f)(1), but does not include appurtenant structures or other property. Sec. 280A(f)Definitions and special rules (1)Dwelling unit defined For purposes of this section— (A)In general The term “dwelling unit” includes a house, apartment, condominium, mobile home, boat, or similar property, and all structures or other property appurtenant to such dwelling unit.
Crespro 11/23/20 09:03pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: The price of new trucks is beyond comprehension!

Hello, Interesting thread. I have taught Dave Ramsey FPU for ten years. He has good advice on personal finances. Interesting you mention teaching Dave Ramsey FPU. I used to listen with great fascination to his spot on Siruis years ago. Channel 151? I forget now. I learned a lot, even though I didnt always agree with some concepts, he had the credentials, so I knew he was right and I was wrong. Wonderful teacher! And he was very much against leasing a vehicle. Now, do you remember what he called a lease? Dave Ramsey does not like a lease, for good reason. He also likes buying used. We have bought DD's off a three year lease return for a good price. We bought the F250 new because that was the only way to have the 7.3L, 4.30, ten speed and LB in one truck. So far so good. This is a keeper!
Crespro 11/19/20 01:13pm Tow Vehicles
RE: The price of new trucks is beyond comprehension!

Hello, Interesting thread. I have taught Dave Ramsey FPU for ten years. He has good advice on personal finances. We have paid cash for all vehicles since 1992. We bought the new fifth wheel and gas F250 this year. I ordered and got a good price by flying to Houston, picking up the F250 there and the fifth wheel on the way back in Las Cruces. This is probably the last RV (three prior class A RVs, last one a 40DP with a Cummins 400ISL) and most likely the final truck. I like the gas engine. About 80% DD and 20% towing. Yes, it does rev higher on hills towing, but it is rated for 26K GCWR and does fine at 21K. The TFLTruck F250 pulled 16K up the IKE (to 11,000 feet at Eisenhower Pass). My truck rated the top of the gassers for TFL on the IKE. I pull 14K up and down the coast of CA and it does fine. If you tow heavy and often, you should have a diesel. If you are like me and tow low altitude and a reasonable load with a ten speed tranny and 4.30 rear axle, you will be fine with a gasser. Best, Crespro
Crespro 11/14/20 09:05pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Axle Ratio, new truck

I have the F-250 with 7.3 gas and 4.30 axle. When I am not towing, it runs right at 2,000 rpm at 65 in 10th gear. If you order, by all means get the 4.30.
Crespro 11/04/20 04:56pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Dualie vs SRW benefits?

The difference in price between a diesel srw and a 7.3 litre gasoline powered dually is about $6500. You’d likely get $5k of that back 12 years down the road. For a 15k fiver I think you’d be much happier with a SRW diesel than a dual wheeled gasser. Diesel Price on same F-350 with $3K discount is about $64K or $10K more. I agree the diesel is a great engine (had a 400 ISL in my Monaco), but the 7.3 gas is a good option up to 16K. If you plan to tow over 16K, you clearly should have a diesel. Base MSRPS1 $46,305 Total of OptionsS4 $19,385 Destination ChargesS17 $1,695 Total MSRPS16 $67,385 2020 Ford Super Duty F-350 XLT Crew Cab®, 8’ Box, 6.7L Power Stroke® V8 Turbo Diesel Engine, TorqShift® 10-speed Automatic Transmission, 4.10 Limited Slip Axle Ratio, 4X2, DRW$46,305 Iconic Silver$0 Power Stroke® V8 Turbo Diesel Engine 4X2 TorqShift® 10-speed Automatic Transmission with Selectable Drive Modes 4.10 Limited Slip Axle Ratio Ultimate Trailer Tow Camera System with Pro Trailer Backup Assist™$1,600 XLT Premium Package $3,025 11,400 (SRW)/13,000 (DRW Only) GVWR Package $0 17" Forged Polished Aluminum Wheels with Bright Hub Cover and Center Ornament (DRW)$600 Tailgate Step with Tailgate Assist $375 Bedliner – Tough Bed® Spray-in$595 Rear Window – Defrost with Privacy Glass $60 5th-Wheel/Gooseneck Hitch Prep Package $500 BoxLink™$0 Hitch Kit – 5th Wheel, 27.5K$1,495 PowerScope® Telescoping Trailer Tow Mirrors $280 6-inch Angular Chrome Running Boards $0 LT245/75Rx17E BSW A/S Tires$0
Crespro 10/19/20 08:27pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Dualie vs SRW benefits?

This F-350 DRW could be ordered with about $3K discount. For $54K, this is a fine vehicle. Yes, it does not pull like a diesel, but for a fifth wheel up to about 16K, it will perform quite well. Base MSRPS1 $46,305 Total of OptionsS4 $8,915 Destination ChargesS17 $1,695 Total MSRPS16 $56,915 2020 Ford Super Duty F-350 XLT Crew Cab®, 8’ Box, 7.3L 2V DEVCT NA PFI V8 Engine, TorqShift® 10-speed Automatic Transmission, 4.30 Limited Slip Axle Ratio, 4X2, DRW$46,305 Iconic Silver$0 7.3L 2V DEVCT NA PFI V8 Engine 4X2 TorqShift® 10-speed Automatic Transmission with Selectable Drive Modes 4.30 Limited Slip Axle Ratio Ultimate Trailer Tow Camera System with Pro Trailer Backup Assist™$1,600 XLT Value Package $1,600 11,400 (SRW)/13,000 (DRW Only) GVWR Package $0 Tailgate Step with Tailgate Assist $375 Bedliner – Tough Bed® Spray-in $595 5th-Wheel/Gooseneck Hitch Prep Package$500 Hitch Kit – 5th Wheel, 27.5K $1,495 6-inch Angular Chrome Running Boards $695
Crespro 10/18/20 09:25pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 220V circuit for electric dryer

Our Whirlpool stacked pair are both 110V - and the same size as the Splendide stackables. Rob Hi Rob, Interesting idea. I found this Whirlpool option: Whirlpool WFW5090JW Washer LDR3822PQ Dryer. It is not a matched pair, but both from Whirlpool and the dryer is 110V. It can be stacked. The washer seems to have some better ratings than the Splendide. Does anyone know about the comparison between this Whirlpool washer and the Splendide? Thanks, Charles
Crespro 06/23/20 09:16pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 220V circuit for electric dryer

Yes, it is possible. Hi end Class A diesel builder's sometimes include a 220 circuit for a dryer. The 50 amp panel has the 2 separate 120 phase inputs to run the 220 circuit. You just have to run the wiring from the breaker panel to the Washer/Dryer closet. The reason the Builders do not include is COST. Lack of really needing a 220 dryer is the other. Doug Doug, Thanks for your always perceptive insights. Yes, the RV W/D does not get the use of a home unit, so the 220V unit is not as important. Still, the LG/GE/Samsung W/D units are likely to be better quality and more durable long term. It would seem that the cost for a manufacturer to do the 220V dryer outlet during the build should be quite moderate. I would hope they start to do this on the high-end RV units. The other thought is that the high-end RV units are competing with the better timeshares. The high-end RV unit is a portable one bedroom apartment -- it can have a residential refer, a dishwasher and a comparable W/D unit. Over the last three decades that we have owned RVs, the trend is clear. Best, Crespro
Crespro 06/23/20 03:45pm Class A Motorhomes
220V circuit for electric dryer

Hello, I have been looking at Class A coaches and a number of the new RVs have a stacked washer and dryer. The Ariston are fine with the 110V outlet, but if there were a 220V circuit, the apartment models (Samsung and others) would be an option. For our electrical gurus -- is there a reason the RV builders do not include a 220V outlet with 50 amp service? Is this technically possible? Thanks, Crespro
Crespro 06/23/20 11:26am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Airbag Inflation Systems

I am interested in this topic. Plan to put the wireless Airlift bags and compressor in a new F250. I think we will be using 10 PSI unloaded and about 50 PSI loaded. I will know more when the truck comes in.
Crespro 06/11/20 05:15pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Should we buy a Ford 5th Wheel Hitch?

Hello again, We have talked this over and can see that you should have a dually diesel for a 41 foot fifth wheel. There is a strong possibility that there will be growth in the weight of the pin. So, we like the F250 with the 7.3 and will keep our order. In August we will select a 35 foot fifth wheel or a 38 foot TT. Both are well within the capability of our F250. Thanks, Crespro
Crespro 05/31/20 10:41pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Should we buy a Ford 5th Wheel Hitch?

Hello, We have an F250 on order and are thinking about a 5th wheel. It should be about 15.5K loaded (16.8K max gross weight). The Ford F250 has the eight foot box and the 5th wheel prep. Would you buy the Ford hitch (18K rating) or another 5th wheel hitch? Thanks, Crespro Crespro, Are you aware of the drivers license requirement for 5th Wheels over 15k GVWR in California? Just asking as most aren't aware, and most dealers don't or won't tell you. Rich Thanks. I will contact DMV for the test. It seems both the 15K 5th wheel and 10K TT drivers need this.
Crespro 05/31/20 04:43pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Should we buy a Ford 5th Wheel Hitch?

Hello Folks, I appreciate the thoughts of those who suggest we should all follow the proper specs and the statement that the Ford is a Reese hitch. Let me share our specs and then I will return to the 5th wheel hitch question. We had a 40DP from 2005 until 2017, so some of our user specs come from that experience. We traveled with the 40 DP in all 48 lower states, but now plan to stay mostly on the California coast in our favorite RV parks. So a towable makes sense. The Solitude we looked at Saturday passes the Kitchen, Living Room, Bath and One-Half, Bedroom, and Décor Specs. The tow vehicle must pass both the Ford and the user specs. The current Super Duty Towing Guide on the Ford website shows 19,000# 5th wheel towing capacity for the 7.3 with 4.30 axle. The F250 truck manual shows 26,000# for the GCWR. The UVW spec is 6,500# for the 7.3, eight foot bed and our options. The gross is 10,000#, producing a payload of 3,500#. The RAWR is 6,340# and initial pin weight is 2,800#. With growth to 3,100# pin weight, DW and I, we should be about 15.5K on the 19K, 22K on the 26K and about 6K on the 6.34K axle ratings. We can store any extras in the RV. The 40DP had four air bags for suspension and that has created an expectation. We hope the 4x2 front axle IFS and two airbags on the rear axle will produce a compliant ride spec. A 4WD or F350 will fail the desired ride spec. :-( Many years ago I was in Detroit and had friends who were Ford engineers. The Ford engineers create the 19K and 26K specification with unpublished but real safety margins. My numbers show added safety margins over theirs (about 3K or 4K under the towing and GCVR numbers). I understand safety and these two margins are sufficient. Thanks for everyone who responded. The Ford website does not offer any details other than the 18K rating on the Reese hitch. Knowing Ford, I suspect this is derated from a higher level. Thanks for replying, Crespro
Crespro 05/31/20 04:22pm Tow Vehicles
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