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RE: 2019 Ram 6.4 drivers

I’m also looking at the 6.4. I haven’t heard anything negative yet with the new ones with the 8 speed. For your purpose I would definitely get the 4:10 gearing. If you order a 2020 you can get the optional 50 gal fuel tank, that would be nice pushing your tow range to about 400 miles. I say go get it so you can tell us how you like it. Lol
FireGuard 03/25/20 09:13pm Tow Vehicles
RE: We are gonna go camping!

Seems as though 'social distancing' is easier while camping than many other activities. Enjoy! RV is probably the safest place to be.
FireGuard 03/17/20 10:37am Toy Haulers
RE: Larger replacement fuel tanks for gas trucks

2020 Ram 6.4’s with the 8’ bed can get a 50 gal tank. Thanks, I didn’t know that and it’s only about a $200 option. That was a big consideration between Ram and Ford. May have to build and order a new truck.
FireGuard 03/15/20 12:52pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Larger replacement fuel tanks for gas trucks

I’m looking for one to replace the factory fuel tank. I need a clear bed to carry a truck camper.
FireGuard 03/14/20 01:43pm Tow Vehicles
Larger replacement fuel tanks for gas trucks

I had a larger replacement tank on my 03 Dodge Cummins which made it nice for traveling. I’m seriously considering a gas truck and like the Ram Hemi but with a 32 gal tank range is limited. I’m researching the new Ford 7.3 and you can get an optional tank around 50 gal. The tank manufacturers don’t list a tank for a gas truck so I’m wondering if they don’t make one and if there is a reason because of gas vs diesel.
FireGuard 03/14/20 11:52am Tow Vehicles
AAA changes RV towing benefits

I’ve had AAA with the RV/Motorcycle coverage for many years and have used a few tows for my cars over the years. Reading the recent member magazine, they posted an article saying the RV/Motorcycle plan will now be limited to the first $500 per year and a max of $1000 per family. So, now it looks like a tow for our RVs over $500 will come out of our pockets. Might be time to look for another plan like Good Sam or something similar. Anyone use another service that offers better benefits?
FireGuard 03/07/20 05:01pm Tow Vehicles
RE: GM/Chevy Is Coming Out With A New 6.6 Ltr/ V-8

That would make a sporty drive train for a 25’ class C, but like carringb said I wonder if it will be derrated like the Ford. Also, I wonder how long it will be before we start seeing the new Powertrains in RVs? Manufacturers may have a good supply of older chasis waiting to be built on.
FireGuard 03/07/20 03:57pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Help - Unsafe or Rock it?

Also, check the cab over height if it clears the truck cab. Many older campers may not fit the taller cab or bed height of the new trucks.
FireGuard 02/29/20 12:21am Truck Campers
RE: Registration Rant

I moved to Oregon from California a little over 2 years ago.It is like I moved to a different country. It seemed to me as though most things in Oregon were nearly free when compared to California. Real estate is cheap. My 4000 sq.ft house built in 2014 was $450,000. It has 4 bedrooms, 4 bath rooms, hardwood and tile floors, granite counter tops etc.Insurance on the house is 400% cheaper than I was paying in California for a 1200 sq.ft, 100 year old farm house. Vehicle fees and insurance are 3-400% cheaper. Electricity is 10 cents KW, 300% cheaper. Gas is 75 cents/gallon cheaper. It took about 15 minutes to get my CCW. $55 for 4 years and no restrictions on how many or the type of pistol I want to carry. In California, my CCW is only good for 2 years and it cost a little under $1000. You have to start the renewal process 9 months before it expires and bring in the 3 pistols you are allowed to be inspected.I can't carry the pistols I when I first got my CCW as they are now outlawed. In Oregon, I can buy a gun and walk out the store with it is 15 minutes or less. I was also able to buy all the suppressors I want, if I can afford the federal tax. Income tax is about the same as in California. No sales tax is a game changer, especially on large purchases,saving $4-10,000 on a new car. No smog tests, although is rural Northern and Eastern Calif. there are no smog tests in 18 counties. The weather in mid coastal Oregon is about the same as in Northern Calif. where I come from. It rains more days in Oregon, but the volume is much less. Darn you Skyhammer, when you lay it all out like that it makes me want to get the heck out of California. LOL I thought Oregon was turning very liberal as well? I agree getting a CCW here is a joke. I’m sure you’re aware now we have to get a permit and pay a fee to buy “Ammo”. And in LA County you have to leave a finger print. So much for freedom and the second amendment.
FireGuard 02/22/20 11:24am Truck Campers
Ram 6.4L 8 speed vs Ford 7.3 to carry truck camper

I’m in the market for a new DRW to carry a truck camper and think I’ve narrowed it down to a 3500/350 DRW CC 4x4 4:10/4:30 I’ve had a few newer CTDs and love the motor, but feel one of the new gas engines will meet my need without the cost, maintenance and complexity of a new diesel. I’ve read great reviews of the Ram with the new 8 speed but it looks like the 7.3 Ford may be a better engine with a more simple design and hopefully longevity. I haven’t seen many Fords on Auto Trader but it looks like I can get a new Ram Tradesman for around $43-44k. I will be carrying a TC approx 5k lbs and flat towing a 4K lb Jeep on occasion or similar trailer. The Hemi seems to be proven but obviously the 7.3L is new. What are your thoughts which would be better and why? Could I get a similar Ford for around the same price as the Ram? Also, I don’t “need” to buy until early fall so I have some time to see how the 7.3 works out. I know this could go in the TC forum, but I think there may be more experience on this forum for Powertrains.
FireGuard 02/22/20 11:16am Tow Vehicles
RE: Is A New 2018 Still New?

If you can get the new 2020 for $80k at 36% off, I wouldn’t even consider $75k for a 2018. Maybe $60k.
FireGuard 02/22/20 10:59am Class A Motorhomes
Ram 3500 DRW 6.4 8sp for TC?

Doing my research for a new TC hauler, I spent some time on Ram forum researching the new Hemi with 8 speed with positive results. Everyone who has the new 8 speed is very happy with the performance and the 3:73 vs 4:10 doesn’t seem to be as critical with the additional gears. For a 5k lb TC I would be looking at a 19-20 Ram 3500 CC DRW 4x4 6.4 8 speed 4:10. I like the new Ford 7.3 but my last 3 trucks have been Ram and I’m happy with them. A new Tradesman can be bought for low $40K range. I haven’t seen any Fords but I’m sure they will be significantly more expensive. My use would be carrying the TC and occasionally towing a 4K lb Jeep Wrangler. Based on recent tests, the Ford may offer a little better performance but I think the Ram will be plenty of truck for my needs. Anyone running the new Ram Hemi 8 speed and what are your thoughts.
FireGuard 02/21/20 05:50pm Truck Campers
RE: Thinkg of an Arctic Fox 990 - discount % off new?

That’s a good fight to have. Throw in the towel and go buy a new 990.
FireGuard 02/20/20 09:25am Truck Campers
RE: Registration Rant

The one that I marvel at is when Utah collects sales tax on the private sale of a vehicle. As does Idaho..Buy a vehicle anywhere even if there is know sales tax and register that new rig in Idaho,you pay sales tax on it first thing..So states with no sales tax means nothing to an Idaho resident.. A couple of years ago the car and truck was like $34 a year to register,now with the new law it runs about $60 for the soccer mom van and it was $83 for my pickup registered as a truck(over 10K) up to 16K in weight.. Better than most but it still sux.. That’s because us California people are moving there and messing up your beautiful state. LOL.
FireGuard 02/20/20 09:11am Truck Campers
RE: Thinkg of an Arctic Fox 990 - discount % off new?

I frequently check Craigslist and have noticed recently that there are many less TCs for sale than in the past. I’m not sure if newer is better but I also wasn’t impressed with the new Lance campers. Especially with a $35k plus price tag. I’m in the market for a small class C or leaning toward a DRW and larger TC. My favorites are still the early Lance Max models like the 981 or 1181/1191 in the 2005-2011 year range. They were well built and had a lot of features. And the best thing is you can find them for as low as $12k up to $20k for a really nice one. Same with the AF.
FireGuard 02/20/20 09:08am Truck Campers
RE: Registration Rant

I just read an article listing the states that the most people are leaving. Believe it or not, California was down the list like number 15 or so. Some of the top states are nice places to live, but the common reason was lack of jobs. That’s why being retired will be great (4 more years). You can live where you want and not have to worry about working and have the freedom to come and go as you wish, Following the good weather.
FireGuard 02/20/20 08:57am Truck Campers
RE: Registration Rant

It’s sunny and mid to high 70s here all week. I guess we can say some of our taxes pay for the great weather.
FireGuard 02/19/20 02:37pm Truck Campers
RE: They all think I'm CrAzY

It sounds like just you and your son? I’m assuming your talking about waiting out school just until this spring and then leaving. If that’s what you want to do, I would hold off on the RV and list your mobile home and stay in it until it sells. Then either get a Class C or you can buy a nice travel trailer for less than $10k. I agree with the storage comments, get rid of “Stuff” you don’t need. I’m researching minimalist living and have gotten rid of a lot of stuff. It’s hard at first but actually becomes addicting and you will be looking for things you can get rid of. It’s liberating and makes life more simple and meaningful. You can always borrow or rent almost anything. Most people who rent storage pay way more than what the stuff is worth. That’s why it’s a multi billion dollar business. For firearms, either find a friend or relative you trust or maybe inquire at a gun store. Or, I have plenty of room in my safe. LOL I agree with you about California. It’s such a beautiful state with amazing weather but the “leaders” have screwed it up so badly. I may be a few years behind you. Good Luck.
FireGuard 02/14/20 03:28pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: 25’ Class C. Ford vs Chevy opinion

Enjoyed your report except for “The salesman said the Chevy brakes....” What source? What tests? I agree. That’s the first time I’ve heard about Chevy having inferior brakes?
FireGuard 02/09/20 10:06am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Renting out your RV--Help

In the Southern Ca area Craig’s list I have seen a big increase in private owners listing their RVs for rent. MHs are $150-$400 per day. I think they only see the easy money but are oblivious to the negatives as many have pointed out. Several years ago I was camping in Big Sur and a nice family from Europe was next to me in a rental class C. He was hooked up to the water and when I went out later I saw water pouring out of every storage compartment under the coach. Not sure what he did wrong but glad it wasn’t mine. I was looking at a new C yesterday and the salesman wanted to show me the floor plan of a 2 yr old Winnebago rental with 49k miles. It was like walking into a nasty motel room. Smelled like a smoker had lived in it and even though it had been “cleaned” it felt filthy. The mattress was also missing. To top it off, he was only asking $10k less than the brand new one I was looking at. I would never rent my personal RV out.
FireGuard 02/09/20 09:51am Class A Motorhomes
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