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RE: Want to start an RV park...

Why are we talking him out of it? We need more parks:B Dan
Hammerboy 12/08/19 10:53am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: 5th wheel hitch installation

Congrats on the new truck, I also picked up a 2019 back in October as I didn't want the 2020. If you happen to have the prep package you can simply order one for your truck and drop it in. Mine did not have the prep package and I reused my B&W patriot and put in new rails. Having rails in my truck doesn't bother me at all so it worked for me. Consider doing it yourself. My dealer installed the rails on my last truck and I wasn't happy with their install so I installed the rails myself in the new one. So If you are doing rails and somewhat handy it's an easy install in terms of not complicated but there are tight areas so smaller the hands I think the better it is. Etrailer is a excellent place to order parts, excellent service and also have excellent how to videos on just about every product they sell. Dan
Hammerboy 12/08/19 08:42am Tow Vehicles
RE: Worst RV Brand List

I don't put much stock into the list. The bigger the company the more complaints your going to get. We had a 2017 Forest River Wildcat that had some cosmetic issues in the exterior fiberglass and a floor that developed soft spots. Forest River (at least the Wildcat division) replaced our fifth wheel without me even asking. While it sucked having to have repairs, I was blown away that they would do this. They also would compensated me for any mods that couldn't easily be taken off (such as a pressure tank and new bath fan), plus as a bonus the new one came with a second AC unit and 16" tires vs the 15" Forest river builds **** like the rest of them but I cannot complain about their service. When reading about the horror stories of getting repairs done I didn't have high hopes but they proved me wrong. It also helps having good dealer to go to bat for you as well. Dan
Hammerboy 12/08/19 07:58am General RVing Issues
RE: jack pads

I use these for our fifth and come in many sizes Footing Pads Dan I don't doubt the effectiveness of those things but one can buy a whole pile of damaged but perfectly suitable wood for the price of those. That may be but they are a lot cheaper than Snap Pads. I have mine permanently fixed. Dan
Hammerboy 12/01/19 06:31am General RVing Issues
RE: Do you have a bed liner?

I have the Reflex bedliner on my current truck as well as my last truck. I actually like it better than the Linex I had in my 2004 truck from years ago. It's very grippy as well as durable. Dan
Hammerboy 11/30/19 05:58pm Tow Vehicles
RE: jack pads

I use these for our fifth and come in many sizes Footing Pads Dan
Hammerboy 11/30/19 05:49pm General RVing Issues
RE: Thomas Payne Furniture - AVOID IT

Geez, and we wonder why forum participation has fallen off. Give it a few more years and it's going to be just a few crotchety old people left doing nothing but throwing out snarky comments. Give people a break here. Who cares if it's a newby posting, I wouldn't want to come back around either given the tone of some of these threads. We tend to bash people when they have a complaint, bash them when they asked a question thats been asked many times and be told to use the search funtion, etc As I said give them a break. :R Dan
Hammerboy 11/27/19 06:07am General RVing Issues
RE: Pigion Forge TN

I agree that the Pigeon Forge/Gatlinburg area is one giant tourist trap. But that doesn't mean that is a negative. Some people like tourist trap type stuff myself included to a certain extent. I do like Gatlinburg better as it is walk able whereas Pigeon Forge you need to drive unless you take the trolley of course. Dan
Hammerboy 11/23/19 06:24am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: 22" to 24" portable gas griddle

While Blackstone are more popular primarily because they are sold everywhere, I actually prefer the Camp Chef stoves. They also will convert into a grill top or even a pizza oven. We have the Camp Chef Explorer and love it. Here are a couple of small portable models. Camp Chef Dan
Hammerboy 11/23/19 06:18am General RVing Issues
Unfair Reservation System?

Looking ahead to the 2020 season, one of the parks we stay at every year has a new way for reserving sites that I never encountered before. Aune Osborn (awesome park for ship watching) which is a city owned park in Sault Ste. Marie Michigan which for this upcoming season has it set up so if you are staying a month or more you get the first couple of days once the reservation window opens up. Then after those two days are up the people with 2 weeks or more get the next two days, and then finally it's open to everyone else which includes us as we usually stay for only a few days. Problem is its going to be impossible to reserve the river front sites that we always have had as we get last chance after the longer term people. I guess it probably makes sense for filling sites but the fact it is no longer a level field really stinks. We will see what happens, if we can't get the river front sites we will most likely move on to somewhere else. :( Aune Osborn schedule Dan
Hammerboy 11/16/19 11:29am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: best 5th wheel hitch for std. bed 2500HD Chevy

Why can't we call it what it is? "Standard Cab" ??? It's either a SB or a LB. Rant over! Anything B&W, pick your hitch you can't go wrong. I think the manufacturers at least GM calls them standard beds and long beds. I have the B&W Patriot slider (rail mount) and it's a very well built hitch. I may look into getting a non sliding Patriot 18k hitch in the future though. The only time I ever use the maneuvering position is when I back it down a steep hill into my barn. I never came close to needing to use the slider when camping. Modern fifth wheels with the rounded caps makes it much more maneuverable, but not saying it's not possible to hit your cab though. Dan
Hammerboy 11/14/19 05:16am Tech Issues
RE: F150 HD Payload and Max Trailer - How to spot them?

All HD Payload packages are long bed and have 7 lug axles(versus 6 for the standard F150) in that model year. Because of this the HD's had a special wheel that the regular trucks did not have so they should be easy to spot a mile a way. The 2015 and up HD F150's have a 6 lug axle. It is only the 2011-2014 that had a 7 lug. To muddy it up a bit more, I had a '97 (I think) F 250 with the new 5.4 Triton which was actually a heavy F 150 that had 7 bolt wheels. As I said it was a F 250 but not of the Super Duty variety, kind of an odd duck, I think they only made it for one year. Dan
Hammerboy 11/13/19 08:47pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 4 sec 0-60 in an EcoBoost F150

and it will pull any size 5W you want to hook to it, ask Ford. Or your local rv salesman. Dan
Hammerboy 11/13/19 08:39pm Tow Vehicles
RE: I think they’re doing it wrong

It looks like it would at least soften the hard bumps :B. Given his hitch I'm curious what he did to his bedliner. Dan
Hammerboy 11/13/19 08:24pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Demco Autoslide or B&W Companion Slider

I've had both types so I'll tell you my 2 cents. I currently have a B&W Patriot manual slider and had the Pullrite auto slider on a past rig. While both are well built I'll still take my manual B&W over the Pullrite again. The manual slide is VERY easy even if you have to get out of the truck. The Pullrite was a PITA when hooking at an angle, something like over 7 degrees from center in either direction I would have to separate the head from the hitch and then hook it up again the same way. And believe it or not there are times I want it slid back when I am not in a turning situation such as when I am backing down my hill to my barn so I don't come in contact with my tailgate and overhang. Again, I may be in the minority but I'll take my manual over the auto. Dan
Hammerboy 11/09/19 09:27pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Gm 2500HD GAS VS DIESEL

Glad you stated all the so called facts... but not one size fits all, for u I’m glad. For others it doesn’t work that way. It is what it is... diesels are not the cure all but neither is gas. Again, I don’t buy into all the facts.... different markets, lots of variables and tons of so called experts everywhere. The only advantage a gasser has over a diesel is cheaper initial cost. ALL other performance factors will favor diesel. I challenge you to point out a performance parameter that a gasser does better than a diesel. U forgot to add in the extra expense of overall ownership of a diesel. Why do you think that major companies across the country such as UPS and FEDEX are going to gas jobs... I I think that's simply because diesel doesn't do well with all the stop and go driving that they do all day. Why do you think gas isn't taking over semi trucking? Dan
Hammerboy 10/28/19 06:59am Tow Vehicles
RE: Questions about pulling a fifth-wheel with a half ton TV

Pull that with the 1/2 ton and find a buddy has a 3/4 of 1 ton and tow it. You won't want to go back to the 1/2 ton city truck. Pull that with a 3/4 or 1 ton, and find a buddy with a F650, or MTD, you will never go back to the 3/4 ton city truck. Except that 1/2 tons and 3/4-1 tons srw are similar size when it comes to driving and parking. The big boys are a different story and I would have no interest in driving those around unhitched in a parking lot. Dan
Hammerboy 10/27/19 06:48pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Gm 2500HD GAS VS DIESEL

Folks can justify a purchase decision however they see fit. When resell is worth more on the "back end" that's only because you paid more on the "front end". You only recoup a percentage of that front end premium if you're lucky. Heck yes a gasser is going to be worth less on the back end because it was worth less on the front end. A diesel is not gaining anything at all, its not appreciating. People tend to believe forum bull if that's what makes them happy Having and having had more than a few diesel trucks expecting some type of windfall at resell or trade had nothing to do with the decision to buy them. I don't think anyone said diesel is gaining value. All that we are saying is when someone tries to calculate the costs of owning diesel they forget you will get a large majority of the cost back. Probably 70-80% or even more of the initial money spent on the diesel option. Spend 10k for the diesel you get 7-8k back on resale for example. Dan
Hammerboy 10/27/19 10:59am Tow Vehicles
RE: Gm 2500HD GAS VS DIESEL

Like another poster said you dont need to pay it off, besides calculate in the resale that will be much higher. Also do you figure payoff buying higher trim levels or options vs bare bones? Money saved there that could buy the diesel option. Dan
Hammerboy 10/26/19 11:37am Tow Vehicles
RE: 5th wheel hitches

While I agree a 3500 would have been better, the 2020's have considerably more payload than the outgoing model. But with the gooseneck now moved behind the axle on the 2020 generation he may run out of his rear axle rating real quickly. Dan
Hammerboy 10/23/19 05:31am Towing
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