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RE: NEW TRUCK!!!

Ummmm. Must be like buying a fancy luxury car; Mercedes, BMW. I won't ask you personally and don't want to know, but I'm wondering how many young folks buy and finance these things for a hundred years.I have not had a car payment in decades. That will remain so going forward. As for the youngsters.... Starting out they likely need to have car payments. Hopefully many will get off the payment train ASAP.
Huntindog 08/22/19 12:27pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Camco EAZ-LIFT R6 TT Hitch

I haven't been able to find much actual info on the hitch, besides their terrible promotional videos. How does this bearing "push" anything? That's not how typical bearings work... Does it have some sort of ramp or cam built in? See this video at about about 1:54 and 3:40 minutes. Turning the on/off cam engages the leaf springs under the single ball shown in the bottom plate. The underside of the bar holders are slopped to work with the ball bearing and exert the resistance/push force. There are two cam's - one for each bar.IMO, it is another marketing gimmick. In the past, the DC was looked at by an engineer on this site. He did all of the calculations, and the cams did not really add much. The DC is a friction based system..... And I believe the Camco to be the same.... If one really stops blindly accepting the marketing propaganda and thinks about it with a critical mindset.... It makes sense. If these cams really had enough force to"push" a trailer back into alignment, then towing in low traction situations would have rigs driving right off the roads on curves. There have been exactly zero reports of this happening. So the aligning force can not be much. This is not to say that these hitches do not work well.... They obviously do. They just do not do it in a the way the marketing suggests. They are first, and foremost friction based systems.
Huntindog 08/22/19 02:26am Travel Trailers
RE: NEW TRUCK!!!

Congrats. What color did you get?White again. 3rd white truck in a row... Boring I know. At first it was because white held up better over time. But with the improvements in paint/clearcoats, that advantage has mostly evaporated. But white is still markedly cooler in the summer. I live in Phoenix AZ, where temps go over 110 pretty often, over 115 on occasion. White just makes sense to us.
Huntindog 08/21/19 07:43pm Tow Vehicles
NEW TRUCK!!!

Is on the way. We pulled the trigger today on a 2020 Silverado High Country 3500 DRW Crew Cab Duramax/Allison 4x4. Got just about everything but the Sunroof and blackout lights. Should arrive in 8-10 weeks.
Huntindog 08/21/19 06:06pm Tow Vehicles
RE: I drove a 2020 Silverado D/A 3500HD today

I actually do not mind the painted Bumpers looks. It is the paint chips that I don't care for. I know that the paints improve every year, so perhaps it will hold up well. I did look at the 2019s bumper parts, and it appears that the Chrome/painted ones are interchangable. A search online with aftermarket OEM clones showed prices as low as 260.00 for the chrome ones. I am not concerned about the clones qualty, as I had to purchase one for a toyota many years ago. That Bumper was identical to the OEM one, and is still looking good today. So yeah, if paint chips become an issue, I believe a chrome bumper will be the solution. Such a small trivial item that can be easily and affordably fixed, is not something that I will base a truck purchase on.
Huntindog 08/16/19 06:50pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Installing a hitch costs and needs

First question is the weight of the TT. Is that dry/empty? Or gross/loaded. 3000# is a pretty light TT, and would not require much. Need to know the GVWR, if 3000 is not it.
Huntindog 08/16/19 03:40pm Travel Trailers
RE: I drove a 2020 Silverado D/A 3500HD today

They hold their value. I was mid 70's for an LTZ SRW. Looks like a major interior upgrade is coming soon on the 1500's and so the HD's will be a year or so behind that. I will hold off on replacing my '18. I went in a couple days ago looking and ended up taking home a ZR2. I always wanted one and I can keep some of the nonpaying miles off my D/A (that's how I justified it anyway). Huntindog did you notice any dead pedal on your test drive? I cant say how bad I want that gone.No I did not notice it. Honestly though, there were so many other things I was paying attention to, that I may have missed it.... I will say that if it is still there, it is greatly reduced.
Huntindog 08/15/19 02:00am Tow Vehicles
RE: Two honda generators in tandem

4200 is surge value run is 1600 and maybe 1760 with eco switch off 2200 is 1800W continous 2000 is 1600 continous. Issue isn't the running current it's the darn 50+ A locked rotor draw. So a 2200 in parallel with a 2000 is 3400W continous,more than enough to keep the AC and other stuff running. It's GETTING it running that's the tough one.My 2000 watt Hondas have ran my 15K @9000' in AZ with no problem. I do make sure that the WH and Fridge are not on AC. If those two happen to come on at the same time as the AC.... That would be a problem.
Huntindog 08/14/19 08:45pm Travel Trailers
RE: I drove a 2020 Silverado D/A 3500HD today

I'd love to buy a new D/A but the price, wow. We have talked about getting a used diesel pusher instead of a new up truck and fifth wheel for retirement. New truck and FW would push us north of $150000. Still trying to figure out what to do. It's only money and we only live once.The good news is that my 2011 is worth a lot more than I figured. That's gonna take the sting out of it some.
Huntindog 08/14/19 08:04pm Tow Vehicles
RE: I drove a 2020 Silverado D/A 3500HD today

In short.... I LIKE. They look really good in person. I do wish the High Country had the LTZ chrome bumper. The 10 speed tranny is seamless, and the Dmax power is there as usual. Lots of G whiz features. I love the HUD display. It is gonna be a definate upgrade over my 2011. I had her build a High Country 3500 DRW 4X4 CC DA. Out the door right at 80K. Gonna shop around and see if I can do better. But I see myself placing an order soon. don't know about the 2020, but my 2015.5 Denali also had the painted front and rear bumpers. Yes, they look nice, but pick up rock chips and scratches that a Chrome bumper won't. I also wish it had the chrome bumpers. I think at the time the High country also had the painted bumper.My thoughts exactly. I wonder if the LTZ Bumper would bolt up. If so, I see a upcoming mod already.
Huntindog 08/14/19 08:00pm Tow Vehicles
I drove a 2020 Silverado D/A 3500HD today

In short.... I LIKE. They look really good in person. I do wish the High Country had the LTZ chrome bumper. The 10 speed tranny is seamless, and the Dmax power is there as usual. Lots of G whiz features. I love the HUD display. It is gonna be a definate upgrade over my 2011. I had her build a High Country 3500 DRW 4X4 CC DA. Out the door right at 80K. Gonna shop around and see if I can do better. But I see myself placing an order soon.
Huntindog 08/14/19 04:51pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Permanent propane tank for RV home storage?

As has already been said. Most TTs with a sealed underbelly heat the tanks with the PROPANE furnace. So using space heaters etc. instead will do very little to keep the plumbing from freezing. As usual PT chimed in with how he does it. But if you go back in history and read his posts.... He has done a lot of mods to his RV, which is a class C (NOT a TT) to make it possible. He is neglecting to tell you the whole story. Before I made my extreme cold mods, my TT was good to 6-7 F. That was with the heater running pretty much constantly. The tanks/plumbing only recieve furnace heat, when it is running. Now at temps in the twentys, the heater can run a lot less without freezeups. But I would not attempt to cut it close on the Tstat setting. Set it at 60 or so and be safe. Keep it simple and effective. Use propane.
Huntindog 08/14/19 04:46am Travel Trailers
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

I think Tesla could be more successful with minimal focus on self driving. Smart cruise is good. Maybe lane departure warning for highway travel. That would be a good stopping point. IMO the rest of the work to attempt FSD is holding Tesla back from producing more models, more production, higher quality, better service. I know nothing about the FSD technology except it would seem like a big sink hole for money that could be better used in other areas.This is an excellent post! Perhaps Elon will read it, and take it to heart.
Huntindog 08/14/19 01:51am Tow Vehicles
RE: Equal-izer Hitch Bars

Seems like 1200 lb bars to me. I don't think the weight in the bed comes into play. When you do the calculation on their website they ask for the bed weight i guess because you are transferring weight from the rear axle and anything over the axle adds to the transfer weight What is the issue with having to stiff of the bars? 1400 versus 1200 I can tell you exactly what the issue will be, Just found this out myself. I had done some calculations prior to buying my Blue Ox, and had come up with a receiver weight of 1200 pounds. That is the weight of the trailer tongue as well as the hitch itself. So I went and got the 1500 pound BO. As far as distributing weight, it worked perfectly, transferred everything properly, BUT I could not get the required bar tension for the sway control to function. When I did, it lifted the rear too much, and dropped the front end past the unloaded fender height. I wound up with having to buy a new set of 1000 pound bars that resolved the issue. Turns out when I did my calculations I had included adding a rack above the LP tanks to mount an 80 pound Generator, which would have added 130 pounds to the 890 the tongue weighs now, putting me over the 1000 pound mark for tongue weight, but when I finally got around to measuring the A frame to see if the rack would fit, which it wont, I had already bought the BO and set it up. So no, bigger bars will not work, they cannot be tensioned enough if the weight isn't there, and will not apply the proper sway control. What is required to get an accurate weight for the spring bars is three things, the weight of the trailer tongue, the weight of the hitch itself, and the weight of anything in the bed behind the rear axle. I never added anything behind the axle, it all fit in front of it, so even though I carry the generator in the bed, it is not carried by the receiver. Generally, anything carried by the receiver is what you size the bars to, not the hitch. The receiver is that socket under the bumper, not the hitch the trailer connects to, some folks get that part wrong, so just want to make sure it is understood the difference. If you don't have the trailer and need a rough estimate, take the curb weight, which is the UVW, and add at least 1000-1200 pounds to it for cargo and water, and use that number * 13%. So say the UVW is 5000, like mine, I carry 1500 pounds of cargo, and weigh 6550. 6550 * .13 = 851. Mine is closer to 13.5%, hence 890 pounds.This is an excellent post. The integreted sway control hitches rely on TW for the sway control. IOW, proper sizing and setup are important. This is why I often recommend that newbies start with a standard WD with the add on friction control. You can miss the setup by a lot with them, and still derive some benefit from it. Later with more experience and knowledge, they can get a integreted SC if they desire.
Huntindog 08/13/19 04:24pm Travel Trailers
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

“It’s as if you take your car to the shop and you have a 20 gallon tank but now you have a 10 gallon tank without your knowledge or permission,” Smith said in an interview.It's actually worse than he says. It is as if the manufacturer came to your house and switched your fuel tank out for a smaller one in the middle of the night. Even if Teslas wasn't playing games like this... It is one of my major issues with EVs. Batteries lose capacity with age and cycles. A ICE fuel tank is the same size forever. Fwiw Tesla has 8 year unlimited mileage warranty,which most assuradly will not cover normal wear of the battery. IOW, so long as it is deemed "seviceable" by Tesla.... It is fine, Even if it's capacity has shrunk dramatically. And Batery tech keeps on improving all the time By the time it needs replacing if when warranty runs out batteries will be much better and cheaper Id think.You think? I KNOW that a battery replacement will NOT be free.. And I also know that a ICE fuel tank will NEVER shrink. Tesla shutle driving 17.000 miles per month https://www.teslarati.com/tesla-model-s-quality-durability-on-display-in-450k-mile-car-still-going-strong/ Drive your ICE 17K a month and let us know how long will your vehicle last and how much you spent on fuel and maintanance..good luckYou guys reaaly should read the links that get posted:Avatar ByDacia J. FerrisPosted on May 23, 2019 The quality and durability of Tesla’s vehicles are not just talking points for fans of the all-electric car manufacturer – they’re traits that prove themselves time and again as a benefit of the ownership experience. In a recent example, a 2015 Tesla Model S that’s driven almost 450,000 miles shuttling passengers over long distances was shown to be still running strong and ready for more travel, according to a video overview posted by the founder of the company that owns it, Tesloop. Tesloop is a connected mobility company for Tesla owners that’s currently developing an open-source mobile app called Carmiq. The company previously operated as a Tesla-only ride share service, offering trips between various cities in southern California and Las Vegas. The long distances involved in Tesloop’s operations put its Tesla fleet to incredible endurance tests, and aside from wear-and-tear seen in most vehicles with similar milage or less, the company’s experience with its 2015 Model S was very positive overall and it still drives well today. “I think this is the only car that I can confidently say drives better today than it did three years ago and after 450,000 miles. And that’s due to the over-the-air software which has updated the car with Autopilot…The general driving feel of it is still really good…I think it would be very hard to tell this car has this many miles on it if you didn’t know,” Haynd Sonnad, founder of Tesloop, commented in the video. Nicknamed “eHawk”, Tesloop’s Model S was built in June 2015 and has required a few repairs and major services during its lifetime. Some were paid for by Tesloop as part of its day-to-day business needs, such as tire replacement, and several others were paid for by Tesla under the car’s warranty, such as high voltage battery replacement. Tesloop’s 2015 Model S has 450,000 miles on it and is still going strong. | Image: Tesloop SPONSORED CONTENT A spreadsheet documenting all of the Model S’s service and maintenance experiences was published alongside its video overview for specific details. As listed, the most notable major events over the vehicle’s life time were the front drive unit replacement at 36,404 miles due to a part failure and two main battery replacements, one at 194,237 miles, the other at 324,044 miles. All three replacements were covered under the car’s 8-year, unlimited-mile warranty. The first battery pack the Tesla Model S had experienced 1.2 miles of range lost per 10,000 miles while being driven about 17,000 miles per month and was replaced due to a battery chemistry issue. The second pack was losing about 4.7 miles every 10,000 miles driven, and its replacement was due to a defect in the battery assembly. The current battery is a 90 kWh pack and showing a loss of about 2.4 miles of range per 10,000 miles driven; however, about midway through the mileage, the car was transitioned from a long distance shuttle to a daily rental car, so the averages may not be a great reflection on its efficiency. At about 126,000 miles into the new pack, eHawk’s battery degradation is around 9%. Also worth a mention are the brake pad and rotor replacements made for all the Model S’s wheels at 225,351 miles despite the average tire replacement taking place about every 53,000 miles from the long distances driven during regular use. The total owner cost for repairs after nearly 450,000 miles was listed as under $13,000, and general vehicle repairs came in at under $15,000. You forgot to post this part Quote Nicknamed “eHawk”, Tesloop’s Model S was built in June 2015 and has required a few repairs and major services during its lifetime. Some were paid for by Tesloop as part of its day-to-day business needs, such as tire replacement, and several others were paid for by Tesla under the car’s warranty, such as high voltage battery replacement. / quote Drive half a milion miles with your vehicle and let us know how much it will cost you,,thnxNot hiding a thing. Told you guys to read it. Now a drive unit being replaced at 36K.... That I believe is the motor. Yes it was warrantied. What about all of the ones that will not be? The low mileage ones that will time out? It was due to a defect. Where is the recall for all the others that are affected? Two battery pack replacements? That is like the fuel tank in an ICE. Except it cost MUCH MUCH more. Wht will the costs be, if no warranty is available? These are not small maitainence items, and thay have occured at low enough milages as to be concerning, Warranties are not forever. With these issues, the used values will sink like a rock.
Huntindog 08/12/19 02:26am Tow Vehicles
RE: Equal-izer Hitch Bars

Quote from Equal-i-zer's Randy Workman "The bars on the 12k and 14k are actually the same, the only difference in the two hitches is the Hitch head"I have owned a 10K, 12K, and now a 14K. Mine were all different. The difference that is visable between the 10K and 12K is that the notch on the bars is offset on the 12K. This makes it impossible to use 10K bars on a 12K hitch head, and vice versus.. I believe that the dimensions are otherwise the same. But I bet the strength of the bars and heads is different. The 14K bars are 1-1/2" wide vs 1-3/8" wide for the 10K and 12K bars
Huntindog 08/11/19 07:37pm Travel Trailers
RE: Equal-izer Hitch Bars

When I approached the manufacturer about this concern, they said go with the heavier bars, as the hitch can be adjusted to distribute the proper weight. This isn’t my advice, simply what the experts told me. You really cannot adjust it that way. The bars ar designed to flex, when going over road surfaces that require it. Things such as a steep drive way like many gas stations have. This will require that the TV/TT angle change a LOT from just towing down a level road. As for advice you got on the phone... I have been told many things on the phone, by many different companies that was not true.Often it seems, the new employee gets assigned to answer the phone. Going with a heavier than needed bar, doesn't always mean it will damage the TT frame... It depends on just how much extra strength the frame has. But it will always result in inferior perfaormance to a properly sized bar. Similar to the shoe example. My parents when I was young alwys bought me shoes several sizes too big, so I would "grow" into them. The problem was that before I could grow into them, they were shot. So I ended up never having the right sized shoes growing up. The result was I now have problems with my feet. They have different sized bars for a reason. I suspect the engineers that designed the hitch would NOT tell you to go bigger than needed.... But you will not find the engineers manning the phones.
Huntindog 08/11/19 01:33pm Travel Trailers
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

“It’s as if you take your car to the shop and you have a 20 gallon tank but now you have a 10 gallon tank without your knowledge or permission,” Smith said in an interview.It's actually worse than he says. It is as if the manufacturer came to your house and switched your fuel tank out for a smaller one in the middle of the night. Even if Teslas wasn't playing games like this... It is one of my major issues with EVs. Batteries lose capacity with age and cycles. A ICE fuel tank is the same size forever. Fwiw Tesla has 8 year unlimited mileage warranty,which most assuradly will not cover normal wear of the battery. IOW, so long as it is deemed "seviceable" by Tesla.... It is fine, Even if it's capacity has shrunk dramatically. And Batery tech keeps on improving all the time By the time it needs replacing if when warranty runs out batteries will be much better and cheaper Id think.You think? I KNOW that a battery replacement will NOT be free.. And I also know that a ICE fuel tank will NEVER shrink. Tesla shutle driving 17.000 miles per month https://www.teslarati.com/tesla-model-s-quality-durability-on-display-in-450k-mile-car-still-going-strong/ Drive your ICE 17K a month and let us know how long will your vehicle last and how much you spent on fuel and maintanance..good luckYou guys reaaly should read the links that get posted:Avatar ByDacia J. FerrisPosted on May 23, 2019 The quality and durability of Tesla’s vehicles are not just talking points for fans of the all-electric car manufacturer – they’re traits that prove themselves time and again as a benefit of the ownership experience. In a recent example, a 2015 Tesla Model S that’s driven almost 450,000 miles shuttling passengers over long distances was shown to be still running strong and ready for more travel, according to a video overview posted by the founder of the company that owns it, Tesloop. Tesloop is a connected mobility company for Tesla owners that’s currently developing an open-source mobile app called Carmiq. The company previously operated as a Tesla-only ride share service, offering trips between various cities in southern California and Las Vegas. The long distances involved in Tesloop’s operations put its Tesla fleet to incredible endurance tests, and aside from wear-and-tear seen in most vehicles with similar milage or less, the company’s experience with its 2015 Model S was very positive overall and it still drives well today. “I think this is the only car that I can confidently say drives better today than it did three years ago and after 450,000 miles. And that’s due to the over-the-air software which has updated the car with Autopilot…The general driving feel of it is still really good…I think it would be very hard to tell this car has this many miles on it if you didn’t know,” Haynd Sonnad, founder of Tesloop, commented in the video. Nicknamed “eHawk”, Tesloop’s Model S was built in June 2015 and has required a few repairs and major services during its lifetime. Some were paid for by Tesloop as part of its day-to-day business needs, such as tire replacement, and several others were paid for by Tesla under the car’s warranty, such as high voltage battery replacement. Tesloop’s 2015 Model S has 450,000 miles on it and is still going strong. | Image: Tesloop SPONSORED CONTENT A spreadsheet documenting all of the Model S’s service and maintenance experiences was published alongside its video overview for specific details. As listed, the most notable major events over the vehicle’s life time were the front drive unit replacement at 36,404 miles due to a part failure and two main battery replacements, one at 194,237 miles, the other at 324,044 miles. All three replacements were covered under the car’s 8-year, unlimited-mile warranty. The first battery pack the Tesla Model S had experienced 1.2 miles of range lost per 10,000 miles while being driven about 17,000 miles per month and was replaced due to a battery chemistry issue. The second pack was losing about 4.7 miles every 10,000 miles driven, and its replacement was due to a defect in the battery assembly. The current battery is a 90 kWh pack and showing a loss of about 2.4 miles of range per 10,000 miles driven; however, about midway through the mileage, the car was transitioned from a long distance shuttle to a daily rental car, so the averages may not be a great reflection on its efficiency. At about 126,000 miles into the new pack, eHawk’s battery degradation is around 9%. Also worth a mention are the brake pad and rotor replacements made for all the Model S’s wheels at 225,351 miles despite the average tire replacement taking place about every 53,000 miles from the long distances driven during regular use. The total owner cost for repairs after nearly 450,000 miles was listed as under $13,000, and general vehicle repairs came in at under $15,000.
Huntindog 08/11/19 03:03am Tow Vehicles
RE: Equal-izer Hitch Bars

Hey guys Will be getting a new Imagine 2800BH next year and looking into getting a Equal-i-zer Hitch I did the hitch size calculator on their website and it is telling me to get the 1400 lb version. GTW - 7995 lbs Tongue weight - Dry 604 lbs - Rough actual - 13% is 1039 lbs Cargo weight in bed of truck - 400 lbs Truck hitch says max is 1250 lbs is 1400 lbs bars to stiff or should I go with the 1200 lb version All figures are estimates but close When I moved to my current trailer, I contacted Equal-i-zer on the question of which hitch. I was using a 1/10 and would need to go to at least the 12/12. The rep said there would be no downside to going to the 14/14 vs the 12/12. I am glad I went with the 14/14, as now I won't have to replace hitch if I go a little heavier with the next trailer. It has performed great.There would be no downside IF, and only IF your TT frame can handle a stiffer than needed bar. One of my TTs manuals stated what size bars were permissable, depending on how thick the frame was. That was back in 2001. TT frames have not gotten heavier duty since then. As some have already said. The right size is the right size. If you want to go to a heavier bar than needed, and are OK with a stiffer ride....Be safe and check with your TT manufacturer first! You could avoid an expensive mistake.
Huntindog 08/10/19 06:31pm Travel Trailers
RE: Tesla Semi truck unveil & test ride set for Oct 26th !

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EA5c5JjXkAIvt1L?format=jpg&name=small width=640 Looks good in yellow.... A really poor photoshop job.
Huntindog 08/10/19 01:06pm Tow Vehicles
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