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RE: How dependable are newer trucks with higher mileage?

Don't buy a 2019 or newer Ram (new or used). The trucks are substandard at zero miles and the only way to expose the problems is by driving them. They can pull heavy trailers, have great exhaust brakes, and are quiet on the highway when towing. But, the rest of the truck has too many problems. Unfortunately, the typical long time dodge/fiat/ram owner only cares if the truck can pull a heavy trailer. So, the manufacture produces a substandard truck knowing they can get away with it. Maybe you can elaborate. ONLY issue and it's rare is they went to the CP4 injection pump for 2019 and 2020. The 2021 RAM's now have gone back to the CP3 pump. For those with the 19 and 20's you have a 5 year 100k powertrain. IF something happens it WILL be taken care of. So please tell us about all these "substandard" issues.Ram at least had the sense to move away from the CP4 quickly. Though the one in my 2011 GM never caused me any trouble... I became well aware of the potential and when it was new truck time last year, GM was the only one not using the CP4. So I got another GM. Had Ram been the only one not using it, I would have bought a Ram. My reasoning is simple.... Every motor will eventually need a fuel pump. One where that cost is in the 5 figures is ridiculous. I would have given the F450 a real hard look.... But it has a CP4.
Huntindog 02/27/21 05:24am Tow Vehicles
RE: Will water lines freeze?

From my experience, run the furnace and you will be fine into the high teens. I did this a lot with TTs that had exposed plumbing. The temperture close to the TT will be higher than the surrounding air.... BUT.... Run the furnace at 68 degrees. Camping in freezing temps is not a time to cheap out on propane cost.
Huntindog 02/25/21 06:33pm Travel Trailers
RE: Heavy Duty leveling block suggestions

I do not use blocks. Gave up on those probably 20 years ago. I noticed some old timers in a club I was in had a different way to level without using blocks. Dig holes for the high side tires. There are many advantages to this approach. 1. Lowering the unit makes it more stable in windy conditions. 2. No need to use wheel chocks as so long as gravity works, the unit will not roll. 3. less movement inside from people moving around, as gravity forces the unit to remain centered in the holes. 4. The steps do not get too high which can happen with blocks. 5. No blocks to worry about, all you need is a shovel, which is a handy thing to have in camp anyways. With a little practice we got really good at judging just how deep to make the holes.
Huntindog 02/21/21 05:51pm Toy Haulers
RE: Rear Deck System Worth It?

For a long time I had the same opinion about Smart phones as you do about Ramp patios. Then about 2 years ago, I finally got one. It is the greatest thing since sliced bread. You don't know, what you don't know. Happy camping.Well, I've never had VD, but I'm pretty sure I wouldn't like it, and have no intention of getting it just to confirm that opinion. :) Sometimes you know what you know.I don't think anyone wants a disease. Some minds are just closed longer than others.So someone who doesn't agree with you has a closed mind? We'll just have to agree to disagree. I'm glad you like what you like and you aren't the final arbiter of what everyone likes.Never said I was the final arbiter..... Your disease anaolgy was totally not applicable though. Just stating the obvious.
Huntindog 02/19/21 02:57am Toy Haulers
RE: Rear Deck System Worth It?

This is something I spent a lot of time thinking about as well. I thought it would be nice but I don't want bugs in the toy hauler so keeping it open would not work. There are many places in state parks that it will not fit. I wouldn't use it at the coast as the sand will blow inside and it is enough getting the ATVs clean before leaving. I wouldn't use it in the high desert with the dust blowing in and I definitely can't use it ski camping. In the summer it doesn't have an awning to cover me from the sun or drizzle. My grill attaches in front of the entry door so it doesn't line up with cooking. I guess I could put my fire ring on there but I often burn the grass under it so I would be worried about damaging the door from the heat. The one positive thing I could imagine is keeping the dog up there but the leash works just fine. Therefor in the end we have not added this option to our newest toy hauler. I have an awning for mine. I think most can be had that way nowadays.
Huntindog 02/18/21 06:44pm Toy Haulers
RE: Rear Deck System Worth It?

For a long time I had the same opinion about Smart phones as you do about Ramp patios. Then about 2 years ago, I finally got one. It is the greatest thing since sliced bread. You don't know, what you don't know. Happy camping.Well, I've never had VD, but I'm pretty sure I wouldn't like it, and have no intention of getting it just to confirm that opinion. :) Sometimes you know what you know.I don't think anyone wants a disease. Some minds are just closed longer than others.
Huntindog 02/18/21 06:40pm Toy Haulers
RE: Towing Capacity Question

That is the weight listed in the SRT owners manualWelcome to the world of options. For very pound of options, the payload is reduced by a pound. What is in the manual is for a base truck. What is on the sticker is for your truck as optioned.
Huntindog 02/17/21 03:22am Tow Vehicles
RE: Rear Deck System Worth It?

We had the option to get the ramp/deck when we got our toyhauler, but decided we wouldn't use it enough to justify the cost. And we were right.How do you know? Since you don't have it, you do not have the option to use it. There are quite a few things in my life that I never thought I would like/use: Smart phones, heated mirrors. Heated seats, Heated steering wheel,air conditioned seats, his and hers climate control, fireplace,Lane departure warning... This is only a partial list and only for RVs, trucks(excepting the phone)... But there are many many more. Heck I still remember black and white TV.... Did not miss color one bit....LOL. As for the patio... I like it. We always boondock, no matter the weather. sometimes after bad weather clears, it is beautiful outside, but muddy. The patio affords us a mud free way to enjoy the outdoors. And the views can be spectacularWe don't boondock, and most of the places we stay simply wouldn't have enough room for another 8 feet of trailer added to our 40 foot length. And never once has the thought "I'd like to sit outside on our deck" ever come up. We just aren't the sit-around-outside type. If we had it, I can guarantee it would never be used. For a long time I had the same opinion about Smart phones as you do about Ramp patios. Then about 2 years ago, I finally got one. It is the greatest thing since sliced bread. You don't know, what you don't know. Happy camping.
Huntindog 02/15/21 03:11pm Toy Haulers
RE: Rear Deck System Worth It?

We had the option to get the ramp/deck when we got our toyhauler, but decided we wouldn't use it enough to justify the cost. And we were right.How do you know? Since you don't have it, you do not have the option to use it. There are quite a few things in my life that I never thought I would like/use: Smart phones, heated mirrors. Heated seats, Heated steering wheel,air conditioned seats, his and hers climate control, fireplace,Lane departure warning... This is only a partial list and only for RVs, trucks(excepting the phone)... But there are many many more. Heck I still remember black and white TV.... Did not miss color one bit....LOL. As for the patio... I like it. We always boondock, no matter the weather. sometimes after bad weather clears, it is beautiful outside, but muddy. The patio affords us a mud free way to enjoy the outdoors. And the views can be spectacular
Huntindog 02/13/21 06:18am Toy Haulers
RE: Leaf Spring Replacement

Thanks Huntindog, for the response. I had wet bolts installed when I bought the trailer, so perhaps that has helped, along with the Equaflex suspension. No sagging at all, just old OE springs with a lot of miles on them. Yes, perhaps the steel was better back in 2009.A note about the bushings: I have replaced quite a few of them. The center equalizer bushing takes the most abuse and always shows more wear. Fortunantly, it is usually the easiest one to grease. I recomend greasing it a lot more often than the others
Huntindog 02/12/21 01:19am Travel Trailers
RE: Leaf Spring Replacement

Is it necessary to replace leaf springs on a travel trailer as preventive maintenance? Our small Sunnybrook travel trailer is twelve years old, been a joy to own without any major problems. I estimate my wife and I have pulled it about seventy thousand miles since we bought it new. Should I give consideration to replacing its leaf springs? They seem to be fine, other than being old. But I do not want to have a spring to fail in the middle of nowhere. Would appreciate advice from seasoned RVers. Thanks in advance.IMO, no it is not necessary. In fact I have seen more fairly new springs fail than old ones. It all has to do with the quality of the steel they were made of. With the use you describe, it appears yours were made with good steel... Now all springs will eventually wear out and sag. But that is not a failure that will sideline the TT. I would just watch for sagging and replace them when/if it occurs. Of course the bushings will wear out as well, and that is a more common issue.
Huntindog 02/11/21 05:23pm Travel Trailers
RE: New to slides

When I had a TT with a single large slide, I found that if I was level side to side before putting the slide out, that it would end up low on the slide side due to the weight of the slide extending.... Now this may have been caused by the fact that we always boondock and the ground under the jacks was compressing...If you are in campgrounds with a solid surface slab, it may not happen. If it does, just start out with the slide side a little high. My subsequent RVs with opposing slides stay level.
Huntindog 02/06/21 05:33am Travel Trailers
RE: Ram 1500 at Load Maximum Woes

Some of y'all cant just say "Looks nice, have a good day" and move on, can ya? My main question is are you this overtly critical in the real world, day to day, face to face, or is it just the internet courage that makes your inner antagonist come out?Yes. It is because I deal in facts.... Not the way I would prefer they be. The way they are. And having been here a really long time, I know that letting some bad info go unchallenged will result in some newbie reading it and making a mistake. I of course realize that their are different opinions on everything.... But being quiet, or worse saying "Looks good have a nice day" is not the answer. At least when something is challenged, then the newbie may do some more research before making up his/her mind.
Huntindog 02/05/21 12:11pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram 1500 at Load Maximum Woes

Specifications for the OPs TT I am not a hater. I do like to deal with facts though. I am going to get some popcorn now.:B Yep... as I said, 450lbs on my hitch. I actually pay attention to load leveling, especially with a single axle trailer. .........437# DRY hitch WT. Add a battery and you are over 450#. There are only two ways that TT can have 450# hitch WT. 1. You are going camping with an empty TT. 2. You have it loaded heavy in the rear..... Which would explain why you feel it is sometimes dangerous. (TW too light)Since the OP seems to have left..... I will finish what I was going to say to benefit others that may not realize just what is involved in towing/camping with a TT. The OP atated that he has added heat pads to all three tanks....In order to make it a "true 4 season" TT.... Having actually camped in pretty cold temps (below zero), I can tell you that heat pads alone will not do that... In fact the tanks freezing are not the main concern. The water lines will freeze much sooner.... It does no good to have fresh water in the tank, if you cannot use it! Then there is the small single 5 gallon propane supply. Using the furnace in below freezing temps will use that up fast.... But he likely won't be able to use all of it, as the battery will die first! Camping in a TT in cold temps off the grid requires a large propane supply, and a generator to keep the battery charged. That means more weight. And since the OP has stated a desire to use this TT in cold temps, and installed the heat pads to try to make it possible....It is logical to assume that he intends to use the on board water system.That means that the water (and it's weight) will be leaving the fresh tank and ending up in the grey/black tanks. While I do not know exactly how the OPs tanks are layed out... The toilet is in the front. So that is where the black tank is. The kitchen sink is right behind it, so it is a pretty good bet that is where the grey tank is. That means the fresh is probably located towards the rear. His fresh water weighs 256#. When he uses it, that weight will leave the rear of the TT and end up in the front. This is obviously a problem. In addition many other weights will move around in the course of a trip. This is why "cutting it close" with the TV is generally a bad thing. While there are ways to deal with all of the issues, it will limit ones ability to use the unit in a way they may like. Solutions can be only staying in campgrounds or having items such as propane or even food delivered (door dash) Not using the onboard water system etc. In addition the OP stated several times that his truck has a low GVWR. He is assuming that the springs are the limiting factor. This can be an expensive assumption. There are many parts that go into what the engineers set the GVWR at. They will never disclose just what the weak link is. It could be a seal in the tranny that is .50 cheaper than the same tranny in a heavier duty truck.... You just don't know. But in the final anaylisis the OP never stated that he has actually weighed his lashup. When one is "cutting it close", this is really important. But it is human nature to avoid things that you would have to deal with if you know about them. So many will simply not look at these issues and hope it all works out OK. Some will be lucky. Perhaps they don't camp very much and trade vehicles often... But some will not be lucky. Happy camping.
Huntindog 02/05/21 01:55am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram 1500 at Load Maximum Woes

Specifications for the OPs TT I am not a hater. I do like to deal with facts though. I am going to get some popcorn now.:B Yep... as I said, 450lbs on my hitch. I actually pay attention to load leveling, especially with a single axle trailer. .........437# DRY hitch WT. Add a battery and you are over 450#. There are only two ways that TT can have 450# hitch WT. 1. You are going camping with an empty TT. 2. You have it loaded heavy in the rear..... Which would explain why you feel it is sometimes dangerous. (TW too light)
Huntindog 02/04/21 02:18am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram 1500 at Load Maximum Woes

Specifications for the OPs TT I am not a hater. I do like to deal with facts though. I am going to get some popcorn now.:B
Huntindog 02/03/21 06:07pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Couple of Ramp Questions

Thanks guys! You have proven once again that when you dont know about a topic, you dont know what to even ask about. I hadnt considered spring assisted helpers or cleaning/dumping ramp dirt into the hauler. Both obvious issues in retrospect. Also, it seems to me that a ramp rated to work with X pounds would serve just as well up to that weight as a patio. Maybe you have to make your own supports to hold it in the correct position but that isnt much effort. Or am i missing something...again.Yes. Ramps have two ratings. One for use as a ramp. One for use as a patio. The patio rating is always lower
Huntindog 01/29/21 09:35pm Toy Haulers
RE: tandem axle channel supports

Thanks to each and everyone of you. I learned a lot. I did not notice the missing rubber boots for the brake adjustment. Should have known I adjusted a lot of brakes back in the sixties. I had no idea that there would be rubber inside the axle tube. Wow this old dog needs to do more reading. Thanks a million everyone.Yeah, it is basically a rubber spring system. There are a few different versions of such suspensions out there. Like everything, there are pros and cons. Pros: Independant suspension and a lower ride height. Pretty much maintainence free, for quite a while. Cons: Lower ride height. (yes this can be good or bad)The rubber will eventually break down. Rubber ages even when not being used. Some use is good, as it keeps it limbered up (so to speak) too much use will accellerate the wear. There is a sweet spot in there somewhere for maximum life... Just cannot tell where it is. When the rubber deteriorates, the cheap fix is to have the setup reclocked. But this doesn't have a good track record. The old rubber is still in there, so it just doesn't hold the adjustment well. The rubber can be replaced, but this can cost almost as much as new axles. There really isn't a cheap repair on this system as there often is with traditional suspension. Not making a recomendation either way. Your money, your choice
Huntindog 01/26/21 03:21am Travel Trailers
RE: new mattress needed, any reason to buy from camping world?

Last time I upgraded, I found that Phoenix had a matress factory. They custom make innerspring ones. They will make any dimension you want, any spring style, thickness, pillowtop etc. Price for one comparable to a single was 220.00. 13"thick pillow top. Far lighter than the foam ones. So comfy it is now in my new momentum.
Huntindog 01/24/21 06:53pm Travel Trailers
RE: That’s A Bunch Of Grass!

It's OK. He has helium in the tires.:B
Huntindog 01/20/21 03:23am Tow Vehicles
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