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RE: Fords new 7.3 Godzilla

With computers now showing on the dash how much MPG you are getting I'm beginning to believe some of what I see on this engine. People have shown an actual video of their dash and 14-16 non towing has been posted. Modern diesels with emissions control will not get much better. My 05 Cummins will get 21/22 non towing if I drive it right and sometimes even more! I've ruled out replacing it with another diesel. My 5th wheel weighs 9K. I could go back to a gas engine. my previous truck was a 96 F250 with the 7.4 gas (460) and it consistently got 10 or 11 Mpg but was 100% trouble free for 12 years and 100,000 miles. Apparently this new 7.3 is similar in design and with improved injection and 10 speed transmission the MPG is considerably more. I'm going to wait a few months before test driving a new truck. I'm afraid of any new engine offering until it is proven. Ford's 6.0 diesel is a good example of that!!
Likes to tow 02/21/20 07:43am Tow Vehicles
Fords new 7.3 Godzilla

Been reading a lot about the new 7.3 gasser from Ford and it certainly looks impressive. People are reporting 15 mpg non towing. New diesels with all the emissions **** are not doing a whole lot better than that and at a cost of $8000 more for the diesel option. That would buy a lot of gasoline. The complexity of the newer diesels have changed my thinking on engines. I run an 05 Ram Cummins and will at some point buy a new vehicle. I raised the hood on a new F350 last week and could not believe how everything is jammed in there. Looks like this push rod V8 from Ford may be a real winner.
Likes to tow 02/21/20 05:42am Tow Vehicles
RE: seal pulling out?

Just trying the app to post pictures Million Dollar Highway in Colorado https://i.imgur.com/iZrnZQ2l.jpg
Likes to tow 02/19/20 05:41pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: riding nose high

Why can't the blocks under the springs on the truck be removed to lower the back of the truck?? I've heard it puts a strain on the drive line by changing the angle but this same thing happens when you put a really heavy load on your truck. The factory puts several of these spacers under every truck and I can't see why some of it can't be removed
Likes to tow 02/05/20 04:20am Fifth-Wheels
RE: "Lite" 5th wheels

Truck manufacturers have all increased their towing capacity on half ton series trucks like the Ford F150 so as a marketing strategy the RV industry is doing their part to couple buyers with this increase. Grand Design Reflection is a good example of "half ton towable" offering. I own a Reflection 27 RL which is marketed as one of these units and I tow it with a 2500 Ram Cummins. I cannot imagine towing it with an F150. There are significantly more folks out there with half ton trucks than there are those with heavier F250 or 2500 series. The RV industry is just trying to get into this market. Yes a half ton will tow some of these trailers but for the long haul or going to the mountains you better have more truck in my opinion. I met a guy in Colorado last year towing the exact trailer as mine and he said he screamed the engine to get over some steep grades with an overall MPG of 8.
Likes to tow 01/08/20 04:13am Fifth-Wheels
Is dash cam evidence allowed in an investigation

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Likes to tow 12/25/19 04:18am Fifth-Wheels
Is dash cam evidence allowed in an investigation

Big question about dash cams and the legality of using them in court. Has anyone actually used the recorded video proof in an accident investigation???? It seems some people are saying dash cams are illegal in some states or their use in an investigation or litigation is not allowed as evidence!!! Is this true??? It seems logical since many times during a law suit incriminating evidence is not allowed. What are some opinions on this from those who have experienced an accident.
Likes to tow 12/25/19 04:18am General RVing Issues
RE: Profane rudeness in Smoky Mt National Park

Uh, yeah you did say to avoid an area, what you said was "If riding through an area like that puts you in danger THEN DON'T DO IT." Hard to get much plainer than that, but there's also "Go through in a car or don't go to the area.". You said that too. You can't avoid an area because there might be a possibility of risk. Nobody knew there would be bears there because there usually aren't bears there. There's no doubt these motorcyclist were acting like total jerks. OTOH they may have felt that the other people were acting like morons and putting them at risk because they had no windows to roll up and a car to hide in. Read earlier post....they begin to rev their engines to red line long long before they arrived at the bears location proving they were mad at the traffic jam. The people behind them were blowing their horns to protest them making so much noise with straight pipes. It was a mess!!! Everybody was mad at everybody. Traffic was not at a complete standstill for long periods and continuously moved along. It took us about 2 minutes to arrive at the site from the time we got caught up in the jam. Again....these jerks were not afraid of being attacked by a bear but were mad at people enjoying an amazing sight...bear cubs in the wild. This is why people visit the Smoky Mts.
Likes to tow 11/11/19 05:29am Around the Campfire
RE: Profane rudeness in Smoky Mt National Park

It's amazing how we treat each other and the world around us. People are so impatient and not willing to wait one second.
Likes to tow 11/10/19 03:04pm Around the Campfire
RE: Profane rudeness in Smoky Mt National Park

SO what did you do.......?? Confront them Yell at them Voice your objection Sit in your vehicle fuming Obivously did not kick their behinds..... Observing WILD life.....especially a Sow with 2 cubs should be done from within your vehicle that is slowly moving along Folks on motorcyles are 'exposed' and rightfully concerned with traffic jam with Mama Bear/Cubs right there. Their attempts to scare the Bears into leaving might have been out of concern for their own well being vs just being rude 2 sides of the coin...... I can see you do not understand the situation and possibly I can clarify it somewhat. The rude jerk cyclist had started reving their engines LONG before they had moved up to the scene and could have no idea what people were gawking at. They were being held up and this angered them. Their aggression was not out of fear for themselves but angry at the crowds. The bears were 75 to 100 feet from the edge of the road and about 25 feet above the roadbed ........no threat to anyone. Mother bear showed no sign or fear but the loud obnoxious noise from straight pipe Harley's did cause them to walk away. The profanity from the cyclist was a dead give a way that they were angry from the slow moving traffic. I will state this again.....If you are in a terrible hurry or having trouble dealing with crowds and traffic stay out of national parks! Smoky Mountains in particular....the most visited park in the country. Things like this will happen. If you can't deal with it stay away. Seeing bear cubs in the wild is a gift of nature. Rude Harleys with straight pipes are annoying.
Likes to tow 11/10/19 10:41am Around the Campfire
Profane rudeness in Smoky Mt National Park

Last Saturday we were crossing the Smoky Mountains to Cherokee and was near Gatlinburg. There was a massive traffic jam and obviously caused by wildlife along the roadside. After a few minutes we finally made it to the scene and there were two bear cubs and their mom near the road. The cubs were climbing up and down a tree like kids playing on a playground. It was close enough to the road for anyone to witness this rare event. People had parked their cars and were standing there enjoying the show. Traffic was still moving but at a very slow pace. Then suddenly two motorcyclist, a man and woman, begin to rev their engines to scare the cubs away. They had straight pipes with no mufflers and the sound was profane!!! They obviously were angry over the traffic slow down and wanted to end it by scaring away the cubs with loud noise. They were yelling and cussing at the tourists and children enjoying the rare event. Seeing cubs is rare!! I have never witnessed a more cruel display from anyone. Here is the bottom line....if you travel the roads in National Parks then be prepared for people to slow down or stop. If this crimps your style then stay out of national parks. People come there to enjoy nature. This is not a speedway or the closest route to where you may be heading. This couple were jerks and deserved to have their rear ends kicked back into last week!!!
Likes to tow 11/10/19 08:41am Around the Campfire
RE: Just curious?

After owning two 5th wheels we looked really hard at all models and brands when trying to decide on a new one. It seemed to us that the only difference between a medium price model of around $50K and one over $100K was the overall size (length and height) and appearance both inside and out. Full body paint sure adds to the looks and the interior appointments can be luxurious to look at. However to me at least I was more concerned about how it held up after a few years of being towed. Would an extra $50K really give me the guarantee of never breaking a spring hanger, or a cracked frame, or de-lamination issues?? Would I never have to worry about re sealing the joints? Are the tires Goodyear Endurance or some cheap China bomb that is ready to explode on a given day? All of these issues are continuously mentioned on this and other forums. I really doubted spending another $50K was going to give me anything more other than appearance and luxury. In my opinion travel and camping all comes down to staying in a campground near a forest, beach or lake. Having luxury is not an issue. I'm not a "look at me" type of person. Just give me the basics and I'm satisfied. It looks rather odd to see a 40 foot 5th wheel in a National Park plus many parks cannot accept RV's of this length or height. So basically the extra $50K is just giving you eye candy. Airstream would be the only high dollar RV that is giving you superior quality for the extra money.
Likes to tow 11/10/19 05:24am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Questions about pulling a fifth-wheel with a half ton TV

Also, both of our trucks had a short bed with slider hitch. Keep in mind Ford offers two short bed models. His was same as mine or 6 1/2 foot. I have no problems with using this set up and have actually never used the slider function of my hitch. However I am careful in very tight turns.
Likes to tow 10/25/19 07:32pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Questions about pulling a fifth-wheel with a half ton TV

I met a fellow in Colorado last month who was pulling the identical 5th wheel as mine and he was driving an F150 heavy duty with tow package and the 3.5 Eco Boost. He said it did a good job and had ample towing ability in the mountains. I pull mine with a Ram Cummins and was interested in talking with him because he had the same trailer but less truck. Our 5th wheels were Grand Design Reflection 27 RL models. Same year and everything. I know that Grand Design stopped making the 27RL the model year after 2017 but came out with a similar model. I have seen this new model at my local dealer and it is a very practical comfortable looking unit. Hope this helps you
Likes to tow 10/25/19 07:23pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Fresh water tank collapse-week supports.

I continue to be amazed at the shotty workmanship and design of RV's This is a structural problem that should not have happened.
Likes to tow 10/14/19 05:15pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Slight smell where the LP Gas cylinders are located normal?

After experiencing the smell of propane intermittently for several months and soaping every connection and regulator I finally found my leak. On top of the tank where the valve threads into the tank I got slight bubbles with a soapy solution. Very slight but of course it does not take much of a leak to smell propane. I took the tank to a company who sells propane and they were authorized to replace the valve with a new one. Apparently the threads on the valve had been damaged somewhat and this prevented it from sealing good. You could actually see damage to the threads. Now I have no more leaks!!
Likes to tow 10/01/19 07:21pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Question for those pulling with an F150 Eco Boost

My question was a sincere effort and poll on the longevity of the 3.5 Eco Boost. They have been around now for a while and some of these engines must be getting some miles on them. I'm always hesitant to buy new technology or engines until there is a proven track record. I suppose the Ford 6.0 diesel taught us all a lesson on that. My son has a 2012 F150 that has the 5.0 V8 and is considering a new F150. The problem now is that availability of the 5.0 is only on certain trim levels or option packages so looks like Ford is pushing the Eco Boost engine. I suppose that has something to do with the CAFE rules on mpg. At any rate, he bought his wife a new Ford Escape when they first came out with the Eco Boost and by the time it was in the 90k range it started having lots of issues and leaks. They traded for a Jeep Cherokee several months ago. Now in replacing his F150 he is doing research on engines. His 2012 has 135K and has been very good. But now that engine is not available in his option package. So this post was not made to anger or draw criticism on it's sincerity. We just wanted to hear from folks who have been towing for a long time with an Eco Boost.
Likes to tow 10/01/19 09:24am Fifth-Wheels
Question for those pulling with an F150 Eco Boost

I have seen some folks pulling small 5th wheel RV's with the F150 Eco Boost and wonder how well these engines hold up over time. Seems like everyone says the torque is there when needed and it does a decent job but my question is how long will they hold up?? It would seem that screaming an engine under boost would make it wear out quicker. How many miles have any of you accumulated with your Eco Boost??
Likes to tow 10/01/19 04:54am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Experience towing w/ 2WD F250, 2500 or other 3/4 ton

I have never owned a 4WD truck and just like the ride, height, capacity, looks, cost, insurance, etc. of 2WD. I also have a 23' boat and the only time I have needed 4WD was in my back yard trying to put the boat back under a shed. This has happened 3 times as I can remember in over 30 years. 4WD vehicles are more prone to get mechanical issues and it's a waste to have this additional hardware if you don't have a need for it. If you go into remote areas off the main roads then you may have justification for it. Consider what you really do with your truck. I have seen so many 4WD trucks that sit too high to safely pull a 5th wheel.
Likes to tow 10/01/19 04:43am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Discontinued Keystone decals

A local sign shop made my graphics identical in design to the pattern I fabricated from paper
Likes to tow 09/30/19 04:04am Fifth-Wheels
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