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RE: Which pick up to buy for towing big fifth wheel?

Hello, I have a 39’ fifth wheel 4 slides, , 14000 pound, and am about to buy a pick up to tow it. Everyone tells me to buy regular pickup , not a dually. They say the regular single rear wheel is enough for towing this fifth wheel and no need for dually. I’ve heard that dually is a must have for such big trailers due to the steadiness it provides. My question is for those of you who own similar size of rig, do you suggest me buying a dually or a single rear wheel? Also, which if the companies is the best for this purpose, ram, gmc or Ford? Any suggestion would be greatly appreciated and helpful. Thank you Minimum, dually wheels, 3500 Diesel or larger, exhaust brake. Which brand of truck is like asking should you marry a blond or red head lady:) I like Dodges, my 3rd. one:)
MarkTwain 12/20/20 03:08pm Fifth-Wheels
Jump starter for Dodge Diesel truck 2012

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MarkTwain 12/19/20 06:12pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Jump starter for Dodge Diesel truck 2012

Any recommendations for a "Truck jump Starter" for an emergency when dead batteries are dead. Looking for some name brands. Would like a good quality one.
MarkTwain 12/19/20 06:12pm Tech Issues
RE: Ideal RV space size for new park?

Generally speaking, what group of RVers are you primarily wanting to serve? Travelers just looking for a short 1-2 day stay or RVers looking for long term stays i.e 3,4 months or longer? The distance to Paradise from I-5 would not be really convenient for short term travelers. The design, layout and size of RV sites would be different for long term vs short term RVers. Just a few thoughts.
MarkTwain 12/19/20 12:12pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: RV Motorhome or trailer ????

Try driving a 5th. wheel without a truck:):)
MarkTwain 12/18/20 07:59am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Roadside assistance

State Farm and AAA are not your best choice for RV towing service. Go with Good Sam or Coachnet. Do a side by side comparison of service provided with AAA and Good Sam Road Side Service and then tell me if your still satisfied with AAA!
MarkTwain 12/18/20 07:35am General RVing Issues
RE: Roadside assistance

State Farm and AAA are not your best choice for RV towing service. Go with Good Sam or Coachnet.
MarkTwain 12/17/20 10:13pm General RVing Issues
water pressure regulators

Looking to replace my water pressure regulator. Which one is the best and why?
MarkTwain 12/12/20 08:54am Travel Trailers
RE: Toad or No Toad ?- Grand Canyon road trip in a 23' class A

Why would you not want to tow a toad? Not having a toad will limit and be more inconvenient on your trip.
MarkTwain 12/12/20 08:33am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Buying a New RV

buy in haste, repent in leisure. there are tons of anecdotal reports of the schlock way CW does business selling and servicing RVs. sure, there are some happy CW RV buyers but then there are also some happy people who bought a post-warranty service insurance policy. my unsolicited advice: put CW in the rear view and keep looking. TOTALLY AGREE!!!!!!!!!! %100
MarkTwain 12/06/20 11:57am General RVing Issues
RE: Propane tanks 10 years old, what is best choice ???

Hi, My propane tanks are 10 years old, do I leave them as is, replace them, recertify them or what, not sure, not having any problems with them, where we go camping often they never check the date on them as they refill them, any input would be appreciated. Thanks It depends on the price to recertify the tanks or the cost of a new one. I just take my tanks in for an exchange but I choose a tank that is only a few years older. You might be RVing in a location where they will not fill your tank if out of date. It could be a roll of the dice:)
MarkTwain 12/05/20 01:40pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: small all-electric travel trailer?

Need a TT no more than 21', will always have full hookups and never use propane. Does anyone make such a thing? Just curious, what is the advantage of not using propane?
MarkTwain 12/05/20 08:09am Travel Trailers
RE: Oklahoma State Parks

DW & I were half planning our mid year trip for 2021 and she suggested Oklahoma as we have never really spent much time in that state. Then I looked at the weather history and they average over 57 tornadoes a year. (link) That's better than one a week average, granted they do not occur every week. Question is which month do you feel is the safest? And what part of the state? We were thinking late July of maybe early August. Also which is your favorite state park? thanks I lived in Okla. for 2 yrs as a kid. Not to cast aspirations, but I would pick another state to RV in. If you bent on going to Okla. make sure you have a weather radio that gives you up to date weather conditions in your RV. For additional insurance, I would buy a good CB radio with a Wilson antenna that has Weather conditions in the area you are RVing in. Got caught in a hail storm in Texas and in 15 min. I had $15K damage to my truck and trailer:(:(:(
MarkTwain 12/03/20 03:34pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Strange advice

I finally got around to looking at the latest Escapee magazine. They have a help columnist in it and he was asked this question(paraphrased): "We have a giant fiver with four slideouts. We drive six hours a day at 70 mph on the Interstates on GY Marathon tires. We had two blowouts in one day! What is our problem??" Now looking at this I see two glaring issues myself but the help guy saw another third issue: get your fiver weighed. Now I admit that is general good advice but the fact that the Escapees seem to run a weighing operation may have crept into his thoughts. What do you guys think, good advice or not.!!!! To avoid flat tires and save time--------------Just buy an airline ticket:):):) Marathons are for runners not RVers!!!!!
MarkTwain 11/28/20 06:00pm General RVing Issues
RE: RV Lock

How do I know which RV Lock to order for my 2011 Heartland Big Country 3250ts? Call Heartland customer service for this information.
MarkTwain 11/26/20 08:35am General RVing Issues
RE: 1/2 ton towing

Just purchased a 2020 Ram 1500 5.7 with the etourqe along with a 3.92 rear. Specs on the truck says it has a 1681lb payload and can tow up to 11500 lbs. Looking into purchasing a 2021 Grand Design 3250BH. Dry weight on the rig is 8450lbs and hitch weight is 850lbs. Am I crazy for trying to tow something this big? The numbers seem to be in line with what the truck is rated for. Have you considered towing up mountains or towing when it is windy??
MarkTwain 11/23/20 08:21pm Travel Trailers
RE: Reservations

Seems the moral high counsel has spoken. To all on this forum: No one should ever cancel a reservation regardless of circumstances. We are to act like the post office - rain, sleet, snow, we will persevere to our destination while waving off any reasonable logic otherwise. Cancellation policies be damned. Your commitment to your site is your bond and be sealed in blood for the sake of those less fortunate who may not have planned accordingly. So sayeth the moral high counsel. By decree of those self proclaimed moral superiors on RV.NET forum, no one henceforth shall make a reservation without the faithful commitment of said reservation regardless of circumstances included but not limited to; health, weather, timing or death, lest ye be sentenced to written stoning on the aforementioned forum by those who hold the position of a self appointed higher moral ground. And further to hence be known as selfish and of despicable low moral character. Lordy lord. People simply disagreed with you. If you took it as an attack, maybe that's Jiminy Cricket on your shoulder. We're allowed to disagree with each other here as long as the disagreements don't become attacks. I've seen you dish it out here before, so I assumed you could take it too. Perhaps not. Keep doing what you do and just know that some folks don't agree with you. Simple as that. I can take it. It was a diatribe in sarcasm and I thought it was pretty funny. Is this post for real???? Somebody drank to much of Jim Jones kool-aid!!!!!!:):):)
MarkTwain 11/20/20 03:09pm General RVing Issues
RE: Which Way from Napa to Quartzite?

I drive home from CA most of the time on 58 then I-40. I like AZ95...goes near the CO river at Lake Havasu and by Parker. Never been on US95. I can't understand why anyone would want to drive down into the greater L.A. area with motorhome if there is an alternate route. In October, I drove down I-5 from Oregon to Santa Clarita Valley (over Grapevine, but located north of L.A.). As soon as I came to Santa Clarita I wanted to drive right out of there! But I was there to visit family and friends. I still drove up to Barstow to catch I-40 to go home. Check the weather for Tehachapi...that would be your highest pass. If you're driving down I-5, don't take 58 to get to 99. Instead take 7th Standard Rd just north of 58 to get over to 99. Much easier and less busy. From I-5 take Hwy.46 east right to Bakersfield then Hwy 58 to 395. U.S. Hwy 95 is not my first choice, a narrow 2 lane road with no places to pull off the Hwy. if you have mechanical problems or need to change a tire. I took it ONCE by mistake:(
MarkTwain 11/18/20 06:46am Roads and Routes
RE: Reservations

Resverations! You have everything to gain and nothing to loss by making reservations in advance. Making reservations and does not LOCK you into a set schedule because you can always change or cancel a reservation. Always ask what the cancellation policy is. Call in advance to make sure the RV park is open. I never understood what the advantage is to wait until the day of your expected arrival and then run the risk of not finding a RV park site. Sure, you can always divert and lose your deposit...most places that take reservations want a non-refundable deposit. Some may let you change but frequently not...particularly govt parks where the rules are the rules. Unless there is a holiday or a longer stay, we usually call the day before or even the morning of travel. Rare for it to be an issue. That is why you need to call and ask their cancellation policy to avoid loosing your deposit!!!
MarkTwain 11/17/20 10:23pm General RVing Issues
RE: Which Way from Napa to Quartzite?

I've a 35' MH and will be towing my car via tow dolly. Live in North Bay (Napa, CA) and headed to Quartzsite. I was hoping for an alternative route, and considered Hwy 58 Bakersfield to Barstow, then on to I-40, after which I'll head South on 95... Didn't really want to go the Grapevine route, but weather forecast shows little chance of rain (or snow) either way I go... Help! Take I-5 or hwy 99 to Bakersfield Hwy. 58. Go east to Hwy. 395 then go south though Apple Valley to Palm Springs at I-10. Go East on 1-10 to Quartsite. Going over the Grape Vine will drop you onto I-10 and you will have to deal with congested L.A. traffic with crazy drivers. Not my 1st choice!!
MarkTwain 11/17/20 10:16pm Roads and Routes
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