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RE: Short Beds w/out Sliding Hitch

I have a short bed GMC with a patriot slider. The dealer who installed it set as far back as it would go. The pin box will hit the tailgate when the hitch is slid back: Gary Does your pin box clear the bed sides when you come close to a 90 degree turn?
RCMAN46 08/05/19 06:59am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Short Beds w/out Sliding Hitch

What ever you decide I suggest this little test after you get the trailer and hitch. Find a large open area where you can do a full 360. Have someone walk along side your rig while having steering at full lock and do at least a full 360 while your watchman watches the cab to trailer clearance. If there is no problem then you know your are safe going into a crowded fuel station etc as long as you do not back up.
RCMAN46 08/03/19 06:17pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Mystery Wires... Any thoughts?

spray the connection with fluid film once everything is repainted. needs to be applied every winter but the stuff works flawless. also looks like you have a bad weld.... A bad weld on a Lippert frame!! My Lippert frame has many welds that look like chicken p##p as my father would call that type of weld.
RCMAN46 07/30/19 01:53pm Tech Issues
RE: Mystery Wires... Any thoughts?

I agree looks like ground wires. I would be concerned how did the one become disconnected and why.
RCMAN46 07/29/19 07:08am Tech Issues
RE: 5th wheels....heck of a following

I have a Class A now and was wondering about this very issue. How much more work is it to set up a 5th wheel? Is leveling a chore? Is a 5th wheel still cheaper if you have to buy a new truck to tow it? One distinct advantage I see is if you get a small enough 5th wheel(28 ft or less) that can be towed with a SRW truck you can always use it for a second vehicle. Setting up a 5th wheel is more work than a class A. Just hitching and unhitching is more work. Class A offers push button convenience a 5th wheel requires a bit more interaction than just pushing a button. In and out of the truck to back up/pull forward etc. when hitching. Raise gate lower gate, There is just more to do. You forgot to factor in the time and effort to disconnect and connect the toad behind your Class A.
RCMAN46 07/28/19 09:37am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5th Wheel Hitch Adapter for Puck Systems

My last 2 hitches have been sliders, and my trucks are short beds. Not once have I ever used the slide. Whats the opinion about it being a nessesitiy? I'm leaning on not buying one. I got into a forest service campground with a very tight turn to get back out. Without my slider not sure I could have got out.
RCMAN46 07/26/19 06:01pm Towing
RE: not your normal tire thread

I had a set of Maxxis ST 8008 tires on a small utility trailer. As such the tires were well under their weight rating. I had a tire fail while on a trip. Replaced both tires and the other tire looked good and was through;y inspected by the tire shop. I then used it for a spare and the tire was stored inside the trailer. About one year later when getting trailer ready for a trip this is what I found when checking tire pressures.
RCMAN46 07/24/19 11:27am General RVing Issues
RE: Any reverse snowbirds out there?

I have several friends that are residents of Yuma, Arizona that are reverse snowbirds. One goes to Montana for .the summer. Another goes to Show Low, Az which is in Northern Arizona at 6300 ft elevation so summers are mild compared to Yuma.
RCMAN46 07/18/19 06:19pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: External TPMS recommendations?

So you never look at your instrument panel to check you speed, oil pressures or engine temperatures!! I check my tire pressures for pressure trends that occur before the alarm points. One time I noticed a tire was loosing pressure and I pulled over at the next safe place. This is what I found. Have I waited until I got an alarm I may not have been able to find a safe place to pull over before the tire failed and tore up my trailer.
RCMAN46 07/18/19 10:12am Fifth-Wheels
RE: External TPMS recommendations?

If I were in the market for a TPMS I would give this system some serious thought. Much better than having to wait and watch for several minutes to see all pressures with my TST system.
RCMAN46 07/18/19 09:35am Fifth-Wheels
RE: A poll: What does 2 blinks of the left signal mean to you?

Have been driving for 60 years. Do not remember anyone using the 2 blinks of left turn signal. But with the older cars before computers several blinks often meant you still had your signal flashing from the last turn you made. I have had truckers flash their headlights when I am passing with a trailer in tow to let me know it was safe to pull back into the right lane. Not sure I would even trust that in today's world.
RCMAN46 07/14/19 11:44am General RVing Issues
Running your propane Refrigerators while fueling?

Today I had an experience that should make you think twice about leaving a propane Refrigerator running while fueling. I was at a Sam's Club when the car next to me had a large hole develop in the gas line between the pump and the car. The lady pumping the gas did not know what to do. The attendant noticed the problem when the lady started yelling and shut things down. But before he got it shut down there was gasoline all over everything and possibly a couple gallons on the ground. There was a very strong gas smell many yards from the accident.
RCMAN46 07/08/19 05:23pm Travel Trailers
RE: Signal strength for phone meter

Network Signal Info (Android at least do not know if it's there for IOS) Very good the default is the cell. it also does Wi-Fi. but it opens set to Cell. I had the Android app on my Motorola phone worked very well. It gave signal strength and location of available cell towers. Worked good on WIFI to determine dead areas around my home and outdoor shop. So far have not found a good app for the Iphones.
RCMAN46 07/08/19 05:08pm Tech Issues
RE: Wireless Fridge Thermometer - Are they accurate?

Accuracy is not as important as repeat-ability. I have found my Acurite wireless thermometer is very consistent with a dial thermometer that I have in the fridge. They almost always are within 2 degrees of each other. So if you find the wireless reports 2 degrees high or low just take that into account when you take a reading. I use Energizer Ultimate Lithium batteries(good for -40 f) in my sensors and even in the freezer I get about two years service.
RCMAN46 07/04/19 10:00am Tech Issues
RE: 2020 GMC

Visually I see 2 maybe 3" MAX in the video. They did state that GM used the position of the axle on the springs and the shackles as their reasoning for the change.. Which goes along with my theory... Makes no difference though. We already KNOW what the result is due to the CAT scale tickets. 100#, so do some backward computations until you arrive at a method that matches the result. That will be the correct method. As an aside, banter on GM forums is that this move was only for the SB/CC models. It kind of makes sense, as that configuration could benefit from such a change. I have no idea where their mistake is but if the cat scale is right and the 2" is right then maybe they filled the truck with fuel after getting an empty weight and before getting their gross weight. How about how many passengers were aboard the truck during the weighing. A mistake I have made with the wife. When I weighed with trailer had her get out to check placement on the scale pads. As a result the front axle lost some weight. I will never say how much though.
RCMAN46 07/04/19 09:38am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 GMC

Let’s not forget 700# lighter and 50% less tire drag. I would like to see the math you used to calculate the tire drag. Especially without having the drag coefficient of the asphalt. At least I assume he hasn't run a drag box across the Ike. But maybe... FYI comprehension of what you have read is important. Dually has 6 tires and SRW has 4 that is 50% less "tire drag". We good now? By some miracle the Chevrolet is a unicycle. The Ram system is 10 tires being drug down the road. 50% of that is 5. 4 tires for the trailer only leaves 1 tire for the Chevrolet. With 10 tires for the Ram and 8 for the Chevrolet I would calculate this as only 20% less drag from the tires. If you look at all of the things that are dragging the rotation friction from the wheels and tires is very small and can basically be ignored. Wind resistance is the major item another is friction in the engine. And as you have pointed out many times the v8 has 33% more moving parts than the inline 6.
RCMAN46 07/03/19 10:26am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 GMC

Let’s not forget 700# lighter and 50% less tire drag. I would like to see the math you used to calculate the tire drag.
RCMAN46 07/02/19 08:02pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Switch to LIFePO4?

The single most efficient way to convert power to heat is an electric heater. I take exception to this. Heat pumps will convert more electric energy to heat than an electric heater by a factor of 3-5 times.
RCMAN46 07/02/19 11:09am Tech Issues
RE: New Ram/Cummins vs GM/Duramax on the IKE

Dynos: Factory Rating/Dyno Measurement Ram: HP 385/338 TQ 900/828 Ford: HP 440/387 TQ 925/806 Chevy: HP 445/337 TQ 910/771 interesting when the same trucks were tested at the IKE run.
RCMAN46 07/02/19 11:05am Tow Vehicles
RE: New Ram/Cummins vs GM/Duramax on the IKE

Can you provide a link to your source for the gear ratios. CHEVROLET DEBUTS ALL-NEW 2020 SILVERADO HD Thank You I did a lot of searching and not find that one. A lot of good information on that link.
RCMAN46 06/30/19 06:29pm Tow Vehicles
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