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RE: Roll up tonneau cover for GMC 2500HD Short Bed

I have a Pace Edwards metal roll up cover on a 2015 Chev 2500 short bed - no issues hitting rails. But might be more of a pin box issue over the roll up bed cover. I have a B&W hitch and plenty of clearance. I've turned sharp enough to break the back window of the truck, but not hit the bed rails...
Thermoguy 07/26/21 08:41am Fifth-Wheels
RE: New truck pricing

Its not a single chip shortage - its a shortage of chips coming from China. It's effecting all industries that manufacture something with semiconductors in them. I work in an industry not related to car manufacturing and lead times are 120 days to 6 months or longer. Just heard a generator on a project is not supposed to arrive until mid 2022...
Thermoguy 07/24/21 10:08am Tow Vehicles
RE: 1/2 ton towing a 5th wheel

To the OP - there is some good advice on this tread. The ones you need to pay attention to go regardless of trailer. Get a trailer that is not too much trailer for your truck. If a fully loaded (full tank) trailer is under your weight limits, then go for it. There are plenty of small 5th wheels that can be towed by a 1/2 ton truck. Not all the 1/2 ton towable models meet the actual requirements, but some do. Just get your actual truck specs and start shopping - remember, brochures and websites under size everything or don't show the whole picture. You need to look at real world weights and weight limits.
Thermoguy 07/24/21 10:00am Tow Vehicles
RE: 1/2 ton towing a 5th wheel

If you're within weight limits, it should work. Be prepared to get 5 mpg when towing. Keep it under 65. My daughter gets about 11mpg towing her 3 horse gooseneck with living quarters behind her 2013 Ecoboost at 70mph. You can figure about 85% of what a diesel would give under the same situation. A 3 horse trailer with living quarters could have a pin weight of under 2000 lbs or over 4000 lbs - not enough information here to think an F150 is OK towing a 5th wheel. I have a 3 horse no living quarters and the pin weight is OK for a 1/2 ton, but for stability, emergency braking, etc, the 3/4 ton is much better. I have looked at living quarters, but my 3/4 ton diesel is not enough truck... that is living quarters with water, waste, etc. Something you can actually use. Some living quarters are not much more than a bed and some cabinets.
Thermoguy 07/24/21 09:57am Tow Vehicles
RE: alarm

the trailer brake controller looks for a resistance range for the connected trailer brake wiring. if it is outside the range it rings the alarm. The range should be adequate for single through triple axle configurations. Now, I've found that on occasion the cause can be that the TV or trailer connector was wet messing up the reading. This information is correct - I have found that using dielectric grease typically solves the problems. However, it can also be a bigger problem and there could be a bad sensor somewhere. I had to have one replaced this past winter. Can't remember what sensor that was.
Thermoguy 07/23/21 07:16pm Towing
RE: Wen 2000w Inverter Gen on woot for $380 today

Repairing generators can be a big issue unless you know someone or do it yourself. I have a Champion, which is a well known brand. I have a regular shop I take my Stihl yard equipment for service. They also service Honda. Asked them about the Champion, they said no way... so I imagine all these other less known brands are even harder to service. But, you could buy that Wen for less than a tune up on a Honda...
Thermoguy 07/10/21 09:23am General RVing Issues
RE: Truck - family of 5 and 65lb dog

Putting a dog or cat in a kennel and putting them in the trailer would not be a bad ride for the animal - where do you think horses ride? Back in the 1980's I rode more than once in the front of a gooseneck horse trailer from Western WA to Boise. Not a bad ride at all. We laid on the bed and even had a small port-a-potty if needed. More recently had a sick horse that we had to haul about 4 hours to the vet. She was trying to lay down so I rode in the trailer for over an hour to try to keep her up. Not talking about the issues with the horse, the ride was not bad at all. You can't tell speed and can't feel most curves. However, you really feel the start and especially the stop. The exhaust brake on our Diesel truck can hit hard on some decelerations and I really felt that. The only issue is heat, but only an issue if a hot day, an open window can solve that. Other than that, if an accident occurs you most certainly will lose the pet. Same problem with horses and people haul them all over the country. I think a horse trailer is built much better than an RV, but they look pretty bad after an accident.
Thermoguy 07/09/21 02:24pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Griz kills women outside Glacier

I think I read she was not alone, but alone in the tent. Also something about keeping food in their tent. That's the first rule of tent camping where there could be bears or any wild animals, no food in tent... Too bad she wasn't more aware the precautions.
Thermoguy 07/09/21 08:47am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Oregon rules for pumping gasoline & covid-19

The COVID rules are opening up in OR. I would plan to have a mask to go in stores, but no need to put on a mask to hand the guy your CC for fuel. My last fill up in OR the guy did wash the back window of my SUV, didn't even ask him to. He did the guy in front of me also. If you have a Diesel truck, you can and always have been able to fill your own tank. They look at Diesel different than regular gas. I typically fill my own if driving my truck.
Thermoguy 07/08/21 09:00am General RVing Issues
RE: Single Piece Metal Door Frame Conducting Heat

I'm just impressed you have a FLIR... :)
Thermoguy 07/05/21 09:06am General RVing Issues
RE: Fairly new Dometic awning tearing?

Dealer said he would put in a claim with Dometic. Not holding my breath. Do you think the material has shrunken? Does the dealer have a guarantee for their workmanship? 30 day? 1 year? What is the Dometic warranty? Seems like you have an issue with the installer and they need to fix it. What do they say about their workmanship?
Thermoguy 07/05/21 09:01am General RVing Issues
RE: Grand Design Quality

I think folks should discuss the engineering differences with specifics rather than generalities. How the roof, floors, sidewalls, suspension, plumping, wiring, underbelly, windows, appliances, entertainment system, factory support and etc. All RV's are essentially hand built and no two are the same. However, if the engineering, selection of materials and appliances are sound then one has a fighting chance. It takes alot of evalution and research to determine the best personal choice. This should be it's own post - how RV's are built by manufacturer, not which ones are prettiest. Also, what designs hold better over time. I'm often wondering why RV roofs are rubber and all seem to fail, isn't there a better way?
Thermoguy 07/04/21 10:24am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Are they still making this vent cover?

Yes, you can get a cover. Either take it off and take it to a RV store, or take pictures. You might have to go to more than 1 store to get the right cover. I had to replace one recently, they are not universal, but they do have aftermarket replacements. The RV store I went to had actually just replaced one that was not broken and gave me the old one. Fits perfect, and in good shape.
Thermoguy 07/04/21 09:56am Travel Trailers
RE: 2018 EXPLORER MPG WHILE TOWING

Thanks guys. It is what it is. Wish it had a larger fuel tank. Happy Trails ya all Yeah - I have a 2016 Explorer with the V6. I don't tow with it as it is my daily driver work vehicle. But I can say it has a ridiculously small fuel tank. What was Ford thinking? It's the smallest gas tank I have ever had on an SUV... As a side note, I wouldn't tow with mine, I think it would kill the transmission, but that's just the way I feel about it. It struggles going up steep hills with no load.
Thermoguy 06/26/21 01:07pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Help with choosing our 5th wheel (and truck)

Good luck finding what you need with inventory being so low this past year and not looking like it's getting any better. But, with some effort, you should be able to find what your looking for, just might pay a lot more than you would have a couple years ago or in another year when people are dumping their RV's because they can't find a spot to camp with it since many parks are booked solid through the summer and into the fall. Maybe start making plans to boondock a lot initially. Yes, we're actually hoping to go off-grid and boondock, not just because of the campgrounds issues (which we've read about). We would need to figure out a way to get a stable internet connection though since we'll be working from the RV. The only stable internet is going to be cellular or satellite. Cellular limits you to places with good cellular signals, not impossible but will limit how far off the beaten path or main interstate you can venture. In the mountains on the west coast, most have no cellular service. You will want to research that well as you can not count on WiFi in parks, etc. We went camping near home earlier this year, my son's friend had T-Mobile, he had good cellular. My wife and son have AT&T, they had spotty cellular. I have Verizon, I had nothing all weekend. But a good service with unlimited data should serve you well. Enjoy the adventure - do I see you are from Isreal? That's great.
Thermoguy 06/26/21 12:43pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: My prediction for the future..

This is an interesting thread and we all have opinions... But, if I could read the future, I would know what stock to buy or what crypto and would be a multi millionaire by now... I think an interesting sign will be how full storage lots are come fall. When people are no longer camping, kids back to school, etc. How many people didn't consider the cost of storing their camper all year and add that to their monthly payment. Not even considering how far they have to drive to store it. Many lots were full before this rush on RV's, so what will happen this fall? Not sure, I have 5 acres and can park for free all winter so not a worry for me. A neighbor is storing 5 RV's at his place and making a nice little side gig...
Thermoguy 06/26/21 10:14am General RVing Issues
RE: Help with choosing our 5th wheel (and truck)

As for the 5th wheel, there are a couple newer models that have a rear queen in the bunk room. Some have lofts also, but the rear queen is the direction I would go. I think you can even find that with 2 baths, or 1/2 bath in the rear bedroom. One that comes to mind is the Forest River Sierra, but I think I have seen others with that setup, just can't remember the name. You could also consider a toy hauler for the larger back room, but might be really heavy on the hitch with no "toys". With a full grown "kid" having a real size bed will be nice for him. My 12 year old is starting to outgrow the bunks in our bunk house. There are also mid bunk models, but the he might outgrow the bunks. Just a thought. If using for hauling a larger trailer, just stick with the 1 ton dually (I would go diesel if it were me...) Good luck finding what you need with inventory being so low this past year and not looking like it's getting any better. But, with some effort, you should be able to find what your looking for, just might pay a lot more than you would have a couple years ago or in another year when people are dumping their RV's because they can't find a spot to camp with it since many parks are booked solid through the summer and into the fall. Maybe start making plans to boondock a lot initially.
Thermoguy 06/26/21 09:55am Fifth-Wheels
RE: What a deal!---no thanks

This is not new - this has been going on for years. Just a hook to get you to look at new cars or trucks. They have to start somewhere, but then find what your vehicle is actually worth, etc. Now make a deal:) Once they get you going they think you will fall regardless the price. But, anyone thinking they want to buy a new car in 2021 has got to have some disposable money. Bad year to shop. Once people stop buying things like trucks, trailers, plywood, etc, the market will come back down to a reasonable level and things will even out. Or so I hope...
Thermoguy 06/22/21 05:14pm Tow Vehicles
RE: I hate roundabouts -- but maybe I am wrong

Wait till they start putting signals - like ramp meters, on roundabouts... It's coming if people continue to not know how to use them. I also don't like that they are very unsafe for pedestrians. People are looking for cars in the circle and not for pedestrians crossing the legs...
Thermoguy 06/21/21 06:39pm Roads and Routes
RE: Understanding towing weights?

Good Choice - as someone that has a 2500 and wishes he would have purchased the 1 ton from the start - changing isn't as easy as it sounds... $$
Thermoguy 06/21/21 09:06am Fifth-Wheels
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