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RE: Looking at Grand Design Reflection 287RLTS and gmc 2500

I have a 2012 2500HD diesel and I wouldn't hesitate to tow that with my truck, but I would use a good WDH for ride comfort, and replace the factory shocks with Bilstein if they are over 3 years old. The factory GM shocks last about as long as a set of tires. I tow a 6k trailer with mine and it really doesn't break a sweat, but I do use a wdh to keep it from porpoising over rough roads. I thought I wanted a 5th wheel but with 2 kids and 2 dogs the bed space on the truck gets used up. Factory tow rating for bumper pull on a crew cab 2500HD with a Duramax is around 13500 lbs.
bartlettj 08/08/19 05:35pm Travel Trailers
RE: solar

I live in the PNW and have 100W and 2 2GC batteries. My use case is 3 day trips dry camping throughout the year and one or two extended trips where I either have shore power or the truck alternator to charge. This works ok for me, but the panel won't keep up with daily demand in the winter if I use the furnace or not. The main reason I added the panel was to keep the batteries ready to camp while the trailer is parked, which it does well. If I was full time I would want at least 250 watts.
bartlettj 07/31/19 08:49am Travel Trailers
RE: Tire Rotation Not Needed?

It's a good idea to do it anyway so the wheels don't weld themselves to the brake disks and then you can't get them off when it comes time to change a flat. It also gives you a chance to inspect the bearings and calipers. You're greasing the caliper sliders and ball joints regularly, right? A'15 2500 has a bunch of grease zerks in the front end that require regular service.
bartlettj 07/27/19 12:30pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Black holding tank censors

Mine still work fine after 7 years of ownership. Every few dumps I fill the tank 3/4 with clean water, and take it for a drive, then dump it. That, combined with using plenty of water, Kirkland toilet paper, and Happy Camper, no issues with the sensors after cleaning. Sometimes I'll throw in 10 lbs of ice cubes before the drive to really break up any crud.
bartlettj 07/27/19 12:26pm Travel Trailers
RE: Maximum length for 1500

I see people towing similar rigs all the time, but if you are going to do it, I would at least put LT tires on it an invest in a good anti away setup. The biggest danger on the mountains is having to stop hard on a curvy downhill grade, and good sway control and stiff sidewall tires can be the difference between safety stopping and being pushed into incoming traffic. I think you can make that rig fairly safe with the right setup, but you will have a much more comfortable experience with a 2500.
bartlettj 07/27/19 12:20pm Travel Trailers
RE: Trailer brakes weak, a few questions:

It is very likely that they do need adjustment. They significantly loose mechanical advantage between the actuation magnet and the shoes when they have too much clearance. They adjust exactly like you say. I recommend replacing the bearing seals while you are in there. It's pretty easy work but quite messy.
bartlettj 07/23/19 10:56pm Tech Issues
RE: Stoped routine

what about fueling and getting the heck out of the pumps and not use the restroom, wash your hands, wonder the sales area looking for snacks, order a sub, get a drink, pick up the chips from the sales area, get in line to pay ....... all while someone else waits to use the pump. The advantage of no self service in Oregon means that pretty much doesn't happen here.
bartlettj 07/17/19 11:55am Travel Trailers
RE: Current GM / Chevy Reliability

I have a '12 Duramax with 94k on it. Only issue has been a clogged DEF injector. I like it a lot. I run it on B20 all the time, not worried about the hpfp.
bartlettj 07/17/19 12:25am Tow Vehicles
RE: Gas TV for a year long trip

If you do go with diesel, get one new enough to have a factory exhaust brake. That's my favorite feature of mine in the hills.
bartlettj 07/15/19 07:45pm Tow Vehicles
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