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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
RE: 2012 Chevy Duramax Stabilitrak

The basic OBD code readers can only get to the ECU. The other modules like ABS and Body Control require manufacturer specific protocols that your typical AutoZone reader can't get to. If you don't want to go to the dealership I would go to a diesel shop at least. Maybe first check the rear wheel sensors, I hear that wheel bearing and brake rotor wear will affect them.
bartlettj 06/28/19 06:55pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Advice on tires, towing and Baja please

How do you plan to handle finding ULSD in Baja? Mexican diesel is high sulfur and will foul your catalyst and DPF system. My trucks owners manual says specifically to avoid Mexico for that reason and that warranty is void if ULSD is not used.
bartlettj 06/28/19 06:47pm Travel Trailers
RE: Outdoor "mudroom" to prevent cat from door-dashing?

There are some trailers that have a two door plan where the second door opens into the bathroom. If you kept the inner bathroom door shut and just entered that way, you wouldn't have to do anything else.
bartlettj 06/26/19 08:45am Travel Trailers
RE: What adapter for Prodigy P3 & GMC?

The big 3 integrated controllers have sway detection and correction. Mine has never fired off, but it is something an aftermarket controller doesn't have. I find that mine works very smoothly and it is nice to have the actuation lever built into the dashboard, and the output level reads right out on the instrument cluster if you select it.
bartlettj 06/22/19 01:46am Towing
RE: GM Yukon XL Denali Transmission Temps

Since the engine and transmission cooler share space, keeping the engine cooler helps too. Higher revs are actually better for this, so let it shift and rev if it needs to. Make sure the thermostat, radiator cap, and coolant are in good shape, as well as the ignition system.
bartlettj 06/19/19 09:01am Tow Vehicles
RE: How long should drums & brakes shoes last?

I've never had to replace pads due to wear, but I have had to replace them due to grease seal failure. Almost all of my towing is one the curvy Oregon coast or in the mountains.
bartlettj 06/19/19 08:38am Travel Trailers
RE: Wheel Bearing Temp Question

The way to check your bearings temperature accurately is to drive for a while at speed and then coast to a stop. Brake use will significantly heat up the hubs. I think you need to adjust your brakes- tighten the cool ones and loosen the hot ones to they are more balanced.
bartlettj 06/15/19 07:19pm Tech Issues
RE: What adapter for Prodigy P3 & GMC?

It is very likely that the truck has an integrated controller if it is a 2500HD, and they are very good. (I also have a '12 2500HD, previously used a P3). Unless there's something wrong with it it will be better than the P3.
bartlettj 06/15/19 07:06pm Towing
RE: Noisy injector in GM LLY

They're run at high pressure at mid throttle/rpm to help reduce emissions. That makes them more prone to noise. Sometimes additives or Biodiesel blends help. My LML injectors are a bit noisy on straight diesel but when I run B20 I can barely hear them.
bartlettj 06/15/19 06:59pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2015 GMC Sierra Denali-catastrophic fuel pump failure

The complete set of parts for this repair is about $3500 from InjectorsDirect, the rest is going to be about 40 hours labor. Usually the cab is removed from the chassis for this repair due to access difficulty.
bartlettj 06/02/19 07:20pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Anyone ever use one of these

Note that it is illegal to transport refilled 1lb bottles on most US and Canadian ferries.
bartlettj 05/19/19 03:11am General RVing Issues
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