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RE: Tranny fluid change

My wife’s 2005 Acura MDX called for a transmission service that entailed draining the transmission, filling, driving, and then repeating 2 additional times for a transfer of 9 litres. I simply drained the transmission every second oil change and refilled (3 litres each time) and the fluid was like new right up until we sold it this past spring. So for the Ram I would do the simple drain and refill as per the book (or more often if it makes you feel better) and call it good. And it’s very easy to get a full drain and refill on my G56 manual truck! :B
blofgren 07/26/21 09:36pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Looking for ideas on how to Roll up/store 50 amp cord

If there is a complex expensive way to deal with something simple someone is sure to suggest it. Cooling the 50amp beast got old real fast so a nautical method of storing awkward line is used. It is flaked into an oval laundry basket. Enough of the female end is left out to reach the inlet. Only as much as needed is pulled out to the utility post. Cheap and effective. I hear you, but you would be amazed how much better the SOOW cord is! :)
blofgren 07/18/21 11:03am General RVing Issues
RE: Highway speeds - Keep your distance!

Great post, Bob, and I totally agree with you. It always amazes us how many semi trucks tailgate as well; extremely dangerous! :M
blofgren 07/18/21 11:01am General RVing Issues
RE: Opinions on 5th Wheels with Island Kitchens

We have an island kitchen in our fiver and love it. We cannot get to the fridge with the slides in, but 10 seconds pushing a button easily fixes that. We also frequently put our lunch in our Yeti cooler which eliminates the need to access the fridge in the trailer while travelling. This is not a big deal for us. We can access the washroom with all of the slides in which is much more important! ;)
blofgren 07/18/21 10:54am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Saving the Clutch

I love my 2 Low kit; I use it every time I back my trailer into tight spots. It is tight getting into my back yard and using the 2 Low feature makes it MUCH easier on the clutch. In the case of an automatic, it will definitely be much less strain on the transmission. Overall I would say it is one of the best modifications I have done to my truck.
blofgren 07/18/21 09:53am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5th wheel pin lubricate

We use a disc along with white grease on the pin itself. same for us. chevman And for us for many years.
blofgren 07/11/21 09:45pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Looking for ideas on how to Roll up/store 50 amp cord

I do the same as Cummins12V98 and rhagfo.. BUT, I also switched to the cord rhagfo mentioned ( 50 amp (6/4)power cable is made of SOOW electrical cord) .... MUCH EASIER to coil and store... Add me to the list of those who have made this switch; the difference is night and day! My old cord is in my shed to go with the fiver if/when I sell it.
blofgren 07/07/21 09:33pm General RVing Issues
RE: New TV

Congrats! We have several 7.3L 10 speed trucks at my work and they have been bulletproof workhorses. I'm sure you will love it! :C
blofgren 06/23/21 09:40pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Truck - family of 5 and 65lb dog

MegaCab by RAM will be the biggest cab option available. Plenty of room for the pup on the floor in the back row. X2. We love our Megacab!
blofgren 06/22/21 09:50am Tow Vehicles
RE: Yummy!

So finishing getting the new-used camper ready today. Toilet valve was leaking. Bought a new one. Replaced it. Seemed odd a virtually new valve was leaking but this trailer is basically in its honeymoon albeit 4 years later. Basically new, hardly used. Well it wasn’t the valve but the crimped on hose clamp. At least I have a spare now… Running the toilet valve a bunch and sending a fair amount of water south with a couple fart fans on, ye old black tank sure didn’t smell un-used…. So’s I go to filling and cleaning the tanks. All of them. Black tank flush is pretty cool btw! May as well freshen up the potable tank too since it smelled a little funky as well. Get everything full of water, buncha soap in the dirty tanks and some chlorine in the clean tank, take a little drive around to perfect the washing machine action. Go dump the black and gray tanks and holee sheet! Prev owner’s pristine camper came with gifts! Unbelievable….Really? I totally believe the PO when he said it hasn’t even been used since like 2018. I cant believe he didn’t even dump and clean the tanks halfway decent before parking it! Yuck! A couple of years ago we were looking at used units at a local dealer and we commented about how dirty they were. The salesperson didn't even flinch, but went on to tell us that we wouldn't believe how many units are traded in with full holding tanks....
blofgren 06/15/21 09:13pm General RVing Issues
RE: New Truck!!

I'm sure the Companion is a great hitch, but I love my 24K CURT As do I. I've got the 20K sliding Ram hitch which is a Curt as well and it has been trouble free for the past 7 years. It is by far the heaviest hitch I have had, though...
blofgren 06/13/21 06:30pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New Truck!!

Congrats on the truck, OP. You're going to love it! :C And a real bonus is that they went back to the tried and true CP3 injection pump! Please let us know how it is after you tow with it! :B
blofgren 06/13/21 06:28pm Tow Vehicles
RE: "Waxing" a fifth wheel camper

I wanted to follow up here. I'm the OP. We finally got our camper done with the Wash WaxAll and we are super pleased. SOOOOOO much easier than what we were doing before. No more climbing up and down ladders a million times. We'll see how it holds up, but application and initial results are great! Thanks all for the advice. Yup, works well, no spending a week for me waxing a fifth wheel, got a lot of others things I would rather do.:) I found the same thing when I waxed my rig this year; same result in a fraction of the time. :C
blofgren 06/07/21 09:30pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Slow leak

After all that ,it was just a small pin hole in the tread , I was surprised watching the bubbles, that it only lost 25 psi in six weeks . I would of thought it would have gone flat. Anyway its repaired ,and back on the fifth wheel . Not crazy about patched tires ,but they are nearly new , the shop said there should be no worries about being patched . It should be fine; I ran a patch on one of my truck tires for the past 5 years with no issues. Was it damage from a road hazard or a fault with those "horrible" Sailuns? ;)
blofgren 06/07/21 09:28pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Ford 2021 exhaust brake.

Well I took my truck out and measured the performance of my exhaust brake today. According to what I measured it appears to be no better than, and probably worse than was the EB on my 2017. The 2017 would slow my truck from 100 kph to 80 kph in 4 seconds .... this one took 4.8 seconds. I guess the Ford is both faster up the mountain as well as down when compared to the Ram. The exhaust brake in my 2013 Ram works fantastic.....:B
blofgren 05/26/21 08:38pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Not sure if I have an issue or not...

On my 2017 Ram, it comes on initially in the center of the gauge cluster (where the digital speedometer and other info is displayed). It alerts you initially that the trailer is hooked up, but after that, it goes away. It will come on again if you squeeze the levers on the manual brake for the brake controller. Mike I'm pretty sure mine does exactly this as well. It also shows the "no trailer" light momentarily after disconnecting the trailer.
blofgren 05/26/21 08:27pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New fifth wheel update

Congrats, OP! Your rig looks great! As you have found, backing a fiver is quite a bit different than a travel trailer. It's important to remember that they are slower to react to a turn while backing, but turn quickly once they start so it is important to follow it around quickly. Further, backing a fiver in on the blind side is much harder than a TT because once the trailer starts to turn it limits your visibility severely, where a TT is further back from the truck and easier to see. All it takes is a bit of practice and you'll be a pro! :)
blofgren 05/26/21 08:23pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Canadian Camping outlook or No Alaska this year

Yup, just when ya think the US is over the top with restrictions, along comes Canadia....”Hold my beer, eh....” We just don't want to share our good beer! :B Things are getting better so I think restrictions will start lifting soon. Most campgrounds are booked solid, though, so good luck getting in anywhere. :M
blofgren 05/17/21 08:56pm RVing in Canada and Alaska

Your also not pushing the rear tire's load ratings of a DRW like a SRW. Even with a 4k or 5K pin weight. Using the tire load charts or even the truck's door sticker for max payload I've never needed to air up my DRW to the tire's 80 psi max. My max payload rating needs 65 psi in the tires. Its nice to have those rear tires well within their load capacity. Yep, and the lower pressure in the rear tires makes for a better riding truck.
blofgren 05/17/21 08:49pm Tow Vehicles
RE: TV tire life

Every set of Michelin tires I had were junk! I will not run Michelin on anything i own. Blows outs, flat tires for no reason, unable to balance or keep a balance they were all junk. As far as I am concerned stay as far away from Michelin as possible. Strange how different users have different results. Michelin is the best tires I have ever owned. Years of trouble free service, high mileage, excellent performance in all conditions. I put them on and just drive. Minus 35C or plus 35C, dosen't matter, they just go and go and go. Current set has over 70,000 miles and still performing like a champ. I won't buy anything but Michelin. They run circles around every other brand I have ever owned. Possibly you just had one of those isolated bad experiences. I agree with your comments on Michelin tires, Bob. I have always had very good experiences with them as well. I actually just had a set of new Michelin LTX AT2 tires put on my truck this past Tuesday at Costco and the difference between them and the stock Generals that were on the truck is amazing; much smoother and no more vibration at highway speeds! They are also super quiet, which is great for an all terrain tire. I would have gone with the MS2's or Defenders, but unfortunately Michelin doesn't make either in LT235/80R17 which is what my dually takes. I was going to go with LT245/75R17's which are made in those models, but I was getting flack from tire shops about mounting them on the 6" wide rims on my Ram (they're supposed to be mounted on 6 1/2" rims) so I stuck with the stock size tires. And that’s why I wouldn’t buy a tire from Costco if I rolled up driving on 2 flats and 1 bare rim! What you proposed is 1000% fine but the Costco drones won’t do it. I actually don’t like Costco for mostly this reason, but I’m a sucker for a good deal, so I still shop there. Just got whiskey, scallops, some t shirts , shop towels and car wash soap yesterday. Thank god I didn’t need tires. Doubt they even carry 37x12.50s, lol. I hear you, bud. And even though these Michelins are the same size as the Generals that the truck had new, they are noticeably narrower so now I wish I had gone with the 245's because they definitely would have worked. Another local tire guy was willing to mount 245's but said I may have a clearance problem between the rear tires, which now I see I wouldn't have. The main reason I deal with Costco is because of price; we get ripped big time up here on tires. I would have visited my friends at Discount Tire in Burlington if the border was open and probably saved at least 30% over what it cost me here.
blofgren 05/17/21 08:47pm Tow Vehicles
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