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RE: Bought a second truck.

I had a 64 Dodge Power Wagon that would do that , I'd be coming off a steep road in granny, and the transfer case would jump out of low range . It would be pretty exciting keeping it slowed down . :) This is a first for me and I don't need that kind of excitement. LOL I've still got lots to do before tackling the t-case. It will definitely raise your heart rate , especially when you are on the brakes , and you start sliding sideways , so you let off , and then repeat , I came off a couple a bit faster then wanted . Or climbing and spin out , I got to when I’d lose momentum I’d let off throw it in reverse, and pop the clutch to catch me going backwards , that also raised the heart rate . Or spin out kill the engine , both feet on the brake , and sliding backwards, that was exciting .:)
cummins2014 01/20/22 04:46pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Bought a second truck.

https://i.postimg.cc/rFk8d2b0/IMG-8063.jpg Bought some oil while I was in Salt Lake yesterday. I was hoping to find some blended oil with zinc but no luck this time. https://i.postimg.cc/GpQDfjyz/IMG-8078.jpg New shocks, front brake pads and new u-joints for the two front drive axles arrived yesterday. https://i.postimg.cc/Gtrm10ny/IMG-8048.jpg I took it out and was pushing it pretty hard in 3rd gear low range and it kept popping out of low range. It looks like the transfer case is due for an OH. All I need now is some time to work on it. I had a 64 Dodge Power Wagon that would do that , I'd be coming off a steep road in granny, and the transfer case would jump out of low range . It would be pretty exciting keeping it slowed down . :)
cummins2014 01/20/22 08:14am Tow Vehicles
RE: Scan tool for Ram CTD

Get one that reads ABS and SRS as well. It looks like you can get one for about $100, anything much less I didn't see those two features . 100 bucks well spent. BTW they go on sale around here for like 129-149 CND before tax (15%) I agree ,after a couple CEL's ,and going to get it read it's time to buy one .
cummins2014 01/19/22 07:54am Tow Vehicles
RE: Scan tool for Ram CTD

Get one that reads ABS and SRS as well. It looks like you can get one for about $100, anything much less I didn't see those two features .
cummins2014 01/18/22 05:56pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Selling Fifth Wheel Hitches - How To

The adapter will work very well, IMO a great choice, some have disagreed with the adapters ,but similar to bed rails other than it can be removed . Being born in the 40's I had no problem with the 75 lbs. FYI the slider although you don't need it will work just fine with the adapter ,no problem there . Finding out after many trips with my fifth wheel my existing slider was not needed with both trucks I used it with . Previous truck Ford Superduty 350 short bed. My present truck 2014 Ram 3500 short bed , or as they call them now standard bed :) I now tow with the steel Andersen hitch ,that also attaches to my adapter on my Ram truck . My Reese 18K slider is more or less a paper weight sitting in my garage. Never have attempted to sell it, I may some day, or just give it away. Got the adapter last week. Surprisingly, it was already assembled. I put it in and just had to adjust thee front pieces a half turn. Fits like a glove. Also, the slider does work with it - not that I will need it any longer. I guess the B&W guy was just telling me what he had heard about the adapter. Thanks again for the help. Thats good to hear . Same here ,had to adjust a couple of the lugs , ,and never touched them again . The adapter is a great solution for an existing hitch that fit the standard bed rails , or the way to go if you want to go a hitch for standard bed rails ,with trucks with the fifth wheel factory prep .
cummins2014 01/17/22 08:10am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5er Noob Looking for a Hitch

"The only complaint is that it takes 2 people to remove the base." Gee I had no idea! Guess I have been removing and installing mine wrong all these years with me, myself and I. That is because you are a MANS MAN Ron ! ! :B I guess 35 years in Construction helps. I didn’t work construction, and don’t have an issue removing my hitch including the heavy picture frame adapter. I just work at staying healthily and staying active. No issues here either, with the frame ,nor the hitch. I got tired of taking my 18 Reese slider apart ,so I went with a hoist in the garage. Then cured all that with a steel Andersen . But I guess over 42 years as a steel fabricator didn't hurt either . :)
cummins2014 01/12/22 08:11am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Selling Fifth Wheel Hitches - How To

The adapter will work very well, IMO a great choice, some have disagreed with the adapters ,but similar to bed rails other than it can be removed . Being born in the 40's I had no problem with the 75 lbs. FYI the slider although you don't need it will work just fine with the adapter ,no problem there . Finding out after many trips with my fifth wheel my existing slider was not needed with both trucks I used it with . Previous truck Ford Superduty 350 short bed. My present truck 2014 Ram 3500 short bed , or as they call them now standard bed :) I now tow with the steel Andersen hitch ,that also attaches to my adapter on my Ram truck . My Reese 18K slider is more or less a paper weight sitting in my garage. Never have attempted to sell it, I may some day, or just give it away.
cummins2014 01/10/22 11:31am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Selling Fifth Wheel Hitches - How To

Let me add , its a solid connection that frame, it locks to your four factory pucks, and there is no movement or slop . The only movement you will have is the same as you had connected to the bed rails with your four pins, which on mine is nothing I can detect . Its nice to go directly to the four pucks , and if I was starting from scratch , that's what I would do , but nothing wrong with this setup other than another part to take out if a clean bed is needed. In my case ,I don't bother there is no need for a completely clean bed . IMO its great option, the adapter with already having a hitch , and considering yours is pretty new .
cummins2014 01/05/22 01:50pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Selling Fifth Wheel Hitches - How To

There’s always the option of the frame adapter , I wanted to keep my existing hitch, manual slider. There are three brands of those adapters , cheaper then a new hitch in the event you don’t get your old one sold . The adapter locks on the four pucks , then it works the same as the bed rails, but can be removed along with the hitch or separate. Already talked to B&W about this. They make an adapter for the Companion. But, there is not an adapter for the Patriot and RAM trucks. I believe you misunderstood me, your hitch was previously mounted to bed rails in your previous truck, this is no different other than its a separate frame that attaches to the four pucks, then you hitch mounts to that .you don't change anything on your hitch . Google Reese 30154 adapter, and you will see what I am talking about , the Reese is the one I have . PullRite ,and Demco also sells one . They allow for any standard bed rail hitch to work with your puck system without doing anything to the hitch, other then mounting it the same as you did with the bed rails . The nice thing is it removes by unlocking the four pucks ,and remove from the bed .
cummins2014 01/05/22 01:37pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Selling Fifth Wheel Hitches - How To

There’s always the option of the frame adapter , I wanted to keep my existing hitch, manual slider. There are three brands of those adapters , cheaper then a new hitch in the event you don’t get your old one sold . The adapter locks on the four pucks , then it works the same as the bed rails, but can be removed along with the hitch or separate.
cummins2014 01/05/22 01:00pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: The Madden Cruiser...

Was always my favorite coach , as well as the Raiders being my favorite team . RIP.
cummins2014 12/29/21 02:15pm General RVing Issues
RE: Is all DEF the same?

Bionic Man said: "$17,500 for a 1 year old GC?" You are correct I couldn't pass it up! My Dad bought it new in 2019. He drove is very little at 2,300 miles in one year. My Mom had a situation where she slid down between the dash and front seat and had to call EMS. That upset my Dad so he said he was going beck to a PT Cruiser. He tried to sell on CL and people kept questioning the miles and then he did a CarFax. That didn't help as people thought it was a scam. Went to lunch one day and he said I will sell you the GC for 1/2 of what I was advertising it for and I said I need to talk to my wife as she loved her 99 Tahoe. After a test drive for her she agreed it would be stupid to keep the Tahoe with 240k on it even tho it ran great. So I gave him 17,500 cash he passed it to my Sister and he said it was part of our inheritance. Really is a nice rig, can't believe the power with the V6. These small motors are amazing , our Ford Escape with the 4 cylinder Eco-Boost is a rocket. Unbelievable the acceleration of a 2.0 liter motor .
cummins2014 12/27/21 08:44am Tow Vehicles
RE: TV Upgrade, Hitch question: What would you do?

Agree on getting a new hitch that fits your pucks. I looked at using an "adapter" with my old Superglide and the Pullrite salesman talked me out of it. He said it would be safe, but would add "slop" into the connection and raise the hitch at least another inch. These newer trucks are already too high to begin with (but that's a topic for another thread). Baloney , no slop in the adapter , yes you would have slop in the hitch the same if you had slop connected to standard bed rails . If that’s the case than any hitch connected to the pucks would have slop .
cummins2014 12/22/21 05:53pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Bought a second truck.

https://i.postimg.cc/2y2Kpp60/IMG-7603.jpg https://i.postimg.cc/kG1f1x1Z/IMG-7604.jpg The front yoke on the front driveline had a chip in it. You could spin the u-joint cap with your finger. It goes into the shop to get rebuilt today. https://i.postimg.cc/hGWM54sS/IMG-7606.jpg I'm thinking it was pat due for a new air filter. I have no idea how this truck ran. Yes I do, crappy. https://i.postimg.cc/5yhF2y6y/IMG-7605-P.jpg The local parts stores have little to nothing for my truck. The new air filter came from Amazon. I had to order a new fuel filter, PCV valve, spark plug wires and a lot of other stuff. I have to order upper and lower radiator hoses too. I guess that's the way it is for this older stuff. I have pounded out more then one of those U-joints ,and replaced them . Seemed like it was quite frequent having a U-joint go out back then .
cummins2014 12/15/21 05:37pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Best wheel bearing grease

cummin2014: Well yes, of course marketing plays a roll. I know that Ford does not manufacture Motorcraft oil, or filters, and Yamaha, and Polaris do not make their own oil, or grease. I do think these items are made to meet the standards of the company they are supplying. I would have to think, that Timken is going to protect their reputation, when putting their name on a wheel bearing grease. I don't think that a manufacturer can deny a warranty claim, if their name brand fluids are not used. If a proven inferior product was used, maybe?? I consider garyp4951 a standup knowledgeable guy, and he says the Timkin grease will not leak or drip (possibly separate), suggests good quality. FTG, is also knowledgeable, and uses this product, knowing Timkin would not put their name on an inferior product. While two products, side by side, could be same (??), I'd be willing to pay a little more for one that is branded Timkin, Motorcraft, Yamaha, Honda, etc. I know "a fool and their money, are soon parted" but I think I'll still be alright, at the end of the day. Jerry I have a feeling you will be just fine . :)
cummins2014 12/15/21 05:23pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Best wheel bearing grease

Timken premium grease...a wise choice guys!! While there are likely many good choices, an all purpose grease, is not something I'd use for severe application, just because it was in the gun. I have 3 different lever guns, and a pistol gun, each with a quality grease, made for the intended use. Even my snowmobile suspensions, are greased with a purpose designed product for extreme low temp, and is waterproof/corrosion proof. I hear people sometimes mention "a waste of grease"...really? In the grand scheme of things, cost of RVs, toys, etc, does cost/amount of grease matter? Jerry Jerry ,do you think we buy into marketing a bit on oils ,and grease , just saying.:B
cummins2014 12/15/21 09:19am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Best wheel bearing grease

My dad's usual response was "whatever's in the grease gun". :-)Lyle After 60 years of putzing around with vehicles I will have to agree. By the way, Timken makes bearings and **** good bearings. They are not in the petroleum/lubricant business. Putting their name i=on a petroleum product sounds like marketing. I suspect their grease is no different from most any other. I would agree, not quite 60, but 50 plus years I have been dealing with bearings, the important thing is that the bearing is pre loaded , and packed correctly . Then tightened with the correct pressure . I couldn't tell you how many different brands of grease I have used in that 50 years on bearings ,and have yet to have a bearing failure. I do get a kick out of some of the replies here, but the last few years , the two brands as said I have used is synthetic . Mobile 1 ,and the Red N Tacky. Haven't seen any oozing . ;)
cummins2014 12/15/21 09:18am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Best wheel bearing grease

The best RV wheel-bearing grease that I found is Plews & Edelmann LMX. It is really convenient and easy to use. It is soft enough to be applied to bearings. It does not drip easily, so it will linger where it has been applied. In addition, this grease has anti-corrosion properties that help prevent the gradual deterioration of my bearings. This is very convenient because I won't have to think about getting a replacement soon. This grease is insoluble in water, so there are times when my RV wheels are wet due to road conditions during the rainy and winter seasons. I’m always confident that the bearings are well lubricated. This thread is pretty old ,the OP asked about Red N Tacky, some seem to be having heartburn with synthetics , I have used both Mobile 1 ,and Red N Tacky ,both have performed well.
cummins2014 12/14/21 09:02am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Sailun Recall

I believe these tires were the best you can get because they were new and not many were on the road…fewer issues.Not likely, there were tons on the roads with zero failures, until the Vietnam made ones showed up. Heck they were even coming as OEM on some trailers. Lots of people have had them in the ten years they've been popular, and the failures are basically non-existent. Agree; I've had mine for almost 7 years now and they still look like new. There will be another set going on when these ones are done in another year or two. Is this on a truck or trailer? If truck how many miles are on them. I need a new set for my truck next year and I will not be suckered into Michelins like last time. And my tires never go off road. They're S637's on my fiver. Sailun does make some decent looking truck tires, though. I’ll take a look at those Sailun truck tires when the time comes , a friend ran a set , liked them , but traded trucks before they wore out , so don’t have a real picture of them .
cummins2014 12/13/21 09:59pm General RVing Issues
RE: Bought a second truck.

I bet that's Moab, or down south there somewhere. Spent a bit of time down there tearing up my old trucks, been years since I have had a truck down there . Yep, Moab. That's called Double Whammy. That was years ago and the "jeep" people hated full size trucks. Stock size bias ply tires, no lift - you can see they weren't very happy that I made it up. The two Jeeps out of several that tried got standing ovations. But then I guess it was quite a feat for them. ;) Don’t remember all the hills , and rocks we climbed down there . Back in those day that’s what you saw was mostly jeeps and trucks , no ATV’s . Now , still some jeeps and trucks , but mostly ATV’s . I’ve been places with one of my sons in his Can-Am I would never dream of in my trucks back then .
cummins2014 12/13/21 05:47pm Tow Vehicles
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