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RE: Collecting 5th wheel Tow Data, just for fun, 2000 mile trip

Okay folks, here are the results. The raw data is within the image file, and I have consolidated the data below: Ford: Total of 40 (6.7's dominated the Ford category, no surprise. It was good to see some 6.0's out there, bullet proofed I'm sure. I did not identify a single 7.3, but I know they are still out there!) Ram/Dodge: Total of 34 (Obviously 6.7's dominated. Most of the 5.9's I identified looked to be well kept and towing older 5rs) Chev Duramax: Total of 25 (Most all of the Dmax were late model rigs, mostly single axle. I identified 4 LBZs. I have an affinity for the LBZ's, even though I have never owned one) Topkick/Freightliner: Total of 3 (2 Freightliners and 1 Topkick) 1/2 Ton's towing 5th Wheel: Total of 4 (I changed my data collection on this one to reflect any 1/2 ton towing a 5th wheel, rather than what I feel is "overloaded". There are a few folks on here who seem to be hypersensitive to the issue, so I'll keep that data and opinion to myself. Of the 1/2 tons I saw, two were Ford and two were GM, all late model. One was at a love travel stop fueling up, one was in a campground, and the other 2 were on the road) https://i.ibb.co/5cJhCdR/Tow-Data-2020-Completed.png Are these trucks in passing ,going the other way , how do you tell the difference from an early 6.0 to 7.3. I have learned that the only way to tell some of the earlier 7.3 Suoerduties to the later 7.3 is the badge on the front fender, the early ones were in the front of the fender the later were lower rear part of the fender, as were the 6.0 Also got to be be quick in passing to be able to tell the early 99 Superduty 7.3 from the V10, nearly the same badge on the front of the front fender. Just curious Easy, the 7.3L badge is slightly shorter and has a black background and the 6.0L has a silver background. They are actually quite different when looking at them. Also, the mirror backs are different, and most FX4 trucks are 6.0L trucks. There are ways to tell if you know these trucks (I had a 2003 F-350). :B Bought ,and drove a new early 99 Superduty 7.3 from July 1998 to March 2014, nearly 16 years. I knew the years of all the 7.3 's , 6.0 .and the 6.4 ,seen them come ,and go. Lost interest when they came out with the 6.7 in 2011. Over the years I have forgotten one year to the next on these trucks now, but mainly not interested anymore . Especially trying to drive down a freeway while taking a truck survey :B
cummins2014 01/09/21 08:43am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Collecting 5th wheel Tow Data, just for fun, 2000 mile trip

Easy, the 7.3L badge is slightly shorter and has a black background and the 6.0L has a silver background. They are actually quite different when looking at them. Also, the mirror backs are different, and most FX4 trucks are 6.0L trucks. There are ways to tell if you know these trucks (I had a 2003 F-350). :BAnd you can see these minor differences at 100-150 feet apart, and closing speeds of 120-140 mph in a quick glance? As the Brits would say: Pull the other one. :) My point exactly ,but hey its just for fun .
cummins2014 01/09/21 08:29am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Collecting 5th wheel Tow Data, just for fun, 2000 mile trip

I didn't say I couldn't tell one truck from the other ,my point is I can, so thats why I said what I did. Please carry on with whatever you think is being accomplished . :)
cummins2014 01/08/21 01:13pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Collecting 5th wheel Tow Data, just for fun, 2000 mile trip

Jeeze..... I'm lucky to pick up the color of a truck going the opposite direction let alone what the badges indicate???.... I am usually tuned into my ZONE... I'd be getting yelled at by you know who if I was trying to see what truck just went by :)
cummins2014 01/08/21 11:56am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Collecting 5th wheel Tow Data, just for fun, 2000 mile trip

Are these trucks in passing ,going the other way , how do you tell the difference from an early 6.0 to 7.3. I have learned that the only way to tell some of the earlier 7.3 Suoerduties to the later 7.3 is the badge on the front fender, the early ones were in the front of the fender the later were lower rear part of the fender, as were the 6.0 Also got to be be quick in passing to be able to tell the early 99 Superduty 7.3 from the V10, nearly the same badge on the front of the front fender. Just curiousThese were exactly my thoughts when I first commented on paying attention to other vehicles instead of what was going on in the immediate area. How does one garner all this information with just a "quick glance"? Simply differentiating between a 3/4 ton and a 1 ton isn't easily apparent unless it's a dually. And some 1/2 tons and 3/4 tons are very similar, which makes telling them apart take more than just a glance. I am afraid this is going to be far from even close to accurate data. The op probably should just post truck brands towing fifth wheels, forget the motor, can't know for sure unless sitting beside them. . But then we know what that will be , it will be the Ford being the most popular :B
cummins2014 01/08/21 11:51am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Roof replacement

I need a new roof, either a new rubber roof or Flex-Armor or RV-Armor. Your opinions especially those who have the spray on which is what I am leaning towards. Depending on price, and how long you plan on keeping the RV. I believe the Flex or Rv armor is a lifetime guarantee . Whereas the rubber roof is not . If it were me ,I think I'd go the spray .
cummins2014 01/08/21 11:03am General RVing Issues
RE: Collecting 5th wheel Tow Data, just for fun, 2000 mile trip

Are these trucks in passing ,going the other way , how do you tell the difference from an early 6.0 to 7.3. I have learned that the only way to tell some of the earlier 7.3 Suoerduties to the later 7.3 is the badge on the front fender, the early ones were in the front of the fender the later were lower rear part of the fender, as were the 6.0 Also got to be be quick in passing to be able to tell the early 99 Superduty 7.3 from the V10, nearly the same badge on the front of the front fender. Just curious
cummins2014 01/08/21 10:54am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Slider

I have been checking out Anderson hitches. The have 3 models. There is the gooseneck mount, the toolbox model, and the rail mount model. Which model is recommended? I already have a gooseneck hitch ball. Then that would be the one with the gooseneck connection . What kind of weight are you towing ? I have the rail mount steel version . I already had the frame adapter that goes to the OE puck system for another hitch that took the standard rails . I would recommend the rail mount ,but you would need bed rails if you don't already have them. The one pictured above is the one I have. Wouldn't tow with anything else after having the Andersen , having towed with both conventional ,and the Andersen I will be towing a Forest River Sierra 5th Wheel. It weighs just over ten thousand pounds. I think it is 10,010. Great candidate for the Andersen fifth wheel hitch . Mine is rated for 20K .
cummins2014 01/07/21 10:20am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Montana Fifth Wheel

Our 2016 Montana Legacy has done fine at 24 degrees supplementing the furnace with an electric heater and we were very comfortable. I have a temp probe mounted between the holding tanks and they never got close to freezing running the furnace maybe 10 minutes per hour. I don't have much to compare it to but it stays a lot warmer than our 2007 Laredo did in the same temp. Also our camper has over 300 nights spent in it and about 18,000 miles with no major issues and has never been back to the dealer since the day we bought it. Good quality or just luck? Who knows. That must be one heck of a electric heater to only allow 10 minutes per hour on the furnace in 24 degrees , or its sitting fairly close to the thermostat .
cummins2014 01/06/21 08:02pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Montana Fifth Wheel

A little write up in the RV magazine rating the Montana Fifth Wheels in the top eight for cold weather camping . I never felt my previous 2008 Montana was very good in sub freezing weather. Apparently they have improved with their Arctic package. Having owned a Montana previously, and taking into account my brother has a 2019 Montana High Country, they have improved nothing. Its all a load of BS just the same as the spew Keystone puts in their brochures and on their website. RV magazine is owned by Camping World, Camping World is a Keystone dealer. Not hard to figure out. My wife ,and I used to joke about the Arctic package on our Montana fifth wheel, it felt like the Antarctic inside it. :B The High Country is the lower end of the Montana line, but I suspect as you say they haven't improved much. They put a lot of bling in them, but thats about it as far as improvement , if you want to call it that .
cummins2014 01/05/21 08:41am Fifth-Wheels
Montana Fifth Wheel

A little write up in the RV magazine rating the Montana Fifth Wheels in the top eight for cold weather camping . I never felt my previous 2008 Montana was very good in sub freezing weather. Apparently they have improved with their Arctic package.
cummins2014 01/04/21 05:17pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Slider

I have been checking out Anderson hitches. The have 3 models. There is the gooseneck mount, the toolbox model, and the rail mount model. Which model is recommended? I already have a gooseneck hitch ball. Then that would be the one with the gooseneck connection . What kind of weight are you towing ? I have the rail mount steel version . I already had the frame adapter that goes to the OE puck system for another hitch that took the standard rails . I would recommend the rail mount ,but you would need bed rails if you don't already have them. The one pictured above is the one I have. Wouldn't tow with anything else after having the Andersen , having towed with both conventional ,and the Andersen
cummins2014 01/04/21 10:08am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Looking for portable electric space heater for rv!

WAY PAST TIME TO CLOSE THIS TOPIC. You close good topics bc you disagree, but leave useless ones like this up? The guy is asking about a store-bought space heater for goodness sake, CLOSE the topic! Amen to that !!!
cummins2014 01/02/21 05:00pm General RVing Issues
RE: Cleaning shower with grey/white "water spots".

I just put a coat of wax on mine.... everything runs off with no water spots. just don't do the floor ! I thought I was going to be the only one doing the wax, have for years, no water spots on mine. That ,and of course squeegee the glass ,and wipe down.
cummins2014 01/01/21 08:55am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Looking for portable electric space heater for rv!

I have two problems with cheap heat. #1 no fail over to propane heat if power goes off. I know that is not much of an issue for most--but if you live where it is truly cold (-30), it may be a serious issue. The #2 is that even the smaller cheap heat can't be run on a 15 amp circuit. The wattage is too large. That means no mooch docking in winter time. I do have other issues, but they are personal to me. It’s simply a flip of a switch. Running out of propane is a whole other animal but simply flip a switch resolves the others issue. IMHO Boondocking is not a time for cheap heat. And if no one is "home" to flip the switch and it is -30? Well if I was -30 I might worry about furnace not heating. It would be easy pesey to hook a 120 to 12 volt transformer and a relay in the switch wiring harness. I got the best solution, stay the heck out of -30 weather . There was a reason why our family moved from northern Montana :B
cummins2014 12/31/20 08:51pm General RVing Issues
RE: Looking for portable electric space heater for rv!

I had fairly good luck with the Vornado and also Dyson but nothing can compete with my Cheap Heat. X2! Plus it runs off the furnace , hard to beat cheap heat , it’s either electric or propane , your choice when using the RV furnace. When having a electric hookup , run it on electric, no need to run on propane.
cummins2014 12/30/20 10:11pm General RVing Issues
RE: Six-point leveling system -- reduce rocking

The friends , they welded the bolt to the top of the foot pad .
cummins2014 12/28/20 08:24pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Collecting 5th wheel Tow Data, just for fun, 2000 mile trip

Depends on where the RV parks are. Weekend warriors the Powerstroke will win. Full timers RAM will win. Does the survey count if a good friend that’s full time has a new Powerstroke :B
cummins2014 12/28/20 06:25pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Six-point leveling system -- reduce rocking

Back when we had a Silverback, another Creek owner had JT's that he added to his 6pt and said it made a diff. Don't recall how long it took him to install it tho. I'm curious as to how they attach the JT swivel bracket to the pads on the level up . They pretty much sit flat on the ground. Possibly weld the bolts on ??? I am curious as well, I would think that they would have had to weld them to the pads, No other way to secure them in my eyes..?? :h If I remember a friend had those add on pads , but I believe they still welded the bolts on .,I’ll check with him and get back with an answer
cummins2014 12/28/20 04:02pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: What PSI for tires?

"Most RV's come with their GVW based on the ties load capacity of the tires they come with. So yes MAX is required. But going from a 3,000# tire to a 4,000# tire and running MAX on both is plain stupid. Why do you think they have weight/inflation charts??? PROPER inflation based on load gives better ride, braking and tire life plain and simple! Whoa ,and behold ,we agree :B . The thing I noticed is those Sailuns I run ,and now being over tired . They run a bit warmer when I run at 95 psi when cold here in Utah, nothing alarming but warmer. I do this ,because by the time I get to ST George ,Ut where its warmer ,my tires the next morning will be 100 psi or slightly more ,and I don't need to mess with them. So being 95 cold inflation here in the winter , gives me pretty much the air pressure I am actually wanting year around , although I start out here a bit lower then wanted . I see no issue with that, still giving me 3970 weight rating instead of the 4080 at 100 psi which as said was the OE tire rating . *** ITS A CHRISTMAS Miracle :B Miracles never cease to happen :E
cummins2014 12/28/20 03:59pm Fifth-Wheels
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