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RE: What did you wake up to this morning?

Parts of the Nevada desert received record snowfalls for early November this past weekend. Some locations got over a foot...and the temperatures, which last week were in the 70s, this week are not getting above freezing. View from my deck: https://i.imgur.com/KtuXpYPl.jpg
deserteagle56 11/10/20 10:23am Truck Campers
RE: Ford 7.3 gas engine

Do the brakes on gassers wear out faster than the brakes on diesels? Or is it caused from all of those additions stops at the gas stations? LOL It's called an exhaust brake. Going down a steep grade I rarely need to touch the brakes. That old Cummins seems to hold back as strongly going down the hill as it does pulling up the hill. My rig with the V-10 seems to freewheel down a hill in comparison.
deserteagle56 11/06/20 10:02am Truck Campers
RE: Finaly got my new ARB locker!

I was in the NW forest in snowy conditions with my AF1150 and being naive...thought that my 4x4 was just that...WOW was I wrong. I didn't know what the difference was between a full floating Dana 60 and locker really was. I'm not so smart right? I was stuck in a really bad place and my front end failed me. I swore I would never have it happen again. When I needed traction it failed, Horribly..badly, scary bad. So a new project has been on my bench.....I already have on board air...this is not the first time I have been in the front end...A total rebuild with Moog everything so I know that Dana 60 now!! The decision was to go with air or electronics. After a lot of mind bending...being the air was already there...OK so what is your take on it?...I wanted a true locker. I'm saying when you need it...you got it, both tires pulling..but it will still float in 4x4 going down the road unlocked. Tell us more about "my front end failed me". Was it because only one front tire was spinning? Or did you have automatic locking hubs, or an axle disconnect, that failed to work? Most front end "failures" are due to those two things. Manual locking hubs are the only way to go - seems like the auto ones always fail when you need them most. I had a GM with the axle disconnect that failed to engage when I got stuck in a snow bank. I had ARBs installed front and rear in my van (E350). Made a world of difference in the rough stuff. Allows me to crawl through bad spots that previously I'd have had to tackle with speed.
deserteagle56 09/23/20 10:08am Truck Campers
RE: Surrounded By Sheep!

I was up just over 10,000 feet in elevation on Nevada's Mt Callaghan when I ran into a big flock of sheep. Tended by a Peruvian sheepherder and several dogs. Caught this shot of a youngster grabbing some lunch: https://i.imgur.com/gosaFXsl.jpg
deserteagle56 09/23/20 09:50am Truck Campers
RE: Ford 7.3 gas burner mpg hauling TC

I've never been able to fuel up as cheaply as I did this summer. What I found funny is that over the Labor Day weekend there was a piece on the national news wherein some "expert" told the nation that gas prices would be dropping as soon as the Labor Day weekend was over and folks weren't driving so much Since then our gas prices have risen 30 cents a gallon.
deserteagle56 09/17/20 11:03am Truck Campers
RE: Effect of weight on braking for trucks.

What I notice about 80mph speed limits is pretty much no one is speeding. Where's the revenue opportunity in that? I don't know where you are driving to see no one is speeding. 80 mph is the speed limit here in Nevada on the freeways - and every week our local paper has a list of the Californians the Nevada Highway Patrol nabbed for doing 100+. One was over 120! But you are correct - it seems that I, and most other drivers I see, find 80-85 as fast as we need to go. There's always a few that just have to push it........
deserteagle56 09/12/20 02:54pm Truck Campers
RE: Gas mileage last trip.

The new ten speeds are a game changer for gassers If they had put a 6 or a 10 speed in the old 460,it would have been a game changer..My last two 460's have averaged over 10 mpg loaded and that's with the old E4OD tranny both loaded to about 10,500...I had one 454 that got 8 mpg no matter what I did and my last logging truck got 4 mpg..laffin Never had that good mileage with my 460 engines. The last two (F250 and F350) were both manual trannies/4.10 gears and I still have the fuel/mileage logs I kept for them. 11-12mpg empty and 8-9 mpg loaded.
deserteagle56 09/10/20 10:03am Truck Campers
RE: 2002 Lance 1025 on new Ford F-250 with camper package?

No reason for an F250 if you are ordering a new truck. An F350 is not much more in price but adds a lot more capability - yet unloaded, there's no appreciable difference in ride or driveability.
deserteagle56 09/03/20 01:40pm Truck Campers
RE: Has any one installed a Banks Brake on a manual Cummins?

PacBrake on mine. Love it!
deserteagle56 08/17/20 10:24am Truck Campers
RE: Wilderness camping and gun safety

I don't feel unsafe in the wilderness in a camper. But, I am generally armed when out and about. Humans worry me more than animals. ^ This is me also. I feel much safer out in the wilderness than I do in any city. I have also packed a wheelgun everywhere for the past 50 years (except Canada). In all those years I've never needed to shoot any animal that was threatening me. But there were a couple times when just having my .357 on my hip was enough to settle down some aggressive (and probably drunk) rowdies.
deserteagle56 07/15/20 09:41am Truck Campers
RE: Dometic RM2607 Refrigerator problem

Thank you for the replies. I put ice in the bottom drawers of the reefer and a bag of ice on the top rack, turned the reefer onto propane and started driving. When I got to my destination 4 hours later the thermometer in the reefer was at 40 degrees and it is still at 40 degrees this afternoon with the temperature hovering right at 100 degrees. It just surprised me that the reefer wouldn't cool as well on 120 volts as it did on propane. Wonder why? (and yes, the thermistor on the fins is up as far as it can go)
deserteagle56 07/12/20 04:19pm Truck Campers
Dometic RM2607 Refrigerator problem

I have a Dometic RM2607 reefer in my 1996 Bigfoot. First use this year - camper is plugged in to 120 volts. The freezer compartment is ice cold - has frost in it. The refrigerator portion is staying at 80 degrees despite running for 4 hours now! Any ideas?
deserteagle56 07/11/20 02:17pm Truck Campers
RE: Poll: How many 1T TC haulers have no modifications?

Bigfoot 2500 on a Dodge/Cummins DRW. No mods to drivetrains/suspension - none needed.
deserteagle56 06/29/20 10:06pm Truck Campers
RE: vibration

Sounds more like tire tread separation to me. Had that happen on a couple different BFG All-Terrains.
deserteagle56 05/12/20 12:48pm Truck Campers
RE: TPM

I can tell you; having TPM-especially in a SRW -is a game changer. The new truck will have an OE system. Stay safe, Bill Couldn't agree more. I drive a lot of rocky dirt roads and it is wonderful to get that alarm and be able to pull over and stop before the tire is destroyed. For my 2007 rig that doesn't have OEM TPMS I bought an aftermarket setup that constantly displays the pressure AND temperature of each tire. Wish I'd had something like this years ago - would have saved me a lot of money for replacement tires.
deserteagle56 04/14/20 11:35am Truck Campers
RE: this 20 ton bottle jack? this air compressor?

When your tire goes flat, good luck with getting that bottle jack under the axle. Every one I've tried has been too tall - and if I managed to dig a hole deep enough to get the jack under the axle, then there was not enough lift with the jack to get the good tire on the truck.
deserteagle56 04/04/20 09:55am Truck Campers
RE: Desert Southwest suggestions

Be sure to factor in altitude when choosing locations. Speaking of the Grand Canyon, I would suggest the North Rim. Check for weather conditions and snow. Excellent post and excellent advice, Ranger Tim! Only caveat I have to add is that the North Rim of the Grand Canyon is only open 15 May to 15 October as the elevation is well over 8000 feet and depending on the year, can be snowbound in April. Same with Bryce.
deserteagle56 01/25/20 01:09pm Truck Campers
RE: Desert Southwest suggestions

In my prejudiced opinion Utah is the most beautiful state in the Union and you are leaving out most of it! I don't live there but I've been spending vacations there for the past 40 years and I still haven't seen half of what there is to see. Valley of the Gods is right at the base of the Moki Dugway mentioned above. Drive up the Dugway and follow the road north till you hit Utah 95. A mile or so west and you'll be at Natural Bridges National Monument. From there continue north up 95 towards Hanksville - the drive around the edge of Lake Powell at Hite Crossing will have you stopping and reaching for your camera. At Hanksville turn west on Utah 24 and drive through Capitol Reef National Park - stunning! At Torrey turn south on Utah 12 -acknowledged by most as one of the most scenic drives in the world. In just a few miles you'll be going from red rock canyons to tall pine forests and then down again to the town of Boulder and then Escalante. West of Escalante, stop and see Bryce Canyon National Park. Continuing west, you can hit Zion National Park or Cedar Breaks. So much to see! I wish it were easier to attach photos on this site....
deserteagle56 01/21/20 11:36am Truck Campers
RE: DRW back to SRW

I used to haul my slide-in campers on SRW rigs. Then I had a blowout on a rear tire with the camper on the back. All that weight way up high canted way over; I thought I was going to roll it before I got stopped. SRW works just fine for most things. But when you've got a load sitting in the bed that's nearly 13' high the extra stability of the dually, whether it be in high winds or dealing with a blowout, is worth it.
deserteagle56 12/30/19 11:58am Truck Campers
RE: Rear end ratios

When it comes to Superduty sizing, Ford, Dodge and Cheby all are pretty on the same level comparing options and pricing. To me its personal preference. Not sure if one is really any "better" than the other. To me it is dealer availability. If you live in Nevada (7th largest state) you have 3 locations with GM dealers. Reno area. Or 300 miles east in Elko. Or 450 miles southeast in Las Vegas. This was a GM corporate decision some years ago. The small town dealerships weren't doing enough volume for GM so they shut them down. I used to have a Chevy and a GMC dealer nearby in Winnemucca. GM shut both of them down. Fallon had a Chevy and GM dealer. GM shut both of them down. So why would anyone in rural Nevada buy a GM product? Why should I drive 170 miles to the nearest GM dealer when there is a Ford/Dodge dealership in every little town?
deserteagle56 12/25/19 09:34am Truck Campers
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