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RE: Roadside Assistance

I had AAA for a few years...till I found out the hard way that they don't go off-pavement at all. Even if it is a good dirt/gravel road they refuse to respond to those.
deserteagle56 07/20/21 04:09pm Truck Campers
RE: Question: too much camper - too little truck

Hi folks: It was 7000 miles and 30 days of white knuckle ride. So I'm wondering if anyone else has this combination and if so what their experience is. Should I put on other mods to the suspension to improve the ride and if so what will give the most improvement. Any advice? Ken I'm sure a lot of other people will chime in here with help. But I had the same experience, only with a long bed truck. Talk about excitement, wait till you experience a blowout on a rear tire with all that weight way up high! My solution - I bit the bullet and went to a dually pickup. TOTALLY different experience. So much more stable, even with strong crosswinds and freeway speeds. I'm back to being relaxed while driving.
deserteagle56 07/03/21 10:08am Truck Campers
RE: new Ford 7.3 gas with 3.55 axle ratio, does it work?

You guys going on about high RPM's, that is the truck running at max overload in the ROCKIES. Worst case scenario. That IS diesel territory but this is showing if NEEDED the 7.3 can do it as well, just not as pretty. With a TC on the back unless it is some behemoth overloaded TC you won't be running those RPM's. So carry on, yes diesel is better in SOME situations and we know that. Come drive US Highway 50 across Nevada. 8 summits to climb, each at close to 8000 feet elevation...and a few that are only around 6000 feet. At any rate, gaining ~ 4000 feet in elevation in just a few miles - then dropping down the other side and then doing it all again for multiple mountain ranges.
deserteagle56 04/05/21 06:25pm Truck Campers
RE: satellite radio and gps antenna

Here is a post I did adding an XM/Sirius antenna to the hood. It is magnetic and I can move it from the windshield area to the front of the hood if I need to. (It is on a 2019 GMC, but the idea should work for any truck) https://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/30134476.cfm This is what I did also. Magnet mount antenna sitting at the front of the hood. Never loses signal. But since your hood is probably aluminum the magnet mount won't work. A lip antenna mount of some sort would have to be used.
deserteagle56 04/02/21 11:18am Truck Campers
RE: new Ford 7.3 gas with 3.55 axle ratio, does it work?

https://youtu.be/le_CdRGAmvg Video of the 7.3 with 3.55 gears towing 24K through the Rockies. Personally, I have a deep seated emotional objection to driving a big block motor down the road at 4,500-5,000 rpm..........moped maybe, big block, nope. ^ This! Drives me nuts! Every revolution of that engine is causing wear and tear and knowing I could be driving an engine that never needs to turn over 2000 rpm is a clincher for me.
deserteagle56 04/02/21 11:14am Truck Campers
RE: Chevy 2500 HD truck shortage

There is a supply problem for all manufacturers right now. I keep reading about them in the financial news about not able to get the parts they need from THEIR suppliers so they have stock to build trucks with. Biggest auto dealer in my nearby town sells Fords. A year ago they had something like 50 Superduties sitting on the lot. When I drove by a week ago they had 4. Plus a couple F150s and one Ranger. They are selling as fast as they are delivered despite the crazy asking prices.
deserteagle56 03/30/21 11:07am Truck Campers
RE: Anyone making a reliable new truck now?

Compared to years ago ALL the newer trucks are pretty darned reliable. I'm an old fart - been driving and working on vehicles since the late 50s and there is NO COMPARISON. I remember how much I had to work on all the vehicles I had from the 70s and early 80s. The new vehicles are MUCH more reliable. My 2004 Dodge/Cummins dually - only repair in 17 years has been a water pump. My 2007 Ford E350 4x4 conversion - only repair in 14 years was replacement of a brake switch that was giving me intermittent cruise control problems. My 2016 F150 4x4 3.5 Ecoboost will be 5 years old/50,000 miles in a couple months. I've had to do absolutely NOTHING to this truck except change the oil and rotate the tires. So I sure as heck can't complain about reliability!
deserteagle56 03/24/21 01:10pm Truck Campers
RE: Who’s still using a 7.3 diesel truck

front hubs stopped engaging. Perhaps a vacuum line leak or a good hub cleaning MAY solve that but I won't know until the warm weather comes. Do yourself a favor and get rid of those "auto-locking" front hubs. Everyone I've known who had those had trouble with them - and generally in the worst possible places when they really needed the 4x4 to work. Replace them with a quality set of aftermarket hubs and you'll never have a problem again.
deserteagle56 02/26/21 10:27am Truck Campers
RE: Truck Registration Weight

Register it for 14K then go camping and enjoy the new truck In Nevada at least, that would cost a bundle. If I remember correctly my 17 year old Dodge is registered @ somewhere around 12,000 lbs and I'm still paying ~ $300 a year for registration. Price goes way up for every 1000 lb! A new truck registered for 14k would no doubt cost $1000 a year or more...my 5 year old F150 is $500 a year!
deserteagle56 01/21/21 11:53am Truck Campers
RE: Buying a New TC Hauler

It looks like the forums photo posting site domain has been suspended. It has disappeared. But it's easy to just use a free hosting site like IMGUR.....
deserteagle56 12/28/20 10:12am Truck Campers
RE: Reg cab long bed vs extended cab long bed?

Thanks, dual rear wheel will not work for me though.I'm curious. Why not? I have just enough space to park a srw truck and another vehicle in my driveway (san fran bay area track house)..A DRW truck would not allow me to park 2 vehicles in my driveway.. srw truck has done just fine for several years. Not sure I understand what is going on here. A SRW truck with a camper mounted on it is close to the same width as a dually anyway. Most campers stick way out past the bed of the truck. At least my last two campers did. My current Bigfoot is pretty much the same width as the dually fenders on my Dodge. Is your camper really narrow and is the same width as the truck?
deserteagle56 12/24/20 03:23pm Truck Campers
RE: 6.6 Ram

Dealership availability is a valid point, at least in my area. 20 years ago pretty much every town in Nevada had a GM dealer. Closest town to me had 2 - one sold Chevy, the other GMC/Buick, etc. A few years ago GM made a corporate decision to close all their dealerships in rural communities. Caused a big uproar at the time but GM went ahead anyway. Nevada is huge - 7th largest state in the US. If you want to buy a GM product these days you have 3 choices - the Reno area, the Las Vegas area, or Elko, Nevada. It is about 500 miles from Reno to Las Vegas, or Elko to Las Vegas, and 300 miles from Reno to Elko. So why would any of us in rural Nevada buy a GM product? Got a recall, or dealer service - you have to drive hundreds of miles?? Whereas Ford does have a dealership in most small towns, as does Fiat (Dodge). If GM won't support us, why should we support them?
deserteagle56 12/16/20 10:54am Truck Campers
RE: Tailgate on or off

No way my Bigfoot would ever fit on my Dodge if the tailgate was still on the truck. The back of the camper - much wider than the tailgate opening - fits snugly up against the truck's taillights. With the tailgate on, the cables that support the tailgate are in the way.
deserteagle56 12/16/20 10:37am Truck Campers
RE: 6.6 Ram

Seems like the new gassers are either very popular, or they aren't making many. I venture to guess that's because of where you are located. Around here the dealers have rows of 2500/3500s and F250/350s in stock. I'd say over half of them are gas engine - the new gas engines are just that good.
deserteagle56 12/10/20 10:24am Truck Campers
RE: Does anyone use an aftermarket Tire pressure system?

I put an aftermarket TPMS system on my 4x4 van because it spends most of its time on dirt roads and I've ruined tires because I didn't know a tire was losing air. Type I got had the sensors that screw on the valve stems; the monitor plugged into a powerpoint inside the van. For 11 months the system was wonderful - at a glance I could see the pressure AND temperature of each tire. Then one day the system started malfunctioning and shortly thereafter quit altogether. The company that sold them (still under warranty for a month!) had disappeared so no help that way. I haven't replaced the system yet but I'm really interested in this topic to see which of these systems work well...and continue working for a few years!
deserteagle56 12/03/20 05:16pm Truck Campers
RE: easy on/off truck caps?

I've got the same type of eyebolts installed in my camper shell. And a pulley system with a worm-drive hand cranked winch in my pole barn, along with a rack to hold the shell when I remove it off the truck. So to remove or install the shell now takes only about 15 minutes. The rack holds the shell up high enough so all I need to do is back the truck under the shell, then drop the shell a couple inches onto the truck bed. The worm drive winch is handy because it cranks easily and holds the load in place without extra steps needed to lock it in place.
deserteagle56 11/30/20 10:13am Truck Campers
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
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