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RE: 8 people killed in Utah sand storm

I think some of you have never driven in an area where these kinds of things happen. There is no preparing for it. A sandstorm or whiteout happens in seconds. Yes me minute it’s clear as a sunny day then seconds later zero, and I mean ZERO, visibility. It’s one of those things you can’t prepare for. Yes you can see it up ahead after it happens, but when your first in line there is nothing you can do. I pray for all involved.
dodge guy 07/27/21 06:25am General RVing Issues
RE: Saw a TT with rear entry

Had an 05 Cherokee 28A with a rear entry door. it was more for storage when you folded the bottom bunk up. but it was a full size door with a window with a screen door. found a small metal sign that said Employees only and stuck it on the glass of the door.
dodge guy 07/25/21 04:40pm Travel Trailers
RE: Fuel for Gassers

It’s hard for me to find 91 or 93 non ethanol. But when I had my V-10 Excursion I used 93 non ethanol when I could. Big difference in power and mileage. Having double the fuel capacity at 80 gallons the hit will be harder on the wallet. And while the savings will be small the improved performance will be worth every penny.
dodge guy 07/23/21 09:19pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Fuel Mileage on 8.1 Workhorse

dodge guy and ArchHoagland, I agree with your math and refueling policies. The only thing I'd add is that the height for the pick-up tube for the generator is usually set at about the 1/4 full mark on the gas tank. So if you are using the generator, you definitely want to be looking for fuel well before the 1/4 full point on the tank. And up and down hills might even cause it to start sucking air before that point is reached. In our rig we usually travel with the generator running to keep the family comfortable, so I used to fill up around the 325-350 mile point which seemed to work well for us. ~Rick Yes, I forgot to add that. Although I have ran the tank down to 1/8 and the generator still ran. But I was coming into Denver and filled right off I70 before I got into the mountains. So yes, you have to know where the cutoff is for the generator fuel pickup.
dodge guy 07/22/21 06:42pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: SEMI cameras

When I installed my pioneer touch screen in my class A I also installed a front view camera. I installed a switch so I can turn it on and see what’s in front of me. I only use it for parking. But it could be useful in stop and go driving. Truckers know where thief bumper is. I’m betting he wasn’t leaving any room for someone to squeeze in between you and him.
dodge guy 07/22/21 04:01pm General RVing Issues
RE: Fuel Mileage on 8.1 Workhorse

Most class A gas tank are 80 gallons. So at 6 mpg you can go 120 miles to a 1/4 tank. I start looking for a station at 1/4 tank. Out west I’ll start looking at 1/2 tank because it can be pretty far between stations out there. Realistically you can easily go 400 miles before you need to fill up. But you will have to stop before you ever need gas!
dodge guy 07/22/21 03:58pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 6.8 3-valve towing FW

That's really interesting - I always wondered how equal the 6.8 would be had it gotten the 6 speed transmission. I suppose a 6.2 with the 6 speed would feel just as strong as the v-10 with the 4 or 5 speed trans. Or for that matter a base model 6.2 F350 that's new enough to get the 10 speed. Although if I'm looking that new there isn't that much of a price differential between going for the 7.3 I suppose. Don’t know about the SD’s, but in the F53 the V-10 for the 6 speed. My buddy says his performs great. He gets about .5mpg better than me so that puts it around 7.2 give or take.
dodge guy 07/22/21 12:01pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing Capacity

Well we solved our issue and likely saved a few dollars as well. We had put a deposit on a Bronco Sport and it was supposed to arrive on 7/7. Apparently not a lucky number as that was the day hurricane Elsa rolled through in Jacksonville. A couple days later the dealer told us our Bronco was damaged at the train yard and could not be sold along with another they were expecting. Deposit was refunded and we were back to square one. I spent days searching from SC to FL for another Bronco Sport Big Bend with the options and color we wanted. Apparently the are made of unobtainium. So, we called the local Ford dealer and factory ordered one with an ETA of mid-October. Well, I will be officially retired as of October 1 and have little confidence it will arrive in time. Lo and behold a few days later our copy of RV magazine arrived with a special feature on dinghy towing. They had a list of towable vehicles and one of those was something we had considered two years ago. A few hours of searching and …. BINGO!! Last night we drove to Orlando and picked up our Summit White 2021 Chevy Colorado LT with Crew Cab, 4 Wheel Drive and Red Line package. After we pop on a soft tonneau cover we will be good to go. Although this vehicle can be dinghy towed I plan to dolly tow it. Less expensive, less hassle and the dolly has a foldable hitch for easy storage. I’m happy, momma’s happy. FYI, you can’t dolly tow a 4X4 vehicle even with a neutral T-case. Both axles need to be either on the ground or on a trailer. You could dolly tow it if you remove the rear driveshaft!
dodge guy 07/20/21 08:42pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 6.8 3-valve towing FW

My 2012 Class A with the V-10 and 5 speed performs well For as heavy as it is. Loaded for a trip towing our 13 Explorer I’m at 24,500 approx GCW. My only complaint was the lack of power, And mileage. I fixed those 2 with a tune from 5star. This got rid of the too intrusive bribe by wire which would pull throttle back when you needed it the most. And also changed the shift strategy. It now performs remarkably well for its weight, and I went from a stock average last year of 5.2 to a tuned average of 5.7 mpg. If your truck has the 6 speed auto it will perform even better.
dodge guy 07/20/21 09:33am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tire covers

Always. For that matter, cover your roof AC shroud and the vent hoods, plastic will become brittle and break from UV. Yes, but a brittle shroud will not cause a blowout or potential damage from a blowout.
dodge guy 07/19/21 04:50am General RVing Issues
RE: Highway speeds - Keep your distance!

Why you should never follow to close! Following to close danger!
dodge guy 07/18/21 04:55pm General RVing Issues
RE: Is a Damon Challenger a decent motorhome?

Those were/are entry level motor homes. So not alot of options. And no luxury features. Condition depends on how the previous owner kept it. Oil changes? (Engine and generator, how many hours on generator?). How old are the tires? How are the brakes? Has he trans fluid been changed? Brake fluid? Coolant? Any signs of roof leaks? Has the roof been inspected and sealed periodically? Is everything working? What’s the asking price?
dodge guy 07/18/21 05:57am Class A Motorhomes
RE: 2021 Chassis Class A Motorhomes

It will be nice to see if they will integrate all the electronics they said they would. Auto high beams, lane departure warning, blind spot monitoring, and so on.,,, The problem you run into is the sensors need to be mount on the body then interface with the chassis systems. So,,, who provides, who installs and who warranties the systems? Considering the confusion regarding the lines of demarcation for simple things like the wipers, head and tail lights adding cameras, distant sensors, radar and such the level of frustration for the basic owner would get really ugly when the service centers, chassis and coach, tell them "Not my swim lane" the first time there's a problem. I agree with you there. And knowing how the RV manuf assemble and install things, the sensors will probably be installed backwards, or behind metal shields and not work correctly!
dodge guy 07/15/21 05:59pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Approximate fuel milage of these 2 motorhomes?l

Having a 2012 F53 with the V-10 and getting 6mpg towing a 13 Explorer. The 460 F53 will not be much less in mileage, less HP yes, but not mileage. Not by much anyway!
dodge guy 07/14/21 07:35pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: [SOLVED] Work truck with service bed to tow a fifth wheel?

I would by one, remove the body and find a place that can install a factory take off bed, plenty of clean beds out there.
dodge guy 07/14/21 11:12am Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing Capacity

Just got off the phone with the Tiffin rep. He said the 36LA's with liquid springs, fuel and LP come in about 22,000 lbs. curb weight. He said they will weigh our unit before shipping to the dealer to confirm. If that's the case, then I will have roughly 8000 lbs. to play with. Still limited to 5000 lbs. on the trailer weight though. Y'all need to just leave the Jeep comments alone. They aren't the best riding vehicle, they are more expensive and I don't off road. The Bronco Sport fits our needs. We were considering a Chevy Trailblazer because it could be flat towed but after seeing both, we liked the Bronco Sport more. Besides, I don't want all that flat tow junk on my vehicle and have to put a brake unit in it and set it up every time we go somewhere. I just want to hook up the trailer, plug it in and go. Good to hear on the weight. You can upgrade the hitch for a higher rating. As far as the Jeeps go. I’ll leave it at this. There is more than just the Wrangler. The Cherokee and Grand Cherokee are flat towable with the proper T-case. And ride very nice.
dodge guy 07/14/21 10:53am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Towing Capacity

Some RV manuf are installing a 7500lb hitch with a 6k lb tow limit. What is the empty weight of the RV? Should be listed somewhere in line. Take that number and add at least 2k lbs to that number. This would let you know what you are capeable of towing. “Happy wife happy life” yes that sounds good on the surface till the other one isn’t happy. Then you are at the point you are now! As has been said. Should have gotten a Jeep!
dodge guy 07/14/21 05:56am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Article - Best Campground in Every State

The best RV resort We've been to is Santa Rosa RV Resort in Navarre FL. And the other best we’ve been to is in Granby CO. Another best is River Ridge RV Resort in Starwood MI. And yet another best is Lighthouse Point at Cedar Point OH. See how easy it is to pick the best!
dodge guy 07/13/21 08:45pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: KOA And Love’s Travel Stops Team Up For New Campground

That would be nice. But I never stop at a loves because they never have fuel (gas) pumps easily accessable for large gas vehicles. Kind of hard to squeeze it into a car island.
dodge guy 07/13/21 04:33pm General RVing Issues
RE: 80's 454 fuel supply challenges

I would look into the injectors. I had a 90 Dodge comb van with the throttle body injection. It had an injector starting to go bad intermittently. It would lose power and run rough. It was only one injector, but I replaced both and it fixed the issue. Double check all your electrical connections including powers and grounds. Then check out the injectors.
dodge guy 07/13/21 04:30pm Class A Motorhomes
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