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RE: 2017 Chevy 6.0L 15 Passenger van

Sounds like you'll be just fine. The only thing I'd add is you might want to go to a LT tire for added stability.
drsteve 01/25/20 07:58am Tow Vehicles
RE: GM wants to improve trailer brakes

Spend how many thousands to knock 40 feet off the stopping distance? No thanks.
drsteve 01/25/20 07:55am Towing
RE: Dealer stripped threads in Hub ?

Any technician, especially at a tire store, should be using torque sticks to tighten lug nuts. Makes it virtually impossible to over torque.
drsteve 01/25/20 07:48am Tech Issues
RE: Weight Distribution Hitch

I have that same hitch, the bars are rated for 800-1200 lb of tongue weight. Sounds like you are fine on the size. It is sometimes noisy at low speeds, according to the manual it is acceptable to use a light lubricant on the bar saddles. My TT weighs about 6500 ready to roll, with roughly 900 lb of tongue weight. I have no problem at all with the hitch, it works well at all times. No sway, no weird instability, nice and solid. Does your TT tow OK?
drsteve 01/24/20 03:18pm Travel Trailers
RE: Locast being sued

Just got the following email from Locast. Locast streams live TV from several cities in the US. The giant broadcasters of CBS, NBC, FOX and DISNEY-owned ABC are taking a tiny nonprofit like Locast to court in an attempt to shut us down. They want to take away your right to watch local TV channels via the internet for free. Their goal is to make you pay exorbitant fees to watch the same local TV channels you are supposed to get over the air for FREE! Why put billions of dollars into the pockets of these giant broadcasters when Locast offers local TV channels for FREE over the internet? Visit the Locast GoFund Me page now to donate to our legal defense fund. Click here to write your elected representatives in Washington and demand they protect your right to watch streaming local TV channels. You can also visit to find out where you can watch your local TV channels for free on internet-connected computers, streaming media players, phones or tablets. Thank you for your support, David Goodfriend Founder and Chairman of There is more here than meets the eye. While Locast claims nonprofit status, the broadcasters argue that it's actually bankrolled by the satellite TV industry. DirecTV owner AT&T notably donated $500,000 to Locast, and Locast's founder is a paid lobbyist for Dish Network, which has fought broadcasters over fees for years. More here: Clicky
drsteve 01/24/20 07:12am Technology Corner
RE: MIA - Mexico

Hi, I heard from Mex about a week ago. Thanks, it's nice to know he's still with us.
drsteve 01/24/20 06:24am General RVing Issues
RE: Lights

At one time--ten years ago, maybe?--there was Cree, and there was all the rest.
drsteve 01/24/20 06:18am Tech Issues
RE: Can you get a decent browser on Windows XP?

Computers are the only things, as far as I can tell, that can still perform their original functions flawlessly but become worthless overtime. XP is still used by quite a few companies for specialized applications. Companies invested millions of $'s and labor to develop custom software for XP. When MS comes out with new OS's that are not fully backwards compatible it is painful for these companies to start all over again. Of course this doesn't affect the casual home or office user so few realize the significance of such problems. I have a multitude on PC's running every OS including good old DOS! One runs native XP, another running XP under HyperV on Windows 10. Working on redeveloping software but it will take time. Running XP is fine on machines behind corporate firewalls, watched over by IT experts, or for computer geeks who know what they're doing, but for the average Joe to do his banking and bill paying, not to mention surfing those "questionable" sites? Nope. It's a disaster in the making.
drsteve 01/23/20 03:53pm Technology Corner
RE: Lights

LEDs do this when they are ready to fail.
drsteve 01/22/20 07:42am Tech Issues
RE: Anyone use rv share?

Nope. Too many things to go wrong, too many ways a rookie can screw up.
drsteve 01/22/20 07:30am Travel Trailers
RE: Can you get a decent browser on Windows XP?

My laptop works fine with XP. I use it for e-mail, to put music on my WD my cloud, and a little banking. If anyone stoled my identity, when they found out what they had they would give it back. You do online banking with an OS that hasn't had a security upgrade in half a decade? And has several known, unpatched severe vulnerabilities? You're asking for trouble...
drsteve 01/20/20 09:37am Technology Corner
RE: My Amazing 12-year old battery...

I replaced the OEM Delco maintenance free battery in my 2006 Silverado last spring. It still cranked, but it was getting slow on cold mornings. I figured 13 years was pretty good, decided not to press my luck. The truck has 100K miles.
drsteve 01/20/20 09:31am Tow Vehicles
RE: A new way to tow a 5’er!

I promise you there is no chance this guy hooked up the brakes on the pickup bed/trailer. Probably not on the 5er either. Having them both operational would require two brake controllers.
drsteve 01/20/20 09:24am Towing
RE: Love my Mr Heater Hunting Buddy

I have the Heating Buddy. I tried using it, but the fumes it gave off was awful. Anybody else have issues with the fumes it produces? Smells Like those Old Coleman Catalyic tub heaters. Maybe my unit is bad or something. Something is not right. We use a Big Buddy when spring boondocking in a popup, never smelled any odors from the heater.
drsteve 01/20/20 09:18am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Carlisle Radial Trail HD tires?

The biggest problem with ST tires is the RV manufacturers who, in the interest of saving a buck, install low quality tires of barely adequate load range and speed rating on their trailers. Then you get someone who loads heavy and runs with too-low pressure and too fast for the speed rating, and there you go. Tires fail, and everyone blames it on the source country. Buy quality brand name tires from a reputable dealer, and you should be good to go.
drsteve 01/20/20 08:50am Travel Trailers
RE: RV King Topper

Finally found a mattress topper that will fit a 70x80 RV King without any cutting on They have many sizes to choose from. I'm ordering one this week! Thank you for all of the replies. Kinda pricey for a topper. I paid that for a bed-in-a-box mattress that works great. Toppers tend to slide around, and memory foam is too warm for me. Just my 2 cents.
drsteve 01/20/20 08:22am General RVing Issues
RE: Substancial deposit required

MI state parks require reservations to be paid in full at the time they are made. Cancellations receive a partial refund.
drsteve 01/16/20 08:22am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: What is a good camp stove to buy now days?

for a propane grill, magma for a propane griddle/grill blackstone grill for the traditional camp stove an old coleman white gas stove. pick one up at a garage sale or on ebay, clean it up. For a lantern, again an older coleman dual mantle white gas lantern If you want a brighter light, go with the older mantles that had thorium in them. Still a bunch available from coleman or from other mfg. Yes, thorium is radioactive and releases alpha and beta particles. For a lantern, you can't beat a battery powered LED model. No stinky fuel, no special funnel, no delicate mantels to replace...
drsteve 01/16/20 07:49am Beginning RVing
RE: Full Hookup Sites on Lake Michigan

According to what can be easily found on Allstays and your MI DNR website as I was not going to waste much time looking. Holland Sp has 31 FHU sites. Orchard Beach SP has 11. Wilderness SP has 18. On Erie Sterling SP has some, as does Hartwick Pines SP and South Higgins SP inland, although I might add your DNR reservation site leaves a little to be desired trying to search out what's available. None of these are actually lakefront. The FHU sites at Holland are 600 to 1000+ feet from the waters edge, with a large dune in the way. Orchard Beach is on a high bluff above the lake, the stairs to what used to be the beach are closed due to erosion. The FHU loop at Wilderness is 250 feet from the water, with trees in between. South Higgins is on a large inland lake with a great beach, great fishing, and deep, crystal clear water. Hartwick Pines has no lake access, but does have a large stand of virgin timber. If you manage to hit Sterling in between the spring mayfly hatch and the summer algae bloom, and don't mind the view of the nuke plant and total lack of trees, it's OK.
drsteve 01/15/20 07:24am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Flipping Axle

Working on a buddy's car years ago, he had it on cinder blocks. While we were standing there admiring our handiwork, one of the blocks just disintegrated. Just say no to cinder blocks.
drsteve 01/14/20 07:46am Tech Issues
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