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RE: Where to put generator in 21' travel trailer

I leave my generator safely in the back of my truck until I arrive at which point I cable lock it to the bumper. No need to tempt the meth heads while I'm Walmart, etc. As for your question, if you can get to the frame and have a good welder do it you should be find. Beware it would probably void your frame warranty if you have one. Also, be careful about dragging the newly installed platform. As you move back away from the wheels it's A LOT easier to drag things.
mtofell1 08/06/20 08:27pm Tech Issues
RE: Big truck dealer in Idaho?

A couple years ago my friend named Dave Smith bought a truck from Dave Smith. I always thought he should have got something for that.... even just a hat.... something. :)
mtofell1 08/02/20 01:22pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Pulling more than 50 amps ?

Stating an amperage without specifying the voltage is really only describing part of the story. More than 50A @ 120V? Sure. More than 50A @ 240V? Sure... for a few seconds until the breaker pops. Honestly, RV power is listed in kind of a messed up way and it rarely gets clarified. A 30A hookup is 120V. A 50A hookup is 240V. So, if you just want a linear scale for comparison sake, a 30A hookup is 30, a 50A hookup is 100.
mtofell1 07/30/20 09:57pm Tech Issues
RE: Air bags

I don't think newer bags will give you an improved ride. I have no direct experience so maybe I'm wrong but am just thinking of the physics of it. Air is air and if the bag is holding, what else in there? As for running with old bags I've heard of a some folks traveling with a spare bag or two in case of one breaking while on the road. I think it's a lot easier to find someone to replace a bag than it is to get the bag to your location and have it installed.
mtofell1 07/27/20 10:23pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: GFCI Issue looking for a solution

Check your electric water heater for a burned out element...this causes a short to ground and causes GFI's to trip...just a maybe., if you happened to turn on the water heater with no water in it. RV water heaters (or residential for that matter) aren't on GFI circuits.
mtofell1 07/22/20 10:17pm Tech Issues
RE: Best Place to Sell Tow Vehicle

Craigslist seems to be the necessary evil in my experience (other than the worse evil of trading in, that is). I find a descriptive well written ad it key to selling anything on Craigslist. I know as a shopper I'm pretty put off when all someone takes time to do is write two sentences. With RVs and trucks I've had great luck by writing accurate, descriptive ads that let people get to know the vehicle and your care/use of it. Dealing with scammers? Well, that's kind of part of life anywhere these days. Google is your friend. Start entering phone numbers and email addresses of everyone you deal with. This can quickly let you know if their story adds up. I've also told people I expect to see a copy of their driver's license upon first contact and I'm happy to share mine. Of course, people don't have to share that if they don't want to it's a HUGE red flag if they refuse for some reason.
mtofell1 07/22/20 08:08pm Tow Vehicles
RE: GFCI Issue looking for a solution

Very doubtful a bad GFCI. Agreed... most common failure is they just don't reset when testing or after tripping.
mtofell1 07/21/20 09:12am Tech Issues
RE: Reality check - 2006 Chevy 2500

The 6084# is likely due to the pizza cutter stock tires. The axle itself is likely rated much higher. Check part numbers and it may be the same rear axle on the 3500 SRW for that year. I'm not advocating exceeding this rating but if you can determine the axle rating is higher and you get some higher rated tires I'd have no problem running right up to the axle limit. Aside from your question, hang onto that 06 Duramax as long as you can. I ran that exact truck for a glorious 5+ years and still kick myself at times for selling it. That's one of the best diesels ever made.
mtofell1 07/20/20 07:40pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Ram 2500 Short Bed question

and too much slide you could contact the tailgate, moving pinbox back. Yes! Can and will tear up your gate. Learned this the first day I brought my 5th wheel home and my Ram. Never happened with my old Chevy and 5th wheel. I just came up with a couple small lengths of chains with carabiners to hold the gate open +/- 6" when the hitch is slid back. Problem solved. Also, another vote for the B/W hitch. Great product but watchout.... the slider is heavy!
mtofell1 07/19/20 10:20am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Big truck dealer in Idaho?

Dennis Dillon is a great place to comparison shop and there have been many posters that have had a positive experience. Dave Smith was it for year but I heard they sold and things changed. Dillon always has the lowest prices I can find and if/when I buy a new truck I'd probably order from Dillon since they offer same discounts on orders as on their lot.
mtofell1 07/18/20 05:14pm Tow Vehicles
RE: For those of you towing with a one ton crew cab 6.5' box

Thanks Rob. I'm am coming out of anesthesia and notices some mistakes in the original post. Wow, you may just be the most dedicated RVer here. Most of us would be happy to lie around in a pain killer haze and you're thinking RVs. I tow 36' with a 6.5' bed and wouldn't have a problem going longer. It's more about the weight as others have said. I suppose if I got up to one of the REALLY big ones in the 42'+ range the longer wheelbase would be a good idea. But at that point you get into DRW land and I believe those are all longbeds (someone correct me if I'm wrong).
mtofell1 07/16/20 03:48pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Noob question

New 5ths will generally work with the new taller trucks but older trailers can have some definite challenges. 6" is thought to be the bare minimum. I think I ended up with about 7.5" with my 2014 Ram 2500 and 2016 Keystone Hideout. I've been on some pretty crazy dirt roads and have been close a few times but never hit.
mtofell1 07/16/20 10:14am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Diesel Towing MPG With Ultralight Trailer

It gets 7-9 mpg towing an untralight 4500lb trailer I'm sensing a litte, "cooking the books" here. I get 9 with a less efficient gas engine pulling an 11,000# 5th wheel out west in the hills. Your Ecoboost has to do better than 7-9 with a 4500# trailer. It sounds like the diesel will make more sense for range between fuel stops but the money saved on fuel alone will never pencil out in any reasonable amount of time.
mtofell1 07/11/20 09:47pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Replace OEM tires with 2 years life left?

First hand stories provide a powerful incentive...thanks. I'm pretty well convinced they need to be changed out. (In fact I was before posting) Now trying to determine between all the options. LT, Endurance, Maxxis, Sailun, 80 or 110 psi wheels, etc. Well, here's a 2nd hand story - my buddy last year rolling home from our annual trip with his 6-year old tires had a blowout and got stuck beside the interstate for a few hours. Also, tore up the underside of a wheel well pretty good but thankfully didn't do any other damage. My trailer is 2 years newer and that did it for me. I swapped out my stock tires over the winter that had 11/15 date codes - went up a load range too so I feel good about the change. I went with Carlisle which are made in China but do have a good reputation. America's Tire I was out the door for $400 - 15" E rated, 2830#/ea.
mtofell1 07/09/20 10:56pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: I need new Tires

15" rims are pretty limited. I got 4.5 years from my stock Karrier D rated. At replacement time I went up to E rated which took me from 2540#/ea to 2830#/ea. Not a huge increase but definitely worthwhile. Goodyear Endurance get great reviews but they are expensive. I went with the best rated "China Bombs" I could find which are Carlisle. Roughly 100/ea installed at America's Tire (I price matched from Walmart to get that price at America's Tire).
mtofell1 07/01/20 08:26pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Anyone pulling over 12K with new Ford 7.3 Gasser?

Yeah, 12K is well within the 6.4 Hemi capabilities, especially with the 4.10 gears. For that load I'd be looking pretty hard at going gas (Ford, Ram or Chevy/GMC). The new tranny offerings in HD gassers has really helped narrow the gas v. diesel debate. Or, more accurately, has raised the load considered to be comfortably towable with a gasser. 10 years ago it seems 10K was most people's limit. It seems to be creeping up almost to 15K with some of these new engine/tranny combos.
mtofell1 06/25/20 09:08pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Mattress

We purchesed a regular queen and found similar issue with slide. Easy fix is turn mattress sideways before closing slide. Works perfect. Wow.... you and I have a very different definition of "easy". Spinning the mattress 90 degrees every time I use the slide? No thanks. I can barely lift the corners to put the sheets on in the tight space. I'm on the taller side and have replaced every "RV mattress" in every trailer I've owned. A couple have had to be lifted a bit with the slides but I don't think a mattress is any match for the gears and other hardware holding the slide. I guess if a mattress causes the slide to break I've got bigger problems.
mtofell1 06/23/20 10:03pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Backing that trailer into a tight campsite..

Everyone has their own method based on spouse or helper willingness/presence/ability, past experience, equipment and situation. There's no right or wrong but I have also spent time stressing about this exact thing (usually more so about my home parking since it's super tight). Anyway, I go it alone. My wife is just not good at helping and at least half of the time she's not there so it's kind of a moot point. I second the poster that uses the, "move the bottom of the steering wheel the way you want the trailer to go" routine. That works awesome and takes all the guess work out while you're trying to concentrate on other things. While backing, I have no problem getting out and looking 2, 3, 4 times or however many I need to in order to get it done. No matter how long it takes you or how many times you have to start over, trust me, everyone watching has had the same thing happen. It's not a race and there are no awards (just a penalty if you hit something :)).
mtofell1 06/22/20 11:23pm Travel Trailers
RE: Used Diesel Truck Miles: How many is too many

Mtofell12016, your 2016 Keystone Hideout 308BHDS only has a GVWR of 10,645 lbs. not near the near 14,000 lbs. that the OP's 5er could weigh. Not mentioned is comfort of the tow, 14,000# is near the top end of the tow range for the 6.4 hemi, and it will be reving pretty good. 308BHDS GVWR is 11,700# but I definitely understand your point. I totally get that the diesel does the job better but was really commenting since OP's original statement was that his current truck, "tows if fine". The whole range things is definitely a consideration as well that I wasn't thinking of. I'm usually ready to pee after 250 miles :) Also, I'm still just a weekend warrior so I'm rarely traveling far enough for it to matter much.
mtofell1 06/21/20 09:33pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Used Diesel Truck Miles: How many is too many

If the ONLY reason you're switching trucks is for better MPGs you'll need to drive around the world 7X before it would make sense financially. I get it that a diesel would tow better but you can buy a lot of gas for the amount you'll pay to change trucks. I have the same truck and same 3.73 gears and am looking at re-gearing to 4.56 which should help a lot.
mtofell1 06/21/20 05:13pm Tow Vehicles
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