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RE: Ram 2500 DEF fluid

I'm getting between 7500-8000 miles on a DEF tank on my '18 Ram. Less when towing. Find a good truckstop that sells bulk DEF so you won't have to pay for the overpriced box stuff sold at stores. I'm paying about $2.50 a gallon there.
patperry2766 11/21/20 04:19am Tow Vehicles
RE: Why diesels are most efficient around 1,800 rpm

I know on my 2018 Ram I get better MPG at 77-80 MPH which puts me in the targeted RPM range. Seems like lower lugs the engine
patperry2766 10/20/20 11:45am Tow Vehicles
RE: Rechargeable Spot Light

Sofirn 36 BLF I have this one, and it is super bright in the turbo mode. Their website has a much better deal than when I bought it on Amazon a couple of months ago. I like it because it's rechargeable which was the minimum qualification. There is a sub-cult of flashaholics at, and apparently there is a sub-class of super bright flashlights not carried in the big box stores
patperry2766 10/19/20 11:07pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: Window Tint

In Texas, it's 20% on the driver and passenger side windows only. Anything behind that is legal. Had F-150 with the factory tinted windows. Put limo tint on top of that. Made for a cooler interior without too much visibility problems.
patperry2766 09/30/20 03:49pm Towing
RE: Fuelly mileage of the big three diesels

Saving a mile per gallon is fun to talk about but if your needing to calculate it for savings, its probably a good idea not to get a camper. I really dont care about mileage, just that i can tow it safely. Sure, if you can have a dedicated tow vehicle then MPG's don't matter, but when your not camping and towing your trailer the other 300+ days a year, then MPG can be important. I drive close to 35-40K a year so an extra 1 MPG or so might be beneficial.
patperry2766 09/30/20 03:44pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Camping and Traveling in the west in Winter

Drove from Ft Worth to Jackson WY couple years back in January. I-80 was closed a couple of times because of high winds blowing semis' over. It was completely shut down about 10PM and didn't reopen till 3PM the next day. Not sure if they have the same problem farther north. I believe the road condition map that I used on that trip was
patperry2766 09/29/20 08:35pm General RVing Issues
RE: PRICE DROPS coming on new GM small diesels

Ford's 3.0 diesel has a timing belt. As a victim of a car that had a timing belt BREAK, dropped a valve and destroyed the top end of a engine, no way I'd ever risk that again. That was the reason that truck was immediately excluded when I made my last purchase.
patperry2766 09/20/20 07:07am Tow Vehicles
RE: Camping in cold temps, bad idea?

True Story. This was around 1971 give or take a year.> Temps in Lower Lower MI hit -40 and then some (past -40 in the negative direction) Propane would not vaporize. Fuel oil gelled.. Many people .. Er.. Froze their... you know what. One gentleman in I think Wisconsin had made a bet.. He claimed (in advance) that on what by coincidence turned out to be the coldest night in a long time He'd be comfortable in a sleeping bag in a pup tent on the xx Green at the local golf course.. And he had the most comfortable night's sleep of anyone in that town... (He had the proper bag you see.. artic grade). As for me.. Well we had heat (natural gas) where I was so it was not too bad but then I went to Church, where the sign said "For your health and comfort the FUEL fund deserves your generous support" It was Fr's annual State of the Parish financial sermon... He explained how the parish had had to invest in a physical (heat) plant due to the closure of the commercial steam plant that used to serve Downtown Battle Creek (MI) and how for the first time in the Parish history they had to borrow money to do it.. But Greyhound had decided some land the parish owned that was not good for much other than wearing out lawn mowers (Land there is terraced and the parish owned land on 2 levels. this was the lower level and a fairly narrow strip) was the perfect palce for a new Bus Station. So the boilers are paid for They don't work... but they are paid for. MAN was it cold in church.Hmmmm. I grew up in MI (closer to Bay City, a ways north of Battle Creek) and I don’t recall any -40F or anything close to that, in any winter. As an 8th grader on a farm, I had to get up well before dawn to feed the cattle in ‘71; I think I would have noticed temps that low. Are you sure this isn’t one of those fish stories, like where the fish gets bigger over time? ;) coldest recorded temps per state My dad worked in the oilfields of ND for a few years before we moved to Texas. He said that life takes on a special level of suck working there in the winter. Up to almost the day he retired, during the winter he always kept several blankets and about a weeks worth of non-perishable food in the trunk of his work car. He said that was instilled in him for survival training during winter work ther because that was pre-cell phones and if you broke down somewhere in the sticks, you might not see another person for a while
patperry2766 09/20/20 06:46am Beginning RVing
RE: FORD 460 Overheating Mystery

You're not running straight antifreeze are you? Don't remember seeing this commented on, but I could have missed it.
patperry2766 09/20/20 06:34am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Escaping heat next summer?

Was in Glacier NP July 2018. Temps at home in Texas were 110-117 during the day of the heatwave, 97-102 normally. Was 75 during the day and upper 50's during the night. Would like to try Banff or Jasper next time we're up that way.
patperry2766 09/20/20 06:20am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Are truck/trailer rims a weak link?

Method Racing Wheels makes a 17" & 18" rim rated at 4500 lbs each. Method 305 NV HD
patperry2766 09/18/20 11:37am Towing
RE: Aftermarket wheels

While not wanting to hijack your thread, but pass on info to the SRW crowd, Method Racing Wheels has a 17" & 18" rim that is capable of 4500 lbs each. Method 305 NV HD
patperry2766 09/15/20 11:51pm Truck Campers
RE: Needs multi-platform website monitor for son's online usage

Are these school provided devices or your own that allow you to access the school's systems? School provided devices - at least my son's - are locked down already. Almost all sites are blocked and you can't load anything to it. Sorry..both devices are ours, not school provided
patperry2766 09/09/20 12:26pm Around the Campfire
Needs multi-platform website monitor for son's online usage

My 10 YO has a I-Pad and a Windows 10 laptop for school since were doing distance learning till this COVID thing plays out. Is there a good safety/security program that will work with both devises at the same time to set screen time limits, block out unwanted websites and filter content that isn't internet browser specific? It will make it easier on us (the parents) if we just have to learn to navigate one program, instead of having one for the I-Pad and a separate one for the computer. Trying to instill safe computer habits but set limits for him until he can learn to set limits for himself, but also to protect him for accessing the seedy underbelly on the internet unknowingly or unintentionally. It looks like the Kaspersky Safe Kids might work, but there might be other options available that are better
patperry2766 09/08/20 10:08pm Around the Campfire
RE: Need advise on which new truck - 1/2 ton or 3/4 ton?

Since you're getting a hybrid, here are a couple of suggestions to be able to keep it cooler during the summer months, plus block out the light if your late sleepers. Company called pop us gizmos makes bunk end covers to help shield the bunks from the summer heat and we cut and put reflectix in the bunk end windows, again for the same reasons. Those two things alone will keep you about 10-15 deg cooler in the summer. We have a pop-up and it has made a world of difference for us
patperry2766 09/03/20 11:07am Tow Vehicles
RE: Toy Hauler for 2 SxSs

ATC toy hauler The can design anything you want. Tx Toy Sales which carries the Eclipse brand is less than 5 minutes from me. I've looked at their inventory, and for me and my opinion only, you're gonna get what you pay for For a much higher quality trailer for what you're looking to do, see if Sundowner can put a living quarters in one of their longer motor sports trailers.
patperry2766 09/03/20 07:14am Toy Haulers
RE: 2021 Ram 3500 Order

2020 Ram When I was selling for Ford, different parts of the country had different rebates available. Since I live in the Southwest, then then the truck market is ultra competitive and it's where some of the best rebates are. Don't know if this truck has everything that you're looking for, but we've bought two cars from them and were quite happy. An out the door price in Texas would put you somewhere around $56,700-57K, so they should have another $1-1500 off the price, depending on sales tax, reg fees, etc
patperry2766 09/03/20 05:39am Tow Vehicles
RE: Need advise on which new truck - 1/2 ton or 3/4 ton?

Half tons ride nice and look cute but don't ask them to work.....get the 3/4. Or get a Ram 2500 with coil springs on the rear and rides like a half ton, best of both worlds. To the OP just have your husband put running boards on the truck and you'll be fine. All the new trucks sit higher nowadays I can tell you for a fact that my `18 Ram 2500 DOESN'T ride near as smooth as my previous 1/2T Ford. Get a max tow F-150 with the 3.5 EB and you'll have more than enough truck for that trailer
patperry2766 09/02/20 03:59pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2016 Ram short bed 6.7 diesel 2500 payload close to max

I've got `18 2500 Ram. Looking at toyhaulers that will exceed payload ratings. After a lot of research, I feel pretty confident in saying that the only difference between the 2500 and 3500 SRW is the coil vs leaf spring set-up. Exact same engine, transmission, rear end, braking system, tires & wheels. I personally as comfortable being 500-750 over payload as the truck sits. I did get a set of AirLift 7500 airbags off Amazon just in case I go well above that. I think 3500 lb payload would be a comfortable #
patperry2766 08/24/20 12:13pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ft Worth campground

Thanks, looks like Valentines is not available for 2 consecutive nights(maybe one site Thur and move to another Fri}. There's a Cabelas up the road, does anyone know if they allow overnighting there as it will probably be very late Thursday when we arrive? I would call that store for the best answer. It may vary per store. They DO NOT allow overnight camping. Prominently posted signs advising against. There is a Cracker Barrel at I-35 and Meachum. I believe they allow stopovers but the area is kinda shady. It's probably farther than you want to drive, but Loyd Park at Joe Pool Lake has a excellent campground. The Vineyards are very nice. Benbrook Lake has camping as well. That will probably be your closest option unless you find a little hole in the wall spot (not advisable)
patperry2766 08/15/20 07:38pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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