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RE: propane tank storage in truck bed

I have a 20# in a milk crate, but now have a extra 30# also after dealing with an Ice Storm caused power outage. We couldn't get out for the first day, the following day we got out, but all local dealers were out of propane. The third day we got out to a dealer further away. the temps stayed in the low to mid 30's so using about 2 gallons a day for heating, cooking and hot water.
rhagfo 05/18/21 06:51am General RVing Issues

Here is a challenge that ran on 2018 1 ton SRW and then 2017 1 ton DRW where they did a braking challenge from 60 MPH to 0. 1 ton SRW: Chevy - 165.3 feet Ford - 158.3 feet 1 ton DRW: GMC - 133.39 feet Ford - 139.68 feet The DRW test was done on a drag strip (Las Vegas motor speedway). The SRW test was done on a dusty airport runway in Kingman AZ. Those are two completely different surfaces. LOL. It would be nice if they could get the vehicles for their test at the same time so the test would be in the same conditions.
rhagfo 05/16/21 07:11am Tow Vehicles
RE: Microwave replacement options

My Furrion FMSN09-BL needs to be replaced. Has anyone used a different brand? Sources are limited to a few vendors and the shipping time doesn’t work for us. Guess we can rough it without. Spoiled! Have you thought of replacing with a microwave/convection combo? We replaced out working microwave with a combo unit and DW is very happy.
rhagfo 05/16/21 06:52am Tech Issues
RE: Memphis I-40 Bridge Closed

I don't think "a crack" covers the "Fractured member" correctly. I believe the design of the bridge is refereed to as a tied arch, and the member that fractured is one of the ties. I wonder the inspectors reaction was when they saw the fracture!
rhagfo 05/13/21 03:24pm Roads and Routes
RE: Battery & cut off switch

Why do people make this so difficult? I had this issue when we got our 2005 Copper Canyon, I simply installed a nice (about $30) disconnect switch in the positive cable. I would turn off once parked, and battery was good for months.
rhagfo 05/04/21 08:42am General RVing Issues
RE: That Cummins, she’s just a ____ing machine!

What does the TH weigh?
rhagfo 05/03/21 08:41pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Help Ram 2500 6.4 gas vs diesel

I had considered 3500 SRW but that's (as far as I can tell) be out of our price range at least for similar age a mileage Go to a sight like Car Gurus and put in a distant like 500 miles. We drove about 350 miles to get our 2016 Ram 3500 DRW.
rhagfo 05/03/21 12:15am Tow Vehicles
RE: Mobile Router that will auto connect to Wi FI- RESOLVED

So.... why not just use your cell phone as a hotspot if it's already working on all those networks?... My cell phone as a hotspot does not work nearly as well as my hotspot as a hotspot. Furthermore I need to use my cell phone as a cell phone! If I leave the RV with my cell phone the internet leaves the RV. Devices and people in the RV would have no internet. A dedicated hot spot will work far better than a phone as a hot spot, in addition typically the hot spot will also act as a router for up to a number of devices. Our is always in the 5er.
rhagfo 05/02/21 08:19am Technology Corner
RE: 50 amp in a 30

Trial and error. One AC, water heater on gas, limit other high amp devices. If you trip the park 30 amp breaker, no harm done. Just remember what you did and don’t do it again. Only do this if you check the amperage draw. 30amp is a nominal rating and implies the peak load. Continuous loads are limited to 80% (24amps) per the ratings...and that assumes the park system isn't' wonky. If you run continuous at or near 30amp and manage not to blow the breaker, you can burn things up and while rare, possibly start a fire. This is something to watch! We had a bad 50 amp breaker at a site and ran on the 30 amp for about a day in cold weather before it could be replaced. At the time thought the furnace fan was bad so used a space heater and the fireplace heat to stay warm. We destroyed a poor 50 to 30 amp dog bone! We were drawing about 26 to 28 amps with both heating units running.
rhagfo 05/02/21 06:51am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5th wheel tailgate

Even with the 5W gate you need to drop it hooking or dropping the 5W. If you don't you will have a V shaped tailgate. That cutout is not deep enough to leave it up and drive out. This was a standard gate but the louvered 5W will do the same thing. Tailgate Tailgate damage I never needed to drop mine to get away from the 5er, the "V" just needs to be deep enough. While they are nice, besides the rear backup camera, we have a rollup bed cover, and with the 5er TG the back was always wet, with the standard TG bed is dry and can be used as a trunk.
rhagfo 05/02/21 06:38am Towing
RE: Long term camping questions

We will be spending 3 1/2 months on the Oregon coast I have two questions first if the travel trailer is parked on gravel do we have to put something underneath the tires second we have one slide out on our travel trailer the mechanism looks pretty strong do we need slide out stabilizers. Thanks I would say no and no as a full timer. I addition Florence has an original A&W Drive in! In addition if you like great burgers, drive north to Waldport to Chubby's Food Cart. It is located on the east side of 101 just before the only stop light in town. width=640
rhagfo 05/02/21 06:23am General RVing Issues
RE: New Fords Weigh Themselves

I chuckle at this, had a neighbor in the early 90’s that ran his own log trucks, had load cells installed on the bunks so he knew his loaded weight before leaving the landing. The interesting thing thing was he could run his truck in three different configurations with or without pup trailer.
rhagfo 04/30/21 07:03pm Truck Campers
RE: 3/4 ton diesel vs. gas

Because of quite expensive repairs on my diesel (see signature) it has got me thinking. I am half way contemplating trading for a 3/4 ton gasser. My diesel tows very well, so I am wondering: would a 3/4 gasser’s towing performance be comparable to my Duramax, or would it be more like a “beefed up” version of the 1/2 ton gasser I used to tow with years ago? On trips I am towing 8500-9000 lbs. Comparable, no, but more than good enough as long as you accept a little higher engine speeds. The first reply hit the nail on the head, the right gas engine will do the job, just not at the same comfort level as the diesel. I think the cut off for a gas TV is really around 12,000# beyond that you suffer from poor mileage, and slower speeds. I moved from a 2001 Ram CTD, 5 speed and 3.55’s, I now tow with the 2016 in my signature. I can honestly say that I hardly notice our near 13,000# 5er when towing. As to cost of maintenance yes newer diesels do cost a bit more, $110 for fuel filters every 15k, but I can also go 15k on an oil change, is that two or three times for gas? I changed the 2001 every 10k miles, I had to replace the tappet cover gasket at 300,000 miles and the gallery was clean!
rhagfo 04/27/21 07:02pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Rv-ers prefer Duramax?

Well here in the PNW I see mostly Fords and Rams.
rhagfo 04/26/21 09:48pm Tow Vehicles
RE: F 250 vs Ram 2500

OP, if your looking new then Ford currently owns the market with the 6.7 PS or the 7.3 gas. I actually wanted a Ram but simply couldn't overlook this. It is called different strokes for different folks. I had three RAM/Cummins trucks(1993, 2001.5 and 2015) and loved each one. Never was stranded on the side of the road, 1994 to 2021. If only they made that truck combination. How bad are the Dodge transmissions? That depends on who you ask. I wouldn't argue that they are "best in class". Two options, the 68RFE has been around since 2007.5, and is the most common transmission in the trucks. The other option (AISIN) is very stout, but the shifts are less refined than the competition. Both get the job done, but if your number one priority is transmission, there are better options out there. And, FWIW, it hasn't been "Dodge" for years. And their premium transmission isn't made by them, it is made by AISIN. Interesting, GM has used Allison for years, yet it is bad that Ram uses Aisin? as to refined shifting, our Aisin shifts smooth loaded or empty. Ram went with the Bosch 4.2 for two year and then went back to the Bosch 3, and still make plenty of power.
rhagfo 04/22/21 07:08am Tow Vehicles
RE: Satellite Antenna Installation in Seattle Area

I'm looking for advice on which satellite system to get for my 5th as well as recommendations for who to hire to do the antenna installation. Here is what I think I want, but am interested in hearing what others like and why: DISH because I can turn the service on and off on a monthly basis. A roof mounted antenna because I don't want something else to pull out and setup whenever we stop. An antenna that is NOT enclosed in a dome to avoid signal degrading by water droplets on the dome. A receiver that includes a DVR is a must. A system that will automatically point the antenna correctly. Installation by a mobile tech, but I could take it to an installer if they can guarantee same day installation. So what system did you go with and who did a great job installing it? Thanks, Gene It is still my understanding you can cancel and start your service whenever you want, for a day, a weekend, week or month. At startup you only need to pay for the time previously used to restart the service. Worth the time to call to cancel your service as their least expensive package is still about $70 a month.
rhagfo 04/22/21 06:49am Technology Corner
RE: 5th wheel tailgate

I have been happy with Custom Flow I really liked the looks of the Husky Liner tailgates but couldn't find them in stock so also went with the custom flow. Other than scratching easily, it does the job. I had a Custom Flow on the 2001 Ram just as strong as the OEM. With the 2016 Ram I don’t want to loose the backup camera.
rhagfo 04/21/21 07:15am Towing
RE: Must Have M12 23 guage pin nailer

Yes the pin nailer is good for trim work! I've found that doing anything that requires nailing through the interior luann wallboard will have the pin, brad or finish nail going clean through... My "go-to" tool for adding shelves or similar has become the narrow crown stapler The bridge of the staple prevents the fastener from sailing clean through the work and produces a stronger mechanical joint. I've found that the air tools are much less expensive that battery powered and also provide a much smaller form factor to get into tight spaces in RVs. From where I park the RV I can get to anything with a 50' air hose. I agree on the pneumatic tools are less expensive and as I have had on board air pneumatic tools make great sense. I carry an 18 gauge brad driver, stapler . DW did a remodel and both were used a lot.
rhagfo 04/20/21 11:52pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: After market exhaust brake reliability and effectiveness

I've had a PacBrake on my truck for 15 years with no problems at all. That’s who I was going to suggest also. Great customer support. I make for a trifecta for PacBrake, some of the best money I spent on the 2001 Ram 2500!
rhagfo 04/18/21 10:19am Tow Vehicles
RE: Main entry door shuts hard

Well I keep a bar of paraffin wax (canning wax) in my tool box, works great and doesn’t come off clothes.
rhagfo 04/18/21 10:16am Toy Haulers
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