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RE: Ceramic Waxes

Well call me old fashioned, but hand waxed our 32’ 5er with Meguires paste cleaner wax preceded with turtle wax polishing compound. Took about four days to polish and wax the entire surface, still beading beautifully!
rhagfo 03/04/21 10:00pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Changed the rear springs

(My 2018 diesel Ram 4x4 2500 has coil springs front and back. I'm overloaded on my 5th wheel (2000lb hitch weight) and total GVWR by 800 lbs after everything is loaded up for travel. My local spring guy claims a heavier duty coil spring upgrade would solve the overload problem, since everything else on the 2500 is heavy duty. I would like to know if anyone else did the same to their similar truck and recommend it. Thanks.) That was my last post. Today, I got my truck back from the local spring shop with new heavier duty rear springs. They ride great, if not better than the worn in originals. The next thing is to test the load from the fiver, but have to wait for some snow and ice to melt in the storage lot. Hopefully, the lights in the faces of oncoming traffic will be fixed. If not, then I'll have to install a pair of airbags. Well you are still overloaded, by GVWR, and wondering just how close you are to tire and axle ratings. Don’t know what 5er you have but if you are at 10,800# GVWR unless you carry a ton of stuff in the bed your pin is closer to 2,500#. Otherwise math says your truck less pin weighs 8,800#,’which is 200# more than my 2016 Ram 3500 DRW base weight.
rhagfo 03/04/21 09:41pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Changing Tires

Yesterday, I called Discount Tire and got a price on the tires I want plus installation. I then looked for and found a mobile service that has the tire mounting machine and balance machine. Using them, I'm saving about 50 bucks on the total Discount Tire price, plus I don't have to hook it up and take it there. And thanks for all those who suggested the Trailer Aid - I have one, but would rather hire this out. Interesting does that include road hazard protection and nation wide service. Is the balancing machine a spin balance or bubble balancer.
rhagfo 03/04/21 09:01am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Bed level of new trucks

Well you can save some height by getting a DRW! we moved from a 2001 Ram 2500 4X4 to a 2016 Ram 3500 DRW and only gained one inch in height. Both stock height. https://i.imgur.com/YMnhwJD.jpg width=640 https://i.imgur.com/EyUB1tD.jpg width=640
rhagfo 03/04/21 06:46am Tow Vehicles
RE: Anyone pulling a Montana 3120 with a SRW short bed?

Well 3,500# payload less you and DW, less hitch, and anything else carried in the TV, and a 3,080# pin at 23% based on a 14,000# GVW.
rhagfo 03/03/21 07:57pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Changing Tires

Was wondering if it was necessary to hitch up a fifth wheel trailer in order to change tires, or if it can be done while standing on the front landing legs. If getting new tires I just tow it to the tire shop and have them deal with it. Yes - getting new tires and considering hiring a mobile service to come out and change them. The last time I bought tires, I had a TT and towed it to the shop. I would say all Americans/Discount tire store had a large enough lot to take your 32’ 5er to get new tires. I my opinion way easier than taking one or two off at a time and running to the store. ON EDIT: To your original question in red, yes hitch it up and take to the tire store! https://i.imgur.com/JMo4jj9.jpg width=640 https://i.imgur.com/Vo5s8Xx.jpg width=640 https://i.imgur.com/sQX9y1X.jpg width=640 https://i.imgur.com/l3JQdMN.jpg width=640
rhagfo 03/03/21 04:42pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Better ride when not towing?

I have a 17 3500HD, upgraded from an 02 2500HD. I can tell you right out the gate the 17 rode much nicer than the 02. I then put Bilstein's on the 2017 and it made it better. Like someone said earlier I am not a truck so I don't daily drive it. I have a Caprice PPV or Trans Am that I drive, but the Bilstein's made it ride nicer than the Trans Am. So might be something you can look at if you are daily driving it. I agree, went from a 2001 2500 to a 2016 3500 DRW, and the ride is smother.
rhagfo 03/03/21 09:35am Tow Vehicles
RE: ram 2500 vs 3500

Was wondering what, besides the suspension, is the difference between a Ram 3500 and 2500 i.e.; brakes, axles and are bearing loads in both trucks the same? Do both have the same frame? Well depends on the year, are you looking new or used? The biggest difference since 2013 is the frame, as the 2500 uses rear coil springs requiring a different configuration at the rear of the frame. The other is that the 2500 is only available with the standard output Cummins and 68REF transmission. I also believe that there is only one differential offered in 2500's, it was 3.42 before 2018 then went to 3.73.
rhagfo 03/03/21 07:02am Fifth-Wheels
RE: ram 2500 vs 3500

Here is the 2021 Ram Towing Chart that gives you the capacities of different models. In addition to diesel or gas, ratings vary based on trim level, box length and cab configuration. Figure out what your pin weight and cargo needs are, then buy the truck that will do the job. Your link isn't working, at least for me.
rhagfo 03/03/21 06:52am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Better ride when not towing?

I reduce my rear tire pressure from 80 psi to 40 psi when I am not towing the fifthwheel You do realize that you only need 65 psi in your rear tires on a DRW to get to max axle weight rating of 9,750#. Even that 40' Landmark is not going to put at max rear axle rating. I have seen them run as low as 35 psi unloaded.
rhagfo 03/03/21 06:44am Tow Vehicles
RE: Changing Tires

Was wondering if it was necessary to hitch up a fifth wheel trailer in order to change tires, or if it can be done while standing on the front landing legs. If getting new tires I just tow it to the tire shop and have them deal with it.
rhagfo 03/02/21 06:42pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Changing Tires

:h Well never hitched to truck to do any work on the axles, tires, or suspension. I jack on the axle directly under the spring, to remove a single tire. When working on both tires or suspension I use 2X4’s to build cribbing under the frame to solidly support the 5er.
rhagfo 03/02/21 06:39pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Too old to drive ?

I'm only 52, but watching my parents age, and friends parents, it really varies from person to person. I know a 77 year old pilot, that I'd have no concerns hopping into a plane with him, but my mother in law at 79, I wouldn't let her drive around the block, and she thinks she is fine. The fact you are concerned, is a good sign. Do you have a child or friend that would ride with you in a car or RV, and give you an honest opinion?? Maybe you can travel, and pick less congested routes, or maybe a smaller coach. With the urge to go, I hope you can find a solution to let you travel, and enjoy your retirement! If we get back in, we are going to look for "less congested routes" and, again 'if', we won't go back to a large Class A...it'll be a smaller class C. Speaking of 'less congested routes', in the past, we've had to travel directly through downtown Atlanta. That won't happen again...! Well maybe if you want a second opinion find a truck driving school near you and hire one of the instructors to do a check out drive with you. You could rent a class C of similar size you are thinking of getting in to for the checkout drive.
rhagfo 03/02/21 06:40am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Wifi access while on the road near Savannah, GA?

I would suggest you think about getting a dedicated hot spot, they work better than using your phone.
rhagfo 03/01/21 07:05am Roads and Routes
RE: Changed to Dish

Dish and Directv both suck. That's not helpful... I would agree, not helpful. We have had both in sticks and bricks, only Dish in the RV, we full time and have only had Dish, very happy with the service.
rhagfo 02/28/21 10:28pm Technology Corner
RE: Changed to Dish

Finally got fed up with Directv after about 30 years. Got set up with Dish a couple of days ago. I have two big questions. I found out that the receiver must shut down everyday for updates. After this shutdown, I must wait 5-10 minutes for things to reset. After that has been completed, to get the guide to complete loading, must wait another 5-10 minutes. This is very annoying. Does anyone know a way around this? I have a Wally receiver and a Tailgater dish. Suggest you call Dish Tech support. Your issues do not seem normal or how dish should operate. Dish can run a test on your TV to check every thing is operating normal. Ours does does its updates, but run about 4:00 am, so I am sleeping.
rhagfo 02/28/21 09:51pm Technology Corner
RE: DOT Endurance Test for ST Tires NOT same for LT Tires

Well the LT tires on out 5er have a speed rating of 103 mph, and a load rating of 3,042# about 400# lower than an ST tire of the same size. Our 5er weighs about 13,000# with a little over 10,000# on the four tires. I feel better driving down the highway between 65 and 70 with the 103 mph rated LT’s than I would on ST’s speed rated for 87 mph!
rhagfo 02/28/21 02:17pm Towing
RE: RV Ferry cost to Vancouver Island?

You know the border is closed! Here is ferry out of Port Townsend, WA.Black Ball Ferry Blackball run from Pot Angeles to Victoria, BC, not Port Townsend. Likely restricted crossing.
rhagfo 02/28/21 02:02pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Awning replacement material?

Well I see posters on her claiming 12, 15, 22 years and still going strong, BUT how many days in a year are your awning out? Two weeks, 5 days, too windy not at all? We replaced our awning with This from RV Awnings Mart, inexpensive we paid $150 or so for a 21' awning. Installed our self. It will have been on four years this April, and is due for replacement. Now before you say you get what you pay for, we Full Time in the PNW as Camp Host, our awning is out basically 24/7/365. Most of the time I have three ratchet straps securing it down, so it can be out in the wind without flapping too much, it has had an inch of snow on it a couple times, when it wasn't predicted. If I had it in a total time of two weeks a year, it has still been deployed about 1,300 +/- days, we had one location we didn't put out under pine trees for most of a month. We are looking at a slightly better material for it's replacement.
rhagfo 02/27/21 07:29am Tech Issues
RE: What constitutes a "new" tire?

I would settle for tires up to 6 months old as new. Requiring one month, especially on a tire not made in the US is probably impossible. Only RVers are obsessed with the age of tires, especially if you replace at 6-7 years. Thanks Ivylog. This is the first time I'll be replacing tires on a MH, so appreciate the well-reasoned response. I think if I had a MH that used 22.5 or 24.5 tires I would talk to a local trucking co, offer to trade my original tires for some that had 50% tread. Tires that are 2 years old, and half tread will age out before wear out, in 4 years instead of 6. Win win Well how many of you MISSED this is Class A MH? The OP is likely looking at a less common tire size, so getting 30 day old tires is not likely going to happen, maybe six months. He is likely looking at true TRUCK tires, that a trucking operator would buy, run the tread down, then have capped at least a couple times.
rhagfo 02/27/21 06:55am Class A Motorhomes
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