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RE: Pleated shade only raises half way?

Check to see if strings are not frayed or knotted. Also, if I recall, there are grommets that guide the strings. ryoung
ryoung 07/28/19 09:44pm General RVing Issues
RE: The verdict is in! DRW vs SRW....real world

I will not pointlessly argue with you about your view of you new truck. Rather I'll just say congratulations on your new ride. Enjoy it. ryoung
ryoung 07/22/19 09:41am Truck Campers
RE: Truck camper mileage

With the truck and camper in my signature,I got 13.9 mpg on a recent trip from Salem, OR to the Snake River in eastern Oregon, a little over 1,000 miles round trip. Quite a few mountains. I was a bit surprised as I only had 3,000 miles on the truck. Not even broke in yet. BTW, is tailgating a semi truck now an approved way to increase fuel mileage?:E ryoung
ryoung 06/24/19 04:05pm Truck Campers
RE: Dually tire pressure?

80 front 65 rear When the truck is empty a fair percentage of the total weight is on the front tires, particularly if it's a diesel. What difference does the front tire pressure have to do with whether the truck is loaded or unloaded. Obviously by simple mathematics, the front will be carrying the greater percentage of total weight when unloaded as opposed to when the truck is loaded, which now has the greater percentage of the total truck weight. I'll bet the sticker on the door pillar doesn't recommend 80 psi for the front tires. On the '04 Dodge 3500 dually that I previously owned the recommended tire pressures were 55 front and 65 rear. And that 65 psi pressure for the rear was the recommended pressure at the maximum GAWR of a little over 9,000 lbs. So why do you put more air in the front tires than you do in the rear tires, when the front tires are carrying lesser weight than the rears? This is not the manufactures recommendation. And as I said before you are degrading the tires performance.
ryoung 06/24/19 03:51pm Truck Campers
RE: Dually tire pressure?

To the OP. If you're referring to what pressure to run unloaded, take you truck to a scale and weigh each axle. Then use Nexen tire load chart to determine the correct pressure for the load the tire is carrying. Do the same if you carry a load. Many tire manufacturers will state that the pressure listed on the tire sidewall is only for the maximum load the tire is designed to carry. And is not a recommenced tire pressure setting for your vehicle that may have varying load conditions. One poster mentioned that he runs the sidewall listed pressure all the time and is willing to sacrifice comfort for safety. Wrong. Wrong. Quite the contrary. When running 80 psi on a light truck dully that is unloaded, you compromise the tires traction ability in both braking an acceleration. ryoung
ryoung 06/24/19 02:04pm Truck Campers
Rear View Camera

I did a search in the truck camper forum on camera systems and found one brand, HaloView mentioned. Any other brands I should look at? Please don't lecture me like the following post I found in my search for backup camera systems. I’ve been driving for nearly 60 years in every conceivable type of vehicle. From experience, I would say that it takes about twenty minutes to acclimate to the lack of a center mirror. In my tc combo, I can look straight through my camper and get a small view of whatever is behind me. I depend on my side mirrors,so I am always certain that they are correctly adjusted. I am a firm believer in keeping it simple. The more electronic gadgets you become reliant on, the more that can (and will) go wrong. If you don’t become accustomed to driving and backing with the tools you have, you will be up or in the creek when you lose them. No wonder people are leaving this site. ryoung
ryoung 05/28/19 06:48pm Truck Campers
Using a battery maintainer

I'm going to store my Ram diesel truck for about 5 months and want to keep the batteries charged with a battery maintainer. Will I need to disconnect the batteries to do this? ryoung
ryoung 10/30/18 03:29pm Tech Issues
Back on The Road Again

After a 4 year hiatus, I'm back with a truck camper. I've had some changes in my life with my wife passing away nearly 2 years ago. Also moved from Indiana to Oregon this summer but will continue to winter in Florida. I bought a 2018 Ram 3500 diesel SRW short bed and put a 2019 Wolf Creek 840 on it. Everything is working out fine as to the weight loads. Only thing is that the COG paper shows the recommended zone extending behind the rear axle. In fact the COG of the 840 is 3 inches behind the rear axle. My scale weights so far shows no weight taken from the steer axle, in fact 120 lbs was added to the front. I'm beginning to think the wrong paper was put in the glove box. Any how, it's good to be back and I've got that rambling fever. ryoung
ryoung 10/14/18 08:57pm Truck Campers
RE: Dually leveling question

I lost you when you wrote i could have 6,000 lbs on one tire. Are you being facetious or do you still not comprehend the point of the discussion? ryoung
ryoung 09/09/18 10:55pm Truck Campers
RE: Dually leveling question

On an srw truck, that same single tire will carry the same load running down the interstate at 70 mph for many thousands of miles or setting in the driveway for weeks. Me thinks it will be ok on a leveling ramp overnight. With this comment you are completely missing the point as others. Depending on tire rating and the load you are carrying on a duel wheeled truck, it is possible that you could be carrying the maximum axle load which is normally determined by the tire(s). Assume the tires on a dually are rated at 3200 lbs each and you are carrying a load near the tires rating. Say 3000 lbs per tire. For purpose of explanation, assume the weight is evenly distribute between the left and right position, which may not always the case, so the axle will be carrying 12,000 lbs. That means that either duals set is carrying 6000 lbs. (3000 lbs apiece). Now if I only put a leveling block under on tire, this means the adjoining dual is off the ground and has subsequently shifted its load to the other tire. You now have 6000 lbs setting on one tire that is only rated for 3200 Does this concept make sense. Is it understandable to you. According to the Michelin tire manual "And in the case of duals, it should be evenly distributed on blocks for both tires. If not, the sidewall cables can become fatigued and damaged, resulting in a sidewall rupture and a complete, sudden loss of pressure." Now, note that the guide says "can be damaged". It doesnt say it will be damaged. Just that it can be damaged. Damage is more likely to happen if the leveling block doesn't cover the full footprint of the tire. But the probability is there. Course some of you have already said that the engineers who design tires and publish safety practices don't know sh!t. Disregard what they say.Do it your way. Why take the risk of damaging a tire. It's your choice. Personally, I would not do it. So I'll say it again. For those who cant comprehend what the discussion is, you should not come on here and advise people to take risks, because you have done it that way for a life time and nothing bad has happened to you. Go ahead and label me the safety police. I'll wear the badge proudly. ryoung
ryoung 09/08/18 02:59pm Truck Campers
RE: Dually leveling question

Thanks AnEv942 for posting the illustration from the Michelin tire guide. It boils down to risk taking. If you choose not to follow the recommended safety practices given by any parts or equipment manufacturer, that's your call. But to act with authority, giving out false and misleading information to others, that relates to safety, needs to be pointed out. ryoung
ryoung 09/06/18 11:39am Truck Campers
RE: Dually leveling question

As mentioned previously. It's a static load. You're not going to hurt the tire or rim if it's just sitting with additional load on it, over its rated capacity. Maybe other reasons to block both tires...soft ground, less flex or sway when using the camper, but that's negated by dropping a couple of the camper jacks to stabilize. The following is copied from Page 124 of the Michelin Truck Tire Service Manual: HERE "When using blocks to level motorhomes or RVs, extreme caution must be taken to make sure the tires are fully supported. The weight on the tire should be evenly distributed on the block. And in the case of duals, it should be evenly distributed on blocks for both tires. If not, the sidewall cables can become fatigued and damaged, resulting in a sidewall rupture and a complete, sudden loss of pressure. Note in the correct method, the blocks are wider than the tread and longer than the tire’s footprint. This provides maximum support to the tires and assures that the load is evenly distributed." There's also some pictures that illustrate the Correct and Incorrect way to use leveling blocks. Quite a difference than some of the opinions given in this thread. Taking proper care of your tires is a major safety factor, that may involve yor life and well being. ryoung
ryoung 09/03/18 02:45pm Truck Campers
RE: Spotted today in Aloha Oregon

Yeah, I thought the remark about West Virginia was out of line. I thought this site was moderated. ryoung
ryoung 08/31/18 10:43am Truck Campers
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