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RE: 2021 Ram 3500 H.O.

I have noticed that you tend to say you aren't a fan boy or do not care about such things yet turn right around and say things like this or tout highest power and towing numbers of your favorite brand that you so happen to name yourself after. Exactly. His chosen screen name is Ford. Specs don't matter to a brand loyal buyer, so why do the manufacturers spend so much time and money touting these ridiculous specs. If the new Ram could jump 50hp and 200 lb/ft torque and tow 7500 lbs more, that would be worth bragging about and showing off. To jump up *just* enough to be "king of the hill" for one model year is catering to fools, in my opinion. I have ZERO brand loyalty. I've own a Ford truck, an Isuzu SUV, a Toyota truck and now a Ram truck. All that matters to me is a truck that meets/exceeds my needs at the best price possible. They have all been wonderful vehicles and served their purposes for exactly what I needed when I needed it. I'm not loyal to a company that has no loyalty to me.
spoon059 12/02/20 04:24pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Blackstone 22" griddle for $99 at Walmart!!

^^^ Regular paper towels pretty well suck. They lint up and fall apart. Go buy some rolls of the Scott Brand blue shop towels on the roll. Sams or Costco is best, or you can buy single rolls or 2 or 3 rolls in a plastic wrap pack at wallychinamart. A nice squeeze bottle of water and a sturdy (but slightly flexible) scraper or putty knife is perfect for cleaning. While the grill is hot, squeeze out some water. The water will steam up and loosen and food bits. The scrape it with the scraper or putty knife. Do that a couple times, you'll get it pretty clean. If you want it SUPER clean, get a griddle scrubber tool, a griddle screen and some Scotch pads. I worked at a sub shop as a kid, that's how we cleaned them. Scrape off with water, then add a little oil and "sand" it with the screen to get off the rest of the surface contaminants. Final rinse with water to get it clean. No paper towels necessary. Before you cover it, give it a light mist of cooking spray (I prefer olive oil) to prevent rust if you leave it outside.
spoon059 12/01/20 05:32pm General RVing Issues
RE: RV Airflow

Awful expensive for pennies worth of plastic. OP, how long have you had it? Does it get your camper cooler than without, or does it simply get to your desired temperature sooner? The video is greatly oversimplified. I'd have to guess that the majority of turbulence in the system is from the narrow ducts and the poorly designed turns and 90 degree vents. One of the benefits of the AC dumps is that on a hot day you can open the dumps and cool the main living area more efficiently than the vents that are in the minimally insulated ceiling, baking in the sun. I'd be worried about getting rid of that advantage... but I'm curious about increasing the cooling ability overall.
spoon059 12/01/20 05:21pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: 2021 Ram 3500 H.O.

I just saw an article online about this. Ridiculous... going 100 lbs over the F450 to claim some imaginary award? They all tow exceptionally well. Rather than petty little max towing awards, how about making them (not just Ram, but Ford and GM) more reliable, more fuel efficient, more competitively priced etc.
spoon059 12/01/20 05:16pm Tow Vehicles
RE: RV navigation (Device or app)

I always use Google Maps. Once I got routed to a road with a 11' bridge. Had to take a gravel road to get around, added 30 minutes to my trip to get around this train bridge. $50 a year for an RV specific app just isn't worthwhile to me right now. Maybe if I was full timing. With all the technology that Google has, it blows my mind that they can't offer either a free or inexpensive trucking or RV friendly feature. I can do all sorts of things with Google Maps, but can't see bridge heights?
spoon059 11/30/20 07:07pm Travel Trailers
RE: RV roof UV coating. Worth it?

Zero need. EPDM and TPO roof systems will last longer than most of the trailers they are installed upon. The problem areas are the seals and seams with the sidewall. If you are spending money on your roof, spend it getting new caulk installed. UV coatings are wasted money. They are designed to handle the UV light.
spoon059 11/28/20 05:37pm General RVing Issues
RE: Strange advice

Plenty of ST tires are rated for more than 65 mph. Some of you are stuck in the 80's with towing technology, its getting a little annoying. My last trailer had Carlisle Radial Trail HD were rated to 81 mph. My current trailer has GY Endurance is rated to 87 mph. Just because they are ST doesn't mean max speed of 65 mph. Get over it. That said, I don't tow much faster than 68-69 mph because I can't afford the fuel it costs to travel that fast. Most Chinese tires are under built, in my opinion. Pick up a generic ST tire, then pick up one of the tires I mentioned above. Significant weight difference. Having a tire designed to handle the weight (or much more weight) is ideal. Very few people know how much their trailer weighs. They are likely also running around on tires that are marginally acceptable for the weights. I always buy tires with spare carrying capacity and haven't had a problem yet.
spoon059 11/28/20 05:35pm General RVing Issues
RE: Blackstone 22" griddle for $99 at Walmart!!

Clearly y'all haven't eaten (or didn't realize you had eaten) a steak on a flattop. It cooks WAY better than a grill. I can get one side piping hot and sear a beautiful crust on it (we prefer a little olive oil and some Montreal steak seasoning), then move it to the warm side and finish cooking to a perfect 134 degree medium. While the steak is cooking, we grill up some potatoes with a little olive oil and steak seasoning. Once the steaks come off we toss some fresh green beans on the grill and steam them up while the steak rests. Absolutely delicious. Many steakhouses cook on a flattop or a frying pan. Very few actually "grill" steaks. The thermal mass of a steel or iron cook top allows for a more even transfer of heat, as opposed to a grill that has flareups from grease. You do what you do, but don't knock a process that you don't know (or don't know that you know).
spoon059 11/25/20 05:22pm General RVing Issues
RE: It’s the little things! Gravel Pad for my TT!!

Now get a Carolina Carport and complete the transformation! We have recycled asphalt millings and a 31' by 18' carport to keep the roof dry.
spoon059 11/24/20 05:23pm Travel Trailers
RE: Blackstone 22" griddle for $99 at Walmart!!

Darnit! I missed out on it in February 2020 when they were $99 for that kit. My buddy had a 17" and got the 22" kit for $99. I used my FIL's 17" one burner while we were camping and loved it. Watched prices for a couple months and ended up paying $174 for it. Money still well spent, in my opinion. They are FANTASTIC! The griddle gets a more consistent heat than a grill. I've got a full size and pint size Weber Q grill, so not some cheap throwaway grill. You get an amazing seared crust on steaks, delicious smash burgers, eggs, pancakes, breakfast potatoes, cheese steaks, etc on a griddle that you can't get on a grill.
spoon059 11/24/20 05:20pm General RVing Issues
RE: Ram 2500 DEF fluid

The DEF gauge isn't linear. It will show full until its about half a tank, then it will quickly drop down towards empty. One day you will get a warning that DEF is low, that is usually when I fill up. If you don't fill up then, you'll eventually start getting messages saying 250 miles to shutdown, etc. During the summer we take shorter trips, so I just dump 2.5 gallon jugs in when I get the low DEF warning. In the winter we take a long trip, so I usually fill the DEF at a pump, so I can fill the tank.
spoon059 11/19/20 07:15am Tow Vehicles
RE: Looking at '17 3500 Ram

My ‘14 had a rear brake caliper seize at 45k Kms. Required a tow and full rear brake replacement. Was also a $1200 job like everything on this truck. I now have the brakes serviced every 30k as recommended. $1200 for rear brakes??? Its $300 for the rear kit (calipers, pads, rotors) at Rockauto, $400 if you want the heavy duty kit. $800 to $900 for labor for a 2 hour job? Yikes. Just curious where it is "Recommended" to service your brakes every 30K miles/km. I have a diesel and use the EB all the time, but at 60K miles my brakes are still measuring in the "green" zone.
spoon059 11/11/20 08:01pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Motorhome vs travel trailer for cross country with pets??

FYI, a motorhome going down the road won't be "conditioned space". You can run the AC unit in the drivers cabin area, but that AC won't be cooling down the rest of the motorhome... especially in the summer. You would have to run a generator while you are going down the road and turn on the overhead AC unit to keep it cooler, the same as you would a travel trailer.
spoon059 11/10/20 05:01pm General RVing Issues
RE: Looking at '17 3500 Ram

I'm not so sure that CP4 issues are "overblown", but more as a result of inadequate filtration. The newer Rams have great filtration, and I believe the newer Fords do as well. I was afraid of them for years, but I haven't heard of issues now that better filtration is standard.
spoon059 11/10/20 04:56pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Carport or individual covers for slidouts? This is where I got my carport 6 years ago. Very happy with it. I got a 31' long, 18' wide, 10' leg carport and its big enough to store my camper underneath with the slide out. If you are planning to fulltime your camper under it, you might want to get it wider, so you have a place to sit under cover outside. The carport will make your awning inoperable. I paid $2400 for mine and got the boxed eaves rather than the traditional roof style.
spoon059 11/08/20 02:52pm Beginning RVing
RE: Not Utilizing RV Parks or Boondocking

Can't say that I have. Although we have considered the notion of RVing out to California, leaving the camper in storage and flying to Hawaii once we're retired. We went to Maui for our honeymoon, but a 12 hour flight when you're 6-04 250 lbs isn't comfortable... A 5 hour flight from LA would be substantially cheaper and more comfortable.
spoon059 11/07/20 12:12pm General RVing Issues
RE: 1 ton ride quality

My friend had a 2017 with leaf springs that was wrecked and replaced with a 2018 with bags. His wife complains that the bags are very bouncy in comparison. I have a 2015 3/4 with coils and find that his 1 ton rides at least as comfortable as my 3/4 ton. And for the record, they both drive VERY comfortable for HD pickup trucks, in my opinion.
spoon059 11/03/20 06:55am Tow Vehicles
RE: new roof

I can tell you that I wouldn't pay for a new rubber roof, ever. If you have to strip the roof to fix the damage, I would get a far superior roofing system like the flexarmor system. Option B is to cut the rubber where the roof is soft (go 6 inches into solid wood to make your rubber cut). Repair the damaged wood substrate and cover it with Liquid EPDM material. I did this on my old camper that had a soft spot in the back corner. The Liquid EPDM literally goes on like paint and bonds to the existing roof so you don't have any seams. Option B would be far cheaper, and you might be able to do it yourself. I cut out the rotted plywood on the roof and cut the rotted sections of the 2x2 cross members out of the roof. I used Gorilla glue and screws to sister new 2x2's to the damaged 2x2's. Put some new fiberglass insulation in, put a new section of plywood down, "painted" on the EPDM and the leak was fixed.
spoon059 10/26/20 07:47am Travel Trailers
RE: Anyone try Road Armor suspension system?

I'm with bedpan on this. When I think Lippert, I think minimal standard, and oftentimes not quite minimal. Personally I've seen a lot more Morryde systems and heard a lot more about it. If the Lippert product was superior at a better price point, I'd have to imagine manufacturers would prefer to save money and use it and more people would have bought, installed and reviewed them. Who knows, maybe they are a diamond in the rough and so new that they don't have many reviews. Given LCI's track record, I would be surprised though.
spoon059 10/22/20 07:01pm Travel Trailers
RE: How to winterize batteries on the TT?

Make sure to check the water level, that is very important. A cheaper converter in your RV can overcharge the battery and boil off water. If you don't have a quality converter (can cost a couple hundred dollars for a nice one), perhaps consider a nice quality trickle charger (maybe 30-50 dollars for a nice one). Good quality and circuitry will help protect your battery, but still check your water level at least yearly.
spoon059 10/21/20 11:44am Travel Trailers
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