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RE: Buying 2019 RAM 3500 DRW - discount expectations?

According to Rams website, they are offering "up to" $11,000 off a 3500 Limited. Looks like they are offering "employee pricing" plus $1000 customer cash. I wouldn't offer MSRP for the truck, I would negotiate at least to the "invoice" price (which we know still includes holdback money for the dealer) and THEN take any rebates or offers. Without knowing the exact details of that particular truck its hard to give an exact guess at what I'd offer. Go to Edmunds True Market Value and see what they suggest as a good price. I always offer some percentage less than the "invoice" price before rebates and haven't had to pay more than "invoice" before rebates. For whatever reason it won't let me select a DRW with a diesel engine. I'm not sure what I'm spec'ing incorrectly, but whatever. At the end I am able to "build" a $68,700 MSRP truck, with "invoice" listed as $64,400. That indicates to me that they can take at least $4,000 off your $83,000 truck, now making it $79,000 "invoice" price. With "up to $11K" in rebates available off that $79K price, $68K is looking reasonable as a starting point. I'm sure that you wouldn't qualify for all the rebates so they will negotiate up from there, but that seems like an educated place to make a starting offer.
spoon059 12/03/19 04:41pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Adding air bags: can that increase payload capacity?

Problem is finding one - this last week the local dealers all seem to have been cleaned out of them! https://www.dennisdillonchryslerjeepdodge.com/new-vehicles/ram-3500/ If you don't mind a shot flight and a little longer drive back, check out these fellas. They've got to have at least 1 with rear air, and they are known for having the best prices by far.
spoon059 12/01/19 02:34pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Adding air bags: can that increase payload capacity?

Thus, we are now looking at another 5th wheel model, with a somewhat lighter estimated dry pin weight (2400 lbs) - which when reasonably loaded would bring the 5th wheel pin weight to around 3400 lbs. With loaded 5th wheel at 3400 lbs pin weight, combined with the weight of hitch and occupants in the truck, one of those SRW 1-ton pickups will meet the need, and likely keep us a little bit under the payload limit of the pickup. We want to avoid DRW and long bed. Our truck will serve as a daily driver far more than it will serve as a towing machine, so by considering a 5er with a lighter pin weight, we're trying to keep the truck more comfortable for our daily errands. Great decision. You'll be far happier with a little leeway in your payload and a SRW truck. I'm hopeful to find a nicely appointed 4 season 5th wheel that is light enough to tow with a SRW 1 ton truck when its time for me to retire. I don't want the hassle of a DRW, nor a camper so big and heavy that a DRW is necessary. Sounds like you've made a good decision, enjoy the new rig!
spoon059 11/30/19 12:30pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Adding air bags: can that increase payload capacity?

Will heavy duty tires close to 4000 lbs. each create a significantly worse ride for daily use? I'm open to going with a 5th wheel which has lower pin weight - giving us a buffer zone of capacity, but we do really like that Vilano 320 which is the smallest 5th wheel VanLeigh makes. Yes, heavier duty tires will ride more rough. That's the tradeoff of higher payload carrying capability. You ultimately need to decide what is more important to you and make the decision. If its more important to have a large 5th wheel, then get the right truck the first time. Seems to me that 4000lbs pin weight would have me in a dually. On the other hand, if you decide that a more comfortable daily driver is more important then you need to downsize the 5th wheel you're looking at. Without researching every make/model/trim level, I would estimate that a reasonably equipped 1 ton SRW diesel truck will have about 4000 +/- payload. Subtract weight of hitch, passengers and any gear in the truck and you are probably around 3200-3500 lbs for actual hitch weight. You can't have a super capable truck that also rides like a Cadillac and gets Prius like mileage. You have to accept trade offs and make decisions based upon what is most important. You are coming from Class A campers, which are designed to carry the weight they have. You will not be happy if you have too small a truck for your new camper, as you will either take a hit on trading in the too small truck or the too big camper. Do it right the first time, save yourself some time and money.
spoon059 11/29/19 10:44am Tow Vehicles
RE: Adding air bags: can that increase payload capacity?

The door sticker remains the guide in the event of a police check or worse yet an accident.Not true. The sticker remains the guide for warranty purposes only. The only thing that matters for a "police check" is your paid registration weight.
spoon059 11/28/19 08:37am Tow Vehicles
RE: New Green Acres RV Park Walterboro SC

I concur. We've stayed there numerous times on the way to Florida. Great park, clean and quiet and reasonable rates. Very pretty pine trees, easy access to 95 without excessive noise. Bath houses are always clean. Staff is always accommodating too. Only wish that there was a decent place for breakfast nearby before hitting the road. Oh well, we just plan ahead and have blueberry muffins in the car.
spoon059 11/28/19 08:32am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: SRW vs Dually

Can't help but notice you cherrypicked the most EXPENSIVE tire (20") to compare to the cheapest tire (17"). My 18" tires aren't nearly as expensive as those 20's. That is because most DRW have 17" tires. I understand why he gave prices for 17" wheels. If you look at the CAPITALIZED word, I emphasized why he chose the MOST EXPENSIVE ALTERNATIVE to make his argument. I would venture a guess that most SRW HD trucks have 18" wheels, not 20's. Further, I would venture that the truck buyers that are buying higher models with 20" wheels aren't as concerned with tire costs. Thanks though.
spoon059 11/25/19 02:47pm Tow Vehicles
RE: YNP to add cell phone access at Canyon Village

This seems like the least intrusive way to add cell service... but I have to wonder why this is necessary. If you prefer your cell phone, go somewhere else. If you prefer nature and the amazing beauty of YNP, continue to have relatively unfettered access.
spoon059 11/24/19 08:14am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: SRW vs Dually

6 tires cost more than SAME BRAND 4 tires jeeze this is a tough crowd :) Sizes based on 2019 Ram 3500... Picked three random tires, from different brands. TireRack - General Grabber A/TX - LT285/60R20 - $309.99/ea - $1,239.96/set TireRack - General Grabber A/TX - LT235/80R17 - $172.99/ea - $1,037.94/set TireRack - BFG AT2 - LT285/60R20 - $393.99/ea - $1,575.96/set TireRack - BFG AT2 - LT235/80R17 - $197.99/ea - $1,187.94/set TireRack - Michelin Agilis Crossclimate - LT285/60R20 - $319.99/ea - $1,279.96/set TireRack - Michelin Agilis Crossclimate - LT235/80R17 - $254.99/ea - $1,529.94/set For two of the three, it's cheaper to replace tires on the DRW. Can't help but notice you cherrypicked the most EXPENSIVE tire (20") to compare to the cheapest tire (17"). My 18" tires aren't nearly as expensive as those 20's.
spoon059 11/24/19 06:27am Tow Vehicles
RE: $600K Of Marijuana Seized in MH Near Joliet, IL

Wonder what the cops used for PC to search the RV? I mean, it was just a headlight violation after all. If I was a guessing man, probably the overwhelming odor of 100 lbs of weed in the motor vehicle...
spoon059 11/23/19 06:10am General RVing Issues
RE: Pigion Forge TN

One mans 'pretty cheesy' is another mans entertainment. Really people, if a place like Gatlinburg, Pigeon Forge and Sevierville are not your so called cup of tea then fine, don't come but to tell others basically not to bother because you don't care for it is unnecessary. I never said any such thing. I was asking if they specifically wanted to stay in Pigeon Forge itself, or the vicinity. The main drag of Pigeon Forge is quite a different experience than getting 2 miles away from it. Some people want to be on the strip, others want to be in that general area. Before one can offer advice, they need to clarify what is being sought. I never said don't bother. I never said I didn't care for it. Your projections are not necessary. I've been to the area, I love it. It made me interested in retiring to eastern Tennessee. I prefer Gatlinburg's tourist traps to Pigeon Forge's tourist traps. Prior to actually going there I didn't know the difference between the two cities. It sounds as if the OP isn't familiar with the area (hence the question), and I simply sought clarification for his answers. I'm sorry if my questions offended you, but I was just trying to figure out what the OP was looking for...
spoon059 11/23/19 06:02am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Pigion Forge TN

Pigeon Forge is a pretty cheesy tourist trap area. Are you specifically wanting to stay there, or just that general area? We've stayed at Anchor Down in Dandridge, about 20 minutes up the road. It was a gorgeous RV Resort. There are a couple campgrounds near there that looked nice, specifically the Tailwaters Campground just below the dam on Douglas Lake. If you want to be closer to Gatlinburg, which is much more beautiful an area (but still a fun tourist trap), there are plenty of campgrounds that way as well.
spoon059 11/19/19 05:12pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: What is the purpose of low point drains?

That is what I was thinking, so I was wondering what is the point of having them there in the first place. The point is to drain water from your rig. A couple years ago we were in the middle of camping season when my wife got very sick during a pregnancy. We stopped camping mid season and didn't go out for months. Water from a campground was in the water heater and developed a putrid sulphur-esque smell from sitting for months. It took a long time to get rid of that smell. Lesson learned... we drain our low points after every outing so we don't get that smell ever again.
spoon059 11/18/19 04:12pm Beginning RVing
RE: Casita vs "conventional" small trailers

I'd love one of those, but not sure I can go back after having a trailer with slideouts! I sure do miss our little Nash 22RB though. We could take that thing anywhere, we could fit into any spot (include a tent spot if push came to shove). Current trailer is 32' long, we've had to shoehorn into spots before. The biggest advantage is obviously the fiberglass exterior and no rubber roof to deal with. Insulation doesn't really matter, because its so small its super easy to keep warm or cool.
spoon059 11/15/19 06:19am Travel Trailers
RE: More campers than parks

Boondocking... you mean no AC? no flat screen TV with 235 stations? No electric blanket? OMG Remember when people went camping to get away from it all? :B I camp to get away from "most", not "all"! We're RVing after all, not backpacking! I still need climate control, I don't sleep well when hot or muggy. My dad likes to remind me how much I would have benefited from a couple years in the infantry, like he did. I'm sure he's right, but I'm happy to be ignorant!!! OP, when the economy is strong people have disposable income and like to camp. Wait for gas prices to spike, the stock market to collapse or something else happen to drive up costs... then you'll find plenty of open camp sites.
spoon059 11/06/19 08:32pm General RVing Issues
RE: Repair and epdm roof

Eternabond. Clean the area properly and use a roller to thoroughly activate the adhesive, it'll last longer than your EPDM roof will.
spoon059 11/06/19 08:28pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: That time of year

This has really been an "off" year for us. We haven't camped since mid August. I've been an acting supervisor at work from mid August through the end of October, so I couldn't take off time to go camp. Was hoping to camp this weekend, but temps will be below freezing and we have a 10 month old so the wife doesn't want to take her out in those cold temps. That means I'll likely winterize tomorrow or Friday and not use it again until the beginning of February when we head to Florida for 3 weeks... then winterize again until Spring. We've never gone this long without camping since we started camping as a family 9 years ago... It'll be 5.5 months of no use.
spoon059 11/06/19 04:53pm Travel Trailers
RE: FCA To Merge With PSA

Bonjour. What I always find interesting is why you need to "merge" with another company. The new owner is simply going to get rid of failing lines, streamline process and find a way to turn a profit. You don't need a merger for that, you need competent management for that. Save the time, effort and money of a merger and hire a CEO that will do what needs to be done.
spoon059 10/30/19 08:43pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New Tires - too many options

My OEM Firestones on my Ram lasted about 20K, they were horrible. OP, I would pay attention at campgrounds to trucks like yours and see what tires look appealing to you and talk to the owner of the truck. Its my experience that most campers are willing to discuss pros and cons of their trucks/campers/equipment to other campers. My FIL has a GM and has some really nice Goodyears on his truck. I wanted the same for my Ram, but they didn't make them in my size. I was able to find several HD Ram owners that recommended the Nitto Duratrac (I think...) that I ended up buying. Same truck, same general climate, same general conditions. That's my suggestion. Either way, buy a NAME BRAND. Buy a tire you've heard of before. Buy a tire that is priced appropriately (for an HD truck tire, $200-250 per tire is probably about an average price). If you find tires that are super cheap... be cautious. If you see prices that are insane... be cautious.
spoon059 10/30/19 08:41pm Tow Vehicles
RE: How cold can you go?

If you find a campground, why not just winterize the camper, bring bottled water for drinking and cooking, and use the campground facilities for everything else. then you can just concentrate on having a great time and don't have to worry about anything happening to the camper. That's what we did before kids. We've camped in the Poconos in early December when it never got above freezing. We've camped in NYC in mid December when it never got above freezing. A case of bottled water inside the camper and you get spots close to the bath house for toileting and showering needs. I'd suggest a nice robe for post shower walks though. We LOVED those camping trips (again... before kids). We had a little 22' Nash and a single 1500 watt electric heater kept the camper comfy inside. Now with a 7 and 4 year old and a 9 month old, I wouldn't want to be stuck in our camper with it being too cold for them to go outside and play or have to worry about bathing and toileting them all the time.
spoon059 10/21/19 05:27am Travel Trailers
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