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RE: Residential Refrigerator – Good or avoid?

If you normally camp with hookups, resi is the way to go. Boondocking I think is where the real debate is.
wowens79 01/15/20 04:06am General RVing Issues
RE: GAS 6.6 GM

That 6spd has probably cost them a sale to me. I’ve got an early 6.0 that has been a great truck, but it does struggle with our camper. I held off on buying a truck for 2 years to see what the new one had to offer. I’d checked out the Ram 6.4 in case my truck died, and read about their gear selection issues, then when the Chevy 6.6 came out I was disappointed that it had the 6spd. After reading forums and watching reviews everyone is raving about how much improvement the 8spd made in the Ram, and I’m beginning to hear things about the Chevy 6spd year selection. I test drove both last week, and the Ram 8spd felt much better, and I liked the interior better. I really wanted to love the Chevy since my current one I’ve had for 17 years, and 238k miles of reliable service. I feel guilty leaving Chevy, but at this point I will probably go with the Ram. I could have written this myself. Go drive the Ford 10 speeds also. I have been with GM for 30 years...that may be coming to an end. I’ve been trying to avoid looking at that new 7.3 gasser. I’m afraid it may add another truck into the mix.
wowens79 01/14/20 09:27pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 1 ton SRW debate

I’ve been reading about the new gassers, and looking at them also. Mainly the GM 6.6 and the Ram 6.4. I’ve been waiting for GM to up their game with the new gasser. I’ve got an old 6.0 that I’ve been driving for 17 years that has been a great truck, but I want a little more power, and I feel loyal to the GM. After reading about the Ram, the only complaint was the shift points of the 6spd. All of the reviews and comments with the new 8spd have been very positive on how it totally changed the way the truck drove. Couple of weeks ago I test drove the Ram and Chevy back to back, both were similar trims, and I liked the Ram so much better. The interior looked and felt nicer, and the 6.4 and 8 spd were super smooth and peppy. The Chevy felt weak, and did not want to down shift. I’ve since read a couple of articles where the writer had the same feelings about the Chevy. The Chevy sales guy asked how it compared, and I told him that driving the 2 that I liked everything about the Ram better, if it weren’t for having had a great experience with my old truck, that I wouldn’t consider the Chevy, I’m 95% sold on going to the Ram. Read MotorTrends 2020 heavy duty truck of the year comparisons. Their thoughts pretty much echo my feelings.
wowens79 01/09/20 08:43pm Truck Campers
RE: 1 ton SRW debate

Anyone buy a truck from Laura GMC? Thx, Bill I’ve got a good friend that did. Flew from Atlanta on Friday night, and they picked him up from the hotel on Sat morning. He had 3 he had picked out online to take a look at, and he was driving his new truck home by noon. Save about $5k over the local dealers, so it was worth it for him. Said it was super easy, no dickering, just pick the truck.
wowens79 01/09/20 08:22pm Truck Campers
RE: GAS 6.6 GM

My other question would be is that the same 6 speed transmission used on the 6.0 engine and if so, is it beefy enough for the new 6.6 engine? If so, that tells me it is a pretty stout tranny, too. Curly My understanding is that it is a beefed up version on the old 6spd
wowens79 01/07/20 01:28pm Tow Vehicles
RE: GAS 6.6 GM

Considering that the engine was just introduced for the 2020 model year, and didn't hit the lots until after the camping season was pretty much over, and it's currently JANUARY, I sincerely doubt there are many with towing experience yet. After Memorial Day you'll likely find a lot more feedback. What do you mean camping season is over??? It’s 60 and sunny in Georgia today. I normally winterize 3-4 times because we’ll head out on pretty weekends.
wowens79 01/06/20 01:48pm Tow Vehicles
RE: GAS 6.6 GM

That 6spd has probably cost them a sale to me. I’ve got an early 6.0 that has been a great truck, but it does struggle with our camper. I held off on buying a truck for 2 years to see what the new one had to offer. I’d checked out the Ram 6.4 in case my truck died, and read about their gear selection issues, then when the Chevy 6.6 came out I was disappointed that it had the 6spd. After reading forums and watching reviews everyone is raving about how much improvement the 8spd made in the Ram, and I’m beginning to hear things about the Chevy 6spd year selection. I test drove both last week, and the Ram 8spd felt much better, and I liked the interior better. I really wanted to love the Chevy since my current one I’ve had for 17 years, and 238k miles of reliable service. I feel guilty leaving Chevy, but at this point I will probably go with the Ram.
wowens79 01/03/20 05:01am Tow Vehicles
RE: Wi-Fi extenders

I think you’ll find the mesh systems like you bought will be the best solution. I use the Eero, and it works great. Another suggestion, is if you can run wired connections, hire someone to run some Ethernet cabling to fixed location items. I run all my smart TVs off off wired connections, and also have a couple of places I can plug in my laptop when I work from home. A wired connection will always be faster and more stable than wireless.
wowens79 01/03/20 04:34am Technology Corner
RE: "Lite" 5th wheels

We’ve got a “lite”travel trailer, and to save weight they use really thin wood in lots of places. The “plywood” under the cushions of the dinette lasted 2 trips until my daughters knee went through it. The material reminded me of the balsa wood airplanes I played with. The floor is made of 2 pieces of a really thin plywood with foam between them. The floor feels springy when you walk on it. Things can be made light and strong, but that usually is a more expensive material or construction method, neither of which I’ve seen on my trailer. Unless you really need to save weight I would avoid the lite ones.
wowens79 01/03/20 04:24am Fifth-Wheels
RE: GAS 6.6 GM

Any real time towing with this engine out there? For whatever it's worth, Motor Trend had some pretty negative comments about it and the 6 speed trans in the truck of the year testing in the latest issue. I’ve been looking for info too, and I’ve seen a couple of videos from the press event in Oregon that testers made some comments about the trans. I test drove a Chevy and Ram gasser back to back, and the Ram 8spd shifted much better than the Chevy. The Chevy when I turned and started up a hill was turning like 1200 rpm, and tried to stay in that gear and bog. It eventually downshifted to over 2500rpm. I really want to stay with Chevy since my current one has been great for 17 years and 238k miles, but after the test drive the only reason I’m still considering Chevy is how good my old one has been.
wowens79 12/26/19 03:07pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Yellowstone Questions

Thanks all the insight, we do have an RV, but at 2000 miles each way, we just don't have the vacation time to take the RV. All that time across the midwest would east up all our time. We've debated renting an RV vs a hotel, but will probably end up in a hotel
wowens79 12/09/19 12:01pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Yellowstone Questions

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wowens79 12/06/19 11:57am General RVing Issues
Yellowstone Questions

Hope y'all don't mind me posting this, but there seems to be lots of knowledge on here of that area.. We are looking at a trip to Yellowstone, and unfortunately with the vast amount of land between Georgia and Yellowstone, we will have to fly due to limited vacation time. What are the advantages/disadvantages of staying in the park vs outside the park? Can you get into the park early in the morning from outside? Thanks for any feedback!
wowens79 12/06/19 11:57am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Buying 2019 RAM 3500 DRW - discount expectations?

Check ou www.31dodge.com. They are a huge dealer in NC, and they have them about $14k off. That should give you an idea of what Pricing you can get. Tell your local dealer you've always wanted to camp in NC in the fall. ;)
wowens79 12/04/19 05:11am Tow Vehicles
RE: Do you have a bed liner?

I've had my truck for 17 years, and the first 12 I had no liner. It only had about 1/2 the paint left on the bed floor. The wife kept telling me to get a spray in to make it look better. About 5 years ago I had it sprayed, and it made the truck looks 10 years newer. Your not gonna hurt anything not having a liner, it's just really personal preference. I will say the black liner is much hotter onyour hands than the white paint was.
wowens79 11/27/19 06:04am Tow Vehicles
RE: Solera awning replacement LEDs

My lights quit working about 6 months after getting my 5th wheel. Got ahold of Solera and they quoted me around 200 bucks to replace them....and that was just the light strip! Looked on Amazon......found some light strips that were 5/16" wide and 18' long.....orderd that strip(less then 15 bucks.) Took the old strip out......and put the new one in......it fit the channel just fine. That was 2 years ago and no problems. Do you happen to have the link to them. I've been searching and all seem to be .4 inches which I think would be to wide.
wowens79 11/24/19 09:34pm General RVing Issues
Solera awning replacement LEDs

I've got a Solera awning with the LED lights in the C channel on the side of the camper. The lights are toast, so I need to replace them. Has anyone found ones that fit in the channel, other then the $100 one from Lippert?? The first ones lasted less than 2 years, so I really don't want the same ones again. I may just go with the stick on ones, but would like, to use the channel. Thanks!
wowens79 11/23/19 08:12pm General RVing Issues
RE: 2nd to Wrangler what are the best toad options?

Not sure why you would pass on a Wrangler. You can explore places many other vehicles can’t go, you can drop the top in beautiful weather, no top or doors so the view is unobstructed. I can’t image the fuel difference with a toad would be that much. If mpg is that important the 4cyl turbo gets mid 20mpg, and a diesel version is coming out in 2020, that gets 29-40mpg.
wowens79 11/22/19 07:33pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Hulu price increases TWICE this year!

The biggest cost for TV providers is content. This is catching up with the streaming services. They are all currently operating at a loss to gain subscribers. Once they start trying to make a profit you will see their prices come in line with cable and satellite services. I work in the cable industry, and see the prices charged by the different channels. The margins are very small. The streamers can be a little cheaper since they don't actually get the service to your house, they rely on your internet provider to do that. Probably 80-90% of your internet traffic is streaming video. So add $30-40 of Internet cost to that $61 for Hulu, and it gets you close the the price of cable/satellite. So when you streamers/cable/sat prices go up, it's not just because they want more money, it's because Discovery/ABC/ESPN/HGTV etc want more money. They want more money because NFL, actors, producers, etc want more money.
wowens79 11/20/19 05:05am Technology Corner
RE: Using the jack without the battery

A socket and cordless drill will run it up and down.
wowens79 11/18/19 08:07pm Tech Issues
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