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Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 11-24-2021, 10:43 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,051
Posted By bneukam
Perform routine maintenance on 6 vehicles. Most...

Perform routine maintenance on 6 vehicles. Most of them have over 100k miles, with a couple approaching 200k.

Intervals on each one is different depending on its use, not miles. Engine sludge...
Forum: Outdoors RV Owner's Forum 11-17-2021, 11:50 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 942
Posted By bneukam
Water Vapor will move in mysterious ways. Not...

Water Vapor will move in mysterious ways. Not saying this is your issue. Just saying it will find the weakest link. Warm moist air is drawn to cold drier air, and will find the easier pathway to...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 11-17-2021, 11:35 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,221
Posted By bneukam
Buddy was told a while back he had carbon build...

Buddy was told a while back he had carbon build up on his Ecoboost because he put a lift kit, and larger tires on his truck? He had acceleration and stumbling issues. Wouldnít say what the dealer...
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 11-17-2021, 01:52 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,032
Posted By bneukam
Our Lance is a two step even with a 3.5Ē lift. ...

Our Lance is a two step even with a 3.5Ē lift. The floor is not elevated, and only the holding tanks are enclosed and heated. But this means the slide is elevated, and the rollers are sitting on a...
Forum: Outdoors RV Owner's Forum 11-17-2021, 01:34 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 942
Posted By bneukam
Hope the OP is keeping an eye on the underside of...

Hope the OP is keeping an eye on the underside of the roof sheathing.
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 11-16-2021, 01:02 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,986
Posted By bneukam
Ram 6.4 with 8spd

J63-May also want to pay attention to rear ended gears, as that will effect mpgís. Not sure if they still have the 3.73, with 4:10 as an option.
8 speed with the 3.73 would be a better choice for...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 11-15-2021, 11:57 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,221
Posted By bneukam
Agree, thanks for the reminder.

Agree, thanks for the reminder.
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 11-15-2021, 11:08 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,221
Posted By bneukam
2022 Tundra - looks interesting

Manufacturers are on a mission to remove as much weight as possible on these 1/2 ton trucks. Lighter, faster, and better mpgís, and overall ride. Regardless of how much payload a truck has, when...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 11-13-2021, 07:36 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 641
Posted By bneukam
The 12Ē in the Ram is lower, and not so much up...

The 12Ē in the Ram is lower, and not so much up in your view as both Toyota, and Ford.
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 11-13-2021, 11:42 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 895
Posted By bneukam
There is specs, and then there is control/comfort...

There is specs, and then there is control/comfort behind the wheel while towing a 13,000lb 5er. Personally, I feel your going to want a more capable truck.
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 11-13-2021, 11:30 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,221
Posted By bneukam
The mpg rating on this new TTV6 is 17/22 with 19...

The mpg rating on this new TTV6 is 17/22 with 19 combined for a 4x4.

About the same as other V8 1/2 ton trucks, but as we all know the V8 will get much better mpgís while towing.

Iíve always...
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 11-10-2021, 07:54 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,292
Posted By bneukam
Personally I feel the Goodyear load chart is a...

Personally I feel the Goodyear load chart is a little too low, and prefer to have extra capacity. We run 50 psi, even though we could run 40 per the chart.

We installed them 9 months ago, and...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 11-10-2021, 01:24 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,986
Posted By bneukam
Ram 6.4 with 8spd

Agree, manifold studs with itís ticking noise, and bad Fuel injectors causing misfire, that most confuse with the lifter issue. But like most forums confusion runs rapid.
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 11-10-2021, 11:07 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,986
Posted By bneukam
Considering how many Hemis are produced every...

Considering how many Hemis are produced every year, across several different makes, and models, compared to your 6.2, itís quite possible the oil consumption after 100k miles on your truck could be...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 11-10-2021, 12:13 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,986
Posted By bneukam
Ram 6.4 with 8spd

Whatís the best way to stop the valve springs from failure in the Ford 6.2 Boss. Why are many of the 6.2 starting to consume excessive oil at 100k miles while others are going several hundred...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 11-09-2021, 11:43 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,986
Posted By bneukam
Knew this was coming, but donít think anybody has...

Knew this was coming, but donít think anybody has any concrete evidence as to why some fail early, and many others go 200,000 plus miles with no issues.

The bottom half of both the 5.7, and 6.4...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 11-09-2021, 02:49 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,986
Posted By bneukam
Wonít be long when the Cummins will have the ZF...

Wonít be long when the Cummins will have the ZF Powerline 8 speed AT.

At least thatís the rumor, my guess it will start out replacing the 68rfe.
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 11-09-2021, 10:55 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,986
Posted By bneukam
Thinking the biggest issue with the ZF 8 speed,...

Thinking the biggest issue with the ZF 8 speed, is when to service the fluid, and pan/filter.

Owners manual says itís Lifetime, which we all know is bogus. Dealers will tell you between 100 and...
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 11-05-2021, 02:36 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 6,339
Posted By bneukam
Couldnít agree more. Will also say there is...

Couldnít agree more.

Will also say there is a growing number of states out west here that are limiting the hours of generator use at some of their campgrounds. Several we stayed at this past...
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 11-05-2021, 01:52 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 6,339
Posted By bneukam
Ohhh, my bad, thought we were talking about dry...

Ohhh, my bad, thought we were talking about dry camping, not glamping.

Just kidding, each his own. Honestly I donít think we ran the AC once this past year and we were out for 72 nights.
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 11-05-2021, 12:11 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 6,339
Posted By bneukam
For the cost of a Generator why not just get a...

For the cost of a Generator why not just get a pair of lithium batteries, with an inverter to run your coffee maker.

Lose the weight of a generator, fuel, and the LA batteries.
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 11-05-2021, 12:37 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,986
Posted By bneukam
You donít have to purchase Mopar fluid at the...

You donít have to purchase Mopar fluid at the dealership for 30 bucks a quart. ZF Lifeguard 8 fluid is manufactured by Shell ZF TE-ML 11.

Process is simple, and if you can replace a gasket on a...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 11-04-2021, 04:53 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,986
Posted By bneukam
Agree, the 6.4 is really not much more than the...

Agree, the 6.4 is really not much more than the 5.7. Heck, itís quite possible I would be willing to move up to a 2500 if they would improve its output.
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 11-03-2021, 11:45 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,986
Posted By bneukam
Ram 6.4 with 8spd

The ZF 8 speed is arguably one of the best transmission out there now. Even though ours is only a 1/2 ton with the 5.7 Hemi, the 8 speed has been one of the best features on the truck. Only 60k...
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 11-01-2021, 10:34 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 787
Posted By bneukam
Draining the HWH, and switching the bypass valve...

Draining the HWH, and switching the bypass valve is the first step to winterization.

What kind of air compressor are you using. Agree with using 40 psi. But you also need volume to clear the...
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 11-01-2021, 01:30 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 787
Posted By bneukam
Winterizing with compressed air question

After draining the hot water tank did you activate the bypass valve?

I have forgotten this step, and the sound was similar to what you described.
Forum: Outdoors RV Owner's Forum 10-31-2021, 12:44 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 787
Posted By bneukam
Help identifying vent on 21 RBS

No, I donít think itís common, but then again most donít inspect their roofs attics. But due to its lack of proper materials it can be an issue depending on its prior usage.

Itís very easy to...
Forum: Outdoors RV Owner's Forum 10-29-2021, 11:30 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 787
Posted By bneukam
This type of roof construction, batten insulation...

This type of roof construction, batten insulation with no vapor barrier, can have serious moisture, and mold issues in the roof. If it was my unit, I would remove the vent shroud on the inside...
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 10-27-2021, 10:44 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 275
Posted By bneukam
Seam sealer

Washing and inspecting your roof 2 to 3 times a year is one of the most important steps of owning an RV.

Look for cracks, lifting on the edges, and anything else that doesnít look right. If all...
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 10-26-2021, 10:27 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 236
Posted By bneukam
Agree with needing a HD truck. Anything...

Agree with needing a HD truck.

Anything over 26í, and 7k lbs I would go larger than a 1/2 ton.

We tow a 23í and 6k lbs trailer with our 1/2 ton, and itís a great combo in all conditions.
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 10-26-2021, 10:20 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 275
Posted By bneukam
A PVC roof has different sealant requirements...

A PVC roof has different sealant requirements than TPO, or EDPM. Make sure you check with the manufacturer.

Ours has the LaSalle Bristol PVC roof.
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 10-26-2021, 07:45 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 195
Posted By bneukam
Agree, remove the vinyl wrapped fiber board, and...

Agree, remove the vinyl wrapped fiber board, and replace with similar pine board trim.

Once you remove the old trim, I bet youíll find cracks that could be sealed with caulking before installing...
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 10-25-2021, 06:50 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 7,054
Posted By bneukam
Agree with ByeTheWay, look for older pump...

Agree with ByeTheWay, look for older pump stations that are aligned this way. They are usually only 4 pump stations but room to maneuver in and out. Even with my 23í TT I have difficulty making the...
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 10-25-2021, 06:08 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 769
Posted By bneukam
The AF is just like the Rockwood, vacuum bonded...

The AF is just like the Rockwood, vacuum bonded with integrated duct work. Will be coming to their trailers soon.

The problem with either plywood or OSB it only takes moisture to grow mold...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 10-25-2021, 05:49 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 5,022
Posted By bneukam
How many people will fall asleep using this...

How many people will fall asleep using this feature. Better have one hell of an alarm, because I donít wake up easily.
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 10-25-2021, 05:07 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 769
Posted By bneukam
Dave- Agree with most, but disagree on strength...

Dave- Agree with most, but disagree on strength of a laminated foam board roof. Artic Fox just started using a foam board roof on their truck camper, and itís stronger than their older truss design....
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 10-25-2021, 04:30 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,292
Posted By bneukam
We put a lot of miles on our trailer. So we run...

We put a lot of miles on our trailer. So we run per the tire manufacturers load chart, plus a little extra for safety.

Some can just run with the max, because a set of tires will age out before...
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 10-25-2021, 04:24 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 758
Posted By bneukam
They write this stuff to make it sound like itís...

They write this stuff to make it sound like itís high quality. Energy saving blankets is ďakaĒcheap fiberglass batten insulation. Worst part they use no vapor barrier, so yes condensation can be a...
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 10-25-2021, 11:01 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 955
Posted By bneukam
If you are looking at purchasing a used 4 seasons...

If you are looking at purchasing a used 4 seasons TT, with truss and batten style roof, be sure to inspect for mold. Not knowing the history, or how, and when it was used, can be a risky purchase.
...
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 10-23-2021, 10:17 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 353
Posted By bneukam
Agree, check for any seals, or rollers that are...

Agree, check for any seals, or rollers that are getting locked up.
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 10-22-2021, 07:04 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 845
Posted By bneukam
Agree, Oliver, and Bigfoot are great brands. If...

Agree, Oliver, and Bigfoot are great brands. If you can find a decent used one, they donít lose much value. Anything new today is way overpriced.
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 10-22-2021, 06:58 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 955
Posted By bneukam
Condensation on windows has more to do with the...

Condensation on windows has more to do with the temperature difference, and water vapor levels inside the trailer.

So a trailer that has their thermostat set higher, and higher levels of water...
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 10-21-2021, 10:21 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 955
Posted By bneukam
How many of those brands you have listed offer...

How many of those brands you have listed offer thermal block construction?

Fiberglass batten insulation in the roof, and walls with no barrier to stop water vapor from the inside out, will result...
Forum: Outdoors RV Owner's Forum 10-21-2021, 10:42 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 696
Posted By bneukam
The use of PVC roof with 96% solar reflectivity,...

The use of PVC roof with 96% solar reflectivity, leads my thoughts to the next question.

The radiant foil on top of the batten insulation is no longer as much as a requirement. So did they move...
Forum: Outdoors RV Owner's Forum 10-21-2021, 10:29 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 696
Posted By bneukam
The PVC roof on our Lance is manufactured by...

The PVC roof on our Lance is manufactured by LaSalle Bristol and it has a 15 year warranty. After 5 years it still looks new. Does not chalk, or streak, and cleans up easily. We use Murphyís oil...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 10-19-2021, 07:17 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,221
Posted By bneukam
The 5.7 Hemi is also a cast iron block, and itís...

The 5.7 Hemi is also a cast iron block, and itís heavy, and when towing with a TT out the back end, the weight up front is a bonus. I have no issues giving up that extra payload, for the extra...
Forum: Outdoors RV Owner's Forum 10-17-2021, 05:37 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 775
Posted By bneukam
PVC roofing material has been out for a long...

PVC roofing material has been out for a long time. But made a return on RV Ďs the last 5 years when they started using Levelor in the manufacturing process which gives its 96% solar reflectivity.
...
Forum: Outdoors RV Owner's Forum 10-17-2021, 11:33 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 775
Posted By bneukam
Happy ORV customer with new roof

We have a PVC roof on our unit, and after 5 years it still looks new. Doesnít get hot to the touch like EDPM on a sunny day.

Two concerns are, it is slicker when wet, and the material must be...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 10-16-2021, 10:25 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,221
Posted By bneukam
As terrible as the mpgís were on the 5.7 Tundra,...

As terrible as the mpgís were on the 5.7 Tundra, wait until owners get worse mileage while towing with the TTV6. Thinking there will be a lot of disappointment.
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 10-16-2021, 09:24 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,221
Posted By bneukam
2022 Tundra - looks interesting

Available payload on trucks has more to do with the overall weight of the truck, not rear springs.

Have a 2017 Ram 1500 with a 700 lb tongue weight trailer, and get 1 1/4Ē squat. Granted they are...
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