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Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion Today, 12:27 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,090
Posted By kdauto
Oil facts and approvals

API has one of the weakest standards out of the governing bodies. Ilsac is not much better. Many OEMs now have almost engine specific specs. GM had things like GM4718M and such, now all superceded...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion Today, 10:56 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,090
Posted By kdauto
And yet people think "synthetic" actually means...

And yet people think "synthetic" actually means anything, especially for those in the USA. There are no governing bodies regulating the word and claim. Specifications and approval is where it's at. ...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion Yesterday, 09:58 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 201
Posted By kdauto
Many if not most blowouts are caused by low tire...

Many if not most blowouts are caused by low tire pressure over an extended period of time. You could have gotten a flat from a nail,screw or road debris. You could have a slow leak from a rusty rim...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion Yesterday, 04:27 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 222
Posted By kdauto
It's not very complicated, but it is physical...

It's not very complicated, but it is physical labour. You need to be able to remove wheels, jack the entire trailer and have at least 2 decent sets of adequate jackstands.

That doesn't look like...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion Yesterday, 10:13 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 628
Posted By kdauto
Of course the guy got schooled, that's what these...

Of course the guy got schooled, that's what these forums are for. He can pull it with a short bed, but the risk of smashing the cab will always be there. The risk practically disappears with any long...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion Yesterday, 10:01 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 406
Posted By kdauto
I don't know about the model 3, but the more...

I don't know about the model 3, but the more upscale models have loads of videos showing people sleeping at the wheel of their Tesla at highway speeds. I know full hands-free driving is not supposed...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 11-27-2021, 10:29 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 406
Posted By kdauto
It's only software. All the needed stuff is...

It's only software. All the needed stuff is already there for other systems. Heck, a 45 000$ Bolt EUV will have it.
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 11-27-2021, 10:27 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 406
Posted By kdauto
Super Cruise is set to be installed in my GFs...

Super Cruise is set to be installed in my GFs Bolt EUV which is on order, so I have little info or manuals to go on.

From what I know, it will work on roads, well, highways, that have been...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 11-27-2021, 04:17 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 160
Posted By kdauto
You may be creating an imaginary problem. If Ford...

You may be creating an imaginary problem. If Ford does it like my GM, the faster and harder you apply the brake the more amps get to the trailer brakes. Test using the TBC lever when not moving or at...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 11-27-2021, 09:50 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 628
Posted By kdauto
No, I was truly curious, but, whatever. So it...

No, I was truly curious, but, whatever. So it does appear you equate this to a traction issue. Fine, that's your experience, mine differs.

No, I don't haul 24/7/365 and I doubt anyone does. I...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 11-27-2021, 07:23 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 782
Posted By kdauto
You'll be looking for a lot of other shops! 170$...

You'll be looking for a lot of other shops! 170$ would barely, maybe not even cover JUST the installation of the windshield you mentioned at my shop. My shop rate is barely 1/2 that of shops in...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 11-26-2021, 08:11 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 782
Posted By kdauto
Never done a windshield on those yet. Heads up...

Never done a windshield on those yet. Heads up doesn't require anything special from the glass AFAIK. Stuff like integrated heat cost $$$ though. The added cost and calibration of cameras and such is...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 11-26-2021, 08:04 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 628
Posted By kdauto
I keep hearing this, and I just don't get it, so...

I keep hearing this, and I just don't get it, so I'm really curious where a DRW could not go and a SRW could. Does your business drive narrow goat trails? Are the streets as narrow as those in 800...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 11-25-2021, 08:25 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 782
Posted By kdauto
Geez man, 1000$ is nothing for a windshield like...

Geez man, 1000$ is nothing for a windshield like that. I've replaced 2000$ plus windshields that didn,t even have those features yet! A 2021 Corolla windshield is 1600$ CDN here with calibration...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 11-25-2021, 08:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 423
Posted By kdauto
Bah, that ugly duckling only serves one purpose,...

Bah, that ugly duckling only serves one purpose, it's a full-on pe@i$ extender! :D You can't use a 5th wheel, goose neck or even a bumper pull anything intelligently with that thing. It is useless...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 11-25-2021, 08:04 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 628
Posted By kdauto
If you can "wrestle" a 39' 5th wheel in tow, you...

If you can "wrestle" a 39' 5th wheel in tow, you can easily handle a DRW as a daily driver. Geez, I can do practically anything anyone does with any SRW full size pickup. If you can't handle the DRW...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 11-25-2021, 06:13 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 482
Posted By kdauto
I use my 22' long dually through drive thrus all...

I use my 22' long dually through drive thrus all the time. I might have to back up and adjust on a few really tight corners, but it's rare. I don't think of myself as any more than an OK driver...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 11-24-2021, 06:33 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 4,466
Posted By kdauto
I don't see what advantage that Truma style gauge...

I don't see what advantage that Truma style gauge has over other primitive methods. They all are inconvenient and force you to get to the cylinder, open compartments or lift covers. NOT practical if...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 11-22-2021, 05:28 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,252
Posted By kdauto
I don't know about Propride and the other one...

I don't know about Propride and the other one with similar design whose name escapes me right now, but they sure seem like a royal PITA to hitch up to. Definitely NOT a 1 person job, and not...
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 11-22-2021, 05:02 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 4,466
Posted By kdauto
Of course! It works via Bluetooth. It'll work...

Of course! It works via Bluetooth. It'll work without a cell if you have the monitor, but any cell will work on or off grid.
Forum: iRV2.com General Discussion 11-22-2021, 09:46 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 4,466
Posted By kdauto
AP products sensors and Mopeka sensors

We have been using the Mopeka tank sensors for 5 or 6 years now basically when they came out. They are the same product as AP and maybe one other rebranded one. I use the bluetooth app most of the...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 11-21-2021, 08:47 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 7,948
Posted By kdauto
I'm assuming you're talking about a GM? We all...

I'm assuming you're talking about a GM? We all have different expectations and driving styles. I don't need to be driving up 10% grades at 70MPH with 13k lbs in tow. I can haul my 13k up 7 to 10%...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 11-20-2021, 04:37 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 251
Posted By kdauto
It's been 8 years now but I got my truck off...

It's been 8 years now but I got my truck off Autotrader. Found it in Texas and it was almost showroom clean. No rust, even on the exhaust manifolds or exhaust system! It was worth a 3.5 day drive and...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 11-19-2021, 11:55 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 7,948
Posted By kdauto
If you're talking about the 2003 Dodge in your...

If you're talking about the 2003 Dodge in your sig, yeah, it's probably a very basic cord. Look above and see a GM thermostatically controlled cord. The newer GM diesels with the connection port in...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 11-19-2021, 11:49 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 7,948
Posted By kdauto
I was off by 1 degree. 349335 349336

I was off by 1 degree. 349335

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Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 11-18-2021, 06:30 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 7,948
Posted By kdauto
You might want to investigate that block heater...

You might want to investigate that block heater thing. On GMs the cord is actually thermostat controlled (integrated in the cable) and won't operate above -19C or so. I think many brands use this...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 11-18-2021, 06:11 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 291
Posted By kdauto
Extended warranties are never recommended in my...

Extended warranties are never recommended in my book. I don't get them for electronics, furniture, nothing. Just think about it, they get smart people to figure out how to make a lot of profit. They...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 11-18-2021, 11:55 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 741
Posted By kdauto
I don't think I've mentioned this here, but if...

I don't think I've mentioned this here, but if your trailer is really moving as bad as you say and the jacks are down, inspect the suspension and tires. Make sure tires are inflated at or near max...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 11-16-2021, 07:48 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 743
Posted By kdauto
RV warranties

Might be off-subject a wee bit, but why on earth do people accept these bogus RV warranties when they are shelling out tens of thousands, many times over a hundred thousand dollars for an RV? Would...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 11-16-2021, 06:11 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,581
Posted By kdauto
Mine are only 15 years old but probably twice the...

Mine are only 15 years old but probably twice the mileage at least. No issues, they're staying on, but I'm going to buy a spare over the winter just in case.

My old 1994 Suburban has sealed...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 11-15-2021, 10:43 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 8,275
Posted By kdauto
Yes, we'll see your thanks, and you're welcome....

Yes, we'll see your thanks, and you're welcome. You can also use the "multi +" quotes when responding and thank a whole bunch of individuals, or quote several in the same post. Either way, most...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 11-15-2021, 07:01 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 8,275
Posted By kdauto
Well, you've got the right truck for the job, now...

Well, you've got the right truck for the job, now you just need the proper driving technique. Never rely solely on salesperson's (RV or truck) advice. Read the truck manual, there's a LOT of info in...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 11-14-2021, 06:01 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,295
Posted By kdauto
I don't care for many of the TFL vids either....

I don't care for many of the TFL vids either. They are entertaining at times, and I imagine THAT is their point, to sell clicks. The standards they are using to judge trucks just don't jive with my...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 11-13-2021, 08:52 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 625
Posted By kdauto
I can't say on the newer RAMs, but I had a...

I can't say on the newer RAMs, but I had a customer with a 2013 or so, around the time the touchscreen radios started. His radio display went black. The HVAC (heating ventilation and air...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 11-13-2021, 04:52 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 625
Posted By kdauto
It's not just you. Some of the tablets in these...

It's not just you. Some of the tablets in these cars drive me nuts on late day road tests. right now it's getting dark at 4:15PM. It kills me when I need to go down a dark country road at 5PM and the...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 11-13-2021, 12:43 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 470
Posted By kdauto
Our 5th wheel is not worth much more than that....

Our 5th wheel is not worth much more than that. We have full coverage 365 days a year. We had a lady smash into my rear ladder 2 years ago. That was a close to 2000$ ordeal all said and done. Someone...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 11-12-2021, 10:50 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 625
Posted By kdauto
I dunno, Cadillac has or will soon have something...

I dunno, Cadillac has or will soon have something like a 50" screen. Of course, the "screen" is basically the entire dashboard left to right. We aren't driving vehicles anymore. I could say we are...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 11-12-2021, 11:43 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,052
Posted By kdauto
I hear you. My older 5er is prewired for a 2nd...

I hear you. My older 5er is prewired for a 2nd bedroom A/C, which I'll never install. The original Carrier 15k BTU works fiine, although I had to unseize the fan motor once start of the 2020 season. ...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 11-12-2021, 09:30 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,888
Posted By kdauto
Same thing as people have been doing for 100...

Same thing as people have been doing for 100 years, engine braking. Yeah, it will rev and scream, but that's how it's designed. I'll let it go downhill 5000rpm for 20 minutes if need be. If I lived...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 11-12-2021, 08:22 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 743
Posted By kdauto
I think this will vary greatly depending on where...

I think this will vary greatly depending on where you live and where you purchased the unit. If this was bought in my province it would most certainly be covered by warranty. The warranty would...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 11-12-2021, 07:57 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,052
Posted By kdauto
Why the need for so many A/Cs?

I don't want to take this too far off-subject, but I would be pretty disappointed if my rig needed 2 A/C units to keep the interior cool. Needing 3, I don't think it makes any sense unless you camp...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 11-11-2021, 10:40 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 359
Posted By kdauto
It's a liability issue. They have deep pockets,...

It's a liability issue. They have deep pockets, so they are taking a huge risk should something go wrong.

I generally won't install a lesser load rating tire than the door sticker states at my...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 11-11-2021, 06:06 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 205
Posted By kdauto
We have/had that issue on ours. When we bought...

We have/had that issue on ours. When we bought it, it had been sitting for 1 or 2 years. Start by cleaning all the rubber seals and lubing them and the "wipers" with silicone spray. Get under there...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 11-10-2021, 05:37 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 918
Posted By kdauto
I've pulled the 5th wheel a few times on winter...

I've pulled the 5th wheel a few times on winter escapades heading south. I typically left in -20 temps and drove through snow and ice for 1.5-2 days until we got to above freezing temps. My truck is...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 11-10-2021, 11:51 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,888
Posted By kdauto
I've only run in mud a few times, and my...

I've only run in mud a few times, and my customers are generally consumers, not miners. We DO however run in snow, slush and ice several months a year, and I haven,t seen that tear a boot yet on...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 11-10-2021, 06:22 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 827
Posted By kdauto
EIGHT keys? I would go nuts. I wish I had ONE...

EIGHT keys? I would go nuts. I wish I had ONE key for everything, including the tow vehicle and house. Keys area big thorn in my side. I hate hauling huge keychains in my pockets.
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 11-10-2021, 06:18 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,888
Posted By kdauto
Only thing is the lifter and cam issues are so...

Only thing is the lifter and cam issues are so prevalent on the Chrysler/Fiat/Stellantis that many people have had their cars parked at the dealer for months, yes, months. This is pre-pandemic mind...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 11-09-2021, 10:21 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,888
Posted By kdauto
This is nothing new. Chrysler/Fiat/Stellantis...

This is nothing new. Chrysler/Fiat/Stellantis has had lifter and rocker arm failures for over 15 years. Number one thing is to use oil that meets specs,best to use the best oil possible. Run...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 11-09-2021, 07:10 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,888
Posted By kdauto
Rumors say it will be on the 2023 gasser 6.6. I...

Rumors say it will be on the 2023 gasser 6.6. I would be really interested in trying a 6.6 gas with a 10 speed and see how it hauls a medium to heavy 5th wheel.
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 11-09-2021, 06:24 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 741
Posted By kdauto
If you setup the stabilizers and leave the truck...

If you setup the stabilizers and leave the truck hitched as a test, does the movement and rocking almost disappear? It could simply be frame flex. Some frames appear pretty wimpy. I know mine is 10"...
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