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  1. We have one more trip in a couple weeks. Had originally reserved a site at Schoodic Woods campground in Winter Harbor, Maine (part of Acadia). Got notified several weeks ago the campground would not be opening. Add to that Maine is requiring Massachusetts folks to either get tested within 72 hours or quarantine for 14 days. Darn. Was really looking forward to the great lobsters from the store just down the road. OK, on to plan B. Now we're headed to Upstate New York. A few days in Webster Park on on Lake Ontario and then south to Sampson State Park and some wine and brewery tasting. Leaf Pee
  2. I did have a sensor go bad on my 2016 2500 with around 72K miles. The see dealer warning popped up a few times over a few months then in November it came on with the warning that in 200 miles it would go into limp mode. Was in a bind so I took it to the dealer. It was the downstream sensor. Expensive at their price and the added hours they justify for having to go through regens. I know I could have replaced it myself and saved a lot but I was in a bind. Now this was all on a vehicle I bought used from a dealer the previous spring with 65K miles on it. I didn't have a service history so I can
  3. I am so grateful for Google maps and their street view. Now that I have the 30' travel trailer it isn't so easy doing fuel stops. When I am planning our long trips I search out my fueling stops. Interstate isn't too hard but off on the secondary roads can get tricky. I was also able to figure out how to make our stop to pick up sushi to go in Albany. There is an office park behind the shopping center where the restaurant is so as long as it's not during office hours we are fine. But having the trailer does make things a lot easier when the trailer is dropped at the camping site. I didn't l
  4. I haven't done 26 from Casper as I was usually going through Cheyenne. But 26 from the junction of 287 into Jackson is not a problem depending on weather. From Jackson south on 191 to 89 then 26 to Idaho Falls is not bad. Taking Hwy 20 across to Mountain Home is an easy route too. Craters of the Moon is a really interesting area. Doug
  5. I know a bit about the area from Laramie, WY through Colorado. The 287 highway from Laramie to Ft Collins may avoid steep grades but it is a dangerous highway with a lot of bad accidents. I don't think you'll have issues though. When you get to Ft Collins take Hwy 14 east at least to Ault where you can pick up US 85. I would go further east to Hwy 17 south to stay way east of Denver. Hwy 17 is used a lot by the trucks hauling livestock and grain so it could be a better choice. The further east you stay from Denver would keep you out of the urban traffic. Doug
  6. I grew up in Upstate New York and most of our vacations were to Canada. Our Boy Scout troop took several trips up to Algonquin Park. We did canoe trips through various lakes. A lot of it was still pretty wild as this was around 1969. We also did a family trip to Quebec near Mont Tremblant. We had a little cottage on a sparsely populated lake. Fishing was great. Trying to communicate with the French speaking locals was not so easy. But it was fun and memorable. Our whole family, mom, dad and 7 kids in the station wagon hauling the homemade cargo trailer with a week's worth of provisions
  7. I would say that if you have the time and opportunity, visit TLCentral (TorkLift) in Kent. They are pretty straightforward and know their stuff. I was happy they were local when I needed both my 2003 and 2008 set up for hauling my campers. They aren't cheap, but they do stand behind their products. They will always make it right. Doug
  8. Very easy 15 minutes. There is a nut on the top, just unbolt and remove. I haven't looked at the StableLoads so not sure how they are set up. But I have used a lot of their other products and have been quite pleased. It's a local company for you folks up there. Stop and chat with them if you can. Doug
  9. With the 2017 Ram 3500 I would start with a set of extended bumpstops. I found that by having all four corners of the overload springs engaged the sway was greatly reduced. Add just enough air to the bags to raise it a bit but still keep the overloads engaged. I found with my Lance camper that due to the weight difference from side to side it was best to inflate one side, measure the distance from the top of the tire to the wheel well then add air to the other side to get the same distance. One side always took several more pounds of pressure to get things even. But once done, it rode ver
  10. Too much air in the bags can be a bad thing. I am not familiar enough with the suspension on your GM rig so I can't say what exactly I would do. But I will say that if there is no load on your springs, then you need to get them in contact. I know a lot of folks have used the TorkLift Stable Loads to help get rid of the sway. Perhaps check them out? Doug
  11. I had that Atlantic Blue 2003 3500 SRW. To that I had added the extended bumpstops, airbags and a thick sway bar. With just the camper it wasn't too bad if I got the airbags just right. The boat pushing it was just too much. With the dually there were no white knuckle moments. Even when some jerk cut me off in traffic on I-5 in Los Angeles. The look on his face as I came at him was pretty good. He got off at the next exit. I'm thinking he has to clean his seat. Doug
  12. My old Arctic Fox 990 and towing my 20' Sea Ray was the reason I bought my 2008 dually. One trip westbound over Stevens Pass was all it took to convince my wife. I did put on the Firestone air bags and extended bumpstops but that was all it needed. When I upgraded to the Lance 1160 all I needed was a longer hitch extension. Put a lot of miles on with that setup up and down the west coast a few times and then our big trip cross country from Washington to Massachusetts towing a 7x14 enclosed cargo trailer. Never a problem and the wife was quite happy with it. One upgrade I did that I thought
  13. Had to replace the downstream NOX sensor a couple months ago. TIme and need were critical so I had a dealer do it. Big $$$ bill. Learned my lesson and have resources to get it done myself now. Can't have any issues as we have state inspections here in Massachusetts so any warning light or anything will get a failure. Still loving the truck so I'm not planning any changes for a long time. Doug
  14. I always schedule for the maximum allowed maintenance window, usually 6 hours. Most times I can be done in less than 3. Setting the expectation and getting it done well under makes you look a lot better. Now if they go beyond their time then folks tend to get a bit upset and you don't want that. Signed, Doug, the guy that it is timing his retirement to coincide with having to be versed on cloud computing. I cannot comprehend the virtual world!
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