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  1. You can do it all by yourself at home. I did it with my 2008 dually. The kit comes with the valve stem puller, a bottle and hose to feed them into the wheel. It takes 6 ounces of beads per wheel. Doug
  2. Just might have to visit it some day. Will be even closer when we move next year.
  3. Let me check with my brother. They have an expensive little teardrop trailer that they travel all over the country with. I know he has a wheel lock of some sort and uses it whenever he disconnects it from their SUV. Doug
  4. Last time mine seemed to take quite a bit to get going. It has the keyless ignition, just push run. Hard to interrupt it to stop it. Doug
  5. I was thinking of posting something sarcastic like picking up a full figured woman, then you posted this. Thank you for adding some humor to my week. 😁 Doug
  6. Just did mine a couple weeks ago. On the floor in the garage. First off I have the wrench for the rear filter that works perfect. For the front engine one I bought the short 22mm socket. A neat tip I found on one video was to use long extension coming down from above just behind the wire loom. It's an almost straight line so not so much worry of messing up the cap. On the rear I had cut open a plastic gallon milk jug and stuffed it up over the driveshaft and drained it via the water drain. The bad part came when it was time to remove the jug full of fuel. Yup, it spilt all over me. But it was out and getting the new one in was easy. The front one I got a ketchup bottle out of the recycle bin and was able to get it up to the end of the drain tube. Opened the water drain and it emptied the fuel bowl and had just enough room in the ketchup bottle. That one came out without spilling and making a mess. Having the wrench and socket makes it an easy job, just messy. The following week one of my teammates was complaining on our daily call that with his wife and daughters at home for the holidays his house smelled like hair spray and perfume. I told him the remedy was to get a real diesel truck and then do a fuel filter change. That would reestablish his male dominance in his household. My boss who has a Ford said just make sure to throw away the clothes you wore. Said he threw his in the wash and his wife then added more and washed them all together. Everything gets the diesel smell. Mine are still airing out after two washes on the sanitize cycle. Doug
  7. 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 Peeping (when the leaves turn to those beautiful colors) should be starting. Oh the Northeast in the fall! Then it will be winterizing time. Doug
  8. 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't say what may have been done before. The truck is exceptionally clean and looks to have been well taken care of. And a big thing here in the northeast is it has no rust! I have since put on about 4K miles without any further issues. I do use the Blue DEF. When towing my 8,000 lbs camper (trailer) I can go through 5 gallons in around 1K miles. I always try to find the date on the carton and try to not buy anything over few months old. If I can't find a date I will not buy it. Doug
  9. 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 like taking the camper off the truck so most of the time it came along wherever we went. Missed out on some nice scenery in Acadia on our first trip. So glad we got to do it last time we were there. Was really looking forward to going again this September but just got an email saying the park campground was not going to open and they cancelled my reservations. Dang! The fresh lobsters just down the road are just so tasty and quite affordable. Doug
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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. Not too funny when Canadian Customs wanted to inspect everything in the trailer. The wrath of a mother with 7 kids standing around at the border while they nitpick their way through the carefully packed contents sure made their day a lot more difficult. But the fun we had that week still comes out when we're together 50 years later. Doug
  13. 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
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