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  1. On 9/25/2021 at 12:17 PM, J Dansie said:

    I read an article about use air soft ammo for the wheel balance supposed to work the same as the beads at less cost 

    To use the airsoft pellets you would have to break the tire off the bead. The balancing beads are tiny glass beads. Feeding them through the valve stem is easy. Just takes a bit of time to get all 6oz. in. Just don't let the hose pop out while loading. I did mine with the wheels off the truck. I had two sets that I was swapping around. Both seemed to have improved with the beads. 

     

    Doug

  2. On 1/7/2021 at 10:11 AM, Woodenhead said:

    I might need a forklift 😁

    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

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  3. 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

     

     

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  4. 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

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  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

  8. 1 hour ago, Woodenhead said:

    Great post Shawn. I grew up in SW Ontario (Woodstock) and spent a lot of time around North Bay and Deep River/Chalk River. 

    In high school we used to do 5 day canoe trips in Algonquin and Killarney parks. You’d paddle, portage and camp through the wilderness for 5 days and never see a sole, I loved it. 

     

    When I was going to North Bay all the time I’d get up early in the morning, take a little 12’ Aluminum boat with a 6hp Johnson in the back of my ‘85 D100 Ram, head down the road a few miles and launch it into a little lake called 4 mile lake. There I’d fish for a few hours and catch some respectable Northern Pike, then head back for breakfast. I never saw another boat on that lake, total solitude, fresh air and good for the mind.. 

     

    Another time a buddy and I did a fishing trip up into Quebec. We loaded a 14’ Aluminum boat into my ‘89 W250 CTD Power Ram left from Deep River and drove North into Quebec for about 5hrs down logging roads.  Eventually launched, motored up the lake for an hr and camped on an island for 3 nights. The walleye fishing was incredible. Up there the only other people you saw came in on a float plane, no one was crazy enough to drive up there. I remember a huge steep sandy hill to get down to the lake, the old goat impressed the heck out of my Ford buddy. 

     

    Like you said, it’s so sparsely populated and there so much wilderness and water.  It was always a dream of mine to live up in northern Ontario and have a house with a dock on a little lake. Swimming and fishing in the summer, sleds and skates in the winter, right in your back yard.  I’m good with where I’m at now though, thanks for triggering the memories. 

     

    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

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  9. 16 hours ago, srt6 said:

    Is there a local reputable place. The only company that comes to mind I deaver springs in California.

    That's something I can look into I'm betting i could get similar to factory overloads too. That's a great idea



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    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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  10. 1 hour ago, Fishin2Deep4U said:

     

    Aren't the extended bump stops pretty easy to swap out? Just in case you want to soften the ride back up? I think that's the appeal of the lower spring stable loads. Only engaged when needed. 

     

    Dave

    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

  11. On 2/1/2020 at 10:53 AM, srt6 said:

    I have a 2017 ram 3500 srw.

    I saw the stable loads it kinda freaks me out what seems to be kinking the leaf? Usually they use the entire surface area against eachother.

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    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 very well.  

     

    Doug

  12. 17 hours ago, srt6 said:

    Yeah well see if I'll need to do that. I am currently running 20x9 and 33s so it's not terrible. My wife isnt pleased with the ride and were planning to add a boat to the mix.
    Next time out I need to play more with the air bags. I put them at 80 last trip. Might help if I lower it to like 30 to 60... trial and error

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    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

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  13. On 1/28/2020 at 2:43 PM, Fishin2Deep4U said:

     

    What were you using before the dually Doug? 

     

    Dave

     

    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

     

     

  14. 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 made a difference was replacing the stock disk rotors with dimpled/slotted ones.

     

    Doug

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  15. On 1/17/2020 at 1:41 PM, Big Russ said:

    and with that being said, how is the EPA catching folks unless they have a complaint about a coal roller?  I'm more than happy to keep the 2018 compliant until the warranty period is up, but as soon as one of those $600 NOX sensors takes a dump, I'll find it hard to keep the sawzall away from it.  Especially if it's hard to get caught.  

     

    EDIT:  $425 for a Dorman NOX Sensor on Rockauto...  The SCR is $1300 and the DPF is $1200 to 2 large..

     

    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

  16. 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!

  17. 20 hours ago, Scotty_ said:

    A 7mm socket with extension will help by adjusting the stockers til you upgrade.

    On my 16 I had my left a bit lower then the right after adjustment and it was perfect. they were aiming way too high from the factory unloaded.

     

    I may have to adjust mine. Since I put in the 9011 bulbs I am constantly getting flashed by people thinking my high beams are on.  I know the high beams are not on as I have the auto dimming dimming feature and it definitely works.  Finally got an opportunity to use it on my trip to my brother's place in rural upstate New York. 

     

    Doug

  18. 19 hours ago, Abbyfireguy said:

    Got a deal on the fuel filters,oil filter and 3 jugs of synthetic oil from Cummins.

    Now to get them all installed,it’s about time for an oil change anyways.

    Hopefully Dave has time to squeeze another job into his busy schedule..

    Not too thrilled about crawling under the truck in this weather.. 

     

    I actually found replacing the filters on my 2016 was a lot easier than my 2008.  The fuel filter at the rear axle is not difficult to do with the right wrench.  It's just that you will get soaked.  The front filter is easy enough with socket extensions and the correct size socket.  The oil filter is just a slight pain as it can only be reached through the passenger side wheel well.  Just enough room to get the filter wrench in there and then slip on a ziplock bag after breaking it loose.  Oh, and get the filter plug!  No dripping when removing or installing.

     

    Doug

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