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  1. Thanks everyone, I appreciate the feedback. I ended up going with a "semi-built" unit from a shop in Billing's MT. They were recommended/used by several diesel repair shops in my immediate area. I spoke with them directly and they offered various levels of rebuild/remanufactured. The semi-built has an upgraded, billeted torque converter, added clutch pack, upgraded sensors/switches known to be issues, and several other improvements. They offer a 3 year/100K warranty for parts and labor. It is suppose to be arriving at the install shop today or tomorrow. Hopefully it's the last one for this truck in the time I own it.
  2. I have a 48RE in my 2006, 2500 CTD and it is having shift issues. The two pressure sensors/switches known to be the most common issue were replaced but that did not fix it. My local shop is quoting $5500 for R&R with a rebuilt unit but one having improved components. I see lots of information on the web about the stock transmission being the weak link on these trucks, but that rebuilt and "re-manufactured" units are much improved. I also see some of these come with a large price tag and seem specially designed for trucks that have been juiced up for power. My truck is stock with no plans to chip or otherwise modify. I tow a 25' TT that weighs ~6200 loaded. Like to hear from anyone who has had to replace their original 48RE; what option did you choose and cost.
  3. Our StarCraft TT came with an upgraded "Denver Plush Comfort" mattress. We both said we'd hate to have seen and slept on the base model mattress . We purchased from mattressinsider.com and opted for the regular length queen 8" Gel Foam. We absolutely love it. They have great customer service, a super satisfaction guarantee, and often have great sale promotions.
  4. After years of considering different winter travel location options, which RV type would best fit our needs, and numerous other related subjects, we ended up not following much of "our best laid plans". We did buy a 25' TT last summer, but opted not to take it to AZ this year due to a late departure and my anxiety of ice road driving from MT. We rented a park model in Yuma with the idea of renting others around the state only to find that is nearly unobtanium. After having traveled around the greater Phoenix area to check out whether those towns were more to our liking, we decided Yuma is better for us. We then started really being honest with ourselves whether we could do a season in a smaller TT (most likely with a dog next time) and decided that might be a challenge. Not thinking a park model would be big enough or RV parks our style, we began considering double wide mobiles on the larger lots around the area. After a deal on one fell through, we saw a PM here that came on the market and decided to have a look. We now own a Park Model in Yuma. My reason for creating this thread is simply to share with others who might be stressing over the various decisions concerning RV and snowbird travel that even the best laid plans aren't always the one that will end up being the best. We're not even sure whether we want to bring our TT down next season as it will be stored much of the time. Funny how things turn out.
  5. We too have driven through SLC a handful of times, just never used the I-215 route. Our most recent trip was this fall with our new TT when visiting Zion and Bryce. My wife and I think the great folks of Utah see driving as a contest - they seem to be in an awful hurry.
  6. Thanks for the responses, sounds like no advantage over I-15. Just accept it as part of the experience and try to make that drive on Sunday.
  7. Cool. It's great having a good company that we can use to reconfigure RV furniture. Getting more miles and useful life out of older units is a form of recycling... well kind of.
  8. I recall another thread on this some time ago but danged if I can find it. Does anyone use the I-215 belt-loop while traveling through SLC with your RV? I seem to recall that semi-trucks are not allowed? Does it drive any better than I-15 or save any time? Thanks.
  9. Good point. I did notice the additional parts on the frame and that crossed my mind. I'm going to stay with the Blue Ox for the immediate future and winter travels - simply not enough time to switch. Here is hoping I'm not one who wished I did.
  10. We've been living on those speeds and less for 1-1/2 years now. Of course we don't stream video, do FB, or game.
  11. Found another interesting video of the Hensley - pretty compelling. This approach is definitely a departure from competitors. Funny that the handful of various RV dealers we spoke with when we were shopping for TT's never mentioned or offered the Hensley Hitch. I'm guessing that its price point is simply outside of the markets bell curve? I've viewed several of the companies and owner videos showing hook and unhooking. Definitely more to it than the BlueOx SwayPro. Also, I should think based on my experience towing that a 45 degree max backing angle would be pretty limiting if not downright problematic (i.e. jammed up at a gas station, parking lot, etc.)? From what I'm seeing, there is nothing more than the box shape connection bar from the tow truck hitch to the trailer hitch - no frame to mount under the tow truck like its biggest competitor - that's nice.
  12. We recently tested our low end Moto E phones, on ATT's month to month plan, as a hotspot. They seem to work just as good as the local service provider in our area - which provides a whopping 8 mbs here in the rural southwest MT. Also pretty happy with the ability given that our cell phone signal strength is not really that good here either. This should work just fine for our needs in Yuma and around the greater Phoenix area.
  13. Hi Kirk. My point is that I see the boomer population projecting a different dynamic/factor on what the historical RV market up's and down's have shown. Two principal reasons for my thinking; first just the very large population we're talking about, and second the amount of those retiring early and with amounts of income the subsequent generations are unlikely to experience in such numbers. I think it is already starting as the back end of the "GG" and very front end of the boomers are reaching the point where RV travel and/or park model ownership is no longer feasible. As a tail end boomer, it could be a great market for a buyer. It would be particularly so if we have another down real estate market as recreational properties often take a worse hit. But that could also be a bad thing if the basic infrastructure that supports the RV parks starts to deteriorate (thinking more park model parks here; HOA issues, lot lease and park mgmt. problems, etc.). Just my .02 cents worth and cloudy crystal balls worth.
  14. Hi Yarome. Sorry for the delayed response... been busy of late. I was able to use my original hard plastic cover with modifications. I attempted to post some pictures some time ago on the original thread, but the forum limits are so restrictive, the cropped photo did not show details. If you want to PM me with your e-mail, I will send the pictures to you. Basically, I removed the rivets holding the two halves together and replaced those with screws and lock-nuts. I used a fine tooth jigsaw and notched out a relief area where the front support bar interfered with the cover (about 1-1/2" w x 8" l). I also used the jigsaw to cut a 8" hole on the back side of the cover that allows me to see the fill gage and tank switch/valve. I like the look of the hard cover and the protection it affords. Sure, access to the tanks when R&R for filling takes a few more minutes, but it really isn't that big a deal - not something we do very often. Bill
  15. It is my belief that the HUGE volume of used stock, as Baby Boomers begin to call it quits, will start impacting new sales. I also suspect this is going to happen to the RV Park models - where supply will exceed demand and drive prices lower.
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