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RE: How much do you really need?

Should the GVWR be the deciding factor here? Or should some reasonable estimate on possible towing weight be more appropriate? When buying a RV or a non rv trailer I use the trailer dry weight and take a look at GVWR. I always weigh a new or new to me trailers axles before loading it. That way I know how much weight were adding on average. Use you own judgement for a particular unit as they all have different CCC and we all don't carry the same necessary "JUNK" :)
JIMNLIN 09/19/20 06:58am Tow Vehicles
RE: Storing a Trailer Aid

One Irv2 member had his trailer aid stored in two different TTs over a 8-9 year period till he had a ruined tire out on the hiway. All those miles and years...and the trailer aid wouldn't raise the flat tire enough to get the spare on. Always make a dry run at home before hitting the road. It could save some grief down the road.
JIMNLIN 09/19/20 06:35am General RVing Issues
RE: AGE old AC question.

Details A/C Unit...13.5K or 15K House outlet....20/15A, 30A etc Converter ON...battery charging Other trailer AC Loads AC Voltage yer takin all the fun out of it,,,, next we would have heard he was chargin his tesla, an runnin an electric smoker off the same 20 amp plug!!!!!!!! what a spoilsport. Yeah....or a 15 amp....but the devil is always in the details.
JIMNLIN 09/19/20 06:24am Travel Trailers

The OP is a new member and like so many new folks asking their first questions get scared off or put off. I'm posting all this for the OP but If I was ordering a new F150 I would get the "MAX TOW" option which Ford says is: Available on XL, XLT, LARIAT, King Ranch®, and Platinum models. Includes: • 3.55 Electronic-locking rear-axle • 4-pin/7-pin wiring harness • 36 Gallon fuel tank • Auxiliary transmission oil cooler • Engine oil cooler • Class IV trailer hitch receiver • Pro Trailer Backup Assist with Tailgate LED • Smart Trailer Tow Connector (standard on LARIAT and higher) • Integrated Trailer Brake Controller • Upgraded front stabilizer bar • Upgraded rear bumper Requires 3.5L EcoBoost® engine. Does not include Trailer Tow Mirrors. Trailer Tow Mirrors are a standalone option and must be ordered separately. Max GCWR/Max Tow achieved on SuperCrew® when equipped with 20-inch Wheels. This configuration will also come equipped with max springs, steering gear, and upgraded stabilizer bar. Also the OP needs to make a decision on GVWR/RAWR packages as the F150 has many different selections..all can be had with the 3.5 ecoboost engine and the MAX TOW option but have different payloads depending on RAWR...some quite small. Package #2 may not be offered anymore. We see so many new folks buy a F150 with the small 6700-6800 gvwr and tiny 3800 rawr with MAX TOW option thinking the truck can pull a 8k-10k trailer...'cause it says MAX TOW. #1. 7850 gvwr...4800 rawr....2500 lb in the bed payloads. #2. 7600 gvwr...4550 rawr... 2200 lb in the bed payloads #3. 7050 gvwr...4050 rawr... 1800 lb in the bed payloads #4. 6750 gvwr...3800 rawr...1500 lb in the bed payloads. 2020 fleet ford specs This is for 2020 selections but will give you a idea of all the packages and specs on the F150 from Ford.
JIMNLIN 09/19/20 06:20am Travel Trailers
RE: Are truck/trailer rims a weak link?

After reading a lot of information in regard to weights and towing on this forum I was crawling around my F350 srw looking at weight ratings for the various components on my truck. I have 3750 per tire, and 3640 per rim (both aftermarket). My heaviest scale ticket shows 6120 on my drive axle, which is under the 7280 weight rating of my rims: when you think about the pounding that happens driving down the road, how often does the weight exceed the rating of the rims? I have broken several rear rims and 1 front rim over my lifetime, but I have chalked them up to when I de-bead tires, or rock strikes doing stupid stuff driving to places probably above the trucks paygrade. Now wondering if highway travel and heavy trailers could be part of the problem. How frequently do rims fail? RV folks don't travel much vs those that make a living on the road so they see/have little experience with wheel issues. This question is a fairly common issue on haulers forums I frequent. Some haulers may put 80k-100k miles a year on their trucks and trailers so they see more and are subjected to more issues with wheels (steel or aluminum). When I hauled I ran only steel wheels on my trucks and trailers. I've had busted out centers/cracked valleys and split bead seats from over wheel pressure ratings. JMO but most rv folks carry weight inside their trucks GVWR numbers....other rv folks seem to understand how to safely carry weight determined by their trucks rawr numbers. So overloading a wheel isn't a big issue on rv websites.
JIMNLIN 09/18/20 06:37pm Towing
RE: Bed rail clearance

I've towed 5th wheel rv and non rv trailers with short and long beds. I don't have a preference for 5 or 6 inches or bed length but what I've found is my short beds can get by with 5 inches or so. They simple don't stick back under the over hang as far as a long bed for the top end of the bed to make contact especially as the truck drops down say in a low water crossing/etc. Of course hitch location/pin box length can be a big player here. And of course much depends on the terrain one uses.
JIMNLIN 09/18/20 06:06pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Need Suspension Mods

Buzzcut1, Hit the local dump scale today. Mind you, they use the scale to charge contractors for dumping. Front: 4440 Rear: 7540 Total: 12000 Curb weight of the exact truck on nada guides says curb weight is 6600. Not sure how accurate that is but even if it was 7k, that'd mean the camper was nearly 5k. We know your F350 SRW weighs much more than 6600 lbs. However thats not the important number for carrying a heavy TC unless your state requires some kind of weight for registration purposes. The '17 F350 has a 7320 RAWR. RAWR = the lessor of a tire/wheel and rear spring pack. 18"-20" tires can be upgraded for more load capacity however OEM Ford wheel have a 3590 lb load rating according to Fleet Ford specs so your truck will need higher rated wheels. And of course the rear spring pack will need help also. Lots of different options out here in that area....some good some not so good for carrying a top heavy TC. That 4331 payload sticker is a gvwr based sticker (front and rear axle) and cannot all go in the bed of the truck over the rear axle. CAT scale axle weights show many one ton SRW trucks empty rear axles can weigh in the 3300-3400 lbs range. Simple math say 3400 lbs less the trucks 7230 rawr = around 3800 lbs max weight. I 'spect that 7540 rear axle weight is darn close....yer overloaded on tires and wheels. I see higher rated tire/wheel combo and a better overload system for the back of that SRW truck.
JIMNLIN 09/17/20 07:07am Truck Campers

I've ran D tires on smaller equipment/cargo trailer carrying close to max axle loads and on hot 100+ temp days psi went to the 72-75 ranges. Sound like you need a real TPM system for full size trailers.
JIMNLIN 09/17/20 06:23am Travel Trailers
RE: 5.3 vs 6.2

I did the same thing in '03 when I had a ....never mind that won't help the OP looking for more towing performance pulling a 25' TT. He doesn't need more load carrying capacity from a 3/4 ton truck for that size trailer. OP your '09 5.3 1500 is down on towing power compared to the later model 1500 5.3 engines and especially the 6.2 engine. Drive both if your looking at new trucks. Also the NHT option is GM max tow option. Gives the truck a bit more GVWR/RAWR and the lower gear ratio for towing duties. Actual final drive ratio depends on year models if your looking at used trucks.
JIMNLIN 09/16/20 08:38pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Andersen and 6'4" Ram

OP, back on topic. I talked with a man at a campground a couple of years ago with a new, high end, Ram and a new Montana High Country trailer. He wasn't too happy, his cab was dented and his rear window was gone and taped over with plastic. His Andersen hitch in the rear position was allowing his pin box to bite chunks out of his tailgate so he reversed the adapter. He happily towed for many miles until he lost focus on a tight back up combined with a driveway dip. The Montana does indeed have rounded corners but the trailer slopes forward from the overhang. When he went into the driveway dip the trailer leaned forward and took out his window. His dented cab was near the roof. You may want to keep this in mind. Look at the Blue Ox Super Ride instead. It will hinge rearward when you need it. I agree, if you blindly back up ,and not pay attention you are going to get into trouble. That was my concern with the pinbox being to close to the tailgate . If I would have had time on that first tow with the new fifth wheel I would of trimmed the corners on the pinbox , instead as said I reversed the adapter. I have no issues with it reversed . The combination of the pinbox placement on the fifth wheel ,and the rounded corners I don't plan on reversing it or doing anything with the pinbox . I too have a driveway with a dip , and a street that is a bit too narrow to be able to back in gradual . I have to crank it pretty tight ,but still not a problem. Good points. Where the hitch was located in the bed ... how the back of the pin box was shaped... length of the pin box... pin box location ...are all unknowns. Apparently most Andersen users as you don't have these issue.
JIMNLIN 09/16/20 12:07pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Half ton towing

jeeper....Straight answer would be if your F150 has enough rawr. A 7k dry weight which grows to 8500 lbs, maybe more, = 1600-1800 lb pin weight. Add 200 lbs for hitch/rails/etc......the truck has maybe 2000 lb siting on the rear axle. Now load the cab with all the people and other gear. JMO if your truck has the 4550 rawr then your looking for around 2200-2300 lb payload on the rear axle. That size trailer will max out its load carrying capacity. Ford markets the F150HDPP that comes with a 4800 rawr. Those numbers can give you a 2400-2500 lb rear axle payload and would be a good choice for under 10k 5th wheel trailers.
JIMNLIN 09/16/20 06:25am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5.3 vs 6.2

6.32 vs 5.3 = apples vs oranges. Later model '14 and up 5.3 have 355 hp 383 torque. The 6.2 in 1500 GM trucks has 420 hp and 460 torque. My wife has the new 5.3 in a 2016 1500 crew cab chevy 6 speed. I just came off a 318 mile (round trip) pulling a 10k car hauler with 9460 lbs on the trailers axles. Now it not up to my 2500 Dodge/Cummins performance but it hands down does a much better job pulling the same trailer combo on the same trip with her older '06 1500 5.3 chevy crew cab 4l60e. No comparo.
JIMNLIN 09/15/20 12:41pm Tow Vehicles
RE: TT tire pressure - sticker or tire PSI?

If you buy new D (65 psi) tires and keep the E as a spare I would run the E at 65 psi if its ever put on the ground. Its not a good idea to use a 65 psi tire on one end of a axle and a 80 psi tire on the other end. This will lead to flat spotting as the 80 psi tire won't have the same braking traction especially hard braking events. The harder tire has less traction causing that brake to lock up first causing flat spots in the tread about the size of your hand.
JIMNLIN 09/15/20 12:29pm Travel Trailers
RE: Andersen and 6'4" Ram

Looking at a Ram. Can anyone comment that has an Andersen hitch with the 6' box? What kind of clearance are you getting between the cab and tailgate. What's the orientation of the pin adapter? Thanks Repost the question that was hijacked by the usual X&X brand crowd. :Z Hang in for awhile spud as more will drop by and give you their experiences with both products. Hopefully not . Why not ?? ...spud is the OP and was asking about a short bed Ram truck and the Andersen hitch.... so I mentioned them as both products....just trying to help spud find his answers by keeping the thread on topic.
JIMNLIN 09/15/20 12:08pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Andersen and 6'4" Ram

Looking at a Ram. Can anyone comment that has an Andersen hitch with the 6' box? What kind of clearance are you getting between the cab and tailgate. What's the orientation of the pin adapter? Thanks Repost the question that was hijacked by the usual X&X brand crowd. :Z Hang in for awhile spud as more will drop by and give you their experiences with both products.
JIMNLIN 09/14/20 07:24pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: tire pressure

do you run the max pressure in your tires as written on the sidewall? I have the Endurance, and it states 80# psi. Seems to me you need to take the outside temperature into consideration. I an reluctant to inflate to 80 psi and go on the road when it's 90% out. Then it becomes a guessing game, what psi at 90, at 75, at 45 degrees. 8200lb 5er. The sidewall does read, max pressure, so should you put less due to the temp? Or let the pressure go well over the 80 because of the heat? pressure for long service life/mileage for tires on a trailer depends on OEM axle capacity along with actual scaled axle weights. However if no scaled axle weights then use the trailers OEM axle size numbers with maybe 10-15 percent max reserve capacity mostly to help eliminate side stress internal issues when tire on a multiaxle trailer side scrubs going around corners or tight backing maneuvers. If the Endurance are the OEM size and load range then use max sidewall pressures. If the trailer is over tired (D to E) then use Goodyears minimum tire pressure/load charts and add 10-15 psi to that number at a minimum. I've found tires with lots of service life/old tires can rupture from over pressure vs a new tire. Tires like that has lots of bruises = weak spots....and lots of stories to tell.
JIMNLIN 09/13/20 09:17am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Food for thought

So then who was polk sallet (salad) Annie? And what's a polk? Actually, it's poke, it's a plant that grows wild, it's cooked much like collard greens, there are specific methods for cooking it that can be found on youtube. The wife uses pork bacon when cooking poke I could be eating a pork salad. Poke is good for folks my mother always told us kids.
JIMNLIN 09/12/20 05:41am Around the Campfire
RE: Fed up with tire blow outs!!!

A common missed thing about multiple blowouts on tandem axle rigs usually starts with minimal tire capacity. When one blows out, all the weight is instantly transferred to the one remaining tire. Which is now grossly overloaded. "Grossly overloaded".....This is a common statement we see on mostly rv websites. There is a small amount of transferred weight but not enough for a gross overload. If the tire that lost its pressure and has been ran flat long enough it will shred from rolling on the pavement... and can slap/beat the other tire with steel tread belts causing cuts/bruises which can lead to issues down the road. If the operator hasn't paid attention in his mirrors or running at nite and can't see in his mirrors the flat tire can run long enough to grind the tires sidewall away as its rolling all the way down to and including the trailer wheels rim which will also grind down, as its rolling, and on down to the wheel centers. With no load on the ruined wheel then the good tire is taking all the flat tires load. When I was pulling for a living I've seen this happen mostly at nite with aluminum wheels. They won't throw a spark shower like steel wheels so the driver can miss the event that he would have seen in daylite.
JIMNLIN 09/11/20 12:41pm Travel Trailers
RE: 5th week hitches

Better off posting this in the 5th wheel forum. 5th wheel hitches are not all universal. PullRite Supergilde auto sliding hitch has a capture attached plate. This doesn't allow a std 5th wheel hitch to hook up with the pin. And some 5th wheel trailers may be set up with the Andersen or PullRites GN ball type hitch. Most likely if you have a std pin type hitch and your friends trailer has the std 5th wheel rv type pin box then it should hook up.
JIMNLIN 09/10/20 12:09pm Travel Trailers
RE: Dually towing TT

Bringing the trailer home, I did not really notice any sway. Just a little "tracking" on road grooves. Thanks New tires can have tread squirm issues for several hundred miles till their broke in. We have had members in the past report tracking issue that came from wrong tire/wheel installed from the factory. The were were too narrow for the tires tread width which balloon the tires causing them to ride on the center of the tread. Some years back when the trailer came with bias ply tires the trailer wouldn't track the trucks radial tires. I doubt rv trailers today come with old tech bias ply tires. I use a 2500 Dodge/Cummins 3500 DRW crew cab chevy pulling a 10k and 12k bumper pull trailers. No issues without a WD hitch. I do use a Husky Centerline TS weight distribution hitch on a 1500 chevy where its badly needed.
JIMNLIN 09/09/20 09:06am Travel Trailers
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