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RE: Newbie Pre Purchase Questions

I totally agree with getting a bunkhouse for the kids. I have 3 of my own, ages 9,7, and 3, I'm looking for a bunkhouse TT for our next RV. You will be payload limited on your truck. The weight of your family, pets, and gear in the truck will subtract form the payload listed on your door sticker. What's left will have to handle the loaded tongue weight of your trailer and the weight of the weight distributing hitch. Your loaded tongue weight should be a minimum of 12% of your trailer's loaded weight which, for a family of 4, might as well be the GVWR. After you run all the numbers like that I suspect you can handle a smaller trailer than you think.
KD4UPL 02/15/20 05:33pm Travel Trailers
RE: Towing through New York City

I'd drive a couple hundred miles out of the way before I towed a trailer thru NYC. And, I'm a former 18 wheeler driver.
KD4UPL 02/10/20 05:37pm Roads and Routes
RE: Raising TC Off Bed

You don't want the camper supported by anything other than the truck bed floor. It shouldn't touch the bed rails, tailgate, cab roof, or anything else.
KD4UPL 02/03/20 07:51pm Truck Campers
RE: Charging camper batteries with generator?

I can't think of any reason to use the "12v output" from a generator. It's very low amperage, not regulated, and not very well filtered. It's put there as a marketing gimmick. Don't bother using it.
KD4UPL 02/03/20 07:49pm Truck Campers
RE: Generator

Although rated at that wattage, it probably doesn't output all the necessary amps from one outlet. Gotcha. I bet that's a loud one. I agree with this assumpiton. You can likely only draw 2,750 watts from each 120v outlet. That's if 5,500 is the continuous rating which it probably isn't. 5,500 is likely the surge rating. The continuous rating is probably 5,000 or less so you can only draw 2,500 or less from one 120v outlet. Giving the brand and model number would get you a lot more useful advice. Everyone here is just guessing.
KD4UPL 02/03/20 07:47pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Alternative Generator For our campers

It's an extremely over priced inverter. If you want an inverter then just buy a good quality one for a couple hundred bucks. Samlex, Xantrex, Victron, etc. are good brands.
KD4UPL 02/03/20 07:44pm Truck Campers
RE: Will my truck tow safely in the Smokys?

I'd do it. You are likely over the rated tow capacity but that's not a big deal in my opinion. You will be slow up hill with your foot on the floor. That's not unsafe, just annoying. I don't really see a safety issue if your rig is set up correctly with the right hitch. If you want to keep that truck then changing the gears would go a long way to improving your towing experience. I'd skip the 3.42 and go right for the 3.73 if you go to the trouble and expense of changing.
KD4UPL 02/02/20 02:30pm Travel Trailers
RE: Small trailer on F350 flatbed

I can't think of any reason why it wouldn't be legal as long as you keep it at 13' 6" tall or less. I just saw this about 2 weeks ago. It was a cab-over style flatbed truck with about a 20' travel trailer attached to the back. The trailer had the axles and springs removed and was sitting on the frame. Also, the tongue had been cut off to get it closer to the cab and have the door on the curb side. It was a neat little rig.
KD4UPL 02/02/20 06:46am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Replace a soundstream radio head

Contact Crutchfield. They're technical expertise and customer support on all things mobile electronics are top notch. I've buying from them since 1991 and I've never been disappointed.
KD4UPL 02/01/20 07:47pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 5.9 Cummins Diesel Towing capacity

I wouldn't worry too much about the towing capacity. I'd be more concerned about payload, tire, wheel, and axle ratings, and if you'll need some heavier springs or air bags. The extra 1,000 pounds isn't really a big deal. I would want the manual transmission in that truck. Dodge automatics were not the best and you'd only have 4 gears anyway.
KD4UPL 01/27/20 08:00pm Tow Vehicles
Sheets for non-standard beds.

I've been looking at bunkhouse model TT for our family of 5. It seems everybody makes bunks in all kinds of "random" sizes that do not match standard bed sizes. Do these trailers come with custom sheets to fit their odd sized mattresses? Are fitted sheets for these available? Are most people just not using sheets or just making due with ones that are too large? I wouldn't want my often dirty children lying directly on the mattresses. I also would find sheets much easier to launder than something like a sleeping bag. Just curious what others are doing. Thanks
KD4UPL 01/27/20 04:53pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Going back

Sounds like the perfect truck for TC if you don't have kids. I had to move out of my reg. cab 3500 when the babies started being born. How'd you get an 8.1 10 years before they were introduced?
KD4UPL 01/21/20 07:09pm Truck Campers
RE: Towing questions

Weigh your rear axle now. Add the additional weight of the new toy. Are you still within tire limits? Your rear axle is a 11.5" AAM axle rated by them at just over 10,000 pounds. If you're not over the tire or wheel limits you will be fine but might need some air bags or stiffer springs.
KD4UPL 01/12/20 07:16am Tow Vehicles
RE: Suggest a wind generator

You don't want a wind turbine. In order for most of them to make their rated power they need a wind of about 28 mph. That's pretty stiff around here anyway. They also need to be mounted at least 30 feet above anything within 500 feet. Even if you're in wide open spaces putting up a 30 foot mast and guying it off would be a lot of work. Then there's the noise and vibration a spinning turbine generates. Could you put a little one on a tiny mast and have it make a little bit of power in a light breeze? Maybe, but why? Just get another solar panel.
KD4UPL 01/01/20 03:56pm General RVing Issues
RE: Toyhauler weight vs truck capacity

LOTS of people towing with 2500 trucks are over their GVWR. Most of them have probably never weighed their truck or trailer. Really, as long as you aren't over your axle and tire ratings you should be fine. GVWR is not a legally enforceable number. If your axle weights added up to exactly the GVWR then you would have to get the truck loaded absolutely perfectly, to the pound, to take full advantage of the GVWR. The axle weigh rating is normally limited by the tires. The GVWR of a 2500 truck is normally limited by the magical 10,000 pounds where other DOT regulations kick in. That's the main reason for 2500 trucks, do stay under the DOT regs. If it weren't for that everybody would just drive 3500 SRW trucks and be done with it.
KD4UPL 12/30/19 07:57pm Toy Haulers
RE: Models with Adaptive Cruise Control

I've never driven a vehicle with this feature. It sounds terrible. If I'm set at 70 and I come up on a vehicle doing 67 then I slow to 67? If he slows to 65 now I'm doing 65? That sounds terrible. Why wouldn't I pass the slower vehicle and be on my way? Is that not how it works? What do you like about this feature?
KD4UPL 12/29/19 05:17pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Really Disappointing (T/C Weight)

You are worrying over nothing. I carried my camper on a truck with 9,900 lb GVWR, the whole rig weighed 11,400 loaded to camp. Then I hauled it on a dually rated 11,400 GVWR, the whole rig weighed about 13,100 when I had my 20' boat in tow. I drive both rigs for years for thousands of miles thru multiple state with no mechanical problems. I had the dually tagged for 14,000 pounds. GVWR is not a legal number, tire and axle weights are. If any farmboys are gettung tiketed it's probably because they were over tag weight or the were over 26,000 lbs with no CDL; farming is a commercial enterprise after all.
KD4UPL 12/29/19 05:09pm Truck Campers
RE: Old propane tanks on new RVs

If they are 20# tanks just exchange them at Walmart, Tractor Supply or where ever else has an exchange. Problem solved at very little cost and trouble.
KD4UPL 12/08/19 04:42pm Travel Trailers
RE: Locked radio on my 2001 Suburban

Factory radios are terrible anyway. You could replace it with an aftermarket unit that would have Bluetooth calling, a couple USB inputs, an AUX input for an Ipod, better sound quality, and all kinds of other good stuff for about $150. I pretty much replace the factory unit in every vehicle I drive as soon as I get it.
KD4UPL 12/08/19 04:39pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Can’t get dealer info I need on battery charging

Do you own a digital volt meter? You're going to need one. Hook up the batteries, plug in the shore cord and measure the voltage on the battery terminals. It should be around 14v if it's charging.
KD4UPL 08/20/19 07:44pm Fifth-Wheels
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