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RE: Buying a new TT, questions on TV setup

The 8-spd with 3.08 diff is better than 6-spd with 3.42 which in prior years was rated for over 9000 pounds. Power will not be a problem. I do highly recommend spending $300 at a trans shop for a higher capacity transmission cooler with either trailer. Get the one your wife likes better and enjoy camping.
APT 09/12/23 07:44am Travel Trailers
RE: Wifi a long way away from RV site.

5G and wifi are not related in any way. Well, there are some terms between celular and wifi that are similar and perhaps adding confusion. 802.11 does define both 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies. So there technically is a 5G wifi protocol which is 802.11AC. 5G in cellar means fifth generation while Wifi means gigaherz. As you said, the are not related in any way. So a wifi extender from 10 years ago or tomorrow for 2.4g or 5g should still work today.
APT 09/06/23 07:55am Technology Corner
RE: Wifi a long way away from RV site.

I recommend planning for your own internet and not rely of any public or park. Cell phone, cellular hot spot, or even satellite are the typical solutions.
APT 09/04/23 07:54am Technology Corner
RE: Solar Phone Charger

What is the longest time/days you will be camping? How many charges do you expect of phones and camera batteries? 30000mAh portable chargers are cheap. 1-4 of them for under $100 may be enough to not rely on solar for 4-5 days. I recommend that approach. If you want extended charging for 2+ weeks, then I recommend a deep cycle battery for about $100 and a 12v solar charger to top off the portable USB chargers while not in use.
APT 08/31/23 07:23am Technology Corner
RE: hauling capability

Open Driver's door, locate this sticker, note what your number says where this picture shows 1579. For dry truck camper weight, I recommend recommend at least 1000 pound under, but closer to 1500 pounds. The sticker on your truck will include anything in the bed and cabin. I expect someone will be driving that has weight, anyone or anything else inside, plus your typical camping gear in the cabin or in the TC.
APT 08/31/23 07:10am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2022 dodge ram sway issues

While I think you are likely exceeding at least one of your truck's ratings and also do not have your WDH adjusted well, it's all speculation until you have measured weights. There are 3 Weights Required for proper WDH adjustment. Tow Vehicle Front Axle weight Tow vehicle Rear Axle Weight Trailer axles combined Also 3 sets of measurements: TV empty TV with TT tongue dropped on ball TV with TT with WDH Use these numbers to adjust the WDH such that the front axle measurement is the same empty as with TT and WDH. Everything else takes care of itself. The details of adjustment are very well documented in Barneys's post. You can also use the 3rd measurement of TV with TT with WDH to compare to all your trucks ratings such as front axle, rear axle, receiver, and tow rating.
APT 07/27/23 07:31am Travel Trailers
RE: Financing New Travel Trailer - All I Should Know?

RVs depreciate around the same rate as automobiles. I recommend financing for no longer than 5 years. If you cannot afford that, spend less $$$.
APT 07/10/23 06:08am Travel Trailers
RE: Thoughts on a plug-in hybrid conversion

I own an EV and would consider a PHEV type vehicle for personal uses, but not this system. What is an estimated miles per kW on something like the Jeep Cherokee features in some videos?
APT 06/02/23 09:43am Tow Vehicles
RE: tow with all wheel drive?

2007-2014 6.2L equipped Yukon Denalis have a different 4WD/AWD system than all the others with part time transfer cases. Anyway, reliability has been great for both types.
APT 05/30/23 12:37pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2014 mazda cx9 suv

Drop the tongue on the ball and go. No WDH required or probably recommended. You can find them at Walmart, home improvement stores, any auto parts store, and of course Amazon. Just find out what ball size. I recommend a height adjustable ball mount so you can refine for about level to slightly nose down trailer stance.
APT 05/30/23 12:35pm Travel Trailers
RE: Extended-range tank for Chevy 2500HD gas

The stock tank is 36 gallons so about half at 20 gal seems right. Most of my vehicles fuel gauges are not linear meaning at half a tank indicated is less than half tank left. Nothing to worry about running it full.
APT 05/18/23 06:14am Tow Vehicles
RE: GPS tracker for trailers?

I also agree with Air tag or Tile solution. No monthly costs.
APT 04/17/23 12:17pm Travel Trailers
RE: 16 Navigator L towing Jayco 24BH

I towed all last season from Michigan to Yellowstone, Mt Glacier, Moab and back without an issue. Handled great, even in really bad winds in Nebraska and South Dakota...The Ecoboost pulled up the mountains of Colorado without working hard...I have since upgraded it to a Hensley and while I haven't gone on a long run, I can say that it is night and day as far as sway on my test run. Awesome! Pro 3/4: 1. If you get a 3/4 ton truck you will never have to worry about going to the scales and weighing in every trip. Don't bother. Same with taking 2 vehicles. 2. If you get a 3/4 ton truck you can always get a bigger trailer if you want. 3. If you get a 3/4 ton truck I will never drive it. You don't have to worry about me taking your vehicle. :) Those are good "justifications" if you really want "more". More trailer, more time with your daily driver vehicle :D But If you have other life goals, I'd spend/save that $100k for something else. You will get marginal extra satisfaction from what you have today. Now get off the internet and enjoy Michigan weather with your family!
APT 04/14/23 09:59am Travel Trailers
RE: Tires

If you can find some of these still:MICHELIN DEFENDER LTX M/S. They are available @Tirerack.
APT 04/12/23 08:23am Tow Vehicles
RE: 16 Navigator L towing Jayco 24BH

How does it feel @highway speeds? 2-lane roads, and multi-lane interstates when passing or being passed? While I an a card-carrying member of the weight police, I have also personally towed above vehicle ratings for thousands of miles. My comfort level was mostly based on how I adjusted my Reese Strait Line WDH, not any specific rating. The only recommendation I have is to increase the WD more to the front than you have now. That may mean more hitch head angle, fewer links under tension, etc.
APT 04/12/23 08:13am Travel Trailers
RE: How do I extend my outdoor kitchen door higher?

I recommend disconnecting the current struts and testing how far it can swing up and measuring how long of new struts. Or possible no struts if you can use magnets like for slam latch doors against the trailer for full 180 degrees opening.
APT 04/03/23 01:22pm Travel Trailers
RE: Help making a decision on truck purchase.

Keep your truck for towing, etc and get a Toyota Corolla Hybrid to conserve fuel. Buying a new big$$$, less capable, truck to conserve fuel is pointless, you'll conserve money by not buying it. Agreed. However, are you trying to improve towing FE or non-towing? Non-towing, then I further support buy any hybrid car for every non-towing situation. It will also cost half as much as any pickup. If you want to focus on towing FE, then buy any diesel 3/4 ort 1-ton pickup.
APT 03/24/23 08:17am Tow Vehicles
RE: Automatically connect windows 10 PC to open WiFi?

Not that I am aware of for the first time. Once you connect then there is an option to re-connecct.. I don't do open wi-fi with my Computer... In fact I normally just connect to my phone if I'm out and about. I agree with all of this. Why would you want to connect to open wireless? If you have nothing important on said computer, then maybe it's okay. But I do not use any public internet. Either secure wireless at home, mobile/cellular on the go, or the internet can wait.
APT 03/13/23 06:58am Technology Corner
RE: New Travel trailer

Congrats on the new RV! Your 3/4 ton will be great and comfortable. Half tons - that gets complicated as travel trailers tend to tow the worst with related to weight of any other trailer type. So 8500 pound flat bed or car hauler - maybe okay for the most capable half tons. 8500 pound TT - I will say that very few reports of half ton owners towing that weight range are "comfortable". As mentioned above, the key are is payload and rear axle ratings.
APT 03/02/23 05:44am Travel Trailers
RE: Ram 1500 can it tow Keystone 280BH??

Do not recommend. I can show math that shows that you will probably exceed rear axle rating, GVWR, and maybe receiver rating. 7200 pounds dry, 8500 pounds loaded 1100 pounds of TW, family onboard and a bed full of camping gear, etc. I can summarize the feedback from of owners that typically tow 8500 pounds with half ton trucks - not many are comfortable at 65mph. Light steering, wandering, wind and passing wind impacts. The modifications you have made will improve the comfort level at or above any of the ratings I mentioned above, but that is hard to quantify. So that is a risk that is difficult for any of us to uniquely confirm with your exact combo of vehicle, trailer, WHD + adjustments, loading.
APT 02/16/23 11:31am Tow Vehicles
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