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RE: Carlisle Radial Trail HD tires?

I'm on my second set of the Carisle HD with no complaints. I do really like the higher speed rating.
APT 01/15/20 04:31am Travel Trailers
RE: Yet another what can I tow question

6000 pounds dry for half tons is a reasonable happy limit for most people and families. Statistically reported on here, the people towing 7000+ pounds with half tons are less comfortable with handling. Power has not been a problem in years.
APT 01/04/20 06:54am Travel Trailers
RE: I weighed my setup

Tongue weight is: 7560 - 6720 = 840 pounds Total trailer weight is TW + trailer axles: 840 + 5100 = 5940 TW % is 14.1%. Your front axle lost 520 pounds when you dropped tongue on ball. Your WD restored 240 pounds of that, just under half. I agree with Bedlam in restoring more to front axle with a goal of 100% or back to the ~3360 pounds unhitched. You are under all your ratings by a fair margin, so it may drive well even with no WD. If you have the OEM round tube receiver, then I recommend saving up for the Curt XD which can be found for under $200 shipped.
APT 01/02/20 07:46am Towing
RE: Wi-Fi extenders

Thank you for explaining further. Can you run a wired Ethernet from computer/router to an area that is closer to the cameras? I prefer and use Access Points. They provide higher bandwidth than extenders/repeaters and Mesh. They do require a wired ethernet line to each of these. I use a Ubiquiti Unifi AC Pro and AC LR which covers my 3-story home and much of my 1.3 acre lot. If you want pure wireless, then I recommend a mesh system. They are designed with very easy setup for your problem. Another option may be to move your cable modem and router to a more central area of the house.
APT 12/18/19 11:24am Technology Corner
RE: Current crop of SUV'S

There is no industry standard for SUV or CUV. Differeent manufacturers, engineers, sales, marketing cannot agree, so neither can consumers. The vast majority of what I think the OP is calling SUV are unibody crossovers, or CUV. There are not many nameplates and sales volume that are actually body on frame today.
APT 11/15/19 10:14am Tow Vehicles
RE: What is a 6.0L Chevy engine

search for number of GM 2500 pickups with over 300k miles. I expect you'll find a lot. Good reliable motor. Compared to your 5.7L, a little less torque (perceived) at 2500rpm, but will pull harder over 4000rpm. Love mine. I highly recommend finding an 8.1L in that vintage of Suburban (or Yukon XL).
APT 11/05/19 06:45pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Trying to find this floorplan

I would stick to something about 3500 pounds dry. I do recommend a WDH even if the vehicle does not.
APT 10/11/19 08:58pm Travel Trailers
RE: Trying to find this floorplan

Payload and receiver ratings are typically exceeded well under tow ratings for (assuming) mid-sized SUVs. Just pay attention to those also. RV veterans, can you move on and also answer OP's questions about floorplan and similar TTs?
APT 10/11/19 08:59am Travel Trailers
RE: Gap year, family of 6, TV and TT recommendations

Get a 1-ton van. No half ton towing 7500 pounds loaded with a family of 6 and their stuff for a year will be comfortable. Nissan NV3500 GM Twins (Chevy Express GMC Savana 6.0L Payloads are over 2500 pounds. Tow ratings are 8500+ pounds. Fuel tanks are larger (i.e. longer distance between fillups @ 8mpg) They cost 60% or less of comparable half ton SUV.
APT 10/08/19 10:31am Towing
RE: Mountain Towing

Since this is your first RV, I assume 7200 pounds is a dry weight estimate of some RVs you have found. There are many half tons that can pull that weight, but you need to look at all the truck specificatinos not just tow rating. For a bumper pull, you will be closer to 8k loaded with 1000-1110 pounds of TW. If that is a 5th wheel, then I estimate that is closer to 1600 pounds of pin weight plus a 250 pound hitch in the bed. There are not many half tons that can support 1850 pounds of pin weight plus other gear in bed and people in cab. There are some more that can support 1100 pounds of tongue weight plus bed full of gear and cab, but that is borderline. Since you mention mountains, then a forced induction engine will perform better than naturally aspirated. Fuel type matters less than torque per $ you want to spend. Are you willing to have the engine turn at 4000-5000rpm at times? If not, get forced induction.
APT 09/17/19 08:41am Towing
RE: Pulling with 1/2 ton

Should be fine. Those trucks tend to have 1700+ pounds of payload. 7500 pounds loaded, 950-1000 pounds TW. Get a good WDH with integrated sway control. Enjoy.
APT 09/10/19 07:41am Travel Trailers
RE: Build Your Own Travel Trailer

Factory built RV uses far lighter construction materials.
APT 09/10/19 07:39am Travel Trailers
RE: Build Your Own Travel Trailer

What are your goals of custom? I expect a lot of time, money in materials, and weight compared to a $15k TT. If you have the tow vehicle, time, and money, it could be fun and built with your pride.
APT 09/09/19 09:05am Travel Trailers
RE: Ecoboost vs. V8 - Can you explain?

https://www.ford-trucks.com/forums/members/austincobra-albums-ecoboost-picture60378-torquecurves.jpg Area under the torque curve is what most drivers notice. The green line shows how much torque is available under about 4500rpm than any other compared engine.
APT 09/04/19 09:39am Tow Vehicles
RE: getting a tow vehicle

Are you planning to tow 4 wheels down? If using a trailer, then I highly recommend Subaru Outback.
APT 09/01/19 07:23am Dinghy Towing
RE: Tires

I had Maxxis M8008 and now Carlisle HD. I am happy with both and tow at 70mph.
APT 09/01/19 07:17am Travel Trailers
RE: Weight Dist Hitch

I would not trust the sleeve. I have heard several issues from slop to worn pin holes. Just get the 2/5" drop shank.
APT 08/19/19 12:22pm Travel Trailers
RE: Real towing advise please

Stick to about 6k dry, get a good WDH with integrated sway control, and enjoy the journey as we ll as the destination.
APT 08/14/19 08:27am Travel Trailers
RE: 2013 GMC 1500 longevity?

Search the used classifieds on how many 200k+ mile GM trucks are on the market. I expect many at not low prices since they seem to last when taken care of. We have 117k miles on 2011 Suburban 6.0L (Similar engine design to your 5.3). I expect to keep it for another 117k miles!
APT 08/09/19 05:07am Tow Vehicles
RE: Bunkhouses similar to 272BHS with light hitch weight

While it is good to have that detailed analysis, I would stop there. If you are @ GVWR +/- 100 pounds you won't tell much difference. Pick the model your family (or wife) likes best and focus on a good WDH and how to adjust it. If you restore 100% of front axle weight, you will put some of the loaded TW back on the TT axles, not the TV axles, maybe 10%. Move on to the enjoyment of RVing phase.
APT 08/01/19 05:27am Travel Trailers
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