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RE: Truck bed plug or just use plug in bumper for 5th wheel

I towed for a year with the bumper plug, it was fine. I installed one in the bed and I prefer it. The bed plug fits better with my hook-up routine of checking my hitch jaws and hooking up the brake cable.
Durb 01/12/20 11:16am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Pets and National Parks

We don't travel with pets but I recall some posts regarding private parks in West Yellowstone having dog tending services due to the particularly long-visit nature of Yellowstone Park.
Durb 01/10/20 07:26pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: 2004.5 Dodge 3500 towing capacity questions?

Those are some big tires for that truck, 6,000# per tire, same as my dually's tires combined. My guess is my 04.5 dually has the same 9,350# rear axle as your truck. With two people and around 400# in the bed, my rear axle weighs in at 3600#. The engine won't think twice about it but with a 40" tire rolling diameter you will be stressing your clutch and truck brakes. I'm assuming you are talking fifth wheel or gooseneck. Poor advice here: I would make sure my trailer and truck brakes were top notch and tow the 30 miles. If my buddy's truck broke down, I wouldn't think twice about hooking up his 16k fifth wheel and towing it to a safe place.
Durb 12/31/19 12:18pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New Trailer Day!

Congratulations on your new trailer. Since you will be new to sewer hoses, I would recommend one of those clear adapters that go between the trailer's outlet and the sewer hose. It is nice to know what is going on when dumping.
Durb 12/27/19 10:20am Travel Trailers
RE: Hard tonneau covers and 5er hitch

I have an Extang tri-fold on an eight foot bed and have no problems towing when folded. There are clips that hold it in the open position. I would verify that your hitch pin placement is further rearward than one third of your bed length so that you pin box doesn't interfere with the cover. When my cover is folded, the stacked panels add about 2" of height over the bed rails. Not a problem towing but things can get a little close when backing tight up a hill. I still love the cover after five towing seasons with it.
Durb 12/23/19 10:06pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Imagine tt by Grand Design

We have a 31 ft. fifth wheel with a lot more windows and interior cubes than that trailer and we do fine at a hundred degrees with a 15k air conditioner. Wait a minute.... we don't have humidity issues so we can be comfortable at 80. Plus, it always cools down at night. I'm beginning to think I don't know what I'm talking about!
Durb 12/22/19 09:35pm Travel Trailers
RE: Motorhome, 5th Wheel or Pull Trailer

Having had a small pull behind, then a small 5th wheel and now a 30 ft. Class C, I'm going to say the 5er wins this one. But, consider that you won't be traveling in high wind very much so its not a priority to me. You live in Galesburg, does that refer to gale force winds? :) Have to agree with the fifth wheel. I've owned tent trailers, travel trailers, and now a fifth wheel behind a dually. We travel the Columbia River Gorge frequently with the fifth wheel and have virtually no wind movement with the rig. I will say the wind is usually in your face or on your tail. Probably makes a difference. I have friends with motorhomes that complain about wandering with no wind at all.
Durb 12/19/19 10:08am General RVing Issues
RE: 5er hitch options RAM MegaCab w/6'4" bed - Solitude 310GK

Thanks, I stand corrected. I apologize No apology needed. I think we are all trying to give the OP good information.
Durb 12/13/19 09:33pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5er hitch options RAM MegaCab w/6'4" bed - Solitude 310GK

After reading your post again, I don't believe thats TRUE as far as not using that Rotoflex with the Andersen, unless there is some reason the adapter cannot fit on the pin box. Looking at it ,I can't see where thats an issue. The Andersen is not a gooseneck hitch . If I remember there was the same said about the MorRyde. IMO you are confusing what they say, not to use with a gooseneck hitch. The Andersen is no more a gooseneck then my Reese hitch. Connecting the Andersen with a ball to the adapter changes nothing as far how the MorRyde functions, which is fore ,and aft movement . Is that not the same function of the Rotoflex, and if not, it still would not make any difference. I can see a problem with the gooseneck arm trying to flex back, and forth being extend down to the bed. Unless I am missing something , that Andersen does not change anything other instead of sliding into a conventional hitch ,and connected ,its connected with a ball. As said its NOT a gooseneck, there is a lot of difference. Check the Andersen website. A lockout kit is required when using an AUH with a RotoFlex pin box. The part number for the kit is 3247. Andersen's own videos show the hitch being used with a MorRyde pin box.
Durb 12/13/19 08:20pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Pin Box again Moryde vs Trailair

I'm confused, I have always thought chucking is the forward, and backward motion. You are correct. Many on this forum think chucking is just hitch noise. The trailer generates fore/aft motions when it goes over bumps. All trailers are different and the amount of chucking forces vary. When you are bouncing off the seat backs and your wife has to hold her chest, you know you have a chucking problem. Some blame chucking on a hitch and suggest hitches that don't chuck. If the hitch caused chucking it would be evident when the trailer isn't hooked up. It isn't, the trailer generates the chucking forces. There are ways to make trailers chuck less like better axle equalization, trailer shocks, and loading. There are also design implications like length and mass placement that cannot be corrected. One tactic is to harden the rear suspension on the truck (via air bags) to keep the trailer from pushing down and, at the same time, not pushing forward. This works but is hard on both the truck and trailer. There are two basic types of hitches and pin boxes. There are solid hook-up styles that transmit all the trailer generated forces to the frame of the truck. There are soft joint styles that convert trailer generated forces into heat and dissipate them (air hitches, MorRyde, air pin boxes). These devices don't stop chucking forces, they just make sure they don't reach your seat back. The thought of airing down the trucks tires seems absurd to me. Think about it. The trailer pushes forward on the pin box, the pin box is securely attached to the hitch, the hitch is securely attached to the frame of the truck which is attached to your seats. Why would airing down the tires help as they are totally removed from the energy path? If anything, sidewall compliance could cause the trailer to push further down and, at the same time, push further forward making chucking worse. There are the lucky few that don't notice the chucking forces their trailers generate. You will find they fall in to the camp of "Since my trailer doesn't chuck, therefore yours won't either if you have the same gear". They are easy to identify.
Durb 12/13/19 10:00am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5er hitch options RAM MegaCab w/6'4" bed - Solitude 310GK

Don't pay extra for the RotoFlex pin box because you will have to lock out its function when using with an Andersen hitch. If you want the chucking control of that pin box, you will have to use it with a conventional hitch. In my post regarding the broken rear window, the man's trailer was similar to yours in that the front cap tapered forward. His situation involved a tight backing scenario combined with a driveway. When the truck tires hit the driveway dip, the trailer leaned forward, busted the window, and dented the cab near the roof. Not a typical scenario, but many of us have backed tight on uneven terrain. I did witness the bites his pin box took out of the inside of his tailgate. His truck was a beautiful high end model (Platinum if I recall). He was not happy at all. So, with the adapter in one position, his pin box was impacting his truck. Switch the adapter and out goes the window.
Durb 12/12/19 09:47pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5er hitch options RAM MegaCab w/6'4" bed - Solitude 310GK

A word of caution, do some measurements of your pin box before jumping to an Andersen. I talked to a gentleman with a newer short bed Ram and a busted out rear window. He was pulling a Montana High Country with rounded front corners. With the Andersen adapter facing rearwards his pin box was damaging his tailgate. He turned the adapter around and happily towed for many thousands of miles before he took out his rear window and dented his cab. He did say he lost focus when the incident occurred. I wouldn't run the hitch with the adapter forward with your truck.
Durb 12/12/19 02:56pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: No Warranty on your RV? Don't buy new?

My reply is pretty simple. If you have the tools, time, and know-how to fix things; buy used. If you aren't handy, buy new with warranty. For various reasons, the 6 year old used trailer we bought had never been slept in. I had to deal with numerous repairs myself that would have revealed the first year (let alone first trip). None were difficult and I was forced to learn about my trailer's systems. The over thirty grand I saved over buying new would have paid me a pretty nice hourly wage. We really enjoy the trailer after five years and expect to keep it another ten.
Durb 12/11/19 11:28pm Beginning RVing
RE: New suburban and tahoe reveal! Duramax 3.0 is in!!

The fender appendages that wrap around into the grill mimic the mandibles of an ant. Overall, a very nice vehicle. I had a 72 Carryall, very functional but light years from these rigs.
Durb 12/11/19 02:52pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 5er hitch options RAM MegaCab w/6'4" bed - Solitude 310GK

The Blue Ox Super Ride comes with plastic foot rails that screw on to the metal rails so that it contacts the lower part of the bed corrugations and presses on to the frame. Unlike other manufacturers, they did it from the outset. By the way, I don't own this hitch nor have I even seen one. Just another option for the OP.
Durb 12/11/19 09:40am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Auxillary Fuel Tank ?

Aluminum Tank Industries makes DOT refueling tanks suitable for gasoline. I have one of their diesel transfer tanks. It seems to be a well built product at a fair price.
Durb 12/10/19 07:28pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 5er hitch options RAM MegaCab w/6'4" bed - Solitude 310GK

Before you decide, check out the Blue Ox Super Ride hitch. It will mount with your gooseneck ball. It disassembles into pieces for easy removal/installation. It has rubber shock absorption for a smoother ride. It will articulate (not slide) rearwards for when you need clearance. It also has an interesting jaw design plus an embedded lube plate. Gets good reviews and checks all the boxes. Minimal amount of fanboys though.
Durb 12/10/19 07:09pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Pin Box again Moryde vs Trailair

Due to its high hitch design, a fifth wheel pushes down and forward at the same time. Your TrailAir pin box allows the trailer to push further down and also further forward at the same time. Plus the rear hinge design can cause your pin box to push forward at the same time your trailer is pushing forward. Your current pin box may be exacerbating chucking forces. The MorRyde pin box will help with help with chucking and is worth a try. The problem is you now get to deal with the bouncing forces the TrailAir alleviated. Better to dump the Patriot and replace with a TrailerSaver TS3. This hitch retracts when compressed, dissipating both bouncing forces and chucking forces at the same time. A lot of money but at least you will be done with it.
Durb 12/07/19 12:36pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Why Tesla's are bad at towing!

Based on his numbers, my diesel with the 41 gallon auxiliary tank has nearly 3,000 kilowatt hours of energy on board when full. Fifteen times that of the projected Cybertruck's 200. This calculation uses a suggested 15% more energy in diesel than gas.
Durb 12/05/19 08:27am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Cybertruck

A couple of points on the 12# sledge hammer to showcase the non-denting panels. It is really a 11.5# dead blow sledge which is the weight of the entire hammer. It has a solid steel shaft the full length of the handle which contributes to probably half its weight. Inside the head is a metal canister with steel shot which weighs what the canister and urethane head combined weigh. Say the total sledge head weight is 6 lbs., there would be 3 lbs of shot. When the hammer is deployed, there would be 3 pounds of strike force initially spread out over a large area and cushioned with soft urethane. The shot arrives milliseconds later to dampen the rebound (dead blow). These hammers are designed to deliver a sustained pushing force to position equipment. They will never deliver the impact of a 12# steel sledge with a wooden handle. I use them for woodworking all the time as they don't dent the wood. Deceptive? You decide.
Durb 11/29/19 10:04pm Tow Vehicles
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