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RE: Towing camper with van. What rating hitch should I purchase?

Welcome to the forum bud! Many folks here will freak out at the proposed setup you're thinking about towing. Yes class 3 hitch. Yes weight distribution absolutely, if your vehicle is rated to do that. No need to freak out, but your vehicle is certainly at the top of it's ability to pull that camper for several reasons. 1. Extremely soft rear suspension. 2. Not meant as a tow rig, watch your temps and make sure maint is up to snuff. 3. Make sure the trailer brakes are setup well and working as designed. 4. You live in the wrong state to be towing over the wight limit with a marginal tow rig. You can't go far in any direction form SLC without real grades to pull or come down. Altitude means, if you head into the mountains, your marginal 260hp minivan is now a 200hp minivan. Honestly, I wouldn't invest $ in the van to pull that camper unless short local trips. I would not want to hit the mountains loaded for fun with that as a tow vehicle. Safe? yes I believe the size and weight of the van will not get man handled too bad by the trailer. As long as you have good brakes and trailer brakes and know how to drive in the mountains with a vehicle twice the weight of what it normally is. However be prepared to put the 4 ways on up and down the big grades and taker slow.
Grit dog 09/16/20 09:45pm Towing
RE: New tow vehicle!

WA doesn’t have a right and left side of the Cascades, it has a right and wrong side! Lol This is so true! I moved from the wrong side to the right side in 2013. And no disrespect to the wet siders. It's a beautiful area with sooo much to do and a totally different climate than most other parts of the country. I actually love the wet side scenery and somewhat, ahem, a little, for a while, the rainy season. Glad we've experienced it and would be content living here. I'll keep the politics out of it as mot of us here are in agreement on that. (Hard to believe, but agree more than on trucks and stuff, lol) But, we knew we wanted to move at some point to N Idaho/Eastern WA/MT for a long time, before even visiting it. And frankly as endearing as the peaceful rain and greenery is, it is not a substitute for 300 days of sun and dry snow in the winter! God willing, I'll be managing our operations out of the Spokane area within the next year or so and we get to move over there!!
Grit dog 09/16/20 07:52am Tow Vehicles
RE: 5.3 vs 6.2

OP, I'll throw a curve ball at you. Skip the 6.2 in the half ton and get a 6.0 in a 3/4 ton. You'll leave a couple HP on the table, but get a SOLID engine/transmission combo that is better for towing than the half ton. Yes, power wise, very similar, but you're also leaving 4 gears on the table. (I thick GM messed up by not dropping the 10 speed behind the new gasser. Just stupid since they have the trans sitting on the shelf for the diesels) The consideration is the overall use of the truck. I know you're reasonable and understand vehicle capabilities, and I don't disagree that the HD is a stouter platform, but if a guy is driving say 20k miles a year as a daily driver and only occasional towing, it makes no sense to run a 2500 vs a 1500 for a small trailer that is well under the 1/2 ton's rated capacities.
Grit dog 09/16/20 07:44am Tow Vehicles
RE: Decals

It's a pain on aluminum compared to fiberglass as you need to be more careful. Once removed, vinyl wrap is an option. Even if just a portion, or stripe, or simple pattern. Although, if left outside, the vinyl is not going to last forever, maybe 5 years?
Grit dog 09/16/20 07:38am General RVing Issues
RE: How to remove/prevent standing water at campsite???

Funny thread....
Grit dog 09/16/20 12:57am General RVing Issues
RE: New tow vehicle!

I prefer a Malibu for surfing. Awesome! Nice wave from the goofy side of a ‘Bu! And the scenery....Powell? Btw, I can’t surf RF fwd, yet. Did manage to surf heel side on the starboard side though. Want to feel like you’re learning all over again and drunk? try heel side! Do you get good push on the starboard side? Friends are looking at a Nautique but all are L foot forward riders. Told him better check it out. Nautis are rh rotation.
Grit dog 09/15/20 07:57pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New tow vehicle!

Am curious and ask you all who think warranty ratings do much... Or Coast Gaurd max occupancy for all certified boats ? They *All* can hold, carry, spin, etc more than their ratings... Oopsie, I may have the water cops on me too.... That surf pic didn’t come without a little exter ballusting. CG plate says 1440lbs max. I “might” have had 2000lbs of ballast and 7 people in the boat (and one surfing).... Bout 3000lbs on top of dual batteries, 3 amps, 8 component speakers, 2 subs and 2 coolers with beer!
Grit dog 09/15/20 07:51pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Need hitch advice please.

If you don’t want to use your home made adapter, don’t have enough drop with the adjustable height hitch head plugged in direct to receiver and can’t get the trailer level enough with the drop shank you have, then yes you need a longer drop shank.
Grit dog 09/15/20 07:42pm Towing
RE: Tongue height

Truck level and the trailer down in front 2 or 3 inches. That's the way I have rolled for over 40 years. With tandem torsion axles, couple inches isn't bad, but as level as possible is best. Leaf springs, it doesn't matter. Never understood the want to set trailers tongue low. Placebo affect that you have good tongue weight?
Grit dog 09/15/20 07:26pm Travel Trailers
RE: New tow vehicle!

^Hay now.... I’m not from here and I’m stuck on the wrong side of the state! WA doesn’t have a right and left side of the Cascades, it has a right and wrong side! Lol
Grit dog 09/15/20 09:44am Tow Vehicles
RE: GM 6.6 gas

Is there something wrong with the Allison transmission in GM pickups? Other than it doesn't have 4 overdrive speeds mostly useless for towing? Other than the gasser trucks haven’t had the Allison option since the 8.1L days, nothing is wrong with the Allison. GM calls Allison: "We need more speeds... consumers want speeds!" Allison: "Why?" GM: "Because Ford has more speeds..." Allison: "But Ford uses 140 cubic inch engines..." Too many Molsons? You’re not making sense son...
Grit dog 09/15/20 09:42am Tow Vehicles
RE: 5.3 vs 6.2

New 8 speed 5.3 out pulls my 2016 6 speed 5.3. 2016 is considerably better than the 08 4 speed and 01 5.3 I had. Both old ones had 3.73s, 2016 is a 3.42 and the 2019 was 3.23 or whatever that ratio is. 6.2 10 speed will blow away the 2016. Based on an Escalade I rented. It was a rocket. I put about 10k quick miles on a 2019 5.3 8 speed and it did not struggle with an 8k flatbed in the Cascades (low altitude).
Grit dog 09/15/20 09:39am Tow Vehicles
RE: RPMs dropping uphill, Ford f-450

The actual problem is circled right on the grille and highlighted in blue! (Ducking for cover now.....) And yes I know what part of the female anatomy a Ram logo supposedly looks like, although I think that means other owners who point that out are pervs! lol
Grit dog 09/14/20 06:20pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New tow vehicle!

Sir, please stay on the line, the weight police have been dispatched.... "Bad boys, bad boys, whatcha gonna do? Whatcha gonna do when they come for you...."
Grit dog 09/14/20 06:18pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2016 RAM CTD Diff Oil Change Question RE Gasket

The advice I got on my F350 was to use the Permantex Differential gasket gunk and forget the gasket. It's worked so far on both differentials In a pinch, I've used silicone window caulking or manhole mastic in similar applications. And I've heard the "Right stuff" gasket maker works awesome. But that was't the question and reusable rubber gaskets are a nice departure from smearing gasket goo on surfaces.
Grit dog 09/14/20 06:16pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Need hitch advice please.

I would still need about 3 inches of drop if I eliminated the adapter and flipped the WD. On closer look, I've never seen a hitch extension with a "drop" like that and it definitely looks home made. If it is, it's up to you to determine if it's solid enough. Welds don't look super pretty but doesn't mean they're bad. And the concept looks sound (using the drop portion of the hitch extension.
Grit dog 09/14/20 06:09pm Towing
RE: Need hitch advice please.

There's enough adjust-ability in those 2 pieces of hardware to hook it to a monster truck or a subaru. Park the trailer level, back the truck up next to the trailer hitch and flip/adjust that combo until the ball is maybe an inch or so high of perfect, assuming you'll still get a little suspension drop even with the wdh tensioned up. If you trailer is tandem torsion axles, get er as close to level as you reasonably can. Torsion axles don't play well with nose high or low as one axle takes more load. If it's tandem leaf springs, not as critical. +/- a couple inches overall is close enough if you cant get er right on.
Grit dog 09/14/20 06:05pm Towing
RE: Need advise on which new truck - 1/2 ton or 3/4 ton?

Why do a feel like posting 20 face-palm emojis here?? Lol Nice truck OP! Roll on!
Grit dog 09/14/20 09:48am Tow Vehicles
RE: New tow vehicle!

^Ha, no the Jack wasn’t down. And it was heavier than that. Boat is 3500-3600 dry ( like camper dry weights, before any options). Add tower, 8 speakers, 12” subs, amps, extra batteries, and gear and about 1300lb trailer,she’s close to 6klbs easy.
Grit dog 09/13/20 08:09pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Do You Trust Hitch Locks?

Go to tractor supply and buy D handle pin hitch pin with hole already drilled, makes it very easy to remove if you have too. Then use a pad lock to secure FWIW, the D handle hitch pins don’t work with all receivers. But they are handy. No pun intended! Lol
Grit dog 09/13/20 12:11pm Dinghy Towing
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