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RE: Tried towing after new tires & did not go well

I've had a dozen brand new Ford trucks, never experienced "new tire squirm" as noticeable as described here. The only time I have ever experienced front tire squirm is when the rear is loaded too heavy taking too much weight off the front end, will feel like driving on ice. Gman
Grodyman 09/12/20 10:59am Towing
RE: Diesel Towing MPG With Ultralight Trailer

Your F150 should do much better. I get 12 to 13 pulling 5000 pounds but am rarely over 55 mph. I generally tow 65-70 mph. 7-9 mpg is pretty accurate, maybe as high as 10 max. Gman
Grodyman 07/12/20 11:19am Tow Vehicles
Diesel Towing MPG With Ultralight Trailer

Anybody have any idea what a late model 2500 series DIESEL truck pulling a mini trailer 3500lbs max trailer weight would be? My 2017 3.5 Ecoboost gets about 20 mpg highway empty. It gets 7-9 mpg towing an untralight 4500lb trailer (Passport 153ML), which is terrible (23 gallon fuel tank). Trying to decide what the best retirement truck is, where I will no longer have a long commute with a lot of empty miles like I do now. Gman
Grodyman 07/11/20 06:05pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Sad state of national parks and public lands.

Well, they look to be faring better than the inner cities....
Grodyman 06/06/20 04:49pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: loosing old members

I check in from time to time, but sold my Lance 830 (awesome camper) only because I live in California, and got tired of the big truck fees and gas taxes, so I downsized to a small travel trailer and more efficient vehicle. In fact, when they raised the gas and registration taxes, I cancelled cable tv in retaliation, and could not be happier, don't miss it at all. Thinking of downsizing further, but the high fees and taxes make me want to run my toys into the ground. California is such a different place than the one I grew up in, I feel like a stranger. It will be time to move on one day. Gman
Grodyman 04/12/20 09:03pm Truck Campers
RE: 2019 Ram 6.4 drivers

My dad had a 6.4/4.10 with the old 6 speed, and it was a dog and a gas hog. I heard it was the old transmission that hindered the engine. 35 MPH and struggling up steep grades. If it is not fixed, I would pass. Gman
Grodyman 03/26/20 06:16pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Clean Diesel trucks for TC ... maybe not!

Ever get stuck behind a semi spewing a toxic cloud of white regeneration smoke for miles? Every day. Gman
Grodyman 01/16/20 09:50pm Truck Campers
RE: Suspension Enhancements for Single Axle Trailer

Great responses, after looking at the design, lowering does not seem to be an option. I will double check the axle load rating, it could possibly be #4200, it is definitely beefier than a 3500# axle, and has stock 15" 6 lug wheels. Gman
Grodyman 01/06/20 07:49am Towing
RE: Suspension Enhancements for Single Axle Trailer

I was thinking of lowering the trailer a couple inches, while at the same time upgrading the ride. Everything about the Passport ultra lite is pretty cheap, but I like the trailer. The height really affects MPG with my truck, I got as low as 7.5mpg on one stretch, with a 23 gallon gas tank. Not that the trailer rides bad per se, I did upgrade tires to LRE, trailer is 3500 dry, no more than 5K loaded. I really wanted to install an equa flex or equivalent product, but do not see one for single axles. Gman
Grodyman 01/04/20 01:19pm Towing
RE: Suspension Enhancements for Single Axle Trailer

Personally I like the Dexter Torflex axles, I recently dumped the traditional spring setup on my boat trailer and also added disk brakes with hydraulic actuator. WELL worth the upgrade!!! Nice install! Having been up close and personal with the frame Keystone uses on the Passport line, I would be skeptical if would handle some shock mounts without a lot of reinforcing. OP doesn't say the year, but prior to 2013 they used a frame made by Dexter, after 2012 Lippert, two different animals there. The Dexter frames were stout, the LCI are recycled soup cans. The nice thing about Torsions is the tube acts as an additional crossmember adding overall strength. In the case of the Passport if it is a model with the LCI frame, the OP would want to add a tube to the bottom of the frame rail at least 2" X 2" X 4', probably top to bottom flange gussets inside and out at the end of it, and probably the Dexter 2-3/4" lift bracket between that and the Torsion. I would doubt he can not get enough ground clearance without doing if only counting on the start angle. Haylet RV has a good video walk around and you can see that the spring hangers are welded to a 2"x2" tube spacer already. I'm not sure the OP can actually lower his TT. Looks like the 2"x2" tube spacer is there for tire clearance. Does this mean a torsion axle will not work?
Grodyman 01/04/20 11:01am Towing
Suspension Enhancements for Single Axle Trailer

I have a Passport 153ML, which although a lightweight, is a pretty tall windsail, and sits high on a 5000lb 6 lug axle with traditional leaf springs. I am toying with the idea of converting it to a torsion axle to smooth the ride and maybe lower a bit. Worth the expense? I can't seem to find a suspension enhancement product rated for 5000lbs and made for a single axle trailer, all the MorRyde/Equa Flex/etc. are mostly for tandems. Gman
Grodyman 01/03/20 08:39pm Towing
RE: New suburban and tahoe reveal! Duramax 3.0 is in!!

Who can afford these anymore?
Grodyman 12/11/19 10:46pm Tow Vehicles
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