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RE: Andersen WD hitch review

With a 1-ton diesel crew cab long bed pickup, do you even need WD with an 8k lb trailer? Our F250 settles 2 1/4” in the rear and rises 3/8” up front with our 1,071 lb tongue weight on the ball with no WD. I use WD for no other reason than to satisfy the ratings of the hitch receiver. Just enough tension to put upward torque on the shank. Just curious.
Hannibal 07/09/20 06:21am Towing
RE: 2020 F250XL 6.2 V8

^I bet.... You guys crack me up! Why have a diesel when you could have the torque multiplication of a screamin 5.4 Triton?? Lol I got news for anyone that believes this. I’ve had a couple F250s with 5.4s. One in AZ in a reg cab 2wheeler would at least get out of its own way( without a trailer ). One in a 4x ext cab in CO wouldn’t pull itself up a hill without screaming, with a trailer it was just as loud and twice as slow! I’ve owned six diesels. Nothing stopping me from owning another if what you said had an ounce of truth to it. :)
Hannibal 07/03/20 04:19pm Tow Vehicles
RE: sway

Does this sway happen when no other traffic is around and no wind? Tread squirm and light suspension can cause your rig to waller around in your lane. If it only happens when other traffic is passing or mild crosswinds, but then straightens out, it’s likely normal reaction with a lightweight truck. I tow our 32.5’ TT with no sway control with our F250. Tows like a champ but we occasionally feel passing trucks. Box trucks are the worst as bow wave pushes while vacuum pulls the rear as they pass. Nothing scary but it’ll keep you awake. If you’re having sway as in oscillation above 45mph with no wind or traffic around, then I’d say tongue weight or too much hanging from the rear of the trailer. Some trailers tow better than others as well. Short wheelbase trailers are worse. Too much WD Trying to compensate for not enough truck can induce some steering disturbances as well. Been there too many years ago.
Hannibal 07/03/20 06:51am Travel Trailers
RE: Mach 15 a/c not cooling well

We’ve camped without shade mid summer a couple of times over the years. We were sweating inside the TT and 5th wheel until the sun went out of sight. I don’t know if two a/c’s would have made enough of a difference. We won’t do that again.
Hannibal 06/30/20 03:39pm Travel Trailers
RE: 2020 F250XL 6.2 V8

Why are people scared to let their machines run as intended? The engineers did not give you eight speeds intending the tranny to stay in OD constantly. Small block V-8 are designed to make power above 3500 rpm,why are you scared to let the engine work as designed? I love the sound of my 5.7running up hill in 3rd gear at 3700 rpm. Pulls like a freight train! I agree 100%! Especially the sound of the 5.7L Hemi. I would agree as well but I am concerned that the extra work is harder on a gas engine than a diesel and it also equates to worse mileage. The mileage on this particular truck I was looking at is awful even without towing. Through gear reduction, torque multiplication, an engine turning twice the rpm with the same road speed and load, needs to produce half the torque at the flywheel as the lower rpm engine. Higher rpm isn’t working harder. It’s working easier by letting gear reduction do more work. My ‘05 345hp/365ftlb 5.7L Hemi easily outran my ‘03 250hp/460ftlbs Cummins in duplicate trucks towing the same 10,040 lb 5th wheel around the southeast at 30%~ higher rpm and about 30% higher fuel consumption. At 125k miles, I simply wanted another Ford. The Hemi used no oil and ran like a new truck. At 106k miles, the little 5.4L has been bullet proof, uses no oil and still runs like new. Towing in O/D is all a matter of perception. Not worth $10,500 option to sound like it’s not working as hard.
Hannibal 06/29/20 04:24pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 F250XL 6.2 V8

Why are people scared to let their machines run as intended? The engineers did not give you eight speeds intending the tranny to stay in OD constantly. Small block V-8 are designed to make power above 3500 rpm,why are you scared to let the engine work as designed? I love the sound of my 5.7running up hill in 3rd gear at 3700 rpm. Pulls like a freight train! I agree 100%! Especially the sound of the 5.7L Hemi.
Hannibal 06/27/20 12:23pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 8.1L Muffler Recommendations

The only high performance muffler I’ve experienced that didn’t drone in the cabin was a Dynaflow Super Turbo three chamber muffler. For dual in dual out, a good exhaust shop would be able to run two mufflers in place of dual in dual out single.
Hannibal 06/27/20 05:28am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 F250XL 6.2 V8

I’ve owned six diesels. My concern with the newer diesels is the potential for very expensive repairs after warranty. I’ve towed a 31’ 8500~ lb 5th wheel and now a 32.5’ 8500 lb TT with a 2010 5.4L/3.73 F250. At 106k miles, all is well. Still runs and looks like a new truck. I’m looking at a 2020 F250 XL 4x4 6.2L gasser as well. Wife wants my F250 and I’ll use the new one to tow the TT and boat. 19,000 rpm in a Formula One race car is screaming. 4200rpm up a grade isn’t a problem for me.
Hannibal 06/27/20 05:13am Tow Vehicles
RE: Life of a trailer slide out?

If it’s a rack and pinion slide, it should last a long time. We’ve owned four over the years. Cable driven slides are not even a consideration for us. Hydraulics are somewhere in between if the trailer is one we really like. Just my humble opinion.
Hannibal 06/24/20 07:35pm Travel Trailers
RE: Reese head loose on shank

Hannibal I am not out to prove the tech wrong. I understand his opinion on the slop and that is why I have not worried about it for a couple of years. What I see is a bent bolt and pulled threads. I have checked other peoples hitch in the parking lots and noticed they do not have the movement mine does. I agree with him that the movement is not going to shear off the bolts allowing my trailer total freedom on the highway but, I really don't think adding more movement to the hitch assembly is good. I am planning on doing what you did and stop the rattle and hopefully reduce the overall movement. My purpose for the message initially is to determine if the movement in mine is the same as everyone else's or is mine different. It seems you had movement and put in a shim and stopped it. That will be my goal as well. I’d bet lunch if you called Reese or sent an email, they’d send you a shim or two and a new couple of nuts and bolts. The slop is normal but most folks expect the yoke to clamp down on the shank when the bolts are torqued down. I did as well and called Reese to inquire. Even with one shim in, mine’s not tight to the shank. But it’s enough to prevent movement or rattles. The tech also said I could use any 2” shank. It doesn’t have to be the cast Reese shank. If anything, I wish I’d have held on to my very short welded Quality S trunnion style ball mount. The head was right up against the receiver.
Hannibal 06/24/20 07:28pm Towing
RE: Reese head loose on shank

I talked with a technician at Reese a few years ago. He said the shim is only necessary if the rattle when unloaded is bothersome. I put one shim in and no rattle. I guess anyone can be called a "technician" nowadays. Can you prove him wrong? The shank has a little slop in the receiver as well with one 5/8” pin keeping it in there. Non issue.
Hannibal 06/24/20 11:05am Towing
RE: Reese head loose on shank

I talked with a technician at Reese a few years ago. He said the shim is only necessary if the rattle when unloaded is bothersome. I put one shim in and no rattle.
Hannibal 06/24/20 07:40am Towing
RE: Backing that trailer into a tight campsite..

Pull up well past the site. Get your arc started early and take your time. Our beach campsites are back in to the right with trees all around. And tight.
Hannibal 06/22/20 06:38pm Travel Trailers
RE: Any new developments in hitches?

The only reason I use a WDH, is to satisfy the rating of the receiver. Hitching up isn’t too much of a hassle but I don’t like the stress it puts on the trailer. The new Superduty’s receiver is rated for 1300 lbs dead weight. That’ll carry our 1,071 lbs of tongue weight on a simple ball. Most will disagree.
Hannibal 06/22/20 02:07pm Travel Trailers
RE: Covers. Who uses them? Who doesn't?

I covered ours yesterday as we don’t have any trips for the next eight weeks. I believe they make a difference but man what a hot miserable ornery dangerous thing it is. Just heavy enough to be cumbersome yet light enough that the slightest breeze turns it into a sail. Once this one is torn to shreds, I’ll probably skip it from then on.
Hannibal 06/22/20 01:34pm Travel Trailers
RE: 10,000 wdh for 4,000 lb TT

It'll make it ride stiff but my concern would be overstressing the tongue to chassis on the trailer. That and the resistance to allowing the truck and trailer to roll independently over uneven surfaces as the hitch resists normal twisting at the ball. I like to use as little WD as I can get away with for both of those reasons. Hey thanks for the insight. I could change my Equil-i-zer to a 400 / 4000 but I'd be very close to the TW of the trailer (366 published). So, I'm debating 4,000 or 6,000. Either way, I think I'll be ditching the 10,000 lb setup. Chances are that 366 published will be 500+ by the time you fit a battery and fill the LP tanks. Storage under the bed adds up quick too. To make the numbers happy, I’d go with the 600 lb bars and just enough tension to bring the front of the truck half way back down to its unloaded height. Right now I’m using 800 lb bars on my Reese HP trunnion with no sway control. Gives a nice ride with its 1,071 lb weighed tongue weight. Advertised tongue weight is 710 lbs. When I use my Equalizer 10k, it’s set up so with the coupler on the ball but no weight on it, I can push the bars onto the brackets. I don’t have to raise the hitch with the jack to push the bars on. Then as the weight settles it tensions the bars when I raise the jack. The front of my truck rises only 3/8” so it’s hard to measure how much WD it’s giving it. Others will disagree but this works for me, makes it easy and it tows very well with either hitch.
Hannibal 06/21/20 04:33pm Towing
RE: 10,000 wdh for 4,000 lb TT

It'll make it ride stiff but my concern would be overstressing the tongue to chassis on the trailer. That and the resistance to allowing the truck and trailer to roll independently over uneven surfaces as the hitch resists normal twisting at the ball. I like to use as little WD as I can get away with for both of those reasons.
Hannibal 06/20/20 08:06pm Towing
RE: Need a new hitch

I estimate that 500 pounds of dead TW means +750 on rear axle and -250 from front. That would be accurate if the wheelbase of the Tacoma were equal to the distance of the ball from the rear axle. I would guess somewhere around a third of that 500 lbs teetered off of the front axle and added to the rear. I agree. Try it and see. I towed a 4400 lb TT with a '94 F150 back in '94. After trying three different hitches, I found I liked the way it towed on a simple, short ball mount best of all.
Hannibal 06/20/20 07:54pm Travel Trailers
RE: CAT Scale results - advice needed

Also not quoted above, but you need to put more tension on your WDH to push more weight to the steer and trailer axles. If his numbers are correct, he's already pushing 500lb back to the front axle and as can be seen when he upped the tension on the WDH, it really didn't make much difference. If he backs off the hitch weight, that should also result in more weight on the front axle without trying to over tension the WDH. That's a tremendous amount of force on the trailer's tongue to force that much weight back to the front of the tow vehicle. One more thing that's seldom mentioned with WDH's is the resistance to roll when crossing uneven surfaces like driveway entrances. I use as little WD as I can get away with and the sealant still squishes out of the front corners of our travel trailer while the back stays well put. When the truck leans left and the trailer leans right, something has to give and the WDH hitch gives very little. So the twist winds up being from the coupler to the trailer axles. The only reason I use a WDH is to satisfy the rating of the receiver. Newer F250s are rated for 1300 lbs tongue weight with or without WD. I'll be going that route soon.
Hannibal 06/17/20 08:03am Towing
RE: Not your dad's Airstream

Lol! We don’t have payments. We keep them clean and trade when we feel like a new one. We don’t have sway. Yes I would like a Classic RB and we can afford it. Can’t justify $156,000 for a travel trailer. That’s insane. We’re just as comfortable in our recliners in our Walmart special as we would be in an Airstream. The only thing we’re lacking is snob appeal. Snob appeal isn’t a priority at the places we go. A 10-15 year old Airstream is outdated and looks outdated inside. I have no desire to buy work. Cousin’s trailer tows fine, water intrusion included. We’re booked at Ginnie Springs this summer. Won’t be watching tv during the day. Will be comfortable watching tv with breakfast. Your attempts to insult me are wasted efforts. Narcissistic personality disorder is all yours. :B
Hannibal 05/12/20 05:54am Travel Trailers
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