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RE: New Truck - Is My Math Right?

“Be sure to get the lightest trailer that fits you and equip things with a good hitch and you should be ok.“ This statement should come with the following caveat: Low weight generally means a less durable unit. Thought it is possible for a builder to use expensive materials to make a unit hold up, few will pay the price that would be required. Most affordable quality units are heaver than their competition. Heavy axles, frames and other componenets add weight. There really is no way around it without breaking the bank. A lightweight unit that doesn't hold up can be far more expensive than a heavy unit towed with a stout truck. One way or another, you will pay.
Huntindog 03/28/20 03:47am Travel Trailers
RE: How are your solar panels mounted?

I have towed a few times in high wind. A 45 mph headwind + 65 mph towing speed in those conditions = 110 mph... Not sure any tape would work
Huntindog 03/27/20 01:28pm Travel Trailers
RE: insurance

DP
Huntindog 03/25/20 01:20pm Travel Trailers
RE: insurance

put the insurance payment money towards some pontoons. Strap them under the TT, if the water gets that high, you will have a houseboat!:B
Huntindog 03/25/20 01:20pm Travel Trailers
RE: Is SHE GONNA BLOW!

Hey back to the Ops question, if it drank a bunch of coolant there could be bottom end damage waiting due to mild hydrolock.And maybe the engine is good for 200,000+ miles.A maybe, and a could be. Flip a coin. I would prefer a motor with no history of coolant ingestion. But that is just me and my money. If you like to gamble... Go for it. I will be in the stands watching the show.
Huntindog 03/19/20 06:25am Tow Vehicles
RE: New Truck - Is My Math Right?

By using 14% for TW, you are being more realisic than many here. The range is usually 10-15%. With 10% being the absolute minimum to avoid a dangerously sway prone setup. 15% is the general maximum only because that is the limit of what the truck/hitch can handle. What is unique with TTs is that TW can vary a LOT in the course of a trip. FW gets consumed and ends up in the waste tanks, food the same, clothing moves as it is soiled, propane gets consumed and disappears, and many other items change as well. Some here will say that they use 10%.... well they need to be very careful in doing so. I recommend using 15%, I am over that, but my truck/hitch can handle more than most. The closer you get to the 10% minumum, the more critical managing the above items becomes... And in my opinion the more limiting your TT experience will be. Saying you will always fill the water at the campground means that you are limited in only using campgrounds where water is available... IMO, that is a severe limitation... You may be fine with it... And that is OK, but you need to realize that means no boondocking,,,, ever!
Huntindog 03/19/20 06:14am Travel Trailers
RE: Torn Wiper Seals

I have replaced mine. They are a different design than what you have... But yours may be OK. Mine were installed the way your pic looks. With the ends roughly cut. This was to allow the seals to overlap when the slide moves in and out. Look them over carefully. If all of them are that way, then it was probably installed that way for a reason.
Huntindog 03/18/20 01:21am Travel Trailers
RE: Towing 4.6k w/ Nissan Titan vs Dodge Durango

Hi RV.NET Forumers! Just joined the forumns to read and learn. I have the following question. I live in Portland and plan on renting a TT (4.6k Dry 2018 starcraft avalon, 530 TW). My question is between a 18 Nissan Titan (SL 4x4, 9,200TC) or a 18 Dodge Durango (RT AWD, 7,200) what would be the better choice? I would like to tow it w/ the Durango but how much difference will the Titan make? The trip is planning on going to south oregon, medford area! Some factors to consider is - I am new to towing a camper, but have towed before. (Flat Trailers/Uhauls/etc) - I would like to take 6 people (700lbs), but the titan only fits 5. Would have to bring a second car or 1 person sit in the trailer. - I calculate my Cargo+People+TW(dry)+misc @ about 1,400LBs. - trip is about 300-350 miles each way. Thanks for your advice and please don't hesitate to school me!!Nobody can ride in the TT. It is illegal most places, and unsafe everywhere.
Huntindog 03/17/20 02:40am Towing
RE: Goodyear Endurance Tires on Sale

There is nothing wrong with ST tires... if they are Goodyear Endurance.Goodyear took a lot of my money selling me Marathons, and touting all of their so called benefits. They never stood behind those junk tires. So I moved up to LTs. Perhaps the Endurance will prove out... But it won't happen with any more of my money. They do not deserve it.
Huntindog 03/15/20 02:02pm Travel Trailers
RE: Goodyear Endurance Tires on Sale

Thanks for the post. I just ordered 4 today, they should be here Monday. These will replace the OEM C load range no name brand my trailer came with in 2016. All last year I felt like I was on borrowed time. Just last year? When I bought my present TT, I held my breath all the way home from the dealer. That was the only time my TT rolled on ST tires.
Huntindog 03/14/20 04:07pm Travel Trailers
RE: Valve stem extensions for DRW

One of the biggest problems that I have wrestled with is tire shop techs being smart enough to offset the inner tire so that you can reach the stem through the wheel. I don't leave the tire shop anymore without checking to make sure they aligned them correctly and didn't put a standard plastic stem cap on them. X2 Also I found some metal valve stem caps that allow one to air thru them. The plastic ones break pretty fast. 5 years and zero issue with the non cap valves on my DRW. Maybe after market are the bad ones?More likely it is Arizona heat. Nothing rusts here. But plastic goes downhill quickly. The metal ones I got are pretty nice. I think they are stainless. They do allow quite a bit of leeway in lining up the chuck
Huntindog 03/10/20 06:34pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Valve stem extensions for DRW

One of the biggest problems that I have wrestled with is tire shop techs being smart enough to offset the inner tire so that you can reach the stem through the wheel. I don't leave the tire shop anymore without checking to make sure they aligned them correctly and didn't put a standard plastic stem cap on them. X2 Also I found some metal valve stem caps that allow one to air thru them. The plastic ones break pretty fast.
Huntindog 03/10/20 05:23pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Enough truck?

You will be fine for this one time rental trip. But when you buy one, it will end up heavier than your rental. RVs are a lot like people. They tend to gain weight over time, as just one more thing gets put into them.... Again and again and again... etc. So do not procrastinate on the truck upgrade! Or it could get really expensive having to repair it in order to sell it to upgrade.
Huntindog 03/10/20 05:15pm Travel Trailers
RE: SHANK question

Years ago when this was discussed, Ron Gratz weighed in with the following comment. " A first year engineering student would think that the longer drawbar would reduce capacity due to more leverage on the reciever. A second year student would know that the WD bar force is increased by this leaverage"Ron Gratz comment Old thread on this with some manufacturer quotes
Huntindog 03/09/20 01:36am Travel Trailers
A New truck is born!

Weight; about 8000# Length; About 22 ft. Color; White. Got the news. It is at 3800, vehicle produced! Now it just has to get on a train and head to my dealer. It is starting to seem real now.
Huntindog 03/07/20 02:49pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New truck needs some toys

So it looks like I will be keeping the J & J Enterprises Magnum running boards. I know the stainless will buff out nice. But I really would like to replace the rubber strip s that serve as traction enhancers on top of the boards. A simple enough job to do, if I can find it. I have been unsusucessful googling so far. So it anyone has any ideas, I am all ears. You might look into "skate board tape". That won't work. The boards have raised stainless channels or grooves into which formed rubber strips slide. Look at the pics on page one.
Huntindog 03/07/20 03:26am Tow Vehicles
RE: SHANK question

Simple fix, turn the jack head 90 degrees.Maybe. It depends where the interference is, and what jack he has. In my case, I had an Atwood, it has a top mounted motor, so it doesn't cause clearance issues. The tailgate would hit the jack shaft. The only solution to that is a longer drawbar.
Huntindog 03/07/20 03:22am Travel Trailers
RE: New truck needs some toys

So it looks like I will be keeping the J & J Enterprises Magnum running boards. I know the stainless will buff out nice. But I really would like to replace the rubber strip s that serve as traction enhancers on top of the boards. A simple enough job to do, if I can find it. I have been unsusucessful googling so far. So it anyone has any ideas, I am all ears.
Huntindog 03/06/20 07:35pm Tow Vehicles
RE: SHANK question

This likely has a lot to do with tongue weight. For a lighter tongue, likely not an issue - try it and see how it goes. For a heavier tongue, you are increasing the torsion on the hitch which would lessen the actual weight the tongue could safely carry. I'm not an engineer, so I would not be able to try to quantify the difference, but that would be my consideration. This was part of our discussion some years ago. We had our resident engineer in on it, and some input from hitch manufacturers. The consensus was it isn't an issue
Huntindog 03/06/20 07:26pm Travel Trailers
RE: SHANK question

I went from a 12 to a 18 for the same reason you are thinking of. The ride got kind of bumpy when lightly loaded. On heavily loaded trips it was fine. Weh had a bitg debate about this here some years back, and the upshot of it was that a longer bar lengthens the leverage point of the bars, making them act stronger. I was going to see if I could adjust the bumpy ride out, but never got around to it (it really wasn't that bad), and got a new truck. When I set it up on the new truck, no bumpy ride. So I believe that it can be readjusted.
Huntindog 03/06/20 06:20pm Travel Trailers
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