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RE: Smaller Couples Trailer with a Slide Out + Queen Bed

https://www.allencampermfg.com/up-to-29'-travel-trailers Small old local RV company for 65 years. Bought my 1st new 8' truck camper from them in 1972. Truck camper market left the state years back and now they mfg just TTs and 5th wheel trailers. Check out the 215 BH model. Small (rear) bunk house model, 1625 CCC 3375 dry weight 21' long 7' 6" wide. I don't think you will like pulling a high side wall TT with a 112" wb small suv.
JIMNLIN 01/19/23 01:07pm Travel Trailers
RE: Roadtrip by car vs RV, a couple of thoughts...

Wife and I are over 80....We've done both over the years although the last few its more leaving the trailer at home and using a motel/eating out. Much easier for us....especially the wife as she does the cooking and I do the labor part. Leaving the trailer at home allows us to stop any where along the road to see a local sight or a nice spot or place to eat. WE always carry a ice chest with eats/snacks/drinks for that purpose. We're retired and live in the center of a beautiful 40 acres so no need to just get out a enjoy what nature offers. The trailer now gets used more for the grand kids/great grand kids when they visit. I never try and justify the rv one way or the other. We've always enjoyed doing both.
JIMNLIN 01/14/23 05:52am General RVing Issues
RE: Towing 5th with an Andersen Hitch in Short Bed Truck

check out the PullRite Super Lite. Made like the Andersen with a inverted ball. clicky link Much of voids the warrant myth gets posted on rv websites about most any product. A 1-800 to a mfg in question for their current policy can answer that question.
JIMNLIN 01/11/23 06:46pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Armada to Pull 33' Lightweight TT

A 31'-33' TT on a mid size suv with P tires may not make for a fun towing experience. Thats a long tall wall for side winds and passing semis to push on. Now if the suv was on a '08 3/4 ton chassis 6.x engine and 3.73-4.10 gears with LT E tires with 5xxx fawr and 6xxx rawr then it would be a great handling combo in the wind on on the interstate around semi trucks.
JIMNLIN 01/09/23 07:23pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Park pet peeves, Park owner’s turn

I've seen campground host/park Rangers approach RV owners (mostly motor homes owners...custom camp vans) who parked in the wrong way due to the fact they didn't follow one way only campground driveway signs/rules. I'm on the campground hosts or owners side ...they make and should enforce those rules regardless of who you are. Some we have to many folks who think their some how privileged.... or just plain anti authority types.
JIMNLIN 01/09/23 07:01pm General RVing Issues
RE: bpconversion goose neck conversion

anyone have any experience with https://www.bpconversions.com/ they are the same price as a hensly or pro pride and i already have a gooseneck ball in the bed. this dune sport is 12'6" tall so it catch's a fair amount of wind and can still move my drw side to side. it's not horrible but enough that my wife doesn't want to take over for a bit as she would with the wolf pack 295 fiver. The add on GN hitch like the pic were popular back in '60s and '70s until 5th wheel rv trailers became the norm. We had one on a special rigged with bunkers on a 28' flatbed bumper pull trailer. Much better handling and could be pulled with any 3/4 ton truck in that era. My brother had one like it (made in Kansas) on his '70s 24' Layton tandem axle TT. Made a world of difference with his 1/2 ton Ford especially when double towing with his fishin' boat. He still has it on the farm used as a tool shed and storing saddle/gear.
JIMNLIN 01/05/23 06:56am Toy Haulers
RE: Broken Frame on a RAM 3500

Lots of assumptions as usual. Did the frame actually break or collapse at the point where the drilled holes were. Was their actually drilled holes ? Also was the drilling done per Rams Body guidelines ?? Behind the cab/front of the bed bent/broken frame rails happen especially with wood haulers trucks (all brands and frame rail designs) due to overloading after lots of duty cycles and abuse.
JIMNLIN 12/31/22 05:52am Truck Campers
RE: Broken Frame on a RAM 3500

Dodge/Rams Body Builder guide allows drilling/welding the main frame rails on '03 and up Dodge/Ram hydroformed frame rails. Drilling/welding the top or bottom of the tube rails can void the frame warranty.\ We also don't know the truck work history. My 2500 '03 5th wheel/GN hitch brkets were welded per Dodge Body Builder guide in '03 and no issues with frame problems in 380+k miles carrying up to 3600-3800 lb hitch loads on my GN ball. Using a gvwr based payload in the bed shows the fallacy of using the gvwr payload sticker as a in the bed payload which of course overloads a LDT rawr in most cases. It'll be interesting to see the truck owners decision on how to go forward on the trucks problem.
JIMNLIN 12/30/22 07:22pm Truck Campers
RE: Arctic Blast

We got another inch of snow early this morning.temperature on the rise through the week to maybe 60 by Thursday. Yeah looks like a big warm up in a lot of mid/south states after the Arctic clipper came through. A week ago today it was -3 degrees and today it hit 72 degrees. This caused roads to sweat with puddles of water in places. Now I gotta' wash the salt off the truck after a 52 mile trip to town.
JIMNLIN 12/29/22 08:09pm Around the Campfire
RE: Arctic Blast

It's coming! Boy did it ever. Arctic Express came fast on the southern plains. I'm over 80 and have lived in NE OK all of my life. Never this cold so early nor was pond ice so thick this early. Temps dropped all day thur before xmas down to 3 below zero that nite.....2 above friday nite and 8 degrees sat nite. South wind brought temps up to 37 during sunday nite. Smarty neighbor fed his stock in his new MF tractor with a heated cab wearing a lite vest. Now their predicting 67 later in the week.
JIMNLIN 12/26/22 06:06am Around the Campfire
RE: Best used truck campers for ~4400lbs payload SRW 1T 8' F-350

16" 3900-4000 + lb rated tires on OEM 16" 3100-3200 lb rated wheels ?? Time to upgrade wheel capacity also if your carrying that much weight. Fleet Ford specs show their OEM 18"-20" wheels rated in the 3600-3700 lb range. I would s'pect Ram and GM OEM wheel are about the same.
JIMNLIN 12/23/22 08:39am Truck Campers
RE: Best used truck campers for ~4400lbs payload SRW 1T 8' F-350

I don't think deeper gears increases payload in and of itself. On the 2023 F-350's, opting for the Dana 4.30 axle over the Sterling 3.73 axle, with the right tires, increases the GVWR by 400lbs. In fact, it's the only way to get the 11,900 GVWR package. The Sterling may well be a stronger axle assy than the Dana. Many times our LDT mfg may have to use a different axle mfg to get the desired gear ratio. However GVWR doesn't carry the the load in the bed from a truck camper/heavy GN or 5th wheel trailer hitch weight. Your still limited by Fords 7230 rawr which is the lessor of a tire/wheel /rear spring pack. Fords F350 srw has over a dozen different GVWR's from 10000 gvwr on up to 12400 gvwr.....with the same 7230 rawr... regardless of axle mfg.
JIMNLIN 12/18/22 05:44am Truck Campers
RE: Tire age?

Agree... Maxxis started in 1967 in Taiwan like I posted above.
JIMNLIN 12/12/22 12:25pm Travel Trailers
RE: Tire age?

Per a wiki says...... "Established in 1967, in Yuanlin City, Changhua County, Taiwan, by Luo Jye. Maxxis Tyres and CST tires are wholly owned subsidiaries of China mfg Cheng Shin Rubber Industry Company. Maxxis International says their ST8008 trailer tires are mfg in Thailand. Michelin doesn't mfg a 14"/15'/16' trailer tire but they do recommend their XPS Rib LT (comes in 16" load E sizes only) for commercial trailer service. They work great on rv and non rv trailers with 5k-6k axles. Maxxis ST8008 trailer tires have had their share of issues also but nothing like many made in china load C/D/E poly carcass tires.
JIMNLIN 12/12/22 07:42am Travel Trailers
RE: Ordering F-350 7.3 CCLB SRW - how big of camper can I get?

Glad I didnt check on this site before I bought my camper, I would of had to updrade to a DRW to haul my 1725lb dry camper on my ram 2500 lol :B
JIMNLIN 12/09/22 12:17pm Truck Campers
RE: Ordering F-350 7.3 CCLB SRW - how big of camper can I get?

Thanks, I guess this is why Ford's specs the other individual found say max cargo weight 3990 before options on the Lariat trim I was looking at. That still seems very doable for me with the 950s but I can't tell if I am just naive or actually will be packing lighter than other people. Its not just "stuff" we load our campers with but other ""necessary junk"" we carry in the truck.....this also adds to the truck rear suspension. Post around in other website truck camper forums and you get about the same wet weight/road ready numbers. I carried three different truck camper over 30 years ago before moving up in size to 5th wheel rv trailers. Having towed heavy GN trailers for a living it always surprised me how much weight was added to my trucks rear axle after loading both.
JIMNLIN 12/05/22 01:24pm Truck Campers
RE: Ordering F-350 7.3 CCLB SRW - how big of camper can I get?

Your F350 srw has a 7230 rawr that will be carrying most if not all of a trucks campers weight. These trucks rigged out like you say rear axle may weigh in the 3500+ lb range leaving around 3700 lbs max for a truck camper. I sure wouldn't exceed a tire/wheel or rear suspension rating. Add 4400 lbs in the bed over loads Fords 7230 rawr. That 4400 lb number is a gvwr payload and based on using the truck front and rear axles. Truck campers sit in the bed and add little if any weight to the front axle. GVWR payloads are better suited for lets say a work truck for a business that requires a over head rack that sits in the rear of a pickups frame/in the bed.... and on the trucks front frame rails. That way all 4400 lbs can be distributed on fawr and rawr. A 3100 lb truck camper ? By the time you load the camper out like you want and road ready it may weigh over 4000 lbs. Your looking at a one ton drw for weight carried in the bed like a truck camper.....or a lighter weight camper. Or mod the F350 srw rear suspension with 19.5" tires/wheels and air bags/etc.
JIMNLIN 12/05/22 06:50am Truck Campers
RE: Fun Town dealership

I've bought three different brand truck campers from their dealers and three 5th wheel rv trailers from two different dealers starting in the '60s and had very good experience with all of them. But I wouldn't make a ignorant statement all dealers or owners have had the same experience. RV industry is a spin off of the mobilehome industry and have worked in both in the '50s/'60/'70s (assy line in the '60s) so I knew what too expect. The rant from cad could be about many other many products. To the OP...I would post in other rv websites also and get even more perspective on the FR dealers you asked about. Some are actually friendly.
JIMNLIN 12/02/22 12:39pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: A punishing pace, safety issues and broken bodies

Some like to make a big deal out of one bad experience with unions protecting some one. Many times its just something they heard. There are lots of union haters. I've worked for 58 years and its been my experience there is still a need for unions today. I've been a member of United Aerospace Workers (UAW)....Transport Workers Union....IAM...and AFL/CIO in different mfg companies off and on since the late '50s. I've also worked in several non union shops in a mfg environment. Most had the good old boy system or the "click" system. IMO if a company treats employees fairly/equally there isn't a need for a union to represent them.
JIMNLIN 11/29/22 08:27pm Around the Campfire
RE: How much of rise on front of truck acceptable when hitched?

depends on several factors. That a lot of weight unloaded from the front of a small block/v6 1/2 ton truck. A 1/2 inch weight loss on my Dodge/Cummins/NV5600 means nothing. If you notice the front brakes sliding the tires on gravel roads or wet pavement then its time to add lost weight back to your trucks front axle. Axle weights before and after will tell you a better story.
JIMNLIN 11/27/22 08:16am Travel Trailers
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