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RE: How did I do this? - Bent Ball Mount

The OP didn't ask for opinions concerning the hitch brand. Bashing the hitch brand or its the brand products sure doesn't help the OP with his question. I would look at a new hitch with the same part number and see if it looks the same. This website needs a no brand bashing rule like one of my non rv forums that is ham radio/electronic Communication devices/etc. They have a no tolerance policy. One bash and your history. Its a great forum to learn without the "my brand is best and the other brand is junk" that is a fact of life on the website.
JIMNLIN 01/05/21 08:27am Towing
RE: Truck Camper and TT Combo

How do I figure out what the axle rating is? The 2500/3500 SRW Dodge/Ram from '03 on up use the AAM 11.5" rear axle which AAM rates it around 10800 ? lbs capacity. The 3500 DRW used the same 11.5" axle till sometime in the 20teens when Ram upgraded to the AAM 11.8" rear axle. Dodge/Ram derates it by using lower rated tires...wheels and rear spring packs. So you have around 3800 lbs of reserve capacity before exceeding AAM ratings. If I was dead set on using a TC that size on a 3500 SRW, I would load it all up then hit the scale to see how much help the trucks OEM tires...wheels...and rear suspension needs to be safe.
JIMNLIN 01/03/21 06:46am Truck Campers
RE: Truck Camper and TT Combo

Do you think the TC alone (not towing a TT) is still too much for my truck? Assuming we try to keep the tanks empty and pack light. What Kayteg1 has some good advice. Simple numbers tells you 3320 lb rear axle minus 7000 rawr leaves 3680 lbs. I wouldn't recommend driving 24/7 over axle/tire load ratings. Now if your just hauling 4k lbs of green wood or a load of RR ties from Lowes or a bed load of gravel for short run then you won't hurt the truck any.
JIMNLIN 01/02/21 12:10pm Truck Campers
RE: Truck Camper and TT Combo

Your idea was ok...its just any one ton SRW cannot carry 4000+ lb in the bed without exceeding the trucks 7000 RAWR. That 7000 RAWR will be the lessor of the tire...OEM wheels...rear spring pack. That high payload sticker comes from the trucks both axles. Just the fallacy of using GVWR number for how much load the rear axle can safely carry. Tires aren't the weak link anymore with many in the 3700-3800 lb range. The 18"-20" OEM wheels which are rated in the 3600 lb range. Rear spring packs about the same as OEM wheels. Just a higher rated tire won't get you there To use your 3500 SRW for your idea your gonna' need uprated 19.5" tire/wheels and rear suspension upgrades such as air bags or reworked rear springs for more load capacity.The rear axle is rated by its mfg in the 10k-11k range so its plenty strong up to that amount. Every truck owner should know their trucks front and rear separate axle weights before loading. This will be the workable payload for a TC and a TT hanging way out back.
JIMNLIN 01/01/21 08:17pm Truck Campers
RE: Greasing the hitch

I use high pressure red chassis grease from my grease gun on the ball and heavy contact spots on the 1200 bars/10k trailer. The truck gained 6 mpg and another 200 lbs of capacity :B Hey Jim...good to see your humorous side! Must be the thought of a new, hopefully better year! :) Jerry Its a tribal thing. But, a better year would be good for us all.
JIMNLIN 12/31/20 07:51pm Travel Trailers
RE: SRW Tires

The Ford Super Duty brochure showed that the F-250 used a lighter capacity axle from 2011 through about 2015. There was a great debate online with most contending that the same axle is used in both the 250 and 350 SRW for mass production cost saving. Ford tech guys over on FTE forums say the F250/F350 SRW 6.7 diesel gets the same rear axle with the larger diameter axle shafts. They also say its the F250 gasser engine with much less torque get the smaller rear axle (smaller diameter axle shafts). Make sense as axle shafts on the full floater rear ends has nothing to do with carrying weight. The axle shafts just twists the gears. The two bearings in the axle tube ends carry the load.
JIMNLIN 12/31/20 12:03pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Greasing the hitch

I use high pressure red chassis grease from my grease gun on the ball and heavy contact spots on the 1200 bars/10k trailer. The truck gained 6 mpg and another 200 lbs of capacity :B
JIMNLIN 12/31/20 11:39am Travel Trailers
RE: Employment VS Unemployment

I always find it amusing how many folks think all others should or could climb the ladder of success like they did. I'm nearing 80 now but I learned many years ago one can't paint a picture of how to climb that ladder of success that fits all others. Impossible. My ladder had periods of drawing unemployment from layoffs....economy down turns ....oil and gas industry crashes...other reasons above my control. I made it through but many others didn't....for their own reasons. For the millions out of work do to covid-19 unemployment will be their life line for many months like my 31 year old neighbor with a wife and 5 kids (3 his and 2 hers). She takes care of the kids. She was doing house cleaning part time but c19 stopped that. He had a full time and part time job but both are gone due to c19. Unemployment and a min wage part time job is keeping the kids fed. I'm sure right now hundreds of thousands of other new families are faced with the same problems as my neighbor.
JIMNLIN 12/31/20 08:31am Around the Campfire
RE: GMC/Silverado 2500 Gas

So probably a 5.3. That explains your experience. You made a huge jump. Not only did you get the 6.6 but you went to 3/4 ton or better. It would have been a huge jump in towing performance also from his '12 1500 with the old low hp/torque to the newer 1500 5.3 with 355 hp and 383 torque and a 8 or 10 speed tranny. Of course anytime one moves from a older low performance 1/2 ton size truck to any new gen 3/4 ton truck with a bigger engine/heavier chassis/more axle load capacity its a big plus. The wife is looking for a new 2500 GMC 4wd crew cab std bed now to replace her '16 1500 4wd 5.3 355/383 engine with the 6 speed tranny. She's leaning a bit towards the 6.6 gazzer over the Dmax but hasn't made her final decision. I'm guiding her towards the gazzer as her truck won't be pulling any of my heavier trailers (14k-16k lbs). I still have my Dodge/Cummins NV5600 tranny for that purpose.
JIMNLIN 12/31/20 07:28am Tow Vehicles
RE: Busted!

I've owned truck campers....a TT and several 5th wheel rv trailers but I sure wouldn't want one parked next door to me that stuck out next to my front yard so I had to look at it every day. Dangz things look like a gawdy painted storage shed on wheels anyway :B WE lived in a housing addition from '66 to '75. The wife and I were country kids and we hated every year in that addition. Bought this 40 acres in '76. Now my 32' gawdy painted storage shed on wheels sits in a trailer barn...and I or my closest neighbor 1/2 mile away don't have to look at it. :)
JIMNLIN 12/30/20 08:46pm Travel Trailers
RE: Collecting 5th wheel Tow Data, just for fun, 2000 mile trip

I have over 1.2 million miles pulling mostly GN trailers commercially with the same size trucks we rv with, and I'm always amazed how rv folks can tell by looking a truck is overloaded. I can't. No way I or anyone could say a particular truck is overloaded without a front and rear axle scale ticket. You can’t tell when a truck is sitting on its axle? Or when the front end rises up? Or the guy fighting sway b/c he’s not set up correctly? I can. I guess I’m gifted. You said your looking for overloaded 1/2 tons....not 1/2 tons sitting in the bump stops. And incorrect set up can cause sway but doesn't mean the truck is overloaded. Your biggest battle with looking for a overload condition will be in knowing if that 1500 GM was a std duty 6800 gvwr and 3800 rawr. Or was it the 1500 with a 8600 gvwr and 6000 rawr. Same with the F150 that has 13 different GAWRs from 6200 up to 8200 with a 3800/4050/4550/4800 rawr. All this while going down the highway.....IMO it can't be done. I would stick with looking for a 1/2 ton sitting on the bump stops for a overload condition.
JIMNLIN 12/29/20 12:19pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Employment VS Unemployment

Very few people with families or a individual will choose unemployment that ends in a few weeks vs a steady job that pays the bills and puts food on the table. I don't know of anyone who does this. Does it happen. I'm sure a few people do it but the vast majority IMO don't. The topic always turns political ie;... poor vs not poor....low wage earner vs high wage earner....C word vs L word....other reasons its a political hated or liked program.
JIMNLIN 12/29/20 09:54am Around the Campfire
RE: SRW Tires

With todays 18" and 20" LT E in the 3800-4000 lb range tires the weak link is OEM wheels and OEM rear spring pack ratings. F250's come with 17" or 18" and 20" wheels so moving up to LT E in a 20" wheel gains a lot of capacity over 17" sizes.
JIMNLIN 12/29/20 08:32am Tow Vehicles
RE: Busted!

I've been researching storage places. I only need to find a place for the months of February and March this year, because they gave me to the end of January to comply. I'll probably move it to storage this year and then work on making a place for it in the back yard. The tree is no stately, towering, majestic natural wonder. It was damaged in an ice storm many years ago, and it is sort of ugly as a result. It won't be missed. The leveling and other work can be done relatively inexpensively. -Speak I think this is the right decision Speak. Maybe you can make some coin from this. Is the tree a hardwood tree that you could cut up, split and sell face cords or smaller bundles of firewood? Craigslist and Facebook marketplace would be your friend in that case. Good advice even if you give the wood to some one that removes tree like yours. I had the same thing happen to me when we moved into a new housing addition with no HOA protection out of the city limits. In five years time the addition looked like a slum area on the wrong side of town. Dump trucks..garbage trucks...service trucks...broken down cars...race cars on trailers...fishing boats...rvs of all types sitting in mud in new homes front yards yards. At that time I had a 9' 6" truck camper sitting beside my garage. One neighbor had a tree service including removal. He also was in the same fix with his equipment and even sold firewood out of his front yard. Anywayz he removed two hackberry trees for the wood. I then made a double gate in the chain link fence wide enough to back the truck through. I added 3/4" crusher run limestone and let bermuda grass grow over it so the gravel didn't show. Most welcomed the new city codes as the addition lost the slum look.
JIMNLIN 12/29/20 08:14am Travel Trailers
RE: Collecting 5th wheel Tow Data, just for fun, 2000 mile trip

I have over 1.2 million miles pulling mostly GN trailers commercially with the same size trucks we rv with, and I'm always amazed how rv folks can tell by looking a truck is overloaded. I can't. No way I or anyone could say a particular truck is overloaded without a front and rear axle scale ticket.
JIMNLIN 12/29/20 07:22am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Scary Incidents in Life, Part 1

My experience with a mountain lion was in the mid '50s in central Oklahoma in scrub oak/erosion washed gullies. I'm a 13 year old and pond hopping/duck hunting by myself. I've slipped that pond for several years during duck season. I was almost to the pond standing on a higher point where two draws became one. I stood still for maybe 5 min figuring the best way to come up behind the pond dam. I happened to look to my right which was down the the main draw and saw what looked like a bob cat slipping through brush to get to that draw. Just as the he came in the clear he stopped frozen and looked straight at me. I thought it funny a bob cat had a 6' long tail till he jumped down into the draw which came out under me. I realized it was a mountain lion. I can still see those yellow eyes. I had a 16 ga auto with #4 lead shot. As I started backing the other direction towards a open field I shucked the 4s and put two 00 buck shot loads in...and beat it home. I wasn't interested in killing him but would have pulled the trigger if he attacked...I hoped. I told my dad and a uncle who was visiting. The next morning we all three were going to run the pond. Nothing was on it so we went to the spot the big cat dropped into the gully. WE found his tracks that lead right up to the point where I was at. WE have lots of bob cats but the big cats usually are roaming young toms according to the state game rangers....and very rare. It was three years before I got enough nerve to run that pond again.
JIMNLIN 12/28/20 01:25pm Around the Campfire
RE: Collecting 5th wheel Tow Data, just for fun, 2000 mile trip

And HOW are you going to know they’re overloaded? I guess some can tell by just looking. We get those silly "look what I saw posts" with a picture of some type of vehicle pulling a trailer or carrying something...then claim its overloaded.
JIMNLIN 12/28/20 12:52pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: determining pay load capacity

Lots of opinions what CADOT will use to determine a overloaded truck. AS we see it certainly not a registered gvw or the mfg gvwr per this paste and copy email from a RV.net member (I don't remember the name) several years back. Its long but this will give the OP facts not rv website fiction about what numbers she can safely/legally use and what numbers are not used if the vehicle is ever stopped and weighed. ***This is in response to your electronic mail dated October 14, 2009. First, allow me to apologize for the untimely response to your e-mail. My staff recently received your request and by the date of your e-mail, it appears to have been lost in the system. You were requesting information pertaining to state laws limiting the gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) and/or gross combined weight rating (GCWR) for fifth wheel and recreational vehicle owners. I have answered each of your questions in the order asked. Q: “Many of the owners travel over their tow vehicle GVWR and /or GCWR. Are there any state laws against this? Or does the owner just take the risk if they wish?” A: The California Vehicle Code (CVC) does not contain a law that specifically limits the amount of weight a vehicle may tow based on the towing vehicle GVWR or GCWR. There are, however, laws that limit the amount a vehicle may tow based on other criteria. Section 21715(b) CVC prohibits a motor vehicle under 4,000 pounds unladen from towing any vehicle weighing 6,000 pounds or more gross weight. This section would apply to smaller pickups and Sport Utility Vehicles attempting to tow large trailers. Section 1085(d) of Title 13 California Code of Regulations prohibits the loading of tires above the maximum load rating marked on the tire, or if unmarked the maximum load rating as specified in the applicable Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard, or in a publication furnished to the public by the tire manufacturer. This would most likely happen in the case of a pickup truck towing a large fifth wheel travel trailer, as those types of trailers tend to transfer a larger portion of their weight to the last axle of the towing unit causing that axle to exceed the tire load limits. Section 24002(a) CVC prohibits a vehicle or combination of vehicles which is in an unsafe condition or which is not safely loaded and which presents an immediate safety hazard from operating on the highway. This section provides officers the authority to stop a vehicle or combination of vehicles that is, in the officer’s opinion, unsafe to operate on the highway. This section could be used to prohibit a driver from continuing until the unsafe condition is fixed. Q: “If they were to have an accident would they be cited?” A: The officer investigating the collision would make the determination whether to cite the driver based on evidence collected during the investigation and the determination of the cause of the collision. Q: “Would their insurance company pay damages?” A: Please contact your insurance company to obtain damage claim information. I trust this has adequately answered your questions. Should you desire any further information, please contact Officer Ron Leimer, of my staff, at (916) 445-1865. Sincerely, S. B. DOWLING, Captain Commander Commercial Vehicle Section" *** (eoq) Pretty much nails down the last axle/tire of the tow vehicle which in the OPs case is the F350 srw rear axle/tire load ratings will be used for weighing a overloaded vehicle.
JIMNLIN 12/28/20 12:27pm Tow Vehicles
RE: What PSI for tires?

Yes run the max sidewall pressures. Most likely a ST235/80-16 E at around 3500 lbs capacity. Four tires gets you around 14000 lbs of capacity on your trailers 14350 gvwr. Donn't mess around with those minimum tire pressure/load charts with those 80 psi E tires and that size trailer.
JIMNLIN 12/28/20 07:00am Fifth-Wheels
RE: What PSI for tires?

IMO he doesn't need to read pages of tire jargon What he will be getting is a broader perspective in answers from a actual tire engineer on this subject with no rude comments. Not sure what’s rude ,if you are referring to tire jargon , so be it . But with his fifth wheel, GVWR, I’m not sure doing anything but inflating those OE tires to max inflation , and hope for the best , considering there is a good chance they are a cheap ST tire .You might want to elaborate on what more would be gained by reading pages of tire terminology, and still not coming up with max inflation . I’m sure you could condense it to something besides pages of reading . The rude comments that were made wasn't done by you but was done towards the OP by others. Your advise to use max sidewall pressures is right on. However Tireman9 blogs goes into tech details why its necessary to do so which the OP may or may not be interested so he or you don't have to read it. OP if your trailer has 7k or even 8k axles the best on the market for price and long term reliability is the S637 Sailun ST G load range which is a commercial grade all steel ply carcass tire made for the service trailer industry. There a long term tire with a long service life and work great on rv trailers. The S637 in a ST235/80-16 G at 4080 lbs capacity at 110 psi. Just make sure the wheels can handle the higher pressure needed.
JIMNLIN 12/27/20 06:56pm Fifth-Wheels
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