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RE: Thinking about the next Tow Vehicle

Nick I had two 3500 lb tandems, plus hitch wight to work with. Lightest I wieghed was 5300 total. A semi quick overnight. MartyYou didn’t answer my question. But the better question is - Do you recommend the OP load up his 25 foot trailer with 1400 lbs of stuff and head out on the highway? But in reality that’s just a hypothetical question also. The real question is “OP, what is the GVWR of “your” trailer.” That’s the real info needed for any realistic advice. Baffles me why in 4 pages no one bothered to ask that question- instead of speculating about what that trailer should weigh out on the road. The OP has been using the trailer for a while now right? I think a much better question would be what the actual weight of the trailer is. If it is more than rating, (Likely) might want to adjust. But that is the number needs to tow. I don’t think the weight were towing is exceeding the 1/2 ton Ram? If the dry weight is 5100#, I can’t believe we have a lot of extra weight, we’ve got our chairs/loungers, cords, solar lights in the pass thru, some pots and pans, toaster, electric skillet, crockpot, blankets, towels, toilet paper, paper towels, minimum dry good groceries. We’re not hauling water in the tank. In the TV, 2 adults, 2 dogs, cooler, small toolbox.
Surgtech94 07/10/22 09:15am Tow Vehicles
RE: Thinking about the next Tow Vehicle

Nick I had two 3500 lb tandems, plus hitch wight to work with. Lightest I wieghed was 5300 total. A semi quick overnight. MartyYou didn’t answer my question. But the better question is - Do you recommend the OP load up his 25 foot trailer with 1400 lbs of stuff and head out on the highway? But in reality that’s just a hypothetical question also. The real question is “OP, what is the GVWR of “your” trailer.” That’s the real info needed for any realistic advice. Baffles me why in 4 pages no one bothered to ask that question- instead of speculating about what that trailer should weigh out on the road. GVWR/PNBV 3091 KG (6800 Weight of cargo should not exceed 1670 lbs GAWR (each axle) PNBE 3500 lb
Surgtech94 07/10/22 07:35am Tow Vehicles
RE: Thinking about the next Tow Vehicle

Thanks everyone for the education! I really appreciate the advice and information. Whatever vehicle, probably a truck will see more miles being a Tow Vehicle. We’ve had good luck with Dodge but looking at other options. I think the older Toyota Tundras were V8 but the new ones are V6 ? Probably the main focus is going to be Dodge, Toyota Tundra and Ford. Our 1/2 ton Ram with the TT does move some in the wind, so maybe a 3/4 ton especially if we stayed with Dodge. Your mentioning current truck trailer moves in the wind. Is that a side to side rock? Or fishtailing behind? If side to side, no big, you're going to get that with an 8 lug truck too. I moved a half a lane going across I205 in Portland getting hit by the 60-80mph side winds with my trailer in tow once. That was a 9200 gvwr SW 3500 diesel crew cab! I should mention I looked at Toyotas too. Issue with them as mention, thirsty! I'm computing more than towing hauling.....I was going for the motors that got me 18-25 mpg. Toyota does come with a 10.5" rear diff, vs mostly 9.5" with others. Although the GM 4 3 like I have, came with a AAM 10 bolt 8.5" rear. The V8s come with a 9.5, same as some 2500's I've had. With Ford, watch the axle ratings, they have a lot of options. For my use, the 2.7EB looked very promising towing my 6500 lb equipment trailer. But I could not find any with a 3500-4000 lb RA. If you can find one, as noted, quite powerfully, good at elevation due to turbo, decent mileage empty. Towing like any of the gas rigs, 8-12 on bad/good days etc. Marty I think it might be more fish tailing because slowing down it goes away
Surgtech94 07/09/22 04:53pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Thinking about the next Tow Vehicle

Thanks everyone for the education! I really appreciate the advice and information. Whatever vehicle, probably a truck will see more miles being a Tow Vehicle. We’ve had good luck with Dodge but looking at other options. I think the older Toyota Tundras were V8 but the new ones are V6 ? Probably the main focus is going to be Dodge, Toyota Tundra and Ford. Our 1/2 ton Ram with the TT does move some in the wind, so maybe a 3/4 ton especially if we stayed with Dodge. Your mentioning current truck trailer moves in the wind. Is that a side to side rock? Or fishtailing behind? If side to side, no big, you're going to get that with an 8 lug truck too. I moved a half a lane going across I205 in Portland getting hit by the 60-80mph side winds with my trailer in tow once. That was a 9200 gvwr SW 3500 diesel crew cab! I should mention I looked at Toyotas too. Issue with them as mention, thirsty! I'm computing more than towing hauling.....I was going for the motors that got me 18-25 mpg. Toyota does come with a 10.5" rear diff, vs mostly 9.5" with others. Although the GM 4 3 like I have, came with a AAM 10 bolt 8.5" rear. The V8s come with a 9.5, same as some 2500's I've had. With Ford, watch the axle ratings, they have a lot of options. For my use, the 2.7EB looked very promising towing my 6500 lb equipment trailer. But I could not find any with a 3500-4000 lb RA. If you can find one, as noted, quite powerfully, good at elevation due to turbo, decent mileage empty. Towing like any of the gas rigs, 8-12 on bad/good days etc. Marty Thank you. I need to research axle rating information
Surgtech94 07/09/22 04:51pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Thinking about the next Tow Vehicle

Thanks everyone for the education! I really appreciate the advice and information. Whatever vehicle, probably a truck will see more miles being a Tow Vehicle. We’ve had good luck with Dodge but looking at other options. I think the older Toyota Tundras were V8 but the new ones are V6 ? Probably the main focus is going to be Dodge, Toyota Tundra and Ford. Our 1/2 ton Ram with the TT does move some in the wind, so maybe a 3/4 ton especially if we stayed with Dodge.
Surgtech94 07/09/22 06:24am Tow Vehicles
RE: Thinking about the next Tow Vehicle

Thank you for all the information. I need to start researching
Surgtech94 07/08/22 05:01pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Thinking about the next Tow Vehicle

Thinking about the next tow vehicle, currently leasing a Dodge Ram 1/2 ton. and going to buy something used. Our TT is 5,100 lbs - dry weight, 25 ft.. Anyone towing with a newer V6 either truck or SUV ? Any ‘ya or nay’ for Toyota Tundra, Toyato Tacoma, Jeep Grand Cherokee(V8), Dodge Durango. Thank you in advance Maybe it's because I just woke up from my nap, but I read I HAVE NO IDEA HOW MUCH WEIGHT I WANT TO TOW, CAN SOMEBODY TELL ME WHAT I NEED TO TOW IT? First step is weigh your rig ready to go, then drop trailer and weigh again. Even better would be a 3rd pass with everything unloaded. That will tell you what you expect to tow and haul I know it adds up fast, but We don’t carry a lot of extra. It’s 2 of us, 2 dogs, typical food/groceries. A truck will tow what we have and need, but wondering will we notice a difference in towing with a 1/2 ton vs 3/4 ton. Is a V6 truck almost as capable as a 1/2? Will a truck tow better then a SUV with same engine/drive train? One thing I forgot to ask in my original post. What about truck beds? So many of the crew cabs come with a short bed,
Surgtech94 07/08/22 03:14pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Thinking about the next Tow Vehicle

Thr Ford 3.5 evo boost seems to be a decent mpg rig empty if ones foot is not lead in nature. Towing, on par with most rigs. Takes a certain amount of energy to move 12-13000 lbs be it with a 4, 6 or 8 banger. GM I4 turbo might be an option in the Corado or fill size 1500 pickup. Like the Ecoboost, has a turbo, won't be effected with elevations like a non turbo motor. The 6 cyl diesel also is an option. Ive pulled upwards of 8500 with my GM 4.3 V6. The trailer was not a high profile TT equal. I was easily doing 50-55 up a 3-4% freeway grade. An RV trailer I would swag 5 mph slower?!!;? Due to aerodynamics..... I did not look at Ram trucks looking a year plus ago before buying my 1500 4.3. multiple boxes for different asst items I could not check off. I'm sure it's a good truck too if your wants are different than mine. Marty Thank you. I know nothing about GM or Fords. Never thought about diesel. We haven’t bought used in a long time, have been leasing, now being retired and not putting on more then 8,000 miles a year, we’ve decided to buy used.
Surgtech94 07/08/22 02:21pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Thinking about the next Tow Vehicle

I was just looking at some older posts and think maybe we should stay with some sort of a truck? Is there that much difference between a 1/2 ton and 3/4 ton truck with a TT around 5,100 lbs? Some camping friends are towing a 31 ft TT with a 1/2 tone Silverado
Surgtech94 07/08/22 02:05pm Tow Vehicles
Thinking about the next Tow Vehicle

Thinking about the next tow vehicle, currently leasing a Dodge Ram 1/2 ton. and going to buy something used. Our TT is 5,100 lbs - dry weight, 25 ft.. Anyone towing with a newer V6 either truck or SUV ? Any ‘ya or nay’ for Toyota Tundra, Toyato Tacoma, Jeep Grand Cherokee(V8), Dodge Durango. Thank you in advance
Surgtech94 07/08/22 01:33pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Cleaning Water Jugs

I usually use Hydrogen Peroxide. It's not caustic or harmful like bleach and still disinfects. Pour a bit in the bottles, fill with water, let sit for a bit and dump and let air dry. Thank you
Surgtech94 06/30/22 10:16am General RVing Issues
Cleaning Water Jugs

We have a couple of 6 gallon Water Jugs(Camco) that I’d like to clean/disinfect the inside of. So we can use these to add additional water to the camper. What’s the best way? We have a water filter, but won’t attach to the water jugs. Thank you
Surgtech94 06/30/22 09:07am General RVing Issues
RE: Traveling with Propane on

Thank you everyone for the information. Yes, forgot our fridge was Automatic. But I believe I have to turn propane on and light stove to make sure propane is flowing to fridge? How do I know if fridge ignited on propane? TY
Surgtech94 06/30/22 09:04am General RVing Issues
RE: Traveling with Propane on

Yes, we always ran with LP on UNTIL we stopped for fuel. I would pull over before we got to the station and turn it off at the cylinder. After fueling, I would pull out of the station, or at least away from the fuel pumps, and turn it back on. Then I would enter the TT to make sure the frig was lit again. Safety first!! Thank you. Have you ever had to relight the stove to make sure propane was still flowing to the fridge? One last question, at home do you start off with the fridge on electric and then switch to propane when you leave ? Or just start off with the propane at home before you leave? Thank you
Surgtech94 06/29/22 06:17pm General RVing Issues
Traveling with Propane on

Do you travel with the propane on to run the refrigerator? What safety measures need to be taken? We haven’t been traveling more then 1 1/2 hours from home, so our fridge hasn’t cooled down much, but planning on some longer trips. Thanks In Advance
Surgtech94 06/29/22 05:48pm General RVing Issues
RE: Awning Repair Kit Recommendations

Thank you for the replies. I’m going to order some tape tomorrow. We’ve got a trip end of next week.
Surgtech94 06/17/22 06:51am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Awning Repair Kit Recommendations

The dealer told me there’s a tape or glue/sealer. The TT isn’t quite 2 years old so the material isn’t in bad shape. We have about 4 or 5 trips this year
Surgtech94 06/13/22 10:05am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
Awning Repair Kit Recommendations

Looking for a recommendation for an awning repair kit or tape. We have a less the a pea size bigger then a pin hole in our awning near the top of our camper. We don’t want to replace the awning. We’re going to be either going to a motor home or a smaller TT. Thank you in advance
Surgtech94 06/13/22 07:46am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Blackstone Griddle or ?

Thanks everyone! I think we’re going to do the Blackstone 17 inch. I saw a griddle called a Fire Disc, but quite expensive IMO. I came across a YouTube video on how to season the Blackstone, along with accessory kit. We do have a small cast iron Weber gas grill, but never use it, we use the electric skillet and this Blackstone should be a nice replacement for both.
Surgtech94 05/12/22 02:39am Around the Campfire
Blackstone Griddle or ?

I’m thinking about getting a Blackstone 17” Gas Griddle for the 2 of us. Or any other griddle we should look it ? Thank you
Surgtech94 05/11/22 01:50pm Around the Campfire
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