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RE: Ram 2500 only carries 2300 lbs.

Since a few of you guys have Ram pick-ups let me ask about your real world experience. The 5er my wife is looking at has an advertised hitch weight of 2580lbs so I'm sure actual loaded hitch weight will be at least 2800lbs. I'm wondering how much my 2500 Ram will sag. For a real world pin weight estimate use 20% or the trailer GVWR. Forget the brochure numbers. Ken
TXiceman 03/07/21 04:47pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Ram 2500 only carries 2300 lbs.

What I do not understand is why don't people just buy the right truck to carry and pull the trailer. Trying to justify propping up too small of a truck with air springs just does not make sense. If your rear axle and tires cannot carry the weight, you are a danger to yourself as well as others. Ken
TXiceman 02/26/21 08:32am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Will it be difficult to find a reliable 5er on a 20K budget

As noted, look at the older higher end 5ers. The new ones are junk compared to the older ones. Ken
TXiceman 02/25/21 08:27am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Help! Nu Wa manual desperately needed

Kansas RV Center NuWa still has an RV center here. Daryl and Rick are a wealth on information on the HitchHikers. Give them a call. They provide great service. Ken
TXiceman 02/24/21 08:49am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Help! Nu Wa manual desperately needed

I also second the NuWa forum. I sent you a private message. Ken
TXiceman 02/23/21 11:30am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Why is 5th wheel standard vs Gooseneck?

Why is a gooseneck harder on the trailer frame than a 5er? Is it because the length of the neck down to the ball is longer than a 5er? We are thinking of going from a TT to a 5er, and just trying to learn. The lever arm on the GN is longer than on a 5th wheel pinbox. On either one, it takes the same force to move the trailer forward. With the longer lever arm and the same force, you get a higher stress transferred to the frame where the pinbox attaches. Ken
TXiceman 02/19/21 09:44pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Why is 5th wheel standard vs Gooseneck?

You do not want a goose neck trailer. They are harder to hook up, require chains and over stress the RV frames that are designed for a 5th wheel. Ken
TXiceman 02/19/21 04:43pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Just bought a new 5th wheel

Make sure you do a short trip before you head out on the longer trip to make sure everything is working right. Ken
TXiceman 02/17/21 06:14pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Towing Limits of 7.3 Powerstroke

We had a 2002, 7.3L dually that we used to tow pretty much at rated limits. The truck had a SuperChips Micro Tuner and gauges for Pyro, boost and tranny temp. The tranny is a weak point in those trucks. I installed an upgraded torque converter, large stacked plate oil cooler and ran synthetic tranny oil. The truck did a great job, but I had to keep an eye on the pyro when pulling grades and back out of it at times. Keep an eye on the tranny temp and pyro and roll on. The exhaust brake would be great. Ken
TXiceman 02/17/21 06:12pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Need Advice on Best Brand for Front Living w/ Loft

You won't find much better materials until you move up to custom 5ers like SpaceCraft and New Horizon. Even Mobile Suites (DRV) and Redwood use Lippert frames and suspension. Another issue we see with the front living units is that are shorter on storage space in the kitchen and rear bedroom. This is definite no for us since we are full time. Ken
TXiceman 02/17/21 09:24am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Heated hose

We are north of Houston during this horrible weather. One of our idiot neighbors with a heated hose totally missed on the common sense. He has his heated hose on and plugged in. He carefully wrapped the faucet with an old towel and taped it in place. Problem is there is about 30" of exposed PVC pipe coming up from the ground that he totally ignored and did not insulate or heat trace. Guess what?....that pipe froze and he complains that the heated hose does not work. Ken
TXiceman 02/16/21 06:19am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Heated hose

I found that to be a pain in the ass. I liked just slightly run the cold water side of the kitchen faucet. If you want pain--wait until the 3 inch sewer hose freezes. Then you will have tremendous fun trying to thaw it. Having a heat wave today--it is only -5 F. (plenty cold enough to freeze a sewer hose). Solution is to drain both tanks, close the valves and then make sure the sewer hose is drained. Wait until it is warm enough and drain as needed.
TXiceman 02/15/21 04:06pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Air Bag Pressure

I am a retired mechanical engineer and I go with numbers and ratings. Equipment is designed and rated to be safe by engineers, not backyard mechanics. Believe what you wish and the best of luck on the air springs and over loaded trucks. Ken Ken, just curious, what's your response to severe truck squat well before your numbers and sticker ratings are reached? First thing is to make sure of the weight and you are not overloaded. I run air springs on my DRW to help the ride. My pin weight and fuel load put me close on the trucks capacity, but I am under. I run 35 to 40 psig which is enough to lift the truck enough to get it off the overload springs and get a less harsh ride. Without the air strings, it rides rough under load. So if it is to improve load, fine, but don't count on them to handle overloads. Ken
TXiceman 02/14/21 08:14pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Looking for New Fifth Wheel with Bigger Windows

Bigger window equals reduce cabinet space for storage, more heat gain in the summer and more heat loss in the winter. Nope I want one with smaller windows. Ken
TXiceman 02/14/21 04:05pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Air Bag Pressure

I am a retired mechanical engineer and I go with numbers and ratings. Equipment is designed and rated to be safe by engineers, not backyard mechanics. Believe what you wish and the best of luck on the air springs and over loaded trucks. Ken
TXiceman 02/14/21 09:44am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Air Bag Pressure

I run 20psi just to help the coil springs on the dips at bridges. TXiceman, my air bags say I can carry 5,000 lbs more. LOL The air springs DO NOT increase the load capacity of the truck. All you can say is the air springs an carry 5000#. The truck is rated for what is stamped on the stickers inside the door jamb. Ken
TXiceman 02/13/21 10:23am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Air Bag Pressure

No two trucks and trailers are the same. You have to adjust the air pressure to what is right for your rig. Generally you want to run the pressure up to the point that you are just lifted off the overload springs and the ride is comfortable. Remember that you have a 3/4 ton truck and they are limited on cargo carrying or payload capacity. The air springs do not increase the trucks capacity to carry a load. Ken
TXiceman 02/13/21 07:48am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Ready for a new awning...

We have one power awning and one manual awning. The power awning is used a lot more than the manual since all it takes is a button push. We never leave either awning out if it is storming, so< i'd never know if one of them leaked. Ken
TXiceman 02/13/21 07:42am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Not a Great Week for Travel

We did not ask the northerners to send there lousy weather south to the Texas coast, but we got it and by Monday and Tuesday it will be bad. They are predicting freezes all the way to the RGV with winter precipitation almost to the RGV. Just northwest of Houston is predicted to be 8 to 12 degF and below freezing for at least 5 nights. A couple of days never getting above freezing. Like one fellow posted ... To all my northern friends....Your stinking weather is in front yard and drunk. Come get it NOW. Ken
TXiceman 02/13/21 07:39am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Anyone towing 5ver with lifted truck?

Are you prepared to lift the 5er with a sub-frame and remount the whole trailer suspension system so that you will have the trailer level when towing? Additionally, lifting the trailer will raise the center of gravity and make the whole rig less stable. Best suggestion is to stick with a travel trailer and a dropped hitch. Or you could put the truck back to stock height. Ken
TXiceman 02/11/21 07:11pm Fifth-Wheels
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