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RE: Tongue height

We just got a new tow rig. I’m setting the hitch highthand I’m not sure we’re it should be. Right now I have the truck level, the truck tongue is level, and the back bumper is level. Is this good or do I need to drop the tongue an inch or 2? Usually you want to back the truck up to the trailer, Don't hook up. But have the trailer level. Set the ball at least ONE inch higher than the trailer coupler. (Make sure the trailer is level). Then hook up, and adjust the weight carrying bar to the point that the front of the truck comes back down to with in 1/2 inch of the height it was before you hooked up. IF you get the front right. The back usually takes care of itself. Just make sure the back of the truck is NO HIGHER than it was unhooked.. BTW. the trailer needs to be level after you hook up as well. Nose up, or nose down can cause a poor towing experience, AND cause the axles / tires to carry more weight than the other, and could cause tire failure.
Terryallan 09/15/20 05:02pm Travel Trailers
RE: TT tire pressure - sticker or tire PSI?

OK so I'm either going to do what vahalla suggests (E to spare and get a D, less $$) or go all E like time2roll suggests (put a good D on the spare, more $$$). Seems a shame to get rid of tires with no wear on them, maybe 10,000 total miles, but then I'm gonna have to get rid of them in 2 years anyway. Have to call my tire dealer and see what is what. Thanks for the input. So I think I'll have a beer. Get rid of them. Or your going to spend more time on the side of the road. And I say that from experiance. Tires ROT sitting still. Tires lubricate themselves when the flex while rolling. No rolling no lube. so they dry out. Does NOT matter how many miles they have on them, as you already found out. Again before you get high PSI tires. Be sure your rims can take it. I would get them off before your next trip. Or keep an eye out for a place to pull over. Especially if you had to go very far on the single tire after one blew. It more than likely damaged it further. And I can't stress this enough. Get good tires. Either Maxxis or Endurance.
Terryallan 09/15/20 04:57pm Travel Trailers
RE: TT tire pressure - sticker or tire PSI?

We lets think about your rims as well? Steel, or aluminum? What is the tire pressure they are rated for. As you mentioned the original spare was a C with a max PSI of 50LB. Can your rims handle 80 PSI? I would just get 4 new Ds and be done with it, and they would be good Ds as well. Either MAXXIS, or Endurance.. not cheap china tires. and sir them to the sidewall max
Terryallan 09/15/20 10:09am Travel Trailers
RE: TT tire pressure - sticker or tire PSI?

Didn't blow out on driveway, but after 30 mile trip. Tire date is 0817, so 3 years old, which makes sense since this is a 2018 TT. The sticker says D tire. Good Sam guy installed an E. I figured E was better than D, but at this point I didn't have any choice: he was here, he had a tire that fit, I had no spare. Dumb me. The spare that came with the trailer was an old C rated tire, which I intended to replace the day I found out, but due to covid insanity, family insanity, and my own insanity, forgot to take care of it. I'm thinking I should put all my D tires to 65 per sticker and on tire sidewall, like I have done for the previous 7000 miles. And pump the E tire up to 70 and hope for the best. Put the E on the spare tire rim and get a new D if the others are only 3yrs old and appear to be in good condition otherwise...but keep a close eye on the others and plan in about 2-4yrs replacing the other 3 regardless of miles. When you did the 30mile trip, did you check the pressure before departure? Was there any sign of a nail or other road damage causing the failure? 3 years is the life of a trailer tire that sits alot. I have blown 3 trailer tires perfectly aired up. All 3 were at the beginning of their 3rd year. I will never again run a triler tire into it's 5th year.
Terryallan 09/15/20 10:05am Travel Trailers
RE: 5.3 vs 6.2

you would be gaining 55 CI. Would be much stronger up, and down the mountain. Plus with the newer technology. More power again.
Terryallan 09/15/20 09:58am Tow Vehicles
RE: Sway Bars

Sway bars are for just what they say. They stop the sway when a large truck or bus passes. I am sure they would be nessessary with a tiny house. 4 point equilsier has built in sway control. You only need to add 1 sway bar. not quite. Sway bars are for those times when sway is induced in a emergency situation, like dodging a accident, or animal. They are only to help dampen sway once it starts. truth is. a properly setup trailer should never sway. EVEN when passed by a truck, or buss. You will feel them pass. but they should not push or pull you out of your lane. IF they do. You have problems that sway control will never fix.. Need to go back and work on the hitch adjustment some more. 18 wheelers do not bother my trailer in the least. I can feel them, but that is all. truth is. I can feel minivans more. but that is a normal thing. Not something sway control fixes, because it is NOT sway. Sway is when the trailer starts moving around all by itself for no reason other than it is unbalanced. This. A lot of people on here really don’t know what sway is and isn’t. I travel mostly back roads and never feel a semi coming and going by. Don’t feel a semi passing me, either on a 4 lane road. No they don't know what it is, and instead of trying to fix the problem that is causing sway. they try to hide it under sway control. A very dangerous thing to do.. because some day it will come out from under the sway control bandaid and bite you. I made sure my Tt did not sway period. then put sway control on it. For those emergency manuvers, and other emergencies
Terryallan 09/11/20 06:17pm Travel Trailers
RE: Sway Bars

Sway bars are for just what they say. They stop the sway when a large truck or bus passes. I am sure they would be nessessary with a tiny house. 4 point equilsier has built in sway control. You only need to add 1 sway bar. not quite. Sway bars are for those times when sway is induced in a emergency situation, like dodging a accident, or animal. They are only to help dampen sway once it starts. truth is. a properly setup trailer should never sway. EVEN when passed by a truck, or buss. You will feel them pass. but they should not push or pull you out of your lane. IF they do. You have problems that sway control will never fix.. Need to go back and work on the hitch adjustment some more. 18 wheelers do not bother my trailer in the least. I can feel them, but that is all. truth is. I can feel minivans more. but that is a normal thing. Not something sway control fixes, because it is NOT sway. Sway is when the trailer starts moving around all by itself for no reason other than it is unbalanced.
Terryallan 09/11/20 11:49am Travel Trailers
RE: Laura evacuation.

Do you suppose there might be people in homes built to withstand a hurricane? Can't speak for LA but Florida requires homes to be built to standards to survive a hurricane. Friend of mine has a home next to the gulf where his first floor is built for storm surge. The upper two floors are built for a hurricane. He survived one a few years ago. Didn't evacuate, just rode out the storm. No damage to his house. 20 foot surge was forecast. That is higher than my house.. Thankfully it wasn't reported to happen. but hurricane proof or not 20' of water will ruin a house
Terryallan 08/28/20 07:42am General RVing Issues
RE: Laura evacuation.

Why is anyone still there.?
Terryallan 08/26/20 04:13pm General RVing Issues
RE: I've almost got this towing thing down. One more ?

To answer the above question... We plan on trips within 5 hours ~ 95% of the time. The occasional longer trips will be broken into 5 hr increments (at most) due to the fact that we're teachers and have plenty of time to travel in the summer. I'm not sure we'd ever need more than a tad bit of water, nor am I concerned about full tanks of propane. Truth is. You only travel with 2 full propane tanks once.
Terryallan 08/21/20 02:41pm Travel Trailers
RE: I've almost got this towing thing down. One more ?

To answer the above question... We plan on trips within 5 hours ~ 95% of the time. The occasional longer trips will be broken into 5 hr increments (at most) due to the fact that we're teachers and have plenty of time to travel in the summer. I'm not sure we'd ever need more than a tad bit of water, nor am I concerned about full tanks of propane. Truth is. You only travel with 2 full propane tanks once.
Terryallan 08/21/20 02:41pm Travel Trailers
RE: Newbie Tow Vehicle Help

Check your towing capacity I get 5000 pounds. I got to ask. where did you get that number? He already stated his tow capacity was 11,600lbs. BTW mu 2013 with a 5.0, and 3.73 rears has a tow cap of 9,300lbs. So really 5000 is not even in the ball park unless it has no towing package, which it does with the 7 pin.. Thanks for the response everyone. I've been doing some more digging and it looks like i have the 3.55 Axle Ratio, which would give the actual vehicle a tow capacity of 9,100#, GCVW of 14,500. I assume I wouldn't be able to go that high when adding in passenger weight and cargo, but think I should be okay to tow a trailer with a maximum loaded weight of 7,600# right? You really should. As mentioned your GVWR of the truck is your limiting factor. But as long as you don't carry a full load of firewood, or a bike shop in the bead. you should be fine.
Terryallan 08/19/20 04:24pm Tow Vehicles
RE: I've almost got this towing thing down. One more ?

Note: We're never going to travel with water in the tanks. You've never had a RV and you know this to be true? Probably form your last thread on this, which you're now repeating, and the literally 100s of other threads asking the same question about the same size trucks and trailers, just on this forum alone, if you are confused, use the ratings of your truck and the gvw of the trailer and be done with it. If you or your truck can notice a few hundred lbs either way, I'd call you a fibber. I never have, and knew it before I ever bought one. well i do keep a couple gal in the black tank. fresh, and grey always empty.
Terryallan 08/19/20 04:21pm Travel Trailers
RE: I've almost got this towing thing down. One more ?

What kind of camper did you find that doesn't have a mattress in it?
Terryallan 08/17/20 08:35am Travel Trailers
RE: I've almost got this towing thing down. One more ?

I'm always amazed how much c*** people must carry. My TT out the factory door was labeled at 5400lbs curb weight, 7700 GVWR. After propane tanks, battery, 1/4 tank of fresh water, pots, pans, food, clothing, it gained 650 lbs. That's for a one week trip with just the bride and myself. I couldn't possibly add 2000lbs of stuff into the camper. So take the idea you'll load the TT up to the Gross rating with a grain of salt. Yep. Especially if the Dry weight is 5000, and the GVWR is 8000. My TT is 4811lb dry from the factory, it has a 7300lb GVWR. It weighs loaded ready to camp. 6000lb. to use a huge GVWR of a Tt to decide if you can tow it. It just foolish.
Terryallan 08/17/20 08:33am Travel Trailers
RE: Newbie Tow Vehicle Help

Hi All, Complete newbie here so please bear with me. Throughout COVID my fiancee and my jobs have become increasingly flexible and don't expect things to change soon. We are looking to buy a travel trailer to take advantage of this flexibility. I have a truck so want to make sure whatever we end up getting can be towed safely with this vehicle, but want to offer us enough space to live and work on the road. I have been doing research about this and it's making my head spin a bit so would love help to make sure whatever we end up getting will be towed safely. Would love advice from those with experience on what my vehicle can tow. Specs below: - 2018 Ford F150 XLT Supercrew with 5.0L V8 4x4 - Bed length 6.5' - Payload Capacity: 1,784# - GVWR: 7,050 (I think based on the sticker in the door) - Class IV hitch with weight distributing specs of max trailer weight 11,600# and max tongue weight of 1,160# - I need to have the trailer brake installed, but have back up assist and 7 pin trailer plug already on the truck I think we can safely tow a TT in the 7,000# - 8,000# GVWR range, but would love the thoughts of those who have more experience of what they think this vehicle can safely handle. Thanks in advance for any help and let me know if you need any additional information. Thanks! Yes you can safely tow a TT in the LOADED 7000lb range. You will prolly need to find one in the 6000lb UNLOADED range. There is a sticker on new TT telling how much they weigh dry from the factory with the battery and empty propane tanks installed. so a 6000lb empty TT will get you between 7, and 7,500lb loaded. As to the brake controler. Your truck is already wired for one. it is plug and play. some where in your truck. Either in the dash, console, or with the jack. Is a wiring harness. Under your dash is a wiring harness to plug it in to, after you hook it to the controler you buy. I would suggest a newer version of the Prodigy.. Unless of course you want to get to get the factory controller installed. The harness is there for that as well. There is also a relay in the truck with the wiring harness that will need to be installed to charge the battery in the trailer. After that. Just be sure you get the WDH setup correctly. That is the most important thing to do to make the TT follow you like it should
Terryallan 08/17/20 08:26am Tow Vehicles
RE: Newbie Tow Vehicle Help

Check your towing capacity I get 5000 pounds. I got to ask. where did you get that number? He already stated his tow capacity was 11,600lbs. BTW mu 2013 with a 5.0, and 3.73 rears has a tow cap of 9,300lbs. So really 5000 is not even in the ball park unless it has no towing package, which it does with the 7 pin..
Terryallan 08/17/20 08:13am Tow Vehicles
RE: Trailer length and sway

Does the wind ever blow in Winnipeg? Since you are buying new gear, I would budget in a Hensley or Pro Pride hitch. This will give you some leeway to get the trailer you want. Bigger is usually better when it comes to trucks. My son has a Laramie 1500 Ecodiesel. Payload is a shade under 1,100#. He doesn't complain about the tow of his 5,000# boat but I know he is overloaded going to the lake. Boats usually have under 10% tongue weight around 5% - 7%, while a travel trailer averages around 13% tongue weight. That's only about 350 lbs tongue weight from that boat. That is pretty light. With a factory brochure weight of 5600 lbs for a light weight 30' travel trailer, you'll have far more. Add about 300 lbs for options on top of base weight, then about 1500 lbs to 2000 lbs for water, food, clothes, and other stuff loaded into the camper. Now that 5600 lbs camper is 7400 lbs. With a 13% tongue weight, you'd have 962 lbs. Quite a bit more than a boat. Can't really compare a boat to a TT. The weight of a boat is at the rear, and usually rides on the axles which are also at the rear. It is completely different dynamics.
Terryallan 08/17/20 08:06am Travel Trailers
RE: Trailer length and sway

All I can say is to stay under your trucks towing capacities, and GVWR. You should have no problem. Truth is you will run out of payload long before you run out of length. mine is 30' with my 145 WB F150. Honestly. I wouldn't want to go more.
Terryallan 08/15/20 02:16pm Travel Trailers
RE: Hot water

Says the water will not come on.. Turn the pump on.
Terryallan 08/12/20 03:17pm Beginning RVing
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