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RE: Ram Laramie 5.7 HEMI towing MGP

My coworker gets 14mpg daily mixed driving non towing and averages 8.5mpg towing a similar size trailer on flat terrain.. I think you’re dreaming if you think you’re going to get over 10mpg towing. The MDS will never kick in while towing.
camp-n-family 09/18/19 05:43pm Towing
RE: 5th Wheel Rails in Truck Bed

Remove the rails but put the bolts back in or find some rubber plugs to fit.
camp-n-family 09/18/19 05:38pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2017 Ram 2500- Airbag Question

Helped a buddy install bags in the coils on his 1500 Ram. Pretty easy install and they’ve worked as advertised for a fraction of the cost of standard bags.
camp-n-family 09/12/19 07:13pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Weight Distribution Hitch Concerns?

That hitch weight will likely be closer to 500lbs once you load the trailer. You’d be safer with a wd hitch than without. Using one won’t hurt. Not using one may. Better safe than sorry.
camp-n-family 09/10/19 04:00pm Towing
RE: RV Fridge

Thanks for the clarification. So that type of refer cannot be used for boon docking unless the battery charge is maintained at 90% SOC or greater. Ditto for starting after storage. Correct? I would thing that that refer and any RV mfg that used it would have a very short existence except for some very special circumstances. To me the essence of an absorption refer in a RV is that they use very little battery power and work on propane and discharged batteries within reason. And certainly 50% SOC and 12.1V for a flooded battery is reasonable. Please post the refer make and model so that it can be avoided. It’s a common Atwood RV fridge (HE0601, 0801) use in many trailers. The manual specifies that the control panel requires +12volts DC to operate. Once started and running the voltage level doesn’t seem to matter as much.
camp-n-family 08/27/19 08:33am Hybrid Travel Trailers
RE: Sway problems

Your tires could be a problem. 35s on 18” rims is a lot of sidewall to flex. I’m going to guess that at 35” that the truck is lifted and they are AT or MT tires? Neither ideal for towing but shouldn’t necessarily cause sway. If they did it would likely feel loose at all speeds. I tow with a lifted 2500 truck with 35” Toyo ATs without problems. I would suspect the issue to be more with the trailer. What are you hauling in the garage and how is it loaded? A vehicle? Is it loaded front end first or back? Are you loading the heaviest parts over or near the trailer axles?
camp-n-family 08/26/19 10:07pm Towing
RE: RV Fridge

Is your battery good and charged? My fridge won’t work if the battery isn’t over 90% to start even when plugged into shore power. If I bring the tt home from storage the fridge won’t turn on until I charge the battery first.I don't understand your post. 90% of fully charged? ie 90% SOC - State Of Charge Is the battery dead or nearly so when you bring it home? An absorption refer should have no problem starting with 50% SOC (12.1V) and even less. A fully charged battery is 12.7V. Your posts may suggest you have issues that aren't related to this thread as best I can tell. If so perhaps start another thread. Just because you don’t understand what I’m saying doesn’t mean it isn’t possibly related. My point was that some fridges may not start unless the battery is fully charged regardless if it is plugged in to shore power. If the OP plugs his tt into shore power at home after it has sat a while, the battery may be slightly drained and the fridge may not start on any selected source. While travelling, the battery is being charged so by the time they arrive it is near full charge and allows the fridge to start. Yes, it is odd but this is how some fridges work. I had a similar problem and after a lot of frustration and google searching it was determined that the battery needed to be near a full state of charge in order to turn on regardless if it was selected on gas or electric or plugged in to shore power or not.
camp-n-family 08/26/19 10:00pm Hybrid Travel Trailers
RE: RV Fridge

Is your battery good and charged? My fridge won’t work if the battery isn’t over 90% to start even when plugged into shore power. If I bring the tt home from storage the fridge won’t turn on until I charge the battery first.
camp-n-family 08/26/19 04:53pm Hybrid Travel Trailers
RE: Which comes first, the trailer or the hitch system?

Blue Ox sway pro is a popular newer hitch with built in sway. It would be a good choice. The dealer will try to sell you what they carry which may not be the best choice. Whatever you get you should learn how to set it up yourself. There are plenty of YouTube videos on how to do it. It’s really not that hard. The dealer will usually install it for you, or have it included in the deal. Either way, the dealer won’t usually take the time to adjust it properly and it will be set for an empty trailer. You will need to adjust it once loaded up.
camp-n-family 07/16/19 07:19pm Towing
RE: 2018 GMC Sierra Towing

Did you level it to fit bigger tires? Taller sidewalls and deep tread patterns of AT type tires can cause a bit of squirm which may feel like the front end is loose. Have you weighed or measured the wheel well heights unhooked and hooked to see if you’re transferring enough weight?
camp-n-family 07/15/19 07:44pm Towing
RE: circle tour around lake huron

Lots to see and do along that trip and lots of really nice Provincial parks to stay at. Once you cross at Sarnia take hwy 402 east and exit hwy 21 northbound. It’s mostly a 2 lane road but follows the lakeshore north. Several parks just outside of great little towns to visit. Here is the link to see the available provincial parks and reservations. The summer months you will have difficulty getting in. After September you should be fine during the week, weekends fill up fast still. Grand Bend, Bayfield, Kincardine, Goderich, Southampton, and Sauble Beach are all great little beach towns with plenty of touristy things to see. From hwy 21 you have a choice of taking the ferry from Tobermory to Manitoulin Island ( shorter but $$) or going around to the east on hwy 26 to the 400 North. The ferry route stay in Bruce national park. No hookups but a beautiful area. Checkout singing sands beach and the grotto. If going around, Awenda is a nice park to stay and see Marie Among the Hurons and Discovery Harbour. Hwy 400 can every busy on weekends as it leads from Toronto into cottage country. It turns into hwy 69 amd then joins hwy 17 to the Sault. Several more nice provincial parks along the way. Our favourite is Grundy and the French River. A side trip a little out of the way to Sudbury for Science North museum and the nickel mine tour is worth it. Let me know if you want more specifics.
camp-n-family 07/14/19 09:50pm Roads and Routes
RE: New Trailer Thoughts

We find that once you get over 26’ sites get limited in provincial parks. That’s not to say that you can’t get in, it just means you need to book early. We are 34’ which limits us to about 15% of sites available. To get where we want we have to be on the online reservation system at 7am 5 months to the day in advance, and even that is tough. It’s been stressful to reserve but we’ve always managed to get something. Some of our favourite PPs are Grundy, Arrowhead and Awenda. Look here for site availability and reservations.
camp-n-family 07/13/19 07:35am Travel Trailers
RE: Swapping mirrors

It’s a pretty easy job to swap out. I did both sides in less than 30 minutes. Just watch one of the many YouTube videos first. As for the mirrors themselves they are usually plug and play but only the features that came with your truck will function. Some older years you could have the dealer unlock all options but newer models weren’t always compatible as there were no programs available.
camp-n-family 07/12/19 09:02pm Tow Vehicles
RE: TT Covers

I tried an ADCO cover this past winter. Never again. It did more damage than good. My tt is 6 years old and had never been covered before and still looked new. I found the cover new in box at a garage sale for $80 so I figured why not. It fit snug and was strapped properly. I had to remove my rain gutters to fit and so they wouldn’t tear holes in the corners. The black aluminum bottom skirting on my trailer now has 4 places that are rubbed bare from the straps, the front cap finish is dull and has a cross worn into it from the cross strapping and every roof protrusion wore holes or tore the cover. It shredded around the antenna, AC, and roof vents. It didn’t last 4 months and is now in the garbage.
camp-n-family 07/11/19 09:50pm Travel Trailers
RE: Travel Trailer Norcold Refrigerator not working on AC or Gas

We have difficulty with ours if the battery isn’t fully charged. Even when plugged in, the fridge won’t start if the battery is low.
camp-n-family 07/10/19 06:18pm Tech Issues
RE: Manufacturers offering Barrel Ceilings?

Many Keystone models have it. The Bullet and Premier line for sure.
camp-n-family 07/09/19 04:15pm Travel Trailers
RE: Will I kill my mini-van?

The manufacturer tongue weight is for an empty trailer. Once loaded up it will be much heavier. Count on at least 12% of your loaded trailer weight to be on the tongue. You will be over your ratings. Will it kill anyone or the van? Not necessarily, but certainly not ideal. You will have to get a 7pin wiring harness and brake controller as well as a wd hitch at minimum.
camp-n-family 07/09/19 01:56pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 3500 truck towing HT 5th wheel - Workable?

HT = "Half Ton" towable? Should be no problem towing. Only concerns would be the bed height and getting the fiver level as well as possibly the stiff suspension with that light weight causing a rough ride for the fiver. Might need to lift the fiver and consider an air ride type hitch.
camp-n-family 07/06/19 10:14am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Bay of Fundy campground

How about Fundy National Park?
camp-n-family 07/05/19 07:06pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Stopover between PEI and Maine

Have you already stayed in Fundy National Park and visited Alma? If not it should be on your list.
camp-n-family 07/04/19 06:58am RVing in Canada and Alaska
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