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RE: Check Me....I am OK with this set-up

You’ll be fine with that combo. Are you stuck on the Jayco brand? Only reason I ask is that trailer is really heavy for what it is. I have the exact same layout in our Keystone Premier 31bhpr but it is WAY lighter. Our UVW is only 6400lbs. Loaded for 2 weeks of camping we come in under the empty weight of that Jayco at 7800lbs and 950 on the tongue. There are a lot of manufacturers with the same floor plan and similar or better quality at much lighter weight. Not against Jayco by any means, just wouldn’t want to haul around an extra 1500lbs for nothing.
camp-n-family 01/21/20 08:37am Tow Vehicles
RE: Phoenix to Toronto, May 2020

Port Huron is the easiest crossing. The 402 is an easy drive with mostly light traffic. From there the 401 eastbound is usually ok with slow downs at hwy7 at Kitchener and then traffic get congested approaching Milton. The QEW route from Niagara to Toronto can be a traffic nightmare more often than not, especially through Hamilton and Burlington.
camp-n-family 01/16/20 08:46pm Roads and Routes
RE: rough country Lift good or bad?

I have a 2.5” level on mine. I like the look when not towing and it was needed to fit 35s without rubbing in the front. That being said they are not ideal for towing for many reasons. Without the factory rake my truck looks tail low when hooked up. You will have a higher centre of gravity and if you use larger tires the higher sidewall will flex more and feel squirmy. You will need a large drop draw bar (mine is 6”) and you can forget about towing a fifth wheel level without significant mods to the trailer.
camp-n-family 01/16/20 08:23am Tow Vehicles
RE: Grand Design vs Mini Winnie plus?

Same dealer for both units? A big consideration should be which dealer is going to give the best after sale service. Almost all new RVs need warranty work at some point these days. Some dealers will go to bat with the manufacturer to get everything fixed in a timely manner while others could care less once they have your money.
camp-n-family 01/15/20 12:05pm Travel Trailers
RE: Help with towing math and trailer /vehicle specs

I have a 2018 GMC sierra 6 sp 3.43 rear 5.3 engine 2 wh drive. I cannot find the GCWR on this truck but I am contemplating a trailer with following specs - GVWR 5692, Cargo cap 1580, UVW 4112, Hitch 412. The truck factory curb wt is 5300 lbs. I will have one passenger and one driver both around 200 lbs. ea and about 200 lbs in the bed. Will this truck handle this trailer?? Thanks and appreciate your assistance. You do not need GCWR in reality, what you need is the CARGO weight available.. The trailer tongue weight becomes "cargo" of your tow vehicle. That information is now on a mandatory YELLOW sticker which typically is placed on the drivers side door or door frame. Looks like this.. Yellow sticker weight has already taken in account the driver and full tank of fuel. You would subtract your passenger(s) and any other weight added to the cab or bed to get the max tongue weight you can have. Rather than have internet keyboard jockeys guess your vehicles specs, it is bets to find your cargo weight and figure it out yourself. The yellow sticker does NOT account for weight of a driver. The weight of ALL occupants counts towards the payload. The only time weight of a driver is included is the tow rating.
camp-n-family 12/30/19 06:12pm Travel Trailers
RE: Leave it on or take it off

I don’t have a TC but if I did I wouldn’t leave it on unless I was using it. Just more wear and tear on the truck and more to damage/ lose in the case of an accident.
camp-n-family 12/19/19 07:17pm Truck Campers
RE: Bent Kingpin?

There are a lot of documented Lippert frame issues. It sounds like you have a frame failure that many others have experienced and that will require extensive repair and reinforcement. Do a quick search on Lippert frame failures and you’ll have hours of reading to keep you company. Whatever you do, do not tow it until it is inspected.
camp-n-family 12/01/19 08:44pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Ram box on short bed - ill-advised for towing a 5th wheel?

camp-n-family 12/01/19 06:24pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: RV storage - how much room is needed?

If you have the room, I would build it far enough back so I could park on the driveway in front of the garage without infringing on the road while hooked up. Just a few reasons; Do you want to have to be all packed and hooked before pulling out? Do you want to worry about having to stop and block the road while going back to close the garage door when leaving? If you want to wash or work on the trailer in the drive you would have to unhook it.
camp-n-family 12/01/19 08:59am General RVing Issues
RE: Ram box on short bed - ill-advised for towing a 5th wheel?

The bed opening is narrower with the Rambox. I have read of issues with the pin box hitting the sides of the bed while turning. You will need a short style pin box to avoid this but that will cause problems with the short bed.
camp-n-family 12/01/19 08:50am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Routing Solar Wiring from Roof to Pass Through Storage

Does your tt have a moulded fibreglass type front cap? If so there is likely a hollow open void between the cap and the front wall of the tt. You wouldn’t have any way to secure the wiring through there but you could remove a side cabinet and cut a small access hole.
camp-n-family 11/29/19 06:56am Travel Trailers
RE: Towing a Ram 3500 manual ?

I don’t know about the older Dodges but the current generation Rams can be flat towed. Leave trans in park and push a dash button to put transfer case in neutral. Obviously you’ll need a tow bar, brake system and lights, and a moho big enough to handle the weight.
camp-n-family 10/31/19 08:01am Dinghy Towing
RE: Overloaded wheel Breakage

Those were aftermarket XD brand wheels. They are usually bought to “dress up” a truck but will de rate most capabilities. Ok on a half ton truck but definitely not meant for HD duty. Stock oem rims will be rated for the truck’s max ratings.
camp-n-family 10/31/19 07:54am Truck Campers
RE: Towing with a Toyota Sequoia: wheel size question

The Sequoia is based on the Tundra drivetrain and as such already comes with an excellent 4.30 rear gear ratio for towing. No need to downsize the tires. Stick with the stock size but upgrade from the stock P rated tires to LT tires for better towing.
camp-n-family 10/21/19 08:50pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Oops, Dodge just threw you under the bus...

This is one reason why I never understood all the hate on this site for the Tundra. Sure, it didn’t have the highest payloads of 1/2 ton trucks but it was always more than the Ram, yet no one complained about the Ram.
camp-n-family 10/21/19 06:36am General RVing Issues
RE: 190 lb mastiff rescued from trail

I have a 2 year old English mastiff that weighs 196lbs. I would never consider taking him on a hike like that. He is not fat or lazy, gets 2 good walks a day. Mastiffs are not a high energy dog and you need to be very careful that they don’t overheat or over exert themselves like this one did. They are also not very agile and could easily get seriously hurt on a trail like that. This is all the owner’s fault. Should have known better.
camp-n-family 10/15/19 06:35pm RV Pet Stop
RE: Lowering TV tire pressures

OP here. It was interesting to read the arguments and see different points of view. I’m in the boat that pressures can be adjusted according to conditions. Manufacturers can’t possibly include pressures for every scenario so they list the max to cover what the truck is rated to. That doesn’t mean that is what it needs to be kept at, nor is it always an ideal pressure for all conditions. I should have included that I do not have stock tires on my truck, but 35” Toyo ATs, so the door placard doesn’t really apply anymore. Toyo does supply a load rating chart for various tire pressures. According to the chart I can safely reduce the pressures significantly while unladen for a better ride. I’ve chosen 55psi all around for now. I’d like to lower the rears more but my tpms threshold is set to 50psi. So far the ride is much improved. Way smoother and I can now go over railway tracks etc without the rear end getting kicked in the air. Traction is better in the wet and I expect the same for snow. I have noticed a very slight drop in mileage (on the lie-o-meter) but it could also be from the sudden drop in temps. Only time will tell if the is any adverse affect on tread wear. Thanks again for the responses.
camp-n-family 10/15/19 06:27pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Lowering TV tire pressures

Blindly running at full inflation can give rough ride, longer stopping distance and poor tire wear. Weight/inflation tables are there for a reason!!! I think your right. But logistically I'm not inflating /deflating tires after every trip. I can't imagine everyone else goes through an air up air down ritual each trip:h Some do but I can’t be bothered. Mine are inflated to door sticker pressures for summer towing season. Up north the tt gets put away from oct to May so it makes sense to lower them for that period.
camp-n-family 10/05/19 09:10am Tow Vehicles
Lowering TV tire pressures

For those of you with diesel HD trucks that lower their tire pressures when not towing, what do you set them to? My Ram calls for 60psi front and 80 in the rear. As most know, this gives a pretty harsh ride. I finally found someone to reprogram my TPMS to lower the thresholds so I can now lower them more than 8psi before triggering the dreaded dash light. I’ve currently set 55 front and 60 rear which is a much smoother ride but I’m wondering about the effects. Tire wear? Controllability? I have 60k kms (42mi) on my Toyo’s and they are at about 50% wear and evenly worn. I can already feel that the traction in the wet is much better as it will be in snow too. Will lowering the fronts cause steering issues? Since all the weight is up front with the diesel should I lower them at all? In theory, with all the weight up front and little in the rear I should be able to lower the rears to less than the fronts. Any problem with that?
camp-n-family 10/04/19 08:12am Tow Vehicles
RE: I can't light my fridge!

Is your battery good and fully charged? Several models will not start if battery is below 12V regardless if it is plugged into shore power or not.
camp-n-family 09/29/19 04:11pm Tech Issues
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