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RE: How much do you really need?

I have said this all along. I always recommend to add 1200-1500lbs to the dry weight. Our old TT had a 4100lb CCC! It wasn’t a Toy Hauler. Just an overly built TT. It scaled at 9300lbs loaded for a trip. It’s dry weight was 7100lbs. Yes I pack heavy. 2 adults and 2 kids. and a 100lb German Shepard at the time. I also packed heavy knowing I had more than enough CCC in the TT and my Excursion was more than capable.
dodge guy 09/18/20 12:31pm Tow Vehicles
RE: valve stems for TPMS

Thank you. I didn't realize it was a charge...I thought it needed constant power. Yes, makes it much easier and nearer to have on the dash.
dodge guy 09/18/20 12:25pm Towing
RE: No More RVIA Shows

Right out of the article! “After thorough discussion and analysis, the task force reached a unanimous decision that the market had changed and that the show does not provide the necessary value for individual members and recommended the RV Industry Association no longer host the event moving forward.” There will still be RV shows everywhere. It’s just that the RVIA is not hosting them or going to be involved! Not that it matters because none of the manuf seem to follow RVIA standards.
dodge guy 09/18/20 12:23pm General RVing Issues
RE: FORD F-150 AXLE RATIO CHOICE

Everybody is talking about no difference at highway speeds. But the high speed gears will put more strain everything when starting the load. Assuming you don't exceed the ratings...it will only put more strain on the drive shaft and rear transaxle gears but they are rated for that extra load. Everything else will see identical strain levels. - The axles past the pumpkin have no clue what is providing the torque. - The transmission will simply select a different gear to keep the strain the same and the engine won't know the difference as the overall gear ratio will be pretty much the same. It's only if you exceed the max rating for the rear end that it becomes an issue. With a lower gear (numerically higher) each gets in the transmission will then become that much more efficient. So if you were running in 5th or 6th with 3.30 gears you could run in 6th or 7th (all dependent on transmission gearing) with 3.55’s. Also with the lower gears the truck will accelerate easier and maintain speed easier due to the increased efficiency. The only place you “might” see a loss in mileage is unloaded highway. And that number may only be .2 at most!
dodge guy 09/18/20 12:17pm Travel Trailers
RE: Dodge 1500b van

What year van? I had a 97 with the 5.9L and 46RE transmission. unless its a very early 90`s 4 speed they are pretty reliable transmissions. I think the 5.2L may have had the 44RE. with that said, there are far more things to be concerned with. rust! brake lines and fuel lines. inspect the area around the steering box good. they tend to rust around there badly to the point the gear box will come loose. everything else is dependent on how it was taken care of.
dodge guy 09/17/20 10:11pm Tow Vehicles
RE: valve stems for TPMS

Most of the newer Vehicle TPMS valve stems are high pressure stems. meaning they have a metal core inside the rubber stem. this makes them very strong. I have the same type stems on my 13 Explorer and I run the TST 507 cap sensors with no issues. the trailer is the only thing you would need to swap out the stems on. The monitor can run for 4 or 5 days without a charge. If you did hardwire it you would need to get a USB outlet to plug it into It comes with a USB adapter to plug into a 12V accessory outlet, so no direct hardwiring. I just charge it before every trip. we went to CO. for a week and charged it before we left and then once on the 4th day just to charge it. we did 5 days driving with an average of 7 hours a day.
dodge guy 09/17/20 09:58pm Towing
RE: solar charger

I`ve got a 200W system in mind. basically just for if the power goes out in a campground (like it did for 5-6 hours on Labor Day weekend). So if you are wanting to go solar, go with at least 200W, even 300 isnt that much more. but you will want more than one battery if you are going to boondock. otherwise for non use one battery is sufficient.
dodge guy 09/17/20 09:47pm Travel Trailers
RE: FORD F-150 AXLE RATIO CHOICE

As I said in the other thread. You will need the 3.55 gears. Just pulling in a lower gear is not the same as opting for a lower gear ratio! And again, get the max tow and HD Payload.
dodge guy 09/17/20 10:38am Travel Trailers
RE: Battery Monitor Install

That's cool. Love that the little box charges the batteries. I need to get me a monitor too!
dodge guy 09/17/20 05:59am Travel Trailers
RE: Idle Jeep Wrangler while towing?

My buddy has a Focus that needs the battery disconnected for towing. However his Brake Buddy requires power from the cigarette lighter to operate and keep the internal battery charged. So we ran the charge wire into the car and installed a power outlet powered from the MH through the charge line. This let's him disconnect the battery for towing and still keep the Brake Buddy powered up when towing!
dodge guy 09/16/20 07:10pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Idle Jeep Wrangler while towing?

No need for all that excessive idle time. 5 years is max for a wet cell battery. As long as there is nothing on there should be no draw. You don’t leave the key on while towing do you? There is no column lock so leaving the key on isn’t necessary. You could always run a charge wire from the MH 7-way to the vehicle connector and then to the battery.
dodge guy 09/16/20 11:20am Dinghy Towing
RE: TPMS

Cant help with those. I have a TST system with the color monitor. The monitor is mall and should take up less room than a phone or GPS.
dodge guy 09/15/20 11:30am Travel Trailers
RE: Need hitch advice please.

You need one like Mitch150 posted. They make them in various drops. You should be able to find 6,8 and 10" drops.
dodge guy 09/15/20 05:51am Towing
RE: smoking diesel exhaust

Knowing the Cummins of that particular year. I'm thinking you have a couple injectors on their way out. As long as the air and fuel filters are fresh that's my diagnosis.
dodge guy 09/15/20 05:44am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Splash lube Onans

Not sure what you are asking? My generator is a 5500 RVQG and has an oil filters system!
dodge guy 09/14/20 05:57am General RVing Issues
RE: 2017 Newmar Baystar

A couple pics would Ben a big help!
dodge guy 09/14/20 05:54am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Motor Home/Trailer Life Magazines Cease Publication

I used to get the good Sam? Magazine. It was always filled with all the same stuff from MH and Trailer Life magazines. Although it was condensed. Maybe now it will be a better magazine with info for both driveable and towables! We will see!
dodge guy 09/13/20 01:26pm General RVing Issues
RE: 2016 RAM CTD Diff Oil Change Question RE Gasket

They are reuseable gaskets.
dodge guy 09/12/20 12:23pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Thought on suspension equalizers

And to add to my above post. Before I did the suspension the trailer always felt a little loose or not stable behind my Excursion. After I found how worn out everything was (you could move both of the axles side to side when the frame was on jack stands) I knew I found my loose felling issue. I also went with the HD shackle kit. After wards the trailer was stable and had no wiggle at all.
dodge guy 09/11/20 02:42pm Travel Trailers
RE: Thought on suspension equalizers

I did the Dexter EZ Flex on my old TT. I also did the wetbolt kit and bronze bushings while I was at it. best thing I did to it. after I did it the trailer was much more stable (the old bushings and bolts were worn badly). I no longer felt any of the bridge expansion joints. It was also better when rolling through a campground and it no longer squeaked its way through! Worth every penny!
dodge guy 09/10/20 06:22pm Travel Trailers
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