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RE: Expedition or Excursion $6000 budget

Excursion... just on the basis of the third row seating comfort is actually a thing and you can still store stuff behind the third row.. oh, and it's a heck of a TV. Just make sure you are ready to do some tinkering if the handling while towing isn't right. You may have to swap springs and shocks and even a new rear sway bar. Or you may need nothing. Be prepared for all the little bugs a 20 year old vehicle can have. Brakes, tires, brake flex lines, brake hard lines, AC repair, etc. Buy the best Excursion you can, be discriminating, use Car Guru or the like, shop, be ready to fly out and drive back. I bought my V10 CC dually with 146k miles for $5,500 but I had to travel nearly 300 miles round trip. It was literally like new (basic trim level though) anyway Good luck and let us know what you get! Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 03/30/20 12:25am Tow Vehicles
RE: Sierra 2500 fifth wheel hitch - factory prep vs aftermarket

This is just my opinion and is worth what you are paying for it. I would not let the absence of the factory pucks keep me from purchasing the truck as long as the truck met every other need. There are many options out there including the above bed rails (Industry Standard Rails) and several below bed options from many manufacturers. The most popular under bed option seems to be the B&W turnover ball and the accompanying Companion fifth wheel hitch. But there are SEVERAL options that are strong and well built that will do the job. As far as the anecdotal statement about a horse and buggy, it’s not really applicable because a single horse and a buggy would not be able to tow any camper (including a pop up) at highway speeds (55-75 MPH) or travel 400-800 plus miles per day in relative comfort. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 03/28/20 10:43am Tow Vehicles
RE: Hitch requirements

Greetings and grace to you, I ran 2 bars and I believe it is a very good method of sway control... my trailer was 31 ft long. It’s more the aerodynamic load on the side of the trailer than the trailer weight. However, please beware that what you are trying to prevent is the wiggle from passing vehicles, road irregularities, and wind. Sway and wiggle are not the same thing. Sway is the sever oscillation (tail wagging the dog) and should be dealt with directly. Balance the trailer and make sure you have 10-15% tongue weight with a (My Preference) sweet spot about 13%. Set up the weight distribution hitch correctly. THEN add the sway bar/s. Resist the urge to fix sway with sway bars if at all possible. You fix sway in the set up of the entire rig. WD hitches are not difficult to set up. E-Trailer has some excellent videos as does Curt and a few others on YouTube. Read your specific instructions and enjoy the ride. I personally prefer the standard WD hitch and add on sway controls. I feel it gives me more flexibility , cheaper to purchase, and more likely to get replacement parts on the road if needed. Thanks and best of luck to you! Jeremiah
jerem0621 02/16/20 09:57pm Travel Trailers
RE: Towing a 2640lb 16ft TT with a Ford Ranger 4.0L?

Jerem, while I respect and agree with your post, it must be false. Because gdetrailer swears auto transmissions are better than both beer in a can and sliced bread together! Whew, I may need to change my opinion. I Mean, better than canned beer AND sliced bread! Ha ha ha ha!
jerem0621 02/10/20 06:41pm Travel Trailers
RE: Towing a 2640lb 16ft TT with a Ford Ranger 4.0L?

I would skip the Ranger. I had 3 of them. I loved the 2wd 5 speed 4cyl truck I had. It was the best truck I ever owned. My 4.0’s were junk. Overheating, sloppy shifting(slush-o-matic), transmission breaking (manual) ugh. I would lean more towards a Tacoma, Frontier, S10 with a V6 and a 5 speed manual. BTW.. the 4.0 rangers get worse fuel economy than my 2011 Tahoe. Just as a frame of reference. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 02/08/20 05:17am Travel Trailers
RE: Can I tow this and how will it feel?

You should be good to go. Have fun, use the skinny pedal as needed and let it rev! Still watch loading and try to keep the tongue weight at 10-15% of the total trailer weight. IMHO... a higher percentage tongue weight makes for a more stable tow as long as the van can handle the weight. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 01/30/20 07:50am Towing
RE: 5th wheel hitches

Thank you for the reply! I was referring to the DOT part. I should have specified. I believe I have read somewhere CURT has some sort of standard, SAE possibly? This is interesting. I just couldn’t let it go. It seems there is an actual voluntary SAE standard for hitching called J2638. Here is a neat webpage from Pullrite talking about the standard. I’m going to start researching this some more. Pretty interesting. They have to subject the hitch to 300,000 cycles at weights in excess of what the hitch will be rated in three different directions for a total of 900,000 cycles. Whew... Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 01/29/20 07:58pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5th wheel hitches

"B&W makes a great hitch. They all make a DOT approved hitches." I have a Friend that says to me "prove it" when I claim something. I have searched this statement every way possible with ZERO hits. So I am respectfully asking you to prove your statement. Good call Cummins12V98. Since you didn't specify, I will address both parts of my statement that you quoted. Respectfully, I can't substantiate the statement that B&W makes a great hitch. I don't use them as they are pretty expensive and my regular not B&W hitches work just fine and I see no need to upgrade my equipment at this time. I was mostly going off your copious testimonies about how wonderful they are, and I believe YOU and many other B&W users that I know both online and off. As to the DOT reference, you are correct. I can't find one either. Think before you post kinda thing I suppose. Sorry about that, my bad. I can't even find a standard for build quality on ANY hitch in the US that a regular consumer would use. Admittedly, I didn't delve into the world of commercial trucks. No argument from me I was wrong. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 01/29/20 07:27pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5th wheel hitches

I’d recommend the one that’s available to you locally. In theory, I like the design of the Reese dual jaw design. The pivot is ahead of the Jaw so when closed around the pin the force actually pulls the jaws closed. In practice, they all work if operated per the instructions. (Updated statement) I think B&W makes a great hitch. (Retracted statement : “They all make a DOT approved hitches.”) All major hitch manufacturers, in my opinion, make safe hitches if used in their design parameters. How much do you want to spend? There is a manufacturer willing to take your money at all price points. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 01/28/20 05:49pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Would I ever be happy towing with a half ton truck

Just fix the set up you have now. You have a very capable rig.
jerem0621 01/19/20 12:18pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New Source of TV While on the Road

I do something very similar but I download shows and movies to my mobile device. Works great and no problems with “throttling”. I have the Base Verizon unlimited plan. I’ve read the fine print. Basically it starts to prioritize you depending on the network load. I have had issues trying to stream in densely populated areas but in rural areas I have never had a problem (as long as I have service). I would say we are heavy streamers as we do not have cable or satellite TV. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 01/19/20 12:09pm Technology Corner
RE: 20k USA made hitch for rails?

Here you go. A Demco 21k Recon for ISR Link Made in the USA. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 01/19/20 11:47am Towing
RE: better to adjust wd hitch for heavy load? or for unloaded TV

Yep,I agree with the others. Just adjust the links for the load. If you just need half a link you can use a short grade 8 bolt and nut to take up half of the link. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 01/18/20 01:24pm Towing
RE: RV Crushes Truck

The video is up, can we generate another 20 pages and several thousand views? Only if someone provides the Link :) Thanks!
jerem0621 12/26/19 11:33am Fifth-Wheels
RE: GAS 6.6 GM

The only one I have seen is the Ike Gauntlet run by the TFL guys. It did okay. They don’t manually shift the truck so I normally don’t give a lot of credence to their tests. I gear up and down my vehicles manually when dealing with mountains. I think it will be a fine motor and an excellent platform in the real world. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 12/25/19 11:59am Tow Vehicles
RE: RV Crushes Truck

Thanks for the pics Cummins12V98. I hate that happened to this person but am glad to see how well the hitch held up. Imagine the forces at play to distort the hitch that way. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 12/24/19 08:40pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: RV Crushes Truck

As far as the head separating from the base, B&W themselves said that this was as designed. It is to prevent the FW from rolling the truck, too. Better to sacrifice the trailer than endanger the people in the truck. Lyle Interesting Lyle, do you have a link to where B&W said that? I’ve searched the inter webs and can’t find that in their documentation. I could have easily overlooked it though. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 12/22/19 01:05pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: RV Crushes Truck

Everybody has a B&W hitch so they aren't needed anymore. :) Now thats funny :B But according to some its impossible, not sure which world they live in :h There are a handful of threads here over the past 10 years of B&W owners who suffered a dropped fiver. Even one where a B&W hitch head separated from the base on a RV roll over. That last one was dismissed as a “Safety Feature”. I think the B&W is a fantastic made in America product. But in the end it’s a mechanical device designed and built by people. And that is the real problem...people, the operators. Most of the problems would go away if newbies would read their owners manuals and follow them. But, if that were the case nobody would have anything to chat about. Thanks...and JMHO Jeremiah
jerem0621 12/20/19 02:09pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: RV Crushes Truck

Well, JMHO.. I feel for this couple. Was he high hitched? I don’t think so. The bar is clearly across the pin and you can’t see the bottom flange of the kingpin at all just as you would expect with a properly hitch slide bar jaw. The bar is in the place you would expect . The bar is not 1 inch thick which explains why it wouldn’t cover the entire gap between the bottom of the pin flange and the top of the pin. Maybe I’m losing my brain here. But if it was high hitched you should be able to see the bottom flange of the pin ABOVE the bar. I wrote the word Shiny because I wanted to illustrate that the bar is right where it should be. Here is a Lippert pin box for comparison This is clearly something other than a high hitch. why a slider? Why a junky used hitch? Why not find the owners manual online and read it first? Hopefully the lesson is learned here. I suspect it has something to do with the old latching mechanisms. I guess we will just wait for the next video. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 12/17/19 10:58am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Roof: Not leaking, but 20 yrs old

I’d replace the rubber roof and all the roof vents and other roof penetrations if you are going to do it. That way you get to put eyes on the roof decking. You may be surprised what you find. Remember that there are three kinds of RV’s 1) those that have leaked 2) those that will leak 3) those that are currently leaking JMHO based on experience. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 12/14/19 09:10am Travel Trailers
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