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RE: Vehicle for Towing

what is a squishy tire? thought all tires were squishy? They are not. The tires on the Tahoe were great when empty. When towing they allowed for to much lateral movement. LT tires fixed that for me. No more squishy handling. As to the crew cab vs SUV. I’ve had the CC and I much prefer the SUV. I like being able to store my gear in a locked and air conditioned place. People say just get a bedcover. That does not even compare IMHO. I get to vote with my money and experience so it’s what works for us. Others experience is different and I appreciate that. We really do have an embarrassment of riches when it comes to choosing a Tow Vehicle. Thanks! Jeremiah.
jerem0621 07/11/20 06:24am Travel Trailers
RE: Vehicle for Towing

Out of the box the Armada if you get the lower profile tires and IRS will handle the trailer better. The Tahoe will handle like garbage with the squishy tires GM puts on them. However,some stiffer LT tires and a perfectly installed WD hitch... Possibly some better tuned shocks and the Tahoe does pretty good. Mine took some fiddling but it handles great now (like it's on rails) Thanks and good luck! Jeremiah
jerem0621 07/09/20 08:45pm Travel Trailers
RE: first time towing

Jerem, I notice the "push" from other vehicles. I can feel when a semi-truck is passing me before I even see it. Do you suppose it's the air from the semi pushing the trailer away from it causing that feeling? Yes! You will be able to feel the different types of semi’s too! The new aerodynamic Semi’s with the skirts on the sides and on the sides of the trailer barely push me. The old Kenworth’s push a lot more. The goal is to have your rig dialed in so that you feel the push from the passing vehicles as one push against your trailer and truck. The feeling of the trailer swinging from the push followed by the tow vehicle is not comfortable or safe. So, my TV is what some would not call optimal being it’s a 116 inch wheel base and the trailer is 31 ft long bumper to tongue. I had to put a little work in to make it rock solid but it is now, my favorite TV I have ever had, that includes a F350 long bed dually crew cab! Basically, shore up your tires, you want a STIFF side wall tire. These are easiest to find in LT tires in old range D or E. I put Load Range E LT tires and I air them to 44 PSI for towing. Ensure your weight distribution hitch is dialed in and then add two friction sway bars. I prefer standard round bar weight distribution hitches over square bar hitches because they ride so much better in my experience. Anyway, probably way more info than you wanted but vehicles pass me and I get the push (just like I did with a Dually) but it’s one solid push that usually doesn’t even require any steering input. Thanks and good luck! Jeremiah
jerem0621 07/01/20 05:16pm Travel Trailers
RE: first time towing

Hi, do you have any other experience towing anything else? If so, that will help. These big beasts feel totally different than anything you may have towed, even enclosed trailers are typically lower and more aerodynamic. Basically, the trailer is going to get some push by passing vehicles and the wind. Make sure your WD hitch is dialed in, same for your brake controller, same for your sway control (if using sway bars (if so, you should really be using TWO bars)) Also, my speed limit is 58 MPH while towing. Life is so much happier at 58 MPH for me. That was that way with my previous rig and with a Dually and my current rig with my Tahoe. 58 MPH and I happily let people pass me as I am in the slow lane. Thanks! And all is JMHO based on experience.. Jeremiah
jerem0621 07/01/20 03:16pm Travel Trailers
RE: Any new developments in hitches?

Slow down and enjoy the process!! This is part of the ritual of going camping to me! Towing is one of my favorite parts!! If you do not have an electric tongue jack please get one, they are a game change for sure! Also, I don't have a back up camera so practice backing up and find reference points in your mirrors that can help you. Of course, I have a Tahoe and my Tahoe has a hump directly in the middle of the rear hatch for the rear windshield wiper. Just find your reference point and go for it. Thanks and JMHO! Jeremiah
jerem0621 07/01/20 03:07pm Travel Trailers
RE: 2020 F250XL 6.2 V8

At the weights that these RV’s run I doubt you would find the 3:73 in the way at all. How fast do you need to accelerate? How fast do you tow? Me, there is only so much speed at 55 MPH while towing. :) Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 06/28/20 05:37pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2019 Dodge Durango with tow package? am I making a mistake?

We use a 2011 Tahoe, it’s only 116 inches in the wheelbase. Our TT is 31 ft long and 7,200 lbs loaded. It is absolutely fantastic as a Tow Vehicle and as a Family Vehicle. You are right about finding one with the HD towing package. It’s nearly impossible and the factory Trans cooler is small anyway. I just looked for one that was in good condition and added the trans cooler myself. I was ready to change the rear axle ratio but the 3:08’s have worked out great. I tow all the time with it. I tow my TT and I tow my Father in Laws 24 ft Pontoon trailer. We just completed 820 plus mile round trip with it towing our TT and had a wonderful time. The 5.3l has more than enough power and the 6 speed is just about perfect for towing. My truck has 3:08 gears and it works great IN TOW HAUL mode. I have no problem getting up to or maintaining speed. I’m a tinkerer and will change things to accomplish my goal. I had to spend some $$ to make the Tahoe rock solid as a tow vehicle. 1) tires- I changed the squishy P tires to General Grabber ATS LT load range E. I air them to 44 PSI While towing. 2) Transmission Cooler- I added a Hayden 33,000 GVWR cooler. My trans temps stay well below 190° - typically at 176° 3) Well dialed in round bar WD hitch and dual friction sway control 4) self imposed speed limit of 55 MPH 5) Close attention to weights. My tongue weight is 850 lbs with the hitch... I weigh it. 6) pack the trailer and not the truck. All the truck carries is the tongue weight and the people weight. 7) highly detailed attention to maintenance on the TV and the TT Getting this rig into and out of gas stations and other tight situations is so much easier than our last rig. (CC, LB, dually) Works great for us. YMMV, etc etc etc. Thanks and good luck with your search. Jeremiah
jerem0621 06/28/20 03:51pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Is anyone towing with a Chevy/GMC 1/2 ton 3.0L Diesel?

You rarely pull at an RPM higher than 2500? You must have a really light trailer, live where there are no mountains, or just like lugging the engine to death. I was pulling about 5000 lbs through the mountains of TN in tow/haul mode with the cruise set on 60 and let the 8 speed do the work. It would occasionally drop 5th gear at 2700 rpm. Most of the time it was in 6th gear at 2200 rpm. That's remarkable. When I've got 6,500 pounds behind my 2009 Suburban with the 6.0L I'm usually down to 4th gear or even 3rd to maintain interstate speeds on the grades here in VA and WV. My 2011 Tahoe with a 5.3 pulling 7,000lbs at 55-60 MPH is about 22-2500 rpms too. 5th gear usually. I am impressed with this little 5.3l 8.6 mpg as well. Handles like it’s on rails. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 06/25/20 05:13pm Towing
RE: Towing with a Ford Explorer

It would be a whole lot cheaper just to install a transmission cooler. They can he purchased and installed for a few hundred or less. My Tahoe didn’t come with the factory HD towing package. I added a transmission cooler that is about 2x the size of a factory job. Trans temps do not get over 189 and typically stay at 176° Towing a 7,000 lb loaded TT. My engine temps stay at 220° same as not towing. The chassis are the same Despite what coolers are installed, maybe different shocks—-cheap. Maybe different cooling packages but radiators and coolers are cheap too if you need to upgrade them. Anyway, you don’t have to spend an extra $20k just to tow a trailer. It doesn’t take that much HP to pull a TT... aerodynamics play a much bigger role IMHO...a 20 ft long full profile trailer has to punch the same hole In the air as a 30 ft full profile trailer so the aerodynamic load is the same between the two. Setting up the WD hitch properly is important. Thanks and JMHO Jeremiah
jerem0621 06/25/20 05:08pm Towing
RE: 10,000 wdh for 4,000 lb TT

You will beat the trailer to death. I would get a properly sized hitch. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 06/22/20 09:39am Towing
RE: Need a new hitch

The ProSeries 550 lb round tapered bar hitch would probably be more than enough to smooth out the ride some and if you needed it you could easily add a sway bar. (Doubt you would need it) Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 06/22/20 09:38am Travel Trailers
RE: Need tow vehicle - preferably under 10k

I have a Buddy who has a Pioneer 30bh quad bunkhouse and he has an 07 Expedition EL. The thing tows the trailer very well. We have some dialing in to do on the Weight Distribution hitch, other than getting the full floating axles I don’t see much of an advantage with the Excursion. Jeremiah FYI - The Expedition has full-float axles too! It's a necessary part of IRS:) You are absolutely correct! Thanks for the clarification! Jeremiah
jerem0621 06/11/20 11:58am Tow Vehicles
RE: Need tow vehicle - preferably under 10k

I have a Buddy who has a Pioneer 30bh quad bunkhouse and he has an 07 Expedition EL. The thing tows the trailer very well. We have some dialing in to do on the Weight Distribution hitch, other than getting the full floating axles I don’t see much of an advantage with the Excursion. The independent suspension of the Expedition gives the big Beast a large, wide, stable platform. He upgraded the tires to stiffer XL tires. However, I must jab in there that my 5.3 does out accelerate his rig when hitched even though I just have 3:08 Rear axle ratio and he has a 3:73. My trailer is about 600 lbs lighter than his, but mine has the 6 speed transmission. For his rig, we need to adjust the hitch head angle as it’s pretty much pointing straight up and we are going to try to get his front end pushed back down some. He is about 3/4 inch higher on the fenders. We are also going to add a second sway bar to his set up. IMHO giving up the superior modern suspension on your Expedition would not be worth it to me to go with a 20 plus year old design. You can always have the receiver tube reinforced if it is flexing too much from the weight distribution...even though these things are only rated to 10,000 lbs 1,000 lb tongue weight max with weight distribution I have not seen any flex at all with the GM or the Fords integrated receivers. As to feel, I never want to “not feel the rig back there”. I need to know and make adjustments as needed. The ProPride will help for sure, but I’d fix any misbehavior before I put that on. The forces that cause sway can break those fancy hitches, its better to be stable first and then add them on for insurance purposes. Thanks, and of course...JMHO. Jeremiah
jerem0621 06/11/20 06:42am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ok what truck to buy ?

Define “Struggle” please? If you mean it slows down on hills and you have to get the RPM’s up to maintain speed, you will have to do that with any Gas V8. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 06/11/20 05:59am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2008 F250 Manual Extending Mirrors

I would try spraying some WD up in the sliding part. That may loosen it up some. Did it slide before? Thanks!
jerem0621 06/04/20 12:27pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Looking to buy, bunkhouse ~26ft, all advice welcome

We just bought a Zinger 270BH. It has a double over double bunk bed arrangement. The top bunk has a 300lb capacity. One thing I noticed when we were looking is that most top bunks do not have a lot of capacity. That may not mean anything right now but it can in the future especially as kids get older or you want to bring family along. Enclosed, heated, and insulated underbelly's were important to us as we like to camp in the late winter. It may not be an issue for you. Finally, lower your expectations for quality. Even the best of these things are slapped together sticks and staples. You will have to tighten screws, tap in staples as they back out, tighten lug nuts, etc... Finally, enjoy the journey. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 06/04/20 09:23am Travel Trailers
Hemi Camshaft Failure Mystery Explained

Somewhat of a mystery over the years has been these random roller camshaft failures in modern Hemis. Uncle Tony just made a video explaining his findings on the issue. If you are interested here is a Link Thanks, Jeremiah
jerem0621 05/31/20 12:06am Tow Vehicles
RE: Burbman Crosses over to the Dark Side....

Well, Burbman still works. Looks like you live in the Suburbs. :) Congrats on the Diesel. I’m probably going to be looking for one very soon. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 05/28/20 12:26pm Tow Vehicles
RE: General Grabber ATX?

I just put them on my Tahoe. I love them. Only about 1,500 miles in but so far they are great. I’m only running about 42 PSI...I’m going to try 60 PSI when I test tow my travel trailer. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 05/25/20 03:43pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Got my New Tires for the Tahoe

Thank you all for the responses!
jerem0621 05/23/20 06:53am Tow Vehicles
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