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RE: First Tow with 2500 Ram

You had a very positive experience with the 3/4 ton! People rarely have a negative experience when moving up from a 1/2 ton truck.
mkirsch 04/22/21 07:36am Tow Vehicles
RE: can a ford ranger tow trailer on steep mtns rds?

What is all this malarkey about "engine braking?" I've owned several full size pickup trucks, all with small block V8's except my '03 Chevy 3500, and NOT A SINGLE ONE OF THEM could hold ITSELF back on any sort of incline using the engine alone. Downshift downshift downshift, rev rev rev, faster faster faster... I ALWAYS had to control the descent with brakes. The ONLY truck I've ever owned that would control itself on a hill is the '03 Chevy 3500 with the 8.1L and Allison. Turn on tow haul mode, hold the brakes for 3 seconds, and the hill would have to be EXTREMELY steep to need brakes, and then only a brief tap. However, the truck still needs frequent application of brakes to maintain speed with any sort of trailer behind. Unless you're throwing out a ship's anchor at the top of the hill, you're using brakes. Just for snots, on a stop you make every day, slip into neutral as you start to stop. Bet you need more brake than normal. Not really. At slow speeds the truck is basically coasting. This "engine braking" isn't as effective as people claim it is. You're not going to downshift and cruise on down the hill with your feet flat on the floor towing a trailer. Most vehicles won't even do that empty.
mkirsch 04/22/21 07:32am Towing
RE: What is a “converter”?

It's a battery charger. Never made sense why RVs use a different name. Yes, you can draw off it directly but you can do that with a battery charger too. That is not entirely correct. You cannot (safely) draw directly off of a battery charger because it is not regulated. A battery charger's output varies depending on load. It can start out at 19V or higher with a very light load (or on the high-Amp charge setting) and drop to below 11V with a heavy load. IF what you are trying to run isn't terribly voltage-sensitive, then sure. However sensitive electronic devices looking for a 12V input are going to have problems on raw 19V+ from a battery charger. A converter has a regulated voltage output. It is called a converter because it CONVERTS 120VAC to 12VDC, the opposite of an inverter which INVERTS 12VDC into 120VAC. Not all converters are battery chargers, as pointed out above.
mkirsch 04/22/21 07:07am Truck Campers
RE: can a ford ranger tow trailer on steep mtns rds?

What is all this malarkey about "engine braking?" I've owned several full size pickup trucks, all with small block V8's except my '03 Chevy 3500, and NOT A SINGLE ONE OF THEM could hold ITSELF back on any sort of incline using the engine alone. Downshift downshift downshift, rev rev rev, faster faster faster... I ALWAYS had to control the descent with brakes. The ONLY truck I've ever owned that would control itself on a hill is the '03 Chevy 3500 with the 8.1L and Allison. Turn on tow haul mode, hold the brakes for 3 seconds, and the hill would have to be EXTREMELY steep to need brakes, and then only a brief tap. However, the truck still needs frequent application of brakes to maintain speed with any sort of trailer behind. Unless you're throwing out a ship's anchor at the top of the hill, you're using brakes.
mkirsch 04/21/21 10:42am Towing
RE: Question on changing legal GCWR

You put the gears in, and your GCWR is "legally changed." No paperwork involved. As long as your Suburban and travel trailer are properly registered based on what your state laws say, there is nothing else you need to do. In some states the Suburban can be registered as a passenger vehicle. Otherwise it is registered as a commercial vehicle based on expected gross weight of the vehicle itself. That can be the GVWR, or something less than the GVWR if you never expect to be loaded to the gills, or something more than the GVWR (such as the sum of front and rear GAWRs). You don't HAVE to register at any specific weight, because you will probably never get weighed. If things change you can always claim ignorance and get off of any ticket by upgrading to the proper registration. Trailers are also registered by weight. Usually the RV dealer will fill out the form at the trailer's GVWR, but again, it doesn't HAVE to be the GVWR. At least not in any state that I'm aware of.
mkirsch 04/19/21 10:16am Tow Vehicles
RE: 19.5" Tire Comparisons

275-65-20 is a great combination of larger diameter, not so wide and good load rating. Bonus is, they are not as popular of a size, so the prices are comparatively cheaper than similar load rating wider tires. Unpopular sizes are the first ones to get discontinued too. So next time you need new tires, you get the wonderful news that your size of choice is no longer made.
mkirsch 04/19/21 09:38am Truck Campers
RE: Opinion on Weights

IDEALLY you want to restore the front axle to its unloaded weight, and currently you are still a few hundred pounds short. Current recommendation from most OEMs is to restore at least half the weight, which you are pretty close to. What you do NOT want to do is go heavier than unloaded weight. HOWEVER if you are happy with the way the truck handles now, and you are within the weight ratings of your receiver and hitch hardware (which you should be, as it is a 3/4 ton truck), then it is fine as it is. Did you adjust the weight distributing hitch with the new trailer on the F150 before giving up on it? Every truck/trailer combination is different.
mkirsch 04/16/21 09:01am Towing
RE: F350 SRW Enough Truck

I can’t imagine why anyone would buy an F350 with a gas engine .... my way of thinking is if I need more than a half ton to pull it I’m going diesel, but, yes a F350 SRW 7.3 gas would work for that trailer. You’ll want the 7230 lb rear axle. I’ll ask a leading question, like you tend to do a lot. What is different about the “7230 lb” rated axle from the other F350 axles? And what would make the lower rated ones or even the smaller axle in the F250s unsuitable for an up to 9000lb + rear axle load? What's the difference? Don't know. Ford won't tell anyone. All we know is that it is rated for 7230lbs and the others are not. What makes the AXLE unsuitable? Probably nothing. Most of these axles from their respective component manufacturers are rated to 10,000lbs gross. However, as you well know, there is more than just an axle at play here. Springs. Frame. Tires. There may or may not be differences there. Don't know. Ford still isn't talking. All we know is that they're willing to extend the warranty for 7230 if you buy the 7230 axle. Yes, I get your "Just shove a chunk of well casing between the axle and frame, and load 'er down, it's all good!" attitude. I'd agree with you if the OP was looking at anything besides a brand new truck. When you can get the truck from the factory built for the job, why would you buy a lesser truck and immediately start putting aftermarket load assistance devices on it?
mkirsch 04/15/21 01:52pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tire went flat in the driveay. Damage?

I've never been able to get the ether to do anything but light the tire on fire and burn off my knuckle hairs. Use a little. Tire fire. Use a little more. Bigger tire fire. Use even more. Even bigger tire fire. Just could not get the "whoomph!" that everyone else seems to be able to get. You missed a critical step. Did you say "hold my beer" first? Didn't have any beer, and nobody was around to hold one anyway... I ended up getting pi$$ed off and using a ratchet strap.
mkirsch 04/15/21 08:46am Towing
RE: Real life Hybrid towing experiences

If you're looking for actual towing experience with these vehicles, you are not likely to find it here. The "culture" here is that anything less than a pickup truck with 8-lug wheels and a diesel engine is not capable of properly towing anything, so you will receive an overwhelming negative response to your proposal. Those who are towing with these vehicles are off happily towing and no longer need advice from this forum. I will also say that I personally do not have any experience towing with either of these vehicles myself, but I have a piece of advice to offer: You either believe the ratings, or you don't. I don't think 3500 or 5000 is unobtainable or unreasonable for either platform.
mkirsch 04/13/21 07:37am Tow Vehicles
RE: Uneven Dually tire wear

Thank you. I guess the possibilities are endless. I’m just glad no one is mentioning mechanical issues I cannot imagine any realistic mechanical issue that would cause what you've described. A bent rim would cause wear on one side of the tire. You have not said whether the wear is even or not, but it seems like you would have said something if the wear ON THE TIRE ITSELF was uneven. A misaligned axle would cause wear on one edge of the tire. Again, you do not mention anything about uneven wear ON THE TIRE ITSELF. If you do have uneven wear that was something you should have mentioned at the outset, as that changes the parameters and possible problems. Really, IMHO, any mechanical issue would cause uneven wear on the tire. Even wear is more likely the tire itself.
mkirsch 04/13/21 07:16am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tire went flat in the driveay. Damage?

Can of starting fluid works better than strap, but likely to send old women screaming and waving hands. It should probably be a felony, punished with 500 strokes of a barbed wire scourge. Some idiot's ether stunt permanently injured and almost killed my old boss. I've never been able to get the ether to do anything but light the tire on fire and burn off my knuckle hairs. Use a little. Tire fire. Use a little more. Bigger tire fire. Use even more. Even bigger tire fire. Just could not get the "whoomph!" that everyone else seems to be able to get.
mkirsch 04/13/21 07:04am Towing
RE: Towing with Auto Leveling

Auto level only lifts and lowers the rear of the vehicle. It does next to nothing for weight transfer. When you first lower the trailer tongue on to the ball, the front of your vehicle rises due to the "see-saw" effect: Trailer pushes down behind the rear axle, front of vehicle comes up, causing weight to come off the front tires. The auto level only pushes up AT the axle, the pivot point of the see-saw. So the whole thing goes up, not just the rear. Your WD hitch lifts up on the rear bumper, behind the axle, behind the pivot of the see-saw. This in turn causes the front end to come back down, placing weight back on the front tires. Hopefully that explains why auto level is not a replacement for the WD hitch. They can work together, because they achieve different goals.
mkirsch 04/13/21 07:00am Towing
RE: Front bed dipping with camper help

I had that issue when I put a plow on a 06 2500HD. a set of Timbren's did the trick. raised it up 2 inches. you can also adjust the torque keys if they have room for it. I also put 8000lb timbrens on the back of big red and it handles like a dream! Timbrens are the great accept when you take the load off, then it's like driving through a cornfield. Somehow I don't think that Timbrens will help the OP's problem, unless you jam them between the bed and the frame rail.
mkirsch 04/13/21 06:53am Truck Campers
RE: Seemingly unsafe location of water pump?

People have this idea that the presence of electricity near water equals electrocution, period. The whole thing of pouring water on something electrical and everyone in the vicinity being fried like chicken only happens in cartoons and low budget action movies. The conditions where it's dangerous are pretty specific. As with anything electrical you need a circuit, in the case of AC, a path to ground. For example, standing in a puddle of water and touching an improperly wired fixture. With 12V DC you won't even feel it.
mkirsch 04/13/21 06:44am Truck Campers
RE: Dually rental

You could try Hertz they rent F350s. And do you really think they come equipped with a fifth wheel hitch? I would imagine SOMEONE rents them with fifth wheel hitches. "Hotshotters" and "RV Transporters" break down too.
mkirsch 04/08/21 10:13am Tow Vehicles
RE: Are one ton trucks classified as commercial in some states?

My 1/2 ton is Commercial in New York. Since I got my original license plate in 1994, they've changed the law so now anything that is <6300lbs empty and isn't used commercially can get "car" plates, I just haven't felt the need to waste my time changing the registration. The difference in cost is not that much. Technically I can't drive my 1/2 ton pickup on parkways (NO COMMERCIAL VEHICLES), but I have driven both the Lake Ontario State Parkway, and the Taconic State Parkway, but the highway patrol has never bothered me.
mkirsch 04/08/21 07:22am Truck Campers
RE: Ram "limp Mode"... Again!

Dumping it while used truck values are high only works if you're selling the truck and don't need to replace it. Otherwise it's just like any other time: A wash.
mkirsch 04/07/21 07:35am Tow Vehicles
RE: Camper type wood burning stove for home...

NO! and WhY?... A camper is not a tent, It is not a lean to....it just sounds like a really bad idea. Tiny house maybe but finding wood to burn and causing a forest fire....or having to haul wood to burn....not efficient. LPG is the way, heat, fire ring, cooking, running the jenny....come om man!! Reading comprehension at its finest... Did you actually make it past the subject header? I'm sorry, but as you said yourself... come om man!!
mkirsch 04/07/21 07:15am Truck Campers
RE: Extended tow bar

Commonly available tow bar extensions are rated to 3500lbs trailer, 350lbs tongue weight. I haven't seen any short ones in the 12" or so range rated for more than that. There is a Torklift Superhitch/Supertruss system that is popular among those with truck campers. It's not cheap but it's designed for what you want to do, and it is not a kluge. Depending on how much extension you need you might be able to find an extended shank for your weight-distributing hitch, too.
mkirsch 04/06/21 08:24am Towing
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