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RE: Cargo trailers with tongue extensions

I have a 20' deckover equipment trailer that has a long enough tongue that I can hitch to the truck with a standard shank under the camper. My camper overhang is roughly 18". With this setup the trailer tongue coming up and hitting the underside of the camper is a very real concern. I have to be very cognizant of sudden elevation changes such as humps and dips.
mkirsch 01/23/20 08:14am Truck Campers
RE: A new way to tow a 5’er!

So what is the difference between this and a converter dolly used by thousands of trucks pulling doubles or triples every day Mainly, those dollies are designed expressly for that purpose. It does not appear much design went into this "dolly." Who knows, the driver could be a brilliant engineer and fabricator, just not concerned with looks... This is the real world though, and that is almost never the case. If it looks haphazardly cobbled together, it's haphazardly cobbled together.
mkirsch 01/21/20 08:55am Towing
RE: My Amazing 12-year old battery...

WHY was the battery dead in the first place? Did you leave the headlights on? Did you not drive the truck for several months? Was it fine the night before, and dead the next morning? If this is the case, the battery is shot and needs to be replaced immediately. It has failed and will no longer hold a charge for long.
mkirsch 01/17/20 07:43am Tow Vehicles
RE: Roof Vent Security

Emergency hatches are much larger than 12x12. Regardless, a thief is not going to draw attention to themselves by climbing up on top of the camper like a baboon to gain entry. They're going to pop the latch on the back door, clean and quiet, while looking like they belong there. Unless, of course, you've set up your camper door like a Brinks armored truck. Then they KNOW something valuable is in there, and it will just make them more determined. If you're that paranoid about "home invasion" perhaps you should consider getting a Brinks truck and outfitting it as a camper.
mkirsch 01/17/20 07:25am Truck Campers
RE: Ideas from those of you who built your own hold downs

I use conventional turnbuckles and chains on my camper. The chain is attached to the Torklift by a "quick link." Neither the nut end nor the threaded end will pass through the hole in the Torklift plate, but the main cross section of the link slid quite handily through that slot you are complaining about, allowing me to attach the chain to the Torklift bracket. There is enough "meat" around the hole that the slot isn't going to significantly compromise strength. The rest of the bracket will bend long before that fails.
mkirsch 01/17/20 06:51am Truck Campers
RE: Really Disappointing (T/C Weight)

All that, and nobody pointed out that on the off chance the OP were ever pulled over and weighed in the United States, or on the off chance that he was in an accident, the law and lawyers would only concern themselves with his REGISTERED weight, which can exceed the GVWR by thousands of pounds. I don't know what the states use for criteria on the limits, but from what I am finding it's pretty much whatever you want to pay for, possibly up to 32,000lbs, 20,000 for the dually axle and 12,000 for the single axle. Obviously you're pushing things if you exceed the combined weight ratings of all your tires in all positions (except the spare, duh). The combined GAWRs seem to be a common choice. Large trucks are rated by their combined GAWRs, yet pickup trucks have a factory GVWR that's often thousands of pounds below the combined GAWRs.
mkirsch 01/16/20 08:07am Truck Campers
RE: No fifth wheel/trailer running lights Ram 1500

Yup, fuses don't blow for no reason. You've still got problems.
mkirsch 01/15/20 07:37am Towing
RE: Towing questions

As others have pointed out, your rear axle itself is safe. 3/4 ton trucks share the safe axle as a 3500, but under-rated to fit within class 2. Just make sure your suspension remain level to ensure enough bump travel, and avoid getting pulled over (onto a roadside scale) due to visually appearing to be over-loaded. Won't happen in the United States. In BC they apparently have laws limiting you to factory ratings that are enforced, but here in the US, RVs are functionally exempt from weight laws. You can look overloaded all you want, and they won't even pay attention to you unless you are committing a moving violation.
mkirsch 01/13/20 07:59am Tow Vehicles
RE: Too big for a T/C ?

I'm about the same size as you and I make it work in a Palomino Bronco B1500. RV dinettes aren't made for guys like us. I got rid of mine. Permanently put the tabletop in "bed" mode and use the dinette area as a couch. The base and pipe are in the under-bed storage area, and the screws are in the "junk drawer" so if anyone in the future ever wants to restore the functionality... What do I do for a table in the camper? Nothing, really. Haven't found the need for one. I have a small folding table in the under-bed storage, but I've only ever used it once, and that was outside the camper... Worst part of the whole deal is rolling over in bed. I replaced the stock mattress with my old bedroom mattress, and it's quite a bit thicker, so I can't roll over without getting wedged against the ceiling. I'd like to find a piece of super-firm memory foam about 4" thick to make a roomier cabover area.
mkirsch 01/13/20 07:49am Truck Campers
RE: Eh Weight Police!

Must be laws are different in Canada. Here in NY I'm pretty sure that would be perfectly legal if the pickup truck were registered agricultural. It's connected to the truck with a draw pin, and has an SMV on the back, thus making it a farm implement. The local Sheriff's deputies wouldn't even give it a second look passing by.
mkirsch 01/13/20 07:34am Truck Campers
RE: My perception on real gas

The last study I have seen was that creating Ethanol took more energy than the result. Although it may be cleaner burning, this makes little sense to me. I see it more as farm subsidy than alternate energy source. Except, there is no longer an ethanol subsidy being paid. Hasn't been one for years. When there was a subsidy corn was pushing $8 a bushel. Now it's <$4 a bushel, same price range as it was in 1974. Only farmers get to work for the same pay they were receiving 46 years ago.
mkirsch 01/08/20 09:24am Tow Vehicles
RE: My perception on real gas

Pretty sure with 10% ethanol you lose 25% MPG. So it has to be something like 50 cents cheaper to break even? My experience is, even after running multiple tanks of non-ethanol gasoline through a vehicle in succession, that the loss is NOWHERE near 25%. More like <10%.
mkirsch 01/08/20 07:27am Tow Vehicles
RE: Chevy 8.1 truck with low miles?

I know where there's one with 51K miles, and it's not for sale.
mkirsch 01/06/20 01:32pm Tow Vehicles
RE: GAS 6.6 GM

Considering that the engine was just introduced for the 2020 model year, and didn't hit the lots until after the camping season was pretty much over, and it's currently JANUARY, I sincerely doubt there are many with towing experience yet. After Memorial Day you'll likely find a lot more feedback.
mkirsch 01/06/20 01:28pm Tow Vehicles
RE: I weighed my setup

Early on in the thread you expressed some concern over the scale numbers being 20-40lbs off and not adding up. Just FYI that's well within the margin of error for a vehicle scale and nothing to be concerned over.
mkirsch 01/03/20 08:59am Towing
RE: Weights. Am I missing something?

6200lbs RAWR sounds a bit low for a 3500 SRW. That's a 2500 RAWR, traditionally limited by the LT245/75R16 LRE tires they came with. You sure about that? Typically they run in the 7000-7200lbs range. When it comes to hauling TC's, where there's a will there's a way. It's very easy to justify exceeding the factory GVWR when properly motivated. The first and most common method is to ignore GVWR and go with the axle ratings. That generally gives you yet another 1000lbs of capacity over the GVWR because the empty weight on the rear axle is generally around 2800-3100lbs for most SRW pickups. It is generally accepted that as long as you're not exceeding the tire ratings, you are okay. Add airbags and/or helper springs to level the load, and go. Why the tire ratings? Because those are the only individual components in the truck that are marked with a weight rating.
mkirsch 01/02/20 12:14pm Truck Campers
RE: F150 vs. stupidity

Are there no cops arount to see this ****, guy should be thrown in Jail for being so stupid! There's absolutely nothing illegal about what he's doing. As long as he's not speeding, running red lights, swerving out of his lane, committing any "moving violation" the cops can't stop him. "Overloaded" doesn't come into play until you're commercial and the DOT gets involved. Patrol officers aren't DOT, and can only stop for moving violations. Not that they can't nit pick and come up with something but what's better, letting that mess get off the road ASAP, or pulling it over and having it there disrupting traffic for hours?
mkirsch 12/19/19 07:27am Truck Campers
RE: F150 vs. stupidity

"The Drive" being a reputable, respected news outlet and all... Back as early as grade school the English teacher would show us a picture and tell us to write a story about it. This "The Drive" story sounds like something from one of those exercises. No names, no details, just a "story" that could be easily written by simply looking at the picture and drawing your own conclusions. Lends absolutely ZERO credibility to the picture...
mkirsch 12/19/19 07:19am Truck Campers
RE: Remanufactured parts rant.....

What ever happened to the local starter and alternator rebuilding guys? Not many around anymore, at least in these parts. Used to have 3 or 4 in one small little town in VA, not a one today. They got old, did absolutely no business continuance planning to pass it on to the next generation, and ended up closing their doors. Also factor in the cheap "remanufactured" available from big box auto parts stores 10 hours a day, 7 days a week, while they're open from 10AM to 4PM Monday through Friday. They couldn't match the price or levels of service that the big box provides. The only business the local starter/alternator shops get anymore is stuff that cheap remanufactured replacements are not available for.
mkirsch 12/16/19 11:41am Tow Vehicles
RE: mounting a propane tank to bumper

For those of you with the "just answer the question" attitude, would you "just answer the question" if the OP asked what kind of knife to use to plunge into his heart? No, you would say, "Don't do that. It's a bad idea. You will probably die." If there are things you feel the OP should consider before moving forward with a plan, there is NOTHING wrong with pointing them out. In this case there are some people who spend far too many hours watching reruns of CHIPS on TV with the staged car explosions every episodes, and think looking crosseyed at a tank of propane will cause it to explode. While I may not agree with their sentiments, I will die defending their right to make them.
mkirsch 12/12/19 09:31am Truck Campers
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