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RE: Air Bag Problem

Shocks only dampen the bouncing from hitting potholes and such. SPRINGS hold up the rear end of the truck. What you need to do is get under there and LOOK when the truck is sagging. Most likely you will find bent or broken springs. Take the truck to a spring shop. They will diagnose and resolve the problem.
mkirsch 10/29/20 06:26am Tow Vehicles
RE: Need some advice, gearing/fuel mileage.

Jdc1: Ohio hasn’t been 55 for a long time. I think it is 65 mph now on Freeways. ShinerBock: you are right I will consider stepping back to the standard Cummins and the 3.73. Plenty enough to tow 14,500 lbs. I just looked it up.....towing speed limit in Ohio is 55mph. That's on secondary roads. On expressways like I-80 it's 65, but the regular speed limit is 75, so you're still getting passed by like you're standing still.
mkirsch 10/29/20 06:23am Tow Vehicles
RE: F-150 20” wheels

It would be easy to determine by going to a lot and looking, that the load rating of the 20" tires is higher than that of the 16"/17"/18" options.
mkirsch 10/29/20 06:19am Tow Vehicles
RE: Should I get a new Tow Vehicle or a Bigger Gas Tank?

Can you even get a bigger tank for the Frontier? I'm betting the answer is no, and that will pretty much make the decision for you. On the Ecoboost, they've only been out for 10 years, by and large they have been reliable and the people who own them are impressed and happy with them, yet you still "don't trust them?" Why?
mkirsch 10/29/20 06:07am Tow Vehicles
RE: Torque Wrench for WD Hitch nylock nuts

What amazes me is the most common response I have gotten is to take it to a semi or big rig maintenance facility and bother them to borrow a proper torque wrench for this. Is that really what most people who are doctors, lawyers, cybersecurity professionals, carpenters, electricians, teachers, bankers, police officers... do? I doubt most people even know where to find one. Most people pay the RV dealer to install the hitch. Not sure how they can do it if they don't have a torque wrench either. They do it, all the time. Probably with an impact gun. They probably don't even count the ugga-duggas. They've done enough of them to know what tight feels like without a torque wrench. Folks have to keep in mind we're not building a Formula 1 race engine here. We're assembling a weight distributing hitch with big beefy castings and large bolts. Close enough is close enough, and there are ways to get close enough without having a torque wrench. If you want to fret about having all the bolts tightened to laboratory accuracy that's your prerogative, but again, close enough is close enough.
mkirsch 10/29/20 05:55am Towing
RE: Torque Wrench for WD Hitch nylock nuts

I'm also really curious how the wiring is routed on other trailers from the body of the trailer to the coupler and umbilical connector. On any of mine, the wiring is just held to the frame by clamps.
mkirsch 10/28/20 09:05am Towing
RE: Torque Wrench for WD Hitch nylock nuts

What amazes me is the most common response I have gotten is to take it to a semi or big rig maintenance facility and bother them to borrow a proper torque wrench for this. Is that really what most people who are doctors, lawyers, cybersecurity professionals, carpenters, electricians, teachers, bankers, police officers... do? I doubt most people even know where to find one. Most people pay the RV dealer to install the hitch.
mkirsch 10/28/20 08:57am Towing
RE: Changing from 14" to 15" wheels and tires on a TT

You can verify that the bolt pattern is the same by measuring between any two lug studs/holes on any wheel. Make the same measurement on one wheel from each trailer. They should all be a 5x4.5 pattern, which is common for small to medium sized travel trailers. All said and done you've got nothing to lose by trying it yourself except some effort and time.
mkirsch 10/26/20 11:53am Towing
RE: Blue water in black tank - does it freeze?

Unless the tank is right full where the water has nowhere to go when it expands it won't cause a problem when it freezes. The freezing temperature of blue water is lower than regular water but nowhere near as low as the pink stuff.
mkirsch 10/26/20 11:42am Truck Campers
RE: favorite tow vehicle for small trailer??

My favorite tow vehicle for a small trailer is my 2002 Chevy Silverado 3500 DRW. I know that's not helpful in your decision by any stretch of the imagination, but the question specified FAVORITE. I simply like driving the truck.
mkirsch 10/23/20 12:53pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Regular or premium

Used to be you only needed premium for these engines if you wanted the horsepower. Going towing or drag racing? Fill up with premium. Grocery shopping or a road trip? Regular was fine. Must be things have changed. We used to have an '84 Cadillac with that 4.1L aluminum V8 that would ping horribly unless you ran premium fuel. Back then premium was only a couple cents more so it wasn't a big deal.
mkirsch 10/22/20 07:17am Tow Vehicles
RE: GM’s official run at Tesla starts with its E Hummer debut.

Journey to the past with GM. Don't you guys remember the Quadrasteer, in about 2000 to 2005. Nuthing new. Not impressed then. I do. One of our neighbours in Palm Springs has one. But I think the tires turn in opposite direction from front to back. They turn opposite in slow maneuvering, but in the same direction at high speeds.
mkirsch 10/22/20 07:11am Tow Vehicles
RE: GM’s official run at Tesla starts with its E Hummer debut.

I was kind of thinking the lane change thing maybe. I don't off-road so I wasn't sure if there was an application there or not. For parallel parking, it would be great if the wheels turned 90 degrees. Then you could just pull up even with the spot, turn the wheels and slide right in. Just seems like a gimmick to try to add something unique. Unique? Looks almost exactly like the old Quadrasteer system to me. Heavy and expensive. You got one of those trucks stuck, and you had something.
mkirsch 10/22/20 07:10am Tow Vehicles
RE: Pigtail not fitting....

I've run into this with a couple trailers. Looking into my socket, I could see where the blades were contacting the edges of the blade-receptacles in the pigtail. Just a very slight nudge to the blades using a screwdriver was all it took to line things up. Note: One time I really tried smashing it in there, and it bent over one of the blades. That one took a bent pick to straighten it. That's true. I've even found that the right amount of strategic wiggling will let the plug fit.
mkirsch 10/22/20 07:04am Towing
RE: Colors of trucks!

Rochester NY eh? I can see that you do not live in a hot section of the country. White is just practical down here. Up there I can see losing your truck in the blizzards so maybe bright red would be better for you. Slush almost certainly looks worse on white too. So everyone should be forced to drive white cars because they're "practical" in certain climates?
mkirsch 10/20/20 09:19am Tow Vehicles
RE: GM and Gearing

New systems that will likely come out in the next 10 years will be dual DEF systems which will hopefully eliminate the need for the EGR altogether or at least reduce how often the engine utilizes it dramatically. That doesn't help what's out there now, which is unreliable beyond what's reasonable. Farmers and truckers avoid the new engines because they leave them sitting on the side of the road too often to risk.
mkirsch 10/20/20 08:32am Tow Vehicles
RE: Colors of trucks!

Express your individuality! Drive a white vehicle. Right now around here half the vehicles are white. My neighbor across the road drives a white SUV. Next door on one side has a white SUV. Next door on the other side has a white pickup and a white SUV. It's not about being trendy. It's cheaper for the car manufacturers to have fewer color choices. If they had their way ALL vehicles would come out of the factory white. I firmly believe they are trying to make that a reality by forcing white down our throats. "It's our best selling color!" Well yeah it is, because you don't have any other colors! GM had this beautiful shade of green in 2014-2015 on their Silverado trucks. When one showed up on the lot it was gone by the next time you went past the dealer. I was lucky enough to get one, and I'm not trading trucks again until they have something besides black, red, gray, or WHITE.
mkirsch 10/20/20 07:46am Tow Vehicles
RE: RAWR Question?

They do not keep it a secret, you just have to know where to look. No, you have to have privileged access to privileged information. You can look for that information until you die of old age and you'd never find it unless someone such as yourself provides a link to it, which is likely a violation of some fine print agreement which you signed. None of this comes up in a google search, which is all a mere mortal such as myself who does not own 500+ trucks, has access to.
mkirsch 10/20/20 07:38am Tow Vehicles
RE: Pigtail not fitting....

Lots of great advice here---thank you, everyone! We really didn't like the whole bungie-and-a-prayer idea so we're glad to see there are other things we can do first! I'll keep you posted if we run into other problems as we try to get this resolved. Test fit the new plug first before you cut the old one off the trailer.
mkirsch 10/20/20 07:25am Towing
RE: Pigtail not fitting....

I've never seen an outlet where the door swings down. Are you sure it's not upside down on the bumper? All 2014 and up Chevy Silverado trucks with factory wiring have a door that swings down. The trailer receptacle is a combination 7-pin and 4-pin unit, with a hinged door in the middle. The 7-pin door swings down, and the 4-pin door swings up. https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/dMAAAOSw4CFYm9Im/s-l400.jpg
mkirsch 10/20/20 07:21am Towing
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