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RE: New fifth wheel update

Nice! Thinking I will try the AUH when I move from a TT to a fiver. Use my gooseneck on occasion.
packpe89 05/26/21 06:59am Fifth-Wheels
RE: New camper towing

My traverse was ok to tow 5000#, and handled a pop-up well. The towing package included hitch, transmission cooler and tow/haul mode, not sure what else. I guess you can add the hitch and maybe the cooler?? If towing in flat areas, you may be ok.
packpe89 05/19/21 01:00pm Beginning RVing
RE: First Long Road Trip

Couple things, the XL is not a 3/4 ton, that implies same frame as an F-250. It's an F-150 frame with the towing package. You are certainly border line on weight, but length would be a bigger concern. That is allot of surface area. Fortunately you are taking a fairly flat trip and to a beautiful location. Just hope it's not windy. If planning to take many more of these trips, I would certainly consider F-250/2500 or if more seats are needed, even a 3/4 or 1 ton van. Good Luck
packpe89 05/19/21 12:50pm Towing
RE: F150 w EcoBoost 2.7

I recently went from a '14 F150 with 3.5 EB to a '16 Ram 2500 CTD. Towing mpg went from 7-8 to 11-12 with the same camper (6.6K) and towing was much easier. Love the engine brake! Definitely use tow/haul, makes the entire experience better/safer, especially if you are in the mountains. But 250/2500 costs are an issue, so if towing flat and short, might stay with what you have, but if planning longer trips may want to upgrade. Good Luck
packpe89 05/03/21 06:59am Tow Vehicles
RE: Help Ram 2500 6.4 gas vs diesel

It is also much easier to fuel up on the trip with the diesel, utilizing truck stops instead of mingling with cars at the gas pumps. I am in a similar boat, want a fifth for some long trips in a couple of years (retirement). Just got a 2500 megacab with CTD, so payload is only 1900#. I'll probably look for a lighter (7.5-10K fifth). The megacab does have a heavier rear axel, so think I'll be ok with those weights. I have seen the same truck towing much larger and looks to have no problem, but don't want to be that guy.
packpe89 05/03/21 06:50am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford as a tow vehicle

Long trip with that weight, would seriously consider 3/4 ton. Especially if near or over 30' long. I've towed with both the 3.5 and 5.3 and yes, the 3.5 is better, turbos in the mountains especially. Ten gears would help, my 5.3 was older (2007), so not quite apples to apples. Just completed first tow with Ram 2500, way better than 3.5.
packpe89 04/30/21 06:12am Tow Vehicles
First Tow with 2500 Ram

Just got back from a short vacation with my 2016 2500 MegaCab Cummins I purchased last year. Visited Table Rock State park area in upstate SC. Great towing experience! Stats, 28' TT, 6500#+/- dry, and maybe 7K wet (we traveled lite), hitch weight around 700# and did use WDH hitch. Listed payload is 1900#, so well within range for DW and myself. Experience, Averaged around 11.5mpg towing (speed limit or slightly under if 70mph), so did not have to fill up on 300 mile trip with the camper attached. Always used auto exhaust brake. Very stable, only felt sway a couple of times from wind gusts. No problem in mountains with going uphill or down. Also used the two/haul mode when coming down twisting mountain roads, six speed did a great job maintaining speed. Never saw the transmission temp go over 169. Did bounce a little on SC roads... Previous TV was F150EB with 6.5 bed. Also towed well but mileage was only around 7 or 8, and not quite as stable, but not a 3/4 ton, so shouldn't really compare. Overall, very happy with new truck. If we upgrade, it will be to a small fifth wheel, but purchased the truck to go west and maybe Alaska in the next few years.
packpe89 04/21/21 06:58am Tow Vehicles
RE: Truck Question

Have to ask where and how far are you towing? Diesel will be better in the mountains and will be easier to fill on long trips (truck stops instead of having to fit at the gas pumps). Also how long is the TT, with that weight, I'd still prefer 3/4 ton if over 28', again depending on the tow distance.
packpe89 04/13/21 12:11pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Looking for SUV recommendation

I would prefer a body on frame. Durango or Tahoe would fit the bill. Tahoe can be had with the new 3.0 diesel so mileage would be good.
packpe89 03/31/21 01:34pm Tow Vehicles
RE: WDH or not?

It is a diesel
packpe89 02/19/21 03:58pm Towing
WDH or not?

Haven't pulled my camper yet with my new to me 2016 2500 Megacab. My travel trailer is 28' and 5500#. I have always used a WDH w/sway (cheap one they threw in when I got the TT). Like most, it is a 2" bar. The Ram has a class V hitch, 2-1/2" receiver. I have the sleeve, to use the WDH, but wondering if I would be better off, just using a class V and forgo the WDH. I have all I need either way, so really just wondering which is best, thinking there could be some movement in the WDH using the sleeve. Thanks Joe
packpe89 02/19/21 03:11pm Towing
RE: Sway Question

Over 30' will catch allot of wind, definitely 3/4 ton truck territory for a long drive.
packpe89 02/19/21 03:04pm Towing
RE: Towing Capacity Question

Sounds much better, good luck!
packpe89 02/18/21 12:11pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing Capacity Question

For that length, I would stay within a couple hours of home. With the lighter/shorter TV (vs a Truck), your drive will not be very comfortable. To me that trailer is on the verge 1/2 ton to 3/4 ton. I had a 30' total length that weighed 5500#. Towed mostly with a half ton and was ok going to the mountains in NC, but very tiring 4 hour drive. Towed the same camper with a F250 across the country and only felt it going across Kansas (wind!)
packpe89 02/18/21 06:23am Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing Capacity Question

What is the length?? I have found that as much a concern as the weight, especially if you plan on any long distances. Not sure I would want over 24' or so with a Durango.
packpe89 02/17/21 09:12am Tow Vehicles
RE: New Truck Buyer Needs Help

As others have said, look at the payload sticker. The TT you are looking at has a low hitch weight (530lbs), so you will likely be good here and that's often not the case. Remember, your payload includes your passengers, gear and hitch. Check that it has the factory tow package and hopefully an integrated trailer brake. Most new trucks with tow package will likely have the brake controller, but not the case just a few years ago. For quick check on the tow package, most will have a second radiator in the grill for the transmission. Be sure to get a weight distributing hitch, may get the dealer to throw it in and hopefully set it up. Best of luck.
packpe89 12/23/20 06:01am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2021 Chevy Tahoe with 3.0 Diesel

I have one of the last full size blazers with the 6.5 turbo diesels (1994) with around 300,000mi on it and when broke in it got 30mpg and today gets pretty near 27-28mpg. 27 with that little engine is not very impressive. I think it actually is impressive, since that little engine has considerably more power and torque than your 6.5. Exactly, 277Hp/460ft/lb vs 175/360 and way fewer emissions.
packpe89 11/30/20 06:49am Tow Vehicles
Air Bag Problem

My son recently got a truck that came with air bags. Somewhere around a 2013 Ram. They do not tow with it, but I'm guessing the previous owner did. The truck has started to squat in the rear, I'm guessing a couple of inches at the tailgate below level. Pressure at the airbag gauge is 50-60 psi. If you blow them up to 90+, the truck will level, but be back the next day. So, I'm guessing there is a leak somewhere, but it goes down on both sides. Would think the air bags are independent??? Also, shouldn't the regular shocks keep the truck from squatting without a load?? So maybe new shocks are the answer? Can't post pictures as the truck is a couple of hours away. Thanks.
packpe89 10/28/20 06:25am Tow Vehicles
RE: What truck do I need to pull this trailer

Mine is a 2016.
packpe89 09/28/20 07:28pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: What truck do I need to pull this trailer

I would definitely go diesel just for ease of fill-ups utilizing trucks stops instead of at the pump. Also cross country means mountains and it will pull better in the mountains. I just purchased a certified 2500 Ram diesel MegaCab Long Horn in your price range ($38K) with 50K miles, so you should be able to find something. I have owned or used all three and any will work well. I went with Ram because that is the best value I found. I would not worry about fuel capacity, all three brands will have large tanks and you will want to stop every now and then for a rest break. Again trucks stops are great! An 8' drw crewcab will be a beast when you adventure out, may want to consider the 6.5' bed. Good luck and have fun.
packpe89 09/28/20 09:37am Fifth-Wheels
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