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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
RE: My 2019 Ford F 150 towing

Try to get this back on track. You can add an after market brake controller or try and get a OEM controller added. I would prefer the OEM as they seem to me to integrate better. When you tap your brakes, the trailer will also brake and the trick is to get this feeling seamlessly, so they stop together and not the trailer stopping the truck. The OEM seems to be better at this, I think. The other things going on here are, look at the payload sticker on your driver door jam and get your payload. This will tell you how much your truck can legally carry, including passengers, hitch, and weight of the trailer on the hitch (Tongue weight). There are also some comments on if you have a tow package, which would add a transmission cooler among other things. May want to mention which motor and drive ratio. Good Luck!
packpe89 09/04/20 07:12am Tow Vehicles
RE: Help choosing tow vehicle

Agree with others, you'll want a turbo. F150 is great, another option would be the GM Canyon/Colorado twins, which you can get with a turbo Diesel or Ram or GM half-ton diesels, great mileage. You'll like the diesel when you fill up at the truck stop and don't have to fight the cars.
packpe89 08/26/20 12:41pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 6.7L Cummins Engine Brake

Thanks for the thread. Just got my 2016 CTD and have been wondering the same thing. From what I have gathered, full slows the truck when you lift from the pedal and auto when you actually brake. Is this correct. Love how t slows the truck, I'm sure will help save the brakes.
packpe89 08/25/20 10:00am Tow Vehicles
RE: Picking Up New (to me) Ram 2500 CTD, a few questions

Yes, the 6.0 was not a good start into diesels... Glad to hear about the Bosch Plan to DIY the filters, Mopar or is there another good choice?
packpe89 08/21/20 07:37am Tow Vehicles
Picking Up New (to me) Ram 2500 CTD, a few questions

After debating 1/2 ton or 3/4 ton, came across a good deal on a 2016 Ram 2500 Mega Cab 4x4 with the CTD and only 50K miles. Picking it up this afternoon. My previous diesel experience was an '05 F250 with the 6.0. With that, there were all kinds of additives folks recommended, such as seamfoam, cetane booster or adding oil to the fuel tank and frequent oil changes and fuel filters. Looking online, I'm seeing oil changes every 6mo or 15K miles and fuel filter once a year. Is this good? Synthetic? My F-250 did not have the exhaust brake and the Ram does. Should I always use the exhaust brake or only when towing or only when towing grades? What else should I know or be ready for? Thanks
packpe89 08/21/20 06:34am Tow Vehicles
RE: Newbie Tow Vehicle Help

Another Question, How long is the trailer? You may be fine on weight, but if you are over 28-30', then you'll be catching allot of air when trucks pass. The 6.5' bed will help with that. Also consider some stiffer tires. I went from P tires on my F150SCREW 6.5' bed to E loads and made towing better. Good Luck
packpe89 08/21/20 06:16am Tow Vehicles
RE: New Truck for New Empty Nesters

Looked at a Tundra yesterday, somewhat basic model and only had 1240# payload :/ Also went to check out 3.0 Duramax, but already sold :/
packpe89 08/18/20 06:29am Tow Vehicles
RE: New Truck for New Empty Nesters

Thanks for input so far, I've gone cross country before, with a 30' bunkhouse and F250. Don't plan on getting large trailer. The current TT works great for the two of us. More wondering can new 1/2 tons comfortably pull cross country. I will plan to keep this truck for a long time. Live on a farm (though I don't farm), but need to haul things around (farm has big trucks to haul big things, so don't need that). To answer a few comments, Yes, Titan XD intrigues me, since I plan to keep not worried about re-sale so much. I would not get anything with less than 1500# payload. Alaska will be when we full retire in a few years, so we plan on a long trip 4-5 weeks.
packpe89 08/17/20 08:19am Tow Vehicles
New Truck for New Empty Nesters

New empty nesters hoping to have more time to use our TT. Trailer is 26' and weighs 5500# dry. Plan to take long trips every 2-3 years(NC to Western US, maybe Alaska, Maine/Canada etc.), and local trips 2-3 times a year. Otherwise will be used as weekend driver (I have a company truck for commuting). I have no brand preference. Hope to stay under $50K and keep a long time. Live on a farm so 4x4 is a definite. Thinking about the following half tons, Tundra Crew Max, GMC with 3.0 diesel, F150 with 3.5EB or Ram with 5.7. Local Nissan dealer has a Titan XD with diesel left from '19. Could get a good deal there. Would also consider 3/4 ton, found a low milage Ram 2500/6.4 hemi, but think I would prefer diesel in that class. Thoughts and opinions. Tundra too old, or rock solid reputation make it ok. GM 3.0 gets great reviews and I like diesel for ease of fill-up when towing. Ford hate to buy now with new body coming out, but great motor. Ram like the new body. Nissan XD, ok to get even though they have dropped Cummins? Thanks Joe
packpe89 08/16/20 03:36pm Tow Vehicles
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