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RE: Broken Spring

My replacement springs came from these guys, installed by my local Big O tire shop:
richclover 10/13/19 07:43am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Broken Spring

In more than 30 yards of rv’ing, we’ve experienced 3 broken springs.....two in the last 3 years. Two of these were on while on the road. The most recent, discovered when making my “walk-around” while doing an afternoon refueling at a truck stop 50+ miles south of Lincoln, Ne. We spent the night in the truck stop while a cold front pushed-through, setting a low temperature record in Lincoln. The next morning we drove into Lincoln (after getting permission to leave the 5er in the lot), and bought 2 springs. I replaced the spring (it was cold work)and we were back on the road by 10:00or so. The second spring has found a semi-permanent home residing in the bed of our truck. We should “never” break we are now prepared. It seems that our repairs always happen during somewhat “extreme” temps. :M The previous spring change was done in an asphalt parking lot in Mesa, August! I did that repair in early morning, while it was a little cooler....but rapidly getting hot. I was very thankful for the large piece of “Astro-turf”, I keep for putting on tire chains ( mud or snow), which helped “insulate” me from the hot asphalt! And then, there was that wheel bearing / brake assembly replacement during the Christmas Holidays, several years ago. Done in a campground, with morning temperatures below 0F. That required more than one cup of “hot chocolate”! Rv’’ing can certainly be an adventure ! We should write a book! memtb Adventures for sure, Todd! I had our springs replaced after our May-June 5200 mile road trip. US-made with a heavier rating and raised the rig between 4 and 5”. Next spring, after the winter season parked in Mesquite, NV, I’ll have wet bolts installed.
richclover 10/12/19 06:50am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Mountain Towing

Ok to specify a bit better. Yes, 6800-7500 would be dry weight. Looking in the 26-30tt range. Also, I have plenty of towing experience. And I’m aware of payload and towing capacity. However, I have no experience towing in any environment with major hills/mountains. I’m aware of using the gears on descent instead of constantly riding the brakes. Thanks for all the responses. Weight is one thing, engine is another. After towing a full up toy hauler with the second ATV in the bed of a 3/4 ton gasser Dodge... I-80, SW WYOMING, 18 wheelers passing me on the hills, I went Ram Cummins and never looked back. We’re now boondocking on the Ham’s Fork Ridge north of Kemmerer, WY. Dirt/gravel forest service road, steep grades, possible mud/snow make 4WD and exhaust braking a must. YMMV ;)
richclover 09/20/19 08:15am Towing
RE: Backup Camera

Hi all, I have a 2016 Evergreen I-Go TT and want to install a backup camera. Looking for suggestions on where/how to tap into power for the camera. Trailer is not pre-wired so I'll have to tap into some other circuit. I was looking for a battery powered camera but so far haven't found one so if anyone knows of a brand? I assume the camera would take too much juice to run to make a small battery feasible? Thanks. Furrion sells a complete kit including a camera, mount and wiring. Mine is wired to the clearance lights, high rear of the camper. We drive with headlights on and really like the rear view. Helps when passing slower traffic and great for back in spots.
richclover 09/06/19 05:10pm Travel Trailers
RE: OEM brake controller, where have you been all my life?

New truck has my first oem brake controller.. previous trucks had aftermarket units.. this thing is great.. easy to get adjusted, smooth, effective.. with no lurching and grabbing I like the one in our 2019 Ram 1500 Hemi, too. I found, however, that even though the 1500’s had tow packages, very few on the dealer lot had brake controllers installed. Mine was dealer installed, factory OEM unit, and programmed for display. No provision for an aftermarket unit is offered. Think $$$. My 2018 Ram 2500HD Cummins is a Tradesman model. Tow package rated to 17,000#. It was delivered with a pigtail for an aftermarket controller which I bought at the local NAPA. Installed it easily myself and it works very nicely. Not as “slick” as the factory unit but a few hundred dollars cheaper. Bottom line: If you need trailer brakes, get ‘em.
richclover 08/23/19 07:27am Towing
RE: 5,000 mile F150 Ecoboost 10speed pulling 8,000 review

The top tow rating for the 2019 F150 in the clicky above is with the Supercrew, 6.5' bed, 3.55 rear end 2wd and it is 13,200lbs. The line below it for the max payload package (3.73 rear end) shows 11,700lbs. So, you actually lose 1,500lbs towing going with the max payload. Granted, you probably want it for the tongue weight but that is not what the Ford book shows as top tow config. You can spec out a 2019 F150 Lariet with max payload package, just click on the 3.73 axle. But you do still lose access to a lot of other options when you do that. For some reason I can't share the link to the build and price as a clicky. I rarely care about tow rating. I care about payload. I'd never pull 11,700 with a 1/2 ton, not even my HDPP. Most of us tow TTs or toy haulers or some such, and hitch limits/RAWR numbers are the top issue. When I was shopping I wanted a payload of 2500 lbs, and only the HDPP would proved that with the options I wanted. Tow ratings and payload are one thing ... My little Nissan, now traded and gone, was rated to tow 6100#, 610# tongue wt. Factory tow package. Payload not a problem with the 3300# loaded flatbed trailer I need to tow. All well within limits, trailer brakes included. But... That poor little V6 motor just couldn’t handle the load ;)
richclover 08/15/19 05:12pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 5,000 mile F150 Ecoboost 10speed pulling 8,000 review

That’s a good write up, Thanks! Very interesting about the anti-sway system fighting the hitch. I’m not familiar with the Ford system or the particular hitch, but I’m here to learn. Also interesting was your fuel mileage. Better than I would have thought, given your load. What cruise speed did you shoot for? The “hills” on I-80 in WY will put a “test” on a tow vehicle for sure. One reason I now own a Cummins and a Hemi ;)
richclover 08/11/19 07:25am Tow Vehicles
RE: RV parks on 80 east

Load up an app called "RV Parky" then you can check along your route. The app gives info about the parks +1, RVParky app. We, Wife and I, recently used it to plan a 5200 mile road trip. Gas Buddy, too. I-80, Evanston, WY, Phillips RV Park on Bear River Drive. Easy access to the highway. Downside would be the close by railroad track. Jody’s Diner. State Park with sewer dump. Pine Bluffs, WY, RV Park. Big spaces, not very “pretty” but good for an overnight. We did the reservation and paid credit card with a phone call. Again, close to Union Pacific tracks, but that’s I-80 ;) Depending on your route, Victorian Acres campground, Nebraska City, NE, is a very nice stop. Good pull through spot, dog friendly. Check the bridge crossing, which was closed for flooding in June. We were westbound from St. Louis and detoured west off I-29 at St. Jo. No problem and good roads. Safe travels!
richclover 07/24/19 07:55am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: pre wired back up camera

I have a used 2017 Rockwood Ultra Lite that came "pre wired with back up camera: The Furrion camera is on the back but there is no switch or any other indication of how to make it work. I can buy a monitor but I don't know how to even power the camera on yet. Any suggestions? You’ll have to pair up the camera with the monitor. There should be instructions with the monitor and there is a connection for the camera on the cigar lighter power plug for the monitor. You’ll have to get the camera out of the housing on the camper. Mine has 4 small screws. My camper came pre-wired with a Furrion mount. Powered by the running light circuit and no problem since we travel with headlights always on. Love the camera. It’s adjusted to allow good backup view and, with practice, is a great indicator for pulling back to the right lane after passing.
richclover 07/14/19 03:54pm General RVing Issues
RE: Ram 1500 Hemi or Ecodiesel?

Diesels are made to pull. They are made to last for high mileage. Living in Wyo those are the two things to pay attention to. It will pay for itself in increased mileage and reliability. Right, that’s why we have the Ram 2500HD Cummins. A very successful recently completed 5200 mile road trip. Diesel considered, but for the Ram 1500 daily driver, occasionally towing 3200#, the Hemi seemed the best choice. Certainly better than our traded 2015 Nissan Frontier V6 w/factory tow package. Weight rated, but... Not nearly enough engine ;)
richclover 07/07/19 04:53pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Bottom damage

Thanks for the update. Now hopefully you didn't lift the trailer steps up too high. :) OMG! I didn’t think of the steps! :)
richclover 07/06/19 03:45pm Travel Trailers
RE: Bottom damage

I did the heavier springs exactly like tralertrash above did and it raised the trailer 2". A lot more arch in the springs now. My axle weights at the scale were less than yours for my 7,800 lbs GCWR trailer. I had a broken spring on the interstate once and replaced the springs with 1,750 OEM springs and they were too flat. I'm convinced most of those springs are manufactured to barely meet spec, if that. You might replace the springs as a first step to see how it goes. Your axle weights were awfully close to 7,000 max anyway at 6,780. I then bought some darco plastic material at the hardware store and sealed them in place to cover the scuffed wheel well areas above the tires and then screwed them also outside of where the tire would rub if it should happen again. Been good for 2 years now. Mine is a Lippert frame, too. New springs installed yesterday. Made in USA (AAA Spring and Truck Parts). Noticeably more curved and raised the trailer by 2-3” at least. I now have about 5” clearance above the tires. The trailer was 2” nose low, measured front and rear on the frame, and is now 6” nose low. I’ll be adjusting the WD hitch ;)
richclover 07/06/19 08:31am Travel Trailers
RE: Ram 1500 Hemi or Ecodiesel?

We’re in the market for a Ram 1500. A friend owns a Hemi and loves it. He recommends against the diesel, citing lots of problems, lack of towing capacity and poor fuel mileage. I’ve read about some of the problems. Local dealer has eight 2018 Ram 1500 diesels still in stock and might do a great deal on a trade for our 2015 Frontier. The trailer is a steel flatbed hauling a 4-seat UTV, GVW 3000# total, 3500# single axle and tires, trailer brakes. Any thoughts? Compare GVWRs, and payloads. Then make your decision. If it can't carry the tongue weight. Stay away from it Did you actually read what he typed? There’s not a normal 1/2 ton truck made in the last idk how many years, probably 50, that isn’t rated to handle a 3500lb trailer. Supposed to be 12,650lbs towing capacity in the US, but RAM Trucks Australia has only a 7,700lb rating. Huge difference in the hype to the reality My flatbed trailer has been weighed, empty, at 1380#. The Can Am book weight is 1739#, full fuel. 3119# full up. Trailer brakes and a 3500# axle/tires. Less than half what my new 1500 Hemi is rated to tow. 8110#, from the Ram website, based on 2019 Ram Big Horn, quad cab, 6’4” box, 5.7 Hemi, 4x4, 3.21 axle.
richclover 07/06/19 07:49am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram 1500 Hemi or Ecodiesel?

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richclover 07/02/19 05:11pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Bottom damage

I had a similar issue with an older Salem F/R. I went from stock (3500#) to 4800# springs and it added about 2" more clearance. Simple afternoon job. Upgrade springs have been ordered. 5-leaf to replace 4-leaf. 5000# plus load rated. Just the extra leaf will get me a little more clearance. Local tire shop (Big O Tires), is doing it. Won’t change the load limits on the axles, 3500#, but might solve the problem.
richclover 06/26/19 08:27am Travel Trailers
RE: Bottom damage

Am I the only one to ask how far over the axle rating are you running? From Wayne’s post: “...You might replace the springs as a first step to see how it goes. Your axle weights were awfully close to 7,000 max anyway at 6,780...” Mine are 3500# axles, confirmed yesterday. Actual loaded weight, from local Flying J scale, posted earlier in the thread.
richclover 06/24/19 06:51am Travel Trailers
RE: Bottom damage

Per Dexter and Lippert: 3" inch MINIMUM clearance from the top of the tires to the wheelwell. Also, bump stops are requiered to limit upward axle travel. There are several ways to get more clearance. You can add a 2" square tube between the frame and the spring hangers... Lots of units are made that way from the factory. You can get longer spring hangers... Some units come from the factory with spring hangers that have several holes to adjust the height. You can install lift blocks between the axles and springs. I have done this on two TTs. You can install springs with more leaves. All of these methods will work. My present TT has a combination of a thicker spring pack, and a small lift block installed, to get the needed height. I only use solid steel lift blocks, and never more than 2" thick. As always, doing it correctly is IMPORTANT... Any of this done wrong ..... Can be an issue. Thanks for the good info! Local tire shop does lots of trailer work and is the first stop tomorrow. There is an RV dealer, recommended, in Layton, UT, that does RV repairs and maintenance. They’ll be the next stop. It’ll get fixed before the next boondocks trip ;)
richclover 06/23/19 06:13pm Travel Trailers
RE: Bottom damage

The weight probably doesn't have much to do with it. You stuffed larger tires in a wheel well not designed for tires of that size. You will need to make more room for the tires to keep them from rubbing. -Michael Thanks, Michael, but my tire shop, and me, figured a half inch shouldn’t have made any difference. Last spring, installing the Goodyear tires. Making more room will only happen with suspension modifications. Question is “what”. First stop will be the tire shop in the morning.
richclover 06/23/19 04:18pm Travel Trailers
RE: Bottom damage

Sounds like the TT got a good workout! :) Unfortunately, TT manufacturers typically use the lowest rated and least substantial components possible. 5K miles on a TT is nothing... I would suggest RV scrim tape there. It's a lot thicker than gorilla tape and should be tougher for a location like that. Wash the darco fabric with soap and water then use alcohol to get it good and clean so the tape adheres well. Tires look way too close. Original size tires I assume? The usual cause of this is springs that have flattened out and isn't uncommon. Hard to tell in the photos but one set of springs does look flattened. What is the TT GVWR and what are the axle ratings? There should be a white sticker on each axle that will give you the rating. Have you ever taken the TT through a scale to get it's weights? Do not use a 2" lift. Need to determine why so little clearance. This is a standard frame, axle, spring and tire setup and nothing unusual. The damage to the darco fabric looks different from front to rear tire. Is the TT level to slightly nose down when hooked up? While in there inspecting things: I would inspect the plastic spring bushings because they can wear out in as little as a couple thousand miles. Check spring hanger holes because they can get ovalized. Perhaps check the axle tubes to see if they still have the correct camber/arch. Check for unusual tire wear as it could be an indication of a bent axle or misalignment. A pair of Dexter EZ-flex equalizers would be a good idea (along with their wet bolts). *IF* it turns out the axle tubes have lost their camber (not unusual either), you might look at using the optional 3" dia. tube instead of standard 2-3/8". Al-ko has good tech. info. here on what's available. Stronger springs might be a good idea but don't know if they're directly interchangeable. A set of shock absorbers can help prevent this. We installed them on our TT and help a lot. We put a "test" on it! Given the really poor condition of some interstates we traveled we were very lucky. Thanks for the good suggestions! Right, it's a standard Coleman TT, Lippert components. See my other post WRT GY tires and weights. I like the idea of installing shocks and will investigate further.
richclover 06/23/19 10:44am Travel Trailers
RE: Bottom damage

There is IMHO to little tire clearance. Either it was built with to little clearance, or the tires are larger than the OEM tires, or the springs have lost the arc. If it was my trailer and fixing it correctly isn't covered under warranty, I'd find a shop that can do an axle flip to get proper clearance. I don't think an axle flip will will help. As shown, the axles are mounted below the springs.
richclover 06/23/19 10:35am Travel Trailers
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