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RE: What Upgrades needed for a 3/4 ton pickup

Maybe it's just me, but not sure I would be trying to pull a 14K Fifth wheel with a gasser unless it was all down hill. This being in the tow vehicles section, I've got to disagree with you! ;) If all my towing was downhill, I'd rather have the diesel with integrated exhaust brake!
spoon059 06/22/22 02:48pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Point to ponder, hornets nest stir

One aspect is many one ton srw owners didn't want a drw and a rougher ride....or didn't need 4 tires and 10500 lb rawr payloads. Most of us are old enough to remember for years all we had was 16" and later 16.5" tires and wheels. Thankfully the 16.5" were dropped in favor of our current 17"/18"/20" tires and wheels. New OEM 18" and 20" took a while for wheel and tire mfg to mass produce enough for all the LDT manufactures. It will be interesting to see what Ram/GM/ Ford truck mfg come up for the next new gen mass produced higher capacity tires and wheels as gawrs on these trucks are steadily going up. Since this thread is already derailed, I'll ask a question that has been on my mind for a while... Why do duallys tend to have 17" wheels, whereas most SRW trucks have 18" wheels? Seems the tire selection is better, weight ratings are higher and it gives more room for brakes. It's always been odd to me that a higher GVWR truck has less capability per tire...
spoon059 06/20/22 05:19am Tow Vehicles
RE: Overnite-er in the Hagerstown MD area

I "think" the RV dealer on 81 at the Pa line might let you park. bumpyMany years ago, the RV dealer on I-81 had a small campground behind the dealership. Can't think of the same of dealer. We stopped there for the night. Worked out fine for us. Maybe Keystone RV C/G in Greencastle, PA. Right near Hagerstown. The dealership is Keystone Mega RV, that is where be bought our camper. First let me say that I LOVE this dealership, they are truly wonderful. They do have some hookups behind the building so they might be worth reaching out to see if you can get a spot for a night. Greenbrier State Park is right off of Rt 70, just east of Hagerstown. It is a very nice state park, we've stayed there a couple of weekends and its very nice, but not full hookups. Antietam Battlefield KOA is just west of Hagerstown if you want more amenities and full hookups. I haven't stayed here, but we have friends that stay there from time to time.
spoon059 06/19/22 12:49pm Travel Trailers
RE: Will a 3/4 ton do

I feel ashamed and will now self impose a quarantine. Oh yea we all know those don't work. ;) If you promise to wear 2 masks when you post, you don't have to quarantine.
spoon059 06/17/22 06:36am Tow Vehicles
RE: Will a 3/4 ton do

WOW! I don't think I have ever been that into an online convo to cuss someone out in a PM. PM incoming... ;)
spoon059 06/14/22 03:26pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Will a 3/4 ton do

Spoon, The CVEO that taught some weight law classes I took, used a Toyota pickup as an example, but licensed it to 100,000 lbs pulling a trailer, blowing it up as it made the mile after pulling for 10 miles. No law against it! Marty Yup. I had a 2010 Tundra (loved it!) with a 7200 lbs GVWR. Maryland only offered 7000 lbs weight rating or 10,000 lbs weight rating. I paid a couple extra dollars and registered my Tundra for 10,000 lbs. I never loaded it to that weight, but it would have been perfectly LEGAL to do so.
spoon059 06/14/22 03:21pm Tow Vehicles
RE: What size generator to run AC??

A 3500 watt should handle it. If you get a soft start for your AC, you can power a 15K BTU AC with a Honda 2200 invertor. It actually works out cheaper to spend $300 on a Micro Air Easy Start and save $1000 to get the smaller generator (assuming you buy the big name brand).
spoon059 06/09/22 07:03pm Travel Trailers
RE: 2022 F-350 Demo Impressions

I wouldn't judge it based on's entirely likely that the EB changes settings and gets more aggressive when you plug a trailer into the 7-pin connector. Also probably gets more aggressive once it learns your driving style. I have 2 friends with the F350 that tow and they love the exhaust brake. They tow heavier than me and the EB keeps their speeds in check going downhill just the same as my Ram does.
spoon059 06/09/22 06:58pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Will a 3/4 ton do

You obviously know more about trucks than I do...I do not know for a fact that the axles on a 2500 and 3500 are the same. I only posted the results from my trip to the scale and compared them to the ratings on my truck and the ratings published for a 2500. I've been contributing to this forum since 2001, 11+ years before you joined, so if anybody is trolling it's you. The OP asked a question about weights and you're trying your best to turn this into an argument. I believe that ratings are there for a reason, you obviously think they are concocted for political reasons have have no basis in fact. As my Dad used to say, "You're entitled to your opinion, no matter how wrong it may be." The ratings are for warranty and registration purposes only. You can register a Tacoma to 14,000 lbs and load it up and be perfectly LEGAL, though I doubt it would move very far. There used to be a larger mechanical difference between 3/4 and 1 ton trucks, but the manufacturers long ago realized that it is much cheaper and easier to put essenentially the same rolling chassis under either truck and change the spring pack and the sticker on the door to meet the DOT requirements for a class 2B truck. The spring pack is easy to overcome, with helper springs, Timbrens or air bags. The sticker can simply be ignored and your truck registered for whatever weights you are willing to pay. My Ram has AAM 11.5" axles in the rear. They are rated to 12,000 lbs by AAM, derated to 7,000 lbs for the 3500 and 6,500 lbs for the 2500 with 18" rims, and 6,000 for the 2500 with 17" rims. Same axle. The brakes, wheel studs, engine, transmission, rear differential, bumpers, bed, body, tires, radiator, etc are exactly the same. The frame is slightly different, just due to the shock mounts from the 2500 coil to the 3500 leaf. Ram rates the coils at 500 lbs lower than the leaf springs. If that 500 lbs worries someone, they can put bags or Timbrens to make up the difference. The only reason that truck manufacturers make a 3/4 ton these days is to get into the class 2B market, which only allows a vehicle a max GVWR of 10,000 lbs. You can by a Ford F350 with a 10,000 lbs sticker, does that make it any less capable than an identical F350 with an 11,500 sticker?
spoon059 06/09/22 06:52pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Newbie Ques for hitch selection

Check your owners manual first, the online version I found said, "A weight distributing hitch is not recommended for use with your vehicle, as an improperly adjusted weight distributing hitch may reduce handling, stability, and braking performance." Which it totally not what I expected. Unibody frames usually don't recommend a WDH. The frame isn't strong enough to handle the forces.
spoon059 05/27/22 04:32pm Travel Trailers
RE: Patio Mat Anchoring

I use gutter spikes they are long are about 6 inches long and are normally used to attach rain gutters to houses. I slip a fender washer on them and drive them flush with the carpet. B.O. On a concrete site? :h I'm assuming with a sledge hammer too. Personally I would either use a cut nail or a powder actuated nail gun if I had to have a mat. Otherwise, I'd be satisfied with the concrete.
spoon059 05/26/22 06:59pm General RVing Issues
RE: RAM spare tire tool

Related question, does the spare have a TPMS sensor? No. I added an extra sensor to that when I put sensors on my trailer. Ok, thanks. I didn't remember and am getting my sensor batteries replaced when I get new tires this week. Appreciate it!
spoon059 05/22/22 03:48pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Discoverer AT3 XLT

@spoon, that’s not a bad deal. Never used them but a buddy swears by those tires. That's what I thought too, couldn't turn it down. Was hoping to get another year out of my Nitto's, but that broken belt ruined everything. I thought about buying a used tire to limp through until next year, but we've got a couple longer trips upcoming and wanted to be confident in my truck, not worried about what may go wrong.
spoon059 05/22/22 03:47pm Tow Vehicles
RE: RAM spare tire tool

Related question, does the spare have a TPMS sensor?
spoon059 05/22/22 06:20am Tow Vehicles
RE: Discoverer AT3 XLT

I am replacing my Ram's tires this week. I found a reasonable price on some Goodyear Wrangler All Terrain Adventure tires from my local Goodyear dealer. $260/tire plus installation, $75 instant rebate and up to $150 rebate if I use a Goodyear credit card. That brings my total down to $231/tire installed. I am replacing some Nitto Dure Grapplers that have 5 years and approximately 50K miles on them. I still have tread left, but I think one of the belts in a tire broke, I have a huge bulge in the tire and a bad shake in the tire. Other than that, the Nittos were pretty good tires for me. Bought my most recent batteries at Walmart, mainly because they were the only place with 2 batteries in stock! Original batteries lasted almost 7 years, so I was pretty happy with them.
spoon059 05/22/22 06:19am Tow Vehicles
RE: Is there an Air Conditioner using Inverter Compressor

There are ducted mini-splits available - Could be mounted in an overhead cabinet, with the ducting routed along the back side of adjacent cabinets. Some of the ceiling cassettes also have knock-outs for running small ducts to other areas. That is true, but hard to do a retrofit like that. I don't really like the existing ducts in thr ceiling becuase the hot roof transmits that heat to the ducts and makes it warmer cool air.
spoon059 05/17/22 06:27pm General RVing Issues
RE: Is there an Air Conditioner using Inverter Compressor

New Horizon's offers a mini split as OEM now. There are several videos on youtube of people installing DIY mini splits in RV's as well. I like the idea, as they cool more efficiently, heat with electricity, dehumidify, use substantially less power, give you a lower profile roof, are quieter and more effective. The only possibly downfall that I am currently seeing is the inability to cool multiple rooms. My camper has a rear bunkhouse and a front master bedroom. With the doors closed for privacy/light, it would prevent the even flow of conditioned air. Putting a cassette in those areas would take a LOT of space and would be overwhelming cooling/heating power in such a small area.
spoon059 05/15/22 05:53am General RVing Issues
RE: Charleston SC and Savannah Ga

James Island is our favorite in Charleston. I've looked at other campgrounds, but JICP is the best, hands down. Savannah has a couple of options, depending upon what we are looking for. We like Red Gate Campground, it is a quiet campground with a cool little farmette for the kids to enjoy. We also like Creekfire, which is a very large and amenity filled campground. We haven't stayed at Skidaway Island, but we have friends that have and we've driven through and its very nice.
spoon059 05/05/22 05:49pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Metal storage structure for 20 foot long travel trailer?

Bought mine from Mine is just a carport, no walls or door, just the frame and roof. Since I bought mine, two neighbors have come and inspected it and bought their own. One bought it with 3 walls for storing his jet skis. Another bought it with 3 walls and a roll up door for storing a tractor. Mine has survived high winds and heavy snow without problem.
spoon059 04/29/22 06:35am Travel Trailers
RE: Ford stops taking orders on the lightening

superior breaking with almost all of it regenerative braking and totally quiet and effortless. So I'm not too familiar with the regenerative braking system. Can you explain a little about it? I'm assuming it isn't traditional rotors and pads that create heat, but resistance motors that recharge a battery. Does that create any heat? Does regenerative braking eventually wear out going down a long steep hill? Does it provide sufficient braking for a heavier trailer? I'm imagining my Ram with exhaust braking that literally requires no manual effort on my part and keeps my speed down with ease.
spoon059 04/29/22 06:28am Tow Vehicles
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