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RE: Why a 5th wheel over a tow trailer?

It's many things for me. 1) I despise stairs....I can get a TT with 1 or 2 entry stairs. I haven't seen a fiver with that simple of an entry system. 0 stairs inside for the win. 2) the lightest fifth wheel hitch is still heavier than a standard weight distribution head. The Andersen ultimate may be an exception to that...but most are much heavier. (Yes I know some of you modify your homes and garages with lifts and what not to make this easier...see #5 below) 3) hard to fit a golf cart in the bed of the truck with a fifth wheel hitch in the way. So taking along a golf cart requires a toy hauler, separate trailer, or a separate trip. (Not everyone takes a golf cart with them so this may or may not be an issue) 4) variety of tow vehicle choices. Fivers limit you to a truck, a TT can be towed by a SUV and in some cases a car. 5) higher expense all over the place...more expensive truck is required...more expensive tires...more expensive hitch (not always)...more expensive damage (higher risk) when the fiver goes through the back window...generally higher initial purchase price...etc etc etc 6) Fivers can be more difficult to get level with a taller TV...once you run out of adjustment in the pin box and the fifth wheel hitch the only option to fix a nose high scenario is to modify the frame and or suspension of the trailer...at considerable expense (see # 5) ... For a TT a nose high scenario is fixed by adjusting the hitch and or buying a longer shank...no super expensive mods required. 7) TT's and fivers both stink going backwards...so I call that a wash. 8) it really comes down to personal preference and budget. Thanks! Jeremiah I did an axle flip on mine for a grand total of about $90 for two spring hanger kits. Took me an afternoon of wrenching down by my shop to do the work. Not a bad way to spend s Saturday afternoon. I'd hardly call it an expensive or difficult mod. Also my rail mount Andersen weighs less than 40 lbs. works great and it's real easy to install/remove. That's awesome that you are able to do the axle flip, cutting the spring perches and re-welding them is not for the faint of heart...which is why you are an exception...Joe average RV'er will end up paying someone to do that because of the specialized know how, skill sets, and tools.... Not having these specialized know how and tools takes something from simple....to dangerous...to life threatening...depending on the person. Never mind that you obviously have the physical ability to lift, pull, tug, and exhert the physical ability to do this...there are many RV'ers who do not... Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 05/04/16 08:17pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Tire Guru Question

Now we know the real reason for ST tire failures ... Too narrow rims!
jerem0621 05/04/16 03:45pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Why a 5th wheel over a tow trailer?

It's many things for me. 1) I despise stairs....I can get a TT with 1 or 2 entry stairs. I haven't seen a fiver with that simple of an entry system. 0 stairs inside for the win. 2) the lightest fifth wheel hitch is still heavier than a standard weight distribution head. The Andersen ultimate may be an exception to that...but most are much heavier. (Yes I know some of you modify your homes and garages with lifts and what not to make this easier...see #5 below) 3) hard to fit a golf cart in the bed of the truck with a fifth wheel hitch in the way. So taking along a golf cart requires a toy hauler, separate trailer, or a separate trip. (Not everyone takes a golf cart with them so this may or may not be an issue) 4) variety of tow vehicle choices. Fivers limit you to a truck, a TT can be towed by a SUV and in some cases a car. 5) higher expense all over the place...more expensive truck is required...more expensive tires...more expensive hitch (not always)...more expensive damage (higher risk) when the fiver goes through the back window...generally higher initial purchase price...etc etc etc 6) Fivers can be more difficult to get level with a taller TV...once you run out of adjustment in the pin box and the fifth wheel hitch the only option to fix a nose high scenario is to modify the frame and or suspension of the trailer...at considerable expense (see # 5) ... For a TT a nose high scenario is fixed by adjusting the hitch and or buying a longer shank...no super expensive mods required. 7) TT's and fivers both stink going backwards...so I call that a wash. 8) it really comes down to personal preference and budget. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 05/04/16 10:41am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 2017 Ram 1500 Ecodiesel HD

As for the Ram the 3.6 gas can be had with the 3.92 gear ratio as long as you opt for the "trailer & traction group". Don Thanks for the info...I didn't realize that the 3.92 was available in the Pentastar Ram. That would be a fantastic weekend warrior/daily commuter combo. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 05/03/16 06:49pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Florida I-75 TT Accident

Last RV accident I saw was where a F350 pulling a monster fiver rear ended another car at the top of an exit ramp....must have had a time based break controller. :S (sarcasm) I wish folks would concentrate on the people and not the set ups...they are called accidents for a reason...only a psycho sets out his or her day saying I am going to intentionally wreck someone or be wrecked by someone. T&P...I am sorry about the loss of your friend and your brother. Thanks Jeremiah
jerem0621 05/03/16 03:36pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2016 Nissan Titan XD with 5.6L Gas

Is it only a 26 gal gas tank? I believe so... That's really okay with me...I need to stop every couple hours for Medical issues anyway. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 05/03/16 11:35am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram 2500 Transmission Ratios

I have the 6speed in my 2500 with the 5.7l hemi and hate it. Not sure if it's the same tranny as the 6.4l. I've made numerous complaints to the dealer. I had difficulty towing some hills last summer when starting out from a stop. Pulled good in 1st to redline but then it dies on the shift into 2nd, bogs down and can't accelerate. I was stuck manually shifting into 1st to hold it there and crawl all the way up the hill. This happened twice. My old Tundra, with the same trailer, would pull those hills and continue accelerating through the gears. Rear gears (3.73 vs 4.30) might have had something to do with it. Towing at highway speeds on the flats the tranny is usually in 4th gear, rarely 5th unless downhill with a tailwind. The Tundra would hold 5th easily. The other issue is that the truck always wants to start out in 4th gear, unless I come to a complete stop. It's bogged down trying to accelerate from a corner. It takes nearly full throttle to get it to downshift but then it drops 2 gears (to where it should have been in the 1st place) and accelerates like a bat out of hell. Very frustrating. I'm considering getting the truck tuned to help with this, even if it voids the warranty. Have you considered going back to a new Tundra?
jerem0621 05/03/16 12:21am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2016 Nissan Titan XD with 5.6L Gas

I am really excited about this motor and this truck. Kind of surprised the lie-o-meter hit 18.5 MPG the comment on the drive ability of the gas vs the diesel was one short comment that caught my attention...would be interested to see how they actually are behind the wheel. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 05/02/16 11:59pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Need a Replacement for GMC Safari

What can they (Crysler T&C) tow? All I can find is "Class II Hitch" nothing about gross weight, or the availability of a brake controller. 285HP doesn't seem like a lot, but it is more than I have now... and a lot better mileage... Transit is an Option, and you can definitely get the engine and tow packages, but it is $$$ Mine has a tow rating of 3,600 lbs. My receiver is a class 3 receiver rated at 400 lbs weight carrying and 500 lbs in weight distribution. My van has an aftermarket brake controller. As far as what I tow.. I tow weekly from anywhere to 1,000-3500 lbs. I use it like a truck. My van has more HP than my old Trans Am and if I am not careful it will break traction pulling out from stop signs. Here is a pic of me loaded up with my PUP I sold. http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj109/jerem0621/hitch%20stuff/A4DA5CDC-C093-4D7B-81B4-B64451CA5198_zpsm9vd6c5a.jpg width=640 It's a fantastic vehicle. Pulled this pup over Monteagle like nothing..had to slow down to keep from speeding. I was close to GCVWR. It's a great little powerhouse. It stares at its 3600 lb tow rating and laughs...it handles it with ease. It's not a V8 but it's stronger than a lot of V8's in the not to distant past. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 05/02/16 11:25am Tow Vehicles
RE: Is it ok to drive a truck with a bad coil / spark plug?

Fords will shut off the injector once it sets the code, so there should not be any adverse affects. My 97 F150 with a 5.4 had a miss and it did destroy the cat. Not sure if that early model had the fuel injector shut off or not? I had to cut a relief in the exhaust just to get to the repair shop...100% clogged cat is no fun. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 05/01/16 02:18pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Need a Replacement for GMC Safari

My Town & Country has 285 ish hp and is fantastic. Stow and go seating means I have a flat floor with zero lifting out of seats...power windows all the way around give me a very open air ride if I want them. With the seats laid down I can fit 4x8 sheets of plywood. 20 ish mpg city... 26.5 highway. They all come with HD cooling now... They are really fantastic. Thanks, Jeremiah
jerem0621 05/01/16 10:26am Tow Vehicles
RE: Hoping to keep it to an SUV... will it work?

There are some Apex models that would work great for a family and a Durango
jerem0621 04/29/16 01:32pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Hoping to keep it to an SUV... will it work?

I tend to be a 'can do' man. I believe that vehicles can tow right up to their ratings and don't have any problem doing it. That being said...towing with the right 3/4 ton truck is a pleasure. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 04/28/16 07:53pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Titan XD- Gas...

I think you are right...it's going to be a wash from a payload perspective but the Titan XD may 'feel' more stable towing due to the heft of the vehicle. Reminds me of my Father In Laws 1999 F250 PSD 4x4...I believe it had less than 2,000 lbs of payload. But towing with it compared to a F150 was much different experience despite the trucks being a few hundred lbs different in payload. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 04/28/16 03:11pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Hoping to keep it to an SUV... will it work?

7000lbs is asking too much of any midsize SUV. I've got a friend who towed a HTT with a Dodge Dakota for a few years, but last year he upgraded to an F250. You could see that poor little Dakota was being squashed down front and rear. I do agree that 7,000 lbs is asking a lot...the Dakota is apples and oranges to the new Durango. The Durango isn't exactly a mid sized either it has a GVWR higher than some Half Ton Pick up trucks that have a higher tow rating! The Durango is a great and Populr choice for towing a light weight TT. The tongue weight must be managed as I believe it has a 750 or 850 lb limit depending on the owners manual. A good handling vehicle with the right trailer would be pure joy to tow with. Like wise it can be a nightmare if the combo isn't set up right. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 04/28/16 01:37pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Titan XD- Gas...

And only available in a Crew Cab. With that payload it will be comparable to the F150 with HD Payload and 3.5L Ecoboost. Except a lot heavier, for better or worse. Wonder how the mileage will compare? It should be pretty comparable. Missed the part about it being CC only. I did notice that they don't have to list MPG estimates because of the weight class the truck is in. I suppose that means that we will see about the MPG once the Trucks are on the lots... It does have GDI so that will help some..I wonder if the injectors will be noisy like the GDI injectors were on my Kia. Lol. No MDS or anything like that that cuts four of the cylinders off at highway speed that I can tell. Should be pretty comparable to a 3/4 ton big 3 on the MPG and power front. I would guesstimate 11-14 mixed depending on the driver. 15-16 mpg on the highway With the occasional guy who posts that he gets 17 towing a 35 ft camper. I really hope that the transmission shifting strategy is dialed in. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 04/28/16 09:59am Tow Vehicles
Titan XD- Gas...

Greetings, Here is an article on the Gas Titan XD from TFL. Key part is that the Gas version will have about 500 lbs more payload. And the motor is all aluminum alloy... Link Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 04/27/16 07:31pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Reaching out for advice

I am sorry for your troubles... Glad everyone is okay!! My wife was rear ended and was not at fault...we are not sue happy people at all...never have been... But, if we are ever in an accident again...something I hope we never have to go through again... After we make sure everyone is okay.... My first phone call is to an Attorney... this process that drug out for nearly 18 months for us...and the Other insurance company tried to use the Law against us... I will call an attorney and pay accordingly...just to make sure that I am aware of all the laws and regulations that are at play. I recommend that you call a lawyer in the state of the accident just for guidance (like I said, I'm not sue happy,) but knowledge is power and they can give you insight that can save you time and protect your finances. (And your sanity) Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 04/27/16 07:02pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2017 Ram 1500 Ecodiesel HD

Has the issue with the cam gears slipping on the camshaft in the VM diesel been fixed? I've seen several You Tube videos reporting the problem. Apparently the gear is just a slip fit on the cam and a bolt in the end of the shaft keeps it in place. If the gear rotates the valves hit the top of the pistons. The last thing I want to do it buy a new truck and then pay someone else to "bulletproof" it.It looks to me like this issue is a one-off. All the different hits I found lead back to the same guy. Yep, and that guy beat the socks off his ED... Long idle hours.. 700 miles per day... custom tuning.. and many many "improvements" which may or may not have contributed. He verbally gives several disclaimers about the stuff he does. Not surprised at all that he ghosted a part in the motor. I mean the man bought a spare EcoDiesel drivetrain and sat it in his garage "just in case" Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 04/27/16 03:59pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2003 Chevy Express 1500 Tow Capacity

You pretty much have it figured out...you have discovered the answer to the Riddle my friend BenK often uses...I am paraphrasing some..."HowMuchCanITow....HowMuchShouldITow???" And the answer is not the same for everyone. As a suggestion, and a consideration...you may be able to gain a few hundred lbs by changing vehicles to a crew cab truck...but if going through the trouble to change vehicles I would step up to a 3/4 ton truck and gain 1,000 lbs plus wiggle room (depending on the truck, not all 3/4 tons are created equal) Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 04/27/16 03:41pm Tow Vehicles
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