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RE: Best valve stems for TPMS

If you buy the TST TPMS 510 system the rubber or steel stems will work.
bailer6334 10/16/17 07:08pm Travel Trailers
RE: Dodge Durango

I had a 2016 Durango R/T with the 5.7 Hemi, with a payload of 1350lbs and a tow capacity of 7100lbs and I pulled a 6700GVWR TT. As their are only 2 of us the Durango did a great job even pulling 6-8% grades. The problem with the later model Durango's is it's uni-body construction and the hitch tongue weight capacity is only 720lbs. Even though the trailer I bought showed 413lbs of tongue weight, when I weighed the TT loaded to 6300lbs, with WDH the tongue weight was 770lbs. Upon discovering this (safety being a major concern) I did not want to exceed any limits with my towing vehicle. Long story short figure 12-15% of the trailers GVWR as the weight of the tongue.
bailer6334 10/04/17 07:51pm Travel Trailers
RE: Seeking opinions on Murphy beds

We had a Forest River Mini Lite 24ft 2304KS with the Murphy bed. The good was the queen bed was comfortable, easy to make the bed, and you could walk around it 3/4 of the way. It also gave you a shorter TT. The bad was not super easy to lift, when the bed was down, could not use the couch, was high to get in and out, and gave no privacy.
bailer6334 09/11/17 08:02pm Travel Trailers
RE: Rookie Diesel Owner

The simple answer is always use the exhaust brake regardless if towing or not. Use Tow haul whenever towing.
bailer6334 09/10/17 07:51pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Pick-up alternatives

Consider a 2017 Nissan Armada or a new/used Toyota Sequoia SUV. While a Dodge Durango with the 5.7L engine will handle the towing part without a problem, the "Hitch Weight" will not. It has a uni-body, and is only rated for 720lbs. I had to trade my 16 DD for a truck because of that. I weighed my tongue and while the spec sheet said 412lbs, it was 770lbs when all was said and done. Good Luck.
bailer6334 09/04/17 07:46pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New to RV'ing...Towing question

Something to also consider. Some WDH with sway controls require you to disconnect the sway control bar when backing up.
bailer6334 08/29/17 08:15pm Beginning RVing
RE: New RVer

During the summer consider Sequoia N.P, Kings Canyon N.P., Morro Bay, and the Santa Cruz area. For longer trips consider Kennedy Meadows, Kyburz area, Mt. Shasta area, Columbia area and Pollock Pines area. As stated above winter is a different set of locations. Planning trips is half the fun. Good Luck
bailer6334 08/29/17 08:01pm Beginning RVing
RE: Hitch weight

Here is my experience. The TT manufacturer's spec sheet for my specific unit which came with the manuals said Hitch Weight was 412lbs. I had 2 20lb propane tanks, and 2 batteries. When I weighed the tongue it weighed 700lbs. This was ready to camp with the exception of any water in any of the tanks. It also did not include the 80lbs of WDH. Total weight without any water was 775lbs or 55lbs over the hitch rating. My Dodge Durango had a maximum hitch capacity of 720lbs because of its uni-body construction. Some vehicles hitch tow ratings increase when WDH is used. This was not the case with mine when I talked to customer service at Dodge. As safety is very important to me with a family, I traded my Durango for a tow vehicle I knew would safely handle all the weights associated with my TT. I know some may say it was close enough, but I'd rather have a reasonable safety margin than be on the edge. I would recommend weighing the hitch to make sure it is within the safety margin for your tow vehicle. Good Luck
bailer6334 08/29/17 07:45pm Travel Trailers
RE: New 30ft Trailer Towing Experience

Gator Mike, My GD 2150 dry weighed is 5,384 lbs, with a hitch weight of 412 lbs according to GD's build sheet. That said when I weighted the tongue with a sherline tongue weight unit, it weighed 680 lbs (this included 2 batteries, 2 propane tanks, no water but other stuff in the rig. ) Add 90 lbs for the Equalizer 4 point WDH assembly and that makes up the 770 lbs of tongue weight. While my Dodge Durango pulled the trailer without problems, because of its uni-body frame/suspension, from a safety point I had to move to a tow vehicle with a higher hitch capacity. My issue is while I got a good deal price wise on the Chevy 2500HD DMAX I typically only use it 1 week every month. I hestitate to use it as a grocery getter/errand runner because of the emmisions stuff on newer diesels. Thats why I'm looking at gas tow vehicles. The Sequoia looked like a viable choice until I was told about the hitch capacity limits. Do you use the existing mirrors or do you have 3rd party mirror extenders? Glad the Sequoia works for you. I still need to think about what I want to do.
bailer6334 08/16/17 07:57pm Towing
RE: New 30ft Trailer Towing Experience

bluepost, I don't doubt what your saying, and I understand the J2807 spec was to set up a standard all vehicle manufactures would use, so why the derating? And when this spec is used to recalculate hitch capacity did it derate others as well? Additionally it doesn't make sense to say 10% of GVWR when some vehicles have different GVWR capacities. That would mean they either change out the hitches or use the same hitch (which makes more sense) and use a lower number. However 10% is what I was told by both the dealer and factory customer service folks. Maybe it just a CYA.
bailer6334 08/11/17 06:58am Towing
RE: New 30ft Trailer Towing Experience

I'm confused. I was looking at a 2017 Sequoia to pull my 6695lb GVWR TT. I have weighed the tongue and it weighs 770lbs camping ready. I had to get rid of my Dodge Durango because it only had a 720lb hitch capacity, and I like to have a safety factor when I tow. When I talked to the Toyota dealer and the customer support people at the factory they told me the hitch weight capacity maximum is 10% of the vehicles GVWR. When you look at the Limited and Platimum specs you see it has a GVWR of 7300lbs max. To me that means the Hitch capacity maximum is onlt 730lbs. I understand some vehicles manufactures allow for a increase in hitch capacity when using a WDH, however Toyota does not allow the increase. So how do some folks have in excess of 850lbs on the hitch and feel that its safe? As I say I'm confused.
bailer6334 08/10/17 07:20pm Towing
RE: Towing into the Wind

Seems when I come west from Albuquerque, MN on I-40 to Flagstaff, AZ (which I do often) I'm always bucking 30 plus headwinds. I have done this in both gas & diesel 3/4 ton trucks, and while I use a little more fuel the diesel does not notice the wind. Doesn't even down shift gears. It just keeps moving right along. Sadly I can not say the same thing for the gasser. It was a constant fight to keep the truck doing 62MPH.
bailer6334 08/08/17 09:31pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Advice on towing with Yukon Denali

Also check the DOT laws for your state. Here in Arizona a trailer of that weight I believe requires WDH by law. From a safety point of view it would be wise to invest in a good WDH as well.
bailer6334 08/06/17 05:27pm Travel Trailers
RE: Grand Design Imagine 3150BH

I have a Grand Design 2150RB and the published tongue weight is 485lbs. My actual tongue weight is 750lbs (2 propane tanks, 2 batteries & WDH). So the published weight is misleading. Can you pull it "YES". Will you be over on 1 or more rating for your truck most likely. Will it be a enjoyable towing experience? Probable NOT. Remember its 35ft 11inches long!
bailer6334 08/06/17 05:16pm Travel Trailers
RE: Easy way to determine how much Travel Trailer I can buy?

Get you truck weighed. Based upon build sheet for my 2500HD, the curb weight is 7383lbs. However when I had it weighed this past week the weight is 7880lbs. A difference of 497lbs. This reduces my payload that much. In my case not a problem as I have a DMAX and my TT GVWR is only 6695lbs. I think you are wise not to go over 7000lbs GVWR.
bailer6334 08/04/17 07:39pm Travel Trailers
RE: From Motorhome to Travel Trailer

Northwood products are up there in quality. Check their floor plans. They are heavier than most, that's do to them making their own frames. We have a Grand Design Imagine TT 2150RB and we like it. Good luck.
bailer6334 08/02/17 07:10pm Travel Trailers
RE: Looking to buy!

Joecav, Look up the manufacturer of the unit(s) you are interested in and see if they have a forum like this to get a feel on what other owners have experienced. All RV's have issues,(if $12K or $300K) some major most minor. If you do go new just make sure you do a through PDI (make sure everything works) and inspect the walls, ceiling and floor for water leaks. If you spot a water leak(water marks)do not buy that unit regardless of what the sales person says. Remember sales people are NOT your friend. You are spending YOUR hard earned money, make sure the trailer of choice is adequate for your intended use. Good Luck and enjoy the journey.
bailer6334 07/31/17 08:01pm Travel Trailers
RE: Holding tongue weight steady

Here's my experience. Published tongue weight of my TT is 412lbs on a unit which has a GVWR of 6695lbs. Filling 2 20lb propane tanks, installing 2 batteries and adding 80lbs for my WDH my actual tongue weight is 750lbs. That's without food, clothing or water in the trailer.
bailer6334 07/14/17 07:49pm Towing
RE: What is the average hourly repair rate?

Currently changing out the OEM Lippert (cheap)equalizer and shackles for MorRyde 3000 equalizer and shackle wet bolt kit. I supplied the parts. The price from 3 shops was $120hr. 2 other shops was $80hr. I generally do most work myself, however this change-out had to be done by a RV shop as I do not have all the equipment required to lift the frame and axles.
bailer6334 07/12/17 06:57pm General RVing Issues
RE: Speed and blown tires

I'm with you Hammerboy. My tires are Westlake ST205/75R15D, speed rated 77MPH but I dive at 64-65MPH. Let them pass me. So far I got 6,000 miles on my tires and no problems yet. Have TPMS system, but need to have steel stems put on before I install the TPMS.
bailer6334 07/05/17 07:48pm Towing
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