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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
RE: First trip with my new Duramax

Just completed my first trip with my new to me 2016 Chevy Silverado 2500HD DMAX 4X4. Purchased with only 15K miles on it. I pull a TT with a GVWR of 6700lbs. Trip was 4200+ miles through Utah, Idaho, Montana, So. Dakota, Wyoming, Nebraska, New Mexico and home to Arizona. Didn't matter if flat, any grade hill or fighting headwinds traveled at 64-65MPH, the RPMs always stayed between 1800 & 1850 and never labored at all. Had it in Tow Haul mode when towing. Hand calculated the MPG average was 10.5MPH. Truck computer said 11. Used approx 1 gallon of DEF per 1000 miles. Funny never saw a regen during the whole trip. All in all very happy with the performance and mileage(could be a little bit better MPG's but being a 4X4 and headwinds understand). Only small concern is city driving, and regens with this type of driving.
bailer6334 07/03/17 08:50pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Need advice on purchase

If you like the floor plan and no signs of water damage/delamination, everything works and it works for you buy it.
bailer6334 07/02/17 07:09am Beginning RVing
RE: RV buying comparison guides?

rbpru gave good advice. Even the most expensive RV's can have problems, as the major appliances, and electrical parts are all made by the same manufacturers. Depending what season(s) you will be using it in will depend on what type construction you should look for. Above all do your own research and don't believe most of what any sales person tells you. Also make sure your tow vehicle can safely pull what you buy.
bailer6334 07/02/17 06:33am Travel Trailers
RE: Filling DEF tank GMC

I buy the 2.5 gal DEF containers, however it a PITA to fill from that container. I transfer 1 gallon of the DEF at a time to a 1 gallon dedicated DEF (plastic red gas can)I have and use a long funnel to transfer to the fill hole. Yes it takes a little more time, but hey I'm retired and have the time. Besides this procedure eliminates any spill potential.
bailer6334 05/30/17 08:00pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Hitch receiver and shank questions

My Dodge Durango has a factory installed hitch and I also use a Equalizer WDH. The hitch depth is 7 1/2" and the hole is 2" from the front. When installed the pin holding the ball is loose until weight is put on it. Then its tight.
bailer6334 04/17/17 07:24am Towing
RE: Truck purchasse: Were? Bring on the Advice Please

Service is where the dealer makes their money. I purchased my Dodge in the Phoenix area and have it serviced there and where I live in the summer. Both dealers provide the same level of service NOT like a RV dealers. Also not all dealers are on the Costco program, but ask and do get a written quote from Costco on the truck of choice through the dealer.
bailer6334 04/07/17 07:11am Tow Vehicles
RE: New to the rv world

Also when you look at trailers they also have a yellow sticker usually on front side of the trailer which gives the actual GVWR of the trailer as well as what you can load into the unit. Consider this information when selecting also. If you consider a ultra-light or light trailer understand the materials used (frame/cabinets etc.) have been manufactured to minimize weight, as well as the load capacity may be small.
bailer6334 03/05/17 06:17am Travel Trailers
RE: New to the rv world

Hope this helps. First how cold will it get? Also what do you plan on towing it with.? Having it plugged in only provides power. If it gets at or below freezing you will need to use the propane or space heaters to keep the interior and underneath bays above freezing if you have water in any of the tanks. Also depends what type of trailer you are looking at. If you live in a area that gets at or below freezing and have someone occupying the trailer you will need to have a 4 season trailer, which provides better insulation than others. Even then pipes may freeze depending. Most 4 season trailers have tank heaters so you should make sure what you select has them. I've owned Arctic Fox (Northwood Mfg) 5th wheels which are considered very good trailers, and still had my disposal valves freeze. Better insulated trailers equals more cost and a heavier trailer. Take your time and do lots of research before buying. ABOVE ALL "DO NOT BELIEVE ANYTHING A SALESMAN TELLS YOU" Do your own research!
bailer6334 03/04/17 06:14pm Travel Trailers
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