I relocated my spare to underneath on the right hand side of the frame, specifically to avoid roadway traffic. Something to think about tho, if tires are changed every 6 or so years (preventative maintenance), the chances of a failure is slim.
"Mine has never been done......" 2005 RAM CTD 6 Speed 3500 DRW
Your kidding, I hope! It is very easy to change just watch the torque when reinstalling the cap and be sure the O ring is on correctly. After that let the ignition key air purge process work a couple times and start it up. I get the filter at Cummins and they are around $14. Change it every 10,000 miles or so.
Our TT came with an oven, we used it twice, burnt things, twice. Our fifth wheel has a cabinet in the same space, didn't even notice it was missing till we got the thing home and the father in-law noticed we didn't have one. Dont' miss it one bit, love the space tho!
Just to chime in about recouping the cost of the diesel... It costs more to buy, but it also returns more when you sell it. As for general day to day maintence costs, I have both gas and diesel pick-ups, and the gas is more expensive to operate on an annual basis.
Did that, can't seem to get thru to the right person that would know!
Jeez huh! The one guy that should know, or should know where to get the info, can't get their ducks in order. I feel for ya.
How old is the truck? Does it have traction control? With traction control, or AWD, tires with a significant tread depth difference will create problems, as the computer can't see which is the true speed and will adjust accordingly. This is just a shot in the dark thought tho...
My Reese let go too.... it was the first hook-up of the season a couple of years ago, forgot to do a pull test, but luckily I never move too fast and the trailer slid off the hitch and squashed my tailgate, put two little dime size dents on my checker plate box rail caps, I never heard a thing, didn't feel a thing, but when I looked in the mirror, I was in dis-belief! The trailer didn't quite look right, and in the pit of my stomach, I knew exactly what happend, all I could think about was my box and tailgate, as got out, the landing gear was about 2 inches from the ground. :( The following week I figured out Reese's flaw and have fixed it permanently. Hooks up flawlessly without any force of any kind, a really nice c l i c k everytime. For the amount of money I spent on that hitch, it should never let go, or at least come with the $1000 to replace my gate and paint.
DITTO, a pair of 6 volts can take 3 days to recharge at 2amps. With your "complete" discharge, I would trickle charge at 2amps for at least a week, maybe more.
Plug your hauler in, let the batts charge for a week, they will be fine.
No need to panic......
Before we had our FW, we had a TT. Taking two vehicles didn't last long, maybe two trips out and we replaced our TT with a FW. Best decision yet. We have the convience of having my truck when not hooked up (unlike a motorhome), we have the space the family requires (unlike a slide in camper), the whole family rides together, and one fuel bill.
Very nice write up! well thought out! I have a couple of things to add for you... ALWAYS do a walk around, including the interior of the trailer, checking for vents up, doors closed, power off, fridge locked, etc etc. Always do a pull test before lifting the landing gear, that one time you test and the jaws aren't locked, you will be soooo happy the trailer didn't land on your boxsides. When backing into the campsite, pull ahead an excessive amount, your are right, fifth wheels react so slow compared to a travel trailer, so why not make your turn gradual with the extra distance, rather than turn hard at the last minute?... The vehicles tires are just as important as the trailer, I place a 6 year service limit on ALL my tires, towing or not, I have never had one problem... knock on wood. Hope this helps!
Hitches on the back of travel trailer are USUALLY devoted to a bike rack that also utilizes a 2" reciever. Some states/provinces in north america do have double towing laws that allow a TT to be the first trailer hitched to the tow vehicle, but most states/provinces only allow fifth wheel type hitches as the first trailer attached to the tow vehicle. Hitches should be bolted to the frame. Hitches welded to the frame of a vehicle/travel trailer are suseptible to work harding of the welds and can create small stress cracks that are very difficult to see with the naked eye till it's too late. I could not imagine double towing with two single axle trailers. IMHO, just a disaster waiting to happen.
I've had 3 sets of Marathons, not one problem as of yet. Pressures are always set at max, in fact, the first set were set at 10PSI above max pressure using Goodyear recomendations. I always change out at 6 years use, regardless of wear or look. They have always had at least 25%-40% wear left, and the tires have never had any sidewall cracks.
I think I would pass on the '12 and pull the trigger on a '13.
Yup... 2013's have three engines available. 6speed manual gets a 650 torque, 6speed gets 800, and 6speed Aison (sp) gets 850. All have DEF.