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RE: Equalizer Question

Mine has the nylon sleeves on the L brackets and I do grease the pivot area of the head to reduce noise. My Equal-I-zer works exceptionally well all lubed up. I just returned from a trip that included lots of twists, turns, passing situations, semis, gusty crosswinds, and an emergency stop. My trailer behaved perfectly.
BillyW 08/03/15 11:23am Towing
RE: Alternative to an Airstream's quality and beautiful windows?

Here's a less expensive option that offers pretty fantastic views. I can't speak to their overall quality, but they do look pretty cool.
BillyW 08/03/15 09:45am Travel Trailers
RE: Ooooooooo Wireless no less!

This might be just what the doctor ordered for replacing my ailing TM2020.
BillyW 08/03/15 09:22am Tech Issues
RE: Equalizer Question

Mine is at least 10 years old and is the 10k lb variety, the notches are centered, so I have no idea which way is up or which side is which. Usually I put the label to the outside, but it obviously means nothing to the hitch itself. It continues to perform flawlessly, though a little squeaky from time to time.
BillyW 08/02/15 09:17pm Towing
RE: New Vehicle First Tow Report

Billy, why did she hate the old 1/2 ton? Just curious. Congrats on the new one btw.It's a long story. It all started with the under powered 4.6l engine burning a valve,leaving it struggling on 7 cylinders, then the mechanic reducing that to 6 working cylinders. I naively chose to rebuid the entire engine with hardened internals, lower compression pistons and a small supercharger. They never got the parts mix just right, resulting in an engine that always ran rich, made funny rattles at certain RPMs, and could never manage to tune it just right. It was strong but loud and needed constant attention, and got terrible fuel mileage. Fun to horse around with but Definitely not a vacation rig. As time wore on, dealing with its foibles grew old, especially for her. Now you know! :)
BillyW 07/27/15 11:41pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New Vehicle First Tow Report

I believe the features that warrant the Ram buy back don't exist on the current models.
BillyW 07/27/15 10:03pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New Vehicle First Tow Report

Thanks for the feedback and info! I forgot to mention the integrated brake controller! One of the best features! The trailer brakes seamlessly with the truck, absolutely smooth. I can't believe what I was satisfied with before (Prodigy/old F150).
BillyW 07/27/15 09:09am Tow Vehicles
RE: Enclosed under belly

You can buy Coroplast in bulk and large sheets right in Spokane. Don't remember the name of the company. It's between Broadway and Trent, just east of the Fancher bridge. Googling netted me lots of results too.
BillyW 07/27/15 08:51am Travel Trailers
RE: New Vehicle First Tow Report

I got it at Dave Smith. I didn't do as well as hoped but was still almost 20% under MSRP. There was one I liked more at a local dealer, but they didn't seem interested in selling. Didn't even offer a price after repeated prods. I couldn't find an ideal match anywhere else, and was in need of something pretty quickly, despite some compromises on color and features.
BillyW 07/26/15 12:53pm Tow Vehicles
New Vehicle First Tow Report

Just bought a 2015 Ram 1500 Laramie Quadcab, 5.7L, 3.92, 4x4. It has 1340 lbs of payload, which will work fine for my situation, and I'm not afraid to push that a bit occasionally. Though I do think I will add Timbrens or some kind of air bags to firm up the rear when towing. With about 430 lbs of passengers, under 100 lbs in the bed and about 750 lbs of tongue weight (Equal-I-zer hitch), it towed level, after settling 3 or 4 inches in the rear. Just a little too soft for my tastes. It handled the load very well with no sway, but stiff crosswinds got my attention a couple times. I understand that it's not the cat's meow of half ton tow vehicles anymore, but I couldn't be more impressed with the engine/transmission combination. Pulling my approximately 6000 lb trailer, I had more power than I needed at all times. I was able to pass with confidence, even climbing grades. We were constantly changing elevation the entire trip between about 1500 and 4500 feet, which netted near 8.5 mpg, hand calculated. Considering I inadvertently found my self well north of 70 mph several times and the ever changing terrain, I'm very satisfied with that number, but I expect it to improve as the engine breaks in, and I settle down behind the wheel. I can't believe how quiet and pleasant driving this truck is. The only time you hear the engine is when you push hard on the go pedal, and that's definitely a nice sound. 1000% improvement over the 'ol 97 F150, even though it was significantly souped up. My wife is the most impressed. I learned on this trip that she dreaded road trips in our old rig and always drug her feet when I wanted to go somewhere. Now she's already planning our next adventure, and we've only been back less than a week! I think all the amenities, including the ventilated seats, may have influenced her some too. :)
BillyW 07/26/15 12:28pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Chrysler vehicles can be hacked

I went there, downloaded the file, which is an executable that extracts an ISO. The instructions I've seen say nothing about that part. I haven't seen where they want the ISO extracted to the flash drive or how they expect you to accomplish that part. Unless someone has a suggestion, I'll either wait for their flash drive in the mail or maybe have a local dealer take care of it. In reality I'm not all that worried about my truck being digitally hijacked in the near term.
BillyW 07/25/15 10:28pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Extend-A-Shower = Good or Bad

Mine has been installed with one side in a stud, the other side using those plastic wall anchors, for years now. We travel off road a fair amount and it's never even come loose let alone breaking free. In fact I often forget that I've left a towel or two hanging on it. It was a very worthwhile upgrade.
BillyW 07/25/15 04:28pm Travel Trailers
RE: Well finally out with the best TV I've had

Congrats!
BillyW 07/23/15 07:56am Tow Vehicles
RE: No tow mirrors

The mirrors on my truck are apparently an oddball size and won't fit most (any) slip ons because the chrome cover is a little larger? I will investigate the OEM style tow mirrors more. The CIPA slip on mirrors I bought for my F150 were handy to install, but they were smallish and vibrated terribly. In the meantime I ended up with a pair of Fit System universal clip ons that worked very well. The mirrors are large and slightly convex, and did not vibrate at all. They're a little awkward to install, but very doable.
BillyW 07/22/15 09:05am Tow Vehicles
No tow mirrors

So I bought a left over 2015 Ram 1500 with no tow mirrors, thinking I could readily upgrade them at my leisure. The dealer, after the fact of course, told me that can't be done due to various electronics in the mirrors. They specifically told me that if I replaced my power folding mirrors with the manual folding tow mirrors, I would get a CEL along with the related codes. Alas, power folding tow mirrors are not an option. For now, I'm stuck with universal clip on mirrors, which will get their first test this weekend. Anybody know if there's a reasonably simple way to install good tow mirrors without wreaking havoc or affecting warranty?
BillyW 07/15/15 09:23pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Happy Ram Owners...

Me thinks the flag would be more Italian than Mexican.
BillyW 07/13/15 02:25pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Still having possible convertor and/or battery issues

As this doesn't appear to be a fifth wheel specific issue, you may get a lot more feedback if it was in the tech issues forum.
BillyW 07/12/15 12:57pm Tech Issues
RE: To 6.4 hemi owners

I can't find anywhere that says the 6.4 requires anything other than regular unleaded. I've been looking at them like crazy for the last couple months too. The 6.4 SRT engine might very well need premium.
BillyW 07/08/15 11:32am Tow Vehicles
RE: Test drove some Rams over the weekend

If you like the gitty up - try a 6.2l GM half ton.. :) 420 HP/460lb-ft... I've been very impressed towing my 6k TT... Better MPG's than the Hemi and almost as much torque on the hills as my old 24V 5.9l Cummins..I do like that one, but they aren't on the lots around here. I understand they're special order. And of course, so far, I can't find a competitive Ford or GM product with a competitive price. On edit, I'm noticing some available now. Guess I should pay better attention. However, they are still pretty pricy compared to the Rams. Guess I'll have to see how well I can dicker.
BillyW 07/07/15 02:30pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2016 F150

Sorry but I love backing myself. Can't imagine when that system stops working what would cost to fix. Sorry old school I guess??I'm pretty sure that backing up the good ol fashioned way is always an option. Considering these vehicles are almost completely drive by wire, there are other systems to be much more worried about. This system is really just integrating features from systems that are already available. It sure looks to me like the experience should be akin to a driving instructor giving you a demonstration.
BillyW 07/05/15 08:34pm Tow Vehicles
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