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RE: Aftermarket mirrors

It seems with the slip ons that you don't get much in terms of field of view. Very narrow viewing area. Is this the case? Being narrow isn't the issue... it's having a tow mirror that is taller that is the issue. A taller mirror offers better simultaneous analysis of the lane next to you both up close as well as further back, so you can see what is coming, at the same time as seeing what is immediately next to you. Also, a taller mirror offers both curb check and tree limb check simultaneously when backing, without moving the mirror up and down. The clip on mirrors are plenty wide enough... they are not tall enough. All the semi's and busses and Class A motorhomes use T A L L L mirrors. The biggest improvement to the GM OEM tow mirrors ten years ago was to make them taller.I modified my old CIPA slip-on mirrors with convex mirrors, effectively doing just that. Not as large, but the info (view) was there.
BillyW 05/25/16 12:32pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing Jayco 23mb with Suburban 1/2 ton?

I would think that Suburban would be adequate for towing that trailer unloaded. I don't know how much towing experience you have. Maybe you need to reset your expectations. Gas engines need to really rev to get to their power band. It doesn't hurt them to cruise in the 3-4000 rpm range. That's typically easier on the transmission too. Let it rev and don't let it shift too high, then get used to it. JMHO
BillyW 05/24/16 10:37pm Towing
RE: How to back up trailer- Aerial View

I remember watching an old gentleman crank it over to 90 degrees to get his fiver into a tight spot. I was very impressed. Almost wanted one after that!
BillyW 05/24/16 11:52am Tow Vehicles
RE: Water heater plastic plug cross thread

Dunno if brass on aluminum is advisable..
BillyW 05/24/16 10:38am Travel Trailers
RE: Water heater plastic plug cross thread

I found a nylon plug with a brass petcock built into it at the local hardware store. I've only removed it once in the last 10 years, but easily drain the water heater routinely.
BillyW 05/24/16 08:29am Travel Trailers
RE: Replace OEM Ram Brake Controller w/Aftermarket BC??

Ok, everyone with a 15 and 16 controller that is not functioning as well as it should be, as in those hauling heavier loads listen up. My contact at Chrysler just told me there is a "flash" in the works and should be out in a couple weeks. That is all I am allowed to tell you. As soon as it is available as in the first day you can get the flash I will post the info so you can tell the dealer. :) I hope it's so! I won't be jumping on that one, but will eagerly watch for the results!
BillyW 05/20/16 09:56pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Awning Sun Protection

I had a fair amount of aging Eternabond 4" wide tape that needed to be used up. I ran two strips across the awning's top section that's always exposed. It's been two or three years now and it's held up better than I could have dreamed. My awning was beginning to fall apart up there, but appears to be holding its own now. I expected the rolling, unrolling and flexing to make short work of the tape. I'm pleasantly surprised.
BillyW 05/19/16 10:32pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Replace OEM Ram Brake Controller w/Aftermarket BC??

Aftermarket brake controllers advertise that they can control 1-3 or 1-4 axles...doesn't anyone know what the IBC claims to be able to control? Thanks! Jeremiah The complaint isn't that the device is too "weak". The issue seems to be that it's been programmed to avoid the juddering motion that can happen with trailer brakes. As a result, it will not output the full 12v brake voltage.
BillyW 05/19/16 12:33pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Replace OEM Ram Brake Controller w/Aftermarket BC??

For reference, this long read contains all the particulars. It appears from reading it, that ALL Ram integrated brake controllers from model year 2015 forward are affected. If your system is working well (like mine), you likely do not have the heavy duty axles with the larger brakes that require higher voltage than the brake controller will provide.
BillyW 05/19/16 10:55am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram Truck Owners

I always feel the need to mention tires. On my F150, I typically ran the tires around 35PSI, which was great for daily driving, but was really mushy when towing. If they're aired to max, towing was solid. So far, I've kept my Ram at 44PSI from day one. Don't know if this applies or not.
BillyW 05/16/16 12:44pm Travel Trailers
RE: Ram Truck Owners

My 2015 1500 squats a little more than I'd like, but zero sway.
BillyW 05/16/16 08:16am Travel Trailers
RE: A true four season trailer or as close as possible

Nice floorplan! Efficient use of space! I believe the Northwood units are stout, but I'm not convinced they're necessarily that much better insulated.
BillyW 05/14/16 12:01am Travel Trailers
RE: First Tow with Travel Trailer EcoD

Awesome mileage! My Ram probably came with very similar tires. My trailer is around 2000 lbs heavier than yours. My truck is very stable in the thousand or so miles I've towed with it so far. It squats more than I'd like, but still rides excellent. I do ensure the tires are aired up to their 44 lb max.
BillyW 05/13/16 04:27pm Tow Vehicles
RE: my first disappointment

Never liked DRL's Reason(s)?bugs
BillyW 05/09/16 11:04pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Timbrens vs Airbags vs Helper Spring

I added a leaf to my old 97 F150, which was an awesome improvement. Added Timbrens to my current 2015 Ram 1500. They do prevent too much squat, but they also have caused a certain amount of porposing on certain interstates. I wasn't impressed with the feel either. I will be upgrading the rear springs this summer. Air bags sound promising, but I know I'm the guy that would find the weak spot at the worst possible moment.
BillyW 05/09/16 01:38pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Adding rack to rear of trailer

This thread has drifted to the snarky end of the pond!
BillyW 05/09/16 12:54pm Towing
RE: Hitch shank too long?

If your tow vehicle is a pickup, that long shank may allow you to open the tailgate while hitched up. Many here, me among them, have entertained getting longer shanks for that reason.
BillyW 05/09/16 12:35pm Towing
RE: Second Gen 3.5 EcoBoost and 10 Speed Transmission

Like!
BillyW 05/04/16 09:22am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram 1500 Hemi vs Ecodiesel

I can see how the Hemi has faster 0-60 times than the Ecodiesel because it has higher hp, but I would expect its towing performance to be better. But the test numbers, comments, tow rating, and seat of the pants feel make me question whether it really has 420 ft-lbs of torque. Do those towing tests keep it in gear all the way to redline? I'd like to see real-world tests run at no more than 4000 rpms or so. I think something worth mentioning is the advantages of the diesel in the Ram 1500 vs the 2500 and 3500 trucks. In the 1500, the main advantage of the diesel is fuel economy, especially since the Ecodiesel upcharge is relatively small in comparison to the HD trucks. The Ecodiesel also provides decent towing performance, although the Hemi will likely perform better in all conditions with the possible exception of very high elevation. In 2500 and 3500 trucks, the diesel gets better mpg, but since the upcharge is significant, the fuel economy is not the main attraction. The big draw for the HD diesel is vastly improved towing performance with heavy trailers, especially at high elevations.This is it in a nutshell. I would like to add that my hemi powered 1500 with 3.92 gears has WAY more power than I've ever needed when towing my 6000+ lb trailer through out the cascade mountain range. I know the elevations aren't that high, but they're high enough. I've had no problem passing 5 vehicles at a time while climbing, accelerating the whole way. I'm a Ecodesiel fan, but I know it won't do that.
BillyW 05/03/16 03:43pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram 2500 Transmission Ratios

I could see the 5.7 with 3.73 gears possibly bogging under enough load. I would regear before I messed with a transmission tune. The 6.4 is quite a bit more engine, but I personally still wouldn't buy unless it came with 4.10s. I don't understand why someone would buy a "towing" vehicle with "economy" gears. I sure love my 5.7 with the 8 speed and 3.92 ratio!
BillyW 05/02/16 09:40pm Tow Vehicles
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