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RE: questions about TT hitch

I have wondered the same thing. The 10 -15 % is what is considered necessary for towing stability but where did it come from? Ford towing info figures 10% on the tongue. All of the auto makers use 10%.. Why? Because it is considered the minimum for s safe tow. They won't use a higher number as it would reduce the tow rating... They would use a lower number if they could. I do not know how the manufactures calculate it for the different floor plans, unless they shift the axel location. Anyway it is a number that seems to work. To get the weight shifted to the front axle,I adjust the WD hitch so the TT and TV sit level.
Huntindog 12/18/14 10:32pm Travel Trailers
RE: questions about TT hitch

the 10 and 15 % comes from the total weight of the TT loaded. if you put more weight on the tongue you also run into towing problems.More than 15% will tow great... The problem is that most TVs and Hitches are not strong enough to handle that much weight...It will also increase the wear on the ball. I am often over 15%. But my TV and Hitch can handle it, so it's OK. I have worn out a couple of balls though.
Huntindog 12/18/14 01:51am Travel Trailers
RE: Huge discrepancies

Towing a 1,800 pound Scotty or Shasta behind a 4,000 pound 1965 Buick may mean "towing heavy" to you, but not to me. !,500-2,000 pound campers were the norm back in the 60's. Not really,they were built heavy and the 20-24 ft ones had a hefty tongue weight.They were much heavier than modern travel trailers. Here is a 1972 Security travel trailer putting the squat to a Chevy HD 2500 with a GVWR of 9200 lbs.Owe,that 4-wheeler only weighs 600 lbs. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v652/jaycocreek/Mobile%20Uploads/2014-04-20_12-00-47_915_zpsbaykn1pp.jpg width=640That's a big wheeler. My Arctic Cat 650 V2s weigh in at 800# ready to ride. And that's a big cooler at around 100 qts... Full it can go around 200#. And it appears to be squatting the wheeler. So he can have 1000# in the bed easily.
Huntindog 12/16/14 01:57am Travel Trailers
RE: Huge discrepancies

...snip....Define inadequate. All those rigs stopped, didn't they? You weren't able to provide me with pages and pages of stories about fatal car crashes because those cars weren't able to stop, were you? ... If you don't think that modern tow vehicles stop better than the oldies then you would not believe anything else anyone tells you. I suppose disc brakes are not as good as drum brakes for resisting brake fade? I could go on and on but sometimes it is easier to give up than educate. Please, find the text where I wrote that a car in the 60's was SAFER than a new vehicle. Find that text and post it for everyone to see. Nowhere did I say it was SAFER. I simply commented that the hundreds or thousands of people that towed heavy trailers with vehicles we would call "inadequate" today got to their end location safely. You don't seem to be reading my posts, rather you just assume the worst and weakest argument and decide to pounce on that. I can only surmise that you have no valid argument to my points, and rather than admit you don't have a valid argument you chose to change the talking point. Maybe you DO have an argument. Maybe those vehicles were grossly unsafe and 10% or more of them resulted in collisions that injured or killed people. If you have proof to that, please provide it.No can do. The figure was only 9%. An aceptable loss in the days before bicycle helmets.:B Until then, I stick with my argument. Vehicle manufacturers are very conservative with their numbers because of warranty costs... NOT because they are UNSAFE. What you wrote here seems to add validity to my argument. Those cars in the 60's towed heavy and likely without WDH and proper vehicle setup. They made it safely. Modern trucks are far and away safer, have more power, better steering, better braking systems, better sway/traction control, larger surface area for braking, larger tire contact patches, air bags, etc etc. Modern vehicles are safer. Modern vehicles can easily handle their rated capacities... likely MORE.
Huntindog 12/15/14 05:11pm Travel Trailers
RE: Lightening tongue weight

Oh, so the 10% hitch weight rule of thumb has been transformed into a 12% ruled of thumb by the weight police. Sorry, I must have missed the memo! All this time I'd thought that the 10% rule was a good one. We'd better sound the alarm to all those Europeans who tow with small cars and 5%- 8% hitch weights (they do keep their speed down, but somehow manage not to kill themselves even without sway control hitches). Yes, an AGM battery could be used inside. Optima is considered a good brand. I didn't suggest it because the OP already had two good batteries, and not everyone wants to junk a perfectly good battery to buy a new one.... maybe even two, since I'm not sure how the AGM and the lead acid battery will do when charging them together.Take a deep breath. The 10% is a minimum. The heavier the better, but there is a practical limitation of how much the TV, and hitch can handle. So 15% became the default as the upper recommendation. I am often over that, but it's OK as my TV and hitch are capable. So with 10 as the minimum, and 15 as the max... Why do many shoot for the middle... Wouldn't 10% work just fine? Sure IF that is always the figure. like say a trailer full of bricks. TTs are houses with wheels Things get moved in your stick and brick house, and they will in the TT too. Nobody puts the dirty clothes back in the same drawer as their clean clothes. Plus we carry our sewer system with us. FW will get used and move to the waste water tanks. Food and drink will get consumed and leave the fridge/pantry and end up there as well. Propane gets burned and disappears. Many other things may ride home in a different place than they started the trip. So in a TT the TW can change a LOT in the course of a trip... That 10% figure doesn't seem quite so safe when all of that is considered. When one wants to cut it close on TW, you really need to be sure of what you are doing. That would mean weighing it EVERYTIME you hitch up. I am not of a mind to agree that a couple in their 70s and rookies at towing should take the route you are suggesting.
Huntindog 12/14/14 06:40pm Travel Trailers
RE: Huge discrepancies

The F150HD is just a badge... Some years back when Ford first brought it out, It was a 7 lug F250... Or F250 light as I called it. All of the big three have done similar over the years with their badges. Knowing this, perhaps the OP doesn't want one anymore, as it has been called a F250 in the past, and they are dead set against one of those.
Huntindog 12/14/14 12:35pm Travel Trailers
RE: Lightening tongue weight

Back on track. The OP (who has several threads going) thinks that she is undertrucked... And now in this thread is want to lighten the TW to fix it. As every experienced TT owner should know, too light of TW will cause a dangerous sway condition. And it doesn't matter what truck is the TV.... But if she just gets a bigger TV, she won't need to lighten the TW. Note: I take her at her word on the TW, and ratings of her TV and TT... She is the one saying that it is a problem, yet seems to not want to do what is necessary to fix it. All these super experienced RVers that are being talked about here that are overweight are not relavant, as she and her DH are not so confident and experienced... As some of you are seemingly recommending that she is OK with her novice experience, and less that ideal setup... I am embarrassed to be associated with some of those with these opinions.. This is supposed to be a place where newbies can learn the right way to do things, and not hurt themselves or others.
Huntindog 12/12/14 07:11pm Travel Trailers
RE: Lightening tongue weight

Back on track. The OP (who has several threads going) thinks that she is undertrucked... And now in this thread is want to lighten the TW to fix it. As every experienced TT owner should know, too light of TW will cause a dangerous sway condition. And it doesn't matter what truck is the TV.... But if she just gets a bigger TV, she won't need to lighten the TW. Note: I take her at her word on the TW, and ratings of her TV and TT... She is the one saying that it is a problem, yet seems to not want to do what is necessary to fix it. All these super experienced RVers that are being talked about here that are overweight are not relavant, as she and her DH are not so confident and experienced... As some of you are seemingly recommending that she is OK with her novice experience, and less that ideal setup... I am embarrassed to be associated with some of those with these opinions.. This is supposed to be a place where newbies can learn the right way to do things, and not hurt themselves or others.
Huntindog 12/12/14 07:05pm Travel Trailers
RE: Different Tow Vehicle

While I am not up to speed on Vans, I do know that at some of them make excellent TVs. Welcome to the Forum
Huntindog 12/12/14 06:41pm Travel Trailers
RE: Oil Change Interval Thoughts

I find it amazing that all this highly refind. Supper dupper wonder oil. Is only good for 3500 miles. When I was a kid you changed oil when it got dirty. Didn't need no fancy monitor to tell you when to change it???? I don't know of any vehicles sold today with a 3500 mile oil change requirement for normal use. MY OLM routinely gets me close to 10K before calling for a change.
Huntindog 12/12/14 05:08am Tech Issues
RE: Lightening tongue weight

I hesitated to even answer this.... You have been given the answer over and over in your other thread... For some reason you arte asking it again... Leads me to believe that you will keep asking until somebody tells you it's OK. Someone eventually will. Then you will believe them and go on your way. The ONLY reason I am bothering with this, is that you mentioned bringing the grandkids along. So for their sake, here it is again: The F150 can be had in many different versions. Some have payloads of over 2000#. Many do not. They all look the same going down the road or parked on the dealer lot. But they are different. You have also mentioned going to a bigger TT. It is time to get a bigger truck. The HD trucks today are very nice. You wanted heated seats, it can be done, even a heated steering wheel. You can even get the seats cooled in the summer. Driving wise isn't much different. A firmer ride (a good thing) So rather that grasping at desperate, dangerous methods such as lightening a the TW, get a bigger truck, then take those grandkids camping:B
Huntindog 12/12/14 02:19am Travel Trailers
RE: Lightening tongue weight

It has occurred to us that if we just camp alone, with nothing in the TV but ourselves and a bag of potato chips, we're good with the tongue weight. But after subtracting it from our payload, we don't have much left except ourselves and those chips. So how can we lighten our tongue weight? We have two propane tanks and two batteries. We're happy to move one of the batteries, but where? How far behind the hitch does it have to be to lighten the tongue weight? We have room under the bed in our TT, but that's the front of the TT and would put weight on the hitch. Is there anything else we can do to lighten the tongue to free up some of that payload so we can take our grands camping next summer?There have been a few atheists that have gotten religion real quick after lightening their tongue weight. Too light can result in uncontrollable sway.. And it comes on without warning, it seems fine until a certain speed is reached, then it will need 3-4 lanes instantly... Don't ask me how I know this. I was lucky. You may not be. In your other thread, I see you about to pop for another 1/2 ton, that won't be much better than what you have now. If you are gonna buy a truck... Get one that will make a difference. Otherwise save your cash for the wreck you will have from towing over weight.
Huntindog 12/11/14 10:55pm Travel Trailers
RE: Jack is too short

Thanks everyone. I knew the block of wood is a common practice, but I have to stack 4x4s on top of each other to get enough height to lift the camper off the ball. When I start stacking blocks of wood it tends to get a little wobbly. Gotta use big wood.:B
Huntindog 12/11/14 11:03am Travel Trailers
RE: Oil Change Interval Thoughts

I just got back my Blackstone analysis and it looks like the on board indicator (computer that says life remaining) gave a pretty close indication of how much farther I could have run the oil. So I been wondering if there is any way the computer figures the numbers based on the type of oil you are running. What if I stop in at Kooter's quick change and he dumps some bulk stuff in there that has been refiltered and did not have the additive package updated. Will the computer give the same indication as if I had Motorcraft branded stuff in there? My guess is that it will. Anyone know the answer? Your thinking is correct.... BUT in every test that I have seen, the factory OLM has been proven to be VERY conservative. And these are on forums where they posted the actual Blackstone reports. Just use a quality oil in your expensive truck, and follow the OLM.
Huntindog 12/11/14 06:35am Tech Issues
RE: Jack is too short

Do you have a jack foot that attaches with a hitch pin? Most if not all jacks come with one. It is often misplaced, and blocks get substituted. I raised my TTs, and usually need a longer jack, So I welded an extension, of about 6" onto my jack foot. Then I drilled a few holes in it to make it adjustable. I also have a really short foot for when I need one. I think you can probably buy these ready to go.
Huntindog 12/11/14 06:21am Travel Trailers
RE: Ford or...?

I feel that the Ford advantage is only in 1/2 tons, and only because of the Ecoboost. It is hands down the best 1/2 ton going (properly optioned). But, the price of it gets you into the 3/4 ton diesel neighborhood. And I am positive that the Ecoboost doesn't have the duty cycle of any of the big three's 3/4 ton diesel offerings. Take the Ecoboost out of the lineup, and Fords offerings are not any better or worse than the GMs and Dodges. But they sell a lot of them because of the Ecoboost. The game changes in the 2500/3500 market. I was just at the Brittany Gundog National Championships. These people absolutely depend on the reliability of their TVs. They all tow heavy with live expensive animals on board. Having a problem on the road is not tolerated. It could mean a big problem with the welfare of the animals,(20+ dogs and up to 4 horses) and missing a competition. It was startling to see the dominance of one brand in the parking area. At least 80% were GMs Bottom line: Since it appears that the OP wants a 1/2 ton, I would recommend the Ford only with Ecoboost. If that is not in the cards, then any of the big three will do.
Huntindog 12/10/14 05:33pm Travel Trailers
RE: TowMax ST tires recalled

Just so everyone knows, this is about the words on the sidewall of the tire, not anything structural. It's about the markings complying with the regulations. That all depends on how you wanna look at it. They state that the info on the sidewall is incorrect. That could lead one to believe that the tire is capable of more than it actually is... I think that makes it structural.
Huntindog 12/10/14 08:53am Tech Issues
RE: Honda 2k verses Atwood 15k heat pump. A/C

Keep in mind there is roughly a 1amp increase per 10 degrees, but that is impressive. I'm wondering what will happen to the Atwood air conditioners and refrigerators now that Dometic bought them. Not only does the AC draw more amps as the temp goes up, but the generator LOSES power as the temp goes up. I have been at quite a few dog trials where the temps got up there... Many RVs with there 2000s found out that it won't work when you really need it... They all said it worked fine in the driveway.. Bottom line: 2000 might work, maybe sometimes.. But if you are going to be in a situation where you really want it to work... You really need more power. Myself, I want my RV to be powered up just like I was plugged into shore power. So I have two 2000s. If one won't do it, two will.
Huntindog 12/08/14 07:39pm Tech Issues
RE: Honda 2k verses Atwood 15k heat pump. A/C

Kinda hard to believe the 90 degrees in Washington state now. Heck It is cooler than that in Phoenix AZ. Temperture and altitude make a BIG difference... So I wouldn't be celebrating just yet.
Huntindog 12/08/14 12:27pm Tech Issues
RE: Pounds "average family packs"

I seemed close enough and the trailer pulls well, handles well, does not sway or fish tail and stops well. I will eventually run it over the scales but I am not yet finished tweaking the “must have” load. When I first weighed my combo 12 years ago, the trailer axle weight was #3800.. The last time I weighed it (in July 2014) it was #4500... :) I've done "mods" to the trailer that has added weight too, but I know I've added more junk over the years! :) But, it's stuff I want to have, so it's in the trailer, plain and simple.. :) That's why I didn't buy a TT with a "DRY WEIGHT" that was even close to the trucks "TOW RATING".. :) I knew I would load it up to it's max, so that's why I shopped by the trailers GVWR.. Other's don't pack very much, so they can get more trailer because of it.. That's great, as everyone "camps" they way they want to and that's the way it should be.. :) MitchX2. I'm heavy, and that's the way I want it. My camping is often in remote locations. If I need something, it could take most of a day and a couple of tanks of fuel to go get it. So the TT is equipped. And any part that fails, requiring a trip to get one, ends up having a spare as well. Lost a whole days hunting once because a propane regulator failed. That won't happen again. I do chuckle at the logic I see here a lot though. People rave over a new TT with all of the storage that it has... Then convince themselves that their smartcar can tow it, as they will just pack light.:R
Huntindog 12/08/14 01:56am Travel Trailers
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