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RE: Towing a full profile fifth?

If you are that nervous you can always go out and buy a gps that is setup for Rv's. You input the info of your trailer (height, length, etc.) and it gives you a safe route to take.
Kevin O. 03/16/17 08:04pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Mods for 7.3 Excursion??

So I pulled the camper up to St Augustine and back last weekend, about 250 miles round trip. I definately feel the airbags helped as far as the squat on the truck, of course after I readjusted the WD system. It was certainly lacking a bit in power, even going over interstate overpasses seemed to be a little taxing. I maintained about 65 mph with the overdrive on, unless in town and stop/go. The more I pull this camper, the increased confidence helps and I feel better about it. I still can't believe how much more power it needs than the last one, which was around 6000 lbs I would guess. Pulled that to Key West and back without breaking a sweat... So the edge 15001 I was looking at, the lowest setting appears to be 60 hp/100 lb/ft. Do you all think I'd be ok at that setting, assuming I add the larger trans cooler, and possibly the intercooler and exhaust recommended? Thanks again!I have not heard good things about Edge tuners... I also recommend calling Jody at DpTuner and let him put something together for you. I have a 2001 F350 with 180,000 miles. I bought an F5 chip years ago from DpTuner with 60 hp tow tune, 80hp daily driver, and 120hp race tune .. Not a single problem and it made all the difference in the world!!!! :B
Kevin O. 03/02/17 06:37pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Listening to the diesel hum

I didn't like my 7.3 PSD. Really loud. I sometimes drove a 7.3 for work. After about an hour the clatter hurt my ears. Very annoying. My dad has a 2000 7.3. Great truck but it rides like a dump truck and it's hard to carry on a conversation in it.Come on, stop knocking one of the best and most dependable diesel engines ever made! :B It is quite loud around town but I'm use to it. But on the highway while towing the trailer she just purrs along.. ;)
Kevin O. 12/24/16 09:31am Tow Vehicles
RE: Oil additive f350. 7.3 2001

I also use Power Service Diesel Kleen Additive. Usually add a little bit every other fill up.. In the Winter I switch to Power Service Diesel Fuel Supplement + Centane Boost which prevents fuel gelling..
Kevin O. 12/24/16 09:13am Tow Vehicles
RE: 1/2 ton towable 5th wheel...Ha!

To the OP, Even though there are specific 1/2 ton trucks out there that will tow your trailer and be within it's ratings. It will probably be the same amount of money or even cheaper to stick with a 3/4 ton....
Kevin O. 12/05/16 08:33am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Do I want a 5th wheel?

Thanks for all the input. As mentioned in some posts, one of the things that concerns me is the 8800# GVWR. I don't know the weight of my truck exactly and weighing it would not be totally accurate because I have a Leer fiberglass top on it that I won't remove unless I decide on a 5th wheel. I don't carry a lot of gear but if I had a 5th wheel may find myself carrying more in order to go on longer trips. I'm guessing from reading so many "over weight" threads that it will be tough to stay below that 8800#. Towing a TT has been a breeze. My TT is only about 7000# loaded and with my Equalizer hitch I hardly know its there other than when I have to start from a full stop. Guess we will just keep looking and noodling the numbers to see if we can get in a 5th wheel at some point. Show season here is in January so I can go wander around them all and dream. Hey there, I'm always glad to see another proud 7.3L owner! There are not many of us left.. Is your truck a crew cab? Short bed? 2 wheel or 4 wheel drive? Keep in mind if you have a short bed you will need a slider hitch.. My F350 has a 9900lb gvwr . Last spring I traded in our 32' travel trailer for a 35' Jayco HT lite weight fifth wheel and couldn't be happier!! If you decide to go with a heavier trailer I recommend getting a 6.0 transmission cooler for the truck. It's four times the size of the stock unit and bolts right into the same spot. Good luck with your decision!! Kevin
Kevin O. 12/02/16 07:51pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: What are you using to tow a 10k TT ??

A 6.2L will run circles around a 7.3L diesel towing or empty.. They are comparable in power. But to say the 6.2L would run circles around the 7.3L is ridiculous.... I tow a fifth wheel that is around 10,000lbs. I average 11+ mpg towing, I'll bet the 6.2L would be lucky to get 7-8mpg with the same trailer.. I'll stick with the stinky, loud, old school diesel thank you very much..:B
Kevin O. 11/10/16 05:15pm Tow Vehicles
RE: What are you using to tow a 10k TT ??

6.2 385Hp, 430ftlb torque 7.3 235hp, 500ftlb torque Tow away, no worries.That is considering if his 7.3 was bone stock. A $400 chip will make all the difference in the world to that old diesel... But the 6.2L will tow it just fine as long as you don't mind 7-8mpg.. To the OP, If it were me I would be searching for another 7.3L ! :B http://i1215.photobucket.com/albums/cc510/Ctmustang1/13592234_10208020182121225_2443604503407131415_n_zpspb3cyhus.jpg
Kevin O. 11/09/16 04:05pm Tow Vehicles
Short video on weight distribution

This short video explains the importance of proper weight distribution https://www.facebook.com/dunlaoghairemarina/videos/1471663689527395/
Kevin O. 10/04/16 06:39am Towing
RE: Our first shakedown trip with the new trailer

I'm probably just gonna hire a tree guy to do the trimming so I can get the trailer home sooner than later.Yep that's what I'd do. Then tell the city they can either pay the repair bill for your RV or repay you for the trimming. Where are your neighbors on the issue? LyleI just wrote an email to the mayor last night. I will give it a couple days and if I don't hear back I will try calling his office and complaining.. Unfortunately I'm the only one in the neighborhood with an RV. My neighbors understand my situation but are not really affected by the low branches. Now that i think of it I'm gonna give Waste Management a call that picks up our garbage in the neighborhood. All there trucks hit the branches too. Maybe I can get them to call and complain!
Kevin O. 07/19/16 08:07pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Our first shakedown trip with the new trailer

I would be the pain in the butt with the city. Call your elected representative. Put pressure on them. If it is on the list, then they can adjust the list and move you to the top. Good idea.. What do I have to lose. The town has neglected our neighborhood for years because all our power is underground. There are no power lines that they have to worry about trimming around. So all the trees are so over grown. Thanks, Kevin
Kevin O. 07/18/16 09:52pm Fifth-Wheels
Our first shakedown trip with the new trailer

Well after a nice week in Old Orchard Beach Maine with the new trailer we have a small list of things that need to be fixed.. The microwave has a few buttons that don't work, the vent in the bathroom has a small leak when it rains and when I hooked up the hose to flush the black tank water sprayed all inside the front compartment. They are all simple fixes and will be done this week. But the biggest issue I'm having is actually getting the camper down my street and into my driveway. The day I brought the trailer home it was raining and the street I live on has very low hanging trees. Needless to say I ripped off the front roof vent getting it home! We were leaving in two days for vacation so I used a roll of waterproof duct tape for a temporary fix. Then I spent 6.5 hrs the next day clearing low hanging branches so we were able to leave for our trip without causing anymore damage. We live on a circle and I was only able to clear half the branches, the other half of the circle is even worse and that's the side I need to drive down to be able to back into the driveway. I called the town to complain and of course they tell me it's on "the list" but they probably wouldn't get to it until after the end of summer.:M For now the trailer is at my brothers a couple towns over. I'm so glad to see my tax dollars hard at work!! I'm probably just gonna hire a tree guy to do the trimming so I can get the trailer home sooner than later.. Kevin http://i1215.photobucket.com/albums/cc510/Ctmustang1/13680715_10208084824857253_3385450415651391032_n_zpsedft4vql.jpg width=640 Moderator edit to re-size picture to forum recommended limit of 640px maximum width.
Kevin O. 07/18/16 09:23pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Our new Jayco 29.5bhds

Congratulations Kevin!!! Looks great,hope your shake down trip goes well. I know you will enjoy how well that 5er will pull over your old TT.Thank you! I have to admit, I love the way it tows compared to the old trailer.. It's just gonna take a little getting use to especially when backing. It's a lot different than a bumper pull.. :B
Kevin O. 07/09/16 02:23pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Our new Jayco 29.5bhds

Thank you all very much!!
Kevin O. 07/08/16 09:13pm Fifth-Wheels
Our new Jayco 29.5bhds

We picked up our new trailer yesterday. We leave Saturday morning for our first trip. Can't wait!! http://i1215.photobucket.com/albums/cc510/Ctmustang1/13592234_10208020182121225_2443604503407131415_n_zpspb3cyhus.jpg width=640 http://i1215.photobucket.com/albums/cc510/Ctmustang1/IMG_20160701_141309548_zps2dfvqiz6.jpg width=640 http://i1215.photobucket.com/albums/cc510/Ctmustang1/IMG_20160701_141714958_zpsa3ncgjum.jpg width=640 http://i1215.photobucket.com/albums/cc510/Ctmustang1/IMG_20160701_141420234_zpsy932nkvc.jpg width=640 http://i1215.photobucket.com/albums/cc510/Ctmustang1/IMG_20160701_141445818_zpsdvtb0fbf.jpg Moderator edit to re-size pictures to forum recommended limit of 640px maximum width.
Kevin O. 07/08/16 06:38am Fifth-Wheels
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