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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
RE: TT - how long is too long ?

With a 1 ton and quality WDHitch you shouldn't have a problem towing any length TT..
Kevin O. 05/28/16 08:45am Travel Trailers
RE: What size Equal-i-zer hitch do I need?

I'm using the 10,000/1,000 bars with my trailer that has a dry tongue weight of 825lbs. Fully loaded it is around 950lbs. It works great!!
Kevin O. 04/19/16 06:33pm Travel Trailers
RE: Titan XD towing video.

The show host is very dull and boring!!! So the TW of the TT was somewhere around 1400 pounds and no mention of the payload capacity of the truck..... I would imagine they were very close to the limit.The truck is still considered a 1/2 ton right? I'm willing to bet they were well over the payload capacity. Keep in mind that truck was fully loaded with every possible option plus the weight of a heavy V8 diesel engine.
Kevin O. 04/10/16 06:30am Tow Vehicles
RE: Streaks

This is the best stuff I ever used. http://www.scrichit.com/
Kevin O. 04/09/16 06:17pm Travel Trailers
RE: 2012 Ecoboost towing

If you have the true MaxTow package, then you have 7 lug wheels and a 6.5' bed. The longer wheelbase with that bed makes it more stable, but a 36' trailer is a big wind catcher. Drive north from Dilly into OK and KS and hit that wind, and you'll wish you had more truck under you. The 3.5EB has all the power you'll ever need, but it takes more than that to tow safely. I had the true max tow pkg but I had six lug wheels. The HD payload pkg came with the 7 lug wheels I thought?
Kevin O. 03/31/16 07:53pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2012 Ecoboost towing

Tow rating is meaningless on a 1/2-ton. ..............................Ridiculous statement! :R It is one of several factors that must always be considered when calculating the towing capacity. :@Not necessarily when it comes to 1/2 tons.. I had the same truck as the OP and my trailer is 32' long and 7800lbs loaded. With the trailer attached and the family and gear in the truck I was right at the trucks GVWR. And I was still 3,400lbs under the max tow rating.. To the OP, If that trailers dry weight is 8830lbs then unfortunately you will be well over your trucks GVWR and more than likely over the rear axle rating too.
Kevin O. 03/31/16 07:38pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Average life span for trailer tires?

3 - 5 years depending upon exposure to sun. Cover the tires and take the camper on the road a few times in the winter months too, to keep the tires healthy, they'll last longer. Dry rot is the worst enemy. The more you can keep the tires rolling, the better they stay. I hitch up about once a month in the winter months and go for a 20 - 30 mile drive. I think this has attributed to my tire longevity (6 years on my previous camper from the time I purchased it).By the beginning of November my Outback is all bundled up for the winter. There is noway I'll be taking her out during the winter months..:B http://i1215.photobucket.com/albums/cc510/Ctmustang1/11025783_10204746491961017_8817582124428371462_n_zps5rqyw8yy.jpg
Kevin O. 03/17/16 08:44pm Travel Trailers
RE: Average life span for trailer tires?

Thanks for all the replies! I will be looking into replacing them before this season begins. To be honest, I'm not even sure what I have for tires?? The trailer and tires are still in hibernation for the winter.. So now the big question is what brand tire should I be looking to get for replacements?? Kevin
Kevin O. 03/17/16 08:40pm Travel Trailers
Average life span for trailer tires?

I was just wondering when I should start thinking about new tires for my 2012 Outback? What is the average life span for these tires? Obviously they don't have a ton of miles but this summer will be our 5th season with the trailer. I inspected for dry rot but haven't found any yet. Kevin
Kevin O. 03/16/16 06:56pm Travel Trailers
RE: Towing Advice

2006 f350 dieselThe 2006 F350 has over 11,000lbs for GVWR and over 4000lbs for payload. Not sure where you got that # from?
Kevin O. 03/08/16 07:23pm Towing
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