I also have a 80 gal aux tank in the bed.
This is a good idea for long haulers..... I'm not sure who's idea it was to put the smaller tank in these things, but yeah, the range on the stock tank stinks.
I have a pull behind, weighs around 9000# (10000 GVW)I'm guessing. I know we don't have true mountains here on the east coast, but I've gone up the PA turnpike over those mountains at 70 MPH with no problems, and the Blue Ridge Parkway was no problem also. I will admit that if you want to pull a mountain at speed, your going to be turning some high RPMs. That's the way a gasser builds power... Also my fuel milage is 8 to 9 MPG. 08' Silverado, 6.0, 6 speed, 4wd, with the Z71 package.
I've found that on the interstates and major highways, the stations are usually pretty friendly. I do alot of "off the beaten path" type runs, and that's where it gets a little more difficult. I've never been scared of running out of fuel, I usually start looking at 1/4 tank, and so far I've always found one that i can get into, but I have had to back out of many pumps and plan how to get back on the street. If you have someone with you, this is usually pretty easy with a spotter. Most car drivers just stare in amazement or confusion? either way, they tend to stop for big vehicles, but not always-spotters help. Once you make a few runs, you'll get pretty good at spotting the stations that are easy to get in and out of, and just take your time. Oh, and as someone mentioned...pay attention to the drop off going into the lots also, I've only scraped twice, both were gas stations. Luckily no damage either time :)
If I had to guess off of the one picture, I would bet money that the hitch needs to be readjusted to allow more chain links to hang between the snap up bar and cam. If this number is too small, the cam rod is on a flat angle and there is a clearance problem between the trunnion spring bar and the gold cam bar mount, where the cam bar screws into it. It looks like it has a mark on it where it contacted the spring bar. If you can tilt the hitch head downward more, it should allow you to use more chain links, but you will need to completely readjust the cam also. Please let us know how everything goes! I hope you can get this worked out, because I've found once you get the DC set up nice, it tows very well!!
I installed a battery disconnect on my TT, so I just turn off the battery when the TT is not in use. The battery stays charged and ready to go, without having the shore line plugged in. My TT sits outside, so I do take the battery out during the winter and store it in my heated garage, but that's probably not neccesary. I'm a firefighter, and I have seen campers catch on fire while sitting inside and plugged in. I figure if I turn off all the power sources, no way for a malfunction and fire.
Didn't know if anyone has got the gravity type that are curved with a steel ball in the bottom of them.
I had those.... don't waste your money on those! The little ball sticks horribly and because of this you can't figure out how far out of level you are. I traded them for the ones pictured and I'm much happier. If you tap on the liquid part, the bubble should come back together in the middle. I've never had any problem with them. Maybe I'll use the shotglasses as a back up plan!
Hi all, I've been noticing over the summer that my fold down exterior steps are getting more difficult to fold down. I was just wondering what everyone was using to lubricate them? I know wd-40 will loosen them up, but I don't want to have it attract dirt and make things worse. So any input will be appreciated!
I use grease, and the tennis ball. Also don't forget to clean the grease periodically as it may pick up dirt and grit, causing more wear. I've heard, but never seen, that a dry ball could actually start to seize to the coupler and during turns start to loosen the ball on the stinger. That wouldn't be good. I grease it just to prevent wear, I don't really want to buy a new setup anytime soon. :)
If the storage unit is setup to where you could run a small hose outside, you can hook a condensate pump up to an electric dehumidifier. This setup works well and requires very little maintenance, if you can drain it somewhere. Good luck and happy camping