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RE: New Quad

Aww, that little thing probably won't tow anything bigger than a 30 footer. Fun times ahead on a sweet looking ride.
Searching_Ut 02/07/16 04:40pm Truck Campers
RE: Ordered new Ram truck

This one has the rear air assist, keyless start, Wiper and high beam sensitive extras.. Went from 850 to 900 TQ...3yrs newer, no worries about the R46 recall:)... got the laser etched filigree leather seats. Got the monotone Pearl white with chrome bumpers and chrome body molding, instead of two tone..the addition of the cargo view camera and lights in bed of the truck...FAWR went from 5800 to 6000#...so, yes, in a way it's the same, and in a way.....no... a lot of differences,,,,and again, 3 yrs newer:)...bottom line, just shows my stupidity I guess....but got a deal I couldn't refuse :) I like BLING..takes me back to the 60's:B Well....don't have it yet..I ordered it..... Jim I think you'll love that intermittent automatic windshield wiper thing. I'm not sure I like the auto headlights though. The weather radar and stuff is sweet on the nav system, but it seems my nav system keeps waiting to inform me of high winds, or road closures until I'm already in the middle of the section of road that just got closed.
Searching_Ut 02/04/16 07:45pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Traveling in North Dakota

I just drove up to Watford city last weekend to pick up the Son in Law's fifth wheel and move him down to Wyoming. He's been working the oil fields up there for 4 plus years now. Last year it was almost impossible to get a motel room in the area, now it's easy. Folks are rapidly leaving the area, but there are still a lot of RV mancamps. There were also a couple fields full of trailers and fifth wheels that have been dumped. As for the trip, not recommended for a weekend. 930 miles to get up there on Friday, 650 towing to get to Wyoming on Saturday, the 350 to get back to Utah on Sunday. Would have been tough with good roads, but unfortunately, the weather was pretty rough with a lot of roads getting closed. In fact, we saw a lot more snowmobiles on the road through Island park and west Yellowstone on the way up there than we did cars. In North Dakota it was lots of tanker trucks, covered in mud like you wouldn't believe.
Searching_Ut 02/04/16 07:39pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: New tire time - Destination AT, Dueler Revo, Transforce AT?

IdaD - what you no like about TransForce HT ? They have poor traction offroad and they don't seem to do very well on snowy or icy roads. Im not impressed with my H/T's cold/snowy/icy performance. I've actually been very impressed with the performance of my TransForce HT's on ice, powdery snow and cold hard pack. They don't seem to do all that well compared to other tires I've had over the years on wet slushy snow however. Not sure how many miles you got on your OEM Transforce HT's ,but at 15K mine are over half worn out on my 2014 Ram 3500. I will be elated to see 25K. IMO they are a terrible tire, would never recommend them for these trucks. It would be the last tire I would buy from the performance of the ones that I have. They were just rotated for the third time, every 5K. Only good thing I can say about them is that they are all wearing even, and very fast at that. It seems some think they are the greatest thing since canned beer, and others just the opposite . I don't see the reason for the difference in performance ,and wear, but mine are sure terrible as far as wear. I can't attest to wear on these tires as I have less than 5k on them but based on how good of traction they get on ice I wouldn't be surprised if they wear rapidly as that is the normal tradeoff I've experienced in the past. My last truck had had Goodrich Rugged Trail T/A's that looked more aggressive, but got real poor traction in the slick stuff. Prior to that I had Michelin LTX's that were maybe a little better in the slush, not quite as good on ice. As for my current tires, truck purchased at end of September, so far only used for towing, or snowing days when it made more sense to take the truck vs the car. Last weekend was a 1875 mile roadtrip to North Dakota, pick up triple axle fifth wheel to tow to Wyoming, then back to Utah. About 300 mile of snow and ice on the way up, then while towing maybe 100 miles of freezing rain/ice in ND, clear sailing through SD, then a couple hundred miles of ice progressively turning to 6 plus inches of snow to tow through Wyoming part of it on roads that got closed while I was still on them. Running empty back to Utah was largely on packed snow floor. For what looks to be a tire only good on dry pavement they did great traction wise and I only had to chain up to initially get the 5er out of the mud up in ND.
Searching_Ut 02/04/16 07:31pm Tow Vehicles
RE: truck and trailer total loss due to black ice

Driving on ice is a learned skill, and you pretty much have to get it to be a reflex action to handle situations like you encountered. I instinctively pop the truck into 4 wheel drive the second it starts sliding if I'm not already in 4 wheel drive. It always depends on circumstance what comes next but I'm generally finding a little bit of gas is a better option than the brakes. Glad you're okay, and if you get a chance find an area where you can practice sliding, with the truck alone at first and then the combination if possible. Start at slow enough speeds to get the hang of it and in a situation where you won't hit anything.
Searching_Ut 02/02/16 09:01pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Andersen Ultimate not working for me

How does Andersen avoid using safety chains? Still looks like a goose neck and ball hitch. It appears to be one of those "Depends" things based on which state you're in. I just take the easy road and use the chains so I don't have to make sure of what the rule is. they only take a few extra seconds to hook up. If a regular 5th wheel hitch isn't latched right the rig will almost certainly disconnect right as you're pulling out. With the ball if you fail to pin it and somehow bounce that socket off the ball it will almost certainly be while you're cruising down the road. With the gooseneck ball mount Andersen you'll most likely have the bed sockets for the chain mounts installed in your truck as well so it seems a no brainer to me to use the chains. My Ram has the 5th wheel prep which is for both rail and gooseneck ball mounts so no issue.
Searching_Ut 02/02/16 08:41pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: New tire time - Destination AT, Dueler Revo, Transforce AT?

IdaD - what you no like about TransForce HT ? They have poor traction offroad and they don't seem to do very well on snowy or icy roads. Im not impressed with my H/T's cold/snowy/icy performance. I've actually been very impressed with the performance of my TransForce HT's on ice, powdery snow and cold hard pack. They don't seem to do all that well compared to other tires I've had over the years on wet slushy snow however.
Searching_Ut 02/02/16 06:36pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2015 RAM Integrated Brake Controller.

For those thinking the IBS is tied to the trucks anti-skid, there isn't really anything the engineers could do to effectively tie the anti skid brakes of the truck into the trailer braking system as there is no feedback system available to enable the system to know what the trailer brakes are doing. This weekend, I got the opportunity to tow a different fifth wheel with different brakes than the ones on my fifth wheel. The tow was from the Watford North Dakota area to Rawlins Wyoming through a variety of conditions ranging from dry, to freezing rain/glare ice to packed snow floor and a little over 6 inches of fresh snow on the road. As conditions change I normally adjust my brake controller appropriately. With my 2015 3500 even on ice I never adjusted the gain less than 6.5 at which point the truck brakes were taking slightly more of the braking duties than the trailer was. Unfortunately, even on a steep decent no matter how you set the controller you couldn't stop the combination of truck and trailer with just the trailer brakes, which in my opinion is an unsafe condition. With the same trailer you can do this easily in with other vehicles IBC. Finally, the issue isn't whether or not you can lock the trailer brakes, it's whether or not you have the ability to adjust them to work at just less than the lock point in a variety of conditions with an assortment of trailers all of which will probably have different voltage requirements to work their best.
Searching_Ut 02/02/16 05:34pm Towing
RE: What's the advantage of the frame design on our new TT?

It's cheaper and easier to weld the subframe under the main frame than it is to build a flat frame. I don't get the argument for height as you can easily build a tall flat frame. The bottom of my last TT was almost 20 inches off the ground. On a dodge ram I had to use the equalizer "Drop" to raise the ball two holes on a 2011 Ram CTD 4X4 to get it to ride level. I could barely lower the tailgate without hitting the top of the hitch.
Searching_Ut 02/01/16 08:51pm Travel Trailers
RE: Andersen Ultimate not working for me

After this weekend, I've gone from pleased with my Andersen Ultimate to being now a downright super fan. I had to run up to ND to rescue the Son in Law who has been working the oil fields up there living out of a presidential suites triple axle fifth wheel. Set up the Andersen hitch to max height initially since I had to back in at a pretty good angle with the truck on a fairly steep incline and the trailer sunk in the frozen ground. No problem hooking up, and the ease of adjusting the hitch was greatly appreciated. Once we got out to pavement after 3 or so miles of torn up frozen mud road, we readjusted the hitch and pulled the 650 miles to Rawlins through high winds, freezing rain, extremely icy roads for a couple hundred miles, and up to 6 plus inches of snow in whiteout conditions on the road from Casper to Rawlins. We saw dozens of vehicles off the road and a half dozen or so semis that had lost it and ended up in the ditch as an indicator of how bad some of the roads were. Even though I was probably overweight for a SRW truck the setup handled beautifully in the wind, through the curves, and on the ice. The lack of slop and good solid hookup worked like a charm. That is a good testimonial for the truck and the Andersen hitch. Conditions couldn't have been worse, nor the terrain any tougher. Sounds like the SIL is lucky to have the FIL too! Jerry I will say the SIL worked his Tush off on this trip. Had to jack each wheel up one at a time so we could fill under them with gravel since I couldn't get the traction to pull him out of the ground even with chains. Then he had to later change a tire in freezing rain before we even got out of ND. We got lucky to only blow one since they were 10 years old if I read the date codes right. Also had to manually crank in one slide. I don't think either one of us will ever try to take on a 1875 mile winter road trip on a 3 day weekend again. That said it was fun racing the snowmobiles down the road through west Yellowstone on the way up there so it wasn't all bad.
Searching_Ut 02/01/16 07:40pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Damaged tailgate w/hitch back

I was lucky in that my dealer warned me about that potential issue with my short bed and long pin armed fifth wheel. Discussing hitch options and the pluses and minuses of each was one of the few things I felt he was straight up with.
Searching_Ut 02/01/16 07:14pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: TV performance and elevation

So what planet is this you tow on where air density gas laws don't apply?? Lol... I think he lives where a properly designed fuel injection system can compensate for altitude......mostly. Of course if you are operating on the ragged edge of being under-powered ALL the time there ain't much you can do when you go over that edge, for whatever reason. The fuel injection system can't compensate for the lack of air density. All it can do is ensure the air fuel ratio is ideal, which the old non computer controlled carbureted engines didn't do so you had not only the loss of power due to air density, but the additional issue of the fuel air mix getting out of balance which made the problem even worse. When I was going through my aircraft mechanic schooling we had to learn how to mathematically calculate the performance effects of altitude and temperature on engine output, wing lift, and propeller performance. They're simple laws of physics and thus very consistent and predictable. As far as not being able to feel it....
Searching_Ut 02/01/16 07:07pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Andersen Ultimate not working for me

After this weekend, I've gone from pleased with my Andersen Ultimate to being now a downright super fan. I had to run up to ND to rescue the Son in Law who has been working the oil fields up there living out of a presidential suites triple axle fifth wheel. Set up the Andersen hitch to max height initially since I had to back in at a pretty good angle with the truck on a fairly steep incline and the trailer sunk in the frozen ground. No problem hooking up, and the ease of adjusting the hitch was greatly appreciated. Once we got out to pavement after 3 or so miles of torn up frozen mud road, we readjusted the hitch and pulled the 650 miles to Rawlins through high winds, freezing rain, extremely icy roads for a couple hundred miles, and up to 6 plus inches of snow in whiteout conditions on the road from Casper to Rawlins. We saw dozens of vehicles off the road and a half dozen or so semis that had lost it and ended up in the ditch as an indicator of how bad some of the roads were. Even though I was probably overweight for a SRW truck the setup handled beautifully in the wind, through the curves, and on the ice. The lack of slop and good solid hookup worked like a charm.
Searching_Ut 02/01/16 06:34pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Andersen Ultimate not working for me

I have the anderson ultimate in aluminum and really like it a lot. I don't understand why you are having issues with it. I believe trying to find answers is why the Op is posting. The problem is one of those things my mind keeps wandering back to as something that should be easy to solve and provide useful inputs on. Thoughts: Nose height of 5er changed enough to have a negative affect on handling. Low friction of the ball mount is allowing some sort of oscillation with the 5er that is somehow damped by the other hitch through friction. I can't really make this theory plausible in my mind. Changing effective length of kingpin arm, or moving the load center of gravity on the truck has changed handling significantly. While it wasn't mentioned, maybe the OP has a chucking damping kingpin that is not compatible with the ball adapter of the Andersen hitch.
Searching_Ut 01/26/16 08:24pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Andersen Ultimate not working for me

Interesting, I have mine installed with the ball adapter placing the ball behind the kingpin because the back of the kingpin arm hits the tailgate if I install it the other way. Luckily I have the cutouts in the nose of my fiver so it works out pretty good. I'm running up to North Dakota this weekend to tow the kids triple axle Presidential Suites rig down to Wyoming so I'll get a chance to try a different configuration soon. Hopefully my experience works out better than yours. The son in Laws 5er doesn't have the rounded nose so if possible I'll be setting up the hitch the way you were just using yours to get as much cab clearance as possible. I'll let you know how it works out for me, but that will just be as a point of interest as it won't have any impact on how your setup works for you.
Searching_Ut 01/26/16 06:34pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: New Fifth Wheel

I went with the ultimate in scientific processes when we recently purchased our new rig. We looked at literally hundreds or gigs over the course of a year or so, with the wife thinking many were nice, but just Mehh. Finally she said that's the one and we bought it on the spot. I had my list of features I was looking for such as Tires, suspension, heat/air, insulation etc. and surprisingly her just right fit right in with what was important to me as well.
Searching_Ut 01/26/16 06:18pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 2015 RAM Integrated Brake Controller.

I tow 32.5' that is usually around 8,500lbs With a 2014 Ram 1500. the integrated brake controller works much more effectively than the Prodigy that I used with my Ram 2500 that pulled a 30'5th wheel at around the same weight. I set the integrated controller at level 4 and I can just about lock the trailer wheels using the manual activation at around 15 mph; beyond level 4 they actually lock up. When at normal driving speeds I easily feel the trailer brakes engage when I touch the truck brake pedal which is what I have always considered as normal. I think the problem primarily involves the changes Chrysler made for the 2015 and later IBCs. I had a 2012 Timber Ridge TT with 5k Alco axles that would lock up at a setting of 4 or 5 with my 2011 Ram 2500CTD. The new 2015 truck brake controller wouldn't lock them with any setting. I'm not sure I'm buying the Chrysler argument about under 30mph. From the limited testing I did the controller currently limits to a duty cycle of approximately 65 percent not moving. That equates to a current flow of approximately half of what I'd get with a full 12vdc applied rather than 65 percent. The difference however could be in how the clamp on ammeter computes current with the pulse width modulated signal. That said, I built myself a harness so I can hook my scope up and measure outputs while actually towing the trailer at various speeds. I'll set it up so my dash cam records what's going on so it's distraction free for me. My next planned trip with my rig is the end of Feb though so it will be a bit before I play with it. I've owned quite a few different trailers over the years, towing in a lot of different conditions and all of them had brakes that were quite different from one another in how they needed the brake controller to be set for the different driving conditions. To have Dodge decide on a one size fits all setup that won't let you do any real adjustment for different rigs or conditions really pisses me off, especially since it seems they could hurt someone. It may work for you depending on whether or not your brakes need a full 12 volts to work. If it doesn't work for your rig, you have to add an aftermarket unit to get full braking power rather than making a simple adjust like we've been able to do with even the cheapest brake controllers for years.
Searching_Ut 01/25/16 07:20pm Towing
RE: 5th wheel hitches for Ram with prep group

I can't imagine needing a winch to get my hitch in and out of my truck. One of the reasons I prefer the Reese. We occasionally take the hitch out to use the truck bed for other purposes while we're out on vacation. Why not. The Harbor Freight hoist cost 85 bucks or something like that. Garage has 9' ceiling, so I can use the load the yard waste container which my DW tends to load heavy also. Works well for me! Chris Are you trying to say the garage is supposed to be clean enough to pull the truck into???:) Seriously, it's nice to be able to easily pull the hitch while at your campsite sometimes, and being someone who got the truck to use as a truck as well as tow vehicle, it's nice at home too. That's a big reason I like the Andersen hitch. It's as easy if not easier to pull and install when it comes to wear and tear on my back than the equalizer hitch I had on the last TT was.
Searching_Ut 01/25/16 06:48pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2015 RAM Integrated Brake Controller.

As mentioned, with my controller the gain control does only a very slight adjustment. At any speed or setting only minimal breaking from 15k trailer. With heavy brakes set gain at 8 I had a car run light atopping right in my lane, with my soeed being approx 45mph. I should have been able to stop in time but only had marginal braking. Luckily I could and did change lanes but fast swerves are't fun when towing.
Searching_Ut 01/25/16 10:15am Towing
RE: Towing Problems-Disappointment with Duramax

Hmmm, not only does chevy truck seem to be lacking there, it appears he has one of those B&W hitches some seem to love to brag about. What can be said, Video doesn't lie........
Searching_Ut 01/23/16 06:09pm Towing
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