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RE: Boat trailer behind 5th wheel

Here is a photo with my Lund. http://i1136.photobucket.com/albums/n494/rmbretz/photo-1.jpg
Bionic Man 11/27/14 12:38pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Boat trailer behind 5th wheel

This is opening a can of worms. Lots of vocal folks on this forum are against towing tandem. Most of them have no first hand experience with it. I've towed tandem for about 15 years now. Both my RV and boats are bigger than what you are suggesting. If you set up the rig right, you should be fine. I have a ski boat and a 16' Lund fishing boat, one of which is almost always behind my 5er. The little boat really isn't even noticable when it is back there. Since you won't be able to see it, you might consider either a rear view camera, or adding posts to the fenders of the boat to offer some visability when going down the road. Make sure you have adequate tongue weight on the boat trailer to minimize trailer sway. Keep up with the maintenance on both trailers, and I won't run tires that are older than 5 years. You are unlikely to be able to back up very far with both trailers, and getting fuel may take some advanced planning. When I get to the lake, I head straight to the boat ramp and drop the boat in the parking lot. Then go put your 5er in the camping spot, and go back and get the boat. Have fun with the experience!
Bionic Man 11/27/14 12:32pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: RAM 3500 SRW - Aisin vs. 68RFE

I have the 68RFE on my truck, and tow through the Rockies (up to 17000 pounds) and have no complaints with it. About 38000 miles so far.
Bionic Man 11/27/14 07:44am Tow Vehicles
RE: How do FWs handle uneven terrain?

With my old truck and first fifth wheel, I did hit the bed on the trailer once. It was in a Forest Service campground, with a VERY steep driveway where I had to turn pretty sharply to get into the spot. I was young and new to the RV, never made the same mistake again. Before that trip, I actually took the truck and trailer into a National Forest road where I had to have the truck in 4-Low to go up the hills, didn't have trouble there either. Older and wiser, I know better than to do that stuff now. A little common sense and experience go a long way.
Bionic Man 11/26/14 09:22pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: MotorTrend Tests the 1500's

Ya I know you did Lessmore. It's just really strange that's all. Another thing that really glared out is the oil burner rev's more at highway speed than either one of the gas burners. :E :h Weird. That is odd. Ram was running 3.92's, but then I checked the final drive ratios...the Ram @2.63, Ford @ 2.45, Chev @ 2.29. But then both Chev+ Ford have 6 speed trannies, Ram has 8 speed...would be interesting to see all ratios for all these transmissions. Looked at the dry weight...F 150 @ 4955 vs Chev @ 5605 vs Ram @ 5990. I was surprised at the weight diff. Knew that the Ram diesel engine wold probably be heavier + of course the Ford has a lighter aluminum body in 2015. No wonder the 2.7 liter Turbo gas of the Ford felt so spritely...a lot less weight than the others to haul around. The Ram is carrying a lot more weight than the F 150, which of course makes a difference in MPG, acceleration, braking, etc. The Ford in this comparison was not a crew cab, so the weight advantage would be slightly less if the cabs were the same.
Bionic Man 11/26/14 09:18pm Tow Vehicles
RE: MotorTrend Tests the 1500's

If I had to make a choice right now, it would be the EB. The ED sounds great but the ridiculous payload and lack of engine braking rules it out for any kind of RV duty for us. The fuel economy is another issue with it. Because of the higher cost of both diesel fuel and the ED option, I would need it to get 3 to 4 MPG better than the Ford to make it viable. Article states that when compareably equiped, the three are priced the same. So, where is the additional price of the ED option?
Bionic Man 11/26/14 09:17pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Which State Has the Best Drivers?

I travel the western US (everything West of the Mississippi) for work. Seattle drivers are far and away the worst out there. You would think they would be used to rain, but just a small sprinkle slows everything WAY down.
Bionic Man 11/26/14 05:15pm General RVing Issues
RE: MotorTrend Tests the 1500's

The EcoDiesel was the slowest in every performance test - by a lot. With no fuel cost savings compared to the EcoBoost. Why would I want buy the EcoDiesel? What am I missing? You're missing the fact that most folks don't buy a 1500 series truck to do weekend drag racing. The article does a good job of explaining what real people use a 1500 series truck for. That is: - Mostly used as a car/family vehicle - Rarely off road - Rarely tows more than 7000# - Rarely needs to carry more than 1000# - Comfort, features, and mpg are tops for most shoppers Maybe you misread the mpg numbers in the article? :h Andrew, I encourage you to actually read the article, not just the boxed figures at the end. It addresses your point very well (as does IB). In addition to what IB stated, the seat of the pants feel of acceleration is BETTER in the ED than the Chevy in this report. That is consistent with what I have read elsewhere. The ED is not an idea vehicle for those that want to drag race or tow large trailers regularily. But that is a very small % of the population that needs/wants that in a truck. If I were buying a 1500 right now (or a mid-size SUV), I would give the ED a very hard look.
Bionic Man 11/26/14 02:27pm Tow Vehicles
RE: MotorTrend Tests the 1500's

When comparing the weight and MPG, remember that the Ford was not a crew cab. I liked this statemetn. Despite what truck advertising would have you think, customer research is consistent across the board: Most light-duty trucks drive around empty most of the time. Think about it: Of all the trucks you saw on the road today, how many were hauling something besides air? With that in mind, we started with a drive around town and down the freeway with empty trucks. The differences between the three trucks were stark. Read more: http://www.motortrend.com/roadtests/trucks/1501_comparison_2015_ford_f_150_vs_ram_1500_chevrolet_silverado/#ixzz3KBwC9IRR
Bionic Man 11/26/14 09:28am Tow Vehicles
MotorTrend Tests the 1500's

The article The resident RAM and EcoDiesel haters might not want to read this.
Bionic Man 11/26/14 08:24am Tow Vehicles
RE: Auxiliary Gas Tank for Tow Vehicle

I have the RDS tank in my truck and love it. Would be a tough call with a short bed though.
Bionic Man 11/25/14 09:59pm Tow Vehicles
RE: UPDATE! Picking up the 2015 Eco-Diesel Friday/Saturday! :)

Nice truck Don. It's hard not to respond to the RAM hater trolls. They will always crash the party and find a reason to throw stones. Enjoy the truck. I am looking forward to some first hand reports on the truck.
Bionic Man 11/25/14 09:47pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Is there a good tow vehicle that also gets good MPG?

You are asking for a LOT with a $30k budget. 3.0 diesel in an Audi Q7 would hit everything but your price point (good MPG, 5000 towing, 3 rows). A used new body style Durango V6 would get you towing, 3 rows, and your price point, with decent MPG. Your best bet might be to stay with the smaller trailer, and sink a little cash into your Odyssey.
Bionic Man 11/24/14 08:35pm Folding Trailers
RE: Bent plate

I think the owner should supply a new hitch as it is all on him. Frank. Really? No responsibility for the guy towing the trailer to look at the king pin before hooking up? If you were towing a bumper pull, would you look to see what size trailer ball was needed? How is this different? Sounds like an accident to me. Unfortunate situation with enough blame to go around if that is what you are looking for. If I was the one towing the trailer, I would be happy to split the cost of repair with the trailers owner, but I would also be willing and not upset to pay for it myself.
Bionic Man 11/23/14 01:12pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Would you buy this truck?

If you are truly interested, you should call. Certainly isn't unheard of for a dealer to sell a car and not update thier website.
Bionic Man 11/22/14 07:50pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2015 F150 EPA Rating

Good for Ford. Interested to see some real world numbers.
Bionic Man 11/21/14 09:54pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Bent plate

Sounds like he left the capture plate for his Superglide on his trailer. I don't know for sure, but I would venture a guess that you are looking at a new hitch (or at least a new head if it is removable). I would not want to tow with it that way.
Bionic Man 11/20/14 08:23pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Renting RV Late Dec. - Phoenix-Denver...All Routes Unsafe?

Great route, wrong time of year to do it. I would be willing to try it in the winter if I wasn't on a set time schedule, but that doesn't sound like the case for you. Why not spend the time at the Grand Canyon, Moab, Brice & Arches, return to Phoenix?
Bionic Man 11/16/14 06:26pm Roads and Routes
RE: Would you buy this truck?

Did I miss where they posted the price? Nice truck, and the pre-emissions trucks will command a premium.
Bionic Man 11/16/14 01:42pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Auxiliary Diesel Tank Gravity Feed vs. Electronic pump

What is so bad about fueling with RV in tow? "I'm looking forward to never, ever having to fill up my truck with my TH in tow". If you don't get it, you don't get it. I'm in the neighborhood of 70' long when I tow tandem. My aux tank is also one of the best additions I have made to my truck.
Bionic Man 11/16/14 10:34am Tow Vehicles
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