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RE: 16" Load Range G Tires

I really don't care what anyone runs for tires but for us the change to 17.5 tires and wheels was worth it for the peace of mind that my tires won't self destruct when going down the road. Plus our Sumitomo tires are only $300 each, cheaper than the GY 614, if your wondering why you don't hear about them failing like before maybe it's because most of us with heavy trailers changed to 17.5 tires. Denny
Denny & Jami 01/29/15 01:01pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 16" Load Range G Tires

I've never run Sailun but we had 2 sets of GY 614G and would never run them again, I don't like watching the treads fly off when going down the road. DennyYou are talking tires made 07 and earlier I would assume. I also assume GY paid for your damages if any. Since they have been an exceptional tire. GY was suppose to have changed them in November 06, my second set were February 07. I repaired the damage myself because I was told by the Wingfoot dealer in Reno that they were out of warranty by 2 months, I found out later he was wrong but I was 1200 miles away by then and didn't have the old tires. I have friends that have nothing but trouble with them and their trailers are only a couple of years old, so they were built way after 07. Denny
Denny & Jami 01/29/15 12:10pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 16" Load Range G Tires

I've never run Sailun but we had 2 sets of GY 614G and would never run them again, I don't like watching the treads fly off when going down the road. Denny Are you saying that you have had two different sets of Goodyear G rated G614 tires on a FW and both sets came apart? Yes that is what I'm saying, on the first set we lost a tread on one tire and after inspection we had one more starting to do the same thing so we replaced all 4, 2.5 years latter I was checking my bearings and I found one of the new set coming apart. We changed to 17.5 wheels and tires at that time, that was 6 years ago and we no longer have tire problems. Denny
Denny & Jami 01/29/15 07:18am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 16" Load Range G Tires

I've never run Sailun but we had 2 sets of GY 614G and would never run them again, I don't like watching the treads fly off when going down the road. Denny
Denny & Jami 01/29/15 05:47am Fifth-Wheels
RE: F250 6.2 gas Towing heavy with 3.73 rear ??

The diesel's $9K more expensive initially, but much of that will be regained when you sell or trade the truck. And used buyers will jump all over a diesel. Gas trucks at resale time just don't pull top prices. The diesel engine is just so much more durable and trouble free. The value of a diesel comes from improved fuel mileage, and it really comes into its own in the long run. You will keep it longer and be hesitant to trade it. And about all the weight I'd want to tow with a gas truck is 10K lbs. So I guess I got lucky when I got top dollar for my 13 year old V10, and what's really funny is it only sat of the dealers lot for 2 days before it went to a new home. :h If you never owned or drove a 6.2 how do you come up with your 10K figure. Denny
Denny & Jami 01/27/15 07:53pm Tow Vehicles
RE: F250 6.2 gas Towing heavy with 3.73 rear ??

To give you a example our 6.2 with 4.30 gears is rated to pull 15600 at that's what we pull with it. I second changing to 4.30 if you feel you need them, cheaper than a new truck. Denny What kind of mileage are getting with your 6.2? Others please chime in. The cost of a diesel motor and tranny are quite expensive xto buy and to fix. My next truck will probably be gas. Real Life mileage pulling our trailer we will average 8 to 9, out west we get better mileage than east where we are now. I believe it's because of the way the gas is blended. If I go from tank to tank pulling the worst was 6.4 going west across the salt flats into a very nasty wind, the best was a little over 10 but on the trip it averaged out to be 8.9 over 2300 miles. On our trip to Florida this fall we only averaged 8.3,a lot of that was sitting in traffic on I95. Empty around town it runs between 12 to 14 depending on the town, empty hwy I get 14 to 16 depending on the road and speed, with 4.30 gears over 65 kills the mileage. Running back to the CG yesterday we had a strong tail wind so I reset the instant mileage and over 20 miles it did 19.5 but thats not real world. Denny
Denny & Jami 01/27/15 07:37am Tow Vehicles
RE: F250 6.2 gas Towing heavy with 3.73 rear ??

To give you a example our 6.2 with 4.30 gears is rated to pull 15600 at that's what we pull with it. I second changing to 4.30 if you feel you need them, cheaper than a new truck. Denny
Denny & Jami 01/26/15 08:17pm Tow Vehicles
RE: mor ryde

Looking at my Wildcat 2014 brochure (printed 02/14) they're using the MOR/ryde CRE 3000. "... suspension system utilizes a 3" travel slot and compression rubber equalizer for a smoother, safer ride." Big difference between the CRE3000 and the LRE4000 with the 4000 being the better of the two. Denny
Denny & Jami 01/26/15 08:10pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Hitting an F150 with a sledgehammer

Worthless without a data point and that is to the exact same thing to a steel bed and have it repaired at the exact same body shop Then compare the finished product and the invoice. Might also include the details of that invoice I agree. And there is one other potential pitfall. Will any body shops be padding their quote simply because they can? Now that the public mperception is it will be significantly higher in price to fix. I have a very close friend that owns a body shop and first three has been aluminum body panels around for a long time they know how to fix them, second body shops use a program that prices out the body panels and give the hours needed for the repair and in most cases the insurance companies will only use quotes that are generated that way. He is also a exceptional body man and on a brand new truck the only way he would repair that box side on a new truck would be to replace the panel, if you watch someone do that knows how to do it doesn't take that long. I'm impressed how well it held up to that kind of beating, go try that with steel panel on a 2014. Denny
Denny & Jami 01/26/15 07:23pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Diesel or gas

If you want a new or even modern gasoline power plant big enough there is really only one choice now, the Hemi 6.4L. When Ford discontinued the 6.8L in the pickup it basically got out of the market. GM hasn't produced an 8.1L for the pickup in many years. JMO Another one that has never pulled or driven a new gas motor. I went from a 6.8 V10 to a 6.2 both with 4.30 gears and could not be happier, my 6.2 is even rated to pull more than my last truck. Denny Oh but I have and my old 6.2 Ford was a gutless fuel sucking turd. Period. Same trip WA to AK. First trip with the Ford, drove slower cause of frost heaves. Ford with little 4klb enclosed trailer. 8.5 mpg. 2nd gear wound up every hill. Next trip, truck AND camper in sig pulling a larger trailer bigger, heavier and faster all around. Grossed 18-19k gcvw. Got 11.5mpg average. The gasser would have been at about 7 mpg with that load and speed, downhill! Hahaha I can tell you from personal experience that the gas in Alaska is the worst I've ever used and Canada is better but not by much until you get close to the lower 48. And you get into the frost heaves it all goes out the window, when you go down a hill you almost have to come to a stop because of them and then go up the next hill. Denny
Denny & Jami 01/23/15 03:52pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Diesel or gas

If you want a new or even modern gasoline power plant big enough there is really only one choice now, the Hemi 6.4L. When Ford discontinued the 6.8L in the pickup it basically got out of the market. GM hasn't produced an 8.1L for the pickup in many years. JMO Another one that has never pulled or driven a new gas motor. I went from a 6.8 V10 to a 6.2 both with 4.30 gears and could not be happier, my 6.2 is even rated to pull more than my last truck. Denny My 6.8L out-torques any of those every day with a slight penalty in HP and does it at a lower RPM. The auto makers are trying to make up for the loss in power with transmission effiiciency and 4.30 gears. My 6.8L is not exactly ancient after 5 years and the OP is talking about pulling in excess of 12k. We are pulling in excess of 12K with are 6.2, the truck is rated to pull 15600 and that's what we pull with it. It's the same trailer we pulled with our 2000 V10 with 4.30 gears. Yes the new 6 speed transmission makes up for any power lose with the 6.2 but that's just what new technology does along with all the computer controls on the motor that tunes it to the load. Denny
Denny & Jami 01/23/15 07:48am Tow Vehicles
RE: Fuel Mileage on New Gas F250 towing & around town.

The extra $8300 for the diesel engine plus the added maintenance costs makes it hard to justify one these days unless you tow almost daily. Good luck finding what you want. By using the mileage hooked to the trailer in the information center at 15K miles 10K were pulling our trailer, we live in it most of the year so we tow a lot. Denny
Denny & Jami 01/22/15 04:07pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Fuel Mileage on New Gas F250 towing & around town.

We have a 2013 F350 SC DRW 6.2 gas with 4.30 gears 2x4, around town we get between 12.5 to 14 and highway empty 14 to 16 depending on how fast we are going, with the 4.30 gears the highway mileage empty is down from what the 3.73 gears would do. Pulling our 15600 trailer we get between 8 and 9 average over long trips not tank to tank. If the truck is sitting on a lot I can guarantee it will have 3.73 gears because dealers won't order 4.30 gears. Denny
Denny & Jami 01/22/15 12:42pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Diesel or gas

If you want a new or even modern gasoline power plant big enough there is really only one choice now, the Hemi 6.4L. When Ford discontinued the 6.8L in the pickup it basically got out of the market. GM hasn't produced an 8.1L for the pickup in many years. JMO Another one that has never pulled or driven a new gas motor. I went from a 6.8 V10 to a 6.2 both with 4.30 gears and could not be happier, my 6.2 is even rated to pull more than my last truck. Denny
Denny & Jami 01/21/15 04:31pm Tow Vehicles
RE: gas additives

I have put 100s of thousands miles on work trucks cars and trucks I pull my trailers with and I have run E10 in all of them and have never used a additive and have never replaced any sensors. Denny
Denny & Jami 01/19/15 06:39am Tech Issues
RE: New Awning Fabric

We bought new Carefree of Colorado awning material for our A&E from PPL, fit great and it's better material. Denny
Denny & Jami 01/18/15 11:13am Tech Issues
RE: Gas question

And there is a fact that alcohol contains less energy per gallon that gasoline so your MPG suffers with Alcohol. Without double checking the research (Which I do not feel like doing just now) I believe EtOH is about 10 percent less powerful, so E-10 should cost you 1% in MPG. That said I have seen much greater claims. I think your math is a little off there friend. Even the US Dept. of Energy website says; "Since ethanol contains about two-thirds as much energy as gasoline, vehicles will typically go 3% to 4% fewer miles per gallon on E10 and 4% to 5% fewer on E15 than on 100% gasoline." and you have to believe they're being very optimistic and using mathematical calculations and not real world figures. In a study done by Edmunds they tested a 2007 Chevy Tahoe, an E85 Flex-fuel ready vehicle, in a 'real world' controlled mileage test. The results? Mileage dropped 26% while burning E85 fuel. Yes E85 is not worth it when you check mileage but you also have to go out of your way to get it,I tried it once in my 6.2 pulling the trailer and will never use it agian. I use E10 98% of the time but I have used regular gas and I can say with real world experience pulling the trailer makes no difference in the mileage between the two. I have a aux tank so I get a large quantity of gas when we fuel up so I would have noticed the difference, with the instant mpg feature on our Ford it's easy to check the differences between tanks. Denny
Denny & Jami 01/18/15 07:15am Tech Issues
RE: gas additives

My solution to removing carbon buildup is to hookup to the trailer and go have fun with it instead of spending money on additives that may or may not work. A good hard long pull will do wonders to a sound motor that just needs a little carbon removed. Denny
Denny & Jami 01/18/15 05:46am Tech Issues
RE: Gas question

Sometimes I get bad gas, sometimes I get good gas. With a barrel of oil being so cheap, it it going to make adding ethanol to gasoline a cost prohibitive idea with so much surplus gasoline available for so cheap, compared to corn made alcohol? Thinking about my little honda Eu1000i generator, and how much it hates alcohol in it's carburetor's jets, with varnishing and all. I don't think there is a lot of bad gas but some is better than others, I have found that the gas on the east coast isn't the same quality as what we find in the Midwest, I notice in the mileage we get. I use E10 in my Honda generator, 5th wheel built in generator,outboard motor, lawn mowers, car and our truck and have 0 problems with it. The biggest problem with switching to E10 is running enough of it through what ever your using it in so it clean all the residue that straight gas has left behind. We have left our car at our homebase for up to 2 years with a full tank of E10 without any problems, just hook up the battery and start driving it. Denny
Denny & Jami 01/17/15 07:07am Tech Issues
RE: Checking axle alignment

I was wanting to check the alignment of the axles on my trailer and was thinking of tying a weight to a string and hanging it from the kingpin then marking that spot on the ground. From there measure back to some point of the axle/wheel on each side and comparing. I realize this is a crude method compared to using a laser setup that I suspect most alignment shops probably use but would it at least tell me if I have any kind of alignment issue? What you are looking at doing is checking the axle placement from the factory not the actual axle tow in or camber. The axles only have 4 none moving mounting points, the front spring mounts and the rear mounts for the back axle. So check the distance from the king pin to each front mount one each side and see if they are the same, all the rest of the mounts (equalizer and rear spring mounts) should be the same on both sides. If everything else is installed correctly and are the same parts the trailer will track correctly but the tow in and camber can still be off. The only way to set that is bending the axles on a alignment machine. Denny
Denny & Jami 01/17/15 06:08am Fifth-Wheels
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