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RE: Pull through tight spot please help

I haven't figured out where you are parking it yet
Terryallan 10/21/17 10:04pm Travel Trailers
RE: Flipping axle mounts

$400 isn't bad especially if you are not set up with the right tools. While doing it adding wet bolts is a great idea. I wouldn't do it without welded perches. I also added ezflex but not as important as wet bolts. Yep. I am not set up to raise the camper off the axles, and have it set there until the work is done. So. It is better to have a expert do it. At my age. I call the man more and more. The man can do things I can't. Like Andy said. Call the man Aunt Bee, just call the man.
Terryallan 10/21/17 10:01pm Travel Trailers
Flipping axle mounts

so what is the going rate for raising the TT by putting the springs on top of the axle? Guy that rewired my brakes told me he could do it for $400.00
Terryallan 10/21/17 03:06pm Travel Trailers
RE: Loosing speed going uphill and revs at 3500 rpm+

In truth. It sounds like the engine is doing what it is supposed to do. It just doesn't have the power for the weight.
Terryallan 10/19/17 08:52am General RVing Issues
RE: Should I use cruise control while towing a travel trailer

Best thing. Check your owner's manual
Terryallan 10/18/17 06:15pm Travel Trailers
RE: Factory TPMS?

Terryallan 10/17/17 07:16pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Wax to use?

I use MeGuires cleaner wax. It takes off the ozidation, and leaves a great shine. slick as Owl poop
Terryallan 10/13/17 08:00am Travel Trailers
RE: Weight Distribution Setup Question

Don't think 1 3/4 inches will bother the TT. But it appears the rear of the truck is dropping 1 3/4 inches as well. What you need to know is how much does the front of the truck rise. If the front of the truck is not rising / unloading. You should be OK. You need to get some truck front, and rear measurement numbers before, and after hooking up Equal-izer instructions don't ask for rear truck measurement numbers, just front unhitched, hitched, and hitched with wd connected. Hitched, without wd the front rises about 3/4" from unhitched. With WD it comes back down within 1/3" of uncoupled. That's right in there with what the instruction manual says. GM HD trucks have a noticeable rake from rear to front. I suspect that may reflect longer suspension travel. I also suspect it may have progressive rear spring tension. Though the rear of the truck drops some, it doesn't appear to squat at all. I haven't driven it yet but will soon. What would a slight trailer nose down do to handling assuming the truck sits nice and level? No more than your TT is down in front. And your Truck as close as it is. You have no problems with those truck measurements. Good to go. You will never get the TT perfectly level behind the truck..
Terryallan 10/12/17 10:47pm Travel Trailers
RE: Weight Distribution Setup Question

Don't think 1 3/4 inches will bother the TT. But it appears the rear of the truck is dropping 1 3/4 inches as well. What you need to know is how much does the front of the truck rise. If the front of the truck is not rising / unloading. You should be OK. You need to get some truck front, and rear measurement numbers before, and after hooking up
Terryallan 10/12/17 07:28pm Travel Trailers
RE: Odd question: what does trailer sway feel like at first?

Usually when a truck passes the front of the tow vehicle will turn toward the truck (all by itself) and the driver has to correct to the right to avoid a collision. This also depends on which way the wind is blowing... That is not sway. But normal actions caused by the bow wave of the truck. If it is bad enough to scare you. Then you need to work on your WDH setup.
Terryallan 10/12/17 02:58pm Travel Trailers
RE: Camping World rip off

Still surprised folks go to Camping World. I was at a camper repair shop today to have my brakes rewired, and a guy came in and asked how much to replace his TT fridge. Repair guy said $1500. Guy nearly fainted and said. CW gave him a price of $3700 for the same thing. Nuf said.
Terryallan 10/11/17 09:58pm Camping World Accessories
RE: Which is the right move in a split second decision?

I've sometimes read some say that using the brake controller when you start to get bad sway is the thing to do. But in the OP's "split second" it takes to be involved in serious sway and possibly a catastrophic accident, how would you be able to find and activate the BC? I haven't adjusted ours and have rarely looked at it in years and wouldn't know where the SOL button is even if I had seconds to find it. I've gone to a lot of effort and expense to set our TT & truck up to prevent sway and it's never a problem. I wouldn't be towing at a speed that could result in bad sway to start with and would say it's partly about knowing the limits and capability of your particular TT and TV setup. I encountered strong gusting side winds once which was kinda scary and was like driving on marbles and had to slow waay down to maintain safe control before pulling into a nearby rest stop for a while. Not the same thing as getting into a sway situation and should be towing at a much lower speed, if at all and def. not hitting the gas. TT blown over vid - RV crash to remember. Have a question. Do you not use the lever to check the brakes every time you hook up? While I don't need to adjust it. Shortly after starting out, I always pull the lever to be sure everything is working right. To me it is a natural as checking the tires, mirrors, or buckling up. I really want to know the brakes work before I need them. Easy thing to do, only takes a second. But you do have to warn DW. she don't like bouncing her head off the dash. Is funny though BTW. Sway can be induced at any speed.
Terryallan 10/11/17 09:37pm Travel Trailers
RE: Why a pickup?

There isn't a rule that says SUVs can't tow, but the simple fact is, most arnt designed for it. There is a correct tool for every job. A few SUVs tow very competently. Most modern SUVs arnt body on frame. They are often unibody and made to be smooth riding grocery haulers for driving your kids to the mall. No matter what your dealer will tell you. Some modern day trucks aren't really designed to tow very well either, but most are better suited to it because of having a body on frame construction, a solid rear axle, and springs rated for a specific amount of weight. Buy what you want. Most modern trucks are so good at doing so many things for many of us it doesn't make sense to own anything else. however. Expeditions, and Burbs are on truck frames. And share the same drive lines, rear gears and engines. Both tow very well.
Terryallan 10/06/17 08:43pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Fam of 8 looking for TT

so curdy. You ask for suggestions My APEX 2880BHS sleeps 10. for bunks it has 2 full size beds beside the bathroom, which has it's own outside entrance. GREAT to keep the kids from running thru the entire TT to get to the bathroom. Has a sofa that makes a bed, and of course a dinnet. Queen in front master. 30' long. It weighed from the factory by the yellow sticker, 4811 lb. and depending on where it is going 6000lb ready to camp. don't know where in NC you are. But I believe APEX models are sold near Mocksville. I got mine in SC at Bob Ledfords. And Terril camping center has pretty much the same floorplan in a Jayco White Hawk. the slide is deeper, and weighs I believe 5500lb yellow sticker. Look around. you will find what you want, and if you are not in a big hurry. Wait until the camping shows in Jan, and Feb.
Terryallan 10/06/17 08:40pm Travel Trailers
RE: Fam of 8 looking for TT

Is that 7400 van weight curb weight from some brochure or actual scaled ready to travel weight? My guess with 8 bodies on board your far closer to 8500 pounds than 7400. The van makes a nice tow vehicle, but again weights are your killer. You might consider a large tent trailer and a couple of tents for the older kids. Said he weighed it, loaded ready for a trip. So it must be the scaled weight.
Terryallan 10/06/17 03:33pm Travel Trailers
RE: Why a pickup?

We have a 17' TT that we tow with a mid sized body on frame SUV and it tows great. It's not going to win any drag races towing the trailer, but I've never been in a situation where it significantly slowed on any hills, and with the wdh and sway, never had sway problems. That being said, were looking at replacing our current TT with something in the low 20' range. I don't want to overload the SUV, so I'm going out today to start shopping for a half ton. I'm really not interested in anything bigger than a half ton, as the low 20' range is the biggest TT we would get. We've been camping/rv'ing for years, from tents to pop up to class c to our current TT, so we know what we want in a TT. The question is this. As I've read the posts on this forum, whenever someone mentions they are/want to tow with a SUV, everyone warns about the dire lack of payload. Yet whenever someone mentions towing with a 150/1500, unless the trailer is over 30', the general consensus is "no problem". For example, in a recent post regarding a Durango, someone stated the Durango only had a 1600# payload capacity, and they were going to run out of capacity almost before they start. Yet from the inventories I've seen on line for the F-150, with the tow package and 3.5eb, the payload is typically 1680#. So why would 1680 be ok, but not 1600? Additional, some recent posts regarding the Ram, folks post "you'll be fine" without even asking about payload. Another recent post shows payload for a Ram 1500 at about 1400#. So a Durango with 1600# gets dire warnings and a Ram with 1400 gets the thumbs up? I'm not knocking anyone's responses to posts, this forum is usually a wealth of information. I'm just trying to understand the true advantage of the pickup if the payloads and tow capacities are similar. I fully understand body on frame v unibody construction, I would not tow with the latter. Thanks! Seems some got off target. The OP is not pushing a Durango. He simply ask what would be the advantage of towing a 20' TT with a pickup, over towing the same TT with a SUV. And in truth. Only advantage is that the truck has a bed to put stuff in. IF the OP doesn't need abed to put stuff in. That there is no advantage of a truck, over a SUV for towing a 20' TT. As long as either is properly equipped to tow. A so called 1/2 SUV, and 1/2 truck have the same equipment. Same goes for a 2500 series SUV, and truck.
Terryallan 10/06/17 11:01am Tow Vehicles
RE: Why a pickup?

Truth is. for a 20' TT, any full size SUV will work fine. Just get enough motor and rear gear. Be sure to properly adjust the hitch, and you will be good to go. Yes I have experience towing with a SUV. We towed our 27' TT with our 2002 Expedition for years. It did a great job. No sway, and plenty of power. Advantages of a truck, are that you can just throw the wet stuff in the back if it is raining when you break camp. Also you can carry firewood and bikes in the back. It is your choice. Either will do what you want
Terryallan 10/06/17 08:32am Tow Vehicles
RE: weight distribution Hitch

Really sounds like your Tt is out of balance bad. You only need 12 percent of the trailer weight on the tongue. You got Waaay more than that. and as others have said. You do need to get the front closer to the unhitched weight. You will need to adjust the hitch some more, and move some weight in the TT.
Terryallan 10/04/17 09:13pm Towing
RE: Do you carry?

I'm old Ok. So no I don't carry gas in a ungrounded can, or container that is not properly mounted / bolted, and designed for impact. Especially a plastic one. Explosions are ugly things. And like others have said. In todays world. There is no excuse for letting yourself run out of fuel. there is a fuel station on nearly every corner. I start hunting a fuel station at 1/2 tank, Unless I know I am close enough to my destination to easily get there.
Terryallan 09/28/17 06:46am General RVing Issues
RE: Truck Towing and Trailer Compatability

so IF your tongue weight after loading the trailer is in reality 975Lb. After you and DW plus the hitch get in the truck. you will have less than 500lb of payload left. so if you don't plan on loading the truck much, and that is all the people you take in the truck. You should be OK.
Terryallan 09/26/17 08:06pm Travel Trailers
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