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Getting Serious About Weight.....

I've got a 2013 Ram 1500 rated for 10,500 towing and a payload of 1,290. For the past 4+ years I've been towing a 2013 Jayco 26RLS with a sticker weight of 6,767 and a dry hitch weight of 820. The bed of the truck usually has the BBQ, a dog cage and other assorted items with a combined total of less than 100. In the bedroom we usually store the HD satellite dish, 2 zero gravity chairs and a bunch of cut up 4x6 blocks. Maybe a case of water too. We don't keep much weight in the back of the camper besides the plates and stuff like that which sit pretty much right over the axels. We do have a sliding back rack under the rear bumper of the camper that usually has about 8 pieces of firewood that we keep there for reserve. I've never had an issue with towing the rig and everything looked fairly level. On my most recent trip I ended up coming back with a lot more firewood than I originally brought out. We camped about 20 minutes from home so 1/2 way through the trip I stopped back to load the bed with more firewood which I never ended up burning anyway. On the way home with the rig I stopped at my local RV dealer for something and couldn't help but notice the rear of the truck was sagging a lot more than it ever did before. I'm sure all that additional firewood was the culprit since that was really the only thing that was added. Anyway, I just ordered a tongue weight scale to get a better idea of how much weight the camper is putting on my truck. The sticker weight on the camper is 6767 and I can only assume the actual weight is 7,500-8,000 since I've never weighed it. I'd love to know the actual tongue weight and I know I could probably do a much better job distributing the weight better in the camper.
cm11599ps 04/26/17 04:32pm General RVing Issues
LED Light Panels

About 4-5 years ago I replaced all the incandescent light bulbs in my camper with the LED light panels which were all the rage back then. They were fine but after 4-5 years of use some of the LED's on the boards are no longer working or the entire panel is out. Another issue is that that the ridiculously thin wire they used is easy to break. Have they made any improvements on these things or should I just go back to incandescent? We only camp about once a year or once every other year without electricity.
cm11599ps 04/24/17 08:22pm General RVing Issues
RE: Emergency Window Latch

Thank you. I ordered it a day or two ago. It broke off going to the campground last week. As soon as I left the campground today and got on the highway I could see the window flapping open and the entire window lever hanging out. I pulled over ASAP and got the lever back in the window before grabbing a zero gravity chair out of my truck and leaning it between the bed and the window. I had to put some pillows there to keep the chair from moving and to keep the lever parallel with the wall but it worked and I got home without another issue.
cm11599ps 04/24/17 08:16pm General RVing Issues
RE: Need New Camper Batteries....

I'm kind of clueless when it comes to everything you guys talked about. Can you dumb it down for me and just link a great battery for me please? :-) We were camping with a full hookup site all week. When we left this morning I unplugged the camper power cord from the pedestal and went right to the battery light on the camper and it was reading 1/3. That was immediately after unplugging. About 50 minutes later I had it backed up in my driveway and checked the battery meter after unhooking from the truck and before plugging in to my house. I got nothing from the meter and my CO2 alarm wasn't even lit.
cm11599ps 04/24/17 07:59pm General RVing Issues
Emergency Window Latch

The latch that holds the arm of my emergency exit window broke off. I'm not even sure what it may be called. It's the part on the left. http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e191/yourbasicdj/DB3C4610-DDA4-4415-A5FB-72761B379C28_zpspgtecdai.jpg height=400
cm11599ps 04/19/17 07:12pm General RVing Issues
RE: New Tires For Tow Vehicle...

... Today was the first time towing on the highway. If I got around 60 then the steering wheel felt squirmy and I made sure to put two hands on the wheel. I ended up dropping down to just over 50 and it felt better but still not as smooth as my old P tires. Truck tires were all at 48psi. For what it's worth, I know I was probably at max payload because the rear sagged a bit and I had more stuff in the bed than I normally would. Not sure if that had anything to do with the squirmy feeling. These are the LT-E tires, right? If so, up the pressure to 70-80psi when towing and see how it feels. LT's but they are D's.
cm11599ps 04/18/17 12:48pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New Tires For Tow Vehicle...

My first tow with the tires was when I left the campground last Thursday. Only about a 25 minute drive home on a two lane road with max speed of about 40. No issues. Today was the first time towing on the highway. If I got around 60 then the steering wheel felt squirmy and I made sure to put two hands on the wheel. I ended up dropping down to just over 50 and it felt better but still not as smooth as my old P tires. Truck tires were all at 48psi. For what it's worth, I know I was probably at max payload because the rear sagged a bit and I had more stuff in the bed than I normally would. Not sure if that had anything to do with the squirmy feeling.
cm11599ps 04/17/17 07:03pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New TT So Close, But So Far......

Camper arrived at the dealer on March 30 and we still don't even have our PDI scheduled yet. We told them we could do the PDI any day of the week and didn't have to limit it to just Saturdays when the majority of people want it done. Still waiting....
cm11599ps 04/17/17 05:38am General RVing Issues
RE: New TT So Close, But So Far......

Wow, I find it hard to believe the dealer couldn't get it done sooner. We purchased our last to rigs during Spring when both dealers were extremely busy with sales and service, still they accommodated our schedule and PDI was performed on the date we chose. Hope the new rig gives your brother many years of quality service, waiting this long I would make sure all is fixed to my satisfaction at the time of the PDI. I blame it on the dealer. When my brother bought it in December they told him to call in February to arrange financing. When he did that they told him they would handle the financing once it arrives. He called about a week before it came in and the dealer was surprised to hear that he didn't start the financing process.
cm11599ps 04/12/17 12:01pm General RVing Issues
New TT So Close, But So Far......

9 months ago my brother and I booked a camping trip for this week which is spring break for the kids. We always head to this local campground to kick off the camping season every year in early-mid April. I have a camper and so does he. In early December he sold his 28' bunkhouse and purchased a 32' bunkhouse. They told him it should be delivered in mid-late April which could possibly cause a problem with our spring break trip. His camper arrived at the local dealership on March 30 and our spring break trip was set to start on April 7. We held a glimmer of hope that it would be ready by the day we were supposed to leave or shortly thereafter. I'm sad to say that the PDI is scheduled for April 14, the day we are leaving. Him and his family crashed in my camper with me anyway. The kicker is that the dealership is about 3 miles from where we are staying right now. The camper was brought almost 800 miles from the factory to the dealership but we just need it to go those extra 3 miles to get from the dealership to the campground. lol So close, yet so far away.....
cm11599ps 04/12/17 11:02am General RVing Issues
RE: New Tires For Tow Vehicle...

cm11599ps, I'm eager to hear what you think of those new tires compared to the OEMs. How much of a MPG hit have you taken? So far so good but I've put less than 100 miles on them and haven't done my regular day to day driving or towing with them yet.
cm11599ps 04/12/17 09:00am Tow Vehicles
RE: New Tires For Tow Vehicle...

http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e191/yourbasicdj/D5B085EC-94D9-45F9-89B8-D572DBCB7334_zpstclardhd.jpg height=400 Finally got the new tires. :-)
cm11599ps 04/06/17 03:48pm Tow Vehicles
RE: PSI With New Tires...

When towing, fill the tires up to the max on the tire sidewall. IMHO, not on the tow vehicle. That could be as high as 80 psi and make it squirly and unsafe. The best thing you could do is load it all up and then go to a scale. Then you can check the tire manufacturers site for the correct pressure for your weight. Personally, I would probably just start at 50~60 PSI and see how it goes for both empty and towing. If it's rough when empty you may want to drop it a bit. Unfortunately, that's not possible as there are no scales anywhere near me.
cm11599ps 04/05/17 06:54pm Tow Vehicles
PSI With New Tires...

I've been towing a 26' 8,000# camper with my Ram 1500 for the past 4 years with the stock passenger tires. Door jamb says 39 psi. Tomorrow I am having a set of BFG LT tires put on and was wondering if the psi should remain at 39. Also, what about when towing? Should I adjust the psi when towing? I've never changed it.
cm11599ps 04/05/17 06:22pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New Tires For Tow Vehicle...

OK, camping season is upon us so I finally made up my mind and went with the BFG K02's for one simple reason. They were the only LT tires I could find that fit my wheels! 275/60/20. I dropped off my truck this evening and am having the tires mounted and an alignment done. I'll be able to pick it up after work tomorrow and then Friday I'm heading out for the first trip of the year.
cm11599ps 04/05/17 06:15pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Need New Camper Batteries....

I am not sure I can help with the batteries. I use AGMs since I do mostly dry camping. For occasional use I am sure you would not want to make that expense. When you do dry camp you might want to reconsider your power use. First I would think about that sine wave inverter. It could waste more power than you are using. You are better off with 12v appliances such as fans and TVs. They will use less power that way. Think twice about your TV hours. A TV (or a computer screen) will draw a lot of juice. A CPAP also uses a lot of power but there are ways to get by. First I hope you got a 12v CPAP. They use much, much less power than trying to run an inverter and a 120v unit. You should have no problem getting a 12v unit (except most providers don't understand) and it should not cost any more and of course it can be used with a power supply and a standard household outlet. I also use 12v chargers for computers. Unfortunately I also have some camera and other batteries that must be charged with 120. I use a very small, non-sine wave, inverter. Even that inverter blasts out wasted heat and even needs its own cooling fan. Using the inverter wasn't a problem for a few years. Batteries would still be at 2/3 in the morning and occasionally drop to 1/3 but that was rare. Something happened with one of the batteries last winter and while it does charge, it seems to drain out fairly quickly. When we dry camped last summer we tried to be even MORE frugal with power and a few days the batteries were completely dead with nothing registering on the panel in the camper.
cm11599ps 04/04/17 04:18pm General RVing Issues
RE: New Tires For Tow Vehicle...

Still looking around and it's hard to find tires that fit. I'm 275 60 20 and it doesn't seem like I have many options for beefier tires, especially if I want white letters which isn't a deal breaker.
cm11599ps 04/03/17 08:29pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Need New Camper Batteries....

For $170 you can get 220 amp hours of 6 volt deep cycle at sams or costco. It's a step above a group battery because it's a actual deep cycle. The only draw back is that they are taller than gp batteries. No matter if 12 volt or 6 volt, when using a generator it's beneficial to be sure your charging system is working well. A converter upgrade is about $125.00 and can take your charge voltage from 13.6 to 14.4 or more. Often times converters that put out 13.6 will only have 13.5 or 13.4 hitting the battery which is slightly over float voltage of 13.2. Part of the issue can be resistance in the wire from the converter to the battery. Resistance is determined by wire size, distance and temperature, with temperature not being a concern for those of us who are not working in a laboratory with super conductors. How do you even measure that?
cm11599ps 04/03/17 07:56pm General RVing Issues
Need New Camper Batteries....

We've got 2 Interstate batteries on our 4+ year old trailer. We rarely dry camp but when we do we have a Honda 2000 we use during genny hours. One of our batteries is shot and we're looking to replace both of them. We have led panels in all our light fixtures but we try to use as little power as possible when dry camping. We'll usually plug our trailer into a 300W pure sine wave inverter when the genny isn't running just so we still can charge our phones, watch tv, run a fan, or power a cpap at night. We don't do all those at the same time but those are things we MIGHT do. lol We'll usually have to use our water pump when dry camping too but again we try to use it sparingly and take navy showers. I'm not interested in golf cart batteries so please let me know what you suggest.
cm11599ps 04/03/17 04:54pm General RVing Issues
RE: New Tires For Tow Vehicle...

Just had Cooper AT3's installed. Love them. I really like the look at the BFG K02's. They have them in my size but when you use most of the "compatible tire" searches on pep boys, mavis, sts, and even BFG then the BFG's are not listed as being compatible with my truck. The only place that lists the BFG's as compatible with my truck is Discount Tire. The clerk at Mavis was pushing me towards the Cooper AT3's today which would have cost me about $970 installed after rebates.
cm11599ps 03/28/17 03:24pm Tow Vehicles
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