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RE: Factory Pin Weight vs. Actual vs. Payload???

If that pin weight is factory advertised then you will be sadly disappointed. Factory advertised numbers are dry numbers. Meaning no battery, propane,water, food, clothes, or anything else you may cram in it. What is the GVWR of the fovers your looking at? Take 20% of that number. So e will argue you will not likely ever get clost to GVWR weights, thus that nu,ber is meaningless. I argue that it is worst case, so what? If you plan for the worst case then you know your safe. If you plan for the absolute minimum you will always be disappointed.
donn0128 02/25/18 06:37am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Possible First Fifth Wheel

Point 3 your right on. With a 250/2500 series you will be really surprised how little real cargo carrying capacity you have. Northwood makes good but heavy fivers. I think if I were you I would start looking at shorter, lighter models from Forest River and Keystone. Models like Cougar are quite popular. Point 2. Basicslly the exact same things you would need for a TT. Point 1. Slider would be best, but depending on trailer choice you may or may not actually need one. Many newer fivers are cut specifically for short bed trucks. But dont hold your breath. Just get a slider hitch. Point 4, shorter overall down the road length is the biggie. Point 5, tou probsbly wont find auto leveling on any short fivers that will fit your size requirements. Besides, its no big deal as long as your reasonavly healthy to lower the stabilizers using a cordless drill.
donn0128 02/24/18 04:53pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Ok, here we go!

At around 8000 pounds, do you really have sufficient capacity after you have a family load in the truck?
donn0128 02/24/18 01:27pm Travel Trailers
RE: 5th wheel box

donn0128 02/24/18 01:22pm General RVing Issues
RE: Ok, here we go!

DO NOT EVER BUY NEW for your first ever trailer. Remember, what ever you pay for it will depreciate 30% as soon as you pull it off the lot. Looking at and finding floor plans you feel you can live with is important. But most people will find faults with their first, second, heck maybe even their third or fourth trailers and will wind up selling and moving on to something elso within a couple of years. So there is no reason, unless your made of money and like throwing it away to buy new the first few purchases. FR, and Keystone both make a wide variety of trailers in all sorts of prices. Some good, others meerly OK.
donn0128 02/24/18 12:16pm Travel Trailers
RE: 12v 7 pin power

Also, I think there is a relay you have to add. I think all the info is in your owners manual. Not in a GM, the charge line is hot all the time. When did they change that? If has been nearly for ever than on GM products there is a dummy fuse in the underhood fuse panel that needs to be replaced with a real fuse. But, if the OP has power like soundguy pointed out then the OP has a trailer wiring issue he needs to trace out.
donn0128 02/24/18 10:40am Towing
RE: Replacement furniture

Some will need to be taken apart. On my sofa the back lifts off, so it comes out in two pieces. Some you may need to remove a window or take a slide off to access the furniture.
donn0128 02/24/18 10:37am Class A Motorhomes
RE: ground squirrel or mouse??

Mice. Traps is your only solution
donn0128 02/23/18 10:36am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Question about towing??

donn0128 02/23/18 10:35am Towing
RE: Help with Towing Vehicle

Personally I think a gas motor with 4.30 rear end is a huge 5MPG mistake. Get a 3500 series diesel and enjoy the trip. Yes, a gas motored 2500 will pull it, but the enjoyment will suffer greatly. You dont need brand new, nor the fanciest model, but you do need the most comfortable towing experience.
donn0128 02/23/18 07:41am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Best time to travel to Alaska

Most folks seem to head north by mid June returning mid August.
donn0128 02/22/18 12:32pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Montana vs Big Country Need Help

If you really want to see for yourself how they hold up, go look at used models of those brands.
donn0128 02/22/18 11:01am Fifth-Wheels
RE: trip planner

Why do you need that? Figure out your route, and start looking about 6 hours worth of driving to find places to park. Do you average 40 or 60MPH? Base it on miles if you want. There are lots of apps that will help you locate decent camp grounds, just need a local.
donn0128 02/22/18 09:24am General RVing Issues
RE: Purchasing trailer with no local warranty support?

Generally speaking the RV industry is not like the auto industry. Warrenty work is almost always the selling dealers responsability. Mfgs dont pay enough for anyone else to want to work on them. Getting mfg authorization is another hassle no one want to take on. Unless it is a major repair, I would just be prepared to do all my own work and move on.
donn0128 02/22/18 08:31am Travel Trailers
RE: Towing in the real world. gas or diesel

Quick answer, NO! The long answer is really complicated, topping is with, are you going to be happy with poor fuel economy and screaming enging climbing even the slightest of grades? Diesels will almost always have greater pulling power and return better fuel economy while doing it. Maintenance? Diesels, yes, use more oil per oil change and the oil filter might cost you a couple dollars more. Other than routine service my Cummins has not cost me one cent in repairs going on 11 years. So IMHO the diesels cost more story is someones fabrication who knew some who knew someone that had a Ford 6.0L diesel once. And have no real basis in truth for modern diesels. Any modern automobile or truck is going to cost you a bundle if work is needed. Dont believe me, just lift the hood or look under a modern vehicle. To do almost anything on modern vehicles will likely require pulling the motor. That is IF you can actually find a real mechanic that knows how to.
donn0128 02/21/18 06:43pm Tow Vehicles
RE: what to keep

Don't keep anything, especially if it might be 6 months before you will need it. Thats just plane dumb. Keep everything. Why have to rebuy all that stuff?
donn0128 02/21/18 04:51pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: driving thru canada

Please read forum rules concerning duplicate posts
donn0128 02/19/18 03:39pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Truck weights and towing

Truck scsled weight subtracted from mfg GVWR is what?
donn0128 02/19/18 02:29pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Single waste holding tank

Instal a black tank and buy yourself a tote tank to handle the gray water. Otherwise instal two tanks.
donn0128 02/19/18 12:10pm Travel Trailers
RE: replace vinyl stickers?

Paint on would be lifetime. Vinyl decals would be 5 years. Paint on would be more expensive. You decide.
donn0128 02/19/18 09:03am Tech Issues
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