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RE: Types of sway control

You just about have it. The only thing missing is that there are sway controls that can be turned off and allow you to retain weight distribution. Those are the friction sway control arms that are added on to a standard weight distribution hitch that are made by just about everyone. That really only matters if you may be towing in slick conditions such as dirt roads, gravel roads, or icy roads. It is pretty nice to be able to retain weight distribution and have the option to remove the sway control. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 08/19/17 06:29pm Towing
RE: Chevy Colorado vs Ford F150 (Update)

Great decision! I love how manuverable my Screw with the 5.5 ft bed is. It's the perfect compromise for me between utility and commuting. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 08/18/17 10:26am Tow Vehicles
RE: Would it be worth it to trade??

Thanks for all the feed back. I'm going to hold off till my son gets this one. I bought it when my wife was pregnant with him so I would have a back seat. Luckily it's been paid for since 2005, but I've been making payments to myself. I'll probably go back with a gasser, at my tow weight I can't justify the cost of a diesel. Thanks again!! Those newer 6.0 GM trucks are fantastic. Really, any of the big 3 gas motor are fantastic right now. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 08/18/17 05:26am Tow Vehicles
RE: Buying a RAM HD truck without 5th wheel prep?

I'd go with the B&W Turnover ball. Only one hole in the bed instead of four or five with the prep package. That Andersen Ultimate is a great hitch. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 08/17/17 07:24pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Would it be worth it to trade??

I'd freshen up the 1500HD and save for an 06-07 DMax. That 6.0 is not likely to leave you stranded with proper maintenance. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 08/17/17 06:59pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Friction sway control for 30'er?

Jeremiah, Try losing a bar at 60 mph! been there done that. Did not notice for over 100 miles! Hence why I say, one should be able to tow with out issues at 60-65 mph with no sway! If a bar breaks on ANY of the systems, you trailer wants to sway due to too low hitch weight, nose high, v'd axels, too much weight on one side, too little air in tires on one side, among many issues that can cause sway......Lose a bar, you're screwed! I've been able to pull ALL of my trailers with out bars of any sort. Only time I had issues, is when they had too little hitch wt! BIG TRUCKS, ie a 12K empty truck with an 8K trailer behind it, loses the battle! I had to stay under 50. I've seen tandem flatbeds pulling tandem axel trailers with the trailer going side to side! too little hitch wt, and nose high! Very apparent. I'm not going to go taking a spare bar with me. If I need them that bad, I should not be towing that trailer! My 02 marty I agree Marty, I don't think I was clear. My weight distribution hitch head broke. I carry a spare shank just in case that happens again. I also agree that you shouldn't rely on a sway bar to keep sway from happening. That's all in the set up, just like you said. I like using sway bars to keep the little wiggle out of the connection. I'm a firm believer in "If a trailer sways, find out why, fix it, and then add sway bars." I hope that makes better sense. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 08/15/17 07:34am Towing
RE: Friction sway control for 30'er?

I use the friction sway control. Actually used two of them. Makes for a very secure ride with a fine tuned and properly matched weight distribution hitch. As someone who experienced a weight distribution hitch failure at a camp ground I appreciated having separate sway control. So yea, I'm the guy who carries a spare weight carrying shank with a sway bar mount "just in case" I have another failure. Trying doing that with a hitch with integrated sway control...lose WD and you lose sway control. Not throwing stones, just giving ya something to think about. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 08/14/17 06:12pm Towing
RE: Major Repairs

I personally would love the power of a new diesel. But the new Gassers are Not to be underestimated. They are very powerful, often tipping 400 lb ft of tq and near or over 400 hp. For me, I like simplicity and reliability which is why I have chosen gas motors so far. I don't mind paying a little more for fuel for some peace of mind. However, I am not one to think that gassers are not complicated pieces of modern technology. They most certainly are and they can get pretty expensive to repair as well. Its just for the same price as fuel system replacement on some diesel models you can have a brand new engine sitting between the frame rails of the gasser. Something I love about the time we live in is that we have choices. There is literally a truck for every single job that we consumers can think of. From Commuter trucks to tugs that can pull 30,000 lbs. We can buy whatever we want/need. For me, If my load is going to be sub 10,000 lbs. I am going to run a gas motor. If over that, I will consider a diesel. But I am a typical half ton truck owner who mostly uses my truck to commute in. I want and need the occasional need to tow a decent load. Most of the other time I need a comfortable truck that is easy on fuel, easy to drive every day, and fairly reliable/cheaper to fix. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 08/13/17 01:08pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Advice on towing with Yukon Denali

Hello, Congrats on the new Truck! Yes, you will need a weight distribution hitch. The self leveling system will level out the rear end but does nothing to help restore the lost weight off of the front tires. Also, as far as the adaptive cruise control. When you tow you have a vehicle that pivots in the middle, I can see how the adaptive cruise control could cause issues with this, possible causing a sway event or even a loss of control. I would definitely stay away from adaptive cruise control or any other auto pilot feature, heck, cruise control in my vehicle is not used while towing. I want to be 100% in control all the time. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 08/05/17 07:32pm Travel Trailers
RE: FCA Receives Certification for EcoDiesel

The highest base payload offered in a Ram 1500 with an Ecodiesel is about 1,600 lbs according to the Ram Bodybuilder. Unfortunately Ram does not offer an HD version of their 1500 and you cannot get the Ecodiesel in an HD 2500. Ford is coming out with a diesel and they make a 7 lug HD version of their F150. Not sure if they will make an HD version of the F150 diesel. They would be stupid not to.When did Ford go back to the 7 lug axle? Only the F150HD has a 7 lug axle with larger axle shafts. The regular F150 still has the 6 lug and of course the Super duty is an 8 lug. I thought Ford dropped the 7 lug for 6 lug when they went aluminum. Under the HD package it makes no mention of 7 lug wheels as previously they did show 7 lug wheels before the aluminum bodies were used.My thoughts exactly. I can find no mention of them on the aluminum trucks. From what I understand the New F150 (2015 and up) dropped the 7 lug axle and uses the same 6 lug style on their HD F150's now. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 08/05/17 01:18pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Is it just me, or is something wrong with my truck?

Have you made sure the trailers brakes are not dragging? I pulled a 31.5 ft TT with a 97 F150. Probably 7,000 lbs loaded for camping. Pulled the same trailer with a 99 F350 Dually with a V10 and found that the trucks pulled the trailer about the same from a power perspective. One other thing to consider is the aerodynamic drag on the front of the trailer. If the front profile of the short trailer is the same as a longer trailer it takes the same amount of power to overcome the aerodynamic drag, this is a substantial amount of force that our vehicles have to overcome. Two 8x11 ft trailers have to punch the same hole in the air regardless of if they are 35 ft or 16 ft long. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 08/05/17 01:15pm Tow Vehicles
How a differential works

I stumble on these old videos from time to time. I thought this on was neat because it explains in a simple way how a rear differential works. YouTube Video Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 08/05/17 12:42pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing a Travel Trailer with a Pontiac G8

Okay, here is some brief research I did on the G8. Just looking at the hitch...it appears you can only get a hitch rated for 2,000 lbs max Trailer weight and 200 lbs max tongue weight. Unless your BIL has a custom class 3 or 4 hitch he is going to be seriously under hitched. Here is the Etrailer link for the G8 hitches. I would not advocate this at all. That little hitch will fail. Maybe not at first but eventually. Now, something like a Livin' Lite pop up is very doable for this vehicle. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 08/02/17 04:12pm Travel Trailers
RE: Towing a Travel Trailer with a Pontiac G8

Sounds like a Can-Am set up. If so, I wouldn't worry to much about it. That's a pup of a trailer compared to what they normally tow with "properly set up" Sedans. Typically they set up 31 ft Airstreams to be pulled with something like a Hemi Charger or 300. He is probably less of a danger to the road than these 3/4 ton diesels pulling 17k lbs triple axle toy haulers at 85 mph. Just google can-am rv in London, Ontario Canada and click on their towing section if your interested in their set ups. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 08/02/17 12:23pm Travel Trailers
RE: FCA Receives Certification for EcoDiesel

This is great news. I like the little EcoDiesel. Drives great. A little slow but man the MPG. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 07/30/17 03:32pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Falling apart

Yep, in my 1995 Layton after every trip I had to tighten loose screws. It's a rolling earthquake and things will back out some. I would double check what they are mounted in to and make sure that the backing is solid. It was less of an issue with my pop up but it was still there. The more Miles you put on these things the more you can expect to have to tighten things back up. It doesn't sound like it's falling apart to me, sounds like business as usuall for owing an RV. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 07/30/17 03:30pm Travel Trailers
RE: Did I just buy a 5th wheel?!?!?! What did I get into?

Congrats! I think you will enjoy the truck and the way it pulls. Any softness in the rear end can be shored up wth some Airbags or some Timbrens and airing your tires up to Max psi. Be safe. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 07/28/17 10:54am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Question for Ford mechanics 2006 F-250 3v 5.4?

Hey Guys, I need to apologize. I didn't think the VVT was in any Superduty. I knew the 3V V10 didn't have VVT and incorrectly made an assumption. Thank you Gdetrailer for straightening me out. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 07/23/17 07:36pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Question for Ford mechanics 2006 F-250 3v 5.4?

Don't really need it for towing already have a Diesel and a V-10 long bed crew cabs. This is a single cab to run around town that I might leave at the seasonal site. With all the cam phaser issues I don't know if I could trust a used 5.4. I'm wondering about a rebuilt long block? Most of the used engines I see have high miles. I don't know what would be acceptable mileage on a used 5.4? Make sure you get a 5.4 out of a superduty. No cam phasers to deal with. Rock Auto has rebuilt 5.4's for about $2,600 ish after core charge. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 07/22/17 09:49pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Minivan Towing Questions - Sedona, Odessey, Sienna, Et al

We had a full day of actually LOOKING at TTs and CLass Cs for sale of the type we had in mind. We drove all over SoCal looking. Bad News: Any Class C we could afford was so buggered up and dirty/grimy we just left that idea permanently in the dust. Even in 28s we felt cramped, and don't even get me started on the (lack of) "style" of these older units - YUCK! Good News: We discovered a really GREAT TT at a nice price. A dual axle Skyline Nomad of about 22'. Dry Weight of 4100. Since we had more or less given up the minivan/V6 idea, I was no longer too concerned about weight - Chevy Tahoe, here we come. So after chasing about in some circles over the minivan TV idea, I'm back to a more common sense, safe and sane towing combo. Tomorrow we will be in search of a clean Tahoe/Yukon/Escalade and we hope to be on our way to the Tetons and Yellowstone in a week. And of course some newer style of WD hitch. That's my next research: A WD hitch that is easy and clean. Oh, one other disappointment for the day. We went to look at the Retro model TTs made by Riverside RV. Man, they looked so cool in the photos! Just like a 60s canned ham, but with 19 feet of space and a toilet. OUCH! Massive disappointment. The materials are so cheap, so thin, so utterly bendy and insubstantial I can't imagine it would make it through one summer of camping. Oh well, it was fun to see them anyway. Thanks for all the helpful comments. I paid attention to all of them. Good choice! The bigger Tahoe will really open up a lot more possibilities for you. I found, when I had a rental Tahoe, that the vehicle is very maneuverable, easy to park, and strong! Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 07/21/17 08:53am Tow Vehicles
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