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RE: Towing through Atlanta

Just go straight through. Study your lanes and make your moves early. No problem at all. Just go straight through. Atl is much different at 11 PM than 3 PM. So it really depends on when you go. Thanks! Thanks!
jerem0621 01/12/18 06:53am Travel Trailers
RE: Ford finally releases specs for F-150 3.0L diesel

I don't see much practical advantage over the base Ecoboost. Not much MPG gain, much more potential headache. Much like the EcoDiesel vs Pentastar. Drive them back to back, the Pentastar is faster and can tow nearly the same amount of weight. Just a few MPG difference on the highway. Never mind the high premium to go with the Babystroke or the EcoDiesel. These new gas V6 trucks are bargains. Great economy and decent power. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 01/09/18 07:13pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New Montana

Congrats!!!
jerem0621 01/06/18 06:28am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Apple outed for intentionally slowing phones

I've been an avid Apple user for year. I have a 6 year old MacBook Pro. There are some false things being said as absolutes. My Mac has aftermarket Ram. I upgraded to 8 GB before I walked out of the store when I bought it. This past year I upgraded the HD to a 1TB drive... Aftermarket drive at that. I can order nearly any part I need for this computer off of the internet. I upgraded my OS X to High Sierra a few days ago. I can say that my computer actually runs better with High Sierra. I have an iPhone 6S Plus and will admit when I upgraded to iOS 11 on the day of release it did cause my battery life to degrade rapidly. I am now running iOS 11.2 and the phone is running great now. For me, the features that iOS 11 bring is worth having to grab a charger a little quicker. It's a fantastic OS. I do have an iPad Air 2 as well. I am thinking about selling it. It runs iOS 11 but it did have a few bugs with the split screen multi-tasking. That has been ironed out with the 11.2 update though. I mostly use it for my sermons and use it while preaching. Any tablet could do this. I am moving away from Apple in some ways. I bought a 17 inch Acer Laptop which my wife promptly claimed. I plan on building a nice desktop computer soon and it will be a Windows 10 machine. I also bought a used LG G5 Android Phone on a whim recently and I really like it. Once I booted it up and activated it I was able to do a software update. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 01/05/18 08:52pm Technology Corner
RE: windows 10 free upgrade...3 days left!

I'm on a 3 year old Core i5 17 inch Acer running Windows 7 Home Premium. I have no plans on moving this fantastic machine to Windows 10. I do plan to upgrade the ram though. Not that I do not like Windows 10, it's just that Windows 7 meets all my needs today. I played around with Linux and went back to regular Windows. I still have my 6 year old Mac too. I am getting ready to build a powerful desktop computer and have resigned myself that it will run Windows 10. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 01/05/18 08:20pm Technology Corner
RE: Safe towing limits for Ram 1500 3.6L v6

GCVWR should be in the owners manual.
jerem0621 01/04/18 09:40am Tow Vehicles
RE: Safe towing limits for Ram 1500 3.6L v6

With 3.55 gears you are good to go up to 7,000 lbs. I have the Pentastar in my van and have drove a few Rams with the Pentastar. They are more powerful than my current 4.6 V8 and should do the job. It will not do as well as a Hemi and you will need to let it Rev. Just keep it in spec. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 01/03/18 01:41pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Chrysler Town and Country Towing

I did call Can-Am and had a lengthy discussion with one of their towing specialists. They even sent me pics of their Minivan like mine they use to pick up and deliver trailers. Specifically how to reinforce the hitch. I still have the pic but Photobucket locked down my account. I agree with a lot of what Can Am says and some of their philosophies I adopted. I’m telling ya, that pup towed behind my van like it was on rails. Maybe the looseness in the van is due to just age. There are a lot of interior panels on a Minivan. Especially with roof air and overhead consoles. Here is an interesting article from Hitch Hints about an accident Can-Am had with a Chrysler 300 towing a 30 ft Airstream. They broadsided a car that pulled out in front of them. Hitch Hints- article on page 6 It’s a good read, by it’s a big pdf so give it a little time if on Cellular. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 01/03/18 01:37pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing with a minivan

Jeremiah's popup exceeded the van's hitch weight limit by a substantial amount, so the result is not surprising. Towing within the tug's specified limits, or a bit over the limit with accompanying hardware (i.e., a custom receiver to spread the load over more of the unibody), should yield a different result. Vans are better at maneuvering than more top-heavy full size pickups and trucks. They have a pretty long wheelbase, good for stable towing. With brakes on the trailer, they stop fine, too. They can do a great job of towing. They won't, however, tow nearly as much as a larger vehicle. I like some of what Can-Am does, but I don't know exactly how far they push the envelope. If they were to say that a minivan can be set up to tow a 28', 5000 lb TT with 700 lbs of tongue weight, I'd say no thanks (I don't know if they would do this, it's just a for-instance). You are absolutely right. Thing is, this PUP had a dry weight in the 2,700 on range and topped out about 3,300 lbs. It was a reasonable PUP and not all that uncommon. Thing is, I believe that this heavy tongue weight happens a lot on single axle trailers. And can be a challenge to know if your trailer will be in the weight range. Just be a warning to all minivan tow'ers. weigh the tongue weight before you buy. Especially if the trailers design limits you on how you can manage the tongue weight. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 01/02/18 01:52pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Cleanup of 5th wheel accident in California

Sad, glad the Family was okay. That Husky Hitch is stout! And there are only four class 8 boots holding the hitch head cradle to the Legs. I’m concerned that the rails ripped and let go like they did. I took a screen shot and zoomed in on the rail still in the truck. It looks like it was a 4 boot install vs a 10 bolt rail install. Do you all think this is what lead to the rails ripping out like that? Seems to be a whole lot of fiver for a four bolt install. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 01/01/18 10:41pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Chrysler Town and Country Towing

As a 2014 Town & Country owner who has towed a lot with my Van here is a response I typed up yesterday. Link to post See my Sig for the end result. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 01/01/18 09:46pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing with a minivan

Thanks for the pics and the explanation BenK. Very good detail. I'm book marking this for future use when folks talk about towing heavy with a WD hitch and a Unibody vehicle. OP, great decision. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 01/01/18 06:57pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Upgrading tow vehicle

If you work in a city it can be a bit of a pain to find a parking spot. Other than that they are wonderful TV’s
jerem0621 12/31/17 04:09pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing with a minivan

I am sorry for this long response. I have a fantastic Minivan. It’s a 2014 Town & Country. I set it up to tow a PUP which it did with ease. I had to run a WD hitch because the tongue weight was too heavy. With the WD hitch it towed amazing. Power was never an issue. I now own a F150 and am looking for my next PUP (kind of want a vintage Apache or Bethany PUP, but I digress) or small TT We still have the Van and we used it to tow an occasional utility trailer or small U-Haul after we sold the PUP... Here is the thing...when I weighed the PUP I had 475 lbs of tongue weight. And there was NOTHING I could do about it. The PUP had a slide and limited storage. No matter how I loaded the pup I couldn’t get the tongue weight down to 10% (300 ish lbs is where I needed it). My owners manual said the tongue weight limit was 300 lbs or so for my van and I totally destroyed that rating. I have an aftermarket Draw-Tite hitch that is rated for 500 lbs with WD..good to go right? Nope, the OEM rating trumps that. With the WD, like I said, it did great. But, I think the WD hitch has loosened up the uni-body somehow. The doors don’t seem as tight and the interior body panels now rattle more than they use to before we towed with the WD hitch. I also have worn out the rear springs and the rear shocks and they are going to be replaced very soon. I think that towing with my van has caused accelerated wear on the rear suspension. Although these are maintenance items as well. It could be just age as we have 88k on the van now, but it was enough for me to say no, and go with a TV with a solid frame. The receiver on my F150 is rated for 1,200 lbs of tongue weight (with or without WD) and 12,000 lb trailer. Way more than I will ever use. I now have more lower end torque for towing and 1,800 lbs of payload. This truck would have handled that pup with ease and that 475 lbs of tongue weight would not bother it. So please, as much as I advocated towing with a Unibody van in the past, if you have to exceed the max tongue weight the OEM recommends then DON’T do it. Matter of fact, I don’t recommend exceeding any spec the OEM gives. Also, my OEM recommends 40 or 50 sq ft as a max frontal load for my van. I am not sure that there is a TT save for a Scamp type trailer that will stay under this. YMMV but IMHO for a TT something with a body on frame is where it’s at. My good friend BenK on here says it best... my paraphrase is when the SHTF it is not the proper time to make sure everything is capable of handling the emergency. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 12/31/17 03:10pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing with 5.5 Ft Box

Reading all this and wondering why all the posts about half ton trucks and fifth wheels and short beds?? OP said nothing about truck size beyond asking if a fifth wheel can be towed by a truck with a 5.5 ft bed. I might be mistaken, but doesn't FCA Ram offer a Mega Cab configuration with a 5.5 ft bed in 2500 or 3500 series? Believe I saw a thread in this forum this year with a photo of such a truck posted by its proud owner. Just sayin'....... Good point. I didn’t think about the mega cab. Kind of a unicorn though. Most 5.5 ft beds are attached to half tons. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 12/28/17 02:17pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing with 5.5 Ft Box

OP. The answer is that you CAN tow some fivers with the right Truck with the 5.5 ft bed. The right truck is usually a F150 with the max tow and HD payload package or a GM truck with the NHT package. Just like a Half Ton (grocery getter) can tow some travel trailers but not all. Also, in general, you can tow a bigger Travel Trailer with a half ton than a fiver. A half ton runs out of payload and rear axle rating faster than a 3/4 or 1 ton truck. Love my grocery getter...I personally and willing to deal with the trade offs for a vehicle that is much easier to deal with on a daily basis. (I work in the city) Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 12/28/17 10:56am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ball joint failure

I try to learn from others and in this case I want to know who's parts NOT to put on my truck when I do BJs in the near future. Might want to say that aloud and make some edits. :D Context is everything. Thanks for taking this thread...there! Lol Jeremiah
jerem0621 12/26/17 02:33pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ball joint failure

I would insist on either OEM replacements or Moog. JMHO. oversized tires do wear out components quicker but there was clearly a problem with the install or you took your truck off roading and put some serious extra stress on the parts. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 12/25/17 11:21pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Merry Christmas all

Merry Christmas!
jerem0621 12/25/17 05:38pm Travel Trailers
RE: 2016 ram 1500 mpg 3.21?

You have learned why all TT’s, for the most part, when pullled by gas trucks, get 7-10 MPG. Pretty much regardless of length or weight. 7-10 MPG. This is an absolute truth about towing. Aerodynamics play a much greater role in MPG and towing efficiency than weight. I heard a quote that said don’t worry about towing the weight over Monteagle, it may slow you down a few minutes but then it’s behind you...worry about the two or three days driving into a 30-40 MPH headwind in the Midwest. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 12/22/17 10:25am Tow Vehicles
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