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RE: one axle vs. two axles on short TT (20')

I've had both a single axle (current) pop-up camper and a 32 ft dual axle TT. They both tow smoothly. Backing is not an issue with either one. I heard that dual axle trailers ride smoother...can't say that they do as both of my trailers ride smooth. The maintenance is less than 1/2 the price on the single axle (less tires and they are smaller). I've had a single axle utility trailer for years, never had a problem with bounce or sway on any of them. IMHO...it's a non issue...buy the trailer you like and if it has two axles..so be it...if it has one..so be it. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 04/25/15 08:38pm Travel Trailers
RE: My dad thought he was a goner

I agree with everyone on the tongue weight. But one thing to think about... You said TV tires were at MAX psi. Why? set it to what the door jamb says, not the tire. Too much air in the tires will make it float a lot on the road. The Max PSI recommendation, mine included, usually come with the TV that's running "P" rated tires. These tires are squishy and airing them up to Max PSI takes out a lot of sidewall flex and gives a much better tow...a P rated tire on a vehicle towing can feel very loosy goosed at 36 psi!! Thanks! Jeremiah LT tires (like on your truck) are much stiffer
jerem0621 04/25/15 06:42pm Towing
RE: Help setting up B&W Companion 3500

Take your tools and adjust when you get there.
jerem0621 04/25/15 04:12pm Towing
RE: Tow-N-See Towing Mirrors

Thanks for the Feedback Pitch! We got our first tow in with the tow-n-see mirrors last night and I very much like them! They do exactly what I need.. We are taking off on a 150 mile trip today...hopefully have more feedback soon. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 04/24/15 02:05pm Towing
RE: Eco-Diesel out towed up Ike Gauntlet by BASE F150

Okay...objective..third party who drives a Pentastar powered Minivan. I have no interest in hot rodding or driving the fastest up the mountain. The Ecodiesel appeals to a different group of people. I happen to be in that group. I put 30k miles per year on a vehicle... I travel a lot for both business and pleasure. I am interested in the following 1) comfort (I need to be able to be in the seat for 10-12 hrs comfortably) 2) power (has to be able to move itself around adaquatly) 3) economy (30k miles per year is expensive regardless of the vehicle) 4) capability (towing, hauling light loads, etc) I nearly bought a new truck last fall and I drove all of the Big 3 trucks. I don't need a V8 out of these offerings, a smaller more efficient engine option is great for me The 3.7 Ford didn't interest me after I drove it... Seemed to have to spin to 7,000 RPM's to feel power... The GM 4.3 is FANTASTIC... how anyone could talk bad about that motor is beyond me... Lots of power off idle... I had the pleasure of driving the Pentastar Ram and the Ecodiesel Ram side by side right after the other. The 8 speed transmissions in both trucks are great! No lacking of power in either truck. The ED had reserve power throughout the test drive. The Pentastar felt like it had more power. Plain and simple, from a pure power perspective 305 hp > 240 hp by a large margin. The Pentastar is a proven platform, will get 20-23 mpg hwy, and cost a little less than a similarly equipped ED. Payload has not been an issue on the ED 2wd Rams I have looked at... I like cloth seats in my trucks and the tradesman line with a few bells and whistles (cloth, power options, back up camera, IBC) still have 1400 ish lbs of payload. The issue with the Ecodiesel is that it meets a narrow need... A need not everyone has...but a need nonetheless.. What other full size truck can I reliably get 25 MPG highway empty, reliably haul 1000-1500 ish lbs of payload, and haul a 7k lb trailer? No, I won't get 25 MPG hauling a 7k lb trailer, but it would not suprise me to get 12-15 under the right operation. The EcoDiesel has absolutly nothing to do with racing up a hill, neither does the 3.5 NA Ford, or the 4.3 GM, or the Pentastar. Maybe I am strange, but I am okay with a tv working while towing.. I don't expect the truck to be fast, I expect it to be reliable and capable of moving the load at highway speed which for me is 60-62 mph in the flats. That's my personal MPH limit. The ED will be a pleasure to tow with... 420 lb ft of tq at 2000 rpm... It will purr down the highway... May not win races but it should be a low stress tow. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 04/22/15 09:50pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford rips axle off Jeep

I'm suprise nobody died Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 04/22/15 07:00pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Best sway control & Yukon towing

Just a note about welding the tab onto your existing head. My local dealer told me they would do it for me for about $10.00-$20.00. I would do that before I bought a whole new hitch. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 04/22/15 03:11pm Towing
RE: Tow-N-See Towing Mirrors

Thanks for the Feedback! I'll try to be careful to remove the mirrors or turn in my mirrors if parked and I need them on. I did leave them on today and drive into work...seems to work great up to 62-65 mph...there is vibration above that though. Thanks! Jeremiah That was always the problem with any pair of add-on towing mirrors I tried. Call me crazy, but that's when I need mirrors the most, when merging, or changing lanes at 60MPH. The Mckesh mirrors aren't a pretty solution, but they work and haven't scratched my truck over 7 years now. Awesome! Thanks for the report on the McKesh mirrors! If these don't work out for me I will look at those and the Aero2's in more detail. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 04/22/15 12:44pm Towing
RE: What can I tow with my Honda Odyssey?

Thanks everyone. After reading all of this, I think we will stick with a PUP. I looked at my owner's manual again and it says there is a towing limit of 3,050# when you have five passengers. Of course, that's assuming everyone weighs 150# and my kids certainly don't, but throw in some car seats and all their stuff and maybe we're there. I had not thought about the height of the trailer and gas mileage. A scamp sounds nice and I did find an RPod on Craigslist, but I don't think any of them would sleep a family of 5 comfortably. Then when you get to the campsite your wife and kids are free to get in the trailer immediately to start cooking dinner or get their toys out or whatever while you disconnect, drop the stabliizers, and etc. I suppose the one downside to not getting a trailer is that my *husband* can't get inside immediately to start cooking my dinner. ;) Wonderful! Here is an inside shot of our PUP...lots of room and our trailer has a GROSS weight under 3,000 lbs! http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj109/jerem0621/RVing/0FFF5388-B200-46B3-8821-3ECEC8745CA4_zpsqdpwtshh.jpg width=640 I do a lot of the cooking too, our PUP has an outside grill and I will be bringing my Coleman high stand and Coleman stove so we can do ALL the cooking outside. Good luck in your shopping. Go visit a few dealers with PUP's and when you decide what you want...do not compromise, stick to your guns and the layout you want will POP up :). Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 04/22/15 10:29am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tow-N-See Towing Mirrors

Hi APT...yes..I strongly considered the Aero 2... If these do not work out for me then I will be buying the Aero 2. I wanted to try and avoid a clamping add on mirror on my painted bezels and I wanted to try the adjustability of the mirror via the power mirrors. Plus these things weigh nothing...holding these and the other types of mirror show the significant weight difference. The mirror and the suction cup must absolutly be clean for it to work correctly and that's the big caveat. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 04/22/15 07:56am Towing
RE: Tow-N-See Towing Mirrors

Thanks for the Feedback! I'll try to be careful to remove the mirrors or turn in my mirrors if parked and I need them on. I did leave them on today and drive into work...seems to work great up to 62-65 mph...there is vibration above that though. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 04/22/15 07:47am Towing
RE: VW to bring a Pickup Truck to the US

All I Have to say to VW is: "good luck with that." :) Yeah, the had better come up with something a darn side better than their last attempt! http://volkshole.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/1981-Caddy-300x199.jpg Bought a 81 Diesel 5 speed brand new 44 mpg. Sold it at 300K. The VW Transporter, is a DualCab, 3,000lb Payload,"Pickup Truck" http://i11.photobucket.com/albums/a186/RobRyan7/image.jpg1_zpszsrw9dkt.jpg VW Crafter has a 6,000lb payload http://i.ebayimg.com/00/s/NDc3WDY0MA==/z/5j8AAOSwBP9UUyri/$_20.JPG Betcha it doesn't have fancy cowboy stuff sewn in to the interior. Lol I love seeing these real trucks from overseas... The time I spent in Europe I hardly ever saw a "Truck" like we have in the states. The "truck" was pretty much Van based vehicles. Caravan towing? That's was done by cars.
jerem0621 04/22/15 12:03am Tow Vehicles
RE: What do I need to know about purchasing a hitch?

Highly recommend the Andersen Ultimate Aluminum I agree, they are getting great reviews, and they are lightweight ,and easy to install ,and remove. Don't know what you guys are looking at but all i see in a gooseneck adapter. The Andersen has a ball in coupler, but that is where the similarities end. A gooseneck adaptor turns the fifth wheel pin box into a gooseneck hitch. The Andersen elevates the ball to a level plane with the king pin. The torsional forces that plague the gooseneck adaptor do not exist with the Andersen. Three versions of the Andersen Ultimate Fifth Wheel hitch are made two of them adapt to a gooseneck hitch, one is made of steel and the other made of aluminum. There is also a fifth wheel rail version. Some states require safety chains if a ball and coupler are used. 30-80 ish lbs depending on the version you have... Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 04/21/15 11:21pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: W/D tow setup

Welcome! I have used a 1 inch rise ball before without an issue. The ideal set up is to use a longer shank but a taller ball could get the job done as well. Just be carful with the taller balls. A lot of them are derated. Etrailer has some that would work well. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 04/21/15 10:57pm Towing
RE: WDH Understanding

---Connect the TT and adjust spring bars to bring all 4 wheel wells back to the original measurement( or close to it).---If all 4 wheels are returned to the original measurement (or close to it), the TV would be carrying none of the tongue weight (or close to none). That would be impossible. In the old days, some of the WDH manuals specified equal settling at front and rear, but that is not the same as returning front and rear to the original heights. Ron Ron, do you think the old equal squat recommendation was due to the type of TV being used? The main types of TV were big cars with soft suspensions. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 04/21/15 10:27pm Travel Trailers
RE: Wet bath

We recently purchased a Pop Up with a wet bath. Our previous TT had a dry bath but it was a closet. ... There is more 'hip' space per say with our wet bath than our dry bath...I'm 220ish and well, there was't much hip room in the TT's toilet space. The roof is taller in our pup than our TT so I have more vertical room to wash...lots of curtains too. The tub of the dry bath was very narrow and the wet bath beats it too. So not all dry baths are super comfy either, not all wet baths are super small. The wet bath does not compare to the room of say a split dry bath with a corner shower...those are super roomy!! The wet baths are trade offs...but a vey solid solution. X2 on the cassette toilet! Love ours...if I ever order a TT...regardless of size...I'm going to ask if I can have a cassette toilet installed instead of a black tank and regular toilet. Having both, so much nicer and cleaner with the cassette. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 04/21/15 09:47pm Travel Trailers
Tow-N-See Towing Mirrors

just got my towing mirrors for the Chrysler Town and Country. I haven't seen these mentioned here very much and wanted to show this as an option for people out there. Maybe do a longer term review as they age too. here they are installed from the front. http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj109/jerem0621/RVing/7A799FAE-42F4-44C4-B442-42852A97929F_zpskvj4qnwx.jpg width=440 These mirrors use fancy suction cups to mount directly to the TV's mirrors... I know.. I know... Suction Cups????? Yes, but they are a little more than just that. These give the user an advantage that no other add on Tow Mirrors can give... the ability to adjust the tow mirrors from inside the TV by using the power mirrors in the TV. There is a drivers side and a passenger side... The drivers side is a flat mirror while the passenger side is convex. Here are a few more pics, a little closer up http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj109/jerem0621/RVing/FADC98E5-FC8B-486A-8CDD-013294CA4D09_zpshssrvdsa.jpg width=440 http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj109/jerem0621/RVing/E88BAA76-42D1-4A85-B1AE-91B06E7E7A09_zpsmvzq5dg5.jpg width=640 There is a knob on the end of the mount that you turn to create a very strong vacuum that holds the mirror very securely. Sounds crazy but there is little to no vibration in the mirror at towing speeds, there is a safety strap just in case the mirror falls off. The instructions are pretty clear, clean the mirror, clean the suction cup.. install, tighten the knob down. Here is a picture of the convex mirror.. http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj109/jerem0621/RVing/897B77DA-738B-4B2E-A644-E48A070A940F_zpsdccfmj0q.jpg width=440 Why did I choose these? These mirrors are the only option that do not clamp onto the body of the mirror or on the door of the TV. They are the only aftermarket tow mirror that is somewhat adjustable on the fly. Anyway.. I don't have a lot of miles on them right now, but plan to put thousands on this summer with the PUP.. we will see how they hold up and if any issues arise.. I may try to update this thread from time to time as they wear in and if any issues pop up. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 04/21/15 08:23pm Towing
RE: WDH needed?

You can run without a WD hitch. I am running my PUP and Minivan combo without one and everything is in spec... I do use a sway bar.. I highly recommend it. Just make sure your draw bar and Hitch is rated to carry the weight. Then you can weld on two sway bar tabs so that you can run DUAL friction sway control with your trailer. (If its over 26 ft) Here is what I am talking about.. This forged draw bar is rated for 1,600 lbs of tongue weight and 16,000 lb trailer weight.. It is much stouter than a regular draw bar. http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj109/jerem0621/hitch%20stuff/0F2FBF3B-1C12-421F-B7AC-15A7CF784D0D-13649-000011B1F030D74C_zps38ab7950.jpg width=640 Then you will need a few of these tabs and weld them to the draw bar, one on either side. http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj109/jerem0621/hitch%20stuff/7778B8DD-E721-4003-9B93-A772B76C16C6_zpsydth6usz.jpg width=640 I would imagine that your rig will tow great as long as the receiver and the draw bar are in spec. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 04/21/15 07:56pm Towing
RE: What can I tow with my Honda Odyssey?

As you can tell I recommend a PUP... been to the "dark side" and as the previous responder noted... it takes NO MORE time to set up or tear down a PUP than a TT. I very much disagree with this. When your TT is parked at home before your trip you don't need to put it up in order to pack it with food and camping gear or put it back down after it's ready to go. Just load up ahead of time and then hook to TV and drive away. Then when you get to the campsite your wife and kids are free to get in the trailer immediately to start cooking dinner or get their toys out or whatever while you disconnect, drop the stabliizers, and etc. With a PUP none of those things can be done until the trailer has been opened up. If it's raining, they're waiting in the car. Big deal? Not really, but if you've got younger kids the stress level on the old man (me) can get a little high while they impatiently wait. THen when you are packing up you can't really do anything to get the PUP ready for the road until the wife and kids are packed up and moved out of it. Whereas with a TT you are free to attached to the TV and prepare for the trip home while people are still inside brushing teeth, throwing fits and etc. PUPs definitely involve more setup and putdown time, both at home and at the campsite. Some very valid points. I think we have about 10-15 minutes of contention here. The up and down of the top is not that big a deal, it take me longer to put the slide in on my model than to put the top up or down. The top and bunks are the least of my issues. Confession time for me. Issues I had with the TT.. It was 31 ft. After the TT was backed in to a spot (not always able to use "Pull Through" sites where we live), leveled, unhitched... (Can't do any of this with people in the TT) I had to get all the "outside" stuff out of the camper and into the out.. Thats pretty much the same with the PUP. Parking, leveling, unhitching, stabilizing.. Much easier with the PUP. Now, my PUP has amenities that if my TT had would have been much quicker to set up.. I didn't have built in stabilizers like I do with the PUP. So that meant me on all fours under every corner putting the little independent jack stabilizers. I don't have to get on all fours for ANYTHING with the pup. PUP has a built in shower, the TT didn't. So I had to set up a seperate hose for outside dishes washing. Thats already done with the PUP. So, I amend my comments... Its MUCH faster for me to set up my PUP than my previous TT. Thanks for straightening me out. Yes, PUPS have trade offs, so do TT's.. Funny experience I had.. My BIL wanted to go camping with us when we had the TT. They had a PUP... He got to the campground after I did.. I had backed in but not "set up" I was in a fury.. setting the chocks, stabilizers, unhitching...(Up and down goes the tongue jack for the 1200 lb WD bars), hooking up the water and the power etc etc etc. My brother in law was set up, drinking a coke watching me finish by the time I got done.. LOL... OP I wish you the best regardless of the decision you make. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 04/21/15 07:38pm Tow Vehicles
RE: What can I tow with my Honda Odyssey?

While not a Honda Odyssey... I tow a pop up with my Chrysler Town & Country and its the bees knees. Coming from a TT to a PUP we have had to make some compromises... but 20 MPG while towing and the maneuverability is great. Be careful if you go with a pup that has a front storage compartment as loading that storage compartment up can put you over your receiver rating quickly. We specifically bought a PUP without a front storage compartment for this reason. Our PUP has a wet bath, LONG couch, slide out dinette... HEATED king and queen beds. (eat your heart out TT's and Fivers!! :D) As you can tell I recommend a PUP... been to the "dark side" and as the previous responder noted... it takes NO MORE time to set up or tear down a PUP than a TT. http://i270.photobucket.com/albums/jj109/jerem0621/RVing/E315D337-0C42-46A8-B3B9-C6CCB19B0703_zpsbvisufub.jpg width=640 Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 04/21/15 03:37pm Tow Vehicles
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