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RE: F150 asa TV for 5th wheel

There's more than a few F-150s in the campgrounds pulling 5'ers. My dad owns a Sundance Ultralite fiver. He told me I could pull it with my truck... :/ Just because you can doesn’t always mean you should. OP... I love F150’s. They are my favorite truck... but... if you want to upgrade and pull a fiver then I recommended to get a newer HD Gasser of whichever brand. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 11/17/17 08:06pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Best 30 foot TT?

My perfect TT would be an Open Range. Your perfect TT may be something totally different. Go out and explore them and figure out what you think you like. So many floor plans and materials. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 11/16/17 08:55pm Travel Trailers
RE: Tow Vehicle Selection

Looking at the numbers you are going to be close. The Expedition is a fabulous vehicle. It’s limit for heavy towing is the payload capacity. The amount the truck can carry will be limited to 1,300-1,600 lbs. The receiver is also limited to about 1,000 lbs. So, if you can manage your weights it will be manageable. Just know that your towing experience may be very different. You will be going from a 3/4 Ton platform to a half ton platform. This means that Your springs will be a bit softer and your “P” rated tires a bit squishy compared to the “LT” rated tires on your Avy. Thanks and Good Luck on your hunt for a new vehicle. Jeremiah
jerem0621 11/16/17 08:41pm Travel Trailers
RE: Andersen hitch lock lever location?

I watched a video on the Andersen and it was suggested that some users put super strong magnets on the handle mount and just stick it to the pin box. Not sure what those fancy magnets are called now.
jerem0621 11/16/17 07:58pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Roku or chromcast tv sticks

I have a Roku 2, Apple TV, and a Fire Stick that I have accumulated over the years. Oh, also a Smart Sony Blu-Ray player. I enjoy them all and these things are cheap. I love the Roku and the Sony so that I can use my vudu App to access my Digital movie library. Netflix works best on the Fire Stick. The Amazon Prime content works best on the Fire Stick. Sometimes when I am binge watching a show I want to watch several episodes at a time. My Roku will not auto play the episodes but the Fire Stick and the Apple TV will. I use to be all Apple but honestly We never use it any more. If I had to use one streaming device it would be the Fire TV Stick. It’s very smooth and I love the interface and being Android based its easily modified. It is my go-to device 90% of the time. I do like the Roku, it is customizable to a degree, but the interface is a little dated and somewhat clunky. Fire Stick plus a few apps and setting adjustments and it’s by far the best experience for me. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 11/15/17 08:30pm Technology Corner
RE: B&W Companion with Hidden-Hitch Hide-a-Goose?

IIRC the Companion has a square receiver while other goosenecks tend to have a round receiver. The Companion has a square shank that goes into the square receiver which gets latched in by the handle in the wheel-well of the truck. I haven’t seen a shank for Hide-a-goose that would work with the Companion. Now, the Andersen Ultimate Fifth Wheel hitch would work great with your current hitch and use the ball that Your hitch uses. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 11/14/17 04:14pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Fifth wheel hitch questions

You can get a picture frame adaptor and use a B&W Patriot. But by the time you purchase two pieces you could have just bought the companion. The Andersen is a good choice for your weight fiver. Me, I’d probably go with the B&W. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 11/12/17 09:52pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Pulled 7way plug out of truck.

The Voyager XP should be lighting up. It actually changes colors depending on how much braking power is being sent back to the trailer. I would start at the trailer connector and inspect the wiring. Its not Rocket Surgery and is pretty easy to trace the wires and find the break. If you need to replace the brake controller look at the Tekonsha Prodigy P2, P3, or the Primus IQ. They are fantastic brake controllers. Thanks! Jeremiah Thanks Jeremiah, The controller never lights up. Will it light up when the trailer is not connected to the truck via the long black cord? I wish I had the proper terminology, then I could better understand how to describe items. When you say "trailer connector" is that the grey box tucked up inside and under the kingpin housing assembly where all the wires connect from the long black cord? With your brake controller not lighting up at all I think your issue on the vehicle side. When your trailer connector is connected to the truck the Voyager should be illuminated green. This tells you that you have a good connection. When I talk about the trailer connector there are two components that I am referring to. The Truck Side connector (Female 7 Blade RV Connector) and a Trailer side connector (Male 7 Blade RV Connector) Here is a good page showing a discription of the wiring and a wiring diagram for the 7 way connectors. eTrailer Connector Here is a video on installing and using your Voyager. Don't be concerned that this is a Voyager and not a Voyager XP. The function is just the same. Voyager installation and Use video If these do not help, then I would start testing circuits with a circuit tester. Here is one similar to what I use Circuit Tester You have a fiver and I am assuming that you have a vehicle side connector in your bed. Many times you will also have one down close to the receiver hitch. If you do, then you can try to plug in there as well. As to wire colors... Typically... the wire that powers the trailer brakes is blue. HOWEVER, you can't always trust that. Sometimes guys use whatever color wire is available to them. Thanks and good luck! Jeremiah
jerem0621 11/11/17 09:13pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Ram 6.4 or GM 6.0?

I would choose the one I could get the best deal on and the one with the seat that fit my behind the best. #2 is more important than #1 to me. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 11/11/17 11:02am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2004 Suburban Reality Check

It will pull it; the biggest thing that will kick your arse is the 4 sp trans. If you like the trailer, I say go for it! What is your issue with the 4 speed? I am curious as well. I’ve never had an issue with a 4 speed. Except a 700r4 I tore up in my youth. Not the transmissions fault. Been driving 4 speeds for decades! Thanks. Jeremiah Nothing "wrong" per se. It's just old tech compared to newer autos with more fwd gears, better TC lockup programming and better shift point programming.....and stronger internals. It's also the only factory option for a big block burb so it is what it is. Little off topic, but I remember reading old articles in Super Chevy about how to properly swap in a 700R4 4 speed into a 67-69 Camaro. New Fangled 4 speed revolutionizing everything. LOL. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 11/11/17 10:53am Tow Vehicles
RE: Pulled 7way plug out of truck.

The Voyager XP should be lighting up. It actually changes colors depending on how much braking power is being sent back to the trailer. I would start at the trailer connector and inspect the wiring. Its not Rocket Surgery and is pretty easy to trace the wires and find the break. If you need to replace the brake controller look at the Tekonsha Prodigy P2, P3, or the Primus IQ. They are fantastic brake controllers. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 11/11/17 10:50am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 2004 Suburban Reality Check

It will pull it; the biggest thing that will kick your arse is the 4 sp trans. If you like the trailer, I say go for it! What is your issue with the 4 speed? I am curious as well. I’ve never had an issue with a 4 speed. Except a 700r4 I tore up in my youth. Not the transmissions fault. Been driving 4 speeds for decades! Thanks. Jeremiah
jerem0621 11/10/17 05:26pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Contemplating the 2017 Platinum F350

I'm not going to believe it until I see a new Picture with this 2017 attached to a gooseneck trailer loaded down with haybails. What was that? About 30,000 lbs? :D Enjoy the new truck (again!!!!) Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 11/09/17 11:24pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Pulling 30' TT

Set your hitch up right and you will have no issues. Your truck is more than capable of towing that trailer. Most sway events are caused by too light of a tongue weight. Make sure the trailers tongue weight is 12-15% of the trailers weight and you will likely not experience sway. Dispite some folks belief. Fivers can sway as well, they just don’t have a natural disposition to sway since they have very heavy pin weights...typically 25% ish pin weight. I ran two sway bars with my 31 ft trailer. It worked great. One bar was fine but the second one really locked it in behind the trailer. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 11/09/17 05:49pm Travel Trailers
RE: 2004 Suburban Reality Check

I think you are good to go with that rig. Get your set up right between the truck and the trailer and you should not have any problems. 3/4 Ton sub is a very capable SUV and the 8.1 has torque galore. Keep an eye on the oil. Many users report that the 8.1 can eat about a quart of oil between changes. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 11/09/17 05:35pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Changing the gears in my suburban

I think this is a good idea OP. Seems every answer on this forum ends with get a 3/4 Ton. Gets really really old. JeremiahWell some people are slow learners and need to be told more than once. Others never learn. Just about everyone here started out with less TV than ideal. Most of us learned along the way, and no longer do that. I still have serious doubts about the OPs ability to successfully change his own gears. His knowledge base doesn't seem to be that of someone that has done it, or anything approaching it before. I appreciate your input. I get it. I needed a HD truck for my previous set up so I bought one. I would just like to see more troubleshooting the issue at hand than for the immediate response of get a 3/4 Ton or 1 ton (unless it’s appropriate, example...most fivers need HD trucks and is a plausible recommendation to up-truck). There are plenty of HD truck owners on here that have issues with their set up too. Would swapping gears to 4:10 or 4:30 be an improvement for the OP...yes it would. That answers his question IMHO. Long term, I think you are right. Most who tow heavy eventually go to a heavy truck...makes sense. Thanks,
jerem0621 11/08/17 08:42am Tow Vehicles
RE: I guess I will be driving a new Ford tomorrow

Service writer just called, they tried to start it to diagnose the issue and it is locked up solid. Looks like I will not be going winter camping as they are backed up about a month before they can start on it. Oh well, gives me time to plan our spring southwest tour. That stinks, hopefully they will get you fixed up before Christmas.
jerem0621 11/07/17 06:40pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Weight Distribution vs Sway Bars

Are you just towing on the ball right now or do you have a Weight Distribution hitch? What specific trailer did you buy? A Weight Distribution hitch works to distribute the tongue weight across the axles of the vehicle. Mostly to return the unloaded weight off the front axles back onto the axles. You can add on sway bars to a standard weight distribution hitch. Use two for a camper Your length. You can also buy a hitch with integrated sway control. Equal-I-Zer and Reese Dual Cam are popular hitches. I personally prefer the old fashioned standard weight distribution hitches and add on sway controls. X2 on weighing the rig. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 11/07/17 04:47pm Travel Trailers
RE: Changing the gears in my suburban

I think this is a good idea OP. Seems every answer on this forum ends with get a 3/4 Ton. Gets really really old. I walked that road and I am very glad to be back in my Half Ton coming from a one ton LB CC Dually. I have a F150 with the 8.8 rear axle. I’ve about got it set up for towing a smaller TT the way I like it. Have you thought about getting a finned differential Cover? I’ve thought about it but I am not sure if it actually helps that much. They are cheap enough for sure. One big thing I like is the fact that you can buy the diff covers with a tap that you can install a temp sending unit. Something I would very much like to have. I do think investing in a good OBD2 monitoring system such as the Edge System is prudent. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 11/07/17 04:39pm Tow Vehicles
RE: I guess I will be driving a new Ford tomorrow

My 2013 6.8 L V10 at work swallowed a valve when it was 2 years old. Was just a few hundred miles over warrantee and Ford refused any goodwill offer. We installed a new ford crate motor, and not even 2 years later that one also swallowed a valve. Closer inspection revealed that one of the rocker arms had side to side play, and caused it to damage the valve retaining mechanism. Third motor is so far so good. We run our work trucks hard at my job, but use Motorcraft semi synthetic and Motorcraft filters once a month. On a sidenote, our 2009 Ram 6.7 Cummins just put a rod through the block toward the back on the driver side, but it ran 490,000 miles in those 8 years! Does your company still buy Ford trucks after this pattern valve issue and Ford's response to provide some financial support ? Not trying to start a range war, just curious as we have considered buying a new Ford vehicle. Kind of an unusual pattern for the normally bulletproof V10. Surely this is just a freak occurance (twice) or something wrong with the maintenance program? Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 11/07/17 04:25pm Tow Vehicles
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