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RE: Can my truck tow this?

To provide some perspective the 9,400 tow rating is for a flatbed with 10% on the tongue, not for travel trailer that has more tongue weight and wind resistance. Even at 13% of weight on the hitch you will be more than 20% over your receiver hitch rating. If your receiver fractures going over some train tracks it is going to be ugly. Suspect your suspension will be too soft to handle this well which will lead to porpoising and sway. You have type P tires? I would want LTs for that much weight.
AlmostAnOldGuy 12/02/19 07:15pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Do you have a bed liner?

We use a fitted rubber bed mat. X2 Makes it easy on the knees and keeps stuff from sliding around. Easy to take out if you want to clean it or the bed. Depths vary, mine is thicker than some.
AlmostAnOldGuy 11/30/19 04:24pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Cybertruck

Remembering the kid who waited until the night before the pinewood derby to build his car. "Hey Dad, can I use the belt sander?
AlmostAnOldGuy 11/22/19 08:42am Tow Vehicles
RE: F150 HD Payload and Max Trailer - How to spot them?

2011-2014 GVWR 8200 2015+ GVWR 7850 (based on 2019 online guide) The 2015+ trucks are lighter so no real net loss in payload.  As noted by prior comment these are not very common. I ordered mine. Salesman had no clue about the option.  Good luck, Stu
AlmostAnOldGuy 11/13/19 09:18pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Lowering TV tire pressures

How about the inflation table Not interested in running over inflated. Ride is more harsh and less performance.
AlmostAnOldGuy 10/04/19 08:55pm Tow Vehicles
RE: When do you throw in the towel?

Six years ago I traded a 2001 Suburban 2500 with the 8.1 and 4.10. No rust, but repair costs were going up. In my case I was able to replace with a vehicle that reduced my gas bill 33%. That helped offset the cost. Preferred driving the new rig too. Good luck to you, Stu
AlmostAnOldGuy 09/05/19 04:39pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Who has switched from a '16+ max tow F150 to a '16+ HD F150?

As you already know the HDPP has heavier axles, heavier suspension, heavier shocks and LT E tires. Provided you were staying within rear axle rating and you already had LT E tires I would consider Timbrens which will provide additional suspension without impacting the unloaded ride and putting on some Bilstien shocks. That would give you a pretty good idea of how the HDPP would handle before making a large $ decision. I would run a good WD hitch. Good luck, Stu
AlmostAnOldGuy 08/28/19 08:52pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Hope you travel alone?!!!!

20 years back I had an F150 with the 4.6, tall gears and low payload. Worked great to haul a small popup and my family all over the place. It was the right tool for the job then. Lots of good memories- Banff, Jasper, Waterton, Glacier, Yellowstone, Crater Lake, Redwoods, etc. Take it easy, Stu
AlmostAnOldGuy 08/17/19 05:51am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tire Rotation Not Needed?

I suspect the reason your front tires have less tread then the back is because unloaded you have more weight on the front axel than on the rear. This is even more so if you are running a diesel. Also, you and I live in some country that can get wet. If I am plowing through some water on the road I want the front tires which do most of the braking and steering to shed water well. So if you think these apply to you I would rotate. Take it easy, Stu
AlmostAnOldGuy 07/27/19 12:49pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Running your propane Refrigerators while fueling?

Smoking while fueling seems to be a popular sport here in north Idaho. Beautiful country. How far north are you talking? Have spent a fair amount of time over the years around Priest River.
AlmostAnOldGuy 07/19/19 04:03pm Travel Trailers
RE: Running your propane Refrigerators while fueling?

I pumped gas and drove tow trucks for awhile and I saw a couple accidental spills and gas vapor formed rapidly. Would you smoke a cigarette while pumping gas? Why would you think it is okay to have a fridge burning propane? The probability of a spill and accident is low, but leaving the fridge on puts others at risk. I would encourage folks to please take a moment and shut it down when fueling. Take it easy, Stu
AlmostAnOldGuy 07/19/19 08:59am Travel Trailers
RE: Ram Sales Increasing

In my view the sales numbers reflect the quality and value they offer. If I were buying today I would look hard at Ram. I have two neighbors with new Rams and they are nice trucks. Congratulations to Ram. Given the price of new trucks and that I like mine as much now as the day I bought it I’m not going to be buying a new truck unless my needs change significantly. Take it easy, Stu
AlmostAnOldGuy 07/06/19 09:26am Tow Vehicles
RE: 3.5 Ecoboost Feels Like a V6

I pull 8k all day up and down grades and never felt this engine lacked for power. And I came from an 8.1 with a 4.10. Acceleration on short on-ramps is not an issue. I typically get 9-9.5 depending on terrain. The 3.5 does not have that nice deep roar of the 8.1 ; ) I can understand feeling pushed around with that rig. Knowing I was towing 8k I opted for Max Payload and have the heavier suspension and 3.73. Oh, and you can find the 3.5 de-rated in the Transit 250 and 350. I suppose different drivers and different impressions. Take it easy, Stu
AlmostAnOldGuy 06/30/19 02:21pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Slide vs no slide

I suppose it depends how you use it. When the Mrs. and I are hopping from place to place the slide stays in. No point putting it out each night only to need to clean off the top and bring it back in to hit the road. We can get to the dinette and move through-out the trailer okay. Most of our use is like a portable cabin. We arrive at our destination and stay put. A single slide with the dinette and some extra storage opens up the space in the trailer and we really like it. I did have to take it to the dealer about the second year we had it when a there was a problem with the bracket that held the worm screw. That was repaired at a pretty low cost (forgot exactly what it was). Zero leaks in 8 years. Take it easy, Stu
AlmostAnOldGuy 06/13/19 08:40pm Travel Trailers
RE: Fridge failing - on the road ***Updated to include fix***

That trip in August was the last for the year. Pulled the trailer out of storage in May and repeated test with refrigerator in the driveway and same symptoms - it would cool down fine, then at 48 hour mark warm up too much. Ordered board from The Norcold Guy swapped out the new board for the old one and now everything works great. Had a nice week at the Oregon coast and the fridge held the temperature great the hold time. Take it easy, Stu
AlmostAnOldGuy 06/09/19 08:07am Travel Trailers
RE: 2019 Ram Rebel or 2500 ?

The maximum payload on the Rebel is 1850. By time options are added it will come in lower, let's say 1,700. Now take a guess at how much you will haul in the the truck (passengers, firewood, other gear) and that will let you know how much you have for the trailer. Dry weight on the trailer is 5,000 and once optioned and loaded with gear would expect about 6,500. This might seem like a lot but we do not pack especially heavy and we come in at 1,500 over dry weight. If you put 13% of the trailer weight on the tongue that is 845 before adding the weight for the receiver hitch and sway bars. So let's call it 1,000 even. So that is the tough part with the 1500 style truck. You start running out of payload. With these rough numbers you would have roughly 700 lbs left for passengers and gear and you would be at max and possibly over the rear axle weight rating. You typically get P type passenger tires on the 1500 trucks rather than the LT Light Truck tires which provide greater carrying capacity. So you can probably get away with the Rebel, but you would be at the top end of capacity. The Ram 2500 is a lot more truck. And kudos to you for asking the question before you bought the truck and trailer. Lot's of folks ask these questions after they have made the purchase. Take it easy, Stu
AlmostAnOldGuy 05/27/19 11:42am Tow Vehicles
RE: CP4.2 Bypass kit

Seems like a great solution, but seems too simple? Millions of these pumps are out there and the OE couldn't come up with a way to keep them from sending parts downstream? For each pump sold the OEM saved $360. Multiply that by those millions and that is a lot of money to protect against an infrequent issue. But apparently Bosch also lost some business if GM switched to Denso. Now if I owned the vehicle I would look at 360 as a bargain because any failure would be a big deal. Take it easy, Stu
AlmostAnOldGuy 05/21/19 05:58am Tow Vehicles
RE: CP4.2 Bypass kit

For $360 it seems like a good insurance policy. Hopefully they'll make a version for the new Rams too. Good idea. If I had one of these trucks I would install it. Just a couple years too late for ricatic. It was tough to read his story. Take it easy, Stu
AlmostAnOldGuy 05/20/19 12:21pm Tow Vehicles
RE: What fuel do you run in your EcoBoost pickup? (not HO)

Run 87 unless towing. Run 91 towing. Have always run it that way and cannot tell you the difference. Take it easy, Stu
AlmostAnOldGuy 05/18/19 09:25pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Chevy 2.7 turbo 1500 truck.

There is a reason Chevy likes to compare their 2.7 turbo to Ford's 3.3 naturally aspirated engine. Which is? The Ford 2.7 turns in some good numbers. But if you otherwise like the Chevy this engine may do just fine depending on what you tow. Chevy 2.7 I4 turbo - Al block 310 hp 348 ft lbs torque EPA 20/19/22 - 4WD Ford 2.7 v6 turbo - CGI block 325 hp 400 ft lbs torque 20/18/23 - 4WD Take it easy, Stu
AlmostAnOldGuy 05/16/19 06:13am Tow Vehicles
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