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RE: Has anyone looked at the Jeep Gladiator?

MSRP is off the charts, IMHO That goes for all vehicles. Why would anyone pay near $80k minus discounts for a loaded 3/4 ton diesel? Same reason why someone would pay near $55k minus discounts for a loaded Gladiator, It's what they want! Can't argue with that! To each their own.
BigDinAZ 09/21/19 07:18am Tow Vehicles
RE: Post your tow vehicle pics here

Here is our Truck. https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48120383033_029ce4292f_z.jpg Here it is hooked up to our 5er. https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48607101058_3a024e1185_z.jpg by Hey your looks like ours! You have 4.10's we have 3.73, and your payload is 5,704 ours is 5,411 does yours have the 5th wheel prep puck system. https://i.imgur.com/OAcljXW.jpg width=640 No for some reason it didn't have that, but that's okay, I wasn't going to walk away from this truck because of that. I wanted 4;10s and I wanted that Paoad. Is your truck also the Laramie? I sure love this truck.
BigDinAZ 09/11/19 07:27am Tow Vehicles
RE: Has anyone looked at the Jeep Gladiator?

You forgot about the Jeep Compass and the Jeep Cherokee Those are rolling embarrassments as well. The compass is a barely disguised Fiat 500. And the current Cherokee isn't worthy of a name with such a strong history... You need me to rant a bit more? Or are we good? Could not have said it better. Jeep has NOT been Jeep for many, many years. Look what they did to the Renegade! Sure as hell wished I still had my 77 CJ5 and my 69 Jeepster Commando.
BigDinAZ 09/05/19 09:13am Tow Vehicles
RE: Post your tow vehicle pics here

Very nice BigDthanks
BigDinAZ 08/31/19 06:49am Tow Vehicles
RE: NEW TRUCK!!!

The key is to know how to deal. Never, ever take the first offer. They always come back high. Don't let them see how much you want it, and negotiate. Most dealers want to move inventory and they will negotiate, if they don't want to give you a deal you want, walk. We had a really good trade which was paid for. The sticker on our truck after rebates came out to like 63k. Rather than try and talk them down on the truck, we talked them up on our trade. We ended up at half to askig price of the truck after tax, title, and tags it was like 32k which we paid cash for. The RV deal was because we waited until they were clearing them off the lot for the new 20 models. We ended up financing the rv to keep credit high. In the end we financed 30k which is very manageable as we have no other debt. We waited and watched them for quite a while and we saw the prices on the 19's going down until it was where we felt is was good, then we purchased. I am not a compulsive buyer, and I used to sell campground memberships and time shares, so I know the rodeo game and play on my rules, not the dealers.
BigDinAZ 08/28/19 05:14am Tow Vehicles
RE: 5th wheel or bumper pull

Well unless the bed is totally full of ice chest in a long bed there is lots of space available for ice chest, at least enough for sloppy ones. That and many 5ers have basements that have almost as much space as a long bed With a cap. It is all personal choice, but just because there is a hitch in the bed doesn’t mean you can’t put anything in the bed. In fact one still has a good amount of bed space available. I always enjoyed having all the stuff already in the 5er ready to go at a moments notice. Once again personal choice, but there is still a lot of usable space in the bed. This is a true statement. With our long bed, we have more than enough room for stuff in the bed.
BigDinAZ 08/27/19 05:06am Towing
RE: 5th wheel or bumper pull

To each his (or her) own. I like the 5th wheel because it fits the way we want to do things. This is why they make Class A, Class C, 5th wheels, travel trailers, campers and the list goes on. We can all choose what fits our style. Some like boondocking some like hookups, yet others prefer tents. The important thing is not only that you do it, but that you have fun doing it. D
BigDinAZ 08/26/19 01:08pm Towing
RE: Has anyone looked at the Jeep Gladiator?

They are starting to show up in Tucson. Dealer couldn't keep them on the lot long enough for me to check them out. Bad timing for the Ranger to come out at the same time as the Jeep. They have them here in Sierra Vista, the problem for me is that 3.6 Penstar. If only they had put the 4.0 in. I am a huge jeep fan, but my love goes way back. I had a 69 Willies Jeepster Commando, and a 77 CJ5 (that we put a 350 in). I just don't like those Penstar's. Ah yes the 4.0, one of the most reliable engines ever made and I'm still running one in an 05 TJ. The problem is they are low on horses and love lots of fuel but so easy to work on. That's my whole point. How many horses do you really need. It's not like anyone is going to pull a 40 foot trailer with it. As far as off road goes it's slow and easy in most cases, well unless you are like I used to be and slam a 350 into a cj5 and mud bog or rock crawl and spend most of the time with the foot on the floor. Well okay I digress maybe the 4.0 was kind of a silly ida.
BigDinAZ 08/25/19 06:27am Tow Vehicles
RE: NEW TRUCK!!!

Is on the way. We pulled the trigger today on a 2020 Silverado High Country 3500 DRW Crew Cab Duramax/Allison 4x4. Got just about everything but the Sunroof and blackout lights. Should arrive in 8-10 weeks. You have just entered the world of slow motion. They days are going to drag, and it's going to be an eternity. I can't wait to see pictures! Congrats...
BigDinAZ 08/24/19 10:12am Tow Vehicles
RE: Has anyone looked at the Jeep Gladiator?

Here's a pretty good youtube channel for Jeeps and looks to be for the Gladiator as well. TrailRecon Maybe this would be a great fit. Trailer
BigDinAZ 08/24/19 09:52am Tow Vehicles
RE: Greetings and weight question

Thanks for the update Big D. I was following your post, and hoping you would make the right decision without me adding to the clutter, and YOU DID. Don't be surprised if you find yourself traveling farther, and staying away from home longer.....Jim Jim, The thing is I actually knew better, but just not with this kind of set up, I mean deep inside I knew I made the wrong decision pretty much right off the bat, and let me tell you, the feeling I got when my heart dropped and it came to lite what I had done. Well now, I totally understand this, and I know the numbers game. When we hooked up and hit the interstate and came home with our 5er and the truck never even hit passing gear with cruise set and we didn't even feel that trailer back there. Down the road we can get a bigger rig, no problem, but for now we got what fits us. Nice to know I have plenty of truck for when we upgrade. Don.
BigDinAZ 08/24/19 08:08am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5th wheel or bumper pull

Hey, new guy here. I have a 2019 F-250 6.2L 3:73 and debating on getting a 5th wheel or bumper pull TT. The 5th wheel I'm looking at has a dry weight of 10k and is 35 feet in length where as the bumper pull is 39 feet in length and it's dry weight is 8300#. Please give me some opinions on why you would chose one over the other. Thank you all in advance for helping the new guy. After reading the posts there is some sound advice posted here. Things like: For starters forget the dry weight figures. The gross weight (GVWR) is the the number that matters. Will your truck with the 6.2L handle fully loaded trailers? I like the 5th wheel for it's stability in crosswinds but I don't like the steps to the bedroom but I do like that 5th wheels are easier to maneuver and backup. Is your F250’s payload up to 2,000 pounds of 5er pin weight plus hitch, people and stuff in the cab? Or 1,100 pounds of TT tongue weight, the hitch and people and stuff in the truck? Champagne on a beer budget? GVW is listed on your driver door post. That is where you start. Now add up EVERYTHING that will be in the truck and trailer. ALL people, dogs kids, and don't forget the wife. ADD everything you walked thru the door of the trailer. Fill up the storage tanks. Fresh, Black and gray with water. All this can be done on paper. Now compare that to the truck GVW and see what you got. Not only do you pull it but you have to stop it. You can not use the Dry weight to calculate, who buys an RV then tow's it around empty? You have to use a real figure, and it's best to use GVWR of trailer to get a good idea, you may never load to GVW (you will be shocked how fast you add up to that number), but at least you know you are using a good figure to calculate. Take the GVWR of the trailer and use 15-20% of that number to get pin weight. Some use 15%, I use 20% because again it allows for some cushion. NEVER operate at MAX capacity, always give room I like to use 80%. In other words if you have a tow rating of 17,000lbs, multiply 80% of that and stay under that weight for trailer weight. Example: 80% of 17,000lbs is 13,600, so get a trailer at or under that 13,600lbs, providing the pin weight is under the payload capacity of the tow vehicle. Yes the truck will do it, but remember, just because you are doing it does not mean you are doing it right, or safe. Remember, tow rating is an important number and you need to know it, but it's the least important. Payload Capacity, GVWR, GCWR, Axle Rating and Tire rating are far more important, and IF you stay under those numbers, chances are you will never exceed tow rating anyhow. Just my .02 that I learned the hard way.
BigDinAZ 08/24/19 06:24am Towing
RE: Has anyone looked at the Jeep Gladiator?

They are starting to show up in Tucson. Dealer couldn't keep them on the lot long enough for me to check them out. Bad timing for the Ranger to come out at the same time as the Jeep. They have them here in Sierra Vista, the problem for me is that 3.6 Penstar. If only they had put the 4.0 in. I am a huge jeep fan, but my love goes way back. I had a 69 Willies Jeepster Commando, and a 77 CJ5 (that we put a 350 in). I just don't like those Penstar's.
BigDinAZ 08/24/19 06:02am Tow Vehicles
RE: Post your tow vehicle pics here

Here is our Truck. https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48120383033_029ce4292f_z.jpg Here it is hooked up to our 5er. https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48607101058_3a024e1185_z.jpg by
BigDinAZ 08/24/19 05:51am Tow Vehicles
RE: Your Rig

Time for some of my new one - https://i.imgur.com/1DFOGfGl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/Ix7geQvl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/2d6HuNgl.jpg That is a beautiful rig.
BigDinAZ 08/24/19 05:40am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Your Rig

Just curious what kind of fuel mileage you get with your set up? We got one of the last remaining 18's left on the lot and it was brand new. We have only had it about a month and a half and it only has like 1,800 miles on it so it's still not broken in even. Right now I get about 13.9 MPG, but expect that to drop just a little, not much but a little. We have only had the 5er for a couple weeks so haven't town enough to get a good calculation while towing, but I expect it will be a little lower, again not much, because our rig is lite and the truck doesn't even have to work to pull it, but it will drop some, thinking around 10 or 12 or so. I wanted the max payload capacity I could get with a DRW, Crew Cab, Long Bed, and so ended up with almost 6K (5,704). How do you make out with that heavy Mobile Suits (those are very nice)?
BigDinAZ 08/24/19 05:38am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Greetings and weight question

So it's been a couple of months and here is what has happened. First of all we went back to the dealer within a couple days and they actually agreed to cancel the contract, so we took the truck back and started over. We ended up getting a Ram3500 Crew Cab DRW, long bed Laramie with 4:10 rear and a 5,704# payload. We also purchased our 1st 5er which is a 2019 Coachmen Chaparral 11,000 GVWR. We don't even know it's back there, and it's comforting to know when we trade up, we have more than enough truck to pull a bigger heavier RV. I learned a big lesson. Just wanted to update.
BigDinAZ 08/23/19 06:23pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Your Rig

VERY NICE!!! Thank you, from your signature sounds like you have a nice set up.
BigDinAZ 08/23/19 04:24pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Your Rig

Here is our Ram3500 and Coachmen Chaparral 30RLS. https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48120383033_029ce4292f.jpg https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48607101058_3a024e1185.jpg https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48607926411_f2603778fd_o.jpg https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/48608075962_c2769b0ece_o.jpg
BigDinAZ 08/23/19 12:07pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Greetings and weight question

If you cannot weigh your truck, the previous chart can help. Looks like axle weight is neighborhood of 2900lbs. I would go with 3000. 6000-3000 is 3000 remaining axle capacity. Estimate 300 lbs for hitch (to be safe). Your pin weight cannot exceed that number (2700), which puts you in a 12,000 lb 5er category at best. There is no way I could see you towing a 16,000 5er with your truck. It should/will likely have 3500-4000 pin weight. Mike So there are two stickers. One with weights, one with tires. The one with weights says GAWR FRONT 6000#, GAWR REAR 6500# GVWR is 10,000# The one with Tire info says Combined weight of occupants and cargo should never exceed 1,970# I ooked on the sidewall of the tire and it says 3649# rating Which one do I go by?
BigDinAZ 06/15/19 09:51am Fifth-Wheels
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