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RE: Which Hitch do I buy?

I wouldn't buy anything with that truck and Trailer other than a drawbar and ball. Drop it on the ball and go. I bet you would be hard pressed to find a contractor anywhere, hauling equipment on a trailer with the same model truck, that weighs a lot more using a WDH. He'll be using a pintle. Let’s go Brandon!! Lol I agree, with the exception being if it’s an ill-performing trailer. However you’ll find that me, you and like 2.5 other people on this forum believe what you just said, and the rest think that a wdh with sway control is an absolute necessity in virtually every scenario. It's funny that this thread just came up. I am in the same boat having a 3500 Ram and 26 foot TT. I just told my wife yesterday, as we were towing home, that I feel that the ride is smoother when using the Andersen WD hitch than without. Yesterday I was not using WD and the truck had a slight tendency to porpoise or jerk a bit over bumps. I don't need the weight distribution feature very much if all all, so I tightened up the Andersen just enough to get the chains tight and a slight compression of the urethane bushings. I don't "need" WD and I don't use it all the time, but when I use it, I think the ride is smoother. -Drew
Drew A. 10/18/21 05:40am Travel Trailers
RE: Propane alarms sounds at odd times

Ours used to do that too. Always in the middle of the night, even when plugged into shore power. Never did it in the driveway, plugged in at home, with the windows closed. Only did it when the windows were closed and running the AC with us asleep camping. Never with the windows open. Ours was a combo unit so I bought a standalone CO detector with readout. That never showed above 0. I blamed flatulence; of course it was the dog... :) -Drew
Drew A. 07/01/21 10:55am Travel Trailers
RE: Truck - family of 5 and 65lb dog

Greetings, We did what you want to do for years with a Ram 3500 quadcab. 3 kids in the back seat and it was small! They were fine. I put a cap on the back of the truck with sliding/opening windows equipped with pet grates. Our 60 lb dog rode back there. I would open the sliding window to the back from the truck and had a wireless thermometer back there to keep track of the temperature. Generally, it did not get too much above ambient while underway. I do live in the North East, so normally, it's much cooler than Texas though. -Drew
Drew A. 06/25/21 11:32am Tow Vehicles
RE: Fridge runs warm when temperature climbs into high 80s

OP here. Thanks everyone for the good info. I will definitely be adding to the condenser side fans before looking into inside evaporator fans. I have not even had the chance to look into the upper outside compartment yet. I'll be doing that soon. One thing I just noticed is that the thermistor on the fins can be moved up/down just like on fridges that do not have temperature control settings. Is moving the thermistor up on the fin something I should try? Moving the thermistor is not mentioned in the Dometic manual. thanks
Drew A. 05/24/21 05:14pm Tech Issues
Fridge runs warm when temperature climbs into high 80s

Greetings, We have a brand new 2021 Imagine 22MLE with a Dometic 2882 installed in a slide. The fridge has been running in the high 30s with the temperature control on "3". (This unit has temperature control 1-5, so "3" is in the middle." Just recently we had temperatures climb into the high 80s and we were camping in direct sun without shade. I heard the condenser side fan turn on, but the fridge temps climbed into the low 40s. The freezer runs around 0 to a few below. I'm wondering if an internal fan on the evaporator fins will help. I will be checking the condenser side fan and see if more airflow there is needed. Any experience with the internal fans helping or is increasing the condenser side airflow more important. Thanks, Drew
Drew A. 05/24/21 11:14am Tech Issues
RE: WD Hitch or not?

BenK, Grit Dog is right that there is no label on the receiver. At least there is no label on the receiver of my 2018 Ram 3500. Also, Ram does not make mention of derating when the 2" adaptor is used, at least not in my manual. My manual states that the class V hitch is rated for 18000 gross / 1800 max tongue. The Ram 2018 trailer towing guide states that the Class V receiver has a max tongue weight of 1800 pounds. That's what I have to go on. I know how to set up a WD hitch for towing. I've been doing this for 20 years and my previous trailer was 35', 9750 lb gross, with 1400 lb tongue weight. I used a ProPride hitch to tow that. Thanks for all the help and suggestions from everyone. As I already stated, I will try the WD hitch I have that uses 1200 pound bars and see how it goes. However, for local trips I may also try without the spring bars. -Drew
Drew A. 04/16/21 05:43am Towing
RE: On the road, battery and charging problems

Check the fuse at the battery positive wire outside near the battery. Also, pull the wire off the positive terminal of the battery and check the voltage from that wire to ground. It's either the fuse or the converter is dead.
Drew A. 04/15/21 10:39am Tech Issues
RE: WD Hitch or not?

OP here. Thanks for the input. As far as the hitch goes, I believe that Grit Dog is right and the Ram is 18000/1800 weight carrying. So the truck really doesn't "need" a WD hitch. I feel I'd like to use a WD hitch just for the peace of mind and possible stability improvement. The WD I currently have includes 1200 lb bars. I thought those might be too stiff for this trailer but I'll try them and see how it goes. I like the Andersen hitch. If I decide that the 1200 lb bars are too stiff, I may get an Andersen rather than replace the bars on my current hitch. Thanks!
Drew A. 04/15/21 04:55am Towing
RE: WD Hitch or not?

The easy answer is....it depends. Assuming you don't pack the truck with heavy stuff, the tongue weight of the trailer by itself is probably not enough to make the truck sag. WD hitches also provide some level of sway control, so there's benefit there even if you don't need it to level the rig. If you're towing without a WD hitch now and not having any issues, then there's your answer. If you are having issues, then there's your other answer.... Thanks for the input. I have only towed it once: 3 hours home from the dealer. The trailer was completely empty as was the truck. With this trailer having a rear kitchen, I was concerned it might sway due to low tongue weight. On the trip home, I used a standard WD hitch with 1200 pound bars and no sway control. The tow was great with no sway at all.
Drew A. 04/14/21 06:17am Towing
WD Hitch or not?

Greetings, I am towing a 26' 7000 pound gross travel trailer with my 2018 Ram 3500 CC SB truck. Do I need a weight distributing hitch with this combo? The Ram manual states the max tongue weight for 2500/3500 trucks is 1800 pounds but does not say if that is with/without WD. There is no mention of WD in the manual except for the section about how to adjust spring bar tension. Thoughts? -Drew
Drew A. 04/14/21 05:56am Towing
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