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RE: Slide out clicks at button, doesn't move

Well, I have looked everywhere for a switch in the slide cabinets but there is none. The motor is hidden above the underbelly cover so that will be a chore to check. I looked in under the sink at all of the wiring and the lci control board the wires go into was hanging by 1 loose screw so it makes me wonder if the wiring has been jostled around a bit. I will just take it to service to get fixed under warranty at this point, it needs to be adjusted too while they are at it.
Gator398 03/17/21 06:45pm Tech Issues
Slide out clicks at button, doesn't move

I have been searching for a couple days now, our slide out worked fine a couple days ago before leaving for a long trip, in my driveway it went in just fine to pack up trailer and leave. We get to our first stop after 8+hours driving and slide doesn't move out or in with button only manually. When I press the button, I hear a click on both in and out. Does this sound like a bad control board (the panel with the buttons we are pushing)? I have another thread about rough roads in Oklahoma, I am thinking it may have to do with the shaking during travel? Thanks
Gator398 03/17/21 08:41am Tech Issues
RE: Better ride when not towing?

I have a 4wd, last weighed trailer is 5840# and 1100 of that is tongue. This was before current setup though with bicycles on rear hitch rack, so that may have increased weight but decrease tongue a bit. I will cat scale weigh on return trip, last time I weighed I put tongue Jack on drive axle pad, unhooked and put truck on steer pad, leveled trailer. Next time I will measure exactly where hitch is hooked up before unhooking and return to that height to get most accurate tongue weight. Does anyone do this differently?
Gator398 03/15/21 09:50pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Better ride when not towing?

Here's an update: front tires are at 65, rear duals are at 60, just took the TT on our first long haul 1200 mi total. I will weigh tomorrow when I fuel, the ride was awful most of the time until I passed OK state line, so this is a road problem. Only on Oklahoma highways so far have we driven in these concrete "expansion joint" highways I believe they are called, where every section is raised a bit and results in a constant "tha-thunk tha-thunk". So far the costly toll turnpike to Hugo was the worst and nothing but smooth roads (occasional rough patches as normal) since, we just crossed into Alabama tonight. Edit: Also this is not a daily driver so I would appreciate advice on towing conditions only. 30psi in rear on stock size tires when towing, with road temps rising now, is asking for a blowout at 75mph. All valid points about lowering pressure to improve ride but don't forget while towing, this raises heat fast in summer causing tire failure if not pulling over frequently enough to let them cool.
Gator398 03/13/21 09:36pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Bed level of new trucks

I have saying for years that there is a need for low bedrail trucks for pulling gooseneck/fifth wheel trailers and for people want to access the bed from the side. For the rare occasions that I really needed high bed rails on my old truck I had no issue with simply putting some boards on the side. I agree with this, all of the gn trailers at last company I was with are pulled with dually 3500 and had custom flat beds built for them. These aren't cab n chassis, they are true 96" dually and the flat beds are notched in the front because they are so wide. Company had learned hard way that beds on dually just get torn up hauling GN off road (lease roads to oil rigs) but cab/chassis are too narrow for stability. It's also why horse haulers have custom beds built for their towing rigs.
Gator398 03/06/21 08:10am Tow Vehicles
RE: Better ride when not towing?

Thanks for all of the great input! I was waiting for someone to take that $20 bet lol. My tires were at 80 psi, now 65 which is plenty for my 26' 6500# bumper pull. I may try 50 rear after reading this, thanks. I just bought a 2011 Ram 3500 Laramie Longhorn, all stock 70k miles and it has 1 yr old Firestone AT's. I don't think shocks have been replaced yet, if were replaced they are factory mopar so I'll be replacing with Rancho's like I did on my last srw truck. And about speed, that was first thing I noticed. Slowing down to dangerous levels (50 in 65) doesn't help. Going 80 though makes it non existant, like skipping over white washed roads off pavement. Edit: my 2017 I traded for this truck had factory rear air Leveling suspension, the rear air does nothing for ride and that stuff was making noise every time I fueled like it was maxed out, pumping for couple minutes then it would let air out and stop, start again after couple minutes. Real air suspension does not have springs, this has been figured out in the semi truck world where they have bags on every axle and springs are only on pre-90's big trucks (and freightliners aka freightshakers) nowadays
Gator398 03/06/21 07:08am Tow Vehicles
RE: Chevrolet exits all ICE production by 2035

You guys are focusing on the wrong thing. This is not about AOC or the new green deal. Tesla has shown that EV's are for real and that the ICE is obsolete. EV's have left the drawing board and are in full production as we speak. The idea that we can't produce enough electric is silly. When the model T was originally made did we say this would never work because there were no gas stations? We have made it from the stage coach to jumbo jets the infrastructure will come. Going from gas stations to charging stations is not an impossible task. If you want to believe EV's are for real. Drive a Tesla. Driving a Tesla for the first time is a game changing experience. Once you drive a Tesla you will understand where all this is going and why the ICE is obsolete. The problem you are not seeing, is that the infrastructure you speak of that brought us to "Jumbo Jets" was the discovery of OIL.. ELECTRICITY is produced by OIL and COAL and Nuclear (that creates Massively Hazardous Waste that stays Massively Hazardous for 1000+ years) So, unless these enviro-nuts are willing to triple the production of OIL, COAL, and Nuclear power, there is not enough power to charge EV if EV shifts from 2% it is currently to 90% that is dreamed of... It is common freakin sense, not enough power PERIOD
Gator398 03/02/21 09:09pm Tow Vehicles
Better ride when not towing?

Is it possible, to make a dually truck not shake like an earthquake on expansion joint roads when the trailer is off???!! I have read about the kelderman 4 link or whatever, is that our only option?
Gator398 03/02/21 08:53pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 3/4 or 1 ton SUV ?

Three years ago we pulled a 5x8 enclosed trailer with our 9 passenger 2012 GMC Savana explorer van, 3 adults and 4 kids and cargo trailer usually at about 3k lbs. We had brake rotors replaced every 3 trips or so, whenever the braking vibration would get unbearable. The 6.0 motor was good enough for this but would not be enough for a TT in tow, and I could not imagine what the wind blowing it around would feel like as that was pretty unbearable at times as well.. When the A/C in the van started blowing warm was the final straw and we will never go back to a motor crammed into a compartment again (that includes bus/Class A). Be smart and buy a tow vehicle with a real hood and built stout enough for pulling AND braking. The '05 Excursion is the last real option for passenger hauling +trailer, if you can get over the late 90's interior and features for what people selling them wish they were worth. Maybe, thanks to coronavirus and the resurrection of road travel mixed with the collapse of the cruise industry, we may finally see the return of the true HD diesel powered 3/4t and 1ton SUV, not the thing Nissan has right now that is a towing joke. I imagine if Ford (for example) makes a long wheel base 2022 Excursion-Max with 7.4L gas, they wouldn't be able to build them fast enough for all of the RV's out there being piddled along with terrible tow vehicles. EDIT: I forgot to add that we bought a 26' 6200# (loaded) TT and pulled it a couple times with our 2017 Infiniti QX80 4x4. Its 5.6 motor did surprisingly well, better than the 6.0 van, but could also be the better transmission with it. But the rear end was too squishy unfortunately and was so obviously overloaded at the tongue with the equalizer 4-point sway WDH, anything off interstate was like gambling whether staying at speed limit was possible (due to rear end dipping and rocking at higher speeds). It's been traded for a choppy ridin' dually truck that won't break under pressure.
Gator398 03/02/21 08:28pm Tow Vehicles
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