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RE: Can 19 Silverado 1500 pull 23rslw jayco with just a ball

I have same truck, same type trailer. I wouldn’t take a drive without WDH. I use an Andersen hitch, absolutely perfect drive. Can you do it? Sure. Will you make it home? More than likely. I see people doing stupid stuff with trailers all the time. Me? I’m careful and try to eliminate stupidity from my life because I like my life. More than likely? Yup, I’d say…I mean unless the truck breaks down or gets carried away by a tornado or something else totally unrelated to the trailer… You folks will probably keep the OP up at night with your overtly false/paranoid/ false statements. Without WDH, the front of my truck goes up almost 2 inches and the rear goes down 3. The truck isn’t level and the trailer isn’t either. But you think this is OK. I have 12% on the tongue, 600 pounds. With WDH, truck is level and trailer is slightly nose down. As it should be. Nothing I said was false or paranoid. Just common sense. Advice like yours could also cause someone to have an uncomfortable ride. Just because something can be done doesn’t always mean it should. Like I said before, I see people doing stupid stuff with trailers all the time.
GrandpaKip 05/19/22 07:31am Travel Trailers
RE: Can 19 Silverado 1500 pull 23rslw jayco with just a ball

I have same truck, same type trailer. I wouldn’t take a drive without WDH. I use an Andersen hitch, absolutely perfect drive. Can you do it? Sure. Will you make it home? More than likely. I see people doing stupid stuff with trailers all the time. Me? I’m careful and try to eliminate stupidity from my life because I like my life.
GrandpaKip 05/18/22 07:56pm Travel Trailers
RE: Drill motor for stabilizers

Most of us with staabilizer jacks use this Milwaukee, but you could probably get something smaller if you're on a budget. The weaker ones sometimes don't do anything tho. Most of who? Any drill with good torque and a charged battery will do the job. Getting a 2speed with a mechanically separate lower gear is what we went with. Don't recall the brand. Biggest issue is you forget to recharge the battery. Since I have several 20v DeWalt tools in my shop, and most came with battery and charger, I carry a battery charger with me. They’re small and light. In addition, I also have a drill-driver and an 18v impact wrench (with an adapter for 20v batteries). All live in the front pass through.
GrandpaKip 05/15/22 08:27am Travel Trailers
RE: Purchasing first TT, need a bit of sanity checking advice

Maybe I missed it, but have you looked at the door sticker on your truck? Yep. It matches the info from the towing capacity sheet I included before. GAWR: 3900 for both front and rear GVWR: 6800 Requires PSI of 39lbs/in in tires. It doesn't state an actual weight from the time of manufacturing. What about the payload?
GrandpaKip 05/14/22 08:39am Travel Trailers
RE: Fluctuating water temps

We’ve had 2 Oxygenics shower heads and both did that. Sometimes the trickle is hot, sometimes it’s warm and sometimes it’s cold. But when the button is pushed back in, the temp is the same as before shutting off.
GrandpaKip 05/14/22 08:35am Travel Trailers
RE: Drill motor for stabilizers

20v DeWalt drill. Excellent tool and should last forever for most folks. I don’t believe in using an impact driver for any job that doesn’t require one.
GrandpaKip 05/14/22 08:29am Travel Trailers
RE: Purchasing first TT, need a bit of sanity checking advice

Maybe I missed it, but have you looked at the door sticker on your truck?
GrandpaKip 05/13/22 09:23am Travel Trailers
RE: How to Clean Underbelly of TT After Removing Tape

Scrim tape for exterior application. Better than gorilla tape in my experience.
GrandpaKip 05/08/22 07:23am Travel Trailers
RE: Roof thickness of freedom express

Remove the interior trim on a roof vent or skylight. You should be able to see the plywood. Most likely it’s 3/8”.
GrandpaKip 04/19/22 08:39am Travel Trailers
RE: Trying to figure out what trailers I can tow

654 + 400 + 300 = 1354 leaving you with about 100 pounds Depending on the WD hitch, that may be gone. You may be able to keep stuff to about 500 lbs, but most on here will say closer to 1000 lbs. We’ve got about 800 in the trailer and for a 2 week trip another 300 in the truck. Can you do it? Sure, lots of people overload their trucks. See it all the time in campgrounds. I drove at max for years and probably was over for quite a bit of that time. I now have about a 300 lb cushion. If the 300lbs is IN the trailer as the OP states, then your calculation would be wrong. OP. Payload (1447) = weight of driver, passengers, stuff in or on tow vehicle and hitch weight (260 + 200 + 654 = 1114lbs total). Towing capacity (6280) = gvwr of trailer (estimate) OR weight of loaded trailer (actual). The 300lbs of "stuff" you expect to put IN the trailer is already assumed if you use the gvwr of the trailer. These numbers leave you a "cushion" of about 333lbs of payload (less if you add a WD system) and 280lbs of towing capacity. Now you need to consider where and how you will be driving. If you will be traveling in the mountains and/or driving long distances, you may be cutting it tight. For most, it is preferred to stay about 20 percent under capacity - it reduces the strain on the truck's engine AND it is less stressful for the driver (especially if you are not an experienced tower). That would mean staying at or under a trailer gvwr of 5,000lbs for a truck with a 6,280lb towing capacity OR at or above a truck towing capacity of 7,500lbs for a trailer gvwr of 6,000lbs. If you will be driving flat terrain only and/or short (1-3 hour) trips, then you may not need or want that extra cushion. You are correct. BCC (before coffee calculation)
GrandpaKip 04/18/22 10:54am Travel Trailers
RE: Trying to figure out what trailers I can tow

654 + 400 + 300 = 1354 leaving you with about 100 pounds Depending on the WD hitch, that may be gone. You may be able to keep stuff to about 500 lbs, but most on here will say closer to 1000 lbs. We’ve got about 800 in the trailer and for a 2 week trip another 300 in the truck. Can you do it? Sure, lots of people overload their trucks. See it all the time in campgrounds. I drove at max for years and probably was over for quite a bit of that time. I now have about a 300 lb cushion.
GrandpaKip 04/18/22 08:00am Travel Trailers
RE: Trying to figure out what trailers I can tow

Buy the trailer first, then match a truck to it. You also need to learn what all the weight ratings mean (and how to apply them) for a tow vehicle and a trailer. It’s all basic math and can save you from buying the wrong truck which looks like you might be considering. Payload is probably the most important for the truck. Trailer dry weight, cargo capacity, gross weight, tongue weight (as a percentage of trailer weight). Good luck.
GrandpaKip 04/14/22 08:11am Travel Trailers
RE: Roof problem?

I have a slight variation on the above themes. The staple is backing out, it won't get better. If you are going to eternabond it, then fix the problem first. Cut a small slit in the roof and pull out the staple. Drill a pilot hole in the slit and replace the staple with a stainless steel screw. Seal the slit with eternabond. The eternabond will keep it from leaking, and the screw will re-secure the roof to the joist with little risk of backing out again. To me, this is the answer. Are you going to check the roof every day? Why not fix it now and not worry about it.
GrandpaKip 04/12/22 08:21am Travel Trailers
RE: New 16" trailer wheels

Go to eTrailer.com I’ve bought wheels from them. Very helpful.
GrandpaKip 04/11/22 07:46am Travel Trailers
RE: For those towing with Teslas. Super charger tips. Thanks

Thanks for posting this info. I’ve been very curious about real world experience with a BEV.
GrandpaKip 04/05/22 08:04am Travel Trailers
RE: slide making popping noises

If you have a slide making popping noises when you use it, try to locate the source of the sound. Also, you can visit ***Link Removed*** to get useful information to complete the thesis assignment easily. If the noise is coming from the slide's release button, one of the fix suggestions would be to take off the lens and move the slide release button up and down with your finger a few times and then reattach your lens. What? Not only is reading comprehension a problem, but so is writing comprehension.
GrandpaKip 03/28/22 07:45am Travel Trailers
RE: Buying New, Is there a Consumer Report Guide for RVs?

Sometimes I wonder if those that blast Camping World have had any experience actually dealing with them. The experience with any company is with the people you deal with, not the sign. Absolutely correct.
GrandpaKip 03/27/22 08:31am Travel Trailers
RE: Bike carrier

Frame mounted cargo rack. We carry a bike, sewer tote, spare tire, ladder and patio rug on it.
GrandpaKip 03/27/22 08:26am Travel Trailers
RE: Buying New, Is there a Consumer Report Guide for RVs?

All RV's are POS. Some more so than others. Mine isn’t. Sorry yours is.
GrandpaKip 03/25/22 07:35am Travel Trailers
RE: Should I re-winterize?

If I had any concerns, I’d winterize. Just a few bucks and 20 minutes for peace of mind.
GrandpaKip 03/25/22 07:30am Travel Trailers
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