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RE: Seeking Airbag Advice for Lifted F150/TC650

I think I'd go for a set of 2500lb helper springs, wedge up the bottom leaf and some good shocks and see what happens.
Grit dog 05/17/22 04:47pm Truck Campers
RE: Travel Trailer Towing Recommendations

New Jeep Wagoneer is body on frame, rated for 10k towing. Available air suspension. Might be worth a look. Best relevant suggestion thus far. And arguably the most capable towing new SUV with a bulletproof proven drivetrain. Although it would be a tough call between that, Eco Boost or 6.2 LS. With the Eco Boost making the grade faster at altitude. Only downside is it, too is independent suspension and with OE air ride, not really modifiable. Wonder what the capacity of the air system is? Be great if it would take an additional 2klbs or so over the curb weight on the rear axle.
Grit dog 05/17/22 08:54am Tow Vehicles
RE: Travel Trailer Towing Recommendations

Vans are also for people who require interior cargo space PUs and SUVs cannot offer. A van with locking rear and the right tires offers adequate traction for summer on road towing; 4x4 towing is really only needed for off road towing and towing in the snow (which most don’t do). This comes from 20 years experience boondocking on dry and wet pastures. Grew up with my Dad using vans for decades. This included winter trips Up North in Michigan for snowmobiling. Once you load up a van with 1500lb of people and gear and then put a trailer on the back, there is plenty of traction. No it's not an off roading machine but neither is an F350 dually 4x4 diesel. It's more than suitable for what the OP described. Lol, comparing what people drive 50 years ago is hardly applicable. And I've driven in enough snow with enough different vehicles, in enough different conditions to know that one can "get around" just fine in a 2wd vehicle properly equipped. From ice roads to the snottiest, heaviest snow possible, solo, towing, plowing snow, etc. Heck, I ended up driving 650 miles during the Texas snowmageddon from Dallas to Albq in a blizzard most of the way in a rwd BMW rental car with a defective abs system that would randomly lock a front wheel and turn it into a ski, passing everyone on the road. Didn't bother me. Doesn't mean it was ideal...and if I recall the OP is considering new luxury SUVs. If anyone thinks they are comparable to a cargo van with seats, you are easily fooled. But you doo you...
Grit dog 05/17/22 08:49am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tailgate for a truck camper

Do you have to remove the tailgate for a truck camper? If you are looking at 'truck tents', no. Most truck campers you do. That dude was a 1 hit wonder. He gone.
Grit dog 05/17/22 08:39am Truck Campers
RE: Travel Trailer Towing Recommendations

While Grit dog is taking a few jabs from others, I'll add that Grit seems to have an issue with yard birds, ankle biters etc. I don't think his issue in this case is from personal experience. IIRC he just raised a couple of well behaved boys, that grew into helpful family contributors! Jerry Haha, no, I presume you mean little kids (aka the crumb muncher comments). Nah, it's all cool. I am glad to not be vacuuming up fishy cracker and juice box stew out of the seats and carpets anymore, though. Our kids are pretty good kids, thank you for remembering. Oldest is coming home next week from his first year at college. Proud to say he just got all As and Bs as a Junior in Marine Biology (this is his freshman year, did 2 years of college courses in high school). Younger boy will get his drivers license in a couple monts if I was simply being funny, providing some banter. There's too much stuff that is far too serious in our lives right now to be offended or take anything personally on the internet.
Grit dog 05/16/22 04:48pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Travel Trailer Towing Recommendations

...5. A van is the best option for Hauling the booger eaters and still being able to tow albeit with an inferior drivetrain compared to about any other option. But sucks for everything else. And who the F wants to drive a short bus around town and to the grocery store and park it in the winter because traction sux? Vans are for people with too many kids and/or not enough money... I would not say that the Express has inferior drivetrain. The 6.6 or 6.0 gas engine with 6 sp transmission and 3.42 is not inferior. I personally appreciate the 3.42 for the balance of fuel economy and capability. Driving it around town is not much different than an HD crew cab. Way easier to load things into, like the slushie machine we take camping (or deliver for party rentals). Easy to get PVC pipe or 12 ft boards. A couple bags of salt in the back, good snow rated tires, and no issues in the winter. Of course, Grit will never see the advantages. Sorry, good for plumbers and small time construction guys as well. I fully understand the "advantages" of a van. And by inferior, I didn't mean incapable. Just inferior. Any number of 1/2 tons will outpull the best (the only) drivetrain option available. Step up a notch to a big pickup and it's not even a fair fight. Aside from being able to haul ALL the grandkids at the same time, I cannot think of another "advantage" a HD van would have for a retired couple that lives in the snow belt who are apparently looking for a very expensive luxury SUV. Have friends with a big van. They also have like 6 or 9 kids...I lose track. The ONLY time I see him in it, is if there are more @sses going for a ride than there are seats available in their car or suv. Economical? From a cost benefit ratio as a tow rig, yup, I see it. Lightly used vans are considerably less than a lightly used crew cab base model gasser truck with a similar drivetrain (minus the 4wd, some of us go places that snow tires and a posi rear end won't cut it, 4wd vans are otherworldly expensive, comparatively). No cheaper way to safely haul people, gear and tow a small to moderate size trailer all at the same time. Recommending a van for these folks is like recommending a diesel dually. Kinda silly, in different ways...
Grit dog 05/16/22 04:35pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New truck! Got it!

That thing is AWESOME! And what a story behind it!
Grit dog 05/16/22 02:25pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Travel Trailer Towing Recommendations

Sorry for the miscommunication...I was including you with the salesmen saying the engineers don't know what they are doing. Do you believe the "engineers" are responsible for setting the FHWA vehicle class weight ratings? FWIW, all I'm hearing is you deflecting or talking around the actual subject. BTW, it's ok to just say you don't know or understand and be that as it may, choose to use the "engineers" rating. It is a nice conservative number.
Grit dog 05/16/22 02:23pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Travel Trailer Towing Recommendations

OP The specifics help ALOT. My advice comes from towing about anything you can hook to a light duty vehicle over the last 30+ years, including many things you shouldn’t and some that could only be categorized as stupid human tricks! Also a mechanic and civil/mechanical engineer. 1. New Tahoe/Burb/Expedition are out of the question. Biggest issue is none of them have a solid rear axle. Therefore your options for beefing up the suspension (which you WILL want/need to do with most any half ton chassis vehicle) are very limited to none. And IfS is not really designed with heavy loading in mind as a primary function. 2. Wheelbase. Yes it’s important. No it’s not AS important as some make it to be. But at a minimum Expe EL or Suburban and go back a few years and find a solid axle one. Even then they will be coil sprung but you have options and a decent wheelbase. This would be a bare minimum get by option imo. And at 34’ long tail wagging the dog is real. Skip the baby size suvs. (I’d tow with one but you probably would t like it) 3. Next step up heavy crew cab 1/2 ton with 6’ bed. I’d do this all day long with the right mods and have the closest thing to a suv for comfort. 4. If you have the budget to buy a $80k suv now then you realistically have the budget for anything you want. I’d get a crew cab HD truck and call it a day. Best compromise of all your wants and needs and you don’t have to take more than 3 grandkids. Make your kids haul them. Ever try to clean out the 3rd row area after the crumb munchers spill **** everywhere? 5. A van is the best option for Hauling the booger eaters and still being able to tow albeit with an inferior drivetrain compared to about any other option. But sucks for everything else. And who the F wants to drive a short bus around town and to the grocery store and park it in the winter because traction sux? Vans are for people with too many kids and/or not enough money. 6. If you’re wanting to spend a lot of money, have no warranty and have your cake and eat it too, buy a Duraburb. If you want the same thing with less power and a lot less money find a cherry condition low mile old Excursion V10 or a 3/4 ton suburban. At least you can have leather seats, comfort, 4wd and haul 6 curtain climbers. So you have lots of options.
Grit dog 05/16/22 12:14pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Travel Trailer Towing Recommendations

You called? It's fun to see the "you can't haul 4 fat people without exceeding the payload" comments which are (and I use this word cautiously) NEVER backed up by actual reasons why it's a bad idea. Just general supposition. Just "because that's what the sticker says". Do you ever wonder how the rest of the world survives every day doing work with their half ton trucks? Or is your view so myopic that you literally have trouble even seeing your rear view mirrors? Yep, the salesman telling you that you can pull what he's trying to sell, surely knows better than the engineer setting the ratings. :S Fact is most pickups never do any heavy hauling or towing...the proverbial grocery getter. That's how they survive. If you are over by 100lbs, will the axle instantly snap in half...probably not but it's not a good situation. I don’t listen to salesman. Would have to buy something from a dealer first…lol. But again, out comes the vague supposition. Of course if you never haul anything, your axle and springs should figuratively last forever… But the couple dozen half tons I’ve put a lot of hard miles on, the thousands that my employers have used in heavy construction and the millions that have survived hard work everywhere else might just maybe say different. But I’m sure you have some experience to back up your claim? Lol
Grit dog 05/16/22 11:53am Tow Vehicles
RE: Water Pressure Regulator

Watts (lol) wrong with the cheap ole screw on plastic ones? This is another one of those belt and suspenders things, save for maybe that one place that has phenomenal water pressure.
Grit dog 05/16/22 11:46am General RVing Issues
RE: Tailgate for a truck camper

^Depends whether it will work or not…. I’d remove it because you know that will work. And then re-assess once you have the truck and camper together.
Grit dog 05/16/22 11:44am Truck Campers
RE: Seeking Airbag Advice for Lifted F150/TC650

Another thing to mention is how “good” does it need to be for you to be comfortable driving it? First TC we got, I slapped a 4000lb + camper on the back of a 2500 mega cab with a used set of airbags I bought off Craigslist and we drove it to Alaska with a 7klb trailer in tow and all over AK all summer. It rode like a bouncy house but got the job done. My wife drove it without issue (and my reassurance lol). But she’s not a pansy… After that, I added the sway bar and built some lower stable loads. (Plastic felling wedges and some u bolts). It wasn’t no dually but I could take the corners at the speed of the yellow warning signs without thinking it might tip over!
Grit dog 05/16/22 11:41am Truck Campers
RE: Seeking Airbag Advice for Lifted F150/TC650

What he said^. You need to let your springs take enough weight that it engages the lower main leaf. That means it needs to sag a couple inches at least. Of course if the truck is leveled that will make it ride nose up. What actual lift do you have and tire size? Does it still have some rake? IE most lifts are less in back to level the truck when not loaded. Springs are obviously not a 2 beer job like airbags, but if this is going to be a long term setup I’d get the heaviest springs i could put under it, reasonably. There are many ways to skin this cat and each have some advantages and disadvantages. With stout springs, you may reasonably get by with those only (2500lb springs like you posted seem a bit light. Unless you’ve actually weighed the camper, it could be heavier than you think). Springs and Timbrens shimmed up pretty tight might be a good way to go too. If you have the option of doing one step at a time and then test driving it, it could save you some additional time/expense of trial and error.
Grit dog 05/16/22 11:34am Truck Campers
RE: Travel Trailer Towing Recommendations

A 1/2 ton truck CAN be suitable but it depends wildly on how it's spec'd out. There is the official tow rating but there is also the payload to consider. You want around 12-15% on the hitch (more is better but often not practical). So with a 7500lb GVWR, figure around 1000lb on the hitch which counts against the payload. 1/2ton truck payload: I've seen payloads as low as 950lb but also near 2500lb. At the upper end, you can probably pull at the full tow rating. At the lower end, a well fed American family of 4 can use up the entire payload before even hooking up the trailer. SUVs are generally far less well suited to towing larger trailers. They are mostly designed for passenger transport and comfort take precedence over capability. PS: Without actual scale weights fully loaded for travel, your use of GVWR is a good assumption. Use that with 15% hitch weight and you are probably good for selecting an appropriate truck. Be careful of sales men (and certain posters on this forum) who are happy to tell you to exceed the ratings. It's not fun when the rig handles like a pig. You called? It's fun to see the "you can't haul 4 fat people without exceeding the payload" comments which are (and I use this word cautiously) NEVER backed up by actual reasons why it's a bad idea. Just general supposition. Just "because that's what the sticker says". Do you ever wonder how the rest of the world survives every day doing work with their half ton trucks? Or is your view so myopic that you literally have trouble even seeing your rear view mirrors?
Grit dog 05/16/22 08:53am Tow Vehicles
RE: I am the truck killer!

Sonofabitsch! That stinks! Fun fact. LS motors, you gotta pull the head to replace lifters.
Grit dog 05/16/22 08:48am Tow Vehicles
RE: Seeking Airbag Advice for Lifted F150/TC650

After reading more about plumbing the bags this waythere seems to be a con. Curious to hear your thoughts. If you develop a leak or a bag fails, you would have air in one bag and not in the other which would lead to a lop sided load. Whereas if one was leaking but not the other and they're plumbed together, they would slowly loose pressure equally. Or is this not really that big of a deal? Not an issue. If you plumb them together, they will be worse than useless and work against you to prevent body roll. Like I said, I wouldn't use bags anyway with your config. You're pushing it for stability as it is. Stiff springs and the biggest anti-roll bar you can buy is your best shot at not having it handle like a half full water balloon.
Grit dog 05/16/22 08:44am Truck Campers
RE: Propane shut off valve opens on its own

Grit dog, gennset was removed but drive could have caused it. So even if it is opening on its own, you are saying the leak detector going off is a down system issue. The tank is basically empty right now. If there is a tiny amount in it would it be unsafe to try a stove top burner? And in fact should I open it up to see if that leak detector comes back on? Doug Presumably the leak detector is inside the camper and the valve/tank is outside, open to the air? Yes, a leak, if there is one, is likely downstream of the valve on the tank. (That could be leaking too? but not likely detected inside). Since you're planning/needing to do work to the tank/valve it seems, I'd see what's left in it. Turn it on and try to fire up the stove is a good way to tell. FWIW, one can smell a very small amount of propane, but the concentration would have to be a major leak or leaking a long time and not vented to get to be enough to explode. Or just unhook the line after the valve and vent/run out any residual gas in the tank. No smoking! LOL I thought you had been using it regularly. My bad You need to empty it anyway if you're doing rust work. and once it's empty you can easily replace the valve if it's giving you problems. (I say easily, but I'm used to working on about anything that needs built or fixed, so idk what your comfort level is)
Grit dog 05/15/22 08:39pm General RVing Issues
RE: New truck! Got it!

Picking up my new refreshed Silverado RST 3.0 Duramax with NHT tomorrow! Little over 3 months from the day I ordered it. That's awesome, but I want to see a pic of the '54. Is it an original Napco truck (idk if Napco was around yet in '54) or do you have it on a newer chassis.
Grit dog 05/15/22 07:13pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Propane shut off valve opens on its own

Sorry, that makes a bit more sense. I've never seen a propane tank valve that vibrated open, so it seems kinda strange. Would think that is only possible when driving/vibrating. Maybe onboard generator causing vibrations? Take this advice with a grain of salt, but if it's actually opening on it's own, I'd safety wire it if you continue to use it.
Grit dog 05/15/22 07:11pm General RVing Issues
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