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RE: F150 Ecoboost vs F250 Diesel mileage

Thanks for posting this Groover. I find these honest comparisons interesting as I did the same when I went from a 2003 Cummins powered 2500HD Ram to a duplicate Hemi powered 2500HD towing the same 10,400 lb 5th wheel. The diesel gave 2~mpg better towing the same speeds and routes and 5~mpg better city empty. The 5.7L Hemi actually towed faster up those 3~* rolling hills around the southeast but at 30% higher rpm. Gear reduction is a wonderful torque multiplier but most folks erroneously believe higher rpm hurts an engine. Gear reduction and higher rpm actually allows an engine to run cooler and easier. Not harder.
Hannibal 06/01/19 05:16am Tow Vehicles
RE: towing without a weight distribution

If its tongue weight is within the rating of the hitch without WD, I wouldn’t even bother with WD. Our travel trailers are delivered new all over the country by one ton pickups using a simple ball mount. Just my humble non professional non advisory opinion.
Hannibal 05/31/19 05:36pm Travel Trailers
RE: Sway issues

If it’s wallering around, I’ll agree on soft tires or suspension. If it starts a rhythmic fishtail around 60 mph, that’s light tongue weight or more accurately, too much weight aft of the axles. Rear kitchens or rear cargo carriers can quickly throw things out of range. Our travel trailer barely have enough tongue weight empty so they can be advertised as towable by lighter tow vehicles. On some smaller trailers, as little as 100 lbs added behind the axle can create that kind of oscillating sway. I like to set up my hitch so the trailer is slightly nose down. Never nose up. My loading rule is, load anything you can carry as long as it’s placed over or forward of the axles. This rules out a rear kitchen for us. I use as little tension on the WD bars as I can to bring the front about halfway back down to unhitched height. Too much tension on WD bars can cause steering disturbances as well. Minus passing vehicles or strong crosswinds, you should feel no sway even without sway control.
Hannibal 05/31/19 05:24pm Travel Trailers
RE: Equal-I-zer Hitch issues

Not telling anyone else what to do but if I didn’t have a torque wrench but a 12 point 15/16” box end wrench were handy or available at Lowe’s, I would back off on the socket bolts underneath until the bars moved easily, then re tighten until the bars felt equal and as stiff as I could make them while still being able to move them without pulling a muscle. The goal would be the same whether the actual torque reading was available or not.
Hannibal 05/29/19 02:54pm Towing
RE: Equal-I-zer Hitch issues

When I set up my Equalizer 4 pt, I tightened the sockets to the recommended 65ft/lbs. The bars were pretty hard to move I'll agree. I had towed our 32' travel trailer for a year with our F250 with no sway control so I knew I didn't need much if any. I backed the socket bolts off to 45ft/lbs and while still stiff, they're much easier to move for hitching and unhitching. Depending on how squirrely your setup is, you might be able to back off on the socket bolts a little.
Hannibal 05/28/19 07:53pm Towing
RE: Keyless vehicles

No wonder it’s complicated! :B
Hannibal 05/26/19 05:36pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Keyless vehicles

My iPhone XR has a “Do not disturb while driving” much like our Garmin GPS unit. I use it. We have satellite radio but very seldom change the station or volume. Takes discipline but well worth the effort. The only real distraction in our rig is the constant chatter from somewhere in my truck. :B
Hannibal 05/26/19 04:10pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Keyless vehicles

If you all like them I don't really care. To me they are a "convenience", and one I can easily live without. Complexity in all things is not necessarily a good thing. Free country, don'cha know. I'm the opposite. I like to evolve with the latest technology. In the '80s, solid state was hit or miss. Now, most of it is far more reliable and longer lasting than mechanical devices. Microprocessor control is the best thing going for our vehicles. If Ford would offer a hybrid F250 with a variable frequency drive like the Prius but capable of towing a TT or 5th wheel, I'd be first in line.
Hannibal 05/26/19 05:42am Tow Vehicles
RE: single or dually

A 69 Comet wasn't a full size car it was an intermediate. My CC dually isn't over 22' long it's just under that and just over 2' longer than a 69 Caddy. Some people shouldn't drive anything bigger than a Prius as they aren't comfortable doing so to others it's no big deal. Just like mountain driving some are fine others aren't. One day in 2013 my DW told me I was spending over $700 a month on gas for the truck using it on my service route. I joked with her that I was going to buy a Prius. She started looking online and within a month, I loaded over 200 lbs of tools and parts into my new Prius Xsp. Not only did I go from 12-14mpg to 53~mpg, it fit in places the F250 didn’t. It’s not the smallest car out there by far at 15ft long and 6ft wide and 3100 lbs but it works for a lot of apps. Wife drove the F250 to work until I retired and we traded back. At almost 100k miles, the Prius has been a good car.
Hannibal 05/26/19 05:14am Tow Vehicles
RE: single or dually

I wonder how many of the comments about length of CC are due to the younger people knowing only the smaller cars of today. For us older ones who remember and drove the cars of the late 50's thru 70's especially Buick, Olds, Pontiac and Caddy they really aren't much different in size. Plus back then you needed to know how to parallel park which now for many is a thing of the past My first car was a ‘69 Mercury Comet Sport Coupe. What car from that era was over 22’ long and over 8’ wide? I have a Harley that’s older than some members here. I have no problem parallel parking, backing a trailer or driving a standard trans vehicle. That doesn’t remove the fact that a CC long bed dually is cumbersome in a tight parking lot. :B
Hannibal 05/25/19 01:13pm Tow Vehicles
RE: single or dually

The length of a crew cab long bed makes it far more cumbersome in tight places than the hips of a dually.
Hannibal 05/25/19 05:34am Tow Vehicles
RE: Diesel vs gas......................

I bought my first 2018 duramax, always pulled our 13k 5er with a 6.0 gasser, no real issues other then it was always at about 3k rpm now with the duramax its always around 1800-2000rpm. I am Very dissapointed in the mpg tho, the gasser would always get 7mpg and the duramax only gets 9 mpg, I was expecting far more then a 2 mpg gain for the additional $10k I spent That was my experience as well with my four Cummins powered 2500 Rams and then going to a 5.7L Hemi powered 2500HD Ram rowing the same 5th wheel. 30% higher rpm and 2 mpg less with the Hemi. Where the diesel did much better was around town on my service route. The Cummins Rams gave 18.5~mpg where the Hemi Ram gave 12-14~mpg.
Hannibal 05/25/19 05:13am Tow Vehicles
RE: Selecting new TT Tires

Interesting article. One line caught my attention though. “He says trailer overloading, not tire quality, leads to ST tire failures.“ Either he doesn’t know what he’s talking about, or the masses here on RV.net don’t. I’d like to see some numbers though. The difference in damage done between bias ply and radial when they do blow is undeniable. Radial damage is often very extensive. Bias ply blowout damage is none. But if bias plies blow far more than radials, there may be something to it. I’ll be staying with bias ply on my boat trailer. I do not want steel belts whipping my boat in case of a blow out.
Hannibal 05/23/19 05:48pm Towing
RE: 5th wheel or TT?

Backing a Ball mount/TT is "EASIER" but that's where the advantage ENDS! TT's are prone to sway unless you have PLENTY of truck. 5er's tow like they are not back there. MUCH more storage in a 5er. OH, TT people will say OMG there are stairs inside! What the HE!! do ya think you are climbing into each one??? List goes on and on. Lol! You couldn’t be more wrong on all accounts but please, go on and on and enlighten us. I’ve owned four 5th wheels. Never have had a problem with sway, stairs, backing or lack of enough truck with a TT or 5th wheel. Maybe you’re doing it wrong. :)
Hannibal 05/23/19 02:36pm Towing
RE: 5th wheel or TT?

I prefer a travel trailer for backing into spots. They respond to steering input from the truck with its leverage point 5’ aft of the truck’s rear axle. A 5th wheel trailer responds to the position of the truck making it much slower to respond. This leverage also is what can cause sway with passing trucks or crosswinds with a travel trailer. With a proper TV and hitch, and a properly designed and loaded travel trailer, sway should not be a problem. I prefer a travel trailer.
Hannibal 05/23/19 06:43am Towing
RE: At what point do I need a WD hitch?

I like to keep things simple so for me, the only reason I use a WD hitch is to satisfy the ratings of the receiver. Keeping in mind that tongue weight increases quickly from advertised tongue weight. If actual weighed tongue weight is less than the manufacturer’s max weight rating without WD, I prefer a simple, short ball mount. I went back and forth with it after the dealer talked me into a WD hitch for our first rig, a new 21’ ball to bumper TT towed with a then new ‘94 F150. I eventually decided on a short straight ball mount with no WD. Towed like a champ and hitching and unhitching was simple.
Hannibal 05/23/19 06:25am Towing
RE: Selecting new TT Tires

Bias ply have two benefits. They’re more forgiving of curbs and potholes and, if one blows at highway speed, they simply fly apart. Radials roll easier, cooler and last many more miles as far as tread wear, but not years. When a radial blows at highway speed, they often beat the trailer with steel belts causing extensive damage. I have 14” Carlisle bias ply on my boat trailer with good results. I’m thinking of trying a set of 15” bias ply Carlisle’s on our TT this fall.
Hannibal 05/23/19 05:32am Towing
RE: Equal-i-zer lubrication

Not letting an endless argument go to waste, the friction of the sockets is adjustable. The book recommends 60ft/lbs on the bolts if I recall correctly. I run mine at 45 ft/lbs to free it up a little. But then again, I towed our tt for a year with no sway control and no sway. I’d bet very few people ever check or even know what their socket bolts are torqued to.
Hannibal 04/26/19 06:00am Travel Trailers
RE: Equal-i-zer lubrication

The CDC’s recommendations for healthy living are very seldom followed. That Equalizer does not recommend lubing the L brackets is way down the list for me. Jayco doesn’t recommend carrying two spare tires but I do.
Hannibal 04/24/19 10:08am Travel Trailers
RE: Best way to run fridge while not level

Ours says max 3* side to side and 6* front to back of the fridge. I use my iPhone level app to check. 3* is enough to feel that it’s not level. If it has to run slightly off level, better front to back of the fridge. Could get expensive either way.
Hannibal 04/24/19 07:25am Travel Trailers
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