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RE: Dropped 5er with Pullrite SuperGlide?

Never noticed the date, but it wasn't very deep in the topics. Yes, I've not posted for a while, so I just assumed (I know...) that this was still a lively forum. I'm beginning to see how wrong I was. Did everyone give up RVing or something? This forum was never this dead when I used to be more active years ago.
JIMMY034 06/23/19 09:47pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Dropped 5er with Pullrite SuperGlide?

My last hitch was a Pullrite Super 5th, but since they didn't see it necessary to make mounting kits for newer trucks using older hitches, I went with a Demco Recon this time, and love it more. But I can't see how it could ever drop a trailer the way it's designed. It's idiot-proof. You're far more likely to drop with a split-jaw type, which still amazes me anyone still uses this design.
JIMMY034 06/23/19 11:24am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Dropped 5er with Pullrite SuperGlide?

What I can't understand is why so many are dead set against doing a pull test, or a tug-test as it's referred to in the trucking industry. It's cheap insurance...yet costs nothing. I'm glad you guys don't drive tractor-trailer with that carefree attitude.
JIMMY034 06/23/19 11:21am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 04 Chev 1500 as a tow vehicle 8000lb camper

I will add one more thought. Tow often enough, and everyone will have "that day". When something goes wrong,,, An idiot driver, a blowout at a bad time, your own screwup... etc. It will happen. At that time, you will need to to the best you can with what you have. There have been some times that I was VERY glad to have what many here would consider "too much truck". There's actually no such thing as too much truck, but definitely such a thing as not enough.
JIMMY034 06/23/19 10:40am Travel Trailers
RE: Anyone use a TPMS for their trailer?

I bought a TPMS from a company who imports and resells these Chinese made electronic units. Had no luck getting reliable info on the receiver on the dash of my truck UNTIL I talked with a tech, who said that because I have a weather station in my trailer (which transmits on the same frequency that the TPMS uses; 433mhz) that I will HAVE to use a REPEATER to get a strong enough signal to the truck dash. The interference from the weather station outside sensor breaks down the link between the tire sensors and the receiver on the dash. If no Frequency interference is present, then the system should work without a repeater BUT even then I have read that with a repeater, you get a more reliable reading in the truck than without SO I recommend getting a repeater anyway. TPMS systems cost over $150-350 and more, so they are expensive. Mine came with the repeater and it could not have been easier to install it. It's not just your weather station, but without the repeater, the receiver can be affected by other things such as vehicle blind-spot systems. I paid $152 for mine on Amazon, got it in two days, and TireMinder has great customer service from all I've read, though I haven't had to use them yet. So far the system seems to work perfectly, and the peace of mind is invaluable. And EVERYTHING is made in China.
JIMMY034 06/23/19 10:37am Tech Issues
RE: Anyone use a TPMS for their trailer?

I bought a TPMS from a company who imports and resells these Chinese made electronic units. Had no luck getting reliable info on the receiver on the dash of my truck UNTIL I talked with a tech, who said that because I have a weather station in my trailer (which transmits on the same frequency that the TPMS uses; 433mhz) that I will HAVE to use a REPEATER to get a strong enough signal to the truck dash. The interference from the weather station outside sensor breaks down the link between the tire sensors and the receiver on the dash. If no Frequency interference is present, then the system should work without a repeater BUT even then I have read that with a repeater, you get a more reliable reading in the truck than without SO I recommend getting a repeater anyway. TPMS systems cost over $150-350 and more, so they are expensive. Mine came with the repeater and it could not have been easier to install it. It's not just your weather station, but without the repeater, the receiver can be affected by other things such as vehicle blind-spot systems. I paid $152 for mine on Amazon, got it in two days, and TireMinder has great customer service from all I've read, though I haven't had to use them yet. So far the system seems to work perfectly, and the peace of mind is invaluable. And EVERYTHING is made in China.
JIMMY034 06/23/19 10:35am Tech Issues
RE: 04 Chev 1500 as a tow vehicle 8000lb camper

Going from a Tundra to my current truck and experiencing similar tow weights, I’ll say that is a LOT of trailer, especially for an older 1/2 ton which lacks the towing capacity of the newer 1/2 ton trucks. The Nissan HD with the 5.0 CTD is one 1/2 that would tow that trailer fine. Unfortunately it cost as much as my RAM, so maybe not so good. Hell man, I didn't like towing 9,000 lbs with my 2500HD 6.0.
JIMMY034 06/22/19 04:22pm Travel Trailers
RE: 04 Chev 1500 as a tow vehicle 8000lb camper

I've read everyone's comments and I agree that you're towing a little too much with the truck you have. It'll do it though, but first and foremost you need to ensure you are within all your maximum weight specifications! If you're over, I would advise against towing that down the street until you upgrade the truck. It's not just unsafe to be overweight, it's against the law. If everything IS within max specs, read on. I was once like you, (not a bad thing, just didn't know better). I had a minivan towing a 21' trailer. It was an ultra-light Rockwood, and I was actually within my limits, though near the max. But it towed it so well. It was like magic. My '97 Town & Country was a towing beast! All the tranny problems were simply because it was a Chrysler product, everyone knows this.;) But then something happened. I got tired of the problems and traded for an '01 Chevy 1500 Z71 truck. Let me tell you something...there's nothing in the world like towing something that feels like it's not even there. At that point I realized how BADLY my minivan actually towed that trailer! Several years later we upgraded to a small 5th wheel. Another ultra-light. Perfect match. Then came a new truck, an '05 2500HD 6.0 gas, because we wanted a bigger 5th wheel. And we got it, bigger and heavier. Our new 5th wheel weighed (loaded) 9,000 pounds, about what you're towing. I had a 6 liter engine, 4.10 gears, and HD transmission. I can honestly say I did not feel I had enough power! I certainly would never have even tried towing this trailer with a 1500 knowing how my 2500 towed it, and this trailer was listed as 'half-ton towable', though kudos to my dealer who was honest and advised against towing with a half-ton. Stopping was fine, no sag, everything was all heavy duty, but I just did not like the towing characteristics and how much I had to put my foot in it to get it to pull a 3% grade. I recently got a new truck, same camper ('04 but I'm keeping it, it's paid for), and this time I got the Duramax diesel. I'm finally really happy with how my truck tows! The moral of my story is, anything can pull anything, but the question is, how long, how safely, how easily, how stress-free? It's not just about getting it moving, but also stability, stopping distance, weight on your axles and suspension etc. Someone suggested renting a 2500 and towing your trailer around for a day. I really like that idea, and being a travel trailer you have that option as most will already have the receiver hitch (unlike anyone wanting to 'test tow' their 5th wheel...good luck finding a rental set up for that). Once you do that, you'll see and FEEL the difference for yourself, and you can make a much more informed decision based on your own first hand experience. It's great you asked your questions here, you got a lot of good info and advice. Take all that and you'll figure out what you really need. I know it's not always possible to just go buy a new truck just like that, but at least you'd know what to look for when you're in the position to do so, and to just take it easy in the meantime. Let us know what you end up doing. Good luck and enjoy the summer.
JIMMY034 06/22/19 04:15pm Travel Trailers
RE: Anyone use a TPMS for their trailer?

You must be new to the Forum. This topic has been discussed frequently. Search for TPMS to read previous posts. You also must be new, otherwise you would have noticed how many posts I've made since joining in 2001, though I did bother to look and see that you're not new either. Did I break a rule or something? Am I not allowed to post something without wasting time looking for similar posts? Also I added my info on the system that I bought and provided info on how it works so not only would I get feedback from others who have this or similar, I might also help someone else (maybe someone truly new to the forum) who may not have even realized this is available for trailers. Thanks for your valuable contribution to my post.
JIMMY034 06/21/19 08:36am Tech Issues
RE: 5th Wheel Hitches 101

Whether the B&W is best or not I dont know but I would say most B&W owners would have a hard time trading their hitch for anything else. I'm another B&W fan boy. I think your 7.3 diesel is going to have its work cut out for it. As your self appointed President of the B&W HeavyWeight Fanboy Club I can assure you B&W makes the very best non air ride hitches on the 3rd Rock From The Sun. Certainly one of the heaviest.
JIMMY034 06/21/19 08:31am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Your first post on the forum

I joined in 2001. No idea what my first post was, LOL. Jimmy, From what I could find, I think this post is the first one you made back in 2001. :) Barney Wow, thanks. The forum has been less than cooperative with me since I've been back, I couldn't edit my signature or find previous posts, but all seems to be working now.
JIMMY034 06/21/19 07:50am Around the Campfire
RE: Buying a leftover 2019 Chevy or GMC 3500

Why are your cons,cons? Are you a fan boy that needs to show off the latest and greatest? So...I must be a 'fanboy' because I got the Denali and every option available? Some do that to show off, but not everyone. I wanted the nicest I could get, as I keep mine 8 to 10 years and no payment. I'm certainly a 'fan' of GMC, but I didn't buy it to show off. Sorry if I hurt your feeling when I drive by, but I worked my ass off for everything I have.
JIMMY034 06/20/19 07:23pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Buying a leftover 2019 Chevy or GMC 3500

Oh hell yeah. I'm so happy I got an '18, the '20's are horrendous at best. Some neat new goodies, but nothing even close to enticing me. I did get mine just as the '19's came out and got some discount. But I didn't buy it for resale (though the Duramax equipped models DO hold their value really well as do the high-end trims like the High Country and the Denali, which is what I chose. I may not have push-button start, but my truck turns heads toward it, not away from it. I think GM shot themselves in the foot...again.
JIMMY034 06/20/19 07:17pm Tow Vehicles
RE: lost my co pilot

I won't bother with something long. There are no words that will make this any better, not for a long time. Sincere condolences from my family to you and your family.
JIMMY034 06/20/19 07:04pm Around the Campfire
RE: it has happened to all of us

Love it ! As a snake lover and paddler I'll have to pass your episode along to my paddling friends. Guy OMG...there's actually such a thing as a 'snake lover'? :h
JIMMY034 06/20/19 07:02pm Around the Campfire
RE: Your first post on the forum

I joined in 2001. No idea what my first post was, LOL.
JIMMY034 06/20/19 06:54pm Around the Campfire
Anyone use a TPMS for their trailer?

I bought a TireMinder TPMS (for anyone unfamiliar with what this is, it's a Tire Pressure Monitoring System) and it looks like really good quality. It was easy to install and it has the solar powered display that can also be powered by a micro-USB cable. Displays tire pressures and temps, batteries supposedly last 6 to 8 months and are easy to replace. The sensors screwed right onto the valvestems. I mounted the 'repeater' in the front storage compartment. I installed it at the dealer when I picked up our trailer after being repaired. Seemed to work very well. Anyone else use this? Or a different brand?
JIMMY034 06/20/19 06:51pm Tech Issues
RE: Rand Mcnally GPS

All of a sudden my RandMcnally GPS quit giving the verbal turn by turn instructions, and posted speed. Called just service, but they have a problem answering the phone. Sent them several E-Mails, and they have responded to most inquiries. Cannot get the unit to work properly from their suggestions, and am now waiting, going on 6 days, for a response to my last message. Do companies not care anymore? Do they think I'm just going to run to the store and buy another? Well if I do it won't be their brand. I have gone through several Rand SuckNally's for my work truck (semi truck and truck route trucker GPS's), and they have all let me down horribly! I like that they are programmed with all the Walmart stores, which is great for me since that's who I drive for, but overall, they suck. Do yourself a huge favor and get a Garmin. I got a Garmin 770 truck GPS and while I miss a few features of the Rand, I learned to live without them and love the features the Garmin has that the Rand didn't.
JIMMY034 06/20/19 06:43pm Tech Issues
RE: RV parts

Hello fellow overs, Is there a good site to order rv parts? We have a 2003 Jayco 305bh that's in need of various parts. Parts like a new stove, outside moulding strips, and the outside vent cover that, over time, has weathered and cracked. We just returned from spending Thanksgiving at Pismo Coast RV resort, and while traveling on I-5, I lost the plastic fender over the driver-side wheels. I'd like to find a new one if possible. Thanks for your tips and suggestions The best kept secret in the industry...CLICK HERE This is the dealer I deal with, they'll ship anything anywhere, can get most anything, and their prices are worth looking at. Give them a try. Everyone I've ever sent them has been happy, and I gain nothing, I'm just very happy with them and like to help them out when I can.
JIMMY034 06/20/19 04:22pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5th Wheel Hitches 101

The DEMCO looks like a quality US Made hitch. Big issue is the heads pivot point is several inches below the kingpin connection and this is known to cause CHUCKING by several reports from CURT owners. I can honestly say there's absolutely no chucking, that's one of the advantages of having both the wrap-jaw and lockbar. I'm totally 100% satisfied with this hitch.
JIMMY034 06/20/19 10:35am Fifth-Wheels
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