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RE: Tire Replacement Question

I would never use a RV dealer to buy and mount tires on any trailer...or wheel barrow. Most tire stores in suburbia aren't set up for a vehicle pulling a trailer nor do they have enough trailering customers to offer good advise. When I was pulling for a living I did all my trailers tire service with mostly Goodyear truck tire stores. They know a hell of a lot more about best tires for a trailer than the type stores I mentioned above. Plus they have enough room and proper equipment for servicing trailers. Both small towns near me (10k -20k population) have 2-3 tire stores each and do all the truck and trailer service in their area. Drive by anytime and their mounting tires on some type of trailer. You can always buy tires of your choice off the net (tirerack.com or many others) and let a area tire dealer that has the equipment mount them for you.
JIMNLIN 02/23/21 06:40am Travel Trailers
RE: Help! Nu Wa manual desperately needed

nuwaowners.org Try their forums. I have't looked in on it in a year or so.
JIMNLIN 02/23/21 06:19am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Yoko Geolander GO15 A/T LT Tires ... Any good.??

hmmm.. this is the 5th wheel trailer forum. I don't klnow of any 17" trailer wheels but if your asking about your tow truck we have a tow vehicle forum where you will get more input for your tires.
JIMNLIN 02/22/21 06:06am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Light Japanese Trucks used as Tow Vehicles here

The Fuso, a lowly 161 hp. But, it's meant for efficiency in commercial use, not high performance recreation. Recreation demands "fun factor". Look at boats - an offshore sports fisher can run 1500 hp, all to catch 3 tunas. A commercial trawler with a 25,000 lbs salmon hold may run a 90hp Perkins. LOL.... then the bass boat crowd with 300 hp...21' bass boats running 90 mph to catch a 6 lb bass. Seriously tho LTL size trucking industry in the USA uses the newer gen one ton DRW trucks pulling at 35k-38k GCW and carrying 6500-7000 in the bed payloads. Moving up to a 450/4500 diesels cab/chassis can give the hauler a 8000-8500 lb on a custom haulers bed payload and 45k+ GCW. Or a 550/5500 diesels cab/chassis for 50k plus GCW and over 10k on the bed payloads. No need for a Japans trucks here in the USA to pull a RV trailer or a commercial trailer. We see very few Japans trucks around here but the few in operation are mostly fleet trucks.
JIMNLIN 02/21/21 06:16am Tow Vehicles
RE: Sway Question

The problem is I keep getting different information about sway depending where I look or who I ask. My salesman, for example, told us that the difference between a 28 ft and a 33 ft would not make any difference with sway. Can that be right? I AS you have surly discovered by now their are many reasons a combo can have sway... so no one fix works on all combinations. Other expy owners who are pulling the same length trailer can have input for you so check with trailer brand forums also. One of the worst bumper pull sway incidents I've seen when I was on the road was a one ton DRW truck pulling what looked like a 25-28' TT. We could guess till the cows came in why the combo was swaying. Some ideas expressed here can add to a sway issue so use proper equipment and hit the road for a short run and see how the combo is working. Then make changes.
JIMNLIN 02/21/21 05:53am Towing
RE: oh joy...........

Good looking truck Marty. The wifes same white '16 1500 4wd crew cab short bed truck (5' 8") with 5.3 6 speed 3.42 gears replaced her older same configuration '06 model. Nite and day different. The '16 is so much quieter on the road or just idling. Her '16 5.3 with 355hp/383 torque has a heck of lot more torque in the lower rpms than her old '06 5.3 engine. We prefer driving it over a 2010 Impala on short or long trips. AS your equipment I can load my 7240 lb blue tractor on my 10k car hauler (bumper pull) to get any hitch load needed. Barney talked me into a Husky Centerline TS WD hitch with 1200 lb bars for this size/high CG load. This tractor has 14/9-28" rear tires and sits tall on the trailer. Pulling nothing but GN trailers I was surprised how it cut trailer over steer. Only problem was pogo sticking even with new Bilsteins. A call to etrailer for their input on stiffening up the rear springs with this load. They suggested the black Sumo springs. Cured the pogo sticking and a easy install.
JIMNLIN 02/20/21 07:48am Tow Vehicles
RE: 5th wheel tire review

I found information about the Bridgestone R500HD. I had 5 installed, my weight on the axles is correct for these tires. I had rig weighted when I was going on a trip with all loaded. These are commercial rated tires for work vehicles. Good tread for a trailer tire. The R500 Bridgestones LT E at 3042 lbs per tire have been around for years and have always been one of the better choices for rv trailers and commercial work trailers with 5.2k and 6k axles. Commercial haulers find with a LT tire we don't need a huge amount of reserve capacity like ST E tires require. If you do a lot of road miles per year you will find more miles of service with a LT E with 14 to 16/32nds of tread depth than any ST E tire like a Endurance with just 9/32nds tread depth. Big deal for those of us that see high miles of road service. Keep those R500 Bridgestones pumped to the max for max service
JIMNLIN 02/20/21 06:05am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Chevy vs Arctic Fox. Can It Tow It...Safely?

welcome to the forum. Most rv folks newbs to towing trailers have no idea how much load a truck can carry safely or how much weight it can safely tow (pull). So they say get a DRW/diesel. Anywayz you already have the '20 3500 SRW LB 4wd 6.6 gasser. The truck won't have any issues towing/starting/stopping/handling a 13xxx lb gvwr 5th wheel rv trailer especially for what your doing with it. Looks like a good combo.
JIMNLIN 02/18/21 07:13pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Nascar Follies

I turned the tv on to my local Fox race channel and all I heard was Bubba this...Bubba that. Switched the channel to a nature program. Switched back over to Fox later and saw two laps of the usual race parade before the smash up. Watched replays and then Fox goes back into their Bubba this and Bubba that mode. Soooo disgusted with Nascar....nothing changed from last year. Guess they finished the race but I doubt this old man who was a big NASCAR fan will not watch this season either.
JIMNLIN 02/15/21 06:51am Around the Campfire
RE: Not Crazy About Snow and Cold

Its 3 degrees right now with 20-25 mph winds and lite snow. We can see 113-115 (rare) summer temps and 31 below zero (very rare) along with 36" of snow over a 10 day period in '2011 'zactly 10 years ago. I can take it. I 've always like the season changes. The worst thing about this country around here for me is summer time drought/high temps/no clouds where yards/pastures turns to post toasties and we have to hay our stock...but no ice to chop. Best selling vehicle right now here in farm/ranch country is a tractor over 50 hp with a heated....4wd....FEL.
JIMNLIN 02/14/21 08:26am Around the Campfire
RE: Looking for reliable travel trailer

Which one has nice accommodations for sleeping and cooking? Like asking which truck for pulling a trailer. Answer generally run my brand/etc is best. They all will do what your asking. The main thing is choose the one that YOU like in the price range YOU can afford and in a size YOUR tow vehicle can safely tow. Good hunting
JIMNLIN 02/14/21 06:24am Travel Trailers
RE: Heated hose

I made my own with the regular hose for water 10' long. A simple google shows how its done. My 110v heat tape had a thermostat.....a very thick noodle.....wrapped with several more layers of rolled insulation.....a layer of visqueen for keeping water out.... final wrapped with duct tape so its sheds water. No problems all winter with it laying on the ground with -3 degree temps and 38-40mph winds. This was 22 years ago and store bought heated hoses wasn't much back then. Much depends on winter where you will be.
JIMNLIN 02/14/21 06:16am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Towing with F150 Poweboost

You mention XX mpgs on the flats and xx in the hills. Those must be your speedo dic numbers. What kind of average mpgs do you get with pencil/miles/gallons used over say 3-4 tanks? How fast do you tow ?? I never worried with a single tank mpg which is nice to know but a good towing average comes over a few tanks used when towing.
JIMNLIN 02/13/21 12:51pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Signs of Cognitive Decline

Wife is 78 and I'm 79. We both laugh about our "loosing things" moments. She is always leaving/loosing her glasses some where.....sometimes even on her face. I make popcorn in the microwave and it dings dings when ready so's I heads to the kitchen and open's the fridge. Smarty wife says did you find your popcorn. And sometimes our milk disappears but shows up in the pantry next to the cereal. I Like the portal effect thing.
JIMNLIN 02/13/21 06:21am Around the Campfire
RE: Air Bag Pressure

With only 2750 lbs of pin weight I wouldn't think the truck would need air bags unless your carrying more "stuff" in the trucks bed over the rear axle or have a badly designed suspension lift kit. I used bags on my trucks when I was on the roads but just to level the truck and make it less of a DOT target going through a scale house. I seldom ran much over 25 psi in the rears on one ton DRW trucks/heavy GN trailers.
JIMNLIN 02/13/21 05:54am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Leaf Spring Replacement

My '97 11200 lb 5th wheel trailer has over 150k miles on OEM 5200 lb axles. Bushings/pins replaced and brakes in the 100k range. I've had GN trailers in commercial service with over 250k miles using the same axles the rv industry uses. 'course @ 70k-80k miles a year they don't "time out" and sag like RV trailers can.
JIMNLIN 02/12/21 08:48am Travel Trailers
RE: Anyone towing 5ver with lifted truck?

check out our Toy hauler forum. Those guys/gals are more apt to use a lifted truck . I'm sure some may even have a 2500 GM Dmax and can give real world experiences with maybe the same lift kit.
JIMNLIN 02/11/21 06:31pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: It might begin very soon

I doubt the warehouse/customer is going to spend millions of bucks setting up a system to handle drivers free trucks. They will when they own the warehouses and the trucks -- like Amazon, Walmart, etc. And when other warehouses have to pay a premium to send a human operated truck to Amazon's warehouses since their drivers get queued up behind a driverlesss truck that doesn't mind waiting for 10 hours to unload, they'll start to make accommodations for the driverless trucks. Which could be as simple as a parking area -- driverless trucks come in an park where it waits for a human driver to take over. Probably for those mega warehouses .... but not for a small customers with 2-3 docks or no docks at all. I could see a mega outfit like Walmart/Amazon/etc using driver less trucks running between their large regional warehouses. I don't see truckers loosing their jobs any time soon.
JIMNLIN 02/10/21 09:22am Tow Vehicles
RE: It might begin very soon

A trucker drives his rig to either a shipping point or the delivery point. He has to stop at the security gate out front for farther information or get out of his rig, once he is in the yard, and find a receiving/shipping person and get a dock number and a load/unload time. Sometimes the driver is told to leave and come back at another time. I doubt the warehouse/customer is going to spend millions of bucks setting up a system to handle drivers free trucks. I can see how a intermodel shipping yard like UP or BNSF could use driver less pony trucks to move containers around in those huge yards.
JIMNLIN 02/09/21 12:01pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Advice to reduce truck camper sway (2018 Ram 2500)

Rams 2018 2500 can have a 6000 or 6200 or 6500 RAWR depending on vehicle selections which can leave the 2500 with approx 2900-3400 lb in the bed payload...also depending on vehicle selections and actual scaled empty truck separate front and rear axle weights. From this web and other rv webs it seems the 2500 coil spring can carry its rated capacities rather well but the coils don't like top heavy loads like a TC without some mods like the heavier sway bar....HD shocks. More spring capacity if the rear sags however more spring capacity may or may not help with body roll (sway) as with rear coil springs. I had a '66 chevy 3/4 ton with coils and carried a 8' overhead TC. With OEM suspension body roll was dangerous to the point it wouldn't stop and would actually raise a rear tire and loose traction on wet highways. Gettin' on the brakes would stop the roll. It acted just like a high speed bass boat chine walking......both are dangerous. The fix was two fold. First was a huge sway bar on the rear which really helped. What stopped the sway completely was GMs optional 3 leaf over load springs for their coil spring trucks. Coils were a option also. They looked like a 3 leaf spring set cut in half. They bolted to the trucks main frame rails behind the axle and the other end contacted the axle tube. The spring end that contacted the axle tube had a 3/8" thick hard rubber disc so no metal on metal contact. I kept the truck for two more years before upgrading to a 9' 6" TC. By that time I had one ton DRW work trucks available. I would talk with a large Dodge/Ram truck dealer and see if the '18 2500 has any optional equipment to help with coil spring sway issues.
JIMNLIN 02/09/21 09:01am Truck Campers
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