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RE: How much of rise on front of truck acceptable when hitched?

depends on several factors. That a lot of weight unloaded from the front of a small block/v6 1/2 ton truck. A 1/2 inch weight loss on my Dodge/Cummins/NV5600 means nothing. If you notice the front brakes sliding the tires on gravel roads or wet pavement then its time to add lost weight back to your trucks front axle. Axle weights before and after will tell you a better story.
JIMNLIN 11/27/22 08:16am Travel Trailers
RE: Towing with lifted truck; need assistance

I can not believe all of the nonsense on this post. I have a 2007 2500hd Duramax with a 7" to 9" Cognito lift, and Deaver springs. I tow a 28'6" Vortex trailer that weighs in at 12780 lbs, and a tongue weight of 1340lbs, resting on an Equalizer hitch with 1,400 lb bars. Been towing for 11 years and it is rock solid even in the wind. Does your 2500 GM product have rear coil springs ?? Those rear coil springs open up a whole different game played with suspension lifts or body lifts on rear coil suspensions. Best advice for a rookie with a lifted truck that nothing is known about the lift (body or suspension/play or work lifts) who say weights and specs are new needs to find out what type of lift and the lift mfg specs say.....especially a truck with rear coils. No, that is why I stated I have Deaver Springs on the Rear. Real leaf springs, no lifting blocks. Bilsteen 5100 shocks, HD heim Joint Tie-Rods. Your still Irrelevant to the OP coil spring truck lift that we/he/you don't know if its a body lift/suspension lift/brand of lift/home mod lift/show or go lift/suspension blocks/etc. Having been in the towing business with LDT's and non rv trailers new entrant operators starting with lifted trucks don't stay lifted long.
JIMNLIN 11/24/22 05:51am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Tire age?

After the Pinto did people stop buying Fords? Michelin tires have given me good service and I trust their product. Yes, imports from China need to be avoided. Dealers/sellers install the cheapest to get their product out the door. I have used Carlisle on my trailers without any issues. Yeah..... its the Firestone tire syndrome when their Wilderness P tire line was found to be defective on the Ford Explorer/Rangers. Some wouldn't buy any tire with the Firestone name. Same with Michelin with maybe over a dozen different line of P and LT tires for our LDT/SUV/vans/cars. All lines aren't bad but just a certain line or maybe a batch in a line that was bad. And the same with china made tires. They're are a few good made in china ST...P...LT brands...Carlisle HD ST type being just one of them.
JIMNLIN 11/23/22 11:49am Travel Trailers
RE: Towing with lifted truck; need assistance

I can not believe all of the nonsense on this post. I have a 2007 2500hd Duramax with a 7" to 9" Cognito lift, and Deaver springs. I tow a 28'6" Vortex trailer that weighs in at 12780 lbs, and a tongue weight of 1340lbs, resting on an Equalizer hitch with 1,400 lb bars. Been towing for 11 years and it is rock solid even in the wind. Does your 2500 GM product have rear coil springs ?? Those rear coil springs open up a whole different game played with suspension lifts or body lifts on rear coil suspensions. Best advice for a rookie with a lifted truck that nothing is known about the lift (body or suspension/play or work lifts) who say weights and specs are new needs to find out what type of lift and the lift mfg specs say.....especially a truck with rear coils.
JIMNLIN 11/21/22 06:10am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Chew on this.

RV industry has had these ups and downs since I've been around the industry starting in the early 1960s. RV prices never dropped like some seem to think during/after those periods. While I wasn't RVing during the last big recession (our RV was a truck topper and a 4man tent), a new(ish) boat, a new(ish) truck and a chunk of land got gotten by us for a significant discount. I don't believe for a second that the RV market was insulated from the rapid depreciation that everything else was. Thats fine. In 1972 I bought a new 8' 6" truck camper at the boat sport and travel show for 975 bucks. Even top of the line big name brand 10'+ truck camper with all the ginger bread sold in the 2800-3000 dollar range. In the same boat and sport show in 1986 the exact same truck camper sold for 3600-3800 bucks. The last years this mfg stopped making truck campers and went to all TT and 5th wheel trailers was 1992-93 era. This same model TC sold in the 8800-8900 bucks range. I 'spect in 10 more years we'll look back at the new current prices and wish prices were back to the pandemic levels. On the fuel cost subject...as long as the feds let shipping industry add fuel surcharges, costs of products won't come down for a long time...if ever. EDIT: Quote fixed.
JIMNLIN 11/14/22 07:42pm General RVing Issues
RE: Chew on this.

RV industry has had these ups and downs since I've been around the industry starting in the early 1960s. RV prices never dropped like some seem to think during/after those periods.
JIMNLIN 11/13/22 06:04am General RVing Issues
RE: Camping at 27 degrees.

What works for your rv may not work on others all depending how well its insulated...water lines protected/etc and the biggy around here is the wind when temps hit 32 degrees. Most folks know what heat soak is. We also need to know what cold soak can do when temps hit that magic freeze number.....and high constant winds. I would suggest surveying other full timers in your area/campground/rv park how they have coped with below freezing winter temps.
JIMNLIN 11/10/22 05:34am General RVing Issues
RE: Anything other than silicone..

What I posted was to point out all silicones are not the same type...not a recommendation what we need to use in fact having been in mobilehome/rv repair business I wouldn't recommend pure silicone over a product made especially as a lap sealant for rvs/etc.
JIMNLIN 11/10/22 05:11am Travel Trailers
RE: Cargo trailers to tow behind an RV

Thanks JIMLIN. Brakes on 1 axle or both? Now days brakes on all axles. Back then brakes on trailers under 7k were just one axle. Tri axles had brakes on two axles. However towing for a living I ordered all my trailers with brakes on each axle. Don't forget you need to figure in the empty weight of the trailer also when sizing the trailer for your needs. The dealer/mfg can help you find their trailers unladin weight.
JIMNLIN 11/09/22 07:08pm General RVing Issues
RE: Cargo trailers to tow behind an RV

Good idea. My experience with single vs tandem axle cargo trailers came from using them on job sites as tool trailers. Our first cargos were two 7k gvwr SA 14' footers with brakes. It was impossible for us to put the tools back in the right spot inside/outside the trailer for the right amount of hitch weight for the size truck we used moving to the next job site. As the business grew we went with two 10k gvwr 16" tandem axle cargo trailers. Every agreed the TA trailers handled much better...much better braking and didn't pound the tow truck like the SA trailers did if the hitch weight wasn't exactly right. Point is load the single axle trailer with the right amount of hitch weight and make a note where every thing inside and outside the trailer goes.
JIMNLIN 11/09/22 06:26am General RVing Issues
RE: Anything other than silicone..

Simply put ...far more people have had issues with certain types of silicone's than have had good luck with them. We also have service experts tell us what they found works and what didn't. Not all silicone is the same. See my reply above for a explanation why some silicone products stick and other didn't. Acetoxy vs natural cure silicone....there is a difference in adhesion quality according to the pros that use sealants in their line of business.
JIMNLIN 11/09/22 05:32am Travel Trailers
RE: Nascar Follies

X2. Joey had a strong car and kept out of trouble. Typical boring 2 nap race for me but......I did wake up for the last 30 laps. My wife usually gets loud the last several laps with all the beat'n and bang'n. This race she says ... "well...its over".
JIMNLIN 11/08/22 07:28am Around the Campfire
RE: Hydraulic glide out

My previous 30' 5th wheel trailer ('96 model) had 2 hyd slides. The big living room slide would creep out sitting still and especially going down the road. The hyd valves were separate and just a open and close with no hold feature. The unit came with rods to keep the the slides in. I welded spring loaded latches/quarter turn to open outside and easy to reach. No more slide creep. Open the slide did require going outside and pulling the latch open. The latch was automatic reset when the slide came in.
JIMNLIN 11/08/22 06:24am Fifth-Wheels
RE: leaf spring broken..trailer legs?

Does anyone know if using the product "Trailer Legs" cause/promote broken leaf springs? I don't see any way they could cause a spring to break. The Brand maybe new but the lifting devise for one or all axles for working on the suspension or storing the trailer for winter isn't new. Several similar devices/brands have been around for years that lift the trailer from the axles next to the Ubolts. https://seasense.com/collections/trailering/products/easy-lift-jack
JIMNLIN 11/04/22 12:28pm Travel Trailers
RE: Anything other than silicone..

Ive learned on RV forums new silicone caulk will not adhere and seal to old and have avoided it like the plague since then, also considering how difficult it is to remove it. Depends on the type of silicone being used. What is the difference between acetoxy and neutral cure silicone? ***As acetoxy cure silicones release acetic acid whilst curing they can cause problems when used on certain substrates. When used on natural stone they can cause discolouration, when used on certain metals they can cause corrosion and on bituminous surfaces they can cause "bleeding" of the bitumen. So when applying sealant to sensitive surfaces we would always recommend using a neutral cure silicone over a acetoxy silicone as they will not react. Generally acetoxy silicones are used for kitchens, bathrooms and other internal sealing applications as they are more cost effective and faster curing than their neutral curing counterparts. Whereas **neutral cure silicones have better adhesion and weatherproofing properties** compared to acetoxy silicones making them the superior option for external applications.*** Which type of caulk can you remove with a solvent and elbow grease, and also allow you to apply it over itself and be water tight? All I've ever used on my 1997 32' 5th wheel trailer is Dicor self leveling on the roof and their non sag Dicor on vertical surfaces. Good sealants don't remove easily. Be sure and follow the sealant and the roof material instruction on removal.
JIMNLIN 11/04/22 11:53am Travel Trailers
RE: HWY 6 to 191 SE Utah

We were on hiway 6 from I-70 to Salt Lake just last week. Some 4 lanes but some 2 lane with plenty of passing lanes. A bit of construction delay around Price area. 191 takes off from I-70 down through Moab and to Monticello where 491 goes to Cortz, Colorado. Guess I've never been to Cortz AZ
JIMNLIN 11/03/22 07:40pm Travel Trailers
RE: Dealers lots are filling up

Dealers lots here in my part of the state are still few if any new models of the brand they carry. Most lots are still 75 percent empty. However go by a Ford dealers lot and we see used Ford/GM Ram/and even Toyoto trucks.Same with a GM dealer. These are small town dealers...not being around a big city things maybe different for those dealers.
JIMNLIN 10/30/22 06:07am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ooops, not a wolf....

This world is made up of all type of people. In 1959 I had a chance to take out a mountain lion in central OK on my grandpappy's place....but their was no good reason why I should. Yeah, I'm a hunter....for food.
JIMNLIN 10/29/22 07:16pm Around the Campfire
RE: Blow outs and tires

I dumped ST tires (C/D/E) years ago when pulling non rv trailers for a living. Too many ruined tires and down time on the side of the road changing tires or waiting for a small town tire store to open. We also carried two spares per trailer and some times ran out of tires. For my trailers with tandem/triaxle 5.2k and 6k axles...or 10k-11k tandem dual axles I use a LT235/85-16" E @ 3042 lbs capacity. Check out the Bridgestone R238 commercial grade all steel ply carcass same as the old tried and true Michelin XPS Ribs. I have poly carcass LT 16" E on my 11400 lb 5th wheel trailer and get in the 50k-55k miles before tread wear bars just start showing. On other trailers with 7k-8k axles the commercial grade all steel ply carcass Sailun S637 in a ST235/85-16 load G at 4400 lbs capacity. I have a set of these on a 36' triaxle GN stock trailer. Tires have around 35k miles now and going on 7 years old. Using the tires above we don't have tire problems anymore nor do we need a lot of reserve capacity above the trailers axle ratings as some rv folks tend to do using ST C/D/E tires.
JIMNLIN 10/27/22 07:10pm Toy Haulers
RE: New to traveling

Welcome to the forum.. If your going with a 1500 GM product pulling a trailer be sure and get the NHT package (tow package). It comes with the higher rated gvwr and rawr numbers. A 2014 and up 1500 gm you also can choose between the 5.3 engine at 355 hp/383 torque or the 6.2 engine at 420 hp/460 torque. Both can come with the NHT package. The 6.2 engine can tow GMs 1500 trucks tow ratings with ease. Older engine were down on power levels. And also be aware of some GMs engines AFM/valve train (cylinder deactivation issues) with the 5.3 and 6.2 engines prior to 2021-22 ?? models. Google has lots on this subject. My wifes has a '16 1500 chevy 4wd crew cab short bed 5.3 engine 6 speed tranny 3.42 gears (not the NHT package). IMO a 6k-6.5k wet weight trailer would be the max I would want to pull around the country with the 5.3 engine. The 6.2 engine can handle a 7k-7.5k lb trailer. Good luck on the hunt.
JIMNLIN 10/26/22 06:23am Travel Trailers
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