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RE: just a little more power

The difference between 74 and 67 pounds on an 8000lb truck pulling a 12000lb trailer is not going to make any difference. Agree. Those numbers were to represent how heavy certain LT E tire types can be in certain 17" and 18" sizes vs say a all season OEM LT285/80-17 E at 40-43 lbs (depending on brands). Speculating anywayz on the OPs tire sizes/brand/tire types. Now if the OP had a new gen diesel with 800-1000 lb torque then tire/wheel weights aren't that big of a deal.
JIMNLIN 07/11/22 12:17pm Tow Vehicles
RE: just a little more power

We quite often see 250/350 owners who bit into towing 14k-15k lbs with the small block 6.2 engine. Many swapped for the same 250/350 with the diesel. Just to add to MFL on point comment on tire/wheel diameters. Also I've found with gas small blocks, and big blocks, tire and wheel weight can drag down their towing performance. Example of a tires weight;..... a BFG Mud Terrain KM3 LT295/70-18" that weighs 74 lbs. Now add the wheel and the little V8 has over 400+ lbs of tires and wheels to keep the load moving. Even the same brand BFG same tire type in a 17" weighs 67 lbs. Yeah.... I know we have lighter weight tires out here but this is just a example of parasitic drag on the small engine.
JIMNLIN 07/11/22 07:47am Tow Vehicles
RE: TT When Solo....OR Truck Camper?

I've done both and it really isn't much of a hassle to go solo with a trailer. And you have the freedom of your tow vehicle without the rig when you need it. Just MHO but I wouldn't invest in another RV if I were you. X2. We started out camping in the late '60s with three different truck campers till around '80. We wanted a bit more room so we found a 26' 5th wheel trailer. This gave us the ability to tow doubles with the bazz boat and use the 4wd truck for side excursion for sight seeing/etc where a TC/trailer couldn't go. I'm 80/wife 79 now and sitting up and breaking down isn't that big of a deal. I would try the TT and see how it goes for you. If it doesn't work then is the time to go to another type of rv camper.
JIMNLIN 07/10/22 10:04pm Travel Trailers
RE: New Travel Trailer

A 7000 lb TT ?? is that 7000 lb dry or a gvwr ?? A 1/2 ton diesel pickup ? What the trucks brand/specs (gvwr/rawr/tow rating/gear ratio/which tranny/etc ?? Not knowing any more than that a informed decision can't be made other than wild assumptions.
JIMNLIN 07/10/22 12:04pm Travel Trailers
RE: Raccoons - 1, Me - 1. (UPDATE!)

I have a old (10 years) Havahart metal box trap with doors at both ends. Its 12" X 12" x 36" long and big enough for 'dillos and coons. I've been looking for a new one. 'dillos bend it up up and I rebuild it but after dozens of rebuilds its on its last leg. Coons love black oil sunflower seeds. I close one door and a handful of seeds under it....scatter a tea spoon by the open door. Works every nite the rascals come around looking for something to tear up or eat. I usually haul them on farther down my county road (10-12 miles) and release them far from houses/barns. Out here where people feed their stock (ie; calf feeders) or grow farm crops they are a pest....along side of feral hogs and deer.
JIMNLIN 07/07/22 12:36pm Around the Campfire
RE: Tire longevity

mus' be the heat making grumpy people even more grumpy. michelin Q&A *What is the expected service life of tires? While most tires will need replacement before they achieve 10 years, it is recommended that any tires in service 10 years or more from the date of manufacture, including spare tires, be replaced with new tires as a simple precaution even if such tires appear serviceable and even if they have not reached the legal wear limit.* For those that aren't familiar with the XPS Ribs...their a commercial grade all steel ply carcass tire that Michelin recommends for commercial trailers. They work great on rv trailers as reports we see from time to time mention running the XPS in excess of 48k-50k miles on their trailers. I wouldn't attempt using a poly carcass tire in a trailer position that many years.
JIMNLIN 07/04/22 12:37pm General RVing Issues
RE: Why do I need a W/D or sway control

Except I can continue down the roads in winds where you’d have to pull over. Same truck, Jimnlin. Can do maneuvers in which you’d roll. It ain’t about skill. It’s the side load. Winds, suspensions, and hitch and how they effect the vehicle dynamic. Weight matters little. I’ve seen 1800-lb trailed compressors take DRWs off the pavement. Why would I have to pull over?? I Never said anything about skill. My point and post was about all truck/trailer combos can handle differently depending on even more conditions than you mention And driver expectations (handling) can be different.
JIMNLIN 07/04/22 12:17pm Towing
RE: Why do I need a W/D or sway control

The combo either needs a WD with sway control or it doesn't. Yours combo meets your expectations. Another 8k lb trailer with a different ball to axle distance or a host of other difference may need a WD hitch with sway control. Having pulled 5th wheel...GN....pintle hitch...bumper pull trailers from 7k up to 22k lb trailers ,some times for a living, even a one ton drw truck can have sway issues. I've ran pony for other drivers with their equipment. Some handled very bad and others great...even tho the owners all said their combo had no handling issues. It simply depends on the combo and what a driver expectations are. One size don't fit all in this case.
JIMNLIN 07/04/22 06:42am Towing
RE: Truck camper question

A 3500 srw Ram has a 7000 rawr that will be carrying (any truck) most if not all of the truck campers weight. Front axle isn't that big of a player with heavy camper hanging out back. A 3500 srw crew cab rear axle can weigh around 3500 lbs which leaves 3500 lbs for a loaded truck camper. Those 4000-4500 lb payloads on 350/3500 srw trucks are a gvwr based payload (front and rear axles) will overload any of the one ton srw trucks rear axle. Rear air suspension is a good option if available. The Ram Mega cab comes only with a 6' 4" bed. Its been my experience anything over 140" wheel base rides/handles just as well, if not better, than a 170' wb when all the load is on the trucks rear axle. I would suggest a one ton drw with those big 9700-10500 lb rawr for carrying a 3800-5000 ln truck camper.
JIMNLIN 07/03/22 01:23pm Truck Campers
RE: Note to Newbies with Children

good reminders. One campground had trash bag pickup at a given time each morning. They also advise not to put trash out to early...crows would tear the bags open and leave a mess. The first time I put my trash bag out 15 min early. Trash guy knocked on my door and nicely says I had a mess to clean up.
JIMNLIN 07/02/22 06:02pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Vintage Gas Prices

I paid 13.9 during a gazz war in the late '50s. The last teen priced gas I saw around here (19.9) was in 1972 (another gas war). I wasn't old enough to buy gas just after WW II but I can remember the folks having to hand pump so many gallons of gas in the glass enclosed gas tower ...then flip the valve open and gravity dumped those gallons in our old '33 Ford. Gas was .08-.10 cents a gal.
JIMNLIN 07/02/22 05:55pm Around the Campfire
RE: Traveling with Propane on

When we start a trip we plug the trailer in the day before and run the fridge on electric. I turn the fridge on LP as were leaving and never turn off the LP till were plugged into 110v. Our first rv campers had the old ice boxes that required block ice to keep things "COOL". Later the industry went to LP fridges which was a godsend. Now we could actually keep meats/other foods frozen on those long 500-600 mile a day runs in 110 degree weather at 55-60 mph. As a victim of spoiled foods from the old ice box era my LP fridge never gets turned off. I hope no one ever gets that sick. My large rv dealer in my area (37 years) says they have yet to see a rv fire started by the LP fridge at a gas station. But burned rv vehicles started by the LP heaters is common.
JIMNLIN 07/01/22 01:29pm General RVing Issues
RE: Fuel cost in your area

Just paid this 1 hour ago ... regular...4.29 at my closest local gazz station diesel...5.12 at the same station. red diesel....4.79 at same station. gasbuddy was off 10 cents to 37 cents in said station. Poor big oil companies and especially their CEOs must have it bad now.
JIMNLIN 07/01/22 01:01pm General RVing Issues
RE: New shocks?

I've used other shock brands including Bilstiens on my 3/4 and one ton play and service trucks and always went back to the good old Rancho 9000 shock for carrying max rear axle loads from heavy GN trailers or my 10' 6" truck campers. Bilstiens were just ok for my use on 1/2 ton trucks I've owned. Nice mushy ride like new OEM shocks but they did last much longer than OEM.
JIMNLIN 07/01/22 12:34pm Truck Campers
RE: trailer suspension

sometimes adding products to a truck/trailer combo just to be pro active can backfire. Having pulled single axle cargo trailers between multi state jobsites sometimes even made my one ton drw trucks ride harsh compared to 16k-22k GN flatbed trailers. Proper hitch weight for that combo, with a single axle trailer, is critical especially with a soft suspension 1/2 ton truck.
JIMNLIN 07/01/22 06:44am Travel Trailers
RE: Gas 11 years ago from a Forum memeber

For years the voice of big oil and supporters and political despots was drill baby drill so we can be self sufficient which will bring cheaper fuel costs. We achieved the self sufficient part but doing so didn't bring the cheap fuel cost part . I'm still waiting.
JIMNLIN 06/29/22 02:14pm Around the Campfire
RE: Nubs on stabilizer rod worn down. Can these be replaced?

I use center drills for starting a drilled hole in round stock.
JIMNLIN 06/22/22 07:19pm Travel Trailers
RE: Camping Safety

For us its safer today in campgrounds with park rangers....cell phones...active campgrounds hosts or mgrs or owners and active CSO deputys...gated COE campgrounds vs years past (60s/70s/80s) where there was little to no help from the above. We stay away from campgrounds close to big cities....close to a college town or campgrounds known for partying. In the early '70s we were camped (fishing) in one of our favorite COE campgrounds in NE Oklahoma. Sat afternoon 12-14 pickup loads of the local KKK chapter thugs started drifting in with water tanks in the back of several trucks that were full of ice and beer. By 10 oclock most were drunk ...then their guns came out. Pistols...shotguns...two AKs...calibers and gauges of all sizes. They had the road blocked so no one could leave or get in. A farmer about a mile away heard all the gun fire...called the sheriff office. Deputies from two counties....several cars full of state troopers swooped in and bagged all of them. One trooper told us who these jerks were and confiscated 26 weapons of all sizes. My kids were under 10 years as were several other campers. The whole campground was scared of these idiots. I sure was and I carried back then. I feel much safer today than 50+ years ago while camping.
JIMNLIN 06/22/22 03:42pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Goodbye China Bombs, Hello Made In The USA

The other day one blew out just sitting in the yard. It's possible that the dealer may have over inflated them. I'm getting ready to get five new Carslie tires for it from Discount Tire. I've had tires on Skyline RV trailer (Marathon ST from Goodyear) and several ST/LT/P (different brands and all made in the usa) on various implement trailers just blow out while sittings over the years....or as a spare. Usually they were well used tires with lots of miles on them. Its possible someone put to much psi in them.... then heating from the sun made even more psi.
JIMNLIN 06/22/22 02:59pm Travel Trailers
RE: 5th wheel front tripod

What is the purpose of it when you already have 4 or 6 jacks plus the tires on the ground? Jacks and tires won't make a stable trailer for folks like my self that may have a medical problem (motion sickness). Don't confuse jacks with stabilizers. Jacks can only lift so they may not stop side to side/fore and aft movement on some trailers. Same for tires in a rv trailer. The tri pod....or bi pod as I have, can only stop side to side movement at the front of the trailer. Why did those two use a tri pod ??? We can only guess.....but I assume they work for them.
JIMNLIN 06/22/22 02:38pm Fifth-Wheels
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