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RE: Over loaded pickup

"Check your arithmetic; With the 5th wheel set over the axle, that 6000 lbs would not change the front axle weight, because air ride keeps ride height the same. Question; When you unhook, do you crank (or power) the nose up until most/all weight is off truck, or do you crank 'til legs solid on ground, then dump air?" Not much to check I simply add right about 6k to the truck, of that at least 150# is added to the front axle. My hitch is set either 2 or 4" front of centerline of the rear axle. I can't dump air. I go into setting and select tire jack mode so the truck does not try to move while raising RV. Once I see the hitch head start to raise slightly from the hitch base I stop and unlock handle non open it and pull away. The truck goes off tire jack mode once I start it again. 6k pin making the rear weigh 9,750# and the front 5,460# totaling 10,310#. 9750 +5460 =15210 I never heard of "jack mode". Sounds like it would work as well as a dump valve. May not happen with pick-up/single axle but with a screw, too much, or too little air pressure can cause lack of traction
JRscooby 10/16/20 05:42am Tow Vehicles
RE: Over loaded pickup

Scooby, My IHC almost always has weight added to FA with a load. Typically 5900-6000 empty front. 5600-5900 rear depending on if diesel tank has 5 or 50 gals in it. Ad 14000 lb getting me to registered 26k. I'm at 7509-8000 on front, rear in the 17-18.5k realm. Generally 8k and 18k Fr vs Rear. About 2000 added to front, 12000 to rear. In par with body builder specs of 85-15% to 90-10% rear to front wieght distribution. Of course final weights depend on what I'm hauling, ie rock will usually load all forward of rear axle. So bussed to from axle. If light wieght like bar/sawdust etc, a bit more to rear, as bed is filled to 15 CYD capacity vs 4-5 yds of rock. Yes, pickup beds are nearly centered over axle, working beds add weight to front axle. Around here, most people setting a F750 up to haul material will put a 10 ft long bed, hinged right behind the rear of spring hangers. They mostly limit payload to about 10 tons. The old 750 I rescued to deliver little loads was set up like many in mid '60s, a 12 ft bed and a owner added front axle as tag. I removed the tag axle. I got stopped with almost 13 tons on. Weight watchers are not much for letting drivers read the scale if read legal. But because I did not get tickets for it, I know I was not over 7200 lbs on either front tire, or over 23,400 lbs on drive. ($100 to lawyer, raise plates to cover load, got fine down to $35) Air suspension is nice, because crank up psi, level to slight up on rear. Very little wieght if at all is then taken off the front. If anything, added to the front. The last company I was leased to had 3+ company trucks per owner operators. Often company drivers did not understand the issue of pulling from under a trailer with air in suspension. Many of the trailers had air connections mounted low. As 5th wheel clears trailer, weight off, the bag shove back up, break off gladhands. Of course, the leveling valve drops truck back down, so no problem for that driver. Most learned to dump air between the time you crank dollies and pull out. This relates to RVs, or at least the 5th wheel haulers with air suspension because of the chance of damage when the load is suddenly removed.
JRscooby 10/15/20 05:33am Tow Vehicles
RE: Over loaded pickup

OK I just have to show you all what a real load looks like. LOL 6k pin making the rear weigh 9,750# and the front 5,460# totaling 10,310#. All that and the truck sets perfectly level as it should. Kinda cool it sets the same without a load. Check your arithmetic; With the 5th wheel set over the axle, that 6000 lbs would not change the front axle weight, because air ride keeps ride height the same. Question; When you unhook, do you crank (or power) the nose up until most/all weight is off truck, or do you crank 'til legs solid on ground, then dump air?
JRscooby 10/14/20 08:19am Tow Vehicles
RE: 1/2T/huge TT vs strong cross wind = BAADDD DAY

Let me see if I stand under what happened; A wind strong enough to move a trailer sidewise turned the trailer into a sail, which pulled the TV crossways? And a heavier TV would solve the problem? I think a much heavier trailer would be more likely to solve the problem
JRscooby 10/14/20 08:02am General RVing Issues
RE: things you find on the internet.

Back in the late '80s the son of the owner of the company I was leased to used inner tube and duct tape to seal around the tailgate of his assigned dumptruck. Filled the bed with water for 4th July pool party. The concrete driveway under back of truck dropped about a foot overnight. Of course the truck would not pull that load out of the hole, so he popped the tailgate. That water hit the basement window of the house behind, and flooded the basement. Decades later Dad would not talk about what it cost. Yes, drugs where involved
JRscooby 10/14/20 07:06am Around the Campfire
RE: Over loaded pickup

Scooby, Can't agree with heavier springs ride higher, "BUT same amount of wieght off front axle" pickups are tailbhigh to start with. As you load, the frame goes to level, to tail down. You are right. As the rear goes down in relation to front, more weight will be added to rear. Just like raising the tongue of a trailer reduces the tongue weight. The more tail down you go, more wieght is taken off the front axle. Add 2000 lbs to the back. A 4000 lb spring will square more, taking more wieght off the FA. A 6000 less, 8500 less yet, a 16500 like my MDT, less yet. But even if the suspension was rigid, adding weight behind the axle will take weight off the front. The same weight centered over RA will not change steering much* This is why loading the lumber to stick out over the cab would level the truck, make it haul the overload much better. *See a plane vertical thru center of axle. Imagine the sheetrock and 'foam stacked on truck without rear going down, see where that plane is? Now let truck settle like it would in real world. That same vertical plane, compared to first will show a wedge. Any weight in that wedge has moved from in front of to behind the axle. It's real apparent when I put my equipment trailers 1500 lbs of hitch wieght on different grawr but same WB etc. From 300-400 lbs off a crew cab 172" wb with 6400 lb springs, change out to 8500 lb springs, 200-300, this is a 96 sw . My 05 dw crew cab, 8500 lb springs, also 200-300 lbs. IHC, all of 60-100 lbs. Spring capacity does effect how much come off the front loading, depending upon where said CG is etc. Marty I can remember boss and I moving king pin and 5th wheel trying to get steer axle below 18,000 while keeping drive and tag legal. Finally gave up, called tire man to take 11,400 rated tires of my semi-retired dumptruck for the trip.
JRscooby 10/14/20 05:08am Tow Vehicles
RE: Headlights aiming up when towing?

If you seldom tow at night, first check the aim is good MT. Then carry a roll of masking tape. If you see it will get dark on you, cover the top half inch of the headlights.
JRscooby 10/13/20 07:18am Tow Vehicles
RE: Over loaded pickup

^Except what scooby is neglecting is that you’re not going to shove that load any further forward. Like saying if my aunt had balls she’d be my uncle. But she can’t grow any so no matter how hard you wish, it ain’t gonna happen. No you won't push the load forward. BUT by putting those long boards on the top, pushing them forward, that wieght behind the RA will go forward of the RA, so potentially putting more wieght on the FA for better handling. I would not say in this instance it will be great. But it should put a few of the lost lbs from the rear overhang back. Thank you. Unfortunately, with the Transit at work, like ALL Ford vans, they added 4' to the rear of a smaller body. 2000 lbs completely behind the RA like these boards, screws up the FA balance. A stronger stiffer rear suspension would help. One of the reasons I put as short a rear overhang on my dump flatbed. So I did not unduly unload the FA with a load too far in the rear of the bed. Marty Stiffer rear suspension would only make the whole thing ride higher. The same amount of weight would be transferred off front. Most pickup beds are centered over the back axle. But even back before power steering, if somebody wanted to haul weight, more of the bed is in front of back axle. 1 of my little Macks (Tandem drive, 15 ft long material bed) could scale a load of 20 tons, hauling city weights. Contractor had some 18 ft long concrete beams, guessed to weigh about 15 tons. The first 1, I took tailgate off, excavator lift 1 end, loader on the other, and I backed under. That thing sticking out the back could hardly keep it between the ditches. It was bad enough I set a loader on the dump end to push them off the lowboy.
JRscooby 10/13/20 04:47am Tow Vehicles
RE: What is typical width of class A with side slides both open?

Minimum 6" concrete. Oh! and a walk down pit for maintenance... :) ...Dennis Pit is nice when you need to get under, but a PITA any other time. You drain oil into a pan on the floor, just slide it out. Or move MH away from pan. In a pit? Lift it out without splashing on you.
JRscooby 10/12/20 03:02pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Over loaded pickup

I missed the part about stacking long boards on top moving over cab. 14 sheets of 5/8" is 1,036# vs 1/2" 798#. 3/4" OSB subfloor around 46 @ 61# = 2,806#. Removing around 550# of dimensional lumber and placing it from the cab forward is NOT going to make a hill of beans. Will a strap cut into OSB subfloor that deep without tearing the bed? I'm not there, but I think the tall part of that stack is Styrofoam sheets.
JRscooby 10/12/20 02:52pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Over loaded pickup

Overloaded? Likely, but a little for-thought in the order of loading could improve things a lot. Put that sheetrock on the floor of bed would lower COG a bunch. Then put lumber on top, long boards end even with tailgate. Then center the shorter boards over front of bed. This would move COG back up, but also forward to level truck out COMPLETELY disagree. The load is as far forward as possible of all items. Nothing is going to change the front to back load. Lowering the drywall "may" make it less top heavy. How in the world can you say "load is as far forward as possible"? Clearly the boards a sticking out 2-4 feet out the back of the truck. Sheetrock is even with back, so it is 8 ft bed. If the lumber was on top of the 'foam then it could be loaded so the front 4 feet was over the cab. That would move much of the weight to front axle. That is insanely overloaded and completely unsafe. I bet the steering is VERY loose as the front tires have been unloaded most likely. But hey some "E" tires and bags = "Good To Go". I don't know how much weight is on that truck, but I bet over half the weight is sheetrock. Twice that stack of sheetrock would not raise a eyebrow on a 3/4 ton truck. BTW, I was loading trucks for a landscape material place when somebody came in with 1 of Home Depot's rental trucks. Do you know if you get just over a ton on 1 of them the horn starts to honk?
JRscooby 10/12/20 12:31pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Over loaded pickup

Our local gravel pit will not load a single wheel pick up,no matter the rating. Show up with a single wheel 3500 and you will be shovel loading right next the 1500,s Around here most of the quarries will not load any pickup bed. The loader operators are in a hurry to get trucks loaded. To see the pickup you need the bucket pretty high, and gravel falling that far can do some damage. (I had to sign a release before they would load the 10 ft bed on my F-5.) Overloaded? Likely, but a little for-thought in the order of loading could improve things a lot. Put that sheetrock on the floor of bed would lower COG a bunch. Then put lumber on top, long boards end even with tailgate. Then center the shorter boards over front of bed. This would move COG back up, but also forward to level truck out :S That would likely not change a thing! BULLSNOT! The way it is loaded now, most of the weight of the boards is hanging in back of the rear axle. If it was loaded with them on top of the stack, and hanging over the cab, part of that weight would be carried on the front axle instead of levering weight off that axle and adding to rear.
JRscooby 10/12/20 10:15am Tow Vehicles
RE: Over loaded pickup

Overloaded? Likely, but a little for-thought in the order of loading could improve things a lot. Put that sheetrock on the floor of bed would lower COG a bunch. Then put lumber on top, long boards end even with tailgate. Then center the shorter boards over front of bed. This would move COG back up, but also forward to level truck out
JRscooby 10/12/20 07:32am Tow Vehicles
RE: Sticks and bricks house pipe freeze protection

I have low point drains, and drained the whole house. Yes it is built to code by me and was fully inspected We are in the high mountains and no neighbors close by Guy How often, and for how long of time do you expect the sub 20 temps? If you insulate pipes from the outside air, but let heat that radiates thru floor warm the pipes you should be good for all but coldest nights. When extra cold, fill jugs to use for a day, and drain the pipes. If cold snap lasts longer than jugs, turn on fill and drain again. Like I said first, the ceiling of the crawl space does not need to be pretty, just block air and hold insulation up. (Sheet rock and tape, save the mud and sanding) For sure, you want to close off any openings to outside. Might put Styrofoam like what they sometimes use outside foundations to line the inside of walls
JRscooby 10/11/20 05:45am Around the Campfire
RE: How to tow travel trailer with 2 adults, 3 kids, and 2 dogs

A van to tow with? I never thought about that! Or just a van to go camping in? I don’t think that would have the space we’re looking for - were planning to travel for several months. Hm... My Dad camped in van for years, and towed TTs for much longer. Most vans have the wheels set near the corners which makes a better TV than a pickup with the same drivetrain. Mount a small bed (kid or 2 nap) in the back with room for luggage under, but low enough the soft seat back stop the kid in disaster. Then a bench seat back to it, leaving floor space for cooler and play between seats.
JRscooby 10/10/20 11:13am Travel Trailers
RE: How to tow travel trailer with 2 adults, 3 kids, and 2 dogs

Look into a full size van. Stay away from the ones with a long rear overhang, and they make great TVs. Have not looked for a long time, a heavy duty one with the fancy interior might be hard to find, but finishing the inside is a DIY job. A bed space for kids could make long travel days better.
JRscooby 10/10/20 09:24am Travel Trailers
RE: Need freezer seal ideas

Don't know how it would work on a freezer. The little cooler that I used in the Pete I put Vaseline around the top of box, and form-a-gasket around the lid. Closed it tight, left it to dry. Silicone stuck to lid, had to trim some for looks. Cleaned the grease off, cooler worked better.
JRscooby 10/09/20 10:55am General RVing Issues
RE: Mr. Moderator RV.net desperately needs a humor forum

In the not all funny stories are jokes line; Late '70s less than 100 miles to get home. The center line started to wander all over under the truck. Stopped on shoulder to put my head down on wheel for a nap. Bang! Bang! Bang on the door of truck, "You need some help?" Before I see the bear hat, "You got a pocket rocket?" That cop said "Looks like you're doing the right thing" Before he pulls away a diesel bear shows up, wants to see my log book. "According to this you should be good to go." Well I guess it's lying to me for a change...
JRscooby 10/09/20 06:35am Around the Campfire
RE: Towing 7000 LB trailer?

All it takes to make it true is to rephrase "rear axle" with "both truck axles weight" And if you change "My crowd was bigger!" to "My crowd was smaller" can make it a true statement. But CAT scales usually have 200 lb jumps so that will bring big error margin. I have used Cat scales 100s, if not 1000s of times. Every one rounded to 20 lbs. Why not use bathroom scale with lever board? Wait, that would bring us back to 4th grade physics, ... or was it algebra? A lever and scale can do the job, but to get within 20 lbs you would need to be sure you are weigh at same hieght as tow, and must make sure board and tongue ride on points, not flats.
JRscooby 10/07/20 02:54pm Truck Campers
RE: Sticks and bricks house pipe freeze protection

If it was me I would put a ugly ceiling and insulation under pipes and floor. Not only to keep pipes from freeze it would make the house floor feel warmer, and likely cut heating bills.
JRscooby 10/07/20 09:45am Around the Campfire
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