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RE: New Tires - too many options

That mileage seems very low for the tires to be worn out. I have 19500 on mine and have a lot of miles left. I did take mine to a shop that specializes in front end alignment as soon as I saw my right front tire showing signs of wear. This fellow lined my front end up based on my fiver weight. I am fortunate that I only use my pickup to pull my fiver. My Ford dealer told me nothing was off on the alignment but he was strictly going by Fords specs and did not consider the weight of the fiver. I am having the same issue with my 17 dually with Michelin a/t's. Both of my front tires are wearing on the outside edges at 29K miles. I took it to a local alignment shop and they said it was within specs. They did mention it was not uncommon pulling a heavy weight but did not suggest changing anything on the alignment. I am going to have the fronts moved to the inside dual and put those tires on the front. Hopefully I can get some good mileage out of them as the back 4 tires are wearing very evenly.
JTrac 11/01/19 06:59am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford F450 Review with Pro's and Con's

Nice video. The only part I didn't agree with was his assesment of the high mounted camera for hooking up the fifth wheel. He didn't like it because it washed out in sunlight. In 2 years of use I have never encountered that. I consider it one of the best features Ford offers. I have a BakFlip Revolver X2 that rolls up behind the cab. I cannot see my hitch but with the camera and the centering line I see everything and it is super easy to line up the hitch and the pin. I never miss. I may have to make sure I'm lined up height wise but other than that it can't get any simpler. I'm wondering how the updated 6.7 in the 2020's will compare. I'm anxious to see the real world reports.
JTrac 10/21/19 08:02am Tow Vehicles
RE: New 5th Wheel with 4-camera system

I was going to order the camera for my truck until I found out it would only work in reverse. I wanted a full time observation camera so I ordered a separate system. I have a separate monitor that sits on my dash. Another issue with the 17-19 Ford Super Duty is if you do get the trailer mounted camera the hook up for it is in the rear bumper. Not good if you have a fifth wheel. I think I read where the camera hook up will be in the bed in the upcoming 2020 models. Unless something has changed I think it will still be a back up camera only.
JTrac 10/09/19 03:39pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Trying out a S&B 60 gallon fuel tank

The new 2020 Super Duty's will still have the 34 gallon tank for the short bed diesel but the gas models will have a 48 gallon tank. That might make the new 7.3 gas engine a more desirable option if it pulls well.
JTrac 09/29/19 07:22am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 Chevy payload

You can build one on nadaguides.com. It shows the GVWR to be 14K. Maybe apples to oranges but my fairly loaded King Ranch has almost 5300 pound paylaod. I would imagine a Denali dually would be in that ballpark. I saw a picture of the paylaod of a Denali single rear wheel short bed and it was a little over 3700 pounds. It has a 12,100 GVRW. The long bed has 12,250.
JTrac 09/11/19 04:18pm Tow Vehicles
RE: GM's 2020 tow rating question for all

I don't think Ford has announced it yet but I saw something on one of the truck forums that the 2020 F350 single rear wheel will have a 12,400 GVWR, up from the previous 11,500. I figured they would try to beat GM with their 12,100 rating. Haven't seen anything on tow ratings. My personal opinion is they are all great trucks and it's kind of fun to watch the "my truck is bigger than yours" game. One good thing, it does open up some options for those who are on the dually vs. single fence.
JTrac 08/28/19 03:44pm Tow Vehicles
RE: what defines a 3/4 ton?

GM's new 2500 has a GVWR of 11,350 with the Duramax. That used to be one ton territory. The old nomenclature may be outdated but it's easier to say I have a 1/2, 3/4, or one ton truck instead of trying to explain I have a Class 1, 2 or 3.
JTrac 08/23/19 10:07pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Rails vs pucks vs gooseneck mount

I went with a Reese puck adapter for my Trailer Saver BD3. It raises the heighth of the hitch 3 3/8", way more than I expected. Thankfully I was able to lower the hitch a couple of holes but it still sets slightly nose high. Demco makes an adapter that adds less than 2" but it is heavy and a little pricey. Also, the new trucks may sit somewhat higher than your current truck but that could be verified. I had a B&W Companion that used the gooseneck hook up. It worked fine except it did dent my bed slightly. If I remember right it needed some shims in the slots on the bed floor. I had bed rails on my last truck and no problem with them.
JTrac 08/19/19 07:33am Fifth-Wheels
RE: I drove a 2020 Silverado D/A 3500HD today

You didn't happen to look at the payload sticker? I know they are up but wondering what a nicely loaded one has. The only thing I can't understand is why no adaptive cruise is offered. I use it and appreciate a lot more than I thought I would on my Ford.
JTrac 08/15/19 06:16am Tow Vehicles
RE: Slide out awnings

I just recently did the Solera's, now owned by Lippert, which did cause some hesitation, but they have been fine so far. They serve the purpose as intended and were the less expensive choice probably because they are not wrapped in a metal casing when retracted. That part did not bother me as we keep ours in a garage so the only weather they get is when we are on the road.
JTrac 08/09/19 06:37am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Update to my Towing analysis paralysis resolved, I think!.

I'm on my 5th season with our BD3 and have been thoroughly pleased with it. I also had some chucking issues but changed trucks and bought the BD3 at the same time. I'll never know if it was more the truck or the hitch but still glad I have the hitch. Please tell what the last hitch was. Missed this. My previous hitch was a B&W Companion.
JTrac 07/27/19 10:05pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Update to my Towing analysis paralysis resolved, I think!.

I'm on my 5th season with our BD3 and have been thoroughly pleased with it. I also had some chucking issues but changed trucks and bought the BD3 at the same time. I'll never know if it was more the truck or the hitch but still glad I have the hitch.
JTrac 07/16/19 03:32pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Saw my first 2020 GMC HD camping this weekend

I'm betting it's a factory test truck. It's just been within the last week or two that automotive journalists attended a media first drive event near Bend, OR, so it seems impossible that trucks are for sale already. Order banks opened in March and first deliveries were scheduled for last week. Check autotrader.com and you will see some already listed for sale. Some of the models like the duallies do have a later production start. I hit a couple of dealers today. N0 2020s around. Nothing on AutoTrader.com today either. I did spec out a pending order for a 3500 Dually. The paperwork states that the duallys are available to order 7/18-7/19 From what I have read the earliest possible delivery date was July 1. That was for crewcab standard bed only. My guess is there will only be a trickle of them for a while and finding one to see will not be easy. I did do a nationwide search on autotrader for a 2020 GMC 2500 and came up with 28 pages of listings. There are no pictures so my guess is none are on the ground. They do show the sticker price and GM has caught up with Ford and Ram in the pricing category. Many of them are north of $80K. In watching one of the GM truck forums some of the guys who ordered early do have confirmation of their trucks being built, pending delivery or hung up in quality control. I'm not sure I would want to be one of the first.
JTrac 07/14/19 07:01am Tow Vehicles
RE: Saw my first 2020 GMC HD camping this weekend

I'm betting it's a factory test truck. It's just been within the last week or two that automotive journalists attended a media first drive event near Bend, OR, so it seems impossible that trucks are for sale already. Order banks opened in March and first deliveries were scheduled for last week. Check autotrader.com and you will see some already listed for sale. Some of the models like the duallies do have a later production start.
JTrac 07/12/19 07:53am Tow Vehicles
RE: Subaru Ascent, VW Atlas, or Rav4 Adventure for light towing?

We've had our Ascent since December. Flawless so far. It is rated to tow 5K if I remember correctly. We have the Touring model so it is a 7 passenger but you can get it in an 8 passenger. We've loaded it up with grandkids a few times and no one complains. The turbo 4 is stout and the ride is smooth. Check out the reviews in Consumer Reports. They had it the number one rated mid size suv. We certainly like it.
JTrac 07/08/19 09:03pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 GMC

My dissapointment is their failure to offer adaptive cruise. I have grown to really appreciate its function while towing in heavy traffic. They are upping the bar though in other features like their camera system. Just reading about it makes me think they will have it all over Ford in that department. They seem to have a lot of well thought out features, plus increased payloads in the 2500's and 3500 single rear wheel. The 2500 diesel now has an 11,350 GVWR which is one ton territory. My 2019 Ram 3500 has adaptive cruise and all the cameras as well I know. I have looked at them and they are impressive. I am toying with the idea of going back to a single rear wheel but need about 600 more pounds of payload in one equipped like we would want. We started out towing with a single and it was fine except we were overloaded. The manufacturers are now increasing their capacities so I'm just waiting to see where they fall. Ford will be out with their new ratings later this year. Our Excel is short bed friendly with the concave corners on the front cap but I was concerned about the Ram's short bed length. It is 6' 4" compared to 6' 9" for the GM and Ford's.
JTrac 07/01/19 06:38am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 GMC

My dissapointment is their failure to offer adaptive cruise. I have grown to really appreciate its function while towing in heavy traffic. They are upping the bar though in other features like their camera system. Just reading about it makes me think they will have it all over Ford in that department. They seem to have a lot of well thought out features, plus increased payloads in the 2500's and 3500 single rear wheel. The 2500 diesel now has an 11,350 GVWR which is one ton territory.
JTrac 06/30/19 10:09pm Tow Vehicles
RE: SWR 5th wheel towing

I'm pretty sure the GVWR for the 19 GM 3500 srw is 11,500. The new 2020's, which are supposed to start hitting the dealerships this week, will be 12,250 from what I've seen which should increase the payload capacity. I've looked pretty close at them, on line, and have been impressed with what is being offered. There is a down side: more money and I would not really want an early production model. Look at the little yellow sticker on door pillar and it will tell you the payload capacity for that particular truck. I really don't like driving a dually either but I could not find a truck in a srw equipped like we wanted that would handle the close to 4K pounds of weight we add to it. We have about 3100 pounds of hitch weight which the factory said was 2685. The rest is us, a fat Boston Terrier, 25 gallons of extra fuel in a transfer tank, the hitch and other odds and ends. It adds up quick once you start putting your stuff in it.
JTrac 06/30/19 08:45pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 Silverado HD Media Launch

I like some of the camera features on my F350 but they could be more useful. I did not get the trailer mounted camera as it only works in reverse. I used to have a motorhome and was able to monitor traffic behind me. I wish the Ford worked that way. What is useful is the camera mounted on the cab stoplight. With its centering line I can hit my hitch just right every time. Without it I couldn't see it. I did look at the new GM HD camera system on their website and it appears it will be much more useful. From what I could see you can use it as a full time rear monitor. If you want to turn the Ford backup camera on while driving forward down the highway simply put the gearshift lever in reverse. Man, I can't understand why I didn't come up with that solution. I'll give it a try next time we are out and let you know how it works out. It works. I've done it to switch on the bed camera to view what I have in the box. Okay, I'll bite. Thought you were making a joke. You are aren't you?
JTrac 06/26/19 02:18pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 Silverado HD Media Launch

I like some of the camera features on my F350 but they could be more useful. I did not get the trailer mounted camera as it only works in reverse. I used to have a motorhome and was able to monitor traffic behind me. I wish the Ford worked that way. What is useful is the camera mounted on the cab stoplight. With its centering line I can hit my hitch just right every time. Without it I couldn't see it. I did look at the new GM HD camera system on their website and it appears it will be much more useful. From what I could see you can use it as a full time rear monitor. If you want to turn the Ford backup camera on while driving forward down the highway simply put the gearshift lever in reverse. Man, I can't understand why I didn't come up with that solution. I'll give it a try next time we are out and let you know how it works out.
JTrac 06/25/19 08:55am Tow Vehicles
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