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RE: Saving the Clutch

In my Dodge, turning the front wheels is very difficult when the front is engaged. Especially in tight maneuvers. Yeah same on my F350. Putting it in 4WD makes the steering in turns much stiffer. I like most of us now days have an automatic transmission tho if that makes a difference. But I think it is just geometry. No difference, manual to auto. Turning on dry pavement puts undo strain on front drive system. If on dirt, gravel, or especially ice, the tires can slide, rather than cause the front drive bind. Older style, manual locking hubs, worked best, as you could shift the case to 4-low, but leave hubs unlocked. This allowed the 4-low gearing, without locking the front drive system. Jerry
MFL 01/22/21 12:24pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Saving the Clutch

Good point, but I think you mean 4-low, not just 4x4. Many drivers, unfamiliar with clutch operation, slipped the clutch, even driving a car. I think some just stepped on gas, let engine rev hard, while slowly letting up on the clutch pedal. :) Used to joke about the fan pulling car forward, until the clutch engagement took over.:) Jerry
MFL 01/22/21 11:25am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Build my TV

That would be dry pin, but still low for 14,350 UVW. As to SRW/DRW, the safest way is DRW, but depending on use of truck, some SRWs may work for you. Towing in mountains of Colorado, a DRW would allow more stability. Jerry
MFL 01/21/21 02:20pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Build my TV

RAM HD's are "Assembled" in Mexico with mostly US Made components. Ford's Diesel is Made In Mexico. Guess you need to look into GM's total content. Right now, the GM with Duramax is a great choice! Either of the others, a good choice, the Mexican made/assembled, not really an issue IMO. Jerry
MFL 01/21/21 10:37am Tow Vehicles
RE: Montana Front Living question...does the bumper hit often

Good reply above, from an obvious boat guy! :) Jerry
MFL 01/20/21 07:56am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Towing capacity vs max cargo weight rating

"Six month of the year the DRW is our only vehicle. I do ride the HD for entertainment." You absolutely need your DRW, and lucky your wife enjoys driving it. I would not mind driving a DRW myself, if needed. I much prefer a truck, over car or suv. I think Russ is full-time, carries a lot of extra things, so he also needs a DRW, with a long bed. BTW: That HD is not just for entertainment! It promotes good health and relaxation, not to mention good fresh air. So much worry over GVWR legal issues! Probably more likely to get struck by lightning while towing! I've dealt with 2 IRS audits, that many people fear. Not a fun experience, but both ended well for me! Jerry
MFL 01/19/21 08:36pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Newer 5ers, Slider Hitch Required For Short Beds?

Just one more note, make sure of your bed/hitch height before you go with a slider. My trailer really doesn't need the slider but I thought I had to have one. The slider will add to your hitch height and it could make your trailer nose high. I had that issue with mine. Got rid of the slider and so far we are good. Curly Ha, famous last words. Just kidding, glad a non-slider works for you! Having a GM is a big help, due to the longer than other brands distance, from axle center, to rear of cab. I've towed with several 6.75 bed Fords, and a couple different FWs, while never having a slider hitch. No problem so far, and been working fine since 99. Jerry
MFL 01/19/21 05:05pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Do you need Commercial Plates in NY to tow a trailer?

Downstate is where King Cuomo gets all his money from. It isn't easy getting out of there as the illegals bring in tons of money for his donors. Lived there for 62 years and will never set foot in NYS again! 20k in taxes so an overpaid cop can tell me I can't park in front of my house because it makes it hard for the drunk across the street to get out of her driveway. The state should be merged with CA. :B
MFL 01/19/21 10:44am Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing capacity vs max cargo weight rating

So moving on to the next thought. Let’s say I put 4080 lb tires on the Ram. Which is 880 lbs more payload in the rear, Theoretically. So 880 plus 4156 equals 5036. Not far off a 3500 dually payload rating. Lol. You can call those 295/70R18 tires super singles. This is assuming your wheels are rated for the same pressures/weights, correct? Yes, correct, and this post and a few others you have made, tells me that you are much more knowledgeable, concerning the subject of your thread, than you were saying. Still makes a good discussion, and may help others understand why some TVs are more robust, than stickers are telling. Jerry
MFL 01/19/21 05:53am Tow Vehicles
RE: Newer 5ers, Slider Hitch Required For Short Beds?

Gonna go with the Superglide auto slider I hope you did your homework on the Superglide, and the limitations on hitching ,unhitching . Had a friend grow tired of it after couple years ,and got rid of it ,that and the weight to deal with. Hopefully you are aware of all this, they are not cheap . Yes, more to consider than just that it auto slides. Is there a chance, with your model truck, that it could cause the pin box to hit the tailgate, when sliding. I do consider this to be a quality hitch, that works well for many. Jerry
MFL 01/18/21 10:02am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Towing capacity vs max cargo weight rating

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MFL 01/17/21 11:55am Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing capacity vs max cargo weight rating

OP, a nap? Yes, this thread needs to be put to bed, like so many others here, concerning the class 2 10,000 GVWR of 3/4 ton trucks. Ford also offered their F350 with a class 2 10K GVWR. This helped some folks, as their license cost was less, or they could park a class 2 truck in their neighborhood, but not a class 3, which means more than 10K GVWR. If you ask someone knowledgeable, like rhagfo above, which truck can carry the larger FW/GN trailer?? A Ford F150, with a payload sticker on the door of 2,500 lbs, or your F250, with a payload sticker not to exceed 2,161? If he is being honest/helpful, well of course the F250, due to it's axle rating being way more!! In the case of the 150, you may be within the payload sticker, but over the axle/tire rating which can be a legal issue. Jimnlin above, also is very knowledgeable, and will not give wrong info concerning these axle, or payload stickers. Hope this clears up the artificial class 2 payload rating, which is capped at 10K GVWR, less the actual wt of your truck, when the axles allow much more. Not much more to explain, but hope your concerns are put to rest (nap) :)! Jerry
MFL 01/17/21 09:50am Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing capacity vs max cargo weight rating

No, your truck did not leave the factory full of fuel. Your selling dealer may fill fuel (mine does). With so many pages of opinions, some facts, can be misleading. Throw in a forum of armchair legal advisors, makes it more difficult than it needs to be. Your truck's GCVWR, allows for towing a 15K GN/FW, that is a fact! Your RAWR, which includes tires/wheels, axle, and suspension, dictates the load you can carry. I and others, said way early in this thread, that after getting separate axle weights, when no trailer connected, will tell you how much more you can add to the rear axle, in your case, the gooseneck trailer hitch wt. You have a very capable truck! Again...getting a new gas truck, is your choice, but while it may show a larger number on that payload sticker, your RAWR will be similar, and is what matters. Jerry Well MFL you are also giving a forum legal opinion. To a fact the 15,000# towing rating is what the truck is rated to pull, it may not be able to carry the pin weight associated with that weight. Any F2500 I have read about on this and other forums that even get near max axle rating needed air bags to level due to Ford putting soft rear springs on them. You also make this statement "Your RAWR, which includes tires/wheels, axle, and suspension, dictates the load you can carry." you have forgotten frame. In 2021 Ford and GM have started upping the GVWR of 250/2500's to as high as 11,500# at which point they are now a Class 3 truck and should be labeled as 350/3500! Yes, legal opinions, are just that, and is why the manufacturer supplies axle rating. I think Spoon already explained to you, that the frame is very capable of handling anything the axle/tires can handle. You don't seem to be familiar with Ford trucks, especially the F250, such as the one I own. I ordered mine with F350 suspension, heavy duty service option. My truck does not need anything added to carry 6,200 on R/A , with very little squat. Many F250s have the added camper pkg, which is 350 suspension with sway bar. Your views have changed a lot since getting your DRW 3500, which is a great choice for you. Everyone does not choose to have more truck than they need. Would a class 3 truck be a better choice for OP? Yes, if he decides to get a new truck. The truck he already owns, will work great, if he stays within R/A, and max tire rating. Jerry
MFL 01/17/21 07:29am Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing capacity vs max cargo weight rating

No, your truck did not leave the factory full of fuel. Your selling dealer may fill fuel (mine does). With so many pages of opinions, some facts, can be misleading. Throw in a forum of armchair legal advisors, makes it more difficult than it needs to be. Your truck's GCVWR, allows for towing a 15K GN/FW, that is a fact! Your RAWR, which includes tires/wheels, axle, and suspension, dictates the load you can carry. I and others, said way early in this thread, that after getting separate axle weights, when no trailer connected, will tell you how much more you can add to the rear axle, in your case, the gooseneck trailer hitch wt. You have a very capable truck! Again...getting a new gas truck, is your choice, but while it may show a larger number on that payload sticker, your RAWR will be similar, and is what matters. Jerry
MFL 01/17/21 06:16am Tow Vehicles
RE: Social distancing

If we had a "like"button, I would click on it. https://i.imgur.com/LgJqVMwl.png
MFL 01/16/21 06:16pm General RVing Issues
RE: Towing capacity vs max cargo weight rating

No it says combined, that means weight of passengers and and anything else added to vehicle. This^^^ Now we know your actual truck wt, when it left the factory, which is 7,839, and more realistic. Anything added, bed mat, mud flaps tonneau cover, and hitch, will reduce this 2,161 available payload. But still, the good news...follow those axle/tire ratings. Jerry
MFL 01/16/21 04:55pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Dometic RV Toilet - Model 300

Nice of you to post, concerning your good experience with Dometic! It is good to know that some manufacturers will stand behind their product. Jerry
MFL 01/16/21 01:46pm Travel Trailers
RE: Newer 5ers, Slider Hitch Required For Short Beds?

Ron...Lots of variables with this issue! One person's experience may be good, and the other not so much. You know about the shape of front, but the length of pin box can vary, and one hitch will work better than another, due to adjustability, even though not a slider. The truck itself makes a difference, due to axle center to back of cab distance. GM will work best, longest distance, then Ford, and of course your Ram, has the shortest distance. Cummins2014, a forum member here, uses an Andersen hitch in a similar truck, with no issue, and likes the hitch. I know there are other Ram owners, using this hitch, also with good results. Jerry
MFL 01/15/21 08:03pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5th wheel hitch suggestion

Hey Hey Hey...... B&W will make your day and the others, well they can get out of the way! FWIW, the Prez of the B&W Fan Club made a convert out of me 4 years ago! One of the best investments I made for RVing/towing! And to augment FTG's post about waiting for the B&W fan club hat and membership card, I'm still waiting as well. LOL A bit of bad news guys. I called J Works, at home, while he was eating dinner, and demanded my hat, and T-shirt, years ago. He said so many hitches sold, they were unable to get enough caps from supplier, and up to 10 yr wait time. He did send his own hat and T-shirt to me, arrived in 2 days, with a note " please don't call me during dinner";) Jerry
MFL 01/15/21 02:15pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Towing capacity vs max cargo weight rating

I try and stay away from the lawsuit conversations and what ifs to follow. The thing I will add is, a person with many assets, and no, or little debt, will always be a candidate for a lawsuit. An injured party, and their lawyer will not waste their time on the average person, that already owes way more than they are worth. Can't say never, but very unlikely. There are more people out there, driving with no liability insurance, than you responsible members here can imagine. The reason is, they have nothing to lose, other than their license, if they have one, and worst case, a short jail time. Jerry It's not personnel wealth that lawyers are after. Lawyers seek a viable/active insurance policy. The average person is not wealthy that's why we refer to the wealthy as 1%'ers. However the average person that owns a vehicle has an insurance policy, which is all the lawyers need to make a suit worthwhile. Commercial vehicles are even more enticing because they have higher liability limits. Commercial vehicles are also less likely to have their policies lapse. I agree a person with little money and no policy has nothing to lose, however business models are generally not built around that persons finances. I think my meaning was missed, as to civil suits. I should have said any civil suit, not just pertaining to auto insurance claims. However, having auto liability insurance is a must, in most cases. How much, does depend on your personal wealth (ability to pay, over and above your insurance you currently have). In my state, a minimum of only 50K liability is required on a personal motor vehicle. In my state, I have the option of posting a bond of this amount, that will be held by the state, until I choose to purchase insurance. This to me, seems foolish for anyone to do. If you have 50K that you can leave sit in the state capitol indefinitely, you have much more to lose in a civil injury suit. For this reason, some are fine with minimum coverage, as they have little for anyone to go after, to collect further damages. Our insurance agent, helps us decide what we need. It may be 100K, for one person, but 500K for the next. In todays world a million dollar liability is common, even on a personal use vehicle. This the reason, that personal wealth matters, in most any suit! My .02 Jerry
MFL 01/15/21 08:24am Tow Vehicles
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