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RE: Move up to enclosed trailer

I tow enclosed snowmachine trailers, both two and four placed trailers. Go with the 8.5' width. While someone can prove scientifically the narrower trailer will give you better mileage, you'll never notice it. And make sure the trailer is tall enough to handle a taller machine with light bars incase your next one is taller. As far as which brand, they all make models from entry trailers that you probably don't want to very good ones. Bill ^^^^ Bill pretty much got it. Currently have Pace, Mirage, Wells and Haulmark. 6x12, 8x14, 8x16 and 8x28. Seriously, couldn't care less which one is behind the camper; truck doesn't care. Trailer brand..? it's a box on an axle. There's differences, but it's not a Chevy to Rolls amount. Mostly preference on little details and looks. All these years later and I really don't have a preference.
Reality Check 02/04/16 11:45pm Truck Campers
RE: Drop camper to launch boat?

... Camera's are a bad idea for backing other than checking for kids. Backing accidents happen because folks aren't watching their mirrors. If your watching the camera, you're not watching the sides of the truck. ...I disagree with this. There are many reasons for backing accidents. The greater your ability see behind you the less likely you are to have an accident. I use my camera and side mirrors. With the TC loaded, the camera replaces my rear view mirror. The camera provides a wide view, whereas the side mirrors only show one side. Wayne I think I didn't write clearly.. I agree, used in conjunction with. But in reading peoples descriptions and watching people back in life, I see where it's all they use. Just look at the kook at the supermarket backing up out of his parking spot....looking at the little screen. See it consistently, always dangerous.
Reality Check 02/03/16 10:24am Truck Campers
RE: Drop camper to launch boat?

We fish... alot. Our non-winter camping trips are mostly fishing with the boat. If we're staying more than one night, the camper comes off. With that, backing with a boat and a camper on is only a small difference. On a long boat launch, because our current boat is narrower, I just have to weave a bit more. There's a trick to backing straight up with a trailer you can't see. Try backing an air compressor with a short wheel base that is 3' narrower than your rig...down a city block. Camera's are a bad idea for backing other than checking for kids. Backing accidents happen because folks aren't watching their mirrors. If your watching the camera, you're not watching the sides of the truck. The weave is light and controlled....it's how one keeps track of where the trailer is and brings it in straight when needed (at the water). Camper on an incline? It's not going to tip over. It's a boat ramp, not a cliff.
Reality Check 02/03/16 02:02am Truck Campers
RE: Weight distribution hitch questions

We can talk forever, but without getting on tape measure we are not going anywhere. I will visit dealer in next couple of weeks anyway, so I will ask question then. With hitch it is easy. The combination hitches come with 8000lb ratings, going to 12,000lb with 2 5/16 balls. The one on the picture sure doesn't look like 2 5/16" Just becouse someone did monkey job, doesn't make it doable, or usable in common sense. Insufferable... http://i160.photobucket.com/albums/t161/prioronetime/Pintle_zps5tqryzny.jpg http://i160.photobucket.com/albums/t161/prioronetime/Capture%203_zpsoqzf26hp.jpg http://i160.photobucket.com/albums/t161/prioronetime/Capture2_zps1ejuftcp.jpg Yep... But then, what do I know. You've already told me I have 'limited knowledge'. Get out of your box Kayteg... I have safety chains bigger than that on my single axle utility trailer that I haul two 900 pound garden tractors on. You ever been DOT'd w/that rig? ^^^^ Seriously, when is the last time a grey shirt "DOT'd" an RV? Do you even know anything about what you're asking? Can you tell me the difference between a Level 1, 2 or 3 inspection? Did you read anything further or just look at a picture? Tell me this: what size chains does one actually need on a 3000# trailer (garden tractor trailer) to be legal.
Reality Check 01/17/16 10:37am Truck Campers
RE: Weight distribution hitch questions

.... With 2-3" of travel before pintle ring hits top of the hitch, I bet this is dentist-sponsored setup. ;) That hitch is 8000lb rated, I was pulling 18,000lb Chains on the picture looks like 4000lb rated. Nice monkey job. Once again, you point out the obvious. But you did get part of it right at least. You stated it can't be done. I was just helping you out and increasing your knowledge a bit. Take it as you did, I'm not surprised. That hitch is actually very smooth. It's not an air compressor, etc (balanced load with net zero tongue weight), so it doesn't 'slap' up and down. But those that tow a lot of heavy equipment, etc, would know that. It's as smooth as any ball job. Just easier and more secure. I have pintle hitches to 45 ton. Big deal. You towed 18k. Big deal. But hey, great way in changing the subject that WDH isn't possible with a pintle. You are partially correct though, as this particular hitch is light weight. It's only 16k. But it pulls a max 10k trailer. How you randomly came up with 8k is amazing I'm sure. Maybe you meant 8t. Yea, that must be it. The chains, which were factory, were in fact not 4000. I believe they were 5200 (WWL x4 of lowest grade). They could have been stronger than that, but as I'm sure you know, they don't often mark chains smaller than 5/16". They are now 3/8" x 43's. Does that make you feel better? I fully agree that most trailers have to small of chains, but they base it on 'breaking', not WWL, which goes to what the definition of "ultimate" (USDOT) refers to. But then, you knew all that. Thanks for the compliment I guess. It this is a monkey job, so be it. I can't wait to see what wisdom you bestow upon those of us who have limited knowledge, next...
Reality Check 01/16/16 11:34pm Truck Campers
RE: Weight distribution hitch questions

It started with this: They are both long beds. Opps and irrelevant of course. But, you kept going: You make broad statement on your limited experience. Thanks for clearing everything up... But once again, you have no idea. You are right that Ford lists all rear overhangs at 52", what leaves about 50" for cab to axle, but F550 are also coming with about 80" cab to axle. The white truck seem to have the 50/50 box, but I keep measuring the front of the box to rear overhang of new DUALLY trucks and no matter what picture I take, it is coming like 64/36. Would probably take a visit to a dealer with tape measure .... ... Obviously, if the overhang is the same for both SWB and LWB, the extra distance is at the front of the bed for the LWB. ... As has been pointed out to you (well done jimh425), the discussion turned to the 'rear overhang' issue (which you brought up). Feel free to take a tape measure anywhere you want...to verify what is common knowledge. It appears that there is confusion at your end now about what the discussion was about...cab to axle or rear overhang. You showed pictures of short boxes and long boxes and duals...and then had the obvious pointed out to you. But there is still confusion???? I'm sure others can sympathize with my affliction over your writings. Seemingly all knowing on all subjects. It's wearing. But, according to you, I have limited experience, so what do I know. Carry on...
Reality Check 01/16/16 11:02pm Truck Campers
RE: Weight distribution hitch questions

...... The 3-axle trailer had pintle hitch, so WD was not possible even if I wanted it. ...... Actually, it is possible, works fine. Just not very common for sure. And for added grins... http://i160.photobucket.com/albums/t161/prioronetime/Camper/DSCN0805_zpsdyp2q0rk.jpg
Reality Check 01/16/16 10:58am Truck Campers
RE: Weight distribution hitch questions

Here is 2016 F350 SRW, so looks like the axle towards the rear bumper is dually thing. http://s3.amazonaws.com/photos.ecarlist.com/Xj/c0/NG/MF/Od/xl/91/ID/zK/zJ/8Q_640.jpg width=600 You're killing me.... I have/had, 250's, 350's, 450's, 550's.. The axle to rear is the same regardless of single, duals, short, long, naked, dressed, polka dots or political affiliation. The 'need glasses' comment back at 'cha.... http://i160.photobucket.com/albums/t161/prioronetime/Them%20thingys/banghead.gif :)
Reality Check 01/16/16 10:55am Truck Campers
RE: Weight distribution hitch questions

Again, I am not sure when and what models, but compare rear overhang on those two F350. The white one is 2013 but SRW. http://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/VgQAAOSwKtlWlWxk/s-l500.jpg width=600 http://a4.dealerimages.dealereprocess.com/images/c_fit,f_auto,fl_lossy/v1/dvp/341/312118868/New-2016-Ford-F-350SuperDuty-KingRanch-ID312118868 width=600 Short bed and long bed... Apples to spaceships. I believe the dimension has been 52.4" for years... Regardless of whether it's a short box or not.
Reality Check 01/15/16 03:48pm Truck Campers
RE: Weight distribution hitch questions

...... The 3-axle trailer had pintle hitch, so WD was not possible even if I wanted it. ...... Actually, it is possible, works fine. Just not very common for sure.
Reality Check 01/15/16 09:17am Truck Campers
RE: first weekend out on the sleds

This is the year of the snow for Washington State. I am getting our sleds ready right now (late start). Too bad I am scared to drive our Isuzu camper in the snow (haven't sold the Tundra 4x4 yet so all is good). If anyone rides the Fish Lake, Salmon La Sac, Blewett Pass area and wants company, my wife and I will be riding pretty much all of Jan and Feb. Cried all morning... small group of us were up and ready. Pass was supposed to open at day break. Didn't happen...90 is shut down until at least tonight. Snow is off the charts. Few days ago... http://i160.photobucket.com/albums/t161/prioronetime/Rides/Stampede%20121915/KIMG0556_zpsxrkeynza.jpg We're camping this coming weekend I believe, and then two trips in Jan; a two nighter and then three nights up north. Best times for sure.
Reality Check 12/24/15 02:32pm Truck Campers
RE: first weekend out on the sleds

lol.... and people put their campers to bed for the winter. Best.....camping........ever.
Reality Check 12/21/15 11:38am Truck Campers
RE: Thanksgiving goes to the dogs

What a joy!!!! I know better of course; always insure that I have time to read and enjoy your TR's. Last night, we made the time. What a pleasure. Thank you for the efforts!!
Reality Check 12/18/15 12:00pm Truck Campers
RE: Weight Concern

This feels like another one of those questions; "I know the answer, but I don't like it. So I'm going to ask it again...." When we 'want' something, we find a way to justify it. Human nature I guess.
Reality Check 12/15/15 11:02pm Truck Campers
RE: Buying used.... Considerations

Average life expectancy of a compact fridge is something like 4 years (...average...., full size 9-13yrs). And that is for something sitting in a structure, not rolling down the road going bumpity bump. You're right; don't count on it. But I propose that when buying used, one is buying the structure and a wish that the appliances last longer than usual. Most of us see '98 as just the other day. But it wasn't.
Reality Check 12/15/15 10:57pm Truck Campers
RE: Truck camper with utility bed???

I don't stop at scales here in PA with my DRW 1 ton GMC dump truck. Is it legal in your state? Frankly I doubt so. So what is to the bragging about breaking the law? Frankly, I doubt he's 'bragging'. Just stating something. Commercial or not, under 16k doesn't have to stop in Washington. Every state is different. This subject has been beat to death for years. History shows that one thing remains true on this forum; people don't search and read.
Reality Check 12/13/15 10:24am Truck Campers
RE: 2016 F450 Setup

I do think Ford will eventually sort it all out. Well, that is if those DAMNED Feds/EPA will stop moving the goal post! Someone should figure out all the money $pent (both primary and secondary) conforming to all the the gov mandates on our trucks! HUGE! The gov strangles companies with regulations, and bleeds them with taxes.....and wonders why their not healthy! I'm going to point out what should be obvious. Throwing rotten apples at the 'government' is easy, but the problem lies in the folks we as a country vote in. We ARE the government. We vote them in, they decide things for us and.... we get the results. Let me just say I'm not real impressed with my neighbors votes the last, oh, 30 years or so. Well pointed out in this thread here, the chassis versions are different than the p/u's. I don't think it's that confusing, but it would probably be easier if they had gone F350, F400 (for the p/u version) and then the 450/550 (for the chassis's). Seems like this subject gets beat to death over and over...
Reality Check 12/01/15 06:13pm Truck Campers
RE: Went on a one night test run with the "new to me" camper

You should be out chipping your chutes..not dreaming of time off and surfing the net. Sheesh... Cali?? How many axle's/drops/yds you carry where your at? Like you; just got tired of sleeping on the ground. Enjoy. Don't need to chip chutes when you keep your truck clean. Yeah, three and a bridgemaster. 10 yards total, 9 legally. lol.. I tell my pump op the same, but from the looks of his hopper, it has been with failed success. Maybe that's why I own so many chipping guns. The new trucks up here are running a bridgemaster on the rear and two min, some now with three, drops mid frame. 6, 7 axles is the new norm. Happy cammping!
Reality Check 11/27/15 04:37pm Truck Campers
RE: Went on a one night test run with the "new to me" camper

You should be out chipping your chutes..not dreaming of time off and surfing the net. Sheesh... Cali?? How many axle's/drops/yds you carry where your at? Like you; just got tired of sleeping on the ground. Enjoy.
Reality Check 11/25/15 11:22pm Truck Campers
RE: So would you go with a built in propane generator today?

Got both, like both, going to keep both. They both have there place. On board is convenient; Honda is quiet. Carry both, use both.
Reality Check 10/28/15 08:44pm Truck Campers
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