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RE: Learning curve going from 5th wheel to TT

The experience of many members has been that the Andersen hitch is better for lower weight trailers as it seems to have a problem transferring the weight with heavier tongue weights. If you want to duplicate the great towing you are used to with the 5th wheel then you need to bite the bullet and get a Hensley "Arrow" hitch. I towed with the Hensley for many years and never once had a sway event or even close to one. They are, hands down, the best towing hitch money can buy. Although they are about three times the cost of a "normal" hitch they are worth every penny spent in towing comfort, piece of mind, and safety. Sorry to say but you are towing a long, heavy trailer and the Andersen is not going to cut the mustard. You need a better hitch for that combination. Yes, your thinking is flawed in that the weight lost off the front axle of the two vehicle is the major reason for steering issues and sway control. The WD hitch restores that weight and, along with several other issues, the control of the trailer is restored. Barney Could you give us a ball park cost for that hitch? I am considering going to a TT myself at some point
SweetLou 08/06/20 09:18am Towing
RE: Tire choice

I had coopers before on my truck and 5er and 40% separated over 2 years. Coopers were good on my Grand Marquis though years back
SweetLou 07/27/20 06:31pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Advance on Travel Trailer

Backing up a shorter wheel base is more challenging, however it just means you make small corrections faster. You will get use to it.
SweetLou 07/25/20 07:11am Tow Vehicles
RE: Durable tire recommendation

Go to Discount Tire and tell them to price GY ENDURANCE in your size and load range. Weight wise if you are on the edge I would go up in load range. Example "D" to "E". The ENDURANCE has been on the market for over 3 years now and not a single tire failure that was the tires fault. Oh if it matters to you they are Made in USA unlike most trailer tires that are made in Communist China!!! https://i.imgur.com/UPtGFatl.jpg I agree with you. I had a tire blow that was 4 yr manufacture date and 3 yr on trailer. It separated just before the filling station. It was a GY Marathon. Bought one GY Endurance 10 ply next day to keep moving. 3 more before this trailer hits the road again. Just put on the other 3 GY Endurance tires the other day. I saw that inventory was starting to get back ordered. I didn't want to take chances for my ride back South with out them.
SweetLou 07/22/20 08:14am Towing
RE: Big truck dealer in Idaho?

Sadly, it is no longer a deal. I tried them when I ordered the truck in my signature. I did better here in Phoenix, straight up with no travel expenses. Factor in travel expenses and it wasn't even close. That is because Dave Smith is no linger owned by Dave Smith and they don't deal like they did before which was volume. Better to actually go to surrounding dealers or a couple of other big ones which I forget the names in Idaho. Someone here will give them
SweetLou 07/19/20 07:10am Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing with 4cyl Sorento?

just my .02cts, no 4 bang auto was made to be a tow truck. but thats just me. the engines not made for towing,, brakes not made for towing,,tranny not made for towing. ok I,m done.I feel much better So according to you all Subarus (4cyl) can't tow. Interesting. I wonder why I can?
SweetLou 07/15/20 08:38am Towing
RE: Battery replacements in 2013 Chevy Silverado 2500 Diesel

I would buy mine at Costco since they take back bad stuff with no questioned asked. It happens to get bad batteries. Then just take them down to an independant mechanic and pay to have them installed. Less headache while you read a magazine. Then take the old ones to costco for the core charge reversed.
SweetLou 06/30/20 06:48am Tow Vehicles
RE: Conversation with Goodyear about Marathon tires

Our recent to us 5er has 1 Endurance and 3 Marathons mounted. I am well aware of the issues with Marathons and they will be replaced shortly. 2 of them are early 2016 and the other is late 2015 manufacture. I don't know if they were intended to be an "upgrade" at some point. The unit is a 2014 so not original. It's a FR product, I can't imagine that they used them as OEM but maybe. I went out yesterday to get the DOTs and went on GY's website to see about any possible assistance. Their own website stated that the DOT numbers were not recognized as Goodyear products. I thought that was funny, so I called. No luck on the assistance, imagine that. I never stated that I had bought them nor was it asked. Another weird thing was that in several places max pressure is listed as 65 psi when the tires themselves clearly state 80 psi. I wonder how many blowouts that caused when someone let it get any lower than that. I was on a trip from Calif to Wash early April with my Wells Cargo trailer. Total weight was about 6500 lbs. I had the trailer built and it came with 5 marathons, one a spare. The trailer is 3 years old, and had about 4000 miles on it so the tires are new and stored covered when not in use. I had a tire separate about 500 mi into my trip North. Had to put the spare on and it turns out these tires are 4 year from manufacture date. I have no confidence on the others. In layton UT I purchased a GY Endurance 10 ply and put that on the ground and got to Wash. I will be buying the other 3 soon. Maybe the spare as well. I never called Gy on the issue because I just don't want to get my blood pressure up.
SweetLou 06/30/20 06:42am Towing
RE: Duramax won't prime.

I once had an '87 Ford 6.9 and when I had priming issues, I put an electric fuel pump on it so I didn't have to crank the motor. Got fuel to the pump and off we went.
SweetLou 06/12/20 09:29pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Advice - tires again

Just one example of my US Made items I am HAPPY to pay more for! My feet are comfortable from day one!!! https://i.imgur.com/M6KSJScl.jpg I was sold on them also however the quality went downhill. I switched to Timberlines and got the same comfort and about the same life but cheaper
SweetLou 06/05/20 05:59am Tow Vehicles
RE: Cat scale surprise

Your tongue weight does not show on the TT axles, that's where your added trailer load is. You really need to do a reweighs (at the CAT Scales an extra $2 each). Truck itself, truck with trailer WDH employed. Truck with trailer WDH spring bars thrown in the truck. From this you can determine tongue weight, and how much the WDH actually affects the weight. X2
SweetLou 05/30/20 05:59am Towing
RE: Service Trailer Brake System message

Gremlins
SweetLou 05/29/20 06:03am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tire issue

Thinking about either the Cooper ATP ($187)or the Cooper AT3 XLT ($235). Leaning more to the ATPs because I drive about 30K miles a year so no matter what brand I get, I'm gonna be replacing somewhere around the two year mark. Thoughts? My thoughts are only from my experience with Coopers. About 10 yrs ago I had replaced them on my Dodge, and all 4 on my fifthwheel. That was 10 tires. I had 7 tires out of 10 separate all with in 3 yrs time. My buddy who owns a rental yard at the time used our same Cooper tire dealer that we both deal with and most of his tires on equipment did the same thing. Others here will tell you that they are a great tire. I won't buy another ever again. Now for the cars, that is a different story. Had them on my Grand Marquis and road the hell out of them, and did great. That's why I put them on the truck and trailer. My experience only, so I don't need a lecture.
SweetLou 05/22/20 05:59am Tow Vehicles
RE: Bearing repack - hub noises?

Ok people. Electric brakes will make a noise when turned. The magnet is in contact with the drum by a spring. It rides along the drum until the brake controller sends a signal for current. Then it drags harder against the drum and increases braking proportiently. So it's normal to hear a scraping/dragging noise when turning. The drum will not freewheel because of this. It does sound like it may be slightly adjusted too much. You should be able to freely turn it with a couple fingers and not much effort. Exactly. I was going to say it should drag a bit.
SweetLou 05/20/20 06:27am Towing
RE: Airbags?

I felt the same way. I was wrong. Someone talked me into an onboard compressor. I thank them every time I see them. The used truck I bought from a dealer had them external tied together and uses one air valve. This last month while towing I developed a leak somewhere in the system. Try finding a station the is convenient with working air to add to your load as you travel towing. It's inconvenient and I agree with you that an onboard unit would have made that much easier.
SweetLou 05/19/20 06:07am Tow Vehicles
RE: Owning a Cummins Diesel?

Got a 2017 2500 with 91k on it towing a 10k lb travel trailer. Love it, tows like a beast and fun to drive. Had one problem with the 68rfe, but dealer fixed it under warranty, a valve body. I bought it used, but everything under the hood looked good. DEF is not a problem, haven’t used an ounce in over 8k miles. I use a box every 1500 miles or so. Do the math again
SweetLou 05/15/20 06:01am Tow Vehicles
RE: Durable tire recommendation

Go to Discount Tire and tell them to price GY ENDURANCE in your size and load range. Weight wise if you are on the edge I would go up in load range. Example "D" to "E". The ENDURANCE has been on the market for over 3 years now and not a single tire failure that was the tires fault. Oh if it matters to you they are Made in USA unlike most trailer tires that are made in Communist China!!! https://i.imgur.com/UPtGFatl.jpg I agree with you. I had a tire blow that was 4 yr manufacture date and 3 yr on trailer. It separated just before the filling station. It was a GY Marathon. Bought one GY Endurance 10 ply next day to keep moving. 3 more before this trailer hits the road again.
SweetLou 05/14/20 06:43am Towing
RE: 1/2 ton sticker shock

shortage? I,m in north east ohio dealer has 150 fords an 175 chevys on the lot. Here is a link https://www.carsdirect.com/automotive-news/covid-19-may-cause-pickup-truck-shortage
SweetLou 05/05/20 01:03pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 1/2 ton sticker shock

Probably nothing to do with this, however do a search and you will see that there is a shortage of pick up trucks nation wide. Go figure, the most popular vehicle in America and we don't have them. To order one now will take a really long time to get one.
SweetLou 05/05/20 06:36am Tow Vehicles
RE: Differential fluid change

Perfect reason for not having them do the job!!! HAHA. Yup
SweetLou 05/01/20 06:12am Tow Vehicles
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