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RE: Ford super duty 3.31 rear end. Will it be a big mistake. ?

Personally, I'd want a 3.73 axle for towing. The torque amplification is more easily handles in the axle than the transmission. Sure you have multiple gears and you can drop down to 4th or even 3rd gear to pull the grade. Ken
TXiceman 01/24/21 09:17am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Montana Front Living question...does the bumper hit often

We have been all over the US with our 40 ft 5er in my signature line and never had an issue with dragging the rear of the trailer. The trailer sets perfectly level with the truck and and I have a bit over 6 inched bed clearance. My thoughts are that the OP is riding his trailer nose high which make the trailer rear end low and more prone to dragging. Ken
TXiceman 01/21/21 07:49am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Arctic Fox 27-5L Height with 2nd A/C

Maximum legal height is 13'-6" for unpermitted highway travel. The only way to measure correct actual height is to have the trailer setting on the truck and measure the high point. Ken
TXiceman 01/12/21 06:31pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Gen Y vs. Reese Goose Box

Watch using a goose neck box on Lippert frames. They will void warranty if you look at them sideways. And a ball hitch will require safety chains. Ken
TXiceman 01/02/21 06:29am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Turning Point pin boxes on new campers!

The Turning Point looks like a PITA to maintain and grease. How often does it require the bearing to be regreased? Ken
TXiceman 12/30/20 06:48pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Collecting 5th wheel Tow Data, just for fun, 2000 mile trip

A couple of years ago, I would walk around a campground looking at trucks towing larger 5ers. Over several campgrounds from Texas to Colorado and back via Kansas and Oklahoma my results were generally as follows: Ford diesels were number 1 Next and not too far behind was Dodge Ram, number 2 and a distant number 3 was GMC/Chevy. Looking at the smaller trailers towed by gassers the three were pretty well equal. I saw way more rigs that were under trucked than properly or over trucked. Ken
TXiceman 12/27/20 06:01pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: What PSI for tires?

The nitrogen filled tires is a Hoax. There is VERY LITTLE difference in pressure rise with nitrogen of just plain air which is mostly nitrogen. Best to weigh the RV at each wheel and air accordingly, but only when tires are cold. Ken
TXiceman 12/25/20 09:19am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Which pick up to buy for towing big fifth wheel?

If you are within the trucks ratings with a SRW truck, go for it. A 39 ft 5er will have a GVWR over 14,000 lb. Probably more like 16,500 lb or more. Look at the trailer GVWR or if not listed, add the dry weight plus the cargo capacity. Since you do not have the truck yet, look on the drivers door jamb for the sticker showing the trucks Cargo Carrying Capacity. Now use 20% of the trailers GVWR to get an estimated pin weight. Add the pin weight, plus the weight of a 5er hitch, plus any passengers, plus any cargo in the truck. This total should be less than the trucks cargo capacity. While this is not the most accurate method, it should get you safely close to what the truck can do. Just ignore the folks telling to add air bags and go, unless they can give you some real numbers to support their claims. Personally, I'd get a dually for that trailer. You see people every day pulling more than the truck can handle, but that does not make it right. Ken
TXiceman 12/20/20 06:23pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Insurance on a 2021 Fifth Wheel

No one can tell you which one is best for you. It depends on where you live, if you can bundle and even your credit report. Just get out and shop them all. Ken
TXiceman 12/18/20 05:31pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: DRV height

Measure as per above with it hooked up to your truck. On a typical DRV, you will find them generally 13'-3" to 13'-6". Ken
TXiceman 12/18/20 03:55pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: RV Motorhome or trailer ????

Some people thing of an RV as a motorhome only. Nope, a motorhome is a type of RV. Ken
TXiceman 12/17/20 06:30pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: So Lost

Great truck. Only down side is the hit in the savings account. Ken
TXiceman 12/14/20 12:56pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Heater Motor Squeal

Problem is they never define...who's lifetime? Ken
TXiceman 12/11/20 05:20pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: So Lost

Op says his door sticker states just over 2200 lbs of capacity. Old biscuit wrote the 5ers wet pin is/should be 3200 lbs. My guess the truck itself weighs around (don't recall seeing OP's set up) 8500. If that's the case, legally only has 1500 lb avail for extra being it's a 10,000 GVW truck. So assume for a moment we use OB's numbers along w/ an assumed truck weight. 8500 + 3200 = 11,700 which according to my fingers and tows puts him over the trucks GVW by 1,700 lbs. Shoot, that's actually over a 350's GVW of 11,500 by 200#. The truck makers GVWR or a GVWR based payload or the GVWR payload sticker isn't used to determine a overloaded truck. Nor do we face lawsuits for exceeding the truck makers GVWR. Lawsuits regarding exceeding the mfg GVWR....RV internet myth. It doesn't happen on the commercial side so why is it just someone pulling their rv trailer that faces law suits for exceeding a GVWR. Any theories why ?? Having pulled commercially with LDT size trucks civil lawsuits do happen to those in this line of work that our overloaded truck/trailer caused a accident...but the vehicles GVWR isn't used to determine that overload condition. Why keep bring up commercial law when it does not apply to private use of a light truck? Ken
TXiceman 12/09/20 08:52am Fifth-Wheels
RE: So Lost

First thing, is that the loaded 5er will have a loaded pin weight of 3000# or more, not 2500#. look at the payload sticker inside the drivers door on the truck. Take the 3000# pin weight plus 200# for a hitch, plus any cargo in the truck plus any passengers beyond the driver. This total weight should be lower than the trucks payload capacity. A 3/4 ton truck can tow a lot, but the limiting factor is the weight it can carry on the hitch. Ken
TXiceman 12/07/20 04:38pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Propane tanks 10 years old, what is best choice ???

Just go to a propane dealer and get them recertified. Ken
TXiceman 12/05/20 06:16pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Cameo slide out

Petethescot. I sent you a private message. Ken
TXiceman 11/29/20 09:20am Fifth-Wheels
RE: will a flat tire cause my fifth wheel to lean

Just put the flat side on top and it will look fine. Ken
TXiceman 11/17/20 07:55am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Fifth Wheel Purchase

A 1/2 ton truck is severely limited as for towing by the rear axle GAWR and the payload capacity. The payload capacity included the trailer pin weight, hitch weight, passenger and cargo. A typical 5er will have a loaded pin weight of about 20% of the trailer GVWR. So if your trailer has a GVWR of 8000#, the loaded pin weight will be about 1600#. A short bed truck should have a slider hitch, so add another 200# to the bed. Add 2 kids and a wife and any cargo in the truck and you have another 300# or more. Your load on the truck is 1600 + 200 + 300 or 2100#. Is your truck payload or cargo capacity over 2100#. Also, most 1/2 ton trucks on the dealers lots have P series tires, not LT series tires. The P series have softer side walls and will squirm more under load. Ken
TXiceman 11/16/20 08:57am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Coachman Chaparral

It is a typical entry level RV. Light weight construction, Lippert frame, etc. Floor issues typically come from poor construction and poor maintenance. All RV will eventually leak, so you have to stay ahead of the issue and keep them sealed. Ken
TXiceman 11/16/20 08:48am Fifth-Wheels
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