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RE: The future cost of RV stay

IMO a long range TV capable of pulling an RV is no where in the foreseeable future. It will take some new discoveries in material engineering to come up with a power storage device that would support that. And new discoveries are unpredictable. But as it is now no RV park could supply power to 50 electric TV being charged. BTW Elon Musk has apparently claimed that the vaporware Tesla P/U will pull 300,000 pounds!! LOL what sized brakes would that take? Normal brakes for the gvwr of the truck. Trailer brakes stop the trailer! Same as your gas or diesel truck. Marty
blt2ski 11/16/19 08:05pm Tow Vehicles
RE: F450 maneuverability question

Still trying to figure whether I want a tow beast f450 or just get another crewcab shortbed but diesel powered since I only tow my 15,000 fifthwheel 2-4000 miles a year. Also nervous about Purchasing 2020 with new engine and 10 speed. In a perfect world, I think the 10 speed is the cats ass. I just get nervous about having problems when traveling and I prefer reliability. The down side is 2019 nicely equipped superduty’s are getting scarce around here. Based on initial post, this one, I would keep what you have! Unless you have a big was of cash burning a joke in your pocket. If you towed 20-40,000 miles a year, then changing out to the 450 or a diesel 350 would start to make sense...... Marty
blt2ski 11/10/19 08:56pm Tow Vehicles
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. not positive on the tire size on a Ford. My IHC, and 05 GM had 85 series tires all around. I put a wider, shorter % sidewall tire the same diam as the 85,s and the issue you descibe went away. For the IHC, an 8R19.5 is equal to a 245-75 19.5, The GM 215-85-16 I went with a 245-75-16 up front. Both also handled a lot better with the wider tire. Rears I did not have the spacing to go with the wider tire without rubbing the inside sidewalls with a load. Marty
blt2ski 11/01/19 09:40am Tow Vehicles
RE: New Tires - too many options

You do not also say o I forgot reading the other posts..... what type of driving you do. Highway only, no big amounts of rain, snow or other items that require something other than a 5 rib design. There is traction only on the rear, hwy on the front axel option...... I Like Cooper or Toyo tires myself. Can not say too many things about micheblows.....Other than how I operate, probably had the wrong version.....ALtho the now not sold XDE M+S in an LRH 225-70-19.5 on my dumptruck rear axel are the BOMB! luv them. Never had a good one on a pickup as of yet. but as others have said, max 30K out of a stock tire is doing good! I'm usually lucky to get 50K out of a set of tires. Then again, I do mostly local stop and go, lots of turns vs all highway/freeway driving, which will net upwards of 50-100% more miles than how I drive....... Your mileage may vary! Marty
blt2ski 10/30/19 07:28pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Gap year, family of 6, TV and TT recommendations

Bryan, Even 1900 lbs isnot enough. My family of 6 when I had adult sized teens was 1200-1300 lbs of people. I figured 2500-3000 lbs of payload was needed for what w If the chassis e packed into truck including the 800 lbs max hitch wieght. Then it was 300-400 lbs of clothes bedding good etc per person in trailer. I'd be so overloaded in that rig, it would not be funny! If I had a class 6 chassis, I might be ok.... Not a typical 3 or 4 series. Marty
blt2ski 10/29/19 08:22pm Towing
RE: Gap year, family of 6, TV and TT recommendations

You would be better off buying a class C and towing your minivan on a dolly. No way in the world you should try and fit 6 people in a crew cab pickup for more than an hour. Have 100,000 miles towing an RV trailer, kids in back seat, one in front with spouse and myself. With a manual transmission no less! My kid are in their late 20s to early 30s. Not one of them has said they had no fun. They would all do it again. Especially since, a different vehicle was out of the question. NO one style of vehicle is perfect for everyone. Marty
blt2ski 10/28/19 11:15pm Towing
RE: tires/snow rating / not worry? / chains are solution?

If towing you trailer in the snow, at minimum a link style chain for the rest of truck, cables for trailer. With this said, I prefer the diamond style on truck, and links on trailer. Cables on front drive axle if conditions are that bad. I've only needed cables once towing purposely a trailer to local ski areas in Washington state. Reality is, you 350 probably has a paid for gvw license at or above 10,000 lbs. Technically speaking, empty in 4wd, you could be required to put chains on when the "if over 10,000 GVW, must have chains on" sign is up. At least here in Way St that is the case. Another to add, diamond chains are probably the easiest to put on of any style chain that I've used in 40 something years of chaining a rig up one to two minimum times a year I've headed to local ski areas 20-30 times a winter. Includes 4x, rwd and fwd, with and without snowflake or studded tires. If it's that bad, do yourself a favor, put on the chains, at least you now know, you can stop, won't slide, be the idiot in 4wd that knocks out the rwd rig, which is 90+%0of accidents on local mountain passes. Marty
blt2ski 10/26/19 06:13pm General RVing Issues
RE: 1/2 ton or 3/4 ton

I wonder how many times we are going to hear "You can never have too much truck" or "I never heard someone complain that they had too much truck"....or, "You won't even know it's back there." I know I have a trailer behind my empty 12k lb international. Be it a 3000-12,000 lb trailer. Knew it behind my dmax dually too. One should always know feel that a trailer is back their vs no trailer. As far as 15 vs 25 vs 35 series. My rwd reg cab basic 2500 has/had 300 lbs less door sticker payload than my mid trim dmax, 4wd crew cab dually...... But, if you go with axle ratings, dually is 2000+ lbs ahead of 2500. It is no fun having to little suspension ability, as it is being shy on power. I'll take a correct sized chassis underpowered I've an overpowered under chassid'd rig. Marty
blt2ski 10/22/19 02:32pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing with a Toyota Sequoia: wheel size question

I have not had issues with 225-70-19.5 lrG tires on my mdt. I would agree with grit dog, get into to 50 or lower on some time sizes. Locally some cement rigs are using 35-40 series ties in the front axle. This have 6-8" of sidewall too. No issues from what I've heard or seen. The real issue IMHO with LOW profile tires will be the actual sidewall height per say. Have 2", you will have issues. Have 5-6+", you have sidewall height to allow flex and not hit the rim. I would also assume, higher psi in a given tire size, would also not allow the sidewall to flex, such that the rim hits a curb, pothole etc to damage it. As I stated before, plus and minus's to the two tire sizes I mentioned above, add in an 18-20" rim equals, 265mm in width, same 31.5" overall diam. Just lower sidwall% height, those could have a higher potential for rim damage, be it on the street, or off roading. Marty
blt2ski 10/22/19 02:22pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing with a Toyota Sequoia: wheel size question

RIm diam as mentioned, does not matter, a 256-75-16 and a 265-70-17 are both the same overall diam, width, tire patch, revs per mile etc etc. You might get better mpg with the 17" tire vs 16, as the sidewall will not flex as much etc. Braking is also better with the lower profile tires......There are bad parts too, ie off roading is better with the 16" tires, as you have more sidewall to work with if you air down, ie like 10-20 lbs vs 40-80 depending upon load rating of tires etc. Marty
blt2ski 10/21/19 09:06pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 GM/Chevy gas 6.6L max towing test

Anybody remember the days of 4bbl BB V8s having maybe 200hp, 300-350lb ft of torque......3 forward gears..... I'll bet that SB8 with 6+ gears goes circles around those tough BB gutless wonders...... Heck, my 350 V8 with 255hp does better than the BB gassers I had! Get the right truck chassis, correct drivetrain for how you drive pull tow etc. Hit the EFFing road folks. Days person looking to get rid of 25 series rig for a 1500 with more hp in a 6 banger than current V8, more forward gears, better overall low with 3.42 gears vs 4.10s in pumkin...... Marty
blt2ski 10/17/19 09:19pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Lowering TV tire pressures

All’s I know is it is tiring loading rocks in my truck to bring it up to the other “MAX” sticker (for weight) every time I don’t have anything real to haul on my MAX psi tires... Signed MAX Hmmm. I prefer tossing reels in truck vs rocks. Much more useful, and I still get to haul something REEL useful!???????? Then locally in Washington State, you cans find a print version of "The Reel News" in some places too! The ONLY place to get reel news. Unlike on FOX MSNBC CNN etc..... Marty
blt2ski 10/12/19 10:55am Tow Vehicles
RE: Lowering TV tire pressures

Oh boy...... Cummins does not IMHO get 100k miles from tire because he JUST follows inflation tables. Does it help. Sure it does! What gets him those miles, is he appears to do mostly highway miles. THAT is the major key. If he did City miles like I do, getting 60k miles is a treat! As each time I stop and start, turn a corner, my tires are skidding, spinning etc. Yeah my butt can not tell, the skidding etc is microscopic, but it is happening. Does it help to follow the charts? You bet it does! It's not over 50% of what miles you will get. Probably less than 30-40%. Marty
blt2ski 10/10/19 02:57pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tire cables or chains

I've found the diamond chains to be easiest to put on. Traction like a link, install like a cable. Don;t generally speaking have to lay out chains, drive on them, hook up. Can do all the above in one place. ALL versions one should drive a few hundred yards, check tension, then do so every so often to make sure they are tight. Otherwise as noted, if too loose, they fall off, tear up the rig etc. From Nov 1 to April 1, ALL rigs over a total of 10K lbs, be it a single rig, or towing, are required to carry the appropriate quantity of chains for the rig in Washington state. I would suggest a chain you know will work, as you can not always trust mother nature, or your days of travel! You may get caught in a freak snow storm, and your ability to wait it out is not legal, or no place to truly wait it out. I was at Timberline in the parking lot, a place I have stayed and been many times in the winter, 60 mph winds, blowing snow into every nook and cranny of window vents etc. Put chains on truck and trainer, down that 10% grade I went to Government camp, spent the rest of the weekend in a parking lot down there. If traveling in the winter, be safe over sorry. Putting on chains is not that big a deal. This is from a person that used my RV trailer as a ski hut, not a summmer vacation traveling home! Hence the license plate I had too "SKIHT46" or truck plate, see handle! Marty
blt2ski 09/29/19 11:41am General RVing Issues
RE: Experience towing w/ 2WD F250, 2500 or other 3/4 ton

If it's got a decent locker in the rear, you will get stuck as often as a 4ad with no locker. 4ad with rear locker is best. Driven all, pulled with all, all the way up to class 6 rigs. If generally speaking, as pointed out, in reasonably maintained gravel and hard surface roads, a RWD rig will work just fine. Marty
blt2ski 09/29/19 10:56am Tow Vehicles
RE: GM Strike

:S:s:s:s Getting a bit personal on last page of posts. Whoever said on this topic, their is no right or wrong answer, only depending on your view point, is probably the correct one. Marty
blt2ski 09/28/19 09:43am Tow Vehicles
RE: How long is too long to be extended

Said formula is ok, but from my experience, it falls way short of what is real. IIRC overhang/wheelbase times hitch weight equals amount removed. Issue with formula, is it does not take into account the frame from being initially rail high, to later depending on load, to tail low. Reality, is the amount removed initially is less, way less in some cases, than formula. Then it gets closer as more hitch weight is added, eventually, the formula is guessing too low, as you get closer to bottoming out the suspension. It also does not take into account the rear spring rating, or stiffness. I switched from 6400 lb springs, to 8400 lb springs on my 96 crew cab, went from pulling a bit over 400 lbs off FA, to 300 lbs, with 1500 lbs of hitch weight. My experience with said formula is t bcc at it gives you an idea, but reality, it is probably not correct enough for many of us! Marty
blt2ski 09/19/19 10:46pm Towing
RE: How long is too long to be extended

The issue with an extended ball, is you still have 3.5' from ball to trails front. If you extend it say a foot, you now have 4.5'. A little bit of additional hitch weight. A trailer that tows easier, as like a truck with a longer WB, longer distance from ball to axles is smoother. As far as an accident...ANY modification, changing brands tread pattern of tires could cause an insurance issue per say! Not that the tire issue will. I had a local trailer manufacture adjust the hitch after having issues noted above. Add length to.hitch in your circumstance. Their are times, additional length in the ball mount is best too! Marty
blt2ski 09/17/19 07:56am Towing
RE: How long is too long to be extended

From doing a hitch ball extension vs literally extending the trailer hitch, I'll take the trailer hitch extension. Then and only then, is one able to truly Jack knife a trailer in tight situations. It is pricier to do, need an excellent welder etc to Make sure it's done correctly. Not asked by OP about this option,,,, Marty
blt2ski 09/16/19 03:08pm Towing
RE: Towing with a 3500 Van

Fryer5 I said 5 tons, or 10,000 lbs! 5-6000 lbs, any of them will work. But the days of a van being able to tow 50-100% of pickups max capacity is gone. I know a few with the FWD dodge that like them. I would not put much more than 7-8000 for short city hops behind it. The GM could do upwards of 12-13,000. Sprinters I drove, same as your Nissan for max I'd put behind it, due more to power than chassis. Marty
blt2ski 09/06/19 06:53am Tow Vehicles
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