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RE: asking for suggestions/opinions

Will current truck handle pin wieght and them grand kids when they come along. A 10k 5w will have 2000-2500 lbs of hitch wieght vs s ball mount in the 1000-1500 lb range. You could find yourself having to buy a stronger chassis, higher payload truck too! As someone else mentioned, plus's and minuses to both. Marty
blt2ski 01/20/20 08:26pm General RVing Issues
RE: Would I ever be happy towing with a half ton truck

I tow a trailer that weighs 8500 loaded, I pulled it with a 97 f-350 powerstroke ( should of kept it) 05 f250 6.0 (money pit) and on both trucks it felt like the trailer was not even back there verey smooth towing. I needed more of a daily driver so purchase a 2019 Ram 1500 with the 5.7 hemi E torque and 4:10 rear end. as far as power no issues but I had way more sway in the lighter truck, for my use only towing 4 times a year, I can live with the sway. You have setup issues if you have sway. Assuming the same trailer was towed behind the other trucks with no sway. Marty
blt2ski 01/20/20 08:17pm Tow Vehicles
RE: No! I’m not top heavy.

If an 8 lug truck, whi it appears to be..... A camper as noted, myself with 2000+'of sprinkler/sch 40 conduit pipe , stack of lumber 2' high x 4' wide 12-16' long boards would be worst that a buggy as shown. Not saying how I know this! Some if you need to get a working construction persons life! Marty
blt2ski 01/20/20 01:06pm Towing
RE: better to adjust wd hitch for heavy load? or for unloaded TV

I adjusted to load. 4 links one trip, 5 another. Sometimes, screw WD, drive away! I'm with others, no such thing as always ready to go. Adjust as needed Some of us even remove them when putting the trailer away, as this allows trailer to turn quicker when backing, which can be advantageous at times. Marty
blt2ski 01/18/20 02:00pm Towing
RE: Cargo light replacement bulb

Look at RV and marine supply places for LED equals too. Only issue I see, is will the light reach the level in such a way you can see it. A good old fashioned light bulb may still be best...... Dr LED us a brand with many bulb options. Marty
blt2ski 01/18/20 10:28am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 Chevy new bed length & auto slider

Being as OP has now out a 2nd post in towing, asking same question.... Closing this one. Please do not double post Marty
blt2ski 01/18/20 09:38am Tow Vehicles
RE: New truck batteries

If you do not have a common battery size, vehicle, finding older batteries may not be uncommon, even in a higher volume store. I'm on 5+ years on a mid level from oriellys in my 2500. Hit 12-13 years on a dual purpose size 24 in my sailboat. West Marine carries east Penn batteries labeled as theirs. They really only carry what I would call RV/marine use sizes. 24, 27, 31, 4d, 8d and the typical 2-3 6v sizes. Agm, lead and a few gel sizes. Marty
blt2ski 01/18/20 09:35am Tow Vehicles
RE: Would I ever be happy towing with a half ton truck

GM had has a 1500 with a high powered 6.2 motor in it. More HP torque than the 2509 model. Get the heavy payload tow option like mention Ford has, you'll be fine frankly with either truck. Otherwise,yeah, get a 25 series. I personally when I had 4 adult sized kids, 6509-700 lb trailer, generator, rack, canoe, 2 Alaska malamutes crated in the bed, needed a 3500 from a payload standpoint. At the end of the day, which chassis is dependent upon your payload needs, then making sure you have enough power, trans gears etc for your performance needs. Marty
blt2ski 01/18/20 09:27am Tow Vehicles
RE: Chevy's I4 2.7 turbo engine

ppine is a troll plain and simple. Yep, wants a 1 ton short8' box truck to haul things. When a real twuck has a 20k min graw or tandem 20k drivers. His lowly 1ton is still a light duty truck. His reply troll post never saw the light of day! Marty
blt2ski 01/16/20 01:27pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Chevy's I4 2.7 turbo engine

why buy a truck if it can't pull anything? Next they will try to sell you a 5 1/2 foot bed. Said trucks will pull more than you think! To think a right with a 300/300 turbo charger motor can't pull anything, shows how far behind your thinking is. I'd have no issues putting 6000 behind OPs son's truck, or the Ford trucks with the turbo 4 bangers in them. They'd probably do better than my BB V8's I've had, or some of the original turbo diesels of yor in 1 tons!!! Marty
blt2ski 01/15/20 08:49pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Freightliner M2 106 Sport Chassis (tow weight)

How much gcw are you willing to pay for at local licensing facility? That's uour limit? On the other hand, many MDT/HDT trucks have multiple gcwr's, depending upon if final use is local vs over the road. Then one can really confused you or others figuring out differences. I personally would have no issues in general, hooking up a 30k trailer to that truck, depending on a few unknown factors at this moment. Marty
blt2ski 01/15/20 08:42pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Chevy's I4 2.7 turbo engine

I tried making the link in Rubber Ducky's post to work, but link is not working! Maybe repost it, I'll see what I can do. I did find THIS group of videos when trying to find the one by RubberDucky....... Marty
blt2ski 01/11/20 08:41pm Tow Vehicles
RE: My perception on real gas

Most gas engines produce more power, better mph, HP etc with straight gas, vs adding alcohol, as alcohol has fewer BTU's than gas. Same is true with diesels. I do admit, with a bio disel mix, the motor does seem to run quieter. But less HP and mpg.not as cost effective. Marty
blt2ski 01/06/20 09:34pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Suspension Enhancements for Single Axle Trailer

John, SOME manufactures use smaller axels than GVWR, the remaining made up with hitch weight......again some! My old 92 Fleetwood had a 6000 gvwr, yet it had two 3500 gvwr axels, tires, rims etc under it. I personally had no issues loading it up higher than 7000 lbs total, with usually 6000-6600 on the axels, remain hitch in the 600-800 range. This variance also depended upon how long, or where we were going...... Of course, if one wants to throw equipment trailers into the mess. They give the payload as the sum of the Axel(s), with a quote, of hitch weight being the weight of the trailer! So a dual 3500 lbs axel trailer, that is empty wt of 2500, can carry 7000 lbs with 2500 lbs of hitch weight! be it a ball/pintle, or a 5w....... So it could be possible, that the OP does have a 5000 lbs suspension. BUT the manufacture has put a smaller gvwr placard on it for some other reason...... of course like ALL GVW vs GAW debates, which is correct and why is another issue all of its own. With that said....... many ways of fixing said issue(s), whether it is cost effective or not is another issue too. Marty
blt2ski 01/05/20 09:59pm Towing
RE: Suspension Enhancements for Single Axle Trailer

Shocks, drop axel, depending on the actual weight of the trailer, lower psi in tires Springs can also be designed to be softer. Is go with 5-6 leafs vs 4 with the same overall thickness. Not sure of tire size. Example, if you have 235-85-16 10 ply tires, go to a 245-75-16 tire. About 1/2" smaller rsdious,, but carry the same wieght per tire. If you're using a 15" rsdious tire, there might be a smaller diam one, or ene a 14" that will carry 2500 or so lbs per. More than on way to skin said cat issue. Marty
blt2ski 01/03/20 10:16pm Towing
RE: 2004.5 Dodge 3500 towing capacity questions?

228th is not the longest road around. BUT it is steep! If you have the wrong ie too tall overall gearing. You have a 500/1000 TD motor, you're not going going up it. Local roads will always screw one over. Freeways are easy least. Issue with freeways, said 500/1000 motor depending on total gvw, will keep you going at a reasonable speed. Marty
blt2ski 01/01/20 10:05am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2004.5 Dodge 3500 towing capacity questions?

i had a 4bbl and TBI 454. The TBI was a bit better than the 4bbl, even tho both had 235/385 specs. Issue both had the POS TH400 trans behind them. Too tall of gears in fist. Stalled them out on mid teen to 20% grades quite frequently, blew up trannys every 30K like clockwork, even with 6K fluid and 12K complete flushes including the TC. Im probably not too far from you in Brier by the middle school. There are a couple of dozies coming up here from the east to west too!
blt2ski 12/31/19 10:29pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2004.5 Dodge 3500 towing capacity questions?

Scott, I used to live at top of that hill, ex still does. 11% going from inglewood, 9% from 100th. Not real steep local grades. The grade going up by the Fruhling pit and Kenmore gun club to the old nike site is a better grade to see how well you will do. Or novelty Hill from Duvall to Redmond, thats 18%. That hairpin switch back in the middle is a mother! Any not surprised at speeds with a 454. Depending upon trans, those did not have hill pulling ability. My 96 6.5 NV4500 did not do too bad in stock form at 15K gcw. Faster than the two 454's I had. Marty
blt2ski 12/31/19 09:42pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2004.5 Dodge 3500 towing capacity questions?

Steve, looks like you are here in Washington St. Follow grits advice if you have the stock tire option. If not, avoid steeper grades or those tires could make you stall out if you get stopped in the middle of a grade Look up RCW 45 & 46 for laws regarding spoeds and wieghts here in Washington. Follow, enjoy your trip. Marty
blt2ski 12/31/19 08:13pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2004.5 Dodge 3500 towing capacity questions?

The legal towing capacity is set by the manufacturer and mods will not change that. They can make the vehicle more stable. Legal capacity is set per federal bridge laws. States cannot legally use a lower than max limit, or feds can with hold federal roal road funds. Manufactures do set warranty rating limits. Go over this amount, the damage done to rig with in warrant is caused by being over ANY of the manufacture numbers, will void warranty. Being as OP is well beyond any warranty issues. He gets wieght wise about 12,000 lbs per axle on truck with his close to 12" wide tires, plus what ever the max axle capacity is per bridge laws. You can spouse this BS in other forums, don't spout false info here. With this said, it might not be smart running down the road at 24,000 GVW. As an LEO will get you off the road if you are unsafe in some way shape or form. Usually brakes that do not meet a field test. Then you are red tagged, not getting off the road to a repair yard, or you getted low boy hauled to repair yard. Marty
blt2ski 12/31/19 07:50pm Tow Vehicles
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