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RE: Suspension Help Needed

Load the trailer up. The pin weight might be too light when the trailer is empty, especially if it is a rear kitchen model. Properly balanced you should have 20-25% of the trailer weight carried on the pin. Too tail heavy can cause porpoising. Make sure the truck rear tires are aired to max pressure as well. If those things don’t help try new shocks.
camp-n-family 06/13/21 06:25pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Triple bunk Travel trailer under 36'

You may want to rethink this. A 36’ trailer is a lot for a half ton truck. You may have an 11k tow rating but that is useless when you don’t have the payload to carry the tongue weight plus 5 passengers and 2 dogs. Get your truck payload off the door sticker and subtract the weight of all passengers and stuff in the truck. What’s left is available for the trailer tongue weight. Figure 13% of the trailer weight is on the tongue (for good stability) and leave a little room to spare. Most half tons will max out with 7500lbs trailers or less. Know your numbers and don’t be fooled by the sales gimmick tow ratings. Many people here have made this costly mistake and quickly ended up spending a ton getting a bigger truck.
camp-n-family 05/25/21 03:11pm Travel Trailers
RE: Tilting bike rack, hitch mounted: update, see 4/23 pm post

Get any drop down rack that suits your needs, remove the draw bar portion and bring it to a welding shop. Have them weld a 2” square tube to the bottom that will slide over your trailer hitch draw bar. You may need a longer draw bar though.
camp-n-family 04/22/21 04:50pm Tech Issues
RE: Escalade/Denali or Suburban 2500

There is an adapter kit available to use a wd hitch with a v-nose trailer.
camp-n-family 04/02/21 10:03pm Towing
RE: Towing Travel Trailer without WDH from Dealer

That’s a lot of money invested to risk guessing if it will be ok. Nobody can say without trying but by then it’s probably too late. Get the hitch first and have the dealer install it. Better yet, learn how to set it up yourself. You’re going to need to adjust it again once it’s loaded anyways. Lots of good tutorials to watch online.
camp-n-family 03/16/21 09:35pm Towing
RE: Pullrite Super 5th VS B & W Companion

Small side note. You didn’t buy a Dodge, they stopped building trucks in 2008. Dodge builds small suvs and mini vans. Ram builds trucks. You bought a Ram.
camp-n-family 03/13/21 06:46am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Heavy tongue weight - change from PP 3P?

I don’t understand all the problems people are saying about hitching up with a Hensley. “Truck isn’t straight in line”, “hitch is on an angle”, “ has to be level”, “Hensley bump” etc. If these are problems you don’t know how to use the hitch. The hitch is adjustable in every direction, making it easy to line up in any case. The tongue jack is used to raise/ lower the hitch to the right height. The whole hitch head swivels nearly 90 degrees either side to hitch from any angle (need to use a finger to move the swivel latch), and the jacks can be used to pitch the hitch head up or down and even cant it on an angle. If you’re getting a bump then your trailer brake controller isn’t set properly. When unhitching, I lower the hitch jacks just to the point the spring bars swing loose. Undo the ocl latches and while leaving the trailer plugged into the truck, manually hold the trailer brakes and ease forward until it breaks loose, then unplug the trailer and drive out. The hitch head will be pretty much set to hook back up this way, other than height after the trailer was levelled. When hooking back up there is little adjustment required. I raise or lower the trailer jack visually to where I think the height is close to the unhitching height. With a backup cam I reverse the stinger to within an inch or two of the hitch head, get out and adjust hitch height, angle and pitch, then back the rest of the way in. Usually on the first try. Without a camera it sometimes took 2 or 3 tries, but the same would happen with any standard ball hitch too. An added thought, and I imagine where a lot of people struggle, is you don’t need to seat the stinger all the way into the hitch head when you are backing in. That is difficult to do. You just need the stinger in far enough that the OCL latches reach over the wings (don’t know what to call them). You can then use the OCL wrench to pull it on the rest of the way.
camp-n-family 03/12/21 09:23pm Towing
RE: Heavy tongue weight - change from PP 3P?

Higher hitch weight is almost always better. Where people get in trouble is they try to take a light duty (low payload) 1/2 ton and then get caught between keeping within the payload but above 10% hitch weight. With a 3/4 ton, it should be able to handle a 1200lb hitch weight no problem. 5th wheels are some of the nicest towing trailers and run 20-25% hitch weight with no fancy hitches. Semi's are commonly at 50% or higher. Unless you are having sway or other handling issues, run with it. I haven't had any swaying problems with it but yesterday I was towing and getting pushed all around. Weather app said wind gusts were up to 25mph. I think more... My wife was in her expedition and also getting pushed around. It's the most I've felt the RV since I got the F250. I know there is nothing I could do to stop the crazy wind hitting our 33 foot long wind sail, but wondered if me being too hitch heavy contributed. Google says too heavy hitch can cause TV steering problems. It wasn't necessity swaying, it was more getting pushed around out there with each gust. In between gusts or when highway changed to head wind, I had no problems. Too heavy of a tongue weight can cause steering problems if weight is removed from the steer axle. This is what WD hitches are for. Tensioning up the bars distributes some of that tongue weight back to the front axle. Your F250 should be able to handle 1200lbs of tongue weight without a wd hitch but you could improve the tow by making sure your hitch is adjusted properly and transferring enough weight.
camp-n-family 03/12/21 07:54am Towing
RE: Heavy tongue weight - change from PP 3P?

Your tongue weight is fine, no need to change anything. You’ll get use to hooking up the PP. It’s not as hard as people make it out to be, just need to learn the tricks.
camp-n-family 03/11/21 04:24pm Towing
RE: Better ride when not towing?

Are you 12? What does this question relate to? He’s looking for a friend with the same mental capacity.
camp-n-family 03/03/21 08:48am Tow Vehicles
RE: Another Towing Question

That’s a lot of trailer for a half ton truck. Been there, now tow with a 2500. You might be able to make the numbers work (doubtful) but it likely won’t be a fun or comfortable especially for someone with no towing experience. Being a bunkhouse model I’m going to assume you have several passengers in the truck and will be loading the trailer pretty good. You have plenty of power, just not enough truck.
camp-n-family 02/25/21 07:09pm Travel Trailers
RE: Ram 2500 only carries 2300 lbs.

I have the same truck. Forget the he payload rating. They are artificially low for licensing purposes only. With the exception of the rear coil springs it is a 3500 truck. As long as you stay under the axle and tire ratings you are fine. The RAWR is 6k. My empty truck is about 2700lbs on the rear, leaving over 3k of axle rating for pin weight. If it sags puts some air bags on it.
camp-n-family 02/25/21 06:51pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Palomino SS 1251 Pop-Up on 1/2 Ton Pickup

I don’t have experience with that camper but I’m doubtful that it will work with your truck. The manufacturers get away with sales talk like “half ton towable” because they were able to spec 1 truck with the number to do it. In this case it’s likely a bare bones single cab heavy payload truck. This is a rare beast which I suspect you don’t have. The brochure shows a dry weight of 1910lbs and a gvwr of 2627lbs. Not many 1/2 ton trucks have the payload, or more importantly the axle capacity for that much weight. You still have to add passenger weight onto that. What’s the payload sticker on your door say? Better yet, load your truck with fuel and passengers and go to a scale. Weigh each axle and see what capacity you have left for a camper. You’re going to need close to 3000lbs of capacity on the rear axle. I see a rawr of only 3850lbs listed for non heavy duty option f150. Approximately 2400lbs of that is used up with an empty truck leaving only 1450lbs for camper weight.
camp-n-family 02/21/21 05:21am Truck Campers
RE: Oldie but goody???

If you are handy, older RVs are possible. Just don’t expect the older RV to be trouble free or easy to repair. Possible but not easy. Don’t expect a new one to be trouble free either.
camp-n-family 02/20/21 05:21pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Toyota Sequoia vs Chevy Surburban

The most useless “comparison” I have ever seen considering there is nothing comparable. Even though the Sequoia is a 2021 model it came out in 2007 and other than some cosmetic updates it has not changed since. The 5.7l is bulletproof but has always been thirsty, especially when still mated to a 6 speed and 4.30 gears. Pitting it against a brand new diesel with a 10 speed proves nothing. Not even apples to oranges. Diesel will always get better mileage than gas when towing as will new versus old technology.
camp-n-family 02/18/21 05:42pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Opinion on Truck Reliability

Yes, my new used chebby looks like a typical chebby???????? Marty Hey Marty...do you know how to post a pic of said truck? Jerry Look on page 3 and 4 of this post.
camp-n-family 02/18/21 05:21pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing Capacity Question

It seems very few run up against max tow weight before running out of payload. You are not alone there. BTW, don’t forget to add the weight of a full tank of fuel to the weight of passengers, etc. At 7.2-7.4 lbs per gallon, a 20 gallon tank is going to add around 150 lbs to the mix. Curb weight already accounts for full fluids, including fuel. It does not need to be subtracted from payload.
camp-n-family 02/17/21 07:54am Tow Vehicles
RE: Front Cap Cover

What about having it wrapped with a clear wrap like they put on cars for stone chips?
camp-n-family 02/14/21 07:14pm General RVing Issues
RE: Opinion on Truck Reliability

Very reliable truck but what is it’s payload capacity? Who ______ing cares??? Not part of the equation nor relevant to the thread..... Lighten up, Francis. Truck payload is always important in discussing towing. Especially for 1/2 tons and diesel powered 3/4 ton trucks. Sadly, with the diesel eating up so much of the GVWR, many 1/2 ton trucks can meet or exceed a diesel powered 3/4 ton’s payload. Except you’re forgetting that 3/4 ton trucks have artificially low GVWRs for licensing purposes only. Nobody looks at payload on these trucks. Stay under axle and tire ratings and you’ll be fine.
camp-n-family 02/07/21 10:59am Tow Vehicles
RE: Opinion on Truck Reliability

I have the exact year and model truck you are considering. I was hesitant to buy it after my experience with a 2014 hemi model, which was a nightmare, but the dealer gave me a trade in deal I couldn’t resist. This truck has been much better but not without fault. Repairs and maintenance are very expensive. So far I have had an O2 sensor and the ABS module fail. Both were $1200(CDN) repairs (the first reluctantly covered under warranty). My rear diff has gotten clunky recently as well. Waiting for next service to have it inspected. Every second oil change needs the fuel filters changed at $400. I just rolled over 80k kms on it with 10k of that towing our 8k trailer. Very happy with the tow experience. The truck is a beast and I love the exhaust brake. Fuel mileage is pretty good. Better than my 2 coworkers Ram 1500s. I would check with a dealer for out the door pricing on a new order before buying used. Sticker prices are crazy but the discounts are good. I believe they have employee pricing and free diesel upgrade (in Canada) on now. I was out the door for $21k under the msrp after all the discounts, plus 0% financing, which is why I risked it on another Ram. I knew after 3 years I could sell it used for close to what I paid new if I wasn’t happy.
camp-n-family 02/05/21 06:13pm Tow Vehicles
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