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RE: Weight distribution systems, which one is best?

I like the Blue-Ox because it rides the best, due to the tapered spring bars. I'm not convinced it really does much for sway-control. The Reese Dual cam is far better at eliminating the bow-wave affect from passing trucks, but my van turns so tight I could bind up the bars against the hitch-shank. Can't do that with the Blue Ox so that was the deciding factor for me this time around.
carringb 09/20/19 07:56am Towing
RE: Would appreciate the groups thoughts on tandem axle issue

How high would you have to raise the tongue to reach the extent of equalizer travel? I don't know but would think pretty high as in at least a foot or two, or more? Probably more like half a foot. You could run the tongue jack up and down and check for sure, but it doesn't take much. And it could have been just one bad bridge transition that initially bent the axle. I've seen plenty of delivery drivers tow lightweight trailers sky-high, because they don't want to take the time to adjust their hitch. Or if if was towed behind a dovetail flatbed truck (where another trailer is carried on the deck), they can't lower it without striking the hitch at every driveway.
carringb 09/20/19 07:51am Travel Trailers
RE: Ram Laramie 5.7 HEMI towing MGP

Trailer frontal shape and towing speed are as big of factors as weight. With today's engine technology gains vs that of two decades ago you will probably gain about 1 MPG or so when towing with any newer truck. Yup! Unfortunately, until we start getting wind-tunnel-tested trailers, that's about all we can hope for. It's not the weight, it's the aero!
carringb 09/19/19 07:52am Towing
RE: Smell and heat from rear wheel wells

Are the tires original? If yes, they might be delaminating. Most RV tires age out before they wear out.
carringb 09/17/19 08:16pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Smell and heat from rear wheel wells

You didn't leave the parking brake on by chance? You say the tires are hot as well... Have you checked the tire pressure, to ensure it's appropriate for your rear axle weight? Axle seals are not usually a problem on the E450. And you don't have drum brakes so it can't be brake cylinders. Rear wheel bearings don't get "re-packed" because they are lubricated by the differential oil.
carringb 09/17/19 04:30pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Tow Dolly VS flat tow

One more consideration... since you have a relatively short wheelbase compared to most RVs, and you must be using a hitch extension with the camper (?), you'll be able to easily turn sharp enough to put the fenders of the dolly into the door of the car. Even when I was dolly-towing my little Fiesta, I couldn't turn full-lock without things rubbing (it was a turntable model... maybe a steerable version would have cleared better).
carringb 09/17/19 11:00am Dinghy Towing
RE: Transmission is Toast

And just to confirm, CW did not install any sort of battery charge wire from the motorhome? When you placed in Neutral before the last tow, did you wait for the "Transmission Ready" message before disconnecting power?
carringb 09/16/19 11:13am Dinghy Towing
RE: 5.9 Cummins Diesel Towing capacity

x3 on the torque converter lockup. But also what kind of transmission cooler was added? Most of the budget aftermarket coolers are tube-and-fin. These usually cool worse than the stock cooler. You need a good size plate-style cooler to make an improvement. The tube-and-fin style cooler can even restrict fluid-flow enough to be detrimental. And what kind of condition is the radiator in? If it's original, it probably has a decent scale buildup especially if tap water was used to fill it. Replacements are cheap if it hasn't been done yet.
carringb 09/16/19 07:17am Tow Vehicles
RE: How long is too long to be extended

It probably has some sort of warning about using your own hitch shank. It probably could be done, if you calculate out the larger moment from extended the ball distance. But why not just use an adjustable shank-mount designed for this purpose? They even have a torsion-cushion version: https://genyhitch.com Standard: https://75lfdcwwv8-flywheel.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/drop-hitch-10k-versa-ball-pintle-lock-600x600.jpg Torsion: https://75lfdcwwv8-flywheel.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/GH-1024-600x600.jpg
carringb 09/15/19 06:15pm Towing
RE: Would appreciate the groups thoughts on tandem axle issue

There's a good chance it was overloaded during factory delivery, by a truck with the hitch too high. Once the limits of the spring equalizers are reached, the rear axle quickly becomes overloaded. Same with the tires. The proper fix is a new axle and rear tires.
carringb 09/13/19 07:53pm Travel Trailers
RE: Chevy, Ford... going into electric trucks.

It's a great, albeit complicated, solution. Personally it's the complication that turns me off. Left to my own devices, I'd go pure electric. But the gas backup has definite advantages and with two driving teens in the house I no longer have the luxury of having a dedicated commute car. Whatever I drive has to be shared with folks who just want to get in and go without thinking about batteries. Ford's hybrid RWD platform seems to be the best for simplicity. It's an series-parrallel (or split-power) hybrid, without a planetary-CVT blending sources. This means you can still drive in case of an EV fault, and there's no additional concerns over transmission robustness since the 10 speed is unmodified. 600 ft.-lbs of torque, if they keep close to the Lincoln Aviator numbers, and enough EV range for most commuting. https://www.autoguide.com/blog/wp-content/gallery/2020-ford-explorer-and-escape-hybrids-5-16-2019/2020-Ford-Hybrids-09.jpg width=800
carringb 09/13/19 10:05am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2017 Ram 2500- Airbag Question

I can't emphasize enough to stay away from LS!!! Sorry you had a bad experience (I'm guessing). All the stores are run independently. Most of the them do good work. Though I agree not all. I found a good one, and have stopped buying tires and shocks anywhere else. I had them replace my coil-airbags as well, since I didn't have the time. The price may not be the cheapest on that kind of work, but the warranty is better than anywhere else. To the OP - the coil airbags work fine for lighter load-leveling. On my front end, they're good for about 1,500 pounds. Might be a little more on your truck since the coils have a slightly larger internal diameter. But if you're looking for thousands of pounds of load-leveling, outboard airbags would do better (at the expense of restricting suspension travel in most installs. I'm not familiar with the specs on your coil suspension setup).
carringb 09/12/19 11:12am Tow Vehicles
RE: DIY project for Generator rack

Sounds like I need to put the generator on the front rack where the battery goes. The generator alone would add about 110# to the tongue wt. How would that affect towing? I don't want to have to move the generator in and out of the trailer or tow vehicle when on a trip for obvious reasons. Yeah, this is the only place I'd mount it on a short trailer. More tongue weight generally makes the trailer itself more stable, as long as the truck can take it. Etrailer has some over-the-tank generator racks which might be a good, easy solution. How big is your trailer frame? Does the A-frame go through or under the front header, or is it welded to the face of the header? Some smaller trailers have marginal A-frame construction to start with, so you might need to reinforce that before adding the genny.
carringb 09/09/19 07:21am Travel Trailers
RE: Need TOAD advice ........................

The Ford Hybrids (Fusion & C-Max) are very reliable, and popular for flat towing. Both are available as plug-in hybrids, which doesn't add any price premium used, but does eat up cargo space. I think a plug-in would be nice as a toad, since you can quietly glide through campgrounds on all-electric.
carringb 09/06/19 02:03pm Dinghy Towing
RE: 12 VDC Power at Rear Connector

The center pin is the trailer backup light circtuit. You want the top-right pin. https://www.ajtnt.com/portals/ajstruckandtrailer/7-Way-RV-Style-Trailer-Plug-Wiring-Diagram-1.png Ford used to ship trucks and vans with the relay for the pin un-installed, but I think RV's typically come with it installed. Wouldn't hurt to check if it's missing power. And yes, it's Key-switched.
carringb 09/06/19 12:38pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Ecoboost vs. V8 - Can you explain?

It would be interesting to know where that blue chart above came from. Is it a Raptor truck? Are they running high octane fuel? The Raptor at the time the 6.2L was available, only had the 6.2L. The H.O. 3.5L didn't come out until after the 6.2L was dropped. The regular output EcoBoost probably won't show a meaningful difference on a dyno. The 91 octane recommendation helps mostly with fuel consumption when towing, and can reduce throttle lag from timing adjustments, but that doesn't happen unless the engine is already very hot. The high-output 3.5L would benefit, but it makes ~500 ft-lbs. of twist.
carringb 09/05/19 07:31am Tow Vehicles
RE: Does this qualify as "sway"?

U-haul tandem axle trailer have surge brakes. Hard braking with this setup can easily lockup the trailer tires, and recovering from that is very unintuitive, because you have to "pull away" from the trailer to make them release at that point. The return spring in the coupler don't have enough push to do anything once the brakes are locked up. And when the driver felt the trailer push, they likely jammed the TV brakes harder.
carringb 09/05/19 07:25am Towing
RE: Safe to tow ? Mercedes GLS with a 4500 lb travel trailer

If you want to tow that much trailer AND carry 6 people in luxury, the Navigator is by far the best option IMO. The interior is at least as good as the MLS finally, but will manage a heavy trailer far better. https://s3-prod.autonews.com/CANADA01_306209942_AR_1_WJMIYGEOPYIT.jpg width=800 Full size vans are great, but the Express and NV are riding on ancient chassis at the point. Only the Transit has any semblance of a modern driving experience, but a relatively low GCWR. I don't think any of them would meet the OP's tastes, if they were considering a GLS.
carringb 09/05/19 07:22am Travel Trailers
RE: Ecoboost vs. V8 - Can you explain?

Do remember when the EcoBoost came out 10 years ago (yup! 10 years now...) and this forums was predicting mass doom and gloom? If you believed everything you read on RV.net, the highways would be littered by F150s needing turbos and timing chains or burning holes through their blocks. Oh and we'd all be stuck behind lines of cars while some idiot in their V6 grocery getter can't climb hill....
carringb 08/28/19 08:53pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Sway problems

Wow, this one is all over the place. Do not drop your truck's tire pressure to 55, especially on the rear axle. That is dangerous. It sounds to me like you simply don't have enough tongue weight. Load it heavier. The sway will go away with enough tongue weight. Trying to look for other solutions might work, but adding tongue weight is sure to work. No. It's not dangerous. Too much tire pressure causes instability. That is why every tire manufacturer, including Toyo who makes the OPs tires, publishes load inflation tables. His current tires are nearly 20% wider than stock, so the factory tire pressure are completely irrelevant. He has 15% tongue weight now, so that is not his problem.
carringb 08/27/19 08:51am Towing
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