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RE: Roadside assist

I'm starting to wonder with Smartphones if the "mystery" of breakdowns is become more null and void. Don't get me wrong, there really is still some value. However, we can often crank up our 4g (soon 5g) hit google and say "Rv towing service" and "mechanics near me". We'd probably get an answer very quickly. I know there are other things these services offer, but seriously, I'm starting to wonder a bit of the worth. I mean it's nice to have 1 number and all....
crasster 02/18/20 06:30pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Mechanic and RV fan

Welcome from Texas part II
crasster 02/18/20 06:25pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Daunting it's not...rooftop AC replacement

It's those teeny times in life that we wish we had a fork lift real quick at home. Just for 1 min.... 1 single minute... :)
crasster 02/11/20 03:03pm Travel Trailers
What kind of RPM's do you get? What about MPG?

Just curious what others out there are getting as I look at TT options. I've heard that 2400RPM and 7.5MPG is pretty standard. Is it wrong?
crasster 02/06/20 08:08pm Towing
Butane vs. Propane

So I talked to a man that had an coach where the manual states that it can use both Butane AND Propane. Which is better? Worse? Pros? Cons? Why? Thanks!
crasster 02/06/20 04:35pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Does this hitch actually do weight distribution?

Thank you!! :)
crasster 02/02/20 07:24am Towing
RE: Does this hitch actually do weight distribution?

Yes, it does the same thing. You just pry up on the bars rather than toggle the chain up. I'm decently stout enough, but is "prying" tough to do? Is there a tool for it or ? Thanks!
crasster 02/01/20 07:44am Towing
Does this hitch actually do weight distribution?

https://www.amazon.com/Equal-i-zer-Progress-90-00-1000-10K-Hitch/dp/B004TR8M3W/?tag=rvwebnetwork-20 Does this hitch do weight distribution? If so how? It says it does in the title but I always thought on "typical" WD hitches the chains made it happen as they are "pulled up" on the bars.
crasster 02/01/20 07:26am Towing
RE: How does GCVWR affect stopping if you have trailer brakes?

I've read many times that exceeding GCVWR is a stopping safety issue. What I'm not understanding is the GCVWR assuming there are NOT electric brakes? Is it assuming trailer brake failure and the vehicle's GCVWR can fully stop both trailer and TV? From my experience, a well tuned brake controller the brakes just feel like stopping without a load at all. So how does exceeding GCVWR cause a safety issue stopping with electric brakes? Just curious, not doing it. Actually. Your tow vehicles brakes are only designed to stop the GVWR of the vehicle. NOT the GCVWR. that is why trailer brakes are required. So your TV can safely stop it's own max weight (GVWR). Anything over that the trailer brakes are supposed to stop. Yes the TV brakes may stop the trailer. Eventually. But not safely, especially in a E stop. Okay thank you! I learned something new today. :)
crasster 01/29/20 08:41am Towing
How does GCVWR affect stopping if you have trailer brakes?

I've read many times that exceeding GCVWR is a stopping safety issue. What I'm not understanding is the GCVWR assuming there are NOT electric brakes? Is it assuming trailer brake failure and the vehicle's GCVWR can fully stop both trailer and TV? From my experience, a well tuned brake controller the brakes just feel like stopping without a load at all. So how does exceeding GCVWR cause a safety issue stopping with electric brakes? Just curious, not doing it.
crasster 01/29/20 07:57am Towing
RE: Can I tow this and how will it feel?

If you towed the 6600 pound TT and then the 7200 pound TT, I bet you never notice the difference. May be 0.5mph slower up the same hill. Frontal area is about the same for most TT in that weight range, which is what you notice while towing at 65mph more than weight. Weight is more a factor for accelerating or up hills, not even stopping. You have plenty of suspension to handle the added tongue weight. Thank you this helps. Yeah not looking to win races, but just don't want to be a road hazard or dangerous. :) I'm content going 60 all over the USA. What do you thing grades would be like? Let's say 5%?
crasster 01/28/20 02:35pm Towing
RE: Can I tow this and how will it feel?

Can’t say towing that trailer will “feel” as good as a few other things I can think of....(fill in the blanks, lol). But the van will handle the trailer absolutely fine and based on your sig line with the light pedal thing, I’m pretty certain you’ll find the power acceptable too. And try it with a full tank of water. $20 says neither you nor the van will be able to tell the difference. Yeah my sig line is our fun little Toyota. LOL. It's really turning into more of an "afternoon tripper". Family getting "Bigger".... Well, the kids are getting taller, I'm just getting wider.
crasster 01/28/20 02:28pm Towing
RE: Can I tow this and how will it feel?

Is that 7200lbs loaded or "dry weight?" The difference is about 1500lbs in overall trailer weight once you're loaded and ready to camp. Tow vehicles are inanimate objects. They don't struggle. Not even figuratively. They either go or they don't. You probably won't be the first to the top of the hill, and you definitely don't want to be the first one to the bottom, but as long as you don't mind the engine revving about 2000RPM, and aren't in the biggest hurry to get anywhere, you will be just fine. I love this description. :) Thanks. 7200 dry.
crasster 01/27/20 09:49pm Towing
RE: Can I tow this and how will it feel?

Next question, would I be pushing it if I bought a 7200 pound trailer rather than the 6660 pound one as I mentioned earlier? So this would be 821 pounds left for GCWR Max. I think I have plenty of payload for Tongue weight. What my main concern is will I be struggling greatly up grades/down grades? I don't mind if I feel it for sure, I just mind if I'm gonna have doubts if I can make it over a 6% grade. I do have the M5 / M4 option on my van to keep it out of high gear. Plus I have a tow button which does.... umm... what it does. :) If it would struggle on mountain grades, how would it do on flats and "basic" hills? Thanks!
crasster 01/26/20 04:15pm Towing
RE: Can I tow this and how will it feel?

I think your numbers are correct IF you want to stay below your GCWR of 16,000. But, that is not the first number you should focus on. Your stated GVWR is 9600 while your van only weighs 6129. Subracting these leaves you with 3471 which is a very healthy payload capacity. Payload capacity is where most of us get into trouble. Large trailers connected to half ton trucks usually violate the payload numbers before they violate the GCWR. Ok, with 3471 to play with start subracting things that will go in the van, not things that go in the trailer. 920 for the family, 100 lbs for the hitch itself and you are down to 2451 which is still a large number. You can add back the 80 pounds for taking out the seat and now you have 2531. What you failed to account for is the hitch weight of the trailer. Think about that. Drop the hitch on the ball and you are adding weight to the van. Even if you had a HW of 1200 lbs you would still be good to go. So, as someone earlier posted, you should not have any trouble with your set up. One last thing. With today's TVs, engines have improved vastly. Some think that as long as you can go fast and make it over the hills you are good to go. When and if you go over your payload capacities, you are pushing the GVRW numbers. These are there based on the ability of the axles to carry the weight safely and the ability of the TV to stop safely. Stay within the ratings and you will minimize the wear and tear of the components on your TV. Thanks a bunch for this informative answer!! :)
crasster 01/26/20 01:46pm Towing
Were older travel trailers built better?

I have a few main companies that I like today, almost none are based in Indiana because of quality issues. People are just having their trailers fall apart in 1-2 years.... Warranties are 3 months to service, etc. I'm curious were travel trailers from 2008 and older built better? I noticed on some the cabinets just seemed "better" from the "older" days. What about pre-2000 were those built better? I know, I wish I could afford an Airstream. LOL.
crasster 01/26/20 07:17am Travel Trailers
RE: 2017 Chevy 6.0L 15 Passenger van

Go for it. Flush the fluids. Let that engine spin to 5000rpm when accelerating or uphill. Use tow/haul mode for transmission. I like to use M5 and M4 to limit the top gear, but many just use drive. Enjoy. Thanks! :)
crasster 01/25/20 07:49am Tow Vehicles
2017 Chevy 6.0L 15 Passenger van

GCWR 16,000 Van weight is 6,129 I have 900 pounds of passengers. We'd like to tow a 6,660 pound RV. I did the math and included LOTS of details on extra weight.... pretty much we'd have a spare 1,400 to 1,500 pounds (roughly depending on tank levels) amount till we hit GCWR. With a WD hitch and sway bar, will this van handle the Trailer well? I'm curious how it will do on grades / mountains. I've pushed it years back with a Toyota Sienna and came within 300 pounds of GCWR on a small KZ. I didn't like it. White knuckled a bunch in Colorado. I know my Chevy Express is a different class of vehicle totally for towing. This time 1300-1400 pounds off GCWR. Looking for tips, suggestions, comments, moral support. LOL :) Thanks!
crasster 01/25/20 07:08am Tow Vehicles
RE: Can I tow this and how will it feel?

I have 2015 one ton 15 passenger van also and no problem with 9,000 pound trailer. Any trouble on steep hills/mountains by chance?
crasster 01/24/20 06:06pm Towing
Can I tow this and how will it feel?

Okay here are the specs. I "think" I'm figuring this right. 2017 Chevy Express 15 passenger van. 1LT. 6.0L engine. GCWR 16,000 GVWR 9,600 Van Weight 6,129 Passengers total weight: 920 Pounds RV weight: 6,660 Pounds Battery + Propane: 125 pounds Weight Distribution Hitch: 100 pounds 1 Seat removed from van (extra space) = +80 pounds (gained) Clothes, towels, blankets, pillows, fluff: 100 pounds Food: 30 pounds Extension cords, some hand tools, fix a flat, parts: 100 pounds A few pots, pans, dishes, etc.: 50 pounds Outdoors stuff like camp chairs, bug candles, etc: 50 pounds Bathroom stuff, tooth brushes, etc.: 15 pounds Misc whatever: 200 pounds If fill 30 gals of freshwater 30 X 8 = 240 pounds So I did the Math Subtracting everything (and adding one thing) from my GCWR. I'd be left with: +1361 pounds until I hit (what I understand??) to be my limit, or +1601 without a tank full of fresh water. I also don't plan to travel much with full gray or black tanks. So question time. Am I missing something here? If truly I still have 1361 Pounds left, should that be a "breeze" for my van to tow this trailer + all passengers & stuff? What about grades? Will it struggle/white knuckle time (or will it handle it well) **note in mountains I will ABSOLUTELY not carry fresh water or gray/black water on mountains so +1601 until GCWR of 16000. All opinions, suggestions, etc. appreciated. I just would like to know what I'm in for. Thanks!!
crasster 01/24/20 04:35pm Towing
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