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RE: Good Year buying out Cooper tires

Oh dear. Hope cooper quality does not suffer. Marty Hopefully they won't use the same mold as the G614's :B
cummins2014 02/25/21 08:21am Tow Vehicles
RE: Andersen Hitch

If you can align ball and hitch on your TT, should not be hard to align with the Andersen. You do need to raise the FW a bit higher than with a standard hitch. Jerry Hell, I got a back up camera not a problem hooking up my ATV trailer , and I can see the ball on the Andersen , neither is an issue . Back in the day before cameras, it still never seemed an issue hitching up bumper pulls .
cummins2014 02/21/21 08:32pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Andersen Hitch

We will be getting a fifth wheel soon and I plan on getting an Andersen hitch. One of the disadvantages I see regularly, and in this thread, is having to align the red hitch pin adaptor directly over the ball on the Andersen. I currently have a TT and have to do basically the same thing with aligning the ball on the truck under the coupler on the tongue . I don’t understand what the difference is and why some indicate this is a difficult thing to do. Can someone shed some light for me please? It’s a perceived issue , mostly by those that have never had one . The new Andersen’s have that red line up cone , and no need to be dead on . I have the older Andersen that didn’t come with the cone . I have no problem getting lined up side to side , no different then lining up the kingpin .I can see the ball from the cab, on occasion I may have to get back in the truck to move further back or pull forward a bit .
cummins2014 02/21/21 05:04pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Andersen Hitch

I had long beds early on.. started camping and went to short beds.. Probably early to mid 80's ish.. the last 3 RV's were fivers, all before were TT's. always had the SB till March of 2020.... That's when I went to the dark side with the LB AND the B&W.... After 1 partial season of towing, I can honestly say that I LOVE that combo.... As said many times "HAD" the long beds, glad you enjoy yours :B
cummins2014 02/19/21 03:31pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Andersen Hitch

The woes of short bed trucking. Yet we still prefer the short bed , go figure :B
cummins2014 02/19/21 11:32am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Towing Limits of 7.3 Powerstroke

Your upgrades .... exhaust brake, turbo, additional power and transmission, plus the fact that you've got a dually should allow you to very easily handle a 13k 5ver. I would consider a 13k 5ver a light trailer. If you have a gear that will put your engine at an rpm where it makes 400 HP @ 55 mph you will be able to maintain that 55 mph up a 7% grade towing 13k lbs. I agree ,but if you have dealt much towing fairly heavy with a 7.3 the ETG's are the limiting factor. I dealt with it nearly the whole time I owned that truck ,nearly 16 years . A stock 7.3 just doesn't have it for a heavier fifth wheel , unless you do some mods. I did a few ,and it did help, but the ETG's were the limiting factor, as said it had it there ,but the ETG's would climb up over 1200 degrees ,and I had to get out of the throttle. Back when the 7.3 was very popular ,and new, ETG's were always a subject on the forums . Water injection, bigger intercoolers etc to deal with it. I know very little about the 7.3 diesel and you're absolutely right that EGTs are often the limiting factor pulling grades. Even though the OP has upgraded his turbo, he may or may not be gaining a whole lot as far a EGTs are concerned, because he is also adding fuel .... he's going to need to be watching his pyrometer. I would think 1200* is a very safe level to run the EGT to, so ong as it is being measured pre turbo. I ran my Duramax to 1400 at times and as far as I know it never hurt anything. I would let it run up over 1200, If I remember 1280 was the magic number. No idea what the EGT's will run with the OP's 7.3 , but suspect before he reaches that threshold he can run a bit harder then I was able to. As said the throttle was there ,but the temperatures wouldn't let me . Those days are over, I don't miss that part . Now its just let the truck pull the grade with a bit more ease. IMO a much more enjoyable drive, then having to watch gauges on transmission , ETG's etc. Pushing a truck that didn't really have it in it .
cummins2014 02/18/21 09:40am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Towing Limits of 7.3 Powerstroke

As said I towed nearly 16 years with the the early 99 Superduty 7.3 350 short bed. I wouldn't say I had a problem towing in the rockies considering I live here in the west. The most I towed was just over 13K , 38' fifth wheel. Have talked to many many people towing with a 7.3 over the years. Just curious occasionally I hear comments similar to yours , never had a problem, as said neither did I , but hopefully you were are a grade with a passing lane or you were holding up traffic :) Driving on grade with the 7.3 and 5er is no different than any other vehicle. You adapt to the vehicle and conditions. As you know there are a bunch of semis that creep up the grades. Too many drivers think because the speed limit is 70 mph that they need to keep going 70 mph up a 6+% grade. Then wonder why at the top of the pass their temp gauge is well into the red and others are sitting there with their hoods up and water on the ground. Same with going down the grade. Just because the speed limit is 70 mph doesn't mean you have to run 70 mph downhill and ride the brakes. But we've all seen too many pulling trailers who do it. Not only seen them but smelled them when they went by. It's not rocket science. It's knowing how to adapt to the conditions and vehicle. Doesn't matter if the vehicle has a 7.3 or a Detroit diesel or a 1.6L gas. Thanks for the explanation, but yes I did adapt. Did you not see the smiley face. I knew what I had ,and 70 downhill or uphill was NOT something I wanted to do. I don't do it now, and I have the power to do so. Lets put it this way its nice to be able run 60-65 on some of the long grades instead of 30-35, plus set the cruise for a long downhill grade at a safe speed ,and let the truck do its thing with exhaust brake ,and never have to touch the brakes . I have adapted well to that also . The 7.3 was great in its day. I don't miss the noise ,the smell, the lack of power ,and no exhaust brake . Other then that ,yes its a great truck :)
cummins2014 02/18/21 08:14am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Towing Limits of 7.3 Powerstroke

We had a 2002, 7.3L dually that we used to tow pretty much at rated limits. The truck had a SuperChips Micro Tuner and gauges for Pyro, boost and tranny temp. The tranny is a weak point in those trucks. I installed an upgraded torque converter, large stacked plate oil cooler and ran synthetic tranny oil. The truck did a great job, but I had to keep an eye on the pyro when pulling grades and back out of it at times. Keep an eye on the tranny temp and pyro and roll on. The exhaust brake would be great. Ken Once I went to the 6.0 tranny cooler my overheating problems with that 4R100 were over . I too went with a Superchip for awhile ,then to the DP tuner ,much better tuner .
cummins2014 02/17/21 06:26pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Towing Limits of 7.3 Powerstroke

As my wife and I look at making the transition from a Truck Camper to a 5th wheel, the question about the suitability of our truck for the job comes into question. Someday a new truck with all the bells and whistles (and the quietness) might be on the table but not immediately. My current truck is an early 1999 F350 Dually Quad Cab Long Bed 2WD. I've pulled my fully loaded 5k lb Truck Camper plus ~3k lb cargo trailer without any issues. I bought the truck off a guy who used it to haul his drag race car around in a 32ft goose neck trailer. I think he liked to work on the truck almost as much as the race car. Lots of "extras" all over the place. On a recent 3000 mile road trip I had a fuel injector go bad so I took the opportunity to dump about $8k into the engine, to include bigger injectors, bigger turbo, new up pipes, new HPOP and Hydra Tuner. The tranny has the 6.0 oil cooler mod and a Banks Torque Converter and Shift computer installed. Stock the truck made ~20lbs of boost, I'm now pushing 30lbs+ and haven't really tested the limits yet (nor do I plan to). My mechanic (who used to drag race 7.3s) guesstimated the HP to be in the realm of ~400 to 450hp. I am not going to dyno it but seat of the pants dyno I don't doubt it is far off from his guestimate. Getting back to the towing part... I know the towing limit of my truck is right around the 13k lb range. I'm looking in trailers that are in the 12k to 13k range (and expect about another 1k lb in weight once packed. Pin weight for trailers in this range looks to be in the 2500lb range which is half of what my camper weighs when loaded so I think I'm not concerned about that. My question really isn't about whether I will have the power to tow it (or the legality of it) but rather the handling / braking aspect. I already have a brake controller but might update it to something more modern. I'm thinking about specing the trailer with disc brakes to give more stopping power. Does anyone else have experience towing heavy trailers with the 7.3 and if so, do you have an recommendations on what to do or not to do as far as mods and upgrades? I had a early 99 7.3 that I had up around 450 hp and 935Ft-lbs. mine was a 3/4 tone, automatic, 2WD, shortbox super cab. when I bought my 5th wheel (39.5feet long and 14-16K lbs) I did a couple trips with it and it towed it just fine and got very good milage. The only reason I bought the 2014 was that with the 5th wheel on and no passengers I was already 300lbs over my max for the rear axel. If I would have had a 1 ton I would probaby still have it. I never had any egt issues, just gear down out of overdrive and keep the reves up and slow down a little andit was fine. going up a grade 8-11 hill I was able to maintain 55 to 60 mph, and the pour man exhaust brake(EBP control valve control kid) was able to hold it pretty deicent going down a grade 6 hill. I a seeing a lot of coments about drum brakes, My early 99 came with 4 wheel disk ABS all around , thought they all did... having said that, even though I had the 7.3 hopped up so much my 2014 with 400/800 out towes it hands down in the low and midrange rpms and is a much more plesent truck due to the smoothness and quietness. The 6.7 is the first motor that I would consider better than the 7.3 Steve The disc brake comments are for the fifth wheel , not the truck. My early 99 had four wheel anti lock disc brakes . Same here , I am down playing the 7.3 ,its a great motor, but no where near what my 6.7 Cummins will do towing the same weight , no comparison .
cummins2014 02/17/21 06:24pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Towing Limits of 7.3 Powerstroke

I went from drum 12 x 2 to drum 12-1/4 x 3-3/8 to disc... I too will NEVER go back to drum brakes... Not sure anyone will believe how much better they are then drum brakes, just have to tow a fifth wheel with disc to know .
cummins2014 02/17/21 05:48pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Andersen Hitch

I was in a campground and visited with the owner of your vintage RAM with the rear window broken out. He was using the Andersen hitch. He originally had the adapter facing rearward but his pin box was biting chunks out of his tailgate. He reversed it and took out his rear window when he was backing tight and dipped into a driveway. Got a friend that has a newer Ford Superduty ,just got it out of the body shop ,run his fifth wheel into the back of his cab ,and put a big dent in it, he has a slider :) You can report all you want about the Andersen ,and broken windows ,but it wasn't the Andersen . He did the same thing ,his was backing up, and his truck went into a rut. Ya, it happens ,and has nothing to do with the Andersen . You might want to mention to your fellow camper that he might be able to trim the corners on the pin box, thats a common problem, and not just with an Andersen . Many have had to do that when they pulled their manual sliders back. I think I would of checked that before I started taking chunks out of my tailgate, have checked clearance on every fifth wheel ,and hitch I have had. Sounds to me like your fellow camper is his own worst enemy :R
cummins2014 02/17/21 05:42pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Towing Limits of 7.3 Powerstroke

I had a 99.5 F-350 SRW, crew cab, 4X4, 8 ft bed with the 7.3. I didn't have near the upgrades you've done. I ran a small programmer which gave me a little boost in HP and torque. I did the programmer mainly to get better shifting as it tweaked the shift points. I did not have an exhaust brake. The last 5er I pulled was a 40 ft which loaded maxed at 14,500. Never had a problem pulling. Made numerous trips thru the Rockies. Pulled some pretty good hills and never had a problem. Even with SRW it was very stable in any wind direction. Without the exhaust brake I had watch downhill runs but that would have been the case with any truck. I never had the 6.0 cooler. All stock except for the low grade programmer. The 7.3 was a good engine. A local truck mechanic friend kept trying to get me to really hot rod it saying it was near bullet proof and could really be turned up. It did all I needed without hot rodding it. As said I towed nearly 16 years with the the early 99 Superduty 7.3 350 short bed. I wouldn't say I had a problem towing in the rockies considering I live here in the west. The most I towed was just over 13K , 38' fifth wheel. Have talked to many many people towing with a 7.3 over the years. Just curious occasionally I hear comments similar to yours , never had a problem, as said neither did I , but hopefully you were are a grade with a passing lane or you were holding up traffic :)
cummins2014 02/17/21 05:27pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Towing Limits of 7.3 Powerstroke

Thanks, that is exactly the type of info I was looking for. Yes, I do have the Banks Exhaust brake already and use it all the time with the current setup. It has been a fantastic tool in the toolbox for handling the mountains. EGTs since the Turbo Upgrade have been very good. Truck hardly breaks a sweat pulling the 9000lbs of Camper and Trailer now. I do believe the 5th wheel will test it more but like you, before the upgrades I've done the 35mph in second gear without much issue. Maybe I will be able to maintain 45 or 55mph with what I have now which would be just fine. If the disc brakes are that much of a difference, I will make that a priority. Stopping that much inertia is really my largest concern for sure. As far as disc brakes , I will never tow a fifth wheel without them ,now that I have . They are definitely that much of a difference. I don't think anyone would disagree if they have went from drum brakes on a fifth wheel which is standard , and upgraded to disc. I was for awhile going to do injectors, turbo , bigger intercooler etc, but as said after 16 years it was time for a change. But that 7.3 was fantastic for what it was .
cummins2014 02/17/21 05:19pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Towing Limits of 7.3 Powerstroke

Your upgrades .... exhaust brake, turbo, additional power and transmission, plus the fact that you've got a dually should allow you to very easily handle a 13k 5ver. I would consider a 13k 5ver a light trailer. If you have a gear that will put your engine at an rpm where it makes 400 HP @ 55 mph you will be able to maintain that 55 mph up a 7% grade towing 13k lbs. I agree ,but if you have dealt much towing fairly heavy with a 7.3 the ETG's are the limiting factor. I dealt with it nearly the whole time I owned that truck ,nearly 16 years . A stock 7.3 just doesn't have it for a heavier fifth wheel , unless you do some mods. I did a few ,and it did help, but the ETG's were the limiting factor, as said it had it there ,but the ETG's would climb up over 1200 degrees ,and I had to get out of the throttle. Back when the 7.3 was very popular ,and new, ETG's were always a subject on the forums . Water injection, bigger intercoolers etc to deal with it.
cummins2014 02/17/21 05:02pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Towing Limits of 7.3 Powerstroke

Truck stops the Truck, Trailer stops the Trailer. I can agree if you got disc brakes , drum brakes help ,but the truck IMO does some of the work .
cummins2014 02/17/21 04:44pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Towing Limits of 7.3 Powerstroke

As my wife and I look at making the transition from a Truck Camper to a 5th wheel, the question about the suitability of our truck for the job comes into question. Someday a new truck with all the bells and whistles (and the quietness) might be on the table but not immediately. My current truck is an early 1999 F350 Dually Quad Cab Long Bed 2WD. I've pulled my fully loaded 5k lb Truck Camper plus ~3k lb cargo trailer without any issues. I bought the truck off a guy who used it to haul his drag race car around in a 32ft goose neck trailer. I think he liked to work on the truck almost as much as the race car. Lots of "extras" all over the place. On a recent 3000 mile road trip I had a fuel injector go bad so I took the opportunity to dump about $8k into the engine, to include bigger injectors, bigger turbo, new up pipes, new HPOP and Hydra Tuner. The tranny has the 6.0 oil cooler mod and a Banks Torque Converter and Shift computer installed. Stock the truck made ~20lbs of boost, I'm now pushing 30lbs+ and haven't really tested the limits yet (nor do I plan to). My mechanic (who used to drag race 7.3s) guesstimated the HP to be in the realm of ~400 to 450hp. I am not going to dyno it but seat of the pants dyno I don't doubt it is far off from his guestimate. Getting back to the towing part... I know the towing limit of my truck is right around the 13k lb range. I'm looking in trailers that are in the 12k to 13k range (and expect about another 1k lb in weight once packed. Pin weight for trailers in this range looks to be in the 2500lb range which is half of what my camper weighs when loaded so I think I'm not concerned about that. My question really isn't about whether I will have the power to tow it (or the legality of it) but rather the handling / braking aspect. I already have a brake controller but might update it to something more modern. I'm thinking about specing the trailer with disc brakes to give more stopping power. Does anyone else have experience towing heavy trailers with the 7.3 and if so, do you have an recommendations on what to do or not to do as far as mods and upgrades? Towed a 15,500 GVWR fifth wheel for about 6 years, probably just over 13K loaded, with no where near the upgrades you have with the early 99 7.3 350 SRW, I bought it new., it did a fair job , not enough power in the mountains. does not sound like you will have that problem if you can keep the ETG's down . The big issue for me besides the lack of power on steep grades ,was no exhaust brake. That would be something to invest in if you haven't already ,and tow much in the mountains . Disc brakes on a fifth wheel is night ,and day different then the drum brakes . My present fifth wheel has disc brakes , and along with a great exhaust brake these newer Ram cummins have ,no concerns in the mountains power wise ,and being able to stop easily . I did a few things to my 7.3 ,4" turbo back, 6.0 tranny cooler ,along with the 6.0 intercooler . AIS intake , DP tuner . No upgrade on injectors ,or turbo. My biggest problem was the ETG's. If I would of went to a bigger intercooler to keep the ETG's 1200 or below it had more to give, but I just lived with that 30-35 mph on steep grades in second gear, and just watched my pyrometer . But having it for nearly 16 years it was time for a new one . Being you have a dually ,I can't see where there will be any handling problem , my 350 SRW did fine in that regard. I think you are set for what you want to do.
cummins2014 02/17/21 11:49am Fifth-Wheels
RE: GD Momentum 395ms with Ram Megacab

There are many people who say, with the proper care, it's no problem. With that in mind I ended up bouncing off and damaging my cab more times than I care to admit. Slider, winder or long bed, just get something, because your day will come. Well, thats the same as saying everyone is going to drop a fifth wheel on the bed of their truck.
cummins2014 02/17/21 11:11am Tow Vehicles
RE: Need Advice on Best Brand for Front Living w/ Loft

I have had two Montana fifth wheels , and four fifth wheels total, and have been happy with them all. As far as quality ,you are right they are all mostly the same. I would say the Montana is a bit higher in quality then some ,but not by much. IMO get the floor plan you like ,and go for it. Montana is probably one of the most popular , if not the most. You will definitely see a lot of them on the road :)
cummins2014 02/17/21 09:14am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Just bought a new 5th wheel

Good luck, and enjoy .
cummins2014 02/17/21 09:08am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Andersen Hitch

Be very careful Flashman. I got the Anderson hitch installed when I bought a new 5er last year. I have a regular cab Ram and a standard 8 foot bed. They installed the Anderson hitch wrong. It was installed on the pin with the red pick up facing to the front, that lets the 5er back and when I was backing in to a spot the 5th wheel pin box hit the side of the truck. They had to re do it and turn the red pick up 180 degrees around facing the back. This moves the 5er farther up in the bed of the truck. But when backing, I can now back it in a 90 degree turn and it misses the bed of the truck 3 or 4 inches. So get the instructions and read them and measure your bed. I had never heard of these Anderson hitches and the last thing I was thinking of is the pin box hitting the inside side of the bed of the truck. I have had a Reese hitch for years. What I don' like is hooking up. Put the tail gate down and back under, then put the tail gate up before backing completely in as it is very close to hitting the 5er unless you are perfectly square with the front of the 5er. I should get the 5th wheel tail gate that you leave up while backing in.... I can go in at a bit of an angle when hooking up without worrying about the tailgate, but thats an issue with any hitch, although with a conventional hitch ,most likely you won't over shoot it unless you are way to high , and go right up over the kingpin. Granted with the Andersen you have to clear the ball to line up, and its very possible you can back your tailgate into the front of the fifth wheel. I can see when backing in ,and I do take it in very careful with the tail gate down, I would have to over shoot the ball by aways. With the tailgate down, and hooked up ,I can squeeze between fifth wheel ,and tailgate.
cummins2014 02/17/21 09:06am Fifth-Wheels
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