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RE: 1/2 ton or 3/4 ton

Why do people list their trailers GVWR? Do people really tow at their trailers max? I don't. I had an 11,400 5er that loaded up weighed 9200-9300 lbs. Why would I want to mislead anyone? Or a better question, why do people obsess over a few hundred or even, say 1000 lbs? If a person has done much towing, they'd realize that towing safety includes many different factors, only 1 of which is the weight of the trailer. And trailer weight (within reason) may be a ways down on the list of important considerations depending on the trailer and the rig. Like I have pulled around 15klbs many times behind 1/2 ton trucks, but it's low profile loads and the ability to adjust the load to get an acceptable tongue weight. BUT, I'd not even consider towing a 7 ton 5ver or toyhauler behind the same truck. Jus cuz it weighs the same don't mean it's even close to the same. Nother example, ultralight, lightly loaded big TC, say 30' long and 6000lbs, not too practical but possible. A JGC or Durango is "rated" to tow more, but that trailer could horsewhip a short lighter vehicle like that pretty easily, especially in the hands of the inexperienced, but it would be far more comfortable towing it with an ext cab long bed 1/2 ton that may not have any more rated capacity, maybe less even. So to err on the side of caution, the bigger the tow vehicle, the better, but it doesn't mean smaller is unacceptable in all cases. I think I brought this up on page 1or2 that not all trailers of the same weight are created equal yet we have 9 pages of garbage. This why I highly recommend people don’t take advice from this or any Internet forum, educate yourself on the facts.
demiles 10/26/19 05:42am Tow Vehicles
RE: 1/2 ton or 3/4 ton

Which TV is most appropriate is going to depend on the trailer itself and not just its overall weight. It’s weight distribution by design (yaw inertia), axle position, tongue weight, and how it’s loaded will make a difference. Both could be capable from a general point of view of overall weight and payload.
demiles 10/22/19 03:48pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Lowering TV tire pressures

They recommend using those charts unless you want to blindly run what the manufacturer says that is a CYA for them. Do you seriously think vehicle manufactures don’t know about those charts and don’t use them as one of the criteria when selecting a tire and determining what pressures are optimum for that particular vehicle? Wilber1 is absolutely correct on this one. Using the chart alone for the TV tire pressure is being blind to the big picture here. My old 06 Silverado had a 25 psi differential 55 front 80 rear which stayed that way for ten years on the same tires without a wear issue. They don’t design them to ride like a luxury car. If you must reduce tire pressure always maintain at least 5-8 psi higher in the rear tires, never go lower then the front. Running in sand or loose dirt is quite different then pavement.
demiles 10/10/19 03:26am Tow Vehicles
RE: Lowering TV tire pressures

This argument is nonsense. FMVSS requires the vehicle to be tested at GVWR and a lightly loaded vehicle weight with the tires pressures set at the same. Your vehicle is not dangerous with minimal load and tires inflated to recommended pressure on the FMVSS sticker. The Ford Explorer fiasco changed some things.
demiles 10/06/19 05:47am Tow Vehicles
RE: How do you really judge TV adequacy anymore?

People need to understand what the j2807 standard is that’s used to set the rating. It’s a standardized test performed wth very specific equipment under very specific conditions with very specific rules. The average consumer will not operate the vehicle under those conditions with the same equipment. Once the trailer, loading, and road conditions change so does how the vehicle performs. The test is to determine the maximum trailer tow weight which not how you would what to tow a RV across country. A good way to judge TV capability for RVs is to stay away from the maximum pin/hitch weight and apply the recommended hitch and pin weight requirements for the trailer type.
demiles 09/13/19 03:35am Tow Vehicles
RE: Titan Cummins Diesel option axed for 2020

Very highly doubt that. My 16 has been problem free for 3 years now and I have no complaints. I bought it to work so it’s almost always hauling or towing something and it’s not a daily commuter. The reason I bought it is because it was cheap, 6k less than a big three gasser comparably equipped The 21 mpg highway empty makes me more likely to drive it. Before taxes, tags, and trade $33,400. The sticker was $46k. It was paid for in full before it left the lot.
demiles 08/07/19 11:37am Tow Vehicles
RE: Titan Cummins Diesel option axed for 2020

My 16 has been problem free for 3 years now and I have no complaints. I bought it to work so it’s almost always hauling or towing something and it’s not a daily commuter. The reason I bought it is because it was cheap, 6k less than a big three gasser comparably equipped. The 21 mpg highway empty makes me more likely to drive it.
demiles 08/07/19 03:26am Tow Vehicles
RE: Level trailer

One degree of slope maximum over the distance of the effective tongue length. ETL is the distance from the ball to the axle centerline of the trailer. One degree over a distance of 20 ft is about 4 in.
demiles 06/21/19 07:22pm Towing
RE: Nissan Titan XD 5.0L Cummins?

I’ve had only a few very minor problems with my 2016 in 17,000 total miles and just under 10,000 towing 8,000lbs. It may not win the race to the top of the hill but the XD makes for a very stable TV.
demiles 05/14/19 05:07pm Tow Vehicles
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