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RE: Hope to Cache Creek

As long as there are no rock slides or other issues on the #1, I'd take it. But that road can have issues. The Coq is where the early seasons of Highway through Hell were all about (but that's winter)
gmckenzie 05/23/19 03:20pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Late-model 1/2 Ton and 30+ feet - Real world experiences...

Trailer is 34'4" from tongue to bumper and 8200 lbs loaded (I've scaled it). I used to pull with a 2001 3/4 ton Duramax and now pull with a 2015 GMC Sierra max trailering package. Truck pulls fine for the most part. Some hills I miss the diesel. I have a 4 pt hitch and Sumo springs (like Timbrens) to help with the sag. Had some porpoising between Jasper and Banff, but the road sucks. Other wise it tows just fine. Went this route as my non-trailering use is pretty light. ~3km commute and around 10,000 kms a year was not healthy for the diesel and after doing the injectors once (real PITA to do on the early Duramax) I decided I wanted gas again, but not the 6.0L GM has. Looking at the GM 2020 3/4 tons when they come out as we may be going bigger on the trailer one year. But will stick with gas.
gmckenzie 05/15/19 03:51pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Legal or safety issues carrying diesel fuel containers in RV

I would make sure to carry them in a well vented compartment. While not as bad as gas, the diesel fumes could build up and be explosive. There was a news piece recently on people in the Vancouver area crossing the border to get gas, and putting gas cans in their trunks. One got rear ended and blew up. https://globalnews.ca/news/5241062/peace-arch-border-fiery-crash-gas-cans-safety/
gmckenzie 05/07/19 12:38pm General RVing Issues
RE: New guy needing confirmation on tongue weight

If you haven't bought the hitch yet, you might consider an upgrade to something like the Equal-i-zer 4 point hitch. It or the Husky Centerline are better options for not a lot more money. Still go for 1400 lbs setup though.
gmckenzie 05/07/19 08:40am Towing
RE: Ford F150's Drag Racing while Towing a Camper

I think that would be an awesome new sport. RV drag racing. Make the track go up a 7% grade. lol Used to be a track in a town north of me that would have a annual oval race pulling trailers around the track. Never did get to see it and the track has since closed (I think). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VnnOnZNoMwI
gmckenzie 05/06/19 01:59pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford F150's Drag Racing while Towing a Camper

As any old hot rodder will tell you, the key to durability in a souped up engine is to also make sure the rest of your drive train is beefed up to handle the extra ponies...and while your at it...improve the cooling, brakes, suspension. You boost the power...you boost the breakage potential. Think Will Rogers said that. ;) Mind you, breaking u-joints is a lot cheaper than breaking the tranny or diff/axle.
gmckenzie 05/06/19 12:51pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Installed Vortex II fan today

I just did the Vortex update, I went with a single speed and got a reversible PWM off of ebay. Our trailer has tall ceilings and my wife couldn't reach the fan switch so I ran the wiring down the wall in some wiremold and mounted the switches on the wall. Now I have an infinitely adjustable reversible fan. Is is louder than a fantastic fan, yes, but it mounts from the inside and it was less expensive. I need to do the PWM thing. We keep a broom in the bathroom (just because it's a good place to store it) so if I need to turn the fan on while siting, I reach up with the broom handle.
gmckenzie 05/06/19 12:30pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Towing questions

My apologies, the camper is a keystone cougar. Unladen weight is 7,000 lbs. It says my max is 8500 lbs that I can tow according to the chart. I really hope I didn't miscalculate what the truck can actually haul. What model Cougar? Most with a dry weight of 7K are more than 8.5K loaded. And dry weight is irrelevant. I think you don't have enough truck for the trailer. For comparison, I have a 2015 GMC Sierra with their full on trailer package. Brochure says I can pull 10,900 and I'm at the payload limit with a trailer weighing 8,200 (actual scale weight). But I'm not sure engine oil temp would be the first to overheat. I'd think the tranny and coolant would heat up first, so that's odd.
gmckenzie 05/06/19 11:59am Travel Trailers
RE: starting to look at trucks

Look at the yellow sticker on the driver door jam that states that trucks payload. Get the most payload you can find. This. If you want to pull 7K+, you want a payload near 2K.
gmckenzie 05/03/19 12:06pm Travel Trailers
RE: Power Watchdog Smart Surge Protector with Auto Shutoff

Thanks everyone, after careful consideration I'm going with the Progressive EMS. Hard wired or portable, that's another story...... Hard for it to walk away if it's hard wired. Also, for me, it prevents me from being lazy and not plugging it in. I can just see me getting in late, in the dark and poor weather and not bothering to pull the portable one out cuz I'm in a rush. Hard wired, I don't have that option.
gmckenzie 04/26/19 01:11pm Travel Trailers
RE: Surge protector...

Yup, don't waste time and $$ on that! Spend the extra $$ and get a Progressive Industries EMS that will automatically protect against various electrical issues and is excellent quality. We have the hardwired version - always there, always protecting us (and it has a number of times). The joule rating of 1050 isn't all that great and they don't tell you what the peak surge current rating is. A PI EMS (the most recommended "EMS") is rated 44,000 amps and 1800 joules. It's not UL listed either so what's inside is unknown quality. If it's anything like Chinabomb tire quality, it could explode at any time, lol... :B ^^this. Not UL (or CSA) rated would be a killer for me. I've got a Progressive one. It's gone off more than once for low power and probably saved me a big expense.
gmckenzie 04/17/19 03:57pm Travel Trailers
RE: Opinions on this travel trailer

Saw the video already. I think it's an interesting setup. Not sure I want it, but I found it interesting.
gmckenzie 04/17/19 03:51pm Travel Trailers
RE: Low point drain line caps nightmare

I went and bought plastic valves from the plumbing section at lowes and screwed them onto the 3/4" fittings where the caps go. No more need for caps. Just turn the valves. I did the same with mine as well as the fresh water tank drain. Much easier to deal with.
gmckenzie 04/08/19 04:31pm Travel Trailers
RE: Truck trailering packages

IF you are stuck on a 1/2 ton, you want the GM Max Trailering package. The truck should come with the bigger mirrors (as the first clue) and the code NHT on the sticker in the glovebox. I would not try to tow a 30' with a non-NHT GM half ton. For my 2015 GMC with the above, I have a payload of 2,015 lbs (per the sticker on the door jam) and a max trailer weight of 10,800 (meaningless number from a brochure). I tow a 33''4" 2010 Cougar 30RKS that has a GVW of 8,200 lbs (and I've scaled it at that loaded). This put me at my maximum payload. I also use a Equal-i-zer 4 pt hitch that does both weight distribution and sway control. I'd recommend this hitch or one like it. Any more weight and I'd need a 3/4 ton. Interesting that the current version of the trailer has a GVW of 9,500 lbs. I would not tow that with my truck. Right now, I'd be inclined to wait until the new 3/4 tons come out. the 2020 Sierra/Silverado 2500HD will come with a 6.6L gas motor and close to double the payload of mine. If you don't like them (and I really do like the looks of the GMC) then the price on the 2019's should come down as dealers try to clear them out. Should be mid-June by everything I've read.
gmckenzie 04/04/19 12:17pm Travel Trailers
RE: OnStar Question

I never used my Onstar past the 3 free months. I hav Nav and do use it occasionally, but my 2015 doesn't have Android Auto. I have never updated my GM Nav so I can see in the future where I would use my phone more for navigation anyway. The NAV was in the truck I wanted off the lot. I would not have otherwise paid for it.
gmckenzie 03/27/19 11:43am Tow Vehicles
RE: Hitch weight?

Just one more comment on the hitch weight in the brochure being useless. My brochure has the hitch weight at 630 lbs. Dry weight of ~6800 lbs and carrying cap of ~ 1400 lbs. So the brochure has the hitch weight at less than 10% of dry. Actual scaled weights have the trailer right at the 8200 lbs and hitch weight at 1040 lbs. Best is to use the gross trailer weight (not dry weight) and 12-13% of that for hitch weight. Add 100 lbs for the hitch and that is what you deduct from your actual payload to see what else you can carry. My payload is 2015 lbs (per the door sticker) and I'm am maxed with 8200 of trailer.
gmckenzie 03/19/19 09:00am Travel Trailers
RE: Not the typical Gas vs Diesel, ½ ton vs HD question

I'm looking very hard at the 2020 GMC 2500HD Gas. Will be a 6.6L with 401 hp and 460 ft/lb. And a payload of just under 4000 lbs. But not available until June (ish) and I won't be looking until next year anyway. I tow now with a 2015 Sierra 1500 max trailer, 5.3L. If I were to go diesel, I would pass by the 2500 and go 3500. It's not so bad with the 2020's, but 2019 and older you'll find you don't have much more payload with a 2500 diesel vs. what you have now. I'm at 2015 for payload and most of the 2500 diesels I've seen are much more than 2300 lbs. I'm comparing CC numbers. I don't tow as much as you are (8,200 lbs wet) and my truck is good enough for now. I've had a diesel in the past (01 2500 Duramax) and also had a short commute (~3.5km) and would end up parking the diesel in the winter and by a POS for a few months as the diesel never got to operating temps. I'm not looking to get back into a diesel anytime soon for that reason. I just don't work it hard enough 90% of the time. Outside of power, the biggest difference in the gas vs diesel will be the tranny. Again, I'm only talking the GMC here, but the diesel has a 10 speed version of the Allison (not actually made by Allison anymore) and the gas will be a 6 speed. And you will get more engine braking with a diesel. The 6.6 gas will not have the power of your 6.2L. That is a nice motor. But it will be better than the current 6.0L in the HD trucks.
gmckenzie 03/13/19 04:01pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Too many choices

Good points everyone. Payload from door sticker is 1644#. You will have a tough time with any of the trailers you are looking at. Realize that the ~250 lb difference in payload numbers, from the brochure to the sticker, equates to ~ 2,000 lbs less trailer weight (using 12.5% for tongue weight). So a 5,000 lb trailer will have a tongue weight of ~625 lbs. A 7,000 lb trailer will have a tongue weight of ~875 lbs.
gmckenzie 03/12/19 04:26pm Travel Trailers
RE: Too many choices

From the numbers above, the Jayco is too much weight and the Grey Wolf would be pushing it. I've got a 2015 GMC with a payload of 2015 (from the door sticker) and am maxed with my Cougar gross weight of 8,200 lbs. My max trailer is 10,800, but I run out of payload.
gmckenzie 03/12/19 10:36am Travel Trailers
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