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RE: Should I get a new Tow Vehicle or a Bigger Gas Tank?

Diesel provides greater fuel economy but the total cost of ownership is double that of a gas powered vehicle. After owning both I fail to see the dbl the cost. A couple fuel filters is all thats different. The better mpg's of a diesel will cover that. Oil changes on new diesels are longer than gas. Syn oil for gas trucks is not cheap. All other maintenance is the same.
goducks10 03/05/21 10:05am Tow Vehicles
RE: Chevy Shake

Shake shake shake, shake shake shake Shake your Chevy, shake your Chevy Oh, shake shake shake, shake shake shake Shake your Chevy, shake your Chevy
goducks10 03/05/21 09:52am Tow Vehicles
RE: Has camper quality gotten any better in the last 10 years?

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goducks10 03/02/21 09:05am Travel Trailers
RE: Has camper quality gotten any better in the last 10 years?

I would venture to say that the materials are better but the quality of slapping them together is no different. Had a 2010 Heartland TT that had a couple issues that were a minor inconvenience to repair myself. Fast forward 10 years to today and I have an ORV that has been to the dealer for repairs and to the factory for repairs. The ORV cost almost twice as much and has much nicer amenities. Wouldn't matter if RV's had gold leaf accents on real wood trims inside. The gold leaf would either be on crooked or some of it would be falling off.
goducks10 03/02/21 09:00am Travel Trailers
RE: Equilizer vs. Blue ox SwayPro?

All- Thanks for all your input. By sway, I mean, when I semi passes me or cross wind, I'm getting sucked into the semi or pushed around a little. It usually resolves quickly, but having to continually worry about semi's sucks. Don't get me wrong, I'm always checking my mirrors anyway but not knowing how much I'll be sucked into a semi sucks. For further clarity, I have leveled the front of the truck and from friends conversations, it sounds like that's also not helping. Having the truck lowered this week and hope that it helps. If it's just a quick nudge and then immediately settles down once past, that's normal and nothing to worry about. Just hold steady. Try not to crowd the left lane. The closer you are, the more you will feel the bow wave. If you do feel the need to do something, gently ease to the right but no jerky movements. This is where the premium hitches separate themselves from the others. There is no holding steady, or moving over, no easing over. You no longer have to prepare for or anticipate the passing 18 wheelers in anyway. x2. My towing experience felt the same with the HA and towing my previous 5th wheel. Rock solid.
goducks10 03/01/21 06:09pm Towing
RE: Equilizer vs. Blue ox SwayPro?

I felt no sway with my Hensley I feel no sway with my fiver. sway is not merely feeling the wind. Sway is when the trailer reacts differently than the tow vehicle. The motion or different reaction of the trailer impacts the tow vehicle. With a Hensley the trailer and TV move as one unit there is no wiggle or sway involved. When the wind blows or a truck passes there is no wiggle or impact felt by the driver. Which is why Hensley makes there no sway claim. This is why I asked the OP to explain what was meant by "sway". I don't care what kind of fancy hitch you add, you will feel a good cross wind or if a semi blows by you 20-30mph faster. Heck the pickup by itself (no trailer, you feel it) If the trailer is flopping around like a happy dog for 5-10 sec that is sway and a problem...but slapping lipstick on a pig is not a good solution. Figure out what's wrong with the setup and fix it. BTDT with a Hensley. If you've never used one you'll never understand how well it works. It's true, you don't feel any push/pull from semi's they way you do with a standard WDH. When I was towing with mine my truck felt the same with or without the TT.
goducks10 02/28/21 08:45am Towing
RE: Article on Rivian Electric half ton. Charging network.

Lets just give up before even trying. No wonder the USA is behind in so many area's.
goducks10 02/26/21 04:48pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram 2500 only carries 2300 lbs.

I think you are reading it wrong, front still lower than rear, but if rear sags 2” then head lights points op higher and blinds oncoming drivers. I get what you're saying. I'm on my 3rd Ram and have never had that issue happen when hitched up, whether with a TT or a 5er. I wonder if your headlights are set right to begin with? Not trying to be condescending or anything like that. I'm just replying based on my real world experience after owning two 2500's and never had a headlight issue. I towed my 5er for 6 years and towed a TT with a 1350 lb TW and that did raise the front up a 1/2 " or so after hitching up. Rear dropped 1.5 or so. Still didn't have a headlight issue. I realize you have 200 lbs more for pin but like you mentioned your rear sags about the same as my 1800 lbs did. Every truck owner that tows or hauls anything heavy has the rear end drop. Some less than 2" some a little more than 2". Never read much about headlights too high in those circumstances. A 2" drop should be well within OEM headlight angles as to not bother on coming traffic. Assuming you trucks all stock I think I'd get the headlights checked out.
goducks10 02/26/21 04:44pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Chevrolet exits all ICE production by 2035

We got 3 Christmas cards 1.5 months after the postmark date; I doubt EV postal vehicles will make delivery’s slower. Pony Express would have been faster. Well there's no De Joy in that. :) I think the new Admin will make the necessary changes to bring the USPS back to normal.
goducks10 02/26/21 02:28pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Equilizer vs. Blue ox SwayPro?

Measure the front fender well before hitching and after dropping the coupler on the ball without the spring bars connected. So unloaded you have 40" Hitched without spring bars you have 41" Attach the spring bars and try and bring the front back to as close but not under 40" Above is a generic example of returning the front back to what the manufacture recommends. Each manufacture has their own criteria.
goducks10 02/26/21 02:25pm Towing
RE: Ram 2500 only carries 2300 lbs.

(Somethings not right with your numbers) I weighed my rig at a truck scale for all axles. I'm over 800lbs. Wife, hitch weight and anything you add up front of the 5th wheel which includes storage, batteries, propane and what ever is in the front wardrobe and under the bed storage, adds a percentage to weight transferred to the hitch weight on the bed of the truck. I think you should get your rig weighed again for all axles for a real world weight. LOL, I live in Oregon. Our scales are on all the time. Even when closed the digital readout is showing. We have scales all over our hwys. I've stopped many times for giggles just to check. I fail to see how your truck will sag so much that your headlights are pointing up too far. 1800 lbs only dropped my rear a tad less that 2". There's a 3" difference between the front and rear fender heights. I could see your issue happening if your truck has a front leveling kit.
goducks10 02/26/21 02:20pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Ram 2500 only carries 2300 lbs.

Somethings not right with your numbers. I had a 2018 Ram 2500 and towed a 5er with an 1800 lb pin. The truck only squatted a couple inches. The front never rose up. I was around 9800 lbs for after hitching up. 200 lbs under the GVWR. I also towed the same 5er with a 2012 Ram 2500. It had a 9600 lb GVWR. I was over the GVWR by 200 lbs with the same 1800 lb pin. How can you be over your GVWR (10,000) by 800 lbs with a pin thats only 200 lbs more than mine? 5th wheels don't raise the front of the truck up enough to matter. Your 2500 must be squatting 4-5" since level is about 3" low in the rear. No way will 2000 lbs drop the rear 4-5".
goducks10 02/26/21 09:45am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Equilizer vs. Blue ox SwayPro?

I've used both and neither is any better. I'm currently using a BO with a 31' 9600 lb TT with a 1350 lb tongue weight. Towing with a 3500 SRW. I still get some wiggle. You TT is a big load for a 2500 Burb. $800 is too much for the BO. You can buy one off Amazon for $630. I'd buy the 1400 bars and crank em down till you get the front of the Burb right.
goducks10 02/25/21 05:02pm Towing
RE: Ram 2500 only carries 2300 lbs.

But here is the kicker, if you are over the weight of what the door sticker says and you are in an accident, the insurance can void your claim because you were overweight. Pritch Not true. They will pay the damages THEN cancel you.
goducks10 02/25/21 04:52pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Ram 2500 only carries 2300 lbs.

Bag it. Then you can keep the OEM ride.
goducks10 02/25/21 02:08pm Fifth-Wheels
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goducks10 02/24/21 11:25pm Tow Vehicles
RE: portland to reno advice

I drive this route twice a year in the fall and again in the spring to Southern Arizona. We take I-5 to Hwy. 58 in Eugene to Hwy. 97 south to K-Falls then Hwy. 140 to Hwy. 39 which changes to Hwy. 39 in CA to Canby, CA catch Hwy. 395 south towards Susanville then continue on to Reno. Roads are good, now that they have done some repaving and very little traffic. Some grades on Hwy. 395 between Canby and Susanville, but not difficult. Other routes listed above are options as well. Just depends on what you want to see along the way and how far out of your way you want to go to get there. Hope this helps. John x2.
goducks10 02/24/21 10:33am Roads and Routes
RE: Montana HC vs Heritage Glen 1500lb Diff?

Looks like the HG does have a drop frame in the rear. I missed that. The MHC has a drop in the front and rear. 8 lug 7,000 axles vs the 6 lug ?000 lb HG axles. E rated tires on the HG, G rated on the MCH. There's much more if you really dig around and watch some vids.
goducks10 02/22/21 04:33pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Montana HC vs Heritage Glen 1500lb Diff?

The MHC has a 12" drop frame. The FR has a regular frame. Thats going to add a decent amount of the 1500 lbs. I'm guessing that there's a bunch of little things that all add up to the 1500 lb. I would also not put the FR in the same class as the MHC. I'd be looking at other more mid to high end units. The MHC is not a dressed down Montana and isn't equal to say a Solitude. More inline with the Solitude S class. Or a Cedar Creek Silverstone. The FR is a mid range equipped 5er that's got a lot of room with out the added amenities and standard feature of the MHC. And there's the 'it' factor that Keystone could be banking on. The MHC is related to the Montana so it's possible that Keystone has the MSRP bumped up for that reason. The Heritage has no big brother to carry the MSRP.
goducks10 02/22/21 01:30pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Sway Question

I wouldn't worry about out of control sway as much as I'd be concerned about the TT and truck not functioning as one. A heavy long TT with a 1/2 ton may not ever sway out of control, but you could experience more than desired movement when over taking a semi, or being passed by a semi and towing in windy conditions. Also it could be a little tense when needing to panic stop on a corner. Lots of conditions come into play when towing. Having to keep both hands glued to the wheel with bigger than normal wheel corrections doesn't make for a fun day of towing. Like I said you may never experience out of control sway, but the day in day out driving experience will wear on you.
goducks10 02/21/21 10:16am Towing
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