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RE: I can't figure out how to use Recreation.gov

....It’s a government run website, reason it is not user friendly; wish that government websites were more navigable such as Amazon, Apple, etc.... I never have trouble.
goducks10 03/23/21 09:30am Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: 1/2 Ton Limit

That was always very common, especially in pop ups , not sure how it is with TT. The published weigjts were out of the factory, anything added at the dealer was extra weight. So everything was an add on. But it does list tanks adding up to 190 gallons, so black, greay and fresh, filling those at 8.3 gallons adds 1570 or so lbs. So it needs a high gvwr or you would not be able to use the tanks it has. Explain a common situation where you'd travel with all 3 tanks full. We dry camp, water/elec camp and FH camp. When dry camping we empty our 80 gal fresh into the black and grey. So only 80 gal total. When we FH camp we dump the grey and black and may fill the fresh if we're heading to a dry camping spot. If we're on water/elec only then the fresh is not filling and we would dump the grey and black leaving nothing or again maybe filling the fresh for future use. In our short 11 years of RV'ing we've never had all 3 tanks full at once.
goducks10 03/18/21 09:57am Towing
RE: Towing Travel Trailer without WDH from Dealer

Our 1st TT was similar to what you're getting. It was the same length but only 7' wide. It weighed what your's is empty. Tongue weight was around 500 lbs loaded. Towed it with an F150 as well. Your F150 will tow that all day without issue straight from the dealer. The axle placement on the TT will make it tow straight with minimal wiggle. I wouldn't worry about being 10-50 lbs over the receiver rating if in fact you are at all. I'd just hitch that TT up and go. Your truck is more than enough to handle it.
goducks10 03/17/21 09:18am Towing
RE: New Steps

I replaced the flip out steps on my TT with the Morryde version. We love em. However we have 2 doors on our TT. If you have just one door like most 5ers do then you you'll have many times that you can't open the steps out. Rest ares being one, setting up on unlevel ground, tight storage areas, etc. Ours are in the rear and if I deploy the solid steps before front to back leveling I could mess things up pretty good. Same with side to side which means no one gets in the 5er until it's level. We have a 2nd door up front that still has the flip out steps so all the above is resolved. The only downside for us and it's relatively minor is you need to adjust the feet almost every time you set up. Other than that they're quieter and definitely more solid than flip outs. FWIW I would never have them on a single door RV.
goducks10 03/15/21 09:54am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Heavy tongue weight - change from PP 3P?

I had an HA as well and it was a bugger to hitch up sometimes. It was always a PITA trying to hitch in my driveway. When backing up to the TT the rear of the truck was down and so was the tongue. It made a 'V'. I had to make 4-5 tries because every time I back up I had to raise the tongue a 1/2" or so. Rinse repeat. Once hitched up it was great. Then there were those times dry camping when the trucks tilted and rear up or down and vice versa on the TT. Or the times when you get the 'Bump'
goducks10 03/12/21 04:17pm Towing
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?

dbl post
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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