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RE: Anyone tow a 1250lb tongue weight rv without WD?

Marty, As you well know, equipment trailers are a whole different animal. Longer tongues, axles set farther to the rear, and complete control over where the weight is placed. RV trailers have short tongues, axles set almost dead center, and very little control over the balance. Not only that but I sincerely doubt you were using underrated receivers, shanks, or balls to tow your equipment trailer around on a daily basis. Especially since it sounds like you are a commercial operation, and as such subject to DOT inspections. The weights themselves are not a problem. The truck itself is capable of towing those weights day in and day out for its entire life. HOWEVER, it is not properly equipped to do it day in and day out. It needs a heavier receiver, shank, and ball to do it without weight distribution. For a one-time tow of 35 miles, the OP *SHOULD* be okay, but I wouldn't exactly "yawn" at it.
mkirsch 12/01/15 06:40am Towing
RE: Towing 5th wheel with a 4 inch lift?

People have trouble getting 5th wheel trailers to clear the bed rails on STOCK height trucks made in the last 10 years or so. You're looking at at least 6" higher with the lift and oversize tires. Unless your toy hauler is extremely high at the pinbox already it won't clear the bed rails. You will have to resort to extreme measures to get the trailer high enough to clear. These trailers start out over 12' high to begin with. You may have to watch bridges and overpasses after you've lifted the trailer 8-10". By the time you take off the lift kit and put stock tires back on, the great deal you're getting won't be anymore. I would pass on this truck.
mkirsch 12/01/15 06:31am Towing
RE: Quick jack question

Two things that were pointed out that are particularly interesting to me. 1)the fact that one jack may be off the ground altogether when lowering. I have experienced this and thought "well that can't be good, but how would I avoid it?" It's good to know that this may be unavoidable. Not only unavoidable, but a non-issue. As long as you correct the situation in a reasonable timeframe, and don't walk away and leave the camper resting on 3 legs. With manual jacks it's very easy to keep ahead of this because you are jacking each corner in turn. After you've gotten some practice at it you will even develop a feel for how many extra pumps/cranks to give the "short" jack when it happens so it's not constantly off the ground as you raise the camper. For releasing the valve, if it is like a typical bottle jack, a pair of vise grips on the handle will give you much finer control of the valve if/when it is overtightened.
mkirsch 12/01/15 06:05am Truck Campers
RE: Chevy Silverado should I get 2500 or 3500

You're going to find a whole lot more 3/4 tons than 1 ton SRW's on the market, because there were a whole lot more of them to begin with. Best chance of finding one is an F350 SRW, because there are way more Fords out there than any other brand. Depends on your timeframe. You will be able to find the right one if you look long enough.
mkirsch 11/30/15 09:31am Towing
RE: Anyone tow a 1250lb tongue weight rv without WD?

What are you using for a shank and ball? Do NOT use a cheap Walmart shank and ball rated for 5000lbs. 25% over the receiver rating is one thing, but you'll be 150% over the shank and ball ratings! If you go buy a heavy duty shank and ball, you'll be into it for >$100 for a one time tow! $100 would make a heck of a dent in the cost of a WD hitch.
mkirsch 11/30/15 09:01am Towing
RE: Quick jack question

Someone could probably answer your jack question better if you could provide the brand and model of jacks you are using. They don't all necessarily work the same way. Then again if your friend knows it all, maybe he can explain himself better? It irritates me to no end when "friends" start spouting off about things they don't know anything about. I'm sure some people say that about me, so I'm probably being a hypocrite... Anyway, when unloading just jack the camper up as evenly as possible. X pumps/cranks, then move on to the next jack has always worked for me. Having the camper slightly higher in front is only for storage. This gives the roof extra slope so the rain runs off. It is not relevant/useful in the loading and unloading process. What's important there is the camper clears the truck, and it really could be leaning slightly in any direction at that point.
mkirsch 11/30/15 06:28am Truck Campers
RE: Am I reading this right? (Receiver capacity)

Please make sure that the load capacity of those D rings are equal to or exceed the load capacity of the chains. Barney Barney, They are rated for 4000lbs. Each, or individually? 3/8" grade 70 safety chains are rated for 5400lbs each working load. That's what you'd typically find on a travel trailer like yours. Many times people will just go to the hardware store and pick up something that "looks right" and end up with D-rings that are rated for something pitiful like 300lbs.
mkirsch 11/25/15 07:00am Towing
RE: Went on a one night test run with the "new to me" camper

Propane fridges only need to be within 3 degrees of level. That is 5" in 8'. On a 16' long pickup truck, the front would have to be 10" higher than the rear, or the rear would be 10" higher than the front. You would barely be able to stand up, and you'd be sliding out of bed. Where it was sitting on blocks, it didn't look anywhere near 10" off level to me. Did the fridge work before?
mkirsch 11/25/15 05:54am Truck Campers
RE: Ford SD 99-04 Regular Cab Truck Camper Pictures

I have to put a 4x4 under each jack leg to get the camper high enough to load/unload on my truck, and it's stock height. AND it's an older truck from before the manufacturers started putting 4" lifts in from the factory. My guess is you'll be rockin' and rollin' but not because of the "short" wheelbase or cab configuration or aerodynamic issues. It will be because of that, excuse my French, dumb lift kit.
mkirsch 11/25/15 05:45am Truck Campers
RE: Propane Tank problem

Unfortunately, he's up the creek as far as any way to verify any of his claims. No receipt, and no proof of ownership of tank serial #XXXXX pretty much seals it. I'm sure the kid made a dumb mistake, and the manager just doesn't want to deal with it. If the kid were in on it he never would've admitted to ever touching your tank, let alone giving it to someone else. The manager's attitude is it's your fault for leaving the tank and not getting a receipt. In short it wasn't premeditated fraud, or even intentional fraud. Stealing 100lb propane tanks is not exactly a big money-making scheme.
mkirsch 11/24/15 09:17am Tech Issues
RE: Water tank filling.

??? My camper has a small vent line that runs parallel to the fill hose, and exits through a small brass screen next to the fill port. Why would they do it any other way?
mkirsch 11/24/15 07:29am Tech Issues
RE: Letting my truck sit for 6 months over winter

Do NOT put the bait near the truck! They call it BAIT for a reason: It ATTRACTS the mice. You want to bait them AWAY from the truck. If you bait them to the truck they will decide that there is a good food supply there, and move in. Others will have eaten the poison and died, but the smell of food will still be there to attract the live ones.
mkirsch 11/24/15 07:04am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2007 Ford f350? Known issues?

Here's the key: How many people have owned that truck? If it's passed through several people's hands, WALK AWAY. If only one, or maybe two, people have owned it, it might be worth looking into. People tend to keep reliable trucks a long time. They get rid of problems ASAP.
mkirsch 11/24/15 06:39am Tow Vehicles
RE: Weird battery power problem

15 Amp doesn't sound like enough. I seem to remember that the main should be 30 Amp. That may be why you couldn't run all four jacks at once. Then repeatedly tripping the breaker wore it out. These things are poorly made, and only have a limited number of cycles.
mkirsch 11/24/15 06:11am Truck Campers
RE: Chevy IFS front bump stop aftermarket

Timbrens makes a GMFK25S kit for your GM, and put a set of Bilstein 4600's on it also. You will need it for that heavy popup you carry on your truck. Don't you know it! LOL Probably should look into airbags too. After all, the overload springs ALMOST touch if the fresh tank is full. Too much SAG!
mkirsch 11/24/15 06:00am Truck Campers
RE: Replacing coleman ac with vented sunroof?

The rooftop AC units and rooftop vent/fan units use the same 14"x14" square hole. I swapped my roof vent for an AC unit last summer. It was a matter of peeling the original vent off, scraping off all the butyl caulk, covering up the screw holes with eternabond, and dropping the new-old AC unit in place. The reverse is certainly feasible. Bought the AC off a scrapped popup trailer for $75. Used it over two hot weekends in August. Best $75 I spent in a long long time.
mkirsch 11/23/15 11:33am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Add a remote switch for an inverter?

You're worried about the parasitic draw of a control module for a wireless remote, but you don't seem to be at all concerned about the parasitic draw of the inverters when powered off? In either case the draw is "minimal" but there is still a draw.
mkirsch 11/23/15 11:29am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Tow Vehicles and Hitches

Well, I'm basing that 8800 lbs off of the dodge towing chart for that cab, engine, and transmission. It's not the max capacity of all 2500s that year. That's a much better number than the sales brochure, but even so that truck still can't tow that much and remain within the ratings. More importantly you probably would not be happy with the performance towing that much. Lucky for you, you won't be towing that much! If you keep the trailer around the ~7000lb mark, you should be reasonably happy with that combination. It won't be the fastest machine up the hills, but it won't be a mushy vague drive like so many 1500's are when loaded to the max.
mkirsch 11/23/15 11:24am Towing
RE: Blow out or Use the pink stuff my personal review

What is this "other type" of RV antifreeze? If you are talking about the "green stuff" that is NOT RV antifreeze.
mkirsch 11/23/15 11:02am Truck Campers
RE: Broken water heater plug

Home Depot has nylon plugs too. They are in the section with all the brass fittings. Do NOT use a brass plug. You are just asking for trouble.
mkirsch 11/23/15 08:56am Tech Issues
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