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RE: towing with a esclade

What these responses are not articulating is WHY it's not a good idea. In all likelihood, you will not like the performance and handling of a full load of passengers in an Escalade with that much trailer behind. By yourself, no problem unless you're a pack rat and the truck is full of junk. With an additional 800lbs of wife, kids, dogs, toys, snacks, bikes, etc., and the 1200lbs of trailer tongue, it's not going to be any fun. It will be FAR from a death trap. Just irritating to drive, perhaps unpleasant. You won't notice at first due to lack of experience but over time you will.
mkirsch 04/23/19 08:45am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tired of your NYS Commercial Plates?

The 6000lb limit is the CURB WEIGHT of the vehicle, not the GVWR. I think a lot of people are getting that confused. Indeed by the letter of the law, to register a pickup truck that is over 6000lbs as a passenger vehicle, it must have a permanently affixed "camper top" and "seats, seat fittings or camper equipment" permanently installed: https://dmv.ny.gov/registration/register-pick-truck-passenger-class-vehicle You may not ever get pulled over and ticketed for violating these requirements, but they are there to be enforced should the current condition of your truck cause "problems." What makes any of you think that a "passenger" license on a pickup truck will cost any less than a "commercial" license?
mkirsch 04/23/19 08:37am Tow Vehicles
RE: Low Flow Water Pump for Truck Camper

Very likely the sink faucet can't flow anywhere near 2.9GPM. It's just that model pump is standard issue and the cheapest one Lance could source at the time. I understand what you mean about splashing. The sinks on these campers are not very deep, and when some idjit cranks open the faucet, the sudden burst of water comes right up out of the sink. Disciplined faucet handle control is the answer because the issue is the pressure, not the flow. You'd have the same issue with a 1GPM pump as you would with a 50GPM pump.
mkirsch 04/23/19 07:00am Truck Campers
RE: Flat tire on SW Truck while carrying a TC?

When my truck had a flat, it burst into flames, caught an edge on the road, launched into the air briefly, then came down and bounced end over end across the median, right into the path of a busload of orphans and nuns, killing everyone. Seriously, you pull over and change the tire. True blowouts are so rare that if you aren't grossly overloaded and put new tires on at least every 5 years if not sooner, you may never experience one. Even if you do, don't panic, and everything will be fine. It might get exciting for a brief moment, but if you were paying attention to your driving to begin with, you'll take it in stride. It is probably a good idea to dig out your factory jack and see if you can lift the truck with the camper on board, while home, and plan accordingly depending on the results of your experiment.
mkirsch 04/23/19 06:53am Truck Campers
RE: Travel Lite 770P

Odds are pretty good that they didn't reinvent the wheel. For example, my popup uses a "Heco" lift system even though it was built by Palomino.
mkirsch 04/18/19 09:58am Truck Campers
RE: Caulking

I'm sure Bigfoot isn't using off the shelf silicone from Home Depot. Here's the deal: Household silicone is designed for use on houses that don't move. Dicor and similar products are designed for houses that DO move.
mkirsch 04/18/19 09:37am Truck Campers
RE: TC camping along the Erie canal NYS

Sounds interesting. I see they say nothing about TC's though, only tent camping. Heading to Maine this summer (Bangor Area), I need to check the locks out. Sounds like a good opportunity to play the "truck with cargo" card.
mkirsch 04/17/19 08:53am Truck Campers
RE: Unload or keep on truck

Can't speak for the rest of the country but here in the northeast every campground I've been to had a rule prohibiting leaving pets in an RV unattended . Thanks for letting us know what part of the country to avoid ;) We camp in all southern states in last 2 years and none of campgrounds had such rule. So your dumb dog can sit there trapped in the camper and bark its fool head off all day long while you're out gallivanting and having a grand old time seeing the sights... THAT is why the campgrounds have the rule. Poorly trained pets are far from the exception.
mkirsch 04/10/19 08:39am Truck Campers
RE: hard side camper like to drive? (cross winds, handling)

You're overthinking this. Get the hardside. If I had to do it over again, I would get a hardside. I still might. All it takes is money.
mkirsch 03/28/19 02:08pm Truck Campers
RE: Ford or Dodge

Agreed. None of the above.
mkirsch 03/27/19 08:22am Tow Vehicles
RE: Winterizing an Alp Adventurer89B

Probably too late now, but I just checked the weather forecast for Baltimore, MD for the next 10 days and it is not going to get anywhere near freezing. Upper 30's is as cold as it's going to get. Water doesn't freeze instantly at 32F. It takes some time, and how long depends on how much water there is, how still it is, and how much insulation there is between the water and the outside temperature. Ok, in an RV water line, there's not much water and it's sitting pretty still, BUT there is a LOT of insulation between the water and the outside air. The water lines themselves are good insulation, as is the air space around them that's trapped in by the camper's walls. When there is low "delta-T" that is difference in temperature, heat transfer is VERY slow. You would need DAYS at 30F to freeze the water in a camper, and as stated earlier, Baltimore isn't getting anywhere near freezing, so you're fine.
mkirsch 03/27/19 08:14am Truck Campers
RE: Tire pressure / dually / TC

If you have seen one inflation chart for a particular size tire in Load Range E, you've seen them all. I've compared the inflation charts for several brands and they all have very similar, if not the same numbers on them. So even if your tire's manufacturer doesn't publish one, you can usually find one from another manufacturer. Of course if you can't weigh your truck conveniently, the tire inflation chart does you no good. It's also tedious to be constantly airing up and down every time your load changes. There is nothing wrong with or misinformed about airing up to the pressure on the door sticker, so long as your tires are the same size and load rating as is shown on the door sticker. That gives you maximum capacity for the truck. You won't get a perfectly even wear pattern if you're not loaded to maximum, but you won't be underinflated for any load you happen to put in the truck.
mkirsch 03/27/19 08:01am Truck Campers
RE: Ridge Grapplers PSI? I have a bit of wiggle now

So you're saying the front end was sitting 1" high before you readjusted? Yes that will affect steering. It means weight is being removed from the front tires. Less weight, less traction, less steering effectiveness. 1" is a huge amount. It's no wonder it felt squirrelly.
mkirsch 03/26/19 06:13am Towing
RE: 6.7 Diesel Towing MPG

With the difference in fuel prices being about 30%, a 30% increase in fuel economy is pretty much a wash. It will take millions of miles of towing to "save" any money. Now that that's out of the way, you didn't buy it for fuel economy. If you had penciled it out, you were way ahead staying with the old truck. You bought it to PLAY. Quit worrying about fuel economy and go PLAY.
mkirsch 03/26/19 06:02am Towing
RE: Integrated brake controllers

Modern brake controllers sense acceleration/deceleration. No deceleration, no braking. Your old controller was likely a time delay style. Use the dash mounted control to test the brakes. If you have brakes there, it's just a matter of adjusting the controller, and you can only do that on the road.
mkirsch 03/25/19 08:06am Tow Vehicles
RE: Wife wants to move to a Class A, or C - bigger

You can worry yourself out of just about anything. May as well stay home, wrap yourself in bubble wrap, and hide under the bed... You aren't buying it to roll it over. You aren't driving it to roll it over. Get what you can compromise on. If you roll it over and die, you can come back to the forum and say "I told you so!"
mkirsch 03/25/19 07:59am Truck Campers
RE: Would you get it fixed?

Unless you start losing fuel economy, power or a trouble code shows up I would just keep driving. This. Without any diagnostic codes being thrown the mechanics are not going to have a clue what's wrong or how to fix it.
mkirsch 03/22/19 08:59am Tow Vehicles
RE: Check Engine Light

To answer your original question, the CEL comes on when conditions detected by the computer call for it to be turned on. When those conditions are no longer present for a set amount of starts or miles, the light goes off. So if the code came up that the #7 was misfiring, and the next time the light went off, that means the Autozone person reset the code, or the computer no longer thinks the #7 cylinder is misfiring. A scan tool is as cheap as $30, and handy. Everyone should own one. I never would have made it to 218K on my last truck without one, and people ask me to scan their vehicles with it all the time.
mkirsch 03/22/19 08:49am Tow Vehicles
RE: OnStar Question

Even if you don't get a subscription you still get some basic services. Such as, if you're in an accident and dying you can press the button and get help. I think it falls into the "all mobile phones must be able to dial 9-1-1" law or something. Everything else, my phone can do better, and best yet I'm already paying for it. Onstar is an extra bill every month that I really didn't want.
mkirsch 03/22/19 08:40am Tow Vehicles
RE: Which vehicles could work for my RV?

Safe is one thing. You will be safe in any of those tow vehicles with that trailer behind, so long as you maintain both the vehicle and the trailer and ensure that you have good working brakes and tires all around, within reason. Within reason, meaning you don't fill the trailer or SUV with rocks, or have three 300lb kids riding along. Comfort is the other thing. Initially you will probably be able to convince yourself that it tows just fine, because you don't know any better, but somewhere down the road you MAY find yourself wanting for better performance, either in acceleration or handling. It is for this reason that you don't want to short-change yourself in the tow vehicle department up front. Further complicating things is, everyone has a different idea of what "good" is. Some people are perfectly fine with taking a little longer to get from A to B. Others are foaming at the mouth if they can't do 85MPH in every situation.
mkirsch 03/20/19 08:07am Tow Vehicles
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