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RE: 2-1/2” Hitch extension?

And lol on the appearance of your twig n berries extension! Hope you don't mind, I'm going to use that from here on out.
mkirsch 09/17/21 11:07am Towing
RE: 2-1/2” Hitch extension?

At 6-8" extension, you do not have room to install the shank in the "extended" part if your intent is to maintain 2.5". What I did, was buy a 24" long Curt "weldable receiver tube", stuck it in my 2.5" receiver at the extension I needed (was about 12"), and marked the pin hole. Drilled on the drill press. Welded 15,000lb rated D-rings on it for the safety chains (looks totally inappropriate when viewed from above, if you get my drift). Made up short safety chains to chain the extension to the receiver, which you probably won't need for only 6-8". Painted with black epoxy appliance enamel. I use a standard 2" shank in the extension, and the extension goes in the 2-1/2" receiver. Another option presented to me was Brophy makes/made an extended shank, about 6" longer than a standard shank. BH-20 was the part number for the 2" version.
mkirsch 09/14/21 06:33am Towing
RE: weight-compatible trailer

"Trailer package" or more likely "TOWING package" is an option package your vehicle may come equipped with from the factory. It usually includes a hitch receiver (the square socket on the back of your vehicle), an electrical plug to control the lights on the trailer (might be hidden behind a panel in the rear compartment), an auxiliary transmission cooler, and possibly suspension upgrades. This is something you can ask your Hyundai dealer. They can look at the option sticker on the inside of your glove compartment door and tell you if you have the towing package. You can also look up the package codes yourself, find out which one is the towing package code for your vehicle, and see if it is listed on the sticker. Please, resist the urge to glaze your eyes over when you are reading things. It is important that you at least ingest the verbiage correctly so you have the right words in your mind as you learn what they mean.
mkirsch 09/14/21 05:54am Towing
RE: Kingstar Camino 88 - Any Input

They get written up very well for sure it also looks like their prices have gone up with popularity. Last year roughly 22K according to a few articles I have read and now 33K base. More likely the jump in cost of materials is why the prices went up so much. Once they sell all the units made with the materials purchased when prices were high, the price may come down. Though if sales do not seem to be hurt by the higher prices, they may not come down.
mkirsch 09/14/21 05:40am Truck Campers
RE: Broke my hitch pin today

I've never liked that 3"-2" adapter set up. Think I'll visit the welder when I get home for some mods to the receiver. Replace the hitch shank with a 3" version. "Modifying" a trailer hitch by welding on it is never a good idea. Hi deltabravo - why do you question welding a hitch shank using proper workmanship? How, exactly, do you ensure "proper workmanship?" I'm not an expert in welding. Most people aren't. I do not know what goes into the design of a hitch shank. Most people don't. I don't know anyone who could tell me with certainty that something as critical as a hitch shank is constructed with "proper workmanship." Most people don't either. How do I know that someone didn't just lay a pretty "stack of dimes" but got ZERO penetration in the weld? How do I know that the builder didn't put too much heat into the weld making it brittle? Short answer is I don't, until the trailer decides to part company with the truck. Then it's too late. Will the fabricator stand behind his work, or when you point at him and say, "His fault," will he claim to have never seen you before in his life? At least something commercially made has a big nameless faceless corporation and a fat liability policy for the other guy's lawyers to go after.
mkirsch 09/13/21 11:03am Towing
RE: Truck and accessories for New Popup Camper

You need to use the GVWR of the camper to pick a truck - and make sure you leave enough payload for tiedowns and anything else you add to the truck. Do campers even have GVWRs?
mkirsch 09/13/21 07:04am Truck Campers

The brochure I found for Travel Lite lists the 800SBX at 1750lb dry weight. Most Ford F150s have less than 1750lbs of payload capacity, so you're in a hole right out of the gate. Unless you plan on sitting in the camper cold, naked, and hungry, you will need things like water, propane, food, clothing, etc.. Also any optional equipment such as AC will increase the weight even more. I would not doubt that by the time all is said and done you are looking at all of 2500lbs for that camper. You will need to upgrade wheels, tires, add helper springs and airbags at minmum, and you still might not be happy with how it handles. It has been done, and people will tell you they do it and it's Just Fine(tm) and No Problems(tm). Tastes vary, though, and some people are just more tolerant of certain things than others. Only way you'll know is to try. But, it is an awful lot of camper for an F150.
mkirsch 09/13/21 06:58am Truck Campers
RE: Towing with a 2022 Ford 150 3.5 EcoBoost

Hello everyone How is everyone's experience towing with this truck, as I am considering ordering the truck. Specs: GCWR 17,500, Max Payload 2,190 Max towing 12,300 Also considering ordering/towing a 2022 Jay Flight 24RBS Specs: https://www.rvusa.com/rv-guide/2021-jayco-jay-flight-travel-trailer-floorplan-24rbs-tr48456 Thanks for your replies Mike How can anyone have experience towing with a truck that isn't even available to buy yet? At least, not at the time the original post was written... Maybe if you were asking in January or February, but not early August.
mkirsch 09/08/21 06:45am Tow Vehicles
RE: Too much coolant causing low coolant alarm?

So basically you lucked out and came across a tech who had seen this relatively uncommon problem before, whereas the other techs who looked at it previous were following normal troubleshooting processes and finding no issues. I'm just saying I don't think you can blame the previous techs for not finding the problem. They're not superheroes.
mkirsch 09/08/21 05:57am Tech Issues
RE: Ram 1500 Long Tow Experience

What incident prompted you to make the statement about the oil?
mkirsch 09/07/21 01:30pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tow capabilities

Safely, yes. Provided your Yukon is well maintained, has good tires and brakes, the trailer is well maintained, has good tires and brakes, the WD system is properly setup and rated to support the actual weight of the trailer. It will not, however, be within the weight ratings of the Yukon if that is important to you. You will exceed one or more of the ratings of the Yukon, be that axle, GVWR, GCWR or receiver hitch rating. Dry weight means empty trailer, nothing in it or on it. That means no propane or batteries, no water, nothing. Possibly not even an air conditioner or other optional equipment. Time all is said and done you will end up adding at least 1000-1500lbs to the weight of the trailer by the time you fill everything up and pack for camping. Most importantly you will probably not be happy with the performance and handling. It will be slow and sluggish compared to the tow vehicle by itself.
mkirsch 09/07/21 01:25pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Why SRW off road?

If nobody's hit on it yet, it's real simple: SRW cuts two ruts. DRW cuts SIX ruts. The rear wheels of an SRW will follow right in the path of the front wheels, generally providing less resistance and more assistance as long as there is a bottom. The rear wheels of the DRW will have to make their own ruts, and squash the rut from the front wheel closed in the process. This takes a LOT more power and causes a LOT more drag. I had a roommate who was an EMT for a native reservation in rural Canada. Can't remember if he was from Alberta or Saskatchewan, as it's been 20 years since I've seen him. He hated the "mods," the ambulances that were modular units set on DRW van chassis, because of this. A straight SRW van ambulance would go through mud where the "mod" would get stuck. My own personal experience with this verifies his statement. I tried to forge through the snow with my DRW to bring it up front in late march. Couldn't do it. Even with 4x4. It would hit this snowbank and spin out. My 2WD SRW 1/2 ton walked right through the same snowbank without spinning a wheel.
mkirsch 09/07/21 10:57am Truck Campers
RE: Need help hanging e-track in trailer

You definitely want to attach to the framework of the trailer for anything that will be weight-bearing. I've used self-tappers, but they need to be kept as short as possible so as to not poke through to the outside of the trailer. A stud finder should be able to locate the framework, if you can't tell from the screws holding the paneling.
mkirsch 08/30/21 09:37am Tech Issues
RE: Towing with a 2022 Ford F250 7.3L

I have never paid for a navigation subscription in any of my trucks?? Neither have I. Google maps comes free on my phone, so why would I? All I know is GM wanted $9 a month or something like that for Nav, and I had to subscribe to a data plan above and beyond that. Maybe Ford is different, but I have my doubts. No corporation worth its salt gives away anything they can charge for. Most likely they incorporated the nav subscription into your monthly payment and you have no idea you're paying for it. If that's the case, says a lot about Ford and their business practices.
mkirsch 08/26/21 10:08am Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing with a 2022 Ford F250 7.3L

The pros and cons are the same as any other built in navigation system. Pro: It's convenient. Cons: You can't take it with you to another vehicle that doesn't have navigation. There is likely a monthly subscription fee, and likely a double-whammy there because you also need to subscribe to the data package as well. I opted out of all that on my truck when I bought it in 2015. By the time I was done with the phone service, navigation, data, and satellite radio, it was another $100+ a month to the payment! That was an additoinal 20% a month on my truck!
mkirsch 08/26/21 07:46am Tow Vehicles
RE: Suggestions for a Weight Distribution Hitch

I have an enclosed car trailer that is somewhat heavier, I drop the coupler on the ball and drive away without issue. Yes but do you do that with your much lighter travel trailer, or do you run weight distribution and sway control? Enclosed car trailers and travel trailers are completely different animals. It's something that's been discussed to death over the years.
mkirsch 08/25/21 08:27am Towing
RE: How fast do you drive with camper on? .

And what is that guy going 48 mph supposed to do? Most of the areas out West have pullovers or shoulders for slow moving vehicles. It isn’t that hard to use them usually. Fwiw, I pull over or slow down around passing zones if I see someone trying to pass to make it safer for them to pass. They only get one shot with my help though. With a string of cars behind me, I’ll just pull over when I can. Again, I don’t want to contribute to a wreck because I didn’t want to pull over. If I’m not in a hurry, then I don’t think it makes sense to hold other people up. You're the exception to the rule. Most people who drive slow have no concept of courtesy, are oblivious to the line of cars they're holding up, or are holding up traffic on purpose.
mkirsch 08/25/21 07:41am Truck Campers
RE: Towing New Trailer

I put E tires after having D rated tires on a SW 3500. I ran the tires no higher in psi than the D's, typically 45-60 unladen vs loaded on the rear. 55-60 on the front due to the deezal engine. I noticed NO difference in handling etc with E rated tires. Marty Correct. If you look at the inflation charts for D and E rated tires, you will see that they have the SAME weight ratings at various pressures. The difference is the E rated tire can be aired up to 80PSI, allowing for more weight carrying capacity.
mkirsch 08/23/21 07:26am Towing
RE: Cracked rim on 2007 2500hd classic

I thought rim ratings didn't matter, rims never break... Naw, you seem to be confusing adding 200 lbs past a wheel rating with 1500 lbs. Naw I'm talking about all the "advice" given in this forum to put LT E-rated truck tires on half ton rims and pumping them up to 80PSI on a rim rated for 44PSI. There's no point to putting an LT tire on if you are not going to air it up. At "half ton" pressures (i.e. 44PSI and under) the tire has no more load carrying capacity than the stock P-metric tires.
mkirsch 08/23/21 07:15am Truck Campers
RE: 96 F-250 diesel, campers under 2300?

Considering a 2014 Adventurer 86FB that's for sale locally. Dry weight (brochure) is 2359. Wet that's likely 3359. If it has any awnings I'll take them off. And tempted to run with just one propane tank and just one battery. The truck is not going to disintegrate into dust if you're 1lb over. The police are not going to hunt you down, toss you in jail, lock the door, and throw away the key if you're 1lb over. Saving 1lb here and there just so you are 10lbs under the "limit" while giving up creature comforts that are the whole point of having the camper in the first place, is silly. If there was something you could drop to lose 300lbs, and not give up any convenience or comfort, then I'd say do it. Hmm... Nickle and dime yourself to death? Not worth it. Just make sure your tires are good, maybe upgrade to the next size larger for a little extra capacity. Make sure the truck is in good mechanical shape, brakes, shocks, springs... Add a heavy duty sway bar if you don't already have one. Maybe something to help the springs.
mkirsch 08/23/21 07:09am Truck Campers
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