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RE: Differential fluid thoughts/recommendations...

I guess we all should have stuck with that group 24 battery and 13.6 volt converter and carpet and plugging in and.......... Those are all improvements that the end user can see/feel/touch/taste the results of. Upgrading batteries on a travel trailer, you can tell because your lights are brighter and the water pump doesn't cause the propane detector to start beeping on the 3rd morning. Upgrading converters, you can again tell because your lights are brighter and you aren't replacing batteries every other year like clockwork. A flashy bling differential cover that holds a little more fluid? Not so much. All you have are the manufacturer's claims. You can't tell if the differential is running cooler. You can't tell if it's going to last longer. You had no idea if there was even a problem in the first place. When is the last time you had a differential problem? The vast majority of differentials go 250,000+ miles with nothing more than an occasional fluid change. You'll get rid of the truck long before the differential goes. The fact of the matter is that there aren't an abnormally high number of differential failures going on out there, and these covers are just "bling" products mostly designed to separate you from some of your money. Do they work as advertised? Sure, it's simple thermodynamics. Are they necessary or advantageous? Absolutely not.
mkirsch 04/29/16 08:10am Tow Vehicles
RE: Pondering between Ram 2500 or 3500

The 2500 may have the "same" coil spring suspension as the 1500, but only design wise. It is built heavier to carry a greater payload. An advantage to the 2500 is, you will have a better unloaded ride. The only consideration you have is, what are your future plans? Sometimes it's hard to say, because right now you have no intention of upgrading the trailer, but maybe you go to an RV show and a salesman gets his hooks into ya... "That's a great price, and the payments aren't much more than what we're paying now, and there's just so much MORE SPACE!!! Whaddaya think honey?" Suddenly you've traded your 8000lb travel trailer for a 12000lb 5th wheel...
mkirsch 04/29/16 07:56am Towing
RE: truck camper 101

Read all the sticky posts at the top of this forum.
mkirsch 04/29/16 07:35am Truck Campers
RE: Hoping to keep it to an SUV... will it work?

7000lbs is asking too much of any midsize SUV. I've got a friend who towed a HTT with a Dodge Dakota for a few years, but last year he upgraded to an F250. You could see that poor little Dakota was being squashed down front and rear.
mkirsch 04/28/16 11:34am Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing 6355lbs/Yukon designed to pull 7,300 - Need advice

It's been said many times on this forum, you can't trust what anyone at the dealership has to say without verifying it, because they have a conflict of interest: They are trying to sell you a trailer! The reality is that you would be overweight, but the odds of you having trouble would be slim to none as long as you kept your truck and trailer somewhat maintained. You would've slowly realized over a year or two that you didn't like the performance and/or handling of the rig as it was, and would upgrade trucks. Most everyone is uncomfortable with driving a rig long before the rig is unsafe. There are some people who are blissfully ignorant to issues going on around them, but the fact that you are this concerned indicates you would recognize an uncomfortable situation long before it became unsafe.
mkirsch 04/28/16 11:27am Towing
RE: Lance 865, what to do with dinette table when making bed?

Where does the piece that fits in to make the bed come from? It has to have a place to store it or you'd be tripping over that too. I would expect the tabletop fits where the bed piece came from.
mkirsch 04/28/16 11:09am Truck Campers
RE: Questions on purchasing campers from dealers.

Yes there are all sorts of loan calculators, but they do not give you the range of interest rates you can expect or the term lengths... Is a good interest rate for an RV 1.99 percent or 19.99 percent? How long of a term can you expect to be offered? 5 years, 10 years, 20 years? I can plug in 0.69 percent interest and a 15 year term and come up with a great payment, but that doesn't mean I'll be able to get that kind of loan from the bank.
mkirsch 04/28/16 11:07am Truck Campers
RE: Let me revise my post

Get on 301 and head North ,,,,,,,,continue via any secondary road you feel like taking continue via any secondary road you feel like taking. Which Are?? Ones where your truck's onboard compass indicates a northerly heading... BTW, there's a whole lot more to NY than just the city. Most of it is rural countryside.
mkirsch 04/28/16 11:01am Truck Campers
RE: Electric brake effectiveness

450F is on the ragged edge IMHO. I've never had any of my trailers' brakes so hot I could smell them. The brakes on my enclosed trailer will jerk your head forward if set to aggressively. My big flatbed's brakes leave a little to be desired, but they are effective.
mkirsch 04/28/16 10:57am Towing
RE: Towing 6355lbs/Yukon designed to pull 7,300 - Need advice

The biggest oversight on both Samantha's and the salesman's parts was the fact that that 6355lb trailer doesn't stay 6355lbs: Put sheets on the master bed. It's 6356lbs. Put a stack of plates in the cupboard. It's 6360lbs. Put propane in the tanks. It's 6420lbs. Put a battery in the battery box. It's 6495lbs. Put 2.5 weeks of food in the pantry and fridge. It's 6630lbs. Put 30 gallons of fresh water in the tank. It's 6875lbs. See what I'm getting at? That's over 500lbs right there and I'm just touching the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the stuff you'd load in a trailer for a 2.5+ week trip. ...and that's ASSUMING the 6355lbs is the true as-delivered weight of the actual trailer you were going to buy, and not an advertising weight for a base model with no options! If you have to add things like air conditioning, entertainment system, or the awning, the weight is going to shoot up higher, faster. A safe bet is to assume you are going to end up at least 1000lbs heavier than the advertised trailer weight once you're loaded and ready to travel.
mkirsch 04/27/16 11:40am Towing
RE: Electric brake effectiveness

Not to mention that the wires feeding power to the brakes are almost always at least one size too small. At best they come from the factory with 12ga wiring where 10ga would be much more prudent and effective. But it is normal to need some bedding in before the brakes become fully effective. We're not talking about tight manufacturing tolerances here. The drum is one shape of round, and the shoes are another shape of round. Some material needs to come off the shoes so they make maximum contact with the drums.
mkirsch 04/27/16 11:27am Towing
RE: Part number, source for rubber camper front bump stops

If they're $12 at Grainger, you can surely get them for $6 off ebay or some other website because Grainger isn't known for having low prices.
mkirsch 04/27/16 05:58am Truck Campers
RE: New truck & Trailer

People always think, "Oh I'll only be taking along 300lbs of stuff," when the truth is ALWAYS closer to 1000lbs over the advertised dry weight of the trailer, counting options, battery, propane, etc., and traveling alone. Even so you will be well within the comfortable range for towing with that truck. Weight distributing hitch is mandatory. I think the limit for needing a WD hitch is only 500lbs on that receiver if it's the same as the one on my 2015. You're at 490lbs now. 40lbs of propane will put you over. Besides if you get one with integrated sway control your overall experience will be much happier. IMHO, airbags are optional. If you were closer to payload capacity, I might have a different opinion. Don't forget that payload is for everything in the bed AND in the cab. If you have your three 250lb linebacker sons coming along for the trip, you will be over your truck's payload capacity.
mkirsch 04/26/16 11:16am Towing
RE: Best way to tune in trailer brakes

Why in the world would you want to put flat spots on your $150 each tires fine tuning your trailer brakes by locking them up then backing off. Start with the minimum adjustment first, then adjust forward for more braking. Nobody said drag them until they left black marks and started to smoke!!! A quick "chirp" is all you need and does no damage. Besides, either way you adjust until the brakes lock, then back off. Only thing you'll do by starting from the bottom is heat the brakes up so they won't be as effective when you do finally get them to chirp. WOW. I did not say "drag them until they left black marks" A quick "chirp" as you say will put a flat spot on your tires. Start with the minimum braking and adjust from there and you will not have any flat spots on your $150 each tires. Common sense should prevail in this issue. Common sense says a quick "chirp" will absolutely NOT leave flat spots on the tires. I set my brakes this way every time and I dare you to find a flat spot on any of my four 12-year-old tires. They are just as round and black as they were when new.
mkirsch 04/26/16 11:05am Towing
RE: Busted with a bad battery out in the boonies

Where do you put it all? I tow a 7x14 tandem axle enclosed trailer when I go camping, and I don't have room for all that stuff!
mkirsch 04/26/16 10:54am Truck Campers
RE: Busted with a bad battery out in the boonies

When a battery takes a sudden dump like that it's often because one of the lead plates has finally eroded to the point where it breaks free and causes an open circuit. Unless you have X-ray vision, there is no way to predict exactly when it is going to happen. That 36 months is a 36 month WARRANTY. It does not mean the battery is any more or less likely to fail after 36 months than any other battery in the same conditions. It just means that when it does fail, you get to buy a new battery at full price instead of getting the $2.36 prorated reimbursement under warranty. Just like milk doesn't go bad the instant it hits the "best if used by" date. Or bread.
mkirsch 04/26/16 05:56am Truck Campers
RE: 2014 GMC Sierra 2500HD 6.6L Tow Vehicle

"One of the best." When there are only three competitors in the race, they're ALL "one of the best."
mkirsch 04/25/16 12:04pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford Torklift assistance needed

Next up, learn to back a dually between camper jacks with very little clearance. Let the fun begin. It's all in your head. You've always had LESS clearance between the camper floor and the wheel wells inside the bed. If you miss the jacks, you will find yourself with a perfectly centered camper in the bed of your truck.
mkirsch 04/25/16 12:01pm Truck Campers
RE: High Load Rating Wheels

Boy this discussion got way off track. The OP isn't having problems finding wheels with enough capacity. He is looking for BLACK wheels with enough capacity. Only thing I can recommend is breaking out the DupliColor wheel blackout kit or sending rims off to be powder coated.
mkirsch 04/25/16 11:58am Truck Campers
RE: Suggestions for adding 7 way conn. to bed w/ AF811SB camper

Start at the factory plug at the front corner of the bed, run down and under the bed, up the front of the bed between the bed and cab, then over the front rail of the bed and to the camper. That's the ONLY way it can be done without drilling a hole into the bed. It will be hokey. It will be inconvenient to crawl under there and unplug from the factory harness every time you unload. All you have to do is drill one hole approximately large enough for the Pollack connector to mount, and two of the four holes to bolt it to the bed. Paint the edges and it won't rust any faster than anything else. I'll admit it was a lot easier to do to a 10 year old truck than a brand new one.
mkirsch 04/25/16 11:51am Truck Campers
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