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RE: Do You Lower Your Jacks When Parked

I don't, but that's probably because I have such a light camper on such a heavy-duty truck that the suspension is adequate to prevent any "rocking and rolling." Not only a function of personal preference but also of how heavily loaded the truck is with the camper on board. If you're at or over GVWR, the suspension is pretty soft. 3000lbs under like I am, and it still rides like a buckboard.
mkirsch 09/23/16 11:20am Truck Campers
RE: Changed shank length

Makes perfect sense. The longer shank has more leverage which would cause more squat in the rear before applying the WD bars, and more weight transfer to the front after applying the WD bars. You should have a little more weight on the truck front axle, a little less on the rear axle, and a little more on the trailer axles with the slightly longer shank. A 5" longer shank will scale somewhat exponentially.
mkirsch 09/22/16 11:41am Tech Issues
RE: towing capacity

It seems so simple, if you just say, "Don't forget! Any weight on the hitch must be considered part of the tow vehicle's payload." And someone else will refute that.
mkirsch 09/22/16 11:31am Towing
RE: Delaminated Arctic Fox 811

First off if the delamination was caused by water damage, there won't be anything to glue the fiberglass back to underneath the bubble. Second off, you'd need an adhesive that worked instantly, otherwise you would be "rolling" for hours and hours until the glue cured.
mkirsch 09/22/16 11:27am Truck Campers
RE: TV rating and changing gears.

Yes, a whine from the differential is due to improper gear setup. Has nothing to do with the computer. All the computer will do is count the miles wrong and show you a skewed reading on the speedometer.
mkirsch 09/21/16 01:00pm Tow Vehicles
RE: weight advice

If you're not squatting yet with what you have, another 1500lbs isn't going to put you in danger. I would put you at dead level to 1" low in the rear. Even if it's not ideal it won't be so horrible that you can't take a trip or two with it to see how it's going to work out before deciding what you want to add.
mkirsch 09/21/16 08:46am Truck Campers
RE: I need 3 rows of seats and more towing power....

You can't blame towing on your engine problems. You haven't used it enough to cause any major harm yet! Basically, you bought someone else's problem. The previous owner knew something was wrong with it and dumped it like a hot potato.
mkirsch 09/20/16 02:11pm Tow Vehicles
RE: speed sensor malfunction while towing?

If trailer sway were causing the problem, you wouldn't be here to ask the question. Do you really have trailer sway? Sway gets worse with each oscillation, and requires application of trailer brakes to correct. You should NOT be tolerating this kind of sway, as sooner or later the trailer will drag or shove you into the ditch, or worse, into oncoming traffic. Most likely, the issue is that you have an iffy connection of broken wire in one of your ABS sensors, and the weight of the trailer compressing the suspension is causing the connection to fail intermittently.
mkirsch 09/20/16 02:05pm Towing
RE: wow! 8 years and a family of 5 in a truck camper!

..and yet the kids that I know who were home schooled are the most socially inept and awkward people I have ever met in my life. It's not consistent across the board, and you've only got one chance at it so you never know which path will be the right one until the one you choose goes horribly wrong. There are examples of every possible outcome, from homeschooled and outgoing to public schooled and introverted. Statistics must be employed here. It has to be graded on a bell curve. Corner cases tossed aside. What's under the "bell" is what's important.
mkirsch 09/20/16 01:49pm Truck Campers
RE: It's not just FCA

IMO, $100 oil is unlikely. From everything I'm reading, there's nothing to indicate oil will go higher than $50-$60 through 2017---unless there's a major disruption in middle east oil production. The US/Canadian shale oil reserves (producing or not) serve as a formidable firewall against any significant OPEC manipulation of the US market going forward. I agree. When oil hits $60 a barrel, it becomes profitable to pump and drill in the shale oil reserves, and Opec doesn't want that.
mkirsch 09/20/16 08:19am Tow Vehicles
RE: I think this guy needs a WD hitch and a little adjustment..

I stand corrected, perhaps I should change the title of this thread to "I think this guy needs a hug and a gold star for effort"? =:-O Or.. hold one... it it bullying shaming people for shaming others? pot kettle black? ;-) Ha-ha! No, it isn't. Bullying the bully for bullying is perfectly acceptable. Really some of these responses from people trying to make excuses for the rig in the picture had my jaw on the ground.
mkirsch 09/20/16 08:01am Towing
RE: Trailer tire issues?

It's called sarcasm, TAGLARRY. Now while this is a moot point, if you know a little about engineering you would have known that you had an excellent chance of success. The GVWR's on most utility trailers is a bit arbitrary. They only rate them based on combined axle capacity, completely ignoring the tongue weight capacity. There's absolutely no reason you can't max out the axles AND have at least 15 percent of that as tongue weight. You are not exceeding any of the design limitations of the trailer, just the arbitrary GVWR number. As to exceeding the axle ratings, well, you never had a chance of getting a firm answer on that one because, well, you never know. Anything can happen. The odds of anything bad happening being only a few hundred pounds overweight were slim to none, but still present. Having a new trailer with fresh tires helped a LOT. You'd be much more likely to have problems with an old trailer with 6-year-old tires for example.
mkirsch 09/19/16 01:02pm Towing
RE: I think this guy needs a WD hitch and a little adjustment..

No "tow shaming" allowed! Who cares if they are destroying their vehicle, putting themselves and others at risk of property damage or personal injury? What you are doing is MEAN. You are being a BULLY. You know you can't do that in this day and age. You must accept them for who they are. Go give them a big hug and tell them that it's okay. Using a proper tow vehicle and equipment is no longer acceptable in society. We must all trade in our 3/4 and 1 ton trucks for compact SUVs. We must cut up our WD hitches for scrap.
mkirsch 09/19/16 12:30pm Towing
RE: Truck Camper Disposal?

What's a dump? I have a small dump trailer load of construction debris from a deck replacement project. I've called around the town and county, to every refuse hauler in the area, and NOBODY will take it unless I spend several days cutting it up into 4' pieces. Then I can put it out by the road and my normal garbage pickup will take it. Everybody just says "take it to the dump." I ask "Where's the dump?" They say, "Uh, I dunno."
mkirsch 09/19/16 12:14pm Truck Campers
RE: steps

Look at the specifications for the steps. It shows a range of heights that they are good for. Park your truck on level ground and measure the height. Allow for a few inches either way. You really don't want much more or less than an 8" step up, as that is comfortable for most people.
mkirsch 09/09/16 07:07am Truck Campers
RE: Any ideas???

Are all the circuits (20A, 30A, 50A) serviced by the same line in a typical RV power pedestal? In other words, one line comes into the pedestal, and it's split out into the 20A, 30A, and 50A plugs. Or, is each one a separate circuit from the central power distribution? If they share a common feed, you could just plug in a lamp to the 20A outlet and not have to figure out any additional adapters. Though, a 30A plug to 20A socket adapter would be handy to have to quickly plug something in at the pedestal when the power goes out next time.
mkirsch 09/08/16 12:48pm Tech Issues
RE: toilet-- what to expect with new flooring install?

Can you tell me the best way to tell what kind of connection I have to the tank? I think you're going to have to take the toilet off and look. Unless you can access the tank from somewhere else in the RV and look from there.
mkirsch 09/08/16 12:36pm Tech Issues
RE: Winter storage - windy spot?

It's not always about the reality of the situation but what makes you stop worrying about the situation. Really, with your camper lowered, supported in the middle, and on the jacks, it's probably not going anywhere. If it would make you feel good about the situation, get some long screw-in anchors from Tractor Supply, and run one into the ground below each tiedown point. Then use the turnbuckles, or heavy ratchet straps, to anchor the camper down.
mkirsch 09/08/16 11:58am Truck Campers
RE: Tongue weight & equalizer

The tongue weight is still the same, it's still on the hitch, and must still be counted against the cargo capacity of the TV. While the first half of you statement is true the second half is WRONG. The dead (i.e. what would be measured by something like a Sherline TW scale) tongue weight will not change the amount of that TW that will be "cargo" on the TV will be that dead TW minus what the WDH will transfer/redistribute to the TT axles which is typically in the 15 to 25 of the dead tongue wt. Larry Except, without multiple trips to the scales to figure out exactly what effect the WD hitch has on your rig, you have NO IDEA how much of that TW counts against your payload. The safe route is to count ALL of the TW against the payload of the vehicle regardless of the effect of the WD hitch. Otherwise you are just guessing. Ultimately, if you are depending on the WD hitch to keep from overloading the tow vehicle, you need a better tow vehicle.
mkirsch 09/08/16 07:36am Towing
RE: Towing a 24' enclosed trailer

Yes, the rating should be on a sticker on the hitch. It will either be 350/3500 or 500/5000, tongue/trailer weight. Or you could just go ahead and tow it... On Sunday evenings I see several old motorhomes towing giant enclosed trailers on their way home from the race track. An empty 8.5x24' enclosed trailer weighs close to 4000lbs so they have to be pushing 7000-8000lbs in these trailers with the race cars/bikes and support equipment. Just going on the rural nature of the area, I would bet they probably just hitch and go. That's how their daddy did it. That's how their granddaddy did it.
mkirsch 09/08/16 07:29am Towing
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