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RE: Unique situation: What tow vehicle checks all the boxes?

Bells and whistles are good for the business. A basic vehicle does not put forth the image of a "glamping expert." Does Lincoln still make something on the Expedition platform?
mkirsch 07/01/22 08:38am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2023 Ford Super Duty

And not even “rolling on 35s” for mkirsch style points? Sheesh… Lol Part of the disguise and EPA certification. The 35s will be on the production models.
mkirsch 07/01/22 08:05am Tow Vehicles
RE: GMC 3500 DRW

My long air Chuck works for both inside and outside. Used on class C, class A diesel and DRW trucks. https://i.imgur.com/8BYdXGpl.jpg I have a few of these but they're not the right angle to go on the valve stems. Have to wedge my meat hook sausage finger hands into the hole with a standard chuck to get a straight shot on the stems.
mkirsch 07/01/22 08:00am Tow Vehicles
RE: Unique situation: What tow vehicle checks all the boxes?

That's nice. Glad you're happy with the purchase. Did you ever articulate these "nuances" and why a pickup was not suitable? I don't recall seeing it. Frankly a couple hundred pounds of "bells and whistles" will not appreciably affect towing performance. I suggest the "hitch up and pay no attention" method.
mkirsch 06/30/22 08:15am Tow Vehicles
RE: Pop-up Truck Camper Peeps - question for you...

Tents Only seems pretty clear to me. So does "No truck campers" but if you grouse and complain and wine enough, anything goes.
mkirsch 06/30/22 07:59am Truck Campers
RE: Pop-up Truck Camper Peeps - question for you...

Just use the Truck Camper Rule of Convenience: When the situation calls for it, it's a "truck with cargo." When the situation calls for it, it's an "RV."
mkirsch 06/29/22 06:53am Truck Campers
RE: Want a new truck?

Dealers ahve found suckers that are willing to pay over sticker price, soemtimes by a large amount. Why will they lower prices? The days of discounrs of 5K to 10K are gone. Nope, this will only last as long as the "uneasy truce" between manufacturers holds out. Eventually someone will blink. They will realize they can grab a huge chunk of market share, if only temporarily, by going back to the way things were. Since when has any company ever been satisfied with the status quo? You're either growing or you're dying.
mkirsch 06/28/22 06:54am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford F250 frame hold downs?

When did I complain of the price? I was asking because I wasn't too impressed with the welds and how loose the outter part fits into frame mounted section. Notice I said "assume." That's USUALLY the complaint. Never heard anyone criticize the build quality of a Torklift product before. Have you even seen one up close?
mkirsch 06/28/22 06:46am Truck Campers
RE: Ford F250 frame hold downs?

Anybody besides Torklift make hold downs? Its all I see for frame mounted. No. It's not enough of a market to be a "cheaper" alternative to Torklift. That's what I assume you're asking about, really. You're balking at the cost of the Torklift tiedowns and want something less expensive. Heck I only paid $2000 for my camper and I went with Torklifts even though they cost over 1/3 what I spent on the camper at the time. They're there if and when I upgrade. Install could not have been easier, and they work great.
mkirsch 06/27/22 02:01pm Truck Campers
RE: DIY Slide In Camper questions

The only support the cabovers have on commercially built campers is along the side walls. It's not even 2x lumber. On a popup it's basically a 1x6. With a "north-south" bed, the overhang is around 6'. Look at truss bridge design for inspiration. The trusses get built into your side walls and sheeted over. The road deck is your bed.
mkirsch 06/27/22 01:27pm Truck Campers
RE: Fifth Wheel Hitch - tried searcing

Half of you are missing the point. OP is not worried about taking the hitch out of the truck. OP is concerned about the rails that are left installed on the bed floor after the hitch is removed. Not all 5th wheels are designed that way. Andersen Ultimate 5th wheel hitch in combination with a turnover ball style gooseneck hitch also leaves your bed open, like the suggestions of the other half of the people responding to this thread.
mkirsch 06/23/22 07:52am Truck Campers
RE: What Upgrades needed for a 3/4 ton pickup

What would I have to do to upgrade it to be able to safely tow my 14000 trailer? Short answer, NOTHING. You could tow thousands upon thousands of miles with the truck stock, frame pushed down on the axle. As long as everything is mechanically in good shape and working, you'll perfectly safe. You won't be comfortable, though. The inability of this forum to differentiate between safety and comfort is unfathomable. Unsafe is running on bald tires, brakes worn paper thin, wheel bearings growling...
mkirsch 06/22/22 06:51am Tow Vehicles
RE: First big trip - Newbie questions

1. Brand new camper = warranty. Call the dealer. The pump may be bad and they OWE you a replacement. You paid for it. 2. Here's a thought on the full water tank: TRY IT. It's WATER. If you find yourself unable to maintain control of the truck, or having scary moments getting the rig stopped because of the weight, or feel that its adversely affecting your fuel economy, you can just pull over and dump the water out. However, if you are so close to catastrophe that an empty/full water tank makes the difference, you've got bigger problems to solve.
mkirsch 06/22/22 06:25am Truck Campers
RE: Point to ponder, hornets nest stir

^ I don't have a real answer to your question Spoon, but smaller tires/wheels help keep a vehicle that is mostly used for hauling a load on rear axle, lower to the ground. Jerry And duallies have significantly shorter tires than comparable newer srw trucks, where greater rim size would eat into the preferred sidewall height, IMO. Smaller diameter apples to apples also = more power to the ground. Also not official answers, but viable. And one of the downfalls of a dually as well, when it comes to front tires. Skinny pizza cutters that are running far closer to their rated capacity than comparable weight srw trucks = recipe for increased treadwear. Fashion has lot to do with the tires that get put on SRW trucks. It's easier to sell a truck that's jacked up and rolling on 35's.
mkirsch 06/21/22 07:58am Tow Vehicles
RE: Point to ponder, hornets nest stir

The higher GVWR truck has less capability per tire, because there are more tires to carry the weight. 4x2500 is more than 2x3500. By the way, the point of DRW was WEIGHT CARRYING CAPACITY ONLY. It was never, and will never, be for "safety in case of a blowout." The problem with that theory is that when one tire in a dual set blows out, the other suddenly becomes grossly overloaded, and likely got damaged from the shrapnel of the blown tire. Just a funny aside, but when I was a kid riding the school bus, one of the other kids described a fanciful tale of what would happen if a tire blew. The one tire would blow, immediately taking out the other tire, causing the rear axle to hit the ground and tear off. Now with the bus nose-high, the engine would tear free from its mounts and slide back along the frame rails wiping everyone out in the bus. So far none of you have managed to match that level of devastation.
mkirsch 06/20/22 09:08am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2008 Northstar Arrow 8.5

Fuses don't blow for no reason. Probably will again. Just keep an eye on it and do not under any circumstances replace the fuses with anything rated higher.
mkirsch 06/20/22 08:46am Truck Campers
RE: DRW vs SRW safety, tire blowout

Just an FYI on the dually side. We have an SRW but I found out that with a CAA RV membership and you call them regarding an issue with an inside rear tire they will not touch it. You would have to find someone else. I am not sure if AAA has the same policy or not but If I had a dually I would be checking with them. Any explanation as to why they allegedly have this policy?
mkirsch 06/20/22 08:43am Truck Campers
RE: That settles that.

"no time in history has that ended well" What do you mean? Literally EVERY time in history it has ended well. Market goes down, market comes back up even higher.
mkirsch 06/17/22 07:25am Tow Vehicles
RE: Point to ponder, hornets nest stir

Stopped by our old RV dealer today to speak w/ a person there and off course off today. So struck up a conversation w/ a sales lady about their take on today's SRW trucks and what the mfr's of them are saying about towing and what the RV dealer recommends. Well it seems the RV dealer is saying that you really don't need a DRW for 5ers unless your doing a lot of cross country driving. Being a lil surprised, I asked even tho the GVW of the 5er is pushing 15,5 and up, pin weights of 3500 and up? Reply back was, "depends on weight capacity of the truck". Sigh. Okay, I'm a little confused. Nothing she said was technically wrong. Vague but not technically wrong unless I'm missing something. What were you expecting to hear? Frankly I'm not surprised she didn't tell you that a new half ton could pull anything on the lot.
mkirsch 06/17/22 07:23am Tow Vehicles
RE: Insurance and RAM 5500

Thanks for the time and comments, guys. Grit Dog, I am up the road from you in Brier. Anyway, having owned dump trucks, the rate seemed normal to me as it is a "commercial" truck. Only $1300 was for collision, $1800 was liability. Clean driving record, credit, homeowner, veteran. I do insure myself well but since I have a $3mil umbrella I can probably lower that quite a bit. I meant no connection between the cost of the truck and liability. I should have written it cleaer. Great thoughts. Thanks. Mkirsch I will head to Geico tonight and check it out. What might be unnecessarily complicated to some just means I want to make sure they are hearing what I am saying. I don't want to leave loopholes for them to deny a claim. All too often if they are trying to shoehorn my descriptions into their drop down menus and if it does not fit, they don't know what to so. Optomistic Paranoid (great name!) that company never bothered responding to me. Will update this as I get more info. If you make it unnecessarily complicated, they can't hear what you are saying. Unnecessary means not needed.
mkirsch 06/17/22 07:18am Truck Campers
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