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RE: truck/trailer sway

So it's all in his imagination then? Yes, the tongue weight is heavy, but it's a toy hauler. The tongue weight is going to be high because everything is up front. Now, you're never going to ever get rid of the push-pull 100%. A stiffer connection between truck and trailer will help, which means better sway control. Not sure how the Blue Ox works, but it may not be adequate in your situation. I would look into an Equal-i-zer, or a Reese Dual Cam.
mkirsch 07/30/20 07:47am Towing
RE: Toyota fake 3/4 ton spotted, overheated

If nothing is wrong and the cooling system is working properly, even overloaded, a truck should not be overheating. So this truck had a mechanical problem. Had nothing to do with what it claimed to be.
mkirsch 07/29/20 07:29am Tow Vehicles
RE: truck/trailer sway

You definitely do NOT have sway. There are not "multiple definitions" for sway. Sway is not a momentary bobble of the trailer hitting uneven road. Sway is not even the effect you feel from a passing bus or semi. Sway is an ACTUAL loss of control, that you cannot recover from without extraordinary effort. Sway does not cure itself. Sway does not disappear as the distance between you and the semi increases. Sway always gets worse if left uncorrected, never better as time passes. You either hit those trailer brakes or you end up backwards in the ditch. What you have is an adjustment issue. Perhaps not enough weight on the front axle of the truck. Perhaps your sway bar system is not being used correctly.
mkirsch 07/29/20 07:28am Towing
RE: How much can we tow with SUV?

The formula I have seen for wheelbase is 20 feet of trailer for 110" wheelbase, with an additional 1 foot of trailer for every extra 4" of wheelbase. If this formula were true, then a 3500 dually pickup can't tow more than a 20'-22' long trailer. Cite your source for this forumula. I have NEVER seen any sort of formula.
mkirsch 07/29/20 07:18am Towing
RE: Towing

So the trailer will likely be somewhere between the 12,000lb dry weight, and whatever... Depending on how long they've been using it at its current site, it could have accumulated a LOT of cr@p, and actually weigh MORE than its GVWR. It's really easy to keep trucking in more and more and more when you've got a seasonal site. You don't have to put it all back in the trailer to go home on Sunday morning. Even so, I would just do it given the truck you have and the distance.
mkirsch 07/28/20 07:28am Towing
RE: Curt Triflex Proportional Trailer Brake Controller OK?

Sorry, never heard of it. I just downloaded the instruction sheet for the Triflex, and the adjustment procedure is very similar to the OG Prodigy and P2 procedures. It seems to function in a very similar manner to the Prodigy series, and might be worth a look.
mkirsch 07/22/20 12:43pm Towing
RE: Tow, Tow, Tow your boat and keep fingers crossed.

Anyone notice the WATER ON THE GROUND UNDER THE TRAILER TONGUE??? That trailer JUST CAME OUT OF THE WATER. The extension is for launching and retrieving the boat.
mkirsch 07/22/20 12:27pm Towing
RE: For those of you towing with a one ton crew cab 6.5' box

A crew cab short box has a LONGER wheelbase than a standard cab long box. NOBODY has a single qualm about towing ANY length trailer with a standard cab long box truck. NOBODY says a standard cab long box is "too short." Logic dictates if the standard cab long box is adequate, a LONGER truck is no less adequate.
mkirsch 07/17/20 10:49am Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing with 4cyl Sorento?

You're talking about a 1994 Palomino popup here, hardly going to break the bank. If you're paying more than $1000 for it, you're paying too much. Go get it, hitch it to the Kia, bring it home, and prove it to yourself. The trip home isn't going to kill you or the car unless something was already ready to come apart. That would be entirely on you for not properly maintaining the car. If you don't like it you can turn around and sell the trailer for what you paid, or at worst lose a couple hundred dollars. I am all but 100% certain you are going to hit the road and wonder what all these people with the doom and gloom predictions were talking about. Modern cars are designed with braking power to spare, because so many people drive like sausages these days. They need to panic stop more than ever, so manufacturing a car that handles and brakes well is of the utmost importance. Of course you can no longer drive like a sausage with a trailer in tow, but you knew that.
mkirsch 07/14/20 01:11pm Towing
RE: Odd brake controller problem

You need Amps to actuate the brakes, not just Volts. You can read a voltage, but if the connection is high in resistance, you won't get adequate current flow. As soon as you connect the brakes, the voltage basically goes to zero. What you are measuring, probably, is a sensing voltage that the brake controller is using to determine if the trailer is connected.
mkirsch 07/13/20 08:58am Towing
RE: towing with Subaru Ascent

I have Gulfstream Vintage Cruiser 17rwd travel trailer which comes with mount for backup camera. But in my search to choose a camera, they all come with a mount so I am confused how to know what might fit in the mount already in place in the back of my travel trailer? Look at the mount on the trailer. Look at the mounts that come with the cameras you are shopping. If they look the same they are probably the same. Most likely though the camera mount only fits the camera that Gulfstream sells as an option. Changing the camera mount or adding another one is straightforward so that should not be a concern.
mkirsch 07/09/20 07:44am Tow Vehicles
RE: GM HD Trucks Many with AWD instead of 4WD

AWD and traction control probably would have worked well in that situation. Traditional 4x4, even with a limited slip or locking rear diff, is at best a THREE wheel drive system, and that one front wheel that's spinning doesn't bring anything to the party except some slung mud. If you've got open diffs front and rear then you're down to a TWO wheel drive system, and the wheels that get power are always the ones with the LEAST traction. AWD doesn't let you get to that point. If you're stuck, you're truly stuck because all four wheels have no traction. You're not stuck because the two wheels that might be able to get a little bite are just sitting there while the other two spin. AWD will cover 99.99999% of cases, except maybe rock crawling or mud bogging. If you're doing those with a brand new production vehicle, I'd call your sanity into question. I have seen a AWD stuck spinning each wheel, then taking power from the spinning wheel, until finally. It took power from all the wheels. and it just sat there doing nothing. Yup, and I have seen 4x4's stuck spinning ALL the wheels, mud flying, going nowhere too. What's your point? You can come up with a corner case for ANY kind of drive system where it will fail and leave you stuck.
mkirsch 07/09/20 07:40am Tow Vehicles
RE: Nissan Titan Cummins 5.0L

Why did they stop producing the Nissan/Cummins? Nissan tried to create a market (5/8 ton) instead of putting a superior product into a market that does exist (3/4 ton) and making a competition out of it. As Shiner says, full floating rear axle and 8 lugs would have gone a long way. Maybe the Titan XD will be back as a true 3/4 ton?
mkirsch 07/09/20 07:36am Tow Vehicles
RE: GM HD Trucks Many with AWD instead of 4WD

AWD and traction control probably would have worked well in that situation. Traditional 4x4, even with a limited slip or locking rear diff, is at best a THREE wheel drive system, and that one front wheel that's spinning doesn't bring anything to the party except some slung mud. If you've got open diffs front and rear then you're down to a TWO wheel drive system, and the wheels that get power are always the ones with the LEAST traction. AWD doesn't let you get to that point. If you're stuck, you're truly stuck because all four wheels have no traction. You're not stuck because the two wheels that might be able to get a little bite are just sitting there while the other two spin. AWD will cover 99.99999% of cases, except maybe rock crawling or mud bogging. If you're doing those with a brand new production vehicle, I'd call your sanity into question.
mkirsch 07/08/20 09:58am Tow Vehicles
RE: Insurance Coverage facts wanted:

You will not find what you are seeking here. If someone were found at fault and left holding the bag by their insurance company, they have absolutely no reason to be here, so they aren't here. On the off chance that they were not completely turned off of camping by the experience and on the off chance they participate here, they will be legally bound by an NDA and cannot reveal any details of the settlement. I know if I were left hanging by the insurance company, that would be the end of my camping career.
mkirsch 07/07/20 07:42am Truck Campers
RE: Propane Generator to Gas.

It's easy. Remove the propane regulator, evaporator, and carburetor, then install a gasoline carburetor. The challenge is in finding the right gasoline carburetor for the engine especially if it's computer controlled. Maybe Onan makes one that you can get from an Onan dealer through their parts department.
mkirsch 07/07/20 07:33am Truck Campers
RE: Conversation with Goodyear about Marathon tires

So the solution to a defective Goodyear product is to buy... another... Goodyear(!?!) product? Sounds like they got you coming and going. If I had such a bad experience with Goodyear Marathons, I would not give Goodyear another dime of my money, that's for sure. Ford/Chevy/Dodge guys turn against their favorite truck brands over a LOT less.
mkirsch 07/01/20 07:49am Towing
RE: Problem with Cat scale weights

If there really, truly is 5000+lbs on the pin, there is not much you can do about it except get a different trailer. 5000+lbs even on an F-350 DRW is going to push the rear end of the truck down HARD. That's the first thing you should have noticed.
mkirsch 07/01/20 07:35am Towing
RE: 15+ F150 - Breakaway Cable anchor?

How about, I do me, you do you, and let's be friends? Instead of berating and criticizing someone for wanting to attach the trailer breakaway lanyard independently of the receiver as is RECOMMENDED by trailer manufacturers nationwide, let's just try to be helpful, or if you can't be helpful, don't say anything at all like your mother told you. It's a small chance that the receiver will fall off or tear apart, but there is a chance. Chevy is infamous for factory receivers that fell apart unexpectedly during the GMT900 era. Who knows what these overengineered Ford receivers might do once they get some time and miles on them. I've always attached my breakaway lanyard to the cosmetic bumper of the truck, but mine are Chevys. On both of them there are drainage slots/lightening holes on the bottom that a snap hook can be fed through. I use a 300lb rated snap hook through the loop in the end of the cable.
mkirsch 06/30/20 06:53am Tow Vehicles
RE: Mission Load Max Radial crowned like a bias ply.

The one on the left is EXACTLY what mine looks like, though not as pronounced. I don't have any other tires of that brand to compare it to, but the promotional photos for the brand show a nice square flat profile. Finally got pictures but it looks like I need an external photo hosting site. Don't belong to one. Don't want to belong to one. So you're just going to have to use your imagination. The tire is dated 2004 but is still supple and has no weather checking. Still had 55PSI in it when I let the air out this afternoon. I only want to use it for a farm wagon, and a spare at that. Will only be inflated to 30-40PSI most likely.
mkirsch 06/26/20 04:52pm Towing
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