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RE: "Downgrading" trucks

You don't need it and it will pretty much pay for a brand new 1500 in trade in value. I say downgrade. Even though I have a 3500, I find myself driving the 1500 and even towing with it almost all the time. Unless I have a need to go camping or pull 10,000lbs. My 1500 has a 3.08 axle but it pulls the same trailer just as well as my 3500 does with the camper in the back. Obviously, no comparison empty truck to empty truck but I didn't buy the 3500 for that. I bought it to haul the camper.
mkirsch 08/22/19 01:42pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Air bags/shocks and the anticipated ride.

I've had air shocks in the past and will probably be adding another set soon. They are easy to adjust pressure up or down. If the pressure is low it will ride just like before, pump the pressure up and the rear goes up and stiffens a little. Still not a horrible ride when pumped up. I don't want my backend to go up at all. With the trailer attached, the trailer and truck look like they are riding level. If I raise the backend, the trailer will ride high and shift weight to the rear axle of the trailer. Do you have control so you can provide stability with the shocks without raising the backend? That is GOOD because shock absorbers are not supposed to be load-bearing unless the vehicle was specifically designed that way. Your average everyday pickup truck is not. They are there to dampen out the motion, not raise or lower your suspension, not to support any appreciable load other than what is imparted on them by the suspension cycling. There are "air shocks" that are designed to act as helper springs, but just because they exist does not mean that they are good products, or the correct thing to use. You can also buy magnets that go on your fuel line that are supposed to increase your fuel mileage...
mkirsch 08/21/19 08:20am Tow Vehicles
RE: Is the EV transformation of the market over hyped ?

I have lost count of the number of times the term "economic sense" has been used in this thread. "Their" point is EV is *NOT* supposed to make economic sense! Saving the environment is supposed to be a sacrifice, to be done at any cost. You're supposed to wear it like a badge of honor, "Lookit how much money I spent to save the earth! I'm such a GOOD PERSON!" Yes, we here all know the common sense side of things, practicality, cost, the environmental impact of manufacturing the batteries, etc... But none of that matters one bit. There's a dog with a bone here, and you know how difficult it is to get a bone away from a dog.
mkirsch 08/21/19 08:10am Tow Vehicles
RE: Battery acid crud on top of battery

Cleaning and neutralizing is only a temporary solution. Goop or sprays are also only a temporary solution. The corrosion will come back unless you replace the battery. Airflow can slow it down.
mkirsch 08/21/19 07:18am Tow Vehicles
RE: Lance 1010 cabover strut

1. Rusty screws mean water intrusion. You might want to look into that. 2. Previous owner may have "swore by them" but if he had them on since day one, he has nothing to compare to. Yes, they work. No, they are usually not necessary.
mkirsch 08/14/19 01:38pm Truck Campers
RE: Towing speed

People can see your trailer in plenty of time to adjust their speed. So don't worry about it. People plow into the backs of stopped patrol cars with all lights flashing that are off on the shoulder with alarming regularity, so I would not count on the fact that your trailer is large and white being enough to attract the average driver's attention. I'm not concerned about fault here. I'm concerned with protecting my personal property and not having a weekend ruined by some jackwagon who can't pay attention while driving.
mkirsch 08/07/19 09:27am Towing
RE: Towing spped

One thing about Interstate highway travel is you rarely if ever find someone driving at the exact speed you want to drive. You inevitably come across someone who is poking along just slightly slower than you are, and need to pass. As soon as you pull out to pass, that person matches speed with you so you've either got to punch it to bet past, or fall back in behind. If you pass, they zoom on by, slip in in front of you, and slow down. If you fall in behind, they slow down. In short, your speed is often dictated by the jerk in the right lane who is either being a jerk on purpose or is such a sheep that they set their speed by what they see in their peripheral vision.
mkirsch 08/07/19 08:57am Towing
RE: Anyone towing with a Honda Ridgeline?

If the Ridgeline is equipped for it, rated for it, and in good condition, there is no reason not to.
mkirsch 08/02/19 05:56am Tow Vehicles
RE: Weight distribution systems, which one is best?

If a Equalizer or Blue Ox hitch is too expensive for the OP, there is no chance that he will consider a Hensley or Propride. In addition to the Equalizer and Blue Ox, there is also the OG of integrated sway control hitches, the Reese Dual Cam.
mkirsch 07/23/19 01:58pm Towing
RE: When is a WDH neccessary

Most F150 size and smaller trucks have a receiver rated for 500lbs of tongue weight, or 1000lbs of tongue weight using a WDH. You need to look at the specs of the truck you are considering. A 4000lb trailer, is that the "dry" weight or the GVWR? If the GVWR is 4000lbs, you could conceivably have a 600lb tongue weight (15%), which would necessitate the use of a WDH. Trailers in this range are generally single-axle units with high tongue weights to allow the use of a single 3500lb axle. If the dry weight is 4000lbs, your trailer will probably end up in the 5000-6000lb range loaded and ready to camp, and will most certainly have a tongue weight exceeding 500lbs, again necessitating a WDH. In both cases, this is assuming a typical F150 type truck or smaller with a typical receiver with a weight carrying limit of 500lbs tongue weight.
mkirsch 07/23/19 01:54pm Towing
RE: 3.5 Ecoboost Feels Like a V6

"There's something wrong with mine, therefore every one ever made is no good and anyone who tries to tell you otherwise is a no good dirty liar."
mkirsch 07/18/19 07:49am Tow Vehicles
RE: Why Diesel Engines Lose Power & Efficiency Over Time

Why diesel engines lose power & efficiency over time? How about normal wear and tear and lack of maintenance?
mkirsch 07/18/19 07:23am Tow Vehicles
RE: Current GM / Chevy Reliability

11 years and how many miles? Nothing lasts forever. What is "every conceivable way?" I suspect if you list out what has actually needed work, things aren't really as bad as they seem on the surface.
mkirsch 07/18/19 07:22am Tow Vehicles
RE: HOW to GET RID of a LOT of GOOD STUFF I Might Use Someday

So you're over GVWR, let me ask you this: 1. Did the earth open up and swallow you whole? 2. Did the weight police burst from nearby bushes, tackle you to the ground, and drag you off to Siberia? 3. More realistically, did you feel that you were in any immediate danger driving from home to the scales and back? It is nigh on impossible to stay under GVWR with ANY 1/2 ton and truck camper combination. You are actually doing quite well only being 20lb over. Where are you at with regards to axle ratings? It's the only way you're going to be able to make this work without having to kill the dog. As long as you're not over the tire/axle ratings, and you can stand driving it, it is what it is.
mkirsch 07/17/19 01:15pm Truck Campers
RE: Chevy dually load range E tire pressure

So the card on door jam is tire pressure fully loaded? Yes, it is fully loaded. This will cause slightly more wear in the middle of the tread in situations where the truck is not fully loaded, but it is better than being underinflated. If you want to be spot on you need two things: 1. Actual weights on each wheel. 2. Manufacturer's inflation chart for your brand and size tire. Anything else you're just guessing. Most people can guess okay enough to get by.
mkirsch 07/17/19 01:01pm Truck Campers
RE: Hanging porta-bote from tc's turnbuckle brackets?

Those mount points withstand shock loads many times the force/weight imposed by that lightweight boat. I don't see a problem.
mkirsch 07/17/19 12:54pm Truck Campers
RE: Does my full-time TC plan seem reasonable?

Best advice is check out the county building fees and permit costs before buying in any county. Some are so restrictive and full of the fees they cost more than the entire framing package, including the roof structure. I've seen it. No doubt, due to the rising popularity of "off grid homesteading" as spurred on by various reality television shows over the years. The ones that are already there, moved there so they wouldn't have "neighbors" and now people who saw a TV show are moving in all around...
mkirsch 07/10/19 07:21am Truck Campers
RE: Towing a horse trailer with TC

Probably a wise decision. I know you said "9900lbs towing capacity" but that's with NOTHING in the bed of the truck. While I'm sure it's been done before, it's still asking pretty much everything your truck can give and then some. On the extension, you can frequently if not always run a 6" shorter extension than you have overhang. The ball can be right underneath the rear edge of the camper, or even a few inches forward, without causing a clearance issue with most trailers. For example with my 18" overhanging camper, I'm using a ~12" extension.
mkirsch 07/10/19 07:10am Truck Campers
RE: 4WD or 2WD

"The marketers have done a great job of convincing everyone you've gotta have 4WD." And there be a huge amount of truth in that statement. How many of those suburban grocery getters ever have a real use for a pickup, let alone a 4WD pickup? But that's what sells. Not as much truth as you would think. By and large most NON-SALES regular everyday folks seem to say, "Better to need it and not need it than have it and not have it," or whatever the saying is... There isn't THAT much more maintenance. There isn't THAT much less reliability (It's not the 1970's anymore!!!). There isn't even that much additional cost anymore. So all that said, what gives YOU the right to own a pickup truck any more than the ones that buy them and do nothing but haul groceries? Answer: NOTHING. An RV is a luxury even more so than basic transportation. If a person doesn't need a pickup truck to get groceries, you REALLY don't need a second home on wheels, let alone a big fuel guzzling pickup truck to drag it around. Aren't you glad we live where we're allowed to buy what we WANT, and we're not told that we have to live in a 900 square foot apartment, and drive a Soviet "people's car?"
mkirsch 07/09/19 01:02pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 4WD or 2WD

As far as 2WD becoming obsolete, are you kidding me, think of all the 2WD trucks out there that are working for a living, not show boating 4X4 decals. Personally, I think 2WD is here to stay. Perhaps on medium and heavy duty trucks but that is not the discussion here. This is about PICKUP trucks. No self-respecting contractor, mobile mechanic, large animal veterinarian, among countless other professions, would own a 2WD pickup as 4WD is often required to get to where the work is. Check the new pickup truck inventories online. 4x4 outnumbers 2WD by 50:1.
mkirsch 07/09/19 09:31am Tow Vehicles
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