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RE: Three kids, 2 dogs, TT, choices.

Your dogs are nowhere near as fussy or fragile as you think they are. If you put them in the bed of the truck with a topper, as long as they have some airflow while you're moving, they will be perfectly happy and fine. Just don't leave them baking in the back when you're parked. Get yourself a topper with opening side windows, and maybe a roof vent. Remember we used to have 4-40 air conditioning in our cars? 4 windows down, 40 miles an hour. It felt good. Feels good to the dogs too.
mkirsch 07/31/15 11:37am Towing
RE: Movin' on Up

There are two schools of thought on that. 1. No. 80PSI is for maximum load. In order to have proper even wear of the tread surface, they should be inflated based on the load you are carrying. 2. Yes. That's what it says on the sidewall / on the door post of the truck. Tire manufacturers, at least some of them, provide inflation charts to tell you how many PSI you should run based on how much weight is on the tire. Running them at 80PSI regardless is perfectly safe but be aware that you may wear the middle of the tread out prematurely and your ride will be harsher than necessary if you are not at maximum capacity of the tire. Underinflating the tire will cause premature wear to the outside edges of the tread, excessive heat buildup, and possible tire failure if they are underinflated too much. In short it's better to run 80PSI than to guess.
mkirsch 07/31/15 11:24am Towing
RE: Movin' on Up

This is why the side that tries to tell people they really should get a bigger truck is so adamant about it. Sometimes your definition of "just fine" doesn't match someone else's definition of "just fine" and it ends up costing you $40,000.
mkirsch 07/31/15 07:19am Towing
RE: I've UNDERweight!!

You would think with mileage ratings being so important that manufacturers would have worked hard to keep the weight lower. You would, but you can only cut so much weight before you start to compromise structure, and by extension, the safety of the occupants.
mkirsch 07/30/15 02:27pm Truck Campers
RE: WC840 on my megacab..questions

Yes, because that 500lbs of tongue weight will pull another 200-300-ish off the front axle and plant it square on the rear axle. 200 may not sound like much but you're adding another 700-800lbs to the rear axle overall. Back to your assertion that it "has" to be better than the F350, well yes, it very well might be. It also might be worse. The reason there is so much argument over the numbers is, you never know. You never know how the truck will react to being overloaded. You never know how tolerant the potential driver of the rig will be of the driving qualities of the rig. You never know the skill level of the potential driver (Aren't we all the best drivers in the world, regular Mario Andrettis?). Sure, things can go belly-up no matter what you do, but your best chance of success and satisfaction is to stick with the manufacturers' numbers if nothing else is known. After that it is up to you to determine how much extra weight you want to carry.
mkirsch 07/30/15 02:15pm Truck Campers
RE: I've UNDERweight!!

Between the weight of the Powerstroke engine, and all the additional computer and safety equipment that has gone into the average vehicle between 1996 and 2006, it's not hard to find where the bloat is. They had to thin down the body or else the truck would be that much heavier.
mkirsch 07/30/15 01:41pm Truck Campers
RE: Is it feasible to use suspension air bags for leveling?

Expect 1-2 bubbles adjustment with air bags. Have you considered Torklift Stableloads? Sometimes I park backwards for a more level spot. I also carry a 30amp extension for those rare occasions. I am still scratching my head over this...what do stable loads and an extension cord have to do with leveling at the campsite? Extension cord for when you have to park backwards at a campsite and can't reach the power post with the onboard cord.
mkirsch 07/30/15 09:21am Truck Campers
RE: Rock stable on jacks now with another wonderful Torklift toy

You only have 3/4" clearance per side between the wheel wells. Having more than that outside the bed really doesn't mean much.
mkirsch 07/30/15 09:17am Truck Campers
RE: Kids riding in the TC?

All you folks who said you used to do it as a kid, and had a blast and fond memories, but now you wouldn't let your kids or grandkids do it....I don't understand. You got a chance to live life and make memories but you are ok with denying someone else that opportunity. You can't shield children from life and everything else. There's a line between reckless and risk. I don't think this crossess that line. Recently I took my family to Boone, NC and we climbed up Grandfather Mountain. It was a treacherous climb, very dangerous with no safety equipment. One slip and it would be very bad. Why would I not let a teenager do this? Times have changed. We've seen things. We know what can happen. We don't want to see it happen to our kids. Could you live with yourself if God forbid something happened, and you didn't do EVERYTHING you possibly could to keep your kids safe given the circumstances? There are any number of circumstances where, "If only the kids had been in the cab with us..." could be the outcome. Climbing that treacherous mountain, I presume this is not your family's first climb so you have some skill and experience as a whole. You started with an easy climb and challenged yourselves with progressively more challenging climbs, building up skills and experience until you felt you were ready for this challenge. Please tell me what kind of skills you can develop, what kind of experience you can gain, to help you survive a crash inside a TC. There is nothing you can hold on to, no maneuver you can perform, no position you can take, that will make a difference. I'm not saying do or don't. I am saying THINK and make your own decision.
mkirsch 07/30/15 09:11am Truck Campers
RE: I've UNDERweight!!

Are you saying that unloaded your ext cab dually only weighs 6,400#? That's amazing. It's a 1996 and presumably a gasser. They built them lighter back then. My 2002 regular cab DRW weighs 6300 empty, so I definitely believe it. The previous owner showed me the CAT scale ticket to prove it.
mkirsch 07/30/15 08:38am Truck Campers
RE: What's eating my batteries? (Please help:()

You're just a glutton for punishment. Ruin a new set of batteries, then choose the most expensive, least helpful place to buy replacements from... I'd find somewhere else besides Batteries Plus to buy new batteries from. Sam's Club has golf cart batteries. Dunno if they have Trojans, but they have Energizers which worked fine for me for years. Before you do that, pull the batteries and charge them on a standard automotive type charger. You've got nothing to lose at this point. See if they take a charge and hold it. Make sure you tape up the bare battery cable ends in the battery box if you plan on living in the trailer.
mkirsch 07/29/15 11:36am Tech Issues
RE: WC840 on my megacab..questions

Dodge Ram 1500 Mega Cab. Count the lugs for yourself: http://www.lookautophoto.com/images/dodge-ram-1500-mega-cab-06.jpg Every one I've seen in person looks just like this. I dunno what else to say on that subject. We've had several on here reporting their Mega Cab Cummins's at 7800-8100 tare on the scales. Maybe they're not "significantly" heavier than a regular crew cab, but they are still HEAVY, and leave very little between curb weight and GVWR for payload and passengers.
mkirsch 07/29/15 11:22am Truck Campers
RE: Battery size & capacity Lance Squire 8000

Sounds like unless the jacks have a manual override, you're screwed. If you can't get to the battery compartment there is no way to disconnect or replace the batteries so you can operate the jacks! Plugging the truck in won't help because the flat dead batteries will overload the charging circuit from the truck.
mkirsch 07/29/15 11:08am Truck Campers
RE: Now for the "rest of the story"

I don't get it. If that is an official press release from the company that clearly states what is going to happen, then aren't they compelled by several factors to keep to that plan of action? With the front suspension issue, personal injury lawyers are involved. Need I say more? Ok, I will. They're foaming at the mouth waiting for an excuse to pounce on Fiat/Chrysler en masse the second someone dies because the death wobble wasn't fixed on their truck after all these announcements. That in and of itself is incentive enough to make good on promises laid out in a press release.
mkirsch 07/29/15 06:28am Tow Vehicles
RE: WC840 on my megacab..questions

You guys missed that he's also looking to TOW. It's one thing to be 1000lbs overweight with the camper if that's all you're going to have, but he's also going to be ANOTHER 1000lbs over with the tongue weight of the trailer behind him. Dodge Megacabs are HEAVY HEAVY HEAVY right off the line, especially if it's a 4x4 Cummins Laramie with all the bells and whistles. Last empty weight I saw on one was over 8000lbs! They're so heavy even the 1500 series megacabs have heavy axles with 8-bolt hubs. Throw 700lbs of people in the cab (even a relatively fit family of five is going to exceed 500lbs, and it's only going to get worse as the kids grow), and now you're down to <1200lbs of payload on a 2500. Now you're going to throw 3000lbs+ worth of camper in the bed and another 800-1000lbs on the receiver. I guess if three times the truck's available payload capacity is ok with you, more power to ya.
mkirsch 07/29/15 06:12am Truck Campers
RE: Rooftop AC unit install - Dicor around gasket?

My gut was telling me no. Thanks for the confirmation everyone. I'm pretty confident that I haven't over-crushed the gasket. There are depth gauges on the gasket in each corner to indicate maximum gasket crush, and I stopped just slightly before those bottomed out on the roof of the camper.
mkirsch 07/28/15 02:12pm Tech Issues
RE: Engine Temp how hot is too hot?

Everybody keeps saying how the gauges are no better than idiot lights... If they're functioning properly, they will tell you when it's too hot, even if they're just "idiot gauges." Unless you go old school with mechanical gauges, you're still depending on the computer and electronic sensors to tell you what the definition of is is. What's saying the sensor is not an idiot sensor too?
mkirsch 07/28/15 02:05pm Towing
RE: warning lights after towing car. Help!! (pic)

Yes, they are all interconnected. Heck, on my new Chevy, a failed fuel injector caused it to disable ABS, traction control, stability control, hill start assist, grade braking, remote start, and something else that I can't remember right now. All it was was a lousy fuel injector.
mkirsch 07/28/15 02:00pm Dinghy Towing
RE: SRW or DRW??

Ok, now that everybody is done talking about "feelings" let's talk FACTS. Fact: The OP will not know what "feels best" or what he is "comfortable with" until he tries it for himself. The OP is likely not made of money and will not be able to trade trucks once he takes delivery on whatever he chooses. If he is not comfortable with his choice, HE IS STUCK WITH IT regardless. You guys forget that all this playing around costs big money! He could have $150,000 sunk into a rig that he's scared to drive, and the only way out is to take a huge financial hit. Fact: While a SRW truck will probably work okay, be safe, and some people will be comfortable with it, a DRW truck DEFINITELY will work, DEFINTELY be safe, and... the person who says a DRW truck doesn't handle a 16,000+lb trailer better than an SRW is a bald-faced liar.
mkirsch 07/28/15 07:43am Tow Vehicles
RE: Hacked jeep vs a tag axle hitch

Found it: That’s true: Miller and Valasek had worked on their Jeep hacking exploit for over a year. “The software manipulation addressed by this recall required unique and extensive technical knowledge, prolonged physical access to a subject vehicle and extended periods of time to write code,” reads Chrysler’s statement. That's how hacking works. You get an example of what you want to hack, then you pound away at it until you find a vulnerability. Once the software is written they can use it to access any vehicle that's vulnerable to the exploit. They don't need physical access to EVERY vehicle.
mkirsch 07/28/15 07:25am Tow Vehicles
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