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RE: Tailgate Step Suggestions?

Sometimes you gotta pay if you want to play. I got one for my Dad's truck and he loves it. The convenience is priceless to him. Maybe you've got a generous kid who will buy you one for Christmas since you're too cheap to buy one for yourself, LOL?
mkirsch 12/03/19 08:48am Tow Vehicles
RE: Can my truck tow this?

I'm skeptical what the "tow package" includes if your truck has 3.23 gears, by the way. A hitch receiver is not a "tow package." Get your head out of the 1970's. The days of 3-speed transmissions and needing 4.10 gears to tow an empty wheelbarrow are long gone. This truck has an 8-speed transmission with a super deep first gear, and well spaced gears between there and the double overdrive. Where you get the gear reduction is irrelevant, as long as you have it available. 3.23 is a perfectly fine towing gear.
mkirsch 12/03/19 08:43am Tow Vehicles
RE: Buying 2019 RAM 3500 DRW - discount expectations?

so offer 65k out door. can,t do nothing but say no. Well, they could laugh you out of the dealership...
mkirsch 12/03/19 08:03am Tow Vehicles
RE: Have our trucks got too much power yet?

A plug in hybrid would work well as a tow vehicle, but the weight, cost and complexity makes it hard to recover any savings Nobody ever promised any "savings" at least not any monetary ones. You're supposed to spend as much as you can, "sacrifice" in the name of the planet, so you can show off how good of a person you are to everyone else. "See? I drive a HYBRID! It cost me a LOT of money, but I'm SAVING the planet, so it's worth it! Pat me on the back! Please?"
mkirsch 12/02/19 11:21am Tow Vehicles
RE: Chevy's I4 2.7 turbo engine

Thanks for all the replies. My son took the plunge and got himself a 2019 Silverado with the I4 2.7l turbo engine. Awesome! I'm glad he didn't let all the baseless naysaying deter him. If the truck feels good and will do the job for him, it's the right choice. There's a warranty for any issues he might have, and lemon laws if they ultimately can't fix the problem. Would you relay his impressions of the truck after he's had it for a while?
mkirsch 11/21/19 05:10am Tow Vehicles
RE: Chevy's I4 2.7 turbo engine

I have to say, it's a good thing vehicles don't run on opinions or they'd ALL be junk... It's not like nobody has ever built an engine in an I4 configuration before. In fact, someone's been mass producing reliable I4 engines since at least 1908. Your first reliable mass produced V8 didn't come along until 1932. If anything I'd expect you to be jumping for joy that they're reverting to an older, more mature, more reliable, engine design...
mkirsch 11/20/19 08:48am Tow Vehicles
RE: The future cost of RV stay

Most people don't have any idea what it takes to charge a battery. Battery capacity is measured in Amp-hours. A rough idea of how long it will take to charge a battery is to divide the Amp-hours capacity by the Amps you will be charging the battery at. 100 Amp-hour battery charging at 10 Amps will take 10 hours to charge fully. That's just an OVERSIMPLIFIED, ROUGH idea of how long, but it is eye-opening to a lot of people who think that putting the charger on for 15 minutes or even an hour is going to charge their battery. With something that mimics the performance and range of even a modest tow rig like a Silverado 1500 or Explorer, you're talking on the order of tens of thousands of Amp-hours. That means lots of hours or very high charging rates. You're not going to get much of a charge overnight if you want to go sight-seeing during the day on a 120V supply.
mkirsch 11/18/19 08:33am Tow Vehicles
RE: Midsize car for towing

as far as i am concerned the ratings are generally ****. reason being. You may be right, but common sense often has very little to do with warranty coverage.
mkirsch 11/18/19 07:53am Tow Vehicles
RE: Who says I need to take up space for a Gooseneck Hitch!

This is the third place I've seen it now, all from different origins. Someone staged this for Internet fame.
mkirsch 11/14/19 02:00pm Towing
RE: Want an electric truck?

Why would you need a fast charge at home? Well God forbid you have to leave your home more than once per day. Maybe I want to head in one direction in the morning, then the other direction in the afternoon. I'm not going to be happy if I have to wait until tomorrow to run that second errand. Or, maybe there's an EMERGENCY? Need to take a sick kid to urgent care... Nope, sorry, car's dead, gotta wait until tomorrow morning... or call an ambulance, or beg a neighbor with a gas car, or call an uber. Maybe making them suffer will toughen them up.
mkirsch 11/07/19 01:12pm Truck Campers
RE: loosing old members

Most online forums these days allow you to upload a pic directly from the post screen and that image is then forever available to the readers. Those pics have to be stored somewhere, and that storage costs money. It's entirely up to the owner of the site whether the expense is justified or not.
mkirsch 11/07/19 12:21pm Truck Campers
RE: Difficulty Reducing Tongue Weight

I still don't know what your problem *IS* to even make a recommendation. "Tows poorly" is meaningless, and you *are* driving scared even if you don't think so. It's subconscious. You mentioned the accident and how it affected you. I would gladly make a recommendation, if only there was even a halfway concise description of a problem. Too much tongue weight isn't your problem, and trying to reduce it with ballast... You'll have over 2000lbs in the back of your trailer before you see an appreciable change in tongue weight. The axles are simply too far back for that to work.
mkirsch 11/06/19 07:02am Towing
RE: Difficulty Reducing Tongue Weight

I'm sorry for this, but I just waded through NINE PAGES of this thread, and NOT ONCE, ANYWHERE does the OP state what is actual handling issues are! The only mention of a handling issue is the push-pull with passing semis, which is *NORMAL*. No sway, either. Not to mention the OP is admittedly "driving scared" due to witnessing a horrific accident involving a travel trailer... The problem is as yet undefined, so how can we have NINE PAGES of solutions??? So WHAT, EXACTLY is the problem? VERY frustrating to say the least...
mkirsch 11/06/19 06:16am Towing
RE: Overloaded wheel Breakage

I thought wheels *NEVER* broke. That's been a staple of the "put E-rated LT tires on your 1/2 ton truck's stock rims and pump them up to 80PSI" argument for as long as I've been a member of this site.
mkirsch 11/06/19 05:45am Truck Campers
RE: Newbie towing question

2" of squat is perfectly fine. You don't want the suspension so stiff that it does not move, or you will beat everything to pieces, including yourself, going down the road. LOCATION OF THE PIN is the elephant in the room here. That pin hanging down from the hitch of the 5th wheel trailer. Its relationship to the rear axle (i.e. ahead of, directly over, or slightly behind) determines whether you add weight, don't affect the weight, or remove weight from the front wheels. Hitch the truck and trailer, pull them straight. Where does the pin sit with regards to the rear axle? Do you have a slider hitch? Are you leaving it in the rear position all the time?
mkirsch 10/29/19 08:42am Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing with a Toyota Sequoia: wheel size question

You can't downsize the tire/wheel enough to make an appreciable difference in towing performance. For that to happen the tires would have to be so small that the rims would not fit over the brake discs. It would look ridiculous.
mkirsch 10/24/19 11:28am Tow Vehicles
RE: 1/2 ton or 3/4 ton

Once the numbers have been satisfied it becomes a personal preference thing. One guy will take a truck and trailer out for a drive and claim they could not feel the trailer behind them. A different guy can take the same exact trailer and truck out on the same roads in the same conditions, and claim they were being pushed all over the road.
mkirsch 10/22/19 02:14pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Why aren't Truck Campers popular in W. Pa.?

When you get into the large RV manufacturers, it most certainly *IS* an assembly line, in the traditional Ford Model T sense even.
mkirsch 10/22/19 09:35am Truck Campers
RE: Hitch Extenders

This product seems extremely dangerous to me. I have towed travel trailers for over 30 years and have learned that keeping the ball as close to the tow vehicle is very important for stability. The physics of all this is: the further you put the load behind the rear axle, the more unstable the tow vehicle becomes. 41 or 48" seems awful far to me. The trailer has all that leverage on the tow vehicle. Moving the center of gravity back too far in the tow vehicle is how you lose control and roll them over. Yes, we all know and understand the physics, but we are not towing travel trailers here in general. The extension is a necessary evil for towing behind a long slide-in truck camper, which can overhang the rear of the truck by as much as 48". This is a commercial product and apparently it is not as inherently dangerous as you claim because if it were, Reese would not offer it, as surely someone would have brought a significant claim against them over it. One million dollar settlement, and the product would be gone because they don't sell very many of them.
mkirsch 10/21/19 09:27am Truck Campers
RE: Why aren't Truck Campers popular in W. Pa.?

Manufacturers of ANYTHING typically have similar build quality across the board... So, if you weren't impressed with the 720, what makes you think you're going to be any more impressed with an 820??? Food for thought as you consider bailing on the Cirrus. The communication thing is not limited to TC dealers. There are still a LOT of "old school" dealers out there, just hole in the wall mom & pop shops with an employee or two. Either one of their kids/grandkids or a young employee said they *HAD* to have a website and email address, so they got one. Then it was like a house cat catching a chipmunk; they had no idea what to do with it! You get short on help, short on time, and the inbox is flooded with spam and stupid questions from "tire kickers" that will never result in a sale... and you absolutely *CAN* tell when you've got a time waster/tire kicker. You just get frustrated, throw up your hands, abandon it, and go back to dealing face to face with walk-in customers.
mkirsch 10/21/19 09:16am Truck Campers
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