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RE: Tire pressure / dually / TC

If you have seen one inflation chart for a particular size tire in Load Range E, you've seen them all. I've compared the inflation charts for several brands and they all have very similar, if not the same numbers on them. So even if your tire's manufacturer doesn't publish one, you can usually find one from another manufacturer. Of course if you can't weigh your truck conveniently, the tire inflation chart does you no good. It's also tedious to be constantly airing up and down every time your load changes. There is nothing wrong with or misinformed about airing up to the pressure on the door sticker, so long as your tires are the same size and load rating as is shown on the door sticker. That gives you maximum capacity for the truck. You won't get a perfectly even wear pattern if you're not loaded to maximum, but you won't be underinflated for any load you happen to put in the truck.
mkirsch 03/27/19 08:01am Truck Campers
RE: Ridge Grapplers PSI? I have a bit of wiggle now

So you're saying the front end was sitting 1" high before you readjusted? Yes that will affect steering. It means weight is being removed from the front tires. Less weight, less traction, less steering effectiveness. 1" is a huge amount. It's no wonder it felt squirrelly.
mkirsch 03/26/19 06:13am Towing
RE: 6.7 Diesel Towing MPG

With the difference in fuel prices being about 30%, a 30% increase in fuel economy is pretty much a wash. It will take millions of miles of towing to "save" any money. Now that that's out of the way, you didn't buy it for fuel economy. If you had penciled it out, you were way ahead staying with the old truck. You bought it to PLAY. Quit worrying about fuel economy and go PLAY.
mkirsch 03/26/19 06:02am Towing
RE: Integrated brake controllers

Modern brake controllers sense acceleration/deceleration. No deceleration, no braking. Your old controller was likely a time delay style. Use the dash mounted control to test the brakes. If you have brakes there, it's just a matter of adjusting the controller, and you can only do that on the road.
mkirsch 03/25/19 08:06am Tow Vehicles
RE: Wife wants to move to a Class A, or C - bigger

You can worry yourself out of just about anything. May as well stay home, wrap yourself in bubble wrap, and hide under the bed... You aren't buying it to roll it over. You aren't driving it to roll it over. Get what you can compromise on. If you roll it over and die, you can come back to the forum and say "I told you so!"
mkirsch 03/25/19 07:59am Truck Campers
RE: Would you get it fixed?

Unless you start losing fuel economy, power or a trouble code shows up I would just keep driving. This. Without any diagnostic codes being thrown the mechanics are not going to have a clue what's wrong or how to fix it.
mkirsch 03/22/19 08:59am Tow Vehicles
RE: Check Engine Light

To answer your original question, the CEL comes on when conditions detected by the computer call for it to be turned on. When those conditions are no longer present for a set amount of starts or miles, the light goes off. So if the code came up that the #7 was misfiring, and the next time the light went off, that means the Autozone person reset the code, or the computer no longer thinks the #7 cylinder is misfiring. A scan tool is as cheap as $30, and handy. Everyone should own one. I never would have made it to 218K on my last truck without one, and people ask me to scan their vehicles with it all the time.
mkirsch 03/22/19 08:49am Tow Vehicles
RE: OnStar Question

Even if you don't get a subscription you still get some basic services. Such as, if you're in an accident and dying you can press the button and get help. I think it falls into the "all mobile phones must be able to dial 9-1-1" law or something. Everything else, my phone can do better, and best yet I'm already paying for it. Onstar is an extra bill every month that I really didn't want.
mkirsch 03/22/19 08:40am Tow Vehicles
RE: Which vehicles could work for my RV?

Safe is one thing. You will be safe in any of those tow vehicles with that trailer behind, so long as you maintain both the vehicle and the trailer and ensure that you have good working brakes and tires all around, within reason. Within reason, meaning you don't fill the trailer or SUV with rocks, or have three 300lb kids riding along. Comfort is the other thing. Initially you will probably be able to convince yourself that it tows just fine, because you don't know any better, but somewhere down the road you MAY find yourself wanting for better performance, either in acceleration or handling. It is for this reason that you don't want to short-change yourself in the tow vehicle department up front. Further complicating things is, everyone has a different idea of what "good" is. Some people are perfectly fine with taking a little longer to get from A to B. Others are foaming at the mouth if they can't do 85MPH in every situation.
mkirsch 03/20/19 08:07am Tow Vehicles
RE: Free Camper Adventure: Moved Successfully!

Don't worry about the truck. It will be just fine for a 3-mile slow-speed drive, even if the tires are grossly underinflated. I would build some "deadman" stands to prop the wing and cabover on that front corner, to take some of the weight off and stabilize things. If you've ever seen or used a "deadman" to hold drywall up to a ceiling, you'll know what I mean: A braced T made from 2x4's. These would be jammed under the wing and cabover on that front corner at an angle so they clear the truck. The T spreads the load out across the edge of the camper so nothing gets crushed.
mkirsch 03/20/19 07:31am Truck Campers
RE: Vintage RAM.... what to do?

A new Ram won't be any easier to work on than the Volvo, but the difference is you won't have to work on it! Not for at least three years anyway.
mkirsch 03/13/19 06:51am Tow Vehicles
RE: Lowering my dually?

Changing axle height changes the drive shaft angle between the transfer case or transmission and the axle. This anle will be exaggerated even more once the rear loaded down. The OEM accounts for loaded and unload ride heights when designing the drive line angle if you go too far out of specification, it will cause joint issues. if you look at some suspension lift kits made for trucks, they will actually have a wedge that is inserted between the axle and springs to lessen the joint angle after adding the lift. You can argue that this is more of an issue in the front to due to a shorter run, but it also happens in the rear. Read up on proper pinion angles and drive line vibration before dismissing what happens when you change ride height. But in this case, it's STILL within the OEM range so no problem.
mkirsch 03/13/19 06:42am Tow Vehicles
RE: New hitch

Lots of good options out there. Don't see the need for a ProPride on your new rig. Really anything that's rated for the load will work just fine for you. If you like the Dual Cam, go with the Dual Cam.
mkirsch 03/13/19 06:35am Towing
RE: Stableloads installation problem

How would a mag drill help? Springs are curved, only about 3" wide, and usually have some sort of clamp within a few inches of the end. There is no place for the mag drill to "mag." Mag drills need a surface at least the same size as their base, and generally pretty thick, to work well.
mkirsch 03/13/19 06:32am Truck Campers
RE: Extended Warranty Question

they will find something in the fine print to not cover your issue anyway BINGO! That has been my experience with extended warranties. They take your money, but then have a very specific set of hoops you have to jump through with regards to what broke, where you get it fixed, how you get it fixed, and how much they will pay (usually ZERO).
mkirsch 03/12/19 09:03am Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing regulations

Law enforcement generally needs a "moving violation" to pull you over for, such as speeding, or erratic driving, or a tail light out. That's not to say they can't or won't make something up, but length is going to be the LAST thing on the cop's mind as he watches you cruise on by. The only thing that might change his mind is if your trailer has graphics depicting a 1:1 scale tape measure on the side, clearly showing the length of the trailer, and clearly showing that it is over legal length. In that case you did it to yourself...
mkirsch 03/06/19 07:36am Towing
RE: Center of Gravity

Center of gravity is not something that really matters other than to the manufacturer. I’ve been here almost 13 years and I don’t remember anyone saying they wish they would have bought a different TC because of center of gravity. Not because COG doesn't matter, but because ALL manufacturers design their campers to have a reasonable COG. If Lance made their big 1172 model with a COG of 96" from the front of the truck bed, THAT would be a problem, and you most certainly would be hearing people express regret over buying it because of COG... The COG is 60" back, which is only a few of inches behind the axle on most 8' bed trucks.
mkirsch 03/06/19 07:24am Truck Campers
RE: Handling comparison: SRW vs DRW at GVW

If you want apples to apples, use bagged concrete for the weight instead of campers. 43 90lb bags of Sakrete in the SRW 62 90lb bags of Sakrete in the DRW Then take them both on the Nurburgring. That's only 3870 lb on SRW. Using my F250 I scaled 4300lb of gravel on it more than once, not mentioning that flatbed add some weight too. But I was always carrying shovel with me and after gravel drop, I shovel it into pile behind the cab. This way 1/4 to 1/3 of the load went on front axle and handling was just fine. Something impossible to manage with TC. So for fair comparison, the 43 bags of Sakrete should be loaded with most of it behind the axle. Your point being? The weight is as close as you can get to the OP's original specified weights using 90lb bags of Sakrete, without "shorting" the load any. 3800lbs in the SRW. 43 x 90lb is 3870lbs. 5500lbs in the DRW. 62 x 90lb is 5580lbs. Why "most of it behind the axle?" The load should be centered over the rear axle, within the camper COG range.
mkirsch 03/06/19 07:15am Truck Campers
RE: Nearly new GMC p/up

I thought sticker was $70K here... The $58K is the current appraised value of the now 1-year-old used truck... He's only asking $48K? That's a *SMOKIN* deal if you ask me. I can see why he would be a little insulted that you'd try to haggle even further. So smokin' that I would be concerned about a lein.
mkirsch 03/05/19 12:27pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Handling comparison: SRW vs DRW at GVW

If you want apples to apples, use bagged concrete for the weight instead of campers. 43 90lb bags of Sakrete in the SRW 62 90lb bags of Sakrete in the DRW Then take them both on the Nurburgring.
mkirsch 03/05/19 12:08pm Truck Campers
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