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RE: Ridge Grapplers PSI? I have a bit of wiggle now

So I have towed about three times since this post. First I lowered the front back to stock height and had it realigned. Still feeling the non-centered feel that needed a lot of input from me, or at least more than I was used to giving. Then I went through and measured everything again and tried different air pressure. Nothing left to do and I have to blame it on the tires now, it me for putting that size on!! I think I have come to the conclusion that the higher side wall is flexing more than my stock size tires (285/75r17 vs 265/70r17). When not towing these tires are amazing! One of my favorites for sure for highway manners and off road use. But I should have stuck with the stock size! Well we live and we learn and I won't do that again! I did make it a little better by going back to stock height in the front. I also realized that my first measurements after first installing the taller tires was not correct and I had the front of the trailer 1" higher than the rear. Small difference of course but brought it back down to rule out everything else. So I have one follow up questions to those still reading this I'm running the rears at 80 when towing and front at 60(which the truck calls for). Would going to higher psi in the front be ok? I'm guessing it would give me less side wall flex, but am afraid I wouldn't have as wide of tire patch hitting the ground at 80 up form and would lose some steering control.
rsaylor3 05/06/19 07:57pm Towing
RE: How do you turn off the residential fridge?

You bring up another question. if the new inverters are passed through does that mean once he gets to a campsite and hooks up 50 amp service that there's no need to turn off the inverter? I really wish I could have been there for the pre-purchase inspection walkthrough but work kept me away.
rsaylor3 04/09/19 06:41pm Tech Issues
RE: How do you turn off the residential fridge?

Thanks guys! I will reach out and let him know! Figured there had to be a circuit breaker for it.
rsaylor3 04/09/19 05:59pm Tech Issues
How do you turn off the residential fridge?

My in-laws just purchased a new 2019 Montana today. They have the residential fridge, which neither of us had before. During the walk through with the tech, they were told there was no way to turn off the fridge. Is that right? They keep it plugged into 50amp service when stored. Is there not a breaker or switch to keep it off and not running when stored? I'm not in the same state or I would go take a look. Thanks for your responses in advance!
rsaylor3 04/09/19 05:40pm Tech Issues
RE: Residential fridge stored with no electricity access?

I was thinking about the frozen jugs to just make sure! Appreciate all the advice and responses!
rsaylor3 03/27/19 10:00am Tech Issues
RE: Residential fridge stored with no electricity access?

Have not purchased it yet, think it comes with one battery, but thought I might need two to make it through the night. If I can load an go without a pre cool, I might stick to one battery. I'll
rsaylor3 03/26/19 12:32pm Tech Issues
RE: Residential fridge stored with no electricity access?

Ok, that's great news and appreciate the super fast replies! And the one battery and connection to the truck while driving should be plenty of juice to keep it running on the way to a campground.
rsaylor3 03/26/19 12:02pm Tech Issues
Residential fridge stored with no electricity access?

So we are thinking about purchasing a new Montana High Country fifth wheel. It has the residential refrigerator. We store our camper at a storage location that has electric available on some spots, but for a higher price each month. We currently have a gas/electric fridge. When getting ready for a trip I just stop by a day or two before we leave and start the fridge on gas. That way it's fully cooled when we load the fridge the night before we leave. Will 2 31 series deep cycle batteries be enough to at least start the fridge the residential fridge the night before? Want to make sure it's cold and ready for the food when we leave. I also usually keep our trailer covered, and a small trickle solar panel over the propane tanks to keep my one current batter topped off. I guess I would have to hang a larger unit off the front of the 5th wheel cover. What are your thoughts and experience? Will two batteries run the fridge for a couple days?
rsaylor3 03/26/19 11:14am Tech Issues
RE: Ridge Grapplers PSI? I have a bit of wiggle now

Not at all, I think people are misunderstanding my post about the 1" lift, or not reading back to my original post. I partially leveled it adjusted the front height of my truck. By turning the torsion bars. Before or after that I always have had my front returned to original height of the truck before hitching up the trailer. I did drop the front back down to stock level and will get an alignment again early next week. Will tow this weekend to see if it makes a difference, but I can tell you it already feels better just driving the truck empty with the front back to stock height. Will be Leaving it stock for sure! Hoping this was the main cause and that the tires are going to work, as I don't plan on buying new tires until these wear out
rsaylor3 03/26/19 06:53am Towing
RE: Ridge Grapplers PSI? I have a bit of wiggle now

Well I ended up praying the front air pressure back up to 60 PSI during the tow. I think 60 is where I'm going to leave it just like I used to. Now that I'm home I just at the torsion bars and brought it back to stock height in the front. we have another trip plan the short one but will still be plenty of interstate time the middle of May so I look forward to seeing how it does with the front back down. Thanks for everybody's advice!
rsaylor3 03/23/19 10:49am Towing
RE: Ridge Grapplers PSI? I have a bit of wiggle now

I don't have any sway, just a loose feeling in the front of the truck that causes me to give a lot of input to keep straight and I noticed the bow wave of even small vehicles. I think the hitch is completely fine and has been fine for the entire four years I have had it. Must be the tires it slightly raised front end, as they were the only two changes made. The ten links seemed to make a huge difference so I'm leaning towards the raised front end as being the problem. I am leaving this morning to head home so I dropped the front tire air pressure by 5 psi to give that a shot. Inflation load guides for the ridge Grapplers show that 47psi will give same load carrying ability as 60psi for the stock tires I had before. Trying 55 as I am wondering if this will flatten my tread contact patch and give me more control. We shall see..
rsaylor3 03/22/19 06:14am Towing
RE: Ridge Grapplers PSI? I have a bit of wiggle now

Ok, I towed the camper for 6 hours the other day. Had the rears at 80 and fronts at 60 as people suggested and as truck door asks for. Still sloppy or just not a tight feeling. Before I would feel the little push when busses and certain semi's passed me. At the beginning of this trip I could feel motorcycles passing me:) really weird, as I needed to give constant input and it just felt unsettled. I stopped at a rest area and went from 9 free chain links on my blue ox to 10. I had always ran with 9 for the last 4 years. Going to the 10th cleaned and tightened things up to 70+% of what it was before I made the changes. To recap I have a 2015 Chevy 2500hd Duramax 4x4 crew cab regular bed. I did 4 turns of the torsion bars for 1" of front lift. I also did 2 sizes up ridge Grapplers(285/75/17 on stock wheels). Truck is still raked and I have stable loads lowers in the back and have had them the entire time. With the blue ox and the stable loads I never squat before or after the 1" front lift. I just checked my weights again before this trip and I'm at 14% tongue at 1,350lbs. With 9 links I was returning the front to unloaded height. With taking that extra link of chain and it making such a big difference, I'm wondering if because the front was raised, is that what is causing this unsettled feeling? Is not having the front resting on the jounce bumpers taking some stability from my package?? Would love to hear more thoughts? Thinking I will lower the truck 1/2" in the front, tow again and see how it is. Then drop it back to stock and try again. I love the look of that slight front lift, but won't sacrifice my towing comfort for it. Thanks and sorry for the long winded post.
rsaylor3 03/18/19 06:32pm Towing
RE: Anyone switched from blue ox 1500 to 2000lb bars?

Camperforlife is right! Blue ox took care of my on my trade out as well. They even got them shipped to me in just a couple of days! Outstanding customer service on their part!
rsaylor3 03/17/19 06:00pm Towing
RE: New hitch

Just over 4 years with the Blue Ox and it does a great job! I have a 3/4 Diesel and a 36", just shy of 10,000k travel trailer. Originally had it with the same trailer and a 1/2 ton truck and it did a great job then as well. I did originally have 1,000 bars, but have since went with 1,500 bars and am much happier with them. Just take your time and set it up right! Heck, mine is set up right, but I'm still hitting the scales this weekend just to know I'm still where I think I am:)
rsaylor3 03/08/19 10:56am Towing
RE: Anyone switched from blue ox 1500 to 2000lb bars?

I switched from 1,000lb bars to 1,500lb bars. Same truck and trailer. Made a huge positive difference. No negatives at all! At least in my case. I run about 1,200 of tongue weight. With the lighter bars I felt a lot of bounce between the truck and trailer. The larger bars stopped the vast majority of that. I run 9 free chains. Very happy with the change, and I did speak with Blue Ox and they suggested it. Next will be a 2 1/2 version. Had a 1/2 ton truck when I got the Blue Ox, now in a 3/4 ton. Would love to get rid of any play there.
rsaylor3 03/07/19 12:04pm Towing
RE: Trailer leaning to the one side?

Visually drives me nuts! Tows perfectly fine. Would need 1/2" shim on that side. Just wanted to make sure I don't cause an issue doing it.
rsaylor3 02/21/19 02:20pm Travel Trailers
RE: Trailer leaning to the one side?

I know this is a pretty old thread of mine, but I wanted to ask a follow-up question. If I were to put a shim under that spring on the lower side, to bring the camper to level side to side, would that cause any problems? It would sure be nice to be able to just pull into a level site and not have to put down any boards to level. I wonder if the shim leveling the unit would also reduce any chance of sway or give me an even better controlled ride. Thanks
rsaylor3 02/20/19 08:21pm Travel Trailers
RE: Ridge Grapplers PSI? I have a bit of wiggle now

That's what I was hoping to hear! I think as important as having the tires aired up properly to as not get them overheated, we also want a good contact patch as well for control. Dual rear wheels get hat stability through more tire contact and I was thinking mine, if over aired and riding on the inner tread only, I am losing the stability if a wider contact patch. I'm getting new weights before the trip, as I am adding the Jack-It bike rack to the tongue. So I will give your advice a try!
rsaylor3 02/07/19 12:06pm Towing
RE: Ridge Grapplers PSI? I have a bit of wiggle now

no, they are load range E. Was hoping someone one here had experience with tire pressure on tires with higher load capacity at lower psi. I'm going to do some rest runs and adjust pressures down to see how it goes.
rsaylor3 02/07/19 10:30am Towing
Ridge Grapplers PSI? I have a bit of wiggle now

So I had put 285/75/17 Nitto Ridge Grapplers on my Chevy 2015 2500 HD stock wheels. Nitto said to run 65 psi in the rear and 47 in the front. This would give me the same carrying capacity as the stock Michelins at 60 and 75 like the door sticker says. They carry the same weight at 65 as the Michelins did at 75. I actually keep them lower when not towing, both front and rear. So I towed my 9,000 travel trailer for the first time since installing the Grapplers and noticed more movement in the trailer than normal. Before it was pretty well locked down with the Blue Ox Sway Pro and 1,500 lb bars. Been using this setup, same truck and trailer for 3 years. Not sway to scare me, but just needed a lot more steering correction for passing trucks and a windy day. My tongue weight is right at 13%. I was wondering if putting the tires to 80 psi was too much and I wasn't getting a full width of tread patch on the ground? Could this have been the case and why I felt that difference in tow? I have over 6,000 miles on the new tires, so I think they are worn in enough. I always ran the Michelins at 80 when towing so I did the same here, but am second guessing myself now. Heck, I think maybe I need to run the fronts lower as they suggested as well. Appreciate your thoughts?
rsaylor3 02/07/19 08:14am Towing
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