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RE: Good hitch for SB Ram/Momentum combo

A gooseneck adapter is a good way to bend the frame on a 5th wheel. Get yourself an auto sliding 5th wheel and do it right. I use a Pullrite but there are at least three different decent sliding 5th wheels out there.
twodownzero 08/16/19 07:28am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Onan 5500 Backfires and Dies under a load

It points to a fuel starvation issue. Classic symptoms. It's classic for a lean condition, generally caused by fuel starvation, but he could be sucking air around the throttle somehow as well. All air must pass through the carburetor or the fuel mixture will be wrong. Verify proper compression, if ignition timing is adjustable check that, and if that is good, go back to focusing on fuel system issues or vacuum leaks.
twodownzero 08/16/19 07:20am Tech Issues
RE: Is tongue weight calculated in CGVWR?

There is no such thing as "combined GVW". Your GVW is 6,100. Your GCW is 8,700, assuming your trailer's weight was measured correctly. GVW is tow unit only. A trailer and truck is a vehicle combination, not a vehicle.
twodownzero 08/16/19 07:17am Towing
RE: Yipping little dogs!! Ugh!!

Did you consider going next door and meeting the dogs? My neighbor a few weekends ago had some little chihuahuas that turned out to be super nice dogs, they just needed me to say hello.
twodownzero 08/14/19 07:51am RV Pet Stop
RE: Real towing advise please

Sway is a function of not having your trailer loaded correctly. While a tow vehicle with a longer wheelbase, stiffer suspension, and stiffer tires does make a difference, a trailer that is loaded correctly will not sway. Now if you have a tow vehicle that lacks the payload to properly load the trailer, then you're going to be on the edge of stability the whole time. That's why those of us who have been doing this a while insist on a heavy duty pickup and a lot of tongue weight (plus excess for your extra gear and so that if you have any extra weight, you can focus it on the tongue). While in theory, a good 1/2 ton truck will probably pull 8k pounds okay on an occasional basis, if I knew I was going to buy a travel trailer that heavy, I would buy a 3/4 ton truck. And while the manufacturer of the Tundra might tell you it can pull 10,000 pounds, I think that would be cheating death the whole time, especially because with the limited payload, you're going to have to keep the tongue lighter than you otherwise would. Weight distribution has nothing to do with sway. Sway control is a band-aid for a trailer that is on the edge of stability. With the right tow vehicle, you will be able to load your tongue heavy and your trailer will never misbehave again. Or you can go to the ultimate tongue weight increaser.....the 5th wheel.
twodownzero 08/14/19 07:46am Travel Trailers
RE: Jeep Death wobble

Historically death wobble on multiple brands has been lack of caster. Yes, tightening up clearances with new parts helps as does a steering damper (which just tries to control the wobble) but, in general, solid front axles require 5 to 7 degrees of caster. NOT in the case of the late model Cherokee The "late model Cherokee" isn't a solid front axle. The article was about the Wrangler JL, not the Cherokee. I know, which is why I pointed out that his comment is irrelevant. I just got back from a 20 mile ride in my straight axle K5 with 37" tires. 1/8" of toe-in, aligned with a tape measure, and never even a hint of death wobble.
twodownzero 08/13/19 09:58pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Jeep Death wobble

Historically death wobble on multiple brands has been lack of caster. Yes, tightening up clearances with new parts helps as does a steering damper (which just tries to control the wobble) but, in general, solid front axles require 5 to 7 degrees of caster. NOT in the case of the late model Cherokee The "late model Cherokee" isn't a solid front axle.
twodownzero 08/13/19 03:50pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Another tire thread

I highly doubt you'll have any better luck from a Chinese tire with a fancy brand name than you had from the other one. They are all **** and suffer from the same problem--quality control.
twodownzero 08/10/19 08:18pm Towing
RE: Chicago

There are few places on earth as infuriating as the Kennedy, especially outbound, at 3 pm.
twodownzero 08/10/19 08:17pm Roads and Routes
RE: 17" wheels on DRW - is it worth replacing them with 19.5"?

19.5s ride like ****, beat the hell out of your wheel bearings and balljoints, and have inferior traction on soft surfaces. If you don't need the weight capacity (which you don't on a 1 ton truck), they are not something I'd want. But they look really cool! There's a lot of tires and wheels that look really cool, but I still wouldn't put them on my truck. E.g., the Michelin XL that comes on the HEMTT military truck is one of the coolest looking tires. It also probably rides like it's square. It doesn't stop me from admiring them though...from a distance.
twodownzero 08/09/19 08:01am Truck Campers
RE: 17" wheels on DRW - is it worth replacing them with 19.5"?

19.5s ride like ****, beat the hell out of your wheel bearings and balljoints, and have inferior traction on soft surfaces. If you don't need the weight capacity (which you don't on a 1 ton truck), they are not something I'd want.
twodownzero 08/08/19 04:54pm Truck Campers
RE: 2500 Ram with coil springs carrying TC

There are essentially zero hard side truck campers that won't significantly overload a 3/4 ton truck. My Lance 815 was over 2200 pounds empty and 3000+ pounds when loaded to camp. Short of a regular cab/2wd/gasser, you'd be way overloaded, by 100% or more of your payload rating depending on cab configuration.
twodownzero 08/08/19 04:53pm Truck Campers
RE: SimpliSafe bypassed by $2 device

433.92 mHZ.. He mentioned Ham Radio.. I have two radios in front of me one transmit at between 100mW (0.10 watt) and 5 watts. the other 5 and 50 watts. One of the memorized frequencies is 433.560 less than 1/2 MHz away.. Yup. I have no doubt the Simple Safe device would be wiped out by either of 'em. I'm licensed for 1000 watts (but do not go there) The smaller radio also has a ZERO option that I use during the day.. but that's a long story. I saw an add or a "Solar powered Tire Pressure Monitor" Same 433.92 Not buying You're licensed for 1600 watts, not 1000.
twodownzero 08/07/19 04:51pm Technology Corner
RE: My 2008 F-250 (a little rant)

Considering what new trucks cost, a set of steering/suspension components and body bushings is a drop in the ocean.
twodownzero 08/07/19 04:51pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Fifth Wheel Hitch Height - Sliders

What's your bedrail clearance?
twodownzero 08/07/19 08:06am Fifth-Wheels
RE: I need a large 5th wheel but am I looking too large?

65' seems like a common total length limit. The 42' toy haulers I've seen are huge, I can only imagine the 47' ones are absolute monsters. With a few slides, a 42 footer is a lot of 5th wheel.
twodownzero 08/07/19 08:05am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Bicycle Safety

I bought a toy hauler and keep them inside. My bikes are worth more than the 5th wheel; having them outside where they can be stolen is not a realistic option. Unless you're willing to have them stolen, take them inside.
twodownzero 08/06/19 07:54am General RVing Issues
RE: Flat towing Jeep Wrangler with LED lights

Do LED lights require special wiring to be used when flat towing? Or are they wired like halogen lights? LED lights are just like any other trailer lights, just brighter and use less current. As long as they're wired correctly (polarity), they work just the same.
twodownzero 07/31/19 04:17pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Solar wire size

I,m going to add another 100w panel to the camper and am not sure what size wire Lance used in 2011 12g or 10g it looks like 12g to me and if it is I will replace with 10g. Thanks for any help My 2003 had 12 AWG if I recall correctly. 200 watts, even in parallel, will work fine with the 12 AWG. If you wire them in series (check your controller specs), you will definitely be fine. 200 watts of panels are never going to actually make 200 watts, and at the ~20 volts they'd be even in parallel, you're still only at half the capacity of a 12 AWG wire.
twodownzero 07/31/19 04:16pm Truck Campers
RE: Bunkhouses similar to 272BHS with light hitch weight

I guess an easier way to put it would be: We have a total of 820 lbs of payload left after everything. What is a good bunkhouse floor plan with a hitch weight we can safely accommodate? If you are going to use a 1/2 ton tow vehicle, you should be looking at lightweight 25' travel trailers at the most. Minimizing hitch weight to prevent overloading your tow vehicle is a recipe for disaster. It will make the trailer inherently unstable and it'll be especially unsafe on a vehicle with passenger tires. Fortunately there are a gazillion lightweight 25 footers out there with empty weights quite a bit lighter than the model you're looking at, so you should have no problem finding one that will be light enough to solve your problem. Or do what I'd do and buy a 3/4 ton Suburban. Thanks for the info on the 25 footers. I’ll narrow down to them and see what kind of floor plans they offer. I feel like I should clarify my original post to inform that I’m not trying to manipulate the hitch weight, but find one that is built/configured by the manufacturer to have as close to 10% hitch weight as possible. One camper with a 5k dry weight has a 500lb hitch weight (when dry) and another 5k camper has an 750 hitch weight (when dry). So that tells me the manufacturer built that 750 hitch weight camper with more weight toward the front obviously. Both 5k lbs, but one has 250lbs more payload on the truck before you even load it up. The disparity only gets greater as the loaded weight of the camper gets greater. What I’m asking in my original post is if anyone knows of a camper that (by design of the manufacturer) has as good of (or better) hitch weight ratio than the 272BHS. Not looking for ways to lighten or misappropriate the weight in a way that was not designed by the manufacturer. You don't want to be "as close to 10% as possible." In reality, you want to be "at least 10%, and preferably considerably more than that," especially if you're towing with a 1/2 ton vehicle. When I tow my flatbed car trailer, I pull the car as far forward as I can to maximize tongue weight. The more, the merrier! Unless your Suburban is overloaded as a result, there's no such thing as too much tongue weight. The 10% should be viewed as an absolute bare minimum number. Ideally, you want more than that. Tongue weight = stability. Get as much of it as you can, use a WD hitch, and make your trailer as stable pulling as it can get.
twodownzero 07/31/19 04:11pm Travel Trailers
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