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RE: Tow a car trailer with truck camper on

I'd be much more concerned about the fact that you likely don't have enough payload to deal with the tongue weight and the camper at the same time. When I had my truck camper, I installed a plug in the box like a 5th wheel uses for my truck camper. I could have, presumably, used the 7 pin on the bumper for a trailer. With that said, I had zero payload left for any tongue weight, so short of having a DRW 3500, good luck, especially with a 3/4 ton where you're already limited on payload.
twodownzero 10/09/19 12:17pm Tech Issues
RE: Immobile truck camper

The camper I used to have, even though it was supposed to be "light" would probably have pushed virtually any 1/2 ton truck to the bumpstops when fully loaded for a trip. I doubt it'd be dangerous but you'd definitely recognize that it was loaded like that. I wouldn't want to use the legs with the chains attached to the truck for fear of stressing the eye bolts, but if you did, you could raise it.
twodownzero 10/09/19 08:00am Truck Campers
RE: Overtight weight distribution brackets bent frame....

I would probably leave it the way it is. It's a shame that someone did all that damage. If I wanted to fix it, I would probably drill and tap the other side of the frame and use a large diameter bolt to "push" the dent out and then weld the hole closed, grind smooth, and paint. Why not ainpky patch it up? Because thickening and strengthening the frame in that one spot is going to create a stress riser that could potentially cause more problems than it solved. I'd cut out the entire section and weld in a patch of comparable thickness before I'd plate over it and create that stress riser.
twodownzero 09/18/19 12:28pm Towing
RE: Heading to the Rockies for 5 or 6 weeks.

New trucks have tons of power and are a joy to pull with compared to when I started driving. Power will definitely not be an issue with any newer truck, as they will pull way more than they can safely control.
twodownzero 09/18/19 07:43am Travel Trailers
RE: Overtight weight distribution brackets bent frame....

I would probably leave it the way it is. It's a shame that someone did all that damage. If I wanted to fix it, I would probably drill and tap the other side of the frame and use a large diameter bolt to "push" the dent out and then weld the hole closed, grind smooth, and paint.
twodownzero 09/18/19 07:41am Towing
RE: dumb hitch ball question

As long as it's a 2" ball mount rated for at least 5k pounds, you can probably move it around the yard with that no matter how heavy your beast trailer is.
twodownzero 09/13/19 04:14pm Towing
RE: Diesel Insights: Towing in the race tune

My concern isn't the engine anyway, it's everything else. Doubling the torque output is going to be really hard on the drivetrain, and doing so with 10k pounds behind me even more so.
twodownzero 09/12/19 02:56pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ecoboost vs. V8 - Can you explain?

Because the automakers don't want to stop making $9,000 more on the diesel option... I highly doubt the profit margin is that much higher on a diesel vs. gas. In fact, I'd put money on them making more money selling you a gasoline powered truck, and higher profit margins in 1/2 tons overall. Where is it written that gas engines must be V whatever? What would happen if they put modern fuel and spark control, and a turbo on a 5 L I 6? An inline is heavier and has more rotational friction. You won't see an inline 6 gasoline engine in any new truck. Yes as I didn't state a V6. It would have to be a boosted V8 as the heavy duty trucks are just that...heavier...and that would absolutely kill the diesel sales as it would most likely get close to the same mpg's as the diesel also. I beat the socks off my 11 eco with 130k on the clock with over 60k towing on it now always getting at least 10mpg with at least 7k behind it without one single issue other than the back slider glass going bad but that's not an engine issue. Now the 18 gets 19 mpg in the city not towing and 10.5 towing. So I stick behind what I said above because IF a boosted gas engine was avail for the heavy duty trucks it would kill the heavy duty diesel sales and the 1/2 ton sales at the same time. Such an engine would either not have the same power as diesel or knock itself apart. If somehow it didn't knock itself to pieces under load, it would still have less power and mileage over diesel because diesel has more energy per gallon than gasoline. There is no way to overcome the laws of physics there.
twodownzero 09/12/19 08:11am Tow Vehicles
RE: Anyone haul camper with Ram SRW 3500 2wd factory air bag ?

I'm pretty sure virtually all newer SRW trucks are rated at or near 4k in payload. The 2wd models might even have more than that.
twodownzero 09/12/19 07:59am Truck Campers
RE: 2020 Chevy payload

There have been other exceptions from time to time as well. I know that Dodge at one time had a Dana 80 behind the Cummins, vs a 60 or 70 (IDRC for sure) for the gas motors. Those Dodges had a 70 for many SRW trucks but the manual trans trucks had the 80, even in SRW. GM also used the 70 in its older DRW trucks before it had a dually 14 bolt. In any event, it's dangerous to think that the SRW vs. DRW is only springs/tires, because that's often not true. Trucks are engineered for what is on the sticker in the door, as many have said above.
twodownzero 09/11/19 10:57am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tires, again!

I will reiterate the Goodyear Endurance recommendation. I would avoid Chinese tires, no matter what brand is on the sidewall and no matter how many people tell you're they're okay. That includes all steel Chinese tires. As a bonus, the Goodyears are rated for more weight than your current LT tires and plenty of speed (87 mph).
twodownzero 09/11/19 10:57am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 2020 Chevy payload

The 2020s duallys GVWR increased from 13000 to 14000. The truck itself is likely a little heavier, so you won't see the full 1000 as an increase in payload. probably 500-700#. Historically the SRW was pretty much limited by the tires and springs, as the actual axle was the same. For 2020 though, the dually gets a bigger rear axle than the SRW. So I suppose the actual axle rating will likely be higher. IOW, for those not stuck on the payload number, it can likely haul more. The 14K GVWR is probably conservative in this case. So you take all of that, and look at some actual trucks payloads, and guesstimate from there. That will be your best ballpark figure. You mentioned the 2019s.... If you are wondering if the payload will be higher in the 20s vs the 19s... That answer would be yes. And the 20s on paper should be even stronger than their ratings will show, because of the bigger rearend. GM was not using the same rear axle previously. The axle tubes on the DRW trucks were twice as thick in DRW models. The gears and shafts might have been similar, but that doesn't tell the whole story. The difference between 1/4" wall and 1/2" axle tubes is not trivial. OP: you will probably have about 6k pounds of payload. It may be a little more or less depending on options.
twodownzero 09/11/19 08:07am Tow Vehicles
RE: Battery question

What you're seeing is normal. 13.5 when there's sun on your panel, and battery voltage when there isn't. A fully charged battery is 12.8v, even with a little load, 12.5 isn't abnormal at all.
twodownzero 09/11/19 08:03am General RVing Issues
RE: Dodge RAM flywheel

Use the Valair dual disc ORGANIC clutch. I have the same one in ceramic and it's been very reliable, but it's a bit harsh with the trailer. The same in organic is what you want. The dual mass clutch on these trucks is absolute garbage. You're going to be so thankful when you get it replaced. Total cost with labor should be about half what you were quoted, maybe a little more if you have to pay retail for the clutch.
twodownzero 09/11/19 08:02am Tow Vehicles
RE: 6 Volt RV batteries

Sams club is your friend.
twodownzero 09/09/19 07:50pm Tech Issues
RE: Toy hauler for kayaks and bicycles

The only large objects I've ever carried in mine were bicycles. I even made a thread about it. The bikes I carry in my toyhauler cost more than the trailer.
twodownzero 09/09/19 07:48pm Toy Haulers
RE: mounting air fitting for air bags

Mine are mounted in the rear at the trailer hitch. I've contemplated installing OBA and integrating everything, but it's an expense that I haven't yet thought worth it because I'm a very casual camper.
twodownzero 09/06/19 09:05pm Truck Campers
RE: I 40 from Gallup to Albuquerque

Driven it many times. Never had a delay of any kind worth remembering.
twodownzero 09/06/19 07:36pm Roads and Routes
RE: Ecoboost vs. V8 - Can you explain?

Two words: volumetric efficiency. Under load, it moves more air, burns more fuel, and makes more power.
twodownzero 08/28/19 10:20am Tow Vehicles
RE: GM's 2020 tow rating question for all

GM as we know recently announced their '20 tow ratings which is about time they upped things. Anyways, what get's me is how their SRW can now tow 18,000. Seems odd that there can be that much of a jump for a SRW to tow, so what did they do to achieve it? For the longest time though, as it's been discussed here that anything over 15,000 was dually territory. How many folks want to tow 18K with a SRW? Pretty hard to get to 18k without busting the 4k pound payload limit. Any 5er over 14-15k is going to be pushing it. "Tow rating" doesn't mean anything if your truck can't hold up the pin/tongue weight while doing so.
twodownzero 08/28/19 10:19am Tow Vehicles
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