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RE: Financing Rates These Days

In Canada, interest rates are set by the Bank of Canada which is completely independent from the federal government (at least it's supposed to be). USA is similar. I don't think anyone will finance a towable in Canada. It may be different for a drivable - I really haven't looked into that. In the United States, interest rates are controlled by the market. They are heavily influenced by the Fed's open market activities, but they are not controlled directly by any government agency.
twodownzero 08/11/23 01:11pm General RVing Issues
RE: Dodge 3500 towing heavy

If I remember right the older 3500 srw Dodge trucks had 6200-6500 rawr (tire/wheel/rear spring pack). Your trucks drivers side door post certification sticker has the trucks fawr/rawr. Drop by a set of CAT scales and weigh your truck front and rear axles separately. Subtract the CAT scale number from your trucks rawr will give you how much in the bed payload you have to work with. Those older trucks rear axle may weigh in the 3200-3400 lbs ...subtracted from 6200 rawr = approx 3000-3300 lbs before exceeding a tire/wheel or rear suspension. This trucks rawr will more likely be overloaded. The '05 truck has the AAM 11.5" rear axle good for over 10k lbs so its not a concern. And of course if its the 5.9 Cummins it won't have any issues pulling that size trailer. Many older 350/3500 srw truck owners with heavy truck campers...heavy 5th wheel trailer hitch loads upgraded to 19.5" tires/wheels...air bags of some type of rear suspension help Don’t go spewing the over axle rated capacity bs. That is literally the last thing to be worried aboot as long as the tires are rated for the load, on good wheels and the truck ain’t a rust bucket. The limiting factor on the truck in question is the rating on the two rear tires and the GVWR, 9,900 pounds. I have had the same truck for over 18 years, and mine weighs 7,080 pounds empty. That leaves 2,920 for payload. GCWR is 23k so mine has plenty of "capacity" if it could handle the pin weight. Would I regularly pull the trailer this person proposes? Doubtful. It'll have 3,000+ pounds of pin weight (maybe more like 3,500), which leaves none for me, my wife, and dogs in truck, or even the hitch in the bed for that matter. The rear GAWR doesn't even matter--you will bust the GVWR way before that.
twodownzero 08/08/23 10:50am Tow Vehicles
RE: Learned an expensive lesson today

Sold the house back in 2007...got debt free first and never had a desire to go back in bondedge. Without interest payments, it's much easier to build wealth. Of course buying a new truck is a choice. We typically shoot for around 10yr old. A fraction of the price and years of reliable life left. $10k is a lot easier than $70k. Please let me know where I can buy 2013 3/4-ton trucks that aren't eaten up with miles for 10K each. I see a lucrative business emerging here! :C If you are expecting a 10yr old truck with 20k miles that's been barn stored with a cover the entire time, yeah, not happening but long gone are the days when a truck was dead-man-walking at 100k miles. We are in a 2008 that we bought for $10k about 6yrs ago (the window sticker that was in the glove box, said it was $60k new). Just getting back from a trip to Alaska. We've put a little less than 100k miles on it. Go ahead and double it for recent inflation (which has really started to settle down anyway) and it's still a heck of a lot cheaper than buying new. Typically most 10-year-old trucks will have a bare minimum of 150K on the odometer (most with substantially more). I just don't want to start there. No, I don't expect 20K either, but there is indeed a happy medium somewhere along the way for everyone. It sounds like you're way too concerned with "miles." A diesel pickup is made to last 3-400,000 miles. 150k is nothing.
twodownzero 07/30/23 02:30pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Broken Leaf Spring

I would replace all the springs on the trailer. I would not try to put heavier springs on it. Springs are wearable parts, yours are worn out, and they gave you 20 good years of service. The new ones will too.
twodownzero 05/08/23 12:19pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Tire pressures

While I don't do it on the truck, I always inflate the trailer tires to the maximum pressure on the sidewall even if they're not at maximum load. Tires on trailers really take a beating and get hot, and I want every advantage I can muster to avoid any issues. In your case, I would probably not lose sleep running them at 65 psi, but I wouldn't do it anyway. My truck actually specs only 75 psi on the rear for maximum load and I never follow that either because the truck needs all the rear tire capacity available to be able to carry the full GVWR, so I run those at 80 psi too. Fronts I keep at the door sticker pressure, which I think is 50 psi. There's no need for more than that up there as most of the trailer weight is on the rear axle.
twodownzero 05/08/23 11:47am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Fuel Ecomony - Towing

You should expect the same fuel economy with the new truck as with the previous one. Fuel is just energy. A 3/4 ton truck is slightly heavier but the difference is minimal. If the new truck has more horsepower and you use it, you will use more fuel. But modern 1/2 tons have a ton of power, so I doubt that'll matter. The modest weight difference doesn't really matter either.
twodownzero 05/08/23 11:32am Towing
RE: I Bought Too Much Truck

There is no set of circumstances where I'd even consider pulling a 37 foot trailer with a 1/2 ton truck, so I think you'll soon realize that you did NOT buy too much truck. You might have bought too much trailer, though. You probably also want to weigh it, because 9k pounds sounds a bit modest for a trailer that long when loaded. My 35' 5er weighs 9,200 and it's 23 years old and therefore lacks all the heavy stuff the newer ones have.
twodownzero 05/08/23 11:24am Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing a 40’ weekend warrior 4005 flt.

You guys are awfully nice to him. I'm not sure I'd pull a 30' toy hauler with a 25 year old 3/4 ton. I'm pretty sure a 40' would be so scary in the first few miles that it'd be instantly recognizable as a terrible idea. Bonus if it has the semi floating rear axle that many 3/4 ton Chevys had then. The 4k of pin weight has to be more than double the payload of that truck, and that's not even including the weight of the people inside. I just realized this was an ancient thread--consequences of searching. Sorry everyone. 190 horsepower by the way. That's what he'd have on tap to move ~20k pounds down the road.
twodownzero 05/07/23 10:27pm Toy Haulers
RE: Motorcycle and Bicycle Transport

As with the HD in one photo I will also be hauling one, 900# worth by itself where can see value in the Wheel Chock attaching function to keep stable. Thanks for the information!!! I'll be ordering one soon, just have to figure out how many bicycles I want it made for. Going to have the motorcycle and however many bicycles!
twodownzero 11/29/22 01:26pm Toy Haulers
RE: Blow outs and tires

I have had one blowout with the Goodyear american made ST tires. Probably going back to LT tires next time.
twodownzero 11/29/22 01:24pm Toy Haulers
RE: Motorcycle and Bicycle Transport

My, they certainly are proud of their product. I'd have to be desperate to pay that kind of dough. I priced one out for hauling a Harley. About $600. To easily and safely secure a $20,000 motorcycle inside a $100,000 trailer pulled by an $80,000 pickup I'd say that's dirt cheap. I only paid a little over $6k for my trailer, but I have routinely had $20k worth of bicycles in it and now add my $15k motorcycle to that and pulled by my pickup that I paid $35k for a long time ago but couldn't replace for less than $80k today and a thousand bucks sounds like an extreme bargain.
twodownzero 10/25/22 12:06pm Toy Haulers
RE: TIRES,,,,,need 4

If you are not driving off road, you want All Season tires, NOT All Terrain. I will second or third or fourth that there are no better tires than Michelin. After that, it's Goodyear, Cooper, Toyo, and probably everything else after that. You won't be able to find anything better for you than the LTX A/S.
twodownzero 10/08/22 07:49pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Motorcycle and Bicycle Transport

My, they certainly are proud of their product. I'd have to be desperate to pay that kind of dough. I think what you'll find with things like this is that American labor is expensive. It could go down significantly in price if they take production to China (and maybe that will happen someday). A fabricated steel product made in USA is always going to be expensive.
twodownzero 10/08/22 07:22pm Toy Haulers
Motorcycle and Bicycle Transport

Years ago I made a post on here that I can no longer find. It detailed my difficulty finding a system that would transport bicycles safely. I routinely travel with bicycles that exceed the value of my trailer! Okay so my trailer's a bit older, but the point remains--bicycles can be really expensive. The primary thing we use our toy hauler for is going on mountain biking trips. I discovered this company called "Bolt it On" and while I may have been too cheap to consider their offerings years ago when I got my TH, I certainly would now: https://www.boltiton.com/product/build-your-own-rack-system/ They have a rack system that goes into your toy hauler for hauling motorcycles or bicycles. It locks into the rings in your floor and can be configured to carry a bunch of motorcycles, bicycles, or any combination. It appears modular in that I will be able to reconfigure it depending on which bikes we take with us on a trip and whether I take my motorcycle. I'm not sure if there are any competitors for this, but I am definitely impressed with this one and will be plunking down the money for a setup sometime soon. I have no affiliation with the company nor have I ever heard about it until just now--I had just been looking for a similar product about 3 years ago and nobody had any good suggestions. https://www.boltiton.com/wp-site/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/dirtbikes.jpg https://www.boltiton.com/wp-site/wp-content/uploads/2019/04/Harley-1.jpg I have been using something I made out of lumber for years, but the modular nature of these where we can move the bikes around and reconfigure depending on what we take with us is really interesting. Now to just find the thousand dollars for the product!
twodownzero 10/08/22 11:12am Toy Haulers
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