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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
RE: Air pressure in Firestone airbags.

The way I do it is inflate the bags until the suspension just lifts off the overload springs, then reduce the pressure so the overloads make contact. That way you're using all the steel to help reduce sway. I've yet to find a load that would make my overloads contact at ride height. Even now, I spaced them up 1/2", and my 5er, which has ~2200 pounds of pin weight, doesn't even get it close. My truck camper weighed 3,000 pounds and the overloads still wouldn't hit (this is before I spaced them up) at ride height. It's unclear to me why they bothered installing them considering they only kick in when the suspension compresses under dynamic load. Loaded only to GVWR, I doubt they'd ever hit, absent a huge bump.
twodownzero 08/28/19 10:18am Truck Campers
RE: "Downgrading" trucks

What some people are missing is that the towing capacity of all pickup truck size ranges is increasing. For instance, in 1991 I special ordered the highest tow rated pickup available and it was rated for 10,000lbs on the bumper and 12,500lbs on a gooseneck. Now you can get nearly three times that much in a one ton and people brag about that but when it is suggested that half ton trucks have grown in capacity too some people just refuse to believe that. 1/2 ton trucks are literally running the same rear axle units they were 30+ years ago. They have more horsepower and bigger brakes than ever, so everyone thinks they have somehow become tow vehicles because they are so much more maneuverable in traffic. Given that I was towing with trucks that are now 30 years old, I wouldn't go back to that, but make no mistake, these trucks are only made to carry marginally more weight than those older trucks. There is nothing to "refuse" to believe--people just don't weigh their trucks and realize that they are overloaded long before they get near GCWR. Just look around this forum when people come here and say they want to pull a trailer with their 1/2 tons only to learn that their "tow rating" is constrained by payload/GVWR every time. Yes there are exceptions (2wd trucks with max tow packages, regular cab trucks) but in the configuration most are buying (4wd, 4 door, with a good option package), using all of the GCWR is a pipe dream.
twodownzero 08/27/19 08:35am Tow Vehicles
RE: Multiple Tire Blowouts

1. Find out your loaded weight to make sure you are not exceeding GVWR Actually on a rv trailer its the axle load rating (tire..wheel...suspension...axle) we don't want to exceed. A GVWR on a RV trailer can be the sum of the GAWRs plus hitch weight that the tow vehicle carries. Weighing is a good idea on a truck trailer combo for a GCW. However the driver will need to know if a tow vehicles steer...drive...or trailer axle rating isn't over loaded. When you weigh a trailer, the trailer axles go on a separate scale from the truck itself, which has separate scales for steer and drive. In other words, you'll have answers to all of those questions (GVW of tow unit, GCW, and axle weights for each truck axle and the trailer axles).
twodownzero 08/27/19 08:29am Travel Trailers
RE: Seeking Towing Guidance - Looking to pull TT with Expedition

Thanks to all for the information and advice. Below is some data from the stickers on the driver's side door frame: GVWR: 7500 LB Front GAWR: 3550 LB Rear GAWR: 4250 LB The combined weight of occupants and cargo should never exceed: 1508 LB Next you need to weigh your truck with all the occupants and things inside of it you'd have in it when you tow the trailer. I think you're going to find that you only have about half of that 1500 pound payload remaining, which is going to restrict you to a trailer in the 5-6000 pound range max, and even that is going to require careful loading. You need a 25 foot lightweight TT at most. 30+ feet isn't happening unless you buy more truck. This is the unfortunate consequence of trying to make SUVs more car like, even full size SUVs.
twodownzero 08/27/19 08:26am Beginning RVing
RE: Sway problems

Wow, this one is all over the place. Do not drop your truck's tire pressure to 55, especially on the rear axle. That is dangerous. It sounds to me like you simply don't have enough tongue weight. Load it heavier. The sway will go away with enough tongue weight. Trying to look for other solutions might work, but adding tongue weight is sure to work.
twodownzero 08/27/19 08:18am Towing
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