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RE: Battery wing nut size

Mine are 5/16"
wing_zealot 04/20/21 05:15am Tech Issues
RE: Question on changing legal GCWR

The GCWR is just that, a "rating". There is nothing "legal" or "illegal" about it. If you want to change the gear so it tows better, go for it.
wing_zealot 04/19/21 05:33am Tow Vehicles
RE: First Post - 2012 Ram 1500 Laramie - What can I pull??

Those that say "just do it" are almost always experienced towers and aren't taking in the fact that the vast majority of the "can i tow this" group, have never towed anything. ... I doubt previous towing experience will be of much help if any overloaded tire blows while driving at high speed on an Interstate. Someone with years of experience in towing will be more likely to understand how to react when that tire blows. A towing newbie in that situation is very scary.A guy with little experience is more likely to be driving with due caution. I’m much more likely to see some guy with plenty of experience with the diesel dually pulling a 40 ft fifth wheel, in the right lane, hammer down, driving like his pants are on fire. I can tell which guy I’m more afraid of.
wing_zealot 04/17/21 04:15pm Beginning RVing
RE: Help! Hitch stuck in ball mount.

Two things. Generally, there is an adjustment screw underneath where in you can adjust how tight the coupler grips the ball - loosen it enough to get the ball out then re-adjust. Secondly, with the draw bar in the receiver you can jack up the trailer to put more tension on releasing of the ball and while at the same time bouncing on the bumper to coax them to separate.
wing_zealot 04/15/21 11:26am Beginning RVing
RE: First Post - 2012 Ram 1500 Laramie - What can I pull??

I'm screwed, huh? So although I can technically pull almost 10Klbs... the tongue weight alone screws me?Technically your not screwed. That Jayco jay flight 264BH has way more cargo capacity than you should need and as long as you limit what you load in the truck, should work just fine. Take for instance the cargo capacity of that jay flight 264BH is 1310 lbs. (6000 gvw). So lets say you load the trailer with 1000 lbs of stuff to go camping (food, clothes, camping chairs, dishes, towels, whatever), that will give you a tongue weight of approx 680 lbs. leaving you with about 500± lbs for occupants (and stuff) in the truck. ((4690 + 1000) x 12% = 682.8) But remember, you got 1300 lbs of cargo capacity in the trailer and only used 1000 lbs. So lets say you also want to take 100 lbs of firewood with you. If you put that firewood in the truck you only have 400± lbs left for occupants. But if you put that firewood in the Trailer (theoretically centered) you only add 12% or 12 lbs to the tongue weight so you still have 485± lbs left for occupants in the truck; and still have 210± lbs. of cargo capacity available in the trailer. And no, you can't put your wife and kids in the trailer. :)
wing_zealot 04/14/21 11:42am Beginning RVing
RE: First Post - 2012 Ram 1500 Laramie - What can I pull??

There are two stickers on the door jam of your truck that hold the key to what you can tow. Look at those then check out this site for some good unbiased information Clicky Also, if you post the information from those two stickers here, we'd be able to help you better. Otherwise, it's hard for any one of us to know your requirements and limitations.
wing_zealot 04/14/21 07:58am Beginning RVing
RE: F150 and Reflection 150 series?

Have you tried increasing your tongue weight? For myself, I would try increasing the tongue weight before I spent a bunch of money on anything else. The 20% tongue weight is basically why a fifth wheel tows so well. No reason you can't have 15% or 20% tongue weight on a travel trailer.
wing_zealot 04/14/21 05:45am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Uneven Dually tire wear

wing_zealot 04/13/21 10:58am Tow Vehicles
RE: Truck Question

You don’t need an F250 to tow a 7000 GVW trailer, unless you plan on going bigger in the near future. An F150 w/ 3.5 ecoboost, 10 sped transmission and max tow pkg will do great and makes a lot better daily driver. Just make sure you get one with sufficient payload. Somewhere north of 1600 lbs depending on how much your going to be loading in the truck (passengers and cargo) should do it.
wing_zealot 04/11/21 01:27pm Tow Vehicles
RE: GM announces their Electric Silverado half ton.

...Other than vacation use,very few trucks ever would run up against the battery limit. And as for the foolishness of the idiot memes, technology and infrastructure will catch up! 1. If it wasn't for vacation use, I wouldn't have a truck. I'd have a 4cyl Ford Fiesta. 2. It hasn't caught up to me yet. Give me a call when it can do what I need it to do, until then, I'll pass. I'm not interested in sitting in a charging station for 2 hours - I want to get where I'm going; then I'll sit around twiddling my thumbs.
wing_zealot 04/07/21 10:18am Tow Vehicles
RE: Extended tow bar

I have one, but it’s only used so I can put the tailgate all the way down when the trailer is hooked up. Getting one long enough to allow the tailgate to be down while making 90 degree turns is a whole different ball game.
wing_zealot 04/05/21 06:27pm Towing
RE: Bear Spray

The only way someone could know if one is better then another is to have tried several kinds on several different wild bear attacks and have survived the one that didn’t work. Doubtful anyone has that kind of experiences.
wing_zealot 04/05/21 06:17pm General RVing Issues
RE: Moisture behind mattress? (Cold caught us)

Turn the AC on so it runs every once in a while.
wing_zealot 04/04/21 06:29am Beginning RVing
RE: Water Heater Question

The only way to know is to look at the valves. The valves are generally behind a panel, on the inside of the trailer, that have some screws holding the panel on. Wherever the back of the water heater is on the outside the trailer, the panel will be in the same place inside the trailer..
wing_zealot 04/04/21 06:17am Travel Trailers
RE: slide out controller

I have no idea where your’s is, but just to give you an idea of what the possibilities are, mine is behind a panel that is held on by 4 screws you can barely see; underneath the breaker box/fuse box.
wing_zealot 04/03/21 06:05am Travel Trailers
RE: Pushing a TT into position from the rear bumper...?

I have a similar situation. In order to get my 35' TT into position I hired a skid steer to pull it in. I wanted the door side to face the lake and put in a patio. You could make a very heavy duty dolly to support the tongue and purchase a electric wench from Harbor Freight to pull it into position. If your ground is relatively flat a power dolly would work (mine was not). The skid steer and operator was $300.You've peaked my curiosity, I want to know more about this electric wench!
wing_zealot 03/30/21 11:32am Travel Trailers
RE: '18 F150 with 5.5 box tow a 5th wheel ?

The RAWR is on the sticker of which I provided a picture of way back on page 1. There's enough information on that sticker that you could determine the piston diameter of the left front caliper if you wanted to (2.13 inches, each, of two). The fact remains, "I can easily tow a 8000 lbs fifth wheel with my half ton", which for some reason you seem all bent out of shape about. (Most people would just read the sticker and say, oh!, ok, maybe it could) Get over it, the old saw of a "half ton can't _____" is now out the window. Ratings have changed over time just like they have for 3/4 ton and 1 ton. A half ton is fully capable of towing up to 100% of its ratings as long as it doesn't exceed any rating - regardless of what the badge on the side says. Its time to start talking about ratings, not what the badge on the side says.
wing_zealot 03/29/21 12:15pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: '18 F150 with 5.5 box tow a 5th wheel ?

It’s funny how everyone talks weights and ratings and then you give them and they move the goal line. It just goes back to the outdated “a 1/2 ton can’t tow that”.Exactly, for some reason they think I need to add 900 lbs of payload for me and my wife to go camping.
wing_zealot 03/29/21 10:41am Fifth-Wheels
RE: '18 F150 with 5.5 box tow a 5th wheel ?

How are the newer 1/2 ton trucks rated higher than my 2007 3/4 diesel? My max pin weight rating is right near 2100 lb. I have looked at the springs and diffs, axles etc on newer trucks and they are no where near as beefy as mine. So how the higher ratings? First, there is only two of us, second, a full load of gas is already accounted for, it's not part of the "Payload". Like I said, I have over 2100 lbs of payload left for tongue weight/pin weight. How is the Rating higher? - you burned up payload on that diesel engine. The curb weight of my vehicle is substantially less then yours. Even the gas version of your vehicle gives you several hundred lbs more payload.
wing_zealot 03/29/21 10:06am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Someone bought the first electric hummer for 2.5 million.

A fool and his money are soon parted.
wing_zealot 03/29/21 05:28am Tow Vehicles
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