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RE: Should I convert my Gooseneck to a 5th wheel pin?

I don't think it's worth the conversion as others have said, you'd be over the weight rating of the companion hitch. Stick with the gooseneck and get something like this wireless camera for hitching to make alignment easier. KJ
LIKE2BUILD 07/14/20 10:33pm Towing
RE: First tow with new 2019 Ram 3500 and ...disappointed.

....2019 3500 4x4 long bed with 20" OEM wheels and crapstone tires. I towed home a new 5th wheel (Keystone Cougar 364BHL which is probably in the 12-13K lbs range. had 2 full propane tanks, half full fresh water, two batteries, no other gear). I am using a Andersen Ultimate gooseneck setup. What I was really disappointed with was how much 'tugging' i could feel on the back of the truck while driving. ......Dreading every time I hit a rough patch or going over a bridge etc. Tug. Tug. Tug. I have no experience with the Andersen hitch. Do you have a B&W turnover ball mounted in the gooseneck location or does the Andersen use the OEM round shank gooseneck receiver? In my 2014 Ram 2500 long bed I towed a 14,000lbs 5er using a Curt Q20 5th wheel hitch and the OEM puck mount system. Sure, I could feel some bumps but never felt chucking or tugging from the 5th wheel. I saw you found the hitch was reversed and hopefully that solves it.
LIKE2BUILD 07/06/20 01:00pm Towing
RE: Owning a Cummins Diesel?

They went back to a single radiator in 2015. Why? I thought that was the case, but I wanted Burbman to know that's a potential issue if the dual radiator had been used on the '15. I'm not sure why they used the dual radiator on the '14. Obviously someone realized it wasn't more complex than needed and redesigned the cooling for the '15 model.
LIKE2BUILD 05/17/20 08:41pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Water in Fuel? When Do You Drain the Filter?

If you get bad fuel you might get that warning. I bought my truck with 70K on the odometer and I've now put on 79K of my own. In nearly 5 years of ownership I've never had the WATER IN FUEL light come on. I've only ever touched the filters when I do my annual/15K mile oil change and fuel filter replacement. Some cheap insurance would be to keep a 10x10 tarp under the back seat and a small plastic cup if you have to do this in an emergency situation. The rear filter is directly over the drive shaft and when you drain it the fuel hits the shaft and goes everywhere. If you place a small cup under it you can catch the fuel and avoid a mess. Also, the front filter drains directly on top of the front axle. I attached a piece of 1/4" rubber hose to mine and routed it up by the radiator. This makes the outflow easier to see and also avoids a mess on your axle. KJ
LIKE2BUILD 05/15/20 08:42am Tow Vehicles
RE: Owning a Cummins Diesel?

Seriously considering pulling the trigger on a 2015 Ram 3500 SRW diesel... Any known issues with the 2015's? In my limited reading it seems like folks have fewest issues with the Cummins. I have a 2014 Ram 2500 long bed Cummins/68RFE, which is pretty much identical to the '15 you're considering. The crew cab is huge with a ton of leg room for the rear passengers. At 149,000 miles mine is still going strong. I've had 17 recalls repaired, which does seem a bit excessive, but I pretty much just dropped it off and picked up after work. One of the recalls replaced the entire catalyst system in the exhaust! DEF is easy to find. Also, you can always fill up in the truck lanes at truck stops. In my experience I would suggest sticking with Peak Blue and don't use cheap stuff. Maybe this was just a one-off situation, but I purchased some cheaper off-brand stuff at a local farm store and filled up right before a trip. 500 miles away from home I got a check engine light related to the DEF system. Everything ran fine, but it was still bothersome. When I got home I drained the DEF tank and refilled with PEAK and I've never had another problem since. I did have to modify the radiator hose. On this model they used a dual radiator system and the plastic Y fitting on the upper hose cracked. I replaced my with a billet aluminum aftermarket unit. I'm not sure if the '15 has the same setup but if it does you'll want to proactively change that Y. I towed our fifth wheel around the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone and the truck was amazing. When using the Tow/Haul and exhaust brake the truck would nearly slow itself down completely without using much brake pedal. I was able to climb a 10% grade nice and steady and the temps never moved. Without any power mods this truck had more than enough oomph to go wherever I wanted. KJ
LIKE2BUILD 05/15/20 08:35am Tow Vehicles
RE: Used diesel, anyway to tell if it's been chipped?

...working on restoring a Lance 811 Truck Camper....at 3k lbs wet, I'm looking 1-ton 3500 SRW long bed crew cabs. Seems like the long bed is hard to find, and a lot of them have diesels. My $40k budget seems to put me in 2015-2017 territory. I really don't want/need a diesel to haul around a TC, but I'm not opposed to the idea either if the truck is nice and the price is right. The diesels I've seen are higher mileage and past factory warranty (even though sold by a dealer) and I'm leery of getting one that's been chipped and abused. Is there a way to tell? If you're looking at dealer vehicles then ask them to plug into the truck and show you a report. If the ECM has been flashed by a tuner the software version won't line up with the OEM revision and you'll know instantly. If that vehicle is out of warranty it wouldn't really matter, but at least you'd know. I would imagine any dealer sold vehicle should have all the OEM emissions equipment in tact. On my Ram the DPF/SCR/DEF system has worked just fine, but I know some other users of all brands have had some issues. Also, do a recall search on any vehicle you're researching: NHTSA VIN Search You'll be able to see what recalls have been on the vehicle and if they've been completed. My truck had 16 different recalls, but to me it's not a big deal. I took it to the dealer, they did the repair for free, and I drove off happy. KJ
LIKE2BUILD 05/11/20 09:19am Tow Vehicles
RE: Replace Bushings in Leaf Springs?

I too was going to suggest just replacing the entire spring, until I saw the price of a Complete new spring. Yep, that's $350 PER SIDE!!!! For bushings you're looking at about $40 per side in parts. If you do the work yourself that's super cheap. Even if you hire a shop that's maybe 2 hours of work so parts and labor you're maybe into this for $400 total. That's a heck of lot better than $700 just for the springs. KJ
LIKE2BUILD 05/07/20 08:50am Tow Vehicles
RE: Monster Tow Vehicle

NBOR Nuclear Bug Out Rig. I think you cold set up camp just about anywhere in the world with that setup.
LIKE2BUILD 05/05/20 07:03pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Hitch set up

Hi all! Finally got another travel trailer and want to get the hitch set up. I had run the dual cam on my last trailer and loved it but this new Chevy truck I have has built in sway control. The trailer has a GVW of around 6,500 lbs so its not real heavy but,I do want a weight distribution set up with around 500 lb bars but with out any sway control. Just a basic WDH. Any hot tips on this set up. Pretty much an adjustable hitch with bars and the pull up clamps. Thanks! Technically with that trailer weight you can run without a WD hitch. But I'm with you, the improved security of the hitch is worth using weight distribution. I used to tow a 7,600 GVW travel trailer with a 2004 Chevy 2500HD. I was completely within receiver limits to tow without any WD, but the ride in the truck and the solid feel of the connection using a WD hitch was reassuring. At 15% tongue weight your 6500lbs trailer could have up to 975lbs of tongue weight. If it were me I'd get at least 900lbs rated bars for your setup. KJ
LIKE2BUILD 05/05/20 07:02pm Towing
RE: Maintenance free CCV filter for 2021 Cummins?

...L9 and B6.7 will have a maintenance free crank case breather/filter for 2021 along with several other updates... ECM will also be updated to CM2450 and will have increased computing capabilities which likely means more fuel maps for greater efficiency in more scenarios. For those that do not know, 2021 is the start of phase two of the EPA's crack down on emissions in diesel trucks. ...increased fuel economy standards which these trucks have been exempt from until now...diesel manufacturers are adding things like 10 speed transmissions, higher pressure injection pumps, tighter clearances, and thinner oil. They all increase fuel economy/efficiency. That will be a nice improvement. Currently I can get 20-21MPG HWY driving my RAM solo. Not too bad for a truck that weighs 2.5 tons. Improved efficiency will be great but let's hope we get reliability too. Don't want to repeat previous reliability issues of the last 15-20 years as new tech has been introduced in the trucks. KJ
LIKE2BUILD 03/06/20 08:17am Tow Vehicles
RE: SWAY!

Say it backwards......YAWS. Now we're talkin' boats :B
LIKE2BUILD 02/17/20 09:29pm Towing
RE: Can I tow this and how will it feel?

Next question, would I be pushing it if I bought a 7200 pound trailer....? So this would be 821 pounds left for GCWR Max. I think I have plenty of payload for Tongue weight. What my main concern is will I be struggling greatly up grades/down grades? I don't mind if I feel it for sure, I just mind if I'm gonna have doubts if I can make it over a 6% grade. Plus I have a tow button which does.... umm... what it does. :) If it would struggle on mountain grades, how would it do on flats and "basic" hills? Thanks! I used to tow a 34', 7,600lbs TT with a 2004 Chevy 2500HD with 6.0L engine. That was basically the same drivetrain as your van accept I think you have the 6L80E tranny whereas I had the 4-speed version. I towed that trailer in the Appalachian's using a Reese Dual Cam hitch and it did just fine. Yes, I had to let it rev between 3,200RPM to 4,400RPM on the bigger hills but it was rock solid reliable and always got me there. Flat land towing was no problem at all. So the short answer is yes, if you're within all your weights you'll be fine towing that trailer. Get a good WD hitch with sway control and you'll be just fine. KJ
LIKE2BUILD 02/12/20 07:51pm Towing
Secure the tow bar in your receiver

Here's your daily safety reminder. This poor fella is lucky to be alive after taking a direct hit to the head from a loose hitch shank and ball. Looks like the vehicle in front of him lost a shank on the road and it flew right into this guys' windshield. I'll have to say to I've lost a shank before. I had borrowed the hitch pin out of the shank I'd left in my truck's receiver. I had intended to put it away but got distracted and left it in the receiver. The next time I drove the truck I forgot about it and later realized it was gone the next time I went to hitch up to a trailer. :E That shank has to be in a ditch somewhere but good luck finding it. I'm just glad it didn't bounce and cause issues like the one in the linked article. KJ
LIKE2BUILD 02/05/20 02:15pm Tow Vehicles
RE: timbrens

They work really well with the coils on my 2500. I don't notice any difference unloaded but they firmed up the ride nicely when we're pulling the fifth wheel. There's probably a 1/2" or a bit more of a gap unloaded. I've had them on for almost 5 years with no issues, and obviously they're zero maintenance. Most of the complaints I've read on them are from guys with half tons, and I could see them impacting the ride more with a softer suspension that would let the axle slap into them harder. I think I paid under $200 for mine on etrailer. Same here. I can feel them engage when driving unloaded and the suspension compresses enough, but it's not a big shock.
LIKE2BUILD 01/22/20 03:29pm Tow Vehicles
RE: My perception on real gas

Check out this guy, Project Farm. He does a lot of neat videos on testing different oils, additives, fuels, etc. and does a good job of running emperical tests to compare them. Is Ethanol Fuel Better In another video, he compares fuel stabilizers in ethanol containing and non ethanol fuel. Fuel Stabilizer Comparison
LIKE2BUILD 01/07/20 02:28pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Weight distribution hitch question

i have brought several thing from Etrailer and have never had a problem with them Ditto. Very helpful customer service, fair prices, and fast shipping.
LIKE2BUILD 01/02/20 03:40pm Towing
RE: Hard tonneau covers and 5er hitch

I have an Extang tri-fold on an eight foot bed and have no problems towing when folded. There are clips that hold it in the open position. Same here. XTang Solid fold cover on an 8' bed. I always cleared my hitch and pin box and also clear gooseneck hitches with no issues. KJ
LIKE2BUILD 12/29/19 06:50pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: RV Crushes Truck

.....if they'd spend more time on what they are actually doing and less time trying to make a video, this incident might have never happened. True indeed. KNOW YOUR EQUIPMENT....That's my advice. They were so intent on getting their 'experience' on YouTube that they failed to first learn all the details of the hitch and PRACTICE hitching first before making the video. All these manufacturers make operator manuals for a reason.......to KNOW PROPER OPERATION OF YOUR EQUIPMENT. That was silly to just assume you can pop in the hitch, move a lever or two, then just drive off. They ruined $$thousands$$ of equipment because they didn't take 30 minutes to learn the equipment. Live and learn I guess.
LIKE2BUILD 12/19/19 11:56am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Tailgate Step Suggestions?

I added a Trek Step from Bestop to my Ram 2500. That was one of the best upgrades I've ever installed and it was very easy. When I first got the truck I knew getting up in to the bed was going to be a groin ripper. I shopped around and decided on the Trek Step and I'm extremely happy with that decision. 4 years later it's still working great. https://assets.bestop.com/w715-h615-cpad//_bestop/6/3/6/753xx15_dt_002.jpg KJ
LIKE2BUILD 12/03/19 12:27pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Who says I need to take up space for a Gooseneck Hitch!

Holy smokes. And he’s even doing it with the horrible GM receiver used on the GMT800 series trucks. Honestly I’d love to watch a video of that going down the road to see how much it flexes.
LIKE2BUILD 11/14/19 11:43am Towing
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