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RE: 5er hitch options RAM MegaCab w/6'4" bed - Solitude 310GK

Sounds to me like the Anderson is far from the best choices out there? For your use, no not the best choice. Also, Andersen does not make a direct fit to the puck system. The best Andersen hitch uses the rail mount system, with 4-point attachment. Jerry
MFL 12/10/19 12:31pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5er hitch options RAM MegaCab w/6'4" bed - Solitude 310GK

Slider...get the Pullrite auto, direct fit to pucks. Non-slider...get the B&W for direct fit to OEM pucks. Jerry
MFL 12/09/19 09:08am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5th wheel hitch installation

With this new truck I feel like I have come out of the dark ages compared to the new one we purchase years ago Yes, many improvements, comfort, performance, a little mpg boost, much improved electronics. Congrats on a great choice, that you will enjoy for many years! Jerry
MFL 12/08/19 04:05pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Thoughts on studded tires

While studded tires were a big help, back in the day, when most everything was rear wheel drive/2WD. Now, in needed areas, almost everything has AWD, 4WD, and many with electronic lock differentials. I almost never even see a real Winter, aggressive snow tire on anything in my area. A huge stock pile of salt, and other similar use chemicals on the roads/streets another reason most don't use real aggressive tires, studded or not. Jerry
MFL 12/06/19 10:53am Tow Vehicles
RE: Can my truck tow this?

Gents, I don't think anyone is arguing that lower final drives multiply torque more and generally are better for towing. What I am saying, is, now, with more powerful engines and more gears (super deep first, 5-7 more underdrive ratios and still a couple OD gears) we can now have our cake and eat it too compared to times of yore. Yup, lots of bickering, lack of understanding of modern day drive trains. Getting the best of everything, low end torque for takeoff when towing, taller gears with double overdrive for mileage, when not towing, and the ability to lock out gears to lessen up/down shifts, while running in the middle gears, or uphill/downhill. Haven't heard from the OP in many pages, but I think he figured it out, early on, that his modern day/new truck will work. Jerry
MFL 12/06/19 09:55am Tow Vehicles
RE: Required hitch for 6 3/4' bed

Your Ford rear axle center should be about 41"s back from cab. If you adjust your hitch so pin will be centered, or just forward, mine is at 40"s behind cab, you should be fine. With my rig, EZ Turn front nose design, I'd not worry being only 37"s behind the cab. A certain amount of awareness is always needed, in tight situations, no different than backing a TT or boat. Jerry
MFL 12/06/19 05:24am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Required hitch for 6 3/4' bed

Hey Tom...don't know what hitch you have, but most cases you won't need a slider with a Ford 6'9" bed. Some hitches have some ahead back adjustment, but if you have the pin centered over axle center, or a little forward, yours will work. I've used several FWs with Ford 6'9" inch beds, no issue. Jerry
MFL 12/04/19 01:52pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: The buy local fallacy

I made my last new purchase 250 miles from home. I never returned for warranty work, but dealer did send several warranty items, that I replaced myself. The dealer just asked for picture proof to send to manufacturer, which they also have to do for various replacement items, to get warranty coverage. I did contact the manufacturer, about my worthless omni antenna. The fellow I spoke with was a bit defensive and not very friendly, but agreed to send a new Batwing, and would pay a local shop (non-dealer) to install it. I know others experiences differ, and seems you may have had a bad experience with manufacturer. I would not let my FW sit at a dealership for a long time, if I could make the repair myself. Jerry
MFL 12/04/19 05:26am General RVing Issues
RE: Can my truck tow this?

Can you tow it? Yes.... Should you tow it? That is where the arguing comes in... A lot of perspectives come from those who are very experienced towers. Yet they'll advise a newbie, "Just get out and tow it!". Towing advice should take into account, the person's towing experience. If they are new, being cautious is warranted. If they're an old hand at towing, then less cautiousness is needed. Yes, experience matters, operator ability, operator confidence, all important. That's why I mentioned that towing a large trailer may not be comfortable for some, even when all weights easily fit the TV capability. No beginner should start out towing a 35' trailer uphill/downhill in heavy traffic, but at some point, we were all beginners, that gained experience/confidence, by just doing it. A new, or late model truck will work harder than the manufacturers warranty GCWR number implies. No, not for 200K miles, but the average owner does not keep them that long. I have seen a lot of way over loaded newer trucks hauling, but never noticed any broken sitting on the side of the road. I would tell the OP to buy a 2500, if he was truck shopping, but he already has the new 1500, and the new trailer. He likely towed the trailer home with his truck. If it was a white knuckle experience, it probably was not the fault of the truck, but maybe too much trailer for a beginner. Jerry
MFL 12/03/19 02:16pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Can my truck tow this?

"Thanks for the explanation, but ya made up the 8klb towing capacity thing." This^^^^The OPs truck has a GVWR of 7K, and a GCWR of 15K, but his truck does not weigh anywhere near 7K as it left the factory. For example, if his truck has a payload sticker on the door jam stating not to exceed 1500 lbs, would mean it weighed 5500, when it left the factory. So for example, the OP has added 500 lbs of stuff, would be a curb wt of 6K, allowing another 9K, actually 9400 stated, before reaching the GCWR of 15K. So while many ratings will be close, the only real concern, safety wise is the factory receiver, that can be replaced. Of course the operators experience/ability towing a large trailer is always a concern, even with a more capable truck. Jerry
MFL 12/03/19 11:44am Tow Vehicles
RE: Can my truck tow this?

X2 Grit....I've seen this scare tactic posted a number of times on these forums, where towing near capacity/just over is suspected. There are many dangers out on the streets/roads, that are much more likely to kill you than a RVer towing heavy. How about impaired drivers, distracted drivers, drivers with medical issues, and just plain road rage. I will share the road with a slightly overloaded TV/trailer combo, before the others I mentioned. Jerry
MFL 12/02/19 05:57pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Chucking....is it the trailer or the truck?

A good thread on beginning rving right now titled how to weigh at cat scales, with pictures. Jerry
MFL 12/02/19 05:14pm Towing
RE: Can my truck tow this?

A lot depends on your towing experience, and confidence. Also towing that set up in busy traffic on the freeway could be a white knuckle tow, where a less busy state black top road at 55 may be okay. They do make after market heavier duty receivers, that may work for you. Towing that size trailer, even with a 3500, at 70 mph in busy traffic would likely not be a fun experience, if you are new at towing a large trailer. You won't know until you give it a try. To be honest, many people on this forum will say too much trailer for that truck. Much depends on where, and how much you plan to tow. BTW..welcome to the forum! Jerry
MFL 12/02/19 02:17pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Can my truck tow this?

Looks like you will be over your tongue wt rating, if your receiver is only rated to 940. Your loaded hitch wt could be around 1200 lbs. Otherwise you will likely be near max on other ratings also. You can likely tow it, but it may not be the best experience. Two people towing with the same rig to max, can have different opinions of the experience. One can say towed great, the other scary as hell. The WDH system used can make a difference, when using a maxed out TV. I'll say give it a try, you already have the truck and trailer. If you aren't comfortable, a 2500 may be in your future, unless the dealer will let you trade down to a smaller trailer. Jerry
MFL 12/02/19 01:23pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 4 year old Forest River vent covers already failed

The white Max Airs will hold up pretty well. You also have the option to paint them with a high quality rattle can paint for plastic. The paint will help for discoloring and UV protection. Jerry
MFL 11/28/19 07:15am Tech Issues
RE: Adding air bags: can that increase payload capacity?

As to payload, the trucks that are weighed down with options, will have the least. Towing a FW is more about the RAWR/tire rating, due to most of the carried weight being on the rear axle/rear tires. Jerry
MFL 11/28/19 05:14am Tow Vehicles
RE: is this enough truck to replace my F150 ECO?

No need to replace the Eco...it has more power and low end torque than the one in picture! Jerry
MFL 11/27/19 07:09pm General RVing Issues
RE: Water heater question

Without seeing the short one with drain, I'd say if the drain hole is smaller, it will plug up, not drain well. Between outings, I often drain my Suburban WH just using the low point drain. It drains just as well as removing the plug, as I checked by removing plug afterward, and water was at bottom of plug hole, but none came out. I would not use anything but the Suburban brand OEM plug, but that's just me. Jerry
MFL 11/27/19 06:55pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Adding air bags: can that increase payload capacity?

Wow... reading this latest page, involving milk/beer/water melon, and now bowel movements, could cause one to puke, to even further wt loss. Funny, haven't seen much for serious WP around for quite a while. I'm thinking some have a better understanding of the newer trucks, or maybe just moved on/passed on?? Jerry
MFL 11/27/19 10:48am Tow Vehicles
RE: Adding air bags: can that increase payload capacity?

While many 3/4 ton trucks can handle nearly the same load as a 1 ton SRW, by using after market devices to level the load, it is best to just get the 3500 to start with, if needed, when buying new. In your case, the FW you are considering, on your profile, you need the 3500. Jerry
MFL 11/27/19 05:35am Tow Vehicles
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