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RE: Towing with 4cyl Sorento?

Small car brakes heat up fast, trying to hold any trailer back. A bigger suv or 1/2 ton truck brakes would get you by. A four cyl engine, light duty trans, is not going to help slow much on steep grades. Trailer 1200 plus, I would not do it, your choice though, your comfort zone. Jerry
MFL 07/14/20 12:03pm Towing
RE: Forest River RV Cedar Creek Silverback 29RW - feeback

Congrats on making a great choice! I don't put many miles on my trucks, and always thought a 2-3 y/o one would be just fine. However, I have always ended up buying new, it always just being a better choice. While the cost was a little more, it was never a burden. Post a pic of the new truck, when you get around to it. Jerry
MFL 07/14/20 11:20am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Curt A25 Hitch

If you get a Ford truck, that the hitch puck system fits, even a standard, not long bed, you should not need a slider anyway. These newer FWs are designed for clearance with bed lengths 6.5'. To answer question, I don't think you can attach that puck mount to a slider base. You could maybe use the head, jaw portion, and attach to a Curt slider? Jerry
MFL 07/13/20 02:36pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: GM HD Trucks Many with AWD instead of 4WD

Yes Chris, evidently some GM 2500 models do have a GVWR of 11,350, and RAWR 6,600. I read it right on the window sticker of exact truck that Rob was initially going to purchase. They have an upgraded suspension, and seemly ignore earlier class 2 limit of 10K Jerry
MFL 07/13/20 06:49am Tow Vehicles
RE: GM HD Trucks Many with AWD instead of 4WD

One big advantage to 4wd, is kits allow for 2-Lo. You have massive torque multiplication for back up heavy trailers, especially up grades. My old truck spends quite a bit of time in 2Lo. Easier on the engine and transmission. Less of a factor with modern 8 - 10 spd transmissions, but still nice to have. Sure be nice to have 2-low kit available as a factory standard, or at least option. Worked great with the old manual locking hubs. I'm thinking that GMs available, option, with auto system will work great for OP, as described by people in the know. Jerry
MFL 07/12/20 09:49am Tow Vehicles
RE: Good truck for towing

The 2500 is best choice for that size. Why limit yourself to Ram 5.7, when there are also good gas engines from the other brands. Jerry
MFL 07/12/20 09:44am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2020 Ram 2500 Hemi 8 Speed vs the Ike Gauntlet

Some impressive power from the Ford, compared to others. Takes a lot of fuel to make that power, in extreme test conditions. I think the new Ford 6.2 with 4.30 10-speed, which IIRC requires F350 for 10-speed, would not be too far behind 7.3 time, likely ahead of others. Jerry
MFL 07/12/20 09:37am Tow Vehicles
RE: Cleaning Black AC cover and other black items

With just minimal care, you can avoid getting product on the rubber roof. Yes, 303 is good, but needs frequent application. ProtectAll is good too, maybe lasts a little longer than 303. Jerry
MFL 07/12/20 08:36am General RVing Issues
RE: Small Dicor

It's called "marketing", without admitting or acknowledging it, they love it when folks need to discard 1/2 used product and are forced to buy new! Great for sales and profit! Exactly! I have found that using a shrink wrap machine, covering entire tube, greatly lengthens use of an open tube. I do still seal the end first. Jerry
MFL 07/12/20 08:32am General RVing Issues
RE: moving up to 50 amp from 30

For what the OP is asking, it would be okay using at least a 12 ga cord that is not super long. I agree with jdc1, and would add, all items mentioned including AC, would be a hefty load, even for a 30A dedicated circuit, but do able, if not a really long run. Jerry
MFL 07/12/20 08:15am Travel Trailers
RE: Forest River RV Cedar Creek Silverback 29RW - feeback

If looking at new trucks, 350 is the obvious choice, but I think you know that. If looking used, you find a really nice 250, I'd go for it, if it has the upgraded 18" tires/wheels, which will handle same load as 350. My 250 has HD service suspension (350). Many 2011 and newer 250 have the camper pkg (350 suspension) which would work for you. If no added pkgs, you could upgrade suspension, by means of your choice, as long as the tires/wheels can handle the load. Can't help on FR products from experience, but I believe the CC is at least one of their upper end builds, if there is such a thing. Jerry
MFL 07/12/20 07:11am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Rockwood 5th Wheel- suspension?

Torsion suspension, if rated for the load, is a good thing. It would keep the home lower to the ground, and offers a smooth independent ride, in most cases. In any case, leaf springs or torsion type suspension are both easy to recognize. Jerry
MFL 07/10/20 10:36am Fifth-Wheels
RE: GM HD Trucks Many with AWD instead of 4WD

This thread is an interesting read, and I was waiting to hear of an actual owner of a new GM heavy duty, with the AWD. I read something about 3 drive shafts, with the 3rd one splitting the power to wheels needed. Myself, I'd want to know everything about it before going that route. This is not saying I am against buying the AWD for Rob's intended use. I also don't believe that GM would design a HD truck with AWD, that would not be excepted by most, as a GOOD thing. My wife's Escape Limited has AWD, and it works well for her use. Still not the same use as a HD truck. While we all know Ford is best...I trust GM knows what they are doing. :) Jerry
MFL 07/08/20 09:58am Tow Vehicles
RE: Should I convert my Gooseneck to a 5th wheel pin?

IMO, it would be nice to have a FW hitch for ease of hitching. The single point attaching Companion is rated for 20K, which you will exceed. Yes, the hitch is heavy to handle for one person, and a bit of a pain putting in/taking out, on a regular basis. You don't mention what truck, but sounds like you may be near limits there also. I'm thinking only you can decide, what you are comfortable with, when approaching limits, or maybe just over limit of hitch. Jerry
MFL 07/08/20 05:51am Towing
RE: Leaving antifreeze in all summer

I wonder about the long term effects of the ethanol in the cheaper RV anti-freeze. Ethanol causes damage to soft parts in gasoline engines. Good point, and just another good reason to not cheap out to begin with. A cheap gallon for 2 bucks, or a good quality for 5? I've paid as much as $8 per gal. Mine only takes 2 gals, 3 at most, being wasteful. So, $6, or $15, does it matter? Not to me. Jerry
MFL 07/07/20 07:38pm Tech Issues
RE: Is a stabilizer jack for fifth wheel hitch worth the money?

"What benefits does the stabilizer jack provide?" None. "Is it worth the expense and weight to lug around?" No. If you feel you have too much motion, invest in something like the JT Strongarm stabilizers. Exactly right! Jerry
MFL 07/07/20 03:02pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Constant Convertor?

It sounds like a new converter in your near future. It should have charged the battery completely, long ago. If fan runs constantly, unit is over heating. I would test battery with meter, converter running, and again without shore power, battery rested for several hours. Battery at rest s/b about 12.6-12.8 If battery tests 13.6, or more converter running (shore power still connected), battery may already be low on water. Jerry
MFL 07/07/20 10:43am Travel Trailers
RE: 22ā€ rims vs 18ā€ rims

To OP...seriously :)
MFL 07/06/20 06:24am Travel Trailers
RE: Best tow vehicle for our rig

Sorry for the confusion guys. The one Iā€™m looking at is a 2500 truck. Asking around 24k with about 90k miles on it. It will not be a daily driver. Currently we only used our old camper a few times a year but are hoping to get a little more use with the new one. Just wanted to make sure this was enough truck. The 7500 is dry weight. Actually I think it was 7250lbs. Was hoping to stay around or below 25k with the truck purchase. Not set on Chevy/ GMC either. May consider a Ford if I found the right rig! Thanks for the help! Many on these forums don't know that a 2013 6.0 gas GM, would have to be in a HD truck, so yes, a little confusing for some. Years ago they did put that engine in a fake 1500, that was really a 3/4 ton truck. The 6.0 GM is a great engine, the 6-speed will help make up for the 3.73 gears. The Ford SuperDuty with 6.2 6-speed came out in 2011, and is also a great engine. If treated right 90K miles on either of these engines is of no concern, either easily capable of 200K. The Ford 6-speed tranny is near bullet proof also. Jerry
MFL 07/05/20 06:40pm Towing
RE: Best tow vehicle for our rig

The 6.0 with 3.73 gears will work, but with 4.10 gears, much better. IIRC in 2014 they switched to make the 4.10 gears standard. If the 2013 is in great shape, a good price, I'd go for it. If not, I'd look for 14 or newer model, maybe consider a Ford later model, with 6.2 6-speed. Jerry
MFL 07/05/20 11:01am Towing
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