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RE: ram 2500 and 3500

The difference is a 3500 gives you more choices for power-train.
rhagfo 06/21/19 10:51pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Cross Winds

41’ long 5er in high side winds not an issue. DRW makes all the difference. One doesn't need a DRW to feel the difference in a crosswind between a TT and 5er. I have tow our 32' 12,500# GVW 5er directly exposed to Gale Force winds on Hwy 101 just south of Garibaldi on the Oregon coast 2001 Ram 2500 never even felt the wind!! Actually the TV alone felt less stable without the 5er. I think even a mildly a 1/2 ton with a 5er would be far more stable than the same 1/2 ton with a similar length TT.
rhagfo 06/21/19 10:35pm General RVing Issues
RE: On-board Air Compressors

Not sure anyone is against viar as much as they are enamored with 120v units, which if you have a big ol dp or whatever with storage space out the ying yang they make more sense. However for those of us who have limited space, want the convenience of having it all the time even when we aren’t hooked to our trailer (or as op no trailer but a tc) with no fuss no muss just use it as it is always ready to go no getting it out, plugging it in, hooking it up to a battery etc. viar makes some decent units and have some decent reviews. They aren’t the best but they seem to advertise the most and are probably the most heard of and certainly would work for the majority of people. The op has quite a chore going for whatever unit he ends up with as 8-10 tires going from 20 to 80 psi in a 32,33 inch tire is one heck of a lot of air X2 OP is asking about ON BOARD AIR, not a carry around 120V pancake compressor, nor a pack around weak a$$ pack around 12 volt system. A good 12v on board compressor takes some power, mine can draw 20 amps. My air is ALWAYS with the TV. Currently I have a bunch of spare payload, but don't want to need a 120 Volt power source. be it generator or inverter. My VIAIR system with 2.5 gallon tank and 12 volt constant duty cycle at 100 psi.
rhagfo 06/21/19 10:00pm Truck Campers
RE: On-board Air Compressors

Well had a PacBrake air powered exhaust brake on our 2001 Ram 2500, got real use to having air where the truck was! Jump forward to the new 2016 Ram 3500 DRW with factory exhaust brake, NO Air!! :S Well hunted down a VIAIR system constant duty at 100 psi, and max pressure of 150 psi, with a 2.5 gallon tank. I chose to mount the tank and compressor inside the side panel of the bed on the passenger side. I managed to do this install with only drilling a couple small screw holes in the new truck. Bracket to support tank under bed, used bed mounting bolts, and two more unused 12mm-1.75 holes to attach. https://i.imgur.com/XbK6gJU.jpg width=640 Tank in place and compressor mounting bracket in place, clamped to box frame. https://i.imgur.com/yfL5yqK.jpg width=640 https://i.imgur.com/UTtk050.jpg width=640 Engine bay air outlet. https://i.imgur.com/VdfEj4i.jpg width=640 Air outlet in bed. https://i.imgur.com/KdkoesI.jpg width=640
rhagfo 06/21/19 03:35pm Truck Campers
RE: Tongue weight issue on new toy hauler

If FR has the unit then it's pretty serious. Sounds like axles are too far forward. Of course adding water, etc. to the front will help but why should you have to do that? Proper engineering is needed Will never understand, why TH don't have axles placed like horse trailers. much closer to the rear. This would solve the issue with being tail heavy, but could be an issue for tongue weight. The 30' 4 horse with small living quarters trailer had about the same 2,700# pin EMPTY as our 32' 5er fully loaded at 12,500#. https://i.imgur.com/l3JQdMN.jpg width=640 If that's true, the truck in the picture is massively overloaded. It has 2000 pounds of payload at most. And if so, you answered your own question--to keep from massively overloading 3/4 ton trucks. Yep, it sure was, or is it? the only thing supporting the trailer is the jacks under the axles so we can get the tires replaced, AND the rear axle of the TV. TV had camper package and optional 265/75-16E tires. Dodge was very lazy in those years only GVWR on the 2500 was 8,800#, manual trans and Camper package put the same springs as the 3500 DRW (NO SRW 3500 1994 to 2002), I think Dodge could have bumped up closer to 10,000# due to the heaver springs. I will state no Air Bags or other support devices installed. It is DD's trailer, dad convinced her to get a 2004 Dodge 3500 DRW to haul it with, combo does great. As for Dad, we also got a 2016 Ram 3500 DRW, as getting a newer 3500 SRW would be a lateral move even with a 12,300# GVWR. Both pulled and handled great.
rhagfo 06/21/19 06:20am Toy Haulers
RE: Tongue weight issue on new toy hauler

If FR has the unit then it's pretty serious. Sounds like axles are too far forward. Of course adding water, etc. to the front will help but why should you have to do that? Proper engineering is needed Will never understand, why TH don't have axles placed like horse trailers. much closer to the rear. This would solve the issue with being tail heavy, but could be an issue for tongue weight. The 30' 4 horse with small living quarters trailer had about the same 2,700# pin EMPTY as our 32' 5er fully loaded at 12,500#. https://i.imgur.com/l3JQdMN.jpg width=640
rhagfo 06/20/19 10:05pm Toy Haulers
RE: Good Sam roadside failed us again!!!!

Can you change your own tires? I carry an 8 ton bottle jack and an electric hammer wrench to take off the lug nuts. Had to change an inner dually blowout three years ago. Glad I was equipped to fix things. Exactly. I carry the necessary tools for a tire change on the road, always. Done t before, will probably do it again. RV' ing is about being prepared not caught on the side of the road with your drawers down and at the mercy of someone else who may or may not be competent. In fact, I've never had roadside insurance and don't need it. This has got me thinking, might just add my air impact wrench to the truck bed tool box! Have a constant use Viair 150 psi compressor and a 2.5 gallon tank installed on the Ram. Even if I needed to fully recharge the tank for each lug it would only take about 16 minutes of tine for all eight lugs.
rhagfo 06/19/19 01:53pm Good Sam Roadside Assistance
RE: Dually tire pressure?

When towing I always use the recommended pressure shown on the sidewall of the tire, manufacturer website or door sticker. Low pressure causes heat and heat kills tires. The recommended MAX pressure on the side wall on a DRW is way overinflated for the load they carry! Running 80 psi in DRW is like riding in the Flintston's car with stone wheels. 65 psi is the inflation on my Ram DRW with a 9,700#+ rear axle rating.
rhagfo 06/18/19 10:24pm Truck Campers
Likely another ruined Vacation

Well not much detail about this RV crash, but my assumption is that headed west on Hwy 26 in Beaverton, they were headed for the Oregon Coast. Very sad. RV Crash on Hwy 26 Westbound
rhagfo 06/18/19 02:45pm General RVing Issues
RE: storing power cord on new f'ver

I simply push up or down on my rocker switch to extend or retrieve my factory built in SO cord. I also have a separate one as pictured if needed that coils into a small circle that fits into whatever nook or cranny available. I am jealous Ron, After five years of having the electric cord reel the new Redwood does not have one. The folks in engineering simply said there was nowhere in the back end of the trailer to place one, so I’m back to the anaconda .... I still have all of the information that you have posted over the years about making your own flexible cord, that’s on my short to do list It is a great improvement, we currently full time, BUT we also vacation without the RV. We do like Cruising, so we need to store 5er for a time with everything stored in it.
rhagfo 06/16/19 11:57am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Fridge on propane while driving

I not only run the refer on propane when on the road, in cold weather I also run the furnace.
rhagfo 06/15/19 08:38pm Beginning RVing
RE: F250 PSD vs F150 5.0L towing 9k lbs

The F250 got 9 mpg towing a 9k horse trailer. I wonder how folks here tow a 35' high profile 5er and get 12 mpg out of their diesels? :W VIDEO The 5.0L got 8.4 mpg towing the same trailer. 66 miles is hardly enough distance to even come close to an accurate mileage calculation.
rhagfo 06/15/19 09:14am Tow Vehicles
RE: Greetings and weight question

Not to pop your bubble but your truck has 3.42’s NOT 3.73’s unless someone changed them. You should have researched the truck before buying anything. A 12k 5er LOADED is a good rig for your truck. Sure your truck will TOW IT but it won’t CARRY IT !!! According to Chrystler.com here is the window sticker showing 3.73. ***Link Removed***https://www.chrysler.com/hostd/windowsticker/getWindowStickerPdf.do?vin=3C6UR5KL7JG303387 Aslo on the Ram towing guide page it says 17,100lbs Max towing and 2,270 Max Payload. Maybe I am missing something? It's 3.42 plain and simple on "ANY SRW" newer Diesel RAM thru 2018. https://i.imgur.com/4XfHqUfl.jpg It is on the window sticker, see yellow highlights. The one in the bottom of the left column states optional equipment may replace standard equipment. The highlight in the second column from the left, is the 3.42 that comes standard with the CTD. As stated before 3.42 is the only available ratio in a CTD 2500 through 2018. https://i.imgur.com/Jkj5p5X.jpg width=640
rhagfo 06/15/19 08:49am Fifth-Wheels
RE: storing power cord on new f'ver

I have a 50 amp SO cord I easily for iinto a milk crate along with adapters and other things occasionally needed for connecting power. On top of those are wheel chocks that goes down first. Thanks Again! Russ
rhagfo 06/15/19 08:31am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Greetings and weight question

So one other thing the 2500 only came with 3.42's and the RFE68 trans. So how come the window sticker on both the truck and on Chrystlers web page say 3.73? Well if you look at the second column over you will see that as part of optional equipment you now have a 3.42 rear end thanks to the 6.7 CTD and 68RFE automatic transmission. Sorry new members can't post links, so here it is. Window sticker Link Nice truck, trimmed out a tad better than out 2016 3500 DRW, but lacking payload. Your Laramie is a upper trim level, which will reduce available payload. The 17,000# max trailer is what you can pull, NOT what you can carry. The available payload as the truck left the factory is located on the drivers door pillar. It is likely less than 2,500# BEFORE you add passengers, hitch, stuff, and passengers. I think I get this. When I go to Ram Towing Guide and look up by Vin It says 2,270 Max payload. So I take 2,270 and subtract myself, the wife, hitch, fuel and anything else, and that is the MAX pin weight I can have. Right? OR is that Max Payload I can put into the truck? Well close, the payload listed in the door sticker accounts for a 150# driver and there is debate on fuel, but most account for a full fuel tank. What I don't see on your option list is the 5th wheel prep package, (AKA Puck System) for a 5th wheel hitch. With a 2,270# Payload you will hard pressed to carry a 10,000# 5er within the numbers.
rhagfo 06/15/19 06:14am Fifth-Wheels
RE: storing power cord on new f'ver

I like the 50 amp power reel on our Bighorn. Our little guy Laredo has 50 amp power and the cable is a pain. I have been thinking about removing the power reel on the Bighorn and installing on the Laredo now the Bighorn is permanently parked. Chris Hey Chris, you might talk to Ron, he could likely set you up with some SOOW cable.
rhagfo 06/14/19 10:54pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Greetings and weight question

Greetings, Don here from Southeast AZ. We are looking to get a FW, but have no real rush because we want to research, and pick the best rig for us. We just purchased our new 2018 Ram 2500 Laramie. 6.7 Cummins and a 3:73 rear end. I pulled the vin up on Ram towing guide and it says 17,100 LBS Max towing. The GVWR is 10,000 lbs and rear axle Max is 6,000. I understand the dry weight and GVWR weight as well as pin weight. So here is my question. IF I get a trailer that has a GVWR of 16K lbs, and a pin weight under or at 2k lbs I should be okay right? In other words the 16K LBS GVWR is under the 17,100 Max towing, and the pin weight of 2k lbs is under the 6K Max axle capacity. Am I correct in my thinking? I want to make sure I am researching the right FW and weights BEFORE really looking. Thanks in advance. Don. This is where so many go wrong when looking at MAX tow ratings. Your Laramie is a upper trim level, which will reduce available payload. The 17,000# max trailer is what you can pull, NOT what you can carry. The available payload as the truck left the factory is located on the drivers door pillar. It is likely less than 2,500# BEFORE you add passengers, hitch, stuff, and passengers. Now to carrying a 16,000# 5er, you are now pushing DRW territory. Unlike a TT to tow well you need a pin weight of 20% to 25% of the 5er's GVW. So if you do the math at 14,000# 20% = 2,800# and 25% = 3,500#. Now step up to a 16,000# 5er, 20% = 3,200# and 25% = 4,000#. You will get a lot of those saying GVWR has no meaning, and go by rear axle and tire ratings. Well you state 6,000# rear axle rating, empty bed near 3,000# leaves about 3,000# for pin and other stuff. I ran for several years with a 2001 Ram 2500 CTD towing and carrying a 12,300# 5er, in 2001 the Ram only had a GVWR of 8,800#, but a rear axle rating of 6,084# rear axle. I only exceeded the 8,800# GVWR, but I did so by 1,700#! While it did fine, the fact I was 1,700# over GVWR keep eating at me as there are just too many hungry lawyers out there now days. I am glad I am now out from under that issue, now days I have about 1,300# of spare payload. So one other thing the 2500 only came with 3.42's and the RFE68 trans.
rhagfo 06/14/19 10:43pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Stabilizers

I've only used JT Strongarms and only on one rig but I love them. I have had to use the kin pin tripod since I installed the Stronarms. I assume you have NOT needed the king pin tripod since the JT’s. I know my JT’s are awesome, 5er is very stable once set.
rhagfo 06/14/19 12:58pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: storing power cord on new f'ver

rhagfo, The cord that came with my 5th wheel is a behemoth. Thing has to weigh 40 pounds and the cord itself is a good inch in diameter. It was cheaper buying a $9 storage box than a new cable. Also, like jshupe mentioned, they are stackable and I too have one for water hoses and 3 more that I keep at the house for various things. Yes, $9 for the large storage box, I don’t have a large basement. In addition we were four season campers and when cold the old cable was very stiff. Now it takes up much less space and is much easier to handle, even when freezing.
rhagfo 06/14/19 06:21am Fifth-Wheels
RE: storing power cord on new f'ver

I have a 45 foot 50A cord. It's not easy to handle and won't fit in a milk crate or bucket of any size so I bought one of these at the local big box store. It works great. https://i.imgur.com/nApbIQy.jpg Well if it was SOOW cable it would be much easier to handle and would still like all fit in a 3 gal. bucket! My hand in the picture is not to hold the cable down, but for scale as to the size of the container. https://i.imgur.com/ElhnTbT.jpg width=640 https://i.imgur.com/J3DhBlp.jpg width=640
rhagfo 06/13/19 04:36pm Fifth-Wheels
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