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RE: New Truck for New Empty Nesters

we tow 6000lbs with a ram 1500 hemi 4x4, 4door and i really wouldnt want to tow much more trailer than that the issue is the weight of the truck. this is true of 4 door trucks in general, they are heavy! if you decide on a 4 door truck check the payload capacity. you will run ouit of payload capacity long before you reach the towing capacity with our truck/trailer combo, we are very comfortable, no where near "the edge" and we tow 5000 miles or so a year, half our annual mileage
stevemorris 08/17/20 06:04pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Shifting An Automatic when towing.

we manually shift our ram hemi/8spd occasionally. mostly on long hills, up or down. rarely on main highways but on back roads regularly. mostly to limit speed on steep long down grades and to limit "hunting" on long uphills.
stevemorris 08/02/20 07:38am Towing
RE: Tow vehicle advice

definetly a case for a full sized 1500 truck, ford f150, chev 1500, ram 1500 we orefer a big lazy v8 over a hardworking, high revving v6 turbo as stated before, in two years you will want a bigger trailer especially for that cross country trip! select the truck with that in mindjust for reference, we tow 8000lb(loaded) 26 ft with a ram 1500, hemi 8speed. we traded up from a 24 ft 4500lb towed by a v6 dakota
stevemorris 06/14/20 04:50am Towing
RE: Not your dad's Airstream

1) won't sleep away from the wife for extended periods so dual twins won't work 2) putting the toilet directly next to 3 surfaces is stupid, from both a comfort and cleanliness perspective. Otherwise I like it, the storage is huge for that size trailer. good thing there's lots of storage, need it for all those pillows
stevemorris 03/15/20 06:10pm Travel Trailers
RE: New Brakes Requires

i will be doing the wiring first, it does look rather small, i'll a 12 ga pair from the junction box down both sides makes me wonder what truck manufacturers use in the trailer braking circuit! on our previous truck, a dodge dakota with a prodigy bc, i wired the whole circuit in the truck with 12 ga
stevemorris 10/21/19 07:13pm Travel Trailers
RE: New Brakes Requires

i agree, thats why a current draw test first!
stevemorris 10/20/19 03:03pm Travel Trailers
RE: New Brakes Requires

Were the other trailers that locked the brakes being towed by this same truck with oem controller? Reason I ask, Ram has had some issues with their oem controllers. You might want to tow a friends trailer, that has known great braking, with your truck, and see how that goes, before spending money/time changing your trailer brakes. Jerry done that already!
stevemorris 10/20/19 10:10am Travel Trailers
RE: New Brakes Requires

ive had trailer brakes on other trailers that could lock up all 4 wheels, on this trailer it's not even close(same axles/brakes but on a much lighter trailer), so performance should be better just with the drum brakes. when we first bought the trailer(privately), i pulled the drums and the shoes were like new, some minor rust on the drums but otherwise they were like new as well. after our first long trip, there was very little wear and the drums were clean and shiny, some wear on the magnets. still mediocre braking i do need to check the wiring carefully, need a bigger ampmeter for that i guess. i'll check the amp draw by pulling the disconnect switch for a second or two. tow vehicle is a 2017 ram 1500 with factory controller and its turned all the way up
stevemorris 10/20/19 09:05am Travel Trailers
RE: New Brakes Requires

i have adjusted them, in the spring and half way through the 8000km trips i will also check the current flow to give an indication of the wiring condition. unfortunately my meter only reads up to 15 amps, four 10 inch brakes should draw around 20
stevemorris 10/20/19 06:44am Travel Trailers
New Brakes Requires

Our 12 yr old KZ Spree has never had new brakes, when we bought used 2 yrs ago, it still had the original tires as it had very rarely been towed anywhere! We have since towed it well over 20,000 km mostly on the east coast which i would describe as hilly but not mountainous. Braking performance is fair even with the brake controller on full. So we decided to replace the braking system with 4 new brake assemblies at our dealers suggest. Etrailer has 2 brands, there own private lable and dexter originals. etrailer brakes are $100/ pair and dexters are $25 more per pair. canadian dealer prices are double that! my tendency is toward the dexter originals, but anybody know the difference? we also want to install a powered aframe jack. suggestions as to weight capacity? right now we have the original handcrank 2000# capacity and its time for a new something, effort required is getting higher and higher(or im just getting old!). tongue weight is around 1000 lbs plus we lift the truck to install our weight bars. so im considering a 3000 lb jack
stevemorris 10/20/19 04:10am Travel Trailers
RE: Bumper Grill

sort of off the topic, but the only decent portable bbq we ever had was the costco stainless bbq. its the only one hot enough to cook a steak nicely
stevemorris 10/13/19 05:30pm Travel Trailers
RE: Storage Compartment Theft

replace the lock with a simple twist latch(no lock) and leave the compartment empty of anything worth stealing you cant stop the thieves, just prevent the damage from them breaking in
stevemorris 09/30/19 06:41pm Travel Trailers
RE: Biggest unit you know of under 3,500 pounds ???

i dont consider myself to be a weight police member at all ive towed trailers with light weight vehicles(ford windstar:2500 lb tt and dodge dakota:4000lb tt), they and i struggled. true the honda has more power than either of those two vehicles, but engine power isnt the only requirement unibody construction and independent rear suspension with a carlike ride do not make into a good solid tow vehicle sure members of a honda ridgeline forum are going to say they tow great, they very likely have never towed with anything else. i thought our dakota was a great tv until we went to a full sized truck now, instead of struggling with winds and long hills, we can do 100 kph all day with neither the truck or us breaking a sweat i started towing in the early 70's, towing heavy (by todays standards) tt's with huge american sedans and wagons, believe me they sucked!! but until comfortable pickups came along, that's all there was. i have towed travel trailers with just about every type of car and truck, from big old american cars to modern pickups and lots of vehicles in between so im just voicing my opinion based on several decades of experience!
stevemorris 09/30/19 06:31pm Travel Trailers
RE: Pretty new but need advice

sure you can up to the load capacity of the trailer and the payload capacity of the truck which will include the tongue weight of the trailer you will run out of payload on the truck first
stevemorris 09/29/19 05:12am Towing
RE: Biggest unit you know of under 3,500 pounds ???

sorry, but i have to ask! why would somebody who wants to go rv'ing buy a honda ridgeline? and then start looking at the biggest thing it can tow? Find the trailer first, then look at vehicles big enough to tow what you want in a trailer
stevemorris 09/29/19 04:59am Travel Trailers
RE: Mercedes ML350 towing hitch with travel trailer

here is a link to several weight dist. hitches for the m series at 3000 lbs dry(4000 ready for camping approx), thats what i would do you wont need a lot of bar tension for 500 lbs of tongue weight but that little weight transfer will make trailer control much better and even more with the addition of a sway controller as well the issue is the soft suspension in any suv, transferring some tongue weight to the front wheels via a wd system will help immensely.
stevemorris 09/28/19 10:12am Towing
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