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Old 07-16-2016, 08:54 AM   #29
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I'm just getting a little sick of the focus on pulling. Pulling ain't nuthin. You gotta stop it well, and sometimes, you gotta stop it well right NOW!.

Nearly maxed out on GVWR, or GCWR? Can all that weight stop when you need it to? I really do hope so. If it does, fine. If it doesn't, well, then all that hill climbing doesn't mean much on the other side to me. You tube is just helping to sell things IMO.
Isn't that what the trailers brakes are for? To help you stop. A guy with a 1/2 ton towing near capacity trying to stop when the trailer brakes aren't functioning isn't any different that a guy with a 3/4-1 ton towing maxed out and his trailer brakes aren't working right either.
If the trailers brakes are working properly then it shouldn't matter what you're towing and or what you're towing with.
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Is the point your making that a half ton pickup has the same brakes as a three quarter ton pickup? I only bought the 2500 for the extra cargo capacity, and that's it? That doesn't sound right to me. Does it sound right to you?
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Old 07-16-2016, 10:27 AM   #31
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Is the point your making that a half ton pickup has the same brakes as a three quarter ton pickup?

Hahaha! What?!?!
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Brakes are better on the heavier duties as is grade shifting from my experience. And then there's the exhaust brake.
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I always thought a vehicle's brakes were designed to stop the vehicle up to its GVWR, plus maybe a small safety margin. They're not meant to stop the extra weight of a trailer.
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Old 07-16-2016, 03:01 PM   #34
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I always thought a vehicle's brakes were designed to stop the vehicle up to its GVWR, plus maybe a small safety margin. They're not meant to stop the extra weight of a trailer.
Agreed. I thought that's why the trailer has brakes.

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Old 07-17-2016, 04:21 AM   #35
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Trailer brakes are little better then a joke.
Most trailer brakes are about sized for '72 pinto.I get a bit annoyed when experienced Rv'er throw out lines like "trailer brakes stop the trailer" they stop it from coming around on you in a high energy stop -if they are not too warm and in good condition-
Do this test, measure your stopping distance with and without the trailer ,if the distance is the same then you can say the trailer stops the trailer.
Heavy trailers behind pickups need a driver to be aware of how useless they are after they are warm/hot.
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We had a 3.0 mercedes chasis (winnebago view) it pulled & performed very well (188hp)

We recently got a new gmc 5.3 9400 pound towing capacity, to pull our TT.....just because of the huge nuisance factor that exists with the diesel engine. The def, the sensors, the emission controls etc, just make a diesel too expensive and too problem prone to choose diesel over gas in a pickup. ps, diesel fuel has been more expensive than gas for quite a while.
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ps, diesel fuel has been more expensive than gas for quite a while.
I live out west, where there are wavy closely spaced lines all over the topographic maps. The dime more per gallon I pay for diesel right now for the benefits of more hill and mountain pass pulling power and the exhaust brake for the other side is very much worth it.
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I use airbags with my 2016 Ram towing a 26 ft tt...rear doesn't drop more than 1/4 " with the trailer attached
Which air bags are you using? Do they fit inside the coil springs or somewhere else? Does your truck ride smooth when pulling the trailer?

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We had a 3.0 mercedes chasis (winnebago view) it pulled & performed very well (188hp)

We recently got a new gmc 5.3 9400 pound towing capacity, to pull our TT.....just because of the huge nuisance factor that exists with the diesel engine. The def, the sensors, the emission controls etc, just make a diesel too expensive and too problem prone to choose diesel over gas in a pickup. ps, diesel fuel has been more expensive than gas for quite a while.
It's a more expensive engine, no doubt about that. However DEF isn't a big deal - I get about 10k miles out of 8 gallons, costing about $50 to fill up. Diesel prices here were lower than gas for most of the spring and and are not much more that gas prices now. From what I've seen locally, diesel prices are all over the map and not as consistent as gas prices. Probably due to less demand.
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We had a 3.0 mercedes chasis (winnebago view) it pulled & performed very well (188hp)

We recently got a new gmc 5.3 9400 pound towing capacity, to pull our TT.....just because of the huge nuisance factor that exists with the diesel engine. The def, the sensors, the emission controls etc, just make a diesel too expensive and too problem prone to choose diesel over gas in a pickup. ps, diesel fuel has been more expensive than gas for quite a while.
There is no huge nuisance factor. I fill DEF once a year and I get better emissions than your gas engine. I'm on board with that! Big fan of clean air! DEF is cheap and I can buy it at the local grocery store($30 will fill it up). You can buy DEF just about anywhere. I can even fill up with it at the pump for about $10.

They are not problem prone. More reliable than gas any day. Maintenance schedule on a diesel is a much longer interval than gas. You're doing 2-3 oil changes on your gas engine by the time I have to do 1. Cost wise it's really just a wash.

And around here diesel has been cheaper than gas for years. And right down the street I fill up with B20 which is cheaper and I can use my rewards card from the grocery store to make it even cheaper. I'm paying about .30/gallon less than gas.
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Which air bags are you using? Do they fit inside the coil springs or somewhere else? Does your truck ride smooth when pulling the trailer?

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I'm using the Airlift 1000...they fit inside the rear coils. The ride is like night and day pulling my tt. Way smoother ride.
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No one ever complained about having to much truck for towing.
Actually they have - when it comes to purchase price, maintenance costs, parking when not towing, repair costs.
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