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Old 07-05-2013, 01:12 PM   #1
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Newbee with question about toolkit and Interstate Speeds

Wrong Forum I Guess!!

1)Just got a 2500 FWD GMC. Planning a shake down trip. Besides jumper cables, some screwdrivers and wrenches (and duck-tape). What else should I put in
the tool kit. Oh, I guess flares and reflectors as well???

2)Getting a 30 foot 5th wheel. (didn't want to pull a car behind). I'm in Arizona where speed limit is 75. Can I expect to to this with truck and trailer?
A few years ago I rented a class B and at the Interstate speed limit, it shook like a washing machine.

Maybe there should be a 'sticky' with a checklist for newbees?


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Old 07-05-2013, 08:36 PM   #2
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I would NOT go that fast in an RV ever. It's recreation; slow down.
OEM tires are usually ST tires, rated for 60-65MPH MAX. Even with LT tires on it, I'd still only do 65.
I keep a small socket set, wrenches, various plies, cutters, lights, good recovery strap, air pressure gauge, rags and rags, and fuses/bulbs.

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Old 07-05-2013, 08:56 PM   #3
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2)Getting a 30 foot 5th wheel. (didn't want to pull a car behind). I'm in Arizona where speed limit is 75. Can I expect to to this with truck and trailer?
Not if you get stuck behind me!
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Old 07-05-2013, 08:58 PM   #4
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You didn't say if you had a gas or diesel, if diesel, carry a spare fuel filter and proper filter wrench to change it. Correct size socket and breakerbar for trailer lugs, along with a big enough bottle jack(10ton minimum) to lift one side of trailer. Also a good idea to carry some leveling blocks. Some electrical tape and a voltage tester for the camper.
A trip to your local CAT scales with the unit loaded and fueled to check your weights would be a good idea.
Remember that most trailer tires have a speed rating of 65mph, so adjust your speed accordingly. Check all air pressures including spare before you leave, truck and trailer.
This should give you a good start for a check list, add to it as you find things that fit your way of doing things.
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Old 07-06-2013, 08:19 AM   #5
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OP, you didn't say which engine you have, but you can probably go 70 or 80 on good ground. The issue is why would you? You will find traveling at 60 or thereabouts will leave you more refreshed and alert and save a bit of gas or diesel. You will have more peace of mind about your trailer tires heating less AND should you ever need to make an emergency stop, you'll be better able to. That kind of mass rolling at 70+ is a force to be reckoned with. This is all about enjoying yourself.
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In my opinion, it is not safe to run 75 MPH in an RV. Lots of trailer tires are only rated to 65 mph.

We typically run a maximum of 65 mph.

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Old 07-06-2013, 04:02 PM   #7
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A good speed is 60. That way it is 1 mile per minute. Calculating time or distance is really easy. If you want to get off at mile marker 81, and you just passed marker 65, you know it is 16 minutes ahead.
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When my present setup was newer I would get about 10 MPG at 65. Now @ 60 & a lighter foot I get 13. I don't get real excited about saving a few minutes and increasing fuel costs by 30%.

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I like tools and can carry quite a lot, so I do but today I turned 78, so the days of crawling under and fixing things are in my distant pass. Of course if you need something I probably have it. Now on a more thoughtful course why carry a tool if I don't know how to use it?

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Old 07-07-2013, 12:43 PM   #10
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Make sure you have everything you need to change a tire on both the truck and the trailer. Try it in your driveway to make sure.
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Ya, 75 is pushing it. 60 is to slow on level ground. I would say 65 down hill, or level ground, and 60 up hill.
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good battery booster pack, also will power trailer 12v for a night if you have an electrical issue, wood filler, etc for those screws that rattle out, and fewer tools than you think, i always carry too many
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I normally drive 62-65 MPH on interstates for fuel economy, safety, and equipment lasts longer. ST tires are normally rated for a maximum of 65MPH sustained speed.
Now, with our MH I still drive the same speeds because only tire speed rating changed. It's not how fast you can go, it's how fast you can stop that counts.
Our last trip (returning from Myrtle Beach) demonstrated speed differences. The very same pickup and 5er passed us 3 times one day, and oddly enough we stayed at the same CG that night.
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I always see people who speed 10+MPH over the limit. I usually keep 65MPH max on my truck, loaded or not, just cause that's the best gas mileage it gets and that's what I like. They pass me, then pass me again, then again. Either they speed around the world and lap me multiple times, but I think that their ego gets fed by going fast and passing everyone, then needs to be fed more often so they have to stop.

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