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Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 06-05-2019, 11:54 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,199
Posted By BobChill
I have Grabber HTS XL tires on my Ram 1500. I put...

I have Grabber HTS XL tires on my Ram 1500. I put 2 sets of HTS tires on my Suburban and had great luck. Great tread life, fairly quiet, and good traction. I wanted Defenders for my Ram but they...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 05-01-2019, 11:01 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,435
Posted By BobChill
I think all of us get stuck in the middle at some...

I think all of us get stuck in the middle at some point with what we want and what we should have. Some good points about what types of trips you take makes a difference. The problem is even if you...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 04-30-2019, 07:29 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,435
Posted By BobChill
Yep. Those coils are what sells the truck though....

Yep. Those coils are what sells the truck though. Everyone loves the unloaded ride. I actually prefer the unloaded ride with my new springs. Rear end feels planted to the road and it's not harsh at...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 04-30-2019, 06:22 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,435
Posted By BobChill
Not a good match imho. I have a 2015 ram 1500 w/...

Not a good match imho. I have a 2015 ram 1500 w/ 3.92s. Love the powertrain but it's not a good TV for a trailer as big as yours. I tow a 7000 gvwr trailer and it does the job very well but it's at...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 04-30-2019, 11:29 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,454
Posted By BobChill
Just repeating what everyone has already said......

Just repeating what everyone has already said... way too many variables to predict the future. However, it's pretty much a standard rule of thumb that the biggest hit happens during years 2-3 from...
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 04-29-2019, 09:33 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,494
Posted By BobChill
Regardless of the exact half ton truck, a good...

Regardless of the exact half ton truck, a good general rule of thumb for all half tons with TTs is 30' or less and 7000gvwr or less. That generally gives you enough cushion on all the specs for...
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 04-26-2019, 02:15 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,459
Posted By BobChill
I have the Viair 88P. Very compact and...

I have the Viair 88P. Very compact and lightweight but powerful. Aligator clips hook right up to my TT battery and reaches truck and trailer no problem. Great little pump. Can't remember what I paid...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 04-25-2019, 07:20 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,877
Posted By BobChill
I really love that feature in my Ram. Very useful...

I really love that feature in my Ram. Very useful and my dog prob loves it even more than I do. Will never buy another truck without it. The under seat and floor storage boxes are great as well....
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 04-25-2019, 12:28 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 485
Posted By BobChill
I have a 4.3" Furrion rear view, Eztire tpms, and...

I have a 4.3" Furrion rear view, Eztire tpms, and use my phone for GPS. I completely pre-plan my routes and don't have a need for an RV gps so far but if I do I'll buy it.

I mount my rear view...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 04-25-2019, 12:09 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,685
Posted By BobChill
I 100% believe EVs will completely replace...

I 100% believe EVs will completely replace combustion not too far down the road. But being 100% honest, I'm too old to care and the rumble of a big V8 gasser or chug of a big diesel is heavenly music...
Forum: Winnebago Industries Owner's Forum 04-25-2019, 09:14 AM
Replies: 4,767
Views: 859,967
Posted By BobChill
Hey Monte, I've read all your posts about your...

Hey Monte, I've read all your posts about your last Winnie and all the troubles. It made me very cautious with our 2455bhs and I inspected every square inch before signing in March. It was built in...
Forum: Winnebago Industries Owner's Forum 04-23-2019, 09:34 AM
Replies: 4,767
Views: 859,967
Posted By BobChill
We took our new 2455bhs out for a 4 day shakedown...

We took our new 2455bhs out for a 4 day shakedown last week and agree about the foam on the dinette. Will be doing the same thing after this season is over. Queen mattress is so-so as well. We put a...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 04-13-2019, 06:17 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,277
Posted By BobChill
I had 4 in the cab. About 650lbs and a full tank...

I had 4 in the cab. About 650lbs and a full tank of gas. When we take the kids we'll have 2 vehicles ( adult sized kids). Front passthrough is loaded already. Food, clothes, and extra gear will be...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 04-10-2019, 01:37 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 984
Posted By BobChill
Yes, exactly. You need to know these #s at least...

Yes, exactly. You need to know these #s at least once imho. Not only for payload but for me the most important thing was balance/tongue weight. Now that I have a baseline there is no guessing where...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 04-09-2019, 03:07 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 388
Posted By BobChill
Unfortunately most if not all in dash screens are...

Unfortunately most if not all in dash screens are not compatible with aftermarket wireless cameras. There may be a back door with a hard wired camera. Research required for that.

I have a...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 04-09-2019, 12:15 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 984
Posted By BobChill
Great post VernDiesel. I just did a 3 pass weigh...

Great post VernDiesel. I just did a 3 pass weigh on my trailer to make sure everything was set up right. Eyeballs or charts or stats fall far short of ground truth from a scale. My 3 pass weigh...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 04-09-2019, 11:09 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,796
Posted By BobChill
I'm dragging around a similar spec trailer (2455...

I'm dragging around a similar spec trailer (2455 bhs) with a 1/2 ton Ram. With the truck loaded with 4 passengers and full tank of gas I'm only 100lbs below payload (1500lbs payload on my truck)....
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 04-09-2019, 10:59 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 4,926
Posted By BobChill
Yea, I looked at a video for dually brake...

Yea, I looked at a video for dually brake replacement. Getting things apart looks like no fun at all. The biggest trucks I've done myself are an F250 SRW and 3/4 ton suburban which are nothing more...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 04-07-2019, 12:36 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 4,926
Posted By BobChill
I've never done rear brakes on a dually but I've...

I've never done rear brakes on a dually but I've done all my own brake work for decades (trucks, cars, trailers). Drums can be a pain in the rear sometimes but discs are very easy. Usually takes well...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 04-07-2019, 12:24 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,277
Posted By BobChill
The most interesting part of the 3 pass weigh was...

The most interesting part of the 3 pass weigh was how the weights change with a weight distribution hitch engaged. Confirms that I have my hitch set up correctly. In my case a WDH is required to stay...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 04-07-2019, 11:57 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,277
Posted By BobChill
Went to a CAT scale yesterday and this is what I learned

I'm very analytical. It's built into my personality. My trailer is currently loaded for travel less food and clothes and I wanted to see where I stand with weights so hit the cat scale yesterday for...
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 04-04-2019, 11:16 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 314
Posted By BobChill
Went through something similar with a 2455BHS....

Went through something similar with a 2455BHS. Tried for nearly 3 months to find a used unit that wasn't over 500 miles away. The few that popped up sold instantly. I didn't even have time to hire an...
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 04-03-2019, 01:05 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,270
Posted By BobChill
Not all trailers are equal. Big boxes with tons...

Not all trailers are equal. Big boxes with tons of surface area are far different than towing a flatbed with bricks on it. All that surface area gets pushed around by crosswinds and tractor trailers....
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 04-02-2019, 12:12 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,797
Posted By BobChill
I'm paying $240/yr for full coverage through my...

I'm paying $240/yr for full coverage through my auto policy with Erie. Any damage while driving or parked is covered by the auto policy. I'm not sure if it would have been cheaper to get separate...
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 03-30-2019, 07:09 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,270
Posted By BobChill
We just towed our new winnie 2455bhs home a...

We just towed our new winnie 2455bhs home a couple days ago. It has a backer/coax/plug in place ready for an outdoor tv. We're not big on tv when camping so we'll prob never use it but it's ready....
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 03-30-2019, 05:37 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 338
Posted By BobChill
Visually you can just look and see if the trailer...

Visually you can just look and see if the trailer and truck are still level. Nothing beats hitting a scale to get all the weights though. If your truck and trailer are level and tongue weight =...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 03-29-2019, 01:42 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,330
Posted By BobChill
I towed our new trailer home last night and...

I towed our new trailer home last night and wanted to give some feedback. The dealer was over 150 miles away and we towed home on some windy secondary roads with a few steep grades and several...
Forum: Winnebago Industries Owner's Forum 03-11-2019, 04:25 PM
Replies: 4,767
Views: 859,967
Posted By BobChill
Thanks BB! This is our first travel trailer but...

Thanks BB! This is our first travel trailer but I've worked on literally countless boats in my life between ownership and working in a marina when I was young. TTs remind me quite a bit of boat...
Forum: Winnebago Industries Owner's Forum 03-11-2019, 01:50 PM
Replies: 4,767
Views: 859,967
Posted By BobChill
Just got word from the dealer that our 2455bhs...

Just got word from the dealer that our 2455bhs will arrive at the end of this week so we'll take delivery the last week of March. I'm 50 years old and I feel like a kid getting their first car. Very...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 03-11-2019, 11:44 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,330
Posted By BobChill
Just updating the thread so others with Rams can...

Just updating the thread so others with Rams can find this info when searching for Ram + TT towing advice.

I've replaced my tires with General Grabber HTS with XL load rating (3k per tire). I had...
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 03-03-2019, 10:06 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,792
Posted By BobChill
Since you will be towing long distances the ride...

Since you will be towing long distances the ride loaded and hooked up is more important than empty. I had a Surburban for 13 years before my Ram. Loved the truck to death but towed with it a few...
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 03-03-2019, 09:23 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,792
Posted By BobChill
Not sure what the latest model year pickup you've...

Not sure what the latest model year pickup you've driven but my hemi ram half ton is the most comfortable long trip vehicle I've ever owned (and I've owned a lot of cars and trucks). Smooth ride,...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 03-02-2019, 06:12 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 10,310
Posted By BobChill
If you plan to tow a lot (especially in...

If you plan to tow a lot (especially in mountainous areas) the diesel is the better choice. Better mpg will eventually pay the difference in cost and there is nothing like a diesel on a long incline....
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 02-28-2019, 01:20 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,136
Posted By BobChill
Went through the same process and finally put a...

Went through the same process and finally put a deposit on a new Winnie 2455bhs. It was a drawn out process and took much research and thinking it through. Tow vehicle capability is the #1 priority....
Forum: Winnebago Industries Owner's Forum 02-26-2019, 10:22 PM
Replies: 4,767
Views: 859,967
Posted By BobChill
That's exactly why I bought the camera. Not for...

That's exactly why I bought the camera. Not for backing up as much as having a good view in traffic. I live in a crowded metro area so getting out of town will almost always be on crowded roads with...
Forum: Winnebago Industries Owner's Forum 02-26-2019, 12:14 PM
Replies: 4,767
Views: 859,967
Posted By BobChill
Put a deposit on a new 2455bhs last week. It's...

Put a deposit on a new 2455bhs last week. It's still at the factory but we're in no rush to take delivery considering it's still winter. Should be bringing it home within the next 3 weeks. Our family...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 02-25-2019, 11:48 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,198
Posted By BobChill
Exactly. Towing cushion is very important. Being...

Exactly. Towing cushion is very important. Being at or close to max right out of the gate generally means a truck upgrade sooner than anyone wants. I'm going through something similar with my 2015...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 02-25-2019, 11:31 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 428
Posted By BobChill
I felt most comfortable sticking with stock tire...

I felt most comfortable sticking with stock tire size and had a set of General Grabber HTS60s installed last week. They have an XL load rating. Should be plenty for the TT I ordered (5280 dry / 7000...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 02-19-2019, 08:53 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,330
Posted By BobChill
Quick update. The stock 20" rims on Rams make it...

Quick update. The stock 20" rims on Rams make it a little tricky to match stock tire size to E load tires. Defender LTX only come in T115 load rating for 275/60/20 tires. I didn't want to put a...
Forum: Winnebago Industries Owner's Forum 02-19-2019, 07:03 PM
Replies: 4,767
Views: 859,967
Posted By BobChill
I got the answer for the extreme weather package....

I got the answer for the extreme weather package. It's on the second to last page of the latest brochure. There is a layer of thermofoil that reflects heat in both directions so summer sun/heat is...
Forum: Winnebago Industries Owner's Forum 02-19-2019, 06:49 PM
Replies: 4,767
Views: 859,967
Posted By BobChill
Strange that it's cryptic right? The dealer I'm...

Strange that it's cryptic right? The dealer I'm going to buy from said he would get exact details from his factory rep. I'll post the details once I find out tomorrow. He did say the extra insulation...
Forum: Winnebago Industries Owner's Forum 02-19-2019, 04:40 PM
Replies: 4,767
Views: 859,967
Posted By BobChill
Your post basically sums up my entire shopping...

Your post basically sums up my entire shopping experience so far with prices. lol. I can't find a preowned 2016 or 17 anywhere within 800 miles of my house and the ones that do go on the market sell...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 02-16-2019, 12:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 428
Posted By BobChill
Figured I'd follow up with my thread in case...

Figured I'd follow up with my thread in case other Ram owners run into the same puzzle with 20" factory rims. I'm going to have the Grabber HTS60s with XL load rating installed. I've read numerous...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 02-15-2019, 09:47 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 428
Posted By BobChill
Great site! I've had Grabber HTS tires on a...

Great site!

I've had Grabber HTS tires on a previous truck but I never towed more than small boats with it. I keep getting stuck on load rating and max PSI. The TT I buy will weigh in below 7k...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 02-14-2019, 08:41 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,198
Posted By BobChill
WDH doesn't change tongue weight unfortunately...

WDH doesn't change tongue weight unfortunately and the hitch itself will weigh 80-100lbs. If you went with beefy springs or airbags or any suspension mod there is no way to circumvent the payload #....
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 02-14-2019, 04:18 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,198
Posted By BobChill
Yes, that's the magic # and the most limiting...

Yes, that's the magic # and the most limiting part of the towing math with 1/2 ton pickups
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 02-14-2019, 12:56 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,198
Posted By BobChill
I have a 2015 Ram hemi crew and the limit isn't...

I have a 2015 Ram hemi crew and the limit isn't towing capacity. It's payload. Look at the yellow sticker in the driver's door area. It will have payload listed. Mine has 1430lbs payload. The...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 02-14-2019, 11:52 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 428
Posted By BobChill
Tire Size Question - 265s OK on a Ram 1500 w/ 20" rims?

This may be a dumb question but I can't find the correct answer. I have a 2015 Ram 1500 with crappy stock 275/60/20 tires. I want to replace the tires with Michelin Defender LTX M/S tires but the...
Forum: Navigation, Routes & Roads 02-11-2019, 12:24 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 261
Posted By BobChill
Haven't towed that stretch yet but I've driven it...

Haven't towed that stretch yet but I've driven it a number of times. The road has always been in great condition. The good thing is the inclines all have 2 lanes so plenty of room to go slow....
Forum: Winnebago Industries Owner's Forum 02-09-2019, 05:08 PM
Replies: 4,767
Views: 859,967
Posted By BobChill
Much appreciated bross. I'm buying a scale for...

Much appreciated bross. I'm buying a scale for sure. I'm really analytical with that stuff. I should be fine with payload. Dry weight is just under 5300lbs. I don't think I'll ever get close to 7k....
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