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Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 12-16-2018, 05:20 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 10,799
Posted By Rednax
Options for towing a 9,000lb trailer - as I now see it.

Oh, and my 35’ TT is 9k. A TW of just above 1k. Easily handled by many cars & SUVs. A lower risk than with pickups. That is, if one understands how a WDH works.

My setup is such that even if...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 12-16-2018, 04:38 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 10,799
Posted By Rednax
Options for towing a 9,000lb trailer - as I now see it.

I’ll borrow this as I see it all the time:

At 70 you’re so far beyond what that rig or you can safely handle that’s it’s ridiculous. Can’t maneuver or stop.

So, first:

Someone running...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 11-14-2018, 05:53 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 7,305
Posted By Rednax
1). Engine power hasn’t mattered in over a dozen...

1). Engine power hasn’t mattered in over a dozen years.

2). Neither has TV brakes.

3). Truck Payload or towing capacity aren’t meaningful. Axle/wheel/tire ratings are the ONLY legal...
Forum: Vintage RV's 07-17-2018, 07:32 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,785
Posted By Rednax
MOR/ryde (correct spelling) has much of the...

MOR/ryde (correct spelling) has much of the vintage pieces in stock for several old designs.

Very highly rated shop. I think I wouldn’t move that TT until I consulted them. Not every hard piece...
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 06-03-2018, 09:15 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 19,709
Posted By Rednax
If you did, you’d understand basic physics when...

If you did, you’d understand basic physics when applied.

A Tahoe or pickup is low on the list for avoiding accidents in the first place. Second, the rollover propensity makes them suitable ONLY...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 05-02-2018, 03:15 AM
Replies: 139
Views: 9,512
Posted By Rednax
Ultimate 1/2 Ton Tundra Setup

Yeah. There’s been quite a lot of ignorance in this thread about what constitutes a good tow rig setup. Worrying over “Payload” and “Tow Rating” etc, is real 5-10 year newbie stuff.

Take the...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 04-26-2018, 10:19 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,912
Posted By Rednax
This is the time-honored tradition.

This is the time-honored tradition.
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 04-26-2018, 10:13 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,804
Posted By Rednax
The rest is perfume. Dump, rinse, leave clean...

The rest is perfume. Dump, rinse, leave clean water. Done. Worked fine past fifty years.
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 04-26-2018, 10:03 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,828
Posted By Rednax
Tongue Weight and Weight Distribution Hitch

An Equalizer is not a very good choice among the second tier hitches. The Reese Dual Cam is the superior choice then. The rest aren’t worth the time.

The author above might want to search the...
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 04-26-2018, 09:55 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,261
Posted By Rednax
An Anderson is pretty much a joke. Not really a...

An Anderson is pretty much a joke. Not really a WDH. Unless TW is low enough to not require one. Thus, an expensive anti-sway device. Sad, as many of hoped it would prove out.

The Hensley patent...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 04-20-2018, 12:14 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,778
Posted By Rednax
You’ll understand “safe” when you’ve paid...

You’ll understand “safe” when you’ve paid attention to accident statistics.
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 04-10-2018, 08:28 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 755
Posted By Rednax
The truck is already overpowered. And there’s no...

The truck is already overpowered. And there’s no good reason to compromise reliability or longevity. The truck, or its components.


If you want to increase performance , then trailer disc...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 04-10-2018, 07:56 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,778
Posted By Rednax
Opinions on setup

Yeah. Two vehicles doesn’t make sense. Heightens risk, not just expense.

A Nissan NV5600 van with the V8 would be my choice.

You need to dump that toy truck. A family man, a father, has no...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 04-10-2018, 07:39 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,417
Posted By Rednax
3/4 Ton Chevy/GMC/Ford/Ram MPG & Tank Size

80% of 32-gal is 25. That’s the maximum USEABLE fuel. A 200-mile range is about right. Why is it a “problem”? Doesnt everyone plan fuel stops the night before? Every dumb truck driver you curse...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 04-10-2018, 07:29 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 10,587
Posted By Rednax
Take the rig as loaded for camping to a CAT...

Take the rig as loaded for camping to a CAT Scale. Most every truckstop (and see phone app).

Max fuel (top off). Max fresh water and propane. All passengers in vehicle.

Drop trailer and do a...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 03-01-2018, 04:54 PM
Replies: 226
Views: 18,706
Posted By Rednax
Big rig passing

So why was it you posted? You’ve also got a few million accident & citation-free miles?

I’ll admit to an accident. Jerry Ford was PreZ. And the last of only a few citations when Ray Gun was in the...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 03-01-2018, 04:51 PM
Replies: 226
Views: 18,706
Posted By Rednax
Big rig passing

Interstates thru metro areas often restrict big trucks from the inside lane. Lane One.

Thus Lanes Two and Three become the “thru lanes” for commercial traffic.

Remember to disntinguish...
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 03-01-2018, 04:40 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 6,333
Posted By Rednax
This is correct. Height (after overall shape) is...

This is correct. Height (after overall shape) is the mpg killer. Andrew Thomson has stated more than once he’d take a trailer six feet longer if it were one foot lower.

Crosswinds — 3/4 off the...
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 03-01-2018, 04:14 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 983
Posted By Rednax
On a tandem axle trailer one wheel will out...

On a tandem axle trailer one wheel will out weight the rest.

Usually, it’s on the same axle that is heavier. Usually.

Preferably any weight bias will be to starboard.

A CAT Scale operator...
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 03-01-2018, 04:04 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 5,456
Posted By Rednax
Not in trailer service. Roger Marbles in...

Not in trailer service.

Roger Marbles in his career as a tire engineer went thru more than 10,000 carcasses to deliver opinions.

Matching tires to TT starts with individual wheel loads. TT...
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 03-01-2018, 03:57 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,115
Posted By Rednax
They’ve only been around a few years. Lippert...

They’ve only been around a few years. Lippert sells under their name.

A Jim Hensley-patent hitch (two brands) is in a class by itself.

That, and the TUSON unit is belt & suspenders.

Of...
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 03-01-2018, 03:50 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,014
Posted By Rednax
80% of TT are built by two companies. Given...

80% of TT are built by two companies.

Given that the suspensions are worse than what on a horse drawn buggy of 1895, take your time. They don’t much care about lasting quality OR good road...
Forum: Northwood Manufacturing Owners Forum 03-01-2018, 03:41 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,474
Posted By Rednax
Get a moisture meter to probe the interior. Entry...

Get a moisture meter to probe the interior. Entry doorway and bath, first.

Kitchen and then the rest of the plumbing runs.

Beneath all windows.

On roof, are all penetrations recently...
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 03-01-2018, 03:32 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,273
Posted By Rednax
Cargo capacity, payload, and tow rating are more...

Cargo capacity, payload, and tow rating are more advertising copy than “truth”.

This s recreational, occasional towing. Having done it forty five years I’ve not seen accelerated wear. Our family...
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 03-01-2018, 11:02 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,273
Posted By Rednax
Comfortable Weight for a TT Question

TW doesn’t go to payload.

Test it.

Load an amount into truck. Scale it. Remove items and re-scale.

Where did the weight difference appear on the scale ticket? Front axle or rear?

TW...
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 03-01-2018, 10:54 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,837
Posted By Rednax
Under mattress airflow. See sail or powerboat...

Under mattress airflow. See sail or powerboat solutions. Netting type material.

Storage area under bed good, exterior door to that, better.
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 03-01-2018, 10:51 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 19,709
Posted By Rednax
For towing a travel trailer what matters is...

For towing a travel trailer what matters is braking, steering & handling.

The “ratings” don’t mean much at all.

Rack & pinion steering eliminates those without.

Independent front...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 03-01-2018, 09:22 AM
Replies: 226
Views: 18,706
Posted By Rednax
Big rig passing

Worst driver of the day award.

When you fail to maintain adequate space around your vehicle, you failed in a basic manner.

Pay attention to this:

Jammed up behind someone slower? Vehicles...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 03-01-2018, 09:16 AM
Replies: 226
Views: 18,706
Posted By Rednax
Commercial vehicles repay society’s investment....

Commercial vehicles repay society’s investment. You’re driving around wasting gasoline, by comparison.

The dimensions of the road are ALL with big trucks in mind. Not cars. Not RVs.

And, no,...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 03-01-2018, 09:10 AM
Replies: 226
Views: 18,706
Posted By Rednax
I’d like for you and others to re-think this....

I’d like for you and others to re-think this. Especially with an RV.

Moving left to accommodate entering traffic = bad habit.

For traffic struggling to get to speed, a little different. BUT! ...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 03-01-2018, 09:04 AM
Replies: 226
Views: 18,706
Posted By Rednax
Big rig passing

Moving back into the travel lane ahead of a big truck is consistently 120’ for those who seem to otherwise be average.

If we’re at 60-mph, it’s too close. 200’ should be the goal.

Walk this...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 03-01-2018, 09:00 AM
Replies: 226
Views: 18,706
Posted By Rednax
I run a smoothbore tanker and rarely enter an...

I run a smoothbore tanker and rarely enter an Interstate, even empty, at above 35-mph. 25 isn’t unusual.

The driver entering must ALWAYS yield. If that means over onto the shoulder, then that’s...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 02-23-2018, 05:08 AM
Replies: 226
Views: 18,706
Posted By Rednax
Texas highways are the best in the nation. Big...

Texas highways are the best in the nation. Big trucks are not restricted except by specific signage.

All US, and almost all state highways are built to accommodate truck traffic on the shoulder. ...
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 02-22-2018, 05:05 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,658
Posted By Rednax
What’s your MPG?

Don’t understand the larger concept of your annual fuel consumption and how addressing that can help pay for vacation fuel?

Or that some combined rigs are far better than others in the game of...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 02-22-2018, 05:02 PM
Replies: 226
Views: 18,706
Posted By Rednax
ROW is strict. In the governed trucks I drive...

ROW is strict. In the governed trucks I drive I’ve gotten to where I rarely move left due to this reason.

Same for when in the pickup.

It was only ever a courtesy.

And it’s fun when the...
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 02-22-2018, 04:47 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,658
Posted By Rednax
What’s your MPG?

When fuel economy is a priority, start with a clean sheet of paper.

New versus used vehicles — TT & TV — is first.

2) Aero TT ; and TV drivetrain is second.

3) Being willing to make...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 02-18-2018, 05:41 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 6,430
Posted By Rednax
New 2019 Silverado 1500 with Duramax 3.0 Inline Six Diesel Option

Plenty of us live where E85 isn’t found without trouble or at all. And pure gas returns better mpg, so that has to be factored.

Fuel MUST be priced by BTU to make accurate comparisons.

My...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 02-18-2018, 04:22 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 6,430
Posted By Rednax
SUVs. Minivans. Cars. 4-whl independent...

SUVs. Minivans. Cars.

4-whl independent suspension, rack & pinion steering and low center of gravity.

Almost always better braking & handling. Better power to weight ratio.

A pickup is a...
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 02-16-2018, 07:28 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,658
Posted By Rednax
To the OP: whether 1968 or 2018 towing a TT...

To the OP: whether 1968 or 2018 towing a TT exerts about a 40% penalty where all else is the same. Do your comparison against yourself. Towing is a 58-62/mph day of a few hundred miles. Arrive by 3...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 02-16-2018, 07:13 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,945
Posted By Rednax
FALR is, front axle load restoration. ...

FALR is, front axle load restoration.

Meaning, did the WD restore the TV Steer Axle to the solo value; as a percentage.
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 02-16-2018, 09:32 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 6,430
Posted By Rednax
New 2019 Silverado 1500 with Duramax 3.0 Inline Six Diesel Option

I’d use the GM 6.2L 10-auto half-ton as default. That truck can see 25-mpg at 60-mph. Bye bye all diesels used for these itty bitty trailers.

There’s no benefit to a diesel where RV is the case. ...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 01-16-2018, 09:49 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,369
Posted By Rednax
Last piece of the puzzle for that TARE weight is...

Last piece of the puzzle for that TARE weight is comparison to TV axle limits: How much range between TARE and limit on each axle?
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 01-16-2018, 09:22 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,719
Posted By Rednax
The irony of this is that unibody is...

The irony of this is that unibody is substantially stronger than body on frame.

The preferred tow vehicle of the 1960s and 70s were Chrysler. All were unibody. The steering and handling was...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 12-24-2017, 06:00 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,945
Posted By Rednax
OPs numbers good at first glance. Close to FALR. ...

OPs numbers good at first glance. Close to FALR.

Should try another adjustment to increase Steer Axle weight again and drive. May or may not like it. Testing is the point.

TT tire pressure...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 12-24-2017, 05:39 AM
Replies: 226
Views: 18,706
Posted By Rednax
What’s the best distance to move back to the...

What’s the best distance to move back to the travel lane?

A football field. I’m not exaggerating so much as giving a realistic picture.

Big truck stop distance is easily 700’.

Six...
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 12-17-2017, 12:55 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,935
Posted By Rednax
Take your time, is Rule One. Rule Two is TT...

Take your time, is Rule One.

Rule Two is TT before TV.

After that is Rule Three: How long will it be in service?

A guy retiring at 58 and intending to keep it till age 75 to travel...
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 12-17-2017, 12:35 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,305
Posted By Rednax
It’s all right here. Roof-mount crank up with...

It’s all right here. Roof-mount crank up with latest Wineguard Antenna. Easiest to live with.
Forum: Travel Trailer Discussion 12-17-2017, 12:21 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 6,437
Posted By Rednax
Truthfully is RV'in becoming less enjoyable

In line with some other comments, have a plan to exit RV’ng that’s as strong as the one to get into it.

Kids are gone, don’t need a four bedroom house, easy. But when RVng is more work than...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 12-17-2017, 12:01 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,468
Posted By Rednax
I’ve been towing trailers of every description...

I’ve been towing trailers of every description 44-Years. Privately and commercially. In weather none of you would have dared. Loads that had to be delivered.

I’ve exaggerated nothing.

The...
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 12-13-2017, 07:22 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,468
Posted By Rednax
A 5’er is about as stable as a rock atop a stick....

A 5’er is about as stable as a rock atop a stick.

Terrible center of gravity

5’ers and their tow vehicles have a COG that’s higher even than motorhomes at times. Resulting in a vehicle that...
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