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Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 10-29-2020, 07:14 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 5,712
Posted By SmokeyWren
Depends on your expected future use. If you plan...

Depends on your expected future use. If you plan to drive it a couple of years, then trade it in, then ignore the break-in period.

But if you plan to use it for mostly towing a heavy RV trailer...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 10-12-2020, 07:44 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,289
Posted By SmokeyWren
Receiver hitch, 7-pin trailer plug wiring,...

Receiver hitch, 7-pin trailer plug wiring, increased drivetrain cooling, maybe increased payload capacity.



Sure, but it will not be a normal travel trailer. Ignore that 6,300 number. That's...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 10-09-2020, 06:59 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 562
Posted By SmokeyWren
High Papawketh, and :welcome: I don't have...

High Papawketh, and :welcome:

I don't have that problem with either loaded or empty 7x14 cargo trailer or with my loaded small TT.

I suspect your problem is your hitch is not properly...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 10-08-2020, 07:53 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,027
Posted By SmokeyWren
You can maybe "get by" without a good...

You can maybe "get by" without a good sway-control hitch, but I wouldn't even think about it.

As a minimum I would want a high-end sway control hitch with list price around $1,000. The Curt you...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 10-04-2020, 08:03 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 914
Posted By SmokeyWren
Yay or yea! I have Dexter Torflex axles on my...

Yay or yea! I have Dexter Torflex axles on my cargo trailer. Love them! I have normal springs & shackles on my other trailers including my TT. They're okay. I added shocks to my TT, and it needed...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 10-04-2020, 07:40 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 945
Posted By SmokeyWren
The proof in the pudding is the CAT scale tickets...

The proof in the pudding is the CAT scale tickets after you are wet and loaded on the road for an RV trip.

Any numbers you come up with before that are just estimates, guesstimates, and hopes.
...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 09-15-2020, 07:40 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,435
Posted By SmokeyWren
I love my ProPride hitch on my small TT. No...

I love my ProPride hitch on my small TT. No problem stabbing the shank into the hitch on even the roughest of rough ground. A good rear-view camera on the tow vehicle helps with stabbing. The screw...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 08-11-2020, 12:59 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,088
Posted By SmokeyWren
Assuming that's the distance from the front...

Assuming that's the distance from the front fender well to the ground, Then that's about perfect.

You probably cannot get any closer to perfect with your cheap hitch. (I would upgrade that hitch...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 08-11-2020, 12:58 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,088
Posted By SmokeyWren
Assuming that's the distance from the front...

Assuming that's the distance from the front fender well to the ground, Then that's about perfect.

You probably cannot get any closer to perfect with your cheap hitch. (I would upgrade that hitch...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 08-07-2020, 08:39 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 611
Posted By SmokeyWren
There are lots of big RV parks in the...

There are lots of big RV parks in the Seattle/Tacoma area. I would go to a few and ask the manager for a suggestion as to someone to tow your trailer to the Phoenix area. If no luck, then the next...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 08-06-2020, 08:54 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,283
Posted By SmokeyWren
Depends of whether you can put up with being the...

Depends of whether you can put up with being the slowpoke holding up traffic on hills and passes. I can't. I inherited a 2006 with your drivetrain. Towed a lightly-loaded cargo trailer on I-10 from...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 07-19-2020, 07:07 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,487
Posted By SmokeyWren
You'll never need a slider hitch (or extended pin...

You'll never need a slider hitch (or extended pin box on the trailer) as long as you are going forward. But put that puppy in reverse to back into a spot and you can have a WHAM! in a heartbeat.
...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 07-18-2020, 08:20 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,041
Posted By SmokeyWren
To summarize what others have said, the answer is...

To summarize what others have said, the answer is "sorta".

Assuming the trailer plug on your F-250 is properly wired/fused/relayed to have all 7 pins working as designed, the 12-volt "hot" wire...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 07-12-2020, 09:17 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,997
Posted By SmokeyWren
I suspect your main problem is you don't have the...

I suspect your main problem is you don't have the hitch properly adjusted. If you pump up the trailer tires to the max on the sidewall, and also pump up the truck rear tires to the max on the...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 07-11-2020, 05:42 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 5,140
Posted By SmokeyWren
I love Toyotas. My other cars are a 2018 Avalon...

I love Toyotas. My other cars are a 2018 Avalon XLE family sedan and a 2017 Corolla LE runabout My first Toy was a new 1980 Camry LE with a stick shift. I inherited a 1986 Toy pickup, then passed...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 07-10-2020, 06:13 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 320
Posted By SmokeyWren
Big problem if you simply install the Anderson...

Big problem if you simply install the Anderson Ultimate hitch without also installing an extended kingpin box (pin box). You can probably "get by" without an extended pin box when going forward, but...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 07-05-2020, 01:08 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,019
Posted By SmokeyWren
Ford says you don't require a WD hitch when...

Ford says you don't require a WD hitch when towing with your F-350 if the trailer weight is ~7,500 pounds with hitch weight less than about 1,000 pounds.

But I would not leave home with that...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 06-27-2020, 06:26 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,536
Posted By SmokeyWren
Your limiter will be the 500 pounds max hitch...

Your limiter will be the 500 pounds max hitch weight. With a normally-loaded trailer ready for camping, that's a max trailer weight of about 3,850.

Average RVers load about 1,000 pounds in their...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 06-15-2020, 03:12 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 13,655
Posted By SmokeyWren
New vehicle for that driver; i.e., they haven't...

New vehicle for that driver; i.e., they haven't had it long enough to have permanent license tags installed. Therefore, the driver probably has little or no experience in handling that rig in an...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 06-15-2020, 07:28 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 623
Posted By SmokeyWren
Cheap hitch

A sway arm (sway bar, or friction stay control) indicates a cheap hitch. Inadequate sway control under extreme sway-causing conditions. Buy a better hitch with built-in sway control (not sway bars)...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 06-11-2020, 10:27 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 457
Posted By SmokeyWren
It's online, but needs more detail. Is it the...

It's online, but needs more detail. Is it the regular Expedition or the EL (extra long). What trim (XL, XLT, King Ranch, Platinum or Limited)? 4x4 or 4x2?

Assuming EL, XLT, 4x4 with tow pkg and...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 06-10-2020, 07:23 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,209
Posted By SmokeyWren
No, you're mixing the apples and the oranges...

No, you're mixing the apples and the oranges (tongue weight and payload capacity). 16k toy hauler will have pin weight of about 20% of gross trailer weight, or 3,200 pounds. To handle that pin weight...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 06-10-2020, 08:27 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 281
Posted By SmokeyWren
Depends on whether they mean a Reese Titan...

Depends on whether they mean a Reese Titan receiver or a receiver for a Nissan Titan pickup. Reese Titan can handle more tongue weight (TW) that a normal receiver.

But ignore that requirement...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 06-10-2020, 07:07 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,209
Posted By SmokeyWren
No, not for example for a nicely-equipped 2010...

No, not for example for a nicely-equipped 2010 CrewCab 4x4. SRW payload is 3,590. You need over 4,000 just for the pin weight of a wet and loaded 16k toy hauler. DRW has payload of 4,714. That's...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 06-09-2020, 09:05 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 980
Posted By SmokeyWren
Not that simple. GCWR is the max combined...

Not that simple.

GCWR is the max combined weight of truck and trailer. But it's rarely the limiter as to max trailer weight you can tow without being overloaded.

GVWR is the max weight on the...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 06-08-2020, 03:49 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,209
Posted By SmokeyWren
Trailer is a toy hauler, so pin weight with the...

Trailer is a toy hauler, so pin weight with the payload properly distributed inside the trailer will be about 20% of loaded trailer weight. If you load it to 16k including toys and stuff, that's...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 06-08-2020, 09:21 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,695
Posted By SmokeyWren
I pretty much agree, provided you mean a small TT...

I pretty much agree, provided you mean a small TT with GVWR less than 6,000 pounds. Payload is the problem. You do not want to exceed the GVWR of your tow vehicle. Most half-ton pickups do not have...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 06-08-2020, 08:19 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,695
Posted By SmokeyWren
I agree with SailorSam that the Hensley ProPride...

I agree with SailorSam that the Hensley ProPride hitch is the best TT hitch available. In fact, that's what I have to tow my TT. ...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 06-07-2020, 08:52 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,695
Posted By SmokeyWren
Not comparable. The 2P has 2-point sway control. ...

Not comparable. The 2P has 2-point sway control. The 4P has 4. 4 is much better than 2.



The Equal-I-Zer 4p rated for 1,000 # max TW will cost you more than the FastWay 2P with trunnion bars...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 06-05-2020, 08:36 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 635
Posted By SmokeyWren
I'm a hard head. I want what I want with no...

I'm a hard head. I want what I want with no compromise. Dealers never have exactly what I want in stock. So I plan ahead and place a factory order.

I've ordered most of my new vehicles beginning...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 06-04-2020, 04:44 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,695
Posted By SmokeyWren
F150 vs. Expedition EL

That's right at the limit for an F-150 or Expedition. Don't go any heavier.



Ignore that tongue weight (TW). Real-world TW will be about 13% of gross wet&loaded trailer weight. So if you...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 06-04-2020, 04:05 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,695
Posted By SmokeyWren
F150 vs. Expedition EL

That's right at the limit for an F-150 or Expedition. Don't go any heavier.



Ignore that tongue weight (TW). Real-world TW will be about 13% of gross wet&loaded trailer weight. So if you...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 02-08-2020, 10:21 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 565
Posted By SmokeyWren
Smile I've been lucky with my China bombs?

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Hi-Run-HWY-Tire-JK42-ST225-75R15-10-117-112L/55012139

I'm proud of my "China Bombs" trailer tires on my cargo trailer. Hi-Run brand I'd never heard of, but WalMart had...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 02-07-2020, 09:16 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 5,837
Posted By SmokeyWren
Once dialed in there is very little difference in...

Once dialed in there is very little difference in towing "feel" for 99% of towing conditions. It's that final 1% of extreme towing conditions where the $3000ProPride will prevent sway, and the $1000...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 12-29-2019, 07:14 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 252
Posted By SmokeyWren
Bunkhouse mattresses

This was posted in fifth wheel discussion, but it also fits here:
https://www.irv2.com/forums/f44/bunk-house-beds-comfortable-473288.html
Forum: 5th Wheel Discussion 12-29-2019, 07:04 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,460
Posted By SmokeyWren
Yep! The cheap mattresses that are standard in...

Yep! The cheap mattresses that are standard in almost all but the most expensive RV trailers are junk. Replace them with quality mattresses.

I prefer interspring mattresses to foam. Even the...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 12-19-2019, 10:06 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 759
Posted By SmokeyWren
No problem if your new wheels are at least 7"...

No problem if your new wheels are at least 7" wide, and you have no rubbing of the trailer tires - other than some tire tread contact with the top of the wheelwell when you hit a big bump or chug...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 12-10-2019, 11:42 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,889
Posted By SmokeyWren
It's complicated. but you can figure it out with...

It's complicated. but you can figure it out with enough time and effort.

Go to ...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 12-09-2019, 05:45 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,889
Posted By SmokeyWren
Depends. Assumption: You want to replace...

Depends.

Assumption: You want to replace the pickup bed with a flat bed on the same pickup.

That mod does not change GVWR, GAWRs, or GCWR. So if the flat bed weighs the same as the pickup bed,...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 12-08-2019, 06:02 AM
Replies: 315
Views: 29,179
Posted By SmokeyWren
Hi, Ken - I earned my BBA in accounting in...

Hi, Ken -

I earned my BBA in accounting in 1961, and later my MBA way back in 1968, and spent my career juggling numbers. And I've been a "car nut" since even before 1957 when I had a hot-rod 1951...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 12-06-2019, 06:44 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 448
Posted By SmokeyWren
The bed rails are probably going to be in the bed...

The bed rails are probably going to be in the bed all the time. They can be removed with about a half-hour of hard work, but in my '99 F-250 I just left them installed in the bed all the time for 10...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 11-29-2019, 07:35 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,299
Posted By SmokeyWren
I traded my 2012 3.5L EcoBoost for the 3.5L in my...

I traded my 2012 3.5L EcoBoost for the 3.5L in my 2019. But I gave up trying to "stay out of the throttle" years ago. When not towing, I cruise at 79 MPH and average about 17 MPG. When towing my 7k...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 11-28-2019, 05:36 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 754
Posted By SmokeyWren
Assuming an enclosed cargo trailer or tandem-axle...

Assuming an enclosed cargo trailer or tandem-axle car hauler, your limiter as to max trailer weight is the 500 pounds max tongue weight (TW). When properly-loaded to 500 pounds TW, your trailer will...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 11-28-2019, 04:30 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 6,420
Posted By SmokeyWren
No. Not with a normally-loaded tow vehicle and...

No. Not with a normally-loaded tow vehicle and trailer without exceeding the payload capacity of the tow vehicle. Your Highlander is a "crossover" SUV, which means it is based on a front-wheel drive...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 11-28-2019, 04:08 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 6,420
Posted By SmokeyWren
I had a 2017 Highlander XLE until a lady ran over...

I had a 2017 Highlander XLE until a lady ran over me and totaled it. The wonderful drivetrain can PULL a 5,000 pound travel trailer (TT), but the unibody chassis when loaded with a small family and...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 11-24-2019, 09:23 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 913
Posted By SmokeyWren
Reese makes a 24" extension for a 2.5" receiver,...

Reese makes a 24" extension for a 2.5" receiver, but it converts to 2" at the other end. Rated 800 pounds tongue weight with a WD hitch, which is plenty for a 5,200 pound TT. So you would need to...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 11-09-2019, 07:56 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,959
Posted By SmokeyWren
Yes. You keep ignoring the facts I pointed out...

Yes. You keep ignoring the facts I pointed out in post #2 above.

With a travel trailer (TT) or fifth wheel RV trailer, you will run out of payload capacity long before you get close to the GCWR...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 11-07-2019, 05:47 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,600
Posted By SmokeyWren
You pretty much get what you pay for. The Curt...

You pretty much get what you pay for. The Curt TruTrac and HuskyCenterline TS are "economy" hitches. They work pretty good, but not quite as good under severe sway-causing conditions as the...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 11-07-2019, 04:46 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,959
Posted By SmokeyWren
2019 Highland Ridge RV Open Range 310BHS Travel...

2019 Highland Ridge RV Open Range 310BHS Travel Trailer
Unloaded weight = 9310, Cargo carrying capacity (CCC) = 2190, max trailer weight = 11,500

Assume wet and loaded gross trailer weight of...
Forum: Trailer Towing and Tow Vehicles Discussion 10-29-2019, 08:53 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,096
Posted By SmokeyWren
A 5er tows better than a TT only if the TT is...

A 5er tows better than a TT only if the TT is towed with a cheap hitch. But a TT towed with a ProPride hitch tows just as good as a 5er or gooseneck....
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