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Old 08-17-2013, 05:10 AM   #99
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Old 08-18-2013, 06:19 AM   #100
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If a diesel is put under load from the beginning, it breaks in faster. If you use it as a daily driver for a short drive commute, it won't brake is as fast or as well. They need to be under a load, like towing the Airstream!

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Old 08-18-2013, 04:43 PM   #101
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We are pulling a 25 FB with a 3/4 T 2500 and have already found popped rivets ... not sure if that speaks to AS QC or the stiffer suspension of the 3/4. Approaching 10K miles on the Cummins and still very POOR fuel economy. When the warranty is up there are other options for increasing the economy.
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Old 08-19-2013, 01:17 PM   #102
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We had about 4 or 5 popped rivets in the first year or so. All but one were in a line over the kitchen counter. When I tried to replace them, the correct size would not work and I had the impression that they were not in a proper place and weren't holding anything. I used the right sized drill bit to drill the old ones out, so that wasn't the problem. I ended up putting new ones, a size bigger in, and they have stayed in since.

By that time I had Centramatics and not too long after, put on Michelin tires—they ride better than most tires. I haven't had a rivet pop since.

So my popped rivets could have been from poor QC or a trailer that didn't ride as well as it did after I added Centramatics and better tires. I also readjusted the hitch about a year or so after we bought the trailer. And in your case, it could also be the 3/4 ton truck or the hitch.

So, it is hard to know just what the cause is.


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Old 08-19-2013, 01:50 PM   #103
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We had a couple of hitches with very stiff w.d. bars/chains (Equal-I-Zer and Andersen) and had popped rivets even with out 2012 Ram 1500 with rear coil springs. Put on a ProPride with more flexible tapered 1400# bars and no more trouble (yet).

Inland Andy is a supporter of flexible hitch connections to prevent trailer damage, and I'm becoming a believer. Maybe that would be a good starting point.

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Old 08-19-2013, 01:59 PM   #104
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I have been pulling with 2500HD diesels since 2005 and have never popped a rivet. First hitch was a Reese HD cam with 1000# bars. After 3 years, I remounted the Reese head on an AirRide hitch. For the last 18 months, I have had the PP with 1000# bars.

I used Centramatics, but when I put the pretty 16" wheels on this year, I didn't like the look and took off the Centramatics. The Centramatics made it very difficult to check wear on my disc brakes.

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