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Old 07-24-2006, 10:54 AM   #57
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That was probably me. I had my wife and two sons with me (ages 6 & 9). Did you circle the Terraport before you headed back to the service dept?
Yes, that was me, I needed to clear out my tanks at the dump station.

Your Ford doesnt hit high gear until 65 mph.....I can get my Duramax into sixth gear at 62 MPH, then I can slow to 60 and stay in sixth.

Towing my 28' to Jackson Center was nearly all 2 lans for me (100 miles) and I topped off my tank at the station next to Airstream and I got 14.4 MPG towing at 60 mph.
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Page 1, lower half is for LT tires, whether fitted to the front of a moho or a light truck. Nick.
hi nick.....
ok, now i see the section....it's also on page 16 of the goodyear rv tire guide...
unfortunately only a few sizes for light truck tires listed...
so nothing near the 265-285/50-70/17-20s now stock on 3/4 ton trucks...
still looking at the largest listed...and following the 'e' rating zones....
it appears that for each 5psi below the 'max' inflation...
the tire load rating drops 100-300lbs....

yet again another reason to weigh the rig.....
if using anything less than max inflation...

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Old 07-24-2006, 01:35 PM   #59
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Yes, that was me, I needed to clear out my tanks at the dump station.

Your Ford doesnt hit high gear until 65 mph.....I can get my Duramax into sixth gear at 62 MPH, then I can slow to 60 and stay in sixth.

Towing my 28' to Jackson Center was nearly all 2 lans for me (100 miles) and I topped off my tank at the station next to Airstream and I got 14.4 MPG towing at 60 mph.
When I tried that, it started hunting between the top gear and next to the top gear. I say it this way because F-250s come with a six speed transmission but only use five at a time. One gear is used in regular driving while one is not. When you engage tow/haul, that gear isn't used and the other gear is. I'm not sure if it becomes 1-2-3-4-6 in regular and 1-2-3-4-5 in tow/haul or some other combination.

Anyway, I kept a close eye on the transmission temp and engine temp in the mountains and neither ever moved above the middle of the normal range. My RPMs at 55 were approx. 2200 and at 65 they were approx. 1900 and at 75 they were approx. 2200 again.

There's no doubt in my mind that towing at 65 mph would yeild a better fuel economy, but like I said, it just doesn't feel safe with the ramblings and at anything slower I would be stuck in the right lane where the road is so rough from wear and tear from the extra traffic and from semis that I bounce all over the lane and am afraid I might rattle the trailer apart, not to mention my fillings.

Now, art, anything new happening at JC?
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Now I have a really dumb question. As I am new to towing, I hope you will forgive my ignorance. The dealer didn't mention this, but I do recall reading that you have to disconnect the spring bars on Hensley hitches before backing the trailer. Do you need to with the Equal-i-zer? I haven't the few times I have backed our Airstream and haven't had any difficulties that I was aware of but I am currious if it would be easier to stear in reverse if they were disconnected.
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Now I have a really dumb question. As I am new to towing, I hope you will forgive my ignorance. The dealer didn't mention this, but I do recall reading that you have to disconnect the spring bars on Hensley hitches before backing the trailer. Do you need to with the Equal-i-zer? I haven't the few times I have backed our Airstream and haven't had any difficulties that I was aware of but I am currious if it would be easier to stear in reverse if they were disconnected.

Nope, not at all necessary.
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Nope, not at all necessary.
Good, I thought about that today and thought, perhaps, I had overlooked an important step that might have damaged my hitch.
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I do recall reading that you have to disconnect the spring bars on Hensley hitches before backing the trailer. Do you need to with the Equal-i-zer?.
hi minne's mate and others....

no need 2 touch any adjustment for backing the hensley...
infact the spring bars aren't removable in the normal sense...
they can be taken off but it isn't needed except to replace bushings or change spring bar sizes...

also it seems a little confusion on the super duty torqshift...
the 6 speed tranny has 2 gear patterns...
below zero operation....1,2,3,4,6
all other times.............1,2,3,5,6

tow/haul doesn't change this...
it's basically a 2nd computer program strategy that still allows overdrive (6th)...
with higher shift points, longer holds of gears when decending or coasting
and the 'apply-brake & gear-hold' feature which is really nice on long decents...

i've found this to be a good page for reading the basic on the powerstroke....
http://www.intellidog.com/dieselmann/60psd.htm
charles explains things clearly, with little jargon...

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Backing up with the Equal-i-zer, you might hear some creaking and squeaking if you are backing in at a moderate to severe angle, but no worries.

We will pick our trailer up on the 3rd of August.

When will "Changes in Latitude" be ready to pickup at Jackson Center?
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Old 07-25-2006, 02:09 PM   #65
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Backing up with the Equal-i-zer, you might hear some creaking and squeaking if you are backing in at a moderate to severe angle, but no worries.

We will pick our trailer up on the 3rd of August.

When will "Changes in Latitude" be ready to pickup at Jackson Center?
I hear that creaking and clunking noise quite a bit. Even in sharp turns going forward. Should have heard me trying to back into the first camp site...real tight.

Jean called this morning and said she is ready. My insurance company called yesterday to get the contact person and phone number so they could get the fed tax id number before they cut the check. So I should be able to pick her up on Monday, 7/31. If the check doesn't come by Saturday, I'll have to delay until August 14th because of work schedule. I think my wife will go stir crazy by 8/14 if we don't have her back in our driveway before then!!!
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Hitch set up proceedures

Here's a link to a good article on RV NET for setting up hitches. http://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fu...d/17730894.cfm
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Hitch research

I've been researching the various hitches and their sway/W/D capabilities. Just reviewed the DVD on the Hensley...is that a Dodge Intrepid towing a 34' Excella? I see the Crown Vic in other shots.

I guess you would need some (lots of) help if you tow with a front-wheel drive ~3L sedan!!

Just rambling...
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I hear that creaking and clunking noise quite a bit. Even in sharp turns going forward. Should have heard me trying to back into the first camp site...real tight.

Jean called this morning and said she is ready. My insurance company called yesterday to get the contact person and phone number so they could get the fed tax id number before they cut the check. So I should be able to pick her up on Monday, 7/31. If the check doesn't come by Saturday, I'll have to delay until August 14th because of work schedule. I think my wife will go stir crazy by 8/14 if we don't have her back in our driveway before then!!!
Got back last night at midnight. There were a couple of items to go over and by the time they were done, it was 2:00 PM! I drove straight through by myself stopping only once just north of Knoxville for fuel. Total trip of 595 miles! I got 12.6 mpg. That's about what I got before. Terrible amount of road work being done on the north side of Knoxville and just north of Atlanta wasted a good 1/2 hour in each location but she's home now.

Body work was excellent and the four or so warranty items were fixed to my satisfaction. Just glad to be back and ready for our next adventure.

As many of you know I had had some issues with my Equal-i-zer hitch. On Saturday before I left I had 70 psi of air pressure put in the front tires and 75 in the rear and that seems to have made a huge difference. The front only had about 58 psi. I also got stainless steel valve stem caps to help reduce the possibility of leakage under the higher pressure.

The extra air meant a rough ride on I-75 in Cincinatti and parts of northern Kentucky where the interstate is old and worn and where it's under construction, but at least the rig behaved. I had double checked the torque on the hitch head and they were still at 60 ft-lbs. So I'm thinking the front tire pressure may have been it or at least most of it.

My next project when I have a chance to catch my breath...about 2-3 weekends from now...is to track down a set of CAT scales and check the actual weight distribution to fine tune the rig. Then to throw a monkey wrench into the works, I'll add my golf cart to the bed of the truck and figure out how it should be set up for that load so we can have more ecco-friendly transportation within the campground when we reach our destinations.
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hi minnie's mate...

good to read you are back safely and the airstream is better.
they do amazimg body work don't ya think?

it will be interesting to see what the truck weighs with the golf cart on board...

good to read your driving experience has improved too.

as for the harshness...if handling improves it's worth it imo.
try the fronts 2-4 psi higher than rears.
usually the harshness when not towing or hauling can be reduced by lowering the rear tires and with the big diesel up front leaving the fronts inflated.

these trucks all come with an antisway bar up front,
but the rear bar is an option....
mine has both and i like it better that way.

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hi minnie's mate...

good to read you are back safely and the airstream is better.
they do amazimg body work don't ya think?

it will be interesting to see what the truck weighs with the golf cart on board...

good to read your driving experience has improved too.

as for the harshness...if handling improves it's worth it imo.
try the fronts 2-4 psi higher than rears.
usually the harshness when not towing or hauling can be reduced by lowering the rear tires and with the big diesel up front leaving the fronts inflated.

these trucks all come with an antisway bar up front,
but the rear bar is an option....
mine has both and i like it better that way.

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Mine has the anti-way bar in the rear also. I'm glad it does.

My tire shop recommended not putting the max (80 psi) in either pair of tires. The door panel placard said max 65 psi max in the front. I'm thinking the 70 is better, though.

The golf cart weighs in at approximately 1,000 lbs. While at Ft. Wilderness I saw a number of trucks towing SOB's hauling golf carts in the bed. My hitch is 12,000 LBS rated and I'm thinking I will need to move the "L"-bracket up a notch to accomodate the extra weight in the bed of the truck, maybe even two to distribute some of the weight of the golf cart to the front axle. For permanet hauling, I will add washers in the hitch head later if the "L"-bracket adjustment levels the truck.

We plan to take a trip around 8/16 to the N. Georgia mountains and I plan to take the golf cart in the bed on that trip and another to FDR State Park over Labor Day Weekend. Those will be fairly short trips distance wise. The first long trip with the golf cart will be in October to Ft. Wilderness.
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