I APPRECIATE ALL THIS! You guys are great. Sometimes when I feel alone with an issue, I get great info here.
A) A friend suggested I MIGHT have trailer brakes grabbing. That's a thought! But, I got 10.5 mpg average on 700 mile trip, which seems pretty fair. Doesn't seem that would be that high if brakes grabbing. Thoughts??
B) It hit me on the way home that all the talk here about brand of truck is overrated. IF (big IF) you are talking a 3500 truck and IF you are talking a 15,000 lb 5'er, or so, it isn't going to make one whit of difference whether you have a Chevy, Ford, or Fiat truck (sorry, can't resist). They will all pull that camper. One is rated higher here, another one there. Everyone is chauvinistic about trucks, but brand doesn't matter. SIZE DOES! In life, size always matters!
Anyone pulling what I pulled with a 1/2 ton truck is crazier than my Aunt Bessie. That is an OPINION. I wish I had a Kenworth, to be honest.
C) I just got a small 'largesse' from the deal where tree fell on our farm house. I think I am going to just bite the bullet and have air bags put in. The place that did the hitch sells them, $450 plus $175 install charge. I am going to always wish I did have them, and I'll spend this money on wine, women, and song if I don't. I am concerned how that will affect my non-trailering ride.......
D) On the questions above........the truck says "level" either hitched or unhitched. Sorta makes me wonder if it's accurate, but that's what it says.
Not sure how to adjust the B&W Companion hitch.........but the guys who put it in said bring it by and let them look at it. Their location is NOT conducive to a big rig (odd for such a business!) but I'll try and get it there.
I have the same issue with the arrows on the TrailAir. Seem to move on me.....not sure why. Do they notoriously leak air? How far can I overload it? There's no gauge, nor any recommendation as to lbs of air that is optimal.
I KNOW I need to weigh it and the truck to figure it out. I just got it, but I will. Time is not my friend. I leave in one hour for 2 weeks in Colorado (no trailer). I camp for 2 weeks in June in South Carolina. Then Goshen. In between a camping trip with wife's uncle. WHEW! But somehow I'll make time to weigh it, maybe July (?).
I will be offline till about Sunday or Monday. I'll check back for more answers then. Thank you guys SO much! This (and the hot water issue) are the only 'serious' things wrong. And both MUST get addressed. This one MAY end up just 'I have to live with it', and if so fine. But I want to know the facts first.