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Old 06-02-2016, 04:06 PM   #21
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No trans problems, brakes at 60,000 miles, air bags, no heating problems, NOTHING so far. Over 95,000 miles on truck. When it blows or something breaks, I'll just repair it. BTW, it is MY TRUCK, bought and paid for with no payments.
You rock, OldCoot! Do what you want, and the rest be dam_ed!
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Old 06-02-2016, 04:09 PM   #22
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You rock, OldCoot! Do what you want, and the rest be dam_ed!
When the critics start paying my bills they can attempt to tell me what I can and can't do. Until then, you hit the nail on the head!
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Old 06-02-2016, 04:13 PM   #23
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BTW, thanks once again for your (and OC west) help with my awning at the "Mayberry" rally!
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Old 06-02-2016, 04:15 PM   #24
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BTW, thanks once again for your (and OC west) help with my awning at the "Mayberry" rally!
Just sorry we couldn't fix it. At least you can get a new motor and install it yourself. I'd try to find one on eBay.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/LCI-Solera-L...FXN6eK&vxp=mtr
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Old 06-02-2016, 04:22 PM   #25
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Old 06-02-2016, 04:33 PM   #26
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Just sorry we couldn't fix it. At least you can get a new motor and install it yourself. I'd try to find one on eBay.

LCI Solera Lippert Awning Motor and End Caps Used | eBay
Emailed the motor company to see if they would sell me a motor direct....they wouldn't and said to buy thru e-trailer. They indicated none were available on eBay unless listed for sale by a RV dealer. Thinking I will let FR help me out at Goshen.
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Old 06-02-2016, 09:20 PM   #27
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My 1/2 ton has a max towing capacity of 10,000lbs and a max payload of 1700lbs. My TT weighs 7300lbs dry and this is the heaviest trailer I feel comfortable pulling with my truck. Once filled, my TT weighs in at about 8000lbs with a tongue weight of about 800lbs. That leaves only 900lbs of capacity in the truck. Add (3) 200lb passengers and other assorted cargo, and my capacity is reached fairly quickly.

You really have to crunch all your numbers before deciding on how much trailer you can safely tow. I wouldn't even begin to consider a 5th wheel without at least a 3/4 ton, preferably a 1 ton.


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Old 06-02-2016, 10:44 PM   #28
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1/2 ton vs. 5er HT

Dealers just do not care about PAYLOAD, in fact suggest air bags (dealers should be held responsible for misleading customers).
Most 1/2 ton with HDT and HDP just make the manufactures HT requirements. HDP is just that - the sticker on the drivers door support pillar gives the weight the brakes are designed to stop with that PL too. Read the trucks manual, above a certain trailer weight brakes are a must - many states have regulations on the same issue. Dealers usually use the dry weight 1,300 to 1,700 pin to make a sale - most HT 5ers loaded are around 10,000, pin now 1,500 to 2,000.
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Old 06-03-2016, 09:12 AM   #29
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When the critics start paying my bills they can attempt to tell me what I can and can't do. Until then, you hit the nail on the head!

I understand that you do it properly. What scares the bejezzus out of me is the complete neophyte who get suckered into buying too much camper because the salesman told them their new half-ton EcoBlow will tow 12k no sweat.

They then proceed to gallivant their happy (buts) all over hells half-acre without so much as even a quick check of tire pressures. I see enough guys with the "macho-truck syndrome" as it is.




I know you can't correct everyone. I just hope that when the tail starts wagging the dog on their rigs, I am safely in a totally different state.

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Old 06-03-2016, 09:57 AM   #30
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We had the same issues when looking for our RV in 2014. We were looking for a TT first, and two different salesmen told us my 2013 5.3 1500 Sierra would handle a 5er. What I found was the same as mentioned here, your payload was gone about the same moment you hitched to the 5er. Empty. We went with a TT with GVWR of 8300, found it had a CAT scales tongue weight of 1100# not the stated 800#; we have pulled it over 12,000 miles with no issues at all after changing WDH to heavier rating. We are now in the market for a 38-40' 5er and didn't want to worry about every ounce of weight. I looked at payload for SRW 3500HD trucks and then decided on a DRW 3500HD with a 5000#+ payload and 22000 5er tow rating. Now we can pretty much shop for what we want with no worries.

RV salesmen are going to tell you your TV can tow a lot more than it can/should because they want to make the sale, AND they are not going to be riding with you in the TV cab! I cannot believe in our litigious society someone hasn't sued a salesman for misleading them about TV abilities to handle a RV and they got into a wreck. It's coming and then we will start getting a bit more accurate sales pitch!
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