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Old 07-06-2016, 11:34 AM   #91
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Enough truck?

Just towed to santa cruise CA from Seattle 29hfs fully loaded Can Am Spyder in back full water full fuel station 1/2 to Chevy quadrasteer average speed 65-80 /95 % of the trip and 55 up steep grade zero sway 329798 mile on her Click image for larger version

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Old 07-06-2016, 12:27 PM   #92
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On our last trip through D.C. a young, inexperienced highway patrolman tried to pull-off the highway into a construction area until at the last second he realized it was blocked by a gate. Rather than accelerating & getting back into our (right) lane or staying over on the shoulder he came to a complete stop - blocking the entire right lane as cars zoomed by on the middle & left lanes leaving no where for us to go. No lights, no warning, just came to a complete stop on the interstate!

The SUV in front of us almost hit him & we almost hit the SUV. (I could not see the SUV's bumper over my hood when we were done sliding to a stop!)

So glad I had just installed a Prodigy III because without it we would not have stopped in time with the stock brake controller... Also glad we have a 3/4 ton vs. 1/2 ton because our 8,000 lb. "1/2 ton towable" TT doesn't push around our 7,000 lb. TV.

I have years of experience towing construction-type trailers behind various 1/2, 3/4 & 1 ton trucks. There's no way I could have gotten any of our 1/2 ton trucks to stop in time. We used to call F150's first ant-lock brakes "anti-stop" when hauling near GCVW...
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Old 07-06-2016, 01:07 PM   #93
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Martsing,
I was pretty happy with my TV & TH combo around home with only 1-2 hour pulling trips. But when I just went out to Yellowstone (1,100 miles one-way), that really opened my eyes to towing a larger camper.

Until you have pulled your camper up & down 6-10% grades and for more than 15 hours (one-way...), I'm not 100% sure anyone can say their TW is just right for any camper. Unless you will always being camping within 1 hour of your home on flat roads...

Not trying to start any issues, just sharing my personal experience...
Steve,

I definitely appreciate your perspective. We do plan to make a trip out west at some point (I am east coast) but I guess I don't have the same sense of dread. I have towed a heavy (ish) trailer through the Appalachians (not close to the same I know) and aside from a drop in MPG's I didn't feel uncomfortable. I get more spooked by idiots who pull in front of me because I leave a larger than "normal" gap in front of my vehicle.

All that said, my truck has 136,000+ miles on it and I have total confidence in it BUT when it is time to get a new truck I will no longer have the daily commute requirement and I will most likely go to a heavier vehicle simply because as Tim Allen says AR AR AR AR
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Old 07-06-2016, 03:49 PM   #94
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Steve,

I definitely appreciate your perspective. We do plan to make a trip out west at some point (I am east coast) but I guess I don't have the same sense of dread. I have towed a heavy (ish) trailer through the Appalachians (not close to the same I know) and aside from a drop in MPG's I didn't feel uncomfortable. I get more spooked by idiots who pull in front of me because I leave a larger than "normal" gap in front of my vehicle.

All that said, my truck has 136,000+ miles on it and I have total confidence in it BUT when it is time to get a new truck I will no longer have the daily commute requirement and I will most likely go to a heavier vehicle simply because as Tim Allen says AR AR AR AR
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All good in the hood.... Safe travels and Happy camping...
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Old 07-06-2016, 05:16 PM   #95
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Yep, going to try some 89 octane on the next trip and see what difference I have.

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It'll take a couple tanks to get the lower octane out . so once you are on your 2nd tank you should notice a smoother idle and an increase of a mpg or 2 . also if you haven't cleaned your injectors not a bad time to add 2 bottles of sea foam or some lucas fuel .injector cleaner
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Got passed by a Chevy 3500 dually diesel from New Mexico this afternoon, doing 75mph+. He was pulling a SurveyorSport 220RBS.

I think he had enough truck. I hope he didn't have China Bombs!
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So glad I had just installed a Prodigy III because without it we would not have stopped in time with the stock brake controller... Also glad we have a 3/4 ton vs. 1/2 ton because our 8,000 lb. "1/2 ton towable" TT doesn't push around our 7,000 lb. TV.


Maybe Maybe not know why of really knowing if you could have stopped with your old brake controller or not unless it was inoperable , or if any other brake controller would have done just as well . I'm sure Prodigy likes the kudos . now that chevy 1/2 ton of steves would handle it fine . a f150 is not the same as a 1500 other then classification
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It'll take a couple tanks to get the lower octane out . so once you are on your 2nd tank you should notice a smoother idle and an increase of a mpg or 2 . also if you haven't cleaned your injectors not a bad time to add 2 bottles of sea foam or some lucas fuel .injector cleaner
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I have been running a can of sea foam thru my tanks for years (cars, trucks, cycle, tractor, etc..). I love that stuff...

I hear you on the 2nd tank thing to get thru all the lower octane fuel....
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Awhile back I posted about the poor braking. The factory controller had a light and heavy setting (also E over H) and I had it set to heavy. Looking at the drums, they looked brand new after thousands o miles ... I knew the truck was doing the majority of the stopping. I replaced the 16ga wiring with 10ga ... not much improvement. Then changed to Prodigy which, has boost 1, 2, and 3. Holy macerel what a difference! I went to boost 3 on the highway at first and it stopped very well. Now after the brakes have broken in (they do need to wear in) I run boost 2, since 3 can bring on a slide. So either kudos to "Prodigy"or shame on Chrysler Corp. BTW I left the factory controller tied up under the dash to stop the "warning" and just tapped the wire to the back and the stop light lead. Happy camping!
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A lot of the late model 1500's tow more than my 01 2500 as far as their tow ratings. Hope their trannys brakes and axles are tougher than they used to be.
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