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  1. I think you might be getting confused about towing capacity vs payload capacity. The majority of the time, trucks will run out of payload capacity before they get to their towing limit. If you look at the video posted above by Lone-Star, they show at 1:57 the payload capacity that you need to know. Air bags and Timbrens do not Increase your payload capacity per se, but will eliminate the squatting. Back to the video, at 2:07, it shows the axle/gvw rating sticker for the same truck. This truck is showing a gvw of 10,000lbs with a front axle rating of 4,800lbs and a rear axle rating of 6,100lbs. for a total of 10,900lbs. However, that particular truck came from the factory with a curb weight of 7,188lbs and a payload capacity of 2,812lbs. A lot of people will ignore the payload capacity rating will load it up to the total axle ratings of 10,900 instead of the gross vehicle weight of 10,000 and consider themselves to be safe. That may be true and the vehicle does have the capability to handle that weight, but it can be argued they are being negligent and are liable to any lawsuits and such if an accident happened and they are over the payload capacity. Now, if you move to a 350/3500 Single rear wheel, you'll probably pick up an extra 900-1000lbs of payload which is probably adequate for the 5ers you are looking at with your family and little ewok in the cab. If you move up to the dually, the payload capacity increase will be even much greater.
  2. My first TT had a broken water pump when I bought it from Camping Hell and they wouldn't fix it without an extra charge once I discovered it didn't work (Long after the sale). So out of principle, never planned on using and traded it back in that way. When they asked if it worked, I said "it is in the same condition as it was when I bought it from you". As for the current 5er, I have no idea if it works as we don't plan to dry camp. So, the water tank is empty. We always carry bottled water with us anyway, so we can use that for the toilet and brushing teeth if we need to.
  3. You definitely need to change trucks if you buy any of the 5ers you've hinted at. Try to buy the same year as yours or newer. The frame and the engines are the same between the 250/350. Parts diagrams I looked at also show the same brakes. The springs and the spring block are the only glaring difference. I've seen anywhere from 17"-20" on both 250s and 350s. I would avoid 20" tires for ride comfort. If you're looking at different trucks. Look at the GM twins 2015 and newer crew cabs. All the ford fanboys at the auction building that have ford crew cabs all admit I have more leg room in the cab both front and rear and admit my truck squats a lot LESS with trailers hooked up then theirs. Like I stated before. I can put dog cases in the back of the crew cab on the floor with the seat folded up. I couldn't do that with the fords or Rams unless it was the ram mega cab. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. There's a reason why the campground at south of the border is behind a gate and has a guard patrolling the premises at night. Had an enlightening conversation with him at 2:30 am while walking the dogs. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. From my own personal experience with walterboro that I probably can't talk about here as it would not be "politically correct" but a LEO was witness to was able to intervene and call for backup before it escalated to sever injury on my part or the 7 animals who accosted me I was would avoid that area in the dark. Particularly the McDonald's. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. We liked the 400 loop. Plenty of room on both sides for opposing sides and we had 4 little dogs with us.
  7. I might have missed it mentioned in this thread, but how does one exactly determine they have bought a dogbone of good quality. I assume that most people have either picked one up at Camping World or the RV section of a Super Walmart. I'm one of Murphy's favorite victims....
  8. Keep it there. I'm only an hour north of DC.
  9. Thanks for the pic. Unfortunately, my truck did not come with a factory gooseneck/5er prep. I currently am using a worthless Reese 16k Slider attached to rails.
  10. I've been looking at possibly getting this hitch, but it's my understanding that in PA, any ball mounted hitch must use safety chains and well, I'm not sure where exactly I would attach safety chains inside my bed. Are you using the chains and if so, do you have pics of how your 5er is hooked up using the Andersen?
  11. Check out the above video.
  12. I feel this exact same way. Still after 2.5 years of having a 5er, I can't back it up into my driveway anywhere near as easy as I did with the TT and the various car/cargo trailers I bring home that the day job owns.
  13. Only $150??? Someone's had too much eggnog :) Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. Or he is lying. He doesn't have the best reputation out there for being truthful. I still watch him though for all of the best places he goes. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. Another great site for you to check out Gwen