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find a new truck, or run it til the wheels fall off?

Unread postby govols on Thu Mar 03, 2016 7:57 pm

Background. The truck I have has a rating of 6500# towing. The camper is rated to 6800#. We camped in the driveway last summer, and once we had gone back in the house and garage for all that we had forgotten, had used the bath and kitchen all weekend so that the holding tanks were 2/3 or so full, we loaded up, hooked up, and pulled to a local truck stop to weigh and dump tanks. The camper, fully loaded with gear and full tanks, came in at 5700#--well under both its own rating and that of my truck.

So, then we went on a fall camp via rural US highways from east TN to north GA. Winding river roads and a couple of 9% grades through the mountains of eastern TN, western NC, and northern GA. Truck pulled it, but had to pull 2nd gear to do it in several instances; between big rotors and trailer brakes we had no trouble stopping. All in all the match up is adequate, though a bit under powered for our region. One can't leave the Tennessee Valley without climbing grades, and everywhere is another climb to suffer.

Now this old truck of mine is a paid for 2008, with a lifetime power-train warranty and a lifetime service contract that comes with a $100 deductible per non-warranty repair. We only plan to pull the camper a few times a year for long weekends throughout the Southeast.

Question: Do I keep an eye out for a more powerful truck that makes towing a better experience, or just drive this rig til the wheels fall of and have the dealer's service department keep putting new parts under it until we upgrade to a camper it simply can't pull.
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Re: find a new truck, or run it til the wheels fall off?

Unread postby RonJK on Fri Mar 04, 2016 10:44 am

If your truck is doing the job and you have a lifetime warranty, why not.

We drive a Class A up here in British Columbia and where we live we have a 8% grade to get out of the valley and we use second gear going up the hill also.

You don't see semi's going up hills at freeway speeds, so enjoy the journey.
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Re: find a new truck, or run it til the wheels fall off?

Unread postby govols on Fri Mar 04, 2016 2:32 pm

I'm leaning that way, really, but never having pulled something this big or heavy I wasn't sure if it would make the trip better? easier? less annoying to those stuck behind me. I don't know. You're right, though. It does seem content doing the job, and once I learned to go ahead and pull it into second before 3rd scrubbed off to much momentum it wasn't so bad.

I've always sort of watched out for truckers and campers on the roads and didn't realize how rare that is. People get impatient and I guess I was letting them rub off on me.

Cheers.....
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Re: find a new truck, or run it til the wheels fall off?

Unread postby RonJK on Sat Mar 05, 2016 3:34 pm

If we are on a two lane road and find we are holding up traffic too much, we will pull over at a pull out or some place safe to do so and let the lane pass. Then off we go again until the next build up.

People today are in a hurry to go where ever they are heading, but the one rule of traffic is ... you can only go as fast as the slowest vehicle.

So, if they pass you it won't be long until they come up on another slower vehicle.

Enjoy your travels ...
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