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  1. Have to get your knowledge as I am puzzled. I asked a local 4X4 shop a question -- "If I wanted to flat (dingy) tow my 2003 5-speed Rubicon, what is the correct procedure to do so?" I was advised that I cannot flat tow my 2003 Rubicon as the "gearbox does not have a true neutral position". Is that true or not? I thought that Rubicon can be flat towed. Isn't it a dead on true neutral wherein you put the gearbox in Neutral and its fully disengaged? Joe Mac
  2. Hi Moses , My intention would be milder gravel / dirt roads / some washboard like roads - nothing very serious or off camber as the camper / truck combo are not for that. With what would be a 4000lb payload I would not subject the truck to anything severe but would like to reach some more remote camping destinations safely, with the least amount of wear and tear and abuse to the suspension and the truck as possible. My thoughts were whether this stableload device would be a beneficial addition to the spring pack and the truck when heading down a dirt road to a camping spot? Fran
  3. Moses, I realize it's too soon, but how about a discussion on what we all think of the new "Cherokee" 2014 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk V-6 4x4? Is it really a Cherokee and can it really be driven off road if someone is in the market for something economical and tough! Is this the vehicle? Just asking - Joe Mac
  4. Hi Moses, What's your take on the benefits of adding a Stableload Quick disconnect to the lower overload springs of a 2013 Chevrolet Silverado Ext Cab Long Bed HD 3500 Diesel. http://www.torklift.com/products/stableload.php My question relates to whether there is a benefit to the factory spring set of relieving and assisting it when carrying a heavy load (truck camper and gear 4000lbs) and traveling on off pavement roads into the back country for a camping adventure. Right now my truck handles the load very well - but would it behoove the vehicle dynamics and assist the spring s
  5. Moses, I was advised yesterday that putting a small amount ( ie 16oz) of Dextron II or similar Automatic Transmission fluid into the gas tank of a Diesel engine ( Ford/Chevy/Dodge HD pickups) is like a detergent and it helps clean everything and improves fuel efficency? Is this true??? Thanks, Joe Mac
  6. Hi Moses, I think I've made a decision on what to do with my hitch and hitch extension concerns! First - we had a fantastic 5 day Truck Camper Rally in Gettysburg, Pa. and I worked everyone I could find that was trailering behind their pickup and truck camper - (mostly motorcycles, scooters, supply trailers, etc). There were flat towed vehicles and one tow dolly. No open or closed deck car haulers at this rally - but plenty of folks who do haul cars on or in trailers and/or very heavy boats etc. The majority recommended the Torklift SuperHitch /SuperTruss extension set up. Only one person
  7. Moses - Here is the reply I received from Reese Tech - Quote: -----Original Message----- From: Tech Support <TechSupport@cequentgroup.com> To: com> Sent: Mon, Sep 16, 2013 2:40 pm Subject: RE: Reese® Website : Contact Form Message (Technical Support) Joe, With our extension we do not make provisions for chains/turnbuckles. We have designed the extension to be used with our hitches (can be used on others) and have found the extra cables or chains is not required. The extension has a bend in it so that the end of the extension comes up 3”. The extension
  8. Hi Moses, Thanks as usual - I have sent a email to Reese - when I have their reply I will share it. Also I am going to a TC rally this weekend and will search out the "towers" and seek their advice etc. I know from past experience many are very strong proponents of swapping the OEM hitch for the Torklift SuperHitch and the SuperTruss hitch extension - http://www.torklift.com/products/supertruss.php Frankly that is an awful lot of money to put into the truck when I have an 18k OEM hitch?? Shall revert back when I have more info! All the best, Joe Mac
  9. Hi Moses...What do you think of this communication? Here is an excerpt of comments made by a trailer dealer to me in relation to setting up the Pick Up for trailering the Jeep using a Reese Titan Hitch Box Extension and Reducer for 2-1/2" Trailer Hitches, 24" This would be using my factory class V Hitch with the Reese Titan extention when I have my Truck Camper on the truck which extends 24" to the rear. It is exactly 24" from the hitch receiver to the end of the camper. I would be pulling the ATC 18 ft trailer with the Jeep on it! I don't have the measurements of the ground to the ca
  10. Gentlemen, A couple of concerns are weight of the tire changer itself (added to the trail rig) and a proper tied down and secured location for carrying it. Most Jeeps that wheel have space or carrying capacity "issues"! If you receiver mount this it needs to be tight to the vehicle and not be a point of impact on the trail? Also for wheelers who have very large tires - (ie my Toyo Open Country M/T LT315/75R16's on Mickey Thompson Classic II wheels are almost 100 lbs each) - can this machine handle such size? Finally the managability of performing a tire change/reseating on a
  11. Hello Men, In my opinion all that Moses stated is correct you can't beat a WDH - but you have to have correct ride height otherwise you're stressing your suspension including the shocks as well as the springs. HD shocks are needed for heavy loads but shock modifications are a bandaid as shocks keep your tires on the road - you really have to address your load bearing vehicle dynamic. INHO - Don't ever use air bags! Add HEAV DUTY Super Springs! www.supersprings.com I did that on my Chevy 2500 to help with my payload and they were excellent! VEHICLE DYNAMICS were much better and t
  12. Hello, Men, Well I believe this is a very interesting topic as there is so much out there on all of the issues Biggman100 brings to the table. There are many ways with which folks can save a few dollars or rather avoid spending too many dollars on travel. Folks just need to "plan" their travel. Camping is simply magnificent, and the best way to have a great weekend or vacation - but you must plan it out a bit! I have been camping for many many years and my wife and I tent camped for over 20 years before she said no more - why - too expensive - too uncomfortable - too much work. How
  13. Hi Moses, Ok here is a link to the trailer I am interested in - http://www.aluminumtrailer.com/productdetails/OpenCarHauler/42 It has the specs as to the wiring, lighting, brakes etc. Please let me know if there is something else that it needs or I should order for it. I like the MAC'S tie downs (for various reasons let alone my name!) - I like this package - Mac's Ultra Pack (8 Foot) with Direct Hook Ratchets (511218) But frankly - I have no idea what is the correct aplication for my vehicle on a trailer? I read your article on tie-downs but my 2003 Rubicon needs a d
  14. Hi Moses - Here is the latest - We spent all day Saturday looking at car trailers - Went to 3 states and the only thing I accomplished is that - nothing has changed for me! I like the Aluminum open deck. You are correct, the Aluminum is the way to go. By the way we discovered the prices I mentioned above of the Aluminum trailers are for 2+ year old trailers sitting in the lot and the 18 ft ones are gone - there is one 16 ft. left. My concern here is the tires and dry rot - from 2+ years of sitting? Is this a valid concern or not? Also what is the difference between - Galvanized Stee
  15. Thanks Moses - I'll see if I can check as to what type of bleeding was performed! That is the exact EBC package I want to install. I'll talk to EVB and see what they can do with my rotors etc. I am scheduled for next Thursday so I'll let you know what I decide. All the best, Joe Mac
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