Upgrade Worries

Tools Josep Ma. Rosell

November 12, 2012

Q: I see a lot of information on powering up your truck and find it all interesting, but I recently had my turbocharger replaced by GM on my 2007 (new body style) Silverado Duramax at 53,000 miles. Before GM would replace the turbo under warranty, the dealer had to send in all the computer data from... Read more »

Diesel Fuel Differences


November 8, 2012

Q: I have a 2005 Chevy HD 2500 diesel pickup. Is there any difference between name-brand diesel fuels (Chevron, Shell, etc.) and the independent gas stations? I was told a few years back by a gas station owner that a Chevron plant in California produces all of the diesel fuel for California and Arizona.... Read more »

Intermittent Trailer Brakes

Tools Josep Ma. Rosell

October 25, 2012

Q: I will call this the case of trailer brakes or no brakes. We have a 2005 Ford F-350 that we bought new, and a 2003 Cardinal fifth-wheel that we bought used. Our problem is that at times we have trailer brakes, and then we don’t. We may go five miles, or we may go 1,000 miles, we never know when... Read more »

Hot Tire Pressure

Tools Josep Ma. Rosell

October 23, 2012

Q: I live in the desert Southwest and pull a 39-foot Grand Junction fifth-wheel. It is not uncommon for us to experience noon temperatures up to 40 degrees higher than the morning temps. When we travel in those conditions I start with 80 PSI in my tires as is called for on the sidewalls of the tires.... Read more »

Cap Cracks

Tools Josep Ma. Rosell

October 18, 2012

Q: While washing my fifth-wheel toy hauler I noticed the fiberglass front cap has some spider lines in an area about 4-by-15 inches. They don’t appear to be open or separated, just tiny cracks. I’m concerned they may start spreading out. Is there any way I can stop this and seal them?Lawrence Amidel,... Read more »

Nissan Fifth-Wheel towing

Tools Josep Ma. Rosell

October 16, 2012

Q: I have a 2012 Nissan Titan Pro-4X and we would like to upgrade our trailer. We have found one we’re really interested in, the Cougar X-Lite 29RBS fifth-wheel, and it says it is half-ton towable. The salesman says no problem, of course. I know I would have to install a fifth-wheel hitch in the truck,... Read more »

Shortbox Selection

Tools Josep Ma. Rosell

October 11, 2012

Q: I want to buy an ‘03 GMC 2500, extended cab, Duramax diesel with a short bed that should be 6.5 feet long. I have always insisted on a long bed to pull our ’03 Wildcat 27RL in order not to have to worry about turns and possible trailer or truck cab damage. Can this size box accommodate a standard... Read more »

Travel Trailer Hitch Weight

Tools Josep Ma. Rosell

October 9, 2012

Q: I have read in past issues of Trailer Life that hitch weight should be 10 to 12 percent or more of the trailer’s total weight. My question is, what does “or more” mean exactly? How much more? Mine is 144 pounds over the 12 percent. Thanks for any advice.J.C. Brown, Via email A: If trailers have... Read more »

Larger Charge Line

Tools Josep Ma. Rosell

October 5, 2012

Q: While traveling to Florida we sometimes stop and use only our 12-volt house battery for powering interior lights and other appliances. This drains a lot of the battery, and the normal plug-in from truck to trailer does not do much to recharge the battery.  My plan is to run an 8 gauge wire directly... Read more »

Water Pipe Noise

Tools Josep Ma. Rosell

September 27, 2012

Q: My water pipes rattle when I turn on the water pump. I went ahead and replaced the water pump, but the problem still remains. I run the faucets to get all the air out of the lines, but the pipes still rattle. Please help!Mr. Karcic, Via email A: That noise is known as pipe hammering, and it happens... Read more »

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