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RE: 3 valve v-10 vs. new 7.3?

Power under 4500rpm will be about the same. I agree with LanceRKeys, the 10-spd trans will make the most difference. And I expect the 7.3L uses about 20% less fuel than the V10.
APT 07/07/20 07:31am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tow weight

I would plan for about 4000 pounds dry. That gets you in the 4500-5000 pound range. The 3.3 will spend a lot of time in the 3000-4500rpm range due to combination of weight, wind resistance, and engine torque. If that is acceptable for you, then go for it. BTW, what hitch weighs 100 pounds? Shipping weight for my Reese Strait Line is 70 pounds and not all of that is dead weight on the TV.
APT 07/07/20 07:16am Travel Trailers
RE: Lacrosse quality?

Go for it! PrimeTime was started as a Premium Forest River brand. Build quality is same as everything else in the industry. Find a good PDI checklist and enjoy.
APT 07/07/20 07:07am Travel Trailers
RE: Best tow vehicle for our rig

I'd recommend Ford 6.2L, GM 6.0, or Ram 6.4L with 4.x axle ratio. I have the 6.0L and 3.73 which is just fine. 5th gear 72mph is 2500rpm. I'd like that to be a little higher to hold more hills and save a couple downshifts.
APT 07/06/20 07:11am Towing
RE: 8.1L Muffler Recommendations

I'll second the Magnaflow recommendation. Stainless Steel full cat-back or just muffler.
APT 06/26/20 02:16pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing with a Ford Explorer

I would not recommend any high walled RV without the HD tow package. At a minimum, get a heavy duty transmission cooler. Even with the HD towing package, Ford has a limit that excludes any high walled RV. Check out Page 13 on frontal area. Stick to popups or replace the tow vehicle. Your Explorer has market value. And equivalent valued more capable TV can be found, but it will probably be a couple years older.
APT 06/26/20 05:33am Towing
RE: Buying a TT

Equalizer 4-pt, Reese Strait Line, or Blueox Swaypro are all in the ~$500 range. I have 10yrs with the Reese and love it.
APT 06/26/20 05:26am Travel Trailers
RE: 2020 F250XL 6.2 V8

Hold out for the diesel. It will hold its value better and you will enjoy the towing experience more. And I agree with rhangfo, go straight to 1-ton.
APT 06/24/20 07:56pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Buying a TT

That sounds like a good combo to me! I towed my 28' box, 32'+another 2' when rear rack extended with a 2003 F-150 Supercrew. Stability was great when I properly adjusted my WDH. Now I have a 3/4 ton with more payload, but shorter wheelbase by 8". Same stability.
APT 06/24/20 11:04am Travel Trailers
RE: Is anyone towing with a Chevy/GMC 1/2 ton 3.0L Diesel?

Towing performance will be about the same except uphill on ramps where maybe your 6.2L saw over 3000rpm. Yes, the 6.2L can out accelerate if spun up. If you never drove it that way, then I tihnk you will appreciate the lower fuel use and higher fuel tank range of the diesel.
APT 06/24/20 11:00am Towing
RE: Tuson electronic trailer sway control

Interesting product! Do you know when it activates either side's brakes from the driver's seat? I am glad you found a comfortable solution for your needs. I have had Reese Strait Line for 10 years. It is really picky about centering the detents on the bars over the cam lobs. I have used two tow vehicles with same behavior. When adjustment is off, 60mph is scary. When adjustment is good, 75mph is rock solid.
APT 06/23/20 06:40am Towing
RE: Ford's twin turbo 2.7 Eco-boost V6 (new and older versions)?

Congrats on the new SUV!
APT 06/23/20 06:34am Tow Vehicles
RE: Buying a TT

Which model and what dry weight? I recommend close to 6000 dry for most half tons including yours. The amount of people comfortably towing more than that drops off quickly as weight goes up from there.
APT 06/23/20 06:26am Travel Trailers
RE: Newbie needs tow vehicle PSI advice

I ran LT tires when I had an F-150. Recommended pressure was around 40psi. When I towed or carried a heavy load, I bumped up to 50psi front and rear. That was plenty. My current tow vehicle came with LT-E rated tires and door sticker says 50psi front, 60psi rear to support 4500 pounds on front axle, 5500 pounds rear axle, and 8600 GVWR. I bump each up by 10psi when I tow.
APT 06/19/20 12:39pm Travel Trailers
RE: Slide Topper Awnings Will Not Fit

"Because of the length of time we wanted to install slide toppers to help prevent any excess rain intrusion and of course the heat and debris benefits. I love my slide topper, but the value of above are may not be helpful for your situation. Rain should not intrude when fully in or fully out. Water and debris that accumulates on the slide roof while extended could come in when retracted. I assume your slide will be out the whole time, not in and out every other weekend like my needs.
APT 06/19/20 12:21pm Travel Trailers
RE: Need a new hitch

WDHs have not changed much in the last 20 years. Andersen is new-ish, 5yrs old? It hear mixed things about it, but generally better for your weight than 1000 pounds of TW. Others I recommend in similar price range are Equal-i-zer 4pt, Reese Strit Line, and Blueox SwayPro. 4000 pounds loaded means 500-600 pounds of TW. If that 4000 pounds is unloaded, then... A Tacoma receiver may require a WDH over 500 pounds, so verify. You will notice the loss of weight on the front axle if you drop the tongue on the ball. If you have time, you can try without one for a test drive. I estimate that 500 pounds of dead TW means +750 on rear axle and -250 from front.
APT 06/19/20 12:06pm Travel Trailers
RE: towing ability of the f-150 3.5L

If you think the current truck performed well for you, a newer Ecoboost with 10-spd transmission will be even better especially at higher elevations.
APT 06/18/20 05:37am Tow Vehicles
RE: CAT Scale results - advice needed

That is a lot of TW! That puts you over the receiver rating and rear axle ratings by a bunch. I recommending moving as much weight in front of the axles to behind. Store more stuff in the bunk room while traveling. If you can shift 400 pounds rearward, the numbers including the WDH should get you back under every rating.
APT 06/16/20 08:17pm Towing
RE: new RV purchase advice

If the dry weight is 4500 pounds, loaded will be 5000-5500 pounds with 650-750 pounds of TW. I would be looking for something closer to 7k pound tow rating. Durango, Grand Cherokee, or any of the half tons.
APT 06/16/20 08:10pm Travel Trailers
RE: new RV purchase advice

I do not recommend 4000 pounds dry with 4500 pound tow rating. Closer to 3500 pounds, or 3200. Check your owners manual for front area limits with respect to the 4500 pound tow rating. Most that I know of with limits under 5000 pounds also have front area rating that exclude full high travel trailers. A 4500 pound loaded TT will have about 550-600 pounds of tongue weight, so also check the receiver and manual for any TW limitations. 500 pounds is very low to add for things. Clothes, towels, kitchen appliances, toys, games, etc. If it is you and a spouse, close. With kids? Nope.
APT 06/14/20 08:39pm Travel Trailers
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