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Tailgate camera mirror

Just stumbled across a Utube video on a mirror to allow you to use your rear view tailgate camera with your tailgate down. Www.tailgatemirrow.com. Useful product.
Boomerweps 02/25/20 10:52am Truck Campers
RE: The RV Life

Good luck in this new chapter of your life. In my case and age, I'd be tempted to go full time, bouncing around some to my kids' and other family places.
Boomerweps 02/18/20 09:09am Travel Trailers
RE: Newbie Pre Purchase Questions

Bunkhouse, why? My first and current TT has bunks. HAD to get them for the grandkids. Two seasons later, they have NEVER went on a trip with us. We have camped with our daughter's family several times, they have their own TT, and THEN we get a grandkid or two sleep over with us occasionally. I added a removable clothes rod to the bottom bunk to make it more useful. The upper bunk is a **** catcher. Love my grandkids but 90% of the time the bunks are a waste. I can strap up the lower bunk and use it as a storage area using the factory outside access door. We could have had a smaller TT or more living space for my wife and I if bunks weren't a key factor. I like my TT a lot but without the bunks as a must, so many more options would have been considered. Sounds like something I would have written when I owned a 28' BH. I had a lot of wasted space, because 99% of the time it was only my wife and I. These days when we camp, it's always just the two of us. When I down sized I dropped from 30' to 20'. I love the smaller trailer, and it will fit in every space, even in old State Park Camp Grounds. Smaller trailers are easier to tow, and require less truck for towing. The BHS16 is 18' outside rear wall to rounded front end. The space the bunks take up is premium in this size trailer. I think I'll make the bottom bunk more convertible into a storage space/open face closet for travel. It is an easy tow with full size half ton truck. Was a dog with the mid size SUV.
Boomerweps 02/16/20 03:46pm Travel Trailers
RE: Newbie Pre Purchase Questions

Thanks again for all the replys!! This is really helping me... Sticker on my truck reads 1788lbs cargo. 13% of the larger Jayco we were looking at is 975lbs. That leaves just over 800lbs for us. I guess the question is, will I damage my truck by running at the max cargo weight? Also, is the GVWR the dry weight + carrying capacity? Damage your truck? Nope. A little harder on the wear and tear? Yup, but you're still within the factory design specs. Not a huge worry. GVWR is Gross Vehicle Weight Rating. GTWR, substitute Trailer for Vehicle. GTWR is the dry weight plus the CCC (Cargo Carrying Capacity). On many trailers, especially the small single axle ones, the GTWR is the TT's GAWR (Gross Axle Weight Rating) plus the TT Tongue Weight (that the tow vehicle effectively carries.) Water can eat up a lot of the CCC. Many travel with minimal (for occasional toilet use during travel) or no water in their tanks to save towing and tongue weight.
Boomerweps 02/16/20 03:35pm Travel Trailers
RE: Newbie Pre Purchase Questions

What does the yellow payload sticker on the drivers door jam state your payload is? Subtract the weight of kids, wife and stuff you'll carry in the truck, and that will be how much tongue weight you can have. Plan 12-13% of the GVWR label, not the empty "dry" weight What Mike said! Also the weight of any weight distributing Hitch adds to your cargo weight total. All that just in case and we might need for the kids or guests items add up FAST. assume you will get close to the GTWR for your tow and somewhere between 10-15% of that will be the tongue weight. The tongue weight is part of your cargo capacity and usually gets added to your TT GTWR over the TT GAWR (axle rating). After the fact, I discovered the east-west (sideways) bed is a BIG problem at night. We decided against a north-south Murphy bed but now would accept it after a couple years with the other. The Murphy would have given us a daytime couch but we didn't want the changeover daily. Just some consideration.
Boomerweps 02/15/20 08:15pm Travel Trailers
RE: Newbie Pre Purchase Questions

Bunkhouse, why? My first and current TT has bunks. HAD to get them for the grandkids. Two seasons later, they have NEVER went on a trip with us. We have camped with our daughter's family several times, they have their own TT, and THEN we get a grandkid or two sleep over with us occasionally. I added a removable clothes rod to the bottom bunk to make it more useful. The upper bunk is a **** catcher. Love my grandkids but 90% of the time the bunks are a waste. I can strap up the lower bunk and use it as a storage area using the factory outside access door. We could have had a smaller TT or more living space for my wife and I if bunks weren't a key factor. I like my TT a lot but without the bunks as a must, so many more options would have been considered.
Boomerweps 02/15/20 09:37am Travel Trailers
RE: Travelling in Stealth Mode

Overall looks nice. But.. Looks like a heavy built trailer on a single axle? Heavy welded steel Jerry can carriers on the back, no Jerry cans? WTF are the grab handles for on the rear? Are they for manually pulling? ;( No fake bumper for sewer hose, where's the poop pipe stowage? Should have a factory generator shelf. Gives me an idea though. With the vinyl vehicle wraps available, you could custom cover your TT in all kinds of camouflage.
Boomerweps 02/15/20 09:18am Travel Trailers
RE: WDH Questions

While the front wheel well height changes are the key measurements, the other are also very important. What is the loaded, unloaded, and WDH applied wheel well heights? If you return the front wheel well height to half or less with the WDH, great. BUT, if your rear is squatting down, it increases your TV angle front to back. I also measure the height of the TT box frame front to back and side to side. I want my TT within an inch or so level for towing. IMHO, the WDH should try to transfer the weight across the TV & TT and make them all push down on the suspensions.
Boomerweps 02/14/20 11:07am Towing
RE: What kind of RPM's do you get? What about MPG?

Towing a 4K# TT with my V6 2008 Explorer, I averaged 9.5 MPG trying to maintain interstate speeds. Gain between one to two MPG on the back roads from less wind resistance. Towing same trailer with my V8 2019 F150, I gained about one full MPG. Both have factory tow packages. From my earlier research on the RV forums, 9-9.5 MPH is most common with gas engines if towing around 80% of your tow rating. RPMs? I do what I have to do with the TV engine to maintain headway and speeds.
Boomerweps 02/14/20 10:52am Towing
RE: Ceiling insulation help!

Sheet foam with minimal expanding spray foam on the seams. For foam to show rot it has to be very old or exposed to UV rays. And it has to break down to absorb water.
Boomerweps 02/11/20 11:22am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Pickup truck roof racks?

I use a Thule roof rack in combo with a Yakima bed rack for our kayaks. The reason for the combo is I have a tool box mounted permanently behind the cab. Without the tool box you could use a pair of Thule on roof or a pair of Yakima on the bed rail. Yakima and Thule are not cheap but Very stable. Both can be easily removed. 2018 F150 CC short bed Eco Edit: The Thule is not strapped on. The have rubber pads designed for a specific vehicle and are tightened down with a hex wrench. Real nice fit Thanks, I'll have to research those. I was hoping to avoid the cost level of the top brands for an occasional use tool.
Boomerweps 02/10/20 08:24pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Pickup truck roof racks?

That's one reason I just don't understand why pick up manufacturers build such a short bed. 6' should be the minimum and even that is too short for many items. If you had a 10' ladder or 8' sheet of plywood, think how much would stick out past the truck... Concur, except... With 4 full size doors, my "little" F150 is about 10" longer than my 1998 Expedition was and does not fit in my 1940s garage. This F150 was bought primarily as a daily driver and tow vehicle, moving up from an Explorer. The short bed still provides a lot of utility, but more like a fat mini-truck ;)
Boomerweps 02/10/20 08:22pm Tow Vehicles
Pickup truck roof racks?

I'm considering getting a couple roof rack bars for my F150. Why? It's a 4 door short 5.5 bed. Basically, close to a 5.5' square about 18" high when using the tonneau cover. Hauling a long ladder would be easier, on top or even if I did the angle the ladder in the bed over the cab. I'm NOT tying anything against the cab roof unless it's an emergency ;) I'm looking at no drill strap on roof racks. Anyone already have done this? Which brand rack? I have a soft bag roof luggage carrier from a previous vehicle that I could use again as a bonus.
Boomerweps 02/10/20 11:51am Tow Vehicles
RE: Best weight distribution hitch?

I really think the question should be, what WDH should I avoid. Most work well. I'm partial to my Husky Centerline TS. Square bar style with built in sway control. Creaky loud on right angle turns, though ;) Bought used and properly installed by dealer for $250. I've read great things about these various WDH discussed on this forum. The only expensive one I'd remotely consider is the Anderson for saving weight. And it's too expensive right now for me. I paid about $11,500.00 for my TT new. Not putting $1000 into a WDH for that. Especially since I recently bought a proper tow vehicle that doesn't need the WDH ;) That said, I still use the WDH for a more comfortable tow.
Boomerweps 02/07/20 11:48am Tech Issues
RE: Traveling in a group— How do you handle it?

Maintaining in sight while convoying on a busy highway while towing is a major effort and can distract you from safety, IMHO. Cell phone reception can be iffy in some areas out west or in the mountains but work wonderful around cities. I recommend either a classic CB backup or FRP radios. I would try to stay within a few miles of each other, at least within 10. Having planned stops at rest stops or known restaurants will allow you to regroup & discuss travel plans if/when you get separated.
Boomerweps 02/04/20 01:09pm General RVing Issues
RE: Will my truck tow safely in the Smokys?

IF you plan on keeping the truck for a few more years while RVing, regearing a couple steps up, like that 3.73, is likely worth it. Probably ought to add additional transmission cooling, too. BUT, I'd tend to want to try it as is first. Tow with empty or near empty tanks, remove any other excess weight (my wife initially packed our TT like a second home, how many cast iron pans do you need ;). As long as you are under your truck capacities, towing, cargo, GAWR, etc., I expect you'll be fine. If you have to go slow, that's what the extra lanes are for.
Boomerweps 02/03/20 11:05am Travel Trailers
RE: Quick winter question

Wal mart sells the Camco water inlet blow plug. Screw it into the city water inlet a blow high pressure air through your water lines. Drain your system also using the low point drains and drain the tanks dry. Do not run the water heater when empty.
Boomerweps 02/03/20 10:42am Travel Trailers
RE: Does this hitch actually do weight distribution?

Restating in a slightly different manner what others have said: The bars are under great tension and still lever shift the weight from the tongue to the TV front wheels and to the TT wheels. Instead of using a pry tool as the primary installation tool, you really should lift the TV & TT connection at the ball using the tongue jack. Then once the chains or just the bar on the frame platform is installed (using the tool if a little assist is needed), lowering the TV & TT using the tongue jack places a great deal of tension on the bars. IF you do not lift the tongue during install, you will discover it takes a great deal of strength to get proper tension on WDH bars to push down the front of the TV properly. From my humble experience, with just my Husky Centerline 400-600# bars, installing the bars without lifting assist either requires a LOT of effort or is improperly, weakly loaded.
Boomerweps 02/01/20 01:22pm Towing
RE: Towing a 2640lb 16ft TT with a Ford Ranger 4.0L?

I'm surprised no one is selling the bulbous fiberglass noses they put on semi trailers. I've seen some on smaller cargo trailers but never investigated them. If my TT was a near true flat front, I'd search for one of those.
Boomerweps 01/31/20 09:30am Travel Trailers
RE: Time for new tires?

Daily use vehicle tire life is totally separate from an RV or trailer that sets for long periods of time. I will continue to run daily use vehicle tires until worn out by mileage or obviously damaged. RV/TT will depend on obvious damage or age.
Boomerweps 01/27/20 12:09pm Tow Vehicles
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