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RE: 35' Rear Living

I just sold my 2014 Jayco Eagle 338 RETS. We loved it for Lots of room. 3 slides, huge closet, washer-dryer hookup if you want one. The interior was very nice. Two swivel rocker recliners, couch table and 4 chairs. Storage, lots of storage. You can look at the floor plan on line. We thought we would go south more in the winter, but do not. We pit about 35,000 miles pulling it around the country with no issues. Really, really liked it but sold it for a smaller one we can get into state and national parks with. ld it for a smaller one we can get into state and national parks with.
John Burke 06/27/21 07:00am Travel Trailers
RE: Looking for new tow vehicle

The van smooths out some, but it is a one ton chassis with ten ply tires. It is made to safely carry the load. As with every thing their is some give and take. Space and load carrying ability or less space and load carrying ability for smoother ride. A choice only you can make for your situation.
John Burke 06/20/21 07:25am Travel Trailers
RE: Looking for new tow vehicle

The van in the add you posted is like the ones I buy. Mine current one is a 2019. They have been the same for 20 plus years. Just be sure t0 get the 6.0 motor.
John Burke 06/19/21 08:25am Travel Trailers
RE: Looking for new tow vehicle

I have towed for over 20 years with a 3500 Express. Last camper was a Jayco Eagle 39 Ft ball to bumper and about 11500Lbs loaded. That van was the short wheel base with a 6.0 and 6 speed transmission. We pulled that one for about 35,000 miles. I buy the used rental vans and they have had any ware from 14,000 to 21,000 miles. Still have warranty and have no problems with any of them. The other 4 van's were the long wheel base 6.0, 6 speed. Like those a lot better, 20 more inch's of cargo space. Short wheel base has a little more cargo rating but it does not matter, get the long one. I pull out the 2nd long bench seat and then able to put my cargo father forward for weight distribution. Still able to seat my wife, 4 grandkids(with only two kids per seat) and two big dogs in the way back, comfortably. Pulls the campers like a dream with a 4 point Equalizer hitch. With the biggest camper our average MPG was 9.5. That is not just only on flat ground. With the smaller, lighter ones 12-13 was normal MPG. No engine, transmission or tire problems and they got retired with a minimum of 150,000 miles. Here in the mid west it is easy. The rental company's get rid of them after about a year. I just picked up one last October with 19,500 miles for 21,900. It is loaded. I prefer the Chevrolet because they are a lot more common keeping the price reasonable, parts are available and there Chevrolet dealers every ware if needed.
John Burke 06/18/21 08:54am Travel Trailers
RE: Towing up grades with "M" and 1 gears

I have towed with a 3500 for over 20 years. Current camper is 39 ft. from ball to bumper and around 11,000 lbs. I have the 6.0 engine. I almost always use the M setting when towing, normally M-5 and tow/haul button engaged. Tow/haul changes your shift points for towing. When using M I use the RPM view and keep it around 2200 on fairly flat ground, through the mountains and hills I use whatever gear keeps it in the mid 3,000,s. At times it will be in the 4000,s to keep up speed. With the using the M and not in really large hills I am able to use the cruise set at 62. Read your owners manual under towing. Using just the D setting and you are not on flat ground and no wind causes the transmission shifts A LOT, especially in and out of overdrive. That causes the transmission to heat up more and shortens its life.
John Burke 04/04/21 06:49am Travel Trailers
RE: Montana "hi-line"

Fort Lincoln is next to Bismarck, on the Missouri river. Gen Custer stayed there. Last place he lived, left there for Little Big Horn. His house and several other buildings have been reconstructed. It has a nice campground and is worth the visit. North of Bismarck about 40 miles is Fort Mandan. Lewis and Clark stayed there one winter. The reconstruction of the fort has been done really well. Fort Union is up by Williston on the confluence of the Yellowstone and Missouri rivers. Check the states websites, they have several events at all three places that are really interesting. While at Teddy Roosevelt south unit park be sure to take in the pitchfork fondue and the musical. Between Dickinson and Bismarck is a highway called the enchanted road. A man from Regent has built huge steel structures about outdoor scenes. Runs about 30 miles north and south. There are many place along I 90 and 94 through Mont on the way to ND, oldest prison in Deer Lodge MT, the start of the Missouri river by Livingston, Little Big Horn. Go east through MT on the Sothern route to Bismarck up through Ft Mandan, over the Garrison Dam. Then west to HY 85 then north to the north unit of Teddy Roosevelt north unit. Up to Ft Buford and then west on Hy 2.
John Burke 03/14/21 07:28am Roads and Routes
RE: Harbor Freight Tailgator generator review

I used to use those generators from Cabela's, different name same gen, would pay about 80.00 for it when on sale. Used them at my old camper before I built my cabin. Would start it at abut 7-8 in the evening, let it run till it ran out of gas. Would go for about 11-12 hours on a gallon of gas. Ran the furnace, TV and anything else I needed. In the morning the battery was charged for the day. Did this for 6 years, went thru 3 generators. They would last about 2 years and 400-450 hours. Most time in the fall and early winter, sometimes at below 0 temps. Not bad for 40 dollars a year. Noise was not bad at all. I had it on the far side of a wood fence and had to listen to see if it was still running. No neighbors so no big deal.
John Burke 01/29/21 07:28am General RVing Issues
RE: Best way to clear grit and sand out of 7 pin plug??

Get a can of computer keyboard duster (the compressed air in a can) and blow it out.
John Burke 12/17/20 06:51am Tech Issues
RE: Must-haves for Van or SUV as tow vehicle?

There are a lot of rental returns out there. Ford has not made the E350 since 2914. Chevrolet still makes the 3500 Express short and long wheel base. One thing to be careful when looking at Ford and Chevy vans is rear axle placement. The Ford axle is quite a bit farther forward than the Chevy. Too much van body hanging out behind the rear axle on the Ford. MUCH less stable, one of the reasons Ford quite making them was all the lawsuits from crash's. Too many schools (the vans are rated at 12 or 15 passenger so the driver does not need a CDL to drive them) having rollover accidents with them. I have had 4 3500 Express's pulling campers and trailers and have had good luck. The 6.0 with a 6 speed transmission is a good combo. When not towing I get 16-17 mpg and when towing (my camper weighs in at about 11,500 Lbs. and is 38ft long) I average 9.5 mpg. Some of the rental places use these vans and get ride of them at about 20,000 miles. I just got a 2019 long wheel base with 21,500 miles well loaded for $23,600.00. Bought from a Chevy dealer, still has warranty until 36000 miles. I install my own hitch, brake and light wiring and brake controller. I add a heavy gauge, fused wire from the battery, run to the trailer plug to charge the battery's better. Many places will mount the hitch and wiring so no big deal. Hard to find a van with trailer option on it. I like the long wheel base because I take 2-4 grand kids, two big dogs, all the bikes and other stuff with me so we like the space. Unlike a pick-up my stuff is inside of of the weather and locked up. I take out the last two seats for more cargo room. For what you want to use it for a short wheel base with the two rear seats out will give you LOTS of room.
John Burke 11/14/20 07:09am General RVing Issues
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