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RE: Traveling in the winter with a TT

How cold does it get down there? Just curious. It takes a bit for stuff to freeze. How long is the tow? 8 hours then hooked up again? If its only around freezing and a short 8 hours or so, i wouldn't bother doing anything special. The forecast highs and lows for our time period are - Day 1 - 50 to 27 arrival date (we moved it because of day 2 wx) Day 2 - 35 to 12 - windy with gusts to 50 Day 3 - 28 to 15 Day 4 - 39 to 21 Day 5 - 43 to 26 Day 6 - 36 to 21 (planned departure date with a 20% chance of precip) Day 7 - 33 to 18 Day 8 need to be back home to work The tow is 10 hours long the coldest weather is at our destination which is listed above.
Metzfamily 12/19/20 11:02am Travel Trailers
RE: Traveling in the winter with a TT

We have a honda EU2000i that we always carry with us and fuel for it. Good to know about the truck's ability to charge the battery bank.
Metzfamily 12/19/20 10:55am Travel Trailers
RE: Towing challenges with flagstaff 25FKS

I still don’t know how to post a picture on this forum or I would post one is a nice looking truck though
Metzfamily 12/19/20 10:51am Travel Trailers
RE: Traveling in the winter with a TT

Yes we have a location to park it when we arrive with 110 electricity. We pulled it in November to the same location. It was cold inside the TT when we stopped to take breaks. It would be nice if it is ok to run heat while on the road. Our truck has a 220 Amp alternator so I think it will be able to keep the batteries charged. We have two batteries on the TT. Is it safe to run a propane furnace while pulling the TT I guess is a big question for me. I know the refrigerator is running on propane on the road but I would think that is a smaller flame. Still a flame never the less. We encountered very strong winds on the last trip, but, was very fortunate that it was a tailwind. Best MPG we had ever seen. Just luck though. So noted on the drunk buddies pulling you on an inner tube ;-) This is the advice and wisdom we are looking for.
Metzfamily 12/19/20 09:57am Travel Trailers
RE: Traveling in the winter with a TT

So it is ok to run the heat while pulling the TT?
Metzfamily 12/19/20 09:19am Travel Trailers
Traveling in the winter with a TT

We are considering traveling from Arkansas to Omaha, Nebraska in the next week or so. We are going to watch the weather, but, if the forecast is wrong. It would be nice to have some wisdom from experienced folks. Our Flagstaff 25FKS has an all season package to include tank heaters. 1. When going down the road our TT does not have heat on, how do you keep pipes from freezing while pulling? 2. Tips for if we get caught on snowing/slick roads.
Metzfamily 12/19/20 08:38am Travel Trailers
RE: Towing challenges with flagstaff 25FKS

We really appreciate all of the responses! Yesterday we traded in our Chevrolet 1500 Gas in for a Chevrolet 2500 HD Diesel. We pulled our TT with the HD and WOW! What a difference. The TT is no longer in control and we are no longer along for the ride. Having the heavier truck and bigger engine really makes a difference. We are still using the WDH as per recommendations on this forum. I'm actually looking forward to the next trip. Thanks again!
Metzfamily 12/19/20 08:33am Travel Trailers
RE: Towing challenges with flagstaff 25FKS

When we get past Lansing going north on 127 then I75 it just seems like there are not as many gas stations right off the road and not very large for a truck pulling a TT. won’t be as big of a deal if we were getting better MPG. It is beautiful country up there and can’t wait to go back when it warms up.
Metzfamily 12/13/20 02:09pm Travel Trailers
RE: Towing challenges with flagstaff 25FKS

Thank you all for the awesome input. We have learned over the last 7000 miles of pulling the trailer in the last 6 months that slower is better. The most comfortable speed pulling the trailer is 68 MPH unless it is windy then 60 - 65 MPH. We did finally get the WDH adjusted correctly after pulling it on a 2300 mile round trip. The next time we took that trip it was so much better. We think a lot of the issue now is just windage. We have bugs on the front of the trailer down to the top of the tailgate. It has a pretty blunt front with a little curve on top. One of the biggest challenges is the MPG. We travel up to Michigan and about the middle part of Michigan and going north fuel stations get few and far between. You really have to plan the fuel stops. With our current truck we leave the gas station looking for the next in about 150 miles. BTW when you get real low on fuel the chevy no longer gives you Miles Remaining it just says low. Good news we rolled into the gas station when it said that phewww. All of the comments have been very helpful. We think we are going to go the Chevrolet 2500 HD with a Duramax. That also gives us room to grow into a larger RV in the WAY distant future and helps our current situation greatly. The comment on taking a bath trading in the 2020 chevy, actually the truck has held it's value well along with a high demand for used trucks it is a mere flesh wound. We will keep you posted as to what we do and how it turns out. Thanks Again!!
Metzfamily 12/13/20 08:13am Travel Trailers
RE: Towing challenges with flagstaff 25FKS

I don’t know how to post an image ??
Metzfamily 12/12/20 12:04pm Travel Trailers
RE: Towing challenges with flagstaff 25FKS

I don’t know how to delete a post
Metzfamily 12/12/20 12:04pm Travel Trailers
RE: Towing challenges with flagstaff 25FKS

Not only new to RVing but posting on forums too. We have maxis trailer tires that we put on new. We thought that would help the sway. It didn’t. We pull at a max speed of 68 MPH most of the time 65 and 60 in the wind. The current truck squats a lot when attach the TT. We have a lot of experience pulling boat trailers and low to the ground box trailer (high school band trailer). and never had one that will sway. I think we have the sway under control as long as the weight distribution hitch is on. We do load the bed of the truck because the camper has a slide. We put our bags and food in camper. The bed of the truck has all camping stuff. We check tire pressure s for both truck and TT before and during all trips.
Metzfamily 12/12/20 11:24am Travel Trailers
Towing challenges with flagstaff 25FKS

We are brand new RVers We purchased a flagstaff 25FKS July 2020. We tow with a 2020 Chevrolet 1500 5.3 L Silverado that has a 3.23 rear ratio and a towing package with built in sway control. It took 3 months to get the husky load distribution hatch set correctly and the trailer not sway all over the place. We have the sway under control with load distribution hitch and sway bar. We only get on average about 7 MPG. We go on long distance trips normally 1000 miles one way. Fuel stops are often. We are considering purchasing a 2500 truck with a diesel Will the bigger truck help with the sway? Should we expect better fuel mileage? Are we making a good choice going to the bigger truck? Would you purchase a diesel or bigger gas engine? If you purchased the diesel would it be a Cummins or Duramax with Allison transmission?
Metzfamily 12/12/20 08:07am Travel Trailers
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