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RE: Ultimate payload monster?

Payload specifications are not realistic. Are you telling me that if you choose a lighter engine, you can load more on an identical rear axle? Axle or wheel rating minus empty rear weight is closer to truth. While I am far from well-versed in such things, I would assume that gross weights do play a role in how things are calculated as well. I know that combined axle weights often exceed the stated gross, so it clearly isn't a 1 to 1 relationship. That said, as an example, a lighter engine would mean less weight being stopped by the brakes, potentially allowing an increase in the stated axle weight. Again, I'm not studied up on how they calculate these, but I can certainly see how a lighter engine could, in fact, allow for a greater rating for the rear axle.
Mickeyfan0805 07/28/21 07:42am Tow Vehicles
RE: New vehicle - MSRP?

Thanks for the replies! I should have mentioned - we'll probably wait till next summer, just want to get started on the thinking... I guess that's another question - is there a best time of year to buy - like buying this year's model just when the new models come out? I appreciate all the thoughts and advice.:) Good thoughts on here so far - certainly can't compare auto sales to RV mark-ups. It's a totally different world. Different vehicle styles tend to have different mark-ups, so some shopping around online can help give you a better sense of potential prices. As for time of year, yes, there are some better times than others. There are holiday and seasonal sales that can be had, but the least costly option is often at the turn of the model year. Buying a 2022 model year, as the 2023 models are coming out, is often some of the best pricing you will find. You are limited to inventory available to the dealer (local or regional, typically), and your new car will be a model year older than some other new cars, but the price is among the lowest you can find. Whether that trade-off is worth it is up to you.
Mickeyfan0805 07/28/21 07:34am Tow Vehicles
RE: US 23 Frankenmuth to Ohio

As others have said, no issues. Watch your route through Ann Arbor so you stay on 23, and watch your timing so you avoid the traffic. Can't recall about rest stops, but the service plazas once you get on the OH turnpike are very easy and accessible.
Mickeyfan0805 07/27/21 08:05am Roads and Routes
RE: Tires and their pressures

The door sticker only applies to the original tires that were on your truck. If you replace them with the exact same tires that door sticker will still apply. If you replace them with anything else go by the tire or the load/pressure table provided by that tire manufacturer. This is the key. If you want to go by charts and precise weights, that's fine. If not, max pressure as listed on the TIRE is what you should run while towing. The stickers are meaningless once the OEM tires are off the truck.
Mickeyfan0805 07/26/21 09:04am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Roadside Assistance

AAA does not offer good roadside assistance for RVs. What’s your beef with it? Btw, it also covers my vehicles including motorcycles. I also get AAA discounts at places like hotels and car rentals, and of course, maps. When I was searching a few years back, I found a note in their details saying that towing coverage was for trailers under a certain length (I think it was 30'). I couldn't get a good answer on whether or not they would cover mine at 35', so I went another route. None of these make their policy details easy to find.
Mickeyfan0805 07/20/21 09:53am Truck Campers
RE: Hitch Selection - TW Questions

Based on one of the responses... Does weight in truck bed need to be considered when selecting a WDH? Ex. TW is 900# and truck bed has 500#....hitch and bars need a 1400# rating? Chains vs solid bars? Short answer. NO. By that logic, you’d have to add all weight in the TV, people, etc. The WDH is sized by the trailer towed. WDH weight gets added to truck payload and rear axle load. In the example above, you would get the next size up available, like a 1000# rated or even a a 1200# rated, depending on your choice of WDH sizes. I use 400-600# rated bars, next sizes are 600-800 & 800-1200, interchangeable on my hitch head. I could use the 600-800# bars now, depending on my TT loading for tongue weight, but I’m trying to keep the TW within my WDH specs. I am NOT an expert by any stretch in these things, which is why I go by what the manufacturer states. That said, cargo in front of the rear axle does not lift the front axle, it lowers it - so passengers and cargo in front of that point are not included in the numbers. That is why this impact is limited solely to gear and passengers behind the rear axle. If you use the Equal-i-zer guide to select your hitch size (see here) they clearly include this in their recommendation. An 1,100 pound HW with nothing in the bed calls for a 1,200 pound hitch. An 1,100 pound HW with 200 pounds behind the rear axle calls for a 1,400 pound hitch. Everyone goes by their own judgements on how to set-up their rigs, but it is black and white that at least some hitch manufacturers DO included cargo weight behind the rear axle in their recommended calculations.
Mickeyfan0805 06/22/21 03:04pm Travel Trailers
RE: Truck - family of 5 and 65lb dog

Since you asked, 'What do you do?' I will tell you what we do. We had an HD Suburban with the 8.1L that served us beautifully for quite some time when the kids were little. All three kids and the dog (90-100 pounds) had plenty of space, and it handled our 35' trailer with ease. After being stranded on the road multiple times in the summer of 2019, we had to throw in the towel and give it up. So... Facing the same decision as you, our choice was to move to a pick-up and limit how often the dog travels with us. Any of our in-state/weekend trips include two vehicles. I head up early to set up and DW brings the kids and the dog a few hours later. Our longer duration trips (typically 1-2 per year) have the dog staying home with a sitter. For us, this option seems to be working. Our longer trips tend to have us 'out and about' a lot, meaning the dog would be left alone in the camper. In these cases, he's better at home. For our shorter trips, taking two cars is beneficial as our kids are older and sometimes we need to vary our arrival and departure times. It's not perfect, but it works for us.
Mickeyfan0805 06/22/21 07:55am Tow Vehicles
RE: Hitch Selection - TW Questions

Based on one of the responses... Does weight in truck bed need to be considered when selecting a WDH? Ex. TW is 900# and truck bed has 500#....hitch and bars need a 1400# rating? Can't speak for all hitches, but Equal-i-zer specifically includes any cargo behind the rear axle in the calculations for hitch size.
Mickeyfan0805 06/21/21 07:50pm Travel Trailers
RE: Looks like electric trucks and RVs may be delayed...

How many families do you know that have only 1 vehicle? If as normal they have 2 cars, and most trips, both vehicles, are less than 100 miles/day and end at home, do both need to be able to run all day with just short fuel stops? Bell, if we are going over a few hundred miles without the trailer we rent a car. I bet the percentage of people that post on this board are anti-EV is higher than general population I think both of these points are accurate. As mentioned above, we have considered going electric with ONE of our vehicles, but would never go with two right now. That said, I think this simply points to the fact that there are still some significant barriers in place. As for this audience, this is a board for people who take heavy loads long distances so, yes, EV interest would be substantially lower than the general population. I do think others are right, however. The EV market is generally designed for the local commuter near an urban center right now. Any usage beyond that is still heavily limited.
Mickeyfan0805 06/21/21 03:10pm Around the Campfire
RE: Looks like electric trucks and RVs may be delayed...

Am I the only one that feels the American public is just not ready for an influx of totally-electric vehicles? Maybe I'm old school, and prefer things to run at a bit slower and more methodical pace, but what would be wrong with embracing the hybrid technology that already (quite successfully) have in place? That way I don't have to worry about planning any long trip based on the fact that I've got to find a charging station in XX miles, and I've got to spend a good amount of time at that charging station waiting for my vehicle to charge. I'd like to see hybrids as the next step, then eventually totally electric. And, I'm referring to hybrids like the Prius and Camry hybrid -- not the joke of all joke hybrids like the Cadillac Escalade hybrid a few years ago. They do seem to be leapfrogging that tech in some ways. We've had a Ford C-Max hybrid for almost 9 years and have been very happy with it. The tech in the larger vehicles seems to have been less ideal, and they never really pursued better options. For me, you hit on the crux of the matter for many. The infrastructure and range are huge hurdles for general adoption at this point. Until and unless recharging on the road is as simple as gassing up, there will still be a large portion of society that won't make the shift. Add in the issues of increased electric usage and strain on the grid, and we have some substantial steps to take before this becomes the new normal. We've talked about the possibility of going electric for DW's next vehicle, but we'd still have mine to handle other needs. We'd never consider being completely without an IC engine right now.
Mickeyfan0805 06/21/21 10:38am Around the Campfire
RE: Hitch Selection - TW Questions

I agree with rexilon. With that GVWR, even a 15% hitch weight would be under 1,200 pounds. That would likely be my target. The only caveat would be gear in the bed. If you are heavily loading your bed, that does come into the equation and might change the need.
Mickeyfan0805 06/21/21 08:33am Travel Trailers
RE: Still very tempting to buy my totaled TT back

I think this has a whole lot to do with your knowledge base and readiness to repair. Yes, it seems 'useable' to you, but what do you really know? Do you have the capacity to know if the frame and axle are still true? Was the hitch-head bent or warped in any way during the accident? How many internal components on the appliances are loose that will fail once it spends some time on the road? Are the cracks in some of the walls that will lead to delamination problems once the stress of travel is exerted on them? This list goes on and, for me, is the reason I would not take on a trailer that had been in a severe accident. I'm pretty good with the DIY stuff, but many of these are simply beyond my ability to predict based on a simple walkthrough of the camper. If you feel you can judge it properly and want to do the work - go for it. For me, the unknowns would simply be too significant.
Mickeyfan0805 06/08/21 02:28pm Travel Trailers
RE: Out of touch with reality

Lol, you be suprised at the cost of new also, if you can get one. The reality is stuff is expensive now, especially campers. If you wait a year or so, it will go back to normal, i hope! I don't know what the timeline will be, but this is where I am on a lot of thigs right now. Cars, RV's, major house projects - it's just a bad time for all of it. In the RV market, I do expect there could be a 'bubble' on the horizon. The Covid rush into RV's is likely unsustainable (a lot of people jumped in without experience or understanding), and there will be a flood of used units on the market in a few years.
Mickeyfan0805 06/01/21 09:17am Travel Trailers
RE: Blackstone Griddle

I have the 22" and keep it in the outdoor kitchen of our travel trailer. It slides under the cabinet in a way that keeps it from bouncing around and it has worked perfectly so far.
Mickeyfan0805 06/01/21 09:13am General RVing Issues
RE: Triple bunk Travel trailer under 36'

He might net be eaither. Just set a reminder to book when the window for the dates you want open. Yea, youn have to nmaybe change how you do book trips. But the technology can help a bit. I split my stays with camping resorts and state parks. Almost always have ellectric hook ups. Besides, boondocking isnt really avalable where i live. So, as he said, its how you camp and everyone does it diffret. This is it, exactly. I'm definitely not retired, and our travel schedule is pretty limited with 3 kids in school. For us, we do tend to do private campgrounds more than federal and state parks, and we plan way ahead (our hard to get 2022 weekends are already booked). We will have our entire 2022 camping plan worked out by the end of this month and I will have reminders set for reservation windows for all of the places we want to hit. We each come at it differently - that was my sole point in sharing our experience.
Mickeyfan0805 06/01/21 09:08am Travel Trailers
RE: Triple bunk Travel trailer under 36'

Make sure the tanks are empty and don't overload the bed. In my opinion, this is a bad recommendation. If you have to travel with limited or no fluids in your trailer, then you have the wrong trailer or wrong truck. You should be able to haul your trailer with the tanks all full. With very limited options to camp in a campsite with full services like dump and water, you often have to boondock if you want to go camping. If you boondock, you have to start with a full tank of water, that tank will be mostly empty on the way home but then the grey and black are full - or mostly full. We have had to fill 5 gallon jugs and add fresh water to get through a few day boondocking trip, for showers, etc. The trip home I have a very heavy trailer, full tanks, typically some water still in the fresh tank. When boondocking, your not going to have services near by. You might have to drive over a pass, large hill, or miles to the nearest services. Do you want to have your setup overloaded? Best to consider the real full weights then make a decision based on that. Plan ahead, not the opposite. I'm all for planning ahead and being thoughtful about weights. That said, we are in our 12th season of camping as a family and have never one boondocked. What might seem 'necessary' to some is never on the radar for another. We all do this differently, and our plans and expectations should match our particular usage.
Mickeyfan0805 05/27/21 03:13pm Travel Trailers
RE: Triple bunk Travel trailer under 36'

We will most likely not be traveling with both dogs, as they are older and we are still in the research process. Most likely when we do get the travel trailer, it will only be one large dog(most likely a GSD). We plan to travel with very low liquids and maybe only our bicycles in the bed of the truck. If you don't mind my asking, what trailer do you have? We have a Rockwood 8312ss. It's a 2013. They don't make that model anymore. We've had it coming up on 9 years and have been very happy with it. I expect we'll hold onto it until it's just DW and me.
Mickeyfan0805 05/26/21 03:52pm Travel Trailers
RE: Triple bunk Travel trailer under 36'

Hi, I am looking for a triple bunk travel trailer, bumper pull that is under 36'. We will be pulling with a 2021 Ram1500, towing capacity of 11,000lbs. We have 3 small children and 2 dogs that we would like to camp with, and would like to upgrade to a travel trailer from tent camping. So far, we really like the Coachmen Freedom Express 292bhds. Are there other trailers out there that are similar in layout? The outdoor kitchen is a huge bonus, but not needed. As others have said, you do need to watch your weights, but the only way to do that for sure is for you to look at YOUR numbers and not the assumptions of many on either side of the debate. I will tell you that we tow a very similar trailer in floorplan, length and weight with our F150. We are within all of our weights, but we travel with minimal fluids and nothing in the bed of the truck in order to stay well within those ranges. I will also say that, unless you are taking 2 vehicles, the dogs will become a problem in a hurry. Hard to travel with 3 growing kids and 2 dogs in the cab of a pick-up. Our dog has to stay home for any trip longer than a few hours (where we are not taking 2 cars). With all of that said, this floorplan is much like ours and it has worked very well for our family of 5. I will simply add that the outdoor kitchen is an absolute necessity for us. As the kids get older (ours are not 12, 15 and 16), the interior of that camper gets increasingly small. Being able to cook outside makes all the difference in keeping the center area of the camper from becoming overly cramped with people and stuff during meal times.
Mickeyfan0805 05/26/21 10:52am Travel Trailers
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