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RE: Gen Y fiver hitch increase fuel economy?

Other than less weight and less speed, claims by manufacturers that state increased fuel economy are nominal at best. Went I got into RVing over a couple of decades ago, utilizing gasoline powered engines the entire time and still today, I am happy to say we have never tracked mpg even once. The only reason I do is planning for gas stops. I hate pulling on and off highways, only to find stations we can't get easily in and/or out of. So, I generally plan our gas and meal stops along the way in order to save hassle and time. Knowing my mpg's allows me to know how often I need to stop - nothing more.
Mickeyfan0805 10/20/20 02:16pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Choosing our first travel trailer! Big family

I wish the suburban made a true HD. The tow capacity isn’t very high on the new ones! This has been one of my greatest frustrations in recent years. We babied our '06 got a long time, but in the end, the repair costs were mounting and we found we couldn't take trips because we were too afraid it would give out on us. We bought it used in 2012 and got a lot of use out of it, but readily would have purchased a new one then (or in years since) had it been an option. Even the old option of HD vans is really a thing of the past. Larger families have little practical way to tow anymore.
Mickeyfan0805 10/15/20 11:14am Travel Trailers
RE: Which Shocks for 2017 F150 Ecoboost

People seem to have differing opinions on the value of LT tires. I used them to replace p-rated tires on my last tow vehicle and was glad I did. I don't have enough reason to do that on the new truck, but when these wear out, I will replace with LTs. I haven't done the Bilsteins, but they are mentioned on here, as well as on F150 specific forums, often. Those more in the know can certainly correct me, but it has always been my understanding that airbags and WD hitches don't always play well together. It might help a bit with your 'bounce,' but too much airbag support can counteract the work of the WD hitch. Others may have more experience. One other consideration would be to make sure that you have the right bars on your hitch. If your original set were 1,000 pound bars, you could have been getting by, reasonably, at 1,050. Jumping up to 1,200, however, they may not be able to do the job that's needed.
Mickeyfan0805 10/15/20 10:39am Tow Vehicles
RE: Choosing our first travel trailer! Big family

I know this is not what you asked, so I apologize in advance, but given your plans, I would encourage you to at least consider going the motorhome route. While your kids are young now, they won't stay that way, and a family of 5, plus two dogs, doing long cross-country trips in a pick-up, does not sound like a good time to me. We towed with an HD Suburban for years until it finally gave out last year, so we bit the bullet and got a pick-up. Our older kids are in high school, so many of our trips are more local with multiple cars, but I will say that the idea of longer trips with our family of 5 is much less appealing to us, now, than it was when we had the Suburban. And, as far as the dog, we are forced to leave him home if we are only taking the truck - there's simply no room for him. I entirely understand that you might already have a truck and/or will use that truck as a daily driver - all of which impacts the cost analysis (it did for us). If you are going out to buy all of this for the purpose of camping, however, a class C would at least be worth consideration.
Mickeyfan0805 10/15/20 10:28am Travel Trailers
RE: Truck Camper Weight...I know, I know

NHTSA says this about components of the GAWR: "Gross Axle Weight Rating is the rated load-carrying capacity of an individual axle and wheel assembly. (It represents the load that may be steadily sustained by the components in the system; i.e., tires, rims, hubs, bearing, axles, brakes, suspension, sub frame, etc. with the GAWR limited by the components with the lowest working rating". Trailer axles are no different per Dexter; Q&A *The Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR) of your running gear is determined by the lowest rated component in the assembly. The capacity of the wheel, tire, axle, brake, springs/rubber and hub are all considered. That's really interesting. So, what drives the GVWR? I understand that registration grades play a role in some of the HD trucks, but what is the justification for the typical 1/2 ton? My F150 Max Tow has a front rating of 3,450, a rear rating of 3,800 and a gross rating of 7,000. If the axles, combined, can both carry and stop 7,250, and the engine can pull more than twice that, why is the GVWR 250 pounds below the combined axle ratings? I'm not sure I see where that weak link is.
Mickeyfan0805 10/15/20 10:15am Truck Campers
RE: 2004 250 FQ Prowler - value

Thanks all for the feedback. Do you guys have any recommendations for the best place to list the trailer for sale? For that level of trailer, I'd simply look to Craigslist as my first try. Take cash only and hand over the trailer and the title. As mentioned above, there's been a huge market for smaller trailers, this year, given the preferability of that mode of travel and housing. We are on the tail end of the season, but you could likely still catch some of that energy in the south where you don't have everyone winterizing as we are up here. (I filled mine with the dreaded pink stuff last weekend!)
Mickeyfan0805 10/13/20 10:37am Travel Trailers
RE: 2004 250 FQ Prowler - value

Yep - NADA puts it in the $4k range private, but that is with no sense of condition, upgrades, etc. It could quickly go up or down based on those details.
Mickeyfan0805 10/13/20 07:54am Travel Trailers
RE: toilet seal

Ours did this a few years back. As other have said, I cut the water, stepped on the pedal, removed the old one, then lubed and installed the new. It can be a bit tricky to get everything lined up perfectly, but it's not too hard or time consuming. I will say that I had to lube the new one a once or twice a year to make sure that the cap will fully close when releasing the pedal. It has a tendency to stick.
Mickeyfan0805 10/13/20 07:50am Tech Issues
RE: Truck Camper Weight...I know, I know

GVWR is taxable number given by lawyers. But Axle rating is number given by engineers and that is what I am worry about. I buy that argument when talking about FWs or TTs, as they also include their own braking power. For truck campers, I'd want to know a lot more about the brake system before relying solely on axle ratings. The fact that an axle can carry more weight does not mean that the truck has the combined braking power to stop it!
Mickeyfan0805 10/13/20 07:46am Truck Campers
RE: Best/worst reviews no help

As noted above, I've seen a few issues that pertain to this... First, the negatives make more noise - no one comes on posting positive comments because their rig ISN'T leaking. You have to take the number of negatives in the context of how many silent and content owners are out there. The number of those negatives that can be traced back to faulty maintenance is also a tremendous unknown! Second, as people had said, the pre-inspection is essential. Make sure the dealer knows, well in advance, that you expect to spend hours scouring the rig and that no money will change hands until you've completed the inspection. There WILL be things that need to be remedied, and you should make sure that is all done to your expectation. Finally, I would not encourage anyone to buy an RV, particularly a trailer, if they weren't at least reasonably handy. Owning a trailer comes with issues - that can't be avoided. Some are from the factory, others are because they are little more than a fancy looking garden shed flying down the highway at 65 mph. In 8 years of ownership, I've had our Rockwood in the shop twice - once to replace the tires and the other time to replace a sagging axle. Everything else I've simply managed myself. Plan to spend some time, each year, fixing the little things, and that will go a long way in your enjoyment overall!
Mickeyfan0805 10/13/20 07:36am Toy Haulers
RE: things you find on the internet.

Cute, but just for fun, ran a couple of numbers... Hard to know the size of the pool, but based on images I'm going to estimate a 6x10 pool that is 3' deep. That's 180 cubic feet. At 7.48 gallons per cubic foot, that's 1,346 gallons of water. At 8.34 pounds per gallon, that's 11,225 pounds of water alone! Given the single axle and the two-door hatchback pulling it, I really hope they are filling the pool at the destination!
Mickeyfan0805 10/13/20 07:22am Around the Campfire
RE: NEW TOW VEHICLE ?

I echo those who are suggesting that you revisit your expectations here. A box trailer that sleeps six is not going to come light. Add in the weight of that family of 6 in the vehicle, and I would suggest that 5k will be well below your actual need. At the very least, I would suggest that you move up to the full-size Suburban or Expedition to try to accomplish what you have in mind.
Mickeyfan0805 10/12/20 07:19pm Tow Vehicles
RE: What's the longest/heaviest you would tow with a 1/2 ton?

Once you get into the 28', 7-8k lbs range you are getting to the area of needing a specially equipped F-150, so just for fun, I went on Fords website, and built 2 trucks, an F-150 XLT 4X4, with heavy duty tow package, and heavy payload package. It was just over $50k, then I built an F-250 XLT 4X4, and did not have to add any heavy duty packages, and it was just under $48k. So really you might as well go with the 3/4 ton, it will be a little cheaper, and you don't have to worry about payload, and you have more truck to handle the load. The MPGs, will suffer a bit, but unless you put a bunch of miles on it daily, that shouldn't be a concern. Unfortunately, this only works if you are paying sticker. F150's are notoriously overpriced on their MSRP and you can readily save 20% or more if buying at the right time. I've not seen the same for the HD's. If you have a payload need that requires the HDDP, you might be in the ordering category, so that changes things. Otherwise, you can get a Max Tow F150 for far less than any HD you'll find out there.
Mickeyfan0805 10/08/20 10:34am Tow Vehicles
RE: What's the longest/heaviest you would tow with a 1/2 ton?

I've grown increasingly aware of the underlying fact that this is such a subjective question that it is extremely difficult to answer in this forum. People will throw out all sorts of limitations that have no objective grounding, while others will create all sorts of justifications to throw caution to the wind. The simple reality is that actual weights, as rated for the specific truck and trailer, are the only truly objective measures one has. The problem, of course, is that being within those ratings, as you are stating, does not necessarily mean the driver will be comfortable with it. For us, I have a 2019 F150 max tow and pull a 35' trailer that is 8,000-8,400 pounds, loaded, depending on water and gear. When the full family is along for the ride, I am right up against my GVWR (but not over), and about 1,500 pounds below my GCVWR. This is a new combination for us, but I did about 5,000 miles this summer with no concerns. When the winds were gusting at 25+ a few days ago I could feel it, but it was never uncomfortable. Others, of course, would not feel the same! Since we only do 4-5 trips per year with most being within 500 miles, this works fine for us. If we were full-timing or hauling multiple 1,000+ mile trips each year, we might see it differently.
Mickeyfan0805 10/07/20 03:52pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Sliding Door off Track

Stand in the middle of the door, pull the door closed toward you as much as you can, put one hand on either side and lift door, move it to one side or the other. Wheels are probably sitting in a track, so you lift the wheels out of it. That's how some are mounted, but not sure if all RV sliding doors are the same. :) Reverse the process for re-mounting ... if you just want to remount the door, try lifting it and hook the wheels up over the track, one side or the other. Pretty accurate description. When new, my 5th wheel was missing the guide at the bottom of the door. Missed it on the walk thru. About $2 at a hardware store & 5 minutes work - probably equates to a week or two if returned to the dealer for a "fixit". Look it over carefully!! - :h Usually it's something that can be done without removing the door. ~ See my post above - I had tried the 'lift and remove' before coming here. Wish it were that easy. These were very different, as they were casters with wheels on both sides that were inset to a u-shaped channel. The casters slide out of the track in a small gap at the end of the rail by the wall, but that doesn't work when the door is attached. The removal of the door, then, requires the removal of the trim piece blocking access to the latches. Interesting design, in that it is likely much sturdier for transport than your typical one-sided hanging roller, but you'd think they could have built in some access to these latches to allow for easier removal and repair.
Mickeyfan0805 10/07/20 03:38pm General RVing Issues
RE: Sliding Door off Track

In case anyone else runs into problems and discovers this thread, here's what I found... The pocket doors in our trailer do not have the 'lift and remove' style that is common on many sliding doors, and that many above mentioned. These pocket doors have rollers that run inside a track, and the door is removed from the rollers themselves by releasing a latch that is holding the door onto the roller via a 'peg' that is mounted to the top of the door. This latch, however, could only be accessed by removing the facia piece above the door opening in order to access these latches. I'm currently in the process of trying to track down the exact part for the roller (it is bent, which I'm guessing is why the door came off of it in the first place), but it is not a difficult repair. It's just not one that can be done without removing the trim that blocks access to the latch system.
Mickeyfan0805 10/07/20 12:42pm General RVing Issues
Sliding Door off Track

We have the sliding door leading into the bedroom in our travel trailer. One side of the door has come off the track, but I do not have access to the track or the runners to see the problem. I need to remove the door in order to check things out, but I can't seem to get it. Does anyone know how these are typically mounted?
Mickeyfan0805 10/02/20 06:57pm General RVing Issues
RE: Coach Net vs Good Sam

The one item I didn't like was the constant junk mail trying to up sell the service or trying to sell other services to me. Seemed like I was getting something in the mail box every week. This is the same reason I stopped carrying their store membership. Way too much junk and, honestly, intentionally deceptive mailings!
Mickeyfan0805 09/24/20 02:21pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Wheelbase question

From parking in truck stops, I know I'm a little longer than a 53' semi trailer. Probably about 55-56' or so. That's plenty. I'm concerned with getting the new truck with 20" or more wheelbase than my Excursion and pulling my TT with it for a few years until we get a FW. This is a slightly different question than where you began. Wheelbase (the distance between your axles) can give you a sturdier feel. On the F350, the difference between the two beds is 160" vs 176", or 10%, but I've never heard anyone complain about wheelbase as an issue with the F350. Considerations are usually more based on vehicle storage, room for gear, etc., as has been mentioned above. If I were in the market to tow a fifth wheel, the 16" difference in wheelbase would not be my deciding factor. That said, this second question is not one of wheelbase, but one of total length. The short bed F30 would increase your current total length by 23", the long bed would increase you by 39". On this, I stand by my earlier comment - in the scheme of things, when discussing a set-up that will be upwards of 60' long, I don't think you are going to notice an extra 16" as a particular difference as you are headed down the road.
Mickeyfan0805 09/22/20 02:36pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Wheelbase question

Your not long until your nearing the 60 ft mark. I'm just over 50 ft with the 5th wheel but 60 ft with my bumper pull car Very true. I'm just shy of 57' end to end with our bumper-pull. A FW of the same size would likely cut that total length by a good 5'. That said, once you are in that range, I'm not sure a 10% variance one way or another makes the difference, and the number of people pulling with shortbeds seems to indicate that it's not a world of difference. I think it likely becomes more an issue of priorities. The long bed will give you room for gear and/or a gear box in your bed, and removes the need for a slider. A short bed is a bit easier as a daily driver and will fit into a smaller garage if need be.
Mickeyfan0805 09/21/20 03:08pm Tow Vehicles
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