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RE: Bad Time To Sell RV?

Yep - discretionary income will drop dramatically until there is more economic certainty, and the simple flow of foot traffic into dealers is most certainly incredibly low. Some states and municipalities won't even allow dealerships to be open for sales at this time. A seller may get lucky in a private sale, but I think we are talking about a dramatically different market than what we had just 2-3 weeks ago!
Mickeyfan0805 03/20/20 11:11am General RVing Issues
RE: Private Seller - Financing

Yep - Bank or CU. They will work you through the process easily and properly. I bought a truck in NY when living in MA and financed through my local bank with ease.
Mickeyfan0805 03/10/20 06:42pm Beginning RVing
RE: Enough truck?

It will be just my wife and I in the truck for this trip. If I add up our weight (200# each) + 200# topper + 745# hitch weight I'm at 1345# which is within the 1568# max payload. Is this too close? If I use the 15% of the 6000 TT GVWR as the hitch weight I get 900# plus the weight of us and the topper (600#) which is 1400# just barely below the 1568# payload. Too close? The truck rear GAWR is 3800#. For clarity, you want to double-check your math here. The two of you, plus the topper is 600 pounds, and your 15% calculation is 900 (both of which are accurate above). However, this puts you at 1,500, not the 1,400 you have listed above. You are also missing the weight of the WD hitch (likely 75-100 pounds), which would put you closer to 1,575 to 1,600 for your final number (which is just over your payload sticker). That said, as long as you are confident that there aren't other mods or gear in the truck eating away at that payload (heavy bed mats, bed steps, tools, etc...), I would suggest that you will likely be fine. 15% is the very high end of the tongue weight ratio, and you may well not load it to the entire 6,000 pounds for just two of you. I would suggest that a trip past a CAT scale could confirm things for you, but you'd likely be in a manageable state.
Mickeyfan0805 03/10/20 08:45am Travel Trailers
RE: Am I being greedy?

As others are pointing out, this is incredibly odd. OP - I'm confused by your language. You 'traded' your rig, or you 'agreed to trade' your rig? In other words, what is the current status of this transaction? I would never agree to any compensation without it being written specifically into the purchase agreement. Many RV dealers quote trades without ever looking at it. This is simply another gimmick to try to get money. Unless you are contractually obligated, refuse.
Mickeyfan0805 03/09/20 02:40pm General RVing Issues
RE: SHANK question

This likely has a lot to do with tongue weight. For a lighter tongue, likely not an issue - try it and see how it goes. For a heavier tongue, you are increasing the torsion on the hitch which would lessen the actual weight the tongue could safely carry. I'm not an engineer, so I would not be able to try to quantify the difference, but that would be my consideration.
Mickeyfan0805 03/06/20 07:19pm Travel Trailers
RE: self driving sooner than we think!

You will know the turning point has been reached when they start altering road construction and signage to accommodate autonomous vehicles. When they start embedding things in the roadway, or special stripes on the roadway, or special visual or RF beacons on the roadside, that serve no purpose but to help AI vehicles navigate the roads, then you will know that the turning point has come. Today, everything you see on and around roadways is to enable human drivers. Soon, there will be things there to enable AI drivers. I think this is a big factor that remains unknown in all of this. Many adaptive/assist systems currently exist, but they are far from bulletproof, and many rely on systems that can become readily problematic in real world conditions. Five minutes on an icy, salt covered, road and my F150 spits out a warning that the pre-collision system can't operate. The sensors become covered in sludge and can't see anything. I'm sure there can and will be solutions to all of this, but I think some of it is likely to boil down to infrastructure that is not yet in place. We will continue to move in that direction, but there are still some major hurdles to overcome.
Mickeyfan0805 03/05/20 08:46am Tech Issues
RE: Upgrading head and bars only on EQ hitch?

They definitely sell individual parts, both through distributors and directly on their website. You could cobble together an entire system through individual pieces. FWIW - Much to my surprise, they were actually very affirming of the idea. So long as the shank is sufficiently rated (which it is), there is no problem replacing just the head and the bars. Through Etrailer, the upgrade of the two parts runs $345, compared to nearly $745 for a full system. Oddly, you can cobble all of the major elements together (shank, brackets, ball, head, bars and pry lever) for $635. What's left after that is hardware, which hardly makes up for the extra $110 for the 'complete' system. It all seems a bit backwards to me!
Mickeyfan0805 03/03/20 03:47pm Towing
RE: Upgrading head and bars only on EQ hitch?

I would call the manufacturer and ask them. If your EQ is an actual Equal-i-zer the manufacturer is very responsive to questions. Link I will try, thanks. I highly suspect that I will get the, 'You should buy everything new' response, but we will see!
Mickeyfan0805 03/03/20 08:53am Towing
RE: Upgrading head and bars only on EQ hitch?

It will "work" but you choose the size of the bars by tongue weight, not the tow vehicle. I understand, but we are right 'on the line.' We bought the hitch 10 years ago for a hybrid trailer with a much lighter tongue. When we upgraded trailers, 7.5 years ago, our tongue went to right around the 1,000 pound mark, but with an HD Suburban as a tow vehicle, the 1k bars gave me all the tension I ever needed to get it where I wanted it. Moving to an F150, we will be loading right at the truck's payload, and I might want/need a bit more tension to dial in the system. I won't upgrade until I hook it up and test things out (hopefully in the next month or so, if the weather holds), but I'm considering options if I find they are needed.
Mickeyfan0805 03/03/20 08:52am Towing
Upgrading head and bars only on EQ hitch?

I’m considering upgrading from our current 10k EQ hitch to the 12k version. Nothing is wrong with our current set-up, but a change in TV has me considering the upgrade. I can upgrade the head and bars for half the cost of the entire system, and my other elements are all in solid shape. Anyone know if this would work?
Mickeyfan0805 03/02/20 08:58pm Towing
RE: We pulled the trigger

Congrats. Nice looking rig!
Mickeyfan0805 03/01/20 01:10pm Travel Trailers
RE: Xchocks question

I've always used two. You can likely get away with one to avoid the roll, but if you want the best stability for the rig all around, two will suit you better.
Mickeyfan0805 02/26/20 04:47pm Travel Trailers
RE: St. Louis to Central FL

I just returned from St. Louis to Central Florida last summer. I took I-55 south to Memphis,( I-269 is a loop around Memphis that is an easy drive to I-22) picked up I-22 to Tupelo, MS then turned south on US 45 to Meridian, MS then east on US 80 to Montgomery, AL then south on US 231 to I-10. I avoided Birmingham, AL as there is all kinds of road construction around that area and it is slow going with traffic delays plus rough road.This is a good choice with less traffic. Atlanta is a nightmare to get through due to traffic and construction. I live out side of Orlando so if I can be of additional help let me know.Safe travels and enjoy the trip! Thanks for the input. I've done the drive through Atlanta multiple times (usually coming from SE WI, and the detour is more significant from there). I'm curious, though, about your decision to avoid Birmingham. Google suggests that your side-route adds about 45 minutes to the trip - that seems like a lot to add on just to avoid a city of 200,000 people. With limited travel time, is it really worth such a substantial detour to avoid Birmingham?
Mickeyfan0805 02/21/20 10:33am Roads and Routes
St. Louis to Central FL

Will be traveling from just west of St. Louis to central FL this summer. Most direct and fastest route (not considering traffic) is to take 24 through Nashville to Chattanooga, and then catch 75 south through Atlanta. It looks, however, that a route south to Memphis and onto Montgomery only adds about 30-40 miles and cuts out all the major cities. Anyone familiar with these routes? Any suggestions?
Mickeyfan0805 02/20/20 03:32pm Roads and Routes
RE: Myrtle Beach - Ocean Lakes, Pirateland or Lakewood

Thanks all - I appreciate the insights. We settled on Lakewood. We want to be at the beach, but also want the amenities and activities for the kids. This is a 'fun' trip, not as much a 'relaxing' one, so we are ok with the energy and activity of the campground. Seemed like Lakewood was likely the best balance all around.
Mickeyfan0805 02/18/20 12:29pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: 3.5 EB Engine Braking?

Curious...how does the engine rev limiter function when engine braking ? My assumption is that it will shift all the way down to the lowest hear, right ? The puter will keep shifting up to keep it from over-revving. OK - help a newbie out here. In my old 'burb I would simply put it in 2nd or 3rd gear to get the control I wanted and work my way down the grade. Now that I'm shifting to the f150, I'm trying to understand how this works with the newer tech. So, how does the engine know what speed you are trying to maintain? In other words, how does it know to provide engine braking to keep me at 60 or 45? This is all new to me, but I'd like to understand BEFORE I'm traveling down a grade and trying to figure it out! Thanks for indulging me. If you are on cruise control it simply tries to maintain the set speed. Otherwise, it will not exceed the speed at which you took your foot off of the gas pedal. If you touch the brakes it gets more aggressive. That's what I imagined. Thanks, all, for the input!
Mickeyfan0805 02/18/20 08:25am Tow Vehicles
RE: Can I park my trailer at Universal Orlando?

We stayed at a KOA pretty close by to universal as a home base. Nice place good pool too. Yep, I think this is our plan. Thanks, all, for the input.
Mickeyfan0805 02/18/20 08:24am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Myrtle Beach - Ocean Lakes, Pirateland or Lakewood

Looking for a fun family location for a few days at Myrtle Beach this summer. For those of you who have used the resorts listed above, which would you recommend for a family with 3 kids (11, 14 and 15)? Why? Thanks!
Mickeyfan0805 02/17/20 02:44pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: 3.5 EB Engine Braking?

Curious...how does the engine rev limiter function when engine braking ? My assumption is that it will shift all the way down to the lowest hear, right ? The puter will keep shifting up to keep it from over-revving. OK - help a newbie out here. In my old 'burb I would simply put it in 2nd or 3rd gear to get the control I wanted and work my way down the grade. Now that I'm shifting to the f150, I'm trying to understand how this works with the newer tech. So, how does the engine know what speed you are trying to maintain? In other words, how does it know to provide engine braking to keep me at 60 or 45? This is all new to me, but I'd like to understand BEFORE I'm traveling down a grade and trying to figure it out! Thanks for indulging me.
Mickeyfan0805 02/17/20 10:40am Tow Vehicles
3.5 EB Engine Braking?

For those of you with a 3.5 Ecoboost and a 10spd, how do you manage the transmission on long downhill grades? Do you find that the tow/haul mode does enough engine braking on its own, or do you shift to manual and control the gears along the way?
Mickeyfan0805 02/15/20 04:34pm Tow Vehicles
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