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RE: Aftermarket engine gauge recommendations

I went with a phone app to monitor my trucks vitals. It's called Torque Pro and as far as I know, only works on Android phones.. It connects to different brands of ODB2 connectors.. The "gauges" in my 13 F150 don't move after they reach their 'normal' position. The only time they will actually move is when you have reached some very high temp level or if the oil pressure goes < 5psi. I paid $5 to get the full version Torque Pro app. I think I paid around $25 for the BAFX ODB2 adapter that links to the TP app on the phone. You can setup a lot of "PID" data that monitors actual temps and a bunch of other stuff you will never really care about.. Unfortunately, it DOES NOT monitor oil PSI or TEMP.. That might just be that my ODB2 does not have that info in the ECU for 2013? Anyway, has worked for me since around 2018 and really helped me adjust my driving habits and how I let the rig tow in various conditions. Good luck! Mitch
MitchF150 01/24/22 06:52pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Trunnion Weight Distribution Spring

I'd just tilt the head as far as it will allow. Then hook up the #800 bars and go with it and then dial in from there. I'm towing #7000 and have at least #1000 TW when I run a full fresh water tank and just use an almost 20 year old set of EAZ-Lift #1000 WD setup. Works and tows great! I've not hit a scale, but I pack heavy and know it, so I just go with the max weights. Good luck! Mitch
MitchF150 01/23/22 09:42am Beginning RVing
RE: New to Chromebook: very basic question

Dunno about the Chrome book device, but my Google Chrome web browser on a Windows 10 computer if you right click on the open tab, you can select "move tab to new window" and then you will have that in it's own window. Mitch
MitchF150 01/22/22 03:27pm Technology Corner
RE: 2000 Fleetwood Mallard 29s water heater question

Dang.. I thought they got rid of those manual pilot light appliances back in the 80's... As a kid, we had a 1977 Taurus and it manual pilot lights for the fridge and the WH. (no electric option on the WH). I guess they still made them later on.. My 2003 Prowler had a Suburban electronic spark heater.. Anyway, here is a video link on how to light those manual pilot light WH.. Good luck! Mitch
MitchF150 01/22/22 03:22pm Travel Trailers
RE: 2000 Fleetwood Mallard 29s water heater question

You should have 2 switches on the panel for the water heater. One for gas and one for electric. You can actually run both at the same time if you wish.. That will allow the tank to recover quicker than just on one or the other.. Since the electric part works, that's only when hooked up to 120v, you have the secondary switch turned on. That's located in the WH housing when you open the outside access to it. From there, you should see the gas hookup. Make sure it's all clear of debris and all. But, you should still have a second switch inside to turn just the gas function on... Mine is a newer model, but I don't think they have really changed in the last 30 or so years... Good luck! Mitch
MitchF150 01/22/22 12:25pm Travel Trailers
RE: Towing mileage/capability

MitchF150 01/16/22 12:04pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Price breaks on new Pickups?!

Seems that if you get any discount below 'sticker', it's a good deal these days.... I recall getting about $10K off sticker for my 13 F150 brand new... But, those are days long gone! I'll hold for a bit, as the 13 is still running strong and no plans or desire to get anything new at this time... Good luck! Mitch
MitchF150 01/09/22 05:09pm Tow Vehicles
RE: More efficient propane furnace

I don't fulltime but I like to camp offgrid whenever I can. My furnace seems to be properly sized. When its cold out (20 degrees) it will run maybe 60% 0f the time. The coldest I've been is around zero and that ran 85 to 90% of the time. Looks like I need to live with it. Well, that's a lot colder than I've ever been in while in the RV.. (maybe in the low 40's to upper 30's at the coldest). I had the Propane furnace going for that and it would cycle about every 15-20 minutes after running for some 10-15 minutes.. Just a guess as I would eventually fall asleep, but it seemed every time I was "awake", it was running! I only had the temp set to around 65* too... But, it was warm enough thru the night.. Even the Heat Pump I have at home does not work very well below 35* and I just switch it to aux heat (electric) at that point so it just does not run all day.. Keeping warm costs money no matter where you are at! :) Mitch
MitchF150 01/08/22 06:17pm Tech Issues
RE: More efficient propane furnace

Maybe I missed it, but are you doing "full time" RVing? If so, then investing in a better heating source might be best?? I have a 2019 Rockwood TT and it has the same type of propane heater that my family had in our 1977 Taurus TT... The only difference was we had to light a pilot light and keep it going on the old Taurus. The new rigs are all that auto spark deal. Same the the water heater... Same basic unit, but still just blows a huge flame into a chamber and it heats what it heats... :) I'm only a fair weather camper, so basically between May and Sept... It does get a bit chilly at night at times, and if the little portable electric heater can't keep up, I'll turn on the RV furnace and that does really keep the rig warm... It's just loud and probably does use a lot of propane.. So does the water heater, but my new TT has a 120v heater as long as i'm plugged in, so I use that for hot water... Anyway, I'm sure there are a lot of more efficient heating options out there, and to fit into an older rig is just making it fit and work I would think.. Good luck in the end and stay warm! :) Mitch
MitchF150 01/08/22 05:20pm Tech Issues
RE: Will my WFCO 55 amp over charge?

You didn't say how much access you have to your rig while in storage, but mine is next to my house and I have a battery disconnect and I too don't want to haul the batteries out anymore either.... (dual 12v is all I have). I just check the rig every couple weeks and switch the batteries on before I open it up.. I usually leave it alone until it shows only 2 out of 4 lights on the panel, then I'll switch on the 120v power for a day or two and then turn off the 120v and switch off the battery disconnect.. My Dad would leave his rig plugged in 24/7 and he always had to replace his batteries every couple of years... I kept telling him to just unplug it, as it was in his shop the whole time and he spent a ton of time in there... Just plug it in once a month for a day or two, then unplug it... No, no, "the converter is supposed to maintain the batteries when they are charged and then float.." He also thought that keeping electric heaters on during the winter would keep him from having to 'winterize' the rig.... NOPE... Froze the lines, even with it kept at 50 degrees on the heaters and had to replace several pipes and joints.. Anyway, that reminds me... I need to check my rig and probably switch the power on since it's been at least a month since I've checked on it.. (I can see it right now out my window too! ha, ha) Good luck, Mitch
MitchF150 01/08/22 03:16pm Tech Issues
RE: Camping on Sand

In WA state in Ocean Shores, you can drive on the beach.. You can't 'camp' or overnight there, but you can bring your rig on the sand... All the soft sand is above the high tide level... That's where everyone gets stuck at least at Ocean Shores, WA.. :) I've pulled out many small cars and 2wd trucks in my time going there with just a stock 4x4 F150.. I don't go into the soft sand like those stuck were in.. I have seen RV's out there, but they seem to stick to the hard packed side and move accordingly as the tide comes in and then leave when it gets too close. I don't go out there anymore, as just way too many 'goofs' out there now... But, back in the day, it was fun and a family could enjoy themselves and not have to deal with all the ATV's and other such nonsense.. Ooops... Too many cold snacks I think... :)
MitchF150 01/08/22 03:00pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Router

I think there are 2 different things here? A "router" is just the device that connects to the "modem". The router then has the extra ports and WiFi that you connect to from your devices (computer, phone, tablet, etc) The modem is what connects your home to the internet from your provider. I'm with Xfinity/Comcast and they can supply you with their modem/router combo as a single unit and charge you a monthly rental. I bought my own modem (Arris) that would work with them (after you spent about 30 minutes on the phone with Xfinity tech support to activate it) and then just got a Linksys router/wifi to connect to the modem and then to all my devices. It's also a 'firewall' as such too. I already pay way too much for Xfinity/Comcast cable/internet service... I sure as heck was not going to pay rent on their internet hardware... Sure, I have to rent their TV stuff.... But, there you go! ha, ha... Good luck! Mitch
MitchF150 12/31/21 06:13pm Technology Corner
RE: Propane prices

Just wait... I heard of yet another tragic oil refinery fire in Texas... So sorry for the loss of life of course, especially at this time of the year.. But, we will see even higher prices for ALL fuel next week... Merry Christmas! Mitch
MitchF150 12/24/21 01:17pm Around the Campfire
RE: Finding a TT that does not have Bunkhouse

Hi. A lot will depend on your specific camping needs and wants of course. Sounds like you are looking for a "couples only" rig for the most part? We have always been just a couple and this is our second TT in the last 19 years, so we don't need much.. Just some space and an excuse to not have any overnight guests in the rig.. :) If you like group camping, or having guests, that's great! But, for us, this floor plan works best for us and we really enjoy it. Good luck! Mitch
MitchF150 12/23/21 02:52pm Travel Trailers
RE: Amp draw vs battery bank & solar array = totally confused!

Hi. Have you checked out those "Battle Born" lithium battery and solar setups? That's what I hear is the 'best bang', but they are pretty expensive, but if off the grid is your goal and you can hang around where the sun does shine a good part of every day, I've seen videos where they will run a 13.5k RV AC unit from them and all the other components you mention.. (no direct experience with any of it myself) But, they also have rather larger solar panel setups and lots of watts or amps or whatever it takes to keep them charged and lots of sun.. Good luck! Mitch
MitchF150 12/23/21 02:30pm Tech Issues
RE: Need help to buy Rv Trayler

Hi. No, put as much down as you can afford to put. (pass on the other add on things) That's what helps keep the payments lower for a shorter loan term. With my trade and $5,000 cash down payment, I only had to borrow some $17,000 when it was all taxed and out the door. I only owe less than $8,000 now, so if I had to sell it for whatever reason, or insurance claim, I can easily pay off the loan and still have $$ left over.. But, not looking to do either anytime soon! :) Good luck! Mitch
MitchF150 12/15/21 08:36am Beginning RVing
RE: Need help to buy Rv Trayler

I'm paying 4.5% on a 72 month loan for a 2019 Rockwood. I bought it brand new in 2019 gong thru my local Credit Union. My credit score was/is in the 800+ range. :) Used RV's generally have a slightly higher rate, but it's all up to the bank when you apply and your credit score from what I understand. I'm more than 1/2 way thru the loan and the balance. Plan to pay off early too, with extra balance payments when I can. I passed on the extra 'warranty' and not sure what GAP insurance is so can't comment on that. 140 months is just over 11 years, so you'll be paying alot in interest for the first half of the loan.. I hesitated at 72 months myself... But, knew I was going to keep this rig for at least that long anyway, and if I can make the extra payments anyway, it'll be paid off early anyway. This probably won't be your 'forever RV', so gotta take that into consideration too.. Don't want to be upside down on that loan if you want or need a bigger one as the family grows sooner than the loan is less than the current value of the rig at that time. If anything, put the $2,000 away for your self and hold it if anything 'major' happens to the rig.. At least you know you just didn't give your dealers sales person a bigger Christmas bonus! :) Just my experience and opinion on the deal.. Good luck! Mitch
MitchF150 12/14/21 10:09pm Beginning RVing
RE: Half ton towing

The name of the trailer is not really a good indicator of it's weight.. Neither is it's brochure 'dry weights'... Look at the sticker for the rigs GVWR. Sure, you don't load anything in your rig, so you'll never get to that weight, but look at it anyway, because eventually, you'll get there... ha, ha... :) I have a #7000 GVWR TT that is called a "Mini-Lite".. It's loaded for bear and I carry full load of fresh water too! Tow it with an F150.. OMG.. :) Plus I load the bed with all kinds of stuff too.. Tows fine and made a few mods to help, but in the end, it's a great tow and has some 108,000 miles on it now.. In the end, get the rig that works best for you and if it works, "you chose wisely".. If not... Well, then "you chose poorly".. :) Good luck! Mitch
MitchF150 11/30/21 06:29pm Travel Trailers
RE: finding value for the RV

Yeah.. Well, on the new nada site, you get thru your specs and then the next "click" to find your "price", it has a link to "contact a dealer" or something like that.... I didn't actually click on it, as I don't want to sell my rig.. :) At least that's how I saw it when I was checking it out just now... Not like before where you just get a worthless answer! ha, ha... Mitch
MitchF150 11/25/21 02:26pm General RVing Issues
RE: finding value for the RV

Opps... Not current info after all... Does not seem to be the same as it was a couple of years ago, so No idea now... Good luck! Mitch
MitchF150 11/25/21 12:43pm General RVing Issues
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