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RE: Maximum towing

Please show me your work on that math that I am 3,000 over weight on my combo Terry? I do include the TW of the trailer on the trucks payload too.... I've been around the block a few times and here longer than you have been... ha, ha... Mitch remember. I said if you load both to max. And IF your 11,300 is the GCVWR. Which I admit seems pretty low. I could have read it wrong. If it is not. Then my figures are wrong. I been wrong before. Your truck if loaded to max is 7700lb. your trailer if loaded to max is 7000lb. that is 14,700lbs. Your max GCVWR, is 11,300. According to you post. Unless I miss read it. So together your TT and TV weigh in at 14,700lb subtract the GCVWR of 11,300 from that, and you have 3,400lb that the truck is over the GCVWR. Like i said. If that is not the GCVWR. Then my figures are not correct. did take the numbers wrong. I looked at the same truck as Mitch has back in 13, so very familiar with the numbers. The tow capacity is 11,300, and the GCVWR S/B 17,000+. I did buy a new 250 instead, but the 150 with max tow and 3.5 Eco is a very stout truck, with lots of upgrades for HD towing. I was wrong once myself, though! No harm. Jerry My bad. Thanks MFL for replying on my behalf. Terry, I'm sorry if I made it seem like my GCWR was the "tow rating" number I quoted on my 13 F150.. Even my old 97 F150 had around a #12,500 GCWR, yet that old #5000 Prowler was as much as I wanted to tow with it! It also only had a #6250 GVWR on it! No payload sticker back in 97, but it was over payload back in the day! :) The 13 tows the new Rockwood just fine. But, as was said, I would not really want to go much heavier with it and still have a comfortable tow for my taste. Mitch
MitchF150 11/26/20 12:02am Tow Vehicles
RE: I Hope This Doesn't Get Taken Down Right Away

Even though I was only 3 months old when this event occurred, it seems we have a lot of old guys and gals here that remember it like it was yesterday.. I recall the Apollo 11 Moon Landing as a 6 year old like it was yesterday.. I collected all the Apollo mission patches from Apollo 7 thru 17 as a kid and my Mom saved them... I didn't know what ever happened to them.. I'm now 57 years old and seeing those patches brought back a lot of memories.. Sorry, didn't mean to change the topic from the OP... Just bringing back memories since I won't be with family during the holidays this year anyway.. Peace to all and happy holidays this strange and very memorable year we have had in 2020.. Mitch
MitchF150 11/25/20 11:33pm Around the Campfire
RE: Reliable Walkie Talkie?

MitchF150 11/22/20 01:02pm Tech Issues
RE: I Hope This Doesn't Get Taken Down Right Away

I was only 3 months old, but learned about it when I started public school back in the day.. I wonder if they even mention it to kids in History class these days? I know they don't have any 'shop' classes anymore... What a shame.. Mitch
MitchF150 11/22/20 12:28pm Around the Campfire
RE: What size?

Yeah, I used a Sharpie and wrote "1-1/16" on it so I know which socket to grab when I want to remove on my Suburban anode/drain plug. Mitch
MitchF150 11/22/20 12:11pm Tech Issues
RE: 2012 F-150 tow rating

Just for reference and my own experience with a 13 F150 Eco MaxTow.. I had a #5000 GVWR 2003 Prowler Lynx TT that weighed every bit of that GVWR. (I pack heavy on purpose) Started towing that trailer with a 97 F150, 5.4, 3.55 gears. Did fine for what that era truck was. Got the 13 and it towed that Prowler with ease. I used "Regular" fuel too. (87 octane). Fast forward to 2019 and we get a new #7000 GVWR Rockwood.. First tow with it on the same route we have been taking for years with the Prowler, there was a significant difference in it's towing performance compared to what I was used to. It handled the trailer just fine, I just found I was lacking power for some reason.. Normally, I could take the grades in 4th and have lots of power left and not run the coolant temps too high. (I have an ODBII monitor, so I can see the actual coolant temps, not just the dummy gauge on the dash..) I found I had to run in 3rd to keep the boost in check and the coolant temps and slow down. I also got worse mpg's than I was used to. Before the next trip, I ran Premium (92 octane) fuel for at least a full tank, and then pulled the same basic route again (going over I-90 and the pass) and I was back to my expected performance. Back to 4th on the grades and still having to watch the boost and the coolant temps, but very manageable and able to keep the prior speeds and extra performance I was used to. I also saw my towing mpg's get back to the 9-10 mpg range and even my non towing mpg's seemed to go up an mpg or two.. So, I've been running the Premium fuel all the time now and the truck really seems to like it and the extra cost is not really that big of a deal for me.. Anyway, I have loaded my trailer to where it's at it's #7000 GVWR too, as I said, I like to pack a lot of stuff (full water, more stuff than I'll ever need, but that's just how I roll.. Judge me if you must, but I don't really care. :) ) As said, watch your other weights like payload and especially rear GAWR. I have #4050 rear GAWR and probably pretty close to it when it's all said and done. Good luck! Mitch
MitchF150 11/22/20 11:42am Tow Vehicles
RE: Draining hot water tank

Yep.. I put a 5 gallon bucket under it and it overflowed.. :) So, you just gotta do your own due diligence. That's why I pulled the plug to make sure it was empty. I had no wear on my anode, so I'll go with it for awhile. Thanks! Mitch
MitchF150 11/20/20 06:15pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Draining hot water tank

I did remove it just to check that very thing. It was completely drained and nothing came out the drain hole.
MitchF150 11/20/20 01:45pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Thor or Forest River - Warranty and reputation

I can't answer the 'warranty' question, because I have not had an issue that required a true 'warranty' fix with my Rockwood that I could not just fix myself, and that's been mostly mods to the rig to make it work better for how we 'camp'... :) I have a 2019 Rockwood "Mini-Lite", but it's really heavy! ha, ha.. Anyway, I had a 2003 Fleetwood Prowler Lynx before the Rockwood and we all know that "Fleetwood" was also a "bad" brand to get too... Well, I never had any issues with warranty on it either.. I did have one warranty thing done, and they fixed it fast with no hassle.. But it failed again the next time out and I fixed it myself while in the camp site and it then lasted for another 15 years just fine! ha, ha.. Traded that Prowler for the Rockwood and got a heck of a deal on it! After that, I figure if you have great 'warranty' service, you still have a POS rig that needs that kind of service, right?? It's all a flip of the coin in what your rig is going to be, but I know I spent over an hour looking over my Rockwood and asking all kinds of questions that I knew the answer to, but was just keeping the sales guy involved while I walked the roof, crawled under and opened every cabinet, ran every system to at least give me an idea of what I was getting.. It was off the lot, so I got what I looked at.. When you special order a rig, you get what you get.. Sure it now has the colors and other stuff you wanted.. But, in the end, you have no choice when it's delivered.. Or I guess you can wait several more months. I buy off the rack all the time, and it has seemed to work for me.. Good luck, Mitch
MitchF150 11/20/20 12:25am Travel Trailers
RE: Draining hot water tank

The comparison to a home HWH is not really relevant.. Unless you let your home HWH sit for months without using it at all?? I know my folks drain their HWH before they Snowbird for 6 months.. Bet you use yours everyday.. :) To let 6-10 gallons sit for months... I'd just drain it.. Couple of weeks, sure leave it alone.. I have a anode rod in my new trailers HWH... I don't want it just dissolving away for no reason because I don't want to drain 6 gallons of water.. I drain mine by opening the low point drains and then open the pressure relief valve and it all drains without any tools. Whatever works for you is the way to go in the end.. Good luck! Mitch
MitchF150 11/19/20 07:47pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: New tow vehicle-releveling WDH

Depends... How much higher or lower is the new trucks hitch then the old one? Is the hitch shank you currently have adjustable? What kind of WD hitch do you have now? Is it adjustable? This is the same hitch head I have now with a new truck. I towed the same trailer with it at the same setting (97 F150 new truck is a 13 F150) I still have the same hitch.. I got a new TT and now I had to flip the hitch shank over and adjust the hitch head accordingly. It's now flipped and set to the lower hole on the short side of the shank. The problem is getting those large size sockets or wrenches to fit! They don't come in your everyday socket set! :) In the end, you need to have an adjustable shank if you need to adjust the height.. If you don't, then you need to get one.. Good luck, Mitch
MitchF150 11/11/20 10:15pm Travel Trailers
RE: Newbie needs help with WiFi!

Smart phone hot spot. Even my most basic Galaxy phone that's many years old can act as a wifi hot spot. You just need to have cell phone service wherever you are.. But, relying on a campground wifi setup is good for email at best.. No streaming and especially no Zoom... That service takes a TON of band width and will suck data pretty fast, so make sure you get a plan that has a lot of data per month! My office has Verizon MiFi hot spot units with "unlimited" data... But, after 15 GB it gets throttled down to a crawl.. I had a user use up all 15 GB in less than a week with just doing Zoom and Teams meeting video meetings... Anyway, good luck! Mitch
MitchF150 11/11/20 09:41pm Technology Corner
RE: White Knuckle Trip

Sounds pretty normal to me? Given that it's a large vehicle with a low powered engine, going up a grade in higher altitude is gonna be hard and it's gonna have to work.. (ie higher rpms) Try pushing a wheelbarrow up an incline with a load in it compared to on the flat land.. Anyway, not sure why semis passing you is "white knuckle", but I was not there and probably missing some points along the way too.. 4000 rpms is loud for sure, but that's probably the peak power range of your engine, so it's just doing what it needs to do.. Good luck! Mitch
MitchF150 11/10/20 12:05am Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: Opinion on a campground?

Pretty sure the 'groups' camp fees exceed yours, so.. If you leave they still make more money than you just leaving... Even if they give you a refund, which you should totally ask for.. It's not right by any means... Just sounds like a place that has so called 'rules', but if you have a group that is probably paying a lot more to be idiots, then what can you do.. It's a private business on private property, so calling the cops is not going to do anything either. Tough deal for sure.. I've been burned by a hotel chain to accommodate a large group and basically said my reservations were cancelled on the day I arrived... They gave me an alternative option of $50, which I took, but that only paid for dinner that night for 2 of us, but we did find a much better place to stay in the end, so whatever.. Good luck! Mitch
MitchF150 11/09/20 11:55pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Reality of RV length restrictions?

My wifes 2003 RAV 4 is more than 12 feet long... :) I'm sure you meant 21 feet... :) Anyway, from what I've seen in some of the older National Park camp grounds, they are not really setup for large RV's. Just driving thru the park itself can be rough with some of the tight corners and trees all over the place. State parks are better setup for larger RV's and will have at least electric hookups in most of them.. Well, at least in WA state.. OR state parks are pretty good too. But, if you want to boondock and 'be with nature' in the National Parks, a 36' 5th wheel will limit you some. Not saying you can't do what you want to do.. Just that you'll have to be mindful of the parks you wish to visit.. Good luck! Mitch
MitchF150 11/07/20 10:32pm Full-time RVing
RE: Can this weight be right?!?!

Bet you'll be really surprised what it weighs with the TC on it and ready to camp too.. :) Mitch
MitchF150 10/29/20 06:44pm Tow Vehicles
RE: F-150 20” wheels

I've got the older Ecoboost F150 (2013) and it has the 20" wheels and max tow package. But, they are different for your era of Ecoboost.. I'm not really sure what the 20" wheel package does? Even the P OEM tires exceeded the rear axle rating of #4050. I did get some "XL" rated 20" tires for it and that even exceeds it even more.. I'm towing a #7000 GVWR TT and that's about all I want to tow with my F150 and still have a comfortable tow.. Sure, it has all the power you can need/use... But, it's still just a light duty truck, no matter what that 'max tow' means... Good luck! Mitch
MitchF150 10/28/20 01:46pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Changing from 14" to 15" wheels and tires on a TT

Your biggest issue is going to be how much room you have between the tandem axles now and how much that will decrease when you go up in a larger size tire.. I had little 13" wheels and tires on my old 2003 Prowler Lynx.. I wanted to upsize to 14", but found that there would be no room between the tires and suspension travel. The 13" OEM tires were LR "B" tires... I simply upgraded to LR "D" tires in the same size and problem solved. See if you can get some LR "D" tires in your current 14" size. That'll likely be better than the "C" and give you that little extra LR.. The bolt pattern of the wheels are all basically the same from 12" to 15" wheels which is 5 on 4.5" bolt pattern. Good luck! Mitch
MitchF150 10/26/20 02:41pm Towing
RE: Maximum towing

Please show me your work on that math that I am 3,000 over weight on my combo Terry? I do include the TW of the trailer on the trucks payload too.... I've been around the block a few times and here longer than you have been... ha, ha... Mitch
MitchF150 10/23/20 12:18pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Maximum towing

When I shop, I look at the GVWR of the trailer.. Not the UVW, as that's a meaningless number to me... I pack heavy, admit to it and proud of it! :) I went from a #5000 GVW TT to a #7000 GVW last year and with my max tow F150 with the Eco, it's about all I want to tow with it and STILL have a comfortable tow... (My F150 is rated for #11,300) Here are my door stickers to compare to. I know I'm pretty much maxed out, as I said, I pack heavy and load up the bed and the trailer. Good luck! Mitch
MitchF150 10/23/20 11:05am Tow Vehicles
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