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RE: It has been 6 yrs since we sold our TT--back looking again!

I went some 17 years between buying trailers... Been to a few RV shows over the years and was sticker shocked at the new rigs over the years... Finally decided to bite the bullet and go for for a new one! Went bigger over our old 2003 Prowler, but in the end got it for a price that was well below MSRP and very happy with it. Still just a "couples" trailer, which is all we need but got such a great deal on the trade for our 2003 with the dealer, it made it possible with some $$ to spare... So, get what you want and don't fret the price... There will always be someone that gets a better deal, but you just gotta do what you gotta do when it's right in front of you.. Good luck! Mitch https://i.imgur.com/XG8H0uzm.jpg?1
MitchF150 01/26/20 05:20pm Travel Trailers
RE: F-150 HDPP?

Yes, I forgot about the mirrors... In my gen truck, the big tow mirrors were standard for the max tow.. But, I think you could get them as an option on a regular tow package truck? The same with the current gen, you can get the tow mirrors as an option. So not the total tell on the lot.. Still gotta look at the payload sticker for sure, or have the window sticker. BTW, I love my truck! :) Mitch https://i.imgur.com/i3DaQBvl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/sB8RzIFl.jpg
MitchF150 01/26/20 05:03pm Tow Vehicles
RE: F-150 HDPP?

It's a "Heavy Duty Payload Package"... Not the so called "Heavy Duty TOW Package" which it often gets confused with.. F150's have several "tow packages" available thru the years.. Basically, if you get an F150 that has a factory installed hitch, that's considered the "tow package". From there, they have what is called the "Max Tow Package". Then they have the "Heavy Duty Payload package" which includes all the stuff the Max Tow has, but has a higher GVWR than the standard F150's. In 2015 when they went to the "Beer Can" (AKA Aluminum) body style, they lowered the GVWR on them, but they still retained about the same "Payload" numbers as the prior gen of F150. I have a 13 F150 that has the Max Tow option and has a GVWR of #7700 and a sticker payload of #1920. Has a #4050 rear GAWR and a #1100 tongue weight rated factory hitch. It's about #500 more than the average GVWR of the standard F150's of it's gen. The 7 lug wheels went out after the last gen I think.. The 7 lugs were 10.25" semi float axles too. The new HDPP trucks with the 6 lugs are just 9.75" axle now, just like my 13.. Anyway, all the OP needs for his Dad is a Max Tow at most.. Those are fairly common compared to the HDPP trucks and would be more than enough. Good luck! Mitch https://i.imgur.com/XG8H0uzl.jpg?1
MitchF150 01/26/20 04:32pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing with silverado

I'm towing a #7000 GVWR TT with a 13 F150. Specs in my sig. Towed a #5000 GVWR TT before it and I can tell the difference with the new trailer.. But, it still tows it well and comfortable for me. I pack heavy, carry full load of fresh water, so I feel confident that I'm pretty much at the GVWR of the trailers. I weighed the old #5000 GVWR trailer and it was pretty much maxed out.. Packed the new one up pretty good too and it has a larger fresh water tank, so figure it's pretty much is maxed out too.. Have not weighted it "officially", but pretty much know I've loaded it up! Good luck! Mitch https://i.imgur.com/XG8H0uzl.jpg?1
MitchF150 01/26/20 04:18pm Travel Trailers
RE: Make a "Smart" RV ?

... never mind.. :) Mitch https://i.imgur.com/XG8H0uzl.jpg?1
MitchF150 01/25/20 06:24pm Technology Corner
RE: Increasing towing capacity

Also, you have a now 22 year old rig... I think you are going to be lucky to be getting down the road by itself of the RV's of that vintage.. In the end, only YOU can determine what your rig can handle.. Sure, add a #10k hitch to it.. Does that make it possible to tow a heavier vehicle?? Dunno?? Sure, you'll get down the road, but can your trans handle it? Doubt it... You probably won't "kill your family or someone else's family" like was said, but you'll likely 'kill' your trans and be stuck out somewhere where you don't wanna be.. Good luck! Mitch
MitchF150 01/19/20 05:50pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Helio travel trailers?

No one gets any actual experience from the interweb... Sure, you can watch all the U tube vids in the world and read hours and hours of posts on the deal, but at some point, you just have to pull the trigger and go for it and buy it and use it and go from there.. Once you experience some things, then you will have the questions you need answered.. Until you know what does or does not work for you, it's just a guessing game really. So, as was said, renting is probably the best thing you can do to get your feet wet with the whole TT thing.. When I bought my 2019 Rockwood, I had a ton of questions about all the new stuff with it.. My last trailer was a 2003 Prowler and while the appliances were similar, there was a lot of new things that I had to be schooled about. I've been exposed to rv's since I was a kid, so I've been around them a lot.. Still can always learn a new trick along the way. Good luck! Mitch https://i.imgur.com/XG8H0uzm.jpg?1
MitchF150 01/10/20 11:41pm Travel Trailers
RE: downsizing for the winter

Still only a weekend camper, but we found this 26' TT last year and easily tow it with my F150, so your 2500 should have no problem of course.. Replaced the dinette that came with the rig with the optional theater seats from Forest River. Love 'em... They have a butt warmer, back massage and a 120v plug and a couple of USB charging outlets in the center console. https://i.imgur.com/7CoV6Obl.jpg The floor plan works great as a 'couples trailer'.. With the theater seats, it only sleeps 2 now... With the dinette or the couch, they would convert to a bed for some kids at most. Here is the floor plan. 2019 Rockwood "Mini-Lite" 2511S https://i.imgur.com/mE1SEr3l.jpg Have already done a ton of mods to it for storage and other creature comforts that we learned from our 2003 Prowler 722F we had for 16 years. Good luck and My folks have a huge 5th wheel and while it's nice to basically "live" in, we don't live in ours and really enjoy the mobility of it. Mitch https://i.imgur.com/XG8H0uzm.jpg?1
MitchF150 01/10/20 10:44pm Travel Trailers
RE: My perception on real gas

I'm not an engineer or even have a college degree.... But, have done well with life and I've run regular gas in my 13 F150 Eco since day one.. Towed a #5000 GVWR TT for 5 years on reg and tried premium a couple of times, but never really felt or saw any difference. Back in Aug 2019, towed the new #7000 GVWR TT and had reg gas in it.. Took the same grades and routes I've taken for years and found the truck getting hotter, having to run one gear lower up the grades and it sucked the gas.. Next trip, I filled up with premium a tank before towing again and went over the same grade and route and with the 92 premium with 10% eth in it did much better.. Back to my normal grade hauling performance with the old trailer. I have a ODBII phone app and can monitor my boost and temps that the dash gauges does not show and noticed running the 92, I had lower boost and temps for whatever reason.. Been running the 92 since then and I'm seeing about a 1 mpg better overall mileage in my daily commute so dunno?? No proof, just my own butt feelings and I know I'll be ripped on posting this, but what the heck.. It's my butt and my truck! ha, ha!! :) Mitch https://i.imgur.com/XG8H0uzm.jpg?1
MitchF150 01/06/20 11:54pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Yet another what can I tow question

I've got a #7000 GVWR TT that started out at around #5500 dry and #700 dry tongue weight.. I've since loaded the HECK out of it! :) I also usually carry a full fresh water load (58 gallons) which is basically in front of the axles, so.. It's heavy! I've not crossed the scales with it, but just figure it's at it's GVWR and at least #1000 TW when all said and done. The 13 F150 Ecoboost with MaxTow does a good job with it. It's about all I'd want to go to stay in my 'easy tow' category.. It can tow more, but then it just gets maxed out and that's no fun.. I've towed TT's regularly since 2002 with a couple of F150's and this is just what I'm comfortable with using those vehicles. "Safely tow" is a term that really can't be judged since that also implies that you KNOW how to tow in the first place, right?w Anyway, just don't make the mistake of looking at "dry" weights of trailers and comparing to your trucks "tow rating" and think you are good.. The results are usually not a fun tow.. Good luck! Mitch https://i.imgur.com/XG8H0uzl.jpg?1
MitchF150 01/04/20 10:16am Travel Trailers
RE: Cash Vs. Finance

The dealer gets paid in full whether it's a cash deal or a loan deal. The bank pays the dealer the loan amount in full, so once it's all signed for, the dealer has their cash. I did a loan on my new trailer and had a trade in too. So, we had the agreed upon price for the trailer plus options. From that total, off came the trade in amount and the amount I was putting into the pot to lower the loan amount. The rest came from the bank. I didn't sign anything until after we did the pdi thing. So, I was happy with the rig, they got all their money and I towed it home. I was pre approved for the loan with my credit union and the dealer works with that CU all the time, so it was just a couple of keyboard strokes to make it happen! I did the loan because I didn't have cash to pay in full, but I will pay off the loan a year or so early in the end, so works for me.. Good luck! Mitch https://i.imgur.com/XG8H0uzm.jpg?1
MitchF150 01/02/20 06:51pm General RVing Issues
RE: Where is #2 Black tank pull valve Crusader ?

Well, any RV is going to have the dump valves on the drivers side of the rig at least here in the US. I'd open every compartment if that's where they are and look under the RV on that side for some big round looking things sticking out. My Rockwood has 1 black and 2 grey tanks. One grey for the galley sink and the other for the bath sink and shower. The black and bath grey is behind the the trailer axles. The galley grey is in front of the axles. Good luck! Mitch https://i.imgur.com/XG8H0uzm.jpg?1
MitchF150 01/01/20 11:05pm Tech Issues
RE: *NEWB ALERT* question about TT up keep

Thanks for the link Terd. That's quite the idea. Not sure it's for me, but if it works for you, that's all that matters. I see those red cone jack stands, but I just use a couple of 4x8 scrap cut-offs that are probably 13 years old now. I nailed some rope handles on them, so easy to move around. They provide a nice solid base for the jack and no chance for it to move. Mitch
MitchF150 12/28/19 10:46am Travel Trailers
RE: *NEWB ALERT* question about TT up keep

Okay, you gotta show me a pic or a link to this 2x4 thing.. I've been camping a long time with TT's and have no idea what you are talking about?? Eye let bolts, 36" long boards, two tie downs to act as a stabilizer?? No clue. I have been using the usual 4 corner BAL scissor jacks forever and I have found that if you crank up the rear ones more than the front ones, it takes a lot of the bounce out.. The tongue jack needs to still take a good amount of the front weight at least in my experience.. Your mileage may vary of course.. Everyone has their own methods to control stabilizer bounce.. Just gotta find what works for you and go from there.. 36" 2x4's is new to me! :) Mitch https://i.imgur.com/XG8H0uzm.jpg?1
MitchF150 12/28/19 01:13am Travel Trailers
RE: water pump

My 2 trailers has been pretty much under where the city water inlet is. My fresh water tank is up front of the trailer and the pump is all the way in the back behind a panel in the rear bath where the water filter is. The city water is on the rear end of the trailer. On my old trailer, the tank was up front, the city water is on the side of the trailer just above it and the pump was under the kitchen sink right below it. Good luck! Mitch https://i.imgur.com/XG8H0uzm.jpg?1
MitchF150 12/27/19 11:34pm Travel Trailers
RE: removing antenna ??

I never lubed my Winegard in the 16 years I owned my prior TT.. Didn't even know it had an O ring? Never leaked a drop and I used it a lot and it got rained on a lot.. The new TT has one of those 'new' style of antenna where it's just the little round thing, but it turns. Guess I'll dig out the manual for it and see what it says! Mitch https://i.imgur.com/XG8H0uzm.jpg?1
MitchF150 12/27/19 11:25pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Tow Vehicle rating and comfort

That's essentially the same weight trailer I've now got. I towed a #5000 GVWR TT before this one (I bought the truck new in early 2014). I've towed the #7000 TT twice, over a pass or two and on the flats in the summer heat and found I needed to watch my temps a bit more. I have a ODBII phone app to monitor a ton more sensors than the dash idiot lights. On the second trip, I filled up with Premium fuel a tank before the tow and locked out 6th gear and found I ran cooler because I was not into the boost as much just to go level in 6th.. In other words, I would pull more rpms at a given speen, but the boost was less, so less heat and actually better mpg overall. I towed the old #5000 TT with a 97 F150 for 13 years, and felt it was a good match, but wouldn't want to tow anymore. I don't want to tow anymore with the 13 now either. Just what I've learned to be comfortable with to enjoy the tow.. Not just get there with the heaviest and biggest trailer in the park! ha, ha.. In the end, no one can tell you what will be comfortable for you.. I'd say you are well within the specs of the truck and the rest will be what your butt tells you! :) Good luck! Mitch https://i.imgur.com/XG8H0uzm.jpg?1
MitchF150 12/25/19 12:58pm Travel Trailers
RE: Time to reorder some LED bulbs

I got these for my old 2003 Prowler TT. https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B071V2DBWP/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1 They plugged right in and worked fine. No real time with them, since I traded the Prowler for the new Rockwood some 5 months later, but for the price, I liked them. Good luck! https://i.imgur.com/XG8H0uzm.jpg?1
MitchF150 12/24/19 03:08pm Tech Issues
RE: Purchasing First RV- would like some advice...

I've got the Rockwood 2511S which is pretty much the same as the Flagstaff version. (Still made by Forest River). I tow it with a 13 F150 and it does it well, but would not want to haul anymore with it. I don't full time by any means, but I think I could with this rig. Everyone looks for something different in floor plans, and if the 25KS works for you, then I don't think you'll go wrong with it. I only have 2 trips under my belt with my Rockwood, but so looking forward to 2020 camping season! Good luck! Mitch https://i.imgur.com/XG8H0uzm.jpg?1 https://i.imgur.com/mE1SEr3l.jpg
MitchF150 12/24/19 02:41pm Travel Trailers
RE: Which one is better between the 2?

I pay more for a half case of beer than I did for my Curt ball from Amazon.. I just figured I'd pony up the extra $$ and go from there.. Sure, it's all Chinese-izm anyway, but the other option for under $10 just didn't sit well with me towing my new rig.. Good luck! Mitch https://i.imgur.com/XG8H0uzm.jpg?1
MitchF150 12/24/19 12:17pm Beginning RVing
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