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RE: Sequoia Can't Really Tow Anything (Family of 6). Am I Right?

One last comment, many owners' manuals are also specifying "maximum frontal area" of the trailer, which in effect rules out hard sided RV trailers and limits towing to low-profile trailers like pop-ups and utility models. The reason being that the wind resistance of a high profile trailer adds as much load to the drivetrain as the weight of the trailer. This totally puzzles me. I look at Sequoia as a more powerful 8-cyl upgrade to a 4runner. And yet my 4runner can tow 5,000lbs travel trailer easily -- and have overtaken a few heftier Chevies (of course with bigger trailers) on uphill climb on the I-80, I-101, I-5, 395... Sam - which 4runner do you have? The older 8-cylinder? If so you may be OK. But if you have a more recent 6-cylinder, what are you doing about hitch weight? That 5000lbs trailer should have a hitch weight of 500 to 700 lbs. That would exceed the capacity of the 4runner's hitch unless you're using weight distribution. Unfortunately, the 4runner's frame isn't recommended for weight distribution. So what's your situation? I went through all of that stuff a few years ago. Was shocked and terribly disappointed to learn that I was exceeding specs on my 4runner. Had to trade it out for a better tow vehicle. Toyota is horrible about towing and payload. They just don't "get it." And I had been a Toyota loyalist for over 30 years! -Speak
SpeakEasy 07/09/19 07:58am Tow Vehicles
RE: Backing up a trailer like a boss

Backing up a trailer fast is not impressive. It is contrary to the real world and safety. JMO I don't disagree with you, .... but ... did you watch the video? It's not just about speed. -Speak
SpeakEasy 06/28/19 06:02am Travel Trailers
RE: Backing up a trailer like a boss

What I'm wondering about is whether or not he did all of this using just his mirrors. Now THAT would be impressive. -Speak
SpeakEasy 06/27/19 05:41pm Travel Trailers
RE: RV stove griddle

I bought this. Fits perfectly on my outside grill (or even on the stove top inside). I love it. -Speak By the way, it was much cheaper (less than $30) on Amazon. -Speak
SpeakEasy 06/20/19 06:40am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: RV stove griddle

I bought this. Fits perfectly on my outside grill (or even on the stove top inside). I love it. -Speak
SpeakEasy 06/20/19 06:38am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Microair vs Hyper Engineering?

Can't comment on the Hyper Engineering product, but I'll throw this into the analysis: customer service. The folks at Micro Air are super to work with. Very customer-service oriented. They'll answer all your questions quickly and in a helpful, friendly way. If that matters to you. It does to me. -Speak Very good point. I think the popularity and customer service aspect is worth the extra cost. A year or so ago there was a discount code available if you went to Micro Air through the Gone with the Wynns blog website. Might have been a $25 coupon, if I remember correctly. (Act fast before the mods remove this post for soliciting. Even though I have no skin in the game.) -Speak
SpeakEasy 06/15/19 12:09pm Tech Issues
RE: Microair vs Hyper Engineering?

Can't comment on the Hyper Engineering product, but I'll throw this into the analysis: customer service. The folks at Micro Air are super to work with. Very customer-service oriented. They'll answer all your questions quickly and in a helpful, friendly way. If that matters to you. It does to me. -Speak
SpeakEasy 06/15/19 06:58am Tech Issues
RE: How to Set up a two person TENT.

A couple weeks ago I got "yelled at" here for posting a link to my travel blog. I guess someone didn't like the fact that wordpress had an ad in my blog. I was accused of click-baiting. I gave up on watching your video because I was subjected to at least two ads in it before I could even begin. So what's up with the rules around here? -Speak
SpeakEasy 06/15/19 06:53am Tent Camping
RE: FL Keys in June

I've been to the Keys once, so I'm no expert. But that "once" was last month! Someone mentioned the difficulty with parking in Key West. Well, let me tell you what we did. They have those curbside pay kiosks. You buy a certain amount of time and get a slip to put on your dashboard. We parked in one spot, ate dinner at a nearby restaurant, and then moved and parked in two different locations in the city - using our timed slip on the dashboard to allow us to park in both new places. I thought it was great! Sunsets at Mallory Square are... amazing. Because of people-watching mostly. Dive charters from Marathon and from Big Pine Key were terrific. We had such a good time (camped at Bahia Honda) that we've already made our reservations to go back next April. Woo hoo! -Speak
SpeakEasy 06/12/19 05:15pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Getting rid of campfire smoke odor

You've no doubt heard of "noise-cancelling headphones." Well, what you may not have heard of, and what you need to get is "odor-cancelling nose plugs." -Speak
SpeakEasy 06/10/19 11:46am Beginning RVing
RE: 6 volt battery question

You asked what you need. You need a short, heavy-duty cable to connect the two GC-2 batteries the way others have described. I found a 15-inch (or so) 000 cable with the appropriate battery-connection tabs already made. I think I found it at Tractor Supply. It was much less expensive than having my local RV shop make one, which they would have been willing to do. You need a way to encase the 2 batteries. I opted for two separate battery cases, each designed to hold one GC-2 battery. I was able to mount them on the space where I had previously had one 12V case. I also wanted a way to lock them down to prevent theft. I made an aluminum locking strap that surrounds the entire 2-battery-box setup. Speak
SpeakEasy 06/07/19 10:39am Travel Trailers
RE: Broken/ leaking exhaust manifold bolts

"You've got to know when to hold 'em, Know when to fold 'em, Know when to walk away; Know when to run..." -Speak
SpeakEasy 06/03/19 06:41am General RVing Issues
RE: Newbie help - keeping cool

Is there a roof-vent fan anywhere in the rig? If not, I would recommend installing one. Much cheaper than adding an air conditioner. Running the fan to pull air out of the trailer will draw cooler air in from the outside. If you're sleeping in one of the pull-out beds, close all windows everywhere else in the trailer, and close the door(s). Then the incoming air will be pulled in right across your bed. This would work in all but the hottest times of day. It would be especially helpful in the evenings and overnights, if the temps are below 70 F at night. -Speak
SpeakEasy 06/02/19 09:10am Travel Trailers
RE: EZ pass

... No good in FL however. That's an interesting situation in Florida. I looked into this a year ago when I got stuck with my NY EZpass transponder not working in a rental car in FL. Found out that there was a federal law that required all states to have interchangeability by 2016. Florida apparently thumbed their nose at that requirement, and here we are. -Speak
SpeakEasy 05/31/19 03:15am Dinghy Towing
RE: 2015 GMC Sierra Denali-catastrophic fuel pump failure

No extended warranty, not covered on drivetrain! Thanks for all the info....still trying to get them to pay for costs! Going to try the suggestion for "goodwill warranty" money as suggested Interesting that the fuel system is not covered under drivetrain warranty? Not to hijack the thread, but... I was going to buy a Ford extended warranty until I read that any part that failed as a result of a failure of a covered part was NOT COVERED. I suppose that sort of thing is standard fare in the warranty world. I declined the purchase. -Speak
SpeakEasy 05/31/19 03:09am Tow Vehicles
RE: Cofair Quick Roof vs Eternabond?

Thanks to all for the interesting and lively replies. I'm not sure we're getting anywhere, however. :) -Speak
SpeakEasy 05/30/19 03:11pm General RVing Issues
Cofair Quick Roof vs Eternabond?

Called my local RV shop and asked if they had short rolls of Eternabond. Yes. They did. Went in to get it. Was in a hurry. Bought what they gave me and got home with it. Discovered it wasn't Eternabond, but Cofair Quick Roof. 1. Is it equivalent? Have you used both and can give a comparison? 2. Has "eternabond" become a generic name for this sort of product? I'm a little annoyed that (1) they sold me this without telling me it wasn't Eternabond, and (2) I was in such a hurry that I didn't notice until I got home. I like the parts guy in this store, and I will continue to do business with them. But I may return this roll unused, since in these days of online shopping I can get the real thing delivered to my door in a day. This Cofair stuff wasn't even any less expensive than Eternabond. Or am I making a mountain out of a molehill? -Speak
SpeakEasy 05/29/19 07:07am General RVing Issues
RE: MH trip to Keys & New Orlean lessons

We just got back from FL as well, and experienced the dreaded "love bugs." Yuck, yuck, yuck. Made me want to throw up. But honestly, how did you sustain $2000 damage? I bought a $6 bottle of tar and bug remover and scrubbed them off. Then when I got home I scrubbed some more and applied a new coat of wax. What am I missing here? -Speak
SpeakEasy 05/26/19 04:36pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Florida Keys RV Parks in Winter

Welcome to the fray! I started asking the same sorts of questions about a year ago. It's pretty complicated finding a place to camp in Florida during the winter, especially in the Keys. You have to either book way ahead (as in 11 or 12 months ahead) or work the "cancellation" routine. I found this article to be really helpful in getting started. Also, concerning COE and other forest service possibilities, go to and choose all the appropriate filters. There are a couple of COE campgrounds in southern Florida, and a bunch of forest service campgrounds in the Ocala National Forest area. Don't overlook county parks as well. The tricky thing is, there are a lot of counties in Florida, and you have to find each one's website and explore whether or not they have parks that have camping. And most of them give early preference to reservations from county residents (as they should). Good luck. Maybe we'll see you down there. It's doable, but it takes effort and either advanced planning or a laid-back attitude. Last month I met a couple who had been on the road in Florida for 4 months, and as far as I can tell they didn't have any reservations anywhere. They were having a good time moving around from one available short-term stay to another. That's great if you have the temperament for it. -Speak
SpeakEasy 05/20/19 06:51am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Vultures!

We visited the Everglades last month. No problems with the vultures camping at the Flamingo campground, but they are still a problem at the Royal Palm vistor's center. Below is a picture of the vultures doing their thing. Note the tarp on one car. The NPS still provides tarps and bungees for visitor use there. Art I'm sure those are the very ones that got after my stuff. I don't travel with a ladder, so until I was able to borrow one to check things over, I was nervous that they had compromised my roof. Fortunately, there was no evident damage. -Speak
SpeakEasy 05/19/19 11:33am General RVing Issues
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