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RE: My very own 'broken bumper' story...why didn't I listen?

Thanks for posting that. Note made to always air out the bumper after using and storing sewer hose in it. bumper end caps should have holes in them to allow it to dry inside, But just about any metal will rust after 8 or 9 years.
Terryallan 12/01/20 04:16pm Travel Trailers
RE: Advice on towing a 5th wheel

You might want to check on the length. I saw where they don't count what is over the truck in the total length. Only the length of the "box" it self. So a listed 33' 5er is minus the upstairs, or bed if it has a bed up stairs. Just like on a Travel Trailer. The tongue is not counted in the published length. Only the Box itself. This is where a tape measure comes in real handy.
Terryallan 11/18/20 02:27pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Axle Ratio, new truck

Even with the 10 speed. First gear still has to start it all moving, and a lower gear will start it moving much easier than a high gear. That is why Lower geared trucks have a higher tow rating than higher geared trucks. There is a world of difference between a 4.10, rear, and a 3.15 rear. Even in a 10 speed. When I made rear gears. We even had a 2.15 gear. Want that in your 10 speed with 8000lb behind you? Also my trailer truck had a 13 double over. And 1st gear would only run it to 10 mph at 2500 RPM. That is a pretty low gear, and it had one even lower when needed.. We called it the Granny gear. We never used it. Wasn't worth the time to put the shifter in it.
Terryallan 11/06/20 09:24am Fifth-Wheels
RE: travel during covid

We camped more this year than ever before. If a person is so afraid of dying, they stop living. They are already dead. Truth is. It is more dangerous driving to the Cg than there is a chance of getting sick because of it. And you all drive to the CG. Or to the store, or where ever, and all of that has more risk than covid
Terryallan 11/05/20 03:04pm General RVing Issues
RE: Thoughts on the Cost of RVing

As it looks like now, the Federal Govt is likely to be in a stalemate for at least a couple years. If Biden takes the Presidency and the Republicans keep the Senate (as it appears now), expect a whole lot of nothing to happen. (sorry this is a close to a-political as you can get based on your political twist on the question). Now let's say it's a worst case scenario and gas is $5/gal. - 3800miles at 10mpg is 380 gallons or about $1900. Round it up to $2000 for some local site seeing. - Even at $2.50/gal, that's only a $1000 difference. Since you are heading out west where boondocking is a lot easier, you can make most of that up with 10-15 boondocking nights. Plus $55/n not being cost conscious. We just ran southern Wyoming thru Utah to Vegas...and our worst price was $35/n with most nights in the $20-25/n range. All this concern while buying $60,000 trucks and $30,000 trailers... So nope, I'm not really worried about costs of gas and RV parks suddenly getting out of control. I hope your right, but with the concessions to the New Green Deal, Gas WILL go up, even if the laws dont change. As was done in the prior administration, executive orders, and additional regulations will be the drivers, raising the cost with zero benefit to anyone but the Government. Who as always will find ways to benefit from the taxes. You'll get some changes but far less than if one party or the other controlled both branches. The New Green Deal is dead in the water without both branches under one control. Gas prices probably will go up...inflation adjusted, gas is dirt cheap right now but short of the economy roaring back, I don't see it going up more than $1/gal during the next year and it could just as easily go back down that much if the current situation drags on. As one party has stated it will destroy the Energy sector. All he needs is executive orders to do it. And to stop drilling as his leader did 8 years ago. Which he has promised to do.
Terryallan 11/05/20 11:59am Travel Trailers
RE: Axle Ratio, new truck

There really is a reason that lower gears are rated to tow higher weights. Something to do with physics Explain the physics for us when both options are well within tow ratings. Lower gears put more torque to the ground. One way is by allowing the engine to turn more RPM making more HP. another way to check how much difference a gear makes is to get on a 10 speed bike. Try to start off in 10th. then try to start off in 1st. see if you can tell a difference. I'm betting you can. The lower the gear the easier it is for the engine to move the load. Just physics
Terryallan 11/05/20 11:09am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Axle Ratio, new truck

How much does your GCVWR impact your tax and registration costs? With a 10 speed trans the old opinions regarding axle ratios no longer apply. There really is a reason that lower gears are rated to tow higher weights. Something to do with physics
Terryallan 11/04/20 04:10pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Thoughts on the Cost of RVing

Ok, in keeping with not being political, I don't know why gas prices would be "much higher" after the election. I have zero concerns about higher costs. I'm well-funded in retirement. I do. I listened to them speak.
Terryallan 11/04/20 04:03pm Travel Trailers
RE: Conclusion made: 95% of all TT's are a crapshoot

Other than Airstream, Oliver, and a few others I can't afford, there are so many nightmare stories and terrible warranty/service issues it will make your head spin off. I guess I know going into it that my handiness will be in continual use. I've already experienced it when my new TT I bought in February sprung a leak due to a crappy caulk job and while the dealer recaulked that spot, it has been 2-3 months and they still haven't contacted me saying they have authorization from Gulfstream. Are there some brands under $30k that any of you recommend who stand behind their product and don't make the consumer regret their purchase? We're ready to pull the trigger on a larger TT, then sell ours, but man, this is disheartening. I will say my local mobile RV repair guy likes Forest River, so I guess he has no problem fixing them and getting paid properly. Honestly. Both TraveTrailers I have owned have been pretty good. The 2004 Fleetwood Pioneer only went back ONE TIME FOR WARRANTY WORK AND IT WAS A rcall.. And the 2013 Apex has only been back once for warranty work. I did have to replace a couple of trailer hubs. but that is pretty much it. so in reality. they aren't all that bad. As long as everything works, and it don't leak. I'm happy.
Terryallan 11/04/20 03:59pm Travel Trailers
RE: Towing 7500lb trailer w/ 48" stinger?

Wow. I been driving for 10+ years 45k miles all over west cost with my old set up A/F 990 28" STINGER WITH 300-500 LBS OF Tongue weight. on a 7500lb trailer. The truck did not know it was towing anything neither did I. So why did you ask?
Terryallan 11/02/20 04:00pm Truck Campers
RE: two days cold coming, not winterized yet

No colder than you are talking about. Put some heat inside the camper. And you will be fine. Hooking up a water hose will only freeze the water hose, and possibly damage the city water connector. So don't
Terryallan 10/30/20 07:07pm Travel Trailers
RE: Changing from 14" to 15" wheels and tires on a TT

I would check clearance between tires. If they are really close they will heat each other up, and hot tires are not happy tires.
Terryallan 10/26/20 09:02pm 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 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. Terry...you 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.
Terryallan 10/25/20 01:18pm Tow Vehicles
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.
Terryallan 10/24/20 09:32am 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. https://i.imgur.com/rDm1tpul.jpg https://i.imgur.com/Ss8d4gil.jpg Good luck! Mitch https://i.imgur.com/XG8H0uzm.jpg?1 Looks like if you load both to max. You are over weight by more than 3000lb
Terryallan 10/23/20 11:15am Tow Vehicles
RE: Etiquette and Courtesy for Tourists & Visitors

Thought I'd start this because of a conversation with a friend. Their main complaint is when tourists and visitors come up to them and start asking nosy questions about how they dress, etc. They live near a tourist town. They have a farm so they wear overalls or other non-trendy clothing. So two I want to share. 1. Don't go up to people and ask them about their clothing or their religion. 2. Don't park the RV in spaces in small towns. Parking is limited enough for many of those towns. Find out where you can park your rig without taking up 2 or more parking spots. Are there any guidelines you would like to share about how to behave as a tourist or visitor? Please ask me about my Religion. I would love to tell you about my God.
Terryallan 10/23/20 11:10am RV Lifestyle
RE: Ford F150 battery drain when towing Travel Trailer

I'm believing you have either a alternator, or battery problem. Ford electrical systems are disconnected from the trailer when the truck is not running, and if you didn't install the battery charger relay under the hood, it isn't connected at all. I'm guessing you did that. you have other charging problems. You may even have a dead short.
Terryallan 10/21/20 11:22am Tech Issues
RE: How to winterize batteries on the TT?

I take mine off, and put it in a unheated out building. Then I hook it up to a Solar battery trickle charger. Works well. Last battery lasted 7 years, and it wasn't dead when I replaced it.
Terryallan 10/21/20 11:16am Travel Trailers
RE: Rotted plywood ceiling, can it be replaced and reglued

Any thing can be fixed. All it takes is know how, time, and money.
Terryallan 10/21/20 11:11am Travel Trailers
RE: Etiquette and Courtesy for Tourists & Visitors

As long as you are polite about it...most people are happy to talk about themselves and their religion. They aren't obligated to discuss but if they refuse to discuss, they don't get to complain when misconceptions abound. This is particularly important in a tourist area. If they come across as standoffish or rude when polite questions are made, expect it to hurt the local tourist business. And ask about where I live as well. I live one of the prettiest parts of the world. I am glad to talk about it. I may be able to help you find something. As for my cloths. It is what it is.
Terryallan 10/21/20 11:09am RV Lifestyle
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