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RE: Grand design and towing with a Ford Expidition

I don't think he means no WDH, but maybe saying that a very expensive model, like the Pro pride or Hensley may not be needed. I agree, OP may not need those expensive upper end types. Jerry I'll agree with that. But it does need a WDH.
Terryallan 02/24/21 09:31am Travel Trailers
RE: Grand design and towing with a Ford Expidition

Weight-wise, you'll be generally in good shape. I do like the long wheelbase of the Max, but even the regular version tows well. As mentioned, you could have payload challenges if you need to carry a full passenger load while towing. As for the hitch, I'd try it without the Hensley first. You probably don't need it. Grand Designs don't seem to generate many towing complaints, and the Expedition is stable as well. are you saying NO WDH at all? Because the weight carrying tongue weight cap for the Expe will be 500lbs. He is going to be over that a good long ways.
Terryallan 02/24/21 08:59am Travel Trailers
RE: Drilling holes in trailer roof to install solar: worth it?

Hi guys, so for a while now I've been wanting to install solar on my travel trailer. Problem is I'm not very handy, a little on the heavy side and drilling holes through my trailer roof just doesn't sound great. Do you think it's possible to get the same amount of power generated from solar using the flexible foldout panels? Would it be possible to just use these during the day as we need them, then stow them away, without having to install a bunch of panels on the roof? I feel like solar tech is improving quickly. Don't want to screw up my trailer and spend a full day working on this if in 2 years Tesla comes out with some amazing portable solar generator. Thanks for any feedback. I believe your flex panels are the best idea. Panels permanently fixed to the roof will get dirty and not be effective. I use a small pannel to keep the battery charged while I dry camp. And in the winter I hook it to the battery to keep it charged. I would go that way if I were you.
Terryallan 02/13/21 09:53am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Sway Question

Hi everyone, I have another question. We are getting ready to make a trailer purchase this weekend. I have of course read about sway. The problem is I keep getting different information about sway depending where I look or who I ask. My salesman, for example, told us that the difference between a 28 ft and a 33 ft would not make any difference with sway. Can that be right? I know his goal is to make the most commission so hard to tell if he is being truthful. Also - how common is sway? We will be traveling from CA to Michigan and likely further so we will be on long stretches of open freeway for weeks. Is sway something we are going to struggle with daily or is it pretty uncommon? Just an FYI - I have an expedition with a towing package giving me up to 9,200 lbs capacity Thanks everyone! Truthfully A properly setup, and balanced trailer should not sway. No matter how long. Having said that. Remember every pound, every person, you load into the Expe reduces the towing capacity by that much. And you will run out of payload long before you run out of trailer weight
Terryallan 02/11/21 06:56pm Towing
RE: It might begin very soon

A trucker drives his rig to either a shipping point or the delivery point. He has to stop at the security gate out front for farther information or get out of his rig, once he is in the yard, and find a receiving/shipping person and get a dock number and a load/unload time. Sometimes the driver is told to leave and come back at another time. I doubt the warehouse/customer is going to spend millions of bucks setting up a system to handle drivers free trucks. I can see how a intermodel shipping yard like UP or BNSF could use driver less pony trucks to move containers around in those huge yards. My Dad drove for Johnson Motor lines out of Charlotte NC. Of course they had terminals all over. In 18 years of driving for them he never had to hunt a dock, or back in. He stopped at the Terminal office, him, and his partner got out, went in and showered while the "yard jocky" took the truck, backed into the dock, unhooked, and hooked up another trailer. Then brought the tractor, and new trailer back to the office. Dad and buddy got back in, and drove back toward home. Johnson wasn't called LAZY J for nothing. But I do agree with you. No normal freight yard, or produce warehouse is going to have a army of yard jockies. especially since the driver most often has to negotiate with the dock workers a price for unloading the trailer.
Terryallan 02/10/21 02:08pm Tow Vehicles
RE: It might begin very soon

What happens when the road isn't where it is supposed to be? Like in a construction zone where the road was moved over a few feet. I know. The car runs into the guard rail. Seen it happen. Automated vehicles don't blindly follow a pre-mapped route down to the foot, they have cameras, radar and lidar to help them see. Might want to tell that to Telsa. I saw what happens when in a construction zone where the barrier is moved over 2 feet. Telsa upside down.
Terryallan 02/10/21 01:58pm Tow Vehicles
RE: It might begin very soon

What happens when the road isn't where it is supposed to be? Like in a construction zone where the road was moved over a few feet. I know. The car runs into the guard rail. Seen it happen.
Terryallan 02/09/21 07:47am Tow Vehicles
RE: Am I overloaded?

2014 Ram 1500. Payload 1229 (sad). Gvwr 6900. Gawr 3900 both front and back. Just truck weight: steer = 3580; drive = 3080; total = 6660 Truck and trailer non distributed: steer = 3360; drive = 3880; trailer = 4060; total = 11300 Truck and trailer distributed: steer = 3520; drive = 3580; trailer = 4160; total = 11260 This was last year so with growing kids and growing bikes I expect an additional 100 lbs or so. Am I over? Borderline? Time to look for an f150 with payload package? Kick it to 3/4 ton? Looks like you are about 300lbs over GVWR. No your truck won't fly apart. However I am curious as to how you lost 40lbs when you added a WDH? Ususally you gain as the WDH weighs arounf 75lb.
Terryallan 01/28/21 08:49am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2016 Eco boost

Looking for feedback on towing with a 2016 F150 with Ecoboost and tow package. Possibly buying a TT (7000-9000lb) range Which Ecoboost?
Terryallan 01/27/21 03:07pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Adding Heat Strips

But to this point it begs the question - why bother? Given that it's considerably more cost and effort than a few ceramic heaters that produce the same result. Personally I wouldn't want to put the time and effort into a heating system that still leaves me feeling cold. I don't think I've ever read anything on this forum over the years that say that heat strips are awesome. Almost invariably, all posts agree, they marginally work if it's not really cold to begin with. Because the cost is quite low, they don't need to be stored, they are always ready to go and a thermostat controls them. I have never seen anyone give them a chance to work, only instant gratification comments. I gave mine lots of time to work. I turned it on, left it on for a few hours, and when I returned. The pup was just as cold as when I left it. NOT worth the time and money. As I said. they put out about the same heat as a hair dryer, only with more air.. a oil filled heater works MUCH better, and less than $50.00
Terryallan 01/21/21 06:04pm Tech Issues
RE: Adding Heat Strips

I had them in my pop up ac. They basicly said they were more like warmers to make it a tad more confterble then to be able to give off any real heat. And they were right. Agree. they really aren't worth the effort. In my popup. If it was 60 degrees. The heat strip would warm it right up to 61. Only it would feel colder. Save your money. Heat strips heat less than a hair dryer.
Terryallan 01/19/21 05:22pm Tech Issues
RE: Outdoor speakers leaks, 2nd toy hauler same problem

One of my outdoor speakers leaked as well. I just recaulked around it. That stopped it.
Terryallan 01/19/21 05:18pm Toy Haulers
RE: 20AMP Furnace Fuse

I agree. the ticking noise is the system cooling off, or heating up. but you prolly can't hear that for the blower noise
Terryallan 01/19/21 05:16pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Is this doable or am I overlooking something??

One answer would be to get a adapter to reduce the 50 amp plug to 30 amp, and use that to run the trailer. Of course then you may trip the breakers inside the trailer. BTW. i run my 30 amp TT off the 50 plug via the dog bone every time 5o amp is supplied
Terryallan 01/18/21 10:00am Tech Issues
RE: Do you need Commercial Plates in NY to tow a trailer?

Thank you for the replies! Best thing. Go to your local DMV and ask. Laws in all states are different. In NC the answer would be a definite no. But that may not be the case for you. Check your state laws
Terryallan 01/18/21 09:54am Tow Vehicles
RE: question about service

First problem. you went to Camping World. Now best thing to do is forget Camping world, and find a real tech to fix it, and try to get your cost paid by the manufacturer. Camping World forgot about you when you hooked up
Terryallan 01/03/21 06:33pm General RVing Issues
RE: New travels trailers are getting scarce

Just wait until springtime. All the "if we get a trailer we can travel all we want" folks that had no idea what they were getting into will be dumping some hardly used units after the kids and/or wife decide it is not for them. Won't be this spring. With the media pushing the virus so hard. Camping will still be the way to go. I don't know about this being the media's fault.... it might be tge overflowing ICUs and morgue? jesseannie Thank you Gee haven't read about the morgues being over run. The percentage of deaths by covid have dropped because the Doctors have learned better how to treat it. It actually has a 99+ percentage of survival. Yes even one is too many. But that isn't a bad stat
Terryallan 12/17/20 02:36pm General RVing Issues
RE: RV Magazine Subscription

I wrote the editors re this change and here is their response. Not much about what I expected. From: STEPHEN Sent: Wednesday, November 18, 2020 6:31 AM To: Info-motorhomemagazine ; Motorhome_Letters Subject: RV Magazine To the Editors of Motorhome Magazine I have been a satisfied long term subscriber. I have had a Class B Xplorer 230XL for 20 years and enjoy reading about Class B's and all the tips and helpful articles about motorhomes. Now you are combining your 2 magazines in an apparent cost cutting move. I do not like it. I do not want to read about trailers, fifth wheels, or truck campers. This is very sad. My subscription runs until Nov 2022. I will check out the first few issues and then may ask for a refund. Steve Grosse Pointe Woods, MI Thanks for reaching out, Steve! We’d like to thank you for being a subscriber, and we appreciate you coming to us with your concerns about our new magazine. Fortunately, every issue will have Motorhome-related content for you to enjoy. Please don't hesitate to reach out once you've received the inaugural issue and let us know how you like it, and if you have more feedback to provide–we take reader feedback very seriously. Thanks again for reaching out, Logan Zoot GS Media & Events 4C_Good-Sam_Stacked_Red_RGB-300x300 250 Parkway Drive, Suite 270, Lincolnshire IL 60069 [email protected] www.gsevents.com Translation. you ain't getting your money back.;)
Terryallan 12/12/20 07:13am General RVing Issues
RE: New travels trailers are getting scarce

Just wait until springtime. All the "if we get a trailer we can travel all we want" folks that had no idea what they were getting into will be dumping some hardly used units after the kids and/or wife decide it is not for them. Won't be this spring. With the media pushing the virus so hard. Camping will still be the way to go.
Terryallan 12/12/20 07:07am General RVing Issues
RE: Diluted RV Antifreeze

As you say, it is already cheap. Why risk it? agree. at $2.50 a gallon how cheap can you get? But if saving $.050 per year is worth the risk. Go for it.
Terryallan 12/09/20 03:22pm Tech Issues
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