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RE: Great time to Sell Your RV!

Before anyone buys any rv they should try to get a camping spot......they are virtually non existent but a trip to a campground will show 1/2e empty......the reservation system needs to be overhauled..... Good point. Some government park managers act as though they would rather manage a half empty park instead of a full one. When I questioned one, he said, "The computer woman manages reservations and she is off this week". The park showed full online but half full in person.
TomG2 12/23/20 08:22am General RVing Issues
RE: Requirements for towing and setup of a TT 3500lbs or less

One thing that is necessary is to verify the weights with a trip to the scales. ON ANY TRAILER. You mentioned weighing the trailer. Someone else mentioned that also, I am assuming by verifying weights you are referring to getting the tongue weight right(which affects sway) is that correct? ....snip.... Correct. Also, be aware of the effect of holding tank weight. 400 pounds of fresh and waste water in front of or behind the axle will really affect the balance. Don't forget to have them include an electric tongue jack in the deal. It can add years to your travel enjoyment.
TomG2 12/23/20 06:12am Travel Trailers
RE: Air Conditioner does not act right "some times"

When mine does something similar, it is usually when the outside temp is close to inside. It starts and stops, stutters and blows. I think it has something to do with sensing cool air which starts the fan but stops when it discovers it is just outside temperature. Or something like that. What is the ambient temperature and target temp? Mine works perfectly when outside is ten or more degrees warmer than thermostat is calling for.
TomG2 12/21/20 09:00pm Tech Issues
RE: Another article on Snowbirds, or the lack thereof

We are in an ownership park in South Texas, About 80% full, but we miss our Canadians. RV sites or permanent units?
TomG2 12/18/20 09:12pm Snowbirds
RE: Travel trailer warranty

Jayco has a two year warranty. I am on my third trailer in six years. Get the picture? I like being under warranty and the local dealer gives me good service. I don't need much for the first couple of years anyway.
TomG2 12/18/20 04:52pm Travel Trailers
RE: New travels trailers are getting scarce

It actually has a 99+ percentage of survival. Yes even one is too many. But that isn't a bad stat If "one is too many", what is the 3,000+ Covid-19 related deaths reported yesterday? Getting worse not better as people act like "It is just the sniffles". I have lost four acquaintances and that is too many for me.
TomG2 12/17/20 04:15pm General RVing Issues
RE: Requirements for towing and setup of a TT 3500lbs or less

To the OP: Don't let the fear folks work on you. Backing a TRAVEL TRAILER is exactly like backing a boat trailer. There will be a slight change in the steering response but right is still left and left is still right. Nothing that can't be mastered in an hour at the high school parking lot. Ford and GM have both drastically revised their "Requirement" for WD hitches in the 21st Century. Owner's manuals are available online and I challenge anyone to quote the requirement for a WD hitch on any late model half ton pickup towing a 3,500 pound travel trailer. One thing that is necessary is to verify the weights with a trip to the scales. ON ANY TRAILER. Money may not be a question but I prefer to have a $20k travel trailer sitting for weeks at a time instead of a $100k rv.
TomG2 12/16/20 03:32pm Travel Trailers
RE: Requirements for towing and setup of a TT 3500lbs or less

....snip..... So have I come to the right conclusions am I missing anything? We have an OP who can read and did not get drug off into the weeds by those with other agendas. The only thing you are missing is the fun of getting on the road in a safe fun travel trailer. By the way, I get about 13 mpg towing a 3,500 pound travel trailer with a F-150.
TomG2 12/16/20 08:07am Travel Trailers
RE: Requirements for towing and setup of a TT 3500lbs or less

Gotta love these forums. The OP asked about towing a "Small" 3,500 pound travel trailer and people are telling him about HD pickups and Class C motorhomes. The OP can have a lot of fun and handle a lightweight trailer, just like he inquired about, It is about the journey, not how big the rig is. At least it is for me and many of my friends.
TomG2 12/15/20 09:57am Travel Trailers
RE: Requirements for towing and setup of a TT 3500lbs or less

A standard F-150 will have a tow rating of around 8,000 pounds and a payload of close to 2,000 pounds. Both of these are over double what is required for 3,500 pound trailer with 500 pound tongue weight. HD not required, unless you want triple the ratings needed. Even a 2020 Ford Ranger has plenty of capability for a 3500 pound TT. Ratings of 7,500 towing and 1,750 pounds payload.
TomG2 12/14/20 12:43pm Travel Trailers
RE: Requirements for towing and setup of a TT 3500lbs or less

...snip.... Also will the truck TT combo handle better that a 24 ft Class C? I am trying to determine those answers. Modern pickups handle very well. With an adequate tow vehicle, towing will be very easy. The additional length should be your only concern. Jayco makes some good trailers in the weight range you are talking. An electric tongue jack eliminates a lot of the physical work involved in a TT. While I would not suggest being terribly out of level, most lots are within the inch or so needed for good camping.
TomG2 12/14/20 09:46am Travel Trailers
RE: 2008 F250 with 5.4

My brother used to haul fifty head of sheep in an old six cylinder gasoline fueled school bus. It "can" be done, but not with the performance I have grown to enjoy.
TomG2 12/13/20 01:28pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Requirements for towing and setup of a TT 3500lbs or less

To make the set up a little easier can't stronger jacks be added that would lift the TT high enough to level it? Just thinking a small TT would weigh much less than a large one. The jacks look similar to scissor jacks used to jack up cars that weigh about the same but actually lift the tires off the ground. Manufacturers do not recommend frame jacking. That's why they are called stabilizers. I am an old guy, but it is incredibly easy to permanently mount a couple of levels on the trailer (front and side). The front level can be calibrated to tell you how many inches one side is lower than the other. Place the required blocks in front of the low side tires, pull forward, and you are level. Takes longer to tell than to do. The front can tben be raised or lowered with the tongue jack to complete the job. At 3500 pounds, the OP is almost certainly dealing with a single axle trailer. Very easy. Have you never seen a front window popped out of a Class A from jacking the front end? As far as hitching/unhitching, not every lot is a pull though, and it is just as easy to do a trailer as a toad.
TomG2 12/13/20 01:18pm Travel Trailers
RE: Requirements for towing and setup of a TT 3500lbs or less

Coming from a class A you are asking for a lot more work to set up and tear down. Also rest stops will be very different. Wish you well on your move to a 3k TT. Electric drill for the stabilizers, drop the coupler on the ball and out the gate. Hoses, electric, water, are the same difficulty. Five minutes to hitch and go, or leave trailer hitched for overnight stops. Most Class A's tow a vehicle which is much more difficult to hook up and nearly impossible to back up.
TomG2 12/12/20 04:41pm Travel Trailers
RE: Another article on Snowbirds, or the lack thereof

This park in Alamo, Texas has about twenty percent of RV sites filled, but closer to sixty percent of mobile homes/park models are occupied. Permanent models have already paid for the year's rent.
TomG2 12/12/20 03:55pm Snowbirds
RE: Requirements for towing and setup of a TT 3500lbs or less

Half ton pickup, simple ball mount, proper tongue weight, and electric tongue jack makes for a great, easy, comfortable, and safe tow. Have fun. Remember, you said 3.500 pounds, not 8,500.
TomG2 12/12/20 11:45am Travel Trailers
RE: 2008 F250 with 5.4

Ford through their "Fly by wire" throttle linkage managed to make the 5.4 feel less responsive than it had to be. "If" you hang your foot in it hard enough and long enough, it will finally mosey on down the trail.
TomG2 12/11/20 05:33pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New travels trailers are getting scarce

RV sales have always been very cyclical. Wait until gasoline goes back to $3.50/gallon. Check out the National Debt if you want to see where we are headed.
TomG2 12/10/20 03:32am General RVing Issues
RE: New travels trailers are getting scarce

Dealers in South Texas say every unit on order is already sold. I also noticed that cargo trailers have gone up about 20-30% this year.
TomG2 12/09/20 02:08pm General RVing Issues
RE: 2008 F250 with 5.4

I had a 2005 F-250 with the 5.4 and thought it was a dog. It had good payload capacity but lousy performance. Keep trailer under 6,000 pounds.
TomG2 12/08/20 12:52pm Tow Vehicles
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