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RE: truck for towing.

Have you considered a 3500 van? No van. if im going to a van i might as well buy Cousin Eddie's RV.... hahahhaha "That there's and R...V...!"
ZINGERLITE 08/12/20 01:19pm Travel Trailers
RE: Leaving dog at campsite

this topic is as controversial as "how much can i tow with a half ton?!?!" Have some respect for your campground neighbors and communicate with them. if you find yourself needing to leave your pets in the camper for a part of the day try to be aware of whats going on. try to book sites in shade under trees to help control the heat. if your trip keeps you away from your camper most of the time leave the dog with a family member for that trip. If you need to run to walmart turn on the radio and A/C. Your dog will be just fine.
ZINGERLITE 08/06/20 09:53am Beginning RVing
RE: Expert Towing Advice

What I would look at is the width of the trailer versus the width of the truck. You don't think it is a big deal but it really is. You will need some big mirrors and when you look back at the trailer, you will be surprised at how much wider it is than your truck. It will push you down hills even if you try and go slow. You will struggle going up some hills and probably get frustrated with the whole deal. I towed a 19' Wilderness with a S-10 Blazer with the 4.3 V6 and would never do it again. The mass of the trailer against the truck just didn't work. Good luck with your decision. Curly The new mid size trucks are pretty similar to the old full-size trucks from 20 years ago. the Colorado is only 5" narrower than the full-size. on paper they compare to some of the older half tons.
ZINGERLITE 08/05/20 09:04am Travel Trailers
RE: "Old Tires"

I think there's some "weight" in tire care. Keep them properly inflated, keep the sun off of them. inspect for cracks regularly ect. I wouldn't think you'd need to replace them every 3 years. if your regularly going on long trips it may be a good piece of mind but how necessary is it to replace them just due to age? i feel like alot of blowouts are due to under inflation or ignored warning signs of fatigue. This topic is almost as controversial as the truck/towing capacity debates.
ZINGERLITE 07/30/20 06:18am General RVing Issues
RE: " observe " TT frig from afar

id think a camera and/or thermometer that hooks up to wifi would be more expensive than new condiments. Read the labels, alot of condiments we keep in the fridge don't actually need to be refrigerated. i think ketchup is the #1 thing people put in the fridge but don't need to. it just feels wrong not too lol. Its probably cheaper to purge and start fresh then buy new gadgets and hope they work.
ZINGERLITE 07/30/20 06:09am General RVing Issues
RE: Transporting Raft from Campsite to Launch Ramp? Fold up wheels. Pick up the bow and pull it to the water and after it launched you flip them up and Be on your way. Works well. I wonder if you could rig something up to tow that. like the waste totes. doesn't have to be a trailer hitch but some sort of loop to put over the ball.
ZINGERLITE 07/29/20 07:31am General RVing Issues
RE: Transporting Raft from Campsite to Launch Ramp?

alot of jet ski guys build carts out of pvc pipe. light weight and easy to transport.
ZINGERLITE 07/29/20 06:51am General RVing Issues
RE: A nice change from Social Media

There's too many people in this world without enough hobbies lol. Social media is the real plague!
ZINGERLITE 07/29/20 06:46am General RVing Issues
RE: What do you shut off when leaving for a trip

I see some are confused. The OP is talking about the sticks-n-bricks home. I've never shut anything off. I do set the AC higher or heat lower lower. As of now, my kids stay behind and keep an eye on the house. I don't worry about any of that, Those days were when i threw some of my craziest house parties! lol
ZINGERLITE 07/27/20 11:25am General RVing Issues
RE: Expert Towing Advice

That's like saying I don't need gloves in the winter because I've only had frostbite twice. Having the right truck for the job is wise once or 100 times and the OP may have enough truck. IDK If your at or over payload a couple/few hundred pounds for a short trip once or twice a year i wouldn't see it as justification to spend more on a bigger truck. What your doing with it also comes into play. are you towing it to the local campground under an hour away? or are you pulling across the country and through the mountains? if its the latter id definitely upgrade the vehicle. that being said i wouldn't pull a 10,000lb trailer with a ranger or a colorado.
ZINGERLITE 07/22/20 12:17pm Travel Trailers
RE: Expert Towing Advice

The #1 bit of info needed is Where do you plan to tow, mountains, flat? How far will you be towing? How often will you tow? Many vacationers just do not have time to take cross country trips, this eats into your days, so they take shorter trips, less than 3 hrs from home. This is different than towing across the country, over mountain passes, down mountains, through cross-winds... For short trips you can just drive slow and deal with it, but long multi-day drives you will want to move at a decent speed likely. If Chevy says you can tow the weight then you can tow it. WD hitches do not add 100 lbs to the tongue weight. Do use a WD hitch as that lessens some of the issues. Check your hitch rating. There are different Classes of hitches from 1 to 5, 5 is the strongest and will rip the truck frame out before it breaks. A trailer this size should have brakes, so that will be very important and an expensive controller is better than the cheap ones, but you say your truck already has it factory installed. good. Keep brakes in top notch condition for safety. The trailer should be able to stop/slow itself so the truck only needs to slow itself. Use low gear going down mountains and keep the speed slow without using the brakes much. Hot brakes will be dangerous. You may need to creep down in 2nd gear to really keep it safe (or if you have 9 gears then whatever low gear needed). Light trucks and short wheel bases are not a friend of towing. These mid-sized trucks are considered light. Again, for short infrequent trips you have enough truck to get you there. For long drives on a regular basis it would be worth getting a bigger truck or a smaller trailer. I think you chose smaller trailer. Small as possible is some people's motto Well said! i feel like the common theme on these threads is "you need a 1 ton". no one takes into consideration what type of towing and how often. you don't need to spend 80k on a 1ton to tow once or twice a year. A half ton will do just fine in a lot of cases. If you tow regularly then id consider the upgrade. If you can squeak by a couple times a year a half-ton or Colorado would do just fine. Id rather drive a half ton to work everyday then a 1 ton.
ZINGERLITE 07/22/20 10:24am Travel Trailers
RE: Expert Towing Advice

I've done some looking into the Colorado myself. it seems like on paper the numbers are just as good as my 2006 Silverado. It just seems like you wouldn't want to tow much more than 5000lbs. that V6 builds its power at higher rpm so you'd be in the pedal alot. alot of guys also mentioned the shear size of it as far as aerodynamics. The dimensions won't help it cut through the wind as much making it more susceptible to wind blowing you all over the place. as others have said a bit smaller trailer would probably be the best advise. you might get away with it if you were towing in relatively flat terrain. It may even perform well in perfect scenarios but when you find yourself in trouble is when you'd need a bit bigger truck.
ZINGERLITE 07/21/20 10:46am Travel Trailers
RE: How long does a 18lb propane tank last you?

filling lasts way longer. last year my tank lasted through spring/summer/fall. mainly just running the water heater. maybe the furnace a few times. as well as i used it to shrink wrap like 5 boats. Then used it as back up this spring for my grill. a $10 fill up at TSC really lasted!
ZINGERLITE 07/16/20 05:25am Travel Trailers
RE: Not RV, but we haven't had a good generator bashing lately.

I know, many do but using non ethanol fuel is the ticket if your gonna let the engine sit. Ethanol should only be for your daily driver! I always laugh a little inside a the neighbors. the power goes out and 20 minutes later i can hear 5 different generators. by the time they get set up the power comes back on. Seems like wasted effort. Grab a book or a magazine and wait it out!
ZINGERLITE 07/14/20 06:14am General RVing Issues
RE: Losing the camper for the fall

there will be fall camping again. I think its a good move and your lucky to be able to help her out like that!
ZINGERLITE 07/14/20 06:06am Travel Trailers
RE: People sure are getting petty with their park reviews

I agree with these posts. The thing I have to admit is that I usually read the one star reviews first. It's like I want to hear the BS, even though I know better. Same here. Its human nature! Thats why tabloid news is so popular.
ZINGERLITE 07/09/20 07:19am General RVing Issues
RE: People sure are getting petty with their park reviews

i look for consistency on cleanliness and bathroom reviews. things like "loud & obnoxious neighbors" you take with a grain of salt. that could have been one occasion on a holiday weekend. Who can really control that? park rangers can but if you've got a large group there to party it is what it is to an extent. it doesn't mean it happens all the time. could have just been a cranky camper.
ZINGERLITE 07/08/20 12:44pm General RVing Issues
RE: update from maiden voyage 2020

^ you and me both friend. opted to put it back in storage shortly after it came out end of march. out of the driveway means the boat could live at home. Normally the camper lives at home so it can stay plugged in. I'm only allowed one at home to not upset the house nazis Great summer to own a boat! i put an interior in mine this spring. it was quite the project but had the time!
ZINGERLITE 07/07/20 01:03pm Travel Trailers
RE: update from maiden voyage 2020

we used it once in the driveway already. our first outing isn't until labor day. Hopefully i can get a bunch of fall camping in. I also hope the camp grounds are empty in the fall!
ZINGERLITE 07/07/20 11:18am Travel Trailers
RE: Any new developments in hitches?

Slow down and enjoy the process!! This is part of the ritual of going camping to me! Towing is one of my favorite parts!! If you do not have an electric tongue jack please get one, they are a game change for sure! Also, I don't have a back up camera so practice backing up and find reference points in your mirrors that can help you. Of course, I have a Tahoe and my Tahoe has a hump directly in the middle of the rear hatch for the rear windshield wiper. Just find your reference point and go for it. Thanks and JMHO! Jeremiah This works as well. If the tail gate handle bolts on a pickup are visible they are usually a pretty good center reference point.
ZINGERLITE 07/06/20 07:01am Travel Trailers
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