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RE: Opinion on Truck Reliability

I have the exact year and model truck you are considering. I was hesitant to buy it after my experience with a 2014 hemi model, which was a nightmare, but the dealer gave me a trade in deal I couldn’t resist. This truck has been much better but not without fault. Repairs and maintenance are very expensive. So far I have had an O2 sensor and the ABS module fail. Both were $1200(CDN) repairs (the first reluctantly covered under warranty). My rear diff has gotten clunky recently as well. Waiting for next service to have it inspected. Every second oil change needs the fuel filters changed at $400. I just rolled over 80k kms on it with 10k of that towing our 8k trailer. Very happy with the tow experience. The truck is a beast and I love the exhaust brake. Fuel mileage is pretty good. Better than my 2 coworkers Ram 1500s. I would check with a dealer for out the door pricing on a new order before buying used. Sticker prices are crazy but the discounts are good. I believe they have employee pricing and free diesel upgrade (in Canada) on now. I was out the door for $21k under the msrp after all the discounts, plus 0% financing, which is why I risked it on another Ram. I knew after 3 years I could sell it used for close to what I paid new if I wasn’t happy.
camp-n-family 02/05/21 06:13pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2021 F150 Raptor Reveal

Another video of what our truck “can” do, but shouldn’t, because they’ll deny the warranty claims when owners show up to dealers with bent frames and suspension damage from doing the same things. :S Are those problems Ford has been having with current an previous Raptors?? The new Raptor is almost 300 hp shy of the new Ram off road truck. WHY Ford puts little V-6s in their performance trucks is beyond me. Why not supercharge the 5.0L Coyote engine? Google “raptor bent frame” and read to your hearts content. There is (was?) a weak point at the rear shock mount and bump stop where the frames would buckle. The soft suspension would bottom out and hit the bump stop. There is even one article where a club of 14 owners went off roading and 10 came back with bent frames. Ford denied claims stating “customer abuse” even though their own ads show it being jumped etc.
camp-n-family 02/04/21 01:58pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2021 F150 Raptor Reveal

Another video of what our truck “can” do, but shouldn’t, because they’ll deny the warranty claims when owners show up to dealers with bent frames and suspension damage from doing the same things. :S
camp-n-family 02/03/21 05:36pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Recommendation for Folding Hard Tonneau Cover

Tonneau covers aren’t usually a factory order option, they are added by the dealer after. Can you not just get the dealer to order it or do you not want the “GM” one? I have the bak-flip G2. I like that it sits inside the bed rails instead of on top and has 4 panels. Easy to fold up and works with my truck rack. It’s expensive and heavy but pretty solid. I can walk on it easy (210+lbs). Downsides, not waterproof, mine is actually waterlogged, and the rubber lip freezes to my tailgate in winter.
camp-n-family 01/31/21 12:54pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Keystone Premier Line - thoughts

We have a 2013 Premier 31bhpr. At the time of purchase, we walked through similar floor plans from different manufacturers and found this to be of better build quality than most and it was nearly 1k lighter as well. We’ve been very happy with it. The only issue we’ve encountered in 8 years is the 2 front storage doors have absorbed moisture through the bottom weep holes. The bottom halves have delaminated and gone soft. I can replace them, frame and all, for $150 each. Just having trouble finding replacement decals.
camp-n-family 01/25/21 09:33pm Travel Trailers
RE: Travel Restrictions Coming

There are a number of charter companies offering the service of shipping your vehicle across the border to the nearest airport and then flying you across to it. They are busy, doing several flights a day from Toronto and St Catharines to Buffalo, and London to Detroit. I work at an airport and these guys are flying full planes back and forth all day. I have also seen an increase in private jet charters. Couples are grouping together to share the cost. Some are even going just to get the vaccine quicker. Sketchy for sure but the loophole allows it, for now.
camp-n-family 01/24/21 04:19pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: I'm Having a hard time finding the right toy hauler

Hello all, I am new to rv'ing and looking to make my first purchase. I am looking for something I can tow with my 2019 single axle duramax 2500 it has a gvwr of 14,500. I also need a toy hauler that has a 12'x8' garage. The side by side I'm hauling is a 2021 maverick x3 that is 1600 lb. The only thing I've found so far that meets all my needs is a Keystone springdale 32th but it doesnt have the fuel filling station or a dedicated generator port. Anyone know of anything else that would work? It might have a tow rating of 14,500 but the max gvwr for the 2500 is 9500lbs
camp-n-family 01/23/21 11:35am Toy Haulers
RE: 4 down towing vehicles

Most likely too heavy for a Class C, or a gas Class A. What MH do you have? 2003 Itasca Sunova 31 foot gas MH A google search of specifications shows that a 1/2 ton truck will probably exceed your limits. You don’t specify which model (27C or 30B) but both seem to have a hitch receiver rated for 5000lbs max tow and 350lbs tongue weight. An empty truck will weigh more than 5k. The 27C shows a gvwr of 15,000lbs and a gcwr of 19,000. This would leave you a tow max of 4k if you’re anywhere close to being at gvwr. The 30B has a gvwr of 18k and a gcwr of either 21k with the Ford motor or 26k with the GM vortex motor leaving between 3-6,000lbs tow capacity at max weight. A 1/2 ton truck will be close to if not exceed the 6k.
camp-n-family 01/19/21 04:51pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Campgrounds north Grey, Bruce County's Ontario?

Would calendar week, or mid week to mid week, reservations be easier to get, fit the reservation system better? During peak season (June to September) they will be booked full all the time. Shoulder season you should be able to get mid week sites easier. It’s gotten so hard to reserve sites now that the only way is to book a site starting 2 weeks earlier than you need and then cancelling the extra days and pay the penalty.
camp-n-family 01/18/21 08:51pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Campgrounds north Grey, Bruce County's Ontario?

Assuming you can get across the border by then, you can’t really go wrong with any of the provincial parks along Lake Huron and Georgian bay. We have done them all many times. Beautiful beaches along the lakes and lots to do as they are all close to small scenic towns. Craiglieth is a little small and right along the highway and Sauble Falls is split in half by a highway where 1 side is nicer to be on than the other but otherwise not a bad thing to say. It can be difficult to get a site though as they are all popular. The reservation system starts 5 months in advance of the day you want and you have to be quick at 7am to have any chance. Feel free to pm me if you have any questions on any of the parks.
camp-n-family 01/16/21 03:15pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Newbie trailer owner, question on water pressure pump

You only need it if pumping water from the on-board fresh water tank. If you have the city water connected by hose you don’t use the pump. If you are pumping from the tank you can turn it on and leave it on (when trailer is in use). It has a pressure sensor and will cycle as needed on its own. Just in case you’re not familiar with the sewage side of things......if you have full sewage hookups do not leave the valves open. Keep them closed until tanks are close to full, then drain. Two reasons; you won’t get sewer gas coming back into the trailer, and the tanks need liquid in them to keep the solids soft and moving. No fluid in the tanks and you will get a Pooh and paper pyramid that is hard to flush out. Where yo need to be careful is that your tenants know when and how to empty the tanks. If they overflow you will have a serious and smelly mess inside.
camp-n-family 01/15/21 09:53pm Travel Trailers
RE: 4 down towing vehicles

Is it the right toad? Depends on what you’re towing it with. A full size truck is a pretty heavy vehicle to tow around. It will exceed the ratings of a lot of MHs. It may be ok behind a class A but probably not behind most class Cs.
camp-n-family 01/15/21 04:09pm Dinghy Towing
RE: Towing Advice

First, you need to stop using brochure dry weights. They are not accurate and can vary greatly. Your 7800lbs will easily be 9k+ even lightly loaded. An 1100lbs difference in dry weights is hardly minor, it’s 10% of your tow capacity. That will push or exceed the limits of most 1/2 ton trucks. That kind of weight should have a minimum 1200lbs of tongue weight to be stable. That probably exceeds the truck’s receiver rating and certainly won’t be helped using an Andersen hitch. I think you’ve met another case of too much trailer, not enough truck. Add ons trying to improve it will only be bandaids.
camp-n-family 01/14/21 06:19pm Towing
RE: How will my new F350 behave in cold temps?

In colder temps you may want to consider a grill cover. Mine came with one new. Helps the engine warm quicker and stay warm.
camp-n-family 12/19/20 06:04pm Tow Vehicles
RE: How will my new F350 behave in cold temps?

My 2012 F250 has glow plugs I would think that yours has them also. All diesels have glow plugs like gassers have spark plugs Not true. Rams with the Cummins have grid heaters, not glow plugs.
camp-n-family 12/19/20 10:05am Tow Vehicles
RE: Travel trailer warranty

Extended warranties from a 3rd party are only worth the paper they are printed on. The company will find any reasons deny claims, usually buried in fine print or the many exclusions. Many also require annual service inspections to keep the warranty valid. They are very expensive.
camp-n-family 12/18/20 09:30pm Travel Trailers
RE: Receiver Bike Racks

None of them will be good unless they are secured tight in the receiver so they can't sway and bounce around. Slack in the receiver is what causes most problems. Best solution I have found to this is to drill a hole in the bottom of the receiver and weld a large nut over it. Then thread a bolt through it that you can tighten against the racks draw bar when installed. The bigger the nut and bolt the better. Takes all the slop out of the hitch and makes for a solid rack. Helps to prevent theft too. Hope the explanation makes sense, I don't have any pics to show.
camp-n-family 12/17/20 08:24am General RVing Issues

Lack of support? How long do you expect a company to continue making something that is obsolete? Vehicles are constantly changing and companies that manufacture accessories for them have to change with them. An old rack with square bars probably doesn’t fit with most of today’s rounder, more aerodynamic vehicles. That’s why Thule designed curved aero bars. Mounting points are much different as well. They will only make parts for what they can sell. Simple supply and demand.
camp-n-family 12/13/20 06:51am Tech Issues
RE: Towing challenges with flagstaff 25FKS

A 3.23 rear ratio is simply the wrong ratio ! Minimum of a 3.73. Withe the CORRECT engine, transmission, rear axle and load package a 1/2 ton should pull that trailer fine. That’s not necessarily the case anymore. Gear ratio mattered when transmissions only had 5 or 6 speeds. Today’s 8 and 10 speed transmissions mated to a 3.23 rear end will pull similar to the old 6sp and 3.73s. A half ton truck should be able to pull that trailer comfortably if set up correctly, meaning properly loaded, hitch adjusted, e rated tires aired up etc. Fuel mileage will suck, literally, but 7mpg is pretty low. Keep your speeds down and it should be better.
camp-n-family 12/12/20 10:54am Travel Trailers
RE: Requirements for towing and setup of a TT 3500lbs or less

If loaded properly with sufficient tongue weight a trailer shouldn’t sway and shouldn’t need a special hitch. If the tongue weight is within your truck’s receiver rating you shouldn’t need a wd hitch either. Try it and see how it tows. Stabilizer jacks are just that, for stability. They are extra contact points to the ground to hinder bounce and movement. They are not designed to support the trailers full weight for levelling. Use blocks under the wheels for that.
camp-n-family 12/12/20 10:45am Travel Trailers
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