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RE: 3/4 or 1 ton SUV ?

Because it would be addressing a much smaller crowd as trailers don't consume as much payload compared to 5th wheels....tounge weight vs pin weight. Full size pickup trucks have almost the same interior space as bigger SUVs but can be had with much more capability. Having the need for a 3/4 or 1 ton pickup truck trumps not having the need for a bed. If you prefer large SUVs, simply stay within it's capabilities. This is all fine and well until you start considering the seating issues. As a family of 5 with a dog, we limped along with our 2006 HD Suburban (with the 8.1) as long as we could. Pick-ups just don't lend themselves well to travel for families of more than 4. When we finally ditched our Suburban just over a year ago, we went with a pick-up, but are now much more limited in what we can do. The dog has to be left behind if we leave the state, travel days need to be shortened because we have 3 kids (12-16) sharing the back seat, etc. I'm sure that others are correct that the economics just didn't make sense to continue to make them for such a small market, but those of us in that small market miss them terribly! Go look at the interior of the new Superdutys, it's mind boggling. You could easily haul 6 offensive linemen comfortably without the center console, no joke.
kellem 03/01/21 11:50am Tow Vehicles
RE: 3/4 or 1 ton SUV ?

Because it would be addressing a much smaller crowd as trailers don't consume as much payload compared to 5th wheels....tounge weight vs pin weight. Full size pickup trucks have almost the same interior space as bigger SUVs but can be had with much more capability. Having the need for a 3/4 or 1 ton pickup truck trumps not having the need for a bed. If you prefer large SUVs, simply stay within it's capabilities.
kellem 03/01/21 08:06am Tow Vehicles
RE: How Important is Garage Storage?

We could fill pages with various opinions regarding storage and doubt any would be wrong. Possible minority here but we actually DON'T store/cover our trailer. It's plugged to AC, furnace set to 38*, slides out and fully stocked.....It's there if we need it. I do however apply aerospace 303 to entire exterior of trailer every 6 weeks, stuff is amazing. Trailers are houses on wheels and how many cover their houses when they leave for the winter.
kellem 02/26/21 02:26pm Travel Trailers
RE: F series recalls

Yep, my F250 falls into the proposed windshield recall but haven't seen an issue with it.
kellem 02/25/21 05:56am Tow Vehicles
RE: Grand design and towing with a Ford Expidition

With the max tow, you should be well within spec as I'm seeing 1700# payload but it's always wise to check the door sticker. The longer the wheelbase, the better the towing experience.
kellem 02/24/21 06:34am Travel Trailers
RE: Tire Replacement Question

The price you were quoted seems high but there seems to be some price gouging going on. I've been taking my trailer to the local car dealership which has large bay, simply back in and stay hooked up.
kellem 02/23/21 04:57am Travel Trailers
RE: Moderna vaccine (Personal experiences)

I'd like to tie in a question to this thread if you'd be so kind. I have a retired friend who is 65 and has had both shots " everything went well " and my wife's retired parents ages 75/78 have yet to be even scheduled for 1st shot. How has my perfectly healthy friend received both shots before more elderly folks. That's the same question wife's parents asked me today after they've filled out all necessary paperwork and after several phone calls for scheduling.
kellem 02/22/21 01:47pm Around the Campfire
RE: Ford 7.3 Gas motor

Yes, bought a 2021 F250 7.3 and tow a 30 ft 7600# trailer with full fresh water tank rendering a 1200# tounge. The 7.3 paired with the 10spd transmission has exceeded expectation, especially in steep mountains where my previous 2500 struggled mightily. In tow mode, the transmission utilizes all gears 1-8 and locks out 9 and 10. Driver can also lockout gears on the fly making hilly country a breeze. I chose 3.55 gears and occasionally see over 17 mpg on long highway trips and 10-11 towing in the hills, impressive. Heavy towing, I'd opted for 4.30 gears. I'm confident this 7.3 is going to prove to be a very durable engine with low maintenance costs as it's a simple design. Time will tell but a very satisfied Superduty owner. The 7.3 is available with 3.73 or 4.30 gears. I can’t see any reason for getting 4.30 gears. I think if I was towing less than 12 k lbs I’d want 3.73 gears and towing over 12k I’d probably want a diesel even though I’m sure the 7.3 would do. If I'm not mistaken, believe the F250 7.3 only has the 3.55/4.30 gear options and also believe you'd have to move up to a F350 to have 3.73 as an option but only marginally sure.
kellem 02/22/21 01:34pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Humble Apology

Very admirable of you sir. I'm an older fellow that has an very old school mentality and often offend others but luckily I don't lack empathy. Wish you many years of good health.
kellem 02/21/21 05:37pm Around the Campfire
RE: Winterizing the coffee maker

Water in the lines, tanks, traps, outside shower, ice maker, washing machine. All kinds of advice: Blow out the lines with air. Pump in the antifreeze. Both. Bring the battery inside. Put it on a trickle charger. Use a cover. Don't use a cover. But did anybody warn me to bring the Keurig inside? Noooooo! :( There's a water reservoir in a Keurig, and freezing will ruin it.:o And I thought we were all friends here.:? Oh well, the new one is red. Looks nicer on the counter than that old black one.:) Ahhh, thanks for the humor. You can scratch all those tasks off your list by leaving your trailer plugged in and furnace set above 32* Of course we do winterize but never have to unload/unpack any liquids including dumping the Keurig and battery stays put. We've had a very harsh winter as many are well aware and to date, have only used (3) 30# tanks of propane. If this is not an option.....disregard.
kellem 02/20/21 07:16am General RVing Issues
RE: Lance Travel Trailer v. Grand Design Imagine Travel Trailer

Just get a functional floorplan that you both like and keep a mobile RV tech on speed dial. I'm also retired and just the wife and I camping with our Border collie. We actually upsized our trailer for longer excursions and extra comforts. Lance makes a quality trailer but their floorplans were on the small side for us but could make perfect sense for someone with little towing experience and wants to travel more compact. Hope you find something you both enjoy.
kellem 02/19/21 11:29am Travel Trailers
RE: Moderna vaccine (Personal experiences)

My 65 yr old BIL had his 2nd vaccination and went to bed feeling ill....woke up next morning feeling like a child. I'm 60 and retired so guess I'll have to be patient.
kellem 02/18/21 08:39pm Around the Campfire
RE: A little lighter subject to discuss

Go tubeless and never look back....Stans or orange seal.
kellem 02/18/21 08:29pm Around the Campfire
RE: Electrical Extension Cords

Assuming you have 1 AC unit, 30 amp.
kellem 02/18/21 08:15pm Travel Trailers
RE: Best sealant for slight roof leak?

You remove the AC panel from inside trailer to access the (4) long bolts, a quarter turn on each bolt should do it.
kellem 02/17/21 09:20am Travel Trailers
RE: oh joy...........

Unlike Ron's Tahoe, mines run down the road in the 13-15k gcw from frequently over it's 21 year life span. A lot of short hops too. What I'm surprised about, is not having to replace the 4l80 trans. IMHO the weak spit of the truck. Marty Was reluctant to post this as I feel product or manufacture bashing is against the grain of etiquettcy but WTH. I've been through (4) 4l80 transmissions in 2 different trucks over a span of 10 years. Can't imagine a weaker link to an otherwise great truck....feel better now.
kellem 02/14/21 04:30pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Frame strength of small TT's

I always make frame inspection part of PM. What I've found amazing through years of trailer ownership is how the manufacturer uses axles rated below the the trailers GVWR. Their way of thinking is the tow vehicles hitch and trailers Jack will distribute the weight off the axles.....still comes across as a shortcut but I'm OCD.
kellem 02/14/21 04:14pm Travel Trailers
RE: Do you sanitize your black tank?

The only tank you should have to sanitize is the fresh water tank. I do no EVER plan to drink from the other two tanks. Ahhh I will definitely adhere to this going forward. Always wondered why I suffered from indigestion during our excursions.
kellem 02/14/21 09:35am General RVing Issues
RE: oh joy...........

That's unfortunate with only 100K. I've owned 350's in the past and all were bulletproof....but in our youth we did indeed " throw some rods " while drag racing and wore the lobes on the cam You'll likely be looking at replacing rods and bearings, crank and even pistons are rings. You don't seem like your stressing over, would be my approach as well.
kellem 02/14/21 08:19am Tow Vehicles
RE: Do you sanitize your black tank?

I'm sure by now the OP regrets asking this question.....funny posts non the less. He or she may have meant " deodorize " in which case, many of us do. Just a reminder, Those of you dumping bleach into black tank, be careful what products you use as many of the powerful odor control products plainly state on the box....do not mix with chlorine. And the residual bleach left in black tank will negate the effectiveness of organic products such as Happy camper.
kellem 02/14/21 07:52am General RVing Issues
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