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RE: Can this weight be right?!?!

By comparison, when I took our F150 thru the dump last week, with three adults, full tank of gas and my generator in the bed of the truck, we were at 6000#. Wouldn't have guessed that a one-ton would be that much heavier than a half-ton, but a mostly aluminum body Ford gasser should weigh less than a mostly steel body Dodge diesel.
lane hog 11/01/20 06:20pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Checked out a Vibe 26RK, Mallard M25,Grand Design Imagine

To us, some of the Forest River products look to be better thought out than many of the others and their build quality is at least comparable to as well. That may be why one of their brands finally unseated Jayco as the largest selling brand last year. Jayco under Thor's ownership has fallen quite a bit. We owned three of them, and you couldn't have paid me to take one off the lot when we were looking back in July. Sure, you'll find people who will complain about any model, but you also have a lot of unrealistic expectations especially from the newer buyers. When you look at the actual complaints, it's been things like the refrigerator and tires, which are supplier issues and not necessarily the brand, but the newbies don't recognize that very quickly. I'd like to think that after six trailers and a motorhome, my expectations are realistic, and our 2019 GD hasn't failed us. Yet. And to be clear, everyone in this conversation has been doing this for at least 10 years. I'm not referring to people here. I'm talking about the newbie complainers that flood the Facebook groups.
lane hog 11/01/20 10:32am Travel Trailers
RE: Cleaning out black tank for winter

Not something to do right now with winter upon us, but come spring, give your black tank a good soak over a couple weeks with preferably 25% of your tank capacity. For me, that's 15 gallons of fresh water, or three Home Depot buckets dumped down the toilet. Nothing else - just water. Whatever was on the bottom will liquify on its own. The longer you let it sit the better, and always keep water in your black tanks during the season. Too many people drain them and that never gives stuff a chance to dissolve.
lane hog 10/31/20 07:46pm Travel Trailers
RE: Checked out a Vibe 26RK, Mallard M25,Grand Design Imagine

I'm sure you'll enjoy your Forest River product, but when I see two dozen individual brands under one roof, I start to think of Fleetwood and their "quality" towards the end. Get too big and your quality control evaporates. For fit and trim, I found the Imagines to be one of the better second level coaches (i.e. not entry level but still not quite full-time material). Grand Design's floorplans and features in general seemed better thought out than a lot of the other stuff we looked at. It was almost like they actually used RV's they designed and built.
lane hog 10/31/20 07:32pm Travel Trailers
RE: Albuquerque to Tallahassee

US-287 direct to I-20 isn't so bad. Traffic in Fort Worth on a bad day is still better than traffic in Dallas on a good day. Once you hit I-20, just pick one of the center lanes and head east...
lane hog 10/29/20 03:36am Roads and Routes
RE: first time driving motorcoach to yellowstone,and glazier

I'd recommend *not* trying to do YNP and GTNP from a single base. It's 90 miles from West Yellowstone to Colter Bay, with speed limits between 35-45 which make it over a two hour trip each way. We will usually base camp inside Yellowstone (one of the internal campgrounds if they're still open, West Yellowstone if they're not) and spend at least three days in Yellowstone. You'll never run out of things to see. Tetons for us is no more than a solid day visit. Unless you're doing some horseback riding or hiking, you might want to keep that short and over-do your time in Yellowstone. Colter Bay has an unreserved section with hookups that worked well for us. Gros Ventre isn't so bad if you're only using it to sleep as opposed to a couple lazy days at a campsite.
lane hog 10/29/20 03:15am Roads and Routes
RE: Zion to Escalante - UPDATE

For an easier drive the next time, you might want to consider doing Springdale to Hurricane and then dipping south into AZ and over to Fredonia and then back up 89A. That was a fairly flat drive if I recall. It's about 15 miles longer than going up to 20. Just be sure not to stop anywhere between Hurricane and Kanab...
lane hog 10/29/20 02:53am Roads and Routes
RE: Chicago how I don’t love you

Living in Chicago, we really don't have a lot of choices other than to try and hit I-80/90/94 at some point when the trucks are usually asleep. I've gotten used to it, and all of the "take a back road" alternatives really aren't much better in that you'll hit a bunch of stoplights along the way. If you really have your mind set, swing south via Indianapolis and Peoria, and then back up to I-80 but that adds 170 miles of driving and at least two maybe three hours of driving.
lane hog 10/29/20 02:45am Roads and Routes
RE: Should I get a new Tow Vehicle or a Bigger Gas Tank?

I'd say bigger truck, and don't rule out the Ford 3.5 Ecoboost. We found a used 2016 with the 3.5L/3.55 and the factory 36 gallon tank and integrated trailer brake. That ran us $27K out the door with 63K miles on it. We also get 8-10 mpg depending on winds and terrain and a 250-360 mile range depending on where we are towing. That's with 8200 lb trailer according to the scales. You should get better with a lighter trailer. Driving across Oklahoma and Missouri last week, it stayed in 5th most the time and around 2400 RPM. Once we hit Illinois, it pretty much stayed in 6th and dropped below 2000. For anyone looking at tow vehicles... get away from the suburbs and start looking at a dealer out in farm country. You'll find more selection.
lane hog 10/29/20 01:08am Tow Vehicles
RE: Azdel or not?

When we were shopping for our latest RV (sixth), my requirements were either Azdel or stick & tin construction. We wound up with stick and tin. I know if we ever get a leak, it's a matter of removing the siding and repairing the damage with regular carpentry tools. You can't do that with a laminated wall. With Azdel, I would have been willing to take more of a chance because the wicking effect that luan has would be eliminated.
lane hog 10/27/20 11:34pm Travel Trailers
RE: Travel Trailer Rubber Roof Repair Options. Help needed ASAP

Using sheet metal and coating with Hengs or something else that's a full layer of protection might be a safer alternative, but it won't solve the problem that your roof is compromised and that poses a risk rolling down the road.
lane hog 10/27/20 11:24pm Travel Trailers
RE: new roof

For the money, I'd call the RVRoof folks. I worked with the shop in Kansas City on a quote for our motorhome (which was ultimately totalled instead of repaired), but they have other locations as well. https://rvroof.com/
lane hog 10/27/20 11:17pm Travel Trailers
RE: Outdoor Storage and Snow

I wouldn't bother with a cover. They trap moisture and can also rub up against the walls and roof when the wind ripples them and dull the finish or damage the caulked seams. Never had a problem with snow loads in NE Illinois. I do keep the roof on a slight angle (tongue up) so the snow-melt can run off the back gutters.
lane hog 10/27/20 11:11pm Travel Trailers
RE: Pretty Sure Dual Cam Shouldn't Look Like This!

I've got the shorter tips as well, but I do disconnect my bars before backing into our driveway because I need more flexibility to be able to freely pivot than when we're driving. I've never had a bar slip that I know of, but 16 years ago I lost a bar in transit, and Reese sent me a new bar *and* a new hitch head which had redesigned pockets. I have no doubt they'll stand behind your issue. Even if you're looking to switch hitches, give them a try so you have a complete set to try and sell.
lane hog 10/17/20 07:50am Travel Trailers
RE: Choosing our first travel trailer! Big family

Jayco used to be a good name but the quality has dropped since being bought by Thor. We love our Grand Design. If you're not in a hurry, there are gobs of trailers hitting the used market because of people who rushed into buying a RV when COVID hit, but realized it's not quite their thing.
lane hog 10/15/20 06:20am Travel Trailers
RE: Pretty Sure Dual Cam Shouldn't Look Like This!

I've used the dual-cam on and off for 15 years. Reese is serious about their warranty, so I'd suggest calling them. They sent me replacement parts when I had an issue back in 2006.
lane hog 10/15/20 06:16am Travel Trailers
RE: Andersen hitch doesn't suit, any other recommendations?

I've been using a Reese Dual-Cam on and off for 15 years. Love it, wouldn't be without it.
lane hog 10/15/20 06:13am Travel Trailers
RE: Winterizing TT for 1st time and have a ??? about the toilet.

Not all tanks are the same. My last few trailers have had the valve on the tank vs. a wet outlet pipe. But yes, there are some with a wet outlet pipe and leaving those wet in winter could be a problem.
lane hog 10/15/20 06:11am Travel Trailers
RE: Got camper inspected at camping world. Big mistake

Inspection?... Sounds like a racket. Until your a tech and you see what's rolling around out there on the streets. Some of it makes it scary to know it's on the road right behind You! It's a racket. Only a handful of states have a vehicle inspection that goes beyond emissions testing, and nobody's inspecting trucks that come in from Canada or Mexico.
lane hog 10/08/20 11:05pm Travel Trailers
RE: Got camper inspected at camping world. Big mistake

Inspection?... Sounds like a racket.
lane hog 10/08/20 08:50am Travel Trailers
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