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RE: Great inexpensive mattress IMHO

My purchase of this mattress ended poorly, as I just donated it to the Salvation Army. Way too hard for me, particularly when ultra plush.”
manley 01/09/21 01:21pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Air Shocks

I vote for air bags. Had Firestone’s on previous TV, and then went with Timbrens on this one. Hated them! Replaced with Air Lift, and couldn’t be happier!
manley 12/11/20 06:54pm Towing
RE: Great inexpensive mattress IMHO

We got ours from AmazonAshley Chime Had it over a year now and still glad we got it. Ashley has them on sale for $232.99, if anyone is interested.
manley 11/25/20 08:38am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Which Shocks for 2017 F150 Ecoboost

Thanks for all the replies. Would airbags or shocks be a better investment? I don’t really have squat though with the equalizer hitch. Thinking shocks maybe the best way. What exactly is sway bar and how does that work? Info about sway bars
manley 10/14/20 08:36pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Which Shocks for 2017 F150 Ecoboost

I have the Bilstein 5100s on all 4 corners on my ‘18. Also have air bags, sway bar, and LR E tires. Night & day difference.
manley 10/14/20 07:09pm Tow Vehicles
RE: What's the longest/heaviest you would tow with a 1/2 ton?

Also, there are generally a lot more generous incentives on the F150. This. There’re generally NO incentives on the 250/2500 series trucks. However, it’s not at all unusual to buy a half ton $10k under sticker. Another consideration - most 3/4 tons are too tall (and likely too long) to fit into a standard residential garage. Forgot to mention in my earlier post that I’m right at 35’ with the Hensley.
manley 10/08/20 02:05pm Tow Vehicles
RE: What's the longest/heaviest you would tow with a 1/2 ton?

I tow my Open Range (in my signature) with an ‘18 F150 (also in my signature). I’ve wanted more truck - or less trailer - a number of times. Even though the GVWR of of the trailer is 9,900 pounds and the truck is rated to tow 11,700, as others have said it really comes down to payload of the TV. With a Hensley hitch, load range E tires, a Helwig sway bar, air bags, and Bilstein 5100s all the way around, my experience is “acceptable.” Please note that means very little margin, and I’d consider myself much more experienced towing than average.
manley 10/08/20 08:45am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2021 Ford Bronco

The engine options are disappointing.
manley 07/14/20 08:46pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Modern 1/2 ton tow vehicle question

I have an ‘18 F150 with max tow. The answer is no... you will be WAY over your RAWR.
manley 07/14/20 08:44pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Carlisle Sport Trail LH Bias Trailer Tire

US Made GY ENDURANCE, not a single non road hazard failure in over 3 years on the market. Discount tire will have fresh date codes and good pricing. I just ordered set yesterday. I figured that4 years on my OEM Maypops was enough! Local tire store told me it is the ONLY American made trailertire they can get. Marathons are made in China, fyi.
manley 05/08/20 12:41pm Towing
RE: slide outs, different kinds?

A big benefit of the cable slide outs is that the frame isn’t notched to accommodate the mechanism.This could be true IF, your TT has a weak frame as many do. Both of my TTs with slides have had the mechanisims go thru the frame... My frames were heavy duty, and the holes were properly reinforced. 10 years on each TT of hard use/rough roads (100% boondocking) with no issues. Come to think of it, I have not once seen this to be an issue reported here on this forum... Could this be something a salesperson told you? They will say anything to make the sale. Why yes, your royal highness, it was pointed out by the salesman as an advantage of my particular brand of camper. Since I tow with a half ton - obviously risking my life and the lives of everyone within three states - it helps reduce the weight because we don't require structural reinforcement of the frame. I'm really happy that you have the holy grail of tow vehicle and travel trailer. Some of us don't have that luxury.
manley 04/28/20 10:23am Travel Trailers
RE: slide outs, different kinds?

A big benefit of the cable slide outs is that the frame isn’t notched to accommodate the mechanism.
manley 04/26/20 07:25pm Travel Trailers
RE: Emergency Travel - Texas to South Georgia?

411 miles to go. Lord willing, we will shelter in place with our daughter and her family tonight.
manley 04/05/20 07:47am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Emergency Travel - Texas to South Georgia?

If schools are empty, anywhere in the USA, just pull in and stay the night? That is horrifically dangerous advice!!! School rules, regulations, etc. have tighter up so much in the last several years that literally no unauthorized access is allowed. Just because schools are not in sessions doesn’t mean the rules are lifted. In my area, they would haul you off to jail simply for being present without authorization. And God forbid you have a weapon of any kind in your possession (knife, gun, baseball bat, taser, bear spray.....). I have no idea why this suggestion would EVER cross someone’s mind, especially when you can pull into virtually any rest stop, Walmart parking lot, or other acceptable area. Let me repeat: private parks are open. Everything I have seen regarding local SIP and shutdown orders allows them to remain open as essential businesses. Think, if you will, about how many full time residents many parks have. In that respect, they are really no different than apartment complexes! Besides, YES, I am aware that my presence on school grounds would violate many of the STUPID gun free zone ordinances.
manley 04/05/20 07:47am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Emergency Travel - Texas to South Georgia?

Did Manley make the trip? In process. Currently down for the night in Meridian, MS. Thanks for all the very helpful advice. I’m happy to report that travel has been EZPZ. Thank you all again especially for the prayers,
manley 04/04/20 07:15pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Emergency Travel - Texas to South Georgia?

By the way, we do have a letter from the facility deeming it “essential travel,” and DW is an RN. I have a printed copy of her nursing license in the console. We will also take photos at every border to document our route and thus avoid quarantine. I will also print the proposed route and keep a log as suggested.
manley 04/02/20 08:42pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Emergency Travel - Texas to South Georgia?

Thanks to all who have replied. We are pulling out in the morning. I did buy a generator, it is in the bed of my truck - hidden under bed cover until needed. Our daughter and her family live just northeast of Jennings, FL, right inside Georgia. Their farm actually borders the state line. We will shelter in place at their house, as we have been doing here in TX for a week already. No COVID tests, as we have all been compliant. Her Dad is in a facility in Lake City, FL. If we have to take the camper there to be close, we will (if we can). Otherwise, it will be day treks as the end nears. I sincerely appreciate prayers as we travel. This will be a long, slow trip. I have a herniated discL3-L4 - and will have to baby that injury, because I postponed surgery to get her to Daddy.
manley 04/02/20 08:38pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Emergency Travel - Texas to South Georgia?

Hi all, Like the subject says, DW and I have to make an emergency trip from Wichita Falls to Lake Park, GA. Her Daddy is on hospice care, and I must get her there sooner - as it is likely we won't be able to travel later. To avoid Louisiana completely, we will take US 82 across southern Arkansas. At some point, probably in Mississippi, we will drop down to US 84 to avoid Albany, GA (the coronavirus capital). If I am able to accomplish this trip Here's the questions: Are private RV parks open? Will I have problems crossing state lines? Basic route and points of entry: Texas -> Arkansas at Texarkana, Arkansas -> Mississippi at Greenville, Mississippi -> Alabama at BFM, and Alabama -> Georgia at Donalsonville. Should I purchase a generator, "just in case?" Any known snafus? What am I missing? Thanks in advance, gang!
manley 04/02/20 10:28am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Ford F-150 towing mirror size?

Manley, thanks so much for the pics and details. It seems the standard mirrors are similar size to the towing mirror tops. Big gain is the large convex bottom mirror and the width gain both before and after extension. Yes. That is exactly correct. We towed 300 miles today, am always very thankful to have them. They are 10 times better. Than standard mirrors. I don’t understand why Ford doesn’t make them standard with the Max Trailering package. Just a reminder, wind noise (at least on my aftermarket ones) is bad. I’ve heard better things about the 1A Auto ones.
manley 03/13/20 05:45pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford F-150 towing mirror size?

Standard mirror dimensions: Tow mirror dimensions: Tow mirror fully extended: From the front, with tow mirrors extended: I tried to get a shot with both mirrors in the photo. Kinda hard to do, but you get the idea:
manley 03/13/20 05:27am Tow Vehicles
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