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RE: Towing a Geo Pro 19bh

The CAT scales tell the weight story but only you can determine a "white knuckle" ride. I have been pushed around by cross winds in OK and TX, that were annoying enough to move from the interstate to local roads where I could drive at 30 mph. Wind is one of the many issues that are part of towing. Along with rain, snow, truck blasts etc. that are just part of towing.
rbpru 08/16/19 08:29am Travel Trailers
RE: Real towing advise please

My F-150 has max cargo of 1411 lbs. Some have more depending on the vehicle options. Our gear and family weight come to 700 lbs. That leave 700 lbs or so for tongue weight. My TT loaded for the road is about 6000 lbs with 700 lbs on the tongue (13%). For me, a heavier TT would be too much tongue weight for the vehicle or too little a percentage of the TT weight on the tongue. It is all in the math and how you judge your rigs handling.
rbpru 08/14/19 10:17pm Travel Trailers
RE: Largest TT out there

I have to guess the "Montana" 5ver is over 40 ft with several slides. The one reviewed in Trailer Life magazine cost over $200,000.00. A bit large for my taste but they sell them.
rbpru 08/13/19 09:50pm Travel Trailers
RE: Ford F-150 what do I need for towing?

Your limit will be the max cargo which is vehicle dependent. My F-150 with Eboost tows our 25 ft TT with 750 lbs tongue weight very well. The loaded TT weight is 6200 lbs.
rbpru 08/13/19 05:19pm Travel Trailers
RE: Power Watchdog Smart Surge Protector with Auto Shutoff

Just how many joules are enough?
rbpru 08/03/19 05:40pm Travel Trailers
RE: Are Airstreams low maintenance?

There is no way to deny that you are hauling you house down the road at 60+ mph, not to mention the bouncy back roads. All TTs are going to be exposed to these condition. The tube by its nature is a strong design. However the interior is pretty much the same. Given the fact that refurbishing old AS units is common tells you they are tough but I am not sure that translates to less maintenance.
rbpru 07/31/19 08:34am Travel Trailers
RE: Foam in tires

I think the idea is using a product similar to fix a flat, which is supposed to spread over the inside of the tire, then seal a punctures when it happens. I think this is where theory hits the cold light of reality. I would be surprised if it was effective for more than a few months, otherwise ever car company would be bragging on their puncture proof tires.
rbpru 07/30/19 04:51pm Travel Trailers
RE: solar

The use of solar obviously depends on the sun. How sunny it is when you camp. Our trip to AZ was quite different from our trip to the WI woods.
rbpru 07/30/19 07:57am Travel Trailers
RE: What can happen without enough tongue weight?

In the end let's just say, proper tongue weight important. Guessing the reason for an accident is just that, a guess. There are to many variables that can get you into trouble, distractions, nodding off, inattention, poor maintenance, road hazards to name a few. Without a professional investigation all else is a just a guess.
rbpru 07/30/19 07:49am Travel Trailers
RE: Anyone Travel with bikes inside their TRailer?

I have a cap on my truck bed, so I bought a front hitch mount. The 2 inch mount is supposed to be rated for my TT but I only use it for a ball mounted bike rack.
rbpru 07/30/19 07:33am Travel Trailers
RE: Best place to mount my generator?

I do not think I would mount a 100# generator on a TT that was not designed for it. Certainly not on my back bumper, it is far to thin. We hauled ours in the TT or in the truck bed the few times we needed one. If I used one often, I would buy the lightest unit available and carry it in the truck bed.
rbpru 07/29/19 09:59pm Travel Trailers
RE: Maximum length for 1500

It is not the length. It is the tongue weight and the TV max cargo. My F-150 door sticker says max cargo 1411 lb. My tongue weight across the scales is 700 lbs. That leaves 700 lbs. for family and gear. My truck cap and tools are about 200 lbs. So that leaves 500 lbs. for family. That means a 25 ft TT. For me.
rbpru 07/26/19 07:48pm Travel Trailers
RE: Stuff in your storage compartment?

Take what you honestly think you will use. The first year I hauled around more "might need" items than stuff I really used. If you forgot something, there is a Wal-Mart in the next town. My only exceptions are, my tool box, a small air compressor and the tools needed to change my TT tires. They can make the difference between a twenty minute inconvenience and sitting until Road Service can find you on some back road. That is assuming you have cell service to call. My experience is, if you forgot what to need, you will remember it the next time.
rbpru 07/22/19 09:37am Travel Trailers
RE: Is a travel trailer with a slide out a good idea for me?

Two points to consider, Where are 4 to 6 people going to stay in a heavy rain. According to the RV dealers I talked with at the last RV show, smaller trailers and non-slide out tailers are a niche market. That means less trade-in value in an already lightly depreciated market. There is no doubt slide outs can be problematic, but I would not trade ours. Also some deeper slides can block access to the bath or kitchen when pulled in. Good luck
rbpru 07/21/19 09:36pm Travel Trailers
RE: Tow Vehicle Tire Pressure

I left Indiana in an ice storm an 29 degrees, TT tire pressure was 55# cold pressure. A few day later I was in the Texas panhandle and 80 degree weather, at a gas stop my TT tire pressure was 80# hot pressure. A couple of day later I was in Albuquerque NM with 3 inches of snow and temps in the 30s. When I reached Phoenix the temp was mid 70's and the cold TT tire pressure had returned to 55#. I spent 58 days touring around AZ, NM, UT and back to IN. When ever I checked the cold pressure it was always within a few pounds of the 55# I left home with. These were OEM "C" rated ST China bombs doing what they were designed to do. I replace then after 18,000 mile because they were seven years old. I now have a set of ST tires rated "D" at 65# and "C" at 55# with almost 20,000 miles on them. I keep them at 60# because of the harsher ride. It is the same with my "P" rated truck tires. When towing, I set them at 40# and go, although the truck came with tire pressure sensors. TPS are not a bad idea if you fret about your tire pressure.
rbpru 07/19/19 03:11pm Travel Trailers
RE: Running your propane Refrigerators while fueling?

If you are old enough to remember when smoking was very popular, filling your car. lawn mower, 5 gallon fuel carboy, chain saw etc. With a cigarette dangling from you mouth was common. Was it smart? probably not. Was it safe? probably not. Did it cause numerous explosions and gas pump fires? No. Did anyone care or give it a second thought? Not really. Turning your propane off certainly cannot hurt but most folk do not feel it is an issue.
rbpru 07/19/19 02:34pm Travel Trailers
RE: Tow Vehicle Tire Pressure

Almost all tire manufacturers have load vs pressure data on their tire models. Few folk care, they just use what works for them.
rbpru 07/19/19 08:48am Travel Trailers
RE: Shock question. Please point me in the right direction

2x on Bilsteins.
rbpru 07/19/19 08:34am Travel Trailers
RE: Stoped routine

I can honestly say that when towing I have never delayed anyone at a pump. I try to stop at large multi pump stations, I know I am going to take up two pump stations so I will pass on a busy station. Also, large truck stop type stations generally have lot of turn around room, so they are my top choice. Out west the smaller remote towns do not have such opportunities but they also do not have the volume of traffic. On vacation I fill up with at half a tank, I do not worry about cost, I have an extra 5 gallons in the truck bed and I goes for convenience and ease on maneuvering at the pumps.
rbpru 07/19/19 08:25am Travel Trailers
RE: Generator / Invertor

The bigger the generator the more it weighs. I borrowed a 3KW construction sight unit and it powered everything; if you could stand the noise and muscle it into a decent location. I am old so weigh and noise are my prime concerns. If the microwave has to wait until the coffee is done, so be it. If I really needed a lot of power I would spend the bucks for the lighter quieter unit.
rbpru 07/18/19 01:06pm Travel Trailers
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