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RE: A tale of two trailers, or prices are thru the roof.

yeah, we missed the boat on this last year, but our timing wasn't right and we needed a new TV up front. Timed the TV purchase great, but now our TT is a 2011 and it would be nice to replace it with something bigger for our family. So June 2020 we visited our local dealer and looked at a Heartland NorthTrail 24BHS. I believe the dealer had it listed at $24,995 or so, but we didn't like how it was constructed and instead looked at the better built Riverside RV Intrepid next to it for the same price or less, but couldn't swing it at that time. Today I was on Camping World's website looking at their "Clearance Sale" and I see a 2021 24BHS, same as the 2020 we looked at, listed at $34,732. I scroll down just a few units more and see a 2022 for $41,912! Now come on, there's no way they've appreciated over $7K from model year to model year, let alone the same amount over the prior year. Yes, I read all of the previous posts and I agree with you, just venting. It's just frustrating when you want to upgrade your 10 year old unit and really can't. I think I'll take it to the dealer next spring and drop a grand+ in maintenance and call it good enough for another few years hopefully.
rmnpcolorado 10/26/21 04:37pm Travel Trailers
RE: Towing with a 2022 Ford 150 3.5 EcoBoost

I can give you some real life experience with a 2020. Ours is rated for 12,500# with the 3.55 and the 20s, payload of about 1,750lbs. We towed our 5,500# Jayco X213 previously with a Chevrolet Avalanche with the 5.3L V8 rated for 8000lbs. While it moved it out nicely, the biggest issue I had was always a lack of power in the mountains and good pulls. The F-150 laughs at that. First trip was to northern Pennsylvania where it rolled up and down, left and right and one couldn't get a rolling start on anything in the backwoods. 45mph roads that were super curvy, and I'm glad we had the 10-speed tranny to handle it. Second big trip was to Montana in July/August. The biggest pass we went over was west of Helena and it capped out about 6,700ft. By the time I got to the top she was just getting warmed up - tranny read 217º while cruising solidly just under 50mph. It had plenty of power had I wanted to push it. Obviously not Colorado passes, I anxiously await those tests, but I was pleased it handled it as it did in the heat. For reference the prior year in Colorado our Avalanche pushed 245º on the tranny and struggled to maintain 45mph. Average mileage is 9.5-10mpg I would say. I've seen somebody say you either have Eco or you have Boost. My biggest gripe is the engine braking on the downhill. I'm an early manual downshifter, and it does not hold back well at all. But I've learned how to drive it accordingly. Overall I LOVE this truck. I'm not in the camp that says you need a 3/4 ton truck, especially not for this size load. Our next trailer will be in the 8,000lb range and I feel comfortable that it will handle it just fine.
rmnpcolorado 09/13/21 09:33pm Tow Vehicles
Jack it bike rack

Yes, I know bike racks etc are discussed regularly. But I’m looking at the Jack It bike rack that goes on the trailer tongue. We upgraded our TV last fall and finally got the trailer out of storage this weekend, so this was the first time the two were paired up. My concern was how level it would be out of the box, and it’s perfect! Which tells me that adding a little additional weight to the tongue won’t kill us. What are people’s experience with this rack? Specifically how solid are the bikes when installed? It seems solid when bikes are mounted, but what about going down the road at 60+mph? Are they wiggly? I’ve seen comments about the rear bike in particular being a little difficult to get loaded, is that a concern? I really like the idea of being able to see the bikes as we go down the road. I’ve read too many stories of people getting to their destination only to learn they lost their bike(s) off the back miles down the road and they didn’t know it. I do see the Jack It is on back order two months out, hopefully that doesn’t mean it’s discontinued
rmnpcolorado 04/19/21 09:46am Travel Trailers
Murphy bed pros/cons?

We looked at a Keystone Passport SL 221BH today just for S&G and it had the murphy bed design up front. Just curious as to people's thoughts that have or had them - how do/did you like it, how does/did it work for you, do/did you leave it down and not use the couch, etc. In this model it seems like it could be down and get the slide in, but we couldn't tell for sure, but that could be a factor as well. We're not the kind of family that stays in the trailer 24/7 and needs the couch to stare at a tv. In this particular model it seems like with the bed down it would restrict access to the rest of the trailer or at least make it tight, so in essence one would HAVE to put it up and down each day - not my idea of a good time. How does the mattress hold up? Can it be replaced by a foam mattress type or because it bends, that's not possible? Does it mess up one's bedding where that needs to be removed daily? Just trying to get an idea. Typically I've found that the murphy bed design keeps the trailer a touch shorter which I really like, but at what expense?
rmnpcolorado 03/27/21 09:49pm Travel Trailers
RE: New Ford 150s Save the Day in Texas

How big are the generators in those? Different sizes? There are a few different outputs available but roughly equivalent to the portable generators you see used by RVers. The up charge alone is more than a quality stand alone inverter generator. Not true - the 2Kw ProPower Onboard is a $995 option. That's right in line with similar size generators. And then you're not hauling around a separate generator and gas can, nor are you filling the tank every 8 hours. To me this will be a no-brainer option to add. I just wish we hadn't just bought a 2020. The 7.2kw I 'believe' you can order separately (I think it's a $2000Ish option?), but it's more geared to be part of the hybrid model.
rmnpcolorado 02/23/21 04:16pm General RVing Issues
RE: Awful Awful Mattress

If you're looking to full out replace the 'pad', we went with wildernessrvmattress.com and have been very happy. Not to mention they will size it to whatever you need as they realize that sizes vary.
rmnpcolorado 02/21/21 09:42pm Travel Trailers
RE: F-150 best add on mirrors for this shape of mirror

Don’t let people tell you that aftermarket additions are mediocre because they’re not. The CIPA slide ons that we had on our Avalanche were great and vibration free-they didn’t move. I would highly recommend them over some of those other contraptions.
rmnpcolorado 02/04/21 07:13pm Towing
RE: https://www.recreation.gov/ -- Glacier NP Problems???

From Recreation.gov Alert: This location is closed. Affected reservations have been cancelled and refunds have been issued. Local managers are committed to the health and safety of recreational visitors and our staff. We are following the guidelines from our agency and the CDC regarding COVID-19, closely monitoring the situation and responding to current conditions. Please continue to monitor this page for status updates. I’m pretty sure this is still old information. St. Mary’s is not available most likely because the park service is still trying to determine whether that side of the park will be open in 2021. In 2020 it was not accessible due to the Indian reservation not allowing access. Fish Creek and Many Glacier sold out in minutes on the 28th when reservations opened (we were not one of the lucky ones). I would think Many Glacier would be under the same restrictions as St Mary’s though, so we were reluctant to try to get reservations up there for fear that they would be cancelled.
rmnpcolorado 02/03/21 10:46pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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