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RE: Question for those pulling with an F150 Eco Boost

Towed 7k cross country 5 times (40k towing) and put 80k miles on it without a single concern. Always had more easy torque on tap than I could ever need. Loved this truck.
tragusa3 10/01/19 11:21am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Which campground at Custer State Park?

We've been twice, and both times Blue Bell campground caught our eye as being interesting. The covered wagon tours for the Wildlife Loop seem to leave from there and it just has a vibe. On our third visit, that's where we'll be!
tragusa3 09/17/19 05:05am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: 5,000 mile F150 Ecoboost 10speed pulling 8,000 review

Don't consider 5K miles to be an adequate review of anything concerning longevity. report back in an additional 20K and let us know your impressions as well as what you've replaced, what broke and what you 'think' at that time. I've towed about the exact setup for 40k miles (towing) over 5 years. We crossed the country and mountain ranges each time. We switched to a motorhome now, but still have the truck with 80k miles on it. Haven't done a single thing outside of maintenance. Great write-up!
tragusa3 08/11/19 01:50pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing Jeep Trailhawk

Check out the YouTube channel for RVLove. They tow a Trailhawk and have for some time.
tragusa3 08/08/19 07:03pm Dinghy Towing
RE: 50 AMP and plugging in at home

I thought I was getting by with my 20amp garage plug running one A/C. However, with the recent installation of an EMS, it is shutting me down due to low voltage that I wasn't aware of. So, be careful, just because its running doesn't mean it isn't harmful. Fingers crossed I didn't do significant damage.
tragusa3 06/07/19 03:37am Class A Motorhomes
RE: New Tires For A Brand New Trailer

I used my original tires for 2 seasons. Tip: grease the bearings, even when brand new. I had a failure because the factory does not do a good job at it.
tragusa3 06/07/19 03:21am Towing
RE: First RV

This has been a great thread so far! The only thing I will add, and I realize I may be extreme, but instead of the 80% rule, I have found my comfort level at about 60% of maximum tow. That might not be realistic, but it does make a huge difference in safety, comfort and ability to relax while towing. I'm passing this thread along to a family member that is researching and learning! Thanks.
tragusa3 06/05/19 04:41am Beginning RVing
RE: Camping or Glamping?

I don't use the word, but do remember a time when I wondered why folks would own rigs like the one we now have. I divide our trips into one of two categories, camping or travelling. In our younger days, all we had time for was camping. Local weekend trips, etc. Tents and small trailers were great at that job. However, life changed and we found ourselves often to have time to be on the road for months. At this point, we HAD to be more comfortable and thus we ended up with our coach. Glamping? Not to me, because it isn't intended to be a form of camping. It's intended to be a private hotel. We do still use the coach for "camping". We spend local weekends in the woods and don't spend much time in it other than sleeping. So, I see it divided by use more than equipment type.
tragusa3 06/04/19 08:31pm General RVing Issues
RE: Chaser and Chasee

What was your reasoning for the decision?
tragusa3 06/04/19 08:15pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Driving 32' motorhome from Durango to Silverton

The Million Dollar Highway Clear Lake Community Off Road Adventure I hope it is okay that I post these links. We stayed in Mineral Creek and are in the middle of posting a video series on our stay there. Hope it gives you some insight. We will return there many, many times in the future. When you see the crowd in the camping area, realize this was July 4th week. I wouldn't hesitate to drive that section of road. However, the section from Silverton to Ouray is a different animal.
tragusa3 06/03/19 07:18pm Roads and Routes
RE: MPG for Various Class A Motorhomes

2004 winnebago 8.1 gas and 22.5 tires. If I stay 60 to 65 I get 8 or 9. If I drive 75 I get 5 or 6. When I'm parked at the beach I don't use any gas. I like to stay at 65. I like to stay parked at the beach! :)
tragusa3 06/03/19 02:24pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Disclosure when selling

It's simple. Do the right thing. You know what the right thing is before asking the question. Besides sleeping better, I have usually found that information seals the sale. Even the bad things. If you can establish that trust, you can make the sale. As a buyer, I will take a known negative over unknowns all day long.
tragusa3 06/01/19 05:10am Travel Trailers
RE: How do you share camping expenses?

Whichever path you decide, decide up front. If that is too awkward, then pay for it all. We have done it all sorts of ways, whatever comes natural. Sometimes our tenting friends get their own site, other times they share our site. When sharing our site, they offered to pay half and we accepted. I don't think I would have asked. We have always just split meal duty, each taking half of the shopping and cooking responsibility. Seems to work.
tragusa3 06/01/19 05:03am General RVing Issues
RE: Travel trailer built using aluminum frame

OP, you are getting some sound comments, but I understand what you are saying and believe you are on the right track. Just add a few of the other suggestions to your requirements. Our first was an entry level TT and we then moved to a Surveyor because it was 6 sided aluminum. It still wasn't anything to be prideful of, but it was a very clear step in the right direction! Nothing broke in the hundreds of nights we used it. I used price point to help me shop. By that, I mean find the middle price for trailers of the length you want. You almost always get what you pay for, and manufacturers have to justify why they are asking what they are. For instance, our Surveyor was about $22k while a comparable in an entry level was about $15k. It was very easy to find the $7k extra once I got to know the trailer. I began to recognize that sometimes more money translates to better value. You'll figure this out. Keep educating yourself and try not to make a move until you do.
tragusa3 05/28/19 04:25am Travel Trailers
RE: Been debating removing built in dinette/ bed...

In our TT, we removed the dinette for a reclining love seat. Best decision we made for that floorplan. Easy to put back in too. Debating whether or not to do it in our motorhome? Don't need more comfy seating now, but will rarely sit in the dinette, if ever. If you have no other option for good seating or need more, don't hesitate, do it!
tragusa3 05/27/19 05:16am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Video Editing Software

I've been editing for years. My experience tells me that your Mac is a more dependable and stable platform. Hardware frustrations completely disappeared for me when I switched. That said, iMovie is pretty darn capable for free. I eventually spent the money on Final Cut Pro and am so glad I did. 1000's of hours of editing and not one single hang up.
tragusa3 05/26/19 05:42am Technology Corner
RE: MH trip to Keys & New Orlean lessons

New Orleans is the best spot in the country for many things, cleanliness is not one of them. Enjoying places and people is a matter of perspective. Some ask, "what's the big deal?" when they see the Grand Canyon. Is NYC not worth visiting because its crowded?
tragusa3 05/25/19 10:57am Class A Motorhomes
RE: FL to Yellowstone 10 weeks out west what to do?

Thanks for the update! I'm excited for you! When you're from the south, it can be hard to fathom Memorial day not being warm enough. Glad to hear it isn't slowing you down.
tragusa3 05/23/19 04:53am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Lifting and handling heavy generators

I had an 80 pound Yamaha. I also had a topper on the truck. I kept it in the truck and cable locked to the bed. I put the generator on a plywood sled that I attached plastic to the bottom of. It would slide easily of my carpeted bed liner. I'd drop the tailgate, point the exhaust out of the bed and let her run. Very convenient and the best security option I had. Never had to lift it. All that said, buying again, I would listen to the great advice above and get paralleled 2000 models. I have slowly learned over time not to buy based on price. Get what you need.
tragusa3 05/20/19 04:30am Travel Trailers
RE: Portable air compressor advice is needed

I went with the Viair 300P, because my trailer tires (at the time) only needed 65psi. We recently changed to a motorhome that has 22.5" tires and needs 95psi. I thought for sure I'd have to buy the 400RV model. But first, I ran a quick experiment. I dropped a tire down to 60psi and then hooked up the 300P. Expecting a struggle, I was surprised that in about 3 minutes, I was at 105psi. I don't suppose I will be changing air pumps! I'm sure the duty cycle is better on the 400RV, but I don't expect to ever need to run this more than 5 minutes at a time.
tragusa3 05/14/19 04:11am Tech Issues
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