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RE: Tariffs trip up the all-American RV industry

Is this what ya do when you get old? Sit around and argue about economics, politics and the weather (and axle ratings, lol)? YUP Shop local only and you need a 1 ton to tow a pop up! And always pay cash. If you need credit you can't afford it! i agree that avoiding debt is a step along the path to wealth and financial independence but not carrying CC debt and not using CCs are two different things.Every millionaire i know borrowed money and used that money to leverage deals to make big time money. Fact is, I have plenty of borrowed money at 4% while my invested money is making 13% right now.
troubledwaters 07/19/19 03:01pm General RVing Issues
RE: Estimated generator price

$600 sounds fair to meGood Luck with that. I can buy a brand new Champion for that price.
troubledwaters 07/19/19 01:27pm Tech Issues
RE: Tariffs trip up the all-American RV industry

The fact of the matter is, if you are satisfied with the cost of the product your buying, buy it; if not, don't buy it. My 325gal home propane tank started to leak last week. All the suppliers had in stock for a replacement were 500 and 1000gals. I needed a new tank right then. All three companies I called said 8 months ago the price of a 500 gal US made tanks jumped from $1400 to $2000 overnight. I didn't have a choice, I had to buy it. The tariff cost ME $600.Someones lying to you. Tariffs aren't 43%. Someone took advantage of your misfortune big time.Nobody is lying to me. The US steel manufacturers took advantage of the tariff and jacked up their pricesYou want to buy a bridge? By your own admission, it wasn't tariffs, it was someone taking advantage of you; and you bought anyway. The price of steel went up 6.2% in the last 8 months Clicky someone else got the other 36%
troubledwaters 07/19/19 05:24am General RVing Issues
RE: Tariffs trip up the all-American RV industry

The fact of the matter is, if you are satisfied with the cost of the product your buying, buy it; if not, don't buy it. My 325gal home propane tank started to leak last week. All the suppliers had in stock for a replacement were 500 and 1000gals. I needed a new tank right then. All three companies I called said 8 months ago the price of a 500 gal US made tanks jumped from $1400 to $2000 overnight. I didn't have a choice, I had to buy it. The tariff cost ME $600.Someones lying. Tariffs aren't 43%. Someone took advantage of your misfortune big time.
troubledwaters 07/19/19 05:18am General RVing Issues
RE: High mile gas engine trucks

Mine had 185,000 when I sold it to my friend, it's still going and towing.
troubledwaters 07/18/19 10:22am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tariffs trip up the all-American RV industry

Another TDS thread. The fact of the matter is, if you are satisfied with the cost of the product your buying, buy it; if not, don't buy it.
troubledwaters 07/18/19 10:03am General RVing Issues
RE: Ford F-150 what do I need for towing?

Whatever F150 setup you choose, make sure it has the Max Tow Package. Can't add it after the fact. FWIW, the 2018 F150 with this package is rated at 13,200#. Not too shabby!I would make one correction; with a few caveats it's rated to tow 13,200 lbs. Such as it has to have the Heavy Duty Payload Package (HDPP), 157" WB, 20-inch wheels, to name a few. You have to check the Payload sticker on the door of the truck to be sure of what you are getting.
troubledwaters 07/18/19 09:34am Travel Trailers
RE: Ford F-150 what do I need for towing?

Once you know the GVWR of the trailer you want to tow, and the cargo and people you will be carrying in the truck, then it's pretty simple to figure out which truck you need (simple math). You pick the truck by the Payload capacity sticker on the door of the truck. Check this site out for detailed info Clicky
troubledwaters 07/18/19 05:31am Travel Trailers
RE: Help!!! Frame broke

Getting it weighed now is a moot point as we can't even move it since the frame is broke and it had to be hauled on a flat bed just to get it away from the accident scene. As I mentioned, we only had a few kitchen supplies in the camper as we were only going for a weekend trip. The remaining supplies were in our tow vehicle.So if I opened up all the cupboards, pass through storage, underbed storage, closets, etc. in your camper - the only thing i would find is " a few kitchen supplies"; the rest would be empty. BulllShiiit.
troubledwaters 07/16/19 10:21am Travel Trailers
RE: How to value trade?

"IF" (that's a Big If) the condition is everything you say it is, the dealer is not going to give you more than $16K. So I would negotiate with the dealer until he came up to the $16K. This will be extremely difficult because dealers negotiate every day for a living and are way better at it then most people. So if you are in a hurry to buy, your in a tight spot; over the proverbial barrel so to speak. If you are in no hurry and can spend the time sell it outright or wait the dealer out. Once again, this all hinges on the Big If.
troubledwaters 07/16/19 10:10am Travel Trailers
RE: A poll: What does 2 blinks of the left signal mean to you?

So you're comparing a 30 wheel, 120,000 lbs, wide loaded truck to an RV and you think standing before the judge is going to work out the same way for an RV. smh. (You do remember this forum is about RV's don't you?)
troubledwaters 07/11/19 05:27am General RVing Issues
RE: 3500 truck towing HT 5th wheel - Workable?

what if HT = Horse Trailer? -or- maybe it was a typo and should have been HR? -or- HTT?
troubledwaters 07/10/19 12:32pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: A poll: What does 2 blinks of the left signal mean to you?

Missouri 304.011.1 - No person shall drive a motor vehicle at such a slow speed as to impede or block the normal and reasonable movement of traffic, except when reduced speed is necessary for safe operation or in compliance with law. Peace officers may enforce the provisions of this section by directions to drivers, and in the event of apparent willful disobedience to this provision and refusal to comply with direction of an officer in accordance herewith, the continued slow operation by a driver is a misdemeanor.
troubledwaters 07/10/19 08:28am General RVing Issues
RE: Gas tax increase in some states July 1st

illinois is also taxing EV owners $248 p/y per vehicle. at the new gas tax rate of $.38 p/g. that's the equivalent of ~652 gallons of gas per year.When you account for the whole story - its only 263 gallons. You didn't allow for the $148 fee gas vehicles pay per year over and above the gas tax. You're still getting a bargain in my book. Your paying $248 in tax a year. The average motorist is probably paying about $400.
troubledwaters 07/01/19 01:20pm General RVing Issues
RE: 1/2 Ton Towable 5th Wheel

Was going to comment but changed my mind.
troubledwaters 07/01/19 10:14am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Help what tongue weight F150

A $60K F150 with 2500 lbs capacity...The dealer must of made a mistake when he sold me a mine, over a $20,000.00 mistake. Yes, rare and pricey. This guy is the first I have seen that claims different. Ever since they became "available" posters on this site have stated that they just are not on dealers lots. Everyone that wants one, orders it. And you're most likely to pay dearly whereas going with the more traditional F250/350 deals do exist with some units in stock and the capabilites will most likely be greater than these nearly non existant "UNICORNS" LarryThe F150 with the HDPP is cheaper than the F250 in the same trim. But you don't have to take my word for it, just go to the Ford website and verify for yourself. Then while you're at it, also check out the available incentives for both. You'll never touch an F250 for the price of the F150 with the HDPP. And as an extra added bonus you get the 3.5 Ecoboost with the 10 speed transmission.
troubledwaters 07/01/19 05:21am Travel Trailers
RE: 1/2 Ton Towable 5th Wheel

You have a much more reasonable approach - with the truck being a daily driver. OP is asking about a dedicated tow vehicle that he will full time in. F250/2500 is a better choice, even if it is a little more.That's your opinion, I've had both, in my experience I respectfully have a different opinion.
troubledwaters 06/28/19 11:01am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 1/2 Ton Towable 5th Wheel

If you haven’t bought the truck yet why are you so set on an F150? Because those are in my price range. I don't want to spend $65,000 + on a truck. I suggest getting online and pricing up a 1/2ton with the ratings and options needed to tow that kind of payload and then compare to the 3/4 or 1 ton. The $199/month specials they advertise are the ones with 1200lb payload and 4000lb tow ratings (yes, I'm exaggerating but not a lot) I think you will find, once you option the 1/2ton out...you are up pretty much in the same price range.Actually I did just that in March. Depending on incentives in effect, the price is within a couple thousand dollars of each other. However, at least in March, the incentives for the F150 were $8500 more (cheaper) than the F250. And besides that, I have the 3.5 ecoboost and a 10 sp transmission, a combination that is far and away superior (in my opinion); And especially so if you are using it as a daily driver. I dumped my V10 F250 and couldn't be happier.
troubledwaters 06/28/19 10:08am Fifth-Wheels
RE: New Shackles and Wet Bolts

The ramifications of using the 3.125" shackles is that your 5th Wheel will be 7/8" higher. Now if you question is regarding the "attributes" of the shackles, I don't think anyone but the designer of the shackles could answer that question.
troubledwaters 06/28/19 10:02am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Slides out / level

Yes, as long as you're fairly level- putting slides out is fine.... These match the "Code of Conduct" published by Escapees (which is agreed upon by quite a few RVing organizations)...Where in the code of conduct did it say putting slides out was fine? I keep mine in so as not to appear like I'm camping. I think it's wrong to put your slides out. It's likely to draw negative criticism and could lead to "overnighting" being banned. Your opinion may vary.
troubledwaters 06/28/19 09:30am Fifth-Wheels
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