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RE: FORD F-150 AXLE RATIO CHOICE

All of this talk about mileage. A diesel will out pull your little 3.5, get better mileage and last twice as long. I will retain its value much better.And it will only cost you a measly $10,000.00 more. P.S. - I believe the post was about the rear axle ratio, not what was under the hood.
wing_zealot 09/18/20 01:44pm Travel Trailers
RE: Are truck/trailer rims a weak link?

There's plenty of stuff I spend time worrying about. This isn't it. The wheels are much stronger than the tires around them.That's exactly what I was thinking also, but the OP has already broken 3 (or more). That is beyond an anomaly.
wing_zealot 09/18/20 05:13am Towing
RE: Shearing the sheep

It's reminiscent of the housing bubble. Shame on the lenders for lending at those prices. Especially now with interest so low, it seems like the lenders are just asking for trouble but with little upside. On the one hand, they'll get low interest payments from the borrowers, and on the other hand they'll be facing tons of repos that will just end up going to auction.It's not a lender's job to determine fair market values. Unless the Dealers are putting guns to the heads of the customers they are responsible for their decisions. How would you feel if you went to Ruth's Chris, had a nice steak dinner and your credit card denied the transaction because they felt you should have went to Sizzler. Is there actually any evidence prices have risen or is it just speculation. Have the MSRP of rigs actually risen dramatically or are dealers just not discounting as deeply as they have done in the past? Just because an RV listed for a price 5 years ago doesn't mean a similar RV today will be the same price. Prices do rise over time. Yes, except... :B So yeah, I'm totally a free market guy, but the steak analogy kind of falls apart since it's a durable good with a residual value. Ruth's Chris doesn't have to worry about you eating a third of the steak, loosing your job mid-meal, and then them having to repo the unused portion of your steak. I wasn't so much criticizing the banks for lending too much money to gullible people as criticizing them for making risky loans that are likely to blow up their books when the borrowers start to default and so many repossessed RVs flood the auctions. The attraction of the lending kind of made more sense to me back when the rates were higher and the lenders got so fat, but now with rates so low, I don't see how it could be worth the risk. I guess they have to sell new business though.But your argument falls all apart if the economy doesn't tank, sales remain strong, and borrowers don't default on their loans.
wing_zealot 09/17/20 11:06am General RVing Issues
RE: FORD F-150 AXLE RATIO CHOICE

My 3.5 ecoboost w/10 spd transmission and 3.73, gets 15 mpg around town, 21 mpg plus highway and 10 towing, and it's a towing beast. Don't worry about mpg, go for towing guts and go all out and get the 3.73.
wing_zealot 09/17/20 10:49am Travel Trailers
RE: What discount to expect on special-ordered truck?

Any time $10,000 off msrp. Certain times of year $15,000 off msrp.Good Luck with that (unless your ordering a $80,000 truck). I got my 2012 F350 FX4 CC LB, MSRP $62,000, for $14,000 off MSRP at the end of July 2012; end of model year and just as new 2013 trucks were arriving. Dealer was advertising $14,000 off MSRP off ANY superduty, even lower priced ones. I am sure there were both rebates and manufacturer/dealer incentives involved to clear the 2012’s.That was 2012, today is a new reality; 6 months from now who knows.
wing_zealot 09/10/20 05:45pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: What discount to expect on special-ordered truck?

Any time $10,000 off msrp. Certain times of year $15,000 off msrp.Good Luck with that (unless your ordering a $80,000 truck).
wing_zealot 09/10/20 10:06am Fifth-Wheels
RE: What software are RV parks using to keep track of things?

You should have paid for 3 sites if you didn't want someone next to you.
wing_zealot 09/08/20 05:31am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Need advise on which new truck - 1/2 ton or 3/4 ton?

You don't need a 3/4 ton truck to pull a 7,000 lbs, 23-foot trailer. A Ford F-150 with the 3.5 ecoboost and 10 speed transmission is an excellent tow vehicle. No matter what truck you buy, make sure it has sufficient payload. If you don't understand payload rating and what it means read up here. Clicky
wing_zealot 09/02/20 05:47am Tow Vehicles
RE: Toyota Highlander V6

This is a good place to go to learn about towing, based upon facts, not opinions. Clicky
wing_zealot 09/02/20 05:26am Beginning RVing
RE: Trailer brake advice

Borrow a friends truck that has a brake controller?
wing_zealot 09/01/20 10:12am Travel Trailers
RE: Travel trailer recommendation

Deleted my comment, upon review, I'm not sure what he is saying.
wing_zealot 08/31/20 09:14am Travel Trailers
RE: Realistic TT tow weight for an 2001 3.0 Ranger XLT auto?

From the door jam sticker, what is the max trailer weight and max payload?2001 vehicles don't have door jam stickers.
wing_zealot 08/31/20 07:51am Travel Trailers
RE: Tow/haul mode

Instead of tapping the brakes perhaps you should have hit the brakes hard the first time. Tow/Haul is not a substitute for brakes, it is a assist for brakes.
wing_zealot 08/31/20 05:57am Towing
RE: Sturgis 2020 great news!

LOL...your a bit premature. It may be best to wait for a actual scientific research in a few weeks to come out before you pound your chest and be like some that have egg on their face with opinions like that.Well it's been two weeks since the rally ended and it's pretty clear the numbers are down for last two weeks quite a bit from the weeks prior to the rally.
wing_zealot 08/28/20 01:59pm Around the Campfire
RE: Camping with no reservations

I don't just pass through places. If I'm going somewhere, I'm going to stay awhile. I'm going see the sites, visit the museums, hike/bike the trails, and whatever. I'm going to be there for a week or two. Overnight stops are something I do to get where I'm going - a necessary evil and generally a waste of time. A week or two stay doesn't happen without reservations.
wing_zealot 08/26/20 05:44am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Help Deciphering CAT Scale Weights

Your WDH is moving 400 lbs of weight out of a total of 940 lbs. That's 42% which is pretty **** good. Your tongue weight is also 12.7% which is good also. The only thing you can do is try to shift 150 lbs of weight inside the trailer so it's off the tongue and onto the trailer axle. If you can't do that, then It's just to much trailer for that vehicle.
wing_zealot 08/25/20 11:20am Towing
RE: Newbie: 1/2 Towable Cross Country Trip Suggestions

This will give you good, unbiased information about towing. Clicky Basically, what you are missing is the tongue weight when the trailer is fully loaded. For a ball park number use 12% of the Gross Vehicle Weight of the trailer. That will get you approximately the "real" tongue weight of the trailer as it is going down the road. Doing the math backwards, you should be looking for approximately 6200 lbs trailer (empty weight), which will end up being about 7300 lbs loaded weight, and 875 lbs tongue weight.
wing_zealot 08/24/20 02:53pm Travel Trailers
RE: 2 Black water holding indiators on Keystone Cougar

I have indicators for 2 black tanks and 2 grey tanks. I only have one of each. It's just a Standard panel they put in RV's, they use what is needed the other two are hooked up to nothing. Both of the Not-Used indicators show one light when the button is pressed. Does the manufacturer's literature indicate you have more than 1 black tank? If not, you probably only have 1.
wing_zealot 08/24/20 10:28am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Help trip from Ohio to Yellowstone Mount Rushmore Blackhills

We did that trip a few years ago. First day we drove to Albert Lea, MN (no stops, pull through site, didn't unhook). Second day drove Custer State Park (stopped at the Corn Palace along the way). Stayed there 6 nights. Seen Mt. Rushmore, Black Hills, Wind Caves, Badlands, Wall Drug, Crazy Horse, etc. Then we went to Gardner, Wy (north entrance to Yellowstone). Went to Devil's Tower and Little Big Horn along the way. Stayed there 6 nights. Then we drove home (3 days, no stops, pull through sites, didn't unhook); spent 1 night in Cheyenne, Wy., 1 in Des Moines, Ia., home the next night.
wing_zealot 08/24/20 05:48am Roads and Routes
RE: 50 AMP Tents

Maybe they liked those sites better than the tent sites. The early bird gets the worm.
wing_zealot 08/14/20 05:02am General RVing Issues
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