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RE: Looking into getting first TT

Think about a popup, Ours had a king, queen, the table made a short full, and the couch made a twin, so lots of bed space, not much walking around room. We really enjoyed ours for 9 years, and in someways liked it better than our TT.
wowens79 09/22/21 03:23pm Travel Trailers
RE: Looking into getting first TT

Consider a hybrid camper, you will have more bedspace, and it will be lighter. It won't be as roomy, but it would be easier to find a tow vehicle for. Like everyone has said, a suburban, or a expedition won't handle it. The problem is the payload capacity of the tow vehicle, which is the amount of weight that can be added to the tow vehicle. This includes weight of passengers, and anything packed into the car, as well as the tongue weight of the camper, which when loaded will probably be 1000lbs. I can see needing 2000lbs of payload easily. Overloaded like that, those campers will be wiggling that suv all over the road, and will be miserable to pull. Also, the bunks in campers are pretty small, we bought our bunkhouse when our son was 12, and like 5'6, now he is 6'2" and does not fit on the bunks, so we end up having to use the couch for him, so think about growth. Sorry to be a downer on the SUV, but I've got 2 friends in the last year that listened to the dealer and bought campers like what you are looking at, and had 1/2ton trucks. Both were miserable towing, and ended up buying 3/4 ton trucks.
wowens79 09/22/21 05:08am Travel Trailers
RE: New Truck question(s)

While the Peak ho and torque numbers are similar between your 6.2 and the motors in the hd trucks, if you look at the torque curve, you get lots more torque at lower rpms. I wa awaiting for the 2020 Chevy hd to come out, but I think Chevy messed up staying with a 6 spd. In all the comparisons, the Ford 7.3 handles loads much better. But if you stick with a similar size trailer, the 7.3 may not be needed, but it’s priced similar to the others.
wowens79 09/17/21 09:44pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 5er accidents

I'm not creating a "Rolling Road Block", doing 65 because the other traffic never use the right lane and are running 10 to 20 over the speed limit at least. Where exactly is the average speed in on a busy urban freeway upwards of 80-90mph? I'll wait for you to provide data supporting your position. Yes, there is the stray vehicle doing it but I never suggested keeping up with the outliers. I don't have data, but I-85 south of the ATL airport between College Park and Newnan on the weekends, is crazy fast. Without the camper, I've been flowing with traffic, and been doing 85. Good thing is, it's pretty new interstate, with wide lanes, and good pavement.
wowens79 09/09/21 05:24am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5er accidents

I've seen a couple of TT flipped over lately, and they looked like bigger TT being pulled by 1/2 ton trucks or suv's. These dealers will sell people anything. I tow my TT on the interstate around 65-68, but I'm amazed how many go flying past me. I think the amount of power some of these diesels kick out now, they don't strain pulling at 80-85, so people do it.
wowens79 09/08/21 12:43pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: LOCAST Receives Unfavorable Court Rulling

Here is what I do not understand about Loacast, also cable and satellite. You operate a tv station... The rate you charge for your PRODUCT (Advertising) is based on how many people watch your shows. Now someone comes along and offers to, let's say, double your viewership. Now you have more viewers and logically you now charge more for advertising and profits go up all with NO additional expense on your part. So you SUE the folks who did you this favor. Or you charge them a fee Should you not be sharing your additional wealth with them (Paying) But no. that's not how it works. I work for a small cable company, and our service area is far enough out, that local TV service over the air is marginal without a rooftop antennae. But we spend money on a large antennae, or fiber route to rebroadcast their station so thousands more can get it, and they want us to pay them, and keep going up and up. It is crazy.
wowens79 09/01/21 05:39am Technology Corner
RE: Towing with a 2022 Ford F250 7.3L

I've been looking at an XLTs, and I think there are actually 3 things navigation wise to consider. The XL has a smaller screen(5" maybe), and I don't think it will show a map, but if you have your phone connected, you will hear them tell you to turn. Double check me to be on the safe side. On the XLT, it has a bigger 8" screen, and there are 2 possible ways to do maps. On all the XLTs you have Car Play or Android Auto that connects to your phone and you can choose from a couple of mapping apps that will show in the screen and give directions over the speakers. There is also an option of built in Navigation that is like an extra $500. I don't know why anyone would pay for it, it is not as good as the phone option. Everything I read/watch says that the new 7.3 is a beast.
wowens79 08/27/21 01:21pm Tow Vehicles
RE: RV Travel Insurance ??

If you had to cancel right before the trip, or mid trip, I just don't think you would be risking more than a couple of hundred bucks. I don't think it would be worth the hassle of finding a policy, and then having to get a claim out of them. Just go camping and enjoy youself, and use the money you saved on not buying the policy for a nice diner.
wowens79 08/27/21 01:11pm General RVing Issues
RE: Suggestions for a Weight Distribution Hitch

Take a look at the Blue Ox Sway Pro, no noise, and you can backup with it. I've had one for 6 years, and would buy it again.
wowens79 08/24/21 01:00pm Towing
RE: Tips on asking friends for mootchdocking?

The fact you mentioned the longer the better, and needing to know how to ask, means you shouldn't. If you need long term, find a longterm site. I think the suburban/rural ratio has some determination in this also. There may be HOA/City issues if its suburban, if they have a 100 acres, thats a little different.
wowens79 08/23/21 11:33am Beginning RVing
RE: AC doesn't keep up with heat

I’m down here in the Southeast, so we deal with that regularly. My camper is a similar size, and only has a 13.5. Couple of things to try. Get 2” thick seat cushion foam, and cut to fit in any skylights, or vents. Cut them just a little big and they will stay in place. Makes a big difference. Keep the shades down during the day. Set it on 65 at night and let it get cold all night, and that gets it a head start for the next day.
wowens79 08/15/21 08:35pm Tech Issues
RE: Big Lagoon State Park FL campground?

They seem to all be on the new system. The problem is all the parks on the coast get booked up 6-12 months in advance.
wowens79 08/12/21 08:40am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Stone Mountain campground

Honestly, I've been to the campground once, and won't go back, we live about 45 min south of it. We've been to the park a couple of times with friends that wanted to go, and never enjoyed it. They have a couple of things for kids, but it's expensive for what it is, and crowded. It would be OK, it you want to be in the area for a game at the Dome or meetings downtown, but as somewhere to go for camping, I would not recommend it. Lots of better campgrounds in North GA, but they will be hard to get into in November at this point.
wowens79 08/09/21 10:52am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Can I rent your RV?

No way, there are just to many quirky things about RV's. To many things that can go wrong, clipping a curb and bending an axle, leaving the antenae up and breaking it. Wrecks, even just minor fender benders from not being used to towing a 30' box. Forgetting to store things and damaging inside on the road. I'd never ask someone to borrow an RV, or boat, there is just to big a chance of messing something up accidentally be know knowing things. The fact that they would ask tells me they don't know enough to handle it.
wowens79 08/03/21 10:17am General RVing Issues
RE: GM 6.6 gas

I love my old Chevy, and was waiting on Chevy to come out with the 6.6, but after reading/watching reviews, and a test drive I was very disappointed. They really messed up only putting the 6spd in it. The Ram performs better, and the new Ford 7.3 does even better. I’m waiting on all these crazy prices to normalize, and then will get the Ford.
wowens79 07/24/21 03:55pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Which tire do I buy?

I’ve had great luck with 2 sets of Cooper AT3s.
wowens79 07/24/21 03:49pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Pay or No Pay?

My thought is that work camping involves work while you camp. Not to be confused with straight work which does not involve camping. Work camping allows you to be in a CG atmosphere and recieve compensation vs. being in a CG atmosphere and not recieve any compensation. If that compensation involves a free site it sure beats paying for that site. Especially if you have more time than money. Giving up your time vs. giving up your money is a favorable transaction for many work campers. Many work campers are willing to sacrifice their time, because it allows them to stay at the CG. They are not interested in a straight job. Work camping is not about the financial or monetary reward. The primary reward/goal is to be at a CG. Being able to be at a CG for reduced or no cost is a even better reward. In short work camping is not about the salary it's about camping. Camping is the primary goal. Being at a CG is the reward if you don't grasp that concept you will never understand the motivation for work camping. I agree with this. I'm still in the 9-5 rat race for a few more years, but the wife and I have talked about the workcamp gig, and have a friend that does it. I see workcamping as more of a fun part time gig. You get to hangout at a campground, meet people, stay at a nice place, and get a free campsite, and maybe a little play money. Most of the places we've been it seems like the workcampers have a good time.
wowens79 07/21/21 09:20am Workamping Forum
RE: Basic Maintenance

I'd replace those tires before a long trip, 5 years is all I would trust on chinese tires. I had one blow at 3 years, and did some minor damage to the camper, so I put some GoodYear Endurance on. Tires is a place I don't skimp.
wowens79 07/15/21 07:53am Travel Trailers
RE: 40’+ limitations?

I've been looking at the same thing, and we like mainly state parks, so I went to the reservation site for numerous parks in GA and FL that we like to go to, and put in the camper length to see how many sites I'd fit in. I noticed that 36 eliminated a good many, but then 40+ cut it way down. There we not sites for over 40 in 2 of our favorite parks. Play around on the different reservation sites, and see how many sites work for the different lengths. I've decided not to go over 36, and wouldn't mind staying a little below that.
wowens79 07/15/21 07:47am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Towing Capacity

The rear axle is rated at 17,500 with liquid springs, 15,500 without. I think what I need to find out is what the curb weight is so I know what the difference is between that and GVWR. Bronco sport is not dolly or 4 down towable. Should have bought a Jeep! ;). The new Bronco are pretty cool looking, and I think it’s good Jeep has some competition.
wowens79 07/13/21 09:18pm Class A Motorhomes
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