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Kayteg1

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specta wrote:

If I was going to unload at campgrounds on a regular basis I'd buy me a travel trailer.


Seeing some folks at campground - bu the time they back and park their TT at the spot, crank the stabilizing jacks, unhook hitch and WD bars, lower the steps - I am unloaded with my TC and long gone....
Than with variety of TC and different use of them, we can't apply 1 family routine to others. It is all that suits you.
I just pointed that having pets and traveling in 3-digits temperatures, you can't take the pets with TC and leave them on the streets for hr when you walk at whatever you like.





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If you are going to leave it on all the time you might consider a motorhome.

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We usually drop the TC if staying more than a couple days AND we want to roam around.


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Even if all I ever did was take the TC off at home, I would still have a TC. Hard as it may be for some to believe, there are some of us who don’t want to tow anything. Doesn’t matter what it is, if it’s in tow, it’s in the way. I need a pickup often enough that I don’t want any motorized RV either.

We don’t all have the same needs, or come to the same conclusions about what’s best for our needs. I know, that’s just crazy talk. [emoticon]

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NRALIFR wrote:

BradW said: “Dang manual trannies, you just can't depend on them.....give me a good reliable automatic any day.”

I guess old dogs CAN learn new tricks when necessary! [emoticon]

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I had 6-speed on my 1999 Ford F450 and it still worked OK when selling it with 300k miles.
Automatics of the era had to be rebuild 3-5 times to get to that mileage, not to mention that pulling 30,000 lb rig could kill them on fast note.
Don't know how much protection newer cars/trucks have, but in the past I could drive Fiat with failed clutch cylinder.
I switch it to 1st, cranked the engine that would start moving the car and then, with some good feel you can switch the gears without clutch.
Newer cars have clutch switch that will not turn the engine starter until depress, so it would take overriding it.

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I just went through this for the first time this past week. I've never offloaded before, always traveling every day or two. This time we had a nice week at a private campground that allowed offloading. For the first three days I left it on but then took it off for the remainder of the stay.

I have to admit, I'm a bit conflicted on it. It was nice having the camper low to the ground and easier to get in and out of plus the use of the truck when we wanted. On the flip side, there was noticeable sway in the camper when in it. It wasn't enough to be bothersome but more than I liked. I also had a hard time sleeping in the bed. Yes, I know the camper flipping over isn't possible given the amount of weight in the back of the camper but my sub conscious kept me turning very lightly while in the bed as I slept.

If I was to do it again, I would look for some way to support the camper in addition to the jacks just to reduce the sway.


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This is my camper anti-sway bracing.
Before I found aluminium tubing, I was building T-bracket from short piece of 4x10 and long piece of 4x6 or 4x4
When the pad was out of level, I would put single support in the center and amazing how much the single support helps.
That also easy my mind about water tank dropping down with the floor, what happen before I made some dryrot repairs.

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BradW wrote:

Three times in 23 years.

That doesn't included when the clutch slave cylinder went out on our 2006 F350 and left us stranded at Shinning Rocks Wilderness. Then had to tow the truck/camper off the mountain to the nearest Ford dealer in Henderson, NC. Removed the camper in their parking lot and spent the night there until they could fix it the next day. Dang manual trannies, you just can't depend on them.....give me a good reliable automatic any day. [emoticon]


Too late now, but you weren’t stuck. If that ever happens again you can still drive. You fire it up in gear and go, and shift without the clutch. Shut it off at stoplights.
I’ve done this several times over the years in vehicles with failed clutch release.
In my (and all) big trucks you only use the clutch once, to start from a stop, then shift without the clutch - and that’s with no synchros like you have in a pickup trans.


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Posted: 08/11/19 01:48pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Kayteg1 wrote:

specta wrote:

If I was going to unload at campgrounds on a regular basis I'd buy me a travel trailer.


Seeing some folks at campground - bu the time they back and park their TT at the spot, crank the stabilizing jacks, unhook hitch and WD bars, lower the steps - I am unloaded with my TC and long gone....
Than with variety of TC and different use of them, we can't apply 1 family routine to others. It is all that suits you.
I just pointed that having pets and traveling in 3-digits temperatures, you can't take the pets with TC and leave them on the streets for hr when you walk at whatever you like.


I've had both. If I regularly left one behind it would be a travel trailer.

But for me I never need to leave one behind.


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