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RE: Refrigerator on Propane and stopping for Gas

Some folks say that running with the propane on while just driving down the road is a bomb waiting to happen. Other's will fill up with fuel with it running and use some common sense. If it makes you feel better, just switch off the fridge (leave the tanks on) before you pull up to the pump.. Nothing wrong with that. You just have to stop before pulling in. Get out. Go into the trailer. Turn off fridge. Get back into truck. Pull to pump. Fill up with fuel. Pull forward. Get out. Go into the trailer. Turn on the fridge. Get back into truck. Continue on your trip.. :) Or, just pull up to the first pump, leaving your trailer outside of the pump line all together. Fill up with fuel. Drive away... :) Or, just leave your fridge off while you are traveling if that works for you too.. There is only what works for you and that's what you should do.. Mitch
MitchF150 07/22/15 10:59pm Travel Trailers
RE: light vs heavy trailer temperatures

My 13 F150 will run 195* trans temps not towing anything in the dead of winter... It'll run 195* towing my #5000 TT in 90* weather on the flats and rise to 210* on the grades. I'll see 201* temps running empty going up grades at slower mph.. The key here is that my trans has a 'thermostat' set at around 190* and my trans temp is taken from the ECU, so that's why I get those temps in winter or summer, empty or towing. My specific trans is designed to run at those temps, so I had a learning curve to adjust to from my old 97 F150 trans temps.. You are doing fine and your computer will tell you when the trans temps are too high and that's when you need to pull over and cool down and then re-evaluate your situation. Good luck! Mitch
MitchF150 07/22/15 09:14am Tow Vehicles
RE: Honda EU3000is starting, surging issues...

Wow... That's a lot of use, so it could be the valves/spark arrester... I don't run mine hardly at all, so maybe that's the difference? I've used it a couple of times for 36 hours straight (power outage at home) and when I exercise it every couple of months, but that's it for mine. The battery is dead on it, and I've not replaced it because, well, it starts on the first pull, every time.. Have you checked that you are getting the 3 basic elements for running an engine? Spark, fuel, air? I know that's basic stuff, but the spark and fuel are the usual culprits.. Good luck! Mitch
MitchF150 07/21/15 08:33pm Tech Issues
RE: Ford F-150 5.0 V8 Towing

As long as pulling higher rpms up the grades does not bother you, and depending on how your payload figures work out, the 5.0 should be fine.. ;) There is a reason the 5.0 was not the "top line engine" for the F150 in 2013.. :) Mitch
MitchF150 07/21/15 07:53pm Towing
RE: Honda EU3000is starting, surging issues...

How often do your run it? Even with 'fresh gas', if it's had gas sit in it untreated for a month or more, that could be an issue.. I always treat my stored gas with Sta-Bil and that's all that goes in my gen and other yard machines that get limited use. Mine starts on the first pull and it's about 8 years old now. I've never had the carb off of it and I run it about every 3 months or so, or when I think about it.. Sorry I can't help with your current issue, as it does sound like you have a gummed up carb.. Good luck! Mitch
MitchF150 07/21/15 07:45pm Tech Issues
RE: Financing Q's

Financed mine thru my credit union. Great rate and a much better deal than what the dealer offered! Made my deal with the dealer as a "cash" deal, since I'd be bringing in a check from the CU and my down payment... The title went to the CU of course, but I paid the loan off early anyway, so it's been mine for awhile.. :) Good luck! Mitch
MitchF150 07/15/15 08:45pm Travel Trailers
RE: Remember the good ol' days...

The experience I gained from that first 390 swap in Dad's truck I used to help a buddy swap out his dead 360 in his 1974 F150 4x4 when we were around 21 years old (we had to be at least 21, because he "paid" me with beer!) That swap went well (in a weekend). We found a 1969 390 out of a Thunderbird that was rebuilt and ran great for $500 (no idea where the T-Bird was). His 74 had headers and dual glass pack exhaust.. Everything from the 360 bolted right up to the 390 and was a direct swap. The gas mileage sucked of course, but it was a fun truck for 2 buds in their early 20's that where room mates after leaving the "nest".. :) He's still my best 'bud' to this day and we talk of the old days all the time. I had a 1971 Ford LTD 2dr at the time.. It had the 400 in it and that was a fun ride too! I really shouldn't be alive now, with all the stuff we did back then! But, that's just the way it was back then.. Keep the stories coming! It's great! Mitch
MitchF150 07/10/15 07:04pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Remember the good ol' days...

Thanks for the additional stories guys! Great stuff.. Sometimes, you just have to go back to when things were (at the time) easier.. ;) I did so much more stuff in that old truck during my teens that my Dad would cringe if I ever told him "everything".. :) Anyway, good stuff. Mitch
MitchF150 07/06/15 08:18pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Remember the good ol' days...

Looks like your dad did a nice restore! Those 390s would run forever. I can remember, as a kid, how much fun it was, just to get a ride in a pickup truck. My dad would bring one home from work a couple times a year. We never owned one when I lived at home. Jerry Well, "forever" in the general sense of the term.. ;) It's actually on it's 3rd 390 and 2nd C6 trans... The first one died at around 100,000 miles around 1980. Dad and I swapped out for a crate 390 in a weekend. The 1st trans went out not long after that. Fast forward to 2014 when Dad wanted to start working on the truck for real.. He thought he had a leaky freeze plug, but turned out to be a cracked block.. So, in went 390 #3. At least this one is setup for unleaded fuel! Still a lot of original parts on the truck, as it's more of a "refurbish" more than an actual "restore".. Makes for a decent driver again and still gets around 10 mpg! Thanks! Mitch
MitchF150 07/06/15 10:40am Tow Vehicles
RE: Remember the good ol' days...

Ha, I think it's only #7700 GVWR! It's a "Camper Special" with the "Custom" trim.. (2wd) I think it has 4.10 rear gears... All I know is it revs like a SOB going 65 mph and gets 9 mpg towing or not. Yes, when I heard the sloshing of the gas in the tank right behind the seat, that brought back a lot of memories... If you took a hard right turn with a full tank of gas, you'd get gas fumes in the cab!! The brake controller he had back then was one that slipped over the brake pedal itself! Remember those! It was like a sewing machine pedal.. The more you pressed down on it, the more power to the trailer brakes.. If you didn't need much trailer braking, you had to angle your foot and put more pressure on top of the pedal and press down so the trucks brakes engaged... I remember going up the Grape Vine pass being in the camper in the bed, towing that old 1976 Taurus TT with Mom and Dad up front with that truck in 1st gear going maybe 25 mph and Dad's foot to the floor.. Oh yeah, he had to turn the heater on full because it was also running hot.. :) This was when it was already 90* outside! Ah... The good ol' days! :) Mitch
MitchF150 07/06/15 12:18am Tow Vehicles
Remember the good ol' days...

Ah, remember when this truck was what we all thought was all you needed to tow a #6000 TT with AND have a slide in canopy in the bed with the 2 kids and dog back there! ;) This is my Dad's 1971 F250 with the 390/C6 that he just recently restored.. He bought it brand new in late 1970 when I was 7 years old. I so remember the day we picked it up! I wanted him to get one of the brand new 1971 Mustang Mach 1's they had (with the 429 in it.. :) ) But, this is what we used to go camping with.. We started with 8' slide in cab over campers and eventually got the TT and the little slide in canopy that my sister and I rode in for thousands of miles with the dog of course too.. :) Anyway, no AC, no power steering, no nothing! But we did just fine in it and I'm sure it was overloaded anytime we went out, but it made it every time! Anyway, just had to post because I learned to drive in the truck and it drives and handles the same way it did back in the day and It just brings back a lot of good memories... I'll get this truck someday, but not too soon I hope! ;) Just proud of Dad for keeping it all these years and bringing it back to life again. Mitch http://i1177.photobucket.com/albums/x358/MitchF150/201520May20steamboat20Rock20003_zpsqmzi5zfz.jpg http://i1177.photobucket.com/albums/x358/MitchF150/201520May20steamboat20Rock20001_zpsro2ld8yy.jpg http://i1177.photobucket.com/albums/x358/MitchF150/201520May20steamboat20Rock20002_zps5m3opesn.jpg :)
MitchF150 07/05/15 11:08pm Tow Vehicles
RE: ATF gets too hot

I put mine in 4lo when doing tight manuevering. Really helps keep the trans temp down. My trans will run 195* not towing anything in the middle of winter.. Runs 195* towing when it's 90* outside too. It'll climb a bit when it's working, but 225* for a short time wouldn't phase me now.. Only because I now know that's 'normal' for the new trucks. My old 97 would run a lot cooler, but a totally different rig. Don't fret it! Mitch
MitchF150 07/05/15 08:03pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Mister for the awning?

Yes, that's exactly what it is. We had it on the ground, but it was only keeping our legs cool! Once I put it above our heads, it 'rained' down on us and keep the whole canopy cool. Mitch
MitchF150 07/03/15 08:05pm General RVing Issues
Might be a bit overweight.. (sarcastic)

Saw this going down the road and just had to take a pic.. :) Notice how he had the load just ahead of the axles! Mitch http://i1177.photobucket.com/albums/x358/MitchF150/2015%20-%20Maryhill%20June%20Camping%20005_zps0aragikw.jpg width=640 Moderator edit to re-size picture to forum recommended limit of 640px maximum width.
MitchF150 07/02/15 07:08pm Towing
RE: Mister for the awning?

I used one of these squiggly things that cost $10 from a local HW store.. Worked great for the 90*+ temps we had.. This was after spending the day in the river with the same canopy! http://i1177.photobucket.com/albums/x358/MitchF150/2015%20June%20Maryhill%20Camping%20053_zpst3dhhuiz.jpg Mitch
MitchF150 07/02/15 06:59pm General RVing Issues
RE: Trailer sway

It's called needing more truck than you think to control a TT! Well, that's not necessarily correct... ;) I once loaded my little 8' utility trailer with too much weight on the back end (placed 3 bags of instant cement on the end and towed it home about 1 mile... Well, that little 8' trailer was all over the road! I guess the OP should get a 4500 series truck to tow his #7500 TT.. ;) Mitch
MitchF150 07/02/15 06:22pm Towing
RE: Trailer sway

Not enough tongue weight would be my first WAG. If the photo in your sig is your current setup, it looks like the trailer is a bit tongue high and the trucks rear end is sagging a bit... I like to tow with the tongue just a bit lower and the truck level.. But, pics are deceiving, so it could just be the angle of the pic... ;) Adding "sway control devices" to control an uncomfortable tow is NOT a fix.. A properly loaded, setup, engineered trailer should just not 'sway' as you go down the road.. If it does, it's not loaded, setup or engineered properly IMO.. Get some weights on your new rig setup and then you might be able to see where the issue is. Good luck! Mitch
MitchF150 07/02/15 06:19pm Towing
RE: Travel Trailer Wheel/tire Size

What's the load rating on the 15" tires? If they are at least LR C tires, then they will have a higher load rating than the 14" tires. As long as they fit within the wheel well space for full suspension travel, they should be fine. Mitch
MitchF150 07/02/15 06:07pm Travel Trailers
RE: Anyone run a Ram 3500 with 6.4 Hemi?

Are you comfortable with hearing a gas engine rev? You ain't gonna go up the hills hauling that kinda weight pulling 2500 rpms.. Probably closer to around 3500+, that's for sure... ;) Will you get up the hills? Sure.. Will it be up to your expectations? Bottom line is the N/A gas engine is gonna rev more than a turbo diesel or even a turbo gas engine... Good luck! Mitch
MitchF150 06/29/15 05:57pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Is there a used truck bubble?

When I bought my brand new 13 F150 in January of 14, I got it for 33k (before tax/license). It's sticker was for around 43k. There was a used 12,11 and 13 on the lot, but they all wanted over 30k for them and they had at least 30k miles on them already! Plus, none of them were equipped the way I wanted.. Another plus... I got a 1.75% interest rate for buying new. If I had bought used, the interest would have been higher.. After a trade and 10k down, payments are $393/month for 6 years. I was looking for used, but found the new one came out ahead and only had 54 miles on when I signed the papers for it.. I put over 20 miles for the test drive alone! Good luck Jeremiah! I know you've gone thru a few vehicles of all sizes! Hope you find the one that is gonna work best for ya! Mitch
MitchF150 06/25/15 10:45pm Tow Vehicles
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