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RE: Which truck do I buy for my Travel Trailer?

So do you hit the quote button to reply to each post? You don't have to.. Just start typing in the reply box and that's all that gets published. If you want to specify the post you are responding to, quoting it helps others that read it. Just like I did with yours.. :) Mitch
MitchF150 08/31/15 10:46pm Travel Trailers
RE: Horrible Gas mileage

No help for you I know, but I love my 36 gallon tank in my F150..:) My old F150 had a 25 gallon tank, so I know the 200 mile gas stops for sure! I can now make it to each of our favorite camping destinations without having to get gas along the way! I always had to stop at least once with the 97. I still try to stop about every 2 hours. My wife needs to stretch after sitting for 2 hours, but at least now, it's just rest areas! One thing I noticed is that even with 3.73 gears, if it's 'lugging' in 6th gear, I find I have to press the gas pedal a little bit more to hold speed. If I go into 5th, the rpms raise, but I don't have to press on the pedal as much to hold speed. So, if I'm running into the wind, I'll shift into 5th and it just seems to do better.. It's no huge difference in mpgs.. I still only get around 10 mpg no matter what.. But, the truck seems to like it not lugging as much. Good luck! Mitch
MitchF150 08/31/15 02:46pm Tow Vehicles
RE: How do you store/secure your portable generator?

Okay, I didn't read all the other posts... But, why do you need to leave a gen running at your site when you are not there? Mitch I never said to leave it running at the campsite when we go off. I was comparing leaving it in the truck when we go off (where it is exposed to whoever is around our truck at the places we park) vs. leaving it at the campsite (not running) when we go off (where it is exposed to whoever is around our camper). I missed that part and didn't really read your OP either... Just goes to show what happens when you reply before knowing the facts.. My bad.. :) I lock mine in the bed of the truck. I have a tonneau cover to keep it out of sight, so that is probably the difference with your setup. Mitch
MitchF150 08/29/15 09:43pm Travel Trailers
RE: Options for a trailer with a Honda Pilot as TV.

Yep, I'd have to say that a low profile trailer is about the only thing you can hope for... (IE tent trailer) Even with a "4,500 tow rating", I wouldn't want to tow more than a #2000 tent trailer with it.. Remember, you still have to allow for all the stuff you want to take with you, plus any other people and critters too.. ;) Since you know how to tent camp, you know what you need to enjoy time in the wilderness.. All you want now is to be off the ground, indoor kitchen and have a bathroom.. :) You can get that with a pop up tent trailer with no problem. I have a full sided #5000 TT with all those features and I would not pull it with a Honda Pilot.. I'm going to be 52 next month and I've been camping with since I was six months old and that's from on the ground to full hookup RV's. Good luck! Mitch
MitchF150 08/29/15 06:56pm Travel Trailers
RE: How do you store/secure your portable generator?

Okay, I didn't read all the other posts... But, why do you need to leave a gen running at your site when you are not there? I will take my 3000i Honda gen with me when I know I need it, but it only runs when I'm in the trailer and it stays in the back of the truck while it's running.. Sure, that's how "I" run mine and maybe you have other reasons for running it in the site when you aren't there, so that's your choice. I've seen rigs running their gens when they are gone all day long and all they did was use a cable lock on the gen. Sure, they probably had some animal or other living being inside the rig, but that's what I've seen them do not knowing one way or the other. For me, I don't run my gen unless I need it.. Good luck! Mitch
MitchF150 08/29/15 06:45pm Travel Trailers
RE: First Timer

Bottom line is what are you willing to spend on an RV?? Will you pay thousands over what other's have paid, or will you make the deal of a lifetime?? For me, I didn't care what % I got off the MSRP.. I only cared about what I could afford to pay and what I wanted to enjoy the RV experience.. :) As it turned out, I got a great deal on my 2003 travel trailer.. But that was just for me over 12 years ago.. I looked at used RV's and for what I got the brand new 2003 trailer for, I think I made out like a bandit.. :) I look at NEW travel trailers today and there is NO EFFING WAY I would buy one today... Even if they would take 50% off the MSRP... I would not get what I have now in a 12 year old TT...OMG, the prices they want now is totally out of my budget and I just bought a new F150 2 years ago! Anyway, make the deal that works for YOU.. Not what the INTERNET says they got their RV for... I so love all the years with my 12 year old TT and will continue to enjoy the years in front of me.. :) Mitch
MitchF150 08/29/15 06:12pm Travel Trailers
RE: Towing with 1500

I towed the same TT for over 12 years with a 97 F150 and I was over it's GVWR and it's rear GAWR the whole time and it had 255,000 miles on it when I traded... The only reason I traded was because I could afford a new truck after owning the 97 for over 12 years and it was just time.. \ I do wish I could have kept that 97, as it was a great truck and never had any issues.. Never left me on the side of the road.. Well, it did when the alternator went out on it around 2002.. And that was after I jump started a car with my engine running... Lesson learned.. Don't jump start a dead battery vehicle with YOUR engine running.. ;) It'll kill your alternator big time! Anyway, look real close to see if you have a full float axle rear end on your 3/4 ton rig... I've seen some that do have 8 lug axles, but don't have the full float bearings... Mitch
MitchF150 08/29/15 05:46pm Travel Trailers
RE: Towing with 1500

This has nothing to do with the OP's truck, but here is mine.. http://i1177.photobucket.com/albums/x358/MitchF150/2013F150020web_zps7c5d6fdb.jpg http://i1177.photobucket.com/albums/x358/MitchF150/2013F150021web_zpscb83abad.jpg I weighed my rig all hitched up with a #5000 GVWR TT and I was basically within #400 of the rear axle weight rating and #600 of the GVWR. If I were to hitch up a $6800 Dry weight TT, I'm sure I'd be over some weight rating.. I have not weighed my truck all by itself, so I can't say how much of that #1900 "payload" is accurate, but I load a lot of stuff in the bed and there is only 2 of us in the cab, so there you go.. ;) Mitch
MitchF150 08/29/15 05:25pm Travel Trailers
RE: Firearms in RV's

In general, it's not against the law to carry a hand gun in a vehicle and not have a concealed weapon permit. But, it can't be loaded and should be in a case, not just lying on the back seat.. ;) Each state is gonna have it's own laws about it, so there is not a single correct answer.. I figure if you want to carry your hand gun, just keep it unloaded and 'locked' away in the MH and don't advertise that you have it.. ;) Good luck! Mitch
MitchF150 08/29/15 09:22am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Portable fire pit propane usage & models

Here is my Fire Dancer. I've had it for years and works great when you don't want or can't have a real fire. It doesn't use much propane at all. You can adjust the flow and regulate how much fire you want. I use your standard "20lb" cylinder and I get a lot of hours out of it. http://i1177.photobucket.com/albums/x358/MitchF150/pacificbeach2012058.jpg
MitchF150 08/19/15 03:39pm General RVing Issues
RE: 30 amp adapter

She also probably had the fridge on electric, the HW on electric and tried to run the micro too! ;) Mitch
MitchF150 08/17/15 09:59pm General RVing Issues
RE: Ford Tow Haul Mode - Do you use it?

I can only speak of the 2013 F150 and the T/H mode makes a big difference in towing... I can't say the MPG's change at all, but it drives and handles much better with it engaged.. For one thing, it attempts to keep the trans from unlocking the torque converter, which causes higher trans fluid temps.. It'll hold a lower gear "locked" longer before shifting up if you need the higher rpms to keep the TC locked. Low rpms does not automatically equal higher mpgs... Trans life has a bit to do with things too and lugging any engine is not getting the best mpg's anyway, so why do it? Going down hill with T/H engaged will downshift the trans if you hit the brakes too.. Yes, your rpms will rise, but you will get some additional engine braking too.. You might not know to downshift, but the computer does when you are in T/H. But, at the end of the day, it's up to you when you engage it or not.. I don't just keep it engaged 100% of the time I'm towing.. There are times where it's not necessary, especially going down hill, but I judge that on my own.. Good luck! Mitch
MitchF150 08/16/15 08:14pm Tow Vehicles
RE: RV shows

The only "show specials" I've seen are the units they actually put on the floor and had tons of people tromp thru it and then sell it to you when it's all done.. ;) Sure, I've seen the ones that they lock the door on and it says "SOLD" on it... Great.. If it's what you want and the $$ you want to spend, there is no problem with that.. You can get a great deal that way IMO.. But, if you expect to go to a show and special order a rig and pick it up months later... Well, you might get a benefit from talking to the guy on floor, if he really does work for the dealership.. Or maybe you just get the same thing that you would get dropping in on them on a Wednesday?? I've never bought from a 'show', but I sure found out what I like and don't like about a rig and the dealership involved.. Good luck! Mitch
MitchF150 08/16/15 07:08pm Beginning RVing
RE: Trouble with Windows 10

You drank the Kool-Aid this soon?? :)
MitchF150 08/16/15 06:48pm Technology Corner
RE: Towing with a Tacoma

never mind... ;)
MitchF150 08/16/15 06:42pm Travel Trailers
RE: towing with a 2013 Tacoma

Seems to me you have the truck and now have the trailer, so kinda asking if you should close the barn doors after the horses are already out.. ;) Your Tacoma will move down the road with that trailer, no question. How you like how it tows is going to be the real question.. It might be the easiest tow of your life, or it could be the tow from hell.. Lot depends on the loading of it and the hitch setup and what your towing expectations are. Since we don't really know any of that... Well... I'd say I wish you the best of luck with it and it's gonna be a heavy load for you, so keep that in mind when you hit your first grade.. ;) I tow a #5000 fully loaded TT with the truck in my sig and it's a great tow, but the truck knows it's back there and even with only #5000, you have to watch what the heck you are doing. Mitch
MitchF150 08/14/15 08:13pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Arriving late.

never mind.. :)
MitchF150 08/10/15 08:25pm General RVing Issues
RE: Funny A$$ video on how NOT to back a camper,, LOL

I think the guy knows how to backup a trailer... Just didn't have the sense to just back straight back like he finally ended up doing with the nice fellow that guided him out eventually... Mitch
MitchF150 08/04/15 10:24pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Drawers in a Travel Trailer

My drawers have notches on the bottom that hold the cabinet frame very nicely. Seen this in TT's since the mid 60's.. I've never had a drawer open on me. All you have to do is lift up on the drawer when you pull on it and it pulls right out. Close it all the way and it's locked in.. Mitch
MitchF150 07/30/15 10:36pm General RVing Issues
RE: Air Conditioner Issue

Get a volt meter and check the volts at one of your outlets when the A/C is running. If it's below 105v, that's not good and really nothing you can do about it because the camps electric grid is being maxed out.. If you are getting above that voltage, it could be your rig itself? Could be the A/C unit or how it's wired? Good luck! Mitch
MitchF150 07/29/15 10:44pm General RVing Issues
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