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RE: How about another "Cooler" question

Back in the day, I've had to use ice chests for group camping, it's just the cheap Coleman ones and we keep ice only in one or two of them and the only time they are opened is when the other's need more ice.. We covered them with old sleeping bags and keep them out of the sun during the day. The other coolers have only food or only beverages in them. The one that gets opened most often is the beverage one obviously.. So, the other's don't use all that much ice compared to the beverage one.. Had ice for a full 5 day excursion with days in the 90's and 6 people, no hookups and the closest store was 25 miles away... 5 ice chests and only one RV fridge and we didn't even make any additional ice in the RV fridge.. Good luck! Mitch
MitchF150 09/24/16 08:25pm General RVing Issues
RE: Can you really tow a fiver with a 1/2 ton?

I've got an F150 MaxTow with #1900 payload.. Towing my #5000 GVWR TT, I'm within #600 of GVWR and #400 of rear axle weight.. I've gotten spoiled with this combo and would probably not be happy towing much more than a #7500 GVWR TT with it.. But, that's just me and shows how speculative 'towing performance' can be.. Been towing trailers of all shapes and sizes for over 30 years and gotta say, there is a difference in all of them! Good luck! Mitch
MitchF150 09/13/16 10:09pm Towing
RE: So, we had our first flat, and second, yesterday

I went to etrailer.com and ordered these in the 175/80/13 LR D size. They were $105 each mounted on new white spoke wheels. Free shipping too.. :) They have a load rating of #1610 @ 65 psi. I put these on my #5000 GVWR TT. It weighs every bit of that too, if not a tad over... ;) This is my second set. First set went 5 years and one tire started to show sidewall cracks... My fault.. I never covered them and it was on the sun side when parked at home... DOH... The new tires are now covered while parked! I used one of the other good tires as the "new" spare.. Considering my old spare was about 12 years old, but never touched the ground, ever.. Good luck! Mitch Kenda Tires and Wheels - AM31985 Radial tire has a ply rating of 8 and a 1,610-lb maximum load at 65 psi. The 13" diameter x 4-1/2" wide steel trailer wheel features a 5 on 4-1/2 bolt pattern and a corrosion-resistant powder coat finish. Features: Kenda Karrier special trailer radial tire?Special trailer tire desig Couples the strength of a bias tire with the durability and stability of a radial tire Created specifically for trailers and not intended for use on other vehicles Double steel belts and full nylon plies combine for superior function and long life Computer-generated tread design and premium rubber-compound materials Superior traction in wet or dry conditions Steel wheel has 8-spoke design?Resists rust with e-coat and white powder coat finishes Tire-and-wheel assembly meets Department of Transportation specifications Specs: Rim dimensions: 13" diameter x 4-1/2" wide Bolt pattern: 5 on 4-1/2" Wheel capacity: 1,660 lbs Wheel bolt size: 1/2"-20 Pilot diameter: 3.19" Tire size: ST175/80R13?Section width: 7" Outer diameter (when inflated): 24.1" Tire capacity:?Load range: D Ply rating: 8 Maximum load: 1,610 lbs at 65 psi Limited 2-year warranty
MitchF150 09/13/16 09:25pm General RVing Issues
RE: Backup Cameras

Love the built in backup camera on the 13 F150.. It shows up in the rear view mirror, so I can look at both while backing up. Really helps in parking lots and when hitching up the trailer. I don't think I'd like one on the back of the trailer however... I just watch the trailer tires in the mirror and can back it up wherever I want. As long as I know what's behind me before I start to back up, I'm good. Spotter is just a bonus.. ;) Good luck! Mitch
MitchF150 09/13/16 08:08pm Travel Trailers
RE: Trailer tire issues?

Make sure you have a spare tire, just in case.. Sure, you are only over by a few pounds, but there you go.. As far as anyone being able to tell you if you will be okay or not, you'd be better off buying a Magic 8 Ball and seeing what it says... ;) Good luck! Mitch The 20 answers inside a standard Magic 8 Ball are: It is certain It is decidedly so Without a doubt Yes, definitely You may rely on it As I see it, yes Most likely Outlook good Yes Signs point to yes Reply hazy try again Ask again later Better not tell you now Cannot predict now Concentrate and ask again Don't count on it My reply is no My sources say no Outlook not so good Very doubtful
MitchF150 09/11/16 11:21pm Towing
RE: WIFI internet help

Your internet connection has to go thru the 'router' if you want internet access because I suspect your PC wants to use that network connection first once it's connected to it. I'm not sure what you mean by "mirror" your PC on your phone, but the only way I can think of to do that is do do a "Remote Desktop Connection" to the PC thru your phone? Also, most "routers" and other things like that are not going to just let your connecting devices just share everything right out of the box... That's not a good thing in general, once you are on the internet... Bad things happen when that's allowed in general. Good luck! Mitch
MitchF150 09/11/16 03:23pm Technology Corner
RE: Vehicle Weight

You have to define "legal", but it looks like you only weighed your truck on the one set of scales and the trailer on another set of scales.. There should have been 3 scales you weigh on.. You put your front axle on 1, rear axle on another and the trailer on the 3rd set.. But, if it was a semi truck scale, you might not have enough length for all of that, so..... But, it looks to me your truck weighed in at #7400 which is more than #6900 so YOU decide.. ;) You may or may not be over the rear axle weight rating, but my guess is you are probably over by a tad.. Again, your choice on if that's okay for you or not.. If you are good with the way it tows, then you can factor that into your choice too.. If it was me.... I would not tow that size trailer with your truck (or my truck for that matter), but that's just me and has no bearing on anything.. :) Good luck! Mitch
MitchF150 09/11/16 02:56pm Towing
RE: Grease on the ball?

I do for my travel trailer but I don't for my little utility trailer.. 14 years with the same TT hitch and ball.. 18 years with the same utility trailer.. :) The EAZ-Lift WD setup gets grease on the ends too. Same age as the TT. Good luck! Mitch
MitchF150 09/09/16 08:05pm Travel Trailers
RE: 2013 F150 Ecoboost transmission hiccup?

The only time my truck downshifts on downhill grades with T/H NOT engaged is when CC is on and it coasts faster than the set speed. Then it will automatically down shift. I don't necessarily like that either.. I usually disengage CC on downhill too, towing or not. Mitch
MitchF150 09/08/16 10:10pm Travel Trailers
RE: Geezer question about cell phone stuff

My wife and I got our first smart phones earlier this year. We were already with Verizon, so we stayed with them. We got a plan that is 4gb shared for data and unlimited phone/text. The only time data is used is if you access the internet, or send pictures or do stuff with email. Some apps will use data as well, so gotta watch that too. We got just a basic smart phone (Galaxy Core Prime). I'm paying $99/month for it and that includes a couple bucks for each phone (we went with a payment plan for them to purchase them) So far we have not even come close to using up the data portion. You can check how much you have used from the phone itself. The phones can also connect to WiFi, so that helps keep the data portion low as well if you can do that. I connect to WiFi at home and at work. Good luck! Mitch
MitchF150 09/07/16 01:55pm Technology Corner
RE: 2013 F150 Ecoboost transmission hiccup?

if you have it in "tow/haul" mode, the transmission will do that on the downgrades. Each time you press the brake, it will downshift 1 gear. It'll do it on it's own too, if it thinks you are going to fast.. I don't really like that feature, because most times, I don't need that much engine braking on the downside.. So, I disengage T/H mode on the downside. If I need to downshift, I just do it manually. Good luck! Mitch
MitchF150 09/07/16 01:47pm Travel Trailers
RE: Towing Capacity and Travel Trailer weight.

My guess is you have the Armada's weight ratings a bit confused? Your quote of the "tow rating" sounds more like it's actual GVWR. Your quote of the Armada's "GVWR" sounds more like it's "tow rating"... What is the figure you are quoting off the Armada's door jamb sticker? This is mine off my F150. http://i1177.photobucket.com/albums/x358/MitchF150/2013F150021web_zpscb83abad.jpg This tells you the specs for the truck itself. Has nothing to do with it's "tow rating".. If you have an Armada with a #9100 GVWR, well, it's one of a kind.. ;) Good luck! Mitch
MitchF150 09/06/16 10:34pm Travel Trailers
RE: Mouse, Mice, Meese, Mousies and more

I park my trailer next to my house and it's surrounded by trees and my wood shed and I've never had a mouse in my trailer.. :) Here is a pic of it showing the wood shed at the rear and the trees around it. I'm standing on the roof of my house to take the pic. And there is no brush or weeds under or around the trailer. It's very open. The mice have no where to conceal themselves from predators so they avoid the trailer. Mice want to stay hidden. They like brush and tall grass and barns. They are not prone to being in open areas. We have a creek with a lot of brush and trees behind our lot. Lots of mice. In the shed, in the lawn and snow equipment. Our garage is attached and is about 60 feet from the back of the lot. We get mice in the garage. In the wall that adjoins the house. We've parked our trailers next to the garage for almost 25 years. My dad's trailer is there also. We've never once had mice in them. And I believe it has to do with what I said above about having the trailer in a place that's open and makes them vulnerable. Yeah, I see trailers parked in fields and even RV storage lots where it's all grass under and they must have rodents all over the place... Guess I've just been lucky.. Before I started putting out the traps/poison, I would be able to kill them with my pellet gun just sitting out on my back porch.. While that was "fun", it was not efficient... Mitch
MitchF150 09/03/16 04:42pm General RVing Issues
RE: Mouse, Mice, Meese, Mousies and more

Sealing all entry points into the trailer.. ;) I park my trailer next to my house and it's surrounded by trees and my wood shed and I've never had a mouse in my trailer.. :) Here is a pic of it showing the wood shed at the rear and the trees around it. I'm standing on the roof of my house to take the pic. http://i1177.photobucket.com/albums/x358/MitchF150/truck.jpg My wood shed is an "apartment complex" for mice and rats... I have to keep traps and poison traps in it year round and it all disappears.. I find all the dead carcasses as I pull the wood from the pile too, so I know they are there... I used to get them in the house too, but I found their entry point and sealed it and I haven't had one in the house for years.. I also get them in my crawl space from time to time, but not so much if I can keep my wood shed clear.. Good luck! Mitch
MitchF150 09/01/16 06:53pm General RVing Issues
RE: Tongue weight & equalizer

Ummm.. No... That's not exactly how it works.. ;) 800 TW is 800 TW. What a WD hitch does is distribute that 800 pounds between the trucks front axle and the trailer axles as well as leaving some on the rear axle. Think of a wheelbarrow. Toss a 80# bag of cement in it and what happens when you lift up on the handles? You distribute some of that weight to the front wheel, some thru your arms to your legs and some might still be on the rear skids if you don't lift it all the way up. The 80# bag of cement has not changed.. It's still 80#. Good luck! Mitch
MitchF150 09/01/16 06:43pm Towing
RE: 1800 miles in 3 days with 3 kids in a truck. Crazy or not

It's a haul for me to just drive from WA to AZ in the truck, not towing anything and no kids! I'm planning on taking around 2.5 days one way and 2.5 days back home.. I didn't even consider hauling the trailer on this trip.. Good luck! Mitch
MitchF150 08/31/16 07:51pm General RVing Issues
RE: owner manuals

I got a packet full of manuals for each individual appliance that was in my rig... I didn't get a "manual" for the rig itself?? I've never heard of a "Fleetwood Prowler Lynx" owners manual?? That's what my trailer is by the way, and I didn't get one, and I bought it brand new.. ;) I got about 45 minutes worth of showing me the systems on my rig when I bought it from the dealer, and I think I had to pay extra for it? I already knew most of it, but some of it was worth knowing about, so it was worth it for me.. But that's all you get from what I know? Good luck! Mitch
MitchF150 08/30/16 10:54pm Travel Trailers
RE: Two strikes. Not a happy camper. Again.

Why didnt you have a jack? And the wrench. Thats motoring 101. change your own tire. Be prepared, not dependant. . I give space here could be partly disabled, and older. Truck and many RV tires are heavy and not easy to change. Not all 65 year old are as lucky as I and can still do those things. I did not have a jack because I was only 10 miles from home. After a 30 minute phone call I was told it would be an additional 90 minutes before someone could help. I think that's what the call out for the jack was for?? Mitch
MitchF150 08/30/16 10:46pm Good Sam Roadside Assistance
RE: Two strikes. Not a happy camper. Again.

Wow... If I called anyone to bail me out of a situation that I couldn't resolve on my own and then bitched about how long it took them to get there.... Well... Okay, 30 minutes on the phone would have pissed me off... I'll give you that.. I've heard it usually takes HOURS for any road service to get to you for the most part.. That's why I don't pay for a national service... I'll just pay the local guy to come out to get me if that's what it takes.. And take my chances on the time frame.. Another reason I carry way more stuff than I need... Will it cover everything? No, and I know that.. I did fix my own grey water tank that dropped on me while in camp.. That was a good one I was kinda proud of solving! :) Anyway, good luck in the future! Mitch
MitchF150 08/30/16 10:20pm Good Sam Roadside Assistance
RE: Questions for the weight police

You've certainly got all your figures mapped out and at least you are aware of them, so that's already miles ahead of most.. But, it never fails, no matter how much you try to compute these figures out, if you are figuring them out to the MAX ratings of the tow vehicle to the DRY weights of the trailer, the TV usually comes up short... Go get just your Tahoe weighed and see how much of that yellow sticker "payload" is really left.. Still a lot more "ratings" to your truck than just the payload and tow rating... Things like axle ratings usually get ignored and the "P" rated tires and the fact that it's still a relatively short wheel base vehicle.. Not saying you can't tow the trailer you quote.. Just saying, just going with published numbers, you can make just about anything work if you want it to.. Towing is more than just the weights.. Gotta be able to handle it too.. Good luck! Mitch
MitchF150 08/28/16 06:06pm Travel Trailers
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