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RE: Towing and weather

Would you drive in those conditions without towing anything? If yes, then just remember how different your truck handles in perfect conditions compared to when you are towing in perfect conditions... What changes do you do when it's perfect? Consider those changes when the conditions are not perfect and go from there. Good luck! Mitch
MitchF150 02/19/17 05:58pm Towing
RE: Propane bottle exchange, a target for thieves?

I only do the exchange when the tank I'm exchanging is expired (close to or over 12 years old).. I exchange the expired one, get a new one with some propane in it for $20.. If you go into a store and buy an EMPTY tank, it'll cost you over $40.. No brainer for me... After I get the new tank, I just get it refilled. Tons of places around me, so not big deal. I burn mine up mostly on my Mr Heater for the garage and the gas grill on the back porch.. Yes, I use gas to grill on... Add some wood chips and it does fine.. So you charcoal folks can just keep your comments to yourself.. ha, ha :) Good luck! Mitch Well are you sure it is "New" do you check the date stamp? I use 30# tanks, so no exchange tanks, that and local propane shop will re-certify the tanks for $15 and I still MY tanks that have been well treated. Not a tank that may have been beat to death then repainted to look "NEW". Currently propane is about $2.30 a gal. here, $2.30 X 5 = $11.50, the exchange tanks are down a a bit to $19 for about 4 gal. Yes, I check the codes before I even go into the store. I only get them if they are no more than a year old. Then I refill on my own from then on. Mitch
MitchF150 02/18/17 03:30pm General RVing Issues
RE: Is this safe?

Here's the stickers on my truck. http://i1177.photobucket.com/albums/x358/MitchF150/2013F150021web_zpscb83abad.jpg http://i1177.photobucket.com/albums/x358/MitchF150/2013F150020web_zps7c5d6fdb.jpg I'm #400 under GAWR when hitched up, but my trailer only has around #650 TW when loaded up. I'd expect your TH to be at #1000 TW just to be 'balanced' enough to tow half way decent.. Your WD hitch will transfer weight off the rear axle to the front axle and the trailer axles.. Think of it like a wheelbarrow.. The front wheel is the trucks front axles, the rear skids is the trucks rear axle, the handle bars are the WD bars and your legs are the trailer axles. The load in the wheelbarrow would be your TW and stuff in the truck. When you lift up on the handles, it removes weight from the skids and puts it on the front wheel and your legs. Same basic concept. Good luck! Mitch
MitchF150 02/18/17 01:30pm Toy Haulers
RE: Is this safe?

Humm.. I guess I misunderstood what you said about the payload being #1160 'ready to camp'. I figured that's with people and 'stuff' in the truck. Max Payload is the 7 lug wheels and should have a GVWR of #8200. Max Tow is the 6 lug wheels and should have a GVWR of #7700. Regular Tow I've seen GVWR between #7100 and #7400. I saw a 2013 Platinum that had a yellow payload sticker of only #850 on the lot!! It was over $60k too! I got my Max Tow XLT for $33k... My yellow sticker shows #1920, but with my fat ass and all the other stuff I load in the bed, plus the wife, which does not add anything at all! ;), I'm at about #6400 on the truck weight alone. (before hitching up the trailer) When I hitch up my little #5000 TT, I'm about #600 under GVWR and #400 under GAWR. My yellow sticker was pretty close with NOTHING in the truck.. I load too much stuff in the bed, and I'm #230 myself... So the "payload" goes away quick when you weigh it. Mitch
MitchF150 02/18/17 01:06pm Toy Haulers
RE: Check engine

My Wife's 2003 RAV 4 had the computer that controls the transmission go out... (it had about 120,000 miles on it) $700 to replace that and have it programmed by the dealer.. I found on the Interweb where I could get the comp for less, but it still needs to be programmed by the dealer... So, I just took it in, picked it up the next day and paid the bill... Anyway, I had a 97 F150 and it had 255,000 miles on it when I traded it for the 13 F150.. Never a problem with the computers. So many electronics on these vehicles now, it's a wonder we get to work on a daily basis!! If you just want to get a new truck, then get it! That's what I did.. Nothing wrong with the 97, mechanically when I traded it... I was just wanting the new gen of truck! I wish I could have kept the 97 too, but no room to store it.. Good luck! Mitch
MitchF150 02/18/17 12:50pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Is this safe?

If it's a TH, why not load more of the stuff from the bed of the truck in the "TH" part of the trailer? With only #1000 toy in back, you should still have some room for the bed stuff? It's all about balance. The water tank is usually up front on TH's too. That's so you can fill it up and stuff the back and still have a balanced load. Being a couple hundred pounds over GVWR in any vehicle is not going to implode on you... I'd be more concerned about the rear axle weight and the tire loads than the GVWR of the truck.. You probably have a #4050 rear GAWR and if you still have the stock P rated tires, you don't have a lot of wiggle room, but your tires load rating should be more than the axle rating anyway. I got some XL rated tires for my truck and they have a #2800 max load rating on them, far exceeding the #4050 axle rating... Anyway, good luck! Mitch
MitchF150 02/18/17 12:21pm Toy Haulers
RE: Back up camera location

The thing with me and the backup camera on my truck is I am either looking at the camera or the mirrors.. I usually find I do better with the mirrors than the camera.. Okay, the camera helps a lot with hitching up the trailer, but backing into parking spots, I use the mirrors.. When backing the trailer, it's all mirrors and watching the trailer tires to tell me where I'm going and of course, knowing if there are trees around me before I start backing up in the first place.. As long as I know where they are, I know they are there. My spotter only tells me if I'm going to hit something.. Not guide me.. I can guide myself. The spotter only tells me if I'm going to hit something.. I said that twice, because that's all my spotter does.. :) Good luck! Mitch
MitchF150 02/15/17 10:37pm Travel Trailers
RE: Don't let this happen to you!

Dutchman, those are very nice faucets indeed, and thank you for providing pics to show how they are positioned. I would never have thought to put them that way.. Mitch
MitchF150 02/14/17 08:00pm Travel Trailers
RE: propane tank monitors

Figured it did.. My TV remote tells me when the batteries are getting low too.. ;) Glad it works and knowing the level of your propane is important. I pull the cover and check and that works too. :)
MitchF150 02/13/17 10:19pm Travel Trailers
RE: Don't let this happen to you!

I don't know of any lever type faucet that turn ON buy pushing the lever DOWN?? All the ones I've put in my house all need to be pushed UP to turn ON.. Oh well, lesson learned I guess! I've left my pump on accendently while on the road, but the worst that happened is that it lost it's prime and was just running.. It was a little warm, but still the same pump from 2002.. :) Good luck! Mitch
MitchF150 02/13/17 10:09pm Travel Trailers
RE: propane tank monitors

Or, just lift the cover and check the auto switch gauge?? Ha, ha... ;) Okay, that's a pretty cool thing with all the current tech and smart phones and all and that's great. It's gotta use batteries thou, right? What if the batteries die? Hopefully, it has a sensor for that too? Anyway, glad you are excited for it and I hope it works as you expect it to. Mitch
MitchF150 02/13/17 10:01pm Travel Trailers
RE: Propane bottle exchange, a target for thieves?

I only do the exchange when the tank I'm exchanging is expired (close to or over 12 years old).. I exchange the expired one, get a new one with some propane in it for $20.. If you go into a store and buy an EMPTY tank, it'll cost you over $40.. No brainer for me... After I get the new tank, I just get it refilled. Tons of places around me, so not big deal. I burn mine up mostly on my Mr Heater for the garage and the gas grill on the back porch.. Yes, I use gas to grill on... Add some wood chips and it does fine.. So you charcoal folks can just keep your comments to yourself.. ha, ha :) Good luck! Mitch
MitchF150 02/13/17 09:41pm General RVing Issues
RE: found out what my truck is rated for got questions now

TexasPride.. You can go with whatever "tow rating" numbers you wish to use.. This includes the truck and trailer. Based on my past experience with both, I've found the trucks ratings do not mean a fully loaded travel trailer, and the trailer 'dry' weight ratings do not come close to what you take off the lot before you even put your first item in the trailer.. Anyway, all we are telling you is what our past experience has taught us.. (I assume that's why you asked us in the first place??) If you have never experienced the "printed" numbers to the "real world numbers", than now is your chance.. :) Been towing things since I was 16 years old and that was back in 1979.. Good luck with whatever you do. Mitch
MitchF150 02/10/17 10:53pm Travel Trailers
RE: Propane or Charcoal : Seperate Tank or trailer Fed?

At least here in WA State and the State Park campgrounds we go to during the summer, if there is ever a burn ban, you can't even fire up a charcoal BBQ.. Gas only in those cases.. Got my propane stove and firepit for those times! :) good luck! Mitch
MitchF150 02/10/17 01:57pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: fifth wheel campgrounds in pacific northwest

The State Parks in WA are a little better suited for larger RV's. Most have full hookups, but if you try to go between May-Sept, they get booked really fast! During the off season and during the week is easier to get in if the park is open (most are year round parks). What I've seen of the National Parks in WA is that they are much older campgrounds and almost always never have hookups and the sites are pretty small.. That might have changed, since it's been many years since I've ventured into a National Park campground?? No experience with private parks.. Good luck!
MitchF150 02/08/17 02:01pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: How to Dehumidify without power.

Actually, is the OP talking about storing the RV or while he's using it? I don't recall that really being stated?? My first post was assuming he's storing it.. But, by the sounds of some other posters, they are in it? Anyway, I don't use the Dri-airz things when I'm using it. Just when it's being stored. There was a comment about leaving the vents and windows open while using them too.. I don't open any windows, just crack the vents a tad. I've left them closed and it started to get a little "stale smelling" in the trailer. Not that 'damp' smell or anything.. Just "stale".. When I crack the vents, it goes away. That' my story! :) Mitch
MitchF150 02/08/17 01:49pm General RVing Issues
RE: Lifted truck towing :(

The lift raises the truck center of gravity, so it's more "top heavy" now. Add the longer drop shank, it's going to add additional leverage to the hitch and the truck. Just like using a longer crow bar compared to a shorter one. I'm not saying you can't tow "anything", but you really can't go by the "tow rating" even if you didn't mod the truck... The "tow rating" does not always mean a full size TT... It could be any kind of trailer. Anyway, I hear what you are saying and you are learning for sure.. Some of us just had to learn the old fashioned way... Before there was this interweb thing and keyboard commandos everywhere, it was all trial and error and what experience we picked up along the way.. Good luck with whatever you decide to do! Mitch
MitchF150 02/08/17 01:41pm Travel Trailers
RE: Need Guidance PLEASE!

Well, since you already bought it... What is any of us going to say to change that? You got what you got. If the dealership sold you that trailer knowing what you had for a vehicle and still said "you'll be fine", then I guess it's hitch it up and see what you think.. My guess is that unless it's a 3500 dually, it'll be a pretty heavy load.. My Dad has a 5th wheel that has a #15,000 GVWR (the most it can weigh all loaded up) and he has a 3500 Dodge Ram dually and he does fine, but it's also under it's ratings on both the truck and the rear axle. Good luck! Mitch
MitchF150 02/07/17 07:59pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Lifted truck towing :(

You didn't say one way or the other if you also got taller tires with the lift.. (I can't imagine anyone getting a 6" lift and not also getting taller tires) If you did, did you also get new axle gearing to compensate for the taller tires? Taller tires will affect your final drive ratio and basically bog your engine down if you didn't change gears. Not sure what you are trying to justify here? You already weighed your rig with the lift and all, and you came up with your actual payload left.. #500. That does sound about right for what you have done. Only you can determine what ratings you want to go with.. I've towed over GVWR on trucks before and the world did not end.. :) But, that was my choice and it's what I did. But, that's just it.. It was my choice. Good luck! Mitch
MitchF150 02/07/17 07:52pm Travel Trailers
RE: How to Dehumidify without power.

You might just need another Dri-Z Air thing.. I use 2 of them for a little 22' TT and that seems to be about right. I split a bag between the two and have to empty and put another bag in about once a month. I store mine with an Adco cover on it and the front and back roof vent cracked open just a tad. Never a moisture problem. Been doing this for over 13 years now in the same trailer. Good luck! Mitch
MitchF150 02/04/17 11:54pm General RVing Issues
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