Not sure how you get from a #2140 pin weight to only #1500 after you load it up??
Anyway, if it's the RV you want, get it... Your truck will get it down the road.. Whatever it weighs in the end is what it's gonna weigh.. Once you tow it the first time, you'll know if you like it or not..
If the roof leaks you should fix it, if it doesn't leak why do you need a cover?
Cover is about 8 years old in this pic. When the moss got pretty bad this last year, I finally got a new cover.
But, get a cover or don't get one... Your choice of course.
To the OP, Putting a new cover over the old one probably would be a PITA to do...
In the directions, you are supposed to put padding over the sharp edges, or other places that start to wear faster.
Anyway, good luck!
I use 4lo with my F150 when backing the trailer in at the house. I don't disconnect the front axle, because I actually need the traction from the front wheels to get up and over the curb and then the rear tires hit the gravel on the driveway (steep) and at that point, I usually lose traction on the rear end.
By the time I'm doing any lock to lock steering, the front end is on the gravel as well, so for me, this works without the binding.. I do have to turn the wheel some before that, but not enough to cause issue and I'm using very little throttle anyway.
My little 3.5 liter V6 walks all over the 5.4 liter V8 I had in my 97 F150 and that 97 walked all over the 390 CI V8 in my Dad's 71 F250...
The 6.2 L V8's of today are no slouches either... But, the new diesels are getting close to 1000 lb/ft pf torque now so there you go...
Too much money for any of them now, so maybe spending a couple grand on an old BB and getting lousy mpg's isn't too bad after all??
It's not like a real fire, but that can be either a pro or a con...
During burn bans, you can't beat the propane ones.. I had a guy come over to my site when he saw the flames during a burn ban and once he saw that it was propane, he apologized and asked where I got it!
I can run it under the awning, so even during a rain storm, I can have a fire!
I don't miss the smoke that always seems to follow me when I have a real fire... I will still bring wood for a real fire when I know there are no burn bans, but sometimes, the propane fire works better..
Never have liked burnt marshmallows anyway, no matter what they are cooked over, but I would think over the propane flame, they would not be very good at all..
Been using mine for probably 10 year now. I think it's a "fire dancer"..
From my experience, you can't just connect to your 'home' network via RDC or other local network remote programs out there.. For one thing, your home ip address is usually a dynamic IP address and not necessary the same from one day to the next.. Also, your ISP usually does not allow for access to your dynamic IP address anyway.. Which is good in a way...
If you use links to remote access programs like gotomeeting or other's, that will get you access, but you have to have someone on the other end to accept the connection/allow access.
Anything you connect to a MiFi will use 'data'. My folks have one and use it to connect to their printer, which is convenient, but it's all WiFi and goes against your data plan.
If you can connect with Bluetooth between your computer and printer, than that won't use any WiFi data..
My filter is only connected in line to a specific faucet on the sink. The rest of the system is just what's in the tank or city water connection.
I've changed it once in 14 years... ;)
Guess I'm about due now, since it's been about 7 years just to say I did it.. :)
Really, the only time we use that faucet is for the morning coffee, so we probably put a gallon or two thru it on a long weekend trip about 5-6 times a year..
Anyway, haven't gotten sick, or died yet! :) We always use our own water tank for water from home anyway, so no real worries... It's only a 30 gallon tank, so no big deal hauling it.
We used to when we first got the trailer back in 2002.. Just wanted to use the dang thing.. But some 14 years later, we still enjoy the trailer, but are mostly 'fair weather' campers now and don't much care for the winter camping any longer..
I only blow the lines out, so even when we did camp in winter, I'd use the trailer's water system.. Just blow it out again when we got back. Not a big deal and never any issues.
Different strokes for different folks I guess.
Good luck and enjoy!
Consider that your F150 with a max tow rating of #8000 assumes you don't have any passengers or load anything else in the truck....
#6000 DRY trailer can be speculative as to what that all includes in that weight, but assume it means that probably not how much it really weighs when you buy it and add a few items to it..
What's the GVWR of that trailer? If it's much over #8000, then you might not like that F150's towing performance, but that's pretty speculative too..
Not saying you can't tow it... Just saying that it'll be a pretty much maxed out load..
When I was a kid, Mom, Dad, me and my little sister camped in a little 14' 1963 Shasta trailer... :) That was a step up from the Army Surplus tent we used before that! Or the little 8' cabover camper we had.. (this was back in the early 70's)
We did move up to a 26' "bunk house" 1977 Taurus travel trailer and that was "Glamping" for sure! ha, ha!
Anyway, enough of my memories... Today is today and you gotta do what you gotta do.. I'd go for something in the GVWR of no more than #7000 on the TT. But, that's just me..
My wife was laid off from a good job about 9 years ago. Did the whole unemployment deal for 2 years and could not find a job that suited her since she was in her mid 50's at that time..
We decided that she should just 'retire' so she stopped the unemployment reporting.. (guess that's why the unemployment stats have dropped) and I've been the one with the 'paycheck'..
She is going to be 62 in Dec and will be starting her SS payments in early 2017..
We have been managing just fine with only my income, so we are just going to bank her SS payments and I'll keep working forever.. :) I'm 9 years younger than my wife, so it's not really an issue.. Other than I have to work forever! ha, ha!
We did the calculations too and it'll be around the age of 81 for the break even point... I'm all for taking it now, because you don't know what tomorrow is going to be..
I only exchange when my old cylinder is about to expire... I exchange a 12 year old cylinder for a new to at most a year old one for about $20.. Plus it has propane in it.. Go to the box store and a new cylinder costs $30+ and then you still have to fill it... No brainer to me...
Once I have the newer exchanged cylinder, I just get it refilled.. I see propane refill stations all over the place. Around here, it's all by the gallon.. I've filled empty ones that take around 4.5 gallons and some that I just want to top off and get 3 gallons.. Just get charged per gallon. Just like gas for the cars. Price varies from place to place, but seems to be a little less that gasoline per gallon for the most part.
Do you mind higher engine rpms in the 3000-4000 range on the grades? That's really the question you need to determine for yourself...
The 5.0 is a great engine.. It just produces it's peak power in the higher rpm ranges, so you can't be afraid to rev it when needed..
The #500 difference in "dry" weight figures isn't really going to make any difference IMO.. I tow a #5000 GVWR TT with the F150 in my sig and it does fine, but I have a different engine and rear gear, so I can pull the grades in 4th gear, going 60 mph and pulling around 2600 "easy" rpms.. :)
If I ever get a new TT, my max GVWR on it will be #7500. Don't care about "dry" weights, because between me and my wife, we will stuff it full of stuff and not look back! :)
My mpg's go in the toilet above 65 mph compared to 60 mph so why would I go much faster than 60 towing?? The most I go is 200 or so miles one way and I don't do cross country trips towing my TT so the difference in time is not a factor to me..
Driving the truck empty, I start losing mpg's above 70 mph.. 65 is the sweet spot for me not towing.. 60 when I am towing... $$ in the tank means more to me than time.
I just ride in the far right lane, so pass me and enjoy.. :)