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RE: Extended Warranties

I think there is a difference in getting an extended coverage for a MH compared to a TT... Lots more to go wrong on a MH with just the drive train alone... Most folks seem to get the ext coverage for their tow vehicles, so that makes sense too.. (I didn't get any extra coverage over the base factory coverage on my 13 F150 however). It's purely a matter of "piece of mind" thing for sure... That's why I mentioned the whole "if it keeps you up at night" either way, that's when you need to do what you have to do to sleep at night! ;) Mitch
MitchF150 08/31/14 07:13pm Travel Trailers
RE: Advise on things you think you do not need.

With my old 97 F150 that had 255,000 miles on it, but I was towing with it for over 12 years, I carried an extra fan belt, extra fuses, extra U-Joint, oil, coolant, trans fluid, hose clamps, duct tape, battery powered impact gun, my tool box from the garage, full 110+ pc socket set, 4x4 blocks, zip ties, bungies, straps, 5 gallon bucket, floor jack, bottle jack, shovel, pick, hand saw, battery charger, battery load tester and some other stuff I'm sure I've forgotten.. :) The trailer has extra boards for leveling, 12v light bulbs, bug light, extension cords of various lengths, small sledge hammer, spikes of various sizes, wood splitting maul, hatchet, coleman lantern, extra 1 lb propane canisters, cast iron pans, folding table, chairs, more duct tape.... Plus a lot of other stuff I've forgotten... :) So, those folks that don't carry any water or more than #500 of stuff, this is what happens after 12+ years of camping with the same rig and deciding you might need something, "just in case"... :):) Mitch
MitchF150 08/31/14 07:04pm Travel Trailers
RE: Advise on things you think you do not need.

I always pack more than I'll need.. :) A lot of stuff I take, I've never used, but would feel naked if I didn't have it... ;) I packed my TT to it's full GVWR and than some.. ;) And when I had the old 97 F150, the truck too! (I can actually load MORE in the new 13 F150 if I have to.. :) ) And I'm just a weekend camper too.. Sometimes going as little as 100 miles from home. I really don't know how those folks that max out their vehicle with the biggest RV they can find (dry weight) and then not take anything with them?? I love the quotes, "I never fill the water tank or take more than #500 of stuff" make it?? I mean, I like to have just about anything I can think of having while camping.. It's not all about how many square feet my RV has and how many slide outs or TVs... ;) It's about what makes my trip fulfilling for me and that's usually sitting outside anyway, so I don't need a lot of SQ FT to be happy.. But, that's just me.. I've seen RV's pull in and you never see the people... They just stay inside and that's fine for them, as that's how "they" camp, but that's not how I "camp".. I'm a spoiled camper and just like all my "stuff".. :) Plus being prepared for minor emergencies that pop up along the way is nice too.. I can handle most minor issues that might occur along the way, but there will always be that one thing that can happen that I'm not prepared for, so there you go.. :) I know people "camp" the way that works for them too, so it's all good! That's the whole reason we do this strange thing of leaving our homes and venture out in the world in the first place, right! :) Enjoy it the way you want and to heck with everyone else! :) (just don't encroach on my site or 'space' along the way. ;) ) Mitch
MitchF150 08/31/14 02:10pm Travel Trailers
RE: leaving fresh water in tank?

Hi Jbarca. I like your premise and here is my stats.. Weekend camper between May and Sept. Go out once a month on average. Fill tank at home (30 gallons). Haven't hooked up to camp ground water for years.. Always carry enough for our 4 day weekend trips. I've NEVER sanitized my system from day one 12 years ago. I will drain the tank if it's already down below 1/3 and wait until a day or two before filling it from home. The last several trips, we've only used 1/3 of the water, so I've just left it and topped off before leaving next time... We drink our water using a separate faucet that does have a filter on it, but I've only replaced the filter a couple of times... I drain the system completely when it winterizes and blow out the lines. No AF during the winter at all. We carry bottled water too, but that's usually kept cold for straight drinking. The water we take from the tank is for the morning coffee for the most part, so not a lot gets ingested that way.. I'm sure my method is not the best or what I would tell everyone else to do, but it works for us and we haven't gotten sick or had stinky water at all yet... Good luck! Mitch
MitchF150 08/31/14 01:44pm Travel Trailers
RE: Extended Warranties

Buying used is a risk all on it's own, so you have to do your own due diligence from that stand point alone before you decide to buy.. It's usually the appliances that will cost you the most for a TT.. Sure, if there are leaks and such, that can ruin a rig too, but that's gotta be part of the initial inspection to uncover.. Can't comment on the road service, as I've never had it and can change a tire if needed.. If the engine fails while on the road, I'll just call a tow truck and go from there... But, that's just me. Bottom line is what will let you sleep at night?? Meaning, will you stay up all night worrying about what 'could' happen if you don't have the coverage, or will you stay up wondering if you'll recover your investment?? When I bought my TT 12 years ago, I opted OUT of the extended warranty that would have cost me #1200 for 5 years of extra coverage over the 2 year factory warranty it came with.. To date, nothing has failed appliance wise and the little things that I found along the way, I've taken care of myself. I've done a lot of my own "mods" along the way too, so i'm pretty confident in being able to do my own work as needed.. Good luck with the decision... You either "win", meaning you have so many problems with your rig that your "investment" pays off in repairs, but is that really "winning"?? I mean, if you have that many problems, it can't be a fun thing to deal with?? If you "lose", meaning, you don't have a single claim, but you didn't have any issues with your rig, at least you didn't have the headaches of all the repairs... :) I feel I "won", because I didn't have any issues over the past 12 years and I didn't hand anyone $1200 in the process.. :) Good luck! Mitch
MitchF150 08/31/14 01:09pm Travel Trailers
RE: Damaged my TT - Need Advice on Repair

Sorry to hear about it Teamfour.. Hard to tell from the pics, but on one hand, it doesn't look like it pulled that far up, so structurally, it could still be fine... Can you see that corner from the inside of the rig at all? On the other hand, it's only $250 ded, so unless your insurance will increase because of it, it can't hurt to get an estimate or two before you decide?? I know you mentioned that you don't think your local places will be able to deal with it, but there must be someone you can take it to and get a second opinion?? (the "corner fix" doesn't sound too bad either if it's not structurally effected) Mitch
MitchF150 08/30/14 03:32pm Travel Trailers
RE: do you leave your awnings out?

I've found if you pitch the awning too much, that's when it'll collect water if it rains hard enough. It creates more of a 'bowl' with the fabric when it's pitched too much. I do everything that everyone has said so far.. Except tie it down.. I've never tied it down because if it's such that you need it tied down, it too much to have the awning out in the first place. I've also left it out when leaving the site, but I'll lower the arms while still attached to the trailer so it's really low and with the flappers, seems to be able to take a lot of wind if it comes up suddenly.. Of course leaving it out anytime you are away is a risk.. It's up to you to determine your own risk/reward for doing so.. Sometimes I put it up, sometimes I leave it out, sometimes I lower the arms.. :) Good luck! Mitch
MitchF150 08/30/14 09:24am Fifth-Wheels
RE: overwhelmed newbie

Do you have a "Mule" already, or going to get that after you decide on the "Cart"? :) Is that budget for just the "Cart" or both the "Mule and Cart"? As far as "poor construction", you can get a bad one from any manufacturer.. Just as you can get one with no issues at all.. A lot has to do with your initial walk thru and acceptance of the rig and how you maintain after the fact.. Lots of info on here and lots of informative people so take it all with a grain of salt and don't take the first thing you read as gospel and be open minded to all opinions, as that's all they are.. ;) So welcome to the site and I hope you find the rig of your dreams.. :) Mitch
MitchF150 08/29/14 10:05am Beginning RVing
RE: Newbie - confused about hitch weight

The published "tow ratings" don't usually mean a travel trailer.. Lots of other kinds of trailers out there too.. ;) The also really only figure in 10% on the tongue weight, so that's why the hitches are only within 10% of the "tow rating".. Your rear axle rating will be the next main concern too.. What is it? #3800 or so?? Best of luck with it! Mitch
MitchF150 08/27/14 09:21pm Beginning RVing
RE: 50A Idea

When it's available, I hook to the 50a with a 30a adapter just because I can and while it usually makes no difference, but most of the loop are 30a campers and guess what plug they are plugging into? On hot days, everyone has their A/C running, so it's hitting that 30a circuit pretty good I figure.. Not as many using the 50a I figure, so the voltage drop probably is not as much as on the heavily used 30a circuit for the campground.. I don't know if that's how it really works, but I've seen the 30a voltage down to around 110v in the afternoon where it was 120v in the morning... (still within spec, but it's dropped a bit) So far when hooked to the 50a, it's been 120v all day. And you don't get any more amps then what your trailer is wired for (30a), so that's not an advantage to plugging into the 50a. Just my experience with it.. :) Good luck! Mitch
MitchF150 08/26/14 11:16am General RVing Issues
RE: Stopped at weight station ROUND 2-Need advice

As long as the push/pull is as a single unit, you should be fine.. There really isn't anything you can do to totally prevent it since it's air that is doing the pushing/pulling and you have a huge surface area for it to do that with.. I feel that sensation when not towing anything, so how do you prevent that?? If you take too much off the rear axle back to the front, you could lose traction on the rear tires if it's wet out and going up an incline from a stop.. Mine does that and I've popped it into 4wd when I'm in that situation and it works well.. Anyway, don't over adjust, since you can also go the other way too... Good luck! Mitch
MitchF150 08/24/14 09:41pm Tow Vehicles
RE: EAZ lift

So, how much of that 6" is the the sagging of the rear end? If it's about 3" and you raise it another 3" to snap up the brackets, sounds about right to me.. I use the same brand hitch and that's about what mine does. Got an electric tongue jack and that makes it easy.. :) Mitch
MitchF150 08/12/14 02:05pm Travel Trailers
RE: F150 Eco Boost Owner Question

I've got a Max Tow XLT SuperCab 4x4, but it has some additional options from a 'standard' XLT, but I've still got a #1920 payload sticker on the truck.. Too bad it only has the #4050 rear GAWR.. Same as non Max Tow F150's have, so no advantage there really... It's all a numbers game dance as far as I'm concerned with it all, but I'm not anywhere near the max ratings with my 13 where I was over a few on the old 97 with the same TT.. I'm happy with the EB and highly recommend them if that's what fits your needs.. Good luck! Mitch Actually i think the max tow pkg comes with the 4050lb GAWR, the non max tow pkg has 3850lb GAWR, and the HD pkg has 4800lb GAWR.. This guy is on an Ecoboost site that I'm on too and here is his stickers... No Max Tow on his.. Same rear GAWR as mine, but a tad lower front GAWR. I don't think there is any rhyme or reason with the ratings anymore.. Just load it and hope for the best is about it! :) http://www.f150ecoboost.net/forum/attachments/13754d1400029418-help-understanding-low-payload-weight-ratings.jpg height=640 width=280
MitchF150 08/11/14 08:01pm Tow Vehicles
RE: F150 Eco Boost Owner Question

I've got a Max Tow XLT SuperCab 4x4, but it has some additional options from a 'standard' XLT, but I've still got a #1920 payload sticker on the truck.. Too bad it only has the #4050 rear GAWR.. Same as non Max Tow F150's have, so no advantage there really... It's all a numbers game dance as far as I'm concerned with it all, but I'm not anywhere near the max ratings with my 13 where I was over a few on the old 97 with the same TT.. I'm happy with the EB and highly recommend them if that's what fits your needs.. Good luck! Mitch
MitchF150 08/11/14 04:02pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Additives for Grey Water Holding Tank

My grey tank smells worse than my black tank! Mostly because I can flush the heck out of the black tank, but can't flush out the grey tank with any kind of pressure like I do with the black.. Just filling it up and dumping helps some, but really is just a waste of time and water. I've used the 'grey tank' deodarizors and I don't think it worked very well.. Even tried partially filling it up and driving to my destination with it, thinking it would slosh around enough to clean it a bit.. I guess it did to some extent, but it still stunk.. ;) Just my experience with it.. I've considered getting one of those kits that installs spray heads thru the tank, but haven't wanted to really do that either.. Good luck! Mitch
MitchF150 08/11/14 12:34pm General RVing Issues
RE: Rear Axle Gear

I have been told that the lower geared, bigger tired F-150 really suffers on gas mileage around town and towing. I commute daily 18 miles each way and usually add 6-12 miles a day if I go out to lunch or have a client appointment and avg 17 mpg between gas stops. I've got the 3.73's and 20" wheels.. I'm mostly in rush hour traffic and avg maybe 30 mph over a 2 week period. I just did a 210 mile straight hwy run to Sequim from Puyallup WA and back where my folks live and got a solid 22 mpg on the computer.. Yes, I know everyone says the computer is always wrong, but mine is pretty darn close and I'm rounding DOWN anyway... ;) A lot will depend on how your drive it too of course.. Keep in those turbos and it'll suck the gas! I do get into those turbos a bit too, but I can also drive like Grandpa too... :) I think I get better mpg with the 3.73's on my commute because of how slow my avg mph end up being.. Anyway, it's all speculative and get what you feel will work best for you and go from there... Folks are happy with 3.15 geared trucks, so there you go! :) Mitch
MitchF150 08/10/14 11:40pm Travel Trailers
RE: Exceeding R GAWR?

No idea, but I've never seen a non HD payload F150 with more than #4050 rear axle rating.. Even on #7200 rigs, they seem to have #4050 rear axles. My #7700 Max Tow only has a #4050 rear axle. When I weighed it last time with my loaded #5000+ TT in tow I was at #3400 on the front, #3640 on the rear and #4500 on the trailer axles. I ran my 97 F150 over it's GVWR and rear GAWR for over 11 years towing the same TT. It had the same Sterling 9.75" rear axle as the 13 F150 and I was running LT rated 16" tires and overload springs on the 97.. Yes, I know either of those did not raise the weight limits, but I was okay with it.. Or just got lucky.. ;) Dunno how you all are staying under your #4050 axle weights with the trailers you are towing with your Eco's, but as long as you are comfortable with it and it's working for you, I've been there too. ;) Mitch
MitchF150 08/10/14 10:34pm Towing
RE: Changing a flat tire

How do you jack up your trailer when you service the bearings/brakes? I have the torsion suspension, so I do this when I jack up my trailer. It's a 6 ton bottle jack. In this instance, I did have jack stands on either side of the wheels, outside of the pic. :) Mitch http://i1177.photobucket.com/albums/x358/MitchF150/brakes2.jpg
MitchF150 08/10/14 10:14pm Travel Trailers
RE: Rear Axle Gear

I got lucky and found my brand new Max Tow F150 sitting in the back lot with the USED trucks and got it for $10k under sticker... :) http://i1177.photobucket.com/albums/x358/MitchF150/windowstickeroptions_zps4447df91.jpg I like the 3.73's with the factory 20" wheels.. It runs in 6th gear most of the time on the hwy towing my #5000 TT. Not towing, it gets me anywhere between 21 and 23 mpg going 60-65 mph. Going 70 mph, it's running around 1800 rpms. I've not taken it on a road trip where the speed limit is 70 while not towing, so not sure how it'll do at that speed? Towing I get around 10-11 mpg. The pull the Eco has with the 3.73's is really strong.. I love it! :) Good luck with the search! Mitch
MitchF150 08/10/14 10:07pm Travel Trailers
RE: Greenhorn Jitters

Have you ever towed anything before?? That's an awful lot of trailer to break into the trailer towing game! ;) And doing it with a 1500 Dodge Ram that will be maxed out pretty much towing that thing dry is going to be a definite 'pucker factor' event... ;) Remember, the "tow ratings" assume an empty truck that weighs in at it's "curb weight" and from what I've been reading lately, the "curb weight" figures are a stripped down version of your truck and even has items REMOVED from the truck to get that low "curb weight" figure... Anyway, I think you'll have your hands full.. Sure, you'll get down the road.. No problem with power with that rig... Handling?? Well, that's another ball game and one that might not be too much fun... Good luck! Mitch
MitchF150 08/08/14 05:57pm Travel Trailers
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