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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
RE: 2004 Ford F150 4x4 auto can I tow

You can see a copy of the 2004 F150 owners manual here But, to make it simple, here is the contents of it in regards to your Q Good luck! Mitch RECREATIONAL TOWING (ALL WHEELS ON THE GROUND) An example of recreational towing would be towing your vehicle behind a motorhome. Follow these guidelines if you have the need for recreational towing your vehicle with all four wheels on the ground. These guidelines are designed to ensure that your transmission is not damaged. 2WD vehicles: • Place the transmission in N (Neutral) • Maximum speed is 35 mph (56 km) • Maximum distance is 50 miles (80 km) If a distance of 50 miles (80 km) or a speed of 35 mph (56 km) must be exceeded, the drive shaft will have to be removed before the vehicle is towed. Ford recommends the driveshaft be removed/installed only by a qualified technician. See your local dealer for driveshaft removal/installation. Improper removal/installation of the driveshaft can cause transmission fluid loss, damage to the driveshaft and internal transmission components. 4WD vehicles electronic shift transfer case: 4x4 vehicles with electronic shift on the fly cannot be towed with any wheels on the ground.
MitchF150 08/08/14 05:40pm Dinghy Towing
RE: what would be the ideal truck for my situation

The "Ideal" truck would seem to be any of the newer 15 series trucks with over #7500 GVWR and as many seats as you feel you need.. ;) My truck would be perfect for that trailer... I'm only towing a #5000 TT with it and hauls up the grades in 4th gear going 60 mph and only pulling a tad over 2500 rpms... Not bad for a little 3.5L V6... Yes, it does have 2 turbos on it, so that helps... :) If you do have plans on getting a bigger TT in the future, you should also plan for that too... It's all about payload, payload, payload these days, so forget "tow ratings" and concentrate on the future trucks payload and work from there.. Good luck! Mitch
MitchF150 08/08/14 12:41pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Shopping for quality travel trailer for 8-10

I hope you have a 2500 Burb?? Mitch
MitchF150 08/07/14 10:36pm Travel Trailers
RE: Tow Haul Mode

If you have the Select Shift on your Ford like my 13 F150 has, and I'm in T/H and it can't decide to stay in 6th or 5th, I'll use the Select Shift to lock out 6th. (it even has the "M" mode, so you can manually select and hold any gear you want regardless of the engines rpms) The biggest thing that T/H does is it tries to keep the torque converter locked in whatever gear it's in.. That's huge in keeping the trans temps down. So, it'll hold the lower gear longer to achieve that. Good luck! Mitch
MitchF150 08/06/14 10:04pm Towing
RE: Will this vehicle safely do the job?

I said "when it's all said and done", meaning, it's gonna weigh more than #5000 when you have it hitched up and all the little kiddies and stuff in the truck... ;) It ain't like he's going to be able to get an #11,000 TRAVEL TRAILER and keep the truck at #5000... ;) That's all I was saying.. Yes, I did say "marketing hype", so you got me there.. :) Mitch
MitchF150 07/31/14 10:20pm Travel Trailers
RE: Will this vehicle safely do the job?

Going to by a 2015 f150, which will weigh 5,000# and will tow in excess of 11,000#. I want to know, in ya'lls opinions, if that truck would do fine pulling a TT with these specs: Dry Axle Weight (approx. Lbs.): 5375 Dry Hitch Weight (approx. Lbs.): 670 Net Carrying Capacity: 3955 Gross Dry Weight - Lbs.: 6045 Gross Vehicle Weight (GVWR) - Lbs.: 10000 Exterior Length (approx. w / hitch): 27'3" Bet that F150 weighs more than #5000 when it's all said and done, even with it's "#700 less weight" marketing hype it's getting... ;) Unless it gets around #1900 payload on the sticker and you don't mind towing a bit overweight, it'll be fine... ;) Good luck! Mitch
MitchF150 07/30/14 11:29pm Travel Trailers
RE: Depressing Depreciation

Well, the way I look at it is you are a DA if you buy a brand new vehicle and then sell it a year or two or three after buying it.... ;) Of course you will lose A$$ in that case... Why didn't you just lease it or get a used one yourself? Anyway, I just bought my first EVER brand new vehicle and yes, it was a year end left over, but I got a pretty good deal on it at the time and there is no way I'm selling it anytime soon... I owned my USED 97 F150 for over 12 years and that's what I ended up trading for the 13 F150.. Will I get the $33k + the $3k in interest out of the '13 in use for the many, many years I'll own it?? Who knows, but all I know is I'm making payments on it for the next 6 years, so it's mine for a LONG TIME!! :) Good luck! Mitch
MitchF150 07/30/14 11:17pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Another early cancellation fee......

Wow... I've changed insurance companies before and I've always gotten a pro rated refund on my paid for premium... It's been awhile since I've last changed, but that's just insane if that's the deal these days.... Good luck! Mitch
MitchF150 07/30/14 11:03pm Good Sam Insurance
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