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RE: half ton towable 5th wheel toy hauler

Truthfully there is none. Yea, there might be some thst claim it, but once loaded with toys your going to be so far over the 1500s limits it wont even be funny.
donn0128 08/31/15 04:12pm Toy Haulers
RE: Repairing a MH damaged in vehicle accident

Thats what you have insurance for. Let them find a qualified repair facility.
donn0128 08/31/15 04:10pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Michelin LT Tire Recall

Yesterdays, well day before yesterdays news.
donn0128 08/31/15 02:19pm Travel Trailers
RE: Knives

Our fiver has a built in knife block, so no worries there.
donn0128 08/31/15 12:58pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Dometic fridge

Do you have 120VAC to the receptacle the refer is plugged into?
donn0128 08/31/15 12:45pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tow limit concern

Loaded ready to travel scaled weight subtracted from the GVWR will give you ???? Weight. This is how much or little cargo capacity you have in the real world. Typical fifth wheel pin weight is between 18 and 22% of its loaded weight. Since your just looking, use 20% of the trailers GVWR. Is the pin weight eqial to or less than your CCC? Then your good to go. If not, then YOU have to decide whether that much overloaded is OK or not.
donn0128 08/31/15 12:20pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Experienced opinion please

You'd be better off with a Tahoe than a suburban unless you go with the suburban 2500. With your weight trailer, the Tahoe should do everything you need. Suburbans were meant to be people haulers. They have less towing capacity than a Tahoe by a couple hundred pounds. The Expedition has one of the highest tow rating amongst the standard SUVs at around, but I prefer Chevy to Ford. I've had the SUV debate with myself over and over. My only choice to move up would be the Suburban 2500, but they are def a rare breed and you prob wouldn't want that as your daily driver for work. If I were you I'd go with a Tahoe, but even a 2010 Tahoe will run you mid to high $20s unless it has crazy high mileage. The problem with a Tahoe pulling a 30 foot TT is no matter what you end up with the tail wagging the dog syndrome. For a TT that long the OP really needs a long wheel base vehicle for stability.
donn0128 08/31/15 08:54am Travel Trailers
RE: Experienced opinion please

Think of it this way, 1500 Suburban is roughly equal to a 1500 short bed pickup with about 800 pounds of added sheet metal and seats. That reduces the pickups real payload from maybe 1200 pounds to 4-500 pounds. Subtract weight of all the bodies you plan to carry, even consertatively at 400 pounds, and your available payload for hitch is...... wait for it..... nothing! There are tons of E250/350 passanger vans out there, you just need to search a little. Check Ebay for starters. OH and forget those wonderful dry or shipping weights everybody loves to throw at you. No one has ever gone camping with a completely empty trailer. Instead to be on the safe side, look at GVWR trailer numbers, and use 12% of the GVWR as tongue weight. May not be perfect, but a happy surprise is sure better than a sad one.
donn0128 08/31/15 07:29am Travel Trailers
RE: 58 to 97 to 395 to 15 the end of October?

From Albany you can head east and pick up 22 toward Sisters and Bend. A bit slow, but a nice peaceful drive. This avoids any more of the I5 nonsense. On 97 you have a few choices. LaPine state park or about a hundred miles further is Collier Memorial State Park. Or, for a real change of scenery from LaPine you could head SE toward Lakeview.
donn0128 08/31/15 06:43am Roads and Routes
RE: Experienced opinion please

1500 Suburbans can already be at their max capacity with just your family on board. Get a 2500 series if you want to tow any more than a tent trailer. You might also check out E250/350 series Ford vans.
donn0128 08/31/15 06:07am Travel Trailers
RE: 58 to 97 to 395 to 15 the end of October?

Any time after Labor day weekend you should expect snow in the Cascades. Highly unlikely, but then again I have seen snow early and very late in the season. Just be aware that overnight lows can and usually are below freezing, and most campgrounds will be closed or have no facilities open. BTW how exactly are you going to connect to 395 from 97? SE from Klamath Falls to Alturus or north out of LaPine to Lakeview? Quick edit. If your coming south on I5 I highly suggest cutting east on I84 and take the second Gresham exit south and pick up 26 over MtHood thru Madras and 97 south.
donn0128 08/30/15 09:06pm Roads and Routes
RE: Thinking about a 5er (can I do it?)

14K fiver translates into 3000 pounds of pin weight! Do you honestly believe once you have the truck loaded with fuel, hitch, family and family stuff you still have 3000 pounds of capacity before you exceed the trucks GVWR rating? To know, load everything you normally have on board for a trip and hit the scales. Subtract scaled weight plus 250 pounds for a hitch from the trucks GVWR. That will be your real honest load carrying capacity, read that as pin weight. Pin weight roughly equals 20% of the trailers total weight. Since you really have no idea at this time a trailers weight, use a trailers GVWR for all your calculations. Better safe than sorry!
donn0128 08/30/15 06:48pm Towing
RE: Thinking about a 5er (can I do it?)

If thats 10,000 GVWR possibly doable. If its dry, forget it!
donn0128 08/30/15 06:20pm Towing
RE: 2013 Ford F250, 6.7 Diesel, Suggestions to improve mileage.

Somethingmis wrong! That new of a truck should be getting 17 MPG all day. Unless your doing all stop and go city driving. My first gen 6.7L Cummins dually with 4.10 rear end gets 17 highway non towing. Towing my 13,500 pound fiver I see 10.5-11.5 all day.
donn0128 08/30/15 03:58pm Tow Vehicles
RE: West Coast Travel - 5th Wheel

What part? Your asking about a vast expanse or area with vastly different ecosystems and weather. Coast can be wet and warm. Valley can be dry and sunny. Eadt of the Cascades can vary from 25 to 85 degrees. You really need to get a bit more specific.
donn0128 08/30/15 10:35am Roads and Routes
RE: Axle Weights

Adjust the hitch down or pin box up and re weigh your rig. Do tou have adjustment holes in your spring hangers?
donn0128 08/30/15 09:51am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Lawn Chair Webbing

Yea, but my 30 year old 50 dollar ZipDee chairs are that kool form factor for me!
donn0128 08/30/15 09:35am Tech Issues
RE: Upgraded Oven

Pizza stone or an unglazed clay floor tile works wonders in an RV oven.
donn0128 08/30/15 09:33am Full-time RVing
RE: refridge bit the dust.....

Haier is probably built in the same plant as so many other Chinese brands. We are on our third year with an everkool that sits outside our trailer door every day we are away, including a snowy winter spent in the Columbia river gorge. Bought it online from compact appliances. Delivered within three days. I move it in and out, plug it in and load it full of stuff. Never given me one problem.
donn0128 08/30/15 09:12am Tech Issues
RE: Lawn Chair Webbing

For that price you can buy brand new lawn chairs. Thats one reason no one does it any more.
donn0128 08/30/15 08:45am Tech Issues
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