RV.Net Open Roads Forum: Search

RV Blog


RV Sales




RV Parks


RV Club


RV Buyers Guide


Roadside Assistance


Extended Service Plan


RV Travel Assistance


RV Credit Card


RV Loans

Open Roads Forum Already a member? Login here.   If not, Register Today!  |  Help

Newest  |  Active  |  Popular  |  RVing FAQ Forum Rules  |  Forum Help and Support  |  Contact  

Open Roads Forum  >  Search the Forums

 > Your search for posts made by 'jerem0621' found 268 matches.

Sort by:    Search within results:
Page of 14  
  Subject Author Date Posted Forum
RE: Ok Ford Guys what size truck

I think I would go ahead a future proof myself and buy the F350. That is my plan after I get my boys out of school. DW and I will buy a bigger truck to handle a bigger trailer. We had a 31.5 ft TT without a slide. Thought it was huge when we first bought it. It was very liveable. But there were times when we were standing right under each other. Especially when we were trying to get ready for church and such. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 07/19/17 02:26pm Fifth-Wheels
Don't Buy an RV!!

I stumbled across this video today from a YouTube user named Steve Lehto. This is the first video I have watched from him. Lots of good information for a newbie looking to buy their first RV. Don't Buy an RV! While he talks a lot about the context of Motorhomes most of what he suggests is applicable to any RV. One I haven't thought of was having a brand new RV inspected by an independent RV inspector. Anyway, I hope you enjoy the video. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 07/18/17 05:32pm General RVing Issues
RE: Trying to decide

Airstream is a good choice as they are very low to the ground. Not only are there no steps inside but there should only be 1 or at the most 2 to get in. Apex is also pretty low as is the Surveyor models. All have models around 30 ft. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 07/18/17 07:39am Travel Trailers
RE: Tow Vehicles . . . in the Alps

Most if not all do not have storage tanks, they have to use our equivalent of the Blue Tote to dump the gray water directly into to. Also, the toilet is Cassette toilet. I have had one.. Not a lot of fun. Not super hard but I much prefer a 30 gallon black tank. 6% Tongue Weight ISH at best Sway control built into the coupler SURGE brakes Yea, not my cup of tea. I believe that one of these new diesels would stand a good chance of ripping the box right off the frame with one of these little trailers. LOL Thanks for sharing! Would not work in NA Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 07/17/17 06:33pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2017 F-150HD or F-250?

He he, the op gives the specs of his trailer and they are within the capabilities of the 1/2 ton. Immediately someone recommends a 3/4 ton and before the first page is full folks have recommended 1 ton. I just love how know it all none engineers know better then the folks who designed the trucks. Since "bigger is always better" and I've done some engineering I'm going to recommend also. I recommend to the op that nothing less then a tandem axle Kenworth with a minimum of 550 horsepower and a 15 spd tranny should work great providing he never loads his Radio Flyr wagon to gross weight. "You can never have too much truck." Might want to consider adding a tag or two just to be on the safe side. Just to clarify, my recommendation to the OP was based entirely on the Receiver of the F150. There is not one made that is rated for 1400 lbs of tongue weight which is a Spec the OP gave. At least none that I am aware of. Not one person has addressed my concern of running the F150 Receiver way over its rating in the worst case scenario the OP gave. As long as its 1100 then the OP should be okay. congrats OP, it sounds like you have made your decision. Enjoy your F150. I know I love mine. thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 07/16/17 01:32pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Sequoia towing at max for over 5,000 miles - comfortably

Great looking set up!
jerem0621 07/14/17 02:44pm Travel Trailers
RE: Weight dist. hitch---How much Hassel?

It's really not that much of a hassle to deal with the WD hitch. I leave my hitch head locked into the receiver. The WD bars are pretty easy to handle as well. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 07/12/17 11:04am Travel Trailers
RE: Weight Distribution, Trailer Weight and MPG

I think this is by far to small of a sample to say definitively. Aerodynamics is the #1 factor for MPG with weight behind that. I read somewhere that once rolling it takes about 100 hp to maintain 60 MPH with approx a 7,000 lb TT. IMHO...you may have been more careful about your driving and slowing down is typicically what causes the most positive impact on MPG. Of course conditions matter as well...if you have to run the motor hard it will drink more gas. Run it easy and there is better MPG. Also, diesel does provide better MPG condition for condition. I'm a huge gas fan so I am not flaming diesel, this is a fact...diesel, driving condition for driving condition, will out perform gas on MPG nearly every time. It is typically about 30% better MPG. Your truck is a 6.0 gasser based on your MPG. Please correct me if I am wrong. Weight does have an impact but the only way you would know for sure is to take the lightly loaded camper on the same 400 mile run, same time of day, same road conditions, similar temp outside, drive the same way, and then compare MPG. There are two campgrounds that my family loves. One of them is in the flatlands close to my house...one I have to climb a mountain to get to. I can't compare the MPG between the two because the driving conditions are totally different. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 07/10/17 02:31pm Tow Vehicles
RE: adding an outdoor shower

Or, something else you could do is to connect an adaptor to the low point drains.
jerem0621 07/10/17 12:15pm Travel Trailers
RE: Suburban SW6DE water heater won't stay lit

I fought this and fought the same issue. Turned out the reason the propane wouldn't light is because the electric element was keeping the water hot at home while on shore power. As soon as it would light it would cut off...reason being...it was working as designed. Do you happen to leave the electric element on at home or where ever you store your trailer? If so, the water is warm and the thermostat will not let it the propane burner light. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 07/09/17 06:00pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 2017 F-150HD or F-250?

F150's receiver is rated for about 1,200 lbs of tongue weight. F250 is the answer you are looking for. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 07/07/17 06:41pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tow vehicle/RV match

I have a 2014 Chrysler Town & Country with 80k miles. I have towed pretty large loads with this Van including a 480 lb tongue weight POP UP with a weight distribution hitch... yep over the owners manual rating...way way over... it I was under the receiver hitches rating of 500 lbs with weight distribution. Van handled like it was on rails towing this combo. All Pentastar Mini Vans have HD cooling. The transmission and the power steering cooler is a combo cooler IIRC... it's much bigger than the puny transmission cooler on my current F150 (that shall be rectified very soon) This Minivan has been overloaded many times and does nothing but laugh and ask for more. Now I am not advocating overloading a vehicle, that's one of the primary reasons that I bought my F150. It's just very easy to overload one of these vans. Now, here is my reality check for you. My POP up towed AWESOME behind my van. Great power, great MPG, great handling. But, I rented one of the taller UHaul trailers and it was about 1/2 the weight of the PUP...let me tell ya, that aerodynamic drag on these vans with a high profile trailer is REAL...it was more dramatic difference on my Van towing that UHaul than my old F150 had pulling a Mid profile travel Trailer. No joke. So here is my Suggestion...go for a pop up. The Van will handle it great as long as you manage the tongue weight. Like I said, my tongue weight was 480 lbs Now, I did not intend for my tongue weight to be that heavy. My pop up was supposed to have around 260 lbs of tongue weight from the factory but loaded and ready to camp it was nearly 500 lbs. Single axle trailers, depending on where the axle sits can have a tremendously disproportionately high tongue weight for what I was expecting. My Pup was only 3200 lbs scaled and 480 of that was tongue weight! Yep that's right on 15%. If I would have had a front storage locker it probably would have been more. Feel free to PM me if you want to. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 07/07/17 11:05am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2012 Ram 5.7 HEMI Oil?

Not a Hemi but PYB (Pennzoil Yellow Bottle) is Chrysler certified at least for the Pentastar and is factory fill. I'd double check the owners manual to make sure that it doesn't call for synthetic but if it doesn't this PYB Dino oil has worked great. I tried Amzoil OE which is also Chrysler Certified and it made me nervous. The motor was much more noisy and I just didn't like it. I only used it for one oil change and then right back to PYB. Noise immediately quieted down. I wanted to try Mobile 1 but it does not carry the Chrysler Certification. I don't really know if that matters or not, but I have just stuck with PYB and it's performed great. I normally run Semi Synthetic Motorcraft 5w-20 with my Ford Mod motors but ran PYB 5w-20 on my last oil change in my 4.6 powered F150. Seems to be doing a great job. We recently passed 80,000k miles on our Van and I noticed that Motor is quieter now than it Has ever been. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 07/07/17 08:45am Tow Vehicles
RE: Why did you buy a Ford over a Dodge?

As far as seat comfort mentioned above, you most likely were not driving a Limited or LongHorn. I can drive 8-10 hours with no back pain. Certainly not the case with my 98! These seats put the Laramie leather to shame for leather quality and comfort. KingRanch friends rode in my 11 with same seats as the current 15. They both commented several times how comfortable the seats were and the quality of leather. http://i.imgur.com/KxT79ykl.jpg http://i.imgur.com/kFNk7nUl.jpg http://i.imgur.com/P1OtDHyl.jpg Those are nice but why should I have to upgrade to the most premium seats to have a comfy ride? My XLT cloth seats suite me just fine for my 10 plus hour travels as well. (Not throwing down on your stuff). The Ram seats do not work for my frame, simple as that....at least on the Tradesman or SLT. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 07/06/17 03:11pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Can't find what tv 5th wheel weight.

Some OEM's make a distinction between tag a long style trailers and fifth wheels. It really just depends on how the OEM was feeling that year. How much fiver you can tow is directly impacted by how much pin weight you can carry. If you have a F150 with 1,800 lbs of payload but want to pull a fifth wheel with 3,000 lbs of pin weight then you have a problem. The F150 may have a 12,000 lb tow rating but a 10,000 lb fiver will put you way over that 1,800 lb limit. Some will say that you are only a few hundred lbs over so no big deal, while you may get away with that on a tag-a-long trailer a fiver may put significantly more weight on the truck than just a few hundred lbs over payload. Putting 3,000 lbs (easy on a fiver) of pin weight on a truck like the F150 will put you 1200 lbs over in my example and that's before you add the weight of the hitch, family, firewood, etc. So, you can run the calculations using the above method on just about any truck. Look at the payload sticker on the drivers door jamb and then look st the pin weight of the trailer. Is there payload left over for everything else after you subtract the pin weight? This is why you typically see HD trucks and dullies (not all use a dually) pulling fivers. Thanks Jeremiah
jerem0621 07/06/17 07:55am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Am I Calculating This Correctly?? Silverado 1500

Check out the Jayco Jay Flight 26BH and a similar floor plan on the Wildwood 261 BHXL comes in Sub 5,000 lbs as well. I am considering this floor plan as my truck has a lower tow rating and I need to be very sensible with what I pull. Also, pay no mind to those who say your 360 HP truck is going to struggle. It will turn some RPM. Just let it rev. Your trucks power makes my measly 250 hp look very slow...yet I will pull a similar sized trailer just fine. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 07/06/17 07:44am Tow Vehicles
RE: Why did you buy a Ford over a Dodge?

I bought a Ford because I like them better. The seats in the Ram seriously hurt my back after a few hour ride. The Chevy trucks I could afford tend to rust out around here and I always feel cramped in a GM truck. Dodges Rust pretty bad to. We are talking Tennessee not even the great white north. Fords seem to me to be better built with better sheet metal and they are tons more comfy for my frame. Plus Rams have a stupid symmetric problem that you don't see until you see it and now that I have seen it I can't un-see it. So that automatically counts them out until they fix it. The top of the bedrails do not line up with the bottom of the windows and it drives my OCD crazy. Every other truck manages to get the Bed right. Not Ram..the bed must have been designed somewhere else for something else. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 07/05/17 09:14pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Dually or srw

You need a new dealer. They are selling you a story since they likely have SRW in stock.
jerem0621 07/05/17 03:04am Tow Vehicles
RE: My first TV and trailer setup...

Congrats on your set up! I had a 97 F150 5 lug. Extended cab 5.4 with 3.55 gears. It was rated to pull 8,000 lbs. I pulled a 6,500-7,000 lb loaded camper (31.5 ft overall length). It did a great job. I often had it singing at 4,000-4,500 RPM's and it never had a problem. I could feel the trailer behind me but that was expected and it never was unsafe. I just threw on a second away bar and all was great. It was a very satisfying and safe experience. We needed a crew cab and wanted to start carrying a golf cart in the bed so we found a 99 Crew Cab F350 Dually. I got the hitch set up and and went for my first tow...I found that the V10 behaved nearly identical to the 5.4. It reved nearly the same RPM on the same hills. I also felt the trailer behind me in the F350. The old saying "I Couldn't even tell its back there" was not true at all. The biggest difference was weight carrying capacity. I felt much more nimble in the F150, towing and not towing. The F350 handled like a barge and hooking a trailer to it only made it worse. This experience led me back to another F150 and losing the golf card need. While I do not intend to tow another 6,500 lb trailer when I do tow with it it will be properly set up and I fully expect a positive experience. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 07/04/17 08:00pm Towing
RE: In Search of a Unicorn

I totally understand not wanting to buy used...but...a brand new TT can be a nightmare in its own right and Airstream is not immune from that either. Just hang out on the Air forums. People have issues with them too. Thor owns Airstream and if IIRC they recently acquired Jayco. Jayco is a pretty solid manufacturer as well. Not perfect but pretty solid. If this is your first camper I would Highly recommend not spending your full budget on your first camper. Once you get camping you may find that dream floorplan doesn't actually work for you as well as you thought. The rubber roofs are not that big of a problem. Maintain them and they can last and last and last. My last TT had a 17 year old rubber roof and it was in great shape for its age. Just trying to give a different perspective. There are several people who happily buy a few year old TT that has had all the bugs worked out and camped for years and years with very little issues. Thanks! Jeremiah
jerem0621 07/04/17 08:29am Travel Trailers
Sort by:    Search within results:
Page of 14  

New posts No new posts
Closed, new posts Closed, no new posts
Moved, new posts Moved, no new posts

Adjust text size:

© 2017 CWI, Inc. © 2017 Good Sam Enterprises, LLC. All Rights Reserved. | Terms of Use | PRIVACY POLICY | YOUR PRIVACY RIGHTS