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RE: Which GVWR on a New Pickup in California???

I'm happy I'm not from California, or to be more correct, I don't live there. Here's a link to a article from the Redding Newspaper. You'll enjoy it!
Atlee 01/24/15 07:24am Tow Vehicles
RE: YOU NEED TO SEE THIS PIC

Do 7 lugs move a truck up in class. Mine has 7 which comes with the HD pkg. My truck's numbers are GVWR - 8200#, Tow Wt - 11100#, GCVWR - 17100, GAWR-F - 4050#, GAWR-R - 4800#, & Payload Cap (fm door sticker) - 2286# I just blew the picture up and it has 6 lugs. Yup, that's a half ton!!
Atlee 01/24/15 05:24am Travel Trailers
RE: Trailer recommendation

If I were replacing my current "tag a long", it'd be one that was about 4 feet longer with a rear kitchen. My current trailer is only about 20/21 feet long in the living area.
Atlee 01/24/15 04:54am Travel Trailers
RE: Trailer recommendation

Unfortunately they will have to be used. Skyline dropped all the Koala's. Mine has done a very good job for us so far. A couple of the Koalas have the queen with the TV wall divider.
Atlee 01/23/15 07:54pm Travel Trailers
RE: Skyline Ecocamp 21BH and Flagstaff Microlight 23LB-thought?

I don't have the model you're looking at, but I do have a 2012 Skyline Koala 21CS. We bought it used in August 2013. It's served us for two college football seasons (mostly boondocking & almost every weekend) plus early in 2014 we took a trip to California in it. 7,942 miles and it hasn't given us any trouble yet.
Atlee 01/18/15 09:29pm Travel Trailers
RE: Switch from Class C to TT

Check the cargo capacity of the Jeep. Just saying. I haven't seen a vehicle out there that doesn't run out of cargo capacity before it runs out of tow capacity. handy - I think the AWD Jeep Cherokee Limited wld tow the weight just fine. The Jeep has ABS, AWD, Traction control, Stability Control/Sway Control, Tow mode, Downhill mode, Factory two package, 4-Low and the best 4-WD system ever developed = Quadra-DriveĀ® II 4x4 system with rear Electronic Limited Slip Differential and it's an automatic. Remember there a factor of safety is included in all designs. It's a diff amount depending on the materials. Just sayin' ;) RR
Atlee 01/18/15 05:43am Travel Trailers
RE: Switch from Class C to TT

Of course, the OP doesn't have to currently break camp with his Minnie Winnie. He mentioned he has a Jeep toad. It is all in your perspective of course. Switching from a tent to a PUP we thought my how easy; and high and dry. Switching to a TT we thought gee no more setup; just unhitch and level. We had a truck camper but did not like breaking camp to go sight seeing. A TT is the best fit for us.
Atlee 01/18/15 05:41am Travel Trailers
RE: Switch from Class C to TT

#1 More than likely you will be driving/pulling a much longer combo than you do now with the Class C & Toad. #3 I'm not sure what the difference is when camping for an "extended time". Since you're pulling a toad currently, you don't have to break camp with the Winnie. You have the toad to sight see, run errands with. Since you already have the Minnie Winnie and the Jeep as Toad, will you be able to sell them and then buy a tow vehicle and travel trailer and come out ahead. Now, if you currently have a quality right sized tow vehicle at home, you may come out ahead. Been RVin camping for a year now in Class C Minnie Winnie. Great so far and now towing a Jeep Cherokee Limited. Been seeing lots of folks at the state parks using various TTers. I am considering going to a TT. I figure/rationalize; 1. There is more usable room in the same footprint TT then a Class C. 2. Don't have to deal with upkeep, maintenance and registration for two vehicles. 3. Makes great sense if camping for extended time. Questions: A. Are there other TT users here that have switched to the TT from a RV? B. Are my rationalizations above correct and are there others I haven't considered? Rick
Atlee 01/18/15 05:32am Travel Trailers
RE: Why you chose the TV you did

I got a 2014 F150 w/ Max Tow and HD pkg. I wanted to upgrade from my 2005 F150 5.4L pickup. It was the 7200 GVWR & only had a cargo capacity of 1400+ pounds. New diesel pickups were too expensive for my taste and wallet. So I turned my attention to the ecoboost. Since it's turbocharged, it shouldn't lose that much power in the western mountains. I also knew any new pickup had to have the HD package. (any new pickup would be a Ford since I can get A-Plan prices) I went to the dealer, told the sales guy what I wanted. Obviously, he didn't have any HD trucks but he found 4 up in PA at different dealers. Unfortunately there no Supercrews available, only Supercabs. So now I have a Supercab with 8ft box, 4x4, and 2200# payload truck.
Atlee 01/16/15 08:53am Tow Vehicles
RE: Rv showers

Glass absolutely. For all the reasons mentioned. Makes sure water stays inside and not outside on the bathroom floor. Plus I hate plastic curtains touching and sticking to me when showering.
Atlee 01/15/15 08:59am Travel Trailers
RE: Western National Parks

Grand Canyon, Death Valley, Carlsbad Caverns Next time I get out west, I'm sure this will change. I still have some parks in Utah to visit, along with Grand Teton and Yellowstone, plus Badland. I'm sure some of those will drop the above down some.
Atlee 01/11/15 09:06pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Wards does not like the Eco-Boost

Your regrets on the 4x4 are exactly why I will always have a 4x4 truck. It's always better to have it, and not need it, than to need it and not have it. Twice in 2014, I needed 4x4. Without it, I would have gotten stuck one time, and not been able to back up hill on wet grass another time. My only regret is not getting a 4x4. The new heavier trailer gives me some problems on wet muddy ground.
Atlee 01/11/15 08:51pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tire Question

My Maxxis cost a few dollars less than Marathons at my local tire store. So I got Maxxis. I'm going to bookmark this thread...another mighty Maxxis failure! I think the people that do have Maxis failures don't want to say anything since they paid so much for the tires.
Atlee 01/11/15 08:30pm General RVing Issues
For Coachmen Freedom Express owners, I have a question.

What is the difference in a Coachmen Freedom Express and Coachmen Freedom Express LTZ? I've seen both but have never seen what the difference is.
Atlee 01/05/15 05:58pm Travel Trailers
RE: Huge discrepancies

Agree. For a "1/2 ton", the devil is in the cargo capacity, not tow weight. I can't imagine ever running out of "tow capacity" before running out of cargo capacity. If a new truck says you can tow 10,000 lbs, you can do it safely, with air on, in the mountains. The thing that amazes me is after 17 pages, people are still focused on Tow Capacity.
Atlee 01/05/15 05:34am Travel Trailers
RE: I-10 closure

Why? Weather or accident? Just on the news I-10 closed both directions at Sierra Blanca, TX about mile 110
Atlee 01/02/15 10:45pm Roads and Routes
RE: Ditching the propane heater for an electric

Well, you gave the answer. RV's have propane heating systems in order to go off grid, ie boon dock. If you're only going to travel from camp ground to camp ground, you're fine. Or if you're going to deploy generators everywhere you stop, you're fine. You turned your TT into a room to live in while your house was being built. It's a single purpose unit now, and there is nothing wrong with that. However, do you every plan to sell it? For me, it's now unbuyable. I wouldn't even look at a RV that didn't have a propane system in it. I picked up a 30 Springdale to use as a temp home while my house is being built. I pulled out the wall between the dining area and the queen bedroom, removed the bed and small couch, to make an open living area. There was a propane furnace on the floor, pretty much right in the way, so I removed that too and covered the holes, then tiled over it. I put in a simple 1500 watt electric floor heater and after a couple nights of 38 degrees, it seems to do the trick. Why do trailers use the propane heaters? Is it in case there is no electricity available and they can heat off the propane bottles? It seems like a lot of complication (blowers, vents, ducting) when a single electric heater does the job as well.
Atlee 01/01/15 05:53am General RVing Issues
RE: 2015 F150

This is absolute truth. HD versions are nearly as scarce as hens teeth. My local Richmond, VA Ford dealer had to go all the way to PA to find any. He located 4, and I bought one. This is a large dealer who has a number of stores in northern VA & Maryland. There were none in any of the other Ford stores in the system. It was too late in the model year (August) to order one. Ford had already started making the change over from 2014 to 2015. Otherwise I might have ordered a Supercrew with 6.5' box, instead of the Supercab w/ 8' box. Thing is, you rarely see F150s with the HD Payload options on the lot.
Atlee 12/25/14 07:17am Tow Vehicles
RE: The Future of RVing

But it's not going to stay there forever. By a year from now, it will start streaking up again. Fuel prices down $0.80 from where they were last year this time. National average.
Atlee 12/25/14 06:54am General RVing Issues
RE: Now that is Pretty?

That looks like a lot of trailer hung behind a relatively small TV. Not my cup of tea. The Van Cruiser looks well made though. Actually a family owned company, who do produce some well made Caravans
Atlee 12/25/14 05:58am Travel Trailers
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