In Aug 2014, I went looking for a pickup to replace my 2005 F150 XLT w/ 6.5' box.
I wanted something specific, if I was going to trade. I wanted an F150 w/ the HD package. I also found out the HD pkg only comes on long wheel base trucks. There were none in the Richmond, VA area at all. My local dealer went looking for me. He found 4 up in PA.
I really wanted a Supercrew on a 6.5' box. Unfortunately, only Supercabs on 8' boxes were available.
So I got a 2014 F150 XLT 4x4 Supercab with 8' box & HD pkg. That thing looks long and is long. The cargo capacity is 2250#. My old truck was 1450#.
Tin Cans have always been expendable. Relatively cheap to own and operate. Capital ships, on the other hand, are to be protected. That's why destroyers screen carriers and in the old days, battleships.
Former destroyer sailor here.
The Navy, you see, had taken a lot of flak for the cost of recommissioning the New Jersey, and it would have looked very, very bad for the ship to have taken any damage from shore batteries. Those of us on the little tin cans? We were expendable.
I'm glad I was able to do my "bucket list" cross country trip than included Death Valley and old route 66 in California in 2014.
Those are two big items on my list what would be washed out, pardon the pun.
sometimes that isn't possible. Remember, everyone doesn't use their RV's everyone else.
There are times when I have to run my AC all day long, and once I had to run it 36 straight hours. I tailgate at football games. It's one of the biggest uses I have of my travel trailer. Ever been to Atlanta Labor Day weekend? It's usually hot and humid and an AC is necessary, and there are no electrical hookups where the RV's have to park. Therefore, generators are very necessary.
Are you really going to run the air all day or night? I recommend hookups.
For everything else: Solar, Battery, Inverter.
How likely is it to run into snow and/or freezing rain on a route between Peoria, IL and Yellowstone NP, with a stop over in the Black Hills area of SD, and Little Big Horn Battlefield Monument in Montana from the middle of May through the middle of June?
I can speak to the appropriateness of a Ford F150 with the 3.5 Ecoboost V6. It is a strong engine for pulling. I pulled a smaller trailer than you are anticipating to California and back last year with a 2005 Ford F150 that had the old 5.4 V8 Trition. My new 3.5 ecoboost is better in every way than the old 5.4V8.
As long as the trailer you buy is really towable by a 1/2 ton pickup the 3.5 will pull it with no problem.
Growing up RVing I've now started my own family and looking to purchase our first TT. Although I grew up traveling with an RV it was a Class A coach and not a TT. My wife and I like the freedom of being able to unhook and discover new places, etc.
We haven't yet purchased a TT and don't have a tow vehicle either. We're still some time out so I want to make sure we do our research and determine the right size TT, TV, etc.
So far we've really liked the Dutchman Aerolite 242BHS with the blow specs:
Average Shipping Weight (lbs.) 5,574
Dry Hitch Weight (lbs.) 735
Cargo Capacity (lbs.) 1,026
Length 28' 6''
We are a family of four with two young children. I don't expect us to travel more then 300-600 per trip. We'd like to utilize our tow vehicle as a family vehicle as well so would prefer an SUV. These are some of the vehicles we had in mind. Does anyone have some insight on whether these vehicles could do the job?
2015 - Chevy Tahoe
2015 - Nissan Armada
2015 - Toyota Sequoia
Although we prefer an SUV I would possible consider a 1/2 ton truck like an F-150. I see that most of the F-150 are V6 EB which list tow capacity as around 9k lbs. I was always under the impression that you would need a V8 engine to tow a TT. Would the V6 Ford be capable of towing the above trailer.
Thanks for the help!
No they aren't. They may be non useful to you and how you use your coach. However, not everyone uses them like you apparently want to.
It's mighty nice to flip up a door and have a wide screen to watch football games when our game isn't being played.
I agree. Outside tv, radio, speakers, all a big mistake in the rv world.
ZIf I were you, I'd replace all four of those tires with the same size, including load range, and I'd make them radials. And among the 50 psi tires, I keep the best and youngest one for the spare.
One more question, 2 of my tires require 35psi and 2 require 50psi. I'm guessing this means different load ranges. If they are different load ranges, should each load range be on the same axle?
Sorry for the questions, I'm trying to learn as much as I can.
When not deployed, my twin Honda's are relatively safe inside the truck topper I have on my truck.
When deployed, I have a very thick cable that I use to connect them to a secure structure, such as the chassis of the trailer, a tree, etc.
I hit the "quote" button in order let anyone reading to know exactly which post I'm referring to.
Sometimes I can't figure out what post a later post is referring to. For me, it helps to have the post that's being referred to included in the current post.
Sometimes I will not if I'm giving a general answer to the OP.
So do you hit the quote button to reply to each post?
About the only way to increase your fuel mileage any at all is to slow down.
What you are getting, hand calculated is not out of the park. You are probably never going to get much more than that. And buying a diesel just to increase you mileage a couple MPG's would be throwing good money after bad. The loss of money on the deal would buy a lot of gas for that gasser you have.
If you have the small tank on your truck, I feel your pain there also. In early 2014, I pulled the trailer in my signature to California and back. Out in the southwest where there was quite a distance between filling stations, I found myself topping off my tank a lot. If I were near a half a tank, and I saw a gas station, I stopped.
My old F150 had a 26 gal tank. I got a new pickup last August. It has a 36 gal tank. It's much better now WRT stopping all the time to refuel.
We stayed at the Ameristar which is owned by Ameristar Casino in very late February last year. It was a good place to stop.
That was our first real stop on our tour across America. If you are looking for a "resort" style RV park, this isn't it. But if you are looking for a nice clean rv park to drop the trailer while you did sight seeing, etc. it's great.
I thought I got good value for the money.
Don't know what your interests are, but if you are into Colonial/Revolutionary history, I highly suggest Colonial Williamsburg, Jamestown, and Yorktown.
You can easily spend several days in Colonial Williamsburg, but in any case make sure you visit the Capital Building (legislature) and the Governor's Palace.
Jamestown would be divided into two parts. The original Jamestown Island is owned by the National Park Service and Preservation Virginia (originally known as Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities (AVPA).
The portion of Jamestown Island owned by PV contains the original fort. For decades, it was thought the site of the original fort had been washed away by erosion by the James River. Luckily, not so. For many years now, the fort site has been, and is still being excavated. Fascinating, if you're into that type of thing.
Close by Jamestown Island, is Jamestown Settlement which is run by the Commonwealth of Virginia. It's a recreation of the original fort, and a native American village, plus replicas of the original ships that brought the first English colonists to America.
At the other end of the Colonial Parkway is Yorktown, where the de facto end of the American Revolution occurred.
The Colonial Parkway runs from Jamestown Island on the James River through Williamsburg, and on to Yorktown which is on the York River.
I suggest you head down I-81, then I-59 in Alabama to I-20, and then turn west.
My wife and I traveled cross country from Richmond, VA beginning the last week in February 2014. Even then, we were trying to stay in front of cold, bad weather. It was hit or miss. Fortunately, our second night out, we drove about an hour south of Birmingham, AL. We got a cold rain that night. If I had stopped where I originally planned, about 1.5 hr north of Birmingham, we would have been in sleet and freezing rain.
If I were you, I'd get to I-20 as soon as possible, but even then you could run into some bad weather.
Have no personal experience with the Carlisle. However, I would put a set on my trailer if I needed new tires, and they were the right price.
I still believe the biggest key to getting any TT to last long is to keep them aired up, (don't run them under inflated), don't over load them, and don't run them at higher than rated speed for long distances.