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RE: Hwy 285 from Fort Stockton Texas to Carlsbad, NM

This is interesting. We drove the Ft Stockton to Carlsbad route on US285 in March of 2014. We did not find that road in very bad condition. But then, I have to drive I-295 around Richmond, VA all the time, and that is a fiasco. That's a road I'm embarrassed to have out of staters use. While driving that portion of south east New Mexico, saw a lot of oil pumps out in the fields, but didn't seem much oil related activity otherwise.
Atlee 05/26/16 01:33pm Roads and Routes
RE: Truck goes in Thursday to fix a "phantom" trailer situation.

It's not that I can't "learn" to switch off the trailer connect/disconnect. But since it's supposed to automatically default to "no trailer" if no trailer is connected, I expect it to do that. And since in the past, it didn't need manual intervention to switch from the trailer being pulled to no trailer after being unplugged, then it shouldn't need manual intervention now. I must have a very dumb TV. It doesn't have a clue whether a trailer is hitched up and plugged in or not. That decision has been left to me, the driver. Luckily, I have been able to determine that minor inconvenience. Who'd have ever thunk it that'd I'd be smarter than a computer!
Atlee 05/26/16 12:56pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Truck goes in Thursday to fix a "phantom" trailer situation.

Dealer wasn't able to fix it this morning. They are waiting on a reply from Ford in Dearborn to their question.
Atlee 05/26/16 12:52pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Truck goes in Thursday to fix a "phantom" trailer situation.

My truck always recognized there was no trailer hooked up. Most of the time the dash display would tell me if it were disconnected. My 2016 F150 automatically recognizes when an umbilical cord is plugged in, but doesn't "unrecognize" when it's unplugged. Under the "towing" settings on the dash, I have to unselect the trailer manually. I thought this was normal - but maybe not?
Atlee 05/25/16 09:04pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Truck goes in Thursday to fix a "phantom" trailer situation.

Agree, and until recently, the truck did just that. The truck should unrecognize it when unplugged.
Atlee 05/25/16 09:02pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Truck goes in Thursday to fix a "phantom" trailer situation.

I've always disconnected when the truck was off. Never a problem before. It started with the "phantom" trailer days after I last disconnected the trailer. Are you disconnecting the trailer while the truck is off? Try doing it with the truck on...
Atlee 05/25/16 09:01pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Should I worry?

Yes, both of those two items could cause problems. For sure, lack of a sway bar would. 25 gallons of waste water certainly could, depending on where the tanks are located. Behind the axles could certainly add some "bounce".
Atlee 05/25/16 06:33am Towing
RE: Tow vehicle question?

Why would you down from a 1-ton to a 3/4 ton gasser? Does the CTD signify a diesel? If so, who go from a diesel to a gasser, unless you are dropping way down with regards to your travel trailer. I am considering a 2015 F250 for a tow vehicle to pull a 14000LB 5er;it is a 4wheel drive with single rear wheels,automatic trans.and standard triton engine,short bed;any thoughts on this would be appreciated;;;Tom
Atlee 05/25/16 06:23am Tow Vehicles
RE: Truck goes in Thursday to fix a "phantom" trailer situation.

Correct. That's exactly what it's doing. At this point, I'll probably just wait until tomorrow when I have an appointment to look at it up at the Ford dealer. What do you mean by "and it's adding miles to that phantom trailer."? Bill Looks like he has a F150 of a similar year to the one I used to own. The truck keeps track of mileage by trailer and you can program it to recognize several trailers through the user interface. As soon as you plug in a 7-pin (it's unaffected by the 4 pin), it automatically starts tracking mileage for the last selected trailer. OP is stating that it's doing this with no trailer actually attached. It can be manually selected to "No trailer", but it shouldn't need to be. In my opinion, OP has a short somewhere in the truck wiring to the 7 pin or is having a software issue. I'd start by checking the pins on the truck with a multi-meter or using a 7 pin plug-in tester if available and seeing if something's going to ground.
Atlee 05/25/16 06:16am Tow Vehicles
Truck goes in Thursday to fix a "phantom" trailer situation.

My truck recognizes a trailer is connected when the umbilical cord from the trailer is plugged into the truck. Unfortunately, right now, it's getting a phantom signal that a trailer is hooked up, and it's adding miles to that phantom trailer. What would cause this? Something in the truck's receptacle? Computer bug?
Atlee 05/24/16 11:41pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Lights on?

Mine stay on until the last of us are in for the night, then it's cut off. At football game weekends, and other weekends when we're with our RVing buddies, I have the honor of cutting it off, usually in the wee hours of the morning. :)
Atlee 05/24/16 10:51pm General RVing Issues
RE: Load Range E tire pressure: how do you keep them up?

I've been carrying an air compressor (don't remember what size the air tank is off hand) for over two years now. In fact, carried it with me when we went on our coast to coast trip in early 2014. Only needed it twice in all this time, both on the trip out west. Once in Death Valley, I needed to add about 4 pounds to a trailer tire, and once in the Mohave Desert at a BLM off road recreation area to air up the rear tires of a guy who worked in the film, TV, commercial business of supplying animals. His rear wheels of his ATV were flat. Soon, I will have my newer trailer, a 2014 Arctic Fox 25r. The first thing I do will be to take it to Discount Tire and remove the GYM's and put on LRE Maxxis 8008's. My old trailer ran 14" LRC tires inflated to 50psi max. Even getting those up to pressure was sometimes difficult if I had to air up on the road using lousy gas station air. They held pressure very well, but once or twice I needed to bring them up a few lbs. Now, these new LRE's run at 80psi. I reckon truck stop compressors will do the job but like gas stations, they're not always easily accessible. Do any of y'all use 12v tankless compressors when you're afield? If so, I'd like a recommendation for a good one. IF, that is you think it necessary. Thanks, Mars
Atlee 05/24/16 10:41pm Travel Trailers
RE: Load Range E tire pressure: how do you keep them up?

My Maxxis hold air for months at a time, what can I say? I fill my once a year. A few pounds over so they last for a year. Never have to add inbetween. Weigh your trailer then go by the tire chart for the correct amount. 80 may be too high.???I'm finding this hard to believe. I air up my Maxxis 8008 tires using my air compressor. I check them every 3-4 weeks, and they are always 5-10 lbs low. Good tires will hold air, what can I say?
Atlee 05/24/16 10:34pm Travel Trailers
RE: Our year long trip has begun !

May you have fair winds and following seas. Sounds like a really grand adventure. And as you know, and others have mentioned, staying flexible will add greatly to the adventure.
Atlee 05/21/16 05:53am Roads and Routes
RE: F150 Questions

Drivers side door. It's a yellow sticker. Where do I find payload or tare weight? GVWR is 7350#.
Atlee 05/19/16 09:28am Towing
RE: F150 Questions

You would lose your bet. The 2014 does not have a power steering pump. It has an electric motor. Does it also have a powersteering cooler? I bet it does.
Atlee 05/19/16 04:37am Towing
RE: beware adventure rv

Interesting. Just 2 weeks ago, I bought a new power hitch jack from them. The purchase went very, very smoothly. I ordered with the most standard shipping rate. Didn't need it over night, so could wait a little while until it arrived. It still arrived within 4 days. I had no problem with this transaction, and in the future if I need something and Adventure RV has it cheaper, I will go back.
Atlee 05/19/16 04:33am General RVing Issues
RE: Towing tire pressures on short wheel base vs long

The factory sticker on the door of my 2014 F150 w/ HDP is 55# front and 60# rear. That's what I keep them at, even when towing. But I have a relatively light trailer, 4950# GVWR.
Atlee 05/18/16 06:12am Towing
RE: I'm very happy to report...

Great report. The turbo diesel should work wonders in high mountains.
Atlee 05/17/16 07:24am Travel Trailers
RE: Trailer Sway Question

You don't accurate weights yet. You will not until you load the truck, and trailer ready for travel and then weight the truck unhitched, and then truck and trailer together on real scales, that will weight all the different axles separately. The CAT scales, found at many truck stops, have a scale platform that will weight the front axle, rear axle, and the trailer axles. Get this, and then you can get some correct answers. But I'd hazard a guess, you are 1) way under on your guestimates, and way over on your cargo capacty, and probably rear axle weight allowance. I put some more accurate weights above. Sorry I didn't put that in initially
Atlee 05/16/16 09:16am Towing
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