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Camping near Washington and Jefferson National Forests

On our way back from NC this summer we are considering stopping at Washington and Jefferson National forest for a day or possibly 2. We'd like to hike some of the Appalachian Trail. We are hoping for a site that at least has electric hookups. Does anyone have a favorite in the area? Are there any State Parks or National Forest Campgrounds you would recommend?
The LeRoys 05/29/16 09:29pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: First time towing with the new van, not fun!

One thing that was mentioned very early in this thread. New tires need about 500 miles to wear off the "mold release" used in the manufacturing process. Don't judge your Michelins until you have some more miles on them. I have noticed this on all Michelins I have installed, and Tire Rack also cautions about it. Those tires have about 20,000 miles on them at this point, and saw no improvement after miles were added.
The LeRoys 05/29/16 09:05pm Towing
RE: First time towing with the new van, not fun!

Took it for a test drive yesterday. It performed as bad as I remember, or possibly worse. Dreading the thought of a 1000 mile round trip in it. I had hopes that the combo of the springs and the dampener might make it a better experience. I think I may give your adjustable castor bushings and have it re-aligned. I just had it aligned last week. Or maybe I'll see about getting a 3/4 ton crew cab truck again. With 4 kids (10 and under) that would mean 2 would have to ride up front to keep the air bags turned off, and the wife would have to ride in the back seat.
The LeRoys 05/29/16 09:04pm Towing
RE: First time towing with the new van, not fun!

I haven't towed much since last June due to some changes in our plans. Last week I had and additional leaf installed. I hope to give it a test drive this weekend. If its not better, I'll have one more added. I also had the factory steering stabilizer added. Hoping for a huge difference!!
The LeRoys 05/22/16 09:52pm Towing
RE: Truck Tires - I Want Good Ones

Another vote for Michelin LTX MS2 tires, but make sure your alignment and everything is right first. They last forever if everything is setup correctly! I had one set go 80K miles and still have tread left but they were starting to show dryrot and were 6 years old.
The LeRoys 10/14/15 01:11am Tow Vehicles
What is included in the Tow Package for the Expedition

I'm looking at the newer Ford Expedition & Expedition EL models and looking at their tow ratings on the guide on this site. There is a significant difference in two capacity if they have the "tow package". However, I haven't been able to find a definition of what is included in that package. Is it something that can be added if I purchase a used vehicle?
The LeRoys 10/14/15 12:50am Tow Vehicles
RE: First time towing with the new van, not fun!

Wow! So I checked again to verify that I have 3/1 springs. The smallest replacement pack I can find online is 4/1 and they support 2775lbs. Looking I see 4/1, 6/1, 9, and 10 leaf options. The capacity of the 9 is actually less than a 6/1. I wonder if the smaller 10 leaf option is too stiff at 4000lbs? Maybe the 6/1 at 3750 is enough? http://www.generalspringkc.com/Leaf_Springs_Ford_Van_E250_E350_1992_2011_s/1891.htm
The LeRoys 06/14/15 04:00pm Towing
RE: First time towing with the new van, not fun!

That makes sense! Where should I look for a new rear suspension? What brand / model? Should I look at that RoadMaster Active? Rear Air Bags?
The LeRoys 06/14/15 01:08pm Towing
RE: First time towing with the new van, not fun!

There are 4 leaf springs and the shocks appear to be factory. Could I have too much weight on front wheels and not enough on rear? Tongue weight is a little over 1000lbs and almost 20% of that is on front wheels. Back axle has only about 4800lbs on it while rated to 6084. I'm thinking a Safe-T-Plus should be my next step along with a 4 wheel alignment. Then consider new shocks, and a trac bar.
The LeRoys 06/14/15 10:07am Towing
RE: First time towing with the new van, not fun!

I will check the springs in the morning. As for the shocks, it is possible they are factory, I haven't looked at those either yet. The travel trailer towed like a dream for over 2 years with my Silverado. With the play in the steering wheel and its wandering. Would a steering stabilizer like a Safe T Plus help?
The LeRoys 06/06/15 09:45pm Towing
RE: First time towing with the new van, not fun!

I've got the new 14K Hitch on and have it adjusted perfectly. I've taken it to be weighed and things look to balance out really well. Plenty of weight on the front wheels, good percentage of tongue weight. THe tires are inflated properly on van & camper. I had taken it on a few short test tows, and it seemed better, not as great as a diesel pickup, but better. So I was feeling pretty good heading out on a 300 mile drive today. Day one of our 11 week trip. By about an hour in I was ready to cancel the trip and go home. It was very windy, rainy, and I was driving through the construction zones on uneven pavement with a lot of tractor trailers passing me. I was being pushed and pulled all over the road, it was very uncomfortable. It wasn't as bad as the first tow, but it wasn't a pleasant experience either. I stopped after a few hours and made some adjustments. First taking off the hitch haul on the back of the camper which had a few totes on the back, and moving that weight further forward. It got slightly better, but still not great. I found holding the wheel with resistance in both directions in both hands helped some as well. The steering wheel seems very sensitive and the slightest movement will cause a big reaction on the back end. The hitch sway control on the equalizer seemed to end sway pretty quickly, but the amount of pull on the TT and TV was still far more than I'm used to with a truck. I'm pretty sure its because of the hitch being so far behind the rear wheels on the van compared to a truck acting as a HUGE lever. It seems we're moving in the right direction of improving things, but its not as good as I want it to be yet. What should I consider next? Should I post this or have it moved to a Class B/C issue because people towing there would have a similar wheel base and steering issue? I'm thinking something like the roadmaster active suspension? Or would a track bar be my next option?
The LeRoys 06/05/15 08:38pm Towing
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