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RE: Why I carry a boat-load of lumber

You really should level up with the wheels and not the stab jacks!!!
coolmom42 07/24/16 08:30pm General RVing Issues
RE: born free RVs

Foretravel is in Nacogdoches TX not Iowa Wrong. Their mailing address & mfg facility is in Iowa. BORN FREE RV
coolmom42 07/24/16 08:26pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: NOW what ?? SO confused!!

The F150 with ECO boost will be plenty truck to safely handle your trailer. Like mentioned above, put yourself ahead 2 or 3 years and make sure you have enough truck for whatever trailer you envision having then. Good rule of thumb is and trailer that potentially would weigh over 6500 lbs is better suited for a 250/2500 series truck. This. I've recently done a 800 mile trip in a "normally" equipped (not heavy duty) F150 with the 6 cyl Ecoboost, pulling a much heavier trailer (26') than that plus a fair amount of cargo in the truck. It is a great combination. The Ecoboost has a LOT of power. Your limiting factor is almost always going to be the cargo capacity of the truck. With a trailer that weight you are not going to even come close to overloading the truck or the rear axle. As someone said, when you get up to about 6500 lb, then you are going to need a heavier truck. So if you plan to go up to a much heavier trailer in the next few years, get a heavier truck. But otherwise, you can tow what you have plus a lot more with the F150 Ecoboost. They are great trucks. I don't know where some people in this thread are getting the idea that you have a 10K lb trailer.... I doubt that you have much over 4000 lb. What you need to do is get the actual loaded weight of the trailer, look at the towing capacity and cargo capacity of the truck, and do the math. The tongue weight of the trailer will be 10-15% of the loaded trailer weight. That becomes part of the cargo of the truck. But I have a hard time believing that you are at even 2/3 of the truck capacity with that trailer. The weight of the truck itself has little to do with the towing capabilities. What you need is an adequate engine, and you have that, plus adequate cargo capacity, and you have that. When someone tells you that a truck is "light" that is such a vague term that it's meaningless. Ask that person exactly what he means, and he won't be able to tell you.
coolmom42 07/24/16 08:15pm Tow Vehicles
RE: buying older TT...as tiny home

I think you should consider a composting toilet to deal with your black waste. Tee into the home's existing system for your gray water. This will avoid a lot of pluggage problems. One consideration is the electric panel. You will need at least a 30 amp/120 V connection, and if your trailer needs 2 AC units to cool it, you will need a 50 amp/120 V supply. So somewhere in the electric panel there needs to be enough available circuits to supply the current. Definitely get a licensed electrician to hook this up and be very clear on the power supply and the type of outlet you need.
coolmom42 07/24/16 12:05pm Beginning RVing
RE: Compressor. Do you need one?

We carry a good-sized air tank. Refill as needed at any gas stop.
coolmom42 07/23/16 12:54pm Full-time RVing
RE: My new van buildout thread

You could get a stabilizer jack like RVs use. Put it under one end of the bed platform, use a power drill to run it up/down as needed.
coolmom42 07/23/16 12:53pm Tech Issues
RE: My new van buildout thread

Motors and things sound too expensive and complicated. I thinking hard but cant picture an easy way to accomplish that. I'll keep thinking on it but I'm also still wondering what all the ice is used for. Margaritas? :) She sells shaved ices. I would love to have one right now.
coolmom42 07/23/16 12:51pm Tech Issues
RE: HWY 2 between West Glacier and East Glacier Montana

It does cross the continental divide, but at a much lower elevation than other passes such as Logan. That's why the railroad and US highway go through Marias Pass. It's a good road, take your time and you will have a great ride.
coolmom42 07/23/16 10:44am Roads and Routes
RE: State Park destruction in Michigan's UP

All you can do is head for the sturdiest building in the campground, or at least out from under trees. A weather alert radio is great, but you have to know what frequencies to tune it to.
coolmom42 07/21/16 08:50pm General RVing Issues
RE: Smell/odor in trailer

Was it smoked in before you owned it?
coolmom42 07/21/16 05:21pm Travel Trailers
RE: looking to replace u-shape dinette and love seat sofa

For the recliners, look at LazyBoy or Flexsteel. And, as the above person said, don't get stuck looking at a table sized for 4. Size it for whatever you need.
coolmom42 07/16/16 07:30pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Dropbox Blues??

Mine works fine, although I have filled my quota of free space, and do not want to buy 1 TB for $9.99 per month It's $99 paid annually, which is 17% less.
coolmom42 07/15/16 06:15pm Technology Corner
RE: First "long" overnight trip

Check uscampgrounds.info for data on almost all publicly owned campgrounds, from Federal to city parks.
coolmom42 07/12/16 12:37pm Beginning RVing
RE: Current events having second thoughts

Nope. Turn the tv off and enjoy life. This.
coolmom42 07/11/16 06:49pm Family Camping
RE: SUV Help

Okay, pretend your old aunt, whose claim to fame is that she has been driving a standard shift all her life, and has driven just about anything, Class A's, C's, but has never towed, has decided she wants to buy an untra light trailer like a Casita but needs a vehicle to tow it with. She doesn't want new because she would have a heart attack paying that kind of money, but she doesn't have clue about tow packages or tongue weight. Also she really wants an SUV, not a truck because the look pretty. Could you give her some advise? She has learned that dealers will tell you anything to make a sale so she would like to go to a dealer with the right questions. And remember she is your favorite aunt, not one who your expecting to inherit from? Thanks The smaller Casitas can be towed with a properly equipped Toyota Highlander, and any of them with a Sequoia. Also look at Ford Explorers. The hard part will be finding a used Highlander or Explorer with a tow package, they are not common. She is much more likely to find a used Sequoia with a tow package, but they are pricey. Others that would work would be a Chevy Traverse, GMC Acadia, Acura MDX, Nissan Pathfinder or Nissan Armada. And BTW, I'm with your aunt, I prefer a SUV to a truck. :D And I know the SUVs that would work, because I'm looking at doing exactly the same thing. :D She should also look at the smallest Jaycos and Gulfstreams.
coolmom42 07/09/16 07:48pm Travel Trailers
RE: Want some opinions

Stop and think about if you will use the extra Coachman features. Are you someone who wants to cook and grill outside? If not, you won't use the outside kitchen. Make sure the important features of either one are accessible if the slides are in. You want to be able to stop for a quick bathroom or lunch break without putting the slides out.
coolmom42 07/09/16 07:35pm Travel Trailers
RE: I-40 at Nashville TN

We are now in Carthage TN (Defeated Creek COE) headed to Tupelo MS (Trace St Park) Get on 840 close to Lebanon, and go west, to the exit for SR46. Turn northeast on SR46, and it will intersect Natchez Trace parkway. By far the best route and light traffic.
coolmom42 07/08/16 03:31pm Roads and Routes
RE: Travel Trailer Tow questions

Your biggest weight problem is going to be the cargo capacity of your tow vehicle. The tongue weight of the trailer should be 10-15% of the loaded trailer weight. That tongue weight becomes part of your cargo. To that, you will need to add a good weight distributing hitch such as Equal-i-zer (about 60 lb), plus the weight of all passengers and their belongings loaded in the Cherokee. So find the cargo capacity of your vehicle and start doing the math. Tow rating is only part of the equation when it comes to selecting a proper vehicle/RV combo.
coolmom42 07/04/16 04:59pm Tow Vehicles
RE: It finally fits!!!!

Nice job! A good driveway makes life much easier.
coolmom42 07/03/16 07:02pm Travel Trailers
RE: In Camper Cooking - smells?

I cook in mine all the time. Vent fans are wonderful tools. I see it as a non issue. We cook in our trailer all the time, for anything we would cook at home. There is absolutely no problem with odor, actually less than at home because you can turn over the camper air volume so quickly. I don't see why a truck camper would be any different than a small trailer. Use the vent fan, don't burn the food, and clean up THOROUGHLY afterwards. I think cleaning up is where a lot of people have problems. Wash the dishes, wipe down the stove & cabinet thoroughly with soapy water. Another important thing is to take out the trash, immediately after putting any food in it. This could pose a problem if you have to pack out your trash with no local disposal facilities. Otherwise, just take it to the campground disposal facility ASAP. Open a window or 2, run the vent fan or roof vent, and you will completely turn over the air in the camper very quickly. That should get rid of any lingering smells not taken care of by the previous steps.
coolmom42 07/02/16 08:10pm Truck Campers
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