My furnace is about 2ft from the garage. Used the knockout on that side and ran a vent line into the garage,also put a deflector on the line so I can heat it up faster than the rest of the TH.The floor is not insulated so I put a shag carpet down before we make it a play/bed room for the grand kids.
Sitting on the side of the road in 110 drgrees,looking at the damage done to your refrig,heater and entire side of your trailer,is not the way you'd like to START,your week of vacation....and that was only the begining,then you deal with tire companys..it's not my fault,your RV dealer..it's not my fault,insurance...it's not covered and all you wanted to do was go relax and unwind.The best money you will spend is on the tires.....You can't have fun if you can't get there,everything else is easy. My 2 cents.Been there done that. Now have ribs.
Nice looking rig!!! 12 ft garage is a must,double refrige,walk-a-round bed,big bathroom,looks just about what I would look at.Check the garage,you have to have the slide out to get back there,might not be a problem,but where I park ,and on the road it might be a pain..A lot depends on your usage of the TH,what your carrying back there,and where you are going.My first trailer lasted 2 years,and then I figured out what I needed,not just what I thought I would like.Kinda your situation.The thing I found out was that some of the "nice" things where not necessary,but weight,battery banks,inv/charger,air-hitch,2nd HVAC,led lights,strength of rear ramp,H2o capacity,and the daily living design.Also suspension and TIRES.Take your time and get friends that you camp with to go along,hell,we all like to look,2or 10 heads are better than 1!!!!
08 F450 and pull from 16k to 19k.Truck pulls great going to Flagstaff,and the 4.88s do the job.The 450 was actually "detuned" somewhat so as to make it an all day tow truck.Love the brakes,wide front end and running on flat ground 9-10 Mph,going uphill 5 to 7 mpg.It pulled 2 class c's out of the mud at Big Lake,But in no way is it a mudder.
The "cooking " of the batts,depends on several factors,amp output of charger and how many items constantly pulling amps down,also how many batteries you have.If your charger puts out only 3 amps,probably no problem,but you are gonna run the Onan all night to recharge from a low battery state,if a 10 amp charger might boil out the batts if left plugged in all the time. The advantage of 3 stage smart charger is you can set the ranges of charge and it will automatically reduce charging rate as battery is charged.Mine will start out at 80 amps and go down from there.If I am running a small genny I can cut back charging amps so the genny won't cut off.I consider the inverter/charger one of the best things I have installed on my TH,and yes I boondock almost every time I camp.
08 F450 with 4.88 rear end.It was made to work all the time so,it is detuned from the factory so you want tear it up. Pulls great just not fast down the road and milage sucks. It is a pleasure to drive,and at 60 to 65 it just cruises down the road,quite,smooth etc. Have had an Air Safe hitch and although expensive, it really has made a difference on washboards like I-10 to CA. Has been good TV for me. Main reason to carry fuel is no stops at $$$ places in CA or up in Flag.Plus can go out and camp,and come home w/o fuel stops.Easier and less stress comming home. Would love to have an MDT but need a P/U around the house.
I have spare between frame in behind axles,so it is out of way,however I moved my rear jacks to behind tires to keep them from dragging.
get a straight edge and put behind rear tires at ground and lift to bumper,everything it touches will get torn off at some time,spare,jacks,gas station,steps,and tail lights if below bumper..Plan to move them all...
Bought receiver tube from autohouse on Mcdowell road.Welded 2 I beams accross rear which fit inside rear I beams of 5th wheel. Then ran receiver tube about 3ft under trailer and to I beams. Also tagged rear bumber,but main support is beams.Later came back and added 2ft skid plate,so I can drag the rear and not lose anything.I soldered an RV plug brakes and lights,so I have trailer brakes on one axle of my double. I am a little over when I pull,but no problems,been to Buttercup,and CA has never stopped me.In Az I pull to Flag,Williams,Page,and down south and as long as it looks reasonable,and the equipment looks professional, I think your good to go.I take a Ranger,2 Grizzely's,Kymco 110,Honda 90,Honda 400,when everyone goes...gotta love-it. I also carry about 90 gals of fuel,so I NEVER go into stations pulling doubles.
I am in the same type of back up area beside the house that you are ,I also have a Cox cable box right at the curb so it gives me an aiming point.The one thing I do to make turn easier and lessen tire scrub is wet the asphalt down with water.It cools the asphalt and makes it slick so the tires slide easier and don't bunch up a lot of the roadway.
One of the things I did was add the fuel /tool tank to make life easier.Can carry an extra 55 gal so I don't have to stop to fuel up,while double towing.Makes camping so much easier,just have to worry about where I'm gonna camp,not where can I pull in a 65 ft rig to fuel up.Almost all of my camping is "off grid" so finding a spot just takes a little patience,however my once a year trip to Bolsa-Chica in CA can get quite pinchy if your neighbors won't move their vehicles while you bend a few rims backing in.Slow and steady keeps it fun!
Thanks for all replies,I looked at Maximum Signal also,but their website is not real informative.I will probably wait till a booster is availble for 3 and 4 g on T-Mobil.I would like a portable unit for the Ford when traveling and the 5th when out in the 'boonies',would mount a permanant antenna on 5th and move booster between them, mag mount on truck along with CB.
I haven't ridden much in CA except dunes,but I take the grandkids in the back seat,no longer allowed in CA .SSSo I gotta balance what might be comming to AZ.The Ranger has gone where no man has ever traveled,not really, but I have it the way I like,so it looks like 4 seater RZR down the road.It really gets me the way they pass laws to protect the idiots that screw up and get someone hurt or even worse.You can't fix stupid .RZR4 900 at end of year.
The only time I had a smell in my garage was when I put the Oklahoma Joe smoker away after cooking a turkey for 8 hours.Thought it was dead out,I was dead wrong!!
Stopped for a potty break and cheez...smoking in the garage.Pulled smoker out ,turned on fan in garage and smoke was gone...funny though ,every time I load the toys I get hungry!!!!No gas smell however,just BBQ.......
I'm pretty sure it has a voltage senser that must time out before transfer switch is activated.I know at high altitudes or if it has been awhile (30) days since genny was run it takes about 3-5 minuets.Once motor warms up and runs smooth thus putting out constant current it switchs over.If I am camping and run it once or twice it switches over really quickly,30 to 40 secs.
Anyone had any luck with the Wilson line of cell phone amplfiers? It seems all the reviews are either love it or hate it.Would like to use to create hotspot while out in boonies.I realize that there are limitations as to what can be done,but in most places we can get cell coverage,just not enough bars to get good reception.
X-2 Mapguy,Only power source is positive lead in 7-way or back in 4xbox where everything is tied together.My guess is trailer plug where they are all so close its easy to get a loose wire whisker touching.If you know where this positive wire is at the BATTS,disconnect and see if lights go off.
At the last RV show there was not a single TH that had more than 2700 for pay load.Most had 5.2kk axles but weighed 15-16k dry...and topped out at 18k.What happened? My 06 has same axles but weighs 11.5 dry and they say 15.6k total...They do not account for any pin weight..which is around 3k...Did they start using a different formula to figure weights? Just wondering..
I have been debating the 50 vs 60 for awhile.In AZ, most trails are FS roads,however at the present time I can access most with a Ranger.I feel that when the motorized maps are complete more trails will be closed,and the Fun ones will become 50" trails.At the present time I take 2 ATVs and the Ranger,but would like to make life easier with just a single vehicle....Soooo I am gonna wait and see what happens this next year or so before I change anything.My GRizzleys have ESP and are really a blast but the DW has had hand problems for the last year,so it limits the length of our rides.She started on 400ex's so she can RIDE,it is just her hand goes to sleep after a couple hours...so we short ride ATVs and take the Ranger on anything over 3 hours.Till then I,ll be pulling doubles.