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RE: Do I have enough goat?... I mean Ram......

When fully aired up, the P rated tires do a respectable job. I would stick with them until it's time for new ones, then consider upgrading. Because I live in snow country, I'll be upgrading to those LTs before next Winter. The OEM Goodyear SRAs that come on these Rams are not impressive in snow and ice. I added the OEM brake controller after the fact and couldn't be happier. It's the smoothest braking I've ever experienced. Virtually no herky-jerky. However, there have been reports of inadequate braking when using the OEM one in conjunction with heavy duty trailer axles. That shouldn't be an issue with a 1500 though, since such a trailer would be way too heavy in the first place.
BillyW 02/19/17 04:00pm Tow Vehicles
RE: TPO Roofs

Grand Design mentions a 12 year warranty on the roof material. At one time, that pretty much meant TPO. EPDM was warrantied for 10 years. Not sure if that is still the case. Either material works fine. EPDM chalks off slowly, which can result in streaks on the trailer's sides. Those streaks can take a lot of elbow grease to remove. However, I wouldn't let that stop me from choosing a brand or model that was otherwise what I wanted.
BillyW 02/19/17 12:44pm Travel Trailers
RE: Houston, we have a weight problem

Ram seems to build in a pretty large cushion between GVWR and combined GAWR in their 1500s. I have towed and hauled a lot of miles with mine, and so far it's been a pleasure to drive. Though you may be pushing it with your selected trailer, I think it's doable.
BillyW 02/19/17 12:36pm Travel Trailers
RE: Be Afraid... Be Very Afraid...

A units quality is fairly directly tied to it's weight so finding one the size you desire in a "1/2 ton towable" weight would imply less durability. for my money I would not be looking at lightweights if I wanted quality.Blanket statements like this should be taken with a grain of salt.
BillyW 02/18/17 07:03pm Travel Trailers
RE: 2017 F-350 DRW 0-60 testing

If an 85000 lb Freightliner can get 13 mpg there certainly is room for a piddly little 1 ton to do better than 10 mpg pulling an 18000 lb RV. I call BS at 85K. Maybe running bobtail at 55 mph, but not at rated weight. When I bought a Freightliner 2 years ago for work, they were trying to crack the 10mpg mark, at 80K, with some unique aerodynamics. Let's get real....I think 4x4ord was referencing this.
BillyW 02/18/17 12:57pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Got it narrowed down to a few, opinions please.......

I also think it's important to consider how long of trips you intend. My current trailer is pretty basic and does well for camping trips. It will suffice for longer journey's but I think I would appreciate those bells and whistles. From the brands you've narrowed it to, Open Range would be my choice.
BillyW 02/17/17 08:23am Travel Trailers
RE: Be Afraid... Be Very Afraid...

I'm not that familiar with KZ products. I like both Grand Design and Jayco, but the Imagine line is a serious step up from the Jay Feather line, and I would choose it every time.
BillyW 02/15/17 04:03pm Travel Trailers
RE: Is my Ram 2500 a wimp or am I missing something here?

2500s are typically limited to an artificially low GVWR under 10,000 lbs. regardless of the vehicles actual capacity/ability. They are often nearly identical to their 3500 brethren that are rated much higher.
BillyW 02/14/17 08:05pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Running A/C with extension cord into 20 amp outlet.

I leave a Kill-o-watt plugged into an outlet in the trailer to monitor voltage. At home, I've noticed that it steadily drops as time goes by. I end up having to shut down after an hour or so as the voltage will drop clear down to 104 VAC. And that's using a 20' 30 amp extension cord.
BillyW 02/14/17 11:53am Tech Issues
RE: Timbren or Sumo Super Springs?

On the other hand, the Timbrens were terrible on my half ton Ram. They caused the ride to be extremely stiff and jarring, even negatively influencing handling. Probably just the wrong product for my light duty application.
BillyW 02/13/17 02:53pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Cryptic message from Mexico

Take care and heal fast, Mex!
BillyW 02/12/17 07:44pm Tech Issues
RE: Another 'New Used' Question

Since we have become empty nesters, our travel style and (anticipated) trailer weight fall into the same range as you mention. My Ram 1500 has similar dimensions and likely less payload than your projected F150, but I would have no problem towing that trailer. And based on my current trailer which is admittedly shorter and lighter, I expect no problems. But if it would have fit in my garage, I would have liked a 3/4 ton for that extra payload. You never know when it might come in handy.
BillyW 02/12/17 09:03am Tow Vehicles
RE: A question of filtering poor propane.

I had the problem once. It ruined a Mr Heater Buddy heater. I have since bought a fresh new hose and added a filter. I also switched to just using the 1 lb cylinders, that I refill myself, on my portable heaters with no more problems.
BillyW 02/12/17 08:53am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: A friend to many here on RV.net has passed.....

Dick gave me an accumulator for my trailer water system about 12 years ago. I still use it today. That was the only time I met him, but it was easy to see that he was a good guy. Very warm and welcoming.
BillyW 02/12/17 08:44am General RVing Issues
RE: Why wood roof trusses?

Mine cost $10K brand new and is still in great shape. It has all the basic amenities from A/C on top to fairly large holding tanks on the bottom, and does everything we need it to do. As per previous comments, a little maintenance goes a long ways. It's all wood with a rubber roof and aluminum skin, and NO leaks, rot, or mold after 13 years of permanent weather exposure. Though I agree that there should be better practices and more oversight at certain levels, I'm grateful that I could get into a unit at that price.
BillyW 02/10/17 12:09pm Travel Trailers
RE: Solar panel placement

I've found that wasps love to nest under my panels. I'm glad that I have them high enough that I can easily deal those pests.
BillyW 02/08/17 11:13am Tech Issues
RE: Narrowing Our Selection of Trailers

They all have pretty meager sized holding tanks, with the Vibe being best, but it's long! If I was buying a trailer that long, I would pay particular attention to the frame and suspension.
BillyW 02/08/17 11:08am Travel Trailers
RE: 2018 Ford Expedition

I know I can shift gears faster with the knob than with any other type of shifter I've ever dealt with. It responds lightening fast. It's very easy to rock the truck out of an icy ditch because it responds so quickly. It's very easy to get used to. Non-issue. I agree about the parking pawl. At least I can hear it click into place. From the Detroit Free Press I read the FREEP column. Looks like Ford is swinging for the fences here. But I wonder, is the 3.5L Ecoboost enough engine in this application for towing? The low profile tires (20" or 22" on the Platinum Edition, doesn't that affect towing? Are these multi-speed trannys CVT or what? Exterior kinda pedestrian, but how much styling can you do with a shoebox? Interior is certainly nice and can be ordered chock full of gee whiz gadgets. Last quesition: How much $$$$$$? LOL! You gotta catch up with the times! the 3.5 Ecoboost is Ford's most powerful gas engine in the half ton and below categories, and holds its own very well against the v8 competition. My truck sits on 20" OEM rims which didn't affect its tow rating at all, nor does it negatively affect towing. I guess too low profile could be trouble waiting to happen. The 10 speed tranny is just that, a 10 speed, no CVT.
BillyW 02/08/17 09:03am Tow Vehicles
RE: Lifted truck towing :(

I essentially have the same truck without the lift or larger tires. And I have 3.92 gears. My truck tows my 6000ish lb, 24' trailer awesomely. The Rams are conservatively rated in my opinion with that 6900 lb GVWR. The total GAWR is 7900 lb if I remember correctly. Not that I would want to push it that far, but I believe that gives me some wiggle room. I think it would apply to you too. However, if it were me with your lifted truck, I wouldn't go above 27-28 feet and perhaps 6500 lb, which is still going to put you over GVWR by at least 250 lbs. And I question if that 10,000 lb tow rating applies to the 3.21 gears.
BillyW 02/08/17 08:28am Travel Trailers
RE: Why wood roof trusses?

Wood is the wrong material to be used anywhere in a RV. I am convinced they all leak or trap moisture. At a minimum marine grade should be used in floors. The industry got the public hooked on pretty with low pricing. We see one thread after another on soft floors,mold etc. It's all metal top to bottom for me.It's just not so. It all comes down to how well it was made, and preventive maintenance. Preventive maintenance can even alleviate shoddy construction. I know this first hand.
BillyW 02/07/17 04:43pm Travel Trailers
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