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RE: Getting Serious About Weight.....

Seems to me. You are over the payload of your truck just using the dry weight of the TT. BEFORE you add any weight to the TT. On this we agree. :C
Desert Captain 04/26/17 09:00pm General RVing Issues
RE: Add one to enhance towing experience

If only that were true.... sadly it is not. What appears as a dry weight varies, with little if any rhyme or reason, from manufacturer to manufacturer. No one ever drives a "dry" / empty RV and until you load it for a normal trip and take it to the local scale you will have no idea what you are dealing with. Additionally manufacturers fudge (as in lie, provide alternate facts etc.}, as to what the dry tongue weight will be. Most will use 10 per cent when they know it should be at least 13 or more just to make their rig sound more towable. Dry weights are absolutely useless and believing them or anyone who quotes them to you is a huge mistake. {Terryallan and I must agree to disagree on this one....and that's OK too} :R
Desert Captain 04/26/17 08:58pm Towing
RE: Add one to enhance towing experience

Your truck appears to not have a factory tow package. Definitely add a trans cooler but know that there is more to a tow package than just trans cooling. Trucks with a factory tow package usually have larger cooling systems {along with a trans cooler}, larger alternators and batteries as well. Beefing up your shocks and going with LT {not "P"} tires, will also help. A quality weight distribution hitch is a good idea and when shopping trailers ignore all dry weights... they are not your friends. Keep the trailer light and you should be OK. As always.... Opinions and YMMV Good luck. :C
Desert Captain 04/26/17 05:45pm Towing
RE: Getting Serious About Weight.....

Sounds like you are lot closer to 8,000# loaded. Always ignore dry weights as they are a joke {and the joke will always be on you}. At 8,000# your tongue weight - 1,040#{ and the weight of the hitch}, will eat up about 90 per cent of your available payload. Get to a scale and weigh the rig loaded for a normal camping run and I'm sure you'll find that you are over your TV's payload. Tow ratings are almost as big a joke as dry weights. You will always run out of payload and probably rear axel limits long before you get anywhere near your so called "towing capacity". If you load very light you will probably be OK but I think you have been pushing the envelope... the extra firewood sent you a valuable message. One last thought, are you running "P" tires or LT's? Yep, you need to be running LT's and if you've been running P's you will see serious improvement in the ride and handling when you switch to LT's.. As always.... Opinions and YMMV. :C
Desert Captain 04/26/17 05:37pm General RVing Issues
RE: E450 V10?

"I did not use tow/haul mode except in some severe situations." That's too bad as the non use of Tow Haul is hard on the trans {it runs hotter}, and hard on the brakes as they are needed far more than with the proper TH use. Every Class C renter {at least a dozen}, I have spoken with was never told about using Tow Haul. Just another reason I will never buy a former rental unit. As always.... Opinions and YMMV :C Please explain how running in tow haul increases the trans temp. It would seem to me that the opposite is true. Certainly the engine runs at higher rpms and burns more gas. If you drive easy, you don't need to ride the brakes. I experience much better performance running my Expedition without tow/haul. Thanks It doesn't... Please re read my post... I stated {correctly}, that the "NON" use of tow haul increases trans temps. Any rig that is operating anywhere near its GVWR {like most of the larger Class C's out there}, or towing anything should have the TH engaged at ALL times. When using TH on long down grades the the braking afforded by the engine/transmission nearly eliminates the need for the brake pedal and you are not burning a drop of gas. If you had a Scan Gauge or other display that showed the trans fluid temps you would realize that you have been cooking your trans, especially on long slight grades by not using TH. Even a 2 per cent grade will drive your trans temps up 12 - 20 degrees. Engage TH and watch it drop like a stone as the Torque Converter is locked up eliminating friction/slippage that generates heat. Tow Haul is one of the most useful, least understood and consequently properly used functions found on any motorhome/truck. It's all right there in the owners manual. Better performance comes from running the rig the way the engineers designed it for optimum efficiency. :C
Desert Captain 04/19/17 08:37pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: E450 V10?

"I did not use tow/haul mode except in some severe situations." That's too bad as the non use of Tow Haul is hard on the trans {it runs hotter}, and hard on the brakes as they are needed far more than with the proper TH use. Every Class C renter {at least a dozen}, I have spoken with was never told about using Tow Haul. Just another reason I will never buy a former rental unit. As always.... Opinions and YMMV :C
Desert Captain 04/19/17 12:47pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Aliners

While good clean used Aliners can be hard to find they are worth hunting for. We found a nice Classic in "as new" condition for thousands less than a new one. They tow like a dream and are very roomy but the lack of a formal bathroom and a minimalist kitchen had us moving up to a conventional TT in just a year. I did sell it in a heartbeat for what I paid for it so no complaints. Aliners are a great way to introduce your family to camping for not a lot of money. :C
Desert Captain 04/18/17 08:07pm Folding Trailers
RE: Your Tales Please Automatic Awning vs Manual

I had a manual awning on my 22' TT and the 24' C that we now have has an electric. I prefer the electric hands down. Since it is so easy to just hold down a button and watch it roll up nice and snug I never hesitate to do it. With the manual I sometimes waited too long before giving in and going through the hassles of manually rolling it up. I have learned {the hard way}, to NEVER leave an awning, any awning, up over night or when we leave the site. The electric makes this much easier {and far more likely}, to accomplish. I would never trust {as in leave the site}, an automatic, wind sensing roll up device. I've seen too many of them fail usually with disastrous results. As always.... Opinions and YMMV. :C
Desert Captain 04/18/17 03:16pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Slide outs

OK, I'll play too... There are two kinds of people with slides, Those that have had trouble and those that will. :B But seriously..... well almost: Keeping in mind that among their other plusses and minus' slides add a lot of weight. Class C's, especially the larger ones, are vulnerable as they often have very little available payload {CCC, OCCC, ROCC etc.}. This gets worse with each additional slide. Avoid floor plans where the galley appliances {frig, stove}, are in the slide itself. Look for units that have easily accessible manual over rides, awnings and large seals. As always.... Opinions and YMMV. :C
Desert Captain 04/18/17 12:23pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Ride quality of class C vs. pulling trailer with truck

We towed a 22' - 5,600# TT for 4 years with our F-150 SCab before switching to a 24' Class C. The main reason for the change was that we wanted to do some long {cross country}, trips without the hassles of pulling a trailer. For us the change has been great. Just turn the key and go and being only 24' our C goes/fits just about anywhere with exactly the same amenities as our 22' TT. If you are 6' or less and the first number when you get on the scale is a "1" look for a Ford chassis and opt for the power drivers seat. It is infinitely adjustable but the Ford Chassis' cabs are a little tight for the larger folks. After 33,000 miles the original shocks were just about shot so I replaced with the Bilstein heavy duties {per their recommendation as we often tow my motorcycle and run close to our GVWR most of the time}. The ride was always good but it got much better with the Bilstein's. Passing truck are simply not an issue and it remains drivable even high winds {35 + - not much fun but doable}. :C
Desert Captain 04/18/17 10:51am Class C Motorhomes
RE: E450 V10?

Nice to see that the myth of using higher octane to solve mechanical problems is still alive. :S 30+ years of automotive engineering disagrees with you. I qualified my response by saying "ping" from pre-ignition can be cured by higher octane. Why the pre-ignition is occurring is hard to diagnose, but likely it is from carbon build up inside the combustion chamber. Higher octane fuel will not ignite until a higher in cylinder temperature is reached, such as an actual spark event nor just a "hot spot". In my case, anecdotal evidence proves I am correct. Nice job cherry picking my quote. "Ping" in a V-10, if in fact that is the problem, is not caused by running 87 octane gas. The V-10 was designed and engineered to run perfectly on 87 and running 93 is merely a waste of money misdirected at a problem that has not been addressed. The source of the problem needs to be identified and dealt with and buying 93 octane gas is at best a band aid solution. Like I said, Google it. I did and here is an interesting article by a Ford engineer on the real impact of using the wrong octane: http://oppositelock.kinja.com/the-real-impact-of-using-wrong-fuel-octane-1785829176 As always... Opinions and YMMV. :C
Desert Captain 04/16/17 09:40am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Utah in late September

We just returned from a great 9 day trip to southern Utah and are planning on returning the middle of September. The weather should be awesome and most of the kids will be back in school but... The weather in this area can change in a heartbeat so you will need to monitor conditions closely. With the internet and smartphones this is very easy to do. When we drove to Moab the weather was great but 2 hours behind us a blizzard dropped down onto Monticello {7,200'}, and the Lasal Mountains closing the pass over to Colorado. Plan on a wide range of conditions, pack and dress accordingly and you will have a blast. Do not miss Capitol Reef NP, even more spectacular than Arches and Canyonlands. Assume Bryce Canyon will be cold as it often is and Zion is just about perfect in September. The north Rim often shuts down early as, like Bryce, it sits at around 9,000'. The South Rim is milder but far more crowded. :B
Desert Captain 04/16/17 08:09am Roads and Routes
RE: E450 V10?

06' just hit 33,000. Sat all winter, oil changed a few weeks ago. Noticed a ping, chirp, sound, etc? from engine while on recent trip. All gauges were good and ran strong. Put some 93 octane in. Will see what happens. Nothing. Adding 93 octane won't do a thing except cost you extra money. Not true if it is a pre-ignition ping. I always run premium in my 4.6L E150 when going through the Smokey mountains, towing or not. Nice to see that the myth of using higher octane to solve mechanical problems is still alive. :S It doesn't. Google it. Far more productive to find what is actually causing the problem and appropriately address it. Not sure about other motors but the V-10 runs just fine on 87 octane {regular} and never needs 93 octane. :C
Desert Captain 04/15/17 09:34pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: E450 V10?

06' just hit 33,000. Sat all winter, oil changed a few weeks ago. Noticed a ping, chirp, sound, etc? from engine while on recent trip. All gauges were good and ran strong. Put some 93 octane in. Will see what happens. Nothing. Adding 93 octane won't do a thing except cost you extra money. :S
Desert Captain 04/15/17 08:13am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Safes

As noted, by putting in a safe you are merely hoping to make it easier for the thieves to steal from someone else. http://i549.photobucket.com/albums/ii362/Captottersea/IMG_0350_zps3ee8aa66.jpg While my little safe is not hidden {bottom of the closet}, it is thoroughly bolted down. Could a bad guy get it open or out? With time, tools and a lot of "want to", perhaps but most thieves are opportunists who just want to snatch, grab and go. We usually use it to store cash, electronics, prescription drugs and weapons as they are all far more secure inside the safe. Another benefit is when traveling through a state that does not recognize my concealed weapons permit. Unloaded and securely locked in the safe possession is completely legal but very {as in 20 seconds}, accessible. :C
Desert Captain 04/13/17 09:04am Travel Trailers
RE: Our best trip yet... southern Utah!

Desert Captain, I'm curious ... did you travel those terrific grades you mention in your E350 Class C, or on your Harley? We've traveled up some steep roads in our E450 Class C, but those climbs were for very short distances and we have a different differential ratio to help with transmission heating. Phil, the 18 and 14 per cent grades were done on my Harley in the middle of a 225 mile 6 hour ride. We routinely run into 10 per cent grades in our travels in the E-350/4:10 rear end but since I always run in Tow Haul it has never been a problem. Most 6 to 8 percenters don't even require much, if any use of the brakes. On the long climbs my trusty Scan Gauge keeps me apprised of the transmission and coolant temps. Even the eastbound climb up and out of Panamint Springs in Death Vally on a triple digit day in September did no harm but 224 and 230 were the highest readings I have ever seen and hopefully won't occur again. Once we cleared the summit they both immediately dropped back to normal {195/197}. Just for fun here is a shot I took up in northern California just outside of grass Vally/Nevada City. It's not a long grade but what it lacks in length it sure makes up for in the steepness: http://i549.photobucket.com/albums/ii362/Captottersea/IMG_0158_zps503e8473.jpg :C
Desert Captain 04/13/17 08:38am General RVing Issues
RE: What did you do to your Class C MH today???

Having just returned from a 9 day, 1,500 mile roundtrip to southern Utah it was time for some serious cleanup. My bride tackles the interior while I assume all exterior duties. A thorough de bug treatment, complete wash down and the application for a fair amount wax {but not a full wax job}, completed the exterior cosmetics. I have to replace or repair a small leak at the bathroom faucet and the rear hatch cover has developed a crack after 5 years. I've already replaced the other two so this should be a simple repair/replacement. No other mishaps. On this trip we turned over 41,000 miles in a little over the last 3.5 years and just keep on having waaaay too much fun. :B
Desert Captain 04/12/17 04:03pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Our best trip yet... southern Utah!

Where did you stay in Tuba City? The Quality Inn in Tuba City has a small, 20 site full hookup RV park back behind the Hotel. With the GS discount it was $26.54 a night. Nothing fancy and a few weeds but the restrooms are neat and clean, some pull throughs available. The "Hogan" restaurant on site has pretty good food and lots of it. It was a good place to stop both coming and going but reservations are recommended. :C
Desert Captain 04/11/17 01:27pm General RVing Issues
RE: Our best trip yet... southern Utah!

There is no 4 miles of 18 per cent grade on rt 12. Where are you talking about? You are dead wrong my friend unless they have moved that section of SR12 since last Friday morning. The sign that warns of the upcoming "18 percent grade next 4 miles with tight curves" is precisely what and where I described. While I was way too busy safely transiting this section of SR12 to take any photos I did find a nice shot on line. Go to: www.dreamyourride.com/2014/10/utah-state-route-12.html and look at the second shot which was taken at the top of the grade in question. As you can see from this shot the road drops off the chart on both sides as well as just ahead before dropping all the way down to Escalante State Park. While this section is clearly the most challenging, dangerous stretch of all of SR12 there is also an additional stretch a few miles up the road that is marked as 14 percent grade. The climb up and over from Torrey to Boulder is steep and tight but nothing like the section we are discussing. :S
Desert Captain 04/11/17 01:22pm General RVing Issues
RE: Our best trip yet... southern Utah!

Gee, and to think I spend all summer up there. Utah is one beautiful state. You forgot to take the road out of Cedar City on Hwy 14 over toward Long Valley Junction on Hwy 89. And another great drive is off Hwy 14 on Hwy 148 to Parowan, Utah. Take you time, this is one beautiful drive. This summer I plan on driving up around the Park City area. No worries.... been there done that . :B
Desert Captain 04/11/17 09:01am General RVing Issues
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