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RE: Towing situation - update

Here is a close up of the truck and trailer hitched. http://i.imgur.com/HG5gp2Ul.jpg Here is one from a distance. http://i.imgur.com/1myYPeBl.jpg Tom Yes. You will need to get the front down some. Once you get the front down. the back will take care of itself. Pulling another link/ making it tighter by hanging another link free might do it. But you may also need to tilt the hitch head toward the TT more. That looks way off.
Terryallan 11/24/14 08:26pm Travel Trailers
RE: Towing situation - update

It's just me of course. But the 1 inch rise in front. Seems a bit much. If it was me. I would try to get the front down at least another 1/2 inch.
Terryallan 11/23/14 03:43pm Travel Trailers
RE: Upgrading tow vehicle

It has been awhile since I towed with an Expedition. It was a 2002 Eddie Bauer, 5.4, 4x4, with 3.55 gears. I towed a 6000lb 27' TT with it. I towed the same TT with a 2004 3.55, 5.4. 4x2 F150 in my sig. And to tell you the truth. there is not a nickels worth of difference in the way one tows over the other. BOTH do a great job. Both handle the load well, and neither one has any sway. I know the SUV haters will argue that since the Expe had a 118" WB, and the 150 has a 145" WB. But the hitch was setup right on both, and so there is no sway with either. Both are a pleasure to tow with. as for the tires. If you put some heavier load tires on it. Could help, although mine just had OEM tires, and still did great. And yeah. It's a huge up grade from the Avie. Avalanches are notorious for having a low tow rating. Prolly the gears, and the weight.
Terryallan 11/23/14 09:27am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2015 F150 EPA Rating

What I find interesting is the big difference between 4x4 and 4x2 numbers. For the 4x4, the 2.7L EcoB numbers drop a lot. And all engines get the same 23 mpgUS on hwy (except the 5L V8 which is worse). And on city the range is only 17-18mpgUS (except the V8 which is worse). So for a 4x4, not much of a mileage reason to go to the 2.7L EcoB or the NA V6. Not sure why the 4x2s are so much better. Tires? Prolly weight. 4x4 weighs a lot more. And then IF the front axles are always engaged. It has to turn them as well. After a while you will notice that not only do 2WD trucks get better MPG, but they tow more as well. Mostly because of weight.
Terryallan 11/22/14 09:12am Tow Vehicles
RE: Power cord length on Apex 214rb?

I have a 288BH My cord is 25'
Terryallan 11/22/14 08:54am Travel Trailers
RE: securing a travel trailer

OP didn't specify where he would be leaving it. If in a CG. No problem. However, IF at Wal Mart, Lowe's, or a truck stop. Better lock the coupler. Much more risk there.
Terryallan 11/21/14 08:35am Travel Trailers
RE: do gassers offer anything like the DP engine brake

I don't know what year the tow/haul mode was introduced into rv's, but I would not buy one without it. It makes a huge difference descending grades. I got a dp now but had a 2011 f53 and that tow/haul mode is awesome and just as effective or better that a exhaust brake. Even before Tow Haul. Gas engines had GREAT braking when down shifted. My 04 150 does not have tow haul. But all I have to do to slow down the vehicle. Is pull it back to 2nd, or 1st. It will make you fall forward against the seatbelts
Terryallan 11/20/14 06:26pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: do gassers offer anything like the DP engine brake

the new Allison trans with braking..for gassers is truly a wonderful piece of engineering but..some facts about diesels and gassers are getting misconstrued diesels have such good compression braking because.they are HIGH compression engines..like 20:1 much higher than gas engines shut the fuel to a minimum and restrict the exhaust and it take a lot of energy to force that engine to rotate diesel engines are "free breathers" ..the fuel is controlled NOT the air intake gas engines both fuel and air are controlled.. BUT the air intake is restricted only when there is no throttle.. the gas engine does NOT have naturally occurring engine braking as some have suggested restricting air intake..throttle body or carb flaps only reduces air into the take..(like suction).. it does not do anything to increase compression and reduce engine speed other than reducing combustion of fuel in the engine diesel or gas ..tis all about low gears and good driving and Knowing how to use whats available In truth. Diesels only have high compression on the front side. They have o on the back side. With out a exhaust brake. A diesel just free wheels.
Terryallan 11/20/14 08:17am Class A Motorhomes
RE: do gassers offer anything like the DP engine brake

Thing is. Diesel Exhaust brakes were developed to give diesels the braking, that gas engines already had. You want to slow down a gas powered vehicle. Drop a gear, want to slow down more. Drop another one.
Terryallan 11/19/14 11:01pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: I know why Goodyear calls them Marathons

Terry, you're like the third person to suggest the lottery. Maybe I'll start. I think it really comes down to how you care for your tires. All tires can be abused and fail early no matter what brand. My tires say max psi is 50lbs. I always checked and kept at around 43-45lbs. From what I've seen here and from word of mouth it seems most tire abuse and failures are due to over(under) inflation and being over loaded. I think most could agree with that. In truth "most" Trailer tires fail from #1, dry rot. Tires oil themselves as they roll. TT tires that sit most of the time don't roll, and don't oil themselves. So they dry rot. Can have great tread, and look good, but be rotten. and #2, curbing. When tires are dragged over a curb in a turn. The sidewalls are damaged, and become weak. I will not run a TT tire over 4 years old. And I take great care of my TT tires. They are aired up at the beginning of each trip. but they sit, and so are rotting.
Terryallan 11/19/14 10:47pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: I know why Goodyear calls them Marathons

As for replacing tires every 4 years, I think that's like changing oil every 3000 miles. It's sort of wasteful in my opinion. You wouldn't think that IF you were sitting on the side of the road changing 1/2 of a 4 year old Goodyear Marathon. the other half being scattered all over the highway. You sir should be playing the lottery. You are VERY, VERY, VERY, VERY lucky. there will never be another Goodyear on anything I drive. It sounds like you've had bad experience with the marathon tires. I've had over 12 trouble free years with mine. I've seen on this forum people bash the "top of the line" Michelins. I think with tires it can be somewhat unpredictable. I'm sure many others have had a descent experience with marathon tires. I think it comes down to how well the tires have been cared for and a little luck. Also the original ArmorAll that I've been using has no petroleum distillates, no phosphorous, and says to use on rubber among other things. I can't prove ArmorAll had any effect, good or bad. you should be playing the lottery. You are a very fortunate man. 12 years running May pops (May pop at any second) Marathons. I value my family too much to try even one year with them again.
Terryallan 11/18/14 05:55pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: I know why Goodyear calls them Marathons

As for replacing tires every 4 years, I think that's like changing oil every 3000 miles. It's sort of wasteful in my opinion. You wouldn't think that IF you were sitting on the side of the road changing 1/2 of a 4 year old Goodyear Marathon. the other half being scattered all over the highway. You sir should be playing the lottery. You are VERY, VERY, VERY, VERY lucky. there will never be another Goodyear on anything I drive.
Terryallan 11/17/14 07:26pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Empty Nesters

Define empty nest. Where did they go? reason I ask. Unless they moved WAAAY far away. They will be back. Our children moved out, We got a TT just perfect for 2. Guess what. Every time the TT left the yard. They followed it. Once we didn't even tell them where we were going, Just gave the phone # to the CG. Woke up next morning. All of them were sitting on the picnic table waiting for us to get up. So. Don't count you trips alone too fast. They always come back, and BRING FRIENDS. Just sayin
Terryallan 11/17/14 07:21pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Now Dish is threatening to dump CBS!

So get an antenna. I'll bet CBS has a affiliate near you, and you can pick it up with just an antenna. I'll even bet that CBS has an affiliate near "most" places you go camping. In my area. I can pick up as many as 30 stations with just an antenna. And yes they are digital.
Terryallan 11/17/14 07:14pm Technology Corner
RE: Now Dish is threatening to dump CBS!

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Terryallan 11/17/14 07:12pm Technology Corner
RE: ducted vs non ducted ac

Hey y'all. I have had 2 TT with ducted air, and neither one of them had a duct in the bathroom. Haven't seen one that does. Leave the door cracked, and it will be cool in there.
Terryallan 11/16/14 06:37pm Travel Trailers
RE: Why not drain pink antifreeze right away?

OK what am I missing? I leave the pink in, and don't worry about it until my first trip. After I hookup at the CG. I just run a little water thru the lines, Then fill the WH, and I'm done. Why should there be a big deal about de winterizing? I just don't. Because it is a lot easier to do it here than on the road. Unlike you, I don't know where I'll be de-winterizing it. We will be somewhere on the road to AZ. It all depends where we hit the warmer weather. My water filter and drains are at the back of a compartment that will be packed with stuff. I'll be somewhat in a hurry. Removing the filter canister allows antifreeze to drain all over the compartment. It's a plastic tub with a drain, but it still makes a mess to clean up. It will still be cold. Darkness will be falling. I pretty much covered this in the first post. I don't understand why you make a big deal about an interesting question. I bet that if there was no problem, a lot of people would like to get it all done in one session. :) I guess what I'll probably do is drain it the day before we leave. That should work out fine. When I had a filter in my lines. I removed it before I winterized. Then all I had to do was run water thru the lines. It runs right into the fresh tank, and then down the sewer drain.
Terryallan 11/16/14 06:34pm Tech Issues
RE: Why not drain pink antifreeze right away?

OK what am I missing? I leave the pink in, and don't worry about it until my first trip. After I hookup at the CG. I just run a little water thru the lines, Then fill the WH, and I'm done. Why should there be a big deal about de winterizing? I just don't.
Terryallan 11/15/14 09:46pm Tech Issues
RE: Don't believe the combined weight ratings

Well you named this don't believe the combined weight rating. But I didn't see any where, where the GCVWR was mentioned. you have a 9000lb tow cap, or is that supposed to be the GCVWR. IF it is, you overloaded your truck BIG with a 7500lb trailer. So tell us. what is your combined weight rating?
Terryallan 11/15/14 09:38pm Tow Vehicles
RE: ducted vs non ducted ac

If the APEX is the Floor Plan I looked up. I would think it would need ducted for the master bedroom. there appeared to be a entertainment center in front of the master bed. Could block the AC.
Terryallan 11/15/14 09:33pm Travel Trailers
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