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RE: backing on wrong side

Truth is. Either way is just like the other. you still have to use the mirrors, and need a spotter, especially if you can't se the post on the corner. I back out of the road and around the house to the left, but I have to turn it to the right to get under the shed. I can't see the posts on either side. that is what DW is out there for.
Terryallan 05/21/17 07:09pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Charging from truck charging system

To a Terry Allan. Never new truck had to be set up to charge battery, as it kept it charged for multiple trips. I guess I could have been running Strictly on battery but it's just recently started. Don't know what you are driving. But if it is a Ford. there is a relay that has to be installed to charge the battery. Easy to check. Find the hole in the fuse panel, or check the charger pin in the TV 7 pin. Also IF the battery was good. It would last hours with only the fridge running off propane. When is starts going bad. Not so long
Terryallan 05/21/17 04:06pm Tech Issues
RE: Charging from truck charging system

Need to ask. Is the truck setup to charge the trailer battery? IF a ford is the trailer charge relay installed?
Terryallan 05/21/17 11:53am Tech Issues
RE: E 85

What ever color it is. don't put that E85 gas in ANY vehicle. Less power, and less mileage
Terryallan 05/20/17 09:16pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: New to tt's help with weight....

I am completely new to travel trailers and I would love assistance understanding how to figure out the weight. If a trailer says dry weight is 5,600 and the dry hitch weight is 575, would I need to add the two together to get the complete weight before trying to pull it or is the hitch weight already added into the trailers weight? I would appreciate any advise on this. The answer is YES, The tongue weight is part of the 5600lb. It is just that the tongue weight will be carried by the TV once you hookup. Do remember. As mentioned. BOTH weights will rise as you load the TT. You will add any where from 500ls to 1500lbs+. Depending on how you camp or RV. Some on this forum like me only add 5 or 600lb. On the other hand. some married Lucy, and carry everything they can stuff into the trailer, and add more than 1500lb. (Lucy collects rocks)
Terryallan 05/20/17 09:05pm Travel Trailers
RE: 5th Wheel Towing w/ 2001 F150 7700

you got a 7700lb GVWR. Isn't that a F150 HD. you might be ok with a small 5er
Terryallan 05/20/17 07:53pm Travel Trailers
RE: Switch to Bumper Pull?

I believe you nailed the biggest advantage. In a 5er, everything is up or down stairs. there are even more steps up into the trailer itself. As for hooking up. Electric tongue jacks make it pretty easy. Then there is the truck bed. then there is a chance you may not need as large of a TV. It is really your choice. You know how your knees are. Mine won't take it. Interesting, as I was thinking that I would want a 5er as I got older. So, the hitching up is less on the knees than the stairs into and within the trailer? Really all you got to do is stand there while the jack raises it up, and down. I raise mine high enough that the spring bars just snap into place. I only have to bend over to hook the chains, and plug in the 7 pin. And I have a backup camera that guides me to the ball. And the entrance to my TT is only 2 steps high, as opposed to 4 for many 5ers.
Terryallan 05/15/17 03:50pm Towing
RE: Switch to Bumper Pull?

I love my bumper pull. I don't mess with sway bars or load bars. I just set the trailer on the ball, engage the lock with it's little keeper pin, hook up chains and break-away, and head out camping. Toughest part is getting lined up right with the ball when backing up :) Back up camera takes care of that
Terryallan 05/15/17 03:45pm Towing
RE: Switch to Bumper Pull?

I believe you nailed the biggest advantage. In a 5er, everything is up or down stairs. there are even more steps up into the trailer itself. As for hooking up. Electric tongue jacks make it pretty easy. Then there is the truck bed. then there is a chance you may not need as large of a TV. It is really your choice. You know how your knees are. Mine won't take it.
Terryallan 05/15/17 02:09pm Towing
RE: Anti-Sway Broken--How Serious? Need Help!

For the Op. IF your TT tracks correctly with out the sway control. you are good to go. but do get it fixed so that IF some one cuts you off, or you have to swerve for one reason or another. The sway control is there to help. A Tt that is setup correctly should NOT sway in normal towing.
Terryallan 05/14/17 09:19pm Travel Trailers
RE: Anti-Sway Broken--How Serious? Need Help!

Friction sway bars don't do all that much to control sway in the first place. If you have a safely set up hitch, tow vehicle and trailer, you'll be fine. As long as you didn't have any indication of sway during the 12-13 miles you towed it without the bar, you shouldn't have any problem towing farther. Just keep your speed under control, and pull to the side of the road if it gets real windy. You'd be surprised how many of the friction sway bars aren't set correctly anyway. Jim X2 I do agree he can drive to a supplier with out incident to get one. I believe a sway control does a lot to keep you going straight down the road. Every rig is different with it's load and weight distribution. So, though some may not notice much difference with or without the friction bar hooked up. In my opinion that doesn't mean it's not helping to keep you straight and the wiggle to a minimum. Sway Controls are a lot like seat belts..........Until you really need them, you could think they're a waste. Thing is. Sway control is NOT designed or meant to keep the TT straight in normal driving. It is designed to "help" control sway once it starts, after being induced by the driver during a emergency maneuver, like dodging a deer, or accident. A TT should drive down the road in normal driving with NO sway at all. You are to adjust the WDH, and balance of the TT to the point it will not sway at any speed. Then, and only then are you to add sway control, again for those emergency maneuvers. If a driver is depending on the sway control to keep their trailer inline going straight in normal driving. Then there are serious problems that need to be addressed. and then again add sway control once the problem has been corrected.
Terryallan 05/14/17 09:16pm Travel Trailers
RE: opinion please

Terryallan, my comments were just general observations I have used when evaluating the quality of RV's. Yours has some impressive numbers but I'll wager that in support of my theory it wasn't inexpensive to purchase.... the good ones seldom are. Having owned a quality Class C, my Nexus Phantom 23P for nearly 4 years and 36,000 miles I have come to appreciate the difference a quality build makes. Along with Lance, Nexus was one of the first to use Azdell exclusively. They also frame their coaches in steel which is 72 per cent stronger than conventional aluminum and wood framing found in most coaches. Our 13,5000 AC is fine for us in a 24' C but I have seen them in much larger units and living in Arizona you tend to notice things like that. Our furnace e is 35,000 BTU's which clearly is overkill but the way we travel it gets a workout for at least 6 months of the year and really makes life pleasant when the temps start dropping. Everyone uses their rigs differently, we spend about 65 per cent of our time off of the grid and rely on all three of our tanks on every trip. Not many folks tow a 700# Harley for the fun of it but for us it works very well. I've never been a fan of slides but most folks just can't live without them... guess that's why they make chocolate and vanilla. :B Yeah. I ain't wild about slides either, but DW wanted one. End of that story. and yes it could use a 15K AC in the late afternoon sun of MB, and I suspect IF I lived where you do, I'd want one. But no longer than it lasts. It's fine. We do most of our camping in the Mountains, and 95% of the time AC is not needed, and IF you stay in the NP on the BRP since electric is not available, AC isn't either. We camped for more than 25 years in pups, in the NP CGs on the BRP, and still take the TT there as well. That is one of the reasons I'd like it to be smaller. Don't fit good on most of the sites, as they were designed for tents. When we go to the BRP. It is all primitive, and we are setup for it. The restrooms are clean, but no lights, or showers. I have a large water container I fill and sit on the picnic table. We use that for cooking, washing dishes, and sink baths. Again. We walk to the restrooms night, and day because I just don't do dumpstations. See sig. We have lanterns, outdoor stoves, and grill, and cook on the fire. It just seems like too much trouble to fill the fresh tank, and then empty it when we leave. I'm just lazy thru, and thru. as for the price. Not so bad as you may think. It MSRPd for a little less than 30K, and we didn't give near that for it. around 19 or so. It is a 2013, bought in 2012. I'm thinkin the model was a new one, and they wanted it out in public, OR it is not as good as I think it is. But it does what we want. Tows great, and the 150 takes it up the hill with no sweat, and I'm not talking interstate. its the real grades 8 , and 9% off the main roads. That is where the CGs are. Course the speed limits are 25 to 45 MPH because of the twistys. Does it easily. we could have a ball together I bet.
Terryallan 05/13/17 03:37pm Towing
RE: opinion please

"YMMV" = Your mileage may vary :B It is close to impossible to find any trailer that does not incorporate the word "Lite/Light" into its marketing. Lite/light? being relative terms the practice has been taken to extremes. If a TT is in fact manufactured very lightly it will come at a cost either in terms of structural integrity or the lack thereof or a serious cost increase to reflect the use of Azdell and other high end more efficient materials. Along with weight numbers length numbers share a great deal of ambiguity. A 29 {like the OP described}, might be 33' - 34' overall or 29' overall marketed as a 26 - 27'. Payload of a TT often referred to as OCC/ROCC is another dead give away as to the quality that may or may not be present. If a 29 footer has 1,200# of payload or less something is seriously wrong. A 29ish' TT is rapidly approaching the point where a single 13,500 BTU AC is simply not going to get the job done. Is the furnace less than 20,000 BTU? They are on the cheap models. Does it come with two Group 27 or larger batteries? Two 20# {minimum}, propane cylinders? Can you load the TT for a normal camping trip and come home with full black and gray tanks without going over GVWR? This should be no issue for a well built trailer as dump stations are often backed up {no pun intended}, at the end of a weekend. Frankly if I ever go back to a TT I would be looking g for something built like the proverbial tank like an Arctic Fox just to name one and mating it to an adequate tow vehicle. If you have enough truck there really is no reason to go super, uber, ultra, very, trail or any other form of "Lite/Light. Once again... As always.... Opinions and YMMV. :C But every now and then you find one light, and well built with plenty of carrying capacity. Mine has 2589lb of carrying capacity. Yellow sticker 4811, and GVWR 7400, And because of the greater R value of the Azdel sides. the AC actually keeps it cooler than the previous 27' TT. Only time it ever seems to run all the time is late in the afternoon on a sunny 100F Myrtle beach day. BTW. AZDEL is great. light strong, and won't rot. also because of it's more popular use. the price is coming within reach of folks like me. Once it was only used on higher end MHs. But now it has become affordable to be used on mid range TTs. As for the black tanks. I don't use dump stations. Just don't want to. IF I don't have full hookups. We use the CG facilities, and the black tank stays empty. So I don't know how it would tow with full tanks. they have never been full on the road. The fresh tank hasn't had water in it since it was filled at the factory, and I drained it after the first wintrerization. Sure there are other light campers. and there are more conventionaly built heavy camper. This is just the one that fit my needs the best. Sleeps 10 comfortably, and has plenty of room inside. I didn't want a deep slide. I don't like a slide that takes up most of the site. This one only has a 18 inch deep slide. It is the length of the side, but not deep. It has a door that enters into the bathroom from out side. Which took some getting use to, but we now love, and a manual awning. which I also love. Honestly though. It is bigger than I want at this point in my life. I would like to shrink it by 7 or 8 feet, and have it sleep only 2 / TWO.
Terryallan 05/13/17 01:58pm Towing
RE: opinion please

Well guys. My 30 foot Apex is 4811lb dry, and a little less than 6000lb loaded ready to camp. It is now 2017. Not all RVs are made with heavy wood laminate or Metal sides. SOME of the better units are made with light weight composite material, that is not only stronger, has higher insulation values, is lighter, and won't rot. So it is more than a little possible the op has a 6000lb loaded TT. Also he has a 1500 HD which has a higher GVWR than a regular 1500, and with the same engine, and rear gear as a 2500. He will be fine. The current Apex website shows their current 30'model at 5,977# "Dry" and 7,600# GVWR. This is in line with most of the 29/30' TT out there, hence my earlier post. My 22' Fleetwood TT was a middle of the road model and came in at 5,600# fully loaded. As others have noted until the OP gets his to a scale, loaded for a normal trip, all of our opinions are speculation at best. A heavy duty 1500 is a fine truck but at higher elevations where they {like all naturally aspirated gas engines}, give up significant power due to the thinner air he may in fact have his hands full but will probably be fine. As always.... Opinions and YMMV. :C Don't know what YMMV is? However I also looked it up, and the 2017 Apex 2880BH like mine is still 4865LB And is 31' long if you measure it. Didn't say they all were. just it is highly possible. Wondered what that 5800lb one had to make it so heavy. then I saw the other slide. That would be the reason.
Terryallan 05/13/17 09:03am Towing
RE: opinion please

Well guys. My 30 foot Apex is 4811lb dry, and a little less than 6000lb loaded ready to camp. It is now 2017. Not all RVs are made with heavy wood laminate or Metal sides. SOME of the better units are made with light weight composite material, that is not only stronger, has higher insulation values, is lighter, and won't rot. So it is more than a little possible the op has a 6000lb loaded TT. Also he has a 1500 HD which has a higher GVWR than a regular 1500, and with the same engine, and rear gear as a 2500. He will be fine.
Terryallan 05/11/17 09:11pm Towing
Fire at Apache CG Myrtle Beach

2 killed 1 injured. At least 3 permanent sites destroyed or damaged
Terryallan 05/09/17 09:28am General RVing Issues
RE: Interesting thread on the Tesla forum towing an Airstream.

Gonna show my Redneck ways. Beside range. Electric cars have another problem. They are silent. I'm old, and from the time cars go OOOOMAAAOOOWW. I love to hear a good V8 with Pacemakers wind out. My truck is a OOOMAAAWWOOO. truck. It sounds great winding thru the gears. I only wish there was a place I could take it, and let it wind thru all of them. But alas. Even on the highest speed limit interstate. By the time it winds it's way part way thru 3rd. I'm out of speedlimit, and still got 3 1/2 gears to go.
Terryallan 05/08/17 07:52pm Travel Trailers
RE: Interesting thread on the Tesla forum towing an Airstream.

I'm still concerned about the range. Will it be able to tow 6500lb, 300 miles with the heater, OR AC running full on? Then be recharged and ready to go again in 15 minutes. That is what it will take to make it a viable option to a regular TV. IF it could do that. It would be a game changerNot there yet. Not even close. Would need 300+ kWh battery and recharge time will be an hour minimum. May never quite equal liquid fuel for what you want because you do not carry both sides of the chemistry with gas/diesel. To burn and pollute the air is still free. Your engine pulls in almost 15x the weight of air as compared to the fuel you burn. I would suggest that an electric vehicle has a larger carbon footprint than a F150. however, That was not the question. I am more concerned about getting to where I want to go in a timely manner On this thread there has been talk of a so called 1/2 ton vehicle. I was wondering IF it would be practical to use for a tow vehicle. apparently not.
Terryallan 05/07/17 08:13pm Travel Trailers
RE: 4X2 or 4X4 for towing and general use...what say you?

Wondering about all the talk about resale. You guys actually by a vehicle for the next owner? I buy mine for me. I don't worry about resale. When I'm done with it. It's done. And in truth. You pay the difference up front when you buy it to begin with. So it is a wash
Terryallan 05/07/17 01:44pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Interesting thread on the Tesla forum towing an Airstream.

I'm still concerned about the range. Will it be able to tow 6500lb, 300 miles with the heater, OR AC running full on? Then be recharged and ready to go again in 15 minutes. That is what it will take to make it a viable option to a regular TV. IF it could do that. It would be a game changer
Terryallan 05/07/17 01:37pm Travel Trailers
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