I had never heard of tailgate theft. On my 2015 F150 the tailgate automatically locks when the passenger doors are locked. It's sad that even a tailgate must be locked to prevent theft.
That's different! I didn't know they had power tailgate locks now.
Back in 2005 when I bought a used 2000 F250... everything went fine, test drove it, loved the 7.3 diesel. Went home, planning on picking it up the next day. Arrive at dealership, truck is missing its' tailgate. Took dealership a week to get a new one - and this is part of large dealership chain.
When we travel, I lock the cap (camper cap depending on where you are from), which prevents the tailgate from opening.
We have been camping in our 2004 21 foot TT since it was brand new, and with 2 kids, and have loved every minute of it. Now that it is just wife and myself, the TT is perfect.
We really just don't spend that much time in the camper except for sleeping.
Sure, every once in a while it would have been nicer to have a bigger TT, but you can say that about anything!
Since you are working out the towing math, my two bits of advice on which trailer is....
1. Make sure the bathroom is comfortable - you can sit on the toilet comfortably, the shower stall is roomy enough, and the sink is usable. We love our TT, but the toilet is too close to the wall, the shower is tiny, and the sink is hardly big enough to wash your hands in.
2. Get what the wife likes. Old, old wisdom dating back to the time of cavemen - if the wife ain't happy, no one is happy.
As to future planning - once kids hit 16 years old, it is common that they start to be less interested in camping with the parents. We bought our 21 foot TT 14 years ago, and now that the kids no longer (usually) camp with us it is a beautiful size for two people. Except, of course, for some issues with bathroom size! lol
Have fun, maybe see you on the road!
In my area, the local cops are always looking at license plates - of cars, trucks, trailers, campers, etc. They notice if a car with Florida plates is sitting in someone's driveway for more than 6 months. Which I believe in Connecticut means you have to register it in Connecticut - since you are using it the majority of the year in this state.
An RV / TT / 5th wheel sitting in a yard with out of state plates is noticeable.
I don't know how it is around you, but trying this registration stuff is known about and looked for. Just make sure you know what you are doing!
But would Howie Long approve?
Classic GM about face.
I remember when that ad came out... I know a lot of people who bought Fords because they saw the tailgate step in that ad! Whoever came up with that ad should have been fired.
Or... maybe they were hired by Ford? lol
There is a very steep uphill grade on an interstate near where I live. It also has a 3rd truck lane. It is VERY common to see trucks straining to get up that hill and going pretty slowly, and most of them have their 4 way flashers on.
I find that warning helpful, because it tells any oncoming drivers that the truck is going very slowly and to be cautious.
I can't tell you whether it is an illegal use in this situation in my state or not, but I see it happening on almost a daily basis, and I personally think it is a good safety practice.
Here's a link to every state and what they say about using the hazard warning flashers while driving. A few seem to say it is illegal while moving. Most say it is illegal except to indicate a traffic hazard (going very slowly up hill may be a reason, I would guess), and some just allow it for any reason.
Good link! And it looks like hazards in your state are legal for what you describe.
South Carolina seems to have the most detailed description of use: "Hazard lights may be used while driving for the purpose of warning the operators of other vehicles of the presence of a vehicular traffic hazard requiring the exercise of unusual care in approaching, overtaking or passing."
As to the pickup truck in the original post, I have no idea. I would probably just stay far away from it.
On a semi-related side note: In Connecticut, you can't just put a separate yellow/orange flashing light on your vehicle, you need a permit for that. All those utility trucks, repair trucks, even town and state snowplows have to have a permit in their glove box for the flashing / strobing yellow lights. If the yellow light is a normal factory light on the vehicle (like hazards, or "4-ways" as some call them), you don't need a permit. Realistically, most small contractor snowplow operators don't have the yellow light permit, and the vast majority of police won't ask for it in the middle of a snowstorm.
Yes! I had the same issue a couple months ago. I think Malwarebytes changed how they do things, to steer you towards the pay version - which they certainly are free to do.
Also, the advertisers on the search engines are getting sneaky - you have to be careful what you click on. The first 4-6 results are usually NOT what you want, but some other site trying to sell you something.
I have found that CNET is a good site to download things from. I've never had an issue there - and it is where I downloaded Malwarebytes the last time I needed to.
I also use CCleaner and Avast on my computers.
And... using Mozilla Firefox with Adblocker makes life a lot more wonderful on the internet!
I suggest at least a few camping trips before investing in more batteries or charging systems. What you have might be fine.
When we first bought our TT, I immediately started looking at gas generators and/or solar. The more we camped, the more I realized we were fine with just single battery power for a 3 or 4 day weekend.
When you "dry camp" (no hookups), what will preserve your battery power is careful usage of power. Try to use as little power from the camper battery as possible. Basically pretend you are tent camping in a hard sided tent. Lots of threads in this forum with ideas on power conservation.
If you are really going to be doing a lot of week long plus dry camping or boondocking, then you will need more power.
Just the one on the first page so far. I was going to snap some more this weekend. Nothing really exciting so far though.
I don't think you understand... we WANT pictures of a replaced screen, repaired scratch, pulled up carpeting, etc.
Rebuilding threads are great!
For 20 people I would be looking at large home grills, not "camping" grills. I know a couple people who camp with their big home grill. Not that big a deal storing it, as they put in the back of their pickup while towing TT. When planning a group meal, hard to beat a full size grill.
I prefer propane - easier for me to plan meals (just hit "light" button to start grilling) and cleanup afterwards (no ashes).
I love eating from charcoal and especially smokers, though!
So, is the dial knob "shifter" the way of the future? A friend bought a Ram truck last year and it has the dial knob shifter.
Just weird to me... I don't think it will change how the transmission works, as almost all vehicles have had cable-less "computer shifting" for years now. Does ANY new vehicle with an automatic transmission - no matter if steering wheel column shifter, floor shifter, or whichever - actually have the shifter directly connected to the transmission by a cable or rod?
To echo ken56, camp close to home to start! First "trip" should be in your driveway for an overnight. Then find a campground / state park close by to camp at. After a couple trips you will get an idea of what you want to bring with you.
Pickup a pair of "awning deflappers", these are clips that attach to the awning and then velcro around the awning braces. Helps to keep the awning under control in windy conditions. Too much wind, don't put the awning out at all.
Comfy camp chairs! It has taken my wife and I almost 10 years to find folding camp chairs that are really comfortable for us, and we each prefer a different style.
My biggest advice to towing beyond practicing is... Learn to use your side mirrors. Even just driving around town doing errands, try very hard to not use the windshield rearview mirror, just the side mirrors. Learn what they show you. Get used to backing up without looking over your shoulder, just use the mirrors.
Have fun! Keep us updated on your travels and adventures!
Hey look, the February cabin fever threads are starting to show up!
If someone can afford to own a mega-camper-RV-motorhome, more power to them. If I could, I would!
But.... it seems just the opposite to me - most all of the camping related articles I've been seeing the last couple years are all about mini campers - tear drop trailers, Scamp-style trailers, rooftop tents. Whatever works for you.
Happy camping! (or, at least, thinking about camping until spring!)
I will find out if my sink goes to BW tank. Yes, I have used a composting toilet for about 3.5 months up in alaska,it worked just fine as long as you divert the urine into a separate container. Used with one other person it for 1.5 months before having to empty it. The waste just comes out looking/smelling of dirt.
Just to clarify, did you use the composting toilet in an enclosed living area - like a camper? Most all composting systems I've encountered smell eventually. If it is in a room off to the side or at then end of a house it is fine, but to have it basically right where you are living may not be ideal.
I am very curious, if you do this, how it works out! Keep us updated.
What is your definition of "reasonably close to an airport"? I have heard people joke that in Texas, anything within 3 hours is "close" (lol!).
Pretty much anywhere in New England you will be within an hour, certainly within 2 hours, of a large airport. In northern New England you are starting to get away from airports.
Northern New York, there is Lake George and at its northern end is Fort Ticonderoga, which I highly recommend if you have any interest in colonial history.
Toolguy5, what kind of campground do you want? Full hookups or none?
We love Blackwoods - been there a few times over the last 10 years. Tight maneuvering in the campground for bigger rigs, but sites are pretty roomy once you get setup. No hookups, but water is available to fill your water tank.
Another reason that I don't answer my phone. That is what the answering machine/system is for. Easily 3/4 of phone calls are hangups - sales calls and/or scams.
Sorry about the lady and the RV scam. There are a LOT of people out there who are not "internet savvy", or who are not aware of these things happening. I had a customer who got the "your computer has a virus call" and he went right to his computer and did everything they said, including paying them $350. He finally just hung up after awhile when he figured out it was a scam, and had to have his computer wiped and restarted by a friend.
A lot, probably most, of the people who get scammed do not say anything out of embarrassment. I think many more people are getting scammed than you might think.