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RE: 2015 F250 super cab, 6.7 diesel w/3.31 locking axle

I've been getting 12-13mpg towing on reasonably flatish terrain and around 19-20 unladen. Very happy with the fuel economy of the 6.7 with 3.31's.
alexleblanc 07/28/14 12:10pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Have you switched from friction sway control to HA or P#?

I think it's a stretch to call the "bump" a safety defect. Good grief. But since you don't own a HA and towed with one only once for all of three miles, I wouldn't expect you to have an informed opinion about this. As Lantley has said here and in other threads, he used his HA with his exhaust brake with no issues. Slowing the truck does NOT mean the trailer bumps it. Slowing the truck quickly will allow the trailer to bump it IF the trailer brake controller is not set properly. Losing your trailer brakes will cause a problem with any hitch, since the truck brakes are only rated to stop the GVWR of the truck. The downside of the bump IMO is a small trade-off for the rock-solid towing stability that the 4-bar linkage design that the HA and P3 offer. Once you get the hitch and brake controller set up properly it's a non-issue. Of course, I run LT tires on my trailer, so I am living on the edge anyway...:B how dare you bring up actual long term user experience in this thread! My experience has mirrored yours are most every other user's experiences up to date. This includes using my diesel exhaust brake and gearing down on big hills. No bump here.
alexleblanc 07/28/14 12:07pm Travel Trailers
RE: Payload an issue?

While I was shopping for a new truck to haul my 6500 lb TT, I noted that a brand new Ford F-250 Crew Cab with diesel engine only had a payload rating of 1250 lbs! Those diesel engines are heavy and significantly reduce payload. Put 6 people in that truck and you are already at payload. I ended up buying a F-250 with gas engine and payload of 3400 lbs. As others have pointed out, you are wise to realize that payload is the most common rate limiting factor in many trucks. I suspect that as your family grows, and you accumulate more gear to stow in the truck and TT, you will be happier with a payload in the 3K or more range. no way it was only 1250 lbs of payload, my F250 crew cab Diesel has over 2000lbs of payload, adding leather and sunroof to it (the only real weight adders I don't have) would only be maybe 120lbs more if that.
alexleblanc 07/24/14 08:26am Travel Trailers
RE: Travel trailer sway

make sure you have the weight well distributed in the TT so it's not tongue light. That being said, I moved to a Propride 3P this summer towing a similar sized unit and its one handed relaxed driving the whole way now. Food for though.
alexleblanc 07/24/14 06:52am Travel Trailers
RE: Ecoboost out- 6.7L Powerstroke is in!

I made the same move last September, couldn't be happier with the towing performance or fuel economy overall. Great truck, even better powertrain.
alexleblanc 07/22/14 05:03pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Fun / Projects / with my 1997 America Dream

love the progress you've made. This gives me hope to do something similar in about 10 years based on my wife and i's plans.
alexleblanc 07/22/14 11:43am Class A Motorhomes
RE: First Time with ProPride

I'm real interested in the Pro Pride hitch. We're looking at a 35', 8,500 (ish) lb. camper with opposing slides in the rear. So I'm guessing sway is a potential. I have a general idea of how they work but one thing I haven't figured out, having never actually seen one, is with the hitch head attached to the tongue of the camper and the stinger set up, how does the head pivot up and down? For instance when the back of the truck and the nose of the camper are both pointing down. you're towing a very similar setup to mine and after 2000km's of real world towing, hooking/unhooking and overall experiencing the Propride product, i'm 100% satisfied with it. Wind, rain, oncoming trucks really don't hamper the driving comfort anymore. I only drive at speeds up to 60-62mph anyways, but its substantially more stable and comfortable at speed. Anyone who has a hard time hooking up or unhooking needs to both learn how to adjust the tensions on each side to make the head opening close to matching the stinger, that's it. I figured it out in about 30 minutes or playing with it the first time we went out with it. Money well spent. (moreso for me when you add the taxes, duties and shipping I paid almost 3200$ Canadian.) I look forward to my sizeable trip later this summer, we're going from Moncton NB. to Burlington VT, then Lake George Area in upstate NY followed by Cape Cod for a week then back home. nearly 2600km's alone of towing on that trip. https://goo.gl/maps/Ew1SW http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v391/tuned20v/IMG_1199_zps92bc5183.jpg http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v391/tuned20v/IMG_1175_zps129c45ae.jpg http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v391/tuned20v/IMG_1174_zps5debc974.jpg Alex
alexleblanc 07/18/14 07:35am Travel Trailers
RE: Ventilating Covered Pickup Bed?

I've run trifolds on both my trucks and kept generators in there with fuel cans. There's a ton of airflow from the tailgate and drainage holes. I wouldn't give it a second though.
alexleblanc 07/14/14 11:42am Tow Vehicles
RE: Honda EU3000iS vs Yamaha EF3000iSEB?

I recently upgraded to a pair of EU2000 Honda's to be able to run my A/C when I go to the track (I just bring one for early summer or fall camping when its colder out). I really wanted to go with the 3000w Honda or Yamaha but with the Super Duty's low bed height I couldn't fit the bigger units with my tonneau cover. I ended up with this pair for a fraction of the cost of what they are new and sold my previous 2000w Yamaha for top dollar. (that was a fantastic unit too for the 4 years I used it.)
alexleblanc 07/08/14 10:11am Travel Trailers
RE: 2015 Chevy 3500 vs Ford 350 diesels

both Dodge and Ford still offer a solid front axle, this in my mind is the reason why they ride slightly rougher BUT they are also much more stable while towing than anything with an IFS in my experience. Worthwhile trade off. You really can't buy a bad truck from the big three, pick the one you like best.
alexleblanc 07/04/14 07:32am Tow Vehicles
RE: Lake George New York

We'll be staying at this spot for a few days in August, never been and it looks great.
alexleblanc 07/01/14 07:47pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Maine Coastal Campgrounds

We quite enjoy Hadley's point campground in Bar harbour, usually our last camp of the season. Just got back today from a week at Bayleys Camp resort in Portland, it's a great spot with kids.
alexleblanc 07/01/14 07:44pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: ProPride 3P

so am i.
alexleblanc 06/19/14 07:44am Travel Trailers
RE: 2016 Ford Superduty - Aluminium

i'm still asking for a 3.5 Ecoboost option in the super duty. I'd be completely happy with that for my next SD, even more if the truck looses 300-500 lbs.
alexleblanc 06/18/14 01:23pm Tow Vehicles
RE: ProPride 3P

great unit, tow's unreal but the service from them is somewhat hit and miss.
alexleblanc 06/17/14 05:56am Travel Trailers
RE: F150 Max Tow, Heavy Duty Payload on the lot

I bet my F250 XLT and it's 65k sticker would shock many here! Sticker is only suggested though, it seems to always end up 15-20% less.
alexleblanc 06/13/14 06:56pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2014 V6 1500 shootout

It's really not a test without the ford 3.7 and 3.5eb, they are the highest selling trucks out there. It's like talking about fast food and omitting Mcdonalds!
alexleblanc 06/10/14 02:13pm Tow Vehicles
RE: TT engineers should live in one for a month

that's the one area where our unit really works well - the TV locations are perfect . http://www.forestriverinc.com/images/floorplans/salem/large/31BKIS.jpg
alexleblanc 05/30/14 12:53pm Travel Trailers
RE: New Tow Vehicle

my F250 has the 6.7/3.31 with 18" wheels/tires and it puts me right around 2000rpm towing around 60mph or so. There's a never ending amount of small hills here locally and the truck pulls most of them in 6th and sometimes drops into 5th. You'll be happy with the pulling power of the 6.7 with that gear ratio - FWIW i'm towing roughly 10k lbs and wouldn't think twice about 12-13k lbs with the same truck.
alexleblanc 05/26/14 04:55am Tow Vehicles
RE: GM 5.3 vs. Ford 5.4

both good motors, the 5.3/six speed screams to the redline and feels quicker off the line, but the 5.4/six speed has much more stump pulling torque downlow, while towing the 5.3 will be in lower to mid 4k rpm range on every hill or in wind, the for will be about 1000-750rpm less from my experience.
alexleblanc 05/16/14 10:07am Tow Vehicles
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