Our 2012 GMC 2500HD D/A combo squats one inch when I hook up the FW and raise the legs. No special springs, etc. When I then put the boat behind the FW, I think it lowers the weight on the hitch, but haven't checked it out to verify, since it's not a big deal. Our FW is a Jayco HY 26.5RLS that came from the factory with a little over 7,200 dry weight, if the tag can be believed, and has a gross weight, loaded of 9,950 max.
I have never towed a TT so can't make a comparison for you. However, when you tow a FW, you don't have to hook up anti-sway and weight-equalizing stuff and there is, I believe, much less chance the FW will "sway" while driving down the road. A friend of mine said hitching up and un-hitching was infinitely easier with his FW than his prior TT. It might be a bit easier to back a TT than a FW due to the turning characteristics, but I think the difference is minimal. In our case, we generally tow a boat behind our FW, which would be problematic behind a TT. So, we don't have to take a second vehicle to tow the boat with our FW.
I'm a big Bronco fan, but I agree with the suspension and think one game is plenty. I suspect the league will not suspend the guy who gave Teddy Bridgewater a concussion on Sunday since he said he is "really, really sorry" and would have never intentionally hurt Bridgewater. But, I do believe they should.
We stayed in Palm Desert at the Emerald Desert RV Resort last May and really liked it. No golf courses but a couple of swimming pools, immaculate grounds, nice level pads and lots of room to maneuver around and get parked. Price was reasonable based on other places, I think we paid about $50 per night with the Good Sam discount. Only downside is the rail line that runs right by the resort. Wasn't a problem during the day as we were sightseeing and seeing friends, but during the night, sometimes the trains were pretty loud. I would stay there again if we ever go back.
Must have decided they need to keep up with the GM line-up of new Canyons and Colorado, with the diesel version being the best gas mileage truck on the road, according to a report I read this morning. True or not, I think GM will sell a lot of these. I have a number of friends who neither want or need a "full size" pickup but one of these little ones work great for them. They don't tow anything. GM must have seen how popular the Ram Eco-diesel was and thought they better jump in while the jumping is good. I would suspect Ford will have a good market out there when they do get the smaller ones out. For the life of me I can't figure out whey they dropped their small ones.
We have towed boats behind our FWs since 1993, when we bought our first FW. Boats ranged from a 19', very light, Byliner Capri to a 22' Sea Hunt Escape Dual Console Salt Water fishing boat whose weight on the wheels, while hooked to the FW, was 5,000 pounds. No problems and have been lucky enough to have not gotten in a position where we had to back up with all three items. I could turn around in a road if it was wide enough but have not driven on a road that wide. Our current sit-up is a Jayco SuperLite 26.5 RLS that is approximately 30' long from hitch to back of bumper and we hitch a Crestliner Super Hawk 1900 behind it and go camping and fishing. We do this at least three times each year when going to Grand Teton National Park, stay at Colter Bay campground and fish Jackson Lake. Needless to say, don't use a bolt-on hitch, go to a professional welder and have a hitch welded on to the FW and, if necessary, have them reinforce the frames toward the axles.
I remember a study out of Great Britain a few years ago saying that milk causes cancer. However, it only took a while for new studies to de-bunk that one. A long time ago, mid 1970's, there was a study saying that Saccharin in diet drinks caused cancer. Turns out that the took rats with open sores, spread the stuff on the open sores and, lo and behold, they developed cancer. I said then that I would die of obesity from drinking diet drinks before I would get enough of that saccharin in my system to cause cancer. Been drinking diet drinks ever since then, 39 years and, due to my total inability to control my eating, I have gotten fatter, but have not yet developed cancer. I know, they quit using Saccharin a number of years ago.
We got the 2 1/2" sleeve with an adapter so I could use the old hitch on our 2012 GMC 2500HD. Don't really like the way it moves around in the sleeve, but the weight capability is great, not that I use it since I pull a FW. Certainly doesn't stress it pulling my 4,000 pound boat.
I have had a bunch of Canons and one Fuji and really like the Canons. I have a Canon SX 10 IS that has a 20X optical zoom and takes very nice pictures. Cost a little bit more than $200 when I bought it a few years ago, but may not even be available from Canon now. Pretty heavy and certainly doesn't fit in a shirt pocket. My wife has a smaller one that has 20X zoom and has proprietary rechargeable batteries. We have three batteries as it doesn't seem to have a lot of battery life. On my camera, I can get close to 1,000 pictures and videos before having to change the batteries out.
I have blown out the water lines, etc. in my FWs for the past 15 or more years with only one problem. Something happened to the main line and it split right under the shower pan. Pulled up the pan, found the split, called a dealer and they were able to get to it that morning. I might have forgotten to open the low point drain lines. Pulled it down there, waited around and an hour later it was fixed. They didn't put the pan back in, but since I took it out, I put it back in. That is the only problem I have had while blowing out the lines with compressed air. I use a 6 gallon compressor and now set the pressure at 50. Maybe I should go back up with my pressure.
I put both my Hondas in the front storage compartment of my FW, plus some other stuff. Only problem I have is getting them out when I'm feeling weak, that lip is a little too high for me. Have to pick up the gen in both arms to lift over the lip, just using the grip handle on the top is a little bit much for me. However, when I get it in, I make sure the gas cap is switched to off so no fumes leak out, and so far, no gas smell.
The combined GVW for an HT is 9,950 pounds. Dry weight is around 7,200 pounds with about 2,700 pounds of additional weight. That's for my 26.5 RLS, but I believe all the others are around that weight limit.
We have double-towed for 22 years now and have been lucky enough to not have any problems and have yet to need to back up. Make sure the hitch is professionally installed and that the I-beams are reinforced from the rear up toward the axles. The welder reinforced ours about six feet forward on our HT. When we bought our HT in 2012, Jayco's owners' manual said that adding a hitch to the FW would void the warranty, I suppose on the frame. However, we went ahead and did it with no problems. Outside of warranty period now, so not a big deal. I see that, now, the HTs can be configured with a rear hitch, but with somewhat limited capacity.
A little easier to follow is to go to Rawlins on I-80, turn north at the first entrance and take the right at the stop light. When you get to the end of the by-pass, turn right and go to Three Forks and take a left to Lander. About eight miles from Lander is a Junction, take a right and go to Lander and through on Main Street, drive to Dubois, turns are well-marked, up over Togwotee pass and down to Moran Junction, about 53 miles from Dubois. Enter Grand Teton at the South Entrance and, if you don't want to take a look at some of the most beautiful scenery in the world, just keep going to the South Entrance to Yellowstone, about 45-50 miles away. We have been doing this trip through Lander for about 50 years and I get lost when trying to figure out the highway numbers. Whatever you do, enjoy your trip and do take some time in Grand Teton, it's much prettier than Yellowstone but doesn't have near as many features.
pkunk, I just replace them when one or the other goes out. If one goes out during the day, I just dispose of both of them that night and put new ones in in the morning. That way, I don't have to figure out whether it's Sunday or not. Just went on a cruise and the only way we could figure out which day it was was to step into the elevator and look at the rug which was changed daily to designate which day it was. Comes with being retired when every day is Saturday except Sunday.
I didn't get a hitch installed by the dealer, but did get one installed by a professional welder. In addition to the hitch, he also put in various support pieces and the hitch snugs right up to the bumper, thereby making it very solid. I have no doubt the spare tire holder will never cause the bumper to fall off the FW.