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RE: Beginning search for new(used) TV

Be sure to check online outside of your state. Texas, Arizona, and Florida are chock full of used trucks in great shape. The dealer I brought from in Dallas paid for my airline ticket from Detroit. Then, it was just a quick 23 hour drive back home!
mbutts 07/11/16 06:30am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2015 Ford Expedition - Largest TT I can pull SAFELY?

As a former Expy owner, I would suggest keeping below 6,000 gross (not dry) weight for shopping. Once you find a trailer you like, you can weigh your Expy loaded with people & stuff to determinensure your available payload.
mbutts 07/10/16 03:19pm Towing
RE: Surprised how many people don’t take care of their trailers…

I find it depends on where we're staying. County parks around us seem to draw the people with trailers that look like they've been sitting out on the back 40 for twenty years. I've got too much invested in mine so I keep it clean, wax it annually, and throw the cover on when it's in storage.
mbutts 07/05/16 08:29am Travel Trailers
RE: Automated Safety Hitch Owners

I ran across this owner's review on the Forest River Owners Group forum. Automated Safety Hitch The ASH makes a lot of sense to me if you have a truck that's paid off and your new trailer puts you near or over your max payload.
mbutts 07/01/16 08:37am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Upgraded from my 2500 Burb

I'm drooling over your garage!
mbutts 06/17/16 12:22pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Autolevel pulling wheels off ground

You may want to hop over to Lippert's site. Under Customer Service, Leveling and Suspension, and click on your product (may be one more click after that). There's manuals, tech sheets, and installation guides there.
mbutts 06/16/16 02:12pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: A couple of shopping questions

Alrighty, looks like I need to look for something way under my payload and allow $1,500 for Stableloads and other suspension bits.
mbutts 06/16/16 11:55am Truck Campers
A couple of shopping questions

DW and I are considering purchasing a TC to be a bit more nimble than our current 56 foot long, seven ton setup. Currently, I tow a 7,400 lbs. TT with a 2006 F350 diesel crew cab 4x4 long bed. I really like having WAY more capacity than the trailer requires. Towing with a half ton was no fun. First, is there a rule of thumb for TCs to avoid the tippy feeling? The truck does not have a camper package and has a payload of 3,816. I'm looking for a guideline (like, don't exceed 80 per cent of your payload). I do not want to end up throwing a ton of money into an inadequate truck to make it less terrible. Second, will putting a short bed TC on a long bed truck throw off the COG too much so the front end of the truck is too light? Thanks for your input!
mbutts 06/15/16 12:02pm Truck Campers
RE: Does anyone make a lower profile 5'er?

The Escape is about as short as you can get: Escape
mbutts 06/07/16 05:17pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Folding Tonneau Cover, Leer Trilogy or Extang Solid Fold 2.0

I bought a Solid Fold about three years ago. It is not watertight, some water still gets in. The part I really don't like is it's kind of difficult to fold up. I'm 5'9" and the bedrails on my truck are about chin level so getting the three sections on the 8' model to fold up requires a lot of muscle.
mbutts 04/23/16 08:36am Tow Vehicles
RE: about to purchase a 2005 kodiak 214 hybrid

I had a 2007 Kodiak and the bunk doors warped in the middle of the seal (if you picture the bunkend as a door, it warped where the doorknob would be). Close the bunks on a sunny day and look around the bunkend from the inside to see if there's any light (you'll have to stuff your head up into the canvas).
mbutts 04/18/16 12:40pm Travel Trailers
RE: Cable TV not working, Antenna working

Thanks for the tips. A few comments: Yes, this has worked before The TT is a 2013 model so the TV is digital Yes, the TV was set to Cable sritter, you may have hit on something. The TV is on a swivel. I'll take a look at the condition of that cable to see if it's now pretzel-shaped. Here's a photo of the Jensen antenna connection (I made an error and thought it said ANT, OFF, and CABLE, but the first setting is AIR). The fuse is good. http://i.imgur.com/DKzjdTcl.jpg
mbutts 03/24/16 07:53pm Technology Corner
RE: Cable TV not working, Antenna working

Bob, The plate has no button, just the selector for ANT, CABLE, or OFF. I tried it in all three positions without success.
mbutts 03/24/16 12:50pm Technology Corner
RE: Cable TV not working, Antenna working

Sorry, forgot to mention that the antenna is a Jensen omni-directional.
mbutts 03/24/16 12:49pm Technology Corner
Cable TV not working, Antenna working

Hi, I've used the cable connection successfully in my TT approx. three times in the past three seasons. At our first outing this year, the channel scan would run for 10-15 minutes, then only show really snowy images without audio on a single channel. All connections were verified to be connected and the KOA worker verified there was a cable signal at the box. Here's the six combinations I tried: Television set to Antenna, TT antenna switch set to CABLE, ANT, or OFF. After a new channel scan, receives 5 local over-the-air stations. Television set to Cable, TT antenna switch set to CABLE, ANT, or OFF. After a new channel scan, snowy, fuzzy image on a single channel. Any diagnostic suggestions?
mbutts 03/24/16 12:40pm Technology Corner
RE: What are the pitfalls of camping in a Hybrid?

I went the route of pop-up (3 yrs) hybrid (5 yrs) and now TT (4 years). If my hybrid hadn't decided to dissolve (design issues), I would still have it. Yes, the noise, possible rain, & set up issues exist, but you cannot beat a hybrid for efficient usable space. Not taking up floor space with beds is brilliant and ours had tons of storage, too. Being able to pull it with a full size SUV instead of a HD pickup was also very nice, kind of like using the family station wagon vs. having a dedicated tow vehicle.
mbutts 03/24/16 08:08am Hybrid Travel Trailers
RE: ND to Baja now to Alaska the good and the bad

Great post! In 15 years, we had never boondocked (what if the police throw us out, what if a crazy shows up, what if...). We just came back from a 10 day trip and stayed a night at a Cabela's in SC and another at a travel plaza in WV and WERE NOT MURDERED! Not even a little bit!
mbutts 03/19/16 06:22pm Full-time RVing
RE: Expedition Towing

I towed with a 2004 Expy with the HD tow package. It was fine for a 4,400 lb. trailer, but was really scary when we got our 29' trailer that weighed 7,300 lbs. White knuckle ride all the way. I think you'll be really disappointed when towing a trailer that size. I'd recommend a trailer with a gross weight, not dry weight, of 6,000 lbs.
mbutts 03/14/16 07:47pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Does any not pull their emergency trailer brake cable?

I trip over mine at least once a year and pull it accidentally.
mbutts 02/12/16 02:33pm Travel Trailers
RE: Annual Budgets?

These folks post their expenses on their website: Technomadia
mbutts 01/27/16 11:28am Full-time RVing
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