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RE: Bayhill

Just curious, but why was the rear kitchen a disaster?
mbutts 11/22/14 04:22pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: How many miles for a used diesel truck?

I was doing the same about year and a half ago. Brand new Ram 3500 with the Cummins was $38,000 and I decided that was more than I wanted to spend. I didn't want to get something that was completely worn out and beat up which was all I could find locally are Detroit. Poked around cars.com, ebay, and other sites for about a month looking at low mileage trucks (less than 75,000 miles). I couldn't find a GM product in my price range and the Rams all seemed to be rusting through at the rear wheel wells. I found my F350 with 56,000 miles in Texas for $25,000. The dealer paid for my airline ticket and even picked me up at the airport. Even though it's the horrible-worst-engine-ever-built-it's-gonna-blow-up-any-minute-now Ford 6.0, I've been very happy with it.
mbutts 11/20/14 05:07pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Selecting Tow Vehicle for Travel Trailer

With a longer trailer like you bought and the 8000-ish weight, I'd lean toward a 3/4 or 1 ton because it's 9 zillion times more stable that with a 1/2 ton. But not everyone wants a heavy duty pickup to drive everyday. If a HD truck is not to your liking, get a 1/2 ton with the heavy duty payload package (not to be confused with the heavy duty towing package). It will give you the ability to support the tongue weight of the trailer better than with a 1/2 ton.
mbutts 11/20/14 10:31am Travel Trailers
RE: Towing heavy with a single wheel 3500

Have you thought about disc brakes on the 5er for better stopping power?
mbutts 11/17/14 02:16pm Tow Vehicles
Reeeeally small class Cs in Japan

Interesting documentary on Japanese K cars. Fast forward to about 15:10 in the video to see a few micro class C campers. Japanese K Cars
mbutts 11/16/14 10:35am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Observations after my first season with a TT

Nice write up! Wait, you replaced your lawn with astroturf?
mbutts 11/13/14 05:09pm Travel Trailers
RE: Comments towing with a recent Yukon 6.2L?

I agree with LarryJM. You can do it, but it's going to be taxing to the driver. When I went from a 4,400 lb. trailer to a 7,300 lb. trailer on an SUV (rated to tow 8,950 lbs.), it was too much for me. Soft rear suspension and passenger car tires made the rear too "loose" for me.
mbutts 11/08/14 05:49pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Expedition Tongue Weight and Bow Wave Push Questions

It is frustrating. I towed a 4,400 lb trailer with our Expy and I felt it was at its max even though I was at less than half its rating. With independent rear suspension and passenger car tires, it was too wiggly when towing. At a minimum, add a weight dist hitch with sway control. It will make it more comfortable to tow.
mbutts 11/08/14 09:11am Towing
RE: Hensley SwiftArrow

You can get the pro pride with the jacks or snap up brackets & chains. I really don't have any trouble with hitching up my pro pride, but I do have a back up camera.
mbutts 11/04/14 02:08pm Towing
RE: Price Aside, Which one would you chose Hensley or Propride?

I am fortunate to live within an hour of both manufacturers. I visited both and was much more impressed with ProPride's hitch. I know they are very similar, but the 3P was thicker and more heavy-duty looking, in my opinion. Sean even drove my Expy and trailer around a bit to offer help in set up of the hitch. I trolled Craigslist for about a year and couldn't find a used Hensley or 3P for a decent price (rusted out pieces of junk for $1,500? No way!). I ended up purchasing a new 3P for the price of a rebuilt Hensley.
mbutts 10/30/14 10:32am Travel Trailers
RE: Hensley Arrow - Really that hard to hookup?

I have a ProPride 3P (very similar to the Hensley). I have found it's different from a regular weight dist hitch, but not more difficult. When I park the trailer on my front lawn to load, it is at a different angle from the steep driveway. With my previous hitch, I'd drop the trailer on the ball, pull it into the street, then hook up the chains/bars. With the 3P, I just hook up once while it's on the lawn.
mbutts 10/30/14 09:31am Travel Trailers
RE: Small Trailer Family of 5(Lance Disqualified ThemselvesRant)

I googled "lance 1575 tent" and found one in Los Banos at Toscano RV. Is that near you? Lance 1575 with Tent
mbutts 10/29/14 12:42pm Travel Trailers
RE: Tow vehicle fuel tank size

I agree and it's one of the top reasons I went with the long bed. Yes, it's a pain to park something 22+ feet long, but I got the 39 gallon tank. On the 2015, it looks like you'd have to get a crew cab to get the 37.5 gallon tank. If that's not appealing, Titan Fuel Tanks makes a nice unit that replaces your spare time under the bed that will give you another 30 gallons.
mbutts 10/27/14 02:19pm Tow Vehicles
RE: What happened around the 14 min mark here?

It looks like Mr. Truck moves over to pass right after that semi passes him. Maybe slower traffic in right lane?
mbutts 10/26/14 07:07am Tow Vehicles
RE: Scan tool for wasy to read Ford $06 misfore

You may want to start by calling SCT. If your scanner doesn't support $06, there are quite a few used professional level scanners on ebay. Since your vehicle is a 2001, don't need the latest software so you should be able to find something in the $300-400 range.
mbutts 10/26/14 06:43am Tow Vehicles
RE: Diesel Question...

I really, really enjoy towing with a diesel. Longer distances between fill ups, much better fuel economy, and effortless uphill runs. As Turtle said, do your homework. I spent a few months reading and asking questions at Powerstroke.org before I bought my Ford 6.0 last year. There are Duramax and Cummins forums, too. Good investment of time.
mbutts 10/22/14 07:43pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Where to buy dry lube with PTFE

I bought some at Lowe's a while back. Teflon Dry Lube
mbutts 10/21/14 01:49pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Anybody have a f350 crew cab with 20 inch wheels

My 2006 is 57.5" to the bed rails.
mbutts 10/20/14 03:42pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Yellowstone trip

Allow plenty of time for traveling within the park. It's ginormous in there. We stayed outside the park and kinda regretted it since it would take us about an hour to get to the park from Yellowstone's Edge campground.
mbutts 10/17/14 09:03am Travel Trailers
RE: Choosing between bunk house models

The biggest issue I found with bunkhouses were the width of the bunk. A 28 x 60 bunk is fine for really little kids, but for teenagers, he'll probably want something that's 32" or wider. Most manufacturers show the width of the bunks on their websites.
mbutts 10/17/14 08:51am Fifth-Wheels
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