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even recently saw a Honda Odyssey pulling a 30Ft Airstream TT. I saw a commercial with the same thing the other night. DW and I laughed about that one.
phenrichs 01/26/15 01:18pm Travel Trailers
RE: White knuckles for 600 miles!

I highly recommend hitting a cat scale. My rig is 38ft tip to tail and weighs 9100lbs. That is scaled weight. I have a dual cam and I have the 1200 lb bars. Mine has started to wander a bit because I need new ball joints in the front end but other than that the TT tows like a dream.
phenrichs 10/14/14 02:57pm Towing
RE: honest advice on a truck for towing 10000lbs

Not a 5er but our 38ft TT is 9100 loaded. That is scale checked. I bought a 06 Dodge Cummins. My choice was made by the following. How much I was willing to spend. Then find all vehicles that fit in that category. Researched all the diesels and it seemed that the 06 Dodge had the fewest owner complaints for major issues from what I could find. It was also the better for mileage as it did not have the emissions stuff on it. I get 20-25 on the highway, 16 in town, and 10-14 towing the TT. I never drive over 70 with it loaded or unloaded because mileage drops exponentially.
phenrichs 09/24/14 01:41pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Looked at new F450 at our State Fair

Yeah they are nice looking with nice options but to have to go to 450 for the DRW and that sticker price is a shocker. They did go back to 19.5 on them.
phenrichs 08/22/14 10:00am Tow Vehicles
RE: Busted lock

well it turns out that she put the key in upside down then broke it off trying to turn it. I was able to get the broken piece out without drilling it but destroyed the lock in the process. Got the lock out but even the local rv dealer doesn't have one long enough to replace it. Grrr. Local locksmith is ordering me one that should fit.
phenrichs 08/13/14 10:20am Travel Trailers
Busted lock

Man..... DW broke the key off in the lock for our outdoor kitchen. Naturally it broke off before it unlocked the lock so now I have to drill it out.
phenrichs 08/12/14 12:13pm Travel Trailers
RE: RVing with a newborn

Our youngest daughter was 2 weeks old when we took her on her first trip. We had a hybrid at that time. It was fine. just like at home. Don't let them get too much sun and try to keep the biting insects away.
phenrichs 08/06/14 08:40am Family Camping
RE: Seems like alotta trailer for the tow vehicle

getting stopped could be an issue sure, but as mentioned I am sure that there are trailer brakes on it. How long is the trans gonna last in that little thing?
phenrichs 08/04/14 01:28pm Travel Trailers
RE: Black tank and toilet paper and chemicals

Angel soft and a built in tank flusher is all I have ever used. Biggest thing as everyone has said is to make sure there is plenty of water in the tank before you dump. If you have to stand on the flush pedal for a few minutes to fill the tank before you break camp to go to the dump station.
phenrichs 07/29/14 07:55am Travel Trailers
RE: adding a leaf spring

I have to say it depends on how it is done. My 1ton Dodge rode like a boat. The suspension was squishy. I took it into a local shop to have them check it out. They recommended re-arching the leaves and adding one. They said it would lift the back about an inch. I was apprehensive but went with it. When I got it back he walked me through what they did. They split the leaf packs out and re-arched the existing ones and added another one to the center of the pack so it is like a factory leaf pack. Not one of those thick overkill add-a-leaf kits. They then put new shocks all the way around. $900 out the door. I am very happy with the work and you can't tell that it is taller.
phenrichs 07/29/14 07:36am Travel Trailers
RE: Luxury Diesel SUV as tow vehicle

We tow with a 2011 Audi Q7 TDI and have had no issues. You can pm me if you want more info. We recently upgraded our htt to a 21 foot TT with bunks and rear slide. So weights aside, I am curious on if that has a separate trans cooler or if that is an added item that would be part of a towing package like some other vehicles.
phenrichs 07/16/14 08:36am Tow Vehicles
RE: dodge 3500 cummins clutch fan engages on flat with no load

You should never be above 190 without a load! Replace the T-stat as mentioned before with a Cummins T-stat. Make sure the outside of the radiator is clean and oil free, check the water pump, simple two bolt replacement. I only got my 01 up to 205 pulling a 7% grade on a 95 degree day running at 19,000# GCVW. I have to politely disagree with the 190 temp. Mine will run between 190 to just above 200 (according to the dash gauge) unloaded based on outside temperature. To the OP, your fan will kick on and off periodically when running your AC on max(or recycle whichever term you prefer). This is in the computer by design. There is an electronic link to it. Many people have even tapped into it and put a manual switch so they can force the fan on whenever they want. If your truck is not overheating you are ok. You need to worry if you have the AC on and never hear the fan come on.
phenrichs 07/16/14 08:30am Tow Vehicles
RE: Stolen TT - a word of advise

By any chance did you check with any local repo companies? Perhaps they snatched the wrong rig. In past experience the local PD doesn't always have information on repos.
phenrichs 07/16/14 08:23am General RVing Issues
RE: Filling fresh water tank?

By any chance have you checked the handle you described to be sure it is connected on the other end? Perhaps it isn't switching and you only have city hookup or it is not switching all the way?
phenrichs 07/16/14 08:19am Beginning RVing
RE: New TT, bubbling on side of slide

YOu may be able to peel off what is exposed with the slide out then put the slide in and get to the rest. If there is room between the slide and nearest wall of course. I know in mine there is just about enough room for you to get your arm between the slide and wall when it is in.
phenrichs 07/16/14 08:14am Travel Trailers
RE: Swaying to the music

Can you be more specific when you say Reese hitch with 1200lb bars? Is it a dual cam system? Do you have friction sway control? Yes a lot of sway can be exaggerated by improper balance. If you have a dual cam setup that is not set correctly it can also sway. Did you add the bike rack after the hitch without readjusting?
phenrichs 07/14/14 09:34am Travel Trailers
RE: Ford Expedition or F-150 best for towing?

We had a Jayco hybrid that weighed about 5500 loaded. We have a 06 Expedition and I used to have a 06 F150. Believe it or not the Expy actually towed better. I think it was aerodynamics of not having the box, the air just went up and over.
phenrichs 07/08/14 03:49pm Travel Trailers
RE: 10% biodiesel in Minnesota

Thanks for the heads up. I am taking a trip to Wisconsin next month. I will be sure to truck across MN without topping off.
phenrichs 07/02/14 10:44am Tow Vehicles
RE: From What I Hear, He Didn't See The Sign...

That looks to me to be in the Black Hills. Iron Mountain Road if I am not mistaken. Those tunnels were carved to showcase Mount Rushmore. Not a place for a towable.
phenrichs 07/02/14 10:42am General RVing Issues
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