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RE: Anyone Towing a 5er with a Half Ton TV?

2004 F150 with 5.4 and 3.73 axle and Ford tow package. Pulled a 2002 Cougar 286 (about 30'). No mods to truck and used a Pullrite auto slider. FW weighed in at 8400lbs. Never got the pin weighed but the truck only squatted an inch hooked up. Never felt overloaded and it stopped well, even in panic mode. However, I was clearly near max capacity. A properly equipped 1/2 ton and the right FW is doable, IMHO.
phillyg 01/26/15 11:54am Towing
RE: Florida good Beachfront RV Parks close to a busy place

On the west coast, Ft. Myers?, Red Coconuts.
phillyg 01/25/15 09:22am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: goose ball hitch

Check with your RV manufacturer to determine if your pin box can be converted for a gooseneck adapter.
phillyg 01/25/15 08:41am Towing
RE: std bed.....long bed

I have a 2014 Wildcat 327ck with the corner cutouts and I cannot get to 90 degrees without using the hitch slider.
phillyg 01/24/15 05:56pm Tow Vehicles
RE: To slide (out) or not to slide out??

We wouldn't own one without multiple slides, and the more the better.
phillyg 01/24/15 05:45pm Travel Trailers
RE: Suggestions for a "new" truck for now and future

To me a "moderate" sized FW is 10-12,000lbs, so that puts you in 250/2500 range. There are gas models available that, with a low enough axle ratio, can pull 12,000lbs and beyond, but the downside is poor fuel economy, especially when towing. Short bed is okay if you get a slider hitch. Auto sliders are better than having to remember to slide if and when you need to.
phillyg 01/21/15 11:02am Tow Vehicles
RE: Shopping for new Tow Vehicle and Fiver - Doing homework

Appears to be a good combination.
phillyg 01/21/15 10:56am Tow Vehicles
RE: Shopping for new Tow Vehicle and Fiver - Doing homework

Appears to be a good combination.
phillyg 01/21/15 10:55am Tow Vehicles
RE: RV'ing Florida in Summer

Thanks fla-gypsy! We are looking for a RV park on the keys, which is near (reachable shortly on foot) a nice sand beach and a village or city, where we can entertain (stroll and eat) in the evening! Don't apologize for your English. Many Americans bastardize English. I live in FL year round now. Yes, it can be hot and humid but if you stay near the coast you'll have more of a breeze. Recommend you only camp where you can run the AC. The noseeums get thru my pool screen enclosure so yes, they can be a problem. A light spray of Deep Woods Off minimizes that. There aren't a lot of expansive beaches in the Keys but there's an okay beach on Key West, and the city of Key West shouldn't be missed. You can stroll there and be amazed at the variety of "interesting" people there. Lots of restaurants. If you head up the west coast I recommend Sanibel and Siesta Key as nice places to visit.
phillyg 01/21/15 07:30am Roads and Routes
RE: Looking for a 5th Wheel to double tow, need advice

Some of the FW frames are barely able to handle the weight and stress of the house built upon them and that's the reason warranties are voided. It might be better for you to look at used FWs that are out of warranty already. Then find someone capable of properly designing a custom hitch receiver for you.
phillyg 01/20/15 11:52am Fifth-Wheels
RE: clue me in

...............We are leaving from the east coast in Spring ultimately headed to Montana to hopefully find out retirement home. We do not own a home presently. It was suggested to us since we are leaving within a few months to open an LLC and register the truck and trailer there. Just let me reiterate something I read somewhere. Tax evasion is illegal,tax avoidance is not! Why on earth would I buy a vehicle now and register it in a state I am pulling out of in a few months and never coming back to?..................But if I'm going cross country to find a place to live where the vehicles are already going to be registered, how can that be wrong? How can a cop stop me or a state go after me doing this? Please fill me in, I just dont get it. It's not that you don't get it, it's that you don't want to get it. I think I responded to one of your first inquiries and gave you the facts, as have several other folks on the forum. I used to be in the business of advising people about states' laws, and residence, legal domicile and title and registration was a part of that. Home ownership is not a factor. You could be renting in your home state or living in an RV in that state, and that would still probably be your residence. Why buy and register where you are? Because, simply put, that's where you are now. You said it yourself, "I am pulling out of in a few months and never coming back to ?" That hasn't happened yet, it's just speculative. Now, I fully support tax avoidance, so investigate your state laws to determine if you can obtain a temporary registration and the possibility of not paying sales tax, if any, and pay it in MT instead. Find out if you can just purchase the RV today and immediately drive it to MT, and establish a residence there (driver's license, register to vote, ect.) but don't actually physically move until you're ready. And, there's no need to establish a MT LLC just for the purpose of avoiding (or evading) taxes elsewhere, if you really plan to be a MT resident. The bottom line is only you can decide what is best for you. The chances of getting caught evading taxes is probably miniscule if you follow through on your plan. You have to decide if saving some money up front is worth the risk.
phillyg 01/20/15 11:43am Beginning RVing
RE: Are Our Tires REALLY that sensitive?

I don't believe one or two pounds makes any difference. But, some people don't do anything with their tires and that's a problem. Failing to start the day with properly adjusted tire pressure is taking an unnecessary risk. Running on old tires, especially STs used on most trailers, is taking as risk. In both instances where I had a blowout, it was on a Class A with a six year old tire, and a FW with a four year old tire, thus supporting the anecdotal evidence that Class A tires will last six years and ST tires will last three years. That doesn't mean someone else won't get ten or more years out of a set of tires, but it's the point at which I'll be thinking about new tires.
phillyg 01/20/15 11:07am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Bike Rack Recommendations

I have a Yakima for up to 4 bikes; made well and no problems after 5 years.
phillyg 01/20/15 10:54am Beginning RVing
RE: Bug problems in Florida

Spray some Raid ant killer around your jacks and tires. Should keep them off for a while.
phillyg 01/20/15 10:49am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Buying a rig, help with truck choice pls.

At 13,000lbs dry weight, you're in the 350/3500 truck range regardless of the GMC salesman's thoughts. You can get by with a short bed if you get a slider hitch, thus making it easier to drive and park about town when you're not towing. An automatic slider is best but at more cost. It might be difficult to find a gasser that will have the tow rating you need. The newer diesels and gassers have five-speed transmission which is good, but I think you'll find that a 3.73 axle will be the lowest that will fit your weight needs. Red, definitely red.
phillyg 01/19/15 07:30am Tow Vehicles
RE: Used Truck - Opinions Needed

I'm not familiar with Dodge or Chevy in those years but have seen lots of positives posts about Cummins and Duramax diesel motors. Ford definitely had problems with the 6.0 motors, but those can be resolved at a hefty price. On the other hand, there are obviously lots of 6.0 motors out there with no issues. I took a chance buying my signature TV but a couple of the mods had been done and I rationalized that at 146,000 miles when I bought it, it would be okay. Time will tell. Bottom line is you takes yer chances when you buy any used vehicle, and diesel motors do cost more to maintain. If you can find a Chevy with the big 8.xx motor or the Ford with a V10 (hard to find), that might be a good route to take. If you wait a year or two you may be able to find a post 2007 Ford with the better motor in your price range.
phillyg 01/19/15 07:18am Tow Vehicles
RE: Standard vs long bed

Had an automatic Pullrite SuperGlide in my 5-1/2' bed in the F150 Supercrew. Worked great but very heavy so once it was installed it stayed that way most of the time. Was very nice not to have to think about sharp turns. Was hoping the standard bed in my F350 and the rounded corners of the new FW would allow me to turn 90 degrees; not so. I got a manual Reese slider and its works fine; just have to remember to get out and slide.
phillyg 01/17/15 12:56pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Thoughts on Forest River Sierra Fifth Wheel

Have had our FR Wildcat now for four weeks. So far, a cabinet door has fallen off, the shower valve failed, the furnace quit and the electric plug for the hotwater heater fell out. Now in all fairness, I only hold FR responsible for the cabinet door and the electric plug. The door is self-explanatory, but the plug wouldn't have fallen out had it not been plugged in vertically where it could fall out from road vibration. The Suburban furnace had two internal issues and the shower valve was just cheap, IMHO. I do not consider the Wildcat to be a top of the line RV, but from reading other poster's complaints about their own RVs, regardless of price point, it still seems as though the RV industry just pushes out units as fast and cheaply as they can. I told my wife to expect problems with a new unit, but I consider us fortunate there are not more issues with this one.
phillyg 01/16/15 04:48pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Class C I am considering for first purchase - advice?

You Will want to replace the tires and should be a consideration as part of the deal. Check around all the roof vents for signs of water spots and damage. You should go to nada guides.com and get an estimate for low and average retail for the mh. Gulfstream is as good as most. Also try a search on rvt.com and see what others are being advertised for. X2.
phillyg 01/16/15 04:23pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Opinions Dometic or Norcold refrigerator

I don't think it matters, expect to your pocketbook.
phillyg 01/16/15 04:22pm Fifth-Wheels
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