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RE: YOU NEED TO SEE THIS PIC

I like the vintage photos, of course the car probably our weighted the TT. As I recall my 60’s vintage Plymouth station wagon with 440 cu.in. engine did not have much of a problem pulling our 14 ft. Shasta. Nope just pulling past gas stations :B Had a friend who's folks still had one as a family car back in the early '80's. Man that thing was a beast(nine passenger unit I think) and took a car load of teenagers to anty-up to fill the tank and only and evening to go through it LOL!
shum02 01/23/15 02:15pm Travel Trailers
RE: YOU NEED TO SEE THIS PIC

What I said in my original statement was CAPABLE (clearly my truck is capable since I do it without any issues) and LEGAL are two different words. If I was involved in a serious incident, my overloading MAY be held against me legally. Not likely, but possible. This and other forums are full of this rhetoric. Your over by a little and get into an accident that was your fault, by what? Your actions, a blown tire, negligence, broken spring on the trailer? Does not matter, even if they do put it all back together and somehow manage to determine you're over weight by 300lbs insurance will cover it and you will not find yourself charged with anything unless your driving actions caused it, even still insurance will cover it. It's insurance, in some places in they'll still cover you if you were drunk. I've yet to hear one credible "story" of anyone being charged with overloading an RV and NEVER in Canada. Can Am in London regularly "overloads" vehicles(it's their specialty) and they have never been charged with anything. Urban legends, nothing more.
shum02 01/23/15 04:35am Travel Trailers
RE: YOU NEED TO SEE THIS PIC

Capable and legal are two different words. Obviously any 1/2 ton can pull up to it's maximum rated weight provided that tongue weight, payload, max axle ratings, and combined vehicle weight ratings are not exceeded. GENERALLY speaking I have found that most 1/2 ton trucks can pull about 6000 lbs maximum travel trailer with the proper WDH. Obviously some can pull much less, others can pull much more.. but 6K is a pretty good rule of thumb. So please explain where it is illegal to tow The average and maybe not so average TT with a 1/2 ton. Remember that towing beyond the stated maximum of the door sticker is not illegal. Maybe not smart but not illegal. Let me understand your question... are you suggesting that exceeding the maximum axle rating on ANY vehicle is legal? I can't speak for every state, but here in Ontario the door sticker is the bible for the weight police (Ministry of Transportation Roadside Inspection). Only the original equipment manufacturer (GM, Ford, Dodge, Toyota, ect) or an upfitter that starts with an incomplete vehicle (specialty shops that create customized for work, disabilities, special vehicles) can create / rate the vehicles final axle ratings. The addition of any device (extra springs, air bags, ect) by any person or business can not increase the maximum axle ratings. The only effective way to increase payload, is to decrease existing weight (removing bumpers, back seats, spare tires, ect) In Ontario, you can and you will get a ticket for exceeding any axle rating. For a private citizen towing a RV, not for business? Never happen, regardless of being illegal or not. If that was the case every minivan in Brampton would have to be pulled over on a Saturday afternoon and tagged/towed away. Private cars and trucks are constantly overloaded. I stay away from Long Weekend MTO RV inspection blitz's. Usually a bunch of auxiliary OPP officers with no clue about what it is they are looking for outside of obvious vehicle defects. Been through one, 2 hours of my life I'll never get back and it killed my Friday evening :M
shum02 01/22/15 11:01am Travel Trailers
RE: YOU NEED TO SEE THIS PIC

centracom the original post said I CAME ACROSS A COUPLE OF 7500 OR 8000 LBS UNITS THAT HAD PICTURES OF 1/2 TON TRUCKS AND I JUST LAUGHED. Now you are talking over 10,000 lbs. Which is it 7,500 lbs or over 10,000? That is a pretty big difference. DockmasterDave, Did you see the pic I posted? Silverado 1500 and a 10,000+ lbs trailer. IMy personal opinion is that 7,500 or 8,000 lbs trailer once loaded is still to heavy. I dont care what the truck is rated at, if there is a failure with brakes or tires on the trailer a 1/2 pickup will have a hell of a time stopping in an emergency with that much weight. This is my personal opinion not that of a truck manufacturer. Yes you are pushing them to the limit, anything goes wrong then you have a major problem Hate to point it out again but the trailer has it's own brakes :R My last '07 F150 was at 100% of every rating(axles/tires) over the GVWR of the truck by 400lbs and right on the GCVWR of 15000lbs. Yup what started off at a 5600lb GVWR camper ballooned to 7000lbs on the axle and over 900lbs on the tongue. Drove the truck for three years with no ill effects. Great truck.
shum02 01/21/15 03:50pm Travel Trailers
RE: YOU NEED TO SEE THIS PIC

A regular cab 2wd 1500 series truck properly equipped should actually be able to handle that. Toronto show was the same but mostly pic's of 3/4 ton trucks pulling 5th wheels.....all would be good if no one actually loaded anything in their rigs.
shum02 01/21/15 04:25am Travel Trailers
RE: Just bought my first toy hauler

Thanks for the info , I'm going to to lowes tomorrow and walk around , I'm leaning more towards the champion , I'm also curious about keeping trailer plugged in all the time to keep the battery charged etc. I bought a 15 amp adapter for the plug I actually just plugged it in today to charge the battery I checked each outlet with a voltage meter and they are all showing 120 amps steady from my understanding leaving the trailer plugged in all the time can kill your batteries, unless your trailer has something that will shutoff the power to the batteries once they are charged, being an older trailer i doubt it would, my TH is a 2014 and i dont think it has something like that. i have to keep mine in storage so i pull the batteries and they are hooked up to a battery tender in the garage. My 2006 KZ has a decent 3 stage WFCO charger and could easily be left plugged in all the time. Most all KZ's of the time came with them. Don't put too much faith in that wfco. I learned the hard way. I now have a Powermax Boondocker 55a Just said it was decent, already know the rest...........
shum02 01/21/15 04:21am Toy Haulers
RE: Just bought my first toy hauler

Thanks for the info , I'm going to to lowes tomorrow and walk around , I'm leaning more towards the champion , I'm also curious about keeping trailer plugged in all the time to keep the battery charged etc. I bought a 15 amp adapter for the plug I actually just plugged it in today to charge the battery I checked each outlet with a voltage meter and they are all showing 120 amps steady from my understanding leaving the trailer plugged in all the time can kill your batteries, unless your trailer has something that will shutoff the power to the batteries once they are charged, being an older trailer i doubt it would, my TH is a 2014 and i dont think it has something like that. i have to keep mine in storage so i pull the batteries and they are hooked up to a battery tender in the garage. My 2006 KZ has a decent 3 stage WFCO charger and could easily be left plugged in all the time. Most all KZ's of the time came with them.
shum02 01/20/15 05:26pm Toy Haulers
RE: Just bought my first toy hauler

The Champion 3100 inverter would do a great job. It'll run a 13.5k BTU a/c unit and other toys on the rig all at the same no problem. Very decent quality for the money and quiet.
shum02 01/19/15 06:41pm Toy Haulers
RE: New 2015 Ram 1500 ECODIESEL HFE

I am just stopping by the TOWING forum, which has become WEENIE truck land. Where on the TOWING forum, we advocate for the slowest truck with the least power, and have determined that in spite of industry data to prove otherwise, most folks use their trucks exclusively to pick up groceries. Cue the twilight zone soundtrack. Or the reality, that many half tons do split duty, part time empty, part time overloaded. And much of the time not being driven gently or slowly. Making underpowered trucks that require a $200 service, and fuel that costs 50% the dumbest possible option I can think of. North Dakota Fuel Price. Gasoline $1.99 Diesel $2.95 Even if you only want a grocery getter, you don't need a 6000# one that burns fuel that is 50% more. Do we really need power windows,leather,sun roof, aluminum wheels,carpet on the floors, heated and a/c seats......... Yes. .......and up North the diesel is usually less expensive than gas-o-line and a lot of us do our own service so $200 is way off the mark, our interval is longer as well. ...........thought choice was good?
shum02 01/17/15 04:46am Tow Vehicles
RE: New 2015 Ram 1500 ECODIESEL HFE

Oh...another example... Several times a year...a buddy with a half ton pickup used as a 'car', or a neighbors with a half ton used as a 'car' will ask me to help them pickup something from the local garden supply or hardware, go to the dumps, etc Because they don't want a load of firewood, dirt, gravel, cobble stones, etc dumped into their pickup's bed. A couple even has sprayed on liners to boot My 1980 Silverado is called into service often by them...they do NOT use their half ton's as pickup trucks at all... Other neighbors with real pickup trucks either won't, or the 07 K2500HD Duramax is a contractor who always has construction tools or a load for the dumps...other neighbors has slide in campers and won't take them off for a special run for them...and...the other neighbors have Fashion Statement half tons and won't do it for fear of scratching their 'cars'... Dang! Life is good! :B My neighbors FX4 F250 has a cap on it, guess who get asked to help move "tall" stuff ;)
shum02 01/16/15 05:37pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Running refrigerator in freezing temps?

You should be fine. If it does not cool well put a light bulb at night in the outside vent area as it takes heat to make it work. x2 This is a great trick with absorption fridges for cold weather camping. I've camped well in excess of -20C/-4F with no issues to mine.
shum02 01/16/15 11:48am General RVing Issues
RE: New 2015 Ram 1500 ECODIESEL HFE

Pretty telling to me how the majority of trucks are being used today. My pickup trucks have been daily drivers since 1994. Parking a $40k pickup in the driveway and only using it to haul the camper/camping gear and home projects would be pretty expensive. Never mind Ford, GM and Dodge would have a hard time living on just car sales.
shum02 01/15/15 10:04am Tow Vehicles
RE: New 2015 Ram 1500 ECODIESEL HFE

I think you guys are off the mark. Most 1500 series trucks are not used for heavy hauling or towing. Most of them are used to haul people and the odd thing in the bed. Research says only 5% of them ever go off road. Remember, this is an RV forum, and most of you think of things from this perspective, but most people do not buy a 1500 series truck for towing or hauling. That's what 2500 and 3500 series trucks are for. The only people I know that don't use their 1500/150 trucks for hauling and towing is "kids". Then all they want is the roar of a V8 equipped with big dual pipes - Fords and Rams around here.
shum02 01/14/15 08:14am Tow Vehicles
RE: FYI-Where folks live in Canada

They showed us eh? :W We have more than our fair share of resources...........kind of neighborly that we gave it up to our American cousins ;)
shum02 01/11/15 03:04pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Algonquin Provincial Park - power access

By the way, how is the camping at Bronte ;) For camping in the middle of one of Canada's highest income cities..........not to bad actually ;) Wish it was still open for winter camping...but that's another topic :(
shum02 01/08/15 12:49pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Algonquin Provincial Park - power access

The government does not give much away for free. Camping on crown land is a great way Canadian residents to experience the outdoors at no cost. You still have to get there and Ontario is HUGE! not to mention those area's that are available are in Northern Ontario, a very decent drive from the populated area's in the South. No one gives up the secrets of where those spots are either without torture or plied with generous amounts of elixir ;)
shum02 01/07/15 05:22pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Algonquin Provincial Park - power access

As long as you are a Canadian resident you can camp on crown land free of charge. You may only camp on crown land that is designated as general use. You don't have to let anyone know where you are going. Most crown land that is marked as general use in Ontario tends to be in central to northern Ontario. There are lots of boondocking and wilderness camping available but they do tend to be fairly hidden and well kept secrets. Camping on Crown Land in Ontario
shum02 01/07/15 05:58am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Algonquin Provincial Park - power access

We used to carry a 90 ft. HD contractor's power cord with us as we've hit a few campsites in provincial parks with LONG runs. It restricted us to 15 amps but it's better than no amps, especially since you are paying for it. We have pretty much given up on Ontario provincial parks except for one or two in the north. We got tired of having our RV scratched up by tree branches that they don't seem to want to trim and and by the unreasonable costs compared to private parks. For instance, we are parked right now in a resort where we have 50 amp power, water, sewer and cable. The daily rate is less than in Ontario provincial parks. They also have daily garbage pick up at your site and if you are out of propane, you put your cylinder on the road at your site, they pick it up, fill it and return it! Each site is cleaned and prepped by volunteer hosts prior to being occupied. Yes, it's less "natural" than a provincial park but the view outside the RV back window isn't bad: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/g8zmmjxd4n5n311/AAD9gtOe9Phv5tlbJJEOqsJ0a?dl=0 Everyone has their own idea of camping and what you have there is a million miles away from mine. No wonder you don't use Provincial parks or probably even State parks. Camping beside a golf course...........might as well be in my driveway..........
shum02 01/07/15 05:55am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Canadian Tire dump station in Sydney NS?

The dump stations at the Cdn Tire highway stations here in Ontario do not open till the Victoria Day weekend. Cost about $10/use I believe.
shum02 01/02/15 08:31am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Algonquin Provincial Park - power access

I don't for one millionth of second think that there is no boondocking in Ontario. But you're saying anyone who does boondock could get some kind of a fat fine, right? :C Depends. Interior camping on Crown Land and you need to let the MNR know where you are, intend on going and pay the fee. If for some reason they have to come get you they will be less than amused :( Boondocking except for interior canoe/hike camping is pretty tough, unless you are VERY aware of logging areas/roads and they can be pretty un-serviced/dangerous. I'd only hike them or take my mountain bike on most any I've seen. Ontario gets pretty rugged real fast in some areas and a logging road out of service for a few years will disappear into the bush real fast!
shum02 01/02/15 08:10am RVing in Canada and Alaska
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