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RE: TV for 5000-5500 TT

Not to beat a dead horse on this topic, however, we currently own a 2006 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer (mileage 154,000) with a factory Class 3 Hitch (no HD tow package). It is equipped with the 5.4L V-8 with a 3.73 axle ratio and we have added the brake control. We just bought a Keystone Passport Grand Touring Ultra Lite 2980RL and the ride home was scary. We used our WD system, but chose not to put on the sway bars, which was our first mistake. There was considerable sway when trucks passed. We live in Florida and will be mainly towing within the State, not up in the mountains. Cargo will consist of two adults and 3 mid sized dogs, 3 metal dog crates in the TV and 3 in the TT. The dry weight of this TT is 5620, length 32.9 feet, hitch weight 650. My question is: is this Expedition capable of towing this trailer "as is". If not, are there modifications that we can we make to keep this TV for towing this trailer? The SUV is in great condition and we hate to let it go, but if we are looking for trouble towing this trailer - we would like to know NOW and make the change... Sounds like you don't have a rear sway bar. Check and see. If not, get a Hellwig and this should improve things immensely. Sorry, I meant a rear stabilizer bar on the truck (should be spanning the 2 frame rails parallel to the rear axle).
vjstangelo 03/18/15 08:47pm Tow Vehicles
RE: TV for 5000-5500 TT

Not to beat a dead horse on this topic, however, we currently own a 2006 Ford Expedition Eddie Bauer (mileage 154,000) with a factory Class 3 Hitch (no HD tow package). It is equipped with the 5.4L V-8 with a 3.73 axle ratio and we have added the brake control. We just bought a Keystone Passport Grand Touring Ultra Lite 2980RL and the ride home was scary. We used our WD system, but chose not to put on the sway bars, which was our first mistake. There was considerable sway when trucks passed. We live in Florida and will be mainly towing within the State, not up in the mountains. Cargo will consist of two adults and 3 mid sized dogs, 3 metal dog crates in the TV and 3 in the TT. The dry weight of this TT is 5620, length 32.9 feet, hitch weight 650. My question is: is this Expedition capable of towing this trailer "as is". If not, are there modifications that we can we make to keep this TV for towing this trailer? The SUV is in great condition and we hate to let it go, but if we are looking for trouble towing this trailer - we would like to know NOW and make the change... Sounds like you don't have a rear sway bar. Check and see. If not, get a Hellwig and this should improve things immensely.
vjstangelo 03/18/15 05:30pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Excursion

Well, since the tow capacity of my 4x4 V10 with the 3.73 rear end tops out at 9000#, give or take, coupled with the fact my TT dry at is 4500#, and no more than 7000# loaded, I can't say how a topped out Ex at 11K would handle. BUT, we've taken her to Yellowstone 4x from VA and always made it back no issues. The key with the V10 is to keep it tached up at 3000 to 4000 RPM on grades. The weak links with pulling 11K (which by the way is the max tow capacity for both the 7.3 and V10) is the suspension and the gutless 4R100 tranny. Plenty has been written on fixes at the Ford Truck Enthusiasts website forum. Good luck.
vjstangelo 03/14/15 06:09pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Purchase advice - Used

The bank I'm dealing with is Bank of the West through GS Club.
vjstangelo 03/12/15 07:40pm Class A Motorhomes
Purchase advice - Used

I'll be brief. We were on the verge of buying new but stumbled onto a local 2007 Bounder. We gave it the once over and were satisfied that deficiencies were cosmetic. Knowing the difficulty of getting private party sale loans, before making an offer, I contacted the bank to get pre approved for a full purchase price loan. The loan was approved today. Now I will give my best and final offer to the owner knowing what I can finance. Q1: the bank will require the coach pass an inspection. I was planning on getting my own inspection also, but is this necessary if the bank orders an inspection? Q2: I wanted to finance some add'l money (say $5000) to pay for some repairs, new tires, taxes. Since the purchase price will be $15,000 or so less than NADA low retail, will the bank go for this? If you've been down this path, please lend some advice. Thanks.
vjstangelo 03/12/15 06:27pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Hurricane Owners

If we go new, we will likely order the bunk model since the bunk can be lowered and the area repurposed as a closet, or sofa.
vjstangelo 03/11/15 08:39pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Grand Canyon?

You must go have a meal at El Tovar. This is one of the resorts built by RR's in the 1900's. Views are spectacular.
vjstangelo 03/11/15 07:31am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Hurricane Owners

I don't own a Hurricane or Thor but you may want to look at Georgetowns 351 bunk model. Owners on the Forest River Forum, Georgetown, loves their rigs. I would think you would get more standard features like a fiberglass roof and electric windshield privacy shade for about the same money. Forest River is on the short list. The neat thing about the bunk on the Hurricane is that the top bunk drops turning the space into a sofa. Also, the Hurricane has a king bed vs a queen for the 351.
vjstangelo 03/06/15 04:58pm Class A Motorhomes
Hurricane Owners

We are getting closer to pulling the trigger on an A, thought we had wrapped up our decision but we are now questioning it as we get closer to our buy date. That said, we really like the Hurricane floorplans, namely the 32N and 34J bunkhouse. Any owners of either model, or any other late model Hurricane, care to provide their experiences? FWIW, it seems the Hurricane owners are pretty pleased with their purchases based on posts here and at the Thor Owners Forum. Thanks.
vjstangelo 03/06/15 09:40am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Residential Refrigerator vs Propane/110 volt RV Type

Good thread. May I chime in? Our present TT has a Norcold 2 door unit. It is going on 12 years old and no issues. I have done no PM on the unit short of an annual visual inspection. Always keep at coldest temp setting, and it works fine both 12v and propane. BUT, it is always on the back of my mind - absorption unit fire. We are about to pull the trigger on a Class A, and if we do purchase the new Georgetown 329, it will have the SS package with the residential fridge. DW just fell in love with it when we saw one unit so equipped. We do dry camp for at most 2 days at a time, and hope to do just fine even if it takes running the Genny for an hour or two per day. Reports are that the new 2015 models are energy Sippers compared to just a few years ago.
vjstangelo 02/16/15 12:43pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Looking for advice....used vs new

We are having the same dilemma, used vs new, with the price differential being 20K more for new vs 4 year old used, comparable models. My experience with my TT was, the 1st 5 years cabin items pretty much trouble free, while 2nd 5 years+ items start breaking (water pump, converter, water heater, water leak, awning, yada-yada). So if we buy new unit, pay 20K for 5 years of trouble free service (disregarding small warranty fixes by dealer). In our case, we have set a timetable: by 4/1/15 we are going to order a new unit, likely a Georgetown 329, unless we find a used "just like new" model that just can't be passed up. So far, we have not been able to find such a unit and we've been shopping for 2 years! If you have, you may want to jump on it... It has been said by many here "buy your last motorhome first". Words of wisdom. I'm done now :)
vjstangelo 02/11/15 01:49pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Grand Canyon North Rim

Wow, thanks for the input. We are really excited about our visit to the North Rim.
vjstangelo 02/04/15 06:34pm Class A Motorhomes
Grand Canyon North Rim

Anyone stay at the National Park campground on the North Rim? I noted almost all sites have a max of 27' length. Is this a factual number or sufficient safety factor for say a 30'er?
vjstangelo 02/04/15 02:10pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: RV Inspection Services

I talked to the dealer yesterday and the unit was still available. He wanted me to but down $500 deposit to hold it. "No way" I said, until an inspection was done and I saw the unit in person. The inspection service does have someone available who can look at the unit, but I'm getting cold feet as I will likely be spending $1000+ in travel/inspection services before I can ever get a look at the unit. we may just pass on this one...
vjstangelo 01/27/15 06:10am Class A Motorhomes
RE: RV Inspection Services

Any input from someone who has distance purchased a used RV? I was planning on calling the dealer to get their input on the condition, then having a professional inspector check it out before we go look at. A day drive from my house. We have seen other models and like the floorplan, just lurking for the right one, and this may be it.
vjstangelo 01/25/15 07:12pm Class A Motorhomes
RV Inspection Services

I am looking at a used motorhome in Rockford, IL. Can anyone recommend a reputable inspection service in that area? The motorhome is located at Collier RV. Anyone done business with them? Thanks.
vjstangelo 01/25/15 11:24am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Excursion - Too many miles?

Again, thanks for the replies. Plan B has always been we have a Good Sams Towing Plan membership, but often we lack a cell signal way out there. I think that if we pull the trigger and go, I will invest in a cell phone signal booster. Things I will probably do to the truck: New Tires; Service Transmission; New Plugs; New Hoses & Belts; I've been noticing a wiff of antifreeze at times when the heater activates, so have the heater core replaced, it may be weeping; Maybe change out oil on rear diff.
vjstangelo 01/20/15 06:13am Tow Vehicles
RE: Excursion - Too many miles?

Thanks for the good advice. I was planning on bringing to my mechanic to give it the once over, change belts, hoses. Also was planning to have the transmission serviced. What about the plugs? They are stock but no issues. I was going to have them changed. Should I also have the COP's replaced? Do they have a suggested life?
vjstangelo 01/19/15 05:51pm Tow Vehicles
Excursion - Too many miles?

Hi all. Currently own a 2005 Ford Excursion, V10, with about 120K on the clock. All is stock from Ford. We currently tow a 25' TT that weighs 4500# dry (probably 6000# loaded). We have taken it out west from VA to Yellowstone 3 times. My son graduates college this year and we wanted to take him back west this summer since he loves Yellowstone. The round trip is at least 5000 miles, and if anyone has been that way they know it can be desolate for stretches of 60+ miles or more at a time. Here is my concern. Since the truck has 125K miles and is now 10 years old, would it be wise to make the trip with the current rig? I know it is a judgement call, but I was looking for experience from others who have made similar trips with vehicles of the same vintage (10 years old with 100K miles). Thanks.
vjstangelo 01/19/15 03:29pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 1999 36' Damon Intruder?

The transmission to which you refer is the 4R100. We have it in our 2005 Excursion mated to a V10. It has been a reliable transmission for our uses towing a 6000# TT, with 125K on the clock. We use the Ex mainly for towing so the 125K has pretty much been heavy duty use, including 3 trips from VA to WY (Yellowstone) up and over the divide and many grades. Now, we did have a front seal leak around 100K. The seal was only $90 but the labor was $1000+ to drop the transmission. I was told that slow speeds with high temps (say summer stop and go traffic) with a load can overheat the fluid causing this problem. Some folks recommend putting on a larger cooler, but I just decided to stay with the stock cooler. Other than that issue, no complaints.
vjstangelo 01/14/15 07:03am Class A Motorhomes
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