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RE: Newbie...So Confused

One important number you're missing on the F150 is the payload. You can find it on a yellow sticker inside the drivers door. 1/2-ton trucks run out of payload (and that includes the hitch and tongue weight of the trailer) before hitting the max tow capacity. We had a pop-up, then a hybrid trailer for 8 years. And we looked 2 years before deciding on the current trailer. There were must haves, nice to haves, didn't want, and "I can fix that" items DW & I were looking for.
mbopp 08/19/14 07:39pm Travel Trailers
RE: Big freshwater tank for boondocking?

OP - Are you talking about a campground that has no hookups but has water faucets scattered through the cg, or are you off-road boondocking with no water available?
mbopp 08/19/14 05:16pm Travel Trailers
RE: Full hook up campgrounds

What area of NY are you looking to camp in?
mbopp 08/19/14 05:14pm Travel Trailers
RE: Need to replace bad converter.. Can I do this?

Talk to Randy at Bestconverter.com - he probably knows what replacement would be a best fit.
mbopp 08/18/14 05:41pm Tech Issues
RE: Keystone Sprinter vs Heartland North Trail

eluwak, I had the dealer install gas springs on the under-bed storage before we took delivery. I did some tweaking with the geometry so the lid stays open yet isn't difficult to close. Yes, ours sits high. And it does have flipped axles. I was told it was necessary to raise it up so the flush slide would go over the wheels. And yes, the bathroom gets warmer than the living area. I just haven't gotten around to putting a block-off plate in the bathroom heat duct. I have a spare tire cable lift from a pickup truck but didn't see the need to put the spare under the tongue. I did fab a dual battery tray that sits on top of the frame rails, not sunk in the bottom like the factory one.
mbopp 08/17/14 03:00pm Travel Trailers
RE: New vent fan??

The "to do" list includes replacing the bathroom fan and stove hood one with brushless DC computer fans. So many mods to do, so little time......
mbopp 08/17/14 07:36am Travel Trailers
RE: Keystone Sprinter vs Heartland North Trail

We have a small North Trail 21FBS Caliber. Quality-wise it's OK but DW & I feel it's below the old Starcraft HTT we had previously. DW doesn't like the solid surface countertop because it scratches easily. I'm not sold on the wide-track wheel spacing since the tires scuff more on turns. And the Lippert electric stabilizers rock too much and aren't as stable as standard scissors jacks. The shower door is cocked in the frame and tore the bottom wiper strip. I have a new strip (gratis) and the procedure but haven't torn the enclosure apart to re-align the door. There were a few minor issues I fixed myself but this is the last one on the "to do" list. But all in all we like the size and floor plan. Ours is a later model with the deeper flush slide vs the shallow raised one. The additional vent over the bed is nice, I wish it were powered. Since it's the two of us we like not having a hard wall separating the bed, leaving the curtain open make it feel like we have more room. Buy it again? Yeah, probably.
mbopp 08/17/14 07:33am Travel Trailers
RE: Battery Cut Off Switch

I use a Blue Sea marine switch on the negative side.
mbopp 08/13/14 07:22pm Travel Trailers
RE: Parasitic Draw on Batteries

Is there a light left on somewhere?
mbopp 08/13/14 05:50pm Tech Issues
RE: ford ecoboost

+1 for the Max Payload package. Since it's just DW & me and we have a small TT I didn't get the Max Payload option. But for a heavier TT and / or hauling kids and their gear it's a must-have. As far as the EB - love mine! Lots of low-end torque, 36-gallon fuel tank, and a nicer ride than DW's Toyota.
mbopp 08/13/14 02:40pm Travel Trailers
RE: Rear Axle Gear

My $.02: The TT in my sig probably weighs in at 5500-5700# loaded. My EB F150 has the Standard tow package and 3.55 gears. The most I've climbed was a few 6% grades but it did just fine. I have to park in a municipal garage and didn't want the big tow mirrors. CIPA slip-ons do the duty when I'm towing.
mbopp 08/12/14 03:12pm Travel Trailers
RE: Bye Bye Lippert Electric Stabilizer Jacks !

I am not really happy with mine either. They have not failed, and they do support the front and back of the trailer, but they sure don't stabilize it much. Very disappointed in them. I have been trying to troubleshoot why they don't stabilize the trailer and it appears the carriage that holds the jacks and screw system slides back and forth on the mounting brackets causing the trailer to move. I have cranked the jacks down harder and harder, and it does no good. My wife keeps talking about getting sea-sick whenever someone moves:) My sentiments exactly. My thought is to add a stabilizer jack to each side of the TT near the axles.
mbopp 08/12/14 05:17am Travel Trailers
RE: Calculating TT options for our truck

You can look on the yellow door sticker to get your actual payload rating. That's the problem with 1/2-tons, especially SCREWs with passengers - you run out of payload real quick. You'll be close and probably over. You might make a lightweight 25' bunkhouse work.
mbopp 08/11/14 06:50pm Travel Trailers
RE: Buy American !!

It's cheaper than a right-angle drill motor.
mbopp 08/11/14 05:20pm Tech Issues
RE: new ecoboost

Some EB F150's have a problem with water condensing in the intercooler, which causes a lot of coughing, spitting, sputtering, and serious loss of power when you put the pedal to the metal. Ford's gone through a few fixes for it, the last one on mine was to add a deflector plate and re-flash the computer. So far - so good. I do love the way it pulls though.
mbopp 08/10/14 06:42pm Towing
RE: Pinhole leaks in sewer hose - what to replace with?

Camco RhinoFLEX RV Sewer Hose. The rest are a distant 2nd. +1.
mbopp 08/10/14 01:41pm Tech Issues
RE: CO and LP detector battery drain. Solution?

I put a master on-off switch on the radio so it has no parasitic drain, and the CO detector runs on a 9V battery. The propane detector draws 70ma (.07A) or less than 2A-H a day.
mbopp 08/10/14 01:37pm General RVing Issues
RE: kayaking, pass the ibuprofen

I have never kayaked. Think I may like this as new hobby. Am a very active 64 year old "cootess" with a 65 year old coot husband. Any hints? Sherry Can you find a place that rent kayaks and also gives lessons? You can see if you like it, and also get an idea on what type of kayak suits your needs. DW & I have been canoeing for 20+ years, actually a canoe was our first RV. While we don't do multi-day wilderness trips anymore there's always a canoe on the truck rack when we camp. We don't do group trips, we're the "set your own pace" paddlers.
mbopp 08/10/14 10:09am Around the Campfire
RE: Our vacation in NH

We just got back from The Bluffs in West Ossipee. After driving up Mt Washington DW says the next time she'll take the Cog RR! And yes, Cathedral Ledge has nice views. Water level on the Saaco was a bit low but we did it anyway. Nice pics!
mbopp 08/08/14 04:09pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Is there anything special about RV electrical outlets?

If the RV outlet is on the tail end of the run (single wire to it) you can add another wire via the insulation displacement connections and add your new outlet to it. If you have room behind the RV outlet it may be easier to replace it with a residential-style one. An "old work" box is a bit larger than the RV outlet, so you'll have some sawing to do.
mbopp 08/08/14 04:05pm Tech Issues
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