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RE: Bullet 269rls with F150...Need your thoughts...New to this

Crew cab? How many passengers are you hauling? I think it's doable but your tongue weight will go up after adding propane and a battery (or batteries.) And the real dry weight is probably 400# more than the brochure weight. You'll be closer than you think on GVW and rear axle weight. Power-wise you'll be in good shape, my EB has 3.55 towing 7,000# and I'm happy with the power.
mbopp 09/24/16 09:53am Travel Trailers
RE: solution to lug nut covers?

McGuard and Gorilla make 1-piece lug nuts. When I worked at a tire shop I had an 18mm socket for removing the lugnuts that had lost their cover. Sad, but my F150 also has the plated lugnuts.
mbopp 09/24/16 07:27am Towing
RE: Filling potable water tank? SOLVED

No gravity fill? There's a discussion on the GD forum about water siphoning out of the vent tube when travelling. Hopefully the previous owner didn't put a shut-off valve on the overflow vent.
mbopp 09/22/16 03:59pm Tech Issues
RE: atwood piezo no spark

I've got 2 burners with no spark. But - the TT's only a month old and it's at the dealer now.
mbopp 09/20/16 04:33pm Tech Issues
RE: 1st Camper- Differences between brands question

Each TT model has it's own unique features and different models are designed for different uses. #1 one on your list should be what are going to tow it with, #2 then how are you going to use the RV, such as long distances, weeks at a time or just an occasional weekend adventure, #3 is how much will your budget allow. Most manufactures have units from entry level to "the sky is the limit". Decide what you want, then take the time to look at the many units and compare them Also the dealer is really important because his repair shop will probably be the one you ask for assistance and to repair any problems you might encounter and, most unit do end up with problems from small to large (just as a new vehicle) I will be pulling it with an f150 4x4 super crew with the ecoboost. I am rated at 9200 pounds towing capacity, Id like to stay 6,000 lbs or less. This seems an average weight for a bunkhouse with 1 slide out (5600-6300 depending on brand) I will be using it maybe 5 times a season, probably no more than 5 hours away, but typically 2 hours away or so. My budget will allow more than I'm willing to spend. I'm not yet sold on Travel trailers but see it as the only way currently to continue to camp with our daughters. As such I'm thinking I dont want to spend more than 20K . However I dont want to spend 17-18k on something, then find out after 5-7 years its falling apart because of shortsightedness on my part! In 7 years or so I see the girls being an age where they aren't necessarily into camping as much, and we could either resume tent camping or downsize into something smaller for the two of us. Careful, you're falling into the trap of looking at tow capacity and not payload. Add up the weight of the passengers and gear you'll be carrying. Now add the hitch weight and real tongue weight, and remember the tongue weight will cantilever over the rear axle, unloading the front axle and adding more weight to the rear. Now look at the yellow door jamb sticker for your payload. Most people towing with 1/2-ton crew cabs are overloaded and either don't know or don't care.
mbopp 09/20/16 08:56am Travel Trailers
RE: Anyone towing with Ford 2.7 EcoBoost?

Don't know, but around here 90% of the new F150's on the dealer lots have the 2.7 engine.
mbopp 09/18/16 07:20am Tow Vehicles
RE: Troubleshooting electrical problem

Where did you have it plugged into? House or campground? Do you have power at the outlet the trailer was plugged into? Try cycling (turn "off", then "on") all the circuit breakers in the trailer's power center. Then check for a tripped breaker / GFI on the outlet the trailer was plugged into.
mbopp 09/16/16 04:37pm Travel Trailers
RE: No room for second battery

My solution: http://i1114.photobucket.com/albums/k530/starmaster1953/North%20Trail%2021FBS/100_1342_zps33bffe81.jpg New battery tray welded from angle iron and bolted to the frame rails. Holds 2 G29 batteries.
mbopp 09/16/16 05:32am Travel Trailers
RE: Can you really tow a fiver with a 1/2 ton?

Ditto. You're falling into the trap of looking at tow capacity and not payload. Add a hitch, passengers, and gear and you'll be over your GVW.
mbopp 09/12/16 02:41pm Towing
RE: Charging the battery with generator issue

My old Elixir, two WFCO's, and an IOTA-55 all ran off my Honda 2000i.
mbopp 09/12/16 07:37am Tech Issues
RE: Looking for CGs with limited/no generator hours

NY DEC campground generator hours are 9-11AM & 4-7PM. If it's "excessively loud" you'll be asked to shut it down.
mbopp 09/10/16 12:18pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Grand Design Impression Reviews

http://www.granddesignowners.com/forum/forum.php You need to register to have full access rights.
mbopp 09/08/16 12:47pm Travel Trailers
RE: Which truck would be better for my TT

Loaded, the trailer will be at 1000#+ on the tongue. Much as I like my EB F150, it's not enough truck for that trailer.
mbopp 09/08/16 09:17am Travel Trailers
RE: Gas tank repair

How big is the hole? Can you use a sheet metal screw and sealing washer on it?
mbopp 09/08/16 08:03am Tech Issues
RE: Black tank sensors

I just cleaned my black tank from a 2-week, no-hookup trip. A combination of the in-tank sprayer and toilet wand got my sensor to read empty. I can dump and rinse at home using a macerator pump and dumping it down the sewer cleanout on my front yard. The pump is easier than rigging 30' of sewer hose.
mbopp 09/08/16 07:57am General RVing Issues
RE: badly worn driver side rear tire

The same thing happened to my last TT w/ Lippert 3500# axles. The camber on one wheel was way off and wearing the inside of the tire. I took the trailer to a shop specializing in truck and RV alignment. They were able to straighten the axle on their frame machine and bring it back in spec.
mbopp 09/08/16 07:47am Travel Trailers
RE: Brake shoes $$$???

Try a commercial brake / clutch relining shop. There's a local shop here that relines clutches and brakes, and they have trailer brake shoes on an exchange basis. They also have a brake lathe capable of turning both surfaces on an electric-brake drum.
mbopp 08/19/16 11:33am Travel Trailers
RE: Favorite tire pressure gauge?

DB got me a 100# dial mechanical dial gauge I like. I have a couple of good pencil gauges stashed in various vehicles also.
mbopp 08/19/16 07:49am Tech Issues
RE: 2005 envoy

As a former Envoy owner towing a 21' hybrid TT, the Envoy wouldn't be up to the task. The soft suspension and 4-speed 4L60E transmission are big drawbacks. You see the replacement tow vehicle in my sig.
mbopp 08/19/16 07:46am Tow Vehicles
RE: Inverter install help

On the last TT we had the tv was powered by a 12V "brick" supply. I got another connector for the tv, made a cable, and plugged it directly into the 12V jack on the antennae booster. Fast forward - the new TT doesn't have a 12V outlet (GD, are you listening?) but that's been remedied. But the tv is 115VAC direct input, no separate power supply for it. I tried my PSW inverter on the new 12V power outlet but it squealed "low voltage." OK, I had installed a deck-mount converter in the pass-through to suppliment the lousy factory WFCO one. I wired the inverter into the battery cables on the new converter. Now for the 115V side - I turned all the converter breakers off except for the main. Trial and error, but I found the breaker for the outlet for the tv. That's the only breaker "on." So, the TT main power cord is connected to the inverter and only powers the circuit the tv is on. It may be Rube Goldberg but it works. Now DW and granddaughter can watch a DVD together.
mbopp 08/18/16 04:26pm Travel Trailers
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