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RE: Tow vehicle and everyday driveability question

I had a Toyota Tundra w/ the 5.7l engine and my current trailer, it pulled it pretty well considering I do most of my camping in the mountains of Alberta, BC and Washington. My trailer is pretty heavy and has a high GVWR, it had my truck at the limits. As my young family got bigger I knew I was going to be slightly overweight, I decided to get a bigger truck. When I made the decision I thought I would get the biggest single rear wheel truck I could; this would give me more options should I ever decide to upgrade my trailer. The part the OP is probably most interested in… The new truck is night and day different than my old truck. The stability alone was worth the upgrade, the braking power a close second. Mine is a diesel which gives me a few other nice options like the exhaust brake; however this was an expensive option that isn’t required unless your plan is to get something super heavy down the line. Lastly, the travel days don’t seem to take the same toll they did when I had my Tundra; I get to my destination and I don’t feel like I have been on the road grinding it out. I get to where I am going and I still feel ready to rock. I like that too. Good luck with your decision!
Dr. Blake 04/15/14 10:25am Travel Trailers
RE: Camping Altercations?

Not really an altercation. My wife, my 7-8 month old son and I were on our very first road trip as a family. We traveled from Calgary, through BC, into Washington State and ended up Idaho. We camped and the Mudhole (AC campground) which we really like even though it is a bit close to the highway. We pull in with our tent trailer and setup camp. A fellow camper comes over and starts to chat which was great. We are chatting for about 20 minutes, it’s very friendly. Towards the end of the conversation he starts to tell me about his gun, how good a shot he is and that he has a site on it for longer range shooting at night. I don’t really have much to say, I’m from Canada, hand guns are illegal and I am not really familiar with them. He then tells me I had better keep it down at night, keep my son on a lease (he couldn’t walk at that point) and follow the rules. I was dumbfounded, I stated I was with my family, we like to hike during the day, my son goes to bed at 7 pm and we then just quietly sit around the fire. He left back to his own site. That whole 4 days they were there they ran their contractor generator past the suitable hours, had bonfires and disregarded a whole host of other rules. What a bonehead. We still love to camp in the USA and 99.99% of people have been great, but that guy was tough pill to swallow!
Dr. Blake 03/13/14 05:10pm General RVing Issues
RE: Olympic Natl Park Info

Is that the Seal Rock Forest Service campground on the east side of the peninsula, Dr. Blake, right on Hoods Canal? If so, I remember it as pretty tight. The Rangers/host won't "deny access" or anything, but you might have a bit of shoehorning/maneuvering to do. Probably depends on the site, of course. Can you remember how tight? Is driving through the park challenging or just backing in because its narrow and tight? We are doing a bunch of sites in the national park, I really prefer the off the grid sites, can anyone recommend something similar to this campground within a half hour range? Thanks for the help!!
Dr. Blake 03/05/14 09:10am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Olympic Natl Park Info

Quick question - Seal Rock campgroung website says the campsites are limited to 21 foot RVs? I am about 27 feet tip to tail, will my RV fit in sights at Seal Rock? Are the Ranges pretty sticky about the rules? Thanks!!
Dr. Blake 03/04/14 04:14pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Researching 4 season TT's - Arctic Fox?

Love my Arctic Fox. Have camped in the mountains in Alberta in late November with friends. Our furnace intermittently ran, theirs ran all night. It gets pretty cold at night here in November, we were fine. The minus 25 we have had is probably challenging for any unit, but I certainly think my AF would perform better than almost any other brand. I know there are some other brands that have similar specs so I wouldn't limit myself to AF if I had never owned one before. With that, I have nothing bit good things to say and have used it comforatably in minus 15. Hope that helps. PS - I always like reading your tales of adventure good for a laugh and your ingenuity always impresses me.
Dr. Blake 02/10/14 10:52pm Travel Trailers
RE: TT Weight limits: theory and reality

My thought process on this was a little different. I had the half ton and it pulled great even though I was basically at or slightly over the GVWR; the nagging thought I had was if there was an accident and it was my fault. If I had an accident and it was my fault with my half ton and I tragically took someones life how would I sleep at night? If the same thing happened with my one ton how would I sleep at night? I am probably not sleeping that well in either case, but if I killed someone in the half ton I can assure you I will be up a lot longer…I would know there is something I could have MAYBE done before the accident even happened that MAY have prevented it in the first place. I have my kids, my wife in my truck and also the other souls sharing the road with me; I feel I have a responsibility to do what I can to ensure their safety. With that, I try my best not to pass judgment on others and the decisions they make. But, I also think the bigger truck allows me to better compensate for the decisions others make. I haven’t yet need to use any of the additional capacity to this point…but come that moment when I might, the few thousands it cost me to upgrade will payoff tenfold if it saves either my family or someone elses. Just my thoughts.
Dr. Blake 01/23/14 04:25pm Travel Trailers
RE: 2014 Chevy 3500HD SB SRW

This must be a SRW? My 2012 f350 lariat 6.75 bos 11500 GVWR is almost 8100 empty and weighed.......in SE Calgary also!!! It is a single rear wheel. Love the truck and cant wait for summer to come. I am in SW Calgary...small world.
Dr. Blake 01/23/14 09:49am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2014 Chevy 3500HD SB SRW

My 2013 GMC 3500HD D/A Denali super cab scales in at 7,900 pounds and GVWR is 11,500 pounds. I have a sunroof (I think it is an additional option), spray on bed liner and my butt was in the seat (~200 pounds). Hope this helps.
Dr. Blake 01/22/14 12:49pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Excessive propane usage

A friends RV had a break in the line under the trailer itself. When the factory installed the line and the claps holding it in place they by accident set it up so it was binding. I guess enough time on the road the metal fatiqued and cracked at one of the joins. It was leaking out of the crack and drained to tanks fairly quickly. Replaced the broken line and made sure to fix the binding and he has had no other issues I am aware of. Might be worth checking under the trailer...
Dr. Blake 01/21/14 04:23pm General RVing Issues
RE: Am I going to regret my decision?

don’t know if you already bought the F150; if you did congrats they seem like great trucks. I had a Toyota Tundra to pull the trailer in my signature; it hauled it around like a boss and I basically only pull my trailer in the mountains. The issue I kept coming back to was the payload; I was basically out of it and my family was getting bigger. I went from the Tundra to a single rear wheel 3500HD diesel. It pulls it better than my Tundra did; but my Tundra pulled it more than adequately. Where I noticed the biggest difference was stability and slowing down on the big mountain passes. I could have kept my Tundra and probably been fine, but with my most valued items on board I wanted to be sure. Plus, when my wife says “I want to bring all this”, I say “whatever makes you happy honey.” Good luck with whatever you decide.
Dr. Blake 01/13/14 12:42pm Travel Trailers
RE: Chevrolet Navigation

I have factory Nav in my '09 LTZ 2500. I honestly don't know how it compares to the newer models, but I hate it. The only thing I like about it is the back-up camera. For everything else I use either my phone or Garmin. I can vouch for the new models...still terrible. I hate my NAV unit as well. For no good reason it will take me down side streets, back ways and other impossible places to get out of. I have tried every setting and option to adjust this, still sucks.
Dr. Blake 11/26/13 12:31pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Leaky Lance 1881 Travel Trailer

I'm more interested in the low point on the roof...that seems problematic to fix. You either hear Lance is the best or the worst; the products are very polarizing. Every time I have seen one I always thought they looked pretty good; but I have heard some people shooting venom before about them too.
Dr. Blake 10/22/13 09:44am Travel Trailers
RE: Setting up WD hitch with 2500HD

Same problem as above. I have about 900 pounds of tongue weight , my 3500 didn’t even notice it and I adjusted my hitch at the scales. I had a hell of a time getting enough tension on the bars for my dual cam. I basically did the best I could but I know I don’t have enough load on the bars to make the DC as effective as it could be. With that said, my new setup is so much more stable than my old one I don’t think it is an issue. I would suggest making sure you have adequate tongue weight and you should be good to go. Good luck.
Dr. Blake 10/11/13 12:00pm Towing
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