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RE: Best Muffler for Towing....Toyota Tundra Dual Exhaust????

Oh....and yes...they are run out the back! Matt Well right there is your problem. Save your self some bucks, and just get them turned out AWAY from the front of the trailer. You will be astounded at the difference it will make. The sound is reflected back to the cab off the front of the trailer making it super loud in the truck. NEVER run pipes out the back if you are going to tow with the truck.
Terryallan 09/30/14 04:23am Tow Vehicles
RE: Best Muffler for Towing....Toyota Tundra Dual Exhaust????

Think MagnaFlow. And remember to run them out the sides, and NOT out the back. You will hate yourself when you tow if you run them out the back. The sound will bounce off the trailer, and it will drive you crazy. OR could it be that your current pipes are run out the back? Could that be part of your sound while towing problem. IF so. Turn them out the side.
Terryallan 09/29/14 08:04pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Fall Truck Camper Trip to the Blue Ridge Parkway???

Always enjoy the fall colors along the Blue Ridge Parkway. We have tent camped along the parkway many times years past and more recently been visiting the same camp grounds with our OFF-ROAD POPUP setup.. The southern end of the parkway in the NC areas are great... Roy Ken If you liked the Southern end. You should try it in the NC High Country. From Linville to Boone. We have found that the Southern end of the PKW, around Ashville, is not as pretty as it is around Bonne, Linville, and Glendale Springs. I believe it has a lot to do with the temperature. It is so much cooler there than farther South. The leaves seem more vibrant because of it. And for a real treat. Stop at Julian Price Lake. Rent a canoe, and go out look up. It is like being at the bottom of a leaf bowl.
Terryallan 09/29/14 03:09pm Truck Campers
RE: Myrtle Beach during Christmas

Really it is a******shoot. Most often it is warm enough to just wear sweat shirts. There is still a lot to do, with the shows, And going to Broadway, and Barefoot. That time of year is one of our fav times.
Terryallan 09/29/14 09:39am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: 4800lbs trailer verse 3800lbs trailer

Nope. It's NOT the weight, It's the wall. Weight means little once you are at speed. The only way to get better MPG, is to get a lower profile, more aero trailer. And in truth. 9 MPG towing a huge wall thru the air is not all that bad. Pretty close to the average you could expect with many TVs. You must remember MPG, and towing do not belong in the same sentence. It's just one of those things you pay for if you want to tow a TT, or 5er. Of course. You can get a popup, and then your MPG will be great.
Terryallan 09/28/14 06:58am Travel Trailers
RE: Green NON-toxic RV Mattress

I don't have a good source for green mattresses for 'ya but it seems Francesca's choice is a good one. I use simple upholstery foam for all my mattresses and don't have big concerns about disposal. In my area, all foam and mattresses go to a separate disposal chain that processes and reclaims the foam. The video linked in one of the first posts has a lot of inaccuracies just as some of the following posts about solar arrays causing clear cutting and wind issues or wind power causing excessive bird death. I'd suggest that folks look at the facts and filter what they see and read. There are a lot of folks out there with an agenda that will push opinions as fact and, in some cases, are totally untrue. OK. Just for fun. Say you want to use solar power to light a business, or town. Your want to put it in a area heavy with forest. The collectors can't be in the shade. Where you going to put them? I'll tell you. You are going to do what Apple did. You are going to clear cut enough acreage to put the calculated number of collectors. And when you do. You will be destroying hundreds of thousands of trees, and the habitat, and water shed they provide. I can drive you to a site near my home and show you the results. It takes a HUGE CLEAR CUT area. You can say they didn't clear cut it. But it WAS a thick forest. Now there are no trees period.
Terryallan 09/27/14 09:23pm General RVing Issues
RE: Generator or no Generator

No generator=no a/c and no ball game. It's pretty simple. No generator, no ball game, no AC, no problem.
Terryallan 09/27/14 09:08pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: How long a camper can I (should I) tow?

Again, Not saying you can't do it. However. length of trip has NOTHING to do with how well it should handle. If it is wrong, The accident can happen as soon as you hit highway speed. It won't wait 200 miles. It could happen in the first 1/2 mile.
Terryallan 09/27/14 07:18am Towing
RE: Generator or no Generator

Keep in mind those that recommend relying on solar for your power needs as your only source don't bother to mention that in order for your solar to work you need to park in the SUN. Not always a confortable place to be (-: Solar is fine I have a big solar system but I also have a generator. Here in NW Washington there are many days when my solar system delivers nearly no power. We use our coach year around and there are a LOT of cloudy/rainy days. Jim Couldn't agree more... Plus my wife and I love the shade, torture for us is to be out in the middle of an open campground with the sun baking down on us. Remember if your camping east of the Mississippi more often then not there will be trees. Our Honda 2000 does a great job in supplying cheap/quiet electricity for the camper, we can even run the air conditioner reliably with a few minor adjustments to our power usage, do it all the time. Ron W. Take it on the parkway, and then tell me it is quiet. There is no such thing as a quiet gen in the BRP CGs. But then. You won't need AC there either.
Terryallan 09/27/14 07:14am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Generator or no Generator

Buying new 40ft fifth wheeler, and curious if anyone has comment one buying a generator with the camper or if of one is even needed. Thanks We have been camping for 30+ years. Camp on the Blue Ridge Parkway all the time. That is primitive camping at it's best. In those 30+ years. Not once did we need a generator. We have however heard the durn things polluting the air with their noise, and smelled the exhaust polluting the air we breath, and running off the animals. Now having said that. IF you plan on overnighting at WalMart, or a truck stop, or rest area. A gen could be a good thing to have.
Terryallan 09/27/14 02:56am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Green NON-toxic RV Mattress

"My current electricity is 100% wind power sourced." I was wondering, as all things have a trade off. Has your wind turbine killed any birds? Or have you been feeling ill? It seems that the trade off with many "GREEN" projects do more harm to the environment than good. Like solar farms. Thousands of forest acres have to be clear cut to build a solar farm big enough to supply even a small percentage of electricity to a small town. And hundreds of acres have to be clear cut to supply even one small plant. In my mind that is not a good thing. After all. Trees supply air we breath, home for various animals, and water sheds keeping the dirt from washing into the rivers, and killing fish. And unless things have changed. An electric car has a larger carbon footprint than a F150. What with the bank of batteries they have to have, plus having to be plugged into an outlet supplying juice from a coal fired steam plant. I don't really see the gain. You may think I'm making this up. But just at the edge of my town sits an Apple communications center. Yes that Apple. It is a big building, but only has around 50 people working there. It is powered by a solar farm. The solar farm is HUGE, and since it was built, the deer, bear, and other animals have started showing up in town. Also since the trees formed a wind break, We have more sever wind storms than before. IMOP. Not a good trade off.
Terryallan 09/27/14 02:46am General RVing Issues
RE: How long a camper can I (should I) tow?

Weight matters more than length. I am not sure anyone picked up on this within 4 pages of tread, but this is one of the debates here. I believe in the complete opposite. I could easily tow DOUBLE any given weight rating of any 1/2 ton truck out there more safely than pulling a very long enclosed trailer within all weight ratings. Any day, any time, any condition. (just look at what they use in the new SAE towing standard to gain a clue!) In short, weight is NOT everything. Length (side profile) and frontal area (air resistance) is the biggest factor towing travel trailers comfortably, and controllably. These factors are absolutely NOT part of towing ratings today, be it new standard or old marketing fudge. Don't be fooled thinking because you are within given ratings, all is well. IF you look at Ford's towing guide. You will see that in fact frontal area is indeed figured into their towing capacities. Again. you will run out of weight before you run out of length.
Terryallan 09/27/14 02:10am Towing
RE: How long a camper can I (should I) tow?

I use to do 70-80mph over hundreds of miles for years without even a hint of an issue. . That right there makes you a VERY LUCKY man. If it was a travel trailer you were towing. the tires were only rated for 65 mph. BTW. I didn't say you couldn't tow your new TT. I only said ALL the tongue weight stays on the ball in one way or another. Yes little weight is transferred thru the hitch to the TT, and a little is transferred thru the hitch to the front axle. But it ALL still on the hitch. You will be overloaded.
Terryallan 09/26/14 03:16pm Towing
RE: How long a camper can I (should I) tow?

No teenagers, just my wife and 10 year old son. Dirt bike is for me only. Payload on the Ram is a bit low because of the coil springs (1280lbs). Dirt bike only weights 215lbs, so that gives me 1000lbs of remaining payload and a class IV hitch. I am sure I am within my limits, and I can put the luggage in the trailer. No steep mountain grades like out west, just rolling hills of the NE & SE. So I think I am fine on the weight, but I have heard stories of pulling 30'+ trailers that it can be a handful with wind and lighter trucks. Just don't want to spend $10-20k and find it to be a very un-pleasurable experience. No, you are not fine with weights. Remember a 6000 lb trailer will have anywhere from 600 to 900 lbs of tongue weight. There goes your 1000 lbs without you, wife, and son ever get into the truck. You are not taking into consideration the actual weights that a trailer can have. Dry weight advertisements can be notoriously under what the actual weight will be once the trailer is loaded. You need to rethink this and think about "actual" weights before actual purchase. As far as lengths go, yes longer trailers can be more to handle especially during windy conditions as they become a huge sail. I, for one, would not consider pulling anything longer than 25' with a half ton....but that's just me. I pulled our 25' trailer for six years and even that was taxing on me and my truck....of which I had to replace the rear gears (differential) when I sold the trailer. good luck Ron According to the Dodge website I am within my weights and I am considering the total weight of the trailer loaded. They have a calculator...with 3 passengers already accounted for, my towing and payload ability is the following. Payload 1,117 lbs Towing 8,933 lbs Let's say the loaded weight is another 1500lbs above the dry weight. I would not tow with any liquids. For example I am looking at a 32' that weights 5650 dry + 1500 loaded = 7150lbs. This gives me a tongue weight between 715-1144 and a 20% cushion from my max tow capacity. Also GCVW is 15650, so with a curb weight of 5400lbs, I am within my limits there as well. The dirt bike will have to be thought through, but adjusting the tongue weight using a weight distribution hitch, I am sure I can push some of the tongue weight back on the trailer to compensate the 215lb dirt bike in the bed. Throw in some air bags if needed and I should be good to go. Again, just worried about the 32' length being too much for the 140.7" wheelbase. That's not how it works. Even though weight is transferred with the WDH. 100% of the tongue weight still counts toward the payload of the truck. So if you start with 1000lb of tongue weight on the ball. No matter how you adjust the hitch. You will still have 1000lb on the ball. That dirt bike is still being carried by the truck As to the length. No manufacturer gives a max length. You will run out of weight long before you run out of length. there was once a mythical formula pushed by some on this forum. But it was totally wrong, and only used a small part of the criteria needed to determine length. Get your tongue weight right, and the hitch right, and a 33' TT will be no problem. Some scream you have to have a 3/4 ton truck for that. But those are the same guys that don't realize that some 1500s, and 150s have a longer wheelbase than some 2500s
Terryallan 09/26/14 12:29pm Towing
RE: Can I winterize my Pop-up camper myself?

Easy to do as mentioned. pump pink thru the lines with the pump. Only thing I didn't see was what to do about the city water connector. After you have pumped the pink thru the lines. Go outside to the city water connection. Remove the cover. Stand to one side. Do NOT stand infront of the connection. Take a screw driver, and gently push in the little button if it has one. If not, then gently push in the center of the connection, until the valve releases, and lets the water, and then pink come out, and it WILL come out in a hurry.
Terryallan 09/22/14 08:24pm Folding Trailers
RE: loud generators

Personally I believe its the new breed of "camper". We camped on the Blue ridge Parkway for 20 year. Primitive campgrounds. Cool mountains, no AC needed. In those 20 years we NEVER heard a generator. Everyone that camped there was prepared for no electricity. All had lanterns, and gas stoves, coolers, and such. It was nice quiet camping. Forward to just a few years ago. The new "camper" can't live with out electricity for 1/2 day. So now the nice quiet primitive CGs sound like truck stops. And I don't care what kind of generator you have. It is too loud for a primitive CG on the Blue Ridge Parkway. We are talking about CGs where the hiss of gas lanterns can be heard for over 100 yards. Where If I strike a match, the folks 3 sites over look to see what happened. So the new breed of "campers" or as they are truly known camperwannabes. Go to the primitive CGs with their generators, stink up the place, run off the wildlife, and then go back to work on Monday, and bragg how they roughed it over the weekend. What did we do. We started camping in the campgrounds around the BRP that have full hookups. It's much quieter, and the animals drop by. IMOP. IF you just got to have electricity. Go to a CG that provides it. Don't screw camping up for every one else. OR you can do what old time campers do. buy a flashlight, a camp stove, and some propane lanterns. That is all you will need to camp in the High Country of NC. you won't even need a cooler. a good battery will run a fridge for 4 or 5 days with out needing recharging. Well said, agree 100% !!! Yes, let's keep all of these horrible "new" people out, they aren't real campers!!!!! Sheesh! Really? This is just plain being intolerant. Pretty offensive to most of us that would never on purpose ruin somebody else's camping experience, before we head back to work on Monday and brag about "camping". Ya, there are people that do not care, but they have always been there and always will be. Probably, burning some dang smoky camp fire too. And God forbid they might have children... I remember this same attitude nearly killed off the Ham Radio hobby. Keep all these "no code" techs out! They aren't "real" Hams!!! They'll just ruin the hobby for everyone else... Never mind that the old dudes were dieing out, nobody used morse code, not even the Navy anymore, and the government was chomping at the bit to take their spectrum away and auction it to the highest bidder. It's not a productive attitude, and it won't work in the long run. I don't like the loud generators either, they are not something I want to camp near. But if the dang rules allow them... Then they are allowed. I'll move on to someplace else. If I'm there, and they show up with one, am I thrilled about it? No. Is it inconsiderate? Probably. But, I'm the one with the problem, if they are following the rules... This country, as great as it is, does not provide you with the right to not be offended. Suck it up folks. Get along. It's all good, and it's always better than the bragging on Monday... I guess IF you have never camped in a real primitive CG. You wouldn't understand
Terryallan 09/21/14 06:15pm Travel Trailers
RE: loud generators

Personally I believe its the new breed of "camper". We camped on the Blue ridge Parkway for 20 year. Primitive campgrounds. Cool mountains, no AC needed. In those 20 years we NEVER heard a generator. Everyone that camped there was prepared for no electricity. All had lanterns, and gas stoves, coolers, and such. It was nice quiet camping. Forward to just a few years ago. The new "camper" can't live with out electricity for 1/2 day. So now the nice quiet primitive CGs sound like truck stops. And I don't care what kind of generator you have. It is too loud for a primitive CG on the Blue Ridge Parkway. We are talking about CGs where the hiss of gas lanterns can be heard for over 100 yards. Where If I strike a match, the folks 3 sites over look to see what happened. So the new breed of "campers" or as they are truly known camperwannabes. Go to the primitive CGs with their generators, stink up the place, run off the wildlife, and then go back to work on Monday, and bragg how they roughed it over the weekend. What did we do. We started camping in the campgrounds around the BRP that have full hookups. It's much quieter, and the animals drop by. IMOP. IF you just got to have electricity. Go to a CG that provides it. Don't screw camping up for every one else. OR you can do what old time campers do. buy a flashlight, a camp stove, and some propane lanterns. That is all you will need to camp in the High Country of NC. you won't even need a cooler. a good battery will run a fridge for 4 or 5 days with out needing recharging. I don't know what you're complaining about. Sounds like you found a good solution for yourself. Yeah. it worked out pretty good for us. We get full hookup, and all the perks of camping on the BRP, and we don't have to listen to loud stinky motors running all day. Do still miss the blankets of lightening bugs on the bushes in Julian Price though. Still don't need AC. Still cook on the camp stove, and grill. Still don't go inside the TT except to sleep. Worse part is. The BRP primitive CGs that were once full every weekend. Are now mostly empty except for a few generator people. Seems we are not the only ones that generator ruined camping for. We ride thru every now and then, and marvel at the empty sites. But then we hear a generator from a few loops over, and know why. One generator can be heard in every corner of the campground. When there are several. It's like camping at the Flying J.
Terryallan 09/21/14 06:09pm Travel Trailers
RE: Cover TT during outside storage?

I have never covered mine. Never seen a dealer cover their stock either. You would hope that the units are not on the lot long enough to hurt them. I never covered my 2004, and when before were traded it. Every thing on top was brittle from baking in the sun. but then, maybe the sun / heat is not as bad in Vermont as it is in NC.
Terryallan 09/20/14 08:18pm General RVing Issues
RE: loud generators

If people are using generators within the rules, then suck it up. . There you go. the new breed's answer. to paraphrase. I don't care what I screw up. You know it's also within the rules for me to fire up my grill 2 feet from the side of your RV, or to leave my lantern burning right outside your window. Just because I can. Does not mean I should.
Terryallan 09/20/14 08:14pm Travel Trailers
RE: loud generators

We camp in the mountains, no ac needed So do i and it's gets hot in mountains in the summer months. I've spent most of my life working and living in the mountains of Idaho and it gets flat hot. You ain't camping high enough. Got to get over 3000'. It cools off in a hurry over 3000'. that is why we have a 3000' rule. Never camp below 3000' unless there is an ocean in front of you.
Terryallan 09/20/14 07:25pm Travel Trailers
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