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RE: Getting Serious About Weight.....

Another case of our rule of TT dry weight should be under 6K with a 1/2 truck.,Proven! Glad it is just your rule, and not a real one. BTW you do know that in truth, there are no 1/2 ton trucks any more. A truck with 1600lb of payload is in fact a 3/4 ton. Or is 1500lb not 3/4 ton. Notice neither Ford nor GM calls their 150s, and 1500s 1/2 ton (1000lb) trucks.
Terryallan 04/28/17 07:34am General RVing Issues
RE: Finding camping spots

I just google the town near where I want to go. the town / city always has a link to lodging. The good CGs are on there. You can also just google CG near where you want to go. Works great
Terryallan 04/27/17 08:42pm General RVing Issues
RE: Do I need power at pin 4 on my tow vehicle?

Most times that a trailer comes loose the safety chains will keep it contained , then it will ram into your truck doing damage to truck and trailer . If the break-a-way works , your breaks will lock up and bring you safely to a smokin stop , { ask me how I know this , twice in 40 years of towing }. It is kinda important that the break-a-way activates before the chain draws tight , adjust it so ! I have been pulling , delivering and running " hot shot " trailers for over 40 years and have never had one get away from the chains . Last week I pulled from Daytona to Destin and , oops , I had never flipped the trailer hitch lock down to latch . No problem , it just sat there like good boy ! Where should I connect the breakaway so I can adjust it correctly? I have been just looping it around the hitch pin clip. Also, should the chains be short enough to keep the tongue off the ground? Mine almost drag when connected even with the Equal-i-zer head. You should connect the break away brake lanyard to a part of the truck separate from the hitch. The frame, or step bumper maybe. You don't want it hooked in any way to part of the hitch. Cause if the hitch fails, and comes off the brakes won't come on. As to how long. I make mine a tad longer than the chains. so that if it does come loose. I can still have "some" control over it until the chain breaks. That is when I want the TT to lock up. This is exactly how I have mine set up. My cable is connected to the chain loop on my step bumper. I have always had it separate from the hitch. On my conv van I installed an eye hook to the rear crossmember so it was separate from the hitch. I put an I hook thru the step bumper to hook mine to. Just in front of the tag. Never know it is there.
Terryallan 04/27/17 12:35pm Travel Trailers
RE: Add one to enhance towing experience

If only that were true.... sadly it is not. What appears as a dry weight varies, with little if any rhyme or reason, from manufacturer to manufacturer. No one ever drives a "dry" / empty RV and until you load it for a normal trip and take it to the local scale you will have no idea what you are dealing with. Additionally manufacturers fudge (as in lie, provide alternate facts etc.}, as to what the dry tongue weight will be. Most will use 10 per cent when they know it should be at least 13 or more just to make their rig sound more towable. Dry weights are absolutely useless and believing them or anyone who quotes them to you is a huge mistake. {Terryallan and I must agree to disagree on this one....and that's OK too} :R It is. I would suggest we get to the same place different ways. For me. If I see a TT I like, and the yellow sticker weight is at or near my towing capacity. I walk on. If it is not. I look at the GVWR to see what the carrying capacity is. Some have a lot, some not so much. .
Terryallan 04/27/17 08:43am Towing
RE: Do I need power at pin 4 on my tow vehicle?

On Fords there is a relay that must be installed to charge the trailer. not real sure about the others. This is not 100% accurate. My 2011 F350 does have 14.35V on Pin 4 and there was no aftermarket relay installed. There may be cases, as you say, of some Ford trucks requiring a relay, but not all of them. There was nothing said about which model of Ford truck you were referring to, just a blanket Ford statement. Nope. it is NOT after market. The relay is supplied by Ford. It may not be that way on diesels, or 350s. but on 250s, and 150 gas. It is there. The relay is in a pouch usually found in the dash, OR with the jack. In earlier models that had no brake controller, Ford also supplied a wiring harness that hooked to a controller of your choice, and then just plugged into the port under the dash. There were relays, and wiring harnesses in my 2002 Expedition, my 2004 F150, and in my 2013 150, there was a fuse, and a relay that had to be installed. All supplied by Ford, and stashed in the truck. My friend had a gas 250, but couldn't find the relay in his truck. So since the Expe had 2. I gave him one, and once he installed it. His charge wire worked as well. Why they just don't go ahead and install them, I couldn't say. but I would think any professional brake controller installer would know they are there, and just put them in. Is interesting about why Ford would do that. But yes, mine is a diesel F350 and I didn't have to install any relay and do have the voltage on Pin 4 when running. I agree that it doesn't make a whole lot of sense why different trucks would be setup differently. Same with why GM would put a dummy fuse in the location for powering Pin 4. Did your friends F250 have the integrated brake controller? Assuming your 2013 F150 does have an integrated brake controller? Thanks for the added information. No his did not have the factory controller. My 2013 does. The brake controller will work with out the relay, and fuse. It just won't charger the trailer.
Terryallan 04/27/17 08:33am Travel Trailers
RE: Do I need power at pin 4 on my tow vehicle?

Most times that a trailer comes loose the safety chains will keep it contained , then it will ram into your truck doing damage to truck and trailer . If the break-a-way works , your breaks will lock up and bring you safely to a smokin stop , { ask me how I know this , twice in 40 years of towing }. It is kinda important that the break-a-way activates before the chain draws tight , adjust it so ! I have been pulling , delivering and running " hot shot " trailers for over 40 years and have never had one get away from the chains . Last week I pulled from Daytona to Destin and , oops , I had never flipped the trailer hitch lock down to latch . No problem , it just sat there like good boy ! Where should I connect the breakaway so I can adjust it correctly? I have been just looping it around the hitch pin clip. Also, should the chains be short enough to keep the tongue off the ground? Mine almost drag when connected even with the Equal-i-zer head. You should connect the break away brake lanyard to a part of the truck separate from the hitch. The frame, or step bumper maybe. You don't want it hooked in any way to part of the hitch. Cause if the hitch fails, and comes off the brakes won't come on. As to how long. I make mine a tad longer than the chains. so that if it does come loose. I can still have "some" control over it until the chain breaks. That is when I want the TT to lock up.
Terryallan 04/27/17 08:29am Travel Trailers
RE: Getting Serious About Weight.....

Seems to me. You are over the payload of your truck just using the dry weight of the TT. BEFORE you add any weight to the TT.
Terryallan 04/26/17 08:08pm General RVing Issues
RE: Add one to enhance towing experience

Yes add a trans cooler, and a WDH will be needed with some type of sway control. Shocks or springs will not be needed. the WDH will take care of that. As for weight. Desert Captain, and I disagree. I believe the yellow sticker dry weight is VERY important. That sticker will tell you exactly what the TT weighs sitting on the lot in front of you, including empty propane tanks, and battery. You will instantly know the weight of the TT with no fluids in it. If that dry weight is within say, 1200lb of your towing capacity. you know it is too heavy. IF it is not close to your towing cap. you know you are good to go.
Terryallan 04/26/17 08:05pm Towing
RE: Question from Ron Gratz post in a sticky

No. It is still there, and counted on the truck. All the tongue weight is still on the ball in one form or other.
Terryallan 04/26/17 07:49pm Towing
RE: Do I need power at pin 4 on my tow vehicle?

On Fords there is a relay that must be installed to charge the trailer. not real sure about the others. This is not 100% accurate. My 2011 F350 does have 14.35V on Pin 4 and there was no aftermarket relay installed. There may be cases, as you say, of some Ford trucks requiring a relay, but not all of them. There was nothing said about which model of Ford truck you were referring to, just a blanket Ford statement. Nope. it is NOT after market. The relay is supplied by Ford. It may not be that way on diesels, or 350s. but on 250s, and 150 gas. It is there. The relay is in a pouch usually found in the dash, OR with the jack. In earlier models that had no brake controller, Ford also supplied a wiring harness that hooked to a controller of your choice, and then just plugged into the port under the dash. There were relays, and wiring harnesses in my 2002 Expedition, my 2004 F150, and in my 2013 150, there was a fuse, and a relay that had to be installed. All supplied by Ford, and stashed in the truck. My friend had a gas 250, but couldn't find the relay in his truck. So since the Expe had 2. I gave him one, and once he installed it. His charge wire worked as well. Why they just don't go ahead and install them, I couldn't say. but I would think any professional brake controller installer would know they are there, and just put them in.
Terryallan 04/26/17 07:48pm Travel Trailers
RE: Do I need power at pin 4 on my tow vehicle?

. Not all vehicles may have this 12 volt charging feature. I do not recall it being available on my 2002 F-150. . Yea, it was there. I had a 2002. Just had to install the relay under the hood. I still have the 7 pin to 4 pin adaptor, because the truck with the tow package only came with a 7 pin hookup. So they sent a 7 to 4 adaptor so you could pull a boat, or utility trailer.
Terryallan 04/26/17 12:02pm Travel Trailers
RE: Do I need power at pin 4 on my tow vehicle?

Update: What I mean is my Tow Vehicles do not currently have power at pin 4. So while towing my TV will not charge the RV battery. . Think y'all misunderstood , or missed this part, or it wasn't there.. But yes it would be a great thing to charge the TT while towing. Always a chance the battery could die, as the refer has to have power to run even on propane. A light could be left on, whatever. Should that happen. The refer will cut off. With the charge pin powered. The TV will power the refer. Depending on your TV. It should be an easy fix to put power to the TT charge pin. On Fords there is a relay that must be installed to charge the trailer. not real sure about the others. The first thing I would do is find the trailer fuses in the fuse box in the TV, and check them all to see if any are missing, or blown.
Terryallan 04/26/17 07:35am Travel Trailers
RE: Clear coat protection

Like others said. Just wash it, and wax it. Best thing you can do. Keep it waxed, and it will look good for years, and years. Keep it waxed, AND covered, and it will look good forever.
Terryallan 04/23/17 08:17pm Travel Trailers
RE: Looking for first Travel Trailer

What type of lifespan do you end up getting from TTs that get used? I would like our first to last us 5-8 years. That'll put me at the point that I'll be looking at a new truck due to high mileage; at that point I'll probably upgrade to a 3/4 or 1 ton which will open a ton of options to upgrade. Travel Trailer will last a VERY long time IF you take care of it. Meaning, do the required maint. Keep the finish clean, and waxed. not real hard to keep them in good shape. My last one was nearly 10 years old when we sold it, and still looked like new, every thing worked, and it didn't leak. just have to pay it some attention
Terryallan 04/23/17 08:13pm Beginning RVing
RE: 2006 Expedition W/Tow Pkg But No Charge Wire

Agree with others. IF it did not come with the 7 pin. It does not have the tow package. Meaning NO trans cooler, or power steering cooler, and so LESS tow capacity.
Terryallan 04/22/17 08:31pm Tow Vehicles
RE: How to get rid of birds?

Drop by Lowe's, and buy a FAKE Owl. they have them in the pest section. Set it on top of the 5er, or put it in the rafters of the shed. As dais move it every now and then. Supposed to work, and I can say. I have less birds in my shed this year.
Terryallan 04/22/17 08:27pm General RVing Issues
RE: Sway bar for wolf pup?

You prolly don't need sway control in normal driving. however. should you need to dodge a deer, or some other sudden road hazard, a sway control bar comes in pretty handy. Remember. Sway control is not meant to prevent sway. It is NOT anti sway. It is sway control. Sway control is only there to help stop /control sway once it has been induced by a sudden emergency maneuver. And you never know when that will happen. So balance the trailer. Makes sure it tows perfectly in NORMAL driving. Then add sway control, for those time when driving is not normal.
Terryallan 04/22/17 08:22pm Travel Trailers
RE: longer trailer?

Truth is. the only time you will notice a longer trailer, Is when you are doing a sharp turn, backing in, or finding a campsite. On the road. You won't see much if any difference. You will notice it in the mountains or at least you should. You will notice the weight, (long doesn't mean heavier) as you would with any TT. but on a main road, you won't. Now I do agree you will notice it on a back skinny mountain road. some Cg we go to, I have to use both sides, and then some to get thru the 180 curves. You can almost look over and see the TT wheels.
Terryallan 04/21/17 07:34pm Travel Trailers
RE: Newbie..Trailer to big?

I drive 65 with the cruise on whereever possible and everything is fine. The truck has no problem pulling the weight even on steep hills where I would put it into tow/haul mode when going downhill so the engine takes the pressure off the brakes. You know the sway control is engaged when the information panel tells you it is operating. It disengages the cruise if it is engaged and brakes gently. After it did it a couple of times and I got used to it I would just immediately re-engage the the cruise since there was no perceptible sway. The system seems very sensitive to sudden but relatively small movements of the trailer probably because I believe the system is designed to detect and react to prevent the sway from properly starting but in the winds I was being exposed to a sudden crosswind only briefly and that initial movement, (barely perceptible by me), must be all it takes to trigger the system. Funnily enough, or the rare occasions when a big truck goes flying by and hits me with the "wind wall" making the trailer "wobble" very perceptibly the sway control doesn't kick in. Hasn't display anything yet...so maybe my wobble is just me being a tad sensitive. Maybe not. Many times. IF the truck sway control kicks in. You are in real trouble already. I've had to jerk mine pretty hared, and it has never came on.
Terryallan 04/21/17 07:30pm Travel Trailers
RE: Newbie..Trailer to big?

so. 65 to 70. That is the top, and over the top speed your tires are rated for. Slow it down. As mentioned. Air your tires, Trailer, and TV to their max PSI. The TT will follow anywhere you want to go.
Terryallan 04/21/17 11:43am Travel Trailers
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