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RE: Ford 7.3 chipped mileage

No onboard calculator on the 99 XLT. My 12 towing 16 highway is cruising at 60 MPH. 4.10s start to hurt much past that. Thanks for the info. I'll probably keep the engine as is. The tranny shifts hard, real hard and I suspect its from the Diablo chip tune. Have the brand chip in a 96 mustang and it did increase line pressure.
Twain 10/16/14 08:11pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford 7.3 chipped mileage

Thanks. The truck is primarily used to tow highway and haul junk around town so I've only used it on the highway empty a couple of times, but 16 is all I see. Towing has ranged from 11.5 - 13 depending on the weather. It's hard to imagine an engine that size with 4.10s, DRW and 4 tons getting into the 20s, but it would be worth the $400 programmer if it did. Towing mileage is decent and that's the one that matters the most to me. Doesn't hurt that our TT is only 9'2" tall.
Twain 10/13/14 10:34am Tow Vehicles
Ford 7.3 chipped mileage

I have a '99 F-350 dually, 4.10 rear, 4x2, that 3 years old to us. It has a Diablo sports chip in it that is not self programmable. Owner said it was tuned for towing and the chip is so old that Diablo can't tell me anything about it. I get 16 mpg unloaded on the highway and about 12 loaded/towing 7,000 lbs TT. I've seen people claim 23 mpg highway and 17 towing with the same truck, but with different tuners. Can this truck really get much better mileage with a different chip or are people using special math?
Twain 10/13/14 08:37am Tow Vehicles
RE: Any chance for Topsail without a ressie?

In Oct, chances are decent Monday-Thursday. You will be pushing your luck on the weekends.
Twain 09/14/14 04:04pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Need Honeymoon Destination help!

No one has mentioned a beach. Topsail should be a consideration. It's a days drive from Northern LA.
Twain 09/14/14 03:07pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Camping Florida for 1st time

Here's a big loop: Fort Clinch, Anastasia, Gamble Rogers, Ft Wilderness, Ft Desoto, Rainbow Springs, Manatee Springs, Top Sail, Caverns. Several in between, but this is a taste of different beaches, springs, and Disney. Yes its hot, but this is when the fishing is good.
Twain 08/20/14 07:48pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Generator Options for Boondocking

A pair of these http://www.championpowerequipment.com/category-5/73537i/ run our 13.5k A/C. They have the same noise rating as the Hondas; quiet at idle, but do make noise at full throttle. I got the kit (two gens, 30 amp plug kit, two covers) for under $1100 delivered and that made it a worthy purchase. I like Honda, but like a $1k savings even more. They seem to work well so far...
Twain 08/19/14 07:16am Travel Trailers
RE: Walt Disneyworld Area park advice?

If trying online, expand your booking dates for FW and see what comes available. Be surprised how one week is booked, but 3 weeks are open. Book, then call back later and prune down the days. It's crazy how they work the bookings.
Twain 08/17/14 07:54pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Mid to South Florida ....Does this campground exist?

Sun N Fun comes to mind. Wifi is okay there. They have lots of pool activities for extra fees and it can add up quickly. Recommend the wibit at least once.
Twain 08/17/14 07:48pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Florida RV Park/State Park on the Ocean

It's all about what you prefer. For me Topsail Hill is an over regulated abomination of a state park and Grayton Bch is the true Florida beach experience that we enjoyed in another time. I may never go back to Seaside, traffic creeps at 5 mph and everything is over priced. Those of us who are old enough to remember and grow up pre rat invasion just have different preferences I guess. LOL. Growing up near the shadows of the rat, I can fully appreciate this statement.
Twain 07/23/14 07:27pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Fort wilderness for the Disney marathon

I'm tired from just reading this.
Twain 07/22/14 05:33pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Snowbird in Fla

Define waterfront? A view of the Gulf is few and far between and are $100+ a night; Red Coconut in Ft Myers is one. Inshore waters or being a few miles from the beach open up the options quite a bit.
Twain 07/07/14 11:33am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: topsail Hill State Park, Fla.

Do they allow bikes on the beach? I know Anastasia allows them and states such on their webpage, but there is no yeah or nay on Topsail's page. Have a fishing cart I'd like to tow down the beach. Don't think you would be able to ride bikes on the beach anyway. The sand is way to soft. It's not packed like St. Augustine. You can ride to the board walk down to the beach. Wasn't sure if it would be possible, even if allowed. Looking at the other St. Parks in the panhandle, none say its allowed. Bummer, with 3.5 miles of beach, it'd be a chore to get to the west half of the beach with fishing gear. Despite that, we are looking forward to our first trip there in August.
Twain 07/01/14 08:04am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Fort Wilderness Camp Sites

The diff categories have nothing to do with site size, but with how much of the site is paved. Full is first 2/3 paved from the road. Preferred have 3/4 paved and Premium is all paved with a bit wider pavement. They are also ranked according to distance to two different amenities locations. Only the 2000 loop is not close to some type of amenities, but its a tent/popup loop. The site types have nothing to do with ease of access backing into a site. Some Premiums are a bear to get into, and can be fun to watch other attempt. I like the Full hookups as they are farther from some of the chaos and roads (quieter), yet not far from the larger pool area.
Twain 06/30/14 10:34am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: topsail Hill State Park, Fla.

Do they allow bikes on the beach? I know Anastasia allows them and states such on their webpage, but there is no yeah or nay on Topsail's page. Have a fishing cart I'd like to tow down the beach.
Twain 06/30/14 09:58am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Our new camper is home

We just looked at Jayco bunkhouses two days ago. Nice quality units made with some real nice materials. We are leaning to keep our current rig unless we just fall in love with something else; which hasn't happened in 4 years.
Twain 04/25/14 09:07am Travel Trailers
RE: Dealing with Freeloaders

The in-laws are good at bringing only an appetite. When we talk about dream trips out west, they are always in...until the cost is calculated. My family shows little interest due to funds or time. We've had some success with friends coming along in their own RV. And we'll let a child invite a friend occasionally and even will have a overnight B-day party with 4-5 friends. Back to the issue, I offer to pay for the sites, split the fuel and they cover their food. This usually runs them off...I guess they are looking for a free vacation.
Twain 04/22/14 06:16am Family Camping
RE: trailer vers 5th wheel

Never pulled a 5th before, but pull a 33ft TT with a dually. Very stable ride, esp compared to pulling same TT with a 1/2 ton suburban. Have entertained moving to a 5th, but losing the bed has prevented this.
Twain 04/21/14 01:15pm Travel Trailers
RE: Lightweight Bunk House Options

Our 2011 Passport 290BH (quad bunk) is 5200 lbs dry and can carry 2300 lbs of cargo (we pack heavy so this was nice). Like the majority of TTs, it has a "RV queen" which is 6 inches shorter than a real 60x80 queen mattress. The Surveyor line carries real queen beds, something your husband would appreciate and will be in my next RV - 6'3" here. They are very light weight as well. Several new models now have arched ceilings that reach 6'9". My Passport is 6'6".
Twain 04/21/14 01:03pm Travel Trailers
RE: diesel fuel in Florida

May or may not apply, but the best mileage I ever had out of two gas vehicles was crossing New Mexico on I-40. The high elevation, 5k-6.5k ft, does drop power, but the thin air is also easier to push through. I had an easy 10% mpg gain at those altitudes. So maybe the denser, sea level air plays a role.
Twain 04/15/14 07:32pm Tow Vehicles
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