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RE: Towing a 13,500 dry weight 5er?

Currently tow a 10K 5ver and would go up to 13-14K with my SRW LBCC F350. Perhaps a dually would be more stable but my truck is also my DD in the suburbs around NYC. It does the job for us, and the 2013 does it a LOT better than the 2002 did it in terms of ability to handle the weight. I would NOT use a 250 for that trailer, though many do just that.
camperfamily 04/28/16 08:34pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: RVing with an Infant

Both our kids have camping since infants. I can't imagine why not to RV with them. Pack up and have a great time.
camperfamily 03/20/16 08:01pm RV Lifestyle
RE: Starting from scratch! Which model of van do you recommend?

The 1500 Chevy Express van, if it offers enough capacity for your needs, also was/is available with factory all wheel drive. Just thow'in something else out there.
camperfamily 02/06/16 03:25pm Class B - Camping Van Conversions
RE: 7.3L vs. the latest 6.7L - Thoughts? Comparisons? Gripes?

I went from a '02 7.3 to a '13 6.7. World of difference. Much, much quieter and the power available is still putting a smile on my face while towing even two years later. Other than paying for it I have no regrets. Getting about 1mpg better in daily driving, and perhaps a half better towing. On hills that would have the 7.3 wide open at 62 the 6.7 stays in high gear at 70 and I can pick up speed, especially if I let it drop 1 gear to 5th. I've had a couple things done under warranty - EGT sensors (2) and a water pump at developed a weep at the shaft. Had the DEF gauge get out of whack and the dealer reset it for me; I've learned to wait til it asked for fluid and all has been good. 44k on it now. One thing I was REALLY disappointed with one the '13 is the **** shocks. Totally shot with just over 20k. Actually caused the front tires to cup. The newer front suspension is really nice too compared to the leaves on the '02.
camperfamily 02/02/16 09:17pm Truck Campers
RE: Long Bed or Short Bed PU for towing a fifth wheel?

Long for me, but I like being able to load the bed with things other than my hitch. Like full sheets of 4x8. And for firewood, fewer trips saves time and fuel. Plus, I couldn't have the canoe on the roof of the truck and the bike rack on the pin box with a SB. End of the day it is up to you – personal choice.
camperfamily 01/17/16 09:47pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Can it be done safely?

You don't say if its a FWD or AWD model. I suspect you'd find it lacking of power without running u to high RPMs. You may only like it for closer to home ventures. FWIW I pulled a 3500# TrailManor with a V6 Ford Ranger for thousands of miles from the east coast through the Rockies. I was always satisfied with the combo. I did have realistic expectations of it.
camperfamily 12/29/15 07:30pm Hybrid Travel Trailers
RE: F-250/F-350?

Physically there isn't much difference. But the story is in the payload like a lot of other said.
camperfamily 11/14/15 02:21pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Modification ideas for boondocking

For the cat heater look up Platinum Cat - they offer a model that vents the combustion byproducts outside the trailer. Would likely be my first choice to keep the excess moisture and potential CO from combustion under control.
camperfamily 10/06/15 08:58pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: 7.3l owners 203 degree thermostat

What ChooChooMan74 said. 203° stat for the 7.3 Ford is a common mod.
camperfamily 09/28/15 08:03pm Tow Vehicles
RE: e-350 vs Excursion for towing TT?

Personally I'd opt for the v10 X. But that's me. The e350 may offer more seating and better payload. Check the weights and numbers. You might pack light but kids grow (ie get heavier). The E series vans were also available with the V10 if you wanted.
camperfamily 09/23/15 09:52pm Travel Trailers
RE: Oven users unite!

I use a 12" slate tile directly on the metal sheet over the burner. Then a pizza stone on the oven rack. Any baking pans we use sit on the stone. So far so good, but pre-heating seems to be help reduce burns.
camperfamily 09/16/15 09:27pm Truck Campers
RE: On board sub meter

Does the meter require 220v across the two wires/legs to work properly? By going from 50 to 30 to 50 you only have 110v. Just a thought. I'm no electrician!
camperfamily 09/09/15 08:31pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Entry door opened while travelling - update

Know someone with a Sunnybrook 5th with this issue. Opens rather deadbolted or not. IDK if they found a resolution.
camperfamily 09/08/15 09:37pm Tech Issues
RE: Newburgh, NY to Hershey, PA

Just a heads up - there is a section of 1 lane construction right now on 84 west of Port Jervis ( NY Exit 1). There are often delays during heavy traffic times. But overall not a bad route at all. If you choose to take 87 to 287 in NJ to 78 west to 81 fuel up in NJ. Fuel is MUCH less expensive than either NY or PA.
camperfamily 09/08/15 09:33pm Roads and Routes
RE: dumb drivers

These drivers don' t make me angry – they make me sad and scared at the same time. It's not only their lives on the line but the ones of the family in the car coming the other direction. I see it daily - inattentive driving, speeding, recklessness, improperly maintained equipment, you name it. In just the past week two accidents come to mind where traffic was delayed for hours and miles. One incident had no/minor injuries. The other left two dead and another in a fight for life. We all need to remember (myself included) that we're driving a lethal weapon down the road. And we're each responsible for it. I think we would all agree that leaving a weapon on the kitchen table is bad. Yet we seem to think nothing of blasting down the nation's roadways at more than 30 over the limit, etc. I'm all done.
camperfamily 08/24/15 07:46pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Pin box bike rack, how many bikes can you fit

I get four on with enough clearance to put the trailer 90° to the truck. AND I still have enough clearance to allow the canoe to overhang the rear of the cab about 12" (sits on a roof rack bar at the rear of the cab and a "goal post" off a front hitch). One of the bikes is a folded trailer bike, for now.
camperfamily 08/07/15 08:40pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Traveling with LOTS of bikes

Definitely a challenge and makes me think of the various racks I've seen over the years. Back to the trailer, over the propane tanks on the tongue, front rack on the van, even roof racks on top of the van. Perhaps some combination of all these, even a couple inside the trailer. Good luck.
camperfamily 06/14/15 09:29pm Travel Trailers
RE: About to buy a FR Surveyor 295BHS Appreciate Expert Advice!

I'd get the 15K A/C. There have been a few times it would have been appreciated. 13.5K cooling our 30' unit in 105ºF heat is really tough. I don't think it cycled off for a week! Depending on the hitch your getting that price could he high – check around. Learning to set up your hitch is a VERY valuable lesson. (To me at least.) I suspect your Tundra will tow fine, but you MAY be close to or over your GVWR on the Tundra. I'd say only a trip to the scale with a loaded rig will tell. You say the TT is under 6k dry so not too heavy. Your gonna love it. Have fun out there.
camperfamily 05/19/15 09:40pm Travel Trailers
RE: First tow with new diesel + ProPride 3P...hooray!

One of those last photos looks like someone was enjoying some wheel spin. Was that your Ford with the TT attached? Just joking, but enjoy all that power towing. Even going from my 7.3 Ford to this 6.7 was a tremendous change. Your gonna enjoy it! Great helper you got there – and luck having a ice cream cone IN the truck!
camperfamily 05/19/15 08:42pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Traded my SUV for a semi truck

Hmm. After owning a 2001 7.3 diesel my 2013 6.7 seems very, very quiet. Never considered it to sound like a SEMI. But your in for a pleasant drive! Incidentally, I recently was at a camp which is off the grid. I could hear their diesel genset running inside a building 100' away over my 6.7. Can't imagine being INSIDE that structure...
camperfamily 05/14/15 09:09pm Tow Vehicles
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