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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
RE: Bird in the pin box

I use a bunch of plastic shopping bags. If I forget or loose them not big loss. Works so far.
camperfamily 05/03/15 08:54pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Extended Warranty for tow vehicle?

I've just gone through the same thing on my '13 with 31k on it. I'll be over the 36k mark before our July vacation. After a lot of research and deliberation we kept the cash in the bank. I've never been one to by a warranty – companies sell products to make money. While there are some very expensive things that can go wrong on a modern diesel, the probability of experiencing a covered failure during the warranty period just wasn't enough to get my dollars. The only really, really major cost problem I could see that isn't already covered under the 100k diesel engine warranty is failure of the high pressure fuel pump. And most of those I've read about (from MANY brand, not only Ford) are related to contaminated fuel. I keep my receipts for every fill-up and my auto insurance will covered damage by contaminated fuel. (I checked on it,) Now all that is my OPINION. Perhaps I'll say I made a good choice as I past 125k or perhaps I'll regret not purchasing the coverage at some point before that. IMHO either way is a roll of the dice. Good luck in your decision. But more important enjoy towing with that truck.
camperfamily 04/06/15 07:55pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Selling our 5th Wheel--Consignment

Remember you can bring the trailer to a public place to meet, or even meet in the parking lot of a police station?
camperfamily 04/02/15 08:51pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 7.3L Powertoke MPG while towing??

2002 F350 CCLB 4x4 pulling a 10k fifth we got 10.5-11.5. Lower with a headwind. Trailer was 12' 4" tall. Adding 3 bikes on a rack mounted on the pix box effected it, as did adding a canoe on the roof of the truck. Solo on a long highway run could get close to 19.
camperfamily 04/02/15 08:47pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 7.3L Ford Diesel

Had a 7.3. Have a 6.7 now but only because the truck was rusting out around the engine. The common issues with them have already been mentioned, thought they are minor really. Was always happy with the 7.3. But this new 6.7 is a power monster, and so quiet and smooth. Hope it holds up like the 7.3 did. Had 176k on it when I sold it.
camperfamily 03/28/15 08:42pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Companion hitch hard to latch

I would call B&W. I have found their customer service to be outstanding. I also agree that I would not use the hitch until I find the cause of the described problem.
camperfamily 03/26/15 09:13pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Installed my fireplace.

Be careful with the double ended male cord. Known as a suicide cord. Someone who doesn't know better could kill themselves. They make power INLET boxes for just that application. Someone had to say it... nice work otherwise.
camperfamily 03/24/15 09:18pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Hot Tub in Your Campsite

Looks like a hose bib not far behind the tub...
camperfamily 03/13/15 08:44pm Travel Trailers
RE: Is this too LOOOONNNGGGG?*?*?*?*?

If I were to guess its a race car hauler with living quarters. Hard to tell from the pix.
camperfamily 03/11/15 08:47pm Travel Trailers
RE: Propane Piping ?

I'd use brass or black pipe fittings on a gas line.
camperfamily 03/08/15 09:39pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Well I did it! Got the camper out of storage!

gonna be awhile. About 85' of knee-deep snow between the trailer and freedom. Unless I get crazy and fire up the snow blower that is!
camperfamily 03/07/15 08:01pm Family Camping
RE: Found a truck to replaced my wrecked truck.

The brochure for the 2009 Model Year doesn't seem to list side airbags. http://www.ford.com/services/assets/Brochure?make=Ford&model=SuperDuty&year=2010&postalCode=
camperfamily 03/05/15 09:25pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford F350: Which motor?

The V-10 is a great motor. I had a really hard time locating any for sale when I was in the market and ended up with a new 6.7 diesel. A friend pulls 15k with a v10 dually without problems. Strong motor, I'd buy one myself. As KDUPL said, I'd not take a 6.0. Well, maybe for free. The 6.4 turbo diesel (2008-10) is better but as far as repair history I'd personally go v10. Don't rule out the newer 6.2 V8 gas motors from Ford either... you might find they are within reach. Proving to be a solid power plant from what I see.
camperfamily 02/19/15 07:17pm Truck Campers
RE: pumping creek water

Amazing I'm still here after drinking (boiled) water from the headwaters of the Hudson River in NY as a teen! Sheesh.
camperfamily 02/17/15 07:06pm Travel Trailers
RE: CG Rules - New Trends?

I couldn't give a damn if the rules say to wear a helmet or not. There will be one on my and my kids heads. Last year my daughter was saved a nasty head injury thanks to her helmet. A cousin riding with a group took a spill; his helmet undoubtedly saved him a head injury or even worse at 20+ mph. And then there is the boy who flipped over his handlebars at a CG our group was at just before we arrived. No helmet, unconscious. Two paramedics in our group tended to him during the long wait for an ambulance. He nearly got to ride in a medical helicopter that day but he regained consciousness and was transported. So cry liability, personal opinion, insurance or whatever. I like my brains and my kids brains the way they are. How do you like your brains? It only takes an instant to scramble them. FWIW
camperfamily 02/05/15 09:46pm General RVing Issues
RE: towing question 1999 Ford Explorer V8 AWD

We pulled a TrailManor 3023 with a 1998 V-8 AWD Explorer for a year. Honestly, our 1999 Ranger with the 4.0L 160hp V6 performed better. The suspension was always soft and the 3.73 gears and the auto tranny just didn't put it into a good spot in the power band. We used a Equalizer hitch on both combinations. I'd suggest staying the the smallest trailer you can. No more than 21' preferably. Use a good WDH and keep your tires at max sidewall pressure. Add a trans cooler and keep on top of maintenance. Make sure to use a good brake controller, properly adjusted. If you choose according to your vehicles abilities it can be a capable tow vehicle. FWIW I'd consider replacing the rear springs on the Explorer. Even with minimal towing ours had weak springs, sagging on one side when we traded it last year. Remember you will likely need to run a charge wire and trailer brake wire from the front to the rear. Good luck.
camperfamily 01/30/15 08:46pm Beginning RVing
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