Last night I brought my Camper home (We are still with no power, Thanks Sandy) so we can have Hot water and a Bathroom with Lights.. Ahh the simple things in life..
So, I hooked up my TT to my TV.. It suprised me as to how much is sagged.. So, I pull camper out to Level ground to level it off and what not.. Even after I attached Bars ( 600lb bars) it was a little better but no where level..
Now my question..
On the chains, When I had my van (R.I.P.) I use to have 3 links hanging. I did the same for this, but I felt very little to almost no tension when lifting them. Keep in mind that I do raise the back of truck up to almost stock ride height with trailer jack prior to lifting the bars. Is it possible that I have to leave 4 or maybe 5 links hanging? I was under the assumption that no more then 3 should be hanging, Or am I doing this all wrong..
Put it this way, when I got home. The nose of truck was looking up and when I pulled the bars off (Not jacking the rear) they came off with no recoil.. At all..
Nice tow vehicle for your size trailer. You have the 3V 5.4L 300HP and 365LB/FT torque. If you do have the heavy duty tow package your tow ratings for the 3:73 rear-end are 8900 4x2 and 8600 for the 4x4.
Indeed.. It has the Towing package on it..
4X4 3.73's etc..
Possible trip next weekend, Only if this storm does not Destroy all the campgrounds near by.. "Fingers Crossed"
What happened to your van?
It had close to 200k on the clock..
We are getting ready to Put New Tires, U-joints, Shocks, Timbrens, Tune up, Etc... last Thursday the tranny lost 1st gear.. (I felt it go, brought a tear to my eye) After initial triage.. The $$ did not add up to what needed to be done..
We Def got our $$'s worth from it..
So, My Van took a dive on us last week.. Wife and I decided it was time to put it to pasture.. RIP Van 2.0 (As my kids called it)...
We looked at a bunch of trucks.. Rams, Jeeps, etc.. We saw and fell in love with this 2005 Ford Expedition..
The dealership gave me decent $$ for my van on a trade. Per KBB, it was estimated to get $3500, Dealer gave me $3000. I was satisfied and shook hands with salesman and made a deal.
So, we took delivery Last Friday.. Its a beast! Love it! Can't wait to take out camper and see how this Triton motor pulls!
Truck came with the Factory Towing package (Tranny cooler, Brake controller harness, hitch, etc...)
Any tips or thoughts on towing I should be aware of? I did get the "Ford" Premium extended warranty with it, Just in case.. :)
I will def update you on the trip..
We are excited to go.. I looked up that Park and I really want to check it out.. As for the Animals there.. I am probably going to leave my Dog with Dear old mom for this trip.. I do not want any issues at all with her and a run away pig or something..
Also, I am bringing my camera so there will be an abundant of pictures as well..
Please check out my family camping blog--we have reviews of tons of great NY, PA, NJ campgrounds. Just google lively little campers.
Here are a few quick recs....
Camp Taylor in Northwest Jersey is as woodsy as it gets and has the bonus of the Lakota wolf preserve on site. You will hear wolves howling at night.
Water and electric only at camp Taylor. Price is also good.
Pleasant Acres in same region is lovely but more expensive. Lots of fun activities on site.
Rip Van Winkle in Saugerties NY is very woodsy with huge sites and lots of privacy. Not good for little kids though.
We love Allentown koa, west Chester koa, and twin grove koa all in PA. All three have some pretty nice woodsy sites and some sites that are parking lot like. Location is everything at those three places.
We also loved Driftstone on the Delaware in mount bethel pa. We had a huge site there backed up along the Delaware river. Check the blog for more info and detail. Have fun!
I showed my wife the Pleasant Acres site.. Let just say she booked it!
How was this place specifically? I read the reviews and 1 person did not like the road to the place.. ugh! I have no worries about that.. But the place overall.. is it "Clean"? And do you think the Kids will have fun? They love going to the local farm here and petting the animals.
Thanks for any info given..
We are finally getting out to hit the road..
We are looking for a place that is roughly a tank of gas or less away (up to 200 Miles) in the NY PA NJ area...
I would really like to find an RV park that is in Nature.. Not a parking lot style camping.. preferably full hook ups.
We have stayed at the Yogi's parks numerous time.. they are fun, but I want something different.. Looking through the NYS DEC Camping site is mind boggling. Do not know where to start..
I am open to all suggestions..