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RE: Ford F-150 what do I need for towing?

This is what I have, 2018 Platinum F150 RWD. Has 1557 payload, and the trailer is a Coleman 274BH, 28' long. https://cimg6.ibsrv.net/gimg/www.f150forum.com-vbulletin/1297x975/img_5392_15e41078299b8a2c12978501921ad85105032805.jpg
Acdii 08/13/19 03:22pm Travel Trailers
RE: Bunkhouses similar to 272BHS with light hitch weight

The post above is right, FORGET DRY WEIGHT, it is a useless number unless you want to estimate. Also Forget looking at any trailer until you do the most important thing. Weigh your tow vehicle! Load it up with the family, and any cargo you assume you will carry in it, and take it to a CAT scale. Pay the $11.50 for the weigh ticket. Now take your vehicles GVWR and subtract the scale weight from it. That is your available payload. Take that number and divide by .13. That is your available trailer GVWR. Got all this down? Great, now go shopping based on the GVWR you calculated. You don't have it? Here is an example. Truck scales at 6000 pounds, GVWR is 6750 pounds, leaving 750 pounds available payload. 750/.13 = 5769 Now you know the max you can tow is 5770 pounds and be right at the limit of the TV. As others pointed out, 13% tongue weight is smack dab in the middle of the 10-15 % recommended tongue weight, and trust me, you do NOT want to tow a travel trailer with 10% tongue weight. The more weight up front on the ball, the better it handles the wind.
Acdii 08/13/19 03:11pm Travel Trailers
RE: Largest TT out there

Oh there are definitely some long ones 40' out there. I saw a couple at an RV show and I overheard a sales guy say, SURE your Ram 1500 can tow this! Oh man, I wanted to Gibbs that idiot so bad, but my wife held me back. LOL I had looked at the UVW and GVWR and that trailer sat there, empty at over 10,000 pounds. It was a 14K GVWR trailer. Not even a perfectly set up F150 with 13,200 capacity could tow that monster of a trailer. I just SMH and walked away. Yeah, they are out there, really nice ones, but man that is one long trailer to tow, and even with a Dually it would be border line crazy, that is a lot of sail!
Acdii 08/13/19 02:59pm Travel Trailers
RE: Equal-izer Hitch Bars

Seems like 1200 lb bars to me. I don't think the weight in the bed comes into play. When you do the calculation on their website they ask for the bed weight i guess because you are transferring weight from the rear axle and anything over the axle adds to the transfer weight What is the issue with having to stiff of the bars? 1400 versus 1200 I can tell you exactly what the issue will be, Just found this out myself. I had done some calculations prior to buying my Blue Ox, and had come up with a receiver weight of 1200 pounds. That is the weight of the trailer tongue as well as the hitch itself. So I went and got the 1500 pound BO. As far as distributing weight, it worked perfectly, transferred everything properly, BUT I could not get the required bar tension for the sway control to function. When I did, it lifted the rear too much, and dropped the front end past the unloaded fender height. I wound up with having to buy a new set of 1000 pound bars that resolved the issue. Turns out when I did my calculations I had included adding a rack above the LP tanks to mount an 80 pound Generator, which would have added 130 pounds to the 890 the tongue weighs now, putting me over the 1000 pound mark for tongue weight, but when I finally got around to measuring the A frame to see if the rack would fit, which it wont, I had already bought the BO and set it up. So no, bigger bars will not work, they cannot be tensioned enough if the weight isn't there, and will not apply the proper sway control. What is required to get an accurate weight for the spring bars is three things, the weight of the trailer tongue, the weight of the hitch itself, and the weight of anything in the bed behind the rear axle. I never added anything behind the axle, it all fit in front of it, so even though I carry the generator in the bed, it is not carried by the receiver. Generally, anything carried by the receiver is what you size the bars to, not the hitch. The receiver is that socket under the bumper, not the hitch the trailer connects to, some folks get that part wrong, so just want to make sure it is understood the difference. If you don't have the trailer and need a rough estimate, take the curb weight, which is the UVW, and add at least 1000-1200 pounds to it for cargo and water, and use that number * 13%. So say the UVW is 5000, like mine, I carry 1500 pounds of cargo, and weigh 6550. 6550 * .13 = 851. Mine is closer to 13.5%, hence 890 pounds.
Acdii 08/13/19 02:51pm Travel Trailers
RE: Camping in Nebraska

Pine Grove RV park right off I-80 between Lincoln and Omaha is a nice place to stay, been there twice. Lots of things within a short drive time from there. The SAC museum is one exit down to the east on 80, and south of that is a wildlife refuge with Bison and bears and wolves. Omaha has a really great zoo too that you need 2 days to see it all, and I highly recommend eating at King Kongs across the street from the zoo. There is also an old railroad terminal that is a museum, really nice place to visit to learn about that areas railroading during it's heyday.
Acdii 08/13/19 02:36pm Travel Trailers
RE: Suggestions on single axle trailer and SUV tow vehicle

Check out an Expedition with the Ecoboost engine. That engine is rock solid and can tow a mountain. The 3.5 EB can out power anything the others you mentioned have unless it is a 6.2, and good luck finding one.
Acdii 08/13/19 02:27pm Travel Trailers
RE: Bunk house conundrum and older kids

While not in the same "boat" as the OP, I have a similar situation. My 78 YO mother travels with us and has her lower bunk, while I also have a 12 and 13 YO. My current trailer is a Coleman 274BH, no slide on it, but the rear bunks are roomy and so far has worked out the past three years. Both my kids have outgrown the jack knife sofa. Pretty goofy sized one, 12" of arms take up a lot of room, so contemplated upgrading to a larger one with a slide while keeping to the same GVWR as the current one. Well I did find one that fit the bill, but is $10K more than what I paid for the one I have now, so would have to first sell mine rather than take a hit on trade, then of course purchase the new one, spend more money to outfit it, because we all know what worked on one, may not work on the other, and then of course timing. The weather this spring was so bad I couldn't get it out of storage, and when I finally did, the weather prevented me from working on it to get it all cleaned up and ready to sell. So after all that back and forth and everything, I did the next best thing, replaced that worthless Jack Knife with a much longer one. Trailer is good for a few more years for us. :) The sofa is rather comfortable to sleep on, so what I suggest is find a trailer you can live with for a while that has a nice sofa bed. Some of those are pull out too. If you can make it work and be happy, go for it.
Acdii 06/10/19 03:25pm Family Camping
RE: Roof coating

I have a glued sheet on my roof. Is this Vinyl or EDPM ? Which Heng coating is correct? Easiest way to find out is pull a trim ring from a vent. The material is wrapped around the opening and stapled in place. Look at the back side. If black or gray, it is EPDM, if the back is the same as the top then it is TPO. EPDM has more products compatible with it, so make sure what ever you use is compatible. If TPO make sure it clearly states good with TPO or if there is a product that has to be applied first. Some sealers require a primer for them to work.
Acdii 06/09/19 01:24pm Travel Trailers
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