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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
RE: Make it white once more

It also helps in resale value. A well kept roof makes a sale much easier and top dollar. That and inspections for potential leaks is much easier if the roof is clean.
Acdii 05/15/19 07:27am Tech Issues
RE: Make it white once more

The whiter it is, the cooler it stays. Would you not wash your car before you wax it? That's essentially what I would be doing if I put the UV protection on, sealing the dirt in.
Acdii 05/15/19 06:59am Tech Issues
Make it white once more

I was on my roof today, TPO membrane. Scrubbed it hard with Simple Green. It took most of the black off the joints, but once I rinsed it off there is a nice white area where the antenna covers it, the rest is dingy gray. What can I use to bring the white back? Even the lap seams have gray patches where they didn't come white. I want to get it as clean as I can before wiping it all down with UV protectant.
Acdii 05/14/19 09:09pm Tech Issues
RE: TPO Sealant

In that case, the sealant won't harm TPO, it just wont stick. OK, That's a relief. I know the few spots where the sealant touches the roof material is sticking well, but those are smears where a drop of goo landed and got wiped off. I mainly just went over spots that appeared to be compromised, like screw heads, and some cracks on lap joints. They really should have an * after TPO to avoid confusion, because other might see that and not look any further through wherever you found that note. I clicked the link, that page opened and it said for use on TPO, why look any further, right?
Acdii 05/11/19 07:47am Travel Trailers
TPO Sealant

I've been researching best ways to clean the black off the roof. The first thing is to determine what material it is, so I went and pulled a trim ring and found out it is TPO. Simple Green or Murphy's oil soap is recommended, and I have Simple Green, so mixed up a 1:1 and went up, sure enough a stiff brush and some SG and it cleaned what I couldn't before. Yeah So while I was up there I noticed what looks like a nick in the membrane on the edge where it wraps around and down. It doesn't appear to be through the material, but why take a chance, so went and got my tube of roof sealer that I have used previously last year and discovered, (Not for TPO). A search is coming up with conflicting information. It is Geocel advanced EPDM sealant. At the time I thought it was EPDM since that is what I was told by Camping World. On the tube it says, not for TPO, but on their web site, Geocel, it says it is for TPO. For Use On White EPDM, primed TPO, primed PVC, metal, other pre-fabricated sheet goods, and other common building substrates :?
Acdii 05/10/19 07:54pm Travel Trailers
RE: RV GPS with Dash Cam

If you're looking for a place to buy the Overdryve - I recommend TechnoRV.com. They are friends of ours and they have a good reputation for support. Rand McNally OverDryve 7 RV I saw that in my search. I got one direct from Rand McNally for $327. I also grabbed one of the backup cameras for $30. Thanks though. I did watch the unboxing video from them.
Acdii 04/23/19 09:58am Technology Corner
RE: RV GPS with Dash Cam

Take a look at the Rand Mcnally OverDryve™ 7 RV with GPS. I have the overdryve 7, non -rv. Both come with built in dash cam Yes, that is exactly what I am looking for. Now to do some shopping, making sure it is the RV and not Car version. Thanks. Actually, this was the exact one I have been looking for. When I tried searching for it all the others came up but not this one. I did find one for a good price and have it ordered. Looks like it has a dash mount, so will look around for a window mount for it since that is how my Garmin is right now. If not a no drill/no glue mount will be needed.
Acdii 04/22/19 05:24pm Technology Corner
RE: RV GPS with Dash Cam

amazon has a few of them, mostly refurbished but a multitude of wrecks, take a defensive driving course. bumpy Deer and an icy road where the other driver lost control. I've been through training that a good 90% on this board have not done, or even considered. Hold a Class A CDL, so please keep your conclusions AFK,and on topic, thanks.
Acdii 04/22/19 12:45pm Technology Corner
RV GPS with Dash Cam

My Garmin Nuvi is getting old. It is the model with the HD dash cam. Even though it has lifetime updates, the dash cam itself is starting to age. At times the device loses connectivity to the flash cards and stops recording, then magically finds them again. I also noticed a few saved videos have trash noise at the bottom. Since I will want an RV map that I can put in my trailer information so it can route properly and avoid roads the trailer doesn't belong on, I want to replace the Nuvi, but it needs to have a dash cam as well, and not able to find one, so if anyone has a suggestion of one they have or have seen, would be greatly appreciated. I couldn't tell you how many times the dash cam came in handy for insurance reasons as well as some great driving vids, especially in Utah. I could get just a dash cam, but that requires extra wires and such, along with windshield clutter.
Acdii 04/22/19 11:01am Technology Corner
RE: Tacoma for an F150

I have an 18 Platinum 3.5 EB with Max Tow. 1557 payload and with my 28' Coleman 274BH hooked up I have 400 pounds reserve payload. I use a Blue Ox and the trailer pulls smoothly and steadily. It falls around 6400 pounds loaded for a two week trip with a full FWT. If anything, it gives the OP an idea what Ford has that can tow what he has and more. Mine is the 145" WB. The XLT and 501a Lariat models will have more payload, 1800+ and there is the Unicorn if you can find it, the HDPP model with up to 2800 pound payload in the XLT trim. The downside of the long WB is that they are difficult to park due to the wide turning radius so would take some getting use to after driving a car like Tacoma (my F150 steers car like too, so not a slam). Oh, it also gets 24 MPG highway when not towing.
Acdii 04/22/19 10:52am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford New Vehicle Tracker

If it was built April 5th, it should be delivered sometime after April 6th. Give or take a month or two. I think I have a future career as a truck salesman. Want a good laugh? When my truck was built I was tracking it. According to the tracker it was sitting in the lot in Deerborne. That night my dealer called to let me know the truck was in and they would prep it in the morning. Tracker updated 2 days later. It never showed in transit, just pending transport and delivered. We were both like, Wait, what?
Acdii 04/22/19 10:40am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram outsells Chevrolet.

I compared the 19 Limited to an 18 Platinum. RAM has stepped up the game tremendously, that interior is just fantastic from materials, to stitching to the electronics. I went with the Platinum though for several reasons. Ram, not known for reliability Dealerships not known for decent care Unknown crash ratings (which recently have been done and RAM matches Ford with 5 stars) Unknown if the rust issues have been solved poor engine choices lack of available payload. No tailgate step known for having electrical issues Aside from the Ford having a dated interior, it is still a rather good truck and I can see why it is still #1. 6 engine choices Highest payload and towing over 6 million combinations that can be built (mind blowing too when one is built every 53 seconds) very nice styling. GM will continue to stay at the bottom unless they fire all their engineers and hire some with talent and imagination instead of coming out with the same old same old style year after year. And please, that complicated tailgate? A disaster in the making. About the only thing I did like that GM had over both Ford and Ram was the camera system. Doesn't say much does it.
Acdii 04/22/19 10:30am Tow Vehicles
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