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RE: Gap year, family of 6, TV and TT recommendations

You are forgetting your payload. The truck will have a sticker in the door listing max payload available. That's the total weight you can carry inside the truck. Large SUVs can be all over the place on this, but many have a smaller payload than their full size PU truck equivalents. Your tongue weight which, if you maxed out the trailer weight, at 13% would be 988#. Then there is the weight of the WDH hitch itself, often reaching 100#. So if your payload is generous and it's 1600#, the tongue and hitch leave 512# in the truck. You are saying your family and "stuff" is 800#. That puts you 288# over your payload. I'm thinking you'll need at least a 3/4 ton truck to make this work. I can't comment on travel with a family in a crew cab PU, but I know there are those here that can. I wish you the best!
Campfire Time 10/08/19 08:45am Towing
RE: wisconsin dells? or somewhere similar

thanks for all the replies! Also the info on santa clause indiana! Any more info on the Dells keep it coming. I am suprised it would be in the 90's there with high humidity! I would think that would be far enough north for decent summer weather. We get it all here. June is usually the really nice month, much more mild.
Campfire Time 10/08/19 07:08am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: wisconsin dells? or somewhere similar

For kids? Yes, the Dells is the place to go. In July and August it can be really hot in central Wisconsin. Not uncommon to be in the 90s and crazy humid. The good part is that there are lots of water parks there. The bad part it that it's insanely crowded. It's a mini version of Pigeon Forge. If you want a little more rustic camping with a less crowded feel, try Devil's Lake State Park, Mirror Lake State Park, or Rocky Arbor State Park. Devil's lake is about 20 minutes south of the Dells but has a beautiful lake and excellent hiking along the bluffs over the lake.
Campfire Time 10/07/19 06:51am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Toyota Highlander and 26' Trailer

Actually no, his numbers don't quite add up. The 4,237 lbs is probably either dry weight (which is a fictional number) or "as shipped weight). Either way that's not the actual "ready to camp weight" he is towing.. You could be his lawyer using this argument if something happens to his Highlander and his rig for believing this nameplate numbers. I'll say the odds of winning the case is zero. Actually, you seem to be the one convinced by what he told you. I'm not. I really don't care if he's towing something too big for the Highlander. Me, I don't ask people when I see something like this. But you're the one who posted it. Moreover he's pulling the wool over your eyes. You are concluding everything looks good based on what? Numbers you say you are guessing at? I'm betting he got tired of people asking him so he just made up some stuff up that sounds good.
Campfire Time 10/04/19 11:37am Tow Vehicles
RE: Toyota Highlander and 26' Trailer

He might be blowing smoke and not a real engineer for all I care, but actually his numbers add up. As to the tandem axel, I don't know. I'll leave it to those who have one to deny or confirm it. If their RV on flat ground stands by itself without a jack, he might be right -- but still I'm not sweating over it and irrelevant if he got the numbers are correct: Again, he got a Highlander rated for 5,000 lbs and a trailer weighing 4,237 lbs (I'm guessing). I figure, with some weight management and traveling light, he is in the zone. And he and his family, as one said, made it to the campsite -- all alive and well from the looks of it. My question to him was in fact was borne out of curiosity. I got a 4runner with 4L engine pulling a smaller trailer than him while he got a Highlander with 3.5L at most. Actually no, his numbers don't quite add up. The 4,237 lbs is probably either dry weight (which is a fictional number) or "as shipped weight). Either way that's not the actual "ready to camp weight" he is towing. And as you said you are just guessing, so most of this is moot. Regarding the tandem axle, you already know the answer. Go back to your HS physics. BTW, I never said he was unsafe or that it was some kind of miracle that he made it to the camp site. I'm sure he was set up safely.
Campfire Time 10/04/19 10:37am Tow Vehicles
RE: Toyota Highlander and 26' Trailer

And he said, his trailer had tandem tires each side, so it's a lighter pull than single tire trailer because the weight is resting on the tires -- not the front of the trailer on the hitch. It's seems logical and can't argue against since he said he is (was?) a Toyota mechanical engineer. I'm not an engineer. And neither is he. This statement proves it. I'm also not stupid and he's blowing smoke. Tongue weight it tongue weight. Tandem axles on U.S. trailers don't reduce the tongue weight because of where they are located on the frame. They would if they were closer to the middle like European trailers. This is basic H.S. physics. Think "fulcrum" like a teeter totter.
Campfire Time 10/04/19 06:39am Tow Vehicles
RE: What happens when you put an ST tire...

I'm not defending the operator but what makes you think this was an ST tire? Barney My question also. I saw nothing that indicated this is an ST tire. What did I miss?
Campfire Time 10/03/19 06:43am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Hot Running Trans Temp - Ideas?

I was thinking close to the same thing, except I was suspect of the in-tank cooler. There's a big difference in some aftermarket radiators. OEM heavy-duty grade coolers are stacked-plate style. I think you're on to something. I hadn't thought about the trans cooler differences.
Campfire Time 09/26/19 09:24am Tow Vehicles
RE: Hot Running Trans Temp - Ideas?

The common denominator is the radiator swap. When all is said and done air flow is extremely important. I'm thinking the fins are tighter together and not allowing as much air flow. It's correct that running it in 3rd shouldn't increase the trans temp, not by much anyway. Dropping it to 3rd increases the RPMs and puts more demand on the cooling system. A working system simply keeps up with the temperature regulation. My Sierra had a custom grill cover on it when I bought it. Pretty cool looking. A few years ago we went to Gatlinburg. Very hot out. Around Indianapolis my trans temps were way higher than I was used to seeing, 220-230. It finally dawned on me about air flow. I removed the grill shell and it was back to 180 on flat land.
Campfire Time 09/26/19 06:39am Tow Vehicles
RE: No more GM diesels?!

OK that's number two out of the leftest play book: 1) If you can't win on fact, use personal attacks instead. 2) If you can't win on facts, attack the source of the information. Note that I also quoted CBS news that had the exact same news release from GM. And of course CBS is an approved lefty source. Nope. Don't even start to make accusations. I'm the last person who takes any news seriously until it can be substantiated. So are you saying this is your blog. Self promotion? How much did you make off the ads because we clicked the link. If this is yours you lost me at the title. Be serious and you will be taken serious. The media is shady enough. Don't be part of the misinformation. And opinion is exactly that.
Campfire Time 09/23/19 12:22pm Tow Vehicles
RE: No more GM diesels?!

:R Oh my. The OP link is a personal opinion blog. A self acclaimed "news" site. This yahoo is laughing his head off at everyone who reads his dribble. And everyone is taking it serious... Fake news Yep!
Campfire Time 09/23/19 07:42am Tow Vehicles
RE: Sound like a good deal?

Some dealers will go to bat for you to find the best deal on the loan. Some dealers work with specific fly by night operations and will rake you on the interest rake no matter how good your credit is. It's the same as car dealers. Our dealer got us a fair deal through a local credit union. That said I would not put a deposit down until they can give you a written paper with interest rate and the name of the lien holder. In other words make the deal contingent on a favorable interest rate and reputable lean holder. Be prepared to walk away. However $799 dealer prep for a $20k trailer? Way overboard. Ours was somewhere in the neighborhood of $150, and the PDI was free. I'm betting they are going to charge you for the PDI. Good advice about looking elsewhere for both the trailer and loan.
Campfire Time 09/23/19 07:36am Travel Trailers
RE: wood weight

Are you really sure you want a full face cord? An average seasoned cord of hardwood weighs more than 2 tons!! Unstacked it will take up to 200 cubic feet in space. An 8 ft. pick up truck would have to pile the wood uniformly at 5 feet tall to fit an ustacked cord. The average pick up truck can only haul 1/2 a cord of firewood at a time. http://www.lifirewood.com/firewood-facts.php
Campfire Time 09/18/19 06:38am Travel Trailers
RE: Old Trailer? suggested I post this here?

I concur with the other posts. Even if you manage to find a manual it probably won't help you all that much.
Campfire Time 09/18/19 06:35am Travel Trailers
RE: Trekking poles

Don't forget good hiking shoes. Cheap hiking shoes/boots will kill your feet.
Campfire Time 09/16/19 06:59am RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: Chevy, Ford... going into electric trucks.

Are any electric vehicles currently profitable for the manufacturer? Simple answer..... NO. For the most part not yet. As EVs become more common and there are more models available (platform sharing) then they will start to see the profits. Hi, The simple answer is wrong. The Nissan Leaf makes money, and has since 2014. Link please. I think that it's profitable now, but not in the beginning. Keeping in mind that Carlos Ghosn is going to prison and anything he said about the company is suspect at best. What the Leaf did do is boost their CAFE numbers which helps sell cars and boosts overall profit.
Campfire Time 09/13/19 01:55pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Chevy, Ford... going into electric trucks.

Best part, less stopping for pocket-busting fill ups. Less expensive, probably. Got a line on low cost or free electricity? Yosemite can just deal with the pocket busting electric bills instead. And don't forget the fuel tax / road tax shift that will be coming once EV's reach a high enough percentage of what is on the highway. Guess what happens to the cost of electricity when demand increases and supply decreases? Less expensive? ROFLMAO. I'm the one who's laughing now! Evidently you haven't kept up with the technology and how it works (Google is your friend), or really thought any of this through. It's really not expensive at all to recharge electric vehicles. Not to mention that most of us are already paying for it at most CGs. People are happy to pay extra for running their AC at some CGs, so even if they want a couple extra bucks a night to recharge a vehicle battery it's still far cheaper than gas. Yes, at some point they are going to have to shift the tax burden. Half a dozen of one, six of another. Roads aren't free. We're going to pay for it no matter what motive power is used for vehicles.
Campfire Time 09/13/19 01:47pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Getting very frustrated with this site!

I had so much trouble with rv.net timeouts that I switched to http://forums.trailerlife.com/ probably a year ago. For the past few months that's been horrible too. I'm under https://forums.goodsamclub.com and it's working just fine. I think they are letting it fall apart. One day it just won't be accessible and that will be the end. Also they used to show anywhere from 5-8 pages of recent posts. Now only 2 or 3. Even though people are still replying to posts it's made to look like it's not as busy as it used to be. Purposely discouraging posting.
Campfire Time 09/13/19 01:33pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Any of you guys winterizing with air only?

Interesting responses. There is a bit of science behind why water doesn't completely freeze even when it gets into the teens at night. Those who use air only are mostly in warmer places that don't get deep freezes for days, or even weeks at a time. Anyone living in the northern states or Canada knows what I'm talking about. In SE WI we had days of -20 over the winter. Not the wind chill, the actual temperature. With day time highs of -10. The issue I've seen, and have had myself, is getting the water out of all the valves and faucets. Even a small amount of water in a valve can cause cracks. I had this happen in a previous trailer. I failed to open one of water heater bypass valves and allow pink stuff through. The next spring I had a leak.
Campfire Time 09/13/19 08:58am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Chevy, Ford... going into electric trucks.

Best part, less stopping for pocket-busting fill ups. Less expensive, probably. Less stops? Not until they get to the point where range while towing is extended. Towing a box still uses more energy whether it's an ICE engine or electric. I do see electric PUs as being viable to towing a travel trailer. I just think it's going to be another 5+ years before it's practical.
Campfire Time 09/13/19 08:40am Tow Vehicles
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