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Build my hitch - trying to reduce sway

Just bought a Keystone Premier 29RK. Currently drive a 2017 F-150 4wd with 5.0 engine and 3.73 rear end. The trailer weights are (as of today fully loaded, fresh water 40 gals, grey/black empty, zero propane (oops), dual batteries, generic wdh and sway bar, basic food and groceries, clothes for a few days, and the front storage with the usual assortment of power cables, stinky slinky, chocks, water hoses, and a midsize tool box. I know a 250 would be better, but not yet, I need to wait a year. Truck - 5900 Trailer - 7440 , rear axles - 6240, tongue 1200. Obviously looking at Hensley and the other +$2500 hitches. Wondering if some other could meet my needs. Today we drove home 250 miles with a steady 20 mph crosswind most of the way (Central Texas to West Texas) and had some sway but no serious white knuckle events. Thoughts? Thanks!
CampinHappy 03/09/21 07:40pm Towing
RE: Maiden Voyage wanted to check on RPM's and Gears in 17 F-150

Mkirsh - love that "Let it eat". Thanks for the reply. Not trying to cruise at 1500, but just wanted to get somebody else to say "Hey, that sounds reasonable" and I figure I could comfortably run 70 on the flat lands with little wind, but hey, I'm going camping. If I'm in a hurry and going camping, something must be wrong.
CampinHappy 02/08/21 04:43pm Towing
RE: Maiden Voyage wanted to check on RPM's and Gears in 17 F-150

MFL - I live in west Texas so there's always a wind. With my previous trailer and this one as well, I literally look out a few days before a trip and plan my times accordingly. This weekend from Odessa to Lubbock the forecast was for 22-25 mph out of the North up till around noon with decreasing in the afternoon, so I scheduled my pickup at noon, with a couple of hours to go through the trailer I ended up with a 15-20 mph tailwind as we came south. I agree that mid-60's is usually the max, but the tailwind seemed to help the truck hit the "groove" at around 68 or so. Thanks for the replies!
CampinHappy 02/07/21 11:20am Towing
Maiden Voyage wanted to check on RPM's and Gears in 17 F-150

Went and picked up my new Premier 29RK today in Lubbock, Texas. Empty weight is 6,154 and we only had a little water and two tanks of propane on the way home. Going across very gentle rises and drops around the cotton fields on a dry highway with a generally quartering tail wind of 15-20 here's what I saw relative to gears (I let it do the shifting). Oh 2017 F-150 5.0 L V8 with 3.73 rear end, stock. Had the towing button pushed. 80K ish miles. Trailer chart from Ford shows 9,600 max. On flat ground I would see around 70mph with the RPM in the 2500-2700 range in 5th. On very gentle up slopes I would see it drop into 4th, maintain the high 60's and RPM's would be under 3,500. (Redline isn't until high 5's) It seemed fine, temps all stayed normal, engine seemed fine at the 3,500 rpm range. Thoughts/Opinions ?
CampinHappy 02/06/21 07:14pm Towing
RE: Ford Factory F-150 Brake Controller - any good?

Well, good news. Got the trailer home in one piece. The truck worked flawlessly even with a 25 mph cross tail wind. Now I've just gotta figure out my speed, gear, and RPM's. I'll post another topic, but I was running around 3K rpm on a slight up hill grade, wind at our back and keeping our speed between 65-70. Sometimes it would be in 5th (I have a 6 speed) when there was a little more "up" it would drop into 4th and run around 3,200. This is in the flat lands of west Texas where there are only long slow changes in grade. Thanks folks!
CampinHappy 02/06/21 06:49pm Towing
Ford Factory F-150 Brake Controller - any good?

I'm picking up my new trailer tomorrow (7,500 gvwr) and I have a 2017 F-150 rated at 9,500 towable so I'm pretty comfortable with the TV. I'm wondering what others that have used the factory break controller that comes with the truck think of it's performance. I've had the Prodigy in the past. Thanks!
CampinHappy 02/05/21 07:15pm Towing
RE: F-150 best add on mirrors for this shape of mirror

I ordered these: https://www.etrailer.com/Towing-Mirrors/CIPA/CM11550.html and they look great. Now we just have to see how they hold up. Thanks everyone for the suggestions!
CampinHappy 02/05/21 02:06pm Towing
New to slides

Question about a slide. We've been camping in popups and a TT for 15 plus, but never had a slide. Tomorrow we pickup our Premier 29RK that has one big slide. How important is it to be "perfectly" level on the operation? I mean does an inch off throw off things? I'm sure there's some varying opinions. Thanks,
CampinHappy 02/05/21 06:16am Travel Trailers
RE: Dishes for RV

It's not often you seen this level of agreement on these forums :E. We don't get our trailer till this weekend but we now have a set of Correlle plates and bowls from Wally World. Now, how about the best way to have a small spice rack? Hmm...any takers :D ?
CampinHappy 02/04/21 12:04pm Beginning RVing
RE: Dump Station Etiquette???

I've dumped some spare ice from the cooler down the crapper and then drove over to the dump. Not sure if it worked, but it didn't hurt either.
CampinHappy 02/03/21 02:06am Travel Trailers
RE: Dishes for RV

Well I guess I'll shop for Corelle :S. Where did you find yours online? Thanks!
CampinHappy 02/02/21 09:18pm Beginning RVing
Dishes for RV

I'm scouring the googlesphere and Amazon looking for a new set of dishes to keep in the RV. I don't want melamine since they don't microwave well, but want something big enough for a decent steak and potato and will handle cutting meat on. I'd like to get a set that at least includes bowls and maybe cups. Anybody find some they like? Thanks muches!
CampinHappy 02/02/21 07:46pm Beginning RVing
RE: Looking for reliable travel trailer

You "can" cook in a pop-up, but not advised since the smoke/smell will get into the fabric. We really don't cook much in the trailer unless it's something small. We just purchased a new trailer (we get it Saturday!) that has an outside kitchen that I'll use most of the time. But we can cook inside as well but the stoves are usually pretty small and I've tried cooking in the ovens and they just never cook near the same as a home oven due to the size.
CampinHappy 02/02/21 07:41pm Travel Trailers
RE: Texas/SE NM during Spring Break - just getting our trailer

Thanks for the replies. Lwiddis, we're doing a shakedown to Davis Mountain SP in a few weeks and of course a couple of nights at good ole camp Driveway. This is our third trailer and we've been doing this for over 15 years, but definitely I agree a good shakedown before we go out on a longer trip. I love that everybody loves Hords Creek, we went there probably 20 times when we lived in central Texas and had great experiences with our boys there. But for just me and the Wifey, sitting at the lake for a week isn't what we're looking for. We may look at some of the private campgrounds down around Fredricksburg or even venture over to the piney woods, but the state parks for the most part are booked. Thanks for all the ideas.
CampinHappy 02/01/21 04:19pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
F-150 best add on mirrors for this shape of mirror

Getting back into RV'ing after a 3 year hiatus and have a different TV than before. Has anyone found a good strap on mirror for the F-150 (2017 Lariat) that seems to work better than the others. I know it's subjective, but since you can't really go any place and "try them on like a pair of shoes..." I wanted to see what some of you have used and liked. Muchos thanks!
CampinHappy 01/31/21 12:33pm Towing
RE: Texas/SE NM during Spring Break - just getting our trailer

PawPaw and Valhalla, Hords creek used to be one of our favorites when we lived near Brownwood. I didn't think about COE, great idea. The wifey nixed the gulf coast, too many college spring breakers (that I used to be a part of , so I should know better). I'll check into the COE campgrounds. THanks!
CampinHappy 01/31/21 08:46am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Texas/SE NM during Spring Break - just getting our trailer

We purchased our trailer 1-30-21 and won't take delivery for a week or two. Now I'm trying to find a 4-6 day cruise around central Texas or even the gulf coast from west Texas and I'm not finding any state or national park (Big Bend) availability. We might end up boondocking up in the mountains around Cloudcroft, but I'm concerned about the Covid restrictions and weather in New Mexico. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
CampinHappy 01/31/21 04:18am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Looking for reliable travel trailer

We're on the other end of Fishermen. Today we purchased our 3rd camping trailer. The first two were used to raise 3 boys from diapers to high school. Now 2 of the three have flown the coop and the third is not far away. We purchased a Keystone Premier 29RK which when we went to see it for the first time today was amazing. My first requirement (ahem.. the Wifey's first requirement) is that is must have lots of views. I wanted a bathroom and shower that I fit in (6'2, 300+) and room to spread out. It's still under 7,000 lbs so I can pull it with my f-150 but it is 34' long. They make a 24RK as well, but the view wasn't quiet the same, and there's only $1,000 difference in the price. These run up in the mid-30's, but we'll be using it for the next 10 years and more. Good luck in your search. As the others mentioned, you need to figure out what you're going to pull it with and go from there.
CampinHappy 01/30/21 08:58pm Travel Trailers
Weight Distribution Hitch Systems - Thoughts?

Getting close to getting another trailer. I'm looking at the TrueTrack WDH but wanted to get my esteemed consultants from this forum for suggestions. Also - what other options "should" the dealer provide on a new trailer or be part of the negotiations? Muchas Thanks!
CampinHappy 01/28/21 10:28am Travel Trailers
RE: Long distance purchase

Well since I started this post and it's gotten a little off track let me tell my "debt" story. The wifey and I purchased our first trailer a used pop-up for $5,000 and yes we financed it for about 3 years. I was working and she was home working with three little man-cubs. In the 5 years we had it, we put in over 125 nights in it. By Dave Ramsey standards we should have never bought it, but by the memories my grown sons speak about it was the second best thing we bought. Which brings me to trailer #2. We had moved to central Texas and both had teaching jobs. We didn't make much, but we knew we loved to camp. Basically we still couldn't afford it according to Dave, but we bought a 23K new KZ and financed it for 10 (oh yea) years so we could manage the monthly payments. In those 10 years we amassed over 400 nights (yes I keep a log). Since we both taught we used the trailer during the summer to help us manage volunteering with boy scouts and 4H, along with 3 boys and 2 dogs we would live in the trailer while at scout camp (except when my troop was there). Our most cherished memories we paid interest on, and now as the boys are moving out my wife and are getting the ultimate reward...memories and smiles. We didn't do anything "stupid" and we always managed, but it was worth any interest I paid since I'm getting it back again. I found out today we can finance the one we're looking at with 2.37% which budget wise doesn't make sense to pull out of my investments that are making more than 2.37...not much more, maybe 4%. This trailers mission is to give me and the wifey "our" time together, and there's just enough room for some grandkids down the road to. Blessings to all of you and I appreciate your advice...all of it :)
CampinHappy 01/27/21 05:37pm Travel Trailers
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