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RE: Signature Missing

Photo Signature uploads have not worked for over a year+ on the forums. Even Mods have not been able to update their photos. Do not replace your current Signature photo as you will not be able to replace it. Text only Signatures do work. Thanks for your reply. I am not trying to add a photo (yet). I have added text to my signature, the name of my truck and trailer, and they do not appear. Can you please look at my profile and tell me why they don't appear?
DallasSteve 03/12/23 12:07pm Forum Posting Help and Support
RE: I Bought Too Much Truck

We see so many folks with dually trucks and wonder how many folks require them. We have always hauled our Jayco 39' travel trailers. I also know we load it to the teeth for our 6 to 7 thousand mile winter trips across the US. I never wanted a 5th wheel as I never cared for the bed and bath up stairs. ( figured after a few beers I might be falling down as well as up ,LOL) Bottom line never had any towing issues and we do put on the miles. I will say any 250 is a great riding towing machine and my GMC loaded with all leather seats, crew cab, short box is wonderful for my long hauls. You are correct that most TT or bumper pulls can be pulled with a SRW truck because there TW is relatively small. It's when you get into 5'ers and TC's that the pin weight and payload becomes a bigger factor that can exceed the ability of a SRW truck. For the OP the bottom line is he has a bigger TT, he needs a bigger truck. At some point the OP did his research and determined he need the F250. The reality of driving that bigger truck is now upon him. To the OP: Don't despair. It gets better. You just need to change your mindset. Park in open areas. Plan to back into parking spaces when it's tight. Trust those big mirrors, they are not in the way. Big mirrors are your friend, they give you the optimum view. You will learn to seek larger friendlier parking spaces. Size become more important than close proximity. You will seldom be able tom park up front close to the door. An F-150 in the same body style will be no different. I agree that I will probably get used to it. 3 years ago I bought a Winnebago motorhome. It was much bigger and it was very intimidating for me to drive, but I got used to it after a few trips. It still kept me white knuckle most of the time, but the stress level went down. The F-250 is much more comfortable to drive, but it is a problem to park. Maybe I'll get to where I can park it in a single space between 2 cars but until then I will just need to park farther from the store and walk a bit. I'm in good physical condition so I don't have a disabled permit. I'd rather have my health than have special parking privileges. I thought an F-250 was a larger truck body, but apparently not. In that case, the F-150 is a very big vehicle, too. It will be a few more weeks before I can hook up the trailer for a tow, but when I do I expect I will be glad that I bought the stronger truck.
DallasSteve 03/12/23 11:20am Tow Vehicles
RE: I Bought Too Much Truck

When I had my F250 I had the same problems as you, especially the parking deck thing. When I went truck shopping there wasn’t a lot of difference between the F250 price and the comparatively priced F150. However, the incentives for the F150 were far and away thousands better. I have a F150 max tow HDPP with a 10 spd transmission which is a very capable tow vehicle, and an excellent daily driver. Ouch! That was my backup plan. I forgot about those incentives. I think they are even offering 0% interest on the F-150, but not on the F-250.
DallasSteve 03/11/23 06:28pm Tow Vehicles
RE: I Bought Too Much Truck

I have a 2022 GMC crew cab dually for a work truck. It is a cab & chassis with a service body so the bed is 8' wide and 9' long. I park it in regular parking spots at Lowes, restaurants, gas stations, offices, etc. every day. I take it thru restaurant and bank drive thrus every week. There's room to open the doors just fine. I do typically back into parking spots around the outside edge of a parking lot if it's small just because the truck is so long. The rear overhang can go over the curb and above what is usually a grass area around the edge of the lot. If it's a big parking lot, like at Lowes, I don't want to walk from the edge so I just take up a normal spot. It sounds like you just need to get used to the larger truck. It's not really any larger than any other truck out there, not in width or height anyway. You will really appreciate the long bed for it's better ride, more storage, and larger fuel tank. Thanks for the tip. I'm impressed if you can park a dually in a single spot. Mine is only single rear wheels. Maybe some parking lots have wider spots, too. I'll try to use some of your tips.
DallasSteve 03/11/23 05:43pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Signature Missing

I checked your profile and it shows you made changes. Maybe it takes some time and won't be there until tomorrow. Yes, when I look at my profile the signature lists my truck and trailer. Thanks for trying. Maybe a moderator will see this and have a solution. (I see your signature)
DallasSteve 03/11/23 02:59pm Forum Posting Help and Support
RE: I Bought Too Much Truck

midnightsadie is right. Get a small car (or small truck) for your everyday use. Looks like you bought the monster truck for pulling the big trailer. Exactly how many days per year will that be happening? Then, ask yourself, how many days of the year will that NOT be happening? Do the math, and use your best judgement. I'll probably tow it 20 or 30 days a year, but I'm going to be living in it full time so a second car is not an option. I just parked it in my covered space and it went a little easier. However, my neighbors were gone so I had lots of room to maneuver. When I finished I was surprised that I had a few inches left on each side, but that won't be enough at Walmart. I'll have to park at the back. But it does ride smooth and I'll probably get better at parking it.
DallasSteve 03/11/23 02:18pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Signature Missing

You may have to leave the forum or refresh the page to see your signature. I assume you have a white check mark showing by "Append my signature". If that does not work sign out and sign back in. I signed out and signed back in. I rubbed my stomach and patted my head (at the same time). I see the signature on my profile page and I see the Append Signature box is checked right here on this post. I bet I don't see a signature. I see a place to report my profile to an Admin. Maybe I'll try that and see what they say.
DallasSteve 03/11/23 02:13pm Forum Posting Help and Support
Signature Missing

I have tried to add a signature in my profile and I check the Append Signature: box when I post in the forum, but I still don't see my signature at the bottom of my posts. What am I missing?
DallasSteve 03/11/23 12:47pm Forum Posting Help and Support
RE: I Bought Too Much Truck

I like driving my F250, even when not towing! I have the choice to drive a Honda sport coupe, Escape SUV, truck. I like sitting higher, and for whatever reason, the tailgaters/idiots give you more room/respect. Mine is just a standard 6' 9" bed, and extended cab, so shorter. Are you sure your 250 is 10"s wider than late model 150? Anyway, you'll get used to the size, and when towing, you'll be a Happy Camper! Jerry I'm not sure if it's wider, but that 10" came off a Google search comparison. I'm not sure what year they were comparing. It is a long truck. I just parked it in my covered space and I backed into the corner of my brick house. I heard a crunch and I was sure that was $1,000. But I got out and I can't find any damage. I guess I just tapped it with the bumper. With a little practice I'll probably get good at getting in my covered space. Fortunately I have extra space, it's not between 2 cars. The dealer had the shorter bed and I may ask if they would like to swap out, but they probably won't want to do it. The longer bed may help keep the trailer a little more stable so if I keep it I may appreciate that.
DallasSteve 03/11/23 11:11am Tow Vehicles
I Bought Too Much Truck

I've read people say "No one ever complained about having too much truck when towing a travel trailer." That may be true, but I'm not towing my trailer yet, and I feel like I bought too much truck. I bought a Ford F-250 with crew cab and a long bed. I didn't really want the long bed, but stock is limited across the country right now. The truck rides nice and it's probably going to pull my trailer comfortably. I have a 37 foot trailer that will run about 9,000 pounds loaded up. So I felt that it would be pushing an F-150, even if if was max towing. And I asked the salesman about that and he said an F-150 with max towing will cost more than the F-250 model I wanted. I believe that may be true based on the initial shopping I did. There wasn't much price difference between the two. The problem for me is parking it and driving it down the road. My research says it's about 10 inches wider than an F-150, and about a foot longer, plus it rides a lot higher so I have to avoid any parking garages. I'm retired so I don't have to park it at work every day, but I can barely get it in my covered parking spot at home and when I went to the gym last night it took all of the parking space. I don't think I could get the doors open if someone parks next to me. They are huge doors, too. Has anyone else with a "work truck" lived this nightmare? Is it just a matter of parking at the back of the parking lots and taking up 2 spaces? I'm in good health so I can walk. I don't think I can park it in a regular spot like a normal vehicle. I don't think my dealer will let me swap it for an F-150 now, so I have to make the best of this.
DallasSteve 03/11/23 10:27am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tennessee/North Carolina - Cool summer weather

Waterfalls Brevard Check out the area near Brevard, NC "Land of Waterfalls," I bet you won't be disappointed. Thanks for that tip. Brevard has good weather for me. There's a Walmart in the area and Planet Fitness over in Hendersonville. Do you have any recommendations on a longer term park in the area with monthly rates? I found the Land Of Waterfalls RV park for $750 per month plus electric. That looks to be typical for prices in the area. And that's a great map of the waterfalls. I like waterfalls. Who doesn't?
DallasSteve 03/06/23 10:39am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Tennessee/North Carolina - Cool summer weather

Waterfalls Brevard Check out the area near Brevard, NC "Land of Waterfalls," I bet you won't be disappointed. Thanks for that tip. Brevard has good weather for me. Do you have any recommendations on a longer term park in the area with monthly rates? I found the Land Of Waterfalls RV park for $750 per month plus electric. That looks to be typical for prices in the area. And that's a great map of the waterfalls. I like waterfalls. Who doesn't?
DallasSteve 03/06/23 10:35am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Tennessee/North Carolina - Cool summer weather

Black Mountain is not close to Boone, it's east of Asheville about 20 miles. Look at the Lake Lure area....stayed in a condo there a few years back. Its a peaceful place not all that far out of Asheville. Don't get me wrong, the wife and I like the Asheville area as we go to the Biltmore quite a bit being season pass holders. A ton of things to do and see plus great restaurants. Lake Lure/Chimney Rock is more peaceful. You want cool weather in the mountains and I assume peace and quite. Boone offers that....except it can still get hot, just not Texas hot. Love going to the Bolivar Peninsula and Galveston too ourselves. You say Boone gets hot. According to Wikipedia it's cooler than the other 3 cities in my original list. They have a climate chart that shows summer highs in the upper 70s. That might actually be a little cool for me, but I have heat, too. Do you think this data is wrong? Wikipedia: Boone, North Carolina
DallasSteve 03/05/23 09:02pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Tennessee/North Carolina - Cool summer weather

I've been to all of these places and out of all of those Boone is the best option IMO. It is a college town too, Appalachian State. Asheville has some very woke crazies in it and you better check out the crime rate there. Homeless are rampant now downtown. Campground choices may be limited too. Crossville is a great town with lots of golf courses if you golf and other activities to do. The Cumberland County Playhouse is worth checking out. Lots of great campgrounds to pick from too. Helen GA is a touristy town but isn't overwhelmingly so. Very rural and not an objectional distance to get to shopping. Other suggestions for you might be Maggie Valley NC, Waynesville area or Bryson city area or the Cherokee NC area. Thanks for those tips and thanks to everybody for their comments. I will definitely check out Boone. It sounds like Asheville might be worth a visit but not as a place to stay longer term. Someone also suggested Black Mountain which is close to Boone and Asheville. It appears to have good weather, too.
DallasSteve 03/05/23 12:05pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Tennessee/North Carolina - Cool summer weather

I'm heading to the southern Blue Ridge Mountains area - east Tennessee, west North Carolina, north Georgia - to spend the summer. I'm looking for a place where I won't have to run the AC a lot and I like rain. It's my first trip there. I want a smaller city that would have enough people that it has at least 1 Walmart and maybe a Planet Fitness. Finding a nice RV park in the area with reasonable monthly rates is also a big factor. There's also the potential I might decide to retire to a smaller city that I like. Or I might decide to make the trip each year and winter in Florida or South Texas (where I am now). I've even thought about buying 2 old RVs and keeping one up north and one down south, then I wouldn't need a tow vehicle. Just close one up when the seasons change and go to the other one. Do people actually do that or did I think of that idea? I've been researching the area and I see 3 or 4 candidates. If you know the area well and want to suggest another please let me know. The list is in my order of favorites based on my Internet research. 4 - Helen, Georgia Correction: it has a lot of rain, but the temps are a little warm, and it's very small. I could drive about 15 minutes into Cleveland for Walmart. I think some areas nearby may be higher elevation and lower temps. 3 - Asheville, North Carolina The weather is a little warm and not as wet, it's a little big at about 100,000, it's a college town, which I like. On the negative side, I've been reading it's having a crime problem. 2 - Crossville, Tennessee It has good weather, and it's about 12,000. I might like something a little bigger, but it might work. (I moved this up to number 2) 1 - Boone, North Carolina It has good weather and it's about 20,000. Goldilocks says that might be just right.
DallasSteve 03/04/23 08:37pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: 2023 North Carolina Camping Destinations

I'm arriving early April. I was considering heading south a few weeks to let it warm up, but the coast might be nice around that time of year. I may do that before I head back into the mountains.
DallasSteve 03/04/23 08:22pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Should I Buy The Dealer's Hitch

Hmmmm....I was going to reply to the OP question but looks like someone else hijacked the OP question. Anywayz.... to the OP question. The only F150 that would stand a chance pulling a 9000 lb TT plus folks plus other gear in the truck is the F150HDPP 7850 gvwr and 4800 rawr. It would be a max load to carry and pull with those numbers. Some have no issue towing at max ....others don't like it. If it was my choice I would go with a F250 gas or diesel....your choice....but its gotta' be a white one. With the F250 you get a great deal more braking capacity...heavier truck....and not a maxed out truck. Hitches....I have a Husky Centerline TS 1200 lb bar I use on the wifes 1500 chevy pulling a 10k gvwr car hauler...7760 lb blue tractor with a cab. Makes for a very top heavy load for the trailer 16" load E tires. The trailer now tracks the truck like my GN trailers. As others suggest if you go with the F250 I would suggest making a trip without a WD hitch. Then determine if the combo actually needs one. Thanks. That's my conclusion, too. I'm going to get an F250. With the F150 when I browse models I have to investigate does it have this and that, like you mentioned. Most of the ones on the dealer lots don't have what I need so I have to keep searching. With the F250 the towing capacity is 14,200, no questions asked. That's makes shopping a lot easier and it's more than enough to pull a 9000 pound trailer and it's not a lot more money. I think 2 or 3 thousand, if I remember, and I will probably get some of that back on resale. Why white? To match the trailer? I'm OK with white, but I might take something else, if it's not black.
DallasSteve 02/23/23 11:10am Towing
RE: Should I Buy The Dealer's Hitch

Reading on all this hitch talk trying to figure out what we should purchase. For 14 years we towed a 32' Sunny Brook using a Hensley. Like dummies we sold the whole thing as one unit. Here we are two years later missing camping and starting all over again. We will have a Chevy 2500 and possibly a Forest River Wildwood 31KQBTS rolling in at a total of 36'7" - weight at 8573. Not as heavy as our previous trailer but 3' longer. Been out of the game for a long while and not sure whether to dump the money on a ProPride or if other hitches have come along way since 2006 and something else would be just as good. Any suggestions?? Thanks! I've decided to step up to an F250 instead of an F150. I'm going to wait and see how it tows before I decide if I really need a WDH. With a Chevy 2500 you might want to do the same. Some other readers made that suggestion and it makes sense to me. I'm going to have about the same size trailer as you and I will have much more truck than I need.
DallasSteve 02/22/23 09:06pm Towing
RE: Should I Buy The Dealer's Hitch

I also did a quick comparison of the prices on Ford.com and the F250 appeared to be about $5,000 more for the cheapest models. But the cheapest F250 probably tows much more than the cheapest F150, so that seems like a bargain to me. Now the actually prices that dealers are getting is another story. I want something with a towing capacity of at least 10,000 pounds to tow a trailer with about 9,000 pounds. The F150 ranges from about 5,000 to 14,000 so if I am looking for an F150 I have to be considering the different combinations of motor, gear, bed, cab, yada yada. The towing capacity on an F250 starts at 12,000 pounds. Problem solved.
DallasSteve 01/13/23 05:26pm Towing
RE: Should I Buy The Dealer's Hitch

Having towed with several F150s (hundred of thousands miles), it's a better truck than the Super Duty. I have had 3 Super Duty's. My current one is a F350/PS 6.7 Lariat and I tow 42' fifth-wheel and it's one hell of a good truck, but the last F150 was a better truck all around (except capacity & power). Keep in mind, that there are F150s and then their are F150s. You need to buy a truck properly equipped to tow the load you have. Thomas Thanks for the feedback. It seems like I need the F250 for this much trailer, but your comment concerns me. (In case you missed it the trailer is a max weight of 9,000 pounds- 7,760 empty) Why do you think the F150 is a better truck? Will I regret stepping up to the F250?
DallasSteve 01/13/23 09:58am Towing
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