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RE: 22” rims vs 18” rims

Newbie here. Bought a Keystone Outback 40’ and own a 2016 F150 limited with 3.55 rear axle, tow package and 22” rims. Should I buy 18” rims to increase stability and payload? I am pushing my max I think. The more research I do the more I get confused. PLEASE HELP! No reason to be confused. 40 ft. is too much trailer for the F-150. The Limited will have the lowest payload, my guess is about 1,200 lbs. I suggest it is time to step up to a HD series.
Fordlover 07/06/20 08:23am Travel Trailers
RE: Do useless gifts bug you like they bug me?

We managed to convince ours that gift cards, preferably restaurants, are the only gifts we want. We appreciate the thought, but a simple card is nice. I'd rather have a phone call on days like Father's Day. But being full-time, if they buy us something, it means we need to throw something similar away. Eh, I hate gift cards. For the life of me, I do not understand how the population was conned into believing that getting plastic 'loaded' with 100 bucks was somehow a more thoughtful gift than 100 bucks in cash. The nice thing is the cash will spend anywhere, but converting it into a gift card that is only eligible to be spent at one store is just so limiting.
Fordlover 06/22/20 12:46pm Around the Campfire
RE: Need tow vehicle - preferably under 10k

So after thinking it over, we are gonna go with a 3/4 truck. Looking at a 2013-2016 either ram 2500 or Ford f250. I'm assuming all of those would be capable of towing our TT with a ProPride hitch. I've run the numbers and we are well within payload, hitch and total towing capacity. Will this type of truck make the drive better? I expect it will be more a more stable tow, it will still move a bit, but shouldn't make you uneasy. My gas F250 has a payload of 3K and is solid going down the road, even without the weight distributing bars installed. But on windy days, I'm glad I install the Sway control and know it is working.
Fordlover 06/16/20 02:56pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Extended warranty. What are your thoughts

It is all about your tolerance for risk. Extended warranties are simply a form of an insurance policy. Extended warranty companies are businesses, and they intend to make money, which means they must charge you more for the warranty coverage they offer than it will cost them to sell, administer, and pay claims on average. If they don't cover these costs, they will go out of business, and your extended warranty will cease. My thoughts are if an unexpected 2k repair bill will decimate your personal finances buying a new car is probably not the best move. For some, the piece of mind of not being potentially exposed to an unexpected repair bill for a set period of time is worth the up front cost of the warranty. To each their own. Best of luck with your decision.
Fordlover 04/09/20 10:10am Tow Vehicles
RE: Does this hitch actually do weight distribution?

I've used two Equal-i-zer Brand hitches on two different RVs. I've never had to use the pry bar, just use the tongue jack to lift the rear of the tow vehicle a bit, bars slide onto brackets. Far superior to the chain type in my opinion and safer from a stored energy perspective.
Fordlover 02/04/20 07:44am Towing
RE: Cruise testing, I would be uncomfortable

Human drivers kill thousands every year, but we somehow live with that. We'll all be dead before this technology really takes hold, so it doesn't matter. All part of human nature. Yes, human error kills tens of thousands per year, but if self driving cars malfunction and kill 100 per year they will be branded unsafe. Case in point- a software problem with the 737 Max caused two crashes, killing around 350 people. Despite transporting 6.5 million passengers safely in one year, the aircraft is grounded indefinitely. For some reason we find it acceptable for human error to cause accidents and kill people, but unacceptable for a tech malfunction to cause accidents, even at a much lower rate. Because I've not caused accidents or killed people in my driving tenure. But put me in a rolling computer without any override controls, and I'm merely a passenger. And when the computer prevents or fights me from being able to take control when the talent of the software runs out, you bet there will be an unsafe label applied, just like when those planes crashed despite what is likely experienced pilots trying to keep them from going down.
Fordlover 01/22/20 06:25am Tow Vehicles
RE: The TFL guys bought a 7.3L

Not sure why anyone cares about the 7.3L. According to the HD gas owners here, they don't need more power which is why they bought the gas engine instead of the diesel. So why would an engine with more power that you will have to pay more for matter now? I believe it is about a 1,600 dollar premium over the 6.2 once you account for the 10 speed automatic, so a bit less than the diesel upgrade. 1,600 bucks for a bit more power and never having to buy a drop of DEF.... Personally, I've yet to run into a situation where the 6.2 wasn't up to the task, but then again I only pull ~8K and live at 140' above sea level. What are the cost over the life of the truck? And don't forget to add in resale/trade-in. It's easy for me. I've got less than 10K miles on my 2018 that I've had for about 20 months, I expect to own it for 15-20 years. By the time I sell the resell value I'd get out of the diesel would be insignificant compared to the cost I'd have paid up front. I just don't drive it enough to make a diesel pay for itself in fuel savings. For some, dare I say most, the diesel is a no brainer choice. However, for me the justification using math just doesn't work.
Fordlover 01/16/20 06:14am Tow Vehicles
RE: The TFL guys bought a 7.3L

Not sure why anyone cares about the 7.3L. According to the HD gas owners here, they don't need more power which is why they bought the gas engine instead of the diesel. So why would an engine with more power that you will have to pay more for matter now? I believe it is about a 1,600 dollar premium over the 6.2 once you account for the 10 speed automatic, so a bit less than the diesel upgrade. 1,600 bucks for a bit more power and never having to buy a drop of DEF.... Personally, I've yet to run into a situation where the 6.2 wasn't up to the task, but then again I only pull ~8K and live at 140' above sea level.
Fordlover 01/08/20 02:10pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Electric Mustang

I went to the local BBQ joint the other day for lunch, and saw a strange sight, 7 teslas were parked in the EV parking area getting juiced up(the most Tesla's I've seen at one time). The owners were just sorta loitering around their vehicles, and appeared to be in no hurry at all. Honestly I was a bit jealous, I wish I could just hang out in the middle of a work day in a parking lot for a half hour+ or so to refuel my vehicle. In the mean time I'll have to rely on my ICE vehicle and rely on the <4 minute refill time.
Fordlover 11/20/19 03:42pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 2019 F-150

I don't think there are many base model 3.3 F-150's that are going to have the tow package. So you will likely want to add those features, like trans cooler, hitch, wiring, brake controller, etc. I expect the F-150 will perform well enough for you.
Fordlover 10/18/19 11:36am Towing
RE: Yet another reason I won't let my dealer touch my trailer

No such thing as a grade one bolt. OK, I am familiar with grade 3 and 5 and how the head is marked. So what grade are the ones that have no marking on the head and are sold by the pound? The cheapest and the softest? This should help. https://www.atlanticfasteners.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/hcs_comp.gif height=300
Fordlover 10/18/19 11:28am Towing
RE: Ford 6.7L 1050 ft lbs TQ at 1,600 rpm, 475 HP at 2,800 rpm

A little off topic, but I have to ask. When is enough going to be enough for everyone regarding towing in a class 3 truck? 40k, 50k, 60k? Mine was 30k, but I am wondering what ya'lls is. I saw an article a little while back that basically said the manufacturers hadn't found a price of truck yet that people aren't willing to buy. 60K, no problem. 80K, no problem. Now we have 90K F-450 platinum trucks and folks are still climbing over each other to hand Ford their money. So Ford is constantly looking for the next feature to add to the truck so they can charge 100K. Not a hater by the way, I enjoy the heck of out my Lariat ultimate pkg.
Fordlover 09/30/19 01:52pm Tow Vehicles
RE: This is what happens when you have too much tongue weight...

I'm beginning to believe this is a result of modifications the owner is doing. for a 350 and a 450 to fail apparently in the exact same way... Perhaps he's doing something to the frame to accomodate the hitch and it is weakening the frame and allowing it to bend in the same spot. The lengthened tongue on the trailer looks like a custom job/shade tree engineering job. I'd think he would have learned his lesson after the first one! The frame on my 250 is way weaker than the 450, and mine hasn't bent even one time. ;)
Fordlover 09/25/19 11:46am Truck Campers
RE: Two honda generators in tandem

First of all 2200 + 2000 = 4200 (not 4400). Secondly at that altitude you are losing a lot of power; however, the AC should still run. Also, is that running watts or starting watts? Running watts could be way less and make a difference depending on other loads sucking power away at the same time as you trying to start the AC. Make sure everything else is turned off before you start the AC. Lastly, the start capacitor in the AC could be going bad. 4200 isn't running wattage, it is only peak wattage. I believe the 2000 is 1800 running and 2200 is 2000, so you're down to 3800, and at a mile high, it could be significantly lower. You might need to look into changing jets out in the carb, I seem to recall my BIL had to swap jets when his Honda wouldn't even start/run at high(er) elevation.
Fordlover 08/20/19 10:15am Travel Trailers
RE: Is the EV transformation of the market over hyped ?

Range isn't the issue, I only have 250 miles of range on my F-250 while towing. The difference is I can pull in to any gas station and get another 250 miles of range in about 3 minutes. Come back and talk to me about electric trucks when they can get 250 miles of range in 3 minutes, while pulling 8,000 lbs.
Fordlover 08/19/19 02:48pm Tow Vehicles
RE: I drove a 2020 Silverado D/A 3500HD today

At least in this case there is always the GMC, which looks sooo much better. I wonder if Chevy got the same focus group that said the Aztec was a good looking design and ready to go to market.
Fordlover 08/19/19 02:37pm Tow Vehicles
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