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RE: Trailering

I am a measly weekend camper. I am still a part of the rat race. I have the combo in my signature and I have a 26 gallon aux. tank. Often the tank allows me to go away for the weekend and return without fueling at a fuel station. Sometimes that is very convenient and saves me a few dollars sometimes it doesn't. I don't have to be on the road for weeks in order for the aux. tank to be beneficial.
Lantley 04/19/21 07:42pm Travel Trailers

That truck you have will pull that particular trailer just fine. I think these type statements are where the confusion often starts. The trucks she has will pull the TT mentioned, however how well the 1/2 ton will perform gets to be the issue. On flat terrain close to home you may get by. If you want to travel far and wide, I'd suggest a bigger truck. Often people mistakenly believe what they have is fine or believe this performance is as good as it gets because they have nothing else to compare to. Once upon a time I thought my V-10 Excursion towed my 34',10K loaded TT just fine....until I towed the same TT with a diesel. The experience was eye opening and game changing. Add in an exhaust brake and towing becomes even more relaxing. A 3/4 ton truck will perform noticeably better than the 1/2 ton. While a big block and 10 speed trannies will be sufficient for power a diesel with an exhaust brake will not be challenge by the 9K load of that TT
Lantley 04/18/21 10:48am Towing
RE: Camco Trailer Aid did not aid at all

This is why it is a good idea to do a tire change test to ensure you have the correct equipment and the correct approach to changing a tire on the road. It's all fun and games in your driveway. But on the side of the interstate is no time to find out your not properly prepared/equipped
Lantley 04/13/21 09:20pm Travel Trailers
RE: is a surge protector necessary for a basic travel trailer?

Your basic trailer has just one thing that is worth more than $300 and that is the air conditioner. Air conditioners can be damaged by low voltage, so an inexpensive volt meter can tell you when it needs to be turned off. With an expensive EMS everything will be turned off if the voltage drops too low. One thing for sure is that there is a 100% chance that there will be $300 less in your wallet if you buy one and there is a very small chance that it will ever save you more than that. Have you ever priced an RV refrigerator? How about TV's and other electronics. Electrical surges and the damage is real. Having protection can be beneficial. A surge is like insurance no one needs it until they do l
Lantley 04/13/21 05:51am Tech Issues
RE: is a surge protector necessary for a basic travel trailer?

Your house is NOT subjected to power provided by all sorts of different campgrounds that may or may not have been wired by qualified people. They are a great marketing toy. Have an RV surge protector on your incoming house wires? me either. A surge is not a foolproof device. But it does provide protection against surges. Much like insurance you do not need it until disaster happens. Do you have insurance on your house? Enough said
Lantley 04/12/21 06:12pm Tech Issues
RE: Adding washer and dryer to FW

While I imagine any washer dryer can be winterized if you run anti freeze through it. The RV models are designed to be bounced down the road and winterized. Not sure that makes them worth the extra $$$ though. My splendid is an all in one. Washer and dryer are same unit its not a stackable. I bought it used for $250.00
Lantley 04/09/21 07:34am General RVing Issues
RE: DVD and Blu Ray being discontinued?

I used to copy movies and store them on a hard drive. But now if I want to watch a movie I stream it with my Mi FI no problem. I was camping during the March madness men's tournament and stream several games via my MiFi. Streaming is very convenient and I don't end up wasting time copying tons of movies I'm never going to take the time to watch. Its 2021 streaming is the current way to watch movies.
Lantley 04/08/21 07:51pm Technology Corner
RE: Fresh water tank replacement

Hire a reputable mobile rv repair person. He/she will make quick work of it if they're competent This^^^. I have replaced two myself. It's not terribly hard/complicated but you need to be able to get on the ground and crawl , slide shimmy on the ground to get the job done. I see it as an easy job for a young man. A miserable job for an old man...LOL
Lantley 04/07/21 08:27pm Tech Issues
RE: High Miles??

Grit Dog Wrote: Even old low mile vehicles will have more “issues” than new. Bought a 2006 with 32k miles last year. Perfect care, condition and maint. Literally as new. So far, it’s had a bad alternator and now steering pump. And I’ve taken care of other known costly issues before they happened. I’m into it maybe $400 in parts. That would be several times that much with shop rates. Grits says it all There is a certain pay me now or pay me layer aspect to it all I had been buying 3 year old 35K mile trucks and keeping them until they were worn out at 300K miles. What I found is by not buying that truck new I seem to have maintenance items right way. Nothing catastrophic just normal wear items. I needed brakes, or tie rods, or something. What I saved by buying used I spent on required maintenance My latest 2019 truck I purchased new, I have had zero issues going into my 3rd year just fuel and oil. Granted I have a rather large payment, but I will have a loan either way. Buying new I was able to get a more competitive purchase price, and zero repairs cost. I keep my vehicles forever depreciation is a non factor. While the verdict is not fully in buying new has its benefits. Buying used is not always the best bargain. My truck is my daily driver. I drive 30K miles annually. If your truck is not driven regularly used becomes more attractive, simply because new trucks are generally too expensive to be garage queens.
Lantley 03/28/21 08:25am Tow Vehicles
RE: Cant find a place to stay near Harrisburg, PA, help!

State parks and monthly rates generally don't mix. State parks are not designed nor do they cater to long terms stays. Recommending a state park is going down the wrong path from the start.
Lantley 03/27/21 06:20pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Loooow Inventory

Anyone really think this "shortage" is not by design? If so you have rocks in your head. It may have started due to Covid related supply disruptions at whatever level, and current electronic parts shortages are involved, but dealers took all of that and enhanced it to their own benefit. They're keeping on site inventory low purposely so they can get top dollar. They don't care if a serious buyer attempts to negotiate and walks, as they know a sucker will come along soon enough and pay the price. Its not going to change anytime soon, if ever, so get used to it. Now if we get a huge recession, which with the current folks in charge and wanting to spend money like it grows on trees has a much better than average chance of happening, then all bets are off. The only thing that can change it is demand dropping like a stone. The shortage is not by design. There are numerous supply chain problems through all industries not just autos. Wake up and smell the coffee
Lantley 03/24/21 08:50am Tow Vehicles
RE: Operational problems with new diesel pickups

I have a 2019 ram with the HO cummins. I didn't have any problems until the first recall, which was an emissions update. I had to take it to two different dealerships to get the recall done. Actually, now that I think about it, I had to take it to the dealer after it was 3 or 4 months old. Three different trips. The problem was never fixed. The factory doesn't have a fix. LOL. But, that's just the ram ownership experience, so I've learned. The only other unfixed issues have nothing to do with the DEF or emissions, other than the emissions recall, which apparently causes other issues. So, if you want a truck that can tow a heavy load up a hill, buy a ram. It might have problems like no AC, or no heat, surging throttle, random clunks, and a transmission that bucks when towing, and a radio that shuts off randomly, and poor dealership support. But, if you can ignore all that, buy a ram. LOL. Get over yourself. You happened to be the unlucky slob who got a Monday truck. Sure you are unhappy, totally understandable, but to come onto a public forum and present your case as norm is totally irresponsible. Unfortunately it is the norm for the poster. Should he not speak out about it?
Lantley 03/24/21 08:45am Tow Vehicles
RE: Operational problems with new diesel pickups

I don't think you'll have any issues with DEF on new trucks. I don't consider your 2009 a pre emission truck although it is pre DEF. I think the DEF trucks perform better than the 09 emissions era trucks. DEF trucks deliver decent performance while also delivering better MPG's than the 09 era trucks.
Lantley 03/22/21 10:15am Tow Vehicles
RE: Propane tank inside or outside of RV?

Here is one explanation of cold and propane. The freezing point of propane is -44 degrees Fahrenheit. The coldest temperature recorded in Newburgh is -20?F. So there’s not much reason to be concerned about your propane freezing. But that’s not the end of the story. While it’s unlikely your propane will freeze here, it can still be affected by very cold temperatures. Propane contracts when it’s cold. When it’s extremely cold outside, the volume of propane inside your aboveground propane tank will shrink, which creates a loss of pressure. The problem is, if the pressure becomes too low, the propane inside your tank will not be able to reach your gas burner. That means you may not be able to run your propane appliances, including your furnace or boiler, which can be very problematic in severe cold. Good info. While freezing maybe the wrong term. Propane flow can be dramatically impacted by cold temps. Describing the impact as freezing is easier for the novice to understand vs. stating propane "contracts" in the cold weather.
Lantley 03/18/21 06:24am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Would you do it?

When I start trying to make financial sense out of my toy purchases it is time to quit. If you don't make financial sense with major purchases you may find yourself watching the repo guy tow your toy away. I make sense with every major purchase and pay cash. That doesn't mean you can't have toys. WE are not talking about buying something you can't afford. This is not a repo man issue. We are talking about the right tool for the job. Several have commented that the combo is not a good match. That's all the advise any of us can give. It's up to you to listen to the advise. For the most part you can always use a smaller hammer, however using the smaller hammer takes twice the effort when the job requires a big hammer. When driving requires too much effort the trip is less than enjoyable/relaxed. This advise is coming from someone that has experienced the pitfalls of towing with a marginally adequate truck. It's no fun! It's not enjoyable.....but you will get there...eventually
Lantley 03/17/21 05:00pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Would you do it?

You are probably pushing the limits on the overall payload also. Why are you getting a new truck but purposely getting one not suited to the expected use? My thought as well. Get Bigger truck, bigger engine. Get a truck that will do the job vs. a truck that will be barely adequate.
Lantley 03/17/21 05:24am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Truly towable with 1/2 ton?

This comes under internet myth. And it doesn't have to be what you call a rare F150. Ford F150 7550 gvwr and 4550 rawr 3.5 EB or 5.0 v8 is just under the F150HDPP in load carrying performance with 2100-2200 lb in the bed payloads. And of course GM 1500 twins with the NHT option has a 7600 gvwr and 4300 rawr 6.2 or 5.3 engine 10 speed tranny. We have small 5th wheel trailers out for any size 1/2 ton truck like these ....1/2 ton towable. Every one of these can be pulled by a 1/2 ton truck with the proper specs and a couple can be pulled with even a std duty 1/2 ton truck. You don't have to convince me. I'm not looking to tow with a 1/2 ton. But maybe you can convince the OP and others in this thread . On paper there lots of options but when one actually sets out to find these options they are scarce.
Lantley 03/16/21 09:08pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Towing Travel Trailer without WDH from Dealer

Why do you not want to get the WDH ahead of the trip? If it tows poorly what is your plan? If you know that you need one in the long run why wait? I'm not sure I understand the logic in going without?
Lantley 03/16/21 08:15pm Towing
RE: Heavy tongue weight - change from PP 3P?

I have a 2020 SPORTSMEN® SE 301BHKSE that I tow w/ a 2015 F250 gas engine. I use a Propride 3P hitch. I went to the Cat scales today and found a hitch weight of 1220 lbs (did all 3 weight measurements). TT is 7000 lbs, so that puts me at 17.4%. I can provide the data if needed. Should I consider changing to a lighter WDH to reduce tongue weight and get closer to 15%? Or is being over 2-3% not a big deal? Does being over weight w/ a 3P sort of offset the overage? Considering changing because, while I love the 3P, hooking up is a chore. We've had the 3P for about 8 months and taken about 10-12 trips with it, and I still struggle with hooking up. Before the 3P we had an equalizer and I attached to the ball easily. I only towed with the equalizer twice (on a 1/2 ton vehicle), so not sure how much of a difference switching WDH will affect the driving. We got the 3P because we had a 1/2 ton vehicle, but we ended up upgrading to the F250 after one trip. Had we gotten the F250 from the start, I doubt we would have even gotten the 3P. Since tongue weight is measured at the trailer tongue how would changing your WDH effect it? You need to subtract the weight of the WDH to get your actual tongue weight. The PP and HA hitches are mounted to the RV. They stay on the trailer at all times and become a part of the TW.
Lantley 03/16/21 05:53pm Towing
RE: GD Momentum 395ms with Ram Megacab

Good job. Nice Color. That truck will do the job with zero pucker factor.
Lantley 03/15/21 09:48pm Tow Vehicles
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