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RE: First TT advice

Can anyone see any flaws or wrong assumptions in my approach or have any other suggestions? As others have stated, it is highly likely that payload will be your limiting factor. Some say use a trailer's GVWR, others don't (myself included). Some say 12% tongue weight, others say 15%. Only you can decide how conservative you want to be. But... -Be honest with yourself about what you will really in the car. -Get as close as possible to real numbers (if you can't scale, at lease make sure your starting payload number is the one listed on the yellow sticker on the door jamb). -Think through EVERYTHING you need to put in that car and make sure you account for it in your payload. As stated above, I think the resulting number is likely to be far less than what is allowed in your towing capacity (most likely in the 5-6k range at most).
Mickeyfan0805 09/19/19 02:34pm Travel Trailers
RE: Leaving the RV World for a while

IMHO, these year-round sports cycles and constant activity-driven lifestyles are a true detriment to our families. But again, MY opinion... This is precisely why we have not, yet, made any moves on selling ours. While our kids have become very active in things, our family time away from it all remains a high priority for us. Having the camper pushes us to make time that we otherwise would not. After having to cancel a trip later this month due to a conflict, we shoe-horned a trip into this last weekend. It was a lot of work for a couple of days, and our daughter still needed to be brought back into town for a practice on Saturday, but it created some dedicated family time that would have never happened if the trailer weren't sitting there begging to be used.
Mickeyfan0805 09/19/19 08:16am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Leaving the RV World for a while

This past weekend I made a deal to sell our 5er. A good and sad day at the same time and I know the wife will be really bummed when the new owners get it next weekend. Unfortunately we're at a stage where we are chasing our teenage and college kids to every event under the sun. Our free weekends are very few and far between and it's honestly more work and energy to prep the 5er and go somewhere than it's worth. We greatly enjoy camping, but instead of being relaxing it turns into work. We just made the decision that it's not worth having a valuable RV setting beside our house when it gets used a couple of weekends a year at the most. So, until we get our youngest graduated we are going to be out of the RV game. We definitely plan to buy another 5er in about 5 years when it's just the two of us and we'll have the freedom to come and go more often. I'll probably pop onto the forum from time to time just to keep up on trends. Adios! KJ I so understand your circumstance. Our kids aren't quite as old, but at 10, 13 and 14 we are discovering the same reality and asking the very same questions. Congratulations on making the right (albeit difficult) decision for your family. Good luck on this next chapter as it unfolds!
Mickeyfan0805 09/18/19 11:03am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Winterize or Not

holy moley Mickey, mine takes 2 gal. :h My lines take about a gallon and a half. Another gallon+ fills the p-traps. The final gallon is dumped into the black tank so that it doesn't sit dry for the 7-8 months our rig is not in use.
Mickeyfan0805 09/18/19 07:28am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Water Pump Issues...

Open the pump and check for debris in the valves, they make repair kits for the pumps. https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-1-d&q=rv+water+pump+repair+kitX2 Buy a strainer to put on the inlet to the pump after taking the pump head off and cleaning the 3 diaphragms inside. I'm betting you've sucked in some debris which is preventing the diaphragms from working. YouTube Video showing replacing the diaphragms. The diaphragm kits is almost 1/2 the cost of a new pump but they can be cleaned of the junk that's preventing them from working and reused. This sounds like a very viable possibility regarding the problem. I'll pull it out and take a look. Thanks!
Mickeyfan0805 09/18/19 07:24am Tech Issues
RE: Winterize or Not

Thank you all. We will winterize at the end of October. Now....our storage place up in Syracuse used to do this for us. Hoping it is an easy process. Google here I come!!! :) The ease often depends on the rig, but it's not hard at all. Takes me 20 minutes and 4 gallons of antifreeze.
Mickeyfan0805 09/17/19 04:01pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Water Pump Issues...

If there is an electrical fault, often a switch, that could be intermittent. It's not intermittent, as it always works, it simply doesn't always seem to draw or push with full force. It is operating, it just doesn't seem to be pulling fluid in.
Mickeyfan0805 09/17/19 10:51am Tech Issues
RE: Water Pump Issues...

valve between tank and pump? Vent blocked with debris or wasp nest? Forgive my ignorance, but where is there a vent in the system? The only vent I can imagine is that there must be some sort of venting for the fresh water tank. Since I have the same problem with the winterizing system, however, that would not play a role. Is there another somewhere? The valve that selects the draw point (winterizing or fresh water) would impact both systems. Hard to understand why it would work and then not, but it's worth a look!
Mickeyfan0805 09/17/19 10:50am Tech Issues
Water Pump Issues...

I've had a water pump that has been weak since last season, but it has been functioning. Since we never dry camp, we only ever use it to run the toilet while in transit, so the slower flow has not been a problem. Yesterday, while attempting to winterize, I could not as much as get the pump to pull fluid from the container (we have a winterizing inlet that runs through the pump). I went inside, disconnected the inlet and outlet tubes, removed the screen filter (which was clean) and reconnected everything. I tried again, and it worked beautifully for about 3 minutes, at which time it went back to not drawing fluid anymore. Any thoughts? Would a bad pump work for a short time like that and then fail again? Is there somewhere else there might be an obstruction causing problems? I'm just looking for things to consider. Thanks!
Mickeyfan0805 09/17/19 09:46am Tech Issues
RE: How do you really judge TV adequacy anymore?

However I'm not sure this post is about value and money as much as it is: "How to choose the right truck for the job"? Towing parameters are very important and should be factored when choosing a truck, however how you plan to use the truck is equally important. Focusing solely on towing parameters alone when comparing trucks would be a mistake Exactly, and I still feel it is a fairly open question. There are those 'in the know,' who are learned in the various distinctions in design and build. There are many others, however (myself among them), who do not have mechanical backgrounds and want to make the best decisions. Historically, I felt that staying within the ratings of a truck would accomplish that goal. Nowadays, I'm questioning that. It used to be that ratings served as something of an objective guideline in the face of the subjective question of 'What would I be comfortable with?' The more they stretch the ratings, the more I wonder if those ratings no longer serve that same objective purpose. That's the foundation of my struggle. Allow me to ask my question in a different way... Newer 1/2 ton trucks are rated for significantly higher towing and payload capacities than they used to be. Are they really able to handle that much more with the same degree of stability and durability, or have the manufacturers gotten more generous with their ratings? Asked another way, is a modern day 1/2 ton that has 40% more in payload capacity than those of a decade earlier really 40% more capable to carry that load?
Mickeyfan0805 09/12/19 09:42am Tow Vehicles
RE: Quit RVing

Congratulations on a wonderful camping career. As others have said, stick around and share your wisdom (including that of knowing your limits and when to call it quits).
Mickeyfan0805 09/12/19 07:32am RV Lifestyle
RE: Pulling with 1/2 ton

I would bet that the tow capacity you have forgotten is far higher than any number you can actually tow without compromising max payload. This isn't the universal truism that it once was, at least by the numbers. There are many F150 configurations with payloads well above 2,000 pounds. A 2,200 pound payload, with just a couple and some gear, would still leave room for 1,500+ pounds of tongue weight (the RAWR is a secondary question that's harder to estimate in generic terms). That's a lot of trailer.
Mickeyfan0805 09/11/19 08:17pm Travel Trailers
RE: School me in public parks camping...

Why be so concerned with hookups? My wife enjoys camping, but has no interest in going without the comforts that hookups provide - the toilet and shower being at the core of that.
Mickeyfan0805 09/11/19 07:38pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
School me in public parks camping...

I'm woefully embarrassed to admit that, after 10 years of camping, we have extraordinarily minimal experience with county/state/national parks. We've always done the 'rv park' thing. The kids are older now, however, and the activities and attractions of the commercial park doesn't have the same draw. So, I'd like to begin broadening our exposure. I am, however, utterly ignorant in the matter. How do you find out what hookups they have and if they take reservations? Does any of this happen online, or is it all still a phone call? Is it realistic to look for parks with full hook-ups, or are those pretty few and far between? Where do I start when I know what area I want to hit? Is rvparkreviews good for these as well, or am I better off looking at other resources? Don't shame me, it's just not been our bag to date, and I'd like to learn more. I don't even know what I don't know so, please, tell me!
Mickeyfan0805 09/11/19 02:57pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Pulling with 1/2 ton

In reference specifically to half ton towing, why do people say, "use the max trailer weight?" Some trailers have 3000 lbs of cargo capacity (Who's going to use all that?!). Some have under a 1000. I've made this argument a number of times. The best example I can find in the few minutes I have to look right now is from the Keystone Passport line. The 239MLWE is a 25'5" trailer with a dry weight of 4,402 and a carrying capacity of 998. The 2210RBWE is a 26'3" trailer with a 4,796 and a carrying capacity of 2,704. The two trailers are very similar off the lot (save a couple inches and 394 pounds), but the first has a GVWR of 5,400 while the latter has a GVWR of 7,500. In either case, most people are going to load them the same. Thus, for example, let's say they load 1,500 pounds of propane, liquids, extras, gear and food. The person that buys the 239MLWE would have a trailer that weighs 5,902 pounds and is 502 pound OVERloaded. The person who bought the 2210RBWE, on the other hand, would have a trailer that weighs 6,296 and is still more than 1,200 pounds UNDERloaded. In this instance, if the person was comfortable with up to 6,500 pounds loaded, they would have bought the 239MLWE based on the 'buy based on GVWR' advice but, in fact, would have had a much safer set-up with the 2210RBWE.
Mickeyfan0805 09/11/19 11:53am Travel Trailers
RE: How do you really judge TV adequacy anymore?

How old are you that the 1/2, 3/4, 1 ton designation told you the exact capabilities? My first pickup was back in 1986 and even back then you had to look at the actual ratings to know the capabilities. As far as the quirky 1/2 and 1 ton with similar ratings...hook up a trailer that pushes them to the max and drive them cross a mountain range...then come back and tell us how they are the same. 3/4 to 1ton SRW, you might not be able to tell the difference but I'll give you 100-1 odds, you know the difference going 1/2 ton to 1 ton towing at the max rating. To your first question, I'm not that old. I didn't mean to suggest that they were ever clear designations in my adult life, simply that they are increasingly blurred and pointless. To your final paragraph, that is precisely my point. The two vehicles I mentioned in the OP would, essentially, be maxed out with the same trailer - but you can't tell me they truly have the same real-world limitations. So, while I may have distracted the thread with my side-comment about badges, my real question is how do you judge capability. With the F150 listed in the OP, one could tow an 11k trailer with a family of four and still have 1,000+ pounds of GCVWR and 300+ pounds of GVWR to spare. Do we really think that truck would handle that trailer? If not, ratings don't serve as the realistic judge anymore - which is a challenge for anyone trying to buy a truck in today's market.
Mickeyfan0805 09/11/19 07:23am Tow Vehicles
How do you really judge TV adequacy anymore?

I've spent a lot of time looking at the ever-changing capabilities of pick-ups, and a separate thread earlier today really go me thinking about the uselessness of truck categories. The 1/2, 3/4 and 1-ton badges simply don't mean what they once did. With this in mind, I went to the 2019 Ford specs and found an F150 with 13k in conventional towing and 2,870 in payload. Meanwhile, I found an F350 with 12,300 in towing and 2,910 in payload. Now, these are the rarities and the extremes, but it points out the variance in the traditional truck grades, and it makes me ask a question. Even the most conservative rules of thumb, when we first started in the camping world 10 years ago, suggested that one could tow up to 80% of towing capacity. Then, in the 1/2 ton market, we would always say that payload was the limiting factor. The thing is, it's not anymore! In the F150 case above, the 80% rule would have someone towing a 10,400 pound trailer with an F150, and that would only use 1,200-1,500 pounds of their 2,870 payload - giving them plenty of leeway for passengers and gear. So, my question is this...How do we judge what is sufficient anymore? How do we know what a truck is realistically capable of? I don't know many F150 owners that would suggest towing a 10k trailer, but one could do that well within the limits of the modern-day specs. I've always been one to say, 'Know your numbers and live within them.' That is the rule I've followed myself. Now I wonder if that advice is really sufficient anymore.
Mickeyfan0805 09/10/19 04:11pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Pulling with 1/2 ton

I love comparing my payload number to 3/4 ton diesels. I don't think I can out-tow them, but the payload on those can be real low. In the 2019 models, you can buy an F150 with specs that state a 13k in conventional towing and 2,870 in payload. You can also by an F350 with 12,300 (7k less) in conventional towing and 2,910 (only 40lbs more) in payload. Now, these are the extremes of both sides, and are likely rare configurations in each case, but the 'specs' of the 1/2 ton rival that of a full 1 ton in these instances. Am I arguing a 1/2 ton is as capable as a 3/4 or 1 ton? Of course not! But badges don't mean what they used to! Honestly, the more I think of this, it's starting to make me wonder if the 'stay within your numbers' advice (that I echoed earlier) is really sufficient anymore. But, that's a question for another thread.
Mickeyfan0805 09/10/19 03:56pm Travel Trailers
RE: Pulling with 1/2 ton

The more I've looked at all of this over the years (and in my own considerations moving forward), the more I've realized that the badges a truck wears are less and less meaningful to the average weekend camper. There are '1/2 tons' that are so decked out and blinged up they are barely capable of hauling groceries, and there are others beefed up to a point that their ratings rival many 3/4 tons. The same kind of ambiguity exists with 3/4 and 1 tons as well. Look at your numbers. What is your payload, what is your GCVWR, what are your real weights (not dry or estimated), and how does it all line up? That's the best you can do, as you simply can't get good 'apples to apples' comparisons from one truck configuration to another.
Mickeyfan0805 09/10/19 10:54am Travel Trailers
RE: Winterize or Not

Do you have quick and ready access to the rig? If you can get out in the case of a surprise cold snap, then you could wait and watch. If there is any chance you might not be able to get to it during the winter, however, I wouldn't risk it! THe relatively small investment of time and money is a cheap insurance policy.
Mickeyfan0805 09/10/19 08:01am Fifth-Wheels
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