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RE: New Ford Pickup weighs payload and tongue weight

- I do expect this will be logged in the trucks computer, so if there is warranty work, they can document, you were overloading the truck. Yep! I expect that this will be an interesting part of this to see unfold. Ford will deny a lot of warranty work based on computer records of overloaded trucks.
Mickeyfan0805 04/28/21 07:58am Tow Vehicles
RE: Forced out of your reservation

We have new owners at one of our favorite parks here in PA. After you reserve your site for $67 a night they offer to "lock in your site" for another $10. Total BS. This seems to be the new thing. I've seen a lot of it this year. Many of our stops had that option as an upcharge to our reservation!
Mickeyfan0805 04/27/21 02:10pm General RVing Issues
RE: Tilting bike rack, hitch mounted: update, see 4/23 pm post

I know there are 2" receiver systems that mount onto the A-frame of the trailer (Swagman?) - and then you can use any drawbar style hitch in both that receiver and the truck. Components can get pricey, and I imagine you'd need to choose the right components to manage clearances, but it's out there.
Mickeyfan0805 04/22/21 03:03pm Tech Issues
RE: Trailering

As others have said, people don't post because it would be a value to 'most,' they post because they have a particular question to be answered. Fuel economy and capacity make a big difference for those who travel distances. We are still actively working parents with kids, but the vast majority of our trips are more than one tank of gas away (anywhere from 400-1,300 miles one way). When replacing our TV, I absolutely cared about these things when considering a new vehicle.
Mickeyfan0805 04/20/21 07:25am Travel Trailers
RE: Disney Fort Wilderness Route

A GPS might take you off at 535 and then over across Winter Garden Vineland and then Vista Blvd. This is doable, but does put you in some backstage areas that can feel a bit funky. A Second option is to come across Hotel Plaza and come in near Disney Springs (which can get busy with traffic). From there, there are a number of different ways to the Fort. For us, if coming from the East, I prefer to simply come up World Dr. Get off of I-4 at Osceola Pkwy and then head north up World Dr. It is a bit further on mileage, but avoids a lot of lights and surface road traffic, and I prefer entering the fort from the west on Vista, as it is just an easier turn in with the trailer.
Mickeyfan0805 03/09/21 10:33am Roads and Routes
RE: 3/4 or 1 ton SUV ?

100% Agreed. It would be a challenge to convince my wife to drive a full sized passenger van compared to any modern (<20yr old) SUV. The HD van was a non-starter with DW. All practical considerations aside, it simply wasn't ever going to happen!
Mickeyfan0805 03/03/21 07:23am Tow Vehicles
RE: 3/4 or 1 ton SUV ?

Go look at the interior of the new Superdutys, it's mind boggling. You could easily haul 6 offensive linemen comfortably without the center console, no joke. I am fully aware, and our crew-cab is shockingly roomy. A bench seat with 3 individuals for a 600 mile day, however, starts getting really tight, really fast! And, there's still nowhere for the dog! It's all about how each individual/family uses it. In our case, the absence of a 3-row option was a huge hit.
Mickeyfan0805 03/01/21 01:49pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 3/4 or 1 ton SUV ?

Because it would be addressing a much smaller crowd as trailers don't consume as much payload compared to 5th wheels....tounge weight vs pin weight. Full size pickup trucks have almost the same interior space as bigger SUVs but can be had with much more capability. Having the need for a 3/4 or 1 ton pickup truck trumps not having the need for a bed. If you prefer large SUVs, simply stay within it's capabilities. This is all fine and well until you start considering the seating issues. As a family of 5 with a dog, we limped along with our 2006 HD Suburban (with the 8.1) as long as we could. Pick-ups just don't lend themselves well to travel for families of more than 4. When we finally ditched our Suburban just over a year ago, we went with a pick-up, but are now much more limited in what we can do. The dog has to be left behind if we leave the state, travel days need to be shortened because we have 3 kids (12-16) sharing the back seat, etc. I'm sure that others are correct that the economics just didn't make sense to continue to make them for such a small market, but those of us in that small market miss them terribly!
Mickeyfan0805 03/01/21 10:17am Tow Vehicles
RE: Help!!!! Travel Trailer Back in

As stated above - practice and attitude. Take the time to do it under no pressure in an open setting to build up your comfort a bit. Then, as Sjm suggested, own it when you get to the campground. Allow yourself to be inexperienced. If others are looking on, laugh a bit and joke with them that you are just learning, and take your time. Every driver towing a trailer has been a beginner at some point - don't let it become a barrier, just give yourself the time to work through it.
Mickeyfan0805 02/25/21 06:56pm Travel Trailers
RE: Towing with F150 Poweboost

Are you using the recommenced higher octane fuel? What percentage of ethanol is in your fuel? This is what I have found. Ours is the ECO, but I find that my mpg is a solid 20% higher when I use premium. The higher mpg pretty much balances out the higher cost of the gas, and my range is significantly better. We have a 36 gallon tank and I plan for gas stops every 200-225 miles.
Mickeyfan0805 02/12/21 08:07pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Weight Distribution Hitch Systems - Thoughts?

We've been using our Equal-i-zer hitch for the past 11 years with great success. Two trailers and three tow vehicles, and it has worked well with each. It is a similar design to the TruTrack - not sure what technical differences might exist. Someone more in the know would need to give those details, but we've been happy with ours.
Mickeyfan0805 01/28/21 10:59am Travel Trailers
RE: Towing Advice

As mentioned - many possible things to look at. Some can be addressed easily, others can't. One other to look at is the rating of the hitch. EQ hitches are based on tongue weight. Your tongue weight likely increased by a good 150lbs. EQ hitch bars shift every 200 pounds. Thus, if you have 1k bars on your hitch, but are now hauling around a 1,200 pound tongue, your WD will not perform as well as it could.
Mickeyfan0805 01/15/21 07:37am Towing
RE: Extended warranty

I agree with others, but I do think the one caveat might be the relative handiness of the purchaser. Some of us will go to great lengths to self-diagnose and fix. For those in that camp, warranties are especially unnecessary. In 8.5 years with our current trailer it has been to the shop 2x - once to replace the tires and the other time to replace an axle. All other issues I have dealt with myself. If, on the other hand, you are one that will blush at the notion of replacing a toilet seal or repairing a door slide, you either want a warranty (with a bunch of patience) or a financial plan to pay for the issues along the way.
Mickeyfan0805 01/12/21 02:24pm Beginning RVing
RE: Trailer hitch pin

May not just be an "Operator error" if the clip "disappears" via a third party "prankster" that happens along when you are away from your vehicle.. Have heard of that happening, fortunately have never had that happen to me.. But I do typically do a quick walk around and check to make sure everything is in it's proper place as it should be when taking rest stops and such before I get back on the road.. Happened to me about 5.5 years ago. Had everything set the night before an early departure. Truck was attached to the trailer with the tongue jack down just enough to release the weight from the hitch. In the morning I simply raised the hitch and left. Little did I know that someone decided that pulling my pin would be a funny 'joke.' As I crested a small hill on the way out of the campground early the next morning, the stinger slid right out of the hitch and the tongue came crashing to the ground. NOT a funny joke, but it was my bad for not checking things in the morning. Luckily the sound and the scare were much worse than the real damage. Chocked the tires, jacked up the tongue, reconnected, and moved on. Never happened in 5 years of towing before that, and would likely never happen again. Still, I now double-check ever point of the connection after every stop!
Mickeyfan0805 01/11/21 10:24am Travel Trailers
RE: Avoiding Low clearance routes

My biggest problem is with the GPS or my own brain fart, turning onto a residential street with trees. I once went into a gas station with a close overhead canopy. My truck reached the first pump without the trailer getting under it. While filling, I was eyeballing the clearance. This other guy goes "Awe, you'll clear it." No, I backed out. JK Both true. I actually won't use GPS while towing. I don't have the more expensive units that can take clearances into account, and I don't trust the in-vehicle system in my truck not to take some weird turn along the route. I write out directions before I hit the road. On the gas station front, I will also say that I pre-determine those as well. We are 55' bumper to bumper, so not every gas station is a good option for us. When travelling longer distances, I have no interest in pulling on and off highways in hopes of finding one. So, I use Google satellite images to pre-determine my gas stops. I will often do the same for meal stops as well. It's a bit over the top for some, but I don't mind doing it, and it makes for a much smoother trip, for me, when I know exactly where I'm going.
Mickeyfan0805 01/06/21 10:04am Beginning RVing
RE: Avoiding Low clearance routes

Like others - I rarely worry about it as it is not an issue on major roads, and the only time I get on smaller roads is heading into a campground, which you can typically trust can handle campers. That said, if you are in the northeast, be aware of parkways. They seem like 'highways' but many (if not most) are restricted to passenger cars only due to very low overpasses.
Mickeyfan0805 01/05/21 10:16am Beginning RVing
RE: Truck Camper Weight...I know, I know

Historically these arguments follow four general themes: First one is that the numbers on the door sticker are legally binding. Sub arguments on this theme follow ether the payload or GVWR and delve into DOT, State or local level rules (laws?) that have law enforcement writing tickets for non-compliance. Some go so far as ether having roadblocks with portable weigh stations or LEO's carrying scales with them. Since just about every car+truck has to have the sticker, there has to be some reason for it right? Second one is in the case of a accident anyone that is over ether GVWR or payload numbers is more at fault or instantly at fault making the person with the 'over weight' rig liable for everything. Added bonus is that the LEO's carry scales with them (or simply haul them) to accident scenes (or repair shops) and anyone "over weight" is at fault. Third is that you better check the fine print of your insurance documentation as your insurance company is going to deny coverage if you are "over weight". Again here if the first two don't get you, your insurance company (or the OTHER company(s) will) have someone weigh your rig and if your "over weight" your screwed. Last but not least forth theme is that you will get sued and loose everything because you are "over weight" of the values on the door sticker. (and were involved in a accident) I've seen and heard of all of the above arguments over the years and recently in other forums. Over the years I've seen many in this forum. At last I checked, nobody has ever passed on first hand knowledge and experience with any of them actually happening to them. - Mark0. Well summarized - and I would concur that this has been the general outline of these conversations. Interestingly, while the LEO weighing issue is a plausible possibility (although one I've not encountered), the liability/insurance issues honestly seem as though they'd be harder to enforce. Any accident severe enough to bring up investigations of liability and coverage based on weight will have done enough damage to your vehicle(s) that replicating the weight accurately would be nearly impossible. WD hitch setup, gear location, fluid levels, seating positions... all of these impact the actual weight on the various axles. If a match is clearly overweight by hundreds of pounds, I could see this plausibly coming into play (although, again, I've never seen a reliable first-hand report). For those who are over by 50-100 pounds, or so, it would be nearly impossible for anyone to 'prove' you were overweight at the time of the accident.
Mickeyfan0805 01/05/21 09:44am Truck Campers
RE: Wisconsin recommendation?

Yep - Plymouth is basically across the street. It's a highly seasonal park, and most of the daily sites are towards the back end. If you don't mind being surrounded by a seasonal setting, however, it's a nice park.
Mickeyfan0805 12/07/20 10:14am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Who uses a pop-up canopy?

We went with a Clam Escape screen room: easy to set up, and a strong wind just flattens it. Interesting - hadn't really looked at these and like the idea.
Mickeyfan0805 12/02/20 10:07am General RVing Issues
Who uses a pop-up canopy?

I'm considering picking up a 10x10 canopy to use as an additional shelter on some camping trips. Something to cover the picnic table and/or seating area depending on the site configuration. I'm curious how many others actually do this. Do you find that it's worth the effort to put one up, or is it really a waste to have this in addition to the RV awnings?
Mickeyfan0805 12/01/20 04:08pm General RVing Issues
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