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RE: Travelling is not getting easier

I'm just a weekend rv'er and not retired so don't go north or south out of the country.. But, my office just said that if we go 'out of the state' (I'm in WA state BTW), we have to quarantine at home for 10 days before coming back to the office.. We also had to go back to the full on mask deal when in the office... Even if you are vaccinated... UGH... I do like to camp in Oregon from time to time.. I don't have any reservations out of state this year anyway, so no big deal.. BUT.. WTF.. Getting pretty "sick" of all of this and I know it's a big deal and all, but geez.. Use some common sense and you don't get sick... Okay, rant over..
MitchF150 07/30/21 09:04am RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Providing my own WiFi

Just use the phones. They 'should' have the same access to 4G if that's what you can get where you are at. Stand alone MiFi hotspot 4G does not work any better than my old Samsung phone when connecting to it. It's mostly about the plan you get. My phone does not have much data, as I don't really need that, but it has enough to connect to it if needed. As long as you have Cell service where you are! Antenna's don't really work in my experience.. My Office allows me to use their MiFi when I'm out of the office. If I'm out of Cell range on the phone, the MiFi is not any better, even with some external antenna's plugged in. But, I agree, use your own "WiFi" anytime you are in a park that offers "free WiFi"... You will never be able to do more than browse Google or check email. Plus the security issues are too great to make it worth it at all. Anyway, good luck! Mitch https://i.imgur.com/XG8H0uzm.jpg?1
MitchF150 07/25/21 04:06pm Technology Corner
RE: 2013 Ecoboost overheating

If you just put it in D and T/H mode and just go to town on it, you just put too much boost into it for several minutes longer than it liked... That'll raise the coolant temps to trigger the overheat (limp mode) condition. It's supposed to do that when it overheats so you don't end up with a nuclear meltdown.... Your truck did exactly what it was supposed to do when you were just pumping the boost to it. These Eco's have great power. Just not great cooling when under boost for extended amounts of time (several minutes) > 10 psi raises the temps the ECU reads so while you can usually get away with it for a couple of minutes, if you are just pumping that boost for longer than that, it's gonna trigger that limp mode. That occurs around 250*. Then the ECU puts it in limp mode and tries to save itself. I also tow a #7000 TT, but I monitor some additional vitals that the 'dashboard' does not and I also drive the truck by manually locking out the OD gears and not trying to be the first one to the top of the hill... :) I'll bet that once you let off the pedal a bit, the temp dropped pretty quick.. That means the T-stat is working and you just reduced the boost so it was not a nuclear reactor.. That's what the turbos do when they are making all that great power.. Just not enough cooling to handle it.. Sucks for sure. I deal with it every time I tow, but now know how to monitor and use it and can still pull the grades at an easy 50-55 mph while keeping the temps no more than 225* I know I'll raise heck for it, but it's just the fact and I would still not trade my Eco for a V8... Good luck! Mitch https://i.imgur.com/XG8H0uzm.jpg?1
MitchF150 07/25/21 03:23pm Towing
RE: tow truck THIKS its overheating

Well, the original poster has the Ecoboost engine. When they go into limp mode, it's to save itself. May or may not leave a code. The system is just doing what it was meant to do in that condition. Boost is a great thing for producing a lot of power on these little 3.5L V6 engines.. 365 hp and 430 tq.. Not too bad... But, the cost is you can't just keep 15 psi of boost for endless amounts of time. 2-3 minutes, sure, but it'll get dang hot in that short time! Let off and it cools down pretty quick. Just sticking the thing in D and setting T/H mode and then just bombing up the grades or trying to keep "the speed limit" and letting it run in 6th gear doing will will put that boost level over 10 psi and that's where the coolers can't keep up for any length of time. I've been towing with my Eco for over 6 years now and from day one and there is a learning curve to being able to run these things well.. Once you start monitoring the actual temps and other monitors that are not on the dashboard, you find out real quick that boost = heat and the longer you have that boost > 10psi, the temps rise quick. Then Ford does not let the temp gauge actually MOVE until you are getting to 240* at least.. I think limp mode comes in around 250*. I have gotten to 230* monitoring my coolant temp and the dash gauge has never moved. Trans temps have never gotten over 215*. Let off the gas either on the down side of the grade, or just gear down to lower boost and slow down a bit, the temps start to go down pretty quick. I lock out 6th gear going on the flats. I have 3.73 gears and 5th will hold a nice speed of 65 mph at around 22-2300 rpms and around 2-3psi of boost. Temps hold steady at around 205*. Will move up to around 210* if the boost gets to 6-7psi and once over 10psi, 220* comes pretty fast. The electric fans turn on at 213* on low and will go to high at 225* This is all my using the + - button on the gear shift and running the gears to keep the engine in a nice 2000-4000 rpm range. Up the grades, I like to hold it in 4th, pulling just under 3000 rpms and around 50-55 mph. I still have a ton of pedal left, and can go 70 mph if I had or wanted too... But, the cost would be lots of heat really fast and to get to the top of the hill a minute or so quicker?? Anyway, just my experience with it.. I know I'll get ripped on this, so be it.. To answer the question of my cooling system, I have changed the coolant 2 times now and change my engine oil every 4-5000 miles at most. I've also changed the trans fluid 2 times and I have over 103,000 miles on the Eco right now. It's just that the cooling system does NOT have enough capacity to handle it all... It's actually 2 gallons less cap then my old 97 F150 with the 5.4 had...:) It's what works for me and I know my truck and I know my comfort zone and I've never been in limp mode or stuck on the side of the road... (knocking on my wooden head right now) :) Good luck! Mitch https://i.imgur.com/XG8H0uzm.jpg?1
MitchF150 07/24/21 01:11pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Fuel for Gassers

Here is a quote from the Ford owners manual for a 2021 F-53 motorhome chassis for the fuel requirements. (which is essentially the same thing it says for my 2013 Ecoboost engine BTW..) Look it up for yourself at https://owner.ford.com/tools/account/how-tos/owner-manuals.html?year=2021&make=Ford&model=F-53%20Motorhome%20Chassis Some fuel stations, particularly those in high altitude areas, offer fuels posted as regular unleaded gasoline with an octane rating below 87. The use of these fuels could result in engine damage that will not be covered by the vehicle warranty. For best overall vehicle and engine performance, premium fuel with an octane rating of 91 or higher is recommended. The performance gained by using premium fuel is most noticeable in hot weather as well as other conditions, for example when towing a trailer. See Towing (page 83). Do not be concerned if the engine sometimes knocks lightly. However, if the engine knocks heavily while using fuel with the recommended octane rating, contact an authorized dealer to prevent any engine damage. We recommend Top Tier detergent gasolines, where available to help minimize engine deposits and maintain optimal vehicle and engine performance. So yes, 87 is said that it'll work.... But using premium is better when the conditions are more extreme... Take it or leave it. Waste of money or not. In the end, do what works best for your situation. Good luck! Mitch
MitchF150 07/23/21 09:26pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Fuel for Gassers

I'd run it if you feel you need a little more power. :) Any modern fuel injected gas powered engine these days are all computer controlled and have knock sensors in them. Lower octane fuel will produce knock in an engine sooner when it's being worked hard and thus the computer will start to "******" the timing so it don't knock no more.. This takes away a bunch of power in general. Just like distributer timing did back in the day of carbs and points. Running 92 octane keeps the knock sensor at bay for a little longer and keeps the timing up for more performance when you are working the thing in my experience. Sure, putting around town and no load, 92 ain't not gonna do a darn thing for ya.. Assuming a V10 Ford here too? Even my old 97 F150 with a 5.4 had those knock sensors and would run better with 92 in the tank (you have to let a tank or 2 go thru it so the computer calibrates for it over time to really see any change.) Just don't think if you put half a tank of 92 in and then expect the world to change is just not going to happen.. :) Anyway, I learned this especially on my little 13 F150 with the dreaded "ecoboost" in it.. I ran 87 from day one and towing a little #5000 TT and it did fine. Fast forward several years and I upgrade to a new #7000 TT... I go over the same passes I'd gone over for years. Well, it could hardly get up the same grades without being in a lower gear (3rd) and running slower (50) then before... And running hotter to boot. Next trip, I ran 92 for a couple of tanks before and then towed the same pass, I was again back to 4th, running any speed I wanted (55-60) easily.. And keeping the temps in check and not getting 7 mpg.. I am now back to it's usual 9-10 mpg towing as I had with the old trailer.. Says so in my owners manual too.. "Run Premium when towing, but it'll run fine on Regular otherwise.." Yes, it's more expensive and I only have a 35 gallon tank, so having some 75+ gallons on your class A, might make a difference... I've hit the $100 limit at several stations that have that limit set a number of times.. My last few camping trips has been over $100 fill ups and that's for only around 25 gallons of gas for the 92 stuff.... But, I would rather pay now, then pay later for beating the engine up.. I'm over 103,000 miles on my old Eco and it still pulls as strong as it did when it was new.. In the end, do whatever works best for YOU... Not what a bunch of internet hacks says... :) I'm just saying what has worked for me.. To anyone else, I'm probably talking out of my a$$ and have no clue.. Maybe, but it's working for me. ha, ha... :) Good luck! Mitch https://i.imgur.com/XG8H0uzm.jpg?1
MitchF150 07/23/21 05:01pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Fuel Mileage on 8.1 Workhorse

Single digits..
MitchF150 07/21/21 10:41pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: 1/2 ton towing a 5th wheel

Why are you looking at 'website ratings'? You have the truck, open the drivers door and look. That's what your truck weighs. Not the "curb weight" from the website... That figure is for a zero option truck. Anyway, work the numbers anyway you want... Ain't no way a #6750 GVWR truck is going to be comfortable towing a rig like what you want it to.. My F150 has #7700 GVWR and I would not want to tow that rig... Good luck! Mitch https://i.imgur.com/XG8H0uzm.jpg?1
MitchF150 07/20/21 08:32pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Speed limits

Just take today's Nascar race... Within the first couple of green flag laps, it started to rain and within 2 laps, drivers noticed it was getting slick and then the leader went into the corner and spun out due to the road conditions... He then blamed it on the fact that Nascar did not throw a yellow flag soon enough.... Well.... Shouldn't the "yellow flag" have been when you felt the slick conditions on the previous lap?? Only a couple of drives ended up spinning into the wall, but there was over 35 other drivers that didn't spin? Dunno... I live in the NW and 70 mph is the speed limit. No but me pays for my gas, so when I go over 70, my mpg's drop significantly... I'm not poor, but getting less than 9 mpg's towing on a good day is not fun when a fill up is over $110 for only around 25 gallons of gas... Anyway, drive however you wish.. No one controls your vehicle but you, so if you crash into something by running up on them too fast, you were not paying attention enough for your situation... I know everyone has their opinions and their driving habits and all.. Just be safe out there, as the road is not 'yours' and you are sharing it with other goofs, so remember that too. :) Mitch
MitchF150 07/18/21 06:50pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Trade-in sweet spot

Yes, I forgot about that! Even more of a score then! :) Mitch
MitchF150 07/18/21 02:47pm Travel Trailers
RE: Trade-in sweet spot

I traded a 2003 Prowler Lynx TT that I bought brand new back in 2002 for $14k out the door. Used it every year since then and never had any major repairs.. Just the usual little stuff and wear items. It was a great little trailer. Summer of 2019, we start thinking about a new rig. Truck just got paid off and the TT was paid off a decade earlier.. Find our local RV dealer about 3 miles away had the exact model and floorplan we wanted and worked out a deal. They offered me $6500 trade in for the Prowler, sight unseen! I was only expecting around $3000.. I would have taken that too! I did NOT wish to go thru the hassle of trying to private sell the thing... Just too many ding-dongs out there! Anyway, trading worked out well for me. I cleaned up the Prowler and looked **** good for a 16 year old TT and I found out they sold it 1 week later for $9000!! Didn't bother me a bit.. I was just glad all I had to do was clean it up (which I would have had to do anyway) and then just sign the title and them putting $6500 trade in value on the new trailers invoice! Plus the $5000 additional I put down, made the bottom line and loan amount a great deal for me. Good luck! Mitch https://i.imgur.com/XG8H0uzm.jpg?1
MitchF150 07/18/21 01:03pm Travel Trailers
RE: Cooling fans for external coils.

I think my fridge fan setup turns on @ around 80*. It's a built in setup, but that's what I seem to recall about it. It pretty much runs anytime the fridge is cooling with either 120v or gas. Which is good. :) Mitch https://i.imgur.com/XG8H0uzm.jpg?1
MitchF150 07/18/21 12:49pm Tech Issues
RE: Tire covers

Yes when parked at home and I even use them on the door side when it's on the sun side while camping.. The other side has the slide that pretty much blocks any sun when they are out. Mitch https://i.imgur.com/XG8H0uzm.jpg?1
MitchF150 07/18/21 11:17am General RVing Issues
RE: tow truck THIKS its overheating

Is your F150 an EcoBoost or the 5.0? It is probably going into 'limp mode' when it does that. This reduces power, but keeps you moving and it won't necessarily steam or spit out coolant from the system, even running that hot. To get the gauge to move, you usually have to have gotten it over 250* coolant temps. If it's the Eco, you are likely using a lot of boost to maintain speed and while the power is there, the cooling isn't when it's over 10psi of boost. Could also be the water pump. I think the OEM has plastic impeller in it and it could have broken some of the fins.. Only guessing here. I have to watch the boost level and temps when working my 13 Eco. I monitor with a ODB2 plug in and phone app. Gives me actual temps and the boost psi among a ton of other sensor temps and things.. Good luck! Mitch https://i.imgur.com/XG8H0uzm.jpg?1
MitchF150 07/15/21 07:10pm Tow Vehicles
RE: replacing pigtails on propane tanks

Can you take the old ones off first and then match them up for the new ones? What happened to your old ones that you have to replace them? I owned a 2003 TT up until 2019 and never had to replace anything on the propane side (except when the cylinders expired.. ;) ). Even the auto switch over worked fine the whole time. Mitch https://i.imgur.com/XG8H0uzm.jpg?1
MitchF150 07/13/21 10:05pm Tech Issues
RE: Any Apple gurus?

I'd say you just got a spam email.... I get those all the time and it's just bogus.. Hope you didn't click on the email link.... Or call the phone number listed in the email.. Gotta be careful out there.. Good luck! Mitch
MitchF150 07/05/21 02:51pm Technology Corner
RE: Phone, Internet Hotspot

I think the website itself has to be 'phone' compatible. If the web site itself is not set for that, then it does not matter what phone, service, browser you use... It just won't work. Mitch
MitchF150 07/05/21 02:48pm Technology Corner
RE: Wintering Over

Yep, keeping the mice out in the first place is best. I've either been really lucky or what, but I have mice/rats all around my property and have more problems with them around my house (they seem to like chewing on my video camera wires now!) But, have never had them in my 2 different TT's I've had over the last 19 years. As far as what I keep in the rig over the winter, I take out all perishable food items. I've left some canned foods in there, but will rotate them every camping season. I don't live in a really 'cold' area where it's freezing for months at a time, so I guess that would make a difference too.. I guess in the end, if you have to just hitch up and go and have not had a chance to stock the rig.. Carry a CC and go shopping along the way! :) Good luck! Mitch https://i.imgur.com/XG8H0uzm.jpg?1
MitchF150 07/03/21 06:12pm Travel Trailers
RE: Keystone Passport SL221BH or 268BH w/Ford F150 4.6L, 3.55

What does the stickers show on your drivers door? GVWR, front and rear GAWR) I had a 97 F150 with the 5.4 and 3.55's and towed a #5000 GVWR 22' total length TT for many years, but with just the 4 speed and a 230hp/330tq 5.4, it was in 2nd gear on any grade with that TT. Heck, even not towing, it would bog down on grades.. I was once reduced to 1st gear, foot to the floor, going 25mph up a huge grade that's in my neighborhood (speed limit 35mph on that road) when I had to slow down for traffic one time. It's only about a mile, but it killed my 5.4... Towing on the flats, 3rd gear only (only 4th on the down hills) High trans temps, high coolant temps on the grades.. I'd suggest getting real gauges for those temps... I had a dual pod A piller gauge mount with temp and trans gauges on the 97. It only had a #6250 GVWR and I don't think it had a "payload" sticker on that year, but it was not much! I weighed and I was a good #500 over GVWR and just a 'tad' over the rear axle rating, but I did have some 'upgraded' suspension and tires, but technically, it was still overweight... Towed that TT for over 12 years and the truck had 255,000 miles on it without any major repair on the drive train. Just regular maintenance. It towed it just fine.. No sway, got a solid 9-10mpg while towing.. Just had no power. I towed that #5000 TT with the new 13 F150 and it was night and day! OMG... I was "King of the towing world" with that combo! Got myself a #7000 GVWR 26' TT for the 13... Well, I felt it and needed to make some changes (fuel octane rating mostly, but also some suspension and tire updates) to get the same comfortable and towing performance I expect.. Anyway, good luck with any grades with the 4.6... Expect high revs, slow speed and foot to the floor on the grades.. :) Mitch https://i.imgur.com/XG8H0uzm.jpg?1
MitchF150 06/30/21 06:29pm Travel Trailers

I've got a 13 F150 with the 3.5 EcoBoost (twin turbo version) and I get 20 mpg's with it on flat, straight hwy runs keeping it below 70 mph. When towing, it drops to around 9-10 mpg at best. I know you said you don't have the turbos, but that sounds kinda low all around for a smaller, lighter rig as yours compared to my #6000 truck when it's empty. Maybe those Exploders are heavier than I think they are? Good luck! Mitch https://i.imgur.com/XG8H0uzm.jpg?1
MitchF150 06/25/21 11:03pm Tow Vehicles
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