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RE: Increasing towing capacity

Also, you have a now 22 year old rig... I think you are going to be lucky to be getting down the road by itself of the RV's of that vintage.. In the end, only YOU can determine what your rig can handle.. Sure, add a #10k hitch to it.. Does that make it possible to tow a heavier vehicle?? Dunno?? Sure, you'll get down the road, but can your trans handle it? Doubt it... You probably won't "kill your family or someone else's family" like was said, but you'll likely 'kill' your trans and be stuck out somewhere where you don't wanna be.. Good luck! Mitch
MitchF150 01/19/20 05:50pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Helio travel trailers?

No one gets any actual experience from the interweb... Sure, you can watch all the U tube vids in the world and read hours and hours of posts on the deal, but at some point, you just have to pull the trigger and go for it and buy it and use it and go from there.. Once you experience some things, then you will have the questions you need answered.. Until you know what does or does not work for you, it's just a guessing game really. So, as was said, renting is probably the best thing you can do to get your feet wet with the whole TT thing.. When I bought my 2019 Rockwood, I had a ton of questions about all the new stuff with it.. My last trailer was a 2003 Prowler and while the appliances were similar, there was a lot of new things that I had to be schooled about. I've been exposed to rv's since I was a kid, so I've been around them a lot.. Still can always learn a new trick along the way. Good luck! Mitch https://i.imgur.com/XG8H0uzm.jpg?1
MitchF150 01/10/20 11:41pm Travel Trailers
RE: downsizing for the winter

Still only a weekend camper, but we found this 26' TT last year and easily tow it with my F150, so your 2500 should have no problem of course.. Replaced the dinette that came with the rig with the optional theater seats from Forest River. Love 'em... They have a butt warmer, back massage and a 120v plug and a couple of USB charging outlets in the center console. https://i.imgur.com/7CoV6Obl.jpg The floor plan works great as a 'couples trailer'.. With the theater seats, it only sleeps 2 now... With the dinette or the couch, they would convert to a bed for some kids at most. Here is the floor plan. 2019 Rockwood "Mini-Lite" 2511S https://i.imgur.com/mE1SEr3l.jpg Have already done a ton of mods to it for storage and other creature comforts that we learned from our 2003 Prowler 722F we had for 16 years. Good luck and My folks have a huge 5th wheel and while it's nice to basically "live" in, we don't live in ours and really enjoy the mobility of it. Mitch https://i.imgur.com/XG8H0uzm.jpg?1
MitchF150 01/10/20 10:44pm Travel Trailers
RE: My perception on real gas

I'm not an engineer or even have a college degree.... But, have done well with life and I've run regular gas in my 13 F150 Eco since day one.. Towed a #5000 GVWR TT for 5 years on reg and tried premium a couple of times, but never really felt or saw any difference. Back in Aug 2019, towed the new #7000 GVWR TT and had reg gas in it.. Took the same grades and routes I've taken for years and found the truck getting hotter, having to run one gear lower up the grades and it sucked the gas.. Next trip, I filled up with premium a tank before towing again and went over the same grade and route and with the 92 premium with 10% eth in it did much better.. Back to my normal grade hauling performance with the old trailer. I have a ODBII phone app and can monitor my boost and temps that the dash gauges does not show and noticed running the 92, I had lower boost and temps for whatever reason.. Been running the 92 since then and I'm seeing about a 1 mpg better overall mileage in my daily commute so dunno?? No proof, just my own butt feelings and I know I'll be ripped on posting this, but what the heck.. It's my butt and my truck! ha, ha!! :) Mitch https://i.imgur.com/XG8H0uzm.jpg?1
MitchF150 01/06/20 11:54pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Yet another what can I tow question

I've got a #7000 GVWR TT that started out at around #5500 dry and #700 dry tongue weight.. I've since loaded the HECK out of it! :) I also usually carry a full fresh water load (58 gallons) which is basically in front of the axles, so.. It's heavy! I've not crossed the scales with it, but just figure it's at it's GVWR and at least #1000 TW when all said and done. The 13 F150 Ecoboost with MaxTow does a good job with it. It's about all I'd want to go to stay in my 'easy tow' category.. It can tow more, but then it just gets maxed out and that's no fun.. I've towed TT's regularly since 2002 with a couple of F150's and this is just what I'm comfortable with using those vehicles. "Safely tow" is a term that really can't be judged since that also implies that you KNOW how to tow in the first place, right?w Anyway, just don't make the mistake of looking at "dry" weights of trailers and comparing to your trucks "tow rating" and think you are good.. The results are usually not a fun tow.. Good luck! Mitch https://i.imgur.com/XG8H0uzl.jpg?1
MitchF150 01/04/20 10:16am Travel Trailers
RE: Cash Vs. Finance

The dealer gets paid in full whether it's a cash deal or a loan deal. The bank pays the dealer the loan amount in full, so once it's all signed for, the dealer has their cash. I did a loan on my new trailer and had a trade in too. So, we had the agreed upon price for the trailer plus options. From that total, off came the trade in amount and the amount I was putting into the pot to lower the loan amount. The rest came from the bank. I didn't sign anything until after we did the pdi thing. So, I was happy with the rig, they got all their money and I towed it home. I was pre approved for the loan with my credit union and the dealer works with that CU all the time, so it was just a couple of keyboard strokes to make it happen! I did the loan because I didn't have cash to pay in full, but I will pay off the loan a year or so early in the end, so works for me.. Good luck! Mitch https://i.imgur.com/XG8H0uzm.jpg?1
MitchF150 01/02/20 06:51pm General RVing Issues
RE: Where is #2 Black tank pull valve Crusader ?

Well, any RV is going to have the dump valves on the drivers side of the rig at least here in the US. I'd open every compartment if that's where they are and look under the RV on that side for some big round looking things sticking out. My Rockwood has 1 black and 2 grey tanks. One grey for the galley sink and the other for the bath sink and shower. The black and bath grey is behind the the trailer axles. The galley grey is in front of the axles. Good luck! Mitch https://i.imgur.com/XG8H0uzm.jpg?1
MitchF150 01/01/20 11:05pm Tech Issues
RE: *NEWB ALERT* question about TT up keep

Thanks for the link Terd. That's quite the idea. Not sure it's for me, but if it works for you, that's all that matters. I see those red cone jack stands, but I just use a couple of 4x8 scrap cut-offs that are probably 13 years old now. I nailed some rope handles on them, so easy to move around. They provide a nice solid base for the jack and no chance for it to move. Mitch
MitchF150 12/28/19 10:46am Travel Trailers
RE: *NEWB ALERT* question about TT up keep

Okay, you gotta show me a pic or a link to this 2x4 thing.. I've been camping a long time with TT's and have no idea what you are talking about?? Eye let bolts, 36" long boards, two tie downs to act as a stabilizer?? No clue. I have been using the usual 4 corner BAL scissor jacks forever and I have found that if you crank up the rear ones more than the front ones, it takes a lot of the bounce out.. The tongue jack needs to still take a good amount of the front weight at least in my experience.. Your mileage may vary of course.. Everyone has their own methods to control stabilizer bounce.. Just gotta find what works for you and go from there.. 36" 2x4's is new to me! :) Mitch https://i.imgur.com/XG8H0uzm.jpg?1
MitchF150 12/28/19 01:13am Travel Trailers
RE: water pump

My 2 trailers has been pretty much under where the city water inlet is. My fresh water tank is up front of the trailer and the pump is all the way in the back behind a panel in the rear bath where the water filter is. The city water is on the rear end of the trailer. On my old trailer, the tank was up front, the city water is on the side of the trailer just above it and the pump was under the kitchen sink right below it. Good luck! Mitch https://i.imgur.com/XG8H0uzm.jpg?1
MitchF150 12/27/19 11:34pm Travel Trailers
RE: removing antenna ??

I never lubed my Winegard in the 16 years I owned my prior TT.. Didn't even know it had an O ring? Never leaked a drop and I used it a lot and it got rained on a lot.. The new TT has one of those 'new' style of antenna where it's just the little round thing, but it turns. Guess I'll dig out the manual for it and see what it says! Mitch https://i.imgur.com/XG8H0uzm.jpg?1
MitchF150 12/27/19 11:25pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Tow Vehicle rating and comfort

That's essentially the same weight trailer I've now got. I towed a #5000 GVWR TT before this one (I bought the truck new in early 2014). I've towed the #7000 TT twice, over a pass or two and on the flats in the summer heat and found I needed to watch my temps a bit more. I have a ODBII phone app to monitor a ton more sensors than the dash idiot lights. On the second trip, I filled up with Premium fuel a tank before the tow and locked out 6th gear and found I ran cooler because I was not into the boost as much just to go level in 6th.. In other words, I would pull more rpms at a given speen, but the boost was less, so less heat and actually better mpg overall. I towed the old #5000 TT with a 97 F150 for 13 years, and felt it was a good match, but wouldn't want to tow anymore. I don't want to tow anymore with the 13 now either. Just what I've learned to be comfortable with to enjoy the tow.. Not just get there with the heaviest and biggest trailer in the park! ha, ha.. In the end, no one can tell you what will be comfortable for you.. I'd say you are well within the specs of the truck and the rest will be what your butt tells you! :) Good luck! Mitch https://i.imgur.com/XG8H0uzm.jpg?1
MitchF150 12/25/19 12:58pm Travel Trailers
RE: Time to reorder some LED bulbs

I got these for my old 2003 Prowler TT. https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B071V2DBWP/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1 They plugged right in and worked fine. No real time with them, since I traded the Prowler for the new Rockwood some 5 months later, but for the price, I liked them. Good luck! https://i.imgur.com/XG8H0uzm.jpg?1
MitchF150 12/24/19 03:08pm Tech Issues
RE: Purchasing First RV- would like some advice...

I've got the Rockwood 2511S which is pretty much the same as the Flagstaff version. (Still made by Forest River). I tow it with a 13 F150 and it does it well, but would not want to haul anymore with it. I don't full time by any means, but I think I could with this rig. Everyone looks for something different in floor plans, and if the 25KS works for you, then I don't think you'll go wrong with it. I only have 2 trips under my belt with my Rockwood, but so looking forward to 2020 camping season! Good luck! Mitch https://i.imgur.com/XG8H0uzm.jpg?1 https://i.imgur.com/mE1SEr3l.jpg
MitchF150 12/24/19 02:41pm Travel Trailers
RE: Which one is better between the 2?

I pay more for a half case of beer than I did for my Curt ball from Amazon.. I just figured I'd pony up the extra $$ and go from there.. Sure, it's all Chinese-izm anyway, but the other option for under $10 just didn't sit well with me towing my new rig.. Good luck! Mitch https://i.imgur.com/XG8H0uzm.jpg?1
MitchF150 12/24/19 12:17pm Beginning RVing
RE: In the market for new trailer

Wow Scott.. Didn't realize you had all those issues with your new TT... I too just got a new TT and could not imagine going thru those kind of issues.. I bought mine off the lot, so I spent a lot of the guys time going thru it before I made any kind of decision (over an hour at least).. It didn't have all the things we wanted in this rig, but it was the floor plan we wanted, so worked a deal to replace the dinette with the optional theater seats.. This took some time to do (just to get the factory theater seats from the manufacturer, which turned out to be a shipping issue in the end), but we had the trailer in our hands while waiting and in the end, have our theater seats and can't wait to try them out in the "field" and not just next to our house.. I have a Forest River make and have done a bunch of "mods" to it already! We had our last TT for 16 years and modded it extensively,(Fleetwood) so we knew what works and what does not for us and simply applied that to the new one even before the first trip with it! Started drilling holes, adding/removing things to make it ours the first weekend we got the rig home.. :) To the OP, don't get so fixated on the manufacture name on these things... They all are built in less than a day down an assembly line, so they are all going to have things wrong with them.. I've never special ordered anything.. Always off the lot where I can see what I'm getting right then and there.. You special order something, that's what you get when it arrives at the dealer ship and then you have to do your inspection, after you've already PAID for it.. Have not found any real poor quality in the rig yet.. The fridge would shut off on gas or electric if it was plugged into shore power.. Was going to take it in to the dealer, but I knew it was just the board.. Got one for $100 on Amazon, less than an hour to replace and BINGO.. Works great. Didn't have to haul it down to the dealer, wait a day or two (or more, because they would have just got the board off Amazon as well..) and then pick it up again.. Fixed it myself, as I will do with any other little things that might pop up. Anyway, too long of a post to say nothing, so apologize for that.. :) Good luck! Mitch https://i.imgur.com/XG8H0uzm.jpg?1
MitchF150 12/24/19 12:02pm Travel Trailers
RE: Slideouts Stalling

Hydraulic slides have a single hydraulic pump actuated by a single switch. Slides go out one at a time in sequence. Some models have switches to actuate valves to isolate individual slides if you do want to operate all slides. Thanks for the clarification on that... That makes sense. Mine are all electric motors, so didn't even think about hydro slides.. Mitch
MitchF150 12/23/19 10:05pm Tech Issues
RE: “Oh Oh, I’m not going to make it” stories that ended well

I think I posted this already, but this happened to me this summer in Wenatchee towing my old Prowler from my dash cam. Truck in front of me changed lanes and then a small metal shelf lifted out of his bed, right in front of me. There was a box truck behind me in the right lane and I saw the shelf drop out and glanced at my mirror and didn't see the box truck in my way, so changed lanes as shown below. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0EVPUxxMaA Once I made the lane change, I actually accelerated, since I knew that box truck was going to be behind me and probably slamming on his brakes.. I don't actually think I hit my brakes at all during the maneuver.. Not the only one in the last 35 or so years of towing stuff, but the only one I have a dash cam of! :) Mitch https://i.imgur.com/XG8H0uzm.jpg?1
MitchF150 12/23/19 09:57pm General RVing Issues
RE: Slideouts Stalling

Why 4 slides on a single switch? My little Rockwood with 2 slides has a switch for each slide. Even my folks old 2005 Challenger 5th wheel that has 2 slides has 2 switches.. No help, I know, but just curious about all 4 slides on a single switch. Have never heard or seen that before. Mitch https://i.imgur.com/XG8H0uzm.jpg?1
MitchF150 12/23/19 08:35pm Tech Issues
RE: Upgrading Brakes Question

This is what works for me... I've had them for 3 years now and the reason I replaced from OEM is because the OEM warped the front rotors big time. Towing a heavier TT now and these just work better for me. https://i.imgur.com/plT911al.jpg https://i.imgur.com/u3jhN8tl.jpg These are the Powerstop Z36 from Amazon and was $400 for the front/rear setup. They do take a few applications when cold to get some heat in them, but after that, they are much better than the OEM's for me anyway. YMMV of course, and you all do what you need to do of course. No worries from me either way.. :) Good luck! Mitch https://i.imgur.com/XG8H0uzm.jpg?1
MitchF150 12/22/19 02:38pm Tow Vehicles
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