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RE: Looking For S. Texas Parks

Some parks try to differentiate themselves with amenities. This park has two remote control race tracks and an air rifle range, for instance.
TomG2 09/29/20 11:15am Snowbirds
RE: Replacing a A-frame Jack, need to enlarge 2" hole to 2-1/4"

Exchange jack for one with a 2" tube.
TomG2 09/28/20 05:28pm Tech Issues
RE: sway bar instructions

Too much of anything can be a problem. I got carried away with a weight distributing hitch. When I broke the rear wheels loose while accelerating and almost lost control in the rain, I knew that I had gone too far.
TomG2 09/28/20 05:23pm Travel Trailers
RE: Fuel mileage 5th wheel vs travel trailer

Just think of the mileage one could get with a fifty foot, 20,000 pound fiver. At least 20 mpg. Anyone top that?
TomG2 09/28/20 09:22am General RVing Issues
RE: Fuel mileage 5th wheel vs travel trailer

I towed a flat bed trailer loaded with 7,000 pounds of castings and got worse mileage than towing my travel trailer. Of course I was driving 75 mph instead of 58 mph with the TT. One was for work and one was for play.
TomG2 09/28/20 06:47am General RVing Issues
RE: Looking For S. Texas Parks

What Scottiemom said. There are over 400 RV parks with rental rates from $150/month to four times that much. With a couple of exceptions, there will be plenty of available spaces. Come on down, spend a month checking around the Valley to see what you "really" like. There are spots where one can walk to the Gulf of Mexico and others that are almost 100 miles from the beach for example. All will be warm, windy, and cheap this Winter.
TomG2 09/28/20 06:31am Snowbirds
RE: Fuel mileage 5th wheel vs travel trailer

I can change my mileage 5+ mpg (from 15-20) on the same ten mile stretch of road, if I want to. MPG statements on the Internet are subject to some degree of doubt.
TomG2 09/27/20 06:56pm General RVing Issues
RE: Fuel mileage 5th wheel vs travel trailer

3 mpg seems a bit much to lose. From 12 down to 9 mpg is 25%. I think speed, wind, terrain might also be an issue. See how next trip goes. Who gets 12 mpg towing almost 10,000 with a gasoline fueled tow vehicle? "gets less gas mileage by about 3 mpg". Probably lucky to get 8 mpg which resulted in 5 for the travel trailer. Since we don't know the route or even the average speed, simply saying 40% less gas mileage is meaningless.
TomG2 09/27/20 11:18am General RVing Issues
RE: Fuel mileage 5th wheel vs travel trailer

Totally different results than OP. My mileage went up when I switched back to a travel trailer of nearly the same size. Maybe I "wanted" it to be that way and drove a little more conservatively? Maybe the OP's TT had a dragging brake or some other mechanical problem? Maybe the OP's tow vehicle developed a problem after the switch? On the other hand, if 5ers now get 30-40% better fuel mileage, I may purchase another.
TomG2 09/27/20 09:28am General RVing Issues
RE: Who's towing with the new Ranger? How is it going?

I have been towing a 3,500 pound travel trailer this summer with a 2020 Ranger and am totally satisfied. In fact, I recently started towing over 4,500 pounds with the same truck. So far, very good. 270 horsepower. 1,800 pounds of payload. 7,500 pound max tow rating. It "feels" as competent as my 2003 and 2005 F-150's. Not up to my 2016 and 2017 models though.
TomG2 09/24/20 03:25am Tow Vehicles
RE: FORD F-150 AXLE RATIO CHOICE

If my truck likes to tow at X rpm's at Y mph, I simply select 7 instead of 8 on the gearshift. The engine could care less if those rpm's are the result of transmission or rear axle combination. Axle ratio only really matters if I want to tow in 10th. Who tows in 10th?
TomG2 09/19/20 07:46am Travel Trailers
RE: Shearing the sheep

It is called inflation. The government prints money and dumps it into the economy. It will have an effect. It is beginning to show up here and there. The national debt is now beyond belief.
TomG2 09/17/20 07:15am General RVing Issues
RE: Shearing the sheep

Let's all welcome the new RVers by telling them how stupid/foolish we think they are for buying a RV at this time, especially if they finance part of the idpurchase. Personally, I get the appeal of spending nights in my own bed and preparing food in my own kitchen when enjoying my time off. Call me a sheep, but I am picking up my new travel trailer today. I paid ten percent more than a year ago but got ten percent more for my trade in. Financed part of the purchase at five percent. Net change is just a few dollars a month and I have a brand new trailer with a two year warranty. The dealer said that for every seven trailers that arrive, five are already sold. I believe him, as a whole row of Jayco trailers disappeared in the last week.
TomG2 09/17/20 05:31am General RVing Issues
RE: Tongue height

Front of trailer one inch closer to the pavement than the rear. Might not be a whole lot better than level but gives you one inch more clearance at the rear for things like steep driveways and such.
TomG2 09/16/20 06:54pm Travel Trailers
RE: Run with only one propane tank

I asked for the abuse by posing the question but I had no idea how many people would think it such a bad idea to consider. They must all race out and top off both propane tanks before every trip or face the dreaded "out of propane" shame. Otherwise, they only have one point something tanks to survive on. Never heard of float gauges?
TomG2 09/14/20 03:55pm Tech Issues
RE: Run with only one propane tank

I may be the only person on earth who lived after towing a trailer or driving a motorhome with only one propane tank. Golly! Call me a risk taker. That was not my question anyway. I simply asked what damage could follow if I left one tank at home. A couple of people answered the question. Thanks.
TomG2 09/14/20 03:19pm Tech Issues
RE: Run with only one propane tank

Tom, Nobody has mentioned the two that I have had experience with.... If you are going to leave the tank fitting bare, you best get a cap for it. Little crawly things love to go t in there and make nests. When the remnants of those nests get into the regulator, there is A: Great Danger and B: Now way to salvage most regulators. Second and interesting was an acquaintance left one tank home. This left the metal line that was supposed to be supported by the tank connection out dancing in the wind. Said line hardened and cracked. this was dangerous too, but at least the LP showed itself as soon as that tank was opened. Matt Thanks. I may or may not try the experiment. I tow thousands of miles a year and have more than adequate tow vehicles, but I also like to learn things. I tend to be a "Less is more" type person. 1,000 pounds of available payload is better than 900 pounds, and so forth.
TomG2 09/14/20 01:13pm Tech Issues
RE: Run with only one propane tank

Not sure what difference you think 53# is going to make in towing ability or mileage. Not worth it to me! I never said it would make a huge difference. I never said it was critical. I asked if it would cause any harm to the regulator or cause leakage to operate with one tank removed. On the other hand, add another battery, add water, add bicycles, keep adding 50 pounds at a time and some people will be overloaded at some point.
TomG2 09/14/20 12:15pm Tech Issues
RE: Run with only one propane tank

I asked if it would leak or harm the regulator, not if it was a terrific idea. I have built in accurate float gauges on my tanks, so running out accidentally is not a factor. I can go 2-3 months on a single tank in warm weather. I am not near being overweight. I see people on here traveling with empty water tanks to save weight, this is another thing that might help them. Thanks for the negative and critical comments.
TomG2 09/14/20 11:09am Tech Issues
RE: Run with only one propane tank

If it's full and you don't expect to run the furnace...not an issue for a short trip. We usually swap over when one is empty, pull it and put it in the truck with the second hooked up and in use...with no leaks or other issues. As mentioned you aren't saving much but it will work fine...in fact a lot of small (uner 20ft) travel trailers only come with a single 20lb tank unless you upgrade. Thanks.
TomG2 09/14/20 11:02am Tech Issues
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