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RE: Homeless people coming to your favorite campground!

My "home" is a 6" X 12" post office box somewhere and I proudly say that I am "Jobless and homeless" these days. Cheap parking should not be limited to those with $100k motorhomes but should not be trashed by people under a tarp either. The key word is trashed, no matter the size of the rig.
TomG2 02/22/20 06:54am General RVing Issues
RE: Travel Trailer Advice

To the OP. Congratulations for investigating instead of buying and then complaining. Personally, I like plenty of truck and will sacrifice floor space for a more enjoyable tow. I use travel trailers for travel, not for mobile housing. They make mobile homes for that. Less trailer + more truck = more fun. (For me) You have plenty of truck for some very usable trailers that weigh under 6,000 pounds loaded and ready for RV excitement.
TomG2 02/22/20 06:34am Travel Trailers
RE: Jayco 264bh vs Catalina 261bh vs ?

I really like my Jayco 264bh, "after" I took out the bunk beds and created a room for a pantry and closet. Easy conversion and I still have the capability of sleeping five or six. Some remove the bunks and build a small office in that area. Good luck.
TomG2 02/20/20 05:18pm Travel Trailers
RE: Best weight distribution hitch?

The Andersen works very well for those of us who do not use it make up for a less than capable tow vehicle. If you have 1,000 of payload available and 1,200 pounds of tongue weight, look for something else. On the other hand, if you have 1,800 pounds of payload available and 800 pounds of tongue weight, you will love the clean, lightweight, quiet, easily adjustable Andersen.
TomG2 02/07/20 04:21pm Tech Issues
RE: Enjoy it while we can

Its global warming, oops I mean climate change. Yeah yeah, thats the ticket One warm Winter has nothing to do with politics.
TomG2 02/06/20 05:29pm Snowbirds
RE: Enjoy it while we can

I think we had the warmest January in our 17 Winters in the Valley. Warmest in 17 years for me also, including four in Florida.
TomG2 02/06/20 04:17pm Snowbirds
Enjoy it while we can

For those of us in the RGV (Rio Grande Valley of Texas) who enjoy cold winter days, we better get outside today. A high of 68 is predicted with 80's for the foreseeable future. Been aiming to clean my AC filter but haven't had much opportunity this Winter.
TomG2 02/06/20 07:35am Snowbirds
RE: Will my truck tow safely in the Smokys?

I have a 2017 Silverado with max towing of 6100lbs, it is a 5.3 w/ 3.08. My TT is 5000 lbs dry. My Truck feels strong enough on flat land but I've never taken it anywhere with a real grade. We'd like to go to the Smokys with the TT, bad idea? How about some actual scale weights and vehicle ratings. You are probably over your payload rating for one thing. You put "safely" in your question. The little 5.3 will eventually get to the top of the hill, but "Safely" depends on a lot more than horsepower. If you plan on towing when there is nobody else on the highway, then don't worry about us.
TomG2 02/05/20 08:03am Travel Trailers
RE: Quick overnight

Not to irritate the truck drivers among us, but some have told me they consider most overnight parking to be "theirs", A big part of their job and lifestyle depends on free parking. Not so much for RVers.
TomG2 02/04/20 02:03pm Travel Trailers
RE: Will my truck tow safely in the Smokys?

Recent Ike/Gauntlet runs make the point that current tow vehicles simply go up the hill at posted speeds. No tricks, axle changes, tiny tires, or other enhancements necessary. 6-8-10 speed transmissions coupled to powerful engines has reduced the Gauntlet to just another Sunday drive. Technology won another one.
TomG2 02/04/20 08:31am Travel Trailers
RE: Will my truck tow safely in the Smokys?

One thing to know when towing in the mountains is that you'll get some assistance from the truck if you put it in tow/haul mode and brake to under 50mph (generally 48 but I've had it require getting down to 45 on steeper grades). ...snip...... Bingo! I wonder if some of these guy even tow with a modern tow vehicle. As I approach a steep grade, my truck downshifts a time or two and we climb the hill. With 350-400 horsepower available, I don't have to stop and change rear axle ratios or go to smaller tires to reach the top. Actually, with a capable tow vehicle it is fun to feed those horses and flatten out the hills. If I don't trust the computer, a quick tap or two on the downshift button will bring the 390 ponies into play.
TomG2 02/04/20 05:37am Travel Trailers
RE: Will my truck tow safely in the Smokys?

You can only down shift so many times before you run out of gears to drop to. Lower rear gears will fix that. With the bodaciously low 1st gear in today's pickups, there will not be a need to downshift from 1st. If you need something lower than first, you just tried to climb a ski slope. Do the math. Multiply 1st gear ratio by rear axle ratio to understand what I am talking about.
TomG2 02/03/20 12:06pm Travel Trailers
RE: Will my truck tow safely in the Smokys?

When people ask, "Can I......?" They usually already know the answer is negative but want someone to convince them otherwise. Lots of folks on the forums are more than willing to do that. Not their property, not their safety. I am one who likes plenty of cushion. I want to enjoy the tow. I do that by towing at about sixty percent of advertised "ratings".
TomG2 02/03/20 12:02pm Travel Trailers
RE: Will my truck tow safely in the Smokys?

The rear axle change with a modern six or eight speed transmission would be a waste of money.. If I need more rpms to maintain 50 mph, I simply select 4th gear instead of 5th or 3rd instead of 4th. Absolutely no difference in hill climbing ability. Used to be a big deal with three speed boxes which had widely spaced gears. The commercials all say that half ton pickups are "rated" to tow at least 10,000 pounds. Go for it. Then come back and ask about LT tires, expensive hitches, and suspension upgrades. There is more to towing than 300hp.
TomG2 02/03/20 07:11am Travel Trailers
RE: Will my truck tow safely in the Smokys?

The important thing is to not test tow 7,000 pounds with a 2500HD. I did and purchased the HD immediately, Much more competent tow vehicle, but like many have said, "You can probably get by with what you have". "Probably" I am currently towing with a half ton, but my trailer is now 5,500 pounds loaded for a trip. It does fine.
TomG2 02/02/20 08:14pm Travel Trailers
RE: South of San Antonio

Thanks to all for the confirmation of what I thought. Declaring one part of the US off limits did not make any sense.
TomG2 01/29/20 05:21pm Snowbirds
RE: !

After 70 years, you would think we would recognize the impact of baby boomers. We built schools for them. We sized our power plants for them. We built subdivisions for them. We sold them a ton of RV's. Their time is about over for mass consumption. They are now exploding the health care industry. Follow the boomers and their money.
TomG2 01/29/20 07:42am General RVing Issues
RE: Just 13 threads

Might be a case of "inane" replies to "inane" questions? It's a wonder that anyone hangs around long if that is the prevailing attitude toward new members.
TomG2 01/29/20 03:18am General RVing Issues
RE: !

If South Texas is any indication, thousands of those units have been "Shipped and not sold". Inventories are huge. Good times plus low unemployment means less skilled workers and/or higher labor costs. Probably both. We pay more for less.
TomG2 01/27/20 05:43pm General RVing Issues
RE: Towing with silverado

Spend $10=$15 at the scales to get some actual weight and then some good advice. I switched my Silverado 1500 to LT tires, Timbren suspsension upgrade, a fancy hitch, and tried towing a 7,000 trailer. I soon purchased a Silverado 2500 HD which was unbelievably better suited for the task.
TomG2 01/26/20 12:33pm Travel Trailers
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