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RE: Must see in Maine?

bar harbor after the 'season' is worth a trip. We like Bar Harbor any season. Logistically the summer can be challenging but if you stay at any of the campgrounds along Rt. 3 you can take the shuttle into town so you don't have to deal with parking. Eat at non-peak times if you eat out or make a reservation. IMHO the crowds are just part of the vibe that makes it so much fun. The down side is Acadia gets VERY crowded and that can make for a miserable experience. Mid-week is better than weekends and if you can travel in the off-season it is better but some things do shut down. The season up there is getting longer, though-many places are starting to stay open through October. Maybe because we had spent so much time in Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick, that Maine just seemed kind of a let down. The Bay of Fundy is a phenomenal place. I highly recommend it to anyone. I've never felt "let down" returning to Maine possibly because it's been a "go to" place for us for years for weekends, vacations and day trips. A lot of "let down" is based on expectations that aren't met. We go and know exactly what to expect and often are met with unexpected surprises. I love Nova Scotia and PEI but find both of them can be a little bit boring. The scenery is beautiful but after a while it's just scenery. I guess part of the let down, was that it was pretty much the same scenery we had just spent all the time in the Atlantic provinces seeing. As stated, it just didn't have the high tides. I think I know where you're coming from, my kids and niece were very underwhelmed by Badlands, I thought they were amazing but after 5k miles and 3 would of national parks they were just fatigued and overstimulated.
afidel 01/13/20 07:58pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Attention Grand Design Owners...

We have a 2017 Imagine 2650, very happy with it. There's a GD forum and a few Facebook groups dedicated to GD's. Hope you have a 3/4-ton to pull it....... At 600 pounds dry tongue and 32 feet it would seem to be within what a well equipped half ton can reasonably handle with a couple in the truck. Why do you think he needs a 3/4?
afidel 01/11/20 01:00pm Travel Trailers
RE: Yet another what can I tow question

Pretty sure you've got a typo, gross weight is probably 5,178 pounds which would give you a payload of just over 1,800 pounds. Combine that info with the max tongue weight and the max trailer weight and all your numbers agree as doing as your occupants and stuff in the bed weigh less than 600 pounds. If they exceed that then reduce the max trailer weight by 7 pounds for every one pound over. However, that's theoretical maximum, conventional wisdom is you won't be very happy over ~30 feet or 6,000 pounds unloaded if you average what most around here who have been there say.
afidel 01/04/20 12:56am Travel Trailers
RE: Help with towing math and trailer /vehicle specs

It will pull fine, the only time I ever thought I could use more power was going through the sawtooth mountains, the combination of high elevations and long 11% grades meant I could 'only' go 50 in the small 55mph straight. For all of the other 27k miles across 30 something states I've been more than pleased with the performance so unless you live in the foothills of the Rockies or Sierra's and regularly have to pull over high passes it's great for a trailer the size the OP is looking at. If that's your situation then go with an Ecoboost or the Chevy/GMC diesel.
afidel 01/02/20 07:14am Travel Trailers
RE: Imagine tt by Grand Design

Well insulted is a relative thing. Still lousy compared to a sticks and bricks. I would expect it to do alright up to the low 100's. After that, it's anybodys guess. Agreed, you have to move up to something like a DRV mobile suite to get stick and brick style insulation, 3.25" thick walls vs 1-1.5" on most trailers.
afidel 12/30/19 07:13pm Travel Trailers
RE: Help with towing math and trailer /vehicle specs

If the truck does not already have it, the best thing you can do is add and auxiliary transmission cooler. If he has a receiver hitch he has the aux cooler, in fact I don't believe you can get the 5.3 without it.
afidel 12/30/19 11:04am Travel Trailers
RE: Help with towing math and trailer /vehicle specs

Yup, you'll be fine. I have a heavier truck with the same engine and gearing and a trailer near the same weight (3,600 loaded) and we had 5 in the truck and were a few pounds over the rear axle and under the GVWR and way, way under the GCWR.
afidel 12/30/19 08:14am Travel Trailers
RE: 30 FT Full Timing Camper

Open Range Light LT275RLS, 33' 9" tip to tail, W/D prep in the bedroom, all in one only and it doesn't have a ton of storage for clothes if you opt for the W/D. *edit* LT260RLS is 31' 4" and is also W/D peeped, it was off my list for a few reasons but it's closer to your goal.
afidel 12/29/19 08:53pm Travel Trailers
RE: *NEWB ALERT* question about TT up keep

As far as stability, JT Strong Arms or BAL lock arms, takes almost all of the sway out of the trailer.
afidel 12/27/19 11:58pm Travel Trailers
RE: How do you summer travel?

We do 250-350 mile stretches between campgrounds that are mapped out months in advance with all reservations booked and paid for, or we're doing weekends within 2 hours from home at a state or county park. While I like spontaneous exploration once we're at a destination, travel days must be planned for me, with enough time to see something cool if we happen across it. Some day I'll take up a more aimless travel style but for now vacation days and aligned schedules are too precious to waste.
afidel 12/27/19 11:53pm Travel Trailers
RE: Tow Vehicle rating and comfort

It is possible to fill a F150 with 5 people, bikes, and food enough that you effectively have zero tow capacity because you have no capacity for the tongue weightIt is possible for me to do that with my 1 ton dually as well. What, by loading the bed with pallets of water?
afidel 12/27/19 06:47am Travel Trailers
RE: Small bunkhouse RVs? Have I missed any?

KZ 181BH, single axle but lighter and more spacious than the 190BH.
afidel 12/25/19 08:39pm Travel Trailers
RE: RV Crushes Truck

They did not do a test pull tho it seems like they pulled the rv a short distance before it dropped. With any brand RV hitch or any brand professional grade OTR hitch a high pin usually falls as the operator pulls forward and turning. Saw my first OTR drop in a loading yard in the '70s. Newby driver thought a pull test wasn't necessary even after going through training class required by the loading yard and truck companies working out of the yard. He was sent down the road looking for another job. As Ford guy mentioned the vid shows way too much gap between the plates (hitch plate and pin box plate). Looks like a usual rv slip plate and another thickness of some type. Sad....all the name calling....... when someone makes a honest mistake. I saw a guy lose a load at a rest stop, some ahole must have pulled his pin while he was in using the restroom, that's why seasoned guys will do a pull test any time the truck has been out of their sight.
afidel 12/16/19 03:19pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Rusty ball

I use Vaseline instead of grease, provides the same lubrication and anti-corrosion protection but if it gets on the clothes it's no big deal.
afidel 12/16/19 01:58pm Beginning RVing
RE: RV Crushes Truck

No tug test w/ legs still down! I said lift the front legs about ONE INCH off the ground. This way if it lets go, it only drops an inch and not on the truck. Ken I don't think the level up jacks will let you do that, in the video it completely raises one jack and then starts on the other (I assume because Lippert put a pump so weak that it can't be arsed to lift two jacks at once)
afidel 12/16/19 12:43pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Creative Towing

Another you do not see in the US. is this combination what would be a Class 8 Truck in the US https://i.postimg.cc/pVQ8KDwt/merc-1.jpg A Mercedes-Benz Actros Towing an American 5th Wheeler https://i.postimg.cc/HswgYL8z/img-jpeg.jpg More remote Camping https://i.postimg.cc/1zbZJVNG/image.jpg Here is the states most of the folks doing that kind of hauling convert a class 6-7 medium/light heavy duty truck, no real need to go full class 8 as even the biggest RV isn't going to exceed their capacity.
afidel 12/10/19 09:30am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tesla Cybertruck

I think they are sandbagging on the tow rating, with a 3,500lb payload on the base truck and electric drive they can pull a hell of a lot more than 7k pounds. I think I might change my next purchase from a 5er to a travel trailer so I can pull with the tri-motor, ~250 miles of towing range without using any gas is going to be great. The only interesting thing would be that I'd need 2x 50A spots reserved, one for the TT and one for the truck to refill (that or a splitter and a smart device that limits the truck to whatever the TT isn't using).
afidel 11/22/19 09:08am Tow Vehicles
RE: A Question Are you limited to life on pavement

I've spent nearly 2 years of my 41 years on this ball of dirt in a tent. I've camped in more states than most people have visited. I've been an hour away from the nearest Walmart. So no, I'm not limited to life on pavement =) Best of all I've instilled that love of the outdoors in both my boys, the older is an Eagle Scout and the younger is on his way there.
afidel 11/21/19 08:41am General RVing Issues
RE: Bunkhouse layout with dinette in bunkhouse

Kodiak Ultra Lite 283BHSL comes close, no slide in the bunkhouse. Keystone Outback 322BH is closer but the doubles are bunk over sleeper sofa and only made through 2017. *Edit* Found one, KZ Sportsmen 302BHK.
afidel 11/16/19 08:55pm Travel Trailers
RE: Half ton towable fifth wheel

I would not do it but as long as you can hook it up tow anything you want behind your half ton. Fully loaded that trailer is almost 10,000# with 20% of that, over 1900#, on the hitch. That is too much for any 1500/f-150 regardless of what the saleman told you even with the 10 ply tires, air bags and genuine JC Whitney doule blowdown genuine chrome plated shccks. Coming down an 8% grade into a 40 mile an hour wind gust will give you religion. How do you figure? It's 6,400 pounds empty, do you honestly think someone is going to fill that tiny thing with 3,600 pounds of cargo? Not to mention the GVWR is 9,500. It's going to end up at 7,000-7,500 and 1,400-1,500 pin which is within the ability of plenty of half tons.
afidel 11/15/19 07:49pm Travel Trailers
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