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RE: B&W Companion Hitch Shock replacement

its an easy job, i did mine last summer in about an hour or so. B&W was nice enough to send me a free replacement shock for the head.
alexleblanc 07/22/21 12:33pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Towing Nose High

i swapped out the 3.5" spacers on the rear of my F350 to the 2016 F250 2" spacers and it leveled out my truck and lowered it approx 2" in the rear, this really helped me level out my trailer. All factory parts FYI. between the 2" drop on the rear of the truck, the spring perch adjustments on the trailer and going from 225/75R15 to 215/85R16 tires and wheels i was able to level it out properly. My biggest issue was that it is a 1500 half ton towable model so the front section is a bit lower. Been towing with this setup for 40000km's without issue. https://i.imgur.com/6TIvVazh.jpg width=640 Moderator edit to re-size picture to forum recommended limit of 640px maximum width.
alexleblanc 05/27/21 06:16am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Rancho shock question

i've been very happy with the 9000XL's i put on two summers ago - much better than the factory units but probably not as good as the Bilstein's that are available.
alexleblanc 05/03/21 06:19am Truck Campers
RE: Opinions on lightweight portable inverter/generators

I'd be hard pressed to try another brand now that I've had my pair of Honda 2000's for the last 7 years. They work wonderful and with the extended run boat tank setup can run for hours upon hours at the track to cool the fiver.
alexleblanc 05/03/21 06:17am Truck Campers
RE: F150 w EcoBoost 2.7

if your truck is getting the job done, who cares about the towing MPG unless you're full timing and doing 30000 miles per year. The cost to upgrade to a F250 diesel will far outweigh some extra fuel.
alexleblanc 05/03/21 06:05am Tow Vehicles
RE: F150 and Reflection 150 series?

towing with a Hensley/PP it feels very similar to towing a fifth wheel - i had a PP setup on my 33ft wildwood with my previous F250 and it towed excellent, world of difference from the Reese dual cam i started out with. I would recommend that to anyone with a longer TT or a shorter wheelbase TV. When i moved on to a Fiver, i gave the setup to my father to use with his then 2010 Tundra and 2011 KZ 32ft TT and he enjoyed that setup for three summers.
alexleblanc 04/15/21 05:55am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Real life Hybrid towing experiences

i would shy away from any hybrid with a CVT for towing purposes.
alexleblanc 04/13/21 06:48am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ram "limp Mode"... Again!

if this was a Ford or GM problem thread the Ram guys would be all over how those trucks are junk.... Anyways to the OP, its a miserable situation to be in and as others have said, trucks are selling for higher values right now so if you're even thinking of dumping it your timing is good, otherwise i hope they get you taken care of and back to doing what we all love - RVing!
alexleblanc 04/07/21 07:28am Tow Vehicles
RE: New ride time for the wife

is that color the same as the Ford Anti-matter it is actually Antimatter Blue.
alexleblanc 04/01/21 05:31am Tow Vehicles
RE: New ride time for the wife

just picked it up - better photo's as promised. https://i.imgur.com/AewlqZdh.jpg https://i.imgur.com/vg791efh.jpg https://i.imgur.com/8b6bjoth.jpg https://i.imgur.com/WStiLH3h.jpg https://i.imgur.com/1FYkxlRh.jpg https://i.imgur.com/FdtQyYEh.jpg https://i.imgur.com/kD8mvvqh.jpg https://i.imgur.com/wLY3q3ah.jpg
alexleblanc 03/30/21 08:32am Tow Vehicles
RE: New ride time for the wife

I like the color. The Expedition is a nice vehicle (we have a 2019). Did you track the MPG on the test ride of the Ex vs the Lincoln? Since it is the same engine, I'm surprised that the actual MPG would be significantly different between the two? FWIW, Fuelly shows them to be basically the same. Anyway, I'm sure your wife will like it. I have two complaints about ours. One, towing our 7000 pound boat, the engine and tranny temps still get much higher than I like towing over the mountains. It is better than the Yukon it replaced, but still goes over 240*. Second complaint is we got the XLT with with the 202A (?) package, and it just isn't as nice of an interior as I would have liked. You solved that second problem buying the Platinum. the Navigator has the 3.5 High output from the Raptor, i believe it runs different turbos and the bottom end is slightly different too. On the same test drive route the same day we averages a little over 16mpg for what it was worth. the Suburban average 15mpg and the Audi 23mpg (much smaller vehicle though). Not overly concerned about the mountain towing ability if I'm being 100% honest as the most i'll tow with it is either my utility trailer and side x side or my buddy's 22ft float with one of my cars on it (either the Plymouth or the Buick) and that might be 6500lbs at most and lets be honest, if i have any real towing to do, the F350 is going to do it anyways.
alexleblanc 03/30/21 04:40am Tow Vehicles
RE: '18 F150 with 5.5 box tow a 5th wheel ?

I routinely see folks in the campgrounds with 1/2tons and fifth wheels - i often spark up a conversation about their rig and setup and the usual response it something along the lines of tows great and don't know its back there. I must be doing something wrong as i know my 1/2ton towable fifth wheel is behind my 1 ton truck every time I'm towing..... The problem is the same as its always been, the RV dealer will tell you what you want to hear to get a sale and the folks at the cart dealer are just about as bad - nobody explains what the actual numbers are and why you can't "beef up" a half ton to tow a heavier fifth wheel. All of that being said, you rarely ever see or hear of any issues with all of the people towing fivers with half ton's (and trust me, we see folks from Quebec towing fivers that i would consider heavy for my truck!)
alexleblanc 03/29/21 08:50am Fifth-Wheels
New ride time for the wife

During the Christmas break, December 29th to be exact we ordered my wife a new car after trying a whole bunch of stuff. my wife's requirements were the following: 1. Seven passenger capacity 2. Towing capacity of at least 3500lbs (for the Side x Side and utility trailer) 3. luggage room for 4 adults and two children 4. heated + cooled seats, heated steering wheel, auto wipers, front camera, any other color than black interior 5. needs to be at least as quick as her current Explorer sport. So we test drove the following: 1. Audi Q7 - too small for our needs, otherwise a very nice driving and comfortable rig. (i really liked it) 2. Yukon Denali - great interior, rode very well with the new IRS, felt underpowered unless you really got on it (that 6.2 needs RPM to wake up), dealer unwilling to deal on the price. Not surprising as its a new model and there are barely any on the lot. 3. Lincoln Navigator - great interior, most comfortable seats by far, ton's of effortless power with the 3.5HO but the fuel economy is downright bad, we averaged around 13mpg on our 40mile test drive. 4. Expedition Max - They didn't have one on the lot but one of the executives had one as a demo so we were able to try it out, it was the Platinum trim level. The Platinum gets the 400hp version of the 3.5 Ecoboost, add that to the 3.73 gears that come with the towing package and you've got a surprisingly quick combo. Wife got in and immediately told me she felt comfortable with the familiarity of the controls and liked the fact that it was similar inside to my F350. Test drive was great and she sent me off to go get us a good deal. So after a little back and forth we settled on a price that i was happy with for the trade in on our 2017 Explorer and a good healthy rebate on a 2021 Expedition Max Platinum in Antimatter Blue with the towing package, eLSD, second row bench seat and the stone colored interior. It arrived on the dealer lot Friday and we're picking it up tomorrow morning. here's a few pictures of it in the rain, the color is really great in the sun. I'll get some better pictures of it tomorrow. https://i.imgur.com/oxoAeyeh.jpg https://i.imgur.com/f2piD0Jh.jpg https://i.imgur.com/EChycbUh.jpg the color in the sun: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EmuNEtiVEAEQ3-m.jpg
alexleblanc 03/29/21 08:13am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2021 Superduty production suspended

not surprised, every manufacturer has had issues due to this. I'm just happy the wife's new Expedition arrived today and wasn't subject to this shortage.
alexleblanc 03/24/21 01:17pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Operational problems with new diesel pickups

I'm on my second DEF truck and I've never had so much as an issue with the system - heck neither truck has given me any issues outside of regular maintenance.
alexleblanc 03/23/21 05:22am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2022 F350 on order

congrats, sounds like a nicely equipped rig. I for one have been very happy with my LED headlights and the performance but that's compared to my previous 2013 - i haven't driven a halogen equipped 2017+ super duty at night.
alexleblanc 03/19/21 10:54am Tow Vehicles
RE: 2022 F350 on order

what did you order? give us the finer details!
alexleblanc 03/17/21 08:39am Tow Vehicles
RE: TR: Utah, parks, friends and a few weeks with my wife

great trip report, i miss the southwest big time, its the last place i travelled to before all of this mess started and we've been stuck home(ish). Loved the Sedona area and all of the hiking so your trip really seemed spot on for my wife and i.
alexleblanc 03/16/21 10:38am Truck Campers
RE: Winter TC Repair Project

i'm quite certain i spy'ed a 2018 Bullitt in your shop, hello from a fellow mustang and JD 1 series owner.
alexleblanc 03/10/21 07:19am Truck Campers
RE: Off Roading with the 2021 Bronco

i recently upgraded to one of those, just a stock 172hp model for now. https://i.imgur.com/QBWq9YQh.jpg Like everything else, it isn't cheap but what hobbies are (just like RVing). Nice! Have you given it a good run yet! They are amazing vehicles! PS, nice shop too! still waiting on the windsheild and winch bumper to come in but i've been busy adding all of my gear to it (heater, stereo, lighting, skid plates, etc). the shop it new, just finished it around first week of January.
alexleblanc 03/04/21 08:33am Tow Vehicles
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