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RE: Would I ever be happy towing with a half ton truck

Assuming similarly outfitted...3/4ton isn't much more than a 1/2 ton. Depends on your definition of "isn't much more". I just bought a brand new 2019 F150 with max tow and HDPP. Cost $6,000 less then a similarily equipped F250. But then, that is going to depend on the incentives in play at the time of purchase. But in any event, I had been pricing trucks for over 2 years before I bought, the closest they ever came was about $500. Almost all the time, the F150 was at least $2,000 cheaper (when considering incentives). The difference in fuel mileage towing between the F250 i had and the new truck is about the same. As a daily driver, 3.5 ecoboost and 10 speed trans gets way better mpg (33% and up depending). I even like the towing with my F150 better than the F250 I had. It's always in the right gear and the engine is just purring, simply because of the huge difference in the spread of the gears (4 vs. 10). The window sticker on my truck was $53,100 (but I didn't pay anywhere near window sticker) and include XLT Crew Cab with $7,330 worth of options. Incentives were $8,250.00.
bid_time 01/20/20 10:04am Tow Vehicles
RE: Camping Lights

Ah yes, it's all about the "ME". Heck, why should a person ever be considerate of other people? X2Yes maybe I'm inconsiderate. Or on the other hand, maybe its you, the "I don't like it so no one else can do it" type of person (All about "ME" and what I like). If the campground rules aren't to your liking, find a different campground.
bid_time 01/20/20 05:29am General RVing Issues
RE: Rubber roof white wearing off

Do you know you're not suppose to post the same thing in more than one subforum? Clicky Except that I don't go n the 5th wheel forum. I see no problem with posting it in more than one Forum......within reason.Click the button on the top right that says "Forum Rules" and read the second rule.
bid_time 01/16/20 05:19am General RVing Issues
RE: Bushfires and Caravans

CBD is not going to help alleviate your symptoms; that's pretty obvious and apparently time out ain't working either. You're under the false impression your wordsmithing is not obvious.
bid_time 01/15/20 11:00am Travel Trailers
RE: Bushfires and Caravans

There are those who actually donated their old RVs to the fire victims of California Paradise Park. And after that Californians are now following the advice of the president and bought Roomba to clean their forests. They also renamed the city from Paradise to Pleasure as the president insist on the name. Joking aside, I hope Australia will soon put the fire under control. Enough of your political posts bashing our President. And this is NO joke to the people who have lost loved ones, their homes, the wildlife, and the suffering they have gone through.You have to excuse Sam, he has TDS. Sam - You should start smoking crack, I hear it helps to alleviate some of the symptoms of TDS.
bid_time 01/15/20 08:29am Travel Trailers
RE: Full Hook-ups or no?

The best thing about camping in America, everyone gets to do it there own way. I don't worry about how everyone else is doing it, I do it my way.
bid_time 01/14/20 10:21am General RVing Issues
RE: POPS RV (broker) - Feedback?

Give him your phone number and the price your willing to pay (out the door) and tell him to call you back when the seller will accept your offer - then you will submit the required paperwork, down payment, etc. As long as you are holding the bag with "all" the money in it, you have all the power. Everyone else wants your money bag - don't give it to them until you get the assurance you need.
bid_time 01/14/20 10:14am Beginning RVing
RE: Northeast Ohio to Yellowstone with Kids!

What is the best route and stops to make from Akron/Canton area to Yellowstone and back. We have a 41' Fifth wheel. Would prefer not to return the same way we came and would take 12-14 days. Any tips are appreciated! You have looked at the Map - with the few stops along the way it close to 2000 miles in each direction likely 40 hours of Driving. just to get there - last time I was in Yellowstone we drove over 600 miles just in the Park, so miles of driving, possible but not without the drivers paying a price. Possible to get that third weekend and make this 16.5 days then maybe you will only spend have the time driving. If you only have 12 to 14 days check in with Southwest or ...... for airfare, Seriously.! Look at the MAP Get more time,I did it from SE Michigan with 2 weeks vacation. 3 days driving out there, 10 days in the park, 3 days driving back. Nearly 1800± miles one way, 600± miles per day, longest day was 13 hrs (698.7 mi.), shortest was 10-1/2 hrs (618.2 mi.).
bid_time 01/13/20 02:29pm Roads and Routes
RE: Northeast Ohio to Yellowstone with Kids!

I-194 on the way out, I-90 on the way back.
bid_time 01/13/20 12:06pm Roads and Routes
RE: Murphy Bed vs. Separate Bedroom

This one may work for you Clicky
bid_time 01/13/20 05:19am Travel Trailers
RE: Proposed new gun law for interstate travel

I know guns are a touchy subject but there is a new proposal starting to make its rounds through the Senate that will at least standardize rules for people who travel state to state. With the states having such a high degree of variance in their rules this may help travellers. Gun billGiven that the house is comprised of a majority of members from one particular political party that opposes guns, this is dead on arrival. Try again next year.
bid_time 01/10/20 05:24am General RVing Issues
RE: Gas grill replacement

Your camper system is a low pressure system. That is; the regulator is at the tanks. Any propane grill will work, such as a coleman grill, but you have to remove the regulator and run connect directly to the propane line. That is usually where the problem comes in, removing the regulator and being able to still connect to the propane line. I've done it for my RoadTrip grill, but it's not easy or cheap. It would probably be cheaper to carry and extra 20 lb propane tank. Also, you can probably get a replacement grill from your RV dealer; albeit, it would still be a cheaply made grill that costs too much.
bid_time 01/10/20 05:11am Travel Trailers
RE: Cash Vs. Finance

For all of those who think it is a good idea to carry debt that you don't need to carry, I hope you never live through a 5+ year recession. I have. I won't carry debt unless it is necessary. As far as selling your "collateral," good luck with that when the recession hits and no one has any money. As far as withdrawing your savings from your investments when the recession hits, good luck with that when your savings are suddenly 50% of what they were. Do what you are comfortable doing. I pray that you don't learn a hard lesson.Bobbo - Why would I wait 5 years to cash out and cover my loans? If the market dropped 10% over a month, I can cash out, cover my loans, and still be thousands $$$ ahead.
bid_time 01/06/20 05:49am General RVing Issues
RE: Cash Vs. Finance

Always amazes me how many people will finance an RV...It amazes me how many pay cash! Over the last 11 years (since the end of 2007 which includes the market crash in 2008) my investments have earned a 6.4% average annualized return. This year it was over 20%. I have several loans, one at around 4.5%, one at 3.21%, and one at 2.94%. I can pay them off anytime I want to; but why would I. I'm making more keeping my money invested. Let me put it to you simply. I took out a $25,000.00 loan in the end of April at 3.21% for 60 months. I left that $25,000.00 invested in my moderate risk balanced index fund. I take the payment $451.55 out of that fund account every month, first payment made the end of May, the balance remains invested. As of Jan 1 I have a balance of $24,307.89 in that account. The loan payoff amount is $21,893.62 Yes it was a good year. But even if it was an average market (7% per year) I would still be $900.00 ahead at this point. I still have the money to pay off the loan any day I want; plus I get to keep the difference between the payoff amount and the current balance in the account. (minus taxes) which would amount to about $775.00 today. Now obviously there is some risk involve. If the markets are in a downtrend, maybe it’s not a good time to capitalize your own loan. If the markets are stable and remain stable, in the end you reap a substantial benefit. Anytime the market slides such that the balance in the account is in danger of not covering the payoff amount, I can pay off the loan free and clear. Your biggest risks are the first few months. If the fund dives and loses 5% a month for the first 3 months you would be looking at a $3500.00 loss. If the markets perform normally, you will start out ahead and be able to sustain blips as the market moves up and down in its normal course.
bid_time 01/03/20 06:17am General RVing Issues
RE: Glacier 2020 vanished

Give me a call when you get China on board with your Green New Deal.
bid_time 01/02/20 12:23pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: RV parks North across bridge from Mackinaw City

I'm not sure I understand your intent. Do you realize it's about 6 - 7 hours from St. Ignace to "the far northern part of Wisconsin"? As far as parks go, what type of facilities are you looking for? If you are looking Full Hookup sites, that will make a big difference in your available choices.
bid_time 12/30/19 06:17am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Better/safer to have only one w/d bar? Or none?

All this drama over towing a 6K trailer 325 miles without a WDH, with a 1500 truck? Amazing.The weight carrying rating on my F150 with the HDPP and the Max tow package (2500 lbs payload rated) is 500 lbs. Sticker with Weight carrying (500 lbs tongue wt., 5,000 lbs trailer wt) and Weight distributing (1320 lbs tongue, 13,200 lbs trailer wt) load rating is clearly posted on the vehicle hitch. So from your post you think it's ok for me to exceed that rating by a good bit. AMAZING! (I wonder what his insurance company would think of your opinion.) I think I'll pass on accepting your opinion and go with the manufacturer's opinion instead. As for the OP, he should check out the manufacturer's rating on the hitch on his truck.
bid_time 12/30/19 05:47am Towing
RE: Changing Atwood water heater plug to brass

I've had a brass plug in my water heater for over 15 years. I remove it after every trip to drain the water heater. Never had an issue. I had more problems with the OEM plug. That's why i now have a brass one.
bid_time 12/30/19 05:35am Tech Issues
RE: Typical problem we all see in RV parks.

Many of the RV parks I have been to do segregate the long-term residents (many of whom work) from the short-term or overnighters. As to this form of discrimination being illegal, it isn't. Discrimination, per se, is not illegal. It is only illegal if a law says it is, such as based on race, sex, etc.Yea, the problem with most arm chair lawyers is - they aren't very good at it.
bid_time 12/20/19 09:36am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: IRA and new SECURE Act

An IRA is intended to be a "Retirement" account for the purpose of funding the retirement of the person(s) that accumulated the money in a more tax friendly environment. It is not intended to be a tax friendly "Inheritance" account for your kids. It's still free money for your kids, minus deferred taxes due. P.S. You don't pay taxes on a IRA twice. Either you pay the tax when you earn the money (Roth IRA), or you pay the tax when you retire (Regular IRA). Beyond that, I'm really struggling to have a lot of sympathy for someone that has and extra $1 million laying around they want to pass on "tax free".
bid_time 12/18/19 07:59am Around the Campfire
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