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RE: Towing capacity vs max cargo weight rating

No it says combined, that means weight of passengers and and anything else added to vehicle. This^^^ Now we know your actual truck wt, when it left the factory, which is 7,839, and more realistic. Anything added, bed mat, mud flaps tonneau cover, and hitch, will reduce this 2,161 available payload. But still, the good news...follow those axle/tire ratings. Jerry OK so this basically means that Ford is saying you can have a 15,100 lbs trailer behind you (max towing capacity for GN/5w) but after a full tank of diesel (26*8 lbs) and a driver (let's assume someone like me - 150 lbs), this mythical trailer can only weigh 1800 lbs on the gooseneck ball. If you add another 150 lbs person next to you, you can only put 1650 lbs on the hitch. A toolbox in the back with some tools or a few 60lb s square bales of hay and the mythical 15,100 lbs gooseneck trailer can now weigh only 1500 lbs on the gooseneck ball. So, what do people use these 3/4 ton trucks for, then? I guess between my wife and I and our dog and some suitcases, I would be overweight with a 6500 lbs living quarters horse trailer (assuming 25% on the hitch). Such a trailer does not even exist in a living quarters version ;) full fuel tank doesn't affect payload, it's already factored in. so payload is ONLY anything in the truck other than the full fuel tank. this is why towing capacity numbers are the second thing to consider, after payload capacity. nearly all tow vehicles will run out of payload WAY before getting close to the max towing capacity. this is clearly detailed in the Ford owners manual towing section.
bikendan 01/17/21 02:31am Tow Vehicles
RE: Is 70 to old to travel with a RV

I think that was your thoughts 4 years ago :B:S If you've been a long time member, you're not surprised that Supercharged is the OP.:R
bikendan 01/09/21 12:52pm General RVing Issues
RE: Anyone rent out their camper?

There are hundreds of threads here on this topic. Bottom line is at least 90% would never do it. Many would not let family or friends use their RV.
bikendan 01/06/21 11:38am General RVing Issues
RE: Boondocking Etiquette

And now for our ongoing lesson about boondocking vs dry camping. :B Mello Mike did it best Long Long Ago Great callback. I miss Mike. He was the moderator for the Toy Hauler forum when we first created it. He tapped me to take over when he left. Creating that forum was a good move. It sequestered all of us toy hauler owners into one safe place and got us out of the general population. it was probably Mike's definition that educated me about the differences, when i was a newbie here 15 years ago.
bikendan 01/06/21 02:25am Beginning RVing
RE: seattle rv parks

There is a full service campground at I-5 Maryville Pulilip casino what campground is that? the Tulalip casino has no campground. the Casino does have RV parking but no hookups.
bikendan 01/05/21 03:02am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Roadside assistance

I have AAA Plus RV - towed my 5th wheel this summer after the shackles broke. Had to tie up the rear axel to tow. It took him a while to get to me, but we were far from any services, actually very lucky to have cell coverage 1 mile either way and would not have had service. The guy was great, even called a shop to see if they could take us. In the end, towed us to Les Schwab who did the service for under $200. The tow was no charge. They would have towed us from Wallace ID to Spokane WA is that is where we needed to go, fortunately we only needed to go to Kellogg. Would not have wanted to go further set up that way. are you aware that AAA lowered their RV Plus benefits, back in November?
bikendan 12/31/20 03:41am General RVing Issues
RE: Boondocking Etiquette

Scooper31, Welcome to RV net! Boondocking is not quite the same as "dry" camping. Often boondocking is finding a site that is free and without any services. "dry" camping can be done in a paid site. My favorite trip planer is here: https://freecampsites.net/ agree, the OP needs to understand the differences between boondocking and dry camping. Federal Park would mean developed dry camping sites, which is not boondocking.
bikendan 12/31/20 03:38am Beginning RVing
RE: V6 Silverados

Can the new Chevy Silverados with the 4.3L V6 really how over 9000 pounds? Anyone with practical experience in one case to arrest to that? Towing Capacity is a fictional number since it will almost always run out of payload capacity WAY before getting close to that 9000lbs number. If that is an actual correct number.
bikendan 12/29/20 02:04pm Tow Vehicles

I have a square tube set of THULE roof bars purchased in 2001. I recently mounted them on our 2018 Ford Explorer using different mounts. For whateverreason the cross bars whistle above 40 MPH. They did not make noise on previous vehicles. I notice newer cross bars are oval shaped. Any thoughts on how to deflect the wind and eliminate this minor annoyance? I just turn up the radio. My wife is not a fan of that. LOL Go figure. Anyone else had and eliminated this problem? I thought about pool noodles over bars but my wife frowns on that. Thule AirScreen https://www.thule.com/en-us/roof-rack/roof-racks-and-accessories/thule-airscreen-xt-s-_-870200
bikendan 12/27/20 12:27pm Tech Issues
RE: New Truck Buyer Needs Help

Go to a dealership and buy a used truck. They should be able to tell you everything about it, and you might get a little warranty to boot. HA! Every dealership i've ever been to, had no one that knew what was important for a good towing truck. All they know is towing capacity. They know nothing about payload capacity, rear end ratio, tow packages and so on. I must have looked at over 100 trucks when i was last shopping and every salesperson was clueless.
bikendan 12/23/20 03:02am Tow Vehicles
RE: $590,000 camper van

I would rather have a nice used Prevost or Newell motorcoach for that kind of coin. I am with you colliehauler...you could buy 2 or 3 well-maintained used Liberty or Marathon coaches for that $$ if you had trouble deciding on which you liked best ;) But they can't go where this truck camper can go. Those RVs are pavement princesses.
bikendan 12/20/20 12:58pm General RVing Issues
RE: Receiver Bike Racks

. Very high priced, paying for a name. Because it's a great brand. Like most things in the cycling world, you get what you pay for. True That!
bikendan 12/20/20 12:53pm General RVing Issues
RE: Receiver Bike Racks

Unless something has changed, Swagman is the only bike rack manufacturer that has racks approved for RV usage.
bikendan 12/17/20 01:25pm General RVing Issues
RE: Dump Station Observations

I hate dump stations. And usually the Parks where there are only dump stations are dumps!Nothing like the Dump Station Soaps and Fights to get you ready for another week of combat driving to and from work and assassination attempts, so to speak, at the office because you wouldn't kiss Susie at the water cooler. if you stay a these Parks you really should invest in thicker neoprene gloves, throw away water and sewer hoses and a bottle of Valium big spray can of disinfectant, and a set of fatigues,bottle of antibiotcs, just from what I am reading, not what we have experienced or avoided. Didn't you already post a similar rant here already, a couple of days age?:S I think we get it that you don't like dump stations.
bikendan 12/08/20 02:36am General RVing Issues
RE: A new used Hybrid

My 2000 Bantam and a barn loft had a disagreement when I was backing the trailer in. I'm now looking for a replacement. Because of health we don't camp as often as we used to but still like getting out there every now and then. Since most of my camper time is looking at out the window at it I would like to limit myself to about 5K. Does anyone have an idea where the best place to start looking for one? I'm in Tennessee but don't mind driving a little see one> Thanks Unfortunately you are looking at the worst time to look a buying a RV, even a used one. Covid demand has driven prices up and lowered inventory. RV sales are at an all time high and dealers and private sellers don't have to negotiate. And quality on new ones is at an all time low also.
bikendan 12/08/20 02:32am Hybrid Travel Trailers
RE: Buying a New RV

... bathroom in a BH under 33 feet ...Color me ignorant... what is "BH?" Bunkhouse
bikendan 12/06/20 01:46pm General RVing Issues
RE: When is weight distribution needed?

I'm not trying to stir the pot (well, ok - maybe a little) but my question is serious... In the old days the hitches/trucks required WD and Sway control for over 5k lbs... then we went to 2.5" hitches... Now my current truck has a 3" hitch... Here is my setup: 2019 F350 Dually Crew Cab Diesel 4x4 2021 Grand Design Momentum 28G travel trailer toy hauler Specs show my truck can HAUL (w/o weight distribution) 2100lbs on the hitch, trailer shows about 1400 lb tongue weight - maybe less when it's loaded (Toy Hauler)... 12k GVWR and 32' long... Truck has built in sway control... So my thoughts are to drop it on the ball and try it... Am I nuts? I have no issue getting a WD/SC hitch setup but it seems like an overkill in my situation... And they don't even make a 3" setup that I've found - only 2" or 2.5" and both would need sleeves/adapters to fit my hitch - which I was always told to not use an adapter with a WD hitch... Thoughts? Have you read the Towing section of your truck's owners manual? My F150's states a certain weight to use one.
bikendan 12/02/20 12:18pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Quiet heater that doesn’t drain batteries ?

Hi, I’m new to the RV world, just started making family trips in a new travel trailer (forest river wolf pup). But temperatures are dropping and the heater that came with the camper is horrendously loud. It wakes us up every time it kicks on at night. All of our camping is without hookups and we are trying to find out if there’s a better alternative for heating the unit at night, without a noisy fan, and without draining the batteries. Any ideas? Thanks, John if you have no hookups, then the only option i know of, instead of the furnace, is a Mr Buddy heater.
bikendan 11/30/20 03:26am General RVing Issues
RE: Future Used RV Market

I think it will affect the supply and demand scenario. With a bunch of used RVs on the market, dealers won't be selling as many and they will have a glut of RVs, sitting on their lots. They'll have to cut prices to compete with the used market. At least, that's what we're hoping for, since we're planning on going to a 5th wheel next year.
bikendan 11/29/20 12:54pm General RVing Issues
RE: Tekonsha - Internal Error - No brakes

I'm getting the same error message. Sometimes unplugging it will help, sometimes not. Seems to be getting worse. Did yours keep working or did you end up replacing it? You re-awakened a 5 year old thread. The OP may not be around anymore.
bikendan 11/25/20 02:57am Tow Vehicles
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