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RE: Throwing in the towel

Well, trailer was officially deemed a total loss by insurance after they did their calculation. Now to see what their settlement number is.
fx2tom 10/23/20 11:55am Toy Haulers
RE: Throwing in the towel

Sorry to hear these troubles may prevent you from enjoying the RV experience. If you are parking these items on the street or front yard, you may consider moving them to a secured storage space. In our area there are what we call periodic door knockers that check for unlocked vehicles overnight to take personal items. I am always amazed how people will think nothing of parking a $50,000+ vehicle on the street because the garage is filled with $500 worth of junk. No damage to the vehicles, just the stuff is gone in the morning. Truck was taken from driveway. Trailer is normally in secured storage but was here overnight while being detailed. Garage has the 2 newer, nicer cars in it and truck wouldn't fit anyhow. I get what you are saying though. We have friends with 3 car garages and not a single vehicle in them. We could tough it out and take extra precautions and everything, it just isn't worth the hassle to us anymore. We'll get back to it eventually. Word came from insurance yesterday that they are doing the total loss calculation on the trailer so that makes the decision much easier.
fx2tom 10/23/20 10:19am Toy Haulers
RE: Throwing in the towel

But California is such a nice place, just read this thread. :R Born and raised in California. It is NOT the same state is was.
fx2tom 10/22/20 11:44am Toy Haulers
RE: Throwing in the towel

Get out NOW while there might still be a buyer for your home! The longer you wait, the more it will cost you. We sold the house last year when we thought we were at the height of the market and are in a very nice but expensive rental. About 20 months until the older one graduates high school and then we are out.
fx2tom 10/22/20 11:35am Toy Haulers
Throwing in the towel

Big ideas have turned sideways. A couple years ago we were planning a move and sold the truck (2016 Nissan Titan XD Diesel) and the travel trailer, eliminating both payments. Fast forward to earlier this year we decided we wanted something so we went and bought a 2007 Sierra Sport 26 foot toy hauler and a 2002 F250 7.3l, all bought cash. Well over the last 2 months the truck was stolen (recovered about a half mile away with minimal damage), then 2 weeks later the trailer was stolen. It was recovered 30 minutes away with about $8k in damages. Yesterday we woke up and the truck was gone again - despite all new locks, ignition, kill switch and alarm. We live in an affluent and normally very safe area. According to our local PD that makes us a target and auto thefts are through the roof this year. At this point we have decided to sell the trailer when repairs are completed (assuming it doesn't get totaled by insurance). Depending on if the truck is recovered we'll sell it or just not replace it. I guess we'll revisit toys once we get out of California.
fx2tom 10/22/20 11:12am Toy Haulers
RE: Colors of trucks!

White on trucks makes sense because of how many are purchased for commercial uses. My F250 is white. DW wanted a white SUV when we leased her Infiniti, replacing her white Infiniti sedan. She has said her next one will NOT be white. We have a Subaru Legacy that is a dark red/maroon color and looks amazing when clean. When it's not clean you can definitely tell.
fx2tom 10/20/20 10:01am Tow Vehicles
RE: cleaning the outside of the 5'er

The only way to actually remove the "ghosting" effect is to wet sand the entire trailer. 1500 grit and then 1800 grit. Even then it's not 100%. The best way is to remove the decals when new and wax it right away, along with every 9-12 months going forward. Once it is ghosted it is not likely that you will ever be able to get rid if that.
fx2tom 10/19/20 02:06pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Decided on a truck after MANY months.

Sounds like the perfect choice for your needs
fx2tom 10/15/20 01:52pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford 6L diesel in the news again

My son's truck was a total loss when the fuel pump failed and sent metal shards through his engine. Ford knew of this issue but did nothing about it. Ford SHOULD have replaced the fuel pumps on these trucks. The next model year they changed out the fuel pump to a different type... I will never own a Ford... Both the 6.0L and 6.7L "base engine" were designed by Navistar. It was a very "messy" divorce. 6.4 not 6.7. 6.7 Ford went it on their own
fx2tom 10/14/20 11:01am Tow Vehicles
RE: Andersen hitch doesn't suit, any other recommendations?

I LOVE the Equal-I-Zer hitch. Towed a 36 foot 8300 lb travel trailer with it for 6 years without a single issue. Easy to use and does a great job handling weight and sway. Short of going Hensley I wouldn't go with anything else for my use.
fx2tom 10/14/20 09:42am Travel Trailers
RE: Best/worst reviews no help

As noted above, I've seen a few issues that pertain to this... First, the negatives make more noise - no one comes on posting positive comments because their rig ISN'T leaking. You have to take the number of negatives in the context of how many silent and content owners are out there. The number of those negatives that can be traced back to faulty maintenance is also a tremendous unknown! Second, as people had said, the pre-inspection is essential. Make sure the dealer knows, well in advance, that you expect to spend hours scouring the rig and that no money will change hands until you've completed the inspection. There WILL be things that need to be remedied, and you should make sure that is all done to your expectation. Finally, I would not encourage anyone to buy an RV, particularly a trailer, if they weren't at least reasonably handy. Owning a trailer comes with issues - that can't be avoided. Some are from the factory, others are because they are little more than a fancy looking garden shed flying down the highway at 65 mph. In 8 years of ownership, I've had our Rockwood in the shop twice - once to replace the tires and the other time to replace a sagging axle. Everything else I've simply managed myself. Plan to spend some time, each year, fixing the little things, and that will go a long way in your enjoyment overall! Well said. The build quality degradation from my 2007 toy hauler to my 2019 fifth wheel is exponential. I blame the mega mfrs. like Forest River and Thor, they bought up all the smaller, more quality focused companies and they're all cookie cutters coming off just a few assembly lines. Having said that I've read a lot of good things here for Work and Play trailers. Smaller company and quality built, maybe not as fancy though. Work and Play is Forest River
fx2tom 10/13/20 02:37pm Toy Haulers
RE: What's the longest/heaviest you would tow with a 1/2 ton?

I have towed a 35.5 foot 8,300 pound travel trailer with two different max tow F150's (2012 and 2016) and they were both fine. Also tried it with a Tundra and would never do that again. Short answer is it depends on the "1/2 ton" truck. Towed that same trailer with a Titan XD Cummins diesel and it was great. Same with a Ram 2500 with the 5.7l gasser.
fx2tom 10/08/20 02:46pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Fresh Water Tank

Has anyone tried and used flex seal tape on a water tank? Tried and failed immediately
fx2tom 09/10/20 10:16am Toy Haulers
RE: Pre 2008 Ford Super Duty

Curious to know how they got around the PATS system. The system came out in 1996 and by the 2000's almost all Fords had it. My 02 Excursion and 01 Explorer had it. At least they found it and it wasn't destroyed! They do make a guard that bolts in behind he door handle to stop someone (or slow them down) from breaking in. Super Duty trucks didn't get the PATS system until 2008
fx2tom 09/02/20 08:57am Tow Vehicles
RE: Pre 2008 Ford Super Duty

I'd never make a good thief, why the hell would I go through the trouble to steal a vehicle, drive it a lousy 1/2 mile, then leave it,hardly even worth the effort. :S Maybe after stealing the truck they realized it was a Ford and dumped it before it broke down? :B :B :B Hey now! Dem be fightin wurds round here :C
fx2tom 09/01/20 03:20pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Pre 2008 Ford Super Duty

I'd never make a good thief, why the hell would I go through the trouble to steal a vehicle, drive it a lousy 1/2 mile, then leave it,hardly even worth the effort. :S It was parked directly in front of my trailer, ball under the tongue, I was too lazy to hook it up Friday night. My buddy speculates that in the dark they thought it was hooked up and were taking both. When they figured out it was just the truck they dumped it up the street. Who knows, I will never try to understand the logic of a criminal.
fx2tom 09/01/20 02:42pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Pre 2008 Ford Super Duty

If you want to do it nicer you can remove the WHOLE cylinder lock in less than two minutes with a philips screwdriver and pick. Then another 30 sec's to install a new lock cylinder with your own key and drive it away. For what ever reason the 2001-2007 SD's are highly sought after over in the sandbox. Not sure the reason, they just are. According to the Sheriff's deputy they either get stripped down for parts or they become mule vehicles for human and drug traffickers in Mexico. When I walked out front and saw my truck gone I figured I'd never see it again. We are less than 2 hours from the Southern border, I assumed it was gone. It was actually parked about a half mile from my house and my wife and I found it going to pick up dinner. Dumb luck but I'll take it.
fx2tom 09/01/20 11:17am Tow Vehicles
RE: Pre 2008 Ford Super Duty

Can't get the pictures to post correctly. https://ibb.co/n772202 https://ibb.co/dkfHZqK
fx2tom 09/01/20 11:06am Tow Vehicles
Pre 2008 Ford Super Duty

Just a word of advice to all owners of pre-2008 Super Duty truck, invest in an alarm and kill switch. My 2002 F250 was stolen Friday night/Saturday AM. Recovered about a half mile away from home yesterday. Thief punched in the door lock and snapped off the ignition, drove it away. According to my local Sheriff's deputy these trucks are very easy to steal with only a screwdriver. They are pre-MAPS keys so no chips. Lucking the door lock and ignition were the only damage and I've already ordered the parts, I'll have it fixed for $100. The only thing they got out of it was my prescription sunglasses, nothing else because I don't leave anything in the truck. I will be having an alarm installed along with the Cyclops kill switch system. If you own a pre-2008 super duty spend the money. I know any determined thief will still get it if they want it but the harder you make it to steal the more likely it is they will move on to an easier target.
fx2tom 09/01/20 11:01am Tow Vehicles
RE: Buying from out of state

For a $10k price difference I'd definitely buy from out of state.
fx2tom 08/27/20 10:27am Travel Trailers
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