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RE: Curious: difference between a WD hitch and Hensley Arrow

For 95% of all TT setups the Hensley is a solution in search of a problem. If they were cheaper everyone would have one. Why not have the best if you can?
goducks10 10/10/20 06:41pm Towing
RE: Later and Later Check-in times

We never wait for the check in time to arrive. Just show up after the check out time. Been doing that for years. We're on the west coast so maybe things are different. We have been scolded a couple times for arriving early, but so what. Depending on the CG some don't care. Seems like state parks are more finicky.
goducks10 10/10/20 09:22am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Who all makes aluminum sided aluminum framed TT’s?

Not a TT but all aluminum. http://aluminumtoyhauler.com/
goducks10 10/05/20 10:08am Travel Trailers
RE: U.S Hwy 20 in Oregon

Update. Drove from Sisters to Sweethome to Salem this morning. No doubt it's windy in one long stretch. Nothing different than other times I've traveled on the road. The road surface is like the coast hwy. Undulating dips and bumps in the windy sections.
goducks10 10/02/20 03:43pm Roads and Routes
RE: Fuelly mileage of the big three diesels

That being said, when you hook up a trailer to them, they all get about 10-11 mpg Very true. I still have a 2005 Ford V10 dually, DRW 2WD with 4.30 gears. This truck is bullet proof so I kept it. I also have a 2019 Ram HO dually, DRW 4WD with 3.73 gears (but is it a Fiat or a Peugeot?). I ordered from the factory in Mexico. When towing the same 5th wheel, I have lots of data that proves that the Ford will get as little as 8.4 mpg on a trip (round trip) and as much as 10 mpg (round trip). Overall, I figure on 9.4 mpg. The new Ram has averaged as little as 9.0 mpg (round trip) and as high as 10.7 mpg (round trip). The only difference is that the Peugeot has better downhill engine braking and is 15 years newer. I won't drive it to the local dump because it is a wussy french truck. The Ford does the dirty work. I did upgrade the brakes on the Ford and they are awesome. But, the engine braking on the Peugeot is nice. The Peugeot cost a lot more. If the overall cost of the truck really mattered, I wouldn't have bought a new truck. The Ford works. But in the end, "the want" was greater than "the need." I also waited for the 2019 Ram because it was so much quieter than the 2018, and the 2019 passenger power seat finally matched what Ford offered as an option 20+ years ago. LOL. If Ford offered a truck that had a decent 12" screen in the cab and didn't have the butt ugly DRW fenders, I would have bought the Ford. But, they don't and probably won't for years. You should've got a Dodge instead.
goducks10 10/02/20 09:04am Tow Vehicles
RE: U.S Hwy 20 in Oregon

I'll let you know tomorrow. I'm going home through Sweethome to Salem from Sisters. Towing a 31' TT. Been on that road in the last couple years and yes it's windy but I don't find it bothersome. Used to love riding my MC's up there though. :)
goducks10 10/01/20 10:42pm Roads and Routes
RE: Need advise on which new truck - 1/2 ton or 3/4 ton?

Am I the only one that finds it interesting that there are roads in the US where you can drive a half ton pickup on but cant legally drive a 2500? I think that is worth a conversation or maybe I just need to get out more. x2
goducks10 09/28/20 09:26am Tow Vehicles
RE: Curious: difference between a WD hitch and Hensley Arrow

I've used a Hensley Arrow, Equalizer 4pt Sway control, Blue Ox, Eaz-Lift and an Andersen WDH. The Hensley was hands down the best. With that being said, if you don't have a trailer that is a bit loose feeling then don't waste your money on an HA. While it is the best WDH IMO it is not needed if you have a rock steady trailer using any friction based WDH. If you have the money and want the best even though it's not needed then go for it. You won't be disappointed.
goducks10 09/28/20 09:19am Towing
RE: Heartland Big Horn Fifth Wheel Trailers

Per Heartlands website; "We can't guarantee that every RV we make will be totally free of defects, but we stand behind our products. That's why we offer the best warranties in the industry. Every RV we make will have at least a 1-year warranty. Our luxury brands, Bighorn and Big Country, are warrantied for full-time RVing, and Landmark holds an industry-best 2-year warranty for full-time RVing. And, starting in 2018, every unit comes with a 3-year structural warranty too."
goducks10 09/27/20 12:47pm Fifth-Wheels
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goducks10 09/27/20 12:44pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: NuCamp Avia- what others compare overall?

We've walked through a few of the small Nucamp trailers and they are nice. Higher quality finishes compared to the norm. Like mentioned a used Airstream would be a good choice.
goducks10 09/22/20 10:30pm Travel Trailers
RE: Directv what do you miss?

Switched from DTV to Dish years ago when we wanted to get tv in the RV. No HD tv with the DTV portable dishes. Setting up my Winegard X2 couldn't be easier. As to service. Dish beats DTV hands down IMO. When we had DTV is was a loooong wait on the phone to get issues taken care of. Dish is so much quicker. As far as programming, I suppose it's subjective. No HBO on Dish but we don't watch the premium channels anyways. Like the NFL but after watching college football all day Saturday I'm a little burnt out on watching the NFL on Sunday. Plus DTV won't offer the Pac12 Network so that was one of 2 main reasons for our switch. As for software and ease of use, I have to go with DTV. Although it's been many years since we had DTV, when we did have it, it was easier to navigate. Dish can be frustrating at times with occasional freezes and other glitches. We camp a lot where there's not enough cell signal if any to be able to stream, so having satellite tv is our go to for extra entertainment. The nice thing about Dish vs DTV when RV'ing is you can stop and start anytime and use your phone to activate. A simple no hassle phone call will get your locals changed if needed. Back when we had DTV and a manual dish it was a constant hassle to get locals or for that matter any RV satellite help from DTV.
goducks10 09/22/20 08:40am Technology Corner
RE: tires

GY 235/80/16 E on my Outdoors RV trailer. ORV has been putting them on since they came out.
goducks10 09/22/20 08:20am Travel Trailers
RE: Ford F150 STX V6

With only 6500 lbs for GCWR it's possible your payload is barely above 1000 lbs. Not much left for passengers, camping stuff and tongue weight.
goducks10 09/21/20 11:30am Tow Vehicles
RE: NuCamp Avia- what others compare overall?

IMO nows the wrong time to buy. Yes you may get a good deal but chances are probably not. Driving by some dealer lots lately it's fair to say that demand has out paced supply. Not that it's not worth trying for a deal right now but I bet it's going to be hard to get a decent discount. I'd wait till next year to see if things cool off.
goducks10 09/21/20 07:36am Travel Trailers
RE: Ford F150 STX V6

Which V6? 3.5 EcoBoost 3.3 NA 2.7 turbo Guess you've been out of the loop for a few years. The 3.5 V6 Eco Boost puts out 375HP and 470TQ. It will blow the doors on most all V8 in todays 1/2 tons.
goducks10 09/20/20 05:30pm Tow Vehicles
RE: How much do you really need?

You're right to think along those lines. GVWR is semi worthless but it is relative to how the trailer is built IMO. I had a smaller 5th wheel prior to our current TT that had over 4,000 lbs for CCC. UVW was around 7300 lbs. No way could I ever load 4,000 lbs in it. Under normal loading expect to add around 1,000 lbs. I know from my own experience that I carry about 1500+/- lbs of stuff, but some is add ons like extra batteries, bike rack, solar panels, etc. When shopping or browsing for fun I always look at the CCC to see how my 1500 lbs would work. GVWR never factors in. CCC is the most important number for me. Add your 1,000 lbs to the trailers stickered UVW and that's close to what you'll actually be towing.
goducks10 09/18/20 09:06am Tow Vehicles

https://www.rvusa.com/rv-guide/2020-keystone-cougar-half-ton-travel-trailer-floorplan-26rbs-tr42323 1st off you'll need the Max Trailer Package (53C comes with a 36 gal gas tank) you'll need that cause your mpg's will drop to the 9 mpg range, 2nd dry brochure tongue weight is 880 lbs. Add all the stuff that goes in front of the axles and you'll be pushing 1000 lbs or more for tongue weight. You'll need a high payload rating in the 1800-2000 lb range if you pack stuff in the truck and are taking passengers. The higher the payload rating the more stable the truck will be. Your TT will more than likely be around 7600 lbs loaded and at 30' long it will be a load for you 1/2 ton truck. I would opt for the 3.55 at a minimum and if I could I'd go 3.73. Not to go weight police but IMO a 3/4 ton gas would be much easier. won't get the empty mpg's but the tow experience will be much more relaxed.
goducks10 09/17/20 09:03am Travel Trailers
RE: 2016 RAM CTD Diff Oil Change Question RE Gasket

Can you not suck the oil out and not open the case ? You sure can as this is the method most dealers use. Unless there's a drain plug. But you won’t be able to have a look at the ring and pinion and clean the magnet. Not good IMHO. x2
goducks10 09/16/20 11:01pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Thought on suspension equalizers

My TT came stock with the MorRyde 3000, shocks and 16" tires. It floats down the road. I've put shocks on 3 of my 4 trailers. My last trailer came stock with the Dexter EZ flex equalizer. I added shocks to it. I wouldn't own an RV trailer without some for of a cushioned equalizer and shocks.
goducks10 09/12/20 08:10pm Travel Trailers
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