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RE: Help with Long Term planning for Alaska

Don't really want to go the TC route, since we will still take trips locally with extended stays (NC/SC beaches and mountains). Sounds like 3/4 Diesel may be the way to go, and 4x4 is required here on the farm anyway. I am not sure about tire size on my TT, I assume you can upgrade?
packpe89 07/01/20 06:59am RVing in Canada and Alaska
Help with Long Term planning for Alaska

My wife and I plan to visit Alaska in a few years (2-4) but may start getting the pieces sooner, so want some advice. We currently have a 26'TT (5500# dry) I pull with a F150 3.5EB. I will likely get a new truck in a year or so. Is the 26' TT a good size for Alaska? If i get a new camper, would likely get a smallish 5th wheel and then a 3/4 ton for towing. Should I stay at half-ton? Thinking I will get diesel for mpg and ease of fill-up at truck stops and don't care about brands. Or...should I get a Class A or C for the trip and a smaller truck and tow it? We live on a farm, so having a truck is a must, but other than towing, don't really care about what size. So to summarize, which option would you choose? Or something else? A. Keep trailer and new half ton B. Keep trailer and new 3/4 ton C. Class A D. Class C E. New fifth wheel and 3/4 ton Thanks JB
packpe89 06/30/20 07:19am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Ford for a tow vehicle

I had the 5.3/6speed ('07) and now have the 3.5 ecoboost ('14) also with a six speed. The ecoboost has much better power, no struggles in the mountains. I also have a 5.7 hemi in my work truck. It's power seems very similar to the ecoboost. Agree with others the 10speed would help. I would suggest watching tfltruck. They have good towing reviews of all these engines. Good Luck.
packpe89 06/05/20 07:22am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tow Vehicle Advice For Newbie

6.0 Diesel from the 2003 to 2007 or so.
packpe89 05/08/20 08:59am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tow Vehicle Advice For Newbie

Another question is where do you plan on towing. Being from eastern NC myself, I've made several trips to the NC mountains with a 1500 Chevy (5.3) pulling a 28' Bunkhouse (6000#). That's border line in my opinion. That combo in the flat areas going to Myrtle Beach is fine. When I took a cross country trip I up-sized to an F-250. My current TT is a 26' (couples trailer now that kids are out of the house) that weighs 5500#. I pull it with a F-150 3.5EB (long wheel base). I would not go any bigger than that for a long trip on a half ton truck. Agree with others, find the camper first. Also think you should be headed to looking in the 3/4 ton area. I've had them all (Chevy, Ford and Ram) and they are all good. Stay away from a few bad apples (Ford 6.0 for example). A few more thoughts: Long wheel base (Crew with 6.5' bed) tends to lessen the sway and will carry your motor cycles better, but can be a pain in the a$$ to park in some urban areas. Gas vs diesel, it's always easier to pull into a truck stop and get diesel than to pull up at a station a fight for a good spot at the gas pumps. Larger tanks - Ram and Ford can be found with 35+/- gallon tanks in a half ton, helps in the previous issue. Watch the payload, with growing kids, your payload will increase (as will the need for room in the back seat). Another 3/4+ ton benefit. Good Luck
packpe89 05/08/20 08:38am Tow Vehicles
RE: Chrysler UConnect

I had similar problems on my 2018 Ram. Would kick out of blue tooth, but still display the song on the screen and no longer connect to the phone. When I stopped, it would keep playing the radio for up to 30 minutes with out the key or anything. Finally got the head unit replaced and its better. Still kicks out of blue tooth occasionally, but none of the other issues and re-connects after re-starting the truck.
packpe89 02/26/20 12:48pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Newbies RVers

Diesel if you plan to tow anything, much easier going in and out of trucks stops at the diesel pumps.
packpe89 02/13/20 06:59am Beginning RVing
RE: 2020 North Carolina Camping Destinations

A few we have enjoyed. Stone Mountain State Park, large sites and beautiful area. Camp Hatteras RV Resort, Crosses the island for beach or sound access. Deep Creek Camping, tube down the mountain and float right up to your site.
packpe89 02/04/20 06:17am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: F150 HD Payload and Max Trailer - How to spot them?

@kw/oo I don't think you can get the powerstroke option. Wish you could.
packpe89 11/18/19 07:58am Tow Vehicles
RE: What is a 6.0L Chevy engine

One small issue you might have in an early 2000's 6.0 is valve ticking when it is cold. Mine would have a clicking sound when started, but would stop once it warmed a little (within 60-90 seconds), so don't let it scare you. Only other issue with a 6.0 is it loves gas. Mine 2500HD got 12-13 unloaded on the highway.
packpe89 11/06/19 07:40am Tow Vehicles
RE: F150 Tire time

I just put Falken Wildpeak on my f150 and also had them on my chevy 2500. Load E, A/T tires that are affordable, last and are not nearly as loud as other similar tires.
packpe89 10/26/19 06:32am Tow Vehicles
New TFL Comparison

Here Comparing the Ram and Chevy 1500 diesels. Sounds like they will be doing several in the next few weeks. Looking forward their findings.
packpe89 10/25/19 05:59am Tow Vehicles
RE: Dodge / Chrysler Uconnect Issues

My 2018 did the same thing, (disconnect blue tooth and stay on after leaving the truck) they finally replaced the head unit and.... it still does but not nearly as much. At least one person in our fleet (18 trucks) has a '19 and having the same issues.
packpe89 10/15/19 06:34am Tow Vehicles
RE: EcoDiesel vs Hemi up IKE

Does the Ram ecoDiesel not have exhaust brake. I thought I saw the 1500 Chevy did. How about the F150?
packpe89 10/15/19 06:07am Tow Vehicles
RE: Picked up a new 2019 LTZ 2500 Duramax this weekend

Great Mower, I have a Gx335, about the same age.
packpe89 10/15/19 06:00am Tow Vehicles
RE: Help a Newbie, question about gas vs. diesel

I agree with early post by ranger smith, One huge advantage of diesel is at the truck stop. So much easier getting in and out of filling up at a truck stop, rather than fighting the cramp quarters at gas pumps.
packpe89 08/14/19 06:53am Tow Vehicles
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