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RE: Can my truck tow this?

Towing is lower on their mandate from managment...higher requirement is Corporate MPG...even fractions of a MPG is more important to them Plus, towing metrics is very low on the bean counter management requirements It's not only corporate, it the fed govt. It's called CAFE (Corporate Ave Fuel Economy) and the govt sets a fleet wide average for all cars, SUV's and 1/2T trucks. 3/4 and above are exempt for now. Basically for 2021, the CAFE for manufacturers is 40.3-41 MPG, and if you can't meet it, then you have hefty fines to pay to Uncle Sam. F,C,D are gonna have a hard time making that since they've basically abandoned the car business and concentrating manufacturing efforts on SUV's and trucks. https://www.transportation.gov/mission/sustainability/corporate-average-fuel-economy-cafe-standards
patperry2766 12/04/19 01:28am Tow Vehicles
RE: Custer SP?

Stockade Lake South does have bathrooms and showers available onsite if that helps
patperry2766 12/04/19 12:33am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Buying 2019 RAM 3500 DRW - discount expectations?

you guys that pay almost sticker I laugh at. 65k out the door is a good deal for me if the dealer wants it gone. I,m not paying any more than I have too. worked in auto sales for 6yrs they can come down a whole lot more than you think. this money off invoice is a selling point for them. not the price they really paid for the auto.so go laugh all you want been there paid less. Haha, you're so full of chit! Almost $86k sticker, you say they'll come down 20 grand + TTL and whatever else, so more than $25k off sticker price? (You said out the door, not me) I'm shopping for a new truck. You find me a 30% off MSRP Bighorn megacab 3500, either trans (cause that's what I want), any color but p*ssy pink for 30% off, I'll buy it tomorrow and give you $1000 for your time. Heck, make it $2k and I'm serious. Nice!! I too was in the car business for almost 10 years and he is F.O.S. There might be some additional money to the dealer that isn't advertised in the form of volume discounts, but often that money is used to discount the vehicle. What a lot of people outside of the business don't understand is that the profits are smallest on new car sales. The real money that comes in to the dealership is in the used car department and parts/service. There probably aren't many dealerships that would be able to stay open if they relied strictly on the money they made off new car sales. If you're trying to buy an "ad unit" vehicle, it's already discounted pretty deeply and there just ain't a lot more wiggle room in the price.
patperry2766 12/03/19 11:59pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Buying 2019 RAM 3500 DRW - discount expectations?

Ram 3500 While this truck is a little less that what you're looking at, they appear to overall be about $2K better on the price. If you can wait till late December or Jan, they might get better on the price.
patperry2766 12/03/19 01:57am Tow Vehicles
RE: Big Bend

Just got back from a week there. Stayed at the Big Bend Resort RV Park. Think I paid about $25 a night for 30A & water in the no reservation section. Since it was Thanksgiving school break, everything else was booked. As far as the park, it was pretty much to be expected for the area, dirt roads but out of all the parks I drove by, they did seem to be the largest with the most amount of shade trees, which is a rarity in that area. Nothing like shade trees from mountains like Colorado, Montana, etc...just West Texas desert shading. They do advertise WiFi, but from where I was located in proximity to the office, it was pretty useless. The do have a lobby/TV/pool table kinda area that you can chill at and the reception is much better. Showers are $2.00 for 5 minutes and it's well worth it after a long day. They also have bathrooms, but can get congested at times. they do have a laundry facility from 9a-5p that has a bathroom as well...USE THAT ONE. Minimal traffic. Overall, I was happy with the location and overall campground itself, and I wouldn't have a problem staying there again, but I'd plan better and make reservations. Price for diesel was $3.30/gal & 2.95 for unleaded. There are visitors centers withing the parks that sell fuel, but didn't check prices. With the exception of beer, everything is about 25-35% higher there that what I'm use to paying at home. The closest Wal-Mart was about 150 miles, so take what you think you'd need. As for Big Bend, you really have to experience it to understand it and become infected with it. It's either love it/hate it. If you're use to having activities overload on trips, then you might be disappointed. However, if you're willing to seek out the beauty of the area, then it's easily to get overwhelmed with the geology/ecology of the area. There are several miles of dirt roads to travel (4x4, dirt bike, ATV) and several hiking trails and that's where you can get a true feel for the area. Terlingua is a quirky town that has a personality that can't really be described with just one word. Fall & Spring are their buzy seasons so plan ahead with the holidays being even busier. Overall, it was a great trip and it will be on my to visit list again real soon.
patperry2766 12/03/19 01:24am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Big Bend

Thinking of going in the next couple of weeks. Have all the plants/vegitation gone dormant or is there still enough color for some good picture taking?
patperry2766 11/17/19 07:07am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Good Campgrounds in west Texas off I-20

Rest AreaRest Area If your just needing a overnight stop, there is a really nice Texas Dept of Highway rest stop south of Ranger. It's called the Eastland Co Westbound Safety Rest Area. Texas law allows for stopping up to 24 hours and there is a really big area in the back for trucks/RV's
patperry2766 11/16/19 02:54pm Snowbirds
RE: Good Campgrounds in west Texas off I-20

Lake Leon/Eastland Abilene Lake Colorado City SP Abilene SP
patperry2766 11/14/19 07:45am Snowbirds
RE: Good Campgrounds in west Texas off I-20

I-20 in west Texas is a long, long road. Is there a certain area you're trying to stop at? Generally from west of Odessa to almost Colorado City, almost all the sites will probably be filled with oilfield. If you can get to Ft Davis State Park, it would be a plus. Try to spend a couple of days if possible. A lot of stuff to do and the hidden gem in that part of the state.
patperry2766 11/13/19 06:17pm Snowbirds
RE: I think they’re doing it wrong

I personally can't take credit for the pic. Was on another camping site I frequent.
patperry2766 11/13/19 06:01pm Fifth-Wheels
Random Wednesday silliness

https://i.imgur.com/M0wgo9Cl.jpg https://i.imgur.com/vYGBFsil.jpg https://i.imgur.com/qL1BqMfl.jpg I work the night shift...so get a little crazy sometimes
patperry2766 11/13/19 05:14am Around the Campfire
I think they’re doing it wrong

patperry2766 11/12/19 10:18pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: TT for full time living or negatives of trailer brands

Montana 3950BR Something like this might work. It has a separate bedroom that could be used for studying. A few manufacturers make this floorplan. If not this, then probably a toyhauler. Figure 30-50K+ for a good pre-owned trailer and 40-50K+ for a tow vehicle so you're looking at +/- $1500 a month for a place to live before you have to pay for RV sites, elect, ins, etc. You could easily be in the $2K range each month for trailer, RV site and truck payment. Could get away with getting a 1 bdrm apt for less. Something to think about.
patperry2766 10/30/19 10:46pm Travel Trailers
RE: Watch for this rig in Mexico but do not approach

News article
patperry2766 10/30/19 05:41pm RVing in Mexico and South America
RE: Power of a lightning strike

patperry2766 10/30/19 05:35pm Around the Campfire
Power of a lightning strike

Lightning This occurred this morning a few miles from my house. If it can do this to concrete, it's amazing how people ever survive.
patperry2766 10/30/19 05:17pm Around the Campfire
RE: Preferred Topsail sites?

We had site # 124. Enjoyed it because there was enough separation on camper door side that we really didn't feel like we had a next door neighbor. It is a hike to the beach for sure. it's a popular place and can often book up almost a year in advance. I made reservations in August for July of the next year.
patperry2766 10/29/19 11:28pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: F150 Tire time

Had a set of Yokahama YK-HTX on my `13 F-150 that I was on 73K miles before I traded it off. Got less than 50K on the OEM Michelins plus they were about $200 cheaper than the Michelins.
patperry2766 10/19/19 06:12am Tow Vehicles
RE: Texas to Ridgway CO late November

Possibly I might be crazy, but thinking of Ridgway CO during Thanksgiving week. Weather wise, is it a big gamble this time of year? Need a campground that has electricity cause we'd be going in a pop-up and need to be able to run a couple of space heaters. We've camped at Dead Horse Point in Moab during Thanksgiving and even with two space heaters going in our PUP, it got a little uncomfortable when the temps got into the mid 20's at night. The average low in Ridgway is around 15 degrees that time of year. If you decide to go, I'd take electric blankets. And if you're follicly challenged like me (thinning hair), wear a stocking cap to bed. For your route, if the weather and/or roads look iffy on Monarch Pass, head west on I-40 to Albuquerque, north on US 550 to Durango, west on US 160 to Cortez, north on US 491 to CO 141 to CO 145 then east back to Ridgway. This route will avoid some of the higher passes, although you should still keep an eye out for snow storms. They do get the roads cleared reasonably quickly but you might have to wait a day if a big storm rolls through. YES, I'm follicly challenged. The pop-up does have a heater, but I don't want to have to burn thru something like 7K lbs of propane to keep the family warm. That's why I was thinking space heaters as well. I actually think the mattresses have a built in heating pad in them. I know everything is kinda a gamble and weather dependent during the winter. Drove up to Jackson Hole this past January for a job interview. Had to keep a close eye on the conditions and we had to hole up in the motel for an extra day because the winds were so bad on I-80 in WY that they were blowing semi's over and shutting down the highway. Got the job offer, but couldn't afford the town.
patperry2766 10/18/19 12:01am Roads and Routes
RE: Texas to Ridgway CO late November

I was about ready to pull the trigger on Ridgway SP, but it says showers aren't available during the winter. Nixed that idea pretty quickly. I don't even think I could stand myself after a few days of so showering...much less the rest of the family. So, there is a KOA in Ouray, but are there any hidden gems that anyone would care to divulge...you can PM me if you don't want EVERYBODY knowing about them. Maybe close enough for a day skiing trip Sightseeing, exploring old abandoned mines and ghost towns..getting off the pavement without doing anything too stupid (wife won't let me) Appreciate everyone's help so far.
patperry2766 10/17/19 11:52pm Roads and Routes
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