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RE: May have towed too much weight

We towed our popup some with our Pilot, but it was only 3000lbs, and lower wind resistance, and that is about all I would want to pull with a Pilot. Unfortunately, I think you probably will need to be looking for a larger tow vehicle, or smaller camper. Don't feel bad it happens to tons of people, there is a post almost daily about similar situations. Car and Camper dealers are horrible about telling people they can tow all kinds of things, and those sales people are either liars or ignorant (or both). Good Luck!!
wowens79 05/23/23 06:25am Towing
RE: Suggestions

I would avoid ELA Campground in Bryson City. Its they only time I've ever felt I needed to carry my gun to the bath house. It has good reviews, but it was weird and creepy.
wowens79 05/23/23 06:15am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Washing the exterior of our TT

A Foam Cannon makes things so much easier. My wife will foam it up, and I start washing with a boat washing brush, then she comes behind me rinsing. It goes super fast doing this. I use a wash/ceramic wax soap. Mequiars, or Chemical Guys. Just a tip, don't use a wash/wax with carnuba in it, it will clog up the cannon.
wowens79 05/01/23 08:47am Travel Trailers
RE: time for a diesel?

The new Ford 7.3 has really hit a sweet spot for RVers. Now with the 7.3, it can easily handle loads up in the 15k lb load. Mine is actually rated at 20k. Before the 7.3 over 10-12k lbs you really needed to look at a diesel. With a diesel, short trips are horrible on the emmissions systems, and they don't get up to operating temps for the emissions to work properly, and those systems are expensive to repair. The diesel is about $8-9k more expensive upfront. The old theory of getting that money back when selling is no longer true. If you run identical 2020 7.3 and 6.7 trucks through KBB, you will find the diesel is only worth about $5k more, so it looses half the cost of the diesel in 5 years. TFL did a YouTube video of the 7.3 pulling 16k lbs up I-70 over the rockies, and it was able to maintain the speed limit of 65mph up the grade, and still had more power available to accelerate. With the gasser you have about 700lbs more payload, my SRW f-350 has 4200lbs of payload If towing real heavy loads, the diesel wins, but for the typical RVer the 7.3 is a great choice. If you do uphill drag races towing 15k lbs, the diesel is the way to go, otherwise go with the 7.3.
wowens79 04/13/23 05:46am Tow Vehicles
RE: Help making a decision on truck purchase.

Just for piece of mind, I would not want to be pushing the max capabilities of my tow vehicle. My previous truck was about at about 90% of max towing the trailer, and it did it, I thought fine. Now with a new truck with plenty of capacity it is such a better towing experience. A 3/4 ton gasser will tow that effortlessly, and the upfront cost is similar to a 1/2 ton. My Ford with the 7.3 gasser gets about 15-16mpg on the highway, and I have 4.30 gearing, if you get the 3.55 you'll get and additional mpg. If you drive 15000 miles a year unloaded and get 3mpg better with the 1/2 ton, that will be about $500 a year in fuel savings, or less than $10 a week. For $10 a week, I'd get the truck that you know will do the job easily, and safely.
wowens79 03/24/23 06:48am Tow Vehicles
RE: Price of camping

I'm ok with the prices, I just want to be able to find some availability at the parks I like. I really miss the days of being able to do spontaneous trips. When the popular state parks fill up a year in advance it is frustrating. I envy you guys out west that can boondock, here in the southeast, there aren't many places to do that.
wowens79 03/21/23 06:30am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: No place to camp in Florida

I must be in a minority as I seem to head that way for a week or so a couple of times each winter. I was just down there Christmas through New Years. Same time last year + 10 days in March. I might look 2 weeks in advance. I have a DP and don’t mind paying which might help. I can normally find a private park, but state parks are tough. I don’t mind paying the price for the private park, but most of them are so crammed together. We’ve had sites we couldn’t extend out awning all the way or it would hit the neighbors camper. This may not be a popular opinion, but I think FL should raise the prices at parks like Topsail, st George, the Parks in the keys, etc to like $100 a night and use that money to expand them or improve them.
wowens79 02/21/23 04:43am RV Lifestyle
RE: No place to camp in Florida

We live in GA, and struggle to get sites at FL, GA, and AL State Parks. We’ve been camping for almost 20 years. Back when we started, you could decide on a Wednesday to go to the lake for the weekend and you could get a site. Those days are long gone. It gets harder every year. There are parks that constantly have availability, but those parks are not on the water or in the mountains. Between the difficulty to find sites at desirable parks, and the **** the RV manufactures are building at crazy high prices, we are considering giving it up.
wowens79 02/20/23 08:10pm RV Lifestyle
RE: What Truck Dealerships do you recommend.

Give Granger Ford in Granger Iowa a call. They sold 2022 Super Duty's at 2% below invoice, and only a $200 dealer fee. My F-350 was $7k below sticker. They were super easy to deal with. About 3 emails and a $1000 deposit, and it was ordered. They called when it came in, and I flew from ATL to Des Moine, they picked me up at the airport, and had all the paperwork ready. Demo'd the truck, and 5 minutes in the office for paperwork and we were on the way home. They also have a RAM dealer, but I'm not sure what kind of deals they make on those. It was well work the flight and the wife and I enjoyed the drive home. Even with travel expenses, it saved about $6k over my local dealers.
wowens79 02/15/23 02:35pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Small ‘C’. Chev or Godzilla

This experience is not in a Class C, but I towed with a 2002 6.0, and now have a 2022 7.3. Towing was pulling a 8000lb TT The 6.0 is an incredibly reliable engine, I drove it from new in 2002, for 20 years and 3 weeks and 268,000 miles, and it still ran great. All internals were still original when I sold it. The thing with the 6.0 is it makes all of its power at higher RPMs, it really likes to be over 3000 rpms, and on hills it was normal for it to spin over 4000rpms. It didn't bother it, and no issues overheating or anything. It was just designed to run at those rpms. The 7.3 is a different beast, loads more power, and it makes power at much lower rpms. It has over 400ftlb of torque at 1500rpms. Hills that the 6.0 struggled to hold speed at 4000rpms, the 7.3 accelerates at 2500rpm. I do have the 10spd in my truck, so it is easy to find the perfect gear, but on flat interstate it pulls in 10th at 1800 rpms. The 6.0 only had a 4spd, but it pulled mainly in 3rd at 3000rpms, and would either lose speed or drop to 2nd on some hills. The 6.0 we called Ol' Faithful, it was a great engine, but has no where near the power of the 7.3.
wowens79 02/10/23 06:46am Class C Motorhomes
RE: Alarming spalling failures on 7.3 Godzilla

I bought a 7.3, and hope it holds together. One thing I have heard is that many of these that failing are in ambulance/wrecker service and have high idle hours. I'm guessing the low RPM doesn't supply enough oil. Sounds very similar to the issues Ram's 6.4 has had.
wowens79 02/10/23 06:28am Tow Vehicles
RE: Looking for owners manual- '97 Shasta 245

Like the answer above, they don't have one manual. They are more like a a house, you will have different manuals for the different items installed, like the water heater, stove, converter etc.
wowens79 12/06/22 06:29am Travel Trailers
RE: Internet RV Prices Today

It doesn’t hurt to make an offer and see what they say, just be polite but firm, and don’t be afraid to walk if it’s more than you want to pay.
wowens79 11/18/22 09:14pm General RVing Issues
RE: Eagle vs Montana High Country vs Avenue

Have you looked at the Grand Design product line? I believe they are a bit better than the ones you listed. Ken Thanks for the suggestion. I have looked at GD, and they are in the running. There are 2 things I don't like, I don't like the dark cabinets (23's are lighter, but wanting a closeout), and I want a residential fridge, I don't trust that Furrion 12v fridge.
wowens79 11/18/22 07:04am Fifth-Wheels
Eagle vs Montana High Country vs Avenue

Any thoughts on quality difference in these 3? I’m looking at their 3 slide rear living. The Montana HC is the favorite as far as layout, and appearance. We’ve been very dissatisfied with out 2016 Heritage Glen. I know they are all gonna have issues, and most things I’ll fix myself. It’s easier than dragging it an hour or two to the dealer.
wowens79 11/17/22 09:29pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Not bad for 11 years and 240,000 miles.

I just sold my 2002 6.0, it had 268,004 miles on it. I got 225k out of the original brake pads. Great truck. I’m want info to go to about a 12k lb 5th wheel, so I bought a new truck, and switched to a Ford with the 7.3 Godzilla in it, and it is a huge power improvement. Hopefully since Ford copied the LS, it will last a long time.
wowens79 11/13/22 09:10pm Tow Vehicles
RE: One Tire Worn Out

Check your shackles and bushings while you're at trying to find the culprit. Have you seen how bad it can get? Things can really wear out...almost dangerous in some cases. Make sure everything is nice and tight. Then take some measurements from the center of the axles on both sides to see if they are lined up. You also might check measurements from the end of the frame (front and back) to the center of the axles also. Process of elimination may take a while but at least you will know where things are. Thanks for those tips!
wowens79 10/27/22 07:59am Travel Trailers
RE: One Tire Worn Out

Could it be brake adjustment ? Good question, I had not thought about that. I’ll have to check that. Thanks for that suggestion.
wowens79 10/24/22 07:21am Travel Trailers
One Tire Worn Out

I’ve got one of the tires in my TT that is worn almost bald. The other 3 are fine. I’m guessing it is out of alignment/bent. Can this be fixed without replacing the axle?? It’s been 4 years for it to wear out. Should I just replace the tires for and go another 4 years. I’m probably gonna trade in the next year or so.
wowens79 10/24/22 06:43am Travel Trailers
RE: Selling 2018 F150 to upgrade to 2022 F150 - worth it or not?

Don’t do it, even if money wasn’t tight. Going into more debt is not the way to get out of debt. A 4 year old truck with 60k miles is good for another 12-15 years. Pay off that $7k, then keep making the payment but to a savings or investment account, then pay cash for the next truck. Flip the cycle one time and you’ll never worry about a car payment again. I was in your shoes 16 years ago. Trust me having no payments is the way to go. That old truck in my signature is getting to retire in about a month after hauling me around for 20 years. A new F350 is being built next week, but I’ve already made the payments for it and more over the years.
wowens79 07/26/22 08:57pm Tow Vehicles
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