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RE: Another Towing Question

That's a big ol camper for an F-150. From your post, it sounds like you bought a used truck. The only F-150s set up to handle it would have to be ordered with Max Payload, and Max Tow, and those are so rare, I'd be shocked if you have that set up. You are really in 3/4 ton territory.
wowens79 02/25/21 11:40am Travel Trailers
RE: Tire Replacement Question

Talk to the local tire dealer, he has probably done trailers before. If they are close, they may be willing to do it at your house.
wowens79 02/25/21 04:39am Travel Trailers
RE: Why is 5th wheel standard vs Gooseneck?

Why is a gooseneck harder on the trailer frame than a 5er? Is it because the length of the neck down to the ball is longer than a 5er? We are thinking of going from a TT to a 5er, and just trying to learn. The lever arm on the GN is longer than on a 5th wheel pinbox. On either one, it takes the same force to move the trailer forward. With the longer lever arm and the same force, you get a higher stress transferred to the frame where the pinbox attaches. Ken Thanks Ken. That is what I was wondering.
wowens79 02/20/21 06:20am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Why is 5th wheel standard vs Gooseneck?

Why is a gooseneck harder on the trailer frame than a 5er? Is it because the length of the neck down to the ball is longer than a 5er? We are thinking of going from a TT to a 5er, and just trying to learn.
wowens79 02/19/21 09:24pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Gas Credit Cards

In 2006, I had an LL Bean Visa, to get free shipping when purchasing from LL Bean. I found a shirt on sale for 1/2 price ($16). The bill either got thrown out, or lost in the mail, and I forgot I’d bought the shirt. The next bill had a late for of $29, plus interest on $16. It was totally my fault for not paying it on time. After that I closed all my CC accounts, and carry 2 debit cards on different banks. CC companies don’t have those big fancy buildings, and run all these adds on TV because they give money away on cash back. I know if you are perfect and stay on top of things, you can get a bit back. For me it is not worth the hassle, or risk. The debit cards have the same protection as a CC. In the last $15 years, I’ve used them for rental cars, hotels, airlines, and never had an issue. Different people like to do things differently. I like the ease of using my debit card, and paying for things once and not having to worry. When choosing a gas station when traveling, i notice the price differences from state to state, out of curiosity. When it is time to fill up i look at ease of getting in and out of the station, not at gas prices. If one station is $0.05 cheaper, and they are packed, and there is a less crowded station with a light to make it easy to get in and out, I’ll pay the extra $3 to fill up.
wowens79 02/19/21 09:10pm General RVing Issues
RE: Very new to living in an RV/Trailer

My daughter is living in our RV at college when they ran out of dorm rooms due to reduced capacity with COVID rules. The RV park she is in includes cable TV, so I called the cable provider, and they were able to set up an internet connection. So she had plenty of bandwidth for school, and netflix.
wowens79 02/17/21 05:45am General RVing Issues
RE: Towing Capacity Question

Please forgive as I am a complete newbie to all of this. I have a 2018 Dodge Durango SRT with a towing capacity of 8700 lbs. We are looking at a camper that is 5,900 lbs dry weight. Obviously that falls within the 8,700 but I know there is a lot more involved than just that. My max weight for passengers and cargo is 1,200 lbs. Assuming my family takes up 500 lbs of that and the hitch weight of the camper is 682 lbs I am pushing the top end correct? (Did I calculate that correctly?) Looking for opinions from seasoned campers if this setup looks ok or am I over doing the capabilities of my Durango? Of course the sales guy says I will be fine but I take what he says with a grain of salt! Personally I think you're safe. What makes a good tow truck: - stiff suspension. SRT, check - over-built braking system, check - stiff tire sidewall, check - strong powertrain, check Pump up your tires to near max psi if it feels better. I know, load tables... Look, on the race track all factory psi / load tables are thrown out. Throw the spare tire into the trailer if you're down to the last few lbs of payload. Look at it this way, my 1500 Ram tows 10k lbs. The SRT is stronger and more stable than the soft sprung Ram in every single way. The wheelbase of the 1500 is longer and wider that really helps with stability.
wowens79 02/17/21 04:34am Tow Vehicles
RE: Phoenix area shop to install steps such as Mor-Ryde?

They are really easy to install. Just drill some holes and put some bolts through them. The old steps were a little pain to get off, but not to bad.
wowens79 02/15/21 04:33am General RVing Issues
RE: Not a Great Week for Travel

I know it’s a big event, but weddings are so chaotic, busy, and so many people. Think about a trip to visit in the spring, where y’all can spend quality time with the young couple, and enjoy them to yourselves. If they are like we were when we got married(broke), they might enjoy taking a few days to camp with y’all at the beach or lake.
wowens79 02/13/21 09:16pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Truck Seat Repair

I bought an adhesive pleather patch off of Amazon that worked ok. It stuck, but after a year the pleather came lose from the mesh backing, but that backing has held up fine. Doesn’t look great, but it closed up the hole. My trucks a 2002, that I bought new, so I’m just trying to keep it going with minimal repairs until I have to bite the bullet and buy a new one.
wowens79 02/13/21 09:06pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ready for a new awning...

If I replace my power awning, it will be with a manual one. Let me explain why: The power awning is nice for the reasons you state, but it is fixed there. It goes out, it goes in. Period. There is no provision for tilting it. I wasn't paying attention one rainy day and it filled up with water. I tried to retract it to shed the water. No sale on that one. I stood there in my rear doorway with a broom, trying to push up to dump the water. The nitrogen cylinder let go and down it came, into the open door, flooding the whole back of my TT. 4 letter word. Maybe 2 or 3 of those. There is no provision to raise or lower it at the front either. Personal preference, yes it's nice to push a button but I will take the old style manual any day. Maybe some of the newer ones offer tilt, I don't know. To me, tilt is a mandatory feature. My power awning you can tilt to the side, you just pull down on the arm. One side the spring is weaker so when it rains it automatically tilts and drains. The motor did die after about 3 years, but a new one was only like $80, and took 15 min to replace.
wowens79 02/13/21 06:04am Fifth-Wheels

I keep having to replace pigtails, they start leaking where the fittings are crimped on.
wowens79 02/13/21 05:59am Tech Issues
RE: Stone Mt Ga

I’ve been once, we live about 30 minutes from it. It’s not really my kinda place, to touristy. The campground was fine, but unless you have a reason to be in that area, there are better options.
wowens79 02/11/21 08:39pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Shopping for a Jeep Wrangler... maybe?

I like the TJ's from 1997-2006(I have a 2001 and a 2002), they are a simpler to work on, and the inline 6 is very reliable, and long lasting. They are getting older now, so finding a good one is getting more difficult. Also avoid ones from areas where they use salt on the roads, it settles in low points in the frame, and rots them from the inside. I won't consider one from north of Tennessee. The JKs started in 2007, the first few years with a 3.8 liter engine are reliable, and cheap, but that motor was straight from a minivan, and is pretty gutless. But if just to tool around with the top down, might be a decent choice for the price. The 3.6 liter started in like 2012, and is better suited to the jeep, but you will see a price jump with those.
wowens79 02/09/21 07:43am Tow Vehicles
RE: 6.6 liter gas engine

I don't think it will. TFL Truck did a youtube video of it pulling I think it was 14k up the Ike in CO, which I think is a 7% grade, and they got down to like 40mph. I think the 6spd trans, and only having 3.73 axle ratio really hurt it. Towing that weight I think the best choice for a gasser is the Ford 7.3 gasser with a 10spd. It pulled that hill at the speed limit, and not to the floor. The Ram was between them.
wowens79 02/08/21 01:46pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: taking your RV on a boat down the Mississipi to New Orleans

I saw it one time years ago on the Tennessee River when I was a boater. When we switched to an RV, I looked for info in it, and it seems they have all shut down, rumor has it the Coast Guard added some regulations and made it to difficult to make money.
wowens79 02/08/21 01:12pm General RVing Issues
RE: 6 liter V8 Chevy Vortec question

Not sure how this compares, but I pull an 8k lb travel trailer with one. Get used to it turning 3k rpms regularly. The power on mine comes in around 2500,2800 rpms, and pulls to 5000rpms. The slightest grade and it will downshift. We pulled into a headwind for like 8hrs, in 3rd gear at 3200rpms and it did not complain. It is an incredibly reliable engine. I've got 250k miles, and it has been troublefree. Hopefull some of this is helpfull to your situation.
wowens79 02/08/21 01:03pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Looking for ideas on hauling bicycles in toy hauler

Google fork mount bike rack. You just pop the front wheel off, and attach the front fork to the mount. You can screw the mount into a2x6, or attach it to the floor or wall. There are different sizes now due to different axle widths and diameters.
wowens79 02/05/21 09:45pm Toy Haulers
RE: College age kids and working remote Floor plan

grown kids are difficult to predict, so IMO, you should please yourself first and then work out some plan to accommodate the "kids" if either or both decide they want to make a trip with you. You could get an easy set-up style tent and use that for an extra bedroom. Or choose a campground with sleeping cabins. Ditto on the tent idea. Tho the kids will not like it. Alternative is air mattress for the floor. Our experience is they they will mostly want to be with their friend unless a trip interests them. Then they will want to go and may want to drag a friend along. Until they get bored then they will make life Heck until you turn around. Under no circumstances would we allow an opposite sex friend. But that would depend on you off course. So far we've only taken my son's girlfriend, and she got a bunk, and he stayed in a hammock outside :) He had to be a gengleman and let her have a bunk and A/C.
wowens79 02/04/21 12:36pm General RVing Issues
College age kids and working remote Floor plan

We've got 1 kid in college, and one is a senior in high school, and we are thinking about a new camper. Currently we have a bunk house TT that my son is longer than the bunks so he sleeps on the tri-fold, and my daughter still stays in the bunkhouse. We've been looking at a couples type 5th wheel thinking of when the kids are off to college, but are wondering how much they will go with us. What's been everyones experience with that. We are working from home, and are thinking of traveling around a bit while we are working. The 5er we like only has the master, and a tri fold, so no where for both kids. There is a floorplan that is the same as what we like, but it has a mid bunk, which has a desk, so this would be ideal, it would sleep everyone, and have a good work location. The problem is that gets it to 42', and would really limit some campsites. I've got to buy a new truck for either, so I'm gonna buy one that will pull the big one, but just can't decide which way to go. Any thoughts out there?
wowens79 02/04/21 10:10am General RVing Issues
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