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RE: Tow weight

A lot of “it could”. Just look at the trailer’s GVWR. If not listed, just add the dry weight and cargo capacity. Use that for your towing weight. Figure 12-15% of that for your tongue weight. The tow rating is determined by subtracting the vehicle curb weight (delivery weight with full tank) from the GCWR. That is why you should not buy a trailer that is near the full tow rating. Unless you are traveling with an empty truck. IOW, every pound you add to the truck gets taken away from your tow capacity.
Boomerweps 07/07/20 01:31pm Travel Trailers
RE: 22” rims vs 18” rims

3.55 gears are Ford’s Max Tow package gears. 3.73 is a separate option but is included with Heavy Duty Payload Package (HDPP). 3.31 is standard with the tow package. The 10 speed transmission is supposed to take up the slack for towing. TOO much trailer for most F150s.
Boomerweps 07/06/20 10:35am Travel Trailers
RE: sway

It appears you have a TV and WDH that can handle your TT. Go over the set up procedure for your WDH. It seems something may be off there. I am one who recommends pumping up your TT and TV tires to their maximum sidewall pressure when towing to prevent any tire squirming. Makes a big difference with P tires.
Boomerweps 07/03/20 08:59am Travel Trailers
RE: weight distribution bar

Tractor supply, probably Home Depot too, has Hitch pins of various sizes. If nothing else, you could gear by with a bolt and a nyloc nut to replace the hitch pin. Other types of nuts would require a lot of torque to hold.
Boomerweps 07/02/20 08:23am Travel Trailers
RE: shower head

Oxygenics is the brand everyone, including me, recommends. It provides a higher flow pressure and has a built in pressure relief center hole to maintain temperature when otherwise shut off with the flow button on the nozzle.
Boomerweps 06/29/20 08:53am Tech Issues
RE: 2019 Dodge Durango with tow package? am I making a mistake?

I would think popup for towing with that vehicle. Sorry, that's just a crazy statement. Just is. I towed a 3877# GVWR TT Wolf Pup 16BHS (normally maxed out) with a 5225# rated 4.0L V6 Explorer. A bit weak on power but towed it fine. I concur with most that stickered Payload is THE major consideration on using a Durango with a given TT. BUT, choosing a TT that is listed at 3/4 your towing rating is a reasonable choice to maximize the size of TT while maintaining a comfortable towing experience. There are many single axle bunkhouses that are in that range. However, I recommend using the TT GVWR and never the dry weight for estimating towing values. It's really easy to load up a TT, especially if you don't want it in the TV because of payload limits.
Boomerweps 06/28/20 10:50am Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford's twin turbo 2.7 Eco-boost V6 (new and older versions)?

Everything I've read about the 2.7EB engine made me wish I had test driven it more, but I got the V8! Actually, most on the F150 forum that have the 2.7EB rave on it for power vs. mileage. Only ones disappointed with it are the ones with maximum options that kill the payload capacity. Lots of positive Utube videos about it, too.
Boomerweps 06/24/20 12:05pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Air Conditioning how many do not use it.

Even if I didn't need it for the temps and outdoor humidity, I'd need it to cut the inside humidity enough for me to sleep. So far I've always camped with full hookups for those reasons.
Boomerweps 06/24/20 11:53am General RVing Issues
RE: Ran over Gator

In the 1970s, I would have my existing tire cores recapped locally when needed. Never a problem. I would even have the company recap my tires when I was home on leave from the Navy. Road gators are 95-99% commercial trailer tires and there isn't a big statistical difference between new and recaps. Recaps have to meet DOT standards.
Boomerweps 06/24/20 11:47am General RVing Issues
RE: CAT Scale results - advice needed

Took my TV and TT to the scales and have some results. TV - 2017 Expedition w/ HD Tow package TT - 3101 BHSE (dry weight of 6100, hitch weight of 890) Using ProPride 1400# hitch. Using 2 washers on the hitch pin. Vehicle weights: TV only Steer Axle: 2840 Rear Axle: 3220 TT: 6840 TV and TT (no WDH) Steer Axle: 2100 Rear Axle: 5260 TT Axle: 5540 Total: 12900 Hu? How could you add over 2K in the rear axle? We need correct numbers to give you a correct answer. Are the numbers correct? Yup. If you add the loss off the steer axle to the loss of the trailer weight when hitched. That is 740# off the steer and 1300# off the trailer axle(s). That's 1300# tongue weight. Tow with any tanks forward of the TT axle empty as possible. Consider carrying liquid in tanks behind the axle. Shift whatever trailer weight you can behind or on the axles. Also not quoted above, but you need to put more tension on your WDH to push more weight to the steer and trailer axles.
Boomerweps 06/16/20 10:12am Towing
RE: White hose

Main reason for a white hose is to clearly identify it for potable water use only. Now I have a 100' brown hose for my sewer macerator, definitely don't want to use that for anything else ;) I do carry a green garden hose for general use, cleaning out the stinky slinky, etc.
Boomerweps 06/16/20 09:51am General RVing Issues
RE: Towing a 4500lb TT with an SUV

All great advice above. I'm towing a lighter TT at 3877# GVWR. With my previous TV, 2008 Ford Explorer tow rated 5225#, it towed great EXCEPT the engine was a dog. CAT Scaled it and turned out I was at 85% GCWR, and mildly overloaded on my drive & trailer axles. Got a 2019 F150 and am super pleased when towing. And it's my DD. It did take some getting used to the 4 door's length and width compared to an Explorer. Even with the short bed, it is 10" longer than my old 1998 Expedition was (sold in 2016). Still only get get 10.3 mpg when towing but it's better than the Explorer's 9.8 mpg on a good day. V8 5.0L vs. V6 4.0L. You don't mention kids. A standard cab or even a short bed extended cab pickup is easy enough to drive in town and could gain you a lot more towing power with a lot more options with the bed VS. an SUV.
Boomerweps 06/14/20 07:33am Travel Trailers
RE: Storing with blank tanks 1/4 full???

Two weeks, no problems. For future planning, do you have an accessible sewer clean out in your yard? Last fall, I drove my truck and TT into my front yard to do my pre winter black tank cleaning. Thought I was going to camp one more time and didn't;( Unscrewed the clean out cap and worked thing just like in a full hook up campsite. I've since finally wired up my FloJet macerator pump I've had for a year to do the same from a distance without having to drive into my front yard. With a FloJet and a garden hose, you can dump your tanks into a home toilet.
Boomerweps 06/14/20 07:00am General RVing Issues
RE: Water miser issues.

I used a Sharpie to mark how to turn the knobs in my TT shower ;( Oxygenics is the brand shower head that increases apparent water pressure flow.
Boomerweps 06/12/20 06:18pm Tech Issues
RE: Cat scale surprise

Your tongue weight does not show on the TT axles, that's where your added trailer load is. You really need to do a reweighs (at the CAT Scales an extra $2 each). Truck itself, truck with trailer WDH employed. Truck with trailer WDH spring bars thrown in the truck. From this you can determine tongue weight, and how much the WDH actually affects the weight. X2 I e-mailed FR why my camper had a gross rating of 7600lbs but had 2 axles rated at 3500ea. Their excuse for cutting it so close was 760lbs was tongue weight and carried by the truck. Yup. My Wolf Pup 16BHS has a GVWR of 3877# on a single 3500# axle, same deal.
Boomerweps 05/30/20 05:45am Towing
RE: Cat scale surprise

Your tongue weight does not show on the TT axles, that's where your added trailer load is. You really need to do a reweighs (at the CAT Scales an extra $2 each). Truck itself, truck with trailer WDH employed. Truck with trailer WDH spring bars thrown in the truck. From this you can determine tongue weight, and how much the WDH actually affects the weight.
Boomerweps 05/29/20 07:32pm Towing
RE: Buying a new travel trailer-first time buyer Great website to check prices. On mine, base price ended up $11,500, where many were listing $16-20,000. And the selling dealer had a 2019 model in April 2018 with a larger refrigerator. You can plug in exact model, state, and or distance from you. I bought my TT about 180 miles away in another state. Check out Utube videos for the model you want. Or might want. Lots of good reviews there. Don't be sold on the first nice new shiny model you find. ;)
Boomerweps 05/25/20 04:28am Travel Trailers
RE: Weight distribution bars

Did you measure after trailer on Hitch ball WITHOUT spring bars hooked up? That compared to the other measurements really show you how much the WDH is working for you. With the current info posted it sure seems like you have it right.
Boomerweps 05/20/20 10:31pm Towing
RE: Family of 4, looking for smaller trailer

I know it would be a PITA to make a bed everyday, like a Murphy bed but.... My wife's biggest complaint about our TT is the east west bed. Somebody gets stuffed up front against the wall and has to crawl over the other for nighttime BR breaks and in the morning neither gets to sleep in easy. It is a major pain to make the bed with three sides against a wall. Note that TT names are usually the floor plan size, overall length is 5' or so longer. My 16BHS is about 21' long overall. Do look at small toyhaulers. Lots more play space for kids during bad weather. Single axles are cheaper. Dual axles would better accommodate a growing family with much more cargo capacity. Semi-ignore dryweight specs. Plan on getting closer to the TT GTWR once you load it up for camping. Your tongue weight will be 13-15% of that. Your truck has to have the cargo capacity (yellow sticker) to carry everything (including 100# WDH), everyone, and tongue weight. That is usually the weight limit reached first.
Boomerweps 05/17/20 08:40am Travel Trailers
RE: Do I need sway bar or equalizer?

I only traveled 200 miles to get mine in Ohio. With my 3166# dryweight, I was going to drive it home and see how it towed before deciding on a WDH. The dealer really wanted me to use one, even though I was well within specs without. Finally he offered me a used WDH at a great price, taken in trade for a heavier one in somebody's TT upgrade, free install. I'm glad I did. My 2008 Explorer really sagged without it. With my 2019 F-150, I really don't need the WDH, even towed the TT home once without it when I lost one of the spring bars from a stupid mistake. Didn't even realize I lost it, guess the remaining one acted like a sway control? Anyways, I didn't want the uneven tension on everything from one bar and didn't use it for the 65 miles home from Erie. However, I know the real difference it made with the smaller tow vehicle. So for the truck to have that locked in towing feeling and built in sway control for a more comfortable tow, I'll still use it. Based on what little info you've listed I expect you have the factory tow package with either the 3.5EB or 5.0 engine with 3.55 axle if you have a current generation F150. Did you get the factory trailer brake controller or did you add your own?
Boomerweps 05/15/20 03:30pm Travel Trailers
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