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RE: TT Suggestions Requested: ~6500lb GVWR

As far as length.. I think that should include the trailer tongue? As I understand it for our wheelbase length, the rule of thumb max trailer length is 28' (20' + 1' of trailer for every 4" of truck wheel base over 120"). Unfortunately, I haven't shopped trailers in the 8 years since we bought our current rig. That said... I would suggest that you worry much more about weight than length. The wheelbase rule of thumb has been kicked around for years and seems, at least from what I've seen, to have roots in an old towing article with little scientific basis. Ford doesn't issue such ratios, and someone can correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't believe the other major truck carriers do either. Your calculations above have you on the right track. FWIW - I tow a 35' trailer with the same set-up as you with the exception that we intentionally skimped on options so that we would have more payload to work with. The length doesn't bother me at all. With the trailer loaded at 8k pounds, I make sure the tongue is between 1,000 and 1,100 pounds. With almost 1,900 pounds of payload available on the truck, that load keeps us just below our GVWR.
Mickeyfan0805 07/07/20 12:24pm Travel Trailers
RE: Lacrosse quality?

So after much thinking, we are going to try and buy a new TT. Our fam is just too big to comfortably travel in what we have now. We went out shopping and my wife fell IN LOVE with a new Lacrosse 3360BI. It hits all the check marks including size and weight for our Excursion tow rig. I’ve never heard of Prime Time RV and Lacrosse, although I haven’t perused new campers in quite a while. Overall it appears to be very well built. Does anyone have any thoughts or concerns with the Lacrosse TT and that floor plan? We kinda have to move quick on this purchase as that particular floor plan is limited to deal stock and they only have 2 left.... We haven't looked at trailers since we bought in 2012 - but we very much liked Prime Time rigs at the time. That said, I'm going to be 'that guy' and encourage you to really consider the match. A 37'7" trailer, with a 'dry' weight of 8,200 pounds, is a lot for an excursion.
Mickeyfan0805 07/06/20 06:11pm Travel Trailers
RE: Black Water Accident

Well, there is a waste drain at each campsite, so no, I am not making other folks wait while I try to jet rinse the black tank. This model TT came equipped with a built-in jet rinse for the black tank. There is a separate, dedicated hose port on the TT specifically for the jet rinse. I only use the jet rinse after first draining the black tank, then the grey tank. The jet rinse is done with only the black valve open, and is the last thing I do before leaving the campsite. So I also don’t understand why BurpMan does not like the idea of hooking up a hose from the campsite water supply to the separate jet rinse port on the TT. I do the same thing. Empty tanks...flush black tank using the rinse port...close valve and let run for a minute to put a few gallons of fresh water into the tank so it doesn't run dry. Simple and certainly no risk to the water system of the campground.
Mickeyfan0805 07/06/20 09:52am Travel Trailers
RE: sway

FWIW - If OP doesn't do his/her own maintenance, that can also be an issue with tires. Your typical oil change shop has been known to simply look at the door sticker and adjust pressure without paying attention to the actual rating of the tire. As noted above, an under-inflated tire can most certainly be a problem!
Mickeyfan0805 07/06/20 09:47am Travel Trailers
RE: sway

FYI - this thread is likely to go down the 'overweight' path very quickly. When you go to the scales, you may be surprised at what you find. It is highly likely that you are near or over your GCVWR on the 2.7, and you may or may not be exceeding payload depending on your configuration and set-up. That said, for the short term issue you are trying to cover, here's a few things to consider... First - are you sure you are dialed in with your WD hitch? The fact that you are 'sitting level' doesn't necessarily mean anything. You need to do the before and after measurements of the wheel wells to make sure it is transferring enough weight off the rear axle. Again - if you scale properly you will get some insight here as well. Second - are your WD bars also sway control? They aren't necessarily one in the same. Third - how is your tongue weight? Again, scales will be necessary here, but you want to make sure it is sufficient. The general range is 10-15% of total trailer weight - I find ours is best around 12%. If you are way out of line on this number, it can cause problems. Fourth - How are you loaded? You said that you only had clothes for 2 in the trailer. Is that all you had, or did you have a bunch of stuff in the truck bed? You are likely pushing your GVWR, which means that a heavy load of gear in the bed could be a part of the problem as well. All in all, I would start with these things. Make sure you have your setup dialed in before you try to branch out into band-aids. Airbags are very helpful in some situations, while people seem to debate whether or not they actually benefit with sway (I've never used them, so I have no opinion). In either case, that's a lot of money to invest on a truck you'll be dumping soon - so I'd work hard on making sure everything else is covered first! Start at the scales - it will tell you a lot.
Mickeyfan0805 07/02/20 02:49pm Travel Trailers
RE: Black Water Accident

I hope that you are not connecting the water at the campsite to your black tank rinser... Why?
Mickeyfan0805 07/01/20 02:46pm Travel Trailers
RE: Fresh water hose storage

Without a visual it is hard to discern exactly what you have done here. Are you suggesting that you have removed your spare tire and placed your hose there instead? Or, are the two somehow both mounted on the same vertical bracket?
Mickeyfan0805 07/01/20 08:28am Tech Issues
RE: Problem with Cat scale weights

I'm with others - go re-weigh and be extra careful on your axle placement. Something seems awry here. You don't want to start fixing a problem until you actually confirm that there is one. This, for me, falls into the 'measure twice, cut once' category.
Mickeyfan0805 06/30/20 03:14pm Towing
RE: Black Water Accident

If I am reading your story correctly, I think you answered your own question. You state that you opened and closed your valves to lubricate them prior to your trip. In doing so, any remaining fluids/chunks from your last dump, plus the antifreeze that you had put in your tank to winterize, would have poured down the tube and filled up the space between your valve and your outlet cover. When you closed the valve you sealed that space, trapping the fluid between the valve and the cover. When you removed the cover, that pressure and fluid would have been released the - hence the unpleasant shower. We've all been there in one way or another! Happy trails!
Mickeyfan0805 06/30/20 03:08pm Travel Trailers
RE: Outdoor Kitchens

Our experience is like cgjt's. We have a full kitchen with larger dorm fridge, microwave, sink and swing-out dual cook top. It also came with the little grill that mounts to the side of the camper, but I don't use it. We have a separate Coleman for grilling. We do almost all cooking outside and love this option. Never a single problem with leaks.
Mickeyfan0805 06/30/20 09:11am Travel Trailers
RE: 15+ F150 - Breakaway Cable anchor?

Thanks for those who have offered suggestions. I have been under the truck and haven't seen any good independent locations (the bumper is integrated to the hitch and would likely be part of any failure) - but I'll look for a hidden loop as suggested above. For those who don't isolate the cable to a different mounting point - more power to you. I simply prefer the redundancy created by a separate mount.
Mickeyfan0805 06/30/20 09:05am Tow Vehicles
RE: 15+ F150 - Breakaway Cable anchor?

The engineers put tow hook rings on the hitch and not on the vehicle frame for a reason. Convenience and safety. Don’t try to think outside the box. Use a clasp/hook device and attach to the safety chain anchor rings. This question is about the breakaway cable, not the safety chains. Of course safety chains go on the hitch rings! The breakaway cable, on the other hand, is meant to engage the trailer brakes if the trailer separates from the truck. In the case of a hitch failure, the cable would not pull and the trailer brakes would not engage. It's an unlikely scenario, but it always seemed smarter to connect the cable to the truck independently from the hitch itself. On my previous TV there was an easy way to wrap a steel cable around the frame - no such simple solution exists in the F150, so I was just wondering if other f150 owners have sought similar solutions.
Mickeyfan0805 06/29/20 12:19pm Tow Vehicles
15+ F150 - Breakaway Cable anchor?

For those with a current model F150, any recommendations on where/how to anchor the breakaway cable? I've never liked anchoring it to the hitch, as it would do no good in the case of a hitch failure, but the manner in which the hitch is integrated into the bumper in my 2019 F150 is making it hard to find a distinct location to anchor the cable.
Mickeyfan0805 06/29/20 10:00am Tow Vehicles
RE: Should I connect my sewer line when camping?

It's really a personal choice, whatever works best for you. If we are camping more than one overnight, we'd hook up sewer at the same time as water and electric. If we were just doing a quick overnight and didn't expect to fill the tanks, then we would not hook up sewer. I have a similar approach. We are a family of 5 that does all showering, dish cleaning, bathroom usage, etc. in the camper. So, we really can't get more than a few nights without needing to dump. For a weekend trip, I might do it upon arrival if I have time and nice weather, or I might wait until departure if circumstances demand. Longer stays, I always set up at the outset so that I can dump as needed.
Mickeyfan0805 06/29/20 09:55am Beginning RVing
RE: Bad Time To Sell RV?

Yep - discretionary income will drop dramatically until there is more economic certainty, and the simple flow of foot traffic into dealers is most certainly incredibly low. Some states and municipalities won't even allow dealerships to be open for sales at this time. A seller may get lucky in a private sale, but I think we are talking about a dramatically different market than what we had just 2-3 weeks ago!
Mickeyfan0805 03/20/20 11:11am General RVing Issues
RE: Private Seller - Financing

Yep - Bank or CU. They will work you through the process easily and properly. I bought a truck in NY when living in MA and financed through my local bank with ease.
Mickeyfan0805 03/10/20 06:42pm Beginning RVing
RE: Enough truck?

It will be just my wife and I in the truck for this trip. If I add up our weight (200# each) + 200# topper + 745# hitch weight I'm at 1345# which is within the 1568# max payload. Is this too close? If I use the 15% of the 6000 TT GVWR as the hitch weight I get 900# plus the weight of us and the topper (600#) which is 1400# just barely below the 1568# payload. Too close? The truck rear GAWR is 3800#. For clarity, you want to double-check your math here. The two of you, plus the topper is 600 pounds, and your 15% calculation is 900 (both of which are accurate above). However, this puts you at 1,500, not the 1,400 you have listed above. You are also missing the weight of the WD hitch (likely 75-100 pounds), which would put you closer to 1,575 to 1,600 for your final number (which is just over your payload sticker). That said, as long as you are confident that there aren't other mods or gear in the truck eating away at that payload (heavy bed mats, bed steps, tools, etc...), I would suggest that you will likely be fine. 15% is the very high end of the tongue weight ratio, and you may well not load it to the entire 6,000 pounds for just two of you. I would suggest that a trip past a CAT scale could confirm things for you, but you'd likely be in a manageable state.
Mickeyfan0805 03/10/20 08:45am Travel Trailers
RE: Am I being greedy?

As others are pointing out, this is incredibly odd. OP - I'm confused by your language. You 'traded' your rig, or you 'agreed to trade' your rig? In other words, what is the current status of this transaction? I would never agree to any compensation without it being written specifically into the purchase agreement. Many RV dealers quote trades without ever looking at it. This is simply another gimmick to try to get money. Unless you are contractually obligated, refuse.
Mickeyfan0805 03/09/20 02:40pm General RVing Issues
RE: SHANK question

This likely has a lot to do with tongue weight. For a lighter tongue, likely not an issue - try it and see how it goes. For a heavier tongue, you are increasing the torsion on the hitch which would lessen the actual weight the tongue could safely carry. I'm not an engineer, so I would not be able to try to quantify the difference, but that would be my consideration.
Mickeyfan0805 03/06/20 07:19pm Travel Trailers
RE: self driving sooner than we think!

You will know the turning point has been reached when they start altering road construction and signage to accommodate autonomous vehicles. When they start embedding things in the roadway, or special stripes on the roadway, or special visual or RF beacons on the roadside, that serve no purpose but to help AI vehicles navigate the roads, then you will know that the turning point has come. Today, everything you see on and around roadways is to enable human drivers. Soon, there will be things there to enable AI drivers. I think this is a big factor that remains unknown in all of this. Many adaptive/assist systems currently exist, but they are far from bulletproof, and many rely on systems that can become readily problematic in real world conditions. Five minutes on an icy, salt covered, road and my F150 spits out a warning that the pre-collision system can't operate. The sensors become covered in sludge and can't see anything. I'm sure there can and will be solutions to all of this, but I think some of it is likely to boil down to infrastructure that is not yet in place. We will continue to move in that direction, but there are still some major hurdles to overcome.
Mickeyfan0805 03/05/20 08:46am Tech Issues
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