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RE: where 2 get water for RV before you reach your destination?

I'm not at the stage where I go 'weeks' at a time on the road, so I always take a load of water from home, even if going to a full hookup site.. My old TT only had a 30 gallon fresh water tank, but my new Rockwood has a 55 gallon fresh water tank... I have found, I don't really use all that much fresh water from the tank on a long 4 day weekend. No kids, no need to take a 10 minute shower every day while "camping"... It's my time to be dirty, so a good sponge bath before bed is more than refreshing while out in the 'woods'.. ha, ha.. In the end, do what you need to do that works best for you.. All of us other goofs out there are just doing the same thing and proud of it! That's why we post what we do and think it's all anyone else needs to do to enjoy their time in the "woods".. :) Good luck! Mitch https://i.imgur.com/XG8H0uzm.jpg?1
MitchF150 07/15/20 12:04am General RVing Issues
RE: Battery Selector switches, best for tidy surface mount

My Rockwood came with one of these types of battery cut off switches. It's on the tongue, under all the stuff up top, and you just have to reach up and turn the key to either ON or OFF.. https://encrypted-tbn2.gstatic.com/shopping?q=tbn:ANd9GcS0xZNv3Qnt0HLPpTGn52QR0v7sboNDQRfyGfprKzQ9zM6x6WpXSg&usqp=CAc The Rockwood came with a very nice dual 12v battery setup and I modified the storage compartment for it, but still like the disconnect switch on it. Mitch https://i.imgur.com/XG8H0uzm.jpg?1
MitchF150 07/14/20 11:55pm Truck Campers
RE: Toyota fake 3/4 ton spotted, overheated

I forgot about those.... Why did I buy my whimpy F150? https://cs.copart.com/v1/AUTH_svc.pdoc00001/PIX102/1ed60f6b-8bd1-41a3-a212-5fda4b11eaaf.JPG https://i.ytimg.com/vi/-1bVH2gT5Mo/hqdefault.jpg
MitchF150 07/13/20 09:52pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 4 Kids - Quad Bunk with Ford Expedition?

MitchF150 Yeah, I've done my time childhood camping in Australia. Didnt care much for the spiders and snakes... but y'all have bears and full on crazy big wild animals here... Im going to go with a house on wheels Can't argue that, but depends on where you go too.. :) Good luck! Mitch
MitchF150 07/13/20 08:13pm Travel Trailers
RE: Toyota fake 3/4 ton spotted, overheated

So is mine.... At #7700 GVWR, I am paying for an actual #8000 GVWR truck (ie, 3/4 ton)... but, it's still just a lowly 1/2 ton... Maybe in Japan, it's a 3/4 ton? I'm 1/2 Japanese, so I think I can say that? ha, ha.... Mitch
MitchF150 07/13/20 07:26pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 4 Kids - Quad Bunk with Ford Expedition?

Yep, totally different times for sure... When I was all of those ages (yes, back in late 60's- 70's) we just pitched a couple of tents! :) But yes, I know that's not how it's done now.. :) I do see large families still going out and camping in tents with young kids... I think that's really the only way to figure out if you are able to do this "camping" thing... But, of course you can jump right into the whole RV thing and that's fine too. Good that you are asking questions up front and I'm sure you will get a lot better advice than what I just typed out... Good luck! Mitch https://i.imgur.com/XG8H0uzm.jpg?1
MitchF150 07/13/20 07:03pm Travel Trailers
RE: Toyota fake 3/4 ton spotted, overheated

No photo, didn't happen... ha, ha.. There is no "3/4" ton Toyota.. There isn't even a "3/4" ton Nissan XD in reality, but that's closer than any 'yota' I've ever seen... Hell, my little F150 is closer than any 'yota' truck out there... ha, ha... Mitch https://i.imgur.com/XG8H0uzm.jpg?1
MitchF150 07/13/20 06:53pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Best Weight Distribution Hitch

I'd say your own towing experience has tons more influence than a bunch of goofs on the internet will have! The actual Equal-I-Zer brand of hitch has been around forever... I was a kid when we traveled with a family friend that had a TT that used that kind of hitch.. The "rig" was a 1965 Imperial 4 door "boat" and towing a 1965 Aristocrat "Low-Liner" 24 or 26 foot TT back in the day.. (we were in a tent) Had the same square bars resting on L shaped brackets on the trailer tongue and using that to distribute the weight and also provide some friction for some form of 'sway' control. We also used the basic "bar and chain" type of WD (Eaz-Lift) brand once our family got into the TT scene and that worked on a totally different TV/trailer setup.. (1971 F250 and a 26' TT, it was a new truck back then) The Hensley's, Pro-Prides and the rest are all fine and dandy too... I'd say that you just gotta use whatever works best for you with the combo you have and go from there... Setup can have a lot to do with a basic WD setup... Set it up wrong, and it won't work. No matter what the kind of hitch it is. Set it up correct (for your combo) and it might be just fine... If you need to tow a 30' Airstream with a front wheel drive mini van, that Hensley will probably be your "best" choice.. :) What was that video of that outfit that would setup your front wheel drive vehicle to tow some huge ass trailer and claim no 'sway"?? Can-AM or something like that?? :) Good luck! Mitch https://i.imgur.com/XG8H0uzm.jpg?1
MitchF150 07/12/20 04:57pm Towing
RE: Quadruples ?

What's the problem? Seems like he is not being pulled over by a LEO and not a flame ball on the side of the road either?? Sure, I do see some wild stuff out there too with various "RV's".. But, most of the things on the side of the road all crashed up are regular passenger vehicles and Semi's... ;) Mitch
MitchF150 07/12/20 02:55pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Tag axle question

I thought he was talking about just switching the wheels to dish out on the original setup... Sure, if it's designed to be that way, it should be fine... I just didn't interpret the original post correctly... :) Mitch
MitchF150 07/12/20 02:51pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Travel trailer warranties

I've only got #3500 Dexter Torflex axles on my 2019 #7000 GVWR Rockwood 2511S. It does have 14" LR D tires which at the 65 PSI on the sticker exceeds the axle ratings for 2 of them and having probably close to #900 TW. Just for comparison, my old 2003 #5000 GVWR Prowler had the same #3500 Torflex axles on it, but only the little 13" LR B rated tires which were only good for #2200 each.. I did upgrade to 13" LR D tires, but never had an issue with the Tork-Flex axles.. I'm surprised that a "Grand Design" has leaf spring suspension? Aren't those supposed to be a so called "high end" manufacturer?? From the prices of their units, I would think so?? I don't think my Forest River Rockwood is anywhere close to a "high end" model, and my 2003 Fleetwood Prowler, defiantly was not! But, they both have had the Torflex as OEM and that's what sold me from the start. As far as "warranty" work by the deal or the manufacture.. Well, all they are going to do is replace the same part that failed in the first place.. It'll just fail again in most cases.. I think you can go ahead and pay Lawyers to fight a fight that won't go anywhere, or just go ahead with your planned upgrade and start enjoying your rig! I did have a "warranty" issue with my Rockwood. Fridge would not stay running after it cycled it's temp. I talked to the dealer and they said I'd have to bring it in, they would have to "trouble shoot" the issue, get approval of the warranty claim and just replace the main board of the fridge which is what I told them was the issue... That would have taken well over a week, plus dropping off the trailer to them (which, they are only 2 miles away, but still a PITA for such an easy fix) I just bought a new board for $100 and replaced it in about 30 minutes. It was a 2 day online delivery and I didn't have to take the rig to the dealer.. But, that's what worked for me.. Yes, I know they should "pay", but in the end, I have no problem with it, as the hassle of them to pay $100 just was not worth it to me when I am capable of doing the work myself. Sure, replacing axles is a lot different deal.... I would not take that on myself as a DIY project either... Just just saying that "warranty" work is not fun at all, no matter what the issue is... :) Good luck! Mitch https://i.imgur.com/XG8H0uzm.jpg?1
MitchF150 07/12/20 01:52pm Travel Trailers
RE: Tag axle question

To have that real "dual wheel" look effect, the offset of the wheel would be so great, you'd be replacing wheel bearings every year, and the tire wear would probably be even worse. Without the inside wheel being there, you just can't pop the outside wheel in the 'dish' position and think it's just going to be fine.. Good luck! Mitch
MitchF150 07/12/20 01:13pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Portable Jump Starter

I have one of these. Got it on Amazon. $70. Works great. It loses about 10% charge a month if you don't use/charge it. I've used it several times. Lights get left on and sometimes a battery just needs a jump... Wife is glad I had it! https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/617PHkqaA0L._AC_SL1000_.jpg
MitchF150 07/11/20 11:25pm General RVing Issues
RE: How do I know if my trailer coupler is adjusted correctly?

I grease the TT ball. I don't grease the little utility trailer ball. I just wipe it off every now and then and re-grease. Just your cheap 'general purpose' grease that I have in the gun. Been working for me for the last 18 years of doing this RV thing.. I've not had to adjust the latch on either of my trailers. They let loose and go on pretty easy and I can lift up the tongue of the trailer with the jack, as that's what I do to set the WD bars. Good luck! Mitch https://i.imgur.com/XG8H0uzm.jpg?1
MitchF150 07/11/20 04:31pm Travel Trailers
RE: Best Weight Distribution Hitch

I just got a new Rockwood TT that's some 4' longer and some #2000 heavier.. Still using the same Eaz-Lift WD setup I used with the old Prowler. #1000 bars and the saddles from the prowler transferred to the Rockwood like it was designed for them! Had to flip the hitch shank from a "drop" to a "rise" because of the higher tongue height of the Rockwood. But, it's still solid towing and have never had any inherent 'sway' to speak of.. Distributes the weight just fine for me and works great. I'd just hook up the setup you already have and then take it out for a spin. Only you will be able to tell if it's setup right or not. Even all those other fancy WD setups need to be setup correctly to work properly. Good luck! Mitch https://i.imgur.com/XG8H0uzm.jpg?1
MitchF150 07/10/20 02:39pm Towing
RE: Are RV sewer hose supports necessary?

I don't have one. I only connect my sewer hose when I need to dump and that's the day I leave the site, even with full hookups. I don't use "hundreds" of gallons of water a day while "camping" either. I never even hook up to the city water line, even in full hook up sites for a long 4 day weekend. I bring my own water and like using it as needed. Do I need to take a 10 minute shower while "camping" like I do at home every day??? no... I like being dirty once in a while and roughing it while "camping". It is my time to do that... ha, ha... I don't have kids so that helps a lot too I'm sure! Wife and I do just fine with each other! Everyone does what they need to do while "camping". What I do or what you do, it does not matter... It's what works for you while you are out doing what you want to do in the wilderness.. I LOL to myself at folks that I see hooking up their sewer line even before they have unhitched their trailer! But, that's the way they setup camp for themselves, so that's what works for them. I'm sure I give a lot of 'observers' something to talk about with the way I setup my rig or do things during my stay. Who cares? I'm doing what works for me and that's all you need to do too. Good luck! Mitch https://i.imgur.com/XG8H0uzm.jpg?1
MitchF150 07/09/20 11:44pm Beginning RVing
RE: Axle and Hub Question

Another thing... I bet if you were to authorize the work, all they would do is repack your bearings and still charge you for the new axles! Why? Because they know the axles are fine.. Wow.. What is the world coming to? Mitch
MitchF150 07/09/20 07:37pm Travel Trailers
RE: Axle and Hub Question

The only thing I would replace is the place that told you that you needed to do that kind of repair... That should just be a simple repack of wheel bearings.. Pretty easy if you know how to do it and don't mind getting dirty.. But, if that's not an option, it should still not cost too much.. I don't know, as I do my own bearings. Good luck! Mitch https://i.imgur.com/XG8H0uzm.jpg?1
MitchF150 07/09/20 06:09pm Travel Trailers
RE: 22” rims vs 18” rims

I think as long as you also attach those 18" wheels to a 3/4 or better yet a 1 ton truck and not an F150, that would be better... I'm towing a 26', #7000 GVWR TT and it's all I want to tow with my F150 and it's even setup with MaxTow and has over #1900 payload! It's not so much the size of the wheels. It's the size of the tires you have. Those 22's you have have small sidewall tires where the 18" wheels will have taller sidewalls so the overall tire height of both sets are going to be about the same.. I've got OEM 20" wheel/tire setup, but my OEM spare tire is on an 18" wheel, but the overall tire height is roughly the same. Anyway, good luck with whatever you do! Mitch https://i.imgur.com/XG8H0uzm.jpg?1
MitchF150 07/05/20 08:55pm Travel Trailers
RE: is forest river rockwood mini2506s a good buy

I've got a 2019 Rockwood 2511S and it's been a really good rig so far. Got it for a fair price for our area and it's one that I hope will be with us for some time. Mitch https://i.imgur.com/XG8H0uzm.jpg?1
MitchF150 07/05/20 12:12am Travel Trailers
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