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RE: Who's towing with the new Ranger? How is it going?

I have been towing a 3,500 pound travel trailer this summer with a 2020 Ranger and am totally satisfied. In fact, I recently started towing over 4,500 pounds with the same truck. So far, very good. 270 horsepower. 1,800 pounds of payload. 7,500 pound max tow rating. It "feels" as competent as my 2003 and 2005 F-150's. Not up to my 2016 and 2017 models though.
TomG2 09/24/20 03:25am Tow Vehicles

If my truck likes to tow at X rpm's at Y mph, I simply select 7 instead of 8 on the gearshift. The engine could care less if those rpm's are the result of transmission or rear axle combination. Axle ratio only really matters if I want to tow in 10th. Who tows in 10th?
TomG2 09/19/20 07:46am Travel Trailers
RE: Shearing the sheep

It is called inflation. The government prints money and dumps it into the economy. It will have an effect. It is beginning to show up here and there. The national debt is now beyond belief.
TomG2 09/17/20 07:15am General RVing Issues
RE: Shearing the sheep

Let's all welcome the new RVers by telling them how stupid/foolish we think they are for buying a RV at this time, especially if they finance part of the idpurchase. Personally, I get the appeal of spending nights in my own bed and preparing food in my own kitchen when enjoying my time off. Call me a sheep, but I am picking up my new travel trailer today. I paid ten percent more than a year ago but got ten percent more for my trade in. Financed part of the purchase at five percent. Net change is just a few dollars a month and I have a brand new trailer with a two year warranty. The dealer said that for every seven trailers that arrive, five are already sold. I believe him, as a whole row of Jayco trailers disappeared in the last week.
TomG2 09/17/20 05:31am General RVing Issues
RE: Tongue height

Front of trailer one inch closer to the pavement than the rear. Might not be a whole lot better than level but gives you one inch more clearance at the rear for things like steep driveways and such.
TomG2 09/16/20 06:54pm Travel Trailers
RE: Run with only one propane tank

I asked for the abuse by posing the question but I had no idea how many people would think it such a bad idea to consider. They must all race out and top off both propane tanks before every trip or face the dreaded "out of propane" shame. Otherwise, they only have one point something tanks to survive on. Never heard of float gauges?
TomG2 09/14/20 03:55pm Tech Issues
RE: Run with only one propane tank

I may be the only person on earth who lived after towing a trailer or driving a motorhome with only one propane tank. Golly! Call me a risk taker. That was not my question anyway. I simply asked what damage could follow if I left one tank at home. A couple of people answered the question. Thanks.
TomG2 09/14/20 03:19pm Tech Issues
RE: Run with only one propane tank

Tom, Nobody has mentioned the two that I have had experience with.... If you are going to leave the tank fitting bare, you best get a cap for it. Little crawly things love to go t in there and make nests. When the remnants of those nests get into the regulator, there is A: Great Danger and B: Now way to salvage most regulators. Second and interesting was an acquaintance left one tank home. This left the metal line that was supposed to be supported by the tank connection out dancing in the wind. Said line hardened and cracked. this was dangerous too, but at least the LP showed itself as soon as that tank was opened. Matt Thanks. I may or may not try the experiment. I tow thousands of miles a year and have more than adequate tow vehicles, but I also like to learn things. I tend to be a "Less is more" type person. 1,000 pounds of available payload is better than 900 pounds, and so forth.
TomG2 09/14/20 01:13pm Tech Issues
RE: Run with only one propane tank

Not sure what difference you think 53# is going to make in towing ability or mileage. Not worth it to me! I never said it would make a huge difference. I never said it was critical. I asked if it would cause any harm to the regulator or cause leakage to operate with one tank removed. On the other hand, add another battery, add water, add bicycles, keep adding 50 pounds at a time and some people will be overloaded at some point.
TomG2 09/14/20 12:15pm Tech Issues
RE: Run with only one propane tank

I asked if it would leak or harm the regulator, not if it was a terrific idea. I have built in accurate float gauges on my tanks, so running out accidentally is not a factor. I can go 2-3 months on a single tank in warm weather. I am not near being overweight. I see people on here traveling with empty water tanks to save weight, this is another thing that might help them. Thanks for the negative and critical comments.
TomG2 09/14/20 11:09am Tech Issues
RE: Run with only one propane tank

If it's full and you don't expect to run the furnace...not an issue for a short trip. We usually swap over when one is empty, pull it and put it in the truck with the second hooked up and in use...with no leaks or other issues. As mentioned you aren't saving much but it will work fact a lot of small (uner 20ft) travel trailers only come with a single 20lb tank unless you upgrade. Thanks.
TomG2 09/14/20 11:02am Tech Issues
Run with only one propane tank

As an exercise in weight control, I am asking if it is a good idea to leave one of my two propane tanks at home when traveling. One tank is more than sufficient for my needs. I am asking if it will harm the changeover regulator or leak propane with one tank absent. Seems like an easy way to shed a few pounds. NO, I am not that close to my ratings, just curious.
TomG2 09/14/20 08:22am Tech Issues
RE: Changes to Snowbird lifestyle and Snowbird communitiess

I am already in the RGV (Rio Grande Valley of Texas) for the season. The few of us early birds are pretty sure the party is over for this area. Cheap will still bring a few where that matters. The dances and other social events were already slipping and this will kill most of it off. Replacement snowbird numbers were already weak. When one has to read and reread the fine print on their insurance policy, many will take the safest course and stay north. I can name six out of ten acquaintances who have already decided to remain up north this winter. Three from Canada, three from the upper Midwest. The other four are undecided. Tremendous bargains on old mobile homes and park models. RV's not so much.
TomG2 09/03/20 06:22pm Snowbirds
RE: 30 foot run of sewer hose--downhill?

Thousands of miles of sewer are installed every year with approximately one percent slope (About 1/8" per foot). Thirty feet means .30 foot or about 4 inches. One does not want the water to outrun the solids and leave them behind. Flushing with large volumes of water improves this situation.
TomG2 08/31/20 11:50am General RVing Issues
RE: Hooking up 50 amp trailer to generator

...snip... we cant run the a/c which we never need in the mountains, ...snip...... Congratulations, someone answered all the generator questions and problems in about a dozen words.
TomG2 08/31/20 02:05am General RVing Issues
RE: 2021-22 Florida and/or Arizona

What's your budget? Lots of money? Florida or Arizona. Not so much? Rio Grande Valley of Texas. Daytime temps equal to all but the most southern parts of Florida. Cheap food, friendly people. Cheaper and friendlier than either of the other two. Reservations not needed except for a few of the 400 parks. Warning: Once you experience the same kind of park for $300/month as a Florida park that charges $700, you might be hooked.
TomG2 08/23/20 11:45am Snowbirds
RE: A/C couldn't keep up. Help?

Close the slides if possible. Move to Flagstaff where it is 20-30 degrees cooler.
TomG2 08/21/20 08:20am Tech Issues
RE: Private Sale of Park Model in Texas

Our park manager, bless her heart, handled the entire transaction quickly and for no charge. She knows how to do it. (In Texas)
TomG2 08/21/20 08:12am Snowbirds
RE: Dodge RAM payload

Although "Most" half tons have lower payload ratings than "Most" 3/4 ton models, that is not always the case. My plain jane F-150 has 2,315 pound of payload while some diesel 3/4 tons have less than 2,000 pounds. Read the stickers and not our comments. You will be a lot smarter.
TomG2 08/20/20 01:45pm Travel Trailers
RE: Are things ever going to get better?

Don't talk to someone who will be sick for the rest of their life or has lost a loved one to Covid. "Smile and deny" is the way to go.
TomG2 08/20/20 06:58am Snowbirds
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