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RE: Newbie Tow Capacity Question

All the limits are important but...I think towing capacity is the least important of them all. My Tundra has a tow capacity of something like 9500 lbs. Really? I tow my trailer down the road that weighs 6500 and I am near my limit for payload capacity. Pay very close attention to payload, axle limits and GVWR when you have a half ton. You will run up against one of these far before you go over the Towing Capacity number.
aftermath 08/08/22 05:22pm Travel Trailers
RE: Your Opinion On Air Bags

If you have a weight distributing hitch and can't get it level you are either grossly overloaded, or you don't have it set up correctly. If you are overloaded, air bags will NOT help this. Take a look at this video. I saw it a long time ago and it explained it pretty well to me. Yes,if you have a very sturdy tow vehicle, air bags can level things for you. They will never "increase you towing capacity" as someone has stated. Air Bags vs Weight Distributing Hitch
aftermath 08/01/22 09:14pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ground material falling into lower storage compartment

I am confused as well. You lost me with "a ground material"..What exactly do you mean by this? Is it something you might find on the ground? Is it some kind of electrical grounding material? Can't offer up much help, yet.
aftermath 08/01/22 08:45pm Travel Trailers
RE: Thinking about the next Tow Vehicle

Surgtech 94, Coming in late here but want to add my two cents. Yes, a half ton can do the job but not all are built the same. Yes, a late model V6 will be up to it. Buying used will still be a shock to the old pocketbook. Prices are crazy high these days. If you are going to be driving this truck a lot when not towing I suggest you look at the Ford Eco-Boost. This thing has been out for awhile and gets pretty good mileage when not towing. The turbo charged V6 creates plenty of power to tow your trailer, as others have mentioned. When towing, it really isn't much better in the mpg category. I would avoid the Tundra now but it is new so you won't be looking at their V6 if you get a used one. I might be interested in a few years after they work through the start up issues. I am on my second Tundra a 2017 with the 5.7, 6 speed tranny and 4.3 gears. My trailer weighs between 6,000 and 6,5000 going down the road ready for camping. I have weighed it a few times. Never an issue with my Tundra and while both of my Tundras have been trouble free, it is not the best out there for mileage. 58K miles and I get 11-13 or so on trips. Good luck and welcome to retirement!
aftermath 07/23/22 05:34pm Tow Vehicles
RE: cross winds?

I just adjust my friction sway control for regular driving and dealing with passing trucks, etc.... This is what has always confused me regarding the add on friction control devices. How do you know how to adjust them? When do you stop and make adjustments? I have a feeling that most people don't do this, but they just attach them, crank them down and go. This makes more sense to me. I know a guy (yeah don't we all) who told me he adjusts things when he "needs" to. Really?
aftermath 07/21/22 04:31pm Towing
RE: First hand F150 hybrid experience anyone?

The impact is reduced fuel economy. The hybrid shines when driving in town only. Not to start any wars here but, isn't this the same argument for the Eco-Boost? I have a friend who gets basically the same mpg I get while towing with my Tundra. It is sort of a wash until you factor in what he gets while not towing. Wowsa, I am glad that I don't have to use my Tundra as a daily driver. Is this the same kind of thing that hybrid owners are experiencing?
aftermath 07/05/22 10:10pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Traveling with Propane on

Bikendan, The Airstream forum has been pretty much a mixed bag over the years. I do believe the consensus recently is what you have stated.
aftermath 07/03/22 10:07pm General RVing Issues
RE: Vintage Gas Prices

Around 1967 I was driving my VW Bug to school and ran out of gas. Luckily I was on a hill so I coasted into a station and filled up my 10 gallon tank. Gave the attendant $3 and got a few cents in change.
aftermath 07/03/22 08:05am Around the Campfire
RE: Traveling with Propane on

To the OP, yes,run with the propane on. No needed precautions provided your fridge is in good working order. How do you know the fridge is "on"? Aside from all the lights and such you can always go outside, open the panel and feel the heat being generated in the exhaust tube surrounding the pilot light. I have found this thread reassuring as the vast majority confirms the safety in running with the fridge on. I will only turn mine off when on a ferry. Haven't traveled through any tunnels that require it. I don't turn it off while fueling up either. The odds of a mishap are approaching zero. Fumes? Of course there are fumes at gas stations but even a spilled gallon of gas on the floor would not produce enough concentration to ignite some 25 feet away. Over the years I have asked, pleaded actually, for anyone to produce any proof of a fire caused by a fridge running on propane while moving down the road. So cases. I did see some photos of motor homes burning on the side of the road but upon closer look, they were fires started in the front of the rig, up where you find the engine. One sent in a story of a guy in a van conversion who was filling his gas tank that was right next to the fridge compartment. The old guy lost control of the hose and sprayed the side of the van with gas thus ingniting the whole thing. Really? That has been the best anyone could come up with. Lets just say that someone does produce a single case of this issue. Out of millions of trips if one ended in a terrible fire, would that keep you from turning if the fridge? I mean, if you are that concerned about possible accidents you probably shouldn't drive on a highway. Lots can, and often does go wrong there.
aftermath 07/03/22 08:01am General RVing Issues
RE: trailer suspension

I bought a 2020 gulfstream vintage crusier single axle and towing it with my 2021 Ford 150. My queston is: Is it practical to upgrade the trailer suspension for a smoother ride and/or sway? and if so, what would someone recommend? Thanks...Vincent Vincent, so now you have had all the ideas one can consume. I will simply say, your trailer will be fine. It is important to look at the tires though. Check the Load Range against the weight of the trailer and air them up as needed. If the load range is just slightly above the weigh of the trailer air the tires to the max. Load the trailer avoiding putting heavy items at the back. Better to have more weight on the tongue. BUT...get a good WD hitch with built in sway control and get it dialed in as per manufacturer's recommendations. Trailer sway is something to be avoided.
aftermath 07/02/22 08:20am Travel Trailers
RE: Hybrid tow vehicle?

Toyota is coming out with a hybrid Tundra with plenty of power to tow 7K loads. I believe that the F-150 also has something in the works. This years Tundra has an Ecoboost wannabe set up with a turbo charged V-6. I think mileage is a big focus as companies move forward. Of course, all these improvements come with rather large costs.
aftermath 06/27/22 08:37am Tow Vehicles
RE: I know I wandered off...

Yes, it is sad. Pups are not dead, only on life support. I had one for many years and both of my daughters and their families still have 'em. I liked reading through the posts, reliving our great times and even occasionally offering up some advice. I suppose it is a sign of the times.
aftermath 05/11/22 08:24am Folding Trailers
RE: best brake controller 09 f150

He has an '09 truck. I doubt it came with an integrated controller. A built in one is better, as far as looks and not taking up space under the dash, but that is based on having a good one. I purchased my second Tundra (a 2017)partly because they finally went with an integrated BC. It was a real piece, a timed controller that was almost impossible to dial in. I replaced it with my old P2 and it is great. I also found an adapter that allowed me to install the P2 in the dash where the OEM controller went. My suggestion: Get a Prodigy and search for an adapter so it will be a plug and play situation. I had no problem doing this myself and I am a regular sort of guy when it comes to fixing things.
aftermath 05/04/22 08:29am Tow Vehicles
RE: Putty or butyl tape?

Wow, pretty strong statements here. I like working with the putty tape better. I picked up some butyl tape by mistake once and found it difficult to work with. Went back to the trailer supply store and got good information about the benefits and advantages of both types. For my application, on both my trailer and older tent trailer, the putty was actually better. I do like the advice to "use what was there" before. I can't remember what the guy told me but it had to do with possible staining and black streaks on fiberglass siding. Again, talk to someone in the know.
aftermath 04/13/22 08:49am Travel Trailers
RE: A Quick Question

KKELLER14K, I too like gizmos and my level mate pro is the best thing ever. That said, I don't go out and buy a gizmo just for the idea of buying something. We have wonderful trailers these days. Indoor bathrooms and showers. Hot water heat, stoves and refrigerators that can run when you are out in the woods. I particularly like the automatic switch over feature on the double propane tanks. This little "gizmo" comes with the trailer! Open both valves and then pay attention. After you have camped for awhile, you will know about how long a tank will last. Check the indicator and when it turns red, it is time to fill the empty tank. I do not switch the valve until I remove the tank to get it filled. You will be drawing propane from the full tank and the indicator will still show red. The red reminds me to fill it up soon. Some say it is no problem to get out of bed during the cold dark night to go out and open the valve. Well, I would consider it a huge issue. Of course, if you never pay attention to things, this would make sense.
aftermath 03/30/22 09:56pm Travel Trailers
RE: Norcold light blinking every ten seconds or so

Bob, I think this is a standard absorption fridge that runs on 120 or gas. It "runs" on gas but needs battery power to operate the board and the spark to ignite the gas when needed. Years ago there were 12 volt fridges and I am assuming this is not what he has. Today they have electric only fridges but since this is a gas/electric fridge, he doesn't have one of those either.
aftermath 03/19/22 04:10pm Travel Trailers
RE: Level Mate Pro Questions

I have had mine for two seasons now and haven't had any trouble connecting or using it. Mine is in my Airstream, full aluminum trouble maker. I have the battery version and I am very serious about turning it off after each use. We pull in to the campsite, I go in and turn on the LMP, park it and then as we set up, I turn it off. My battery easily lasts through the season. I am a strong believer of the KISS principle.
aftermath 01/19/22 03:55pm Travel Trailers
RE: Why consider 12v fridge for boondocking?

12V compressor fridges are fantastic, but so are absorption units. It all depends on use. So, lets be fair here and agree that they both work well for your intended purpose. When making the point of compressor superiority it usually gets quickly followed with discussions of enhanced battery banks, large solar units and the use of portable generators. Well, many of us don't have much in the way of the first two but likely we do have a generator. I have an older Airstream. A few years back Airstream went with 12V fridges. Solar options became more popular and there were lots of discussions about fancy batteries. I also "feel" that most RVers are the type that use full hookups the vast majority of time. For these reasons, a compressor fridge is indeed a better option. For me, not so much. We do a lot of camping without hookups and we manage just fine. Fridge always works and if we don't need the furnace we can go days without using the generator. Again, both units are really good. So, let us argue the benefits and please try to avoid inflammatory statements like lugging around propane tanks to run your fridge. My word. Are you lugging around propane tanks to cook your food?
aftermath 01/16/22 11:41am Travel Trailers
RE: Ins and outs of DNA testing

... Fantasies,what ifs,and high adventure,was a topic of conversation around the campfire. I started doing family tracing in the early eighties,and that nugget was the first one to come crashing down. ... This is something to think about before you get involved in DNA testing. Before I tell our story just remember that these companies are doing this to make money. They offer up "free" or "reasonable" fees to get started. Once links show up it is very normal to want to follow up. If you are doing a family tree you really do need to follow up and then you will notice extra fees to get to the next step. Don't be surprised by this. We all have a family fantasy and many people really don't want to change this. We have found that a grandfather who was a hard working immigrant was actually a crook who did time in a penitentiary, a father that produced and unknown to us sibling and another cousin with a surprise father. Personally I found all of this to be interesting and enlightening but others considered it an affront to their beliefs and wanted to hear none of it. So beware, it can indeed open some wounds and challenge not only your belief system but also can do harm to some of your current family relationships.
aftermath 01/10/22 10:45am Around the Campfire
RE: Mystery Battery Draw While Parked UPDATE

Here is what I was told by my local Acura dealer mechanic. We had a new RDX that needed a battery replacement within the first two years. We parked it in our locked garage each night and usually did not lock it up. He said that when just sitting there, many sensors are still functioning like the proximity sensors. He told us to lock it each night, thus turning some of the sensors off, thus protecting the battery. I really don't know if this is true or not but we always lock the car and the truck each time we leave. People typically drive their vehicles EVERY day, so charging occurs regularly. When you park one that isn't driven much, this really can become an issue. I hardly drive my truck, it sits for long periods of time.
aftermath 01/10/22 10:29am Tow Vehicles
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