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RE: GM's Max Trailering Package

If you are towing in the mountains a lot and want to stick with a half ton, Ford's 3.5 ecoboost will be hard to beat. However, GMs's 6.2 liter v8 is a great motor as well but I would rather have the turbo. For what you are asking, the right half ton will do the job but you must be sure it has enough payload. Let me throw you a softball: WHY would you rather have the turbo over the 6.2 “pure grunt” as I’d call it? Just an honest question, I don’t think there’s a wrong answer and in no way am I knocking the 3.5L eco. Truth be told, our 5.3 in the Av had plenty of power this summer with our current load, it was more the tranny that I was watching the temps on. I owned a 5.3 Avy that I replaced with a 3.5 Ecoboost. Have you driven an Ecoboost? I replaced the Avy because I bought a bigger and heavier 26ft TT, after selling my 24ft Hybrid TT. The Avy just wasn't up for the job, through our Western mtn ranges. Plus the payload capacity was only 1357lbs. The towing difference is AMAZING! My F150 Ecoboost has 1828lbs of payload and WAY more power, especially in the mountains where it really shines.
bikendan 10/27/20 02:51am Tow Vehicles
RE: Found a unicorn

Have been looking for this configuration, not thinking I would find it sitting on a lot 8 miles from home! Just have to get those awful windows tinted after I pick it up on Monday. Super crew cab 6.5' bed 3.5 EcoBoost 10 speed 3.73 gear Heavy Duty payload package Max trailer package 7850# gvwr 4800# rawr 2560# payload https://i.imgur.com/XF9jrPnl.jpg\ Man, i wish i could find one!
bikendan 10/25/20 02:55am Tow Vehicles
RE: Reviews or model advice

Is there a place on this forum to find reviews and opinions on make/model of 5th wheels? Thanks. Nope. as was said, you can post your questions in the 5th Wheel forum. Or visit the make's owners forum websites. they usually have a separate 5th wheel sub-forum.
bikendan 10/23/20 02:00am Beginning RVing
RE: How wide do mirrors need to be for a TT?

... Tried the CIPA ones before. They vibrate and one fell off. The pair I have doesn't vibrate much and that's why I've kept them by removing and installing from two previous GM tow vehicles to my current one. BTW I extended them while towing my TT once but couldn't see the difference in the side view so pushed them back in and haven't extended them ever since. I had CIPAs on my Avalanche for 10 years and on my F150 for 6 years. NEVER had any vibration or had one fall off. For the price, they can't be beat. Thanks for the additional insurance. I am hoping we are talking about the same model. These aren't as wide as "factory" type extended mirrors so I hope they are wide enough. The only CIPAs I know of, are the ones that slip over factory mirrors. Adds an additional mirror on the far outside.
bikendan 10/21/20 01:05pm Beginning RVing
RE: Michelin Defender LTX Discontinued ??

I love mine!
bikendan 10/21/20 03:26am Tow Vehicles
RE: How wide do mirrors need to be for a TT?

... Tried the CIPA ones before. They vibrate and one fell off. The pair I have doesn't vibrate much and that's why I've kept them by removing and installing from two previous GM tow vehicles to my current one. BTW I extended them while towing my TT once but couldn't see the difference in the side view so pushed them back in and haven't extended them ever since. I had CIPAs on my Avalanche for 10 years and on my F150 for 6 years. NEVER had any vibration or had one fall off. For the price, they can't be beat.
bikendan 10/21/20 03:17am Beginning RVing
RE: Gas station air/water station water safe?

I would never believe a gas station attendant, as to the water quality. Having worked in gas stations, I personally would not use their for for drinking purposes. And I'm not a water snob. Home water, Yes. Gas station water, NO. Unless they have a water source that's identified as potable. Like at large truck stops.
bikendan 10/17/20 02:42pm Beginning RVing
RE: Colors of trucks!

the DW and I both dislike white and black vehicles. My F150 is Sunset Metallic and the previous truck, an Avalanche, was Sunburst Orange. the DW's car is Vapor Blue Metallic. the last white vehicle I owned, was back in 1974. An Impala I bought at an auction.
bikendan 10/17/20 03:04am Tow Vehicles
RE: Which Shocks for 2017 F150 Ecoboost

What is a 2footidice ? two foot idice. As in an illness or syndrome. Needs two more feet of trailer. should be "twofootITIS". Sorry, retired EMT, couldn't resist.
bikendan 10/15/20 02:55pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Curious: difference between a WD hitch and Hensley Arrow

I just checked my paperwork. I did not pay anywhere near the $2500 price that everyone is saying for my HA. What is average price of a good traditional WD hitch these days? here's a 12,000lbs one for $479. shipping, to Washington, is 9.50 https://www.camperpartsworld.com/Equal-i-zer-Sway-Control-Hitch-12000-lb_p_22969.html not sure how legit this site is because most are selling it for $670
bikendan 10/15/20 02:52pm Towing
RE: Preferrred Water Heater

having owned both, i prefer the Atwood.
bikendan 10/15/20 02:19pm General RVing Issues
RE: Which Shocks for 2017 F150 Ecoboost

I've had the tow vehicle since new. Approaching 60,000 miles with roughly 20% of them towing. My first travel trailer with this truck was a Keystone Cougar28RBS. MY wife got 2 footidice and we upgraded to a Sporttrek Touring 312VBH. A little longer and a little heavier. are you saying that you're towing this new TT with a F150, WITHOUT a WDH and sway control?:E
bikendan 10/15/20 02:54am Tow Vehicles
RE: Over loaded pickup

Common sense seems to be going out the window in this country. Young people seem to be the most clueless. They have never taken shop class, they can't change a tire. I remember a conversation with a guy that works for the State Parks Dept. He said he could find people that have a good understanding of natural resources, but they have no mechanical knowledge at all. They tear up the equipment like ATVs, they get stuck all the time. They always need help. This was happening at my fire department, in my last few years. Firefighters HAVE to be mechanically inclined but this younger generation often has never heard of "rightly tightly, lefty loosey". They have trouble figuring out how to attach a supply hose to a hydrant or discharge on the engine. And forget anything with its own engine. It took forever, to teach many of them, how to operate anything mechanical. Of course, many didn't make through the academy or probation thankfully.
bikendan 10/13/20 02:51pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Curious: difference between a WD hitch and Hensley Arrow

Have you ever experienced towing with that $2,500.00 hitch? Many of us don't need to because we have well-paired combos that do great with our regular WDHs. I've used mine for 15 years, in snow, ice, high winds, busy California freeways and multiple Western mountain ranges. NEVER had any kind of sway issues with my $400 4 point Equal-i-zer. Rock solid. So why would I need to spend $2500 fir a PP or Hensley? I agree that they are the best and I think those with short wheelbase tow vehicles should definitely consider getting one. I also think that a 1 ton dually would be the best tow vehicle but at this time, i don't need one. I do just fine with my F150 3.5 Ecoboost.
bikendan 10/13/20 03:04am Towing
RE: Curious: difference between a WD hitch and Hensley Arrow

For 95% of all TT setups the Hensley is a solution in search of a problem. If they were cheaper everyone would have one. Why not have the best if you can? because if you have a well matched combo, they aren't necessary, especially for the price. a good modern WDH with integrated sway control works great with no need to spend 8x the money.
bikendan 10/11/20 02:51am Towing
RE: TOGO Power Generator 1000w

I have been given a TOGO Power generator, 1000 max watt. Not costing me a thing but have no idea what 1000w can do. I have my regular house battery which is an Interstate SRM24 and carry a spare batt that I take off of my boat which is about the same size. My Honda 2000 died a few years ago, so I don't currently have a generator. Is it even worth carrying in the bed of my truck (I do have room) while on long trips? Refrig, furnace and w/h are propane so need 12v to operate. that thing is a 2 cycle noisemaker! PLEASE don't use it in a campground. i'm sure its noise level exceeds campground max.
bikendan 10/10/20 03:49am Tech Issues
RE: What's the longest/heaviest you would tow with a 1/2 ton?

I know they are rated for anywhere from 9200-12500 lbs max towing and abound 1000# TW Back in 2013, I wasn't thrilled with how our 2013 F150 3.5 EB CC 4x4 max tow (rated for 12k#) felt suspension wise with about 5500# and 28FT behind it. Maybe it was just me, but it was pretty slushy/bouncy even with a properly set up WD hitch. Maybe it was just me. I remember telling myself I would never go over what I had with any other 1500 if that was a max tow truck. Fast forward to now. We're thinking pretty hard about upgrading from our 17 FT 2800# trailer to something with two recliners and a dinette with a walk around bed. Looks like about the smallest I can find is almost the same, 28 ft. From my reading, light weight trailers just can't hang quality wise and longivity wise as more robust , heavier trailers. Seems like they start around 5800 and up to around 7000#. I know there are people who get downright scientific with it, just looking for a general idea if possible. Hopefully I'm already on the right track. The heaviest would be dictated by the truck's payload capacity, not towing capacity. On nearly all tow vehicles towing a TT or 5th wheel, you will always run out of payload capacity WAY before getting close to max towing capacity. Personally I own a 2014 F150 SCREW 4x4 3.5 Ecoboost with the Max Tow package and 1828lbs of payload capacity. I wouldn't tow over 8000lbs loaded.
bikendan 10/07/20 02:41pm Tow Vehicles
RE: New and confused

My recommendation would be to go with a pre 2002 F350 7.3 Diesel or a post 2016 F350 6.7 Diesel both with crew cabs, 4X4, long bed with bed caps. They will give you abundant inside space with comfortable ride and lots of storage in bed as tremendous towing and cargo numbers. A dually would be tops. OP bought a trailer that will likely be 6,500 to 7,000 loaded and here comes the diesel dually comment. To the OP, I recommend you get a late model Ford Expedition with the 3.5 eco boost and make sure it has the max trailer package. That engine will tow your load better than other gas 3/4 ton vehicle especially in the mountains. You do not need a 3/4 ton just make sure your expedition is properly equipped. And your family will be much more comfortable in three rows versus any crew cab pickup, especially as they grow older. the OP posted 10 hours before your post, that they bought a Ram 2500. it's in the post right before yours.
bikendan 10/06/20 02:39am Tow Vehicles
RE: Tail light wiring for towing

i can't tell if the OP is talking about towing with the Equinox or using it as a toad.:h
bikendan 10/04/20 02:53am Tow Vehicles
RE: Trailer Backup Camera & Tow Mirrors

After forty years and four motorhomes we have recently purchased a 2018 29 foot KZ Connect travel trailer and a 2017 Ford F-150 XLT truck to tow it. The trailer is pre-wired for a backup camera (Furion) but I have not purchased one as yet. I am also considering a set of tow mirrors to attach to the existing side view truck mirrors. The Ford F-150 is equipped with the Trailer Backup Assist and trailer tow package. I have not set up the trailer backup assist feature as yet but plan to do this soon. The question is do I need the trailer backup camera, and the additional mirrors along with the trailer backup assist in the truck? The F150 features do nothing like a rear observation camera does. Nor can the truck's backup camera system connect with the rear observation camera. I have a 2014 F150 and I love the rear observation camera system I installed on the trailer. 7" monitor on the dash.
bikendan 10/01/20 02:26pm Towing
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