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RE: First barrage with the dealer

X2 www.rvtrader.com I bought my 2019 TT 180 miles away in the next state. $11,500.00 vs. $16,000 2018 50 miles away April 2019. Base price Taxes, state paperwork fees added, no delivery fees added, THAT should be part of the sales price. Separating that out is a dealer money maker. My TT was listed by some dealers out to near $22,000! Dealer I worked with sent me photos of the 2019 changes, mostly around the full size refrigerator vice previous under counter model (lost a small pantry).
Boomerweps 08/09/20 10:10am Travel Trailers
RE: electrician question: voltage drop at outlet to TT

My PI EMS 30 Amp installed unit shuts of my TT power when I run the Air Con during the day., 125’ 12AWG total from CB box, far side of garage. Near side of garage. 105’ total wire. 125VAC start. 6.6WATTS at idle, add AC 12.9 amps 107.7VAC, add refrigerator 15.8 amps 105.4 vac. Measured with a Kill-A-Watt between the cable and 30 amp to 20 amp adapter. My PI EMS was added after the Kill-A-Watt above. I also picked up a plug in digital voltmeter (Amazon under $20) to quickly read since my EMS is located under the dinette bench at the TT main power inlet and I was too cheap to get the remote display. (Don’t be cheap Iike I was!) Kill-A-Watt was on sale $20 at Harbor Freight. Multimeters are great to have but being able to just plug it in and select between readings vice fumbling with probe leads is priceless. Just turn things on and off and you can easily read the changes in volts, watts and amperage.
Boomerweps 08/09/20 09:47am Tech Issues
RE: Estimate of cargo weight

Years ago tinkering with marginal tow vehicles, Chevy Colorado at that time, we actually scaled weighed every single item we put in trailer. With a family of 5 and a dog we ended up with 1492 lbs completely stocked and our trailer ended up weighing 18 lbs shy of GVWR.....Still have the note pad. I did similar but in REVERSE. After CAT Scaling my TT with my former TV, I found out I was over TT GAWR & TV rear GAWR. So I pulled out a lot of stuff out of the TT and some from the TV, weighing it all. Then I could subtract those weights from the CAT values to make sure I should be under all the weight limits. Did have to estimate firewood load I stopped hauling. Still need to scale the TT with the new TV. Going from towing at 96% GCWR to 65% GCWR makes towing a comparative dream!
Boomerweps 08/07/20 11:53am Travel Trailers
RE: Weight Calculations

I would also question the frame strength of the camper to have that weight bouncing around back there. Strongly concur. He’ll need some significant frame/bumper reinforcement. Best to haul the motorcycle in the truck bed, if possible. There are many tales of bumper to frame weld breaks destroying a 3 to 4 bicycle rack load.
Boomerweps 08/05/20 10:08am Travel Trailers
RE: Outside TV mount

Could you mount the articulated arm inside a hatch? Then just put the PAWS mount on that. PAWS mounts are, IMO, incredibly costly for a small piece of plastic. My TT has the exterior mount, the television part was supplied, but the interior mount was missing. I mounted the television permanently on an articulated arm inside. I have no reason for watching TV outdoors while camping. I used the PAWS mount on a family camping sign I put out during setup. Just thinking. For the cost (& weight) of a small television, you could put one on an articulated arm permanently in an exterior storage compartment.
Boomerweps 08/05/20 09:59am Travel Trailers
RE: Outdoor Shower - Low or High?

I suspect most of the reason outdoor showers are mounted where they are is to keep them inside a large storage area near the water pump. Mount it wherever convenient, just add an extra hand nozzle hanger up high where you want it and the shower hose will reach. Might add that myself.
Boomerweps 08/05/20 09:47am Travel Trailers
RE: First Adventure!

Glad you enjoyed your first RV experience. I have to concur with the other posts. Your desired TT is 50% more weight and that or more in sail area to push you around in wind. I understand the need for more interior space. If you can, try another rental of the size desired. Even just having a friend loan you one for a tow test will open your eyes on your TV capabilities. I bought my TT undersized (I thought) for my tow rating of my then TV, 2008 Explorer. On paper, everything was within spec. AFTER I CAT Scaled the rig, found out I was overloading the TV rear and TT axles. Removed a lot of weight, got everything truly with specs. Still a hard tow from the engine strength. Other aspects good with the WDH. Same TT, new truck, great tow, with and without WDH but still using the WDH. I will say always use the TT GVWR as the assumed towing weight in your calculations.
Boomerweps 08/04/20 11:21am General RVing Issues
RE: Understanding GVWR

Well, my TT CC is only 694#. So it's easy to overload the TT when SWMBO (She Who Must Be Obeyed) stocks it out like a vacation cottage with stuff for grandkids and visitors. Forget hauling water.
Boomerweps 08/04/20 10:55am Towing
RE: More water needed....

Too much weight. A small trailer would work best.
Boomerweps 07/28/20 03:25pm General RVing Issues
RE: New Vehicle for Towing

PA requires trailer brakes at GVWR of 3000# and above. 1000 dryweight pop up probably has a 2000# GVWR limited by its axle, likely on 12" wheels, 13" if you're lucky. Almost any vehicle rated to tow can handle that trailer. It will likely only have a flat 4 pin electrical lighting connection. If it has more pins, it would only be to charge a coach battery if it has one.
Boomerweps 07/26/20 12:02pm Towing
RE: Understanding GVWR

It is odd that the maker would setup the TT with less than 10% tongue weight unless they were expecting the added items to make up the difference. Dealer/sticker tongue weight is based on dry weight. Dry weight is as shipped, empty propane tanks, no battery. WDH moves, by lever action, weight to the tow vehicle (TV) front wheels and some to the TT axle(s). Mine moved 220# forward and 80# rearward with my previous TV. I was a bit overweight for some specs and did a radical cargo review and removal. Haven’t reweighed since.
Boomerweps 07/24/20 10:09am Towing
RE: Advance on Travel Trailer

Either trailer would be fine with your vehicle, but... You’ll likely need a trailer brake controller and 7 pin connector with the larger one. The smaller trailer likely does not have trailer brakes and a four pin connector for lights is all that is needed. Most, if not all, states do not require trailer brakes under 2000# GVWR and many don’t require them until 3000# GVWR. A Weight distributing hitch would be nice for the larger trailer if it squatted your SUV much, not needed with the smaller one. I towed a 3877 GVWR TT with a V6 Ford Explorer V6 with tow package. Engine was a little weak on steep or long hills But elsewise fine towing that. I did use a weight distributing hitch. Smaller length single axle trailers are easier to jackknife when backing. Just expect it and go easy and slow while backing. I own a small 2000# 4x4x8.5’ cargo trailer & it is real easy to jackknife. My previous 2995# GVWR (on 3500# axle, no brakes) 10x6x6’ cargo trailer was also easy to jackknife. Just don’t be in a hurry when backing up. Like the Shootist said, “slow is smooth, and smooth is fast”. That also applies when backing a trailer. Take your time and the end result will actually be faster than pulling forward a lot to straighten out, with less frustration.
Boomerweps 07/23/20 08:46pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Yet another tow/weight question...

Thanks so much for all the info. 1. The two we're looking at have dry weights of 4,883 and 5,120. 2. I'm sure most newbies say this, but, we don't anticipate having too much added weight to the calculations above. Family is less than 500 total. We're not planning on taking anything more than the usual cooler, food, clothes, dishes, etc... We may take our bicycles as well. Yup, that is everyone’s plan till momma starts loading it up with a lot of just in case and we might need it items ;) Forget dry weights. Use the trailer GVWR for weight factoring. My guesstimate is that a TT with around 6K# GVWR is what you should look for and less if it has a suitable layout. The less weight you are hauling, the easier & more comfortable the tow with better truck performance.
Boomerweps 07/21/20 01:37pm Travel Trailers
RE: 30 amp to 50 amp conversion

Air, motors and heating elements all eat a lot of power. When using my microwave, I turn off the small electric heater or air conditioner during that time. I also added a stand-alone duplex outlet near the dinette fed from a 20 amp inlet I added to the outside wall for those various plug in items, coffee maker, toaster, etc.. I just run an extra supply line from the pedestal. If using an electric griddle or similar load outside on my cooking table, I shift that cable to there.
Boomerweps 07/21/20 01:24pm Travel Trailers
RE: Expert Towing Advice

A shorter Trailer with a GVWR OF 5000-5500# would be a reasonable Maximum tow with a Colorado. Tow ratings are the GCWR minus truck curb weight. IOW, towing at the Max rating means an empty truck. And the tow rating absorbs the truck load capacity.
Boomerweps 07/21/20 01:16pm Travel Trailers
RE: Expert Towing Advice

That would be a much better match for your Colorado. When we bought our first hard sided trailer I wanted to get the biggest possible trailer that our Expedition would tow. What I found out was that vacation is not very relaxing when you are stressing about driving and the truck breaking down. Wound up trading a 2000 Expedition in 2001 for the Suburban, and found out that you really take a depreciation haircut trading in a 1-year old vehicle. The Suburban was a beast and lasted through 2 more trailer upgrades, I just sold it this spring with 180k miles. You left out what series the Suburban was. They could be had in 1500, 2500, 3500 models. The Expedition is just an F-150 chassis. Excursion competed with the 2500.
Boomerweps 07/21/20 01:11pm Travel Trailers
RE: Modern 1/2 ton tow vehicle question

max tow is less. It's really a false narrative; Just part of your reply.... but I would agree on the F150 "max tow" option. Just about every rv website we find where some poor soul bought into Ford "MAX TOW" options thinking it was the max tow even though their new F150 had the small 6800 GVWR and 3800 rawr package. Then found out the truck didn't have enough suspension to carry the load. This happens a lot. Its a great option for towing....but IMO Ford needs to drop the wording "MAX" and just call it a "tow package". If it has max tow it has at least a 7,000 gvwr. Ford already has a regular tow package. Max tow is a great package. Many people tow heavy loads that aren't RVs with 13% tongue weight such as boats. In the 2019 towing guide, there are a few entries with Max Tow required at less than 7000# GVWR with 4900# GVWR on a regular cab 141” wheelbase as the lowest charted. GCWR minus Tow a Rating equals GVWR. Extended range or enhanced tow package just doesn’t have the advertising ring to it like Max Tow. Ford already has three tow package variants plus bumper ball mount to sort through. If I had the larger fuel tank and even heavier rated receiver, I’d have the Max Tow equivalent but with the V8. And I do have a GVWR of 7000#, CCC of 1990#.
Boomerweps 07/18/20 08:26am Tow Vehicles
RE: Bunkhouse Feedback

I only have small BH TT experience with what I bought. That said, I recommend you look at double axle models or look for one with a 5K axle. Mine, and many, has a 3500# axle which significantly limits CC, even with the 3877# GVWR which counts the tongue weight carried by the TV. Second, I didn’t want to hassle with a Murphy bed. NOW I consider crawling over one another to get out of a East-west bed more of a hassle than a north-south Murphy would have been ;( Lance has a super reputation, Jayco comes close. Your reasons for a bunkhouse are your own. Ours was for our grandkids. I’ve since removed the upper bunk for lack of use and more space.
Boomerweps 07/15/20 10:57am Travel Trailers
RE: Modern 1/2 ton tow vehicle question

Did you consider a toy hauler TT? Might move the weight around enough to meet TV load capacity.
Boomerweps 07/15/20 10:38am Tow Vehicles
RE: where 2 get water for RV before you reach your destination?

Hey guys, I really would not like to pull anymore weight than I need to, but who does! Is there a way to know if you can fill up close to your destination? There must be way to find out before you get there? Thanks, Ben Weight, a good reason not to carry a full fresh water load. Single axle TT with a weak axle and limited CC. Not replacing the TT soon, not comparatively rich like some here appear to be in their pronouncements. Funny, I see no reference to MPG in the above post ;( Flying J, campground common faucets. For CGs, it’s always full hook ups if available for me. And, yes, there are several posts of dropped and broken water tank straps here and on other RV websites.
Boomerweps 07/15/20 10:30am General RVing Issues
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