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RE: F150 HD Payload and Max Trailer - How to spot them?

The HD payload F150 is a rare thing unless you order one new. Good luck on your quest, but you might need to shift gears to an F2/350 instead if you need more truck than a regular F150. Thanks. The HD payload is not a huge issue, as our current rig has 2,000 and we do just fine. I’d be more concerned with the max tow, and it seems hard to figure out which trucks have that in online listings.
Mickeyfan0805 11/13/19 04:37pm Tow Vehicles
F150 HD Payload and Max Trailer - How to spot them?

We MIGHT end up looking for a 4-5 year old F150 EB next spring. Not sure yet, but it's a possibility. If so, I'd want to have the HD Payload and the Max Trailer packages. It looks like the integrated brake controller is a giveaway that a vehicle likely has the Max Tow. Is that true? What other ways are there to make sure it has it? For the HD payload, it looks like a stickered GVWR in the 7k range is the indicator on that one, am I correct? Thanks all!
Mickeyfan0805 11/13/19 03:20pm Tow Vehicles
St. Louis Recommendations?

We are looking at spending 3 days/4 nights visiting St. Louis next summer. We'd want full hook-ups and will be getting into the arch, maybe Six Flags, and other touring options in the area. Any recommendations for a campground?
Mickeyfan0805 11/13/19 02:07pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: I could live with an Atlis type truck

Intriguing, but it is still coming with a hefty price tag. The 'starting' number of $45k, I would assume, would roughly equate to the entry level 1/2 ton at $30k. That's a 50% variance in cost. When you start talking about a $50k truck, you could easily be looking at $75k+ for an electric truck with similar capacities. If you figure a 10 year lifespan (don't know how realistic that is), you'd have to save $2,500+ per year just to at least one study suggests, costs some 40-50% of what you would have spend on gas). All in all, conceptually interesting, but I don't think they present a viable cost savings to the average buyer in the near term. Those driven by environmental concerns, and those who want the cool new thing, will grab them in the next 3-5 years. For the rest of us, it still has a way to go before it's a practical purchase!
Mickeyfan0805 11/06/19 12:45pm Tow Vehicles
RE: HDMI outlet.. Ideas??

Not sure of the nature of what you are trying to hook up, but they do make converter boxes for Component to Coax (they exist for HDMI also, but I think it's pricier). You could plug your RCA output into a converter box and then plug that into the coax line that runs to your outside ports. The resulting signal wouldn't be as good as running HDMI the whole way, but it would save a fair amount of wiring and rigging.
Mickeyfan0805 11/06/19 12:19pm Technology Corner
RE: Netflix forces newer TVs

ps: Oh, the "other gadget" is an Insignia HDMI to RCA Converter. If this is the issue, it is not at all a surprise. HDMI has been standard in most televisions for well over a decade at this point. Even the public airwaves have been digital for a good 10 years (I want to say 2009?). RCA cables are analog transmitters, I'm actually surprised you could use them with current streaming services at all.
Mickeyfan0805 10/29/19 12:07pm Technology Corner
RE: Looking to make the plunge

We have found resources that will tell you everything from "you can pull anything with a half-ton gas v6" to "you need a full ton diesel or your an idiot!" and we are looking for what the truth really is and what real people have experienced. You'll find some of that here too, but most will tell you to know your numbers. Don't research, 'How much can a half-ton tow?' Research and understand weight ratings in trucks. What are payload numbers and what weights count against that limit? What is a GCVWR and how is that computed? Etc... How comfortable a combination will be is an extremely subjective question. Some are perfectly comfortable with rigs that are maxed out on limits and regular spin at 4-5k RPM's, others are not. Larger trucks will tow steadier and more easily, but they come at various pragmatic costs (parking, cost, daily driving, etc...). The balance of these factors is subjective and everyone sees it differently. The only OBJECTIVE analysis is based on the numbers. Know the realistic weights involved, see how close you would be to maxing out a vehicle's capacities, and then make a judgment call on how you feel about your cushion (or lack thereof).
Mickeyfan0805 10/22/19 09:21am Travel Trailers
RE: 2020 GM/Chevy gas 6.6L max towing test

I can't believe people stressing over 3 and a half minutes. I towed all over with an 89 1 ton Big Block Chevy TBI for years and at times was down to 12mph. We are talking the IKE. For someone like me who tows 7500 to 8000 lbs 15 to 20 times year and won't daily drive a truck this thing would work just fine. 10,000 to 15,000 dollars is not worth 3 and a half minutes to me. Lets be realistic, anyone who tows 16,000 lbs up and down the IKE on the regular is not buying a gasser anyway. Usage is always the unspoken differentiator in these conversations. The 'weekend warrior' is very different than the full-timer who cross-crosses the mountain west or the contractor who hauls a front-loader to and from work-sites every day. Like you, we are in the first of these, and even if we upgraded from our current trailer to a FW, it would be hard to justify a diesel unless it was so big that a gasser simply couldn't handle it.
Mickeyfan0805 10/17/19 08:37am Tow Vehicles
RE: Where in Western MI with 3 tweens/teens

Stay at Holiday Park Campground South of Traverse City in July, a Top 100 National Campground. Get reservations by phone asap in January. An excellent jumping off point to numerous places within an hour or so. Grab some Moomer’s Ice Cream at the real deal location, and eat... Our own personal tour guide! Lol. Seriously - thanks. Good info to consider.
Mickeyfan0805 10/16/19 10:53am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Where in Western MI with 3 tweens/teens

Silver Lake sand dunes! Meads MI. Right on Lake MI. Perfect for your kids! Lots to see and do. Yep, we've done Silver Lake a couple of times and enjoy it. Likely to try something else this time - but a very good recommendation.
Mickeyfan0805 10/15/19 11:00am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Where in Western MI with 3 tweens/teens

What do you want to do? If you are state parking, reservations start 6 months from your arrival Should have mentioned - mixed tourism would be ideal. We love a blend of things from hikes to amusement parks, and everything in between. We do want things to 'do,' however. Sitting at the beach all day is not our style.
Mickeyfan0805 10/15/19 10:59am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Where in Western MI with 3 tweens/teens

We're looking at an 8-9 day loop from SE WI to western MI for next summer. We will spend part of our time in Mackinac, but are looking for a good second destination on the west side of the state. Our kids will be 15, 14 and 11. Where would you go? Traverse City? Petoskey? Grand Haven? South Haven? Somewhere else? Both regions and specific campground recommendations (we will want full hook-ups) would be welcome. Thanks!
Mickeyfan0805 10/15/19 09:05am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Help selecting East Coast location with lots of variables...

Cherry Hill is the one that immediately jumped to my mind as well. We camped there with non-camping freinds about 5 years ago (they rented a permanent trailer right across from us). It's easy to get in and out of DC where there is a ton to do at very low costs!
Mickeyfan0805 10/10/19 07:34am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Another winterize question....

you buy a hose and cut it so you a a section of hose with the correct fitting to hook up to your trailer then place the cut end into the jug of antifreeze and turn your pump on and it should suck it up as long as you have the valves in the right position And then does it pump it through your system from there? So you turn on faucets inside and let it come through? Thx! Yes - that is correct.
Mickeyfan0805 10/08/19 03:01pm Travel Trailers
RE: Do you tow a Jeep behind your 5th wheel?

By the time you outfit everything for safe towing, you could rent a Jeep for a month probably cheaper Excellent point. If this is a one-time deal, this is likely the better way to go!
Mickeyfan0805 10/08/19 08:26am Towing
RE: Do you tow a Jeep behind your 5th wheel?

DOH check the legality of this for all states you will be going through. bumpy This!! Rules for towing apply to the state you are in - so make sure you'd be legal along your route.
Mickeyfan0805 10/07/19 03:53pm Towing
RE: Another winterize question....

So my trailer has an "inlet" on the side that says anti-freeze inlet. There are 3 (shutoff/diversion) valves. 1 to the tank (I believe) 1 on the red water heater line and one on the blue water heater line. I do not know how to use this anti-freeze inlet. Do I turn all the valves, drain water heater, put anti-freeze in the inlet and run the pump? Then also pour some down the drains as usual? Thanks!! I looked for videos but couldn't find anything using the inlet. Without looking at the valves, it's hard to know for sure. What you describe, however, sounds more like your hot water bypass than the antifreeze line. My HWH has 3 valves as you describe - 1 cuts off the inlet to the tank, the other cuts off the output. The third open the bypass line. My antifreeze valve is in a completely different area, right near the water pump. It is a simple two-way valve that selects whether the pump is drawing from the tank or the antifreeze inlet.
Mickeyfan0805 10/03/19 01:50pm Travel Trailers
RE: Advice on handheld electric drill for jacks

Agreed on the no-impact. That said, I never needed anything special. I used a basic Ryobi to raise and lower the jacks on our first rig and it was just fine. The bigger issue, really, is battery. Cheaper models will have batteries that might not cycle as well.
Mickeyfan0805 10/02/19 10:39am Beginning RVing
RE: Campground washroom needs GFCI

Was waiting for the MYOFB replies. Agree. Yep! Campground owners have enough to worry about with inspectors and compliance requirements. My guess is that this is likely a non-issue as it is probably tied to a GFCI elsewhere (we had one house where the GFCI covering the bathroom was on the back deck!). Even if not, why make such an issue of it as a camper. Enjoy your time and move on!
Mickeyfan0805 09/26/19 04:59pm General RVing Issues
RE: Trailer sway

True sway is, generally, an indication of a poor set-up. Could be a tongue that's too light, WD not set up correctly, too much weight for the tow vehicle, etc... That said, drifting and our 'wiggling' might be perfectly normal. In 7 years of our current set-up, I've never once experienced sway. I might, however, drift a bit when passed by a semi or, as TurnThePage noted, wiggle my tail a bit to get a look behind me.
Mickeyfan0805 09/24/19 09:50am Travel Trailers
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