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RE: Modern 1/2 ton tow vehicle question

25' ? Would seem easy to me. Check for max towing AND max payload options. You missed that he's putting dirt bikes in the bed also. And the 25' trailer would weigh about the same as their 30' Arctic Fox, which are HEAVY trailers for their size.
bikendan 07/15/20 01:06am Tow Vehicles
RE: Modern 1/2 ton tow vehicle question

Hey all, Our family was active on and camping for a while but we moved on to new hobbies. Now we're picking it back up again. In the past we towed a heavy 30' Arctic Fox and dirt bikes in the truck bed with a longbed F-250 diesel. It was fine for that purpose. We're looking a similarly heavy trailer again, maybe 25'. We haven't bought yet. Of course I would rather drive a 1/2 ton as a daily driver and tow with it. A F-150 with max tow package is right at the top of the specs. Dirt bikes in the bed with humans is pretty heavy, maybe 2800lb payload and 12k towed. So yeah the F-150 CAN do it but SHOULD it? I have not driven one or towed with a newer truck. Any pointers appreciated. I own a F150 Ecoboost with Max Tow package and my answer is NO!
bikendan 07/14/20 11:17am Tow Vehicles
RE: Brake controller cabling for RPod 179

Hello! New member here. I'm trying to outfit my Honda Odyssey to tow an RPod (under 3,500 lbs). I appreciate assistance on my electrical installation question. For the 7-pin connector, there's supposed to be a cable (black, I think?) that needs to be connected directly to the minivan battery via a breaker. I gathered that the cable should be 10 gauge. What's the minimum breaker size I should have? I've seen recommendations ranging from 30-40AMP. I suppose 30AMP is fine as I don't expect that the camper will need a lot of current while it is connected to the tow vehicle. Right? Thank! so, it sounds like your Honda doesn't have the factory tow package, correct?
bikendan 07/14/20 01:24am Tech Issues
RE: Good truck for towing

Go to this website Trailer Life Towing Guides and check the specs for different options. It will give you a much better picture of your towing capacity. Of course, you still need to figure out how much additional weight you'll be putting in the trailer and the truck. the vehicle manufacturer's Towing Guides are much more accurate, than what TL publishes.
bikendan 07/13/20 03:13am Tow Vehicles
RE: Unknow Electrical connection type.

I have a 2008 Keystone Outback with a rear bed manual pull out. On the right side is an electrical connection to plug in for the done light over the bed. I am missing one half of the connection and can’t seem to find what the connection is called or where to get one and was hoping someone on here would know what it is. Pics are usually more helpful than a description.
bikendan 07/13/20 03:10am Tech Issues
RE: Anyone Towing With a 3.0L Powerstroke?

I did notice the diesel payload sticker was pretty low, around 1100 pounds, I think. Must be a result of all the options, including a huge sunroof and power running boards. Hope this helps. I also tow 26' TT. It's loaded tongue weight is 800lbs. So with the 100lbs WDH, his truck would only have 200lbs left over. He's probably over payload. I'll keep my F150 3.5 Ecoboost with 1828lbs of payload capacity, over his diesel F150.
bikendan 07/11/20 03:45pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Best Weight Distribution Hitch

I don’t believe there is a better hitch available for sway control than the Equalizer 4 point. There is a better hitch, two in fact. Hensley Arrow and the ProPride my 4pt Equal-i-zer does just fine and it was 7 1/2 times cheaper.
bikendan 07/11/20 03:10am Towing
RE: 5th Wheel Pin Box Mounted Bike Rack

I've put one on the front of our mh, can carry our bikes there or on the rear. How does that relate to a 5th wheel pin box?:h
bikendan 07/10/20 12:15pm Tech Issues
RE: Do any of the new TTs come with Surge Protectors?

Never seen any TT come with a surge protector from the factory.
bikendan 07/06/20 11:42am Tech Issues
RE: New Trailer Quality Control

You've been a member here, for almost 20 years, and you're surprised by this? Not quite to this extent of complete shoddy workmanship. Drunken chimps and orangutans could do better. I meant that how have you not read all the posts about poor quality in the RV industry? I've been a member since 2005 and there's not a single day that there's not at least one post about poor quality. Usually multiple posts about it, especially newbies who didn't do any research before buying a RV and then complain about it.
bikendan 07/05/20 01:16am General RVing Issues
RE: New Trailer Quality Control

I bought a new 2019 Coleman 17 RD this spring and finally got it about a month ago. Unfortunately the dealer couldn't give me the orientation tour due to social distancing, etc, I understand that. The one picture I should have taken, didn't cross my mind at the time, the front driver side window had about 4 inches of butyl tape missing between the window frame and aluminum siding, water could just pour in there. Thats when I found about half of the screws holding the 2 pieces of window frame together were completely stripped out. I have enough smarts to re align the outer frame on the body, applied the tape and got it sealed properly. I also took the diffusers off the taps, ran the water and what comes out but wood chips, oh joy, now I wonder what's in the water heater and water tank. Last I had my suspicions about the water connections, sure thing, the only 2 that were tight are on the water heater, kitchen hot and cold, bathroom hot and cold, toilet water were barely finger tight. The 3 on the water tank and pump, same thing. Now I have to take off the shower taps to check behind the wall. This trailer was built by Keystone a division of Dutchmen RV. No, I'm not taking it back to the dealer, Layzee Acres RV, an appropriate name for them. Not even the basic clean up was done inside the trailer. So when you go to buy new, take your time, I couldn't because of the Covid disaster. Can't blame the build condition of this trailer on the situation, it was made well before that. My belief in American prowess in quality has gone right down the toilet. Missing caulk on top of the water tank inlet 7 of the 15 screws holding the window frame were stripped on inside. I had to drill new holes and replace screws. Caulk missing in the corner of the shower stall Bare staples in the shower stall No caulk whatsoever at the base of the shower stall Hard to see but saw dust and pieces of wood stuck between the shower stall walls and floor pan Plywood sheet cut too short that goes under the cushion of the dinette, your butt will fall into the storage space. didn't count them all but at least 50-75 of these little metal shards laying all over under the mattress and seat cushions, on the floor, etc. width=650 Maybe one of the mods can make the pictures bigger to really see the lousy workmanship. MOD'S EDIT: I can't do much with your pictures because they're so small. If I blow them up, they just get blurry like this last one. You've been a member here, for almost 20 years, and you're surprised by this?:h
bikendan 07/04/20 02:10pm General RVing Issues
RE: Painfully slow internet

Campground WiFi is snail slow with over a minute to load pages. Anyway to speed it up? It's well known in the RV community, that campground WiFi is usually worthless unless you're doing emails. That's why so many of us use cellphones as hotspots.
bikendan 07/04/20 02:07pm General RVing Issues
RE: Thoughts on slider awnings

I'm a fan of slidetoppers. Way cheaper to have them installed at the factory.
bikendan 07/04/20 02:03pm Beginning RVing
RE: New Trailer Quality Control

I bought a new 2019 Coleman 17 RD this spring and finally got it about a month ago. This trailer was built by Keystone a division of Dutchmen RV. Actually, Dutchmen and Keystone are divisions of Thor Industries, the largest RV corporation in the world. Coleman is made by Dutchmen and are clones of other Dutchmen lines.
bikendan 07/04/20 03:28am General RVing Issues
RE: Class C vs Trailer for Cross country with family? Help

Don't think anyone has mentioned it. If you go with the Class C, are you going to pull a toad? If not, you'll have to to break down every time you leave the campsite. You could rent a car for driving around. Personally we're not fans of Motorhomes. We would always prefer a towable.
bikendan 07/03/20 01:12pm Beginning RVing
RE: Tacoma for an F150

I would be OK towing as is for now and just keep my eye out for a deal on a lightly used or new truck. By lightly used I mean some warranty left on it just in case. If I were to find a deal I would pull the trigger wether it be soon or next year. New models will be out soon. H I guess you didn't see that the OP bought a F150, over a year ago. The three members ahead of you did.
bikendan 06/30/20 02:37pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Towing with a Ford Explorer

We owned two Popups over a 15 year period and were very happy with them.
bikendan 06/30/20 02:31pm Towing
RE: What is included in the tow package on 2019 infinity qx80.

You do know that the payload for each vehicle is listed on the drivers door right? Maybe check out the Armada, it's what the Infinity is based on and may have a little higher payload rating. If you're replying to me, YES I know that the payload capacity is on a driver's door sticker. What i was saying is that there is no standard payload number. It's specific to each vehicle, as equipped when it leaves the factory. Every little trim level feature or option will affect the payload capacity. This requires the consumer to look at each vehicle's payload sticker individually. You won't find it on a brochure or a website, like you will a towing capacity number. Which is why new trailer buyers get fooled into looking only at towing capacity numbers.
bikendan 06/28/20 02:18pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Is camping Fun Anymore

I think all new RVs come with an AC-DC rock cassette tape (thats a band). Don't think RVs have come with cassette players, for around 20 years.:B
bikendan 06/28/20 02:03pm General RVing Issues
RE: What is included in the tow package on 2019 infinity qx80.

Looking at an 2019 infinity qx80. What is added from the standard vs the one with a towing package? Do both versions (standard and tow) have the same towing capacity and payload? Matt Payload isn't a standard number. it goes by how each vehicle is equipped. trim level, options and other things affect the payload capacity. i'm willing to bet that its payload capacity is low, due to the heavy luxury bling and it being a SUV.
bikendan 06/28/20 03:00am Tow Vehicles
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