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RE: favorite tow vehicle for small trailer??

Stick with a Honda. I doubt that those CUV/SUV have electric brake controllers. I also doubt that any of those small trailers come with electric brakes. You really want electric brakes !+1, I wouldn't want to be without trailer brakes. They are so valuable when descending grades, slowing or stopping for the crazy and unexpected thing that just happened on the road ahead. And if the trailer were ever to begin oscillating (dangerous sway, usually due to insufficient hitch weight), activating just the trailer brakes via the controller's slider may be what's needed to straighten the trailer out again. Definitely choose a trailer that is equipped with brakes. A few of the new SUV models have gotten difficult to wire for a brake controller due to all the new electronics (I've read that Ford Escapes have given some people fits). For these, it might be easiest to use one of the new Prodigy RF radio wave transmitting brake controllers.
rexlion 10/20/20 04:39am Tow Vehicles
RE: favorite tow vehicle for small trailer??

I put 140,000 towing miles (out of 185k) on a 2008 Highlander. Mostly a cargo trailer about 3000 lbs and 6’ wide, but on vacation I towed a 7’ wide, 2700 lb travel trailer. Mostly drove about 60-62 mph when towing. On long, steep grades I took it easy and slowed to maybe 35-45 mph. Good ride, good handling, good brakes. If my wife hadn’t despised the seat, I would still own it. With a 500 lb hitch weight you’ll never have to give much thought to how heavy your trailer tongue is; when loaded for camping and with battery & full LP tanks, even a small, light trailer can be pretty nose-heavy. I’ve known 17’ front bath Casitas to have 550 lb tongue weight. With only a 350 lb hitch weight limit, you’ll be checking it with a bathroom scale on every trip. (The notable exception is the 16’ Scamp which is actually a challenge to load the tongue to more than 250 lbs or so.) Do the newer Pilots still get lousy mileage? I’ve never looked. They and the Ridgelines would do the job, though. So will the Highlander. Turbocharged engines will let you charge up the grades at full speed and with less engine noise, but they’re not absolutely necessary... and you still have to slow down on the curves and when descending.
rexlion 10/19/20 07:48pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Rechargeable Spot Light

I'm happy with my Noctigon K1 flashlight. There are some emitter choices; the 900 lumen W1 LED will throw a beam the farthest (about 1800 yards), the 1400 lumen W2 has a bit less throw but a slightly bigger hotspot, and the SBT90.2 that I have is 4500 lumens for still larger hotspot and more spill but less throw (a paltry 1300 yards!). It has a socket for USB charging, plus the battery can be removed and replaced with another fresh one if you don't want to wait. BTW, the reason why lower-lumen LEDs throw farther than higher-lumen ones has to do with the diameter of the LED. A physically smaller LED can be focused more tightly by the reflector (than a larger LED set in the same reflector).
rexlion 10/18/20 10:15pm Public Lands, Boondocking and Dry Camping
RE: 12 Volt/120 Volt Portable Air Compressor

Another happy ViAir owner here. It stays in my truck full time. My son the mechanical engineer was so impressed with it, he got one too.
rexlion 10/18/20 09:59pm General RVing Issues
RE: New to RV'ing, need a new vehicle

I towed trailers up to 3500 lbs extensively with a 2008 Highlander. It did okay up to about 60 mph (slower in the mountains of course). I see you are in Ontario; it’s not too hilly there. If you can ensure that the loaded hitch weight is under the 500 lb limit and if your passengers and cargo aren’t too heavy, I think you could do it. You’d need to lock out overdrive so the transmission doesn’t hunt gears and get too hot. Make sure all tires are infleted to max rated psi, and consider getting some LT tires with a slightly lower sidewall to enhance handling. You won’t have enough leeway for a weight distribution hitch, so get all wheel drive and add an anti-sway friction bar. If you decide to go bigger, you might consider a Toyota Sequoyah or Ford Expedition. A crew cab pickup could work (look for higher payload units, check the door jamb stickers).
rexlion 10/16/20 10:29pm Travel Trailers
RE: RV Sites in Tulsa OK south or Broken Arrow

I believe there is a Corps of Engineers cg a few miles east of Broken Arrow. "Bluff Landing." Just a few miles out of town, a straight shot on (45mph) 71st St. I’ve never been there though (too close to home to consider camping there, I guess). Anything else close by that I can think of is more of a ‘parking lot’ atmosphere. There’s a place like that at the Tulsa fairgrounds, on the pavement, "Expo Square."
rexlion 10/15/20 02:08pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Utah national Parks

Check out Goblin Valley SP along your way. The Colorado Natl Monument is scenic also; you can easily go there after Arches, then head south to Ouray and vicinity.
rexlion 10/12/20 09:49pm Roads and Routes
RE: Fridge/Freezer door opening while driving

I put a piece of velcro on the door and A piece on the side, then wrapped the companion side of velcro so it hooked to both. It didn’t look elegant but it worked.
rexlion 10/12/20 09:31pm Tech Issues
RE: Andersen hitch doesn't suit, any other recommendations?

Some years back a good thread on the subject revealed that when going above 700 or so lbs of tongue weight the Andersen didn’t have enough leverage to level the rig. I used one for a couple years with a 2700 lb (350 hitch wt) TT and liked it (but it sold with the TT).
rexlion 10/12/20 09:24pm Travel Trailers
RE: The price of new trucks is beyond comprehension!

Sure, prices have gone up but so has our wages.If only! I picked the wrong line of work for income growth; my income is lower now than it was 20 years ago. Good thing we got the mortgage paid off, or we'd be hurting. Oh well, it's work I enjoy, so I just keep telling myself it's about quality of life and not money.
rexlion 10/11/20 11:28am Tow Vehicles
RE: And off we go

I've read that Zion and Moab are more crowded than usual for this time of year. I hope you have your reservations made.
rexlion 10/11/20 11:19am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: What goes around......

My wife thinks that gelatin helps make strong fingernails. Not sure if it’s true...
rexlion 10/10/20 03:09pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: How to Book Arkansas CG as a Senior Citizen?

If you find out the answer, let us know.
rexlion 10/09/20 05:01pm General RVing Issues
RE: Root Beer

Modern A&W turns me off, it’s too sweet now. Try Barq’s or Dad’s. I should confess, though, that If I have to choose between Vernor’s ginger ale and root beer, Vernor’s usually wins.
rexlion 10/09/20 04:52pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Accidentally winterized the water heater

I accidentally got the pink stuff in my water heater one fall. The next summer, every time I used hot water... for dishwashing, showers, whatever... the water smelled of it. Imagine trying to rinse your hair and having it smell sweet like pink antifreeze. Yuck. That’s why I think you should get the wretched stuff out of there now.
rexlion 10/06/20 09:58pm Tech Issues
RE: Chicago how I don’t love you

I suppose you could detour south on I-65 about 30 miles and then head west on the 2-lane highways. I feel the same way about Chicago metro area, I do not like that stretch of expressway going east or west. When I head up that way from OK to MI, I get off at US24 and take it east a ways.
rexlion 10/04/20 11:58am Roads and Routes
RE: camco wave 3 heater QUESTION

Safe if you follow directions and crack open a couple of windows a bit; they do use up oxygen over time which must be replenished, but as long as they get proper oxygen they produce considerably less carbon monoxide than other non-vented, open-flame heaters.
rexlion 09/29/20 02:58pm Class C Motorhomes
RE: Arctic Fox Says no off road????

I can imagine some of the complaints the mfr is worried about. "You said it would be okay off-road! Your lousy product popped a seam on the Rubicon Trail, so you should pay for the repairs!" ;)
rexlion 09/29/20 02:53pm Truck Campers
RE: Crater of Diamonds State Park, arkansas

How does one spot a diamond amongst all that dirt and other stones?
rexlion 09/25/20 05:31pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Accident with tow vehicle right before big camping trip?

Might be best to use a U-Haul thruck or van. I've seen U-Haul box trucks towing cars and small trailers when people move. U-Haul does rent pickup trucks and regular vans. Tell the insurance you want a U-Haul rental or reimburse the cost of your trip and reservations. Several years ago someone spun out and hit the right rear tire of my SUV after we had 14 inches of snow, sending me into a guardrail doing $1600 worth of damage to the left front. I was going to pick up my old TT to bring it home since deer season was ending. I told their insurance I needed a truck or an SUV because I had to bring the trailer home. They provided me a rental pickup from Enterprise. When I went to pick it up and sign the papers they told me I couldn't tow with it. So I had a brand new Silverado extended cab to drive around and had to wait over 2 weeks untill i got my SUV back to pick up the trailer. A couple years ago my truck broke down and I needed a vehicle for a couple days to get back and forth to work. I also needed to take a few loads to the dump in my utility trailer while i had someone available to help me. I rented a practically brand new pickup truck from U-Haul for a couple days. I was told there was no problem using it for towing. My comment is a little off-topic, but... I have vowed never again to rent anything from U-Haul. A couple years ago my cargo trailer broke down mid-day during work (selling and delivering books and other items to schools) and I needed some way to finish up. So I drove to the nearest U-Haul dealer to rent a trailer. The guy took my driver’s license and credit card and was inputting data into his computer, then he told me he needed the name and phone number of someone he could call right then to verify that I am who I say I am. I wasn’t about to bother one of my customers, and of the only two people I could think of (my wife and my son) neither answered their phone. He simply would not rent that trailer to a 60 year old small business owner dressed in business-casual. I did not appreciate this and wrote an email to U-Haul management, but the responding manager told me this was routine, proper anti-theft procedure and he stood behind the action taken 100%. They basically treated me like a criminal. I will never need a trailer rental badly enough to rent from U-Haul.
rexlion 09/25/20 05:24pm Travel Trailers
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