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Old 07-15-2010, 09:14 AM   #441
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Many half ton trucks are not rated for 4700 lbs. My '99 F150 (V8, 5 speed manual, low ratio axle), for example, is rated for only 3500. But the little Aliner I tow weighs in at under 2000 loaded, so I'm fine.

Do you know the actual rating of your truck? Not just that it's a half ton....

Hope ya get it all worked out!
I think my '00 Silverado with 4.8L engine and 4-spd overdrive tranny is rated for 4800lbs. I'd have to look at the VID to get the exact number. This truck is capable of up to 7800lbs. with a 3.73 diff and a heavy-duty towing package, which probably includes a transmission cooler, which I don't have now.

I think that, as is, I'd give myself at least a ten percent fudge factor, so 4000lbs or a little more would be my limit...
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Old 07-15-2010, 12:45 PM   #442
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Many half ton trucks are not rated for 4700 lbs. My '99 F150 (V8, 5 speed manual, low ratio axle), for example, is rated for only 3500. But the little Aliner I tow weighs in at under 2000 loaded, so I'm fine.

Do you know the actual rating of your truck? Not just that it's a half ton....

Hope ya get it all worked out!
The truck is rated at 7300 lbs, so I should be good to go. New engine has been installed and truck should be good to go. Only I'm down $5000. Now its the weather that is stopping us. It's way to hot and humid. I can barely go golfing.
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In last 3.5 months since I got my rv we have stayed in campgrounds maybe 15% of the time. They are too crowded often resulting in my lawn chair impeding access to my neighbors sewer hook up.
We almost never encounter this. Using the internet reviews, etc., it's pretty easy to avoid the tight-spaced campgrounds. And in many states, the state parks campsites provide a lot of room and privacy for each site. Many of the Federal campgrounds are pretty generous in their spacing too.

We don't spend that much time in commercial campgrounds, but we have still found plenty that have decent spacing - although they are never as generous as the public parks.

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I think my '00 Silverado with 4.8L engine and 4-spd overdrive tranny is rated for 4800lbs. I'd have to look at the VID to get the exact number. This truck is capable of up to 7800lbs. with a 3.73 diff and a heavy-duty towing package, which probably includes a transmission cooler, which I don't have now.

I think that, as is, I'd give myself at least a ten percent fudge factor, so 4000lbs or a little more would be my limit...
Yep. The weak link in my setup is the manual transmission. Apparently a clutch is not as robust as a torque converter these days. I'm aware of the issue, especially when I'm backing into a space and doing a lot of "slipping the clutch" to control speed.

When I look at tow rating tables and find an example of my truck but with automatic, the rating jumps up to the same area yours is in.

If I had it to do over again, I'd go with automatic. Since my truck is going on 12 yrs old, the "do-over" opportunity is probably just down the road! Although this time it will probably be some sort of SUV type vehicle since I can't bring any grand kids along in our standard cab F150 and grandma is started to get po'd about that......
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We almost never encounter this. Using the internet reviews, etc., it's pretty easy to avoid the tight-spaced campgrounds. And in many state, the state parks campsites provide a lot of room and privacy for each site. Many of the Federal campgrounds are pretty generous in their spacing too.

We don't spend that much time in commercial campgrounds, but we have still found plenty that have decent spacing - although they are never as generous as the public parks.
I agree with everything Audrey says. In the 60,000 miles of traveling, we have rarely stayed more than a single night at any one campground. Therefore, I am guessing that we have stayed at RV Parks numbered in the hundreds. Only one time were we in what could be described as a "cramped" space -- at Gunsmoke RV Park in Dodge City. We arrived late in the day and insisted on a space close to the showers. The only one available put us less than a foot from the Slide-out next door. We left early the next morning and after driving through the park to leave, I would put this park in my "Highly Recommended" list.

We have also spent several nights in State Parks -- most recently in Chadron State Park, Nebraska in April -- most are every bit as nice as commercial parks -- facilitywise. (Okatibbee Water Park-Mississippi -- Spring 2009 --is another fine park)
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Now its the weather that is stopping us. It's way to hot and humid. I can barely go golfing.
I don't know where you live, to see if you can make a beeline for Coos Bay, OR.
High of 66F there today.
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I don't know where you live, to see if you can make a beeline for Coos Bay, OR.
High of 66F there today.
I live outside St. Louis, so that may be a bit of a drive. I plan to do most of my RVing in the fall and winter when its cold here. Since we havn't tried it yet we are going to start with some short trips first. The wife has had fun remodeling and decorating the trailer though.
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Heading off for a weekend trip to a park that is the largest tract of open land between DC and NYC, along with a side trip to the hershey factory for the kids. We have not been camping in a while, so this is overdue.
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Heading off for a weekend trip to a park that is the largest tract of open land between DC and NYC, along with a side trip to the hershey factory for the kids. We have not been camping in a while, so this is overdue.
Enjoy the trip, sounds like fun... except, maybe, for a long car ride after the ...trip to the hershey factory for the kids....
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