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Old 07-02-2013, 10:13 PM   #1
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I'm Calling the Cops on the weight Police

I just got back from three weeks of weight police blogs/comments/postings/opinions...........REHAB. I was so scared, i almost went out and bought a brand new F-250.

I cant beleive I survived the years of my parents towing a 19' trailer with our beat up Rambler Station Wagon. Then, one time we towed a 10,000 lb trailer from Massachuseets to Florida in a Ford Country Squire and blew the radiator. (So, I guess I am from of the school of you better have a transmission cooler and radiator cooler if you are gonna tow anthing). Then, one time, when I was 30, I was towing my Pop-Up home from a weekend camping trip. Just me, my oldest (4) and our best friends two chldren. Wife was home with our youngest, 3 months old. Transmissionnblew. Stuck on the side of the road on the Mass Turnpike for an hour.

Once we even went camping with our conversion-van and put an air-conditioner on the ground, connected it to a dryer tube and blew cool air into the van.

So, as we all know, good things and bad things happen while camping. I went and looked at bigger trucks and decided I am staying with what I have for now. If I upgrde to a Dodge, 2500, i get maybe 1200 lbs payload and 1,000 more towing. If i get a gmc, I get maybe about the same, depending on the options. If i go to a 3500, I get a littel more, but then I own a truck that I will have to use once a week to drive myself to the clinic to undergo Kidney Dyalisys for the punishment I will endure during my daily driving, it may not be worth the cost.

My only choice for a 7000 - 8500 lb fifth wheel would be a Ford F-250. (PERIOD). And that's only because the max- tow F150's are hard to find in the right color. Even the F-250's are hard to find in the right color and combo. Dealers in the Northeast tend to tailor to the work truck buyer, not the RV Hauler. like I said, I was in weight police re-hab for three weeks and had plenty of time to research.

So, for now...... I am driving my truck around S.E. Massachusetts, dragging my fifth wheel and waiting for the final scale weigh-in. I already weighed the truck. Not telling you the numbers until the final weigh in is done. If I had bought a new F-250 Lariat last week, I would have never went to the scales. I would have just dragged my 5'r around, ate popcorn and watched the debate unfold, just like everybody else.

So, this weekend, we are off to our 15 mile treck to Normandy Farms, then My truck will have 7 days of rest before it has to drag the 5r home again. I am still so nervous about towing after reading all of the doomsday towers posts, that I am taking the back roads and stopping every chance I get on the way.


Geeeeeeeze.


Maybe next year I will find the right truck with the right options and tow ratings and the right color.

Don't get mad at me. Just try to see it from my perspective, if you love camping.
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looking for a little negative attention? you have your opinion. We have ours. I will still steer clear of you on the highway. Please try to stay safe.
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What exactly is your point, besides attempting to create havoc?
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I just got back from three weeks of weight police blogs/comments/postings/opinions...........REHAB. I was so scared, i almost went out and bought a brand new F-250.

I cant beleive I survived the years of my parents towing a 19' trailer with our beat up Rambler Station Wagon. Then, one time we towed a 10,000 lb trailer from Massachuseets to Florida in a Ford Country Squire and blew the radiator. (So, I guess I am from of the school of you better have a transmission cooler and radiator cooler if you are gonna tow anthing). Then, one time, when I was 30, I was towing my Pop-Up home from a weekend camping trip. Just me, my oldest (4) and our best friends two chldren. Wife was home with our youngest, 3 months old. Transmissionnblew. Stuck on the side of the road on the Mass Turnpike for an hour.

Once we even went camping with our conversion-van and put an air-conditioner on the ground, connected it to a dryer tube and blew cool air into the van.

So, as we all know, good things and bad things happen while camping. I went and looked at bigger trucks and decided I am staying with what I have for now. If I upgrde to a Dodge, 2500, i get maybe 1200 lbs payload and 1,000 more towing. If i get a gmc, I get maybe about the same, depending on the options. If i go to a 3500, I get a littel more, but then I own a truck that I will have to use once a week to drive myself to the clinic to undergo Kidney Dyalisys for the punishment I will endure during my daily driving, it may not be worth the cost.

My only choice for a 7000 - 8500 lb fifth wheel would be a Ford F-250. (PERIOD). And that's only because the max- tow F150's are hard to find in the right color. Even the F-250's are hard to find in the right color and combo. Dealers in the Northeast tend to tailor to the work truck buyer, not the RV Hauler. like I said, I was in weight police re-hab for three weeks and had plenty of time to research.

So, for now...... I am driving my truck around S.E. Massachusetts, dragging my fifth wheel and waiting for the final scale weigh-in. I already weighed the truck. Not telling you the numbers until the final weigh in is done. If I had bought a new F-250 Lariat last week, I would have never went to the scales. I would have just dragged my 5'r around, ate popcorn and watched the debate unfold, just like everybody else.

So, this weekend, we are off to our 15 mile treck to Normandy Farms, then My truck will have 7 days of rest before it has to drag the 5r home again. I am still so nervous about towing after reading all of the doomsday towers posts, that I am taking the back roads and stopping every chance I get on the way.


Geeeeeeeze.


Maybe next year I will find the right truck with the right options and tow ratings and the right color.

Don't get mad at me. Just try to see it from my perspective, if you love camping.
oh my. Might really need therapy. I have enjoyed the discourse and make my own decisions. I am a better RV'er for it and that's the important thing.
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Ok, I'll get into this one as well. Look at my signature. There you'll see what we are going to tow and what we'll tow it with. I've gotten grief as well. I added air bags for better balance. The weight police at the rv dealership, the truck dealership as well, ran the numbers. I'm legal and safe.
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KCCO?? Please decipher
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