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Old 12-18-2011, 07:53 AM   #1
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Hello and Merry Christmas to all Forest River campers.
Had to wait a couple days for my Husky Center Line Hitch, but got it all put together the other day. With the hitch installed and trailer hooked up there wasn't a noticeable slump at the rear end. So with the Lacrosse in tow we hit the road from Salem, VA. to Locust Grove, VA., through some tough mountain test of my F150. The truck with the "Tow/Haul" and "Sway" control performed as advertised. Maintained 60-65mph going up long stretches of road without changing gears. Only one steep grade the RPM jumped to 3000 trying to maintain 60mph....backed off to 55mph. The trans temp stayed constant at midpoint. The Husky did well compensating for wind/pressure changes with big rigs passing me going 70-75mph.
Back to the Lacrosse: For the PT ladies; The Missus would like to know what you all did to cover the fiber board bed. And which size sheet fit the "skimpy" mattress? She didn't care for the fireplace either, but it'll grow on her. It's been winterized and waiting for Spring.
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Old 12-18-2011, 09:44 AM   #2
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Good report, gator. Glad the truck and hitch are working pulling the Prime Time.

Out of curiosity, what route did you use to cross the Blue Ridge ?? I-64 across Afton, or Rt. 33 across Swift Run Gap ?? I think your truck has the 6 speed transmission, and would like to see how that compares to my 4 speed.
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Back to the Lacrosse: For the PT ladies; The Missus would like to know what you all did to cover the fiber board bed. And which size sheet fit the "skimpy" mattress? She didn't care for the fireplace either, but it'll grow on her. It's been winterized and waiting for Spring.
We bought a 2" memory foam pad from Walmart (queen size) and a heavy quilted mattress cover (queen size). (I have heard others here on the forum used 4" foam pads). Although the pad, mattress cover and sheets are a bit long for the short queen mattress, we just pull everything tight from the bottom up and "tuck" the excess under the top against the headboard. Works fine for us and is a lot more "cushie" than the plain mattress.
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Old 12-18-2011, 08:59 PM   #4
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Thanks Mtnguy; From Locust Grove and back via 15s to Gordonsville, VA22 to I64w, I81s to Roanoke, Salem and back. The 6 speed auto with the 5.4L going up and down the Blue Ridge did just fine. I did find out one thing....have to be mindful about where to refuel, almost trapped myself at the pump (lesson learned). I'll post a photo when I figure out how?

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Thanks rracer5 for the info. I'll pass it on to the Missus and let her sort it out. She'll take the info and start shopping for the materials ASAP, and she likes the "cushie" part of the 4" foam pads. Looking forward to doing some camping in 2012.
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Thanks rracer5 for the info. I'll pass it on to the Missus and let her sort it out. She'll take the info and start shopping for the materials ASAP, and she likes the "cushie" part of the 4" foam pads. Looking forward to doing some camping in 2012.
Again thanks and Merry Christmas.

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'09 F150 S-Crew XLT, 5.4L; 3.55LS; 6auto; 6.5bed
Huskey Center Line WDH

BTW. we have the quilted mattress cover over the top of the "Memory foam to hold it from sliding around.
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Thanks Mtnguy; From Locust Grove and back via 15s to Gordonsville, VA22 to I64w, I81s to Roanoke, Salem and back. The 6 speed auto with the 5.4L going up and down the Blue Ridge did just fine. I did find out one thing....have to be mindful about where to refuel, almost trapped myself at the pump (lesson learned). I'll post a photo when I figure out how?

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So I-64 over Afton Mtn. My truck can pull that at 60 to 65 in 3rd gear, sometimes with the torque converter unlocked, sometimes locked.....it depends on if I get caught behind slow moving trucks and loss momentum.

As far as gassing up, I usually try to use truck stops near the interstate.....they tend to have lots more room. Or gas up before I hook up, or after I unhook for 200 to 250 mile trips.

Last spring I even took along an extra 5 gals. of fuel that I dumped into the tank at the top of Afton Mtn. for a trip down the Blue Ridge Parkway. I didn't want to come down off of the mountain for gas before I got to the NC. border. I would have been OK without the extra, but it was a little peace of mind.
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Sounds like your S-Cab 4x4 4speed handles pretty well on 3rd going up them hills. I passed a couple of big rigs going up hill in "D" and watched the RPM boost up to 28-3000 RPM before backing off to 2200RPM at 60mph; didn't have to downshift.
Okay, thought that you all used truck stops as a primary source.....thanks! Any hints on how to post pics on this site?
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Thanks mtnguy for the tip. Here's the Lacrosse/F150 S-Crew & Pilot.
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