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Old 09-22-2016, 06:17 AM   #1
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Upgraded TV!

Just took the 'new' tow vehicle and trailer for a test run.

Upgrade is a relative term. We've gone from a 2009 Toyota Tacoma Crew Cab Long Bed to a 2003 Ford F-350 with a dumping flatbed.

What we lost in creature comforts was more than replaced by control!

The 19RD would 'argue' with the Taco: When something big passed us, we could feel the pressure wave work its way up the trailer.

NOT ANY MORE! Whatever the F-350 does, the trailer follows. No arguments, no shoving the truck's frame through the hitch!

Just a few tweaks needed to get things right. The brake controller and I have yet to reach a consensus. It's a bit slap-happy and turning it down just gives less overall stopping power. Maybe if I read the directions....

I'll have to see about setting the cruise control to be a bit more responsive. It lets the rig slow down too much when starting a hill.

The loudest noise at highway speeds is a wind whistle from the antenna.

All in all it is so worth it!!!
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Old 09-22-2016, 06:39 AM   #2
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Old 09-22-2016, 06:52 AM   #3
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Great to hear - Love it when a plan comes together... I look forward to upgrading my F150 to a bit more truck for a better tow experience but it will be a while before I can make that happen.
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Old 09-22-2016, 07:21 AM   #4
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More from Mikes continuing saga of his dilemma's Seems like he finally found the light at the end of the ttunnel

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Just took the 'new' tow vehicle and trailer for a test run.

Upgrade is a relative term. We've gone from a 2009 Toyota Tacoma Crew Cab Long Bed to a 2003 Ford F-350 with a dumping flatbed.

What we lost in creature comforts was more than replaced by control!

(Isn't it so much better when you control the TT rather than the TT controlling you. Safety is always better than creature comforts)

The 19RD would 'argue' with the Taco: When something big passed us, we could feel the pressure wave work its way up the trailer.

NOT ANY MORE! Whatever the F-350 does, the trailer follows. No
arguments, no shoving the truck's frame through the hitch!

(Isn't it so much better when you have a properly rated TV to tow the load.)

Just a few tweaks needed to get things right. The brake controller and I have yet to reach a consensus. It's a bit slap-happy and turning it down just gives less overall stopping power. Maybe if I read the directions....

(Always best to read the directions when everything else fails)

I'll have to see about setting the cruise control to be a bit more responsive. It lets the rig slow down too much when starting a hill.

(and just a personal thing for me But I never use cruise control as I like being able to control what the engine and trans are doing and I have found out that not using CC I get better MPG"s Not much better but better. And the same goes for OD. I don't use it when towing)
The loudest noise at highway speeds is a wind whistle from the antenna.

All in all it is so worth it!!!
(And that is what most were trying to tell you.)
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Old 09-22-2016, 07:38 AM   #5
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More from Mikes continuing saga of his dilemma's Seems like he finally found the light at the end of the ttunnel

"Be careful, the light at the end of the ttunnel may be the headlight of the approaching train."

- Misquoted from some book of Murphy's laws


(And that is what most were trying to tell you.)
I'm kinda thick-headed that way. I'll listen to what everyone has to say. But until I experience it, the information remains ungroked.
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Old 09-22-2016, 07:45 AM   #6
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Nice job!
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Old 09-22-2016, 07:57 AM   #7
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I'm kinda thick-headed that way. I'll listen to what everyone has to say. But until I experience it, the information remains ungroked.
Is that anything like,
"You can lead the horse to water but you can't make him drink it"
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Is that anything like,
"You can lead the horse to water but you can't make him drink it"
Yeah, pretty much.
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Old 09-22-2016, 01:48 PM   #9
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Outta here for a long weekend of camping in the Adirondacks!


See y'all Tuesday.
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