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Old 03-21-2015, 11:23 PM   #11
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Congratulations! Your new truck and trailer look good together. BTW- your home area is plenty wet now, as well. I'm in Fredericksburg, TX this week and it rained all last night.
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Old 03-21-2015, 11:32 PM   #12
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Congrats! Sounds like you are having a blast! Past tents.....cute!

What is that star shaped chrome equipment thingy between the tires?
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The trailer and truck combo looks great, Robert. The inside looks very cozy. Enjoy.
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Old 03-21-2015, 11:57 PM   #14
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Glad to hear about the successful start to the inaugural trip! Thanks for the report

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There was a very solid feel towing but you definitely know the trailer is there.
While it is possible to momentarily possible to forget a trailer is there on a straight road at constant moderate speed, or when distracted by other things, a driver who is paying attention can always tell the trailer is there. The difference in handling and in hill climbing is always noticeable. I pulled two tons of trailer (including the car on it) with our 10-ton 365 horsepower motorhome... yep, I could tell it was there. When people say "you can't tell it's even there" I really wonder if they have any clue what is going on with the vehicle they are supposed to be driving.

In this case, although it's a full-sized pickup truck, it's also a couple of tons of trailer, substantially wider than the truck. Yeah, I would certainly expect to notice it back there!

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For those who were wondering if the 2.7L Ecoboost was the 'cure all' for towing mileage, I can tell you that so far it definitely is NOT. Mileage dropped from 25 not towing to about 15 according to the truck computer. I don't have enough data for the manual calculation yet but I suspect it will increase SLIGHTLY to about 16 where it will settle in.
I'm not really surprised. It's a big increase to aero drag, and a pretty large fraction of the truck's weight - anything better than twice the fuel consumption (half the mileage) is doing okay.

Robert, in case it makes you feel any better, you're still getting about the same fuel economy as we do with a somewhat smaller single-axle trailer (same width and almost the same weight as the 19', same length as the 17') and a less powerful van.
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Old 03-21-2015, 11:57 PM   #15
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Congrats! Sounds like you are having a blast! Past tents.....cute!

What is that star shaped chrome equipment thingy between the tires?
That's a BAL X-chock. Some here use them, and others use the homemade version with two trapezoid shaped pieces of wood with a screw between them. They work the same way -- outward pressure against both tires to wedge them.
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Looking terrific. Even the weather should improve.
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Old 03-22-2015, 12:09 AM   #17
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What is that star shaped chrome equipment thingy between the tires?
It's a BAL X-Chock - it jams between the tires to hold trailer in place, like a sort of parking brake, and an alternative to chocks.

Sorry - Robert got his answer in while I was distracted watching a TV show...
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Glad to see you are having a good time! I hope our Oregon weather treats you nicely. It's supposed to be improving mid-week.
I do wish I would have thought of your name! Good one!
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Looking great, Robert.
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