CC John, Is that a Ford Explorer Sport Trak next to the the Casita? Is that your tow vehicle? I really like your Ac & DC monitoring meters! Very nice mods! Did you say that you are going up to LHC just before Thanksgiving?
That's my girlfriend's Explorer wagon, it's got the 4.6L V-8 but it is only equipped with the small 1 1/4" receiver hitch.. I'm not too keen on the strength of it's 6 speed automatic as a towing transmission with it's double overdrive geartrain and lack of a true 1:1 direct drive for towing.. But it's an absolute blast to drive with 297 HP on tap!!
I'm a charter member of the "go big or go home" club when it comes to tow vehicles, my primary Casita tug is a heavily modded 2006 F150 SuperCrew with the "long" 6 1/2' bed.. It's equipped with the 5.4L V-8, a heavily beefed up 4R75W 4 speed automatic transmission, 4:10 gears in the rear axle, and an Edge Evolution tuner.. The engine has been upgraded with a larger cold air intake and a larger 3 1/2" "straight thru" cat back exhaust system that sounds a bit like a NASCAR stock car when you pour on the coals.. The bed is covered with an ARE topper with the optional side "windoors".. I built a crossbed shelf that rests on the top of the bedrails at the front of the bed for storing frequently needed items so they're easily accessed thru the side windoors, other support gear is stored in plastic tubs under the shelf, I also installed a LP tank rack in the back corner for hauling two extra 30# LP tanks.. I carry an auxiliary battery for the Casita in the other back corner that plugs into a 7-way gooseneck connector wired into the back of the 7-way socket under the rear bumper.. The way I wired it in, it's downstream of the truck's isolation relay in the charge wire and backfeeds to the trailer thru the 7-way connector under the bumper when the trailer is plugged in.. It more than doubles my "hang time" before I have to fire up the genset to charge them back up..
It's looking like our Thanksgiving travel plans have been put on hold, the transmission in my Casita tug decided to lose low gear and reverse when I brought the Casita home from storage Friday afternoon.. It goes to the transmission shop on Monday morning and there's no guarantee that they will be able to have it ready by Wednesday.. After talking to my transmission guy, we have come to the conclusion that this problem may be related to an accident we were involved in before Christmas last year.. We had gone out to do a bit of shopping and were on the way home, we were stopped at a traffic light when a drunk Mexican in a Toyota Corolla rear-ended us.. He ran clear up under the back of the truck on the driver's side, impacting the rear wheel and pushing the axle & driveline forward.. My transmission guy thinks it may have damaged some parts inside the transmission that finally failed.. As soon as they can get the transmission removed and torn down to see what failed and give me a report, I'll need to get hold of my insurance company to see if they will reopen the accident claim and help pay for the repairs.. What really pisses me off is that I had just had that transmission completely rebuilt and beefed up about four months before the accident..
We'll probably end up going up to Larry's for a visit between Christmas & New Years..
Edited by CC-John, 20 November 2016 - 12:03 PM.