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Old 03-07-2016, 09:35 PM   #561
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Congratulations V B on your 20 footer!
This has been a great thread for us 20 foot owners, lots of great information. Upload a picture of your rig when you get a chance
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Old 03-07-2016, 09:54 PM   #562
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Hey everyone. Got my new FC 20 all rigged up, took it out for a weekend of dry camping and everything worked great. Vinny, my 150 pulled Boomer, my tailer, like a champ in some pretty challenging places. Ready to hit the road in about 3 weeks, can't wait. Love the design of the 20. Maybe I will see some of you on the road.
Welcome to the forum and your new FC20! Glad it is working out. Hi to Kittyfeet . . .

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Old 03-08-2016, 04:50 PM   #563
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Any of you 20 footers out there that have a F-150 Eco Boost tv? What kind of gas mileage are you getting. I have not towed mine enough to run through a tank and just wondering what others were getting. I am hoping for 13 or 14.
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Old 03-08-2016, 05:01 PM   #564
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I have the 3.5 EcoBoost in a new Ford Transit 150 passenger van, and was getting close to 15 MPG on the best legs last Fall when I brought my FC20 home from the dealer. The worst legs (going uphill, using either the heat or AC, idling a lot, or with strong headwinds, etc) were closer to 11-12 MPG. Probably averaged 12-13 but I was in mountains quite a bit (Pittsburgh PA to Long Island NY, through the Appalachians).

The FC20 tows great IMO. By the way what hitch and weight distribution system did you end up with? Kittyfeet was asking a while ago about options, but not sure what you picked. The service manager at my dealer said I could get away with not having a WD hitch, but having used a Reese before, I feel more comfortable with the new one, especially on whoop-dee-doo rural roads when the van and trailer want to hobby-horse (right term?) a lot.

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Old 03-08-2016, 07:02 PM   #565
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We got the ProPride. Don't need much weight distribution but seems to work really well for sway. Most of the weight is from the hitch rather than the trailer. I do like it that I can easily take the hitch out of the receiver. Decided to go with that rather than the equalizer so could adjust any wd every hookup depending on load. Takes a little getting used to hooking up but read up on suggestions from those using that and Hensley. Will be interesting when I load up for a several months road trip. Not a lot of load capacity in the 20. Might have to wear the same clothes more than once. YUCK.
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Old 03-08-2016, 11:23 PM   #566
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The first winterization was fact finding process & challenge. I post the new drain pics and also how the dealer tweaked the pex so it self-drains from the WH inlet which was a low spot before. see #408.
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We had Blue into the dealer frm some warranty work...including LP drains (see #408 page 30) under the WH, which in our unit were impossible to reach or operate. Apparently JC agreed. I was thinking if newer in-line's like ORTA's in post #411 and what is at last on one 2016 that I saw OEM.

But JC sent these end of the line style LP's. They're still 1/4 turn but now just a flick. Not sure which was is open but I suspect that it will be apparent next month when we DE-winterize for Beachside (for 5 days). Don't ask what the marking are for. The hot return the used the same downspout but the supply side they moved forward and street side a bit. Note too the connection to the WH. I had asked them to retain my tweak that so it self drains from the WH connection, back to the LP....which was not the case before.
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Old 03-08-2016, 11:29 PM   #567
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The first winterization was fact finding process & challenge. I post the new drain pics and also how the dealer tweaked the pex so it self-drains from the WH inlet which was a low spot before. see #408.
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We had Blue into the dealer frm some warranty work...including LP drains (see #408 page 30) under the WH, which in our unit were impossible to reach or operate. Apparently JC agreed. I was thinking if newer in-line's like ORTA's in post #411 and what is at last on one 2016 that I saw OEM.

But JC sent these end of the line style LP's. They're still 1/4 turn but now just a flick. Not sure which was is open but I suspect that it will be apparent next month when we DE-winterize for Beachside (for 5 days). Don't ask what the marking are for. The hot return the used the same downspout but the supply side they moved forward and street side a bit. Note too the connection to the WH. I had asked them to retain my tweak that so it self drains from the WH connection, back to the LP....which was not the case before.

Life just got easier.

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The other repair as the pot/pan drawer that separated from the slides. Seems the 1/2" or so screw including going thru the latch wasn't sufficient...surprise. You can see the screw depth by how much the plywood separated. The solution was re-glue the box and use a 3/4" that now screwed into the panel.

I opted to utilize some 6/32x 1/2 bolts but had to grind the nuts a bit to fit. I haven't figured out a way to latch this generally filled and heavy drawer. so for now have opted for a twist type shower rod. Kinda rube goldberg, but should work mechanically...obviously a visual failure. I keep saying to myself "its temporary".

I'll talk to a hardware company for a lockset/cabinetlock that I can adapt, but don't really want to drill for that.

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Thanks for the photos Bob. The low point drains are much more accessible for sure! "C" closed and "O" open? They obviously decided to put the red color on the hot handle AFTER installation I guess? Oops!

I hope they pressure tested everything and re-winterized for you . . . May I suggest that you charge the lines with city water ASAP, just in case the dealer did not pressure test everything?

I am getting ready to charge my lines also, and am going to have to remove that dang lower drawer to observe whether the winterization (without A/F) was done correctly. Your ply failure was almost identical to mine BTW, and your RG shower rod solution may just work, but it also may vibrate off the drawer pull IMO, as I am sure you realize. I am picturing a small keyed file cabinet lock with a flip-out operable arm/catch engaged in the drawer somehow. Solution TBD. The poster who installed new drawer slides in another AS model never replied on that solution.
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Thanks VinnyBoomer,

Yes the FC20 weight capacity for stuff is limited. We use the van for a lot of storage for grills, hoses, etc., and even for back-up sleeping space, bottled water, coolers, etc.. Did you get a hard cover for the bed of your 150, or will maybe a cap/shell at some point? Lots of good storage space there if covered up . . . and grilling off the tailgate "work station" is really easy to do if the campsite permits circling the wagons, so that the tow vehicle can be backed in close to the awning.

As you plan your trip, you might consider starting a new thread to get ideas and weather info.. Not sure if you have seen the "On The Road" sub-forum here? It has lots of good threads each of which focuses on one journey:

On The Road

Happy Trails!

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PS -- Plenty of room for clean clothes too under a bed cap/shell !!!
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Thanks for the photos Bob. The low point drains are much more accessible for sure! "C" closed and "O" open? They obviously decided to put the red color on the hot handle AFTER installation I guess? Oops!

I hope they pressure tested everything and re-winterized for you . .

...our RG shower rod solution may just work, but it also may vibrate off the drawer pull IMO, as I am sure you realize. I am picturing a small keyed file cabinet lock with a flip-out operable arm/catch engaged in the drawer somehow. Solution TBD.
Duh...It's official...{ "C" closed and "O" open}... something about the forest for the trees. It remains to be seen if they used a non-soluble marker. Anyway, not really needed, since they not under the WH anymore.

Yes the PT's the lines and I insisted on re-winterizing (air + AF in the traps etc) since that was how it was delivered and I'm not using it until the end of April.

I'm thinking of a 1/" nylon cord tether to keep the rod in place...for now but yup, the cabinet lock is the solution...maybe the stop/latch attached to the bottom of the drawer to engage the arm

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Yeah, plenty of forest/tree moments on this coast too . . .

Did you happen to see the Pump runs thread today about winterizing? I am planning on getting our water on soon to see if the winterization was solid. That small detail, of blowing back down the pump supply line from the tank, may have tripped up that poster. Plus maybe draining the water tank well?

Good you made the dealer pressure test and winterize.

One small detail I did not do with our mild winter was remove the batteries. I kept the trailer plugged in, and unplugged her for a few days at a time many times ("Store" mode), making sure the voltage never dropped below 12. Today is the third day of no shore power, and the monitor is at 12.6 volts so it looks like my batteries are doing OK.

It got up to 60 ish today so the OTRA energy is flowing! Opened the windows and skylights to get some fresh air. Nice!

Gotta post some new tunes on the new thread.

Great posts on the Oregon thread recently, Bob. What a tragic journey that family had . . . I want to see the Rogue someday . . . Maybe this Fall . . .

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Peter, yes I have a bed cover, good news its completely water proof. I have a super crew cab and there is tons of room in the back seat area with the seats raised. For weight distribution in Vinny, I am sure I will have as much stuff as I can get in the rear seat area. Not too worried about wrinkled clothes. Probably carry the two generators and air compressor in the back, put the lighter stuff in the trailer. Have had it out for short trips but will really load it for the several months trip in a couple of weeks.


I will check weather everywhere I will be going a day or two out.

Getting ready to go!!!!!
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TV Mount

Has anyone mounted a small TV over the bed in the FC 20? There are outlets for cable etc... already there.

If so, any advice is appreciated on mounting options.

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