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Forum: Tow Vehicles 07-29-2011, 12:29 PM
Replies: 119
Views: 28,224
Posted By ShinyRoad
Update On Orginal Post

It's been 14 months since I originally posted this and about 14,000 miles and so a brief update.

We upgraded to a 2010 Flying Cloud 30 last year and have towed about 6,000 miles with our 2011 Ford...
Forum: Computers, Internet & Satellite 07-29-2011, 12:15 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 17,442
Posted By ShinyRoad
WIFI InMotion

We've now had the Wifi InMotion (WIFM) system for 2 years. It was installed by George Sutton, Bend.

When traveling we depend on a good strong Internet connection. Most parks systems are not...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 05-27-2011, 10:58 AM
Replies: 119
Views: 28,224
Posted By ShinyRoad
Original Post Update

It has now been 13 months since I purchased our 2011 F250 SD deisel and posted the original thread here. Since we purchased the truck we traded our Flying Cloud 27FB for the newer Flying Cloud 30...
Forum: On The Road... 01-24-2011, 04:35 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,520
Posted By ShinyRoad
Medford to California

You didn't mention what you're going to be towing your 31FT'r with, so I'm assuming you have a full size diesel truck.

You'll want to check your road conditions first, but I'd head south on I5...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 01-06-2011, 11:42 AM
Replies: 119
Views: 28,224
Posted By ShinyRoad
Long Bed versus Short Bed and other updates

Nice to see all the comments since I started this post a while back. We now have over 9,000 miles on our 2011 Ford F250 Diesel with zero issues.

We upgraded our AS to a larger 2010 Flying Cloud 30...
Forum: Hitches, Couplers & Balls 08-30-2010, 01:36 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,985
Posted By ShinyRoad
Broken Equalizer Hitch Bracket

Has anyone experienced their Equalizer Hitch mounting bracket breaking? Ours broke as we turned into a gas station driveway. There appears to be some rust inside the metal where it broke. According...
Forum: Hitches, Couplers & Balls 08-06-2010, 11:32 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,581
Posted By ShinyRoad
Ford HD Hitch Reciver

I've decided to 'dial in' my Equalizer hitch setup, realizing my AS dealer just kind of threw it on and sent me on my way. During the inspection I was shown how my factory hitch receiver was...
Forum: Hitches, Couplers & Balls 08-05-2010, 12:50 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,581
Posted By ShinyRoad
Ford F250 requires WD Hitch

Both my 09 and current 2011 Ford F250 Diesel have factory warning decals on the hitch. The hitch is rated at only 7,500 pounds max without a WD hitch. That's 50% of what the sales specs state,...
Forum: Awnings 07-30-2010, 11:53 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 8,696
Posted By ShinyRoad
Zippy Dee Hell – Final Chapter Y’all (by Original...

Zippy Dee Hell – Final Chapter Y’all (by Original Poster)

It was great seeing all the input on my Zippy Dee Awning adventures. I can relate to and appreciate all the posts. Life on the road...
Forum: Awnings 05-12-2010, 11:12 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 8,696
Posted By ShinyRoad
Thank you Antique Pedaler as you made a good...

Thank you Antique Pedaler as you made a good point. In retrospect my awnings seemed to have too much spring tension in them from day one. They were hard to extend or retract without the springs...
Forum: Awnings 05-11-2010, 11:04 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 8,696
Posted By ShinyRoad
I should have taken another picture when the...

I should have taken another picture when the fabric was out another 5 feet at the front or billowing in the wind while traveling but this was a solo trip and I had my hands full. My photos here were...
Forum: Awnings 05-10-2010, 02:25 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 8,696
Posted By ShinyRoad
Zip Dee Hell Update

I spoke to Richard at Zip Dee this AM and he directed me to Benlo RV in nearby Cabazon in the Palm Springs area. The good news is my Airstream is in one of their inside storage units next door....
Forum: Awnings 05-10-2010, 11:11 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 8,696
Posted By ShinyRoad
Zip Dee Hell

Thanks for all the feedback. Regarding the rotary knobs shown in the photo, these two knobs or wheels only hold the retractable frames in place. If your cylinder spring fails you can easily pull the...
Forum: Hitches, Couplers & Balls 05-09-2010, 01:44 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,120
Posted By ShinyRoad
Creaking is good!

I've done over 3,000 miles in six months with our Equalizer. I was told the creaking is good as it means the hitch is doing its job. The two aluminum L-brackets will eventually wear down as they are...
Forum: Awnings 05-09-2010, 01:38 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 8,696
Posted By ShinyRoad
Zip Dee Hell

Thanks for all the feedback. I sent Zip Dee an email so we'll see about their customer and warranty service, which I'll report back on.

To me this is similar to what makes an airplane crash. I...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 05-09-2010, 01:28 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 5,372
Posted By ShinyRoad
Oversized is the way to go

Personally I would not tow a 30 footer with anything but a full sized diesel pickup. The extra margin of safety in having a tow vehicle that weighs almost as much as your trailer can come in very...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 05-09-2010, 01:02 PM
Replies: 119
Views: 28,224
Posted By ShinyRoad
2011 Ford F250 Diesel - Don't Drive One Unless..

I thought our '09 Ford F250 Super Duty Diesel was a big improvement of the previous generation, which it was. After reading numerous reviews of the new 2011, I should have know better than to venture...
Forum: Awnings 05-09-2010, 12:44 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 8,696
Posted By ShinyRoad
Zip Dee Hell

Since day one I've wondered about our 2010 Silver Clouds awnings. They have not been easy to extend or retract and I'm a big guy. The forced action of pushing into a locking position likely bent one...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 10-23-2009, 10:29 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,802
Posted By ShinyRoad
Not using hitch WD bars

Check your factory hitch rating on your truck (there should be a factory sticker on the hitch). Our AS dealer told me that I did not need to hook up the WD bars for short trips. In checking though, I...
Forum: Tow Vehicles 10-21-2009, 04:40 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,802
Posted By ShinyRoad
Perfect Tow Vehicle

We have a 2010 Flying Cloud 27FB that weighs pretty close to yours. We invested in a new Ford F250 diesel. This is a short bed crew cab and we added a cab high matching camper shell. The F250 hitch...
Forum: Member Introductions 09-30-2009, 07:40 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,511
Posted By ShinyRoad
Try opening your front and rear fantastic fans...

Try opening your front and rear fantastic fans about 1/4 of the way open. Turn on the rear fan to low or medium to keep the air moving through and out the trailer. Won't be any cooler than outside,...
Forum: Member Introductions 09-29-2009, 11:58 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,511
Posted By ShinyRoad
Sold on RV Trader in 30-days in '07 just before...

Sold on RV Trader in 30-days in '07 just before things got ugly. An RV manager told me the other day that motor homes are now 50% off usual values1. They look at auction numbers now to get values. If...
Forum: Member Introductions 09-28-2009, 12:33 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,511
Posted By ShinyRoad
Another Reason For Switching to Airstream

I failed to mention another reason for not buying another diesel pusher. We had a new '06 40FT Beaver Marquis towing a GMC Yukon. Over 55,000 lbs. Long story short, a senior that should NOT have been...
Forum: Member Introductions 09-27-2009, 12:29 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,511
Posted By ShinyRoad
F250 mpg

Brand new truck without trailer we were seeing 13.2 MPG. As the engine started to break in that steadily climbed to 15.1 MPG at 3,000 miles. I was happy to see 13.7 to 14.1 while towing including a...
Forum: Member Introductions 09-26-2009, 05:25 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,511
Posted By ShinyRoad
3 Diesel Pushers = 1 Airstream

After owning 3 class A diesel pushers (Beaver/Holiday Rambler) we recently took delivery of our first travel trailer, our Airstream. Never really thought I'd own one but got tired of the poor quality...
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