Frequently Asked Questions

Truck

While there are arguments for any brand of truck, when truck shopping we were between the RAM and Ford. We've owned both brands before so we were comfortable with both. In the end, we just liked the Ford better. We liked the camera system, power mirrors (extension and folding), door keypad, etc. that RAM doesn't offer. But we're not brand loyalists with a “my brand is best your brand sucks” mentality. Lot's of good options out there across all the brands. You just have to do your own homework when it comes to towing a large fiver and NEVER trust the sales guy when it comes to the numbers. Study the specs yourself and check out our towing video.

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We initially wanted to get the Ford Trailer TPMS to have everything in the dash. But the more we dug into it, the more complicated it got.

First, the sensors have to be installed into the rims (replacing the valve stems) and there was a lot of confusion about the size of the valve stems and compatibility with our wheels. Second, the system is not completely wireless with a simple repeater like the TST unit. For some reason, it requires wiring to the trailer. You can see the kit and all the wires here: accessories.ford.com/kit-tpms-sensor.html

On top of the complicated install, it’s much more expensive than the TST and doesn’t monitor temperature (only pressure). The bottom line is, it was more complicated and more expensive for a less capable system that can’t be easily moved to a new trailer.

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Our Changing Lanes Logo mud flaps are from a great US Small business, DuraFlap! duraflap.com/

They, of course, sell non-customized stock flaps as well and are VERY solid and durable. They hang about an inch off the ground when towing and are a much nicer (in our opinion) option to something like rock tamers. Tara invoked her Veto option on rock tamers. ?

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It's a 2017 Ford F350 DRW (Dually) with the 6.7 liter PowerStroke Turbo Diesel V8 (with 3.55 axle). Crew Cab and full size (8′) bed with Reese 27K hitch (ford branded accessory). We've also added sulastic shackles and Loadlifter 7500 XL air bags (with the wireless air controller) to help make the ride smoother. We go over the truck and towing in this video.

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The toolbox is a Better Built 77213014 Deep Shotgun Tool Box. It has shotgun latches that don't interfere with the tonneau cover! Unfortunately, the SLE line from Better Built is being discontinued, but we hope they will change their mind. It's the only crossover / saddle style box we've found that plays nice with a tonneau cover! We found ours on eBay here: www.ebay.com/itm/Better-Built-77213014-Deep-Shotgun-Tool-Box/202651644681 If that listing is no longer available, search by part number on google.

Out tonneau cover is the Access Toolbox Edition Soft, Roll-Up!: changinglanesrv.com/tonneau

This cover pairs great with the shotgun toolbox!

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We've been using the Vantrue N2 Pro Uber Dual Dash Cam Dual (amzn.to/2zky3yb) with the GPS Suction Cup Mount (amzn.to/2Y2cBbK) since the day we hit the road full time.

This camera records in 1080p both inside and in front of the vehicle. It records to micro SD card and creates a new file (one for inside and one for outside) every 5 minutes (configurable), deleting the oldest file as the card fills up. With a 64GB card, this equates to about 5 hours on the card, and it can accommodate a 128GB card.

We like the added peace of mind that if there is ever an accident, we have a record showing where we were, how fast we were going, and what was going on inside the cab (paying attention, etc). Note: this camera is strictly for security purposes. We have a different camera for recording for our videos. See: changinglanesrv.com/faq/?Display_FAQ=1752

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The device mounts we use in the truck are from ProClip. See the full article and DISCOUNT!

On the bike, we use the Rokform handlebar mount and case. Very solid!

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For our first year (2018), we used the CoPilot GPS app on our iPhones. It stores maps locally and allows you to input RV dimensions and weight in and will route accordingly. However, after an update to the app this year, it started doing some really crazy routing (get off this exit, do a U-turn and get back on, etc). Coincidentally, the next week, Eric from TechnoRV asked if we wanted to try a new GPS. So glad you asked!

Since February (2019), we've been using the Rand McNally OverDryve 7 RV GPS and LOVE it! Great big display, voice prompts (that aren't overbearing), and it finds rest areas, service stations, etc along our route with ease! We will have a full review here!

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We get about 8.5mpg @ 65mph, which is our max speed. In cases where road conditions warrant a slower speed of 55mph, we've seen as high as 9.4mpg. I've verified with raw calculations twice that our mileage computer is accurate, so now I just trust it.

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Our F350 DRW is 4WD. We have needed it on a few occasions, like Lone Rock Beach (youtu.be/IVJx2T1WJC0), and even one state park. Four wheel drive isn't necessary most of the time, but it's one of those things that you don't need it till you NEED it. If we ever find ourselves in snow or ice, we might also want it. We like having it and do recommend it as a just-in-case. But, if you're only going to be in RV parks, it might not ever be needed.

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Our 1 Ton F350 Dually is not exactly a luxury ride! To help improve things (even just a little), we made 3 mods to the truck:

  1. Airbags – We had the Air LIft 7500XL (amzn.to/2PNOXKT) with the AIR LIFT 72000 Wireless Air Leveling Compressor (amzn.to/2WxAsh1) installed. This takes some of the force off the springs and shocks.
  2. Helper Spring Stop Removal – Once we had the airbags, we really no longer need the helper springs. But removing them or replacing the leaf springs is a pain. So, I just removed the stops for the helper springs.
  3. Sulastic Shackles (amzn.to/2TshyI2) – These put a rubber shock in between your leaf spring and frame to help dampen the forces between the springs and truck.

These three things definitely help some. But, it's still a rough ride compared to any normal vehicle.

If we were made of money, we would get a full air suspension replacement installed. Something like Keldemann.

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There's a lot of confusion on this topic. Yes, some states have Class A CDL or some type of non-commercial endorsement requirements for RV's over certain weights. However, Florida (as well as about half of the other states) does not. In Florida, drivers of recreational vehicles are exempt from the requirement to obtain a commercial drivers license. section 322.53(2) (d), Florida Statutes.
Since every state honors the driving and license requirements of every other state, we are perfectly legal to drive in all 50 states under our standard Florida license.
All of that said, our personal opinion is that rigs as large and heavy as ours should require some type of extra certification or endorsement as well as training.

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Short answer: It depends on the state.

There's a lot of confusion on this topic. Yes, some states have Class A CDL or some type of non-commercial endorsement requirements for RV's over certain weights. However, Florida (our home state), as well as about half of the other states, do not. In Florida, drivers of recreational vehicles are exempt from the requirement to obtain a commercial driver's license. section 322.53(2) (d), Florida Statutes. (www.flhsmv.gov/florida-highway-patrol/specialized-areas/commercial-vehicle-enforcement/recreational-vehicles/)
Since every state honors the driving and license requirements of every other state, we are perfectly legal to drive in all 50 states under our standard Florida license.

In regards to Federal CDL Requirements, see: www.fmcsa.dot.gov/regulations/title49/part/383
Question 3: Does part 383 apply to drivers of recreational vehicles?
Guidance: No, if the vehicle is used strictly for non-business purposes.

Here are a few articles that discuss the topic for each state:
www.campanda.com/magazine/rv-special-drivers-license-requirements/
www.outdoorsy.com/blog/guide-rv-drivers-licenses-requirements

All of that said, our personal opinion is that rigs as large and heavy as ours should require some type of extra certification or endorsement as well as training.

We cover some of the CDL issues here if interested: youtu.be/EY0GfrZIxxs?t=496

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