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RE: Keeping a stationary 5th wheel movable

blocks would hold it up forever but make sure you don't put them sideways. They are not very strong used on the side. Web verticle, like you would put morter on. I'd start by putting down a piece of 2x10 or 12,to provide a larger surface, then build up the height with block and finish off with whatever 1x treated lumber needed to make level. then lower the fiver down to the crib you've made. I'd just cover the wheels with a good cover. Forget about moving it. Tires are going to rot regardless, later rather than sooner by covering them.
aruba5er 12/09/16 12:20pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Brake Line Placement for TT Disc Brakes

I really think that if a tire blows and starts shreading , you can forget about the brake lines no matter what. I ran the flexible lines that came with the kit from pump to all wheels. I think I got a good installation and yes, I worried about IF a tire where to blow. How much stuff can you worry about? I got my lines up into the frame the best I could and came at the calipers from the side and hope and pray that if a tire goes it wont destroy the lines long enough to get stopped.
aruba5er 12/07/16 01:27pm Fifth-Wheels

buy a new one. they go bad. and don't buy any old one. Leviton or P&S. I would not buy say a "Smart Electrican" from menards or the house brand from True Value. The buck or so you save is not worth your life, or doing the job again. Trust me, after working with them all the time they have been around, about 25-28 years, it pays to buy the brand names like I mentioned above.
aruba5er 11/13/16 10:03am Tech Issues
RE: Gas or electric

At a metered site where I pay the electric I will use gas.At 24 cents a kilowatt (after they add to the cost of electric) gas is about the 3rd of the cost of electric. If electric is included in the daily cost of the campsite I use electric. Why pay twice?
aruba5er 10/29/16 04:45pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Timken bearings...when would you repack?

did mine with mobile syn grease quite a few years ago with over 12k. still going strong. I pack the hubs full and belive that any grease that might melt will then oil the bearings. I am not a big beliver in every year. (as you can tell) Why should you worry about the trailer when the TV has way more miles on it and bearings will probably never get regreased. At least the last truck I had with over 170k never did.
aruba5er 10/20/16 09:29pm Tech Issues
RE: Good Sam ERS Surprise

I see in my lit that they change tires. Not repair. Did the guy fix the flat? doesn't sound like it. There should be no charge. I really think the guy just lined his pockets. A worker or the owner? If worker, complain toe the boss.
aruba5er 10/14/16 07:09am General RVing Issues
RE: remove "flushable" wipes from black tank?

And the very next thing you do is get your label maker out and put "DO NOT FLUSH" on the container that those butt wipes come in. My daughter flushed some down into our septic tank and they got into the pump and jammed it. Provide some small plastic bags and put the wipes in the garbage.
aruba5er 10/04/16 07:32am General RVing Issues
RE: Stove exhaust vent tabs

my flapper is 8-9 ft off the ground so there was no way to close the catch anyway. I took some #12 bare copper wire and some finer wire and made the flapper heavy on the bottom. I used the fine wire (drilling a few very small holes) to hold the #12 to the flapper and then applied some gorilla glue to the wire. It's been years since that repair and still working. The extra weight on the flapper holds it shut and the fan is plenty strong to open it. Going down the road???I really don't care if it opens/closes then. That RV is a sieve as far as air penetration anyway.
aruba5er 10/04/16 07:24am General RVing Issues
RE: Failed Inspection

isn't it funny how cars got rid of manual adjusting brakes in the 60's and here we are 50+ years later and still fooling around with the old way on rv's that cost more than a car. And disc brakes were invented a long time ago and still not used exclusively in rv's. (hardly any)
aruba5er 09/26/16 08:19am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Disc Brakes

did that about 6 years ago. Not a hard job to do and you will NEVER buy another trailer without disc brakes. I know I won't. Had I not had disc's there would had been a black bear in my grill one time. Another thing, I have a leaky grease seal and the grease slings right by the rotor so no grease is getting on the pads. Someday I'll get around to fixing it but no worrys, no grease on pads or rotor. I can't believe that the RV manufactuers still use drum brakes when all cars use at least one axle with disc. Oh yes I can, they might cost $2 bucks more.
aruba5er 09/22/16 08:47am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Question about RDS gravity feed Aux Tank

I have the same tank and always use a fuel conditioner which is supposed to take care of water. Never had a problem (knock on wood) That stuff is supposed to help clean injectors and add lubicity too so I feel it's a small price to pay to avoid trouble
aruba5er 09/20/16 07:58am Tech Issues
RE: Replacing RV kitchen faucet with regular household faucet

an American Standard faucet and with a spray attachment My wife loves it that she can spray around the corners of the sink. You know why there is a $2 faucet in your camper? They ran out of $1 ones.
aruba5er 09/15/16 08:26am Tech Issues
RE: Replacing an Analog Thermostat with a Digital

any BATTERY powered thermo will work I used a Honeywell all the wiring is the same Sure is better than the POS that came with the camper
aruba5er 09/12/16 10:05am Fifth-Wheels
RE: New to fiver's but have 25 yrs. with a Truck Camper

most rv's are not made for cold (or hot). They are not insulated worth a darn. Mine had haphazard placement of insulation in the ceiling (think none in some areas). Furnace takes a lot of power so I would think (know) that battery will be long dead by morning. Most factory convertors will not charge a battery quickly so I use a battery charger to pump them back up.Walls are thin and most have single pane glass so very little R factor there. Tank heaters will take plenty of power, Mostly 12 vdc so a battery bank of 4 or more may be necessary and solar if you don't want to hear a genny run all day. I know your neighbors don't want to. I'd head for temperate climes.
aruba5er 09/05/16 09:09am Fifth-Wheels
RE: LEDs on running lights on truck camper

Daytime running lights on an RV? I haven"t seen it. In 13 years with my present fiver, I've never changed a bulb on either stop/tail or clearance lights. Save your money. And the current available? 3/4 amps. I think you worry about nothing.
aruba5er 08/30/16 08:49am Tech Issues
RE: Why do you prefer your rig?

Why do I like what I have? It's paid for: (a long time ago) Probably better workmanship ( it's a 2003, made when quality counted a little bit, at least more than today)
aruba5er 08/30/16 08:43am General RVing Issues
RE: Fifth wheel pin box extension

I bought a Pop Up pin extender, installed it and took the fiver for a ride. Imagine my surprise when I couldn't get out of the driveway. The added length made the pin box hit the side of my truck. Backed up, jacked up, removed extender and it sits on a shelve in the garage. $350 or so shot in the butt. Came from listening to all the people out ther that say you need to extend it or buy a slider or this or that. I have a 6-6.5 ft ? ft standard bed on a 2011 chev and can get so close to 90 I don't need anything. Pull with a Trailer Saver air hitch.
aruba5er 08/16/16 08:32am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Generac generators

My experiance with generac is it's fine until it's not then try to get service. Their business policy is to recruit new dealers and really not care is the new dealer can service or even has the knowledge to service their product. My home unit is fine but my next door neighbors is a train wreck. Has never been good and has had many people try to repair it. I've offered to remove it and take it to the factory for service (less than 200 miles from here) Oh no, don't do that, we won't accept it. It must be serviced by one of our dealers. I for one would not by Generac again.
aruba5er 08/16/16 08:22am Tech Issues
RE: reverse engineer New Model Fan-tastic fan rain sensor?

Mine never closed when it rained and co. sent new sensor. Then it closed so fast is was like your warm breath on the sensor. I gave up and put a Max air cover over it and have been satisfied since. some tech we don't need. No more wet bedding.
aruba5er 08/12/16 08:05am Tech Issues
RE: Blown GFI

the newer ones will not reset if the line/load is revered or if polarity is wrong. just because the wire is black doesn't mean it's "hot" Meter it.
aruba5er 08/11/16 09:39am Tech Issues
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