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RE: Fuel Filters

Forgot to mention the engine oil filter which I have been buying for several years from Walmart... which is the oem Mopar filter in the same box (gray colored filter) and part number as the dealer sells for considerably less. A few years back one Walmart had the oem Mopar 5.9 oil filters reduced to $ 5.00 each !!! I bought all 7 filters for $ 35.00 bucks. 2006 Dodge 3500 DRW 4x4 LB QC CTD 2007 Mountaineer 336RLT XPS Ribs 2000 Lance 1130 2 Camping Collies (always ready to go)
Hvyhauler 09/15/14 11:39am Tow Vehicles
RE: Fuel Filters

I switched vendors and now buy all filters / Fleetguard from truckhelp.com, their prices are hard to beat. I order 12 fuel and 6 air for both my 2006 Dodge Cummins diesels. I change fuel filters with each oil & filter change and air every other time unless needed sooner. 2006 Dodge 3500 DRW 4x4 LB QC CTD 2007 Mountaineer 336RLT XPS Ribs 2000 Lance 1130 2 Camping Collies (always ready to go)
Hvyhauler 09/15/14 07:00am Tow Vehicles
RE: Key Features of Your Fifth Wheel

Hi Hvyhauler... What would be a normal lifespan for tires? Do they last longer if unit is parked more than towed along? I think I'll be ok with the wiring system as my man is good with electrical stuff. I'll have him check my 12 volt wiring out. :) Hello Mykahts, Please share with the group the make/model of your new 5ver & make/model of your tow vehicle.The info will help answer your tire question. Thanks for pointing that out. I'm going to be the soon to be owner of a Coachmen Brookstone 370RL. It was love at first sight! I was so smitten, I created a video collage of what I call My Castle... :) My Castle... My Castle... Very nice unit and video... The exterior option pkg shows GY G614RST / LT235/85R16G tires.These are excellent trailer tires,how long the tire will last is a good question... many factors contribute to the longevity of tire life.Did you order the ext option pkg ? and what tow vehicle will be used to haul the castle.
Hvyhauler 09/11/14 02:43pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Key Features of Your Fifth Wheel

The dislikes were the cheap oem st tires which all failed within 2 years.The poor workmanship 12 volt wiring system behind the power panel, I repaired all the wiring myself.The construction debris left behind panels and sealed off areas from assembly. Hi Hvyhauler... What would be a normal lifespan for tires? Do they last longer if unit is parked more than towed along? I think I'll be ok with the wiring system as my man is good with electrical stuff. I'll have him check my 12 volt wiring out. :) Hello Mykahts, Please share with the group the make/model of your new 5ver & make/model of your tow vehicle.The info will help answer your tire question.
Hvyhauler 09/11/14 07:33am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Key Features of Your Fifth Wheel

Even though ours is an entry level unit... the features that made it ideal for us were the floor plan and access to the complete kitchen,fridge & stove included & cabinets/dining table and chairs, plus the bathroom when all three slides are in.This unit also has two bathroom sinks,one is in the toilet room and each sink has a med cabinet,I have my own get ready area seperate from DW. The other items are a large rear picture window,50 amp service & power cord which connects to the "side" of the 5ver,a slide out rear bumper for extra storage / hauling (don't overload it) and good protection for the occasional tree bump.Large cargo compartments and high capacity gray water tanks... 84 gals with removable aux discharge valve on the end of the 4 inch sewer outlet. The dislikes were the cheap oem st tires which all failed within 2 years.The poor workmanship 12 volt wiring system behind the power panel, I repaired all the wiring myself.The construction debris left behind panels and sealed off areas from assembly. Best of luck with your new unit!! 2006 Dodge 3500 DRW 4x4 LB QC CTD 2007 Mountaineer 336RLT XPS Ribs 2000 Lance 1130 2 Camping Collies (always ready to go)
Hvyhauler 09/10/14 12:53pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: state parks in Texas

In the late 1990's we camped 2 nights at Lake Arrowhead State Park just outside of Wichita Falls Texas off Interstate 44. The campground was almost empty in October,very reasonable rates back then. 2006 Dodge 3500 DRW LB 4x4 CTD QC 2007 Mountaineer 336RLT XPS Ribs 2000 Lance 1130 2 Camping Collies (always ready to go)
Hvyhauler 09/07/14 08:11am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Dometic Refrig is acting up - what are my options

I had a similar problem last January with our Dometic fridge /freezer, it stopped getting cold as usually all of a sudden.After alot of research & troubleshooting I replaced the circuit board located in the panel behind the fridge and that fixed it.The board cost aprox $111.00 shipping incl. The unit works/cools better than ever now. 2006 Dodge 3500 DRW 4x4 LB QC 48K miles 2007 Mountaineer XPS Ribs 2000 Lance 1130 2 Camping Collies (always ready to go)
Hvyhauler 09/05/14 01:45pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Tire Spacing????

Tvman44 I also upgraded to LT235/85R/16 LRE tires from cheap st235/80R/16 and have zero problems with the clearance of 3 1/8 inch between tires. The axle spacing on our 5ver 6K Dexter E-Z lube axles are on 35 inch centers (hub to hub) I also installed the Dexter E-Z Flex suspension and wet bolt kit a few years back... made things nice and tight again. What is your center to center axle measurement ? 2006 Dodge 3500 DRW 4x4 LB QC 48K miles 2007 Mountaineer 336RLT XPS Ribs 2000 Lance 1130 2 Camping Collies (always ready to go)
Hvyhauler 09/05/14 07:39am Fifth-Wheels
RE: changing light fixtures

I replaced the cheap original dc 12v heat emitng 2 bulb fixture over our kitchen sink with a nice flush mount 18 inch twin bulb flourescent fixture I bought from a marine supply store.Extremely easy upgrade and nice soft light projection. Last year I replaced the original extra cheap brown 60 cycle humming 115v ac ceiling fan and 4 bulb light fixture with a really nice super quiet Hunter ceiling hugger fan (5 blade) and dome light in antique burnished bronze that matches our other fixtures perfectly. I also installed a 2 bulb light fixture in the 5ver front compartment. These upgrades were easy to do and really gives the (Hotel) trailer class. 2006 Dodge 3500 DRW LB 4x4 QC 48k miles 2007 Mountaineer 336RLT XPS Ribs 2000 Lance 1130 2 Camping Collies (always ready to go)
Hvyhauler 09/04/14 12:07pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: do you leave your awnings out?

In 2001 while camping direct ocean front in Flagler Beach Florida our awning was torn off our travel trailer. We were down highway A1A eating out when a severe storm approached.Unbelievable lighting show over the Atlantic Ocean that evening!! This was our second trailer but our first ever brand new trailer... a 1998 Coachmen 297RKS high profile wide body 102" Even though the awning was tipped to one side and tied down the rain & wind were so intense the awning couldn't handle the water weight or wind. The awning tube was bent in a U shape and broke the picnic table when it collasped,the awning extending arms were ripped out of their mounts on the camper. Our Collie ... Morgan looked very stressed out when we got back that evening,normally thunder and lightening didn't effect him.Some leftover seafood calmed him down though. We no longer leave the awning out when we leave the camper. Insurance covered the awning repl./labor... cost was around $1400.00 A lesson well learned,about 8 other campers lost awnings that same night. 2006 Dodge 3500 DRW LB 4x4 QC 48k miles 2007 Mountaineer 336RLT XPS Ribs 2000 Lance 1130 2 Camping Collies (always ready ti go)
Hvyhauler 09/03/14 03:35pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: What do you carry for a jack?

I carry 2 commercial duty bottle jacks, a 20 ton and a 12 ton low profile. I also keep two 6 ton jack stands in the tv and several blocks of varying sizes to place under a jack if necessary... a shovel is kept in the camper side compartment if I need to dig down to get a jack under something in severe terrain. 2006 Dodge 3500 DRW LB 4x4 QC 2007 Mountaineer 336RLT XPS Ribs 2000 Lance 1130 2 Camping Collies (always ready to go)
Hvyhauler 08/31/14 04:03pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Spare tire

I check my dually spare before leaving home for a camping trip.The 5ver spares are checked before each trip along with the truck tires and 5ver tires. Due to past problems with st tires failing randomly I mounted both spares on top of the 5ver rear bumper with an aluminum rack I made for easier access.Both spares have tire covers and are positioned with the valve stems on the bottom facing out to add air when needed without having to take the covers off. Our 5ver now rides on XPS Ribs. I will gladly lend a 235/80R/16 spare tire/wheel assembly or give a loose spare trailer tire (kept in the dually bed) to another camper in distress if needed. I keep a 6 gallon capacity pancake electric compressor and generator in the front compartment with 50 feet of air hose for tire problems... been there done that too many times. I'll help any camper who needs assistance changing tires on tv or camper. Hvyhauler 2006 Dodge 3500 LB DRW QC 4x4 CTG 2007 Mountaineer 336RLT XPS Ribs 2000 Lance 1130 2 Camping Collies (always ready to go)
Hvyhauler 08/30/14 12:28pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: So where will you be???

We are staying home this holiday weekend... too crowded for us and highways too busy. I'm working on our generator and hope to have it back in the front compartment this evening. We mostly camp Monday through Friday and leave on Friday morning. Hvyhauler 2006 Dodge 3500 CTG 4x4 DRW LB QC 2007 Mountaineer 336 RLT 2000 Lance 1130 2 Camping Collies (always ready to go)
Hvyhauler 08/28/14 12:29pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Crossroads Cruiser experiences and Shortbox Ram clearance

kc81c Some friends of ours used to have a Crossroads Cruise 5ver ... model ? which was pulled by a 2008 Dodge CTD QC shortbox. They switched to a Pullrite Superglide hitch. Made tight turns and tight backing one less thing to worry about. 2006 Dodge 3500 CTD 4x4 LB QC DRW 2007 Mountaineer 336RLTS 2000 Lance 1130 2 Camping Collies (always ready to go)
Hvyhauler 08/27/14 11:58am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Where do your pets ride?

Our 2 Collies always ride in the back seat of our TV in air conditioned comfort on their special platform made from 3/8 inch siding that covers the entire seat and leg room area and butts up to front seat backs and console.Four legs support the platform with storage room underneath. It's covered with carpet topped with foam rubber and a double bed thick comforter,very comfortable and more than enough room for 2 full size Collies.Our Collie girl likes to lay her head on the console and snooze while traveling. 2006 Dodge 3500 CTD LB QC 4x4 DRW (payload to spare) 2007 Mountaineer 336RLTS XPS Ribs 2000 Lance 1130 2 Camping Collies (always ready to go)
Hvyhauler 08/26/14 04:24pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Pullrite or Curt for OEM Hitch

I've had the same PR Superglide since October of 2006, it's now in my dually. No problems at all,easy to maintain and adjust if needed ( slide models ). American made !!! strong ... heavy ... durable I really like the way the jaw wraps around the pin when the handle latch is activated ... positive latching mechanism. 2006 Dodge 3500 LB 4X4 CC CTD DRW (payload to spare) 2007 Mountaineer 336RLTS XPS Ribs 2000 Lance 1130 2 Camping Collies (always ready to go)
Hvyhauler 08/25/14 08:59am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Had a bad blow out .And tired of reading 1000 post on tires

Carpet Guy 2 ... I had the same problems with st tires as you and many others did, 8 to be exact.Luckily I caught mine before each blew ( about 100 miles apart )from 2008 - 2011 and didn't have any damage. The 5ver now rides on Michelin XPS ribs LT235/85R/16 LRE Q speed rated up to 100 mph.No more bouncing or tracking problems.These are top quality tires as are the Bridgestone Duravis R250. Both tires give superior service and longevity. My XPS ribs are registerd with Michelin for warranty purposes if needed. Pulling and camping is much more enjoyable now without wondering when the next tire is about to blow. Peace of mind ... Priceless ! Hvyhauler 2007 Mountaineer 336RLT XPS Ribs 2006 Dodge 3500 Long Box 4X4 QC CTD 2000 Lance 1130 2 Camping Collies
Hvyhauler 08/06/14 07:48pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Let's talk about tire gauges

I use several... A Milton dial type guage on an 18 inch hose and also a Milton inflator/guage type on a hose.The guage I keep in the dually is a Dill brand truck service type with a dual foot and a calibration screw on the end.All these are top quality and used by commercial tire men on a daily basis. Check out your local tire equipment supply company for the these precision instruments and other tire related equipment... Kid in a candy store effect. Hvyhauler 2006 Dodge 3500 CTD LB 4x4 QC DRW 2007 Mountaineer 336 RLT 2000 Lance 1130 2 Camping Collies
Hvyhauler 08/01/14 04:42pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Short bed or long bed?

Del Camper Excellent choice,you will like the long bed.I started with my existing short box 2006 2500 Dodge 4x4 quad cab CTG,it pulled and stopped the 5ver good. The payload was close to being maxed out...added super springs and also had a Pullrite Superglide,no chance of hitting the cab...good sturdy durable hitch. The 36 foot 5ver in my opinion was too much trailer for the truck. In 2008 I upgraded to a 2006 Dodge 3500 4x4 DRW long box CTG (payload to spare) and the difference was night and day.I have no problems in parking lots or drive throughs / maneuvering around town.The truck controls the camper with authority. The 2500 is my daily driver - 175k miles... the 3500 45k miles is my tow vehicle and also hauls the Lance truck camper. My neighbor down the street has lost 2 back windows and sustained cab damage while pulling his 5ver with a short box truck & non slider hitch. Enjoy your new long truck and peace of mind !! Hvyhauler 2006 Dodge 3500 CTG 4X4 QC DRW LWB 2007 Mountaineer 336RLT 2000 Lance 1130 2 Camping Collies always ready to go
Hvyhauler 07/01/14 07:27am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Poll: do you use the comfort station?

In over 16 years of rv camping we have never used a campground shower and don't intend to, although many are super clean. On occasion when walking the Collies early in the morning we may use the campground restroom if the urge arises and we're too far from our camper. I do use the cg restrooms while out mountain / offroad biking and take my bike in the restroom with me (large amounts of liquid consumed while biking) Our 5ver has a nice large shower which we prefer over a public bathhouse ... we also like our privacy. HvyHauler 2006 Dodge 3500 4X4 DRW LWB QC CTG 2007 Mountaineer 336RLT 2000 Lance 1130 2 Camping Collies always ready to go
Hvyhauler 06/26/14 08:03am Fifth-Wheels
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