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Consider moving from a 5th wheel to a small class c

We owned 4 truck campers through the early years and loved the ability to take a boat or tour new places. When I retired 12 years ago we switched to a 5th wheel and have now owned two. When traveling to new destinations I find myself worrying about a suitable campsite. Can I get in and the problem of traveling back roads and small towns. Just thinking about moving back to a nimble class C under 24 feet. Has anybody done this?? What are your thoughts?? I want another truck camper but the price is profane for what you are getting and the wife is reluctant to give up her cabinet and storage space. Appreciate any opinions......
Likes to tow 08/09/16 07:28am Class C Motorhomes
RE: How much grease in the Ez lube?

Are you guys kidding me???? Is this post real???? For those who used several tubes to grease your bearings on an EZ Lube system I know where your grease went!! Pull the brake drums and look at your brake shoes. EZ Lube axles were primarily designed for boat trailers that get submerged in water. The RV industry picked up on this "easy care-free" idea as a marketing tool. You guys are in serious trouble when you need your brakes!!!!! You know nothing about where my grease went. I comes out the front of the hub just like it is supposed to do, just as shown in Dexter videos. Have used the EZ Lube system 3 times since new (8 yrs)and brakes still work like new, and no grease on them. Another one who simply does not know how the system works. Yes I know how the system works but keep in mind when the grease seals wear out or you do not jack up the trailer and spin the wheel as you shoot grease in as per the instructions from EZ lube you will be soaking the brake shoes!! Many folks on this and other forums do not like EZ lube hubs because of the tendency to have trouble.
Likes to tow 05/26/16 08:21pm Tech Issues
RE: How much grease in the Ez lube?

Are you guys kidding me???? Is this post real???? For those who used several tubes to grease your bearings on an EZ Lube system I know where your grease went!! Pull the brake drums and look at your brake shoes. EZ Lube axles were primarily designed for boat trailers that get submerged in water. The RV industry picked up on this "easy care-free" idea as a marketing tool. You guys are in serious trouble when you need your brakes!!!!!Yeah, I just pulled my wheels/hubs and they were fine. Do you actually have the EZ Lube system? Or are you just parroting what you've heard? When I bought my trailer from a dealer it was one year old. I noticed the brakes did not seem to work. After getting it home I pulled the drums and the brake clusters were totally saturated with grease. I called the previous owner whom I had talked to earlier about his experiences with the trailer. He told me he always put grease in the ez lube zert each time he went on a long trip...probably 5 times in a a year of ownership. I used lacquer thinner and brake cleaner aerosal cans to remove what I could not wash out with a brush and gasoline. I have EZ lube hubs on my tandem axle boat trailer and they seem to work good but these are disc brakes on the boat and I can see that grease would not accumulate on the pads like it would in a drum brake system.
Likes to tow 05/26/16 08:16pm Tech Issues
RE: Difference in honda generators Big store vs small dealer?

There is credible evidence that some Honda motors are made in China! Not all, but some. This would validate the price difference. Big box stores have special deals because of this??
Likes to tow 05/25/16 07:19pm Tech Issues
RE: How much grease in the Ez lube?

Are you guys kidding me???? Is this post real???? For those who used several tubes to grease your bearings on an EZ Lube system I know where your grease went!! Pull the brake drums and look at your brake shoes. EZ Lube axles were primarily designed for boat trailers that get submerged in water. The RV industry picked up on this "easy care-free" idea as a marketing tool. You guys are in serious trouble when you need your brakes!!!!!
Likes to tow 05/24/16 04:50am Tech Issues
RE: Quick sale

RV's depreciate faster than anything on earth, especially truck campers!! Never buy new! We have owned several and nearly all of them were used when we bought. Thus our depreciated loss was not so great when we sold them.
Likes to tow 05/24/16 04:44am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Million Dollar Hwy

Which direction is best or safer? I've heard it's not so scary going north.
Likes to tow 05/22/16 05:32am Roads and Routes
RE: Advised not to repack bearings???

I followed the direction on how to lube Dexter ezlube the first year I had my trailer. Took a lot of grease the first time I did it. Had tires off ground, turned wheel slowly while lubing hub with hand pump grease gun. It was real easy. The next year, as recommended by Dexter, I remove the drums to inspect the brakes. To my surprise, 3 of 4 wheels had grease leak past seal and on brake shoes. I had to get new shoes and clean the mess up. I called Dexter and the gentleman on the phone said the hubs were design for boat trailers, but the rv industry has jumped on them as a sale pitch. He still recommends packing by hand. I would never ever grease with gun again. Hand pack every year. Just feel much safer when I need to stop trailer. My experiences exactly. Lots of truth spoken here!!! EZ lube hubs work great on a boat trailer that gets submerged but on a travel trailer they will fill your brake drums with grease and totally ruin your brake shoes!!! Been there done that!!!!
Likes to tow 05/17/16 05:42pm Tech Issues
RE: Thinking about getting a TC, but seems to be more costly???

Beware that truck campers have extremely rapid depreciation, even more than TT or 5th wheel Rv's. I've owned 4 truck campers and dealers in my area do not like to take them on trade because the demand for them is so low. They are hard to sell on your own especially if you are trying to sell a large heavy one. Most people don't have dual wheel trucks!! If you do purchase a truck camper get a small soft side or light 8' model that can be carried on a short bed truck. Here you would have more opportunity for resale because so many people have short bed trucks! Nothing beats the utility or ease of travel like a truck camper. We were NEVER turned down at a campground, they can always find a place to put you. Once we pulled up beside the office and were told we could plug into the side of the building. However, once you put the wife into a 5th wheel or large TT it's over. They won't consider moving back to a truck camper.
Likes to tow 04/04/16 04:03am Truck Campers
RE: new truck cost!!

I would think my 05 Ram Cummins with 84K miles is worth what I paid for it in 2007. Yes, I'm done with new vehicles!! Since modern lubricants or what ever is making gas engines last 200K miles now I would believe there are some really good late model "high mileage" vehicles out there for cheap.
Likes to tow 03/31/16 04:17am Tow Vehicles
RE: Watch your speed in NC

If people would just realize what speeding does. It reduces your MPG, makes accidents more severe, makes everyone pay higher insurance rates, makes towing a trailer and changing lanes harder than it needs to be. Most people get into the habit of driving 10 miles per hour over the speed limit and cannot stand to run the true speed limit!! Don't you hate tailgaters trying to push you along faster? I welcome any state cracking down on speeding. It makes Rving so much safer and fun.
Likes to tow 03/25/16 05:32am Roads and Routes
RE: WV I-77 toll road

The West Virginia Turnpike is a good road cut through beautiful mountains. Hey this is not Kansas! If $7.50 is beyond your budget maybe you should consider staying home.
Likes to tow 03/07/16 02:39pm Roads and Routes
Campgrounds hit by tornado

Looks like it was a campground hit by a major tornado on the evening news but the way it was reported we are led to believe it was a mobile home park. Hey, those were RV's not mobile homes!! Was this near Waverly Virginia?? Anybody know for sure??
Likes to tow 02/25/16 04:34am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Back and forth between F250/Ram 2500

I had bought four new Ford trucks and considered nothing but Ford until the horrible reputation of the Ford 6.0 diesel entered the picture. It was time to move from gas into diesel because of the 5th wheel my wife wanted. Thankfully a massive 6 month research on the forums and Internet yielded too much information against the Ford diesel for me to go ahead with my order. The Cummins seemed like the best choice and went ahead with my purchase. I have been very pleased with not only the Cummins but also the truck in general!! If I were to return to buying another gasser I would definitely consider Ram. It has been that good. I believe if buying a Ram with the Cummins I would get the 3500 series because it has rear leaf springs instead of coil. Just a preference and personal opinion. There is not a lot of difference between the 2500 & 3500 other than springs. I believe Ram to be the best looking of the new trucks but that again is just my taste. I was also very nervous about the Dodge product because of a horrible experience I had with Chrysler auto several years ago. That is all in the past and I have great confidence in Ram trucks. Also I have never owned a 4WD so cannot speak for the reliability of a Ram in that application.
Likes to tow 02/09/16 06:39am Tow Vehicles
RE: truck and trailer total loss due to black ice

Gee so many different opinions about 4WD. I think there is a misconception about the benefits of it and a great deal of that comes from "marketing strategy" from the auto makers. Here's my opinion, for what it's worth, and I might add that I have only owned one vehicle with it. Actually it was AWD and there is a difference!! AWD is full time, 4WD is selected. Keep in mind that when on a wet or ice surface and you are up to speed.....all vehicles are dead equal.........they all have 4WB. That's four wheel brakes!! True 4 wheel drive will only allow you to gain traction and gain movement on slick surfaces. After you are up to speed you are the same as any other vehicle. Now try to stop! AWD may offer some hokus pocus skid control by alternately apply power to alternate slipping wheels thus it has some benefit on ice but it's not a cure. True 4WD on pickups, with the switch on the dash, is not designed for dry pavement or worse yet highway speeds! That's why you have the switch!! Think about it. My cousin bought his wife a new 4WD Chevy Blazer a few years ago when she completed nursing school. Her commute to work at the local hospital required about 15 miles of Interstate driving and he wanted her to be "safe" and be able to go to work. Yep, first morning of really bad snow/ice storm she had the thing upside down in the median. Flipped that puppy right over after slamming the guardrail. Lost control because she said "Honey I was doing the speed limit and had the 4WD on!" Many guys want 4WD and think it's macho. I overheard a fellow at the local RV dealership trying to make a deal on a very large and heavy slide in truck camper. It had a floor length of 11 feet, it was heavy!! His truck was a 2500 series Chevy without dual wheels. When the salesman ask him if his truck was rated to carry this weight he said yes...."and it's four wheel drive." What the **** difference does that make????!!!! Actually 4WD trucks are rated to tow less than 2WD with comparable options because of the weight of the extra hardware...transfer case, differential, etc. So there is a big misunderstanding about 4WD and it's helped along by the auto industry and salesmen wanting the extra $4000 option. There is no substitute for a slower speed. Everything becomes more complicated and dangerous the faster you go on dry pavement, wet pavement or slick pavement. I try to pull my 5th wheel at a speed that does not cause me to be a problem to other motorist but at anything above 60 I try to find a way into the right lane and a slow trucker to follow. We are all pulling RV's on China made tires and they are not rated for practically any speed!! Many posts on this and other forums about "China bombs." Slower speeds give you more reaction time and less chance of damage on impact. You cannot always follow the lead of commercial truckers. If they are running faster than you it's because they are significantly heaver with tires that are very good plus THEY ARE PAID BY THE MILE. They take risks to make a buck. Some are dangerous and can cause horrendous damage to other motorist. Watch your windshield wipers and door mirrors. If they even get one ice crystal on them the road could have black ice. Slow down or find a rest area or parking lot to sit in for a while to figure out conditions.
Likes to tow 02/03/16 03:21am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Calling all RAM 2500 fiver owners

Do the Dodge/Ram trucks still get the "death wobble?" I think that was primarily a 4X4 problem. My 4X2 2005 has never had it happen....yet
Likes to tow 01/14/16 04:05am Tow Vehicles
RE: .88 diesel

Folks this is an election year. Don't get all excited about low gas prices. Can't you see what is happening? We were told a number of things after 2008 that explained why oil prices suddenly went through the roof. Aren't all those things still in place? Has gas come down in price around the world? Have new refineries come online? Do we have the pipe line? Think!! It ain't going to last much beyond early 2017.
Likes to tow 01/14/16 04:03am Tow Vehicles
RE: 5th wheel insurence

The value of RV's decreases very rapidly each year. Try to trade one in or sell it! You should be able to find the "true market value" of yours by asking a dealer and insure for only that amount. If you paid say $50k for it new then why should you be insuring it for that 5 years down the road when it's actual value would be say $25k. If it becomes destroyed the insurance company will try to give you $20k!!!!
Likes to tow 01/05/16 06:41am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Greaseable Wheel Bearings?

Great on boat trailers that get submerged under water. Terrible idea for rv type trailers. You will destroy your brakes using this method if not done properly and sparingly. RV Trailer bearings don't need constant attention like boat trailers anyway! How often do you pack the wheel bearings on your tow vehicle? What's the difference??
Likes to tow 12/31/15 08:12pm Tech Issues
RE: Cheap Import Bearings

I don't know what is happening to this world. It is getting harder to find good quality products anymore. Just when you search and think you found a good one the words MADE IN CHINA appear. I bought new leaf springs through E-TRAILER.com and when they arrived they were made in china. I had to install them so far no problems except the bolt holes were not perfectly round and had to drill them open to accept the hanger bolts. Good luck on trying to find USA made bearings. you might have a job on your hands. Here is something even worse. Look on ANY frozen fish products in any major grocery store and the package will say "Product of China." You cannot buy fish from Alaska, Canada, or USA anymore. If we get into a war with China we will not be able to feed ourselves let alone build weapons. Ross Perot was right when talking about NAFTA legislation many years ago. It has now happened!!
Likes to tow 12/30/15 08:11pm Tech Issues
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