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RE: How to properly plan x-country trip with 43' 5er?

We traveled from West Virginia to southwest Utah this summer and I had planned all three weeks using this campground site.......http://www.rvparkreviews.com/ it was very accurate and helped with choosing good places. There are 16,000 campgrounds on this site with reviews. I highly suggest you plan ahead and even get on this and other forums to ask questions about routes, steep grades, campgrounds and weather for your time of season. My fifth wheel is only 31ft and experience has taught me you can get into some real tight situations. With a 43 ft unit you need to plan!!
Likes to tow 11/12/17 06:15am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Electric water heater not very hot

Went through this same drill a few years ago with luke warm water coming out of tank. Ended up being the outside hose had both hot and cold water valves turned on and it allows mixing of the hot water with cold inside the RV !! The hand wand valve was closed so I had no idea these two valves were left open......probably when I winterized.
Likes to tow 10/31/17 05:47am Fifth-Wheels
RE: I40 West bound to Wears Valley TN route?

Traffic in Smoky Mt area is profane!! I agree with 411 and especially Veterans Blvd. Be prepared for massive delays anyway.
Likes to tow 10/20/17 04:57am Roads and Routes
Fall foliage is not present in Smoky Mts.`

We have come to the Smoky Mountains in mid to late October for over 20 years and this year has really surprised us!!! There is NO COLOR, it still looks like Summer!! Anyone hooking up their RV for this annual event should put if off for a couple of weeks at least. The fall foliage prediction map for 2017 has this area at peak and it is not.
Likes to tow 10/18/17 04:38am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Took a break from traveling to build this for the daughter

And I was feeling real proud when I built my daughter a deck on the back of her house!!!
Likes to tow 10/17/17 05:21am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Camping near Rocky Mountain National Park

Thinking about a trip to Rocky Mountain National Park in late May or early June of next year. What are some good campgrounds for a base camp for a few days. We like to drop off the 5th wheel and then take daily trips of 100 miles or less to see all the sights. I don't like to travel steep mountain grades with the 5th wheel. We will be coming in from Interstate 76 and prefer the Estes Park area. IMHO this is an OXYMORON - ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK - Sorry but IMHO if you want to see the sights you have to Drive in the MOUNTAINS. Not sure I can be of any help. St Vrain SP out side Longmont might work. Right off I-25, not in the Mountains - 42 miles from Estes Park. We were over Monarch Pass this past June with no issues. However staying in really nice places without too many steep grades to travel just seems easier. Once I get set up and disconnected I could care less what the grade is. Best of Luck
Likes to tow 09/26/17 05:56am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Camping near Rocky Mountain National Park

Thinking about a trip to Rocky Mountain National Park in late May or early June of next year. What are some good campgrounds for a base camp for a few days. We like to drop off the 5th wheel and then take daily trips of 100 miles or less to see all the sights. I don't like to travel steep mountain grades with the 5th wheel. We will be coming in from Interstate 76 and prefer the Estes Park area.
Likes to tow 09/25/17 03:17pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Jayco feedback

Lets face it, RV's are not built to rigid standards. They are designed by professional decorators and look beautiful but require lots of attention and maintenance by their owners. Many times after returning from a trip I see something I need to tighten, seal or repair. The appliances and fixtures are cheap light weight devices. The only RV's that are still made to rigid standards are made by Airstream and to purchase this brand you better be willing to fork out lots of money. Most manufacturers will push them out the door and let the purchaser and dealer work out the problems under the warranty. I believe there is little quality control to find leaks in plumbing and electrical issues. RV ownership requires constant attention to preventative maintenance.
Likes to tow 09/19/17 05:48am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Overall lenght question

Fifth wheels pull better....but differently. They will cut sharper than a bumper pull because the attachment is more forward. Thus you can curb them or run in the ditch somewhat easier. Also they react slower to steering wheel movement when backing up. Just keep this in mind and you can adjust to a fiver very easily.
Likes to tow 09/17/17 05:20am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Hwy 550 from Montrose, CO to Durango, CO

We drove this road in June but left our 5th wheel at a base camp near Ridgeway. I was shocked at the lack of guardrails. The white line on the edge of the road is only 3 inches from a straight down fall of hundreds of feet!! We met logging trucks coming at us from the other direction. Locals think nothing of this road. School buses even travel it! Lot of RV's of every type were traveling it too. This being said, it is one of the most beautiful roads we have ever traveled!! I was drawn to it like a moth to a fire. We drove it three times during our stay in the area. Just be careful and like someone else said take your jeep over it first before taking the big rig. The most scary part is just outside Ouray for about a few hundred yards. People have died on this road. A monument to a preacher and his daughters who went over the edge on their way to church in Silverton is a reminder of the danger. Also a monument to snow plow drivers who have paid the ultimate price to keeping the road open in winter. I would drive it again in a heart beat!!!
Likes to tow 09/03/17 06:02am Roads and Routes
RE: montana smoke

Smoke can ruin a trip into the West. This is why we stopped going in late summer. We now try to travel in June.
Likes to tow 08/11/17 07:24pm Roads and Routes
RE: Rubber roof is BILLOWING!

Just completed a 5000 mile trip west. Saw several 5th wheels coming at me in the opposite direction with the front rubber billowing up. These owners had no idea this was happening! There must be a leak somewhere along the front cap for air to be entering.
Likes to tow 07/30/17 04:42am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Fifth Wheel Lube Plate ????

I had one on my previous 5th wheel and it caused me to have problems while trying to hitch up.. The straight edge on the front of the trailer (just in front of the king pin) should contact the truck hitch and pivot it level for proper alignment. It "cams" the pivoting hitch to proper alignment. With the round teflon pad on there, it would sometimes not allow the Reese to pivot level and thus cause problems. I would sometimes get a "high hitch situation" where the king pin would end up on top of the jaws. I took it off and NEVER had any further issues. Don't use one on my new 5th wheel either.
Likes to tow 07/20/17 07:23am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Grand Design Reflection

Just completed a 5000 mile trip to Utah & Colorado. Our Reflection 27RL had no issues. Nothing come undone, nothing broke and after a very careful detailing and examination it looks like the day we bought it last November. This was the third trip. The first two were under 500 miles. They are well built!! We had a few issues after the first trip and received excellent response from Grand Design and our dealer. Things like we had can be expected on anything new and even our salesman told us to hit the road and then bring it back to allow them to correct any problems. I would buy another one in a heartbeat.
Likes to tow 07/04/17 08:38am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Dexter EZ Lube ISSUE RESLOVED bad gun

To all of you still using the EZ Lube feature on your axle be aware of the issues with this system!! If you have been pumping away with your grease gun and nothing comes out there is the possibility that the rear seal has blown out and your are lubing your brake shoes and magnet assemblies. I highly recommend you pull your brake drums and inspect for grease on the brakes~!!! There are significant amounts of opinions on using the easy lube system but most experienced Rv'ers will only hand pack the bearings. Easy Lube is wonderful for boat trailers that get submerged in water but useless on any trailer with brake actuators operating on the highway. Do a search on this and other forums about this issue and you will find an overwhelming number of people have had major issues with grease on their brakes. Look at the Grand Design owners forum and see the issue with Lippert and the massive replacement of complete brake assemblies due to grease getting past the seal. Uh, you may have read some posts on the GD forum but clearly not all of them because you're missing THE most important fact. The problems with leaking axle seals from the OEM have ZERO...I state again...ZERO relation to the EZlube system. The EZlube zerks are not touched at the factory! Do a test the day you opt to repack your bearings manually. Before you pull the hubs, try to force grease into the hub via EZlube zerk as fast and hard as you can. Try to blow that seal. You wont. It takes significant pressure to blow out an axle seal with a grease gun. And if it leaks any grease, well then it would leak (or is leaking) under normal use and its good you are replacing it! I did not mean to place blame on the Grand Design problem with EZ Lube system. It was only to show what can happen when you get grease on your brakes, however that may happen. Grand Design/Lippert problem was caused by bad thin grease with low dropping point, bad seals or the process of assembly.......who knows for sure, they have claimed many theories. I had the EZ lube system on my 2nd 5th wheel(Crossroads Cruiser) which I had purchased from an individual after he owned it two years. His statement to me was "I greased the bearings several times using a grease gun, never pulled the drums." My inspection, after realizing I had very little braking ability, was the brake clusters (shoes and magnets) were completely saturated with grease!!!
Likes to tow 06/04/17 04:50pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Dexter EZ Lube ISSUE RESLOVED bad gun

To all of you still using the EZ Lube feature on your axle be aware of the issues with this system!! If you have been pumping away with your grease gun and nothing comes out there is the possibility that the rear seal has blown out and your are lubing your brake shoes and magnet assemblies. I highly recommend you pull your brake drums and inspect for grease on the brakes~!!! There are significant amounts of opinions on using the easy lube system but most experienced Rv'ers will only hand pack the bearings. Easy Lube is wonderful for boat trailers that get submerged in water but useless on any trailer with brake actuators operating on the highway. Do a search on this and other forums about this issue and you will find an overwhelming number of people have had major issues with grease on their brakes. Look at the Grand Design owners forum and see the issue with Lippert and the massive replacement of complete brake assemblies due to grease getting past the seal.
Likes to tow 06/02/17 04:09am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Hitching Up to 5th Wheel

I have a Reese 16K which I have used now for 14 years. The instructions that came with the hitch instructs you to have the safety latch open but the handle in the closed position. As the king pin enters it pushes the jaws open, the handle will move outward and then as the jaws close the handle snaps back into place. I close the latch, put a pad lock through it and do a pull test. See instructions at this site http://www.reeseprod.com/content/downloads/installation/N30047.pdf When I bought my first 5th wheel the dealer instructed me to do it this way and I have never had an issue. I always do a pull test after raising the landing gear two inches.
Likes to tow 06/01/17 05:35am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Should we buy used 5th wheel

When you buy new, the moment you pull off the lot with all the paperwork laying beside you the value of the unit has gone down from $10,000 or more!! On our first two 5th wheels, the dealer gave us a 30 day warranty which we never used on either unit. The new 5th wheel has been back to the dealer twice and I have fixed things myself more than once. If you know how to look do not be afraid of a unit a couple of years old!! Delamination is one thing you need to understand. Watch some YouTube videos to learn about anything!!
Likes to tow 05/24/17 06:10am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Should we buy used 5th wheel

A 2-4 year old unit usually has all the bugs worked out and will cost considerably less. This is what I did on my first two 5th wheels. Last October we bought our first new one and since then I have had it back to the dealer multiple times to correct problems........leaking fresh water tank being the most critical. I have fixed many issues myself while on the road or at home. Yes a two to four year old unit is much better to buy if you can find what you want.....or something very close. They depreciate like crazy and someone else had all the agony of getting things done under warranty. One word of advice, be sure you inspect for leaks and always keep a close eye for caulking that needs to be replaced. This little issue with ownership will follow you regardless if you buy new or used !!!
Likes to tow 05/23/17 06:42am Fifth-Wheels
RE: How long for delamanation to happen?

You need to get a quality repair which would mean the wall has to be replaced. Accept no excuses. Delamination will kill the resale value of your trailer!!! Since this happened so quickly I would think it was defective from the manufacturing process. Let us know how this comes out.
Likes to tow 05/22/17 04:50am Fifth-Wheels
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