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RE: Fifth Wheel Lube Plate -- Who uses one?

I found it made hitching up harder. The square front plate on the fifth wheel hits the hitch and aligns or cams it to the level position so the pin goes in easity. With the rounded front on lube plate this action never happened and I noticed the pin going in to an unlevel hitch. Took it off, problem went away. May I ask what hitch you are using? Reese 15K about 15 years old
Likes to tow 03/07/18 03:57am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Fifth Wheel Lube Plate -- Who uses one?

I found it made hitching up harder. The square front plate on the fifth wheel hits the hitch and aligns or cams it to the level position so the pin goes in easity. With the rounded front on lube plate this action never happened and I noticed the pin going in to an unlevel hitch. Took it off, problem went away.
Likes to tow 03/06/18 05:47am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Zion in May '18

We made the KOA in Panguitch our base camp for the 5th wheel and drove to all the beautiful places. Bryce, Red Canyon, Cedar Breaks Nat Monument and Zion are all just a short drive. The folks who own the KOA live on the property and it is secure and safe. You will enjoy the scenery on the drives to the parks.
Likes to tow 03/03/18 03:24pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Broke down in Foley Alabama Transmission Trouble

If their guy is on "light duty" and can't get to your problem soon i would not let them touch it. What if he gets on sick leave right after they drop your transmission?? Will you sit there for days for weeks waiting on his return? Get to a reputable shop, rent a car and get r done right. Most generally mechanics like to take advantage of a guy on the road with an RV!! They know your options are limited and you are desperate. If you can, leave the trailer where it is and limp to another dealer. Don't mention having a 5th wheel nearby that you need to tow home. They will still have dollar signs in their eyes when they see your license plate.
Likes to tow 03/02/18 06:03am Fifth-Wheels
Interesting thought on Ford's Eco Boost engines

I own a Ram Cummins but found this video interesting because it parallels what we have noticed about our new Ford Escape with Eco Boost. This little 1.5 has unbelievable power....when called for..and good economy...when conditions are right. I believe all those folks I have talked to about pulling a trailer with an F150 Eco Boost experience the same thing. Watch this short video, interesting observation!! It won't do both. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PmVVqr5xS8s
Likes to tow 02/07/18 05:57am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Typical electrical usage

Looks like you will have other issues through the coming years with this mother in law to be!! I would not let the sun set until I had purchased a meter as suggested in this forum. I had no idea they were available or were that cheap. If you are powering the 5th wheel with a cord plugged into a standard outlet then this meter could be plugged in at the outlet and every drop of watts would be recorded. The local power company publishes their rates and you could do the math. This would put her in her place rather quickly and permanently. I don't like issues to fester and meet them head on. But however on a positive note, if you and this guy spend your lives together you can at least have a hand in picking her nursing home someday.
Likes to tow 02/07/18 05:39am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Need advice 5th wheel size

We tent camped in the early years with our son. When the daughter came along we got a truck camper and had 4 of them during the next few years. When I retired we traded for a 24' fifth wheel. It wasn't long before we wanted a larger 5th wheel and traded for a 31 used model that was in great shape. Last year we traded for a new 31' fifth wheel. My reflections on a life of camping is this, don't think you have to be in a palace. Closet space, floor space is nice but at what cost? It's not your home. It will be sitting unoccupied 90% of the time or more especially if you are young and still working. You move from a tent into a camper to make things more comfortable during inclement weather. You don't need a palace. You are camping to be in nature or to travel. If all you want to do is sit inside in air conditioning and watch tv stay home. Buy something you can comfortably tow or handle. Another thing.....campers depreciate at a profane rate when you buy them new!!! They aren't designed with much quality and require maintenance. There are countless two and three year old units available if you look and there is lots of money to be saved especially if you make the purchase at the end of camping season. Spring is a bad time to buy any recreational product like a boat or camper. Enjoy your hunt and remember you are rarely going to find the perfect layout or floor plan. Learn to adjust to what you find because as humans we are rarely satisfied for very long with anything. By holding out for an exact floor plan or size you will find reasons in a couple of seasons to trade or sell it. At this point you will get a fraction of what you paid !!! So go small and go for a good deal. Never buy new!! I've owned 7 campers and none were perfect after a while. Only 3 were brand new. The best part was being comfortable and being in nature.
Likes to tow 01/30/18 05:03am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Finally!!!!

We have the Reflection 27RL and think it is the perfect size. I don't understand why Grand Design discontinued this model. Ours is a 2017 and right after ours was built they stopped production. It has enough room to have overnight guests but for two people it is perfect. We traveled from WV to southwest Utah last June and had no problem in the Rockies. The say this is half ton towable but that hopefully is on local flat country trips. We pull with a 2500 Ram Cummins and it is no problem.
Likes to tow 12/18/17 05:06am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Fuel additive recommendation by Cummins

When I bought my 05 Ram Cummins in 07 it had 20k on the odometer. It almost immediately started to randomly have a rough idle at start up. For instance if I would stop at a rest area on the interstate when I refired the engine it would act like a cylinder or two was not functioning properly for about 30 to 50 seconds then it would smooth out. I took it to the dealer and they replaced two injectors. When I jumped in to take it home it did it again!!! The mechanic said it was quit time, bring it in tomorrow or schedule another appointment. I decided to research the problem on the Internet first. A few days later I stopped at Wal Mart for a few things and while I was walking through the auto dept. I noticed Power Service products. Since Wally World does not keep things on the shelf that do not move I guessed this was a good seller....big demand?? I bought a quart, gave a fresh fill up a heavy dose and never, not once, have I experience this problem again. That was 80K miles ago and I use Diesel Kleen every fill up since then.
Likes to tow 12/17/17 04:17pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Realilistic mileage with a fifthwheel.

Speed and head wind have EVERYHING to do with MPG. We get 10-12 on our 31' mid profile 5th wheel with the Dodge 5.9. If we run 55 or less it can go up to 13+ under ideal conditions in flat country. Non towing it will run between 18-23 depending on speed and conditions. Speed kills MPG!
Likes to tow 12/14/17 06:19am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Looking for snow advice - POSITIVE COMMENTS ONLY

You wanted positive comments.......well we are sure you're making a big mistake....we're all positive about it!!
Likes to tow 12/13/17 09:43am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Looking for snow advice - POSITIVE COMMENTS ONLY

If you are heading into Durango and have never driven in the Rockies this is a poor time to head out. You are about to get in over your head!! Colorado does not use many guardrails in their highway design. You will be amazed at the lack of them!!! Elevation plays a big role in snow and ice. I would leave the trailer at home for sure and take a set of tire chains. The Rockies are beautiful but can be deadly. Go on youtube and dial up Million Dollar Highway. The section just before coming into Ouray is absolutely unbelievable. The monument to the snow plow drivers who have paid the ultimate price for keeping this road open should tell you all you need to know!!
Likes to tow 12/13/17 04:33am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Price of the Lance 650

I've read with much interest all the posts on this topic I started. Keep in mind I have owned 4 truck campers. Two were crank down soft side Skampers and two were hard side models with A/C. When we traveled with truck campers we never called ahead for reservations because all the private owned RV parks would let us park somewhere. Once in Cody Wyoming they were having a big Saturday night rodeo and the local campground was full. When the attendant found out that we were in a truck camper he told me to pull alongside the camp office and plug in with the soft drink dispenser at the side of the building. We were never turned away. Another thing that is upsetting about truck campers is depreciation!! Dealers simply do not want them on their inventory. Most require a very heavy duty pickup and really should be on a dually. Not many people have a truck that can handle this weight. The first two truck campers I had were the light weight crank down roof models that weighed less than 1200 lbs and I sold those very quickly to guys with half ton pickups. Big market for these light models. The two hard side models I ended up trading in and practically gave them to the dealer!!
Likes to tow 12/09/17 04:48am Truck Campers
Price of the Lance 650

I owned 4 truck campers in my life and only moved into a 5th wheel at early retirement. Now I'm on my 3rd 5th wheel and can see the real need for another truck camper. After looking online at the Lance 650 I believe this is what I need. However the MSRP is profane!! How can a truck camper with no suspension or frame cost as much as a trailer?? Generally speaking you can get deal on a 5th wheel or travel trailer for about 70% of MSRP with many dealers. Has anyone landed a good cash deal on a Lance 650?? I think $28K on a small truck camper with no slides is out of the question.
Likes to tow 12/07/17 06:18am Truck Campers
RE: Buying 5th wheel

We bought a 31 Grand Design Reflection 5th wheel last year at the end of the season and made one trip before winterizing. There were a few issues on this shake down trip that cropped up but some of the things I fixed myself. The dealer resolved the rest. There is not a lot of quality control in my opinion with any manufacturer so they let the purchaser and dealer work out the bugs. After all of our known issues were resolved we took several trips this calendar year and had no issues. One big trip to Utah with over 4000 miles of towing resulted in no problems. I think now this Grand Design is going to hold up well and give us enjoyable trips. Also you should be able to make a deal with about 30% off MSRP. Ours was 52K MSRP and we got it for $37K. It was equipped very nicely and we love the self leveling system. It also has two AC's with 50 Amp service.
Likes to tow 11/24/17 06:06pm Fifth-Wheels
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
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