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RE: Post your tow vehicle pics here

The new truck just left the factory last week and should be here in a few more days. Here are a few details. Will be installing a custom hauler bed with hydraulic SmartCar loader and ET Sr. air hitch. Also, a Winegard Durasat In-Motion Sat Dish and 10" LCD rear-view camera monitor with 4 camera's. Alum-line custom drom box. 2015 Volvo VNL42T730 Engine D13-500 HP / 1850 Front and Rear Air Suspension 4 way air disk brakes Volvo Collision Avoidance System Time Gap Cruise control i-shift 12 speed Auto shift manual transmission Locking Rear Diff Dual Bunk Beds Sink Refrigerator Magnum MS2012 Inverter Aux Cab Heater Limited Interior Black Metallic with full Gold Level chrome Pkg Flat Panel TV Mount Microwave prep Work Station Bose Ride Air/Electromagnetic Seats Pictures sent from factory last week. https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-diStRtOAEC8/U0ceeA-DCqI/AAAAAAAAG78/4_877FpG068/s640/IMG_0916.JPG https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-aWM8db8cwJw/U0ceev_fMFI/AAAAAAAAG8E/jo7U40uIfos/s640/IMG_0917.JPG https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-V-lwuAojggc/U0ceu-Ch6DI/AAAAAAAAG8M/NJbnlazz7rM/s640/IMG_0924.JPG Very excited to get to work on the deck when the truck arrives. :)
RickSo 04/14/14 11:12pm Tow Vehicles
RE: BLOWOUT! Need opinions TPMS System for Toy Haulers

I really like the TST 507 system. I am going to add an extended antenna since the distance from cab to rear 5er wheels is at the edge of its range. It does not give consistent readings and drops off quite a bit.
RickSo 02/17/14 07:55pm Toy Haulers
RE: USB outlets in faceplate fed w/ 12v?

Have a look here
RickSo 02/15/14 02:19pm Tech Issues
RE: Buying our first fifth wheel

Sammie1, I would say pick the unit that you want and plan around it. If your total length is to much a lot of time you can un-hook and park the TV some place around the facility your at. Our rig is just under 44ft and have very seldom not been able to find a spot. There are a lot of Class A motorhomes that are 40-44 ft that many place can fit and your 40ft length shouldn't restrict you that much. Just make sure your tow vehicle is safe and rated to pull the weight of your rig.
RickSo 02/12/14 08:03pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: length limitations

I am always amazed at some of these published weights. My GMC 1500 truck with the max tow package is rated for 10400 trailer and I would not touch the one above with it. I think you are looking at least a 3/4 ton to be safe and comfortable.
RickSo 02/08/14 07:23pm Toy Haulers
RE: Chevy 3500HD available in double cab for 2015?

http://www.torquenews.com/sites/default/files/image-106/2015_gmc_sierra_3500hd.jpg http://www.torquenews.com/sites/default/files/image-%5Buid%5D/%5Btitle-raw%5D/2015%20chevy%20silverado%203500hd.jpg
RickSo 02/01/14 08:13pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Small cars

And may I say that your wife's a better woman than I am- I make my Husband RIDE the bike he's bringin' along. I WISH! She said that she would take her air ticket this spring so I could follow on the bike....yeah right! :)
RickSo 01/30/14 04:59pm Toy Haulers
RE: Small cars

All of that so you can bring a motorcycle along? I'm speechless! Well, maybe two side x sides or 1 side x side and a bike depending what the plans are! :) My wife is not interested in motorbikes and I love to get out on the bikes....so this is the best solution for us.
RickSo 01/29/14 11:25pm Toy Haulers
RE: Small cars

We have hauled our Smart Car in the toyhauler with no problems. The only problem is when my DW has the SC I can't haul the motorbike so have just recently fixed the problem.....now we can take the car and the bikes. :) I am having this deck installed on the new Volvo VNL 730 single axle truck by RV haulers.ca. https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-_VSoGpXZWf4/UnrhuIePW8I/AAAAAAAAGY0/oekfnDaSglk/s640/Smart%2520Hydralic%2520loader%2520%25281%2529.jpg
RickSo 01/29/14 08:42pm Toy Haulers
RE: Winterizing Ice Maker

When I winterize my RV I just cycle the antifreeze like it is making ice until no freezing happens. It usually takes three to four ice cycles then put it away for the winter. We do the same thing for the washing machine to get antifreeze through the pumps of the appliance.
RickSo 10/30/13 11:17pm Tech Issues
RE: which wilson antenna is best?

We bought this antenna and use 25' of coax. Works pretty well so far - no complaints. We have picked up signal where previously we were out of range. We also have ours mounted on our ladder. BTW - it does not plug in to 110. We had a 12V outlet installed where it comes in the tt. X2 on this antenna! Has worked very well on our unit. https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-FaJdiReuIOU/UjTDHMRoifI/AAAAAAAACPs/hEG-lcexUY4/s640/20130908_162137.jpg
RickSo 10/30/13 05:25pm Tech Issues
RE: Ideas to extend stay when dry camping/no generator

We got a motorhome. It's got a bunch of stuff in it. We like to use all of that stuff. Sure it requires a bunch of amp hours but we have plenty of that too. Don't even need to charge batteries while we're camping either. Complicated? Not fun? Nope! The exact opposite. Our rig is setup for camping not turning off lights behind people, not filling up generators that have run out of gas, not running the furnace for only 5 mins a day, not crappy 12V TV's or etc. We get to a CG, drop the levelers, put out the slide and maybe the awning, grab some chairs and drinks and relax and do what WE want to do. This is our fav campsite. It's a state beach. There's no facilities to speak of except some porta potties. We sail through a 3 day weekend with lights blazing into the night. Furnace rocking out at night. Hours of TV during breakfast and dinner (sometimes we take a TV outside and watch there or maybe not watch it at all). No all day genny running here either. ALL BATTERY except the convection oven (no propane oven...wasn't a deal breaker). https://lh6.googleusercontent.com/-CuNexKNZqCs/UZloYPNM3kI/AAAAAAAAEIY/O66ciPe_hT8/s400/TBCG031.JPG Couldn't agree with you more! You paid all that money for that stuff... you might as well use it. Just need a little bigger solar system to run the unit. I know that the large solar/battery system I installed makes it more enjoyable and am never in the dark with a flashlight. :B
RickSo 09/23/13 05:08pm Tech Issues
RE: Solar at its Best

I'm not trying to be negative or nitpicky, but does the shade from the item in the bottom of the picture affect the incoming current? I've seen even 1-2 square inches of a panel shaded cause the whole panel to lose 50-95% of the incoming energy compared to full sun. I love these solar setups. I am working on ideas for two (one fixed and mounted on the roof), and one detachable (so when touring it stays at home, but boondocking, I have it available.) The nice feature for a decent solar setup will be not having to fire up a generator when out in the wilderness unless it is to exercise it. Even my Yamaha makes a lot of noise compared to the quiet of a forest or meadow. That picture was taken at around 4:00 pm on Sept 8 with the truck and trailer facing north while I was winterizing the trailer. The sun is quite a bit lower in the sky up here in northern Canada as fall approaches. There is a little shade but by this time of day the system has been in float charge for hours. The panels are wired in parallel and still do a very good job. Most of the season when we have sunlight until 10 PM shading isn't a problem with the AC unit. I have not run the genset very much since putting in this system.....never to charge batteries anyway. :)
RickSo 09/19/13 09:11am Tech Issues
RE: Truck ride with big toy hauler

we have a 38 foot all american sport toy hauler, the factory sticker says it weighs 14,000 pounds with an air pin box, pulled by a 1990 SRW 1 ton diesel dodge, it pulls well on the straight and level roads, but add a mountain pass and I'm down in first gear doing 30 MPH, we all so have an air ride hitch, so it rides over the bumps pretty well, but is this the right term "buck and chucking" is in there has to be a small amount of space between the pin and the clamping jaws, what I am trying to say its more of a forward and back movement that can be felt in the truck it drives me nuts, we have been looking at and plan to move up to a MDT, something like a freight liner sport chassis the new pickups have a LOT more power than a 90. In fact, they have MORE power than a lot of MDT's out there. A lot are 300 hp or so. Quite a bit under what the new diesels in pickups have. If the MDT is what you want, go for it. Just realize, you may be passed on a grade by a pickup with a bigger trailer! I find some of these comments pretty darn funny... :) It's not so much the pickup truck passing me up the hills that concerns me as much as them passing me on the downhill side. My 2008 MDT truck came with the 330/1000 8.3 Cummins and like many other diesels I've had I tuned it up a bit to 400/1250, with that torque I don't get passed by that many in the Rockies where I mainly travel. You also can get up to 500/1650 in these trucks. The power isn't the only reason to get into a MDT. The air seats/suspension/cab/hitch and dual stage engine braking make for a much better haul for me than any of my previous diesel pickups with a trailer attached.
RickSo 09/17/13 05:27pm Toy Haulers
RE: Solar at its Best

RJsfishin, Very cool setup!!! With the help I got from the people on this forum we have only used our generator a few times in the last couple of years for AC only. The solar system (705 watts) and battery bank (6-six volts-690ah) has made life easy off the grid. :) https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/-xqWN3xXHat4/UjTB--9_KTI/AAAAAAAACPU/x1XHPExiUp8/s640/705%2520watt%2520solar.jpg Still have room for a couple more panels. https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-FaJdiReuIOU/UjTDHMRoifI/AAAAAAAACPs/hEG-lcexUY4/s640/20130908_162137.jpg
RickSo 09/14/13 02:00pm Tech Issues
RE: Are there any Wild Cargo owners on here?

I have been wanting to look at a wild cargo toy hauler but they seem to be few and far between. So I thought I'd ask the question from owners, what kind of luck have they had with their haulers and how has customer service been from Excel dealers. We have had our's for a few seasons now and am very happy with the unit. I had a few problems in the beginning mostly with components that were installed in the unit not anything that the manufacture (Peterson Industries) built. The customer service from the factory is the best service I have ever had for anything I have purchased. They took care of every issue along with my very good dealer. I currently have about 15,000 miles on it and am planning to snowbird the winters down south with this unit.
RickSo 09/14/13 01:16pm Toy Haulers
RE: City Water Pressure Reducers

X3 on the Watts and Oxygenics X4, Also depending on the length of supply hose I changed my 25ft 1/2" hose to 3/4" hose and made a big difference.
RickSo 09/11/13 10:28am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Batteries

Hi, Charge, disconnect and once a month charge for 24 hours. -OR- Add a modest solar system. X2 Since adding solar system have not removed batteries...just check battery levels and remove snow from panels when necessary. I don't have power where I store our rig. I used to remove and leave on maintainer charger all winter. I lost two 6 volt Trojans our first year into RV'ing even though they were fully charged and disconnected. Learning curve for some -40 degree temps we can see here.
RickSo 09/07/13 03:45pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Toy Hauler - outside ladder question

I use this Ladder and store it in my pass through compartment.
RickSo 09/06/13 10:47am Toy Haulers
RE: Keystone Fuzion 301

Congrat's on the new unit!! I always take comments like this with a grain of salt. :? The salesman told me that a TT tracks much closer to the TV tracks than a 5th wheel does.
RickSo 08/14/13 01:27pm Toy Haulers
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