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RE: Wheel bearings again

We had a wheel come off our Cougar lite. Took the drum with it, which broke and had to be replaced. Four months prior to that we had brakes done. I would have thought they would have done the bearing grease then. I would definitely give bearings a check at least once a year.
Road Phantom 08/22/17 01:09pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Settle a "tires" issue

The ST has a stronger side wall. I just ordered a set of Goodyear Endurance for my Cougar lite. Hint, don't buy them at your RV dealership. I got them a lot cheaper at a local tire shop.
Road Phantom 08/22/17 01:06pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: greasing wheels

We had a wheel come off in Biloxi, Ms and broke the drum. That was after having brakes and backing plates replaced six months prior. Would have thought they took care of the bearings at that time. Unless you do it yourself, having a mechanic inspect the brakes and bearings every year sounds like a good idea whether you pack on the mileage or leave the rig sit for long periods of time in one place where condensation can get in.
Road Phantom 08/05/17 12:33pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Best Route Class A MH to Long Island, NY

The Verazzano Bridge is free inbound. You pay double on the way out. That's why most trailerist go out through the Washington Bridge. But then you have the traffic on the 287 which I believe has construction still and the BQE going through Brooklyn is choppy. Best option for us is the W Bridge very late at night and you will be fine.
Road Phantom 08/02/17 03:12pm Roads and Routes
free free free

We are on a low fixed income and travel from Pa to South Texas for the winter. we're not adverse to overnights at Campgrounds if we need to, but try to save a buck on the way down since it's only to sleep and then continue on our way. Among the freebies that we deem safe are: Bass Pro shops, Cabelas, Cracklebarrel and of course, tried and true Wally World and only if it's in a low crime area. Do you have any you can add to the list. Thanks.
Road Phantom 08/01/17 05:47pm Roads and Routes
RE: Best Route Class A MH to Long Island, NY

When in NY, definitely stay off any hwy that is a Parkway, ie: Northern, Cross Island, Meadowbrook, among others. They have very low overpasses and do not accommodate commercial as well as RV's. The Tappanzee Bridge will take you too far north. I cross the Washington Bridge after 11:00 at night and breeze right through. The daytime can be gridlock. If you can, go over the bridge very early on Sunday or leave NY early Sunday. There is no construction on Sundays except for a few priority sites. Traffic on Sundays may build up after 9am, so by early, I'm thinking around 7.
Road Phantom 08/01/17 05:37pm Roads and Routes
RE: Can you strap down these new awning designs?

I tie the awning down, but when the wind gets above 15 mph, I retract it to play it safe.
Road Phantom 08/01/17 03:50pm Fifth-Wheels
2500 VS 3500 for xlite 5th wh?

At 8500 lbs, a 3500 might be a little overkill. The reason I'm considering it is because Ram offers an air ride suspension that supposedly gives a good ride. Here's where I get the (It's a truck, so how did you expect it to ride?) people. The truck I have in mind is a new 2018 regular cab (We have a short driveway and don't need the back seat and want the long bed) however, the 1 tons ride stiffly for a short wheel base and the air suspension only comes with a 1 ton dually. Any one out there have a newer Ram reg cab dually and how does it ride? Is it better than a 2500 reg cab without the air suspension where it's not offered as an option? Thanks.
Road Phantom 07/31/17 12:21pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Where do you spend March & April?

We do the National Parks in Utah and 4 corners area in October and Florida--- Georgia for April. In between, we stay in South Texas for the winter.
Road Phantom 07/21/17 03:05pm Snowbirds
RE: Anyone in RGV this summer?

A friend of ours from Indiana who stays on Padre Island in winter also goes down there for a few weeks in the summer.
Road Phantom 07/21/17 02:58pm Snowbirds
RE: how to find seasonal RV rental in FL

Top of the world in Clearwater rents owner condo's for around 7=800 a month. They have their own website.
Road Phantom 07/18/17 09:44pm Snowbirds
RE: Light 5th wheels vs "regular"

I Have a Cougar 1/2 ton and would highly recommend not towing any fifth wheel with anything less than a 2500 pu, especially with the added weight of kids and everything they might bring along. Out trailer is a 2011 and has held up very well. As previously mentioned, the bedrooms are cramped, however Cougar makes on with an open bedroom plan without the slide. It's roomy and will my next choice when it's time to upgrade.
Road Phantom 07/18/17 09:41pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Refrigerator Prob - Which Way To Go

google or utube burping your RV fridge. Removing and turning the fridge upside down loosens the freon inside.
Road Phantom 07/18/17 09:34pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: hemi longevity

Struggled? You must have gotten a Monday lemon. We pulled our 8500 5th wh with a 2014 5.7 Hemi all over the western states with no issues at all and with power to spare. So far, the estimated tow miles is around 15-20,000. The truck has over 60,000 miles on it. Great truck. Hope it last until 150,000. I would be satisfied with that. A diesel for this kind of weight would be a bit of an overkill.
Road Phantom 07/15/17 10:20am Tow Vehicles
hemi longevity

I towed with diesels in the past and now with a 5.7 Hemi. Since I downsized to a 30 ft 8500 lb loaded weight 5 wh, I couldn't justify the up front cost and added operational cost of a diesel. So far, we pulled our trailer from Pa to Ca to TX, Fl and back to Pa. We wintered in Tex for the past three years with our present truck, a gasser. We are very satisfied with the performance, including pulling the grades in the western states and the 11 mpg when flat ground towing doing 60. It will be interesting to see if the engine last 150,000 miles. If it does without issues we will definitely stay with a Hemi. Has anyone towing with a similar rig been satisfied with their choice?
Road Phantom 07/14/17 06:25pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Fifth Wheel Brands / Reviews

We have a Keystone Cougar Xlite 5th wheel with the rear kitchen. I'm not sure if it's up or down in class from the Laredo, but we have had very little trouble with it. The downside is that our Ram 2500 is a little high for the trailer. So far we pulled it to Calif from Pa and then down to TX to Fl and back to Pa. We wintered in TX for three years in it. The fridge went out but I can't fault Keystone for an aftermarket product that's out of warranty. Interestingly, we tow with a 2500 5.7 Hemi, get about 11 mpg flat hwy doing 60 and so will stick with the gasser when we eventually trade to a new truck. If you will be over a 9000 lbs 5th wheel get the diesel. Otherwise, the Hemi is a strong alternative and won't burn a hole in your pocket. We owned 9 trailers and 5th wheels since '85 and feel this has been one of our best trailers overall.
Road Phantom 07/14/17 04:08pm Fifth-Wheels
cheap seats for Durango

We're retired and will be on a road trip in September. From Pennsylvania we are going to Yellowstone, flaming gorge and hopefully Durango, Co., before ending in Sante Fe. Because of our restricted budget we would like a two day layover so we can walk through town and take a ride on the Silverton Railroad. The CG run around 50 a night. Is there any other alternative, County, State or other?
Road Phantom 06/22/17 11:35am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
flipping my axles for more height

Presently, my cougar lite sits lower at the rear than the front when hitched to my Ram 2500 and I'm concerned for the uneven wear of tires and brakes. Our kitchen is at the rear of the trailer, so I'm also concerned about uneven distribution of weight. I'm considering flipping the axles to raise the height of the rear of the trailer about 4 inches. Is there any safety concerns and am I sacrificing ride quality if I do this?
Road Phantom 06/18/17 07:51pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Trip Mapping

I google: first address (to) second address and I get a map with directions. I find it necessary to place the word (to) in between the addresses to get the map.
Road Phantom 06/16/17 02:49pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Completely stuck pop outs

I seen this happen when there was a lot of rust on the metal arms. AFter applying lubrication, it finally moved manually.
Road Phantom 06/16/17 02:46pm Fifth-Wheels
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