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RE: Slide hesitates, sometimes stops

OK DDH...You sound a heck of a lot smarter than your dealer. And from your latest description, it does sound possible that things are a little out of shape. Sagging, wear, or out of alignment. After all it happens to all of us at some point. The weak battery could be a possibility. As could compounding of a little bit of all the issues at once. So it really sounds like it could be a combination of many little things. And one thing that might help is to make sure the trailer is level when actuating the slide out. And to test if alignment might be a problem, purposely UN-level the trailer and try the slide. If the action gets better or worse (with and un-level) trailer, then that could help to determine if there is an alignment issue. Good Luck.
Vulcaneer 04/24/14 08:04am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Lubing the Fifth Wheel

I would not grease. Use the Teflon plate. Much cleaner, and does a good job. Does not attract dirt, like grease does. There are a few hitches that might not be able to use the Teflon disk. But most can use it with no problems.
Vulcaneer 04/24/14 07:42am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Looking for bass fishing locales

Lake Eufala, AL.
Vulcaneer 04/23/14 07:06pm Beginning RVing
RE: Does Car Leasing make sense?

Now these are the answers I need. I would agree that paying and insuring all year long for 6 month use doesn't seem to make sense. I will look into long term rental costs. And compare to used car purchase options. Thank you all for your suggestion and advice.
Vulcaneer 04/22/14 07:16am Snowbirds
RE: Does Car Leasing make sense?

I have leased a car a while back. For me the advantage of leasing was a low payment. Disadvantage is I accrued no equity in the car. At the end of the lease I had nothing to show for my payments. I must admit I did like the low payment. However turning the car in,leaving myself with nothing in return, left a bad taste in my mouth. I would never lease again. In your case a 1 year lease may have advantages, however the same pitfall exist. How long do you plan to snowbird on your RV lot. Is snow-birding on the lot a passing fad or something you plan to do long term. Unless you only plan to snowbird 1 or 2 seasons, I don't see a lease as being a favorable option. Insurance will be the deal breaker. You will have to insure the car year round. A out of pocket used car will only need to be insured for the 6 months when you are using it. Leasing maybe hassle free in terms of having a reliable new car with a reduced payment that won't have a lot of maintenance or unforeseen expenses however you will never own the car or accrue any equity. At some point the lease will end and you will have nothing to show for your payments. I would not have bought an RV lot here if I wasn't planning on using it long term. Why would one buy an RV lot to use if they didn't plan on using it long term. If I bought it to rent it out, then why would I want to have a car here? So you are saying if I use it long term, then a lease has advantages? That is what I am thinking too. I don't need equity in a car. Just pay for the use. And have a nice car to drive around while I am at it. Thanks.
Vulcaneer 04/21/14 06:47pm Snowbirds
RE: Reset button/slideout

Not sure in your situation, since you don't list the make/model of trailer. But what I can tell you is that many slide out systems use automatic breakers. But some may use manually resettable breakers as well. The manual reset breakers have a reset button on the breaker. Just press the button and it resets. Google "resettable breakers" to see what they look like. To find your breaker just follow your positive battery cable. It will come to a small junction usually mounted to the back wall go the storage compartment. Most generally under a red rubber cover. It is about 1/2 the size of a match book. If you pick up the rubber cover, you should see the reset button. If there is no reset button, then it is somewhere else in the system. Or else maybe the system is auto reset. If it is auto reset you will hear it blink out when the slide out button is pressed. And about 5 to 10 seconds later, you will hear it "click" back on. If it doesn't click back on, it is either not auto reset...or it is not functioning. The good news is they are cheap to replace. About $6 at a decent auto parts store. Be sure to get the same amp rating. Ten minutes to replace.
Vulcaneer 04/21/14 06:24am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Does Car Leasing make sense?

While I do appreciate all the alternative advice, I have considered all of those alternatives. i.e.: driving our northern car down. Paying a driver for Northern car. ($1000++ RT) Using only our F350 Diesel, Shipping our northern car (BTW $1750 round trip). Auto Train ($1300 Round trip ++), No Zip Car convenient to our location. Buying a $5,000 used car. (High Miles, less reliable, sun worn, older, riskier, higher maint. costs). Buying a $10,000 used car. The question posed here pertains to leasing a car. Only one response addresses the leasing question. Is there anyone that really knows the ins and outs of leasing? And should it be a consideration in this situation?
Vulcaneer 04/21/14 06:06am Snowbirds
RE: No heat in northern home all winter.

We have shut everything down in our house in NH. As do many others in the area. Never been a problem of us. However we do need to continue keep the driveway plowed for emergency services...if needed. Our plumber charges 375 to shut it down, and $200 to start it up in the spring. In order to prep our hot water heating system with antifreeze, it cost another $350. The biggest hassle is getting all the liquids out of the living space and the garage.
Vulcaneer 04/20/14 07:45pm Snowbirds
RE: How About California?

I prefer California to Arizona. Just much more diversified scenery. Big Sur cannot be beat. Much nicer ocean than AZ.
Vulcaneer 04/20/14 07:32pm Snowbirds
RE: Does Car Leasing make sense?

Oh...We do use the truck. But we need a second vehicle. She will drive the truck, but it is a problem for her. handling and parking. But she is really afraid of wrecking it, and rendering it useless. I know...but it is her concern. We are finding that a $5,000 used car is not a very desirable car. Usually older and very high milage. And Florida sun does a job on them. Now maybe for $10K (+) we can find something. But not sure ownership is best for us. The lease car insurance issue is a very good point. Not sure I want 12 months of payments for a 6 month use of a car. But some of the benefits seem to be 1) a newer, more reliable car. 2) less monthly payment. 3) when done easier to get rid of.
Vulcaneer 04/20/14 07:19pm Snowbirds
RE: Snowbirds - East or West?

Have travelled one year from New Hampshire to San Diego. Was a great trip. But too far to get to an ocean. And we are ocean people. So we follow the east coast. It is a different kind of beauty from the west coast. But we will head to the west coast again.
Vulcaneer 04/20/14 07:08pm Snowbirds
Does Car Leasing make sense?

Since buying our RV lot in Florida, my wife and I will be snow birding for 6 months next year. We will use our fifth wheel. But do need a car for the winter months. As an alternative to our big diesel truck. Shipping our current car from NH to Florida doesn't seem to make good sense. I believe a long term car rental is too expensive. We have considered buying a car to leave in Florida. Maybe a newer used car, or a new moderately priced car. We expect to put on less than 4,000 miles each snowbird season. I have never considered leasing a car to be a good investment before. But now, or needs have changed. And I am wondering if a car lease would make good sense for our needs. Any thoughts?
Vulcaneer 04/20/14 06:50pm Snowbirds
RE: Walmart Wouldn't Fix a Flat

I'll keep plugging tires, when the situation is right. Never had a problem with any plug. And I can fix it myself...on the spot...without taking the tire off. Not on a truck or motorhome, though.
Vulcaneer 04/20/14 09:57am Fifth-Wheels
RE: New to fivers - Bridge

Once you get some experience, watching height of your trailer becomes second nature. I remember following our GPS in Durham, NC. Round a curve and see the low bridge. Instantly hooked a left turn. The only turn off before the bridge. Never saw any height limit sign. But I knew we weren't going to fit under that bridge. And I wasn't about to back up in traffic. Had no idea where the left turn was going to take us. But I thought we could figure in out. And we did. The point is...after a while you just develop a "sense" for large towing. And there are a few things you just train yourself to look out for.
Vulcaneer 04/19/14 07:41pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Walmart Wouldn't Fix a Flat

Kinda like when I tried to buy tires for my fiver in NY. The Goodyear store cited a "LAW" that they could not install anything but ST tires on a trailer. When I said, I don't want Chinese tires on my trailer, He said no problem, he'll get Non Chinese ST tires for me. After a call to his warehouse, he came back and said he had no non-Chinese ST tires. I again asked for LT tires, and he refused. Said all he could mount was ST tires. I went down the road and found a Bridgestone dealer. He also said he could only mount ST tires on a trailer. I told him..."Look! I am going to find someone to mount LT tires on this trailer. And I am going to pay him for it. You want my business or not?" He installed 5 Canadian made Transforce HT Light Truck tires.
Vulcaneer 04/19/14 07:11pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Handicap Parking

I go with this. I think 99% of people respect the handicap spots properly. Yeah,,,there are a few abusers. They know who they are. That is good enough for me.
Vulcaneer 04/19/14 07:48am Around the Campfire
RE: I built a clear black tank and tested the Sewer Solution

Why not add some of those wasabi green bean fries to the mix. Digested of course.
Vulcaneer 04/18/14 12:31pm General RVing Issues
RE: Slide hesitates, sometimes stops

This is for the " stop condition" and not the "weak, strained condition" correct? Mine just seems weak over the hump in raising the floor. Never has stopped and seems fine other than the lifting while retracting of the slide. Funny the manual crank handle works fine. I thought I would find binding action but it was smooth as silk. Not trying to hijack OP, thought it might be related to yours also :B Well...yes and no. If the motor is working to hard to get up the ramp, and the breaker contact points are a little corroded, then the breaker blinks out for about 10 seconds...and then resets. The more often the breaker resets the weaker it gets. So it can be a combination of things really. Weak battery sending lower than needed power to the motor. Slides that need to move easier...due to too much weight, need more lube, out of alignment, etc. Or an old breaker that is weak and needs replacement. Or all of the above.
Vulcaneer 04/18/14 11:47am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Slide hesitates, sometimes stops

Don't know about your unit, but guessing you're referencing hydraulic slides. Many RVs use an auto-reset circuit breaker in the slide pump power line. These do go bad resulting in a stopping and restarting of operation and will only get worse. I would check to see if you have an auto-reset breaker and replace it. Have had a similar issue on previous Montana and current Redwood. This is the correct response. Follow your positive wire from the battery. It will connect to a breaker (actually two in series) that is connected under a rubber cover. Usually a red cover, and attached to the back wall of the front storage compartment. These suckers go bad frequently. Remove both of them and take them to an auto parts store for replacement. About $6.00 a piece. This is your problem. I don't believe WRV ever used Hyd. Slides on any of the 5vers These breakers are used on electric motor slides as well. Usually 50 Amp breakers with auto reset.
Vulcaneer 04/17/14 06:57pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Slide hesitates, sometimes stops

Don't know about your unit, but guessing you're referencing hydraulic slides. Many RVs use an auto-reset circuit breaker in the slide pump power line. These do go bad resulting in a stopping and restarting of operation and will only get worse. I would check to see if you have an auto-reset breaker and replace it. Have had a similar issue on previous Montana and current Redwood. This is the correct response. Follow your positive wire from the battery. It will connect to a breaker (actually two in series) that is connected under a rubber cover. Usually a red cover, and attached to the back wall of the front storage compartment. These suckers go bad frequently. Remove both of them and take them to an auto parts store for replacement. About $6.00 a piece. This is your problem.
Vulcaneer 04/14/14 06:47pm Fifth-Wheels
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