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RE: Campground Dilemma in Nekoosa WI

Those are pretty restrictive CG policies. Usually if canceling this far in advance the CG will allow full refund, as they fully expect to rent the site. Or at least will charge a deposit fee. However, if they informed you of those policies when you make the reservation, you have no recourse with them. But you have nothing to lose by pleading your case with the owner. Try that. Otherwise just eat the expense and use the credit later in the year.
Vulcaneer 06/10/15 03:22pm General RVing Issues
RE: Considering these 4 FWs - Opinions wanted

Jayco isn't what it use to be. My vote is KZ.
Vulcaneer 06/08/15 05:45pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5th wheel teething problems? Or junk?

My Open Range gave me nothing but problems since the day I bought it. A real POS from day one. Back to the factory for repairs, and they fixed all that needed repairing. But new problems kept cropping up. Then it got worse. Finally got rid of it when the payoff crossed below the value. There are just some real bad trailers out there. Sounds like you got one. Trade it if you can.
Vulcaneer 06/02/15 03:07pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Which 5th Wheel for Full Timeing

Just bought a DRV Traditions. Manufacture date was 7/14/2014. Pre- Thor. Quality of design is there. Build quality seems good. But time (and mileage) will tell. According to the advertising brochures the Traditions model is targeting the Fulltimer market, that towes with a diesel SRW F250/2500 or above. It seems DRV has concluded that there other models have taken them out of the mainstream of clients that don't want to tow with HDT's. I am one of those people. I don't full time now...but spend 8 months of the year in my 5th wheel. The other 4 months, I travel close to home...and enjoy camping. So they now have a model for me. Hope Thor allows DRV to continue to operate as they have.
Vulcaneer 05/29/15 08:01pm Full-time RVing
RE: firestone tires

Firestone Transforce HT fan here. Never a problem with them on several trucks and 5 th wheels.
Vulcaneer 05/29/15 07:09pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Open Range vs Jayco Eagle

I had a 2011 Open Range 393RLS. Nothing but TROUBLE from day 1 til the day I traded it. Cannot recommend OR to anyone. Nicely appointed, but TERRIBLE build quality.
Vulcaneer 05/29/15 06:56pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Tailgate question

I have had a V gate. But now use the stock tailgate. I like it much better than the V' Gate. I also have a bed cover to keep things dry and safe. And locking the stock tailgate adds some security for the items stored in the bed.
Vulcaneer 05/07/15 08:15pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Cable driven slideouts mechanism

Cable slides work great until they don't work great any more. Then it is really very tough to find anyone that really knows how to fix and align them properly. It's best that you learn as much as you can about them and learn to fix and align them yourself. Then you'll have no problems.
Vulcaneer 01/30/15 06:58pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Any Open Range owners on the forum?

We have a 2011 Open Range 393 RLS. It has been a HORRIBLE WRECK of a trailer. We bought it new. After having many issues during the warranty period, we ended up taking it back to the factory for service. They removed the slideout and replaced the floor. They fixed the leaking tanks. Replaced the kitchen floor. And lots of other stuff. They did a great job. And we thought our problems were over. NOPE. Just beginning. Leaking water heater, Leaking shower stall. Exterior discoloring, and more. There is no way anyone should buy a 2011 Open Range ANYTHING. Floor plan and everything else looks great. But it is a real bad trailer.
Vulcaneer 11/25/14 04:24pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: BEST PLACE TO CHECK FOR LEVEL

The stove. Round and flat pancakes. And eggs that cook where you drop them. And the oven will be level too. As will the fridge. And the counter tops. The floor will be close enough. And the doors won't auto close or open.
Vulcaneer 11/09/14 06:04pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Looking for a Fifth Wheel hitch with single, wrap around jaw

Pullrite will wrap around. And once completely engaged, no pull test is needed. It is failsafe by design. It cannot become dis-engaged, unless manually released. But here's the issue. You really need to be absolutely sure the jaw is COMPLETELY AND FULLY engaged. If it is NOT...your connection is not safe. So for that reason, a good close visual inspection is recommended. And then a pull test. If you want to buy a hitch so you can avoid a pull test, you might consider a gooseneck. Or get a travel trailer with a ball hitch connection. PullRite design wraps 140 degrees around the king pin-Totally Enclosing-the pin in the latch. There is only .030" tolerance between the king pin and the latch providing a safe, tight connection. C.B. While it is true that the PullRite is a very close tolerance hitch, if something upsets the hitch, it then can cause the jaws to NOT wrap the pin as it should. Not the fault of the hitch. But user error. And the hitch cannot tolerate anything that causes the tolerances to be impacted, and the jaws don't go all the way around. A little burr here and there, and you better pay attention. It has happened to me...but I caught the problem before it became a problem. It is a fine hitch. But, a Pull test is recommended. If one wants a hitch to avoid a pull test, a goose neck is the best solution.
Vulcaneer 11/09/14 05:55pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Looking for a Fifth Wheel hitch with single, wrap around jaw

Pullrite will wrap around. And once completely engaged, no pull test is needed. It is failsafe by design. It cannot become dis-engaged, unless manually released. But here's the issue. You really need to be absolutely sure the jaw is COMPLETELY AND FULLY engaged. If it is NOT...your connection is not safe. So for that reason, a good close visual inspection is recommended. And then a pull test. If you want to buy a hitch so you can avoid a pull test, you might consider a gooseneck. Or get a travel trailer with a ball hitch connection.
Vulcaneer 11/04/14 07:01am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Fifth Wheel Fishtailing

Bring us specifics. We can help. What tires...Manufacturer name, Size, load range, air pressures. With out that info we cannot help you.
Vulcaneer 11/03/14 06:29pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Torque converter lock up.

Not sure about the 900 RPM deal. But when in tow/haul, it downshifts at the appropriate time. If RPM's get too low, it downshifts for optimum engine braking. And I really don t need to be concerned about RPM. It's automatic.
Vulcaneer 11/01/14 03:38pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Electric automatic jacks

My 38 Foot 5'r uses a four post electric jacking system. If it needs to jack a lot, (wheels off the ground) the door will not lock, since the frame flexes too much. But if it just levels while able to keep the wheels on the ground, it works great.
Vulcaneer 10/21/14 01:03pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Open Range 349RLS

I am glad all others like they're Open Range's. I won't ever buy another. And cannot recommend them. I hope mine burns to the ground. I have it insured for full replacement value. I have had several 5'rs. And this is by far, the absolute worse built Piece of cr*p ever. Maybe others are better. But I cannot wait to replace it with something of acceptable quality. The Open Range is very poor. Had a similar girlfriend. Great to look at. But the maintenance and expense of up keep was way more than reasonable. And every day...a new unreasonable problem.
Vulcaneer 10/20/14 06:36pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Last bacon and eggs of the season

I feel very fortunate that we could leave New Hamshire during the autumn season, and setup our camper on our lot in South West Florida. Left NH in 70 degree temps and arrived in FL to 85 Degree temps. Yesterday, I went fishing on the lake, rowed the dogs around a bit, bicycling, played golf, did some sailing on the lake. And the best part is, I can do this all winter long. Oh...when I was younger I sure enjoyed all the good things that the autumn and winter would bring up north, too. Hunting, Snow, skiing, snowmobiling, ice fishing, etc. But now, my body has adjusted to a different lifestyle. It just that my DW and I are so blessed to be able to do this snowbird thing together.
Vulcaneer 10/19/14 09:35am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Golf Car(t)s

Use our electric Yamaha at our snowbird park. Mostly gets used when DW is going in one direction and I need to go in another direction. The other uses a bike, or the car. With three pools, and three clubhouses a mile apart it does come in handy. And for the other use too...on the golf course. Really works good for that, too. At home we use our gas Yamaha on our acreage. Runs fine. It is handy for running stuff down to the beach, the boats, the lanai. But it does emit 2 stroke exhaust fumes. It does seem to have more power than the electric job. It is about 30 years old, and just keeps on ticking. Never use one when camping. And have been in C/G's where there are many gas carts. You do get sick of hearing them drive by from 7:00AM to 12:00AM. Every 5 seconds.
Vulcaneer 10/03/14 03:20pm General RVing Issues
RE: Open Range Slide @ Myrtle Beach

Check at the C/G office. They usually know of the good mobile techs. Or good local RV shops. Here's the way I check mine. If it moves smoothly and easily, and it seals on the inside (when it's out, and on the outside when it's in). And the cables are not rubbing or fraying, it's good. If it's not good it needs adjustment. I get out my vice grips and 7/6 wrench and adjust til it does as above. Usually about 10 minutes. I found, I can service these slides as well as most other monkeys. Most of them really do not know what they are doing. Finding expertise on these is a real problem.
Vulcaneer 09/29/14 02:57pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Tailgate while towing question?

Tailgate up while towing. Lower it to hitch and unhitch. With my bed tonneau, it allows for minor security while shopping and putting stuff in the bed. Or keeping tools in the bed. Outta sight...outta mind. Downside is that tailgates are high on the stolen property lists. So keep it locked. That might help a little.
Vulcaneer 09/29/14 02:54pm Fifth-Wheels
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