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RE: Possable upgrade purchass....

I do know that some folks have changed out the axles for the 7,000 pound axles and larger tires after the fact. It is not an inexpensive change but in some borderline overload situations, it is a good move. You would really need to get your actual weights, including individual wheel weights, to determine if the change out is warranted. You might go to the Forest River Forum to check out comments or to post your question about your particular model.
jrs1871 08/30/15 06:14am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Nasty Bearing Failure

You might check with Forest River. I know they have provided some financial assistance with bearing failures. You don't say but were your bearings the Nev-R-Lube. I know those bearings have been particularly problematic. Another quick and easy check on your bearings is to place your hand on the hub every time you stop for gas, breaks, etc. It may feel a little warm to touch but if you can't hold your hand on there, you have a problem.
jrs1871 08/24/15 10:41am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Sandpiper thoughts/opinions/rants?

Carpetguy2, that is not correct that you have to be the original owner. I personally saw Cedar Creek repair two different trailers at the last FROG, for no charge, that were not original owner. One was a 2009 and the other a 2007. They even fixed a 2002 and a couple 2004 Creeks, but those did happen to be the original owner. These repairs were done on trailers of CCRVOC members. No club member paid anything for the repairs completed at the rally or taken back to the factory for repairs. I don't know what all they did for the other 70+ Creeks that were not club members. I do not know the other divisions' policies on repairs, but after listening to Pete Liegel, I presume it is the same or comparable to Cedar Creek's policies.
jrs1871 08/23/15 06:49am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Sandpiper thoughts/opinions/rants?

Old guy, I believe that Forest River now owns/makes 82 different brands. Now that figure includes pontoon boats, park models and other non RV items. These RV's are made in many different plants that operate somewhat autonomously. So to say Forest River is bad, really doesn't say much. You may have problems with an R Pod for example but no problem at all with a Columbus. And is the problem with the construction or with the components that are under individual company warranties or service. Having just come from the FROG (Forest River Owners Group) rally, I saw first hand the commitment that Forest River makes to its customers. And I don't believe that any other manufacturer comes even close. The technicians were friendly, knowledgeable (or if they did know got someone who was) and efficient. Yes they replaced microwaves, awnings, refrigerators, etc. but that other than those components were used in the trailers is not directly Forest Rivers' problem if they don't perform properly. To answer the OP's question, the Sandpiper units that I saw at the rally seemed to be a good unit at their price point.
jrs1871 08/22/15 07:10am Fifth-Wheels
RE: help with windows 8.1

Got it through safe mode. Thanks.
jrs1871 08/20/15 07:07am Technology Corner
help with windows 8.1

I am helping my grandson remove malware from his computer that is windows 8.1. In the process his log in password has been corrupted. I can't get past the log in screen to log in as another user. I tried looking up a solution online from my computer. But I run windows 7 and all the responses default to windows 7 even tho I requested help with 8.1. So how do I get past his log in to log on as another user?
jrs1871 08/20/15 06:50am Technology Corner
RE: Not happy with Forest River!

Ken, are you parked in the infield of the race track. We are over by the south end of the stage with the CCRVOC group. I will take a walk through tomorrow and try to find you. But what a better place to be. We had a couple of relatively minor things on our service list and our refrigerator shot ****s on the way here. Right now it has bags of ice in it trying to keep what we have in it from spoiling.
jrs1871 08/08/15 07:29pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Not happy with Forest River!

I don't know if you dealt with directly with the factory or went through your dealer. I do know that Cedar Creek has fixed problems after the warranty period has expired. It is sometimes a case of getting a hold of the right person to present your issue. My suggestion is to take pictures of the affected areas, inside and outside, and submit that with a detailed explanation of the issues. Don't get belligerent or demanding, just present the facts. At the moment I don't know the person for you to contact. But we are headed to the FROG rally tomorrow and I'll bet someone there can tell me. It is too late for this year, but Forest River makes many repairs to their products each year at the FROG rally. And not all of the repairs they perform are the result of the manufacturing process. Some are operator error, but they will take care of you. FWIW, we are on our fourth fifth wheel and the second Cedar Creek and we have never had the customer service on the other brands like this. We didn't have major problems, but FR still took care of us even out of warranty.
jrs1871 08/06/15 02:15pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: HiWay 75 North - Topeka KS to Nebraska City

US 75 north of Topeka to Nebraska City is a good road. We always take that road when coming or going north. It saves a lot of miles over taking I29 to KC and catching I35. In KS 75 is a super two road, two lanes with wide shoulders. In Nebraska it is a good two lane road but does not have as wide shoulders. Traffic just north of Topeka to Holton (and casino) can be heavy during rush hour but it does move along.
jrs1871 08/01/15 05:21am Roads and Routes
Hwy 25 in Indiana

We are headed up the FROG rally in Goshen next week. Our plan is to take US 24 east from I57, IN 25 from Logansport to Warwaw, then IN 15 into Goshen. Last year we took IN 25 all the way down to US 24 and it was decent. We just thought taking IN 25 would cut off a few miles. Good plan or not?
jrs1871 07/31/15 07:22am Roads and Routes
RE: Hydraulic landing gear drifting

You might check the Lippert web site, but this is a known problem that occurs once in a while. I believe the fix is to add some CAT transmission fluid to the reservoir. The fix is pretty specific on what type of fluid to add but I am going from memory and we all know where that gets you sometimes.
jrs1871 07/30/15 06:36am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Best Route from Marshall Texas to Kerrville

Agree with padredw. We like to avoid Austin if at all possible. We were in Kerrville in June and went down 281 from Jacksboro to Johnson City, west to Fredricksburg and then 16 to Kerrville. We stayed at Buckhorn Lake RV Park. That is a beautiful park and super people. Several in our group had larger fifth wheels (ours is 34 ft.) and they used that route with no problems.
jrs1871 07/29/15 07:52am Roads and Routes
RE: Thank's Cedar Creek

Yes the CCRVOC has $25 annual dues. It is organized as a nonprofit organization and registered with the state of Kansas. So it is more formal than the other club but there is also greater accountability of funds and operating decisions made by the board of directors and regional directors. It is a great organization. We have been members for 10 years and throroughly enjoy the club, the members and the activities. And the support that Cedar Creek gives you for problems even when your rig is out of warranty is amazing. We have had a couple of issues taken care of out of warranty and have a couple of more to have taken care of at FROG.
jrs1871 07/24/15 06:25pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Need your input

Not sure how Black Mountain compares to some of the Colorado passes. But we just recently came over a few high (10,000+) passes. We did not turn off the tow haul but did switch to manual transmission mode. By gearing down as we went down, the truck handled the down slope just fine. We did not start down in third gear but eventually got there. We also didn't turn on the hazard lights as the other bigger rigs were going through the same process.
jrs1871 07/22/15 05:28am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Troubleshooting satellite hookup

I finally got reception when I connect the coax cable directly from the antenna to the receiver. The signal on all Direct TV satellites is strong. However, when I connect the coax to the plate in the docking station and connect the receiver to the satellite connector at the entertainment center, there is no signal. We are going to the FROG rally in a couple of weeks so I am just going to put it on my service request to check the satellite wiring connections. I pulled the outside and inside plates to make sure those connections were tight so the break is somewhere in between. Thanks for the suggestions. They were helpful.
jrs1871 07/20/15 08:03pm Technology Corner
Troubleshooting satellite hookup

We recently acquired a Wineguard Carryout antenna. The guy we got it from said it worked when he last used it. (Haven't paid him for it yet so not out anything there.) We had a new receiver installed at the house and kept the old one to put in the trailer. It is a Direct TV standard def receiver that works fine in the house. I got the receiver hooked up and when it is connected to wall plate (satellite connector) I get the error message 771, no signal. When I connect the coax directly from the carryout to the receiver, the receiver shows searching for signal, but no signal. The dip switches on the antenna are set to Direct TV. It seems logical to me to make sure the antenna to receiver connection is working and then try to figure out the trailer wiring issue. I know to check connectivity on the coax cable, but is there some other setting I need to check.
jrs1871 07/20/15 06:22am Technology Corner
RE: Adapter is leaking

Instead of a fixed adapter, we installed a flexible one on the inlet. It is about 6" long with a spring coil around the hose. Since we put that on, we have had no problem with leaks. But we also use the rubber washers instead of those plastic ones. Also since our trailer has the docking station, we attached a short piece of hose (about 3 ft.) to the flexible adapter. We just drop the end out the hole in the bottom of the station and hook up our water line outside. We did the same thing with the TV cable. It is much easier to get a grip on the connections outside of the trailer instead of working inside the docking station.
jrs1871 07/16/15 06:44am Fifth-Wheels
RE: axel alignment . where to have done?

We had a problem like that with our previous Cedar Creek fifth wheel. That was the time that there was a lot of bad Lippert axles out there. After determining that it was not bad axles, the dealer had us take it to a big truck and trailer wheel alignment shop. At that time it was about $100 for the fix and the factory reimbursed us. It would probably be higher now.
jrs1871 07/13/15 05:58am Fifth-Wheels
RE: New Cedar Creek Maiden Trip

I am pretty sure that you can't get into it this year, but put the FROG rally on your to do list for next year. Besides being a great gathering of all things FROG, the factory techs come to the fairgrounds and fix those annoying things that we have discovered as we use our rigs. And if it can't be fixed at the fair grounds, they will make arrangements with you to take it back to the factory. As for your problems with the LCI and TV, check connections. Many of them are not fully tightened so it doesn't take much shake and rattle to create a problem. Also check the breakers for the LCI system. Ours are in the front compartment, not sure where yours might be. But one may have tripped. Don't have any ideas about the lump in the floor but agree it should be looked into. We are on our second Cedar Creek. We had 10 trouble free years with the first one and are on our 3rd year with this one. Great trailers and great customer support from the factory. Dealers can be a mixed bag when it comes to fixing things.
jrs1871 07/05/15 05:53am Fifth-Wheels
RE: LCI Question

There is a mercury bubble level incorporated into the system. When you raise the front, the level changes and causes the back legs to retract as needed. So in answer to your question, raising the front does not increase the stress on the back legs.
jrs1871 07/05/15 05:45am Fifth-Wheels
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