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RE: Should my 5th wheel have shock absorbers?

I have a 2011 KZ Escalade. Came without shocks, weighs 15000 lb. My previous 5er (different manufacturer) had shocks. Can't tell any difference towing. Have gone Oregon to FL and back a few times without problems. Some (like mine) come without shocks. My 2008 KZ Montego Bay came with them..if given a choice , I would have them for sure..I no longer have them as I upgraded to the Mor/ryde IS system..... My previous 5er (the one with shocks) had Mor-ryde IS. I thought Mor-ryde added shocks with every IS upgrade. I guess not.
netjam 04/22/14 06:28pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Should my 5th wheel have shock absorbers?

I have a 2011 KZ Escalade. Came without shocks, weighs 15000 lb. My previous 5er (different manufacturer) had shocks. Can't tell any difference towing. Have gone Oregon to FL and back a few times without problems. Some (like mine) come without shocks.
netjam 04/22/14 01:05pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Montana to Canada Border Crossing - Coutts

Went I-15 and crossed at Coutts/Sweetgrass today (Apr 16). Felt today might be good as it was cold/snowing with a weather advisory. I was correct and the line was shorter than I have ever seen. Took 45 minutes to get through the line to the customs person. I had a wheel brake disintegrate this winter taking out a tire, so I declared the repair and new tires. Took another 45 minutes to pay the tax on that ($70 tax) Total 1.5 hrs at the border. Based upon past experiences this was not bad.
netjam 04/16/14 03:27pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: King pin lock

Vote 2 for war-lok. Asked semi drivers what they used.....everyone of them said war-lok. As has been said, if they want it, its gone, but at least the lock might slow them down.
netjam 04/15/14 04:36pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Cold Snap

25 is not bad. Setting your furnace to 55 will give you zero problems. Last night we stayed in Fort Hall, ID. It was 18 and our furnace was at 60 (because we were in it).....no problems at all.
netjam 04/14/14 06:25pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Montana to Canada Border Crossing - Coutts

Cross there most years in April (going north). Never had much to declare so can't comment on that, but have never got through in less than an hour. My average is 1.5 hr wait. I usually get there between 11 and 12.
netjam 04/13/14 02:37pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Insurance for Motorhomes Out of Canada Long Term

Would be interested in the answer as we have the same problem in AB. We will be out of AB for 7 months (but only in the USA for 6 months). Everything is correct as far as AB Health, IRS, Homeland Security etc but insurance company has a problem. I understand their concern (spending less than half the time in the insuring province so should be insured elsewhere) but really what could we do?
netjam 04/08/14 07:57pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: 5th wheel alignment

was-butnotnow Seemed to know what they were doing had all the alignment equip. 5-6 bays lots of big trucks in for service. Just had the alignment but it looks like they could do anything. They were prompt for my appointment.
netjam 04/01/14 09:33am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5th wheel alignment

Not sure of your route but had mine done in Las Vegas. Aero Alignment just east of I-15 in South vegas. Was $150 per axle.
netjam 03/31/14 05:34pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: RVking mattress winners?

Most places will custom make one any size you want. We had an Elite Suite where the mattress went under some shelves when the slide closed. Without removing the quilt/blankets etc we could only have a mattress 7-8" tall. Had one made in Tucson....not that much money. We got to specify construction, how much memory foam etc.
netjam 03/31/14 05:30pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Campgrounds in Alberta, CA near NPs

Tunnel Mountain right at Banff townsite is plenty big. Hinton KOA (east of Jasper about an hour) is big. Not positive but Waterton (right in town) should be big enough as well as a bunch just a few miles south of Jasper townsite. Only problem might be getting a vacant spot, depending on when you go.
netjam 03/23/14 02:51pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: The Population is dwindling

We're in the west this year and I can't say we've noticed it getting less full in the campgrounds. We never stay too long in one place so perhaps we haven't noticed? We understand what you say about the winter time slipping away. As Canadians we have to head north always before we want to as we only get 6 months in your country. We're hoping for a change on that....sure would be nice to stay longer and miss more of that Canadian cold.
netjam 03/17/14 10:35am Snowbirds
RE: Canadian Retirees Visa

CPP for both of us is less than half the 22K. We started at age 60. Yes we worked for wages all our life. Your other assumptions are correct. We do not get the GIS(we still have some investment income) but know others who do, and have lots of $. There are other ways to have lots of $ and not get income from it....keep cash in a safety deposit box or under the mattress for example. We have no other pension than CPP and a small amount of investment income. I expect we will qualify for GIS in a few years.
netjam 03/07/14 01:42pm Snowbirds
RE: Canadian Retirees Visa

Moisheh We know a number of folks with GIS that snowbird. They have lots of $ that produce no taxable income. In our case we have no pension except CPP which is far less than $22K
netjam 03/07/14 09:09am Snowbirds
RE: Slide Canopy Covers

Re: pooling of rain. In the past with my vinyl toppers the pooling would stretch them, birds would bath in the pools etc. I used to get up on a ladder and push a long broom handle between the slide and the topper (after the rain stopped) to get the rain to run off. A hassle but doable. After replacing the Carefree Vinyl twice (due to rips and rotting) the last time Shade Pro (El Cahon, CA) recommended acrylic for longer life. That was this past Nov. The first time it rained, the pools were 8" deep pushing the toppers right to the slide roof. The broom handle trick did not work as the acrylic is very light weight. With at least 50 gal of rain water on each slide, I wanted it off. Pulling the slides in slowly got some off but the weighted down acrylic material sucked in on top of the slide as it went in. The only way to get the water off of the toppers is to climb on the roof to sweep it off the toppers. I called Shade Pro about this problem and they explained that this is the way acrylic material is.....its too light for rain. I have tried the commercially available AIRWEDGE with very limited benefit. I have resigned myself to getting on the roof after each rain. In my mind...a hassle. As far as snow....The problem I have encountered relates to wet snow, the light fluffy kind will fall off as the slide moves in. The wet stuff packs itself on the topper and rolls up with the topper. Before the slide is all the way in, the topper roll is so big it no longer retracts. You must clear the snow from the topper before retracting the slide. The problem is even worse with the Carefree as the roll is covered and clogs up faster than the A&E.
netjam 03/02/14 08:38am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Canadian Retirees Visa

What is quoted here is what we have heard as well. Unfortunately for us we travel the USA staying from 1 day to one month at each location. Lots of those stays are not booked until we arrive making qualifying for the visa impossible as we could not provide lease or rental agreements for our 8 month (or 7 months as our province will only allow 7 month out) stay. Seems unfair to those of us who do not preplan our entire winter in the USA. Brought this up with the CSA and they think people like us will be out of luck but suggested we wait to see what the final legislation looks like. Seems like people in our situation have an extremely small voice in this.
netjam 03/01/14 06:37pm Snowbirds
RE: Slide Canopy Covers

Had slide toppers for 7 years (except for one year after one ripped off in the wind and I didn't replace it). Had both types A&E Dometic and Carefree. We full time in most states (east to west) and Canada (in the snow). I have to agree with Adam Ant. There are lots of + and - to toppers but on balance, I'd say better without them. Biggest problem I have relates to rain...they pool like crazy. Vinyl resists pooling way better than acrylic but both are a hassle.
netjam 03/01/14 06:21pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Disc brakes

Had Mor-ryde IS with discs, now have drum brakes. As far as I know, if you lose one line you have no brakes. I think Mor-ryde uses a Carlisle actuator which works OK. I had a different brand which was a constant hassle. IMO (but I am likely the minority) the change is not worth the $3000. Best of luck with whatever you do.
netjam 02/27/14 06:03pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Air hitch vs Air Pin Box

Have had 2 5ers one with Mor-Ryde and one with 5th Airborne. Towed both with solid Reese hitch in my truck. The Mor-ryde was far superior IMO. Have not used air hitch.
netjam 02/26/14 02:38pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Light fixture

Had a 07 Elite. I suspect you have the same 18" that I had. Yes you are doing the correct thing....they were hard to remove. I used to work on one side only till it was all off. The biggest problem I had was that the fixture itself would die....the tubes were OK. I replaced quite a few fixtures (ordered from DRV) before converting them to LED.
netjam 02/26/14 08:44am Fifth-Wheels
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