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RE: RV GPS and TPMS...yes or no

Lots of opinions. I like the TPMS system, and use it on my trailer. Not the truck. I moved up to 'good' tires last year, so it's not really as important now. As for the GPS, well, everyone's right, there's lots of GPS info available, on phones, built in to new trucks, but push come to shove, mine has saved my AC unit more than once. If you venture off the Interstate highways, you either need to do some serious research first, or just roll the dice. My RV is over 13' tall. (13' 4" at last measurement), I'm sure it varies by half an inch or more based on weight distribution, etc. I travel to Austin TX on a regular basis and there is a spot, some 90 miles north of Austin where the right lane is 13' 6". Yes, I might make it but Garmin reminds me in time to shift over to the left lane where it's over 14'. And I know an inch is as good as a mile, but, I figure just one good bounce as I go under that overpass and I lose an A/C unit and who knows what else. I bought the Garmin 465 Truckers version. I keep the maps current and it's done quite well by me. Paper maps still work, phone GPS units work, my new truck has a built in Nav system (just short of worthless in my book. Not sure who does the research for GM on these, but jeeze, take a look at the Industry leader and get a clue), but at the end of the day, when you can program how long, wide and tall you are and it takes that into account when routing you it's just that much less stress when you're driving. Enjoy!!!
shagan77 10/20/14 02:58pm Toy Haulers
RE: Toy hauler newbie

We have a 40' Cyclone with the built in 5500. It was a $5000 option. Yes, it's a little expensive, but you're not pulling a pop--up ultra-lite, we use ours all the time, on the road, boon docking, storage, etc. I wouldn't be without one. You'll love it. Simple, easy, quiet and plenty of power. Maintenance is a breeze, you change the oil, run it at least once a month for and hour or so, etc. you won't be sorry.
shagan77 09/18/14 08:33pm Toy Haulers
RE: Poll: do you use the comfort station?

Yeah, same here. We stay at a park in Austin TX, very, very nice!!! Very clean, secure private showers (locking doors). We use them as they have significantly more pressure, lots of really hot water and room. I'm 6'2, 250 lbs, with a 52" chest. (Not bragging) but fitting into the shower in the rv, I have to back out to change my mind.... So, campground showers whenever decent.
shagan77 06/26/14 08:35am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5th wheel receiver hitch latch not completly closing

no, I have no idea of why this posted twice..... sorry.
shagan77 06/17/14 02:15pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5th wheel receiver hitch latch not completly closing

So, as you still haven't mentioned what type hitch you have this may be worthless info, but here goes. I've a Reese Signature series hitch. The lever that has the hole in it for the pin to slide through is controlled by a tab on the inside and under the hitch clamp. When I first started hitching fivers I did what you just mentioned, raised and lowered the hitch after it was in place. This actually bent the tab completely out of the way so there was no way (other than with a long screwdriver) to get it to line up with the locking hole. As previously mentioned, you want to insure the kingpin plate is lower than the hitch head when you start the process. (this, of course, after removing the little locking lever and straightening the bent tab) As your fiver rides up on the hitch it will be properly aligned to the tab and when the hitch closes the kingpin will have pushed the tab/locking lever into the proper location. Sounds complicated, but looking under/through the hitch with a good flashlight will clear this all up. If your tab is bent (from raising and lowering the fiver after it is in a hitched position) there is no way for the king pin to push it into the proper locking position. And if this is not the issue, well then I've likely given all of you something to chuckle about and say, "yup, rookies"....
shagan77 06/17/14 02:14pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5th wheel receiver hitch latch not completly closing

So, as you still haven't mentioned what type hitch you have this may be worthless info, but here goes. I've a Reese Signature series hitch. The lever that has the hole in it for the pin to slide through is controlled by a tab on the inside and under the hitch clamp. When I first started hitching fivers I did what you just mentioned, raised and lowered the hitch after it was in place. This actually bent the tab completely out of the way so there was no way (other than with a long screwdriver) to get it to line up with the locking hole. As previously mentioned, you want to insure the kingpin plate is lower than the hitch head when you start the process. (this, of course, after removing the little locking lever and straightening the bent tab) As your fiver rides up on the hitch it will be properly aligned to the tab and when the hitch closes the kingpin will have pushed the tab/locking lever into the proper location. Sounds complicated, but looking under/through the hitch with a good flashlight will clear this all up. If your tab is bent (from raising and lowering the fiver after it is in a hitched position) there is no way for the king pin to push it into the proper locking position. And if this is not the issue, well then I've likely given all of you something to chuckle about and say, "yup, rookies"....
shagan77 06/17/14 01:40pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Strapping Down the Entertainment

Same for us, we have a strap that holds our in place when we travel. We forgot it once and when we stopped for fuel we discovered the screen of the TV was resting against the corner of the kitchen slide. Not a pretty site. We strapped it down and added it to the departure checklist!! Just an FYI, we also shove a pillow into the microwave so the glass plate doesn't bounce around (I know it's off topic, apologies....)
shagan77 06/17/14 12:49pm Toy Haulers
RE: loading can am spyder

We load ours all the time, it's an automatic, no stalling. In fact, when I load it at home the camper is on an incline (nose down), so the ramp is even more steep. I've not had any issues and I load it very slowly due to having to put it next to the left wall of the camper (so my Ultra fits beside/behind it). Have you had it serviced?
shagan77 06/03/14 11:10am Toy Haulers
RE: 2014 Cyclone 4100 thoughts

While I don't have the specific model you are looking at, I have the 3950 HD edition. We had our fair share of teething pains, and through friendly persistence we were able to get everything corrected by the factory. My few dealings with the Heartland group (via the forum) were all positive and it's my belief that if you approach the issues with a positive and non-aggressive attitude you can get a lot done. They essentially redid my entire inside due to some interesting design flaws. After 4+ years and over 25k miles we still love it and would buy another. They are heavy beasts but the 1 ton dually seems to handle them fine, I've towed through Colorado (Wolf Creek Pass), LA, Florida, Sturgis, etc. No problems that weren't my own doing. Good luck, let us know what you settle on!
shagan77 04/29/14 12:45pm Toy Haulers
RE: Daytime side trips without the 5th

X2 the ask and leave a contact number. We've been all over the country, and have found no problems in doing this. Always ask first. It is simply amazing just how nice people can be when you demonstrate just a little respect and courtesy. This same thing applies to over-nighting in a Wal-Mart lot. We always find the Manager on Duty and ask if it's ok, and if so, his preference where we should park. (ah, yes, and we do use a pin lock) Today's obsession with texting and social media has left far to many people without skills needed to talk to someone face-to-face.
shagan77 04/17/14 06:55am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Financing your RV

I used State Farm, for financing and insurance. Great rates and great coverage.
shagan77 04/15/14 12:08pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Hauling a Harley

I've carried 2 Ultra's cross country several times. Before I started I double checked all the factory tie-downs. They were predominantly wood screws and not gonna cut it. I replaced them with through bolts, large washers and lock-nuts. I used thread-locker on all. I figured it was my bike and my responsibility and the best insurance was a good defense. To date, no issues. Take a little time to go the extra mile. You'll be a lot more relaxed if you know how things are tied down and to what. Happy Camping!!
shagan77 01/15/14 07:29am Toy Haulers
RE: Any Point On Heating

X2. Mine's over 4 years old now and I've never heated it in the winter. We've already been down to nearly zero. I keep mine in an enclosed storage unit, so I leave slides out, door open (screens closed) and roof vent open (with a piece of tape on hitch reminding me to close it). Never had a problem. We also remove all food, so, knock on wood, no mice.
shagan77 12/09/13 04:06pm Toy Haulers
RE: Added Sewer Hose Storage Tubes Under Belly

Awesome. I like the fact that the hose will fit with the connectors on it. I fell victim to the purchased version, round tube, but to narrow to hold the hose with the fittings on it. They are stored in the pass through storage. I'll be redoing mine come spring!
shagan77 11/09/13 02:39pm Toy Haulers
RE: 5th wheel hitch question

X2 from BB_TX, I've a Reese Signature Series, 24k hitch. Can move by myself, but it's a chore. There's also a faction on this board who release the hitch from the bed and raise the fiver up. (Thus lifting the hitch from the bed). I don't, but I would assume if the fiver can withstand all that stress from towing, a 120# hitch hanging from it shouldn't be a problem.
shagan77 10/27/13 03:22pm Fifth-Wheels
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