I agree with some way to anchor to the ground...maybe drill holes in corner of plate and drive 4 stakes into the ground otherwise any wind will cause your base to slide around and result in breaking your nice upper stabilizer you built. Otherwise nice job!
Thanks , I carry 2 @ 5 gallon buckets that I can use either sand, or water to fill and set on the base.. That should be enough to hold I think ?
I will find out Memorial Day.
I have a pc that inserts into the receiver on the rear on my RV. I have tested it to well over 50 mph winds. That is with two full sized flags.
I also have one of those also, but wanted something that I could fly from the front for those back in wooded spots.
This is basically the same premise, but slightly different.
I would be prepared with some sand bags for anchoring the base plate. In any kind of stiff wind I think it is going to walk on you.
I thought about that... figured I would see what it does Memorial day at the beach... then go from there .
I will have 2 of the 5 gallon buckets ready.. can fill with either water, or sand...
Had some time today, so i made this mount... it really only holds the pole straight, the bottom sits in a piece of tube welded to a 1/4" plate x 12inch square on the ground
We leave from SE PA and sometimes stay in Petersburg VA depending on what time of day we get on the road.
As far as directions into MBTP-
95 S to exit 13 for 74 EAST
74 East to 410 south towards Chadbourn
410 to 701 south towards Loris
701 to 9 east
9 to 31 south
31 to Robert edge parkway east. This will drop you in front of Walmart Supercenter, make right, and MBTP is about 1 mile on left...
Once exiting 95 in Lumberton at exit 13, it is about 75 miles~1-1/2 hours to MBTP this way
I also have to wonder how the fairings covering the rear wheels will handle a blowout. Still, if they can come even close to these numbers in real world use, that will be a huge benefit for the trucking industry and drivers.
X2 - - I have my share of blow outs on big rigs, they take no prisoners ... I can assume that these trucks will REQUIRE the usage of virgin tires, NO CAPS..
Can't imagine the expense to repair or replace those wheel fairings ?
Spring time. Another 'overweight question".
Do you really think your rig or any rig is even close to approaching the max weight limits? Seriously?
As nickthehunter pointed out max axle weights are usually 20,000 lbs for a single axle, 34,000 for a tandem axle and 80,000 gross (total) weight.
When talking those 'big' numbers people's eyes glaze over and they don't have any concept of what they mean.
Let's put it in perspective looking at a 5th wheel. Your truck weights 8000 or a bit less. You have a heavy 5th wheel that weighs 15,000 lbs loaded. Total weight then is 23,000 lbs.
Now lets look at the semis running down the road. Look at one that has one of the 53 ft box trailers. The tractor unit is a long nose double sleeper, long wheelbase rig. Empty that combination will weigh about 23,000 lbs, maybe a bit less.
Look at the those numbers again. That empty semi weighs the same as if you had a heavy pickup and a fully loaded 5er.
When people truly understand weight laws then they would see just how silly these questions really are. They think because they have a 'big' camper that somehow they're in the big boy's league of hauling weight. Not even close. Think about it. Your truck and camper have tires which may be the same load handling capacity as what's on your car or maybe just a bit more. If your rig was over 20,000 axle (10,000 per tire) do you think your tires wouldn't give out long before you maxed 20,000?
And yeah, I was the weight police. The real weight police. I didn't get my knowledge from listening to some fat guy sitting around the campfire. For 27 years I weighed a lot of trucks, taught truck weight laws, was recognized by the courts as an expert in truck weight laws, and commanded the highest fine generating scales in the state of IL.
So , you were the guy who gave me my largest fine while I was hauling a load and a half of steel Beams... I got a little OVER Excited one day :-)
When we were looking 2 years ago for our fifth wheel, we were looking HARD at the GD Solitude.
They were on our short list because of many reasons, including the things we heard about their customer service, and the fit and finish we saw inside the units.
To me, the biggest thing that I personally could not understand was how they could have such a good looking trailer, and mess it all up with a flat back and bumper ? I really like the finished look of a rear cap.
Our short list consisted of :
Generators installed into a fifth wheel seem to be rather unusual. I looked around when we were looking at fivers and never saw one. So people generally get by with a Honda or Yamaha generator. The 2K units are the most popular but will not run a a/c unit. Solar is another option. I don't have it but it seems to mean adopting a very power aware lifestyle. But that would just be part of the boondocking experience, you have to be very aware of your water use after all.
Not sure about this statement.... i see a ton with the Onan built in, in fact, the generator prep kit is sold on a lot of fivers.. We have the Onan 6500 on board and love it.. BUT it is thirsty for LP. If dry camping for any prolonged period you would need a lot of LP..
I am a bit late to the party..
The OP may have purchased an early "17" they carry a 16,500GVW..
Mid year they changed to 8k axles standard and 17.5 wheels and tires standard, that would increase the GVW of the trailer.. The basic weight stayed the same, he can now toss more STUFF in it if need be.
I have "15" Ford SRW with the 6.7 ..AND a "16" Redwood 38RL.. here are my weights -
My trailer, alone, loaded for camping (weekend warriors) is 15,960#
my pin weight is 3,192#
VERY CLOSE, but under my weights.. NOW WITH THAT SAID.. We have more cabinets that are empty, than that are full..
Will my next truck be a dually, -yes.. Do I feel the need to run out and buy one now - no..
No white knuckles...The truck/trailer combo is a dream to tow..
These new generation trucks ( ALL 3 brands ) are just that much better than the trucks of the past when it comes to ratings. I would not do what I am doing with an older model.
What I purchased my KZ Montego Bay back in "07" I received a coupon book for several campgrounds in the area that were offering book a night, get a night free..
Some had to be used Mon-Fri.... some were any time...
Like stated, they are offered by the local business to get folks in there to see what they are about hoping to get a new customer out of it..
This was not a scam from CW... Just a ploy from the locals to drum up some new customers.
The DW and I just bought a brand new 5er, they offered the Lifetime warranty on major repairs such as stove, frig, etc :)
This warranty supposedly was for as long as we owned the trailer ...
I wonder how many people have bought into this and if so, how much of a problem was it to get something fixed after a few years :D
In the past I had a extend warranty on my TV and when it came time to fixing a problem they only paid maybe a third of the cost ... thus we turned down this offer and saved ourselves a bunch of money ...:B
I also wonder what percent of owners really buy into such, as well what percent buying into such if needed have any luck getting things fixed without a lawyer beating down the door of a dealer to honor such :h
When we were buying our recent fifth wheel, we had 2 identical units to shop within 3 hrs of each other..
The one with the lifetime warranty was 20k higher. When I stated that I saw one online for that much less, they wanted to know who so they can report them.. Evidently the manufacturer had a rule about posting sale prices ?? So ,instead of working the number, they wanted to tell on the other ?? I walked, and purchased from a 3rd dealer that was not even in the picture. :-)
ps, no lifetime warranty either