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RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

Got off work last night at 7PM, drove home, got Kathy and the dogs and got to our camp in WVa about 11:45....cloudy now, some sprinkling and temp is 50, but we have cold front rolling in, (upper 20's by Sunday morning and chance of snow...(same forecast for Asheville:))... Will winterize the unit before we leave Sunday morn..We'll do this again from Nov. 22nd. through Sunday after Thanksgiving, then park it at home till first nice weather in March.. hope all of you are well and hope you have a great weekend. later.
NC Hauler 10/31/14 12:34pm Around the Campfire
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

Jon, they sell a gallon jug of a windshield washer fluid that melts ice on the windows...can't remember the name of it, though I have some, but it does work....squirt it on the icy windows and it basically melts the ice...I've been using it for a couple winters now....Should be able to find it at a Wally World.
NC Hauler 10/28/14 05:11pm Around the Campfire
RE: Friends from the "OOP'S" thread.

Another beautiful day here, going to get up to 77 degrees...BUT...it appears to be going down hill after today...some rain tomorrow, by Thursday, temps in 50's, by Friday/Saturday, rain/snow showers with temps here in the Asheville area in low 30's..up at our camp in WVa, down to 27...bbbrrrrr....we're heading back up again this weekend Thursday evening and will blow the lines out Sunday and add antifreeze....we go up again Saturday Nov. 20th and will be there through the following Sunday..unless weather isn't conducive...if not, Saturday, the 20th, we'll hitch up and tow the 5er to Sevierville TN...Well, those are the plans, such as they are, "at this point". hope all of you are well and hope all of you are having a great day. later
NC Hauler 10/28/14 10:11am Around the Campfire
RE: Roadside assistance suggestions?

I always suggest checking with your parent insurance company to see what they have. kinda keeps it all in the same family that way. Haven't seen too many Auto/Home insurance companies offer what GS ERS and Coachnet cover for a little over $100 a year...especially the towing services for ANY vehicle you own as well as your towing vehicle and what you tow if need be...Also changing flats and bringing fuel, if needed...Didn't offer all that with Progressive or Farm Bureau for the amount of money you pay for coverage from GS or Coachnet. I agree that "keeping it in the same family" or bundling may seem cheaper, but after getting a price for what GS's and Coachnet cover for $109...see what all your insurance carrier will cover and will it only cost you around a $100 more a year..Don't know if one can match it for the distance your TV and/or RV can be towed, free of charge.
NC Hauler 10/28/14 07:39am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Pin weight

:S Dang I thought I knew my pion weight but now I realize that I did not use a CAT scale. I thought the local grain elevator scale would be close enough. Those things are everywhere here in central IL Shouldn't be an issue as long as calibrations are done on a regular basis....I just know more about the CAT scales than any other...Guess it may be a regional thing?
NC Hauler 10/28/14 07:32am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Mobile suites weight and mobility question

Lantley stated in part of his post; "Keep in mind we all started somewhere. There is a saying. Do your homework and"Buy your last RV first!" . True statement, would save a lot of money in the long run to be sure...same can be said for a Tow vehicle...if you KNOW you might go heavier "down the road", again, you'll save money in the long run by purchasing a truck that can handle what you may tow with it later on...
NC Hauler 10/28/14 06:37am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Mobile suites weight and mobility question

Wow...sounds like too much to jump into for a first rig to zip around in, to see if we like the lifestyle. Why? I'd just make sure the unit is in good shape and make sure you have the truck to tow it with....It'll be easier to "like the lifestyle" in that 5er:) Sounds like too much of an investment in the truck, to tow something that heavy around. Maybe a shorter rig would be easier to manage as a newbie, like backing into campsites, etc. Felt the same way when I went from a pop-up to a TT, then TT to 5er's, then to longer 5er's...just takes practice...experience is the best teacher... Bottom line, it depends on where you are in life, what your budget dictates you can spend. "IF" going with a heavier 5er, that was the reasoning on having a dually to tow it with...But again, only you know what you want and how much it'll be used... My 5er's exterior length is 39' 9" long and I've camped everywhere I want to...A lot of campgrounds have pull thru sites...all it takes is a search on the internet to see if a campground will be a problem for you or not.....shorter rig, if it works for you might be a better idea if you're apprehensive about towing a longer, heavier 5er..
NC Hauler 10/28/14 05:53am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Pin weight

Weighed my whole combo 3/5/14. Full tank of fuel, full DEF tank, me, wife, two boxers, tool box a tad more loaded and 5er loaded almost as full as usual for a weeks stay...all tanks empty, cept black water probably had 10 gallons or so in it and 2 5# bags of ice to slosh around in the tank while driving from Asheville NC to Seviereville TN (trying to clean sensors).. I digressed.... front axle was 5460# (rated @5800) Drive axle was 7200# (without 5er it was 3860), which gives me a pin weight of 3340# . My Gross weight total was 12,660 (truck plus pin weight) which is 1,340# under my trucks GVWR of 14,000#.)..Drive axle weight of 7200# put my truck 2550# under my RAWR of 9750#, (based on tires and psi). (AAM rates rear axle at 11,500 to 11,800#). That poor truck of yours needs a workout! It keeps saying hook me to something BIG! My trailer axle , 12,580# and pin weight 3340#, put weight of my 5er @ 15,920#, (has a GVW of 16,950#)...Didn't have my generator.(add another 250# to 5er..not sure on pin weight, but it's up front so could raise pin weight 200#, making it 3540#, which still has me 1140# under my trucks GVWR:) Total weight of combo was 25,240# (add 250 for generator and it's 25,490#)....trucks GCWR is 37,600#. Anyway, all these weights were taken on CAT scales..only thing I've added is generator in plus fuel in it. (250#). That truck keeps saying "Jim get me a real load"! :B
NC Hauler 10/28/14 05:47am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Mobile suites weight and mobility question

Wow...sounds like too much to jump into for a first rig to zip around in, to see if we like the lifestyle. Why? I'd just make sure the unit is in good shape and make sure you have the truck to tow it with....It'll be easier to "like the lifestyle" in that 5er:)
NC Hauler 10/27/14 09:40pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Pin weight

The OP raises a good point there is no substitute for a CAT scale. Without a CAT weighing it's all guess work. There is no real basis for determining how well your combo is performing. Tire wear,acceleration,braking are all part of the same equation. In the end many are satisfied with guessing. However if you really want to know how well your combo performs take the time to head to the scales Agree 100% with your post:) Not 100% necessary! I fully trust ODOT weigh stations, if they can legally give a trucker a ticket then they need to accurate. My pin runs right at 2,000#. Also agree with your assessment. ODOT or CAT scales, as long as certified and up to date with calibrations on either... Agreeing more with knowing one's weights and not guessing what they may be carrying or what they're pin weight "might be".
NC Hauler 10/27/14 08:16pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Mobile suites weight and mobility question

Our "yellow tag" is on the entry door frame (as are all Heartlands). We came out of the factory at 13,864 lbs. This includes all options as it is weighed going out the door of the factory. We have dual panes, generator, two airs, etc. We are fulltimers and after moving from one rig to the other, we went directly to the scales and our gross weight was just under 17,600 lbs...that is almost 3,800 lbs, which included NO fluids. adding 1,000 for cargo is WAY under reality IMHO! I'm not trying to say that people don't carry a lot of weight in their trailers, that's completely up to them. I have 38 years of camping 2 pop-ups, three travel trailers, ones park model and two fifth wheels and I know how you can carry a lot of stuff. But lets put things in reality, A 2015 Chevy Malibu LT weights 3439lb's with a driver and a full tank of gas. But at 3800 lb.'s, good for you, you can't want for anything. Just to let you know my next trailer is going to be a DRV, and I'm going full timing, after I fill it up, well I'll see and report back LOL. We've been at this over 30 years also...I will bet my last dollar when you go fulltime your cargo weight will be a lot closer to my 3,800 lbs than to your estimated 1,000. As for "not wanting for anything"...you are correct...that's the whole point of fulltiming. It's our home and everything we need is with us...there is very little, if anything, we carry that is unnecessary. You pretty much nailed it kakampers..
NC Hauler 10/27/14 07:41pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Pin weight

You realize that we are just talking about STATIC pin weight here. Actual pin weight is a dynamic number. Uphill, downhill, brakeing and accelerating all affect the dynamic pin weight. Wind lift under the nose of the 5er probably changes the pin weight too. Yeah, but you have to start somewhere with a number...and that is found while setting on the scales...If I'm running 65 mph on the interstate and have to slam on the brakes, common sense tells you more weight is going to be pushed down on the hitch. Uphill, downhill, all around the dale, it'll change some, .....but again...pin weight is determined by weighing and subtracting..pretty simple, pretty common sensical.
NC Hauler 10/27/14 07:38pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Roadside assistance suggestions?

Since Coachnet won't say without getting all your info what does it cost for the road hazard??? $99 to $109 a year, (if first time, may get it for $99...well worth the little bit one pay's for all the services.
NC Hauler 10/27/14 05:35pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Pin weight

The OP raises a good point there is no substitute for a CAT scale. Without a CAT weighing it's all guess work. There is no real basis for determining how well your combo is performing. Tire wear,acceleration,braking are all part of the same equation. In the end many are satisfied with guessing. However if you really want to know how well your combo performs take the time to head to the scales Agree 100% with your post:)
NC Hauler 10/27/14 03:45pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Mobile suites weight and mobility question

Our "yellow tag" is on the entry door frame (as are all Heartlands). We came out of the factory at 13,864 lbs. This includes all options as it is weighed going out the door of the factory. We have dual panes, generator, two airs, etc. We are fulltimers and after moving from one rig to the other, we went directly to the scales and our gross weight was just under 17,600 lbs...that is almost 3,800 lbs, which included NO fluids. adding 1,000 for cargo is WAY under reality IMHO! I'm not trying to say that people don't carry a lot of weight in their trailers, that's completely up to them. I have 38 years of camping 2 pop-ups, three travel trailers, one park model and two fifth wheels and I know how you can carry a lot of stuff. But lets put things in reality, A 2015 Chevy Malibu LT weights 3439lb's with a driver and a full tank of gas. But at 3800 lb.'s, good for you, you can't want for anything. Just to let you know my next trailer is going to be a DRV, and I'm going full timing, after I fill it up, well I'll see and report back LOL. DRV's are heavy right off the bat...and if you're going to full time, guess you WILL find out how much you'll carry...make sure you weigh it, make sure you have the right truck to tow it with. I've got 44 yrs of camping experience, had pop-up's, TT's, a HiLo, and 5er's...but that doesn't necessarily make me an expert on how much one will load into their 5er, (I address 5er's, because this is a 5er forum)......So, good luck to you and make sure you do all the weights, if for no other reason than peace of mind....:)..
NC Hauler 10/27/14 02:45pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Pin weight

Do not recommend unhitching a trailer on the scales. You are tying up the scales for a fairly long time and there may be others wanting to use the scale. It is simple. Move to an area out of the way then unhitch the trailer and go back to the scales and weight the truck. Pin weight is the weight difference of both truck axles with the trailer hitched and the weight of both ruck axles without the trailer. Using only rear truck axle weights will not give the true pin weight. I weighed my truck, ready to roll less the 5er at a conveniently located truck stop about 6 miles from my home...no waiting, no tie ups...Next time I went by it, truck was identically loaded as before, cept I had the 5er hooked up....I knew what rear (drive) axle was before 5er was loaded, now with 5er loaded, drive axle went up 3340# more...easy...pin weight. will weigh it again next month on way home to see how much weights are with generator added now....
NC Hauler 10/27/14 01:11pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Pin weight

Weighed my whole combo 3/5/14. Full tank of fuel, full DEF tank, me, wife, two boxers, tool box a tad more loaded and 5er loaded almost as full as usual for a weeks stay...all tanks empty, cept black water probably had 10 gallons or so in it and 2 5# bags of ice to slosh around in the tank while driving from Asheville NC to Seviereville TN (trying to clean sensors).. I digressed.... front axle was 5460# (rated @5800) Drive axle was 7200# (without 5er it was 3860), which gives me a pin weight of 3340# . My Gross weight total was 12,660 (truck plus pin weight) which is 1,340# under my trucks GVWR of 14,000#.)..Drive axle weight of 7200# put my truck 2550# under my RAWR of 9750#, (based on tires and psi). (AAM rates rear axle at 11,500 to 11,800#). My trailer axle , 12,580# and pin weight 3340#, put weight of my 5er @ 15,920#, (has a GVW of 16,950#)...Didn't have my generator.(add another 250# to 5er..not sure on pin weight, but it's up front so could raise pin weight 200#, making it 3540#, which still has me 1140# under my trucks GVWR:) Total weight of combo was 25,240# (add 250 for generator and it's 25,490#)....trucks GCWR is 37,600#. Anyway, all these weights were taken on CAT scales..only thing I've added is generator in plus fuel in it. (250#).
NC Hauler 10/27/14 01:06pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Roadside assistance suggestions?

Even though AAA is a national organization the service rendered depends very much on which local club you belong to and which local club area you are in. I have had good service with Good Sam for tire service. Never needed anything else. They do FAR more than just tire service if we're talking ERS. Towing could be needed with TV, 5er or both and they and Coachnet will do both...along with other services.
NC Hauler 10/27/14 12:27pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Roadside assistance suggestions?

We have XtraRide. Only needed it once so far, 930pm on a Sunday on a back road blacktop. They had someone there in 45 minutes and called back to make sure everything had been taken care of. Never heard of XtraRide, do they tow both the truck and the 5er? Any towing cost? How much is yearly cost for XtraRide? Looks like they call themselves an extended warranty service from what I can tell...
NC Hauler 10/27/14 12:23pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Roadside assistance suggestions?

Good Sams or Coachnet are probably the best for campers need's..Tow the Truck, tow the 5er, tow both...unlock's, bring fuel....for the money I think either of these two offer the biggest bang for one's buck...I've had both, I have Coachnet now.
NC Hauler 10/27/14 12:22pm Fifth-Wheels
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