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RE: Possible Frame Damage in new to me Travel trailer

You might consider contacting a local company that repairs 18 wheeler trailer frames. Apparently, frame problems are not unique to RVs, so there are such companies. That's what I had to do with my 5er when the frame cracked. So far, so good.
RamTX 08/14/14 07:12am General RVing Issues
RE: Rt 65 from Branson to Little Rock

Traveled that road from Conway to Branson and back about 6 weeks ago. From Conway to Clinton it is 4 lane undivided except for a small stretch of two lane. From Clinton to just south of Harrison, it is two lane-hilly and curvy but nothing excessively steep. Road surface was good. The only thing about this stretch is the lack of shoulders, but there were no dropoffs. There were some passing lanes best I can remember. From the Missouri-Arkansas line to Branson was an excellent 4 lane divided highway. Certainly not the worse road I have ever towed on. Would go this route again when going to Branson.
RamTX 08/07/14 11:49am Roads and Routes
RE: Diagonal frame bracing

I have a diagram and instructions on the repair and strengthening of a cracked frame on a Dexter axle before the frame division was bought out by Lippert. Mine was repaired pretty much as they recommended and haven't had any trouble that I am aware of since the repair. I will be happy to send you a copy. Just let me know.
RamTX 07/22/14 01:16pm Towing
RE: Looks like new tires for me

My Michelin LTX A/S had cracks worse than that. They are about 4 years old. Took them back to Costco's where I bought them, and the tire manager compared my cracks and depth of them to a card with pics issued by Michelin. He said that the cracks were not deep enough for Michelin to do anything about the cracks. Just got back from about 1600 miles of towing the 5er, and they are still going with no problems encountered. Go to your Michelin dealer and have them look at the tires.
RamTX 07/21/14 05:18pm Tow Vehicles
RE: GS Roadside Unassistance!

We will not travel at night just for similar reasons. Who wants to be broken down in some unknown area in the dark and waiting for help to arrive. Mishaps are bad enough during the day. Glad it all worked out for you. X2 I had to call Good Sam on a Sunday evening this past Father's Day and waited about two hours to have a tire changed. Fortunately, I was sitting in a Wal-Mart parking lot and out of danger. I can understand the delay as I was a number of miles from any sizable town in Arkansas and it was Father's Day. Makes me wonder if traveling on a Sunday is even wise.
RamTX 07/15/14 06:12pm Good Sam Roadside Assistance
RE: Hickory Springs RV Folding Step Failure

Our Jayco Pinnacle had almost exactly the same failure, got the step re-welded and replaced the broken rivet with a Grade 8 bolt. Glad you were able to repair yours. If I had not let the problem go before additional damage was done to other parts of the steps folding mechanism, I think that mine could have been repaired also.
RamTX 07/15/14 06:56am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Hickory Springs Folding Step Failure

Don't have any small kids. Don't ever remember or know about two people being on the steps at the same time. It is possible that the weld at the point of failure overheated the metal and may have had something to do with it. Just a guess though.
RamTX 07/14/14 06:44pm Fifth-Wheels
Hickory Springs RV Folding Step Failure

I just wanted to make everyone aware that we had a metal fatigue failure on the Hickory Springs folding step on our 08 Jayco 5er Superlite trailer. One corner of the steps began to sag; condition slowly worsened over a couple of years until it got to the point of being a hazard when descending the steps. I finally closely examined the steps and found this problem. Metal frame had broken at the weld point resulting in the weight of the steps on one side to be mostly supported by the rivet holding the top step as well as the other steps attached to it. As the top rivet started to deform due to the added load on the rivet, the steps sagged further causing the problem. To the best of my knowledge the steps never hit anything. http://i.imgur.com/NMPqS1kl.jpg http://i.imgur.com/bhgJolpl.jpg
RamTX 07/14/14 04:59pm Fifth-Wheels
Hickory Springs Folding Step Failure

I noticed that my 3 step hickory springs folding steps on my 08 Jayco Superlight 5er started slightly sagging on the right bottom corner step about 2 years ago. To make a long story short, we continued using the trailer as the condition wasn't too bad, however, the condition slowly worsened to the point that I decided to fix the problem before someone lost their balance and fell while descending the steps. Looking at the steps, I found that the top step rivet had deformed significantly. I tried replacing the rivet with a bolt, but the steps continued to sag. Upon further examination, I found that the bottom metal support (as seen in the pictures) which actually supports the entire right side of the step mechanism had broken allowing the step to sag. As the top rivet deformed more, the corner of the step sagged further making the steps unsafe. If I had investigated the problem when I first noticed it, it might have been possible to weld the frame back up, but unfortunately I didn't until some of the other supporting members had bent and become distorted and were beyond fixing, thus I had to replace the steps. I post this only to alert RVers that the folding steps should be inspected and lubricated (which I had done) periodically to avoid a similar situation. When I replaced the steps, I found that none of the bolts attaching the steps to the trailer had lock washers or locking nuts on them. I would also suggest that the attachment points for the steps to the trailer be checked occasionally to make sure that all bolts and nuts are tight.
RamTX 07/14/14 04:22pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Jackson Wy to Logan Ut

Took route 89 from Bear Lake to Logan Utah about 3 years ago. Great scenery but some parts of the road have many curves which slows down your speed considerably. I couldn't get up over 50 mph in some parts before having to slow down for the next curve. If you are in no hurry, then you would probably enjoy the beautiful drive.
RamTX 07/05/14 08:46am Roads and Routes
RE: Been struck by lightning?

except the rubber tires which don't conduct electricity... no ground.. . no worry maybe. If lightning can jump several miles through air, a little bit of rubber isn't going to worry it too much. Lighting will always seek the best ground and the easiest circuit... won't it? If there are multiple paths to ground at the point of a lightning strike, current will be present in each of these paths. The current in each path will be proportional to the resistance of each of the paths to ground albeit the path of least resistance will carry the bulk of the current.
RamTX 06/30/14 08:35am Truck Campers
RE: Retirement Trip Campground Recommendations

You really seem to be cutting yourself short on days to visit a lot of places. For instance, Black Hills area you could easily spend 4 days seeing everything unless you put in 12 hour days. Just IMHO. If you don't have time, then as someone else said reduce the places you intend to visit.
RamTX 06/14/14 07:42am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: BenBen has gone to the bridge

Thanks for rescuing BenBen and giving him such a wonderful life! Sorry for the loss of BenBen-all of our pets become like family members. Remember all the good times!
RamTX 06/10/14 08:21am RV Pet Stop
RE: SS Disability Amount after age 65?

No reduction - personal experience.
RamTX 05/28/14 07:22am RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: Possible purchase...How bad is this delamination? (pic)

Don't intend to be critical, but how do you know it is "pretty good overall condition". Are you going by the word of the seller or pictures which the seller took? If so, please don't pay anything up front until you actually see it or have it inspected by reputable person whom you hire. I bought a vehicle long distance once, all of the pics which the seller took only showed the best parts of the vehicle. When I went to pickup the truck it had significant collision damage. He apparently had taken pictures before it was wrecked. Also one of the tie rods was so loose it was dangerous to drive and had other assorted problems. Never again will I buy something of any significant value without seeing it first!
RamTX 05/22/14 04:12pm Tech Issues
Harbor Freight Infrared Laser Thermometer

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RamTX 05/16/14 08:16am Forum Technical Support
Harbor Freight Infrared Laser Thermometer

Has anyone used this Harbor Freight Infrared Laser Targeting Thermometer? If so, how accurate was it and has it lasted? If you have one, has it been helpful in spotting bearing and tire overheating? I noticed that Harbor Freight has them on sale for $35.99.
RamTX 05/16/14 08:16am Technology Corner
RE: Temperature Differential for Coleman Mach AC

Great responses all-info will definitely help determine if unit is working at peak efficiency.
RamTX 05/15/14 09:18am Fifth-Wheels
Temperature Differential for Coleman Mach AC

Have a Coleman Mach 15000 BTU AC unit. Does anyone know what the temperature differential between return air and discharge air is? I know on cars and houses it should be about 20 degrees F. Thanks.
RamTX 05/14/14 07:54pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Tools and Parts to carry on the road

I carry an assortment of fuses, light bulbs for both the trailer and vehicle and one complete set of trailer bearings, races and seals along with the tools to install them. I also carry a torque wrench, a screw driver which fits the screw heads used on the trailer and spare screws, a set of allen wrenches and several sizes of crescent wrenches. I use a battery powered drill to raise and lower the rear stabilizer jacks and I am considering purchasing a 1/2 inch battery powered impact wrench (which would replace the battery powered drill) so that I could easily change tires if needed and extend/retract the stabilizer jacks.
RamTX 05/08/14 10:56am Class C Motorhomes
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