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RE: Hitch removal acceptable procedure?

How can one worry about the weight of the hitch damaging the king pin? The static load of the hitch is less than two hundred pounds. Compare that to the thousands of pounds of dynamic load the pin has take to pull the trailer. We've all seen pictures on semis turned over on the road where the tractor and trailer did not separate. Our fifth wheel pins are identical.
TubaPete 10/31/14 04:57pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Fifth wheel hitch - rail bending and pulling up truck bed

I would suggest you go to a hitch place and not the rv dealer or a Ford dealer. I don't know which would be more clueless. I can't speak for Ford dealers but I have had two hitches installed at different RV dealers and both did a good job installing them correctly.
TubaPete 10/31/14 04:51pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Fifth wheel hitch - rail bending and pulling up truck bed

What psford said about center bolts. The installation instructions with my hitch said nothing about center bolts but my installer but them in anyway. With no center bolts that is an awful long span to keep a rail straight.
TubaPete 10/30/14 05:47pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Travel trailer and 5ers wheel bearings

It's an apple and oranges situation. Outside of be bearings there is a lot of difference. For starters, one is a safety item. Imagine the lawsuits involved in bearing failures on a steering axle on a vehicle carrying voting people. Safety trumps cost in a motor vehicle. Low cost is frequently among the highest considerations when designing a trailer.
TubaPete 10/30/14 05:40pm General RVing Issues
RE: Leaving trailer hooked to truck

No reason to unplug. The converter can't do anything bad to the truck battery. If it could, it would have done it to your trailer battery a long time ago.
TubaPete 10/02/14 12:26pm General RVing Issues
RE: Truck Stops, Rest Areas, or WalMart?

Wal-Mart is probably the best. Many have their own night security to help the overnight traveler. As said truck stops are noisy. Not all rest stops permit overnight camping. Plus we stopped at one and a truck purposely pulled up beside us and ran his engine all night long for our benefit. I know he did it just for us, we were at the far end of the row, the entire row was empty but he parked beside us.
TubaPete 10/02/14 12:22pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Temporary Tie Downs

To jefe 4X4 Actually it was a BBb sousaphone I played in my college marching band. Few people know what a sousaphone is plus its a little long for a nickname.
TubaPete 09/28/14 03:52pm Truck Campers
Temporary Tie Downs

We just bought a Sun Lite fold down truck camper for a trip to Alaska next year. I realize a good set of tie downs is important for the trip but how about getting it home right now? My plan is to just use some heavy duty nylon straps to get it home, distance about 40 miles. Will this work?
TubaPete 09/27/14 04:27pm Truck Campers
RE: Grand Canyon or Yellowstone for 2015?

IMHO I would go with option 1. Palo Dura has places for short walks instead of hikes, the Grand Canyon made me cry wit its beauty and Tombstone has old west touristy stuff.
TubaPete 09/19/14 02:55pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: propane problem

In addition to closing the tank valves and opening them. make sure that ALL gas devices are turned off. The flow restrictors in the system won't fully open until the entire system is up to pressure and that won't happen if any device is in the ON position.
TubaPete 09/18/14 07:20pm Tech Issues
RE: Diabetic supplies , test strips /meters) while traveling

I get my strips at Target. Though Target has two pharmacy systems, I can get my strips at just about any Target.
TubaPete 09/18/14 07:14pm RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: Can a 30amp A/C run on 20 amps?

As said, the actual voltage supplied is more important than the labeled number of amps. 20 amps, 30 amps, etc. in this case are more indicators of system design than what you might actually get. If the AC runs without tripping any breakers and you have at least 108 volts you will likely be OK>
TubaPete 08/30/14 06:54am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Electrical issue with trailer connected

My experience is that a poor ground can cause strange electrical situations,
TubaPete 08/29/14 07:33am Tech Issues
RE: Sault Ste Marie to Muskallonge State Park, MI

If the legend says unpaved, I would stay on the state routes. While MOST unpaved roads are passable, they can be unpleasant for long distances. The roads sometimes have a sand base and can get soft. You definitely don't want to take the unpaved road west of Muskallonge to Grand Marais.
TubaPete 06/17/14 07:00am Roads and Routes
RE: Jacking for a flat tire?

Stack up blocks to make a steeper "ramp". I generally can get the trailer high enough in two steps. Each step only needs to be about 12" in length.
TubaPete 06/17/14 06:46am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 4 or 5 on tire replacement

Since the wheel my spare is mounted on (plain steel) is not the same as the others (polished aluminum,) I treat it separately. My spare is always good enough and new enough to go on the road at any time, but it doesn't necessarily match the other four in brand or age.
TubaPete 06/04/14 12:30pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Adding on a ladder to back of RV

In a discussion with a dealer I was told that if the trailer did not come with a ladder, it was likely the needed reinforcements weren't behind the skin of the trailer. Without the reinforcements there was a danger the ladder would not stay.
TubaPete 06/01/14 11:44pm Travel Trailers
RE: Already asked--30 to 50 amp

For those not intimately familiar with electrical circuits, 30A and 50A are little more than labels, I.E. a 30A circuit rarely draws a full 30A, a 50A will not force more electricity into a 30A circuit than it can handle. If you have the right adapter and the plug fits the receptacle, you shouldn't have a problem. If you do have a problem it is likely outside the scope of someone unfamiliar with circuits.
TubaPete 06/01/14 07:32pm Beginning RVing
RE: BLM near Yuma

You can park behind the American Legion / VFW just north of town. It's a lot like BLM parking though I don't know who owns it.
TubaPete 01/21/14 06:30am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Rear Camera

I bought a simple wireless unit at Sam's Club. I had to make a custom mount out of plastic. It's mounted above the license plate next to the license plate light. One with a 50 foot range might be hard to find. I extended the cable from camera to transmitter using shielded cable from Radio Shack. This way I could mount the transmitter in the front of the fifth wheel getting it within its 25 foot range.
TubaPete 01/21/14 06:27am Fifth-Wheels
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