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RE: AirSafe 25K hitch problem

I don't have an Airsafe, but do have a Trailersaver. You can use dish soap- Dawn- mixed in a spray bottle to find your leaks. Have you been keeping air in the airbags or have they been flat? Most airbags need 2-3lbs in them when unhitched to keep the proper shape and to keep anything from chafing. Did you use a thread sealant on any threaded connections? Look at the bottom of the airbags to see if anything has rubbed on it.
jims1 06/11/17 08:30pm Toy Haulers
RE: White class 8 pulling a DRV 5th close to clear lake CA

"Of the finest leather" in a Ram? not even close... Try Katskins https://katzkin.com/ That is the bottom of good.... If you want real leather seats send me a note and I'll pm a custom upholster.
jims1 05/15/17 09:05pm Towing
RE: Thinking of a 53' semi-Fifth wheel by Spacecraft

The carnival and movie industry snap them up as fast as they can. There are no used units available.
jims1 05/11/17 06:42pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Thinking of a 53' semi-Fifth wheel by Spacecraft

A 53 foot custom unit is huge, most are for folks that don't travel in normal circles.... Drivers license depends on states.... California is Cali.... other states have other requirements for different styles of rigs. Our Volvo is titled as a motorhome in South Dakota requires no CDL or other endorsements other than a normal license. Even though our combined weight is over 40k lbs, neither part, trailer or truck, is over 26000lbs. Custom RV's are planned for carefully. My likes will not be yours, so if I design my rig..... its gonna be mine unless it's sold a step discount. All the custom builders do small rigs as well. Most make their most popular sizes in the 36-42/3 foot range.
jims1 04/27/17 09:25pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Thinking of a 53' semi-Fifth wheel by Spacecraft

You will probably only be living at a truck stop and smell of diesel fuel haha... Your only roads will be the Interstates... http://spacecraftmfg.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/DSC05178-edited-1.jpg height=300 Roy Ken Went to Spacecraft website and this 5th wheel is 57 foot long and still no King bed.. :h That's not a 53 foot. That's their 40' show model. Go to the website yourself and look. Everything is custom based on what YOU want. Them- How long do you want?- Me- 41ft 2-3/4 inches overall....OK we can do that.... Them- How wide? Me- 100-5/16 inches..... Them- OK Me- I want 3 bunk beds and 2 twins in the front with access to a dog kennel in the belly.... Them-What color do you want the dog kennel... Them- What type of wall covering- Painted? Vinyl wallboard- Soft wall- like LuX What type floor- heated? Wood? Vinyl? Granite? Do you want a tub or shower? Me- Tub? Them- Yes, we can do a residential 60" tub in any unit.... or custom Marble 10 shower head steam shower.... Little exaggerated but that is the conversation I had with them in person last fall. I have a unit spec'd out... 45ft, wide body, set up as a toy hauler in the back that converts to an office when parked. Weight will be 26000lb, pin around 7000lb. 125 fresh, 75 black, 2-75 gray, heated floors, basement AC and heat. Price is CUSTOM and reflects what we want in the unit. If you do a search online, there are ZERO used units available other than the show unit, The owners personal unit, and a custom 52' unit based on a semi style with full basement. Please get your facts straight before "Quoting" websites....
jims1 04/25/17 06:50pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Looking for 5th wheel ideas

Second Grand Design. We like the 397TH. Kinda set up for 2 with space to move around.
jims1 04/24/17 07:02pm Toy Haulers
RE: Thinking of a 53' semi-Fifth wheel by Spacecraft

If someone wants to pm me their e-mail address that can post pics, I'll send pics of a 52' that was built.
jims1 04/22/17 08:57am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Thinking of a 53' semi-Fifth wheel by Spacecraft

Space Craft builds CUSTOM.... if you want 35 feet of all Lippert failure components then stick with Thor and Forest river. If you want quality custom whatever you desire with nothing but the best then they are only 1 of 2 Custom Builders left. The pic that is above is of their 40ft show model. The pic looks stretched from that angel. It is heavy, I think 21k EMPTY and has a 4k load capacity. After you hit the 40 foot mark and a crew cab long bed pickup, most older northern, eastern state and federal are out anyway. Look how many 5th wheels are in the 40-45' range now.... Montana's, Big Horn, Jayco's, DRV, Oen Range, all have lines extending to the 43-44 foot mark. Most toyhaulers are in the 44-45' range. I have seen several 47-48' haulers that are custom as well. And while the trucks are tall, they are no wider than a dually at the wide fenders, and not much longer. Mine is 23' overall, has a 55 degree wheel cut, and will back into sites that most dually's can't.
jims1 04/21/17 08:24pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Morryde pin box

call them and ask about your RV. They know what series will work best with what weights.
jims1 03/31/17 07:16pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: MDT truck

We have a 1998 Volvo 610 semi conversion that has an 183" wheelbase. With the 55* wheel cut it turns tighter than any regular 3500 series pickup. What we can't do is go thru drive throughs or park up front at wally world.
jims1 12/18/16 04:13pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Travel trailer "vs" fith wheel --MPG to tow

How much difference in fuel MPG`S have you had with a bumper pull compared to the large wind resistance of a fiver? I have noticed a high fuel consumption in a head wind. Is it streamlining or lack there of that is to blame? Feel like I am pulling a 13 ft high box at times. I see trucks with all sorts of streamlining on the road. JUST CURIOUS-not that I want a travel trailer/bumper pull unit. You are pulling a 13' high box. Whatever part of the 5th wheel is above the truck acts like an air brake. Plus the extra weight.
jims1 12/17/16 09:10pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Vanleigh Vilano = TIFFIN !!

Another RV of Lippert assembled parts.
jims1 12/10/16 08:15pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Four season full timing in a fiver.

With the right RV, you can live in cold or hot temps with ease. Look at the older toy-haulers that were built by the more expensive companies. Many of them are out of business but their products are still available used. Excel built a great hauler, Carriage, Travel Supreme had haulers as well. Today, Grand Design or Jayco is probably the best you can get with a reasonable budget. DRV has the Fullhouse but they are pricey at $100+. As mentioned above, the garage floors are not insulated but can be with some ingenutity. Spray foam and CoraPlast can be installed under the floor creating an insulated area.
jims1 11/13/16 02:19pm Toy Haulers
RE: Comfort Ride Hitch

Maybe it's time to switch to a class A pusher with air ride B.O. That would be the best idea. Depending on your truck you could add air ride as well. Not aftermarket leveling bags, but actual air ride like the new Dodge has. https://kelderman.com/shop/2015-ford-f-450-pickup-4-link-rear-air-suspension as an example. We use a Trailersaver on our HDT, it does let the front of the 5th float more.
jims1 11/01/16 06:22pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 2017 Grand design momentum 397TH price quote?

That's high. We were quoted $68500 on a '17 model with all options, tires, dual pane windows, 3rd ac, heat pump, genset, extra awnings, patio/deck set up, etc. Try Camping World/Dixie RV in Hammond La.
jims1 10/29/16 05:09pm Toy Haulers
RE: Experiences with Space Craft?

$150's + Same prices as a full Elite DRV. Here are some links for those that like to shop http://spacecraftmfg.com/ http://www.horizonsrv.com/ You need a minimum of a late model 3500, preferably a 4500/450 + Most pull the 40ft+ units with MDT's and HDT's A Space Craft 44' unit that we are considering to have built has an estimated weight of 26000lbs with a pin weight of 7000lbs.
jims1 09/20/16 06:36pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Experiences with Space Craft?

Go over to RVNetwork.com (Escapees forum) and ask around. There is also a facebook site that is private but you can ask to join. There are several folks I know of that fulltime in SpaceCraft RV's
jims1 09/19/16 08:04pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Who all is into performance mods on their TV ?

2006 Dodge ram 2500 quad cab. Industrial Injection Fatshaft / S474 compounds Twin pumps Fire hose injectors Hamilton cam ARP head studs Garmon Transmission Aluminum drive shaft EFI live custom tuning ATS intercooler, and Intake 2 piece exhaust manifold Pacbrake inline exhaust brake 5" downpipe split to 4" duals 660hp 1000ftlbs torque daily driver 750+hp 1300+lbstq dragstrip play toy Powerslot rotors with Yellow stuff EBC brake pads Truck was converted to a dually for tow duty. Rolled 4500 rear axle, 3.83 gears, with overload springs underneath to carry the pin weight of the Carrilite, still put airbags under it. Then I bought a real truck to tow our Carrilite
jims1 09/14/16 03:04pm Tow Vehicles
RE: ARE they building what WE want??

Unfortunately no current production builder will build what you want. But there are options- SpaceCraft RV will build what you want easily. We are in discusssions with them about our future home. Buy a floorplan that you can live with, then upgrade everything. Most everything you mention can be changed with $$. Axles, tires, generator, AC's, batteries, water tanks (yes they can be changed, you just have to plumb them), remove all decals, etc. Not the cheapest option, but you end with an RV you reallly like.
jims1 09/11/16 10:43am Toy Haulers
RE: 5 Tools You MUST Have To RV

Visa, American Express, Discover, Coach Net, for everything else theirs Mastercard!
jims1 09/07/16 06:29pm Beginning RVing
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