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RE: Fifth Wheel or Goose Neck

Gosh, so many adapter manufacturers and so many users. What is really structurally different about the new Goosebox from other adapters? The O4 3670 Montana Big Sky parked two sites away from me RIGHT now in IN has a Gooseneck adapter. He's been to Spokane WA and Central TX from his home in eastern IN since he bought his Fiver NEW using a Colibert (very commonly seen adapter). I've been towing my 05 3670 Big Sky since 07 with the STAR Performance Kingpin (Gooseneck adapter with a built-in glider to reduce stress/chucking) successfully (survived even hundreds of miles last week on I-65 in IN - the roughest Interstate I've encountered in years). Based on my long ago study of statics and dynamics and the ongoing experience I've had with an adapter (sorry, no strain gauges/testing), apparently the increased forces (if any) are very small and do no harm, mostly due to the solid nature/construction/installation of the adapters which prevent "moment arm" / torque movement or rotation as some believe must occur, but in fact cannot under normally encountered conditions. Very rarely visit a Campground without one or more other Fivers with Gooseneck adapters. As several have said, if the manufacture designed the frame to handle the extra stress, it may be fine, so the fact that some folks use them without harm doesn't tell you anything unless you know yours is built to handle the extra stress.
valhalla360 04/21/14 02:34am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Have you ever seen someone checking tire pressures?

I don't check them every day but always do a visual and if it's a long enough day that we stop somewhere for lunch, I do a quick feel of the hubs for heat.
valhalla360 04/19/14 07:15pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Fifth Wheel or Goose Neck

No question a gooseneck applies more stress on the frame than a 5th wheel hitch. The question is did the manufacturer design the fram to handle that extra stress.
valhalla360 04/19/14 07:10pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Police and bicycle front hitch

Unless there is clearly a problem (ie: the officer gets suprised thinking you are a motorcycle because he couldn't see one of the lights), it is unlikely you will get pulled over for it. My experience is most want cut and dry tickets to issue if there is no incident already. The vehicle code in most states (probably all) does require headlights and there is the implication they should not be obstructed so in theory they could issue you a ticket. The most likely scenario where you could get in trouble is if you have a crash at night and someone brings up the bikes blocking the headlights.
valhalla360 04/19/14 07:01pm Truck Campers
RE: What are you pulling with you 3//4 diesel truck?

Since you haven't bought the truck yet, it shouldn't even be a question. Move up to the 3500 SRW. It costs next to nothing extra.
valhalla360 04/19/14 05:15am Fifth-Wheels
RE: newb with a DRW/SRW question

http://www.ford.com/resources/ford/general/pdf/towingguides/14_superdutypu_sep11.pdf Standard Trailer Sway Control – Single-rear-wheel (SRW) models – Trailer Sway Control works with AdvanceTrac® with RSC® (Roll Stability Control™) using a yaw motion sensor to monitor the motions of the truck to detect trailer sway. When sway is detected, the system works to apply selected brakes and/or reduce engine power to help the driver regain control(7) – Dual-rear-wheel (DRW) models are not equipped with AdvanceTrac®, but operate with a similar yaw motion sensor to detect and control trailer sway and apply brake pressure selectively to the front brakes or reduce engine power to help the driver maintain control." There must be a reason that the DRW does not need the AdvanceTrac system..? If you read, they have a "similar yaw motion sensor", so the dually does need sway control. It's probably just a cost issue. Since probably 90% of the 250/350 trucks are SRW, they could justify the cost of developing a better system for those trucks. The duals may not work right with the name branded system, so they applied a simpler system to the more rare dually trucks. Result is you probably are more suseptable to sway in the dually (not that either is likely to have an issue on a properly set up truck). Also, sway control is typically related to a bumper pull. Having driven both a 5th wheel and bumper pull plenty, sway is not even comparable. Also the extra width will do nothing for sway. The extra width impacts roll overs in the context of this discussion with the real reason for using duals being the extra payload capacity of 4 vs 2 tires.
valhalla360 04/18/14 12:15pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: newb with a DRW/SRW question

If you really need it for the payload, go dually. Yes, it is technically more stabil but not by a large amount (think standing with your feet 3' apart vs 3'2" apart). A SRW is plenty stabil and comes with some convienence around town. I've heard several people claim they are just as easy to park but I see lots of dually fenders that clearly didn't make it into the parking spot.
valhalla360 04/17/14 11:04am Fifth-Wheels
RE: King pin lock

Of course, if they get ahold of the lower half of a pin box, they can simply unbolt your pin box and bolt on the replacement in a few minutes and be on thier way. Totally bypassing the pin lock. Buy insurance and use a different yard if they could spend 30 minutes breaking in with no one noticing.
valhalla360 04/17/14 10:56am Fifth-Wheels
RE: cops stopping you

Context means a lot. From the supreme court response, looks like a big difference between being pulled over vs in a campground hooked up to utilities. Not that you should give up your rights but if you aren't doing something to make your situation stand out, I don't see why they would ever ask in the first place. If you've been living the past 3 months on a suburb street, the neighbors probably want you to move on and he's looking for a reason to move you on. A simple response would be to politely ask what his concern is? - If they are looking for a kidnapped child, I will likely let him take a quick look around. - If he can't come up with a good reason, I'm probably going to politely decline his request.
valhalla360 04/17/14 10:44am Full-time RVing
RE: Size matters

A private owner has the right to maximize his earnings and matching the RV size to the site size does that. As an RV owner, you have no right to ask or expect someone else to vacate or avoid a site for your use just because you choose to buy a larger RV. There is nothing rude or inconsiderate about it. Publicly owned campgrounds are a special situation. The govt doesn't have the right to discriminate against you because you didn't buy a big RV.
valhalla360 04/12/14 04:46am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Urgent request to campground owners

Roundtwo and Valhalla: Then there is the search engine optomization thing. You could design your own great website, but if it does not contain the correct key words, There you are on page 14 of google. No one will ever find you Search engine optimization is a different (all be it related) subject from website design. My experience is googling campgrounds rarely comes up with decent results even if they have a professionally built site that has been optimized but if I know the name of the campground it comes up just fine regardless of the optimization. A basic website is not that complicated to set up. There are internet sites that provide simple templates anyone can fill in. Shouldn't take more than an afternoon if you have the pictures on hand already. Back to the originial subject: I think some of the issue is independent campground owners tend to be more focused on being outdoors in a physical environment. I can't count the number of times, the kid at the desk points to the owner who is out on the tractor moving picknic tables or hauling firewood. Setting up a website is just not that high on thier list. Probably not the best buisness approach but it's what I've seen.
valhalla360 04/10/14 09:34am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Who installs hitch? Car or RV dealership?

If you haven't bought the RV and Hitch yet, make the dealer install it as part of the deal. But make it a requirment that the trailer ride level with at least 6" clearance between the bed rails and the overhang. That way if they say don't worry about the truck and trailer matching, it's thier problem to fix.
valhalla360 04/10/14 07:05am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Charging the truck battery with solar- will a 1.5W panel do?

If your battery tests out fine, you have a parasitic draw. Get an amp meter and find out what the parasitic draw is to start. 1.5W is next to nothing. If you have a battery with no parasitic draws, it might replace the natural loss of charge or at least give you a longer period before it becomes an issue. As someone mentioned, something as small as a glovebox light might be drawing 10-15W and unlike your solar panel, it's drawing 24/7. While a 200W panel on the camper should compensate, it's best to fix the underlying problem as it could be a sign of something else that will cause other issues if left unfixed.
valhalla360 04/10/14 07:00am Truck Campers
RE: Well...

Another one here in the confused catagory. I'm sorry you had to go thru this but we went thru a similar situation with my Mom a couple years back and the full time lifestyle was actually a boon as my parents were out in Arizona for the winter and we were able to spend the last couple months with her while my siblings were only able to make short visits. We took care of some stuff directly but mostly helped my Dad thru the process. As I read the question, it was asked in as gentle a manner as possible in the hopes of learning from your experience.
valhalla360 04/10/14 06:46am Full-time RVing
RE: Urgent request to campground owners

Search engine optimization, key words, photos without glare, wide angle vs regular photos. (you will know the difference) Words used in the website, placement of text and photos. How many pages to use and on and on. Not to mention a e-mail contact form, A payment center form,and so on. Many times if a website is not well done, the prospective consumer thinks hmm cheese ball website, must be cheese ball place. (Which often is not true) A really great website, the going price is 5k to 7500. And yes I know it can be done cheaper, by someone who does it on the side. But rarely if ever will it match a pro web guy and a pro photographer. This I know from personal experience with my own business Oddly, I've found a lot of the "professional" websites are worse than the homemade ones. They get so caught up in snazzy graphics and transitions, it becomes hard to find the basic information (rates, location, open dates, contact info, photos) Yes, you need to keep it up to date and you don't want it to look cheesy but sometimes less is more.
valhalla360 04/10/14 06:34am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: RV Park Reviews

It's a great idea but it's 15 yr old design As is this one. If you are going to quote me don't take statements out of context. Old by itself isn't a deal breaker. Old and poorly executed is the problem.
valhalla360 04/05/14 08:57pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: how do you make your tanks last so long?

My guess is someone in the RV doesn't know what a navy shower is or there is something else using water. We easily get a week without trying or being careful. First, check for leaky valves. A small drip over the course of a day could easily eat up 20 gallons. After 3 days along with other use, there's your 100 gallons gone. After that spend a trip really watching and auditing the water usage.
valhalla360 04/05/14 06:45am Full-time RVing
RE: RV Park Reviews

It's a great idea but it's 15 yr old design and poorly executed. Still somewhat useful but could be sooooo much better. I quit posting when they turned down my review because I didn't stay at the park. I had a reservation. I showed up and the park manager told me tough luck and sent me packing. Now I would think others would like to know about that management style but that wasn't what the website reviewer thought. I would prefer all reviews (even if only 1) be posted. If you are concerned about a park faking a review, you can highlight reviews as new users. I mean seriously, if I wanted to negatively impact the competition, it's not that hard to put together reviews for 3 other parks that are 500 miles away. If you want to see a nicely laid out site for a similar purpose, google Active Captain. It's a similar site for boaters. Everything is map based and the push pins are not the city but the actual facility. There is standard information included in a standard format.
valhalla360 04/05/14 06:36am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Are LED Marker Lights Better Than Incandescent Markers?

We went thru a lot of this when I was working for the state and we converted traffic signals over to LED bulbs: - If done properly, they last far longer. Of course, if you buy cheap garbage or don't install them properly that doesn't work so well. - LED's generally don't burn out but they gradually put out less light. This is both good and bad. It's good in that you can sneak by until you get around to changing them but bad in that it's not easy to tell when you need to change them. With an incandesent, it's working or it's not. - LED light is different not better or worse. It generally puts out a very specific portion of the spectrum. The red or orange lense covers should be purely for show as the LED puts out light of the correct color. Incandesants put out which white light and the colored lense filters it to result in a particular color. - If you can get your brake lights converted over, that is actually a safety benefit (I'm shocked all new cars aren't LED already because of this). When you apply power to a circuit, it takes almost 0.5 seconds for the incandesant filiment to heat up enough that it is putting out visible light. An LED is typically on the order of 0.1 seconds. So from the time you hit the brake pedal until the light comes on, the LED will come on around 0.4 seconds sooner. At 60mph, that is around 35' less stopping distance and even if you do have a crash, the impact is at a lower speed by 5-10mph. Unless you are one of those guys who's rig is lit up like a christmas tree, the reason to go LED running lights is for when the engine is off. The alternator will have no problem keeping up with the normal compliment of running lights while charging the battery. If you run them with the engine off, the LED's will take a small fraction of the power incandesants require. Boat trailers are a specialty situation where the rapid cooling related to dunking hot incandesants in the water shaters the bulbs. LED has only a slight warming and is generally immune to this issue.
valhalla360 04/03/14 07:25am Truck Campers
RE: dumping

Up to a week, it's not really neccessary to dump for us. If we are staying much longer, we find a spot with sewer.
valhalla360 04/03/14 07:05am Full-time RVing
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