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RE: Leaf Spring Failure - Replace the Others?

After 3 springs broke during the years I get fed up and install the IS .That system put the end of the worry to get stock on the road. What's the "IS"?
CarnationSailor 01/19/23 07:59am Tech Issues
RE: Leaf Spring Failure - Replace the Others?

Thanks for all the helpful responses. I will be replacing all 4 leaf springs with ones that are about 10% higher rated and of higher quality. I will be paying up for the higher quality, but the peace of mind I get in return will be worth it.
CarnationSailor 01/05/23 12:43pm Tech Issues
RE: Leaf Spring Failure - Replace the Others?

How many RV’s are on the road that have never experienced a spring failure? Yet somehow you believe you got 4 bad ones. I say replace them all, then send the old ones to me for proper disposal. I don't think I have 4 bad ones nor does anyone else who responded to my post. I'm just trying to understand what I'm dealing with, and what would be prudent to do. (Maybe you should read the thread again.)
CarnationSailor 01/04/23 08:42am Tech Issues
RE: Leaf Spring Failure - Replace the Others?

You mean like this: BROKEN SPRING Yes. Despite the axles, tires, rims, springs etc. being nominally rated for the load of my 5er, the manufacturer replaced EVERYTHING between the frame and the ground. The photo of your broken spring looks just like my broken spring, and the chain around the axle looks like the way AAA rigged my suspension so I could tow it to a repair shop. Why did the manufacturer replace everything?
CarnationSailor 01/04/23 08:38am Tech Issues
Leaf Spring Failure - Replace the Others?

Last summer I experienced a leaf spring failure on my 2015 Crossroads Rushmore Springfield. The driver's side rear spring snapped in two about 2-inches from where it attached to the frame. After being alerted that the tires on that side were rubbing together, I pulled to the side of the interstate. I had just entered the highway about a mile back, so I was lucky to discover it so soon, and there was no damage to the tires or the trailer. I was very lucky! AAA got me to a nearby RV repair shop that happened to have a used leaf spring off of a 7000# axle, and it fit my trailer (My axles are 7000# too.) The used spring that was installed appears to be heavier duty than the one that failed. The used one has 7 leafs and each leaf is about 3/8" thick. The one that failed has 6 leafs and each leaf is about 11/32" thick. (1/32" thinner.) Both springs are about the same width. The tech that installed the used spring recommended that I replace the other 3 leaf springs with heavier duty ones when I got back home. Although the episode could have been a lot worse, I still wouldn't want to go through it again. Should I replace them, or just consider this event to be an unusual occurence that is not likely to happen again?
CarnationSailor 01/03/23 04:35pm Tech Issues
Towing TAG with Forester

Anyone have experience towing a TAG Basic or TAG XL with a Suburu Forester 2.5? My daughter's Suburu is rated to tow 1500# and she is looking at a TAG Basic (995# dry) and a TAG XL (1200# dry). She is concerned about how the Forester will do in the mountains.
CarnationSailor 11/12/22 06:33pm Towing
RE: Solar charger for 4 6v golf cart batteries LONG TERM?

I use the following 30-watt Renogy panel when my 5th wheel is in storage during our 5-month off season. Keeps our 4 6-volt batteries topped up.: https://smile.amazon.com/Renogy-12-Volt-monocrystalline-Solar-Panel/dp/B07MZL3PSD/ref=sr_1_2?a=aps&crid=2ZOCD6UDMJSHI&keywords=renogy+30w&qid=1667764454&sprefix=renogy+30&sr=8-2&ufe=app_do%3Aamzn1.fos.18ed3cb5-28d5-4975-8bc7-93deae8f9840 And I use this charge controller with it: https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B004Q820UK/ref=redir_mobile_desktop?_encoding=UTF8&aaxitk=87975b49f0613849f129e63777bfaf4e&content-id=amzn1.sym.53aae2ac-0129-49a5-9c09-6530a9e11786%3Aamzn1.sym.53aae2ac-0129-49a5-9c09-6530a9e11786&hsa_cr_id=5773970610501&pd_rd_plhdr=t&pd_rd_r=b4298c85-1ad1-4321-8b70-5b0c037dd929&pd_rd_w=q9tZZ&pd_rd_wg=snbqr&qid=1667764695&ref_=sbx_be_s_sparkle_mcd_asin_0_img&sr=1-1-a094db1c-5033-42c6-82a2-587d01f975e8 It should do the job for the extended periods you mentioned; however, you may need a larger panel to bring the batteries to full charge between outings. This will depend upon how low the charge goes during usage and how many days you have before the next usage. Good luck
CarnationSailor 11/06/22 01:04pm Tech Issues
RE: air compressors

I have a VIAIR 400P. 12-volt. Cost about $300, but worth it. Rated to 120 psi. I inflate my trailer tires to 105 psi. Just took a couple of them from 100psi to 105 in less than a minute.
CarnationSailor 08/23/22 09:28am Travel Trailers
RE: Proper outside storage

You don't need to do anything other than provide ventilation. Our 5th was stored on grass in the damp Seattle area for many years with no problem.
CarnationSailor 07/30/22 08:56am Travel Trailers
RE: Easy startup for A.C.

Good ole ELI. Met him in 1967 in Navy electronics school.
CarnationSailor 07/22/22 07:08am Tech Issues
RE: Favorite Places to Spend the Summer

To clarify, I am not just looking for cities or general areas, but for great RV resorts with reasonably priced golf nearby and moderate summer temps. So if you have a favorite resort that might be what I am looking for, please respond.
CarnationSailor 06/05/22 03:24pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
Favorite Places to Spend the Summer

I'm looking for cool places in the West to escape the sizzling Palm Springs, CA summer weather from mid-May to mid-October. We've spent these 5 months traveling around before, but are now thinking we would like to find 3 or 4 stops where we could spend 1 to 2 months each. Requirements are RV resorts between 6000 and 8000 feet, with good amenities and activities, and reasonably priced golf (under $60 with cart) nearby. For example, Show Low, AZ at 6300 feet, fits our needs with it's Venture In RV resort, Silver Creek Golf Club, and Bison Golf Club. So do any of you out there stay at other places (in the West) that are similar? Thanks
CarnationSailor 06/04/22 03:41pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Demco Auto-Slide 5th wheel Hitch

I only have 2 photos that show the locking plate - one from the side and one from the bottom. The one from the bottom was taken when I had started, but not finished, drilling the mounting hole in the bottom of the pin box. I put the drill in the existing hole in the locking plate and used it as a guide to drill through the pin box. Note: Clamp the locking plate firmly against the pin before drilling. I had difficulty getting it clamped tightly which resulted in about a 1/16" gap between the plate and the pin when the plate is bolted in place. This allows some wiggle when making turns, and over time tends to loosen my mounting bolt. Because of this, I check the torque (85 ft-lbs) every 750 to 1000 miles. Yes, I recommend this plate. Furthermore, to my knowledge, there is no other option if you want to use your Demco with your Trail Air. I can't find an easy way to add photos to this text. All of the suggested ones are out of business, charge a fee, or trigger warnings from my antivirus software. So, send me a private message with your email address and I'll send you the photos. Or maybe someone can suggest a less painful way to upload photos.
CarnationSailor 03/30/22 10:13am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Demco Auto-Slide 5th wheel Hitch

I have a 18k Demco auto-slide 5th wheel hitch and a Trail-Air Tri-Glide King pin. I have been told I need a locking plate (Demco 6095) to properly lock King Pin into Auto-slide hitch. Is there anyone that has this system and issue. Is there a video out there to install the locking plate. They told me I would not need to use the catch plates after the locking plate has been mounted. Any info and video's would be greatful. I am assuming because they can sell this part it is safe, legal etc. I have an 18k Demco auto-slide 5th wheel hitch and a Trail-Air Tri-Glide Air-Ride king pin. Installation instructions came with the locking plate, and it is best to firmly clamp the plate in place when drilling the hole in the king pin to attach the locking plate. The only difficult part was having to drill overhead. If I had it to do again, I would have someone else install it. Regarding the catch plates, they are not needed with the locking plate. In fact, I had to take mine off because they interferred with the grease ports on the side of my king pin. (I suspect your model does not have grease ports.) I believe it to be safe, legal, etc.
CarnationSailor 03/29/22 08:40am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Whaddaya gonna do?

I don't even look at the price. If I want to go I got to buy fuel and I am rolling out in 2 days. I worked hard to have enough to play now and I intend to play. Every thing I have is paid for, everything! X2
CarnationSailor 03/09/22 08:27am RV Lifestyle
RE: cold temps and water heater?

Any predicted temp at or below 35 and I drain it unless, of course, I am using it.
CarnationSailor 02/24/22 08:02am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Pilot GoodSam RV Plus Card Issues

While travelling from April thru October last year, I found that diesel at Pilot/Flying J with the Good Sam discount was always higher than any other truck stop on the interstates. Given my experience, I wonder why RV'ers are still buying there?
CarnationSailor 02/12/22 07:42am Good Sam Club
RE: Bedding in overhead beds in T/C

RV Superbag
CarnationSailor 01/31/22 08:05am Truck Campers
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