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RE: They don't make em like they used to.

My trailer is 11 years old. I plan to use it for another ten years and pull it with my currently 15 year old truck. Both units are nicely maintained and are young at heart. If quality continues to degrade, maybe my old gear will start to increase in value.
Durb 05/20/19 08:19pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Andersen Hitch issue

I have an air hitch that requires I raise the front of the trailer around 2 inches for optimal unhook height. I built two 7 1/2" high blocks for under my front landing gear. I keep the outer upper tubes in the middle of their range and the lower adjustable tubes as short as possible. Never had an issue. Also helps with trailer movement and jack longevity.
Durb 05/19/19 01:33pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: CURT Q20 Slop and Noise

I had start/stop clanking with my ISR mounted hitch. I remedied the situation by using Curt 16900 sound deadening pads. Four bucks for a set of four on Amazon. I took out the front pins and pried the hitch up enough to mount the pads. Repeated the process for the rears. Really easy. If you do get the Blue Ox Super Ride, send back a review on the hitch to this forum. I've only read one and it was very positive. I'm surprised the hitch doesn't get more play with all the positive features it has.
Durb 05/16/19 07:51pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Camp site width?

I feel your pain. I also could put my travel trailer wherever I wanted and have issues with the fiver. The biggest challenge is getting your cut line right. If you feel like it is wrong, pull forward and start over. Fifth wheels react slowly and there is seldom much room to correct in a campground. It is a good feeling when you know you have made it on the pad. Small corrections are simple when the truck and trailer are pretty much lined up. If you can back in 90 degrees to a 12 ft. road, you are in good shape.
Durb 05/03/19 06:57pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Ram HD 1000 lb-ft MPG loop

I need to stop watching these videos. That truck looks way too desirable to me! $88k created a sphincter alert.
Durb 04/28/19 08:52am Tow Vehicles
RE: New Duramax owner hitch question

If you are going to use a B&W Companion hitch, get the one that mounts in the pucks, not the bed mount that utilizes the gooseneck ball. B&W states that hitch is not to be used with your type of pin box. Andersen is out for your pin box. My vote is for Trailer Saver BD5. High quality, comfortable tow, gear protection. Fits right in your pucks. Only downsides are weight and wallet assault.
Durb 04/28/19 08:33am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Would you pay a welder to reinforce your 5th?

If you don't already have one, I would consider spending the money you are going to pay a welder and invest in a good air hitch. In my mind, if you reinforce the pin box area, the shock waves are going to move farther down your frame and attack other welds. An air hitch will alleviate the pounding your pin takes by softening the joint. It will take the bouncing energy your truck and trailer develops and convert it into heat, then dissipate it into the atmosphere. Without a soft joint, frame flex gets to dissipate the energy.
Durb 04/27/19 04:16pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Lug Nut Torque

When I was checking on my 8 lug rims with 1/2-20 studs, Dexter warned torque was not to exceed 120 ft-lbs. I keep mine at 105 ft-lbs with aluminum rims. Important, after having your tires changed at a tire shop to go home loosen the lugs one at a time, and re-torque properly. Discount Tire uses torque wrenches and when I'd have them put new tires on, I always checked with them on the setting. 105-110 every time. I'd check at home and they all clicked right at 105-110...every time. :B Lyle I just had Discount tire install Endurance tires on my trailer. I watched him use a torque wrench on the lug nuts, he had very poor technique. Proper way to load a torque wrench is to pull on the grip. Most people that push on the grip, or hammer the torque wrench are severely over-applying torque to the fastener. One major tire company reported to me that they tested their people, some were applying torque at 200 ft-lbs over the setting! The torque wrenches Discount uses are box-beam wrenches with very small break angles. Very difficult to stop at the click when pushing on the handle. How did you check that your lug nuts were accurate? Re- clicking with a torque wrench means they are at least that tight, not an accurate method of testing actual applied torque. There are extremely expensive torque testing wrenches available (made in Japan), but I doubt many have one of those. If you go with the assumption the lug nuts are overtightened at a tire shop, then loosening them one at a time and re-torquing will work, and not create cross-talk.
Durb 04/19/19 02:47pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Lug Nut Torque

When I was checking on my 8 lug rims with 1/2-20 studs, Dexter warned torque was not to exceed 120 ft-lbs. I keep mine at 105 ft-lbs with aluminum rims. Important, after having your tires changed at a tire shop to go home loosen the lugs one at a time, and re-torque properly.
Durb 04/19/19 09:18am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Exhaust Brake Buying...

I like the Pacbrake PRXB because it is the one I have. Haven't driven another brand. Some niggles: The air holding tank bleeds down when parked so the compressor is working at the same time as the grid heater. Not a problem in my mild climate, could be hard on the batteries if really cold. With the Pacbrake on, the torque converter stays locked to lower RPMs and sometimes causes the engine to lug. Downshifts are more abrupt; I mitigate this by using tow haul and throttle position, never happens now. Sometimes, but very seldom, the brake won't actuate. I turn off then on and slight accelerator and it starts working. Pleasant sound lets you know it is working. Deactivates at 24 MPH. I owned the truck without the Pacbrake. I wouldn't tow in the mountains without it. It activates when cold and at idle to help warm the engine.
Durb 04/09/19 05:34pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 6.7 Cummins vs 6.6 Duramax

Without getting too much into the weeds, where this will soon go, there are some basic differences between the layouts. Both V8 and I6 have primary and secondary balance and make fine engines. A couple of the differences are: Cummins - Inline six has 7 main bearings and long stroke crank. Better torque characteristics but slower spin up. Cast iron head and much work can be done while still in the truck. Heavy. Duramax - V8 has 5 main bearings and a shorter stroke crank, quicker to spin. Aluminum heads and more difficult to work on due to V configuration. Both are good formats, It's the bolt-on stuff that makes the difference in terms of reliability. If you are buying used, there were good and bad years with both.
Durb 03/30/19 08:44am Tow Vehicles
RE: Oregon, washington, Idaho then back to CA ideas

Hope you are budgeting a lot of time for your trip. There is a lot of beautiful country up here and it is widely spaced. I like Silver Falls State park for a day. It isn't too far off of I5 out of Salem.
Durb 03/30/19 08:24am Roads and Routes
RE: Vintage RAM.... what to do?

I guess I am lucky to live in a cloud state, rather than a sun state. I have no plastic issues with my 04, and I can tear off 12 hours in the driver's seat, no problem. I also would have no problem hooking up my 10k fifth wheel and drive diagonal across the country for a visit. I purposely avoid the opportunity to drive a new truck, makes me continue to appreciate what I have. Don't know about your state, but up here, the sales tax alone on a truck upgrade would pay for your transmission rebuild. Paying sales tax will not add to your driving enjoyment. The depreciation alone on a new truck will pay for the rest of your upgrades. No doubt the new trucks are more capable. Simplicity has its merits. Changed my oil and fuel filter earlier this week. Less than sixty bucks for everything. Your dash may be cracking, but you don't have a CEL staring at you all the time. I'm sticking with my truck, it does the job.
Durb 03/23/19 11:21am Tow Vehicles
RE: Pin Weight

I heard a number once that 60% of the weight you put in the basement will go to the pin as a general rule. If you have a rear kitchen or toy hauler, that might tend to lighten the pin. Location of the water heater and tanks also factor in. I have a Dually so I don't worry about it. If you are on the ragged edge regarding your weights, then it is best to have it weighed.
Durb 03/19/19 02:22pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Zipper Replacement Adco Cover

Abnormal winds this year took care of my Adco cover. It is now in three pieces awaiting the garbage man. Plenty of good zippers on it if you want. PM me if you are interested. Garbage day is Wednesday.
Durb 03/18/19 10:46pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Airbag assist rear suspension??

I installed Firestones on my 04 with manual inflate/deflate, took less than an hour. They do what they were designed to do. Auto inflate would be a nice convenience. Keeping the bags at minimum air is an inconvenience. I installed mine with separate air chucks, I'm considering teeing the lines together to balance the pressure and provide a single fill point. Leaning and unbalanced loads are not issues for me.
Durb 03/14/19 09:30am Fifth-Wheels
RE: So what is your take on diesel fuel prices after 2020?

The thread is titled diesel prices after 2020. I believe the election will have more bearing on fuel prices than sulphur content. One party wants to eliminate fossil fuel production altogether, the other wants to expand it. Supply will dictate the price.
Durb 03/09/19 10:17am Tow Vehicles
RE: Extended Warranty Question

Wow. Based on your accumulated miles, that cost is equivalent to paying over a dollar per mile for a warranty. That's like paying fifteen bucks a gallon for diesel, with the downside of not being able to drive anywhere with it. At 74k, that engine is starting to hit its stride. I would consider a severe maintenance schedule, using the finest fluids and filters including a quality fuel lubricant. I would take the gamble and forget the warranty. It's like betting that you might get hosed versus knowing you are getting hosed.
Durb 03/08/19 09:57am Tow Vehicles
RE: Backing a 5th wheel up a Steep Driveway

Consider an air hitch, mine has around 4 inches of vertical adjustment from full inflate to total deflate. You can then use air to raise and lower the rear of the trailer as needed. 4 inches of drop on the pin is going to be pretty close to 4 inches of rise of the rear. Best part, you get to enjoy the hitch the rest of the time when towing.
Durb 03/07/19 01:59pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Bio-diesel / Is it a good or bad thing for the engine ?

My state (Washington), and probably Oregon also, mandates a minimum of 2% biodiesel. They can add up to 5% of bio and still call it #2 diesel. No getting away from it.
Durb 02/27/19 08:45am Tow Vehicles
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