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RE: Bent Kingpin?

My front frame Pinbox Box Tube cracked after hitting a HUMONGOUS Pothole in TX. Disabled Truck Trans and bounced us up to the ceiling! Insurance (minus $1K Deductible) covered the almost 9K$ Fix. Had to remove the front cap and bottom and Welder rebuilt the front "ladder" of steel around the Pinbox with heavier grade Steel Tubing. Took 3 Weeks from start of process, to adjustment to effort to completion... That was just outside of Dallas TX. Good Luck!
Endricken 04/25/20 03:30pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: They're back ! --- Love Bugs

Picked up my Fiver Sep 9 and noticed a few Love Bugs around. Trip to Tampa resulted in hosing off my Truck and Front Cap at each Campground stop (3) and when we got home before putting back into storage had to scrub it down. And even on the nozzle jet setting it wouldn't get them all off... Need to remember not to travel in Sept...
Endricken 09/21/19 08:38pm General RVing Issues
RE: replacing plywood roof

One consideration Make sure you don't add so much thickness replacement AC fastening screws will still work.. When my Rubber roof was replaced very thin Luan plywood was added on the roof to provide a smooth surface for the new Rubber. Roof is much stronger now to walk on but a replacement Coleman AC required clamps to squeeze the gasket enough for the 4 fastening screws to grab. Was NOT a problem for Dometic ACs.
Endricken 09/06/19 02:15pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: RV AC Longevity

Followup: I use a 50amp Surgeguard all the time. It was running when it failed, just "groaning" to a stop so I figured it was "shot" and not worth trying to figure out what was wrong being 6 years old (after losing a lightly used Coleman AC after only 5 years). I will admit to not maintaining the failed Brisk Air recently as well as I should since the Shroud screws stripped from earlier cleanings with AC coil cleaner and inspection/cleaning showed little dirt. However, dumping the Brisk Air off the Roof "removed" the shroud and the Condenser and Squirrel Cage Fan were pretty dusty dirty. On this new one I will be sure to replace any stripped Shroud screws with better ones as needed so I can stay on top of cleaning.
Endricken 09/01/19 08:55pm General RVing Issues
RV AC Longevity

I just replaced my Fourth AC on my 2005 Fiver. Most recent two ACs lasted only 5 and 6 years. Both were installed at the same time. The Coleman Mach Low Profile 13.5K Bedroom AC that wasn't used that often lasted only 5 years. The Dometic Brisk Air 15K Ducted/Main AC lasted 6 years. We do use / live in our RV about 9 months per year (in the Summer or South TX for the Winter which means AC is used a LOT) so for most RVers won't have to replace so often, but I wonder how this might compare to Fulltimers... Also replaced the OEM Suburban Furnace last Fall as the Blower got noisy. New Furnace is much quieter. Glad I can fix most systems on the RV myself...
Endricken 08/31/19 08:12pm General RVing Issues
RE: 2010 5th Wheel with a broken frame at Pin Box

Yup, mobile welder. Assuming you can remove the front cap, etc. yourself... That said since a bad pothole on I-10) was to blame for our front frame/pinbox failure, Insurance covered but we had to go through a body shop in TX that also repaired RVs and they subbed it out to a Mobile RV Repair that removed the front cap and fiberglass around the Pinbox. Mobile Welder built a new pinbox "ladder frame" out of thicker steel and welded it in. We spent 3 weeks just east of Dallas TX to complete that effort. Insurance paid us and we paid the Body Shop. $10K repair cost us about $1800 out of pocket extra due to $1K deductable and my buying my own heavier duty pinbox and Star performance Adapter.
Endricken 08/31/19 08:00pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Sidewinder vs Goosebox vs BD3+1621

Hope you don't have to air up that airbag as often as I had to. Depending on how bad the road was sometimes I had to air it up after every tow. Maybe they changed the design so that it wouldn't "puff out" the air if over 35 lbs (?)
Endricken 07/20/19 04:18pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Sidewinder vs Goosebox vs BD3+1621

Hmm, Are Gooseneck Trailer frame failures anymore common than with standard Fifth Wheel Hitches???? I know personally of at least 2 fellow RVers whose front frames failed with normal Fifth Wheel Hitches, one was the RV Dreamers. Yes its a Lever, but what does it take to MOVE it and cause damage? Obviously, generally speaking the forces don't normally exceed the strength/rigidity of the components or nobody would have / sell /continue to use a Gooseneck adapter. My Front Frame broke after hitting a Horrible pothole, that shutdown the Truck CD player and temporarily disabled the Transmission while using the Goosebox. So the Front frame Pinbox assembly was rebuilt with heaver steel and better welds and I reverted to the Star Performance Glider Gooseneck adapter. No problems since. The GOOSEBOX was a PITA before it failed. Had to re-air the airbag after almost every tow and they want you to grease the adapter EVERY tow. The GOOSEBOX was bent sometime after the failure before the frame collapsed. It was LESS than a year old but REESE WOULD NOT Replace it. Stay away from it.
Endricken 07/11/19 10:43am Fifth-Wheels
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