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RE: Any Advice on buying a used 2012 Silverback 33REA?

Heed the advice you have been given. This is not a borderline call. The slide damage is a deal breaker. Visible water damage is a deal breaker!
Lantley 08/19/19 09:24pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Level on sloped campsites. How? Unique to 5er's

Dutchmen I think we think a lot on a lot of things. I also carry a jug of DEF. I almost started to carry my jack stands in the fiver at all times as well. One of my leveling jacks failed which forced me to go out and buy 12 ton jacks to make the repair. (This is how I knew you could use a set in your situation). Fortunately the jack failed in my driveway vs. on the road. I reluctantly store my jack stands at home in the shed vs. in the 5'er...LOL But for better or worse I have a whole lot of just in case stuff loaded in my fiver
Lantley 08/19/19 10:10am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Level on sloped campsites. How? Unique to 5er's

Good Job Dutchmen. Those jack are a little heavier than I prefer but what I really like about them is they are very stable. The jacks support the 5'er with ease allowing you to feel confident nothing is going to teeter and fall. Looks like the 12 ton jack stand will resolve your issue,especially if you have a good storage spot for the jacks. I'm a little confused as to why the jacks now extend 26" vs.13.5" at the CG? That extra 13" is significant and may have resolved your problem at the CG. Were the rear jacks deployed at the time? If the rear jack were extended, they may have kept the front jacks from extending any further? The 5'er front and rear jacks may have been fighting each other, especially if rear jacks were grounded just a thought? Anyway those 12 tons jacks should work problem solved!
Lantley 08/19/19 06:14am Fifth-Wheels
RE: My 350/3500 is just too big to fit between the lines!

Rarely see that with an SRW. But not unusual for DRWs in tight parking lots. TRue to a point but some parking spots are to short as well as too narrow. I get it that most spots were not designed for my dually's width, but some cannot accommodate the length either. Often I will occupy two spot due to length.
Lantley 08/18/19 07:21pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Camping on my lot against zoning law

In general your OK as long as there are no complaints. Zoning inspectors generally don't patrol for issues but they do respond and enforce when alerted to an issue. If there is a complaint and you are in violation, enforcement could happen quickly. There may not be much of a grace period. I understand you wanting to remain under the radar, but unless you get factual info from your local zoning dept. you are relying on hearsay.
Lantley 08/18/19 06:48pm General RVing Issues
RE: Hershey Pa rv show

My take on RV shows is, you seen one, you've seen them all. That's sort of true of most local shows. Hershey is not your typical show. It's obvious from your post you have not been to the Hershey show.
Lantley 08/18/19 02:29pm General RVing Issues
RE: Hershey Pa rv show

It is not your typical show. It is much larger than any show on the east coast except for maybe the Tampa show. If you are a serious buyer it's your best opportunity to see lots of floorplans from lots of manufactures all in one place. It is not your typical regional/local show put on by local dealers. It is a huge show with tons to see. Without a doubt it is worth your trouble if you are considering buying
Lantley 08/18/19 11:51am General RVing Issues
RE: Help a Newbie, question about gas vs. diesel

While the cost does matter to many, when buying a new truck...need and type of most use of truck is what really matters. IMO, gas is fine for many of us towing under 12K. Just for the record...who is richer/poorer...the man that has/does little, but has a million dollars in the bank, or the man that owes a million, but has everything/does everything he enjoys??? Jerry Im most cases the guy with money in the bank is doing much more living than the guy in debt up to his eyeballs. I also think some of the happiest people I know have neither money nor debt. We are trying to mix unrelated issues. We know money doesn't buy happiness...Right! There are people with money that live a lot and do a lot. There are people in debt that live a lot and do a lot. They maybe in debt because they do too much..lol on the other hand they are those with fat wallets that don't live much... again their wallets maybe full because they don't live enough. Either way we are making assumptions on things that are not necessarily related.
Lantley 08/17/19 09:03pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Jay Leno predicts demise of vehicles running on gas.

fj12ryder wrote:Yes, these issues can all be addressed but in the meantime they are real reasons not to buy an EV. And of course the cost for many of these EV's puts them out of reach for many people. What works for you may not necessarily work for everyone. I agree EV is not for everyone. But before EV can work for anyone. The user must desire to have an EV if you don't desire an EV it will never work for you. If you are a dedicated to EV you will conquer the obstacles and find a way to make EV work for you. In a way EV ownership is similar to RV ownership. Many store their RV's off site. They load and unload at the storage and go through a lot of challenges to have an RV. Fortunately I am able to keep my RV at home. I doubt I would own ab RV if I had to use storage, but I understand many meet the challenges of off site storage and manage to enjoy RV'ing much in the way some with only street parking find a way to own a EV. It all starts with having the will and desire to own an EV. Where there is a will there's a way. For the record RV'ing is not for everyone either
Lantley 08/17/19 03:25pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Level on sloped campsites. How? Unique to 5er's

For the record Dutch they do have a smaller size jack stand that could possibly work. It's a little cheaper, smaller and lighter which would make it easier to transport I preferred the larger 12 ton model because they are more stable and can carry the load of your 5'er effortlessly. The added stability trumped all other factors for me. The 12 ton model is a bit heavier but not too bad. The extra weight translates into stability. Hope they resolve your issue
Lantley 08/17/19 01:22pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Jay Leno predicts demise of vehicles running on gas.

An EV makes sense for many households. "According to ABC News, the average American drives 16 miles to work each way, with a daily commute totaling nearly an hour round trip." How Far Do Americans Drive to Work on Average? This^^^^ Is the real driving force behind EV. Most of us live close enough to work that an and an EV can get the job done. NO an EV is not for everyone in every location but most of us fall within the 16 mile range which make us an EV candidate. Lack of infrastructure can and will be overcome and is not the determining factor. Think of an EV more as a souped up golf cart capable of reaching highway speeds with basic amenities. Most of us could use such a vehicle if we changed our mindset. Most of us including myself do not think we are EV compatible, but an EV could easily replace 3 out of my households 5 cars. There is a place in most households in most parts of the country for an EV.
Lantley 08/17/19 12:57pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Level on sloped campsites. How? Unique to 5er's

I imagine the jack stands will resolve his issue. I will have to pay more attention to the newer 5'ers. Do all of the new 5'ers have there front jacks that low to the ground? I think that is a questionable design. The issue is not unique to 5'ers or at least not unique to older models. Dutch's Montana is basically brand new . I don't know if the issue is unique to his model only or if it's a Montana thing? Either way it's an issue to beware of and could be a deal breaker if I were buying a new unit? Maybe there is a reason or benefit to the jacks extending so low beneath his rig? Whatever the reason leveling on sloping slights has become a problematic unintended consequence of the low hanging front jacks.
Lantley 08/17/19 12:31pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Those with auto leveling systems

topjimmy Wrote: have had my wheels off the ground MANY times and the jacks can handle it no problem just a little more wobble inside that's all I agree with everything you said. However I'm concerned that that wobble could potentially tweek one of the jacks. I am probably worrying about nothing but as a precaution I place boards beneath the wheels to take the weight off of the jacks.
Lantley 08/17/19 12:13pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Help a Newbie, question about gas vs. diesel

There are people who find it kind of tough to put much money into savings without a little financial self discipline. Doing without the new diesel in favor of a gasser would not equate to living like a pauper. We all have our own unique budgets. My point is buy the truck you like/want. Don't buy the gasser simply because it's cheaper and you can save some money if it's not really the truck you want. Don't settle for a gasser just simply to pad your already full savings account if the diesel is the truck you truly want. "It's OK to live a little" I believe sometimes some of us are frugal for frugal sake. I'm not suggesting one spend money frivolously. But I am saying you don't have to feel you are wasting money if you choose a diesel vs.gas. The gasser will always be cheaper and for the most part get the job done, but that does not mean taking the gasser savings is always the best decision. Of course this assumes you can afford to buy a truck.
Lantley 08/17/19 11:06am Tow Vehicles
RE: Level on sloped campsites. How? Unique to 5er's

Dutch you need a set of these Harbor freight 12 ton jacks https://shop.harborfreight.com/media/catalog/product/cache/1/image/9df78eab33525d08d6e5fb8d27136e95/3/4/34924_I.jpg width=380 These will support the weight of the trailer while you place your blocking and extend the legs. I used these jack to support my trailer when one of mt jack legs failed. They are very stable. If you are running into this issue frequently, they are a good tool to have in your arsenal. They will be more stable and more convenient vs. carrying a lumber yard of blocks.
Lantley 08/17/19 10:00am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Level on sloped campsites. How? Unique to 5er's

I see no reason that you would put the power supply on that side.That just goes to show they didn't have a clue about building campsites. If you were paying attention you would realize that Dutch's rig has doors on both sides of the RV! Therefore the pedestal is configured properly, it's the additional door that creates the illusion that something is weird
Lantley 08/17/19 09:49am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Jay Leno predicts demise of vehicles running on gas.

Just sayin. Businesses will adapt or die. Just sayin. (I love those words). You can wish, hope, and write paragraphs until you're blue in the face about business economics. In the late 80s and 90s RVs started growing in size with more powered amenities, and more and more 50 amp services. Most campgrounds have yet to adapt to that right up until today. They did not die. State and Fed facilities may put in a charging station or two somwhere, but the day of charging your Tesla semi based class A while running 3 15K AC's, the convection oven, and the dryer right at the campsite, is a long way off at most places. You might find an upscale parkinglotesque resort in some select area that will accommodate it, but in the real world where the common folk live good luck. While I agree many CG's have not added 50 amp services. Any CG that has remodeled since that era have added 50 amp sites. There are now a few state and federal parks with 50 amp sites. I am also certain there are many more 50 amp sites available now than in the early 90's. The same scenario exist in houses as well once upon a time 100 amp service was adequate in a house. However as A/C became mainstream and and power consumption started to grow 200 amp service became the new standard. The grid and existing homes were retrofitted to provide additional power. Again I agree business will adapt to meet the needs of the times or they will cease to exist Many,many CG's have adapted and offer at least a few 50 amp sites to meet the needs of their clientele. Yes there are CG's without 50 amp service that are fine. For the most part they are the only game in town However most private CG's in that I frequent offer at least some 50 amp service. The CG that I frequent that do not have 50 amp service are all state parks. I imagine EV infrastructure will spread in the same manner as 50 amp sites. A proactive condo, apartment or CG will not install 100 new outlets at once.But they may add 2-3,or 5-10 outlets to meet demand. As demand increases they will add more outlets accordingly. Business must/will adapt to meet demand.
Lantley 08/17/19 09:37am Tow Vehicles
RE: Level on sloped campsites. How? Unique to 5er's

While I believe I understand your dilemma. The site you show does not appear to be that extreme. I expected worse. You have a relatively short block of wood of wood on the ground to start with. Get a few 6x6 blocks and put them down to start with. Stack the 6x6 blocks as necessary. You can also use Lego blocks to gain height instead of the 6x6 blocks if you prefer. Extend the inner leg of your front jacks. It appears they are not extended very far in the photo? One point I think I'm missing that is not shown in the photos is how much clearance do you have between jacks and ground before you start unhitching? I'm thinking that may be the root of the problem that is not evident in the photos.
Lantley 08/17/19 09:01am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Those with auto leveling systems

I don't feel the need to use boards most times. However If I can see the ground sloping I may place a few boards down before I start. If I fail to notice an out of level site, the leveling system will raise the tires off the ground. When that happens I go back and wedge a few boards under the suspended tires to support the weight of the trailer. While I agree It may not be a problem. I do not feel comfortable with the RV being in the air supported only by the leveling jacks. I prefer the weight to be supported by the wheels. I don't think the "how far off tolerance is determined solely by the leveling system. The suspension system is also a factor. How much play/travel do you have in your suspension before the wheels begin to lift? Leveling systems are relatively all the same but suspension travel can be very different. Ultimately the suspension travel will impact the "how far off" equation.
Lantley 08/17/19 08:13am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Help a Newbie, question about gas vs. diesel

Dan, At the end of the day, figure $.50-.75 per mile or more in actual costs of a vehicle. Cost of vehicle, insurance, fuel, tires, maintenance etc. If you can write it off, great, if not, buy what pleases you, you're spending hard earned funds for fun! Marty I figure the cost to own and drive a new diesel vs an old gas powered truck is about $3k per year. (Based on 20k miles per year) $3k per year invested in something that earns a 10% return would result in a $172,000 pot of cash at the end of 20 years. That might be a reason enough for some people to make do with an old gas powered truck. Yes but some are more obsessed with saving than living. The $172K in cash won't tow my RV! I have to spend it to for it to be beneficial. An old beater gasser won't reliably tow my RV either. Comparing spending to saving is pointless. Maybe I should live on the street like a homeless person in order to save more for my retirement? I could sell my house and live in a tent? My cost of living would go down and I could have more in the bank What's the point of living like a pulper and having $1 mill in the bank? If you need/want a tow vehicle buy it. Saving/investing money is a totally different subject that has nothing to do with tow vehicles.
Lantley 08/17/19 07:55am Tow Vehicles
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