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RE: For those with a slide topper under an awning

Duh....I get it now. I read it but it didn't sink in what it said.
Lightning55 01/12/20 03:42pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Believe it or not !!!

The bank and the police should be embarrassed and publicly apologize for their bizarre behavior.
Lightning55 01/12/20 11:23am Around the Campfire
RE: Larger 5th wheels in/on state and federal parks

My FW is 37' and there are a lot of state and Nat'l parks that I can't fit in but it's never kept me from going to just about any region that we travel. I've never changed plans because I couldn't find a park or campground that I couldn't fit in.
Lightning55 01/12/20 11:13am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Truck bed plug or just use plug in bumper for 5th wheel

I was told it is a bit poor etiquette to drape your plug over the bed to plug in below the bumper. Sort of “Cousin Eddie” like. I’d say put it in the bed. Cleaner and safer I think since there wouldn’t be a chance to hang it up on a corner of the truck when turning. Etiquette? What's that have to do with it? I think his question is about functionality or maybe safety, not polite or acceptable behavior.
Lightning55 01/12/20 11:09am Fifth-Wheels
RE: For those with a slide topper under an awning

I don't get it....why would you need an topper UNDER a slide out?
Lightning55 01/12/20 11:01am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Truck bed plug or just use plug in bumper for 5th wheel

I installed a plug inside the bed so the cable wasn't dangling outside of the truck. It was cheap and easy to install.
Lightning55 01/12/20 08:21am Fifth-Wheels
RE: It could have went bad!

I'm almost too embarrassed to share this. My FW was brand new and I was in the storage yard trying to back into a narrow space and had the FW in a tight angle to the truck. I apparently had my brake cable hooked up with not enough slack for the tight turn and it unplugged from the trailer. The rig came to an abrupt stop. I quickly jumped out of the truck to see what happened and saw the cable was disconnected. I climbed into the bed and plugged it back in. What I didn't realize was that I didn't put the truck in park when I jumped out - it was still in gear! Next thing I know is the rig is driving itself across the lot with me in the bed. I about broke my neck jumping out the bed and scrambled to the open door to slam on the brakes before it hit a building. OMG was I lucky! I could have hurt myself or got tangled up under the rear wheels of the truck when I flopped out of the bed to the ground. I beat myself up pretty good for being so careless and stupid. The RV god was watching out for me that day. Looking back I should have just unplugged the brake cable and it would have stopped the rig but I was panicked at the time and didn't think of it.
Lightning55 01/12/20 08:16am General RVing Issues
RE: Pin Box again Moryde vs Trailair

I installed a MorRyde pinbox in an attempt to correct my chucking problem. It does nothing to solve this problem but does seem to absorb or dampen the the forward and back jerking motion felt over bumps or dips in the road. The chucking in my rig is definitely better but I'm still not happy with it. Good luck and let us know if you find a remedy.
Lightning55 12/13/19 08:03am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Chucking....is it the trailer or the truck?

I guess it's time to go to the local scales and find out for sure. Is there a special method of weighing? Should the truck and trailer be normally loaded before weighing? Should truck and trailer be weighed separately? How is pin weight determined? Do I weigh the whole rig without the rear trailer axles on the scale for this?
Lightning55 12/02/19 05:03pm Towing
RE: Chucking....is it the trailer or the truck?

I am running the recommended tire pressures according to the sticker in the door jam: 60psi front and 75psi rear cold. LT265/60R20E I have rechecked the torque on hitch bolts and it has not changed since installed.
Lightning55 12/02/19 12:36pm Towing
RE: Chucking....is it the trailer or the truck?

Just keep repeating to yourself - "Wow this tow so much better than a travel trailer" I'll try....but I have to admit that even though this 5th Wheel is a lot nicer rig than my last TT, it doesn't tow nearly as nice as the TT did.
Lightning55 12/02/19 10:48am Towing
RE: Chucking....is it the trailer or the truck?

Chances are the fifth wheel hitch is mounted to far back. Being a short bed, the hitch is most likely mounted above center of axle if not behind center. Move the hitch forward to at least 2" ahead of center of axle, 4" is better yet. Actually I reversed the Andersen hitch mount which moves the mount about 2" to the rear of the axle. I was looking to create more cab clearance on tight turns. It never occurred to me that I might be making the chucking issue worse.
Lightning55 12/02/19 08:28am Towing
RE: Chucking....is it the trailer or the truck?

I'm definitely going to look into the EZ Flex. If it gets rid of even half of the chucking, I'd be happy. Thanks for the input.
Lightning55 12/01/19 10:16pm Towing
RE: Chucking....is it the trailer or the truck?

I have not weighed the truck or trailer. I have added 200-300 lbs to the pin and it made no difference. I've run with full water tank and empty, no difference. I leveled the trailer to like almost perfectly level and it made no difference. I use the Andersen Ultimate hitch. I've never tried it with any other kind of hitch. Based on all of the printed capacities of the truck and trailer I'm under the max limits. Btw, there is no noise associated with this, it's a forward and backward jerking motion which is triggered over bumps or dips in the road. The rubber Moryde pinbox helped a lot but it still jerks around over dips, but the rubber pinbox absorbs a lot of it. I think Second Chance's description is pretty much right on the money. I guess I need to get used to it or get rid of it.
Lightning55 12/01/19 07:33pm Towing
Chucking....is it the trailer or the truck?

I know this has been discussed a thousand times and there are a thousand opinions about it's cause and remedy, but I can't continue to keep changing everything or buying new equipment in hopes of correcting the problem. I have to believe that it has something to do with relationship between the truck and trailer (weight, wheel base, axle-suspension location, or the like). I tow a 37' 5th wheel with a GMC 2500HD Duramax short bed. It was so bad over bumps that I dreaded towing this rig. I finally installed a Moryde pin box and it really did help. It doesn't fix the chucking but dampens it enough to make a difference but I can still feel it and I know it's hard on my equipment. I've changed pin weight, leveled the FW, installed Bilstein shocks and nothing has really changed anything except the rubber pinbox. It is so common with 5th wheels that I'm really surprised that some industry mechanical engineers haven't figured out what's really the cause of this condition. Maybe someone out there has some information that I haven't read about yet?
Lightning55 12/01/19 04:10pm Towing
RE: Thomas Payne Furniture - AVOID IT

Geez, and we wonder why forum participation has fallen off. Give it a few more years and it's going to be just a few crotchety old people left doing nothing but throwing out snarky comments. Give people a break here. Who cares if it's a newby posting, I wouldn't want to come back around either given the tone of some of these threads. We tend to bash people when they have a complaint, bash them when they asked a question thats been asked many times and be told to use the search funtion, etc As I said give them a break. :R Dan AMEN...forums everywhere are loaded with people like this.
Lightning55 12/01/19 03:41pm General RVing Issues
RE: Blackstone Griddle

I use the 17" Blackstone all the time when we take out the 5th wheel. My son however didn't want one for his new trailer. Says it's just one more heavy thing to store and lug around. He bought a cast iron griddle for his Weber Q220 and it does everything the Blackstone does. It's a good alternative.
Lightning55 11/30/19 09:50am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
Uncomfortable Sofa

I have a Jayco Eagle HT 30.5 MBOK that has a 58" sofa in the rear living area that folds down into a bed. This sofa, which looks pretty good is not very comfortable to sit in. I thought about replacing it with a double reclining theater seat but I hate to give up the sleeper feature. If I go online, there are lots of sleeper sofas available but you never know how comfortable it is without actually sitting in it first. Does anyone out there have a sleeper sofa that they really like or suggestions on where to sample different sofas before buying one? Maybe I should go to RV dealers and see if I can find a sofa that I think is comfortable.
Lightning55 11/26/19 10:04am General RVing Issues
RE: Having a SENIOR moment

I also hate the merging car from a freeway on ramp doing 45 mph especially if I'm towing my 5th wheel doing 60mph. I'm tempted to install a freight train air horn on my truck for these idiots.
Lightning55 11/04/19 08:31am General RVing Issues
RE: More campers than parks

Wow, this thread has gone full circle! Thanks for all the input. I'm still a working guy so weekends are my only option. Even trying to book spots 6 months in advance hasn't worked for any of the beach or lake spots. When advance reservations open up for these places they are filled within seconds. Can't click fast enough. I guess we'll start just taking whatever we can find. There's probably spots in the privately owned places we can check out. Just too many people here that have RVs.
Lightning55 11/03/19 12:07pm General RVing Issues
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