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RE: Roof tear along edge ...

Seems like anymore people will catch you at a vulnerable position unable to fix things yourself and just throw a ridiculous price on it to see if you will take the bait. If the repairman has other work lined up he will put a high price on you to see if you bite. If you do he will put other work on hold and go do the ridiculous priced job. Go find someone with less workload and get an estimate. Get on youtube and see how others have fixed problems like this.
Likes to tow 10/01/22 06:05pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Observation--newer trucks tow fivers a bit nose high

I've always had 2 wheel drive trucks and never thought much about bed height. When preparing to order my 2022 Ford F250 I was thinking about getting 4WD due to pulling the boat out of the back yard sometimes on wet grass or soft soil. When looking at the new 4 WD trucks I could not believe the height of the bed!! Why do they put all those iron spacers between the rear springs and axle?? I ask a mechanic friend about removing them to lower the bed and he said it could be done. Rather than have to spend all that money on a new truck and then being forced to modify it I just ordered another 2 WD. It was only slightly taller than my 2005 Ram 2500 2 WD. I never realized how much bigger the whole truck was until I put it in my garage! The truck seems wider, taller bigger hood and the seats set lower in the cab. I'm only 5' 7" and with the seat as high as it can go I can just barely feel like I have a good view of the road. When I hook up the 5th wheel however it sits at the proper height and is not nose high. So if you can do without 4 WD just get a 2 WD and save several inches in height. I did get the locking differential though and have not had any trouble in my back yard getting the boat.
Likes to tow 09/09/22 01:06pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: B&W fail or Operator Error?

B&W hitches are very good but if you don't get the handle all the way back and pin it correctly this can happen. Also if you get the kingpin over the jaws this can happen. A pull test should have caught this. Now I'm worried about my B&W pulling a trick like this!!
Likes to tow 08/26/22 02:40pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5th wheel & Half-ton TV Thoughts

I was talking to a neighbor last week while he was showing me his new Chevrolet 1500 4X4 Crew Cab. While he was talking I opened the door and looked at the payload label in the door jamb. Max combined passengers and cargo was only 874 pounds!!!! In other words if you took 4 or 5 heavy adults with you there would be no capacity for ANYTHING ELSE!! I was totally shocked at how little it could carry. To make him feel better I remarked that it probably had a good soft ride. But essentially worthless as a "truck" I thought to myself.
Likes to tow 08/02/22 01:46pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Where is the photos

I agree that there is good advice on forums and have had help from many folks over the years. However, when the questions start to run at the edge of absurd it makes reading them tedious. Example: Everything runs great in my 2001 Casita but when I stop at rest stops my A/C and outlets are not working. What is wrong with this camper? Does it need to go back to the dealer for repairs? There are certain levels of non-intelligence that just make my head want to explode. Their voter registration card should be pulled!!
Likes to tow 07/29/22 10:35am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Where is the photos

I would bet that a lot of RV owners don't visit any forums at all. They should!! This is how I found the massive problem with grease on brake shoes caused by Lipert using the wrong grease. It ruined the brake shoes and there was a massive replacement program for those who had recently bought new trailers. Grand Design sent me complete brake clusters for all 4 wheels. This was not a "recall" and thus I would not have known about it had I not been on this and other RV forums. Also back in 2005 I was all set to order a new F250 6.0 diesel tow vehicle. This would have been my first leap into diesel so I was very green and uninformed. Luckily the forums were ablaze with bad reviews of the massive 6.0 diesel problem Ford was having. It changed my thinking and I ordered a Ram Cummins 5.9 even though I had always considered myself a Ford man. The Cummins ran 12 years and 130K trouble free miles. You can get bad reviews or information from forums but I have found them to be very helpful and informative on critical issues!!
Likes to tow 07/29/22 07:52am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Where is the photos

Most of the younger folks are going to Face Book, or Instagram. Ken Agree!! I find myself laughed at for continuing to use Email and Forums.
Likes to tow 07/29/22 03:17am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Purchasing advice?

On June 1st reservations for June 1st 2023 season opened up and I forgot to go online to secure my favorite WV park campsites. On June 2nd I remembered to do it and was shocked to find almost all the "good sites" were already booked!!! So in just 24 hours everyone made plans for 2023 June and things got scarce quickly. People are still camping but not going as far. We have canceled our trip to Colorado this year due to fuel prices and availability of fuel. Things are really spooky right now and it's very unclear how things will shake out in November. I'd be very cautious of making a major purchase on any type of RV. All we can see on TV are EV (electric vehicle) ads. Ford is even making a major plunge on electrifying their most popular vehicle, the F150. Significant major adjustments are coming to America and things never seen before are happening right in front of our eyes. The ability to pull a big 5th wheel with an EV is doubtful. RV's may get really small in the future. Those little Tear Drop trailers may be the wave of the future. Unless you are loaded with cash, be cautious!! Don't get stuck with a dinosaur you can't use. It does feel like we're late to the party. I could have retired earlier, but I just wasn't ready. Now we'll have a different kind of uncertainty to deal with, but I think it will work out. Another observation I have witnessed in recent years. Smaller RV trailers are much easier to tow and thus more people have a vehicle to do so. When selling them you get more interest and quicker response. I would highly recommend you start out with a late model used trailer until you have tested the waters and determine if this is for you.
Likes to tow 06/04/22 06:05am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Purchasing advice?

Just made a trip up through WV and had no trouble getting camp sites at New River, Morgantown, Winchester VA, and near Cass. I was in Fl in Jan and Myrtle Beach in March and had no trouble finding camp sites. Most of the time we called a couple of days in advance. Thinking about making a run up to Cleveland to Rock&Roll hall of fame soon. I don't use Sate parks etc only commercial spots. Private campgrounds are a totally different perspective. The pristine great camping spots in state and national forests are booked all summer. Jan thru April camping anywhere is usually not a problem.
Likes to tow 06/03/22 08:25am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Purchasing advice?

Just made a trip up through WV and had no trouble getting camp sites at New River, Morgantown, Winchester VA, and near Cass. I was in Fl in Jan and Myrtle Beach in March and had no trouble finding camp sites. Most of the time we called a couple of days in advance. Thinking about making a run up to Cleveland to Rock&Roll hall of fame soon. I don't use Sate parks etc only commercial spots. Camping availability tightens up in Summer. May is usually better. Try going back to the sites you stayed at and see if they have any available on weekends during the summer.
Likes to tow 06/03/22 08:23am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Purchasing advice?

On June 1st reservations for June 1st 2023 season opened up and I forgot to go online to secure my favorite WV park campsites. On June 2nd I remembered to do it and was shocked to find almost all the "good sites" were already booked!!! So in just 24 hours everyone made plans for 2023 June and things got scarce quickly. People are still camping but not going as far. We have canceled our trip to Colorado this year due to fuel prices and availability of fuel. Things are really spooky right now and it's very unclear how things will shake out in November. I'd be very cautious of making a major purchase on any type of RV. All we can see on TV are EV (electric vehicle) ads. Ford is even making a major plunge on electrifying their most popular vehicle, the F150. Significant major adjustments are coming to America and things never seen before are happening right in front of our eyes. The ability to pull a big 5th wheel with an EV is doubtful. RV's may get really small in the future. Those little Tear Drop trailers may be the wave of the future. Unless you are loaded with cash, be cautious!! Don't get stuck with a dinosaur you can't use.
Likes to tow 06/03/22 06:16am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 2021 rockwood fifth wheel creaking

Ultra light? Sounds like to me the frame is flexing excessively! Better keep an eye on sealing all the exterior parts. You can get water intrusion very easily around mouldings and windows.
Likes to tow 06/03/22 05:46am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Purchasing advice?

I've seen a lot of RV's for sale lately so don't rule out picking up a used one. Lots of people swarmed into the market in 2020 because of the pandemic only to discover it's not for everyone. Now there is a significant shortage of campsites in many areas. Dealers were shouting "make every weekend a vacation" but in reality there are very few sites available. I've done this for many years and now find myself making reservations a year in advance!! The days of hooking up and heading to the lake or mountains on a whim are over. It takes significant planning in advance now days. This makes camping difficult. Fuel costs are also going to change things significantly. The old standard of 30% off MSRP is temporarily over and all those who rushed into the market two years ago are upside down on their RV. They may owe much more than it's worth in a degrading market. So shop around and look for a good deal on a used one. I'd be very cautious about overpaying for an RV right now. Interesting article https://ezinearticles.com/?My-Top-5-Predictions-For-the-Future-of-the-RV-Industry&id=1961301
Likes to tow 05/29/22 04:50am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Not one but two blowouts

Many reputable RV manufacturers are putting the Goodyear ENDURANCE on as standard equipment now. I switched to them two years ago and have made two long trips out West with no tire issues! Yes get rid of the China Bombs!! I have been running a set of GY ENDURANCE dated 2517 15" in "D" load range on my boat trailer since 2017 with at least 20k with ZERO issues. OH yea they have plenty of tread left. I run them at 50psi same as what the OE "C" tires are at MAX psi. Perfectly even tread wear. I run them most every day in the summer at 70mph. They run nice and cool also. Scrubbing??? Yea they get their share every day parking and leaving home plus at the boat launch in and out of salt water. They also set without rolling for 6 months every winter. PLUS THEY ARE MADE IN THE USA........HOW GOOD CAN IT GET
Likes to tow 05/26/22 01:00pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Not one but two blowouts

Many reputable RV manufacturers are putting the Goodyear ENDURANCE on as standard equipment now. I switched to them two years ago and have made two long trips out West with no tire issues! Yes get rid of the China Bombs!!
Likes to tow 05/25/22 01:42pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: What's the truth about the trucking situation?

Electronic log books have existed for a while. I doubt this is causing the sudden surge at rest areas. I don't think there is any doubt that trucks make the highways unsafe because these guys are paid by the mile, not by the hour!! The only way for them to make money in most cases is drive a lot of miles. You can make more money at 70 mph than 55 mph.
Likes to tow 04/08/22 07:26am Around the Campfire
RE: What's the truth about the trucking situation?

I remember last summer while traveling through the Carolinas we saw lumber piled high in fields. The word circulated at the time was there was a lumber shortage and prices went through the roof. I know a few people trying to build a new home and the cost overrun and shortage created significant problems for them. Yet I could see stacks of lumber in the south.
Likes to tow 04/08/22 07:21am Around the Campfire
What's the truth about the trucking situation?

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Likes to tow 04/08/22 07:04am Fifth-Wheels
What's the truth about the trucking situation?

Just wondering if anyone else has noticed the number of commercial trucks on Interstates? We just came back from a trip into North Carolina and I never recall seeing more trucks on the highway. Is the truck driver shortage over now? If there is truly a shortage of truckers then when the situation is resolved there will be no room on the highways for anyone else!! Just sayin... (Moved to ATC from 5th Wheel forum)
Likes to tow 04/08/22 07:04am Around the Campfire
RE: Impact of fuel prices on travel

Great advice from this post.... "I may drive 55mph instead of 65mph but thats about it." Back in the '73 oil embargo when gas shot all the way up to $1.00 per gallon slower speeds were mandated by the government. The speed limit was 50 mph for several months. Our company which operated a fleet of Chevy station wagons noticed a significant decrease in the number of gallons used each month!! Everyone had to get used to driving slower and at first it seemed like it took forever to get anywhere but soon we all adapted. There were fewer traffic fatalities also in the nation. In today's world the vast majority of drivers insist on driving 10 mph over the posted limit. Interstates with a 75 limit will have most traffic at 85, some even more. You put yourself in danger if you travel much below the posted limit however. People are so impatient and rude on our nations highways. We could all help offset the additional expense of fuel by just driving slower!!! I had a personal experience a few years ago with my F250 with the 7.5 (460) gas engine. This truck consistently got 10 mpg. One morning I had to make a run down the Interstate to a town 90 miles away. Just before getting on the highway I topped the gas tank and reset the trip odometer counter, (just a habit) and after getting on the Interstate I encountered heavy fog. I could only drive 40 or 45 mph safely for almost the entire 90 miles. After exiting the Interstate at my destination I noticed the fuel gauge had not moved much. My first thought was it had malfunctioned. Then I realized that my slow driving had probably contributed. Just out of curiosity I topped the tank again at the exit ramp and did a hand calculation. It was almost 15 MPG!!!! I was shocked. A few years later we were on the Outer Banks of North Carolina where the speed limit is 45. Even though I had my slide in truck camper on the truck my mpg was significantly better for those three days we cruised the area. Slow down and save some money!!
Likes to tow 04/02/22 09:51am Fifth-Wheels
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