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RE: Creak when reversing the fifth wheel

Thanks much I will proceed with your suggestion Let us know how this ends up. Might save someone else from dealing with it.
Likes to tow 08/02/23 05:57am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Creak when reversing the fifth wheel

My experience with a creaking noise on my tandem axle boat trailer and 5th wheel leads me to believe your noise is coming from the springs and associated areas. Rust builds up and any movement will cause a creaking sound. I coat all surfaces with PB Blaster, red and tacky grease or fogging oil used for winterizing outboard motors. It always goes away after a few miles of driving. You must have someone stand next to the axles and move the rig back and forth to see if the noise is actually coming from the axles. The way RV's are built today it is very common to have frame cracks or welds cracked. You cannot isolate this noise from the cab of the tow vehicle. Get someone to help
Likes to tow 08/02/23 03:52am Fifth-Wheels
RE: raising ride height

You must be pulling with a 4 wheel drive vehicle? I've heard of flipping the springs of the trailer to the top side of the axle
Likes to tow 08/01/23 12:06pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Worried about upcoming trip to Glacier due to wild fires

I would not delay! We don't know what the late summer or even early fall weather will bring.Webcams I would watch the weather reports for storms to move through which commonly bring rain storms or even snow to area. Are you on the road heading west? West Glacier weather Not on the road currently but our trip starts in 3 weeks. By looking at the web cam sites it looks like smoke is significantly impacting the view. We live in West Virginia where lush green hardwood forest abound. We only have forest fires in the Fall of the year. Traveling West into the Rockies seems to be a gamble on any given day. Wildfires are burning just about every day somewhere impacting the quality of the trip! Several years ago we headed toward Glacier and turned south to avoid fires. Didn't help much! The Grand Tetons were almost completely shrouded in smoke. We just headed back toward WV. I've been planning this trip for months and have reservations and National Park Entry Passes but it's a long way to pull a 5th wheel to be disappointed when I get there.
Likes to tow 07/09/23 11:28am Fifth-Wheels
Worried about upcoming trip to Glacier due to wild fires

What is the current condition in Glacier National Park with smoke from wildfires?? We are considering canceling our plans! I could push it back a month but from what I've seen on the Internet there is no hope the fires will be out until winter?? Smoke can greatly impact any hope of an enjoyable trip to the Rockies. We have been disappointed before and become very concerned before leaving on a 2000 mile trip for nothing
Likes to tow 07/09/23 06:17am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Furrion appliances

It's hard to find quality in anything! Our new fridge in our home only lasted 2 years. LG seems to be having lots of quality issues with everything. Most everything we consume is made is China or with China made parts. Our 2017 Reflection has Furrion components and there have been no problems. Of course it's 6 years old. I cannot speak for Furrion components made lately. After Covid the world changed with everything.
Likes to tow 06/18/23 03:47am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Goodyear Endurance is 5 years too old?

I would not be afraid of these American made tires even at 7 years old. Just keep the tire pressure where it's supposed to be. The last set of tires (not Goodyears) I took off my 5th wheel I kept for use on the boat trailer which is not driven over 40 miles per day when used. They are now 8 years old and still no sign of cracks or any problems. Like everything in today's economy tires are profanely expensive. I believe when possible you need to get all the wear out of things before replacing.
Likes to tow 05/16/23 05:52pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: B&W Companion hitch removal

Just got a new truck with the puck system. Bought a B&W Companion hitch that weighs about 230 pounds. What have those of you that have a similar hitch done to remove the hitch without straining your back. First remove the head from the base. Now release the pucks and lift and slide the base to the edge of the tail gate. Stand on the ground at the tailgate and remove, EZ-PEE-ZEE. The base to my Ford hitch does not look like this one. I can see this would weigh much more and would require a different approach.
Likes to tow 05/11/23 05:54pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: B&W Companion hitch removal

I don't think that my B&W Companion hitch weighs 230 pounds. I remove the head unit and then remove the base. I can do this in about 5 minutes by myself and I'm 70 years old. I'm 75 and do it exactly like this. Although I'm very careful with lifting the base. I keep it at waist level and lift it onto a stand I put beside the tailgate. Bending over to sit it on the floor is going to be an issue.
Likes to tow 05/11/23 04:04am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5th wheel suggestions

Your experience is very similar to mine. I had 4 truck campers in the early years and when I retired the move to a 5th wheel was part of the plan. I'm now on my 3rd 5th wheel. Yes, I'm getting old !! The first two 5th wheels were used. We started with a 24 Low Profile Forest River and soon traded for a mid profile 32 CrossRoads Cruiser. Like all RV's you have to look hard for any sign of leaks around seams and windows. Delamination is a cruel result with no repair possible. You're going to have trouble finding a two bathroom model under the 33 ft range. Rear bunk room models are very nice if you have guests, they can be found easily if you look online. RVtrader.com is a good place to look. Be prepared to drive a few miles to get exactly what you want! Our current and last 5th wheel is a Grand Design Reflection 31' with 3 slides and a rear living area. The kitchen is in the center of the trailer. We soon discoverd years ago this is a good layout for us. Most campsites have a better view out of the back than on each side due to those other folks camped beside you. Our first 5th wheel had a rear kitchen and immediately we discovered that small window over the sink did not allow much of a view. Large windows in the back afford much better possibilities at most campsites. This will be a take away for you with a rear bunk model. This last 5th wheel we bought new and there were issues, all covered by warranty. It seems there is nearly no quality control at factories and they rely on the dealer to correct issues. I fixed many issues myself but it did require 3 trips to the dealer (30 miles away) and a waiting period to get things resolved. This is a good thing about buying used, someone else has gone thru the shake down and all issues should be resolved. Never forget the delamination issues caused by leaks. This you can see and if you do then run away!! The main difference you will notice in moving into a 5th wheel is the fact that trips will now require more planing!!! Not all campgrounds, especially state and national parks can accommodate large RV's due to length and overhead trees. Getting in a out of fuel stops can be challenging because pumps now require you to pull forward toward the building. This is so the attendant can observe activity at the pumps without a blocked view of the first row. However people parking in front of the building does not allow you to swing wide enough to get out. Also beware the back of a large 5th wheel will pivot in a tight turn and some accidents have occurred where the back of the 5th wheel hits a gas pump!! With diesel you can use truck stops which is much better for maneuverability. My plan is to keep this 2017 5th wheel a few more years then move back to a truck camper!! I have never been turned away from a crowded RV park when using a truck camper. They will find somewhere to put you normally! We once parked along side the park office and plugged into the outlet on the building. Big rodeo in Cody Wyoming and there were no more sites anywhere. We were heading home and were only needing an overnite. They made room for my truck camper! So to sum it up, nothing is perfect. You have trade offs you must deal with. Truck camper is a very easy unit to travel in. If you can park the truck then there is no problem. With a large 5th wheel in tow you have to plan ahead and beware of boxing yourself in or finding a parking lot big enough to park sideways over several slots. WalMarts and such will normally have room for you to park way out from the building for a shopping trip, some even allow overnight stays. 5th Wheels are very stable to pull even with some crosswind. Good choice over a bumper pull RV for that reason. Good luck in your hunt
Likes to tow 04/13/23 04:04am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Creak when reversing the fifth wheel

You need someone to stand beside your rig and try moving back and forth to see if you can duplicate the sound. You can't solve it from the cab of the truck. Had problems like this before with my old hitch. It was the mounting bolts in the hitch to the frame of the truck. My new Ford has the puck system and a B&W hitch. There is no noise from the B&W
Likes to tow 03/18/23 08:26am Fifth-Wheels
RE: New Tires

My belief is that since the spare usually but not always is kept out of direct sunlight it should be good enough to continue being a spare for a while. My trailers have all had the spare underneath the frame and on the rare occasion that I needed to use or inspect it I found no cracks or obvious signs of deterioration. Age of the tire figures into the equation because after around 6 years they are not supposed to be used as a permanent tire. As with everything in our world right now tires are very expensive and buying 5 just to put one underneath as a spare is wasteful. But it depends on your financial situation and peace of mind. All of my spares on my RV and both boats are older tires that I have either pulled out of service or they came with the unit when new and I never replaced. I do however once a year check for dry rot and obvious knots or bulges or signs of separation. Keeping the lug nuts checked for proper tightness is more important than keeping new rubber as a spare!!
Likes to tow 02/27/23 10:43am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Bicycles

My Grand Design Reflection came with a 2 inch receiver on the back. I purchased a bike rack and use that on the 5th wheel receiver. Works very well.
Likes to tow 02/16/23 06:36am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Not bad for 11 years and 240,000 miles.

Maybe Likes to Tow should focus on towing? Just sayin Love the old truck and camper pics. Reminds me of the one my dad had with his 72 Ford long bed. I loved that truck. Mike I've had 4 truck campers and my last was a 10' Starcraft we bought new and had it on an F250 with the camper package which included overload springs. I also put air bags on it. Once while coming back from Wyoming I weighed the truck with camper on it and subtracted the weight of the truck. I was shocked at the weight of just the camper with water, propane, batteries and all our stuff. 3980 lbs was just too much for an F250 and that explained all the roll I got when on a crooked road. My camper supposedly weighed 2600 lbs according to the sales literature. I guess that was without the loading jacks. My point is this, when you buy a truck to carry a truck camper be very informed about the road ready weight. If you are carrying close to two tons of tall weight and blow a rear tire things are going to get dicey in a hurry!!
Likes to tow 12/28/22 10:04am Tow Vehicles
RE: Not bad for 11 years and 240,000 miles.

https://i.postimg.cc/bwQm6ZXd/IMG-1108.jpg https://i.postimg.cc/6pNk5Jt2/IMG-1111.jpg Still running the factory brakes. New fuel pump at 180,000. Miscellaneous items and regular maintenance. Doesn't use a drop of oil between oil changes and that's carrying the 4000 lb camper fulltime. It sure has been and still is a great truck. The truck in this picture does not seem capable of carrying a camper of this size, especially 240,000 miles? https://i.imgur.com/6DjAQmbl.jpg
Likes to tow 12/23/22 10:19am Tow Vehicles
RE: No scheduled maintenance on Ford Superduty

It's the same transmission and you are correct there is no scheduled maintenance. That said, I've read that it's recommended you change the transmission fluid around 90k miles. I have a 2020 F350 6.7 and the transmission is starting to concern me. Aside from shifting very hard in 2 and 3 (it's always done that), the other day it shifted out of drive. I started to pull out of my drive and it just disengaged for about 10 seconds, coasted and then only revved until it banged into gear eventually. Thank goodness I hadn't pulled out onto a busy road. I've also had issues in 4WD. I was towing in some sand a few weeks ago and I put it in 4WD. it started to work fine at first and then wouldn't take fuel at all. It just died when I hit the the throttle. Of course I've had these things investigated at the dealer and they can't ever seem to replicate the issue. We are downsizing to a smaller motorhome and frankly I'll be glad to be rid of the truck. It's nice when it's working but I cringe at potential issues on such an expensive truck. I sleep better knowing it's still covered under warranty but I really worry about long term issues with it. Been lots of reported issues with the new transmissions and in most cases Ford doesn't want to step up. This 7.3 gas with the 10 speed pulls my 5th wheel as good as my old 2005 Ram 5.9 Cummins. I did not want a new diesel due to all the changes in recent years due to EPA regulations MPG is almost the same, maybe a mile or two less towing but without the trailer it gets about the same mpg.... Just can't understand why no scheduled maintenance!
Likes to tow 12/22/22 02:09pm Tow Vehicles
No scheduled maintenance on Ford Superduty

I have a 2021 Ford F250 with the 7.3 gas engine and the 10 speed transmission. It was bought new and has 20k on the odometer. Supposedly there is no scheduled maintenance on the transmission! I've always changed transmission fluid in all my previous trucks at 30k miles but the dealer says this will not need it. There is no dipstick! Also......... Is the 10 speed in my F250 7.3 gas the same as the 10 speed used in the F350 thru F550 with the 6.7 diesel engine????
Likes to tow 12/22/22 11:27am Tow Vehicles
RE: Not bad for 11 years and 240,000 miles.

Is that truck rated to carry that camper weight?? Looks like a short bed truck without dully wheels and I doubt it can handle that!!
Likes to tow 12/22/22 11:20am Tow Vehicles
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
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