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RE: Hauling bicycles

We bought a Formosa cover for about $60 at Walmart or Amazon I think. Been very happy with it covering our ebikes for 2yrs and 20k+ miles.
MNRon 06/14/21 07:59am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Hybrid inverter

As mentioned, I have the same Magnum hybrid inverter. To your question, yes, it is automatic. Your unit will provide additional amperage from your batteries to the load if your generator is insufficient AND you have the inverter “on.”
MNRon 06/13/21 10:16am Tech Issues
RE: Hybrid inverter

I also have the Magnum 3000W Hybrid inverter. You need to limit the input current from your generator (AC Input Amps), recommend you start with 15A with your generator, if at high altitudes or if the generator still trips adjust down further. This will allow coach to draw 15A from generator, if AC needs more the inverter will provide (assuming you have switch on); if AC is not requiring that much the excess will go towards charging batteries).
MNRon 06/12/21 05:28pm Tech Issues
RE: Bedroom Slide Issue

Sounds like it might be a Schwintek slide. If so, ours has instructions for resetting on a control box in the basement. Hopefully it’s that simple.
MNRon 06/05/21 07:48am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Carefree Slide Topper Spring

OK, I’m happy but a little embarrassed for not figuring it out sooner. Turns out the front facing edge had rolled up slanted and bunched, thereby making it a foot shorter than the back end. The front was taught, but the back had an extra 8-10” and sagged and flopped. No idea why it rolled this way (maybe rolled up in heavy wind?) but once messed up it continued to roll and unroll like that. All it needed was to fully unroll the topper manually and then reroll while retraining the leading edge. Now all is good :). And I didn’t have to wait 4wks for parts from Carefree (everyone is out).
MNRon 06/03/21 08:45am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Carefree Slide Topper Spring

Back of topper (right side) hangs very loose, and there’s no tension on the roller (can turn clockwise/counterclockwise by hand -partial turn - easily). I can’t imagine what else it could be if not the spring. Any ideas?
MNRon 06/02/21 10:30pm Fifth-Wheels
Carefree Slide Topper Spring

We have a 13ft slide topper that has lost tension. The manual suggests there is a tension spring on the right hand side. Is replacing the spring difficult? We’re in the middle of a 3month trip. There appears to be a small spring on the left side which causes the topper to “follow” the slide (but doesn’t tension it) so that it rolls up when putting the slide in. Not sure if I trust this to continue keeping it from unfurling on the road somewhere during our trip. I’ve called a half dozen RV places but no one seems to stock this spring, and they say it will be a month or so to order from Carefree of Colorado. Does anyone know where I might be able to get a spring? Or have one shipped within a week or so when I know where we’ll be? Thanks
MNRon 06/02/21 08:59pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Need Some help with my battery system

1. Disconnect switches usually leave a few parasitics connected (like LP detector and maybe some other sensors). Neither disconnect, nor physically disconnecting, will solve the self-discharge issue (5-10% per month on FLA) 2. Agree with others that with a residential fridge: 2 FLA batteries should be minimum for campground to campground camping; 4 FLA batteries, preferably GC, is minimum if you want to do an overnight without external power; equivalent of 6 FLA batteries (600AHr) is minimum if you want to dry camp much and have a larger inverter to run other things. We have a residential fridge and I’ve measured it several times: it draws ~160AHr over a 24hr period. That would suck two std Interstage 85AHr batteries dry in a day, and barely make 12hrs between external power without dropping below 50% SOC
MNRon 05/27/21 02:29pm Tech Issues
RE: lippert auto level will not come on?

On VanLeigh Vilanos the typical causes of this are: low batteries, pump resettable fuse tripped, inline 10A control fuse, and loose connections. Good luck
MNRon 05/26/21 06:09pm Tech Issues
RE: King pin lock

Have never had a pin lock. I did wire a hidden kill switch into my hydraulic levelers though. Agree with others that risk of someone taking 5er is very low, even lower when not in storage. With that said, if someone wanted to steal my particular 5er it would be much more difficult to deal with landing gear that couldn’t be raised than it would be to cut off a lock.
MNRon 05/26/21 11:44am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Towing Nose High

250miles, once in a while? Would not be concerned at all unless the nose is so high the back end is dragging :)
MNRon 05/24/21 04:28pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: New Full Body Paint Job

Beautiful!! We considered doing the same with our 2005 HH, NuWa made good 5ers. In our case we elected to buy a Vilano through the old NuWa Kansas RV center (they are wonderful) because of newer bells and whistles. I plan on going your route with our current rig 10yrs down the road…
MNRon 05/07/21 05:12pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: PullRite Super Glide hitch question

Have pulled with a SuperGlide for 6-7yrs and >50k miles and am very happy with it. You will not notice any difference pulling or backing up other than when backing into a tight uphill spot without thinking you'll have a feeling of relief when the 5er doesn't punch out your back window. You do need to be fairly straight hitching and unhitching (within 15deg) but we haven't found that to be an issue, just something to be aware of. More importantly, make sure the pin box rides up onto the hitch a little when hooking up. If the truck doesn't *lift* the 5er a little you run the risk of 'high hitching' where the pin is too high in your hitch and the jaws won't automatically wrap. If this happens you'll know it right away, correcting it can be an issue. I've actually had to pull two pins on the hitch to release the top head to be able to fully unhitch and then do it correctly. Enjoy your new rig and hitch!
MNRon 05/02/21 09:48am Fifth-Wheels
RE: RV parks around Chattanooga and Vicksburg

When you tour around Vickburg I highly recommend staying at Grand Gulf Military State Park. It's about a half hour away from Vickburg and has it's own Civil War history along with some redoubt sites, a small museum, and an interesting cemetery. A few dozen camping sites, the lower 10-20 would be easy access. We happened across this a couple years ago. The staff was wonderful and it's a hidden gem I've kept on our list...almost hate to make it 'not so hidden' by publishing it here :)
MNRon 04/16/21 10:38am Tech Issues
RE: is a surge protector necessary for a basic travel trailer?

My rig is 50 amp. With that said, we often end up at campgrounds that have only 30 amp service. I really hate to think about buying two. Can I adapt up from a 30 amp service to a 50 amp surge protector plugged into my 50 amp power cord? Yes. Plug in your 30-50 adapter to shore, and then your 50A surge protector between that and your rig.
MNRon 04/13/21 06:16am Tech Issues
RE: Inverter Recommendation

I don't have recommendations for you that won't 'break the bank' (I have Magnum and am very happy with it but it's not cheap, Victron is in same league). But want to caution you that you need a battery bank and wiring to support a larger inverter, especially if you plan on running much off of it. A 2000W inverter can draw ~150A from you batteries (or more) which means THICK wires needed and will drain standard batteries in minutes. The inverter may not be the costliest part of your plan...
MNRon 04/13/21 05:52am Tech Issues
RE: is a surge protector necessary for a basic travel trailer?

You pay your price, and you takes your chances. You don't *have to have* a surge protector, but if you travel to many campgrounds you'll soon see that electrical management at campgrounds is very inconsistent and sometimes very poor. With poor wiring, and dozens of campers plugging in and out, voltage management isn't the solid 120V you see in your sticks-n-bricks. In 20+yrs of RVing I've always had at least the cheap $50 surge supressor, can't say if it's ever saved me or not. In the last ~7yrs I've had the more expensive ones that deal with undervoltage conditions (toughest on some appliances like AC), I can say that these have warned and/or locked us out of *several* problems. For ~$100 you can get ones that warn you when you plug in, for ~$300 you get ones that monitor and lock out if voltage goes too low. We travel 4-6months per year, prefering state parks/municipal parks/national parks/COEs, and probably experience low voltage or floating neutral conditions at about 10% of hookups. Not regularly, but not unusually either.
MNRon 04/13/21 05:42am Tech Issues
RE: BAttery replacement.

As others have said, how you care for your batteries has a lot to do with longevity. If you drain them well below 50% SOC, they won't last as long (FLA and AGM). If your charger isn't a 'smart' charger, they won't last as long. If you use regular 'car' batteries, they won't last as long. You can get good FLA from Sam's or Costco for about $1/AHr (6v GC, had on last 5er), I'd expect those to last 5-6yr+ if treated well. For about $3/AHr you can get Lifeline AGMs (no maintenance hassle, have on current 5er); expect those to last 10+yrs if treated well. Li batteries are lighter and can be discharged further without harm but also have some special charging requirements. I don't have experience with these *yet* but price keeps coming down, and is below $10/AHr now.
MNRon 04/13/21 05:28am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Would you do it?

2500 vs 3500 is really just about pin weight, which you already have a handle on. Frankly, for the small upcharge I’d get the 3500, but I digress... The only question that stands out to me is ‘gas’? I pulled a 9000lb TT with a 3/4Yukon, pulled well except on a steep grade out west, but couldn’t pass a gas station for my life; it got 7mpg. Now I pull a 16000lb 5er with a diesel, hills are no problem and 10-11mpg is constant. I’d seriously consider a diesel, it will put a smile on your face when you pull :)
MNRon 03/16/21 08:27pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Anyone pulling a Montana 3120 with a SRW short bed?

We pull a VL 320GK with our Chevy Duramax 3500 short bed. That’s about the same weight and size as your Montana. I use a SuperGlide hitch, and loaded weights are right at the rear axle capacity rating; I wish I had more margin there, but also don’t want a dually. We’ve pulled about 25kmiles over a couple years with this (and another 30+k with a similar previous 5er) and are very happy with it.
MNRon 03/03/21 07:20pm Fifth-Wheels
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