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RE: Locating trailer hot wire underhood source 2017 GM

I've made it a habit to unplug from my 2011 GMC dually everytime we stop for the night or not going to be traveling for a day or so and not unhitching. The one time I didn't unplug my truck batteries in my 2001 GMC went dead after leaving the trailer plugged in over night before leaving on a trip. Maybe the batteries were going bad at that time but it never happened again because I unplugged. My 42 cents worth.
Pipeman 02/29/20 05:20am Tech Issues
RE: Morryde Step Above

I have torklift steps. I love them as does my wife who has had both hips and knees replaced. They are very steady compared to the diving board we had before. My trailer is in a storage lot and the guy next to me parked fairly close to our 5er but my steps can be pulled out just enough so I can use them to get into the 5er. Now I really don't care what steps you have as we have the steps that work for us. I bought them after doing research, I installed them my self and that's that. If you like what you have, fanbloodytastic.
Pipeman 02/29/20 05:13am Fifth-Wheels
RE: What is your favorite indoor-outdoor thermometer?

I have a 5th wheel so I hang the outside sender under the pin box on the umbilical cord with a piece of Velcro that wraps around the cord. That way I don't forget to put it away when traveling.
Pipeman 02/28/20 05:12am Tech Issues
RE: getting trapped inside a park

Towed my son`s TT to his storage spot. Had to cross an open field that looked pretty good....until......about 50 feet short of the road I would drive out on after dropping his trailer. I have a dually with 4x4. The truck and trailer bogged down in the muddy grass. Put the beast into 4 wheel drive and tried to back out of the bog....no go. Tried to go forward, no go. So we decided to drop the trailer where it was and then with much backward and forward motion I was able to free the truck from the deep ruts. Just as I turned onto the road, the owner came with his tractor. He hooked up to the trailer and moved it ahead to the storage position. The field did look good until near the storage spot. Not doing that again. My son`s truck was in the shop and that`s why I did the towing for him.
Pipeman 02/25/20 05:18am Fifth-Wheels
RE: King pin stabilizer ?

My stabilizer has been in my shed, holding up air, for a number of years now. I use steady fast and am pleased with them.
Pipeman 02/03/20 04:49am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Truck bed plug or just use plug in bumper for 5th wheel

I use my bumper plug always. I have one in the bed. It's easier to plug into the bumper. Etiquette......wow. Where the h*ll did that come from????
Pipeman 01/13/20 04:37am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Break away cable

I attach my break away cable to the hitch via the hole where the hitch handle can be locked when closed. A small padlock fits into the hole and the cable hooks onto the hasp and then closed to the lock position. I've had 2 5th wheel trailers and this is how I've always attached the break away cable. The lock serves 2 purposes, keep the hitch handle from being pulled open by some idiot, who might pull the handle to the open position while I and my wife take a break at a rest area and keeps the breakaway cable in a safe place while traveling.
Pipeman 01/02/20 04:52am Fifth-Wheels
RE: You may have shocks but are they mounted right.

ivbinconned, I just replaced the 5 tires(spare) on the 5er this past spring. They weren't worn out, just aged out. Like I said no problems without the shocks. Thanks for the info tho'.
Pipeman 12/04/19 12:13pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: You may have shocks but are they mounted right.

After the hangers for my shocks bent and put a groove in my XPS ribs right side tires, those shocks were removed and not replaced on my 2009 Forest River CC. Forest River was notified at the time but would not cover the damaged tires as my dealer repaired the shocks before telling Forest River. After that the shocks were taken off and the hangers cut off and ground down to the frame. Forest River rep told me the 5er didn't need them anyway. No problems without them since then.
Pipeman 12/04/19 05:32am Fifth-Wheels
RE: It's called a Tiny Home?

you could pull it with this https://www.autoblog.com/2019/11/18/thor24-3400-horsepower-semi-truck-custom/#slide-2186822
Pipeman 11/29/19 04:50am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Built in vs. Stand-alone GPS?

If I heard my son right, he uses his Iphone for GPS (Google Maps) and with it and his truck's Bluetooth capabilities, he puts the map on his truck's screen. On my Iphone I downloaded some maps that I can use when off line. I have a Tom Tom gps that I use all the time when traveling. I have to get my 7 year old grandson to show me how to use the iPhone, lol.
Pipeman 11/27/19 05:03am Tech Issues
RE: do you do this

Cummins12v98, I can't talk to my brother in law because he know all there is to know about anything, lol. I do cover my tires and they rest on 2x6 pieces of wood when in storage. I have Michelin XPS ribs on my 5er and put new ones on last spring. They didn't wear out, they aged out. Expensive but great tires.
Pipeman 11/24/19 04:55am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Cleaning Question

I have an aluminum extension ladder and it also can be used as a step ladder and also have 2 rubber tips that fit over the end of the ladder, so no scratching. I do the whole 5er using it. I take it along when we travel. Had the 5er washed and waxed while at the Indian River, Michigan campground last summer. It was $10 a foot to wash and wax and they did a great job.
Pipeman 11/24/19 04:49am Fifth-Wheels
RE: do you do this

I have never lifted any of my TTs or 5ers tires off the ground when in storage from Oct. to May. My brother in law lifts his 5er and then takes the tires off for the winter. To each his own.
Pipeman 11/17/19 05:01am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Propane winterizing

Personally I leave mine in the 5er. The only thing I worry about is theft of them. My 5er is in a storage yard. I've had trailers over the last 41 years and the bottles have always stayed on or in the trailers.
Pipeman 11/01/19 05:19am Tech Issues
RE: Rodent???

I use what tvov shows on his post. My 5er is in storage for the winter. For the last two or three years I have used that and I check the trailer every so often. I put two of them behind the rear wheels and the wheel covers hide them. After the first year of mice eating the blocks, I have found that there isn't mouse activity around the trailer. Knock on my head. I did find one mouse in the toilet. I think he was trying to drink the anti-freeze or wanted to take a swim in the pink stuff. I have no idea how it got into the toilet tho'.
Pipeman 10/17/19 09:16am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Heavy snow in southern Alberta

I have 2 kids living in Alberta. One in Edmonton with her family and my oldest son in Chestermere, just east of Calgary. Lots of snow in the Calgary area and the snow shovels are in use. It's only getting up into the low 80s here today and tomorrow, in the Florida of Canada. Lol
Pipeman 09/30/19 04:52am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Inside Tire Wear?

Had new dexter axles installed a couple of years ago while on a extended trip to Alberta, Canada. Long story about that but jumping ahead, when we got home my son noticed wear on the inside of the XPS Ribs I had on the axles. Had the wheels aligned at a shop here where we live. It's a process I watched and when the guy used a sledge hammer to more or less bend the axles while watching the electronic setup he had, I was kind of taken aback but apparently that's how it's done. New tires(XPS Ribs) have been installed this year in May because the old tires aged out but didn't wear out. Have done 3 trips this summer and no sign of wear. Next summer we will be heading out west again.
Pipeman 09/26/19 04:50am Fifth-Wheels
RE: New Truck and 5th wheel

We have a dually 1 ton, long bed, crew cab. As above no regrets. The crew cab is to be able to have our grand kids with us, etc. The long bed is because we boondock a lot so we can haul a 60 gallon water bladder in front of the 5th wheel along with the 50 gallon aux fuel tank. Between the 5th wheel and the Tgate we put our 2 Honda gennys, 2 5 gallon gas cans and then stuff that goes with them and it's all in a zip up, waterproof container. It's a daily driver and my better half can drive it if she has to. Do your homework when it comes to GVWR of the vehicle you may be looking at. How much weight can you can you actually put in the truck after being hooked up the fiver. You, passengers and anything else you may bring along. Just be safe. The dually is wider at the rear but for me that makes it easier to hook up using the mirrors. My 45 cents worth.
Pipeman 09/16/19 04:54am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Black tank line

I have found in all my trailers that there is residual fluid that just doesn't get drained. It builds up at the sewer cap so you get your feet covered in ..... I put an end of line valve on my sewer line and now no feet getting wet. I also have a clear elbow at the sewer line end of my hose(at the trailer) so I can see when the grey water gets dropped to clean out the black water hose. Look here- https://www.campingworld.com/twist-on-valve-27868.html?cgid=sewer-connection#start=16&cgid=maintain-your-rv%2Fsewer%2Fsewer-connection%2Fsewer-adapters-valves-fittings
Pipeman 09/15/19 05:46am Tech Issues
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