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RE: genny conundrum

I have been using two Honda EU2000i generators. I can run one A/C with both when needed or just one. Plus, the Honda weights about 50# which I can still handle one at a time. Ken
TXiceman 10/26/21 07:11pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Good Sam ERS Hung Us Out to Dry

We dumped GS ERS several years ago over an issue with a flat tire on the dually. They got there in a reasonable amount of time and then I was told if I wanted to add air to my spare, which was extra and not covered by GS. After he left, I called GS and cancelled them. Ken
TXiceman 10/24/21 09:24am Good Sam Roadside Assistance
RE: Good Sam ERS Hung Us Out to Dry

The problem is that all the ERS providers contract to local wrecker services for towing, tire changes and other road services. The provider is providing a service for a negotiated rate and will turn down GS for a more profitable, closer or easier service call. Response time will greatly depend on time of day, weekend, or holidays. So if you are in "Boonsville" on a holiday, you may have to wait until they can get out to you. I have had to wait for a tire change because the shop was not busy, but we were 60 miles from anything in west Texas. Ken
TXiceman 10/23/21 08:55am Good Sam Roadside Assistance
RE: Replacing New Trailer King RST+ : Only Option Is Carlisle??

I put the Carlisle HD on one travel trailer, and it worked fine....no problems. Ken
TXiceman 10/19/21 07:53am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Furnace Not working....

Is the fan even trying to start and do the purge before igniting? If you get the fan to run, do you hear the ignitor? Have you checked the 12 volt fuse for the furnace? Lots of questions before a good answer. Ken
TXiceman 10/17/21 07:33am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Cabinet Hardware

You might try Colaw Salvage in Missouri. Ken
TXiceman 10/07/21 02:25pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Tires again

You might look at Hankook. Ken
TXiceman 10/06/21 08:04pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Ready for a new awning...

We have one power awning and one manual awning. The power awning is used a lot more than the manual since all it takes is a button push. We never leave either awning out if it is storming, so< i'd never know if one of them leaked. Ken So then, in other words, it ain’t used. I would do everything possible to avoid a useless and flimsy power awning. Powered awning is not cheap or flimsy. It just makes good sense to NEVER leave an awning out in bad weather or when you are gone. Ken
TXiceman 10/06/21 08:17am Fifth-Wheels
RE: What's you remaining payload weights as configured?

I have the Escapees Smart Weigh tickets on my truck and trailer. Fully loaded, we are 500# under the rear axle rating on the truck. All 3 axles on the trailer are under tire and axle ratings. Our pin weight is 21% of the trailer rating. The truck has an auxiliary 40-gallon fuel tank and Trailer Saver TS air ride hitch. Do I want to need more truck? It would be nice, but the rig does a good job, and we are OK on the ratings. Ken That's a high pin weight percentage for a triple axle RV. That is what it is.\\Ken
TXiceman 10/03/21 03:47pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Solar panel mounting; screws or toggle bolts?

I would just use lag bolts and Dicor the heck out of the bolts and brackets. Put butyl tale under the bracket before you bolt them down. Ken
TXiceman 10/03/21 03:45pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: What's you remaining payload weights as configured?

I have the Escapees Smart Weigh tickets on my truck and trailer. Fully loaded, we are 500# under the rear axle rating on the truck. All 3 axles on the trailer are under tire and axle ratings. Our pin weight is 21% of the trailer rating. The truck has an auxiliary 40-gallon fuel tank and Trailer Saver TS air ride hitch. Do I want to need more truck? It would be nice, but the rig does a good job, and we are OK on the ratings. Ken
TXiceman 10/03/21 09:24am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 4 season package?

Mostly a marketing gimmick. Many put on a sticker claiming to have an Artic or Polar package. Many put heater pads under the holding tanks. The true value of a 4-season trailer is in dual pane windows, radiant heat barrier, better insulation in the walls and ceiling, a heated basement. I would hardly consider a Montanna a 4-seson trailer. Ken
TXiceman 10/03/21 09:18am Fifth-Wheels
RE: What's you remaining payload weights as configured?

Rather than be marginal or over on an F250, step on up to an F350. Minimal cost difference and you have the peace of mind of being within truck ratings. Some 5ers are over the 20% of GVWR for pin weight. We are a bit over 21% If you plan to add an auxiliary fuel tank, be sure and include that weight in your payload numbers on the truck. Also add the weight of a 5er hitch. And for what it is worth, get a long bed truck over a short bed. The ride on the longer wheelbase is better and you do not have worry about hitting the cab or slider hitches. Ken
TXiceman 09/28/21 10:11am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Forest River Wildcat OR Grand Design Reflection...???

Grand Design over most Forest River products. Ken
TXiceman 09/26/21 07:00pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: hydro or electric leveling

I had electric-mechanical jacks on 2 previous 5er and this one and the past two had hydraulic jacks. I'll take the hydraulic system any day of the week. I had problems with the electric-mechanical jacks several times. The Big Foot hydraulic jacks have had only one problem in the 8 years in the current RV. One jack started leaking and had to be replaced which I did myself. The electric jacks had multiple problems of motors burning out, blowing buses and gears breaking. Ken
TXiceman 09/23/21 03:55pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: hydro or electric leveling

Lyle, go to Canada or the UK and ask about the hydro, they will hand you an electric plug. As for Deadliest Catch, I never watch it. As a retired mechanical engineer, I will continue to spell out hydraulic and not short cut it. Ken
TXiceman 09/22/21 06:08pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: hydro or electric leveling

Why are people calling hydraulic systems "Hydro". Most places, Hydro refers to electric powered, coming from hydro-electric. Ken
TXiceman 09/22/21 08:23am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5er accidents

But the Woe part not so good. He has woe because it will not WHOA. Ken
TXiceman 09/16/21 11:42am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Hangers/Springs/Axles

Been running the Mor/Ryde IS for 8 years and love it. Greatest thing available for RVs. It is not cheap but rides so much better. Ken
TXiceman 09/13/21 12:29pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5er accidents

I'm in agreement that RV dealers need to be held liable if they sell a rig to someone they =know= will be towing with a truck that's simply not meant for hauling something that size. Doubly liable if they actually set up the truck for the customer. There =are= the occasional dealers that will refuse to sell a trailer to someone if their truck's too small. With FWs, =tow= ratings mean almost nothing; it's =payload= that's the controlling factor. Lyle While I agree there's dealers that will sell anyone anything to make a buck, isn't it the consumer who should be held accountable? Or maybe it should be the truck manufacturer, because after all, they show a Toyota Tundra pulling a Space Shuttle. Mike Oh, absolutely, but you get a newbie, who doesn't have any RVing friends, and, even with research, can get talked into just about anything by a good salesman. At the same time, were I the owner of a dealership, I can tell you that my "company lawyer" would likely have kittens if it came to their attention that my salesmen were actively selling setups that simply weren't safe. The cost of being sued, even if I prevailed, would likely cost the profits on 2 or 3 dozen, or more, sales. Why take the risk? All I know is that I'd tell everyone involved to acquaint themselves with tow/payload numbers and they'd be out the door in an hour if I caught them selling something that simply wouldn't work. I'd rather lose a sale than have someone's injuries or death on my conscious. And then you have the mechanical side of things, where someone blows a transmission because a Tacoma simply isn't capable of towing a 10k lb trailer, or something similar. Just too d@mn many headaches to deal with that kind of stuff. 'Sides, I like to be able to look at myself in the mirror without flinching. Lyle Lyle, I was in a high dollar technical sales for close to 30 years and there were projects that I walked away from due to the poorly written specs for the system they wanted. I liked living where I did and did not want to be tossed out of town. I would not be able to sleep at night if I had tried to put in some of the equipment. When we sold one 5th wheel, I would not sell it to one buyer as he did not have enough truck for the trailer. He was mad and said he was told his 1/2 ton truck could pull my 15,000# 5er by his friend. I did sell it to a fellow that showed up with a big enough truck. Some of the dealers and sales people have no morals and all they want is the all might DOLLARS. Ken
TXiceman 09/13/21 12:25pm Fifth-Wheels
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