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RE: Wobble Stoppers?

I tried a tripod and finally gave it away. A major waste of your $$$$. J.T.'s Strongarms do better than anything else. Also put blocks under the jacks to keep the jack extension as short as possible. But the most sure-fire way to stop the wobble is to place solid blocks about every 4 feet under the frame and get the trailer totally off the tires. Ken
TXiceman 05/24/22 08:33am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Advice on adjusting the slide out

Operation is normal for a level floor slide out. As for unsupported when the slide is retracted, this again is normal and the slide floor should not be walked on. Ken
TXiceman 05/19/22 07:41am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Removing Shower Doors

Our HitchHiker has curved shower doors. In the inside of the track there is a plastic block held in by two small screws on the top and bottom track. Remove this block and you will find an enlarged slot that the roller wheels will fit through. Roll the door to the slot and let the rollers come out and continue until the second set of rollers disengage from the slot. I find getting the doors back in a two-person job. get the top rollers back in the track first and have the helper keep the top rollers in the track as you engage the lower roller. Next, reinstall the plastic blocks. Ken
TXiceman 05/17/22 06:24pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Nose High vs Bed Clearance

Go ahead and drop your nose down. 6 or 7 inches is adequate for bed clearance. Ken
TXiceman 05/16/22 05:51pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Cameo Slides - Gear skipping

Carriage/ Lifestyle forum Here is a forum dedicated to Carriage and Lifestyle RVs. This is a common issue with the Carriage slide systems and can be repaired. Hopefully you have not damaged the gear or the rack. Join the forum and see how others have dealt with this common issue. Ken
TXiceman 05/16/22 10:08am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Theoretical heights.

I designed large packaged systems that we had to design with the transport means in mind and where it was headed. The shipping department handled all the logistics with the truckers. Before a loaded truck left the shop, we had the driver up top with a tape measure and to also check maximum with and overall length. We noted these dimensions on the way-bill so that he was fully aware of his load size. One time we had an oversize load hit a bridge (it was over height, width, length and weight). It was winter, so we had to watch the axle load limits on certain roads coming from Toronto to the Texas Gulf Coast. The driver decided to get off his designated route and visit a girlfriend and found a bridge he would not fit under. It cost his insurance and trucking company about $350,000 for repairs on the equipment in 1977. The trucking company said he would never drive again in North America. So, measure your rig yourself and watch the low clearances. Ken
TXiceman 05/15/22 03:10pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Theoretical heights.

Well, let's confuse the matter a bit more for the math challenged... 13.5 feet = 13 feet-6 inches = 4.1148 meters = 411.48 centimeters. In either case, over this height does require an over height permit for travel. There are also legal limits, for width, length and weight before you will be required to have a travel permit and sometimes an escort service. Enjoy the day folks. Ken
TXiceman 05/15/22 08:04am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Slidouts

If you look on the Winnebago forums, you will see that Winnebago stop using Schwintek and went to Power gear and repaired a number under warranty. Tiffen has approved a newer heavy-duty replacement for Schwintek. It is made by a company called VRoom Slide Systems. This looks interesting. VRoom Slide Systems Ken
TXiceman 05/10/22 04:09pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Slidouts

I have had the fewest problems with a good hydraulic system. Schwintek and cable slides are a PITA. KenPlease describe for me what the PITA is on the Schwintek system; I'm curious. Leaks at the track screws required removing and sealing all mounting screws, lubing motor and shaft beatings, Controller issues. etc. You cannot run a slide partially out...it has to be fully extended to keep motors in synch. Pain to replace drive motors. I will not have another Schwintek. The hydraulic system has been flawless so far. Ken
TXiceman 05/09/22 11:40am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Slidouts

I have had the fewest problems with a good hydraulic system. Schwintek and cable slides are a PITA. Ken
TXiceman 05/08/22 11:25am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Pullrite 2600 with the big boys

After watching the complete video with attaching the hitch to removing the hitch, Personally, I would not use that hitch on anything but the lighter trailers. If you notice during the towing section of the video, there appears to be some slight for-aft movement of the ball in the socket. Thank you very much folks, but I'll stay with my Trailer Saver TS3 hitch with the Binkley hitch head. Looking at it as an engineer, I see too many chances for issues to develop. Ken
TXiceman 04/25/22 08:50am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Pullrite 2600 with the big boys

I know the hitch is rated for 20,000# towing, but I would go up one size to the next heavier rated hitch. Sure, the hitch is rated for 20,000#, and must have a safety factor, but why go into the safety factor? Are you sure you will be able to maintain the trailer under the 20,000# rating? Ken
TXiceman 04/24/22 02:54pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: What's the truth about the trucking situation?

We are currently located a short distance from I-10 west of Houston. For a lack of truckers, all I can say is there is a tremendous amount of truck traffic on this highway, all day and night long. If there were more, it would be a rolling roadblock. Ken
TXiceman 04/08/22 08:52am Around the Campfire
RE: Slide design by Grand Design

I can tell you that even if the OP found this operation NOT to his liking at the PDI, the Factory would not pay to change it. If it is designed that way, then attempting to change a functional working as designed system would not be a warranty issue. Then the OP can make a decision, buy or walk away. This post shows WHY it is important to do the walk thru BEFORE you sign paperwork and take delivery. NEVER BUY AND SIGN PAPERWORK BEFORE THE PDI AND WALK THRU. NEVER NEVER NEVER. This is not a Auto or truck but a mobile house. I have been in the RV business for 50 years and 43 as a RV Technician. I would NEVER deviate from what I just posted and I tell my friends to do the same when they buy a new or used unit from a Dealer. Doug We and our daughter have bought several RS and we let the dealer know that we are not taking possession of the RV until it has a full PDI and demonstration of all systems and the RV was 100% correct. Never accept an RV with a "We owe you" slip or the promise to fix an item when it comes back for warranty work. The OP should have had the dealer demonstrate the operation of the slide both going in and out. While this is being demonstrated, watch for any jerky movement or strange noise. I prefer the slides to operate on independent switches. With solenoids, a proper hydraulic manifold, and switches, this is not rocket science. The RV manufacturers will take a cheaper way out every time unless the buyers start to complain and not but the junk. Ken
TXiceman 04/05/22 02:46pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Truck squat question

Squat totally depends on pin weight and truck springs. Fellow came in here with a 38' Big Horn and a Ram 2500. Now he had squat. Headlights hunting the sky and the rear bumper was low. Ken
TXiceman 04/03/22 07:00pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Demco Auto-Slide 5th wheel Hitch

By far the simplest solution is to buy a long bed truck and eliminate the need for a slider hitch. Just saying..... Ken
TXiceman 03/29/22 12:34pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Trailer Legs

Another issue I see is that the axle manufacturers say not to place jacks on the axle tube as it may damage the axle. These lift the axle exactly where the manufacturers tell you not to lift the trailer. Ken
TXiceman 03/28/22 03:57pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Trailer Legs

Looks like a solution looking for a problem to solve. A total waste of time and money in my opinion. Ken
TXiceman 03/26/22 08:34am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Can you jump your 5’er with your truck?

If you are jumping the truck to the 5er or vice versa, just make sure if you have 6-volt batteries in series/parallel, get across 12-volts and not 6-volts. Sure fire way to mess up an alternator ,,, Ken
TXiceman 03/25/22 08:10am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Bedroom door comes open during travel.

How about a magnetic door stop? Door stop. Ken
TXiceman 03/21/22 05:53pm Fifth-Wheels
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