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RE: I need a large 5th wheel but am I looking too large?

The longest I've seen was a 53' custom built. We were in a state park that sites were first come first serve, but one was coned off, a pull through. Later the rig showed up. It was built on a moving van chassis. and pulled by a single axle tractor. It was a traveling preacher with 6 kids. The thing had 3 bunk slides, a kitchen slide a a queen slide. Talking to him he said he learned the hard way, to find a lot in town drop the trailer and drive through the park.He had gone into a park once and found out he couldn't make the turns for the trees. Had to back out. So he had asked the park to hold the pull through while he went and got the trailer.
belairbrian 08/06/19 07:14pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: trim corner

I needed some for my 5er and couldn't find them so I printed a set. Mine look like this. https://i.imgur.com/QgGT8US.jpg
belairbrian 08/05/19 07:58pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Air Conditioner leaking inside...questions

If I missed it, sorry, but I didn't see where anyone asked when this was happening. If it's when rain is falling it's the A/C to roof gasket. If it's not it's a clogged drain hole or blockage where the condensed water vapor runs off the evaporator and out to the drain holes.
belairbrian 08/04/19 05:22pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Cookbooks for young cooks

Have you looked at the pampered chef kids cookbooks? Our kids started out with them. Both ended up taking home economics in high school. My son, college senior, still makes the chicken and dumplings recipe he learned. We gave our books away, but they show up on amazon and ebay used for under $10 used.
belairbrian 08/03/19 01:55pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: New GPS needed

Don't really understand the animosity toward cell phone apps. We have Car Play compatible units in 5 vehicles. We can plan a route on the phone, plug it in and call it up on the 7 inch touch screen, full music library is available too. With the smart phone you get constantly updated maps, real time traffic, lane direction, and voice commands. If I want to avoid highways I just throw that switch. Oh, and it charges the phone and provides hands free calling. For those who haven't seen a phone compatible head unit you might want to check them out. Considering they start a little over $300 they really aren't a bad choice.
belairbrian 08/03/19 01:42pm Tech Issues
RE: 2nd AC and Vent cover questions

I've changed an A/c Out before, due to failure. If you have a basic understanding of electrical work it's not very hard. As mentioned, the hardest part is getting the roof unit up on top. My approach may seem strange but it worked. Set unit on end at base of aluminum ladder and used a rope to pull it up onto the slide room. Son helped move it from there. Helps to have someone on roof and inside when lining up the bolts.
belairbrian 08/03/19 11:32am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Short Beds w/out Sliding Hitch

If I understand your post, your buying a new HD truck. SO upwards of $40K. A basic hitch will cost 300 a automatic superglide maybe $1K. Can't see risking damage for $700. Full disclosure: I have a long bed, ironically with a slider.
belairbrian 08/03/19 11:20am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Running only off of onboard tank

When we were starting out we had a major leak, luckily the camper stayed dry. We were using one of those cheap pressure regulators, the ones that come free in your starter kit. We were sitting outside when my wife said she heard water. Walked around back and there is a geyser coming out of the outside shower. cold water knob was about six feet away. No water that night capped of the line in the morning. Since then I've used a Watts house style regulator.
belairbrian 07/30/19 08:49pm Tech Issues
RE: Hard wired camera at rear of trailer.

I've done this on my last two 5ers. Both times I've used a Hopkins 48440 and the matching receiver. Always had great signal quality, and since it's a smaller version of the 7 pin, it's easy to connect and disconnect.
belairbrian 07/30/19 08:35pm Tech Issues
RE: Convert Reese Slider to Fixed

I think you're on the right track, and I was wrong about selling the existing. The numbers don't add up. Far cry from when I bought our first 5th wheel. We traded in a TT and the dealer wouldn't take the hitch even gave back the brackets from the tongue. I put it on CL and started a bidding war. It was right after Katrina and people were looking to pull FEMA trailers out of the Selma staging area. Since FEMA was requiring anti sway and leveling hitches, they were in short supply.
belairbrian 07/24/19 07:54pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Convert Reese Slider to Fixed

When I started the post I was just trying to find out if it really was a 4 bolt conversion. Which it appears to be. Some interesting inputs to think about. So here's what I came up with As to sell the whole hitch, I might get $100 for it based on others available locally so selling and buying new would be net $300+. Vs $60 to convert Does it take up space? a little more. The left side has the extra handle and the bar from side to side under the hitch. That bar has gotten in the way of putting things in the truck before when not towing. I split the hitch when removing so the weight might not be that different. but the slide unit is poorly balanced. Son is finishing college so I'll be doing solo from now on. probably will go ahead and swap out to fixed.
belairbrian 07/24/19 12:53pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Suggest a sewer hose kit.

Agree on the RhinoFlex. We've had the 20ft kit (2 hoses plus the 90 for the ground end) for years. The hose caps are a nice extra. It's a hose that black water is going through, not a place I cheap out. Plus the kit is all of $30 at Walmart.
belairbrian 07/23/19 01:18pm Beginning RVing
RE: Recent Trip/Prior Slide Out Issue

Might I suggest lubricant over grease. You didn't mention what he recommended, but someone might take the word grease too literally. Coat your slides in say bearing grease and it will collect every piece of dirt and gravel you drive over. I like the Teflon dry lube on the slides. Works well and doesn't collect dirt.
belairbrian 07/23/19 01:13pm Travel Trailers
RE: Convert Reese Slider to Fixed

After over 10 year in the truck, the slider is probably frozen in place. While it works as a fixed hitch, it's probably worth it's weight in steel. I did find the rails for $60 delivered.
belairbrian 07/22/19 06:04pm Fifth-Wheels
Convert Reese Slider to Fixed

When we bought our first fiver the dealer included the hitch. Even though we had an 8ft bed they installed a quick slide. At the time they told me they didn't stock fixed hitches because they saw so few 8ft beds. Three trucks later (all long box) I still have the slider in there. But was thinking about converting it to a fixed hitch. Is it really as simple as unbolting the cross bar and switching it to the legs?
belairbrian 07/22/19 01:29pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Converter noise

Could be it just needs cleaning. I've only had a couple apart but both were essentially 12v computer fans.
belairbrian 07/14/19 03:06pm Travel Trailers
RE: pre wired back up camera

The other possibility is they wanted it to function as a reverse only camera and connected it to the reverse pin on the 7 pin connector. I have mine on the running lights, which I always turn on. That lets it operate as a rear view camera.
belairbrian 07/14/19 03:04pm General RVing Issues
RE: Dometic Awning Part Numbers and Changing out Arms

Is there any reason you couldn't move the mounting rail of the awning closer to the roof and increase the angle and get the top of the awning further from the door? It would be a pain, but it would sure work better: better drainage, wouldn't be so close to the door. Not feasible. Just the reality of a rear entry mid profile. Doubt I would gain an inch. As I said earlier, Dometic told me Coachmen installed the original basement style awning against Dometic's clearance requirement of 12 inches. https://i.imgur.com/ACJcaiQ.jpg
belairbrian 07/14/19 02:55pm Tech Issues
RE: Dometic AC potential issues

Two solid pieces of advice already posted. 1) check the differential temp - That should tell you if the compressor is working properly. Run A/C fan on high- At one time Dometic had a service bulletin about running with low fan causing evaporator coil icing in high humidity. Make sure the fan switch is in Auto. If the fan is in ON, it will seem like the system is running all the time.
belairbrian 07/13/19 05:37pm Tech Issues
RE: Replacing dinette with free-standing table & chairs

We did this conversion on a previous 5th wheel. Table was solid mounted. We came across four folding cherry wood chairs in Walmart for under $25 each. We did find the RV chairs online but as with most RV furniture they were overpriced.
belairbrian 07/13/19 05:27pm General RVing Issues
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