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RE: Trouble with California

Really? We don't have free passage between the states? You do. The bugs you're infested with don't. Your vehicle has no rights at all. I'm pretty sure you could walk across without a search.
bpounds 01/17/20 08:32am General RVing Issues
RE: Full Hook-ups or no?

I'm sitting here trying to remember the last time we had ANY hookups. And can't come up with it without checking my logs, so suffice to say we rarely use them. Putting solar on the rig has made it easier to avoid running the gen, and now it actually feels like we are self-sufficient, at least for a couple weeks. The biggest part of it is that we make it a point to not camp where A/C would be necessary.
bpounds 01/14/20 09:49am General RVing Issues
RE: Truck bed plug or just use plug in bumper for 5th wheel

I use one in the bed. I don't like where I put it, but I use it and probably won't ever move it.
bpounds 01/13/20 02:54pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Break away cable

I don't know about appropriate, but I know I cannot reach the rails without climbing up on something. I can reach that hookup standing on the ground, like a homosapien should. It's only there because the law says it has to be.
bpounds 01/10/20 03:34pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Break away cable

The coiled cables pretty much eliminate any chance of it snagging. Mine isn't hooked on the handle - it's hooked into the handle locking hasp with a carabiner. Serves to keep the handle locked as well as attach the brake cable. https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/to7oOvUOtlUzSBuc2ALgxF5WrRIyPIa3AC7d6M-BuNM7GCBKaYkbayhKnS3sUPLNLsi4nljG-Xys982joeC4auNjdw5nkvMhA5MnJODn1SpB16tfqeiGbzawHl7b6UA3xfh9dEoXMwJMkfBiQ2jNk3vazQ2_yJRDYAySIlkvyBX4bkDypK36y6yJ1pLlZ84lSbi_7ZmWk_4MEvTaWHCtr5cYTpIkIH_MzPqYNzjuwHRywfdU2Vi0s76hGX-C0c5mOJ9msy14bqvchBrS0R554eA_cSXyxEqCLgG8Ds3lzQ-A9ve4DvlwuWUHSg_Zqj9qbJWIbnxvY8kD4XgUdoaXvi94Ls_IXHMYo262KkT0JuXCEQthCnKdHlZ2dpe6uoDBlZLtG45Hhi9W_aiCS4kKWwuNBJNv6knkAto3VGHQAaTRCNAewvA5V3aiCGiWaSdsBTBNrZHXKXks8sz0R8S_9PQ8-TiWPAfD3AoAHJwN2s3lmNlH_MULDf4b3bm_Ab4lIfqP318ip6Si-ZXDLF2vaFqYdkjQ0Cd0LoK7H73aF79YP1TpcHuoLoJMkXycd1ikIJdQpHNjORjk7j8w46ez-S5OctlPTa1FmoF7LHp3xTwt1mhazm0TzphjDHOQYM3u-bIsjEqoALWvDXjHu5wg1Xj-dFXRAZA2qIcxt7sBKxQRVyqbjTfFS-EZdutXMmOk8bGWQ6D2tqib0qwCmU7UcS0gO9jofLAdsNUieCytTXRqgXd7=w1091-h818-no width=640
bpounds 01/10/20 02:10pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: dedicated charging station for phones, wifi, tablets

I installed one of these some time ago. Works for us. Find it on Amazon. It is the normal outlet size, so you can put it in a low voltage box if you want, but you don't have to. They offer it for connecting directly to a 12vdc source (what I used) and they also offer it for connecting to 120vac, which I would definitely want in a box. It doesn't come with the cover plate, but that is a standard slim-line style cover. https://lh3.googleusercontent.com/6R7Opb2HPBLkkCADR5nyxe-fPtqkzFIwuoAzXN7SY0NFcq4ZIeKwlVl4EVNRgjs77zhFSlyLJeq4RB-newW-li-RE16vQpATL3UL6kii_SJ8Re-nmQNTgjM04eoURGqYLqhR2J16ZV0rxBXku3vaiwUdbRDSHB-zKe0kRMH4AbhFAJ7FdXMr-U-RRa1DCI16y-t2k_ylGaSK33lS1UCS2SpJNpjjYUxzW39GXnrefddnDM2gEjNX7VrkQSwidZbPV8fcNi2V8jNX4u5FttPTKHW46V0Hk4RZZ_anlbQA2J-4NYRvLSCNjNcpdSdScYqI2qgOytg6tbiMxyF4tJl2yXksW1Dr_TcaYatlQCjMMOdfm8pkvYaLrzcfp2ayMrTzA9YNZAyOm_jz-j0iBa5pQxRxTQ1VFjdngZnTBneuu5qM1amalQTo4a-fVEEFE6dNVO6jaC2tT3TuJAYKg0GlnCPitHyZI_KQ3Q_qvvzG89Td28lW3db2ePub_4G3ncHkQHQpptNcmmCc46EJzvxGH8ZscBd77XFSbn_3MTnnn48UhVqL30GACb13En_hRR_f-hPRvf8VGXk8LpqMdUIhtQMQ23ms-RQhmajHILWC5EFxlkmcl-IOOA0S1xk1pJHeMX9-BQs_Ygdw95l3XkPdwnZWLanNrzQjw-0qlyBTlwamAcSEhLdFFGwwP-hKv3xtuSBCWWJ14ROWGGc0uQvxYg4kZTCJMqCrKj31wZCF9IxzsDoa=w1091-h818-no width=640
bpounds 01/09/20 05:18pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Solar Panel, Unmarked Pigtails, which is Positive, Negative?

Look very closely at your MC4 connectors. Most have a + or - molded into the body. It's really only an issue if you start making your own cables as I did. But checking your work as well as the manufacturers work is always time well spent. What makes the MC4 connectors extra confusing, is that the gender of the conductor pins are opposite of the connector body. So when someone refers to a M or F, you are left wondering if they mean the gender of the pin, or the body. But it's all part of the fun.
bpounds 01/08/20 02:44pm Tech Issues
RE: Keystone Montana for fulltiming??

So the F250 can pull 15,900 lbs. The problem is how much it can carry. A fifth wheel places a heavy load in the bed, so truck payload is the critical factor, including tire rating. Montana's come in many sizes, but none of them are lightweights.
bpounds 01/06/20 02:16pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Keystone Montana for fulltiming??

I HIGHLY advise the MORryde IS suspension, anything else running FullTime will not hold up!!! I think they are probably going to live in it full-time, not drive it around full-time. I am a dietitian and my husband is a nurse. We are traveling, doing contract that are usually 3 months at a time. My husband drives an F250 so we know what we can pull. We are a little worried that the Montana may be a little heavy. Your husband is right about that. I won't say it can't be done, but it is more than an F250 is designed for. At a minimum, plan for some upgrades to your truck, if a new one isn't in the budget.
bpounds 01/06/20 01:43pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: "Lite" 5th wheels

We have a lite model. Just about everything folks have said is correct about some units. Not necessarily our experience, but I'm sure their comments apply to some models, and buyer should study before purchase. Pretty much all lite or HT models are going to simply be smaller. Probably shorter, as in 12.5' tall or less, and not as wide, as in 96" wide versus the 102" wide of many full size.
bpounds 01/06/20 10:30am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Thinking a Battery Monitor.............

I know very little about battery monitors except that most experienced boon dockers with solar recommend them. I don't see any reason to try and take a low rent route to get this done and end up with an iffy I would bet most boondockers don't use one, and I assure you that you don't need one for a successful solar plant. But if you want one, carry on.
bpounds 01/01/20 09:48am Tech Issues
RE: RV Crushes Truck

It ain't so much the things that people don't know that makes trouble in this world, as it is the things that people know that ain't so. Mark Twain The trouble with our...friends is not that they're ignorant; it's just that they know so much that isn't so. Ronald Reagan I am always drawn first to the opinion page of a newspaper. I guess I enjoy reading stuff that I know just ain't true. Reminds me of this forum sometimes. All in fun guys. :W
bpounds 12/30/19 09:54am Fifth-Wheels
RE: RV Crushes Truck

That hitch should only be used as a Boat Anchor. Yeah, but we would need a lot more boats, since every non-BW hitch would need a boat. By your theory. :)
bpounds 12/27/19 11:38am Fifth-Wheels
RE: RV Crushes Truck

My main point about it being overly complicated, was simply this - there are NO BAD HITCHES out there. Contrary to what some folks here have convinced themselves of. There are some that are simpler, and therefore harder to screw up when using them. But in the end it is always user error.
bpounds 12/26/19 04:39pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: RV Crushes Truck

How do you define complicated, it appears the handle needs to be in the locked position , and pinned . Not sure the complication . I have the top of the line Reese ,same thing ,make sure the handle is in the locked position ,and pinned. I was under the impression thats pretty much how all hitches work, if not bad bad things CAN happen . Fair point. You do have to rotate the handle, which sort of ***** it I guess, so it will snap shut. That's an extra step. Then there is the indicator that is supposed to tell you it is locked, but obviously does not prove anything. Pulling a pin to remove the handle extension, then using that pin to lock the release handle. I also noticed that even when operated correctly, there was very little travel between locked and released - no mechanical advantage it seemed. And what was the using a stick to snap the jaw shut all about? Is all that more complicated? Each can judge that for themselves, but it was obviously too complicated for that gentleman, and he supposedly has used another fifth wheel hitch "hundreds" of times. Did you notice how much fore-aft slop there was when correctly hitched up. It was shown in this last installment. I hope they get themselves a nice Reese to replace that. I never did hear them say what hitch they had before trading, and I could not make it out in the first video when they were swapping. Looked like a Reese, but not for sure about that. on edit: I guess we can't say "co_cks" here LOL
bpounds 12/26/19 04:33pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: RV Crushes Truck

A high-pin is a physical position, not a procedure. Simply means the recess in the pin is too high for the jaws to engage it. I suspect a pin on top of the jaws is less common that what we had here, where the pin was just slightly too high. Anyway, I also appreciated this last installment of the video, and I'm happy to see that they got a good handle on what they did wrong. And also give them props for not blaming the hitch, but accepting responsibility for their mistake. Basically it is 99.9% never the fault of the hitch, regardless of what brand or design. My opinion is that particular hitch is more complicated than it should be.
bpounds 12/26/19 03:37pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: RV Crushes Truck

Handle was NOT latched. Possibly because of the extra slip plate but he sure got it hitched later WITH extra slip plate still on. Not what I would call a high hitch for sure. Because you've got one image of high-hitch in your mind, and that one doesn't qualify. But the pin was too high for the jaw to close, so it fits the definition of high-hitch. Open your imagination a bit and think outside of your paradigm. Yes it did close later with the disk in place, but if it is marginal, the jaw may snap closed one time, and not the next. You could probably push on the handle and force it closed if it fits metal to metal, but Mr. Newbie didn't know to try that. That's why I think it is likely to happen again if he doesn't figure this out.
bpounds 12/23/19 03:10pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: RV Crushes Truck

I believe that was a high-hitch issue. Now, before we start arguing again, not all high-hitch errors are the same. Sure there is the obvious one, where the pin sits on top of the jaws, and the fifth wheel plates are nowhere near touching. There is also the situation where the plates are touching, the pin is home, but the jaws cannot close into the pin recess. It partially closes, against the bottom pin collar, but the jaw cannot fully close and the handle cannot lock. The jaw will open right up and the pin slip right past it easily. I believe that second situation is what happened here, and the doubled up Teflon disk is the reason it happened. May easily happen again too. That particular hitch does not have a lot of handle travel to begin with, which makes it easier to not notice it isn't closed and locked, for a newbie that doesn't know his hitch well enough. Lastly, yes they are making money off the video, but I don't believe they faked this. That guy would be the best actor ever if he could fake his wounded pride at the beginning of the second video. He was acting at the beginning of the first video, when begging her not to post it, so his acting skills are clearly not that good.
bpounds 12/23/19 11:13am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Cleaning top of slideout

...Ordered Blue tooth selfie stick today. Will make PVC extension. Quick way to inspect top of slide. Be sure to share what you get and how you modify it. I'm thinking it would be a nice thing to keep in the trailer too.
bpounds 12/23/19 11:02am Tech Issues
RE: RV Crushes Truck

Hitch wars again. {yawn} My thoughts are, that guy had a lot of nerve to trade them that old Husky clunk-master and ask for extra cash to boot. Right there I knew they were babes in the woods. Then the guy gave them half-butted instructions on how to use it. You could tell the new guy wasn't really grasping what the guy was saying.
bpounds 12/18/19 10:57am Fifth-Wheels
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