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RE: Fifth Wheel Prep

If there are no puck covers it would not have the factory system.
camper1013 01/27/20 02:17pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Gap year, family of 6, TV and TT recommendations

As one that upgraded from a tent trailer to travel trailer to 5th wheel, I think you should look at 5th wheels and a big truck. Right now we have 3 kids in the back of ours and they do fine. They tow much nicer and wind does not seem to affect them like a travel trailer. Have you thought about renting a truck and going for a road trip to see how you all fit for a longer drive? If you are full time, you will want the separate bunk space for the kids to have their own space. Its nice at night to be able to close the door and still be able to use the living space without waking them up. You will also be amazed at how you will seem to fill the space in a larger trailer with more stuff and more weight. One thing to think of is where you plan to go. Some spots are hard to get into with longer trailers if you get too big.
camper1013 10/08/19 11:33am Towing
RE: New to towing, hitch weight question

Check your manual. Sometimes there are different ratings if you use a distribution hitch. For what its worth I think that the 10k gross is to much for a 1500. Mine was 7200 and I wouldn't do much more than that.
camper1013 10/07/19 06:56am Towing
RE: Looking to upgrade to a fifth wheel.

towingplanner.com has some great weight info. You can enter your weights and it will help calculate thing out for you. My 5th wheel is 14k on the scale and just about 3k pin weight. There are a lot of people that pull mid sized 5th wheels with 3/4 trucks. We had to upgrade from a 1500 and went straight to the 3500.
camper1013 09/06/19 01:45pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Ice cream?

I have heard it has to be on the bottom left. Must be the way the coils are that it's colder in that spot. We usually have ice cream along and it has always worked for us.
camper1013 08/08/19 11:32am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Water Filters

I got two whole house filters and put them together. First filter is a simple 5 micron sediment filter, the second is a carbon filter. I made a bracket so they hang under the camper when in use in case of leaks. Set up costs about $50 and then less than the throw away filters for replacement cartridges. We use bottled water or gallons of RO for drinks and ice, but it is nice to keep the junk and smells out of the lines and faucets.
camper1013 08/02/19 09:10am General RVing Issues
RE: Screwing into shower wall?

So, what is the difference between a screw that is siliconed vs. the plastic plugs they use at the factory that have no sealant on them at all? I agree, less holes is better but for the record, I mounted a holder in mine with screws. I siliconed the hole and the screws to make sure its sealed. It also up high out of the spray zone. I also took out all of the factory plastic plugs, siliconed the holes and plugs before putting them back in. I don't see how those don't let water in.
camper1013 07/03/19 02:06pm Beginning RVing
RE: SuperLube Axles

Nothing special, just a lot of grease to clean up if they used it from the factory or at PDI.
camper1013 07/03/19 10:51am Fifth-Wheels
RE: New Carpet for the Slide Out

Never done carpet before, but would the tension from stretching the carpet cause issues over time with the floor or anything like that? Thinking that it might cause warping or separation.
camper1013 06/06/19 06:12am Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Dealer Service Rant

I am in the same frustrated spot as you. Took our 5th wheel in in March to have wheel bearings done since the original owner said he has never done them. Had him go over the rest of the rig as well. Trying to save some time working and camp instead. He said seals look good. I went through almost a tube of sealant touching up windows and trim. Had him put in my Maxxair fans. Had to reseal them as they weren't even lap sealed in a lot of places. The bearings, well not sure what he did there. I have been having issues with the brakes so I adjusted them, A lot!. Didn't help. Pulled a hub last week and there is probably a tube of grease in the thing. The brake pads are wore down to almost nothing. Why didn't he say that? So I have new brake assemblies and seals showing up so I can do the job right this time.
camper1013 06/05/19 10:23am Tow Vehicles
RE: What are your yearly registration costs for your truck?

Here in MN I pay $125 a year for a 3500. Its cheaper than a any other vehicle I have. Paid ~$550 for our 1500 when it was new. A 2500 would have been in the $750 range. They base it off of the vehicle base value when new. Just got renewal for our 2016 mini van and its $450. They love to tax the **** out of us here, and they are proposing to raise vehicle registrations and gas tax. No wonder people are moving away.
camper1013 05/30/19 06:55am Tow Vehicles
RE: Equal-I-zer Hitch issues

As mentioned it sounds like the bolts for the bar sockets might be too tight. They aren't easy to move, but shouldn't be as tight as yours sound like they are. If you don't have a torque wrench to re do them yourself might be easier to take it to an auto shop rather than drive to the RV dealer. I had to re-torque mine every so often so it might be beneficial to get a wrench yourself. Lets you check trailer tires also.
camper1013 05/29/19 07:03am Towing
RE: 5th wheel or TT?

Hands down a 5th wheel pulls better. The backing is more difficult at first going from a TT to 5th, but once you learn how they react it is not much different. A 5th wheel reacts much slower than a TT but you can get a much tighter turn when backing. It is also quicker to hook the 5th wheel up compared to the Equalizer I had on the TT. As far as turning and cornering they do track a bit different, but either one you have to allow for wider turns, so that is not a huge deal. I had a 2017 TT. 7200 pounds loaded, 32'. My new to me 2015 5th is 14 gross (have not weight it loaded yet) and 38'. I had an Equalizer hitch on my TT. While it pulled good most days, the windy days are what makes pulling interesting for sway. With the 5th that is taken care of. For those that say bigger trucks take care of that, I disagree. I pulled the TT with a 2016 Chevy 1500. I was within my ratings. I now have a 2019 3500 Duramax. I have pulled the TT with that as well on a windy day. While the sway was handled better by the bigger truck it was still definitely there and just as uncomfortable in the bigger truck on the interstate. The cost of owning a TT and half ton is less than a 5th wheel and one ton diesel. Now that I have had both, in my opinion, I would never pull as long of a 5th wheel that I have as a TT simply because of the sway issues. To me the 32' TT was as long as I would go. As long as your set up is good, your within your ratings (If you care about that) get the trailer and floor plan you like. That is the most important.
camper1013 05/23/19 06:55am Towing
RE: 30 amp 240 volt mistake!!

Sorry for your troubles. I think someone mentioned it already, But I will suggest a EMS unit (Progressive Industries makes a good one). I had a hard wired one in my last camper, and it was the first thing I put in my new one. It will cut power to save the rig in the event something like this happens in the future. I have not run into issues with miss wiring yet, but have had too low of voltage at older camp grounds.
camper1013 05/06/19 06:44am Tech Issues
RE: Bumper Grill

Unless your hard set on a bumper mount, look at other options. I got rid of mine and got a Weber Q. The grills are small, not as nice and my biggest issue I had is they bounce when people are walking around inside. I had a foil bag of potatoes end up on the ground. That was the last time I used mine.
camper1013 05/06/19 06:32am Travel Trailers
RE: Weber Q1200 Question

Lots of folks on here have done it. I have a new hose and fittings to do this to mine this weekend. Just need the hose and the right fittings. I got a 12' hose, quick connect and the female adapter for $38 on Amazon.
camper1013 04/03/19 02:45pm Do It Yourself Modifications and Upgrades (DIY)
RE: Travel Trailer Buying/Financing Questions

You can use a dealer to finance or go to your own bank or credit union. Or shop around to find the best rates. That is what we did. You can do 0 down. Save that money now for a down payment when you buy. If we all waited till we could pay cash we might never camp. Find the dealer that has the unit you want. doesn't matter who it is. Chances are no matter what the dealer warranty work will be out 1-2 months if needed. We had our scheduled for the end of the season and kept using it while I had a temp fix in place. Have you considered used? Chances are you will use it and find you want something different after a season or two. Used is a cheap way to find that out without loosing big depreciation. We are on our 3rd camper in 5 seasons. If going this route get a good inspection done to find issues. I have friends that have bought used trailers and traded for more than they paid after a few years.
camper1013 03/15/19 07:17am Travel Trailers
RE: Backing a 5th wheel up a Steep Driveway

I have a similar situation. I had to back in at an angle to avoid hitting the back receiver. I was less than an inch of clearance. I have a 38' 5th wheel. The big things would be ground clearance at rear of unit and the overhang from the back axle to the bumper. If that measurement is short enough it will start coming up before it drags. I wouldn't think the overall length would matter much as the rear overhang. I am not concerned with the axles loading and unloading as it hits the transition. Your going slow enough that its not much different than going up on leveling blocks. Unless your good with geometry and have exact measurement the best way would be to try it out. You could compare the trailers your looking at to your friends for measurements. Just go slow and watch all your clearances.
camper1013 03/06/19 06:47am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 1st time buyer - 31 vs 35 ft trailer?

We just picked up a used 5th wheel. The previous owners bought a cabin and only used it once the last 2 years. I don't like inheriting someone else problems or stuff they broke and have always gone new until this one. We got a great price and we never could have gotten into a Grand Design rig like this new. There are some things that need to be cleaned up and fixed, but once that is done it should be happy camping!
camper1013 02/28/19 02:43pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Bio-diesel / Is it a good or bad thing for the engine ?

I have only had my truck for a month and haven't even filled the tank up yet so I can't say how it is for the engine other than the manual says B20 is fine. I do know that in our large backup generator at work we run non-bio. I worked with our utility company as they have several standby/peaking generators that they run. They have had issues with Bio when it sits longer (water and bugs) and plugging filters in cold weather. I have had fuel sitting in our tank for 2 years without issues. In my opinion, run whats at the pump if your manual says it can run it. If you are going to let it sit for the winter try and get something with out, or as little bio as possible to prevent issues while sitting.
camper1013 02/28/19 07:23am Tow Vehicles
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