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RE: Frozen Dump Valves

Its most likely the cables are frozen. Had you previously lubed them with something like WD40? The problem (happened to me) is that petroleum based lube in those plastic cable sheaths, causes the plastic to soften and glue itself to the cables. I had dealer fix twice. After the third time, i ripped the cable pulls out, and installed electric dump valve actuators. Problem free ever since. I highly recommend that modification.
djousma 06/24/20 05:22am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Flag pole buddy

I would never go down the road with it, but you could engineer something to still use that method. just put it up, take it down as needed. I use the flagpole buddy mounts for my cellphone booster donor antenna mounted to a few sections of old flagpole I no longer use. Works great. As a side note, i no longer use flagpolebuddy flagpoles. The fiberglass sections are too weak, as in the pinholes enlarge, etc. I now use flagpole from uncommonflagpoles. Much beefier, mounts with a trailerhitch adapter, or under-the-tire mount, etc.
djousma 04/24/20 06:18am Fifth-Wheels
RE: cold temps/water lines

So having all this free time in the days of social isolation, last Friday I drained all the rv antifreeze out of my lines and flushed them good and got the camper ready for the summer...if we get a camping season. Put water in the fresh tank and ran it into the lines and we even had a meal in the camper last weekend. Anyway, now I see a few days coming up with overnight temps in the 20's and daytime temps in the 30's. Thinking of just draining all the lines and blowing them out with air and emptying the fresh water tank. Or, would just leaving the lines pressurized with the pump on be safe? Suggestions? It's no different than camping late in the fall. I'd drain the fresh water tank, or turn tank heaters on if you have them. Then turn the furnace on about 50 for the overnight.
djousma 04/09/20 04:57am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Bigfoot Hydrolic Jacks - Electrical Connection HELP!

Figured it out and everything works. With the advent of camera's on phones, I tend to take a photo before I start, just in case I have that brain fart moment. Saves me a lot of hassle.
djousma 03/31/20 05:51am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Lippert Slide Pump

You might contact Lippert and ask?
djousma 02/24/20 11:19am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Washer/Dryer worth it?

We have stackable units. Wont be without. Why waste a couple hours in the laundromat? Like others have said, just throw a load in every few days, go do your thing, come back, throw them in they dryer. Another item i used to consider "unnecessary" is a drawer dishwasher. No longer! That was the best move we made even over the W/D! Both take a bit more time when winterizing, but really its no big deal.
djousma 01/07/20 05:23am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Auto leveling/ strongarms

The only wiggle I get is when someone is at the far rear of the unit, as the furthermost jacks are just behind the wheels, so there is a bit of flex. One more set of jacks at the rear would be nice, but then again these are meant to be mobile :)
djousma 12/23/19 10:35am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Demco Autoslide or B&W Companion Slider

You are comparing two totally different hitches. The Demco is auto slide, and there is nothing to do to engage the slide feature. It is quite heavy, and I use a chain hoist in the fall and spring to lift it in and out of the truck bed. B&W slider is a manual slider. You have to get out, engage the slide mechanism. The problem is that you don't know you need to slide until it is almost too late. If you are set on a slider hitch, get the Demco, or Pull right auto slides. If you dont need a slider, then get the B&W standard hitch. My next truck will be a long bed, and a B&W will go in then, and the Demco will be history.
djousma 11/09/19 12:02pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Demco Autoslide or B&W Companion Slider

I've been running the demco autoslide now for 4 seasons. Works good, no issues.
djousma 11/09/19 05:32am Fifth-Wheels
RE: first time winterizing my 5th wheel

No problem running af into the dishwasher. It's not just the water inlet, it's also the drain pump as well. Start a cycle, let run for 20 secs, cancel which starts drain. All done. Same process with washer, just do both hot and cold sides.
djousma 11/04/19 07:35pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: first time winterizing my 5th wheel

I hope someone with a MS gets on here to give you some good info. If you have never winterized, you might consider bringing it in to be done. Reason being, if not done right, and water freezes in the lines, you will be looking at potentially thousands of dollars of damage come spring. That said, You most likely will have to use the onboard water pump to siphon the AF in through all the lines, and out all the fixtures. you don't want to pour AF into the fresh water tank if you can help it. If you have a dishwasher, or clothes washer, builtin ice maker, those all take additional steps to properly winterize. Good luck, and hopefully someone with rig similar to yours will come along and give better information.
djousma 11/03/19 08:31am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Frameless windows question

I happen to like the way they look. My Cardinal is loaded with them. Two have leaked over the years, and both have been fixed. No big deal.
djousma 10/28/19 09:36am General RVing Issues
RE: Urgent Need of Advice re Winterizing!

make sure you have enough propane to keep the trailer warm. 4 days of cold like that you will burn a bunch of it!
djousma 10/10/19 11:37am Tech Issues
RE: Fresh Water Tank Drain

i discarded the cap, and put a PVC valve on it. Still have to crawl under, but just a 90-degree turn to drain.
djousma 10/10/19 04:47am Fifth-Wheels
RE: generator stalls when converter tries to charge battery

I have a Honda EU1000 that won't run the on board charger either. With all 120V circuits turned off, the generator overload cuts out immediately when the trailer is plugged in. Not sure what is going on here. The carb has been cleaned & it runs fine. If you have electric water heater, make sure that is off too. On mine that switch is on the WH itself. that element is a 1500 watt, and would for sure kill that EU1000. Otherwise, is your battery dead or heavily discharged? If so the converter will kick on high output to recharge, and could be your issue too.
djousma 10/09/19 10:20am Fifth-Wheels
RE: No access to forum topics??

Worked for me as well. thanks for finding this.
djousma 10/07/19 12:34pm Forum Posting Help and Support
RE: Error Messages

yea, been that way for a few days now...annoying. doesnt seem like anyone is looking into this.
djousma 10/04/19 10:18am Forum Posting Help and Support
RE: generator stalls when converter tries to charge battery

I have Yamaha EF2000iSv2 generator. When RV is hooked up to house A/C and just charging battery (with converter on) my handy dandy watt monitor shows it drawing less than 2 amps. If I connect RV to generator, I can run lights and heater, etc (approx 6 amps) with battery disconnected. However, if I turn off converter and have battery hooked up, with generator running, it stalls out if I then turn on converter breaker. Watt meter is still showing only 1.6 amps as the generator bogs down and stalls. Weird that this doesn't happen with battery disconnected and OTHER 12 volt stuff turned on! Any thoughts?? Ed Ed, I see from your signature that you are in Colorado? At what altitude? Most of the generator manufacturers offer a high altitude kit that is just a leaner carb jet. Its not uncommon for any generator to make less power at the higher altitudes.
djousma 10/01/19 12:41pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Lippert ground clearance issue

You are kidding us right??????:h I have had 2 5er's with 6 point auto level and yes they hang a little low but I have NEVER had a problem in 6 years of fulltiming with them dragging or being torn off so something is not right with how yours are mounted ,if I had to take my feet off my jacks ever time I pack up i would not bother having 6 point auto myselfMine are the same way (6 point system). One of our first trips I pulled into a mo-dock gas station off the beaten path for fuel. The ground was beaten-up hilly asphalt. The rear jack ended up dragging...dragging...dragging. I got over that spot and on my way. Next stop I checked everything out and the jack pad was gone! I know exactly where it came off, but that was 200 miles ago. Well, we replaced the jack pad at the tune of $50. Ordered it from Lippert, had it in my hands 3 days later. Ever since then, I take the time to remove all the jack feet after I get hitched up. And put them back on right before unhitching. By removing the feet, it gives me about another inch and 1/2 clearance. Never drug one again, and I am keenly aware of the ground surface now too. However, this last week-end, I had to back into a campsite by cutting the corner through the grass backing in. The asphalt was higher on the road and the campsite area. The grass dipped down. The tires went down and when backing up, the rear jack stopped me at the asphalt. I was backing up so slow nothing got hurt or anything, the jack just stopped me from going farther. HOWEVER! the inside of the jack shaft tube was filled with about 4 inches of packed dirt! I had to use a screwdriver and dig out that dirt before I could put the pin back in to reattach the foot. BUT! I've not lost any more feet this way! And I'm NOT looking forward to shelling out another $50 to replace another one. So, I just take the time to remove the feet. It' helps all the way around. I think Dutchman has the 6 point electric jacks. From everything I see they have less travel than the hydraulic jacks and is probably why they are lower to the ground. I have no clearance problems with my 6 point hydraulics.
djousma 09/18/19 11:02am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Lippert ground clearance issue

6-8" off the ground, especially if they are located where mine are (just before and after the wheels), shouldnt contact anything? As you surmise, you can probably raise them up, but then you will have less available travel to level your rig. I personally wouldnt worry about it.
djousma 09/17/19 12:28pm Fifth-Wheels
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