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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
RE: Any of you guys winterizing with air only?

I guess it all depends....I used to just blow the lines, and pour AF down the drains in my old TT, but it was a simple setup. Now in my 5th, I use AF. I specifically went with AF because my 5th has a lot more to winterize that simply cannot be done just by blowing the lines out. Ice maker, Dishwasher (not just the water line, but the drain pump/line), Clothes washer (same issue as dishwasher with the drain pump, etc). For as much as I spent on my 5th, a few $$$ on AF is just part of the maintenance and upkeep.
djousma 09/12/19 11:08am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Hydraulic fluid for Lippert Ground Control

Here is the link to the Lippert doc: https://support.lci1.com/documents/ti-191-adding-anti-stiction-fluid-to-hydraulic-systems
djousma 09/11/19 11:34am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Winterize or Not

Do as others have said, and keep an eye on the longer term forecast. I'd go out and buy the RV antifreeze to have on hand, in case a cold snap sneaks up on you.
djousma 09/09/19 05:23pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Let's talk generators - again.

I think the issue of having a built-in gas generator is having EPA approved tank/vents/safety requirements. Toyhaulers typically meet this requirement because they also have on-board fueling stations at the rear of the unit, where I'm guessing the gas tank is also located. To add gas tank, etc to a standard 5th, would be a tougher upgrade(not that it cannot be done), but there additional risks to consider. If I were doing this upgrade, I'd stick with propane, even though I'd prefer gas as well.
djousma 09/03/19 07:54am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Slight smell where the LP Gas cylinders are located normal?

Not normal, however Propane gas is heavier than air, and is why, I assume that the "floor" of my LP tank compartments are open mesh to let any excess gas escape. I dont know if all enclosed LP compartments are made that way, but I'd almost guess its a requirement for this very reason.
djousma 08/27/19 06:04am Fifth-Wheels
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