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RE: Fifth Wheel toppers

Thanks yes we just had the Santa Barbara storm and Florida has some good rain so considering due to rain fall ingress or am I missing something thanksWell, I wouldn't be without them, but if you're having issues with rain coming in past the slide wipers, I would fix that issue before doing anything.
fj12ryder 01/26/23 07:02pm General RVing Issues
RE: Big Foot Jacks

FWIW, make sure it's the cylinder leaking, and not a hose. I had to replace a hose, and maybe another one this spring, due to crazing of the hose. It was actually oozing through the hose itself. Not a huge amount, but it makes a mess no matter what.
fj12ryder 01/26/23 07:38am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Relationship between jacks and slides?

Gosh guys, thank you very much. Not a problem, I'm used to people questioning my answers, only they usually use much worse language, and end up talking bad about my mama. :) Yeah, we do go back a ways.
fj12ryder 01/25/23 06:22pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Relationship between jacks and slides?

That makes sense for how the motor fried. I'm still having a hard time visualizing the role of the hydraulic fluid in a rack and pinion system. It looks like the motor turns the pinion that moves the slides in and out. The belly is inclosed and there's a limit to what I can see from the outside, but I still feel like I need someone to whiteboard the whole thing out for me.Now I cannot say they all are like this, but my rack and pinion kitchen and living room slides are pushed out directly by the hydraulic cylinders, the rack and pinion keeps both sides moving equally, as there is just one hydraulic cylinder pushing the slide out. The rack and pinion do no actual work, they just keep things aligned. That's how mine work anyway.
fj12ryder 01/25/23 04:28pm Fifth-Wheels

After my last experience with Carlisle, in 2012 though, they left a bad taste in my mouth. I am sure the new Carlisle design is much better, but I bought another set of Sailun. I tend to go with what I know works.
fj12ryder 01/25/23 10:37am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Relationship between jacks and slides?

I'm going to have to bust out a sharpie to mark the reservoir and check your work. :BLOL I can tell you, our last 5th wheel had just the hydraulic slides, and the level did raise and lower. But all three slides were hydraulic.
fj12ryder 01/24/23 03:07pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Relationship between jacks and slides?

Yes, the fluid just circulates between the slide pistons and the jack pistons. Where the pressurized fluid goes is determined by the solenoid valves opening and closing hydraulic valves directing the pressurized fluid from the hydraulic pump. Actually the level should vary as the slides go in or out. The volume is going to be less for the slide pistons, so it may not be as noticeable.
fj12ryder 01/24/23 02:13pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Relationship between jacks and slides?

I assume you have hydraulic slides and hydraulic jacks? Simply put, it's not really two systems, it's one system that does one thing: the motor runs a pump that pressurizes the hydraulic system. What that hydraulic system does depends on the particular valve that is opened, i.e. slide system, or jack system. The pump/motor doesn't care, it's just pumps fluid.
fj12ryder 01/24/23 01:03pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Fifth Wheel toppers

^^ Why?The normal reasons given are "they flap", "they collect water", "they get dirty". The reasons for are "they help keep the trailer cool by keeping the sun off the slide tops", "they keep the snow and ice off the top of the slides" after you've brought in the slides with ice and snow on top, you'll see the value, "they keep pine cones, acorns, branches, etc from becoming squashed into the slide seals", "no longer any need to carry that leaf blower, broom, ladder, and other gear to clean the leaves and such off the top of the slide before bringing in the slide". Properly installed they will not flap except in very strong winds. To me, a non-issue. Some people like 'em, some people don't.
fj12ryder 01/24/23 10:39am General RVing Issues
RE: Fifth Wheel toppers

I have owned them on my last two trailers, NEVER be without them again. :)
fj12ryder 01/24/23 10:32am General RVing Issues
RE: Fifth Wheel toppers

Looking for recommendations of places to have slide toppers installed? Or where to purchase them to install yourself? I'd look around for an independent RV repair shop to do the work.
fj12ryder 01/23/23 07:07pm General RVing Issues
RE: PayPal Money Request Scam

I love Ebay, and use it a lot. Usually better prices than Amazon, and the shipping is usually included, and I don't have to pay sales tax. What's not to love? Paypal? Never have had an issue...ever. Beats anyone who uses a debit card online. FWIW, we just fixed our 15 year old clothes dryer with an Ebay vendor. I think they're great.
fj12ryder 01/21/23 08:26pm Technology Corner
RE: EV alternative for light/medium duty trucks

You Chicken little men are too much. A Tesla semi breaks down and you want to scrap the entire program. I wonder if Kenworth had this bashing when there first truck broke down! Funny thing is we have large wrecker companies, trucker down website and all kinds of resources dedicated to repairing over the road semi trucks. Why?............Because they break down! They all breakdown. I don't think the Tesla Semi truck sky is falling just yet!Yeah, but how many of the Tesla semi's on the road have broken down? Percentage-wise what would that be? :)
fj12ryder 01/21/23 12:17pm Tow Vehicles
RE: EV alternative for light/medium duty trucks

Respectfully, the Greeks built the Parthenon. Thanks, my bad. Meant Pantheon. All the more amazing since it has a concrete dome. With no reinforcing steel. Agreed, there’s multiple engineering feats we can’t match today.Uh, no not really.
fj12ryder 01/21/23 07:44am Tow Vehicles
RE: time to replace brakes?

Brake pads/shoes for cars and trucks are cheap, brake shoes for trailers, not so much.
fj12ryder 01/19/23 03:14pm Tech Issues
RE: Extinction of Fossil Fuels

JMO, but if they need a generator, they aren't electric only. Last time I checked generators don't run on electricity. :)
fj12ryder 01/19/23 07:59am General RVing Issues
RE: RV Flex Armor

I have read of many posts that say they're very happy with the Flex Armor coating, but after spending $6,000-$8,00 I'd say that too. :) But seriously, it does seem to have a large number of supporters.
fj12ryder 01/18/23 08:35am Fifth-Wheels
RE: RV Wholesalers - reviews/opinions wanted

When we bought our last 5th wheel we didn't buy locally, however we talked to the local dealer about servicing our 5th wheel if we bought it elsewhere, and they had no issues with it, and actually did some warranty work when a recall came in. We put $500 down, with the understanding we would not be moving forward in the purchase process if we found issues that we couldn't get resolved. We towed our old 5th wheel down there, did a 4 hour PDI and had all the minor issues fixed and transferred all our stuff at their campground onsite. We had a very favorable experience, but YMMV.
fj12ryder 01/16/23 07:58am General RVing Issues
RE: EV alternative for light/medium duty trucks

To paraphrase Fiddler on the Roof "May God Bless the Government, and keep it far away from us".Just repeat after me: "We're from the government, and we're here to help you." :)Yep, get the guvmint off our backs! Well, unless they want to send a Social Security check or pay my bills with Medicare or keep the Ruuskies out of my backyard....:BNow, now, just because you didn't pay into Social Security for 40 years doesn't mean the rest of didn't. I loaned that money to the government all those years, and now I want it back, just like they promised, with interest. :)
fj12ryder 01/15/23 03:17pm Tow Vehicles
RE: EV alternative for light/medium duty trucks

To paraphrase Fiddler on the Roof "May God Bless the Government, and keep it far away from us".Just repeat after me: "We're from the government, and we're here to help you." :)
fj12ryder 01/15/23 12:28pm Tow Vehicles
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