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RE: Bearings and bad decisions......

Replaced two axles on our old TT a couple of years ago. Started off inspecting/repacking them every year. A couple of years, we only traveled a couple thousand miles. The second year, I decided to go two years between inspection/repacking. Noticed a missing hub and jacked up the axle to "take a look". Wheel wobbled like loose lugs as soon as the weight of the trailer was taken off the axle. Strange for so few miles. But, I am a believer. We have a very good independent (not Trailer Sales Company) RV repair shop close by. I now take the 5th Wheel in every year. In the state of Texas, you now have to have a safety inspection in order to get registration renewed. I take it in to have it inspected and have them do a general look-around while it is there - including checking bearings and repacking. Good money spent on "Therapy".
humblerb 08/26/19 12:51pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Financing question

With cars or trailers, I let the dealer finance just to get out as quick as possible. It also makes them happy to know they got a kickback for setting up a loan. Then I call my insurance company and give them the details and let them refinance it. Could probably do the same with a Credit Union. I think I've been told that the period for refinance and the unit still be considered "New" is 12 months. I could be wrong on the time frame, but just do it as soon as you get a chance.
humblerb 08/22/19 03:19pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Towing speed

Our TT tires were rated at 65. I always tried to stay just below 65. The 5th Wheel tires now are rated to 75 or 80, somewhere like that. I really like the 65 pace, so I continue there with the FW. The post on braking has as much to do with it as the travel time does.
humblerb 08/15/19 10:15am Towing
RE: Towing speed

In the great lakes region many interstates are 70 (some even 75). I will range from 65-69 when in those areas. Interestingly, fuel mileage consistently works otherwise in my rig. I will do 10-15% better at 65mph than at 55mph. I'm not well-versed enough to know why, but I presume it must have something to do with the gearing on the transmission. You are now well-versed. It has to do with either higher RPMs in a lower gear or lugging (too low RPMs). Both will burn more gas than when you are at whatever speed is optimum for your rig.
humblerb 08/15/19 10:05am Towing
RE: Real towing advise please

fdwt994 is correct. It is nearly impossible to reach Tow Rating without exceeding Cargo Rating first. You concentrate on a trailer that allows you to stay within your Cargo rating and have 12%-15% tongue weight and you will most likely be well below your Tow rating. You don't want to exceed either and the Cargo rating is almost always met way before the Tow rating.
humblerb 08/15/19 09:46am Towing
RE: Another Newbie Question about Brands

We are one year in to our Grand Design and have only had one issue. A board went out on the propane part of the fridge. Contacted GD. They told my wife on the phone how to remove the old one (in about 2 minutes). Got the info needed on it and shipped us a replacement free. Wife installed the now one and works like a charm. My wife did a lot of research before we upgraded from our TT and read many, many similar stories. This and a Keystone Premier TT are our only experience. The TT was like 99.9% of the rest of them. It was a light weight home on wheels that would take a pounding driving on highways. Just the nature of campers.
humblerb 08/14/19 02:34pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5th wheel lifting bracket

i have my 6 year old granddaughter lift mine off. :D (Andersen Ultimate) I, too, have a 6 year old granddaughter. Never thought of that option. I love these message boards for great problem solving ideas.:D
humblerb 08/13/19 09:16am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5th wheel lifting bracket

I mounted a hook to the garage joist and attached an electric winch. Used a tow strap to lift it out. I'll likely just leave it in from now on unless I really have to remove it because the tabs that fit down into the rails for the pins to go through are a pain in the neck to get lined up so all 4 drop in place. My set up is so tight and precise that it took me forever to get it to drop in. I have the same issue. I just thought the knuckleheads that installed it didn't get the rails aligned just right. I take the top off when I am not using the hitch, but leave the base in for this reason. It would sure be nice to use my $50,000 truck bed to haul a piece of plywood again. LOL I've got to figure out a way to get my base off (and back in) without lifting it by hand (I'm old and fat). Thought about something like an engine lift. My shop door is 10' and I can't back in far enough to use the ceiling trusses of the shop.
humblerb 08/13/19 09:11am Fifth-Wheels
RE: When replacing tow vehicle, do you.....

agesilaus That was sort of my thought, also. Just curious what folks with more experience had to say about it. Thanks,
humblerb 08/11/19 12:02pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Please help me identify 5th wheel towing issue.

My GUESS would be that you are a little nose-high. When you head up a hill, the back end drops and the front raises. I'd suggest checking your level when hitched up. Need to be slightly nose-down, rather than slightly nose up.
humblerb 08/11/19 12:01pm Fifth-Wheels
When replacing tow vehicle, do you.....

take out the rails and use on the new vehicle? Or do you replace on the new vehicle? I'm in my first Fifth Wheel and 2500 tow vehicle. Just curious what most people do. At this point in my life, I'm paying someone else to do the installation.
humblerb 08/11/19 11:51am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5th wheel measurement vs length

in everyone opinion would a 14' door be large enough? Say it will sag and only open to 13' 6"? Are you going with a motorized opener? In manual, mine sags a lot more than 6". I need to push and hold it up with a 14' 2" X 4" to get it to stay up. Your doors sag? Really? I have a 14' door on a 14 year old shop. Doesn't sag at all. Also, the rails on mine are mounted above the level of the door opening, so even if mine did sag, the door wold still be higher than the opening. Be sure to consider doing this when you build. I didn't build mine. I bought the house with the shop already there.
humblerb 10/18/18 03:53pm Fifth-Wheels
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