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RE: Anyone have to send fiver back to mfg for major repair?

Back a few years ago, Sept of 2016, we had issues with some slide out seals / gaskets. Grand Design, scheduled the unit back to the factory for repairs. They paid for our gas to and from, paid for our lodging for four days and replaced all the slide out gaskets and went through and made sure everything was in spec. We didn't have any other issues with it while we had it until late 2019.
jffnkrn 09/18/21 08:37am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5er accidents

well, I am going to chime in after reading through the majority. We are Arizona residents, drive I-17 quite a bit, to and from we see a bunch, a lot, and may I say too many people driving way to fast especially coming down the hills. We have seen a few over the years, mostly near the bottom as they "almost" made it. must have been going to fast and were tangled up with themselves on the side of the road or all over the road. Now I might add, we were recently in an accident in South Lake Tahoe, while we were in the fast lane, about 30mph, the lady that hit us came from the side merge lane, crossed it crossed the slow lane, T boned at an angle the front right of our truck, then I zigged into the center lane, then zagged across all lanes, with the final zig onto the curb / gutter / sidewalk. All was done in a few seconds and scarred the you know what out of us. Everyone was fine, just a lot of damage. Thankfully no-one was hurt, but a lot of inconvenience, cost, time loss etc. That happened on July 1, 2021 and we may have truck back next week, trailer will be probably another month. so for what it is worth, not all accident are the cause of the Fiver Drivers like us, but we have to be ready, prepared, and always cautious of what is happening behind, up ahead and along side of us. And we do the speed limit or less. Let the others go on and get there or not. Have a great day! ! ! Be Safe ! ! !
jffnkrn 09/18/21 08:22am Fifth-Wheels
Accident and Warranties

Well, here goes, As some have read my previous post about an accident back on July 1. so far, looks like we will be getting truck back, repaired of course, maybe yet this week. Trailer is still in the decision making stages. Inspection and inspections and inspections. so now it looks like and I am somewhat planning on getting it back, repaired of course. So now the big question, Has anyone requested some type of warranty for a repaired unit? I am thinking of getting a good warranty and hopefully get the "at fault" insurance/party foot the bill. At least for 2 years, hopefully 3. any thoughts, ideas etc. are greatly appreciated, or if you have had experience with one or some, let me know. Thanks again in advance. Jeff
jffnkrn 09/16/21 12:25pm Around the Campfire
RE: who's towing with gas and 342 vs 373

All good info here and I appreciate all. to add to the info. I do have a fifth wheel with the typical height, mine is right at 13 ft also have pulled it cross country twice, once with a 2010 6.0 3:73, and a different fifth wheel with the same truck. both times I struggled a bit while climbing, but of course that wasn't constant. Wolf Creek pass, and a few others slowed me down, but overall, I had no issues. Now with the 6.0 and 4:10 that I have, we have done the west coast and multiple northern Arizona trips without issues except a little slow down while climbing. either way, a few slowdowns aren't a big deal. In addition, my local dealer has sold a few trucks that those folks went from diesel to gas with their order. AND OH, Peoria Arizona for our home. as far as the truck, most likely will step up to the 3500, I guess I am GM preferenced, new word of the day. Thanks have a great day.
jffnkrn 09/14/21 06:50am Towing
RE: who's towing with gas and 342 vs 373

yeah 6 speed tranny with manual for hill climbing and descending. In the other trucks, I would run in 5th to keep it from trying to go into overdrive/6
jffnkrn 09/11/21 10:07am Towing
who's towing with gas and 342 vs 373

Just putting the feelers out; who's towing 14k with GM gas, 6.6 and with 373 or 342. How do you like it, How don't you like it. ???
jffnkrn 09/11/21 08:23am Towing
RE: Battery Life

Thanks, I Did let them sit I believe too long without being on the charger. I took them out prior to the coach going to repair shop after an accident. So most likely I may have done it to myself. OH Well, it is what it is. I did speak with a person at Batteries Plus, Actually have right at 5 full years of service out of them. for me, was good as used to cost me an average of about $100 each for about 14 months, $7.5 per month. With the cost of these, $240 each, about $4 per month without the need for filling, smell etc. I'm good with that. anyhow, that is my story and i am sticking to it.
jffnkrn 09/08/21 10:51am Technology Corner
RE: Battery Life

Yep, I know I need two new ones. I wouldn't do it any other way. I will give the one good one to my son-in-law and he can finish it off. I was just curious about the life expectancy and how well these lasted.
jffnkrn 09/07/21 08:13pm Technology Corner
Battery Life

Good Morning, I apologize in advance if this is a duplicate, just was looking through other battery post and didn't find what I needed. I have two group 31 Absorbed Glass Mat batteries, and the have served me very well since May or June of 2016. So five full years of great service. Recently, trailer is not usable, other issues in other post of mine. Anyway, We are with my kids in their trailer for the weekend. We decided to use my batteries as his were marginal in shape. So I made sure mine were fully charged, one of them was down 10.5 volts even after charging, obviously it is passed it's useful life. The other, is at 12.5 volts and is fine. Any reasons that anyone can figure? or is it just because. They have always been fine, just weird I guess and maybe the other will quit shortly also. thanks in advance.
jffnkrn 09/07/21 08:20am Technology Corner
RE: Niagara Falls

we stayed at Four Mile Creek State Park a few years back from a recommendation from here. Loved it, nice and green, grass and close to the Falls.
jffnkrn 07/25/21 07:53am Fifth-Wheels
RE: GM and Gearing

I guess for me i would rather be in the middle somewhere, as stated earlier, i do tow about 8 to 10 thousand miles per year out of the 12 to 15 that we use the truck for. just thinking that I don't mind the chugging along on the hills a bit as we are not pulling hills all the time. that is about the biggest advantage i have seen with the 4:10 over the 3:73. well, to all, thanks and any other comments will be appreciated So you have basically a new 2500HD with 4.10s. You tow a big trailer a lot of miles a year out west at altitude and big grades. You’re contemplating a few more hp, same number of gears and then saddling it with horrible gears for towing (which they don’t make so you’d have to change gear sets in a brand new truck), all for worse performance and worse mileage than you already have?? My comment is you’re not going to do appreciably better with ANY new gasser for your use and your propose plan is actually worse than your current vehicle. You are solidly in the realm of making good use of a diesel. Or at a minimum get a new Ford or Ram with a better trans, more power and deeper gears. I’m actually curious where your head is at. Think you’re going to save $ on gas for the few miles a year you drive bobtail, or just don’t understand the concept of gearing? Well, I guess I asked for it! my head is on my shoulders and not where some may think. No I am not Gear Savvy, so that is why I asked the question(s). I appreciated the knowledge and the input, I can afford the extra few dollars for gas, I am not a diesel person and so there ya have it. Thanks again for the input. I will do some further research before I buy the next truck. I am looking forward to it. Have a great rest of your day!!! Thanks again.
jffnkrn 10/18/20 05:44pm Tow Vehicles
Thousand Trails Membership

We received a membership with a new trailer purchase and are considering another year. I am considering the purchase of an existing membership. Any info would be helpful. Thanks, Jeff
jffnkrn 10/18/20 09:13am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
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