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RE: Help with awning

I've seen some people who have slit light pvc pipe and put it over their awnings. Cut in shorter lengths for storage. You can buy the same sort of thing commercially, but a =lot= more expensive. The various "Alumaguard" covers run from $200 for very short awnings to $800 for the longest ones and most are black. Why TF would I want to put a =black= awing cover on my awning when I live in AZ? Just another stupid idea from the RV industry. The =original= Alumaguards were at least brushed aluminum finish. I've spent about 3 hours looking to find them, but they seem to have disappeared in favor of black. Lyle
laknox 07/29/21 09:39am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Jacking up 5th wheel?

Asking for trouble if you put the jack under the curved U bolt. Put it under the lowest spring leaf next to the axle. A flat surface not prone to slipping. Or you could buy, or make, something like THIS. Lyle
laknox 07/29/21 09:30am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Looking for Recommendations on Floor Jacks

I am going on a long road trip and I am trying prepare. Do you all use a floor jack when you have blow outs or do you just use the truck's jack? I was looking at getting 1 1/2 ton floor jack to carry with me. Thanks. As others have said, floor jacks aren't the best to use in most situations you'll find yourself in if you have a flat. And, frankly, you'd likely need more than a 1.5t floor jack to lift a heavier FW. Me, I started off with a 4t bottle jack and found out the hard way that it would =not= lift one end of a 5200 lb axle when loaded. Ended up using my truck's OEM jack and it worked like a champ, though =lots= of cranking. After that, I bought a 12t "trucker" bottle jack and have carried both since then. With my current KZ, with 4-point leveling, I'd have zero problem in using the jacks to lift up the rig to change a tire. My curb side tires are usually 2" off the ground when I level in the street in front of my house, so using them to jack up for the short time it takes to change a tire is no strain on them, at all. I just need to play with the controls to see if I can manually level side-to-side as well as fore and aft. Lyle
laknox 07/29/21 09:23am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Towing My Boat Behind My Fiver'

The forum really is slow when you have this few of comments on what is always a hot topic that causes many to get their panties in a bunch. I've towed a boat tandem behind my 5er since about 1999. I have not towed through the states that you mention, but I'll share my experiences and you can take them for what they are worth. (SNIPPED) Trailer brakes on that 5000# boat rig? Surge brakes, most likely. Personally, I'd like to know what Bionic Man did to beef up the frame on his FW to handle that trailer load. Lyle 5er frame was reinforced all the way forward of the axles. Done correctly, then. :B Lyle
laknox 07/27/21 09:03am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Transitioning Class A to Super duty truck and Fifth Wheel

Were it me, I'd go with the Grand Design any day. IMO, their quality is much better. Lyle
laknox 07/27/21 09:01am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Towing My Boat Behind My Fiver'

The forum really is slow when you have this few of comments on what is always a hot topic that causes many to get their panties in a bunch. I've towed a boat tandem behind my 5er since about 1999. I have not towed through the states that you mention, but I'll share my experiences and you can take them for what they are worth. (SNIPPED) Trailer brakes on that 5000# boat rig? Surge brakes, most likely. Personally, I'd like to know what Bionic Man did to beef up the frame on his FW to handle that trailer load. Lyle
laknox 07/26/21 09:35am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Jacking up 5th wheel?

When you jack up your 5th wheel do you: - place the jack under the axle between the hanger u-bolts - jack up the frame - use a ramp to drive the good tire onto - other...please explain I know I'll catch **** for it, but if it came down to it, I'd use my 4-point leveling system to jack the whole rig up. Each jack is capable of lifting nearly the whole GVW of my KZ, so 2 should work well, let alone all 4. Just leveling my rig out in the street in front of my house leaves the curb-side tires off the ground about 2". Lyle
laknox 07/26/21 09:24am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Jacking up 5th wheel?

Simple and safe method to do any repair. I have used on my 19 and 24k Mobile Suites 5er's. https://i.imgur.com/fwQnBHPl.jpg But, but, but... That will overstress the one tire by putting too much load on it, same as driving over a curb at low speed! (/sarcasm) Lyle
laknox 07/26/21 09:22am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Towing My Boat Behind My Fiver'

It is legal in Georgia as long as the second unit is towed behind a fifth wheel. Your problem will be length. Same in AZ. FW first and ball or pintle second; no exceptions, per the law. In reality, I see contractors towing 2 utility trailers or a utility trailer and a mixer, relatively often. =Legally=, legal length is 65' from front bumper to center of the rear axle. Up to 10' of "overhang" from the center of the rear axle to the furthest rear point is "legal", giving an OAL of 75', per statute. Lyle
laknox 07/22/21 07:33pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: F250 Short Bed Adding Diesel Auxiliary Tank

I put a 41 gallon tank in my 2012 short bed F250. The filler neck is just above the rails. I have over a foot between the 5th wheel and the tank, just in case I ride the pin over the 5th wheel. My 5er is light on the pin and I am still about 300 pounds under on weight. My tank is offset all the way to the passenger side, to haul a 2 person kayak when not towing. Now I can drive all day, and only have to fuel once. Cured my range worries. I can drive all day, too, but, at a certain age, you just gotta stop and pee. :-) Might was well top up at the same time. I just plan my trips so that I don't have to be in a hurry. I also carry a 5 gal fuel can for just-in-case, but there are times that I actually =plan= on using it to stretch me out a bit. Lyle
laknox 07/22/21 10:26am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Saving the Clutch

Thanks all for the replies. I don't have 4 miles, but I do have a 500 foot paved driveway that is very steep in spots and one car wide. I need to bring it up top and swing the truck and trailer around. It levels out at the top, but not enough to prevent me from having to maneuver with the trailer on a fairly level spot but with the truck on a steep decline. To make things more interesting the trailer will be parked where I have asphalt millings (a hair better than gravel). I worry about traction so I'm going to try to keep the truck on the pavement as much as possible when getting the trailer in its spot. I was goofing around with the 2LOW kit today and it works as designed. I have less traction when backing in 2LOW vs. 2HI for whatever reason. I brought the truck down a really steep part of the asphalt millings and it would back itself out in 2WD but with the 2LOW engaged it just dug itself a hole with the left rear tire. I'm not too concerned because I'd never bring anything but the 4WD down there but it's just an observation. I've over analyzed this situation to death but I think I'm good. I'm bringing the trailer up here on Saturday so wish me luck... I was 4-wheeling with a friend about 45 years ago. We were in his K Jimmy and were in 4LO on some dirt and degraded rock. Kept spinning out, even a low speeds. Shifted to 4HI and we had no problems. Seems the slip of the torque converter allowed him to "feather" the throttle a bit more and kept the tires from losing traction. I was at a campground with our, then new, KZ FW. Packed dirt and sand drives. I had to back up a slight incline into our site and, even with the weight of the FW on the pin, started slipping. Dropped into 4HI and backed right in. Lyle
laknox 07/22/21 10:19am Fifth-Wheels
RE: B&W Companion Hitch Shock replacement

Jerry, really?? You want Ron to report you to the B&W club?? Did you know there is 1 single grease zerk as well? There =should= be 3. Should be a 90 zerk to grease the head pivots so you can grease without having to take the head off to do so. Been wanting to drill and tap these for years, but have never gotten roundtuit. :-) Lyle I only have 1... The bushings are accessible once the head is removed... HITCH MAINTENANCE Grease the saddle through the grease zerk approximately every six months with multipurpose grease. This allows the coupler to pivot freely. As needed, grease the polyurethane bushings with high-grade lithium grease. Spread a thin layer of multi-purpose grease around the inside surface of the jaws where they grasp the kingpin. On page #24 is the maintenance - B & W maintenance - Companion Ford Puck Yes, I do do this, yearly. (I don't tow all that much, right now.) Jaws get greased every couple trips. Lyle
laknox 07/22/21 10:15am Fifth-Wheels
RE: B&W Companion Hitch Shock replacement

Jerry, really?? You want Ron to report you to the B&W club?? Did you know there is 1 single grease zerk as well? There =should= be 3. Should be a 90 zerk to grease the head pivots so you can grease without having to take the head off to do so. Been wanting to drill and tap these for years, but have never gotten roundtuit. :-) LyleHere ya go. :) https://i.imgur.com/FwPhLLb.jpg height=400 Well, cr@p. Now I =do= have a round tuit, so I'm going to have to do this. Fortunately, we have POWER at our shop! :-) Lyle
laknox 07/22/21 10:13am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Towing My Boat Behind My Fiver'

Looking for some opinions from those who have done this,,, i have a Dodge 3500 diesel dually with a 36' CC fiver that I travel from Ontario to Florida and I'm considering bringing my 20' inboard boat with me. I understand that triple towing is illegal in Georgia and Florida but I've seen so many doing it and have been told by many that the police don't bother snow-birds doing it. Again I'd like to hear your opinions,, thanks in advance! In short, don't do it. You'll be over-length, for sure, and =that= will most likely be the trigger for you to get pulled over. Lyle
laknox 07/22/21 10:08am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Saving the Clutch

I use 4-low a lot...but, hate the stress it puts on the drivetrain. Not fond of the “crow hopping” when in a tight maneuver. There are ways/methods/components to disengage the front drivetrain, it’s only a matter of money.....a goodly portion of it! memtb I use 4LO when towing the mile off the "main" road into our boondock site. Not because I couldn't tow it in 4HI or even 2wd, but the road's a bit rocky in spots so this helps me to just creep over the rough spots at idle. As soon as I get past the bad spots, I switch back to 4HI, then 2wd when I'm maneuvering. I also use 4HI on the dirt road coming in, as it's got washboards and, even with the weight of the pin, the back end can hop a bit. Never over about 25 mph for the 4 miles in, and no really sharp turns, so I don't feel that it's putting much stress on things. Lyle
laknox 07/20/21 12:47pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Opinions on 5th Wheels with Island Kitchens

Hi, My husband and I have been a Travel Trailer owner since 2004. We are looking into the possibility of moving to a 5th Wheel. As for floor plans I am most interested in the floor plan with an island kitchen. Although our plans do not include a large in length for a 5th wheel, we are looking at the ones that are 34ft and below. Another feature that is appealing is the outdoor kitchen. Some other important function features are the ability to access the bathroom and refrigerator while slide outs are in. Looking at these floor plans would anyone like to share their pros and cons? What do you suggest we keep in mind as we look? Manufacture of Grand Design keeps popping up when I do searches...Any suggestions on other manufactures? We are planning on purchasing a used trailer, a 2018 and above in age. Ha,ha we say that now but you know how it is when you go to look ;) Any advice is appreciated....obviously owning a TT since 2004 we have the basic of Rving down, but moving into a 5th Wheel is a new concept for us. Thank you, Denise Denise, my #1 pick when I was shopping had an optional island that was counter and storage =only=; no sink. =My= plan was to get one =without= the island, then get a rolling cart that we could move as-needed to gain the same counter and storage space. I would have added small recessed d-rings in the floor to strap it down while traveling. It was the KZ Durango 1500 D284RLT which, sadly, they stopped making in 2018. I never was able to find one to lay eyes on but we lucked into a D277RLT which has a =peninsula= kitchen. Wife loves it, so that ended that search. :-) Well, that and a price that we simply couldn't pass up. Having the peninsula =does= mean that we have to move the street slide out a bit to access the fridge, but we also have a remote so can do so from the truck, if needed. The counter and storage space are, however, wonderful. Bathroom is fully accessible at all time. Both of these FWs are under 32' long. KZ has 2 models in their "Half Ton" line that are < 34' that have islands. They are the D263RLT and the D283RLT. The 263 is listed as dealer stock only, so may be hard to find. KZ is decent quality. IMO, GD is probably a bit better, overall, but I have no experience with GD. Lyle
laknox 07/20/21 12:15pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: B&W Companion Hitch Shock replacement

Jerry, really?? You want Ron to report you to the B&W club?? Did you know there is 1 single grease zerk as well? There =should= be 3. Should be a 90 zerk to grease the head pivots so you can grease without having to take the head off to do so. Been wanting to drill and tap these for years, but have never gotten roundtuit. :-) Lyle
laknox 07/20/21 12:06pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: B&W Companion Hitch Shock replacement

Just called B&W and they are sending me a new shock for my RVB3300 hitch. Wow. No money required, will be here on a couple days. Now, how do I replace it? Has anyone done this? Does it require taking the whole upper end apart? Yes. I've had one sitting in my garage for several years because of this. Once we finally get power to our shop, I'll get the hitch torn down and get mine replaced. Love B&W's customer service. I have the old 16k hitch and every 3-4 years they have to send me new u-bolts when I break one off. I keep the unbroken ones for just-in-case. :-) Lyle
laknox 07/20/21 12:04pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: F250 Short Bed Adding Diesel Auxiliary Tank

There are also OEM tank replacements available that are under bed. On a short bed, you can go from about 25 gallons to ~46 gallons, IIRC. Again, you do have to watch payload weights. Lyle
laknox 07/20/21 12:01pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: How many strokes??

My Mobile Suites came with the Dexter system. Every or every other year I raised the RV and grabbed the outer edge of each tire and did the push pull to feel for bearing pay. Never needed adjustment so I did the grease pump method. Never a bit of grease escaped. Bearings and races looked new when I changed to oil bath system. I use AMZ/OIL grease. All sounds just dandy , but noticed no one wanted to answer any of my questions. So I am assuming you keep pumping grease until something goes wrong . I, basically, did. I said that I pumped until I could hear air crackling through the seal, then stopped. We did that for decades on the farm and rarely had any issues. Only had one cultivator that had small gauge wheels that just had crappy hubs and the seals didn't fit tight from new. We ended up having to silicone them all in when we changed them, not for sealing around the outside, but as glue to try and keep them in place. Lyle
laknox 07/16/21 09:26am Fifth-Wheels
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