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RE: What options?

Cruise control in my TV.... Mine quit working yesterday. I didn't realize how much I use it until it went away... Oh HELL, yeah! :B Lyle
laknox 08/23/19 09:59am Fifth-Wheels
RE: What options?

What options do you have that you'll never do without again? What options do you have that sounded good but that you hardly use? As for me auto leveling is the greatest! I really like that option!! Least thing is the grill in the outside kitchen. Now I like the kitchen for making my coffee and the small fridge but the grill will get little or no use. Auto-level is the bomb! Had a grill with my old Komfort and it was nearly worthless. Don't know about you, but I like a little char on my burgers, dogs and steaks. Grey meat, even if done, just isn't appetizing. Also, we've gotten to the point where, when boondocking for a few days, we bring prepared foods in the freezer or fridge, or simple stuff that's easy to fix and clean up. When we're at a full-hookup campground, we'll have snacks in the FW, but will likely go out to eat, since we're usually there to NOT be in the campground, but out seeing the sights. :B Electric awning is meh. I worry whenever a gust of wind comes up and it's out. I'd take a manual awning any day. Thinking about putting slide toppers on, though. Still not a huge fan of the "convenience station" for all the water hookups. On my rig, it's flimsy and I worry about ripping it loose when turning valves or hooking up the hose. I =do= like the winterizing siphon and used it for the first time just a few weeks ago. Ran out of water while boondocking and used it to empty a blue cube into the fresh tank for final cleanup and bathroom before leaving. Surprised me that the pump started as soon as I turned the valves into the "siphon" position. I still don't like not having a gravity feed, though. Even though they're pretty well industry standard, I LOVE the LED lights throughout. Power use is way, WAY down! Lyle
laknox 08/23/19 09:58am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Fifth Wheel Height

Brochure.......12'10" Actual measurement AFTER setting up 5vr for level towing....13'4" Unreal that you have a 6" difference. What do you think it is? Lyle
laknox 08/23/19 09:34am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Can’t get dealer info I need on battery charging

If the charger/convertor is WFCO, replace it. Install a 12V digital meter somewhere you can view. Panel mounted digital volt meters are cheap on the internet. I installed a on/off switch on this one. Have a similar one in our 48V golf cart. https://i.imgur.com/MBpTj1fl.jpg Where did you tap into; direct to the battery or on a hot line in the panel? Lyle
laknox 08/22/19 09:52am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Thoughts on Cougar 364bhl vs Reflection 311BHS

We are considering making the move to a fifth wheel and were really considering the Grand Design Reflection 311BHS floorplan but then walked through the Cougar 364BHL floorplan. They are both priced very similar and ave the same features. We really like the bigger beds for the kids as they grow in the Cougar but for some reason, I have it in my head that Cougar is not as nice a brand as Grand Design? The only other downfall (maybe) is the height of the Cougar. Its listed a full foot taller than the Reflection at 13'5? What are your thoughts? Check out some of the KZ Durango models, especially the Durango "Half Ton". Very similar. Lyle
laknox 08/22/19 09:46am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Rough Ride

Thanks for all of the replies. I'm going to play with air pressure a bit, and see if I can mitigate some of the issues. Selling/replacing the tires is not a realistic option, since I don't want to throw $700-800 bucks away. Bet you could put Endurance on the same wheels and sell the Sailuns and wouldn't be OOP more than 200-300, at most. Lyle
laknox 08/22/19 09:39am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Rough Ride

JMO but from my experience I would say way too much tire for the job. The Sailuns (4080 -4400 lbs capacity) work best for 7k and 8k axles but not the best idea on trailers with light loaded 6k-5.2k axles. I got into the over tire issues on my tandem axle cargo trailers with 5.2k axles with 15" OEM load C tires. My other trailers (heavier) with 6k-7k axles had 16" tires so I moved both cargo trailers (our job site tool trailers) to 16" E tires. After that move we found tools scattered all over the trailers floor. At that time we had many 15" LT tires available so went to a 15" C load tire. No more tools shook loose from their hangers/shelves. I would put those G load Sailuns on CL and use that money to re tire the trailer with a 16" LT E Bridgestone R-238 commercial grade all steel ply carcass like the Sailuns if they fit or a ST E tire like the Provider....Endurance....Carlisle HD in that order. These are a better class ST tire than what we used 6-8 years ago. Yeah, with 16" wheels, the Duravis would be an excellent choice. I did find it interesting that the Endurance is a 123 load rating (3,417 lbs) with an 80 mph speed rating but the Carlisle HD is a 124 load rating (3,547 lbs) but has a 75 mph speed rating. I also find it interesting that the Maxxis 8008 is the most expensive in this size at Discount Tire, by $33/tire over the Endurance. Has a 124 load rating, but no speed rating is given by DT, though we all know that they're still only rated to 65 mph. Which Provider do you like? Lyle
laknox 08/21/19 10:08am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Rough Ride

Last fall, I installed a set of Sailun tires on my Montana, upgrading to G rated tires. I’m running only 90-95 pounds in the tires. They are shaking the camper quite a bit. Last week, we cravked three crock pots on the way home. Does anyone else experience this? WAY overkill on the tires. Bet it's placarded for D tires, so E tires would have been much more appropriate. I'd say run them at 70-80 and see how it rides. Sell the Sailuns and get some Endurance. Lyle OEM tires 235/80R16E Shipping weight 9,870 Carrying cap 3,995 Hitch 1,865 One would be hard pressed to load 4K of "stuff" into it. So dry axle weight is 8K, throw a ton at it and axles are most likely under 10K. This trailer would do better with Endurance ST235/80R16E's at 80 psi. Chris Wow! That trailer certainly didn't look like it has a near-14k GVW! Yeah, E tires all the way, fully inflated. Sailuns are just overkill. Lyle
laknox 08/21/19 09:57am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Another Newbie Question about Brands

Well, thanks to you all for your responses, and remarks based on your experiences. They are appreciated. Biggest issue you're going to find is a definite =lack= of FWs < 30', and most of the ones you do find will be in the light to very light weight class. Northwood used to have an Artic Fox that was around 26', but it's been discontinued. There's a real gap between 20' and 30' in FWs. Lyle
laknox 08/21/19 09:16am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Financing question

Another tip that a lot of people overlook, is to split your payment and make 2 payments per month. Better yet, take your total payment, round it up some to pay extra to principal =and= make 2 payments/month. Just make sure there are no pre-payment penalties! Lyle
laknox 08/21/19 09:07am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Rough Ride

Last fall, I installed a set of Sailun tires on my Montana, upgrading to G rated tires. I’m running only 90-95 pounds in the tires. They are shaking the camper quite a bit. Last week, we cravked three crock pots on the way home. Does anyone else experience this? WAY overkill on the tires. Bet it's placarded for D tires, so E tires would have been much more appropriate. I'd say run them at 70-80 and see how it rides. Sell the Sailuns and get some Endurance. Lyle
laknox 08/20/19 09:28pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Any Advice on buying a used 2012 Silverback 33REA?

"Run, Forest, run!" Lyle
laknox 08/20/19 10:27am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Level on sloped campsites. How? Unique to 5er's

After reading the entire thread, IMO, Dutch's got an issue with his leveling system. After all, it =is= an LCI product, so that surprises whom? I'd certainly look at getting the error checked and figure out why the system won't give the full extension. That 26" was =without= the extensions so add another 20" or better, and you'd have close to 4' of total extension, if necessary. Sumpin's wrong... Lyle
laknox 08/19/19 11:21am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 12V Power

Now I am curious.... I am aware of the designation of one of the pins on the 7 pin connector is 12v supply. I assumed that it was not used as none of the truck/trailer combos that I have owned have charged the trailer from the truck charging system. How common is it to have that feature from the factory? I've never heard of that, except for small utility trailers that have brakes. They have a separate breakaway battery that has to be charged by itself. Every camp trailer I've ever heard of has a charger that charges the house battery while towing. One of the selling points of our 30' PJ flatbed was that it =did= have an on-board charger, but we also have a hydraulic dove tail with a full-size battery to power it. If you have a factory-installed trailering package, then everything should already be ready to go, including the hot 12v power connector. FWIW, we have several PulseTech 10-12w solar chargers on our equipment and I use one on my FW. I was very pleasantly surprised that my batteries were still full of electrolyte and fully charged after sitting for 6 months. Lyle
laknox 08/19/19 10:20am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 12V Power

My 5th wheel does not power off of my vehicle when connected to it. A couple of times after it has set for a period of time, with no power connected to it, the 12V battery needs an assist to get the front jacks to raise for movement. This usually happens when I leave it at a dealership for repair work. When this happens they have had to use a battery pack (?) to raise the jacks. Who can tell me what type of pack they are using? Is it just a rechargeable battery pack or is it something else? Thanks. What vehicle do toy tow with. "Most" need a relay installed to charge the trailer. and then will only charge the trailer when the ignition switch is on / motor running. If you have a factory towing package, then that relay should be present. Ford and Dodge don't have a hot power connector with the key off; GM does. Lyle
laknox 08/19/19 10:10am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 12V Power

My 5th wheel does not power off of my vehicle when connected to it. A couple of times after it has set for a period of time, with no power connected to it, the 12V battery needs an assist to get the front jacks to raise for movement. This usually happens when I leave it at a dealership for repair work. When this happens they have had to use a battery pack (?) to raise the jacks. Who can tell me what type of pack they are using? Is it just a rechargeable battery pack or is it something else? Thanks. From my experience: Jacks and, usually, slides are directly connected to the battery and bypass any battery disconnect. If you're not getting charge from your truck when running, then you likely have a battery disconnect that's OFF. I found this out the hard way with my old Komfort, so now make sure my disconnect is ON when towing. If you have a Ford or Dodge, the charge connector won't work with the key off. GM's plug is always hot, even with the key off. Lousy dealer that's either not plugging your rig in or not using the disconnect, letting your batteries go flat. They do you NO favors and are killing your batteries by doing so. Make it absolutely CLEAR to them that they are to either plug your rig =properly=, i.e. with the disconnect ON (won't charge otherwise, as I personally found out), or to turn the disconnect OFF when it's not being worked on or plugged in. Tell them that they'll be giving you new batteries if they keep killing them. There is parasitic draw (smoke, gas sensors, stereo, TV) on your batteries that will kill them in just a couple weeks if you don't have a disconnect. Be willing to bet that all but the cheapest rigs built in the past 5 years have factory disconnects. Lyle
laknox 08/19/19 10:08am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Good hitch for SB Ram/Momentum combo

I'd have =real= issues towing 4" behind the axle, even if you have a 3500. At GVW, you could easily have 4k on the axle, and now you want to move that load 4" further back. As much as I'm a B&W fan, I'd opt for an autosliding hitch. You =can= install an puck system aftermarket. Not sure if any of the autosliders have capability to use a GN base. I just don't know since it's never interested me and I've never researched it. Lyle My understanding is that the weight is still on the gooseball location over the axle. The pivot point/ball is moved back 4". Therefore, the weight has not moved on the truck, but the pivot point is further back. I am not an engineer but it makes sens to me? The point contacting the truck has not changed. https://oi245.photobucket.com/albums/gg47/kingdaddyusa/BW%20offset%20ball.jpg?t=1561005330 You're still putting torque into the mount, which has the effect of lightening the front and weighing down the rear. Yeah, it's only 4", but there's nearly 2 TONS of weight on that 4" "lever". I still think that adding a puck mount and an auto-slider would be the better way to go. Lyle
laknox 08/16/19 11:03am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Good hitch for SB Ram/Momentum combo

I'd have =real= issues towing 4" behind the axle, even if you have a 3500. At GVW, you could easily have 4k on the axle, and now you want to move that load 4" further back. As much as I'm a B&W fan, I'd opt for an autosliding hitch. You =can= install a puck system aftermarket. Not sure if any of the autosliders have capability to use a GN base. I just don't know since it's never interested me and I've never researched it. Lyle
laknox 08/16/19 09:39am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Ice cream?

All I can say is that on our boondocker a couple weeks ago, the kids' popsicles stayed fully frozen with zero issues, as did the 2 bags of ice. Maybe the high-50's low temps helped. :B Lyle
laknox 08/15/19 09:03am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Ice cream?

Hi, If I understand you correctly, you added a fan in the food part of fridge and not the freezer? The working medium passes through the freezer first, so adding a fan seems to me to do nada for the freezer. I know it makes no difference in my freezer whether the fan is "on" or "off". Adding a fan to the "back" (chimney) of the fridge does improve cooling time and freezer operation. I added a computer fan inside the fridge. Freezer easily keeps ice cream frozen. Fans in the fridge compartment are to stir the air for more consistent cooling. I know that if I don't use my little fan, I'll freeze stuff in one spot and other spots seem a bit "warm". I'm usually able to operate 1 number warmer with it than without. Lyle
laknox 08/14/19 11:46am Fifth-Wheels
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