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Converter replacement

Thinking of doing a converter replacement on the rig in my sig and looking for recommendations. Specifically, I want a multi-stage unit, so am just starting research. Is a 3 stage "enough" or should I consider a 4 stage? Brand(s) to consider / run away from? TIA... Lyle
laknox 04/09/20 09:11am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Old tv cabinet

I was planning on doing something like this on my old Komfort, but didn't trust the walls to have any supporting structure for a mount. My plan was to get a 1/2-3/4" piece of plywood the same size as one of the sidewalls or the rear wall of the TV cove and simply use Liquid Nails to glue it up, then screw the mount into that. I figured that about 3 sq ft of surface area would likely hold a nice flat screen. :-) Lyle
laknox 04/09/20 09:09am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Fifth-Wheel Movie night

If you like British shows, check out Broadchurch. I think it's on both Netflix and Amazon Prime. The Bodyguard on Netflix is excellent as well. Agree on both Broadchurch and The Bodyguard! DCI Banks is good. Same with River. Too many others to remember, offhand. Later: Shetland and Hinterland are 2 other excellent series. Lyle
laknox 04/08/20 10:03pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Old tv cabinet

That's some nice work BB! Did you also add the surround sound speakers above the TV? They're sweet. X2! Lyle
laknox 04/08/20 09:57pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Westlake tires

For all the naysayers of Sailuns, I just checked the air pressure in my 5 year old S637's today; they all lost exactly 3 psi each over 6 months in storage. They all still look like they day they were installed and have given no issues whatsoever. I would buy them again without any hesitation. Let's not forget that the Sailuns were originally introduced as truck tires with a factory "OK" for trailer use, and a lot of commercial companies were using them on their light/medium trucks. They switched certain models to an ST designation to get around tariffs, otherwise they're the same tire that was used as a truck tire. I'd say it was a d@mn smart move, as they're selling the cr@p out of them and likely making a ton more money by not having to deal with the tariffs. Lyle
laknox 04/08/20 09:26am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Fifth-Wheel Movie night

Are you getting Longmire free on something? On my Roku it is $3.99 an episode. Mike It's on Netflix as part of your subscription. x2 on Heartland. A little sappy, but not bad. Same with "When Calls the Heart". Have to see my dentist after every season, though. :-) Ozark... DW loves it; I just want to shoot most everyone since they're criminals. Just don't like shows that glorify that stuff. I just finished Altered Carbon. Wasn't a fan of the 1st season, but it finished up pretty cool. I hear there's talk of further seasons. Taking a break from The Expanse, though. It just hasn't grabbed me, but it's OK enough to watch it in dribs and drabs. I like documentaries. Ultimate Restoration is fantastic, just not enough episodes. I also like military, history, etc. We also like procedural shows, like First 48, etc. We watch a lot of British shows. I haven't started the original Morse series, but I've watched all of Lewis and Endeavour (so far). Midsomer Murders is another good series. Probably another dozen police-type shows, too. Lyle
laknox 04/08/20 09:19am Fifth-Wheels
RE: cabinet door hinge

I contacted KZ via email along with a picture and explanation. They said they will just drop a couple new hinges in the mail for me. Thanks. Good on them. So many mfrs won't deal with parts to an owner, with a "contact your dealer" attitude. I would've expected this pre-Thor, but post-Thor it does surprise me a bit. Lyle
laknox 04/08/20 09:07am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Raising my 5th wheel

I have a 2014 Open Range 5th wheel. I have a 2012 RAM 3500 which sits pretty high and my trailer sites slightly tail low. I currently have 225/74 R15 tires and was wondering if I replaced them with a 16in rim and larger tires would that raise me up a couple of inches. I really do not want to flip the axal. 16" tires likely would only give you about 0.5-0.75" more height. LCI Correct Track will give you 2". If axles are on top of the springs, do a "flip", putting the axles =under= the springs. You can gain 4-5" by doing so. If you have multiple holes in the spring hangers, make sure you're in the bottom holes. If your truck has spacers in the rear axle, remove them to lower your truck. Something I just heard about yesterday, is the Timbren Axle-Less Suspension system. They are made with no lift/drop and 2-4" of lift or drop. Max axle size is 7k, however. https://timbren.com/axle-less/ Pretty cool, especially if you boondock in rough areas. Anything beyond this would likely require installing a sub-frame and cross-members to lift the FW. Lyle
laknox 04/07/20 09:26am Fifth-Wheels
RE: cabinet door hinge

Your RV is cleary near new, why not call their Parts Department? Most likely they would send them to you free. Especially when you tell them the story "you won't believe what I just did" "2019 KZ Durango 1500 286BHD fifth wheel" First response will be, "call your dealer". Second response will be, "is that all?" :B Lyle
laknox 04/06/20 10:22am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Disc Brakes

Sorry couldn’t help it! I know :) Boy, B&W sure makes great FW hitches! I won't have anything else! :B:B:B:B:B Lyle
laknox 04/06/20 10:13am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Disc Brakes

Regarding slipper springs, we have them on our 23GVW GN trailer and, even empty, it rides pretty nice. Been thinking about the JoyRider/ComfortRide for a while, but not sure how much difference it'd make on our 10.5GVW FW. Lyle
laknox 04/06/20 10:11am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Disc Brakes

Pics??? What upgrade??? MORryde??? NOTHING better than Disk Brakes. Anyone saying Drums are just as good, well...... Your buddy did get scrued as he did not get the trade in value removed from his total cost so he could have saved Sales Tax on the trade amount. I had a friend sell me his 98 12V for what Dave Smith would have paid him on trade. I asked what about the sales tax he would have saved??? He said I would rather you have it! Good Friend!!!As I have stated before, unless you check with your state DMV, you don't know that you couldn't have applied the money you received to lower the sales tax. That is the way it works in Missouri which I didn't know for quite a few years. You have to fill out the forms as to how much you received when you sold it, and that applies to the price that was paid for the new unit. Sales tax is reduced accordingly. No forms here in Utah , you trade in a vehicle ,they subtract the trade in value , you pay the sales tax on the difference not the purchase price of the new vehicle , thats done right at the dealer, and you are done ,and licensed . Of course, this assumes that the trade-in price is decent enough that the sales tax savings makes up for the difference you could have got on a trade-in. In my experience, you're still ahead on a private sale of the old vs trading it in, in =most= cases. Here in AZ, you'd "save" about $800 (depending on location) in taxes on a $10k trade-in. If you could sell privately for $12,000, you're still ~$1,200 ahead. Just sayin'... Lyle
laknox 04/06/20 10:07am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Traveling the summer

We have a trip planned for the first week of August. I'm hopeful but I really wonder if the entire summer will be lost. Us, too. Annual family boondocker, about 2 miles from the nearest house and 35 miles from Flagstaff. Lyle
laknox 04/04/20 10:38pm RVing with Disabilities and General Health Issues
RE: Anyone seen a Van Leigh???

MNRon Wrote:"We did add MorRyde IS suspension and Kodiak disc brakes (original suspension had several issues on-line, and we were very happy with IS we had on HH)" You hit the nail on the head once you upgrade the suspension and brakes the Vilano becomes a decent upscale unit. Owners need to demand these items and not buy units with inadequate brakes and questionable suspensions. I don't fault you for upgrading I just think its a shame to have to replace the suspension and brakes on a brand new unit. Maybe progress is being made. There was a time when one needed to replace the tires on brand new units to avoid blowouts caused by the poor quality OEM tires. Experienced owners have come to realize that you need to be more concerned about the structural integrity vs. the latest brochure features. Who needs whole house internet,surround cameras, and a 3rd A/C if the axles are marginally sized and the spring mounts are inadequate. Give me factory disc brakes not insufficient electro magnetic truck pushers. Don't tell me it's a top of the line unit because it has soft close cabinets but yet the frame is weak and improperly welded. If Vilano really want to raise the bar. They will build a brand new unit that does not need to go to the suspension shop to have adequate running gear and brakes installed. Again MNRon I don't fault you for upgrading, I fault Vilano for building an alleged top of the line unit that needs upgrading. As I said, cut the glitz and add quality. I realize that if you want =both= you'll have to pay for it. Hell, a lot of the problems we, as owners, have would be solved by allowing more =options=. Lyle
laknox 04/03/20 09:22am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Gooseneck or 5th wheel

Put one of the underbed rail with turn over gooseball so you have both. Another option is just a turnover ball gooseneck & a B& W Companion that slips into the gooseneck ball shaft. I use a Curt turnover gooseneck with a Curt X-Rail that mounts in the hole and use a B& W Patriot . Really depends on how heavy a 5er your planning on. If real heavy look at the Traiersaver Airride hitches but B&W will take some really heavy ones also. As luck would have it, I was actually looking at the B&W underbed mount gooseneck. I want to get the hitch before I have the bed Line-Xed. Most of the 5ers we've looked at so far are in the 9-11K dry weight range. I would line-x it first, and not need to tape everything off, and they will not damage the liner when installing the turnover bracket. I agree 100%. I installed my own TO Ball and helped my brother install his. Both our trucks had liner beforehand and had zero damage from the install and have had zero damage from our Companion hitches. (Doesn't mean that I haven't buggered up my liner from =other= use and abuse.) For a non-OEM GN/FW truck, there are 5 holes to drill; 1 4" hole for the ball mount and 4 1/2" holes for the safety chain loops. Just marked the liner and drilled right down through. I =did= spend the money on a 4" hole saw, and have used it several times for other projects, so it was money well spent. Lyle
laknox 03/31/20 09:35am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Anyone seen a Van Leigh???

I just wish these companies would ditch half the glitz and put that cost into actual quality, especially things that are "under the skin". Lyle
laknox 03/31/20 09:30am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Sandpaper 5th wheel

One more thing how or those hooked up. Is at the power supply or inside camper. Talking about the booster. You can hook up the Hughes at the pedestal, but it's much safer to use a cord from the pedestal to the Autoformer in the pass-through, then another cord from the box to the coach plug. Lyle You don't want to use extra cords if you can avoid it. Voltage drops as a function of cable length, so longer cabling runs and extra connections eat up voltage and at high amps, connections are a potential point of failure. If you put it inside a hatch, make sure there is an air space around it (don't pile stuff on it), so that the heat can dissipate. If you do put it inside, best to hard wire it into the panel. Personally, I'd use my 25' Camco cord from the pedestal to the box, then make/have made a short cord to go the ~8-10' needed to go to the coach plug. 'Bout the same OAL length as a standard OEM cord. Lyle
laknox 03/27/20 09:35am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Sandpaper 5th wheel

One more thing how or those hooked up. Is at the power supply or inside camper. Talking about the booster. You can hook up the Hughes at the pedestal, but it's much safer to use a cord from the pedestal to the Autoformer in the pass-through, then another cord from the box to the coach plug. Lyle
laknox 03/25/20 09:41pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Sandpaper 5th wheel

I have a question about my roof top a.c. l have my camper parked and set up at a site with about 35 others. And when it really hot and everyoneIs running their AC some of the campers Air conditioners trips out that's because the wiring is old in the park what I was wondering they habit extra hours campsite beside me that no one is using is there any way I can hook up my rooftop air conditioner straight to that of the site Using a heavy duty extension cord I'd be willing to bet that when the voltage drops enough to start tripping A/C units, the =entire= park's voltage drops, so plugging in to an unused pedestal likely won't help you. I think I'd check the next pedestal over, and any other unused pedestals, when voltage starts dropping. Only solution I can think of is a voltage boost transformer, as has already been mentioned. IIRC, they give about a 10% voltage boost, so if voltage is below about 98v, they'd still only give you marginal voltage. From what I've read over the years, an A/C wants about 105v, minimum, to run without damage. Were it me, I'd be hammering the park owners to upgrade, or I'd move, if at all possible. Lyle
laknox 03/25/20 09:59am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Ground Control 3.0

Be willing to bet that the rated capacity for the jacks is well within specs, and more than enough to do the job. Now, given that it's an LCI product, the actual construction quality of the jacks is suspect from the get-go. Lyle
laknox 03/24/20 02:40pm Fifth-Wheels
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