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RE: Am I over the Max 5fer length?

Hello, We are looking to buy a 44ft 5fer.m I recently came across a Good Sam article with the trailer length limits per state. It looks like many states set the limit at 40ft. Is this something to worry about if you have the right tow vehicle? https://www.goodsam.com/article/default.aspx?articleID=1195129 MC Last time I checked, Arizona Revised Statues says that you can be 65' from the front bumper of your tow vehicle to the center of the rearmost axle of your trailer. In addition, you are allowed 10' of "overhang" from the center of the rearmost axle to the furthest rear point of the trailer =or load=. (Think of the outdrive on a boat trailer.) This means an OAL of 75' IF you have the 10' "overhang". If your FW has 8' from the center of the rear axle to the rear of your FW, then your unpermitted OAL allowed would be 73'. As others will say, you'll have a =lot= more trouble finding camping spots than with LEO about your length. Lyle
laknox 01/18/22 07:50pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Dumb mistake

For $15-20 worth of diesel, I wouldn't want to mess with it. If you really feel the need, used to have a water separating funnel on the boat. If you know someone who has one, you could run it back and forth between a couple jugs (but to buy one would be more than the fuel is worth). Friends that used to fly their plane to Mexico a =lot= in the late 40s and 50s used to use an old-fashioned goat skin chamois to filter their gas through as they filled their plane's tanks. Might work for diesel, too, just take a while. Lyle
laknox 01/18/22 08:57am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5er Noob Looking for a Hitch

I'm a B&W fanboy who also has a GN trailer, so when I was hitch shopping I ended up with both the TurnoverBall and the Companion. Love 'em both! Great company to deal with, too. Now, if I didn't have a GN trailer, I'd probably go with a puck system and get the puck-style Companion. Lyle
laknox 01/14/22 03:40pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: When is a purchase a purchase?

Even if the buyer owns it, it's not real likely that he's going to be camping in the next 2-3 months, so, were it me, I'd leave it there until it started pissing off the dealer to get it moved. I'd simply state that it's going to sit on his lot until it's fixed to my satisfaction, then contemplate a Magnusson-Moss claim due to "inability to use as designed" if he doesn't get it fixed in a timely manner. :-) Lyle
laknox 01/14/22 03:30pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Sailun tires

I watched a video of a couple leaving in their new fifthwheel yesterday and soon after leaving the dealership a sailun tire blew. He was so happy to have a quality tires and soon after getting rolling a new tire blew on the new pickup. So as I always tell NOTHING IS PERFECT. felt bad for them. chevman Makes me think that there was trash on the road that he hit, especially if the tires were on the same side. Still, as Sir Richard Branson said on live TV, "s**t happens". ;) Lyle
laknox 12/30/21 09:51am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Do you use EKON OX BLOX Trailer Jack Blocks

Those that are using the yellow lego blocks, do you just stack them up? Yep! I =do= put down a couple 2x6s underneath them when parking on dirt, or the bottoms fill up. On pavement/concrete, just put the blocks down. Lyle
laknox 12/30/21 09:48am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Question 2 - TV Upgrade Hitch Question

I'm not sure if B&W has a version to use the OEM GN hitch, only the puck version. AFAIK, all the OEM GN hitches use a round post for the GN ball, where the Companion uses a square post. Also, the "standard" Companion is rated for a max of 20,000 lbs whereas the puck version can be had in 20k and 25k versions, for a Ford. Lyle I've owned my first truck with pucks for 24 hours now. My truck's GN hole is round. I did notice the B&W post is square. If most OEM are round, when or how would someone use the square post? Why does B&W make square when most trucks are round? Sounds like I need to just go with the 4 pucks. The square post is part of their add-on Turnover Ball GN hitch system. AFAIK, they don't seem to have any plans on creating a round post GN ball. I'd call them and ask, though. Lyle
laknox 12/27/21 09:11am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Chinese Pickup towing a lightweight 5ver

They are slowly gaining acceptance as Pickup Trucks. Not a great fan of buying from China , but their quality is inproving in leaps and bounds their main attraction is a very low price. Of course stuff's cheap when it's made with de facto slave labor. Lyle
laknox 12/27/21 09:08am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Question 2 - TV Upgrade Hitch Question

I'm not sure if B&W has a version to use the OEM GN hitch, only the puck version. AFAIK, all the OEM GN hitches use a round post for the GN ball, where the Companion uses a square post. Also, the "standard" Companion is rated for a max of 20,000 lbs whereas the puck version can be had in 20k and 25k versions, for a Ford. Lyle
laknox 12/23/21 03:27pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5th wheel hitch security

moral of the story - Don't mess with a mans fresh water lever. ! ! :B Could also have been that we camped about 25 miles from the nearest fresh water and the idiots might have had to make 2 or 3 trips with my "blue cubes" to bring me more, then manually fill the tank via the gravity fill, might have had something to do with it, too. :-) 7 gallons of water isn't all that light, even for people in good shape! Lyle
laknox 12/22/21 08:45am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Aluminum Boat above cab and hood

You can sometimes find these used on Craigslist. https://boatloader.com/ Only thing I don't like about this is the fact that you're loading your boat a$$-end forward. I'd think that'd kill your mileage (even more). I'd figure out some way to load it so the pointy end is in front! :-) Lyle
laknox 12/21/21 08:32am Fifth-Wheels
RE: TV Upgrade, Hitch question: What would you do?

If it were ME, I'd sell everything and put the money towards. brand spankin new B&W Companion OEM Puck... What ^^^he^^^ said! My brother was in the same boat and was able to recover about 1/3 the cost of the new hitch from selling his old Companion. Lyle
laknox 12/21/21 08:26am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5th wheel hitch security

I've been more worried about someone messing with the latching handle than stealing my hitch. Hell, I'm more worried about someone stealing the catalytic from my T&C van in my driveway. Lyle I agree, the latching handle is a BIGGIE that can cause real damage. Frankly, I worried more about some of my prankster in-laws who might have pulled the fresh water drain on my old Komfort, while we were boondocking. :-/ It was easily in sight, marked and on a 1.25" pipe, so it drained =fast=! Could be that I always carried my 9 in my fanny pack that stopped them. Could be that they might have woken up to 5 flat tires, too. :-) Lyle
laknox 12/20/21 09:34am Fifth-Wheels
RE: For those with no bathroom access during travel mode.

As I said before, if necessary, I can have a slide open before you could unlock the door to get in, via my remote. I =do= have to put the main street slide out about a foot to access the fridge, but it it were truly critical for having immediate access to cold stuff (some meds have to be cold), I'd simply carry a cooler in the truck. {shrug} Lyle
laknox 12/20/21 09:26am Fifth-Wheels
RE: For those with no bathroom access during travel mode.

For some reason there are lots of them available in the last couple years. Running out of ideas for layouts that work maybe. No, they just change stuff just to change stuff. Lyle
laknox 12/20/21 09:22am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 5th wheel hitch security

I've been more worried about someone messing with the latching handle than stealing my hitch. Hell, I'm more worried about someone stealing the catalytic from my T&C van in my driveway. Lyle
laknox 12/15/21 11:32am Fifth-Wheels
RE: For those with no bathroom access during travel mode.

Part of the problem with only opening the slides partway, is the Schwintec design, which expressly directs one to not open the slides partway as this can cause the motors to get out of sync, and cause things to cease operating. Just another issue. Didn't know that. I have a Schwintec for my bedroom wardrobe, but the other 2 are rack and pinion drive. Lyle
laknox 12/14/21 09:54am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Best wheel bearing grease

My dad's usual response was "whatever's in the grease gun". :-) Lyle
laknox 12/14/21 09:52am Fifth-Wheels
RE: For those with no bathroom access during travel mode.

We would like bathroom access during travel mode, but are considering purchasing one without. Our last three all had access so would be very different. Have you regretted not having access to bathroom? Or has it been no big deal? Do you put your slide out when stopping at rest areas or gas stations, or on side of road? We are not just weekend campers going to nearby places. Travel a lot out west! My KZ came with a remote that I can carry in the cab and it controls all 3 slides. Never used it that way, but have talked to others with the LCI One Control on their phones, who have. They can have a slide out far enough to access kitchen/bath/bed before the passenger(s) can even get the door unlocked to get inside. Lyle
laknox 12/13/21 01:31pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Puck system & hitch questions

To those using Andersen's, please be aware that the Andersen =is= a ball hitch and many states require safety chains, just as if you were towing a gooseneck trailer. Yeah, the chances of you getting stopped for it are pretty slim, but why take the risk? Lyle
laknox 12/08/21 01:23pm Fifth-Wheels
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