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Screws backing out

The screws in the trim strip at the top of the sides of our trailer are backing out. The strip covers the rubber roof where it wraps around the edge and reaches down the side about 2". I presume that these screws go into wood roof framing. Some screws are actually pushing the plastic covering strip out of place. I found about half of them stripped such that they're hardly holding themselves in. What material could I squirt into the holes before putting the screw back in that would help hold them in place?
lenr 06/10/21 05:07pm Tech Issues
RE: 2022 Superduty launch delayed

According to several Internet stories, a company named Renesas suffered a significant fire at their Japanese chip plant in March. They supply about 2/3 of the chips used by the auto industry especially Ford, Toyota, and Nissan. So, Ford order delays have nothing to do with Covid, the economy, or someone named Joe, and everything to do with "just in time" inventory used by the auto industry. Renesas expects full production sometime in July.
lenr 06/09/21 06:31am Tow Vehicles
RE: Plug or unplug that is the question

My last 3 Fords all disconnected all lines when the ignition is off which protects me when I forget to unplug it. A failed relay on my high mileage 97 truck kept a turn signal from working.
lenr 05/30/21 09:50am General RVing Issues
RE: 30 to 50 adaptor hot?

Lots of good advice on cutting the load on the adapter. However, to be clear if the 50 amp end is warm and the 30 amp end is not there is a problem with the 50 amp end that must be fixed. If left unattended, warm connections usually turn into hot connections that will start deteriorating the 50 male prongs. Most likely the problem is in the 50 amp female as covered above.
lenr 05/28/21 07:52am Travel Trailers
RE: Disappointed in Disc Brakes

Thread arises from the dead again: Apologies to howardwheeler--trailer weighs about 12,700, and Kodiak disc brakes rated at 6000 lb will skid the tires at 9 volts to the Titan BrakeRite actuator. With a Prodigy P3 set at 8.0 maximum gain and a B3 initial boost setting, I've been having a lot of trouble with bumpy roads fooling the P3 into thinking that it has a lot of deceleration, and applying a lot of brake voltage (rumble strips at a stop sign bring on full braking on the trailer). I've reduced the max gain to 8.0 to avoid chirping the trailer tires when the truck hits a bump in the road while braking moderately. Also, I'm going to try B2 boost for a while. So far it seems like the trailer is a little behind the truck in braking but balance.
lenr 05/13/21 08:21pm Tech Issues
RE: Benefit of extra fuel tank.

Our ’95 F-150 had 17 & 18 gal fuel tanks with a switch to change tanks and the fuel gauge. One had to stay cognizant of the “off” tank to keep from getting caught with too little fuel. When we went from a 27’ fifth wheel to a 37’ we swapped out the OEM 26 gallon tank (Super Duty short bed) for a 50 gallon Titan replacement purely for convenience. We’re not worried about the cost of the tank or saving fuel cost, although the larger tank does allow a little flexibility on fuel prices. With the old small tank we sometimes had to fill before the ¼ point because it was too far to the next acceptable fuel stop. Next truck (if there is a next truck) will definitely be a long bed Ford with a 48 gallon stock tank.
lenr 05/04/21 10:27am Tow Vehicles
RE: F150 w EcoBoost 2.7

I can think of two things for the OP to try for improved mileage. Since the 2.7 engine is right at max towing capacity, definitely run in tow haul mode. Assuming it works the same as most other Ford tow haul modes it will at least raise the shift point RPMs keeping the engine from lugging with better fuel mileage. In addition it will be much easier on the transmission (read-> less transmission failure problems). Secondly, the 3.5 Eco-Boost recommends premium gas when towing, so I would guess the 2.7 is the same. That allows the engine to advance the timing for better efficiency. Only a couple of test runs would show if the mileage improved enough to pay for the premium cost.
lenr 05/02/21 08:33am Tow Vehicles
RE: F150 w EcoBoost 2.7

My opinion--your my vary. I agree with above that diesels will get about 30% better fuel mileage but at a significantly higher initial cost along with generally higher fuel cost. Also, wind resistance is huge. With our Ford 6.7 diesel we got 11 mpg (within .5 mpg) for our square nose 6500 lb bumper pull, a 9400 lb fifth wheel and now a 12700 lb fifth wheel. My only explanation is that each one must have been more aerodynamic than the last one. 7 mpg would be disappointing, but gas engines do suck down the fuel. We got 8.5 gas pulling the bumper pull. Certainly a 250 with any engine would be a better towing experience (the 250 with a 6.2 only comes with a 6 speed) but at a repeat initial cost.) If OP only tows occasionally I would put up with the fuel cost which is probably small compared to the new truck cost right now with limited supply.
lenr 05/02/21 08:20am Tow Vehicles
RE: EZ Pass with and without trailer

Many, many, of the states have monthly service charges for their EZ-Pass accounts, including NY the last time I checked. That service charge month in and month out could easily offset the RV discount for using a NY transponder. The Central Florida Expressway offers the Uni-Pass which works in 18 EZ-Pass states and most toll bridges in the Eastern US. You can buy one off Amazon and then set up a linked account with CFX. It has NO service charge!!! You give them a charge card to draw from and an amount to trigger a refill of your account. Simple. You can also register your tow vehicle and trailer plates--some states bill by plate if you have no transponder. I have done all this and it worked just fine in FL and the River-Link bridges in Louisville. I believe both CFX and Sun-pass (FL turnpike) say to only use one transponder and they will count the axles. They warn that you may get double charged if you use two transponders. Personally, which, I've done, is to get one Uni-Pass and let the states figure it out--I'll bet the axle count will be correct or less than they should have been.
lenr 04/29/21 07:53pm Roads and Routes
RE: cost of Morryde suspension.

A little more: Our first experience above was with a 27' fifth wheel 9400 lb loaded. Because the SRE4000 made so much difference, we had it installed on our new 37' fifth wheel along with the wet heavy kit straight from the dealer. MorRyde strongly recommends their X-Factor brace when using the SRE4000. We ordered the SRE4000 and 3 X-Factors on line at considerable savings then had them installed at an independent Dexter shop. They used a Dexter wet bolt heavy shackle link kit. I put a shot of grease into each bolt about every 6000 miles, and expect to never need replacement parts. We had the work on the first trailer done right at MorRyde. Their service is very good but not cheap. We used them because we also needed 2" riser tubes added to level the trailer.
lenr 03/18/21 02:13pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: cost of Morryde suspension.

Highly recommend MorRyde SRE4000! It is as easy an installation as any equalizer. It does raise the trailer 1.25" at the axle so road bumps can move the axle more and the trailer less. Lippert Equa-Flex never seemed to make a difference for us compared to a solid equalizer. Adding MorRyde pin box helped 50%. Switching to the SRE4000 eliminated 98% of chucking which tells me that the trailer is getting a much smoother ride. If adding wet bolts I recommend heavy shackles at the same time--both Dexter and MorRyde make the heavy wet kits.
lenr 03/18/21 12:51pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: disc brake delay

Titan = BrakeRite. I am very happy with my Titan BrakeRite connected to a Prodigy P3. Others (my thread again) are very happy with a similar setup using a Ford controller set up to Med or High aggressiveness.
lenr 03/08/21 09:27am Towing
RE: disc brake delay

This is the second thread about troubles with disc brakes on a Vanleigh trailer--the last one was with a Chevy I think. Anyway, the moral from that thread was that the factory wasn't much help blaming problems on the truck. I would try to get with someone from Hydrastar or a service shop with Hydrastar experience. Although Hydrastar claims to be fast I couldn't get factory support to confirm a low startup voltage. So, I went with Titan because the startup voltage seemed to be the lowest of the 3 main manufacturers.
lenr 03/08/21 07:48am Towing
RE: disc brake delay

By setting my P3 to the highest level of initial boost, likely similar to the Ford high setting, it gets the actuator running on light braking. Then as I increase brake petal pressure the trailer braking effect comes on quickly. I had to switch from a Dexter to a Titan actuator for a lower start up voltage as my thread describes.
lenr 03/08/21 06:27am Towing
RE: disc brake delay

All disc brake actuators have some delay while they build pressure. Hydrastar is supposed to be one of the quickest. But an additional problem is that they all have a voltage level below which they do nothing. Google for my thread "Disappointed in Disc Brakes." https://www.rv.net/forum/index.cfm/fuseaction/thread/tid/29930221.cfm I found my main problem to be turn on voltage with light braking. Because my 2012 F-350 did not have the "Low/Med/High" setting I had to resort to a Prodigy P3 to get the actuator to start working on light braking. The "Low/Med/High" setting, as I understand it, determines how aggressive the voltage back to the trailer is on light braking. I would try High to see how it affets things. After the brakes are set in, I would be surprised if a 9 setting didn't lock up the brakes.
lenr 03/07/21 10:02pm Towing
RE: Raising our 5er

Best way to actually know how much raise is needed is to pull the trailer wheels up onto boards until the trailer is level, then measure the boards and rail clearance on the truck. We have 7" rail clearance and there have been times when we were glad that we had it. We added MORRyde SRE4000 rubberized equalizers to our trailer--they raise it about 1 1/4" at the wheels. We also replaced the OEM Chinese tires (235/80R16) with Goodyear Endurance trailer tires in the 235/85R16 size which raises a theoretical .45" at the wheels for almost 2" total. LT tires also come in that size. The SRE4000 is amazing in how it smooths the trailer ride and is just as easy as replacing a solid equalizer. MORRyde recommends on of their X-Factor braces on the center pair of spring hangers when using the SRE4000.
lenr 02/25/21 03:59pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Ford 7.3 Gas motor

Yes speaking of numerical ratios because they are precise and easy to understand.
lenr 02/23/21 02:56pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Ford 7.3 Gas motor

Straight from the Super Duty Order Guide ^^^^ are correct about 3.55/4.30 in 250 and 3.73/4.30 in the 350. Interestingly, the 6.2 is only available with 3.73/4.30. The 250 with 3.55 also has a lower tow rating than the 350 with 3.73. These lower ratios seemed to start in 2020 with the 10 speed transmission. Me thinks Ford is trying to improve their fuel mileage. It makes some sense that Ford would pick the 250 to try for better mileage since it has a derated GVWR.
lenr 02/22/21 05:42pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Brake controller craziness, advice?

Increasing wire size along with rewiring everything has helped me on three different trailers. I use 12/2 with one run to each axle--that is even larger than using one 10/2. The more wire capacity to the hubs, the less voltage lost in the wire. Rewiring also helps eliminate broken connections.
lenr 02/17/21 01:18pm Toy Haulers
RE: Puma trailers. Any good?

Used a Puma fifth wheel from 2013 through 2019. It had less problems than the trailer before or the one after, and the issues were so small I repaired them at home. They would be my first choice if sopping for aluminum sided wood frame construction. The wood framing seemed quite substantial for that class of trailer.
lenr 02/11/21 01:06pm Travel Trailers
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