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RE: Bigfoot Leveling System Problems

ljr: Before we travel next month, I will try to wrap some plastic grocery bags or something similar (as suggested earlier) around the rear enclosures. Mike I plan on trying something like that too. I have a first rate sheet metal shop nearby. If I can come up with an idea for a better cover, I'm sure they can make it.
ljr 06/16/16 09:40am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Bigfoot Leveling System Problems

I'm the original poster. I want to say again that the Bigfoot system is in most ways excellent. However, not having the rear jack mechanism enclosures designed to keep water out is a major flaw. The factory representative wasn't able to offer a fix. As I said earlier, on a future fifth wheel, I will look for a different system. Mike I agree completely. Though Quadra has always tried to be helpful when I've asked for advice on repairs, they have never offered any hope at all for a permanent fix.
ljr 06/16/16 09:28am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Bigfoot Leveling System Problems

We just had this problem too (after seeing and responding to this thread). One of our rear levelers would not deploy and the reservoir contained pink fluid. We were able to fix it ourselves with a few parts-a funnel with a long tube and a manual pump used to remove oil from outboard motors. We called Quadra a couple of times for advice because we also needed to purge air from the hydraulic lines since we removed and drained them. It was a easy but messy repair and with the reusable pump and funnel plus the ATF fluid and shop supplies we spent about $75. We had to flush the reservoir about 4 times to get out all the contaminated fluid. It really is helpful if you have a person assisting you. What I have done several times is to remove the reservoir entirely. That makes it much easier to clean out. There are 2 large Allen screws on the inside of the bracket that hold the pump in place. If you remove them it gives you enough play to get the reservoir out and expose the in and out screens. I've always found that the screens needed cleaned too. I do that with alcohol and let it air dry. As you probably know, it's important not to overfill the reservoir or it will overflow when you raise the jack.
ljr 06/16/16 07:29am Fifth-Wheels
RE: 110 PSI Air While on the Road

I carry a small CO2 tank with regulator and hose takes less room than a compressor that takes forever to get to the higher PSI's and I am able to get the 110 psi with no problem, only use it on the road if I need to adjust tire pressure . I made my own set up but take a look at Power Tank brand you will get the idea. Off road guys use these tanks to air their tires back up after rock climbing or running off roadm I've had a Power Tank for several years. Very happy with it. I have the 15# model. In retrospect the 10# would have been more than adequate.
ljr 06/09/16 06:28pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Easiest 5th hitch to connect for 1 smaller woman?

Thanks all, I was more concerned with the actual attaching of the trailer to the hitch, our TT is quite rigorous with the stabilizers and wanted to see if one was easier than another. While the Anderson sounds like the ticket to get the hitch out of the truck I won't be tackling that, it was mainly to be able to attach and detach at the campsite. The suggestion for the wheel step is a great reminder. Thanks all! Hitching a TT with a weight distributing hitch is much more work than a fifth wheel. So that begs the question, can you hook up without a second person? My husband and I had to be a team to line up the TT ball hitch.... Absolutely. I do it all the time. The Trailersaver does help a little with that. I use the airbags to raise the capture plate so it's easier to see.
ljr 06/07/16 08:29am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Easiest 5th hitch to connect for 1 smaller woman?

Thanks all, I was more concerned with the actual attaching of the trailer to the hitch, our TT is quite rigorous with the stabilizers and wanted to see if one was easier than another. While the Anderson sounds like the ticket to get the hitch out of the truck I won't be tackling that, it was mainly to be able to attach and detach at the campsite. The suggestion for the wheel step is a great reminder. Thanks all! Hitching a TT with a weight distributing hitch is much more work than a fifth wheel.
ljr 06/06/16 09:59am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Bigfoot Leveling System Problems

Thanks, folks. At least I know I'm not the only one with this problem. The rear reservoirs & pumps should have been designed with a more complete enclosure. To me their location right behind the trailer's rear wheels would make this obvious. I like the system otherwise, but this flaw will cause me to look for a different one on a future fiver. Mike X2
ljr 06/06/16 09:00am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Easiest 5th hitch to connect for 1 smaller woman?

If things are setup and aligned correctly, hitching/unhitching is not all that physical. Leveling could take a little muscle if you have manual jacks. Installing/removing the hitch could too. I've owned 2 Trailersavers but I don't really think that would make much difference in your case.
ljr 06/06/16 08:41am Fifth-Wheels
RE: Bigfoot Leveling System Problems

Happens to me about once per year on a 2011 DA 300FK. I watched the technician closely the first time and I've fixed it myself several times since. It's a messy job but not too difficult. I write that as somebody who can just barely change the oil in his lawnmower. The first time I asked BF, they sent "new and improved" tank caps. No help. Later they told me to add mud flaps. It's happened once since. I stop at NuWa in Chanute once a year for PM, repairs and upgrades. They had no suggestions. I think the driving road spray seeps in through the vent hole. PM me if you want details about how I've fixed it. No need to flush the whole system. The water and fluid mix to form gunk that resembles Vaseline which clogs the intake screen. I've fixed it by cleaning the screen and tank then adding fresh fluid.
ljr 06/05/16 06:35pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: How much grease in the Ez lube?

Throw your EZ lubes away. One to many squirts will cost you a thousand dollars when the grease hits your pads or shoes. And the EZ lube does not pack the bearings, it just coats them. X2 from hard excperience. I thought I was being really careful but not careful enough.
ljr 05/30/16 12:24pm Tech Issues
RE: Ideas for a week in Colorado

Rifle Falls State Park not Rifle State Park but Rifle Falls I stayed in a FHU pull thru site at Rifle Gap SP. My pass was also good at Rifle Falls and a 3rd nearby park whose name I forget. With all 3 I had the best of all worlds from an improved site with a great view to serious wilderness hiking.
ljr 05/30/16 09:00am Roads and Routes
RE: I-95 Stopover South Ga. / North Fla.

Blythe Island Regional Park Brunswick, GA X2, nice place and close to I95. Some of the roads are a little tight but entirely doable.
ljr 05/24/16 06:17pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Skidaway or James Island?

I like both but based on your interests, the facilities and location of James Island is a better fit.
ljr 05/21/16 06:45pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: I drove off with the antenna up...

I did that too...once. My fault.....so i bought one of those "Antenna is up" things from CW. Hang it on the crank every time. No more problems. That's where I keep my truck keys.
ljr 05/21/16 03:45pm General RVing Issues
RE: Auxiliary Fuel Tank options

I've had 2 in bed and 1 replacement from Transferflow. Never tried one with a cover but I think the filler neck on my current 98 gal would be a problem. If "cheap" is among your requirements, forget Transferflow.
ljr 05/08/16 03:28pm Fifth-Wheels
RE: Campgrounds in Va, W Va, MD, Del and southern PA

Elk Neck State Park This is a very nice and very popular park. The Northeast loop has full hook ups. I've never stayed at Elk Neck but I have driven through and it looks worth a visit. I'm a fan of Hungry Mother State Park in Marion, VA. They have everything from primitive tent sites through FHU pull thrus. Lots of hiking. Big lake with fishing, beach and boat rental. Even a decent restaurant if you get tired of campfire cooking.
ljr 05/08/16 02:00pm RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: The RV Life and the environment

Last I heard this is still a free country. I'll do what I want, when I want and don't care what anybody else thinks. I'm not here to impress anybody or worship anybody because they think they are saving the environment. X2 but I don't think we're allowed to believe that.
ljr 04/28/16 10:06am General RVing Issues
RE: The RV Life and the environment

I really don't care how much energy I use in any form! I paid for it, I paid taxes on it therefore it is mine to use as I see fit I conserve energy in my home to save money, not because some greenie twit driving his prius around thinks I need to! I drive my motorcycle to work almost every day not to save the planet (that will be here long after any of our descendants) but to save on paying for fuel and wear and tear on my 1 ton diesel truck!! My guess is that my carbon footprint is way smaller than mrs. soccer mom driving in her Suburban everywhere, running the air conditioning in her house at 60, and then yelling at me for idling my truck when I fill up (yep has happened) Chris X2
ljr 04/27/16 06:44pm General RVing Issues
RE: Why are so many rest stops closed?

Government 101. True at any level for any party. When you want to make a case for raising revenue you cut the most visible services.
ljr 04/10/16 10:26am General RVing Issues
RE: Hensley or....

Never had a PP but I had a Hensly for several years. Before that I had a Pullrite. I actually preferred the Pullrite but the install was a REAL pain.
ljr 04/05/16 12:51pm Travel Trailers
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