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Question on 5th wheel brakes

I'm wondering if I have an issue with the brakes on my 2015 cyclone toy hauler. When I arrive at my campsite, and back in, I manually turn on my trailer brakes for the last couple of feet to take the pressure off of the king pin so I can easily unhook my pull rite auto slide. However, the trailer does not seem to offer any resistance. I am finding that I have to put a block under one of the tires on the cyclone to relieve the pressure. Is there something wrong with my braking system? i have a 2013 Chevy 3500 with a built-in brake controller
mrad 09/19/21 02:39pm Tech Issues
RE: Ryobi 2300 generator keeps overloading

In the past 15 years, I have had two honda 2000's, one champion 3100 and a Ryobi 2200. These were used mainly to power our ice house in MN during ice fishing season. For the most part, I cannot say anything bad about any of them. The Honda was for the most part always dependable. Until we started using synthetic oil, it was a bear to start in weather below 0. One thing the honda always had trouble with was staying running in windy conditions below zero. We spent the New Years weekend up on Red lake one year in -20 with wind. Teh honda quit running about 10 hours in. Luckily, I had the Champion with as a backup. It ran fine for the next 48 hours. Just used more gas. We had a couple of issues with the Honda and when it was time to replace it, I bought the Ryobi 2200 at home depot. They had a sale and I got it for under $400. Put a 6-year warranty on it for an extra $50. I have now used it three winters. It runs 6-8 weekends a year for about 60 hours per weekend. Pluses- When I use the pizza oven, the satellite tv does not cut out when the oven kicks on. With the honda, it shut off temporarily and then I had to wait about 5 minutes while it rebooted. With the 1.1 gallon gas tank, it will run 11+ hours on a tank of gas on low use load. The honda needed filling every 8 hours. MAy not sound like a big deal, but if you went to bed at 10:00 pm, you may need to go out at 5:00 am in -25 to fill it. Ryobi would run until sunrise. Minuses If the Ryobi was not started every other week, it could take 15+ pulls to start. Honda would usually start in 3-4 pulls after switching to synthetic oil. I'm not saying the e Ryobi is better, but it does what I need it to do. IF I stayed on the lake all winter, I would probably have the new Honda 2200. But for now, the Ryobi does everything I need .
mrad 09/18/21 09:41pm Tech Issues
RE: Towing with 2004 Lincoln Aviator

I agree with Grit Dog. Back in 2004ish, we had 1994 suburban.It had 290 ft-lbs of torque. I don't remember the horsepower. we were looking for our first TT and found a 25' that was 4,800 dry and loaded was about 6,000lbs. That was about 400lbs over towing capacity. It towed without a problem on flat grounds. The only time we had an issue was in the black hills where we could only hit 30 mph on some of the inclines. With the extra gear or two you have, I don't see any problem towing that rig.
mrad 08/16/21 10:17pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Interesting tow vehicle

https://i.imgur.com/AgCdS5tl.jpg "border=0" https://i.imgur.com/m3zZPvb.pngClick For Full-Size Image.
mrad 08/08/21 10:59am Tow Vehicles
RE: Interesting tow vehicle

I dragged the pic into that link, but the image is still not showing up
mrad 08/08/21 10:54am Tow Vehicles
RE: Interesting tow vehicle

https://i.imgur.com/1NDsV7al.jpg My Brother saw this one in Kalispel this summer
mrad 08/08/21 10:52am Tow Vehicles
RE: Interesting tow vehicle

file:///Users/mikerademacher/Desktop/IMG_3552.jpg How do I post a pic?
mrad 08/07/21 07:39pm Tow Vehicles
RE: 6.8 3-valve towing FW

My previous tow vehicle was a 2003 Excursion with 4.30 gearing. On a trip through Colorado and AZ, we were always able to hold 50+mph. The engine did scream, but from what I could find, it was designed to make its horsepower at high RPM's. I did hit a CAT scale as I was curious about my combined weight. 18,990 was the reading. I'm guessing a truck would come in a few hundred pounds lighter than the X. My X was only a 2 valve with a four-speed transmission.
mrad 07/21/21 04:30pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Question on Hydraulic Fluid

Thanks for all the replies. It's a 2015 Heartland cyclone 4150. The Landing gear is the Lippert/LCI system. I did not see any mention on the reservoir on what type of fluid, but it is a dark color and appears to be red on the leveling jack where the leak was noticed.
mrad 07/13/21 07:57am Tech Issues
Question on Hydraulic Fluid

Is there a certain type of hydraulic fluid used in RV's for landing gear and slides? I noticed a leak when we arrived at our campsite today. When I checked the container, it was under half full. I'm thinking I should add some. I do have an appointment at the dealer to look at some other things on Thursday, so I just need it to retract and pull slides in when we leave.
mrad 07/12/21 09:35pm Tech Issues
Looking for ideas on how to Roll up/store 50 amp cord

I'm looking for ways to wrap up store my 40' 50 amp power cord. My last TT had a 30' 30 amp cord that easily fit in my 18" by 2.5' bin. The new cord does not fit so well. I'm looking for other ideas on how to easily roll it up and store it. Any suggestions? my
mrad 07/06/21 04:19pm General RVing Issues
Can tires be off ground on auto leveling system?

when we pulled into our campground yesterday, the auto-leveling system was off a bit. I had to raise one side a bit and then noticed that two of the tires on one side were between 1/4 and 1/2 inch off the ground. I don't feel comfortable with this, but since this is the third time out with our 5th wheel, I wanted to know if this is acceptable, or if I need to make some adjustments.
mrad 06/21/21 11:10pm Tech Issues
RE: What's the best way to get RV anti-freeze out of system.

I don’t believe I use the outside shower when I drained the lines. I didn’t put any in a freeze in my freshwater tank, I just used the winterize mode on my water control panel. It also looks like one of my mistakes may have been using the city connection when I went to drain all the lines.
mrad 06/14/21 12:09pm Tech Issues
What's the best way to get RV anti-freeze out of system.

What is the best way to get rid of all the RV anti-freeze from the system? Last year when I winterized, I drained the water heater and had the antifreeze bypass it. this spring I opened both low point drains and opened the faucets in the upstairs bathroom of the 5th wheel. I then hooked a hose up to my city water connection and ran all spickets (except washer dryer connections) until clear. We have now spent 3 days in it, and are having the pink stuff come out of faucets and toilets when we first turn them on, along with the odor.
mrad 06/14/21 07:50am Tech Issues
how long to lower temps When living quarters at 100

We did a two hour pool today in 90 to 97° weather. When we got to our destinations the interior of the fifth wheel was pretty much 100° all over according to my infrared heat gun. After two hours it only dropped a couple of degrees. I have two 15,000 BTU air conditioners. One in the bedroom, one in the garage of the toy hauler. At first I had the turbo cool closed so it was using the ducts. But after having a little success cooling it down. I open the turbo cool in both the bedroom in the garage hoping to cool them down and pull the heat out of the walls and then try to cool down the living room dining room area later this evening when it cools down. Just wondering if this is normal for two 15,000 BTU air conditioners in a 43 foot unit, or if there might be something wrong with the units
mrad 06/04/21 07:55pm Tech Issues
RE: Question on Running Onan onboard Gen on hot days

Toy hauler fifth wheel. I didn’t run it, but am finding it is taking forever the the two 15000 btu AC’s to catch up. My infrared heat gun show it almost all areas of the camper over 100° when we parked. Two hours later high 90s. I finally open the turbo cool in both bedroom and in the garage which eliminated the duct system. Hoping to cool those down first and pull the heat out and will then work on the main living compartment as it gets cooler tonight
mrad 06/04/21 07:51pm Tech Issues
RE: Question on Running Onan onboard Gen on hot days

I guess I left out a few details. I meant an onboard generator in a toy hauler. An Onan 5500. We will be heading to our destination in 90-degree temps. The trip will be about an hour and a half
mrad 06/03/21 09:39pm Tech Issues
Question on Running Onan onboard Gen on hot days

Would it be advised on hot days (85+) to leave the door open when running the generator to help keep it a bit cooler? Also, when traveling in hot weather, does anyone run their onboard gen so they can run their AC's? I don't know that it sounds like a good idea, but wanted to see if it is a common practice or not?
mrad 06/03/21 12:40pm Tech Issues
RE: Bad Xantrex or bad batteries

Hmmmm....now I am questioning my decision to go with the golfcart batteries. Last fall before we picked up the coach I had asked on this forum if the golfcart batteries would be a better fit than two group 27 RV/Deepcycles. I thought th consensus was to go with the golfcart batteries
mrad 06/01/21 03:44pm Tech Issues
RE: E or F rated tires

I ordered the Goodyear Endurance tires on the way home from work today before reading any of today's posts. I had not looked at the Michelins or the Sailuns. My local small town tires shop quoted me at $156 per tire. I asked if they were sure they had the right tire/quote? They assured me they did. Tirerack wanted $175 per tire
mrad 06/01/21 03:39pm Fifth-Wheels
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